Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 28

Jerrod Hull claims MOWA Sprint win! Sheppard, Deavers & Camp also get wins!

Jerrod Hull – Tim Moran photo

(Macon, IL) Our sponsors of Dynagraphics Impressions, Donnelly Carquest/ATI, made for an exciting night of racing. Nascar Star Tony Stewart was also on hand and raced in the MOWA Sprint Feature.

In the UMP Street Stock 15 lap feature, Bobby Beiler and Terry Reed improved their finishes from last week to place first and second respectively. Kevin Crowder held out for third while Gene Reed finished fourth and Michael Pundt, Jr. took home fifth.

The Billingsley Towing Modified feature event was full of excitement throughout the 20-lap event. With numerous cautions, the starter from pole position, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. was able to take home the checkered flag and again, Guy Taylor finished second. Kelly Kovski, TD Burger and Randy Huffman rounded out the top five.

The drivers in the MOWA Sprints completed a 25-lap feature event. Of the 18 cars that started the race, only 12 crossed the finish line. Jerrod Hull placed first followed by Jimmy Hurley, AJ Burns, Tony Stewart, and Jim Moughan placed fifth. This was Tony Stewart’s first effort at driving a winged sprint car on the 1/5 mile high-banked track.

Stock Hornet driver Brian Deavers started in pole position and also brought home the checkered flag. Adam Webb dropped to second place this week. He was followed by Donnie Justice, Jeremy Reed, and Billy Justice, Sr.

A 20-lap feature was in store for the 20 Mini Sprint racers that competed. There were many spin-outs throughout the race. Jeremy Camp finished the race in first place. He was followed by Jason Harms, Nic Harris, Jake Newman, and Shelby Bosie.

The final race of the evening was an eight lap feature of the Outlaw Hornets. It was won by Brian Deavers. Adam Webb came in a close second followed by Donnie Justice, Jeremy Reed and Billy Justice, Sr. rounding out the top five.

Macon Speedway will not race stock cars on August 3rd due to go-cart racing. We will return on August 10th with FOX 106.7 FM Radio Fan Appreciation Night. Also rescheduled for the evening will be the Miller Lite Twin 50’s BIG TEN UMP LATE MODEL RACE.

July 27, 2013
MOWA Sprint Car Race – Feature

Finish Car Driver
1 12H Jerrod Hull
2 35 Jim Hurley
3 44 A J Bruns
4 14s Tony Stewart
5 1m Jim Moughan
6 99W Korey Weyant
7 4m Kody Kinser
8 4s Danny Smith
9 42 Corey Bruns
10 17M Joey Moughan
11 14T Jimmy Bridgeman
12 79 Blake Nimee
13 22s Robbie Standridge
14 774 Chris Urish
15 52f Logan Fasicon
16 84 Ben Wagnor
17 47 Brett Samonds
18 Ti64 Alex Petlas

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Jul 25

MOWA Sprint Week Kicks Off

HIGHLAND, Ill. (July 23, 2013) – Midwest Open Wheel Amowa-sprint-weekssociation’s (MOWA) Illinois Sprint Week returns for the third consecutive year, Wednesday, as it kicks off at Highland Speedway, Highland, Ill., and ends at Macon Speedway, Macon, Ill., Saturday.
Besides Danny Smith who is expected to return to defend his championship, the week looks to be dotted with stars who plan to either run the entire series or part of it as it kicks off Wednesday.
Multi-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and former USAC champion Tony Stewart will be racing the week’s final stop at Macon Speedway. Stewart will have a busy week in the Midwest, and plans take time to make his first appearance with the MOWA series.
Bryan Clauson will be racing with a wing for just the second time in his career. Clauson is a multiple time USAC champion and an Indy 500 veteran. He will be running the Pollock Racing 21x machine during the, Friday, Jacksonville Speedway stop.
Greg Wilson, who ran the Fox #53 at Tri-State Speedway earlier this season, will be making appearances on the first two nights of Sprint Week in the same car. The Fox #53 is well known in non-wing ranks, but threw the wing on for one of the first times in team history with Wilson behind the wheel in June. Wilson drove the car to a third place finish that night in Haubstadt, Ind.
For the second straight year, Highland Speedway opens the festivities as part of the Madison County Fair. With two-time, and defending, Illinois Sprint Week champion Danny Smith expected to be in attendance. Also, current MOWA point leader A.J. Bruns will be on hand along with the rest of the MOWA regulars. Smith kicked off the 2012 Sprint Week with a win in the first appearance at the track for the series last season.
Thursday marks the third visit for the MOWA series to Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, Ill. It is the second year Tri-City Speedway has been part of Illinois Sprint Week. The track was not part of Sprint Week in 2012, but was part of the event in 2011. Danny Smith won in that appearance, helping to secure his first Sprint Week title. Jerrod Hull won the last MOWA series race at the fast 3/8th’s mile in October of last year.
Known as MOWA’s home track, Jacksonville Speedway is marking it’s third straight year as part of Sprint Week, as it hosts the Herb Barlow Memorial on night number three of Sprint Week 2013, Friday. Brian Brown won last year’s stop at the 1/4 mile during Sprint Week. Smith and Jimmy Hurley have already won feature events at Jacksonville Speedway with MOWA in 2013.
The only other track to be a part of Sprint Week for the third straight year is Macon Speedway, which ends the four night swing of races for the second straight season. Last season’s event was won by Danny Smith and went green to checkered after a first lap caution forced an original restart on the 1/5 mile speedway. Hull won the 2011 event at Macon Speedway.
For more information about Sprint Week and the MOWA series visit http://www.midwestopenwheel.com/. Also, fans can visit our Sprint Week tracks at http://www.highlandspeedway.com/, http://www.tricityspeedway.net/, http://www.jacksonvillespeedway.com/, or http://www.maconracing.com/, for more information on each event.

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Jul 22

MOWA Sprint Series, NASCAR Star Tony Stewart & Dynagraphics/Fast Impressions at Macon Speedway Saturday, July 27

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(Macon, IL)  Macon Speedway and Dynagraphics/Fast Impressions, along with Donnelly Automotive, welcome the Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series this Saturday night, July 27 as a part of the MOWA Sprint Week that runs from Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27. The best winged sprint car drivers in the Midwest will try to tame the Macon bullring as winged sprints return to the legendary track including NASCAR Champion and co-owner of Macon Speedway, Tony Stewart. Stewart will be racing his winged sprint car for the first time at Macon that night.

Tony Stewart’s love is racing winged sprint cars. So it’s not hard to understand why he’s making a trip to his track to jump in during MOWA Sprint Week. Any type of open-wheeled race, he’s there. It will be a night of excitement when he goes up against the top Midwest drivers in the series.

Not only is the Sprint Week title on the line, but the series overall points battle at the top with A.J. Bruns leading the series as of July 20, with Jerrod Hull and Paul Nienhiser rounding out the top three. The series includes top sprint drivers such as Jim Moughan, Ben Wagoner, Jimmy Hurley, and Robbie Standridge. Any one of them could come out on top during this week’s action in determining who is going to be crowned the inaugural MOWA  Series Champion.

MOWA co-founder Joey Moughan shares in that excitement, “When we started this series, we wanted to be able to race at the premier tracks within two hours of our home base in Springfield, Illinois and there’s no doubt that Macon is at the top of that list. The action on the track should be incredible, especially with the added drama of it being at the end of our Sprint Week.  I know that I’m coming there planning to win it.  The problem is that there are twenty or more other guys who want it just as bad.  It should be an awesome night.”

But the excitement doesn’t end with sprint cars. Macon Speedway has put together a Saturday Night  full of racing with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and 600cc Mini Sprints. Each division is heating up as the season is going into the last stretch on who will come out as the track champion.

Pit Gates open at 3 pm; grandstands at 5 pm; racing begins at 7 pm.  General admission tickets for adults are only $18 and children 11 & under are admitted free with a paying adult.

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.

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Jul 21

Recap of Firecracker 40s

(Macon, IL) The Kid’s Castle, 95q Firecracker 40’s and Sun Drop, made for an exciting night of racing.

Midwest Big 10 Late Model series completed a 40 lap-event with Fireworks of their own.  Steve Sheppard jr taking the checker flag Brian Diveley followed to finish second and Kyle Logue, Matt Taylor and Jeremy Nichols rounded out the top five

The Billingsley Towing Modified feature event was full of excitement throughout the 40- lap event. Jeremy Nichols took first place Guy Taylor finished second, Steve Ewing fought hard for third place, Randy Huffman and Kelly Kovski rounding out the top five.

Street Stock feature, Jeremy Nichols was able to hold off Gene Red to take the checkered flag. Bobby Beiler, Terry Reed and Thomas Riech round out the top five

Dave Crawley, Jr. in the Sportsman division is hot, taking another checkered flag. Nick Macklin netted a second-place finish, Mike Pickering in third with Dennis Vandermeersch and Jeremy Nichols making up the top five.

Outlaw Hornet driver Adam Webb claimed first place, he was followed by Elden Hemken, Jeremy Reed, Jerad Matherly and Michael Gossett.

The final race of the evening was the Stock Hornets and it was won by Steven Stine, with Tom Eskew finishing a very close second, Kenneth Reed 3rd, Mike Mc Christy and Tharin Reno rounding out the top five.

A huge fireworks display lit up the dark sky and capped off a perfect night of racing.

Macon Speedway will prepare for July 27th to host the return of co-owner Tony Stewart as he will compete in the MOWA SprintCar series.

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Jul 19

MOWA Sprints with Tony Stewart Commercial

Commercial for the MOWA Sprint show with Tony Stewart on July 27th!!

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Jul 17

Kid’s Castle Learning Center, 95Q Firecracker 40’s and FIREWORKS this Saturday, July 20

 (Macon, IL) Macon Speedway welcomes Kid’s Castle Learning Center and 95Q this Saturday, July 20, for the makeup race from June 29 as part of an action-packed night of racing for all of our 6 regular weekly UMP divisions with a special focus on the Midwest Big Ten UMP Late Models Series and UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds in the Firecracker 40’s. There will be a 40-lap feature for both the Late Models & Billingsley Towing Modified divisions that evening; and if two huge features were not enough – the fans at Macon Speedway will be treated to a huge fireworks display! Sun Drop Citrus Soda will also be passing out samples of their product that night to all fans.
Macon Speedway will also be hosting the annual Drivers Reunion Saturday. All past drivers of all ages will be honored and recognized at intermission. Macon Speedway is a fan favorite race track with many fans coming to the acclaimed track since early childhood.  The current owners of Macon Speedway; Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Bob Sargent are all very excited about this event and  hope to continue to make this Driver Reunion a yearly event where we can honor the drivers of the past who have made Macon Speedway what it is today.
The Midwest Big Ten UMP Late Models Series will be racing for $1,200 to win. The UMP Late Model driver Matt Taylor has a four-point lead over Steve Sheppard, Jr. in his #5s Late Model. The UMP Modified division will be racing for $600 to win. The UMP Modified division is led by Danny Smith, followed by Jeff Graham, Guy Taylor and Joe Strawkas in the point standings.
Macon Speedway provides a thrilling combination of edge-of-your-seat racing action, fun and exciting promotions, and wholesome family entertainment each and every Saturday night.  With Kid’s Castle Learning Center, 95Q and the Firecracker 40’s, this Saturday will be no exception. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Macon Speedway!
Also racing July 20 will be UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. With the season half way over, it’s becoming a tight point race in each division.
NASCAR star and co-owner of Macon Speedway, Tony Stewart will return on July 27 to compete in the MOWA Sprint races! Also racing that night will be Billingsley Towing  UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and 600cc mini sprints.
Gates open Saturday at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.
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.

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Jul 14

Hornets Get Top Billing at Macon Speedway Saturday Night, July 13

By Brett Zerfowski

(Macon, IL) In the shamacon_logodows of an exciting 33rd Annual Herald & Review 100 UMP Super Late Model showdown, the Outlaw Hornets got the chance to showcase their talents with a double feature night at the 1/5th mile dirt track.

Former Hornet champion Adam Webb claimed the first of the two features for the Outlaw Hornets, starting from the pole and leading all laps. He was followed by Brian Deavers and 2012 Pro Hornet champion Jeremy Reed. The victory was Webb was very somber as he lost a family member earlier in the week and dedicated the race and the trophy to him.

The second feature started with the top six cars of the first feature being inverted (sixth place finisher was the pole sitter and the winner started third row outside). That aided for Elden Hemken, who made his first trip to Macon Speedway, and won the second trophy.

Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville led wire-to-wire for the full 15 laps of the Street Stock feature. He started on the pole and used the high groove as he has done plenty of time before. Nichols blew through the competition and lapped traffic to come out with the checkered flag. He was followed by Mike Pickering, Mike Pundt, Jr., Gene Reed and Terry Reed.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature event was full of excitement as former champion Danny Smith of Argenta came away victorious. On the white flag lap, Smith got tangled with a lapped car and led to his driver side sheet metal to become mangled. He was worrisome that the car may have broke but did come away with minimal damage and finished the race. He took the lead away from Joe Strawkas midway through the 20-lap event. Strawkas would finish second. Guy Taylor had a rotten heat race and ended up starting dead last of the 16-car field and stormed towards the front and finished third, clipping Eric Hamilton at the finish. Cory Daugherty managed to take fifth.

Dave Crawley, Jr. made it two in a row in the Sportsman division with a 15-lap victory. Last week was a tough one for Crawley, who raced 40 laps without power steering and managed to win despite the handicap. Saturday night was much easier with power steering available to his racecar. Mike Pickering netted a second-place finish, DJ Smith in third with Rick Roedel and Nick Macklin finishing out the top five.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Mini Sprints to the track once again with a feature win from Garrett Duff. Started fourth position, Duff breezed by the front row and won the 20-lap feature race. Kyle Schuett was second with Clayton Duff in third.

The final race of the evening was the Stock Hornets and it was won by Matthew Reed, who also claimed a heat for the sweep. With his grandfather passing away earlier in the week, and with tears filling his eyes, Reed dedicated the victory to him saying the Reeds wouldn’t be racing if it was not for him.

Nearly 100 cars were in the pits for the night of racing which saw seven feature races. Macon Speedway will prepare to host the make-up of the 95Q Firecracker 40s next week with 40-lap features for the Big Ten Late Models and the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. Also, a huge fireworks display with light up the sky. In two weeks, it’s the return of co-owner Tony Stewart as he will compete in a MOWA Sprint during the annual double header night with MOWA Sprints and Big Ten Late Models.

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Jul 11

UMP Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” invades Macon Speedway tonight!

Wednesday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals & Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Events Rained Out at Terre Haute

 

The two series return to action Thursday night at Macon Speedway

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — July 10, 2013 — Rain has forced DIRTcar Racing and Terre Haute Action Track officials to cancel Wednesday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals events.

 

Next up, the six-week summer series moves to Macon (Ill.) Speedway for Thursday night’s popular Herald & Review 100 for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour in addition to an exciting DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals event. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing action begins at 7 p.m.

 

The championship points battles have tightened in each series. Brandon Sheppard leads the Summer Nationals Hell Tour by 50 points over Shannon Babb, with Bobby Pierce and Ryan Unzicker only 11 points behind Babb. Rusty Griffaw leads the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals standings by 29 points over Mike Harrison, with Jeff Curl only 23 points behind Harrison.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1. B5 Brandon Sheppard 1,175
2. 18 Shannon Babb 1,125
3. 32 Bobby Pierce 1,114
4. 24 Ryan Unzicker 1,114
5. 20 Dustin Griffin 818
6. 81 Randy Korte 808
7. 77 Jason McBride 805
8. 11 Tyler Reddick 791
9. B12 Kevin Weaver 726
10. 48 Tim Lance 527

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1. 16 Rusty Griffaw 452
2. 24 Mike Harrison 423
3. C12 Jeff Curl 400
4. 32 Donovan Lodge 393
5. 77 Ray Bollinger 379
6. 36 Kenny Wallace 375
7. 3l Jeff Leka 373
8. O5 Dave Wietholder 357
9. 8 Levi Kissinger 339
10. 41 Matt Goulden 327

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Jul 09

Miles Chevrolet Night with Christmas in July’s Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive Saturday, July 13

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(Macon, IL) July is heating up, but Macon Speedway and Miles Chevrolet will be cooling things down on Saturday, July 13 with Christmas in July Night – our annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive! Anyone who brings a toy to donate to the drive will get $2 off their gate admission price! Prairieland A.B.A.T.E. will be collecting the toys to donate and distribute them to area charities to make a child’s Christmas day special.

We will also have a full schedule of racing with Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and 600cc Mini Sprints. There will be a double feature for the UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets. Double the excitement! With the racing season half over, the competition for division champions is heating up!

Adult tickets will cost $12 and children 11 & under are free. Pit gates open at 4 pm; grandstands open at 5pm with the racing action starting at 7 pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, July 20 is Kid’s Castle Night, Hall of Fame Driver Reunion Night along with the makeup date for the 95Q Firecracker 40’s AND FIREWORKS! The Midwest Big Ten Late Model Series will also be returning that night.

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 more information, call 217-764-3000(track), 217-764-3220(information hotline), or contact us via email at track@trackenterprises.com.  Also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.

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Jul 08

33rd Annual Herald & Review 100 & UMP Summer Nationals Thursday, July 11

33rd Annual Hehr100rald & Review 100 and UMP Summer Nationals set to invade Macon Speedway Thursday, July 11 along with NASCAR star Kenny Wallace 

(Macon, IL) One of the most exciting races on the Summer Nationals tour will be held at the “world’s fastest 1/5 mile dirt track” –  Macon Speedway – this Thursday night, July 11st. The Herald & Review 100 is an annual event that draws the top names from around the region to compete for the winner’s share of one of the season’s largest purses. Owner of Macon Speedway, Bob Sargent, believes this Thursday’s running of the Herald & Review 100 will provide fans with some of the best action ever seen at the historic facility.

This event will mark stop 24 in the 30-date Summer Nationals Late Model “The Hell Tour”. The Summer SumNat_thumbNationals tour pays over three-quarters of a million dollars in prize money with Thursday night’s winner taking home $5000 for their win. The UMP Summer Nationals tour has quickly become one of the most anticipated dirt Late Model tours in the nation that attracts talented drivers like Dennis Erb, Randy Korte, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Kevin Weaver, Billy Moyer and Shannon Babb.  The leader of the Summer Nationals tour as of June 30, 2013 is Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL. Last year’s winner of the Macon Speedway Summer Nationals was Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL.

The Herald & Review 100 came about as a sponsor was needed for a big race that was to become a summertime staple at Macon Speedway. Local promoter and previous track owner Wayne Webb succeeded in convincing the Herald & Review newspaper to put up part of the money to sponsor the race. The first incarnation of the race saw a record crowd attend to watch local favorite Butch Garner take the first checkered flag. To date Bob Pierce of Oakwood, IL and Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, IL are only 4-time winners of this race. Only one father-son pair have won the race, that being Dick (1988) and Matt (2000) Taylor of Springfield, IL. Macon Speedway’s second generation drivers (drivers whose fathers have raced there) have won the race 4 times. Joe Ross Jr. (twice), Matt Taylor, and Shannon Babb are on that list.

The 2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also be racing that night including the Billingsley TowingSummit_Mod_Nat_Logo_2013 Modifieds – all running for the $1,000 first place prize. NASCAR star and Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace will also be racing in the series. Jeff Curl of Forrest, IL is in the lead of the point standings as of July 3. Ray Bollinger is one point behind with Kenny Wallace in third place in the series.

Thursday night will be a big night of racing with a lot of excitement for both Late Model and Modified racing fans.

Adult tickets will cost $25 and children 11 & under are $5. Pit gates open at 4 pm; grandstands open at 5pm with the racing action starting at 7 pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Herald & Review 100 is just one of many races still on the action packed July schedule. On July 13 join us for Christmas in July – Christmas for Kids Toy Drive presented by Miles Chevrolet.  Saturday, July 20 will be Kid’s Castle Night with the makeup for the 95Q Firecracker 40’s and FIREWORKS!

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 more information, call 217-764-3000(track), 217-764-3220(information hotline), or contact us via email at track@trackenterprises.com.  Also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.

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