By Steve Reeves – There were many winners on the race track as well as in the near capacity grandstands, at Rockford Speedway, on Saturday July 8th, during the “$5 Fan Appreciation Night”, presented by Pepsi. Opening the night’s main events, Ryan Probst claimed the Illini Racing Series Midget victory and Brian Baldyga was the American Super Cup series winner. In the NASCAR Weekly Racing traditional V-8 style divisions, it was journeyman racer Landry Potter who claimed the Bargain Hunter Sportsman and Josh Thiering padding his Kickstart Roadrunner point lead. Sir Squrily – chauffeuring a 2001 Jaguar – bested a 19 vehicle field, right off the street, to win the MacCloskey Kesler & Assoc. One-on-One Spectacular Drags. Thiering ended the night with an encore trip to Victory Lane in the fan favorite School Bus Race. On the near perfect summer evening, fans young and old, enjoyed their favorite refreshing Pepsi family beverages of choice, while countless scored various prizes and giveaways offered!
Opening lap heroics saw Ryan Probst take the lead of the Illini Racing Series Midget feature. Taylor Fenske, Jordan Caskey, Scott Koerner, and Ryan Finley all battled wheel-to-open-wheel for second place. As the exciting laps clicked off, things intensified when Fenske slid sideways on the front-straight. Contact was avoided, but Fenske retired from the event. With no break in the action, Probst set sail. As his #99 was the first to approach lapped traffic, Caskey too advantage and minimized the large gap Probst’s pace had secured. With six laps to go, it appeared the immense crowd was set for a shoot-out. Caskey attempted a low lane pass thru the first and second turns, but his #33 expired before he was able to challenge any further. Probst claimed his second win, in two series starts, at the high banked 1/4 mile for the traveling club of daring racers. Reigning series champion Koerner took runner-up and Finley survived for a season best third.
After running many of the closing laps right behind race long leader Jessica Talley; Brian Baldyga was the winner of the American Super Cup “1/2 scale” racing series event. While the cars are miniature in size, the action at the front of the feature was huge. Talley survived a green flag three-wide skirmish, which resulted in a first lap yellow, to lead the early part of the event by a large margin. Mick Ellis and Baldyga, respectively, soon shrank Jessica’s advantage. The three ran nose to tail, before Ellis tried a mid-race big pass for the top spot. His low line attempt fell short, opening the door for Baldyga to reach up and grab the runner-up spot. The trio clicked off the remaining circuits, in that order, much like a freight train. Talley only appeared to veer off the racing line, when possibly making attempts to catch a draft off the slower cars. Her car seemed to break lose in turn two in the waning laps though, and it was a tall order for Talley to keep the lead. Baldyga found a way around the outside of her, just before the one-to-go signal was displayed. Talley stepped it up on the white flag lap, but ended up a little behind the 63-year old Baldyga at the finish line. Ellis claimed the third step on the “podium”.
Landry Potter hauled in his ’57 Chevy bodied full-size racer, from Genoa City, WI, to spoil Bargain Hunter Sportsman point-leader Chad Smith’s early dominance of the evening. Smith, the fast qualifier and Trophy Dash winner, shot up from fifth on the feature line-up. While Potter worked his way from sixth, Chad paced his black #82 at the front of the field. Landry soon glued his #57 just to Smith’s left rear corner, and put the pressure on lap after lap. Looking to make the low line pass, Potter kept his right front from spinning Smith out. Chad was able to maintain control, but on the last lap Potter completed a bold “Late Model style slide job” grinding pass to steal the first place prize money. Smith held on, chasing Potter to the flag and Johnny Robinson was a solid second runner-up.
Josh Thiering recovered from a devastating wreck to his Chevelle just five days ago, and after taking the Trophy Dash in his first on track event back, gridded the Kickstart Roadrunner feature from third place. Finding his way around polesitter Kevin Memoli in the first part of the main, the stage was set for a duel with second starting Chad Lounsbury. Josh worked the bottom groove throughout the race, while Chad ran the upper lane of choice. In the end, Thiering was able to nose out for another victory of the season, while Lounsbury was relegated to the bridesmaid spot. Memoli placed in the third position.
Thiering made it to victory lane again on the night, surviving the thrills and spills offered in the “Monsters of the Schoolyard” School Bus capper. After early race incidents left one Bus pounded against the concrete retaining wall and another flipped over on it’s side, Thiering made a pass of James Stanis to take the top spot. Versatile veteran Rockford Speedway drivers Joe Darnell and Bobby Frisch claimed second and third.
Wednesday July 12, the Midwest Dash Series makes its first ever midweek stop at Rockford Speedway. The Roadrunners, Original Sixers, Figure-8s, and MacCloskey Kesler & Assoc. One-on-One Spectacular Drags are on the ‘Wild Wednesday’ card. Gates open at 5:30 PM, with racing at 7:27 PM. Admission is $9.
Saturday July 15, it’s Northwest Bank Kids Night. All Kids 11 & under are admitted FREE. At intermission, Kids 11 and under are welcome on track for the Kids Coin Scramble! The Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Kickstart Roadrunners and Legends return for racing action. Gates open at 5 PM with racing at 7:07 PM.
Wed July 12 7:27 pm- Wild Wednesday featuring the Midwest Dash Series
Sat July 15 7:07 pm- Northwest Bank Kids Night featuring the Kids Coin Scramble
Wed July 19 7:27 pm- Wild Wednesday Beach Party
Sat July 22 7:07 pm- 70th Anniversary Night with LM, Sp, AST, RR and Fireworks
Wed July 26 7:27 pm- Equipment Depot Wild Wednesday
Rockford Speedway Results from 07.08.17
NASCAR All American Sportsmen
A-Main 01 — 1. Landry Potter, Genoa City, Wis; 2. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 3. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 4. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 5. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 6. Brian White, Belvidere.
Heat 01 — 1. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 2. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 3. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 4. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 5. Landry Potter, Genoa City, Wis; 6. Brian White, Belvidere.
Time Trial — 1. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 2. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 3. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 4. Landry Potter, Genoa City, Wis; 5. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 6. Brian White, Belvidere.
Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 2. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 3. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 4. Landry Potter, Genoa City, Wis; 5. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 6. Brian White, Belvidere.
NASCAR Road Runners
A-Main 01 — 1. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Kevin Memoli, Geneva; 4. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 5. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 6. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere.
Heat 01 — 1. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 2. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 3. Kevin Memoli, Geneva; 4. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 5. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere.
Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 4. Austin Fowler, Loves Park; 5. Kevin Memoli, Geneva; 6. Jeff Allendorf, Belvidere.
A-Main – 1. Ryan Probst, 2. Scott Koerner, 3. Ryan Finley, 4. Doug Orseske, 5. Jordan Caskey, 6. Taylor Fenske, 7. Nick Landon
Heat – 1. Scott Koerner, 2. Ryan Probst, 3. Taylor Fenske, 4. Jordan Caskey, 5. Doug Orseske, 6. Ryan Finley, 7. Nick Landon
Time Trial — 1. Ryan Probst, 2. Scott Koerner, 3. Taylor Fenske, 4. Jordan Caskey, 5. Doug Orseske, 6. Ryan Finley, 7. Nick Landon
American Super Cup
A-Main – 1. Brian Baldyga, 2. Jessica Talley, 3. Mick Ellis, 4. David Cerer, 5. Matt Rose, 6. Greg Davis, 7. Michael Rose, 8. Amanda Bohn
Heat 01 – 1. Brian Baldyga, 2. Mick Ellis, 3. Jessica Talley, 4. Amanda Bohn, 5. David Cerer
Heat 02 – 1. Matt Rose, 2. Greg Davis, 3. Michael Rose, 4. Branden Mennicke
Time Trial — 1. Michael Rose, 2. Matt Rose, 3. Jessica Talley, 4. Mick Ellis, 5. Brian Baldyga, 6. Greg Davis, 7. David Cerer, 8. Branden Mennicke, 9. Amanda Bohn