The 1-mile track located about 90 miles southeast of
remains open for
track rentals but won’t be hosting any NASCAR events in 2014. Charlotte
“We’ve got a number of issues that have to be resolved before we can host races again,” Hillenburg told The Observer on Thursday. “These issues have been mounting over the last two to three years.
“I’m not giving up on this. My plan is to keep doing it. I want it and NASCAR wants it and I’m determined to have it continue.”
NASCAR is expected to release its 2014 Truck schedule as early as Monday – the last of its three national series scheduled to be released.
NASCAR spokesman David Higdon would not speak specifically about Rockingham’s date but said the schedule would be released soon. “We are still finalizing a few last pieces,” he said.
Rockingham already lost one NASCAR event this season.
In September, NASCAR officials canceled a K&N Pro Series East race at the track. In a statement announcing the decision, NASCAR said the track failed to meet its financial obligations.
A permanent loss of the NASCAR event could have serious consequences for the surrounding community.
When plans for the inaugural Truck race were first unveiled in 2011, city and
county officials said
the race would bring $4.2 million into the local economy.
The first race in 2012, won by Kasey Kahne, was considered a success with a near capacity crowd on hand. Attendance was down at this year’s race, won by Kyle Larson, but the venue was still considered to have a home on the series schedule.
From 1965 through 2004 Rockingham
hosted races in NASCAR’s premier Cup
Hillenburg bought the track in 2007 from
Inc., which bought the facility from the International Speedway Corp. in 2004.
SMI moved the Cup race from Rockingham to Speedway Mo as
part of a settlement in an SMI shareholder lawsuit, leaving the track void of
NASCAR events. Texas
“This has been six years of my life and I want to see it succeed,” Hillenburg said.