Monthly Archive: August 2014

Aug 31

USAC Silver Crown racing ready to go as scheduled at DuQuoin State Fair Sunday

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DuQUOIN, Ill. – Get ready for some racing Sunday, because track preparations are underway for the USAC Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at picturesque DuQuoin State Farigrounds. The 100-miler on the DuQuoin Mile is the opener of a doubleheader and part of the dirt track Labor Day tradition. We are racing in DuQuoin!

Grandstands open at 4 p.m. Sunday with practice at 5, qualifications at 6 and racing at 8. UMP modifieds will also run heats. A loaded field of USAC cars is expected, and come watch the stars and cars of the USAC ranks race under the lights from the gorgeous DuQuoin grandstand. Chris Urish is the defending champion after an unpredictable race last season. The DuQuoin State Fair is also underway, so it’s a family destination. Have fun in the campgrounds located on the fairgrounds.

On Monday, Ken Schrader is the defending champ of the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars. Practice begins at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the race takes the green flag at 1:30 p.m. The Modified feature is at noon.

For more information, go to trackenterprises.com or call 618-542-1515.

 

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Aug 30

Reed punches ticket to win Big Ten Series Street Stocks race, title at Macon Speedway

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Terry Reed is all smiles after winning taking the Big Ten Street Stocks championship.

MACON—Terry Reed should buy a lottery ticket. Everything went perfect for the driver leading the Big Ten Street Stock Series as he would claim the championship to the 10-race series, and the Decatur driver would win the $500 top prize in the Big Ten Street Stock Series race at Macon Speedway on Saturday. Along with that 25-lap victory in which he led every lap, he was the fastest qualifier, won his heat and the 6-lap Dash for Cash which put him on the pole position for the main event.

Trailing him in the Big Ten Street Stock Series is Bobby Beiler, who followed him around for the entire race and lost power on the 24th lap but managed to finish.

Jeremy Nichols overcame traffic and took the lead away from Tim Bedinger en route to the checkered flag in the Sportsman division feature.

Dave Crawley, Jr. had little difficulty getting into the lead in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature.  Starting in the front row, he took the lead and dashed away from Guy Taylor and company for his second feature win in a row.

Another driver who had little trouble with the lead was Beach House Mini Sprints feature winner Jeremy Camp. He stuck to the bottom groove and weaved through the lapped traffic and managed to build momentum heading to the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints double feature program next Saturday.

Adam Webb won for the second consecutive week in the Outlaw Hornet division. Webb, the defending National Hornet Champion, took away with the lead and went on for victory.

Marty Sullivan had to hold off Jonathan Drake in the fourth turn to get the win in the Stock Hornet class.

Macon Speedway hosted the final event leading to the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship Race on September 13th as five girls from Pop’s Place raced to the checkered flag. Christine Vogel added her name to the list of ladies racing in the championship next month after winning the race while Michelle Perry also advanced by placing second.

 

MACON SPEEDWAY RESULTS

Sportsman – 1. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 2. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 3. Doug Nevill (Dawson), 4. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 5. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 6. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 7. Tom Graham (Stonington), 8. Stefan Bediner (Taylorville)

Big Ten Street Stocks – 1. Terry Reed (Decatur), 2. Greg Osman (Macon), 3. Jeffrey Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 4. Larry Russell, Jr. (Harristown), 5. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 6. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 7. Kaleb Wood (Sullivan), 8. Bobby Eskew (Lake Fork), 9. Tom Reich (Springfield), 10. Luke Force (Argenta), 11. Roy Magee II (Springfield), 12. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 13. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 14. Danny Smith (Argenta), 15. Jeff Reed, Sr. (Blue Mound), 16. Tony Reed (Decatur), 17. Jacob Brigham (Lerna), 18. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 19. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur), 20. Jeremiah Hoadley (Forsyth), 21. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 22. Chevy Miller (Clinton), 23. Billy Justice, Jr. (Harristown)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds – 1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 3. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 4. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 5. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 6. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 7. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 8. Norm Wood (Sullivan), 9. Rick Hamilton (Decatur), 10. John Holzhauer (Greenville), 11. Eric Hamilton (Macon), 12. Dakota Ewing (Decatur), 13. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 14. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 15. Jeff Wallace (Decatur), 16. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound)

Outlaw Hornets – 1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 3. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 4. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 5. Elden Hemken, 6. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 7. Steven Stine (Blue Mound), 8. Steven Cousins, 9. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 10. Dylen Tucker, 11. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 12. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 13. Victor Overlin

Beach House Mini-Sprints – 1. Jeremy Camp, 2. Luke Verardi, 3. Garrett Duff, 4. Tyler Duff, 5. Evan Turner, 6. Heath Ross, 7. Austin Stewart, 8.Jeff Beasley, 9. Gabe Verardi, 10. Brian Nance, 11. David Hunt, 12. Michael Bustamante

Stock Hornets – 1. Marty Sullivan (Mt. Zion), 2. Jonathan Drake (Decatur), 3. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 4. Dean Holt (Decatur), 5. Tory Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 6. Austin Wickline, 7. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 8. Alan Salmons, 9. William Deavers (Bloomington), 10. Benjami McChristy (Mt. Zion)

Bud Light Ladies Night (Pop’s Place) – 1. Christine Vogel, 2. Michelle Perry, 3. Karey Keller, 4. Genny Hinton, 5. Stephanie Keenan.

 

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Aug 30

Street Stocks fight for titles, cash plus Bud Light Ladies Night at Macon Speedway Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night features the State Street Stocks Championship and the Big Ten Series Street Stocks Championship, but the fun doesn’t stop here at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday. With general admission for ladies only $6 on Bud Light Ladies Night and the gals racing from Pop’s Place plus racing in six classes on the fifth-mile high banked oval, it’s a great night to head to the famed speedway on the holiday weekend.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, preparations were underway for racing at Macon Speedway Saturday night. Check for updates on Maconracing.com

The Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will bring some fireworks to an already competitive class. With the $1,000 prize for the season championship up for grabs, the $500 to win feature race, a dash for cash, some trophies on the line and qualifying for the dirt stock cars, it’s the biggest Street stocks event in the state this season. Terry Reed of Decatur and Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound battle for the championship, and the points fund payout extends through the top 10. There’s plenty of places up for grabs with a driver’s top eight finishes counting toward his Big Ten Series points total.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 features the ladies from Pop’s Place as they hop into 4-cylinder Hornets in an effort to advance to the Bud Light Ladies Night finals in September. Michelle Perry, Karey Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will attempt to join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery of Rocco’s, Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson of Starship Billiards and Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston of Woody’s in the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship on Sept. 13. So with that many women heading to Macon Speedway, it’s a great time for the guys to make sure they get here and grab some Buds.

Head to another state fair when USAC-ARCA team up for another doubleheader as the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Aug. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

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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Aug 29

Mitchell, Enfinger carry tight ARCA points battle to racy DuQuoin Mile Labor Day Monday

DuQUOIN, Ill. — It’s the ARCA version of the ‘Final Four’, a spectacular play-off picture that kicks off this Labor Day Monday, September 1 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt in the 61st running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care.

And if you’re going to be the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion in the series’ 62nd season, you had better hone up on your dirt track skills because, for championship contenders Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger, it’s coming down to a nostalgic, historic horse track in southern Illinois.

“I love it…the fact that the dirt tracks are going to play such a huge part in the championship,” said Mitchell, who leads Enfinger by just 25 points, or five positions on the track. “The dirt tracks really challenge everyone…the driver, the pit crew, everyone. But that’s what makes the ARCA champion so cool…you gotta be so good at so many different race tracks.

“I’m pretty confident in our dirt track program; we obviously had a good run at Springfield. We’re good enough and strong enough to win at DuQuoin. Last year, we actually did a better job at DuQuoin than we did at Springfield, and this year, we ran second at Springfield, so we’re very confident in our ability to get the job done at DuQuoin.”

Beyond the wild-card element of dirt track racing, Mitchell’s clear-cut on his championship strategy.

“It’s not hard to figure it out. We’ve got to finish ahead of the 90 (Enfinger), but the way he runs everywhere, that means we’ve got to win the race. I feel like to win the championship, we’ve got to win at DuQuoin.”

Enfinger, who, in no way, considers himself a ‘dirt track guy’, is ready for the challenge ahead.

“I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not a dirt track guy. I don’t have a dirt track background, but I’m happy with everything I learned at Springfield,” said Enfinger, who finished third at Springfield, one spot behind Mitchell.

“Me and Pickle (crew chief/Ryan London) compared notes coming out of Springfield and took a swing at making it better for DuQuoin.”

While a third place finishing position can be regarded as a good thing, based on the season so far, Enfinger will, more than likely, have to do better at DuQuoin.

“You know, every time GMS Racing fields me a car, it’s got good speed; I don’t expect this weekend to be any different,” added Enfinger. “Our goal hasn’t changed until Pickle tells me it does. We go to win every one of these races. Maybe we can play the points game when we get to the finale at Kansas, but right now, it’s win races.”

And since Enfinger does not consider himself a dirt track guy…Springfield, DuQuoin…it’s all the same for the Fairhope, Alabama driver.

“I’m sure to a real dirt track guy, there’s a lot of difference between Springfield and DuQuoin, but I don’t come from the dirt, so it’s all foreign to me. Having said that, those two tracks are the same to me.”

For Mitchell, Springfield and DuQuoin are two completely different animals.

“You definitely drive the two tracks differently,” Mitchell said. “Springfield’s corners are more symmetrically round and you drive it that way. At DuQuoin, you gotta pitch the car a few times to get the car to rotate through each end, which are more rectangular. It’ll probably be a lot dryer at DuQuoin, unless we get torrential rains like we did at Springfield, but it doesn’t look like it.

“No matter what the conditions are this weekend, it’ll be the same from our end…we’ve got to win the race.”

Five-time DuQuoin winner and 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel is currently third in points, 235 points from the lead.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve won one at DuQuoin, and we’re probably in our best shape ever to win again,” Kimmel said. “We’re definitely looking forward to it. The fairgrounds tracks hold special meaning for me. When you consider the names that have won there over the years, you can really appreciate the history of the place, when, back in the day, you had to do well at these places to win championships and go places.”

Following DuQuoin, just three races remain – Salem Speedway Sept. 13, Kentucky Speedway Sept. 19 and Kansas Speedway Oct. 3.

Impressive Past Southern Illinois 100 Winners
The past winners list of the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver/winner Chris Buescher.

Raceday Schedule
Practice for the September 1 Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15. The 61st annual Southern Illinois 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local.

Media Coverage
The event will feature live timing and scoring for all on-track activity at ARCAracing.com, as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage for the race.

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Aug 28

Beach House Mini-Sprints begin three race swing on consecutive weekends at Macon Speedway

MACON, Ill. – The Beach House Mini-Sprints race at famed Macon Speedway for the first of three consecutive weekends during the action-packed program Saturday night. The 600cc winged mini-sprints fly around Macon Speedway, and the big field of cars always shows up for the exciting wheel to wheel action.

A total of 34 cars have raced at Macon Speedway during the season, and a huge number is expected this weekend as the cars prepare for the invasion by the POWRi series on Sept. 6, when the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the Outlaw Micros both run double features. With so many points and cash up for grabs, that will be a big night. So the Beach House Mini-Sprint drivers will be gearing their cars up for the top level machinery and talented drivers.

Also on Saturday, GRZ FM 98.1 presents the Big Ten Street Stocks Championship. The points title will be decided with a driver’s top eight finishes among the 10-race season. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race.

The gals from Pop’s Place will race in Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103. The top two finishers will advance to the Bud Light championship. Michelle Perry, Kary Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will put the pedal to the metal.

All ladies receive half price admission during Bud Light Ladies Night.

Gates open at 5 with racing at 7.

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Aug 28

Tight Big Ten battle rewards consistency with top 8 finishes counting toward final standings

MACON, Ill. – The Big Ten Series Street Stocks title comes down to the final race in a two-man battle at the front of the pack, and Griz FM presents the Big Ten Street Stocks Championship with Terry Reed and Bobby Beiler fighting for the big money at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday.

Reed has 496 points overall, but a driver’s points in eight of the 10 races are compiled to determine his final ranking in the series. If Reed drops his worst two points nights (a pair of 36-point nights while racing in Lincoln and Jacksonville), he enters with 496 points. Of course, Reed needs a good finish to ensure he can avoid another bad points night, like the rest of the drivers headed to the famed fifth-mile hig banked oval.

The championship driver takes home $1,000 from the season-long points fund, and the Big Ten Street Stocks feature pays $500 Saturday night at Macon Speedway. With a Dash for Cash and qualifying for the Street Stocks, it’s a special night for the dirt stock cars at Macon Speedway.

Here’s how the point total lines up with a driver’s total points plus his two worst points nights. The points fund pays through the top 10.

1. Terry Reed 496 (36-36)

2. Bobby Beiler 476 (48-34)

3. Kyle Waters 416 (36-36)

4. Thomas Riech 352 (0-0)

5. Gene Reed 338 (0-0)

6. Greg Osman 306 (0-0)

7. Brian Dasenbrock 264 (0-0)

8. Roy Magee 262 (0-0)

9. Luke Force 246 (0-0)

10. Steve Ewing 244 (0-0)

11. Bobby Eskew 198 (0-0)

12. Jeremiah Hoadley 196 (0-0)

13. Ronnie Burns 190 (0-0)

 

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Aug 28

Jones back in USAC saddle with Silver Crown ride at DuQuoin Mile Sunday

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            One of USAC’s most proficient drivers, Levi Jones, will return to the cockpit Sunday night in the “Ted Horn 100″ USAC Silver Crown race at the beautiful DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

            The one-mile oval sits just an hour southeast of Jones’ present residence of Swansea, Ill. and about the same distance southwest of his hometown of Olney, Ill. and his appearance will end his USAC hiatus, which began just over a year ago. Last year he recorded his third career Silver Crown victory in the prestigious Hoosier Hundred” in Indianapolis, Ind. and he has 28 career Sprint wins and four in the Midgets.

            Jones will pilot the famed #56 entry for long-time car owner Galen Fox, the 1994 DuQuoin winner with Chuck Gurney driving. Fox also entered the recent Springfield race with driver Jon Stanbrough.

            The 2010 and 2011 USAC Silver Crown Champion and five-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion looks forward to Sunday’s race: “It’s a race I’d like to win, for sure,” says Levi. “Not having competed full-time in a year or so, I feel like the miles (DuQuoin and Springfield) are ones where you can race and have some fun and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to drive for Galen. “He’s definitely got a car that can win the race. DuQuoin has special meaning for me, so close to my home. We used to go to the races every year and I’ve been going there for more than 20 years now.”

            Jones’ last USAC appearance came in last year’s “Eastern Storm” Sprint races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey where he recorded three “top-10s.”

            He’ll face a formidable field of USAC Champions and Illinois veterans. They include USAC driving champions Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Chris Windom, Russ Gamester, Kody Swanson, Robbie Ray, Jerry Coons Jr. and Caleb Armstrong, plus Illinois vets (Windom included) Patrick Lawson, A.J. Fike, Zach Daum, Steven Russell, Randy Bateman, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish.

            Urish shocked the series regulars with his “Ted Horn 100″ victory a year ago, while Fike also has a couple of recent victories in the “Tony Bettenhausen 100″ at the Illinois State Fairgrounds which returns to Springfield next week (September 7).

            Practice at DuQuoin begins at 5 pm, followed by qualifications and the 100-mile “Ted Horn 100.”

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Aug 28

Years before winning at DuQuoin, Schrader fell in love with Magic Mile

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(DuQUOIN Ill. – August 27, 2014) – Defending Southern Illinois 100 winner Ken Schrader is the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history, but he sure doesn’t act like it.

The 59-year-old Fenton, Missouri veteran will be juggling his duties in his Federated Auto Parts modified dirt car and his No. 52 Federated-sponsored ARCA car Labor Day Monday at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

“It’s just a little busy at times…no biggie,” Schrader said.

Schrader became the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series history last year at DuQuoin, leading 47 of 100 laps en route to his 17th career ARCA victory overall. Schrader also won the Southern Illinois 100 back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.

“First time I went (to DuQuoin) was ’64. My dad and I went. I remember sleeping in the back of his station wagon excited as could be. I thought it was the biggest race I’d ever seen. I thought there couldn’t be a bigger race in the world than this. I love the place. Been going ever since.”

In addition to his three ARCA wins at DuQuoin, he finished second in 2003, third in 2002, fourth in 2001 and eighth in 2004. He also earned three Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell in ’04, ’06 and ’13.

Schrader’s 2014 race schedule mirrors what one might expect from a much younger man; in fact, he’s already got 55 race events in the books – a mix of ARCA, dirt modifieds, pavement late models and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He’s won seven times this year, all in his dirt modified. He’ll be adding two more races before landing at DuQuoin, running at Atwood, Tennessee in his dirt modified this Friday and Saturday nights.

Schrader is among a growing list of entrants for the annual ARCA stock car classic at the historic fairgrounds horse track, one that includes 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel, who has five wins at DuQuoin. Only Tony Stewart’s victory in 2003 prevented Kimmel from sweeping five consecutive wins at DuQuoin.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve won one at DuQuoin, and we’re probably in our best shape ever to win again,” Kimmel said. “We’re definitely looking forward to it. The fairgrounds tracks hold special meaning for me. When you consider the names that have won there over the years, you can really appreciate the history of the place, when, back in the day, you had to do well at these places to win championships and go places.”

Dean Roper is the all-time winner of the Southern Illinois 100 with six wins in ’81, ’83, ’83, ’86, ’87 and ’94.

Impressive Past Southern Illinois 100 Winners
The past winners list of the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver/winner Chris Buescher.

Raceday Schedule
Practice for the September 1 Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15. The 61st annual Southern Illinois 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local.

Media Coverage
The event will feature live timing and scoring for all on-track activity at ARCAracing.com, as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage for the race.

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Aug 27

Gals from Pop’s Place up next in Bud Light Ladies Night at Macon Speedway Saturday

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Surrounding Pop’s Place owner Rick Scott are Stephanie Keenan (top left), Genny Hinton (top right), Michelle Perry and Karey Keller (kneeling) and Christine Vogel.

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway continues in its search for the fastest women in town, as Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 returns to the legendary fifth-mile banked oval Saturday with the gals from Pop’s Place stepping into the driver’s seat for some hard-core racing.

Michelle Perry, Kary Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will attempt to join ladies from three other Decatur area bars in the Bud Light Ladies Night Champiosnhip race on Sept. 13 at Macon Speedway. The top two finishers among the gals from Pop’s Place join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s, Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson from Starship Billiards and Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston from Woody’s on championship night.

These ladies won’t hold anything back, so don’t miss the action. One night, the gals didn’t even notice the checkered flag and kept racing. Another night, Reynolds charged from back in the pack to win, and there’s always something unexpected with the ladies hop into a race car for the first time. The 4-cylinder Hornets will give them a thrill ride. Come on out to cheer your favorite bartender.

Pop’s Place features wings on Monday nights, great fish specials all day on Friday plus Blues bands on Sunday.There’s plenty of trailer parking for fans and teams on the way to the track or the way home after the checkered flag.

The final night of Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will bring some fireworks to an already competitive class. With the $1,000 prize for the season championship up for grabs, the $500 to win feature race, a dash for cash, some trophies on the line and qualifying for the dirt stock cars, it will be a Street Stock summer night on Labor Day weekend during the Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night.

Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, and Terry Reed, of Decatur, provided us with some of the most thrilling racing of the season in a season-long battle that’s going down to the wire. The two-man race for the championship has taken us to Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and the Christian County Fair in Taylorville (Ill.) before the door-to-door spectacle finishes the tour on the famed high banked fifth-mile dirt oval. Beiler and Reed are old friends and treat each other with respect on the track, but that level of cooperation could get tested with so much on the line. The top eight finishes in the 10 races count toward a driver’s point total. The season-long point fund totals $3,000, and the payout reaches all the way down to 10th place, so there’s plenty left to be decided in the 25-lap feature. Macon Speedway will also qualify the cars for the heat races, so drivers get a chance to cut some fast laps to see if they have the talent and determination to post the best time among what’s expected to be a large field. A dash for cash will also be held.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

Head to another state fair when USAC-ARCA team up for another doubleheader as the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Aug. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

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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Aug 27

Jim Hurtubise Classic at Action Track Friday kicks off busy stretch for USAC drivers

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — This Friday’s Jim Hurtubise Classic” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track honors the memory of the driver who scored five consecutive USAC Sprint Car victories at the storied track between 1960 and 1962 while also looking to see if another driver can add to his record total of USAC Sprint car wins.

 

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., who eclipsed Tom Bigelow’s all-time USAC Sprint car victory record Sunday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, has returned to the series point lead and takes a five-point cushion over Brady Bacon into Friday’s race at the track where he claimed the “Tony Hulman Classic” in May.

 

Bryan Clauson, who stands third in the points, won the “Indiana Sprint Week” feature at Terre Haute in July and will try to give long-time car owner Mike Curb his 100th USAC National feature victory in Friday’s competition.

 

Darland repeated as the champion of the Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer “Sprint Car Smackdown” this past weekend in Kokomo, Ind., tying Bigelow’s record with his 52nd career win Saturday, then closing out the four-day racing extravaganza with #53 in Sunday’s 40-lap finale.

 

The Action Track gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. (All times are Eastern.)

 

The race at the Action Track Friday kicks off a busy few days for the USAC open wheel drivers. After the Jim Hurtubise Classic, many of the drivers will prepare for the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The 100-miler on the DuQuoin’s Magic Mile is a favorite of fans and drivers. Following a rainout in mid-August, the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Silver Crown program will be a complete show, including qualifying. A star-studded field was ready to roll on the Springfield Mile and is expected to return for the new date.

 

The Tony Bettenhausen 100 is one day after the POWRi midgets make an appearance at Macon Speedway, the legendary fifth-mile oval located just nine miles south of Decatur, Ill., in Macon. The POWRi midgets and outlaw micros will both run double features.

 

One day after the Ted Horn 100, the Southern Illinois 100 is the second time the ARCA stock cars step onto the dirt this season. The Labor Day Classic features a loaded field, including defending champion Ken Schrader.

 

For tickets to the Action Track, call 812-232-4040. For tickets to events in DuQuoin, Springfield and Macon, call Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. For more information, go online at trackenterprises.com and maconracing.com.

 

 

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