The Rock is back: Report says racing to return to Rockingham in 2016

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While it may not be NASCAR events, racing is coming back to The Rock.

Rockingham Speedway will once again have race cars competing on its 1.017-mile surface in 2016, according to a story by the Rockingham (N.C.) Daily Journal.

James Martin, owner of Level 1 Motorsports, a race team based in Union County, N.C., told the Daily Journal that he has formed a new racing series called the “X-Cup Series” that he hopes to have up and operational by April.

Martin, who has 15 drivers already committed to the new venture (he hopes to eventually build that to a full field of 32 cars per race by mid-season), expects to have 10 races at The Rock during 2016, with eight on the racing oval and two others on the infield road course.

The racing will be family-friendly and affordable, Martin told the Daily Journal.

“Basically, a person can bring their family out for not a lot of money for a full day of racing,” Martin said.

The Rock will also host at least one race of the Super Cup Stock Car Series during the 2016 season.

And the National Auto Sports Association will race at Rockingham with the Firecracker Run, slated for July 2-3, according to the Daily Journal.

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