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Rockingham Dragway Getting Involved in EPA Regulations

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The following release concerning the EPA proposed racing regulation was issued last night. After making Congressman Hudson aware of the pending racing regulation by Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood, the Congressman immediately drafted a bill to stop this outrageous intrusion by the Federal Government.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), representative of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham Dragway, joined Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) to introduce the bipartisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed racing regulation.

“Regulations that waste our money, time and resources are bad for jobs, but the EPA is going one step further to restrict our personal freedom,” said Rep. Hudson. “Even if I didn’t represent a whole lot of racing enthusiasts, I would be outraged by this ridiculous government overreach. This legislation is a critical step to protect the way of life for many and ensure the future of racing. We’re not just going to sound the alarm on this – we’re going to stop it.”

“The EPA has placed onerous regulations on nearly every aspect of our economy–from energy production to agriculture–and now they are coming after Americans’ hobbies,” said Rep. McHenry. “For years my constituents have been free to modify vehicles for competitive use on closed tracks without government interference. The RPM Act will ensure that continues by blocking this EPA overreach allowing motorsports enthusiasts in North Carolina and across the country to continue this time-honored tradition.”

The Clean Air Act authorizes the EPA to regulate motor vehicles but these regulations have never applied to race cars. In 1990, Congress affirmed this exemption when it authorized the EPA to regulate “non-road vehicles” and explicitly excluded any “vehicle used solely for competition” from the non-road definition. Despite the clear intent of Congress, the EPA’s proposed rule attempts to amend the Clean Air Act. The RPM Act simply confirms that it would not be considered tampering to modify these vehicles for exclusive track use. Joining McHenry and Hudson as an original cosponsor of the RPM Act is Rep. Henry Cuellar (D, TX-28).

Converting a motor vehicle into a race car is a significant part of American automotive heritage with the practice having played a large role in the foundation of NASCAR. Additionally, the specialty automotive industry employs over 1 million Americans. Companies that manufacture, distribute, and sell products that improve race vehicle performance are a large and growing part of our economy.


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