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Rockingham Speedway Announces Unique Promotion to Benefit the United Way of Richmond County


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: Charles Hudson



ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (March 5, 2008) – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to put on a driving suit, HANS Device and helmet and strap into a racecar and pull off for the pace laps of a major stock car race? Thanks to the partnership of The Rockingham Speedway and the United Way of Richmond County you may have that chance.


On May 4th, 2008 when the 50-car ARCA RE/MAX Series field pulls off of pit road for the Carolina 500, the 51st starting position will be reserved for the United Way ARCA Car – a special two-seat Fast Track High Performance Driving School car.


In the passenger seat will be the winner of a charity auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the United Way of Richmond County. The United Way car will pull off from pit road along with the rest of the field and follow them throughout the pace laps and pull back into the pit area at “one-to-go.”


The winner will also be announced during driver introductions – as the 51st starter! Additionally the winner will participate in pre-race activities, the drivers meeting and will receive two passes to watch the race from a track suite.


This unique promotion is a result of the United Way of Richmond County being named the official charity of the Rockingham Speedway.


“United Way of Richmond County is an integral part of the local community and the Rockingham Speedway aspires to be as well,” said Speedway President, Andy Hillenburg. “They support 18 local agencies so we felt they were a natural fit for us to be associated with.” 


The 18 agencies that the United Way supports are: Sandhills Children Center, Roberdel Children’s Center, Richmond County 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl


Scouts, Rockingham Recreation, Leak Street Alumni, American Red Cross, New 

Horizons, Richmond County Crisis Ministries, Rockingham Soup Kitchen, Hamlet Soup Kitchen, Richmond County Mental Health, Richmond County Aging Services, Samaritan Colony, Richmond County Literacy Council, Richmond County Christian Counseling, Ellerbe and Rockingham Rescue Squads.


“We are very excited about partnering with Andy Hillenburg and the Rockingham Speedway,” said Michelle Parrish, Executive Director of the United Way of Richmond County. “It is a great opportunity for the United Way of Richmond County to be a part of the racing community. We are very glad to be uniting the Rockingham Speedway and the United Way of Richmond County back into the local community.”


Fans wishing to bid on this incredible opportunity can do so by e-mailing their bids to either the United Way or the Rockingham Speedway – or Each week the highest bid to that point will be posted on the Rockingham Speedway’s website. Bidding will end on Wednesday April 23rd.


For more information about the Rockingham Speedway or to purchase race tickets for the upcoming Carolina 500 ARCA RE/MAX Series race, please visit or call the track at 910-205-8800.


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