July 2019 archive

Sheppard Doubles His Pleasure; Damery Gets First LM Feature

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Tommy Sheppard, Jr. has been in a zone this season in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. The defending champion has been taking top five finishes and checkered flags most of the season to sustain his points lead through the summer. That would continue Saturday night at Macon Speedway. Coming through a restart on the restart on lap 13, Zach Rhodes was in control of the race leading all laps on the way to 20 but coming through the opening turns of the restart, Sheppard, who was third, leapfrogged his way to the front bypassing both second place Alan Crowder and Rhodes to the top spot. From then on, Sheppard was able to cross the line first and pick up the win.

In a special visit from the Midwest Stock Car Tour as part of the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Sheppard climbed into a Street Stock to race in the 3rd Annual Dean Garland Classic. From the sixth starting position, Sheppard was running behind Westville’s Lance Evans and Blue Mound’s Bobby Beiler. As the 40-lap event was pick up steam and momentum, so was Sheppard. Evans fell out of the race with flat right rear tire and that left Sheppard to race with Darrell Dick for the lead. Lapped traffic slowed Dick down from being able to make it a close finish and that left Sheppard with daylight heading to the finish line.

Thanks to a dice roll and invertion, Blake Damery and Donny Koehler started in the front row of the Decatur Buildling Trades Pro Late Models feature. That meant Dakota Ewing would start fifth and have to work his way through the field to earn another feature win. Damery was a lock at the bottom of the track as the second-year Pro Late Model driver led solidly for the first 14 laps. Ewing started his charge and caught up to Koehler from the top side and eventually take second place. Damery was caught in a three-way race for the lead as Ewing and Koehler made moves to close the gap. Damery would lose the lead to Ewing on lap 17 but a spinout created a restart. Ewing looked poised to win again but Damery did not quit running his race at the bottom. A slip-up by Ewing on the white flag lap set up Damery’s pass on the bottom of the fourth turn and a photo finish between Ewing and Damery stalled the action. Video evidence confirmed that Damery crossed the line before Ewing and was awarded the checkered flag. While in the victory lane interview, Ewing came up to Damery and offered his handshake in stellar sportsmanship.

The Sportsman division ran its own 40-lap feature Saturday night in topless style. The first lap was a coin toss between Dennis Vandermeersch and Wes Odell. After that, Vandermeersch set the pace and the tone for the race running the high groove. The bottom started to catch on better with Tim Bedinger and Bobby Beiler working ahead to pass Odell and try to close in for the lead. Vandermeersch was a solid lock at the front of the race and throughout.

Nick Justice ran a cautionless race to the checkered flag in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified group. Newcomer Kyle Helmick stayed just ahead of Tim Hancock to make sure the many time feature winner would not be in the running for the checkered flag on this night. Justice has battled ups and downs all season with his new Pro Modified and finally looked like he figured it out in the 15-lapper.

Luke Verardi and Gabe Verardi finished one and two in the special attraction visit from the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis.

The night was finished off with the Hornets and Brady Reed taking another win.

The night of racing was great and perhaps even better was the yearly return of the monster truck Raminator. The Mark & Tim Hall machine wowed the crowd and crushed cars in the center of the track during the Bob Brady Auto Mall Night of racing. It is definitely one of the most unique visits of the season.

Macon Speedway continues the 2019 summer with racing next Saturday night. It will be the Fireman’s Ball & First Responders Night. If firemen and first responders come to the track with proper ID, they will be admitted for free. The schedule will consist of Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Hornets and Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis.

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 3. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 4. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 5. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 7. Jared Thomas (Edinburg), 8. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 9. Nick Justice (Decatur), 10. Jeff Graham (Stonington)

Archer’s Alley Street Stocks–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 3. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 4. Tanner Sullivan (Pontiac), 5. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 6. Josh Griffith (Charleston), 7. Don Hilleary (Pepineoe), 8. Megan Erwin (Attica, IN), 9. Jerrad Krick (Earl Park, IN), 10. Jaret Duff (Maroa)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 2. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 3. Donny Koehler (Macon), 4. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville), 5. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 6. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 7. Colby Eller (Taylorville), 8. Braden Johnson (Taylorville), 9. Storm Beiler (Decatur), 10. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville)

Sportsman–1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 3. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 4. Wes Odell (Springfield), 5. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 6. Chris Soutiea (Peveley, MO), 7. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 8. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 9. Mitch Ringler (Taylorville), 10. Bill Berghaus (Chapin)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds–1. Nick Justice (Decatur), 2. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 3. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 4. Dustin Wiltermood (Windsor), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Kyle Wilde (Hillsboro, MO), 7. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 8. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 9. Adam Webb (Decatur), 10. Ryan Timmons (Centralia)

Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis–1. Luke Verardi (Taylorville), 2. Gabe Verardi (Taylorville), 3. Devin Feger (East Peoria), 4. Cole Tinsley (Bonne Terre, MO), 5. Alex Midkiff (Belleville), 6. John Barnard (Sherman), 7. Hayden Harvey (Warrensburg), 8. James Koenigseein (Athens), 9. Dana Christensen (Decatur), 10. Bailey Logue (Jacksonville)

Hornets–1. Brady Reed (Decatur), 2. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 3. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 4. Carter Dart (Springfield), 5. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 6. Michael Abbott (Taylorville), 7. Steve Stine (Stonington), 8. Matt Reed (Decatur)

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IT IS Bob Brady Auto Mall RAMINATOR Race Day at Macon Speedway!

Saturday, July 6
Dean Garland Classic
Bob Brady Auto Mall Night
Sportsman Topless 40
 
Divisions Racing:
 
Midwest Stock Car Tour Archers Alley DIRTcar UMP Stock Cars (Street Stocks) Dean Garland Classic $800 to win/$80 to start
BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar UMP Pro Crate Late Models
Neal Tire and Auto Service DIRTcar UMP Pro Modifieds (BMods)
DIRTcar UMP Topless Sportsman
DIRTcar UMP Hornets
600cc Winged Outlaw Micro Sprints presented by Bailey Chassis Company
 
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Pill Draw Ends: 5:45
Hot laps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
 
Grandstand Admission:
Adults $15
Children 11 & under FREE
 
Hotel:
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
217.422.8800
Mention Macon Speedway Discount
Discount Rooms Online: https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx…
 
More information:
 
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.
 
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).
 
For more information on Track Enterprises follow them online at https://www.trackenterprises.com/, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises), and follow them on Twitter (@TEIRacing)
 
For more information on the Midwest Stock Car Tour, follow them online at https://www.midweststockcartour.com, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MidwestStockCarTour), and follow them on Twitter (@MWStockCarTour).
 
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 a proud member of the Contingency Connection‘s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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RAMINATOR Monster Truck To Crush Cars At Macon Saturday Night

Bob Brady Auto Mall Night Will Also Feature Plenty Of Racing Action

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway officials are extra busy this week, as they prepare for their third race in eight days.  On top of that, they are coming off their biggest of the year, the Herald & Review 100, which took place on Thursday night.  That event drew a huge crowd and turned out to be a thriller that fans will be talking about for years to come.  This Saturday’s event should be another good one, with everything from a monster truck crushing cars to several divisions of great racing action.

Headlining the event will be the annual visit of the Hall Brothers Racing RAMINATOR Monster Truck.  The day begins with an early appearance at Bob Brady Auto Mall in Decatur, IL, before making the trek to Macon Speedway for the evening.  Once there, the truck is in the front parking lot of the track until it’s time to thrill the fans with some car crushing action.

From a racing standpoint, many fans are ready for the return of the Midwest Stock Car Tour, which will have the Archers Alley Street Stocks racing extra laps for extra money in the Dean Garland Classic.  Earl Park, IN driver, Jerrad Krick, currently leads the standings in the series by 8 over Oakley, IL’s Nick Macklin.  Josh Griffith, Lance Evans, and Darrell Dick round out the current top five in points.  Jeremy Nichols and Jason Maier have won the two series events in 2019.  The Dean Garland Classic event will pay $800 to win and $80 to start.

Co-headlining the event, when it comes to the race program, will be the Sportsman Topless 40.  The race will pay extra money as the drivers race sans roof for the night.  Taylorville, IL driver, Scott Landers, leads the division into the night with a 20-point advantage.  Mitch Ringler is second, while Tim Bedinger, Joel Irvin, and Terry Myers complete the top five.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis will also race.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will be at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and free 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 $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/raminator-monster-truck-to-crush-cars-at-macon-saturday-night/

Gordy Gundaker Repeats As Herald & Review 100 Champ

Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb led until lap 98
By Matthew Flaten (Herald & Review)

MACON — Before the fireworks finished off Independence Day and the night of racing at Macon Speedway, there was a bang on lap 98 of the Herald & Review 100.

Race leader, Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb, going for his record sixth H&R 100 race win, sustained race-ending front wheel damage as he slammed into the car he was attempting to lap.

Then two-time winner Bobby Pierce Jr. crossed the finish line and appeared to win, but a yellow flag brought the drivers back to finish the 100th lap, and last year’s winner — Gordy Gundaker — emerged as the repeat champion.

For Babb, it was a bitter way to lose.

“Racing down here is always tough and I know what to expect,” Babb said. “It’s going to be good hard tight racing and it always is. We always tell ourselves that we need to try to get to the end. We got to the end but we got in a bad position there and I just knew something was going to come.

“I was out of tire, out of fuel and struggling there a little bit and then I got into a bad position.”

Babb had grabbed the lead before the first lap was completed and remained there for nearly all of the other 98 laps.

“Our car was good, it really was,” Babb said. “When you are here you try to get yourself out front and stay out of trouble. If you get the lead early it makes your race a whole lot easier and that’s what I tried to do so I could pick through traffic. I got to the end but a couple guys were running just as strong with me.”

Though Pierce, who won the race in 2016 and 2017, crossed the finish line with the checkered flag waving, but was denied the win because of a yellow caution flag was called for a stalled car on the track.

On the restart, Gundaker emerged seemingly out of nowhere after spending much of the race deep in the pack to pass Pierce on the final turn for the win.

“I thought if we can get out of here with a top five finish, maybe a top three, that I was going to think about it as another win,” Gundaker said. “But you get those yellows at the end and you find a way.

“I knew in the last lap I wasn’t as good in turns one and two as I was in turns three and four and I hoped to make a decent lap down there and hopefully Bobby would screw up. I know that he usually doesn’t make many mistakes, but he did there and when I came out of turn four, I couldn’t believe I had him.”

Gundaker’s win last year was also come-from-behind and elicited an emotional reaction.

“I’m speechless, I can’t believe I’ve won the Herald & Review 100 two years in a row,” Gundaker said. “I know it had to be a a hell of a race from the stands but you should have seen it from my standpoint.

“I couldn’t believe getting a yellow with two to go and then green and white flags together. I can’t even explain this.”

A second H&R 100 title is just a little bit sweeter than the first, Gundaker said.

“It’s hard to compare them,” he said. “That first one was so sweet, never having won a summer nationals race before but this second one, doing it on the last lap and passing a guy like Bobby who has won two of these and to put our name up there and win again back-to-back is absolutely unbelievable.”

Although the final three laps were yellow-filled, overall the race was fairly clean, with just a handful of cautions. Babb’s veteran experience on the track was clear as he was unafraid to go three-cars wide around the turns to make a pass. The aggressive give-and-take between Babb and the second-place Pierce led to Babb having his car examined for damage on two cautions.

“I had a guy working on me a little bit that got in on me a couple of times. I kind of felt that and so I had it looked at,” Babb said.

Rain threatened the race throughout the evening, so the H&R 100 was moved up as the second feature of the evening. Before it, the DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals 25-lap race saw Mike Harrison win his fourth race of the tour this year. Tyler Nicely finished second, Nick Hoffman was third and Tommy Shepard was fourth. Following the completion of the H&R 100, the Pro Mods took the track and Mount Olive’s Tim Hancock picked up the victory. Decatur drivers Nick Justice and Billy Nail finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

For Gundaker, he firmly believes the racing gods were smiling down on him this Fourth of July.

“We had a race at Fairbury and I was running second and I got a flat tire with 13 laps to go. Sometimes the breaks fall your way and sometimes they don’t. Tonight we caught a break catching that yellow on the last lap and finding a way to make it happen. That’s the way it is sometimes but these wins don’t come easy no matter what,” he said.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/gordy-gundaker-repeats-as-herald-review-100-champ/

IT IS HERALD & REVIEW 100 RACEDAY!!

Happy Independence Day America! What better way to celebrate freedom than he 39th Annual Herald & Review 100 here at Macon Speedway! The cars and starts of the DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationalsare ready to do battle for 100 laps around the 1/5 mile bullring to try and add their name to the longest running event on the Summer Nationals schedule and the longest running event in Macon Speedway track history. The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also be in action as part of their month plus long journey that is very similar to the Summer Nationals in total length as they square off against Macon’s best in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. The Neal Tire and Auto Service Pro Modifieds round out the show. Come and see who adds their names to the history books as winners at Macon Speedway on one of the biggest nights all season long! There will be fireworks on the the track for sure, plus a display after the event as well. Full event information below:

Thursday, July 4
39th Annual Herald & Review 100
$5,000 To Win Super Late Models + Modifieds & Pro Modifieds

Divisions:
*DIRTcar UMP​ Summer Nationals​ Super Late Models 39th Annual Herald & Review​ 100 $5,000 to win
*Summit Racing Equipment​ Modified Nationals vs. BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds
*Neal Tire and Auto Service​ DIRTcar UMP Pro Modifieds

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

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $25
Children 11 & Under – $5

Hotel:
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
217.422.8800
Mention Macon Speedway Discount
Discount Rooms Online
https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx…

More information:

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.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway​ online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

For more information on Track Enterprises​ follow them online at https://www.trackenterprises.com/, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises), and follow them on Twitter (@TEIRacing)

For more information on the DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals, check them out online at www.thehelltour.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SummerNationals), and on Twitter (@SummerNationals)

For more information on the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, check them out online at www.modifiednationals.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SummerNationals), and on Twitter (@SummerNationals)

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 a proud member of the Contingency Connection​‘s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/it-is-herald-review-100-raceday/

Summer National Late Model Stars Set For Macon Speedway Herald & Review 100

Thursday July 4 Event To Feature 3 Divisions And Fireworks

(Macon, IL) The stars of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour will be heading to Macon, IL for Thursday night’s Super Late Model event, the Herald & Review 100.  The race, which will pay $5,000 to the winner, will draw some of the best dirt Super Late Models to the 1/5-mile, high-banked dirt oval.  The popular series will be joined by the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods.

Brian Shirley, of Springfield, IL, currently leads the Summer National standings, leading by 22 points over Bobby Pierce, who has been quickly closing the gap.  Shirley had a great start to the tour, winning four of the first six events.  Pierce has been solid but hasn’t been in victory lane, like a number of Summer Nationals in the past.  That said, he has a few runner-up finishes as of late and is looking to make a tight battle out of the points.

Winners on the tour this year include Shirley (4), Brandon Sheppard (2), Kyle Bronson (1), Mike Marlar (1), and Shannon Babb (1).  The biggest winner of the tour has been Mother Nature, who has claimed or affected eleven of the events already this year.

Following Shirley and Pierce in the standings are Frank Heckenast, Jr., Babb, and former DIRTcar National Champion, Rusty Schlenk.  Jason Feger, Sheppard, Billy Moyer, Tanner English, and Paul Stubber complete the top ten.

Joining the Super Late Models will be the BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds and Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods.  Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin, IL currently leads the Modified division points at Macon, while Tim Hancock is atop the Pro Mod points.  Both events Thursday will pay extra money out to participants.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00 with grandstand gates swinging open at 4:00.  Hotlaps are scheduled to begin at 6:00 with Summer National qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:00 PM.  Fireworks will be held at the end of the racing program.  Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

Tickets for the event will be sold at the gate on raceday.  For more information or any questions, visit maconracing.com or call 217-764-3000.

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 $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/summer-national-late-model-stars-set-for-macon-speedway-herald-review-100/