January 2017 archive

Midwest Big Ten Series Releases 2017 Schedules

Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, & Street Stocks On The Docket

Midwest Big Ten Series officials have announced the 2017 schedules for all three divisions of racing.  This year, drivers, teams, and fans will see many of the same popular Illinois venues along with the addition of one more.  The Midwest Big Ten Series was created in 2013 to give Super Late Model teams a schedule of ten solid regional races with a point fund waiting at the end.  Street Stocks were added in 2014, while Pro Late Models came the following year.  All three classes saw improved car counts and racing in 2016.

The premier class of the Midwest Big Ten Series, the Super Late Models, will see ten events at a record six tracks in 2017.  The familiar stops of Macon, Quincy, Jacksonville, Lincoln, and Belle-Clair are back from a season ago.  New this year is a first-ever stop at Highland Speedway in Highland, IL.  Steve Sheppard, Jr., Ryan Little, and Brian Diveley have been champions in the series, with Diveley claiming at least a share of the last three.  The series will open up with a May 5/May 7 doubleheader weekend at Belle-Clair and Quincy.

In 2015, the Pro Late Models were thrown into the Midwest Big Ten Series mix to give those drivers a chance at some more lucrative races.  This year’s schedule again features ten races at Central Illinois facilities in Lincoln, Macon, and Jacksonville.  Guy Taylor won the championship in 2015, while his brother, Matt, took top honors this past season.  For the Pro Lates, it all begins on Friday, May 5 at Lincoln Speedway.

Rounding out the slate will be the ten race schedule for the Street Stocks.  This year’s tour stops are similar to last season, with Macon, Lincoln, and Jacksonville, plus the one-off Christian County Fair stop in Taylorville, IL.  Decatur, IL driver, Terry Reed, won the first two championships, while Lovington, IL’s Jeremy Nichols grabbed last year’s.  The Street Stocks open up on Saturday, April 22 at Macon Speedway.

A $4,000 point fund will be distributed to the Super Late Models at the end of the season, while $3,000 point funds will be handed out to Pro Late Models and Street Stocks.  The drivers final points are totaled, using their best eight events from the season, allowing two drops.  This year, the top ten drivers in each class will be eligible for the point money, as long as they compete in at least 75% of the completed events.

About Midwest Big Ten Series:
The Midwest Big Ten Series is made up of 10 races each for UMP Super Late Models, UMP Pro Late Models, and UMP Street Stocks, throughout the state of Illinois.  Drivers in each class collect points for a season ending point fund.

For more info on the Midwest Big Ten Series, visit www.maconracing.com/midwest-big-ten-series-history/ and like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MidwestBigTenSeries.  For additional information on one of the three series, feel free to call the Track Enterprise office at 217-764-3200.

2017 Midwest Big Ten Series Schedules

MIDWEST BIG TEN SUPER LATE MODELS

FRIDAY, May 5……………… BELLE-CLAIR SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, May 7…………….. QUINCY RACEWAYS
FRIDAY, May 19…………….. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, May 20……….. HIGHLAND SPEEDWAY
MONDAY, May 29…………. MACON SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, July 22………… MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, August 4…………… JACKSONVILLE SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, August 26…….. MACON SPEEDWAY
SUNDAY, Sept. 10………….. QUINCY RACEWAYS
FRIDAY, October 13 ………. JACKSONVILLE SPEEDWAY

MIDWEST BIG TEN PRO LATE MODELS

FRIDAY, May 5……………… LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, May 13……….. MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, May 26…………….. JACKSONVILLE SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, June 23……………. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, June 24……….. MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, July 14……………… LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, July 29………… MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, Sept. 1…………….. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, Sept. 16………. MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, Sept. 22……………. JACKSONVILLE SPEEDWAY

MIDWEST BIG TEN STREET STOCKS

SATURDAY, April 22……….. MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, May 19…………….. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, May 27……….. MACON SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, June 16……………. JACKSONVILLE SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, July 1………….. MACON SPEEDWAY
WEDNESDAY, July 26……… CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAIR
SUNDAY, August 13……….. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, August 25…………. JACKSONVILLE SPEEDWAY
FRIDAY, September 1……… LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
SATURDAY, Sept. 9………… MACON SPEEDWAY

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Macon Speedway Announces Involvement With Upcoming Meet-And-Greet

NASCAR Driver and 2014 ARCA Champion Mason Mitchell Will Appear in Decatur
Event To Benefit MRI & Decatur YMCA

NASCAR Driver and ARCA 2014 Champion Mason Mitchell will be visiting Decatur, Illinois, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, to meet fans and share his unique story both on and off the track. Mason Mitchell plans to discuss his championship season of 2014, his transition into ownership and his desires to get back in the seat in the years to come. Macon Speedway has also announced involvement in the event, which will include driver appearances and more.

The website www.realracefans.com has been designed for this unprecedented event that will be held at Infusion at 2882 Dineen St, Decatur, IL 62526 on January 24, 2017. From 6-7 pm kids are provided an opportunity to meet Mason Mitchell for autographs. At 7 pm, ticket holders will be welcomed inside to hear Mason live in addition to a special autograph session and meet-and-greet. Food and drinks will be available for an additional donation. Proceeds from the event will benefit two local charities, MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.) and The Decatur YMCA.

The local racing scene will be involved as well, as a number of Macon Speedway champions will be on hand for a special driver meet-and-greet that will include autographs and more. The Macon Speedway 2-seat Late Model will be on hand for picture opportunities for kids as well as the chance to see a race car up close. A ticket package from Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and the Illinois State Fair will be part of the raffle prizes up for grabs that night.

Meghan Henriques his marketing director stated “Mason has accomplished more at the young age of 22 then most people do in a career. From winning a championship as a competitor to building a top tier program as an owner Mason is a true professional and wonderful role model for todays youth. His compassion for the community and his desire to make a difference really make him one of kind both on and off the track.”

Mason will also be visiting 300 Below Inc a local cryogenic processing lab to have his race car rotors treated. Mason stated “I take racing very serious and want to have every competitive advantage I can get and 300 below is going to give me one more advantage by treating my rotors. This will make them last longer and in turn increase performance.”

Some of the night’s activities will include a chance to race Mason on a set of indoor Adult Power Wheels. This is a chance for all race fans in Decatur and the surrounding communities to meet and chat one on one with a NASCAR driver in a very small setting.

For more info and to order tickets, visit www.realracefans.com.

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Macon Speedway To Unveil Schedule At Midwest Speed Expo

The exciting 2017 schedule for Macon Speedway will be unveiled at the 2017 Midwest Speed Expo in Springfield, IL. The 14th Annual MIDWEST SPEED EXPO is set for Saturday & Sunday, January 14/15.
 
In addition to the Macon Speedway schedule, fans, drivers, and teams, can pick up the new Lincoln Speedway schedule and the Midwest Big Ten Series schedules for Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, & Street Stocks.
 
The venue is the beautiful ORR BUILDING at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, just inside Gate 9!
 
The show is just around the corner and promises to be the best Expo yet to hit the Midwest area. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to look over both new and used parts for all types of racing as well as catching the show specials from many of the vendors.
 
Show hours for the 14th Annual MIDWEST SPEED EXPO are 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on both Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 2017.
 
What better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday just before the start of the new season? The MIDWEST SPEED EXPO is your opportunity to look over and purchase both new and used parts for your racing program as well as to talk with representatives from area tracks to catch up on any rule changes.

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