Rockingham shines in its return

Nelson Piquet Jr., driver of the #30 Qualcomm Chevrolet, leads the field at the start of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 at Rockingham Speedway on April 15, 2012 in Rockingham, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It was a Sunday and NASCAR was racing at the place better known as the Rock. That’s something that hasn’t happened since 2004. Rockingham Speedway took center stage Sunday as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced there for the first time.

NASCAR abandoned Rockingham after the final Cup race in 2004. The executives decided that NASCAR needed to leave its roots and head to bigger tracks, glitzy venues with wet bars, neon lounges and fan amenities never even thought of in the sand hills of North Carolina.

Grass and weeds grew up through the cracks in the rough pavement that was once known for stripping tires and leaving crew chiefs frustrated.  Former driver Andy Hillenberg purchased the old facility in 2007 and set about rebuilding the track that started life as the North Carolina Motor Speedway.  NASCAR teams began testing there. MORE>>>


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