June 2014 archive

Thorson wins Lincoln, heads to Macon Speedway on a roll in POWRi Speed Week

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MACON, Ill. – Tanner Thorson is making the most of his opportunities.

After Keith Kunz Motorsports went idle this week, Thorson jumped into equipment owned by Don Fike of Galesburg, and the 18-year-old quickly moved to the front of the pack. He finished second at the POWRi Speed Week opener at Quincy Raceways Thursday before winning the POWRi feature at Lincoln Speedway Friday.

“If you’re a real racer, you jump into any car and adapt,’’ Thorson said earlier in the day, then backed it up later that night. The victory was his second of the season and his POWRi career.

The Minden, Nev., native is the driver to beat when the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series heads to Macon Speedway Saturday.

Thorson started seventh at Lincoln but rode the cushion to jump into the lead early, and he wasn’t challenged until late in the 30-lap race on the quarter-mile semi-banked track at the Logan County Fairgrounds.

Rookie sensation Parker Price-Miller finished second after closing on Thorson, thanks in part to some late yellow flags, but he couldn’t find a way to get into the lead and steal his first POWRi midget victory. Andrew Felker was third, followed by Jake Blackhurst and Darren Hagen, who won the Quincy feature.

In the POWRi outlaw micro feature, Aaron Andruskevitch of Riverton scored the victory in the feature event, followed by defending series champ Nathan Benson and Joe B. Miller.

In racing action Saturday during IHOIP Night, the POWRi midgets are joined byt the outlaw micros and Beach House mini-sprints. Billingsley Towing modifieds, street stocks, outlaw hornets and stock hornets also race.

The B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race also features five ministers from area churches. Pits open at 3 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 with racing at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook/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.

 

 

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Hagen takes win at Quincy Raceways in POWRi Illinois Speed Week opener Thursday

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Quincy – Darren Hagen of Riverside, California came from his fifth place starting position to take his second POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series win of 2014 and Frank Flud of Pryor, Oklahoma battled Chris Openshaw to take his first career POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory at the semi-banked ¼ mile Quincy Raceway.

The event held at Quincy Raceway is the first of four straight nights of racing for the 2014 Illinois SPEED week. Teams will travel to Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL on Friday, June 6th and then to Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, June 7th. The Illinois SPEED Week finale will take place at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL on Sunday, June 8th.

Pole-sitter Michael Pickens of Auckland, New Zealand would take command at the drop of the green flag, while Darren Hagen would begin to work his way towards the front until the caution for the spun car of Garret Aitken slowed his charge. Piloting the RFMS owned-DRC Chassis, Pickens would be slid by Tyler Thomas entering turn one on the restart, but Pickens would return the favor in turn three, resulting in Thomas sliding over the banking and off the track bringing out the third caution.

When racing resumed, current second place driver Brad Mosen of Auckland, New Zealand would battle Darren Hagen. Hagen’s chase after Mosen would be slowed when Andy Malpocker spun after making contact with another car in turns three and four. Following the caution, green flag racing would be short lived as Brad Mosen would bring out the first red flag of the feature upon making contact with one of the infield tires exiting turn four and flipping his racecar, collecting Terry Babb, Jason McDougal, Jacob Patton, and Nick Bailey. Mosen would be ok, but the damage to his car was extensive enough to end his evening.

Upon inheriting the second position due to Mosen’s misfortune, Hagen would challenge Pickens on the restart with both drivers using every bit of the ragged-edged cushion in turns three and four. As Pickens and Hagen would begin to encounter lap traffic, Hagen would take point and never look back. As Hagen, Pickens, and Zach Daum began to lap cars, Jason McDougal would be pushed off the edge of the track in turn three and ended up flipping, bringing out the second red of the feature event. McDougal would be ok, but done for the remainder of the event.

When racing resumed, Hagen would pull away while Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada driving a RFMS owned- DRC would battle teammate Pickens for the second position. The duo would make contact in turns one and two, resulting in Pickens coming to an abrupt halt in which his engine would catch fire ending his night. Pickens would be ok. When racing resumed, Darren Hagen would lead the field to the checkered, followed by second place finisher Tanner Thorson, and third place finisher Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois. “It’s good to get another podium,” said Daum.

“These guys worked their butts off to give me a great car,” explained a pleased second place finisher, Tanner Thorson.

“I’ve got to give props to my crew chief,” said a victorious Hagen. “This guy’s one of the best in the country; and to the rest of my team as well. I can’t thank Great Clips, Shane Hmiel and the rest of my sponsors enough.”

Driving his Metric Cycles, Engler-injected, Sawyer Chassis, Frank Flud battled pole-sitter Chris Openshaw from the drop of the green flag to take home his first career POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series victory. “These guys are top caliber,” said an excited Flud. “I know we run with them at the shootout, but the shootout is a different animal. I wanted to come here and know that I could run with anybody. Scott Sawyer’s happy, Mike Ross is happy. I know they’re both smiling and I’m smiling. I’ve got so many sponsors to thank; it’s unreal what it took to get here to this point.”

Chris Openshaw took the second position for a career-best finish. “We would have liked to get the win,” said Openshaw. “But it’s really pretty awesome to get a second place.”

Rounding out the top three was Travis Senter of Osceola, Arkansas coming from the tenth position. “Where else can you go race on a Thursday night,” explained a pleased Travis Senter. “Great fans, great race track, we’re glad to be here.”

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature results (30 laps): 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Andrew Felker, 5. Austin Brown, 6. Parker Price-Miller, 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Jake Blackhurst, 9. Chett Gehrke, 10. Seth Motsinger, 11. Spencer Bayston, 12. Ryan Criswell, 13. Terry Babb, 14. Garrett Aitken, 15. Daniel Robinson, 16. Colten Cottle, 17. Andy Malpocker, 18. Jacob Patton, 19. Nick Bailey, 20. Michael Pickens, 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Jason McDougal, 23. Brad Mosen

POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series results (20 Laps): 1. Frank Flud, 2. Chris Openshaw, 3. Travis Senter, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Matt Ponder, 6. Nick Howard, 7. Nick Howard, 8. Frank Galusha, 9. Evan Weyant, 10. Joey Wirth, 11. Jason Harms, 12. Jeremy Camp, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Jake Neuman, 15. Nic Harris, 16. Aaron Andruskevitch, 17.Scott Sawyer, 18. Scott Klaasmeyer, 19. Jason McDougal, 20. Jake Galusha, 21. Nathan Benson, 22. Joe B Miller, 23. Lindsey Howard.

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Double features for POWRi midgets, micros at Macon Speedway scheduled for Aug. 16

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               MACON, Ill. – Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to POWRi midget and micro drivers and fans when it comes to Macon Speedway. Rainouts kept POWRi from crowning feature winners at Macon Speedway yet this season.

When POWRi returns to Macon Speedway Saturday during IHOP Night, the series is in the middle of Illinois Speed Week, a four-day campaign at four tracks. With drivers and machinery already stressed from the busy schedule, the program at Macon Speedway will include single features in the Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the Outlaw Micro divisions, instead of going with the double feature program scheduled on May 17 because of an earlier program cut short by rain.

“We always look forward to racing at Macon Speedway,’’ POWRi co-founder Kenny Brown said. “Unfortunately because of our busy schedule, we won’t be able to run the double features at Macon Speedway this weekend.’’

The POWRi double features program is set for Aug. 16, when the POWRi also races at Lincoln Speedway the previous night. Many of the open-wheel racers will also compete in the Tony Bettenhausen Memorial for USAC Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds earlier on Aug. 16 before coming to Macon Speedway that night for double features in both the midget and micro classes.

“The double features program on Aug. 16 is a better fit,’’ said Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent. “The double features at Macon Speedway will cap an outstanding weekend of open-wheel racing.’’

 

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Five ministers scheduled to race in B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race Saturday

MACON – Get ready to cheer for the Faster Pastor during the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race at Macon Speedway Saturday. The race was renamed in the honor of Nevitt, the popular minister and a leading member of the community who is the defending champion of the race. He passed away later last summer.

Ministers scheduled to compete in this year’s race are:

Rev. Rick Spangler, gtChurch, Decatur

Rev. Shane Whitaker, Maranatha Assembly of God, Decatur

Rev. J.J. Hairston, Galilee Baptist Church, Decatur

Rev. Ryan Baker, First Christian Church, Moweaqua

Rev. Rod Hite, Destiny Fellowship, Moweaqua

Good luck to each driver. May he be the Faster Pastor in the memory of B.G., who knew his way around this track. Cheering sections are encouraged, so churches of competing drivers should be ready to make some noise.

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Drivers from U.S., Australia and New Zealand expected to compete in POWRi Speed Week

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MACON, Ill. – The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series is set to run during four nights at four tracks during Illinois Speed Week, including Macon Speedway, the crown jewel of the midget series. The legendary fifth-mile oval hosts IHOP Night Saturday, when the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race shares track time with the POWRi midgets and micros plus racing in four other classes.

Last year’s Illinois Speed Week brought out some of the world’s best midget and micro drivers with Christopher Bell ultimately being crowned the 2013 Illinois Speed Week midget champ and Cale Thomas winning the 2013 Illinois Speed Week micro champ. After a wildly successful run last season, POWRi brings the wheel-to-wheel daredevils back for four consecutive nights where slide jobs will keep every lap exciting.

Drivers from the United States, Australia and New Zealand are expected to compete in this season’s POWRi Illinois Speed Week.

The four-day run opens at Quincy Raceways Thursday, when POWRi runs the quarter-mile track for the first time. After racing at Lincoln Speedway Friday, the POWRi show makes an appearance at famed Macon Speedway Saturday, always a favorite stop for drivers and fans. The swing concludes Sunday at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville.

With so much action in four days, promoters decided to schedule the POWRi double feature program at Macon Speedway on Aug. 16. The double features were rescheduled from an earlier rainout in April. POWRi will be a great show in August, when the drivers will also race at Lincoln Speedway the previous night and the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Tony Bettenhausen Memorial in USAC Silver Crown cars the same day before coming to Macon Speedway.

Drivers have extra incentive to make a move and go for the win during Illinois Speed Week. Each midget feature race pays $2,500 to win during Illinois Speed Week. For the micros, each feature pays $1,000 to win. Additionally, both the midget and micro champs from Illinois Speed Week will receive a $1,000 bonus at the season-ending banquet.

 

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B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor race, POWRi midgets highlighted on IHOP Night Saturday

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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.

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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 rain out 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.

 

 

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Jacksonville Speedway postpones Big Ten street stocks set for June 8 because of conflict

MACON, Ill. — Jacksonville Speedway announced the postponement of the previously scheduled Big Ten Series street stocks event set for June 8 until June 27. The move was made because of a scheduling conflict with the facility.

The series gets back up to speed with a doubleheader later this month with racing at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway on June 20 and Macon Speedway on June 21. A rain out at Lincoln Speedway in May was rescheduled for July 18.

Here’s the updated schedule for Big Ten Series street stocks.

June 20 – Lincoln Speedway

June 21 – Macon Speedway

June 27 – Jacksonville Speedway

July 18 – Lincoln Speedway

July 24 – Christian County Fair (Taylorville)

Aug. 22 – Jacksonville Speedway

Aug. 23 – Macon Speedway

Aug. 30 – Macon Speedway

 

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Bell sweeps POWRi midgets weekend heading into four-day Illinois Speed Week

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MACON, Ill. – Rising star Chris Bell powered his way to a doubleheader sweep over the weekend at two famous Indiana tracks to boost his victory total to seven this season in the POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget Series heading into Illinois Speed Week.

Bell won Saturday to become the first-ever POWRi midget world champion on the quarter-mile Brownstown Speedway in a series that included trips to Australia and New Zealand. On Friday night, the driver from Norman, Okla., won the POWRi feature at Bloomington Speedway.

“This trophy is a credit to all the guys that I got to work with.  It really is a team effort,” Bell said. “I was very fortunate down in New Zealand and Australia and thanks again to Keith [Kunz] because I have one of the best rides available. This is such a cool deal to go to New Zealand and Australia and race against some of the best midget drivers in the world.”

Tanner Thorson finished second with Darren Hagen third in Brownstown. The previous night, Bryan Clauson finished second with Thorson placing third at Bloomington.

Macon Speedway hosts the POWRi midgets Saturday during IHOP Night, the same night POWRi outlaw micros and Beach House Mini-Sprints also do battle. Macon Speedway also will hold the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Night in a race among area ministers.

POWRi Speed Week starts at Quincy Raceways Thursday before POWRi races at Lincoln Speedway Friday. The run ends with racing at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville Sunday.

 

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