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.