NASCAR luminary and Hall of Famer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has added his influential voice to the growing chorus advocating for the resurgence of Rockingham Speedway, affectionately known as ‘The Rock.’ Mirroring the successful revival of North Wilkesboro Speedway in 2023 with the All-Star race, Rockingham aspires to reclaim its position in the NASCAR calendar for the 2024 season.
Responding to the proposed project by track authorities, JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed his unwavering support, citing the remarkable progress witnessed and expressing optimism about the track’s potential return to the schedule. Earnhardt Jr. lauded the track for its challenging nature, endearing it to racers.
“This is incredible progress. I developed a profound appreciation for the challenges this track presented. Hopefully, trucks, Xfinity, and even Cup races will grace it once again in the near future.”
The $10 Million Facelift for The Rock
Rockingham Speedway secured just under $10 million as part of the federal American Rescue Plan fund distribution, a response to the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Commissioners has deliberated on how best to allocate these funds, outlining recommendations to the Department of Commerce.
The track underwent repaving last season, funded by a $3 million request. In October of the current season, an additional $1 million request was submitted for further enhancements to the 1.0170-mile track, now diversifying its use by hosting music festivals and other concerts.
A final and substantial request of $4.99 million has been proposed for a comprehensive renovation project, encompassing the half-mile short track known as the Little Rock located in the backstretch of the facility. This allocation is earmarked for improvements across 17 different areas of the track.