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Monday, 31 December 2018 17:14

A look back: Top stories of 2018

ROCKINGHAM — As 2018 comes to a close, we decided to take a look back at some of Richmond County’s top news stories of the year.

Published in Local News
Friday, 21 December 2018 18:25

Rockingham Speedway wins Twitter poll

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s landmark racetrack remains popular among NASCAR fans, according to a recent poll.

Rockingham Speedway garnered half the votes on a Twitter poll released Thursday by NASCAR on NBC asking at which historic track fans would rather NASCAR return. The other two choices were North Wilkesboro or Nashville Fairgrounds.

Published in Local Sports
Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:58

Rockingham Speedway leads locations in Twitter poll

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's legendary racetrack is leading a poll on which former site NASCAR fans would like to see host a race.

Published in Local Sports

ROCKINGHAM — The upcoming Epicenter music festival will have the largest economic impact of any event ever held in Richmond County, according to County Manager Bryan Land.

During his report to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Land said attendance is “expected to eclipse 90 to 100,000 attendees and the economic impact will be larger than any NASCAR event we have ever hosted.”

Published in Local News

ROCKINGHAM ― The idea of bringing dirt-track racing to Rockingham Speedway is garnering overwhelming support.

Frank Bloom, tweeting as Rockingham Speedway on Saturday, asked for feedback on “hypothetically” turning the Little Rock into a dirt track.

Most of the responses were a resounding “Yes.”

Published in Local News
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:08

Epicenter music festival coming to Richmond County

Richmond County will once again host a music festival starting next year.

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:30

The First AMERICAN 500 Race at The Rock

I think it was spring 1964 I found out that a race track was being built up on U.S # 1 Highway where NC Highway 177 met at Newton’s Point.

On a Sunday afternoon I took a ride to see what was going on, it was this time that I met Mr. Harold Brasington who was doing the work. I started talking to him and we became friends, and I would go out two or three times a month and talk with him. Sometime in July 1965 he told me if I wanted tickets to the race to go into the stands and pick out the seats I wanted, so I did and picked out Section P, Row 12, Seats 1 and 2,then went back and told him what I wanted. He told me to be out at the track the next week and he would have the tickets. The next week as I was getting ready to leave the track, Mr. Brasington said come over to his truck and he gave me the tickets and said, "these are free you might never get them free again." I still have the tickets to this day.

Well on Sunday October 31, 1965 (Halloween) I got to the track about 11:00am, and I made my way into the stands and to my seats. I had my brother-in-law who was about 12 years old with me, and it was the first race he had ever seen.

At 12:30 PM the First American 500 started. Richard Petty was on the pole, Junior (Jr.) Johnson on the outside, Richard had trouble at the start and Jr. Johnson led the first 45 laps, then Curtis Turner led a lap, followed by Marvin Panch for two laps, then Jr. Johnson for 33 more laps. The lead ultimately changed again between Bobby Isaac, Jim Paschel, Cale Yarborough, but the last 27 laps belonged to Curtis Turner, who held on for the win.

Turner was driving a 1965 #41 Ford for The Woods brothers, and he finished 11 seconds in front of 2nd place Cale Yarborough. Third place belonged to Marvin Panch, fourth to G.C. Spencer, delivering a sizable win for Ford, who manufactured the cars for all top four finishers.

The Rock had some great racing over the years, and it is a shame that it had to give away to big money, and the date moved to other venues that are certainly no better than The Rock.

My only hope is that the group that is trying to buy it now will be able to do something for the Veterans.

I have some good memories of great racing at The Rock and hope to be able to leave it in some form for others to enjoy.

First AMERICAN 500 STATS

The 1st. Race,

Race time 4 hours, 54 minutes, 11 seconds. Curtis Turner.

Average speed 101.942 MPH

Pole Speed 116.29 MPH Richard Petty.

8 Cautions for 55 laps.

Margin of Victory 11 seconds.

Attendance 35,000.

Lead changes 16

Published in Lifestyle
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