Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 30

Sportsman Topless 40 set for Saturday, July 12 during Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball

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MACON, Ill. – Sportsman drivers who call Macon Speedway home are reminded the Topless 40 race is set for July 12, during the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball.

The Topless 40 is a favorite for fans and drivers. The 40-lap race is highlighted by Sportsman drivers competing with an open cockpit after removing the tops to their cars. The race is an annual highlight among sportsman drivers and loyal Macon Speedway fans.

The special night honors firemen and their families. They are admitted for half price with fire department badge. It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night with the gals from Starship Billiards racing in hornets in an attempt to qualify for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship on Sept. 13. Ladies are admitted for half price.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series are also racing. General admission tickets are only $12. Children 11 and under are admitted free. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

 

 

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Jun 30

ARCA returns to Lucas Oil Raceway with doubleheader on July 25

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INDIANAPOLIS – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to Lucas Oil Raceway, and it’s bringing along the ARCA CRA Super Series for an all-ARCA double header Friday night, July 25.
 
The 100-lap ARCA CRA Super Series race will kick of the big night of stock car racing, culminating with the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care under the lights.
 
NASCAR/ARCA veteran Ken Schrader, 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel, ARCA point leader Grant Enfinger and red-hot Mason Mitchell highlight the ARCA Racing Series entries while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan is entered in the ARCA CRA Super Series event.
 
“The cool thing about going short track racing…it’s different, and it’s what I grew up doing,” Ragan said.
 
“You go and have fun…we certainly want to run well; we take our short track racing very serious. The ARCA family has always been real, real close to our racing family over the years. We’re just looking forward to getting back to the local short tracks and communities; it’s sometimes the best racing of the weekend. Lucas Oil Raceway is a great little short track with a lot of great history; I’m looking forward to it.
 
“I keep my ARCA CRA car in my shop; it’s kind of my hobby. I do most of the work on it myself along with a few volunteer guys; it makes it fun.”
 
Tickets, for $20 – which is $10 off the gate price – are now on sale at Menards stores in Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Camby, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Greenwood, Indy East, Indy South, Kokomo, Lafayette South, Lebanon, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute and West Lafayette. Tickets for anyone 11 and under will be $10 at the gate.
 
The ARCA Racing Series last ran at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2012, with Kimmel taking the checkered flag. The 2014 race will be the 10th ARCA Racing Series race at the track since 1971.  
 
The return to the Indianapolis area by the series is important for the series presenting sponsor, Menards. Indianapolis is the fifth-largest market for Menards, which has 287 stores in 14 Midwestern states.
 
There are several events taking place in the Indianapolis area to coincide with the ARCA race.
On Thursday, July 24, show cars for the Menards-sponsored No. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup and No. 88 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series cars will be at the Indy South Menards from noon to 8 p.m. Drivers Paul Menard and Matt Crafton will appear at the store from 7 to 8 p.m.
 
Kimmel and the ARCA No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota will be at the Camby Menards from 4 to 5:30 p.m. that same day plus at the Avon Menards from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
 
The No. 27 and No. 88 show cars will be at Lucas Oil Raceway from noon to 9 p.m. on race day,Friday, July 25.
 
ARCA history at LOR reaches back decades; Allison, Stott, Schacht, Dillon, former ARCA Winners
 
Two-time ARCA Racing Series champion Ramo Stott won the inaugural ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway in 1971. Ralph Latham followed as victor in 1972, and Bruce Gould was victorious in 1974. Nearly 10 years would go by before ARCA would return in 1983 when two-time Series champ Marvin Smith was the race winner. Bob Schacht won at LOR in 1984. In 1985, a pair of ARCA races was on Lucas Oil’s schedule, with Schacht and Davey Allison claiming victories. It would be 26 years before the ARCA tour would return to Lucas Oil Raceway in 2011 when Ty Dillon, driving for Richard Childress Racing, won the 200-lap event. Frank Kimmel is the most recent winner at LOR in 2012.
 
Raceday Schedule/Media Coverage
 
ARCA Racing Series Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell begins at 5:30 p.m. with the ARCA CRA Super Series 100-lap race following at 7. The SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 is scheduled for a 9 p.m. start, and is live on FOX Sports 1. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities, starting with the first of two practice sessions at 1:35. All times listed are Eastern.
 
For more ticket information, visit www.LucasOilRaceway.com. 

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Jun 28

Crawley, Logue race to victories in 95Q Firecracker 40′s at Macon Speedway Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – Two weeks ago in the Lite Beer Twin 50s, it wasn’t Dave Crawley, Jr.’s night. Involved in an accident midway through the 50-lapper, the Decatur driver had to wait to get a chance to return to victory lane at Macon Speedway.

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Crawley held off Brian Belong of Springfield to win the 95Q Firecracker 40’s for Billingsley Towing Modifieds Saturday. Crawley, who took home the $700 check, was joined as a big winner by Cisco’s Kyle Logue, who took the Firecracker 40’s for late models and a sweep after winning the Lite Beer Twin 50’s feature two weeks ago, and he cashed the $1,500 payday that went to the winner.

 

 

 

Logue fought offer a late charge from Matt Taylor of Springfield. Logue is expected to return for the 34rd Annual Herald & Review 100 on July 10, part of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals, and he’s apparently working his way out of a short retirement.

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Nick Macklin was happy to return to Sportsman racing at Macon Speedway after the division hasn’t had a chance to race in recent weeks and he capture the checkered flag once again. Doug Nevill stayed close but couldn’t come through for the victory.

Bobby Beiler won again in the Street Stock class as he took all 15 laps without  a caution between the green flag and the checkered flag. Garth Luka won in the Stock Hornet division and Thad Gee took hold of the Outlaw Hornet feature.

 

Macon Speedway results.

Sportsman – 1. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 2. Doug Nevill, 3. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 4. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 5. Phil Moreland (Assumption), 6. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 7. Zach Rhodes, 8. Tom Graham (Stonington), 9. Terry Reed (Decatur).

Street Stock – 1. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 2. Terry Reed (Decatur), 3. George Ewing (Warrensburg), 4. Nick Justice (Harristown), 5. Larry Russell Jr. (Harristown), 6. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 7. James Farley III (Springfield), 8. Roy Magee II (Springfield), 9. Jason Scrimphser, 10. Charles Biesenthal (Athens), 11. Luke Force (Argenta), 12. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 13. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 14. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 15. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 16. Jeffrey Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 17. Brandon Dick (Decatur), 18. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 19. Billy Justice, Jr.

Billingsley Towing Modifeds – 1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Brian Bielong (Summerfield), 3. Jeff Ray (Springfield), 4. Randy Huffman (Maroa), 5. Ethan Schapp (Springfield), 6. Rick Lowe (Springfield), 7. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 8. Dave Eckel (Lovington) 9. Danny Smith (Argenta), 10. Curtis Hartung (Decatur), 11. Eric Hamilton (Macon), 12. Shane Tomlin (Pawnee), 13. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 14. Steve Ewing (Decatur), 15. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 16. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 17. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 18. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville)

Late Models –1. Kyle Logue (Cisco), 2. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 3. Ryan Little (Pleasant Plains), 4. Joseph Hughs (Pleasant Plains), 5. John Beck (Springfield), 6. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville), 7. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 8. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains), 9. Kevin Crowder (Argenta), 10. Franky Martin (DuQuoin), 11. Ken VanDorn (New Berlin), 12. Jake Little (Pleasant Plains), 13. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 14. Stefan Bedinger (Taylorville), 15. Mike Hammerlee (St. Charles, MO), 16. Andrew Barnes (Assumption)

Outlaw Hornets – 1. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 2. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 3. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 4. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 5. Garrett Lewis (Decatur), 6. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 7. Steven Stine (Stonington), 8. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 9. Victor Overlin, 10. Terry Myers (Springfield), 11. Nick Matherly (Decatur), 12. Stephanie Eskew (Springfield), 13. Tharen Reno (Springfield)

Stock Hornets –1. Garth Luka (Blue Mound), 2. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 3. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 4. Kenneth Reed (Decatur), 5. Dean Holt (Mt. Zion), 6. William Deavers (Bloomington), 7. John Lewis, 8. Benjamin McChristy (Mt. Zion), 9. Brian Offer (Springfield), 10. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 11. Alan Salmons, 12. Josh Bright (Decatur, 13. Brady Reed, 14. Tory Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 15. Damin Jones (Chestnut)

 

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Jun 28

95Q Firecracker 40′s ready to explode on patriotic Saturday at Macon Speedway

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MACON, Ill. – There’s no better way to get the Fourth of July celebration started than heading to Macon Speedway Saturday for the 95Q Firecracker 40’s. Not only is there some great racing on the track with two 40-lap features, but there’s plenty of family fun capped by a fireworks extravaganza that’s one of the best in Central Illinois every year.

Track preparations were underway Saturday morning, and the program was moving ahead as planned after some rain Friday.

This is one of the best nights of the year for racing fans. The Firecracker 40’s is a pair of 40-lap features, one for UMP late models and one for Billingsley Towing Modifieds. When these two divisions raced two weeks ago, Kyle Logue took advantage of his experience on the track and found his way into victory lane. During the action packed modified feature, drivers traded paint and the rivalries juiced up the crowd. There are more fireworks expected tonight. Late models pay $1,500 to win, so there’s a crowd of them expected in the Macon Speedway pits. The modifieds pay $700 to win. Let’s get ready to rumble.

OK, so you want some fireworks in the skies, too. Macon Speedway has them, and there’s no better place to watch the red, white and blue tradition than the grandstands, because they explode right overhead. It’s some real Yankee Doodle Dandy fun. Show your colors by wearing your red, white and blue.

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Make sure you bring the kids, because Macon Speedway will give the first 200 children 11 and under a free United States of America flag. Uncle Sam would be proud. Let’s wave the stars and stripes during the national anthem. We’ll have an Army veteran taking the flag around the track while we listen to the greatest song on the planet.

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Macon Speedway also has buckets of fun. We know you don’t want to leave your seat, so take advantage of the race buckets. That’s five beers, a souvenir bucket and the ice to keep it all cold for just $20. You get to keep the bucket. The refills with five beers and the ice to keep them cold are just $15. Now that’s a party made for the Macon Speedway grandstands.

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When you get hungry Sunday morning, Macon Speedway has the answer. As part of a month-long promotion, IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur during each night of racing at Macon Speedway in June. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free.

Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing 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 can 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.

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Jun 27

Free USA flags to first 200 kids Saturday during 95Q Firecracker 40′s at Macon Speedway

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MACON, Ill. – Bring the kids to Macon Speedway Saturday night for some great family fun during the 95Q Firecracker 40’s. In addition to the 40-lap features for UMP late models and Billingsley Towing modifieds, there’s also a fireworks extravaganza that’s one of the best in Central Illinois.

And we want the kids to have a special treat, so Macon Speedway will distribute free United States of America flags to the first 200 children 11-under Saturday. Get here early to start the Fourth of July celebration.

This is a party that will make Uncle Sam proud. Tickets are only $15 for adults. Of course, children 11–under are free when accompanied by a parent. Parking is also free.

Gates open at 5 p.m. racing starts at 7. Be on the lookout for the 95Q live remote from 4 to 6 p.m.

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 can 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.

 

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Jun 27

Shirley wins at Clayhill as Summer Nationals head to PIR tonight for Chris Smith Memorial

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ATWOOD, Tenn. — Another night, another win for a Central Illinois racer on the UMP Summer Nationals Tour.

Brian Shirley, the 2012 Summer Nationals champ, claimed his second win of the  season Thursday night at Clayhill Motorsports Park after overtaking pole-sitter Timothy Culp when motor troubles struck the race-long leader on lap 34.

The tour moves to Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway tonight for the third annual Chris Smith Memorial. The $10,000 to win race is a 40-lapper on the fast three-eighths mile track. Pits open at 2 p.m. with grandstands open at 5. Racing starts at 7. The Summit UMP Modified Nationals also race for $1,000 to win.

Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, won Wednesday in Clarksville, Tenn., after reigning Summer Nationals champ Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill., won Monday in Peoria, and Central Illinois drivers dominate the point standings.

At Clayhill Thursday night, Shirley scored his second win of the week after taking the checkers Sunday night in Ionia, Mich. He found himself starting on the outside of Culp, who was looking to become the first Louisiana native to win a Summer Nationals feature. Culp quickly pulled away from Shirley and the rest of the field on the start of the race, looking to be the car to beat for most of the 40-lap A-Main.

Shirley slowly began to reel in Culp after his car began to slow battling lapped traffic and eventually blew past the leader on lap 34. Culp’s car was clearly suffering from mechanical problems. Culp’s car broke a water-pump early in the feature event, eventually leading to his motor frying and ending his dreams of capturing his first career Summer Nationals victory.

Shirley dominated the final six laps, compiling a lead of 2.76 seconds over Bobby Pierce, rolling to an unlikely victory and claiming the $5,000 checkered flag at Clayhill Motorsports Park. Culp limped to a sixth place finish after leading races opening 33 laps before surrendering the lead to Shirley.

“It was just a matter of time,” said Shirley, referring to when he would be able to pass Culp for the lead. “Things happen, we were just able to be in the right spot at the right time tonight.”

Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Babb, Culp, and Shirley.

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June 26, 2014; A-Main (40-laps): 1. 81-Brian Shirley ($5,000), 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 3. 18-Shannon Babb, 4. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 6. C8-Timothy Culp, 7. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 8. 18S-Jack Sullivan, 9. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 10. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 11. 96T-Terry English, 12. 6M-Wendell Wallace, 13. 94-Austin Rettig, 14. 25L-Steve Lance Jr, 15. 71-Trace Westling, 16. 20-Alan Westling, 17. 96-Tanner English, 18. 1CJ-Gary Christian, 19. 12B-Kevin Weaver, 20. 15-Richard Frost, 21. 3X-Randy Sellars.

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Jun 26

After rainout, here’s the updated schedule for Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103

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Nobody was happy with a rainout Saturday, especially the gals from Woody’s, who were set to race on Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103.

 

 

MACON, Ill. – The girls from Woody’s were sad Saturday since their Bud Light Ladies Night race, presented by Y103, was called off last weekend because of rain. But there’s good news. Those gals get a chance to drive the four-cylinder hornets on Aug. 9 as part of the new Bud Light Ladies Night revised schedule, as we try to find out which bar has the fastest women in town.

Woody’s will race on a night originally scheduled for another bar, but Pop’s Place has moved from Aug. 9 to Aug. 30. So here’s the updated scheduled for Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103.

July 12 – Starship Billiards

Aug. 9 – Woody’s

Aug. 30 – Pop’s Place

Sept. 13 – Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 championship race.

Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s have already qualified for the championship race. Two girls from each bar advance to the championship, where the winner takes home a prize package and the winning bar gets a trophy.

The fans are also winners. Ladies receive half-rice admission, and fans can purchase race buckets with five beers, the bucket to hold them and the ice to keep them cold all for just $20. Refills with five more beers and the ice are only $15. Now that’s a party for the Macon Speedway grandstands.

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 can 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.

 

 

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Jun 26

Moweaqua Missile rockets to another win on Summer Nationals tour before PIR Friday

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.  June 25, 2014 — Shannon Babb, starting from the outside of row one, powered around pole-sitter Ryan Unzicker on the opening lap and never looked back en route to grabbing his second victory of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season on Wednesday night at Clarksville Speedway.

  Unzicker, who lead the series points heading into the night, managed to finish second but never had a chance to lead a lap, as Babb would pull away from the field by half of a straightaway. The race was slowed by two cautions, one at lap 21 and the other at lap 25, but Unzicker could not get back around Babb. Babb lead all 40 laps in dominating fashion, scoring a well-earned $5,000 payday and defeating Unzicker by two seconds.

 The victory on Wednesday night gave Babb his 85th career victory, returning his name to the top of the series all-time wins list, topping Billy Moyer in the season-long battle for the top spot.

 “I’ve always enjoyed racing at this track,” said Babb in victory lane. “It’s been tough on me at times, but I started in a good spot, front-row outside was just perfect place to start and was able to get it done.”

Babb and the tour heads to Paducah International Raceway Friday. Summer Nationals reach the Terre Haute Action Track on July 9 and then race the Herald-Review 100 on July 10 at Macon Speedway, where Babb is the defending race champion.

 Dennis Erb Jr., Tanner English, and Bobby Pierce  rounded out the top five.

 Heat race winners included Erb Jr., Unzicker, and Babb.

 The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Thursday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn.

 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Clarksville Speedway; Clarksville, Tenn.;June 25, 2014;

A-Main (40-laps): 1. 18-Shannon Babb ($5,000), 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 3. 28E-Dennis Erb  Jr, 4. 96-Tanner English, 5. 32-Bobby Pierce, 6. 81-Brian Shirley, 7. 96T-Terry English, 8. C8-Timothy Culp, 9. 18S-Jack Sullivan, 10. 12B-Kevin Weaver, 11. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 12. 6M-Wendell Wallace, 13. 16-Justin Rattliff, 14. 15-Richard Frost, 15. 20-Alan Westling, 16. 54JR-Larry Barber Jr, 17. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 18. 27M-Rodney Melvin, 19. 94-Austin Rettig, 20. 61-Caleb Ashby, 21. 25L-Steve Lance Jr, 22. 74-John Minon.

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Jun 25

Modifieds race for $700 to win in 95Q Firecracker 40′s at Macon Speedway Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – The 95Q Firecracker 40’s just got that much bigger at Macon Speedway. Just announced, the winner’s purse for the Billingsley Towing Modified 40-lap feature has grown to $700. With the division ready to race after an action-packed slam-bam thriller two weeks ago, the big purse will have the modifieds gassing it around the fifth-mile high-banked track going for the win.

But that’s just part of the fun with the Firecracker 40’s. UMP late models will race for a $1,500 to win in another 40-lap feature, and the legendary speedway will also host Sportsman, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. The Donnelly Magic Number will also award a $50 gift certificate to a Street Stocks driver in the feature. The action isn’t limited to the track. CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet, and there’s a candy drop for the kids.

Don’t miss the huge fireworks display that’s one of the best in Central Illinois every summer. It’s a Macon Speedway tradition, and we get the Fourth of July celebration going. It’s brought to you by 95Q, Decatur’s country home.

As part of a month-long promotion, IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur during each night of racing at Macon Speedway in June. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free. When visiting the IHOP on East Pershing Road, ask your server for a $2 off coupon to Macon Speedway. It’s good for general admission during June.

With all of this hot racing, fans don’t miss your chance to get a souvenir race bucket. For just $20, you may purchase a souvenir bucket filled with five beers and the ice to keep it cold. Refills with five beers and more ice to chill the portable party pack are just $15.

Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing 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 can 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,

 

 

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Jun 24

Central Illinois drivers dominating Summer Nationals heading toward Paducah

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PADUCAH, Ky. – Brandon Sheppard found his way to victory lane, making a statement about his intentions during the rest of The Hell Tour. The reigning DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, Sheppard took the checkered flag at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway Monday for his first Summer Nationals win this season. He earned $5,000 and put himself in serious contention for another championship.

“We’ve been waiting for things to fall into place,” said Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill. “Finally, they did. I’m pretty confident going into the rest of (Summer Nationals) now.”

Sheppard stood third in the Summer Nationals standings with a day off Tuesday before the tour headed south for stops at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway Wednesday, Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn., on Thursday and Paducah International Raceway Friday. The five-day swing concludes with races at Federated Auto Parts Raceway Saturday and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway Sunday.

The tour later includes events at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and Macon (Ill.) Speedway.

Ryan Unzicker, of El Paso, Ill., headed into the five-race swing leading the points with 514. Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill., was second at 500 with Sheppard  third at 485. Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., was fourth with 478.

On Friday, the dirt warriors make a stop at the lightning fast three-eighths mile dirt oval at Paducah International Raceway for the third annual Chris Smith Memorial. Racing legend Billy Moyer won the Smith Memorial last season, and he already had two wins on the tour this season prior to the five-race run starting Wednesday.

The Chris Smith Memorial pays $10,000 to win.Also, see the UMP Modified division compete for $1,000 first-place prize along with UMP Pro Crate Late Models.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m. with grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 with the dirt-slinging, door-to-door action starting at 7:30. General admission is only $25 for adults. Kids 12 and under are $5. Pit admission is $35.

Don’t miss this exciting event at Paducah International Raceway. For more information, visit www.paducaracing.com or call the PIR hotline at 270-898-7490.

In Peoria, Sheppard started the 40-lap feature up front next to Sunday winner Brian Shirley, who was looking to join Rick Eckert and Moyer as the only multiple race winners so far this season. Unfortunately for Shirley, Sheppard rocketed past the pole-sitter at the drop of the green flag, using the outside line to grab the lead and never let Shirley lead a lap. After securing the top spot, Sheppard pulled away from Shirley, who found himself battling Bobby Pierce for much of the race.

Pierce, last year’s runner-up to Sheppard in the championship, managed to get around Shirley for second on lap 32, but Sheppard had already built an insurmountable margin. Sheppard went on to dominate, leading all 40 laps.

Pierce, Shirley, Unzicker and Babb rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Sheppard, Ray Guss Jr., Pierce and Shirley.

 

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