July 19, 2014 archive

Beiler wins by a bumper, Spangler takes B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race Saturday


MACON – Bobby Beiler didn’t lead much of the Street Stocks feature race, but he led when it counted the most.

After Steve Ewing led the entire race, Beiler roared around the final turn to pass Ewing andf win by a bumper during Kid’s Castle Night at Macon Speedway Saturday. Ewing, of Decatur, had led from the drop of the green flag, but Beiler, of Blue Mound, led when it counted the most.

In the Big Ten Series late model feature, Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, won the from the pole position despite attempts from a talented field to work past him. Eventually, Brian Diveley, of Springfield, finished second with Greg Kimmons, of Pleasant Plains, came across in third.

Nevitt Memorial

The B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race field was Richard Chappell of Body of Christ (Macon), Mark Amenda of Mazon UMC, champion Rick Spangler of GT Church (Decatur), Doug Lowery of Maranatha (Decatur), J.J. Hairston of Galilee Baptist (Decatur) and Rod Hite of Destiny Fellowship (Moweaqua).


Another close finish thrilled the crowd in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin, got the win as Ethan Schnapp, of Springfield, couldn’t hold the lead late and a flat tire doomed the night for Decatur’s Dave Crawley, Jr. late in the race as he was leading.

In Sportsman, Jeremy Nichols cruised to the win. The main battle was for second place as Scott Landers got the fourth turn last-lap pass to nip Tim Bedinger in a battle between two Taylorville drivers. The Outlaw Hornet feature was claimed by Decatur’s Jeremy Reed, and Brady Reed, of Decatur, won in the Stock Hornet class.

The crowd was fired up for the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race, renamed after the defending race champion from GT Church who passed away last summer. Pastor Rick Spangler defended the honor of his congregation and Nevitt by flying through the field from the fifth place starting position to win in convincing fashion, ahead of Rod Hite, of Destiny Fellowship. Richard Chappell, of Body of Christ Ministries, was third, with Mark Amenda, Mazon United Methodist Church,in fourth. J.J. Hairston, of Galilee Baptist, rolled to fifth, and Maranatha’s Doug Lowery finished sixth.


SPORTSMAN – 1. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 2. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 3. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 4. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 5. Doug Nevill (Dawson), 6. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 7. Wes O’Dell (Springfield), 8. Tom Graham (Stonington), 9. Phil Moreland (Assumption), 10. James Bedinger (Taylorville), 11. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville)

STREET STOCKS –1. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 2. Steve Ewing (Decatur), 3. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 4. Nick Justice (Harristown), 5. Terry Reed (Decatur), 6. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 7. Larry Russell, Jr. (Harristown), 8. Zach Perryman (Decatur), 9. Greg Osman (Macon), 10. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 11. Luke Force (Argenta), 12. Roy Magee II (Springfield), 13. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 14. Dustin Reed (Decatur). 15. Tony Reed (Decatur), 16. Jeffrey Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound)

BILLINGSLEY TOWING MODIFIEDS –1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 3. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 4. Curt Rhodes (Langleyville), 5. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 6. Randy Huffman (Maroa), 7. Danny Smith (Argenta), 8. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 9. James Edens (Breese), 10. John Barnard (Sherman), 11. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 12. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 13. Dakota Ewing (Decatur), 14. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 15. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 16. Eric Hamilton (Macon), 17. John Holzhauer (Greenville), 18. Nick O’Dell (Kannapolis, NC), 19. Jeff Ray (Springfield), 20. Mike Ward (Pawnee), 21. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville)

OUTLAW HORNETS – 1. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 2. Adam Webb (Decatur), 3. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 4. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 5. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 6. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 7. Garrett Lewis (Decatur), 8. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 9. Steven Stine (Stonington), 10. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 11. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 12. Victor Overlin, 13. Nick Matherly (Decatur), 14. Jerad Matherly (Decatur)

BIG TEN SERIES LATE MODELS – 1. Ryan Little (Pleasant Plains), 2. Brian Diveley (Springfield), 3. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains), 4. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 5. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 6. John Beck (Springfield), 7. Jason Zobrist (Highland), 8. Andrew Barnes (Assumption), 9. Ken Van Dorn (New Berlin), 10. Stefan Bedinger (Taylorville)

STOCK HORNETS –1. Brady Reed (Decatur), 2. Brian Offer (Springfield), 3. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 4. Benjamin McChristy (Mt. Zion), 5. Derek Peters (Pana), 6. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 7. Tory Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 8. William Deavers (Bloomington), 9. Joseph McChristy (Mt. Zion), 10. Alan Salmons, 11. Paul Peters (Pana), 12. Garth Luka (Blue Mound), 13. Fred Reed, Sr. (Decatur), 14. Josh Bright (Decatur), 15. Dean Holt (Mt. Zion), 16. Brad Rexroad (Hammond)

B.G. NEVITT MEORIAL FASTER PASTOR – 1. Rick Spangler (GT Church), 2. Rod Hite (Destiny Fellowship), 3. Richard Chappell (Body of Christ), 4. Mark Amenda (Mazon UMC), 5. J.J. Hairston (Galilee Baptist), 6. Doug Lowery (Maranatha).

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Big Ten late models, Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race, Driver Reunion highlight program


MACON, Ill. – Who will be the faster pastor? Can Ryan Little take a commanding lead in the Big Ten Series late model standings? Is Bobby Beiler going to extend his recent winning streak at Macon Speedway? How many former Macon Speedway greats will you remember during the Hall of Fame Driver Reunion?

Let’s find out during Kid’s Castle Night at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday, when Big Ten Series late models road around the fifth-mile high-banked oval. The race pays $1,200 to win, and the top five finishers also receive two pit passes to the SuperChevyStores.com 100, as ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards stock cars hit the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 17.

Tonight also features the B.G. Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Race, renamed in honor of B.G. Nevitt, the race’s defending champion and the senior pastor at gtChurch in Decatur before he passed away last summer.  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. Former greats such as Roger Drake and Butch Garner will attend.

CEFCU Kid’s Club also meets in the pavilion for games and fun. It gives moms and dads a chance to relax for a minute while watching the racing.

Kid’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.

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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