Jody Deery
(Photo: Rockford Speedway)

Former Rockford Speedway promotor Jody Deery passes away at 97

On Monday afternoon, June 13, at 3:22 p.m., Jody Deery, the long time promoter at Rockford Speedway and a pillar of the community, passed away. Mrs. Deery was 97.

Starting in 1966, Mrs. Deery and her husband Hugh became sole owners of Rockford Speedway, which is celebrating its 75th year of operations in 2022. Following Hugh’s passing in July of 1984, Mrs. Deery became one of the first females to solely operate a racing venue in the United States.

In 1994, Mrs. Deery became the first female to win the prestigious “Auto Racing Promoter of the Year” award.

Mrs. Deery had also been on the nominating committee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame and on the voting panel for inductees since 2013.

Mrs. Deery officially retired from day-to-day duties at the track in September of 2020.

Funeral arrangements are currently being planned for a date in the near future.