North Carolina Motor Speedway
Location: Rockingham, North Carolina
Phone Number: 910-582-2861
Distance: 1.017 miles
Banking: Turn 1 and 2 - 22 degrees
Turn 3 and 4 - 25 degrees
Also features a 1.5 mile road course.
Situated south US 74 and US220 east of Charlotte.
Where To Stay
Days Inn, US 74 @ US 220, 408 W.Broad St, Rockingham NC 28379. Tel: 910
895-1144. Fax: 910 895-8848.
Rockingham - A Brief History
North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina, was first conquered by legends Richard Petty and Curtis Turner in 1965 when it hosted the inaugural American 500, in which Petty took the pole and Turner the checkered flag. The original one-mile speedway was built by Harold Brasington, who had built Darlington Raceway 15 years before. It was carved out of the sandy soil and, after being redesigned in 1969, was the talk of further changes in following years. Finally, after much discussion, a new tunnel was added to the infield to handle increased spectator traffic, and the banking in the turns was increased considerably. More that 350,000 square-feet of asphalt had to be torn up and more than 150,000 cubic-yards of earth had to be moved before an incredible 530,000 square-feet of new asphalt was added. Today, North Carolina Motor Speedway, better known as "The Rock," is one of the most popular super speedways on the NASCAR circuit, with unobstructed viewing from nearly every seat in the house. The speedway annually attracts some 200,000 fans, which in turn bring an estimated $70 million dollar economic impact to Rockingham and the surrounding communities.