by Eric Huenefeld
Tibor Machine Illinois Vintage Racing Series President Art Fehrman announced this week that Chicagoland racing legend Tom Jones will compete in the “Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Race” on Sunday April 13 as part of the 37th Annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway.
The Northbrook native comes out of retirement to replace driver Pat Heaney, who is recovering from extensive shoulder surgery. Jones plans to pilot Heaney’s ‘67 Chevelle in the ‘Hall of Fame Race’ at Rockford, a track he frequented early in his career. Jones last raced competitively at the Lake Geneva Raceway in October of 2006.
Jones, along with Whitey Gerken, Bryant Tucker, Frank Shickel, Howard Tiedt, Bill Koenig and Elmer Steinbeck will be inducted into the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame’s “Class of 2014” Saturday night April 12 at the Holiday Inn on State Street in Rockford. Earlier that day, several vintage racing machines will be on display at Historic Auto Attractions and the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Museum in Roscoe from 1pm to 4pm.
Anyone interested in attending the 2014 Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony at Holiday Inn in Rockford should contact Art Fehrman at 708-254-5196. The deadline to buy tickets is Tuesday April 1st. No tickets will be sold at the door. The reception at Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe Saturday afternoon is open to the public.
The 37th Annual Spring Classic takes place Sunday afternoon April 13th at Rockford Speedway. The Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet kicks off its tenth anniversary season at Spring Classic and will be joined by the Mid American Stock Car Series and the Tibor Machine Illinois Vintage Series. For more information on Spring Classic, contact Rockford Speedway at 815-633-1500 or visit www.rockfordspeedway.com.