Tuesday, October 04, 2011
SAFER Barriers Going In At The Rock
SAFER barriers will be installed in the turns following the running of the Pro Cup Series "American 200" and UARA-Stars Late Model Series finale on November 5. When complete, the project will represent an investment of nearly $1 million; an investment speedway president Andy Hillenburg said is worthwhile.
"As a racer, safety is always my number one concern," said Hillenburg, who made his first NASCAR Cup Series start at the track in 1991. "Regardless of NASCAR's decision to come back to Rockingham, SAFER barriers were a need for us and I'm glad we are able to get that process underway. As we've seen over the years, there are some hard hits along that inside wall coming off of Turn Two, and when things go bad getting into Turn One, they go very bad."
Also on tap this season is the fourth annual "Polar Bear 150" Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals on November 26, with up to 99 Street Stocks scheduled to take the green flag. A year ago, Sprint Cup star Kurt Busch steered the #22 Sirius Speedway Chevrolet to a second-place finish. For more information on upcoming events at The Rock, contact the track ticket office at (910) 205-8800, or go online at www.rockinghamspeedway.com.