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Stoltz Stomps, Smith Sideways, & Schinderling Survives; for Rockford Speedway Independence Day “Eve” Wins

By Steve Reeves – While many in the grandstands and surrounding areas, awaited Rockford Speedway’s long appreciated Fireworks Extravaganza; there was no shortage of crackles, booms, and bangs on the high banked quarter mile. Miller Lite American Short Tracker rookie Shannon Stoltz, Bargain Hunter Sportsman championship point leader Chad Smith, and Kickstart Roadrunner front runner Rich Schinderling, Jr; all claimed explosive wins in their respective NASCAR Weekly racing divisions. Adam Cartwright was victorious in the fan favorite Sam’s Drive-In Roadrunner Challenge Flagpole Race, while no less than four “car show worthy” street vehicles suffered fender damages (and then some) in the MacCloskey Kesler & Assoc. One-on-One Spectacular Drags!

A healthy field of Miller Lite American Short Trackers, split between the traditional rear wheel drive Fords and various makes of front wheel drive 4-cylinders, lined up to battle for the prestigious July holiday feature event. Stoltz shot out from his outside front row starting spot to battle by pole-sitter Keith Pierce, securing the lead early. With the diverse field three wide at times during the opening laps, an early race turn two stumble of former series champion Zach Rodriguez’s Mustang (with a flat tire) collected last Saturday’s winning Pinto of Aaron Rude and the VW of New Lenox, IL’s Craig Frase. Throughout the mid-point of the race, Stoltz had the preferred upper groove and remained up front while fighting off the challenges of current point leader Nick Cina, Jr. Nick’s best bid for the lead, on the low side around the first and second corners, was averted when the caution came out again late in the race – as Todd Bridges made hard impact in turn four. Although Stoltz’s #55 of long-time track car owner Les Wagner, drifted high in turns one and two some, and Cina made more powerful looks underneath after the restart; Stoltz was hooked up for the majority of the race and was not to be denied for his first feature victory at the track since a 1998 Roadrunner win. Rodriguez recovered from the early race tire change to get around Cina for second at the end, as the trio took the “podium” places in their Mustangs.

Experienced Rockford Speedway racer Derek Dobbs, from second place on the starting grid, took command of the Bargain Hunter Sportsman feature. Dobbs powered his potent V-8 down the straight-away, while Chad Smith made his way up from sixth place on the line-up. Chad made serious efforts for the top spot in the lower lane. Derek stayed strong up in the top groove, inching ahead of Smith lap after lap. The two ran side-by-side; clean for most of the last five laps. However, calamity ensued through turn four towards the checkered flag. Dobbs #5 ended up sliding loose coming out of the final corner and Smith’s #82 went sideways as the two crossed the finish line, having made contact. Smith’s second series win of year, with sparks flying and metal grinding, kept the division as a Main Event; instead of just an opening act to the night’s fireworks celebration. Howie Ware’s #36 stayed clean for a solid third place run.

The literal night-cap to the evening’s on track activity, was the annual Kickstart Roadrunner’s ‘Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’ – a race run for years in almost total darkness! Wanda Dobbs grabbed the lead from her third starting position. As the field felt their way around the dim confines of the Speedway, Schinderling, Jr; made his way to the front from sixth starting spot. Adam Cartwright and Josh Thiering soon sought their way under Rich. Cartwright stretched out to a faint lead, but Thiering reeled him in. Much like the previous Sportsman feature, the two were set for a side-by-side battle, over the last five laps of this highly regarded event. Cartwright had control, just feet off the barely visible red and white concrete retaining wall and Josh kept his car inches underneath Adam’s. While a lapped car came into play down the back-straight approaching the one-to-go signal, Cartwright looked to set somewhat of a “pick”. However, like a thief in the night, Josh attempted to steal the win. Shining light on a path into turn three, Josh illuminated his own way to the top spot. Things got murky in turn four again though, this time as the white flag was being displayed. Contact was made, as Josh’s #11 attempted to move up the track into a solid lead and Cartwright held his #42 firm. Theiring went sideways across the line and was eliminated after John Featherston was unable to find his way around in the almost pitch-black conditions. Schinderling, Jr, inherited the lead for the restart and held off five time ‘Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’ winner Bobby Frisch’s daring last lap heroics. Wanda came back for a third place finish.

Racing action continues yet this week. Wednesday, July 5th, is the ‘Night after the 4th’; featuring Bandits, Winged Women on Wheels, Super Cups, MacCloskey Kesler & Assoc. One-on-One Spectacular Drags and the season debut for both the Original Sixers and Hornets classes. Gates open at 5:30 PM with racing at 7:27 PM. Saturday, July 8, Pepsi presents ‘$5 Fan Appreciation Night,’, with the “Monsters of the schoolyard”, School Bus Racing returning, along with the Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Kickstart Roadrunners, Illini Racing Series Midgets and the American Super Cup class. Gates open at 5, with racing at 7:07 PM. In addition to $5 admission, fans also have a chance to win prizes compliments of Pepsi!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Wed July 5 7:27 pm- Wild Wednesday featuring Bandits, Sixers, WWoW, Hornets, SC & Spec Drags
Sat July 8 7:07 pm- Pepsi presents “$5 Fan Appreciation Night” with School Bus Racing
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

Rockford Speedway Results from 07.03.17

NASCAR American Short Trackers

A-Main 01 — 1. Shannon Stoltz (r), Machesney Park; 2. Zach Rodriguez, Rockton; 3. Nick Cina, Jr, Belvidere; 4. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 5. Scott Hoeft, Watertown, Wis; 6. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 7. Justin Pearson (r), Belvidere; 8. Keith Pierce, Machesney Park; 9. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 10. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 11. Perry Anderson, Machesney Park; 12. Craig Frase, New Lenox; 13. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 14. Todd Snow, Rockford; 15. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park.

Heat 01 — 1. Keith Pierce, Machesney Park; 2. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 3. Craig Frase, New Lenox; 4. Shannon Stoltz (r), Machesney Park; 5. Perry Anderson, Machesney Park; 6. Todd Bridges, Winnebago; 7. Todd Snow, Rockford; 8. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park.

Heat 02 — 1. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 2. Zach Rodriguez, Rockton; 3. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 4. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 5. Nick Cina, Jr, Belvidere; 6. Justin Pearson (r), Belvidere; 7. Scott Hoeft, Watertown, Wis.

Time Trial — 1. Zach Rodriguez, Rockton; 2. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 3. Nick Cina, Jr, Belvidere; 4. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 5. Scott Hoeft, Watertown, Wis; 6. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 7. Justin Pearson (r), Belvidere; 8. Craig Frase, New Lenox; 9. Keith Pierce, Machesney Park; 10. Shannon Stoltz (r), Machesney Park; 11. Dave LaPier, Rockford; 12. Perry Anderson, Machesney Park; 13. Mark Bielefeldt, Loves Park; 14. Todd Snow, Rockford.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Zach Rodriguez, Rockton; 2. Franc Beldowski, Rockford; 3. Nick Cina, Jr, Belvidere; 4. David Russell, Jr, Rockford; 5. Aaron Rude, Cambridge, Wis; 6. Scott Hoeft, Watertown, Wis.

NASCAR All American Sportsmen

A-Main 01 — 1. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 2. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 3. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 4. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 5. Trevor Robinson, Beloit, Wis; 6. Brian White, Belvidere; 7. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 8. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park.

Heat 01 — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Brian White, Belvidere; 3. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 4. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 5. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 6. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 7. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 8. Trevor Robinson, Beloit, Wis.

Time Trial — 1. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 2. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 3. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park; 4. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 5. Brian White, Belvidere; 6. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 7. Derek Dobbs, Rockton; 8. Trevor Robinson, Beloit, Wis.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Howie Ware, South Beloit; 2. Chad Smith, Davis Junction; 3. Brian White, Belvidere; 4. Johnny Robinson, II, Beloit, Wis; 5. Cody Houseweart, Machesney Park; 6. John Logan, Jr., Loves Park.

NASCAR Road Runners

A-Main 01 — 1. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 2. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 3. Wanda Dobbs, Rockton; 4. Adam Cartwright, Roscoe; 5. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 6. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 7. John Featherston, Rockford; 8. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 9. Terry Gerber, Loves Park.

Heat 01 — 1. John Featherston, Rockford; 2. Terry Gerber, Loves Park; 3. Bobby Frisch, Beloit, Wis; 4. Curt Nighswonger, Machesney Park; 5. Wanda Dobbs, Rockton. Heat 02 — 1. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 2. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 3. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 4. Adam Cartwright, Roscoe.

Challenge 01 — 1. Adam Cartwright, Roscoe; 2. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 3. John Featherston, Rockford.

Trophy Dash 01 — 1. Josh Thiering, South Beloit; 2. Chad Lounsbury, Beloit, Wis; 3. Rich Schinderling, Jr, Winnebago; 4. John Featherston, Rockford; 5. Adam Cartwright, Roscoe; 6. Terry Gerber, Loves Park.

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