By Eric Huenefeld
LOVES PARK, Ill. — With the new year upon us, the new season of racing, entertainment and excitement at Rockford Speedway is not too far away.
Saturday evening, Jan. 25, the final touches will be put on 2013, as Rockford Speedway hosts the 66th Champions Banquet at Forest Hills Lodge, 1601 W. Lane Road, Loves Park, Ill. The evening will feature food, fun and fellowship while honoring Rockford Speedway’s 2013 track champions.
The first official gathering of the 2014 season will be Friday night, Feb. 28, with driver orientation meetings at the Forest Hills Lodge. A rookie orientation will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a general meeting discussing licensing and race procedures at 7 p.m. Race teams will 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.
The first tire sale of the year will be Thursday evening, April 3, with teams able to purchase treads for the upcoming racing season. Saturday, April 5, the track comes to life for the first time in 2014, as all teams are invited to take part in the first Open Practice Session of the year. Following the practice session, the Stone & Double T 200 four-cylinder enduro tackles the “high banks.”
Sunday, April 13, features the 37th Spring Classic, a traditional Sunday afternoon season-opening special featuring top drivers from across the Midwest, along with action-packed racing. Six days later, Saturday night, April 19, the 67th consecutive season of racing kicks off for Rockford Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series weekly divisions. The season-long point battles come to an end Saturday night, Sept. 6, with NASCAR champions being crowned at “Night of Champions.”
The “Original Trailer Race of Destruction” and “World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race” both return to the docket in 2014. The trailer race takes to the track Saturday night, June 14, with the “World Famous” Figure 8 Trailer Race set to wow the masses Saturday night, Aug. 2. Rockford Speedway’s annual “Night of Thrills,” featuring Jet Cars, Monster Trucks, thrilling stunts and more returns Saturday night, Sept. 13.
“One Great Racing Weekend,” the 49th Annual National Short Track Championships, will once again take place on the final weekend in September. Mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 28, and make sure you don’t miss this legendary and thrilling race weekend.
The 23rd Bahama Bracket Nationals, featuring nearly 200 cars racing against each other and the clock, hits the track Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, with the 34th running of the Goblin 250 enduro closing the curtain on the 2014 season Sunday afternoon, Oct. 19.
Rockford Speedway is at 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, Ill., and can be reached at (815) 633-1500.
Posted Jan. 15, 2014