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After 48 years of ownership Steve Earwood has announced the sale of the track to AL Gennarelli and Dan VanHorn. This was in my mail from the North Carolina Motorsports Assoc this morning
can't be any worse under new ownership
One of my favorite tracks. I thought Steve did an awesome job. I've always felt safe, welcome and well respected there.
the track SUCKED!
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Sorry you feel that way but racers that have had a place to race under Steve Earwood for some 48 years might feel a little different. He did after all manage to keep it going through thick and thin......I'll miss him. And Ed you probably didn't race there enough for your opinion to matter anyway.
I agree Ferndale. I've never had a track issue there. Didn't the track just become a NHRA track again recently? I don't think that label is given to any track. Steve cares about his racers too. I think he walks the entire facility on race day and always says hello. He keeps things moving along.
Great group of racers there too.
Steve does not care. I was in the tower telling him how bad the track was and he said it look good to him to which I replied, watch the next pair I guarantee at least one of them lifts at the transition. I was wrong, both could not compete their runs and neither did the pair behind them. Was that way since the first pair attempted to go down the track and he did nothing about it until I called him out on it! Spoke to the starter too who admitted the track wasn't there. The next morning the starter came to me before we ran and told me he worked on the track for 2 hous and it should be be better today which it was but marginally. My Racepak graphs have never looked anything like what they are there from anyother track I've run at.
Been there twice and that was two times too many. if that shyt hole was my only choice to race, I'd find something else to do with my time and $. A certain world champion and I were there talking about how bad that place is and he told me he hadn't been there in at least 25 years and won't be back again.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 1320racer,
I saw this as well fern. Earwood has been good for North Carolina racers like when the state was going to harass people over towing with motor homes and the length issues.
I do also agree that the place needs a lot of love and really no more than fixing up. I hope the new owners repair the return road and roads through the pits. so it don't knock the front end out from other my car.
ep- wish them success in the new venture. and congrats to Earwood for getting paid.
SFG race they had there couple years ago track was on POINT...facility is in dire need of facelift though...
Much needed facelift.
"Just Shut Up and Race"
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Never had a problem there unless people were dragging sand to the starting line. People always look at me funny when I'm cleaning out my wheel wells in the staging lanes (at just about any track). Won plenty of races there over the years.
Earwood and I would agree to disagree on some things, but we always treated each other with respect, and I enjoyed talking with him.
He offered free ice cream to the racers one weekend. I picked up mine and went up to the tower and told him thank you. He said, "You know, you're the only one who said thank you."
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Steve Earwood reflects on Rockingham
Take care. Tom Worthington
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First thing I do when I get to the staging lanes. Wish more racers did this.
Yeah but that’s part of the problem there they never blow the damn return roads are nothing off....like HOH does..
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Blow the return roads off? I been racing 60+ years all over the country and I have yet to see anyone blow off the return road. Lots of asphalt at the Rock but many like the shade trees
After owning a business for 48 years he had to care. Thats dedication and hard work.
I noticed that Mr. Earwood didn't mention Ed. I hope he warned the new owners to offer up an Olive branch for him if they want any success.
I raced there on a couple of occasions...both times the track was fine...once my buddy and I doubled in my car and he went 8 rounds to the final...no issues whatsoever...another time I had car trouble and Steve and Tony could not have been more fair with me...yes, the place is a bit long in the tooth but so am I...lol...I don't know when Ed had his issues but my trips there were in the last couple of years...
Steve should have got out long ago, he clearly don't care, hasn't put any $ into that place in a very long time. it's nearly in a state of disrepair now. To quote the world champion I spoke to, "it looks exactly the same and has the same issues it had when I was last here 25 years ago. by far the worse track on the division 2 schedule."
I don't think Earwood has owned Rockingham for 48 years.
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