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Rockingham Speedway, formerly North Carolina Speedway is located in Rockingham, North Carolina on Hwy 1.  It is Dam hard to find as all the sign are no longer up.  I did not get a chance to go inside.  Here is a little bit of history.   "The Rock" hosted NASCAR events from 1965 to 2004, and will host Automobile Racing Club of America and USAR Hooters Pro Cup series races starting in 2008.
A pretty street on the way to hunt for the Rock
  Currently, the track is home to the Buck Baker Driving School, and also the Fast Track High Performance Driving School, which is owned by new track owner Andy Hillenburg, and is used extensively for NASCAR testing.
  It has been used often for television and movie filming, and the 2004 ESPN telefilm 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story was filmed at the track along with some scenes from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. For the filming of the later movie, the walls were repainted to resemble famous tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It also was the site of the 2007 Bollywood film Ta Ra Rum Pum.  The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval in 1965. In 1969, the track was extensively reconfigured to a high-banked, D-shaped oval measuring slightly over one mile in length. The track surface is rather abrasive compared to other tracks on the circuit, due to the high sand content of paving compounds made from local materials. This abrasiveness notoriously contributed to excessive tire wear. This characteristic is often cited as a demanding element of racing at the facility, necessitating strict management of tire wear by teams.  In 1997, North Carolina Motor Speedway merged with Penske Motorsports, and was renamed North Carolina Speedway. Shortly thereafter, the infield was reconfigured, and competition on the infield road course, mostly by the SCCA, was discontinued. North Carolina Speedway played host to two NASCAR Nextel Cup races each year through 2003
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Welcome
Welcome
A pretty street on the way to hunt…
A pretty street on the way to hun…
MotorTree
MotorTree
Lama-never can tell when you are g…
Lama-never can tell when you are …
3 lamas, 1 pig & a swing
3 lamas, 1 pig & a swing
South end of the backscretch
South end of the backscretch
Parking
Parking
I want to camp there
I want to camp there
Please let me in
Please let me in
The Pressbox
The Pressbox
The Rock
The Rock
Rock Sign
Rock Sign
Good Sign
Good Sign
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