Governor Beverly Perdue, who promised to attend the historic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, has changed her plans and won’t be coming.
“She would like to have been there, but she will be with family this weekend,” said Press Secretary Chris Mackey, of the Governor’s Press Office, on Wednesday.
Last September, during the announcement of NASCAR’s return to the speedway on Highway U.S. 1 north of Rockingham — an unprecedented move by the racing circuit — “Perdue lauded economic projections that the race will generate between $7.2 million and $10.5 million in revenue for Richmond County and the state of North Carolina, plus more than 300 jobs,” according to an article by Joe Menzer of NASCAR.com.
“She promised to return on race day and predicted a sellout crowd at the facility, which now seats 34,500 (the back stretch grandstands were dismantled and sold to SMI as part of the auction deal),” Menzer reported.
The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine is set for 1 p.m. this Sunday at The Rock.