With two laps to go in the season-opening Late Model race at Illinois’ Rockford Speedway on Saturday night, three drivers came together fighting for the win.  Two of those drivers went spinning across the finish line.  In most cases there would be yelling, cursing and fighting, and then eventually it would spill onto social media […]

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On the Opening Night of the 69th season of racing at Rockford Speedway, thrilling feature finishes were the name of the game.   Each of the four main events contested on Saturday evening included their own unique version of drama, setting the tone for what’s sure to be an unforgettable season of racing ‘under the […]

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Headed into Whelen Engineering’s ‘Night of Champions,’ the closest championship chase at Rockford Speedway resided in the Late Model division, where Jake Gille led Michael Bilderback by a slim margin of ten points. The night began perfectly for Gille, as the Winnebago resident picked up his first fast qualifying honor of the year, extending his […]

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The quest for the 2015 Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model Track Championship at Rockford Speedway has been a roller coaster of sorts.   Winnebago’s Jake Gille has held the point lead most of the season, thanks in part to an impressive string of consistency, while South Beloit’s Michael Bilderback has won more than any other […]

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Over the past few years, when something wild or controversial happens in a Late Model race at Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois, it would not be a surprise if Alex Papini was somehow involved in it.   Last Saturday night was another classic finish at the well known quarter-mile, high-banked oval.   Papini was […]

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In his young Late Model racing career, Jake Gille has been close to capturing the checkered flag on Friday night of National Short Track Championships. Two years ago, Gille led the first half of the 47 lap feature, only to see a flat tire end his chances of winning. Last year Gille was again among […]

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Instant Jungle Night at the Rockford Speedway proved to be an eventful night on several fronts The night served as Round IV of the five-race Gilley’s Cool 5 Series while also serving as the second-to-last evening of racing for Rockford Speedway’s ‘Saturday Night divisions,’ the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite […]

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