Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 29

Macon Speedway’s 68th Season Comes to Close

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By Brett Zerfowski 

(Macon, IL) The quest that began in April came to a completion on the final Saturday of September at Macon Speedway as five drivers realized their summer dream of being a UMP Track Champion. Three of the divisions had their points wrapped up while two racing classes still had work to do.

Dave Crawley, Jr. was able to win the Sportsman division for the second time in his racing career and did so in grand fashion with a blow-away victory. Crawley, the 2010 Sportsman division king, won many races through the season but didn’t have much of a lead over second place driver Nick Macklin coming into the night’s action. Macklin, runner up in the division standings a season ago, came into the evening 44 points shy of Crawley and did not have a great night finishing fifth while Crawley took the checkered flag.

The Billingsley Towing Modified class was essentially finished off with Guy Taylor’s 60-point advantage over Danny Smith. All Taylor needed to do was show up to claim his second consecutive crown at Macon Speedway. He did more than that as he led all 20 laps en route to a feature win. Smith finished second to Taylor in the points for the second straight season, as well. New comer Milo Velez took the second place spot in the feature along with Ethan Schnapp in third. 

Gene Reed wrapped up his first Street Stock championship a few weeks back but came out with hopes of finishing the season strong, which he managed to do. Reed was runner up in the feature event as he followed 2011 Street Stock champion Bobby Beiler across the finish line. Beiler took second in the points standings. Kyle Waters, who placed seventh in the seasonal points in 2012, finished third in 2013 with a fourth place finish, coming behind Tom Reich.

Macon Speedway’s Outlaw Hornet champion is also the 2013 UMP National Hornet Champion in Adam Webb. Finishing second on the National scene is also the second place finisher in the 2013 points, Jeremy Reed, but on this night, Reed bested Webb with an eight-lap feature win.

In the Stock Hornet division, Mike McChristy had a 24-point edge coming into the show and left with the title of Stock Hornet Champion of Macon Speedway. Thad Gee had a good season but fell short of the title. McChristy finished second in the feature race to Tharen Reno, who claimed his first feature win of his career at history Macon Speedway.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Illinois Lighting Sprint Series to the track for its first-ever appearance at the dirt track. Korey Weyant blew past the competition to a heat win and a 20-lap feature win. 

The 80-car field kept the show moving with minimal cautions and the action concluded before 9pm with a beautiful evening for racing. The season was a tricky one as Mother Nature washed out the early part of the schedule, along just one race in April (Opening Night) and two races in May and June before giving way to steady dry conditions and steady weekly racing at the Premiere Motorsports Facility in Central Illinois.

Macon Speedway would like to thank their sponsors for backing them during their 68th season of stock car racing as well as the weekly drivers and their crews for coming and putting on great show after great show. The gates will open for its 69th consecutive season in the spring of 2014.

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Sep 25

TRACK CHAMPIONS NIGHT AND ILLINOIS LIGHTNING SPRINT SERIES AT MACON SPEEDWAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

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(Macon, IL) At the beginning of the season, many drivers hoped for a chance to be a champion. At the end of the season, only one driver per division will receive that honor. This weekend, the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will determine who will come out on top with the title in each division.

In the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division, Guy Taylor of Springfield has had a consistent season running in the top five for most of it. Taylor is going into the championship race in first place, followed by Danny Smith of Argenta; Jeff Graham of Stonington; Clark Robertson of Shelbyville and Joe Strawkas of Buffalo rounding out the top five.In the UMP Sportsman division, David Crawley, Jr. has been a regular in the top five throughout 2013. He is ahead of Nick Macklin of Argenta by a slim margin, rounded out by Mike Pickering of Decatur; Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville and Scott Landers of Taylorville.

UMP Street Stocks champion seems to be secured by Gene Reed of Blue Mound. Reed has a healthy lead in the division followed by Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound, Kyle Walters of Oreana, Brian Dasenbrock of Decatur, and Thomas Riech of Springfield.

Adam Webb of Decatur also seems to have the UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornet division wrapped up. Webb is ahead of Jeremy Reed of Decatur, Dillon Justice of Harristown, Vernon Carlow of Springfield and Fred Reed, Jr. of Decatur round out the top five.

The Stock Hornets are the closest division this season. Thad Gee of Bloomington and Mike McChristy of Mt. Zion have been trading places at the top since May. Going into this weekend, Mike McChristy holds the lead by only a few points. Austin Harbin of Argenta follows closely behind, followed by Theran Reno of Springfield and William Deavers of Bloomington.

Just announced - Macon Speedway welcomes the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series this weekend! The 1000cc and 1200cc Lightning Sprint is a World of Outlaw appearing sprint car built on a midget chassis, using the 1000cc and up to 1200cc motorcycle engine, self starting, with chain drive. These cars weigh a minimum of 925 lbs after the race with the driver. Engines produce between 150 and 210 horsepower, providing an excellent power to weight ratio, providing exciting lightning fast excitement on the dirt. This will be the first time this series will visit Macon Speedway’s 1/5 mile bull ring.

Macon Speedway will also be having a drawing this weekend for a ride in the Macon Speedway Late Model two-seater for one lucky fan! Sign up at the beginning of the race to be entered.

As the season comes to a close, we at Macon Speedway would like to thank all of our sponsors, fans and drivers for a successful 2013 season, and look forward to a very exciting 2014 season!

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 and kids 11 & under are still free.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Make sure to follow us at  www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete, upcoming 2014 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

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Sep 23

Stratton wins fierce feature in POWRi Midgets, Benson’s victory, Thomas’ crash narrows championship in Micros

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MACON, Ill. (Sept. 21, 2013)-Danny Stratton won a fiercely fought feature in the POWRiLucas Oil National Midget Series and Nathan Benson drove to his fourth victory of the season in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series on Saturday at one-fifth mile Macon Speedway.

Stratton’s triumph in a 30-lap race that had four lead changes was the eighth of his POWRi career, but his first in 12 events this season. He finished two car lengths ahead of Andrew Felker and championship leader Zach Daum was third.

“It’s been a trying year, but we finally got it done,” Stratton said. “It’s my first race with the DRC chassis. I just thought I’d try it and I liked it.”

Stratton started on the outside of the second row in the Hans Lien-owned Esslinger-powered DRC and ran third through two red flags in the opening seven laps. He was running several car lengths behind Felker, who started on pole and led the opening 13 laps, and Tyler Thomas, who began challenging Felker with a series of slide jobs.

Thomas of Collinsville, Okla., passed Felker on the 14th lap in turns one and two. Stratton overtook Felker in turns three and four for second and was a few feet behind Thomas at start/finish. By the next time around, Stratton had passed Thomas to take the lead.

“We had the first five or six laps with the red flags, but once Felker and Thomas got rolling, they were slowing each other’s momentum with the slide jobs,” Stratton said. “I’m not sure they knew I was that close and kind of snuck up on them and got the lead.

“The car was good and I didn’t’ have any problems until getting into lapped traffic. It seemed like I didn’t have anywhere to go and not get slowed down.”

The final 24 laps were run under green and Stratton was on front for 15 of 16. Felker’s Spike-Fontana took the lead in traffic on the 27th, but couldn’t hold it.

“It feels good to run that good, but we led nearly half the race and it’s a disappointment not to finish it off,” the 20-year-old from Carl Junction, Mo., and 2012 POWRi National Midget champion said. “Tyler and I were sliding each other and by the time Stratton got by us, we didn’t have a chance.

“But once we got into lapped traffic, Stratton made some mistakes and getting caught behind slowercars and I had a shot at him. It would have been nice to have five more laps.”

Felker shaved 10 points off Daum’s lead and trails Daum officially by 270 points, 4,030-3,760. But when the POWRi rule that requires each driver to drop two events at the end of the season is included, Daum’s advantage is 180 points, 3,920-3,740. Four events remain.

“We’re still in contention,” Felker said.

Daum had a narrow escape from disaster that would have swallowed most of his championship lead.

On the 16th lap, Daum’s Toyota-powered Eagle touched wheels with Nick Knepper’s Spike-Esslinger exiting turn four. Daum went partially airborne and made contact with the outside wall on the front straight. The impact broke a part that held on the rear end, but the Eagle came down on the track and kept going.

“Luck,” the 22-year-old from Pocahontas, Ill., said. “I thought we were flipping. I was sure we were going for a ride. I don’t know how it happened that we kept going.”

Benson’s victory combined with championship leader Cale Thomas’ crash on the 11th lap and 21st-place finish substantially narrowed the gap in the championship. Thomas leads by 40 points, 2,330-2,290, when the rule eliminating the worst two finishes of the year is included. Two events remain.

Benson started on pole and led 19 of 20 laps in his Pace-Suzuki. The 29-year-old from Concordia, Mo., held off Jacob Patton’s Boss-Suzuki by four car lengths and Aaron Andruskevitch was third.

“Cale (Thomas) has been so fast all year, I hate to see him lose his championship lead like that,” Benson said. “I’d rather race him for it. We’ve got two races left and we’ll see what happens.

“I love this Macon track. I had my first POWRi win here in 2010 and getting going on the top is fabulous.”

Patton of Bethalto, Ill., has missed most of the season with a broken finger. He started on the outside of the front row and, running the inside, led the ninth lap, but couldn’t keep up with the outside-running Benson. Patton’s second was the best finish for the first-year Boss chassis.

Thomas was running third when Andruskevitch tried pass him with a slide job in turn four. They touched wheels and Thomas’ Sawyer flipped and crashed hard on the front straight. The 15-year-old from Fairland, Ind., wasn’t injured.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature results (30 laps): 1. Danny Stratton, 2. Andrew Felker, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daniel Robinson, 5. Bubba Altig, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Garrett Aitken, 8. Parker Price-Miller, 9. Justin Peck, 10. Austin Brown, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Daniel Adler, 13. James Eden, 14. Tony Roney, 15. Nick Knepper, 16. Shane Hollingsworth, 17. Terry Babb, 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Tyler Robbins, 20. Jeff Flesher, 21. Logan Hupp, 22. Jake Blackhurst.

POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series feature results (20 laps): 1. Nathan Benson, 2. Jacob Patton, 3. Aaron Andruskevitch, 4. Nick Bailey, 5. Jake Neuman, 6. Nic Harris, 7. Jimmy Miller, 8. Matt Ponder, 9. Trey Datweiler, 10. Max Pozsgai, 11. Joe Faloon, 12. Nick Knepper, 13. Jeremy Zumwalt, 14. Devin Feger, 15. Joey Wirth, 16. Derek Schuett, 17. Shelby Bosie, 18. Kyle Schuett, 19. Evan Weyant, 20. Trent Mulligan, 21. Cale Thomas, 22. Jason Harms.

POWRi Racing Sponsors

Auto Meter - “The Official Instrumentation” of POWRi Racing

Afco - “The Official Shock” of POWRi Racing

Ford - “The Official EcoBoost Challenge” of POWRi Racing

Hoosier Tire - “The Official Race Tire” of POWRi Racing

Impact Racing - “The Official Motorsports Safety Equipment” of POWRi Racing

Lucas Oil Products - “The Official Oil” of POWRi Racing

Speedway Motors - “The Official Performance Parts Store” of POWRi Racing

 

Team POWRi Racing

Advanced Racing Suspensions, Aggressive Graphics, Bell Helmets, BT Machine Inc., Butler Built Seats, Competition Suspension Inc., Edward Jones, Engler Machine & Tool Inc., Esslinger Engineering, Factor 1 Racing, Fontana Automotive, Hyper Racing, Kitchen Cooked, Leading Edge Composites, Millennium Components, MPD Racing, MoMo’s Racing Engines, OSR Bikes & Motors, Purpose Wreckers, Race Bumpers.com, Racers for Christ, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Spike Chassis, Stanton Race Engines, SuperShox, The Engine Heater, Ti64, Total Power, TOYOTA, 600 Scene.com

 

For more information, go to www.POWRi.com.

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Sep 18

MACON SPEEDWAY & DECATUR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HOST POWRi LUCAS OIL NATIONAL MIDGETS & POWRi SPEEDWAY MOTORS 600cc OUTLAW MICROS THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

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POWRi Midget championship contender Felker needs to start gaining on leader Daum at Macon

MACON, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2013)–Andrew Felker remains in contention for a second straight championship in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, but he’s running out of events to overtake leader Zach Daum going into Macon (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday night for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgtes & POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros sponsored by Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Daum has steadily pulled away from Felker by finishing in front of him in the last seven events and holds a 280-point advantage, 3,850-3,570, with five events remaining. POWRi’s rules require each driver to drop their lowest two finishes, which cuts Daum’s advantage by 90 points to 190. Those numbers are fluid, serving as a reference point that makes the chase substantially closer, but Felker still faces a rugged uphill climb.

Felker had performed well in his Spike-Fontana, four top-fives included in eight top-eights in the last eight features. But the 20-year-old from Carl Junction, Mo., has gained points on Daum in only one event in the stretch, a fourth to Daum’s eighth—a plus 40–at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway on Aug. 16.

Daum has been sensational in his Eagle-Toyota. The eighth was his worst result and the next seven have been top-fives including three feature victories and a pair of seconds. Going back a little farther, the 22-year-old from Pocahontas, Ill., has 12 top-fives including four victories in the last 14 events.

Saturday will be POWRi’s fourth stop this season at Macon Speedway. Felker won on the one-fifth mile track on June 8 and has a pair of sevenths; Daum was second on Aug. 17 and fifth and 11th in the two previous events. Felker has scored 480 points and Daum 470 at Macon this season.

Four events follow Macon: Sept. 28 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., for the Charlene Meents Memorial and three nights, Oct. 3-5, in a co-sanction with the Honda USAC Dirt National Midgets, at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

The POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series also races Saturday at Macon with Nathan Benson of Concordia, Mo., trailing Cale Thomas of Fairland, Ind., by 150 points, 2,340-2,190. When the requirement of dropping of two races is included, Thomas leads by 110 points.

Thomas has five feature wins, three seconds and 12 straight top-five finishes in the 14 season events. He’s won twice and finished second at Macon and will be going for this third straight win overall.

Benson has three feature wins in his first full POWRi season and eight top-fives.Jeremy Camp of Blue Mound, Ill., is third with 1,865 points, Joe B. Miller of Millersville, Mo., is fourth with 1,660 and Aaron Andruskevitch of Riverton, Ill., fifth with 1,635.POWRi’s Micros have two events following Macon, Belle-Clair on Sept. 28 and Tri-City on Oct. 5.

Also racing this Saturday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. UMP Sportsman will return next Saturday.

With only two weeks left in the track championship battle, the competition is heating up. In the Billingsley UMP Modified race, Guy Taylor is 52 points ahead of second place Danny Smith. Gene Reed is on top in the Street Stock division. The UMP Outlaw Hornet division is being lead by Adam Webb, followed by Jeremy Reed and Dillon Justis.  Mike McChristy from Mt. Zion, IL still leads the Stock Hornets.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and kids 11 & under are still free.

Macon Speedway upcoming events:

The final race of the season will be on September 28th with regular racing featuring the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series top-10 points standings (after 25 of 30 events): 1. Zach Daum 3,850, 2. Andrew Felker 3,570, 3. Brad Kuhn 2,490,4. Tyler Thomas 2,405, 5. Jake Blackhurst 2,275, 6. Parker Price-Miller 2,145, 7. Austin Brown 2,125, 8. Garrett Aitken 1,760; 9. Terry Babb 1,215, 10. Colten Cottle 1,080.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature winners: Jacksonville, Ill.—Shane Cockrum; Belleville, Ill.—Chris Bell; Macon, Ill.—Brady Bacon; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Michael Pickens; Jacksonville, Ill.—Kyle Larson; Lincoln, Ill.—Michael Pickens; Macon, Ill.—Andrew Felker; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Rico Abreu; Bloomington, Ind.—Zach Daum; Belleville, Ill.—Darren Hagen; Belleville, Ill.—Bryan Clauson; Wilmot, Wis.—Brad Kuhn; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Darren Hagen; Pontoon Beach Ill.—Terry Babb; Cameron, Mo.—Austin Brown; Grain Valley, Mo.—Zach Daum; Belleville, Ill.—Bryan Clauson; Lincoln, Ill.—Rico Abreu; Macon, Ill.—Chris Bell; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Bryan Clauson; Wayne City, Ill.—Zach Daum; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Zach Daum; Sun Prairie, Wis.—Zach Daum; Jacksonville, Ill.—Rico Abreu; Canton, Ill.—Chris Bell.

POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series top-10 points standings (after 14 of 17 events): 1. Cale Thomas 2,340, 2. Nathan Benson 2,190, 3. Jeremy Camp 1,865, 4. Joe B. Miller 1,660, 5. Aaron Andruskevitch 1,635, 6. Jake Neuman 1,465, 7. Jason Harms 1,230, 8. Kyle Schuett 1,105, 9. Dereck King 1,055, 10. Max Pozsgai 1,045.

POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series feature winners: Jacksonville, Ill.—Dereck King; Belleville, Ill.—Joe B. Miller; Macon, Ill.—Dereck King; Jacksonville, Ill.—Mike Dicely; Lincoln, Ill.—Nathan Benson; Macon, Ill.—Cale Thomas; Bloomington, Ind.—Nathan Benson; Belleville, Ill.—Joe B. Miller; Belleville, Ill.—Cale Thomas; Belleville, Ill.—Cale Thomas; Belleville, Ill.—Nathan Benson; Lincoln, Ill.—Joe B. Miller; Macon, Ill.—Cale Thomas; Jacksonville, Ill.—Cale Thomas.

For more information, go to www.POWRi.com.

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Sep 17

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets & POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros sponsored by Decatur Memorial Hospital at Macon Speedway Saturday, September 21

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Sep 17

A great night of racing honoring Dean Garland at Macon Speedway

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By Brett Zerfowski

(Macon, IL)

Jeff Leka made his return to Macon Speedway Saturday night to honor Dean Garland and took his place in the winner’s circle. Leka, started fifth in the 25-lap A-Main feature race, had difficulties getting past the third and fourth place Billingsley Towing Modifieds but knew he had plenty of time.

A few cautions later, Leka found himself competing for the lead with Danny Smith and eventually grabbed the lead and ran away with the feature. With the special event for Dean Garland, it was a Double-to-Start, Double-to-Win feature with an additional five laps added to the feature. Leka took the opportunity to pull ahead and make it an easy finish to the checkered flag.

Leka finished ahead of Curt Rhodes, and last week’s feature winner Ethan Schnapp finished third. Guy Taylor came from 11th to take fourth and Smith wound up fifth.

Bobby Beiler reclaimed the top spot in the Street Stock division with a 15-lap feature win. He was pressured late in the race by Tyler Blankenship and Brandon Eskew. Beiler pulled away from Eskew midway through the race to take the lead and hold on the top spot. Gene Reed was third, Greg Osman raced strong from deep in the pack to finish fourth and Eskew rounded out the top five.

The top four rows were decided by a six-lap dash. Beiler won the dash to find himself on the pole for the main event. 

Dave Crawley, Jr. went strong again for the Sportsman division and kept ahead of the field to once again find himself holding the checkered flag and honoring his friend, Dean Garland. Dennis Vandermeersch was in front for the early going but his car had difficulty handling the turns and fell back to finish third. Nick Macklin ran the bottom and passed Vandermeersch to take the runner’s up spot. Wes O’Dell and Curt Rhodes finished out the top five.

The event was completed with 4-cylinder Hornet action. Jeremy Reed beat out Adam Webb for the trophy and check in the Outlaw Hornet division and Brian Offer was the quickest Stock Hornet of the fleet to get the checkered flag.

Macon Speedway was pleased to have family and friends of Dean Garland on hand to take in the racing action and they were welcomed to the track for a group photo during intermission.

This Saturday, POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints will highlight the show along with stock cars. A full pit area is expected with the open wheel touring series making their final stop to Macon Speedway this season.

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Sep 12

Flora Gems, Kenny Wallace and Macon Speedway team up for giveaway this Monday, September 16!

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Sep 09

Dean Garland Memorial Race – Double-to-Win; Double-to-Start features – September 14!

MACON SPEEDWAY TO PRESENT THE DEAN GARLAND MEMORIAL RACE

WITH DOUBLE-TO-WIN AND DOUBLE-TO-START FEATURES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

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(Macon, IL)  Macon Speedway will prepare for the Dean Garland Memorial Race this Saturday, September

14th, featuring Double-to-Win and Double-to-Start features. Drivers participating must purchase a Dean Garland sticker to be eligible for the bonus. The stickers will be available raceday at the track. All monies raised will go to Dean’s grandchildren. Dean Garland was a beloved figure to drivers, pit crew members and officials at many central Illinois race tracks and passed away in the early part of the 2013 season. For anyone of you that has raced or owned a car or worked on a car in Central Illinois know Dean Garland. Dean has sold fuel and parts at just about every race track in the Midwest at one time or another, and has helped many people personally and professionally in years past.

Racing this Saturday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. The Macon Speedway point’s races are heating up as we enter the final few weeks of racing in 2013 at Macon Speedway. In the Billingsley UMP Modified race, Guy Taylor is slowly pulling away from second place Danny Smith.  The UMP Sportsman division David Crawley, Jr. is extending his lead week by week over Nick Macklin.  The Street Stock driver Gene Reed may have the top spot clinched.  The UMP Outlaw Hornet division is being lead by Adam Webb who just came off winning the Hornet World Championship last weekend.  The Stock Hornets are the tightest division with only 30 points separating Mike McChristy from Mt. Zion, IL and Thad Gee from Bloomington, IL. Anything can happen in one weekend, so don’t miss out on the excitement!

Macon Speedway will also be hosting The Decatur Forsyth Classic and Come Together Let’s Walk groups this weekend at the 1/5 mile race track.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $12 and kids 11 & under are still free.

Macon Speedway upcoming events:

Macon Speedway and Decatur Memorial Hospital will host the POWRi Midgets and Micros, plus Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets on Saturday, September 21.

The final race of the season will be on September 28th with regular racing featuring the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.

 

For information, call 217-764-3000. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

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Sep 08

7th Annual World Hornet Champion a familiar face

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By Brett Zerfowski

(Macon, IL)

In the 7th Annual World Hornet Championship event, the Outlaw Hornet feature winner was a familiar face to the world. Decatur’s Adam Webb claimed the top honor for third year in a row. Webb took the heat race and started on the inside of the second row to give him the chance at the lead and the trophy. Bloomington’s Brian Deavers was on his bumper for the majority of the race but couldn’t get enough to pass Webb. Jeremy Reed of Decatur had a remarkable feature after a miserable heat in which he did not finish. Reed was forced to start at the tail of the race among the 19 starts and dashed towards the front to finish third. Eldon Hemken started sixth and finished fourth and Jacob Rexing, a first-time visitor to Macon Speedway, finished fifth.

The Stock Hornet Championship race was won by Matthew Reed of Blue Mound. Reed was riding in second and looked to finish runner-up but leader and multi-time winner Thad Gee had a problem with the 4-cylinder and broke down in the race’s final lap. Reed took advantage and kept racing hard to finish in the top spot.

Another difficult finish for the leader came in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as leader Tommy Sheppard, Jr. was unable to hold the lead with two laps remaining on a restart as his Modified was unable to keep going and he pulled into the infield. That opened the door for Springfield’s Ethan Schapp. Schnapp ran clean the entire race with the exception of an early restart on a caution flag where he lost the early advantage to Sheppard. Guy Taylor stormed to second place after starting 11th. TD Burger was the pole sitter and he finished third. Nick Macklin finished fourth after beginning from the 13th place position and Danny Smith finished the race in fifth.

It was another week in the Sportsman class and another win for Dave Crawley, Jr. Decatur native Crawley won his heat and started outside front row with Dennis Vandermeersch and quickly pulled away to a zero-caution, 15-lap A-Main event. Crawley led every lap. Mike Pickering held of Vandermeersch for second. Curt Rhodes was the fourth place finisher and Nick Macklin took fifth from Rick Roedel at the finish.

Gene Reed grabbed the checkered flag in the Street Stock division. Thanks to lapped traffic causing congestion and holding up leader Mike Pickering, Reed took the top spot early in the 15-lap feature race. Pickering stayed atop the race track and Kyle Waters took the bottom side to slide by for second place. Mike Pundt, Jr. was fourth and Bobby Beiler was the fifth place driver.

Macon Speedway welcomed a new circuit to the track in the USAC Ignite Midgets, a division similar to that of the USAC Silver Crown cars and the POWRi Midgets. The feature winner was local driver, Patrick Bruns of Champaign. The other finishers of the top five were from Ohio and Indiana.

The kids in attendance got a special treat during intermission as they were allowed to ride in a Meridian Unit District school bus on the race track for a few laps. There were so many kids that there were two trips necessary for all kids to get that opportunity.

Macon Speedway will prepare for the Dean Garland Memorial Race on September 14th, featuring Double-to-Win and Double-to-Start features. Dean Garland was a beloved figure to drivers, pit crew members and officials at many central Illinois race tracks and passed away in the early part of the 2013 season. Drivers participating must purchase a Dean Garland sticker to be eligible for the bonus. For more information go to maconracing.com or call 217-764-3000.

UMP Modified – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 7S Ethan Schnapp Springfield , Il 50.00
2 11 77T Guy Taylor Springfield , Il 48.00
3 1 32B Td Burger Saunemin , Il 46.00
4 13 16 Nick Macklin Argenta , Il 44.00
5 2 9DS Danny Smith Argenta , Il 42.00
6 17 5H Randy Huffman Maroa , Il 40.00
7 18 111 Larry Bunning Decatur , Il 38.00
8 19 71 Jeff Graham Stonington , Il 36.00
9 7 35 Clark Robertson Shelbyville , Il 34.00
10 6 31 Steve Ewing Decatur , Il 32.00
11 16 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 30.00
12 12 55C Kevin Cook – 28.00
13 5 T6 Tommy Sheppard Jr Berlin , Il 26.00 DNF
14 4 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 24.00 DNF
15 9 21S Rick Hamilton Decatur , Il 22.00 DNF
16 10 3T Mike Ward Pawnee , Il 20.00 DNF
17 14 33 Dave Eckel Lovington , Il 18.00 DNF
18 8 10 Curt Rhodes Langleyville , Il 16.00 DNF
19 15 35S Randy Spaugh Decatur , Il 14.00 DNF
20 20 25 Dennis Vandermeersch Springfield , Il 12.00 DNF

UMP Sportsman – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 5S David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 50.00
2 3 9 Mike Pickering Decatur , Il 48.00
3 1 25 Dennis Vandermeersch Springfield , Il 46.00
4 4 52B Tony Clinton Dawson , Il 44.00
5 6 16 Nick Macklin Argenta , Il 42.00
6 7 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville , Il 40.00
7 5 B99 Tim Bedinger Taylorville , Il 38.00
8 9 V8 James Farley Iii Springfield , Il 36.00
9 8 35 Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 34.00
10 10 07 Travis Martin Assumption , Il 32.00
11 14 15 Rick Lowe Springfield , Il 30.00 DNF
12 11 20 Steve Ewing Decatur , Il 28.00 DNF
13 12 72 Tom Graham Stonington , Il 26.00 DNF
14 13 41 Scott Landers Taylorville , Il 0.00 DNS

UMP Street Stock – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 16 Gene Reed Blue Moun, Il 50.00
2 1 26 Kyle Waters Oreana , Il 48.00
3 2 99 Mike Pickering Decatur , Il 46.00
4 6 918 Michael Pundt Jr. Decatur , Il 44.00
5 9 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, Il 42.00
6 11 52R Jeffery Reed Jr. Blue Mound, Il 40.00
7 13 OO Roy Magee Ii Springfield , Il 38.00
8 4 58 Thomas Riech Springfield , Il 36.00
9 8 7J Lance Johnson Kenney , Il 34.00
10 7 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur , Il 32.00
11 5 45 Luke Force Argenta , Il 30.00
12 10 63 Dave Foster Lovington , Il 28.00
13 12 10 Jamie Riech Riverton , Il 26.00
14 14 42D Brandon Dick Decatur , Il 24.00
15 15 56Z Zach Perryman Decatur , Il 0.00 DNS

UMP Amateur Hornet – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 4 Matthew Reed Blue Mound, Il 50.00
2 9 66 Mike Mc Christy Mt. Zion, Il 48.00
3 7 59 Tharen Reno Springfield , Il 46.00
4 6 15 Garth Luka Blue Mound, Il 44.00
5 8 89 William Deavers Bloomington , Il 42.00
6 11 53 Bruce Boliard Macon , Il 40.00
7 1 96L Thad Gee Bloomington , Il 38.00
8 10 21 Austin Harbin Argenta , Il 36.00
9 2 98 Kenneth Reed Decatur , Il 34.00 DNF
10 3 14X Steven Stine Stonington , Il 32.00 DNF
11 15 88 Brian Offer Springfield , Il 30.00 DNF
12 12 39 Marty Sullivan Decatur , Il 28.00 DNF
13 5 2 Todd Dasenbrock Bedford , In 26.00 DNS
14 14 12 Dean Holt Mt. Zion, Il 24.00 DNS
15 13 02 Roger Reed Decatur , Il 22.00 DNS

UMP Hornet – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 40 Adam Webb Decatur , Il 50.00
2 4 9 Brian Deavers Bloomington , Il 48.00
3 21 33 Jeremy Reed Decatur , Il 46.00
4 6 WHO2 Elden Hemken Sorento , Il 44.00
5 7 6W Jacob Rexing Brighton , Il 42.00
6 2 J4 Jerad Matherly Decatur , Il 40.00
7 13 4 Matthew Reed Blue Mound, Il 38.00
8 1 C89 Vernon Carlow Springfield , Il 36.00
9 19 66 Joe Mcchristy Mt. Zion, Il 34.00
10 16 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln , Il 32.00
11 18 99 John Bright Jr Decatur , Il 30.00
12 12 11J Dillon Justice Harristown , Il 28.00
13 17 71 Todd Rush Pawnee , Il 26.00
14 20 50 Gary Tooker Mahomet , Il 24.00
15 14 2 Brian Dasenbrock Jr Decatur , Il 22.00
16 5 14 John Goveia Springfield , Il 20.00
17 15 69 Jamie Shomidie – 18.00
18 9 0 Fred Reed Jr. Decatur , Il 16.00
19 11 38R Kyle Maxwell Pana , Il 14.00
20 8 02 Fred Reed Sr Decatur , Il 12.00 DNS
21 10 43 Billy Justice Mt. Zion, Il 10.00 DNS
22 23 205 Michael Gossett Decatur , Il 8.00 DNS

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Sep 06

Something special for the kids at Macon Speedway this weekend Saturday, September 7!

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