January 30th, 2015
It was announced on Monday September 9th that Rockingham Speedway’s November 2nd NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event was cancelled. On the surface it seems a bit troubling, but as time has gone on it begins to cast a dark cloud over the future of the track nicknamed The Rock.
The statement released by George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring, stated that “the race track failed to meet its obligations and we were forced to terminate the sanction agreement.”
The NASCAR race was not the only one cancelled for that day. Also cancelled were races for the UARA Late Models and CARS Pro Cup Series. It makes sense if they couldn’t put on the bigger of the shows, the side shows would also be cancelled.
This is troubling in that usually when this happens, it’s because the track has not lived up to its financial obligations to the sanctioning bodies.
Track owner and President Andy Hillenberg Tweeted before the announcements that “some days are definitely harder than others.” It sounds like the days ahead will be much harder than others.
The Twitter talk during the day seemed to indicate that the track will be shutting down as those in the industry gave their gratitude for Hillenberg’s efforts. Even the UARA press release indicated as much “we commend the Hillenburgs for all the time, effort and love they put into the Rockingham Speedway. We wish them the very best in all their future endeavors.”
It’s a shame because the track got the raw end of the deal when NASCAR, er, ISC bought it with the intent of shutting it down. Now we had someone try to put their heart and soul into it and without the pull of the big companies (ISC or SMI) we’ve reached the end of the road.
Hopefully someone can buy the track and keep Hillenberg on to run things because he did a great jump, it’s just hard to fight the good fight and keep a profit.