Daily Archive: May 17, 2014

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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