September 2, 2014 archive

Fans attending Dana Godfrey Memorial may purchase Bettenhausen tickets for $15

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MACON, Ill. – Fans who purchase tickets to the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Speedway Saturday night highlighted by double features with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series may also buy tickets for half price to the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Sunday.

Tickets for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 will be available for $15 Saturday at the Macon Speedway ticket office. The Tony Bettenhausen 100 was rescheduled after weather halted the program during the Illinois State Fair. The show will include a full USAC program, including practice, time trials and the 100-lap event.

Gates open at 9 a.m. for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 with practice at 10 a.m., followed by qualifying. The race is set for 1:30 p.m.

The POWRI series makes its final appearance at Macon Speedway Saturday night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. POWRi will run double features in both Lucas Oil National Midgets and Outlaw Micros.

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Fike attempts to defend home turf again in Bettenhausen 100 at Springfield Sunday

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill., goes for a rare three-peat when the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars roars into action on Sunday, Sept. 7, in a complete show on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Bettenhausen 100 will include practice, time trials and the 100-lap race after being rescheduled from two weeks ago. Tickets from the original date will be honored on Sept. 7. Combined with a POWRi midget program at Macon Speedway on Sept. 6 with double features in the midget and outlaw micro divisions, it’s an open wheel weekend.

The Tony Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Named after an Indy 500 star from suburban Chicago, the Tony Bettenhausen 100 didn’t have an Illinois driver win it in 29 years before Fike of Galesburg took the checkered flag in 2012. When he won it again last season, Fike could become only the second three-peat winner, joining Chuck Gurney (1989-91). Fike took the lead on lap 92 last season for the third Silver Crown win of his career. It’s hard not to get nostalgic. Before Fike, the last Illinois driver to win the Bettenhausen 100 was the namesake’s son, Gary, who won it in 1978 and 1983. Gary Bettenhausen passed away earlier this year.

Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m. For tickets, call 217-764-3200.

“The Silver Crown series is going in a positive direction,’’ said USAC series director Andy Hillenburg. “With race organizer Bob Sargent’s support, we are delighted to be able to retain this marquee event for our fans and participants as we continue to strive for the prominence this series deserves.’’

Fans who attend the Dana Godfrey Memorial for POWRi Lucas Oil Midgets Saturday, Sept. 6 at Macon Speedway may purchase tickets for the Bettenhausen 100 for half price – just $15. Tickets will be available at the Macon Speedway box office. POWRi has scheduled double features in both midgets and outlaw micros. Justin Peck is the polesitter with Christopher Bell also in the front row, followed by Zach Daum and Rico Abreu in the second row in a feature lineup set during the April 26 racing program. 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 may 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 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. 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. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night.

 

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POWRi double features highlight Dana Godfrey Memorial Saturday at Macon Speedway

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MACON, Ill. – The POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget Series saved the best for last. In the final appearance of the season for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Speedway Motors Outlaw Micros, both divisions will run double features Saturday at Macon Speedway. Originally built as a midget track in 1946, the legendary fifth-mile high banked dirt oval always puts on a great show when the midgets roll onto the track. The fearless POWRi drivers love using every inch of the smooth banking for hair-raising moves that keep the fans on the edge of their seats. With Mother Nature keeping our loyal Macon Speedway fans from watching POWRi take the checkered flag thus far this season, the excitement for these double features already has folks making plans on dropping a blanket on the bleachers early to get a good seat for the action.

Reigning series champion Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., once again leads the standings. Rising stars Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu and Tanner Thorson combined for 13 wins already on the POWRi tour. You might just find The Next Big Thing in auto racing in a POWRi car. NASCAR rookie of the year candidate Kyle Larson won in the POWRi tour last season.

Justin Peck is the polesitter for the POWRi feature lineup set during the April 26 program. The Outlaw Micros will battle with the Beach House Mini-Sprints with a lineup also set on April 26, and a complete racing program for both POWRi series will also be held. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race. Pits open at 3 p.m. with grandstands open at 5 while racing starts at 7.

On DMH Night, all employees of Decatur Memorial Hospital with company ID may purchase general admission tickets for $8.

Fans who attend the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Speedway may also purchase tickets to the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for just $15 – half of the price for tickets sold on race day.  The 100-lapper for USAC Silver Crown cars is Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. It was rescheduled from mid-August. The Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying held before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m.

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. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. 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. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night.

 

 

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