The 2015-racing season will screech to a halt this coming Saturday, October 3 at Macon IL Speedway. There’s one thing that can be certain, it won’t go out quietly, as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors Micros scream into town. The highly popular POWRi divisions will be joined by the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models for their season championship race and the B-Mods in their finale.
The event, not on the original Macon schedule, is a makeup from the August 22 rainout. On that night, 33 Midgets and 33 Micros were pitside. Those, plus some additional entries are expected for this Saturday night’s festivities. The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and B-Mods are expected to have good turnouts for their season championship races, as well.
Riverside, CA driver Darren Hagen will lead the list of Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget competitors heading into Saturday’s event. Hagen currently sits atop the standings with a huge point lead. Andrew Felker, Austin Brown, Kyle Schuett, and Spencer Bayston are top five competitors. Hagan has won just four features so far this season but his consistent finishes have propelled him to the sizable margin. Hagan will be looking for his first Macon win this Saturday.
Another driver who fans will be keeping a close eye on is Pocahontas, IL driver, Zach Daum. Daum, the 2014 POWRi National champion, sat out for much of the season, recovering from injuries he sustained in an early season crash overseas. Daum missed the previous Macon events this season but will be behind the wheel this weekend.
Carl Junction, MO driver Andrew Felker may be a good bet for those who like to lay a friendly wager on the line. Felker has won two of the three Midget events held at Macon this year, as he got the clean sweep on Freedom Fest weekend. Christopher Bell, who won USAC Midget and Silver Crown races over the weekend, won Macon’s other Midget event in June.
The Speedway Motors POWRi Micros are set for their fourth appearance of the season, as well. Concordia, MO driver Nathan Benson leads the points by 190 over Ayrton Gennetten and will be the favorite this week. Benson won three of the four races he competed in during the Freedom Fest weekend at Macon. Not only did he race with the POWRi sanction, he took his wing off to claim a win in the Shelton wingless special. There will be a number of challengers trying to knock him off his pedestal as drivers have gained plenty of track time in the non-sanction Beach House Micro division this year.
The POWRi Micro division standings have Aaron Andruskevitch, Joe B Miller, and Chris Cochran completing the top five. Zac Taylor, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Joey Wirth, Slater Helt, and Shelby Bosie have been other frontrunners this season.
The POWRi divisions will be running at Macon in the second half of a doubleheader weekend. The two classes will be running this Friday night at Belle-Clair Speedway in the Meents Memorial.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.
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.