RACE RECAP: LPT AUTOMOTIVE NIGHT (JUNE 9)

STANLEY STEEMER NASCAR LATE MODELS

Prior to Saturday night, the 2018 season had started out in frustrating fashion for Matt Berger.

Bad luck and bad finishes had haunted last year’s points runner up during the early part of the racing season, but on LPT Automotive Night, it was Berger’s time to shine.

The Loves Park resident made his move to the front of the field after a lap 23 yellow flag and kept the rest of the competition behind him on the way to his first victory of 2018.

Berger took the lead from Dennis Smith Jr on what became the final restart of the 30 lap race, which was slowed by just two yellow flags. Smith held onto a third place finish, a stellar outing for the second year Late Model racer who had missed the most recent week of racing on May 26 after discovering issues under the hood of his race car. Two-time track champion Michael Bilderback got past Smith with five laps to go, settling for second behind Berger. It was Bilderback’s first runner up of the season after winning his two prior appearances in 2018. Alex Papini fought to a fourth place finish, while Jake Gille rounded out the top five.

BARGAIN HUNTER SPORTSMAN

2017 track champion Chad Smith was patient in his climb to the front of the 14-car field en route to his first Sportsman feature win of the season.

Smith got the lead just after halfway of the 25 lap feature race and outran Howie Ware to claim the victory. Along with the runner up finish, Ware was also the evening’s quick qualifier. Cody Houseweart finished the race in third place, while Jake Gille finished fourth in a rare appearance in the Sportsman class. Rookie Richie Schinderling rounded out the top five.

MILLER LITE AMERICAN SHORT TRACKERS

In typical dominant, yet dramatic fashion, Franc Beldowski conquered the 25 lap Short Tracker main event. After being buried in seventh position during the race’s first half, a yellow flag allowed things to clear up for Beldowski. Even with the yellow, hard work was still required for Beldowski to dispose of Rookie of the Year point leader Destiny Genore in the battle for the win. Beldowski earned the lead with five laps to go and never looked back on his way to his fourth win of 2018.

Aaron Rude finished the race in second place after a late race battle with Genore, who bounced of the turn four wall on the final lap trying to keep the second position. The result of the last lap scrape with the wall was a flattened right side and third in the scorebook for Genore. Kyle Voss came home in fourth while David Russell rounded out the top five.

KICKSTART ROADRUNNERS

Despite numerous challenges from Chad Lounsbury, Robby Robinson was able to hold onto the lead while earning his second win of the season in the Roadrunner class, besting a field of 12 cars in a 20 lap affair.

Robinson took the lead on the race’s fifth lap, thwarting Lounsbury’s run for a third feature win of the year. Lounsbury settled for second while Kevin Memoli was third. Austin Fowler finished the race in fourth place while Nick Schneider rounded out the top five. Schneider also won the Roadrunner Challenge ‘Hare & the Hound Race’ earlier in the evening.

T.E.D. TRANSIT BANDITS

Duane Lounsbury commanded the field in a caution-free 20 lap Bandit feature en route to his first win of the year. Ross Lamont made the best of his first start of the season, collecting a second place finish. Ben Rucker made a charge to third place, while Kelsey Dobbs finished fourth.

ORIGINAL TRAILER RACE OF DESTRUCTION

Randy Huen topped a field of 24 entrants and claimed victory in the Original Trailer Race of Destruction.

Rockford Speedway Results from 06.09.18

NASCAR All American Sportsmen

A-Main 01 — 1. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 2. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 3. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 6. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 7. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 8. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 9. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 10. James Gregory, Esmond; 11. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 12. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 13. Garrick Fry, Durand; 14. Joshua

Heat 01 — 1. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 2. Joshua Lundy, Roscoe; 3. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Garrick Fry, Durand; 6. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 7. James Gregory, Esmond; 8. Derek Dobbs, Rockton.

Heat 02 — 1. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 2. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 3. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 4. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 5. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 6. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park.

Time Trial — 1. Brian Johnson, Sr., Machesney Park; 2. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 3. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 4. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 5. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 6. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 7. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 8. Garrick Fry, Durand; 9. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 10. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 11. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 12. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 13. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 14. Joshua Lundy, Roscoe; 15. James Gregory, Esmond.

NASCAR American Short Trackers

A-Main 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 4. Kyle Voss, Woodstock; 5. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 6. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 7. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford; 9. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 10. Stephen Dickson, Rockton; 11. Steve Erickson, Jr, Machesney Park; 12. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park.

Heat 01 — 1. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 2. Stephen Dickson, Rockton; 3. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 4. Todd Snow, Rockford; 5. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park.

Heat 02 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 3. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 4. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 5. Kyle Voss, Woodstock; 6. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland.

Time Trial — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 4. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 5. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 6. Kyle Voss, Woodstock; 7. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford; 9. Stephen Dickson, Rockton; 10. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 11. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 12. Steve Erickson, Jr, Machesney Park.

NASCAR Bandits

A-Main 01 — 1. Duane Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. Ross Lamont, Cherry Valley; 3. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 4. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 5. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 6. Todd Snow, Rockford; 7. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 8. Scott Gagen, Dekalb; 9. Zack Orts, Oswego.

Heat 01 — 1. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 2. Todd Snow, Rockford; 3. Zack Orts, Oswego; 4. Scott Gagen, Dekalb; 5. Haley Roberts, Machesney Park; 6. Ryan Ostenson, South Beloit.

Heat 02 — 1. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 2. Duane Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Ross Lamont, Cherry Valley; 4. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 5. Bart Brockmann, Rockford.

Time Trial — 1. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 2. Duane Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Ross Lamont, Cherry Valley; 4. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 5. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 6. Haley Roberts, Machesney Park; 7. Zack Orts, Oswego; 8. Scott Gagen, Dekalb; 9. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 10. Ryan Ostenson, South Beloit; 11. Todd Snow, Rockford.

NASCAR Late Models A-Main 01 — 1. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 4. Alex Papini, Rockford; 5. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 6. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 7. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 8. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 9. Jim Olson, Harvard; 10. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 11. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 12. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 13. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 14. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 15. Mike Beyer, Machesney

Heat 01 — 1. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 2. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 3. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 4. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 5. Mike Beyer, Machesney Park; 6. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 7. Jim Olson, Harvard; 8. Jeff Wakeman, Streator.

Heat 02 — 1. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 2. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 3. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 4. Alex Papini, Rockford; 5. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 6. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 7. Tom Gille, Winnebago.

Time Trial — 1. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Steve Rubeck, Rockford; 4. Alex Papini, Rockford; 5. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 6. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 7. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 8. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 9. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 10. Jim Olson, Harvard; 11. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 12. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 13. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 14. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 15. Mike Beyer,

NASCAR Road Runners

A-Main 01 — 1. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 4. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 5. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 6. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 7. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 8. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 9. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 10. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 11. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 12. Arlyn Roush, Woodstock; 13. Kenneth Brazee III, Rockford; 14. Jeremiah Gusk,

Heat 01 — 1. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 2. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 3. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 4. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 5. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 6. Greg Pruitt, Rockford; 7. Kenneth Brazee III, Rockford; 8. Jeremiah Gusk, Loves Park.

Heat 02 — 1. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 3. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 4. Arlyn Roush, Woodstock; 5. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 6. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 7. Nick Schneider, Rockton.

Challenge 01 — 1. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 2. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 3. Jeremiah Gusk, Loves Park; 4. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 5. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 6. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 7. Arlyn Roush, Woodstock.

Town Fair “200” Results

4 Cyl Enduro
A-Main 01 — 1. Jay Orr, South Milwaukee, Wis; 2. Ryan Lagestee, Schererville, Ind.; 3. Mike Sorensen, Huntley;
4. Bill Rud, Streamwood; 5. Ryan Finley, Shabbona; 6. Rick Zifko, Aurora; 7. Scott Vetter, Union; 8. Justin
Pearson, Belvidere; 9. Jeff Law, Rockford; 10. Theresa Lundberg, Rockton; 11. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 12.
Austin Nason, Roscoe; 13. Tom Goedert, Machesney Park; 14. Timothy Richards, Marengo; 15. Brandon
Schnupp, Kingston; 16. Dan Schmeissing, Manhattan; 17. Thomas Andrus, Rockford; 18. Jerid Butram, Rockford;
19. Carlos Garcia, Palatine; 20. Chris White, Jr, Poplar Grove; 21. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 22.
Jordan Howell, Rockton; 23. Ryan Decker, Palatine; 24. Cole Damon, Machesney Park; 25. Kyle Griepentrog,
Cambridge, Wis; 26. Jeff Watson, Jr, Machesney Park; 27. Garrison Jeske, Janesville, Wis; 28. Jonathan Smith,
Bristol, Wis; 29. Jose Quinonez, Rochelle; 30. Keegan Rodden, Rockford; 31. Tyler Griswold, Streator; 32. Clay
Curts, Alsip; 33. Ryen Deiter, Machesney Park; 34. Jason Kurth, Juda, Wis; 35. Chad Kiefer, Antioch; 36. Josh
Smith, Rockford; 37. Jake Habben, Machesney Park; 38. James Meador, Polo; 39. Jacob Reiter, Dekalb; 40. Tyler
Callison, Byron; 41. Daniel Groeling, German Valley; 42. Chad Tomlinson, Moline; 43. Mike Stone, Dekalb; 44.
Jordan Moore, Beloit, Wis; 45. Blake Andrus, Rockford; 46. Tyler Jaskulski, Rockford; 47. Amanda Whalen, Genoa;
48. James Bell, Janesville, Wis; 49. Zack Lampley, Machesney Park; 50. Devon Dixon, Janesville, Wis; 51. Alex
Frazier, Belvidere; 52. Todd Tacheny, Mankato, Minn.; 53. Jeremy Watson, Machesney Park; 54. Mike
Newenhouse, Steger; 55. Josh VanZyl, Crown Point, Ind.; 56. Dale Sparks, Jr, Belvidere; 57. Steve Erickson, Jr,
Machesney Park; 58. Roger Smith, Rockford; 59. Mike Dunbar, Moline; 60. Kyle Stark, Marshall, Wis; 61. Jessi
Bredeson, Columbus, Wis; 62. Eric Bennett, Beloit, Wis; 63. Brandon Groeling, Shannon; 64. Travis Louser,
Lansing; 65. Shawn Ogden, Lovews Park; 66. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis. (started 68 cars)

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.

Rockford Speedway Results from 05.26.18

NASCAR All American Sportsmen

A-Main 01 — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 3. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 4. Garrick Fry, Durand; 5. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 6. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 7. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 8. Joshua Lundy, Loves Park; 9. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 10. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 11. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park.

Heat 01 — 1. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 2. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 3. John Featherston (r), Loves Park; 4. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 5. Joshua Lundy, Loves Park; 6. Derek Dobbs, Rockton.

Heat 02 — 1. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 2. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 3. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 4. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 5. Garrick Fry, Durand.

Time Trial — 1. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 2. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 3. Garrick Fry, Durand; 4. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 5. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 6. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 7. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 8. Terrance Robinson (r), Beloit, Wis; 9. Joshua Lundy, Loves Park; 10. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 11. John Featherston (r), Loves Park.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 3. Garrick Fry, Durand; 4. Adam Cartwright (r), Roscoe; 5. Rich Schinderling, Jr (r), Winnebago; 6. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park.

NASCAR American Short Trackers

A-Main 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 3. Todd Snow, Rockford; 4. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 5. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 6. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 7. Todd Bridges,

Heat 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 3. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 4. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 5. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 6. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 7. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford.

Time Trial — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 4. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 5. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 6. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 7. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 3. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 4. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 5. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 6. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis.

NASCAR Late Models

A-Main 01 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 3. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 6. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 7. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 8. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 9. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 10. Alex Papini, Rockford; 11. Erle Hoth, Medinah; 12. Tom Gille, Winnebago.

Heat 01 — 1. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 2. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 3. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 4. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 5. Erle Hoth, Medinah.

Heat 02 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 3. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 4. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 5. Alex Papini, Rockford; 6. Max Kahler, Caledonia.

Time Trial — 1. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 2. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 3. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Alex Papini, Rockford; 6. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 7. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 8. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 9. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 10. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 11. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 12. Erle Hoth, Medinah.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Alex Papini, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 6. Matt Berger, Loves Park.

NASCAR Road Runners

A-Main 01 — 1. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 3. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 4. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 5. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 6. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 7. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 8. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 9. Jeremiah Gusk, Loves Park; 10. Adam Tipton, Rockford; 11. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 12. Kenneth Brazee III, Rockford; 13. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 14. Robby Robinson, Orfordville,

Heat 01 — 1. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 2. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 3. Kenneth Brazee III, Rockford; 4. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 5. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere; 6. Jeremiah Gusk, Loves Park; 7. Adam Tipton,

Heat 02 — 1. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 4. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 5. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 6. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 7. Austin Fowler,

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 2. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 3. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 4. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 5. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 6. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park.

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.

Rockford Speedway Results from 05.19.18

NASCAR American Short Trackers

A-Main 01 — 1. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 2. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 3. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 4. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 5. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 6. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 7. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 8. Mark Turner, Rockford.

Heat 01 — 1. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 2. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 3. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 4. Mark Turner, Rockford.

Heat 02 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 3. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 4. David Russell, Jr, Rockford.

Time Trial — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 4. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 5. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 6. Todd Snow, Rockford; 7. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 8. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 9. Mark Turner, Rockford; 10. Todd Bridges, Winnebago.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 4. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park.

NASCAR Bandits

A-Main 01 — 1. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 2. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 3. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 4. Haley Roberts, Machesney Park; 5. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 6. Mike Kinney, Roscoe; 7. Steven Rogaskie, Rockton; 8. Todd Snow, Rockford.

Heat 01 — 1. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 2. Haley Roberts, Machesney Park; 3. Steven Rogaskie, Rockton; 4. Mike Kinney, Roscoe.

Heat 02 — 1. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 2. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 3. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 4. Todd Snow,

Time Trial — 1. Todd Snow, Rockford; 2. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 3. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 4. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 5. Haley Roberts, Machesney Park; 6. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 7. Steven Rogaskie, Rockton; 8. Mike Kinney, Roscoe.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Kelsey Dobbs, Beloit, Wis; 2. Bart Brockmann, Rockford; 3. Ashley Matts, Rockford; 4. Todd Snow, Rockford; 5. Ben Rucker, Beloit, Wis; 6. Haley Roberts, Machesney Park.

NASCAR Late Models

A-Main 01 — 1. Alex Papini, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 5. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 6. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 7. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 8. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 9. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 10. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 11. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 12. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 13. Matt Lundberg, Rockton.

Heat 01 — 1. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 2. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 3. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 4. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 5. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 6. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 7. Jerry Stafford II, South Beloit; 8. Michael Coleman, Rockford.

Heat 02 — 1. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 4. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 5. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 6. Alex Papini, Rockford; 7. Matt Lundberg, Rockton.

Time Trial — 1. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Alex Papini, Rockford; 5. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 6. Tom Gille, Winnebago; 7. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 8. Mike Lloyd, Davis; 9. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 10. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 11. Jerry Stafford II, South Beloit; 12. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 13. Michael Coleman, Rockford; 14. Steve Vaughn, Maple Park; 15. Matt Lundberg, Rockton.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Jerry Gille, Roscoe; 3. Alex Papini, Rockford; 4. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 5. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 6. Matt Lundberg, Rockton.

NASCAR Road Runners

A-Main 01 — 1. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 2. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 3. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 4. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 5. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 6. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 7. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 8. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 9. Kenneth Brazee III, Rockford; 10. Austin Fowler, Loves Park.

Heat 01 — 1. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 2. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 3. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 4. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 5. Kenneth Brazee III, Rockford.

Heat 02 — 1. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 4. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 5. Austin Fowler, Loves Park.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 4. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 5. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 6. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis.

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.

Rockford Speedway Results from 05.05.18

NASCAR American Short Trackers

A-Main 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Todd Snow, Rockford; 4. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 5. Stephen Dickson, Rockton; 6. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 7. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 8. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 9. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 10. Perry Anderson, Machesney Park; 11. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland.

Heat 01 — 1. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 2. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 3. Todd Snow, Rockford; 4. Stephen Dickson, Rockton; 5. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 6. Perry Anderson, Machesney Park.

Heat 02 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 3. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 4. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 5. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park.

Time Trial — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park; 4. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 5. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 6. Todd Snow, Rockford; 7. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 8. Stephen Dickson, Rockton; 9. Destiny Genore (r), Beloit, Wis; 10. Melody Boyle (r), Kirkland; 11. Perry Anderson, Machesney Park. Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 2. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 3. Justin Pearson, Belvidere; 4. Todd Snow, Rockford; 5. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 6. Shannon Stoltz, Machesney Park.

NASCAR Late Models

A-Main 01 — 1. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 2. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 3. Alex Papini, Rockford; 4. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 5. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 6. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 7. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 8. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 9. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 10. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 11. Jerry Stafford

Heat 01 — 1. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 2. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 3. Jeff Wakeman, Streator; 4. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 5. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 6. Jerry Stafford II, South Beloit.

Heat 02 — 1. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Alex Papini, Rockford; 4. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 5. Matt Berger, Loves Park.

Time Trial — 1. Alex Papini, Rockford; 2. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 3. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 5. Jacob Gille, Winnebago; 6. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 7. Justin Sellers, Carol Stream; 8. Jerry Stafford II, South Beloit; 9. Tyler Brown, Carol Stream; 10. Dennis Smith, Jr, South Beloit; 11. Jeff

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Matt Berger, Loves Park; 2. Jon Reynolds, Jr., Loves Park; 3. Michael Bilderback, South Beloit; 4. Alex Papini, Rockford; 5. Max Kahler, Caledonia; 6. Jacob Gille, Winnebago.

NASCAR Road Runners

A-Main 01 — 1. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 3. Arlyn Roush, Woodstock; 4. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 5. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 6. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 7. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 8. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 9. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 10. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 11. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park.

Heat 01 — 1. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 3. Justin Wagner, Beloit, Wis; 4. Devin Opsahl, Rockford; 5. Steven Dover, Loves Park.

Heat 02 — 1. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere; 2. Arlyn Roush, Woodstock; 3. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 4. Robby Robinson, Orfordville, Wis; 5. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 6. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Brent Garnhart, Machesney Park; 2. Nick Schneider, Rockton; 3. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 4. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 5. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 6. Kevin Memoli, Belvidere

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.’