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After being starved of the roar of engines and the smell of burnt rubber for nearly six months, this Saturday April 15 brings the return of racecars to the Rockford Speedway! Saturday marks the first-on track activity of 2017, the 70th season of continuous operations at the famed northern Illinois bullring, with an Open Practice kicking things off at 11 AM, followed by the ‘X 200’ enduro at 3 PM. Drivers in all regular racing divisions get their first chances to test their machines during the 3.5 hour Open Practice Session, which goes from 11 AM until 2:30 PM. Then, at 3 PM, it’s all-out motorized madness with the running of the ‘X 200’ featuring as many as 100 four cylinder cars! The event runs ‘rain or shine’ and is a fun way to get the new season started. Adult admission for Saturday’s ‘X 200’ is $12 for ages 12 and over, with Children 6-11 admitted for $6 and Kids 5 and under admitted FREE! So…get out of the house and get to the track THIS SATURDAY April 15 for Open Practice and the ‘X 200’ enduro!


Next Sunday afternoon April 23 is a special afternoon at Rockford Speedway, with the running of the 40th Anniversary Spring Classic! With it’s beginnings at two other local speedways, Spring Classic found its home at Rockford Speedway in April of 1980 and is a “Midwest Racing Tradition 40 Years and Counting!” Spring Classic is the traditional opener to the Midwest racing season, a place for race fans from throughout our region to gather and watch the very best battle in a unique afternoon setting. Despite the sometimes cold, wet and even flaky weather, Spring Classic has carried on and this year’s installment looks to be another thriller. The Big 8 Late Model Series headlines the afternoon with an 88 lap feature event for the “Best Weekly Warriors in the Country.” As usual, Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway is a “Clash of the Champions” with two-time and defending Big 8 Series champion Michael Bilderback leading the way. Along with also collecting his first-ever Rockford Speedway Track Championship last year, Bilderback is also the reigning Spring Classic champion who is looking to join Steve Carlson, Dick Trickle and Joe Shear as one of four drivers to win Spring Classic three-or-more times. Other top-notch racers like Jeremy Miller (4x Big Series champion), Casey Johnson (2x Big 8 Series champion) and ‘Driver X’ Jon Reynolds Jr (former Big 8, Rockford Speedway and Spring Classic champion) will be among the entrants looking to ‘capture the flag’ next weekend. The Mid American Stock Car Series and INEX Legends also join the 40th Anniversary card next weekend. Gates open at 11 AM next Sunday, with the first race at 1 PM. Adult admission is $20, Children 6-11 are $6, with kids 5 and under FREE!


If you’re a collector of racing memorabilia or just an interested race fan, you won’t want to miss the Racing Collectibles Show next Sunday April 23 from 9 AM to 3 PM inside the Forest Hills Lodge. The show will feature Racing photos, Die Cast Cars, Plastic Models, Programs, T Shirts, Paperabilia, Books, Racing DVDs and MORE along with Door Prizes to be handed out during the show. What could be better than all of that memorabilia under one roof? How about getting to view it all for FREE! That’s right…admission to next week’s Racing Collectible Show is absolutely free of charge! So please make time to visit the BIG Racing Collectible Show next Sunday April 23 at the Forest Hills Lodge from 9 AM to 3 PM, part of the 40th Anniversary Spring Classic!


Saturday April 29 is “Opening Day” for racing in the Stateline area, with events planned throughout the day, leading up to Mountain Dew’s 70th NASCAR Season Opener! The fun begins over the lunch hour, with several race teams displaying their cars at businesses throughout the area as part of “Racing Around Town!” You’ll be able to catch some of your favorite cars and drivers at various local businesses during the day Saturday April 29, as the competitors of Rockford Speedway overspread the area to promote the new season! (A full list of cars and locations will be released April 24) After that, it’s time for short track excitement ‘under the lights’ with Mountain Dew’s 70th NASCAR Season Opener at Rockford Speedway! The Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners will be in action to kickoff the 70th season of racing in two weeks! Gates open at 5 PM, with the Co-Lin Metals Fabricating Fast Dashes going green at 7:07 PM. Adult admission is $12, Children 6-11 are $6 with Kids 5 and under FREE! Join us and be part of a busy and exciting opening day Saturday April 29!

Sat April 15 11 am- Open Practice (until 2:30 PM)
Sat April 15 3 pm- The ‘X 200’ Enduro
Sun April 23 9 am- Racing Collectible Show @ Forest Hills Lodge (until 3 PM)
Sun April 23 1 pm- 40th Anniversary Spring Classic featuring the Big 8 Late Model Series, Mid-American Stock Cars & INEX Legends
Sat April 29 7:07 pm- Mountain Dew presents the 70th NASCAR Season Opener
Sat May 6 7:07 pm- “Ladies Night” (All Ladies admitted for $5, FREE Rose for the first 100 Ladies)
Sat May 13 7:07 pm- Tractor Town Kids Night (Kids 11 & under FREE plus Speedway Trick or Treat and Tractor Rides)

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Since the inaugural season in 1948, the high-banked quarter mile oval has been tabbed as “Mid-America’s Finest Racetrack.” Rich in racing tradition, this reputation has been well earned through hosting major events like the granddaddy of all short track post season events, the National Short Track Championships. More

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