With the big race at The Rock only a week away, logo painting, grass cutting and final preparations at the track will take place next week.
“We’re doing a lot to get ready,” said David King, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Rockingham Speedway.
King said they are in the process of completing installation of advertising billboards.
On Tuesday, the grass will be mowed for the final time before the race and on Wednesday, the logos will be painted in the grass. According to King, there will be four logos painted next to the winner’s circle: the North Carolina Education Lottery logo, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series logo, the NASCAR Race View logo and the NASCAR Unites logo.
The painting of the logos was contracted out to Jones Sign Company in Sherrills Ford, N.C.
Like last year, the first five rows will not have race fans seated in them. King said they do not sell the first five rows because it is not good seating. They have offered the seats to companies that will have banners draped over them in certain sections.
“Everything is pretty much the same (this year),” King said.
He said that because last year’s race was the first year, it was more of a learning experience and this year they know what is expected.
Vendors and corporate sponsors will be out front, like last year, promoting products. King said there will be T-shirts and souvenirs and they will have displays from the North Carolina State Lottery, Cheerwine and Southeast Farm Equipment Company, who provides the track with the John Deere mowing equipment they use to keep up the grounds.
Dominos, the official pizza of the race, will be the only pizza sold and there will only be Cheerwine soft drink products.
Even though the preparations this year are still the same, one difference is the Hauler’s Parade will be on Friday. Last year, the Hauler’s Parade was on Thursday and the trucks practiced on Friday.
“This year, the Hauler’s will come in on Friday night, and they will have two practices scheduled for Saturday. They’ll qualify on Sunday and then race,” King said. Last year, the trucks qualified on Saturday.
Tickets, suite packages and camping accommodations for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock presented by Cheerwine are now available at www.rockinghamspeedway.com or by calling 910-205-8800. Saturday general admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, with grandstand tickets for Sunday’s NCWTS event beginning at $20.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.