The Rock has been bought

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by Biggreen695, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    Bulldoze it. 1.5 mile tracks aren’t the problem IMO, it’s their shape which causes the issues. The whole D shaped tri-oval is the bigger issue as that kind of shape leads to more momentum and speed into corners which reduces the need for throttle control

    That’s why the cars need to be more aero friendly to allow a draft for the cars behind them, similar what we see in the truck series. Same reason I don’t want the trucks to return to short tracks mostly, it’s the best racing series on 1.5+ length tracks
     
  2. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Slower and the aerodynamics of a brick with the trucks seem to work pretty well on the 1.5's
     
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  3. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    Do you smell what the rock is cooking?
     
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  4. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner Contributor

    No
     
  5. Towmater

    Towmater Ratings Craterville

    Maybe the fans should have been more responsible and not driven while intoxicated. Kind of makes DUI stops uneventful if you aren't under the influence. Course some people aren't smart enough or responsible enough to understand that. (No, that isn't aimed at you. It is aimed at those that are dumb enough to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive drunk).
     
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  6. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    You mean people quit going because they didn't want to be around drunks, or because the drunks got tired of getting busted?

    I find it difficult to believe Rockingham attracted more excessive imbibers on average than any other sports facility.
     
  7. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

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  8. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

  9. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner Contributor

  10. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I hope they give it an honest to goodness shot and start off with modifieds, ARCA and other lower level series see how that works out then invite Trucks back and Xfinity with the hope of maybe getting a Cup race back in the very very distant future.
     
  11. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    It's a good plan with entertainment in the form of concerts, car shows and various get together's, being out and away from the madding crowd is an advantage
     
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  12. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I like their idea, turn the track into a multi use facility hope people there get out and support all that place will have to offer.
     
  13. Biggreen695

    Biggreen695 Team Owner

    Was about to post the article but see snappy beat me to it

    I think it's a realistic idea. The first ever Carolina rebellion festival was held in rockingham and was a hit, the drag strip always draws an awesome crowd.

    I just wanna see cars on the track.

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  14. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    yeah a lot of the larger tracks have been having raves and concerts etc. If it is managed well, it sure is looking good for the Rock racing.
     
  15. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    I think a lot of tracks are moving this direction. Dover has Firefly, Daytona has the country 500, Vegas has that crazy edm thing. I'm sure other tracks have stuff.
     
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  16. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I hope the get some racing back out there. I honestly hope the track works out, the sport as a whole needs places like The Rock: a damn unique place that is steeped in history.
     
  17. Biggreen695

    Biggreen695 Team Owner

    And close enough to my hunting camp I can get drunk as a skunk and walk to it!

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  18. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

  19. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Looking good, rooting for this deal to make it
     
  20. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Start small; see if they can get LeMons or ChumpCar to come back. They don't draw a crowd but those series don't require much overhead either. Might be a good way to knock the rust off, assuming they plan to do any racing and not use it strictly as an entertainment venue.
     
  21. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I think they’ll soon see why it closed.
     
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  22. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

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  23. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    As much as I hope they bring it back, something just seems off here. Renaming it "Rock Entertainment Complex" seems like they're going to utilize the place's history as a landmark but intend to use it for other things not motorsports related. "Paying tribute to the past with the future". I think they're vaguely saying they intend to hold races there, but in the end it will be one of those things that just happened to not "work out".
     
  24. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    You may be right, but the longer the track manages to survive without getting attacked by a bulldozer, the greater chance (no matter how small) that we could get to see racing there again. Just like historic preservation, you might not be able to save everything and restore it to it's former glory, but once it's gone, it's gone.
     
  25. The guy is going to be on Moody at 4:30 today. Even Dave says he sounds like a real blowhard, but I will reserve judgement until proven otherwise.
     
  26. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Every time I see this thread title I think someone bought Dwayne Johnson. :confused:
     
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  27. FenderBumper

    FenderBumper The "good old days" ??

    "Lovenheim did not specifically address if NASCAR was under consideration,"

    OK
     
  28. FenderBumper

    FenderBumper The "good old days" ??

    NASCAR racing at a .00345 mile track? :confused:

    I thought they bought Alcatraz and was hoping NASCAR would race there instead.
     
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  29. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Well that was an interesting interview. He said he's been in talks with Nascar and other racing organizations and more info would be released on that in the coming months.
     
  30. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I was able to go to the last race at the Rock, had a great time, but, traffic out was pretty sucky. Sat in the middle of turn 1 and 2 half way up. The track was great but in the wrong location for lodging and such.

    If it comes back fine, If it does not come back fine.
     
  31. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Gotta know the back way out. ;) Contact me if they actually sell race tickets and I'll clue you in.
     
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  32. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    Did you use the path thru the woods like we used too?
     
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  33. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    If I was headed south.

    For east you have to go north with the traffic on US-1 for about a half mile. Then there's right that takes you over the tracks and back to Laurinburg.

    Gods, we need lives.
     
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  34. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Not a bad idea to use music and entertainment as another means to keep the place going, but the racing certainly hasn't worked when Hillenburg owned it, why should it now?
     
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  35. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    A triple header or at least the cup series is what it's going to take imo
     
  36. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    plenty of ways to make a living for that track besides a Nascar race, plenty of on going series besides Nascar can race there. having a multi purpose facility that draws different age groups with different interests is the way to go. Nascar's fees and safety and room considerations aren't cheap.
     
  37. Biggreen695

    Biggreen695 Team Owner

    SSSSSHHHHHHHHHH

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  38. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    It's too big to host a weekly series, unless maybe it runs on the 'Little Rock' Martinsville clone (assuming it could attract a pool of regular competitors). Andy demonstrated it can't draw enough people to get by on regional touring series. It won't get a national series anytime soon. Sports car clubs can get more of a challenge at VIR or Kershaw. What's left?
     
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  39. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I have no idea, but doing what other larger tracks do makes sense. It isn't a small track where big events won't work.

    Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR radio host Dave Moody on Friday night, Lovenheim said he intends to have the facility open every week for festivals, concerts and racing events.

    In fact, he has already secured a 20-year contract to host the former Carolina Rebellion concert festival starting next May. That’s a major coup because the Carolina Rebellion has been the largest such event in the Carolinas.

    Lovenheim hopes that by making The Rock a year-round entertainment facility, he will be better equipped to support occasional motorsport events.

    "Our primary focus is on festival events and racing events," Lovenheim said. "We also have a whole host of events in many categories. We are encompassing a number of genres with the understanding that it's a flexible event complex space. Racing will be a fundamental part of this but it's not the only part we are relying on."

    https://autoweek.com/article/nascar/new-rockingham-speedway-owners-have-reached-out-nascar
     
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  40. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Hopefully The Rock doesn't get blown over next week before they get the chance to renovate it
     

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