Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 30

Macon Speedway ready to throw the green flag with Lucas Oil Late Models Thursday

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               MACON, Ill. – The sun shined on Macon Speedway Wednesday afternoon. It’s an omen for good things to come over the next 24 hours.

With campers already parking before the sun set and the finishing touches applied to the legendary track, everything looks good for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 Thursday and the first ever appearance here by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Macon Speedway will be ready to race.

While promoter Bob Sargent was preparing the track and Macon Speedway personnel hanging billboards, raising banners, cleaning the bleachers and setting up the beer garden, race day excitement was just around the corner. The 100-lap main event carries with it the richest purse in Macon Speedway history. It pays $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start.

The buzz isn’t limited to just Decatur and Central Illinois. The Internet is lighting up about the Lucas Oil late models racing here on the famed fifth-mile high banked oval. According to racing buff Patrick Davis, there are a combined 316 UMP Summer National Hell Tour feature wins represented by the drivers expcted to attend. Add that to the 10 combined dirt track world championships and 10 dirt late model Dream wins.

You want names? Bloomquist, Moyer, Babb, Owens. Just name the heavyweights. NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Keny Wallace will race in UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds. A midway of souvenir trailers will be set up outside the track, just north of the main ticket office. The ground floor pavilion has been converted into a beer garden. The back stretch concession stand has new tables. New flags and pennants are giving the track a new look.

Macon Speedway is ready to go racing. You better get here and get a seat.

 

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Apr 30

Dirt track racing’s big names headed to Macon Speedway for St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

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MACON, Ill. – So you‘d like to see a Hall of Fame late model lineup someday. The best way to do it is buying a ticket to the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 Thursday in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ first appearance at mighty Macon Speedway.

You want big names? Here’s a few for you. Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, points leader Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson, Eddie Carrier, Steve Francis, John Blankenship, Chatham’s Brian Shirley and Jared Landers. That’s nine of the top 10 in Lucas Oil points standings who will apparently be making the trip to the legendary fifth-mile high-banked oval. And there’s talk Billy Moyer will be here.

Let’s not stop there, because Central Illinois has a full squadron of talented drivers ready to defend the home turf. Shannon Babb lives just down the road, a few cornfields from here. Brandon Sheppard, Kevin Weaver, Bobby Pierce, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker are guys who won’t have to travel far to race here. Frank Heckenast Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., and Randy Korte are Illinois racers who want to snag the money and the bragging rights for the victory in the first Lucas Oil race ever held at Macon Speedway.

Need more names. Big Ten Series late model champ Steve Sheppard Jr. knows his way around the track. Ryan Little, Brian Dively, Jake Little, Matt Taylor, Roger Brickler, John Beck, Joseph Hughes, Jeff Beyers and Greg Kimmons are local stars who spend plenty of time at Macon Speedway each summer.

They’re heading here because the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is the richest race in the history of Macon Speedway. It pays $12,000 to win and $1,000 to the feature. They also know all about the tradition of legendary Macon Speedway. Tickets are $30 for adults, and children 11 and under are $5. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7.

The cozy speedway located has been planning on this one for months. There’s a fresh coat of paint nearly everywhere, including the concrete wall. The concessions stands are filled with thousands of hambuger patties, ribeye steaks, snacks and smoked turkey legs. A semi-trailer of beer pulled into the parking lot Wednesday.

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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Apr 29

POWRi national midgets return to Macon Speedway on May 17 for double features

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                MACON, Ill. — After a great night of racing in the first appearance at Macon Speedway this season for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the POWRi outlaw micros, the rains came and forced the racing to stop before features could be completed. So when the POWRi tour returns to Macon Speedway on May 17, the field is set for the features in POWRi midgets and micros in addition to the regular show.

That’s the kind of racing program will pack the grandstands with open-wheel racing fans at the legendary high-banked fifth-mile oval loved by POWRi fans and drivers. Just ask POWRi rising star Chris Bell, who tweeted Saturday that Macon Speedway is his favorite track.

“The POWRi midgets and micros really fly around Macon Speedway,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “When they come back on May 17, we’ll have the track ready to go for some more high speed thrills.’’

A native of Norman, Okla., Bell leads the POWRi midget standings while Jeremy Camp of Blue Mound is tied for the lead in the POWRi outlaw micros points standings.

Also on May 17, DynaGraphics Night will feature a display of wrapped vehicles by the Decatur-based graphics company. UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race in addition to the POWRi midgets and micros.

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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Apr 29

A Who’s Who of drivers headed to Macon Speedway for St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

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             MACON, Ill. – The momentum keeps rolling as the countdown continues for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ first appearance at the famed fifth-mile high-banked oval Thursday.

Former NASCAR star David Stremme confirmed he was competing in the 100-lap race that pays $12,000 to win in the biggest purse in the history of the historic speedway. The depth of the field and the list of championships is, truthfully, quite remarkable.

With stars like multi-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champ Jimmy Owens, reigning UMP national champ Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin and the sport’s biggest names expected to attend, it’s a Who’s Who of drivers converging on the legendary dirt bull ring. The number of former Herald & Review 100 winners and other championships is too long to list. In fact, it’s hard to find a big name dirt-track star who won’t be here in the Macon Speedway pits.

Then there’s the UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds, a race featuring NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader. It pays $1,000 to win.

Now wonder one race fan from New York wanted to get his blanket down Tuesday to save his seat 48 hours later. And another race fan from Michigan called about bringing his father for his first trip here to Macon Speedway. This is a field of dreams.

Tickets are sold the day of the race. Parking is free. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. This is a must-see race.

 

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Apr 29

Macon Speedway hosts Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Thursday

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MACON, Ill. – The historic oval at Macon Speedway opened in 1946, just after the boys returned from World War II. Through the decades, Macon Speedway became known as one of the premier dirt tracks in the Midwest. On Thursday, the sport’s bright lights take aim on the high-banked fifth-mile oval when the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 brings the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series here for the first time ever.
It’s the biggest night in the track’s history. The nation’s top late model touring series takes over the track with high-dollar machines and the biggest names behind the wheel of these 800-horsepower machines. The national stars, regional warriors and local hot shoes race for the biggest purse in Macon Speedway history. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 pays $12,000 to win, and each driver who starts the 100-lap feature is assured of taking home $1,000.
14877_10152376892884636_877651113_n “We’re proud to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series here for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “It’s the top late model series in the country. We have a historic track here, and it’s great to see the biggest names in the sport race in front of our loyal fans.’’
Series points leader Don “The Real Deal’’ O’Neal is expected to race, joining the Who’s Who in late model drivers. Local favorites such as Shannon Babb and Brian Shirley plan on defending their home turf and grabbing the bragging rights. Macon Speedway regulars will also show their stuff. If that’s not enough, UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds will go for $1,000 to win, and the field features NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace.
With an early-arriving crowd expected, Macon Speedway gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Macon Speedway hosts Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, the first in a season-long promotion that brings women into the cockpit of race cars while representing their favorite bar. Women from Rocco’s will race with the top two finishers advancing to the championship race on Sept. 13. Woody’s (June 21), Starship Billiards (July 12) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 9) will be represented later this season. Racing is just part of the attraction on Bud Light Ladies Night. Women receive half-price admission to Macon Speedway. A lucky lady will get the chance to wave the green flag or get a picture in Victory Lane with the feature winner in late model or modified divisions. Bud Light merchandise giveaways will get everyone involved, and race fans will also keep an eye out for food and drink specials.
Saturday is also Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night, so check out what’s cooked up in the concession stand. During intermission, a jalapeno eating contest in planned. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. with Billingsley Towing modifieds, Big Ten Series street stocks, sportsman, both hornet classes and B-mods in 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). 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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Apr 28

Macon Speedway announces tire rule for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway announced the tire rule for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1.

Tires to be used are:

Left rear/fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40

Right rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

 

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Apr 28

Bud Light Ladies Night will crown championship ladies driver

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MACON, Ill. – So let’s find out which bar has the fastest girls in town.
More specifically, Macon Speedway wants to learn which local bar has the fastest women race car drivers as part of Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, a season-long series of events capped by a championship race in September. Women will compete in qualifying races while representing a local bar, and the championship winning driver wins a prize package and also a trophy for the bar she represents.
y103 v2 blue copy(1) (300x241)      Women from Rocco’s are featured in the first Bud Light Ladies Night on May 3, when they will battle to advance to the championship. Ladies from Woody’s will race on June 21, Starship Billiards gals are featured on July 12, and Pop’s Place ladies take to the track on Aug. 9. The top qualifiers from each race advance to the championship on Sept. 13, when the ladies battle qualifiers from other bars.
Racing is just part of the attraction during Bud Light Ladies presented by Y103. Women receive half-price admission to Macon Speedway. A lucky lady will get the chance to wave the green flag or get a picture in Victory Lane with the feature winner in late model or modified divisions. Bud Light merchandise giveaways will keep everyone involved, and race fans will also keep an eye out for food and drink specials.
The buildup continues for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1. The top late model series in the country, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and its national stars will arrive to race against the regional hot shoes and Macon Speedway’s talented local drivers for $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start the feature. Also, NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also compete in UMP modifieds, which will race for $1,000 to win. Gates will open at 4 p.m., an hour early to accommodate a big crowd. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are $30 and sold day of the race. RV parking is available, and a midway of souvenir trailers will also generate interest just outside the Macon Speedway main gate.
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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Apr 26

Terry Reed holds off his brother for street stock win before rains halt POWRi show Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – Terry Reed of Decatur held off his brother Gene for the victory in UMP street stocks at Macon Speedway before the rain postponed POWRi racing.

Gene Reed, of Blue Mound, won the Big Ten Series street stock race last week, but this time he couldn’t find a way past Terry. Thomas Riech of Springfield finished third, ahead of Brian Dasenbrock of Decatur and Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound.

The POWRi midgets didn’t complete a lap in the feature before the light rains dampened the track and ended the night prematurely. Points leader Chris Bell called Macon Speedway his favorite track, but he didn’t get a chance to complete the weekend sweep after taking the feature at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway Friday night. The POWRi midgets and outlaw micros return to Macon Speedway on May 17.

But Macon Speedway immediately began preparations for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its first appearance at legendary Macon Speedway Thursday. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is the richest purse in the history of the 69-year-old track. It pays $12,000 to win and $1,000 to race the feature.

UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds also race that night, and NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete. The modified winner earns $1,000.

Gates open at 4 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

UMP STREET STOCKS – 1. Terry Reed (Decatur), 2. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 3. Thomas Riech (Springfield), 4. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 5. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 6. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 7. Roy MaGee II (Springfield), 8. Charles Biesenthal, 9. Lance Johnson (Kenney), 10. Jake Weatherford, 11. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 12. Luke Force (Argenta), 13. Michael Nantz.

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Apr 26

Can Bell complete weekend sweep in POWRi midgets with win at Macon Speedway?

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MACON, Ill. — Rising star and series points leader Christopher Bell can go for the weekend sweep as the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets invade Macon Speedway for a spectacular open-wheel show Saturday that also includes four stock car classes.

Bell held off repeated attempts by his fellow Keith Kunz Motorsports teammates Rico Abreu and Tanner Thorson to take home the victory at Jacksonville Speedway Friday, and Joe B. Miller used lapped traffic to keep second-place finisher Scott Sawyer at bay long enough to win his first POWRi Speedway Motors Outlaw Micro Series feature of 2014.

Pits open at 3 p.m. Saturday. Gates swing open at 5 and racing starts at 7. UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race.

Bell of Norman, Okla., started on the outside front row Friday night in Jacksonville, but it would be Thorson of Minden, Nev., who would take the point at the drop of the green flag with a commanding lead.  Holding off challenges from native Californian Rico Abreu, following two yellows Thorson would lead Abreu, Tyler Thomas, Christopher Bell, and Alex Bright into heavy lapped traffic until Brandon Waelti’s nasty flip brought out by the only red of the feature, halting the battle.

After the red, Bell would overcome Tyler Thomas and the trio of Thorson, Abreu, and Bell driving Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ Toyota-powered Bullets would engage in a tight battle filled with thrilling slide jobs and lap cars in the mix.

“On the restart, Rico slid me so I knew I had to step it up, I knew my teammate was behind me,” explained Tanner Thorson.   In the mix of Thorson and Abreu’s battle, Bell was able to sneak by.  “We got racing in traffic and I tried getting Tanner [Thorson] for the lead a few times and Christopher [Bell] snuck by,” explained Rico Abreu.

In the end, it would be Christopher Bell taking the victory, followed to the line by Rico Abreu and your pole sitter Tanner Thorson, making this the second record event for Keith Kunz Motorsports sweeping the podium.  “It was a really fun race,” explained winner Christopher Bell.  “It’s definitely an accomplishment for Keith Kunz Motorsports.  Night in and night out we’re always three of the best cars.  It really is cool to be able to run for this team.”

Driving his Speed Shack Performance-powered Hyper Chassis, Joe B. Miller was able to capitalize on Aaron Andruskevitch’s misfortune and craftily held off the Engler-injected Sawyer Chassis piloted by Sawyer Chassis’ own Scott Sawyer of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to take home his first POWRi Speedway Motors Outlaw Micro Series win of 2014.  “We had a good run, just not enough tonight for Joe B.,” explained Scott Sawyer.  “It is a very tough series and we like coming to the POWRi races.  They put on a good show, lots of good competition.”

Nic Harris of Atlanta, Illinois took the third position in his Yamaha-powered Stallard Chassis.  “We’re happy with a top three,” explained Harris.  “Lap traffic always helps.”

Miller inherited the lead 3 laps in after current race leader Aaron Andruskevitch of Riverton, Illinois threw a chain on the restart, ending his night and bid for the win.  “The plan was to get up front and run with them,” explain Joe B. Miller.  “Aaron took off really well and had a chain break.  It sucks to win one like that, but we’ll take it.”

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature results (30 laps): 1. 71 – Chris Bell  2. 97 – Rico Abreu  3. 67 – Tanner Thorson  4. 91T – Tyler Thomas  5. 55 – Nick Knepper  6. 3F – Alex Bright  7. 5D – Zach Daum  8. 50 – Daniel Adler  9. 9P – Parker Price-Miller  10. 57D – Daniel Robinson  11. 2st – Danny Stratton  12. 88 – Terry Babb  13. 5C – Colten Cottle  14. 25 – Jake Blackhurst  15. 17 – Derek Holmwood  16. 91 – Dereck King  17. 4 – Scott Hatton  18. 11C – Chet Gehrke  19. 56 – Darren Hagen  20. 6A – David Gough  21. 15 – Brandon Waelti  22. 57F – Andrew Felker  23. 911 – Ronnie Gardner

POWRi Speedway Motors Outlaw Micro Series feature results (20 laps): 1. 51B – Joe B. Miller  2. 29 – Scott Sawyer  3. N2 – Nic Harris  4. 81X – Frank Flud  5. 37H – Nick Howard  6. 17C – Chris Openshaw  7. 77W – Joey Wirth  8. 3N – Jake Neuman  9. 23 – Jeremy Camp  10. 3B – Shelby Bosie  11. 99 – Alec Long  12. 40 – Devin Feger  13. 7H – Lindsey Howard  14. 32X – Brad McDaniel  15. 28V – Luke Verardi  16. 20 – Dylan Benscoter  17. 44 – Ayrton Gennetten  18. 30S – Kyle Schuett  19. 21Z – Jeremy Zumwalt  20. 7X – Max Pozsgai  21. 21 – Aaron Andruskevitch  22. 2B – Nathan Benson  23. 1 – Dereck King.

 

 

 

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Apr 25

Pull your belts tight for a busy eight days with Macon Speedway, Track Enterprises

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                MACON, Ill. – It’s a busy eight days for local racing fans, thanks to Macon Speedway and Track Enterprises, Inc.

On Saturday, April 26, Macon Speedway hosts the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, plus the POWRi outlaw micros and four of the Macon Speedway stock car classes. UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race on the famed Macon Speedway high banks. Gates open at 5. Racing starts at 7.

On Sunday, April 27, the MSCS and KISS sprint cars battle at the fast half-mile Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., as part of a two-day swing through Indiana. The 30 lap feature will pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start.  At least twenty cars normally start the main event. Gates open at 3 p.m. (Eastern time) with hot laps at 5 and racing to follow. Also, Kenny Wallace will race his UMP modified.

On Thursday, May 1, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 brings the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to legendary Macon Speedway for the first time. With $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start the feature, the 100-lapper is the richest purse in the 69-year-old track’s history. Watch the national stars battle the regional warriors and local heroes. The inaugural race will likely become a spring tradition at the historic track. UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds, featuring Wallace and Ken Schrader, will also race for $1,000 to win. Gates open at 4 p.m., so get here early and enjoy the big-race atmosphere.

On Saturday, May 3, it’s the first in a series of Bud Light Ladies Nights. Rocco’s will host the night, and five ladies from Rocco’s will compete in a race with the top two going to the championship in September. It’s also Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, so come to the track with an appetite and find out what Connie has cooked up for you. Billingsley Towing modifieds, Big Ten Series street stocks, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and B-mods will also race.

Also on May 3, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series completes a three-race weekend with a stop at Paducah International Raceway for a race that pays $10,000 to win. The 50-lapper will excite the fans as the Lucas Oil late models fly around the fast three-eighths mile track.

Then you can go ahead and take a quick breath, because we’ve got more action in May. Stay tuned.

 

 

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