Rockford Speedway History
Rockford Speedway is located on the north side of Rockford, IL. The Speedway is celebrating their 64th year of operation in 2011, making it Northern Illinois’ oldest professional and continuous sports venue.
Since the inaugural season in 1948, the high-banked quarter mile oval has been tabbed as “Mid-America’s Finest Racetrack.” Rich in racing tradition, this reputation has been well earned through hosting major events like the granddaddy of all short track post season events, the National Short Track Championships.
This prestigious event has helped launch the careers of the NASCAR stars such as Mark Martin, Dick Trickle, Alan Kulwicki, Ted Musgrave, Rusty Wallace, Rich Bickle, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Travis Kvapil, Jamie McMurray, Todd Kluever, Erik Darnell, and Scott Wimmer. 2011 will mark the 46th running of this “One Great Racing Weekend.”
The racing is sanctioned by the National Association of Stock Car Racing, NASCAR. Rockford Speedway participates in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The divisions that compete at the Rockford Speedway includes: Late Models, All-American Sportsmen, American Short Trackers, Road Runners, Hornets, Winged Women on Wheels and Figure 8’s. The track also hosts many different touring series as well including: Big 8 Series, Mid-American Series, ASA Late Model Series Northern Division, INEX Legends, INEX Bandeleros, Super Cups, FIRA Mini-Indy, Allison Legacy, Rascal Outlaws and many more.
Focused on entertaining the fans, Rockford Speedway’s family-oriented racing schedule is nationally known for its innovative events. The “world famous” trailer races, Eve of Destruction, and Night of Thrills. The Speedway also welcomes different monster trucks and an annual visit from Doug Rose and his Green Mamba Jet Car. Some of the events have been shown on Speed Channel’s “On the Edge” series.
The Speedway is a quarter-mile, high-banked, asphalt race track with fan-friendly grandstand seating on both sides. The facility has been used for circuses, concerts, car shows, sporting events, swap meets, outdoor sales and numerous community fundraising events.
You can follow the exciting 2011 racing season along with complete racing news coverage of the weekly racing action right here. Join us online and at the track to celebrate Rockford’s 64th season of racing action in 2011. Don’t forget to sign up to be a part of the Rockford Speedway e-mail list. The registration form is on the home page.
Advance Tickets: Can be purchased at the Main Ticket Office during any event. The Rockford Speedway office is additionally open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can also purchase tickets by phone by calling (815) 633-1500. You may also purchase reserved seats securely over the internet at www.rockfordspeedway.com.
Banners and Signs: We love it if you bring banners and signs to cheer on your favorite driver. Of course, your sign must be in good taste and not obstruct the view of your fellow fans.
Beer Sales: We will not serve beer to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 or to anyone who is deemed intoxicated. Proper ID will be required, and please drive responsibly. Section G in the main grandstand is the family section – please no beer allowed.
Birthday Parties: Celebrate your special day at Rockford Speedway. We have the NASCAR room, the Belvedere, and many plans for all age groups. Invitations, food, beverages, admission, pace car rides and of course – birthday cake are provided. Call (815) 633-1500 for more information.
Camping: Rock Cut State Park and other area campgrounds welcome race fans. For more information, please contact the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Concessions: There’s plenty to eat and drink in food and beverage stands located under the main grandstand and next to the bleachers. At large special events, we also offer satellite stands in additional locations.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are accepted at the main ticket office or NASCAR Souvenir Shop.
Customer Service: Have a question and don’t know whom to ask? Stop in the NASCAR Souvenir Shop and they know how to direct you to the right person and will be happy to help!
E-mail: For Media inquiries you can e-mail us at the Rockford Speedway at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergencies: Report emergencies to a Speedway employee in a “staff” shirt, a uniformed security officer or the Main Ticket Office.
Family Section: Section G is the family section. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Fan Conduct/Profanity: As a family facility, fans using abusive or profane language or who are deemed intoxicated will be asked to leave the Speedway. Please report disturbances to the nearest uniformed employee, security officer or the Main Ticket Office.
Fan Mail: Want to send a driver or staff member a letter? Simply address it to the individual at the Rockford Speedway, PO Box 1000, Rockford, IL 61105.
Fan E-Mailings: Receive valuable coupons, schedule updates and more. Sign up on the home page of our website.
First Aid: If first aid is needed, contact either the usher at the start/finish line, a security person or a uniformed staff member, who will escort you to the First Aid Station.
Group Tickets: Information on group tickets and seating is available by calling (815) 633-1500.
Handicap Parking: Handicap parking in the Preferred Parking lot is located along the fence, just east of the main entrance. Free handicap parking spaces are located along the North fence of the Preferred Parking area.
Handicap Seating: Section J has special handicapped seating accessed by ramp.
Location: Rockford Speedway is located at 9572 Forest Hills Road, seven miles north of downtown Rockford, just two miles west of Interstate 90 at the intersection of Forest Hills Road and Highway 173 in Loves Park, Illinois.
Lost and Found: The lost and found is located in the NASCAR Souvenir Shop.
Lucky Number Prizes: Can be collected at the NASCAR Souvenir Shop.
Ordering Tickets by Phone: Tickets may be reserved in advance by phone. A credit card is required, call (815) 633-1500 for more information.
Ordering Tickets by Internet: Advance tickets may be purchased by accessing the Rockford Speedway website. Click on the link on the home page.
Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is allowed in the parking lot. No services are provided.
P.A. Announcements: Time permitting; the Speedway will try to announce your message. Please bring your request (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries) to the NASCAR Souvenir Shop early in the evening.
Paging: Except in emergency cases, paging of spectators is not possible.
Parking: Parking at the Rockford Speedway is free, except for the Preferred Parking area near the front gate. Please drive safely in the parking lot. A 5 mph speed limit is enforced.
Picnic Area: A picnic area is located west of the main entrance. Contact the office to find out about availability.
Permanent Reserved Seats: Have a special seat you’d like to reserve for each race night? Join the permanent reserved ticket plan and always have your favorite seat waiting for you at the Will Call window.
Playground: For our younger race fans, age 10 and under, is located at the west end of the main grandstand and at the west end of the bleacher grandstands.
Race Times: Most race night begin with time trials at 6:15 p.m. and races beginning at 7:07 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Please refer to the Rockford Speedway schedule for special events or holiday start times.
Radio Frequencies: 151.675 and 150.860 for the Rockford Speedway.
Rest Rooms: Rest Rooms are located on the concourse across from the NASCAR Souvenir Shop under the main grandstand.
Schedules: Are available in the Souvenir Shop and Main Ticket Office.
Souvenir Stand: Located on the concourse on the main side, turn one.
Track Description: .29167 mile asphalt oval with a limestone base. Corners are banked at 22 degrees and are 50 ft wide with a roller coaster effect. Straights are banked at 8 degrees and are 40 ft wide.
Upgrading Your Ticket: General Admission tickets may be upgraded to reserved tickets at the Main Ticket Office. Make sure you get a hand stamp before exiting the Main Ticket Office to upgrade your ticket. Have a certain seat you prefer? Ask about permanent reserved seating at the ticket office.
Will Call Window: Pick up reserved seats at the “Will Call” window, located on the far right as you approach the box office. For special events, “Will Call” is located on a raised platform in front of the box office.