Rockingham Speedway first opened on Halloween Day in 1965 as the North Carolina Speedway. The building of this historic track was spearheaded by Harold Brasington, Bill Land, and Elsie Webb, who raised a portion of the funding by selling shares to locals. The first race held the day of the track’s opening was the American 500, a 500-mile NASCAR race the track would hold annually until it was closed. While a popular track when it opened, by the 1990s attendance at the track’s events had waned. Sadly, the 2004 Subway 400 was the last event to be held here before the track was put out of commission. The track’s two main races were moved to other race tracks around the country, ending the track’s Sprint Cup Series era.
The track was sold at auction in 2007 to NASCAR driver Andy Hillenburg who breathed a bit of fresh life into the old “Rock”. NASCAR raced the Camping World Truck Series here in 2012 and 2013. During these years, Rockingham also became a popular test track for drivers in the Sprint Series and Nationwide Series. Despite Hillenburg’s efforts, the track went into foreclosure in the spring of 2016. While it’s future remains unclear, for many NASCAR fans and drivers, Rockingham will always hold a special place in their hearts.
This site is dedicated keeping memories of Rockingham alive and celebrating the sport of NASCAR. It is places like this where so many fun and treasured moments take place for fans of this incredible sport.