Rockford Speedway History
Rockford Speedway is located on the north side of Rockford, IL. The Speedway is celebrating their 64th year of operation in 2011, making it Northern Illinois’ oldest professional and continuous sports venue.
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.
This prestigious event has helped launch the careers of the NASCAR stars such as Mark Martin, Dick Trickle, Alan Kulwicki, Ted Musgrave, Rusty Wallace, Rich Bickle, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Travis Kvapil, Jamie McMurray, Todd Kluever, Erik Darnell, and Scott Wimmer. 2011 will mark the 46th running of this “One Great Racing Weekend.”
The racing is sanctioned by the National Association of Stock Car Racing, NASCAR. Rockford Speedway participates in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The divisions that compete at the Rockford Speedway includes: Late Models, All-American Sportsmen, American Short Trackers, Road Runners, Hornets, Winged Women on Wheels and Figure 8’s. The track also hosts many different touring series as well including: Big 8 Series, Mid-American Series, ASA Late Model Series Northern Division, INEX Legends, INEX Bandeleros, Super Cups, FIRA Mini-Indy, Allison Legacy, Rascal Outlaws and many more.
Focused on entertaining the fans, Rockford Speedway’s family-oriented racing schedule is nationally known for its innovative events. The “world famous” trailer races, Eve of Destruction, and Night of Thrills. The Speedway also welcomes different monster trucks and an annual visit from Doug Rose and his Green Mamba Jet Car. Some of the events have been shown on Speed Channel’s “On the Edge” series.
The Speedway is a quarter-mile, high-banked, asphalt race track with fan-friendly grandstand seating on both sides. The facility has been used for circuses, concerts, car shows, sporting events, swap meets, outdoor sales and numerous community fundraising events.
You can follow the exciting 2011 racing season along with complete racing news coverage of the weekly racing action right here. Join us online and at the track to celebrate Rockford’s 64th season of racing action in 2011. Don’t forget to sign up to be a part of the Rockford Speedway e-mail list. The registration form is on the home page.