On day 2 of the annual 52nd running of the National Short Track Championships at Rockford Speedway, it was South Beloit's Michael Bilderback taking the Big 8 feature race. With this win, he claims the Big 8 Late Model Series Championship. On Friday night, he won the Weekly Warrior Late Model feature. If he can win today's Super Late Model NSTC feature, he will claim a $1,500 bonus and the first to accomplish this feat
The race had only three cautions with the last one occurring on lap 46. Starting eleventh, Michael charged to the lead and held it the rest of the way. He was followed to the checkers by Dale Nottestad and Jon Reynolds Jr. Some of the best racing was for fourth with Alex Papini and Bobby Wilberg going at it for what seemed like the entire race. Alex eventually took and held the position and Bobby wound up finishing sixth.
Earlier in the evening in the Great Northern Sportsman Series, it was Jason Thoma taking the win followed by Adam Cartwright and Jeremy Wolff.
In the Northern Vintage Series, it was Pat "Hacksaw" Heaney taking the win in a short field of cars. Only seven cars started the race and three finished.
Here is a short video of some of the earlier Heat racing.
And some images from the racing.