Pre-Race Autographs & Rollover Contest Highlight Taylorville/Lori Bedinger Night
Skeff Distributing To Present The Saturday Night Event At Macon Speedway
(Macon, IL) Only three weeks remain at Macon Speedway to determine the 2017 champions. Despite it being the end of the season, the action is far from over. The last few nights have been great, with car counts over 100 and some of the best racing all season. More of that is expected this Saturday night, as Skeff Distributing presents Taylorville/Lori Bedinger Night at the races. Six divisions of action is scheduled, in addition to a prerace on-track autograph session and a rollover contest at intermission.
Saturday’s event, which highlights drivers, fans, and sponsors from the city of Taylorville, has been co-named Lori Bedinger night. Bedinger, a longtime Taylorville resident, passed away on July 4 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, Tim, and sons Brad and Stefan, all race in the UMP Sportsman division at Macon Speedway. Lori was an artistic person with an infectious smile, selfless attitude, playful demeanor, and a strong sense of faith, family, and friends.
Six divisions of racing will be on hand this weekend, including the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models, racing in their 9th series event of the season, with only Jacksonville remaining after Saturday. Springfield, IL’s Jake Little leads the standings by a comfortable margin over his uncle, Ryan. Andy Minett, Cody Maguire, and Roben Huffman complete the top five in Big Ten points. New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard, Jr. leads the Macon Speedway Pro Late standings.
The Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modifieds have last year’s champion, Curt Rhodes, of Taylorville, IL, on top but a challenger is right behind in Austin Lynn, from Mason City, IL. Rhodes has accumulated four feature wins, while Lynn has two. 24 points separate the two. Jeff Graham, Alan Crowder, and Danny Smith complete the top five in standings.
B-Mod action is again led by Mt. Olive, IL’s Tim Hancock but it’s much closer this season than a year ago. This year, Hancock has won 11 out of 15 features, while he was 16-for-16 last season. The point lead is just eight over Godfrey, IL’s Cody Stillwell. Jerry Thompson, Tim Riech, and Tom Riech are top five competitors in the point chase.
Monticello, IL driver, Timmy Dick, holds a slight margin in Sportsman points after claiming his second feature win of the season last Saturday. Argenta, IL’s Danny Smith is second in points and has had a busy season running in the Mods and Sportsman classes. Scott Landers, Terry Myers, and Tim Bedinger round out the top five in standings.
Coming off of the biggest Street Stock race of the season, Decatur, IL’s Brian Dasenbrock leads the points by 50 over Boody, IL’s Shawn Ziemer. Dasenbrock is still looking for that elusive feature win but does have 11 top ten finishes. Jason Scrimpsher, Jeremy Nichols, and Garrett Lewis complete the top five in points.
Rounding out Saturday’s classes will be the UMP Hornets. The fields have been fairly strong as the season winds down, with decent car counts and competitive racing. Decatur, IL driver, Dustin Reed, is holding a comfortable lead of 112 and has garnered two feature wins. Cook Crawford, Paul Peters, Marty Sullivan, and Carter Dart round out the top five in points.
At intermission, Macon Speedway will have a car rollover contest. Using a ramp, the brave pilots will try to get the best rollover of the vehicle they drive. In August, the track had one car perform a rollover, flip it back onto its wheels and do it once again, besting the first try. Anyone wanting to join in on the fun, can enter with their vehicle if it has a rollbar or cage of some sort and a four point harness to keep them in their seat.
In addition to Skeff Distributing and Budweiser, the night will also be presented by Larry’s Service Center and Page’s Collision Care of Taylorville.
After Saturday, the track will be down to its final two events with a $5 grandstand admission special on September 23 and the Brandt Season Championships, “Racing For The Cup” on the final night, September 30.