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Keepin’ it Short – Trailer races aren’t the only thing going on at Rockford

Rockford Speedway has been running races since 1948 which means the 2011 racing season will mark the 64th consecutive year of operation for the track. It’s a high banked quarter-mile long asphalt track that hosts Whelen All-American races as well as fan favorites like trailer races, demolition derbies and nights of thrills. Many racing fans across the country have been exposed to racing at Rockford thanks to SPEED channel’s “On the Edge” program that routinely makes visits to the historic speedway.

Rockford has been dubbed “Mid-America’s Finest Racetrack” and one of its most well known events is the annual National Short Track Championships. The championships have been a stepping stone for quite a few well known race car drivers. Rusty Wallace, Dick Trickle, Alan Kulwicki, Scott Wimmer, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin have all competed in the “One Great Racing Weekend”. 2011 will mark the 46th running of this great race event.

Rockford not only served as an integral part of the racing career of many drivers, it was also instrumental in the development of Chad Knaus. Before Knaus led Jimmie Johnson to five straight Cup championships he cut his teeth at the little bullring in Rockford. At the age of 14, Knaus was the crew chief for his father’s track championship season. They also took the Great Northern Series championship and finished second in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series. Before heading to North Carolina to further advance his racing career, Knaus landed seven track championships at Rockford Speedway.

Rockford is a NASCAR sanctioned track and not only runs the Whelen All-American Late Models but also runs All-American Sportsman, American Short Trackers, Road Runners, Hornets, Winged Women on Wheels and Figure Eight races. Their focus on entertainment doesn’t stop with conventional racing which is why they host the trailer races, demolition derbies and nights of thrills along with several Monster Truck shows and the Green Mamba Jet Car.

Beyond the weekly racing divisions that take place at the speedway there are many touring divisions that make stops throughout the years. Rockford hosts the Big 8 Series, Mid-American Series, ASA Late Model Northern Division, Rascal Outlaws, Allison Legacy, Super Cups, FIRA Mini-Indy and Inex racing divisions. There is no question that if you are interested in seeing some racing with your favorite types of cars they will hit the track at some time during the season at Rockford.

Rockford is also an active member of the community hosting circuses, swap meets, car shows, sporting events, concerts, and numerous fund raising events. If you’re in the Northern Illinois area on a Saturday night this year, head west of Chicago and see what they’ve got on the asphalt at Rockford.

Other Short Track Action This Weekend

Fri : Apr 1 – Merced Speedway ; Merced : CA – WoO Sprint Cars
Fri : Apr 1 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – New England Truck Series
Fri : Apr 1 – Northwest Florida Speedway ; Blackman : FL – Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series
Fri : Apr 1 – Boyds Speedway ; Ringgold : GA – Southern Regional Racing Series
Fri : Apr 1 – LaSalle Speedway ; LaSalle : IL – WoO Late Model Series
Fri : Apr 1 – L A Raceway ; La Monte : MO – USMTS Modifieds
Fri : Apr 1 – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – USARacing Late Models
Fri : Apr 1 – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – MARS DIRTcar Series
Fri : Apr 1 – Heart O Texas Speedway ; Waco : TX – ASCS / Gulf South Region
Fri : Apr 1 – Lone Star Speedway ; Kilgore : TX – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sat : Apr 2 – East Alabama Motor Speedway ; Phenix City : AL – Southern Regional Racing Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Montgomery Motor Speedway ; Montgomery : AL – Show Me the Money Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Firebird International Raceway ; Chandler : AZ – National Auto Sport Association
Sat : Apr 2 – Calistoga Speedway ; Calistoga : CA – WoO Sprint Cars
Sat : Apr 2 – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – USAC Western Clasic Racing Series
Sat : Arp 2 – Perris Auto Speedway ; Perris : CA – California Lightning Sprints
Sat : Apr 2 – Shasta Raceway Park ; Redding : CA – BCRA Midgets
Sat : Apr 2 – Shasta Raceway Park ; Redding : CA – BCRA Vintage
Sat : Apr 2 – Ukiah Speedway ; Ukiah : CA – Airport Auto Brokers Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Willow Springs Motorsports Park ; Rosamond : CA – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Lime Rock Park ; Lime Rock : CT – National Auto Sport Association
Sat : Apr 2 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – Modified Racing Series of New England
Sat : Apr 2 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – NEMA Lites
Sat : Apr 2 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – NEMA Midgets
Sat : Apr 2 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – New England Truck Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – Pro Four Modfieds of New England
Sat : Apr 2 – Lake City Speedway ; Lake City : FL – FL United Promoters Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Lavonia Speedway ; Lavonia : GA – Southern All Star Racing Series
Sat : Apr 2 – LaSalle Speedway ; LaSalle : IL – WoO Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Dubuque Fair Speedway ; Dubuque : IA – IMCA Deery Brothers Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Florence Speedway ; Union : KY – Weekly Racing Show
Sat : Apr 2 – Leesville 171 Speedway ; Leesville : LA – Ark-La-Tex Winged Modifieds
Sat : Apr 2 – I-35 Speedway ; Winston : MO – USMTS Modifieds
Sat : Apr 2 – Scotland County Speedway ; Memphis : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : Apr 2 – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Midwest LateModel Racing Association
Sat : Apr 2 – The Bullring at Las Vegas ; Las Vegas : NV – SRL Southwest Series
Sat : Apr 2 – 311 Speedway ; Madison : NC – Ultimate Super Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Fayetteville Motor Speedway ; Fayetteville : NC – Carolina Clash Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Hickory : NC – NASCAR Southern Modified Tour
Sat : Apr 2 – Mid-America Speedway ; S Coffeyville : OK – ASCS / Sooner Region
Sat : Apr 2 – Tri-State Speedway ; Pocola : OK – Show-Me Racin Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Lincoln Speedway ; Hanover : PA – Super Sportsmen
Sat : Apr 2 – Path Valley Speedway ; Spring Run : PA – PA Sprint Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Dillon Motor Speedway ; Dillon : SC – PASS South Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Greenville – Pickens Speedway ; Greenville : SC – NASCAR K&N East Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Tazewell Speedway ; Tazewell : TN – Northern All Stars Racing Association
Sat : Apr 2 – C C Speedway ; Corpus Christi : TX – Dwarf Car Series of Texas
Sat : Apr 2 – Lone Star Speedway ; Kilgore : TX – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sat : Apr 2 – Speedarama Raceway ; Lufkin : TX – ASCS / Gulf South Region
Sat : Apr 2 – Evergreen Speedway ; Monroe : WA – ASA Northwest Sprint Car Racing Association
Sun : Apr 3 – Willow Springs Motorsports Park ; Rosamond : CA – ChumpCar World Series
Sun : Apr 3 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – Modified Racing Series of New England
Sun : Apr 3 – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – NEMA Midgets
Sun : Apr 3 – Stateline Stadium ; Post Falls : ID – MMRA – Baby Grands
Sun : Apr 3 – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – UMP Late Models
Sun : Apr 3 – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – UMP Modifieds
Sun : Apr 3 – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – UMP Hornets
Sun : Apr 3 – Anderson Speedway ; Anderson : IN – USSA – Kenyon Midgets
Sun : Apr 3 – Little Rock Speedway ; Rockingham : NC – INEX Legend Cars
Wed : Apr 6 – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USMTS Modifieds

Shane Hmiel Recovery Update

Frontstretch has learned that Shane Hmiel is supposed to be leaving Atlanta and heading home Friday to continue his rehab in the comfort of his own home. Keep the thoughts and prayers coming because they have been working but they have a long way to go.

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