July 3, 2014 archive

Squadron of Beach House Mini-Sprints to invade Macon Speedway Saturday during Skeff Night


MACON, Ill. – The squadron of Beach House Mini-Sprints will invade Macon Speedway Saturday night as Skeff Distributing presents the Christmas in July Toy Drive, when the 600cc open-wheel screamers will fly around the fifth-mile high-banked oval in near record time.

When they ran here in late May, 20 mini-sprints descended on the legendary oval for an amazing battle that included several stars from the POWRi tour. After POWRi hotshoe Aaron Andruskevitch fell from the lead after losing power, Tyler Day of Atwood swept into the lead to score the win. Brad McDaniel of Carbondale finished second, and Paul Day of Atwood was third.

Beach House Mini-Sprint drivers enjoy coming to famed Macon Speedway because of the track layout that lends itself for great racing in the midget-style cars, and they also like the track preparation and the smooth, high-banked corners. With POWRi 600cc Speedway Motors series idle this weekend, Macon Speedway is a likely destination for some of the talented drivers and fast cars from the premier micro series.



The racing program also features a Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street  Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. 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.

Circle your calendar for the 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 at Macon Speedway on Thursday, 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.

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Dillon, Allgaier join Schrader, Wallace at Summer Nationals at Terre Haute Action Track


                TERRE HAUTE, IND. – The big names from dirt-track racing and future stars in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series converge on the fast half-mile layout at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for the UMP Summer Nationals stop on Wednesday, July 9.

Summer Nationals stars Shannon Babb, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce and Ryan Unzicker – all Central Illinois hotshoes – are battling for the series points title as The Hell Tour heads to the Action Track for a 30-lapper that pays $5,00 to win. They will be joined by a pair of Sprint Cup rookies and two NASCAR veterans. Daytona 500 polesitter Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier, a Riverton, Ill., native and rising star who was once a regular at Macon (Ill.) Speedway, will compete on the lightning fast track with sweeping corners, and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will battle in the Summit Modified Nationals for $1,000 to win.

Dillon, who drives the No. 3 made famous by Dale Earnhardt, knows his way around the dirt track. Hours after taking the Daytona pole last February, Dillon won a late model race at Volusia County Speedway less than 30 miles down the road from Daytona. A series champ in Craftsman Trucks in 2011 and Nationwide stock cars in 2013, Dillon returned to the truck series and the dirt last season for the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. He led 63 laps and won after a green-white-checker finish. The truck, trophy and the famed piece of dirt track were all on display at NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Allgaier moved up to Sprint Cup while driving the HScott Motorsports No. 51 Chevrolet, primarily sponsored by Springfield-based Brandt Consolidated. Heading into July, Kyle Larson led the NASCAR rookie point standings ahead of Dillon and Allgaier.

Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill., is the reigning series champ, and the tour returns to the Action Track after a rainout kept the tour from racing the venue last season.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under. Pits open at 4 p.m. The grandstands also open at 4 p.m. with racing set to start at 7 p.m. For more information, call 812-232-4040 or 217-764-3200.

After leaving the Action Track, the tour heads to Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 the following day. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.



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