By admin | April 14, 2012
By Richard Allen
On Sunday afternoon, one of NASCAR’s top divisions will race at the Rockingham Speedway(once called the North Carolina Motor Speedway) for the first time in eight years when the Camping World Truck Series takes the green flag in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200. The Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series last raced on the one-mile track in 2004.
Some of the most well known names in racing history have visited victory lane at the facility located in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. One of those famous names to have won on the track was Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The seven time NASCAR champion ewas victorious here in his famous No. 3 car on three occasions(1987, 1994 & 1996). In each of those races, ‘The Intimidator’ was driving for car owner Richard Childress.
In Sunday’s truck race, that familiar stylized No. 3 will again compete on the abrasive surface at Rockingham as Ty Dillon pilots a truck for Richard Childress Racing. Childress is the grandfather of Dillon.
“I came here a lot with my grandfather when I was little and always dreamed about winning here,” the young driver remembered. “I know it would mean a lot to my grandfather to earn a victory at a place so historic as Rockingham Speedway.”
Aside from driving for one of the sport’s top organizations, Dillon will have another advantage over the competition at ‘The Rock’. He will be one of the few drivers in the field who actually has winning experience on the historic track. In 2010 he scored a victory in an ARCA race held here.
“It would be a huge honor to win at Rockingham and bring the No. 3 back to victory lane,” said Dillon, whose ARCA car bore the No. 41 two years ago. “The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team would forever be a part of ‘The Rock’s’ long history by winning the inaugural truck race.”
Sunday’s race will be the first Camping World Truck Series race held at the facility that hosted 78 Sprint Cup Series(Winston Cup) races from 1965 to 2004 and 42 Nationwide Series(Busch Series) races from 1982 to 2004. Ticket sales have been strong for the event which will be broadcast by the Speed network at 12:30pm.
This is the 20 year old Dillon’s first full season in the truck series. His older brother, Austin, previously drove the RCR machine and won the CWTS title in 2011.
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