Rockingham Dragway

Rockingham Dragway is located in Rockingham, North Carolina.
Racing at this location contains: NHRA 1/4 mile dragstrip.


 

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ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY SOLD
Earwood Promises ‘Business as Usual’ During Two-Year Transition Period
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Al Gennarelli and Dan VanHorn, two successful businessmen united by their passion for fast cars, have taken the first step toward becoming the new owners of Rockingham Dragway.
Through a unique agreement with Steve Earwood, who has owned and operated the multi-purpose facility since 1992, Gennarelli, 49, and Van Horn, 47, will spend the next two years learning the basics of racetrack operation before assuming full ownership in October, 2022.
In the interim, Earwood emphasized that it will be business as usual at The Rock with a full slate of diverse events including this week’s 29th annual Griffin Motors MOPARS at the Rock expo featuring the Modern Street Hemi Shootout series VanHorn created in 2009 and in which he and Gennarelli both compete.
“All of our personnel will stay in place,” Earwood said, “and I don’t see any major changes other than we are adding more non-traditional events to our calendar, which has been one of our trademarks. In the past, we’ve hosted the Smoke Out Festival, Metallica concerts and the more recent Epicenter concert and we’re looking right now for opportunities to bring similar non-racing events to Richmond County.”
“We have had a lot of offers to sell the business over the years,” Earwood said, “but one of my concerns has always been what impact the sale would have on our racers, our manufacturers, our sponsors and our fans. I never felt confident that they would be taken care of until I started talking to Dan more than a year ago.
Earwood, who was National Media Relations Director at the NHRA before opting to pursue his dream of track ownership, not only will continue to handle day-to-day track operations for the next two years, he will stay on as a consultant to Gennarelli and Van Horn after the sale is complete.
Complete details at rockinghamdragway.com.
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The 280 mile-an-hour “American Thunder” dragster, powered by an engine commandeered from a decommissioned fighter jet and driven by second generation drag racer Terry Rosberg, will be on display from 1-to-5 pm Friday at Griffin Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-RAM, 961 East US 74, in advance of its weekend appearance at Rockingham Dragway. On Saturday, Rosberg will make a pair of exhibition runs, one a 1 pm, another at 4, as part of the 29th annual Griffin-sponsored MOPARS at the Rock drag race and car show featuring the Modern Street Hemi Shootout. ...

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VIRGINIA’S LEWIS WINS ‘SCHOOL’S OUT SHOOTOUT’ MAIN EVENT Fayetteville’s Callahan 6-9 Age Group Champ as Rock Hosts Juniors from Nine States
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Virginian Lavar Lewis won Saturday’s Main Event and Jr. Dragster racers from Florida hoisted the trophy in four other races but Fayetteville’s Nolan Callahan kept the host state from being shut out in the School’s Out Shootout at Rockingham Dragway.
Callahan’s better reaction time enabled him to drive past Jackson Summers of Franklin, Ky., in a double breakout final round for the 6-9 age group championship on
Sunday. Callahan was .064 of a second under his 12.08 target; Summers was .069 under his 11.91.
In an event that attracted junior racers from nine states, Lewis cruised to victory in Saturday’s feature when final round foe Matthew Pilon of Clewiston, Fla., also was guilty of a breakout foul. Lewis, meanwhile, was safe with an 8.025 against a 7.980 target, mollifying the sting of a final round loss in Friday’s Gamblers Race.
The weekend’s only double winner was Austin Logan of Port Charlotte, Fla., who after beating Lewis in the Gamblers Race finale, picked up an additional $500 for winning the Golf Cart Race on Saturday.
Katie Sloat of Parrish, Fla., and Dylan MacNicol of North Port, Fla., were the other age group winners, Sloat in 14-18 and MacNicol in 10-13, and Sylvia Pilor of Parrish, Fla., won the Parents Race over Dwayne Stiles of Winder, Ga.
Outside of Callahan’s win, the best performances by Carolinians were Liberty’s Kristen Brady’s runner-up finish in the 14-18 age group and Alyssa Rabon’s second place in 10-13. Cam Whisnant of Dallas, who won the Carolina Coalition event earlier this year at The Rock, reached the semifinals in 14-18 before being ousted by the eventual winner.
Each of the age-group winners were awarded a prestigious NHRA Jr Drag Racing League "Wally" Trophy.
Round-by-round results at rockinghamdragway.com.
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This weekend at The Rock, it’s all juniors all the time. What was to have been the “School’s Out Shootout” has become the “School’s STILL Out Shootout” featuring a Friday Gamblers Race, a Saturday Main Event paying $3,000 and a Sunday program in which three age group racers will go home with a cool thousand cash and an NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Wally Trophy.. Gamblers race Friday at 6 pm. Main event competition Saturday by age group until an eight-car ladder is set. Sunday, separate champions in 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18. $30 admission for the weekend, $25 for a Saturday-Sunday combo, $15 for a single day. Big checks to all the winners. ...

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BARNETT WINS CASH DAYS AT THE ROCK
Lyle Barnett of Gastonia saved the day and his best pass on the final Small Tire round Saturday during the Cash Days No Prep event at The Rock.
Barnett, winning for the second consecutive weekend at Rockingham, out maneuvered Peter Hayes in an exciting "hands full" round on a challenging track.
Under "no-prep" conditions, both cars ran straight after the arm drop, with Hayes leaving first, and then both drivers had their hands full on the "street conditions" track. Barnett, with incredible car control, nipped Hayes at the finish line, putting on the best race of the event.
Eddie Caulder of Rockingham won the Modern Muscle Car category over the Mustang of Marshall Teague from Nichols, South Carolina.
Ricky Ashworth of Newport News, Virginia, won the largest "call out" of the day when his 632 cubic inch '57 Chevy Pickup out ran Caulder in the last race of the night. The Pro Track sponsored truck drove straight down the lane to take the win light as Caulder experienced traction issues.
"Fastest Cars in the Dirty South" TV star Eric Malone brought his '98 Camaro from Tuscumbia, Alabama, struggled with track conditions and lost his two grudge runs against the opposition.
Barnett, driving the “Beer Money” ’86 Mustang, has now won two weeks straight at The Rock, winning last week's Small Block Shootout over Cameron's Aaron Fincannon.
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How about a little mosh up of different decades for a #TBT from the ROCK! ...

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Remember back in the day when drag racing was about who had the most talent and not who had the most money? When innovation and imagination still paid dividends and when it didn’t take a freaking lawyer to sort out all the rules? Eric Malone remembers. So does Ricky Ashworth. And Wanda Exum and Drew Ack and Dayne Hearn and Monty Monteith. And Rockingham Dragway remembers, too.
That’s why this Saturday, The Rock goes retro. No Christmas Tree, no clocks, no prep, no problem. It’s Malone, Ack, Hearn and the other members of Alabama-based Team 256, stars of the Motor Trend TV reality series “Fastest Cars in the Dirty South,” and Ashworth, Exum, Monteith and the other mad scientists comprising the NOVA No Prep Street Outlaws from North Carolina and Virginia.
Eighth mile racing in three different classes. Arm drop starts. Run what ya’ brung and hope you brung enough.
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