North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Rockingham)

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North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock Presented by Cheerwine
Venue Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina
Sponsor North Carolina Education Lottery, Cheerwine
First race 2012
Last race 2013
Distance 203.4 miles (327.3 km)
Laps 200
Previous names Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 Presented by Cheerwine (2012)

The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock Presented by Cheerwine was a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race held at the Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. The race consisted of 200 laps, 203.4 miles (320 km).[1] The inaugural race was run on April 15, 2012, and was won by Kasey Kahne.[2]

History[edit]

Kyle Larson beats Joey Logano to win the 2013 event

On September 2, 2011, NASCAR announced that Rockingham Speedway would hold a Camping World Truck Series event for the 2012 season.[3] During the inaugural race, Nelson Piquet, Jr. started on the pole position and Kasey Kahne won the race.[2][4]

In 2013, the race went for 205 laps instead of 200 laps because of green-white-checkered rules. The rookie Kyle Larson won his first truck series win in his first year but the race became notable because of controversy. Truck series veteran Ron Hornaday, Jr. got contact with Kyle Busch Motorsports driver; the rookie Darrell Wallace Jr.. In a similar fashion to an incident with Kyle Busch at Texas two years prior in the WinStar World Casino 350K. Hornaday tapped Wallace sending him into the fences. Ron Hornaday took responsibility and apologized but claimed that he did not intend to wreck Wallace; NASCAR, the media and fans felt differently when they saw a video that showed Hornaday frowning towards Wallace's truck before the tap. NASCAR black-flagged Hornaday and sent him to the back of the field on the restart, later fined him $25,000 and put him on probation until June 12. The penalties were also controversial because the fans, drivers, and medias wanted Hornaday's penalties harsher since Kyle Busch was parked after the Texas incident.

In 2014, the Truck Series will not return to the track due to financial struggles.[5]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2012[4] April 15 Kasey Kahne Turner Motorsports Chevrolet 200 203.4 (327.34) 1:51:54 107.239
2013 April 14 Kyle Larson Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 205* 208.485 (335.524) 1:59:03 103.318

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 Presented by Cheerwine". Jayski.com. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kahne rallies from back to win at Rockingham". NASCAR Wire Service. NASCAR. April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ McGee, Ryan (September 2, 2011). "Sources: Rockingham to host Trucks". ESPN. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200". racing-reference.info. April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gluck, Jeff (October 25, 2013). "Trucks will return to Eldora, skip Rockingham in 2014". USA Today. Retrieved October 26, 2013.