Rockford Speedway To Crown 2017 Track Champions Saturday

2017 Track Champions will be crowned in the four 'premiere' divisions.

MACHESNEY PARK - This Saturday, September 9 is the night drivers and teams have been working for since the off-season. It's the night everyone has had their eye on all the way back in April when the season kicked off.

This Saturday night is Whelen Engineering 'Night of Champions,' where 2017 Track Champions will be crowned in the four 'premiere' divisions at Rockford Speedway. Titles are on the line for the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners. Along with that, Rookie of the Year Awards will be handed out for the Late Models, American Short Trackers and Sportsman and a champion will be crowned for the five-race Roadrunner Challenge during the always anticipated "Outhouse Race!"

As far as the point standings go, the most uncertainty remains in the NASCAR Late Model division. Michael Bilderback currently holds a 33 point advantage over Matt Berger as Bilderback looks to become the first repeat Late Model track champion since Jerry Gille in 2008 and 2009. Berger has made a small dent in Bilderback's point lead over the last three weeks, but still has a sizeable hill to climb headed into "Night of Champions." Can Bilderback seal the deal or will Berger swoop in and take the championship? The Late Model Rookie of the Year point battle is also tight headed into 'Night of Champions,' with Max Kahler leading Dennis Smith Jr by 25 points.

The other championship still 'up for grabs' include the Bargain Hunter Sportsman championship, where Chad Smith is in position to grab the title. Smith currently leads Johnny Robinson II by 46 points headed into the final race of the season and just needs to keep with his season-long pace to clinch the championship. Zach Rodriguez looks to have vanquished the demons of a year ago, holding a 66 point lead in the American Short Trackers, while Josh Thiering in primed to lock up the Roadrunner championship after a dominant season.

The first 500 fans through the gates Saturday night also receive a FREE commemorative 70th Anniversary 'Seven Time Champions' Poster celebrating seven-time NASCAR Late Model champions John Knaus, Bobby Wilberg and Ricky Bilderback. Grandstands open at 5 PM on 'Night of Champions,' with racing set to begin at 7:07 PM.


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