By: Kip Ripley

Just like that, it’s May.

Suddenly the cold has vanished and it’s 80 degrees. And suddenly Rockford Speedway is becoming a busy place.

Following a slow start to the season with two events negated due to weather, the activity at the 71 year old facility is picking up.

With last week’s exciting double-header in the books, the focus now turns to the rest of the Spring and a steady string of Saturday night events.

“On tap” this weekend is the National Beverage Day Celebration this Saturday May 5. This salute to suds and soda treats fans to beverage specials including Miller Lite Dollar Beer Night and various other drink specials including specials on delicious Pepsi Cola products.

The action on track includes the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Miller Lite American Short Trackers, Kickstart Roadrunners and the return of the Illini Midget Series. Also added to this Saturday night’s schedule are the One-on-One Spectacular Drags!

Grandstands open at 5 PM, with Qualifying at 5:55 PM and the first green flag at 7:07 PM. Adult admission is $12, with Children (ages 6-11) admitted for $6 and Kids 5 & under FREE.

With Mothers Day next weekend, next Saturday May 12 is “Ladies Night,” with Ladies admission just $5! Racing on Ladies Night includes the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, T.E.D. Transit Bandits, Original Sixers and the Winged Women on Wheels. Adult admission is $12 (with Ladies admitted for $5), Children $6 and Kids 5 & under FREE. Gates open at 5 PM with racing at 7:07 PM.


The first Kids Night of 2018 is coming up on Saturday night May 19, presented by Northwest Bank. Kids 11 and under are always admitted FREE on Kids Night and there’s always something exciting happening on a Rockford Speedway Kids Night.

The first Kids Night of the season not only features the Northwest Bank Kids Coin Scramble, but also the School Bus Jump! You won’t want to miss this!

The Kids Night racing menu includes the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Miller Lite American Short Trackers, T.E.D. Transit Bandits and Kickstart Roadrunners. Gates open at 5 PM, with Racing at 7:07 PM. Adult admission is $12, with Kids 11 and under admitted for FREE.

We hope to see you at Kids Night presented by Northwest Bank on Saturday May 19. And make sure to mark down the remaining Kids Nights on your calendar…Saturday June 23, Saturday July 14 and Saturday August 11.


Tickets for major events at Rockford Speedway in 2018 are now available online at Make sure to order your tickets for big-time upcoming events including the Original Trailer Race of Destruction (June 9), ARCA Midwest Tour All Star 100/Star Spangled 76 (June 30), Fireworks Extravaganza (July 4), World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race (August 4), Beatin & Bangin Boat Race (August 25), Night of Thrills (September 15) and the 53rd Annual National Short Track Championships (Sept 28-29-30).

Online ticket ordering allows you to purchase your tickets for all the big events from the convenience of your own home, while being able to see which seats are available and viewing exactly where you will be sitting for the big show.

Don’t delay…order your tickets today!


Saturday May 5 (7:07 PM) National Beverage Day Celebration ($1 Beer and Soda Specials)- LM, AST, RR, Illini Midgets, Spec Drags
Saturday May 12 (7:07 PM) Ladies Night ($5 admission for Ladies)- LM, Sp, Bandits, Sixers, WWoW
Saturday May 19 (7:07 PM) Northwest Bank Kids Night featuring the Kids Coin Scramble & School Bus Jump- LM, AST, Bandits, RR
Saturday May 26 (7:07 PM) Salute to Service presented by K&N Filters- LM, Sp, AST, RR
**May 31 – June 3- Rockford Town Fair**
Sunday June 3 (1 PM) Town Fair 200 Enduro
Saturday June 9 (7:07 PM) LPT Automotive presents the Original Trailer Race of Destruction- LM, Sp, AST, Bandits, RR plus the Hare & the Hound Race