Firecracker 40’s Kicking Off Busy Mid-Season Schedule

Fireworks Display To Highlight Next Two Nights

Firecracker 40's 2015                The 2015-racing season is quickly approaching the halfway stage at Macon Speedway, which means the huge event portion of the schedule is upon us.  The next four events on the schedule are considered “can’t miss” with everything from fireworks, to POWRi Midgets and Micros, to the Hell Tour Series Late Models, and a Garth Brooks Tribute Band.

It all begins this Saturday night with the Firecracker 40’s presented by 95Q and Dynagraphics/Wood Printing.  In addition to the Big Ten Pro Late Models in a 40-lap event and the Billingsley Towing Modifieds running a 40-lapper, area race fans will have their first chance at a holiday inspired fireworks display.  The pyrotechnic display should take place just after dark.  Street Stocks, Hornets, and Beach House Micros will also be racing.

The busiest part of Macon Speedway’s schedule then comes up the following week, starting with a holiday weekend double header.  On Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, the first ever POWRi Freedom Fest will bring race teams and fans from all over.  The Midgets and Micros will be running both days in addition to a special non-wing Micro show.  UMP Street Stocks will add to the show on Friday night, while the Billingsley Towing Modifieds will run on Saturday.  Friday’s show will include fireworks, while Saturday’s show will start off with a Garth Brooks Tribute Band from 4:00-7:00.  The weekend is huge and will be filled with great racing and entertainment.

Just a few days later, on Thursday, July 9, the 35th running of the Herald & Review 100 will take the green.  Some of the best UMP Super Late Model competitors will be there, running with the Summer Nationals Hell Tour.  The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and the B-Mods will make the evening jam packed with great racing entertainment.

Entering this Saturday night’s action, Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, leads the Big Ten Pro Late Model standings by just two points over New Berlin, IL driver Nick Bauman.  The battle is actually tight for the top three, as Myles Moos is just two more behind second.  This weekend will be busy for the Pro Late Models, as they also have a Big Ten event on Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway.

When it comes to tight point battles, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds are as close as it gets.  Germantown, IL driver Rodney Standerfer has won two straight features to tie Jeff Graham, of Stonington, IL, for the point lead.  Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (PLM), Terry Reed (SS), and Adam Webb (H) are the other Macon Speedway front-runners entering the June 27 event.

On Saturday, June 27, pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin when pill draw ends at 6:00 sharp, and racing action will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for children 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at, on Facebook ( 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 date rates 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. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.


Big Ten Pro Late Models (Top 10)
Guy Taylor-Springfield, IL 116 2)Nick Bauman-New Berlin, IL 114 3)Myles Moos-Lincoln, IL 112 4)Dick Taylor-Springfield, IL 98 5)Roben Huffman-Clinton, IL 98 6)Tommy Sheppard-Berlin, IL 98 7)Brandon Eskew-Ashland, IL 58 8)Tom Krankel-Granite City, IL 52 9)Dakota Ewing-Decatur, IL 50 10)Danny Maguire-Carlinville, IL 50

UMP Pro Late Models (Top 10)
Tommy Sheppard, Jr.-Berlin, IL 268 2)Guy Taylor-Springfield, IL 232 3)Kevin Crowder-Argenta, IL 226 4)Victor Overlin-Decatur, IL 208 5)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 194 6)Braden Johnson-Stonington, IL 194 7)Dakota Ewing-Decatur, IL 190 8)Shawn Ziemer-Boody, IL 156 9)Roben Huffman-Clinton, IL 148 10)Matt Beadles-Clinton, IL 142

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds (Top 10)
Jeff Graham-Stonington, IL 390 2)Rodney Standerfer-Germantown, IL 390 3)Clark Robertson-Shelbyville, IL 358 4)Randy Spaugh-Decatur, IL 328 5)Joe Strawkas-Buffalo, IL 310 6) Curt Rhodes-Decatur, IL 294 7) David Crawley, Jr.-Decatur, IL 280 8)Rick Hamilton-Decatur, IL 278 9)Ethan Schnapp-Springfield, IL 222 10)TD Burger-Saunemin, IL 222

UMP Street Stocks (Top 10)
1)Terry Reed-Decatur, Il 388 2)Kyle Waters-Oreana, IL 370 3)Brian Dasenbrock-Decatur, IL 356 4)Greg Osman-Macon, IL 324 5)Jason Scrimpsher-Decatur, IL 314 6)Jeffery Reed, Jr.-Blue Mound, IL 288 7) Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 286 8)Nick Justice-Harristown, IL 266 9)Tharen Reno-Springfield, IL 256  10)Dustin Reed-Decatur, IL 172

UMP Hornets (Top 10)
1)Adam Webb-Decatur, IL 398 2)John Bright, Jr.-Decatur, IL 382 3)Thad Gee-Bloomington, IL 288 4)Steven Stine-Stonington, IL 284 5)Michael Gossett-Decatur, IL 266 6)Austin Wickline-Harristown, IL 260 7)Matthew Reed-Blue Mound, IL 258 8)Brad Rexroad-Hammond, IL 240 9)Cook Crawford-Lincoln, IL 224 10)Marty Sullivan-Decatur, IL 220

UMP Sportsman (Top 10)
1)Timmy Dick-Monticello, IL 120 2)Jeremy Nichols-Shelbyville, IL 116 5)Tom Graham-Stonington, IL 104 4)Tim Bedinger-Taylorville, IL 104 5)Ty Nation-Taylorville, IL 94 6)Phil Moreland-Assumption, IL 94 7)Doug Nevill-Springfield, IL 56 8)Dennis Vandermeersch-Springfield, IL 56 9)Danny Smith-Argenta, IL 54 10)Dave Eckel-Lovington, IL 48

UMP B-Mods (Top 10)
1)James Farley, III-Springfield, IL 204 2)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 198 3)Wade Glover-Brighton, IL 172 4)Ryan Timmons-Centralia, IL 156 5)Tim Bedinger-Taylorville, Il 154 6)Eric Brackett-Brighton, IL 142 7)Dave Eckel-Lovington, IL 142 8)Roy MaGee, II-Springfield, IL 134 9)Steve Phillips-Neoga, IL 112 10)Chris Bolyard-Girard, IL 60

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