Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 24

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Kicks off Month of May with Much Anticipated Three-Race Weekend

14877_10152376892884636_877651113_nWAYCROSS, GA  (April 24, 2014) – The anticipation and excitement is building as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will kick off the month of May with a three-race weekend. The series will kick the weekend off with a first ever visit to the historic Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Thursday night, May 1st. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will see the nation’s top drivers battle some of the toughest regional racers from anywhere in the country at the 1/5 mile bullring. The single-day event will include: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 100-lap feature event paying $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start. Modifieds will run as a support class at Macon Speedway paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start.

For tickets and more information about the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway on May 1st, visit their official website at www.maconracing.com.

The Stars and Cars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will then travel to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL on Friday night, May 2nd. This event will be the first of two visits to Tri-City Speedway in 2014. The racy 3/8 mile facility, promoted by Kevin and Tammy Gundaker, will host the annual “Spring Spectacular” for the LOLMDS that is sure to produce some thrilling racing action. Tri-City Speedway is located in the heart of Midwest Late Model country and some of the most talented drivers from that area are expected to challenge the nation’s premier touring series drivers in what is shaping up to be a great weekend of racing. The May 2nd event will include: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 50-lap feature event paying $10,000 to win and $800 to start. Crates and Modifieds will run as a support classes.

For tickets and more information on the May 2nd event at Tri-City Speedway call the track office at (618) 931-7836 or visit their website at www.tricityspeedway.net.

The final leg of the three-race weekend will take place at the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY on Saturday night, May 3rd. Paducah International Raceway is owned by Bob Sargent and several NASCAR Stars, including Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Schrader. PIR is considered the premier dirt track in Western Kentucky for its fast three-eighths mile track, extensive grandstands and luxury suites. The Stars of the LOLMDS will again battle some tough competition in that area that is sure to produce another exciting event at PIR. The May 3rd event will include: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 50-lap feature event paying $10,000 to win and $800 to start. Support classes running in conjunction with the LOLMDS at PIR include: Crate Late Models and the Modified divisions.

For tickets and more information about Paducah International Raceway, call 270-898-7469 or visit the track website at www.paducahracing.com.
“Lucas Oil Products and the LOLMDS are very excited about the three race swing to kick off the month of May. The level of competition at our events this year has been intense, to say the least. The Midwest has some of the toughest competitors anywhere in the country, and race fans are in store for an exciting weekend of racing at all three tracks,” stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

For fans that cannot attend this big weekend of racing, www.Dirtondirt.com will offer “LIVE” Pay Per View Broadcasts of all three events. DirtonDirt.com will provide multi-camera coverage of all the racing action as it happens LIVE, including driver interviews, instant replays and more!

To learn more about the LIVE PPV broadcasts of these three vents and how to order it visit https://www.dirtondirt.com/National_7918.html. For all the latest in Dirt Late Model coverage be sure and visit their website at www.Dirtondirt.com.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.
Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt.
Track Information
Thursday Night May 1st
Macon Speedway
Phone #: Race days – (217) 764-3000
Promoter: Bob Sargent – (217) 764-3200
Location: 205 North Wiles, Macon, IL 62544
Website: www.maconracing.com

Tire Rule for Macon Speedway – May 1st
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 Event Purse

$12,000 to win- 1. $12000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $1000, 16. $1000, 17. $1000, 18. $1000, 19. $1000, 20. $1000, 21. $1000, 22. $1000, 23. $1000, 24. $1000.

Friday Night, May 2nd

Tri-City Speedway
Track Phone #: (618) 931-7836
Promoters: Kevin & Tammy Gundaker – (636) 448-9111
Location: 5100 Nameoki Road, Pontoon Beach, IL 62040
Website: www.tricityspeedway.net

Tire Rule for Tri-City – May 2nd
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

Event Purse

$10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

Saturday Night, May 3rd

Paducah International Raceway
Track Phone #: (270) 898-7469
Promoter – Robert Sargent: (217) 764-3200
Location: 4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, KY 42003
Website: www.paducahracing.com

Tire Rule for Paducah – May 3rd
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

Event Purse

$10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
iON Cameras – “The Official Camera” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV “American Real” – “The Official TV Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries – “The Official Battery” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com-“The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond/Club 29 Chassis, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, RaceTec Pistons, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

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Apr 23

Schrader, Wallace to race UMP modifieds at Macon Speedway on action packed May 1

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MACON, Ill. – It’s a full night of racing on May 1. While the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series cars take top billing in their first ever appearance at legendary Macon Speedway, there’s much more racing.

NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete in the UMP modified division that pays $1,000 to win and $100 to start the feature. Schrader and Wallace planned on racing at Macon Speedway on April 5 for the Spring Fling before rain postponed the start of the local racing season.

The two St. Louis natives know how to get to the front, so they will be the favorites on the fifth-mile banked dirt oval, but Macon Speedway’s pack of talented local drivers are primed for grabbing the win and cashing the big check. It’s more than just money. It’s about the pride of beating a NASCAR star.

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The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 pays $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start the feature, so the big names in dirt track racing are expected to attend a race that will pack the stands with excited race fans who will likely arrive early to begin the festivities early. 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 22

POWRi national midgets, outlaw micros make first appearance at Macon Speedway in 2014

Zach Daum

APRIL 22, 2014

MACON, Ill. – After a rainout earlier this month delayed its arrival to Macon Speedway, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series rolls onto the historic fifth-mile oval to bring some high class open-wheel racing to the legendary track Saturday night.
Fast building a reputation as one of the best midget series in the country, POWRi features a championship battle led by a rising star who might be the next big thing. Christopher Bell, who won on Macon’s fast high banks last season, has built a comfortable 160-point lead, and fans have already began to wonder if he’s the next Kyle Larson, a contender for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Ganassi Racing after winning in a POWRi midget at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway a year ago. Tanner Thorson, Bell’s teammate, sits second in the points standings just 10 points ahead of defending series champ Zach Daum. A native of Pocahantas, Ill., near Vandalia, Daum is known as The Dauminator, and he also drives USAC Silver Crown and sprint cars while not chasing the POWRi title.
The POWRi tour will also swing through Macon Speedway four more times later in the season, because the drivers enjoy racing on the smooth, banked facility that provides plenty of room to make a move to the front. During the series stop here on June 7, it’s part of a four-race Illinois Speed Week. POWRi also brings its 600cc outlaw micros, and Macon Speedway’s squadron of talented mini-sprint drivers will take aim on defending the honor of the track against the touring aces.
UMP modifieds will also race, and the UMP Street stocks return to Macon Speedway after defending track champ Gene Reed of Blue Mound grabbed the victory in the Big Ten Series street stocks opener here last weekend. The 20-lap battle began the 10-race series at four tracks, including four more stops at Macon Speedway and an appearance at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville. Outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also races at Macon Speedway Saturday.
The pits will open Saturday at 3 p.m., an hour earlier than normal, because the POWRi veterans show up early. The pits will likely reach overflow. Gates swing open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.
The buildup continues for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1. Arguably 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 21

POWRi national midget championship battle heats up heading to Macon Speedway Saturday

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MILLSTADT, IL – Teammates Christopher Bell and Tanner Thorson are parked first and second in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget point standings four races into the 2014 season.  With 760 points, Bell has a comfortable 160-point lead over Thorson going into the events scheduled at Jacksonville Speedway and Macon Speedway this weekend.  The gap between second and third, however, is much smaller.  Thorson has only a 10-point lead over 2013 POWRi midget champion Zach Daum.  Bell and Thorson’s third teammate, Rico Abreu, is currently fourth in the midget point standings and trails only 40 points behind Daum.

After two events, there is a tie for first in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Micro point standings.  Jeremy Camp and 2013 POWRi micro champion Nathan Benson have both acquired 380 points after the micro series’ first two races of the 2014 season at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN.  Camp and Benson will have to hold off Aaron Andruskevitch at both Jacksonville and Macon this weekend if they want to stay at the top of the micro point standings.  Andruskevitch is currently third in the micro point standings and trails Camp and Benson by a mere 30 points.

Both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros are scheduled to run at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, April 25th.  The ¼ mile high-banked oval hosted three POWRi events in 2013.  Shane Cockrum, Kyle Larson, and Rico Abreu took midget feature wins while Dereck King, Mike Dicely, and Cale Thomas came out on top in the micros at Jacksonville Speedway last year.  The April 25th event will be the first of four times that POWRi will visit the Jacksonville, IL track during the 2014 season.  Jacksonville Speedway will host the opening night of the POWRi Illinois SPEED Week as well as the 2014 midget season finale.

Following Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway, both the midgets and micros will visit Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, April 26th.  After getting rained out on April 5th, the April 26th race will mark the first of five times that both the POWRi midgets and micros will visit the 1/5 mile high-banked oval during 2014.  Macon Speedway will host the prestigious Dana Godfrey Memorial as well as the third night of the POWRi Illinois SPEED Week.  A POWRi event at Macon Speedway traditionally attracts a field of midgets that puts on an exciting show.  Fans saw Danny Stratton, Christopher Bell, Andrew Felker, and Brady Bacon win hard-fought midget feature events during the 2013 season.  In the micros, Nathan Benson and Dereck King both nabbed one while Cale Thomas claimed two feature wins at the track in 2013.

Current 2014 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Point Standings (Top 10):  1.  Christopher Bell (760) 2.  Tanner Thorson (600) 3.  Zach Daum (590) 4.  Rico Abreu (550) 5.  Tyler Thomas (530) 6.  Parker Price-Miller (340) 7.  Alex Sewell (240) 8.  Colten Cottle (235) 9.  Justin Peck (225) 10.  Darren Hagen (220)

Current 2014 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Point Standings (Top 10):  1.  Jeremy Camp (380) 2.  Nathan Benson (380) 3.  Aaron Andruskevitch (350) 4.  Nick Bailey (260) 5.  Tyler Nelson (250) 6.  Andrew Peters (210) 7.  Jake Neuman (210) 8.  Jason Harms (170) 9.  Zac Taylor (160) 10.  Jeremy Zumwalt (130)

 

 

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Apr 21

Terre Haute Action Track hosts MSCS sprint cars in weekend swing through Indiana

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

 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The excitement level is always high in the dirt racing world and early race dates are not an exception. Spring is in the air.  The glitter of new paint is abundant.  New opportunities and a fresh start await the drivers.

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series drivers have a second and perhaps greater challenge just ahead as they tackle two fast and demanding tracks in one weekend.  MSCS will participate along with the United States Auto Club Sprint Cars on Saturday, April 26th at the quarter mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.  Then on Sunday, April 27, the series will travel to the half mile Terre Haute Action Track to compete in the first King of Indiana Sprint Series race in an event promoted by Track Enterprises, Inc. The two Indiana tracks are both on the U.S. 41 corridor in Southern Indiana and the tow or drive is an easy four-lane 95-mile two or drive.

Action gets underway Saturday with MSCS regulars encountering the art of qualifying during time trials.  The “Spring Showdown” will play out following 2014 USAC Official Rules of Competition.  The format will include 10 lap heats, a qualifying race if necessary, a 12 lap semi, and the 30 lap feature.  The feature will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start.  Twenty-two cars will start the main event.  The provisional starter program will also be in effect for both series!

Sunday’s “Spring Fling” will be conducted according to the current King of Indiana Sprint Series format.  MSCS Officials, KISS Officials, and THAT Officials will work together to oversee and supervise the various aspects of the program.  Specific details related to coordinating MSCS & KISS rules for the event will be covered at the drivers meeting.  The 30 lap feature will pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start.  At least twenty cars normally start the main event.

For the Action Track, gates open at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing to follow. Infield tickets are $15 and the grandstand is $20. Kids 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for all ages. The MSCS cars will run non-winged sprints. Also, Kenny Wallace will race his UMP modified. For information, call 812-232-4040 or go online to terrehauteactiontrack.com.

Last season’s “Spring Showdown” was won by Cullman Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr.  He went on to win both co-sanctioned USAC-MSCS events held at Tri-State Speedway in 2013.  Sikeston Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg won the very first USAC-MSCS “Spring Showdown” to be held at the speedway in 2012.  Schuerenberg was victorious at the MSCS sanctioned “Bill Gardner’s Indiana Open Wheel.Com Racin’ Fest” at Lincoln Park Speedway to open this season. Two time and defending MSCS Champion Jon Stanbrough was second in that first encounter.

The last time MSCS joined KISS for a show at Terre Haute was in 2012. Robert Ballou picked up the victory in April that season.  And Ballou was second at Haubstadt in the 2013 Showdown.  The KISS-MSCS event scheduled to be held at the Action Track in 2013 was rained out and not rescheduled.

The drivers or driver that wins these two features could find that getting to the front was not an easy task and then staying there another lap by lap challenge.  The UMP Open Wheel Modifieds will be an added attraction at both race tracks!

Provided as News and Information for MSCS.

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Apr 20

What’s coming up at Macon Speedway

 

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MACON, Ill. — There’s a lot happening over the next few days at Macon Speedway, so let’s give you a quick run down.
— On Saturday, April 26, Macon Speedway hosts the popular POWRi Series for midgets and outlaw micros. Rising star Christopher Bell leads the Lucas Oil National Midget Series points standings with 760 points. Tanner Thorson is second with 600, followed by defending series champ Zach Daum of Pocahantas, Ill., with 590.
Macon Speedway will also host UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets and stock hornets.
— On Thursday, May 1, the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series make their first-ever appearance at legendary Macon Speedway for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Speedway personnel expect a large crowd that will arrive early, so gates will open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7.
The 100-lapper pays a whopping $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start the feature. The spectacle of watching the 800-horsepower super late models fly around the historic high-banked fifth-mile is something that’s not to be missed.
NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will race UMP modifieds that will also draw a talented field with $1,000 to win and $100 to start the feature.
— On Saturday, May 3, Macon Speedway will unveil the first in a series of Bud Light Ladies Nights. The main attraction will be women racing while representing area bars. A champion will be crowned in September. There will be beer specials, giveaways and plenty of fun.
— Stay tuned for more from Macon Speedway, where we’ve been racing since 1946.

 

 

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Apr 19

Reed gets in the groove to snag Big Ten street stocks series opener, big payday

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          MACON – One week after missing the setup on his UMP street stock, Gene Reed of Blue Mound stuck his car down low to grab the Midwest Big Ten Series street stock opener at Macon Speedway Saturday night.

Reed started fifth among 19 cars in the 20-lap street stock feature, and he kept his car in the low groove. It  allowed him to march to the front and take the $500 first-place prize.

“I’ll take it however I can get it,’’ said Reed, the defending Macon Speedway street stock champ. “I knew it was going to stack up in the front. They went to the top, and I stuck on the bottom.’’

In the season opener the previous weekend, Reed’s setup was off, and it sent his left front tire to jump in the air coming off the corner. He eventually finished third.

“I feel like I gave one away last week,’’ Reed said.

The Big Ten Series is a 10-race tour to four tracks. They will race five times overall at Macon Speedway and return stock car racing to the Christian County Fair in Taylorville after a long absence. Big Ten street stocks also battle at Jacksonville Speedway and Lincoln Speedway.

In other feature events, John Beck scored his first feature win at Macon Speedway in a UMP late model.  David Crawley Jr. of Decatur won in UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds.  Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville captured the sportsman race, and Garth Luka of Blue Mound took the stock hornets victory.

Billy Brickley won the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series feature. Brian Deavers of Bloomington of captured the UMP outlaw feature.

It was a great night of racing under the lights. Fans enjoyed Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night, when they are allowed on the track to check out the cars up close and personal. It’s almost like a free pit pass.

More than 60 kids made their way to the CEFCU Kid’s Club, and 3-year-old CEFCU Kid’s Club member Corbin Henderson joined the folks on the flagstand.

On Saturday, April 26, the wildly popular POWERi midgets and micros make their first of five appearances at Macon Speedway this season. They are joined by Billingsley Towing UMP modifieds, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets and stock hornets.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7.

 

Macon Speedway results

Saturday, April 19

 

UMP Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks – 1. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 2. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 3. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 4. Terry Reed (Decatur), 5. Jeremiah Hadley, 6. Brandon Eskew, 7. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 8. Greg Osman (Macon), 9. Thomas Riech (Springfield), 10. Lance Johnson (Kenney), 11. Roy MaGee II (Springfield), 12. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 13. Luke Force (Argenta), 14. Jeff Reed Sr. (Blue Mound), 15. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 16. Zach Perryman (Decatur), 17. Jeffery Reed Jr. (Blue Mound), 18. Shane Ewing (Decatur), 19. Brandon Dick (Decatur).

UMP late models – 1. John Beck (Springfield), 2. Joseph Hughes (Springfield), 3. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains), 4. Jeff Beyers (Pana), 5. Kyle VanDorn (New Berlin), 6. Andrew Barnes, 7. Jake Little (Springfield), 8. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 9. Ryan Little (Springfield).

UMP modifieds – 1. David Crawley Jr. (Decatur). 2.Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 3. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 4. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 5. Nick O’Dell (Kannapolis, N.C.), 6. Zach Bunning (Decatur), 7. Danny Smith (Argenta), 8. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo), 9. Rick Hamilton (Decatur), 10. John Bernard, 11. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 12. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 13. Matt Goulden (Springfield), 14. Steve Ewing (Decatur), 15. Jeff Ray, 16. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 17. Jeff Graham (Stonington).

Sportsman – 1. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 2. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 3. Doug Nevill (Dawson), 4. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 5. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 6. Bob Sidener (Springfield), 7. Michael Maestas (Lincoln), 8. Tom Graham (Stonington), 9. James Farley III (Springfield).

UMP outlaw hornets – 1. Brian Deavers (Bloomington), 2. John Bright Jr. (Decatur), 3. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 4. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 5. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 6. Steven Stine (Stonington), 7. Victor Overlin. 8. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 9. Mike Eskew (Williamsville), 10. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 11. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 12. Terry Myers.

Stock hornets – 1. Garth Luka (Blue Mound), 2. Benjamin McChristy (Mount Zion), 3. Joseph McChristy (Mount Zion), 4. William Deavers (Bloomington), 5. Brian Offer (Springfield), 6. Derek Peters (Pana), 7. Mike McChristy (Mount Zion), 8. Dean Holt (Mount Zion), 9. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 10. Victor Overlin Jr., 11. Garrett Lewis (Decatur), 12. Josh Bright (Decatur), 13. Billy Justice Jr., 14. Pat Arthur, 15. Paul Peters, 16. Quintin Tippitt.

Illinois Lighting Sprints – 1. Billy Brickley, 2. Austin Archdale (Brimfield), 3. Jud Ross (Havana), 4. Jacob Sollemberger (Canton), 5. Andrew Funk (Morton).

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Apr 19

Street stocks grab spotlight at Macon Speedway in Big Ten Series opener with $500 to win

MACON, Ill. – The street stocks division takes over the spotlight tonight (Saturday, April 19) when the Midwest Big Ten Series season opener runs the high banks at Macon Speedway for a big payday. The ultra-competitive, action-packed division roars onto the fifth-mile oval to race for $500 to win in the first event of a 10-race season spread over four tracks.

The Big Ten Series will race five times at Macon Speedway and bring stock car racing back to the Christian County Fair in Taylorville, where the street stocks and hornets take top billing in the Larry’s Service Center Twin 25’s in July. The series also races at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway.

Tonight, the pits will be loaded with street stocks cars and drivers excited for the series, the opener and the big prize money.

Macon Speedway also hosts UMP Late models for their final tuneup before the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, the 100-lapper in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The local aces not only want to win tonight but also want to get their cars dialed in before the national stars and regional hot shoes arrive on May 1 for the $12,000 to win event that will pack the grandstands.

UMP modifieds, sportsman, UMP outlaw hornets, stock hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series also race at Macon Speedway tonight. It’s Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night. The CEFCU Kid’s Club meets for the first time for kids 11 and under. The Easter Bunny will also be here to meet the kids and give out some treats.

Pits open at 4 p.m. The gates swing open at 5, and racing starts at 7.

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

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 18

Late models face final tuneup at Macon Speedway Saturday before St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

 

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MACON, Ill. – It’s a big night of racing for the UMP late models at Macon Speedway Saturday. After a stirring duel in Big Ten Series late models last weekend, the high-powered racers return to the high-banked fifth-mile oval along with Big Ten Series street stocks.

The late models face an important time on the track, because not only is it another popular late model night at Macon Speedway but also the last chance the local drivers get a chance to dial in their cars prior to the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 pays $12,000 to win, and that battle will take place between the national starts, the regional hot shoes and the Macon Speedway local aces who want to find a spot in the field.

The first-place prize isn’t the only big payday in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. It also pays $1,000 to start the 100-lap feature. So the drivers who call Macon Speedway home will take aim on getting into the field, then making a run for the big money.

That’s why the seat time on Macon Speedway Saturday became so important. The talented local drivers want to get a final shakedown before the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series arrives in town. Last weekend, Ryan Little held off defending Big Ten champ Steve Sheppard Jr. for the feature win in a thrilling battle that brought the crowd to its feet.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7. Macon Speedway will also race Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series.

It’s also Driver/Sponsor Appreciation Night at Macon Speedway. CEFCU Kid’s Club will  entertain kids 11 years old and younger. The club is free and meets roughly once a month. A themed “party’’ is set for each and every month so kids can play and learn. The Easter Bunny will also play with the kids.

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

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 16

Big Ten Series street stocks, hornets roar into Christian County Fair in July for Twin 25’s

 

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MACON, Ill. – Track Enterprises, Inc., plans to rev up the Christian County Fair with stock car racing on the quarter-mile fairgrounds dirt track in Taylorville. The fair gets some extra horsepower when Midwest Big Ten Series UMP street stocks and UMP outlaw hornets roar into town on July 24 as Larry’s Service Center presents the Twin 25’s.

The two competitive divisions are excited to headline the show, so the drivers won’t hold anything back while racing for the victory in front of the big Christian County Fair crowd in a pair of 25-lappers. The street stocks will battle for $500 to win while the hornets race for a $200 first-place prize.

“I’m excited to bring the street stocks and hornets to the Christian County Fair,’’ said Bob Sargent, the Macon Speedway promoter and Track Enterprises president. “The street stocks will be in the midst of the intense Big Ten Series for a huge prize fund, and the hornets always put on an action-packed show because they don’t worry about banging doors.’’

The street stocks race is part of the Big Ten Series, a 10-event campaign with races also at Macon (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway as drivers battle for a $3,000 prize fund. The street stock loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points accumulated will determine the Midwest Big Ten Series champion. The overall champ earns $1,000, and the payouts continue through the top 10.

The series opens Saturday at Macon Speedway in a race that pays $500 to win.

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

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

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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.

Midwest Big Ten street stocks

April 19 – Macon Speedway

May 3 – Macon Speedway

May 16 – Lincoln Speedway

June 8 – Jacksonville Speedway

June 20 – Lincoln Speedway

June 21 – Macon Speedway

July 24 – Christian County Fair (Taylorville)

Aug. 22 – Jacksonville Speedway

Aug. 23 – Macon Speedway

Aug. 30 – Macon Speedway

 

 

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