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2015 ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE RELEASED!
By: Eric Huenefeld
Even with snow still stacked high across the Stateline Region, thoughts are turning to racing season.
Officials at Rockford Speedway have released the 2015 Schedule of Events, featuring over 40 events at the Northern Illinois facility which is prepping to open its gates for the sixty-eighth consecutive summer.
Cars first take to the track at 11 AM Saturday April 4, with an Open Practice session for all divisions. Following the Open Practice, the Stone & Double T 200 lap four-cylinder enduro takes the green flag at 3 PM. Eight days later, the 38th Annual Spring Classic steps to center stage. This year's Spring Classic serves as the season opening event for the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet and the Mid American Stock Car Series while also featuring the American Ethanol Super Trucks.
NASCAR Whelen All American Series action hits the high banks of Rockford Speedway once again this summer, with Saturday April 18 set as Opening Night. Saturday night action continues until Saturday September 12, when NASCAR Track Champions are crowned in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Tracks, Kickstart Roadrunners and the Sam's Drive In Roadrunner Challenge.
'Wild Wednesdays' begin at Rockford Speedway on Wednesday June 10 and continue through Wednesday August 5. This year's Wednesday night slate includes nine consecutive Wednesday night programs featuring the Roadrunner Super Summer Series, Bandits, Winged Women on Wheels, MisFits, Super Cups, 'Wild & Crazy' Figure 8's and One-on-One Spectacular Drags!
Special events returning to Rockford Speedway this summer include the Original Trailer Race of Destruction (Saturday June 13), Kid's Day Camp Afternoon Sparktacular (Wednesday June 24), Midnight Ride of Paul Revere & Fireworks Extravaganza (Saturday July 4), World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race (Saturday August 1), Beatin' & Bangin' Boat Race (Saturday August 29) and Night of Thrills (Saturday September 19).
The popular 'Gilley's Cool 5' returns for a fifth year in 2015 with 'Cool 5' races being held on May 30, June 20, July 25, August 15 & September 5. The Illini Racing Series Midgets, American Super Cups, Central States Super Cups and Hornets are also included in the busy 2015 racing schedule.
One of the biggest events of the summer takes place Saturday night June 27, with the return of the ARCA Midwest Tour and the running of the All Star 100. Ever since the first All Star 100 back in 1978, racing greats like Bobby Allison, Mark Martin, Dick Trickle and Joe Shear have all tasted victory in the 100 lap showcase, while legends like Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki have all participated in the event. Along with the star-studded Super Late Model field expected for All Star 100, the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models share the stage that evening, contesting their 'Star Spangled 76' lap feature. Complimenting the 'Late Model Super Show' is the Central States Super Cups, who round out the June 27th card.
The 50th National Short Track Championships (NSTC) take place Friday October 2 through Sunday October 4, showcasing the top short track racers in the Midwest. This year's 50th NSTC includes the return of the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Cars on Sunday, along with Saturday night's Big 8 Late Model Series 108 lapper, Great Northern Sportsman, Mid-American Stock Cars, Illini Midgets, American Ethanol Super Trucks and of course the weekend's main event, the 200 lap Super Late Model feature race on Sunday afternoon.
The 24th Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals, where nearly 200 drivers compete against each other and the clock, return Saturday and Sunday October 17 & 18, while the Goblin 250 four cylinder enduro closes the curtain on Rockford Speedway's 68th season Sunday afternoon October 25.
Promotional Nights such as Kid's Nights, Scout Night & Military Night will return in 2015, their dates however are not yet decided and will be featured in the final schedule, set to be released at the end of March.
For more information, check out www.rockfordspeedway.com. If you have any questions in regards to the 2015 racing season at Rockford Speedway, please call 815-633-1500.
2015 Schedule of Events
**Tentative Subject to Change**
Saturday April 4 11AM Open Practice (non Enduro) until 2:30PM
Saturday April 4 3PM WXRX Stone & Double T 200 Enduro
Saturday April 11 12PM Open Practice for Spring Classic Divisions Only (until 4pm)
Sunday April 12 1PM 38th Spring Classic, Big 8 88, Mid Am 50, Super Trucks
Saturday April 18 11AM Preseason Car Show until 3PM
Saturday April 18 7:07PM 68th NASCAR Season Opener- LM, SP, AST, RR & RRC
Saturday April 25 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR, Bandits plus RRC
Saturday May 2 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, RR, CS Super Cups plus RRC
Saturday May 9 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, Hornets plus WWoW
Saturday May 16 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, Illini Midgets, RR plus RRC
Saturday May 23 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, Bandits, RR
Saturday May 30 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round I- LM, SP, AST, RR plus RRC
Saturday June 6 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, Bandits, RR, AmSC plus RRC
Wed June 10 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Hornets, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday June 13 7:07PM Original Trailer Race of Destruction- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Wed June 17 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday June 20 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round II- LM, SP, AST, RR plus RRC
Wed June 24 1PM Kid's Day Camp Afternoon Sparktacular
Wed June 24 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Hornets, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday June 27 TBD ARCA Midwest Tour All Star 100, LM Star Spangled 76 & Central States Super Cups
Wed July 1 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 4 7:07PM 4th of July- NASCAR- SP, AST, RR Midnight Ride, RRC plus Spec Drags & Bandits
Wed July 8 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 11 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, RR and RRC plus CS Super Cups
Wed July 15 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 18 N/A NO RACING (SHRINE CIRCUS 7/16 thru 7/18)
Wed July 22 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday July 25 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round III- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Wed July 29 7:07PM Wild Wed- RRSSS, Bandits, Fig8, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday Aug 1 7:07PM World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Wed Aug 5 7:07PM Wild Wed Championship Night 40 Lap Figure 8, RRSSS, Bandits, Spec Drags, Misfits, WWoW, BanditCh, SC
Saturday Aug 8 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, SP, RR, Hornets, RRC
Saturday Aug 15 7:07PM NASCAR GC5 Round IV- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Saturday Aug 22 7:07PM NASCAR- LM, AST, RR, Midgets, RRC & RR Non-Winners Feature
Saturday Aug 29 7:07PM Beatin N Bangin Boat Race- LM, SP, RR, American Super Cups and RRC
Saturday Sept 5 7:07PM NASCAR CG5 Final Round- LM, SP, AST, RR and RRC
Saturday Sept 12 7:07PM NASCAR Championship Night- LM, SP, AST, RR & RRC
Saturday Sept 19 7:07PM Night of Thrills- Hornets
ThursdayOct 1 5:30PM Open Practice for all NSTC Divisions (until 9pm)
Friday Oct 2 7:07PM 50th NSTC FRIDAY SP, AST and RR plus Bandits & Womens Championship
Saturday Oct 3 5:05PM 50th NSTC SATURDAY Big 8 LM 108, SLM Prelim, Mid-Am Stock Cars, Illini Midgets & Vintage
Sunday Oct 4 12:30PM 50th NSTC SUNDAY SLM 200, Must See Racing Sprint Cars, Super Trucks
Friday Oct 16 5PM Optional BBN Practice (until 9pm)
Saturday Oct 17 6PM 24th Bahama Bracket Nationals SATURDAY
Sunday Oct 18 12PM 24th Bahama Bracket Nationals SUNDAY
Sunday Oct 25 1PM Goblin 250 Enduro and Demo Derby
Subject to Change- Additional Divisions may be added
***Promotional Nights such as Kid's Nights, etc will appear on final schedule in late March***