July 15, 2014 archive

Indiana Sprint Week hits Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday with tight battle ongoing

    	     Wednesday May 22nd     Tony Hulman Classic     USAC Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds     General Admission Gates Open: 5PM     Pit Gates Open: 4PM     Hot Laps: 6PM     Racing: 7PM     General Admission: $25     Infield: $15     Kids 10 & Under: FREE     Pit Pass: $35 - USAC Members: $30     (All times Eastern)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana Sprint Week concludes this week with four straight races Wednesday through Saturday. If the points race remains as tight as it is now, the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt Saturday should be memorable.

Drivers Dave Darland, Chris Windom and Justin Grant are separated by just four points in the Indiana Sprint Week standings, following races last Friday and Saturday and Sunday night’s abbreviated event at Lawrenceburg Speedway which succumbed to rain after three heat races had been conducted.

Similarly, Darland has closed Brady Bacon’s AMSOIL USAC National Sprint lead to just three points going into the Don Smith Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday. Tickets are $25 for the grandstands and $15 for the infield. Pit passes are $30. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7. Subsequent races are Thursday at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday at Haubstadt.

Jon Standbrough earned his 16th career Indiana Sprint Week victory in Friday night’s 30-lap opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway. He led all 30 laps in the MP Environmental Services/Indiana Underground Maxim/Fisher to beat Grant, Windom, Tracy Hines and Chase Stockton.

Darland responded with his all-time leading 18th career ISW victory Saturday at Kokomo Speedway, passing Kevin Thomas, Jr., on lap six, then leading the rest of the way to beat Grant, Windom, Hunter Schuerenberg and Bryan Clauson.  Darland slipped behind Grant in turns one and two on the final lap but was able to regain the lead entering turn three and scored the narrow victory at the checkered flag.

Darland’s win also was his 51st in USAC National Sprint Car competition, now just one shy of Tom Bigelow’s all-time mark of 52.

Rain fell at Lawrenceburg Speedway Sunday after the third heat race and that was race subsequently cancelled. Stockton was the fast qualifier before weather interrupted the event.



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Kid’s Castle presents Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Night, Big Ten Late Models

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.
BigTencarMidwest 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).
kidslogoKid’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 and 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.

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Racing returns to Christian County Fair with Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s on July 24

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                 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, Inc.

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. Pits open at 4 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 with racing at 7. For more information, call 217-764-3200 or go online to maconracing.com.



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