Daily Archive: August 14, 2014

Aug 14

Rules for Chuck Foley Memorial Demolition Derby at Macon Speedway on August 23

2014 BONE STOCK RULES

Participant Regulations

Bone stock class is open to all men and women 15 and over. If under the age of 
18 you must have a notarized permit signed by a parent/guardian.

Driver may move forward or backward. Driver must make contact every 60 seconds 
or be disqualified. No sandbagging. If you sandbag the race will be stopped and 
a sandbagger flag will be put on top of your car. You must show visible damage 
or must move when hit.

Prize Money is different for each show. Check schedule for this.

Preparation of Cars

This class will be limited to 1980 or newer cars. All glass, chrome, pot metal, 
carpet, headlights, tail lights and back seat must be removed. Anything 
flammable must be removed before reaching exhibit area.

Mandatory

Must have number on both front doors and on roof. Must be big enough and bright 
enough to read. Use your choice of number. No Profanity.

THE RULES BELOW ARE THE ABSOLUTE MAX YOU MAY DO TO A CAR

1.Dash must remain in car.
2.Stock gas tank can be used under car. If changed to inside it must be a metal 
fuel cell no exceptions. Must be secured properly and no fuel leakage. No more 
than 6 gallons of gas.
3.Battery may be relocated to inside of car but must be secured properly (1 
automotive battery)
4.Hood must have a 5x5 hole cut in it to extinguish fires. Hood must open for 
inspection and must remain on hinges. You can use 8 pieces of chain 3/8. 6 in 
hood to fender and 2 from hood to bumper or you can use 9 wire the same way with 
3 wraps per fastening spot. Must have windshield bar from top of windshield to 
top of firewall. You can use 9 wire, chain or 3 inch flat metal. 2 max in this 
area
5.Trunks must be on hinges. You can use 8 pieces of chain 3/8 in trunk. 6 to 
fasten trunk lid and 2 from trunk lid to bumper. Or you can use 9 wire the same 
way with 3 wraps per fastening spot.
6.Doors you can use 6 pieces of chain 3/8 per door or 6 pieces of 9 wire per 
door with 3 wraps. Drivers door only you can have a six inch piece of channel or 
equivalent from 6 inches in front of drivers door to 6 inches behind drivers 
door. May be welded or bolted.
7.TIRES: D.O.. approved light truck tires max.
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2014 COMPACT & FIGURE 8 RULES

This class is open to all men and women 16 years old and over.  16 and 17 years 
old must have a notarized permit signed by parent/guardian. Drivers must have a 
driver’s license. In fairness to all the following rules and regulations shall 
prevail. 

Participant regulations

Driver may move forward or backward. Driver must make contact every 60 seconds 
or be disqualified. No sandbagging. No team driving. Cars must move when hit or 
show visible damage. No driver door hits allowed.

Prize Money is different for each show. It will be posted on our schedule page.

Entry Fee

Only fee is $30 pit pass. All drivers must sign waiver and release of liability before entering pit area or track. Entries will be 
accepted up to 1 hour prior to show.

Preparation of Cars

WHEEL BASE WILL NOT EXCEED 106 INCHES. Measured from center of wheel to center 
of wheel (must be factory 106 inches cannot move wheels in).   No screws 
allowed. NO PLASTIC GAS TANKS (heavy duty plastic racing fuel cells are 
allowed). No wedging, no sedagons, no jeeps, trucks. NO PACERS ALLOWED. No 
convertibles. All glass, chrome, pot metal, lights, carpet, headliner, back 
seats, fiber glass (anything flammable) must be removed before reaching the 
exhibit area. DO NOT BREAK GLASS IN DOORS. Trunks must be empty of all debris 
(spare tires, rims, etc.). Absolutely no welding but what is stated in these 
rules. Unlimited 9 wire. Mandatory you must have number on both front doors and 
roof big enough to see and must be bright enough colors to be seen. No profanity 
allowed on cars.

Engines

Must be 4 or 6 cylinders and must be in stock position.

Radiators

May be removed but not relocated

Transmission Coolers

ARE NOT ALLOWED

Battery

Must be in a secure position and be covered with something nonflammable (like 
rubber floor mat). Batteries must be secure with no movement.

Suspension

Must remain stock. No trailer hitches, spacers, blocks, air shackles. Air lifts 
must be deflated. Cars must have give or bounce. 

Rear-ends

Must be GM to GM, Ford to Ford etc.

Drive Shafts/Drive train

MUST BE STOCK

Steering Column

May be modified from gear box to steering wheel. All other components must 
remain stock.

Hood

Must be in factory position. 4 hood bolts allowed but only 2 can go to the 
frame. They cannot go in front of the radiator. Bolts must not be bigger than ¾ 
with washers no larger than 6 inches outside diameter. Must have 2 holes cut in 
hood big enough for fire extinguisher. Not directly over carburetor.  

Trunk/Wagon tailgate/Hatches

You can use 4 ¾ bolts with washers not bigger than 6 inches outside diameter, 
none to the frame. Trunk lids must remain on hinges. You may tuck the trunk but 
no wedging and no sedagons. If you don’t bolt you may weld trunk 1 inch leave 6 
inches. Hatches and wagon tailgates weld 1 inch leave 6 inches.

Body

No seam welding allowed. No patching allowed. Pre-denting is okay.

Fenders

Fenders may be trimmed. 10 bolts per fender may be used. Bolts are not to be no 
bigger than 3/8 with washers no larger than 1 inch outside diameter.

Body mount bolts

Must be factory size and must be in factory location. Must have factory rubbers.

Frame

Absolutely no welding on frame. No reinforcing of frame. You can notch the 
frame. NO PATCHING.

Doors

Doors may be welded solid with a strap no bigger than 3 inches, on the outside 
only. Driver’s door should be reinforced.

Cage

You may have a cage with two side bars and three bars across. The cage cannot 
extend past the dash area in the front and must be in front of the rear fender 
wells in the back. This can be welded in. Absolutely no kickers. You may have a 
halo bar. None of the cage or halo bars can connect to the frame, or to 
windsheild bars or roof signs. 

Bumpers

Must be compact bumpers. NO FULL SIZED BUMPERS (you may use a 80 or newer full 
size bumper if it is cut down to width of car). You may weld the bumper on. You 
may use 2 straps from bumper to frame 3x6x1/4 to keep bumper on. Bumper brackets 
may be welded on. NO back brackets on front. NO shocks inside of frame unless it 
was factory. Must be factory shocks off compact.

Gas Tank

Maximum 5 gallons of gas. Gas tank must be placed in back seat area and properly 
secured. Tanks must be secured so there is no movement (DO NOT USE BUNGE CORDS 
FOR THIS). If tank is not secure you will not be running, Tanks must have secure 
lids and be leak proof. All fuel lines must have no leaks. Stock gas tanks in 
cars must be removed or have holes in them and be washed out. You may run stock 
tank if it is in front of rear axle. NO PLASTIC TANKS (exception heavy duty 
plastic racing fuel cell). You must have a shield between gas tank and driver. 
This shield must be metal or tin. This may be mounted with screws. NO FREON 
TANKS WITH LEGS WELDED ON THEM.

Tires

Nothing bigger than D.O.T. light truck tires allowed. NO tire inside of tire. No 
fork lift tires, no field tile inside of tires, no fluid inside of tires. 
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING INSIDE OF TIRES BESIDES TUBE AND AIR. Valve stem protectors 
are okay. NO implement tires.

Back window bars

You may use nine wire or a chain in back window area chain links cannot be 
welded if you use chain you may use 2 3 x 3 plates to attach chain.

This is a stock type class do not exceed these rules. Do not do anything after 
inspection to make car illegal. If this happens you will be disqualified with no 
return of entry fee. Officials have the right to re-inspect cars at any time. 

 

Safety Rules and Regulations

1.Cars must have at least one bar attached from roof down to dash area to 
prevent hood from coming in.
2.Radiator over flow hoses must be pointed at the ground and fastened so they 
cannot shoot water towards officials or other drivers.
3.Header pipes must be pointing straight up cannot be aimed towards front of 
cars.
4.Note if you have a hole in the fire wall it should be covered.
5.Safety belts required.
6.D.O.T. approved helmets mandatory. Any driver using an open face helmet will 
not be covered by insurance if facial injury occurs.
7.Safety glasses or shield recommended. 
8.Mandatory-you must wear long pants and a shirt (fire suit recommended).
9.2 fires and you are out unless it’s a fuel fire then it’s just 1 fire and you 
are out.
10.No alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed in pit area or on the track.
11.NO PIT PERSONS ALLOWED ON THE TRACK.
12.Note management does have the right to disqualify a car/driver at anytime. 
Any person on track or causing trouble and not complying with the rules will be 
asked to leave. 
13.Protests must be made 5 minutes after the compact heat. Only Drivers are 
allowed to protest a car. Officials will re-inspect the top cars.

8.THIS IS THE MAX OF WHAT YOU CAN DO ON A BONE STOCK CAR. DO NOT DO ANYMORE THAN 
THIS OR YOU WONT BE RUNNING THIS CLASS.
9.NO HEADER PIPES.
10.CLAIM RULE: A $500.00 CLAIM ON THIS CLASS. TO CLAIM A CAR YOU MUST BE IN THIS 
CLASS AND A DRIVER. YOU MUST TELL AN OFFICIAL THAT YOU WANT TO CLAIM A CAR. IF 
MORE THAN ONE CLAIM IS MADE NAME WILL BE DRAWN FROM A HAT. THE DRIVER TAT 
CLAIMED THE CAR AND THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THAT WAS CLAIMED WILL SWAP CARS AND 
$500.00 WILL GO TO DRIVER WHOSE CAR WAS CLAIMED. IF DRIVER DOESN'T FORFEIT THEIR 
CAR PRIZE MONEY WILL BE GIVEN TO NEXT PERSON IN LINE.
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2014 SEMI MODIFIED STOCK RULES


Stock class is open to all men and women 16 and over. 16 and 17 year old must 
have a notarized permit signed by parent/guardian. Driver must have a driver’s 
license. In fairness to all, the following rules and regulations shall prevail.

PARTICIPANT REGULATIONS

Driver may move forward or backward. Driver must make contact every 60 seconds 
or be disqualified. No sandbagging. If you sandbag the race will be stopped and 
a sandbagger flag will be put on top of your car and whoever takes you out will 
automatically advance to the feature. If there is a sandbagger in the feature 
whoever takes him/her out will get $50.00. No team driving allowed not even on a 
sandbagger. Cars must move when hit or show visible damage. No driver’s door 
hits allowed.

PRIZE MONEY                                                                                                                                                                                     


Prize money is different at each show. Look at our schedule to find out the 
prize money.

ENTRY FEE                                                                                                                                                                                              


 Entry fee is $30 for a pit pass. All drivers and pit persons must sign 
waiver and release of liability before entering pit area or track. Entries will 
be accepted up to 1 hour prior to race time.

PREPARATION OF CARS

This class will be limited to 1980 or newer cars. No screws allowed. NO PLASTIC 
GAS TANKS (heavy duty plastic racing fuEl cells are allowed). No wedging, no 
sedagons, no jeeps, no trucks (ranchero and el Caminos are considered trucks), 
no carryalls, no Hearst, no limos, no convertibles. All glass, chrome, pot 
metal, lights, carpet, headliner, back seats, fiber glass and anything else that 
is flammable must be removed before reaching the exhibit area (do not break 
glass down in the doors). Trunks must be empty of all debris, spare tire rims, 
parts, etc. Wagons must have spare tire flap removed or hole cut in it for 
inspectors to see. ABSOLUTELY NO welding besides what is stated in these rules. 
UNLIMITED 9-WIRE.

MANDATORY

You must have number on both front doors big enough to read and bright enough 
color to see. Also must have number on roof with name on roof above front doors. 
Use your choice of number. No profanity allowed on cars.

ENGINE

Engines must be Chevy to Chevy, Ford to Ford etc. stock only. MAKE SURE YOU READ 
CLAIMER SECTION. You may use 2 chains to retain one on each side. You may use 
header pipes.

RADIATORS

Stock 

TRANSMISSION

No transmission coolers allowed. No protectors must be stock.

BATTERY

Must be in a secure position and be covered with something nonflammable like 
rubber tube, rubber floor mat, etc. Batteries must be secured so they don’t 
move. 2 12v batteries max.

SUSPENSION

Must remain stock. No weld on shocks, no trailer hitches, special lifts, blocks, 
air shackles, air shocks, air lifts must be deflated. Cars must have give or 
bounce.

REAR ENDS

Rear ends must be 5 lug, make and model of car. Locking of rear ends permitted.

DRIVE SHAFTS

May be shortened or lengthened or you may use slip drive shaft.

TRAILING ARMS & A-ARMS

May be shortened or lengthened with no more than one inch over lap. No other 
reinforcement.

STEERING COLUMN/BRAKES/SHIFTER

You may change the steering column. Brakes must be stock and work. All 
components must be stock. You may put shifter on the floor.

HOOD

Hood must remain in factory position. 6 hood bolts allowed only 2 may go through 
the frame outside of radiator. Bolts must not be any bigger than ¾ with washers 
no bigger than 6 inches outside diameter. You must have 2 holes cut in the hood 
big enough for fire extinguisher. Not directly over carburetor. You may use 20 
bolts around header holes no bigger than SAE 3/8 with washers no bigger than 1 
inch outside diameter.

TRUNK

You can use 4 ¾ bolts in trunk and 2 may go through frame with washers no bigger 
than 6 inches outside diameter. Trunk lids must remain on factory hinges. 
Tucking or V’ing of trunk lid is allowed, but absolutely no wedging. You may 
chain or nine wire. NO MORE THAN 50% OF TRUNK MAY BE TUCKED.

BODY

No seam welding, no patching. Pre-denting is okay.

FENDERS

Fenders may be trimmed and 10 bolts may be used per fender. Bolts are to be no 
bigger than3/8 with washers no bigger than 1 inch outside diameter.

BODY MOUNT BOLTS

Must be factory. Bushings must be factory. Body bolts if missing a bolt you may 
wire it for fix.

FRAME

Absolutely no welding on frame. No reinforcing of frame what so ever. You can 
notch the frame. PATCHING OF FRAMES-Preran cars you can use 4-4x4x1/4 flat plate 
but frame must have damage.

DOORS

Driver’s door may be welded solid with a strap no bigger than 3 inches, on the 
outside only. All other doors you may weld 5 on 5 off with strap no bigger than 
3 inches. Or you may chain or wire doors shut. On wagon’s tailgates NO WELDING. 
You may chain or nine wire in four places.

CAGE

You may have a cage with two side bars and two cross bars. The cage cannot 
extend past the dash area in the front and must be no further back than 5 inches 
behind frond seat. This can be welded in. Absolutely no kickers. You may have a 
halo bar. None of the cage or halo can connect to the frame. Halo cannot connect 
to the windshield bars or the roof sign. You can add a third bar to cage but 
must not go back any furter than where door closes on door side on 4 doors. 2 
door cars must stay 4 inches in front of fender wells. NO GAS TANK PROTECTORS.

BUMPERS

Must be 80 and newer bumper. They can be welded on with 4 3x3x1/4 flat plate 2 
per side or they can be wired, chained or bolted from mount to mount. No welding 
of shocks or brackets. If you have an aluminum bumper you may change it. NO 
WELDING OF SKINS. Exception you can use a back bumper off any year car but must 
be fastened on as stated above.

GAS TANKS

Maximum of 6 gallons of gas. Fuel cells/metal boat tanks must be placed in back 
seat area and properly secured. NO STOCK TANKS. Fuel cells must be secured so 
there is no movement (Do not use bungee cords for this). If tank is not secure 
you will not be running. Fuel cells must have secure caps and be leak proof. All 
fuel lines must have no leaks. Stock gas tanks must be removed or have holes in 
them and washed out. NO PLASTIC TANKS (heavy plastic racing fuel cells may be 
used). You must have a shield of metal or tin between driver and gas tank (this 
may be mounted with screws).

TIRES

D.O.T. approved light truck tires. Tire inside of tire is okay. No fluid inside 
of tires. No valve stem protectors. No fork lift tires, no implement tires, no 
tractor tires.

This is a stock class it will remain a stock class so do not do any more than 
what is stated in these rules. Do not do anything to make your car illegal after 
inspection. If this happens you will be disqualified and no return of entry. 
Officials have the right to re-inspect you cars at any time.

 

SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS 

1.Cars must have at least one bar attached from roof down to dash area to 
prevent hood from coming in.
2.Radiator over flow hoses must be pointed at the ground and fastened so they 
cannot shoot water towards officials or other drivers.
3.Header pipes must be pointing straight up cannot be aimed towards front of 
cars.
4.Note if you have a hole in the fire wall it should be covered.
5.Safety belts required.
6.D.O.T. approved helmets mandatory. Any driver using an open face helmet will 
not be covered by insurance if facial injury occurs.
7.Safety glasses or shield recommended. 
8.Mandatory-you must wear long pants and a shirt (fire suit recommended).
9.2 fires and you are out unless it’s a fuel fire then it’s just 1 fire and you 
are out.
10.No alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed in pit area or on the track.
11.NO PIT PERSONS ALLOWED ON THE TRACK.
12.Note management does have the right to disqualify a car/driver at anytime. 
Any person on track or causing trouble and not complying with the rules will be 
asked to leave. 
13.Protests must be made no later than 5 minutes after the heat in question. No 
protests will be taken after feature event. Only Drivers are allowed to protest 
a car. Officials will re-inspect the top cars.

 

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Aug 14

POWRi slides into Lincoln Friday, Macon Saturday for short-track Midget racing at its best

Zach Daum

MACON, Ill. – Open wheel racing stars converge on Macon Speedway Saturday for an extravaganza of speed and bravery when the POWRi Midgets run double features to highlight a program that also includes POWRi Outlaw Micros and racing in four other classes. The wildly popular POWRi series has yet to take the checkered flag at legendary Macon Speedway this season because of weather issues, so race fans and teams are anxious to arrive at the famed facility for some classic short-track racing.

With POWRI also running at Lincoln Speedway Friday and the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mile track, open wheel aces will descend on Central Illinois for all-star shows. In addition, the full throttle weekend includes the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 for ARCA stock cars at the Illinois State Fair Sunday.

POWRi draws race teams from the Midwest as the series travels through five states. The equipment and talent level of the drivers are unmatched. Built especially for midget racing in the 1940s, Macon Speedway is a favorite among midget drivers, who pull slide jobs on nearly every corner. POWRi star Chris Bell tweeted earlier this year Macon Speedway is his favorite track. So get ready for some great racing on the historic track.

Beach House Mini-Sprints will challenge the POWRi Outlaw Micros, and the winged mini-sprints always put on an amazing show. With Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also racing, the Macon Speedway pits will likely reach overflow capacity. It’s a great night to buy a pit pass to get up close and personal with the POWRi stars and some amazing machinery. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

At Lincoln Speedway Friday, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros highlighted the program that also includes pro late models and modifieds. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. The quarter-mile track is great for the POWRi cars.

On Saturday, the Tony Bettenhausen 100 takes the green flag in a historic race on the mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. USAC Silver Crown cars thunder down the straightaways and slide through the corners. Galesburg resident A.J. Fike goes for a three-peat on the Springfield Mile after dominating last season. The biggest car count in years is expected for the USAC counts with more than 30 likely to arrive in the pits. Silver Crown practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 10:25 and the feature set at 2 p.m. Sportsman Nationals heat races are set to go at 11 a.m.

On Sunday, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 is the first time the ARCA Racing Series by Menards hits the dirt this season after making stops at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan, among other legendary racing meccas. The 100-lapper will likely start more than 30 cars, and the race always brings drivers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to claim a win on the storied mile.

A year ago, Brennan Poole captured the win after Kelly Kovski and Fike were black-flagged for jumping a late restart. Kovski is a Springfield racer who was attempting a rare win by a hometown driver on the famed mile. NASDCAR star Ken Schrader, a former race winner, will be going for another win. Practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the 100-lap race at 1:35 p.m. The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon.

                Tickets for Illinois State Fair events are on sale at the State Fair ticket office (217-782-1979) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40. Infield tickets are sold race-day only for $20 for adults, including the $5 entry fee to the fair. Children 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.

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

 

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Aug 14

First POWRi lineup already set in Dana Godfrey Memorial Saturday at Macon Speedway

Chris Bell

MACON, Ill. — We’ve been waiting all season for Mother Nature to cooperate and let us see some of the wild action from the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series at Macon Speedway. During the Dana Godfrey Memorial at Macon Speedway Saturday night, the POWRi midgets run double features at Macon Speedway. Expect to see many of the same names from the USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

We’ll also see Beach House Mini-Sprints racing against the POWRi Outlaw Micros. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race.

Gates open at 5. Racing begins at 7.

The POWRi Outlaw Micros battle the Beach House Mini-Sprint, plus racing in Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series

starting lineup/Feature No. 1

At Macon Speedway/Saturday

(lineup set on April 26)

Row 1

Justin Peck, Chris Bell

Row 2

Zach Daum, Rico Abreu

Row 3

Robbie Ray, Tanner Thorson

Row 4

Austin Brown, Tyler Thomas

Row 5

Daniel Adler, Parker Price Miller

Row 6

Derek  Holmwood, Daren Hagen

Row 7

Ryan Chriswell, Seth Motsinger

Row 8

Andrew Felker, Scott Hatton

Row 9

Chett Gehrke, Andy Malpocker

Row 10

Danny Smith, Jacob Patton

Row 11

Derek King, David Gough

 

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Aug 14

Allgaier Motorsports’ Kovski is homegrown talent in SuperChevyStores.com 100 Sunday

Justin
 When attending the SuperChevyStores.com 100, come see Justin Allgaier’s Sprint Cup car. It sits just north of the grandstand.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Much has been said regarding Grant Enfinger’s move from Team BCR to GMS Racing. So far, so good for Enfinger whose win at Berlin Raceway last time out – his fifth on the year – put GMS Racing in the win column for the first time.
Enfinger is now just 25 points away from Mason Mitchell for the championship points lead, and he’s hoping GMS will be just the ticket he’s looking for to win it all. No doubt, GMS will play a critical role in Enfinger’s title quest, but let’s not forget the crucial role that Team BCR played in Enfinger’s success in 2014.
Enter Springfield, Illinois’ Kelly Kovski, who crew-chiefed Enfinger to his first four wins this year.
“We all wanted what was best for Grant and his racing future,” Kovski said. “We didn’t want to see him sitting on the couch next year doing nothing. You gotta take the best opportunities that are out there and go with it.
“I hate it because we’re not working together anymore, but it’s actually turning out to be a good opportunity for both of us. He’s still racing fulltime, chasing a championship, and I’m racing a lot more now too.”
Kovski works for Allgaier Motorsports and Hoosier Tire Midwest in Springfield, running Mike Allgaier’s tire business and working in the race shop full-time, too. Kovski starting working for the Allgaier’s when he was just 13, and has been here ever since.
“My dad was always a good friend of Mike (Allgaier), and one day, my dad said I needed to learn how to work so he dropped me off at Allgaier’s shop. Mike had me start pushing a broom, and I’ve been here ever since.”
Kovski helped Justin Allgaier during his 2008 ARCA championship run and crew-chiefed Enfinger to a fourth-place championship finish in 2011 when Enfinger drove for the Allgaier’s fulltime.
Kovski is currently working on getting his No. 16 Billingsley Towing Chevy ready for Sunday’sSuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt. When he’s not doing that, he works on his dirt modified, which he races every Friday in Lincoln Speedway and Saturday’s at Spoon River Speedway, both tracks within 40 miles of Springfield.
“We won a modified race at Spoon River back in July.”
Kovski has won two local modified track championships at Spoon River and Lincoln, and has won more than 30 feature events.
Of course, Kovski’s immediate focus is on his ARCA car for Sunday’s race. He also plans to race at DuQuoin Labor Day Monday. He’s one of the clear-cut local favorites.
“We just have to do everything right. I really believe we can win the race…absolutely; I wouldn’t be racing if I didn’t think so. We’ve been really good on the first 50 laps, but I’ve struggled putting together that last 50.
“The track changes and we don’t stay up on the changes. We don’t race ARCA cars every week, and there’s a lot to this that people may not realize. I’ve got the greatest bunch of guys in the world that come out and help me for this, and they’re all volunteers. But we can’t bust out a pit stop like some of these other teams can. My guys, as volunteers, do the best they can, and that’s good enough for me. If we win it, we’ll all win it together.”
In nine previous starts at Springfield, Kovski has never finished lower than 14th, and more often, closer to the front. Kovski finished fourth in 2012, and sixth, three times, in 2007, 2010 and 2011. In last year’s race, it appeared that Kovski won, crossing the final stripe in the lead; however, series official deemed that he jumped the start, and the victory ultimately went to Brennan Poole.
“I thought I was ok…going to the outside. Grant (his spotter) was telling me to go, so I went. Thought we won it. That was hard to take.”
Kovski is a little skeptical when it comes to the new double-file restart procedure.
“You can get away with it at most places, and I know it makes it more exciting for the fans…it’s a good thing. But at Springfield, or DuQuoin, it could really hurt. You could be on the outside in the front row, and find yourself back to eighth by the time you get out of turn two. It’s going to be interesting.”
Justin Allgaier is still the only Springfield native to ever win a championship race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in more than 70 years of sanctioned championship auto racing.
10-time ARCA Racing Series national champion Frank Kimmel is the all-time Springfield winner with eight wins, his most recent in 2012.
NASCAR veteran and former Springfield winner Ken Schrader has also filed an entry for the race, as has defending race winner Brennan Poole.
Over the years, SuperChevyStores.com-Allen Crowe 100 winners include Curtis Turner (’63), Don White (’66, ’67, ’72), Al Unser (’72), Jack Bowsher (’73), Roger McCluskey (’74), Ramo Stott (’76, ’77, ’80), AJ Foyt (’79), Joe Ruttman (’80), Dean Roper (’81, ’82, ’83, ’83, ’85, ’86), Bob Keselowski (’87, ’88, ’89, ’93), Bobby Bowsher (’91, ’92), Tim Steele (’96, ’97), Schrader (’98), Bill Baird (’99, ’04), Justin Allgaier (’06), Parker Kligerman (’09), and Kimmel (’00, ’01, ’02. ’03, ’05, ’07, ’08, ’12).
Practice for the SuperChevyStores.com 100 is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15. The 52nd annual SuperChevyStores.com 100 starts at1:30 p.m. All times are local.
ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activity as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage of the race.  For tickets, call Track Enterprises or the Illinois State Fair box office.

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Aug 14

Shrine 50, Demolition Derby on Aug. 23 raise funds for Shriners Hospital for Children

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                MACON, Ill. – The carnival atmosphere doesn’t stop when the state fair comes to an end, because Macon Speedway brings the circus to town with the Shrine 50 and Chuck Foley Memorial Demolition Derby on Saturday, Aug. 23. The combination of racing, demolition derby in three classes and the fun from the Shriners makes for one of the favorite nights of the year. More importantly, all money raised goes to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Shrine 50 is a 50-lap race for Billingsley Towing Modifieds that pays $1,000 to win. The modifieds have already thrilled everyone with some of the best racing of the season. Macon Speedway fans are still talking about the Twin 50’s held in June. There was plenty of paint traded that night and at least a few words traded in the grandstands and the pits. Big Ten Series Street Stocks also hold the ninth race in the 10-event campaign that pays $1,000 to the series champion. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also race.

Now here’s an event that’s way past trading paint. For the first time in years, Macon Speedway will also host a demolition derby.  With three classes, the rock ‘em sock ‘em action should shake the speedway to its foundation. The bone rattling thrills will keep fans of all ages excited and entertained. Watch the cars battle in a last driver standing match of power, speed and daredevil moves. Drivers will compete in Bone Stock, Stock and Compact divisions. Pit passes are $30 with no entry fee. For more information, call 217-306-2222. Check Maconracing.com for a complete set of rules.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. The demolition derby will follow the racing.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final night during the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season with Outlaw Micros running double features. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the season-finale on Sept. 27.

Circle the calendar for the second USAC-ARCA doubleheader when the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Sept. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. Tickets 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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