SPRINGFIELD, IL – Don’t get caught missing some of the best racing of the season. Open wheel stars are thrilling the crowd on a fast track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds during the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver crown cars.
Grab your seat cushion and get to Macon Speedway Saturday night for the second half of the unbelievable open-wheel doubleheader, when the POWRi midgets and outlaw micros roll onto the historic fifth-mile high banked oval. The POWRI midgets will run double features, the outlaw micros will thrill the fans while competing against the Beach House Mini-Sprints, and Macon Speedway will also run four stock car classes.
Macon Speedway personnel are prepping the track for what could be the bst night of racing all year. On Friday night, open-wheel star Bryan Clauson held off a star-studded field to win the POWRi feature at Lincoln Speedway. Chris Bell and Rico Abreu couldn’t keep up with Clauson, the reigning Chili bowl champ and an Indy 500 qualifer in 2012.
Tickets are only $15. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by parent. Parking is free. Camping is also free.
On Sunday, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 is the first time the ARCA Racing Series by Menards hits the dirt this season after making stops at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan, among other legendary racing meccas. The 100-lapper will likely start more than 30 cars, and the race always brings drivers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to claim a win on the storied mile.
A year ago, Brennan Poole captured the win after Kelly Kovski and Fike were black-flagged for jumping a late restart. Kovski is a Springfield racer who was attempting a rare win by a hometown driver on the famed mile. NASDCAR star Ken Schrader, a former race winner, will be going for another win. Practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the 100-lap race at 1:35 p.m. The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon.
Tickets for Illinois State Fair events are on sale at the State Fair ticket office (217-782-1979) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40. Infield tickets are sold race-day only for $20 for adults, including the $5 entry fee to the fair. Children 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.
Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. 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.