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.
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