On Saturday, at the Rockford Speedway, Max Kahler displayed a dominate performance to take the win in the 88-lap Big 8 Spring Classic feature race. The race had a halting start with two accidents before lap 2. Max was able to avoid the mayhem to take the lead on lap 8. From there, Max put on a show of consistency maneuvering through lapped traffic and several race cautions to extend his lead, for the win. All Day Max was the fastest car taking the win in his Heat race and the fastest time in Time Trials. Finishing second was 2021 Spring Classic winner Dale Nottestad and third Dennis Smith Jr.
In the Mid Am Late Model Series Magnuson Memorial 44 race, it was four time Mid Am Series champion Ron Vandermeir Jr. showing the rest how it is done by winning. It wasn't an easy race by any means. In the middle of the race Ron was battling with Kenny Benson Jr. and the battle was heating up. Kenny was warned by race control but on a subsequent lap, he got into Ron's quarter panel causing him to spin. Race Control parked Kenny and the lead was given back to Ron. From there, Ron continued in the lead to take the win.
This race was dedicated to Rockford Speedway's announcer John Magnuson Jr., who passed away in November 2021 from the complications of Covid 19.
In the first race of the 2022 season and the Spring Classic, it was the 4-cylinder Bandits in the Bandit Blast, a 25-lap race. It was the 26x of Cody Armato taking the win.
Saturday was a great start to the 2022 race season with some very good racing. Congratulations to all the winners. At Rockford Speedway next week will be the WXRX Iron Man 250 4-cyl Enduro.
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