Macon Speedway officials were forced to pull the plug on the July 9 running of the Herald & Review 100, due to extremely wet grounds at the 1/5-mile facility. Track officials had hoped to be able to pull off a miracle and get the facility ready for the evening’s events but the lack of sunshine and cool temperatures did not help the efforts.
Despite a dry forecast for Thursday, the huge amounts of rainfall throughout Central Illinois on Wednesday caused a number of county flood warnings and soggy conditions at Macon Speedway. Even the track, which usually dries fairly quickly and holds up well in days following rain, was soaked from overnight rains that would not leave.
Track promoter Bob Sargent stated, “Had we not had the rain overnight, I think we would’ve been okay. When I saw it raining at 2:30 in the morning, I knew we were in trouble.”
The 35th running of the Herald & Review 100 will be rescheduled on Wednesday, August 26 as part of a huge weekend of Late Model racing in the midwest. In addition to the Summer National Hell Tour Late Models, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, and B-Mods were also on the card.
The next event on the Macon Speedway schedule is this coming Saturday, July 11 with six divisions of action. The Sportsman Topless 40, Big Ten Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets are all on the action packed card.
Admission prices will be $12 for adults but $6 for women for Bud Light Ladies Night. Children 11 and under are admitted free of charge.
Pits will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00 shortly after the pill draw ends and racing will begin at 7:00.
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on 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 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.