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By: JJ McClure

With an exciting 2014 racing season freshly in the rear view mirror, racers and fans alike are beginning to look forward to 2015. With the New Year in mind, officials at Rockford Speedway today released a list of key dates for next season, the Speedway’s 68th season of continuous operations.
On Saturday evening January 31, the final touches are put on 2014, as Rockford Speedway hosts its 67th Champions Banquet at Forest Hills Lodge. The evening features food, fun and fellowship while honoring Rockford Speedway’s 2014 Track Champions.
The first official gathering of 2015 takes place on Friday night March 6, with Driver Orientation Meetings at the Forest Hills Lodge. There will be a Rookie Orientation at 6pm, followed by a general meeting discussing licensing and race procedures at 7pm. Race teams are be able to register their car numbers, purchase R.A.C.E. and NASCAR Memberships, reserve their season pit pads and pick up decal kits for the upcoming year.
On Saturday April 4, the track comes to life for the first time in 2015, as all teams are invited to take part in an Open Practice Session. Following Practice, the Stone & Double T 200 four-cylinder enduro hits the “high banks.”
Sunday April 12 brings the 38th Annual Spring Classic, a traditional springtime-Sunday afternoon special featuring the ‘best weekly warriors in the country,’ the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet. Six days later, on Saturday night April 18, it’s the 68th NASCAR Season Opener for Rockford Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series weekly divisions.
The 50th Anniversary National Short Track Championships will be held on the first weekend of October in 2015. Mark your calendars for Friday October 2 through Sunday October 4 and make sure you don’t miss ‘One Great Racing Weekend.’
The 24th Bahama Bracket Nationals, featuring nearly 200 cars racing against each other and the clock, hits the track Saturday and Sunday October 17 and 18, with the 35th running of the Goblin 250 enduro closing the curtain on the 2015 season Sunday afternoon October 25.
Makes plans now to be part of Rockford Speedway’s 68th season of fun, racing and entertainment!