Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 23

Beach House Mini-Sprints provide action, thrills on Macon Speedway’s high banks

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MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway is set to unveil the Beach House Mini-Sprint division during racing Saturday night. The highly competitive mini-sprints, the 600cc power winged machines that resemble an open-wheel midget, really know how to attack the corners on Macon Speedway’s fifth-mile high banked oval.

Their appearance at Macon Speedway is the first of nine nights for the Beach House MIni-Sprints, including dates when POWRi midgets and outlaw micros return to the famed speedway.  In addition to racing at Macon Speedway on May 24, June 21, July 5, Aug. 9, Aug 30 and Sept. 13, the mini-sprints will race against POWRi machines on June 7, Aug. 16 and Sept. 6.

Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night gets the top billing with the Raminator monster truck providing a car-crushing exhibition Saturday night, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Macon Speedway will also hold races in Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, outlaw hornets and stock hornets, Macon Speedway will also added the exciting B-Mod class.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday night while racing starts at 7.

The Beach House is located at 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive in Decatur. It’s known for its seafood, inspired menu and extensive wine list. The Beach is one of Decatur’s favorite dining stops.

 

 

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May 21

Sunoco American Late Model series hits Macon Speedway on Memorial Day

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May 21

USAC Hoosier Hundred begins new tradition Thursday at Indiana State Fairgrounds

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INDIANAPOLIS – Anticipation continues to build as a new tradition begins with the 61st running of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Thursday. With a shift to Thursday for the USAC Silver Crown race on the one-mile dirt track, the Hoosier Hundred serves as the kickoff to the nation’s biggest racing weekend. By running on Thursday, the Hoosier Hundred reduces conflicts with the events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Indy 500, and race fans can take advantage of great ticket prices for the 100-lapper on the fast fairgrounds track.

Tickets start at $15 for infield seating and $5 for children. Tickets in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand are just $30 on the day of the race. With the UMP modified division going wheel to wheel before the Silver Crown cars rumble past the green flag, it’s a great night of racing the whole family will enjoy.

The fun begins before the race. There’s no charge to view the vintage race cars on display outside the main grandstand. Winners from the bygone era will bring back memories to the days when Bettenhausen, Vukovich, Andretti, Foyt and Unser were the dominant names in dirt-track racing, just like they were at the Indy 500.

Last season, Levi Jones won the Hoosier Hundred to end the three-peat hopes of Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Coons aimed to become the third driver to win three in a row. Al Unser won four straight from 1970-1973 and Jimmy Bryan won from 1954-1956.

The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Thursday for the Hoosier Hundred with practice at 5 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

 

 

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May 21

Drawing for two free tickets to Macon Speedway at each participating Casey’s General Store

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MACON, Ill. –Macon Speedway teamed up with Casey’s General Store for reduced mission to the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval, and there’s also a drawing at each participating Decatur area Casey’s General Stores for two free tickets to Casey’s General Stores/Armed Forces Night on May 31.

At participating stores, vouchers for $2 off general admission are available at the front counter, and each store is holding a drawing for the two free tickets. The fun already began, so check out how they decorated the entry box at your favorite Decatur area Casey’s.

Casey’s will remind Macon Speedway race fans the convenience store is the nation’s fifth-largest pizza chain when Pepperoni Pete makes an appearance at the track. Casey’s personnel will also help race fans spin the lucky wheel for prizes, including gift cards.

In conjunction with Armed Forces Night, Casey’s personnel will also raise money for Hope For The Warriors, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Also, military personnel with an ID receive half-price admission, and military in uniform are admitted free.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will run the Macon Speedway oval. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

 

 

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May 21

Sunoco American Late Model series hits Macon Speedway on Memorial Day

1097981_574159045963334_375359590_nMACON, Ill. – Memorial Day reminds us to honor all fallen soldiers and give thanks for the freedom they provided us. We play Taps and decorate gravestones to remember the greatest gift given by these brave service men and women. The three-day weekend also serves as the unofficial start to summer, when we fire up the grill and start thinking about summer fun outdoors.
Macon Speedway has a long tradition of racing on Memorial Day, and the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval power slides into the summer season with the Sunoco American Late Model Series stars racing for $2,000 to win on Monday, May 26. The feature race also pays $250 to start, so late model drivers know this is a great way to finish off a weekend of dirt-track racing. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace also appear on NASCAR Night of Stars I to race in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds division. Schrader and Wallace, a pair of Macon Speedway co-owners, will also meet with fans for autographs and pictures.
“Macon Speedway is proud to bring racing to our fans on Memorial Day, when we enjoy the freedom given us by brave soldiers who died in service to their country,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “We’re finally reaching the heat of summer, and the action is heating up here at Macon Speedway.’’
With so many talented late model drivers who call Macon Speedway home plus the Central Illinois stars looking to grab the cash, the Sunoco ALMS race is expected to draw big names and fan favorites to pack the stands. The door-to-door, sideways action will keep fans on their feet. Besides the Sunoco ALMS cars and Billingsley Towing Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race.
As part of the Memorial Day tradition, Macon Speedway moves up the program one hour earlier so fans can get to work the following day. Pits open at 3 p.m., followed by gates swinging open at 4 and racing at 6. Upcoming race dates include Casey’s General Stores Night/Armed Forces Night on May 31, plus IHOP Night and the Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor race on June 7, when the POWRi midgets return during Illinois Midget Week and the POWRi Outlaw Micros run against the Beach House Mini-Sprints.
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.
Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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May 20

Bob Brady Raminator Night will rattle Macon Speedway with monster truck’s raw power

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MACON, Ill. – Get Ram tough when Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night takes center stage with an exciting exhibition by the monster truck in addition to racing in seven Macon Speedway classes Saturday during a doubleheader weekend. On Monday, Macon Speedway continues its Memorial Day tradition with the Sunoco American Late Model Series for a $2,000-to-win feature.

Raminator will make the trip to Macon Speedway for a heart-stopping, car-crushing  exhibition in the infield that shakes the ground in a display of power and muscle. The 10,300-pound monster truck will rattle the bleachers with 2,000 horsepower from the 565 cubic-inch Hemi engine. Based in Champaign, the Hall Brothers Racing Inc., machine is valued at more than $150,000. Raminator is a fan favorite no matter your age. Scout Night for boys and girls allows free admission when scouts wear their uniforms. Plus, the Pinewood Derby is set for 1 p.m., and the first 200 children 11 and under receive a free checkered flag. The CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet to entertain our youngest fans.

Macon Speedway is so much more than a monster truck show. The famed fifth-mile high banked oval will host racing with Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints. B-mods have also been added to the program.

The Raminator appears at Bob Brady Dodge, 4025 E. Boyd, Decatur, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The first two customers who buy a Dodge Ram truck Saturday will receive a complimentary gift package from Macon Speedway, including a Macon Speedway gift certificate. A test drive in a Dodge Ram will also come with a free ticket to Macon Speedway, limit one per family.

On May 26, Macon Speedway’s long tradition of racing on Memorial Day will continue when Sunoco American Late Model Series drivers go after the $2,000 to win in a race that pays $250 to start. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, two co-owners of Macon Speedway, will also appear for an autograph session on NASCAR Night of Stars I and race in the highly competitive Billingsley Towing Modifieds division.

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. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

 

 

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May 19

Macon Speedway adds exciting B-Mod class to Raminator Night program Saturday

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MACON – Macon Speedway brings another thrilling class of racing to the program when track promoter Bob Sargent announced Monday the addition of the B-Mod class to Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night Saturday.  The B-Mod class is a growing division designed to create tight, exciting racing for drivers who want to stick to a budget.

With no other area track running the B-Mods Saturday night, it should bring a big group of cars to the high-banked fifth-mile oval. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Mini-Sprints join the B-Mods in racing Saturday.

The Raminator monster truck will make the trip to Macon Speedway for a heart-stopping, car-crushing  exhibition in the infield that shakes the ground in a display of power and muscle after Raminator appears at Bob Brady Dodge, 4025 E. Boyd, Decatur, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  Scout Night for boys and girls allows free admission when scouts wear their uniforms. Plus, the Pinewood Derby is set for 1 p.m., and the first 200 children 11 and under receive a free checkered flag. The CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet to entertain our youngest fans.

On May 26, Macon Speedway’s long tradition of racing on Memorial Day will continue when the Sunoco American Late Model Series go after the $2,000 to win. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, two co-owners of Macon Speedway, will also appear for an autograph session on NSACAR Night of Stars I and race in the highly competitive Billingsley Towing Modifieds division.

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. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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May 17

Thrilling mini-sprints ready to turn up the heat on Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night

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            MACON, Ill. – After the POWRi DynaGraphics Doubleheader was postponed Saturday, mini-sprint drivers are anxious to get on Macon Speedway during Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night on May 24 before racing against the POWRi outlaw micros later this season at the famed fifth-mile high banked oval.

The mini-sprints, a highly competitive division, are a winged car that knows how to get around the legendary oval. Central Illinois has a squadron of talented mini-sprint drivers, and the division is always loaded when it races at Macon Speedway. The hair-raising competition is some of the most thrilling in the Macon Speedway program.

The mini-sprints are set to race nine more times at Macon Speedway, including three nights in conjunction with POWRi. In addition to racing at Macon Speedway on May 24, June 21, July 5, Aug. 9, Aug 30 and Sept. 13, the mini-sprints will race against POWRi machines on June 7, Aug. 16 and Sept. 6.

During Bob Brady Auto Mall Raminator Night on May 24, the mini-sprints will share the program with Billingsley Towing modifieds, street stocks, sportsman, outlaw hornets and stock hornets. The Raminator monster truck will provide an exhibition at Macon Speedway after being on display at the Bob Brady Auto Mall at 4025 E. Boyd in Decatur earlier in the day.

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. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

 

 

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May 17

USAC’s Hulman Classic, Hoosier 100 race on back-to-back nights


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INDIANAPOLIS – Two of the nation’s most prestigious dirt-track races offer a USAC doubleheader when the Tony Hulman Classic for sprint cars and the Hoosier 100 for Silver Crown cars compete on back-to-back nights.

The two-day swing starts with the 44th running of the Hulman Classic on Wednesday at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.  One of America’s most revered short track races, Tony Hulman Classic is an AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car spectacular that continues a tradition begun in 1971 at the half-mile oval. One night later, the legendary Hoosier Hundred serves as the kickoff to the nation’s biggest motorsports weekend. One of America’s most prestigious dirt-track motorsports events, the 100-lap Hoosier Hundred for USAC Silver Crown cars will race for the 61st time while bringing wheel-to-wheel action to pull the crowd to its feet at the Indiana State Fairground’s one-mile dirt track in Indianapolis.

George Snider won the Hulman Classic debut, and Jerry Coons Jr. is the defending champion. In between, there have been memories to last a lifetime. In addition to Coons, former race winners expected to compete Wednesday will be 2011 winner Chris Windom, Jon Stanbrough (2002, 2007), Daron Clayton (2006), Tracy Hines (2001) and Dave Darland (1993).

Coons is one of nine drivers with more than one victory in the race and, like Stanbrough, hopes to join Levi Jones (2005-08-09) and Cary Faas (1992-94-98) as the only three-time winners. Coons could also become only the third driver to win the race back-to-back. Steve Butler won in 1987 and 1988 and Jones did it in 2008-09. Brady Bacon, seeking his initial Tony Hulman Classic win, leads the 2014 standings by seven points over Bryan Clauson, also seeking his first Hulman trophy. Darland stands third in the points, 21 behind Clauson.

Darland, who is chasing Tom Bigelow’s all-time record USAC Sprint Car feature record of 52, has the most Hulman starts with 20. He has 49 career series wins, while Hines, also chasing the all-time win record, has 46. Darland is also the only driver to win more than one race so far in 2014. Seven different drivers have won in the first eight races of this year.

Then comes the Hoosier 100 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds one-mile track. Race promoter Bob Sargent, who also organizes Silver Crown races at Terre Haute, Ind., plus Springfield, Ill., and DuQuoin, Ill., made the switch to the Thursday event last season from the traditional Friday race because of a change in schedule at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Thursday running of the Hoosier Hundred allows the race to become the grand opening of the nation’s best auto racing weekend by reducing conflicts with events surrounding the Indianapolis 500.

By running the Hoosier Hundred on Thursday, fans now may enjoy the dirt track race before heading to Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the following day. Also, this will allow Track Enterprises to work closely with the local race tracks in the area by not running on the same night.

The Hoosier Hundred dates back to 1953 and began as a September event. It moved to May and had been a Friday fixture for many years. This year, it’s part of the 11-race USAC Silver Crown Championship Series, which began in April and ends in October.

Last season, Levi Jones won the Hoosier Hundred to end the three-peat hopes of Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Coons aimed to become the third driver to win three in a row. Al Unser won four straight from 1970-1973 and Jimmy Bryan won from 1954-1956.

Over the years, the Hoosier Hundred has served as the perfect complement to the Indy 500, and the race still reminds long-time Indy 500 fans of the country’s racing roots on dirt tracks. Seven winners of the Hoosier Hundred have also won the Indy 500, led by A.J. Foyt, who won the Hoosier Hundred six times and the Indy 500 four times.Thus, the historic one-mile dirt oval at the fairgrounds complex is known as the Track of Champions.

The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand opens at 3 p.m. on May 22 for the Hoosier Hundred with practice at 5 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. UMP modifieds will also race. To purchase tickets, please call 217.764.3200. For more information go to www.trackenterprises.com.

In addition to the USAC racing, UMP modifieds will race in both Terre Haute and Indianapolis.

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May 17

DynaGraphics POWRi doubleheader at Macon Speedway postponed due to saturated grounds

 

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MACON, Ill. – After periodic rains hit Macon Speedway for much of the week, saturated grounds forced a postponement of the DynaGraphics POWRi Doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at the historic track. While the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the Outlaw Micros return to the high-banked fifth-mile oval on June 7 for IHOP Night during POWRi Illinois Midget Week, the POWRi double features will be rescheduled later this season.

“This is a big disappointment, because I know our fans were really excited about the POWRi midgets and micros running double features in one action-packed night,’’ track promoter Bob Sargent said. “The rain just kept hitting us Friday afternoon, and our grounds are too saturated to dry up even with this sunny weather on race day.’’

Illinois Midget Week also includes the POWRi event at Lincoln Speedway on June 6.

Looking ahead, Bob Brady Raminator Night is set for May 24. The Raminator monster truck will provide an exhibition at Macon Speedway after being on display at the Bob Brady Auto Mall at 4025 E. Boyd in Decatur earlier in the day. On May 26, the Sunoco American Late Model Series has a $2,000-to-win feature race as Macon Speedway continues a long tradition of racing on Memorial Day. Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also race their UMP modifieds and hold an autograph session on NASCAR Night of Stars.

Casey’s General Stores will hold drawings for two free tickets from each participating store to Casey’s Night on May 31. There are also $2 off vouchers at Casey’s, and the convenience store chain will also be at the racetrack to hand out merchandise and gift certificates. And you might just win a prize by spinning the lucky wheel. If not, there’s also a chance to catch a T-shirt or other souvenirs. On May 7, the POWRi series returns on IHOP Night, when the Faster Pastor race is renamed as the BG Neavitt Memorial.

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. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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