His terse reply? “I have nothing to release at this time.”
|Craig Northacker of Vets-Help.org|
One year later, that plan is apparently still in place, though not much closer to fruition.
“My plan for Rockingham is to create a facility that can serve the needs of our service veterans and their families,” said the Cold Spring Harbor, NY, native, who as a Certified Public Accountant has more than two decades of involvement in the entertainment industry. “We will be rolling out a number of educational, vocational and rehabilitative programs for our service men and women, all bound together by the racing.”
“The previous holder of the note made things very, very difficult,” he said. “We wanted to put $50 million into this facility, but (F&M) wouldn’t even talk to us. They made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the process to move forward.”
|It's been three years since "The Rock" roared.|
Silas' attorney, Alan Armour, offered a less-encouraging assessment, saying, "It is my understanding that there are numerous parties who have shown, and continue to express, an interest in Rockingham Raceway, including Craig Northacker. However, to date, it is my understanding that none of the parties have presented any definitive proposals.
"We are aware of numerous parties who desire to bring racing events back to the “Rock," said Armour. "However, there is a lot involved, and until a definitive agreement is reached, there are no assurances that there will be any racing events in year 2016."
While declining to discuss any of the specific issues still facing the speedway, Northacker insisted that Rockingham can – and will – host racing events this season.
“There will be racing at Rockingham in 2016,” he said. “I am the instigator of those recent scheduling announcements” from the Super Cup Stock Car, X-Cup and National Auto Sports Association circuits. In fact, Northacker revealed that he owns the fledgling X-Cup Series, saying, “That’s ours. We’re starting that up as part of our plan to revitalize the speedway.”
Can Craig Northacker and Vets-Help.org bring Rockingham back from the brink of death?