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Sportsman Topless 40 Highlights Macon Speedway Saturday Racing

Firemen and First Responders To Receive Free Admission

(Macon, IL) The Sportsman drivers get their chance to shine this coming Saturday, July 11 at Macon Speedway, as the Topless 40 is on the docket. Each season, the Topless 40 is the top special for the class, with drivers removing the top of their cars, giving fans a great look into the cockpit. Six other divisions will also be in action.

The Sportsman have had just one event at the track this season, on opening night. It looked to be a carry over from a year ago, as Dennis Vander Meersch took the top spot with Scott Landers in tow. The two finished first and second in a lot of races in 2019 with Landers going on to the championship.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds have two strong nights of racing in the history books and it’s a crate engine car leading the standings. Billy Knebel, of Pocahontas, IL, has been running not only in the Pro Mod class but also the Modified class. After two nights, Knebel is at the top of a list of 37 drivers in the Modified division, despite having less horsepower. The dry slick track has worked nicely for him, with a pair of top five finishes, while Guy Taylor is second in points after a pair of strong finishes. Another Pro Mod racer, Kyle Helmick, Jarrett Stryker, and Tommy Sheppard complete the top five.

Jake Little, of Springfield, IL, and Dakota Ewing, of Warrensburg, IL, are tied at the top of the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model standings. Just two points back is Jose Parga in third. Little and Parga have claimed victories this year, while Ewing has come up just short, after taking last year’s championship. The Pro Lates put on a great show, one week ago. This week’s overall top qualifier will have a $100 bonus on the line, courtesy of R33D Racecars.

The DIRTcar Pro Mods are still trying to get the offseason rust knocked off after two caution plagued races. Smithton, IL driver, Kyle Helmick leads the points by just six over Billy Knebel. Brian Burns is third, while Kevin Crowder and Dalton Ewing round out the top five. Crowder, Knebel, and Ewing all had great runs last week before falling out of the event. For Crowder and Knebel, it was contact while out front, for Ewing, it was mechanical failure while hammering the cushion.

The Archers Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks had another strong field last week and a feature that saw a last lap pass for the win. Veteran driver Terry Reed slipped by Bobby Beiler on the last lap to claim the victory a week ago, keeping Beiler from going 2-for-2 to start the season. Beiler does lead the points over Jaret Duff, Rudy Zaragoza, Darrell Dick, and Guy Taylor. Those who also run the Street Stock race on Friday night at Lincoln will be battling for some extra bonus money.

The DIRTcar Hornet features have been won by a father and son combo this year, Brady Reed and Joe Reed. At the top of the points is Billy Mason, of Brownstown, IL. Mason leads by six points over Bill Basso.

Rounding out Saturday’s slate will be the Micros By Bailey Chassis. Jeremy Camp, of Sullivan, IL, leads the points by two over Tyler Robbins of Collinsville, IL. 19 Micro drivers were on hand opening night, creating for an exciting event.

The night will also be a special one for firemen and first responders. Those who are one in one of the aforementioned lines of work will receive free grandstand admission by showing proper ID proof. Grandstand admission for all others is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

Pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, local pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 116 0
2 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 112 4
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 96 20
4 18 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt IL 94 22
5 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 70 46
6 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 66 50
7 777 Trevor Neville Mackinaw IL 62 54
8 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 60 56
9 36 Kenny Wallace St. Louis MO 60 56
10 517 Rick Hamilton Decatur IL 60 56

DIRTcar Pro Late Models 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 116 0
2 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 116 0
3 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 114 2
4 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 98 18
5 93J JR Wiltermood Windsor IL 92 24
6 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 84 32
7 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 84 32
8 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 56 60
9 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 54 62
10 44 Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon IL 52 64


DIRTcar Pro Mods
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 116 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 100 16
3 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 98 18
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 96 20
5 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 96 20
6 54 Clint Martin Ramsey IL 92 24
7 25 Jeff Wallace Decatur IL 82 34
8 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 80 36
9 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 80 36
10 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 74 42


DIRTcar Sportsman
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 60 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 58 2
3 20R Tyler Roth Fairbury IL 56 4
4 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 54 6
5 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 52 8
6 44 John Lewis Cerro Gordo IL 50 10
7 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 48 12
8 07 Phil Moreland Assumption IL 46 14


Archers Alley Street Stocks 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 118 0
2 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 104 14
3 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 100 18
4 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 96 22
5 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 96 22
6 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 94 24
7 12 Dean Holt Decatur IL 72 46
8 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 68 50
9 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 60 58
10 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 56 62


DIRTcar Hornets
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 116 0
2 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 106 10
3 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 100 16
4 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 96 20
5 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 94 22
6 35 Alex Higgs Moweaqua IL 92 24
7 20 Casey Eskew Springfield IL 88 28
8 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 76 40
9 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 76 40
10 29L Markus Lahr Decatur IL 72 44


Micros By Bailey Chassis
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 23 Jeremy Camp Sullivan IL 60 0
2 35 Tyler Robbins Collinsville IL 58 2
3 84 Paul Day Atwood IL 56 4
4 97D Larry Drake Terre Haute IN 54 6
5 17 Molly Day Allerton IL 52 8
6 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 50 10
7 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 48 12
8 6 Kyle Touchette Collinsville IL 46 14
9 2F Mike Frantz     44 16
10 2 Cody Swisher Atwood IL 42 18

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/07/sportsman-topless-40-highlights-macon-speedway-saturday-racing/

MOWA Sprints To Open Season July 17/18 With Lincoln/Macon Doubleheader

(Jacksonville, IL) The Built Ford Tough MOWA 410 Winged Sprint Cars should be about ½-way through their 2020 campaign right now. However, COVID-19 took over and caused a major delay that is about to end with the 2020 season opening weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 17/18 at two Central Illinois racetracks.
 
Lincoln Speedway, located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL, will be the site of the season opener on Friday, July 17. The date was actually on the original schedule but will now serve as opening night for the popular series. DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, and Hornets will also race.
 
Event #2 of the doubleheader weekend will be held at another Track Enterprises facility, Macon Speedway on Saturday, July 18. The track, located only 50 minutes to the southwest of Lincoln, will make for a great doubleheader for the series. This will replace the MOWA event that was scheduled for Tri-State Speedway on the same date. The Macon Speedway event will also feature a number of its regularly scheduled classes.
 
During the 2019 season, Rico Abreu claimed the win at Lincoln Speedway, while Terry Babb took the win at Macon Speedway. Over 20 sprints were on hand for both events last year.
 
Pits will open both days at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will be at 6:00, and racing will be at 7:00. Grandstand admission for each day will be $18, while kids 11 and under will be free. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the gates on raceday.
 
Hampton Inn and Comfort Inn in Lincoln, IL are the host hotels for the weekend, with discounted rates for teams and fans. Just mention Lincoln Speedway when reserving your rooms. Hampton Inn can be contacted by calling 217-732-6729, while Comfort Inn’s number is 217-735-5800.
 
This upcoming July 10/11 weekend, both tracks will be in action with Lincoln Speedway hosting DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, Street Stocks, and Hornets on Friday, while Macon will have DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Mods, Topless Sportsman, Archers Alley Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis on Saturday. Two-day bonuses are on the line for Street Stocks that compete at both tracks.
 
For more information, visit www.midwestopenwheelassociation.com , www.lincolnspeedwayil.com , or www.maconracing.com .
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, July 10 – Lincoln Speedway 5 Divisions
Saturday, July 11 – Macon Speedway 7 Divisions
Friday, July 17 – Lincoln Speedway MOWA + 5 Divisions
Saturday, July 18 – Macon Speedway MOWA + 5 Divisions

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/07/mowa-sprints-to-open-season-july-17-18-with-lincoln-macon-doubleheader/

Macon Speedway Herald & Review 100 Rescheduled For Thursday, August 13

(Macon, IL) Arguably the most historic and well attended event in Macon Speedway history, the Herald & Review 100, is now set for Thursday, August 13. The event was originally scheduled for this Thursday, July 9 but the Summer Nationals delayed start, due to COVID-19, has pushed the event back a little over one month.

The tour, which normally has approximately 30 race dates in about a month’s time, usually begins in mid-June and ends in mid-July. Due to the pandemic shutdown in April and May, the tour has been moved back by a month and will actually begin this week at tracks throughout the Midwest.

Macon Speedway’s date will now be Thursday, August 13, which is part of the second phase for this year’s tour, which totals 26 races. That particular week will feature Sycamore Speedway Tuesday, Jacksonville Wednesday, Macon Thursday, Fayette County Friday, Federated Auto Parts Raceway Saturday, and Lincoln Speedway on Sunday.

This year’s Herald & Review 100 will be the 40th held at the 1/5-mile high banked dirt oval. The first was held in 1981 with Butch Garner, of Forsyth, IL claiming the victory. Coincidentally, Garner will be honored at Macon Speedway on Saturday, July 18 for his induction into the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame.

The August 13 event will pay $5,000 to the winner, while the overall series champion will receive $25,000. Weekly point funds will also be paid out. The DIRTcar Summit National Modifieds will also be in a competition as well as the DIRTcar Pro Mods.

The Herald & Review 100 will see pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00. Tickets and pit passes will be sold at the gate on raceday.

Macon Speedway has run two nights of racing so far this season, averaging well over 100 cars and good crowds. The track will be back open this Saturday, July 11 for the Fireman’s Ball & First Responders night featuring the Sportsman Topless 40 and six other classes.

Full information available at 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). 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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/07/macon-speedway-herald-review-100-rescheduled-for-thursday-august-13/

Macon Speedway Celebrates America & Checkered Flags

By BZ 

(Macon, IL) Fireworks lit up the sky in Macon, Illinois on Saturday night and on the ground, mud and dirt were flying as 116 race cars thrilled a packed house at the World’s Fastest 1/5th mile dirt oval. On America’s birthday, it was hot, humid and full of amazing finishes with its special 40-lap double features for the Pro Late Models and the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds as part of the 95Q & Dynagraphics Firecracker 40s.

Jose Parga took the checkered flag in the Pro Late Models 40-lapper. The driver from New Berlin came on strong as the race reached its midpoint as racing teammate Dakota Ewing controlled the race from the beginning. Jake Little battled from the bottom but was unable to wrestle the lead away. With five laps remaining, Parga soared to the top and snatched the lead away and found victory lane. Cody Maguire, who finished fourth, started last after having a broken car during the heat race and charged to the front.

A caution-plagued BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature saw Kenny Wallace, NASCAR driver and Macon Speedway co-owner, come to victory lane. Trusting the bottom of the track, Wallace took the lead from Guy Taylor midway through the race. With Wallace in the lead, Rick Conoyer gathered momentum and speed at the top of the track and would take the lead from Wallace on lap 33. With the laps closing in to the finish, Wallace rubbed against Conoyer’s tire and caused it to flatten and pull him from the race. Wallace finished ahead of the pack and announced an apology to Conoyer for the contact during the winner’s circle interview.

Terry Reed got past Bobby Beiler to finish off a checkered flag in the Archer’s Alley Street Stock division. Beiler was showing signs of difficulty with the racecar as his front left wheel would not turn normally and it slowed him down and Reed got through with the pass at the end of the race as the white flag was waving.

An exciting and unexpected finish awaited the winner of the Pro Modified class. Kevin Crowder and Billy Knebel started the 20 cars to the green and stayed close through the laps. Contact would often happen between the two cars and it would lead to both not being able to finish the race from the front two spots in the lineup. The lead would be surrendered by both to the third place driver, Ryan Hamilton from Indianapolis, Indiana. But Hamilton would fall victim to a flat tire and need to come off the track. The lead would then go to Kyle Helmick, a second-year driver from Smithton. Helmick, who finished in the top 10 during his freshman year on the circuit, would pull away for his first feature win in a young and promising career.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Midgets to the fun of July 4th. Normally, the Midgets would be at the track while associated with the POWRi Racing Series but on this occasion, they were not part of a sanctioning body and just raced for the sake of racing. And Jake Neuman, a regular to Macon Speedway when the POWRi series does come to town, rushed to the top of the track and led for all 25 laps despite constant challenges from fellow front row starter Mitchell Davis.

The evening and the holiday was capped off with a 10-lap Hornet feature with veteran Joe Reed coming out with the victory. Reed, quick on the track, pulled ahead of Erik VanApeldoorn and Billy Mason for the lead and would enjoy the speed to lead him to victory.

Action was halted after the third feature with three remaining so fans could be delighted with a fireworks display that many have unfortunately missed this summer due to cancellations of summer activities due to COVID-19. With the last two weeks of the season taken away by rain, the second night of Macon Speedway stock car racing was very much a welcome addition to a long lost summer. Macon Speedway continues its schedule next Saturday night with another 40-lap feature event, this time for the Sportsman division, as the Fireman’s Ball & First Responders Night will be at the track. Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Micro Sprints and Hornets will be part of the action. 

FEATURE RESULTS (Top 10’s) 

Midgets 

(1) 1 – Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N (2) 2 – Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D (3) 6 +3 Terry Babb Decatur, IL 88 (4) 8 +4 Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S (5) 13 +8 Tyler Robbins Collinsville, IL 35 (6) 10 +4 Sean Robbins Collinsville, IL 53 (7) 11 +4 John Heitzman San Jose, IL 00 (8) 9 +1 Jacob Sollenberger Canton, IL 5 (9) 14 +5 Robert Nasty Cheyenne, WY 87 (10) 4 -6 Luke Howard Overland Park, KS 2H 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models 

(1) 4 +3 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P (2) 1 -1 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25 (3) 3 – Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J (4) 16 +12 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M (5) 10 +5 Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon, IL 44 (6) 2 -4 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 10 (7) 5 -2 Devin McLean Mt Vernon, IL 33 (8) 8 – Colby Sheppard Williamsville, IL 27 (9) 11 +2 JR Wiltermood Windsor, IL 93J (10) 15 +5 Kyle McMahon Mt Vernon, IL 45

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

(1) 6 +5 Kenny Wallace St. Louis, MO 36 (2) 13 +11 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 (3) 2 -1 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 77 (4) 17 +13 Shaun Horstmann Highland, IL 54 (5) 4 -1 Zeb Moake Freeburg, IL 87Z (6) 1 -5 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D (7) 12 +5 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt, IL 18 (8) 14 +6 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (9) 19 +10 Zack Bunning Decatur, IL 111 (10) 11 +1 Al Crawley Decatur, IL 37

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

(1) 4 +3 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (2) 8 +6 Timmy Boldrey Saint Marie, IL 5 (3) 18 +15 Jeff Wallace Decatur, IL 25 (4) 17 +13 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B (5) 10 +5 Clint Martin Ramsey, IL 54 (6) 7 +1 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116 (7) (DNF) 9 +2 Johnny Nethery Palestine, IL 40J (8) (DNF) 3 -5 Ryan Hamilton Indianapolis, IN 58R (9) (DNF) 6 -3 Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 (10) (DNF) 2 -8 Kevin Crowder Argenta, IL 15C

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

(1) 3 +2 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo, IL T5 (2) 1 -1 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 (3) 5 +2 Andy Zahnd White Heath, IL 2Z (4) 4 – Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound, IL 53R (5) 6 +1 Darrell Dick Monticello, IL 22 (6) 11 +5 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 (7) 2 -5 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville, IL 67R (8) 9 +1 Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4 (9) 7 -2 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur, IL 08 (10) 15 +5 Jeremy Madsen Pawnee, IL 44J

DIRTcar Hornets

(1) 1 – Joe Reed Decatur, IL K9 (2) 3 +1 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 (3) 2 -1 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton, IL E77 (4) 6 +2 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 (5) 14 +9 Ken Reed Decatur, IL 98 (6) 5 -1 Jaekob Durbin Ramsey, IL 41 (7) 11 +4 Casey Eskew Springfield, IL 20 (8) 15 +7 Alex Higgs Moweaqua, IL 35 (9) (DNF) 8 -1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 (10) (DNF) 7 -3 Joshua Wright Danville, IL 22

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/07/macon-speedway-celebrates-america-checkered-flags/

Macon Speedway Set For Midgets & Fireworks Saturday Night

Macon Speedway Set For Midgets & Fireworks Saturday Night

(Macon, IL) The excitement level is high for the return of Midgets to Macon Speedway this coming Saturday, July 4 for a holiday special that also features a firework display. Five other divisions will also be in action.

The mighty Midgets are one of the fan favorite classes at the track. The event will be open Midgets, as the race is unsanctioned. It will be a great tune-up for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget league events scheduled for August.

The DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar ProMods, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and Hornets will also be in action. A big firework display will light the sky to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Macon Speedway has had just one event so far, as COVID-19 took the first two months and rain has claimed the last two events. The one race that was held was outstanding with well over 100 cars, a great crowd, and good racing.

Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $18 with kids 11 and under free.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 60 0
2 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 58 2
3 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 56 4
4 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 54 6
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 52 8
6 7W Dustin Wiltermood Windsor IL 50 10
7 93J JR Wiltermood Windsor IL 48 12
8 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 46 14
9 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 44 16
10 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 0 60


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 60 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 58 2
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 56 4
4 33 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 54 6
5 21M Willy Myers Collinsville IL 52 8
6 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 50 10
7 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 48 12
8 18 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt IL 46 14
9 7 Blake Thompson Troy IL 44 16
10 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 42 18


DIRTcar Pro Mods

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 60 0
2 85 Nick Justice Decatur IL 58 2
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 56 4
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 54 6
5 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 52 8
6 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 50 10
7 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 48 12
8 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 46 14
9 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 44 16
10 14E Evan Lynch Hillsboro IL 42 18


Archers Alley Street Stocks

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 60 0
2 28 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 58 2
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 56 4
4 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 54 6
5 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 52 8
6 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 50 10
7 31H Jake Hearty Belleville IL 48 12
8 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 46 14
9 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 44 16
10 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 42 18


DIRTcar Hornets

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 60 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 58 2
3 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 56 4
4 31 Jacob Shanks Decatur IL 54 6
5 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 52 8
6 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 50 10
7 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 48 12
8 35 Alex Higgs Moweaqua IL 46 14
9 63 Paul Peters Pana IL 44 16
10 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 42 18

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/07/macon-speedway-set-for-midgets-fireworks-saturday-night/

June 27 Races Canceled Due To Rain

Racing action for Saturday, June 27 was canceled due to rain. Macon Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, July 4 with racing and fireworks.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/06/june-27-races-canceled-due-to-rain/

IT IS RACEDAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

Tonight is Air King Night At The Races Macon Speedway Week 3. 7 divisions of action are scheduled. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the gates. Event details below…
 
Saturday, June 27
 
Divisions:
*DIRTcar Pro Late Models
*BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds
*DIRTcar Pro Modifieds
*DIRTcar Sportsman
*Archers Alley Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis
 
Times:
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:45
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
 
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free
 
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday.
 
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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2020/06/it-is-raceday-at-macon-speedway-8/

Macon Speedway Drivers Ready To Race For Second Time In 2020

(Macon, IL) While Mother Nature washed Macon Speedway out last weekend, drivers are ready to take back to the track this Saturday night, June 27 for a full seven division show. Last weekend would’ve been a treat had rain not arrived with strong fields of cars pitside.

A field of 20 BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds were on hand last weekend before the rains came. That matched the full field the track saw on opening night as well, when Jacob Steinkoenig, of Highland, IL took the victory. The class looks like it will provide some great entertainment all season long.

The DIRTcar Pro Late Model class has handful of drivers that will compete hard for victories every week. Springfield, IL’s Jake Little won on opening night but the battle with Dakota Ewing, Chris Dick, Jose Parga, and Colby Sheppard was fun to watch. More of that is expected this week with maybe a couple more to throw in as well. A $100 bonus will be on the line for the overall top qualifier, courtesy of R33D Racecars.

Opening night was a tough one for the DIRTcar Pro Mod drivers as numerous cautions led to shortening the feature laps. That said, those who finished in the top half of the field are highly talented drivers who will keep things interesting all year long. Billy Knebel leads the standings heading into Saturday, after winning on opening night. It should also be noted he finished second in the A-Mod race with the same car.

2019 was a story of Dennis Vander Meersh and Scott Landers in the DIRTcar Sportsman class. Opening night was no different. Both had good numbers at pill draw which put them up front in their heat. Vander Meersh won with Landers taking second. The same happened in the feature, which reminded many of last year. The two will be the ones to shoot for this Saturday.

Bobby Beiler leads the field of Archers Alley Street Stocks into Saturday’s action after his win on opening night. Beiler did it in convincing style after starting at the tail of the field. Veteran Guy Taylor finished second that night in the Bub Russell car. Russell, unfortunately, passed away in the offseason and Taylor was tabbed to carry on his dream with the new ride. The Street Stocks arguably put on some of the most exciting action week after week.

Last year’s DIRTcar Hornet champion, Brady Reed, of Decatur, IL, looks like the one to beat again, as he leads the points going into Saturday. Reed won on opening night, with a pretty solid 15 car field on hand.

The Micros By Bailey Chassis are led by Micro veteran Jeremy Camp of Sullivan, IL. Anytime you see the #23 show up at Macon, you know he is one to beat. Tyler Robbins, Paul Day, Larry Drake, and Molly Day are top five in the standings heading into the event.

It was announced this week that Macon Speedway will also be back in action on Saturday, July 4, celebrating the holiday with racing and fireworks. Midgets will be in action for the first time this year, a tuneup for the POWRi shows coming up in August. The DIRTcar Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will be running in the 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s, while the Archers Alley Street Stocks and Hornets will also be on the card.

This Saturday’s event is sponsored by Air King and will have pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $15 with kids 11 and under 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 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 60 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 58 2
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 56 4
4 33 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 54 6
5 21M Willy Myers Collinsville IL 52 8
6 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 50 10
7 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 48 12
8 18 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt IL 46 14
9 7 Blake Thompson Troy IL 44 16
10 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 42 18


DIRTcar Pro Late Models
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 60 0
2 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 58 2
3 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 56 4
4 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 54 6
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 52 8
6 7W Dustin Wiltermood Windsor IL 50 10
7 93J JR Wiltermood Windsor IL 48 12
8 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 46 14
9 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 44 16
10 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 0 60


DIRTcar Pro Modifieds
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 60 0
2 85 Nick Justice Decatur IL 58 2
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 56 4
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 54 6
5 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 52 8
6 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 50 10
7 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 48 12
8 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 46 14
9 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 44 16
10 14E Evan Lynch Hillsboro IL 42 18


DIRTcar Sportsman
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 60 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 58 2
3 20R Tyler Roth Fairbury IL 56 4
4 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 54 6
5 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 52 8
6 44 John Lewis Cerro Gordo IL 50 10
7 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 48 12
8 07 Phil Moreland Assumption IL 46 14


Archers Alley Street Stocks 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 60 0
2 28 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 58 2
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 56 4
4 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 54 6
5 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 52 8
6 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 50 10
7 31H Jake Hearty Belleville IL 48 12
8 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 46 14
9 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 44 16
10 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 42 18


DIRTcar Hornets
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 60 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 58 2
3 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 56 4
4 31 Jacob Shanks Decatur IL 54 6
5 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 52 8
6 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 50 10
7 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 48 12
8 35 Alex Higgs Moweaqua IL 46 14
9 63 Paul Peters Pana IL 44 16
10 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 42 18


Micros By Bailey Chassis
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 23 Jeremy Camp Sullivan IL 60 0
2 35 Tyler Robbins Collinsville IL 58 2
3 84 Paul Day Atwood IL 56 4
4 97D Larry Drake Terre Haute IN 54 6
5 17 Molly Day Allerton IL 52 8
6 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 50 10
7 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 48 12
8 6 Kyle Touchette Collinsville IL 46 14
9 2F Mike Frantz     44 16
10 2 Cody Swisher Atwood IL 42 18

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Macon Speedway Saturday Night Action Canceled Due To Rain

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway was blessed with sunshine all day Saturday, June 20, before rain hit around 5:40, just before hotlaps were set to begin. Officials waited out the first batch of rain and started working the track. Unfortunately, a second batch of rain came in 20 minutes later, which canceled the night’s action.
The pits were filled with cars, as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Mods, and Archers Alley Street Stocks all had about 20 cars each. Others were waiting in the parking lot to see if festivities could continue.
Those who purchased tickets or pit passes are asked to keep them in a safe place until the next event to get full value.
The next race will be Saturday, June 27 with DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Mods, Sportsman, Archers Alley Street Stocks, DIRTcar Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.
Admission prices for the June 27 event will be $15 for the grandstands, while children 11 and under are free.
For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

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Beiler Wins from the Back in Macon Speedway’s Return

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The state of Illinois has been handcuffed with restrictions and the inability for central Illinois racing fans to get their chance to enjoy racing has finally come to an end. Saturday night, two months after the scheduled 75th Anniversary season was to begin, was Opening Night and with the temperatures comfortably in the 80s by start time and middle 70s by the end of the night, race fans and drivers finally were able to sink their teeth into the 2020 dirt track racing season. Well over 100 racecars among seven divisions plus a large crowd attempting their best to socially distance were entertained just as they were hoping to be entertained for the last few months.

Blue Mound’s Bobby Beiler thought he was off to a good start in 2020. After dueling for a heat race win, Beiler crossed the weighing scales and did not come up as legal. His car was light. He was disqualified. After adding weight to get his Archer’s Alley Street Stock legal, he started in the back of the 13-car field and took a solid run at the lead. After a good start by Jaret Duff and Guy Taylor in the early goings, Beiler would begin to pick apart the group and work his way to the front. Taylor was racing in the X7 Street Stock, the car that was raced for many decades by Larry “Bub” Russell, Jr. who passed away in March. Paying homage to “Bub” in his car, Taylor stayed with the lead pack and Duff continued to battle with the lead. Beiler’s speed and quickness across the 1/5th mile’s high banks was just too much and Beiler would take the 15-lap feature event.

Jacob Steinkoenig of Highland scored his first feature win in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds division. After getting the car locked in on the top groove, he started to soar. The race was led most of the way by Pro-Modified driver Billy Knebel as he utilized the bottom of the track to take the advantage away from Guy Taylor and Alan Crowder. As the race came around with five laps remaining, Steinkoenig put it together and scored the first feature win.

Jake Little was good enough to stay ahead during the Pro Late Model feature race. Despite the excitement to get the lead, most of the fun was behind him as Chris Dick, Dakota Ewing and Jose Parga all raced for second place. With a combination of slide jobs and passes, the second place position was up for grabs. An unfortunate mishap led to Ewing and Parga, racing teammates, to tangle together outside of the second turn. The action slowed Parga momentarily and after a restart, Parga still managed a top-five finish. Little cruised across the top of the track to grab the first win in the division for the season.

Dennis Vandermeersch needed time to collect his thoughts before exiting the Sportsman racecar after he took the checkered flag. His best friend and former racing competitor Tim Bedinger passed away in March and Vandermeersch got to victory lane thinking about his fallen friend. The Springfield driver passed Scott Landers for the lead towards the beginning of the race and dashed away to the win. The former track champion dedicated the race to his friend who was also a former division track champion.

Jeremy Camp piloted his Micro Sprint past Paul Day and Molly Day to secure his feature win. The Sullivan driver was up to the challenge three times against the Days as Paul started the race solidly but fell behind Camp and Molly gave two runs for the lead until Camp started to coast away.

Billy Knebel stayed out front in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro-Modified feature and was lucky to stay that way during a caution-fest feature. The race was derailed of any consistency by yellow flag after yellow flag and officials were forced to cut laps from the feature for time restrictions. Knebel was in the lead when the green-white-checkered flags were waved. After surviving that race, he was able to put together a great run during the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature.

Three cars raced for the lead in the Hornet feature with Brady Reed, his brother Jeremy Reed and Mike Eskew. Unfortunately, two of those drivers would fall victim to failure and one would go on for the glory. Mike Eskew bounced off a tractor tire which separates the infield from the racing surface and rolled his 4-cylinder car in the fourth turn. The Springfield driver would be safe and sound but the car was ruined for the rest of the race. During that situation, Jeremy Reed’s car would be slowed and stopped. Brady Reed was left and would gas it all the way to the finish.

The 75th Anniversary season at Macon Speedway is underway. Another seven division night awaits race fans next Saturday night, as well. Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Neal Tire & Auto Pro-Modifieds, Micro Sprints presented by Bailey Chasis and Hornets are all slated to run again next Saturday night as the season starts to find some traction after the season opener.

Macon Speedway’s sister track, Lincoln Speedway, will also host racing next weekend with another Friday evening show with 305 Winged Sprint Cars with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Division II Midgets and Hornets.

Gates open next weekend at 5pm with racing at 7pm. 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models (Top 10)

(1) 4 +3 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J (2) 3 +1 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25 (3) 2 -1 Chris Dick Deland, IL 22 (4) 9 +5 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P (5) 1 -4 Colby Sheppard Williamsville, IL 27 (6) 5 -1 Dustin Wiltermood Windsor, IL 7W (7) 6 -1 JR Wiltermood Windsor, IL 93J 8 (7) -1 Storm Beiler Decatur, IL 33B (9) 8 -1 Brady Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14B (DNS) – – Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 10

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds (Top 10) 

(1) 4 +3 Jacob Steinkoenig Highland, IL 24S (2) 5 +3 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 (3) 3 – Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 66 (4) 7 +3 Jeremy Nichols Lovington, IL 19C (5) 6 +1 Willy Myers Collinsville, IL 21M (6) 9 +3 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (7) 21 +14 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL 27 (8) 13 +5 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt, IL 18 (9) 10 +1 Blake Thompson Troy, IL 7 (10) 14 +4 Joe Strawkas Buffalo, IL 28S

Neal Tire & Auto ProMods 

(1) 1 – Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 (2) 3 +1 Nick Justice Decatur, IL 85 (3) 5 +2 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (4) 8 +4 Kevin Crowder Argenta, IL 15C (5) 4 -1 Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 (6) 11 +5 Billy Justice Jr Cerro Gordo, IL 43 (7) 16 +9 Tim Riech Petersburg, IL 55 (8) 18 +10 Maxx Emerson Taylorville, IL 78 (9) 13 +4 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B (10) 2 -8 Evan Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14E

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

(1) 15 +14 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 (2) 3 +1 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X7 (3) 5 +2 Nick Macklin Argenta, IL 16 (4) 2 -2 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 (5) 4 -1 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville, IL 67 (6) 6 – Brian Dasenbrock Decatur, IL 08 (7) 7 – Jake Hearty Belleville, IL 31H (8) 12 +4 Dustin Reed Decatur, IL 21R (9) (DNF) 1 -8 Darrell Dick Monticello, IL 22 (10) (DNF) 8 -2 Jonathon Hall Harristown, IL 3J

DIRTcar Sportsman

(1) 1 – Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield, IL 25 (2) 2 – Scott Landers Taylorville, IL 41 (3) 5 +2 Tyler Roth Fairbury, IL 20R (4) 4 – Rick Roedel Shelbyville, IL 11 (5) 7 +2 Matt Reed Decatur, IL 4 (6) 8 +2 John Lewis Cerro Gordo, IL 44 (7) (DNF) 6 -1 Jim Farley III Springfield, IL 84L (8) (DNF) 3 -5 Phil Moreland Assumption, IL 07

DIRTcar Hornets

(1) 8 +7 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B (2) 6 +4 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 (3) 2 -1 Michael McKay Springfield, IL 26A (4) 1 -3 Jacob Shanks Decatur, IL 31 (5) 7 +2 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 (6) 5 -1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 (7) 15 +8 Ken Reed Decatur, IL 98 (8) 9 +1 Alex Higgs Moweaqua, IL 35 (9) 11 +2 Paul Peters Pana, IL 63 (10) 14 +4 Allan Harris 3H

Micros By Bailey Chassis 

(1) 2 +1 Jeremy Camp Sullivan, IL 23 (2) 5 +3 Tyler Robbins Collinsville, IL 35 (3) 1 -2 Paul Day Atwood, IL 84 (4) 8 +4 Larry Drake Terre Haute, IN 97D (5) 4 -1 Molly Day Allerton, IL 17 (6) 11 +5 Jacob Tipton Decatur, IL 10 (7) 6 -1 John Barnard Sherman, IL B8 (8) 10 +2 Kyle Touchette Collinsville, IL 6 (9) 13 +4 Mike Frantz 2F (10) 12 +2 Cody Swisher Atwood, IL 2

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