Babb, Pierce, Feger, & Moyer Among Favorites
15 events into the 2015-edition of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour, the cream is rising to the top in the point chase. While the first seven events had different winners at each race, the recent events have seen Shannon Babb and Jason Feger starting to warm up. All the stars will converge on Macon Speedway this coming Thursday, July 9 for the 35th running of the Herald & Review 100.
The Macon Speedway event should be a great one as local favorite, Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, IL, recently won his third event on the tour. Babb claimed the Tri-State Speedway event on Sunday, in addition to his earlier wins at Fairbury and Peoria. He will, no doubt, be the top pick on Thursday night as he has won the last two Herald & Review 100’s, three of four, and five of the last nine. His list of challengers, however, will be tough to beat.
Current Summer Nationals point leader, Bobby Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, might be the one to knock Babb off his pedestal. Pierce was extremely strong at the Lucas Oil Late Model event in April, but a flat tire cost him the victory while leading. Pierce has not won this historic event but his dad, Bob, has four trophies, with his last in 2001.
Bloomington, IL driver, Jason Feger has recently warmed up, as well. Feger claimed his first 2015 Hell Tour trophy on June 13 at Cedar Lake Speedway and added two more, with the wins coming at Daugherty Speedway on July 1 and Highland Speedway on July 4.
The current standings are led by the “Smooth Operator” Bobby Pierce. The young racer has a 48 point lead on Billy Moyer, Jr. and a 100 point advantage on Feger. Babb is fourth in this year’s rundown, while Ryan Unzicker is fifth. Timothy Culp, Jim Moon, Billy Moyer, John Hahler, and Michael Kloos complete the top ten in the current standings. Events are schedule Monday-Wednesday at Lincoln, Vermillion County, and Florence and may shake up the standings a bit more before the Macon event.
This Thursday’s race will mark the 35th year for the Herald & Review 100. Forsyth, IL driver Butch Garner won the first one back in 1981. Babb has the most wins with 5, while Bob Pierce and Kevin Weaver have four each. If Bobby Pierce does find victory lane, he and his dad will become the second father-son duo to win the event. Springfield, IL Dick and Matt Taylor were the first to complete the feat.
In addition to the $5,000 to win event for the Late Models, the Summit National Modifieds will also be on hand. Round out the night’s card will be the return of the B-Mods.
Pit gates will open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Adult admission is $25, while children 11 and under are $5.
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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.