August 2019 archive

Mother Nature Wins Camfield Memorial At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) Mother Nature continued her Saturday wrath by claiming the Camfield Memorial for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League at Macon Speedway.  Earlier in the day, rain forced the postponement of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Brandt event at the Illinois State Fair.
Saturday night’s event at Macon Speedway had the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets, Micros, Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, and Hornets on the schedule.  The event was to be presented by the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum in Decatur, IL.
The next event for Macon Speedway is set for Saturday, August 24 on Church Night featuring a faster pastor race and kids racecar rides at intermission.  The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros by Bailey Chassis.
Racing is also scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 18, at the final day of the Illinois State Fair.  The ARCA Menards Series is scheduled to compete in the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 presented by Lucas Oil in addition to the Sportsman Nationals.  Grandstands open Sunday at 8:30 AM, hotlaps are at 9:00, qualifying is at 11:00 AM, and racing will start at 12:00 noon.  The ARCA feature is set for 1:30.
For more information, visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.

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Macon Speedway Set For Return Of POWRi National Midgets Saturday Night

(Macon, IL) The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets are set for their return to Mighty Macon Speedway this coming Saturday night, August 17.  The series, which had a couple of events rained out at the track, earlier this year, will be making their second visit of the season, this time for the Camfield Memorial. Four other divisions will also be in action.

Jake Neuman, of New Berlin, IL, will be looking for his second Macon Speedway victory, after claiming the win on July 27.  Neuman bested Tyler Thomas, Daniel Adler, point leader Jesse Colwell, and Daison Pursley.  Decatur, IL’s Terry Babb took sixth in that event.

Adding to the fun Saturday will be a barrage of other talented drivers who decided to make a Central Illinois visit this weekend.  Hot shoes Tyler Courtney, Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson, Zach Daum, Tanner Carrick, CJ Leary, and Thomas Meseraull are also in competition with the Midgets this weekend, as they had Fairbury Thursday, Lincoln Friday, and Macon Saturday marked on their calendars.

The POWRi National Micros presented by Bailey Chassis will make their first official appearance at the track this season.  A number of local unsanctioned shows have been held with good fields of cars.  Springfield, IL’s Daryn Stark leads the track standings, while Jacob Tipton, John Barnard, Molly Day, and Will Armitage have had plenty of Macon track time this season.

In the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Tommy Sheppard comes into the week leading the standing by 130 over Alan Crowder.  Sheppard has taken 8 wins in just 13 starts.  Tim Hancock is third in points, while Curt Rhodes, and Zach Rhodes complete the top five.

Mt. Olive, IL driver Tim Hancock is looking for yet another Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified championship in and is in pretty good position to do so.  Hancock is up 82 points on Nick Justice, Rob Timmons, Tim Riech, and Tim Hancock, Jr.  Hancock, Sr. has claimed 10 feature wins, while Justice, Timmons, and Hancock, Jr. have each claimed one victory.

Brady Reed, of Decatur, IL is looking to continue his strong season in the DIRTcar Hornet class.  Reed has a 104 point advantage in the standings, winning four feature events this year.  Carter Dart, Cook Crawford, Marty Sullivan, and Billy Mason complete the top five.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, with grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $18 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

Saturday night’s event is part of a huge weekend of racing in Central Illinois featuring POWRi Midgets at Lincoln on Friday night, USAC Silver Crown Saturday afternoon at the Springfield Mile, and the ARCA Menards Series on Sunday afternoon in Springfield.

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.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League

Pos Car Driver Hometown Wins Points Gap
1 71 Jesse Colwell Red Bluff, CA 1 4240
2 5D Zach Daum Pocahontas, IL   3910 330
3 3N Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 2 3790 450
4 28 Ace McCarthy Tahlequah, OK 1 3500 740
5 67K Holley Hollan Tulsa, OK   3490 750
6 9 Daison Pursley Locust Grove, OK   3360 880
7 08 Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK   3290 950
8 67 Logan Seavey Sutter, CA 7 3010 1230
9 27 Tucker Klaasmeyer Paola, KS   2530 1710
10 91T Tyler Thomas Collinsville, OK 1 2440 1800


Micros By Bailey Chassis (track standings)

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 320 0
2 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 318 2
3 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 300 20
4 17 Molly Day Atwood IL 298 22
5 7A Will Armitage Athens IL 246 74
6 84 Tyler Day Atwood IL 218 102
7 11 Jeff Beasley Urbana IL 186 134
8 5B Chad Baldwin Lincoln IL 184 136
9 21 Aaron Andruskevitch Riverton IL 178 142
10 28 Luke Verardi Taylorville IL 172 148


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 762 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 632 130
3 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 580 182
4 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 448 314
5 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 424 338
6 43 Jared Thomas Edinburg IL 358 404
7 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 310 452
8 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 310 452
9 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 286 476
10 22 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 256 506


Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 792 0
2 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 710 82
3 5 Rob Timmons Centralia IL 704 88
4 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 646 146
5 22 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 564 228
6 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 528 264
7 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 488 304
8 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 428 364
9 35 Tom Davidson Springfield IL 426 366
10 B21 Billy Nail Decatur IL 404 388


Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 690 0
2 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 586 104
3 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 500 190
4 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 456 234
5 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 400 290
6 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 366 324
7 04 Steve Stine Stonington IL 354 336
8 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 322 368
9 69M Michael Abbott Taylorville IL 322 368
10 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 314 376

 

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Race’em & Wreck’em Kinda Night at Macon Speedway 

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The theme of the night was “race’em & wreck’em” as the annual visit by the drivers who race their cars like demo derby machines stuck around with the stock car drivers who had many of the same issues throughout the night. With the thanks to dozens of fans, friends, former co-workers or businesses, the night that was also billed as the “Diane Bennett Memorial” brought in thousands of extra dollars that was given away  to drivers for finishing spots, lap leaders, fast qualifiers and hard chargers. Bennett passed away a few years ago after illness; she was the lead scorer at Macon Speedway for better than 30 years.

Three weeks ago, Chris Dick scored a $2,000 payday taking the 5th Annual Kerbystrong 100 win in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models by running the bottom of the track. Different night, same story for him. The bottom brought his car to life and he sped past Jose Parga in the closing laps to take the lead away. Parga staged a rally and returned the favor to regain the lead. With the white flag waving, Dick stayed true to the bottom and a lapped car slowed Parga to the point that Dick pulled out ahead and ran away with the finish and the victory. Thanks to the donations, the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature paid $2,000-to-win.

Money kept growing in the pool for the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds division through the announcement of the event all the way up to qualifying time as it was announced that $2,150 would be the winner’s portion of the purse in the division. That was good news to Mike Harrison. The many-time Summer Nationals champion make the trip from Highland to claim the check after taking control of the race two laps into the 20-lap A-Main feature. Starting in the second row behind polesitter Cory Daugherty, Harrison gunned it out of the second turn on a lap one restart and never looked back. Daugherty finished just ahead of Rodney Standerfer in the race for second place. The race was flagged by former flagman Jerry Wilson, who worked with Diane Bennett as well as track announcer Larry Limbach for many years through the 80s & 90s.

Another big money race was in the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks where $850 would be up for grabs in a Midwest Big Ten Series race that would be won by Terry Reed. Reed’s control of the race came from a front row starting spot after a heat race victory.

The Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds feature race was among the “race’em & wreck’em” theme as many accidents claimed cars and angered racers who would have to exit the track with damaged or mangled machines. Tim Hancock, Sr., who was involved in a wreck or two during the 15 laps, crossed the finish line first but Rob Timmons was right there behind him for the final five laps. Timmons chose the high groove of the dirt oval to get fast and close the gap but Hancock’s steady lower groove kept him in front.

Lapped traffic helped Decatur’s Adam Webb grab hold of the checkered flag in the Hornets as he beat out Erik Vanapeldoorn for the feature. As was the story in the Pro Late Model feature, lapped traffic changed the lead and the positioning as coming out of the final turn Vanapeldoorn got stuck behind a slower car and Webb sped passed them all for the win.

Trevin Littleton jumped out to a big lead in the Micro Sprint feature, presented by Bailey Chassis, and won.

The fans were treated to the unique and special entertainment of the “Race’em & Wreck’em” experience as Blue Mound’s Brandon Diulio was crowned the winner of the eight-lap race where every lap needed to involve contact with another car. He also took the win during the intermission exhibition where the drivers needed to race around the track and do an extra spin around the tractor tire on the backstretch which had a flagpole inside of it.

Also part of the “Eve of Destruction” presented by Melling Performance was the Rollover Contest where Decatur’s Todd Toker raced a car onto a ramp in an effort to roll it over for the sheer entertainment of the fans. Instead of rolling it, he ended up bouncing back onto all four tires and one tire flew off the car and never made it around to the ramp to give it a second try.

Macon Speedway and Track Enterprises gear up for a huge weekend of racing in the coming week. Friday night at Lincoln Speedway with the POWRi National Midget Series leads to Saturday afternoon at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield for the USAC Silver Crown cars and Sportsman heat races before opening the gates to Macon Speedway and the POWRi National Midget Series. The weekend caps off back in Springfield with the ARCA Racing Series and the Sportsman Nationals race. Information on start times and divisions racing can be found at trackenterprises.com.

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Chris Dick (Deland), 2. Jose Parga (New Berlin), 3. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 4. Donny Koehler (Macon), 5. Jake Little (Springfield), 6. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 7. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 8. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 9. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 10. Colby Sheppard (Williamsville)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds–1. Mike Harrison (Highland), 2. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 3. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 4. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 5. Blake Thompson (Troy), 6. Trevor Neville (Mackinaw), 7. Jeff Leka (Buffalo), 8. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 9. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 10. Kyle Helmick (Smithton)

Archer’s Alley Street Stocks–1. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 2. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 3. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 4. Wes Biesenthal (Athens), 5. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 6. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 7. Gene Reed (Hammond), 8. Jaret Duff (Maroa), 9. Joshua Beal (Springfield), 10. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 2. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 3. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 4. Jeff Watts (Dalton City), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Greg Logue (Warrensburg), 7. Josh Robb (Mt. Zion), 8. Adam Webb (Decatur), 9. Tom Davidson (Springfield), 10. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro)

Hornets–1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Erik Vanapeldoorn (Clinton), 3. Brady Reed (Decatur), 4. Joe Reed (Decatur), 5. Mike Gossett (Decatur), 6. Carter Dart (Springfield), 7. John Lewis (Cerro Gordo), 8. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 9. Steve Stine (Stonington), 10. Bill Basso (Athens)

Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis–1. Trevin Littleton (Jacksonville), 2. Chad Baldwin (Lincoln), 3. Paul Day (Atwood), 4. Jacob Tipton (Decatur), 5. Will Armitage (Athens), 6. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 7. Daryn Stark (Springfield), 8. John Barnard (Sherman), 9. Greg Northrop (Jacksonville), 10. Hayden Harvey Warrensburg)

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Saturday’s Eve Of Destruction Features Diane Bennett Memorial

Drivers To Race For Thousands In Bonus Money

(Macon, IL) This coming Saturday, August 10, Macon Speedway will have an action packed evening that will feature a little bit of everything.  Not only will the fifth annual Eve Of Destruction, with events like the flagpole race, race ‘em-wreck ‘em, and a car rollover, the six racing divisions will have plenty of bonus money on the line.  The on track action will honor the late Diane Bennett, a longtime scorer at the speedway.  To top it all off, a fireworks display will end the night.

The Eve Of Destruction event started back in 2015 and will be entering its fifth year.  Fans can expect to see the flagpole race return for a second year in-a-row as well as the race ‘em-wreck ‘em event at the end of the night.  Throw in a car rollover ramp and fans young and old will be entertained.  The events will be spread throughout the night, during the race program before the firework display lights the sky.

For those who love to race as well as those who love to watch it, Saturday night will be a great night to come out to the track.  Six divisions are on the ticket, racing in honor of Diane Bennett, a scoring official at the track for over 30 years.  Bennett passed away in 2015 and family stepped forward to put the event together for her memory.  An amazing list of donors/sponsors have stepped forward to sponsor feature positions, creating pretty impressive payouts for the night.

Heading into the weekend, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class will be racing for $2,050 to win, four times the normal amount due to all of the donations.  The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will also see an impressive payout, with the winner taking home just under $1,500.  With additional money throughout the field, the Pro Late feature will actually be paying $150 to start.

Those two divisions aren’t the only ones which will benefit.  The Midwest Big 10 Series Archers Alley Street Stock event will be paying $850 to win, the Hornets will race for at least a $240 top prize, and the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods have had an additional $480 added throughout the top ten.

Point leaders coming into the week are Tommy Sheppard, Jr. of New Berlin, IL in the Modifieds, Warrensburg, IL driver Dakota Ewing in the Pro Lates, Tim Hancock in the Pro Mods, Terry Reed in the Street Stocks, Brady Reed in the Hornets, and Molly Day in the Micros by Bailey Chassis.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

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.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s) 

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 708 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 596 112
3 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 536 172
4 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 410 298
5 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 394 314
6 43 Jared Thomas Edinburg IL 358 350
7 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 276 432
8 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 264 444
9 22 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 256 452
10 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 252 456


Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 638 0
2 14 Donny Koehler Macon IL 556 82
3 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 516 122
4 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 478 160
5 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 464 174
6 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 400 238
7 52R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 392 246
8 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 332 306
9 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 266 372
10 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 248 390


Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 732 0
2 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 674 58
3 5 Rob Timmons Centralia IL 646 86
4 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 596 136
5 22 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 564 168
6 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 490 242
7 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 448 284
8 B21 Billy Nail Decatur IL 404 328
9 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 396 336
10 35 Tom Davidson Springfield IL 384 348


Archers Alley Street Stocks 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 560 0
2 1 Gene Reed Hammond IL 494 66
3 X7 Larry Russell Decatur IL 486 74
4 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 458 102
5 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 430 130
6 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 398 162
7 23Z Shawn Ziemer Boody IL 390 170
8 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 366 194
9 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 342 218
10 80 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 332 228


Hornets
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 634 0
2 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 536 98
3 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 500 134
4 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 410 224
5 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 400 234
6 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 330 304
7 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 322 312
8 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 314 320
9 04 Steve Stine Stonington IL 310 324
10 69M Michael Abbott Taylorville IL 284 350


Micros By Bailey Chassis
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 17 Molly Day Atwood IL 298 0
2 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 272 26
3 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 264 34
4 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 254 44
5 84 Tyler Day Atwood IL 218 80
6 7A Will Armitage Athens IL 194 104
7 21 Aaron Andruskevitch Riverton IL 178 120
8 28 Luke Verardi Taylorville IL 172 126
9 37 Aiden Purdue Clinton IL 172 126
10 27 Devin Feger East Peoria IL 166 132

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