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WEATHER DERAILS RACERS APPRECIATION EVENT AT ‘THE ROCK’

Rockingham Dragway’s racers appreciation race is the latest victim of the Southeast’s raucous weather roller-coaster. The free entry event, which was to have been run this weekend, will instead be contested the week of June 27-28.

“We’re in a really unsettled weather pattern right now,” lamented track owner Steve Earwood. “Big freeze on Tuesday, sunshine on Wednesday, five inches of snow forecast for Thursday and, after that, who knows? They’re saying sun on Saturday, but with a high of 38, and then cold and clouds on Sunday. Not exactly ideal for racing, to say the least.

“As a result, we reluctantly decided to move the racers appreciation race to June when the weather should be more stable,” Earwood said. “I hate it, but I wanted to make a decision early enough to allow our racers to make other weekend plans.”

With the postponement, the track will shift its focus to the March 6-8 Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition bracket races which will award points not only for Coalition championships in Top Eliminator, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster but also for track championships.

The track points not only will determine champions in the three primary bracket classes, they also will determine Rockingham Dragway representatives at the NHRA Summit championships in the fall.
CHRISTENSEN REVIVING ICONIC ‘PINKS ALL OUT’ CONCEPT

Rich Christensen is bringing back PINKS. July 4th weekend at Rockingham Dragway, PINKS All Out, the series Hot Rod Magazine called “the hottest car show on television,” returns with a new group of grass-roots racers and every round will be documented on MAV-TV.

“The fact that racers and fans still want PINKS is both an honor and extremely ...humbling,” Christensen said. “Their unwavering passion is the reason I’m bringing it back. I’m hoping PINKS Week at Rockingham will become the largest grassroots drag racing festival in the world! Like Sturgis, it will be a one-week event, the one chance each year for friends and family from all over the country to come together and celebrate cars, bikes and speed.”

“My years of experience with the PINKS brand and Rich Christensen Entertainment has had me leading the charge to bring PINKS back to the grassroots drag racing community,” said Brian Bossone, Executive Producer of TV and Live Event Production. “PINKS: All Out has been one of the most popular events in grassroots drag racing history. The on-track competition created some of the best ‘true’ reality television ever produced. Rich and I are extremely excited to have the opportunity to re-connect with Steve Earwood and Rockingham Dragway on July 4th weekend to bring PINKS back.”

Earwood, too, is excited about the prospect of introducing PINKS to a new group of racers, many of whom weren’t even licensed the first time around.

“What better location for the resurrection of PINKS: All Out?” Earwood said. “Rockingham is one of the sport’s most historic facilities. ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, the late Raymond Beadle, Shirley Muldowney, Bob Glidden, Ronnie Sox and John Force all won races here and so did Tracy Cockman. Who’s he? He’s the guy who won $10,000 with his Mustang at our PINKS race in 2007.”


IT’S BACK! PINKS ALL OUT JULY 4TH WEEKEND AT ROCKINGHAM

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rich Christensen, creator of the PINKS reality racing franchise, and Steve Earwood, owner of Rockingham Dragway, jointly announced Friday the return of the popular grassroots drag racing festival to one of the venues at which it enjoyed its greatest success.

“Our PINKS: All Out event in 2007 remains the largest paid admission day in The Rock’s 44-year history,” Earwood said, “so we are ecstatic about the prospect of working again with Rich Christensen and the PINKS staff. The program Rich put together a few years back changed the programming landscape as it applies to all forms of auto racing. It was the most talked about grassroots racing experience ever.”

During its heyday (2005-2008), PINKS: All Out was designated the “hottest car show on television” by Hot Rod Magazine. The latest incarnation will follow a format similar to that of the original with a test-and-tune session on Wednesday, July 1, followed by three days of racing for cars and bikes (July 2-4).

“The fact that racers and fans still want PINKS is both an honor and extremely humbling,” Christensen said. “Their unwavering passion is the reason I’m bringing it back. I’m hoping PINKS Week at Rockingham will become the largest grassroots drag racing festival in the world!

“Like Sturgis, it will be a one-week event,” Christensen continued, referencing the popular Harley Davidson Motorcycle festival in North Dakota, “the one chance, each year for friends and family from all over the country to come together and celebrate cars, bikes and speed.”

“PINKS: All Out is a natural for Rockingham Dragway,” Earwood said, “because we’re in the very center of the motorsports universe with virtually every top NASCAR team in nearby Charlotte and no less than 20 other dragstrips within commuting distance. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me, ‘when is PINKS coming back?’ This is just a tremendous boost for our industry.”

The resurrected PINKS festival will be telecast worldwide on MAVTV.

“My years of experience with the PINKS brand and Rich Christensen Entertainment has had me leading the charge to bring PINKS back to the grassroots drag racing community,” said Brian Bossone, Executive Producer of TV and Live Event Production. “PINKS: All Out has been one of the most popular events in grassroots drag racing history.

“The on-track competition created some of the best ‘true’ reality television ever produced,” Bossone said. “Rich and I are extremely excited to have the opportunity to re-connect with Steve Earwood and Rockingham Dragway on July 4th weekend to bring PINKS back.”

Earwood, who is considered one of auto racing’s most progressive and innovative promoters, is excited about the prospect of introducing the PINKS concept to a new generation of young racers who weren’t even licensed when the show came to The Rock in 2007.

“What better location for the resurrection of PINKS: All Out?” Earwood said. “Rockingham is one of the sport’s most historic facilities. ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, the late Raymond Beadle and the ‘Blue Max,’ Shirley Muldowney, Bob Glidden, Ronnie Sox and John Force all won races here and this is where multi-time IHRA champion Clay Millican ran the quickest quarter mile ever at 4.48.”

The winner of a $10,000 top prize at Rockingham’s 2007 PINKS event was Tracy Cockman of Spring Lake, N.C.
THE ROCK INKS MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH ATI PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS INC.
Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood confirmed Monday that he has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with ATI Performance Products that includes prominent signage at the sandhills-area track which opens for the first time in the new year on Feb. 14.

ATI Performance Product’s signage will be prominent on the walkover bridge that spans the staging lanes as well as on the starting line guard-walls. In addition, ATI will sponsor the Pro Tree Doorslammers class and both of the Civil Wars events hosted by the track, the first on May 1-3 and the second Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
 
“Rockingham Dragway’s support of grassroots racing, from the weekly bracket program to the Civil Wars events, gives our customers a place to develop their skills and their race cars,” said ATI’s COO, J.C. Beattie Jr. “We’re pleased to be able to lend our support.”

“ATI has always tested its transmissions, torque converters and driveline components under the toughest conditions,” Earwood said, “and that’s in competition. We welcome their continued support and we know that our racers will support them in return, as they always have.”
DIEFFENBACH RENEWS SUPPORT FOR CLASSIC ROCK SUPER CHEVY SHOW



Track owner Steve Earwood and Dieffenbach GM Super Store General Manager Jeff Dieffenbach have confirmed that the Rockingham General Motors dealership has renewed its sponsorship of the Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism, which returns to Rockingham Dragway Oct. 9-11.

The sport’s largest all-Chevy event, the Dieffenbach GM Superstore Super Chevy Show will feature bowtie action both on and off the track with a car show, swap meet and Chevrolet product displays along with a full slate of drag races.

The Dieffenbach GM Superstore, located at 1209 E. Broad Avenue in Rockingham, is a one-stop source for everything branded with the Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick logos as well as for service on all makes and models. Dieffenbach technicians are trained and equipped to handle everything from oil changes to tire rotations to brakes, batteries and multi-point vehicle inspections.

“The Dieffenbach GM Superstore is where you can get one of those Camaro 2LT coupes with the 6.2 liter V8,” Earwood said. “That’s one fast hot rod and you can bring it out to The Rock and shake it down whenever you want and maybe even bring it to the big race in the fall. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jeff Dieffenbach and his crew at the dealership”.
BIG PURSE, FREE ENTRY FOR HOOSIER CAROLINA COALITION RACERS

An increased Top Eliminator purse and free entry in Modified (Footbrake) are among the enhancements expected to draw record numbers of bracket racers to the 2015 Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition Series.

The four-race series is hosted by Rockingham Dragway, Piedmont Dragway, Farmington Dragway and Galot Motorsports Park (formerly Dunn-Benson).

At each event, champions will be crowned on both Saturday and Sunday with series points awarded for both participation and rounds won. Top Eliminator race winners will earn $5,000 with $1,500 to the runners-up and $500 each to the losing semifinalists.

Although the entry fee is being waived in the newly-designated Modified category, winners nevertheless will earn $1,000 on each day of competition. In addition to Top Eliminator and Modified, Jr. Dragster champions also will be determined on a daily basis with competition in the first three rounds restricted by age – 11 and under drivers on one side of the bracket; 12 and older on the other.

Defending champions in the Hoosier Carolina Coalition Series as Charlie Doss of Statesville in Top Eliminator, Terry Rucker of Benson in Mod and Ashleigh Stafford of Kernersville in Jr. Dragster.

Racers will earn three entry points for every event, a potential six points each weekend. A single point will be awarded for each round won and, at the conclusion of the final event in the series, three bonus points will accrue for racers who participate in all eight races.

The series kicks off March 7-8 at Rockingham before moving to Farmington on April 18-19, Piedmont on June 20-21 and concluding at Galot on Aug. 29-30.  
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SOUTHROCK SERIES TO FEATURE POPULAR MOTORCYCLE GRUDGE RACING
Responding to the growing popularity of motorcycle grudge racing, Steve Earwood announced Thursday that Rockingham Dragway is partnering with South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga., and promoter Dano McGee for a four-race series in 2015.

The SouthRock Grudge Series will feature four distinct classes (All Out Flat Slick, Ultimate Street Tire, All Motor and True Hand Clutch) and will debut on March 28, 2015 at The Rock.  Subsequent races will be held at South Georgia on June 6, Rockingham on Aug. 29 and South Georgia on Oct. 10.

Grudge Racing, which has become the fastest growing segment of motorcycle drag racing, encourages innovation through an informal “run-what-you-brung” structure.  That philosophy, manifested in McGee’s free-form nighttime format, will be the cornerstone of the new series. 

“Bikes are being built everywhere just for grudge racing,” Earwood said.  “The growth of the grudge racing segment has been amazing especially because it is such a simple  format.  I think the secret is that it’s one-on-one competitive, but it’s also fun.  It’s fun to do and it’s fun to watch.”

Announcement of a rules and payout package will be forthcoming, Earwood said.
‘THE ROCK’ GETS A NATIONAL EVENT IN THE MANCUP CHAMPIONSHIP MOTORCYCLE DRAG RACING SERIES

Moving quickly to insure that Rockingham Dragway remains at the forefront of two-wheel drag racing following the dissolution of the MIRock Superbike Series, Steve Earwood confirmed Tuesday that in 2015 the iconic Carolina track will play host to a championship round in the ManCup Series. That most likely means an appearance by Larry “Spiderman” McBride, the 56-year-old rider from Newport News, Va., who made last year’s ManCup Pingel Top Fuel title his 14th major championship.

En route to yet another victory at the MoTeC World Finals presented by Mickey Thompson tires in Valdosta, Ga., McBride lowered his own national record to a sizzling 5.76 across the record setting SGMP quarter mile. “We’re really excited about bringing the Manufacturers Cup Series to The Rock,” Earwood said.

“We have a rich history as a motorcycle track and when told the new owners of MIR dissolved the MIRock Series, our first priority was to develop alternative races. The Man Cup national event, which will run in August, is the first of those.” The ManCup Series crowns champions in Top Fuel as well as 12 other classes every year.

The series 2015 schedule begins at South Georgia Motorsports Park the weekend of April 10-12, moves on to Memphis TN the weekend of June 20-21, hits The Rock on the weekend of August 22-23 and closes out the 2015 motorcycle drag racing calendar with the always massive World Finals Nov 13-15 at SGMP.
 
 
 
 
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