‘Gilley’s Cook 5” Championships to be Decided Saturday Night at Rockford Speedway

September 4, 2015

    This Labor Day Weekend, make sure you leave room for a trip to Rockford Speedway, as the weather and the racing action will be hot with the Championship Round of the 'Gilley's Cool 5' Series. This Saturday night September 5, four 'Cool 5' champions will be crowned in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Tracker and Kickstart Roadrunner divisions. Coming into this weekend, three of the four 'Cool 5' championships are still up in doubt. Michael Bilderback holds a seven point advantage over Jake Gille in the NASCAR Late Model 'Cool 5' points, while the top four drivers in the Sportsman 'Cool 5' chase are separated by just 17 markers. Brett McCoy leads the tight Sportsman Cool 5 standings, with Matt Lundberg, Howie Ware and Chad Smith closely pursuing him. Dennis Smith Jr holds a nine point advantage on Gene Marocco in the Roadrunner 'Cool 5' standings, while Kelly Evink holds a 28 point edge over Bobby Frisch in the American Short Tracker 'Cool 5' chase. Along with the excitement of 'Cool 5' racing, the Sam's Drive-In Roadrunner Challenge 'Toll Booth Race' is also on tap Saturday night. Gates open at 5 PM, with the first green flag set to wave at 7:07 PM. Don't miss the Championship Round of the Gilley's Cool 5 this Saturday night at Rockford Speedway!
     “Gilley’s Giveaways’ & Night of Champions Next Saturday: Next Saturday, September 12, is sure to be a busy day at Rockford Speedway, with the $98,000 'Gilley's Giveaways' taking place from 11:30 until 2:30 PM, followed by Whelen Engineering's 'Night of Champions' later that night at 7:07 PM, where Track Champions will be crowned in our four premiere Saturday night divisions! During the day, fans who have registered for their chance at winning hundreds of great prizes in the Gilley's 'Summer of Winning' will test their luck, with the Grand Prize Winner walking away with a Jeep Patriot, made in Belvidere, and provided by Bryden Motors! Then that night, the season-long championship chases for Rockford Speedway's four premiere divisions come to an end and 2015 Track Championships will be handed out. With two weeks remaining, Jake Gille holds a 19 point advantage over Michael Bilderback in the quest for the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model championship, with both drivers seeking their first crown. Brett McCoy holds a 32 point lead over Howie Ware and a 36 point edge over Matt Lundberg as the Belvidere native chases his second consecutive Bargain Hunter Sportsman championship. The closest championship battle currently resides in the Miller Lite American Short Track division, where 'Bullet' Bobby Frisch leads Zach Rodriguez by ten points in their chase for the championship, while Dennis Smith Jr hold a 50 point edge over Austin Fowler in the Kickstart Roadrunner division. Another 'Night of Champions' tradition, the Sam's Drive-In 'Outhouse Race', is also on the docket for next Saturday night and after the races, fans are invited to the take part in the post race 'Champions Celebration' featuring live music from Four Wheel Drive! It's going an all-day party like no other next weekend at Rockford Speedway!
     Two Weeks Until ‘Night of Thrills’: Saturday September 19, the ever-popular 'Night of Thrills' returns to Rockford Speedway! This year's 'Night of Thrills' features an impressive lineup of attractions and excitement! Headlining this year's event are the Mechanical Mischief and Tail Gator Monster Trucks and the return of Doug Rose and his Green Mamba Jet Car! The night also includes the return of Figure 8 School Bus Racing, Rockford Ice Hogs 'Auto Hockey,' Skid Cars, One-on-One Spectacular Drags, Tough Truck Tug-of-War, the championship Hornet feature and much, much more! And make sure to get to Rockford Speedway early that evening to take part in the 'Pre Race Pit Party' to be held on the infield. Starting at 5:15 PM, fans will be able to come onto the track and meet the stars of the show, get up close and personal with the Monster Trucks, Jet Car School Buses and more and also will be able to take a ride on the Butitta Brothers/Rockford IceHogs Hamboni! Advance tickets are available for 'Night of Thrills'...get your tickets NOW! Tickets are available online at rockfordspeedway.tix.com, by phone at 815-633-1500 or in person at the Rockford Speedway Main Offices during regular weekday Business Hours. It's one of the most exciting events of the season...don't miss 'Night of Thrills' Saturday night September 19!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
    Sat Sept 5 7:07 pm- Gilley's Cool 5 Championship Round
    Sat Sept 12 7:07 pm- Whelen Engineering's Night of Champions plus the Outhouse Race
    Sat Sept 19 7:07 pm- Night of Thrills featuring Mechanical Mischief & Tail Gator Monster Trucks, Green Mamba Jet Car and MORE!
    Fri-Sun Oct 2-4- 50th Anniversary National Short Track Championships
    Sat-Sun Oct 17-18- 24th Bahama Bracket Nationals
    Sun Oct 25 1 pm- Goblin 250 Enduro, Demo Derby, Costume Contest and Candy Scramble

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