After more than 70 years of hosting races, Rockford Speedway in Rockford, Illinois will close at the completion of the 2023 season and be redeveloped for commercial opportunities, track officials announced.
“For years we have watched the surrounding area evolve into a vibrant retail corridor, this day has been coming and while it’s great for the city, it stings for the thousands of fans and racers who have made Rockford Speedway their ‘family’ for generations,” said Rockford Speedway General Manager, David Deery. “We know this will be the last year for our major events losing use of the property in front of the Speedway along Hwy 173 as that area will be developed first, with the track itself remaining until further land sales.”
The historic racetrack has hosted thousands of race events since the track opened in 1948, which drew the sport’s biggest stars and received national attention, track officials said. The facility has also hosted concerts, flea markets, carnivals, rodeos, holiday events and circuses.
Despite the redevelopment, the 2023 schedule will continue through October. A special Grand Celebration weekend event will also be announced on a date later this summer, track officials said.