By: Eric Huenefeld
With the New Year quickly approaching, the new season of racing, entertainment and excitement at Rockford Speedway is not too far away.
On Saturday evening January 25, the final touches will be put on 2013, as Rockford Speedway hosts the 66th Champions Banquet at Forest Hills Lodge. The evening will feature food, fun and fellowship while honoring Rockford Speedway’s 2013 Track Champions.
The first official gathering of the 2014 season will take place on Friday night February 28, with Driver Orientation Meetings at the Forest Hills Lodge. A Rookie Orientation will take place at 6pm, followed by a general meeting discussing licensing and race procedures at 7pm. Race teams will be able to register their car numbers, purchase R.A.C.E. and NASCAR Memberships, reserve their season pit pads and pick up decal kits for the upcoming year.
The first Tire Sale of the year will transpire on Thursday evening April 3, with teams able to purchase treads for the upcoming racing season. On Saturday April 5, the track comes to life for the first time in 2014, as all teams are invited to take part in the first Open Practice Session of the year. Following the Practice session, the Stone & Double T 200 four-cylinder enduro tackles the “high banks.”
Sunday April 13 features the 37th Spring Classic, a traditional Sunday afternoon season opening special featuring top drivers from across the Midwest along with action packed racing. Six days later, on Saturday night April 19, the 67th consecutive season of racing officially kicks off for Rockford Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series weekly divisions. The season-long point battles come to an end on Saturday night September 6th, with NASCAR Champions being crowned at “Night of Champions.”
The “Original Trailer Race of Destruction” and “World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race” both return to the docket in 2014. The “Original” Trailer Race takes to the track Saturday night June 14, with the “World Famous” Figure 8 Trailer Race set to wow the masses on Saturday night August 2. Rockford Speedway’s annual “Night of Thrills”, featuring Jet Cars, Monster Trucks, thrilling stunts and more returns on Saturday night September 13.
“One Great Racing Weekend,” the 49th Annual National Short Track Championships, will once again take place on the final weekend in September. Mark your calendars for Friday September 26th through Sunday September 28 and make sure you don’t miss this legendary and thrilling race weekend.
The 23rd Bahama Bracket Nationals, featuring nearly 200 cars racing against each other and the clock, hits the track Saturday and Sunday October 11 and 12, with the 34th running of the Goblin 250 enduro closing the curtain on the 2014 season Sunday afternoon October 19.
Makes plans now to be part of another unforgettable season this summer at Rockford Speedway!