BILDERBACK, WARE, BELDOWSKI & LOUNSBURY CLAIM WINS ON ‘SALUTE TO SERVICE NIGHT”

By: Jeep Newton

STANLEY STEEMER NASCAR LATE MODELS

Two-time Rockford Speedway track champion Michael Bilderback conquered the competition during the 30 lap Late Model main event on ‘Salute to Service’ Night. The win was Bilderback’s second win in three tries this season.

After two near misses in the race’s first five laps, which was plagued by three caution flags, the South Beloit native swept past teenager Max Kahler for the lead on the sixth circuit and held off the advances of his competition for the remainder of the race.

Kahler collected his third podium finish in five races, ending the 30 laps in second position. Matt Berger, who claimed fast qualifier honors earlier in the night, fought back to a third place finish after getting involved in an early-race incident. Jake Gille, driving his dad Tom’s number 40 car, came home in fourth, while point leader Jon Reynolds Jr rounded out the top five.

BARGAIN HUNTER SPORTSMAN

While Cody Houseweart passed under the checkered flag first in his 25 lap feature, the car he was driving was later disqualified in post-race technical inspection, awarding the win to Howie Ware.

Ware, who started in the seventh position, also was the second quickest qualifier earlier in the evening. The victory was Ware’s first of 2018.

Johnny Robinson II ended up second in the final run down, with Chad Smith credited as third. Garrick Fry was fourth while Richie Schinderling rounded out the top five.

MILLER LITE AMERICAN SHORT TRACKERS

A torrid four-car battle for the lead lasted for the first 17 laps of a caution-free 25 lap Short Tracker main event. With front row starters Shannon Stotlz and Destiny Genore officially trading the lead six times and unofficially trading the lead several more times, third and fourth place runners Aaron Rude and Franc Beldowski were forced to ‘hurry up and wait’ as Stotlz and Genore tried to separate themselves at the head of the field.

But on lap 18, Stotlz’s car suddenly slowed on the backstretch, slowing down Rude and opening the door for Beldowski. Beldowski skipped past Genore on lap 19 and raced to his third win of the season. The rookie contender Genore finished a solid second place, while Todd Snow collected a second straight top five with a third place result. Melody Welding finished fourth while Rude soldiered on to fifth.

KICKSTART ROADRUNNERS

Chad Lounsbury left little doubt on the path to a second win of the year in the Roadrunner class. Lounsbury ripped to the lead on lap number five and never looked back in a caution-free 20 lap main event.

Austin Fowler charged from an eighth place starting position to a runner up finish. Kevin Memoli was third, followed by point leader Nick Schneider in fourth and Brent Garnhardt in fifth.

STARS, STRIPES AND CARS OF ALL TYPES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

By: Kip Ripley

With our last snowfall just five weeks ago, it’s hard to believe it is already Memorial Day Weekend!

This Saturday night May 26 at Rockford Speedway is ‘Salute to Service’ Night presented by K&N Filters. Salute to Service will be a special night, with $5 admission granted to current or former Military members who present their Military ID. Plus, many servicemen and women are scheduled to be on hand while also taking part in the evening as we salute them for all they have done and continue to do keep us safe and free.

Racing this Saturday night includes the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners. Main Gates open at 5 PM, with a HUGE ‘Salute to Service’ Opening Ceremony beginning at 6:50 PM and racing scheduled to start at 7:07 PM. K&N Filters is also giving away over $1500 in prizes to fans this Saturday night, as the first 100 fans through the gates receive a FREE drawstring bag from K&N while ten lucky fans will have the chance to win a $100 gift card from K&N.

Adult admission is $12, with Children (ages 6-11) $6 and Kids 5 and under FREE. And don’t forget, current and former Military Members with an ID are admitted for just $5 this Saturday night.

Come join us for a great night of racing and reflection with ‘Salute to Service’ presented by K&N Filters this Saturday night!

ROCKFORD TOWN FAIR RETURNS NEXT WEEKEND!

Rockford Town Fair returns to the Rockford Speedway next Thursday May 31 thru Sunday June 3 and this year’s event looks to have something for everyone!

This 4-day family-friendly event features a full midway, complete with rides, games and great “fair food” and drinks, fun and exciting entertainment for all ages, including the ‘Town Fair 200’ Enduro on Sunday June 3 on the ‘high banks’ of Rockford Speedway!

The Rockford Town Fair will include more than 20 different midway rides and many family-friendly areas, sure to delight kids of all ages including a Petting Zoo, Stunt Shows, Dog Shows, Bounce Houses & more!

Hours for Rockford Town Fair are as follows…

Thurs 5/31- 6 pm to 10 pm
Friday 6/1- 6 pm to 11 pm
Sat 6/2- 11 am to 11 pm
Sun 6/3- 11 am to 9 pm

General Admission to the fair is $1 and available at the gate only, Parking is $5

For more information about Rockford Town Fair, please visit www.rockfordtownfair.com

THE ORIGINAL TRAILER RACE OF DESTRUCTION IS JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Saturday night June 9, a tradition unlike any other returns as LPT Automotive presents the Original Trailer Race of Destruction! It’s the trend setter…often imitated and never duplicated! Cars, trucks and vans pulling boats, campers and travel trailers in a rolling demolition derby, with no winner crowned ’til ‘the last trailer trails.’ The Original Trailer Race of Destruction is one of the biggest nights of the year at Rockford Speedway, so ordering your tickets in advance is recommended.

Advance Tickets for Saturday June 9 may be ordered in various ways. You may order your tickets online at rockfordspeedway.tix.com, by phone at 815-633-1500 or in person at the Rockford Speedway Main Office. Online orders are accepted 24 hours a day, while phone orders and walk up orders are accepted during regular business hours. Preferred Seating (Sections D, E & F) is $24 for Adults and $12 for Kids 11 and under. Reserved Seating (Sections A, B, C, G, H, J) is $20 for adults and $10 for Kids 11 & under. Bleacher Seating on the Backstretch is General Admission, with adults admitted for $15 and Kids 11 and under admitted at just $5. Don’t delay…order your tickets today!

There are FIVE divisions scheduled to be in action on Trailer Race night, including the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers, T.E.D. Transit Bandits and the Kickstart Roadrunners. Gates open at 5 PM, with racing set to start at 7:07 PM.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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
Wednesday June 13 (7:27 PM) Wild Wednesday Opener- RR, Bandits, Sixers, WWoW, Double Figure 8, Spec Drags
Saturday June 16 (7:07 PM) Tractor Town Salute to Dad ($5 admission for Dads) LM, Sp, AST, Bandits, RR
Wednesday June 20 (1 PM) Kids Day Camp Sparktacular
Wednesday June 20 (7:27 PM) Wild Wednesday Racing- RR, Bandits, Sixers, WWoW, Double Figure 8, Spec Drags

PAPINI, RUDE, ROBINSON & BROCKMANN VICTORIOUS ON KIDS NIGHT

By: Kip Ripley

Great weather and an enthusiastic crowd witnessed another exciting Saturday night of racing at Rockford Speedway as part of Northwest Bank Kids Night.

When the dust cleared, Alex Papini (Late Models) and Aaron Rude (American Short Trackers) found victory lane once again while Robby Robinson (Roadrunners) and Bart Brockmann (Bandits) nabbed their first feature wins of 2018.

In the 30 lap Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model feature, Matt Lundberg was the car who was the most impressive in the race and crossed the finish line first, taking the lead on lap 14 and holding off the late race advances of Papini to apparently take the win. However, during post-race technical inspection, Lundberg’s car was deemed to have oversize wheels and was disqualified from the race. The ruling moved Papini to the top of the chart, as the Rockford resident notched a third feature win in four tries during the 2018 season, Michael Bilderback came from 10th starting spot to claim second, while ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr was credited with third. Through four nights of racing, Reynolds and Papini are tied atop the Late Model point standings.

Veteran racer Mike Lloyd persevered to a fourth place finish and was followed by Dennis Smith Jr who rounded out the top five.

Cambridge Wisconsin’s Aaron Rude made a slick move to the front of the field on the ninth lap of the Miller Lite American Short Tracker feature, holding the lead for the rest of the 25 lap main event while holding off a furious late-race charge from point leader Franc Beldowski. After Rude nabbed the lead, Beldowksi wrestled side-by-side with Shannon Stoltz over the next six laps before settling into second spot and beginning his pursuit of Rude for the lead. Over the course of the next 8 laps, Beldowski chased down Rude and made two attempts at the lead before falling short at the checkered flag.

Rude claimed his second win of the season, while Beldowski settled for second, coming up just one position short of a ‘clean sweep’ after earning fast time, a trophy dash win and a heat race win. Stotlz finished third, while David Russell earned fourth.

Robby Robinson cruised to the lead on the sixth lap of the 20 lap Kickstart Roadrunner feature and held on for his first win of 2018 while outrunning Roadrunner point leader Nick Schneider to do so. Kevin Memoli was credited with third place, followed by Brent Garnhardt and Terry Gerber.

The 20 lap T.E,D. Transit Bandit feature showcased a three-car battle for the lead in a non-stop affair which ended with Rockford’s Bart Brockmann in victory lane after squeaking past Kelsey Dobbs at the line to claim the victory. Brockmann earned his first career Rockford Speedway win by half a car-length over Dobbs after the two drivers traded the lead multiple times throughout the race. Benji Rucker came home third, with Haley Roberts fourth and Ashley Matts fifth.

KIDS NIGHT, COIN SCRAMBLE AND BUS JUMP THIS SATURDAY!

By: Kip Ripley

The first Kids Night of 2018 is this Saturday night May 19 at Rockford Speedway!

There is plenty of fun planned on Northwest Bank Kids Night, where Kids ages 11 and under get in FREE. The first 500 kids who pass through the gates are also set to receive a FREE racing poster!

During Intermission, all Kids 11 and under will be invited onto the track for the Northwest Bank Kids Coin Scramble for their chance to ‘cash in.’ Then, at the end of the night, Kids of all ages will be thrilled and mystified by the School Bus Jump…as a full-size school bus takes flight across the Rockford Speedway infield!

Divisions racing include 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 FREE. We hope to see you and your family & friends this Saturday night at Rockford Speedway.

And make sure to mark the remaining Kids Nights on your calendar…Saturday June 23 (Kids Box Car Races), Saturday July 14 (Speedway Trick or Treat) and Saturday August 11 (Kids Bike Races and the Great Bike Giveaway).

SALUTE TO SERVICE NEXT WEEKEND, TRAILER RACE JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY

With the weather warming up quickly, it’s hard to believe next weekend is already Memorial Day Weekend. With that in mind, next Saturday is Salute to Service Night presented by K&N Filters. Salute to Service will be a special night with many servicemen and women on hand taking part in the evening as we salute them for all they have done and continue to do keep us safe and free. Racing next weekend includes the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners. Main Gates open at 5 PM, with the special Salute to Service Opening Ceremony beginning at 6:50 PM and racing at 7:07 PM. Adult admission is $12, with Children (ages 6-11) $6 and Kids 5 and under FREE.

Saturday night June 9, a tradition unlike any other returns as LPT Automotive presents the Original Trailer Race of Destruction! It’s the trend setter…often imitated and never duplicated! Cars, trucks and vans pulling boats, campers and travel trailers in a rolling demolition derby, with no winner crowned until ‘the last trailer trails.’ The Original Trailer Race of Destruction is one of the biggest nights of the year at Rockford Speedway, so ordering your tickets in advance is recommended.

Advance Tickets for Saturday June 9 may be ordered in various ways. You may order your tickets online at rockfordspeedway.tix.com, by phone at 815-633-1500 or in person at the Rockford Speedway Main Office. Online orders are accepted 24 hours a day, while phone orders and walk up orders are accepted during regular business hours. Preferred Seating (Sections D, E & F) is $24 for Adults and $12 for Kids 11 and under. Reserved Seating (Sections A, B, C, G, H, J) is $20 for adults and $10 for Kids 11 & under. Bleacher Seating on the Backstretch is General Admission, with adults admitted for $15 and Kids 11 and under admitted at just $5. Don’t delay…order your tickets today!

ROCKFORD TOWN FAIR RETURNS MAY 31 THRU JUNE 3

Rockford Town Fair returns to the Rockford Speedway Thursday May 31 thru Sunday June 3 and this year’s event looks to have something for everyone!

This 4-day family-friendly event will feature a full midway, complete with rides, games and great “fair food” and drinks, fun and exciting entertainment for all ages, including the ‘Town Fair 200’ Enduro on Sunday June 3 on the ‘high banks’ of Rockford Speedway!

The Rockford Town Fair will feature more than 20 different rides and many family-friendly areas, sure to delight kids of all ages including a Petting Zoo, Stunt Shows, Dog Shows, Bounce Houses & more!

Hours for Rockford Town Fair are as follows…

Thurs 5/31- 6 pm to 10 pm
Friday 6/1- 6 pm to 11 pm
Sat 6/2- 11 am to 11 pm
Sun 6/3- 11 am to 9 pm

General Admission to the fair is $1 and available at the gate only, Parking is $5

For more information about Rockford Town Fair, please visit www.rockfordtownfair.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

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
Wednesday June 13 (7:27 PM) Wild Wednesday Opener- RR, Bandits, Sixers, WWoW, Double Figure 8, Spec Drags
Saturday June 16 (7:07 PM) Tractor Town Salute to Dad ($5 admission for Dads) LM, Sp, AST, Bandits, RR

COLD AND WET CONDITIONS CANCEL LADIES NIGHT

Persistent cold and wet conditions have forced officials at Rockford Speedway to cancel Saturday night’s “Ladies Night” racing program.

Racing resumes next Saturday night May 19 with Northwest Bank Kids Night featuring the Kids Coin Scramble and School Bus Jump along with racing for 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, Kids 11 and under are admitted FREE. The first 500 kids admitted next weekend will also receive a FREE racing poster.

For more information, please visit rockfordspeedway.com or call 815-633-1500.

IT’S LADIES NIGHT THIS SATURDAY!

By: Kip Ripley

With Mother’s Day on the way this Sunday, we invite you to treat your mom to a night out.

This Saturday May 12 is “Ladies Night” at Rockford Speedway! Ladies admission is just $5 and with admission prices that low, mom will certainly get her money’s worth!

Five divisions are slated to take to the track this Saturday night, including the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman and T.E.D. Transit Bandits along with the season debuts of the 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.

Ladies Night…oh what a night! This Saturday at Rockford Speedway!

KIDS NIGHT AND THE SCHOOL BUS JUMP NEXT WEEKEND!

The first Kids Night of 2018 is next Saturday night May 19, presented by Northwest Bank. Kids 11 and under are always admitted FREE on Kids Night and it’s guaranteed that there is something exciting happening on a Rockford Speedway Kids Night. Next week features several cool happenings.

The first five-hundred Kids ages 11 and under through the gate next weekend receive a FREE Poster. Then, at Intermission, all Kids 11 and under are welcome onto the track for the Kids Coin Scramble presented by Northwest Bank. After the racing has concluded, it will be time to watch a School Bus fly! Kids of all ages will be thrilled and mystified by the School Bus Jump…as a full-size school bus takes flight across the Rockford Speedway infield.

Divisions racing on Kids Night next weekend include 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 FREE.

We hope to see you at Kids Night presented by Northwest Bank next 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.

ONLINE TICKET PURCHASING IS NOW LIVE

Tickets for major events at Rockford Speedway in 2018 are now available online at rockfordspeedway.tix.com. 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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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
Wednesday June 13 (7:27 PM) Wild Wednesday Opener- RR, Bandits, Sixers, WWoW, Double Figure 8, Spec Drags

BILDERBACK BAGS BONUSES, BELDOWSKI SWEEPS AWAY THE COMPETITION

By: Kip Ripley

A solid crowd turned out Saturday night at Rockford Speedway and were greeted with outstanding weather and a thrilling night of short track racing.

Side-by-side action and close finishes were the name of the game on this night, with each feature race providing its own unique sort of drama.

STANLEY STEEMER NASCAR LATE MODELS

Two-time and reigning NASCAR Late Model track champion Michael Bilderback returned to action on Saturday evening and made his presence known. After qualifying second, Bilderback accepted the $400 Gerber Collision and Glass Ultimate Challenge and was slotted in the 11th and final starting spot in the 30 lap Late Model main event. When the dust settled, it was Bilderback standing tall in victory lane with his fifteenth feature win since 2015 after taking the lead late in the race following a thrilling duel with ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr.

Dennis Smith Jr paced the field early, taking the early lead from polesitter Jeff Wakeman. As Smith slipped out to the early advantage, the rest of the field began to wage war. The first yellow flag flew on lap 7, bringing the balance of the field back to Smith’s bumper. Five laps after the initial restart, Reynolds swung into the lead and by the race’s halfway point, Bilderback was in second place.

The final yellow of the race flew on lap 17 and set the stage for the epic finish, which not only included Reynolds and Bilderback but also Alex Papini, in pursuit of his third straight win. On the restart, Reynolds was able to give himself a small yet short lived cushion. Bilderback soon chased down the leader and over the course of the final ten laps, the two racers put on a terrific side-by-side race with Papini right on their bumpers.

With three laps remaining, Bilderback was able to nose ahead for the lead, taking the top spot for himself with two laps to go. When the checkered flag flew, it was Bilderback beating Reynolds to the line by two carlengths. Bilderback not only claimed the $400 Ultimate Challenge Bonus, but also an additional $100 bonus courtesy of L&B Coin and Collectables.

Reynolds and Papini both continued their solid starts to the year. Reynolds started the race eighth and finished second for a second straight week, while Papini went from seventh to third and also was the evening’s fast qualifier. Smith came home in fourth for a second straight week while Jake Gille rounded out the top five.

MILLER LITE AMERICAN SHORT TRACKERS

Franc Beldowski finished of an impressive night on an impressive note, sweeping the evening in the Miller Lite American Short Tracker division thanks in part to a last lap, last corner pass for the win.

Beldowski started the evening by claiming his second fast qualifier award of the year and then won the CoLin Metals Fast Dash. Beldowski would later go on to win his heat race, setting himself up for the clean sweep and a possible $100 bonus from Rosebud Transportation if he could complete the sweep.

Beldowski’s quest for the broom would not be easy, starting the race from the eighth spot while also trying to contest with last week’s feature winner Aaron Rude. Rude, who started ninth, got to the front first, passing Destiny Genore for the lead on lap seven. As the race neared halfway, Beldowski found the front and began to challenge Rude for the lead. Things got serious in the last five laps of the race, when the drivers swapped the lead officially three times in five laps and unofficially once every corner. Rude led by a bumper at the white flag, but pushed his Ford Pinto just a little too high in the first and second corner, giving Beldowski a glimmer of hope. The two drivers raced through turns three and four with Beldowski taking the lead and the win at the finish line by half a car length.

The victory was Beldowski’s second of the season, while Rude turned in a second straight solid finish after a rough opening night. Todd Snow was the big winner late in the race, using the final restart to move himself from eighth to third. The third place finish was Snow’s best career result in the Short Tracker division. Genore, a Rookie of the Year contender, ended the race a solid fourth place, while Steve Dickson rounded out the top five.

KICKSTART ROADRUNNERS

Chad Lounsbury threw the monkey off his back in emphatic fashion, winning the caution-free 20 lap Roadrunner feature by over a straightaway. While Lounsbury sailed off into the night, wild battles raged for second and fourth. Nick Schneider held off a furious charge from Opening Night winner Arlyn Roush to claim second place, while Roush settled for third. Justin Wagner had to withstand a three-wide tussle for fourth position, holding off Kevin Memoli and Robby Robinson.

ILLINI RACING SERIES MIDGETS

Joliet’s Scott Koerner led flag-to-flag in the 15 lap Midget feature while holding off a persistent challenge from Tom Eyman in route to the win. Eyman settled for second while Doug Orseske claimed third.

DOLLAR BEER, SPEC DRAGS & OPEN WHEEL RACING ALL ‘ON TAP’ THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

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.

KIDS NIGHT AND THE SCHOOL BUS JUMP ARE JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY!

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.

ONLINE TICKET PURCHASING IS NOW LIVE

Tickets for major events at Rockford Speedway in 2018 are now available online at rockfordspeedway.tix.com. 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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

SATURDAY NIGHT’S COLD WEATHER LEADS TO HOT RACING

By: Kip Ripley

As far as the climate was concerned, it was a frigid night at Rockford Speedway.

As for the action on the track, Saturday night was one of the hottest in recent memory.

Each feature event provided its own special brand of excitement, with side-by-side racing and late race drama the name of the game.

STANLEY STEEMER NASCAR LATE MODELS

2013 Rockford Speedway Track Champion Alex Papini has made his presence known early in 2018. The Rockford resident is now 2-for-2 in the Late Model division following a frantic final 8 laps of the division’s 30 lap feature.

Papini worked his way into the top three during the first 22 laps of caution-free racing. But while the two-time NASCAR State Champion made his way forward, as many as six other drivers in the twelve car starting field were making their push to challenge for the win, resulting in a full-fledged Battle Royal for the top positions.

The only caution flag of the race flew on lap 22 for Jeff Wakeman’s spun vehicle, which set up the push to the finish. Right before the yellow flag, teenager Max Kahler moved past Dennis Smith Jr to inherit the race lead. With Kahler and Smith occupying the top two spots, Papini and 2014 Track Champion Jon Reynolds Jr lined up behind them for the ensuing restart. Papini was quick to get by Smith and Reynolds soon followed. Papini then set his sights on Kahler and the duo wrestled for the top spot for the final six circuits. Coming to the white flag, Papini nosed ahead of Kahler at the line to take the lead and finished the job in turn two. The final scrape for the lead sent Kahler up the banking and opened the door for Reynolds to slip into second place.

Papini hit the line in first, with Reynolds taking home runner-up honors. Kahler settled for third, his second straight top-three finish to start the season. Smith ended up in fourth while Matt Berger rounded out the top five.

The race saw five different leaders in just 30 short laps while Papini and Reynolds charged from their 10th and 9th starting positions to take the top two positions.

BARGAIN HUNTER SPORTSMAN

The Bargain Hunter Sportsman feature saw early fireworks, followed by a race-long struggle for the win.

Terrance Robinson and Howie Ware battled hard for the lead in the race’s first six laps, before trading blows and eventually bringing out the race’s first and only yellow flag. The incident gave the lead to third-year Sportsman racer Cody Houseweart, who had the duty of holding off a small yet mighty field of challengers. Houseweart’s main challenge came from Johnny Robinson II, who eventually ripped the lead away from Houseweart on lap 12. After initially stepping out to a steady lead, Robinson heard the footsteps of Houseweart again in the race’s final five laps. Robinson held off his challenger’s late advances to capture the win, his first of the season. Houseweart finished a distant second, with 2017 Track Champion Chad Smith third. Rookie Sportsman racer Richie Schinderling placed fourth while Ware returned to action and soldiered to a fifth place finish.

MILLER LITE AMERICAN SHORT TRACKERS

Aaron Rude and his ‘Fabulous Ford Pinto’ outran opening night winner Franc Beldowski to claim victory in the 25 lap main event for the Short Trackers. Rude, who started in eighth position, got to the front on lap 10 and led the rest of the way. A mid-race yellow flag aided Beldowski, who was stuck in traffic early and fell back to eighth place. Beldowski’s furious charge came up just short though with a second place result.

Rookie Destiny Genore turned in an impressive effort which resulted in a third place finish. Todd Snow led the race’s first nine laps and finished in fourth place, while David Russel rounded out the top five.

KICKSTART ROADRUNNERS

Austin Fowler and Nick Schneider traded the lead and traded paint for most of the 20 lap Kickstart Roadrunner feature with Fowler eventually coming out on top in the tussle. Officially the duo traded the lead four times in twelve laps before Fowler claimed the top spot for good on the 16th circuit.

Schneider came across the line in second right behind Fowler, with Brett Garnhardt finishing a solid third. Justin Wagner collected fourth while Robby Robinson rounded out the top five.

Devin Opsahl won the Roadrunner Challenge ‘Forward/Backward Race.’

ORR SCORES WXRX 200 VICTORY

By: Kip Ripley

South Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Jay Orr commanded the second half of Sunday afternoon’s WXRX 200 lap Enduro, leading the final 96 laps in route to his second career win in the event.

Orr bested 85 entrants on a sun-splashed afternoon, inheriting the lead right after the race’s halfway point. Palatine’s Ryan Decker directed the race for most of the first 100 laps, before finding trouble near lap 75. Nursing a bent up and overheating race car, Decker’s chances for victory evaporated as the cars headed to the pits during the 10-minute halfway break, when he was unable to return to action.

Former race winners Caleb Shultis and Tyler Griswold finished second and third. Griswold took third by a matter of a few feet over fourth place finishing Ryan Lagastee. Scott Vetter rounded out the top five.

WXRX 200 Official Results
1. Jay Orr, South Milwaukee, Wis; 2. Caleb Shultis, Pearl City; 3. Tyler Griswold, Streator; 4. Ryan
Lagestee, Schererville, Ind.; 5. Scott Vetter, Union; 6. Mike Stone, Dekalb; 7. Dan Schmeissing, Manhattan; 8. Austin Nason, Roscoe; 9. Jose Quinonez, Rochelle; 10. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 11. Logan James, Logansport, Ind.; 12. Jeff Law, Rockford; 13. Thomas Andrus, Rockford; 14. Jerid Butram, Rockford; 15. Ryan Finley, Shabbona; 16. Douglas Finnern, Des Plaines; 17. Geoff McKarns, Mundelein; 18. Carlos Garcia, Palatine; 19. Theresa Lundberg, Rockton; 20. Tom Goedert, Durand; 21. Chris White, Jr, Poplar Grove; 22. Amanda Whalen, Genoa; 23. Matthew Rhoda, Munster, Ind.; 24. Mike Nelms, Lombard; 25. Jordan Moore, Beloit, Wis; 26. Jim Berna, Spring Grove; 27. Bob Bertolozzi, Rock Falls; 28. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 29. Tyler Wheaton, Lansing; 30. Melissa Ermel, St. Charles; 31. Cole Damon, Machesney Park; 32. Jeff Watson, Jr, Machesney Park; 33. Dale Sparks, Jr, Belvidere; 34. Rick Zifko, Aurora; 35. Matt Lestikow, Freeport; 36. Clay Curts, Alsip; 37. Kyle Carlson, Homer Glen; 38. Troy Boss, Rock Falls; 39. Jordan Howell, Rockton; 40. Josh Smith, Rockford; 41. Blake Andrus, Rockford; 42. Ryan Decker, Palatine; 43. Kristyn Holmes, Machesney Park; 44. Jason Schnupp, Kingston; 45. Steve Erickson, Jr, Machesney Park; 46. Terry Biddick, Evansville, Wis; 47. Randy Heun, Pinegree Grove; 48.
Matthew Ciara, Oak Lawn; 49. Joseph Munz, Rock Falls; 50. Christopher Erb, Loves Park; 51. Mike Sorensen, Huntley; 52. Melinda Figeley, Genoa; 53. James Bell, Janesville, Wis; 54. Edward Owen, Rockford; 55. Connor Anderson, Belvidere; 56. Patrick O’Neil, Genoa; 57. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 58. Dustin Tucker, Machesney Park; 59. Jeremy Watson, Machesney Park; 60. Corey Snow, Loves Park; 61. Roger Smith, Rockford; 62. Roger Emery,Sharon, Wis; 63. Jake Habben, Machesney Park; 64. Ryen Deiter, Machesney Park; 65. Rob Graham, Schaumburg; 66. Ryan Petta, German Valley; 67. Garrison Jeske, Janesville, Wis; 68. Roy Haywood, Woodstock; 69. Jared Adair, Rockford; 70. Chad Kiefer, Antioch; 71. Robyn Fuller, Woodstock; 72. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 73.Adam Leonard, Machesney Park; 74. Alex Frazier, Belvidere; 75. Robert Fuenty, Durand; 76. Austin Hillhouse, Rockford; 77. Morgan Breeding, Woodstock; 78. Brandon Schnupp, Kingston; 79. Todd Matteson, Durand; 80. Kyle Rush, Antioch; 81. Dwayne Mankiewicz, Poplar Grove; 82. Zack Lampley, Machesney Park; 83. Ross Pacana,
Dekalb; 84. Nick Rose, Rockton; 85. Brittany Allen, Roscoe.