Near-capacity crowd turns out for trailer race

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Ricky Bilderback, Matt Lundberg, George Sparkman, Terrance Robinson claim feature wins

A near-capacity crowd was at the Rockford Speedway last Saturday night, Aug. 5, to witness the World-Famous Figure Eight Trailer Race. Nineteen vehicles, towing everything from boats to campers (one even had a filled hot tub), started the race. Brett “City” Deutsch was the final trailer rolling when the checkered flag waved.

In NASCAR Late Model action, Ricky Bilderback took home his eighth feature win of 2006. He finished ahead of last week’s match race rival, Jeremy Miller, for the victory.

Josh Nelms finished the race in the third spot. John Reynolds Jr. finished ahead of early race leader Brett McCoy to round out the top five.

After qualifying third, Bilderback went on to make it a clean sweep Saturday night. He not only won the Late Model feature, he also won their fast dash race and his heat race.

Matt Lundberg won his first feature race of the season in the Grand National division. Lundberg started the contest in the sixth spot. He was able to work his way up to the top position by passing race leader Dennis Basler on lap 10. Fred Nason finished ahead of Brock Behnke for second. Doug Bennett passed Basler at the finish line for fourth.

Season points leader George Sparkman took home his fourth feature of 2006 in the Budweiser American Short Tracker division.

Terrance Robinson went unchallenged for 19.5 laps in the Coca-Cola Road Runner feature. After starting on the pole, Robinson had a nice lead until halfway through the final lap when Gene Marocco pulled alongside him down the backstretch. The two went wheel to wheel for the final half lap, with Robinson edging out Marocco by a bumper at the finish line.

A crew from Speed Channel was at the track to film the trailer race. It will be broadcast in the fall during the Lucas Oil On the Edge program.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Aug. 9-15, 2006, issue

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