By: Clem Easterly
Racing at Rockford Speedway and apparently Spring itself will have to wait at least one more week.
With February-like temperatures and conditions plaguing not only the Midwest but much of the eastern half of the United States, officials at Rockford Speedway have made the decision to postpone the WXRX 200 until Sunday afternoon April 29 at 1 PM.
Chilly and winter-like conditions have frustrated many recently who are ready to move into the Spring season and this week has proven that winter still has one last punch left. As much as two inches of snow is slated to fall on the Rockford area between Friday and late Sunday night. That, coupled with Saturday morning temperatures in the teens and midday highs forecast to reach only the mid-to-upper 30’s drove officials to the decision to postpone the WXRX 200 from it’s originally scheduled date this Saturday April 7.
“Low temperatures and winter-like conditions will make things uncomfortable for fans and drivers alike, while the possibility for more wintery precipitation gives us the prospect of a very tough week of clean up next week as we prepare for Spring Classic,’ said Speedway General Manager David Deery. ‘As much as we hate to throw out hands up to the weather, we also want to do what’s best for all involved and having another date open at hopefully a warmer time makes this call slightly easier.”
“It feels more like it’s almost January 7 instead of April 7,” Deery noted.
Pricing and times will remain the same for April 29, with Pit Gates & Inspection opening at 9 AM, while Spectator gates open at 11 AM. The WXRX 200 takes the green at 1 PM Sunday April 29. Adult admission is $12, with Children (ages 6-11) $6 and Kids 5 and under FREE.
The season now kicks off next Sunday April 15 with the 41st Annual Spring Classic, featuring the Big 8 Late Model Series, Mid-American Stock Car Series and American Super Cup Series. Main Gates open at 11 AM next weekend with LPT ‘Faster Than A Speeding Bullet’ Qualifying at 11:30 AM and racing at 1 PM. Adult admission for Spring Classic is $20, with children (ages 6-11) $10 and Kids 5 and under FREE.
For more information on all upcoming events at Rockford Speedway, please visit rockfordspeedway.com or please call 815-633-1500.