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Drivers meeting for 2015 set for Saturday, Jan. 3

 

MACON, Ill. – Another exciting season of dirt track racing is just around the high-banked corners at Macon Speedway, one the nation’s most respected race tracks, so it’s time for drivers to get up to speed on the rules package for the 2015 season.

Macon Speedway will hold the drivers meeting on Jan. 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the Macon Community Center. All drivers are encouraged to attend. The Community Center is located at 1039 S. Woodcock Street in Macon, just off U.S. Route 51. Speedway officials will talk on the rules for the new Crate Late Model division plus any updates to the other classes: Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Beach House Mini-Sprints.

Macon Speedway will add the Crate Late Models as a regular division this season, and the B-Mods are expected to run much more than last season. Speedway management will also discuss plans for the upcoming season schedule. Therefore, this is a great time for drivers to ask any questions regarding the season and the rules.

“It seems like yesterday that we enjoyed the season ending banquet for 2014, but we’re already gearing up for a great 2015,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “The drivers meeting is a great time for questions about the schedule and any changes to the rule book for the upcoming year. We encourage drivers to attend, and we’d also appreciate help in spreading the word about this important meeting to start the season.’’

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

 

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POWRi Series this weekend!

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DynaGraphics, ILMO present MOWA Sprints to cap busy week

MOWA-LogoMACON, Ill. – DynaGraphics and ILMO present the MOWA Sprints at Macon Speedway Saturday Il Mo logoto cap dynagraphicsa busy week of racing, thanks to the legendary fifth-mile dirt oval and Track Enterprises. Race fans also have plenty of action with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on Thursday and the Kyle Busch Experience during the ARCA doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis Friday.
The only appearance by MOWA and sprint cars this season has the open wheel crowd ready to watch the winged sprints scream around the fifth-mile high banked track at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday. Brown-McCarl-Bell-Lincoln1The best winged sprint car drivers in the Midwest will try to tame the Macon bullring as the Midwest Open Wheel Association holds MOWA Sprint Week. Macon Speedway is the fourth and final stop in the four-day run. MOWA Sprint Week begins at Highland (Ill.) Speedway on July 23, followed by Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach on July 24 and Jacksonville Speedway on July 25. Heading into a busy July race season, Jerrod Hull of Sikeston, Mo., led the MOWA standings, followed closely by Joey Moughan of Springfield, A.J. Bruns of Lincoln, Chris Urish of Elkhart, Jeremy Standridge of Springfield and Korey Weyant of Springfield.
The racing isn’t the only attraction. DynaGraphics will hold a drawing for a voucher worth $500 toward any product in its line, including a vehicle wrap, and ILMO will hand out gift certificates to the first 1,000 fans who buy a ticket good for a free pair of OSHA approved sunglasses. There’s plenty of action on the track MOWA sprint cars, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, street stocks, outlaw hornets, stock hornets and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series. After the night of racing at Christian County Fair, the sportsman will have the weekend off.
A Decatur-based company, DynaGraphics specializes in signs, printing and wraps, and it will show off its products, from wraps on boats and trucks to signs. DynaGraphics, 3220 N. Woodford St., Decatur, can turn your vehicle into a rolling billboard or any kind of work of art.
ILMO Products Co. is a single-source provider of industrial, medical and laboratory gases in bulk, micro-bulk, cryogenic and cylinder solutions. ILMO offers bulk and residential propane, welding and safety equipment, industrial supplies and accessories, and welder rental and repair services. Based in Jacksonville, ILMO also has 10 locations, including Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield and Mattoon.
ChristianCountyFair2014The busy week begins with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s, bringing stock car racing back to Taylorville for the first time in decades. On Thursday, the fair holds racing on the quarter-mile dirt track in three classes with big payouts.
The sportsman division races for $800 to win in a big event for the class. Drivers have been excited about this race since it was announced earlier this summer. Big Ten street stocks race for $500 to win as the series hits its fourth different track of the summer season. Hornets go after a whopping $200 to win. All three features are 25 lappers. With these payouts, a huge car count is expected. Drivers are anxious to race at a different track, and the Thursday program will likely bring cars from many different tracks. Get your motor running!!
Kyle Busch monster victory laneOn Friday, the Scott Get Geared up 200 features the Kyle Busch VIP Experience at the ARCA short-track doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The night includes a 200-lap ARCA race and a 100-lap CRA Super Series race, when Busch joins the field. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader will compete in the ARCA race while David Ragan battles in the CRA Super Series event. Before his race, meet Kyle in the Kyle Busch VIP Experience. A limited number of tickets are available for the private party. Fans will enjoy a chance to meet Busch, get autographs and pictures and participate in a Q&A session. Dinner, VIP parking and a ticket to the ARCA doubleheader at Lucas Oil Raceway also come with the Kyle Busch VIP Experience. All of this for just $100. Busch VIP tickets are available for calling or sending name, address, phone number and email to track1985@gmail.com. Track Enterprises will contact you to complete the transaction.
Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

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Kid’s Castle presents Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor Night, Big Ten Late Models

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MACON, Ill. – Kid’s Castle Learning Center drops the green flag on an amazing night of racing when the faster pastor race is renamed the B.G. Nevitt Memorial, Big Ten Series late models rev up the crowd and legendary Macon Speedway holds a Hall of Fame driver’s reunion to honor the racers who made the fifth-mile high banked oval famous, and CEFCU Kid’s Club keeps out youngest fans happy.
The defending race champion and one of Decatur’s civic leaders, Nevitt passed away last summer, but not before leaving us with a lasting impression. The senior pastor at gtChurch not only touched his congregation through powerful messages but also preached to a large group on the radio, television and Internet. Nevitt’s work with the Decatur Police Auxiliary, Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner’s office also made a difference.
Pastor Rick Spangler of gtChurch will attempt to defend Nevitt’s title. He will be joined in the race by Pastor Doug Lowery of Maranatha Assembly of God in Decatur, Pastor J.J. Hairston of Galillee Baptist Church in Decatur, Pastor Richard Chappell of Body of Christ Ministries of Macon, Pastor Rod Hite of Destiny Fellowship in Moweaqua and Pastor Mark Amenda of Mazon United Methodist Church, who returns to his adopted hometown.
Macon Speedway invites all former drivers to return to the track for a reunion and a program to recognize its Hall of Fame drivers. Last year’s turnout was great, and Macon Speedway plans to make it bigger and better this year.
BigTencarMidwest Big Ten Series Late Models roar into Macon Speedway for the eighth race in the 10-event campaign spread over four tracks, after the series hits Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway Friday. In earlier Big Ten Series races at Macon Speedway, Ryan Little of Pleasant Plains, Brian Diveley of Springfield and Kyle Logue of Cisco earned the wins. Little leads the Big Ten standings with 316 points, followed by Greg Kimmons of Pleasant Plains (296), Matt Taylor of Springfield (280), Diveley (258) and John Beck of Springfield (254).
kidslogoKid’s Castle Learning Center has locations in Decatur, Mount Zion and Springfield. The Kid’s Castle philosophy is that children are miracles. We believe that children need to feel safe: safe to explore their world and try new things. Second, they need to feel nurtured. They need to know they are special and unique. CEFCU Kid’s Club will also meet to entertain the kids while moms and dads can concentrate on the racing for a moment.
Besides Big Ten late models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Also, stock cars return to Taylorville (Ill.) for the first time in decades with the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at the Christian County Fair on July 24. Street Stocks, Sportsman and Hornets compete on the quarter-mile oval.
For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

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2014 Illinois State Fair Sportsman Entry Form

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Herald-Review 100 returns before exciting Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball

HR100     MACON, Ill. – The 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 Thursday at Macon Speedway serves as the crown jewel of the UMP Summer Nationals tour before the Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball Saturday honors firefighters and their families while the racing program features the Sportsman Topless 40 and Big Ten Series Street Stocks. The gals from Starship Billiards also race during Bud Light Ladies Night, presented by Y103, as the legendary speedway brings several fan favorites together during one great night of fun on the legendary fifth-mile high-banked oval.
Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, goes after a record fifth win in the H-R 100 after taking the checkered flag last season. Kevin Weaver is also going for his fifth title. Defending Summer Nationals champ Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Jason Feger of Bloomington and Ryan Unzicker of El Paso are also competing for the Summer Nationals championship. Tickets are $25 for the H-R 100 and are available on raceday.
On Saturday, firefighters and their families are admitted for half price with badge/ID, so that’s just $6 for general admission. Macon Speedway wants to recognize the brave men and women who keep us safe and help them enjoy a great night of racing.
The Sportsman Topless 40 is a 40-lapper with the Sportsman drivers competing with an open cockpit after removing the tops to the cars. The race is an annual highlight among Sportsman drivers and loyal Macon Speedway fans. Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will also race in an event rescheduled from a rainout in June. The Big Ten is a 10-race series at four tracks, including the Larry’s Service Center Triple 25’s at Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24.
It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, with the gals from Starship Billiards racing in hornets in an attempt to qualify for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship on Sept. 13. Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s have already qualified for the championship. Woody’s (Aug. 9) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 30) are also competing for the chance to race for the Bud Light Ladies Night championship. Ladies also are admitted for half price during every Bud Light Ladies Night. Cool off with a party in the grandstands with race buckets filled with five Bud/Bud Lights plus the ice to chill it all for only $20.
Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets, B-Mods and Illinois Lightning Sprint Series are also racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday with racing at 7.
For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

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Race into food, fun with Heinkel’s Three Dog Night at Macon Speedway

heinkels-logoHeinkels Hot DogMACON, Ill. – With Heinkel’s products a fan favorite in the concession stands for decades, Macon Speedway is excited to unveil the food specials and fun activities during Heinkel’s Three Dog Night on Saturday. While the racing program features Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks, the night is loaded with fun in the grandstands with $1 hot dogs, a hot dog eating contest and free merchandise, including variety meat packs from Heinkel’s. Women also receive half-price admission as the gals from Woody’s compete during the second Bud Light Ladies Night race of the season while Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks race for $500 to win.

Heinkel’s is a Decatur tradition. The wieners and sausages helped Heinkel’s earn the title of Illinois-Indiana grand champion of meat processors in 2013. The company’s smoked turkey legs are favorites at county fairs, theme parks and NASCAR events, so they were added to the Macon Speedway concessions this season. Heinkel’s products can be found locally at Kroger, County Market, Sav-A-Lot, IGA, House of Meats and other grocers.

Two meat variety packs will also be given away. The assortment will include bacon, polish sausage, grand champion wieners, Andouille and fresh rope sausage. One of the variety packs goes to the hot dog eating champion and another one goes to a lucky fan. Be on the lookout for free T-shirts and camo hats, because hunters should also think about Heinkel’s during deer season. Last fall, Heinkel’s introduced the newest product to their Venison line-up, Jalapeno & Cheddar Venison Wieners.

Woody (300x188)The five ladies from Woody’s will compete in a five-lap shootout with the top two qualifying for the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship on Sept. 13. Look for giveaways from Budweiser. There’s some really cool merchandise, from sunglasses to T-shirts, coozies and party beads. Check out the race buckets. For just $20, you get a souvenir bucket, five cold cans of any Bud Light or Bud plus the ice to keep it all cold during that hot racing on the track. Now, that’s a party to make it great summer night in the Macon Speedway grandstands. With so many ladies in the crowd, you guys better find a way to Macon Speedway.

Fans can meet street stocks drivers Terry Reed and Gene Reed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at IHOP, 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur. Fans may take pictures and get autographs of the two popular Macon Speedway drivers. As part of a month-long promotion, IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur IHOPLogoOnly_EYLAB_Gradientduring each night of racing at Macon Speedway in June. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free. When visiting the IHOP on East Pershing Road, ask your server for a $2 off coupon to Macon Speedway. It’s good for general admission during June.

The racing program features a Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks race. The division has become one of the deepest and most competitive among the classes that race on the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval. The Reed brothers battle with Bobby Beiler for the points lead, and Thomas Riech also added a long-awaited Macon Speedway feature win this season to add his name on the list of contenders for a championship. The Midwest Big Ten Series BigTenStreetStocks2014 copyis a 10-race schedule spreads over four tracks, including five races at Macon Speedway plus an appearance at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24 during the Triple 25’s sponsored by Larry’s Service Center.

Billingsley Towing modifieds, sportsman, outlaw hornets, stock hornets, Beach House mini-sprints and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will also race. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Five ladies from Woody’s will race with the top two finishers advancing to the Bud Light Championship race on Sept. 13. Look for drink specials at the Macon Speedway beer stands.

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

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Sunoco American Late Model series hits Macon Speedway on Memorial Day

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Sunoco American Late Model series hits Macon Speedway on Memorial Day

1097981_574159045963334_375359590_nMACON, Ill. – Memorial Day reminds us to honor all fallen soldiers and give thanks for the freedom they provided us. We play Taps and decorate gravestones to remember the greatest gift given by these brave service men and women. The three-day weekend also serves as the unofficial start to summer, when we fire up the grill and start thinking about summer fun outdoors.
Macon Speedway has a long tradition of racing on Memorial Day, and the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval power slides into the summer season with the Sunoco American Late Model Series stars racing for $2,000 to win on Monday, May 26. The feature race also pays $250 to start, so late model drivers know this is a great way to finish off a weekend of dirt-track racing. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace also appear on NASCAR Night of Stars I to race in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds division. Schrader and Wallace, a pair of Macon Speedway co-owners, will also meet with fans for autographs and pictures.
“Macon Speedway is proud to bring racing to our fans on Memorial Day, when we enjoy the freedom given us by brave soldiers who died in service to their country,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “We’re finally reaching the heat of summer, and the action is heating up here at Macon Speedway.’’
With so many talented late model drivers who call Macon Speedway home plus the Central Illinois stars looking to grab the cash, the Sunoco ALMS race is expected to draw big names and fan favorites to pack the stands. The door-to-door, sideways action will keep fans on their feet. Besides the Sunoco ALMS cars and Billingsley Towing Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race.
As part of the Memorial Day tradition, Macon Speedway moves up the program one hour earlier so fans can get to work the following day. Pits open at 3 p.m., followed by gates swinging open at 4 and racing at 6. Upcoming race dates include Casey’s General Stores Night/Armed Forces Night on May 31, plus IHOP Night and the Nevitt Memorial Faster Pastor race on June 7, when the POWRi midgets return during Illinois Midget Week and the POWRi Outlaw Micros run against the Beach House Mini-Sprints.
For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.
Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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Macon Speedway hosts Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Thursday

LucasOil2014flier2St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is the richest race in track’s history
MACON, Ill. – The historic oval at Macon Speedway opened in 1946, just after the boys returned from World War II. Through the decades, Macon Speedway became known as one of the premier dirt tracks in the Midwest. On Thursday, the sport’s bright lights take aim on the high-banked fifth-mile oval when the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 brings the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series here for the first time ever.
It’s the biggest night in the track’s history. The nation’s top late model touring series takes over the track with high-dollar machines and the biggest names behind the wheel of these 800-horsepower machines. The national stars, regional warriors and local hot shoes race for the biggest purse in Macon Speedway history. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 pays $12,000 to win, and each driver who starts the 100-lap feature is assured of taking home $1,000.
14877_10152376892884636_877651113_n “We’re proud to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series here for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “It’s the top late model series in the country. We have a historic track here, and it’s great to see the biggest names in the sport race in front of our loyal fans.’’
Series points leader Don “The Real Deal’’ O’Neal is expected to race, joining the Who’s Who in late model drivers. Local favorites such as Shannon Babb and Brian Shirley plan on defending their home turf and grabbing the bragging rights. Macon Speedway regulars will also show their stuff. If that’s not enough, UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds will go for $1,000 to win, and the field features NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace.
With an early-arriving crowd expected, Macon Speedway gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Macon Speedway hosts Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, the first in a season-long promotion that brings women into the cockpit of race cars while representing their favorite bar. Women from Rocco’s will race with the top two finishers advancing to the championship race on Sept. 13. Woody’s (June 21), Starship Billiards (July 12) and Pop’s Place (Aug. 9) will be represented later this season. Racing is just part of the attraction on Bud Light Ladies Night. Women receive half-price admission to Macon Speedway. A lucky lady will get the chance to wave the green flag or get a picture in Victory Lane with the feature winner in late model or modified divisions. Bud Light merchandise giveaways will get everyone involved, and race fans will also keep an eye out for food and drink specials.
Saturday is also Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night, so check out what’s cooked up in the concession stand. During intermission, a jalapeno eating contest in planned. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. with Billingsley Towing modifieds, Big Ten Series street stocks, sportsman, both hornet classes and B-mods in action.
Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

 

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