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March 01, 2017
For Immediate Release
Diamond Grinding Process Completed; Racers Appreciation Race This Weekend
            ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Steve Earwood understands that like the ice in a hockey rink, which is kept smooth and consistent by the latest Zamboni ice resurfacing equipment, the track surface at Rockingham Dragway demands constant attention to retain the performance standard that he demands and his racers expect.
            That’s why, in advance of this week’s annual Racers Appreciation Free Entry bracket race, the veteran track owner retained Southeast Grinding and Grooving, LLC to insure that the concrete-and-asphalt surface at The Rock continues to deliver record-breaking performance and the kind of consistency that makes it the favorite test track of pro drivers like reigning NHRA Pro Stock Champion Jason Line and four-time former champ Greg Anderson.
            Based in Marietta, Ga., Southeast Grinding and Grooving specializes in racetrack surfaces although it also is a Department of Transportation contractor involved in bridge grooving and highway and street construction. 
The company spent six days using its “concrete Zamboni” to smooth and texture the Rockingham track surface with diamond grinding heads that assure a finished product that exceeds every quality specification mandated by the DOT, the NHRA and the IHRA.
            In addition, Earwood had both concrete burnout boxes replaced and, after Southeast completed the heavy work, retained Freeburn Track Repair of Fremont, Ind., to polish the finished product to competition standards. 
            “These guys did the best job I have ever seen,” said Charlie Freeburn who, with his wife Julia, operates a business that has done polishing work for some of the most prominent tracks in the country including The Texas Motorplex, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, zMax Dragway and Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis). 
            “We’re proud to be able to continue to provide the best racing surface possible,” Earwood said, “and we’re looking forward to another record-setting season starting with the ADRL (American Drag Racing League) Spring Drags in April (April 6-8).”
            This week’s Racers Appreciation event will feature no entry fee, $2,000 payouts to Top ET winners on both Saturday and Sunday and $1,000 to each of the Footbrake winners.  Jr. Dragster champions also will be crowned both days and Summit Racing Series points will be awarded in all three categories.