Daily Archive: May 21, 2014

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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