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Macon Speedway Releases First Look At 2021 Season Schedule

(Macon, IL) The 76th racing season at Macon Speedway is just under two months away and the track will again host some huge events in 2021. Everything from Super Late Models, Sprint Cars, and Midgets to Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets, and everything in between, the 1/5-mile dirt track in Central Illinois will again be Macon County’s go-to place for Saturday night entertainment.

The season all begins on Saturday, April 10 with opening night, featuring six of the track’s staple divisions. On track will be DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets plus the first of 17 visits from the winged Micros. Macon’s other semi-regular division, the Sportsman, will be back on track one week later for their opener.

When it comes to marquee events, the high banked bullring has plenty with the first one coming on Saturday, April 24 when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series comes to town. The highly popular tour brings some of the best Super Late Model drivers from all over the country to compete in one of the most exciting events anywhere.

The first of four visits from the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets will be on Saturday, May 8. The quick and nimble Midgets put on great shows at the track, guaranteed to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Other visits from POWRi will be June 19, July 31, and August 21.

Another tradition for Macon Speedway is the Memorial Day Twin 50’s for Super Late Models and Modifieds. Each class runs 50 lap features, with a handful of other divisions also in action.

For the first time in many years, the non-wing Sprint cars will have the opportunity to race at the track. The June 5 event, presented in part by J Smith and T Robertson, will be unsanctioned and a lot of fun for drivers and fans alike.

Saturday, July 3 will be a big one as well with the traditional Firecracker 40’s for the Pro Late Models and Topless Modifieds. In addition to plenty of racing, fans will be treated to a post race firework display to celebrate the holiday.

Just five days later, the Herald & Review 100 will be the talk of racing with the DIRTcar Summer National Super Late Models coming to town. The Thursday, July 8 event will also feature the DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals and Pro Modifieds.

For the winged Sprint car fans, mark your calendars for July 31 as the MOWA Sprint cars make their annual trip in an open wheel doubleheader with the POWRi Midgets. The combination show was first held in 2019 and had great reviews.

The Diane Bennett Memorial returns on Saturday, August 7 for a third straight season. Bennett was a longtime official at the track who passed away in 2015. Bennett’s family reached out a couple years ago about putting on a big race in her memory and the first two editions have been huge for the weekly divisions, paying out plenty of extra purse money throughout the fields.

The final month of the season will be highlighted by the 7th running of the KERBYSTRONG event. For the first four years, the event was held during the month of July with Super Late Models, Modifieds, and Sportsman running specials. Since then, the event has been moved to cooler weather and Macon’s Pro Late Model division now is part of one of the top races of the year. The event brings awareness to cancer screening and is in memory of former Macon Speedway champion, Kerby Damery.

Despite a late start in 2020, the track had a great season with average nightly car counts at 100+, the most in recent memory. Officials are hoping to carry that momentum into 2021 with an action packed season planned.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

2021 Macon Speedway Tentative Schedule

Sat-March 27-Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)-Open to all divisions

Sat-April 3-Test & Tune (12:00-4:00)-Open to all divisions

Sat-April 10-76th Season Opener/Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photos & Autographs-CEFCU Kid’s Club
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-April 17-Pro Mods $1,000 To Win-Dollar Dog/$2 Beer Night + Spectator Drags
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR

Sat-April 24-LUCAS Oil Late Models 100/$1,000 To Win Modifieds + Pro Mods
SLM, MOD, PROMOD

Sat-May 1-CEFCU Kid’s Club
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-May 8-POWRi Midgets & Micros
POWRi Midgets/Micros, PLM, MOD, HOR

Sat-May 15-95Q Armed Forces Night Featuring Free Admission For Active & Retired Military (Show ID)
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-May 22-Kids Bike Giveaway
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR

Sat-May 29-Night Off To Prepare For Memorial Day Monday Special

Mon-May 31-Memorial Day Twin 50’s – SLM 50 laps/MOD 50 laps
SLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-June 5-Non-Wing Sprints presented by J Smith & T Robertson + Ed Cain Hornet Challenge
Non-Wing Sprints, PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SS, HOR

Sat-June 12-Taylorville Night Featuring Power Wheels Demo Derby/CEFCU Kid’s Club
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, B10SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-June 19-Illinois POWRi Midget & Micro SPEEDWEEK
POWRi Midgets/Micros, PLM, SS

Sat-June 26-Bud Light Ladies Night ($5 Ladies Admission)
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-July 3-Dynagraphics/95Q Firecracker 40’s-Pro Late Model & Topless Modified/FIREWORKS
B10PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SS, HOR, MIC

Thurs-July 8-Herald & Review 100 Featuring Summer Nationals Hell Tour
Summer Nationals Late Models, MOD, PROMOD

Sat-July 10-Fireman’s Ball & First Responders Night/Kids Racecar Rides-CEFCU Kids Club
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-July 17-Church Night Featuring Faster Pastor Race
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, B10SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-July 24-Sportsman Topless 40 + Spectator Drags
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR

Sat-July 31-MOWA Sprint & POWRi Midget Doubleheader
MOWA, POWRi Midgets/Micros, PLM, PROMOD

Sat-Aug 7-Diane Bennett Memorial
B10PLM, MOD, PROMOD, B10SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-Aug 14-HART Non-Wing Micros
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-Aug 21-POWRi Midgets & Micros – Camfield Memorial
POWRi Midgets/Micros, MOD, PROMOD, HOR

Sat-Aug 28-Skeff Distributing Presents IMRA Midgets & Hornet World Championship/CEFCU Kid’s Club
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SS, HOR, IMRA Midgets, MIC

Sat-Sept 4-DuQuoin USAC/Modifieds (NO RACING)

Sat-Sept 11-98.1 Griz FM Night featuring Vintage Racing of Illinois & Hall Of Fame Drivers Night
VRI, PLM, MOD, PROMOD, B10SS, HOR, MIC

Sat-Sept 18-KERBYSTRONG Night featuring PLM, MOD, & SPORT Specials-CEFCU Kid’s Club
B10PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR

Sat-Sept 25-BRANDT Season Championship “Racing For The Cup” + Give Back To Fans
PLM, MOD, PROMOD, SPORT, SS, HOR

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2021/02/macon-speedway-releases-first-look-at-2021-season-schedule/

Summer National Schedule Announced; Set For Macon Speedway July 8th

2021 SCHEDULE: DIRTcar Summer Nationals & Summit Modifieds Race 30 Dates over Eight Weeks

January 26, 2021 by Jordan DeLucia

New look, winner’s shares unveiled for Summit Modifieds in 11th season of competition

The long-awaited 2021 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals schedules are set and feature endless potential for exciting racing.

For the first time in its 36-year history, Hell Tour fans can enjoy watching both tours race over eight different weeks at various tracks, featuring a fresh mix of annual favorites, returning gems and one new addition.

Both tours are scheduled to race 30 dates over a seven-week stretch, starting with the kickoff at Indiana’s Brownstown Speedway on Tuesday, June 15.

Similar to the revamped 2020 schedule, a two-week break period will divide the tours into two parts to allow for the Late Model drivers to compete with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models in their crown-jewel events – Fairbury Speedway’s Prairie Dirt Classic, on July 30-31, and Cedar Lake Speedway’s USA Nationals, on Aug. 5-7. The Summit Modifieds will again run alongside the Outlaws at the Prairie Dirt Classic, featuring the $5,000-to-win finale on Saturday night.

Racing is also set for an average of five days per week, allowing teams to recuperate and travel on Monday and Tuesday for a grueling week of five-straight races Wednesday to Sunday. A make-up week has been set aside on Aug. 11-15 for races that are postponed from earlier in the series. Some weeks also have open dates for races that will be announced at a later time.

Swinging through a total of eight different states, 31 unique tracks in total will get their opportunity to host the Late Models and Modifieds, including one brand-new track in Indianapolis, IN. Circle City Raceway is set for opening this spring and will bring in the Summer Nationals and Summit Modified pilots to the quarter-mile oval on Wednesday, July 14. The Terre Haute Action Track returns only to the Summit Modifieds schedule on July 18.

The Summit Modifieds will hit the road for their 11th season of action in 2021, sporting an updated look to the tour’s logo. Ten years with the classic oval version has fit the tour well, and the updated, patch-style design will help display the Summit Racing Equipment and DIRTcar Racing partnership for years to come.

“Summit Racing Equipment is proud to remain the title sponsor of the Modified Nationals, and we know the unveiling of our new logo will usher in a brand-new era of partnership after 10 great seasons,” said Summit Motorsports & Events Manager Jim Greenleaf. “It’s a great new design that helps showcase our support and dedication to the teams, tracks and great race fans that help make this all possible.”

Going hand-in-hand with the new logo is the introduction of a new minimum winner’s share for the Summit Modified races in 2021. All 30 Features will pay a minimum $1,500 to win; a $500 increase from previous seasons.

Friday and Saturday night Late Model races will pay $10,000 to the winner; the other days of the week will serve as $5,000-to-win shows. The Late Model champion’s check will be awarded for only the second time in the state of Michigan, on Aug. 21, at Merritt Speedway, crowned alongside the Summit Modified champion. Weekly point funds for the Late Models will also be distributed throughout the schedule.

For all future updates on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models and Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, be sure to like the DIRTcar Racing and Summer Nationals pages on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for non-stop updates on race day.

Summer Nationals fans can follow along throughout the tour via DIRTVision’s all-new annual Platinum FAST PASS streaming subscription. Watch the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Summit Modifieds, World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series and more all year round for just $299 with the annual subscription or $39 per month and never miss a moment of the best dirt track racing in the country.

Combined tour schedules:

Week #1

Tuesday, June 15 | Brownstown Speedway | Brownstown, IN

Wednesday, June 16 | Peoria Speedway | Peoria, IL

Thursday, June 17 | Kankakee County Speedway | Kankakee, IL

Friday, June 18 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, IL

Saturday, June 19 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL

Sunday, June 20 | Plymouth Speedway | Plymouth, IN

 

Week #2

Wednesday, June 23 | LaSalle Speedway | LaSalle, IL

Thursday, June 24 | Spoon River Speedway | Canton, IL

Friday, June 25 | Sycamore Speedway | Maple Park, IL

Saturday, June 26 | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO

Sunday, June 27 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, IL

 

Week #3

Wednesday, June 30 | Beaver Dam Raceway | Beaver Dam, WI (Late Models only)

Thursday, July 1 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA (Late Models only)

Friday, July 2 | The Dirt Oval at Route 66 | Joliet, IL

Saturday, July 3 | Fayette County Speedway | Brownstown, IL

Sunday, July 4 | Lincoln Speedway | Lincoln, IL

 

Week #4

Thursday, July 8 | Macon Speedway | Macon, IL

Friday, July 9 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, IL

Saturday, July 10 | Highland Speedway | Highland, IL

Sunday, July 11 | Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

 

Week #5

Wednesday, July 14 | Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, July 15 | Thunderbird Raceway | Muskegon, MI

Friday, July 16 | Hartford Speedway | Hartford, MI

Saturday, July 17 | Oakshade Raceway | Wauseon, OH

Sunday, July 18 | Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN (Modifieds only)

 

Week #6

Wednesday, July 21 | Open

Thursday, July 22 | Springfield Raceway | Springfield, MO (Late Models only)

Friday, July 23 | Open

Saturday, July 24 | Clarksville Speedway | Clarksville, TN

Sunday, July 25 | Open

 

Fri-Sat, July 30-31 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL (Modifieds only)

 

Week #7

Wed-Sun, Aug. 11-15 | Make-Ups

 

Week #8

Wednesday, Aug. 18 | Butler Motor Speedway | Quincy, MI

Thursday, Aug. 19 | I-96 Speedway | Lake Odessa, MI

Friday, Aug. 20 | Tri-City Motor Speedway | Auburn, MI

Saturday, Aug. 21 | Merritt Speedway | Lake City, MI

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2021/01/summer-national-schedule-announced-set-for-macon-speedway-july-8th/

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League 2021 Schedule Release

Belleville, IL (12/22/2021) The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League campaign has been established with an eager 2021 season schedule, visiting various pristine racing facilities in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Serving as the POWRi Season Opener on Friday, March 19th, and Saturday, March 20th the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets will invade Wichita Falls, Texas in hopes of glory at Monarch Speedway.
Remaining a staple to early season racing action the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets will link up with the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midgets with the Eighth Annual Turnpike Challenge. Starting with Creek County Speedway on Thursday, March 25th, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will spar with the West Midget League for night one of four of Sonner State racing. I-44 Riverside Speedway will host two nights in a row on Friday, March 26th, and Saturday, March 27th, with Port City Raceway rounding out the Turnpike Challenge on Sunday, March 28th.
With much anticipation, April 16th and 17th will feature the Little Rock Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas as drivers from both POWRi Midget Leagues maintain their on-track battles in co-sanctioned competitions. Continuing the season-opening sweep of co-sanctioned racing with a fan-favorite doubleheader weekend, the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals will kick off at Valley Speedway on Friday, April 23rd rounding out the weekend at the annual appearance at the ‘Diamond of Dirt Tracks,’ on Saturday, April 24th for the Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway. After driver’s delights in 2020, Charleston Speedway is back in a major way in 2021 with the ILLI-ANA Showdown. A two-day multiple-POWRi League spectacle on Friday, May 21st, and Saturday, May 22nd also featuring the riveting action of the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint Car League.
The Tenth Annual POWRi Illinois SPEED Week will again host five nights of racing displaying some of the best midget racing in the world and attracting drivers from around the globe. Hosting the SPEED Week opener on Wednesday, June 16th will see Charleston Speedway take center stage as the League will then head to Lincoln Speedway on Thursday, June 17th for night two. ‘America’s Baddest Bullring’, Jacksonville Speedway will serve as the mid-way stop on Friday, June 18th before the fast lap-times of Mighty Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 19th as the POWRi Illinois SPEED Week wraps up on Sunday, June 20th at Fayette County Speedway.
“We’ve put together an action-packed 2021 race season with more in development to add to the excitement for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League that includes a handful of historic midget jewels and traditional POWRi outings,” said league director Jason McCord. Rich in heritage and tradition, Angell Park Speedway, in Sun Prairie Wisconsin, will host the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League for the Pepsi Nationals on Saturday, July 3rd, and Sunday, July 4th for a one-of-a-kind Independence Day celebration.
What has grown into a mid-season proving weekend for contenders in the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget Leagues championship battles, Valley Speedway will host the Fifth Annual Thunder in the Valley on July 16th and 17th. A pair of mid-season racing weekend visits to Lake Ozark Speedway will see the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midgets Leagues continue to join forces for the Sprint and Midget Nationals. First, on Saturday, May 29th and Sunday, May 30th, then again back at “The Lake” on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st.
A fan-rousing favorite, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will host the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League alongside the World of Outlaws for the Iron Man 55 weekend doubleheader on August 6th and 7th.
Steeped in tradition the 2021 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League season schedule will continue with key honorary events including, the Camfield Memorial at Macon Speedway on Saturday, August 21st, the Herb Barlow Memorial at Jacksonville Speedway on Friday, September 10th, the Tom Knowles Memorial at Spoon River Speedway on Saturday, September 11th, the Ron Milton Race of Champions at Jacksonville Speedway on Friday, October 1st, the Second Annual Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55 at Port City Raceway on Thursday, October 14th, and the two-day Charlene Meents Memorial again in 2021 at I-44 Riverside Speedway on October 15th-16th.
Rounding out the season with a two-day event, Caney Valley Speedway will host the POWRi Season Championship on Friday, November 5th, and Saturday, November 6th as both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League competitors will battle for supremacy in the final points events of the season.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Tentative 2021 Season Schedule:
Friday, March 19 | Monarch Speedway | POWRi Season Opener
Saturday, March 20 | Monarch Speedway | POWRi Season Opener
*Thursday, March 25 | Creek County Speedway | Turnpike Challenge
*Friday, March 26 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Turnpike Challenge
*Saturday, March 27 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Turnpike Challenge
*Sunday, March 28 | Port City Speedway | Turnpike Challenge
*Friday, April 16 | I-30 Speedway | Little Rock Nationals
*Saturday, April 17 | I-30 Speedway | Little Rock Nationals
*Friday, April 23 | Valley Speedway | Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals
*Saturday, April 24 | Lucas Oil Speedway | Open Wheel Showdown
Saturday, May 8 | Macon Speedway | Midwest Season Opener
Friday, May 21 | Charleston Speedway | ILLI-ANA Showdown
Saturday, May 22 | Charleston Speedway | ILLI-ANA Showdown
Saturday, May 29 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Sprint & Midget Nationals
Sunday, May 30 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Sprint & Midget Nationals
Wednesday, June 16 | Charleston Speedway | Illinois Speed Week
Thursday, June 17 | Lincoln Speedway| Illinois Speed Week
Friday, June 18 | Jacksonville Speedway | Illinois Speed Week
Saturday, June 19 | Macon Speedway | Illinois Speed Week
Sunday, June 20 | Fayette County Speedway| Illinois Speed Week
Saturday, July 3 | Angell Park Speedway | Pepsi Nationals
Sunday, July 4 | Angell Park Speedway | Pepsi Nationals
*Friday, July 16 | Valley Speedway | Thunder in the Valley
*Saturday, July 17 | Valley Speedway | Thunder in the Valley
Sunday, July 18 | TBA
Saturday, July 31 | Macon Speedway | Midget & Sprint Double Header
*Friday, August 6 | I-55 Speedway | Iron Man 55
*Saturday, August 7 | I-55 Speedway | Iron Man 55
Friday, August 20 | Charleston Speedway
Saturday, August 21 | Macon Speedway | Camfield Memorial
Saturday, September 4 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Sprint & Midget Nationals
Sunday, September 5 | Lake Ozark Speedway | Sprint & Midget Nationals
Friday, September 10 | Jacksonville Speedway | Herb Barlow Memorial
Saturday, September 11| Spoon River Speedway | Tom Knowles Memorial
Friday, October 1 | Jacksonville Speedway | Ron Milton Race of Champions
Saturday, October 2 | Jacksonville Speedway
*Thursday, October 14 | Port City Speedway | Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55
*Friday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Meents Memorial
*Saturday, October 16 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Meents Memorial
*Friday, November 5 | Caney Valley Speedway | POWRi Season Championship
*Saturday, November 6 | Caney Valley Speedway | POWRi Season Championship
*Dates Co-Sanctioned with POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League. Schedule subject to alterations with TBA events currently being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed.
Follow along for more information on POWRi and items such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, or on Twitter & Instagram at @POWRi_Racing and Facebook at POWRi. POWRi League rules, contingencies, forms, and payouts can be found under the info tab at the top of the POWRi website.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/12/powri-lucas-oil-national-midget-league-2021-schedule-release/

Thanks…

We want to take this time to thank Jeff Probus for his dedication over the last several years, working with us at Macon Speedway and Track Enterprises. Jeff moved up from working as race night staff to a position involving the day-to-day operations in 2017.

Best wishes and good luck with your new career move and we will see you at the track in the spring!

Bob Sargent
Track Enterprises

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/11/thanks/

Macon April 24 On Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 2021 Schedule

Batavia, OH (October 14, 2020) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is proud to announce the 2021 schedule, with a lineup that hosts 62 feature events, at 32 different venues, across 21 states. The news all race fans have been waiting for, all 62 events will be live streamed in conjunction with four live on the MAVTV Motorsports Network. There will be 37 original events televised on MAVTV, three events televised on CBS Sports Network, one event televised on CBS, and 14 events televised on NBC Sports Network.

Next year’s schedule is highlighted by a generous number of increased purses throughout the season. The richest Crown Jewel events of the tour’s schedule includes: Lucas Oil Speedway’s Show-Me 100 ($30,000 to win); Smoky Mountain Speedway’s Mountain Moonshine Classic ($20,000); I-80 Speedway’s Silver Dollar Nationals ($53,000); Florence Speedway’s North/South 100 ($50,000); Batesville Motor Speedway’s Topless 100 ($40,000); Port Royal Speedway’s The Rumble by the River #3 ($30,000); Tyler County Speedway’s Hillbilly Hundred ($30,000); Knoxville Raceway’s Late Model Nationals ($40,000); Brownstown Speedway’s Jackson 100 ($20,000); Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway’s Pittsburgher 100 ($20,000); and Portsmouth Raceway Park’s Dirt Track World Championship ($100,000).

2020 was a challenging year for many, including all of us in the racing industry. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series would like to thank all of our team owners, drivers and crew members, our event promoters, our loyal fans, and our tremendous marketing partners for your continued support. It is because of each of you, along with the hard work and determination of series officials and the unwavering support of Lucas Oil Products, the series will be able to complete 46 feature events, during the 2020 season, after this weekend’s $100,000 to win Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH.

2021 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule:

Date Track Event Location To Win A-Main Purse Laps
1/21 Golden Isles Speedway Super Bowl of Racing Brunswick, GA Practice
1/22 Golden Isles Speedway Super Bowl of Racing Brunswick, GA $12,000 $47,050 50
1/23 Golden Isles Speedway Super Bowl of Racing Brunswick, GA $15,000 $54,550 50
1/24 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL Practice
1/25 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL $5,000 $23,050 30
1/26 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL $5,000 $23,050 30
1/27 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL $7,000 $30,775 40
1/28 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL $7,000 $30,775 40
1/29 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL $12,000 $47,050 50
1/30 East Bay Raceway Park 45th Annual Wrisco Winternationals Presented By Lucas Oil Tampa, FL $15,000 $54,550 50
2/1 Bubba Racway Park Winter Nationals Ocala, FL $10,000 $43,575 40
2/2 Bubba Racway Park Winter Nationals Ocala, FL $10,000 $43,575 40
2/3 All-Tech Raceway Winter Nationals Lake City, FL Practice
2/4 All-Tech Raceway Winter Nationals Lake City, FL $10,000 $43,575 40
2/5 All-Tech Raceway Winter Nationals Lake City, FL $12,000 $47,050 50
2/6 All-Tech Raceway Winter Nationals Lake City, FL $15,000 $54,550 50
3/19 Atomic Speedway Buckeye Spring 50 Chillicothe, OH $12,000 $52,800 50
3/20 Brownstown Speedway Indiana Icebreaker Brownstown, IN $15,000 $57,050 50
4/9 411 Motor Speedway Tennessee’s Action Track 50 Seymour, TN $12,000 $52,800 50
4/10 Talladega Short Track E-Z-GO 50 Eastaboga, AL $15,000 $57,050 50
4/17 Hagerstown Speedway Nininger Tribute Hagerstown, MD $15,000 $57,050 50
4/18 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA $10,000 $48,575 40
4/23 Tri-City Speedway Bullet Race Engines 50 Granite City, IL $12,000 $52,800 50
4/24 Macon Speedway Macon, IL $15,000 $57,050 100
4/30 Ponderosa Speedway 17th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial Junction City, KY $12,000 $52,800 50
5/1 Florence Speedway 35th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial Union, KY $15,000 $57,050 50
5/21 300 Raceway Farley, IA $12,000 $52,800 50
5/22 34 Raceway Triple 777 Trucking Lucky 50 Burlington, IA $15,000 $57,050 50
5/27 Lucas Oil Speedway 8th Annual Cowboy Classic Wheatland, MO $6,000 $26,750 45
5/28 Lucas Oil Speedway The Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson Wheatland, MO $6,000 $26,750 40
5/29 Lucas Oil Speedway 29th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Wheatland, MO $30,000 $128,700 100
6/17 Magnolia Motor Speedway Clash at the Mag presented by Big River Steel Columbus, MS $5,000 $25,000 25
6/18 Magnolia Motor Speedway Clash at the Mag presented by Big River Steel Columbus, MS $5,000 $25,000 25
6/19 Magnolia Motor Speedway Clash at the Mag presented by Big River Steel Columbus, MS $15,000 $63,450 60
6/25 Deer Creek Speedway NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 Spring Valley, MN $12,000 $52,800 50
6/26 Deer Creek Speedway NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 Spring Valley, MN $15,000 $57,050 50
7/2 Portsmouth Raceway Park Independence 50 Portsmouth, OH $12,000 $52,800 50
7/3 Muskingum County Speedway Freedom 50 Zanesville, OH $15,000 $57,050 50
7/8 Cherokee Speedway 23rd Annual Grassy Smith Memorial Gaffney, SC $10,000 $48,575 50
7/9 Smoky Mountain Speedway Mountain Moonshine Classic Maryville, TN $12,000 $52,800 40
7/10 Smoky Mountain Speedway Mountain Moonshine Classic Maryville, TN $20,000 $73,400 60
7/16 Tri-City Speedway NAPA Know How 50 Granite City, IL $12,000 $52,800 50
7/17 Lucas Oil Speedway 15th Annual Diamond Nationals Wheatland, MO $15,000 $57,050 50
7/22 I-80 Speedway Dirt Track Bank Go 50 Greenwood, NE $12,000 $52,800 50
7/23 I-80 Speedway Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals Greenwood, NE Prelim
7/24 I-80 Speedway Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals Greenwood, NE $53,000 $181,350 80
8/12 Florence Speedway Sunoco North/South Shootout Union, KY $10,000 $48,575 50
8/13 Florence Speedway 39th Annual Sunoco North/South 100 Union, KY Prelim
8/14 Florence Speedway 39th Annual Sunoco North/South 100 Union, KY $50,000 $160,050 100
8/19 Batesville Motor Speedway 29th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 Presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions Batesville, AR $5,000 $25,000 30
8/20 Batesville Motor Speedway 29th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 Presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions Batesville, AR $5,000 $25,000 30
8/21 Batesville Motor Speedway 29th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 Presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions Batesville, AR $40,000 $129,275 100
8/26 Port Royal Speedway The Rumble by the River #1 Port Royal, PA $10,000 $48,575 30
8/27 Port Royal Speedway The Rumble by the River #2 Port Royal, PA $12,000 $52,800 40
8/28 Port Royal Speedway The Rumble by the River #3 Port Royal, PA $30,000 $118,650 50
9/4 Portsmouth Raceway Park River Days Rumble Presented by Pepsi Portsmouth, OH $15,000 $57,050 50
9/5 Tyler County Speedway 53rd Annual Hillbilly Hundred Middlebourne, WV $30,000 $91,125 100
9/16 Knoxville Raceway Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals Knoxville, IA $7,000 $28,230 25
9/17 Knoxville Raceway Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals Knoxville, IA $7,000 $28,230 25
9/18 Knoxville Raceway Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals Knoxville, IA $40,000 $180,250 100
9/24 Brownstown Speedway Night Before the Jackson Brownstown, IN $10,000 $48,575 40
9/25 Brownstown Speedway 42nd Annual Jackson 100 Brownstown, IN $20,000 $73,400 100
10/1 Raceway 7 Great Lakes 50 Conneaut, OH $12,000 $52,800 50
10/2 Pittsburgh Motor Speedway 33rd Annual Pittsburgher 100 Imperial, PA $20,000 $73,400 100
10/9 The Red Clay at Woodstock – Historic Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA $15,000 $57,050 50
10/10 Rome Speedway Lucas Oil Rome Showdown Rome, GA $10,000 $48,575 50
10/15 Portsmouth Raceway Park 41st Annual Dirt Track World Championship Portsmouth, OH Prelim
10/16 Portsmouth Raceway Park 41st Annual Dirt Track World Championship Portsmouth, OH $100,000 $191,485 100

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Champions Crowned in Macon Speedway Finale

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The 2020 Macon Speedway was shorter than usual due to the pandemic but was still filled with incredible moments and exciting nights of racing. Not many looked at September 26th from the start date of June 13th and thought of the possibilities that there could be for the final night of racing. Championships were still being decided in many of the classes as the final night of the 75th anniversary season got underway and it took the checkered flag lap of many divisions to sum up the best of the best.

Tommy Sheppard, Jr. was trailing Billy Knebel by four points, a matter of two feature positions, entering the evening in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds class and thanks to a solid night of qualifying and heat racing, Sheppard drew the number two starting position for the 20-lap feature and led all 20 of the laps to win his fourth feature in a row. No matter if Sheppard won, if Knebel stayed within a finishing spot of Sheppard, he would remain the champion by virtue of the points lead. But unfortunate for Knebel, who started eighth, ran out of time for the race and the season and took a fourth place finish in the feature. The final points standings will show Sheppard taking the championship and Knebel finishing two points behind. For Sheppard, it is his third-straight BillingsleyRewards.com Modified championship and fourth overall after championship as he won the Pro Late Model track championship in 2017.

The night was not a total letdown for Knebel as he entered the evening with an insurmountable lead in the Pro Modified division. Leading Dalton Ewing by 56 points coming into the evening and Knebel making it to the track and starting in the feature, Billy Knebel would be crowned the champion. He wasn’t willing to just enjoy that moment. He also won the final feature of the season, his eighth win of the year in 12 races. Ewing, while racing in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature, blew his engine and could not compete in the Pro Modified feature. That would cost him as Kyle Helmick moved into second place in the points standings with his second place finish in the 15-lap feature.

The closest points race of the season was in the Micro Sprints presented by Bailey Chassis. John Barnard led Jacob Tipton by four points entering the night’s 15-lap feature. Tipton started front row outside and Barnard started third row outside and chased down Tipton for the race. The final lap would see Tipton finish the race two positions ahead of Barnard and create a tie for the points championship. The tiebreaker would be determined by the amount of feature races won between the drivers. Barnard scored one feature win while Tipton did not win a feature race. Barnard’s lone feature win of the 2020 season secured him as the Micro Sprint track champion at Macon Speedway.

The race was won by Jeremy Camp, who flew through the race and placed first. Trevin Littleton was fast and took second then Tipton in third with Kyle Barker taking fourth ahead of Barnard.

In the Archer’s Alley Street Stock class, Bobby Beiler entered the night 36 points ahead of Jaret Duff for the division title and thanks to a front row starting spot, Beiler would grab hold of the checkered flag and win the race and the championship. Rudy Zaragoza and Darrell Dick would be in contention of the lead but Beiler, just as he has been most of the season, was just too fast to overcome.

Gene Reed would finish fourth and receive the trophy for the five-race end of season Top Gun Championship where the final five races between Lincoln Speedway & Macon Speedway would produce a special point fund and award. Reed ran all five shows and came away with the top honors.

Tommy Sheppard, Jr. also would lay claim to the Top Gun trophy and bonus money for leading the five-race point series in the Top Gun Championship in the Modified class.

The Pro Late Models also were involved in the Top Gun Championship Series and Cody Maguire of Carlinville would win that honor finishing 48 points ahead of Jake Little to earn the bonus prize money. However, Jake Little got the biggest laugh of the night as he took hold of his first Macon Speedway Pro Late Model track championship. Little has earned wins in the Midwest Big Ten Series over the course of the last few years but not been able to win the division championship at Macon Speedway…until 2020. Little ran behind racing teammates Dakota Ewing and Jose Parga for the 20-lap A-Main as Ewing kept ahead of Parga for the lead and win.

The final division of the night was already a wrapped-up deal as the Hornets points champion Brady Reed came into the night with an 80-point lead and had clinched the title after last week’s race. Reed came from the third row to get behind race leader Mike Eskew and on a caution lap restart allowed Reed to overcome Eskew for the lead and finish the night with the checkered flag.

The 2020 racing season at Macon Speedway is complete. The 75th Anniversary season is certainly one that might be remembered and thought of for years to come. Preparations are already prepared for the 2021 racing season at Macon Speedway with hopes that racing engines will roar once again in the spring.

The 2020 finale was sponsored by Caterpillar, Phoenix Tile and Brandt Professional Agriculture. A great thanks goes to the many sponsors of the 2020 season and the great racing fans who piloted their way to the track for the weeks in which the track was able to run. Another appreciation goes to the drivers who made it to the track week in and week out for the season, an average well over 100 racecars. 

Feature Results (Top 10’s)

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

1) 2 +1 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25 2) 4 +2 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P 3) 1 -2 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J 4) 6 +2 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M 5) 7 +2 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 66 6) 13 +7 Josh Heuiser St. Jacob, IL 1H 7) 3 -4 Donny Koehler Macon, IL 64 8) 8 – Tony Harter Sherman, IL 54 9) 11 +2 Colton Billington Mclean, IL 2C 10) 5 -5 Storm Beiler Decatur, IL 33B

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

1) 2 +1 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL T6 2) 3 +1 Cody Stillwell Godfrey, IL 00S 3) 9 +6 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 77 4) 8 +4 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 5) 6 +1 Alan Crowder Elwin, IL 87C 6) 4 -2 Danny Smith Argenta, IL 98 7) 5 -2 Curt Rhodes Taylorville, IL 10 8) 7 -1 Tim Luttrell Riverton, IL 6 9) 10 +1 Steve Phillips Neoga, IL 33 10) 17 +7 Maxx Emerson Taylorville, IL 11

DIRTcar Pro Mods

1) 5 +4 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 2) 2 – Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X 3) 7 +4 Zack Bunning Decatur, IL Z 4) 4 – Adam Rhoades Clinton, IL 10 5) 1 -4 Justin Reynolds Hillsboro, IL 3X 6) 11 +5 Jeff Wallace Decatur, IL 25 7) 9 +2 Matt Milner Chatham, IL 24M 8) 10 +2 Roy Magee Springfield, IL 11 9) 12 +3 Billy Justice Jr Cerro Gordo, IL 43 10) 8 -2 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116

Archers Alley Street Stocks

1) 1 – Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 2) 3 +1 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville, IL 67 3) 2 -1 Darrell Dick Monticello, IL 22 4) 5 +1 Gene Reed Hammond, IL X5 5) 6 +1 Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound, IL 53R 6) 7 +1 Zach Taylor Springfield, IL Z24 7) 16 +9 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 8) 8 – Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X7 9) 14 +5 Tommy Pickering Cerro Gordo, IL 199 10) 18 +8 Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4

DIRTcar Hornets 

1) 5 +4 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B 2) 3 +1 Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 3) 1 -2 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton, IL T82 4) 8 +4 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 5) 4 -1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 6) 9 +3 Allan Harris Chatham, IL 3H 7) 6 -1 Marty Sullivan Decatur, IL 39M 8) 2 -6 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 9) 7 -2 Jason Hunter Centralia, IL 24H 10) 10 – william Kidman Edwardsville, IL 45W

Micros By Bailey Chassis 

1) 1 – Jeremy Camp Sullivan, IL 23 2) 4 +2 Trevin Littleton Jacksonville, IL 44 3) 2 -1 Jacob Tipton Decatur, IL 10 4) 3 -1 Kyle Barker Cooksville, IL 27 5) 6 +1 John Barnard Sherman, IL 8B 6) 5 -1 Daryn Stark Springfield, IL 55S 7) 7 – Joe Taft Dawson, IL 00 8) 11 +3 Cliff Powell Hannibal, MO 401 9) 9 – Aarik Andruskevitch Riverton, IL 21 10) 8 -2 Mike Frantz 2F

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Season And Track Champions To Be Decided In Macon Speedway Finale Saturday

(Macon, IL) The final night of the 75th season of racing is set for this Saturday, September 26 at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL. Six divisions of racing will be on track with drivers racing for the BRANDT Season Championship Cup trophies in addition to the final night bragging rights. The event is also presented by Caterpillar and Phoenix Tile.

The top battle to watch will be in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class. Pocahontas, IL driver Billy Knebel leads the standings by just four points over New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard. Sheppard is looking for his third straight Modified championship at the track, while Knebel is trying to pull off the double with both the Modified and Pro Mod championships. Sheppard will need to finish ahead of Knebel by two spots or more in the feature to take the top spot away.

The next closest battle is in the Micros By Bailey Chassis division, where Sherman, IL’s John Barnard leads by four points over Jacob Tipton. Much like the Modifieds, the difference is a matter of two feature positions. Barnard has claimed one feature win this year, while Tipton is still looking for his first.

36 points currently separate Archers Alley Street Stock point leader Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, IL, and Maroa, IL’s Jaret Duff. Beiler has won five features this season, while Duff has claimed one. The class has had outstanding car counts and racing all year long.

The DIRTcar Pro Mod championship is all but wrapped up for Billy Knebel. All the Pocahontas, IL driver will have to do is be on property with his car and enter the event, as he has a 56 point lead on Dalton Ewing. Knebel has claimed seven feature wins, while Ewing has taken a feature win and nine top fives in his impressive rookie season.

Another driver just needing to show up and enter car is Springfield, IL driver Jake Little. With six feature wins in the Pro Late Model class, Little has a 58 point lead on Brady Lynch. The Pro Late Models are coming off of one of their better races of the year, with 14 cars racing 30-laps in last week’s KerbyStrong event.

Rounding out Saturday’s action, Brady Reed of Decatur, IL already has the Hornet championship locked up. Reed leads by 80 points, which is insurmountable for the rest of the field. Athens, IL’s Bill Basso is second, while Billy Mason is third.

Pits to the Macon Speedway 75th season finale will open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on 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 apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 570 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 566 4
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 438 132
4 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 390 180
5 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 390 180
6 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 374 196
7 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 352 218
8 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 338 232
9 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 328 242
10 11D Brian Diveley Springfield IL 302 268


Micros By Bailey Chassis

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 350 0
2 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 346 4
3 27 Kyle Barker Cooksville IL 286 64
4 55 Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 282 68
5 17 Molly Day Allerton IL 262 88
6 44 Trevin Littleton Jacksonville IL 210 140
7 00 Joe Taft Dawson IL 208 142
8 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 200 150
9 97D Larry Drake Terre Haute IN 190 160
10 83 Jeff Beasley Urbana IL 188 162


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 578 0
2 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 542 36
3 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 504 74
4 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 488 90
5 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 486 92
6 80 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 448 130
7 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 424 154
8 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 410 168
9 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 378 200
10 13 Ryan Blankenship Harristown IL 352 226


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 628 0
2 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 572 56
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 564 64
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 540 88
5 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 512 116
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 498 130
7 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 480 148
8 25 Jeff Wallace Decatur IL 390 238
9 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 384 244
10 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 364 264


DIRTcar Pro Lates

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 570 0
2 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 512 58
3 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 412 158
4 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 402 168
5 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 378 192
6 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 342 228
7 75 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville IL 274 296
8 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 254 316
9 21 Jarod Shasteen Macon IL 240 330
10 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 210 360


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 654 0
2 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 574 80
3 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 558 96
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 546 108
5 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 504 150
6 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 426 228
7 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 424 230
8 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 414 240
9 20 Casey Eskew Springfield IL 308 346
10 31 Jacob Shanks Decatur IL 286 368

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Racers Honor Kerby Damery with KerbyStrong

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The 6th Annual KerbyStrong event was a successful one despite the fact that COVID-19 and the Coronavirus pandemic nearly ruined it. Kerby Damery once said, “Don’t worry about the things you can’t change.” One thing the KerbyStrong Foundation couldn’t change was the financial support from the dozens of sponsors who have been with the program for the previous five years. Instead of worrying about it, they agreed to put on the best show and have the best support they could. Kerby Damery would have been proud that the foundation followed along with one of his quotes on this night and during this 2020 racing season.

The big race of the night was the Pro Late Model division where Springfield’s Jake Little led wire-to-wire in the 30-lap feature event and pocketed the $1,000-to-win prize. Little’s race was won from the front row, opposite to the pole sitter and last year’s winner of the race Chris Dick. The race was solidly ran by the 14-car field with only two yellow flags involved, laps 11 and 27. During those green flag runs, Little dominated the race and used the top groove to pull away from Dick and Guy Taylor.

Kerby Damery’s son Blake Damery ran the race from the sixth starting position. A lengthy back-and-forth battle with Cody Maguire resulted in Damery making the pass and eventually moving to fourth on a pass of Donny Koehler. Damery changed up his numbers for the night. Usually sporting the #10 on his car, the same number of his dad, he went with the #66, which was the number of Kerby’s favorite racer growing up.

One of the Macon Speedway divisions featured its final night at the track for 2020 as the Sportsman division ran its final 15-lap event of the year. Dennis Vandermeersch was clinching the championship with his appearance on the track as Scott Landers was not able to run his car on the final night. With Vandermeersch already winning the championship, he had one more goal in mind, take the checkered flag in the KerbyStrong Sportsman feature. Starting behind Jim Farley III from the second row, Vandermeersch needed a lap to catch Farley and sprint out to the lead. Ethan Schnapp and Wes O’Dell battled for second place as the race continued along. Vandermeersch was practically unstoppable and won all by one feature at Macon Speedway for the 2020 season. For Vandermeersch, he has won four of the six Sportsman races during the KerbyStrong events including three-straight wins.

Another solid night of racing for Tommy Sheppard, Jr. in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. From playing from behind in the points standings, Sheppard has made strides over the last few weeks to cut into the lead by Pro Modified driver Billy Knebel. Each week Sheppard continues to come and race and win, the points deficit shrinks. It shrunk again Saturday night as Sheppard took another checkered flag and finished four spots ahead of Knebel who moved into fifth place at the finish line due to a fourth turn collision between two cars.

With the leader and second place car running away from the group, the excitement was going for third. Danny Smith, who started ninth, moved into the third place spot with Curt Rhodes and Jacob Steinkoenig also in pursuit. Knebel was on the outside looking in. Rhodes and Steinkoenig connected off the final turn and jarred together to allow Knebel into the fifth spot ahead behind Rhodes and ahead of Steinkoenig.

Archer’s Alley Street Stock feature race winner was one happy man. Guy Taylor has been a friend and supporter of the KerbyStrong Foundation and the team since its inception and has been racing the X7 car in memory of Larry “Bub” Russell, Jr., who passed away just before the start of the season. The car has been a work in progress all season as it finally got dialed in and ran as Taylor and team has wanted it to all season. Running at the top, Taylor dashed around the 1/5th mile dirt oval and looked good doing it. Second place car Jaret Duff and Terry Reed had nothing on him. Duff would fall victim to his car slowing down and pulled off the track just six laps into the 15-lapper. The race was on for Taylor and Reed to finish and it ended in that order.

Knebel made a comeback in the Pro Modified feature and outlasted Kyle Helmick and Dalton Ewing for the win. The leader in the standings stayed ahead the group of cars chasing him down from the bottom of the track. Ewing was the only driver to really test the top of the track during that feature race. It worked enough to take him from a fifth place starting spot to a second place finish.

The night was capped off with Brady Reed taking another Hornets feature win. Reed won the 15-lap event from the pole position. Billy Mason started front row outside and took second place while Mike Eskew finished in third after starting tenth place.

One night of racing remains at Macon Speedway for its 75th Anniversary Season. An exciiting division night of racing will close out one of the oddest and most unique seasons in track history. The Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis and the Hornets will crown their champions next week in the season finale. Macon Speedway thanks the KerbyStrong Foundation for agreeing to put on the 6th Annual KerbyStrong event and thanks to Cromwell Media Group radio station 98.1 GRIZ-FM for sponsoring the night’s racing action. 

Feature Results (Top 10’s) 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models 

1) 2 +1 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J 2) 1 -1 Chris Dick Deland, IL 22 3) 3 – Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X 4) 6 +2 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 66 5) 5 – Donny Koehler Macon, IL 64 6) 4 -2 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M 7) 10 +3 Tony Harter Sherman, IL 54 8) 12 +4 Colton Billington Mclean, IL 2C 9) 13 +4 Brady Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14B 10) 11 +1 Storm Beiler Decatur, IL 33B

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

1) 2 +1 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL T6 2) 7 +5 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D 3) 9 +6 Danny Smith Argenta, IL 98 4) 4 – Curt Rhodes Taylorville, IL 10 5) 12 +7 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 6) 3 -3 Jacob Steinkoenig Highland, IL 24S 7) 6 -1 Alan Crowder Elwin, IL 87C 8) 5 -3 Chad Sellers Breese, IL E55 9) 15 +6 Clint Martin Ramsey, IL 54 10) 11 +1 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

1) 2 +1 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 2) 5 +3 Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 3) 4 +1 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X 4) 1 -3 Maxx Emerson Taylorville, IL 78 5) 6 +1 Ryan Timmons Centralia, IL 23 6) 8 +2 Adam Rhoades Clinton, IL 10 7) 12 +5 Andrew Depper 9 8) 11 +3 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116 9) 14 +5 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B 10) 9 -1 Justin Reynolds Hillsboro, IL 3X

DIRTcar Sportsman 

1) 3 +2 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield, IL 25 2) 5 +3 Ethan Schnapp Springfield, IL 2S 3) 2 -1 Wes O’Dell Springfield, IL 87 4) 1 -3 Jim Farley III Springfield, IL 84L 5) 6 +1 Danny O’Dell Springfield, IL 17 6) 4 -2 Tim Riech Petersburg, IL 55 7) 8 +1 Matt Reed Decatur, IL 4 8) (DNF) 9 +1 Ryan Blankenship Harristown, IL 13 DNS) – -2 Tony Reed Blue Mound, IL 21R DNS) – – Scott Landers Taylorville, IL 41

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

1) 3 +2 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X7 2) 5 +3 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo, IL T5 3) 2 -1 Gene Reed Hammond, IL X5 4) 4 – Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4 5) 12 +7 Brian Dasenbrock Jr Decatur, IL 80 6) 15 +9 Jerry Huffman Maroa, IL 36 7) 9 +2 Ryan Blankenship Harristown, IL 13 8) 14 +6 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur, IL 08 9) 13 +4 Zach Taylor Springfield, IL Z24 10) 6 -4 Tommy Pickering Cerro Gordo, IL 199

DIRTcar Hornets

1) 1 – Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B 2) 2 – Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 3) 10 +7 Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 4) 3 -1 Jacob Shanks Decatur, IL 31 5) 5 – Allan Harris Chatham, IL 3H 6) 7 +1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 7) 4 -3 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 8) 9 +1 Paul Merriman Decatur, IL 39P 9) 6 -3 Chris Hill Springfield, IL 18H 10) 8 -2 Jordan Reed Decatur, IL 98

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6th Annual KerbyStrong To Run Saturday Night At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) One week after a night that produced 152 car entries, Macon Speedway is back at it this coming Saturday, September 19 with the 6th Annual KerbyStrong race. The event is run in honor of the late Kerby Damery, a former champion at the track. It also benefits the KerbyStrong Foundation, which has been helping cancer patients and raise awareness since its inception.

The headline event of the night will be the 30-lap Pro Late Model feature, paying $1,000 to the winner. Over the first four years of the event, Super Late Models were run as the main event for the KerbyStrong race. Last year, the event was switched to Pro Late Models with great success and an exciting event which saw Chris Dick claim the victory. Additional prize money has been added throughout the finishing positions.

The BillingsleyRewards DIRTcar Modifieds will be running for the $750 top prize tomorrow night. Last week, 23 drivers took the green in an exciting Modified feature that saw Tommy Sheppard claim the victory. Sheppard and Billy Knebel are racing for the championship honors, with Knebel holding the point advantage all season long. Sheppard has been on a hot streak as of late, though, closing the gap week-after-week.

Kerby Damery was also a competitor in the Sportsman division, during his successful career. For the Sportsman Saturday, they will be running for $500 to win with additional money added to the top three spots. It will mark the final event of the season at Macon for the class, which will start preparing for their Springfield Mile event on Sunday, October 4.

The DIRTcar Pro Mods, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and DIRTcar Hornets will also be in action.

Pits open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, driver pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on 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 apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 510 0
2 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 468 42
3 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 402 108
4 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 362 148
5 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 342 168
6 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 324 186
7 75 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville IL 274 236
8 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 216 294
9 21 Jarod Shasteen Macon IL 206 304
10 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 168 342


BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 518 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 506 12
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 428 90
4 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 390 128
5 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 336 182
6 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 326 192
7 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 306 212
8 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 302 216
9 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 292 226
10 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 286 232


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 568 0
2 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 514 54
3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 514 54
4 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 508 60
5 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 468 100
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 444 124
7 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 434 134
8 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 364 204
9 25 Jeff Wallace Decatur IL 352 216
10 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 334 234


DIRTcar Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 330 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 326 4
3 07 Phil Moreland Assumption IL 288 42
4 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 260 70
5 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 260 70
6 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 226 104
7 2S Ethan Schnapp Springfield IL 208 122
8 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 200 130
9 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 198 132
10 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 160 170


Archers Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 578 0
2 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 510 68
3 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 446 132
4 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 442 136
5 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 426 152
6 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 410 168
7 80 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 396 182
8 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 378 200
9 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 370 208
10 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 344 234


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 594 0
2 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 526 68
3 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 500 94
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 496 98
5 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 452 142
6 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 414 180
7 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 404 190
8 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 370 224
9 20 Casey Eskew Springfield IL 308 286
10 E77 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton IL 268 326

 

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Nichols Takes Two at Macon Speedway With 150+ Entries Pitside

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Jeremy Nichols has done plenty in his career as a stock car racing driver. He’s won races; he’s won championships. He’s raced in nearly every division the track has offered. In a Sunday night special at Macon Speedway, Nichols won two races with the same car on the same night.

In the recent of years, Macon Speedway fans have seen drivers like Mike Pickering grace victory lane in the Street Stocks and the Sportsman on the same night. However, “Jimbo” had a racecar for each division. Nichols raced and won in the Archer’s Alley Street Stock feature with a car that’s engine was popping and making a variety of noises. Holding off Terry Reed, Bobby Beiler and Guy Taylor was quite difficult but Nichols managed to make it happen. After making sure the engine was corrected as good as it was going to be, Nichols took the track in the special Tim Bedinger Classic Sportsman division feature and won from the pole position.

Winning from the pole position is a common attraction to racing but when a Street Stock can outrun and stay ahead of a Sportsman car knowing the Sportsman car has more horsepower and engine power, that’s the big surprise. Most fans are aware of the speed and skills of drivers such as Dennis Vandermeersch and Wes O’Dell so for Nichols to stay ahead of them and truly dominate the 15-lap race was quite amazing. However, the night ended early for Vandermeersch. After racing on the top, the car locked towards the turn three wall and blasted into the concrete. That hit was only the beginning as two other cars came barreling towards him and smashed into his car. After taking the first five features and a consecutive streak that continued through the 2019 season, the winning ways ended for the Vandermeersch racing team on a night when the feature was dedicated to his friend and racer, Tim Bedinger–who passed away early in the 2020 calendar year.

The Hornet division was promoted as the special race of the week as the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet World Championship was featured. The race lived up to expectations as the 25-car field featured top Hornet drivers such as Mike Eskew, Brady Reed, Jeremy Reed, Joe Reed and Billy Mason. With the race starting with accidents and cautions and Hornets falling off to the pits or on the back of tow trucks, the field shrunk and that helped keep the action moving as Mike Eskew and Brady Reed battled for the full 15 laps. Reed bumped on the back bumper of Eskew for many laps trying to loosen up the Springfield native but to no avail and Eskew would be the winner of the race.

Jake Little used the top side of the 1/5th mile dirt oval to win the Pro Late Model feature race. The track was quite fast on the top and that’s where Little felt comfortable for the 20-lap race.

Tommy Sheppard, Jr. once again found victory lane in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. Two straight weeks of feature wins and closing in on the points leader Billy Knebel has allowed Sheppard to inch closer to a chance at a third straight Modified division title. Knebel was involved in a last lap incident with the car trailing him. The points standings could have a much tighter look to them in the final weeks to come.

Devin Feger blasted away to win in the Micro Sprint feature Presented by Bailey Chassis. Trevin Littleton and Molly Day were close but not at the same speed on the night as Feger as he took his first feature win at Macon Speedway for 2020.

The Pro Modified feature can be described as a nightmare. Cautions for accidents and wrecks and spinouts slowed the 15-lap event down to a snail’s pace as the drivers couldn’t get together to complete green flag laps. But when they were able to get it going, Billy Knebel outran Kevin Crowder, Ryan Hamilton and Maxx Emerson for the checkered flag. The division’s heat races were also plagued with accidents, wrecks and spinouts. It was a tough night for the Pro Modifieds division during the night.

The Sunday night special at Macon Speedway was made possible due to Saturday rainfall that was moved to Sunday thanks in part to Macon Speedway officials for adjusting the schedule and adding Sunday as a rain date. The 75th Anniversary Celebration was sponsored by the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. 75 consecutive years of racing at the World’s Fastest 1/5th mile dirt track is a major accomplishment and Macon Speedway continues to strive to bring exciting racing to its fans and community on a week-in and week-out basis.

Macon Speedway opens the gates again this week for its usual Saturday night race event. This Saturday will be the 6th Annual KerbyStrong Event Presented by 98.1 GRIZ-FM. Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets will make up the night’s action. 

Feature Rundowns (Top 10’s)

DIRTcar Pro Late Models 

1) 4 +3 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J 2) 7 +5 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X 3) 2 -1 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M 4) 1 -3 Donny Koehler Macon, IL 64 5) 3 -2 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 10 6) 8 +2 Brady Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14B 7) 5 -2 Jarod Shasteen Macon, IL 21 8) 9 +1 Derek Smith Decatur, IL 14 9) (DNF) 6 -3 Storm Beiler Decatur, IL 33B 10 (DNF) 10) – Curtis Hobbs Farmer City, IL 53

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

1) 2 +1 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL T6 2) 3 +1 Alan Crowder Elwin, IL 87C 3) 5 +2 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 28 4) 7 +3 Jacob Steinkoenig Highland, IL 24S 5) 10 +5 Chris Morefield Edwards, IL 10M 6) 1 -5 Zach Rhodes Taylorville, IL 11 7) 6 -1 Dave Crawley Jr Decatur, IL 37 8) 13 +5 Chris Bolyard Mulberry Grove , IL 88Z 9) 15 +6 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 77 10) 8 -2 Tyler Blankenship St Elmo, IL 3B

DIRTcar Pro Mods

1) 4 +3 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 2) 2 – Kevin Crowder Argenta, IL 15C 3) 5 +2 Ryan Hamilton Fairview Heights, IL 58R 4) 1 -3 Maxx Emerson Taylorville, IL 78 5) 7 +2 Ryan Timmons Centralia, IL 23 6) 10 +4 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B 7) 8 +1 Anthony Tucker Charleston, IL 55 8) 17 +9 Roy Magee Springfield, IL 11 9) 3 -6 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116 10) 19 +9 Adam Rhoades Clinton, IL 10

DIRTcar Sportsman

1) 1 – Jeremy Nichols Lovington, IL 67R 2) 3 +1 Wes O’Dell Springfield, IL 87 3) 5 +2 Ethan Schnapp Springfield, IL 2S 4) 10 +6 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL 3J 5) 2 -3 Andy Zahnd White Heath, IL 2Z 6) 4 -2 Scott Landers Taylorville, IL 41 7) 20 +13 Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound, IL 53R 8) 18 +10 Timmy Dick Monticello, IL 122 9) 16 +7 Danny O’Dell Springfield, IL 17 10) 12 +2 Terry Myers Buffalo, IL 12M

Archers Alley Street Stocks

1) 1 – Jeremy Nichols Lovington, IL 67R 2) 2 – Terry Reed Cerro Gordo, IL T5 3) 3 – Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 4) 7 +3 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X7 5) 4 -1 Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound, IL 53R 6) 6 – Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 7) 11 +4 Lance Evans Westville, IL 37 8) 5 -3 Tommy Pickering Cerro Gordo, IL 199 9) 15 +6 Jonathon Hall Harristown, IL 3J 10) 10 – Gene Reed Hammond, IL X5

DIRTcar Hornets

1) 3 +2 Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 2) 2 – Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B 3) 7 +4 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 4) 6 +2 Justin Deemie Pekin, IL 13J 5) 5 – Jeremy Hancock Peoria, IL 28J 6) 13 +7 Allan Harris Chatham, IL 3H 7) 15 +8 Jacob Shanks Decatur, IL 31 8) 8 – Carson Dart Springfield, IL 66D 9) 19 +10 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 64CK 10) 17 +7 Chandler Stewart Vandalia, IL 754

Micros By Bailey Chassis 

1) 1 – Devin Feger East Peoria, IL 84 2) 3 +1 Trevin Littleton Jacksonville, IL 44 3) 2 -1 Molly Day Allerton, IL 17 4) 5 +1 Tony Clifton Mt Zion, IL 23 5) 4 -1 Cole Tinsley Bonne Terre, MO 00 6) 13 +7 John Barnard Sherman, IL 8B 7) 15 +8 Will Armitage Athens, IL 7A 8) 11 +3 Daryn Stark Springfield, IL 55S 9) 18 +9 Cody Swisher Atwood, IL 2 10) 12 +2 Jacob Tipton Decatur, IL 10

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