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Aug 18

USAC Bettenhausen 100 rescheduled for Sept. 7 as part of open wheel doubleheader weekend

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MACON, Ill. – The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, in a complete show on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, USAC and Track Enterprises announced Monday. The Bettenhausen 100 on the rescheduled date will include qualifying and the 100-lap race. Tickets from the original date will be honored on Sept. 7.

Combined with a POWRi midget program at Macon Speedway on Sept. 6 with double features in the midget and outlaw micro divisions, it makes for an exciting open wheel weekend.

The Bettenhausen 100 is an 80-year-old national championship race filled with tradition, excitement, thrills and color on the Springfield Mile, billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Practice is set for 10 a.m. with qualifying before the race at 1:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 9 a.m. For tickets, call 217-764-3200.

“The Silver Crown series is going in a positive direction,’’ said USAC series director Andy Hillenburg. “With race organizer Bob Sargent’s support, we are delighted to be able to retain this marquee event for our fans and participants as we continue to strive for the prominence this series deserves.’’

Silver Crown races in the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Aug. 31. Kody Swanson leads the Silver Crown standings by 42 points over Tracy Hines with Bobby East third.

Some of those same drivers from the USAC Silver Crown division may also return Sept. 6 to Macon Speedway, where POWRi has scheduled double features in both POWRi midgets and outlaw micros. The POWRi cars zip around Macon Speedway, a high-banked fifth-mile oval located just nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. Route 51. Built in 1946, Macon Speedway was originally designed as a midget track. Midget drivers enjoy racing here, because there are plenty of slide jobs in every corner.

POWRi lineups have been set for one feature during a program on April 26. Justin Peck is the polesitter with Christopher Bell also in the front row, followed by Zach Daum and Rico Abreu in the second row ahead of Robbie Ray and Tanner Thorson in the third row.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000 or Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

 

 

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