Kahne Rocks At Rockingham


(WOMR file photo)

It has been 8 years since any one of  the NASCAR elite touring series has held a race at “The Rock”.  This 1 mile high-banked race track, situated in the Sand Hills of North Carolina, was purchased by former NASCAR Busch/Nationwide driver Andy Hillenburg.  It was Hillenburg’s dream to bring back NASCAR to this old race track.  After much negotiations with NASCAR, that dream was fulfilled Sunday with the running of the Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance 200 at Rockingham Speedway.

Pole-starter Nelson Piquet Jr. dominated the early stages of the race, leading 85 of the race’s first 100 laps. But Piquet became mired in traffic after a lengthy pit stop shuffled him back to fifth during the race’s third caution.

He worked his way back to second place until incurring a pit-road speeding penalty during the final caution period. He rallied to finish seventh.

Kasey Kahne capped a successful weekend of triple-duty Sunday afternoon, winning the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 to mark NASCAR’s return to Rockingham Speedway for the first time since 2004.  Brad Sweet qualified the No. 4 truck fifth, but Kahne had to start at the rear of the field because of the driver change

Kahne, who finished seventh in the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday and third in the Nationwide Series on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, surged to the front in the 155th lap of 200 to notch his fourth win in five starts in the Camping World Truck Series.  That is a winning percentage of 80%, unbelievable in any competitive level!

It was good to see that the stands were about 70%-75% filled, in support of bringing great racing back to “The Rock”.  From the driver interviews, it is quite apparent that the drivers rally liked racing on this old abrasive, slick, historic racing facility.

What are your views in reviving this old race track?


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