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‘LATE MODEL SHOWTIME’ RETURNS THIS SUNDAY AT SPRING CLASSIC!

2015-04-09

What: 38th Annual Spring Classic

Where: Rockford Speedway (located at 9572 Forest Hills Rd Loves Park, IL)

When: Sunday April 12

Schedule and Information:
7 AM- Pits Open, Breakfast in Pit Concession
8 AM- Chapel Service in South VIP Tower
8:45 AM- Big 8 Series Driver’s Meeting in Pit Stands
9:30 AM- Rotating Practice (until 11:25 AM)
11 AM- Front Gate Opens
11:30 AM- Qualifying (All divisions-2 laps)
12:45 PM- Opening Ceremonies
1 PM- WE’RE RACING

Divisions Competing:
Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet
(complete show highlighted by an 88 lap feature)
Quest Industrial Mid-American Stock Car Series
(complete show highlighted by a 50 lap feature)
American Ethanol Super Truck Series
(Twin 25 lap features)

Admission Prices:
Adults: $20
Students (ages 12-17) & Seniors: $10
Children (ages 6-11): $5
Kids 5 & under: FREE

Final 2014 Big 8 Series Point Standings (Top 10)
1. #5 Casey Johnson 937 (4 wins)
2. #14 Austin Nason 928 (3 wins)
3. #X Jon Reynolds Jr 714 (3 wins)
4. #51 Dale Nottestad 671
5. #7 John DeAngelis Jr 644
6. #82 J Herbst 590
7. #5 Dave Edwards 561
8. #28 Jesse Bernhagen 537
9. #52 Steve Dobbratz 421
10. #23 Casey Strese 420

Past Big 8 ‘Spring Classic’ Winners:
2013- Alex Papini Machesney Park, IL
2012- Jon Reynolds Jr. Rockford, IL
2011- Dale Nottestad Cambridge, WI
2010- Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI
2008- Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL
2007- Mike Ehde Prairie du Chien, WI
2006- Mike Beyer Machesney Park, IL
2005- Mike Beyer Machesney Park, IL
–(2009 and 2014 feature events were Rained Out)–

THIS YEAR: One of the most interesting Spring Classic fields in recent memory will battle for first place this Sunday afternoon at Rockford Speedway. Leading the way are the two drivers who battled for the championship last year, Casey Johnson and Austin Nason. Johnson won the last Big 8 race at Rockford in thrilling fashion, besting Nason and Dale Nottestad in a ‘green-white-checkered’ scramble that ended three-wide at the finish line. Nason has already won a race in 2015, at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in New Smyrna Florida during February’s ‘Speedweeks.’ Despite racing ten minutes from home Sunday, Nason and crew will put on nearly 700 miles this weekend, as the teenager races a Super Late Model Saturday afternoon in Toledo, OH.

Other drivers to watch this weekend include South Beloit’s Michael Bilderback, who will race a Dodge Charger fielded by Wisconsin racer Adam Peschek. Bilderback is no stranger to success at Rockford, becoming the youngest winner of Spring Classic in 2008 while also winning the 2012 ‘All Star 100.’ Lockport’s Josh Nelms looks to make his first Big 8 Series start on Sunday. Nelms was crowned the 2006 Late Model Rookie of the Year at Rockford and also claimed victory in the 200 lap National Short Track Championship in 2009. Two-time NASCAR Illinois State Champion and 2013 Rockford Speedway Track Champion Alex Papini is not only is looking to win a second consecutive Big 8 Spring Classic on Sunday, but also plans to attempt his first ever Mid-American Series start the same day.

2015 BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES EVENTS:
Sun April 12- 38th Annual Spring Classic (Rockford Speedway, Loves Park IL)
Fri June 5- Hibu ‘Hawkeye Stakes’ (Hawkeye Downs Raceway, Cedar Rapids, IA)
Fri June 26- Salute to America (Madison International Speedway, Oregon WI)
Fri July 24- Larry Detjens Memorial Race (State Park Speedway, Wausau WI)
Tues Aug 4- Gandrud Chevrolet Dixieland Delight (Wisconsin Int’l Raceway, Kaukauna WI)
Sat Sept 26- 7th Annual ‘Thunderstruck 93’ (Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, MN)
Sat Oct 3- 50th Anniversary National Short Track Championships (Rockford Speedway)
Sat Oct 10- 46th Oktoberfest Race Weekend (La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, West Salem, WI)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit www.big8series.com

MINNESOTA DUO RUNNING FOR BIG 8 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

2015-04-08

The state of Minnesota has become a hotbed for Big 8 Late Model Series racing in recent years.

It started in 2012 with the introduction of ‘Big 8 style’ Late Models at Elko Speedway and was followed in September of that same year with a non-points Big 8 race at the ‘Thunderstruck’ Race Weekend, featuring local racers and some of the Big 8’s best.

The competitive style of short track excitement that the Big 8 Late Model Series is known for has been one that’s caught on in the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes.’ The number of Minnesota racers trying their hand at running across the Midwest with the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country’ has also increased. Last year, Maplewood native Collin Olson was crowned Big 8 Series Rookie of the Year, while in 2013 Lakeville’s Chris Marek won two of the series’ final three shows.

This season, a pair of Minnesota racers has thrown their hat in the ring to compete for the Big 8 Late Model Series Rookie of the Year. First is Elko native Adam Bendzick, a driver who is no stranger to the high banks of Rockford (IL) Speedway, the first stop of the season for the Big 8 Late Model Series this Sunday April 12. Bendzick won the Mid American Stock Car Series ‘Spring Classic’ at Rockford Speedway two years ago and has also saw success at his home track in his hometown, finishing second in Mid American Sportsman points at Elko Speedway in 2008 while also being voted ‘Driver of the Year’ in the division.

Northfield Minnesota’s Cole Anderson also intends to chase the Big 8 Rookie of the Year in 2015. Anderson, currently a Junior in High School, had a stellar showing at his home track last year, finishing fourth in points with three feature wins and three fast times at Elko. Anderson and crew also made the voyage to Florida last December, participating in the Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola Florida. This weekend’s season opening race at Rockford Speedway will be Anderson’s first ever trip to the historic northern Illinois facility.

Bendzick, Anderson and the rest of the Big 8’s best will open their season this Sunday afternoon April 12 as part of the 38th Annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway. The main event of the afternoon will be an 88 lap feature for the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet. Joining the Big 8 on the Sunday afternoon card is the Quest Industrial Mid-American Stock Car Series and the American Ethanol Super Truck Series. Grandstands open at 11 AM, with Qualifying at 11:30 AM and the first race at 1 PM. Adult admission is $20, Students (age 12-17) & Seniors are $10, Children (ages 6-11) are $5 while Kids 5 and under are FREE.

For more information on Rockford Speedway and the 38th Annual Spring Classic, please visit www.rockfordspeedway.com or call 815-633-1500.

For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit www.big8series.com.

PAPINI PULLING DOUBLE DUTY AT SUNDAY’S SPRING CLASSIC

2015-04-07

Two-time NASCAR Illinois State Champion and 2013 Rockford Speedway Track Champion Alex Papini simply won’t settle for one crack at victory during the 38th Annual Spring Classic Sunday April 12 at Rockford Speedway.

The Machesney Park native plans to campaign two cars in two divisions at this weekend’s event, the first major short track race of the year in the region.

Papini, the 2013 Big 8 Spring Classic winner, is again entered to run the Big 8 portion of the show with his familiar blue, black and silver number 39 car. Papini has collected 22 feature wins over the last two season in Late Model, among tops in the Midwest. Seventeen of those wins have come in the NASCAR Late Model division at Rockford.

Along with the familiar surroundings of his Big 8 Late Model, Papini plans to strap into a Mid-American Stock Car this Sunday for the first time ever. Papini’s Mid-American Series mount is owned by Rich and Karla Morschauser from Wisconsin, former championship car owners at Madison (WI) International Speedway.

The 38th Annual Spring Classic is set for this Sunday afternoon, April 12 at Rockford Speedway. Gates open at 11 AM, with Qualifying at 11:30 AM and the first race at 1 PM. Adult admission is $20, Students (ages 12-17) and Seniors $10, Children (ages 6-11) are $5, while Kids 5 & under are admitted free.

The Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet headlines the season-opening card with an 88 lap feature race. Joining the Big 8 Late Models on Sunday afternoon is the Quest Industrial Mid American Stock Car Series, which opens their season for the 23rd consecutive year at Rockford with a 50 lap main event and the American Ethanol Super Trucks, making their first ever trip to Rockford, contesting Twin 25 lap features.

For more information on Rockford Speedway and the 38th Annual Spring Classic, please call 815-633-1500 or visit www.rockfordspeedway.com. For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit www.big8series.com.

POWERSOURCE RACING ENGINES CONTINUES ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH BIG 8 LATE MODEL SERIES

2015-04-07

For the eighth consecutive year, Powersource Racing Engines of Ingleside Illinois and the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet are partnering up to reward the ‘Hard Charger’ at each Big 8 Series event.

Again in 2015, the Powersource ‘Power Mover of the Race’ will be awarded to the driver who advances the most spots from their starting position in each and every Big 8 Series event. The ‘Power Mover of the Race’ receives a $100 bonus courtesy of Powersource Racing Engines after each Big 8 feature race.

Powersource Racing Engines was founded over 20 years ago to supply quality performance engines and machine work to the nation’s finest oval track and endurance racers. Through the years, Powersouce has expanded its reach into the marine, street performance, and vintage market. Powersource has also become a familiar name on the regional short track racing scene, powering several top racers in recent years.

For more information about Powersource Racing Engines, please visit their website www.powersourceengines.com or call them at 847-587-8999.

For more information about the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit www.big8series.com.

SPRING CLASSIC EARLY ENTRY LIST FILLED WITH CHAMPIONS AND CHALLENGERS!

2015-04-03

The countdown is on until the beginning of another exciting season of short track racing in the Midwest.

The first major short track race in the region takes the green flag next Sunday afternoon April 12, as the 38th Annual Spring Classic takes to the track at Rockford Speedway. For the eighth consecutive year, the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet headline Spring Classic, with an 88 lap feature the afternoon’s main attraction.

Some of the best race car drivers in the region have already filed their entries for the season opening affair, along with young up and comers hungry to make their name known at Spring Classic.

Leading the way is two time and reigning Big 8 Series champion Casey Johnson, also is a former Spring Classic winner. Last year, Johnson led the Series with four victories, including a thrilling last-lap win during ‘Short Track Saturday Night’ at the 49th National Short Track Championships. Johnson got the best of a three-way ‘green-white-checker’ sprint to the finish, squeaking past Dale Nottestad and Austin Nason for the win in the grueling 108 lap race.

Nason, the teenager from Roscoe Illinois, is looking to start 2015 the way he and his team ended 2014. Last year, Nason won his first ever Big 8 Series race at Slinger Super Speedway in July, then won two of the final three series races, at Elko (MN) Speedway’s ‘Thunderstruck’ and at the season-ending Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse (WI) Fairgrounds Speedway. Nason’s late season push last season propelled him to second in final Big 8 points. That momentum carried into February of this year, as Nason won a feature at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway during the prestigious World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Former Spring Classic winner and Rockford area favorite Michael Bilderback has filed his entry for Spring Classic. Bilderback, who became the youngest driver ever to win Spring Classic back in 2008, will pilot a second car out of the garage of Wisconsin’s Adam Peschek, who has also entered Spring Classic following his first Big 8 Series top five at Rockford last September at National Short Track Championships. Another Rockford area favorite, Kyle Shear, returns to his home track to take part in this year’s Spring Classic. Shear has challenged for big wins before at Rockford, including a third place finish in the 2012 Spring Classic and a top five finish in last summer’s ‘Star Spangled 76.’

A surprise entry for Rockford Speedway’s Spring Classic is Lockport Illinois driver Josh Nelms. Nelms, the 2009 National Short Track Champion, will drive a Late Model fielded by Crystal Lake Illinois’ Erik Pierce, who plans to run the Mid-American Series race at Rockford on April 12. Along with being a former winner of Rockford’s famed 200 lap Super Late Model race, Nelms is a former Rockford Late Model Rookie of the Year and has even won an enduro at the high banked quarter mile.

Other strong contenders who have entered Spring Classic include two-time LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway champion J Herbst and former Dells Raceway Park champion Rich Schumann Jr. Herbst, the West Salem Wisconsin resident, had his best season ever with the Big 8 Series last year, surging to sixth in final 2014 points. Schumann, meanwhile, has had strong showings in sporadic Big 8 appearances in recent years but has also run into hard luck. Will one of these top drivers find victory lane at Rockford on April 12?

Several youthful challengers have also filed their entries for Spring Classic. Included in that group is 2014 Rockford Speedway Rookie of the Year Dana Czach, along with 2014 Big 8 Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Collin Olson. Lakeville Minnesota teenager Michael Ostdiek, a former Quarter Midget and Legend Champion, has also declared for Spring Classic and plans to chase the entire Big 8 schedule in 2015.

The 38th Annual Spring Classic is set for Sunday afternoon, April 12 at Rockford Speedway. Gates open at 11 AM, with Qualifying at 11:30 AM and the first race at 1 PM. Joining the Big 8 Late Model Series on the season-opening card is the Mid American Stock Car Series, which opens their season for the 23rd consecutive year at Rockford with a 50 lap main event. The American Ethanol Super Trucks also make their first ever trip to Rockford Speedway April 12, contesting Twin 25 lap features.

For more information on Rockford Speedway and the 38th Annual Spring Classic, please call 815-633-1500 or visit www.rockfordspeedway.com. For more information on the Big 8 Late Model Series, please visit www.big8series.com.

SPRING CLASSIC ENTRY FORM NOW AVAILABLE!

2015-03-13

The Official Entry Blank for the 38th annual Spring Classic featuring the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet at Rockford Speedway on Sunday afternoon April 12 is now available online at www.big8series.com.

This year, an 88 lap feature event kicks off the eleventh season of racing for the ‘Best Weekly Warriors in the Country.’ The popular Weekly Warrior Wages program which rewards each driver up to $250 per event based on their weekly racing and Big 8 Series success also continues again this year.

Racing action begins Sunday April 12 at 1PM, officially bringing the Midwest racing season to life. Joining the Big 8 Late Models at the season opening showcase are the Mid-American Stock Car Series and the American Ethanol Super Truck Series.

There are multiple chances for Big 8 teams to get on track at Rockford Speedway for Practice in advance of Spring Classic. Saturday April 4 features an Open Practice session from 11 AM until 2:30 PM, while Spring Classic participants also have a chance to practice Saturday April 11 from Noon to 4 PM.

For additional information regarding the 38th Spring Classic and Rockford Speedway, please visit www.rockfordspeedway.com or call 815-633-1500.

Rockford Speedway Spring Classic Entry Form (PDF)

HOOSIER RACING TIRE CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH BIG 8 SERIES, INTRODUCES THIRD COMPOUND SIZE

2015-02-26

ROCKFORD, ILL. – Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to announce the continued partnership with the Big 8 Late Model Series in 2015.

The feature tire for the Late Models will be the Hoosier S800 which will now feature an additional third size. This addition will only enhance the racing experience for the eight marquee matchups.

“Hoosier Racing Tire is committed to providing the best tires for our season,” stated Big 8 Race Day Director David Deery. “In working with them and providing our feedback we feel together we have come up with a great product that both our drivers and fans will enjoy.”

The Big 8 Late Model season kicks off with an 88-lap event in Loves Park, Illinois for the 38th Annual Spring Classic on Sunday, April 12.

“We have a great relationship with the Big 8 and we want to do our part to strengthen that while enhancing our products,” stated Hoosier Racing Tire Oval Asphalt Business Unit Manager Irish Saunders. “These three compound sizes will provide great racing and we’re excited for the upcoming series.”

The Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet features the top weekly short track Late Model drivers from Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa going wheel to wheel in multiple events each season with champions and challengers providing short track excitement.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the largest manufacturer of racing tires in the world with distributors located both domestically and worldwide.  For more information visit HoosierTire.com or follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoosierCorp), Twitter (@HoosierTire) and Instagram (HoosierRacingTire).

 

Hoosier S800 Sizes

27.5 x 8

27.0 x 8

26.5 x 8

RACES IN FOUR STATES PLUS INAUGURAL TRIP TO IOWA HIGHLIGHT BIG 8 SLATE

2015-01-20

The countdown is on.

In just under three months, the Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet returns to action, kicking off its eleventh season. This year, the “Best Weekly Warriors in the Country” embark on another exciting trek, visiting tracks in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa while once again taking part in many of the most prestigious events on the Midwest racing calendar.

The action begins on Sunday afternoon April 12 as part of the 38th Annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway, when the Big 8 Series headlines the region’s traditional season opening event with an 88 lap feature race. Joining the Big 8 Late Models on the card will be the Mid American Stock Car Series and the American Ethanol Super Truck Series.

Exciting new dates on the 2015 schedule include the Series’ first ever trip to the state of Iowa on Friday night June 5, as the Big 8’s best take to the half-mile at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids. The upcoming season marks the second consecutive year in which the Big 8 style Late Model will be the featured as the premier division at the legendary Iowa facility during their regular Friday racing program.

Also returning to the Big 8 Series schedule is Wisconsin International Raceway, where for the first time since 2009, the Big 8 Late Model Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour share the stage as part the return of the ‘Dixieland 250’ to the Midwest racing landscape Tuesday night August 4. The 38 lap ‘Dixieland Delight’ for Big 8 Late Models is set to be the under card for the 250 lap Super Late Model event later that evening.

Traditional dates returning to the 2015 schedule include a return to ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile,’ Madison International Speedway on Friday night June 26, as part of the traditional ‘Salute to America’ program, which features a full-night of racing action and a large aerial fireworks display.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Big 8 Late Model Series headlines Friday night of the Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend at State Park Speedway in Wausau Wisconsin on July 24. The event at State Park, which again is set for 58 laps, has become one on of the most popular stops on the Big 8 schedule. Another popular Big 8 Series date, the ‘King of the High Banks’ at Slinger Super Speedway, is tentatively scheduled for Sunday evening July 12.

“Three Races in Three Weeks” will determine the 2015 Big 8 Late Model Series champion. The three-race swing begins in Minnesota on Saturday September 26 at Elko Speedway as part of the ‘Thunderstruck 93.’ One week later, the Big 8 Series returns to Rockford Speedway as part of the 50th Anniversary National Short Track Championships on Saturday night October 3, running a grueling 108 lap main event as part of ‘Short Track Saturday Night.’ The curtain then closes on the 2015 Big 8 Late Model Series season Saturday night October 10, with a 68 lap championship feature during the 46th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

Also in 2015, the Big 8 Late Model Series will again utilize the Hoosier S800 tire for all of its events.

For additional information regarding the Big 8 Late Model Series visit www.big8series.com or contact the Series Office at 815-633-0035.

2015 Big 8 Late Model Series Schedule

Sunday April 12- Rockford Speedway (Loves Park, IL)
38th Annual Spring Classic (88 laps)

Friday June 5- Hawkeye Downs (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Inaugural Event (48 laps)

Friday June 26- Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Salute to America (48 laps)

Sunday July 12- Slinger (WI) Super Speedway (*- Tentative)
King of the High Banks (68 laps)

Friday July 24- State Park Speedway (Wausau, WI)
Larry Detjens Memorial Weekend (58 laps)

Tuesday August 4- Wisconsin International Raceway (Kaukauna, WI)
‘Dixieland Delight’ (38 laps)

Saturday Sept 26- Elko (MN) Speedway
7th Annual Thunderstruck ‘93’ (58 laps)

Saturday October 3- Rockford Speedway (Loves Park, IL)
50th Anniversary National Short Track Championships (108 laps)

Saturday October 10- La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway (West Salem, WI)
46th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend (68 laps)

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