You won't believe how The Rock looks these days
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series left Rockingham Speedway in 2004, the 1.017-mile track in North Carolina sat dormant for years.
The facility was revived briefly by former driver Andy Hillenburg and NASCAR returned with the Camping World Truck Series in 2012 and 2013. 'The Rock' was also used during that time by late model series and the ARCA Racing Series.
Rockingham hosted a total of 78 Sprint Cup Series races from Oct. 1965 until Feb. 2004 and 42 XFINITY Series races from June 1982 until Feb. 2003. However, the track now sits unused and often unappreciated.
After Sunday's race at Darlington Raceway, a fan took a trip to Rockingham Speedway and shared a few pictures on social media. The overgrown condition of the facility caught many off guard and brought up memories for many NASCAR competitors.
For a full gallery of his images, click here.
I can close my eyes and run a lap in my mind at Rockingham and still feel all the bumps and transitions better than any other track. #NASCAR— Mark Martin (@markmartin) September 8, 2015
It's such a missed one!! https://t.co/MmL8iU4nbk— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) September 8, 2015