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Vandermeersch Scores Topless 40 at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Dennis Vandermeersch was tired and sore when the checkered flag hit the air and he crossed the line first on Saturday night in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman class at Macon Speedway. The track was fast and had some bumps to it that rocked the veteran racer on a night when the division took off the roof to their cars and raced topless. A special 40-lap feature for that class, 25 extra laps than they are used to running, showed some great racing action and dramatics right away.

As the green flag came out, six cars slammed into one another on the front stretch that caused damage and started to eliminate the 18-car field. After a 20-minute delay to untangle the mess, three cars dropped out and 15 Sportsman remained to begin the race. Metamora’s Tommy Duncan, who has shared much success this season at Macon, got started with the lead from the bottom. Vandermeersch worked the top but couldn’t get the lead away from Duncan. As the top side wasn’t working, Vandermeersch went to the bottom and got underneath Duncan which allowed him to take over the lead on the backstretch of lap 10. Vandermeersch led on lap 11 and held on the rest of the way.

The other race of the night with some extra laps to it was the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge. The Hornets ran a 20-lap feature that began the two-day challenge between Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway and Clinton’s Eric Vanapeldoorn outraced Kenneth Butterfield, Jeremy Reed and Allan Harris to score the win. Butterfield was the early leader but fell to third as he and Harris and Reed battled one another to get close to Vanapeldoorn. With consecutive green flag laps, the race took much excitement as all three drivers positioned themselves between second, third and fourth places in the racing order. Clinton’s Vanapeldoorn came out ahead and finished off the first night of the Hornet Challenge. He also scored a bonus $60 from Monkey Wrench Garage in Decatur.

Guy Taylor of Springfield had a long night at the races. Competing in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Pro Modifieds and the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks classes, Taylor was on the track more than he was off it for this hot and muggy summer night. In his final race of the evening, Taylor enjoyed the taste of an ice cold water and a checkered flag in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds division. Coming from eighth place to overtake Kyle Helmick, Taylor–who leads the division point standings–finished the night in the best way possible. Taylor’s lead would come from the green flag lap with two to go as Helmick raced to the lead and held off Dakota Ewing and Alan Crowder early before Taylor used the top side to close in and take the lead away for the feature win.

Helmick would add another second place finish to his night with the runner-up spot in the Pro Modified feature event. Controlling the race from the beginning Helmick did what he has done all season, ran the bottom. Nick Justice took to the top and passed for the lead with five laps to go to pick up his third feature win of 2021 at Macon Speedway.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models feature showcased the slide job as well as some tight corner action. Jake Little was the leader and fought off Jose Parga at the beginning. A slide job in the fourth turn by Parga held for Little and then Little scored the lead right back in the first and second turn. But as the race tightened up between Little and Parga, the second turn ended the lead for Little as Parga closed up Little in a pinch by the turn two concrete wall which slowed Little and Parga dashed away to the lead for the rest of the 20-lap event.

The Archer’s Alley Street Stocks feature event was loaded with top level talent and it showcased that talent as Jeremy Nichols, Darrell Dick, Bobby Beiler and Nick Macklin put together a 15-lapper that kept race fans wondering who would win. Many would consider the win to easily come from Beiler or Nichols as those two racers have dominated the division in recent weeks and years. Beiler did have a front row starting assignment with Nichols right behind him. Dick and Macklin were solidly in the race from the beginning but the race picked up with Beiler and Nichols running around the top side of the track. As the exchange for the lead and second place was happening, Macklin closed in and snatched second place away from Nichols who was slowed by a bump during his battle with Beiler. Beiler would go on for the checkered flag.

The Intermission excitement was there. For the first time since Opening Night, the Spectator Drags were back! On Opening Night, race fans saw the unexpected and unbelievable when a spectator would roll over his own 2003 Cadillac Escalade after taking second place in the drag races. That Escalade has been become lore and legend and the property of the track. The defending champion, Eric Nohren in his Chrysler 300, was back to once again reign supreme against the likes of a Mitsubishi Galant, a Chevrolet Malibu, a Cadillac Corvette XLR and a Chevrolet Silverado. However, it would be a Chevrolet Cavalier that would take the top honor in the tournament finals as Jim Eades of Clinton would close in on Nohren and slow him down in the fourth turn to take the trophy and the cheers from the fans.

The night was full of racing on the track. Off the track, the Chris Oberheim family was in attendance for a special memorial and their Peacemakers 703 Foundation was here to hold a silent auction and sell t-shirts, flags and other items. Chris Oberheim is a fallen Champaign police officer who was killed in the line of duty this summer. The widow was very impressed by the evening, speaking about how she knew about the importance of the police and blue line family but the racing community family is just as passionate and caring.

A Sunday Funday at Lincoln Speedway is tomorrow featuring the IMRA Speed2 Midgets along with Midwest Big Ten Series racing from the Pro Late Models and Street Stocks classes. The Modifieds and finale of the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge will also be part of the program on Sunday.

Macon Speedway is back to finish off July with the POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprints as well as the annual visit from the MOWA Sprint Cars. The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will also be on hand next Saturday night.  

FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield, IL]; 3. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 4. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 5. 10-Blake Damery[Blue Mound, IL]; 6. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 7. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 8. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 9. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 10. F15-Bob Sidener[Springfield, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

  1. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 3. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 4. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 5. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 6. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 4G-John Goveia[Riverton, IL]; 8. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 9. 13-Jason Scrimpsher[Decatur, IL]; 10. 10-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

  1. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur, IL]; 2. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 3. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 6. 14N-Nathan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]; 7. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 8. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 9. 01-Chris Erwin[Bement, IL]; 10. 7B-Brian Burns[Bethany, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman 

  1. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 2. 2S-Ethan Schnapp[Springfield, IL]; 3. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 4. 07-Phil Moreland[Assumption, IL]; 5. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 6. (DNF) 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 7. (DNF) X-Dante Brown[Morrisonville, IL]; 8. (DNF) 17-Danny O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 9. (DNF) 32-Tommy Duncan[Metamora, IL]; 10. (DNF) 12M-Terry Myers[Buffalo, IL]

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

  1. 29-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 2. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 3. 67R-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 4. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 5. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. 15JR-Andrew Short[Winamac, IN]; 8. 13-Ryan Blankenship[Harristown, IL]; 9. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 10. 19-Matthew Yaden[Monticello, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets (Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge) 

1. T82-Erik Vanapeldoorn[Clinton, IL]; 2. 24-Kenneth Butterfield[Kingston Mines, IL]; 3. 34-Jeremy Reed[Decatur, IL]; 4. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 5. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 6. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 7. 357X-Cody Fleming[Decatur, IL]; 8. 04-Steve Stine[Stonington, IL]; 9. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 10. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2021/07/vandermeersch-scores-topless-40-at-macon-speedway/

IT IS Weddle Performance Engines First Responder Night RACE DAY at MACON SPEEDWAY!

Macon Speedway will have plenty of different entertainment options going on tonight. Six divisions will be racing on Weddle Performance Engines 1st Responder Night with the Sportsman Topless 40 and Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge at the top of the list of specials. Spectator drags will be held at intermission and the night will be run in memory of Chris Oberheim.
One of the two special races on the night will be the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman Topless 40. The class will run the annual race without the roof for extra laps and payout. Jim Farley, III leads the standings by six over Scott Landers while Rick Roedel is within striking distance in third. Roy Magee and Brandon Dick complete the top five in standings.
The second of Saturday’s special events will be the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge. The race will pay $500 to win and $50 to start, which is about five times the amount the division normally races for. It will be the first of two big races for the Hornets this weekend as they will race part two of the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge on Sunday at Lincoln. At Macon, Allan Harris, of Chatham, IL leads the points by 56 over Billy Mason.
Any first responders who attend will receive free grandstand admission to the race if they are able to show ID proof. Chris Oberheim, the Champaign officer who lost his life in the line of duty, will also be honored with the racing run in his memory, including a special trophy for the Street Stock division. Rounding out the festivities will be the Spectator Drags at intermission. LET’S GO RACING! Full details below:
Saturday, July 24
Weddle Performance Engines Night
Feat. Free Tickets For First Responders
Chris Oberheim Memorial
Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge
Sportsman Topless 40
Spectator Drags
Divisions:
*Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar Pro Late Models
*BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds
*DIRTcar Racing Pro Mods
*Archers Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge
*Weddle Performance Engines DIRTcar Sportsman Topless 40
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free
Pit Pass Pricing:
Adults – $30
Children 11 & Under – $15
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday
Lodging:
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate
About Macon Speedway:
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) 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 Track Enterprises family facility. 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/2021/07/it-is-weddle-performance-engines-first-responder-night-race-day-at-macon-speedway/

Busy Night Planned for Saturday 1st Responders Night Action at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway will have plenty of different entertainment options going on this coming Saturday, July 24. Six divisions will be racing on Weddle Performance Engines 1st Responder Night with the Sportsman Topless 40 and Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge at the top of the list of specials. Spectator drags will be held at intermission and the night will be run in memory of Chris Oberheim.

One of the two special races on the night will be the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman Topless 40. The class will run the annual race without the roof for extra laps and payout. Jim Farley, III leads the standings by six over Scott Landers while Rick Roedel is within striking distance in third. Roy Magee and Brandon Dick complete the top five in standings.

The second of Saturday’s special events will be the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge. The race will pay $500 to win and $50 to start, which is about five times the amount the division normally races for. It will be the first of two big races for the Hornets this weekend as they will race part two of the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge on Sunday at Lincoln. At Macon, Allan Harris, of Chatham, IL leads the points by 56 over Billy Mason.

The Colby Sheppard led Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division, Guy Taylor led BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class, Kyle Helmick led DIRTcar Pro Mod division, and Guy Taylor led Archers Alley Street Stock classes will also be in action.

Any first responders who attend will receive free grandstand admission to the race if they are able to show ID proof. Chris Oberheim, the Champaign officer who lost his life in the line of duty, will also be honored with the racing run in his memory. Rounding out the festivities will be the Spectator Drags at intermission.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00 PM. 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). 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:

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 494 0
2 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 408 86
3 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 382 112
4 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 368 126
5 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 342 152
6 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 324 170
7 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 276 218
8 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 272 222
9 12 Timmy Dick Monticello IL 200 294
10 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 182 312

BillingsleyRewards.com Modified

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 530 0
2 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 480 50
3 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 456 74
4 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 442 88
5 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 432 98
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 350 180
7 4G John Goveia Riverton IL 308 222
8 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 288 242
9 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 284 246
10 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 262 268

DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 552 0
2 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 508 44
3 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 508 44
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 498 54
5 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 486 66
6 24 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 476 76
7 21.5 Jake Montgomery East Peoria IL 428 124
8 3X Justin Reynolds Hillsboro IL 424 128
9 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 342 210
10 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 316 236


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 334 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 328 6
3 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 324 10
4 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 248 86
5 42 Brandon Dick Decatur IL 228 106
6 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 204 130
7 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 176 158
8 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 172 162
9 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 168 166
10 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 154 180


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 516 0
2 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 488 28
3 Z24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 466 50
4 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 452 64
5 22 Darrell Dick Monticello IL 442 74
6 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 436 80
7 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 390 126
8 53R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 328 188
9 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 328 188
10 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 322 194


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 502 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 446 56
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 432 70
4 J13 Justin Coffey Stonington IL 380 122
5 187 Korey Bailey Stonington IL 342 160
6 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 306 196
7 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 260 242
8 9Z Zac Miller Lincoln IL 254 248
9 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 206 296
10 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 200 302

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2021/07/busy-night-planned-for-saturday-1st-responders-night-action-at-macon-speedway/

7th Annual Christian County Fair Racing Event Coming Wednesday Night

Tripleheader Features Three Popular Divisions

The 2021 Christian County Agricultural Fair opens up Tuesday July 20 and runs through July 24, but it’s Wednesday, July 21 that racing fans have marked on their schedules as three divisions of racing return.  The Taylorville, IL fair put racing back on the schedule in 2014, much to the delight of racers and fans in the area.  The event is promoted by Track Enterprises of Macon, IL.

Races at the fair returned in 2014 and were held again the following five years with solid car counts and great racing.   The 2014 event, which was the first in decades, was very successful, boasting a strong turnout in cars and fans.  The inaugural edition of the event saw Kaleb Wood take the win in a field of 20 Street Stocks.  Jeremy Nichols claimed the Sportsman feature, while Jeremy Reed won the Hornet A-Main.

The 2015 NAPA Tripleheader presented by Larry’s Service Center saw Nichols again winning the Sportsman event, while Terry Reed won the Street Stock race, and Jeremy Reed ended the night in Hornet victory lane for a second time in two years.

In 2016, heavy rainfall hit the fairgrounds during the afternoon hours.  Despite the rain and subsequent flooding at the facility, officials worked hard to get back on track.  The event drew 20 Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks with Lovington, IL driver, Jeremy Nichols, claiming the win.  Nichols also bested a field of 13 Sportsman to claim that victory.  In Hornet competition, Decatur, IL driver Jeremy Reed took the win.

Weather was again an issue in 2017, as the event was barely completed with storms threatening throughout the night.  Despite this, the racing again had solid fields of cars with Timmy Dick besting a 13 car field of Sportsman.  Jeremy Nichols took the top prize in the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks.  In Hornet competition, Marty Sullivan claimed the victory as rainfall started.

2018 saw another solid field of cars hit the track with Jeremy Nichols claiming the Big Ten Street Stock top prize over Timmy, Chris, and Darrell Dick.  Ashkum, IL driver, Brandon Pralle bested a good field of Sportsman, while Eric Vanapeldoorn won the Hornet feature.

The most recent event in Taylorville took place in 2019 as the 2020 edition was canceled due to the pandemic. In the 2020 edition, Ethan Schnapp took the Sportsman win, while Andy Zahnd was the Big Ten Street Stock victor. Joe Reed took the Hornet checkered flag.

This year’s Christian County Fair Triple Header will again feature Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets.  While all races will be UMP sanctioned, the Street Stock event is also part of the Big Ten Series.

Pits open at 4:00 on Wednesday, July 20, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends when the drivers meeting begins at 6:00, hotlaps at 6:20, with racing action taking the green at 7:00.

Macon Speedway rules will apply for all classes of racing.  For more information, visit www.trackenterprises.com or www.christiancountyfair.com.  For further details call 217-764-3200.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2021/07/7th-annual-christian-county-fair-racing-event-coming-wednesday-night/

Christian County Fair Race Coming Wednesday To Taylorville

Racing returns to Taylorville, IL as part of the Christian County Fair this coming Wednesday, July 21. The DIRTcar Sportsman, Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks, and Hornets will be in action. Details below…

Christian County Fair Race
Taylorville, IL
Wednesday, July 21

Divisions:
DIRTcar Sportsman $500 To Win
Big Ten DIRTcar Street Stocks $500 To Win
DIRTcar Hornets $200 To Win

Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 6:00
Hotlaps: 6:20
Racing: 7:00

Grandstand Pricing:

General Admission – $8
Reserved Seats With Backs – $10
Tickets as well as all pit passes will be sold at track on raceday

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2021/07/christian-county-fair-race-coming-wednesday-to-taylorville/

Ready to Win but Didn’t Saturday Night at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) For the drivers of the six racing divisions at Macon Speedway on Saturday night, many of those who led laps in the feature looked like locks for the victory lane. And then something happened to where that didn’t happen. Either a broken racecar or a late-race pass kept traditional and known winners away from the checkered flag.

Braden Johnson certainly looked unstoppable in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model class as the first half of the race was dominated by his speed and quickness around the middle and top lines of the track. But then disaster struck and his Pro Late Model lost power on the front straightaway on lap eight and forced a yellow flag. Johnson would be towed into the infield and back to his pit area. The drive shaft broke under his car due to a choppy and jumpy racing surface. The second place car, Timmy Dick, would assume the lead and take the advantage and lead himself into the winner’s circle.

Fortunate not to have broken but also not able to finish first was Tommy Sheppard, Jr. in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds class. “The Tommy Show” was back at Macon Speedway after spending the last few weeks racing in the Summer Nationals series. Sheppard started his night with fast qualifier and a heat race win to position him on the pole for the 20-lap feature. Leading the first 14 laps with little to no troubles, Pro Modified driver Billy Knebel made his move on the bottom and closed the gap and would be scored first on the 15th lap and take off with the win over the race’s final five laps. For Knebel, it was his first A-Modified feature win of the season and it felt pretty good to prove that once again the Pro Modifieds can compete well in the A-Modified division.

Jeremy Nichols looked in position to win in the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks class but Nick Macklin and the fourth turn took away that chance. Macklin moved from the fifth starting spot to the lead with five laps remaining and Nichols stayed close. As they hit the final turns to the checkered flag, Nichols gave it once last effort in the fourth turn and threw it hard into the corner and the car lifted off the ground and rolled twice before landing on all fours in the turn. The checkered flag hit the air and Macklin finished first. The race was part of the 10-race Midwest Big Ten Series event which a separate point fund is put together for drivers who race in this statewide touring series.

Jeremy Reed looked like the checkered flag was headed back to Reed Racing in the Hornet division. However, the car started to slow and lost power and he had to pull into the infield and that allowed Brandon Miller to overtake the lead and win over the 20-car field.

The night was full of surprises. However, Kyle Helmick led wire-to-wire from the pole in the Pro Modified class to offer some stability to the evening. Hayden Harvey of Warrensburg took the second feature of his season at Macon Speedway in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis as he roared to a big lead and drove off for victory.

The evening was also given some added bonuses with the addition of the Kid Modz class, a Modified division geared for children aged 8-15 to get seat time and race. The 9-car field was down to two in the final lap as 14-year-old Ariyonnah Kalb of Peoria took the checkered flag ahead of Brenden Heizer.

The intermission involved the annual Faster Pastor race as area church leaders took to the track for the right to be the Faster Pastor. The lead pastor of Decatur First Church of the Nazarene, Adam Lewis, drove off to victory in the Hornet that is driven by Storm Beiler. Storm Auto Mall donated $100 to the winning church.

124 entries for the night at Macon Speedway with special surprises all night long is what will be remembered of this Church Night. Macon Speedway brings it back to life on Saturday, July 24th, with Weddle Performance Engines Night featuring the Sportsman Topless 40 and the Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge. It will also be the First Responders Night and the Chris Oberheim Memorial. Six racing divisions are scheduled including the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 2. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 3. 10-Blake Damery[Blue Mound, IL]; 4. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 5. 7S-Jeremy Sebens[White Heath, IL]; 6. 33B-Storm Beiler[Decatur, IL]; 7. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 8. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 9. F15-Bob Sidener[Springfield, IL]; 10. (DNF) 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 2. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]; 3. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 5. 00S-Cody Stilwell[Godfrey, IL]; 6. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 7. 34T-Tanner Reed[Paris, IL]; 8. 22P-Wil Prater[Paris, IL]; 9. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 10. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 3. 2-Brayden Doyle[Ashmore, IL]; 4. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 5. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 14N-Nathan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]; 7. 79-Scott Dunlap[Oblong, IL]; 8. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion, IL]; 9. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 10. 28-JR Dunlap[Palestine, IL]

Archers Alley Big Ten Street Stocks

  1. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 2. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 3. 29-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 4. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 5. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 7. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 8. 46-Randy Huffman[Maroa, IL]; 9. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 10. 3J-Jonathon Hall[Harristown, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 2. 04-Steve Stine[Stonington, IL]; 3. 31-Jacob Shanks[Decatur, IL]; 4. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 5. 187-Korey Bailey[Stonington, IL]; 6. 00-Derrick DeFord[Canton, IL]; 7. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 8. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 9. 14M-Cole Martz[Findlay, IL]; 10. 44-Bill Basso[Athens, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 2. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 3. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 4. 18-Michael Brummitt[Mt. Zion, IL]; 5. 27-Kyle Barker[Cooksville, IL]; 6. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 7. 7-Ryan Frantz[Atwood, IL]; 8. 16W-Hunter Walker[Decatur, IL]; 9. 00-Joe Taft[Dawson, IL]; 10. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]

KidModz

  1. 34-Ariyonnah Kalb[Peoria, IL]; 2. 4-Brenden Heizer[Okawville, IL]; 3. (DNF) 24-Blake Crebo[Hanna City, IL]; 4. (DNF) 11-Hagen Langley[Greenville, IL]; 5. (DNF) 4KK-Kaylynn Eskew[Pleasant Plains, IL]; 6. (DNF) 22-Hudson Dick[Monticello, IL]; 7. (DNF) 66-Audrey Gerberding[Rochester, IL]; 8. (DNF) 14-Wyatt Lappe[Illiopolis, IL]; 9. (DNF) B8-Erin Boesdorfer[Armington, IL]

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IT IS RACE DAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

A family fun night of action is on tap with Church Night featuring the ever-popular Faster Pastor race is back alongside a full evening of dirt track racing excitement. It is shaping up to be a beautiful evening. LET’S GO RACING! Full details below:
*Everything will be good to go for tonight’s racing but we will NOT be opening pits for haulers until 4:00 so please don’t arrive early. We need the extra time to let everything dry out in the pits.
Saturday, July 17
Church Night Featuring Faster Pastor Race
Divisions:
*Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar Pro Late Models
*BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds
*DIRTcar Racing Pro Mods
*Midwest Big Ten Series Archers Alley Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
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
Lodging:
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate
About Macon Speedway:
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) 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 Track Enterprises family facility. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection‘s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Rain Takes Air King Fireman’s Ball/1st Responders Night/Chris Oberheim Memorial

👎🏼 Rain wins another…

Racing action for tonight, Saturday, July 10 has been canceled due to rain. Racing will continue next Saturday, July 17 with Church Night and Faster Pastor race.

Information will be released soon on the rescheduled date for 1st Responder Night/Oberheim Memorial.

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IT IS RACEDAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY

Air King Presents Fireman’s Ball & 1st Responders Night featuring 7 divisions of racing, free grandstand admission for first responders, the Chris Oberheim Memorial race, & more. Details below…
Saturday, July 10
Air King Presents
Fireman’s Ball/1st Responders Night
Chris Oberheim Memorial
Kids Racecar Rides
Divisions:
*Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models
*DIRTcar Pro Mods
*Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman
*Archers Alley Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
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
Lodging:
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate

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Pierce Scores Third Herald & Review 100 Championship

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Bobby Pierce challenged for the lead early in the 2021 edition of the Herald & Review 100 Thursday night at Macon Speedway but it wasn’t a pass for the lead that gave him the advantage, it was a caution flag and a flat tire on leader Brian Shirley that allowed Pierce to claim the lead.

With debris in the fourth turn and a slowing Shirley, the caution came out and fans watched as the Chatham, IL driver pulled to the turn two gate and off the track for a tire change. With 23 laps complete, the second-place car became the first place car.

It wasn’t an easy ride for Pierce around the 1/5th mile dirt oval for his third Herald & Review 100 trophy, however, as former winners Ryan Unzicker and Shannon Babb closed in for the lead midway through the event. Lapped traffic began to slow Pierce around the top of the track and that allowed Unzicker and Babb a chance to close the gap and offer a chance for themselves to advance their positions.

The crowd started to really sense the moment and the opportunity, especially for fan favorite and former track star in Babb. But once the traffic was cleared, Pierce opened the lead back up and never looked back.

The race saw nine caution flags over the 100 laps and three different leaders as Unzicker, the pole sitter, had the lead for the first two laps before Shirley controlled the race from lap three until the unfortunate end to his lead on lap 23. The 100-lapper was completed in 45 minutes. Pierce’s payday was a little sweeter as instead of just a $5,000 check, he also scored an additional $500 from Decatur Battery.

Pierce’s night was a total success. He was scored fastest in his group for qualifying. He started on the pole and won and began the 100-lap feature from the second row inside starting position.

Another driver who succeeded because of fast qualifying time and heat race victory was Highland’s Mike Harrison. Harrison, no stranger to the Macon Speedway winner’s circle, took the top honor in the BillingsleyRewards.com/Summit Equipment Modifieds division. Harrison also enjoyed a second row starting assignment for his feature and won the 25-lapper as he grabbed the lead away from Ray Bollinger with four laps to go and both drivers side-by-side and changing track grooves.

The third division to race Thursday during the 41st Annual Herald & Review 100 was the Pro Modified class. The Pro Modifieds have had a good season and was given the opportunity to showcase their class during the track’s biggest race of the summer. The race did not fair well for the division as the cars were not set up for the dry slick track conditions. From the initial green flag to begin the race until the race scored its first official lap completed, it took 24 minutes and 10-to-11 restarts. The track officials were left with no choice but to cut laps off the feature race in an effort to make up time. As the Pro Modified class hit the first lap, the full house crowd let out a Bronx cheer. The race did pick up consecutive green flag laps and get back to normal and while that was happening Kyle Helmick pulled through win the 10-lap victory.

Macon Speedway will be in action this coming Saturday, July 10, as Air King presents Fireman’s Ball & 1st Responders Night in addition to the Chris Oberheim Memorial. All seven divisions will be in action with free grandstand admission for 1st responders who show proper ID.

Feature Results (Top 10’s)

DIRTcar Summer National Super Late Models

  1. 32-Bobby Pierce[Oakwood, IL]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[El Paso, IL]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb[Moweaqua, IL]; 4. 36-Logan Martin[West Plains, MO]; 5. 11-Gordy Gundaker[St. Charles, MO]; 6. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[St. Charles, MO]; 7. 16-Rusty Griffaw[Festus, MO]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[Chatham, IL]; 9. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield, IL]; 10. 12-Ashton Winger[Senoia, GA]

Summit Modified Nationals

  1. 24H-Mike Harrison[Highland, IL]; 2. 53-Bobby Stremme[South Bend, IN]; 3. 77-Ray Bollinger[Kewanee, IL]; 4. 7-Drake Troutman[Hyndman, PA]; 5. 77T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie[Claypool, IN]; 7. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 8. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 9. 21M-Willy Myers[Collinsville, IL]; 10. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 3. 37-Billy Justice Jr[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 4. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 5. 9-Andrew Depper[Belleville, IL]; 6. 14N-Nathan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]; 7. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 8. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur, IL]; 9. 58R-Ryan Hamilton[Fairview Heights, IL]; 10. 7B-Brian Burns[Bethany, IL]

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