Season Championship Finale This Saturday At Macon IL Speedway

Night Will Also Feature Prize Giveaways For Fans

This coming Saturday, October 1, Macon IL Speedway will put a wrap on its 2016 racing season.  The last of the 25 scheduled events this season will be the Season Championship Finale, featuring special feature win trophies in addition to drivers collecting Macon points for the final time to decide the award ceremony honorees.  For fans, a special bonus will be the “Give Back To Fans” promotion, featuring giveaways throughout the evening from competitors, sponsors, area businesses, and the track.

The highlighted division of the night will be the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models.  Springfield, IL driver, Matt Taylor, will be looking to match his brother’s feat a year ago, claiming the Big Ten and Macon championships in the same season.  Track Enterprises’ staff mathematicians have been looking deep into the formulas necessary for anyone to knock Taylor off the top spot.  It doesn’t look likely, as Taylor has a 72 point lead in the Macon points, with the most a driver can accumulate in the night, 60.

When it comes to the Big Ten standings, the water is a little cloudier as the series only counts each drivers best eight finishes toward their point total.  That said, Taylor still looks to be in great shape as his average for each of the nine he has run so far is well above that of Jake Little, Nick Bauman, and Cody Maguire, which are right behind him.  The driver people will be watching is Guy Taylor, as he currently sits fifth in points but has only run 7 events, two less than the competitors in front of him.  Once two of their finishes are dropped, it could catapult him all the way into second.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division championship is wrapped up at the 1/5-mile dirt track.  Taylorville, IL driver, Curt Rhodes, holds a 134 point lead over last year’s runner-up Jeff Graham.  For Rhodes, it will be his first Modified championship at the track during a season in which he has claimed three victories, including last Saturday when he passed his son Zach, during the final laps.  Graham is pretty solid in the second spot while Alan Crowder, Rodney Standerfer, and Zach Rhodes are pretty tight between positions three and five.  The Modified fields have been strong and have put on great races, especially during the second half of the season.

This season has seen an increase in cars in the UMP B-Mod class, especially over the last few weeks.  Some of that could be drivers looking to claim the bounty, which has been place on Mt. Olive, IL’s Tim Hancock.  Hancock has the Macon championship wrapped up after claiming 15 out of 15 wins.  This week, the bounty is up to $400 and can be claimed by a driver who wins as long as Hancock finishes the race.  A new wrinkle added for this week will be a $200 option for Hancock if he elects to start at the tail and can win.  Hancock will be trying to remain perfect, which is almost unthinkable with a 16 event season.  Ryan Timmons, Cody Stillwell, Tom Riech, and Tim Riech complete the top five in points.

Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols has had a stellar season in the UMP Sportsman and Street Stocks.  While he hasn’t run full time in the Macon Street Stock class to compete for the championship, he has won seven of the nine features in the Sportsman division and leads the standings heading into the finale.  Nichols will need to start the feature to lock up the championship over veteran Danny Smith.  Scott Landers has a shot to squeeze into second, while Tom Graham and Tim Bedinger are in a fairly tight race for fourth.

In the aforementioned Street Stock division, Decatur, IL driver Nick Justice has exactly 1,000 points, which is 96 more than his nearest competitor, Kyle Waters.  For Justice, the championship is wrapped up but he would love to park his #36 in victory lane one final time this season, to give himself an impressive tenth win.  Following Justice and Waters are Brian Dasenbrock, Luke Force, and Terry Reed.  Nichols, who is likely to be the Sportsman champion, is sixth in Street Stock points with five wins.

Rounding out Saturday’s classes will be the UMP Hornets.  The division, which has seen a bit of a resurgence in cars this season, has Blue Mound, IL driver Tony Reed leading the points with Jerad Matherly 42 points behind.  The two have had a tight battle all season long but Reed should be able to clinch it by starting the feature on Saturday night.    Ryan Cantrell, Cook Crawford, and Torry Lyons are currently top five in the standings.  Additional money has also been added to Saturday’s purse courtesy of last week’s winner Adam Webb and AJ Motorsports.

Fans will not only be treated by great racing, there will be plenty of giveaways throughout the night.  It will start when the stands open at 5:00 with the first 250 fans receiving notepads and custom coloring pages courtesy of Dynagraphics & Wood Printing.  At least five bicycles will be given away to kids, as Macon Speedway competitors, Curt Rhodes and Tim Bedinger, have stepped up to donate in addition to the track.  For adults, tickets will be drawn for gift cards from Coziahr Harley Davidson, a fire pit from Ace Hardware in Taylorville, five cases of Sun Drop courtesy of American Bottling, and other prizes which are still be accepted and collected.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting at 5:45, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is just $12 for adults, while kids 11 and under are free.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at, on Facebook ( 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.


Midwest Big Ten UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 24 Matt Taylor 504 0
2 38J Jake Little 460 44
3 B1 Nick Bauman 442 62
4 32M Cody Maguire 410 94
5 4T Guy Taylor 392 112
6 33H Roben Huffman 378 126
7 1M Andy Minett 320 184
8 7Z Michael Maestus 284 220
9 11E Brandon Eskew 258 246
10 9M Melissa Hansmeyer 238 266


Macon Speedway UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 24 Matt Taylor 850 0
2 4T Guy Taylor 778 72
3 38J Jake Little 710 140
4 33H Roben Huffman 710 140
5 32M Cody Maguire 656 194
6 B1 Nick Bauman 446 404
7 15C Kevin Crowder 426 424
8 52R Jeff Reed, Jr 358 492
9 25 Dakota Ewing 298 552
10 6P Jose Parga 274 576

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes 862 0
2 71 Jeff Graham 728 134
3 14C Alan Crowder 680 182
4 28 Rodney Standerfer 670 192
5 11 Zach Rhodes 662 200
6 37 Dave Crawley, Jr 434 428
7 10A Shawn Vaughn 406 456
8 96 Cory Daugherty 370 492
9 3 Wade Glover 358 504
10 15L Jim Farley III 356 506

UMP B-Mods

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock 900 0
2 23 Ryan Timmons 736 164
3 00s Cody Stillwell 720 180
4 57R Tom Riech 706 194
5 55 Tim Riech 660 240
6 2 Eric Brackett 466 434
7 32 Brett Page 326 574
8 66 Roy Magee 322 578
9 14 Tommy Gaither 308 592
10 51 Jamie Riech 306 594

UMP Sportsman

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 J24 Jeremy Nichols 534 0
2 98 Danny Smith 484 50
3 41 Scott Landers 456 78
4 72 Tom Graham 414 120
5 25 Tim Bedinger 384 150
6 22 Timmy Dick 286 248
7 12M Terry Myers 194 340
8 25 Dennis Vandermeersch 174 360
9 62 TROY MEDLEY 168 366
10 112 Scott Williams 154 380

UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 36 Nick Justice 1000 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 904 96
3 08 Brian Dasenbrock 834 166
4 45 Luke Force 640 360
5 5 Terry Reed 602 398
6 J24 Jeremy Nichols 574 426
7 3T Kevin Lewis 512 488
8 28 Greg Osman 512 488
9 7 John Bright, Jr. 510 490
10 16 Nick Macklin 498 502

UMP Hornets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 33 Jeremy Reed 60 0
2 1R Dustin Reed 58 2
3 15C Rafe McKenna 56 4
4 39M Marty Sullivan 54 6
5 66 Mike McChristy 52 8
6 13R Ryan Barton 50 10
7 64CK Cook Crawford 48 12
8 1X Buck Amos 46 14
9 66 Joe McChristy 44 16
10 50 Ben McChristy 42 18

Permanent link to this article: