The first dirt races in the 69 year history of the Rockford Speedway were a big hit with local racing fans Wednesday night.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars took the track. The asphalt surface has been covered in ten inches of dirt and clay in a process that took three days to complete.
As the cars flew around the oval dust and pieces of dirt flew into the stands hitting the crowd. The stands were packed with people, many who came out of curiosity to view their first dirt race. Other spectators had been to previous dirt races. They new what they were in for.
“It’s fun,” says racing fan Roger Morris. “Dirt’s flying everywhere. The front row probably isn’t the best spot but it’s great, it’s great.”
“It’s fast! Fast and fun, said Tony Eytalis another fan in the crowd.
“This is the best thing about it, you know I mean It was a chance of a lifetime for Rockford to come around with the dirt and clay,” says fan Jerry Ray. “Let’s go with it every year from now on!”
The Badger Midgets also raced Wednesday. That was part one of the Outlaws Clay Classic. Part two will be Thursday night when the World of Outlaws Late Models will race.
Saturday night some of the Rockford Speedway regular racers will compete on the dirt.