Fourth of July week the best time to visit Speedway

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

This is truly the best week of the year to be a local stock car racing fan. There is no better time to visit the Rockford Speedway than Fourth of July week. Starting tonight (Wednesday, July 2) and continuing through Saturday night (July 5), the corner of Forest Hills Road and Route 173 is the place to be for all types of racing fans.

Things get started at 7:07 p.m., tonight, with Wild Wednesday Trucker Night. Anyone with a CDL license is admitted for half price to see the Winged Women on Wheels, a thrilling figure eight race, the Road Runners, the Misfits and a special holiday week flagpole race. Keep your eyes to the sky following the show on the track. You might catch a preview glimpse of a firework or two.

The track will be dark Thursday (July 3), but the fireworks (literally) will resume Friday night starting at 7:07 p.m. with the annual Fourth of July 10,000-watt fireworks extravaganza show. The Road Runners will compete in total darkness for the Midnight Ride. The American Short Trackers will excite the crowd with their weekly series. Things will continue to heat up when the Green Mamba Jet Car makes its annual appearance at the track. The night’s activities will come to a close with some of the best free fireworks in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area. The sky above the track will be lit up with a patriotic display second to none.

Beginning at 7:07 p.m., Saturday, July 5, it’s time once again for the Mid-Summer Night’s Scream. Some of the highlights of the evening include: Stop Sign Slammin’ School Bus Race, Tough Truck Tug-of-Wars, Green Mamba Jet Car, Splashtastic Swimming Pool Jump, Quad Steel Wall Crash, Ice Crash, Pick-Up Truck Demo Derby, Hillbilly fun with Air Bags, Belly Flop Contest and last, but not least, the Smokey Burnout Contest. Don’t be surprised if you get treated to some more fireworks as well.

The Rockford Speedway has a long tradition of providing quality family entertainment at an affordable price, and for my money, there is no better weekend to go to the track. Whether you go to all of the shows or just pick one, you won’t be disappointed. Get out and support this great local racing venue.

For advance ticket sales or for more about any of the upcoming events, call the speedway’s box office at (815) 633-1500.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

Posted July 1, 2014

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