Last weekend, the Rockingham Speedway took center stage with the ARCA and UARA races.
Saturday’s UARA race had a familiar name drive into Victory Lane for the first time, Lajoie. Corey Lajoie, the son of two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy Lajoie, held off the other 31 cars in the field to win for the first time in the UARA series.
On Sunday, race fans were treated to what appeared to be Ken Schrader’s first visit to the winner’s circle at “The Rock.” But fuel mileage became an issue with three laps remaining, as Schrader was forced to drive down pit road for gas, while Sean Caisse took the lead and the victory.
For ARCA and Rockingham Speedway, the weekend could not have been scripted any better. From the weather to the racing and everything in between.
And what will this weekend hold for races fans? Speed, lots of speed and more speed.
The Rockingham Dragway moves to the forefront by playing host to the IHRA Spring Nationals this weekend.
The series’ Top Fuel, Pro Modified and Pro Stock, along with sportsman racers will complete. In addition, Kevin Martin will attempt to go for a world record on his Ballistic Eagle motorcycle. And if this wasn’t enough, Super Shockwave, a jet truck, will battle monster truck Grave Digger in a world drag racing first.
While the speeds and the sounds at Rockingham Dragway will be jaw-dropping and ear-shattering, the opportunity for Richmond County to again be in the spotlight of the racing world is priceless.
The weekend’s forecast should be perfect for Steve Earwood and his crew, as it was the previous weekend for Andy Hillenburg and his gang.
Earwood and Hillenburg both understand the current economic situation and that asking anyone to dig into their pockets for their hard-earned money is tough. But they are putting together the best possible entertainment for those dollars.
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