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Jul 12

Macon Speedway is racing tonight with Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball, Sportsman Topless 40

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MACON, Ill. — Macon Speedway is racing Saturday night with the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball featuring the Sportsman Topless 40 and the Big Ten Series Street Stocks. Also, Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 hosts Starship Billiards.

Firefighters with badge/ID plus their families all receive half-rice admission. We will recognize the firefighters during the program to thank them for their service to our communities. Macon Speedway will run seven classes with Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Big Ten Street Stocks, the Sportsman Topless 40, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series also racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are only $12 for general admission.

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All ladies are admitted for half price. Check out the race buckets. For just $20, you get a bucket, five cans of Bud Light or Bud plus the ice to keep it all cold during that hot racing on the track. Now, that’s a party to make it great summer night in the Macon Speedway grandstands. With so many ladies in the crowd, it’s a fabulous night for guys to head to the track. Look for giveaways from Budweiser. There’s some really cool merchandise, from sunglasses to T-shirts, coozies and party beads.

At the track, keep an eye out for those ladies from Starship Billiards. They will be handing out coupons good for a free appetizer with the purchase of a meal. Also, take your Macon Speedway ticket stub or wristband to Starship Billiards from Sunday, July 13 to Saturday, July 19, for one hour of free pool.

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). 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 data rates may apply.

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Jul 12

Macon Speedway preparing for Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball but check back for updates

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 MACON, Ill. — After an overnight thunderstorm, Macon Speedway was proceeding with preparations Saturday for the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball featuring the Sportsman Topless 40 and the Big Ten Series Street Stocks. Also, Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 hosts Starship Billiards.

Call 217-764-300 or go to Maconracing.com for updates on track conditions and weather throughout the day.

Firefighters with badge/ID plus their families all receive half-rice admission. We will recognize the firefighters during the program to thank them for their service to our communities. Macon Speedway will run seven classes with Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Big Ten Street Stocks, the Sportsman Topless 40, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series also racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are only $12 for general admission.

Sisters of Speed

All ladies are admitted for half price. Check out the race buckets. For just $20, you get a bucket, five cans of Bud Light or Bud plus the ice to keep it all cold during that hot racing on the track. Now, that’s a party to make it great summer night in the Macon Speedway grandstands. With so many ladies in the crowd, it’s a fabulous night for guys to head to the track. Look for giveaways from Budweiser. There’s some really cool merchandise, from sunglasses to T-shirts, coozies and party beads.

At the track, keep an eye out for those ladies from Starship Billiards. They will be handing out coupons good for a free appetizer with the purchase of a meal. Also, take your Macon Speedway ticket stub or wristband to Starship Billiards from Sunday, July 13 to Saturday, July 19, for one hour of free pool.

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). 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 data rates may apply.

 

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Jul 11

Miles Chevrolet Night with Sportsman Topless 40, Big Ten Street Stocks plus Bud Light Ladies Night and Starship Billiards

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MACON, Ill. – The race is on to find the fastest women in town. The gals from Starship Billiards will hit the track Saturday during Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103. Stephanie Bender, Holly Vinson, Sunzie Davis, Dawn Reynolds and Sarah Griffith will attempt to finish in the top two spots and qualify for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship race on Sept. 13.

It’s just part of the fun during an action packed program. Miles Chevrolet presents the Fireman’s Ball also featuring the Sportsman Topless 40 and Big Ten Series Street Stocks. Meanwhile, the Bud Light Ladies Night shootout is fast becoming one of the biggest parties in the Decatur area.

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The Sportsman Topless 40 is a highlight of the season for drivers in the division. The cars race after driver remove the roof from the cars. The open cockpit feel is great for drivers and fans. Big Ten Street Stocks also battle for $500 to win in the highly competitive division.

The gals from Starship already feel like they own the track. The ladies from Starship, 3015 Grand Prix Drive in Decatur, will compete in a five-lap shootout in Stock Hornets. The championship qualifiers will join Jenny Kramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s later this season. Woody’s (Aug. 9) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 30) will race on Bud Light Ladies Night to also send qualifiers to the championship race. The action was furious in the first Bud Light Ladies Night race, as the femmes from Rocco’s shrugged off the checkered flag and kept racing. So be ready for anything goes when the ladies buckle up in four-cylinder stock hornets.

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                                                                                            Stay out of their way. Starship Billiards is ready to race at Macon Speedway.

All ladies are admitted for half price. Check out the race buckets. For just $20, you get a bucket, five cans of Bud Light or Bud plus the ice to keep it all cold during that hot racing on the track. Now, that’s a party to make it great summer night in the Macon Speedway grandstands. With so many ladies in the crowd, it’s a fabulous night for guys to head to the track. Look for giveaways from Budweiser. There’s some really cool merchandise, from sunglasses to T-shirts, coozies and party beads.

At the track, keep an eye out for those ladies from Starship Billiards. They will be handing out coupons good for a free appetizer with the purchase of a meal. Also, take your Macon Speedway ticket stub or wristband to Starship Billiards from Sunday, July 13 to Saturday, July 19, for one hour of free pool.

Firefighters with badge/ID plus their families all receive half-rice admission. We will recognize the firefighters during the program to thank them for their service to our communities. Macon Speedway will run seven classes with Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Big Ten Street Stocks, the Sportsman Topless 40, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series also racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are only $12 for general admission.

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). 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 data rates may apply.

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Jul 10

Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, rockets to record 5th Herald&Review 100 win

MACON, Ill. – Perhaps we should just call him Five Time. Shannon Babb made history Thursday in the Herald-Review 100 at Macon Speedway by winning the Herald&Review 100 for a record fifth time.  The driver from nearby Moweaqua took the checkered flag for the second consecutive year earned the $5,000 paycheck. Also known as the Moweaqua Missile, Babb overcame a collision with polesitter Bobby Pierce midway through the race to send the crowd into a frenzy for the local favorite. Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., was second ahead of Brian Shirley of Chatham. Dennis Erb of Carpentersville was fourth with Matt Taylor of Springfield fifth.

“We’ve growed up here and raced here a lot, so it means a lot to win this thing,” said three-time series champion Shannon Babb, who received a loud ovation upon winning in front of his hometown crowd. “You know, it’s tough running 100 laps here and staying out of trouble.”

In another back-and-forth battle, Babb returned his name to atop the series all-time wins list as he tied Billy Moyer at 86 DIRTcar Summer Nationals career victories, just one night after Moyer won at Terre Haute Action Track and took the outright lead.

Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr. and Matt Taylor rounded out the top five.

In the modified feature, Macon Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader of Concord, N.C., rallied for the win ahead of Jeremy Nichols. Jeff Leka was third. MACON  SPEEDWAY RESULTS HERALD & REVIEW 100 – 1. Shannon Babb, 2. Ryan Unzicker, 3. Brian Shirley, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Matt Taylor, 6. Kevin Weaver, 7. McKay Wenger, 8. Steve Lance, 9. Guy Taylor, 10. Ryan Little, 11. Kyle Logue, 12. Steve Thorsten, 13. Mark Voigt, 14. Greg Kimmons, 15. Jim Moon, 16. John Beck. 17. Brandon Sheppard, 18. Gary Christian, 19. Andrew Barnes, 20. Bobby Pierce, 21. Billy Hough, 22. Rich Bell. Summit Modified Nationals – 1. Ken Schrader,  2. Jeremy Nichols, 3. Jeff Leka, 4. Mike Harrison, 5. Cory Daugherty, 6. Chad Evans, 7. Curt Rhodes, 8. Rodney Bowman, 9. Matt Goulden, 10. Dave Crawley, 11. Ethan Schnapp, 12. Danny Smith, 13. Guy Taylor, 14. Cody Bauman, 15. Ray Bollinger, 16. Mike McKinney, 17. Zach Bunning, 18. Tommy Sheppard Jr., 19. Eric Hamilton. 20. Rick Weitekamp, 21. Jeremy Nichols, 22. Chad Sellers.

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Jul 10

Summer Nationals points battle heads to tradition rich Herald&Review 100 tonight

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Shannon Babb is the defending champion. Photo by Lisa Morrison/Herald&Review

MACON, Ill. – The crown jewel of the Summer National Tour races tonight when history could be made at the 34th running of the Herald&Review 100 at legendary Macon Speedway. Late model aces Shannon Babb and Kevin Weaver both shoot for a record fifth victory in the 100-lap race rich in tradition, pageantry and atmosphere. The race is expected to draw more than 3,000 fans as the Summer Nationals heads toward crowning a champion.

Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, is the defending race champion. He’s battling for the points title with Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., and Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill.. Sheppard won the Summer Nationals title last summer, and Pierce is the 17-year-old phenom who took the checkered flag in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway in May.

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The action will be furious in the Herald&Review 100 — the only 100-lapper in the Summer Nationals — these dirt trackers know their way around the fifth-mile high banked oval known for two grooves of racing. Local drivers such as Kyle Logue, who recently won two late model features at Macon Speedway, will make the night even more interesting. Dirt track legend Billy Moyer won the Summer National event at Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday, holding off Shirley, Babb, Sheppard and Daytona 500 polesitter Austin Dillon. Now the crews much shift from the big half-mile layout at the Action Track to the tight confines of Macon Speedway.

Babb, Weaver and Pierce’s father, Bob, all have won wins in the Herald&Review 100.

The Summit Modified Nationals will also race for $1,000 to win, and Macon Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader is always tough to beat on a track he likes to call a home away from home.

The Herald-Review 100 annually is a circle-the-date race. Fans pack the stands early, and campers began arriving Wednesday. It’s a horsepower carnival with some of the best racing in the Midwest. Tickets are only $25 for adults and $5 for children 11-under. Pit passes are $35.

Parking is free. Camping is available. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), 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 can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may 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.

 

 

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Jul 09

Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks rev up for another $500 to win payout Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – The Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks event rained out on June 21 at Macon Speedway has been rescheduled on Saturday, July 12 in another $500 to win feature during the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball, when the program also features the Sportsman Topless 40 and the gals from Starship Billiards racing on Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103.

Bobby Beiler leads Terry Reed by two points heading into the race at Macon Speedway on July 12. Kyle Waters is third in the standings, followed by Gene Reed.

The Big Ten Street Stocks is a 10-race tour spread over four tracks. The competitive, wheel to wheel series also races at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway and the Christian County Fair in Taylorville (Ill.) on July 24, when Larry’s Service Center presents the Triple 25’s on the quarter-mile dirt track. Fans are still talking about the thrilling Street Stocks feature at Macon Speedway on July 5, when four drivers battle furiously for the win before Larry Russell, Jr. took the checkered flag. The division included 24 cars that night in a display of horsepower and fearless driving.

Firefighters with badge/ID and their families are admitted for half price, and all ladies are also admitted at half price during Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), 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 can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may 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.

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Jul 09

Jameson tops Shirley in Kentucky as Herald&Review 100 countdown continues

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UNION, Ky. — — Jason Jameson scored his first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory in exciting fashion, as he passed 2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brian Shirley with less than 10 laps to go, then held him off on a late-race restart en route to scoring the $5,000 checkered flag at Florence Speedway.

The 34th running of the Herald&Review 100 is Thursday at Macon Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the pits open at 4. Tickets are only $25 for adults. Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, is the defending race champ and goes for a record fifth title.

Jameson, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., started the 40-lap feature event from the pole-position but failed to secure the top spot on lap one as Shirley, who started to Jameson’s outside, jumped out to an early lead.

Shirley looked to have the car to beat as he led a race-high 31 circuits, but started fading late as Jameson caught back up to the leader and slid around him to claim the lead on lap 32. Jameson quickly extended his lead and looked as if he would cruise to the victory with only eight laps remaining.

That was before a late-race caution brought a hungry Brian Shirley, who hasn’t won since Clayhill Motorsports Park on June 26, back to the leader’s back bumper on lap 38. On both of the final remaining laps Shirley dove his car under Jameson in turn two, both times capturing the lead, before handing it back over to Jameson who crossed back under him on the backstretch.

Jameson recaptured the top spot from Shirley on each of the final two laps, eventually pulling away from Shirley coming to the checkered flag as he was passed by Eric Wells for the second position. Jameson fought hard with the 2012 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, but eventually came away with his first career victory in the grueling six-week long tour.

“Shirley, he was driving the wheels off that thing, and I was just chasing him the whole time,” said Jameson, who also crews for two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Darrell Lanigan. “His car, seemed like the longer the race went, the tighter it got. I could rotate the center better than he could, so I figured it was a matter of time when I could run him off [turn] two and get him in three and four, and that’s kind of what happened.”

Shirley, Kent Robinson and Justin Rattliff rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Shirley, Jameson and Eric Wells.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Wednesday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Florence Speedway; Union, Ky.;

July 8, 2014; A-Main (40-laps): 1. 29-Jason Jameson ($5,000), 2. 18W-Eric Wells, 3. 81-Brian Shirley, 4. 7R-Kent Robinson, 5. 16-Justin Rattliff, 6. 18-Shannon Babb, 7. 91P-Jason Papich, 8. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 9. C9-Steve Casebolt, 10. 1B-Jeff Babcock, 11. 1M-Jim Moon, 12. 21-Robby Hensley, 13. 11R-James Rice, 14. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 15. 157-Mike Marlar, 16. 63-Jesse Lay, 17. 19-Chad Smith, 18. 3-Austin Dillon, 19. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 20. 18E-Ethan Burgess, 21. 77K-Steve Kester.

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Jul 09

2014 Illinois State Fair Sportsman Entry Form

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Jul 08

Herald-Review 100 returns before exciting Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball

HR100     MACON, Ill. – The 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 Thursday at Macon Speedway serves as the crown jewel of the UMP Summer Nationals tour before the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball Saturday honors firefighters and their families while the racing program features the Sportsman Topless 40 and Big Ten Series Street Stocks. The gals from Starship Billiards also race during Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103, as the legendary speedway brings several fan favorites together during one great night of fun on the legendary fifth-mile high-banked oval.
Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, goes after a record fifth win in the H-R 100 after taking the checkered flag last season. Kevin Weaver is also going for his fifth title. Defending Summer Nationals champ Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Jason Feger of Bloomington and Ryan Unzicker of El Paso are also competing for the Summer Nationals championship. Tickets are $25 for the H-R 100 and are available on raceday.
On Saturday, firefighters and their families are admitted for half price with badge/ID, so that’s just $6 for general admission. Macon Speedway wants to recognize the brave men and women who keep us safe and help them enjoy a great night of racing.
The Sportsman Topless 40 is a 40-lapper with the Sportsman drivers competing with an open cockpit after removing the tops to the cars. The race is an annual highlight among Sportsman drivers and loyal Macon Speedway fans. Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will also race in an event rescheduled from a rainout in June. The Big Ten is a 10-race series at four tracks, including the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24.
It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, with the gals from Starship Billiards racing in hornets in an attempt to qualify for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship on Sept. 13. Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s have already qualified for the championship. Woody’s (Aug. 9) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 30) are also competing for the chance to race for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship. Ladies also are admitted for half price during every Bud Light Ladies Night. Cool off with a party in the grandstands with race buckets filled with five Bud/Bud Lights plus the ice to chill it all for only $20.
Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series are also racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday with racing at 7.
For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), 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 can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may 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.

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Jul 07

Summer Nationals hit big track, short track back to back at Action Track, Macon Speedway

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Let’s see who can handle the big track and the short track.

After the UMP Summer Nationals run the lightning fast half-mile Action Track in Terre Haute  Wednesday, the tour returns to famed Macon Speedway Thursday for the 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 on the world’s fastest fifth-mile high banked dirt oval. How’s that for a tricky combination of two tracks in two days.

It will test the drivers and their crews. That’s the longest and shortest distances on the Summer Nationals tour.

The program is loaded with big names in Terre Haute. NASCAR Sprint Cup rookies Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier will hit the Action track and join NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. With the Summer Nationals nearing the finish line, expect all of the contenders to head to Terre Haute. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for adults.

Ryan Unzicker of El Paso., Ill., led the points standings after the weekend. Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua (Ill.) Missile, stood second with defending tour champ Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin, Ill.) third, followed by Brian Shirley (Chatham, Ill.) and Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, Ill.).

Babb won the Herald-Review 100 last season and has four wins, tied for the most ever with Kevin Weaver and Bobby Pierce Sr. Schrader will also run his modified at Macon Speedway. Tickets are $25 for adults.

Macon Speedway is dirt track’s version of Bristol Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7.

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