- Conservatives join New Hampshire rally in support of campaign finance reform
- 11 public housing residents complete job readiness training
- Youth health care enrollment event at NIU Rockford Jan. 29
- More than 50 employers at Jan. 29 job fair
- School district’s credit rating remains solid
- State Police seize LSD, cannabis, U.S. currency in I-80 arrest
- Park District names employee, team of the year
- A closer look at fracking for natural gas
- Susan Johnson, copy editor, moves on after 21 years
- Guest Column: Clean Water Act: Supporters of clean water must make their voices heard
Racing: Byron Dragway hosts Spring Nationals April 30-May 1
By Doug Halberstadt
This Sunday, May 1, the Byron Dragway will host their 8th Annual Spring Nationals. The playground of power will host nostalgia nitro funny cars including Tom Hoover’s Showtime, The Chi-Town Hustler, A. Bonges’ The Punisher and Doc Halliday’s The Telstar.
A special one-on-one, 300-mph jet car grudge match race between Scott Holdridge and Paul Miller will be featured. Another match race will feature Dick Messino’s ’57 Chevy Shake, Rattle & Run versus Hollis Jones’ ’66 Nova.
Other classes making appearances at the Spring Nationals include the Chicago Wise Guys, the Outlaw Super Stocks and the Midwest SS Mafia.
Area bracket races will get an opportunity to race for some cash in the short-track bracket nationals with $1,000 going to the winner.
Testing and qualifying begins Saturday, April 30. Gates open at 9 a.m. and qualifying begins at 1 p.m Admission to Saturday’s action is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12.
Gates open at 9 a.m., Sunday, and an adult pit pass is $25.
The Byron Dragway is at 7287 River Road in Byron, Ill., just 10 miles southwest of Rockford.
For more information about the Spring Nationals or for a complete 2011 Byron Dragway schedule, visit www.byrondragway.com.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the April 27-May 3, 2011 issue