After yesterday's rainout of the Test & Tune, today, we were looking for better weather and we got it. There was hardly a cloud in the sky. It started out very cool and then the wind started blowing directly towards the starting line. On the track it was a little cold, however the racing was hot. In addition to the standard ET Bracket race the Midwest Super Comp series was also racing. There were several delays due to some unexplained scoring glitches. These persisted through the middle of the day. Near the end it appeared all the problems seemed to have been resolved. I want to congratulate all our winners.
High School - Fernando Lopez Jr.
Sportsman - Jolynnn Toma
Pro Eliminator - Troy Bogner
Pro Motorcycle - Frank Linders
Super Pro - Vince Mastrata
Midwest Super Comp - Chris Lancaster
A special congratulations should be given to our Sportsman winner Jolynn, for she is scheduled to give birth to a baby boy in eight days! She is a dedicated RACER!!
Here is some of the action from today's racing.
What a magnificent day for racing and the car count reflected that. We had everything from Mark Cryer's "Nu Big Thing" Smart Car Dragster to street cars, motorcyles, Top Sportsman dragsters, to Rocky Ausec's Nostalgic Funny Car "Solid Rock". I was talking to Mark Cryer and his son Nick before their first run and they stated they had tuned out the wheel stand. Well, as can be seen in the accompanying photo, that didn't happen! There was one crash early in the event and fortunately there were no injuries.
The rest of the day went fairly smoothly, with some minor stoppages due to some minor oil downs. Other than that it was a great day and I had fun renewing some friendships and a special shout-out to Bill Cox, who is having some health issues. It was good to see him back in his car.
Here are some images from today.
After awakening this morning, the first thing I did was check the daily weather report. The forecast was for clear skies with slightly thickening cloud cover with a chance of rain later that night into the morning hours. Much to our surprise, the forecast changed causing the Rockford Speedway staff to go into hurry-up mode. The first feature race was the American Ethanol Super Truck Series #1. Fourteen trucks started the race, which was one by #93 Chester Ace. After a couple Big 8 Fast Dash races, the Mid-American Stock Car Feature hit the track for a 50 lap race. There were numerous cautions with the race eventually being won by #33 Tyler Bauknecht. The Big 8 Late model Series followed immediately. On lap two there was a big crash in turns 3 & 4. I counted 14 cars damaged in the crash of which, seven could not continue. After the restart, the action at the front of the pack was intense with #5 Casey Johnson holding the lead. Unfortunately, after 68 laps the race had to be red flagged for rain. There was a one hour rain delay. After the re-start, again, the racing continued to be intense. With Casey Johnson leading, Bobby Wilberg drove it hard into turn 3 and in between the turns, Bobby drove up under Casey Johnson, lifting the rear end off the ground and causing Casey to hit the wall ending his day. From that point on, Bobby Wilberg cruised home to the victory. In the final Super Truck feature, #9 Derek Kraus led almost from the start, holding off several hard challenges. In the end, Derek cruised home with the victory. Imagine my surprise when Derek popped out of the truck and I realized he was only 14 years old! Here are some images from todays event:
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We are back racing at Route 66 Raceway with the first Test & Tune of the season. This year's Test & Tune's are being sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts. The morning started out a little cool, however as the day wore on it warmed up, along with the track action. Some of the faster cars were reluctant to run until it had warmed. By afternoon, everybody was running some good times. Here are some photos from today's action.
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Today, was my 2015 opening day for auto racing with Rockford Speedway's WXRX Stone and Double T 200 Enduro. The weather started clear, but a little cool. However, as the day wore on it warmed with a little wind. Otherwise, it was a great day to start Rockford's season. The racing started with a 3 1/2 hour open practice session which included everything from mini-cup cars to Super Trucks. Here are some images from that session.
This was followed by the Enduro race. The race started with a crash almost on the first lap when a car got upside own in Turn 3. After the restart, the racing was hot and heavy between several cars. The "half-way" break took place at lap 120 and the Monza kink was added to the course. After the break, several cars, again, were battling for the lead, but one-by-one they all had trouble. Jay Orr #18 was steady all day and drove to the lead late in the event. Jay scored his second win in the WXRX Stone and Double T 200 Enduro. Here are some pics from the event.
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