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Rockford Speedway, Loves Park

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Rockford Speedway is a 1/4 mile short track high banked asphalt oval located in Loves Park, Illinois on Illinois Route 173. Rockford Speedway is the only racetrack running under NASCAR sanction in Illinois.It hosts weekly local-level events during the summer racing season as well as occasional regional- and national-level events. Notable special events at the track include trailer races, endurance races, the Spring Classic, ALl-Star 100, Bahama Bracket Nationals, and the National Short Track Championship.HistoryThe track was built in 1947 by a farmer and group of investors. Hugh Deery eventually bought into the speedway and was the sole owner by 1966. It is run by his widow, Jody Deery (as of 1984). It opened in 1948 as a midget car racing venue. Despite a death in the pits at the speedway several weeks after opening, on June 16, 1948, the track continued operation. Rockford Speedway is known for being the first track to develop an economical late model program as well as being an early adopter of the short track Saturday night racing program.Over the years the track has also hosted concerts. August 17, 1980, as a part of 'Rockford Speedway Jam 1980', Black Sabbath performed at the speedway as a part of their Heaven & Hell Tour.TrackThe track is an asphalt-paved nominal 1/4 mile. The measured length of the track is 0.29167mi. It is highly banked at the turns and relatively flat on the front and back stretches. It is banked at 22 degrees in the 50ft-wide corners and 8 degrees in the 40ft-wide straightaways. Inside the 1/4 mile oval track is a Figure 8 track.
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  • It's a fun family place to hang out at during a weekend race. Bus races and figure eights are really fun to watch.  more »
  • We went over the weekend with three 7 year olds and adults from 35-55 and everyone had a good time! Price was reasonable in my opinion. We sat in the family section so no alcohol or smoking allowed wh...  more »
  • Always a family friendly fun time. Started going 1-2 times each summer several years ago. Boys always ask "when are we going". Thank you for the memories :-)  more »
  • Tried to come here and enjoy the speed way but it's hard to do when everyone around you was smoking in the nonsmoking section. Went down there times and complained to three different security people. One security ticket taker was unaware that section G was a no alcohol section but said it was the only non smoking section. I took a picture of the non smoking sign that said G, H, and J. Out of 26 letters were only three that we got was for non smoking, this should have been better respected. Will not be coming back!!!
  • Always a fun night for the whole family. ....big events are a must see.....i mean come on u can get a huge piture of beer...a drink for the wife....ear plugs for the little kids....cotton candy them and soda them all up ....and as for the older kids...good food and places they can meet friends and hang out in a safe place...stands are nice....people are good....they allow oh well....your also smelling race fuel all nite....rubber ....dust and is short track racing, the full experience ....even go to the pits meet people and drivers.....take pics with cars and drivers....a place u can take the whole family and even the kids friends. Eat, drink, ....under 100 bucks.. A fun Saturday night notch!
  • Would have like to enjoy the race unfortunately the weather didn't permit but there was no buddy to tell you on the phone for the weird half hour between the Box Office closing and the office is closing look like it would be fun
  • Was here for the first time for Independence Day celebration. Was a good time and I enjoyed.
  • Great place to watch a race. Fun events. Good food. Great place.