By Kari Shear-Carlson
September 8, 2011 - 20 year-old Michael Bilderback just came off of what he called an "unbelievable" win at Slinger Super Speedway, his first ever Super Late Model victory. He unloaded with a pretty fast race car, took the lead in the feature around lap 30, and led until the checkered flag fell on lap 100.
The ASA Midwest Touring Star is ready to carry that momentum over to his home track on October 1st and 2nd with the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and GrandStay Hospitality as they will be the headliner at Rockford Speedway for the 46th Annual National Short Track Championship.
Michael Bilderback has raced his Super Late Model in the last two NSTC events at Rockford Speedway. Those races had two things in common. Bilderback was running second in both events and both times something happened and took him out of contention for the win. "I feel the NSTC owes us a good finish one of these years," said the South Beloit, IL driver.
This will be the ASA Midwest Tour's first time at the famed 1/4-mile oval. Having grown up at the track, Bilderback thinks it is a great opportunity for the drivers and teams. "I think it's awesome to get some of the best Midwest drivers to one of the toughest tracks around," said Bilderback.
"The ASAMT is definitely the top Super Late Model touring series around and to have them come to a weekend like the NSTC is just gonna top the weekend off. Being that it is my home track, I feel we have a good opportunity to showcase what my team can do," he added.
Bilderback has been going to the track since before he can remember. He has heard stories about being there for almost his full 20 years of life. In 2001 Michael decided it was time to start making some stories of his own. He ran the Burris Circle Tour, a go-kart series, a couple times that year.
He liked it so much he moved up to the Bandolero class and ran in that class weekly for two years. He did the same with a Legends car. In 2007, Michael moved up to Late Models and raced a handful of shows, mostly the bigger shows or on an off weekend.
He may be young, but Bilderback has more championships than some achieve over their entire racing career. In 2001 he won the Burris Circle Tour Championship in go-karts. When he moved up to the Bandolero class he won the Illinois State Championship as well as the 2003 Rockford Speedway Bandolero Championship.
In 2005, Michael won the Young Lions Legends National Championship and the Rockford Speedway Championship. If that was not enough, he moved up to the Limited Late Model class and got his first win that year at Lake Geneva becoming the youngest Big 8 Series winner at 15 years old and the last winner before the track closed. In fact, that was one of the most memorable moments in his career; well, along with his recent Super Late Model victory.
Over the past few years Bilderback and his team have been traveling around the Midwest and hitting every track they can for the experience. In 2008, they raced for the Big 8 Series Championship and lost it by a mere one point. Now he is in a Super Late Model and gained that first win at Slinger Super Speedway.
As always, Michael could not do what he loves without the support of others. "I would really like to thank my Grandpa and Liz. Without them I wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am in racing. Of course I cannot do any of this without my crew. I would also like to send a big shout out to the ASA Midwest Tour for putting together a series like this with all their sponsors and the great staff."
You can see Michael Bilderback and the rest of the ASAMT hit the high banks of Rockford Speedway on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd.
This article was posted to the website on September 8th, 2011
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