February 2015 archive

Kerby Damery, late model driver, passes away

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway would like to offer its condolences following the passing for Kerby Damery. A Macon native, Damery was a long-time late model driver who knew his way around Macon Speedway. Damery, 49, died Sunday after a long fight with cancer.

Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent and all the track employees would like to pass along their thoughts and prayers to the Damery family.

As of Monday night, funeral arrangements were still incomplete at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Macon.

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Macon Speedway adds another division, July 3-4 POWRI doubleheader in 2015



MACON, Ill. – Fasten your seat belts. Macon Speedway is ready to drop the green flag on its 70th season of racing by adding a new division to its regular racing and new dates for special touring shows.  The historic fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval will host two premier late model programs and also host six nights of racing with the POWRi midgets, including a July 3-4 doubleheader with the fastest rising open wheel racing series in the country. The racing season starts April 18. More information on the Big Ten Series for super late models, pro late models and street stocks will be released soon.

For the second consecutive season, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 joins the Herald & Review 100 as high profile dates for super late models. After the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made its first appearance last spring with rising star Bobby Pierce Jr. taking the victory, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will return on Thursday, April 30. The series is considered the top national tour for late models. When the weather heats up, everyone looks forward to the big traditional race at Macon Speedway. The Herald & Review 100 is set for July 9, when the UMP Summernational rolls into Macon Speedway as the state’s best drivers battle with national stars and local hot shoes.



POWRi midgets remind fans of Macon Speedway’s first season in 1946, when midgets were the star attraction. The open-wheelers love smooth, high banked corners and always provide a fabulous show. The POWRi midgets make appearances on April 25, May 16, June 6 and Aug. 22, but the highlight of the season is the July 3-4 doubleheader when POWRi turns the holiday weekend into a racing spectacular.

The NASCAR Night of Stars I is set for May 25. Drivers will be announced at a later date. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is set to make an appearance in June for the Night of NASCAR Stars II.

Since opening just after World War II, Macon Speedway became a fan favorite for its wheel-to-wheel, dirt-slinging and sideways action that brings fans to their feet with UMP super late models, Billingsley Towing UMP modifieds, UMP sportsman, UMP street stocks, UMP hornets, sprint cars, POWRi midgets and mini-sprints. The speedway will also run pro late models as a regular class and build upon the first season with the B-modified class from a year ago. The division is designed to control costs for racers while also generating close, exciting racing for the fans.


Macon Speedway also hosts the Midwest Big Ten Series for late models and street stocks. The season-within-a-season has racers running for a points championship in events held at Macon Speedway plus race tracks at Jacksonville, Lincoln, Taylorville and Quincy.

The action-packed, in-your-face racing excitement is just some of the fun. Combined with the CEFCU Kid’s Club on six nights, fireworks and a monster truck show, Macon Speedway has something for the entire family. Stay tuned for updates as the promotions continue to build. Racing runs every Saturday night through Sept. 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

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.



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Born in USA Weekend with POWRi midgets, micros on July 3-4 at Macon Speedway


MACON, Ill. – There’s nothing more red, white and blue than dirt track racing, so Macon Speedway is proud to introduce the Born in the USA Weekend, when POWRi midgets and outlaw micros roll into Macon Speedway for a doubleheader of amazing open-wheel racing. The nation’s fastest rising dirt car series hits the historic fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval for complete programs on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.

The Born in the USA Weekend highlights a Macon Speedway schedule with six dates featuring POWRi’s Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Speedway Motors Outlaw Micro Series as the legendary dirt track opens for its 70th consecutive season.

“The POWRi midgets and micros bring the cars and stars of open-wheel racing to our track, which was built for midget racing in 1946,’’ said Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent. “Our smooth high banks make for some exciting racing. We look forward to hosting an action-packed weekend.’’

The back-to-back race nights will bring fans from around the corner to around the Midwest. A squadron of campers will set up camp on Macon Speedway’s grassy lots to turn the speedway into its own village. So bring you tent, pop-up camper or RV to spend the weekend at Macon Speedway and make new friends.


POWRi will also race at Macon Speedway on April 25, May 16, June 6 and Aug. 22. The last date is part of the open-wheel weekend, when dirt track specialists head to Central Illinois for one-of-a-kind marathon of racing. The POWRi midgets race at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway on Friday, Aug. 21, before many of the same racers head to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars on Saturday, Aug. 22. Later that night, the caravan heads to Macon Speedway for POWRi midgets. On Sunday, Aug. 23, the SuperChevyStores.com 100 brings the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for stock racing on the Springfield Mile.

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.


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Track Enterprises schedule in 2015 features Nashville ARCA Racing Series event


MACON, Ill. – With dirt track races at the Midwest’s most prestigious facilities plus a new event on the asphalt five-eighths mile track at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn., Track Enterprises is excited to unveil a thrilling schedule for the 2015 racing season.

For the second straight year, Track Enterprises promotes the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event on the .625-mile paved oval at Lucas Oil Raceway in suburban Indianapolis on July 25 plus a new event – the ARCA stock cars on the asphalt oval in Nashville on April 11.

“I’m proud to bring back ARCA racing to Nashville,’’ said Track Enterprises owner Bob Sargent. “Nashville has long been a hotbed for short-track racing. By bringing ARCA back to the Music City, we’re excited about high-level stock car racing to loyal, knowledgeable fans.’’

Track Enterprises also hosts ARCA Racing Series events on mile dirt tracks at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and DuQuoin State Fair in DuQuoin, Ill., as part of doubleheader weekends with USAC Silver Crown Series races. ARCA cars race in the SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Springfield Mile on Aug. 23, one day after the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC cars. USAC cars race at DuQuoin in the Ted Horn 100 on Sept. 6 before the ARCA Southern Illinois 100 hits the dirt on Sept. 7 to bring the DuQuoin State Fair to a close on Labor Day weekend.

The Hoosier Hundred is the unofficial kickoff to Indy 500 weekend, when the traditional race under the lights at the Indiana State Fairgrounds brings USAC Silver Crown cars to the famed mile dirt track on Thursday, May 21.

Track Enterprises also hosts racing at the famed Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, the lightning fast half-mile on the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. USAC sprint cars are featured in the Tony Hulman Classic on May 20 and the Don Smith Classic during Indiana Sprint Week on July 15. USAC Silver Crown cars hit the track on July 2. Other dates include the Spring Fling for MSCS/KISS sprint cars on April 26 and UMP Summit Nationals for modifieds on June 7. Other shows may also be added.

Track Enterprises is also involved in historic Macon (Ill.) Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series appears on April 30 and the UMP Summernationals race on July 9, extending the track’s longstanding tradition of high-level super late models to the fifth-mile high-banked dirt oval. POWRi Midgets race six times, including a July 3-4 doubleheader. Weekly racing brings big crowds as the track that hosts racing for the 70th season.

POWRi shows at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Ill., on June 5 and Aug. 21 features the popular midget series. Track Enterprises also owns Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway, a fast three-eighths mile track just south of the Ohio River.



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Local racing loses great friend in Diane Bennett

MACON, Ill. – Diane Carol Bennett, longtime scorekeeper at Macon Speedway and a friend to dirt track racing for more than 30 years, passed away Wednesday. Her legacy will be missed.

A lifelong area resident and the scorekeeper for more than 30 seasons at Macon Speedway, Track Enterprises and Farmer City Raceway, Diane was an integral part of the local racing scene for more than three decades. At the time of her death, she also served as the promoter of Cerro Gordo Speedway, where she worked with her husband, Tommie.

“Diane was a wonderful lady, and she will be missed by all of us in the racing community,’’ said Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent. “Diane worked hard to insure proper results were posted, and she always gave an extra effort to be accurate, fair and impartial. She was a backbone to racing in Central Illinois.’’

Diane and Tommie built Cerro Gordo Speedway into the best go-kart dirt track in Central Illinois, and the couple took great pride in preparing a fabulous place for racers to enjoy the sport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cerro Gordo Speedway, 155 N. 33rd, Decatur, IL, 62521.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, with visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests casual attire. Burial will be private at a later date.

Diane loved all kinds of auto racing, camping and the outdoors. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Thomas Bennett of Decatur; son Chad Bennett (Jennifer); daughters Krystal Bennett (Andrew), Kellie Bennett (Jennifer); grandchildren Lexi Bennett, Koady Bennett, Ciley Bennett, Rockett Bennett, Calia Bennett, Bailey Bennett, Rase Bennett, Ginger Thomas, Belle Thomas; and very special pets Molly, T-Bone, Forrest and Cato.

The family would also like to give special thanks to close friends Chuck and Kyra Carlson.

Immediately after Diane’s Memorial Service we are having a potluck/fellowship in remembrance of Diane’s life at Macon County Fairgrounds Bingo Hall Anyone wanting to donate food or drinks please contact Tonya Cecil at 972-0879 Linda Thevenot 820-4774 or Dana Fleming at 428-0589. Thanks in advance for your love and generosity.

Bob Sargent and everyone at Macon Speedway would like to send condolences to the Bennett family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.



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