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Something For Everyone This Saturday At Macon IL Speedway

POWRi National Midgets & Micros Joined By Three Other Classes

This coming Saturday, July 2, Mighty Macon IL Speedway will have its fourth visit of the season from the quick and nimble racers of POWRi.  Drivers from a number of different states will be competing with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, a fan favorite of many.  The wicked fast POWRi Speedway Motors Micros will buzz around the 1/5-mile track as well.  To top it off, fans of the stock car variety will get to see their UMP Pro Late Models, a Big 10 Street Stock event, and the UMP Hornets.

Minden, Nevada driver, Tanner Thorson, currently leads the 2016 POWRi Lucas Oil National 07-02-16 POWRi FlyerMidget standings, claiming a series’ leading six wins in 17 starts.  However, former champion, Zach Daum from Pocahontas, IL, is hot on his heels just 20 points behind.  Daum has one win with twelve top fives in 16 starts.  Rounding out the current podium is Lebanon, IN driver, Spencer Bayston.  Bayston sits just 30 points back of the top spot in what will be a battle down to the wire in this season’s championship race.

When it comes to Macon, there have been three different winners in the three national midget events this season.  On April 23, Carl Juncton, MO driver, Andrew Felker, took the win followed by Tucker Klaasmeyer and Austin Brown.  On May 21, it was Spencer Bayston in victory lane with Justin Peck and Colten Cottle taking podium spots.  The most recent POWRi event at the Central Illinois facility was during SPEEDWEEK on June 11.  On that night, Leemoore, CA driver Carson Macedo tasted victory, while Thorson and defending point champion, Darren Hagen scored second and third.

Adding to Saturday night’s open wheel fun will be the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro series.  Currently leading the standings is Concordia, MO driver Nathan Benson.  Despite being at the top of the list and one of the favorites for Saturday night, Benson has not claimed a win since April 29 but does have five second place finishes to go along with a pair of thirds and a fourth.  Local fans will be pulling for Benson’s closest point challenger Jeremy Camp, who is from nearby Blue Mound, IL.  Camp has a pair of wins this year, one at Macon and the most recent one at Lincoln.  Rounding out the podium spots at this point is Sherman, IL driver Shelby Bosie.  Bosie, much like Benson and Camp has two wins this season.

In POWRi Speedway Motors Micro events at Macon this season, Frank Galusha of Lincoln, Nebraska took the checkered flag on April 23 with Matthew Howard and Nick Howard in tow.  On May 21, the local, Jeremy Camp took the trophy back to Blue Mound, IL, while Benson and Levi Curry finished with podium spots.  The most recent race was during SPEEDWEEK on June 11 where Nick Howard finished in victory lane with Camp and Evan Weyant second and third.  Much like the national midgets, the micros also have not had a repeat winner.

For fans of stock cars, a variety will also be on track this week.  Leading the list will be the UMP Pro Late Models after a thrilling feature Saturday complete with slide jobs, crossovers, and outright great racing for the lead last weekend.  In last week’s event, Springfield, IL’s Matt Taylor got back to victory lane to continue his outstanding season.  He did so, coming from the fifth starting spot and racing with Jake Little, Kyle Logue, Nick Bauman, and Guy Taylor.  With the win, Taylor has taken a 34 point lead over Roben Huffman in the Macon standings.  Little, Guy Taylor, and Cody Maguire complete the top five.

This Saturday will be a big event at Macon Speedway for the Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks.  So far, three events have been held for the Big 10 Street Stocks, with Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr. leading the way.  Crawley has been nearly unbeatable behind the wheel this year, winning Street Stock races at Lincoln and Macon and finishing second at Jacksonville to put him on top of the Big 10 standings.  Crawley also has been top notch in his Modified, winning six Macon features and leading the points by a large margin.  Other Street Stock drivers going for this Saturday’s $500 top prize include Kyle Waters, Terry Reed, Jeremy Nichols, and John Farris.

Rounding out this week’s racing will be the UMP Hornets.  Blue Mound, IL driver, Tony Reed leads the track standings, claiming a win on May 30 to go along with three second place finishes.  Reed is thrashing on the car this week, trying to repair it from a feature crash Saturday night.  Jerad Matherly sits second in the standing with Mike Gossett third, Cook Crawford fourth, and Ryan Cantrell fifth.

Pit gates will open this Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green 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.

CURRENT STANDINGS (TOP 10’s)

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 67 Tanner Thorson 3460 0
2 5D Zach Daum 3440 20
3 97 Spencer Bayston 3430 30
4 15 Andrew Felker 3160 300
5 5X Justin Peck 3030 430
6 3N Jake Neuman 2770 690
7 7 Austin Brown 2590 870
8 67K Holly Shelton 2520 940
9 71K Carson Macedo 2510 950
10 27 Tucker Klaasmeyer 2450 1010


POWRi Speedway Motors Micros

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 2B Nathan Benson 3370 0
2 23 Jeremy Camp 2670 700
3 3B Shelby Bosie 2610 760
4 22S Slater Helt 2060 1310
5 51B Joe B. Miller 1850 1520
6 37H Nick Howard 1830 1540
7 72 Levi Curry 1770 1600
8 99 Alec Long 1760 1610
9 8H Matthew Howard 1690 1680
10 9S Austin Stewart 1480 1890


Macon UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 24 Matt Taylor 468 0
2 33H Roben Huffman 434 34
3 38J Jake Little 404 64
4 4T Guy Taylor 374 94
5 32M Cody Maguire 340 128
6 B1 Nick Bauman 228 240
7 52R Jeffrey Reed 190 278
8 25 Dakota Ewing 186 282
9 Z23 Shawn Ziemer 184 284
10 15C Kevin Crowder 178 290


Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 22 Dave Crawley, Jr. 178 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 154 24
3 5 Terry Reed 154 24
4 J24 Jeremy Nichols 150 28
5 27 John Farris 106 72
6 08 Brian Dasenbrock 92 86
7 17B Braden Bilger 82 96
8 43G Andy Gaines 80 98
9 44J Jeremy Madsen 76 102
10 45 Rudy Zaragoza 74 104


Macon UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 36 Nick Justice 516 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 480 36
3 08 Brian Dasenbrock 430 86
4 21R Dustin Reed 342 174
5 7 John Bright, Jr. 338 178
6 J24 Jeremy Nichols 320 196
7 5 Terry Reed 320 196
8 45 Luke Force 310 206
9 28 Greg Osman 282 234
10 3T Kevin Lewis 276 240


Macon UMP Hornets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 1R Tony Reed 424 0
2 J4 Jerad Matherly 376 48
3 G3 Mike Gossett 374 50
4 64CK Cook Crawford 340 84
5 87 Ryan Cantrell 304 120
6 39M Marty Sullivan 258 166
7 40 Adam Webb 236 188
8 66 Mike McChristy 220 204
9 50 Ben McChristy 204 220
10 20 Torry Lyons 192 232

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