Bahama Brackets Oct. 12-13, Goblin 250 Oct. 20 at Rockford Speedway

By Eric Huenefeld

LOVES PARK, Ill. — Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, Ill., hosts the 22nd Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

The Bahama Bracket Nationals features cars and drivers from all across the Midwest, racing against the clock and each other.

Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Hornets, Trucks and more from both asphalt and dirt speedways will clock in, then are separated into as many as six brackets to race against each other.

Sunday’s Main Events are 50 laps each, with each winner having the choice of prize money or a trip for two to the Bahamas.

Gates open Saturday at 5:15 p.m., with racing slated for 6 p.m. Heats and qualifiers for all cars will be contested Saturday night. Adult admission is $12, with students (12-17) $8, children (6-11) $5 and kids 5 and younger free.

Following the races Saturday night, it’s the “Last Blast Race Party,” featuring the return of “Sing for Your Start,” where drivers have a chance to sing their way into a 50-lap feature Sunday. The green flag flies at noon, Sunday, with Last Chance Racing, the 50-lap features and the Fabulous “Foo Foo Races” for fun and prizes. Admission prices Sunday are $15 for adults, $10 for students (12-17), and $5 for children (6-11), with kids 5 and younger free.

Overnight parking will once again be permitted during the 22nd Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals. The Overnight Lot will open at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10. For those visiting from out of town who prefer hotel accommodations for overnight slumber, Holiday Inn Express in Loves Park is offering a discount of $30 per night on rooms for Bahama Bracket weekend. Mention “Rockford Speedway” or “Bahama Bracket Nationals” when reserving a room to receive the discount. Holiday Day Inn Express is at 7552 Park Place in Loves Park, Ill., just off Riverside near I-90, minutes from the speedway. For reservations and room availability, call (815) 654-4100.

Goblin 250 Oct. 20

The 33rd Annual Goblin 250 enduro for 4-cylinder vehicles is coming Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. The race features more than 100 4-cylinder cars, trucks, vans and station wagons in a 250-lap slugfest.

The first 125 laps will be run on the oval, with the final 125 laps run on the tricky “Monza” course. Rules and entry forms can be found at

Following the Enduro, the speedway will close the season with demolition derbies. Damaged Goods presents the “Wreckless in Rockford” Demo Derbies, along with the “Big Swarm” Demo for 4-cylinder cars that raced in the Goblin 250.

Bring the whole family to “the Goblin,” because there’s a Kids’ Costume Contest before the race that begins at 12:40 p.m., along with a Kids’ Candy Scramble during the halfway break of the Goblin.

Gates open at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, with the Goblin 250 taking the green at 1 p.m. Adult admission is $12, students ages 12-17 are $8, children 6-11 are $5, while kids 5 and younger are free.

From the Oct. 9-15, 2013, issue

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