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This Saturday night, it’s time to ‘bring on the boats’ as Windsor Auto Sales presents ‘Nicks Beatin & Bangin Boat Race!’ You’ll see boats without trailers, towed by cars, trucks and vans on a liquefied race track with no winner ’til the last boat sails!’ It’s a truly unique rolling demo derby that you cannot miss! Competitors smash and bash their way around the Speedway while slipping and sliding through the water, with each competitor going after the boats chained to the back end of their competitor’s vehicles. The driver who has any kind of boat left dragging at the end of the race is declared the winner, hence ‘no winner ’til the last boat sails.’

Tickets are available in advance for the Beatin & Bangin Boat Race. Sections D, E & F are ‘Reserved Seating,’ while the rest of the Grandstands (front and backstretch) are General Admission. Reserved seating is $18 for ages 12 and over and $9 for ages 6-11. General admission is $15 for ages 12 and over, with ages 6-11 admitted for $5. Kids 5 and under are FREE this Saturday night! Tickets are available online (rockfordspeedway.com), by phone (815-633-1500) or in person at the Rockford Speedway Main Office during regular business hours.

The Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Kickstart Roadrunners and American Super Cups are scheduled to race this Saturday night as well, with Grandstands open at 5 PM, with racing set to begin at 7:07 PM. Don’t miss Nick’s Beatin & Bangin Boat Race presented by Windsor Auto Sales, this Saturday night August 26!


As a reminder, Rockford Speedway IS RACING next Saturday night September 2 with ‘Prelude to the Championship.’ The evening, added to the schedule after multiple early-season rainouts, gives drivers one last chance to jockey for points position before Championship Night seven days later. The Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners will all be in action on September 2. One week later, on Whelen Engineering ‘Night of Champions,’ Track Champions are crowned for 2017. Again the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners are on the schedule along with the Roadrunner Challenge ‘Outhouse Race!’ Grandstands open at 5 PM both nights, with racing set to begin at 7:07 PM.


With fall fast approaching, officials at Rockford Speedway have released Entry Forms, Schedule of Events and Competitions Guides for the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships. This year’s version of “One Great Racing Weekend” takes place Friday September 29, Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1. The multi-day festival includes Late Model racing all three days, with Weekly Warrior Late Models headlining Friday night, Big 8 Late Models main eventing Saturday night and the 200 lap National Short Track Championship for Super Late Models closing the curtain on Sunday afternoon. New this season is the “Late Model Challenge,” offering a $1500 bonus if one driver can win ALL THREE Late Model races during NSTC!

Eleven divisions join the party during NSTC weekend, including the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Great Northern Sportsman Series, American Short Trackers, Roadrunners, Sportsman, Hornet/Bandit Challenge, Super Cups and Northern Vintage Series. Friday night features a NEW and EARLIER start time of 6 PM, while “Short Track Saturday Night” goes green at 5 PM and “Championship Sunday” gets rolling at 12:30 PM.

All cars get their first shot at the track on Thursday night September 28 with Open Practice from 5:30 PM until 9 PM. Grandstands are open to the public on Practice night. Overnight Parking for Campers once again is permitted for National Short Track Championships, with the Parking Lot opening up for business on Wednesday September 27 at 5 PM.

For more information on the 52nd National Short Track Championships or to order tickets in advance, please call 815-633-1500 or visit rockfordspeedway.com.

Sat Aug 26 7:07 pm- Nicks Beatin & Bangin Boat Race presented by Windsor Auto Sales LM, Sp, RR, American Super Cups
Sat Sep 2 7:07 pm- Prelude to the Championship LM, Sp, AST, RR
Sat Sep 9 7:07 pm- Whelen Engineering Night of Champions LM, Sp, AST, RR plus the ‘Outhouse Race’
Sat Sept 16 7:07 pm- Miller Lite Night of Thrills featuring Monster Trucks, the Green Mamba Jet Car, School Bus Racing, Hornet Double Features and MORE!
Fri Sept 29 6:00 pm- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships “Opening Night” LM, Sp, AST, RR, Hornet/Bandit Challenge
Sat Sept 30 5:00 pm- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships “Short Track Saturday Night” Big 8, GNSS, Vintage & Super Late Model Prelims
Sun Oct 1 12:30 pm- 52nd Annual National Short Track Championships “Championship Sunday” NSTC 200, Mid-Am & Super Cup Invite

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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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