Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 17

Macon Speedway set to open for Test N Tune practice session on Sunday

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MACON, Ill. – Crank ’em up. It’s time for Macon Speedway drivers to roll race cars onto their trailers and get up to speed with Test N Tune practice days on the fifth-mile oval. Macon Speedway opens for practice from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

After tinkering with their cars during the winter, drivers remain anxious to return to the high-banked track and see how those adjustments work. Action on the dirt will be hot, because the season opener is just days away.

General admission in the grandstands is free for the practice session Sunday and the final Test N Tune day on March 30 (noon to 4 p.m.). Pit admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. The concession stand will be open. As the track continues to dry out, please check the Macon Speedway website (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter (@maconspeedway) for updates on track conditions.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling on April 5. 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.

Macon Speedway’s schedule features NASCAR Night of Stars on May 26 and the second week of June, when 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. 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 on Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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Mar 14

Join Macon Speedway at St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Decatur on Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – Everyone knows about the green flag. We wave that to start the race. On Saturday, green is for St. Patrick’s Day.

Join Macon Speedway for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Decatur. The event begins at 11 a.m., and the parade is great for kids of all ages who want to have fun and fill their pockets with some candy.

The Macon Speedway float will include the two-seat late model car used for rides on our fifth-mile dirt oval. The show car is also a fantastic display piece to attract crowds to your business or organization.

Macon Speedway opens on April 5. The seventh annual Spring Fling is highlighted by UMP Champions Night and POWRi midgets. Pits open at 4 p.m., and the gates open at 5 p.m. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

General admission is free for test and tune practice days on March 23 and March 30.

Racing runs every Saturday night through Sept. 27. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, and south on Wiles. The Macon Speedway Club is coming soon with a new texting service.

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Mar 13

Macon Speedway opens 2014 season with awesome doubleheader

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MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway puts the pedal to the metal for an impressive doubleheader of action for opening night on April 5. The seventh annual Spring Fling features the battle for dirt car bragging rights with the UMP Champions Night by bringing together 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.

“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 Night 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 more than just cash and a trophy in those three competitive classes. It’s about the pride that goes with beating the best from the area’s other tracks. In addition to the prize winnings, each Champions Night winner 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.’’

Meanwhile, the POWRi midgets and mini-sprints 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.

“The 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, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. 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 of Wiles.

For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track). Follow Macon Speedway on Facebook at 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 11

Macon Speedway reserved seat tickets earn discount to Lucas Oil late models

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MARCH 11, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Here’s a deal that pays off all season for race fans.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on May 1. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its first appearance at Macon Speedway, the historic one-fifth mile banked oval that opened in 1946.

By purchasing a $75 reserved seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand with a chair back seat, each reserved ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount. The 100-lapper is the only Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in Central Illinois this season.

“With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series making its first appearance here at our storied track, I wanted to do something special for our loyal dirt track fans,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our reserved seats provide a panoramic view of the entire speedway surface. Fans can reward themselves with a reserved seat for the season and a discount to one of our top events.’’

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $25 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $35 for adults. Pits open at 3 p.m., and the gates open at 4. Hot laps begin at 6 with racing set for 7.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is considered the premier national touring sanctioning body for dirt super late models. The series will sanction 47 events in 19 states in 2014. Powered by 800 horsepower V8 engines, nothing is stock about these $75,000 machines that provide dirt-slinging, sideways, door-to-door action lap after lap. Modifieds and B-mods will also race that night.

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.

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part opened in 2013, A self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located next to Hollywood Night Club at 611 Bunkum Road, Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com.

For more information on Macon Speedway, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2014 race schedule 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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Mar 07

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 set for May 1 at Macon Speedway

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March 3, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Track Enterprises, Inc., announced today St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part will serve as the title sponsor for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at Macon Speedway. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 brings in-your-face excitement here on May 1.

While Macon Speedway has long been known for late models on the one-fifth mile high-banked oval, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make its first visit to a track that will race for the 69th consecutive season. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will pay $12,000 to win.

“I’m excited that Central Illinois race fans get to see the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series right in their own backyard in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100,’’ Macon Speedway co-owner Bob Sargent said. “I’m happy to bring the national series here to our historic track.’’

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is considered the premier national touring sanctioning body for dirt super late models. The series will sanction 47 events in 19 states in 2014. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race cars are on the cutting edge of technology in construction and powered by 800 horsepower V8 engines. Nothing is stock about these $75,000 machines that provide dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door action lap after lap.

“It will be a fantastic show watching our Central Illinois racers battle the regulars on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series,’’ Sargent said. “I know they will have our fans on their feet.’’

To be the best, you have to beat the best. The race within the race will pit the hotshoes on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series against local and regional stars.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s premier dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for a 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 special events.

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part opened in 2013. The self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located next to Hollywood Night Club at 6111 Bunkum Road in Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com.

Time and ticket information will be released at a later date.

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