Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham Speedway

Rockingham Speedway

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Rockingham Speedway, formerly North Carolina Motor Speedway and later North Carolina Speedway is a racetrack located near Rockingham, North Carolina. It is affectionately known as "The Rock" and hosted two NASCAR Cup Series, the Subway 400 (1966–2004) and the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 (1965–2003), as well as two Busch Series races, the Goody's Headache Powder 200 (1982–2004) and the Target House 200 (1984–2003). Rockingham has hosted Automobile Racing Club of America and USAR Hooters Pro Cup series races since 2008. Currently, the track is home to the Buck Baker Driving School, which is owned by new track owner Andy Hillenburg, and is used extensively for NASCAR testing.

It has been used often for television and movie filming, and the 2004 ESPN telefilm The Dale Earnhardt Story was filmed at the track along with some scenes from The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. For the filming of the later movie, the walls were repainted to resemble famous tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It also was the site of the 2007 Bollywood film Ta Ra Rum Pum.

The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval in 1965. In 1969, the track was extensively reconfigured to a high-banked, D-shaped oval measuring slightly over one mile in length. The...
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