A BUSY 2019 ON TAP FOR ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY

Make plans now to be part of the historic Rockford Speedway’s 72nd season of racing and entertainment!

Friday, March 22nd
Orientation & Registration Meeting @ Forest Hills Lodge.

6PM – Rookie Orientation
7PM – General Meeting

Saturday, March 23rd
Pre-Season Tire Sale @ Rockford Speedway Miller Lite Pavilion.

All divisional tires will be available for sale 10AM – 12PM.

Saturday, April 6th
Spring Enduro brings the track to life for the first time in 2019.  The traditional season-opening 200 lap four-cylinder Enduro hits the “high banks” at 1 PM.  This is the first of three Enduros held in the 2019 IRONMAN CHALLENGE SERIES.   The Our Town 200 on Sunday afternoon June 2nd and the season-ending Goblin 250 & Big Swarm Demo Derby on Sunday afternoon October 20th complete the trio.

Sunday, April 14th
The 42nd Annual Spring Classic, featuring the Big 8 Late Model Series, Mid-American Stock Car Series and American Super Cups.  Racing gets underway at 1 PM with 88 laps of Big 8 Late Model Series feature highlighting the afternoon.

Saturday, April 27th
The 72nd NASCAR Season Opener gets underway featuring our premiere NASCAR divisions. beginning the Saturday night slate for 2019.  The NASCAR points season runs until September, culminating on the “Night of Champions” Saturday, September 7th.

Midweek racing returns to Rockford Speedway again this year, with Wednesday night racing on June 13 & 26 and July 3 & 17 with a special ‘Fireworks Extravaganza’ on July 3.

Saturday, June 29th
ARCA Midwest Tour All Star 100 and the NASCAR Late Model Star Spangled 76. The best Late Model racers converge on Rockford Speedway as part of this Late Model Double Header.

Your favorite thrill shows return to Rockford Speedway again this summer…

Saturday, June 8:  The Original Trailer Race of Destruction.

Wednesday, July 3:  Midnight Ride of Paul Revere & Fireworks Extravaganza

Saturday, August 3:  The World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race

Saturday, August 24:  The “Beatin’ & Bangin’ Boat Race”sails onto center stage.

Saturday, September 14:  Miller Lite “Night of Thrills”

The 72nd season wraps up with our biggest special events…

Friday – Sunday, September 27, 28, 29:  54th National Short Track Championships promises to be ONE GREAT RACING WEEKEND!  Big changes are in the works for this premiere event & we can’t wait to share them with you!  Make plans to attend now!

Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13:  28th Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals, featuring nearly 200 cars racing against each other and the clock, hits the track.

 

 

 

2019 Big 8 Late Model Series Schedule

Sunday, April 14th
Rockford Speedway
Loves Park, IL

Friday, May 31st
Hawkeye Downs Speedway
Cedar Rapids IA

Friday, June 28th
Madison International Speedway
Oregon, WI

Friday, July 26th
State Park Speedway
Wausau, WI

Tuesday, August 6th
Wisconsin International Raceway
Kaukauna, WI

Saturday, September 21st
Elko Speedway
Elko, MN

Saturday, September 28th
Rockford Speedway
Loves Park, IL

Saturday, October 5th
La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway
West Salem, WI

*** Schedule subject to change ***

2018 Bahama Bracket Nationals: Schedule of Events

FRIDAY OCTOBER 12

2:00 PM
Pit Gates Open
5:00 PM
Test and Tune Practice
8:30 PM
Open Time Trials
9:30 PM
Margarita Beach Party

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13

8:30 AM
Pits Gates Open, Breakfast
9:30 AM
Practice
11:45 AM
Driver’s Meeting
12:30 PM
2 Lap Qualifying (All Cars),
Happy Hour Qualifying
5:00 PM
HH Qualifying Ends
6:00 PM
We’re Bahama Bracket Racing!
Heats & Bermuda Bashes!
Last Blast Race Party
♫ Sing For Your Start! ♫♪

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14

9:00 AM
Community Breakfast
9:30 AM
Pit Gates Open
10:15 AM
Happy Hour Practice
11:15 AM
Driver’s Meeting
12:00 PM
We’re Bahama Bracket Racing!
Last Chance Events
Bahama Bracket Features
Fabulous Foo Foo Races

REVISED NSTC SATURDAY/SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Rain claims the balance of Saturday’s program. Below is the Schedule of Events for Sunday.

8:00 am

Pits Open (Breakfast in the Miller Lite Pavilion – 8 am to 10:30 am)

8:30 am

Chapel Service – South VIP Tower

9:00 am

Practice (SP, MOD, Big8). Ends @ 9:30 am

9:35 am

Drivers Meeting

9:45 m

MidAm Drivers Meeting

9:55 am

Opening Ceremonies

10:00 am

NSTC Championship Feature
Great Northern Sportsman Series 35
Big 8 Series 88
Modified Feature 25

12:00 pm

Clear Stands – Front Gate Opens for Sunday

12:15 pm

MidAm Practice until 12:40 pm

12:40 pm

Vintage Practice until 12:50 pm

12:50 pm

SLM Practice until 1:00 pm

1:15 pm

SLM Drivers Meeting

1:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies

1:45 pm

NSTC Championship Features
Northern Outlaw Vintage Series 20
MidAmerican Series 40

53rd National Short Track Championship – 200 laps

 

National Short Track Weekend

For more information: nstcweekend.com

Thursday, September 27

Open Practice (All Divisions) – 5:30PM – 9PM

Friday, September 28, 2018

Open Practice 12:00noon – 3PM

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet Qualifying – 4PM

Racing Begins – 6PM

Bandit Qualifying Races – 8 laps
Sportsmen Qualifying Races – 8 laps
Late Model Qualifying Races – 10 laps
Late Model Odd/Even Dashes – 8 laps
Roadrunner Qualifying Races – 8 laps
Sixers Qualifying Races – 8 laps
Last Chance Races – 12 laps

NSTC Championship Friday Features

Bandit 25
Sportsmen 35
Late Model 40
Roadrunner 25
Sixers 20

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Practice (Rotating Divisions) – 11AM – 1:40PM

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet Qualifying – 2:15PM  (Big8, SLM, GNSS, AST, Modifieds)

FREE PIT PARTY – 2:15PM – 5PM

Racing Begins – 5PM

Big8 Series Qualifying Races – 12 laps
Super Late Model Qualifying Races – 15 laps
GNSS Qualifying Races – 8 laps
AST Qualifying Races – 8 laps
Super Late Odd/Even Dashes – 10 laps
Big8 Last Chance – 15 laps
GNSS Last Chance – 12 laps

NSTC Championship Saturday Features

Modified Feature #1 20
American Short Tracker 35
Great Northern Sportsman 40
Modified Feature #2 20
Big8 Series NSTC 108

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Practice – 10:15AM – 11:15AM

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet Qualifying – 11:30AM  (MidAmerican)

Super Late Model Autograph Session (Miller Lite Pavilion) – 11:35AM-12:05PM

Racing Begins – 12:30PM

Vintage Heats – 8 laps
MidAmerican Heats – 10 laps
Super Late Last Chance – 20 laps

NSTC Championship Sunday Features

Northern Outlaw Vintage Series 20
MidAmerican Series 50
Super Late Model NSTC 200

MOIST CONDITIONS NIX ROCKFORD RACES

By: Tom Ace

With wet weather already making it’s presence known overnight and
throughout Saturday morning and  a Flash Flood Watch Issued for the
evening plus the likelihood of more rain to fall throughout the
afternoon and evening, Rockford Speedway officials have made the
decision to cancel the “Prelude to the Championship” originally
scheduled for Saturday night September 1st.

The cancellation washes out the final race of the T.E.D. Transit
Bandit points season, which gives the Saturday night Bandit
championship to Kelsey Dobbs. Dobbs bested Todd Snow by 12 points in the final tally while Ben Rucker finished a distant third.

The rain out also means there is just one more night of points racing
remaining in 2018, next Saturday night September 8, as part of Whelen Engineering’s ‘Night of Champions.’ The Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners will all crown their champions next Saturday night along with the Sam’s Drive In Roadrunner Challenge. Gates open at 5 PM with Racing set to start at 7:07 PM.

For more information, please visit rockfordspeedway.com or call 815-633-1500.

VICTORY FOR MCCUNE, HEARTBREAK FOR SCHULTZ IN MUST SEE MAIN EVENT

By Jacob Seelman

Jimmy McCune broke Charlie Schultz’s heart on Saturday night at
Rockford Speedway, stealing the lead with two laps left and going on
to win the Must See Racing Sprintacular at the semi-banked
quarter-mile.

McCune, who was running third with five laps left in the 50-lap main
event, executed a pair of perfectly-timed slide jobs in turns one and
two to leapfrog both Jacob Wilson and then Schultz in the final laps.

The three-time defending series champion forced his way to Wilson’s
inside with four to go and then stalked Schultz, who led the first 48
circuits from the outside pole. Finally, coming to two laps remaining,
McCune got a run to the inside exiting turn four and muscled his way
past on the opposite end of the track, charging into the top spot and
darting away into the Illinois night.

Saturday night’s victory was the 28th of McCune’s Must See Racing
career, as well as his fourth of the season and his fourth at
Rockford. He ran the closing stages with little to no brakes onboard
his car.

“I don’t even know where to start with this one,” said McCune, driver
of the Abe’s Auto Parts & Sales/B&B Machinery Movers/Rev-X Oil
sprinter. “We worked our tails off all day on this car. We changed
every ounces of brakes … all three calipers … bled the brakes like 18
times, and somehow it all worked out.

“Those last five laps, I don’t even know where that came from, to be
honest with you,” McCune continued. “It was hard tonight, but for some
reason we started getting a good run on the high side and started
catching the guys in front of us. They took that lane away, so I knew
I had to go back to the bottom. We used up a lot of race track, but we
got the W and that’s what counts at the end of the day.”

Jimmy McCune celebrates after winning Saturday night at Rockford
Speedway. (Chris Seelman photo)
Combined with his five wins at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, nearly a
third of McCune’s series wins have come on quarter-mile bullrings, a
type of track that McCune simply says suits his driving style “to a
tee.”

“I grew up doing the quarter-mile stuff,” noted McCune. “I came to
these types of tracks 15 or 20 years ago in a midget … maybe even
longer than that. I’ve always loved these little places and how you
can root and gouge for space when you need to. It’s just fun, hard
racing, man.”

Schultz jumped into the lead off the initial start and fended off
multiple advances from Wilson for the first three-quarters of the
race, with only a caution flag on lap eight for the blown motor on Joe
Speakman’s car slowing the roll of the Lorain, Ohio veteran.

As the laps wore on, however, Schultz’s car got “wicked tight” until
he finally pushed too wide in turns three and four. He led lap 48 by a
half car length, but McCune’s run through turns one and two was just
too strong and Schultz was forced to settle for second in the end,
1.114 seconds adrift.

Despite the heartbreak of just missing out on his first Must See
Racing win, Schultz climbed from his car with a smile on his face and
his head held high after a career-best performance.

“With about five laps to go, the car just started getting tighter and
tighter. Earlier in the run, the 07 (Wilson) stuck a nose underneath
me, but I was able to get back going again and get moving through
traffic,” said Schultz. “The lapped cars didn’t hurt me any; we just
got a little too snug.

“Last year here, we were a lap down in sixth, so to come out with this
kind of a performance is big for this being only my second time here,”
Schultz added. “To finish second tonight was a huge confidence
builder. It’s both frustrating and rewarding … but we’re happy with
where we’re headed as a team.”

Wilson completed the podium in third, followed by Anthony McCune and
Johnny Petrozelle III, who was the final car on the lead lap in fifth.

Even in spite of the lap eight caution flag, Saturday night’s feature
was completed in just 13 minutes and 19 seconds, at an average race
pace of 56.316 mph.

Anthony McCune kicked off the night by scoring his second-career
Hamilton Trucking Fast Time Award with a lap of 11.601 seconds (77.580
mph) in qualifying. Joe Speakman and Jacob Wilson won their respective
heat races.

WARE, RUDE & FINSTAD CAPTURE WINS DURING ‘SPRINTACULAR’

By: Tom Ace

Bargain Hunter Sportsman points leader Howie Ware has done just about
everything this year but win a feature race on track. His only
credited victory came after a disqualification in a race where the
South Beloit resident crossed the finish line in second place.
Saturday night, Ware used a combination of speed and good fortune to
finally cross the line first in his division’s 25 lap feature race.

The evening’s Fast Qualifier, Ware established himself as a contender
in the main event but it looked like as if the veteran racer may come
close-but-not-close-enough once again. But on a lap 12 restart, leader
Johnny Robinson II developed a flat tire and washed up the track,
opening the door for Ware to slip into the lead. Ware never looked
back, winning the feature in convincing fashion. Josh Thiering charged
through the field to take second place, with rookies John Featherston,
Richie Schinderling and Adam Cartwright rounding out the top five.

Aaron Rude parked his ‘fabulous Ford Pinto’ in victory lane for the
fourth time this year, once again outrunning point leader Franc
Beldowski en route to winning the 25 lap main event for the Miller
Lite American Short Tracker division. Beldowski notched his sixth
second place finish of the year, which coupled with his five feature
wins give him a 64 point lead in the championship standings. Shannon
Stoltz continued his recent string of success with a third place
finish. Steve Rubeck led the race early before succumbing to the
challenges from Rude. Rubeck ended the race in fourth place while
Justin Pearson rounded out the top five.

Poynette Wisconsin’s Tim Finstad turned in the most dominant
performance of the night during a caution-free 30 lap feature for the
Midwest Compact Touring Series. Finstad won his race by nearly
three-quarters of a lap, besting Stoughton Wisconsin’s Brandon DeLacy
for the win. Devon Dixon took third place after a daring last-lap pass
of George Sparkman, who settled for fourth. Phil Malouf rounded out
the top five.