MWS: Rockford to open season

ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY AND SPRING CLASSIC WEEKEND ONCE AGAIN OPEN NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, MIDWEST SERIES SEASON DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 18, 2005) -- For Midwestern racing fans, one event has historically marked the start to a new year...

ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY AND SPRING CLASSIC WEEKEND ONCE AGAIN OPEN NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, MIDWEST SERIES SEASON

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 18, 2005) -- For Midwestern racing fans, one event has historically marked the start to a new year of local, short track action: Spring Classic weekend at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway. And 2005 is no exception as the green flag is set to wave over the 28th annual Spring Classic, April 2-3.

"For as long as I can remember the Rockford Speedway opener has signified the start of racing in these parts," recalls Steve Carlson.

As has been the case for nearly two decades, the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series will headline the Spring Classic weekend. Preliminary events will take place on Saturday, April 2 with a 150-lap main event scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 3.

Carlson knows a thing or two about opening up the racing season at Rockford Speedway having won six of the historic openers, including the last two.

"Rockford Speedway is just one of those tracks that has been really good to me over the years," says Carlson. "I'd like to tell you that there is a magical formula for me winning there, and winning there in the spring, but there isn't."

In its 31-year history the Midwest Series has contested 55 feature events at Rockford Speedway and Carlson is the all-time winningest driver, taking 13 checkered flags.

In addition to the Midwest Series, the Mid-American Stock Cars, Northern Late Models and the Big 8 Limited Late Model Series will also see action as part of the Spring Classic weekend.

Rockford Speedway is located at the intersection of Forest Hills Road and Hwy. 173 in Rockford, Ill. Further weekend schedule information and ticket prices can be obtained by visitingwww.rockfordspeedway.com or calling (815) 633-1500.

Fast Facts

What: Spring Classic 150 (NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series, Race 1).

Where: Rockford (Ill.) Speedway.
When: 1:00 p.m. (CT), Sunday, April 3.

Track layout: .29167-mile banked paved oval.
Race length: 150 laps, 43.75 miles.

2004 winner: Steve Carlson.
2004 Bud Pole winner: Justin Diercks

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Justin Diercks , Steve Carlson