Bobby Wilberg of Beloit, Wisconsin, will be going for his 14th track championship at Madison International Speedway this Friday night.
Wilberg leads defending champion Zack Riddle of Oregon, Wisconsin, by 41 points going into Friday night’s twin features that are part of Whelen Engineering Season Championship Night for the NASCAR Late Models. This season he has two feature wins and has finished in the top five in seven of the nine feature races and is yet to finish outside the top ten.
A Late Model track championship this year would be his fifth at Madison after winning in 2007, 2008, 2016, and 2017. Last year he finished third in the points behind Zack Riddle and Jeremy Miller and also has finished runner-up several times. He has seventeen feature wins to his credit in the Late Model division.
But he’s also had success in every division he’s raced at Madison.
It all began when the track re-opened under the Madison International Speedway name in 1992. Wilberg won the IMCA Modified division and followed it up with Midwest Modified titles in 1995 and 1996 before moving up to the Super Late Model division. He won his first Super Late Model title in 2002 and picked up his second in 2005. He raced in the Madison Late Models division and won three straight championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He also took home the season championship in the Sportsman division in 2010. Wilberg also has a feature win in the Midwest Trucks.
The amazing thing is that he was able to win two championships in two separate divisions in 2005 and 2007. He’s also approaching 70 career wins at Madison.
However, Madison isn’t the only track where he has found success. Wilberg won his first Late Model title at the Rockford Speedway in 1991 before winning six in a row from 1995-2000. That’s an amazing twenty track championships in his career.
The twin features this Friday night will determine this year’s track champion, and with 215 points possible anything can happen. If he wins his fourteenth track championship it isn’t going to be easy as defending champion Zack Riddle and others aren’t about to let him run off with the title.
What he has accomplished over nearly 30 years of racing at Madison and Rockford is truly amazing.
Fans you don’t want to miss the action under the lights this Friday night at Madison. Joining the Late Models on the card will be the Dave’s White Rock MISfitz, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and Roto Rooter 6Shooters all racing double features.
Grandstands open at 6:00 with qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $14.00 / Whelen Heroes and Seniors 62+ $12.00 / Students 12-17 $8.00 / Kids 6-11 $5.00 / Five and under free.