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Tire shortage forces cancellation of Rockingham CARS Tour race

Rockingham Speedway’s planned revival for Nov. 6 has been cancelled due to the tire shortage that has plagued short track racing over the past few months.

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The return of Rockingham Speedway has been put on hold for at least another year.

An ongoing tire shortage plaguing the short track industry since late Spring forced the CARS Tour and track promoters Charlie Hansen and Mike Stodder to cancel a planned non-points event at the historic facility for Nov. 6.

“Because of the pandemic, there is a serious issue with race tire supply that has been going on for quite some time,” the CARS Tour and Rockingham Speedway said in a joint statement. “We were hoping to get ahead of the curve for this event but in the end, Hoosier simply did not have the required staff or materials to make it happen.”

Hansen and Stodder worked diligently with CARS Tour owner Jack McNelly and Hoosier to ensure a Late Model Stock race at Rockingham was feasible.

After an inconclusive tire test last December in which irregularities were found with tire wear, restrictor plates were put on the cars during a session the following week before a decision was made to postpone the race from March to November so that Hoosier could develop a more suitable compound.

Another test in May produced the satisfactory results that the CARS Tour, Hoosier and promoters were looking for, which gave everyone involved the confidence they needed to proceed with the first major auto racing event at Rockingham since 2013 before Wednesday’s announcement.

Rockingham’s cancellation is one of many issues the CARS Tour has dealt with since the supply of Hoosier tires started to run thin earlier this year.

The series initially limited teams to purchasing one set of tires in June before requiring them to bring their own practice sets starting with the Throwback 276 at Hickory. A race at Wake County Speedway also had to be moved from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9 because the tires Hoosier reserved for the event would not be manufactured in time.

Even though the tire shortage will keep cars away from Rockingham for another year, McNelly, Hansen and Stodder are all determined to hold the Race The Rock 125 in the near future and help restore the facility to its former glory.

“This is unfortunately a sign of the times,” the press release continued. “It would be easy to point blame here or there, but the fact is that we are extremely proud of the effort that has gone on to bring racing back to The Rock. This is a bump in the road [but] the track and facilities are race ready.”

The CARS Tour and Rockingham both plan to closely monitor the tire situation over the offseason before making a decision on when to reschedule the event.

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Brandon White graduated from the University of North Carolina pursuing a career in journalism. Prior to joining Short Track Scene, he worked with the CARS Tour and at Race22. He predominantly covers the CARS Tour as well as other races throughout the year.

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