2018 Bahama Bracket Nationals: Schedule of Events


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


8:30 AM
Pits Gates Open, Breakfast
9:30 AM
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! ♫♪


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


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)


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


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.


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

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

“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.


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.

7/28/2018 – Rockford Speedway Results

NASCAR All American Sportsmen
A-Main 01 — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 3. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 4.
Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 5. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 6. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 7.
Joshua Lundy, Roscoe; 8. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 9. Garrick Fry, Durand; 10. Johnny Robinson, II,
Beloit, Wis; 11. Chad Smith, Davis Junction.
Heat 01 — 1. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 2. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 3. Johnny Robinson, II,
Beloit, Wis; 4. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 5. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 6. Joshua Lundy, Roscoe.
Heat 02 — 1. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 2. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 3. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 4.
Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 5. Garrick Fry, Durand.
Time Trial — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 3. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r),
Winnebago; 4. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 5. Garrick Fry, Durand; 6. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 7. Josh
Thiering, South Beloit; 8. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 9. Joshua Lundy, Roscoe; 10. Terrance Robinson
(r), Beloit, Wis; 11. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe.
Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 3. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r),
Winnebago; 4. Garrick Fry, Durand; 5. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 6. John Featherston (r), Loves Park.

NASCAR American Short Trackers
A-Main 01 — 1. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 2. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 3. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park;
4. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 5. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 6. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 7. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit,
Wis; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford; 9. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 10. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 11. Bart Brockmann,
Rockford; 12. Kyle Voss, Woodstock.
Heat 01 — 1. Todd Snow, Rockford; 2. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 3. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 4. Destiny Genore
(r), Beloit, Wis; 5. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 6. Bart Brockmann, Rockford.
Heat 02 — 1. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 2. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 3. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 4.
Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 5. Kyle Voss, Woodstock; 6. David Russell, Jr, Rockford.
Time Trial — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 4. Kyle
Voss, Woodstock; 5. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 6. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 7. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit,
Wis; 8. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 9. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 10. Todd Snow, Rockford; 11. Dave LaPier,
Rockford; 12. Bart Brockmann, Rockford.
Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 2. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 3. David Russell, Jr,
Rockford; 4. Kyle Voss, Woodstock; 5. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 6. Justin Pearson, Belvidere.

Midwest Compact Series
A-Main 01 — 1. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis; 2. Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton, Wis; 3. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis;
4. George Sparkman, Loves Park; 5. Phil Malouf, Manitowish Waters, Wis; 6. Ricky Wilson, Frankfort; 7. Bart
Brockmann, Rockford; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford; 9. Kyle Royster, Cedar Lake, Ind.; 10. Chris Jackson, Fort Atkinson,
Wis; 11. Dan Irvine, Portage, Ind.; 12. Craig Frase, New Lenox; 13. Bill Tuckwell, Springbay; 14. Justin Pearson,
Heat 01 — 1. Ricky Wilson, Frankfort; 2. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 3. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 4. Chris
Jackson, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 5. Todd Snow, Rockford; 6. Craig Frase, New Lenox; 7. Kyle Royster, Cedar Lake, Ind.;
8. Bob Peters, Janesvillle, Wis.
Heat 02 — 1. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis; 2. Phil Malouf, Manitowish Waters, Wis; 3. Bill Tuckwell, Springbay; 4.
Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 5. Dan Irvine, Portage, Ind.; 6. Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton, Wis; 7. George Sparkman,
Time Trial — 1. George Sparkman, Loves Park; 2. Dan Irvine, Portage, Ind.; 3. Brandon DeLacy, Stoughton, Wis;
4. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 5. Tim Finstad, Poynette, Wis; 6. Bill Tuckwell, Springbay; 7. Phil Malouf,
Manitowish Waters, Wis; 8. Craig Frase, New Lenox; 9. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 10. Todd Snow, Rockford; 11.
Bob Peters, Janesvillle, Wis; 12. Chris Jackson, Fort Atkinson, Wis; 13. Kyle Royster, Cedar Lake, Ind.; 14. Ricky

Must See Racing Sprint Cars
A-Main 01 — 1. Jimmy McCune, Toledo, Ohio; 2. Charlie Schultz, Lorain, Ohio; 3. Jacob Wilson, Crawfordsville,
Ind.; 4. Anthony McCune, Toledo, Ohio; 5. Johnny Petrozelle III, Denton, N.C.; 6. Jerry Caryer, Ney, Ohio; 7.
Adam Biltz, Sheffield Lake, Ohio; 8. Anthony Linkenhoker, Louisa, Va.; 9. Joe Speakman, Richwood, Ohio; 10.
Jeff Bloom, Bangor, Mich.; 11. Tom Jewel, Vandalia, Mich..
Heat 01 — 1. Joe Speakman, Richwood, Ohio; 2. Johnny Petrozelle III, Denton, N.C.; 3. Jerry Caryer, Ney, Ohio;
4. Adam Biltz, Sheffield Lake, Ohio; 5. Anthony Linkenhoker, Louisa, Va..
Heat 02 — 1. Jacob Wilson, Crawfordsville, Ind.; 2. Anthony McCune, Toledo, Ohio; 3. Jimmy McCune, Toledo,
Ohio; 4. Charlie Schultz, Lorain, Ohio; 5. Jeff Bloom, Bangor, Mich.; 6. Tom Jewel, Vandalia, Mich..
Time Trial — 1. Anthony McCune, Toledo, Ohio; 2. Jimmy McCune, Toledo, Ohio; 3. Jacob Wilson,
Crawfordsville, Ind.; 4. Jeff Bloom, Bangor, Mich.; 5. Charlie Schultz, Lorain, Ohio; 6. Tom Jewel, Vandalia,
Mich.; 7. Johnny Petrozelle III, Denton, N.C.; 8. Jerry Caryer, Ney, Ohio; 9. Joe Speakman, Richwood, Ohio; 10.
Anthony Linkenhoker, Louisa, Va.; 11. Adam Biltz, Sheffield Lake, Ohio.


By: Tom Ace

The fastest cars. The bravest drivers.

They return this Saturday night July 28.

The Must See Racing Sprint Cars bring their unique blend of speed and
excitement to Rockford Speedway Saturday with the 3rd Annual
‘Sprintacular.’ The Sprint Cars, equipped with their high-horsepower
engines and wings, are again set to push the limits around the
high-banked quarter mile in search of the fastest laps ever turned at
the 71 year old facility.

Drivers from six states are scheduled to take to the track, including
three-time Must See Racing Series champion Jimmy McCune, two-time
Little 500 winner Jacob Wilson, former Turkey Night Grand Prix winner
Bobby Santos and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom.

Sprint Cars first take to the track for an hour long practice session
from 3:30 until 4:30 PM. Fans are encouraged to get to the track early
and view the Sprinters going through their practice paces. Grandstand
gates will officially open at 5 PM, with Must See Sprint Car Speed
Trials beginning at 5:30 PM.

Along with the Sprint Cars, the Midwest Compact Touring Series makes
it return to Rockford Speedway, bringing four cylinder racers together
from five different states. Completing the evening’s card are the
Bargain Hunter Sportsman and the Miller Lite American Short Trackers.

All divisions will run a complete show, with the Sprint Cars
headlining the night with their 50 lap feature event. The Co-Lin
Metals Fast Dashes for the Sportsman and Short Trackers will kick
things off at 7:07 PM.

Adult admission to the ‘Sprintacular’ is $18, Children (ages 6-11) are
admitted for $9, while Kids 5 and under are admitted FREE. Don’t
blink! Or you’ll miss ‘The Worlds Fastest Short Track Show’ this
Saturday night at Rockford Speedway!


Next Saturday night August 4th marks the return of the ‘wildest show
on wheels!’ Kar Korner presents the World Famous Figure 8 Trailer
Race…and you can’t miss it. SEE cars, trucks and vans pulling boats,
campers and travel trailers in a wild romp through the Figure 8
course. There will be smashing and crashing…and no winner ’til the
last trailer trails!’

Get your tickets NOW for this one-of-a-kind event today in one of three ways…

-Order your tickets online @ rockfordspeedway.tix.com. See which seats
are available and pick your seats for the event.
-Call 815-633-1500 and speak to one of our operators to get the tickets you want
-Visit the Rockford Speedway Main Offices in person during regular
business hours Monday thru Friday to pocket your tickets rapidly

Racing on World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race Night features the
Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller
Lite American Short Trackers, T.E.D. Transit Bandits and Kickstart
Roadrunners. Grandstands open at 5 PM, with racing at 7:07 PM.


Saturday July 28 (7:07 PM) Must See Sprint Car Series Sprintacular
plus Midwest Compact Touring Series, Sportsman, AST
Wednesday August 1 (7:27 PM) Wild Wednesday Crazy 8 Night- Vintage
Figure 8, Double Figure 8 plus Bandits, Sixers, AmSC, WWoW & Spec
Saturday August 4 (7:07 PM) Kar Korner presents the World Famous
Trailer Race of Destruction- LM, Sp, AST, Bandits, RR & Escape from
I-90 Race
Wednesday August 8 (7:27 PM) The Wild Wednesday Finale- RR, Bandits,
Sixers, WWoW, Double Figure 8, Spec Drags
Saturday August 11 (7:07 PM) Cintas Kids Night- LM, Sp, AST Bandits
plus Kids Bike Races and the Great Bike Giveaway
Saturday August 18 (7:07 PM) Summer’s Last Stand- LM, Sp, RR, Illini
Midgets and Sixers