Officials at Rockford Speedway have unveiled the list of key dates for the upcoming 2018 racing season, the Speedway’s 71st season of continuous operations.

The first official gathering of 2018 takes place on Friday night March 9, with Driver Orientation Meetings at the Forest Hills Lodge. There will be a Rookie Orientation at 6 pm, followed by a General Meeting discussing licensing and race procedures at 7 pm. Race teams are 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.

On Saturday April 7, the track comes to life for the first time in 2018, with the traditional season-opening 200 lap four-cylinder Enduro which hits the “high banks” at 1 PM that Saturday afternoon.

Sunday April 15 brings the 41st Annual Spring Classic, featuring the Big 8 Late Model Series, the Mid American Stock Car Series and American Super Cup Series. Six days later, on Saturday night April 21, it’s the 71st NASCAR Season Opener, beginning the Saturday night slate for 2018. The NASCAR points season runs until September, culminating in “Night of Champions” on Saturday September 8.

Your favorite thrill shows return to Rockford Speedway again this summer, with The Original Trailer Race of Destruction scheduled for Saturday night June 9, while the World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race hits the track on Saturday night August 4. The “Beatin & Bangin Boat Race” sails onto center stage Saturday August 25, with Miller Lite “Night of Thrills” returning on Saturday night September 15.

The best Late Model racers in America converge on Rockford Speedway Saturday evening June 30 as part of a “Late Model Double Header”, with the running of the Kar Korner All Star 100 for the ARCA Midwest Tour and the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model ‘Star Spangled 76.’ Midweek racing returns to Rockford Speedway again this year, with Wednesday night racing beginning June 13 and continuing until August 8. Including in that nine-week run of Wednesday racing is a special July 4 ‘Fireworks Extravaganza’ on Independence Day.

The 53rd installment of the National Short Track Championships is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 28, 29 and 30. Make plans now to attend ‘One Great Racing Weekend!’

The 27th running of the Bahama Bracket Nationals, featuring nearly 200 cars racing against each other and the clock, hits the track Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14.

The 2018 season then comes to an end with the 38th Goblin 250 Sunday afternoon October 21.

Makes plans now to be part of Rockford Speedway’s 71st season of racing and entertainment this summer!

*NOTE: A complete schedule for the 2018 Rockford Speedway season will be released in the coming weeks.

Fri     9       5:00 PM Rookie Meeting & Orientation (@Forest Hills Lodge)

Sat     7       1:00 PM 200 lap Four-cylinder enduro
Sun     15      1:00 PM 41st Annual Spring Classic (Big 8 Late Models, Mid American Stock Cars, American Super Cups)
Sat     21      7:07 PM 71st NASCAR Season Opener

Sat     9       7:07 PM Original Trailer Race of Destruction
Wed 13  7:27 PM Wednesday Night Opener
Sat 30    7:07 PM ARCA Midwest Tour All Star 100 & NASCAR LM Star Spangled 76

Wed 4   7:27 PM Fireworks Extravaganza & Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Sat     4       7:07 PM World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race
Wed 8   7:27 PM Wednesday Night Finale
Sat     25      7:07 PM Beatin & Bangin Boat Race

Sat     8       7:07 PM “Night of Champions”
Sat     15      7:07 PM “Night of Thrills”
Fri     28      6:00 PM 53rd National Short Track Championships
Sat     29      5:00 PM 53rd National Short Track Championships
Sun 30   12:30 PM 53rd National Short Track Championships

Sat     13      6:00 PM 27th Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals
Sun     14      12:00 PM 27th Annual Bahama Bracket Nationals
Sun     21      1:00 PM 38th Goblin 250 & ‘Big Swarm’ Demolition Derby