Spring Classic Cancelled

With most of the Midwest currently under the grips of topsy-turvy spring weather and with a worsening forecast for this Sunday (High of 40 degrees, Rain & Snow Mix expected), officials with the Rockford Speedway have decided to cancel the 42nd Annual Spring Classic, which was scheduled for Sunday April 14.

Rockford Speedway officials currently still plan to open the track this Saturday April 13 from 12 PM to 4 PM for Open Practice. The practice is open to any and all types of race cars who would like to break-in their machines for the upcoming racing season.

The Big 8 Late Model Series season is now scheduled to open Friday night May 31 at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids Iowa for “Clash at the Downs V” presented by McGrath Auto. Rockford Speedways 73rd season kicks off Saturday night April 27 with a full slate of NASCAR Weekly Racing.

With an eye towards next year, drivers and race fans should mark their calendars for the 43rd Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway, set for Saturday evening April 18 2020.

For more information, please call 815-633-1500.

Rockford Speedway Opening Day-WXRX 200 Lap Enduro

Today was the opening day for the Rockford Speedway with the running of the WXRX 200 Lap Enduro. This is the first of three Enduro’s which make up the Iron Man Challenge. The event led off with the “Beauty Contest”, with eight cars vying for the $50 prize. And the winner was…The Clown Car!

The race invocation was given by recently retired Jimmy “A” (Ambruoso Sr.) Jimmy worked for Rockford Speedway for 59 years! It was good to see him back at the track!

This was followed by the National Anthem, sung by Courtney Gors. Courtney did a beautiful job.

Then it was the racers turn to take center stage. The field consisted of 72 four cylinder cars racing for two hundred laps. There are no caution laps, only red light stoppages for specific incidences. The race is started on the oval and at the half way break the track is converted to the Monza course with a kink in the back stretch. When the race started Ryan Lagestee, driving the 34 car, went to the lead, followed closely by South Elgin’s Billy Rud in the 01 car. It stayed that way for about the first two-thirds of the race, until Billy took the lead. At Lap 95, the halfway break was taken with Billy leading.

At the restart on the Monza course, it was Billy in the lead followed by Ryan. Shortly thereafter, it was Ryan reassuming the lead. At this point, Billy got in trouble. He had a dust-up with another car coming out of turn two breaking the right front spindle. That ended his day and a good run. It was then, Jay Orr’s turn to take a run at Ryan. He passed Ryan for the lead, however Ryan passed him back to take the lead, again.

From this point Ryan cruised home to the victory taking the checkered flag!

In his victory interview, Ryan dedicated the win to his friend, Matt Arvia, who had passed away. The number 34 was Matt’s number and had the blessing of the family!

Second place was #18 Jay Orr and third place #3, Jason Kurth.

To see all the images from the event, please click here.

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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


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