Rockingham Dragway NOT Part Of Rockingham Speedway Sale

Multiple circle track media outlets have recently reported that the long-shuttered Rockingham Speedway has been purchased with the intent of revitalizing the track. The speedway, which was iconic as part of the historical Southeast NASCAR racing series, has sat closed and neglected since 2014.

Photo courtesy Rockingham Dragway

It was erroneously reported that Rockingham Dragway, owned by Steve Earwood was sold as part of the speedway purchase as well.

“There is no such news concerning Rockingham Dragway,” said Steve Earwood. “Yes, the news of the speedway sale is true, but the dragway is an entirely different business and has been for 27 years.”

Originally constructed in 1961 as a “companion” to the speedway, Rockingham Dragway is located directly across from the speedway divided by North Carolina Highway 1. The dragstrip and speedway have been separate business entities since 1992 when purchased by Earwood.

“I have 12 major events scheduled in the next 14 weekends,” Earwood continues. “I have not spoken to the new ownership of the speedway yet. I look forward to hearing what the future holds for them. Back in the NASCAR days, we had a great working relationship with the speedway. From a business standpoint, it was like winning the lottery twice per year when we would offer paid parking for over 2,000 cars and 350 motorhomes.”

Earwood is glad to get the news out there that Rockingham Dragway has not been sold. Earwood finished, “The rumor mill has our phone has been ringing off the hook over the past couple of days.”

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