Congratulations to the 2006 Rockford Speedway Champions
September 7, 2006 - Last weekend witnessed many of the 2006 Rockford Speedway
Champions crowned on Saturday and Monday. Ricky Bilderback earned his sixth
straight NASCAR Late Model Championship Saturday night while George Sparkman
recorded the Budweiser American Short Tracker Championship and 66 year-old Gene
Marocco was crowned the Coca-Cola RoadRunner Champ. Yellowbook Monday Funday
fell victim to Mother Nature, however even she could not dampen the spirits of
first-time NASCAR Grand National Champion Brock Behnke or RoadRunner Challenge
and Figure 8 Champion Pat Smith. Two more Champions remain to be crowned, the
Stanley Steemer Hornets and Winged Women on Wheels will decide their
Championships on Friday night September 22 during the 41st annual National Short
Stock Car Roller Derby
The women will also be the honorary starters for the Stock Car Roller Derby event that evening. Rockford Rage team members will be sporting their new uniforms and roller skates as they skate through the stands selling the raffle tickets. In late August one such raffle reached well over $2,000 with the winner taking $1100 home.
Speedway ’s Smokey
“After last year’s event I knew we were onto something, the entire staff took notes on what we could do differently. We have had two contests so far this summer and I think the changes, such as no brake stands, have really added to the show—a lot of smoke and a lot of movement from the cars. The roar from the stands is what matters and Saturday night should provide even more to cheer about,” commented McKarns.
The Championship round is open to anyone wishing to compete with their street
car. Entries are taken at the Rockford Speedway Pit Gate located just off Forest
Hills Road;the cost is $20 to enter. The first round will allow all entrants
fifteen seconds to make their tires smoke as much as possible, many cars will
become lost in the cloud of smoke. The field will then be narrowed to those in
the finals by fan applause. In the final round participants are allowed to go as
long as they want or in some cases can. The July finals saw one car become
engulfed in flames as its rear tires exploded. The Bachrodt Auto Mall Speedway
Safety Team quickly extinguished the flames and the driver was not injured.
The nationally recognized Bear Foot Ride Truck will be at Rockford Speedway
this Saturday night during the Budweiser Night of Thrills. Free rides will be
given to children ages 11 and under that have a ticket to that evening’s
performance. Rides will take place on the track from 5:15 until 6:45 and will
resume following the show, however there will be a charge for rides those rides.
The action packed night includes the return of Doug Noelke and the Big Dawg Monster Truck to Rockford Speedway, “The last time we were in Rockford it rained most of the day and I had a tough time getting enough grip to do my wheelie across the infield. I think we will be able to tear up a whole lot more this time around,” commented the Missouri native.
Additional events include the Figure 8 School Bus Race, Spectacular Drags,
Stanley Steemer Hornets, Smokey Burnout Championships, Roll-Over Contest, Stock
Car Roller Derby, Camper Trailer Jump, “California Style Drifting”, Figure 8’s,
Diesel Divas and the Figure 8 Train Race. The Q98.5 Crew will be there to greet
fans as they pull into the parking lot which features acres of free parking.
Main gates open at 5 with the first event beginning at 7:07 Saturday night. Adult reserved tickets are $15 with children ages 11 and under $7.50. Tickets are now available by calling the Speedway Box Office at 815-633-1500 or online at www.rockfordspeedway.com.
Drifting is a relatively new motorsport to the Midwest in which drivers
attempt to set their car into a controlled slide, smoking their tires as well as
delighting fans. “I am really looking forward to returning to Rockford , since
my last appearance I have been working on some new tricks to test on those big
banks,” stated Peter. Also returning to action after a hard hit to the
retaining wall in July is Darin Orth from Appleton , WI as well as Chicagoland’s
Adam Krawzuk amongst others.
Krawzuk has also commented that he will attempt to take on Jim Stanis in
Spectacular Drag action next Saturday. Stanis has been virtually unbeatable this
season and many of the DRIFT competitors took notice. “A lot of us do
autocross, we think we may have something for that guy,” a confident Krawzuk
Kids are reminded to arrive early for Monster Truck rides from 5:15 until
6:45 . Rockford Speedway is located at the intersection of Illinois 173 and
Forest Hills Road in Loves Park .
Milwaukee Mile Winner Prepares for NSTC 06
“I just want to win it just like everyone else,” Haseleu recently stated.
“It’s a pretty good race, good paying to win.” Haseleu has had his ups and
downs at the famed event. In 2004, he set a new track record of 13.115 seconds
around the high-banked quarter-mile oval. In 2005, Brian Johnson Jr. beat his
year-old track record with a new time of 13.105 seconds and Haseleu failed to
make the main event. “I can’t guarantee, but I think we will be better than
last year because we were horrible,” Haseleu recalled. “We are going back to
close to what we ran a couple of years ago, and I think that will be better. We
are even going to try to sneak down there and test one day.”
Haseleu did return to the Rockford Speedway for the Spring Classic back in
April and finished second in the Wisconsin Challenge Series Spring Classic
event. He is currently on a hot streak in the WCS with capturing the last four
victories vaulting him to the top of the point standings. He is the defending
WCS Champion and currently holds a 16-point lead over Kenny Richards with two
events remaining. Back on June 24th, Haseleu took The Swiss Colony/G & M
Auto Service Ford Fusion to Illiana Speedway and captured the 5th Annual Elmer
Musgrave Memorial 100 CRA Super Series event. “The win was huge to win in a
new series for me,” Haseleu stated. “It’s tough, there are a lot of good
guys running all the time, a lot of full-time racers. It’s a good
accomplishment for me and my team; it got us heading in the right direction this
Haseleu cannot wait to return to the 59-year-old facility, “The more I have
gone, the more I have liked it and the little thing you learn of how to pass and
things like that. I have a blast racing there.” The 41st Annual Chicago
International Trucks National Short Track Championships will take place on
September 22-24th. Tickets are now on sale at the Speedway box office by calling
(815) 633-1500 or visit the track Web site at www.rockfordspeedway.com.
Just Around Turn 4
September 22-24 Chicago International Trucks 41st annual National Short Track
Championships featuring the CRA Super Series 200 lap event
Saturday, September 30 10th annual Little Car Nationals
Sunday, October 1 5th annual Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show @ Historic Auto
Saturday, October 7 26th annual Chili-Shootout
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