PINKS returns to Rockingham Dragway

ROCKINGHAM — Rich Christensen, creator of the PINKS reality racing franchise, and Steve Earwood, owner of Rockingham Dragway, jointly announced Friday the return of the popular grassroots drag racing festival to one of the venues at which it enjoyed its greatest success.

“Our PINKS: All Out event in 2007 remains the largest paid admission day in The Rock’s 44-year history,” Earwood said, “so we are ecstatic about the prospect of working again with Rich Christensen and the PINKS staff.  The program Rich put together a few years back changed the programming landscape as it applies to all forms of auto racing.  It was the most talked about grassroots racing experience ever.”

A Rockingham Dragway photo

A Rockingham Dragway photo

During its heyday (2005-2008), PINKS: All Out was designated the “hottest car show on television” by Hot Rod Magazine.  The latest incarnation will follow a format similar to that of the original with a test-and-tune session on Wednesday, July 1, followed by three days of racing for cars and bikes (July 2-4).

“The fact that racers and fans still want PINKS is both an honor and extremely humbling,” Christensen said.  “Their unwavering passion is the reason I’m bringing it back.  I’m hoping PINKS Week at Rockingham will become the largest grassroots drag racing festival in the world!

“Like Sturgis, it will be a one-week event,” Christensen continued, referencing the popular Harley Davidson Motorcycle festival in North Dakota, “the one chance, each year for friends and family from all over the country to come together and celebrate cars, bikes and speed.”

“PINKS: All Out is a natural for Rockingham Dragway,” Earwood said, “because we’re in the very center of the motorsports universe with virtually every top NASCAR team in nearby Charlotte and no less than 20 other dragstrips within commuting distance.  Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me, ‘when is PINKS coming back?’  This is just a tremendous boost for our industry.”

The resurrected PINKS festival will be telecast worldwide on MAVTV.

“My years of experience with the PINKS brand and Rich Christensen Entertainment has had me leading the charge to bring PINKS back to the grassroots drag racing community,” said Brian Bossone, Executive Producer of TV and Live Event Production.  “PINKS: All Out has been one of the most popular events in grassroots drag racing history.

“The on-track competition created some of the best ‘true’ reality television ever produced,” Bossone said.  “Rich and I are extremely excited to have the opportunity to re-connect with Steve Earwood and Rockingham Dragway on July 4th weekend to bring PINKS back.”

Earwood, who is considered one of auto racing’s most progressive and innovative promoters, is excited about the prospect of introducing the PINKS concept to a new generation of young racers who weren’t even licensed when the show came to The Rock in 2007.

“What better location for the resurrection of PINKS: All Out?” Earwood said.  “Rockingham is one of the sport’s most historic facilities. ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, the late Raymond Beadle and the ‘Blue Max,’ Shirley Muldowney, Bob Glidden, Ronnie Sox and John Force all won races here and this is where multi-time IHRA champion Clay Millican ran the quickest quarter mile ever at 4.48.”

The winner of a $10,000 top prize at Rockingham’s 2007 PINKS event was Tracy Cockman of Spring Lake.

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  • MontanaMountainMan

    Sturgis is in South Dakota FYI.

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