ROCKINGHAM – The stars of Discovery Channel’s most popular franchise, “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings,” will fling to The Rock next October in a blockbuster event that will anchor a shocking 2022 schedule announced Monday by track owner Steve Earwood.
While it is halfway between old school and new, the 2022 calendar includes a big dose of the hottest new forms of organized drag racing, including no prep, roll races (including three events of the International Roll Racing Association) and big wheel races governed by the National. Donk Racing Association created by the Sage “the Donkmaster” Thomas, originally from Orangeburg.
“It’s probably the most diverse program we’ve ever put together,” Earwood said of a schedule that tentatively begins Jan. 9 with the Kickoff Car and Truck Show. “With the growing popularity of roll, unprepared and big wheel racing, we have focused heavily in these areas with the IRRA, the Dig or Die no prep group, the folks at Street CarTakeover and, of course, Ryan Martin, Kye Kelley, James ‘Birdman’ Finney, Lizzy Musi and the rest of the Street Outlaws.
These Discovery Channel stars will gather at The Rock on Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15 for the ultimate ‘Go big or go home’ event for street runners, the magnitude of which has not been lost on Meghann. Lambeth, Executive Director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority.
“What an exciting Christmas surprise,” Lambeth said of the event confirmation. “We are delighted to welcome the ever popular Street Outlaws to Richmond County! The national exhibit of this prestigious series will be a welcome rejuvenation for tourism in our community after the pandemic lull. This addition to the 2022 calendar strengthens further expanding the scale of The Rock in our county as one of our oldest economic engines for growth and visitor spending revenue. ”
Despite the number of race events with no preparation and no rolling, Earwood pointed out that the track hasn’t given up on traditional drag racing at all.
“We haven’t turned our backs on our roots at all,” he said. “We have a lot of traditional events on the new calendar, including Griffin Motors’ MOPAR at The Rock, which was one of the first races we ran after buying the track in 1992, the 24th ‘Big John’ Leviner Bracket Nationals, the NHRA Sportsman Doubleheader, the Super Chevy Show, three major motorcycle races, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout, and the fifth annual Holiday Jr. Jam on Thanksgiving weekend.
Another big start in 2022 will be the NMRA / NMCA National All-Star Championships on the weekend of April 22-24. The event, jointly organized by the National Muscle Car
The Association and the National Mustang Racing Association, will include Xtreme Pro Modifieds, Factory Super Cars, a small class of X275 tires, Nitrous Pro Street, Street Outlaw, Xtreme Street, Nostalgia Super Stock and Nostalgia Muscle Car classes as well as a Midway auto show and Manufacturers.
Out of respect for the theme of diversity, there is an all-Volkswagen race and auto show on March 20, Import Faceoff events in March and August, the return of the Rugged Maniacs series without any vehicles on April 9 and Eurofest, a exhibition devoted exclusively to equipment on the other side of the pond.
Featured to the world on Vice TV, Donk Racing, also known as Ferris Wheel Racing, is one of the fastest growing “new” forms of drag racing. Competing in the Donk, G-Body and Open classes, the series includes classic and well-equipped Chevrolets, Oldsmobile, Buick and Pontiac, mostly from the 60s and 70s, rolling on heavy oversized rims under a standardized rule structure.
In contrast, the Lucas Oil series showcases the class cars that have made the NHRA the benchmark in drag racing for over 60 years. Crowning the champions of Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Competition, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, the Lucas Series Southeast Division race will take place next year from October through May.
And, as has been the case in recent seasons, there will be a double opportunity for NHRA athletic runners who, having competed in the quarter mile on Friday and Saturday, will be able to compete in the eighth mile distance on Sunday. in an NHRA National Open that offers additional NHRA ranking points while providing the “double header” designation.
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Calendar of events 2022
(Subject to change)
January 9 – Kick-off of the auto and truck show
February 5 – MXA Motorsports private tests (track call to pre-enter)
February 12 – MXA Motorsports private tests (track call to pre-enter)
February 19 – Shriner’s Drag Racing Expo at the Greenville Auditorium
February 26 – MXA Motorsports private tests (track call to pre-enter)
March 5 and 6 – Koss Motorsports Series (rolling races, fun races, car show)
March 13 – Blood, Sweat, and Gears Truck Show and Fun Runs
March 20 – Southeast Volkswagen Association (SEVWA) Race and Auto Show
March 25-26 – Dig or Die Series (no preparatory race)
March 27 – Face to face on imports
April 2 – IRRA Northeast Regional Division (roller race)
April 9 – Rugged Maniac Series (obstacle course)
April 16 – 31st Annual Griffin Motors MOPARs at The Rock
April 17 – Easter holidays / track closed
April 22-24 – NMRA / NMCA National All-Star Championships
April 26 – Leadership Richmond (special Tuesday event for Richmond County
Richmond and Rockingham County tourism business leaders
the impact of Dragway on it)
April 29-30 – Takeover of street cars
May 7 – Apple Chill Festival (motorcycles, auto show and music)
May 13-15 – Modern Street Hemi Shooting
May 19-21 – NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
May 22 – NHRA National Open (eighth mile sports race)
May 28-30 – 24th Annual “Big John” Leviner Memorial Weekend Bracket Championship
June 4 – IRRA Northeast Regional Division (roller race)
June 10-11 – Donk Racing Donkapalooza (great race like
seen on Vice TV)
June 17-18 – Thunder at The Rock Family Motorcycle Festival (food, entertainment, racing, music
June 25-26 – Blue Collar Championships
July 2 – MXA Street Drags (open test and tuning)
July 9 – MXA Street Drags (open test and tuning)
July 16 – MXA Street Drags (open test and tuning)
July 22-23 – Dig or Die (no preparation race)
July 30 – MXA Street Drags (open test and tuning)
August 6 – MXA Street Drags (open test and tuning)
August 13 – Import Faceoff (7 p.m. to midnight)
August 20 – IRRA Northeast Regional Division (roller race)
September 10-11 – AHDRA (fully Harley motorcycles with Top Fuell motorcycles)
Sep 16-17 – Super Chevy Show
Sep 24 – Eurofest (race and motor show)
October 1 and 2 – To be determined
October 8-9 – Vance & Hines ManCup Motorcycles (all brands)
October 14-15 – Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings (seen on The Discovery Channel)
October 27-30 – 31st Annual Jim McClure Nitro All-Harley World Finals
November 24-26 – 5th Annual Holiday Jr. Jam (Jr. Dragster Event)
December 2-3 – Dig or Die (no preparation race)