By: Eric Huenefeld
The summer of 2014 will be another busy summer at Rockford Speedway.
Speedway officials have released the 2014 Schedule of Events, featuring over 40 events at the Northern Illinois facility which is prepping to open its gates for the sixty-seventh consecutive summer.
Cars first take to the track at 11 AM Saturday April 5, with an Open Practice session for all divisions. Following the Open Practice, the Stone & Double T 200 lap four-cylinder enduro takes the green flag at 3 PM. Eight days later, the 37th Annual Spring Classic steps to center stage. This year’s Spring Classic serves as the season opening event for the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet and the Mid American Stock Car Series while also featuring the Illinois Vintage Series’ ‘Hall of Fame Classic.’
NASCAR Whelen All American Series action hits the high banks of Rockford Speedway once again this summer, with Saturday April 19 set as Opening Night. Saturday night action continues until Saturday September 6, when NASCAR Track Champions are crowned in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Tracks, Rockstar Energy Drink Roadrunners and the Sam’s Drive In Roadrunner Challenge.
‘Wild Wednesdays’ begin at Rockford Speedway on Wednesday June 11 and continue through Wednesday August 6. This year’s Wednesday night slate includes nine consecutive Wednesday night programs featuring the Roadrunner Super Summer Series, Bandits, Winged Women on Wheels, MisFits, Super Cups, ‘Wild & Crazy’ Figure 8’s and One-on-One Spectacular Drags!
Special events returning to Rockford Speedway this summer include the Original Trailer Race of Destruction (Saturday June 14), Kid’s Day Camp Afternoon Sparktacular (Wednesday June 25), Midnight Ride of Paul Revere & Fireworks Extravaganza (Friday July 4), Midsummer Night’s Scream (Saturday July 5), World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race (Saturday August 2), Beatin’ & Bangin’ Boat Race (Saturday August 23) and Night of Thrills (Saturday September 13).
The popular ‘Gilley’s Cool 5’ is back for a fourth year in 2014 with ‘Cool 5’ races being held on May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30 & September 26. The Illini Racing Series Midgets, American Super Cups and Hornets are also included on Saturday night race cards throughout 2014.
‘Wing Ding,’ the massive rock-n-roll concert extravaganza, is back at Rockford Speedway in 2014. ‘Wing Ding’ returns to its traditional Memorial Day Weekend slot, getting underway at 11 AM Sunday May 25. Bands are currently being finalized for this unforgettable day of music and fun.
The 49th National Short Track Championships take place Friday September 26 through Sunday September 28, showcasing 14 divisions of racing this year and culminating in the 200 lap Super Late Model feature race. New to the NSTC lineup this year are the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars, making their ‘Short Track’ debut on Sunday afternoon September 28.
The 23rd Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals, where nearly 200 drivers compete against each other and the clock, return Saturday and Sunday October 11 & 12, while the Goblin 250 four cylinder enduro closes the curtain on Rockford Speedway’s 67th season Sunday afternoon October 19.
Promotional Nights such as Kid’s Nights, Scout Night & Military Night will return in 2014, their dates however are not yet decided and will be featured in the final schedule, set to be released at the end of March.
For more information, check out www.rockfordspeedway.com. If you have any questions in regards to the 2014 racing season at Rockford Speedway, please call 815-633-1500.
2014 Schedule of Events
**Tentative Subject to Change**
Thursday April 3 5PM Tire Sale until 7PM at Tire Barn in Pit Area
Saturday April 5 11AM Open Practice (non Enduro) until 2:30PM
Saturday April 5 3PM WXRX Stone & Double T 200 Enduro
Saturday April 12 12PM Open Practice for Spring Classic Divisions Only (until 4pm)
Sunday April 13 1PM 37th Spring Classic, Big 8 108, Mid Am 50, IL Vintage
Thursday April 17 5PM First Thursday Test ‘N Tune Practice until Sundown
Saturday April 19 11AM Preseason Car Show at ONYX Bar and Grill until 3PM
Saturday April 19 7:07PM 67th NASCAR Season Opener- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Saturday April 26 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR, RRC plus Figure 8
Saturday May 3 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, RR plus RRC
Saturday May 10 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR, RRC, Hornets plus WWoW
Saturday May 17 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, Illini Midgets, AmSC, RR plus RRC
Thursday May 22 NA No Test ‘N Tune Night
Saturday May 24 NA NO RACING
Sunday May 25 11AM Wing Ding Concert
Saturday May 31 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round I- LM, SP, AST, RR plus RRC
Saturday June 7 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR, AmSC, Hornets, RRC
Wed June 11 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday June 14 7:07PM Original Trailer Race of Destruction- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Wed June 18 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday June 21 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, Illini Midgets plus TBA
Wed June 25 1PM Kid’s Day Camp Afternoon Sparktacular
Wed June 25 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday June 28 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round II- LM Star Spangled 76, SP, AST, RR, RRC plus Central States Super Cups
Wed July 2 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Friday July 4 7:07PM 4th of July- NASCAR- SP, AST, RR Midnight Ride, RRC plus Spec Drags
Saturday July 5 7:07PM Mid-Summer’s Night Scream- Hornets
Wed July 9 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 12 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR and RRC
Wed July 16 7:07PM Wild Wed- Great Northern Sportsman Series, RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 19 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, RR, AmSC plus RRC
Wed July 23 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 26 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round III- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Wed July 30 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday Aug 2 7:07PM World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Wed Aug 6 7:07PM Wild Wed Championship Night 50 Lap Figure 8, RRSSS, Bandits, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday Aug 9 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR, AmSC, Hornets, RRC
Saturday Aug 16 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, RR, RR Non-Winners Feature and RRC
Saturday Aug 23 7:07PM Beatin’ ‘N Bangin’ Boat Race- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Saturday Aug 30 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round IV- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Thursday Sept 4 5PM Final Test ‘N Tune Practice until Sundown
Saturday Sept 6 7:07PM NASCAR Championship Night- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Saturday Sept 13 7:07PM Night of Thrills- Hornets
Thursday Sept 25 5:30PM Open Practice for all NSTC Divisions (until 9pm)
Friday Sept 26 7:07PM 49th NSTC FRIDAY GC5 Championship Round WWLM, SP, AST and RR plus Hornet/Bandit, Fig 8
Saturday Sept 27 5:05PM 49th NSTC SATURDAY Big 8 LM 108, Great Northern Sportsman, SLM Prelim, Hobby Stox, Illini Midgets
Sunday Sept 28 12:30PM 49th NSTC SUNDAY SLM 200, Must See Racing Sprint Cars, Mid-Am Stock Cars, LM Showdown
Friday Oct 10 5PM Optional BBN Practice (until 9pm)
Saturday Oct 11 6PM 23rd Bahama Bracket Nationals SATURDAY
Sunday Oct 12 12PM 23rd Bahama Bracket Nationals SUNDAY
Sunday Oct 19 1PM Goblin 250 Enduro and Demo Derby
Subject to Change- Additional Divisions may be added
***Promotional Nights such as Kid’s Nights, etc will appear on final schedule in late March***