Monday, January 5, 2015

NASCAR: Week in Review (1/5/2015)

Credit: Rainer Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR  
Skirts and Scuffs' new weekly feature continues, recapping hot topics from the past week. We'll keep you informed about what's going on in NASCAR, so if you missed anything, don’t worry – we have you covered. As always, your comments are welcome on our Facebook page. So, ladies and gentlemen, start your opinions!

We wish you health and happiness in 2015. Here’s to another great year of NASCAR, and may your favorite driver be sitting at the Champion’s table when the year is over.

Is it time to say good-bye to The Rock?
The owners of Rockingham Speedway, fondly known as The Rock, had until January 1 to sell the former NASCAR oval, either to an individual or at auction, to avoid foreclosure. At the time of publication, it was not clear whether that deadline was met.

In September of 2014, a Superior Court judge issued a restraining order to track co-owners Andy Hillenberg and Bill Silas allowing them more time to reach an agreement with Farmers and Merchants Bank. 

The Rock hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1965-2004 and the Nationwide Series between 1988 - 2004. It was one of the tracks used by the Buck Baker School of Racing. In 2012, Hillenberg attempted to bring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back to the venue, but managed only two seasons before closing the gates.

Many fans grew up watching races at The Rock and remember it with fondness. It would be a shame to lose this important piece of NASCAR history over a $4.2 million dollar debt.

Who was the last NSCS winner at The Rock? That driver would be Matt Kenseth, on February 22, 2004.


  1. Thanks for the update. I had no idea the things had reached this point with Rockingham Raceway. Hope the track can be saved.

  2. Everyone hopes this iconic track can be saved. It has a lot of history attached to it.

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