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Nichols Doubles Up Checkered Flags At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) It took a few laps into the Sportsman and Street Stock features but Jeremy Nichols found a way to the lead and took control of the races en route to two wins. A total of five divisions were on hand with great activities for the kids including a bicycle giveaway and the Raminator Monster Truck.

Tom Graham and Scott Landers started in the front row of the Sportsman feature with Nichols in the second row.   He waited until he found a chance on the top of the oval and passed Graham on the fourth lap. After that, the race was on for second place because Nichols had pulled away from the field. Landers, the son-in-law to Graham, raced behind Graham but caught him on the 11th lap during a spin-out which would send Graham to the tail. Landers would leave the race due to rear end damage. Following behind Nichols to the finish were two drivers from Missouri,Troy Medley and Chris Soutiea.

In the Street Stock division, Nichols was challenged by Nick Justice, Kyle Waters, Greg Osman and Brian Dasenbrock but nobody was able to slow down the J24. Nichols coasted in the 15-lapper to yet another victory.

Defending track champion of the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Rodney Standerfer, raced side-by-side with Dave Crawley, Jr. for the first two laps of the 20-lap event and pulled away to a victory. The race was without caution and was without a challenger after the fifth lap as Standerfer kept on the gas pedal. Curt Rhodes passed Crawley in the early stages of the race and finished second with Crawley staying in third.

Guy Taylor finally got the best of his brother Matt Taylor in the Pro Late Model feature. Matt Taylor has been winning most of the battles in 2016 but on this night, Guy Taylor was up to the challenge. Racing atop the track, Guy Taylor would easily handle the field and win the 20-lap event.

Michael Gossett started seventh but finished first in the Hornet class. A late pass on Steven Stine would give him the lead and the victory. A slowed car would catch Stine and he would take his foot off the gas pedal allowing Gossett to make the pass.

Macon Speedway’s crowd experienced the true “Wow Factor” with the yearly return of the monster truck Raminator with Mark & Tim Hall. Demolishing three cars in the infield and spinning through the turns, the Raminator was definitely a hit of the night. There were also 30 bicycles given away to kids during the MEGA Bicycle Giveaway.

The next event Macon Speedway features is the annual Memorial Day Special with seven classes and an earlier start time of 6pm. The Pro Late Models race in a Big Ten Series event. Plus, see action from the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, POWRi Division II Midgets, Beach House Micro Sprints and Hornets. Also, NASCAR names and Macon Speedway co-owners Kenny Wallace & Ken Schrader will be on hand to race.

Pro Late Models–1. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 2. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 3. Nick Bauman (New Berlin), 4. Jake Little (Pleasant Plains), 5. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 6. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 7. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 8. Victor Overlin (Decatur), 9. Andy Minett (Loami), 10. Eric Wilson (Downs)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 2. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 3. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 4. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 5. Michael Rauch (Decatur), 6. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 7. Collin Alexander (Clinton), 8. Shawn Vaughn (Loami), 9. Jeff Graham (Taylorville), 10. Danny Smith (Argenta)

Sportsman–1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Troy Medley (Festus, MO.), 3. Chris Soutiea (Peveley, MO.), 4. Danny Smith (Argenta), 5. James Landis (Oreana), 6. Tom Graham (Stonington), 7. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 8. Jim Bedinger (Taylorville), 9. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 10. Ty Nation (Taylorville)

Street Stocks–1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Greg Osman (Bloomington), 5. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 6. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 7. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 8. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 9. John Bright, Jr. (Long Creek), 10. James Bowen (Jacksonville)

Hornets–1.Michael Gossett (Decatur), 2. Tony Reed (Decatur), 3. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 4. Ben McChristy (Mt. Zion), 5. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 6. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 7. Ryan Cantrell (Decatur), 8. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 9. Derek Peters (Pana), 10. Brian Offer (Springfield)

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It’s Raceday At Macon

5-28-16 Raminator-Memorial DayThe first of 2 race days this Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Tonight is an action packed program featuring a visit by the WORLD’S FASTEST MONSTER TRUCK Raminator presented by Bob Brady Auto Mall.

There is a MASSIVE bike giveaway for the kids in addition to the usualCEFCU Kids Club Activities.

Classes Racing:

Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
UMP Pro Late Models (Bonus Money For Jax, Macon, Macon Races)
UMP Sportsman
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets

Pits 4pm
Stands 5pm
Pill Draw Ends 5:50pm
Hot Laps 6pm
Racing Starts 7pm

General Admission $12
Kids 11 & Under FREE
Pit Pass $30
Kids Pit Pass $15

For more information visit or call 217-764-3000

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Memorial Day Special On Tap For Macon Speedway Monday

Memorial Day Weekend PicMemorial Day Special On Tap For Macon Speedway Monday

Seven divisions of racing action are set to end the holiday season on Memorial Day, May 30 at Macon Speedway.
In addition to Big Ten Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets, the B-Mods, Beach House Micros, and D-II Midgets will be on hand.
NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also be running with the Billingsley Towing Modified division.
Pit gates open Monday at 2:30, grandstands at 4:00, pill draw ends at 4:50, hotlaps begin at 5:00, and racing is set for an early start time of 6:00.
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Over 30 bikes have been donated and will be given away this Saturday Night at Macon Speedway. It’s part of the doubleheader weekend at the 1/5-mile dirt oval.
Each kid that comes through the gate will receive a ticket and will be able to enter to win a bike of their choice. Bob Brady Auto Mall’s Raminator Monster Truck and the CEFCU Kid’s Club will also be on hand.
Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Hornets will also be in action.
Saturday pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 5:50, Hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 6:30.

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Mega Bike GiveawayOver 30 bikes have been donated and will be given away this Saturday Night at Macon Speedway. Each kid that comes through the gate will receive a ticket and will be able to enter to win a bike of their choice. Bob Brady Auto Mall’s Raminator Monster Truck and the CEFCU Kid’s Club will also be on hand. FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES!!! Bring the kids and you may go home with a free NEW bike!

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UMP Jacksonville Macon Pro LM BonusJacksonville Speedway jumps in on weekend DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Model Point challenge.
The top three in combined points from this weekend’s 3 races will receive $400-$250-$150 respectively. Originally, it was going to just be a Macon Saturday/Monday deal for less money but Kenny Dobson, from Jacksonville, stepped up to add to the point money.
Friday’s race at Jacksonville and Monday’s race at Macon Speedway are Midwest Big Ten Series events, paying $600 to win, while Saturday’s race at Macon is a UMP/Macon points paying event.
In case of a rain out, weekend point money will be adjusted accordingly. Also, a driver must run all three events to be eligible for point bonuses.

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Spencer Bayston Takes Macon Checkered Flag

(Macon, IL) Spencer Bayston won his heat race from the second row and got a front row outside starting spot and held the lead for the majority of the 30-lap feature and was essentially unchallenged. Decatur’s Terry Babb finished third in his heat race and was placed fourth in the starting lineup. He would finish fourth but was running a strong second place until the final three laps of the feature race when he was passed by Justin Peck. Peck started 12th. Bayston of Lebanon, Ind., was fast out of the restarts and would not be in jeopardy of giving up the lead.

Blue Mound’s Jeremy Camp returned to the track just down the road from his home and dominated the POWRi Micro Sprint 20-lap feature event. He has won many micro sprint features at Macon Speedway with and without the POWRi sanctioning.

Nick Justice came into the night with the Street Stock points standing lead with two feature wins out of four race events. At the night’s conclusion, he would have three features and pad his lead over the division. Justice looked in control from the beginning and would stay on top with Kyle Waters, Luke Force, Brian Dasenbrock and Terry Reed in chase.

Jake Little looked smooth in the Pro Late Model 20-lap A-Main feature event. Matt Taylor gave Little a battle through the first 15 laps but the final five laps were all Little as he pulled away for his first-ever feature win. Little formerly raced UMP Super Late Models before getting a UMP Pro Crate Late Model.

The night completed with the 4-cylinder Hornet division and Tony Reed looked strong until Adam Webb, who started in the back of the field, came charging to take the lead out of the fourth turn on the eighth lap of the 15-lap feature. Jared Matherly was running along with Reed in the race for second as Webb dashed away with the checkered flag. Reed would manage to keep second from Matherly.

Macon Speedway wishes to thank Casey’s General Stores for their sponsorship of the evening’s program and the members of the Armed Forces for being on hand for the night’s Armed Forces program. Next Saturday night brings the monster truck Raminator and a full stock car racing program.

POWRi Midgets–1. Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN), 2. Justin Peck, 3. Colten Cottle, 4. Terry Babb, 5. Matt Ponder, 6. Dayne Kingshott, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Holly Shelton, 9. Brayton Lynch, 10. Kyle Schuett

POWRi Micro Sprints–1. Jeremy Camp (Blue Mound), 2. Nathan Benson, 3. Levi Curry, 4. Garrett Duff, 5. Ryan Frantz, 6. Tony Clifton, 7. Zeb Wise, 8. Kris King, 9. Shelby Bosie, 10. Slater Helt

Street Stocks–1. Nick Justice (Decatur), 2. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 3. Luke Force (Argenta), 4. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 5. Terry Reed (Decatur), 6. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 7. Greg Osman (Bloomington), 8. Matthew Reed (Blue Mound), 9. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 10. John Bright, Jr. (Long Creek)

Pro Late Models–1. Jake Little (Springfield), 2. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 3. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 4. Eric Wilson (Downs), 5. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 6. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 7. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 8. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg)

Hornets–1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Tony Reed (Decatur), 3. Jared Matherly (Decatur), 4. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 5. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 6. Travis Sumpter (Decatur), 7. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 8. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 9. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 10. Ben McChristy (Mt. Zion)

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Jim Viviano Photo

Jim Viviano Photo

The open wheel excitement of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series and Speedway Motors POWRi 600cc Winged Outlaw Micro Sprints invades Macon Speedway to join our DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets for an action packed night of racing on Casey’s General Store Armed Forces Night.

As a way to say thank you to our wonderful men and women of the various branches of the United States military, admission is FREE for all members of t…he military with valid ID.
Classes Racing:
Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets
Speedway Motors POWRi 600cc Winged Outlaw Micro Sprints
DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Models
DIRTcar UMP Street Stocks
DIRTcar UMP Hornets
Pits open at 3pm
Grandstands open at 5pm
Pill Draw Ends at 5:50pm
Hot Laps start at 6pm
Racing Starts at 7pm
General Admission $15
Kids 11 & Under FREE
Pit Pass $30
Kids Pit Pass $15
For more information check out or call 217-764-3000

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​Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets Coming To Macon Speedway Saturday


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It’s a big weekend of open wheel racing in Central Illinois as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors POWRi Micros fly in to Macon Speedway on Saturday night, May 21, following the huge Arctic Cat All Star Circuit Of Champions show on Friday night at Lincoln Speedway.  Joining POWRi at Macon this Saturday will be the UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets.

After sweeping the Missouri Mi State Midget Nationals, Tanner Thorson moved into the second position, 150 points behind Zach Daum in POWRi National Midget points.  Andrew Felker sits in third after taking wins at both Macon and Belle-Clair.  Spencer Bayston holds the fourth position, while Justin Peck rounds out the top five.

In the Speedway Motors POWRi Micros, Marion, IL driver Nathan Benson brought home a second place finish at Southern Illinois Raceway to strengthen his point lead over Slater Helt.  Joe B. Miller tightened the margin between himself and Helt after taking the victory Saturday night.  Shelby Bosie moved into the fourth position after bringing home a fifth place finish at SIR, while Carlee Gress is fifth.

In the UMP Pro Late Model class, current track record holder, Matt Taylor, of Springfield, IL leads the standings by 12 over Dakota Ewing of Decatur.  Taylor has been outstanding early this season, mixing it up at the front of the pack for all three races.  Taylor now has two wins and a second place finish, taking over his brother’s domination from a year ago.  Following Taylor and Ewing are Roben Huffman, Jake Little and Jeffrey Reed.

The UMP Street Stocks had a huge field of cars this past Saturday night, with 26 pitside and 20 taking the green flag.  Leading the standings is Decatur, IL’s Nick Justice.  Justice claimed a couple of wins to start the season and has finished in the top ten of all four features.  Kyle Waters, of Oreana, is second in points, just 16 behind.  John Bright, Jr., Brian Dasenbrock, and Luke Force complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s divisions will be the UMP Hornets.  Blue Mound, IL driver, Tony Reed had two second place finishes last weekend to go along with his third place finish from opening night.  Those three podium results have been enough to give him a six point lead on Michael Gossett.  Ryan Cantrell, Adam Webb, and Mike McChristy round out the top five.

Saturday night’s events are presented by Casey’s General Stores and will feature an Armed Forces Night.  All retired and current military members get in for 1/2 price admission with valid military ID and those in uniform get in for free.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for 11 and under.

For information on Macon, follow Macon Speedway online at, on Facebook ( 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 date 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.


POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets

Pos Driver Points Gap
1 Zach Daum 1900 0
2 Tanner Thorson 1750 150
3 Andrew Felker 1730 170
4 Spencer Bayston 1640 260
5 Justin Peck 1570 330
6 Tucker Klaasmeyer 1350 550
7 Carson Macedo 1240 660
8 Holly Shelton 1240 660
9 Austin Brown 1200 700
10 Jake Neuman 1200 700


POWRi Speedway Motors Micros

Pos Driver Points Gap
1 Nathan Benson 1450 0
2 Slater Helt 1180 270
3 Joe B Miller 1140 310
4 Shelby Bosie 970 480
5 Carlee Gress 810 640
6 Alec Long 810 640
7 Matthew Howard 800 650
8 Jeremy Camp 760 690
9 Chad Elliott 740 710
10 Nic Harris 710 740


UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 24 Matt Taylor 178 0
2 25 Dakota Ewing 166 12
3 33H Roben Huffman 160 18
4 38J Jake Little 144 34
5 52R Jeffrey Reed 144 34
6 32M Cody Maguire 98 80
7 Z23 Shawn Ziemer 94 84
8 15C Kevin Crowder 90 88
9 6P Jose Parga 60 118
10 4T Guy Taylor 58 120


UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 36 Nick Justice 226 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 210 16
3 7 John Bright, Jr. 164 62
4 08 Brian Dasenbrock 164 62
5 45 Luke Force 156 70
6 5 Terry Reed 154 72
7 3T Kevin Lewis 150 76
8 #1 Terry Reed, Sr 114 112
9 21R Dustin Reed 112 114
10 51 Jeremiah Hoadley 104 122


UMP Hornets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 1R Tony Reed 162 0
2 G3 Michael Gossett 156 6
3 87 Ryan Cantrell 122 40
4 40 Adam Webb 120 42
5 66 Mike McChristy 116 46
6 39M Marty Sullivan 114 48
7 20 Torry Lyons 108 54
8 J4 Jerad Matherly 108 54
9 25C Caleb Branch 100 62
10 64CK Cook Crawford 94 68

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​Crawley Doubles Up at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) It wasn’t the most ideal weather conditions for racing in Macon but fans and drivers witnessed a clean racing program amidst the cold weather and strong winds. They also witnessed Dave Crawley, Jr. return to victory lane not once, but twice.

Dave Crawley, Jr. took advantage of contact between leader Rodney Standerfer and second-place contender Brian Lynn to open the door for the lead in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds A-Main and got his hands on the checkered flag. Crawley needed patience to find out which lane to run and waited it out until he was close enough to make his move. With five laps to go, Crawley got the chance and made the pass on the back straightaway.

That was the second checkered flag of the night for Crawley. His first race in the Big Ten Street Stock Series race, where Crawley won the event, the second Big Ten Series race of 2016 and also his second win. Crawley is not a regular in the Street Stock division anymore but cut his racing teeth in that class years ago. The runner-up was Nick Macklin, who started eighth and passed six drivers to get the second-place position but ran out of time to catch Crawley.

Matt Taylor doesn’t want anybody but his name attached to the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model qualifying fastest lap. Last week, his set the new track record with a time of 11.235 and before he took to the track Roben Huffman reset the mark with a time of 11.228. Two qualifiers later, Taylor broke the minutes-old new record with a time of 11.143. Taylor set the inaugural mark with a 11.512 time to open the 2015 racing season. With a good finish to his heat and a redraw before the 20-lap feature attraction, Taylor was in the front row. He, however, wouldn’t be able to finish first. Jose Parga came from third place to bypass Taylor and the leader Roben Huffman to get the victory. Along with Dakota Ewing, the four drivers exchanged the top four positions during the last five remaining laps. Parga, Taylor, Ewing and Huffman would be the finishing order.

Tim Hancock drove away fast and furious in the B-Modified main event, making it three-for-three in feature races in 2016.  For Hancock, it’s his fifth win in eight tries throughout central Illinois this season.

Adam Webb delivered another Hornet victory on the grand stage of the Hornet Challenge. The event was rained out last week and made up before the night’s regular feature and Webb coasted to a 25-lap, $1000-to-win special. In the second race, Jeremy Reed got the front row start and took off for 15 laps after having to pull in during the Hornet Challenge and suffer a DNF (Did Not Finish).

Pro Late Models–1. Jose Parga (New Berlin), 2. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 3. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 4. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 5. Eric Wilson (Downs), 6. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 7. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 8. Jeffrey Reed (Blue Mound), 9. Shane Piatt (Crawfordsville), 10. Victor Overlin (Decatur)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Brian Lynn (Mason City), 3. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 4. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 5. Kelly Kovski (Springfield), 6. Blake Thompson (Troy), 7. TD Burger (Saunemin), 8. Kenny Morris (Chandlerville), 9. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 10. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville)

Street Stocks–1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 3. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 4. Kaleb Wood (Sullivan), 5. Justin Lane (Alsey), 6. Luke Force (Argenta), 7. Nick Justice (Decatur), 8. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 9. Terry Reed (Decatur), 10. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound)

B-Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Tommy Gaither (Bunker Hill), 3. Steve Phillips (Neoga), 4. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 5. Ryan Timmons (Centralia), 6. Travis Hendrickson (Mattoon), 7. Tim Riech (Springfield), 8. Jacob Franklin (Pinckeyville), 9. Eric Brackett (Brighton), 10. Jerry Thompson (Troy)

Hornet Challenge–1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Tony Reed (Decatur), 3. Brad Rexroad (Hammond), 4. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 5. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 6. Joe McChristy (Mt. Zion), 7. Ryan Cantrell (Decatur), 8. Torry Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 9. Ashley Gatons (Decatur), 10. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion)

Hornets–1. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 2. Tony Reed (Decatur), 3. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 4. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 5. Ashley Gatons (Decatur), 6. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 7. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 8. Joe McChristy (Mt. Zion), 9. Brian Offer (Springfield), 10. Ben McChristy (Mt. Zion)

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