With a subpar weather day forcing the fun back one week, this Saturday night becomes the moment where it’s time to ‘bring on the boats’ as Windsor Auto Sales presents ‘Nicks Beatin & Bangin Boat Race!’ The truly unique rolling demo derby on a liquidfied race track features competitors smashing and bashing their way around the Speedway while slipping and sliding through the water, with each competitor going after the boats chained to the back end of their competitor’s vehicles. The driver who has any kind of boat left dragging at the end of the race is declared the winner, meaning there is ‘no winner ’til the last boat sails.’
Advance tickets are STILL available for the Beatin & Bangin Boat Race. Sections D, E & F are ‘Reserved Seating,’ while the rest of the Grandstands (front and backstretch) are General Admission. Reserved seating is $18 for ages 12 and over and $9 for ages 6-11. General admission is $15 for ages 12 and over, with ages 6-11 admitted for $5. Kids 5 and under are FREE this Saturday night! Tickets are available online (rockfordspeedway.com), by phone (815-633-1500) or in person at the Rockford Speedway Main Office during regular business hours. Tickets purchased for last week’s rain out are good for this weekend’s event.
The evening also includes a full night of short track racing excitement as the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners jockey for position just one week away from the crowning of 2017 Track Champions. Grandstands open at 5 PM, with racing set to begin at 7:07 PM. Don’t miss Nick’s Beatin & Bangin Boat Race presented by Windsor Auto Sales, now slated for this Saturday night September 2!
‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ AND ‘NIGHT OF THRILLS’ COMING UP
Next Saturday night September 9, it’s Whelen Engineering ‘Night of Champions,’ where 2017 Track Champions will be crowned for the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners. Along with the full program of short track excitement next Saturday night, the Roadrunner Challenge champion is set to be crowned with the annual running of the ‘Outhouse Race!’ Grandstands open at 5 PM on ‘Night of Champions,’ with racing set to begin at 7:07 PM. One week later, on Saturday September 16, Miller Lite presents ‘Night of Thrills.” This year’s Night of Thrills brings Monster Trucks, the Green Mamba Jet Car, School Bus Bus Figure 8, One-on-One Spectacular Drags and Hornet Double Features, along with much more. A Pre-Show Party will be held on the track from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, giving fans the chance to meet the drivers and performers while getting up close and personal with some of the vehicles. Tickets are available in advance for Miller Lite Night of Thrills, online (rockfordspeedway.com), by phone (815-633-1500) or in person at the Rockford Speedway Offices during regular business hours. Don’t miss these exciting upcoming events!
“ONE GREAT RACING WEEKEND” JUST ONE MONTH AWAY!
Entry Forms, Schedule of Events and Competitions Guides for the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships are now available online! This year’s version of “One Great Racing Weekend” takes place Friday September 29, Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1. The multi-day festival includes Late Model racing all three days, with Weekly Warrior Late Models headlining Friday night, Big 8 Late Models main eventing Saturday night and the 200 lap National Short Track Championship for Super Late Models closing the curtain on Sunday afternoon. New this season is the “Late Model Challenge,” offering a $1500 bonus if one driver can win ALL THREE Late Model races during NSTC!
Eleven divisions join the party during NSTC, including the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Great Northern Sportsman Series, American Short Trackers, Roadrunners, Sportsman, Hornet/Bandit Challenge, Super Cups and Northern Vintage Series. Friday night features a NEW and EARLIER start time of 6 PM, while “Short Track Saturday Night” goes green at 5 PM and “Championship Sunday” gets rolling at 12:30 PM.
All cars get their first shot at the track on Thursday night September 28 with Open Practice from 5:30 PM until 9 PM. Grandstands are open to the public on Practice night. Overnight Parking for Campers once again is permitted for National Short Track Championships, with the Parking Lot opening up for business on Wednesday September 27 at 5 PM.
For more information on the 52nd National Short Track Championships or to order tickets in advance, please call 815-633-1500 or visit rockfordspeedway.com.
REMAINING 2017 ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
Sat Sep 2 7:07 pm- Nick’s Beatin & Bangin Boat Race plus LM, Sp, AST, RR
Sat Sep 9 7:07 pm- Whelen Engineering Night of Champions LM, Sp, AST, RR plus the ‘Outhouse Race’
Sat Sept 16 7:07 pm- Miller Lite Night of Thrills featuring Monster Trucks, the Green Mamba Jet Car, School Bus Racing, Hornet Double Features and MORE!
Fri Sept 29 6:00 pm- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships “Opening Night” LM, Sp, AST, RR, Hornet/Bandit Challenge
Sat Sept 30 5:00 pm- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships “Short Track Saturday Night” Big 8, GNSS, Vintage & Super Late Model Prelims
Sun Oct 1 12:30 pm- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships “Championship Sunday” NSTC 200, Mid-Am & Super Cup Invite
Sat Oct 14 6:00 pm- 26th Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals
Sun Oct 15 12:00 pm- 26th Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals
Sun Oct 22 1:00 pm- 37th Annual Goblin 250 Enduro and Big Swarm Demo Derby