July 25, 2016 archive

Tony Stewart Just Named Grand Marshall For Tuesday Event

Tuesday Racing Will Also Feature Wallace And Schrader In Modifieds

                The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part event this coming Tuesday, July 26 at Macon IL Speedway keeps getting bigger and bigger.  In addition to a stout field of drivers racing for the $12,000 top prize in the 100, Tony Stewart has been named as Grand Marshall for the event and two of the other partners in the Macon Speedway ownership group, Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader will

NASCAR.com Photo

NASCAR.com Photo

also be there, racing in the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division.

                For Tony Stewart, it will be his first visit to Macon in a couple of years.  Stewart is in the middle of his farewell season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour, recently winning an event and running very well over the last few races.  The three-time Sprint Cup champion is the owner of the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of Champions series and Eldora Speedway, in addition to his Macon partnership.  Stewart was just inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame last Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, during a Track Enterprises event.

                As if the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division hasn’t been good enough lately, it will get even better Tuesday night when Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader make appearances.  Wallace has made a couple of appearances at Macon this year, coming away with a third place finish on Memorial Day, while finishing fifth at the Summit Nationals event in July.  For Schrader, he has made just one appearance this year and brought home a second place finish.

                The three NASCAR stars are co-owners of Macon Speedway with managing partner, Bob Sargent.  The entered the partnership in the mid 2000’s to help keep racing alive and well in Central Illinois.

                Tuesday night’s festivities get underway with pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Modified and B-Mod pill draw ending at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be available at the gates at $30 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.

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Bloomquist, Davenport, & Others To Take On Pierce Tuesday At Macon

Lucas Oil Late Model Series Drivers Race For $12,000 Top Prize

When it comes to the top names of Super Late Model racing on dirt, many fans think of Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, Jason St Louis U Pic A Part 100Feger, Shannon Babb, and of course, Bobby Pierce.  It doesn’t end there, and it won’t end this Tuesday night at Macon IL Speedway where all of the top names converge to battle for a $12,000 top prize in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The wanted man will likely be Oakwood, IL star Bobby Pierce.  Pierce had another unbelievable Summer Nationals, winning 10 out of the 22 events and claiming the championship in convincing fashion.  One of those wins took place at Mighty Macon Speedway in the Herald & Review 100.  Pierce was dominant on that night, cruising to victory as much as one can cruise at a venue as wild as the 1/5-mile speedplant.  The young wheelman also led a major portion of the Lucas Oil event last year before a flat hurt his chances.

His biggest challenger may be one of the most famous racers in the history of dirt tracks, Scott Bloomquist.  While the veteran driver doesn’t have the best record at Macon Speedway, this year could be a little different as he has been on a roll in 2016.  In addition to leading the standings by 280 over Jonathan Davenport, Bloomquist has won nine events on the ’16 tour, including five of the last eight.  He’s looking for his third championship with the tour but his first since winning back-to-back in 2009-2010.

While we are at it, let’s talk a bit about Jason Feger.  Always a threat no matter where he runs, Feger made a visit this past weekend to dial in his #25 and claim the top prize in the Kerbystrong 100 at Macon.  Feger looked dominant for a while before speedway regular, Guy Taylor, stepped it up a notch and raced by.  Not to be denied, Feger found a little more to reclaim the lead late in the race to go on to an exciting victory.  Interesting to see whether Feger will use any knowledge gained from Saturday to pick up speed and consistency on Tuesday night.

While it’s hard to pinpoint who fans can expect to see at the front of the field when the checkered waves on lap 100, we all know that guys like Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, and of course, the Mowequa Missile, Shannon Babb will be contenders.  Owens claimed the win last year and was followed by Feger, Devin Moran, Babb, and Ryan Unzicker.  Pierce was leading the event before suffering a flat tire on lap 58.

In addition to the Super Late Model class, the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds and UMP B-Mods will be in action, coming off of good events this past weekend.  The B-Mod bounty is up to $100 if someone can beat Tim Hancock in the B-Mod division.  Hancock, who is 9 for 9 this year, must finish the race for the bounty to be claimed.

Tuesday, July 26 pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Mod and B-Mod pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Tickets will be available at the gates for a price of $30 for adults and $5 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 POINTS (TOP 10’s)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Scott Bloomquist 5105 0
2 6 Jonathan Davenport 4825 280
3 777 Jared Landers 4625 480
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard 4560 545
5 39 Tim McCreadie 4435 670
6 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. 4285 820
7 15L Darrell Lanigan 4250 855
8 5 Don O’Neal 4230 875
9 20 Jimmy Owens 4160 945
10 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 4055 1050

 

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes 544 0
2 28 Rodney Standerfer 516 28
3 11 Zach Rhodes 492 52
4 71 Jeff Graham 452 92
5 37 Dave Crawley, Jr 434 110
6 14C Alan Crowder 394 150
7 10A Shawn Vaughn 338 206
8 3 Wade Glover 306 238
9 15L Jim Farley III 248 296
10 28S Joe Strawkas 182 362


UMP B-Mods

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock 540 0
2 23 Ryan Timmons 468 72
3 57R Tom Riech 394 146
4 00s Cody Stillwell 390 150
5 55 Tim Riech 382 158
6 2 Eric Brackett 376 164
7 32 Brett Page 220 320
8 66 Roy Magee 194 346
9 18 Jerry Thompson 144 396
10 0JR Tim Hancock Jr 142 398

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Crawley Leads Stout Field Of Street Stocks To Christian County Fair Wednesday

Racing Takes Center Stage This Wednesday In Taylorville, IL

                Once a year, fans have the opportunity to flock to the races at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville, IL.  That time is almost here, as the Ag Fair begins on Tuesday night and the racecars roll into town on Wednesday, July 27.  It will be the third annual NAPA Triple Header presented by Larry’s Service Center.  UMP Sportsman, Midwest Big Ten UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets are on schedule to thrill CCF Cardsfans, young and old.

Heading into the event, Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr. leads the standings in the Midwest Big Ten Street Stock division.  Crawley, who has had a great season in the Modifieds and Street Stocks, holds a 24 point edge in the Big Ten standings after claiming wins at Lincoln and Macon and finishing second at Jacksonville.  Oreana, IL driver, Kyle Waters is second in the points with a best finish of third at Macon in May.  Terry Reed, Jeremy Nichols, and John Farris are top five competitors in the standings.  $500 and UMP as well as Big Ten points will be on the line.

The Sportsman class will be back in action as well.  Jeremy Nichols, who put on a great show with Dennis Vandermeersch at Macon this past Saturday, has won each of the Sportsman events in Taylorville the last two years.  He will again be the favorite Wednesday night.  Plenty of Taylorville, IL locals are expected to be racing in the Sportsman class for the $500 top prize including Tim Bedinger, Brad Bedinger, Jim Bedinger, Scott Landers, and Ty Nation.

Rounding out the racing action will be the UMP Hornet class.  The Hornet division has seen a bit of a resurgence in 2016, boasting better car counts on a weekly basis this year.  Wednesday night’s race should be a good one with a solid field going for the $200 top prize.  Jeremy Reed has won both of the Hornet events at the fair.  When it comes to Taylorville locals, Ryan Barton and Anthony Elam are among those who local fans may be able to cheer for in the class.

Pits open at 4:00 on Wednesday, July 27, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends when the drivers meeting begins at 6:00, hotlaps at 6:20, with racing action taking the green at 7:00.

Macon Speedway UMP rules will apply for all classes of racing.  For more information, visitwww.trackenterprises.com or www.christiancountyfair.com.  For further details call 217-764-3200.

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