Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Donnie Allison Named Honorary Starter at Rockingham

NASCAR legend Donnie Allison has been named Honorary Starter for Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series “Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine" at Rockingham (NC) Speedway.

Donnie Allison is heading for The Rock
A charter member of NASCAR’s legendary “Alabama Gang” along with brother Bobby Allison, Red Farmer and Neil Bonnett, Allison won his first career race on what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Rockingham in the 1968 “Carolina 500.” The victory was the first of 10 in his NASCAR Cup career, and Sunday, the Hueytown, Ala., native will wave the green flag over a full field of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries as the series makes its first-ever start at the historic North Carolina oval.

"Rockingham is a great track and it is definitely special to me," said Allison, who collected his first career NASCAR win at the track in 1968. "It is a great day in racing for NASCAR to be returning to The Rock."

"We’re so excited to have Donnie agree to be part of the festivities this weekend,” said Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg today. “He’s an important part of our history here at The Rock, and we look forward to him helping us make more history Sunday.”

Sunday’s "Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 presented by Cheerwine” takes the green flag at 1 p.m., preceded by pre-race ceremonies and a special driver autograph session. Tickets are still available by calling the Rockingham Speedway ticket office at (910) 205-.8800, or online at

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