Chuck Barnes Looks to Make it
Three in a Row at the Polar Bear 150
Street Stocks Head to The Rock This Weekend
Track PR Report

The Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals (FKSSN) have taken to Rockingham Speedway twice for the Polar Bear 150 and twice Chuck Barnes Sr. has found himself out front at the checkered flag.

But for the Louisville, Ky. native, making that hard left off of Rockingham’s pit road into victory lane after Nov. 27’s race is going to be a little bit more difficult with former NASCAR Sprint Champion Kurt Busch joining the already stout Polar Bear 150 field. 

“It’ll be pretty cool racing with a guy like Kurt Busch,” said Barnes. “Not sure how he is going to run in these cars with the wickers on them, but it will definitely be fun and different to race such a big name.”

Also entered in this year’s running are ARCA-regular Bryan Silas, Brett Hudson, last year’s runner-up and winner of the FKSSN Cherry Bomb 100 at Rockingham and J.D. Frey in a (Dale Earnhardt) Junior Motorsports Chevy Camaro. Up to 99 cars will take the green flag for the Polar Bear 150.

Despite the competition, Barnes feels like Rockingham suits his driving style and is confident in his ability to outrun the field this time around.

“The first race we ran with Frank (Kimmel Street Stock Nationals) was at Kentucky Speedway and my son set the car up,” said Barnes. “We have basically stuck with that same set up and it has worked for us.

“Rockingham is such a great track. Andy (Hillenburg) has done a great job with the place and we love coming here and racing.”

Cars take to the track on Nov. 27 for practice at 9 a.m. for practice. European-style qualifying follows at 11 a.m. The green flag goes in the air at 1 p.m. for the Polar Bear 150. Tickets are still available by calling the speedway office at 910.205.8800 or by going online to

Chuck Barnes, Sr. bested a crowded field in last year's Polar Bear 150.