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Josh Richards Victorious in First Appearance at Macon!

July 29th, 2017

MACON, IL–Making his first-ever appearance at Macon Speedway, the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards took the lead on lap 60 and held off Shannon Babb in a one-lap shootout to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Tuesday night. For Richards, it was his eighth series win of the season extending his lead in the championship chase.

Babb finished in second, with Darrell Lanigan coming home in third. Jason Feger and Jimmy Owens completed the top-five finishers.

Scott Bloomquist led the first 32 laps of the race until he relinquished the lead to Babb. Babb then held the point until Richards took over the top spot on lap 60. Babb hounded Richards for the next 39 laps before caution with one lap to go set up a one-lap dash to the finish in which Richards prevailed.

“When you are at Macon and you have Shannon Babb on your bumper it makes you nervous even so with one lap to go. I can’t thank these guys enough. It was my first time here and it was a fun track to race at. It might be one of my favorite tracks to run on now. I didn’t know quite what to do in hot laps. So, we went back and made some changes for the heat race and feature. He [Babb] was getting better and better and before that caution came out I was sweating it for sure,” said the 29-year-old Richards.

Richards, who started ninth gave Babb credit for his win. “Every time I am at his shop he makes me watch video of Macon. It’s a great place to be. We just did what we thought would work best. The bottom was good there early and then it developed a black streak. I went to the top there for a while
and got up there where he [Babb] was running. I just tried to ride it out and find a good pace and it worked out.”

Babb who was trying to win his second LOLMDS event of the season drove hard in front of his hometown fans. “It was a heckuva race for sure. He got me down on the bottom. It looked like Josh was good everywhere on the track. Darrell [Lanigan] was right in there as well. Congrats to both of those guys on a good run.”

“We grew up right here and have made a lot of laps around this track no doubt. It’s action-packed, everybody saw that tonight. Every lap is intense you, have to be up on the wheel for every lap,” Babb added.

Lanigan finished third in the race with his car owner, Clint Bowyer watching. “It was actually quite fun out there. When it slicked off you could race all over. It had to be a great race for the fans to watch. We were good around the bottom until it kind of gave up. Like I said we will take a top three. The way our luck has been this year. It feels like a win.”:

Completing the top ten were Hudson O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Tim McCreadie and Scott Bloomquist.

Bell Chimes in with Victor in USAC Midget’s Macon Return

July 4th, 2017

Macon, Illinois………The formula for winning at Macon Speedway seems simple enough on paper. Minimize mistakes, take advantage of the opportunities you’ve been given and throw the occasional slider to get to the front.

However, when seemingly all 23 competitors have the same plan, something has to give on the tight, but captivatingly racey 1/5-mile dirt oval.

Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell seized his opportunity following a lap 20 restart, ultimately making the winning move with six laps remaining past Tyler Courtney to score the win in the USAC Midget National Championship’s return to Macon for the first time in a decade.

Yet things didn’t start out as rosy for Bell in the opening portion of the 30-lap feature. Well, for the most part.

“At the beginning of the race, I started on the inside of row three and felt like I could get a really good jump using the bottom of (turns) one and two,” Bell recalls. “I got to third pretty quickly, and then I just stayed down there too long. I stayed down there and guys started driving by me up top. Next thing I know, I’m back to sixth. I was sixth for a while and couldn’t really get anything going.”

Bell would remain mired on the outside of the top-five looking in, while, up front, Courtney was dicing it up for the lead position with Spencer Bayston. On lap eight, a wild sequence was kicked into gear when Courtney and Bayston briefly became entangled exiting the second turn, allowing series point leader Brady Bacon to sneak by both briefly to lead the lap.

Courtney gathered his bearings and got Bacon back for the lead between turns one and two. Entering turn three, Bayston made a bid for second. However, both he and Bacon had made separate reservations for one at the same table. Bayston and Bacon pinged nerf bars together. Bacon became the pong, getting the worst end of the deal as he lost momentum and freefell three spots to fifth.

A caution two laps before halfway for the stopped car of Nick Knepper altered the course of Bell’s race as opportunity knocked on his helmet visor.

“On the restart, everybody piled in on the bottom and I was able to rip around them and get to third,” Bell explains. “From that point, I knew I was pretty good. I just had to bide my time and wait for the guys in front of me to make mistakes.”

And “mistakes” would be plentiful. But it’s not easy wheeling a quick, twitchy midget around a bullring such as Macon. It’s a full contact, elbows up session that’s going to get physical in one way or another. It’s the nature of the beast on the tight, but speedy confines.

Meanwhile, Courtney was doing what needed to be done to accomplish his mission twofold. At once, he opened up as substantial of a margin as one can attain at Macon – a full-straightaway lead – that put him in control, but, secondly, kept him distanced from the madness ensuing behind him from second on back.

A single lap goes by quickly at this place. The 26-year-old one-lap track record held by P.J. Jones was lowered to 10.3 seconds by Zach Daum in ProSource Qualifying. Later in the night, the pace was consistently around the 12 second mark through the middle to late-stages of the feature. That’s still cooking and, without the lap 20 caution for a Jake Neuman spin, Courtney likely would’ve been gone scot-free and, ultimately, been makin’ Illinois cash and hoisting the winner’s check in victory lane.

But, then again, opportunity. Someone else’s misfortune can become another’s positive turning point in any sport. It’s not exactly a case of schadenfreude, although its close. With 11 to go, the raced turned on a dime, all falling into Bell’s favor.

Unlike the majority of previous restarts, Courtney now had his hands full as Bell hung right with him, running nose-to-tail for multiple laps eying his next move. Bell, the 2013 USAC National Midget champ, went right at Courtney’s jaw as the two swapped slide jobs back-and-forth, back-and-forth, trading uppercuts on both ends of the racetrack. Neither were on their heels, though. Both were on the attack in a true, heavyweight bout that showed no indication of either backing down.

“I knew we were about the same speed,” Bell remembered. “I just waited to get to traffic. Once you got into traffic, you’d be able to dice it up a little bit. We never got there, though, with the yellows coming out. That one yellow got him out of his rhythm there. Although he did get a really good restart and got a way a little bit. But then, he tripped on the cushion one time and I was able to close the gap. From then on, it was just about sliding him.”

With seven to go, Bell attacked and Courtney countered. A lap later, Courtney attacked and Bell countered with enough sliders to make a full meal out of. Courtney made one last-ditch effort with three laps remaining using a turn one slider on Bell. Once again, Bell answered the call and ducked back under Courtney to yank the lead back into his possession, gapping Courtney who now saw the second spot escape his grasp and fall into Bayston’s lap.

“Sunshine (Courtney) was really fast out front by himself,” Bell credits. “We got the yellow and that got him out of his rhythm. He started making mistakes and I was able to get to him. Then, it became a chess game of who could slide each other the best and break each other’s momentum. I felt like he broke my momentum and I broke his momentum.”

Yet the final three laps for Bell on his own wouldn’t go without a little excitement. With the white flag in hand and Bayston closing, Bell stumbled atop the cushion between turns three and four. As fate would have it, Bayston was a little too close for comfort and had to react to Bell’s slight misadventure, forcing Bayston to whoa his ride down just enough to prevent himself a chance to capitalize.

“I felt like I got going pretty good there just past halfway. I just had to figure out how to use the cushion without getting tripped up in it. There at the end, once Sunshine and I started racing, it came down to who could screw up the least and make the cleanest laps. It was super technical and super hard. That’s how it should be!” – Christopher Bell (Rich Forman Photo)

“I got behind Christopher with about three laps to go,” Bayston remembers. “I tried to get away from everyone behind us and was waiting, waiting, waiting. Christopher kind of stumbled in (turns) three and four coming to the white flag. In turn, it caused all of us behind him to screw up and he was able to get away. That kind of scrapped the whole plan I had set for those final two laps.”

Bell recovered, running a sweet and sound 30th lap for a relatively comfortable margin of seven-tenths of a second to take the win over Bayston, Courtney, Justin Grant and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Shane Golobic, who came all the way from the 21st starting position.

To Bell, his 18th career USAC National Midget victory wasn’t merely about being the best for all 30 laps or even just being the best at the end. To him, the race for the win purely came down to limiting mistakes in traffic and on the tricky cushion in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt – TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I’ve been coming to Macon for a long time now and I’ve run a lot of races here,” Bell begins. “Typically, the curb will ledge up really big like that. It’s just figuring out where your marks are, when to be in the cushion and when to come off the cushion. I felt like I got going pretty good there just past halfway. I just had to figure out how to use the cushion without getting tripped up in it. There at the end, once Sunshine and I started racing, it came down to who could screw up the least and make the cleanest laps. It was super technical and super hard. That’s how it should be!”

After a seven-race drought to begin the season, the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team has now won its third in a row with three different drivers. The most recent victor during this streak prior to Saturday night was Kokomo “Indiana Midget Week” winner Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana, who grabbed second in his Curb Record – TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“It was very physical out there,” Bayston said. “It seems to be that way every single time we come here. That’s just how the place is. Some people like it and some people don’t. Early on, I felt pretty good. Sunshine had a good lead and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get to him. With all those cautions, I was able to adjust and get a little bit better. Toward the end, Christopher and I worked our way around them and we were able to get out front.”

When Bayston saw Bell and Courtney throwing haymakers at each other, he admits that he was on his toes and ready to pounce if a tangle between the two were to ensue.
“They were really going at it, so I was kind of waiting for something to develop to allow me to get in there,” Bayston acknowledged. “When they start battling like that, they kind of back up to you. I was able to get in and we were both able to work by Sunshine in the final laps.”

Tyler Courtney led a race-high 23 laps and continued his run of success as well with a fifth consecutive top-five finish in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives – Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Macon Speedway include Zach Daum (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Jake Neuman (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Colten Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Gage Walker (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

Macon & Lincoln Speedway Car Show This Weekend At Hickory Point Mall

March 20th, 2017

(Macon, IL) Drivers and teams throughout central Illinois are ready to show off their newly painted rides this coming weekend at Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL. After a near 20 year hiatus, the show returned to the mall last March. The Macon and Lincoln Speedway event is scheduled for this Friday-Sunday, March 17-19.

The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 16 at 9:00 PM and exiting on Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 PM. Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track. UMP Memberships will be on sale in addition to a signup box for a chance to win Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway season opener tickets.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action. It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show. Those who entered the show are asked to arrive by 8:30 on Thursday night to prepare for entry into the mall and to bring material for under the car in case of a possible leak.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area. It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

For information during the winter on the 2017 season, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com , Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, and Track Enterprises at www.trackenterprises.com. You can also call the office at 217-764-3200.

Additional Test & Tune Dates Added For Lincoln & Macon Speedways

March 13th, 2017

Due to the early demand of on track time, officials at Track Enterprises have announced two additional test and tunes before the start of the 2017 racing season. The newly added dates are Saturday, March 25th at Lincoln Speedway and Sunday, March 26th at Macon Speedway.

The two new dates are in addition to the four already scheduled between the two facilities. Drivers will be able get track time from 12:00-4:00 PM on each of the six days, with pits opening at 11:00 AM. The three Lincoln dates are March 25, April 2, and April 9, while the three Macon dates are March 26, April 1, and April 8. Pit cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 11 and under. Grandstand admission is free on practice days.

The unofficial start to the season will be the racecar show at Hickory Point Mall, coming up next weekend, Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19. Cars will enter the mall on Thursday night at mall closing and be on display all weekend before exiting the mall at 5:00 on Sunday. There is no cost to enter the show and a few spots still remain.

The Macon Speedway season opener is set for Saturday, April 15 with a six division show on the docket. In addition to racing for UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP B-Mods, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets, opening night will have a special pre-race on track autograph session and a CEFCU Kid’s Club Night.

For Lincoln Speedway, the season opener is on Friday, April 21 with an action packed card, including UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks in the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series opener, UMP Hornets, and POWRi DII Midgets presented by Nutech Seed.

About Lincoln Speedway:

For more information on the track, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

*Early Season Dates To Remember*
March 17-19 Hickory Point Mall Racecar Show
March 25 Lincoln Speedway Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)
March 26 Macon Speedway Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)
April 1 Macon Speedway Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)
April 2 Lincoln Speedway Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)
April 8 Macon Speedway Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)
April 9 Lincoln Speedway Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)
April 15 Macon Speedway Season Opener
April 21 Lincoln Speedway Season Opener

Macon & Lincoln Speedway Racecars Set To Return To Hickory Point Mall

March 6th, 2017

(Macon, IL) Officials from Macon Speedway as well as Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL are pleased to announce the return of the season preview car show. Formerly an annual event, the show’s return took place last year after a long hiatus. The event is scheduled for March 17-19.

The car show is open to any regular competitors that race at Macon Speedway or Lincoln Speedway, as well as those from traveling series that compete at either of the tracks. The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 16 and exiting on Sunday, March 19 when Hickory Point Mall closes for business each of the two days.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action. It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show. Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area. It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

Drivers and teams who have highly presentable cars are welcome to enter the show by emailing adam.trackenterprises@gmail.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The show will likely feature up to 30 competitors, so registration is first come, first serve. There is no charge to enter the show.

Exciting 2017 Slate Announced For Macon IL Speedway

February 7th, 2017

Macon Speedway officials are proud to announce the 2017 schedule for the 72nd season of racing at the 1/5-mile high banked dirt oval in Macon, IL. In addition to the weekly UMP DIRTcar divisions, special events include the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series, POWRi Midgets and Micros, Tony’s Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of Champions, USAC National Midgets, MOWA Sprint cars, and the Dirtcar Summer National Hell Tour Late Models. The track is owned by longtime promoter Bob Sargent in addition to NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, and Kenny Wallace.

The new campaign of racing will begin with the 10th annual Spring Fling on Saturday, April 15 with Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Hornets. Fans will be seeing a lot of those six classes of racing this year, as the main six divisions of racing. The Beach House Micros will also have plenty of events this year, but won’t debut until the May 13 event when they are part of the POWRi Midget and Speedway Motors Micro show.

Following the season opener, the other two April events will feature a College Night on April 22, with discounted admission for Macon County college students with the Big Ten Street Stock season opener and five other classes and the April 29 show featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.

Last year’s Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt event was postponed due to rain but still drew the largest crowd of the season on the makeup date.

The month of May will be a lot of fun, seeing five different events including a $5 grandstand admission night on May 6 that has six divisions of racing, including the $1,000 to win Hornet challenge. The POWRi Midgets and Micros will be making their first appearance on Saturday, May 13, while the a new series, the Midwest Street Stock Championship division, will be running the “Dean Garland Classic” on May 20. Rounding out the month will be a doubleheader holiday weekend on May 27 and 29. On Saturday, the Raminator Monster Truck will make its annual appearance, while Monday, May 29 will see the Coziahr Harley Davidson-Miller Lite Twin 50′s for Super Late Models and Modifieds on a new date.

June starts off as “Open Wheel Month”, as the POWRi Illinois Midget week comes to town on Saturday, June 3 and Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars visit the following week. For the All-Star sprints, it will be the first visit in over a decade to the Macon facility and will be the second race in a back-to-back with Lincoln Speedway, the night before. June 17 features the Pabst Blue Ribbon Diesel Truck night, a new addition to the schedule and June 24 will be the Dynagraphics/95Q Firecracker 40′s for the Pro Late Models and Modifieds.

The month of July starts off with a bang, as the USAC National Midgets come to town for a show on Saturday, July 1 and just five days later, Thursday, July 6, the Dirtcar Summer National Hell Tour Late Models will be running the Herald & Review 100. A couple days later on Saturday, Macon will have its annual Hall of Fame drivers night featuring several divisions and Buy One-Get One admission night. Saturday, July 15 will see the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball Topless Sportsman 40. On Saturday, July 22, the third annual KERBYSTRONG 100 will be on the track, featuring Super Late Models in what has become a great event honoring the late Kerby Damery. The fast paced MOWA Sprint cars will wrap up the month of July on the 29th.

August will see a week off for the stock cars on the 5th, as the Battle in the Prairie Go Karts will run during the weekend of the Decatur Celebration. The Eve Of Destruction is on schedule with fireworks, racing, and more on Saturday, August 12th and the POWRi Midgets and Micros are back on the 19th for the Camfield Memorial. Rounding out August will be the Church Night featuring the BG Nevitt Faster Pastor race and the Big Ten Super Late Models.

The last month of the season, September, will have five events starting with a $5 Bud Light Ladies Night admission special on Saturday, the 2nd. On September 9th, the third running of the John Osman Memorial is on tap for the Big 10 Street Stocks. Skeff Distributing presents Taylorville Night on Saturday, September 16th, while the second and final Five Buck night for $5 grandstand admission is set for Saturday, September 23. The 2017 campaign will come to an end on Saturday, September 30 with the “Racing For The Cup” Season Championships.

The season features 26 nights of racing plus the August karting event and the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience on July 16..

Pre-season events begin next Sunday, February 12th, with the Macon Speedway informational meeting at the Macon Community Center, from 2:00-4:00. Drivers are welcome to stop by and pick up schedules, give input, buy UMP
Memberships, sign up for the car show, and ask questions they may have for the upcoming season.

The Hickory Point Mall Racecar Show is set for Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19 in Forsyth, IL. To enter your racecar free of charge, call the Macon Speedway office at 217-764-3000. Rounding out the preseason events will be the two test-and-tune dates of April 1 and 8, featuring practice from 12:00-4:00 each day.

About Macon Speedway:
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

*2017 Schedule (Subject To Change) **Super Late Model (SLM), ProLate Models (PLM), Modifieds (MOD), Street Stock (SS), Sportman (SPORT), B-mods (BMOD), Hornet (HOR), Micros (MIC), & Div 2 Midgets (DII)*

Sun-February 12 Macon Speedway Informational Meeting Macon Community Center 2:00-4:00
Fri-Sun March 17-19 Hickory Point Mall Race Car Show Open To All Track Enterprise Divisions
Sat-April 1 Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)-Open to all divisions
Sat-April 8 Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)-Open to all divisions
Sat-April 15 10th Annual Spring Fling/Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photos & Autographs CEFCU Kid’s Club PLM, MOD, SS, SPORT, BMOD, HOR
Sat-April 22 College Night PLM, MOD, SS B10, BMOD, HOR, DII
Sat-April 29 LUCAS Oil Late Models/St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 SLM, MOD, BMOD
Sat-May 6 FIVE BUCK NIGHT Featuring $5 Grandstand Admission $1,000 To Win Hornet Challenge
PLM, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, SPORT
Sat-May 13 Teachers Night Featuring POWRi Midgets & Micros POWRi Midgets/Micros, PLM B10, SS, HOR
Sat-May 20 Casey’s General Store Night/Armed Forces Night Midwest Street Stock Championship Event Dean Garland Classic PLM, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD
Sat-May 27 Bob Brady Auto Mall “Raminator”/CEFCU Kid’s Club PLM, MOD, SS B10, HOR, SPORT, BMOD
Mon-May 29 Coziahr Harley-Davidson/Mueller Dist. Miller Lite Twin 50′s laps & MOD 50 laps SLM B10, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, MIC
Sat-June 3 Illinois POWRi Midget & Micro Week POWRi Midgets/Micros, PLM, DII
Sat-June 10 Tony Stewarts Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of Champion Sprint Cars
All Star Sprints, MOD, SS, HOR
Sat-June 17 Pabst Blue Ribbon Diesel Truck Night At The Races PLM, MOD, SS, HOR, SPORT, BMOD
Sat-June 24 Dynagraphics/95Q Firecracker 40’s-Pro Late Model & Modified FIREWORKS/CEFCU Kid’s Club
PLM B10, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, SPORT
Sat-July 1 USAC National Midgets & Beach House Micros USAC Midgets, MIC, SS B10, PLM
Thurs-July 6 Herald & Review 100 Featuring Summer Nationals Hell Tour Summer Nationals Late Models, MOD, BMOD
Sat-July 8 BUY ONE-GET ONE Ticket Night Featuring Hall of Fame Drivers Reunion CEFCU Kid’s Club
PLM, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, MIC
Sat-July 15 Miles Chevrolet/Fireman’s Ball/Sportsman’s Topless 40 PLM, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, SPORT
Sun-July 16 Kenny Wallace Racing Experience
Sat-July 22 KERBYSTRONG 100 SLM B10, MOD, SS, BMOD, SPORT, HOR
Sat-July 29 MOWA Sprint Cars/Christmas In July Toy Drive MOWA, PLM B10, HOR, DII, MIC
Sat-Aug 5 Decatur Celebration Battle in the Prairie Go
Sat-Aug 12 Eve of Destruction III FIREWORKS PLM, MOD, SS, BMOD, HOR, MIC
Sat-Aug 19 POWRi Midgets & Micros – Camfield Memorial POWRi Midgets/Micros, PLM, SS, HOR
Sat-Aug 26 Church Night Featuring Faster Pastor BG Nevitt Memorial Kids Racecar Rides/CEFCU Kids Club
SLM B10, MOD, SS, BMOD, HOR, DII, KidModz
Sat-Sept 2 Bud Light Ladies Night (Ladies $5 Admission) PLM, MOD, BMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR, MIC
Sat-Sept 9 John Osman Memorial Presented by 98.1 Griz FM
SS B10, PLM, MOD, BMOD, HOR, SPORT
Sat-Sept 16 Skeff Distributing & Taylorville Night PLM B10, MOD, BMOD, SS, HOR
Sat-Sept 23 FIVE BUCK NIGHT Featuring $5 Grandstand Admission Hornet World Championships & CEFCU Kid’s Club MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, SPORT, MIC
Sat-Sept 30 Season Championship “Racing For The Cup” & Give Back To Fans Night PLM, MOD, SS, HOR, BMOD, SPORT

Track Enterprises Promoting Three Tour Stops For Late Models & Modifieds

December 23rd, 2016

The 32nd edition of the Summer Nationals Hell Tour is set for 2017, as dates have been announced by Dirtcar Racing. For the UMP Late Models, 27 events over the course of one month are set with stops in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, and Ohio. For fans in Central Illinois, Track Enterprises will be hosting events at Lincoln Speedway as well as Macon Speedway, while the company will also be promoting a big combo event with the World Of Outlaw Late Models at Terre Haute.

The first of the Track Enterprises events will come at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN on Friday, June 30, a new addition to the 1/2-mile’s schedule this year. Not only will the Summer National Hell Tour stars be on hand, the Craftsman World Of Outlaw Late Model tour will be racing at the combination event. It will be the first event held for the two series together, as previously scheduled combo events in 2016 were rained out. Fans will see the best of the best from the two tours, competing head-to-head.

On Sunday, July 2, the tour will be pacing the 1/4-mile, Lincoln Speedway, at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. Last year, the event was postponed due to rain and rescheduled as a big Late Model event late in August. Bobby Pierce claimed the victory after a dominant, Jason Feger blew a tire. The race was highly exciting, as was the Modified event that saw a photo finish with Kenny Wallace edging Mike Harrison.

Rounding out the Track Enterprises Summer National Schedule will be the 37th annual Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL. The traditional stop at the mighty 1/5-mile always brings a boatload of excitement and drama as there is nothing quite like watching a full field of top notch Late Models battle in the bullring. Last year, Pierce took his first Herald & Review 100 win, on his way to claiming the championship.

All three of the aforementioned events will also see full fields of UMP Modifieds racing for the Summit Nationals Modified Tour championship. 28 events in just over a month are scheduled for the tour in 2017. Nick Hoffman claimed last year’s championship, winning four races including Terre Haute. Rodney Standerfer won the Macon event, while Kenny Wallace took the Lincoln make-up race in August.

The full schedule for the Summer National Hell Tour can be found at http://thehelltour.com/schedule, while the Summit National Modified schedule is available at http://www.modifiednationals.com/schedule.

*About Track Enterprises:*
Track Enterprises is a racing promotion company that oversees popular events that feature top touring series like the ARCA Racing Series, USAC Racing, Dirtcar UMP, POWRi Racing, All Star Circuit Of Champions, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, CRA, Southern Super Series, and more. The company also oversees all racing promotions at Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, visit www.trackenterprises.com, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises, or call the office at 217-764-3200.

Track Enterprises Releases 2017 Special Event Schedule ARCA, USAC, & UMP To Race At Many Top Venues

December 16th, 2016

Track Enterprises, a racing promotion company based in Macon, IL, has announced its 2017 special event schedule. The new slate includes the traditional stops for ARCA at the Illinois dirt miles, in addition to
Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and a third year visit to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Track Enterprises added a fifth ARCA event this season, as Elko, MN makes a return to the schedule. Other series that are part of this year’s events include the USAC Silver Crown Series and Sprint Cars, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the Southern Super Series, along with UMP Modifieds and Sportsman.

The first event of the season is a third year stop at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Saturday, April 8. This year, action will begin on Friday, April 7, for a two-day show with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models and Southern Super Series. With ARCA as well as two of the best touring Super Late Model tours in the country, this is a can’t miss event in a fun destination city.

Next up will be “The Week Of Indy”, a series of events promoted by Track Enterprises that were highly successful in 2016. It all begins on Wednesday, May 24 with the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute IN Action Track, featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds. On Thursday, May 25, the annual Hoosier Hundred for the USAC Silver Crown cars is on tap at Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Joining the Champ Cars will be the UMP Modifieds for a $2,000 to win special event. Wrapping up “The Week Of Indy” for TEI, will be the Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway, featuring the USAC Silver Crown cars.

Returning to the Track Enterprises schedule in 2017 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Elko Speedway in Elko New Market, MN. The event was a highly popular stop on the schedule a few years ago and makes a return after a two year hiatus. During the three visits, Brennan Poole, Frank Kimmel, and Grant Enfinger left with victories.

In early July, Track Enterprises’ officials turn their attention to three of the tracks that they promote on a weekly basis, Lincoln and Macon Speedways in Central Illinois as well as the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana. Newly added this year, is a stop for not only the Summer Nationals Hell Tour Late Models, but the World Of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models as well at the Terre Haute Action Track on Friday, June 30. On
Sunday, July 2, the Summer Nationals, will be thrilling fans at the Lincoln Speedway ¼-mile. The series will then visit Mighty Macon Speedway on Thursday, July 6 for the Herald & Review 100.

Leading up to the Brickyard 400 at IMS, Track Enterprises will be hosting a couple of shows in town with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars at Lucas Oil Raceway for the Rich Vogler Classic. That event will get the race weekend started on Thursday, July 20. The following night, fans will see the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as well as the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS at the same venue. The two day show will feature the top three series that visit Lucas Oil Raceway.

Arguably the biggest event on the Track Enterprises season takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20 at the Illinois State Fair. It’s the annual stop for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the USAC Silver Crown Series. Last year, rain washed out the USAC portion on Saturday but the ARCA cars were able to hit the track on Sunday to complete their exciting event. The UMP Sportsman are back on for another season of racing at the fair.

After running on Saturday and Sunday last year, the DuQuoin IL State Fair races have each been moved back to their regular days of Sunday and Monday, September 3 and 4. Joining ARCA will be the USAC Silver Crown cars and UMP Modifieds. Racing at the Magic Mile was phenomenal in all three classes in 2016.

Presale tickets will go on sale in the near future through the Track Enterprises office and online. Stay updated with Track Enterprises news and info at www.trackenterprises.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises.

About Track Enterprises:
Track Enterprises is a racing promotion company that oversees popular events that feature top touring series like the ARCA Racing Series, USAC Racing, Dirtcar UMP, POWRi Racing, All Star Circuit Of Champions, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, CRA, Southern Super Series, and more. The company also oversees all racing promotions at Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, visit www.trackenterprises.com, like the Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises, or call the office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway & Macon Speedway Set For June Double Header*

December 14th, 2016

INDIANAPOLIs- The All Star Circuit of Champions will take on a full slate of competition in 2017, complete with 51 events at 32 facilities in eight states, all of which taking shape between early February and mid-October. All Star competitors will visit facilities throughout much of the upper Midwest and Northeast during their upcoming travels, circling areas of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. As customary, the 2017 season will ignite with an eight-day campaign in the Sunshine State, complete with five events between February 9 and February 16 at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park. Two Central Illinois visits are also on tap.

Most importantly for fans in Central Illinois, not only will the series return to Lincoln Speedway in 2017, the winged sprints will also be at Macon Speedway the following night, making for a great back-to-back event. The Lincoln Speedway event will be on Friday, June 9, while Macon Speedway will host the series on Saturday, June 10. Each event will pay $5,000 to win and will draw some of the best open wheelers in the country.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say we are more than excited to get the 2017 season underway,” Tony Stewart said, All Star Circuit of Champions owner. “It takes a lot of hard work and coordination to put a full season together. With the help from all of the tracks and their officials, I think we have the foundation for an exciting year.”

Returning to the All Star schedule in 2017 is an extended list of premier open wheel events, most of which awarding high dollar paydays. Premier events returning in 2017 include Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket; the Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway; Atomic Speedway’s Open Wheel Championship; the Dirt Classic Ohio at Attica Raceway Park; the Second Annual Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway; Tuscarora 50 weekend in Port Royal, Pennsylvania; and a pair of Eldora Speedway showcases: 4-Crown Nationals and Sprintacular.

A total of four events will exceed the standard All Star winner’s share of $5,000 in 2017. The Pete Jacobs Memorial, Dirt Classic Ohio and the Open Wheel Championship finale will each award a $10,000 top prize, while Port Royal Speedway’s historic Tuscarora 50, celebrating its 50th anniversary next September, will award an unprecedented $50,000 after 50 laps of green flag competition; the largest All Star winner’s share of 2017.

The 2017 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket will feature eight nights of competition, competing at eight different race tracks throughout all four corners of the Buckeye State. Slated to take shape between Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 24, the 35th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek schedule will visit Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park, Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Muskingum County Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, and Atomic Speedway. If needed, the off day scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, will be utilized as a rain date. Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket went uninterrupted in 2016, awarding seven different main event winners in eight contested events.

Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, New York; and Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan, will each host All Star competition for the first time ever in 2017. The inaugural Angell Park Speedway appearance will act as the second of two Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Sprint Car Series challenge events against the All Star Circuit of Champions. Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, will activate the weekend on Saturday, May 20, followed by Angell Park on Sunday, May 21.

Outlaw Speedway will join Orange County Fair Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway for a New York triple-header on Friday through Sunday, July 28-July 30, while Merritt Speedway will act as the second of two Michigan appearances during the June 30-July 1 weekend; the only two Michigan appearances for the All Stars in 2017.

Pennsylvania will host the All Star Circuit of Champions on 16 separate occasions in 2017 spread amongst six different weekend swings. “America’s Series” will tread through areas of Western Pennsylvania and Central Pennsylvania during their treks to the Keystone State, attempting to continue a stretch of success in Pennsylvania that includes six main event victories for the All Stars in 2016. Major events headlined in Pennsylvania include the Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway, the I-79 Summer Shootout at Eriez Speedway/Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway/Tri-City Raceway Park, and the historic Tuscarora 50.

“We have a lot of great events lined up, as well as plans to visit new areas,” Tony said. “I think the fans are in for something very special in 2017. I’m excited to get to Florida.”

Stay tuned online, as well as on social media, for any schedule adjustments or changes. Those interested in purchasing tickets for any of the scheduled events should contact the hosting facility.

Additional All Star Series Info:

Those seeking additional information regarding the All Star Circuit of Champions should visit their official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.

About the All Star Circuit of Champions:

All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.

Series To Make Fourth Appearance At Macon IL Speedway

December 4th, 2016

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – widely acknowledged as the nation’s premier dirt late model tour – announced a record-breaking 2017 schedule, including a fourth visit to Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL

The ambitious 2017 schedule, which includes 54 events at 35 different venues across 22 states – begins with the February 10th-11th Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway, and concludes on October 20th-21st at Portsmouth Raceway Park for the 37th Annual Dirt Track World Championship, which is set to offer a $100,000 top prize for the third consecutive year.

The series will head to the mighty Macon IL Speedway on Saturday, April 29. It will mark the fourth visit in series history. Last year, the race was postponed on its April date to Tuesday, July 26. Amazingly, the makeup event drew the biggest crowd of the year and provided great racing throughout the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Two drivers have found victory lane over the first three visits: Bobby Pierce in 2014/2016 and Jimmy Owens in 2015.

The 2017 Lucas Oil schedule will feature 15 events that will pay $12,000-to-win, along with 11 crown jewel events that will pay $20,000-to-win (or more). The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction some of most prestigious dirt late model events of the season, including: Bad Boy 98 ($20,000-to-win); Lucas Oil Show-Me 100
($30,000-to-win); Clash at the Mag ($20,000-to-win); Silver Dollar Nationals ($53,000-to-win); Sunoco North/South 100 ($50,000-to-win); COMP Cams Topless 100 ($40,000-to-win); Hillbilly Hundred ($25,000-to-win);
Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals ($40,000-to-win); Jackson 100 ($20,000-to-win); Pittsburgher 100 ($20,000-to-win); and the season finale – Dirt Track World Championship ($100,000-to-win).

Four tracks on the 2017 schedule will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time, including: Port Royal (PA) Speedway on April 23rd, Luxemburg (WI) Speedway on May 19th, Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN on May 20th, and Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, SD on July 20th. In addition, Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN returns to the series docket for the first time since 2009 on March 30th, 2017.

“We are thrilled to release our 2017 schedule. We’re extremely honored to have such great relationships with our promoters, from all over the country, that have worked so diligently to help us get the schedule to
completion. We feel that we have the best show in dirt late model racing, and I can’t thank our promoters, our staff, drivers, car owners, sponsors, and of course, our great fans enough for their continued support. Lucas Oil Products has put together a great infrastructure for making the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series the best dirt late model national touring series in the country,” stated Rick Schwallie, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director.

2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule:

*Date* *Track* *Title* *Purse/Winner*

Feb 10
Golden Isles Speedway Brunswick, GA Super Bowl of Racing $10,000-
Feb 11
Golden Isles Speedway Brunswick, GA Super Bowl of Racing $12,000-
Feb 13
East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL 41st Annual Winternationals $5,000-
Feb 14
East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL 41st Annual Winternationals $5,000-
Feb 15
East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL 41st Annual Winternationals $7,000-
Feb 16
East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL 41st Annual Winternationals $7,000-
Feb 17
East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL 41st Annual Winternationals $10,000-
Feb 18 East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL 41st Annual Winternationals $12,000-
Feb 19
Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, FL Winter Nationals $10,000-
Mar 17
Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, OH Buckeye Spring 50 $10,000-
Mar 18
Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN 20th Annual Indiana Icebreaker $12,000-
Mar 30
Duck River Raceway Park Wheel, TN- $10,000-
Mar 31
Boyd’s Speedway inggold, GA $10,000-
Apr 1
East Alabama Motor Speedway Phenix City, AL 20th Annual Bama Bash $12,000-
Apr 7 – 8
Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR Bad Boy 98 $20,000-
Apr 21
Sharon Speedway Hartford, OH Steel Valley 50 $10,000-
Apr 22
Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD 36th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic $12,000-
Apr 23
Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA $10,000-
Apr 28L
Tri-City Speedway Granite City, IL Budweiser 50 $10,000-
Apr 29
Macon Speedway Macon, IL St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 $12,000-
May 5
Tazewell Speedway Tazewell, TN Toyota Knoxville 50 $10,000-
May 6
Florence Speedway Union, KY 31st Annual Ralph Latham Memorial $12,000-
May 18
LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, IL Spring Shootout $10,000-
May 19
Luxemburg Speedway Luxemburg, WI Spring Shootout $10,000-
May 20
Deer Creek Speedway Spring Valley, MN $12,000-
May 23
I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE Go 50 $10,000-
May 25
Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO 4th Annual Cowboy Classic $6,000-
May 26
Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO The Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson $6,000-
May 27
Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO 25th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 $30,000-
Jun 15 – 17
Magnolia Motor Speedway Columbus, MS Clash at the Mag $20,000-
Jul 1
Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH Independence 60 $12,000-
Jul 3
Muskingum County Speedway Zanesville, OH $12,000-
Jul 6
Fayetteville Motor Speedway Fayetteville, NC Dunn-Benson Ford Wayne Gray Memorial $10,000-
Jul 7
Cherokee Speedway Gaffney, SC 19th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial $10,000-
Jul 8
Smoky Mountain Speedway Maryville, TN Mountain Moonshine Classic $12,000-
Jul 14
Tri-City Speedway Granite City, IL NAPA Know How 50 $10,000-
Jul 15
Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO 11th Annual Diamond Nationals $12,000-
Jul 18
Brown County Speedway Aberdeen, SD Bullet SportsWear Shootout $10,000-
Jul 20 – 22
I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals $53,000-
Aug 10
Florence SpeedwayUnion, KY North/South Shootout $10,000-
Aug 11 – 12
Florence Speedway Union, KY 35th Annual Sunoco North/South 100 $50,000-
Aug 17 – 19
Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR 25th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 $40,000-
Aug 25
Ponderosa Speedway Junction City, KY 14th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial $10,000-
Aug 26
Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN Whiskey City 60 $12,000-
Sep 2
Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH River Days Rumble $12,000-
Sep 3
Tyler County Speedway Middlebourne, WV 49th Annual Hillbilly Hundred $25,000-
Sep 14
Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA 14th Annual Late Model Nationals $7,000-
Sep 15
Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA 14th Annual Late Model Nationals $7,000-
Sep 16
Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA 14th Annual Late Model Nationals $40,000-
Sep 22 – 23
Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN 38th Annual Jackson 100 $20,000-
Sep 30
Dixie Speedway Woodstock, GA Dixie Shootout $12,000-
Oct 1
Rome Speedway Rome, GA Rome Showdown $10,000-
Oct 6 – 7
Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Imperial, PA 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 $20,000-
Oct 20 – 21 Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH 37th Annual Dirt Track World Championship $100,000-

​Macon Speedway’s Big Ten Drivers Honored At Banquet

November 3rd, 2016

A large number of drivers and teams gathered at the Macon IL Community Center this past Sunday afternoon, October 30, for the annual season ending Halloween Awards Banquet for Macon IL Speedway competitors. Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Debbie and Larry from Debbie’s Diner with assistance from Bill Morris, Joe Murray, Jim Murray, Butch Snyder, and Pam Long. Drivers in each of Macon’s regular divisions as well as the Midwest Big Ten Series classes were honored.

In the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model class, Springfield, IL driver, Matt Taylor claimed a division leading, seven feature wins on his way to the championship. Matt’s brother, Guy, was second in the standings with five feature wins, while Roben Huffman, Jake Little, and Cody Maguire completed the top five. Nick Bauman, Kevin Crowder, Jeff Reed, Jr., Dakota Ewing, and Jose Parga completed the top ten in this year’s Macon Pro Late
Model points.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modified class produced exciting racing all season long and a barrage of great drivers. In the end, Taylorville, IL wheelman, Curt Rhodes, won his first Macon Modified championship, taking three feature wins. Jeff Graham claimed the second spot for the second year in-a-row, Alan Crowder was third, Zach Rhodes fourth, and Rodney Standerfer was fifth. Dave Crawley, Jr., Wade Glover, Shawn Vaughn, Cory Daugherty, and Jim Farley, III were the rest of the top ten.

Fans at Mighty Macon saw history this year in the UMP B-Mod class as Mt. Olive, IL driver, Tim Hancock, had a perfect season at 16 for 16. His closest challengers in the points were Ryan Timmons, Cody Stillwell, Tom Riech, and Tim Riech. Rounding out the top ten were Eric Brackett, Roy Magee, Jamie Riech, Tommy Gaither, and Brett Page.

In the UMP Sportsman class, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols won seven out of ten features to claim the championship. Danny Smith garnered second in the standings, while Scott Landers, Tom Graham, and Tim Bedinger completed the top five. Others in the top ten included Timmy Dick with two feature wins, Terry Myers, Dennis Vandermeersch, Scott Williams, and Troy Medley.

Decatur, IL driver, Nick Justice took nine feature wins on his way to grabbing the UMP Street Stock championship. Kyle Waters, Brian Dasenbrock, Luke Force, and Jeremy Nichols were the rest of the top five. Also to be honored at the banquet will be Terry Reed, John Bright, Jr., Nick Macklin, Greg Osman, and Kevin Lewis.

Rounding out the Macon divisions that were honored was the UMP Hornet class. The Hornets, an improved division this year, saw Tony Reed, of Blue Mound, IL take the championship with a pair of feature victories. Jerad Matherly was a close second, while Ryan Cantrell, Cook Crawford, and Torry Lyons claimed top fives. Others in the top ten were Marty Sullivan, Steve Stine, Adam Webb, Mike McChristy, and Brad Rexroad.

In the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Model standings, Springfield, IL driver Brian Diveley won yet another championship, despite going winless this season. Unable to overcome Diveley’s consistency and finishing a close second was Chuck Mitchell. Greg Kimmons, McKay Wenger, and Bo Brockway were the rest of the top five. Top ten finishers included Justin Reed, Matt Taylor, Mark Burgtorf, Daryn Klein, and Michael Kloos.

In the Pro Late Model class of the Big Ten Series, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor finished with four out of the ten victories and this year’s championship. Guy Taylor won three of the races and finished second, while Nick Bauman, Jake Little, and Roben Huffman were the rest of the top five. Cody Maguire, Andy Minett, Michael Maestus, Kevin Crowder, and Brandon Eskew will also be honored for their Big Ten finishes.

Last but not least was the very strong Midwest Big Ten Street Stock series. With seven feature wins, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols took the 2016 championship. Last year’s champ, Terry Reed, finished a strong second, while Dave Crawley, Jr. was third, despite late season mechanical woes. Kyle Waters and Rudy Zaragoza took fourth and fifth. Wes Biesenthal, Brian Dasenbrock, Shawn Ziemer, Justin Layne, and John Farris completed the top ten

At the end of the night, a costume contest was held for those in attendance. Taking the prizes for best costumes were a Dippin’ Dots and a Little Mini Huffman racer.

Macon Speedway officials would like to thank Terry Young and Hoosier Racing Tire for their sponsorship at the banquet. Special mentions go out as well to Kenny Dobson of Jacksonville Speedway and Quincy Raceway and Kenny Brown of Belle-Clair Speedway for their participation in the Big Ten Series. And, of course, thanks goes out to all of the racers, teams, owners, year-long sponsors, staff, fans, and anyone else who helped make the 71st season at Macon Speedway a great one.

For information during the winter on the 2016 season, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also
available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​​Macon Speedway & Midwest Big Ten Drivers To Be Honored October 30

October 23rd, 2016

After a strong 2016 season, Macon IL Speedway is set to honor its top ten drivers, in each of the six regular divisions, for their successes during the recent campaign. In addition, the top ten drivers in each of the three Midwest Big Ten Series groups will be able to pick up their trophies and checks. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the speedway office to RSVP so banquet officials can prepare the right amount of food.

In the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model class, Springfield, IL driver, Matt Taylor claimed a division leading, seven feature wins on his way to the championship. Matt’s brother, Guy, was second in the standings with five feature wins, while Roben Huffman, Jake Little, and Cody Maguire completed the top five. Nick Bauman, Kevin Crowder, Jeff Reed, Jr., Dakota Ewing, and Jose Parga completed the top ten in this year’s Macon Pro Late
Model points.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modified class produced exciting racing all season long and a barrage of great drivers. In the end, Taylorville, IL wheelman, Curt Rhodes, won his first Macon Modified championship, taking three feature wins. Jeff Graham claimed the second spot for the second year in-a-row, Alan Crowder was third, Zach Rhodes fourth, and Rodney Standerfer was fifth. Dave Crawley, Jr., Wade Glover, Shawn Vaughn, Cory Daugherty, and Jim Farley, III were the rest of the top ten.

Fans at Mighty Macon saw history this year in the UMP B-Mod class as Mt. Olive, IL driver, Tim Hancock, had a perfect season at 16 for 16. His closest challengers in the points were Ryan Timmons, Cody Stillwell, Tom Riech, and Tim Riech. Rounding out the top ten were Eric Brackett, Roy Magee, Jamie Riech, Tommy Gaither, and Brett Page.

In the UMP Sportsman class, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols won seven out of ten features to claim the championship. Danny Smith garnered second in the standings, while Scott Landers, Tom Graham, and Tim Bedinger completed the top five. Others in the top ten included Timmy Dick with two feature wins, Terry Myers, Dennis Vandermeersch, Scott Williams, and Troy Medley.

Decatur, IL driver, Nick Justice took nine feature wins on his way to grabbing the UMP Street Stock championship. Kyle Waters, Brian Dasenbrock, Luke Force, and Jeremy Nichols were the rest of the top five.
Also to be honored at the banquet will be Terry Reed, John Bright, Jr., Nick Macklin, Greg Osman, and Kevin Lewis.

Rounding out the Macon divisions that will be honored is the UMP Hornet class. The Hornets, an improved division this year, saw Tony Reed, of Blue Mound, IL take the championship with a pair of feature victories. Jerad Matherly was a close second, while Ryan Cantrell, Cook Crawford, and Torry Lyons claimed top fives. Others in the top ten were Marty Sullivan, Steve Stine, Adam Webb, Mike McChristy, and Brad Rexroad.

In the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Model standings, Springfield, IL driver Brian Diveley won yet another championship, despite going winless this season. Unable to overcome Diveley’s consistency and finishing a close second was Chuck Mitchell. Greg Kimmons, McKay Wenger, and Bo Brockway were the rest of the top five. Top ten finishers included Justin Reed, Matt Taylor, Mark Burgtorf, Daryn Klein, and Michael Kloos.

In the Pro Late Model class of the Big Ten Series, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor finished with four out of the ten victories and this year’s championship. Guy Taylor won three of the races and finished second, while Nick Bauman, Jake Little, and Roben Huffman were the rest of the top five. Cody Maguire, Andy Minett, Michael Maestus, Kevin Crowder, and Brandon Eskew will also be honored for their Big Ten finishes.

Last but not least was the very strong Midwest Big Ten Street Stock series. With seven feature wins, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols took the 2016 championship. Last year’s champ, Terry Reed, finished a strong second, while Dave Crawley, Jr. was third, despite late season mechanical woes. Kyle Waters and Rudy Zaragoza took fourth and fifth. Wes Biesenthal, Brian Dasenbrock, Shawn Ziemer, Justin Layne, and John Farris completed the top ten.

The Sunday, October 30 banquet will be held indoors this year, at the request of many attendees in the past. The location will be at the Macon Community Center at 1039 Woodcock Rd., Macon, IL. The cost will be $15 per person for adults and $5 for kids under the age of 12. All tickets will be purchased at the door but those who plan on attending need to call the Macon Speedway office at 217-764-3000 to RSVP. The event will start at 4:00 PM.

Season & Point Champs Crowned At Macon IL Speedway

October 2nd, 2016

The 2016-season is a wrap at Macon IL Speedway, after the Season Championship Finale this past Saturday, October 1. The six division show was made up of the classes that ran the most during the past year. In addition to the on track action, “Give Back To Fans Night” was held, providing numerous giveaways at intermission.

In the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor took accolades in everything, winning the feature event, the Macon point championship, and the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model championship. Taylor crossed the line at the end of the event ahead of his brother, Guy, Roben Huffman, Nick Bauman, and Jake Little. Dakota Ewing, a feature winner earlier this season, was in the mix before cutting down a tire.

Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr. took advantage of a nice redraw in the Billingsley Towing Modified division to start from the front row in the 20-lap event. Crawley took the lead from the start, as point
leader and three time feature winner, Curt Rhodes was dicing his way toward the front. By the end, Rhodes had made his way into second, while Jacob Steinkoenig moved into third, Alan Crowder fourth, and Matt Koch rounded
out the top five. For Crawley, it was his first Modified appearance in some time and it was a dominating effort. Rhodes took his first Macon championship in the division.

The biggest field of the night came in the UMP B-Mod division, where Tim Hancock was looking to remain perfect at 16-for-16. Despite a draw which put him deep in his heat, Hancock raced through that field to give him a front row starting spot in the feature. After the field of 20 was set, eliminating five drivers who didn’t lock in through heats or the
last chance, Hancock brought the field to the green and raced out front.
Fans were watching closely, though, as Mark Anderson had his #31 hooked up and was applying pressure for the top spot. Unfortunately for Anderson, a flat tire would take him out of contention. At the checkered, Hancock was followed to the race win as well as the division championship. Clint Young finished a strong second with Cody Stillwell, Ryan Timmons, and Tim Hancock, Jr. completing the top five.

The UMP Sportsman feature saw a different winner for the first time in a few months. Coming into the night, only Timmy Dick and Jeremy Nichols had found victory lane. On this night, it was Springfield, IL’s Dennis Vandermeersch racing into the early lead and setting sail from the field. A scary moment for the veteran came near the race’s midstage when Vandermeersch got sideways out of turn two, came down the track and collected the J24 of Nichols. Both drivers were able to continue and Vandermeersch went on to claim the win. Tim Bedinger, Scott Landers, Wes O’Dell, and Scott Williams were top five finishers. Nichols claimed the Sportsman championship.

Macon Street Stock point leader, Nick Justice, took the lead at the start of the night’s feature and looked like he was on his way to a tenth feature win. However, his car slowed with three laps to go ending his chance for the sweep of the track and season championship trophies. Jeremy Nichols, who won in both his Street and Sportsman last week, claimed the Street Stock victory while Darrell Dick rallied from a tire change to finish second. Rudy Zaragoza was third with Ben Medaris fourth, and Timmy Dick fifth. Decatur’s Justice claimed the point championship.

In the Hornet division, Jerad Matherly and Tony Reed were the top contenders in points coming into the night. Neither started in the heats and waited until the feature to go trackside. Despite starting at the back, Matherly was dicing his way to the front under green flag conditions. Matherly took the lead late in the race to claim the Season Championship trophy cup, while Tony Reed held on for the point championship.

Several brand new bikes and plenty of giveaways for adults including gift cards were given away at intermission for the Macon give back to fans night. Spectator Drags were also held at intermission.

With that, the 2016 season has come to a close at the speedway. Up next will be the season ending awards ceremony which will take place on Sunday, October 30 with details on location and times to be announced in the coming days. Macon Speedway would like to thank all fans, drivers, sponsors, officials, teams, and anyone else who helped make the season a great success.

For more information during the offseason, visit www.maconracing.com

Nichols Takes Double Checkers at Macon Speedway

September 27th, 2016

(Macon, IL) Jeremy Nichols has been racing at Macon Speedway for a long time. He’s raced nearly every class the track has offered and he’s won his fair share of championship, as well. On the week before the finale, Nichols once again graced victory lane not once, but twice. Beginning in the fourth position (second row inside) in the Sportsman division, Nichols manuevered for the lead early in the 15-lap A-Main event and took off for a comfortable lead. In the Big Ten Series Street Stock race, a 20-lapper, Nichols started second position (first row outside) and dashed away from Nick Macklin and Nick Justice for the win. The victory clinched the Big Ten Series Championship for Nichols, which takes the eight-of-the-best-ten finishes among drivers. Darrell Dick started tenth and managed to finish second with a strong run.

Curt Rhodes is going to be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds track champion for 2016 and got the party started with a late-lap pass of his son Zach for the checkered flag. Running second to Zach, Curt wasn’t about to run blocker to just let his son get the victory. He was going to make him earn it but the elder Rhodes got to the top side while the younger Rhodes stayed on the bottom and made the pass.

Tim Hancock remains undefeated in the B-Modifieds class. He has won all 15 15-lap features in the 2016 season. One week remains to determine whether Hancock can run a perfect season.

Aaron Andruskevitch had a strong run in the Beach House Micro Sprints class. Winning his heat race and starting in the first row, Andruskevitch made quick work of the 13-car field and once again found the winner’s circle.

Tyler Vantoll took the checkered flag in the POWRi/Illini Division II Midgets. Vantoll has run second many times but has yet to taste victory at Macon Speedway but that lack of success ended Saturday night as the Belleville driver finally came through.

In the finale of the night, the Hornet World Championship race, Adam Webb of Decatur took the lead from Ricky Carriker on the 11th lap to take the 20-lap win and big six-foot-tall trophy.Carriker, of Wood River, started on the pole and Webb started in the second row but caught up quickly to close in on the leader.

Five Buck Night Coming Up Saturday Night At Macon IL Speedway

September 23rd, 2016

Macon IL-Speedway Introduces Five Buck Night This Coming Saturday $5 Grandstand Admission, $5 Concession Deals, & Great Racing*

This coming Saturday night, September 24, Macon IL Speedway will be welcoming fans from all over with a special fan appreciation night, offering $5 grandstand admission, a $5 concession combo, and a special on beer. The night will be action packed with seven divisions of racing on the card, racing for important points on the next to last night of the season at the 1/5-mile speedplant.

The Five Buck Night is a spinoff of the $5 night held at Lincoln Speedway on the final night of their racing season. On that night, the biggest crowd of the year was in attendance in addition to a huge car count for the track. This Saturday should feature much of the same, as car counts and racing at Macon has been very good in recent weeks and this weekend marks the final weekend of accumulating UMP national points.

Headlining this week’s events will be the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks in event #9 of the season. So far this season, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols leads the Big Ten points by 26 over Decatur’s Terry Reed. Reed, however, has missed one event and things will level out once two events are dropped for each driver at the completion of the ten event schedule. Dave Crawley, Jr., Kyle Waters, and Rudy Zaragoza are currently
in the top five. Big Ten winners this year include Crawley, who won the first two at Lincoln and Macon, Nichols who won the next four at Jacksonville, Christian County Fair, Macon, and Lincoln, and Crawley who got back into victory lane on September 10th in the John Osman Memorial. The Street Stock show will be part of a doubleheader weekend, as they compete in an event at Jacksonville on Friday night.

Co-headlining Saturday will be the UMP Hornets. This week’s event will feature the much anticipated Hornet World Championships. Not the Macon championship, not the Macon County or Illinois championship, not even the United States championship. We are talking World Championship. The event will feature extra purse money as well as a huge trophy for the champion. Sizable fifth and tenth place trophies will also be handed out. Among the favorites will be point leader Tony Reed, runner-up Jerad Matherly, as well as Ryan Cantrell, who claimed Saturday’s feature win. Cook Crawford and Torry Lyons complete the top five in points. Macon part-timers Jeremy Reed and Adam Webb are also expected to be in the mix.

The Billingsley Towing Modified division has been producing some great races as of late, as well. Over the last few weeks, the car count has been in the 18-20 range with some stout Modified competitors traveling to race at the bullring. Taylorville, IL driver Curt Rhodes, has pretty well locked up the Macon Speedway championship, leading by 114 over last year’s runner-up, Jeff Graham. Alan Crowder is a solid third, while
Rodney Standerfer and Zach Rhodes complete the top five. Last week, Kenny Wallace battled to get by Brian Lynn and claimed the feature win in a race that went flag-to-flag.

$350 in bonus money is available this week in the UMP B-Mod division at the track, by way of the bounty put on Tim Hancock, the division point leader. Hancock has won an unbelievable 14 out of 14 features this year. This will be the seventh feature where a bounty has been available but no one has stepped up to claim it. Some have been close, in fact, last week saw a few drivers capable of grabbing the money. Hancock, the Mt. Olive, IL driver, has two more weeks to try to cap off a perfect season. Ryan Timmons is second in the standings, with Cody Stillwell, Tom Riech, and Tim Riech rounding out the top five.

Adding a large amount to the car count will be the excitable POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, as they make their final Macon appearance of the year. The D-II’s have put on some stellar shows throughout the Midwest this year, racing mainly at Lincoln, Macon, and Jacksonville Speedways. Champaign, IL driver Patrick Bruns leads the standings by 150 over Tyler Vantoll. Bruns has won ten out of the 23 features in 2016. A full field is expected this weekend, as the series hasn’t run since September 2 at Lincoln.

A late addition to this week’s program was the Beach House Micros. The 600cc Winged Outlaw division, has run several times at Macon this season and due to a strong car count and great racing last Saturday, the division was added to the September 24th event. In the non-sanctioned events at the track, Garrett Duff, Tyler Day, Jeremy Camp, and Tyler Vantoll have claimed victories.

Rounding out Saturday night’s stacked card will be the UMP Sportsman. The class, which had a solid turnout a couple weeks ago, will be on the schedule for the final two weeks of the 2016 season. Jeremy Nichols has won six of the eight races with Timmy Dick claiming the other two victories. Danny Smith, Tom Graham, Scott Landers, and Tim Bedinger follow Nichols in the overall standings.

Pit gates will open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting will be 5:45, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

*Macon Speedway Remaining Schedule*
Saturday, September 24 – Five Buck Night!! $5 Grandstand Admission/$5 Concession Specials

Seven Division Show/CEFCU Kid’s Club/Hornet World Championships Saturday, October 1 – Season Championship Finale/Six Division Show

Taylor Takes Big Ten Series Finale At Macon Speedway

September 19th, 2016

(Macon, IL) Ten races. Three tracks. One division. The Pro Late Model class at Macon Speedway has been through plenty in 2016 between races at Lincoln Speedway, Jacksonville Speedway and Macon Speedway and Matt Taylor has been there to finish first or close to the top nearly every race. In the finale of the ten-race circuit, Taylor took away the checkered flag from Roben Huffman right at the judge’s stand in front of flagman Joey Webb.

Huffman led all 19 laps and looked as though he was poised for his first checkered flag of 2016 at Macon Speedway. Taylor was up to the challenge and stayed as close as possible until the final lap. Coming from the fourth turn to the checkered flag, Huffman got too close to the wall and was slowed down as Taylor made the pass for the win. Nick Bauman stayed third during the race but was right there at the finish with the top two drivers.

Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace made the trip to the track for the fourth time this season and came away with the checkered flag, besting 17 other drivers in the Billingsley Towing Modified class. Brian Lynn was
close to Wallace throughout the majority of the early stretch but as the race grew longer with consistent green flag laps, Wallace pulled away and won easily. Wallace will be part of national television Sunday as NASCAR will be at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet and he plans to showcase his Macon Speedway feature winning trophy on the pre-race desk.

Tim Hancock stayed undefeated in the B-Modified class as he has now won 14-in-a-row and remains the only driver to win in this class during the 2016 season. He has found new competition in Tommy Seets and Chad Naylor, who finished second and third, respectively, but much like the Macon Speedway regulars, they all saw the rear of Hancock’s car.

Nick Justice looked good once again in the Street Stock feature as he grabbed hold of the checkered flag. Nick Macklin was close to stealing the win from Justice but ran out of time in the 15-lap feature event.

Tyler Day of Atwood took home top honors in the Beach House Micro Sprint feature race.

Ryan Cantrell finished off the night with his first checkered flag in the Hornet feature. The race appeared to be Tony Reed’s to win but Cantrell got locked in at the bottom of the track and Steven Stine made a strong push
for the lead but Cantrell had just enough edge out Stine for the victory.

The evening started with a driver/fan meet & greet on the track before the racing took place. Drivers brought their machines onto the track and fans were allowed to interact and take pictures with their favorite drivers and make some new friends before the dirt started slinging.

Two weeks remain in the 2016 season at Macon Speedway and the Hornet Championship race is next as part of Five Buck Night at the track. General admission is a mere $5 plus you can get a burger, chips and drink for just
$5 and two beers can be purchased for $5, too. On the racing program will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, Division II Midgets and the Hornets.

Macon IL Speedway Down To Final Three Nights

September 15th, 2016

After a record setting night on September 10th, the cars and stars of Macon IL Speedway will be back in action this coming Saturday, September 17th for another action packed evening presented by Budweiser and Skeff Distributing. On tap will be six divisions of racing with a Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model point event, NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace and all the Macon Modified stars, and a special pre-race meet and greet autograph session held on the racetrack for all fans in attendance.

This Saturday’s event will look to carry the momentum of the impressive second running of the John Osman Memorial last Saturday. A huge field of 40 Street Stocks put on a great show in addition to large fields in the other classes. In all, 114 cars were pitside making it one of the best car counts for the track in recent memory. Action on track did not disappoint, keeping fans on the edge of their seats all night long.

The September 17th program will start with a special on track autograph session, giving fans a chance to meet their favorite drivers, chat, take some photos, grab some autographs, and see the cars up close and in person. The session will be right after qualifying and before racing begins, starting around 6:45. In addition to all of the Macon Speedway stars, NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace will be on track signing before he takes to the track with his Modified.

Headlining the racing program will be the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models. So far, seven events have been held for the tour. Leading the standings is Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor, who has claimed two wins, one at Macon and the other at Jacksonville. Springfield’s Jake Little is second, just 18 points behind, despite not winning a Big Ten race this year. Nick Bauman is third in the points, claiming wins at Lincoln and Macon. Cody Maguire and Roben Huffman complete the top five in standings. Guy Taylor has won two events and Brian Lynn claimed the other, but find themselves out of the top five in points.

Taylorville, IL driver Curt Rhodes comes into Saturday’s event leading the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified standings by 108 over Stonington’s Jeff Graham. Rhodes has had a great season in 2016, not only at Macon but at Lincoln Speedway as well. Following the two-time 2016 feature winner is Graham who is looking for his first win of the season. Graham finished up in the runner-up spot in the standings one year ago to Rodney Standerfer, who is third in points this year. Alan Crowder and Zach Rhodes round out the top five.

This week, an extra $300 is on the line in the UMP B-Mod division at the track. The bonus money is the bounty that is on the Tim Hancock #0. The Mt. Olive, IL driver has won all 13 features this season and leads the points by 142 over Ryan Timmons. Timmons, ironically, had mechanical issues last week and reports are that he will be driving the Hancock team car this Saturday night. Saturday’s feature will be the sixth since the bounty was enacted on Hancock. To be claimed, a driver must beat Hancock and Hancock must finish the feature. Cody Stillwell, Tom Riech, and Tim Riech round out the top five in points.

Back in action this Saturday will be the Beach House Outlaw Winged Micros. Counting the POWRi events, the division has run at the 1/5-mile seven times this season. In the non-POWRi events, Garrett Duff, Jeremy Camp, and Tyler Vantoll have taken the wins. Duff has been most consistent taking a pair of seconds and a first. The Micros put on great shows at Macon Speedway, a track that is about perfect for them.

Rounding out the classes will be the UMP Street Stocks and UMP Hornets. The Street Stocks put on an outstanding show for the $2,000 top prize last Saturday for the Osman Memorial and great battles are the norm at the Macon weekly shows as well. Same can be said for the Hornets, as the car count has been up in 2016 at not only Macon but Lincoln as well. The class has been a little on the rough side at time but has put on numerous great shows as well.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting is set for 5:45, and hotlaps will begin at 6:00. The on track autograph session is scheduled for 6:45 with racing action to follow. Grandstand admission is just $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

*Macon Speedway Remaining Schedule*
* Saturday, September 17* – Six Division Show Plus Driver Meet And Greet/Autographs
* Saturday, September 24* – Five Buck Night!! $5 Grandstand Admission/$5 Concession Specials/Six Division Show/CEFCU Kid’s Club/Hornet World Championship

Crawley Takes Osman Memorial

September 12th, 2016

(Macon, IL) It wasn’t easy but Dave Crawley, Jr. won the 2nd John Osman Memorial at Macon Speedway Saturday night. With 40 Street Stock competitors signed in, Crawley placed first in his heat race, scored second in the Dash for Cash, which set up the first five positions of the 47-lap feature attraction, and led all but two laps in the A-Main. Last year’s winner Andrew Funk was up to the challenge to de-thrown Crawley as the winner and made Crawley work as perfectly as possible around the track but Funk took advantage of lapped traffic in the way to take the lead on lap 42. His lead would be short-lived, and by the waving of the green flag signaling two laps remaining, Crawley was back in front. The race was a long one, needing 37 minutes to complete the 47 laps. There were also 12 caution flags during the proceedings. Three different states were represented with drivers as Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky each had at least one driver compete. Mike Clark of Maryville, Ind., was awarded the Hard Charger award as he finished sixth after starting 18th.

Tommy Seets made it to the winner’s circle in his first Macon Speedway feature of 2016, besting Ray Bollinger and Rodney Standerfer.Seets started in the second row but managed to blow past the lead row early and hold on for the win.

Jeremy Nichols returned to victory lane in the Sportsman division after taking the 2016 Sportsman Nationals event in Springfield during the Illinois State Fair. Nichols is the current points leader in the Sportsman class.

Tim Hancock remained unstoppable in the B-Modified group with his 13th consecutive win and remains the only B-Modified driver to win a feature at Macon Speedway in 2016.

Dakota Ewing made his mark on the night with a Pro Late Model feature win. Ewing, son of multi-time Street Stock driver Steve Ewing, has had a rough patch lately in the end of the season but made the most of his opportunity in the front row and dashed away to the checkered flag, his first at Macon Speedway this season.

Jared Matherly finished off the night with a checkered flag in the Hornets division. The win was his fourth at Macon Speedway this season.

​Macon Speedway Street Stocks Set For 2nd Annual John Osman Memorial* $2,000 On The Line For Race Winner

September 9th, 2016

Only four events now remain on the Macon IL Speedway schedule and the UMP Street Stocks have a big one is this coming Saturday, September 10. It will be the 2nd Annual John Osman Memorial, paying a $2,000 top prize to the winner, while the event pays $100 to start. Five other divisions will also pace the high banked 1/5-mile.

John Osman, a long-time car owner and overall race enthusiast, passed away last season and the inaugural John Osman Memorial was run on September 12 of 2015. Osman was still the car owner and car chief for his son Greg’s #25. Greg Osman, who is a regular competitor in the UMP Street Stock division at Macon Speedway and with the Midwest Big Ten Series, decided to put together a race to honor his dad for all that he has done for racing.

Last year, Andrew Funk claimed the win over an outstanding field of cars of 31 cars. This season, 40 drivers have preregistered for the event. While there will be a few of those competitors who may not be able to make for one reason or another, several others will likely show up who aren’t on the list.

The payout is quite large for the event, paying $2,000 to win and $100 to start. Drivers will have qualifying, heats, and a last chance race to set the starting field. The fast qualifying and dash winner will receive $100 bonuses.

In addition to the Street Stocks, the UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Hornets, UMP B-Mods, and UMP Sportsman are on the schedule. Street Stock tech will begin at 3:15, pit gate sales will start at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting will be at 5:45, hotlaps begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Admission prices are $12 for adults and free for children 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Unzicker Back in Macon Speedway Victory Lane

August 31st, 2016

(Macon, IL) Ryan Unzicker appeared at Macon Speedway and took the special 30-lap feature race in the Super Late Model Big Ten Series event. The win at Macon was his first since winning the Herald & Review 100 in 2015. 26 Late Models signed into the program and dazzled the crowd with a spectacular feature event which saw Unzicker take the victory but Matt Taylor, who started tenth, ended up second when the final lap was finished.

Long time coming for Oreana’s Kyle Waters as he found his first Macon Speedway checkered flag in the Street Stock feature event. Usually finishing second or third in the feature behind the likes of Nick Justice and others, Waters was able to have lady luck on his side. Justice fell out of the race four laps in and drivers continued to have mechanical woes or flat tires to end their nights but Waters had just enough left to finish
off the race and take the win. It was his second career checkered flag with the first coming at Lincoln Speedway in early May.

Jay Ledford appeared at Macon Speedway for the first time in 2016 and left a lasting impression. He received the best draw during the six-driver frisbee formation re-draw and placed him on the front row inside position.
From then on, he was in the lead. A close race with Cory Daugherty made things interesting but Daughtery would leave with steering troubles and Ledford would coast to the checkered flag.

Tim Hancock remains untouchable in the B-Modified division as he sealed his 13th feature win in as many chances Saturday night.Cody Stillwell took second but was far from making it a close race. Thanks to an opening lap flip with front row driver Patrick Bruns, Andy Malpocker got the chance to start in the front row on the restart and battled Tyler Vantoll to the finish. A slide job attempt by Vantoll looked like it may yield him with the top spot but it wasn’t to be as the move didn’t hold and Malpocker got the victory.

Jeremy Reed started in the tail of the Hornet feature and outdueled Adam Webb to the checkered flag in the 15-lap Hornet race. Also on the schedule for the first time in 2016 was the KidModz. Ron Hamilton was the fastest one to the finish.

Big Ten Super Late Models Set For Macon Speedway Saturday

August 27th, 2016

The Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models are set for their final appearance of the season at Macon Speedway, this coming Saturday, August 27. The division, a fan favorite at the track, will be joined by six other divisions plus fun activities for kids, making it an action packed night.

Coming into the race, Brian Diveley is the current point leader in the Midwest Big Ten Series Super Late Model standings. Diveley, last year’s champion, has yet to win a race on the tour but has had consistent finishes which gives him a 38 point lead over Greg Kimmons. Chuck Mitchell, McKay Wenger, and Bo Brockway complete the top five in series points. Seven events have been run so far this season. Saturday’s race will pay $1,500 to win and $150 to start. A $100 bonus to the top Pro Late Model finisher will also be on the line and the Pros have had some pretty good runs against the Supers at Macon this year.

When it comes to open wheel cars, Taylorville, IL driver Curt Rhodes leads the Billingsley Towing Modified division by a healthy margin over Rodney Standerfer, who was last year’s champion. Jeff Graham, Zach Rhodes, and Alan Crowder complete the top five in points. In B-Mod action, Mt. Olive, IL driver Tim Hancock will be on hand looking to keep his unbeaten streak alive. Meanwhile, the bounty is still alive and now at $200 for the driver who can get the win, with Hancock still on track. Champaign, IL driver Patrick Bruns sits atop the POWRi/Illini Lucas Oil D-II Midget standings, as they’ll be making another Macon appearance, in addition to the only visit of the year from the KidModz.

When it comes to the other stock car divisions, Decatur, IL driver Nick Justice has had a banner season and leads the Street Stock points by 80 over Kyle Waters. Brian Dasenbrock, Luke Force, and Terry Reed complete the top five. Rounding out Saturday’s classes is the front wheel drive Hornets. Tony Reed sits first but by only 32 over Jerad Matherly. The two Macon County drivers are followed by Cook Crawford, Ryan Cantrell, and Torry Lyons.

Saturday night will feature CEFCU Kid’s Club which will have fun activities for kids located near the pavilion. It is also Scout night at the track, where all scouts and parents will be admitted free in uniform and a pinewood derby will be held in the pavilion at 4:00, with trophies going to the top four.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting at 5:45, competitor pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 & under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway Battles Rain For Rich Camfield Memorial

August 22nd, 2016

Despite a moderate rainfall that hit right before the scheduled practice time of 6:00, officials and teams worked diligently to dry the track for the 1st annual Rich Camfield Memorial. Five divisions of action were on hand, with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets headlining the event brought to the fans in part by the Chevrolet Hall Of Fame Museum.

In the UMP Midwest Big Ten Street Stock feature, Jeremy Nichols overcame a first lap crash to win yet another feature. Nichols, while maneuvering turn three on the first lap, spun sideways, collecting a number of drivers. While the damage looked to be pretty severe, Nichols was able to continue and hold off the strong Terry Reed. The Lovington, IL driver was followed by Reed, Nick Justice, Ruzy Zaragoza, and Shawn Ziemer in the top five.

In the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget A-Main, 22-drivers lined up for the Rich Camfield Memorial feature event. Justin Peck, in the white and black #5x, jumped out into the lead with Spencer Bayston and Jake Neuman in tow. The first nine laps of the race went caution free before a turn four melee brought out flagman Joey Webb’s yellow. Back to green, Tanner Thorson, took over the second spot and just a few laps later set his sights on Peck. Coming from a sixth place starting spot, Thorson took the lead on lap 15, just in time to collect the Phil Sargent ½ way bonus. Over the last half of the race, Thorson put on a clinic, dicing through lap traffic high and low while building a huge lead. When the checkered fell, Thorson claimed the victory by over five seconds. Following the Minden, NV driver was Bayston, Zach Daum, Carson Macedo, and Justin Peck.

23 Speedway Motors Micros took the green in their 20-lap feature event. Slater Helt raced into the lead at the green with Tony Clifton falling in line behind him. On lap 14, Helt’s lead came to a halt as Andy Bishop had run him down and cruised by to the inside. Micro point leader, Nathan Benson was close behind, though, following Helt into second. With four laps to go, Benson got his chance as a caution waved and lined the field nose-to-tail. With the green back out after a few failed restarts and pileups, Benson snuck under Bishop to claim the win. Following the Concordia, MO driver, was Bishop, Helt, Jeremy Camp, and Garrett Duff.

Next on track was the 20-lap UMP Pro Late Model feature. After the redraw, Nick Bauman and Matt Taylor had front row starting spots. At the drop of the green, it was Springfield’s Taylor taking the lead. Bauman, who had some sort of mechanical issue, pulled off the track in the early going. At that point, Jose Parga and Guy Taylor started a spirited battle for the second spot. As Taylor closed the door coming off of four, Parga made contact with the rear end of the 4T machine in a battle for real estate. After some more trading paint, Parga’s right front suspension broke, causing him to slow on the frontstretch, collecting the #32 of Cody Maguire. As the race wound down, no one had anything for the #24 of Matt Taylor, collecting yet another feature win.

The last event of the night was the UMP Hornet feature event. Tony Reed started in the second spot and shot into the early lead as polesitter Ryan Cantrell had mechanical issues and blocked vision from his hood flying up. Jeremy Reed, seventh place starter, wasted no time in getting to the front to battle for the win. Lap-after-lap, the two battled neck and neck looking for the Mighty Macon trophy. At the checkered, Jeremy Reed was able to garner the victory, while Tony Reed, Adam Webb, Jacob Wilkinson, and Torry Lyons completed the top five.

Next up for the Track Enterprises crew, will be the Sunday, August 21 SuperChevyStores.com 100 presented by Jive for the ARCA Racing Series at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The ARCA practice will begin at 9:00 AM with Sportsman on track at 10:00 AM for group practice and qualifying, ARCA qualifying is at 11:15 AM, the Sportsman National feature is at 12:00, and the SuperChevyStores.com 100 will take the green at 1:35 PM. For more info, visit www.trackenterprises.com.

Later in the week, the crew heads to Lincoln Speedway for the $5,000 to win Summer Nationals makeup for the Super Late Models. The event will be this coming Thursday, August 25 with Modifieds and B-Mods also in action. More info at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.

For Macon Speedway, the next event is next Saturday, August 27, as the Big Ten Super Late Models make a scheduled visit. Full info at www.maconracing.com.

POWRi Flying In To Lincoln Speedway And Macon Speedway This Weekend

August 21st, 2016

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets are set for the traditional doubleheader of racing, this coming Friday and Saturday, August 19/20. Fans will be flocking to Lincoln Speedway on Friday night and Macon Speedway on Saturday night, many of which will make it a full weekend of racing by also attending the Illinois State Fair events in Springfield on Saturday and Sunday.

Craziness will begin on Friday night at the friendly confines of Lincoln IL Speedway at the Logan County Fairgrounds. There, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, POWRi Speedway Motors Micros, UMP Pro Late Models, and UMP Modifieds will be pacing the 1/4-mile semi banked dirt oval.

The “Night Before The Illinois State Fair” midget race will see Zach Daum coming to town with a 490 point lead over Tanner Thorson in Midget competition. Spencer Bayston is currently third with his two victories, just 60 points behind Thorson. Justin Peck is fourth with Jake Neuman in fifth. Thorson will be looking for the sweep of Lincoln events this year, claiming the Midget week event in June after pitting to change a flat tire.

In POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Micro competition, Nathan Benson will lead the field of competitors into town by 560 points. In second is Shelby Bosie with Jeremy Camp in third, Joe B. Miller fourth, and Alec Long fifth. At the June event, Blue Mound, IL driver, Jeremy Camp was victorious and will again be one of the favorites.

At Macon Speedway Saturday night, the POWRi Lucas Oil Midgets will be running in the “Rich Camfield Memorial”. Camfield, of nearby Decatur, was an ardent supporter of midget racing not only throughout the Midwest, but nationwide. Driving the #87 midget, Camfield was the 2001 Midwest Auto Racing Association (MARA) Champion and a frequent participant of the annual Chili Bowl Nationals. A stone’s throw away from Rich’s hometown, it was only fitting for Macon Speedway to be the track for the Annual Rich Camfield Memorial.

When it comes to Macon, there have been three different winners in the three national midget events this season. On April 23, Carl Juncton, MO driver, Andrew Felker, took the win followed by Tucker Klaasmeyer and Austin Brown. On May 21, it was Spencer Bayston in victory lane with Justin Peck and Colten Cottle taking podium spots. The most recent POWRi event at the Central Illinois facility was during SPEEDWEEK on June 11. On that night, Leemoore, CA driver Carson Macedo tasted victory, while Thorson and defending point champion, Darren Hagen scored second and third. Mother Nature claimed the July 2 event that was scheduled at the 1/5-mile.

In POWRi Speedway Motors Micro events at Macon this season, Frank Galusha of Lincoln, Nebraska took the checkered flag on April 23 with Matthew Howard and Nick Howard in tow. On May 21, the local, Jeremy Camp took the trophy back to Blue Mound, IL, while Benson and Levi Curry finished with podium spots. The most recent race was during SPEEDWEEK on June 11 where Nick Howard finished in victory lane with Camp and Evan Weyant second and third. Much like the national midgets, the micros also have not had a repeat winner.

Both tracks will feature a dabble of local flavor with the stock car classes as well. At Lincoln Speedway on Friday night, the very strong field of UMP Pro Late Models will be on hand racing for the top prize and important UMP points. Jake Little, of Springfield, is currently the top point collector at the track, despite not winning a feature. Roben Huffman, Brandon Eskew, Nick Bauman, and Matt Taylor complete the top five. Springfield’s Guy Taylor may be the one to watch, though, claiming the last couple checkered flags at the track.

The Pro Late Models will also run at Macon Speedway on Saturday night, in fact, it has been announced that some bonus money is on the line. The top three combined point collectors this Friday and Saturday night will receive bonuses of $300-$200-$100. It has also been announced that start money for the class has been raised to $100 to start this Friday and Saturday. At Macon Speedway, Matt Taylor has won four features and leads the standings by 42 over Roben Huffman. Jake Little, Guy Taylor, and Cody Maguire complete the top five.

Other divisions running this weekend are the UMP Modifieds at Lincoln Speedway and the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks and UMP Hornets at Macon Speedway. Both nights will be action packed and a great sideshow for the big Illinois State Fair races that are on tap for the USAC Silver Crown Series, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and the UMP Sportsman. And many fans are excited for the UMP/MARS Super Late Model $5,000 to win race that will occur the following Thursday, August 25 at Lincoln Speedway. It is a makeup for the rainout in July.

Friday and Saturday details at Lincoln and Macon have pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action at 7:00. Each night will see the price of a grandstand ticket at just $15.

For more information on the track, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Illinois State Fair race information can be obtained by checking out www.trackenterprises.com or by calling 217-764-3200.

Good Racing, Fireworks, & Carnage Story Of Macon IL Speedway’s Eve Of Destruction

August 17th, 2016

(Macon, IL) History Channel’s program American Daredevils was on hand Saturday night with the crazy Mr. Dizzy and Scarecrow. He wowed a packed house with his activities, mayhem, destruction and stunts. There was also
some destruction involving stock cars, too. Many were mangled and beat up by the night’s end but with those scars were memories of great racing action.

Nick Justice was on the gas pedal for the win in the Street Stock division as he faced his toughest challenge in weeks with Terry Reed. Reed, a former champion, stuck to the bottom with Justice but was not enough for the
winner as Justice had a little more under the hood on the straightaways.

Matt Taylor won the Pro Late Models 20-lap feature attraction as his brother Guy Taylor inched closer to him during the closing laps but just couldn’t get enough on the top of the track to come up with the lead.

Tim Hancock has been amazing in the 2016 season as he took the checkered flag for the 11th straight time in the B-Modified class. He has been untouchable in this class and continued his win streak. Not only did he win
in the B-Modified class, he entered in the Billingsley Towing A-Modified class as well and took second place. It was the second time this season Hancock has entered both classes and ended with a top five finish in each
race.

In the Billingsley Towing Modified class, besting Tim Hancock was Cory Daugherty. He was so pleased with the feature win and the top prize. “This makes up for me buying golf clubs yesterday,” said Daugherty in victory
lane.

Garrett Duff made short work of the Beach House Micro Sprint feature, leading wire-to-wire in a cautionless race.

The final race of the night was the most unpredictable as Jerad Matherly, who did not start in his heat race with a broken car, started at the tail, worked his way forward and ended up holding the checkered flag at the end of the night. Steven Stine had a strong hold on the lead but Matherly’s car was just took quick on the bottom and took away Stine’s win.

Next week, Macon Speedway features POWRi for the final time on the schedule as the midgets and micro sprints return to Macon. Also on the docket are the Street Stocks and the Pro Late Models.

Good Racing, Fireworks, & Carnage Story Of Macon IL Speedway’s Eve Of Destruction

August 15th, 2016

(Macon, IL) History Channel’s program American Daredevils was on hand Saturday night with the crazy Mr. Dizzy and Scarecrow. He wowed a packed house with his activities, mayhem, destruction and stunts. There was also some destruction involving stock cars, too. Many were mangled and beat up by the night’s end but with those scars were memories of great racing action.

Nick Justice was on the gas pedal for the win in the Street Stock division as he faced his toughest challenge in weeks with Terry Reed. Reed, a former champion, stuck to the bottom with Justice but was not enough for the winner as Justice had a little more under the hood on the straightaways.

Matt Taylor won the Pro Late Models 20-lap feature attraction as his brother Guy Taylor inched closer to him during the closing laps but just couldn’t get enough on the top of the track to come up with the lead.

Tim Hancock has been amazing in the 2016 season as he took the checkered flag for the 11th straight time in the B-Modified class. He has been untouchable in this class and continued his win streak. Not only did he win in the B-Modified class, he entered in the Billingsley Towing A-Modified class as well and took second place. It was the second time this season Hancock has entered both classes and ended with a top five finish in each race.

In the Billingsley Towing Modified class, besting Tim Hancock was Cory Daugherty. He was so pleased with the feature win and the top prize. “This makes up for me buying golf clubs yesterday,” said Daugherty in victory lane.

Garrett Duff made short work of the Beach House Micro Sprint feature, leading wire-to-wire in a cautionless race.

The final race of the night was the most unpredictable as Jerad Matherly, who did not start in his heat race with a broken car, started at the tail, worked his way forward and ended up holding the checkered flag at the end of the night. Steven Stine had a strong hold on the lead but Matherly’s car was just took quick on the bottom and took away Stine’s win.

Next week, Macon Speedway features POWRi for the final time on the schedule as the midgets and micro sprints return to Macon. Also on the docket are the Street Stocks and the Pro Late Models.

Anticipation Builds For Craziness Of Second Eve Of Destruction

August 10th, 2016

Macon Speedway will be entertainment central for family fun this coming Saturday, August 13, as the second Eve of Destruction is held at the facility. Final preparations are being put into place for car jumps, a steel wall crash, fireworks, racing and more.

Fans, both young and young at heart, will be treated to world renowned, Mr. Dizzy, who has appeared on the History Channel TV show, American Daredevils. Mr. Dizzy is a five time world record holder for different stunts that he has been able to accomplish. Mr. Dizzy will jump his car into a pyramid of vehicles and be part of a steel wall crash. In addition to those two events, fireworks will close out the show that includes racing action in six of Macon Speedway’s divisions. Competing during the night will be the Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, Beach House Micros, UMP Hornets, and B-Mod’s.

When it comes to the 1/5-mile racing, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor currently leads the UMP Pro Late Model standings, having claimed three feature wins. Lately, however, his brother Guy has been the man to beat, winning the last three features and five overall at the track this year. In the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division, Taylorville, IL driver Curt Rhodes leads the standing by 32 over last year’s championRodney Standerfer. Decatur, IL driver Nick Justice has won the last three Street Stock features and seven overall to lead that class. In the B-Mod division, Mt. Olive, IL driver, Tim Hancock has been so good that he now has a bounty on him. Hancock has won ten out of ten in the class. In the Hornet class, Tony Reed and Jerad Matherly have a good two man battle going on with both winning two features and Reed holding a 38 point lead. The Beach House Micros have only run a couple of times but action has been very good and saw 20+ cars at the event two weeks ago.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, registration closes at 6:00 when hotlaps begin, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Daum Dominates in Return to Macon Speedway

July 31st, 2016

(Macon, IL) Zach Daum, former POWRi National Midget champion returned to Macon Speedway, this time in a MOWA 410 winged sprint car and won the 25-lap A-Main feature attraction Saturday night. Nicknamed the “Dauminator” due to his regular success, Daum lived up to the name and reputation as he got ahead of the traffic on the 13th lap and coasted to the winner’s circle for the final 12 laps. The race looked like it was Spencer Bayston’s to win as he was fastest qualifier and heat race winner but Bayston flipped his machine over on the sixth lap of the race and was finished for the night. MOWA favorite Jerrod Hull took second in the race.

In the Pro Late Model feature race, the Midwest Big Ten Series, was all Guy Taylor. Taylor, a regular to victory lane, went from the front row to the lead at the drop of the green and then was way in front for much of the duration of the 20-lap race.

Jeremy Camp of Blue Mound reigned supreme in the Beach House Micro Sprint race. He was third coming to the green flag after a caution with three laps to go and blasted out the lead, bypassing leader Evan Weyant and second place driver Garrett Duff.

Chett Gehrke started in the front row of the POWRi/Illini Division II Midgets and went on claim the checkered flag in a 20-lap race. Tyler Vantoll and Adam Taylor tried to keep pace but to no avail as Gehrke cruised to the win.

The night was capped off with the return to victory lane by Decatur’s Jeremy Reed in the Hornets. The former track champion returned to the track and started in the back of the feature only to clutch the checkered flag 15 laps later.

Go-kart racing is on the schedule for next Saturday night as the stock cars get a weekend off before beginning the home stretch on August 13. Fireworks, mayhem and destruction are scheduled with the stock car racing as the 2nd Eve of Destruction comes to Macon Speedway with Mr. Dizzy and his steel wall crashes and car jumping. Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets, B-Modifieds and Beach House Micro Sprints are scheduled to race.

Pierce Battles Hard for Lucas Oil Win at Macon

July 29th, 2016

MACON, IL – Bobby Pierce inherited the lead on lap three from Jonathan Davenport and went on to win the St. Louis U -Pic-A-Part 100 on Tuesday night at Macon Speedway. Pierce raced to his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, and pocketed $12,000 for his efforts.

Brandon Sheppard charged from the 10th starting spot to finish second. Earl Pearson Jr. came home third followed by Clint Bowyer Racing Teammates, Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan. Pierce wrestled his #32 entry to the finish of the grueling 100-lapper with no power steering. “We lost our power steering there at one point, I was worn out. I was tight at the beginning of the race but the car was great. A big thanks to the fans
for coming out, they saw a heck of a race.”

“It was nerve-racking after those cautions. I saw Pearson out of the corner of my eye just about every lap. He’s [Pearson] was great on the bottom and I’m sure Sheppard was coming on the top. It was just a crazy race. We have been good all year, it just seems like things would happen to prevent us from winning,” said the 19-year-old who picked up his 13th overall victory of 2016. “Thanks to Champion Spark Plugs, Allgayer Inc., Advanced Shocks, RPM Services, Keyser, AR Bodies, Ted Brown, Pro Power Engines and of course, Bob Pierce Race Cars.” Sheppard put on a charge in the Best Performance Motorsports/Rocket Chassis to get the second spot from Pearson at the finish line. “We were pretty good up top. We were a little bit snug. I just had to get up on the wheel at the end to get back by Earl. Bobby had a really good car. Thanks to all the fans for coming out; my family was here tonight. Hope everyone enjoyed the show.”

Pearson, who stayed glued to the bottom for most of the race and nearly took the lead from Pierce several times, finished third. “I knew Bobby and Brandon would be up top. Heck they grew up around here. Thanks to all of my crew. I never dreamed I could come to Macon and run third. Thanks to Carlton and Kemp Lamm and everybody at Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Racing TV and Lucas Oil Products.” Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Don Hammer, Brian Diveley, Jared Landers and Scott Bloomquist.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 10.512 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Bobby Pierce won their respective heat races.

MOWA Sprint Cars Fly Into Macon IL Speedway Saturday Last Year’s Show Resulted In Photo Finish

July 27th, 2016

With racing at Macon Speedway, there is definitely no down time. After the show of the year on Tuesday night with the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, attention turns quickly to the wicked fast Neal Tire MOWA Sprint Cars. In their only visit of the season, the MOWA Winged Sprints finish up their Illinois Sprint Week at Mighty Macon.

It all begins on Wednesday night, July 27 with the Illinois Sprint Week opener at Peoria Speedway. The field of stars then travel to Quincy Raceways on Thursday night before heading to Jacksonville on Friday. It all comes to an end with the Sprint Week finale on Saturday night.

Last year’s MOWA show at Macon was an absolute thriller as Adam Jones and Parker Price-Miller battled it out, trading the lead in the final laps. The war also included a 360 spin but the green stayed out which added to the thrilling finish. Eventually, it was Jones, from Wright City, MO who claimed the win by inches over Price-Miller.

This Saturday’s appearance will see Big 10 Pro Late Models, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, Beach House Micros, and Hornets in addition to the winged sprints.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $18 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Pierce Takes 100 Lap Win at Macon Speedway

July 27th, 2016

(Macon, IL) For the second time in 19 days, Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce graced Macon Speedway’s victory lane with a 100-lap feature win. Pierce, the winner of the Summer Nationals event, the Herald & Review 100, also claimed
victory in the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. The win for Pierce was his second in the three events held since 2014.

Nicknamed the “Smooth Operator,” Pierce was smooth on the top of the 1/5th mile dirt track and ran in the top spot for the final 97 laps. He ran behind Jonathan Davenport, the pole-sitter, for the first three laps but
pulled in when the engine blew up and smoke poured from his machine.

On the restart, Pierce was magical. He ran the top side each lap and his lead grew foot-by-foot with each second passing and nobody was going to touch him. With a growing number of cautions in the tail of the race,
New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard, former Macon Speedway regular, started to get traction up top and posed the first challenge Pierce had seen since taking the lead.

The lead would shorten to make the race very interesting as Earl Pearson, Jr., who stuck to the bottom for the entire race, found grip and made it a three-car race for the lead. Pierce was just too strong.

Additional racing action saw the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and Mike Harrison claim the checkered flag. His Modified was strong on the top side and was behind Kenny Wallace until the traffic opened up and Harrison took his lead with nine laps remaining.

In the B-Modifieds, Tim Hancock is now 10-for-10 in features at Macon Speedway and the Hancock Bounty is now going to be $150 to the winner who beats Tim Hancock for the checkered flag.

Race Statistics: The 100-lapper was completed in 35 minutes and there were only seven cautions. There were two lead changes with Jonathan Davenport and Bobby Pierce. The Grand Marshal of the evening for the “Gentleman, Start Your Engines” call was Macon Speedway co-owner and retiring NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart. It was his first appearance at the track since in the Modifieds division in 2012. Kenny Wallace won his heat race and started front row outside in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature, finishing second. Ken Schrader started 11th and finished 13th.

Feger Takes Kerbystrong 100 at Macon Speedway

July 25th, 2016

(Macon, IL) Jason Feger of Bloomington cashed in on the high side of Macon Speedway and the “Highside Hustler” grabbed the checkered flag and the $2,000-to-win paycheck. For Feger, it would be his second biggest win at Macon Speedway behind the 60th Anniversary, 60-lap, $6,000-to-win race he scored in 2005. The race did not look to be his to win as Macon Speedway regular Guy Taylor, who was driving his brother Matt Taylor’s super late model with Kerby Damery’s quarterpanel #10 on the side panel. Taylor took the lead on the 39th lap of the 50-lap race and then Feger got his car hooked back up to the top side and took the point for the final six laps.

Tim Hancock is as hot as a July summer night in central Illinois. His run through the B-Modified class has been historic with nine checkered flags in all nine weeks of racing. Announced a week ago, a bounty would be issued to any B-Mod driver who can top Hancock would be paid $50 per week and with a $50 increment going up every racing week for the division. The second place finisher Cody Stillwell was fairly close to the winner but not close enough to pose a serious threat to the winning streak.

Jeremy Nichols continues his great stretch of racing in the Sportsman class. Last week, Nichols collected the big payday with the Topless 40 and in the 25-lap Kerbystrong event, he took advantage of a mistake by leader Dennis Vandermeersch midway through the race and took the lead as Vandermeersch smacked the front stretch wall. Nichols made it an academic finish with his strong finish. Vandermeersch placed second.

Nichols was totally exhausted at the end of the night as he participated in three straight features, the Sportsman, Street Stocks and Billingsley Towing Modifieds. He would finish the night with three straight top-five finishes and 65 green flag laps raced.

Nick Justice would once again claim victory in the Street Stock class and add to his lead in the season points standings.

Rodney Standerfer got a full head-a-steam on the bottom of the track and ended up winning the Billingsley Towing Modified feature event. Curt Rhodes led the opening 10 laps but on a restart Standerfer cut underneath Rhodes and grabbed hold of the lead and the checkered flag.

Macon Speedway takes a few days off before returning with a monster show on Tuesday the 26th with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series appearance and the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, a 100-lap race with $12,000-to-win for the Late Models. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and B-Modifieds are also on the race schedule.

Macon Speedway’s St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 Tuesday, July 26th!

July 22nd, 2016

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Macon Speedway on Tuesday night, July 26th for the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. The highly anticipated event at the 1/5-mile bullring will include a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event. In 2015, Jimmy Owens went to victory lane over Jason Feger, Devin Moran, Shannon Babb, and Ryan Unzicker. The Open Wheel Modifieds and B-Modifieds will also be in competition.

DirtonDirt.com will offer LIVE pay-per-view video coverage of Macon Speedway’s St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Tuesday, July 26th. The LIVE coverage includes continuous on-track action for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. With multiple announcers set to call the action, each high-definition broadcast will feature multiple camera angles, instant replays, driver interviews, and more.

Macon Speedway is located at 205 North Wiles in Macon, Illinois, just 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street and south on Wiles. For information, call 217-764-3000 (track), or contact Macon Speedway, via email at: track1985@gmail.com. Also, visit: www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for additional information.
Track Information: Macon Speedway
Phone Number 217-764-3000
Track Promoter: Bob Sargent
Location: 205 North Wiles, Macon, IL 62544
Website: www.maconracing.com

Tire Rule for Macon Speedway – July 26th:
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40
Macon Speedway July 26th Event Purse:
$12,000-to-win: 1. $12,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000

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Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.

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Best In Late Model Racing Set For Macon IL Speedway; Saturday’s Kerbystrong To Be Followed By Lucas Oil Late Models Tuesday

July 21st, 2016

July is the month of big events at Macon IL Speedway, especially for those in the Super Late Model world. It all started with the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour on Thursday, July 7 with the Herald & Review 100, when tour champion Bobby Pierce picked up the victory. It all resumes this coming Saturday, July 23 with the 2nd Annual Kerbystrong and ends on Tuesday, July 26 with the Lucas Oil Late Models in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.

This Saturday’s Kerbystrong 100 will feature 50 laps of Late Model racing for the Midwest Big Ten Late Models, paying $2,000 to win and $250 to start. A Billingsley Towing UMP Modified 25 lap feature will pay $700 to win and a 25 lap Sportsman feature will be run with a $600 top prize. Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Hornets will also be in action.

The race is in memory of Kerby Damery, a former Late Model racer at Macon Speedway and surrounding tracks in central Illinois. The 2004 Late Model track champion passed away in early 2015, after a long battle with cancer. The event also was put together to raise cancer awareness and to give hope to cancer patients and educate the community.

Last year’s race saw 34 Super Late Models and strong fields in the other classes as well. After a back and forth battle with Dave Crawley, Jr., Tonica, IL driver, Scott Schmitt pulled away with the Late Model victory. Crawley did claim the Modified top prize, while Dennis Vandermeersch took the Sportsman win.

As if Saturday’s action isn’t enough, the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be coming to town just a few days later, on Tuesday, July 26 for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 30 but was canceled due to rain. The makeup event should be huge, with all of the Lucas Oil stars coming in to compete against locals from the region vying for the $12,000 top prize. The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds and B-Mods will also be on the card.

Last year, the Lucas Oil event ended with Newport, TN driver, Jimmy Owens, in victory lane. Bloomington, IL driver, Jason Feger, took second, while Moweaqua, IL’s Shannon Babb took third. This year’s UMP Summer National champion, Bobby Pierce, led until lap 58 when he had to pit because of a flat tire. Pierce, coming off of the Herald & Review 100 win earlier this month, will be the favorite to find victory lane this Tuesday.

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be led to town by Scott Bloomquist, who has had an outstanding season thus far. Bloomquist has built a 200+ point lead on Jonathan Davenport, who has some unreal numbers over the last year. Jared Landers, central Illinois favorite Brandon Sheppard, and Tim McCreadie round out the top five. Dennis Erb, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Earl Pearson, Jr. complete the top ten in current Lucas Oil points.

The Saturday, July 23 Kerbystrong 100 event will have pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

On Tuesday, July 26 for the Lucas Oil Late Model event, the times will remain the same with general admission being $30 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Nichols Dominates Topless 40 at Macon Speedway

July 18th, 2016

(Macon, IL) For the second year in a row, Lovington’s Jeremy Nichols came out on top in the Sportsman class on a unique night where the division raced with having roofs on their cars. Nichols trailed former track champion Dennis Vandermeersch for only the first few laps but blasted out to the lead on the third lap and cruised to the victory. The race only featured three cautions and was finished in 17 minutes. Vandermeersch would stay strong and finish second. Timmy Dick took third after being sent to the tail of the field after the sixth lap after being involved in a wreck and having a flat tire replaced.

Yogi Berra said it best with the phrase, “It’s deja vu all over again.” For the second straight week at Macon Speedway and third straight Pro Late Model feature race, Guy Taylor of Springfield was side-by-side with his brother Matt Taylor with the checkered flag hanging in the balance. And for the third straight race, Guy Taylor was the one who received the checkered flag. Guy Taylor followed his usual racing by clinging to the bottom of the track and closed in on his brother Matt until he was side-by-side and then when the opportunity was available, Guy inched ahead of Matt and pulled away. Matt Taylor would feel snakebit as he would also lose the second place position to Roben Huffman at the end of the race.

Curt Rhodes from Taylorville has won back-to-back Billingsley Towing Modified features at Macon Speedway and is has the lead on the points. Rhodes started on the pole and was along for the ride with defending track champion Rodney Standerfer when on the sixth lap of the race, Standerfer pulled in with a broken car and it was all over from that point. Curt’s son Zach would take runner up.

Nick Justice, native of Decatur, continues to reign supreme in the Street Stocks division. After winning his heat race and getting a front row starting spot, Justice jumped out the lead and barely needed to look behind him to see if anybody was close by. Terry Reed gave it all he could to stay close to Justice to give himself a chance at the victory circle but it would not happen on this night. Sportsman winner, Jeremy Nichols, started at the back after heat race problems but raced all the way to the third spot.

Tim Hancock of Mt. Olive is now a perfect 8-for-8 in B-Modified features. Another heat win and another front row start for Hancock led to his 15-lap win. The next time the B-Modifieds are on the schedule and until somebody defeats Hancock (as long as he finishes the race and does not break), there will be a $50 bounty. Each B-Modified racing night, the amount will increase by $50 until the streak can be broken.

Mike Eskew hasn’t had much luck racing at Macon Speedway through his shortened racing career but Saturday night was the Springfield native’s night as he jumped out with the lead and had a strong run to the checkered flag.

Next Saturday night features a huge show of racing six racing classes during the 2nd ever Kerbystrong 100. Three divisions will run 50-lap features as the UMP Super Late Models return to Macon Speedway for a $2000-to-win, $250-to-start, main event. Also, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds race for 50 laps and $700-to-win. The Sportsman return with a 50-lap feature and $600-to-win. The B-Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets also make up the schedule. Three days after the Kerbystrong 100 will be the make-up date for the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, part of the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the top prize is $12,000-to-win.

Miles Chevrolet Presenting Fireman’s Ball & Sportsman Topless 40 At Macon Speedway

July 12th, 2016

Miles Chevrolet will be presenting the annual Fireman’s Ball and Sportsman Topless 40 this coming Saturday, July 11 at Macon IL Speedway. Six divisions of racing entertainment will be on hand for the special night that honors central Illinois fireman by providing them and their family and friends $5 admission to the grandstands.

The night’s special event is the Topless 40, a race which will see the Sportsman division run extra laps, for extra money, and all while racing without the roof of the car. It’s a popular event that gives the fans a fun look inside the driver compartment of each car. In 2015, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols took the victory and will be one of the favorites to do the same this year. Nichols has won three Sportsman features this season, while Monticello, IL driver, Timmy Dick, has won the other two. Danny Smith, Tom Graham, Scott Landers, and Tim Bedinger are others expected to compete up front.

A full night’s racing action will be on tap as the UMP Pro Late Models will be back in action after a side-by-side thriller took place last Saturday night between the brothers’ Taylor, Matt and Guy. Guy ran the low lane with Matt in the outside lane for just about the whole race, with Guy making the final pass in turn four on the final lap. It was Guy’s third win of the year, tying him with Matt for the most in the division this season. Roben Huffman, Jake Little, and Cody Maguire are others that are in the top five in standings.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds put on an outstanding feature last week, as well. it was Summit National winner, Rodney Standerfer, leading for much of the event, with Curt Rhodes hounding him high and low. Rhodes was in the process of making the lead pass when a caution reverted scoring back and kept Standerfer out front. Back to green, Standerfer started protecting the bottom, leaving Rhodes the outside groove. After some hard work and tight racing, Rhodes squeezed by and raced to the front of the pack for the impressive feature win. The point battle is tight, with Dave Crawley, Jr. leading by just eight over Rhodes, while Standerfer, Zach Rhodes, and Jeff Graham round out the top five.

In the B-Mod class, Tim Hancock has been dominant, claiming seven wins in seven starts. The last two have been a little tougher, receiving more of a challenge from his close competition. On Thursday, it was Denny Tribout making it a close battle, while Saturday’s action saw Brett Page keep Hancock on his toes. Ryan Timmons, Tom Riech, Tim Riech, and Eric Brackett are top five point competitors.

Decatur, IL driver Nick Justice continued his strong season, winning his fifth feature of the year this past Saturday. He’ll be looking for win number six and to extend his point lead this coming Saturday over Kyle Waters, Brian Dasenbrock, Dustin Reed, and Luke Force. Street Stock racing has been very good at the track, this season, with better average car counts and competitive racing.

Rounding out the six division show will be the UMP Hornet class. Blue Mound, IL’s Tony Reed won his second feature of the year, extending on his tight point lead over Jerad Matherly. Cook Crawford, Mike Gossett, and Ryan Cantrell are currently top five point contenders.

Firemen, their families, and their friends will be gaining access to the grandstands for just $5 each this Saturday night, with their badge or coupons that were provided to area fire departments. Otherwise, adult admission to the grandstands is just $12 with kids 11 and under free.

Pit gates will be opening at 4:00, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Taylors Battle For Checkered Flag At Macon Speedway

July 11th, 2016

(Macon, IL) On Hall of Fame Driver Reunion Night, and in front of their father Dick Taylor, brothers Matt and Guy Taylor raced as well as they could with one thing in mind, the checkered flag. Matt Taylor looked to be the favorite in this 20-lap feature race, running the top side and doing it smoothly. Guy Taylor started to work at the bottom and the racecar caught on quickly and made a race of it all the way to the checkered flag. Matt looked like he was going to be able to hold off Guy until the fourth turn. With the checkered flag waving in the air, the car slipped up allowing Guy to sneak in underneath and capture the win.

The night was full of close finishes. In the Street Stock feature, Kaleb Wood looked to take his first win of the season at Macon Speedway. However, points leader Nick Justice was coming along strong and eventually took hold of the top position. Wood nearly nudged Justice coming to the checkered flag out of the fourth turn and raced clean to the finish for a second-place finish behind Justice. Wood said during the driver interview, “You earned that one.”

In the Billingsley Towing Modified feature, Curt Rhodes won his first Macon Speedway feature of the season as he got the lead from Thursday night’s feature winner Rodney Standerfer. With Rhodes looking to give Standerfer a ride for the win, a caution came out on lap 11 and slowed the action back down with Standerfer in front. When the green came back out, Standerfer took off and looked to hold on for his second win in three days. But instead, Rhodes went to the bottom and caught back up to the leader and would work to the top side and take the lead on the 17th lap. With three to go, Rhodes went the distance without challenge. His son, Zach Rhodes, finished third.

Tim Hancock is a perfect seven-for-seven in the B-Modified class. His entry number was the worst of any driver and started at the back of his heat, seventh place. Within the eight lap race, he caught up to the leader and would eventually win. That put him on the pole position for the 15-lap feature and he would win easily.

The night capped off with Tony Reed taking the Hornets feature. The points leader added to his lead with the checkered flag and feature winning trophy in his hand.

Next Saturday night features the Sportsman in a 40-lap feature race and they’ll go topless and race without their roof. Also on the slate are the Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds and Hornets in a night sponsored by Miles Chevrolet.

Pierce Stays Hot in Herald & Review 100 Win at Macon Speedway

July 10th, 2016

(Macon, IL) The night started out with historic implications as Mike Harrison broke the Billingsley Towing Modifieds track record during time trials, the 13-year record held by Kyle Logue was snapped and then Harrison’s record stood for nearly one minute before Levi Kissinger broke the newest record. The time trials fastest lap was 11.549. It was then 11.492 by Harrison before becoming 11.425.

The Super Late Model track record remained intact as Billy Moyer’s 10.228 was not topped by any of the 24 drivers. The closest it got was 10.371 by Kevin Weaver, a mere .143 of a second.

As the night went strong, the full house was attracted to the fun of the Super Late Models, A-Modifieds and B-Modifieds as feature time drew near.

Tim Hancock went six-for-six in the B-Modified feature. For the first time in his feature-winning-tenure, Hancock was challenged. Newcomer Denny Tribout was right behind Hancock and tested the leader in every turn and every straightaway. Hancock won by a car length.

Defending track champion Rodney Standerfer qualified second fastest in his group, won his feature and started on the pole for the 25-lap A-Main feature. He would go on to lead all 25 laps and win with plenty of competition coming from Zach Rhodes, Levi Kissinger and Ray Walsh. Kissinger nearly had the lead from Standerfer but as the race drew longer, the lead grew and it was a $1,000 payday for Standerfer.

In the main event, the action was fast and furious and got started with excitement right away as fan favorite and local driver Shannon Babb tested the bottom of the track and clipped the tractor tire causing his machine to flip onto its roof. His night was over on lap 3.

Jason Feger led the first quarter of the Herald & Review 100 before Kevin Weaver caught on strong and took the lead from him and looked strong and on a mission to his fifth Herald & Review 100 championship. But smoke started to pour out of the hood and his car was doomed on lap 38. By lap 39, Bobby Pierce became the man to beat. Pierce has had a remarkable tour. Through 15 races, he has won eight events and had 12 top-five finishes. Pierce blew away the rest of the field and cruised to his very first Herald & Review 100 and opened his lead in the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals points standings.

Race Statistics: The race was completed in 43 minutes with seven caution flags, six were yellows and one red flag. There were three lead changes in the 100 lap event. Pierce, from Oakwood, IL., joins the likes of 14-of-the-last 16 winners of the Herald & Review 100 to be from the state of Illinois. Eight times the winner of the Herald & Review 100 has gone on to win the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals. With Pierce’s win Thursday night, his points lead extends to 200 with eight races remaining on the schedule.

Two Nights Of Racing Set For Macon IL Speedway

July 7th, 2016

Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL, will be packed with fans and competitors this coming Thursday, July 7 for the 36th annual Herald & Review 100. Joining the Summer Nationals Late Models will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds running in the Summit Nationals as well as the B-Mod class. Thursday, though, won’t be the only day Macon Speedway will see great racing this week. The track will be back open on Saturday for a full six division show.

Thursday’s schedule will include the 100-lap feature event for the UMP Summer National Late Models, sponsored by the Herald & Review. The race carries a rich history at Macon Speedway and is a can’t miss for fans across the Midwest, year-after-year. An outstanding field of Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds will be on hand racing for track points in addition to Summit National Modified points. The B-Mod division is also on the docket.

After a short turnaround, the track will be back open on Saturday, July 9 for a full six division show. Racing Saturday will be the UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, Street Stocks, and Hornets. Saturday will also be the date for the Hall Of Fame Drivers Reunion and CEFCU Kid’s Club.

On Thursday, July 7, pits open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, qualifying at 6:30, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

On Saturday, July 9, pits will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission Saturday will be $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

36th Annual Herald & Review On Tap For Macon Speedway Thursday Top Late Model Drivers In Country Set To Battle

July 6th, 2016

Fans, from all over, will be flocking to a high banked 1/5-mile dirt oval located in Central Illinois, this coming Thursday. The site will be Macon Speedway, located in the little town of Macon, IL. The reason for the excitement will be the 36th annual Herald & Review 100 for the Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Late Models. It’s the event which draws the biggest crowd to Macon Speedway, year-after-year.

The Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Late Models earned their name because of a grueling schedule of 29 events in about one month’s time. Starting June 15th and ending July 16th, the tour runs just about every night during that period of time, except a few Monday’s. Heading into the new week, 12 of the 17 events have been run, with the series canceling five due to rain, including three of the last four.

This week’s action, leading up to Macon Speedway’s event on Thursday, includes Lasalle IL Speedway Monday, Daugherty IN Speedway Tuesday, and Peoria IL Speedway Wednesday. Oakwood, IL driver Bobby Pierce leads the standings by claiming six wins in just 12 races. Jason Feger, who is still looking for his first win on the tour, is second in the standings, while Ryan Unzicker, Bob Gardner, and Timothy Culp are in the top five. Mike Marlar, Gordy Gundaker, Billy Moyer, Brent Larson, and Shannon Babb round out the current top ten. Other than Pierce, Moyer has claimed two wins, while Dennis Erb, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Ryan Unzicker, and Josh Richards have also found victory lane. 160 different competitors have been on track.

One year ago, the Herald & Review 100 was postponed to August 26 because of inclement weather. El Paso, IL driver, Ryan Unzicker, claimed the win, breaking a two-race winning streak by Mowequa, IL driver Shannon Babb. Despite drivers from all over the country competing, the last eleven H&R races have been won by drivers who call Illinois home.

Adding to Thursday’s excitement will be the Summit National Modified tour. Much like their Late Model counterpart, the Modifieds have a grueling slate of events, many of which coincide with the “Hell Tour”. So far, nine out of twelve events have been completed with Mooresville, NC driver, Nick Hoffman, scoring three wins to lead the way. Hoffman, formerly from the St. Louis, MO area, moved to North Carolina to work in the racing industry. Ray Walsh, Clayton Miller, Chad Kinder, Josh Harris, Mike Harrison, and Brian Bielong have also won events this year. Hoffman is followed in points by Kewanee, IL driver Ray Bollinger, a regular at Lincoln Speedway. Harrison is third, while Texas driver Phil Dixon is fourth and Walsh is fifth. Kenny Wallace, who is currently sixth, will be racing Thursday as well as his NASCAR compadre, Ken Schrader. 202 different Modifieds have competed on the tour so far.

Rounding out the Thursday night divisions will be the UMP B-Mods, a semi-regular division at Macon Speedway. The man to beat will be Tim Hancock, from Mt. Olive, IL. Hancock is leading the B-Mod points at Macon, winning all five events at the track this year. Hancock also leads the UMP National points by a sizable margin over Tony Walker. Amazingly, Hancock ran a 40-lap A-Modified event at the track with his B-Mod a couple weeks ago and finished second after starting at the back. As everyone was wearing out their tires and looking for grip, Hancock picked them off one-by-one.

Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, qualifying will take place around 6:30, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Weather Forces Macon Speedway Cancelation Of POWRi Event Officials Now Prepare For Thursday’s Herald & Review 10000

July 3rd, 2016

Light rainfall moved into the Macon, IL area just before noon on Saturday, July 2. That, combined with a forecast for more rain and an unfavorable radar, forced cancelation of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget race. On schedule with the Midgets were the POWRi Micros, Big Ten Street Stocks, Pro Late Models, and Hornets. Officials now prepare for this coming Thursday’s Herald & Review 100 for the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour.

The Thursday, July 7th event will be the 36th annual Herald & Review 100 for the tour that runs 29 events in one month’s time. Fans can expect some of the top dirt Late Model drivers across the nation to attend going for the top prize and prestige that comes with winning this historic event. The Summit National Modified tour, running a similar schedule as the Hell Tour, will be on hand as well in addition to the UMP B-Mods.

Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, qualifying will take place around 6:30, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Something For Everyone This Saturday At Macon IL Speedway

June 30th, 2016

This coming Saturday, July 2, Mighty Macon IL Speedway will have its fourth visit of the season from the quick and nimble racers of POWRi. Drivers from a number of different states will be competing with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, a fan favorite of many. The wicked fast POWRi Speedway Motors Micros will buzz around the 1/5-mile track as well. To top it off, fans of the stock car variety will get to see their UMP Pro Late Models, a Big 10 Street Stock event, and the UMP Hornets.

Minden, Nevada driver, Tanner Thorson, currently leads the 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget standings, claiming a series’ leading six wins in 17 starts. However, former champion, Zach Daum from Pocahontas, IL, is hot on his heels just 20 points behind. Daum has one win with twelve top fives in 16 starts. Rounding out the current podium is Lebanon, IN driver, Spencer Bayston. Bayston sits just 30 points back of the top spot in what will be a battle down to the wire in this season’s championship race.

When it comes to Macon, there have been three different winners in the three national midget events this season. On April 23, Carl Juncton, MO driver, Andrew Felker, took the win followed by Tucker Klaasmeyer and Austin Brown. On May 21, it was Spencer Bayston in victory lane with Justin Peck and Colten Cottle taking podium spots. The most recent POWRi event at the Central Illinois facility was during SPEEDWEEK on June 11. On that night, Leemoore, CA driver Carson Macedo tasted victory, while Thorson and defending point champion, Darren Hagen scored second and third.

Adding to Saturday night’s open wheel fun will be the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro series. Currently leading the standings is Concordia, MO driver Nathan Benson. Despite being at the top of the list and one of the favorites for Saturday night, Benson has not claimed a win since April 29 but does have five second place finishes to go along with a pair of thirds and a fourth. Local fans will be pulling for Benson’s closest point challenger Jeremy Camp, who is from nearby Blue Mound, IL. Camp has a pair of wins this year, one at Macon and the most recent one at Lincoln. Rounding out the podium spots at this point is Sherman, IL driver Shelby Bosie. Bosie, much like Benson and Camp has two wins this season.

In POWRi Speedway Motors Micro events at Macon this season, Frank Galusha of Lincoln, Nebraska took the checkered flag on April 23 with Matthew Howard and Nick Howard in tow. On May 21, the local, Jeremy Camp took the trophy back to Blue Mound, IL, while Benson and Levi Curry finished with podium spots. The most recent race was during SPEEDWEEK on June 11 where Nick Howard finished in victory lane with Camp and Evan Weyant second and third. Much like the national midgets, the micros also have not had a repeat winner.

For fans of stock cars, a variety will also be on track this week. Leading the list will be the UMP Pro Late Models after a thrilling feature Saturday complete with slide jobs, crossovers, and outright great racing for the lead last weekend. In last week’s event, Springfield, IL’s Matt Taylor got back to victory lane to continue his outstanding season. He did so, coming from the fifth starting spot and racing with Jake Little, Kyle Logue, Nick Bauman, and Guy Taylor. With the win, Taylor has taken a 34 point lead over Roben Huffman in the Macon standings. Little, Guy Taylor, and Cody Maguire complete the top five.

This Saturday will be a big event at Macon Speedway for the Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks. So far, three events have been held for the Big 10 Street Stocks, with Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr. leading the way. Crawley has been nearly unbeatable behind the wheel this year, winning Street Stock races at Lincoln and Macon and finishing second at Jacksonville to put him on top of the Big 10 standings. Crawley also has been top notch in his Modified, winning six Macon features and leading the points by a large margin. Other Street Stock drivers going for this Saturday’s $500 top prize include Kyle Waters, Terry Reed, Jeremy Nichols, and John Farris.

Rounding out this week’s racing will be the UMP Hornets. Blue Mound, IL driver, Tony Reed leads the track standings, claiming a win on May 30 to go along with three second place finishes. Reed is thrashing on the car this week, trying to repair it from a feature crash Saturday night. Jerad Matherly sits second in the standing with Mike Gossett third, Cook Crawford fourth, and Ryan Cantrell fifth.

Pit gates will open this Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Crawley stays hot as a Firecracker at Macon Speedway

June 27th, 2016

(MACON, IL) Dave Crawley, Jr. used patience in the 95Q Firecracker 40s race for the Billingsley Towing Modifieds to get the lead from Shane Tomlin and won the event for the fourth time in his career. Tomlin would lead for the first 16 laps but after a caution and restart, Crawley took advantage at the second turn into the backstretch and pulled away for the next 24 laps to win. Tomlin would remain in second for a few more laps until his car would break down. Second place drivers were changed throughout the 40 laps from Crawley to Tomlin, then Curt Rhodes before breaking on lap 22. Rodney Standerfer, the 2015 winner, would be second for a series of laps before slowing down with a near-blown-up engine, thus allowing Tim Hancock to get the runner up position toward the end of the race. Crawley’s win was his sixth of the season and extends is points lead.

Race Statistics: There were two lead changes with 4 cautions and the 40 laps were completed in 17 minutes, 02 seconds. Dave Crawley, Jr. has now won the Billingsley Towing Modified Firecracker 40s in 2008, 2010, 2014 and now 2016. Crawley received $600 to win the race.

In the Pro Late Model class, the Midwest Big Ten Series was the second leg of the 95Q Firecracker 40s and plenty of cars were battling back and forth and adjusting toward the finish. The start of the race was log-jammed with competiters which led to cautions but once the race got moving it was Nick Bauman out in front. Bauman has won two of the first three Midwest Big Ten Series races in 2016 and looked strong in the first half of the race. He was chased down by two-time Late Model Firecracker 40s winner Kyle Logue. Logue led to a caution on lap 13 and was sent to the tail of the field and it opened up Bauman for the advantage. But the lead was short-lived thanks to the caution as Jose Parga, Guy Taylor and Matt Taylor closed in on the leader and squished Bauman from the lead. Matt Taylor would take the lead on the 16th lap and cruise to the win.

Race Statistics: There were two lead changes with 4 cautions and the 40 laps were completed in 21 minutes, 21 seconds. Kyle Logue won two Firecracker 40s in 2011 and 2014 when the race was with Super Late Models. In 2015, Guy Taylor was the winner. He took fourth in 2016. Matt Taylor received $700 to win the race.

Tim Hancock raced twice on Saturday in the same car, the B-Modified, a more cost-effective and slower racecar than the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, and placed first for the fifth time in five weeks of B-Modified races at Macon Speedway.

Jeremy Nichols had a great night, as well. He placed first in both the Sportsman and Street Stock feature races. Nichols waited out the chance for the lead and win in the Sportsman class as Danny Smith was up front for the first five laps but pulled away and cruised for the victory. In the Street Stock division, his lead was safe for the majority of the race after wrestling it away from Greg Osman in the early stages. Nick Justice was sent to the back of the field in the first few laps for spinning out a driver and charged back to the front over the race’s final 12 laps to finish second.

Jeremy Reed returned to Macon Speedway and graced victory lane in the 4-cylinder Hornets class. Reed would start tenth and come charging from the back to win the 15-lap race. He was followed to the finish line by last week’s feature winner, Jerad Matherly.

The evening finished up with a big fireworks display, an annual event at Macon Speedway as part of the 95Q Firecracker 40s. Next week will bring the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints to the track for their fourth visit of the 2016 schedule.

Popular Firecracker 40′s On Tap For Macon Speedway Saturday

June 24th, 2016

Race fans in Central Illinois will be making their way to
Macon Speedway this coming Saturday night for the 95Q/Dynagraphics & Wood Printing Firecracker 40′s.  The popular event will feature special events for the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds.  Four other classes will race plus a fireworks display to welcome in the 4th of July season.

Two events have been run so far this season in the Midwest
Big Ten Series Pro Late Models, one at Lincoln Speedway and one at Macon, the two tracks in the Big Ten doubleheader this weekend.  New Berlin, IL driver Nick Bauman has claimed both victories so far this season.  Clinton, IL driver Roben Huffman is second in points with two third place finishes.

Jake Little, Andy Minett, and Matt Taylor complete the top five in the standings.

In the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division, Decatur, IL driver Dave Crawley, Jr. has had an outstanding start to the year.
Crawley is coming off of his fifth win of the season, this past Saturday night, in just six tries.  Taylorville, IL driver Curt Rhodes is second in the standings, while Jeff Graham sits third, Zach Rhodes fourth, and Rodney Standerfer is fifth.  Standerfer, list year’s champion, is the only driver to find victory lane this season other than Crawley.

The UMP B-Mods will be running for the fifth time this season and a barrage of drivers will be trying to knock Tim Hancock off of
his unbeaten pedestal.  The Mt. Olive, IL driver has won all four B-Mod races at Macon this season and is the UMP National point leader in the division.  Ryan Timmons, Eric Brackett, Cody Stillwell, and Tim Riech are top five in the standings.  The UMP B-Mods will be running a doubleheader weekend, as they run at Lincoln on Friday night as well.

The UMP Sportsman will also be running a doubleheader weekend with races at Lincoln and Macon.  The Sportsman event at Macon will be the fifth of the season.  So far, two drivers have found victory lane with Lovington, IL’s Jeremy Nichols and Monticello, IL’s Timmy Dick taking two wins each.  Nichols leads the standings over Argenta, IL’s Danny Smith and Scott Landers.  Tom Graham and Tim Bedinger round out the top five.

Decatur, IL’s Nick Justice has had a great start to his Street Stock season and he looks for that to continue this coming Saturday night.  Justice has won four of the eight feature events and leads the point battle.  Terry Reed, Jeremy Nichols, and Dave Crawley, Jr. have also been in victory lane for the class.  Kyle Waters, Brian Dasenbrock, Reed, and Dustin Reed are top five competitors in the points.

Rounding out Macon Speedway’s divisions for Saturday is the
UMP Hornet class.  The division, which has seen a jump in car count this year will have some extra bonuses on the line this weekend as Macon’s winner Saturday night will receive $200, a jump in pay.  Additionally, a bonus point fund has been set up between Lincoln Friday and Macon Saturday, that will give the highest two day point finishers $100, $50, $25, and $25.  Decatur, IL’s Tony Reed leads the standings by just six points over Mike Gossett.  Jerad Matherly, Ryan Cantrell, and Cook Crawford are top five in the current rundown.

When darkness sets in on Macon Speedway, one of the area’s earliest holiday firework displays will be shot in the air to celebrate the 4th of July.  Also on the program will be CEFCU Kid’s Club.

Pits open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, competitor
pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at
www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on
U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Wenger Takes Super Race At Macon Speedway

June 22nd, 2016

(MACON, IL) For only the second time in a UMP Super Late Model at Macon Speedway, McKay Wenger carried the checkered flag and won the Lite Beer 50-lap event. Along with Chuck Mitchell and Matt Taylor, Wenger exchanged the lead, the second place, and the third place spots through the first 30 laps. Despite Mitchell looking strong, Wenger found a way to pass him on the 31st lap but his lead was short lived as Brian Diveley (current points leader in the Midwest Big Ten Series) hooked up on the bottom of the track and found a connection to take the lead on lap 37. Wenger stuck to the high groove and retook the control with four laps to go and hung on to get the victory. For Wenger, it is his second in five races of the Midwest Big Ten Series for the Super Late Models.

Race Statistics: 4 cautions and completed in 18 minutes, 33 seconds. There were four lead changes. Of the 13 cars starting, only two were not able to finish the race. This race featured not only UMP Super Late Models but combined Pro Late Models, as well. The highest finishing Pro Late Model (Guy Taylor-6th place) received a $100 bonus. Dick Taylor won his fifth-and-last Lite Beer Twin 50s race in 1995. The 71-year-old returned in the familiar yellow #24 and gave it another go, finishing tenth. In the Billingsley Towing Modifieds–the other portion of the Lite Beer Twin 50s–Dave Crawley, Jr. coasted to the checkered flag after an early battle with the 2015 winner Rodney Standerfer. Standerfer broke on the restart of the fourth lap and Crawley would become the leader and would not look back. Although former National Modified Champion Jeff Leka gave Crawley a challenge midway and late through the 50-lapper, Crawley was strong and dominated.

Race Statistics: 8 cautions and completed in 26 minutes, 36 seconds. There were two lead changes. Of the 15 cars starting, only six were able to finish the race. Danny Smith, a two-time Modified winner in the Lite Beer Twin 50s race, ran both races but was unable to finish either due to broken racecars. Smith also competed in the Sportsman class. Dave Crawley, Jr. is the second driver to ever win a Lite Beer Twin 50s race in a Late Model and a Modified. Kyle Logue won a Late Model race in 2014 and Modifieds in 2009. Crawley won the Late Model race in 2015 and the Modified race in 2016. Modifieds began running the Lite Beer Twin 50s in 2008. Prior to that (dating back to 1985), the event was only for Late Models. In other racing action, Timmy Dick was the winner in the Sportsman division, leading all 15 laps. Danny Smith would finish second and Jeremy Nichols could take third. Nick Justice strengthened his lead in the Street Stock division with a checkered flag finish. Jeremy Nichols gave Justice a run for his money but couldn’t pass Justice for the lead. Brian Dasenbrock was up for the challenge early but fell to third. Jerad Matherly took the checkered flag for the first time this season at Macon Speedway with a 15-lap Hornet feature win. He was able to outlast and outduel Michael Gossett and Adam Webb. Another big-money, big-lap night is awaiting the Macon Speedway drivers next week with the 95Q Firecracker 40s, sponsored by Dynagraphics & Wood Printing.

The Pro Late Models and Billingsley Towing Modifieds will complete 40-lap features. Also on the schedule are Sportsman, B-Modifieds, Street Stocks & Hornets. A huge fireworks display will light up Macon during the night, too.

100+ Competitors Race On POWRi Night At Macon Speedway

June 13th, 2016

The POWRi open wheelers made their third trip of the season to Might Macon Speedway in Macon, IL, this past Saturday night. This one was a little more special, though, as it was part of the POWRi Illinois Midget SPEEDWEEK presented by Sport City Honda of Jacksonville. In addition to the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, the POWRi Speedway Motors National Micros, and the POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, the UMP Pro Late Models were also in attendance. The night saw slide jobs, crossovers, wheelies, tumbles, and all out exciting action.

The first feature of the night was the UMP Pro Late Model A-Main. Despite a small field, the racing was unbelievably tight and thrilling up front. 2015 track and Big 10 champion, Guy Taylor of Springfield, IL, started on the outside of row #1 and shot into the lead at the green. Taylor led lap after lap as inside polesitter, Roben Huffman, worked the lowside. As the laps wore down, Huffman’s chances started looking better and better as Taylor was checking up in the outside lane. Huffman, in fact, led laps 17 and 18 before Taylor sped back by on lap 19. As the cars were working the final lap, Cody Maguire’s spun car in turn two brought out a yellow. When the green and white waved simultaneously, Taylor took off with Huffman working again to get by. As the checkered waved, it was Taylor holding off Huffman by a half car length for his second victory of the season. Following Taylor and Huffman were Matt Taylor, Jake Little, and Kevin Crowder. Little set fast time in qualifying but got into the wall in his heat, making for a long night.

Up next was the POWRi Speedway Motors Micro A-Main. When the green dropped, the polesitter Evan Weyant took the lead to pace the 22-car field. Behind him, the 37H of Nick Howard was on his way forward from the seventh starting position. With just four laps in, Howard found himself in the top spot and pulling away from the rest of the field. Action was furious throughout the field with drivers dicing their way to the front. The most impressive run was arguably from the #23 of Jeremy Camp. After a tough night at Jacksonville, Camp had to transfer at Macon through the B-Main and started in the 18th spot in the feature. By the end of the event, Camp was working through the top five but needed a yellow to catch the leader. When the checkered fell, it was Nick Howard, followed by Jeremy Camp, Evan Weyant, Nathan Benson, and Austin Stewart.

The race the fans were waiting for was the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets. After the four wide salute with fireworks in the air and fans on their feet, the field of 24 took the green and immediately started a side-by-side onslaught of great racing. Taking the lead at the green was Californian Carson Macedo. After a few early caution, Macedo was able to open up a 10-car length lead on Tanner Thorson, who ran second. Coming to lap eleven, Macedo nearly lost the lead and his car as he got into the wall in turn four. Thorson closed the gap but Macedo recovered to stay out front. The final 15 laps were completed without a caution and what a thrill it was for the lead battle. Thorson, with two laps to go gave it a great run pulled alongside and completed the pass for the lead. However, Macedo would not lose this race as he raced back past him to take the win. Following Macedo and Thorson were Darren Hagen, Decatur’s Terry Babb, and Zach Daum

The POWRi D-II Midgets feature was run just after press deadline. Full rundowns can be found at www.maconracing.com and www.powri.com. The POWRi Divisions travel to Lincoln IL Speedway for a Sunday evening finale with racing taking the green at 6:00. Adding to the three POWRi classes will be the UMP Modifieds. Full info can be found at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.

Illinois Midget Week Coming To Macon Speedway June 11

June 11th, 2016

Belleville, IL – The 4th Annual Illinois SPEED Week is shaping up to be one of the largest events for 2016 with a world-wide driver presence set to tackle five straight days of racing. All five nights will feature POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series action, paired with both the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series and the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series. The grueling weeks kicks off on Wednesday, June 8th at the high-banked Belle-Clair Speedway. Thursday, teams will head north to Quincy Raceways, before Friday’s show at Jacksonville Speedway. Saturday, the divisions will invade Macon Speedway and for the fifth and final night, Illinois SPEED Week will conclude at Lincoln Speedway. The five nights of racing will be the ultimate test of endurance for drivers and crews, equipment maintenance, and an excellent display of driver talents.

The Macon Speedway event on Saturday, June 11 will not only have all three POWRi classes, the night will also include the UMP Pro Late Model division. In that class, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor has two wins and four straight second place finishes to lead the standings. Jake Little, Guy Taylor, Nick Bauman, and Jose Parga has also taken Macon wins.

Previous Illinois SPEED Week Champions for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series include Christopher Bell (2013, 2015 tie), Tyler Thomas (2014), and Darren Hagen (2015 tie). In the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series, Cale Thomas took the inaugural Illinois SPEED Week in 2013, while Frank Flud was the champion in 2014. Joe B. Miller was the 2015 Illinois SPEED Week Champion for the micros. Newly added in their freshmen year, the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series will be the third division on the roster for Illinois SPEED Week.

Currently atop the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series point standings and still looking for his first victory of 2016, Zach Daum holds an 80 point lead over Spencer Bayston going into Illinois SPEED Week. Andrew Felker rides in third, 100 points out, while Justin Peck sits in fourth, 180 points out of the top position. Fifth place Tanner Thorson has a 240 point disadvantage to overcome in order to reach the top spot.

Nathan Benson holds a commanding 420 point advantage over Slater Helt heading into Illinois SPEED Week for the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series. Shelby Bosie rides in the third position 540 points out, while Jeremy Camp sits in fourth. Alec Long has the fifth position.

In the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series, Patrick Bruns has a 100 point lead over Tyler Vantoll. Adam Taylor holds the third position 160 points out, while Hunter Lane is in fourth. Jack Routson holds the fifth position.

Pit gates on Saturday, June 11 at Macon Speedway will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Late Model pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 6:00.

For further information, visit www.powri.com, “Like” POWRi on Facebook and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online atwww.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Rain Cancels June 4 Program At Macon Speedway

June 6th, 2016

Heavy overnight rains that extended into daytime Saturday have forced the cancelation of the Saturday, June 4 program at Macon IL Speedway. It is just the second rainout in the first nine tries this season at the 1/5-mile high banked dirt oval.

Speedway officials were scheduled to hold the BG Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor race in addition to having $1 hot dogs in the speedway concessions and a hot dog eating contest at intermission. Racing divisions on the card included the UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks, B-Mods, Hornets, and the Beach House Micros.

Up next on the schedule is the POWRi Illinois Midget SPEED Week coming up next Saturday night, June 11. In addition to a huge field of POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets will be the POWRi Speedway Motors Micros, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, and the UMP Pro Late Models.

The June 11 event is the fourth out of five for the series traveling across Illinois this upcoming week. It all begins at Belle-Clair Speedway on Wednesday, June 8, followed by Quincy on June 9 and Jacksonville on Friday, June 10. Mighty Macon Speedway will be on Saturday night followed by the finale at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday, June 12.

Macon pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, local pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Taylor And Crawley Extend Point Leads After Busy Holiday Weekend Six Division Show On Tap For Macon Speedway Saturday

June 3rd, 2016

Race fans in Central Illinois got to see a little bit of everything this past weekend at Macon IL Speedway. Not only did the track hold its Saturday show, a Monday special event was also on tap featuring seven divisions plus NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. All-in-all, those attending got to see some great racing in a vast array of classes. At the end of the weekend, two veteran drivers extended their point leads
in Macon’s premier classes.

In the UMP Pro Late Model division, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor continued his fantastic season with a pair of runner-up finishes. Taylor finished second to his brother, Guy, on Saturday night, while Nick Bauman fended off his challenges on Monday. In six races this year, Taylor has two wins and four second place finishes, which now gives him a 28-point lead in the standings over Clinton, IL driver Roben Huffman. Jake Little, Guy Taylor, and Cody Maguire complete the top five in Macon Pro Late Model points.

Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr., continued his outstanding season in the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division. Crawley took third on Saturday night before getting back into victory lane on Monday with his fourth win this season. Rodney Standerfer’s win on Saturday night was the only blemish on Crawley’s near perfect record. Curt Rhodes, Jeff Graham, Standerfer, and Zach Rhodes complete the top five in Modified standings at Macon.

In other divisions that will be competing this Saturday night, Mt. Olive, IL driver Tim Hancock, is a perfect 4-for-4 in the B-Mod class to give him a 24 point lead over Ryan Timmons in the standings. Nick Justice has an 18 point lead on Kyle Waters in the Street Stocks leading into the $500 to win Big Ten Street Stock race. In the Hornet class, Tony Reed holds a 12 point lead over Michael Gossett. Both drivers picked up feature victories this past weekend. Rounding out the classes this weekend will be the Beach House Micros, who are coming off their only non-POWRi sanctioned race of the season this past Monday.

The Saturday, June 4 show features six divisions of racing including the $500 to win Midwest Big Ten Street Stock feature event. The fields have been very strong in the Street Stock class this year with 38 different drivers on the Macon roster already this season. In Big Ten action, Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr., has won both races, claiming victories at Lincoln Speedway on April 22 and at Macon on May 14. This weekend’s race will be the third of the ten scheduled events. Kyle Waters, Terry Reed, Brian Dasenbrock, and Jeremy Nichols are top five point competitors in the series.

Adding to Saturday’s show will be the UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP B-Mods, UMP Hornets, and Beach House Micros. Congregations from area churches will be filling the stands as they watch their pastors compete in the BG Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor race. It will also be “Three Dog Night”, featuring $1 hot dogs in the concession stands and a hot dog eating competition at intermission.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway Memorial Day Showcase

June 2nd, 2016

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway continued its annual tradition of racing on Memorial Day and did so in a big way with seven racing classes. The evening was full of adventure, excitement and frustration for some drivers as
checkered flags flew in additon to the American flags.

Tim Hancock went four-for-four in feature wins in the B-Modified division at Macon Speedway. Winning his heat race and starting on the pole for the 15-lap feature, Hancock made short work of the race and cruised to the checkered flag. Following the race, he gave his Macon Speedway Feature Winner trophy to a child just as he has done each of the previous three events.

A little drama in the Beach House Micro Sprint feature race with Belleville’s Tyler Vantoll and Weldon’s Garrett Duff as they stayed close through the early goings but Vantoll kept the motor going strong and finished with the checkered flag.

Unfortunately, the opportunity to win in the Division 2 Midgets was taken from Vantoll on the second turn of the final lap when his engine gave up and he finished third behind Mitchell Davis. Davis, a first-time feature at Macon Speedway, knew the importance of racing every lap and every turn as he was positioned for a second-place finish and with a little lady luck was able to find the winner’s circle.

Terry Reed found the winning groove once again and finished first in the Street Stock division. The race was close as Reed stayed on the bottom and second-place competitor Nick Macklin rode the top side but couldn’t make the final pass for the finish.

In the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Dave Crawley, Jr. was glued to the bottom of the track and was led the train of cars including Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, who finished second and third, respectively. Wallace tried a few top side moves but couldn’t get enough going to finish in the top spot.

Crawley had a good run going for himself in the Pro Late Model event, starting from the pole position, thanks in part to the frisbee draw formation, and was leading for the first six laps before disaster found his car and smoke poured from the engine. The motor blew and he was forced to the infield. With five laps to go, Nick Bauman found the lead from Roben Huffman and Matt Taylor who were slowed by a lapped car. Along with the amazing pass of Bauman for the lead, the crowd was wowwed by both Jake Little and Jose Parga. Little drove his Pro Late Model up the wall in turn four and came back down with his foot still on the gas and kept moving. Parga did the same in both turns one and two and also managed to keep his vehicle on the move. Both drivers would finish in the top five.

Top points driver in the Hornets division, Tony Reed, found his way to victory lane with a narrow win over first-time visitor from Belleville, Dallas Lugge. Saturday’s feature winner and tenth-place starter Michael Gossett finished in third.

This Saturday night brings more fun to the race track with the annual Faster Pastor event with local pastors of churches racing it out in the B.G. Nevitt Memorial. There will also be a University Dogs Hot Dog Eating Contest, fans can purchase hot dogs for $1 and there will be racing from the Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Street Stocks, Beach House Micro Sprints and Hornets.

Memorial Day Is Raceday At Macon Speedway NASCAR Personalities Join Macon Stars For Monday Event

May 31st, 2016

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest and most popular race weekends in the United States. With the running of the Indy 500, the Coca Cola 600, and many special events across the country, fans flock to see their favorite drivers on track. This is no different in Central Illinois, where Macon Speedway will be holding its second event in three days with a Memorial Day Special event on Monday afternoon.

Coming off a Saturday night event that saw Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols claim feature wins in Sportsman and Street Stocks, Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor take the Pro Late Model win, Germantown, IL driver Rodney Standerfer win in the Billingsley Towing Modified class, and Decatur, IL’s Michael Gossett take the checkered in the Hornet division, many other drivers from all across the state will head to the 1/5-mile high banked dirt track on Monday vying for top spots.

Monday’s action will be non-stop with seven divisions scheduled to race. Headlining the event will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division with the stellar field of Macon Speedway stars facing off against NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. Schrader and Wallace are partners along with Tony Stewart and Bob Sargent in the Macon Speedway operation. The two drivers, despite running a large amount of events across the country in their open wheel cars, will have a tough challenge beating the likes of Rodney Standerfer, Dave Crawley, Jr., Curt Rhodes, and a barrage of others who pace the track on a weekly basis.

In addition to the Modifieds, the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models will be racing. It will be the second event on the year for the series, after Jackonville’s event on Friday was postponed due to rain. The series opened at Lincoln Speedway on May 6 with Nick Bauman taking the victory. Jake Little, Roben Huffman, Andy Minett, and Brandon Eskew claimed top five finishes. The Pro Late Models will be running for $600 to win on Monday afternoon.

Also on the card are the UMP B-Mods, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets, regular divisions at the speedway. Part time classes making their second appearances of the year are the POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets and the Micros, presented at Macon by the Beach House. In all, the seven divisions will give every race fan a taste of all kinds of divisions and types of cars.

Monday’s events will start an hour earlier to all fans and competitors to make it back to their homes at a reasonable time. Pits are set to open at 2:30, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 4:50, hotlaps begin at 5:00, and racing action will take the green at 6:00. Grandstand admission is just $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

More information on Monday’s event can be found at www.maconracing.com.

Nichols Doubles Up Checkered Flags At Macon Speedway

May 30th, 2016

(Macon, IL) It took a few laps into the Sportsman and Street Stock features but Jeremy Nichols found a way to the lead and took control of the races en route to two wins. A total of five divisions were on hand with great activities for the kids including a bicycle giveaway and the Raminator Monster Truck.

Tom Graham and Scott Landers started in the front row of the Sportsman feature with Nichols in the second row. He waited until he found a chance on the top of the oval and passed Graham on the fourth lap. After that, the race was on for second place because Nichols had pulled away from the field. Landers, the son-in-law to Graham, raced behind Graham but caught him on the 11th lap during a spin-out which would send Graham to the tail. Landers would leave the race due to rear end damage. Following behind Nichols to the finish were two drivers from Missouri,Troy Medley and Chris Soutiea.

In the Street Stock division, Nichols was challenged by Nick Justice, Kyle Waters, Greg Osman and Brian Dasenbrock but nobody was able to slow down the J24. Nichols coasted in the 15-lapper to yet another victory.

Defending track champion of the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Rodney Standerfer, raced side-by-side with Dave Crawley, Jr. for the first two laps of the 20-lap event and pulled away to a victory. The race was without
caution and was without a challenger after the fifth lap as Standerfer kept on the gas pedal. Curt Rhodes passed Crawley in the early stages of the race and finished second with Crawley staying in third.

Guy Taylor finally got the best of his brother Matt Taylor in the Pro Late Model feature. Matt Taylor has been winning most of the battles in 2016 but on this night, Guy Taylor was up to the challenge. Racing atop the track, Guy Taylor would easily handle the field and win the 20-lap event.

Michael Gossett started seventh but finished first in the Hornet class. A late pass on Steven Stine would give him the lead and the victory. A slowed car would catch Stine and he would take his foot off the gas pedal allowing Gossett to make the pass.

Macon Speedway’s crowd experienced the true “Wow Factor” with the yearly return of the monster truck Raminator with Mark & Tim Hall. Demolishing three cars in the infield and spinning through the turns, the Raminator was definitely a hit of the night. There were also 30 bicycles given away to kids during the MEGA Bicycle Giveaway.

The next event Macon Speedway features is the annual Memorial Day Special with seven classes and an earlier start time of 6pm. The Pro Late Models race in a Big Ten Series event. Plus, see action from the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, POWRi Division II Midgets, Beach House Micro Sprints and Hornets. Also, NASCAR names and Macon Speedway co-owners Kenny Wallace & Ken Schrader will be on hand to race.

Spencer Bayston Takes Macon POWRi Checkered Flag

May 24th, 2016

(Macon, IL) Spencer Bayston won his heat race from the second row and got a front row outside starting spot and held the lead for the majority of the 30-lap feature and was essentially unchallenged. Decatur’s Terry Babb finished third in his heat race and was placed fourth in the starting lineup. He would finish fourth but was running a strong second place until the final three laps of the feature race when he was passed by Justin Peck. Peck started 12th. Bayston of Lebanon, Ind., was fast out of the restarts and would not be in jeopardy of giving up the lead.

Blue Mound’s Jeremy Camp returned to the track just down the road from his home and dominated the POWRi Micro Sprint 20-lap feature event. He has won many micro sprint features at Macon Speedway with and without the POWRi sanctioning.

Nick Justice came into the night with the Street Stock points standing lead with two feature wins out of four race events. At the night’s conclusion, he would have three features and pad his lead over the division. Justice looked in control from the beginning and would stay on top with Kyle Waters, Luke Force, Brian Dasenbrock and Terry Reed in chase.

Jake Little looked smooth in the Pro Late Model 20-lap A-Main feature event. Matt Taylor gave Little a battle through the first 15 laps but the final five laps were all Little as he pulled away for his first-ever feature win. Little formerly raced UMP Super Late Models before getting a UMP Pro Crate Late Model.

The night completed with the 4-cylinder Hornet division and Tony Reed looked strong until Adam Webb, who started in the back of the field, came charging to take the lead out of the fourth turn on the eighth lap of the 15-lap feature. Jared Matherly was running along with Reed in the race for second as Webb dashed away with the checkered flag. Reed would manage to keep second from Matherly.

Macon Speedway wishes to thank Casey’s General Stores for their sponsorship of the evening’s program and the members of the Armed Forces for being on hand for the night’s Armed Forces program. Next Saturday night brings the monster truck Raminator and a full stock car racing program.

​Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets Coming To Macon Speedway Saturday

May 20th, 2016

It’s a big weekend of open wheel racing in Central Illinois as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors POWRi Micros fly in to Macon Speedway on Saturday night, May 21, following the huge Arctic Cat All Star Circuit Of Champions show on Friday night at Lincoln Speedway. Joining POWRi at Macon this Saturday will be the UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets.

After sweeping the Missouri Mi State Midget Nationals, Tanner Thorson moved into the second position, 150 points behind Zach Daum in POWRi National Midget points. Andrew Felker sits in third after taking wins at both Macon and Belle-Clair. Spencer Bayston holds the fourth position, while Justin Peck rounds out the top five.

In the Speedway Motors POWRi Micros, Marion, IL driver Nathan Benson brought home a second place finish at Southern Illinois
Raceway to strengthen his point lead over Slater Helt. Joe B. Miller tightened the margin between himself and Helt after taking the victory Saturday night. Shelby Bosie moved into the fourth position after bringing home a fifth place finish at SIR, while Carlee Gress is fifth.

In the UMP Pro Late Model class, current track record holder, Matt Taylor, of Springfield, IL leads the standings by 12 over
Dakota Ewing of Decatur. Taylor has been outstanding early this season, mixing it up at the front of the pack for all three races. Taylor now has two wins and a second place finish, taking over his brother’s domination from a year ago. Following Taylor and Ewing are Roben Huffman, Jake Little and Jeffrey Reed.

The UMP Street Stocks had a huge field of cars this past Saturday night, with 26 pitside and 20 taking the green flag. Leading the standings is Decatur, IL’s Nick Justice. Justice claimed a couple of wins to start the season and has finished in the top ten of all four features. Kyle Waters, of Oreana, is second in points, just 16 behind. John Bright, Jr., Brian Dasenbrock, and Luke Force complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s divisions will be the UMP Hornets. Blue Mound, IL driver, Tony Reed had two second place finishes last weekend to go along with his third place finish from opening night. Those three podium results have been enough to give him a six point lead on Michael Gossett. Ryan Cantrell, Adam Webb, and Mike McChristy round out the top five.

Saturday night’s events are presented by Casey’s General Stores and will feature an Armed Forces Night. All retired and current military members get in for 1/2 price admission with valid military ID and those in uniform get in for free.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for 11 and under.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​Crawley Doubles Up at Macon Speedway

May 17th, 2016

(Macon, IL) It wasn’t the most ideal weather conditions for racing in Macon but fans and drivers witnessed a clean racing program amidst the cold weather and strong winds. They also witnessed Dave Crawley, Jr. return to victory lane not once, but twice.

Dave Crawley, Jr. took advantage of contact between leader Rodney Standerfer and second-place contender Brian Lynn to open the door for the lead in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds A-Main and got his hands on the checkered flag. Crawley needed patience to find out which lane to run and waited it out until he was close enough to make his move. With five laps to go, Crawley got the chance and made the pass on the back straightaway.

That was the second checkered flag of the night for Crawley. His first race in the Big Ten Street Stock Series race, where Crawley won the event, the second Big Ten Series race of 2016 and also his second win. Crawley is not a regular in the Street Stock division anymore but cut his racing teeth in that class years ago. The runner-up was Nick Macklin, who started eighth and passed six drivers to get the second-place position but ran out of time to catch Crawley.

Matt Taylor doesn’t want anybody but his name attached to the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model qualifying fastest lap. Last week, his set the new track record with a time of 11.235 and before he took to the track Roben Huffman reset the mark with a time of 11.228. Two qualifiers later, Taylor broke the minutes-old new record with a time of 11.143. Taylor set the inaugural mark with a 11.512 time to open the 2015 racing season. With a good finish to his heat and a redraw before the 20-lap feature attraction, Taylor was in the front row. He, however, wouldn’t be able to finish first. Jose Parga came from third place to bypass Taylor and the leader Roben Huffman to get the victory. Along with Dakota Ewing, the four drivers exchanged the top four positions during the last five remaining laps. Parga, Taylor, Ewing and Huffman would be the finishing order.

Tim Hancock drove away fast and furious in the B-Modified main event, making it three-for-three in feature races in 2016. For Hancock, it’s his fifth win in eight tries throughout central Illinois this season.

Adam Webb delivered another Hornet victory on the grand stage of the Hornet Challenge. The event was rained out last week and made up before the night’s regular feature and Webb coasted to a 25-lap, $1000-to-win special. In the second race, Jeremy Reed got the front row start and took off for 15 laps after having to pull in during the Hornet Challenge and suffer a DNF (Did Not Finish).

Spectator Drags Added To This Saturday’s Macon Speedway Show Officials Accepting First Eight Entries For Debut Event

May 14th, 2016

The action at Macon IL Speedway just got a little more interesting for this Saturday, May 14. In addition to an already fun evening that includes five divisions of racing, free admission with proper college ID, and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00, spectator drags have just been added to the night’s card.

A spectator drag event, also known as parking lot drags, allows someone who isn’t normally a racecar driver, to sign up to compete in a one lap, one-on-one style race for a chance to move into the next round, using their own street legal vehicle. At the end, the final two drivers matchup in the bracket style finale with a chance to take home the trophy.

There is no fee to participate in the race, other than the ticket or wristband purchased to enter the facility that night. Each race will be one lap in length from a non-moving start at the line. Competitors must wear a helmet and seat belts and be at least 18 years of age.

Track officials are currently accepting entries by phone at 217-764-3200. Only 8 entries will be permitted to race this Saturday, with four races in the first round, then two semi-final races, before the championship event.

Not only is this event fun for the participants, giving them a chance to race on Mighty Macon, but a blast for the fans as well.

This Saturday night’s program features the Hornet Challenge makeup plus Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Big Ten Series Street Stocks, and Hornets. Originally, the Beach House Micros were scheduled for this date, however, the POWRi Micros will be running a race at Southern Illinois Raceway. Therefore, the Micro event has been postponed to the May 30th, Memorial Day Monday Special.

Pabst Blue Ribbon is the sponsor of this Saturday’s program, which will feature a PBR Happy Hour between 5:00 and 7:00. During that time, PBR cans will be just $2.00. In addition, it is college night where students receive free admission by showing proper college ID at the gate.

Pit gates open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps start at 6:00, Pro Late Model qualifying at 6:45, and racing will take the green at 7:00. The Spectator Drag event will be held at intermission. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Hornet Challenge To Be Made Up This Saturday At Macon Speedway Field Is Nearly Set For $1,000 To Win Event

May 13th, 2016

Hornet drivers from a few different states converged on Central Illinois last weekend at Lincoln and Macon Speedways for the $1,000 to win Hornet challenge races. Decatur, IL driver Adam Webb bested a field of 20+ competitors on Friday night at Lincoln, while Mother Nature won Saturday’s event with some rainfall right before the green was scheduled to drop. It has been announced that the race will be run this coming Saturday, May 14.

The rescheduled date this Saturday will see a 25-lap event run early in the night in addition to regular heats and a feature for the Hornet division that were already scheduled for the night. While the Hornet Challenge feature field is nearly set, additional starters up to a 22-car field will be allowed. Right now, 20 drivers are locked in, however, Jay Orr and Zane Miller have already passed along the word that they will not be making the long trip to Central Illinois this weekend. That takes the field down to 18, leaving at least four spots open at the tail. Anyone wishing to join the starting field for the Hornet Challenge will have to pay for the entry fee and an additional pit pass at the pill draw window.

This Saturday night’s program features the Hornet Challenge makeup plus Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Big Ten Series Street Stocks, and Hornets. Originally, the Beach House Micros were scheduled for this date, however, the POWRi Micros will be running a race at Southern Illinois Raceway. Therefore, the Micro event has been postponed to the May 30th, Memorial Day Monday Special.

Pabst Blue Ribbon is the sponsor of this Saturday’s program, which will feature a PBR Happy Hour between 5:00 and 7:00. During that time, PBR cans will be just $2.00. In addition, it is college night where students receive free admission by showing proper college ID at the gate.

Pit gates open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps start at 6:00, Pro Late Model qualifying at 6:45, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway Nearly Beats Mother Nature All Races Complete Except Hornet Challenge

May 10th, 2016

(Macon, IL) By the time the night was to begin, the event looked doomed. Dark skies and spitting rain threatened the event but the rain stopped and all but one feature was completed Saturday night. The $1,000-to-win Hornet Challenge was the only event not completed as Mother Nature unleashed a steady rain and made the 1/5th mile un-raceable.

The Sportsman and Street Stock divisions were both won by the same driver as Lovington’s Jeremy Nichols raced double duty and wasted little time dashing to the front and running away from the competitors in both divisions.

Tim Hancock is now 2-for-2 in B-Modified features at Macon Speedway as he easily handled the competition and the track conditions en route to the checkered flag.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds was won by Dave Crawley, Jr. It was another strong showing by the former track champion as he opened the lead and ran and hid from the second place driver Brian Shaw. Shaw would break down on lap 17 and allow Cory Daugherty the chance to chase down Crawley for the second-straight feature event in the Modifieds.

The finish of the night came in the Pro Late Models division as Matt Taylor outlasted the charge from Dakota Ewing. Ewing nearly took the lead away from Taylor during the late stages of the race with an open-wheel slide job in the second turn but it would not hold cleanly and Taylor retook the advantage on the back straightaway and held onto the number one spot in the field. Earlier in the evening, Taylor re-set the fast time in qualifying, taking away the three-week record that was taken from him by Jake Little at 11.356. The new record stands at 11.235.

The Hornet Challenge will be rescheduled next Saturday night as part of a double-feature program for the 4-cylinders. Also, it will be Pabst Blue Ribbon Night with specials on PBR beer. A $2 happy hour will be held between 5:00-7:00. College students showing their school IDs will be admitted free.

Hornet Challenge Weekend Up Next For Lincoln & Macon Speedways Payout Increase Just Announced

May 3rd, 2016

Officials from Track Enterprises in Macon, IL announced in February an unprecedented weekend of racing, camping, partying, and all out fun for Hornet competitors during the month of May. That time is now. The Friday-Saturday doubleheader is this upcoming weekend, Friday, May 6 at Lincoln Speedway and Saturday, May 7 at Macon Speedway. Now, Track Enterprises officials have added to an already sizable payoff.

Due to a lot of interest and positive comments on the weekend, each feature will now pay $1,000 to win and $50 to start, instead of the $30 to start that was originally planned. On top of that, additional $100 bonuses are in place for the highest finishing out of state car each race, with competitors from all over expected to attend.

The events will see heat races set up by draw, with passing points used to lock drivers into the feature field. A semi will be held to give remaining drivers a last chance to make the show. The Hornet class will be teched by Macon UMP rules which include street tires/wheels only and no coilovers.

Pre-entry fee is $30 for each day or $40 if not received by Saturday, April 30.

The complete payout for the 20 car starting field is: $1,000, $400, $250, $150, $100, $90, $80, $70, $60, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50, $50

On Friday at Lincoln Speedway, pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 6:00, hotlaps begin at 6:20, and racing action will take the green shortly after 7:00. On Saturday at Macon Speedway, pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 6:00 when hotlaps begin, and racing action will start at 7:00.

Lincoln Speedway racing will also include Big Ten Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and DII Midgets. Macon Speedway Hornet action will be topped off with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and B-Mods.

For travelers looking for a place to stay on Friday night after the races, the Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn in Lincoln, IL have a racers rate. Just mention Lincoln Speedway to get your discount.

For more Lincoln information, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Saturday’s St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway Postponed

May 2nd, 2016

MACON, IL – Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway has been postponed. With the forecast for continued rain throughout the day, Speedway and Series officials have been forced to postpone the event.

“We were holding out, hoping that forecasters were wrong all week, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Now, we will regroup and look forward to the make-up date,” said Macon Speedway Promoter, Bob Sargent. The 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will now take place on Tuesday, July 26th. The event will feature an action-packed program that includes: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event. For tickets and more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

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​St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 At Macon Speedway Postponed Lucas Oil Late Models Rescheduled To Tuesday, July 26

May 1st, 2016

Macon Speedway officials along with those from the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series have decided to pull the plug on the April 30 running of the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, due to overnight rains and the abysmal forecast for the 1/5-mile facility.

Officials had hoped to see a change in Saturday’s forecast but various weather models stayed consistent with a near 100% chance for a major portion of the day.

Track promoter Bob Sargent stated, “We were holding out hope that forecasters were wrong all week but it just wasn’t meant to be. Now, we will regroup and look forward to the make-up date.”

The 3rd running of the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will now be held on Tuesday, July 26 as part of a big week of Late Model racing in the midwest. In addition to the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models, the Bilingsley Towing Modifieds and B-Mods are also on the card.

The next event on the Macon Speedway schedule is next Saturday, May 7 with six divisions of action. Headlining the event will be the $1,000 to win Hornet Challenge and the season opener for the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models. Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Sportsman will also race.

Pits will open next Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 shortly after the pill draw ends and racing will begin at 7:00.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Lucas Oil Late Model Stars Set For Saturday At Macon Speedway Davenport & Bloomquist Two To Watch

April 28th, 2016

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is heading to Macon IL Speedway this coming Saturday, April 30, as part of a double header weekend. After two years of Thursday night events, the series will now race at the high banked 1/5-mile on a Saturday night for the first time. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will pay $12,000 to the winner.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the nation’s premier Late Model sanctioning organization, has over 50 events scheduled all across the country in 2016. The best of the best compete on a race-to-race basis with the series, which made its first ever Macon Speedway appearance in 2014. Bobby Pierce took the victory in 2014, while Jimmy Owens grabbed the win last year. This year’s field will once again be strong and wicked
quick.

The current championship standings have dominant Jonathan Davenport leading the way by 110 over veteran Scott Bloomquist. Jared Landers, Darrell Lanigan, and Brandon Sheppard round out the top five. Currently finishing up the top ten are Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., and Don O’Neal.

The night before the Macon event, the stars will be racing in Granite City, IL at Tri-City Speedway.

Joining the Late Models Saturday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds in addition to the ever growing B-Mod division.

Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus some weeknight specials.

Felker Returns to Macon Speedway Winner Circle

April 25th, 2016

(Macon, IL) Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, MO., made the move to the lead midway through the 30-lap A-Main in the first-of-five trips to Macon Speedway in 2016 for the POWRi Midgets. Tanner Thorson was in charge for the first 14 laps before Felker made the move for the lead with lapped traffic in the way. Both drivers were sticking to the top of the 1/5th mile but Felker took over with a move known throughout open-wheel racing as the slide job. Before the feature started, there was excitement as Tyler Thomas flipped his Midget after the parade lap when drivers would step on the gas petal and warm their tires. Two-time Chili Bowl champion and driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rico Abreu finished seventh. Decatur native Terry Babb made the final transfer spot for the feature out of the B-Main, started 22nd of 23 cars, and finished fifth.

In the POWRi Micro Sprints, top groove racing prevailed for Frank Galusha. The Lincoln, NE., native followed by both Matthew and Nicholas Howard, Galusha made some of his best moves when the back of the pack was being caught up by the leaders and he managed to put some breathing room between him and the Howards. Blue Mound’s Jeremy Camp managed a top five finish among 23 cars.

Macon Speedway’s newest division debuted Saturday night with the Division II Midgets, formerly known as the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series, with 20 cars. Champaign’s Patrick Bruns rode the high side to the checkered flag in the 20-lap feature event.

The lone Macon Speedway stock car division was the Street Stock class and Nick Justice won back-to-back feature events. Brian Dasenbrock kept second place away from Kyle Waters. Luke Force and Jamie Suddarth completed the top five.

Sunday brings racing to Macon Speedway with the make-up of the rained out Battle of the Prairie Go-Karts event. Gates open at 11am, hot laps at noon with racing starting at 1pm. Saturday night is set to be a mega event at the historic oval with the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, a 100-lap, $12,000-to-win event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. Billingsley Towing Modifieds and B-Modifieds are also scheduled.

POWRi Set To Fly At Macon Speedway The National Midget Series, A Fan Favorite

April 23rd, 2016

An outstanding crowd witnessed some great racing action this past Saturday, April 16 at Macon IL Speedway. Mighty Macon, as many know it, was the home to six divisions which put on a great show. “Can’t Miss April” continues this Saturday, April 23, as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets, Speedway Motors POWRi Micros, and DII Midgets blaze a trail around the 1/5-mile. The UMP Street Stocks will also race.

The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets kicked off 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a duel against the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget Series at Port City Raceway. Both nights, drivers from the West division cleaned house with Matt Sherrell taking night number one, while Jason McDougal thrilled the crowd with his Saturday night victory. Look for the National drivers to come back with a renewed head of steam at the next round of co-sanctioned events in May. Coming out of the Turnpike Challenge, 2013 and 2014 Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series champion Zach Daum sits atop the standings with a 20 point lead over Monrovia, Indiana’s Justin
Peck. Spencer Bayston sits in third, trailing Peck by 30 points. Veteran Keith Kunz Motorsports driver Tanner Thorson holds fourth, while rookie Logan Seavey rides in fifth.

After their season opener at Belle-Clair Speedway, Nathan Benson picked back up right where he left off in 2015, claiming victory after battling with Jeremy Camp and fending off Joe B. Miller. Joe B. Miller sits in second for the Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series standings, with Jeremy Camp in third. Matt Howard currently holds fourth, while Slater Helt rounds out the top five.

Heading into this weekend, Patrick Bruns holds the top spot after the Lucas Oil POWRi Division II Illini Midget Series season opener at Lincoln Speedway. Hunter Lane holds down second in the standings, followed by Jake Neuman, Tyler Vantoll, and Max Pozsgai.

In the UMP Street Stock opener at Macon, a large field of 20 cars were pitside with 16 taking the green flag in the feature. Nick Justice, of Decatur, IL came out on top of the strong field, while Aaron Cole, Jeff Watts, Terry Reed, and Luke Force finished off the top five.

It gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends then practice begins at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and kids 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Rico Readies For Macon Speedway POWRi Event Open Wheel Star To Race Saturday

April 21st, 2016

This coming Saturday, April 23, the open wheel stars from POWRi will be setting blistering laps at the Might Macon 1/5-mile, for the second week of the 2016 racing season. On the card are the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets, Lucas Oil POWRi Division II Midgets, the Speedway Motors POWRi Winged Micros, and the UMP Street Stocks. Over 100 competitors are expected to compete with a number of favorites set to battle.

Leading the list of stars entered is two-time Chili Bowl champion and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Rico Abreu. Abreu has the weekend off in the Truck Series so he’s making the weekend double for Keith Kunz Motorsports, which includes the visit to Macon Speedway on Saturday. The Californian has also won the Eldora 4 Crown and has an amazing resume built up in open wheel cars.

he series that Abreu will be racing with, the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets, kicked off 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a duel against the Lucas Oil POWRi West Midget Series at Port City Raceway. Both nights, drivers from the West division cleaned house with Matt Sherrell taking night number one, while Jason McDougal thrilled the crowd with his Saturday night victory. Look for the National drivers to come back with a renewed head of steam at the next round of co-sanctioned events in May. Coming out of the Turnpike Challenge, 2013 and 2014 Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series champion Zach Daum sits atop the standings with a 20 point lead over Monrovia, Indiana’s Justin Peck. Spencer Bayston sits in third, trailing Peck by 30 points. Veteran Keith Kunz Motorsports driver Tanner Thorson holds fourth, while rookie Logan Seavey rides in fifth.

After their season opener at Belle-Clair Speedway, Nathan Benson picked back up right where he left off in 2015, claiming victory after battling with Jeremy Camp and fending off Joe B. Miller. Joe B. Miller sits in second for the Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series standings, with Jeremy Camp in third. Matt Howard currently holds fourth, while Slater Helt rounds out the top five.

Heading into this weekend, Patrick Bruns holds the top spot after the Lucas Oil POWRi Division II Illini Midget Series season opener at Lincoln Speedway. Hunter Lane holds down second in the standings, followed by Jake Neuman, Tyler Vantoll, and Max Pozsgai.

In the UMP Street Stock opener at Macon, a large field of 20 cars were pitside with 16 taking the green flag in the feature. Nick Justice, of Decatur, IL came out on top of the strong field, while Aaron Cole, Jeff Watts, Terry Reed, and Luke Force finished off the top five. The Street Stocks have a big weekend planned with the Midwest Big Ten Series season opener at Lincoln Speedway on Friday night.

Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and kids 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

71st Season Opener Thrills Fans At Macon Speedway 6 Divisions Packed The Stands

April 18th, 2016

Macon Speedway opened its 71st season of stock car racing with the 9th Annual Spring Fling & Driver/Sponsor Appreciation Night. All cars were parked on the historic 1/5th-mile and all race fans were allowed to come
onto the track for a meet-and-greet. It was also the first of many CEFCU Kids Clubs events which featured Twinkles the Clown and a bounce house.

Timmy Dick picked up where he left off in 2015, a four-time Sportsman feature winner and defending division champion, claiming the first feature checkered flag of the season. He battled former track champion Jeremy Nichols but pulled away during the 15-lap event. Danny Smith finished third as Tim Bedinger and Scott Landers crossed the line fourth and fifth, respectively.

Tim Hancock of Mt. Olive made short work of the B-Mod feature event, leading all 15 laps comfortably and gave his feature-winning trophy to a kid after the winner’s circle interview. Brett Page, Tom Riech, Ryan Timmons and Nick Lowe rounded out the top five.

Plenty of mayhem ensued in the Street Stock finale with cars losing tires as well as engines overheating and blowing up but in the end, justice was served. Nick Justice of Decatur secured the victory with his successfully run of the 71-year-old track. Aaron Cole trailed behind and finished second with Jeff Watts, Terry Reed and Luke Force all within bumpers of finishing spots two-through-five.

Dave Crawley, Jr. and Cory Daugherty stole the show with the Billingsley Towing Modified feature event. Side-by-side and hanging on every turn, the full house went wild during every lap as the two challenged one another for the top position on the track. In the end, Crawley, using the top side, had enough to get the checkered flag as Daugherty stayed true to the bottom. Brett Korves was the third place finisher with Shawn Vaughn and Wade Glover following behind.

The night for the Pro Late Models started with Jake Little setting a new track record in time trials with a single lap time of 11.356, beating Matt Taylor’s seven-month record of 11.448. But at the end of the night it was Taylor holding a firm grasp on the lead and the checkered flag. Motoring past lapped traffic and keeping an eye on where the second-place car was (his brother, Guy), Taylor won the first event of the season for the Pro Late Model division. Nick Bauman, Jake Little and Dakota Ewing rounded out the top five.

Adam Webb got his season off to a great start with a feature win in the 4-cylinder Hornet class. Webb finished third in the points last season but is a former National Champion, got out front and cruised to the victory in the A-Main 12-lap event. Mike Gossett, Tony Reed, Jerad Matherly and Troy Newberry completed the top five.

Next week, Macon Speedway welcomes the POWRi Midgets and Beach House Micro Sprints to the track along with the debut of the new Division II Midgets. The Street Stocks are also slated to compete on the 1/5th-mile. In two weeks, $12,000-to-win the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and B-Modifieds are also on the schedule.

Lincoln & Macon Speedways Set To Open Under Track Enterprise Banner

April 16th, 2016

A pair of Central Illinois racetracks are ready to take the green flag on their 2016 seasons this coming weekend. Under beautiful skies and with 70+ degree temperatures, Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL and Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL will be opening this coming weekend. This year will mark the 13th season for Lincoln and the 71st for Mighty Macon.

This year brings new promoters to Lincoln Speedway, as Track Enterprises takes the wheel under Bob Sargent, Drake Nelson, and Adam Mackey. The trio also operate Macon Speedway, the Terre Haute Action track, and a large number of big events throughout the midwest that include ARCA, USAC, and other top series. Macon Speedway features Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace, and Ken Schrader as part owners in addition to Sargent.

The Friday, April 15, season opener at Lincoln Speedway will have a little bit of something for everyone. For stock car fans, the Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, and Hornets will be on track. For the open wheel fans, there will be Modifieds and the DII Nutech Seed Midgets. And for the kids, Twinkles the Clown will be entertaining with balloon animals in addition to an inflatable bounce house on site.

On Saturday, April 16, Macon Speedway will open the gates for an unbelievable 71st season with Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Hornets. The night will also feature an on track driver autograph session around 6:45 and CEFCU Kid’s Club for the youngsters. There will be the new Kid’s Club t-shirts and goody bags with coloring books, etc in addition to a bounce house in the play area.

Things to watch this weekend include the Pro Late Model point bonus for the top three in cumulative points between the two tracks. The top three after the two races will split a $600 point fund of $300, $200, and $100. The Pro Late Models will also have two laps of single car qualifying at both events, which is a first time occurrence at Lincoln, where a new track record will be set.

Both race track will feature very affordable family fun as admission is just $12 for adults and kids 11 and under are free. Pit gates will open at 4:00, with grandstands at 5:00, pill draws end at 6:00, and racing will take the green around 7:00.

For more information, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Excitement Builds For 71st Season At Macon Speedway

April 15th, 2016

The 71st racing season at historic Macon (IL) Speedway is set to go green this coming Saturday, April 16. Fans will be treated to season opening “Spring Fling” action in the Pro Late Models, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, B-Mod’s, and Hornets.

2016 will mark the second full season in which the Pro Late Models will be a regular class at the bullring. Last year the class had solid car counts and great racing. Many are looking forward to seeing what the class brings to the table again this year, as many drivers from the area are building rides to compete in the weekly division. The Pro Late Model class is inviting to drivers, due to its more affordable cost to be competitive. 2015 saw Guy Taylor of Springfield, IL take the season championship. A large number of competitors are set to take their shot at the championship Saturday night.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds are back for another exciting season at Macon. One year ago, over 80 different Modified competitors graced the Macon oval with Germantown, IL driver, Rodney Standerfer claiming the 2015 crown. The Billingsley Towing Modified class is a staple at the track, running 19 different times this season.

The Sportsman class, a part-time division, will get a chance to race more than once a month this year, and the first is this Saturday night. Montiello, IL driver, Timmy Dick, claimed last year’s UMP Sportsman championship by 38 points over Tim Beddinger. This year, it will be all about making the most of every opportunity, with ten races scheduled throughout the season.

The Street Stock division should be action packed for the opener, as well. Not only is it race #1 during a 21 race campaign for the track, but it is also the first chance to test for the Big Ten Series in the Street Stock division. Four of the ten races will be held at Macon, with other events at Jacksonville, Lincoln, and Taylorville. 59 different Street Stock drivers were on track at Macon in 2015 and many of those will be back this Saturday for the opener.

The fifth division on the card Saturday Night will be the B-mod’s. This class is in its second full season and is another cost effective race car for competitors. 2015 had 41 different drivers find the historic bullring, with hot shoe James Farley III of Springfield, IL being crowned the champion.

Rounding out Saturday’s slate of racing will be the Hornet class. Last year, the Hornets had nearly 60 competitors race at one point or another. Last year John Bright Jr. of Decatur, IL found the winners circle and the championship at the end of the season.

In addition to the thrilling racing action, Macon Speedway’s opener will have a Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photo & Autograph Session where we will invite the fans onto the track to meet and greet with their favorite drivers. Also the CEFCU Kid’s Club will be in full force with a bounce house and fun stuff for the young ones.

Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 4:00, with grandstands at 5:00, and racing action takes the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $12, while children 11 and under get in free. Pit admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply.

Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight

Macon & Lincoln Speedway Competitors Set For Test & Tunes Season Opening Weekend Just A Couple Weeks Away

March 28th, 2016

Drivers in central Illinois are looking forward to the start of the 2016-racing season and the next two weekends will be used to fine tune their machines at Macon and Lincoln Speedways, part of the Track Enterprises conglomerate. Four different practice dates are set between the two tracks.

At Macon Speedway, drivers will be on track on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 10. The Lincoln Speedway dates are scheduled for Sunday, April 3 and Saturday, April 9. Drivers in Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, B-Mods, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Hornets, Midgets, Micros, and Sprint Cars are welcome to attend.

Each of the four days will see pits opening at 11:00 AM with on-track action taking place between 12:00-4:00. Pit admission for the test and tune days is $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Grandstand admission for the test and tune days is free.

Lincoln Speedway will have its 2016 Season Opening Door Buster on Friday, April 15 with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, DII Midgets, and Hornets in action. Macon Speedway will open its doors for the 2016 Spring Fling on Saturday, April 16 with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, B-Mods, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

For more information, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon & Lincoln Speedway Car Show This Weekend Hickory Point Mall Hosting First Show In Years

March 14th, 2016

​(Macon, IL) Drivers and teams throughout central Illinois are ready to show off their newly painted rides this coming weekend at Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL. Formerly an annual event, the show has not been held inside the popular facility in many years. The Macon and Lincoln Speedway event is scheduled for March 18-20.

The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 17 at 9:00 PM and exiting on Sunday, March 20 at 5:00 PM. Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action. It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show. Those who entered the show are asked to arrive by 8:30 on Thursday night to prepare for entry into the mall and to bring material for under the car in case of a possible leak.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area. It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

For information during the winter on the 2016 season, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, and Track Enterprises at www.trackenterprises.com. You can also call the office at 217-764-3200.

Hornet Challenge Weekend Announced For Lincoln & Macon Speedways Doubleheader Events Paying $1,000 To Win

February 10th, 2016

Officials from Track Enterprises in Macon, IL have announced an unprecedented weekend of racing, camping, partying, and all out fun for Hornet competitors during the month of May. A Friday-Saturday doubleheader will feature $1,000 to win races at Lincoln Speedway and Macon Speedway, in Illinois.

The events, scheduled for May 6 at Lincoln and May 7 at Macon, will pay $1,000 to win each night and $30 to start. Additional $100 bonuses are in place for the highest finishing out of state car each race, with competitors from all over expected to attend.

The events will see heat races set up by draw, with passing points used to lock drivers into the feature field. A semi will be held to give remaining drivers a last chance to make the show. The Hornet class will be teched by Macon UMP rules which include street tires/wheels only and no coilovers.

Pre-entry fee is $30 for each day or $40 if not received by Saturday, April 30. On Saturday, April 30, 5 Lincoln pre-entries and 5 Macon pre-entries will be pulled from a draw to give them guaranteed starting spots in that race. Those spots will only be used if the driver cannot make the show through the heats or last chance. Definitely some incentive to enter early.

For more Lincoln information, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St.,Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Host Hotel Named For Illinois State Fair Races Carpenter Street Hotel To Feature A Racer Rate

February 9th, 2016

Officials from Track Enterprises in Macon, IL have come to agreement with the Carpenter Street Hotel in Springfield, IL, to be the official host hotel for the 2016 State Fair race weekend. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, the final two days of the Illinois State Fair and features USAC, ARCA, and UMP events.

Carpenter Street Hotel is located in downtown Springfield, less than three miles from the Illinois State Fairgrounds, 3 blocks from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and just 4 miles from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The hotel features stylish guest rooms with contemporary boutique-style decor and furnishings. Rooms also include free WiFi, flat screen TVs, coffeemakers, refrigerator/microwave, and all others features that you would come to expect. Complimentary hot breakfast, and parking is included. Hotel also features a shuttle service that will run most days during the fair. Please ask the front desk for details.

A racer rate will be available by mentioning that you are attending the Illinois State Fair races. The hotel is located at 525 N 6th St., Springfield, IL 62702. To reserve your room for the USAC/ARCA Illinois State Fair race weekend, visit www.carpenterstreethotel.com or call 888-779-9100.

Track Enterprises is a racing promotion company that oversees popular racing events that feature top touring series like the ARCA Racing Series, USAC, UMP, POWRi, and more. For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, visit www.trackenterprises.com.

Macon, Lincoln, & Jacksonville Speedway Officials Set Informational Meeting For January 10 2016 Schedules Will Also Be Released At The Midwest Speed Expo

December 19th, 2015

Officials from Track Enterprises, the promotion company of Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway, have announced that the 2016 schedules will be released during the 13th Annual Midwest Speed Expo Trade Show and Swap Meet. In addition to the schedule release, officials will also hold an information meeting for drivers at the two tracks, in addition to Jacksonville Speedway, in the cafeteria located at the Illinois State Fair, Orr Building in Springfield.

The Trade Show and Swap Meet will be open on Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10 from 9:00 M-3:00 PM each day with $7 admission for adults and free for children 10 and under. The UMP Awards Banquet is on Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza, while licenses will be available for purchases both days at the show. The Midwest Speed Driver of the year winner will also be announced on Sunday at 1:30.

The meeting for Macon, Lincoln, and Jacksonville drivers will be held on Sunday at 1:30 in the cafeteria of the Orr Building. Any drivers who are planning to race at Macon and Lincoln are welcome to attend to shoot the breeze about rules and the upcoming 2016 season.

For more information on racing at the facilities, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.maconracing.com, www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, and www.jacksonvillespeedway.com.

Join Forces for Huge Nashville Show **April Event Features Two Days of Racing

December 4th, 2015

(Macon, Illinois) – Officials from the Champion Racing Association, the Southern Super Series, and Track Enterprises, the promoting entity for the April ARCA event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, have announced a huge two-day show that will take place in April of 2016. The weekend will see two days of racing for the two Super Late Model series, as they join the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in the early season event.

Last year, Track Enterprises brought the ARCA Racing Series back to Nashville for the first time in 20+ years. Along with ARCA, the Southern Super Series ran a 100-lap event that saw 26 cars put on a thrilling race. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Daniel Hemric, claimed the win in exciting fashion.

This year, the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS will be added to the weekend show for a can’t miss event. Friday, April 8 will see a doubleheader, featuring point races for both series. Those events will also be qualifiers for the Saturday, April 9 combined North/South Super Late Model challenge.

“The 2015 event was highly successful, especially for how late everything was put together and the fact that CRA was racing at Toledo the same day. Having two top-tier Super Late Model tours together, in addition to the national touring series of ARCA, will make this a can’t miss racing event in the Music City”, stated Track Enterprises promoter Bob Sargent.

The weekend will be capped off by a 200-lap ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards feature event. The 2015 race was won by eventual series champion Grant Enfinger. The Menards Pole Award went to Kyle Weatherman, the eventual SCOTT Rookie of the Year.

In 2016, the ARCA Racing Series will once again have their 200 lap feature on Saturday, April 9. The Super Late Models will have hotlaps, qualifying, and their respective point races on Friday, with a combined event Saturday.

More details on the doubleheader weekend will be announced as the winter progresses. For further information, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.southernsuperseries.com, www.cra-racing.com, or www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com.

​Macon & Lincoln Speedway Racecars Set To Return To Hickory Point Mall March 18-20 Car Show Will Be First In Years

November 30th, 2015

*Macon, IL* Officials from Macon Speedway as well as Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL are pleased to announce the return of the season preview car show. Formerly an annual event, the show has not been held inside the popular facility in many years. The event is scheduled for March 18-20, 2016.

The car show will be open to any regular competitors that race at Macon Speedway or Lincoln Speedway, as well as those from traveling series that compete at either of the tracks. The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 17 and exiting on Sunday, March 20 when Hickory Point Mall closes for business each of the two days.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action. It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show. Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area. It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

Drivers and teams who have highly presentable cars are welcome to enter the show by emailing adam.trackenterprises@gmail.com or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. The show will likely feature up to 30 competitors, so registration is first come, first serve. There is no charge to enter the show.

​Macon Speedway Preparing For 2016 Season

November 22nd, 2015

After a successful 70th anniversary season, Macon IL Speedway officials are already looking ahead to 2016. Work has been ongoing at the track to winterize in addition to a couple of additional projects to prepare for 2016.

One new project that officials have been working on is a pond at the backside of the pit area. The pond will be used to provide water for the track and the pit access roads. The speedway has previously used city water but the addition of the pond should make the track more self sufficient when it comes to the water supply.

In other dirt work, longtime track owner, Bob Sargent, has spent plenty of time over the last month fine tuning the track surface. Sargent added plenty of dirt to replenish what has been lost over time. The surface has been graded and packed and is ready for the new season.

The 2016 campaign is tentatively set to take the green flag for the season opener on Saturday, April 16, with open practices scheduled during the previous two weekends. The track’s regular divisions will include Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Hornets. The schedule will also see more events for the Sportsman class as well as several events for the newly created Division II Midgets. Super Late Models and Micros will also make appearances in addition to a number of travelling classes including the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models, MOWA, and POWRi.

For information during the winter on the 2016 season, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com ,
on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Champions Honored At Macon Speedway Ceremony

October 29th, 2015

​With the 2015 season in the rear view mirror, Macon Speedway officials held the annual Halloween Awards Party in the parking lot of the racetrack. Two large bonfires kept a crowd of 200+ warm while they ate delicious sandwich served up by Master Chef Bill Morris and his large group of assistants. Sunday evening’s festivities culminated with award presentations for the top competitors in each Macon Speedway division in addition to the Midwest Big Ten Series classes.

In the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models, Springfield, IL’s Brian Diveley took top honors. Diveley won a race at Jacksonville on August 7 and finished in a podium position in five of the seven races he competed. Ryan Little, Chuck Mitchell, Jake Little, and Greg Kimmins were top five competitors.

In the UMP Pro Late Model class, drivers in the Midwest Big Ten Series and Macon Speedway competitors were honored. Taking a lot of hardware was Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor. Taylor won both championships by way of seven Macon wins and six wins on the Big Ten circuit including Macon, Lincoln, and Jacksonville. Nick Bauman, Tommy Sheppard, Roben
Huffman, and Matt Taylor were top five in the Big Ten, while Sheppard, Bobby Beiler, Matt Taylor, and Huffman all followed Guy Taylor in the Macon points.

Germantown, IL driving veteran Rodney Standerfer took this year’s championship in the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified class. Standerfer garnered seven feature wins, winning five out of six at one point during the season. Standerfer was followed by Jeff Graham, Curt Rhodes, Clark Robertson, and TD Burger.

Much like Guy Taylor in the Pro Late Models, Decatur, IL driver Terry Reed was a big winner in the UMP Street Stock class. Reed took the Midwest Big Ten championship as well as the Macon track title. Reed had eight wins at Macon and also won Big Ten races at Christian County Fair, Jacksonville, and Macon. In the hometrack points, Reed was followed by Brian Dasenbrock, Kyle Waters, Greg Osman, and Jeffery Reed, Jr. In the Big Ten Series, Bobby Beiler, Osman, Waters, and Dasenbrock took top fives.

The UMP Hornets were again a centerpiece of nearly every racing program the track held in 2015. Leading the way at the end of the season was Decatur, IL driver, John Bright, Jr. For Bright, it was his second point championship. Thad Gee, Adam Webb, Steve Stine, and Cook Crawford finished the year in the top five.

An up and coming division that is getting more events at the 1/5-mile is the UMP B-Mod class. This year, Springfield, IL wheelman Thomas Riech took top honors after a tight battle with point runner-up James Farley, III. Ryan Timmons, Roy Magee, II, and Cody Stillwell rounded out the top five.

Completing the ceremonies was the UMP Sportsman class. While the division only ran five times at Macon during the 2015-season, the top five drivers had their chance to step forward and address the crowd. Taking two feature wins and the championship was Monticello, IL driver Timmy Dick. Tim Bedinger, Tom Graham, Jeremy Nichols, and Danny Smith had top five honors.

At the end of the night, a costume contest was held for the numerous kids who dressed up. In the end, gift bags were given to a gorilla, a bumblebee, batgirl, a young lady pirate, a John Bright, Jr. replica stroller, and a miniature racecar driver. Hayrides were also given to the youngsters.

Macon Speedway officials would like to thank Terry Young and Hoosier Racing Tire as well as Jim Moon from Moonman Motorsports for their sponsorship at the banquet. Also, thanks goes out to all of the racers, teams, owners, year-long sponsors, staff, fans, and anyone else who help make Macon Speedway one of the best tracks in the country.

For information during the winter on the 2016 season, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​Macon Closes Out Season With POWRi Night

October 5th, 2015

POWRi Midgets and Micros lined the pits for the final night of racing at Macon Speedway in 2015. The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and B-Mods were also in action. In upwards of 100 cars raced for the final 2015 show.

In Lucas Oil POWRi Midget competition, Tyler Thomas raced out front to an early lead with Ryan Robinson in tow. Thomas was cruising, way out front, and built a sizable lead. Disaster struck on lap 24, though, as two cars at the tail end of the lead lap spun in turn two. Thomas was collected and retired from the race. That gave the lead to Pocahontas, IL driver Zach Daum, who made his racing return recently after rehabbing injuries. Daum, last year’s POWRi champion, went on to the feature win. Tanner Thorson, Kevin Thomas, Andrew Felker, and Tim Siner completed the top five.

In B-Mod feature racing, Nathan Schmidt, of Trenton, IL, took the lead at the green and never looked back, claiming his first Macon victory of the season. The race, which went flag-to-flag, had Cody Stillwell in 2nd, James Farley 3rd, while Ryan Timmons and Wade Glover completed the top five. Thomas Riech claimed the B-Mod track championship by just four points.

Zach Taylor set the point early in the Speedway Motors POWRi Micro 20 lap A-Main. Nathan Benson, a series front runner, took the lead from Taylor on lap 6 and built a sizable advantage. Disaster struck around halfway, as Taylor took a wild ride and barrel rolled into turn three. After a couple more rolls, Concordia, MO’s Benson held off all challengers to claim the dominant victory. Ayrton Gennetten, Matt Howard, Chris Cochran, and Jeremy Camp rounded out the top five.

Finishing out the show was the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. started from the pole and the race was of utmost importance for the #6. Coming into the event, Sheppard needed to finish ahead of Guy Taylor to claim the Macon championship, while Taylor already had the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model championship wrapped up. Sheppard was wicked quick early on, leading the way to about the halfway point. However, Sheppard caught traffic and looked to the bottom. As soon as he went to the bottom, Taylor raced to the topside and took the lead away. The move was bold and it was enough to eventually give him the track championship. The Springfield, Ohio driver was followed by Sheppard, Matt Taylor, Myles Moos, and Nick Bauman. For Guy Taylor, he took the clean sweep of the race, the track championship, and the Big Ten title.

The October 3 show closes out the 2015 season at Macon Speedway. Info on the 2016 campaign will be available at maconracing.com.

Big Ten Pro Late Models & B-Mods Join POWRi At Macon Speedway Saturday Point Battles Are Tight On Final Night

October 1st, 2015

​While many fans will be attending Macon Speedway this coming Saturday, October 3, to see the open wheel stars in the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors POWRi Micros, a good number will be there watching the championship battles go down to the final laps in the Pro Late Model and B-Mod divisions.

Just two points separate Berlin, IL driver Tommy Sheppard, Jr. and Springfield, IL driver Guy Taylor in the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model points. Sheppard claimed the first feature of the year, back on April 18 at the season opener and has held the lead for much of the year. Taylor, who looks to be on his way to the Midwest Big Ten Series championship, has won six features at the 1/5-mile out of the ten held. Sheppard’s consistency has been good enough to keep him ahead, though. Each position on Saturday night awards two more points than the next. It looks as if it will come down to who finishes ahead of who for the track championship. It’s that close.

Touching on the Big Ten points a little further, Taylor has a 56 point lead on Sheppard and a 66 point lead on third place point man, Nick Bauman, of New Berlin, IL. Bauman has competed in one less event than Taylor and Sheppard. After Saturday night, each drivers best eight point nights will be used. That will put Bauman right there in the mix, but it doesn’t look like Sheppard or Bauman can garner the points necessary to make it happen. The likely battle to watch will be for the runner-up spot.

Macon Speedway’s other class running will be the ever growing B-Mod division. The point battle is tight there as well. Currently, two Springfield drivers are in contention as Thomas Riech has a ten point lead on James Farley, III. Riech has not found victory lane this season, while Farley won his lone feature of the year on June 6.

While the likelihood is not high, if a tie to occur for a point position, the tie-breaker would go to the driver with the most wins. If each driver has the same amount of wins, then the next tie-breaker would be second place finishes and on down the line. Taylor holds the advantage in wins for Pro Late Model competition, while Farley does in the B-Mod class. However, if Riech wins, that would give he and Farley the same amount of wins, resulting in tie-breakers moving to second place finishes.

It will definitely be a fun sideshow to watch on a great night of POWRi racing at Macon Speedway, where the racing action has been outstanding over the past month. We’ve seen track records, strong fields of cars in different divisions, two and three wide battles last for many laps, and overall, just good entertainment.

Pit gates will open this Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will start at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under get in free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​POWRi Midgets Heading To Macon For One Last Hurrah Saturday Event To Close Out Season For Central Illinois Track

September 29th, 2015

The 2015-racing season will screech to a halt this coming Saturday, October 3 at Macon IL Speedway. There’s one thing that can be certain, it won’t go out quietly, as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors Micros scream into town. The highly popular POWRi divisions will be joined by the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models for their season championship race and the B-Mods in their finale.

The event, not on the original Macon schedule, is a makeup from the August 22 rainout. On that night, 33 Midgets and 33 Micros were pitside. Those, plus some additional entries are expected for this Saturday night’s festivities. The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and B-Mods are expected to have good turnouts for their season championship races, as well.

Riverside, CA driver Darren Hagen will lead the list of Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget competitors heading into Saturday’s event. Hagen currently sits atop the standings with a huge point lead. Andrew Felker, Austin Brown, Kyle Schuett, and Spencer Bayston are top five competitors. Hagan has won just four features so far this season but his consistent finishes have propelled him to the sizable margin. Hagan will be looking for his first Macon win this Saturday.

Another driver who fans will be keeping a close eye on is Pocahontas, IL driver, Zach Daum. Daum, the 2014 POWRi National champion, sat out for much of the season, recovering from injuries he sustained in an early season crash overseas. Daum missed the previous Macon events this season but will be behind the wheel this weekend.

Carl Junction, MO driver Andrew Felker may be a good bet for those who like to lay a friendly wager on the line. Felker has won two of the three Midget events held at Macon this year, as he got the clean sweep on Freedom Fest weekend. Christopher Bell, who won USAC Midget and Silver Crown races over the weekend, won Macon’s other Midget event in June.

The Speedway Motors POWRi Micros are set for their fourth appearance of the season, as well. Concordia, MO driver Nathan Benson leads the points by 190 over Ayrton Gennetten and will be the favorite this week. Benson won three of the four races he competed in during the Freedom Fest weekend at Macon. Not only did he race with the POWRi sanction, he took his wing off to claim a win in the Shelton wingless special. There will be a number of challengers trying to knock him off his pedestal as drivers have gained plenty of track time in the non-sanction Beach House Micro division this year.

The POWRi Micro division standings have Aaron Andruskevitch, Joe B Miller, and Chris Cochran completing the top five. Zac Taylor, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Joey Wirth, Slater Helt, and Shelby Bosie have been other frontrunners this season.

The POWRi divisions will be running at Macon in the second half of a doubleheader weekend. The two classes will be running this Friday night at Belle-Clair Speedway in the Meents Memorial.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Champions Crowned in September Showdown at Macon Speedway

September 27th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Although a week still remains in the 70th anniversary celebration of Macon Speedway, three divisions crowned their champions. Rodney Standerfer claimed his first Billingsley Towing Modified championship since 1996. The evening started rough for the Germantown native as his transmission gave out during qualifying. Friend and fellow racer Dave Eckel gave up his ride for the night so Standerfer could finish the feature event and claim the title. Standerfer finished seventh in the 20-lap main event as Cory Daugherty coasted to the win with a front row starting position.

Terry Reed made short work of the Street Stock feature and the division, winning both the race and the track championship by a wide margin. Reed also lays claim to the 2015 Street Stock Big Ten Series Championship. Brian Dasenbrock finished second in both the feature and the points standings.

John Bright, Jr. had an adventuresome finale as he won the Hornet track championship again. Bright was racing with the lead and then some bumping and close racing pushed him back to fourth, where he would finish. Thad Gee won the event and finished the season second in points. Michael Gossett and Steven Stine were second and third, respectively.

Garrett Duff took the checkered flag in the Beach House Micro Sprint feature race. He fended off advances from Nic Harris as well as Luke Verardi.

Tyler Blankenship ran away with the B-Modified feature. The excitement was for second place as Justin Durbin, James Farley III and Cody Stillwell battled for the runner-up spot and finished in that order.

The season finale is next Saturday with Powri Midgets & Micro Sprints as well as the championship races for the Pro Late Models and the B-Modifieds.

Macon Speedway Point Champions To Be Decided Saturday Night Modifieds, Street Stocks, And Hornets Racing Final Time

September 25th, 2015

Three division champions will be crowned this coming Saturday, September 26 at Macon Speedway. It will be the final night of racing for the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets. The B-Mods and Micros are the other two divisions on the schedule but they are also scheduled to be part of the Saturday, October 3 program.

In the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified class, the point race has been a two man battle all season long. Early this season, consistent finishes propelled Stonington, IL driver, Jeff Graham, to the top of the list. Despite his lone win coming on June 6, Graham has remained in striking distance with point leader Rodney Standerfer, of Germantown, IL. Standerfer has had a great season, claiming a division best, seven feature wins. Entering the final Modified event, Standerfer has a 40 point lead on Graham. It would most likely take some bad luck for Standerfer for the positions to swap but anything can happen. Curt Rhodes, Clark Robertson, and TD Burger are top five in the current standings.

Decatur, IL driver, Terry Reed, has had an outstanding campaign in the UMP Street Stocks at Macon, but it doesn’t stop at the 1/5-mile speedplant. In addition to the seven feature wins at his local track, Reed also has wins at the Christian County Fair and Jacksonville as part of the Midwest Big Ten Street Stock Series. Reed has the Macon division championship wrapped up with a 116-point lead and has one more event Friday at Jacksonville in hopes of pulling off the double by winning the Big Ten championship. Brian Dasenbrock and Kyle Waters are in a near dead heat for second in the Macon standings, while Greg Osman and Jeffery Reed, Jr. complete the top five.

The UMP Hornet division championship has just been clinched as Decatur, IL driver, John Bright, Jr. has a 66 point lead over Thad Gee. The most points a driver can accumulate during an evening of racing is 60. Bright has not won a feature this year but has been in action every week and garnered solid finishes to take the championship hardware. The Hornet class is coming off an exciting night of racing for their World Championship, which was won by third place point man Adam Webb. Webb who has won ten features this season, is followed by Steven Stine and Matthew Reed, the fourth and fifth place point contenders.

The UMP B-Mods will be racing not only this Saturday but also on October 3. The championship battle in that class is far from over, as only 16 points separate the top two. Springfield, IL wheelman Thomas Riech leads the way, despite being in search of his first feature win. James Farley, III, who claimed a win on June 6, is second in points and ready to pounce if the opportunity arises. Ryan Timmons, Roy MaGee, II, and Tim Hancock are top five pointmen.

Rounding out this Saturday’s card will be the Beach House Micros. While they are not competing for championship points, they have been in action a good amount this season. Several events were added during the course of the year, in addition to the POWRi sanctioned shows. Taylorville, IL driver, Luke Verardi garnered his second feature win in the last three events held at Macon. While the Beach House sponsored division will be racing for the final time this year, most of the competitors will be back on October 3 as part of the POWRi Micro class at the season finale.

Pit gates open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, and hotlaps begin at 6:00 when the pill draw ends. Get their early this week, as a special autograph session and driver meet and greet will take place on the track before the green flag drops on the racing program. Racing should begin shortly after 7:00.

Admission prices for this coming Saturday are $12 for adults and free for children 11 and under. There is a limited supply of $2 tickets still available, if bought in packs of 25. Cost is $50 and will not be sold after Friday. They may be purchased by stopping by the Track Enterprise offices at 650 N Woodcock St. in Macon, IL or by calling 217-764-3000.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com ,
on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

11 Year Old Ehlers & 7 Year Old Crutchfield Win Go Karts At Macon Speedway

September 22nd, 2015

This past Saturday night, the Great Go Kart Giveaway was held at the Macon Speedway. Two lucky kids went home with bright shiny red and yellow go karts, after a season long drawing was held.

Each race during the season, kids signed up at the races. Each night two names would be drawn to pre-qualify them for a 1 in 22 chance at winning one of the two karts. All kids were allowed to sign up again Saturday for an open drawing of a second cart, which more than one hundred kids signed up for.

The first of the two karts to be given away Saturday was to the pre-qualified entries. All the kids came out on to the race track and put their entry form into a drawing box. One name was pulled and the winner was 11 year old Cam Ehlers of Bethalto, IL. Cam was given the choice of the two karts and chose the bright yellow one with a great big smile.

The second kart was then up for grabs to the box full of entries that was compiled during the days pre-race activities. The names were scrambled up and a winner was picked. The winner was 7 year old Braydan Crutchfield of Decatur, IL. Braden and his family were sitting in the stands and came down to the front chute of the track to celebrate his win of the shiny red kart.

Macon Speedway would like to congratulate both Cam and Braydan for their big wins Saturday Night. There are plans to hold another to kart drawing in 2016. All you have to do is enter to win, no strings attached.

Racing continues this Saturday Night September 26th with Miles Chevrolet Championship Night featuring the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mod’s, Beach House Micros, and Hornets. Gates open at 5pm with a driver autograph session and racing at 7pm.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Autograph Night Will Kick Start Miles Chevrolet Night Saturday at Macon

September 22nd, 2015

​There are just two nights remaining on the 2015-season schedule at Macon Speedway, which means the Season Championship events are upon us. It also means, fans only get two more opportunities to come out and support their favorite drivers before the dull winter months arrive. In addition to the thrilling race action this Saturday, September 26, a driver meet and greet/autograph session will be on the racetrack.

This Saturday’s action will feature the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, Hornets, and Beach House Micros. All five of those divisions were on hand for the September 19 event, had solid fields, and put on great shows. This weekend will be the final night for all of the aforementioned divisions except B-Mods, which will also run on Saturday, October 3.

Looking ahead to the October 3 show, the POWRi Midgets and Micros will be in action for the Macon season finale along with the Pro Late Models and B-Mods. The show was added to the schedule due to a rainout on the POWRi night on August 22. Those with rain checks/wristbands from that event are reminded to bring them along.

Pit gates will open this coming Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, and hotlaps will begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00. The autograph session and meet and greet will begin right after hotlaps and qualifying. Racing will take the green shortly after 7:00 when the autograph session comes to a close.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com ,
on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Nichols Goes Topless in Win

September 21st, 2015

(Macon, IL) Jeremy Nichols had a rough start to his night in the North Grand Auto & Ritz Lil Fryer Topless 40 in the Sportsman division, the night where Sportsman race without their roof. He was unable to finish his heat race and was taken off the historic track with a towtruck. Nichols and his crew managed to put the car back together and after a quick test, started the 40-lapper at the end of the field. Within 12 laps, he passed everybody and was the leader. The field consisted of former division track champions and Springfield Mile Nationals winners like Wes Odell, Dennis Vandermeersch and Timmy Dick. Nichols nearly knocked down the wall through the turns but got the top spot. Side-by-side racing with Timmy Dick led to a close battle after a caution but Nichols had too much and won the event.

Matt Taylor took away Tommy Sheppard, Jr.’s quest for the clean sweep in the Pro Late Model class. Sheppard came into the feature race owning the night’s fastest lap in qualifying and winner of his heat race. He drew the pole position in the frisbee formation but just couldn’t keep Matt Taylor away from the lead. Taylor was the leader and kept Sheppard from regaining the top spot.

The World Hornet Championship was won by Adam Webb, coming from 11th position to bypass Jeremy Reed. Reed started sixth and took the lead from Jerad Matherly on lap four and then Webb flew through the field to take the lead from Reed on lap 15 and held on with Reed clinging to his 4-cylinder as best as possible for a chance with five laps left but it would not be able to happen.

Larry Russell, Jr. made his return to the winner’s circle in the Street Stock class. The former multi-time division champion looked like the champion of old as he ran away from the competition. Greg Osman was the closest car behind Russell but still managed to finish seconds behind the leader. Jeffrey Reed, Jr. was the hard charger of the class, starting in the last row and finishing third.

Dave Crawley, Jr. of Decatur got back to victory lane in the Billingsley Towing Modified feature. Starting seventh of 18 cars, Crawley took his time to make the pass for the top spot as Cory Daughtery, who led through the first 16 laps. Crawley’s top side was working and it was enough to grab the lead.

BJ Deal used a slide job to take the lead from Jerry Thompson with five laps left in the B-Modified main event. The former Street Stock driver had just enough to keep in front of Thompson and Jim Farley III in a close battle.

Luke Verardi was just looking to get some laps at Macon Speedway to prepare for the season finale involving the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints. The Micro Sprint driver did more than that when he led all 15 laps and won the Beach House Micro Sprint feature race.

Fireman’s Ball & CEFCU Kids Club Highlight Macon Speedway Promotions Great Go Kart Giveaway Also On The Card

September 18th, 2015

This Saturday Night, September 18, Macon Speedway will pay tribute to any and all firemen with the Annual Fireman’s Ball. Scheduled earlier in the year and lost due to rain in the area, the Fireman’s Ball reschedule date is now upon us.

Area fire fighters and their families will be honored with a deeply discounted admission ticket of just $5 for the evenings racing festivities. All that fire fighters need to do is show proper identification or wear something to show your affiliation with an area fire department. The tickets dated for July 11 will also be honored.

The Fireman’s Ball will be held in conjunction with the Hornet World Championship, Sportsman Topless 40, UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Beach House Micros on the historic dirt oval.

General admission gates are set to open at 5pm, hotlaps at 6pm with racing scheduled to start at 7pm. It’s fun for the whole family with the CEFCU Kid’s Club, as Macon Speedway will also be giving away two go karts to two lucky kids in attendance Saturday Night September 19th. Any kid ages 1-17 are eligible to win just sign up at the races and be present to win!

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​Hornet World Championship & Topless Sportsman Coming To Macon

September 16th, 2015

The 2015 Hornet World Championship is headed our way and it’s a big one for the four cylinder power plants. Saturday Night, September 19th will feature an increased purse as well a large three-tier championship trophy for the prestigious event. $300 is on the line to the one who can out last the rest and the competition is set to be tough.

Currently, Decatur, IL driver, John Bright, Jr. leads the UMP Hornet standings at Macon with 782 points. Second in line is Bloomington, IL driver Thad Gee. Adam Webb, who is coming off of a win on Saturday night, Steven Stine, and Matthew Reed, complete the top five in standings. Cook Crawford, of Lincoln, IL, is just out of the top five in standings. Crawford claimed this year’s championship at Lincoln Speedway.

Pit gates are set to open at 4pm, general admission gates at 5pm, hotlaps at 6pm with racing scheduled to start at 7pm. The Hornet World Championship is bound to see a who’s-who in the Hornet world, as everyone is ready for the big one.

Not only do the Hornets have some prestige for the September 19th weekend, the Sportsman will also be ready for the rescheduled Topless 40. $600 will be on the line for the division as they make up the event that had been won by rain earlier in the year. UMP Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Beach House Micros will also be racing.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Funk Takes Osman Memorial

September 14th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Andrew Funk was able to win the inaugural John Osman Memorial at Macon Speedway on a chilly Saturday night. Funk went past Brian Dasenbrock on lap 29 of the special 47-lap main event in the Street Stock class. Dasenbrock was hanging on for his life for the first 28 laps with as many as three drivers vying for the top spot but Dasenbrock was able to hold the leader spot with the help of the top of the oval. However, the top side also helped Funk who helped close the gap. After Funk took over, Dasenbrock stayed close but a spinout took away his change for payback. That opened up the door for Bobby Beiler but with only a limited amount of laps remaining, Funk stayed just ahead of Beiler to capture the first Osman Memorial checkered flag after starting ninth. Fourth place finisher Gene Reed started 18th and worked his way through the field.

Cullen Breeden came to Macon Speedway for the second time in 2015 and left with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature win. Dave Crawley, Jr. was closing the space for the lead but Breeden was untouchable on this night and Crawley took the runner-up spot.

It looked like it was either going to be Danny Smith or Dennis Vandermeersch in the Sportsman feature with Timmy Dick deep in the field. With three laps remaining, Dick had taken control with a slide on the bottom of the second turn onto the backstretch surpassing both Vandermeersch and Smith and running away to victory.

Nick Bauman is the son of “Fast” Ed Bauman, many time Macon Speedway track champion and two-time Herald & Review 100 champion. Nick held his dad’s nickname in the Big Ten Pro Late Models 25-lap feature and blasted away to victory. Despite a few cautions, nobody could stay close to Bauman and he coasted to victory ahead of Guy Taylor and Matt Taylor.

Adam Webb outlasted Derek Peters and Jeremy Reed and won the 4-cylinder Hornet race.

​$2 Tickets Available For September 26th Event At Macon Speedway

September 12th, 2015

Thanks to Miles Chevrolet, a special opportunity has been made available for drivers, fans, and area businesses to purchase $2 tickets for Championship Night September 26th. Tickets will be sold in packs of 25 and will cost $50. These tickets are only available until Friday, September 25th.

Drivers and fans can stop by the Speedway office located at 650 N. Woodcock Rd. in Macon, IL, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm starting today to purchase the discounted ticket packs. You may also call the office 217-764-3000 and pay with a credit card and have the tickets mailed to you just pay shipping and handling and allow time for delivery.

Drivers, this is a great opportunity to show your appreciation to your sponsors, family, friends, or neighbors by giving them tickets to come out to the races and see what your passion is all about. We will also be holding an autograph session in the infield to get the fans up close and personal to the cars and stars of Macon Speedway.

These special $2 tickets must be purchased in advance and may not be distributed on speedway grounds. Be sure to get a jump on the competition as only a limited number of packets are available and when they are gone, the discounted promotion will be over.

Racing Saturday, September 26 for Miles Chevrolet Championship Night will include the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Micros, B-Mods, and Hornets. Gates open at 5pm, while racing starts at 7pm.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

USAC Sprints & UMP Mods Set For September 18 In Terre Haute Jim Hurtubise/Tony Hulman Classic To Close Out 2015 Season

September 10th, 2015

After two months of silence, the Terre Haute Action Track roars back to life on Friday night, September 18 for the Jim Hurtubise/Tony Hulman Classic. The USAC Sprint cars will be making appearance #2, while the UMP Mods are also on schedule for the final event of 2015 at the blazing fast half-mile.

Open wheel fans across the midwest are waiting for this show with much anticipation, as the last event at the Action Track was the Indiana Sprint Week show in July which provided great racing in front of a near capacity crowd. 19-year old Brookston, IN driver Aaron Farney used the highside of the half-mile to run away through the field, slicing through traffic, and capping it off with a spirited fist pump at the finish line. It was Farney’s first career win, besting the field of 37 drivers on hand.

Looking back at the history of the Jim Hurtubise race, Brady Bacon won last year, while Jerry Coons, Jr. claimed the hardware in 2013. Since the race came back in 2010, other winners include Jon Stanbrough, Chris Windom, and Chase Stockon. The early years of the Hurtubise saw racing legend, Jack Hewitt take the first two victories in 1990 & 1991. This year’s event will mark the 15th Jim Hurtubise named event.

Due to a rainout in May, the event will be co-named the Tony Hulman Classic. The race name carries a rich history, as 44 previous events have been held. USAC veteran, Dave Darland, won last year’s Tony Hulman race. Other recent winners include Levi Jones (’08, ’09), Jerry Coons, Jr. (’10, ’13), Chris Windom (’11), and Bud Kaeding (’12). Cary Faas and Levi Jones have the most wins with three apiece, while eight drivers have won two events.

Adding to the Friday, September 18 show will be the UMP Modifieds, a class which has been a mainstay on the schedule for the last couple of years. Three different events this season have produced three different Modified feature winners. Kenny Wallace won the opener, Bradley Sterrett took the checkered at the Summit Modified National event, and Brian Shaw won on Sumar night.

Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will start at 6:00, qualifying at 7:00, and racing will take the green at 7:30. General admission to the stands will be $25, infield admission $15, and children 10 and under are free.

More information on the season finale may be found at www.terrehauteactiontrack.net or www.trackenterprises.com.

Macon Speedway Street Stocks Racing For Huge Payout September 12 Event To Honor John Osman

September 11th, 2015

Only four events now remain on the Macon IL Speedway schedule and the UMP Street Stocks have a big one is this coming Saturday, September 12. It will be the Inaugural John Osman Memorial, paying a $2,000 top prize to the winner. Four other divisions will also pace the high banked 1/5-mile.

John Osman, a long-time car owner and overall race enthusiast, passed away earlier this season. Osman was still the car owner and car chief for his son Greg’s #25. Greg Osman, who is a regular competitor in the UMP Street Stock division at Macon Speedway and with the Midwest Big Ten Series, decided to put together a race to honor his dad for all that he has done for racing.

The John Osman Memorial has in upwards of 30 drivers pre-entered with a number of other possibilities expected. The payout is quite large for the event, paying $2,000 to win and $100 to start. Drivers will have qualifying, heats, and a last chance race to set the starting field. The fast qualifying and dash winner will receive $100 bonuses.

The event will benefit Gift Of Hope, an organ and tissue donor network, the Special Olympics, and United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln. For more information about the race and charity, visit johnosmanmemorial.com.

In addition to the Street Stocks, the Big Ten Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Hornets, and UMP Sportsman are on the schedule. Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Admission prices are $12 for adults and free for children 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​Macon Speedway & POWRi Announce Make-Up Date Mighty Macon Season Finale To Feature Midgets

September 11th, 2015

Macon Speedway and POWRi officials have come to an agreement for a reschedule date of Saturday, October 3 for an event that was postponed on August 22. Rain hit the Macon County area around 6:00 that night, which forced everyone to call it an early evening. After much deliberation, the October 3 date was agreed upon for a season finale at the high banked 1/5-mile.

On the August 22 show, 33 competitors were in the pits for the Midgets in addition to 33 Micros. Those teams, plus a number of others are expected to be on hand October 3 to give Macon Speedway fans a great sendoff into the offseason.

Open wheel veteran, Darren Hagen, currently leads the standings for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets. Andrew Felker trails him by over 700 points, while Austin Brown, Kyle Schuett, and Spencer Bayston are in the top five.

In the POWRi Speedway Motors Micros, Nathan Benson leads the way in the national standings. Ayrton Gennetten, Aaron Adruskevitch, Joe B Miller, and Joey Wirth complete the top five. That battle is much closer than the Midgets, as just 70 points separate the top two.

For the stock car fans, the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and the UMP B-Mods have also been added to the season finale. For the Pro Late Models, it will be championship night for not only the track but the Big Ten Series as well, determining the champ. Right now, Springfield, IL driver Guy Taylor is in good position for the sweep, leading the Big Ten standings and closely behind, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. in the track points. Due to this additional race for Pro Late Models and a big Pro race at Spoon River, their event on September 26 has been pulled from the schedule.

Pit gates will open at 3:00 on October 3, grandstands at 4:00, with hotlaps beginning at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing starting at 7:00.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Close Finishes at Macon Speedway

September 7th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Photo finishes a-plenty occurred at Macon Speedway during the Pop’s Place Bud Light Ladies Night event. Heat races and feature finishes had fans wondering who won when the checkered flag finished waving.

The Street Stock division was down to the wire, and a bumper, as Terry Reed continued his winning ways by taking the fourth turn with just enough on the gas to ease into a side-by-side finish with race leader Bobby Beiler. Reed was credited with the win during the Big Ten Street Stock Series race, a circuit he won in 2014.

Rodney Standerfer was given the checkered flag during the Billingsley Towing Modified feature, a tightly contested 20 laps with Dave Crawley, Jr. With two laps to go, Standerfer continued to hold the lead in front of Crawley, through the turns, onto the straightaways and entering the third turn when Crawley tagged Standerfer, spinning him around and bringing out the caution. With the yellow flag out, Standerfer was given his leader position back and Crawley went to the tail of the field for bringing out the yellow flag. Two laps later, Standerfer took the win and Crawley battled back to finish sixth.

Guy Taylor made sure there weren’t any close calls in the Pro Late Model feature. Ripping up the top side of the 70-year-old oval, Taylor bypassed Roben Huffman for the lead early in the race and cruised onto the victory.

Tim Hancock made short work of the B-Modified main event. Starting on the front row, Hancock was out the lead early and ran away during the 15-lap event, which featured no cautions.

Jeremy Reed and Brian Deavers had an exciting finish in the 4-cylinder Hornet race as Reed and Deaver were neck-and-neck through the corners. Reed, though, had a better handle on things to notch the win.

The Street Stocks will race for $2,000-to-win and $100-to-start next Saturday night in the John Osman Memorial Race. Pro Late Models are scheduled with a Big Ten Series event. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman and Hornets also make up the show.

$6 Ladies’ Admission On Tap For Macon Speedway Saturday 6 Classes Scheduled For Action Packed Night

September 4th, 2015

Much to the delight of racing fans in Central Illinois, Macon Speedway held a fan appreciation night this past Saturday that allowed admission for just $6. This coming Saturday, September 5, the ladies will get back-to-back cheap nights, with another $6 show. Six divisions of racing are on tap including the return of the Pro Late Models and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series.

Racing has been outstanding at the 1/5-mile bullring during the 70th anniversary season at Mighty Macon Speedway, and headlining this week’s show will be the return of the UMP Pro Late Models after a two week hiatus. The season standings are close, with Berlin, IL driver Tommy Sheppard, Jr. leading the points by just 18 over Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor. Taylor has been dominant in the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and looks to be on his way to a championship. The Macon battle may be much more fun to watch play out. Kevin Crowder, Bobby Beiler, and Roben Huffman are top five in the current points.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modified class is led by Germantown, IL driver Rodney Standerfer. The veteran competitor went on a win streak at the midpoint of the season that propelled him past Stonington, IL’s Jeff Graham and into the point lead. Graham has remained consistent and is solidly in second. Curt Rhodes, Clark Robertson, and Joe Strawkas round out the top point competitors entering the September 5 show.

The Midwest Big Ten Series does have a division in action this week, the UMP Street Stocks. Leading the way is Decatur, IL veteran Terry Reed. Reed has won the last two Big Ten races at the Christian County Fair and at Jacksonville. That combined with two runner-up finishes as well as a third and fourth, leaves Reed with a 48 point lead in the Big Ten standings. Reed also leads by 72 in the Macon divisional points. Brian Dasenbrock, Greg Osman, Kyle Waters, and Bobby Beiler are others to keep an eye on this weekend.

Rounding out this weekend’s show will be the UMP B-Mods, UMP Hornets, and the Illinois Lightning Sprint cars.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $12 but $6 for ladies due to the Bud Light Ladies Night promotion. Children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com & on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Fans Enjoy Great Macon Speedway Racing On Appreciation Night

August 31st, 2015

It was a short layoff for fans, officials, and some racers at Macon Speedway on Saturday night, coming off the Herald & Review 100 on Wednesday. Racing continued to be action packed, as the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks raced in the 11th Annual Illinois Street Stock Championship. Also in action were the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B Mods, Kids Mods, Hornets, and Beach House Micros.

The headline show of the night was the Big Ten Street Stock class. 15 drivers took the green flag with Greg Osman and Brian Dasenbrock leading the way. Dasenbrock took the lead at the outset and rocketed away from the field. Well behind him, racing was fast and furious as point leader, Terry Reed, and a host of others tried to run down Dasenbrock. As the race wore on, Dasenbrock continued to hit his marks to remain out front. With five to go, Bobby Beiler moved into the second spot and got the caution he needed to close the gap. Over the final laps, the Decatur,
IL driver didn’t falter and went on to claim the impressive victory. Beiler and Larry Russell, Jr., who ran second for much of the race, finished in the top three. Greg Osman claimed the Jonathan Drake bonus money of $152, courtesy of AJ Services. The race was in memory of Drake, a former competitor, who passed away unexpectedly in recent days.

Decatur, IL veteran, David Crawley, Jr. started on the outside of the front row in the Billingsley Towing Modified and shot into the lead at the start. Zach Rhodes, the pole starter, slipped back into second with Curt Rhodes, his father, in third. After a lap five restart, Curt was able to pass Zach, giving him a chance at the lead battle. It was all for naught, though, as Crawley rim rode the highside of the track and claimed the Modified victory. Curt Rhodes finished second with Rodney Standerfer and Jeff Graham third and fourth. Alan Crowder brought home a fifth place run.

Justin Durbin took the lead from the get-go in the UMP B-Mod 15-lap feature event. Thomas Riech, one of the regulars at the track, moved into second early on with Jerry Thompson also in the mix. The event saw a caution around the midpoint, where three of the starters were unable to continue. At the checkered, it was Mulberry Grove, IL’s Justin Durbin taking the victory.

On this night, Macon Speedway hosted yet another Modified class, one called the Kids Mods. Youngsters, trying to get their feet wet in racing, were behind the wheels of full sized Modifieds with low powered four cylinder engines. In heat race action, Ryan Hamilton won, despite an early race spin, earning him the pole position for the feature. In the main event, there were no scares for the driver of car #58, as he went on to take the winner’s trophy. Following Hamilton were Nash Hilmes and Jordan Clary.

Jeremy Camp was the odds on favorite to win the Beach House Micros, especially with the #1 starting spot. Camp did not disappoint, either, pulling out to a comfortable lead. The race, which went flag-to-flag, was fairly uneventful up front with Camp in cruise control. Following the veteran racer were Kyle Schuett and Nic Harris.

Founding out the program was the UMP Hornet class. Michael Gossett, of Decatur, IL drove into the lead early in his nicely painted #205 and never looked back, other than to feel comfortable with his huge lead. Gossett crossed under the checkered with a huge lead, while Thad Gee took second and John Bright, Jr. finished third.

Macon Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, September 5 with Bud Light Ladies night and half price admission for the ladies. For full information on the event, visit maconracing.com.

Macon Speedway Slashes Price In 1/2 Fan Appreciation Night This Saturday

August 29th, 2015

After an great turnout of fans and racecars, combined with some stellar racing action, Macon Speedway officials will be slashing general admission prices in half this coming Saturday, August 29. Fans will be able to watch six divisions of racing action for just $6 and hotdogs will be on sale for just a buck.

In action will be the UMP Street Stocks in the 11th Annual Illinois Street Stock Championship. It will also be a Midwest Big Ten Street Stock points paying event, with the winner taking home $500. Decatur, IL driver Terry Reed currently leads the standings by 38 over Greg Osman, of Macon, IL. Bobby Beiler, Kyle Waters, and Brian Dasenbrock complete the top five in this 2015 standings. Reed will be the favorite, claiming the last two Big Ten wins at the Christian County Fair and Jacksonville.

For those who like the open wheel cars, the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds will be pacing the Mighty Macon 1/5-mile after having a field of 23 cars on hand Wednesday night. The B-Mods, Kids Mods, and Beach House Micros will also be in action. Rounding out Saturday’s card will be the UMP Hornets.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, general admission at 5:00, hotlaps begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Fans will be able to enter the general grandstand seating for just $6, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

POWRi Night At Macon Speedway Postponed

August 23rd, 2015

Due to a second line of heavy thunderstorms that moved through Central Illinois, Macon Speedway was forced to pull the plug on the August 22 POWRi show. The event will be rescheduled and those holding tickets or wristbands will need to keep them for re-entry.

33 Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets and 33 Speedway Motors POWRi Micros were on the property as well as the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and the UMP Street Stocks. About an hour before hotlaps, a light rain shower moved through the area, dampening the track. Crews worked diligently on getting it race ready but a second line of heavy storms built up and rained on Macon Speedway’s parade.

Up next for Macon Speedway will be the rescheduled Herald & Review 100 for the UMP Late Models. The event will pay 5,000 to win and will be held this coming Wednesday, August 26. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and UMP B-Mods are also on the card.

Also, don’t forget the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fair will be hot again tomorrow, as the ARCA Racing Series Presented By Menards comes to town. A star-studded field of 32 will be on hand for the SuperChevyStores.com100. The Sportsman Nationals feature is also on the card. Racing is set for 12 noon and full details on the show are available at www.trackenterprises.com.

For information on racing at Macon Speedway, visit maconracing.com.

Allgaier, Schrader, Wallace to race modifieds prior to Herald & Review 100

August 23rd, 2015

MACON, Ill. – On a late summer night, the stars will shine as legendary Macon Speedway hosts the Herald& Review 100 on the famed fifth-mile high banked dirt track on Wednesday, Aug. 26. NASCAR veteran Justin Allgaier, a Riverton native and former regular at Macon Speedway, will return to his roots to race in a UMP Billingsley Towing Modified in a program that features the UMP Summer Nationals, regarded as the Hell Tour.

Allgaier is completing his second full season in the Brandt Chevrolet in Sprint Cup, the top level of NASCAR racing. He will be joined in the modified division by NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, a pair of Macon Speedway co-owners who just can’t get enough of dirt tracking racing each summer. The B-Mods will also compete.

The Herald & Review 100 serves as the crown jewel of the Summer Nationals tour and the first 100-lapper in tour history. A year ago, Shannon Babb, held off a star-studded field to win the HR 100 for a record fifth time. Babb, known as the Moweaqua Missile, lives just down the road from the facility. The race will be the 35th running of the storied event after the original date was rained out in July.

The late summer date is expected to attract the sport’s biggest names. Bobby Pierce Jr. already won the series championship, but he’s expected to build on a successful summer season. Pierce knows his way around a dirt track, and his second place finish in the Mudsummer Classic for NASCAR Craftsman Trucks will likely pave the way for a move upward. The Hell Tour is loaded with Illinois drivers.

Following runner-up Billy Moyer Jr. in the standings, Jason Feger of Bloomington was third with Babb fourth and Ryan Unzicker of El Paso fifth. Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, also won on the tour this season.

The HR 100 pays $5,000 to win, so expect a full field of Summer Nationals regulars. The modifieds pay $1,000 to win. Tickets are $25 for general admission with children 11-under just $5. Gates open at 4 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

*Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.*

Dizzy Feeling at Macon Speedway

August 17th, 2015

(Macon, IL) For the first time in history, Macon Speedway intentionally had a car crash under another car and get decapitated, another car drive head on into a staged vertical car, and a man blow himself up in a minivan. All survived. History Channel’s Mr. Dizzy created memories for fans and left a wake of destruction in his path along with a night of stock car racing at the 70th anniversary celebration of the historical dirt oval.

Guy Taylor of Springfield took advantage of a mistake late in the 25-lap Midwest Big Ten Series for the Pro Late Models. Bobby Beiler was on his way to his first Late Model feature win but with six laps to go coming through the fourth turn, Beiler was hung up in the cushion of mud that was created by the night’s racing event and it slowed the lead allowing Taylor to make the pass. Taylor was untouched for the remaining laps and picked up another victory. Matt Taylor, Guy’s brother, was able to notch second ahead of Beiler.

Terry Reed continued his current domination of the Street Stock division. Hanging in second place behind Kyle Waters, Reed took over with five laps to go and a one-lap dash to the finish kept Reed with the checkered flag.

Luke Verardi was the driver on top of the Beach House Mini Sprints division Saturday night. A wild finish in the heat race, Verardi got a front row start and held on with a hard-charging Zac Taylor taking runner-up. Gabe Verardi finished ahead of Ryan Frantz and Evan Weyant.

Adam Webb went from the tail to the top spot in eight laps and went on for a 12-lap feature win over Nick Jenema. Jenema from Grant Rapids, MI.,drove to central Illinois to purchase Webb’s back-up car. Webb drove away with the checkered flag in a brand new 4-cylinder Hornet.

Huge racing events are lined up for the month of August. Macon Speedway hosts the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints next Saturday night. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and Street Stocks will be part of the program that gets underway after the Tony Bettenhausen 100 USAC Silver Crown race and Sportsman races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The racing concludes with the SuperChevyStores.com 100 ARCA Racing Series event and Sportsman Nationals event on Sunday.

​Big Ten Points & Extra Money On The Line For Pro Late Models

August 16th, 2015

In addition to all the craziness from the Eve Of Destruction festivities at Macon Speedway this coming Saturday night, four racing divisions are also scheduled to put on a great show. Among them are the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Hornets, and Beach House Micros.

The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models are led this season by Springfield, IL driver Guy Taylor, who has won three of the four feature events. With two wins at Macon, one at Lincoln, and a worst run of third at Lincoln in June, Taylor will be the favorite to find victory lane tomorrow night. However, drivers like Nick Bauman, Tommy Sheppard, Roben Huffman, and Tom Krankel are top five in points for a reason. They will be knocking on Taylor’s door, wanting to savor the taste of a Big Ten victory. Bauman did claim the Lincoln win on June 12.

Tomorrow night’s Big Ten Pro Late Model race will pay $700 to win for the 25-lap affair. A strong field of cars is expected, as the Big Ten Pro Late Models have not had a race since July 3. After a week off for the Decatur Festival, solid fields will most likely arrive for the other classes as well.

The evening will be highlighted by Macon Speedway’s first ever Eve Of Destruction. World Renowned stuntman, Mr. Dizzy, a five-time world record holder, will be on hand performing death defying stunts like a steel wall crash and a human car explosion. Fireworks will be held to cap off the night.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for children 11 and under. There are plenty of discount vouchers throughout the area, including Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy and Donnelly’s CARQUEST.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon IL Speedway Prepares For First Eve Of Destruction

August 13th, 2015

​Car Explosions, Steel Wall Crash, Fireworks, & Racing Coming To Macon Speedway Anticipation Builds For Saturday’s Craziness Of First Eve Of Destruction

Macon Speedway will be entertainment central for family fun this coming Saturday, August 15, as the first ever Eve of Destruction is held at the facility. Final preparations are being put into place for car explosions, a steel wall crash, fireworks, racing and more. Discount coupons for the event are located throughout the area including Donnelly’s CARQUEST and Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy.

Fans, both young and young at heart, will be treated to world renowned, Mr. Dizzy, who has appeared on the History Channel TV show, American Daredevils. Mr. Dizzy is a five time world record holder for different stunts that he has been able to accomplish. Mr. Dizzy will escape an exploding vehicle and be part of a steel wall crash. In addition to those two events, fireworks will close out the show that includes racing action in four of Macon Speedway’s divisions. Competing during the night will be the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models in the Shrine 50, UMP Street Stocks, Beach House Micros, and UMP Hornets.

Mr. Dizzy and his wild and crazy buddies will be on hand at Shaner’s Auto Salvage in Springfield on Friday to perform a death-defying firewalk. 92.7 WQLZ will be on hand, providing a live radio remote of this dangerous stunt to kick off the weekend.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, registration closes at 6:00 when hotlaps begin, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free. Discount coupons are available at numerous businesses in the area including Donnelly’s CARQUEST and Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

1st Eve Of Destruction Coming To Macon Speedway August 15 Go-Karts On The August 8 Card

August 6th, 2015

Coming off of one of the biggest events of the year, Macon Speedway is carrying momentum to its stretch run on the 2015-schedule. This past Saturday’s KERBYSTRONG 100 drew the second largest car count of the season with 34 Super Late Models and over 100 cars overall. The rest of August will feature a variety of can’t miss events including Go-Karts this week, with the 1st ever Macon Speedway Eve of Destruction, the final POWRi Night of the year, and the rescheduled Herald & Review 100.

The weekly stock car program is on hiatus for one week, as the Go-Kart organization from Cerro-Gordo comes to town for their annual show this Saturday night. That means that the next event on the schedule is the 1st ever Eve of Destruction at Macon Speedway. The August 15 show will feature, world renowned, Mr. Dizzy, who has appeared on the History Channel’s tv show, American Daredevils. There will be a Human Car Explosion, a Steel Wall Crash, Fireworks, and more. The event will also have racing from the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Micros, and Hornets. It will be the perfect mix of thrills and racing for entertainment seekers and race fans alike.

Rounding out the rest of the month, POWRi will return for its final visit of the season on Saturday, August 22 with their Lucas Oil National Midgets and Speedway Motors Micros. The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds and UMP Street Stocks will also be on the card.

Just four days later, Macon will be back in action with the rescheduled Herald & Review 100 for the Super Late Models. It is the makeup for the rained out Summernationals event. The Wednesday, August 26 event will also feature the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and B-Mods.

The last event of the month will be on Saturday, August 29. On that night, the 11th annual Illinois Street Stock championship will be held for the Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Hornets, and Beach House Micros will also compete.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

For information on the Go-Kart event, contact Tom Bennett at 217-519-2471.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

A Perfect Ten: Kerbystrong 100 at Macon Speedway

August 2nd, 2015

(Macon, IL)–Macon Speedway honored the late Kerby Damery, a Macon native and former Macon Speedway track champion, with a trifecta of racing classes in which Damery raced during his longtime career. Damery was honored with a total of 100 laps with 50 in the UMP Super Late Model class, and 25 laps each for the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and the Sportsman.

Damery’s most recognized trophy class was the Late Model division where he was the track champion in 2004, in addition to claiming Budweiser Shootout wins in 1998 & 2001. 34 Late Models were signed in, the most in a long time for that division.

The 50-lap feature for the Late Models featured back and forth action with Dave Crawley, Jr. and Scott Schmitt. Crawley lost control of the lead on lap 37 when a lapped car slowed Crawley and Schmitt took the top spot and started to pull away. Crawley pulled into the infield during a caution on lap 40 and did not return. Schmitt, of Tonica, dominated the final ten laps and cruised to the victory. How fitting for the Late Model feature winner to use the same number as Kerby Damery, #10. Dennis Vandermeersch, a firefighter from Springfield, took the win in the Sportsman 25-lapper. He was second-fiddle to Jeremy Nichols until Nichols pulled into the infield with a lap to go. Vandermeersch was more than excited to win and thanked the Damery family and Kerbystrong for bringing the event to Macon Speedway. “I raced a lot of races with Kerby Damery and he was a class-act, clean racer, and we had a lot of fun.” Damery was a Sportsman track champion in 1990.

Damery raced in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds for a brief time in his career and the Kerbystrong event honored him with a 25-lap event, which was won by Dave Crawley, Jr. Crawley got a front row assignment and took off early and often to lead all laps and score the victory. Greg Osman was awarded the Street Stock feature win amid a wild and crazy finish with Terry Reed. The two drivers collided on the exit of turn four, pushing the Osman car into the wall. Reed was penalized a spot and placed second.

Garrett Duff made it a sweep in the Beach House Mini Sprints as he won the heat and the 15-lap feature. Adam Webb returned to victory lane in the 4-cylinder Hornet class with a pass on Mike Eskew following a caution lap.

The evening started with Damery’s widow Nikki speaking proudly of her husband’s battle with cancer which took his life in February. The jam-packed bleachers wore orange shirts, which was the favorite color of Damery.

KERBYSTRONG 100 Coming To Macon Speedway Saturday Huge Event Honors Former Racer Kerby Damery

July 29th, 2015

Macon Speedway is known for keeping the schedule fresh with plenty of big events and not too many are bigger than the one scheduled for this coming Saturday, August 1. The KERBYSTRONG 100 is on tap, with specials for the Big Ten Super Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, and Sportsman. The event is held in honor of the late, Kerby Damery, a former racer at the 1/5-mile speedplant.

Damery was born and raised in Macon, IL and started racing at the age of 21. In 1990, Damery won the Sportsman championship at Macon Speedway. Later in his career, Damery moved into the Late Model division, where he won the 2004 championship. Numerous other feature victories and accolades came throughout his illustrious career.

Unfortunately in 2007, Damery was diagnosed with Stage IV Appendix Cancer. Damery lived life to its fullest up until his death in February of this year at the age of 49. In his memory, his family has created this race night to raise funds to provide immediate assistance to qualified patients with cancer who need support while undergoing cancer treatments. Numerous sponsors have stepped forward to help with the huge event and proceeds will benefit local cancer patients.

Saturday’s event, known as the KERBYSTRONG 100, will feature special events and extra pay in the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, and UMP Sportsman. The Super Late Model event will run 50 laps for $2,000 to win, the Modifieds will go 25 laps for $700, and the Sportsman will race for $600 in their 25 lap event. Street Stocks, Hornets, and the Beach House Micros will also compete.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, general admission gates at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing action will begin at 7:00. Admission prices are $15 for adults and free for children 11 and under.

More info may be found at www.maconracing.com.

Jones Claims MOWA Win With Macon Speedway Photo Finish

July 27th, 2015

(Macon, IL)–One time per season, the MOWA sprint cars come to Macon Speedway during the Illinois Sprint Week and the 410 winged sprint cars put on an amazing show this past Saturday night.

Cory Bruns of Lincoln was set to have a great race in the 25-lap A-Main feature event. Leading through the opening nine laps, he was slowed by lapped cars and was passed by dash winner Adam Jones and in his attempt to regain the lead in the fourth turn, Bruns spun out and the caution flag came out. Jones took off with the lead and was chased down by Parker Price-Miller, who got the lead with the slide job in the fourth turn of the 13th lap. Jones would once again bounce back in the lead on the white flag lap and coming from the fourth turn Price-Miller performed another slide job but could not make it hold as a side-by-side finish would go to Jones from Wright City, Mo.

Terry Reed of Decatur continues to dominate the Street Stock class at Macon Speedway. Starting in the second row, Reed made the pass for the lead on Brian Dasenbrock on the sixth lap and was hounded all the way to checkered flag by Greg Osman, Bobby Beiler and Kyle Waters. Reed, who won the feature race Wednesday evening at the Christian County Fair 25-lap special feature, grabbed his second checkered flag of the week.

Another dominator in divisions has been Rodney Standerfer in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. Getting a front row starting spot and a short challenge from polesitter TD Burger, Standerfer took off and won by a quarter of a lap over Burger and Curt Rhodes snatched third from Chad Evans at the finish line.

Jeremy Nichols got his first Sportsman feature win of 2015. He was runner up to Timmy Dick but by the fourth lap, Dick was caught up in the cushion of mud near the wall of the second turn and stalled out to bring out the yellow flag. Nichols drove away and got his second checkered flag of the week after winning the 25-lap feature Wednesday night in Taylorville.

In the 4-cylinder Hornets, newcomer Rickey Carriker jumped in the lead and flew away from the field to take the feature race win. Brian Deavers got close but ran out of laps before being able to catch Carriker.

Macon Speedway hosted a series race for the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series and Andy Baugh was on the gas from the green flag to win both the heat and the 15-lap feature race.

The inaugural KerbyStrong100 starts the month of August at Macon Speedway with a special $2,000-to-win Super Late Model 50-lapper with $700-to-win for the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and $600-to-win for the Sportsman division as the track honors the memory of former driver Kerby Damery, who passed away in February due to cancer. Street Stocks, Hornets and the Beach House Mini Sprints will also make up the full show.

One Day Away From MOWA 410 Sprint Cars At Macon Speedway

July 25th, 2015

Track officials are busy prepping the Macon Speedway in anticipation of a large crowd this Saturday Night. The MOWA winged sprint cars roll into town for Illinois Sprint Week and for the local race fans the high horsepower methanol burning rockets are a once a year treat. The MOWA sprint cars weigh 1400 lbs and boast 410 cubic inch motors fueled by methanol producing upwards of 850 horsepower. Combine the weight to horsepower ratio and the tight tricky 1/5 mile of Macon Speedway and you’re sure to see impressive wheel to wheel racing action.

The stop at Macon Speedway is part of Illinois Sprint Week. With the tour running 4 different tracks in 4 days, Macon will be day three for the Sprint Week Tour as they also run Quincy Raceway on Thursday, Tri City Speedway Friday and Jacksonville Speedway on Sunday. The Series has produced 7 different winners in 8 races this season and the drivers are excited about four straight days of racing on the tour.

Also racing this Saturday Night will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Hornets, and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series. General admission is $18 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free of charge.

Pits will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 shortly after the pill draw ends and racing will begin at 7:00.

Don’t forget to sign the kids up for the Great Go Kart Giveaway. Macon Speedway will be giving away two go karts on Saturday September, 19th. Kids can pre-qualify every Saturday night at the speedway. Just stop by the souvenir stand to enter!

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

MOWA Wing Sprint Cars Make Their Only Appearance At Macon Speedway Saturday Night

July 23rd, 2015

Macon Speedway will host its only 410 Winged Sprint Car event this Saturday Night July 25th. The MOWA sprint cars weigh 1600 lbs and boast 410 cubic inch motors fueled by methanol producing upwards of 850 horsepower. Combine the weight to horsepower ratio and the tight tricky 1/5 mile of Macon Speedway and you’re sure to see impressive wheel to wheel racing action.

The stop at Macon Speedway is part of Illinois Sprint Week. With the tour running 4 different tracks in 4 days, Macon will be day three for the Sprint Week Tour as they also run Quincy Raceway on Thursday, Tri City Speedway Friday and Jacksonville Speedway on Sunday. The Series has produced 7 different winners in 8 races this season and the drivers are excited about four straight days of racing on the tour.

Also racing this Saturday Night will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Hornets, and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series. General admission is $18 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free of charge.

Pits will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 shortly after the pill draw ends and racing will begin at 7:00.

Don’t forget to sign the kids up for the Great Go Kart Giveaway. Macon Speedway will be giving away two go karts on Saturday September, 19th. Kids can pre-qualify every Saturday night at the speedway. Just stop by the souvenir stand to enter!

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Mitchell Takes Big Ten Late Model Checkers In Thriller

July 20th, 2015

(Macon, IL)–Chuck Mitchell got an early birthday present Saturday night at Macon Speedway. His first Midwest Big Ten Late Model feature win of the year was just the gift he was looking for. Getting to start on the front row, Mitchell stuck to the top groove and hugged the cushion for the duration of the 25-lap feature race. The race was his to win until lapped traffic pulled the second place car into a battle. Current Midwest Big Ten point standings leader, Brian Diveley did all he could, following a late restart, but could not take away the lead and Mitchell won by a slim margin in a great side-by-side battle.

Rodney Standerfer graced victory lane in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds once again. Failing to win on July 4th and following back-to-back rainouts, Standerfer was back on top and was more proud of this win than any other because his father, and long-time Macon Speedway racer, was in attendance to watch and enjoy the moment. It was Standerfer’s fourth win in the last five races.

Terry Reed did it again in the Street Stock class but had a close call with Jeremiah Hoadley who closed the gap but ran out of laps before getting a chance at the checkered flag. Brian Dasenbrock had a strong finish from the middle of the pack to outlast Greg Osman for third.

Justin Durbin traveled north from Vandalia to win the B-Mod heat and feature races. Durbin was fourth in the heat and looked like he would finish deep in the field before some daring moves allowed him to hop ahead of second and third and eventually the leader. The heat win set Durbin on the pole where he led all 15 laps and kept a safe distance from second place finisher Tim Hancock.

Adam Webb won the Macon Speedway 4-cylinder Hornet feature the last time the division was in action. In this class, that means starting no further than tenth place in the following show’s feature event. He did that and with the 15 laps to follow, he zigged and zagged through the field and caught up to Jeremy Reed and leader Michael Gossett. Following a caution, Webb got the lead on the last lap and dashed away with his second straight victory.

Macon Speedway wishes to thank the nightly sponsor Kid’s Castle and looks forward to the next Macon Speedway program Saturday night when the MOWA sprint cars invade the 1/5th-mile dirt track.

Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models Head to Macon Speedway Kid’s Castle Night Also Features CEFCU Kids Club

July 15th, 2015

Macon Speedway is hot for action this coming weekend as th etrack is ready for one big Saturday Night on July 18th. There will be fun for kids and adults alike as the Midwest Big Ten Series Super Late Models make a stop at the historic speedway. The event will make them one race closer to crowing their champion.

The CEFCU kid’s club will be bouncing off the walls with activities for the kids thanks to Kid’s Castle Learning Center and Fun To Go Inflatables. Fun To Go will be providing a bounce house and an inflatable obstacle course for the young ones that want to let their hair fly and burn off some that built up energy that they always seem to have an abundance of. The CEFCU Kids Club is free and welcomes all kids to come have some fun.

Also racing on the 1/5-mile high banks with the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods and Hornets. Admission prices will be $15 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free of charge.

Pits will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 shortly after the pill draw ends and racing will begin at 7:00.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway Hit With Second Straight Cancelation July 11 Program A Wash

July 13th, 2015

Officials at Macon (IL) Speedway were forced to postpone the Saturday, July 11 program due to heavy morning rains that came through central Illinois. The heavy rains, on top of already saturated grounds caused the second straight rainout and the sixth in 17 nights of racing at the 1/5-mile speedplant.

On tap was Miles Chevrolet/Bud Light Ladies Night. Six divisions of action were scheduled to run including the Sportsman in the Topless 40, the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Next up for the 70th Anniversary Season will be Kid’s Castle Night featuring the Hall of Fame Driver Reunion and CEFCU Kids Club. The Big Ten Super Late Models will be racing as well as the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Pit gates open on Saturday, July 18 at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

Also, for fans who want to see some great racing during the week, Track Enterprises will be hosting the USAC Indiana Sprint week at Terre Haute this coming Wednesday, July 15. The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car tour will be racing at the historic Action Track. For full info, go to terrehauteactiontrack.net.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Herald & Review 100 Postponed Due To Wet Grounds

July 11th, 2015

Macon Speedway officials were forced to pull the plug on the July 9 running of the Herald & Review 100, due to extremely wet grounds at the 1/5-mile facility. Track officials had hoped to be able to pull off a miracle and get the facility ready for the evening’s events but the lack of sunshine and cool temperatures did not help the efforts.

Despite a dry forecast for Thursday, the huge amounts of rainfall throughout Central Illinois on Wednesday caused a number of county flood warnings and soggy conditions at Macon Speedway. Even the track, which usually dries fairly quickly and holds up well in days following rain, was soaked from overnight rains that would not leave.

Track promoter Bob Sargent stated, “Had we not had the rain overnight, I think we would’ve been okay. When I saw it raining at 2:30 in the morning, I knew we were in trouble.”

The 35th running of the Herald & Review 100 will be rescheduled on Wednesday, August 26 as part of a huge weekend of Late Model racing in the midwest. In addition to the Summer National Hell Tour Late Models, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, and B-Mods were also on the card.

The next event on the Macon Speedway schedule is this coming Saturday, July 11 with six divisions of action. The Sportsman topless 40, Big Ten Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets are all on the action packed card.

Admission prices will be $12 for adults but $6 for women for Bud Light Ladies Night. Children 11 and under are admitted free of charge.

Pits will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 shortly after the pill draw ends and racing will begin at 7:00.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Action Picking Back Up In Macon Speedway Weekly Classes Thursday & Saturday Races To Entertain Fans

July 9th, 2015

​Race fans at Macon Speedway have been treated to some great racing as of late and that won’t change this weekend. Not only will the track be hosting the 35th running of the Herald & Review 100 for the Summer Nationals Hell Tour on Thursday, the track will open right back up on Saturday for a full six division program.

The Thursday, July 9 show will feature three classes of racing. The UMP Dirtcar Late Models will be on hand running 100 laps for the Summer Nationals Hell Tour. The race will also double up as an event on the Midwest Big Ten Late Model schedule. The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will pair up with the Late Models for a big event, as well. Rounding out Thursday’s program will be the B-Mods, who have had a long layoff on the Macon schedule with all of the recent special events.

The Saturday, July 11 program will see an action packed evening with six divisions of racing. In addition to the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models, the Sportsman will be back in action running a Topless 40, paying $600 to win. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets will also compete. The night will also feature half price admission for ladies at just $6 for Bud Light Ladies Night.

The current championship standing leaders in the regular Macon divisions include Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (Berlin, IL) in the Pro Late Models, Rodney Standerfer (Germantown, IL) in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, James Farley, Jr. (Springfield, IL) in the B-Mod class, Timmy Dick (Monticello, IL) Sportsman, Terry Reed (Decatur, IL) in the Street Stocks, and Adam Webb (Decatur, IL) in the Hornets.

On Thursday, July 9, pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $25 for adults and children 11 and under are $5.

Saturday, July 11 festivities start with pits opening at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps beginning at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing takes the green at 7:00. Admission for Saturday’s events will be $12 for adults and free for children 11 and under. It will also be Bud Light Ladies night, where ladies get in for 1/2 price.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Summer Nationals Hell Tour Set To Invade Macon Speedway Babb, Pierce, Feger, & Moyer Among Favorites

July 8th, 2015

15 events into the 2015-edition of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour, the cream is rising to the top in the point chase. While the first seven events had different winners at each race, the recent events have seen Shannon Babb and Jason Feger starting to warm up. All the stars will converge on Macon Speedway this coming Thursday, July 9 for the 35th running of the Herald & Review 100.

The Macon Speedway event should be a great one as local favorite, Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, IL, recently won his third event on the tour. Babb claimed the Tri-State Speedway event on Sunday, in addition to his earlier wins at Fairbury and Peoria. He will, no doubt, be the top pick on Thursday night as he has won the last two Herald & Review 100′s, three of four, and five of the last nine. His list of challengers, however, will be tough to beat.

Current Summer Nationals point leader, Bobby Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, might be the one to knock Babb off his pedestal. Pierce was extremely strong at the Lucas Oil Late Model event in April, but a flat tire cost him the victory while leading. Pierce has not won this historic event but his dad, Bob, has four trophies, with his last in 2001.

Bloomington, IL driver, Jason Feger has recently warmed up, as well. Feger claimed his first 2015 Hell Tour trophy on June 13 at Cedar Lake Speedway and added two more, with the wins coming at Daugherty Speedway on July 1 and Highland Speedway on July 4.

The current standings are led by the “Smooth Operator” Bobby Pierce. The young racer has a 48 point lead on Billy Moyer, Jr. and a 100 point advantage on Feger. Babb is fourth in this year’s rundown, while Ryan Unzicker is fifth. Timothy Culp, Jim Moon, Billy Moyer, John Hahler, and Michael Kloos complete the top ten in the current standings. Events are schedule Monday-Wednesday at Lincoln, Vermillion County, and Florence and may shake up the standings a bit more before the Macon event.

This Thursday’s race will mark the 35th year for the Herald & Review 100. Forsyth, IL driver Butch Garner won the first one back in 1981. Babb has the most wins with 5, while Bob Pierce and Kevin Weaver have four each. If Bobby Pierce does find victory lane, he and his dad will become the second father-son duo to win the event. Springfield, IL Dick and Matt Taylor were the first to complete the feat.

In addition to the $5,000 to win event for the Late Models, the Summit National Modifieds will also be on hand. Round out the night’s card will be the return of the B-Mods.

Pit gates will open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Adult admission is $25, while children 11 and under are $5.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Felker Sweeps Freedom Fest At Macon

July 7th, 2015

Saturday, July 4 finished off the two-night celebration of POWRi Freedom Fest at Macon Speedway. Another stellar field of cars was on hand with POWRi Midgets and Micros, in addition to non-wing Micros and the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. After a free live concert in the parking lot, all attention turned to the thrilling 1/5-mile where racing ensued.

Justin Peck, wheeling the black 5x, took the early lead to pace the 20-car POWRi Midget starting field. The race’s first caution came out with two laps in, as Brandon Lynch had a wild flip in the third turn. Back to green, only one more lap was put on the board before a multi-car parking lot ensued in turn two. The field got rolling during the next run and with ten laps complete, Friday night’s winner, Andrew Felker, moved into second. By lap 12, Felker had run down Peck who was caught in traffic. One lap later, Felker shot by and into the lead. Over the final 16 laps, a few more cautions slowed the pace but racing at the front heated up on the final couple of laps. Spencer Baytson ran down Felker to make a move on the last lap but came up just short at the checkered. It was the second win at Macon during the weekend for the Carl Junction,Missouri wheelman. Bayston took second, while Darren Hagen rallied late for a third place finish.

22 POWRi Micros raced under Joey Webb’s green flag at the start of their 20-lap feature event. As the field raced to the end of lap one, it was Friday night’s winner, Nathan Benson, leading the way. It was clear sailing until about lap nine, when Benson caught a plethora of cars at the end of the lead lap. For the Concordia, Missouri driver, it didn’t matter, as he worked high and low of traffic much quicker than his closest competitors. The sweep for Benson was complete, much like the one for Felker. Christopher Cochran and Jeremy Camp were the other podium finishers.

Benson wasn’t satisfied with just two wins on the weekend. The 2B started toward the front of the pack for the Shelton Wingless special and led the first two laps. Last night’s wingless winner, Tony Clifton moved into the top spot on lap three and remained out front until the race’s midpoint. After a lap ten restart, Benson reassumed the point and held on to the victory, his third of the weekend.

Marc McClintock, making his first Macon Modified start, led the field early on the 20-lap main event. Alan Crowder led for the middle stages of the race before Curt Rhodes took over, despite a damaged car. Rhodes, from Langleyville, IL, drove masterfully over the last handful of laps to fend off challenges from Crowder and Rodney Standerfer, who came from the back after a flat tire.

Racing will continue this coming Thursday, July 9 with the UMP Summernationals Hell Tour coming to town for the Herald & Review 100. In addition to the touring Late Model stars, the Summit National Modifieds will be on hand as well as the B-Mods. Pits will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.

For full information, go to www.maconracing.com.

Night One Of Macon Freedom Fest Complete

July 5th, 2015

A very special weekend of racing and entertainment is taking place to celebrate the Independance Day holiday at Macon Speedway. On Friday night, the first of back-to-back nights was completed for POWRi Freedom Fest. In addition to the POWRi Midgets and Micros, Wingless Micros, and Street Stocks were also on hand.

The first feature on track has the 30-lap event for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets. 22 drivers were trackside for the main event after setting the starting field from the 39 attendees. When the green dropped, Justin Grant pulled out front with Ryan Robinson and Andrew Felker in tow. Felker moved into second after the race’s first caution, to set his sights on the top spot. On lap 11, Felker pulled off a slide job to take the top spot. Five laps later, Robinson took the lead away from Felker. His lead was short lived as they diced through traffic and Felker was determined to get back out front. On lap 18, Felker took over and raced his way to the checkered, as slide job after slide job took place on the Mighty Macon oval. Following the Carl Junction, Missouri driver to the
exciting victory was Darren Hagen, who made some late passes to take second. Grant, Spencer Bayston, and Robinson rounded out the top five.

The Midgets will be back for more on Saturday.

Ayrton Gennetten paced the POWRi Speedway Motors Micros at the start of their 20-lap A-Main. After a caution plagued first four laps, the field got sorted out and the action picked up. Gennetten was receiving plenty of pressure from his closest challenger, Nathan Benson. Christopher Cochran joined to make it a three car lead battle up front. Dicing inside, outside, and through the middle of traffic, Gennetten was able to fend off some strong challenges. After a late yellow, Benson, another Missouri competitor, raced into the lead on lap 18 to take the victory. Gennetten took second, Cochran third, Tucker Klaasmeyer fourth, and Dereck King fifth.

Point leader, Terry Reed, of Decatur, IL led from green-to-checker to take yet another Street Stock feature win. Larry Russell, Jr. and Bobby Beiler completed the podium finishers. In the non-wing Micro feature, Decatur, IL driver Tony Clifton took the lead at the green and went on to claim the main event victory. Daniel Robinson and Tyler Vantroll took second and third. The non-wing cars will be back on Saturday night for a 20-lap special event, paying extra money.

Day #2 of Freedom Fest will be Saturday, July 4. Both POWRi divisions will be on hand in addition to non-wing micros and the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. From 4:00-7:00, there will be live musical entertainment in the parking lot with Brian Shartzer and the Garth Brooks Tribute Band. The concert is free to attend.

Pits will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

​Macon Speedway Freedom Fest Doubleheader This Weekend Fireworks, Music, And Racing To Thrill Fans

July 2nd, 2015

Millstadt, IL – The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series are set to make their fourth and fifth appearance at the “Mighty” Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois on July 3rd and July 4th for the Macon Speedway Freedom Fest. The last POWRi appearance at Macon Speedway was on June 6th for the third night of Illinois SPEED Week, with Christopher Bell and Matt Howard taking division wins. The weekend will be filled with racing, fireworks, and music entertainment.

Friday, July 3rd will feature POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros, Street Stocks, and non-wing micros, with fireworks on display after the feature events. Saturday, July 4th will include Brian Shartzer and his Garth Brooks Tribute band before the races at 4:00, with POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros, UMP Modifieds, and non-wing micros, taking the center state in the evening.

Riverside, California driver Darren Hagen currently leads the Midget standings by 410 points over Carl Junction, Missouri competitor Andrew Felker. Austin Brown, Kyle Schuett, and Christopher Bell complete the top five in the national standings. Concordia, Missouri driver Nathan Benson is leading the Micro standings, entering Freedom Fest. Ayrton Gennetten, Joe B Miller, Aaron Andruskevitch, and Matt Howard are top five competitors. Macon Speedway Street Stock point leader Terry Reed and Billingsley Towing Modified competitor, Rodney Standerfer, will look to continue their early season success at this weekend’s events.

Each night will be run as a completely separate show, with preliminary events and features both nights. Friday night will be regular payout for both midgets and micros, with Saturday’s midget feature paying $3000 to WIN. Pit gates each day will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Admission prices are $15 for adults, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon IL Speedway Results

June 30th, 2015

Rodney Standerfer was at it once again at Macon Speedway. Leading through the 40-lap Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature, Standerfer had another top driver on his rear bumper but could not find a way past the Germantown native. Last week, it was Ken Schrader, NASCAR driver and co-owner, this week it was popular favorite, Dave Crawley, Jr. Crawley trailed through the entire 95Q Firecracker 40′s and unfortunately did not finish due to a broken race car.

The Pro Late Model 40-lapper of the 95Q Firecracker 40′s was another win for Springfield’s Guy Taylor. Taylor took the lead from Roben Huffman on the 19th lap and never looked back.

The Street Stock feature was also a close finish with Terry Reed edging out the returning Larry Russell, Jr., a former track champion. The race was side-by-side with Russell holding the lead until late in the race when Reed made an aggressive move in the final turn to gain the victory.

Evan Weyant dominated the Beach House Mini Sprint field for a third straight appearance, vying for momentum into next week’s two-day POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprint showcase.

Adam Webb got a front row starting spot in the 4-cylinder Hornet feature and blasted out to a big lead and nobody was able to catch up in the 15-lap win.

Fans were entertained by an intermission fireworks display. Another fireworks display awaits fans Friday night during the two-day POWRi show.

Big Ten Pro Late Models & Street Stocks In Action This Weekend Jacksonville, Macon, And Lincoln All Holding Events

June 28th, 2015

The Midwest Big Ten Series will have three different races coming up this weekend in Illinois. While the Super Late Models are off until the Thursday, July 9 event at Macon Speedway, the Pro Late Models have events on Friday and Saturday. The Street Stocks are scheduled for a Sunday event.

The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models have run two events so far this season, with Springfield, IL driver Guy Taylor winning at Macon and New Berlin, IL competitor Nick Bauman taking the Lincoln, IL trophy. Only two points separate the two at the top of the standings, while Myles Moos is just two more back in third. This weekend’s Big Ten Pro Late Model doubleheader will have action at Jacksonville Speedway on Friday night, June 26 and Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 27.

The Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stock tour makes a trip to Lincoln Speedway this coming Sunday, June 28. So far this season, four completed events have take place with Decatur, IL driver Terry Reed leading the standings. Reed has two runner-up finishes to bolster his standing. Macon, IL’s Greg Osman is eight points back, while Kyle Waters is third.

For detailed info on this weekend’s events at each facility, visit their websites at www.jacksonvillespeedway.com, www.maconracing.com, and www.lincolnspeedwayil.com. Also, don’t forget to like the new Midwest Big Ten Series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MidwestBigTenSeries.

​Firecracker 40′s Kicking Off A Busy Mid-Season For Macon Speedway Fireworks Display To Highlight The Night

June 26th, 2015

The 2015-racing season is quickly approaching the halfway stage at Macon Speedway, which means the huge event portion of the schedule is upon us. The next four events on the schedule are considered “can’t miss” with everything from fireworks, to POWRi Midgets and Micros, to the Hell Tour Series Late Models, and a Garth Brooks Tribute Band.

It all begins this Saturday night with the Firecracker 40′s presented by 95Q and Dynagraphics/Wood Printing. In addition to the Big Ten Pro Late Models in a 40-lap event and the Billingsley Towing Modif eds running a 40-lapper, area race fans will have their first chance at a holiday inspired fireworks display. The pyrotechnic display should take place just after dark. Street Stocks, Hornets, and Beach House Micros will also be racing.

The busiest part of Macon Speedway’s schedule then comes up the following week, starting with a holiday weekend double header. On Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, the first ever POWRi Freedom Fest will bring race teams and fans from all over. The Midgets and Micros will be running both days in addition to a special non-wing Micro show. UMP Street Stocks will add to the show on Friday night, while the Billingsley Towing Modifieds will run on Saturday. Friday’s show will include fireworks, while Saturday’s show will start off with a Garth Brooks Tribute Band from 4:00-7:00. The weekend is huge and will be filled with great racing and entertainment.

Just a few days later, on Thursday, July 9, the 35th running of the Herald & Review 100 will take the green. Some of the best UMP Super Late Model competitors will be there, running with the Summer Nationals Hell Tour. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and the B-Mods will make the evening jam packed with great racing entertainment.

Entering this Saturday night’s action, Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, leads the Big Ten Pro Late Model standings by just two points over New Berlin, IL driver Nick Bauman. The battle is actually tight for the top three, as Myles Moos is just two more behind second. This weekend will be busy for the Pro Late Models, as they also have a Big Ten event on Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway.

When it comes to tight point battles, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds are as close as it gets. Germantown, IL driver Rodney Standerfer has won two straight features to tie Jeff Graham, of Stonington, IL, for the point lead. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (PLM), Terry Reed (SS), and Adam Webb (H) are the other Macon Speedway front-runners entering the June 27 event.

On Saturday, June 27, pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin when pill draw ends at 6:00 sharp, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for children 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Standerfer Claims His Second Straight Feature Win

June 24th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Rodney Standerfer ran the race of his life Saturday night at Macon Speedway, as he held off Macon Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader for his second consecutive feature win. Coming off a 50-lap victory in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Standerfer was leading all the way until a caution flag brought Schrader close. Standerfer used excellent skills through the turns to stay ahead of the NASCAR superstar coming out of the turns to stay a bumper ahead. Garnering strong finishes were Chad Evans and Curt Rhodes as they placed third and fourth respectively.

Bobby Beiler went the full 20 laps for the Big Ten Street Stock feature win and gained some ground in the Big Ten standings. Jeremiah Hoadley drove a strong second place car along with Terry Reed, who pulled in on lap 11. Reed drove back through the field to third. Kyle Waters was able to come home fourth, while Greg Osman was scored fifth.

Guy Taylor took the lead from Kevin Crowder in the Pro Late Model feature, on the ninth lap, and cruised to another feature win. Matt Taylor took second from Crowder and Tommy Sheppard, Jr., who finished ahead of Roben Huffman.

The Beach House Mini Sprints saw Evan Weyant pick up his second straight win at Macon Speedway. It was a no-doubter win, while second place was up for grabs with Aaron Andruskevitch, Tyler Day, Paul Day and Scott Justice all in the race for spots second through fifth.

The 4-cylinder Hornets was a feature attraction, with a special 20-lap race that saw Brady Reed take the checkered flag. He was shadowed by Adam Webb for the majority of the race. Both Reed and Webb started in the third row and jetted to the front and ran 1-2 weaving through the lapped traffic.

Macon Speedway was also home to the University Dogs Hot Dog Eating Contest which saw five contestants scarfing down wieners in a short time.

Next Saturday night will feature fireworks and special 40-lap features for the Late Models and Billingsley Towing Modifieds in the 95Q Firecracker 40s.

Big Ten Street Stocks To Visit Macon Speedway On Ladies Night

June 18th, 2015

Big Ten Street Stock Series drivers are amped up for their fourth event of the 2015-season, this coming Saturday, June 20 at Macon Speedway. In addition to the Street Stock special, the night will feature 1/2 price admission for ladies, courtesy of Bud Light, while hot dogs will be just $1 in the concession stand for Three Dog Night. A total of five classes will race on the 1/5-mile speedplant.

Decatur, IL driver Terry Reed currently leads the Big Ten Street Stock Standings, taking consistent runner-up finishes of 2nd at Macon on April 18 and May 2. Reed also brought home a top ten at Jacksonville to help him to a four point edge over Macon, IL’s Greg Osman and Decatur, IL’s Brian Dasenbrock. Bobby Beiler has won the two Macon
events but had a rough night at Jacksonville, dropping him to fifth in the standings. A total of 35 drivers have raced on the tour over the first three events of the season.

The Pro Late Models, which have put on some great shows sofar this season at Macon, are also in action Saturday. After having just six cars for the season opener, the car count has grown to nearly 20 in each of the last two appearances with plenty of excitement for fans. Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of Berlin, IL leads by 20 points over Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound, IL. Braden Johnson, Guy Taylor, and Kevin Crowder are among the top five point contenders.

The two most recent feature winners at Macon Speedway are also the top two in the current Billingsley Towing Modified points. Leading the standings is Stonington, IL driver Jeff Graham, who picked up his first feature win of the season on June 6. This past Saturday, Rodney Standerfer, from Germantown, IL, took his first feature win of the season and closed Graham’s point lead down to twelve. Clark Robertson, Randy Spaugh, and Joe Strawkas are within striking distance in the championship chase.

Decatur, IL driver Jeremy Reed broke the string of success held by Adam Webb, to claim the feature win this past Saturday night. Webb holds a ten point lead over John Bright, Jr. in the standings. Brad Rexroad, Michael Gossett, and Steven Stine find themselves in a pretty big points hole but a long season is still ahead.

The Beach House Micros will be making their third appearance of the 2015-campaign at Mighty Macon Speedway. Blue Mound, IL’s Jeremy Camp claimed the victory over a small field of competitors on May 2. On May 25, the division was back at it and Sherman, IL wheelman Evan Weyant raced to the victory against 22 other talented racers. It was a huge improvement in car count and racing as the Micros put on a great show.

The Saturday, June 20 program will feature racing in the Big Ten Street Stocks, Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Hornets, and Beach House Micros. In honor of Three Dog Night, the concession stand will be selling $1 hotdogs and University Dogs will present a hotdog eating contest at intermission.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing will begin at 7:00. Admission prices are $12 for adults but ladies will get in for $6 in honor of Bud Light Ladies night. Children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Crawley And Bauman Take Big Ten Wins Jacksonville Event Next For Super Late Models

June 17th, 2015

(Macon, IL) – Three Big Ten Series events were scheduled for this past weekend, one for each class. While the Super and Pro Late Models got their two events in, the Big Ten Street Stocks were a no-go on Friday night due to rain.

On Friday, June 12, the Big Ten Series Pro Late Models held their second event of the season and first of 2015 at Lincoln (IL) Speedway. New Berlin, IL driver Nick Bauman raced to the checkered to claim his first Big Ten win of the year. Following the #1 across the line were Brandon Eskew, Guy Taylor, Myles Moos, and Tommy Sheppard, Jr. The point battle at the top is a close one after two races with Taylor leading by two points over Bauman and two more over Moos. The next Pro Late Model Big Ten event is Friday, June 26 at Jacksonville.

On Saturday, June 13, the Big Ten Series Super Late Models made their first trip of the year to Mighty Macon Speedway. 19 drivers took the green with four different drivers trading the top spot numerous times. Action was two and three wide as the leaders worked through lapped traffic. Decatur, IL driver David Crawley, Jr. raced underneath Joey Webb’s checkered flag for the feature victory. Crawley was followed by Joseph Hughes, Ryan Little, Kyle Logue, and Brian Dively. In the standings, Brian Dively sits atop the chart with a 14 point lead on Daryn Klein. Chuck Mitchell, Mark Burgtorf, and David Crawley, Jr. are the rest of the top five.

The Big Ten Street Stocks were scheduled to run their fourth event of the season at Jacksonville. Rain became an issue early during the race program, canceling the night’s festivities. Details on a reschedule date are not yet available.

The next event on the Big Ten schedule is this coming Tuesday, June 16 at Jacksonville Speedway. It will be the third event of the year and a combo event with the Summer Nationals Hell Tour. Points will be awarded for both entities. The Pro Late Models will next race for series points on Friday, June 26 at Jacksonville, while the Street Stocks will run this Saturday, June 20 at Macon.

For updated schedules and points for the three divisions of Big Ten racing, visit www.maconracing.com.

Macon Speedway Beats Mother Nature To Checkers

June 16th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Despite rain forecasted and precipitation falling in central Illinois, Macon Speedway was cleared for dirt racing action and that worked out well for Rodney Standerfer.

Standerfer, the former Billingsley Towing Modifieds track champion led all 50 laps in the Modified portion of the annual Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Twin 50s. The race started with 19 consecutive green flag laps before cautions slowed the pace. Standerfer said in closing, “Watch out for that guy, number 10, Daryn Klein, he’s good.”

Fans were indeed watching Daryn Klein in the Super Late Model portion Twin 50s as Klein was leading through nearly 40 laps. A smoke screen was coming from the rear of the car and with ten laps left and Klein was forced to pull into the infield. That opened the door was Joseph Hughes and Dave Crawley, Jr.

Hughes gave up the lead to Crawley, Jr. with six laps to go. Crawley clung to the concrete up top, while Hughes was anchored to the bottom. Crawley won in his first Late Model start in 2015.

Timmy Dick of Monticello made a late move to take the lead from Dennis Vandermeersch in the Sportsman feature. For Dick, it was his second win of the year in Sportsman racing at the 1/5-mile.

Nick Justice led all 15 green-flag-laps in the Street Stock feature event and was constantly hounded by Greg Osman and Jeremiah Hoadley. They, however, were not able to take the victory away from the Harristown native. Jeremy Reed won for the second time in the Hornets at Macon Speedway this season. Adam Webb, the usual winner’s circle occupant, started at the tail due to not making his heat race. Webb did charge toward the front but wasn’t able to make it all the way to the top spot and came off the track before the race ended.

Coming next Saturday night is the University Dogs Three Dog Night Event featuring a hot dog eating contest and $1 hot dogs and a Big Ten Series race for the Street Stocks.

For more info, visit maconracing.com.

Big Ten Super Late Models Set For First Macon Appearance

June 13th, 2015

After a great night of POWRi racing, another big weekend of action is set for this coming Saturday, June 13 at Macon (IL) Speedway. This week, the Big Ten Super Late Models will be making their first appearance of the season for a $1,500 to win 50-lap feature. In addition, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds will also be running a 50-lap feature
event.

This Saturday’s event should be the fifth event of the season for the Big Ten Super Late Models. However, rainouts at Jacksonville, Macon, and Belle-Clair have made this just event number two on the ten race schedule. Mark Burgtorf claimed the only event win of the season, which came on May 17 at Quincy. Daryn Klein, Brian Dively, Jim Moon, and Jamie Wilson were top five finishers.

Originally, the June 13 Macon Speedway event was set to be a Big Ten combo for Supers and Pros. Due to large turnouts of Pros at Macon, the events have now been made standalone events. However, Pro Late Model competitors are urged to attend the Super races as well. In fact, this Saturday’s event will give an additional $100 bonus to the highest finishing Pro Late Model competitor.

In addition to the Twin 50′s for the Super Late Models and UMP Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets will also be racing.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, the pill draw ends when practice begins at 6:00, and racing will start at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Schedule Changes Announced For Big Ten Series

June 12th, 2015

MACON, IL — With the first Big Ten Pro Late Model event in the books, schedule changes have been made to produce a makeup date and provide the Pro Late Models their own stand alone events. The emergence of such quality race cars in the area and with determined drivers prepared to put on a great show, the Big Ten Series removed two Macon dates and added three other events to the remaining Pro Late Model Series in 2015. The crate late models will still have a 10-event series with the champion earning $1,000 from the $3,000 point fund.

The schedule changes are as follows, the Pro Late Models have been removed from the June 13 $1500 to win Miller Lite 50 and July 18 Macon events, making those stand alone Super Late Model Big Ten Series races. August 1st will be a Big Ten Super Late Model makeup date being named the KERBYSTRONG 100, paying $2000 to the 50-lap main event winner in honor of the late Kerby Damery.

The Pro Late Model Big 10 Series new and remaining race dates are as follows, June 27, August 15 (new), and September 12 (new).

Due to previous rainouts, Lincoln Speedway and Jacksonville Speedway have also produced some makeup dates for the series. Big Ten Street Stocks have a makeup date of Sunday, June 28 at Lincoln and the Pro Late Models have been added to Friday, July 24 also at Lincoln Speedway. The Big Ten Super Late Models have a makeup day of Tuesday, June 16 at Jacksonville Speedway.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconracing). It’s easy to join the text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers may text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Great Car Count And Crowd Pack Macon POWRi Night

June 10th, 2015

For the first time in 2015, the POWRi Midgets and Micros were able to run a show at Macon Speedway. Two previous events were rained out, which made for a huge crowd and car count during the Toyota Illinois Speedweek visit on Saturday.

The POWRi divisions filled the pits with 52 Lucas Oil Midgets and 64 Speedway Motors Micros. Once the four Macon Speedway classes were added into the mix, 166 cars filled the pit area. The huge car count made for a long night but fans saw a huge amount of racing.

In POWRi Racing, Christopher Bell of Norman, Oklahoma took his fourth Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of the 2015 season and the 19th of his career, doubling down for the third night of Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota. Matt Howard of Lawrence, Kansas earned his first career Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory, becoming the fifth different winner throughout the 2015 season.

In the Billingsley Towing Modified class, Stonington, IL driver Jeff Graham brought the field to the green and checkered, as he led flag-to-flag to extend his point lead. Rodney Standerfer was hounding him but could not find the opening he needed.

The UMP B-Mods had a solid field of cars and a very clean race. Springfield, IL driver James Farley, III crossed the line first with Wade Glover and Cody Stillwell in tow.

Street Stock competition saw Decatur, IL driver Terry Reed and Macon, IL’s Greg Osman out front. While pulling away from the field, Osman gave it a good college try but couldn’t find his way past the Reed machine.

Last, but not least, the UMP Hornets got a chance to race in front of the packed grandstands. Adam Webb, of Decatur, IL, who currently leads the points, claimed another feature victory. John Bright, Jr., also of Decatur, IL, and Matthew Reed of Blue Mound, IL garnered podium finishes.

The next event on the Macon Speedway schedule is this coming Saturday, June 13. Coziahr Harley-Davidson and Mueller Distributing night will feature the Miller Lite Twin 50′s. In addition to the 50 lap features for The Big Ten Super Late Models and Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets will also run.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, general admission gates open at 5:00, the pill draw ends when hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing action will take the green at 7:00.

Admission is $15 for adults and children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Graham, Beiler, & Webb Among Macon Point Leaders

June 3rd, 2015

It may feel like the racing season at Macon (IL) Speedway has just begun, due to four early season rainouts, however, this coming Saturday, June 6 will mark the tenth event on the 2015 schedule. Many are already keeping a close eye on the points, hoping to become track champions.

After five completed race events, Stonington, IL driver Jeff Graham, leads the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified standings by 18 over David Crawley, Jr. Clark Robertson, Rodney Standerfer, and Rick Hamilton complete the top five in the Mods.

The Pro Late Model division has been an exciting regular addition to the Macon Speedway classes. The class has grown as the season as played out, going from 6 cars on opening night to 18 the last two events. Berlin, IL driver Tommy Sheppard, Jr. leads the way in points by 20 over Blue Mound, IL driver Bobby Beiler. Braden Johnson, Guy Taylor, and Kevin Crowder complete the top five.

In UMP Street Stock competition, Pro Late Model point runner-up Bobby Beiler sits atop the championship chase. Beiler’s lead, though, is just eight points over Decatur, IL wheelman Terry Reed. Kyle Waters, Brian Dasenbrock, and Jason Scrimpsher are all within striking distance.

Another class that is in action just about every night at the central Illinois 1/5-mile is the UMP front wheel drive Hornets. Decatur, IL has been dominant so far this season, claiming numerous wins and taking a 22 point lead. John Bright, Jr., also from Decatur, is second. Steven Stine, Thad Gee, and Michael Gossett rounds out the top five.

The B-Mods, a part time class, will be on the schedule for this coming Saturday. Springfield, IL driver Thomas Riech will look to extend his point lead. It currently is at twelve over James Farley, III, also of Springfield. Wade Glover, Steve Phillips, and Ryan Timmons are in the top five.

Saturday night, June 6 at Macon will be busy with the two POWRi classes in addition to a Faster Pastor race and four other divisions of racing. Joining the POWRi Midgets and Micros will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Pit gates open Saturday, June 6 at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Chili Bowl Champ Abreu Heading To Macon Speedway POWRi Midgets & Micros On Saturday’s Schedule

June 3rd, 2015

It’s a busy week for racing in Illinois and not many drivers will be busier than 2015 Chili Bowl Champion, Rico Abreu. Abreu’s week of action will include four tracks in five days, with a stop at Macon (IL) Speedway scheduled for Saturday, June 6.

Abreu’s driving duties will begin on Wednesday night at Kokomo Speedway behind the wheel of a 410 Sprint Car in the World of Outlaws Tour. With a day off on Thursday, Abreu will be preparing for Illinois Speedweek Presented By Toyota for the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series. Friday’s action will take place at Jacksonville, Saturday at Macon, and Sunday at Belle-Clair.

The Rutherford, CA driver has had a successful 2015 to this point, claiming wins at Stockton, Silver Dollar Speedway, and Thunderbowl, in addition to his Chili Bowl win in Tulsa. Abreu has been behind the wheel of numerous types of cars this season, including midgets, 410 and 360 sprints, super late models, outlaw karts, and the NASCAR K&N Series.

Saturday night at Macon will be busy with the two POWRi classes in addition to a Faster Pastor race and four other divisions of racing. Joining the POWRi Midgets and Micros will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Pit gates open Saturday, June 6 at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

2015 Illinois SPEED Week Show Coming To Macon POWRi Heading To Town

June 2nd, 2015

Millstadt, IL – With clocks counting down, teams from all over the United States and across the world are putting the finishing touches on their racecars, as they prepare for the third annual POWRi Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota. As has been the case in previous years, drivers from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand will be in attendance. Macon Speedway marks one of this year’s stops, Saturday, June 6.

With Kiwi’s Brad Mosen and Hayden Williams set to run in midget competition, along with the Keith Kunz Motorsports team led by Christopher Bell, the stout lineup of drivers is already taking shape to make the 2015 POWRi Illinois SPEED Week presented by Toyota one of the most awaited events of the year.

“It would be pretty cool to win it again,” said Christopher Bell. “I won the first one, but didn’t get the opportunity to run last year. It’s definitely a really fun event. We go to a lot of really cool racetracks right in a row. It’s just a really fun week.”

With four straight nights of racing on tap, the 2015 Illinois SPEED Week will open at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, IL on Thursday, June 4th. Following Quincy Raceway, teams will travel to Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, June 5th and then to Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, June 6th. The Illinois SPEED Week finale will take place at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL on Sunday, June 7th.

Joining the POWRi Midgets and Micros at Macon Speedway will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Pit gates open Saturday, June 6 at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will take the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway Suffers Another Weather Cancelation POWRi Midgets & Micros Coming Next Weekend

May 31st, 2015

Officials at Macon (IL) Speedway were forced to postpone the Saturday, May 30 program due to heavy morning rains that came through central Illinois. The standing water, wet pit conditions, and additional rain forecasted throughout the day caused the fourth rainout in nine nights of racing.

On tap was Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night with five divisions of racing. Details on the rescheduling of Casey’s and the Armed Forces festivities will be coming in the near future.

Next up for the 70th Anniversary Season will be IHOP Night on Saturday, June 6. A faster pastor race is scheduled in addition to the much anticipated season debut for the POWRi Midgets and Micros at the track. Also racing are the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Pit gates open on Saturday, June 6 at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Adult admission is $15, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Casey’s General Stores and Armed Forces Team Up Saturday Night

May 30th, 2015

Saturday Night Macon Speedway kicks off another round of nonstop racing action at the 1/5 mile bullring. Casey’s General Stores will make Saturday May 30th a special night by offering race fans $2 off coupons at all area stores. Not only can you grab a discount coupon but you can also win free tickets by entering the drawing at each participating store. No purchase is necessary but while your there check out Casey’s fresh made subs and famous pizza. Also Casey’s will treat all Military who show ID at the gate ½ price admission and FREE admission if you show up in uniform. On top of that Casey’s General Stores will have their famous mascot Pepperoni Pete on hand for the kids, spin to win prize wheel for free product, door prizes and gas cards for our lucky fans at Macon Speedway.

Racing on the dirt oval will include Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman and Hornets. Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00pm, grandstands at 5:00pm, with racing at 7:00pm. Adult general admission is $12, while children eleven and under are free. Don’t forget Military with ID are half price or FREE in uniform and you can pick up a $2 off coupon at Casey’s General Stores.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Macon Speedway Drivers Race To Memorial Day Checkers

May 29th, 2015

(Macon, IL)–Macon Speedway continued its’ longstanding tradition of presenting dirt track racing on Memorial Day and drivers near and far from the 70-year-old oval put on a memorial show.

With NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace in attendance and in the racing mood in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, the Macon Speedway regulars had to be at their best. Schrader was able to keep in front of Dave Crawley, Jr. for a heat win and Wallace was scored second when Curt Rhodes kept on the to side to win in the second heat race.

But the feature belonged to Schrader. Starting on the pole position, Schrader was making easy work of the field as Rhodes, Crawley and Wallace trailed and raced for the runner-up spot as the long-time veteran led all 20 laps. Rhodes and Crawley did finish ahead of Wallace and Jeff Graham was scored fifth.

The Pro Late Models raced in one of the ten events known as the Big Ten Series, where different tracks will host a combined ten events and a point fund will be decide a end-of-year champion. Eight of the best ten finishes will be scored for the racers.

Myles Moos came into Monday night with a feature win in 2015 at Macon Speedway and was leading for the first ten laps of the Pro Late Model feature. Following a caution, Guy Taylor, Saturday night’s feature winner, came on like a house of fire and threatened to tear down the concrete wall with his high-side racing and took the lead. Taylor never trailed again or looked close to giving up the lead. Moos was runner-up. Macon Speedway veteran driver and Late Model champion Dick Taylor was scored third with Nick Bauman and Roben Huffman finishing the top five.

Jordon Smith from Villa Grove made his first appearance at Macon Speedway in a few years and didn’t have a good memory of the place. That memory was erased as the checkered flag was handed to him after leading all 15 laps of the Street Stock feature event. Plenty of competition followed but none were as close to the green car that stretched his lead lap-after-lap along the high groove. Darrell Dick and Kyle Waters were able to finish second and third.

The B-Modifieds were part of the Memorial Day racing event and Steve Phillips, native of Neoga, claimed his first checkered flag. Phillips has been a long-time racer but won his first event as a B-Modified racer at Macon Speedway.

Evan Weyant is a third-generation dirt track racer and the 20-year-old followed in the Weyant family name and won a feature event at Macon Speedway. Racing in the Beach House Mini Sprints for the last eight years, top five finishes have been a regular occurrence for Weyant but the win was his first.

For the second straight racing event, Adam Webb took care of business and won the 12-lap 4-cylinder Hornet feature. The former National Hornet Champion was trailed by Brian Deavers and Korie Neltner.

The next Macon Speedway event is on Saturday, May 30th, when the track honors the Armed Forces with Armed Forces Night. Military personnel with proper ID will receive 1/2-off admission. Military personnel in uniform will be admitted free. A full stock car racing is scheduled.

Large Crowd Watches Exciting Night At Macon

May 25th, 2015

(Macon, IL)–A full field of Pro Late Models dazzled a full crowd on a night with the Dodge monster truck Raminator demolished and destroyed three cars in the infield of the 70-year-old historic dirt track.

Guy Taylor of Springfield led all 20 laps of the Pro Late Model feature and won for the first time this season. Taylor dashed away from the crowd of cars and won easily ahead of Tommy Sheppard, Jr., Bobby Beiler, Dick Taylor and Matt Beadles.

Dave Crawley, Jr. and Cory Daughtery put on an amazing display of racing during the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature event. Daugherty went for a slide job, a racing maneuver regularly used in open-wheel Midgets cars, but was not able to hold it as Crawley pushed back in front and held on for the checkered flag. Cullen Breeden had a strong racing program and finished third. Curt Rhodes and Jeff Ray rounded out the top five.

Bobby Beiler was the quickest Street Stock of the feature race, grooving on the bottom side. The race was for second place as Terry Reed ousted Greg Osman for second. Kyle Waters and Tom Reich finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Macon Speedway hosted a race with the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series and Andy Baugh scored his first Macon Speedway feature win. He was very fast on the high side and was very comfortable close to the concrete wall. Jed Ross was scored second but finished car lengths behind.

Adam Webb, former National Hornet Champion, won in the 4-cylinder Hornet division. Jeremy Reed, a racing buddy of Webb, scored second in the race.

Macon Speedway will host a special Memorial Day racing event Monday beginning at 6pm with the Big Ten Series event for the Pro Late Models. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Beach House Mini Sprints and B-Mods are all part of the program. Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will be on hand to race in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and will sign autographs in the pits following the races.

Raminator Travels To Bob Brady Auto Mall And Macon Speedway For Car-Crushing Show Saturday, May 23!*

May 20th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway and Bob Brady Auto Mall have lured the “Raminator” to Decatur and Macon for a day of autograph signing, photographs and, CAR CRUSHING! From 11 am to 2pm, Bob Brady Auto Mall will be hosting the Raminator with an autograph session with the driver Mark Hall. The Macon Speedway two-seater late model car will also be on display at Bob Brady Auto Mall with a Raminator exhibition at 1pm. The Raminator will then travel south to Macon Speedway for an action-packed night of autographs and car crushing…YES, CAR CRUSHING! Decatur Auto Parts has offered up a few cars for the Raminator to demolish that night. Make sure to bring your cameras! Kids and adults alike will be thrilled when Raminator, the World’s Fastest Monster Truck and it’s 565cubic-inch supercharged Hemi motor is fired up, powering Raminator through an absolutely breath taking exhibition.

Also that night will be exciting racing featuring the Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Hornets, and Illinois Lightning Sprint Car Series.

Saturday Night is all about the kids as the CEFCU Kid’s Club will also be on hand with fun and games for the young ones topped off with Raminator and all the action on the 1/5 mile dirt track of Macon Speedway.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 and kids 11 & under are still free.

Then don’t miss day two of our double header weekend with our Memorial Day Special on Monday May 25. Fans in attendance will receive prizes from Sun Drop courtesy of American Bottling Company. NASCAR Stars Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will be on hand to do battle in their Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds and will be signing autographs after the races in the pits. Also racing will be the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Hornets and UMP B-Modifieds.

Monday’s events will start an hour earlier with gates opening at 4pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and kids 11 & under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Macon Speedway POWRi Show Canceled Due To Weather Doubleheader Weekend Up Next

May 17th, 2015

Early morning rainfall, on top of rain that hit the area Friday forced the cancellation of another race at Macon Speedway on May 16. Scheduled to run were the POWRi Midgets and Micros in addition to the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets. It is the second cancelation in a row and third of the season for the Central Illinois speedplant. It is also the second time this season that POWRi has had a Macon show canceled.

Up next will be a doubleheader weekend featuring Bob Brady Dodge Raminator night on Saturday, May 23 and a Memorial Day Special on Monday, May 25. The Saturday, May 23 program will include Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets, and the first visit of the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series. The Monday, May 25 program will have Pro Late Model Big Ten Series special plus the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, Hornets, and the Beach House Micros. Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader will be paying a visit to compete with the Mods.

Pit gates open Saturday, May 23 at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. General admission is $12 for adults, while children 11 and under are free.

Monday, May 25 times are pit gates at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, and racing at 6:00. Monday admission is $15 for adults and children 11 and under are free.

There are a couple of big shows coming up during the week for fans who want to see some racing. On Wednesday, May 20, the Terre Haute Action Track in Western Indiana will be having the USAC Sprint cars and UMP Modifieds at the Tony Hulman Classic. For full info go to terrehauteactiontrack.net. On Thursday, May 21, the 62nd Annual Hoosier Hundred will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The USAC Silver Crown cars and UMP Modifieds are part of that big program. trackenterprises.com has full info.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway May 9 Program Canceled Due To Weather POWRi Night Up Next

May 11th, 2015

Mother Nature has delivered her wrath for a second time at Macon IL Speedway. Dry conditions during the morning hours had everyone’s hopes up for a great night of racing, but radar was showing heavy rainfall approaching. The impending weather, on top of what was received on Friday was enough to cancel most area tracks, including Macon, whose officials reluctantly pulled the plug around 2:00 after raindrops started to fall. The May 9 rainout is the second cancellation of the 2015 campaign.

Scheduled to run were the Super and Pro Late Models in the Big Ten Series opener, paying $1,200 to win and $125 to start. That race will be rescheduled with a big announcement coming later this week. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets were also on the card.

Eyes now turn to the Saturday, May 16 program with the fast and nimble POWRi Lucas Oil Midgets and POWRi Speedway Motors Micros. Those two classes will be making their Macon season debut after being rained out on April 25. Drivers should be revved up and ready to go after having their weekend events at Belle-Clair and Farmington postponed. A number of Micro competitors did get the chance to tune in their rides on the 1/5-mile in a non-sanctioned race on May 2.

Pit gates open Saturday, May 16 at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. General admission is $15 for adults, while children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Teachers Receive Free Admission This Saturday Night At Macon Speedway Opening Weekend For Big 10 Supers And Pros

May 7th, 2015

This coming Saturday, May 9 is Teacher Appreciation Night at Macon Speedway.  The event, presented by Teacher’s Lounge, will allow teachers with proper identification free admission to the races.  In addition, a big night of racing is planned as the Big Ten Super Late Models will race with the Big Ten Pro Late Models in a feature event that will pay $1,200 to win and $125 to start.  A $100 bonus is also on the line to the highest finishing Pro Late Model competitor.

This weekend does mark all the opening events for the much anticipated Big Ten Series schedules in Super Late Model and Pro Late Model competition.  For the Super Late Models, they are scheduled to race on Friday night at Jacksonville and Saturday at Macon.  The Pro Late Models will open this weekend at Lincoln on Friday and run with the Supers on Saturday at Macon in a combined event.  That event will have Supers and Pros on LM 20 or LM 40 tires on the front and LM 40 tires on both rears.

One Pro Late Model competitor looking to turn some heads is former Macon Speedway Late Model champion, Steve Sheppard, Jr.  Sheppard will be running a crate Late Model and feels that the Pros can compete with the Supers at Macon.

In addition to separate point distribution for Pros and Supers in the Big Ten Standings, the Macon event will also distribute separate points for track purposes and UMP points for the two classes.

At the end of the season, the champion in the Super class takes home $1,500 from the $4,000 points fund.  In the Pros, the champion will take home $1,000 from the $3,000 point fund.  The best eight finishes out of the ten events will be used to formulate the driver points.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets will also be in action.  The pit gate will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00.

Grandstand admission for Saturday’s events is $15 for adults and children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers may text MSDRIVERS to 74574 for driver updates. Message and data rates apply. Updates are also available by
calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Big Ten Series Super & Pro Late Models Set For Opening Week Macon Payout & Tire Rule Announced

May 9th, 2015

MACON, Ill. — The Big Ten Series openers for Super Late Models and Pro Late Models are set for this weekend after a tight point battle in Big Ten Super action one year ago. 2015 will mark the first season of Big Ten Pro Late Model action.

For the Supers, action will take place at Jacksonville Speedway on Friday night, May 8 and at Macon Speedway on Saturday night, May 9. For the Pros, they will be competing in a standalone event on Friday night at Lincoln and running the second event of their schedule on Saturday at Macon with the Supers.

$1,200 will be up for grabs to the winner in Saturday night’s event at Macon with $125 to start. The tire rule will be LM40 only for both rear tires, while front tires can be LM20 or LM40.

In addition to races at Jacksonville and Macon, the Super Late Models will also run at Belle-Clair and Quincy during the course of the year. For the Pros, events are scheduled this year at Lincoln, Macon, and Jacksonville.

The champion in the Super class takes home $1,500 from the $4,000 points fund. In the Pros, the champion will take home $1,000 from the $3,000 point fund.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers may text MSDRIVERS to 74574 for driver updates. Message and data rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Five New Winners Grace Macon Victory Lane

May 6th, 2015

(Macon, IL)-Another exciting night of racing is in the history books of the 70th season of stock car racing at Macon Speedway. Late passing and fast racing led to great feature-race finishes with six divisions going for the checkered flag.

Myles Moos of Hartsburg made a late-race pass to take the Pro Late Model feature from Tommy Sheppard, Jr. The pass came following a caution with Sheppard holding the lead strongly until the yellow flag came out. Moos took to the bottom and edged Sheppard for the final laps and the win.

Former champion reigned supreme in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as Rodney Standerfer was glued to the bottom of the 1/5th mile dirt oval and fought off Dave Crawley, Jr.’s rush to the lead. Jeff Graham had a strong third-place finish, stopping TD Burger and Ethan Schnapp from moving up in the field.

Bobby Beiler was also stuck to the bottom of the track and won the Big Ten Series Street Stock race. He was able to grab the lead early and hold on as Terry Reed and Kyle Waters were closing in on the top spot. Brian Dasenbrock would finish ahead of Steve Ewing.

Jeremy Reed was the strongest Hornet of the night as he and racing buddy Adam Webb traded the lead early but Reed’s 4-cylinder was just too much and went on to grab the checkered flag.

Two races that went quickly due to zero cautions were the B-Mod and Beach House Micro Sprint features. Four cars raced closely for the lead but Wade Glover came out on top with Tom Riech and Jim Farley III finishing behind. Jeremy Camp made quick and easy work of the Beach House Micro Sprint field, leading all 20 laps and finished the race leading by half-a-lap.

In the return of the Bud Light Ladies Night series, Rocco’s Bar was featured and Jennifer Cramer stepped on the gas and claimed the victory and a spot in the Championship Race later in the season.

Owens Claims St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

May 4th, 2015

MACON – Jimmy Owens made himself right at home Thursday at legendary Macon Speedway in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for Lucas Oil Late Models.

The Newport, Tenn., driver held off challenges from a pack of drivers who have plenty of experience around the Macon Speedway high-banked fifth-mile oval. So much for the guys protecting the home soil.

Owens took the checkered flag in the 100-lapper and the $12,000 check as the nation’s top late model dirt series made its second appearance at the historic oval. Owens, a three-time Lucas Oil Series national champion, added a win at Macon to a list that also has World 100 and Eldora Dream 100 victories by staying in front of the pack despite seven restarts. When they took the green flag, the pace was furious.

“It doesn’t take too long here, especially if we get the cautions out of the way,’’ Owens said.

Owens reached victory lane despite challenges from Jason Feger, the Bloomington driver who finished second. Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, was fourth ahead of Ryan Unzicker, of El Paso. Devin Moran, of Dresden, Ohio, placed third.

At one point, Babb, Feger and Unzicker – who have plenty of laps around Macon Speedway – were lined up behind Owens. Owens took the lead on lap 58 when race leader Bobby Pierce Jr. and second place Billy Moyer pitted during a caution because of flat tires.

“I seen that,’’ Owens said. “I hate it for them guys. We had a pretty good car. We were biding our time. Lapped cars are always an issue here.

“I was able to save my tires for the end. We were able to cruise a bit and keep the car underneath us.’’

The star-studded field featured a million worth of machinery and the top 15 drivers in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, including Moyer, the Hall of Famer Moyer from Batesville, Ark., who set a Macon Speedway track record on a cool night with a lap of 10.228 seconds around the fifth-mile high-banked track.

In the UMP modified feature, Cory Daugherty, of Blue Mound, held off a powerful field to lead all 25 laps from the pole position for the victory and the $1,000 paycheck. His biggest competition came from Kenny Wallace, the NASCAR personality and Macon Speedway co-owner.

Wallace started second, fell back after an early hiccup and charged back through the field to keep Daugherty honest.

Chris Bolyard of Girard, took home the victory in the B-Mod feature.

Macon Speedway will be back for another action packed night this coming Saturday, May 2 with Bud Light Ladies night. All ladies receive 1/2 off admission, meaning tickets are just $6 each. 6 divisions of action will be there. Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Big 10 Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros will be in action.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, general admission gates at 5:00, and racing action at 7:00.

For more info, visit maconracing.com.

Jimmy Owens Wins St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway

May 2nd, 2015

MACON, IL– Jimmy Owens scored his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Thursday Night at Macon Speedway. Owens inherited the lead when race-long front-runners Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer pitted to change
flat tires. Owens then led the rest of the way to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Trailing Owens to the finish line were Jason Feger, Devon Moran, Shannon Babb, and Ryan Unzicker.

“It feels great to get the first Lucas Oil Series win for Bryan Rowland. We learned a lot from last year running here and we made the proper changes tonight and got the job done,” said Owens, who collected his 53rd career LOLMDS victory. “We came here last year for the first time in a late model. We nearly got lapped early on by Bobby [Pierce], but we made our way back to finish third. Tonight, I guess Pierce and Moyer cut down tires and that left the door open for us. You have to hit that turn three and four at an angle to scotch it off. It worked out pretty good.” Pierce and Moyer battled back and forth for the lead several times as lapped traffic was causing Pierce issues. Pierce had led the first 20 laps until Moyer took the lead on lap 21. Pierce fought back and retook the point on lap 32. Pierce and Moyer ran one-two until a fateful caution on lap 58 as both drivers would go pit side with flat right rear tires. Owens then inherited lead and held on till the end.

“I would like to thank Widow Wax Car Care Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Red Line Oil, Keyser Manufacturing, Ford, Midwest Sheet Metal, Cornett Engines, and Club 29 Race Cars. It is a great way to start the weekend.”

Feger, who has ran a limited schedule thus far in 2015 was happy with his second-place finish. “I am tickled to death with this run. After coming back from a broken arm, we have had bad luck so far, but this makes it a whole lot better,” said the driver of the Cheap Cars, Pro Tire and Automotive, Griffin Sign Shop, and Titan #25.

Moran made his first appearance at Macon and came home third in the final rundown. “I have to thank Jerry Hupp for getting us to come over here. We weren’t going to come, but he wanted us over here. To place third against this stacked field is just tremendous. We have never been here, and it was fun.”

Completing the top ten were Chris Brown, Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Don O’Neal, and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 30 entrants, with a lap of 10.228 seconds. Bobby Pierce set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 10.558 seconds. Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, and Brandon Sheppard won their respective heat races. Devin Moran and Jonathan Davenport won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

Pierce, Babb Ready To Defend Home Soil At Macon Speedway Thursday

April 30th, 2015

MACON, Ill. – Bobby Pierce Jr. and Shannon Babb drove to victory lane last season in the two premier late model events at Macon Speedway. With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series back for the second annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Thursday, April 30, Pierce and Babb will likely renew a rivalry that brought the local heroes door-to-door.

And Macon Speedway fans loved every minute of it.

The fifth-mile high banked dirt oval extends its rich tradition with the super late models. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its only Central Illinois appearance for the second straight season as the sport’s biggest names go after the largest purse in speedway history and the $12,000 to win first prize.

A year ago in the series’ first appearance here, the pack couldn’t keep pace with Pierce, the son for a multi-time former Herald & Review 100 winner. Pierce Jr. built a commanding lead by handling the traffic on the tight short track. The rising star backed up an earlier victory in Florida with the impressive win on home soil.

“I kept looking at my dad when I went by, and his eyes kept getting wider and wider,’’ said Pierce, who was a Fithian Oakwood High School senior last spring. “On a track like this, you can’t calm down. You have to go full bore all the way.’’

A little more than two months later, Babb and Pierce were battling for the win in the Herald & Review 100 when Pierce bounced into the wall. Babb went onto win the race for a record fifth time. The Moweaqua Missile brought the local crowd to its feet.

“We’ve grown up here and raced here a lot, so it means a lot to win this thing,’’ Babb said. “You know, it’s tough running 100 laps here and staying out of trouble.’’

While the Herald & Review 100 has a rich tradition, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is still just getting the attention of the racing community. It provides Macon Speedway with a second high profile super late model 100-lapper.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. By purchasing a $75 reserved seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand with a chair back seat, each reserved ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount.

With drivers like Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and local favorite Brandon Sheppard, late model fans from all over the Midwest will head to Macon Speedway for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Expect a large, enthusiastic crowd to kick start the local dirt track season.

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 11-under. Grandstands open at 4; hot laps start at 6 with racing set for 7 p.m.

NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace, a Macon Speedway co-owner, will race in the Billingsley Towing Modified division. The program also includes B-Mods.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway April 25 Program Canceled Due To Weather Preparations Now Begin For Huge Thursday Night Show

April 27th, 2015

Due to early morning rainfall with cold temperatures and more rain expected this afternoon, Macon Speedway officials have pulled the plug on the second week of the 2015-racing season. POWRi Midgets and Micros, along with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets were scheduled to run.

All preparations now begin for Thursday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series which will be pacing the Macon 1/5-mile bullring for a second time in series history. The first appearance was last year. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will pay $12,000 to win. Point leader Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Scott Bloomquist will battle stars from all over the US along with some central Illinois locals.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and the B-Mods will be making their 2015 debut.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. General admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

For fans wanting to see some racing yet this weekend, tomorrow, Sunday, April 26 is the season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana. The MSCS/KISS Sprints and the UMP Modifieds, headlined by Kenny Wallace will be in action. Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps are at 5:00, and racing is at 6:30.

For more information on any of the aforementioned events, visit maconracing.com, terrehauteactiontrack.net, or trackenterprises.com.

Macon Speedway Part Of Big POWRi Weekend

April 25th, 2015

The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series will be racing into Macon IL Speedway this coming Saturday night, April 25 for the first of six 2015 visits for the exciting tour.  The POWRi Speedway Micros, the companion series, will also be paying the 1/5-mile speedplant a visit.  The Micros are scheduled to race at Macon twelve times during the course of the year.

2-time defending Midget champion, Zach Daum, leads the standings, with Darren Hagen second and Andrew Felker third.  In the Micros, Dereck King, the winner at the Belle-Clair season opener, leads the points.  2-time defending Micro champion, Nathan Benson will look to rebound after suffering engine failure at the opener.

Adding to the program will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets.  TD Burger (Modified), Bobby Beiler (Street Stock), and Adam Webb (Hornet) will be looking to repeat after opening night wins on April 18.

Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00 with racing at 7:00.  Adult general admission is $15, while children eleven and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may apply.
Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Street Stock Big Ten Series Ready For Macon Opener

April 24th, 2015

MACON, Ill. – Get your motor runnin’. Big Ten Series Street Stocks will pack the pits and fill the Macon Speedway fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval with plenty of trading paint as the eighth annual Spring Fling season opener Saturday night features the dirt stock cars in their first of five appearances at the historic track during the 2015 season.

The Big Ten Series pays $1,000 to the champion from a $3,000 points fund with races also held at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and Quincy (Ill.) Raceways. The series also makes a return trip to the Christian County Fair in Taylorville. Macon Speedway drivers dominated the standings a year ago, and local fans are ready to see if their favorite dirt track pilots can defend the track’s honor again this season.

Last season’s Big Ten Street Stocks points battle went down to the wire. Terry Reed, of Decatur, grabbed the title on the final night when Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, had a difficult race. The standings are determined by compiling a driver’s top eight finishes among the 10-race series.

The series runs on the Macon Speedway season opener on April 18. The final race is Sept. 5 at Macon Speedway, where the street stocks love to trade paint on the classic fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval.

Big Ten Street Stocks are just part of the big night as Macon Speedway opens for its 70th season. Pro Late Models head into the season as a regular class. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman and Hornets will also race.

In addition to the racing, Macon Speedway also will host Driver-Sponsor Apreciation Night with a photo and autograph session. It’s also CEFCU Kid’s Club night.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands open at 5. Racing starts at 7. Admission is $12 for adults with children 11-under free. Pit admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive all fan info. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Exciting Opening Night Complete At Macon Speedway

April 21st, 2015

The start-of the 2015 racing season at Macon Speedway featured top notch racing with side-by-side action and furious finishes.

The first feature of the season saw Timmy Dick hold off Jeremy Nichols for the 15-lap victory. Nichols tried everything from lane switches to slide jobs but could not get or hold the lead as the crowd went into a frenzy.

Defending Street Stock champion Bobby Beiler picked up where he left off as he made short work of the 20-lap feature and first event in the Big Ten Street Stock Series. The battle was for second as Terry Reed and Nick Justice beat and banged and on the backstretch of the final lap, Justice lost a wheel and spun into the infield, unable to finish.

The broom was out in the Pro Late Model division as Tommy Sheppard, Jr. won the dash, heat and feature race. Matt Taylor was the overall fast qualifier and finished second to Sheppard in each race.

In the Billingsley Towing Modified division, TD Burger drove from an hour south of Chicago to race and win at historic Macon Speedway, and that is exactly what he did. Not even Macon Speedway co-owner and NASCAR star Ken Schrader could stop him. Burger was quick on the high groove and kept the lead despite Schrader and Rodney Standerfer coming from the bottom.

A big group of 4-cylinder Hornets competed for the checkered flag but nobody was as fast as former National Champion Adam Webb. Webb cruised to the victory circle and got his 2015 started off right at Macon Speedway.

Big shows finish off April at Macon Speedway as the POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprints headline the program next Saturday, along with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets. A special Thursday night show ends April with the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, a 100-lap extravaganza for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series.

Excitement Builds For 70th Season At Macon Speedway A Full Five Division Show On The Docket

April 16th, 2015

The 70th anniversary racing season at historic Macon (IL) Speedway is set to go green this coming Saturday, April 18. Fans will be treated to season opening “Spring Fling” action in the Pro Late Models, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Hornets.

2015 will mark the first season in which the Pro Late Models will be a regular class at the bullring. Running just a couple of times a year ago, the class had solid car counts and great racing. Many are looking forward to seeing what the class brings to the table this year, as many drivers from the area are building rides to compete in the newly formed division. The Pro Late Model class is inviting to drivers, due to its more affordable cost to be competitive. A large number of rookies will be competing and many will be looking for beginner’s luck Saturday night.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds are back for another exciting season at Macon. One year ago, 72 different Modified competitors graced the Macon oval with Springfield, IL driver, Guy Taylor claiming the 2014 crown. The Billingsley Towing Modified class is a staple at the track, running 25 times this season, the most of any class.

The Sportsman class, a part-time division, will get a chance to race about once a month this year, and the first is this Saturday night. Argenta, IL driver, Nick Macklin, who has now moved into the Modifieds, claimed last year’s UMP Sportsman championship by 46 points over Doug Nevill. This year, it will be all about making the most of the limited opportunities, with six races scheduled throughout the season.

The Street Stock division should be action packed for the opener, as well. Not only is it race #1 during a 24 race campaign for the track, but it is also the first event in the Big Ten Series for the Street Stocks. Five of the ten races will be held at Macon, with other events at Jacksonville, Lincoln, Quincy, and Taylorville. 50 different Street Stock drivers were on track at Macon in 2014 and many of those will be back this Saturday for the opener.

Rounding out Saturday’s slate of racing will be the Hornet class. Last year, between the Amateur Hornets and Outlaw Hornets, nearly 90 competitors raced at one point or another. This year, the divisions are scheduled to be combined for time purposes with all of the classes scheduled to run in 2015.

In addition to the thrilling racing action, Macon Speedway’s opener will have a Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photo & Autograph Session and a CEFCU Kid’s Club night.

Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 4:00, with grandstands at 5:00, and racing action takes the green at 7:00. Adult admission is $12, while children 11 and under get in free. Pit admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information on racing at Macon Speedway, visit the website at maconracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/maconracing and on Twitter @maconspeedway.

Macon Speedway just a week away from 70th season

April 13th, 2015

MACON, Ill. – Fasten your seat belts. Macon Speedway is ready to drop the green flag on its 70th season of racing next Saturday Night April 18. With two test and tunes in the books the speedway is excited to swing open the gates on what’s sure to be an epic year.

The historic dirt track will open the season with the 8th Annual Spring Fling and the CEFCU Kid’s Club featuring Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stock Big Ten Series, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and the Quick Car Series. Gates open at 5pm with racing starting at 7pm. General admission, Adults $15 with Children 11 and under FREE. The 70th Anniversary and the season opener Saturday, April 18th is sure to be a ground pounding good time for the whole family.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter
(@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

2015 Macon Speedway schedule

April 18 – 8th annual Spring Fling/Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night with photos/autographs/CEFCU Kid’s Club/Quick CAR
April 25 – POWRi midgets and micros/Full weekly racing
April 30 – St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100/Lucas Oil Late Models
May 2 – Bud Light Ladies Night/Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night
May 9 – Teacher Appreciation Night, presented by The Teacher’s Lounge/Mother Dear-plus Crazy Chics in Cars
May 16 – DynaGraphics Fast Impressions Night/POWRi midgets and micros
May 23 – Bob Brady Dodge Raminator Night/CEFCU Kid’s Club/Scout Night/Pinewood Derby 1 p.m.
May 25 – Memorial Day racing special
May 30 – Casey’s General Stores Night/Armed Forces Night
June 6 – IHOP Night/Faster Pastor/POWRi midgets and micros
June 13 – Coziahr Harley-Davidson/Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer Twin 50’s/LM 50 laps & Mod 50 laps
June 20 – Heinkel’s Three Dog Night/Bud Light Ladies Night
June 27 – Dynagraphics/95Q Firecracker 40’s/Late Model and Modified/Fireworks/Kid’s Club
July 3 – POWRi midgets and micros
July 4 – POWRi midgets and micros/Skeff Distributing Christmas in July Toy Drive
July 9 – Herald & Review 100/UMP Summernationals
July 11 – Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball/Sportsman Topless 40/Bud Light Ladies Night
July 18 – Kid’s Castle Night/Hall of Fame Driver Reunion/CEFCU Kid’s Club
July 25 – MOWA Sprint Week
Aug. 1 – Taylorville Night/CEFCU Kid’s Club
Aug. 8 – No stock car racing/Go Karts
Aug. 15 – Shrine 50/Pro Late Models/Evening of Destruction/Fireworks
Aug. 22 – POWRi midgets and micros
Aug. 29 – 11th annaual Illinois State Street Stocks Championships/Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night
Sept. 5 – Bud Light Ladies Night
Sept. 12 – Full weekly racing
Sept. 19 – Hornet World Championship/CEFCU Kid’s Club
Sept. 26 – Bud Light Ladies Night (championship)

Second practice in the books season opener April 18

April 6th, 2015

MACON, Ill. – With bright sunny skies Saturday afternoon nearly 40 competitors brought their race cars out to the mighty Macon Speedway. The speedway was open for the second and final test and tune before the season opening Spring Fling on Saturday April 18.

Most drivers used the time to shake the cobwebs off from the long winter break. Others used the time to get the feel for their brand new race cars. All of the drivers are excited for the new season and have high hopes of taking home cash and trophies this racing season.

On the card for opening night will be CEFCU Kids Club with Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets and the Quick Car Touring Series. Gates open at 5pm with racing starting at 7pm. General Admission $15 Adults, Children 11 and under are FREE.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night.

Macon Speedway Prepares For Final Pre-Season Test & Tune

April 5th, 2015

(Macon, IL) Racing teams are biting at the bit to get the 2015-racing season underway at Macon Speedway. With the opener fast approaching Saturday, April 18, drivers and crews have a final chance to shake down their rides this coming Saturday at the central Illinois dirt track.

A number of drivers took advantage of track time last Sunday, March 29, despite cold and damp conditions. Nearly 30 competitors were on the premises shaking down Late Models, Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Street Stocks, Hornets, and other machines. Some of those same teams, plus some additional rides are expected to be on hand for the final test date.

Pit gates open this Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 with practice running from 12:00-4:00. Pit admission is $20 for adults and children 11 & under are $10. Grandstand admission is free.

The opener for the 70th anniversary season of racing at Macon Speedway is set for Saturday, April 18. Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Hornets are on the card. Pits will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, and racing action at 7:00.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Drivers Brave Cold For Macon Speedway Test & Tune

April 1st, 2015

(Macon, IL) Despite a period of light rainfall, cloudy skies, and temperatures in the 40′s, nearly 30 teams came out for the first on-track action at Macon Speedway, this past Sunday, March 29.

A number of fans, checking out the action, got to see some pretty good on track runs from a handful of Pro Late Models in attendance. Mini Sprints, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Outlaw Hornets were also represented.

One more open practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Pits open at 11:00 with practice from 12:00-4:00. All divisions are welcome.

The 2015 8th Annual Spring Fling Season Opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

For full info, visit maconracing.com.

Macon Speedway Gears Up For 2015 With Annual Car Show

March 27th, 2015

The Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum and Macon Speedway have partnered up to bring you an amazing car show to kick off the 2015 racing season. The car show will take place at The Chevrolet Hall Of Fame Museum on Rt. 36 East in Decatur, IL on Saturday, March 28 starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. Come and see all the same cars that race at Macon Speedway each and every Saturday night throughout the summer and check out the two-seater Macon Speedway show car. Join us as we check out all the cars that will be kicking off the season at Macon Speedway at the Sixth Annual Spring Fling Season Opener on April 18.

Macon Speedway’s season opener will feature Quick Car Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stock Big 10 Series, and Outlaw Hornets. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands at 5 p.m. and the 2015 season will kick off at 7 p.m. The winter is heading out, and the temperature is warming up, so bring your friends and family out to the track to help us kick off the racing season!

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, don’t miss the cars on display!

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2015 Race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway or text MSFANS to 74574

Macon Speedway unveils exciting schedule for 2015

March 21st, 2015

MACON, Ill. – Fasten your seat belts. Macon Speedway is ready to drop the green flag on its 70th season of racing by adding a new division to its regular racing and new dates for special touring shows. The historic fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval will host two premier late model programs and also host six nights of racing with the POWRi midgets, including a July 3-4 doubleheader with the fastest rising open wheel racing series in the country. The racing season starts April 18. Big Ten Series will also return for the super late models and street stocks, and the
inaugural Big Ten Series pro late models will also crown a champion in 2015.

For the second consecutive season, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 joins the Herald & Review 100 as high profile dates for super late models. After the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made its first appearance last spring with rising star Bobby Pierce Jr. taking the victory, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will return on Thursday, April 30. The series is considered the top national tour for late models. When the weather heats up, everyone looks forward to the big traditional race at Macon Speedway. The Herald & Review 100 is set for July 9, when the UMP Summernational rolls into Macon Speedway as the state’s best drivers battle with national stars and local hot shoes.

POWRi midgets remind fans of Macon Speedway’s first season in 1946, when midgets were the star attraction. The open-wheelers love these smooth, high banked corners and always provide a fabulous show. The POWRi midgets make appearances on April 25, May 16, June 6 and Aug. 22, but the highlight is the July 3-4 doubleheader when POWRi turns the holiday weekend into a racing spectacular. The non-wing weekend also features a mini-sprint spectactular.

NASCAR Night of Stars is set for May 25. Drivers will be announced at a later date.

Since opening just after World War II, Macon Speedway became a fan favorite for its wheel-to-wheel, dirt-slinging and sideways action that brings fans to their feet with UMP super late models, Billingsley Towing UMP modifieds, UMP sportsman, UMP street stocks, UMP hornets, sprint cars, POWRi midgets and mini-sprints. The speedway will also run UMP pro late models as a regular class and build upon the first season with the B-modified class from a year ago. These newer divisions are designed to control costs for racers while also generating close, exciting racing for
the fans.

Macon Speedway also hosts the Midwest Big Ten Series for super late models, pro late models and street stocks. The season-within-a-season has racers running for a points championship in events held at Macon Speedway plus race tracks at Jacksonville, Lincoln, Taylorville, Quincy and Belleville.

The action-packed, in-your-face racing excitement is just some of the fun. Combined with the CEFCU Kid’s Club on six nights, fireworks and a monster truck show, Macon Speedway has something for the entire family. Stay tuned for updates as the promotions continue to build. Racing runs every Saturday night through Sept. 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter
(@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

2015 Macon Speedway schedule

March 29 – Open Test and Tune practice (noon-4 p.m.)
April 4 – Open Test and Tune practice (noon-4 p.m.)
April 18 – 8th annual Spring Fling/Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night with photos/autographs/CEFCU Kid’s Club/Quick CAR
April 25 – POWRi midgets and micros/Full weekly racing
April 30 – St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100/Lucas Oil Late Models
May 2 – Bud Light Ladies Night/Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night
May 9 – Teacher Appreciation Night, presented by The Teacher’s Lounge/Mother Dear-plus Crazy Chics in Cars
May 16 – DynaGraphics Fast Impressions Night/POWRi midgets and micros
May 23 – Bob Brady Dodge Raminator Night/CEFCU Kid’s Club/Scout Night/Pinewood Derby 1 p.m.
May 25 – Memorial Day racing special
May 30 – Casey’s General Stores Night/Armed Forces Night
June 6 – IHOP Night/Faster Pastor/POWRi midgets and micros
June 13 – Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer Twin 50’s/LM 50 laps & Mod 50 laps
June 20 – Heinkel’s Three Dog Night/Bud Light Ladies Night
June 27 – 95Q Firecracker 40’s/Late Model and Modified/Fireworks/Kid’s Club
July 3 – POWRi midgets and micros
July 4 – POWRi midgets and micros/Skeff Distributing Christmas in July Toy Drive
July 9 – Herald & Review 100/UMP Summernationals
July 11 – Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball/Sportsman Topless 40/Bud Light Ladies Night
July 18 – Kid’s Castle Night/Hall of Fame Driver Reunion/CEFCU Kid’s Club
July 25 – MOWA Sprint Week
Aug. 1 – Taylorville Night/CEFCU Kid’s Club
Aug. 8 – No stock car racing/Go Karts
Aug. 15 – Shrine 50/Pro Late Models/Evening of Destruction/Fireworks
Aug. 22 – POWRi midgets and micros
Aug. 29 – 11th annaual Illinois State Street Stocks Championships/Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night
Sept. 5 – Bud Light Ladies Night (championship)
Sept. 12 – Full weekly racing
Sept. 19 – Hornet World Championship/CEFCU Kid’s Club
Sept. 26 – Full weekly racing

Diveley, Little share Midwest Big Ten Series Late Model Championship

October 19th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Central Illinois has always been known for its talented late model drivers, and the 2014 racing season is no different. When the dirt settled after the final event in the 10-race Midwest Big Ten Series for late models, Ryan Little and Brian Diveley have been declared co-champs. Both drivers finished with 436 points and two wins in the series. Little, of Pleasant Plains, and Diveley, of Springfield, will each receive a championship trophy.

“Wow. This was an unbelievable late model season,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “I watched our late model fans get on their feet during the Big Ten Series features, cheering for these talented drivers. It was an incredible championship battle. It’s the best way to honor a pair of amazing drivers.’’

The top eight finishes among the 10 races were used to determine a drivers’ final points standing. While Diveley and Little were tied in the standings following the finals race this season last Friday at Lincoln Speedway, Little and Diveley also tied with two wins apiece. Little twice took the checkered flag at Macon Speedway with Diveley grabbing victories at Macon Speedway and Jacksonville Speedway.

Greg Kimmons, of Pleasant Plains, finished third in the series standings while John Beck, of Springfield, was fourth. Matt Taylor, of Springfield, placed fifth in the points. The championship battle worked its way through four races at Macon Speedway, the fifth-mile high banked oval, with two events apiece at quarter-mile tracks at Lincoln Speedway, Jacksonville Speedway and Quincy Raceways.

Other drivers to score Big Ten Series late model wins were defending series champ Steve Sheppard Jr., Bobby Pierce (two wins), Kyle Logue, Scott Schmitt and Rich Bell.

Gee wins Outlaw Hornet World Championship in Macon Speedway finale

September 29th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Thad Gee of Bloomington powered his way to the title in the World Hornet Championship for Outlaw Hornets Saturday night at Macon Speedway in the season finale. Gee earned $300 for the win and took home the giant trophy.

In Stock Hornets, Jonathan Drake of Decatur won the title after scoring his first victory in four years. He also took home the giant trophy.

Tim Bedinger hadn’t won a Sportsman feature in nine years, but the Taylorville driver took the checkered flag. Dave Crawley Jr., of Decatur, started up front and stayed there all 20 laps to win the Billingsley Towing Modified feature.

Greg Osman, of Macon, took advaetnage of the top side of the track to grab the lead from Bobby Beiler, Terry Reed and Nick Justice to take the victory in Street Stocks. Brett Page won the B-Mods, a growing class that saw several drives from outside the area travel to Macon Speedway for some great racing in a division that’s expected to grow in car count next season.

Austin Archdale won the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series feature, when the car raced with wings this week after running a non-wing feature here two weeks ago.

On the final night of the track’s 69th season of racing, Macon Speedway crowned champions.

Guy Taylor, of Springfield, already wrapped up the Billingsley Towing Modfieds title heading into the night. The veteran needed the cushion after he was unable to finish the feature. Nick Macklin won the Sportsman track championship

Beiler , of Blue Mound, came from the back of the pack to earn a top five and clinch the track championship in Street Stocks.

John Bright Jr., of Decatur, won the Outlaw Hornet championship while Marty Sullivan, of Mount Zion, claimed the title in Stock Hornets.

DynaGraphics, ILMO present Hornet World Championship on season finale

September 27th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – On the season finale for Macon Speedway Saturday night, drivers go for championships and trophies while the fans get a chance to go home with a prize – or maybe the experience of a lifetime. During the Hornet World Championship presented by DynaGraphics/ILMO, Macon Speedway will hold a free raffle where one lucky fan will win a ride in the two-seat Late Model. Bring the camera. It just might be you. Thanks to our generous sponsors, there will also be plenty of gift certificates and prizes handed out. Macon Speedway will hold racing in seven classes in the final night of racing in 2014 after adding the highly competitive B-Mods to the lineup.

DynaGraphics will also hold a contest for a $500 voucher good toward any product in its lineup, including a vehicle wrap. The Decatur-based company specializing in signs, printing and wraps will show off its products, and a lucky contestant will win a prize package valued at $500 from a giveaway during the racing program. The voucher will be good toward any wrap, sign, graphics project or printing by DynaGraphics, 3220 N. Woodford St., Decatur.

ILMO Products will distribute coupons to the first 1,000 ticket holders for a free pair of OSHA approved sunglasses. ILMO is a single-source provider of industrial, medical and laboratory gases in bulk, micro-bulk, cryogenic and cylinder solutions. ILMO offers bulk and residential propane, welding and safety equipment, industrial supplies and accessories, and welder rental and repair services. Based in Jacksonville, ILMO also has 10 locations, including Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield and Mattoon.

After Mother Nature didn’t cooperate last weekend, Macon Speedway offers another invitation to Scouts and Special Olympics. Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform receive free admission, and Scout parents and their adult children may buy tickets for $10. Special Olympics athletes and their families receive free admission. Just wear your Special Olympics T-shirt.

The Outlaw Hornets will race in a $300 to win feature plus the chance to take home the Outlaws championship trophy – a definite keepsake for any racer. This is the same style of trophy the guys get when winning on the state fair miles. The Stock Hornets will also run for the Championship trophy as the class gets some of the spotlight at the famed fifth-mile high banked dirt oval on the final night of another spectacular season. The full lineup is Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

MOWA Sprints rained out at Macon Speedway Saturday

September 22nd, 2014

MACON — After a late afternoon thunderstorm left the Macon Speedway dirt oval saturated, the MOWA Sprints presented by DynaGraphics and ILMO have been rained out Saturday. The Macon Speedway season finale is set for Saturday, Sept. 27.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Kinser headlines Outlaws, USAC sprint doubleheader at Action Track

September 18th, 2014

Terre Haute, Ind. – Old habits are hard to break, but Steve Kinser is competing for the World of Outlaws title one last time. The 20-time series champion from Bloomington, Ind., Kinser is known as the King of the Outlaws, but he’s making one last run at the title and one more swing through the United States while driving the Tony Stewart Racing entry in the famed series, including the stop at the Action Track in Terre Haute Wednesday.

“Racing in the Outlaws has been my life for almost 40 years,’’ Kinser said. “It’s all I’ve known. My family has been around it. I’ve had the pleasure of running up and down the road racing all across the country, and even in Canada, Mexico and Australia with this series. I knew it wasn’t going to last forever.’’

The Salute to the King kicked off in February as Kinser made his way through his 37th season. In his remarkable career, Kinser has won Outlaws events at 142 race tracks, including 42 on this year’s grueling schedule. He has 34 wins at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, 34 more at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway and 26 Outlaws triumphs at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. World of Outlaws races in Indiana in the 1980s were can’t-miss attractions to a kid from Columbus, Ind., named Tony Stewart.

“I never missed at Outlaw show in the area when I was growing up,’’ Stewart said. “We waited for all those nights like they were holidays. It was incredible watching Steve race with Sammy (Swindell) and Doug (Wolfgang). He was our guy, being from Indiana. When he won, it gave us all something to brag about.’’

Kinser will go for bragging rights one more time at the Action Track, where he won four straight events in 1993 and 1994. The series makes its first appearance at the Action Track since 2006 as part of a unique two-night doubleheader. After the World of Outlaws on Wednesday, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car series returns for the Jim Hurtubise Classic on Thursday.

The back-to-back racing brings some of the best drivers in the world to the same track on the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. There’s great camping right outside the track. Spend a night or two. See the fearless World of Outlaws and those wing sprint cars fly around the Action Track in their first appearance here since Joe Saldana won here in 2006. On the following night, watch the USAC non-wing sprints roar around the track in their first race since the Indiana Sprint Week thriller won by Bryan Clauson in July.

Joey Saldana looks to win again at the Action Track after taking the victory here in 2006. Don’t forget your retro Kinser gear for one last autograph. Tickets for the World of Outlaws are $35 for reserved seats, $30 for non-reserved grandstand seats and $20 for infield tickets. Pit passes are $40. Pits open at 2 p.m. while grandstands and infield seating open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). Go to Terrehauteactiontrack.net to order tickets.

On Sept. 18, USAC sprint cars return to one of their favorite stops. Already this season, Dave Darland took the checkered flag in the Tony Hulman Classic before Bryan Clauson scored the victory in a thrilling feature during Indiana Sprint Week. Later in the summer, Darland surpassed Tom Bigelow with 53 wins to set the record in a USAC sprint car. Clauson is the two-time defending USAC AMSOIL Spring Car National Champion, but his first win at the Action Track earlier summer was Clauson’s first in Terre Haute. Expect a major battle on Indiana soil.

Tickets USAC sprint cars are $25 for grandstand seating and $15 for infield tickets. Pit passes are $35. Pits open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands and infield open at 4 p.m. with hot laps starting at 6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Modifieds will race for UMP national points on both nights. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace are scheduled to compete.

The Action Track ticket office can be reached by calling 812-232-4040.

MOWA Sprints presented by DynaGraphics/ILMO cap incredible week

September 18th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Get ready for the only wing sprint car show all season at Macon Speedway when MOWA Sprints presented by DynaGraphics and ILMO bring full body sprint cars to the fast fifth-mile high banked oval Saturday to cap a big week of sprint car racing.

The MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey General Stores races in four states and brings the winged sprint cars to roar around the legendary oval in a display of speed, power and fearless driving by the open wheel stars. Jerrod Hull, of Sikeston, Mo., leads the MOWA points standings with 1,265, ahead of Joey Moughan, of Springfield, Ill., with 1,141. A.J. Bruns, of Lincoln, Ill., is third, followed by Chris Urish, of Elkhart, Ill., in fourth and Korey Weyant, of Springfield, Ill., in fifth.

Racing is just part of the excitement. It’s Scout Night, as the Scouts will get the opportunity to participate in the flag ceremony during the national anthem and get a picture with a race car. Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform receive free admission, and Scout parents and their adult children may buy tickets for $10.

DynaGraphics will also hold a contest for a $500 voucher good toward any product in its lineup, including a vehicle wrap. The Decatur-based company specializing in signs, printing and wraps will show off its products, and a lucky contestant will win a prize package valued at $500 from a giveaway during the racing program. The voucher will be good toward any wrap, sign, graphics project or printing by DynaGraphics, 3220 N. Woodford St., Decatur.

ILMO Products will distribute coupons to the first 1,000 ticket holders for a free pair of OSHA approved sunglasses. ILMO is a single-source provider of industrial, medical and laboratory gases in bulk, micro-bulk, cryogenic and cylinder solutions. ILMO offers bulk and residential propane, welding and safety equipment, industrial supplies and accessories, and welder rental and repair services. Based in Jacksonville, ILMO also has 10 locations, including Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield and Mattoon.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet for the final time this season.

MOWA puts the finishing touch on a great week of sprint car action following the unique doubleheader at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. On Wednesday, the World of Outlaws brings its high excitement show the lightning fast half-mile track, when King of the Outlaws Steve Kinser makes his final appearance locally as a full-time racer. The 20-time Outlaws champion will go for the win on Hoosier soil in the World of Outlaws’ first appearance at the Action Track since 2006. Reserved seat tickets are available at terrehauteactiontrack.net, and tickets are also available for the grandstand and infield on race day. On Thursday, the rescheduled Jim Curtubise Classic brings USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series back to the Action Track, where Dave Darland and Bryan Clauson already have USAC sprint victories this season. Grandstand and infield tickets are available on race day only.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205

Taylor takes first ever Pro Late Model feature at Macon Speedway Saturday

September 15th, 2014

MACON—The new class of Late Models arrived at Macon Speedway Saturday and was well-received.

The Pro Late Model class, made up entirely of crate engine cars, made its debut with 15 cars and a heat race finish with side-by-side-by-side racing. The winner was a familiar face to victory lane, however, as Guy Taylor took the 25-lap feature win in the inaugural event. The Pro Late Models expect to be a regular weekly racing class in 2015.

Nick Justice battled and fought off Terry Reed to claim the checkered flag in the Street Stock feature event. It was as difficult as could be for Justice and both Reed and Bobby Beiler challenged him for the top spot but Justice would not be denied on this night.

Jeremy Nichols led all 15 laps as he won in the Sportsman division. Nick Macklin stuck close to Nichols and let him know he was around with a few bumps but Nichols pulled away in the end.

Dave Crawley, Jr. was glued to the bottom of the track in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. tried to use the top side but couldn’t make the groove work as well as the bottom did for Crawley. Sheppard would finish second. Danny Smith started 11th and took a third place finish.

The 4-cylinder Hornet divisions were swept by the city of Bloomington as Thad Gee won in the Outlaw Hornet class and William Deavers took his first feature win in the Stock Hornets.

The Illinois Lightning Sprint Series made another appearance at Macon Speedway and had quite a feature finish as Gedd Ross held off Austin Archdale in the fourth turn to secure the win in a back-and-forth final few laps.

Over 100 racecars flooded the pits on a chilly night for racing which also saw a Heinkel’s Packing Company Hot Dog Eating Competition and Dana Damery from Rocco’s win the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship, presented by Y103.

Heinkel’s Three Dog Night, Bud Light Ladies Night Championship featured at Macon Speedway Saturday

September 11th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – With Heinkel’s products a fan favorite in the concession stands for decades, Macon Speedway is excited to unveil the food specials and fun activities during Heinkel’s Three Dog Night Saturday. While the racing program features the addition of Pro Late Models running for a points fund and UMP national points, the night loaded up on fun in the grandstands with $1 hot dogs, a hot dog eating contest and free merchandise, including variety meat packs from Heinkel’s. Women also receive half-price admission as the gals from Decatur bars competing in the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship presented by Y103.

Macon Speedway added Pro Late Models to the action including a $500 to win feature. The field will also be competing in a two-night point fund combined with the action at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway Friday. The point fund winner takes home an extra $400, with second place getting $200, third grabbing $150, fourth taking $100 and fifth and sixth heading home with an extras $75 apiece. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman,Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will also race. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

In the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship presented by Y103, the winning driver earns a prize package and a trophy goes to the bar she represents. The racers represent four bars:
Rocco — Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery
Starship Billiards – Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson
Woody’s – Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston
Pop’s Place – Christine Vogel and Michelle Perry.

Heinkel’s is a Decatur tradition. The wieners and sausages helped Heinkel’s earn the title of Illinois-Indiana grand champion of meat processors in 2013. The company’s smoked turkey legs are favorites at county fairs, theme parks and NASCAR events, so they were added to the Macon Speedway concessions this season. Two meat variety packs will also be given away. The assortment will include bacon, polish sausage, grand champion wieners, Andouille and fresh rope sausage. One of the variety packs goes to the hot dog eating champion and another one goes to a lucky fan. Be on the lookout for free T-shirts and camo hats, because hunters should also think about Heinkel’s during deer season. Last fall, Heinkel’s introduced the newest product to their Venison line-up, Jalapeno & Cheddar Venison Wieners.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S.51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles

Daum, Clauson claim POWRi midget wins at Macon Speedway Saturday

September 8th, 2014

MACON – POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series points leader Zach Daum stormed to the victory in the first feature race at Macon Speedway Saturday night in front of a loaded field. Daum, of Pocahontas, Ill., started from the front row and held off Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., for the victory.

Clauson, the reigning Chili Bowl champion, came back to win the second feature before a packed house at the legendary fifth-mile high banked dirt oval as the POWRi series completed its only races of the season here after rainouts kept them from running or finishing in five previous dates.

The open wheel weekend continues with the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday in Springfield. Grandstands open at 9 a.m. with practice at 10 and qualifying at 11:15. The race it set to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m.

The racing was already thrilling at Macon Speedway. The track was fast, and the POWRi drivers had plenty of room to maneuver. The cushion was pushed toward the wall, and there were three lanes of racing for the final POWRi midget feature.

Clauson pulled away from Darren Hagen and Justin Grant for the victory in the second feature. Clauson is also a 2012 Indianapolis 500 qualifier.

Devin Feger and Nathan Benson scored the victories in the POWRi Outlaw Micro features. Meanwhile, Bobby Beiler grabbed the win in the Street Stocks, and Collin Alexander took the checkered flag in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds.

John Bright Jr. won the Outlaw Hornets, and Garth Luka captured the trophy in Stock Hornets.

Fans attending POWRi show may buy Bettenhausen 100 tickets for $15

September 6th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Fans who attend the POWRi double features at Macon Speedway Saturday night may also buy tickets for half price to the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Sunday.

Tickets for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 will be available for $15 Saturday at the Macon Speedway ticket office. The Tony Bettenhausen 100 was rescheduled after weather halted the program during the Illinois State Fair. The show will include a full USAC program, including practice, time trials and the 100-lap event.

Gates open at 9 a.m. for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 with practice at 10 a.m., followed by qualifying. The race is set for 1:30 p.m. Infield tickets are also available.

The POWRi series makes its final appearance at Macon Speedway Saturday night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. POWRi will run double features in both Lucas Oil National Midgets and Outlaw Micros.

POWRi double features highlight Dana Godfrey Memorial Saturday

September 5th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget Series saved the best for last. In the final appearance of the season for the POWRi
Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Speedway Motors Outlaw Micros, both divisions will run double features Saturday at Macon Speedway. Originally built as a midget track in 1946, the legendary fifth-mile high banked dirt oval always puts on a great show when the midgets roll onto the track. The fearless POWRi drivers love using every inch of the smooth banking for hair-raising moves that keep the fans on the edge of their seats. With Mother Nature keeping our loyal Macon Speedway fans from watching POWRi take the checkered flag thus far this season, the excitement for these double features already has folks making plans on dropping a blanket on the bleachers early to get a good seat for the action.

Reigning series champion Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., once gain leads the standings. Rising stars Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu and Tanner Thorson combined for 13 wins already on the POWRi tour. You might just find The Next Big Thing in auto racing in a POWRi car. NASCAR rookie of the year candidate Kyle Larson won in the POWRi tour last season.

Justin Peck is the polesitter for the POWRi feature lineup set during the April 26 program. The Outlaw Micros will battle with the Beach House Mini-Sprints with a lineup also set on April 26, and a complete racing program for both POWRi series will also be held. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race. Pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands open at 5 while racing starts at 7.

On DMH Night, all employees of Decatur Memorial Hospital with company ID may purchase general admission tickets for $8.

Fans who attend the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Speedway may also purchase tickets to the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for just $15 – half of the price for tickets sold on race day. The 100-lapper for USAC Silver Crown cars is Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. It was rescheduled from mid-August. The Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying held before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night.

Reed wins Big Ten Series Street Stocks title

September 1st, 2014

MACON—Terry Reed should buy a lottery ticket. Everything went perfect for the driver leading the Big Ten Street Stock Series as he would claim the championship to the 10-race series, and the Decatur driver would win the $500 top prize in the Big Ten Street Stock Series race at Macon Speedway on Saturday. Along with that 25-lap victory in which he led every lap, he was the fastest qualifier, won his heat and the 6-lap Dash for Cash which put him on the pole position for the main event.

Trailing him in the Big Ten Street Stock Series is Bobby Beiler, who followed him around for the entire race and lost power on the 24th lap but managed to finish.

Jeremy Nichols overcame traffic and took the lead away from Tim Bedinger en route to the checkered flag in the Sportsman division feature.

Dave Crawley, Jr. had little difficulty getting into the lead in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature. Starting in the front row, he took the lead and dashed away from Guy Taylor and company for his second feature win in a row.

Another driver who had little trouble with the lead was Beach House Mini Sprints feature winner Jeremy Camp. He stuck to the bottom groove and weaved through the lapped traffic and managed to build momentum heading to the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints double feature program next Saturday.

Adam Webb won for the second consecutive week in the Outlaw Hornet division. Webb, the defending National Hornet Champion, took away with the lead and went on for victory.

Marty Sullivan had to hold off Jonathan Drake in the fourth turn to get the win in the Stock Hornet class.

Macon Speedway hosted the final event leading to the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship Race on September 13th as five girls from Pop’s Place raced to the checkered flag and Christine Vogel added her name to the list of ladies racing in the championship next month.

Big Ten Street Stocks battle for big prize money, title at Macon Speedway

August 30th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The final night of Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will bring some fireworks to an already competitive class Saturday at legendary Macon Speedway. With the $1,000 prize for the season championship up for grabs, the $500 to win feature race, a dash for cash, some trophies on the line and qualifying for the dirt stock cars, it will be a Street Stock summer night on Labor Day weekend during the Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night.

Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, and Terry Reed, of Decatur, provided us with some of the most thrilling racing of the season in a season-long battle that’s going down to the wire. The two-man race for the championship has taken us to Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and the Christian County Fair in Taylorville (Ill.) before the door-to-door spectacle finishes the tour on the famed high banked fifth-mile dirt oval. Beiler and Reed are old friends and treat each other with respect on the track, but that level of cooperation could get tested with so much on the line. The top eight finishes in the 10 races count toward a driver’s point total. The season-long point fund totals $3,000, and the payout reaches all the way down to 10th place, so there’s plenty left to be decided in the 25-lap feature. Macon Speedway will also qualify the cars for the heat races, so drivers get a chance to cut some fast laps to see if they have the talent and determination to post the best time among what’s expected to be a large field. A dash for cash will also be held.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, as the ladies from Pop’s Place hop into 4-cylinder Hornets in an effort to advance to the Bud Light Ladies Night finals in September. Michelle Perry, Karey Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will attempt to join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery of Rocco’s, Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson of Starship Billiards and Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston of Woody’s in the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship on Sept. 13. Ladies receive half price admission. So with that many women heading to Macon Speedway, it’s a great time for the guys to make sure they get here and grab some Buds.

Head to another state fair when USAC-ARCA team up for another doubleheader as the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Aug. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Crawley edges Taylor in Chuck Foley Memorial Ansar 50 at Macon Speedway

August 25th, 2014

MACON — Dave Crawley, Jr. outlasted Guy Taylor to the finish after literally swapping the lead for the entire race., and Crawley went home with the $1,000 prize in the Chuck Foley Memorial Ansar Shrine 50 for Billingsley Towing Modifieds at Macon Speedway Saturday.

Cory Daughtery was the fastest qualifier and pole sitter. He led the first lap. By lap two, Taylor had the lead which lasted until the seventh lap. Crawley took his first lead for only a lap before Taylor owned the next two and Crawley bounced back for a lap’s lead. Taylor looked to be in position to win after a miscue by Crawley on lap 43 as Taylor dashed to the lead on lap 44. But Crawley’s daring skills put him in front with a top side pass to which he held on to edge Taylor in one of the most back-and-forth races in recent memory.

Greg Osman of Macon dominated a 20-lap Big Ten Series Street Stocks race which was part of the 10-race Big Ten Series and blew away the competition. Tom Reich netted a second place finish while Terry Reed scored third.

Benjamin McChristy crossed the finish line ahead of Marty Sullivan to win in the Stock Hornet class while Adam Webb bypassed Michael Gossett to win the Outlaw Hornet feature.

Dennis Sterling won the demolition derby while Robert Sterling of Dawso was second and Anthony Banks of Jacksonville third.

Shrine 50, Demo Derby highlight Shrine fundraiser at Macon Speedway Saturday

August 21st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – It’s a three-ring circus of racing, demolition derby and fun with the Decatur Shriner Club during the Shrine 50 and Chuck Foley Memorial Demolition Derby Saturday. The racing will provide plenty of action with the Shrine 50 for Billingsley Towing Modifieds paying $1,000 to win while the Big Ten Series Street Stocks race for $500 to win. More importantly, all money raised goes to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Shrine 50 is a 50-lap race for Billingsley Towing Modifiedsn. The modifieds have already thrilled everyone with some of the best racing of the season. Macon Speedway fans are still talking about the Twin 50’s held in June. There was plenty of paint traded that night and at least a few words traded in the grandstands and the pits. Big Ten Series Street Stocks also hold the ninth race in the 10-event campaign that pays $1,000 to the series champion. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also race.

Now here’s an event that’s way past trading paint. For the first time in decades, Macon Speedway will also host a demolition derby. With three classes, the rock ‘em sock ‘em action should shake the speedway to its foundation. The bone rattling thrills will keep fans of all ages excited and entertained. Watch the cars battle in a last driver standing match of power, speed and daredevil moves. Drivers will compete in Bone Stock, Stock and Compact divisions. Pit passes are $30 with no entry fee. For more information, call 217-306-2222. Check Maconracing.com for a complete set of rules. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. The demolition derby will follow the racing.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final night during the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season by running double features in both POWRi classes. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the the MOWA Sprints presented by DyunaGraphics and ILMO, and the season-finale is set for on Sept. 27.

Circle the calendar for the second USAC-ARCA doubleheader when the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Sept. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Bettenhausen 100 rescheduled for Sept. 7 as part of open-wheel weekend

August 20th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, in a complete show on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, USAC and Track Enterprises announced Monday. The Bettenhausen 100 on the rescheduled date will include qualifying and the 100-lap race. Tickets from the original date will be honored on Sept. 7.

Combined with a POWRi midget program at Macon Speedway on Sept. 6 with double features in the midget and outlaw micro divisions, it makes for an exciting open wheel weekend.

The Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m. For tickets, call 217-764-3200.

“The Silver Crown series is going in a positive direction,’’ said USAC series director Andy Hillenburg. “With race organizer Bob Sargent’s support, we are delighted to be able to retain this marquee event for our fans and participants as we continue to strive for the prominence this series deserves.’’ Silver Crown races in the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Aug. 31. Kody Swanson leads the Silver Crown standings by 42 points over Tracy Hines with Bobby East third.

Some of those same drivers from the USAC Silver Crown division may also return Sept. 6 to Macon Speedway, where POWRi has scheduled double features in both POWRi midgets and outlaw micros. The POWRi cars zip around Macon Speedway, a high-banked fifth-mile oval located just nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. Route 51. Built in 1946, Macon Speedway was originally designed as a midget track. Midget drivers enjoy racing here, because there are plenty of slide jobs in every corner.

POWRi lineups have been set for one feature during a program on April 26. Justin Peck is the polesitter with Christopher Bell also in the front row, followed by Zach Daum and Rico Abreu in the second row ahead of Robbie Ray and Tanner Thorson in the third row.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials

POWRi rained out at Macon Speedway Saturday night, returns on Sept. 6

August 18th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Despite the best efforts of Macon Speedway personnel and POWRi officials, the racing has been rained out Saturday night. POWRi will return to Macon Speedway on Sept. 6, so get ready to see some of the best open wheel action in the country.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Shrine 50 is a 50-lap feature for Billingsley Towing Modifieds that pays $1,000 to win. Big Ten Street Stocks also race, and along with Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets on Saturday, Aug. 23. Following the racing, the Chuck Foley Demolition Derby will bring fans to their feet with rock-em sock-em action that whole family will enjoy. Watch the cars battle in a last driver standing match of power, speed and daredevil moves. Drivers will compete in Bone Stock, Stock and Compact divisions. Pit passes are $30 with no entry fee. For more information, call 217-306-2222. Check Maconracing.com for a complete set of rules.

The night is a fundraiser for the Shrine Hospital for Children. All proceeds go to the fund to help Shriners kids with their hospital bills and care. So please come have a good time and support a worthy cause.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final night during the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season with Outlaw Micros running double features. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the season-finale on Sept. 27.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

​Historic races, big name drivers featured in ARCA, USAC and POWRi lineup

August 16th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – A full throttle weekend highlights dirt track racing in Central Illinois, from the fifth-mile at Macon Speedway to the quarter-miler at Lincoln Speedway and the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. No wonder the big names keep joining the star-studded fields. The racing extravaganza includes USAC Silver Crown cars and POWRI Midgets as open wheel aces descend on the area, and ARCA’s Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds at the state fair caps a wild weekend. There are big names, such as NASCAR star Ken Schrader and Bryan Clauson, the former USAC sprint car champ who qualified for the Indy 500 in 2012 and won the famed Chili Bowl last winter in Tulsa.

*Schrader will race his modified at Macon Speedway Saturday before going for his second win in the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 for ARCA stock cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday. Clauson will compete in a POWRi midget at Lincoln Speedway Friday and Macon Speedway Saturday night, sandwiching his run in the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fair Saturday afternoon. Grab the seat cushion, round up the wife and kids, and enjoy a carnival of speed on three famous dirt tracks.*

*It begins on Friday at Lincoln Speedway, where the POWRi Midgets and Micros are highlighted in the program that also includes pro late models and modifieds. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. The POWRi cars zip around quarter-mile track and thrill the crowd with their ability to pass and maneuver around the speedy track.*

*On Saturday, the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 takes the green flag in a historic race on the mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, which hosted the race beginning in 1934. Silver Crown cars thunder down the straightaways and slide through the corners in a display of power and bravery. Galesburg resident A.J. Fike goes for a three-peat on the Springfield Mile after a late pass last season. The biggest car count in years is expected with more than 30 likely to arrive in the pits. Clauson and Brady Bacon were late additions to the field. Silver Crown practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 10:25 and the feature set at 2 p.m. Sportsman Nationals heat races are set to go at 11 a.m.*

*Later Saturday, the POWRi Midgets and Micros take aim on Macon Speedway, where the program is highlighted by double features in POWRi midgets as much of the open wheel stars, such as Clauson and Christopher Bell, likely will run their own doubleheader by racing at the Springfield Mile and Macon Speedway’s legendary fifth-mile high banked layout. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also race at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Tickets for the POWRi events at Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway are just $15 for adults. Children 11 and under are free.*

*On Sunday, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100, also known as the Allen Crowe Memorial, is the first time the ARCA Racing Series by Menards hits the dirt for the first time this season after making stops at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan. The 100-lapper is expected to start about 30 cars, and the race always brings drivers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to claim a win on the storied mile. A year ago, Brennan Poole captured the win after Kelly Kovski and Fike were black-flagged for jumping a late restart. Kovski is a Springfield racer who was attempting a rare win by a hometown driver on the famed mile. Practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the 100-lap race at 1:35 p.m. The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon.*

*Schrader, the Macon Speedway co-owner, will race in the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100, attempting to win the ARCA event at Springfield again after taking the checkered flag in 1998. He’s a three-time winner at DuQuoin, where he’s the defending champ.*

* Tickets for Illinois State Fair events are on sale at the State Fair ticket office (217-782-1979) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40. Infield tickets are sold race-day only for $20 for adults, including the $5 entry fee to the fair. Children 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.*

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

​Full throttle weekend kicks off with POWRi midgets at Lincoln Speedway Friday

August 15th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – A full throttle weekend roars into Lincoln Speedway Friday night when the POWRI Midgets and Outlaw Micros take center stage in a program that also includes racing in two stock car classes. The wildly popular POWRi series enjoys its appearances at the quarter-mile oval, and the show is part of speed carnival all weekend with racing also set for legendary Macon Speedway and historic Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

POWRi cars show off their agility and power around the Lincoln oval. With the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars racing at the Illinois State Fair Saturday afternoon, the POWRi series running double features at Macon Speedway Saturday night and the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 for ARCA stock cars Sunday at the state fair, the big names in dirt track racing are expected to converge on Central Illinois for an all-star weekend.

Pro Late Models and Modifieds are also racing at Lincoln Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

On Saturday, the Tony Bettenhausen 100 takes the green flag in a historic race on the mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. USAC Silver Crown cars thunder down the straightaways and slide through the corners. Galesburg resident A.J. Fike goes for a three-peat on the Springfield Mile after a late pass last season. The biggest car count in years is expected for the USAC counts with more than 30 likely to arrive in the pits. Silver Crown practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 10:25 and the feature set at 2 p.m. Sportsman Nationals heat races are set to go at 11 a.m.

Macon Speedway hosts double features in both POWRi divisions after a rain halted a program earlier this season.

On Sunday, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 is the first time the ARCA Racing Series by Menards hits the dirt this season after making stops at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan, among other legendary racing meccas. The 100-lapper will likely start more than 30 cars, and the race always brings drivers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to claim a win on the storied mile.

A year ago, Brennan Poole captured the win after Kelly Kovski and Fike were black-flagged for jumping a late restart. Kovski is a Springfield racer who was attempting a rare win by a hometown driver on the famed mile. NASCAR star Ken Schrader, a former race winner, will be going for another win. Practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the 100-lap race at 1:35 p.m. The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon.

Tickets for Illinois State Fair events are on sale at the State Fair ticket office (217-782-1979 <%28217-782-1979>) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200 <%28217-764-3200>). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40. Infield tickets are sold race-day only for $20 for adults, including the $5 entry fee to the fair. Children 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.

Crawley tunes up for Sportsman Nationals with win at Macon Speedway

August 11th, 2014

MACON—It was a solid night of racing at Macon Speedway even though the clouds looked unfavorable for any dirt track racing on Saturday.

In the final tune-up for the Springfield Mile Sportsman Nationals, Dave Crawley, Jr. took the win. It was a close finish but he had the checkered flag in hand at the end of the 15 laps.

Chad Evans took the top spot in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as he held off Cory Daugherty and Guy Taylor for the win, his first of the season.

In the Street Stock feature, Terry Reed took the lead in the early goings on a miscue by multi-time feature winner Bobby Beiler and refused to lose as Nick Justice closed in but finished second.

An appearance by the Beach House Mini Sprints helped bring Aaron Andruskevitch into victory lane. The Riverton native blew away the competition during the long series of green flag laps.

BJ Deal made it two-in-a-row in the B-Mods as the Brownstown native was locked in from the bottom side of the speedway.

And in the Outlaw Hornets, Adam Webb, the defending National Hornet Champion, won over Thad Gee. Garth Luka once again dominated in the Stock Hornet class.

In the Bud Light Ladies Night event, Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston were the top two drivers to come out of the five-car, five-lap race to advance to the Ladies Night Championship in September. The ladies racing were representing Woody’s Bar.

A full weekend of racing is scheduled next weekend as Macon Speedway and Track Enterprises host annual events at the Illinois State Fair and Macon Speedway. First, Saturday afternoon at the State Fair, the USAC Silver Crown cars along with Sportsman Nationals heat races. Then, Saturday night at Macon Speedway, POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints will race double features to make up the events rained out earlier this season. The stock car classes running are the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks and the Outlaw & Stock Hornets. Finally, on the final day of the Illinois State Fair, the Sportsman Nationals Feature event plus the ARCA stock cars.

Taylorville Night also features gals from Woody’s in Bud Light Ladies Night race

August 7th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Stock car racing gets back into high gear at Macon Speedway when the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce presents Taylorville Night at the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval Saturday. Meanwhile, Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 features the gals from Woody’s in a five-lap race. All ladies receive half-price admission, and Macon Speedway will also host racing in seven divisions, including the wildly popular Beach House Mini-Sprints. There’s fun for the whole family, because it’s also time for CEFCU Kid’s Club to meet in the pavilion.

Taylorville Night will highlight Taylorville businesses. Larry’s Service Center (710 W. Springfield Road), Amity Foods (630 W. Spresser St.), Personal Finance (917 W. Spresser St.), To the Moon Tattoos (Facebook.com/ToTheMoonTattoos) and Dunn’s Ambulance Service Inc. (106 S. Main) have partnered with Macon Speedway. With Christian County fans and drivers among the loyal fans attending Macon Speedway, it makes sense for Taylorville merchants to promote their products at the track.

As we search for the fastest women in town, the five ladies from Woody’s will race in one of the fastest growing promotions of the summer season. The top two finishers will advance to the Bud Light Ladies Night championship race on Sept. 13. Lillian Barry, Gretchen Schishuhn, Shyler Burton, Brianna Livingston and Laurel Phipps will compete in four-cylinder hornets. They hope to join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s plus Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson from Starship Billiards. These gals have no fear, and (hey guys) they are the best looking drivers in the Macon Speedway pits.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Beach House Mini-Sprints, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and B-Mods will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7.

It’s time for the CEFCU Kid’s Club to check out Macon Speedway from the other side of the fence. During intermission, CEFCU Kid’s Club invites kids to hop on the school bus and take a lap or two around Macon Speedway. Kids know it’s about time to get on the yellow bus and ride to school. Let’s make it a fun night by getting on the bus and riding around the most famous dirt track in Illinois.

Get ready for wall-to-wall racing on Aug. 15-17, thanks to Macon Speedway and Track Enterprises, as open-wheel stars and stock cars heavyweights descend on the area for an incredible racing weekend. The POWRi midgets begin the action by racing at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, then some of those same drivers head to the Springfield Mile on Aug. 16 for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for a Saturday afternoon show. Those open wheel stars aren’t done yet, because POWRi heads to Macon Speedway for a program highlighted by double features in POWRi midgets and micros. On Aug. 17, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 brings ARCA stock cars to the Illinois State Fair. It’s the first appearance by the ARCA cars on a dirt track this season, after this series already made stops at Daytona, Talladega and Pocono. For tickets, call 217-764-3200.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVER- to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

MOWA Sprints rained out at Macon Speedway

July 29th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – After a sudden afternoon thunderstorm dropped heavy rain, MOWA Sprints presented by DynaGraphics and ILMO Products has been rained out. Stock car racing returns to Macon Speedway on Aug. 9 with the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Night plus Bud Light Ladies Night with the gals from Woody’s in race cars.

The race will be rescheduled. Watch maconracing.com for updates.

Join the Macon Speedway text club and be the first to know with any news from the track, including weather and racing updates. It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

DynaGraphics, ILMO present MOWA Sprints to cap busy week*​

July 24th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – DynaGraphics and ILMO present the MOWA Sprints at Macon Speedway Saturday to cap a busy week of racing, thanks to the legendary fifth-mile dirt oval and Track Enterprises. Race fans also have plenty of action with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on Thursday and the Kyle Busch Experience during the ARCA doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis Friday.

The only appearance by MOWA and sprint cars this season has the open wheel crowd ready to watch the winged sprints scream around the fifth-mile high banked track at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday. The best winged sprint car drivers in the Midwest will try to tame the Macon bullring as the Midwest Open Wheel Association holds MOWA Sprint Week. Macon Speedway is the fourth and final stop in the four-day run. MOWA Sprint Week begins at Highland (Ill.) Speedway on July 23, followed by Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach on July 24 and Jacksonville Speedway on July 25. Heading into a busy July race season, Jerrod Hull of Sikeston, Mo., led the MOWA standings, followed closely by Joey Moughan of Springfield, A.J. Bruns of Lincoln, Chris Urish of Elkhart, Jeremy Standridge of Springfield and Korey Weyant of Springfield.

The racing isn’t the only attraction. DynaGraphics will hold a drawing for a voucher worth $500 toward any product in its line, including a vehicle wrap, and ILMO will hand out gift certificates to the first 1,000 fans who buy a ticket good for a free pair of OSHA approved sunglasses. There’s plenty of action on the track MOWA sprint cars, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, street stocks, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series. After the night of racing at Christian County Fair, the sportsman will have the weekend off. A Decatur-based company, DynaGraphics specializes in signs, printing and wraps, and it will show off its products, from wraps on boats and trucks to signs. DynaGraphics, 3220 N. Woodford St., Decatur, can turn your vehicle into a rolling billboard or any kind of work of art.

ILMO Products Co. is a single-source provider of industrial, medical and laboratory gases in bulk, micro-bulk, cryogenic and cylinder solutions. ILMO offers bulk and residential propane, welding and safety equipment, industrial supplies and accessories, and welder rental and repair services. Based in Jacksonville, ILMO also has 10 locations, including Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield and Mattoon. The busy week begins with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s, bringing stock car racing back to Taylorville for the first time in decades. On Thursday, the fair holds racing on the quarter-mile dirt track in three classes with big payouts.

The sportsman division races for $800 to win in a big event for the class. Drivers have been excited about this race since it was announced earlier this summer. Big Ten street stocks race for $500 to win as the series hits its fourth different track of the summer season. Hornets go after a whopping $200 to win. All three features are 25 lappers. With these payouts, a huge car count is expected. Drivers are anxious to race at a different track, and the Thursday program will likely bring cars from many different tracks. Get your motor running!!

On Friday, the Scott Get Geared up 200 features the Kyle Busch VIP Experience at the ARCA short-track doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The night includes a 200-lap ARCA race and a 100-lap CRA Super Series race, when Busch joins the field. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader will compete in the ARCA race while David Ragan battles in the CRA Super Series event. Before his race, meet Kyle in the Kyle Busch VIP Experience. A limited number of tickets are available for the private party. Fans will enjoy a chance to meet Busch, get autographs and pictures and participate in a Q&A session. Dinner, VIP parking and a ticket to the ARCA doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway also come with the Kyle Busch VIP Experience. All of this for just $100. Busch VIP tickets are available for calling or sending name, address, phone number and email to track1985@gmail.com. Track Enterprises will contact you to complete the transaction.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Beiler by a nose in Street Stocks as Spangler takes win in Nevitt Memorial

July 21st, 2014

MACON – Bobby Beiler didn’t lead much of the Street Stocks feature race, but he led when it counted the most.

After Steve Ewing led the entire race, Beiler roared around the final turn to pass Ewing andf win by a bumper during Kid’s Castle Night at Macon Speedway Saturday. Ewing, of Decatur, had led from the drop of the green flag, but Beiler, of Blue Mound, led when it counted the most.

In the Big Ten Series late model feature, Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, won the from the pole position despite attempts from a talented field to work past him. Eventually, Brian Diveley, of Springfield, finished second with Greg Kimmons, of Pleasant Plains, came across in third.

Another close finish thrilled the crowd in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin, got the win as Ethan Schnapp, of Springfield, couldn’t hold the lead late and a flat tire doomed the night for Decatur’s Dave Crawley, Jr. late in the race as he was leading.

In Sportsman, Jeremy Nichols cruised to the win. The main battle was for second place as Scott Landers got the fourth turn last-lap pass to nip Tim Bedinger in a battle between two Taylorville drivers. The Outlaw Hornet feature was claimed by Decatur’s Jeremy Reed, and Brady Reed, of Decatur, won in the Stock hornet class.

The crowd was fired up for the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race, renamed after the defending race champion from GT Church who passed away last summer. Pastor Rick Spangler defended the honor of his congregation and Nevitt by flying through the field from the fifth place starting position to win in convincing fashion, ahead of Rod Hite, of Destiny Fellowship. Richard Chappell, of Body of Christ Ministries, was third, with Mark Amenda, Mazon United Methodist Church,in fourth. J.J. Hairston, of Galilee Baptist, rolled to fifth, and Maranatha’s Doug Lowery finished sixth.

​Kid’s Castle presents Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Night, Big Ten Late Models

July 18th, 2014

​MACON, Ill. – Kid’s Castle Learning Center drops the green flag on an amazing night of racing when the faster pastor race is renamed the B.G. Nevitt Memorial, Big Ten Series late models rev up the crowd and legendary Macon Speedway holds a Hall of Fame driver’s reunion to honor the racers who made the fifth-mile high banked oval famous, and CEFCU Kid’s Club keeps out youngest fans happy.

The defending race champion and one of Decatur’s civic leaders, Nevitt passed away last summer, but not before leaving us with a lasting impression. The senior pastor at gtChurch not only touched his congregation through powerful messages but also preached to a large group on the radio, television and Internet. Nevitt’s work with the Decatur Police Auxiliary, Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner’s office also made a difference.

Pastor Rick Spangler of gtChurch will attempt to defend Nevitt’s title. He will be joined in the race by Pastor Doug Lowery of Maranatha Assembly of
God in Decatur, Pastor J.J. Hairston of Galillee Baptist Church in Decatur, Pastor Richard Chappell of Body of Christ Ministries of Macon, Pastor Rod Hite of Destiny Fellowship in Moweaqua and Pastor Mark Amenda of Mazon United Methodist Church, who returns to his adopted hometown.

Macon Speedway invites all former drivers to return to the track for a reunion and a program to recognize its Hall of Fame drivers. Last year’s turnout was great, and Macon Speedway plans to make it bigger and better this year.

Midwest Big Ten Series Late Models roar into Macon Speedway for the eighth race in the 10-event campaign spread over four tracks, after the series hits Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway Friday. In earlier Big Ten Series races at Macon Speedway, Ryan Little of Pleasant Plains, Brian Diveley of Springfield and Kyle Logue of Cisco earned the wins. Little leads the Big Ten standings with 316 points, followed by Greg Kimmons of Pleasant Plains (296), Matt Taylor of Springfield (280), Diveley (258) and John Beck of Springfield (254).

Kid’s Castle Learning Center has locations in Decatur, Mount Zion and Springfield. The Kid’s Castle philosophy is that children are miracles. We believe that children need to feel safe: safe to explore their world and try new things. Second, they need to feel nurtured. They need to know they are special nd unique. CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet to entertain the kids while moms and dads can concentrate on the racing for a moment.

Besides Big Ten late models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Also, stock cars return to Taylorville (Ill.) for the first time in decades with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at the Christian County Fair on July 24. Street Stocks, Sportsman and Hornets compete on the quarter-mile oval.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Street Stocks, Sportsman, Hornets bring racing back to Christian County Fair

July 16th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Stock car racing will rev up the Christian County Fair for the first time in decades when the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s hit the quarter-mile fairgrounds dirt track in Taylorville on Thursday, July 24 during the Christian County Fair. Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks, Sportsman and Hornets will each hold 25-lap features as the racers chase after big prize money in racing presented by Track Enterprises and the staff at Macon Speedway.

The three competitive divisions are excited to headline the show, so the drivers won’t hold anything back while racing for the victory in front of the big fair crowd in a pair of 25-lappers. Sportsman race for $800 to win while the Street Stocks go for a $500 first-place prize and the Hornets pay $200 to win.

“I’m excited to bring the Big Ten Street Stocks, Sportsman and Hornets to the Christian County Fair,’’ said Bob Sargent, the Macon Speedway promoter and Track Enterprises president. “The Street Stocks will be in the midst of the intense Big Ten Series for a huge prize fund. The Hornets and Sportsman drivers are also anxious to race on a different track, so we expect the pits to overflow with fast cars and talented drivers.’’

Dennis Vandermeersch of Springfield held off Macon Speedway points leader Nick Macklin of Argenta to win the Sportsman Topless 40 at the high-banked fifth-mile oval on July 12 in one of the season’s premier races for the class. In Big Ten Street Stocks, Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound carries a slim lead over Terry Reed of Decatur. John Bright Jr. of Decatur leads the Outlaw Hornets points at Macon Speedway, but Jeremy Reed of Decatur is back from a broken arm and already back in victory lane. With the races held on a Thursday night, drivers from several tracks are expected to compete.

The Street Stocks race is part of the Big Ten Series, a 10-event campaign with races also at Macon (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway as drivers battle for a $3,000 prize fund. The Street Stock loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points accumulated will determine the Midwest Big Ten Series champion. The overall champ earns $1,000, and the payouts continue through the top 10.

Tickets to Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s are $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for children 11-under. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. For more information, call 217-764-3200 or go online to maconracing.com.

Owens Wins His 3rd CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 14th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO – Jimmy Owens returned to dominance on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway by winning the 8th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals. With car owner Mike Reece looking on, Owens ran away from Scott Bloomquist to record his 50th career win with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The event was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models.

Both Owens and Bloomquist entered the event with 49 wins, each, in series history. Owens initially took the lead on lap three from Earl Pearson, Jr. and then had to fight off the challenges of Bloomquist. Owens and Bloomquist ran side-by-side for a handful of laps in heavy traffic. Bloomquist led for four laps until Owens pulled ahead for good on lap 19. The race saw only one caution flag and that was for a multi-car accident four laps into the race.

Jesse Stovall charged from the16th starting spot to finish fourth. He survived a torrid battle with Don O’Neal, who entered the event as the LOLMDS points leader and finished fifth.

“Man, I don’t know what to say. The car was super good all night. It’s great to win here in front of my car owner and this tremendous crowd. The track was probably the best I have ever seen it from start to finish. We could run anywhere on it. I don’t know what it is about this place, but for some reason we can get around here pretty good”, stated Jimmy Owens in victory lane.

“I got by Earl early on, and then we had that one caution. Then I got into some big-time traffic and Scott caught me. We had a heck of a race for a while. Everybody out there was giving everybody plenty of room to maneuver. Once we got back in front, I was hoping the race would stay green and it did. That’s just a testament to the drivers that raced tonight and the track conditions. I have to thank Reece Monument Company, Edge Services, Ohlins, Sunoco, Red Line Oil, FORD, and Keyser. It was a great win for us”, Owens concluded. With his sixth series victory of 2014, Owens moved ahead of O’Neal in the series championship point standings by just five points heading into Tuesday’s event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas.

Bloomquist recorded yet another second -place finish, but could not keep pace with Owens over the last half of the race. “He [Owens] was really good tonight; I kind of made some adjustments on the car that didn’t turn out liked I had hoped. The car has been solid no doubt. The track was just outstanding to race on tonight. Everyone could race from the bottom to the top. We needed to be a little freer with the car. But man one spot again, that’s all we need. We have a few days off to regroup before we head to Lakeside, so we will hope for better results then. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Andy Durham Race Engines, and Randy Sweet.”

Pearson led the first two circuits, and then managed to stay in the top three for the rest of the race, coming home third behind Owens and Bloomquist. “What a great crowd tonight! Having Forrest Lucas was here tonight was a real honor. The track was just was superb tonight. Gary Hubert and his crew are really doing a great job with the track prep. We were good early on and could stay up there with those two, but I went to the top and got faster, but I had lost so much ground to them, I wasn’t going to able to catch them without a caution flag. I have to thank Bobby Labonte, Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV American Real, Sunoco and everyone else on the team.”

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Will Vaught, John Blankenship, Brandon Overton, and Terry Phillips. In preliminary action, Justin Asplin set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 41 entrants, with a lap of15.263 seconds. Scott Lewis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.439 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Scott Lewis, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jeremy Payne and Josh Hughes won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Vandermeersch fires his way to Sportsman Topless 40 victory

July 14th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – A Springfield firefighter took home the big win during Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball Saturday at Macon Speedway.

Dennis Vandermeersch, a well-known, long-time driver as well as multi-time track champion and Springfield Mile Sportsman Nationals Champion, took the lead from Zach Rhodes and fought off Nick Macklin en oute to the winner’s circle in Sportsman Topless 40 when the cars raced without a roof.
Danny Smith blew past Curt Rhodes and Guy Taylor to snag the checkered flag in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. His racecar was locked into the bottom of the dirt track and took the win away from Rhodes, who had side-by-side racing with Taylor through the majority of the 20 laps.

Bobby Beiler once again reached victory lane and took home the $500 first place prize in the Big Ten Series Street Stock race. Terry Reed finished a distant second with Greg Osman third.

Dave Baugh was the feature winner in the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series, as open-wheel racing returned to Macon Speedway. Jeremy Reed returned from a broken arm to win in the Outlaw Hornets and Dean Holt snatched the win in the Stock Hornet class. BJ Deal of Brownstown won his first B-Mod feature at Macon Speedway.

Dawn Reynolds charged through the field to win the Bud Light Ladies Night race among the gals from Starship Billiards. Holly Vinson was second. They both advanced to the Bud Light Ladies Night championship to join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery of Rocco’s on Sept. 13. Woody’s (Aug. 9) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 30) will also compete to earn spots in the championship.

Next Saturday, Kid’s Castle Night features Big Ten Series late models, and the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race is renamed after one of the city’s leaders, who died last summer. Nevitt is the defending champion of the race,, and pastors will hop into hornets to race and thrill their congregations.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

Babb wins Herald&Review 100 for record fifth time

July 13th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Perhaps we should just call him Five Time. Shannon Babb made history Thursday in the Herald-Review 100 at Macon Speedway by winning the Herald&Review 100 for a record fifth time. The driver from nearby Moweaqua took the checkered flag for the second consecutive year earned the $5,000 paycheck.

Also known as the Moweaqua Missile, Babb overcame a collision with polesitter Bobby Pierce midway through the race to send the crowd into a frenzy for the local favorite. Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., was second ahead of Brian Shirley of Chatham. Dennis Erb of Carpentersville was fourth with Matt Taylor of Springfield fifth.

In the modified feature, Macon Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader of Concord, N.C., rallied for the win ahead of Jeremy Nichols. Jeff Leka was third.

Herald-Review 100 returns before exciting Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball

July 11th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 Thursday at Macon Speedway serves as the crown jewel of the UMP Summer Nationals tour before the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball Saturday honors firefighters and their families while the racing program features the Sportsman Topless 40 and Big Ten Series Street Stocks. The gals from Starship Billiards also race during Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103, as the legendary speedway brings several fan favorites together during one great night of fun on the legendary fifth-mile high-banked oval.

Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, goes after a record fifth win in the H-R 100 after taking the checkered flag last season. Kevin Weaver is also going for his fifth title. Defending Summer Nationals champ Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Jason Feger of Bloomington and Ryan Unzicker of El Paso are also competing for the Summer Nationals championship. Tickets are $25 for the H-R 100 and are available on raceday. On Saturday, firefighters and their families are admitted for half price with badge/ID, so that’s just $6 for general admission. Macon Speedway wants to recognize the brave men and women who keep us safe and help them enjoy a great night of racing.

The Sportsman Topless 40 is a 40-lapper with the Sportsman drivers competing with an open cockpit after removing the tops to the cars. The race is an annual highlight among Sportsman drivers and loyal Macon Speedway fans. Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will also race in an event rescheduled from a rainout in
June. The Big Ten is a 10-race series at four tracks, including the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24.

It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, with the gals from Starship Billiards racing in hornets in an attempt to qualify for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship on Sept. 13. Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s have already qualified for the championship. Woody’s (Aug. 9) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 30) are also competing for the chance to race for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship. Ladies also are admitted for half price during every Bud Light Ladies Night. Cool off with a party in the grandstands with race buckets filled with five Bud/Bud Lights plus the ice to chill it all for only $20.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series are also racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday with racing at 7. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com http://www.maconracing.com>), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing
http://www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Babb, Weaver gunning for record fifth win in Herald-Review 100

July 9th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Will Shannon Babb handle the famed high banks at Macon Speedway again? The Moweaqua Missile who lives just down the road from the legendary speedway already has four victories in the Herald-Review 100.

Maybe Brandon Sheppard will race his way into victory lane. The New Berlin native is the reigning UMP Summer Nationals champ. Bloomington’s Jason
Feger has warmed up on the tour, and the Bloomington dirt ace will be a contender on the fifth-mile dirt oval.

Bobby Pierce Jr., already won here in May, when the teenager overwhelmed the field to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and collected the huge paycheck. Brian Shirley of Chatham is a former Macon Speedway track champion who has a win on the Summer Nationals Tour this season, and there’s always the chance an upstart could steal the victory, such as one of the local aces who race at Macon Speedway throughout the summer. That would send the Macon Speedway grandstands into a frenzy.

The Summer National Tour is back for the 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 on Thursday, July 10 with the drivers gunning for the $5,000 to win prize. It’s the Super Bowl of racing for Macon Speedway and the crown jewel on the Summer Nationals Tour. This is one of the events that built Macon Speedway’s reputation as a special destination in dirt track racing. The Herald-Review 100 is the only 100-lapper on The Hell Tour, a collection of races spanning the Midwest. These 800-horsepower machines fly around Macon Speedway, and the talented dirt trackers know how to run the high side, the low side and even some room in the middle groove. Macon Speedway is a favorite for these drivers.

Babb won last year’s Herald-Review 100. He’s tied with Kevin Weaver and Pierce’s father, Bob, for the most wins in Herald-Review history.

The Summit Modified Nationals will also race for $1,000 to win, and Macon Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader is always tough to beat on a track he likes to call a home away from home.

The Herald-Review 100 annually is a circle-the-date race. Fans pack the stands early, and campers also arrive well before the first hot laps. It’s a carnival with some of the best racing in the Midwest. Tickets are only $25 for adults and $5 for children 11-under. Pit passes are $35.

Parking is free. Camping is available. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Russell returns to Macon Speedway to win furious Street Stocks battle

July 8th, 2014

MACON – Larry Russell, Jr. had been thinking a long time about making a return to Street Stock racing at Macon Speedway. He not only made his comeback but also did it in style by winning a furious battle.

The former Macon Speedway track champion kept Terry Reed, Bobby Beiler and Nick Justice is his rearview mirror and took the checkered flag Saturday night during the Skeff Distributing Christmas in July Toy Drive. Russell, of Harristown, kept his car glued to the bottom groove to score the victory on
the fifth-mile high banked dirt oval.

Meanwhile, Cory Daugherty overcame a collision with a lapped car that nearly doomed his night. The driver from Blue Mound grabbed the Billingsley Towing Modifieds victory even though his left rear quarter panel was bent over the rear deck lid. Nick Macklin made a late pass with a daring move to win in Sportsman. Unable to make the pass low, the Argenta racer charged around the high side for the victory, making it two straight weekends with a win.

Paul Day, of Atwood, was the fastest of 16 Beach House Mini-Sprints as the class made its second appearance at Macon Speedway this season. Day finished third here earlier this season in the other Mini-Sprint feature.

Thad Gee took the win in the Outlaw Hornets for the second consecutive week, and Benjamin McChristy grabbed the lead from Luke Wright midway through the Stock Hornet feature to take the victory.

The stage is set for one of the biggest races on the Macon Speedway schedule. The 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 is Thursday. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 in the only 100-lapper on the UMP Summer Nationals Tour. It pays $5,000 to win. UMP Summit National Modifieds will also race for $1,000.

​Skeff Distributing presents Christmas in July Toy Drive

July 6th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Everybody likes the feeling of giving during the holiday season. It’s the best present of them all. So Macon Speedway is glad to provide the opportunity in the middle of summer as Skeff Distributing presents the Christmas in July Toy Drive Saturday during a night of hot racing at the famed fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval. By bringing an unopened toy for donation, adults receive $2 off general admission, reducing the price of the ticket to just $10. Prarieland ABATE will help collect the toys and deliver them to needy children during the Christmas season. Helping a needy child is a good feeling, no matter the time of year.

Be on the lookout for free Budweiser merchandise from Skeff Distributing. Macon Speedway fans like to cool off with the popular race buckets. For only $20, fans can purchase five cold Bud/Bud Lights and all the ice to keep them cold. For just $15, refill the buckets with five more beers and ice. It’s a party made for the Macon Speedway grandstands.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, Beach House Mini-Sprints and Kidz-Mods will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free.

Circle your calendar for the 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 at Macon Speedway on July 10. The cars and stars of the UMP Summer Nationals make their appearance to race in the $5,000 to win event that’s a highlight of summer in Central Illinois. Tickets are sold on the day of the race. Camping is also available.

Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, is the defending race champion, and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin won the Summer National title last season, so local race fans are geared up to see the area’s drivers protect their turf during the door-to-door, dirt-slinging action.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Crawley, Logue win in 95Q Firecracker 40’s at Macon Speedway

July 1st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Two weeks ago in the Lite Beer Twin 50s, it wasn’t Dave Crawley, Jr.’s night. Involved in an accident midway through the 50-lapper, the Decatur driver had to wait to get a chance to return to victory lane at Macon Speedway.

Crawley held off Brian Belong of Springfield to win the 95Q Firecracker 40’s for Billingsley Towing Modifieds Saturday. Crawley, who took home the $700 check, was joined as a big winner by Cisco’s Kyle Logue, who took the Firecracker 40’s for late models and a sweep after winning the Lite Beer Twin 50’s feature two weeks ago, and he cashed the $1,500 payday that went to the winner.

Logue fought offer a late charge from Matt Taylor of Springfield. Logue is expected to return for the 34rd Annual Herald & Review 100 on July 10, part of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals, and he’s apparently working his way out of a short retirement.

Nick Macklin was happy to return to Sportsman racing at Macon Speedway after the division hasn’t had a chance to race in recent weeks and he capture the checkered flag once again. Doug Nevill stayed close but couldn’t come through for the victory.

Bobby Beiler won again in the Street Stock class as he took all 15 laps without a caution between the green flag and the checkered flag. Garth Luka won in the Stock Hornet division and Thad Gee took hold of the Outlaw Hornet feature.

​​Watch for fireworks during and after 95Q Firecracker 40’s

June 27th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The fireworks will snap, crackle and pop on the race track and through the skies at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday, when the 95Q Firecracker 40’s serve as one of the top racing nights of the season with a pair of 40-lap features. Coupled with a huge fireworks display at the conclusion of racing, it’s summer time family fun that can’t be missed.

The 800-horsepower late models return to the fifth-mile high banked layout for a 40-lapper that pays $1,500 to win. UMP late models have long been a fan favorite of Macon Speedway fans, and there will be plenty of door-to-door, dirt-slinging action when the monsters take to the track. Late model pilots enjoy competing at Macon Speedway because of the fast, smooth track, and they always put on a great show while going for the big money. Billingsley Towing Modifieds are ready for a 40-lapper that pays $600 to win, and the division’s action-packed race in mid-June still has fans talking, pointing fingers and ready for the next installment of the hard-nosed racing that made Macon Speedway famous.

Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race. Then Macon Speedway gets a jump on the Fourth of July celebration with a fireworks extravaganza to light up the sky. The spectacular display is another reason Macon Speedway is a destination this weekend for families, race fans and folks who just like to have fun.

Neuhoff Media and 95Q, Decatur’s country home, is a Decatur classic, just like Macon Speedway. The station features two of the most popular DJ’s in Central Illinois. Join Trish from 5 a.m. to 9 each morning for the latest country news, weather, contests and all your requests. From 2 p.m. to 7, Toby takes you on the afternoon drive for the ride home. Head to 95Q.com for concert info, events and fun every day.

As part of a month-long promotion, IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur during each night of racing at Macon Speedway in June. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free. When visiting the IHOP on East Pershing Road, ask your server for a $2 off coupon to Macon Speedway. It’s good for general admission during June.

With all of this hot racing, fans don’t miss your chance to get a souvenir race bucket. For just $20, you may purchase a souvenir bucket filled with five beers and the ice to keep it cold. Refills with five beers and more ice to chill the portable party pack are just $15.

Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

The cars and stars of the UMP Summer Nationals arrive for the much anticipated Herald-Review 100 on July 10, when the winner grabs a $5,000 pay check. New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard is the defending champion of The Hell Tour. Local legend Shannon Babb, known as the Moweaqua Missile, is contending for another title. Billy Moyer, Bobby Pierce Jr., and Brian Shirley are also considered contenders. The Herald-Review 100 is one day after the tour hits the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in another $5,000 to win event.

July is loaded with big events at Macon Speedway with the Skeff Distributing Christmas in July Toy Drive on July 5, Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball/Topless 40 on July 12, Kid’s Castle Hall of Fame Night with Big Ten Series late models and the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Night on July 19 and the DynaGraphics/ILMO Night MOWA doubleheader for sprint cars on July 26.

And there’s more racing with the Smith Classic as USAC sprint cars make a stop at the Action Track on July 16 during Indiana Sprint Week and the Scott’s Get Geared Up 200 for ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on July 25. Stock racing returns to Taylorville (Ill.) for the first time in decades with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at the Christian County Fair on July 24.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Macon Speedway rained out Saturday

June 24th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Heinkel’s Three Dog Night at Macon Speedway has been called off because of rain and a wet track Saturday. The festivities with Heinkel’s and the gals from Woody’s in the Bud Light Ladies Night race will be rescheduled.

Macon Speedway looks forward to the 95Q Firecracker 40’s on Saturday, June 28, featuring a pair of 40-lap features with late models and Billingsley Towing Modifieds serving as the main course. The late model feature pays $1,500 to win while the modified feature is a $600 to win race. Sportsman, street stocks, outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race. Following the racing, a huge fireworks show will thrill the crowd. It’s a Macon Speedway tradition.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service, and be the first to know about any updates with the track. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Race into food, fun with Heinkel’s Three Dog Night at Macon Speedway

June 20th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – With Heinkel’s products a fan favorite in the concession stands for decades, Macon Speedway is excited to unveil the food specials and fun activities during Heinkel’s Three Dog Night on Saturday. While the racing program features Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks, the night is loaded with fun in the grandstands with $1 hot dogs, a hot dog eating contest and free merchandise, including variety meat packs from Heinkel’s. Women also receive half-price admission as the gals from Woody’s compete during the second Bud Light Ladies Night race of the season while Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks race for $500 to win.

Heinkel’s is a Decatur tradition. The wieners and sausages helped Heinkel’s earn the title of Illinois-Indiana grand champion of meat processors in 2013. The company’s smoked turkey legs are favorites at county fairs, theme parks and NASCAR events, so they were added to the Macon Speedway concessions this season. Heinkel’s products can be found locally at Kroger, County Market, Sav-A-Lot, IGA, House of Meats and other grocers.

Two meat variety packs will also be given away. The assortment will include bacon, polish sausage, grand champion wieners, Andouille and fresh rope sausage. One of the variety packs goes to the hot dog eating champion and another one goes to a lucky fan. Be on the lookout for free T-shirts and camo hats, because hunters should also think about Heinkel’s during deer season. Last fall, Heinkel’s introduced the newest product to their Venison line-up, Jalapeno & Cheddar Venison Wieners.

The five ladies from Woody’s will compete in a five-lap shootout with the top two qualifying for the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship on Sept. 13. Look for giveaways from Budweiser. There’s some really cool merchandise, from sunglasses to T-shirts, coozies and party beads. Check out the race buckets. For just $20, you get a souvenir bucket, five cold cans of any Bud Light or Bud plus the ice to keep it all cold during that hot racing on the track. Now, that’s a party to make it great summer night in the Macon Speedway grandstands. With so many ladies in the crowd, you guys better find a way to Macon Speedway.

Fans can meet street stocks drivers Terry Reed and Gene Reed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at IHOP, 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur. Fans may take pictures and get autographs of the two popular Macon Speedway drivers. As part of a month-long promotion, IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur during each night of racing at Macon Speedway in June. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free. When visiting the IHOP on East Pershing Road, ask your server for a $2 off coupon to Macon Speedway. It’s good for general admission during June.

The racing program features a Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks race. The division has become one of the deepest and most competitive among the classes that race on the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval. The Reed brothers battle with Bobby Beiler for the points lead, and Thomas Riech also added a long-awaited Macon Speedway feature win this season to add his name on the list of contenders for a championship. The Midwest Big Ten Series is a 10-race schedule spreads over four tracks, including five races at Macon Speedway plus an appearance at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24 during the Triple 25’s sponsored by Larry’s Service Center.

Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets, Beach House mini-sprints and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will also race. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Five ladies from Woody’s will race with the top two finishers advancing to the Bud Light Championship race on Sept. 13. Look for drink specials at the Macon Speedway beer stands.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

Logue hops back into late model, victory lane in Miller Lite Twin 50’s

June 16th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Kyle Logue still knows how to get around the legendary Macon Speedway high banks.

Logue, who stepped away from full-time racing, hopped back into the action Saturday for the Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer Twin 50’s and grabbed the lead on a late restart before holding on for the Big Ten Series late model victory in the 50-lap feature race.

Logue, a multi-time champ in both late models and modifieds at Macon Speedway, collected the $2,000 check that went to the winner. The Cisco resident will be back for the Herald-Review 100 in the UMP Summer Nationals at Macon Speedway on July 10.

Matt Taylor of Springfield and Dennis Vandermeersch of Springfield finished second and third respectively.

In the Billingsley Towing modifieds 50-lapper, Danny Smith of Argenta took advantage of a late action in the pack to take the $700 check. Smith started sixth but used his skills and patience to take the lead when Ethan Schnapp lost power on the final lap. Randy Huffman followed Smith to finish second after starting 10th.

Bobby Beiler led all 15 laps en route to another feature win in the street stocks division. He was challenged by Terry Reed and the previous feature winner Tom Riech.

John Bright, Jr. took his second feature win in the Outlaw Hornet class as he and Michael Gossett were side-by-side through the majority of the ight-lap event. Gossett finished in second. In the Stock Hornet feature, Benjamin McChristy took the win.

Schnapp of Springfield won the B-Mod feature.

​IHOP Night with POWRi, B.G. Nevitt Memorial rained out at Macon Speedway

June 9th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – POWRi hot shot Tanner Thorson arrived early at Macon Speedway. The 18-year-old from Nevada thinks it’s a “cool little joint.’’

Campers were also pulling into the lots Saturday morning. Race fans wanted pictures of legendary Macon Speedway, and license plates from Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa and Ontario were visible outside the fifth-mile high banked track in anticipation of a special night. But rains came by mid-afternoon to force a cancellation of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, B.G. Nevitt Memorial and all racing at Macon Speedway Saturday.

Buckle up for twice the fun when Mueller Distributing presents the Miller Lite Beer Twin 50’s on Saturday, July 14 at legendary Macon Speedway. A pair of 50-lap features highlights the program with Midwest Big Ten Series late models and Billingsley Towing modifieds as the double-barrel main attraction. With the races longer than the regular race weekends at Macon Speedway, race fans always circle their calendars for the Lite Beer Twin 50’s.

Big Ten late models run at Macon Speedway for the third time this season at Macon Speedway in a 10-race campaign that culminates with drivers going for the $5,000 prize fund. The Big Ten late model champ nets $2,000. Steve Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin is the defending series champ. Guy Taylor of Springfield leads the Macon Speedway Billingsley Towing modifieds points after winning the track title last season. He’s the son of Dick Taylor, the semi-retired fan favorite who called Macon Speedway home for decades.

Also racing that night are street stocks, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and B-mods. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Nevitt Memorial, POWRi midgets featured on IHOP Night

June 4th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – IHOP drops the green flag on a fabulous night of racing at Macon Speedway Saturday, when the faster pastor race is renamed the B.G. Nevitt Memorial and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series makes its return to the legendary dirt oval.

Nevitt will be remembered as Faster Pastor Night is renamed in his honor. The event’s defending champion, Nevitt was a popular civic leader and senior pastor at Glad Tidings Church in Decatur who passed away last summer. He was active with the Decatur Police auxiliary, Macon County Sheriff Department and other civic groups. He was also known for blessing the motorcycles each year. Leaders from area churches will race in four-cylinder stock hornets, so come out and cheer on your favorite pastor.

The POWRi midgets head to Macon during the Illinois Speed Week, when the series makes four stops in four days. POWRi hits Quincy Raceways Thursday and Lincoln Speedway Friday before the stop at Macon Speedway Saturday and concluding the run at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville Sunday. With the four races in four days, POWRi will run a single feature in each class at Macon Speedway Saturday. The double features from an earlier rainout are scheduled for Aug. 16 at Macon Speedway. The POWRi outlaw micros will battle with the local stars in the Beach House Mini-Sprints division.

As part of a month-long promotion, IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur during each night of racing at Macon Speedway in June. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free, so IHOP gets the racing into gear in an action-packed month. IHOP will also distribute the coupons during each night of racing at the famed fifth-mile high banked speedway during the month of June. When visiting the IHOP on East Pershing Road, ask your server for a $2 off coupon to Macon Speedway. It’s good for general admission during June.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7. Children 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Riech ends long dry spell with street stocks victory at Macon Speedway

June 1st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – It had been a long time since Thomas Riech of Springfield made it to victory lane at Macon Speedway. How long?

He knew the date. It was Aug. 26, 2006. After a thrilling race at Macon Speedway Saturday, the Springfield driver held off Bobby Beiler in the street stocks division for the victory and a long overdue celebration.

“It’s been a while,’’ Riech said. “We’re getting faster, and we want to run for a championship.’’

Beiler, of Blue Mound, is in the middle of the street stock championship race and nearly won again after grabbing the victory at Macon Speedway last weekend. He even joked with Riech about it.

“He told me that trophy was supposed (Beiler’s) but he let me have it,’’ Riech said.

David Crawley Jr., of Decatur, won the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature. Jeremy Nichols, of Shelbyville, was so hooked up, he rode around on three wheels through the corners, building a comfortable margin for the win.

Dillon Justice, of Harristown, took the win in Outlaw Hornets. Derek Peters of Pana, won the Stock Hornets feature. In the Illinois Lightning Sprints, Jed Ross, of Havana, roared through traffic for the win in the 20-lapper.

On Saturday, May 31, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series returns to Macon Speedway and the POWRi Outlaw Micros battle with the Beach House Mini-Sprints on IHOP Night. It’s also Faster Pastor Night, when the race among local ministers is renamed the B.G. Nevitt Memorial.

Faster Pastor renamed B.G. Nevitt Memorial at Macon Speedway

May 31st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – B.G. Nevitt knew his way around a race track. That’s just one reason by Macon Speedway will rename the Faster Pastor Night as the B.G. Nevitt Memorial on Saturday, June 7, when IHOP Night features the Nevitt Memorial, a celebration of Nevitt’s life and POWRi midgets.

The defending champion of the Faster Pastor race, Nevitt served as the senior pastor at Glad Tidings Church in Decatur before his death last summer. His reach didn’t stop at his church. Nevitt also preached to many people on TV, radio and online. Nevitt volunteered as the Decatur Police Department chaplain and an auxiliary officer.

Nevitt’s touch also could be found in the community. He was known for the blessing of the bikes, an annual event with his motorcycle friends. He helped the community by working with the county coroner during difficult times for grieving individuals. Nevitt gave himself to the Decatur community, and he was one of the city’s favorite citizens.

The Faster Pastor race is a six-lap event where local ministers race four-cylinder hornet stock cars on the fifth-mile oval. It’s a Macon Speedway tradition. The fans love it. The congregations love cheering for the pastors, and the ministers find it hard to keep a smile off their faces. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

IHOP will also distribute coupons, and the night includes the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series plus the Outlaw Micros and Beach House Mini-Sprints. It’s the kind of action packed racing that Nevitt enjoyed. The program will also include participation from gtChurch, where Nevitt’s memory is alive and well.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials

Ticket specials on Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night

May 29th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Casey’s General Store teamed up with Macon Speedway for Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night at the legendary fifth-mile high-banked oval on Saturday, May 31, when fans and soldiers can take advantage of special pricing on general admission tickets.

Vouchers for $2 off admission are available at participating Decatur area Casey’s General Stores, and each participating store has a drawing for two free tickets to Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night. Also, military personnel with an ID receive half-price admission, and military in uniform are admitted free.

Casey’s, Famous for pizza. The message can be seen on the backstretch billboard, but Casey’s will remind Macon Speedway race fans the convenience store is the nation’s fifth-largest pizza chain when Pepperoni Pete makes an appearance at the track. Casey’s personnel will also help race fans spin the lucky wheel for prizes. Merchandise will also be distributed during intermission.

In conjunction with Armed Forces Night, Casey’s personnel will also raise money for Hope For The Warriors, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will run the Macon Speedway oval. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

Looking forward on the Macon Speedway schedule, IHOP Night and the Nevitt Memorial faster pastor race is June 7, when the POWRi midgets return during POWRi Speed Week and the POWRi Outlaw Micros run against the Beach House Mini-Sprints. The Nevitt Memorial is named after B.G Nevitt, the defending race champion who passed away last summer. On July 14, the Mueller Distributing Lite Beer Twin 50’s for late models and modifieds thrills fans. Heinkel’s Three Dog Night on July 21 will feature hot dog specials and a hot dog eating contest. It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night, as the gals from Woody’s will race in Stock Hornets.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway

Late afternoon storm forces postponement at Macon Speedway on Memorial Day

May 29th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The Sunoco American Late Model Series has been postponed because of a rain storm late this afternoon. After preparing the track for some fast racing, a late afternoon storm forced track management to call off racing. No makeup date has been set at this time.

On Saturday, Macon Speedway hosts Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night. Vouchers for $2 off admission are available at participating Decatur area Casey’s General Stores, and each participating store has a drawing for two free tickets to Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night. Also, military personnel with an ID receive half-price admission, and military in uniform are admitted free.

Casey’s personnel will also help race fans spin the lucky wheel for prizes, including gift cards.

In conjunction with Armed Forces Night, Casey’s personnel will also raise money for Hope For The Warriors, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will run the Macon Speedway oval. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Day grabs win in Beach House Mini-Sprints on Raminator Night

May 27th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – When leader Aaron Andruskevitch fell out of the race with mechanical trouble, Tyler Day took over the lead and held on
for the win in the Beach House Mini-Sprints feature race during Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night at Macon Speedway Saturday.

Day, of Atwood, stayed to the high side and held off Brad McDaniel, of Carbondale, for the victory as the winged open wheel cars ran
their first feature race of the season on the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval. Paul Day of Atwood was third with John Plotner, of Decatur, and Taylorville’s Luke Verardi fifth.

Andruskevitch, of Riverton, is third in the POWRi national outlaw micro points standings. The Beach House Mini-Sprint division drew a
19-car field for the thrilling 20-lap feature race.

Nick Macklin won the Sportsman feature to return to victory lane for the second straight race.

“It’s awesome to be back here,’’ he said.

Bobby Beiler made it two wins in back to back nights. After taking the checkered flag at Jacksonville Speedway the previous night,
Beiler scored the feature win in Street Stocks by staying in front of brothers Terry Reed and Gene Reed.

His rivals “showed me the top side was there,’’ Beiler said.

Brock Bauman, of Eureka, took the victory in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature while Ethan Schnapp, of Springfield, took the victory in B-Mods.

John Bright Jr., of Decatur, raced to the win in Outlaw Hornets. Garth Luka, of Blue Mound, was the winner in the Stock Hornets
division.

The feature races came after a monster truck exhibition by Raminator, the Champaign based team.

Macon Speedway hosts the Sunoco American Late Model Series in a $2,000 to win feature race Monday, and it’s NASCAR Night of Stars I.
Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will race their modifieds and meet the fans.

The program runs an hour earlier than normal at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing set to begin at 6.

Sunoco American Late Model series hits Macon Speedway on Memorial Day

May 25th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Memorial Day reminds us to honor all fallen soldiers and give thanks for the freedom they provided us. We play Taps and decorate gravestones to remember the greatest gift given by these brave service men and women. The three-day weekend also serves as the unofficial start to summer, when we fire up the grill and start thinking about summer fun outdoors.

Macon Speedway has a long tradition of racing on Memorial Day, and the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval power slides into the summer season with the Sunoco American Late Model Series stars racing for $2,000 to win on Monday, May 26. The feature race also pays $250 to start, so late model drivers know this is a great way to finish off a weekend of dirt-track racing. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace also appear on NASCAR Night of Stars I to race in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds division. Schrader and Wallace, a pair of Macon Speedway co-owners, will also meet with fans for autographs and pictures.

“Macon Speedway is proud to bring racing to our fans on Memorial Day, when we enjoy the freedom given us by brave soldiers who died in service to their country,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “We’re finally reaching the heat of summer, and the action is heating up here at Macon Speedway.’’

With so many talented late model drivers who call Macon Speedway home plus the Central Illinois stars looking to grab the cash, the Sunoco ALMS race is expected to draw big names and fan favorites to pack the stands. The door-to-door, sideways action will keep fans on their feet. Besides the Sunoco ALMS cars and Billingsley Towing Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race.

As part of the Memorial Day tradition, Macon Speedway moves up the program one hour earlier so fans can get to work the following day. Pits open at 3 p.m., followed by gates swinging open at 4 and racing at 6. Upcoming race dates include Casey’s General Stores Night/Armed Forces Night on May 31, plus IHOP Night and the Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor race on June 7, when the POWRi midgets return during Illinois Midget Week and the POWRi Outlaw Micros run against the Beach House Mini-Sprints.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Bob Brady Raminator Night set to shake Macon Speedway Saturday

May 24th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Get Ram tough when Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night takes center stage with an exciting exhibition by the monster truck in addition to racing in seven Macon Speedway classes Saturday during a doubleheader weekend. On Monday, Macon Speedway continues its Memorial Day tradition with the Sunoco American Late Model Series for a $2,000-to-win feature.

Raminator will make the trip to Macon Speedway for a heart-stopping, car-crushing exhibition in the infield that shakes the ground in a display of power and muscle. The 10,300-pound monster truck will rattle the bleachers with 2,000 horsepower from the 565 cubic-inch Hemi engine. Based in Champaign, the Hall Brothers Racing Inc., machine is valued at more than $150,000. Raminator is a fan favorite no matter your age. Scout Night for boys and girls allows free admission when scouts wear their uniforms. Plus, the Pinewood Derby is set for 1 p.m., and the first 200 children 11 and under receive a free checkered flag. The CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet to entertain our youngest fans.

Macon Speedway is so much more than a monster truck show. The famed fifth-mile high banked oval will host racing with Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints. B-mods have also been added to the program.

The Raminator appears at Bob Brady Dodge, 4025 E. Boyd, Decatur, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The first two customers who buy a Dodge Ram truck Saturday will receive a complimentary gift package from Macon Speedway, including a Macon Speedway gift certificate. A test drive in a Dodge Ram will also come with a free ticket to Macon Speedway, limit one per family.

On May 26, Macon Speedway’s long tradition of racing on Memorial Day will continue when Sunoco American Late Model Series drivers go after the $2,000 to win in a race that pays $250 to start. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, two co-owners of Macon Speedway, will also appear for an autograph session on NASCAR Night of Stars I and race in the highly competitive Billingsley Towing Modifieds division.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

POWRi doubleheader at Macon Speedway postponed because of saturated grounds

May 18th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – After periodic rains hit Macon Speedway for much of the week, saturated grounds forced a postponement of the DynaGraphics POWRi Doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at the historic track. The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the Outlaw Micros race at Lincoln Speedway on June 6 and Macon Speedway on June 7 during POWRi Illinois Midget Week. The POWRi double features scheduled for Macon Speedway will be rescheduled during this season.

“This is a big disappointment, because I know our fans were really excited about the POWRi midgets and micros running double features in one action-packed night,’’ track promoter Bob Sargent said. “The rain just kept hitting us Friday afternoon, and our grounds are too saturated to dry up even with this sunny weather on race day.’’

Looking ahead, Bob Brady Raminator Night is set for May 24. The Raminator monster truck will provide an exhibition at Macon Speedway after being on display at the Bob Brady Auto Mall at 4025 E. Boyd in Decatur earlier in the day. On May 26, the Sunoco American Late Model Series has a $2,000-to-win feature race as Macon Speedway continues a long tradition of racing on Memorial Day. Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also race their UMP modifieds and hold an autograph session on NASCAR Night of Stars.

Casey’s General Stores will hold drawings for two free tickets from each participating store to Casey’s Night on May 31. There are also $2 off vouchers at Casey’s, and the convenience store chain will also be at the racetrack to hand out merchandise and gift certificates. And you might just win a prize by spinning the lucky wheel. If not, there’s also a chance to catch a T-shirt or other souvenirs. On May 7, the POWRi series returns on IHOP Night, when the Faster Pastor race is renamed as the BG Neavitt Memorial.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

POWRi midgets ready for Macon Speedway doubleheader

May 16th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series rolls into Macon Speedway for a sensational night of racing Saturday on DynaGraphics Night. After rain cut short the program last month, the POWRi midgets and outlaw micros face a wild doubleheader on the fifth-mile high-banked Macon Speedway dirt oval. The POWRi series will hold features in midget and micro divisions in addition to a full program of racing, capped by another set of POWRi midget and micro features.

Polesitter Justin Peck and series points leader Chris Bell qualified for the front row after the racing was cut short at Macon Speedway on April 26. Bell held off defending Chili Bowl champ Bryan Clauson for the victory last week at the Belleville Bash, a co-sanctioned event by POWRi and USAC. The victory allowed Bell to retain the POWRi midget points lead. In the micro division, Jeremy Camp of Blue Mound leads the points standings heading to his home track. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stock, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also compete at the historic track.

That’s enough action to keep fans on the edge of their seats, but DynaGraphics will make the evening even more exciting. The Decatur-based company specializing in signs, printing and wraps will show off its products, and a lucky contestant will win a prize package valued at $500 from a giveaway during the racing program. The voucher will be good toward any wrap, sign, graphics project or printing by DynaGraphics, 3220 N. Woodford St., Decatur. The staff at DynaGraphics can take it from there.

Full vehicle wraps are a good way to decorate cars, ATVs, boats and trailers. The possibilities are endless. Perhaps you want to wrap a car with a cool design or use artwork to advertise a business. Hey, they look great on race cars and trailers, too. Whether it’s a full vehicle wrap, wall mural, display sign or any quality large format digital screen and offset printing, DynaGraphics can handle the job. Sign up for the giveaway inside Macon Speedway, near the concession stands. The winner will be announced during the evening.

Pits open at 3 p.m. Saturday with gates opening at 5. Racing starts at 7.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Dively takes Big Ten late model win at Macon Speedway

May 13th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Brian Dively knows his way around the Macon Speedway fifth-mile oval. The Springfield driver has spent years on the historic track.

So it’s no surprise that Dively charged the front and collected the UMP Midwest Big Ten Series late model feature race Saturday on Teacher’s Appreciation Night, sponsored by The Teacher’s Lounge. The win allowed Dively to climb back into the Big Ten Series points race after three events. Dively stood 14th in the standings after the first two races, because he missed one event, but he will likely be in the thick of things after finishing second in the standings last season.

Dively was just six points behind champ Steve Sheppard Jr. last season. With the title decided by taking a driver’s best eight finishes in the 10-race series, Dively will likely be in the mix.

Jake Little finished second and Ryan Little was third in the Big Ten feature, ahead of John Beck and Greg Kimmons. Cory Daugherty of
Blue Mound grabbed the victory in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. Nick Macklin of Argenta earned the victory in Sportsman.

Kaleb Wood of Sullivan took home the feature win in Street Stocks after a disqualification to Gene Reed.

With both hornet divisions running double features because of an earlier rainout, powerhouse drivers scored a pair of wins. Jeremy
Reed of Decatur took both Outlaw Hornets feature victories, and Joseph McChristy (Mt. Zion) grabbed the win in the Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway also had a historic flyover, with the B-17 flying over the track just after the national anthem.

Next Saturday, the POWRi Lucas Oil Natonal Midget Series returns to the Macon Speedway high banks with a doubleheader on
DynaGraphics Night. After rain forced an early end to the program on April 26, the POWRi midgets and micros will double features, including starting lineups set last month.

Big Ten late models race on Teacher’s Appreciation Night

May 9th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Teachers receive a free ticket to watch UMP Midwest Big Ten Series late models at Macon Speedway Saturday on Teacher’s Appreciation Night, courtesy of The Teacher’s Lounge.

Macon Speedway will award free admission to all teachers on Saturday, May 10, when Big Ten late models are featured in a full set of racing on the legendary high-banked fifth-mile dirt oval. Teachers just need to show their school ID tag for the free admission.

Mothers will also receive special treatment by Macon Speedway one night before Mother’s Day.

Big Ten late models return to the track after a tense opening weekend last month. After defending series champion Steve Sheppard Jr., won the season opener at Jacksonville (Ill.) the previous night, Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, overcame a neck injury to hold off Sheppard for the Big Ten late model win at Macon Speedway.

Heading into the weekend, Sheppard, of New Berlin, leads an even tighter points race over Little with a 118-116 edge. The series will hold 10 events overall at four tracks. Matt Taylor stands third with 110, followed by Greg Kimmons (104) and John Beck (100). The top eight finishes in the 10 races will determine the points champion. Macon Speedway regulars Matt Taylor, John Beck, Roger Brickler and Brian Dively all qualified for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 last week to race in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event against the national stars. Beck recently earned his first late model feature win at Macon Speedway.

UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, street stocks, outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race at Macon Speedway Saturday. Both hornets classes will have double features following a rainout on April 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

The Teacher’s Lounge is a one-stop shopping experience for all your needs, and it’s located at 2828 N. Main Street, Suite 101 in Decatur. The Teacher’s Lounge will have many surprises in store during the races.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Big Ten late models race on Teacher’s Appreciation Night

May 8th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Teachers receive a free ticket to watch Midwest Big Ten Series late models at Macon Speedway Saturday on Teacher’s Appreciation Night, courtesy of The Teacher’s Lounge.

Macon Speedway will award free admission to all teachers on Saturday, May 10, when UMP Midwest Big Ten Series late models are featured in a full set of racing on the legendary high-banked fifth-mile dirt oval. Teachers just need to show their school ID tag for the free admission.

Mothers will also receive special treatment by Macon Speedway one night before Mother’s Day.

Big Ten late models return to the track after a tense opening weekend last month. After defending series champion Steve Sheppard Jr., won the season opener at Jacksonville (Ill.) the previous night, Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, overcame a neck injury to hold off Sheppard for the Big Ten late model win at Macon Speedway.

Heading into the weekend, Sheppard, of New Berlin, leads an even tighter points race over Little with a 118-116 edge. The series will hold 10 events overall at four tracks. Matt Taylor stands third with 110, followed by Greg Kimmons (104) and John Beck (100). The top eight finishes in the 10 races will determine the points champion. Macon Speedway regulars Matt Taylor, John Beck, Roger Brickler and Brian Dively all qualified for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 last week to race in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event against the national stars. Beck recently earned his first late model feature win at Macon Speedway.

UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, street stocks, outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race at Macon Speedway Saturday. Both hornets classes will have double features following a rainout on April 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

The Teacher’s Lounge is a one-stop shopping experience for all your needs, and it’s located at 2828 N. Main Street, Suite 101 in Decatur. The Teacher’s Lounge will have many surprises in store during the races.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Blue Mound’s Beiler scores victory in Big Ten Series street stocks on Bud Light Ladies Night

May 5th, 2014

MACON – Bobby Beiler finally got the timing right in the Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks feature Saturday at Macon Speedway.

Beiler, of Blue Mound, rolled to the win and grabbed the $500 first-place prize in the second race of the 10-event street stocks campaign. Nevertheless, it was something else that made it the most special night for Beiler.

“This win is for my dad,’’ Beiler said. “He lives an hour from here. Whenever he’s been here, I’d never won.’’

In a pair of Billingsley Towing modified features, Curt Rhodes of Taylorville took the victory in the feature from the rained out program last weekend. Later in the night, David Crawley Jr., of Decatur, grabbed the win in the regularly scheduled modified feature race.

In other action, Doug Nevill scored the victory in the sportsman division. Jeremy Reed rolled to the win in outlaw hornets. Derek Peters charged to the checkered flag in stock hornets. Terry Reed of Decatur won the B-mod feature.

Jenny Kramer won the Bud Light Ladies Night race while representing Rocco’s. Austin Moore took the victory in the high school hornets division.

On May 10, Teacher’s Appreciation Night, presented by The Teacher’s Lounge, will feature Big Ten Series late models. Billingsley Towing modifieds, street stocks and sportsman will also race while outlaw hornets and stock hornets run double features to make up for a rainout on April 26.

Mother Dear and Crazy Chics in Cars will also fill out the program.

Pierce Powers to Biggest Career Win Thursday Night at Macon Speedway

May 3rd, 2014

MACON, IL- Bobby Pierce scored the biggest win of his young racing career tonight at Macon Speedway. Pierce pocketed $12,000 for his win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned, St Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.

Pierce crossed the line a half a lap ahead of second place finisher, Brian Shirley. Steve Francis finished third followed by Jimmy Owens, who rallied from twenty-fourth to finish fourth. Eddie Carrier Jr. rounded out the top five.

“I can’t believe how good the car was tonight, everything was great from the get-go. We set fast time, won our heat and led every lap in the feature. I got a little worried in traffic a few times, but everybody gave each other plenty of room. I hope the fans enjoyed the show tonight. To win the first Lucas Oil race here at Macon is special. My dad has a lot of wins here, and this is only the second time I have raced here in a Late Model.”

“The track was good all night. That rain in the Modified feature, I think helped a little. There was enough cushion up against the wall to keep me from hitting it. I have to thank my mom and dad, all of my crew, Pierce Race Cars, Bill Schlieper with Pro Power Engines, and all of my sponsors: Champion Spark Plugs, The Pierce Posse of course, Queen City Appraisals, Brown’s Quality Paint & Body, Petersen Aluminum, Keyser and everyone else.” It was Pierce’s second career LOLMDS victory. His first LOLMDS victory came in February at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL.

Shirley took over the second spot from Francis on lap six and never looked back. Shirley stayed close to Pierce for the first half of the race, but faded over the final 50 laps and maintained 2nd place. “I have to thank Scott Riggs for letting me drive his car. We were good for most of the race; I was married to the bottom and he stayed up against the wall. I thought I could get him a few times, but it was a long race and he just got away from me.”

Francis, in the Clint Bowyer, Georgia Boot Barry Wright entry, held off Owens to claim third. “Bobby and Brian were great tonight. If someone had told me we would finish third at Macon, I would have taken it in a heartbeat. It was a great points night. The car was a little tighter than I wanted it to be, but we will definitely take this third and head to Tri-City tomorrow night.”

Completing the top ten were Kevin Weaver, Brian Birkhofer, Brandon Sheppard, John Blankenship, and Dennis Erb, Jr. In preliminary action, Bobby Pierce set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 31 entrants, with a lap of 10.768 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 11.239 seconds. Steve Francis, Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jason Papich and Roger Brickler won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

​​​St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is the richest race in track’s history

May 1st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The historic oval at Macon Speedway opened in 1946, just after the boys returned from World War II. Through the decades, Macon Speedway became known as one of the premier dirt tracks in the Midwest. On Thursday, the sport’s bright lights take aim on the high-banked fifth-mile oval when the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 brings the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series here for the first time ever.

It’s the biggest night in the track’s history. The nation’s top late model touring series takes over the track with high-dollar machines and the biggest names behind the wheel of these 800-horsepower machines. The national stars, regional warriors and local hot shoes race for the biggest purse in Macon Speedway history. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 pays $12,000 to win, and each driver who starts the 100-lap feature is assured of taking home $1,000.

“We’re proud to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series here for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “It’s the top late model series in the country. We have a historic track here, and it’s great to see the biggest names in the sport race in front of our loyal fans.’’

Series points leader Don “The Real Deal’’ O’Neal is expected to race, joining the Who’s Who in late model drivers. Local favorites such as Shannon Babb and Brian Shirley plan on defending their home turf and grabbing the bragging rights. Macon Speedway regulars will also show their stuff. If that’s not enough, UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds will go for $1,000 to win, and the field features NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. With an early-arriving crowd expected, Macon Speedway gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Macon Speedway hosts Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, the first in a season-long promotion that brings women into the cockpit of race cars while representing their favorite bar. Women from Rocco’s will race with the top two finishers advancing to the championship race on Sept. 13. Woody’s (June 21), Starship Billiards (July 12) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 9) will be represented later this season. Racing is just part of the attraction on Bud Light Ladies Night. Women receive half-price admission to Macon Speedway. A lucky lady will get the chance to wave the green flag or get a picture in Victory Lane with the feature winner in late model or modified divisions. Bud Light merchandise giveaways will get everyone involved, and race fans will also keep an eye out for food and drink specials.

Saturday is also Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night, so check out what’s cooked up in the concession stand. During intermission, a jalapeno eating contest in planned. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. with Billingsley Towing modifieds, Big Ten Series street stocks, sportsman, both hornet classes and B-mods in action.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Bud Light Ladies Night will crown championship ladies driver this Saturday, May 3 at Macon Speedway

May 2nd, 2014

​MACON, Ill. – So let’s find out which bar has the fastest girls in town. More specifically, Macon Speedway wants to learn which local bar has the fastest women race car drivers as part of Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, a season-long series of events capped by a championship race in September. Women will compete in qualifying races while representing a local bar, and the championship winning driver wins a prize package and also a trophy for the bar she represents.

Women from Rocco’s are featured in the first Bud Light Ladies Night on May 3, when they will battle to advance to the championship. Ladies from Woody’s will race on June 21, Starship Billiards gals are featured on July 12, and Pop’s Place ladies take to the track on Aug. 9. The top qualifiers from each race advance to the championship on Sept. 13, when the ladies battle qualifiers from other bars.

Racing is just part of the attraction during Bud Light Ladies presented by Y103. Women receive half-price admission to Macon Speedway. A lucky lady will get the chance to wave the green flag or get a picture in Victory Lane with the feature winner in late model or modified divisions. Bud Light merchandise giveaways will keep everyone involved, and race fans will also keep an eye out for food and drink specials.

The buildup continues for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1. The top late model series in the country, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and its national stars will arrive to race against the regional hot shoes and Macon Speedway’s talented local drivers for $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start the feature. Also, NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also compete in UMP modifieds, which will race for $1,000 to win. Gates will open at 4 p.m., an hour early to accommodate a big crowd. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are $30 and sold day of the race. RV parking is available, and a midway of souvenir trailers will also generate interest just outside the Macon Speedway main gate.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

POWRi national midgets bring championship fight to Macon Speedway

April 26th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – After a rainout earlier this month delayed its arrival to Macon Speedway, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series rolls onto the historic fifth-mile oval to bring some high class open-wheel racing to the legendary track Saturday night.

Fast building a reputation as one of the best midget series in the country, POWRi features a championship battle led by a rising star who might be the next big thing. Christopher Bell, who won on Macon’s fast high banks last season, has built a comfortable 160-point lead, and fans have already began to wonder if he’s the next Kyle Larson, a contender for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Ganassi Racing after winning in a POWRi midget at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway a year ago. Tanner Thorson, Bell’s teammate, sits second in the points standings just 10 points ahead of defending series champ Zach Daum. A native of Pocahantas, Ill., near Vandalia, Daum is known as The Dauminator, and he also drives USAC Silver Crown and sprint cars while not chasing the POWRi title.

The POWRi tour will also swing through Macon Speedway four more times later in the season, because the drivers enjoy racing on the smooth, banked facility that provides plenty of room to make a move to the front. During the series stop here on June 7, it’s part of a four-race Illinois Speed Week. POWRi also brings its 600cc outlaw micros, and Macon Speedway’s squadron of talented mini-sprint drivers will take aim on defending the honor of the track against the touring aces.

UMP modifieds will also race, and the UMP Street stocks return to Macon Speedway after defending track champ Gene Reed of Blue Mound grabbed the victory in the Big Ten Series street stocks opener here last weekend. The 20-lap battle began the 10-race series at four tracks, including four more stops at Macon Speedway and an appearance at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville. Outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also races at Macon Speedway Saturday.

The pits will open Saturday at 3 p.m., an hour earlier than normal, because the POWRi veterans show up early. The pits will likely reach overflow. Gates swing open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

The buildup continues for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1. Arguably the top late model series in the country, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and its national stars will arrive to race against the regional hot shoes and Macon Speedway’s talented local drivers for $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start the feature. Also, NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also compete in UMP modifieds, which will race for $1,000 to win. Gates will open at 4 p.m., an hour early to accommodate a big crowd. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are $30 and sold day of the race. RV parking is available, and a midway of souvenir trailers will also generate interest just outside the Macon Speedway main gate.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Reed sticks to low groove to win Big Ten street stocks opener

April 20th, 2014

MACON – One week after missing the setup on his UMP street stock, Gene Reed of Blue Mound stuck his car down low to grab the Midwest Big Ten Series street stock opener at Macon Speedway Saturday night. Reed started fifth among 19 cars in the 20-lap street stock feature, and he kept his car in the low groove. It allowed him to march to the front and take the $500 first-place prize.

“I’ll take it however I can get it,’’ said Reed, the defending Macon Speedway street stock champ. “I knew it was going to stack up in the front. They went to the top, and I stuck on the bottom.’’

In the season opener the previous weekend, Reed’s setup was off, and it sent his left front tire to jump in the air coming off the corner. He eventually finished third.

“I feel like I gave one away last week,’’ Reed said.

The Big Ten Series is a 10-race tour to four tracks. They will race five times overall at Macon Speedway and return stock car racing to the Christian County Fair in Taylorville after a long absence. Big Ten street stocks also battle at Jacksonville Speedway and Lincoln Speedway.

In other feature events, John Beck scored his first feature win at Macon Speedway in a UMP late model. David Crawley Jr. of Decatur won in UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds. Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville captured the sportsman race, and Garth Luka of Blue Mound took the stock hornets victory.

Billy Brickley won the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series feature. Brian Deavers of Bloomington of captured the UMP outlaw feature.

It was a great night of racing under the lights. Fans enjoyed Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night, when they are allowed on the track to check out the cars up close and personal. It’s almost like a free pit pass.

More than 60 kids made their way to the CEFCU Kid’s Club, and 3-year-old CEFCU Kid’s Club member Corbin Henderson joined the folks on the flagstand.

On Saturday, April 26, the wildly popular POWERi midgets and micros make their first of five appearances at Macon Speedway this season. They are joined by Billingsley Towing UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets and stock hornets.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7.

Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks race for $500 prize on Driver/Sponsor Appreciation Night at Macon Speedway Saturday

April 18th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway keeps finding another gear as the racing season picks up speed. One week after holding its season opener, the legendary high-banked fifth-mile dirt oval hosts Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks on Saturday, April 19 in the first night of a 10-race tour. Big Ten street stocks will be gunning for a $500 first-place prize in the series opener.

In the inaugural season, Big Ten Series street stocks will hold five races at Macon Speedway, more than any other track during the series. Macon Speedway also hosts Big Ten street stocks on May 3, June 21, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. The series will travel to Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and bring stock car racing back to the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24.

Gene Reed of Blue Mound won the street stocks championship at Macon Speedway last season, but Macon native Greg Osman claimed the victory in street stocks at the Macon Speedway season opener last week.

In other action on April 19, Macon Speedway will also race late models, Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series. Ryan Little of Springfield held off reigning series champ Steve Sheppard Jr. in Big Ten Series late models in the Macon Speedway season opener.

It’s also Driver/Sponsor Appreciation Night at Macon Speedway. CEFCU Kid’s Club will entertain kids 11 years old and younger. The club is free and meets roughly once a month. A themed “party’’ is set for each and every month so kids can play and learn.

Pits open at 4 pm. Gates swing open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Macon Speedway announces Midwest Big Ten street stocks, big payday in series opener Saturday

April 18th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway announces the inaugural season of the Midwest Big Ten Series for UMP street stocks and a huge first-place prize in the Big Ten street stocks opener at Macon Speedway on Saturday, April 19. The 10-race series will also travel to Christian County Fair (Taylorville, Ill.), Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Ill.) and Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, Ill.) as drivers battle for a $3,000 point fund.

The Big Ten street stocks winner will earn $500 at Macon Speedway Saturday night.

The street stocks loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points will determine the Big Ten Series champion. The overall champion earns $1,000, and the payouts continue through the top 10. Big Ten Series street stocks include dates at Macon Speedway on April 19, May 3, June 21, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. The series races at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24.

Gene Reed of Blue Mound captured the Macon Speedway street stocks championship last year, but Macon native Greg Osman won the street stocks feature at Macon Speedway’s opener on April 12.

“Macon Speedway has a talented group of drivers in the street stocks division, and it’s great to see them battle against racers from other local tracks,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Macon Speedway knows that without our drivers, we couldn’t succeed. This program is a way to give back to the racers who call Macon Speedway home.’’

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Little takes Big Ten Series late model win in Macon Speedway opener

April 14th, 2014

MACON – Ryan Little had more than a pain in the neck, but he held on to win the Midwest Big Ten Series late model victory at Macon Speedway Saturday. Little, of Pleasant Plains, held off Steve Sheppard Jr., for the win after Little suffered an injury the previous night.

“I almost didn’t come because I hurt my neck last night in Jacksonville,” Little said.

Sheppard, of New Berlin, won the first Big Ten race in Jacksonville Friday and nearly stole the victory when Little bobbled late in the 30-lap feature event. Mat Taylor of Springfield finished third.

The local stars are also getting their equipment ready to take a run at the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1 at Macon Speedway. The national touring series makes its first trip to the high-banked fifth-mile track. The race pays $12,000 to win.

Cory Daugherty of Blue Mound took the win in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville finished first in the Sportsman race.

Greg Osman of Macon grabbed the win in the Street Stock class. Jeremy Reed of Decatur claimed the win in Outlaw Hornets. Garrett Lewis of Decatur won Stock Hornets, and Ethan Schnapp of Springfield won the first B-mod race.

Macon Speedway hosts UMP late models on April 12 plus the Midwest Big Ten Series for street stocks in a full program of weekly racing. Pits open at 4 p.m. with gates open at 5 and racing at 7.

Macon Speedway to open season with Big Ten Series late models

April 9th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – A rainout might have delayed the start of racing at Macon Speedway, but the legendary track will get up to speed quickly by hosting Midwest Big Ten Series late models Saturday. The fifth-mile banked dirt oval hosts racing for the 69th season and extends its long-standing tradition as a hotbed of late model action.

The Big Ten Series attracts some of the Midwest’s best late model drivers and powerful machinery, and the tour competes at four tracks in a 10-event run through the season. The series features a $5,000 prize fund. The late model loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points accumulated during the series will determine champion, who takes home $2,000. The payouts continue through the top 10.

Last season, Steve Sheppard Jr., of New Berlin, won the series title, ahead of Brian Dively (Springfield), Matt Taylor (Springfield), Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains) and John Beck (Springfield).

“Macon Speedway is known as a hotbed for talented late model drivers who like to compete and showcase their skills before a big, excited crowd,” Macon Speedway co-owner Bob Sargent said. “We can’t wait to get the racing season underway at our historic track. It’s going to be a big night.”

Macon Speedway’s season opener also includes the unveiling of the B-mod class, a division designed to create fun, exciting racing on an economical basis. The drivers are already excited about the future of the B-mods, which will race six times at Macon Speedway with the hope of adding additional nights this season. Rules concerning tires, suspension, engine and fuel will be strictly enforced to empower the B-mod class’ growth. Area promoters expect the class to grow over the next few seasons.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, street stocks, sportsman, outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race. Pits open at 4 p.m., gates open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

Macon Speedway added a text service to its social media lineup. It’s simple to sign up and easy to use. Here’s how it works. Fans should text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers should text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles.

Macon Speedway’s Spring Fling opener cancelled by rain*

April 6th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The seventh annual Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway featuring the UMP Champions Showdown and POWRi midgets Saturday has been cancelled because of heavy rains and saturated grounds.

Macon Speedway now will open its 69th season on April 12 with full weekly racing highlighted by the Midwest Big Ten Series for UMP late models. The series will tour through a total of four Illinois tracks before declaring a points champion. The total purse for the series is $5,000. Billingsley Towing modifieds, street stocks, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and B-mods will also race. Gates open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

POWRi will make its first appearance at Macon Speedway on April 26.

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). Go to our website to join the Macon Speedway Club for Email blasts and a texting service.

Macon Speedway opens 2014 season with UMP Showdown, POWRi plus Schrader in modified

April 2nd, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night Saturday. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Showdown by bringing modified, street stock and hornet champions from other area tracks for a battle royal. Meanwhile, open-wheel fans also get the first local appearance by the wildly popular POWRi midgets and micros on the banked fifth-mile dirt oval as Macon Speedway opens for the 69th season.

Macon Speedway co-owner and NASCAR star Ken Schrader will also race his modified in the season opener, providing even more fireworks to an already exciting night.

“There’s no better way to start the season than giving our dirt-track fans the best of both worlds,” Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our Champions Showdown allows drivers to battle it out for bragging rights. The POWRi series is a fan favorite for the open-wheel crowd.”

Track champions were invited from 13 local speedways to battle for the pride that goes with beating the best from the area’s other tracks. In addition to the prize winnings, each Champions Night winner also receives a trophy to take to the home track.

“Each speedway thinks they have the best drivers,” Sargent said. “Let’s find out who can take home the bragging rights for 2014.”

Macon Speedway reigning champs Guy Taylor of Springfield in Billingsley Towing modifieds, Gene Reed of Blue Mound in street stocks and Adam Webb of Decatur in hornets can defend the honor of the historic short track.

Meanwhile, the POWRi midgets and micros make the first of their six appearances at Macon Speedway, more than any other track on the POWRi schedule. The POWRi summer season runs through five states, and the midgets fly around the high-banked oval at Macon Speedway. Fans saw Danny Stratton, Christopher Bell, Andrew Felker and Brady Bacon win features at Macon Speedway in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series last season. Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., is the reigning series champion.

“Our fans really enjoy watching these POWRi midgets handle our speedway,” Sargent said. “The talent level is amazing, and the machinery is top notch.”

Opened in 1946, Macon Speedway is co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace and Schrader. Racing runs every Saturday through Sept. 27 at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles.

For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track). Follow Macon Speedway at www.maconracing.com, www.facebook.com/maconracing and on Twitter @maconspeedway. Stay tuned for the Macon Speedway Club with a texting service and Email newsletter.

Schrader to race modified in Macon Speedway season opener

April 3rd, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway set for Saturday just added another attraction. Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader, a NASCAR star who is concentrating now on his dirt track program, plans to race a modified when the historic track opens for its 69th season with the Spring Fling that also features UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros.

A Missouri native, Schrader didn’t want to miss a big night of action on the famed fifth-mile track. Schrader will also stay late in the Macon Speedway pits to sign autographs.

“It’s always great to see other drivers come to our track and race against our very talented and fast drivers,” Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Ken started his career on the dirt, and he just can’t get enough of it. Ken has a busy schedule this season, so we’re lucky to have him racing in our Spring Fling season opener.”

Schrader and Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace are also planning to race at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., Sunday when the UMP modifieds share the half-mile track with the USAC Silver Crown cars for the Sumar Classic.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Pits open at 3 p.m. and gates swing open at 5. Racing starts at 7. It’s a night when the pits are expected to reach overflow capacity with top-rate machinery and talented drivers who love to run Macon Speedway’s fast corners.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, go online at www.maconracing.com, Facebook.com/maconracing and @maconspeedway on Twitter. A new texting service is coming soon.

Drivers unveil race cars at Macon Speedway Car Show

March 30th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – It’s time to roll out the cars that will bring fans to their feet this season at Macon Speedway.

Macon Speedway and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum partnered to bring race fans the Macon Speedway Car Show, an event that kicks off the racing season. The show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum, located at 3635 U.S. 36 east in Decatur. Drivers will begin arriving with race cars after 9:15 a.m. Admission is free. Prizes and contests are planned throughout the day to keep the crowd revved up.

Fans and fellow drivers are invited to see some of the cars that will race when Macon Speedway opens April 5 for its 69th season. Race teams spent the past few weeks completing final preparations for the season, and they are excited to show off their race cars. Fans can also see the Macon Speedway two-seater late model used for special rides at the race track.

“The Macon Speedway Car Show is an unofficial start to our season,” Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “It’s great to see the cars that will race at our historic track. The drivers and mechanics have been working hard to prepare for the season. They’re excited to show off their race cars to fans and other drivers. This is a proud moment for the local racing community.”

Opened in 2009, the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum boasts a large collection of some of Detroit’s finest American-made engineering from Chevrolet. An extensive collection of Chevrolet’s hottest cars and memorabilia from the 1920′s through today fill the exhibits. Race cars, Indianapolis pace cars and show cars are among the items on display. Museum services include available climate controlled indoor storage and secured outside storage. Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum also provides banquet services for all types of celebrations or club events.

The speedway is scheduled for Test N Tune practice Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Gates open at 11 .m. Grandstand general admission for Test N Tune is free, and the concession stand will be open. Macon Speedway updates can be found online at the track website (maconracing.com,) Facebook (Facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling on April 5. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3200.

Increased Purse and 100-Laps of Thrilling Action Set for St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway

March 28th, 2014

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scheduled, first ever visit to the historic Macon Speedway on Thursday night, May 1st will now have an increased purse and title sponsorship from St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part. The event, originally scheduled as a 50-lap feature event, will now be a 100-lap $12,000 to win/$1,000 to start feature event. The single-day event will include Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 100-lap feature event. Modifieds will run as a support class paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start on May 1st.

Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL, is one of the Midwest’s premier dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite with a layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. The one-fifth mile, high-banked oval will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time, while the track will race for the 69th consecutive season. Track Enterprises, Inc. and Macon Speedway Co-Owner Bob Sargent is excited about the event and having the LOLMDS visit for the first time.

“We are very excited to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the national stars to the great fans of Central Illinois, right here in their backyard. Having the premier national touring series and all the stars of the LOLMDS come to our track and battle with all the great heroes from this area will make for a fantastic show. Macon Speedway and the state of IL has some great drivers and mixed with the national stars that will be here will have the fans on their feet for this huge event”, stated Bob Sargent, Co-Owner of Macon Speedway

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part has come on board as the title sponsor of this event that will surely be a must-attend event for both fans and racers. The self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis and opened in 2013. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located next to Hollywood Night Club at 6111 Bunkum Road in Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com

The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway will be the first of three spectacular races on the first weekend of May. After the Thursday night event at Macon, IL, the series will travel to the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL for a single day show on Friday night, May 2nd. Following those two great shows, the LOLMDS will conclude the big weekend of racing at the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY on Saturday night, May 3rd. Both Friday and Saturday night’s events will be complete shows with $10,000 to win 50-lap feature events.

“We are very excited to bring the series to Macon Speedway for the first time. That track has great history and the state of Illinois has some great talent that will be tough to beat. We’re looking forward to working with Bob Sargent again and everyone involved with Macon Speedway. The entire weekend will be a great opportunity for fans wanting to see the stars of the LOLMDS battle some of the toughest competitors from anywhere in the country including the state of Illinois”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. For tickets and more information about the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway on May 1st visit their track website at www.maconracing.com or contact Bob Sargent at 217-764-3200.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com.

Macon Speedway practice postponed

March 24th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – The opening session of Test N Tune practice at Macon Speedway originally scheduled for Sunday, March 23 has been postponed because of freezing cold weather. The speedway is scheduled for another Test N Tune session on March 30 from noon to 4 p.m.

Grandstand general admission for Test N Tune is free and concession stand is open. Pit passes are $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Gates will open at 11 a.m. As the track continues to dry out, please check the Macon Speedway website (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway) for updates on track conditions and the next practice session.

The Macon Speedway Car Show is March 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum on U.S. 36 east in Decatur. Drivers will show off their machines for the coming season, and door prizes will keep things even more interesting.
Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling on April 5. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Macon Speedway’s schedule features NASCAR Night of Stars on May 26 and the second week of June, when NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). A texting service is coming soon.

Macon Speedway set for Test N Tune practice session Sunday

March 21st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Crank ‘em up. It’s time for Macon Speedway drivers to roll race cars onto their trailers and get up to speed with Test N Tune practice days on the fifth-mile oval. Macon Speedway opens for practice from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

After tinkering with their cars during the winter, drivers remain anxious to return to the high-banked track and see how those adjustments work. Action on the dirt will be hot, because the season opener is fast approaching.

General admission in the grandstands is free for the practice session Sunday and the final Test N Tune day on March 30 (noon to 4 p.m.). Pit admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. The concession stand will be open. As the track continues to dry out, please check the Macon Speedway website (www.maconracing.com), Facebook ( www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway) for updates on track conditions and practice sessions.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling on April 5. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi Midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Macon Speedway’s schedule features NASCAR Night of Stars on May 26 and the second week of June, when NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). A texting service is coming soon.

Macon Speedway season opener

March 13th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night on April 5. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Night by bringing together modified, street stock and hornet champions from other area tracks for a battle royal. Meanwhile, open-wheel fans also get the first local appearance by the wildly popular POWRi midgets and mini-sprints on the banked fifth-mile clay oval as Macon Speedway opens for the 69th season.

“There’s no better way to start the season than giving our dirt-track fans the best of both worlds,” Macon Speedway promoter Bob
Sargent said. “Our Champions Night allows drivers to battle it out for bragging rights. The POWRi series is a fan favorite for the open-wheel crowd.”

Track champions were invited from 13 local speedways to battle for more than just cash and a trophy in those three competitive classes. It’s about the pride that goes with beating the best from the area’s other tracks. In addition to the prize winnings, each Champions Night winner receives a trophy to take to the home track.

“Each speedway thinks they have the best drivers,” Sargent said. “Let’s find out who can take home the bragging rights for 2014.”

Meanwhile, the POWRi midgets and mini-sprints make the first of their six appearances at Macon Speedway, more than any other track on the POWRi schedule. The POWRi summer season runs through five states, and the midgets fly around the high-banked oval at Macon Speedway.

“The fans really enjoy watching these POWRi midgets handle our speedway,” Sargent said. “The talent level is amazing, and the machinery is top notch.”

Opened in 1946, Macon Speedway is co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. Racing runs every Saturday through Sept. 27 at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south of Wiles.

For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track). Follow Macon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and on Twitter @maconspeedway. Stay tuned for the Macon Speedway Club with a texting service and Email newsletter.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket earns discount to Lucas Oil late models

March 13th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Here’s a deal that pays off all racing season.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on May 1, when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its first appearance at Macon Speedway, the historic one-fifth mile banked oval that opened in 1946.

By purchasing a $75 reserved chair-back seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand, each reserved seat ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount. The 100-lapper is the only Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in Central Illinois this season.

“With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series making its first appearance here at our storied track, I wanted to do something special for our loyal dirt track fans,” Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our reserved seats provide a panoramic view of the entire speedway surface. Fans can reward themselves with a reserved seat for the season and a discount to one of our top events.”

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $25 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $35 for adults. Pits open at 3 p.m., and the gates open at 4. Hot laps begin at 6 with racing set for 7.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is considered the premier national touring sanctioning body for dirt super late models. The series will sanction 47 events in 19 states in 2014. Powered by 800 horsepower V8 engines, nothing is stock about these $75,000 machines that provide dirt-slinging, sideways, door-to-door action lap after lap. Modifieds and B-mods will also race that night.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Located nine miles South of Decatur, Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part opened in 2013, A self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located next to Hollywood Night Club at 611 Bunkum Road, Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com.

For more information on Macon Speedway, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2014 race schedule and additional information. For quick and convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway. The Macon Speedway Club is coming soon with a texting service.

Macon Speedway unveils exciting schedule for 2014

March 1st, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Grab the seat cushion. Round up the kids. Macon Speedway is ready to drop the green flag for a 69th season of racing by doubling up the fun. The historic fifth-mile high-banked clay oval added another premier late model show and will also host NASACAR Night of Stars on two dates.

The *season opener* is April 5.

The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 joins the Herald & Review 100 as high profile dates for late models. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on May 1 signals the first appearance at Macon Speedway by the *Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series*, considered *the top national touring series for late models*. Meanwhile, the Herald & Review 100 is July 10, when the *UMP Summernational tour* arrives for its traditional date at Macon Speedway.

The *NASCAR Night of Stars I* is set for May 26. Drivers will be announced at a later date. Three-time NASCAR champion *Tony Stewart* makes an appearance in June for the *Night of NASCAR Stars II*. The Macon Speedway co-owner will bounce back from a broken leg that cut short his racing last season. The date for NASCAR II will be set soon.

Since opening in 1946, Macon Speedway has become a fan favorite for its wheel-to-wheel, dirt-slinging and sideways action that brings fans to their feet. The UMP late models, UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, UMP sportsman, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets, stock hornets and mini-sprints showcase the talented drivers who race at Macon Speedway. We will also debut the B-modified class that allows racers to battle in a class designed to reduce costs while generating great racing action. *POWRi* midgets and mini-sprints make six appearances at Macon Speedway, more than any other track. Macon Speedway also hosts the Midwest Big Ten Series for late models and street stocks. The series features a season-within-a-season with events at Macon Speedway plus race tracks at Lincoln, Jacksonville and Taylorville with the point fund and winners taking home big cash.

The action-packed, in-your-face racing excitement is just some of the fun. Combined with the *CEFCU Kid’s Club *on six nights, fireworks and a monster truck show, Macon Speedway has something for the entire family.

The seventh annual *Spring Fling* season opener on April 5 features modifieds, street stocks, hornets and POWRi midgets and mini-sprints. Hit the concession stand for specials during *Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Nigh*t on May 3. Bob Brady Dodge *Raminator* Night brings the monster truck to the speedway on May 24. *Armed Forces Night *is set for May 31.

The Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer *Twin 50s* highlight the schedule on June 14, when the late models and modifieds both race in 50-lap features. On June 28, the night ends with a *fireworks show* following the 95Q *Firecracker 40s*, a pair of 40-lap features for late models and modifieds. Skeff Distributing *Christmas in July – Christmas for Kids Toy Drive* is July 5, and *Miles Chevrolet* *Night* on July 12 is also the *Fireman’s Ball*, honoring local firefighters.

General admission is free for practice days on March 23 and March 30. The track is open for test and tune sessions from noon to 4 p.m. each day so race teams can work on their equipment prior to the season.

*Racing runs every Saturday night through Sept. 27*. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, and south on Wiles.

Keep checking www.maconracing.com for *additional updates* and added fun as the program continues to come together. For more information, call 217-764-3200 or email track1985@gmail.com. Be looking for a new texting service and the Macon Speedway Club.

*Macon Speedway Schedule*
April 5 – Spring Fling opener. POWRI midgets, mini-sprints. UMP Champions Night
April 12 – Full weekly racing
April 19 – Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photos & Autographs. CEFCU Kid’s Club
April 26 – POWRi midgets and mini-sprints plus full weekly racing
May 1 – St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
May 3 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night. High School Hornets
May 10 – Teacher’s Appreciation Night, presented by Teacher’s Lounge. Mother Dear plus Crazy Chics in cars
May 17 – POWRi Midgets, mini-sprints
May 24 – Bob Brady Dodge Raminator. CEFCU Kids Club. Scout Night Boys & Girls. Pinewood Derby 1 p.m.
May 26 – Night of NASCAR Stars I
May 31 – Armed Forces Night
June 7 – Faster Pastor. POWRi Midget Week
TBA – Night of NASCAR Stars II, featuring Tony Stewart
June 14 – Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer Twin 50s/LM 50 laps & Mod 50 laps
June 21 – Full weekly racing
June 28 – 95Q Firecracker 40s/LM and Mod. Fireworks. CEFCU Kid’s Club
July 5 – Skeff Distributing Christmas in July – Christmas for Kids Toy Drive
July 10 – Herald & Review 100. UMP Summernationals
July 12 – Miles Chevrolet/Fireman’s Ball – Sportsman Topless 40
July 19 – Kid’s Castle Night. Hall of Fame Driver Reunion. CEFCU Kid’s Club
July 26 – MOWA Sprints Doubleheader
Aug 2 – No stock car racing. (Go-Karts)
Aug. 9 – Full weekly racing/CEFCU Kid’s Club
Aug. 16 – POWRi midgets, mini-sprints
Aug. 23 – Shrine 50. Demolition Derby.
Aug. 30 – 10th annual IL State Street Stock Championship/Griz FM 93.5 Fan Appreciation Night
Sept. 6 – POWRi Midgets, mini-sprints
Sept. 13 – Full weekly racing
Sept. 20 – Hornet World Championships. CEFCU Kid’s Club
Sept. 27 – Full weekly racing

Macon Speedway Car Show highlights racing machines

February 27th, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum have partnered to bring race fans the Macon Speedway Car Show, an event that kicks off the racing season. The show is scheduled for 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum, located on U.S. 36 east of Decatur.

Admission is free. Prizes and contests are planned all day to keep the crowd excited.

Fans and fellow drivers are invited to see some of the cars that will race when Macon Speedway opens April 5 for its 69th season. Races teams spent the past few weeks completing final preparations for the season, and they are excited to show off their race cars. Fans can also see the Macon Speedway two-seater late model used to take fans and VIPs on special rides at the race track.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling. A variety of cars will take to the fifth-mile banked clay oval. The POWRi midgets return to Macon Speedway for the first of their six appearances this season, and the UMP Champions Night pits UMP champions from other local tracks in modifieds and street stocks. Outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south on Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track) or 217-764-3200 (office), or contact Macon Speedway through email at track1985@gmail.com. Follow Macon Speedway at Facebook/MaconRacing and MaconSpeedway on Twitter. Coming soon is our new texting service.

Macon Speedway’s 2014 Drivers Meeting This Sunday

December 13th, 2013

(Macon, IL) The Macon Speedway Drivers meeting for the 2014 racing season will be held this Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the Community Center in Macon, IL. Macon Speedway is gearing up for a very exciting 2014 racing season, including the addition of the NEW B-Mods division. All divisions, drivers and owners are welcome to attend. The meeting will start at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. The Community Center is located off Rt. 51, south of Macon (1039 S. Woodcock St., Macon, IL).

The meeting will address rules, schedules for participating divisions, a question and answer session for competitors, as well as the new B-Mods division and new Sportsman rules for 2014. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in the B-Mods and new Sportsman rules. This will be a good time for all drivers and owners to ask questions regarding the 2014 season. Hope to see you there!

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles. For information, call 217-764-3000 (track), or contact us via email at track1985@gmail.com. Also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for additional information.

Macon Speedway’s 68th Season Comes to Close

September 30th, 2013

(Macon, IL) The quest that began in April came to a completion on the final Saturday of September at Macon Speedway as five drivers realized their summer dream of being a UMP Track Champion. Three of the divisions had their points wrapped up while two racing classes still had work to do.

Dave Crawley, Jr. was able to win the Sportsman division for the second time in his racing career and did so in grand fashion with a blow-away victory. Crawley, the 2010 Sportsman division king, won many races through the season but didn’t have much of a lead over second place driver Nick Macklin coming into the night’s action. Macklin, runner up in the division standings a season ago, came into the evening 44 points shy of Crawley and did not have a great night finishing fifth while Crawley took the checkered flag.

The Billingsley Towing Modified class was essentially finished off with Guy Taylor’s 60-point advantage over Danny Smith. All Taylor needed to do was show up to claim his second consecutive crown at Macon Speedway. He did more than that as he led all 20 laps en route to a feature win. Smith finished second to Taylor in the points for the second straight season, as well. New comer Milo Velez took the second place spot in the feature along with Ethan Schnapp in third.

Gene Reed wrapped up his first Street Stock championship a few weeks back but came out with hopes of finishing the season strong, which he managed to do. Reed was runner up in the feature event as he followed 2011 Street Stock champion Bobby Beiler across the finish line. Beiler took second in the points standings. Kyle Waters, who placed seventh in the seasonal points in 2012, finished third in 2013 with a fourth place finish, coming behind Tom Reich.

Macon Speedway’s Outlaw Hornet champion is also the 2013 UMP National Hornet Champion in Adam Webb. Finishing second on the National scene is also the second place finisher in the 2013 points, Jeremy Reed, but on this night, Reed bested Webb with an eight-lap feature win.

In the Stock Hornet division, Mike McChristy had a 24-point edge coming into the show and left with the title of Stock Hornet Champion of Macon Speedway. Thad Gee had a good season but fell short of the title. McChristy finished second in the feature race to Tharen Reno, who claimed his first feature win of his career at history Macon Speedway.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Illinois Lighting Sprint Series to the track for its first-ever appearance at the dirt track. Korey Weyant blew past the competition to a heat win and a 20-lap feature win.

The 80-car field kept the show moving with minimal cautions and the action concluded before 9pm with a beautiful evening for racing. The season was a tricky one as Mother Nature washed out the early part of the schedule, along just one race in April (Opening Night) and two races in May and June before giving way to steady dry conditions and steady weekly racing at the Premiere Motorsports Facility in Central Illinois.

Macon Speedway would like to thank their sponsors for backing them during their 68th season of stock car racing as well as the weekly drivers and their crews for coming and putting on great show after great show. The gates will open for its 69th consecutive season in the spring of 2014.

Macon Speedway To Crown Track Champions This Weekend

September 26th, 2013

(Macon, IL) At the beginning of the season, many drivers hoped for a chance to be a champion. At the end of the season, only one driver per division will receive that honor. This weekend, the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will determine who will come out on top with the title in
each division.

In the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division, Guy Taylor of Springfield has had a consistent season running in the top five for most of it. Taylor is going into the championship race in first place, followed by Danny Smith of Argenta; Jeff Graham of Stonington; Clark Robertson of Shelbyville and Joe Strawkas of Buffalo rounding out the top five.

In the UMP Sportsman division, David Crawley, Jr. has been a regular in the top five throughout 2013. He is ahead of Nick Macklin of Argenta by a slim margin, rounded out by Mike Pickering of Decatur; Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville and Scott Landers of Taylorville.

UMP Street Stocks champion seems to be secured by Gene Reed of Blue Mound. Reed has a healthy lead in the division followed by Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound, Kyle Walters of Oreana, Brian Dasenbrock of Decatur, and Thomas Riech of Springfield.

Adam Webb of Decatur also seems to have the UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornet division wrapped up. Webb is ahead of Jeremy Reed of Decatur, Dillon Justice of Harristown, Vernon Carlow of Springfield and Fred Reed, Jr. of Decatur round out the top five.

The Stock Hornets are the closest division this season. Thad Gee of Bloomington and Mike McChristy of Mt. Zion have been trading places at the top since May. Going into this weekend, Mike McChristy holds the lead by only a few points. Austin Harbin of Argenta follows closely behind, followed by Theran Reno of Springfield and William Deavers of Bloomington.

*Just announced* – Macon Speedway welcomes the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series this weekend! The 1000cc and 1200cc Lightning Sprint is a World of Outlaw appearing sprint car built on a midget chassis, using the 1000cc and up to 1200cc motorcycle engine, self starting, with chain drive. These cars weigh a minimum of 925 lbs after the race with the driver. Engines produce between 150 and 210 horsepower, providing an excellent power to weight ratio, providing exciting lightning fast excitement on the dirt. This will be the first time this series will visit Macon Speedway’s 1/5 mile bull ring.

Macon Speedway will also be having a drawing this weekend for a ride in the Macon Speedway Late Model two-seater for one lucky fan! Sign up at the beginning of the race to be entered.

*As the season comes to a close, we at Macon Speedway would like to thank all of our sponsors, fans and drivers for a successful 2013 season, and look forward to a very exciting 2014 season!*

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 and kids 11 & under are still free.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Make sure to follow us at www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete, upcoming 2014 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

Macon Speedway Recap of September 21 Macon Speedway

September 24th, 2013

(Macon, IL) DMH Night made for an exciting night of racing. *POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series* completed the 30 lap-event with awesome slide jobs. Danny Stratton took the checker flag, Andrew Felker followed to finish second, Zach Daum raced hard to a third place finish, Daniel Robinson and Bubba Altig rounded out the top five. Midgets Race Cars at Macon Speedway is becoming a premier series.

The *Billingsley Towing Modified* feature event was full of excitement throughout 20- lap event. Tommy Sheppard Jr. took first. Zack Bunning finished second, Curt Rhodes fought hard for third place, Randy Huffman and Guy Taylor rounding out the top five.

*Street Stock* feature, Bobby Beiler was able to hold off Kevin Crowder to take the checkered flag. Gene Reed, Kyle Waters and Brian Dasenbrock rounded out the top five.

*Outlaw Hornet* driver Jeremy Reed claimed first place, Adam Webb, Shane Kelley, Vernon Carlow, and Greg Garrison rounded out the top five.

Matthew Reed was impressive as he won the *Stock Hornet *feature he was followed by Tharen Reno, Thad Gee, Steven Stine, and William Deavers.

Macon Speedway will prepare for the Championship Race September 28th. This race will close out the 2013 season. Racing that night will be the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. For more information go to www.maconracing.com

POWRi Midget championship contender Felker needs to start gaining on leader Daum at Macon

September 20th, 2013

MACON, Ill.-Andrew Felker remains in contention for a second straight championship in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, but he’s running out of events to overtake leader Zach Daum going into Macon (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday night for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgtes & POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros sponsored by Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Daum has steadily pulled away from Felker by finishing in front of him in the last seven events and holds a 280-point advantage, 3,850-3,570, with five events remaining. POWRi’s rules require each driver to drop their lowest two finishes, which cuts Daum’s advantage by 90 points to 190. Those numbers are fluid, serving as a reference point that makes the chase substantially closer, but Felker still faces a rugged uphill climb. Felker had performed well in his Spike-Fontana, four top-fives included in eight top-eights in the last eight features. But the 20-year-old from Carl Junction, Mo., has gained points on Daum in only one event in the stretch, a fourth to Daum’s eighth—a plus 40–at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway on Aug. 16.

Daum has been sensational in his Eagle-Toyota. The eighth was his worst result and the next seven have been top-fives including three feature victories and a pair of seconds. Going back a little farther, the 22-year-old from Pocahontas, Ill., has 12 top-fives including four victories in the last 14 events.

Saturday will be POWRi’s fourth stop this season at Macon Speedway. Felker won on the one-fifth mile track on June 8 and has a pair of sevenths; Daum was second on Aug. 17 and fifth and 11th in the two previous events. Felker has scored 480 points and Daum 470 at Macon this season.

Four events follow Macon: Sept. 28 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., for the Charlene Meents Memorial and three nights, Oct. 3-5, in a co-sanction with the Honda USAC Dirt National Midgets, at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

The POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series also races Saturday at Macon with Nathan Benson of Concordia, Mo., trailing Cale Thomas of Fairland, Ind., by 150 points, 2,340-2,190. When the requirement of dropping of two races is included, Thomas leads by 110 points.

Thomas has five feature wins, three seconds and 12 straight top-five finishes in the 14 season events. He’s won twice and finished second at Macon and will be going for this third straight win overall.

Benson has three feature wins in his first full POWRi season and eight top-fives.

Jeremy Camp of Blue Mound, Ill., is third with 1,865 points, Joe B. Miller of Millersville, Mo., is fourth with 1,660 and Aaron Andruskevitch of Riverton, Ill., fifth with 1,635. POWRi’s Micros have two events following Macon, Belle-Clair on Sept. 28 and Tri-City on Oct. 5.

Also racing this Saturday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. UMP Street Stocks will return next Saturday.

With only two weeks left in the track championship battle, the competition is heating up. In the Billingsley UMP Modified race, Guy Taylor is 52 points ahead of second place Danny Smith. David Crawley, Jr. is on top in the Sportsman division. The UMP Outlaw Hornet division is being lead by Adam Webb, followed by Jeremy Reed and Dillon Justis. Mike McChristy from Mt. Zion, IL still leads the Stock Hornets. Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and kids 11 & under are still free.

*Macon Speedway upcoming events:*

The final race of the season will be on September 28th with regular racing featuring the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

Recap of Sep 14th Macon Speedway Recap

September 16th, 2013

(Macon, IL) Jeff Leka made his return to Macon Speedway Saturday night to honor Dean Garland and took his place in the winner’s circle. Leka, started fifth in the 25-lap A-Main feature race, had difficulties getting past the third and fourth place Billingsley Towing Modifieds but knew he had plenty of time.

A few cautions later, Leka found himself competing for the lead with Danny Smith and eventually grabbed the lead and ran away with the feature. With the special event for Dean Garland, it was a Double-to-Start, Double-to-Win feature with an additional five laps added to the feature. Leka took the opportunity to pull ahead and make it an easy finish to the checkered flag.

Leka finished ahead of Curt Rhodes, and last week’s feature winner Ethan Schnapp finished third. Guy Taylor came from 11th to take fourth and Smith wound up fifth.

Bobby Beiler reclaimed the top spot in the Street Stock division with a 15-lap feature win. He was pressured late in the race by Tyler Blankenship and Brandon Eskew. Beiler pulled away from Eskew midway through the race to take the lead and hold on the top spot. Gene Reed was third, Greg Osman raced strong from deep in the pack to finish fourth and Eskew rounded out the top five.

The top four rows were decided by a six-lap dash. Beiler won the dash to find himself on the pole for the main event.

Dave Crawley, Jr. went strong again for the Sportsman division and kept ahead of the field to once again find himself holding the checkered flag and honoring his friend, Dean Garland. Dennis Vandermeersch was in front for the early going but his car had difficulty handling the turns and fell back to finish third. Nick Macklin ran the bottom and passed Vandermeersch to take the runner’s up spot. Wes O’Dell and Curt Rhodes finished out the top five.

The event was completed with 4-cylinder Hornet action. Jeremy Reed beat out Adam Webb for the trophy and check in the Outlaw Hornet division and Brian Offer was the quickest Stock Hornet of the fleet to get the checkered flag.

Macon Speedway was pleased to have family and friends of Dean Garland on hand to take in the racing action and they were welcomed to the track for a group photo during intermission.

Next Saturday, POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints will highlight the show along with stock cars. A full pit area is expected with the open wheel touring series making their final stop to Macon Speedway this season.

Macon Speedway to Present the Dean Garland Memorial Race with Double to Win and Double to Start Features Saturday September 14th!

September 12th, 2013

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway will prepare for the Dean Garland Memorial Race this Saturday, September 14th, featuring Double-to-Win and Double-to-Start features. Drivers participating must purchase a Dean Garland sticker to be eligible for the bonus. The stickers will be available raceday at the track. All monies raised will go to Dean’s grandchildren. Dean Garland was a beloved figure to drivers, pit crew members and officials at many central Illinois race tracks and passed away in the early part of the 2013 season. For anyone of you that has raced or owned a car or worked on a car in Central Illinois know Dean Garland. Dean has sold fuel and parts at just about every race track in the Midwest at one time or another, and has helped many people personally and professionally in years past.

Racing this Saturday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. The Macon Speedway point’s races are heating up as we enter the final few weeks of racing in 2013 at Macon Speedway. In the Billingsley UMP Modified race, Guy Taylor is slowly pulling away from second place Danny Smith. The UMP Sportsman division David Crawley, Jr. is extending his lead week by week over Nick Macklin. The Street Stock driver Gene Reed may have the top spot clinched. The UMP Outlaw Hornet division is being lead by Adam Webb who just came off winning the Hornet World Championship last weekend. The Stock Hornets are the tightest division with only 30 points separating Mike McChristy from Mt. Zion, IL and Thad Gee from Bloomington, IL. Anything can happen in one weekend, so don’t miss out on the excitement!

Macon Speedway will also be hosting The Decatur Forsyth Classic and Come Together Let’s Walk groups this weekend at the 1/5 mile race track. Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 and kids 11 & under are still free.

*Macon Speedway upcoming events:*

Macon Speedway and Decatur Memorial Hospital will host the POWRi Midgets and Micros, plus Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets on Saturday, September 21.

The final race of the season will be on September 28th with regular racing featuring the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

Macon Speedway Recap of Sep 7th

September 8th, 2013

(Macon, IL)-In the 7th Annual World Hornet Championship event, the Outlaw Hornet feature winner was a familiar face to the world. Decatur’s Adam Webb claimed the top honor for third year in a row. Webb took the heat race and started on the inside of the second row to give him the chance at the lead and the trophy. Bloomington’s Brian Deavers was on his bumper for the majority of the race but couldn’t get enough to pass Webb. Jeremy Reed of Decatur had a remarkable feature after a miserable heat in which he did not finish. Reed was forced to start at the tail of the race among the 19 starts and dashed towards the front to finish third. Eldon Hemken started sixth and finished fourth and Jacob Rexing, a first-time visitor to Macon Speedway, finished fifth.

The Stock Hornet Championship race was won by Matthew Reed of Blue Mound. Reed was riding in second and looked to finish runner-up but leader and multi-time winner Thad Gee had a problem with the 4-cylinder and broke down in the race’s final lap. Reed took advantage and kept racing hard to finish in the top spot.

Another difficult finish for the leader came in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as leader Tommy Sheppard, Jr. was unable to hold the lead with two laps remaining on a restart as his Modified was unable to keep going and he pulled into the infield. That opened the door for Springfield’s Ethan Schapp. Schnapp ran clean the entire race with the exception of an
early restart on a caution flag where he lost the early advantage to Sheppard. Guy Taylor stormed to second place after starting 11th. TD Burger was the pole sitter and he finished third. Nick Macklin finished fourth after beginning from the 13th place position and Danny Smith finished the race in fifth.

It was another week in the Sportsman class and another win for Dave Crawley, Jr. Decatur native Crawley won his heat and started outside front row with Dennis Vandermeersch and quickly pulled away to a zero-caution, 15-lap A-Main event. Crawley led every lap. Mike Pickering held of Vandermeersch for second. Curt Rhodes was the fourth place finisher and Nick Macklin took fifth from Rick Roedel at the finish.

Gene Reed grabbed the checkered flag in the Street Stock division. Thanks to lapped traffic causing congestion and holding up leader Mike Pickering, Reed took the top spot early in the 15-lap feature race. Pickering stayed atop the race track and Kyle Waters took the bottom side to slide by for second place. Mike Pundt, Jr. was fourth and Bobby Beiler was the fifth place driver.

Macon Speedway welcomed a new circuit to the track in the USAC Ignite Midgets, a division similar to that of the USAC Silver Crown cars and the POWRi Midgets. The feature winner was local driver, Patrick Bruns of Champaign. The other finishers of the top five were from Ohio and Indiana.

The kids in attendance got a special treat during intermission as they were allowed to ride in a Meridian Unit District school bus on the race track for a few laps. There were so many kids that there were two trips necessary for all kids to get that opportunity.

Macon Speedway will prepare for the Dean Garland Memorial Race on September 14th, featuring Double-to-Win and Double-to-Start features. Dean Garland was a beloved figure to drivers, pit crew members and officials at many central Illinois race tracks and passed away in the early part of the 2013 season. Drivers participating must purchase a Dean Garland sticker to be eligible for the bonus. For more information go to maconracing.com or call 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway to Present the Hornet World Championship Race Saturday, September 7th, 2013

September 5th, 2013

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway will host the Hornet World Championship race this Saturday night, September 7. The night’s UMP Outlaw Hornet race will include a $300 dollar to win purse, plus the Championship trophy. The Stock Hornets will also be part of the Championship show, competing for the top trophy in their division. Also on the racing card for this Saturday will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and USAC Ignite Midgets.

The Macon Speedway point’s races are heating up as we enter the final month of racing in 2013 at Macon Speedway. The UMP Modified race is still up in the air with Guy Taylor in the lead with Danny Smith close behind with only 44 points between the two. The UMP Sportsman division is also a tight race with Decatur’s David Crawley, Jr. only 34 points in front of Argenta’s Nick Macklin. The Street Stock drivers will hope to gain ground this weekend as the season draws to a close soon. Gene Reed leads the other field of drivers edging out Bobby Beiler. The UMP Outlaw Hornet division is being
lead by Adam Webb and the Stock Hornet division finds Mike McChristy on top driving his number 66 hornet. Don’t miss the racing action in the month of September to see who will be the next driver to be crowned “Macon Speedway Champion”.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 and kids 11 & under are still free.

*Macon Speedway upcoming events:*

Macon Speedway will race on September 14 with the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway and Decatur Memorial Hospital will host the POWRi Midgets and Micros, plus Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets on Saturday, September 21.

The final race of the season will be on September 28th with regular racing featuring the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

Macon Speedway Crowder takes Street Stock Crown

September 1st, 2013

(Macon, IL) – Although Bobby Beiler was fast qualifier and won his heat, he was no match for Argenta’s Kevin Crowder. Leading all 25 laps in the $500-to-win Championship Race, Crowder had the best car of the night and proved it with his dominance. Multiple-groove racing was featured throughout the 19-car field and had frantic competition during the event. Gene Reed took second place. Blake Shelley was third and Mike Pundt., Jr. was fourth.

Many other divisions had the leader go from start-to-finish with the win including the Sportsman where Dave Crawley, Sr. reigned supreme again. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. took the Billingsley Towing Modified A-Main, and Garrett Duff went wire-to-wire in the Micro Sprints.

The Hornet divisions were filled with excitement as Steven Stine raced to the checkered flag with Garth Luka and Brian Offer along for the ride. Stine pulled ahead for the victory as Luka took second in the Stock Hornets. Fred Reed, Jr. went from last-to-first to beat Billy Justice in the Outlaw Hornet feature.

“Raminator” Travels to Macon Speedway for a car-Crushing show along with the 9th Annual IL State Street Stock Championship Saturday

August 31st, 2013

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway and Bob Brady Auto Mall have lured the “Raminator” to Macon Speedway for a day of autograph signing, photographs and at the end of the night, and CAR CRUSHING! YES, CAR CRUSHING! Decatur Auto Parts has offered up a few cars for the Raminator to demolish that night. Make sure to bring your cameras! Kids and adults alike will be thrilled when the 565 cubic-inch supercharged Hemi motor fires up, powering Raminator through an absolutely breath taking exhibition.

It is also the 9th Annual Illinois State Street Stock championship. Many local and Midwest Street Stocks are expected to be in attendance. The nights Street Stock Championship race will include a $500 dollar to win purse and a four-foot trophy!

Also that night will be exciting racing featuring the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP 4-cylinder Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and 600cc Mini Sprints.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and kids 11 & under are still free.

Macon Speedway continues its season into September with the Hornet World Championships on Saturday, September 7.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway

shriners Shine for Kids at Macon Speedway

August 27th, 2013

(Macon, IL) For the fourth time, the Shriners made an appearance at Macon Speedway putting smiles on the faces of kids and bigger smiles on the faces of twelve kids with bicycle giveaways. On the racetrack, however, it was Matt Taylor with the biggest smile by the night’s end.

The 2012 Late Model champion made a pass for the lead on the 17th lap to take control of the race and sealed the deal working the bottom groove for the final 33 laps of the 4th Annual Shrine 50. The race began with Brian Diveley in the lead but could not keep the top spot from the top of the race track. Race favorite Steve Sheppard, Jr. pulled in on lap 21 to inspect the front right of the car. He didn’t return to the race. The race only required three cautions, the last on lap 17, and the final laps were completed without difficulty. Taylor, the third different winner of this four-year race, finished ahead of Dively, Greg Kimmons, Ryan Little and Jason Riggs.

Guy Taylor took advantage of a caution with three laps left to grab the lead from Shelbyville’s Clark Robertson and win the Billingsley Towing Modified feature. Robertson was running perfectly on the bottom but the opportunity came for Taylor and he took advantage. Randy Huffman, who also led laps, finished third with Tommy Sheppard, Jr. in fourth and Rodney Standerfer in fifth.

Dave Crawley Jr. got another Sportman feature, besting Jeremy Nichols and Nick Macklin. Crawley’s fast 5s was quicker than Macklin’s tonight and Nichols just couldn’t get the groove to get momentum for a position change.

Terry Reed started from the pole and won the Street Stock feature. He had challenges from Mike Pickering and Bobby Beiler but couldn’t monster the momentum from the bottom side.

Thad Gee won again in the Stock Hornets, going wire-to-wire for the win, and Adam Webb took top honors in the Outlaw Hornets.

The monster truck RAMINATOR will be here next weekend with the 9th Annual Street Stock Championship race.

Macon Speedway and Shriner Hospital Host “Shrine 50 This Saturday” August 24th with the “Bring the Kids 12in Bike” Giveaway

August 21st, 2013

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway and Shriner Hospitals is excited to sponsor the Shrine 50, a 50-lap feature for Late Models this Saturday night at Macon Speedway, with the winner taking home $1,500! As part of the Shrine 50 night, the Shriners will be giving away six 12″ girls’ bikes and six 12″ boys’ bikes in memory of Robert Weaver who was a big supporter of the Shriners. Tickets for the giveaway may be purchased at the front gate. “We are very excited to bring great racing to the fans of Macon Speedway and help such a worthy cause,” said track owner Bob Sargent. Shriners supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children® and receive all services at no financial obligation to families. Macon Speedway is proud to help the Shriners with their mission. Don’t miss your chance to help raise money to support the Shriners hospitals for Children®.

Also racing that night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Outlaw 4-cyl. Hornets and Stock Hornets to entertain the fans along with many special activities planned.

Grandstands open at 5pm with racing at 7pm. Tickets for adults are still $10 if purchased in advance from Shriners or $15 at the gate. Children 11 and under are free!

Next Saturday will be the make-up date for the Raminator, sponsored by Bob Brady Dodge. It will also be the 9th Annual Illinois State Street Stock Championship with the winner taking home $500 and the Championship trophy!

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 Race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

The Dana Godfrey Memorial and Billingsley Towing, Made for an Exciting Night of Racing

August 20th, 2013

(Macon, IL) – POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series completed the 30 lap-event with awesome slide jobs. Chris Bell taking the checker flag Zach Daum followed to finish second, Jerry Coon Jr., raced hard to a third place finish, Garett Aitken and Brad Kuhn rounded out the top five. Midgets Race Cars at Macon Speedway is becoming a premier series.

POWRi Speedway Motor 600cc Outlaw Micro Series at Macon is very exciting to watch. Cale Thomas, took the checker Aaron Audruskevitvch finished second, Nathan Benson, Andrew Peters and Jeremy camp rounded out the top five.

The Billingsley Towing Modified feature event was full of excitement throughout 25- lap event. TD Burger took first and was also very strong as he led from green to checker, Clark Robertson finished second, Danny Smith fought hard for third place, Joe Strawkas and Nick Macklin rounding out the top fiv