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Matt Kenseth throwback weekend paint scheme from first Xfinity win at Rockingham

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Matt Kenseth will have a unique paint scheme celebrating Circle K’s longtime involvement with NASCAR in the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Kenseth had a number of schemes to choose from, including his first career NASCAR Cup win, his first win at Joe Gibbs Racing and his first Daytona 500 win.

But the scheme he chose was from his first NASCAR win in the Xfinity Series, at Rockingham Speedway in February 1998.

Kenseth grabbed the lead coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap to take the checkered flag. He beat a number of future NASCAR stars, including Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton and NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

“We were certainly the underdog,” Kenseth said. “We weren’t expected to win and probably the most special day of my racing career. We matched up as close as we could, still used the Super K colors but tried to make it look like my ride of February 1998.”

Click here to check out this video showing Kenseth unveiling his Darlington scheme.

Kenseth changed his profile picture on Twitter to one of him from 1998:

And here’s video of Kenseth’s win in 1998, when he bumped Stewart as they exited Turn 4 to take the checkered flag.

 

 

 

 

 

Roush Fenway Racing celebrates latest Cup win with trophy, car from its first

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What do you do when you win a Cup Series race for the first time in 101 events?

If you’re Roush Fenway Racing, you have a really big lunch.

On Tuesday, the team held a luncheon at its headquarters to celebrate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s victory at Talladega Superspeedway. It was Roush’s first Cup win since Carl Edwards won at Sonoma Raceway in 2014.

The celebration had a special attendee in the form of the first NASCAR trophy Roush Fenway Racing ever won in 1989.

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The trophy, won by Mark Martin at Rockingham Motor Speedway, had actually been missing. But it was found just days before the Talladega race by the curator of the Roush Museum.

“It’s ironic really, but the first win trophy from Rockingham had been missing for a number of years and we found it in an unmarked box up in Michigan,” Roush said at the luncheon according to a press release. “I brought it with me, and it’s nice to be able to tie in our first win and our most recent win in one setting. It’s been a long road and it has never been easy, but it’s as rewarding today as it was back then.”

The No. 6 Ford Thunderbird Martin drove to that win was also on hand. Roush and team members were able to pose with the car and the first and 324th NASCAR trophies won by the team.

“I can remember when we started this thing 30 years ago, there was a period when I wasn’t sure that we were going to win,” Roush said. “We had speed from the start, but we finished second on a number of occasions that first and second season, and finally broke through late in the season at Rockingham.”

“It felt like a validation,” added Roush, who is now a 2018 NASCAR Fall of Fame nominee. “I figured they would let me stay around for a while. All these years later, we’ve been fortunate to get a lot of wins and Ricky is the ninth driver that we have had win for us in a Cup car; with eight of those guys getting their first win for us. I think that says a lot about the organization and the opportunity that we have given young drivers over the years.”

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Rockingham Speedway for sale again

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Rockingham Speedway, which hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1965-2004, is back on the market.

Iron Horse Properties, LLC, stated on its Facebook page Thursday that the track and its property is for sale for $3,795,000.

Agent Mark Baysek told the Richmond County Daily Journal that the company negotiated with the property owner, BK Rock Holdings, LLC, and signed the deal this week to act as the real estate agent.

The newspaper reported that the track is valued at $6.85 million, according to Richmond County tax records.

Former driver Andy Hillenburg bought the track at auction in 2007. Racing returned there in 2008. The Camping World Truck Series competed at Rockingham in 2012 and ’13. In late 2014, Farmers and Merchants Bank began foreclosure proceedings, according to the Daily Journal.

Among those who won Cup races at the 1.017-mile track formerly known as North Carolina Speedway: Curtis Turner, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Alan Kulwicki, Kyle Petty, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte and Matt Kenseth.

Rockingham Speedway is sold at auction, future plans uncertain

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The Rock is off the block.

Rockingham Speedway, located in Rockingham, North Carolina, has been sold at auction to a Florida-based holding company, according to the Richmond County Daily Journal.

A credit bid of $3 million submitted at a May 5 public auction by BK Rock Holdings, a limited liability company managed by Billy Silas, was accepted when no additional “upset” bids were received by Monday, according to the Daily Journal.

Proceeds from the winning bid will be credited to pay off outstanding debt that the Speedway had incurred over the years.

According to the Daily Journal, former driver Andy Hillenburg purchased the Speedway in 2008 for $4.2 million. The loan Hillenburg took out was to be paid in full by Oct. 16, 2013.

When that did not happen, Farmers and Merchants Bank began foreclosure proceedings in 2014, according to the Daily Journal. With principal and accrued interest still outstanding, nearly $5 million was still owed on the property, not including attorney’s fees and costs, according to the newspaper.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ran 78 races at Rockingham from 1965 – 2004, while the Xfinity Series ran from 1982 – 2004. The Camping World Truck Series ran there in 2012 and 2013.

There’s been no word from Silas or his attorney on future plans for the track to resume racing or if the venerable facility has indeed hosted its last race.

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Report: Rockingham Speedway set to be auctioned in May

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Rockingham Speedway, which hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1965-2004, is set to be auctioned next month, according to the Richmond County Daily Journal.

The newspaper reported that a notice of foreclosure sale filed in Richmond County Superior Court states that the property will be sold at public auction May 5. The newspaper reported that the sale will be open at 11 a.m. at the Richmond County Courthouse and be held open for 10 days for upset bids as required by law.

Rockingham Speedway — previously known as North Carolina Speedway — saw NASCAR Hall of Famer Curtis Turner win the inaugural NASCAR race there Oct. 31, 1965. Matt Kenseth won the final Cup race there on Feb. 22, 2004.

Former racer Andy Hillenburg purchased the track for $4 million in Oct. 2007 and brought NASCAR back to the track with the Camping World Truck Series in 2012 and 2013 and the K&N Pro Series East in 2012.

The first race after the track had been purchased was an ARCA race in May 2008. Joey Logano won that event.