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Apr 05

Action Track hosts USAC Silver Crown, UMP modifieds Sunday in Terre Haute

 

         Wednesday May 22nd     Tony Hulman Classic     USAC Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds     General Admission Gates Open: 5PM     Pit Gates Open: 4PM     Hot Laps: 6PM     Racing: 7PM     General Admission: $25     Infield: $15     Kids 10 & Under: FREE     Pit Pass: $35 - USAC Members: $30     (All times Eastern)

 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The USAC season starts with a great doubleheader at two legendary Indiana dirt tracks on April 5-6.

After the USAC sprint cars raced at Lawrenceburg Speedway Saturday night, the Silver Crown cars will be unleashed Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track, the fast half-mile track at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

Grandstands and the infield open at 2 p.m. central time at the Action Track. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. with racing immediately following qualifications. Former NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will race UMP modifieds at the Action Track as the Midwest dirt track racing season kicks into high gear.

Heading into the weekend, everyone wondered if there would be a weekend sweep at Lawrenceburg and Terre Haute. It hasn’t happened in 11 years but at least seven drivers will try to win USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint races at different tracks on the same weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

J.J. Yeley was the last to accomplish the feat, winning Silver Crown races at Lucas Oil Raceway and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and a Sprint race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio all in the span of four days. That year Yeley became the second driver to sweep USAC’s National “Triple Crown” joining Tony Stewart (1995) as the only drivers in history to accomplish the three-series “sweep” in a single year.

Drivers Jarett Andretti, Shane Cockrum, Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom are all expected to compete in both weekend races.

Darland is the only driver of the eight to have won in the Sprints at Lawrenceburg and the Silver Crown at Terre Haute. Coons has Sprint wins at both tracks, while Hines has Midget wins at both and Sprint wins at Terre Haute.

Saturday’s Lawrenceburg race is round three of the 2014 AMSOIL calendar. Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson scored victories at Ocala, Fla. in February. Sunday’s Terre Haute race opens the 11-race 2014 Silver Crown calendar.

Defending winners at each track are Clauson (2013) at Lawrenceburg and East (2012) at Terre Haute. They won their respective series championships each year.

Levi Jones holds the one-lap Lawrenceburg Sprint car track record of 12.926 seconds set in 2008. Josh Wise is the one-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown record holder at 20.139 seconds, set in 2005.

 

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Apr 04

Midwest Big Ten Series late models return to historic Macon Speedway in 2014

 

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 MACON, Ill. – With a long tradition as a home for high level late model racing, Macon Speedway is excited to open its 69th season of racing at the famed fifth-mile banked dirt oval by featuring the annual Midwest Big Ten Series for UMP late models on April 12. The showcase is a 10-race series that will run at Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Ill.), Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, Ill.) and Quincy Raceways (Quincy, Ill.). The series features a $5,000 prize fund.

Macon Speedway also hosts the Big Ten Series late models on May 10, June 14 and July 19.

The late model loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points accumulated during the series will determine the Midwest Big Ten Series champion. The overall champion earns $2,000, and the payouts continue through the top 10 rankings.

Last season, Steve Sheppard Jr., of New Berlin, won the series title in a tense battle. Brian Dively of Springfield finished second, ahead of Matt Taylor of Springfield, Greg Kimmons of Pleasant Plains and John Beck of Springfield.

“Macon Speedway is known as a hotbed for talented late model drivers who like to compete and showcase their skills before a big, excited crowd,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “We want to thank them for being so loyal to our historic track. Macon Speedway knows that without our drivers, we couldn’t succeed. We’re proud to have every one of them racing at our track.’’

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). A texting service is now available by going to our website.

Midwest Big Ten Series

Late Models

Friday, April 11 – Jacksonville Speedway

Saturday, April 12 – Macon Speedway

Saturday, May 10 – Macon Speedway

Sunday, May 18 – Quincy Raceways

Friday, June 13 – Jacksonville Speedway

Saturday, June 14 – Macon Speedway

Friday, July 18 – Lincoln Speedway

Saturday July 19 – Macon Speedway

Sunday, July 20 – Quincy Raceways

Friday, August 8 – Lincoln Speedway

 

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Apr 04

Lucas Oil late model races at Macon, Paducah on live video stream from DirtonDirt.com

 

LucasOil_latemodel_logo2010White (150x122)MACON, Ill. – The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is a can’t miss race, because the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its first appearance at Macon Speedway on May 1. But for those who can’t make it to the track, live video streaming of the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is available through DirtonDirt.com. 

Fans can purchase the pay-per-view package for $19.99 per night by logging onto DirtonDirt.com and clicking on the “Order Live Video” link at the top right-hand corner of the page. PayPal and credit cards can be used for live-video orders. The broadcast  includes all late model and support-division action plus exclusive interviews from the pit area throughout the program.

 

The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 pays $12,000 to win. The fifth-mile dirt oval at historic Macon Speedway has been known as a hotbed for late models, and the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is a 100-lapper that sends Macon Speedway’s 69th season of racing into high gear.

 

Coverage of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway on May 3 and Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., on May 2 will also be available on DirtonDirt.com for $19.99. DirtonDirt.com is a news website covering dirt tracks and has also been bringing lap-by-lap coverage of special events to fans across the country for several years.

 

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action with great sight lines for fans. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205. N. Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000 or follow Macon Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). Go to the speedway website to join the text service.

 

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Apr 04

Macon Speedway’s Spring Fling season opener cancelled by heavy rains, saturated grounds


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MACON, Ill. – The seventh annual Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway featuring the UMP Champions Showdown and POWRi midgets Saturday has been cancelled because of heavy rains and saturated grounds.

Macon Speedway now will open its 69th season on April 12 with full weekly racing highlighted by the Midwest Big Ten Series for UMP late models. The series will tour through a total of four Illinois tracks before declaring a points champion. The total purse for the series is $5,000. Billingsley Towing modifieds, street stocks, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and B-mods will also race. Gates open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

POWRi will make its first appearance at Macon Speedway on April 26.

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). Go to our website to join the Macon Speedway Club for Email blasts and a texting service.

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Apr 02

Macon Speedway sets tire rules

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway set its tire rules for the 2014 season.

For the first four weeks until May 1, cars are allowed to use A’s and H’s on the rear. No D tires are allowed. On the front, all A’s, H’s and D’s are allowed until May 1. After May 1, no D’s will be allowed at Macon Speedway.

A’s, H’s, D’s are allowed for Track Enterprise races at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.

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Apr 01

Macon Speedway opens season Saturday with UMP Showdown, POWRi plus Schrader in modified

 

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MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night Saturday. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Showdown by bringing modified, street stock and hornet champions from other area tracks for a battle royal. Meanwhile, open-wheel fans also get the first local appearance by the wildly popular POWRi midgets and micros on the banked fifth-mile dirt oval as Macon Speedway opens for the 69th season.

Macon Speedway co-owner and NASCAR star Ken Schrader will also race his modified in the season opener, providing even more fireworks to an already exciting night.

“There’s no better way to start the season than giving our dirt-track fans the best of both worlds,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our Champions Showdown allows drivers to battle it out for bragging rights. The POWRi series is a fan favorite for the open-wheel crowd.’’

Track champions were invited from 13 local speedways to battle for the pride that goes with beating the best from the area’s other tracks. In addition to the prize winnings, each Champions Night winner also receives a trophy to take to the home track.

“Each speedway thinks they have the best drivers,’’ Sargent said. “Let’s find out who can take home the bragging rights for 2014.’’

Macon Speedway reigning champs Guy Taylor of Springfield in Billingsley Towing modifieds, Gene Reed of Blue Mound in street stocks and Adam Webb of Decatur in hornets can defend the honor of the historic short track.

Meanwhile, the POWRi midgets and micros make the first of their six appearances at Macon Speedway, more than any other track on the POWRi schedule. The POWRi summer season runs through five states, and the midgets fly around the high-banked oval at Macon Speedway. Fans saw Danny Stratton, Christopher Bell, Andrew Felker and Brady Bacon win features at Macon Speedway in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series last season. Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., is the reigning series champion.

“Our fans really enjoy watching these POWRi midgets handle our speedway,’’ Sargent said. “The talent level is amazing, and the machinery is top notch.’’

Opened in 1946, Macon Speedway is co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace and Schrader. Racing runs every Saturday through Sept. 27 at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles.

For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track). Follow Macon Speedway at www.maconracing.com,  www.facebook.com/maconracing and on Twitter @maconspeedway. Stay tuned for the Macon Speedway Club with a texting service and Email newsletter.

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Mar 31

Schrader to race modified in Macon Speedway’s Spring Fling season opener Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – The Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway set for Saturday just added another attraction. Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader, a NASCAR star who is concentrating now on his dirt track program, plans to race a modified when the historic track opens for its 69th season with the Spring Fling that also features UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros.

A Missouri native, Schrader didn’t want to miss a big night of action on the famed fifth-mile track. Schrader will also stay late in the Macon Speedway pits to sign autographs.

“It’s always great to see other drivers come to our track and race against our very talented and fast drivers,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Ken started his career on the dirt, and he just can’t get enough of it. Ken has a busy schedule this season, so we’re lucky to have him racing in our Spring Fling season opener.’’

Schrader and Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace are also planning to race at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., Sunday when the UMP modifieds share the half-mile track with the USAC Silver Crown cars for the Sumar Classic.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season.

Pits open at 3 p.m. and gates swing open at 5. Racing starts at 7. It’s a night when the pits are expected to reach overflow capacity with top-rate machinery and talented drivers who love to run Macon Speedway’s fast corners.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, go online at www.maconracing.com, Facebook.com/maconracing and @maconspeedway on Twitter. A new texting service is coming soon.

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Mar 30

Drivers, fans enjoy busy day during Macon Speedway Test N Tune practice session

 

 

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MACON, Ill. – The green flag will fly on Macon Speedway racing season Saturday (April 5), and it’s going to be a great season if the Test N Tune practice session Sunday was any indication.

Roughly 60 cars spread over all classes at Macon Speedway hit the fifth-mile banked oval for some practice on a gorgeous spring afternoon. The track was fast, and the drivers were showing off new paint jobs and sponsors. Plenty of fans took advantage to grab a seat and one of those famous Macon Speedway hot dogs for a race-day style picnic. There was plenty of dirt tracking on the historic Macon Speedway track. The drivers are itching now to return for the season opener.

Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night Saturday. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Night by bringing modified, street stock and hornet champions from other area tracks for a battle royal. Meanwhile, open-wheel fans also get the first local appearance by the wildly popular POWRi midgets and mini-sprints on the banked fifth-mile clay oval as Macon Speedway opens for the 69th season. Pits open at 4 p.m., gates open at 5 and racing starts at 7.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Bob Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 Wiles. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). A texting service is coming soon.

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Mar 30

Macon Speedway opens for practice

 

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MACON, Ill. – It’s time to hit the track at Macon Speedway.

Test N Tune practice is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (March 30) at historic Macon Speedway, the fifth-mile banked dirt oval. Cars in all classes have been invited for an open practice session, the only practice time before the season opener on Saturday (April 5).

Gates and the pits open at 11 a.m. General admission is free. Concessions will be open. The forecast calls for a gorgeous day. It’s going to be a fun day at the track.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling Saturday. The UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets and micros highlight the racing in the season opener. Champions from 13 area tracks have been invited to compete in UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks and UMP hornets for bragging rights. The popular POWRi midgets and outlaw micros also make the first of their six appearances at the speedway this season. Pits open at 4 p.m. Gates swing open at 5, and racing begins at 7.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

To keep up on all the wheel to wheel action at Macon Speedway, go online to the track website (www.maconracing.com), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

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Mar 29

Macon Speedway season getting up to speed with car show Saturday, practice session Sunday

 

 

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MACON, Ill. – The 2014 Macon Speedway season is unofficially here with the Macon Speedway Car Show Saturday (March 29) and Test N Tune practice Sunday (March 30) on the historic fifth-mile banked dirt oval.

The Macon Speedway Car Show is 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum on U.S. 36 east in Decatur. Drivers will proudly unveil their race cars for the first time, showing off new paint schemes and sponsors. It’s a great day to get up close and personal with the machines that will tear around the Macon Speedway dirt track.

Come visit to see the cars and you just might win a prize or contest. Bring your camera. The car show is a prelude to action on the track, which gets underway Sunday.

Test N Tune practice runs from noon to 4 p.m. The pits open at 11 a.m. General admission is free. The concession stand will open. It’s the first chance for drivers to test their equipment on the historic track. Action on historic Macon Speedway will be furious, because this is the only practice session before the speedway opens.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Located nine miles South of Decatur, Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information on Macon Speedway, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com for a complete 2014 race schedule, news, updates, blogs and additional information. For quick and convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter (@maconspeedway). The Macon Speedway Club is coming soon with a texting service.

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