April 2018 archive

The Smooth Operator Dials in at Macon Speedway

By Brett Zerfowski
(Macon, IL) The San Francisco Giants used “Even Year Magic” to win the World Series in Major League Baseball during the even years of 2010, 2012 & 2014. Bobby Pierce has his own even year magic going during the Lucas Oil Late Model Series visit to Macon Speedway. When the checkered flag hit the air at the end of the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, Pierce stood tall. The win for Pierce was his third in the five-year history of this race and they’ve all come during even years: 2014, 2016 & 2018. Only Jimmy Owens (2015) and Josh Richards (2017) can say they have claimed the trophy and the $12,000 paycheck at the end of the night.
Bobby Pierce, the 21-year-old from Oakwood, was the fifth-fastest of 25 cars in the field during time trials and won his heat race to set himself up on the front row outside for the 5th Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.
Opposite him on the inside of row one was Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb, a Macon Speedway fan favorite, which set up an all-Illinois front row for this national touring series. Pierce blew away to the early lead but Babb stayed on his tail as best as he could and was challenged by Josh Richards for the second place spot. As the race went on, Babb kept pace but was met by Ryan Unzicker who would eventually make the pass for second.
Pierce’s lead was challenged by Unzicker and Babb at the midway point as lapped traffic started to slow down the “Smooth Operator.” Pierce would retain the lead and move forward. He would be passed for the lead on lap 93 by Unzicker as lapped car Mason Zeigler slowed Pierce but the lead for Unzicker was short lived as Pierce slid back to the lead only lap later and would make no doubt about the finish. Pierce led 99 laps out of the 100.
Race Notes: From green flag to checkered flag, the race was completed in 38 minutes, 17 seconds. That is the second-shortest St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the short history of the race. The 2016 edition was finished in 35 minutes. This race only featured five cautions. That is the fewest yellow flags in the five-years of the race. All 25 cars were allowed to start the A-Main without the need for a B-Main. Of the 25 starters, 15 cars completed all 100 laps. Only four cars pulled off before reaching 50 laps. Bobby Pierce has won five 100-lap races at Macon Speedway. 3 St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 races and 2 Herald & Review 100 races.
The Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds raced for a special $1,000-to-win Saturday night and Highland’s Mike Harrison took away with the win. Starting in the second row, Harrison closed in on both Levi Kissinger and Brian Bielong before making the move on Kissinger’s top spot seven laps into the 20-lap A-Main and took off for the win.
The B-Modifieds were also part of this monster show and Jerry Thompson told the checkered flag. Thompson finished third in the point standings in 2017 and has had two strong races to begin 2018.
The grandstands were more full than ever before. People were standing because sitting was unavailable. The 50/50 raffle went for $1,000. Macon Speedway was showcased to thousands of eyes in person as well as on pay-per-view with dirtondirt.com.
B-Modifieds–1. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 2. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 3. Tom Riech (Springfield), 4. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 5. Dante Brown (Morrisonville), 6. Eric Brackett (Brighton), 7. Kenny Edwards (Edwardsville), 8. JR Wiltermood (Windsor), 9. Kevin Crowder (Argenta)
Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds–1. Mike Harrison (Highland), 2. Levi Kissinger (Mt. Vernon, IN), 3. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 4. Brian Bielong (Summerfield), 5. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 6. Ken Schrader (Concord, NC), 7. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 8. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 9. Blake Thompson (Troy), 10. Danny Smith (Argenta)
Lucas Oil Late Model Series–1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood), 2. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso), 3. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua), 4. Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, GA), 5. Josh Richards (Shinnston, W. VA), 6. Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY), 7. Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN), 8. Don O’Neal (Martinsville), 9. Hudson O’Neal (Martinsville), 10. Jason Feger (Bloomington)

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IT IS St. Louis U Pic A Part 100 RACE DAY!

For the 5th time in Macon Speedway history the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series return to Mighty Macon for the St. Louis U Pic A Part 100. The richest event in track history will pay a $12,000 top prize to the winner. Will last night’s winner at Tri-City Bobby Pierce (2014, 2016), Jimmy Owens (2015), or defending event winner and series champion Josh Richards (2017) score the win and tack ob another victory in this event to their credit, or do we have a new name added to the list of victors? Be here to find out! The Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modifieds will do battle for a $1,000 top prize. Rounding out what is going to be an exciting program is the ultra competitive UMP B-Mod Division. Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the best shows you will see here all season, and possibly anywhere! LET’S GO RACING!

Full Show Information:

Saturday, April 28
St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

Divisions:
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Super Late Models
$12,000 To Win

Billingsley Elite Wash DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
$1,000 To Win

UMP B-Mods
$300 To Win

Times:
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 4:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:45
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $30
Children 11 & Under – $5

Pits – $40
Children 11 & Under Pits – $20

Hotel:
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham
217-864-9311
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More Information:

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2017 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.Also follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lucasdirt) and Twitter (@lucasdirt)

For more information about Macon Speedway​, follow online atwww.maconracing.com, like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MaconRacing) and follow us on Twitter (@maconspeedway).

For more information on Track Enterprises​, visitwww.trackenterprises.com, Like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises), and follow them on Twitter (@TEIRacing)

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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Lucas Oil Late Models Set For Macon Speedway Saturday Night

Bloomquist, Babb, Pierce, & Others To Take On The 1/5-Mile

MACON, IL (April 25, 2018) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their presence known in the “Land of Lincoln” this weekend, returning to Macon Speedway, Saturday, April 28 for a $12,000-to-win event.  It’s the second half of a doubleheader weekend for the series, as they also compete on Friday night at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL.  At both venues, the nation’s top dirt late model drivers are expected to challenge a strong field of local and regional standouts.

“Macon has a history of producing some of the most exciting events of the season,” said Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director, Rick Schwallie.  “The level of competition this season has been second-to-none.  The Midwest has some of the toughest competitors anywhere in the country.  Fans are in store for a very exciting weekend of racing.”

The action will be at Macon Speedway on Saturday night for the highly-anticipated St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.  The 1/5-mile bullring is accustomed to some of the most thrilling, door-to-door racing action of the season.  The event will feature Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains, highlighted by a 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event.  To learn more, visit: www.maconracing.com.

Jonathan Davenport continues to set the pace in the Lucas Oil championship chase, 75-points ahead of defending National Champion, Josh Richards.  With his recent success, Scott Bloomquist is now third, followed by Earl Pearson Jr. and Tim McCreadie rounding out the top five in championship standings.

This will be the fifth running of the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway.  Oakwood, IL driver Bobby Pierce won the 2014 and 2016 editions of the race, while Jimmy Owens took the 2015 event.  Last year, Josh Richards claimed the top prize.

The Billingsley Elite Wash DIRTcar Modifieds will be running for extra prize money at $1,000 to win and $100 to start, after opening their season last weekend.  New Berlin, IL driver, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. dominated his way to victory last weekend.  Sheppard was the track’s Pro Late Model champ in 2017.

Rounding out this Saturday’s slate will be the DIRTcar B-Mods.  Cody Stillwell did the nearly unthinkable on Saturday, holding off defending two-time track champion, Tim Hancock.  Hancock had won 30 of the last 35 features at the track but Godfrey, IL’s, Stillwell, held a pretty wheel to hold him off.

Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, local pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, qualifying at 6:30, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $30 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Lucas Oil Championship Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS TRAIL BY
1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2120  
2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 2045 -75
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2005 -115
4 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 1980 -140
5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 1780 -340
6 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 1745 -375
6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 1745 -375
8 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 1720 -400
8 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1720 -400
10 40B Kyle Bronson ® Brandon, FL 1715 -405
11 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 1695 -425
12 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 1630 -490
13 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1620 -500
14 25Z Mason Zeigler ® Chalk Hill, PA 1535 -585
15 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 1530 -590

Track Information:
Macon Speedway
Phone Number 217-764-3000
Track Promoter: Bob Sargent
Location: 205 North Wiles, Macon, IL 62544
Website: www.maconracing.com

Tire Rule April 27th – 28th:
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier LM20
Right Rear – Hoosier LM20, LM40

*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Main.
*For the A-Main, competitors may use a new right rear tire.

*Cutting and/or siping of any tire IS allowed.

Event Purse: 1. $12,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000

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Season Opens With Large Turnout And Premium Excitement 

(Macon, IL) For the 73rd time in consecutive years, Macon Speedway opened up its dirt track racing season. It was chilly and windy but fans braved the cold conditions to fill the grandstands with a huge crowd and drivers who have been itching to get back into their seat to spin laps showed up in full force with nearly 100 cars. Six racing classes plus an attraction of Spectator Drag Racing at intermission gave fans plenty to enjoy.
Dennis Vandermeersch has been racing at Macon Speedway for the last 30-plus years and after winning the first race of the season in the Sportsman group, he said it never gets old. “It’s just as much fun for me as it was my first night.” The multi-time track champion sits in the lead during the points chase on the first night.
Macon Speedway fans have been very familar with the name Tim Hancock as it involves B-Modified feature races. Hancock was once again the center of attention as he challenged for the lead along with the runner-up of the 2017 B-Modified track championship Cody Stillwell. Stillwell led all 20 laps but did so having to run the perfect race knowing Hancock was right behind him. “I knew he was there,” said Stillwell in the racer interview during victory lane. Stillwell stayed low the entire race while Hancock gave his run at the top.
Jeremy Nichols felt something wasn’t quite right with his Street Stock during the Big Ten Series Street Stock event but he kept pressing on and kept ahead of the competition en route to the checkered flag. Nick Macklin closed in during the final 10 laps but wasn’t able to make the move to pass the leader. A strong field of cars showed up for the first race in the ten-race Midwest Big Ten Series for the Street Stock division. Nichols won the series in 2017.
The 2017 Pro Late Model Track Champion made a change to open 2018, he got a Billingsley Elite Wash Modified. Tommy Sheppard, Jr., who looks to have his Pro Late Model ready later in the season, hopped behind the wheel of his Modified and wheeled his way to a 20-lap feature victory.
While Tommy Sheppard, Jr. was winning in the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, Guy Taylor made his return to race in the Decatur Building Trade Pro Late Models class and dominated the field in the 20-lap race. Taylor finished a solid half-lap ahead of second place finisher Jeremy Nichols and was passing and lapping nearly everybody who was on the track. Taylor sat out most of 2017 but returned to his 2016 form.
Jeremy Reed went back and forth with St. Louis native Andrew Dudash for the lead and ended up coming away with the win. The Missouri driver held onto the lead until the green flag came out and Reed undercut Dudash for the final pass of the race to claim the final checkered flag of the season opener.
Macon Speedway’s season is officially off the ground and really takes off next week with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series event, the 5th Annual St. Louis-U-Pic-A-Part 100 featuring the Super Late Models of the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the $12,000-to-win event. Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds and B-Modifieds are on the schedule to make up one of the biggest shows in the early part of the season.
Sportsman–Dennis Vandermeersch (Arlington), 2. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 3. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 4. Scott Williams (Leroy), 5. Ty Nation (Taylorville), 6. Brad Bedinger (Taylorville), 7. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 8. Randy Dickman (Troy, MO)
B-Modifieds–1. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 2. Tim Hancock (Mount Olive), 3. Kevin Crowder (Argenta), 4. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 5. Clint Young (Ava), 6. JR Wiltermood (Windsor), 7. M. Smith, 8. Ricky Smith (Alton), 9. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 10. Jeramie Fowler (Decatur)
Street Stocks–1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 3. Chris Dick (Deland), 4. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 5. Terry Reed (Decatur), 6. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 7. Billy Nail (Decatur), 8. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 9. Justin Crowell (Lincoln), 10. Kevin Lewis (Decatur)
Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 3. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mount Olive), 4. Blake Thompson (Troy), 5. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 6. Danny Smith (Argenta), 7. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 8. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 9. Brian Lynn (Mason City), 10. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville)
Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 2. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 3. Kyle McMahon, 4. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 5. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 6. Jeff Ray (Springfield), 7. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 8. Colby Eller (Taylorville), 9. Kyle Van Dorn (New Berlin), 10. Patrick Younger (Decatur)
Hornets–1. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 2. Andrew Dudash (St. Louis, MO), 3. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 4. Jared Matherly (Decatur), 5. Caleb Branch (Hammond), 6. Jared Cochran (Bethalto), 7. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 8. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 9. Steve Stine (Stonington), 10. Corey Hulbert (Terre Haute, IN)

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IT IS OPENING NIGHT AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

IT IS OPENING NIGHT! The 73rd Annual Season Opener at Macon Speedway is finally upon us and it is going to be a loaded night of fun for everyone. It is Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night which will feature photos & autographs on track before the races, starting around 6:40. The CEFCU Kid’s Club for kids 11 & under will have some fun stuff for our younger fan, the next generation. There will be spectator drags at intermission as well. It is also College Night Presented by University Dogs and all college students with a current school ID will get free admission. Racing Program is as follows:

Saturday, April 21
2018 73rd Season Opener
CEFCU Kid’s Club
Pre-Race Driver Autographs
Spectator Drags
College Night Presented by University Dogs

Divisions:
Billingsley Elite Wash DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Decatur Building Trades UMP Pro Crate Late Models
UMP B-Mods
UMP Sportsman
Midwest Big Ten Series UMP Street Stocks $500/win & $75/Start
UMP Hornets

Times:
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 5:00
Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
On Track Autographs: 6:40
Racing: 7: 15

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $12
Children 11 & Under – Free
College Students (with Current School ID)- Free

Hotel:
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham
217-864-9311
Mention Macon Speedway Discount

Location:
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.

Stay Updated On Macon Info:
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online atwww.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.

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Weather clearing for Macon Speedway’s season debut Saturday

Special From The HR & Mark Tupper…

MACON — There’s big news in the Central Illinois auto racing world this week.

The weatherman appears ready to drop the green flag on the 73rd season of racing at Macon Speedway. With no rain in the forecast, conditions are “go” for six classes of cars to get racing one week after the planned season opener was postponed due to cold and rain.

Saturday night will allow fans and drivers to knock some of the winter rust off before the racing program hits high gear the following week. That’s when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will roar into Macon Speedway highlighted by a 100-lap late model feature that will pay $12,000 to win.

But first, Saturday’s season opener, which will include:

Racing in these divisions: Big Ten Street Stocks, Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, B-Mods, Sportsman and Hornets.
It’s also “College Night,” which means that all college students with a valid student ID will be admitted free.

Macon will also be resuming its pay-per-view option this season. Late in the 2017 season, for the first time the speedway started broadcasting its races live via an on-line pay-per-view program. For those who can’t make it to the track, race fans can follow along with the “Macon Speedway Live” option.

The broadcast stream will start approximately 15 minutes before the night’s racing program begins. After the races have ended, the night’s program will go to an on-demand section. Those who purchased the live broadcast will be able to access it to watch again and again. And those who were at the track can purchase the on-demand footage for $10 when they return home.

Track videographer Chuck Flynn will capture the live action along with track announcers Larry Limbach, now in his 45th season, and Brett Zerfowski, in his 15th season.

The pay-per-view option can be purchased by can be purchased for $15 at portal/stretchinternet.com/maconspeedway/.

Defending champions expected to race Saturday night are Tommy Sheppard Jr. from New Berlin in the Pro Late Model division, Curt Rhodes of Taylorville in the Modified division, Tim Hancock of Mount Olive in the B-Mods, Timmy Dick of Monticello in the Sportsman division, Brian Dasenbrock of Decatur in the Street Stocks division and Dustin Reed of Decatur in the Hornet division.

Looking ahead to the Lucas Oil Late Model race on April 28, drivers like Scott Bloomquist from Mooresburg, Tenn., Bobby Pierce from Oakwood, Jimmy Owens from Newport, Tenn., Shannon Babb from Moweaqua, Jonathan Davenport from Blairsville, Ga., Earl Pearson Jr. from Shreveport, La., Don O’Neal and Hudson O’Neal from Martinsville, Ind., and Josh Richards from Shinnston, W. Va., are expected to be on hand.

This will be the fifth consecutive years that the Lucas Oil series had made its way to Macon. Bobby Pierce won in 2014 and 2016. Jimmy Owens won the 2015 race and last year Josh Richards claimed the top prize.

For Saturday night’s season opener, pit gates will open at 3, grandstands at 5. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:15.

Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults. Children age 11 and under are admitted free. The pay-per-view will go live at 6:45 and can be purchased for $15 at portal/stretchinternet.com/maconspeedway/.

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Macon Speedway Live Broadcasts Again Available In 2018

PPV Is Back Starting With Season Opener

(Macon, IL) During the latter stages of the 2017 season, Macon Speedway started broadcasting its races live via an online pay-per-view, for those who couldn’t make it to the track.  Officials are happy to announce that the PPV broadcasts are again returning for the 2018 season, starting with the season opener on Saturday, April 21.

The 1/5-mile, high banked, dirt oval, located in Central Illinois, plays host to numerous special events as well as weekly racing every Saturday night.  If you’ve never been to Macon, you really can’t understand the excitement that is put out week-after-week by the many different types of cars that compete.  Each and every week, race fans all over the world will have the opportunity to watch the excitement live from their living room, with “Macon Speedway Live”.

“Macon Speedway Live” will be a live pay-per-view for the approximate cost of a ticket to the races.  This Saturday’s event features six divisions including the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modifieds, UMP B-Mods, UMP Big Ten Street Stocks, UMP Hornets, and UMP Sportsman.  All six divisions will be live from start to finish on the PPV broadcast for just $15.

The broadcast stream will start approximately 15 minutes before the green flag drops on the night’s festivities and will end after the last checkered flag falls.  As an added bonus, the night’s live action goes quickly into an on-demand section which will give those who purchased the live broadcast access to watch again and again.  It will also give those at the track a chance to purchase the on-demand footage for just $10, which is identical to the cost of a DVD the track videographer sells.

Veteran track videographer, Chuck “MuddBoss” Flynn will capture all of the live action with the night’s track announcers, Larry Limbach, in his 45th season, and Brett Zerfowski, who is in his 15th season, announcing the action.

While the pay-per-view will be a great option, watching the races live and in person is by far the best option out there.  The pay-per-view can be purchased by clicking on the “Macon Speedway LIVE” icon at www.maconracing.com.

In addition to the six division race program, CEFCU Kid’s Club is on tap featuring the new t-shirts, a pre-race on-track autograph session, and spectator drags at intermission.

Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:15.  Grandstand admission will be $12, while kids 11 and under are free.  The pay-per-view will go live at 6:45 and can be purchased for $15 at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/maconspeedway/.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Macon Speedway & Lincoln Speedway Announce Driver Loyalty Program

Drivers With Perfect Attendance To Benefit

(Macon, IL) Officials with Track Enterprises, the promotion company of Macon Speedway in Macon, IL, and Lincoln Speedway, in Lincoln, IL, are announcing a new rewards program for the loyal drivers in the tracks’ regular divisions.  Competitors will start receiving rewards on second night of racing at each track.

Every week, starting on week two, all drivers who have competed in every night of racing in our regular classes, will have their names go into a drawing.  Whoever gets their name pulled, gets a free pit pass for that upcoming week.  The winner will be announced on Facebook.

For Macon Speedway, drivers in the Decatur Building & Trades Pro Lates, Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, B-Mods, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros will be eligible.  For Lincoln Speedway, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets by Bailey Chassis, and Hornets will be eligible.

The perfect attendance program is in addition to several other bonus programs the tracks do for the drivers.  Macon and Lincoln are members of the $100,000 Contingency Connection Racer Rewards program, in which award booklets are handed out to a handful of drivers each race night, in addition to a large number of product awards at the banquets.  Also, Macon Speedway teamed up with Mobil 1, to give away a case of oil to a driver after each feature, every night.

Macon Speedway’s 73rd season opener will be this coming Saturday, April 21 with Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, B-Mods, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets.  An on-track driver autograph session will be held before the races begin, CEFCU Kid’s Club will have signups for free t-shirts, and Spectator Drags will be at intermission.  Free admission for college students, who show valid ID, will also be honored for College Night presented by University Dogs.

Lincoln Speedway will open up on Friday, April 27, after also losing its opener last weekend.  305 Sprint Cars, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets by Bailey Chassis, and Hornets will be on track.  The night is presented by Kitchen Cooked, the official potato chip of Lincoln Speedway.  General admission will be just $5 for “Five Buck Night”.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

About Lincoln Speedway:

For more information on the track, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy).  Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL.  The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656.  Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.  Lincoln Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Macon Speedway Season Opening Postponed Due To Weather

Racing, Autographs, Spectator Drags Now Set For April 21

(Macon, IL) The 73rd season of racing at Macon Speedway will have to wait one more week to get started, as Mother Nature’s spring wrath has caused another postponement.  The season opener, which was set for Saturday, April 14, has been called off due to heavy overnight rains on already saturated grounds.  The season is now set to begin on Saturday, April 21 at the 1/5-mile dirt oval.

It’s been a tough spring for racing enthusiasts, as weather has forced cancelations of both pre-season test and tunes as well as the opener for Macon County’s entertainment hotspot.  Drivers are chomping at the bit to get on track and fans are pumped to hear the sounds, see the sights, and smell the aroma of racing fuel.

The next two weeks should fill many of those needs, weather permitting, as Saturday, April 21 will be the season opener, featuring six divisions of action, the pre-race, on-track autograph session, and spectator drags at intermission.  CEFCU kid’s club will be held for kids 11 and under, before the races begin in the pavilion.  The night will also have free grandstand admission for college students, if they show their current school ID.

The April 21 program will have the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, B-Mods, Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets.

Many are also looking ahead to the Saturday, April 28 program at the track, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series stars will be in town for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.  National stars, Scott Bloomquist, Bobby Pierce, Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Hudson O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., and many others will be racing for the top prize.  That night will also feature the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds and B-Mods.

For Macon Speedway, the early season weather issues come only one year after the track completed all but one event on its 2017 schedule.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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73rd Season Of Racing Ready For Green Flag

Six Divisions & Autographs Highlight April 14th Opener

The 73rd racing season at historic Macon (IL) Speedway is set to go green this coming Saturday, April 14.  On tap will be six divisions of racing including the Decatur Building & Trades Pro Late Models, the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, Hornets, and Beach House Micros presented by Bailey Chassis.  The first edition of CEFCU Kid’s Club will be held and a special on track autograph session/driver meet-and-greet will be held immediately before the races.

2018 will mark the fourth full season in which the Decatur Building & Trades Pro Late Models will be a regular class at the bullring.  Last year, New Berlin, IL driver, Tommy Sheppard, claimed the championship at Macon, while Springfield’s Jake Little was close behind.  The Pro Late Model class is inviting to drivers, due to its more affordable cost to be competitive.  A strong contingent of competitors is set to take a shot at the championship Saturday night.

Last season, Taylorville, IL driver Curt Rhodes claimed his second straight championship in the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds.  The division was strong again last season, boasting in upwards of 100 different competitors during the course of the year.  The Billingsley Elite Wash Modified class is a staple at the track, running 21 different times this season.

The third division on the card Saturday Night will be the B-Mod’s. This class is in its fourth full season and is another cost effective race car for competitors. Last year 51 different drivers were on track at Macon.  It’s a growing class with a growing schedule of 21 events at the 1/5-mile this year.  Mt. Olive, IL driver, Tim Hancock, was an amazing 16-for-16 in 2016, an unreal feat.  Last year, the competition stepped up a bit but Hancock claimed 14 out of 19 features and the championship.

The Street Stock division was very competitive in 2017.  This season’s schedule will see 21 total Street Stock events, four of which are Big Ten sanctioned.  In addition, a Midwest Street Stock Championship event and the John Osman Memorial highlight the season.  56 different Street Stock drivers were on track at Macon in 2017.  Decatur, IL driver Brian Dasenbrock won his first championship.

The Beach House Micros presented by Bailey Chassis Company are on the card for opening night in 2018.  The Micros had great car counts throughout the 2017 season, earning them a spot on the opening night schedule.  The Micros are a 600cc winged mini sprint type class that fly around the 1/5-mile.

Rounding out Saturday’s slate of racing will be the Hornet class.  Last year, the Hornets had over 65 competitors race at one point or another. Last year, the championship went right down to the wire, with Dustin Reed, of Decatur, IL, winning by just a 120 point margin over Cook Crawford.

In addition to the thrilling racing action, Macon Speedway’s opener will have a Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photo & Autograph Session where we will invite the fans onto the track to meet and greet with their favorite drivers. Also the CEFCU Kid’s Club will be in full force with the new 2018 t-shirts.

Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 3:00, with grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, autograph session at 6:40, and racing action takes the green at 7:15.  Adult admission is $12, while children 11 and under get in free.  Pit admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under.

About Macon Speedway:

                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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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