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MOWA Sprint Cars Fly Into Macon IL Speedway Saturday

Last Year’s Show Resulted In Photo Finish

With racing at Macon Speedway, there is definitely no down time.  After the show of the year on Tuesday night with the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, attention turns quickly to the wicked fast Neal Tire MOWA Sprint Cars.  In their only visit of the season, the MOWA Winged Sprints finish up their Illinois Sprint Week at Mighty Macon.

It all begins on Wednesday night, July 27 with the Illinois Sprint Week opener at Peoria Speedway.  The field of stars then travel to Quincy Raceways on Thursday night before heading to Jacksonville on Friday.  It all comes to an end with the Sprint Week finale on Saturday night.

Last year’s MOWA show at Macon was an absolute thriller as Adam Jones and Parker Price-Miller mowa sprint week flyerbattled it out, trading the lead in the final laps.  The war also included a 360 spin but the green stayed out which added to the thrilling finish.  Eventually, it was Jones, from Wright City, MO who claimed the win by inches over Price-Miller.

This Saturday’s appearance will see Big 10 Pro Late Models, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, Beach House Micros, and Hornets in addition to the winged sprints.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $18 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

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 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.

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Pierce Takes 100 Lap Win at Macon Speedway 

(Macon, IL) For the second time in 19 days, Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce graced Macon Speedway’s victory lane with a 100-lap feature win. Pierce, the winner of the Summer Nationals event, the Herald & Review 100, also claimed victory in the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. The win for Pierce was his second in the three events held since 2014.

Nicknamed the “Smooth Operator,” Pierce was smooth on the top of the 1/5th mile dirt track and ran in the top spot for the final 97 laps. He ran behind Jonathan Davenport, the pole-sitter, for the first three laps but pulled in when the engine blew up and smoke poured from his machine.

On the restart, Pierce was magical. He ran the top side each lap and his lead grew foot-by-foot with each second passing and nobody was going to touch him. With a growing number of cautions in the tail of the race,

New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard, former Macon Speedway regular, started to get traction up top and posed the first challenge Pierce had seen since taking the lead.

The lead would shorten to make the race very interesting as Earl Pearson, Jr., who stuck to the bottom for the entire race, found grip and made it a three-car race for the lead. Pierce was just too strong.

Additional racing action saw the Billingsley Towing Modifieds and Mike Harrison claim the checkered flag. His Modified was strong on the top side and was behind Kenny Wallace until the traffic opened up and Harrison took his lead with nine laps remaining.

In the B-Modifieds, Tim Hancock is now 10-for-10 in features at Macon Speedway and the Hancock Bounty is now going to be $150 to the winner who beats Tim Hancock for the checkered flag.

Race Statistics: The 100-lapper was completed in 35 minutes and there were only seven cautions. There were two lead changes with Jonathan Davenport and Bobby Pierce. The Grand Marshal of the evening for the “Gentleman, Start Your Engines” call was Macon Speedway co-owner and retiring NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart. It was his first appearance at the track since in the Modifieds division in 2012. Kenny Wallace won his heat race and started front row outside in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature, finishing second. Ken Schrader started 11th and finished 13th.

Lucas Oil Late Models—1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood), 2. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin), 3. Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 4. Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN), 5. Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY), 6. Dennis Erb, Jr. (Carpentersville), 7. Don Hammer (Clinton), 8. Brian Diveley (Springfield), 9. Jared Landers (Batesville, AR), 10. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds—1. Mike Harrison (Highland), 2. Kenny Wallace (St. Louis,MO), 3. Ray Bollinger (Kewanee), 4. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 5. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 6. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 7. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 8. Troy Dodson (Hammond), 9. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 10.Chad Evans (Mattoon)

B-Modifieds—1. Tim Hancock (Mt.Olive), 2. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 3. Tom Riech (Springfield), 4. Ryan Timmons (Centralia), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Billy Adams (Shelbyville), 7. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 8. Doug Tye (Troy), 9. Ed Beasley (Warrensburg), 10. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive)

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IT IS RACE DAY!

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Super Late Models return to Macon Speedway tonight for the $12,000 to win 3rd Annual St. Louis U Pic A Part 100! Some of the very best in dirt late model racing will be here to do battle. The Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are racing and the UMP B Mods are also in action. Track co-owners Ken Schrader (Ken Schrader Racing Inc.) and Kenny Wallace(Kenny Wallace (Official Page)) will be racing some great competition, and co-owner Tony Stewart will be making his first visit in a few seasons! It’s going to be a great night of racing! See you here! Who are your picks to win tonight? Let’s hear em!

Classes Racing:

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Super Late Models
Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
UMP B Mods

Times:
Pits 3:00pm
Stands 4:00pm
Pill Draw Ends 5:50pm
Hot Laps 6:00pm
Racing Starts 7:00pm

Pricing:
General Admission $30
Kids 11 & Under $5

Pit Pass $35
Kids Pit Pass $20

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com. Also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lucasdirt) and Twitter (@lucasdirt)

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online atwww.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 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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2016/07/it-is-race-day-3/

Tony Stewart Just Named Grand Marshall For Tuesday Event

Tuesday Racing Will Also Feature Wallace And Schrader In Modifieds

                The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part event this coming Tuesday, July 26 at Macon IL Speedway keeps getting bigger and bigger.  In addition to a stout field of drivers racing for the $12,000 top prize in the 100, Tony Stewart has been named as Grand Marshall for the event and two of the other partners in the Macon Speedway ownership group, Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader will

NASCAR.com Photo

NASCAR.com Photo

also be there, racing in the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division.

                For Tony Stewart, it will be his first visit to Macon in a couple of years.  Stewart is in the middle of his farewell season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour, recently winning an event and running very well over the last few races.  The three-time Sprint Cup champion is the owner of the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of Champions series and Eldora Speedway, in addition to his Macon partnership.  Stewart was just inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame last Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, during a Track Enterprises event.

                As if the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division hasn’t been good enough lately, it will get even better Tuesday night when Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader make appearances.  Wallace has made a couple of appearances at Macon this year, coming away with a third place finish on Memorial Day, while finishing fifth at the Summit Nationals event in July.  For Schrader, he has made just one appearance this year and brought home a second place finish.

                The three NASCAR stars are co-owners of Macon Speedway with managing partner, Bob Sargent.  The entered the partnership in the mid 2000’s to help keep racing alive and well in Central Illinois.

                Tuesday night’s festivities get underway with pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Modified and B-Mod pill draw ending at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be available at the gates at $30 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

                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 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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2016/07/tony-stewart-just-named-grand-marshall-for-lucas-oil-event/

Bloomquist, Davenport, & Others To Take On Pierce Tuesday At Macon

Lucas Oil Late Model Series Drivers Race For $12,000 Top Prize

When it comes to the top names of Super Late Model racing on dirt, many fans think of Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, Jason St Louis U Pic A Part 100Feger, Shannon Babb, and of course, Bobby Pierce.  It doesn’t end there, and it won’t end this Tuesday night at Macon IL Speedway where all of the top names converge to battle for a $12,000 top prize in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The wanted man will likely be Oakwood, IL star Bobby Pierce.  Pierce had another unbelievable Summer Nationals, winning 10 out of the 22 events and claiming the championship in convincing fashion.  One of those wins took place at Mighty Macon Speedway in the Herald & Review 100.  Pierce was dominant on that night, cruising to victory as much as one can cruise at a venue as wild as the 1/5-mile speedplant.  The young wheelman also led a major portion of the Lucas Oil event last year before a flat hurt his chances.

His biggest challenger may be one of the most famous racers in the history of dirt tracks, Scott Bloomquist.  While the veteran driver doesn’t have the best record at Macon Speedway, this year could be a little different as he has been on a roll in 2016.  In addition to leading the standings by 280 over Jonathan Davenport, Bloomquist has won nine events on the ’16 tour, including five of the last eight.  He’s looking for his third championship with the tour but his first since winning back-to-back in 2009-2010.

While we are at it, let’s talk a bit about Jason Feger.  Always a threat no matter where he runs, Feger made a visit this past weekend to dial in his #25 and claim the top prize in the Kerbystrong 100 at Macon.  Feger looked dominant for a while before speedway regular, Guy Taylor, stepped it up a notch and raced by.  Not to be denied, Feger found a little more to reclaim the lead late in the race to go on to an exciting victory.  Interesting to see whether Feger will use any knowledge gained from Saturday to pick up speed and consistency on Tuesday night.

While it’s hard to pinpoint who fans can expect to see at the front of the field when the checkered waves on lap 100, we all know that guys like Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, and of course, the Mowequa Missile, Shannon Babb will be contenders.  Owens claimed the win last year and was followed by Feger, Devin Moran, Babb, and Ryan Unzicker.  Pierce was leading the event before suffering a flat tire on lap 58.

In addition to the Super Late Model class, the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds and UMP B-Mods will be in action, coming off of good events this past weekend.  The B-Mod bounty is up to $100 if someone can beat Tim Hancock in the B-Mod division.  Hancock, who is 9 for 9 this year, must finish the race for the bounty to be claimed.

Tuesday, July 26 pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Mod and B-Mod pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Tickets will be available at the gates for a price of $30 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

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 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.

CURRENT POINTS (TOP 10’s)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Scott Bloomquist 5105 0
2 6 Jonathan Davenport 4825 280
3 777 Jared Landers 4625 480
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard 4560 545
5 39 Tim McCreadie 4435 670
6 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. 4285 820
7 15L Darrell Lanigan 4250 855
8 5 Don O’Neal 4230 875
9 20 Jimmy Owens 4160 945
10 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 4055 1050

 

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes 544 0
2 28 Rodney Standerfer 516 28
3 11 Zach Rhodes 492 52
4 71 Jeff Graham 452 92
5 37 Dave Crawley, Jr 434 110
6 14C Alan Crowder 394 150
7 10A Shawn Vaughn 338 206
8 3 Wade Glover 306 238
9 15L Jim Farley III 248 296
10 28S Joe Strawkas 182 362


UMP B-Mods

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock 540 0
2 23 Ryan Timmons 468 72
3 57R Tom Riech 394 146
4 00s Cody Stillwell 390 150
5 55 Tim Riech 382 158
6 2 Eric Brackett 376 164
7 32 Brett Page 220 320
8 66 Roy Magee 194 346
9 18 Jerry Thompson 144 396
10 0JR Tim Hancock Jr 142 398

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Crawley Leads Stout Field Of Street Stocks To Christian County Fair Wednesday

Racing Takes Center Stage This Wednesday In Taylorville, IL

                Once a year, fans have the opportunity to flock to the races at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville, IL.  That time is almost here, as the Ag Fair begins on Tuesday night and the racecars roll into town on Wednesday, July 27.  It will be the third annual NAPA Triple Header presented by Larry’s Service Center.  UMP Sportsman, Midwest Big Ten UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets are on schedule to thrill CCF Cardsfans, young and old.

Heading into the event, Decatur, IL driver, Dave Crawley, Jr. leads the standings in the Midwest Big Ten Street Stock division.  Crawley, who has had a great season in the Modifieds and Street Stocks, holds a 24 point edge in the Big Ten standings after claiming wins at Lincoln and Macon and finishing second at Jacksonville.  Oreana, IL driver, Kyle Waters is second in the points with a best finish of third at Macon in May.  Terry Reed, Jeremy Nichols, and John Farris are top five competitors in the standings.  $500 and UMP as well as Big Ten points will be on the line.

The Sportsman class will be back in action as well.  Jeremy Nichols, who put on a great show with Dennis Vandermeersch at Macon this past Saturday, has won each of the Sportsman events in Taylorville the last two years.  He will again be the favorite Wednesday night.  Plenty of Taylorville, IL locals are expected to be racing in the Sportsman class for the $500 top prize including Tim Bedinger, Brad Bedinger, Jim Bedinger, Scott Landers, and Ty Nation.

Rounding out the racing action will be the UMP Hornet class.  The Hornet division has seen a bit of a resurgence in 2016, boasting better car counts on a weekly basis this year.  Wednesday night’s race should be a good one with a solid field going for the $200 top prize.  Jeremy Reed has won both of the Hornet events at the fair.  When it comes to Taylorville locals, Ryan Barton and Anthony Elam are among those who local fans may be able to cheer for in the class.

Pits open at 4:00 on Wednesday, July 27, 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 UMP rules will apply for all classes of racing.  For more information, visitwww.trackenterprises.com or www.christiancountyfair.com.  For further details call 217-764-3200.

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Feger Takes Kerbystrong 100 At Macon Speedway 

(Macon, IL) Jason Feger of Bloomington cashed in on the high side of Macon Speedway and the “Highside Hustler” grabbed the checkered flag and the $2,000-to-win paycheck. For Feger, it would be his second biggest win at Macon Speedway behind the 60th Anniversary, 60-lap, $6,000-to-win race he scored in 2005. The race did not look to be his to win as Macon Speedway regular Guy Taylor, who was driving his brother Matt Taylor’s super late model with Kerby Damery’s quarterpanel #10 on the side panel. Taylor took the lead on the 39th lap of the 50-lap race and then Feger got his car hooked back up to the top side and took the point for the final six laps.

Tim Hancock is as hot as a July summer night in central Illinois. His run through the B-Modified class has been historic with nine checkered flags in all nine weeks of racing. Announced a week ago, a bounty would be issued to any B-Mod driver who can top Hancock would be paid $50 per week and with a $50 increment going up every racing week for the division. The second place finisher Cody Stillwell was fairly close to the winner but not close enough to pose a serious threat to the winning streak.

Jeremy Nichols continues his great stretch of racing in the Sportsman class. Last week, Nichols collected the big payday with the Topless 40 and in the 25-lap Kerbystrong event, he took advantage of a mistake by leader Dennis Vandermeersch midway through the race and took the lead as Vandermeersch smacked the front stretch wall. Nichols made it an academic finish with his strong finish. Vandermeersch placed second.

Nichols was totally exhausted at the end of the night as he participated in three straight features, the Sportsman, Street Stocks and Billingsley Towing Modifieds. He would finish the night with three straight top-five finishes and 65 green flag laps raced.

Nick Justice would once again claim victory in the Street Stock class and add to his lead in the season points standings.

Rodney Standerfer got a full head-a-steam on the bottom of the track and ended up winning the Billingsley Towing Modified feature event. Curt Rhodes led the opening 10 laps but on a restart Standerfer cut underneath Rhodes and grabbed hold of the lead and the checkered flag.

Macon Speedway takes a few days off before returning with a monster show on Tuesday the 26th with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series appearance and the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, a 100-lap race with $12,000-to-win for the Late Models. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds and B-Modifieds are also on the race schedule.

Super Late Models–1. Jason Feger (Bloomington), 2. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 3. Brian Diveley (Springfield), 4. Daryn Klein (Fairview Heights), 5. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 6. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville), 7. Justin Reed (Camp Point), 8. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains), 9. Jason Zobrist (Highland), 10. Andrew Barnes (Assumption)

B-Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 3. Tom Riech (Springfield), 4. Clint Young (Ava), 5. Richie Gabriel (Godfrey), 6. Ryan Timmons (Centralia), 7. Tim Riech (Springfield), 8. Eric Brackett (Brighton), 9. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 10. Scott Kuhn

Sportsman–1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 3. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 4. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 5. Troy Medley (Festus, MO), 6. Danny Smith (Argenta), 7. Tom Graham (Stonington), 8. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville)

Street Stocks–1. Nick Justice (Decatur), 2. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 3. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 4. Luke Force (Argenta), 5. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 6. Kaleb Wood (Sullivan), 7. Greg Osman (Bloomington), 8. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 9. Chad Day (Brighton), 10. Shawn Ziemer (Boody)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 2. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 3. Matt Maier (Thomasboro), 4. Wade Glover (Brighton), 5. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 6. Troy Dodson (Hammond), 7. Derrick Carlson (Murrayville), 8. Brian Shubirg (Troy), 9. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 10. Jim Farley III (Springfield)

Hornets–1. Jared Matherly (Decatur), 2. Ryan Cantrell (Decatur), 3. Austin Wickline (Harristown), 4. Rafe McKenna (Pana), 5. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 6. Brad Rexroad (Hammond), 7. Ryan Barton (Taylorville), 8. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 9. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 10. Cook Crawford (Lincoln)

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IT IS RACE DAY! Kerbystrong 100 Tonight!

Tonight is the 2nd Annual KerbyStrong 100. Help join us and KerbyStrong race to win the fight against cancer. In action will be the Midwest Big Ten Series DIRTcar UMP Super Late Models for 50 laps, $2,000 to win and $250 to start, Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing UMP Modifieds 25 laps $700 to win, and UMP Sportsman 25 Laps $600 to win to make up 100 total feature laps in honor of Kerby Damery. Also in action tonight are the always exciting UMP Street Stocks, UMP B-Mods and UMP Hornets.

 

Divisions Racing:
Midwest Big Ten Series UMP Super Late Models 50 laps, $2,000 to win/$250 to start
Billingsley BP Service Center and Towing UMP Modifieds 25 laps, $700 to win
UMP Sportsman 25 laps, $600 to win
UMP B Mods
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets

Times:
Pits 3:00pm
Stands 4:00pm
Pill Draw Ends 5:50pm
Hot Laps 6:00pm
Racing Starts 7:00pm

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

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 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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2016/07/it-is-race-day-kerbystrong-100-tonight/

Best In Late Model Racing Set For Macon IL Speedway

Saturday’s Kerbystrong To Be Followed By Lucas Oil Late Models Tuesday

July is the month of big events at Macon IL Speedway, especially for those in the Super Late Model world.  It all started with the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour on Thursday, July 7 with the Herald & Review 100, when tour champion Bobby Pierce picked up the victory.  It all resumes this coming Saturday, July 23 with the 2nd Annual Kerbystrong and ends on Tuesday, July 26 with the Lucas Oil Late Models in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.

This Saturday’s Kerbystrong 100 will feature 50 laps of Late Model racing for the Midwest Big Ten Late Models, paying $2,000 to win and $250 to start.  A Billingsley Towing UMP Modified 25 lap feature will pay $700 to win and a 25 lap Sportsman feature will be run with a $600 top prize.  Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Hornets will also be in action.

The race is in memory of Kerby Damery, a former Late Model racer at Macon Speedway and surrounding tracks in central Illinois.  The 2004 Late Model track champion passed away in early 2015, after a long battle with cancer.  The event also was put together to raise cancer awareness  and to give hope to cancer patients and educate the community.

Last year’s race saw 34 Super Late Models and strong fields in the other classes as well.  After a back and forth battle with Dave Crawley, Jr., Tonica, IL driver, Scott Schmitt pulled away with the Late Model victory.  Crawley did claim the Modified top prize, while Dennis Vandermeersch took the Sportsman win.

As if Saturday’s action isn’t enough, the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be coming to town just a few days later, on Tuesday, July 26 for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.  The race was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 30 but was canceled due to rain.  The makeup event should be huge, with all of the Lucas Oil stars coming in to compete against locals from the region vying for the $12,000 top prize.  The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds and B-Mods will also be on the card.

Last year, the Lucas Oil event ended with Newport, TN driver, Jimmy Owens, in victory lane.  Bloomington, IL driver, Jason Feger, took second, while Moweaqua, IL’s Shannon Babb took third.  This year’s UMP Summer National champion, Bobby Pierce, led until lap 58 when he had to pit because of a flat tire.  Pierce, coming off of the Herald & Review 100 win earlier this month, will be the favorite to find victory lane this Tuesday.

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be led to town by Scott Bloomquist, who has had an outstanding season thus far.  Bloomquist has built a 200+ point lead on Jonathan Davenport, who has some unreal numbers over the last year.  Jared Landers, central Illinois favorite Brandon Sheppard, and Tim McCreadie round out the top five.  Dennis Erb, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Earl Pearson, Jr. complete the top ten in current Lucas Oil points.

The Saturday, July 23 Kerbystrong 100 event will have pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

On Tuesday, July 26 for the Lucas Oil Late Model event, the times will remain the same with general admission being $30 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

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 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.

CURRENT POINTS (TOP 10’s)

Midwest UMP Big Ten Super Late Models

Pos Driver Points Gap
1 Brian Diveley 288 0
2 Greg Kimmons 260 28
3 McKay Wenger 228 60
4 Chuck Mitchell 224 64
5 Bo Brockway 206 82
6 Mark Burgtorf 138 150
7 Justin Reed 134 154
8 Michael Kloos 132 156
9 Daryn Klein 126 162
10 Gordy Gundaker 124 164


Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Scott Bloomquist 5105 0
2 6 Jonathan Davenport 4825 280
3 777 Jared Landers 4625 480
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard 4560 545
5 39 Tim McCreadie 4435 670
6 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. 4285 820
7 15L Darrell Lanigan 4250 855
8 5 Don O’Neal 4230 875
9 20 Jimmy Owens 4160 945
10 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 4055 1050


Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes 486 0
2 28 Rodney Standerfer 456 30
3 11 Zach Rhodes 452 34
4 37 Dave Crawley, Jr 434 52
5 71 Jeff Graham 418 68
6 14C Alan Crowder 362 124
7 10A Shawn Vaughn 308 178
8 3 Wade Glover 252 234
9 15L Jim Farley III 206 280
10 28S Joe Strawkas 182 304

UMP Sportsman

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 J24 Jeremy Nichols 354 0
2 98 Danny Smith 324 30
3 72 Tom Graham 308 46
4 41 Scott Landers 294 60
5 25 Tim Bedinger 252 102
6 22 Timmy Dick 232 122
7 18 Jerry Myers 144 210
8 93 Ty Nation 136 218
9 21 Brad Bedinger 134 220
10 15 Joe Strawkas 108 246

 

UMP B-Mods

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock 480 0
2 23 Ryan Timmons 418 62
3 57R Tom Riech 338 142
4 55 Tim Riech 334 146
5 00s Cody Stillwell 332 148
6 2 Eric Brackett 330 150
7 32 Brett Page 220 260
8 66 Roy Magee 184 296
9 51 Jamie Riech 122 358
10 14 Tommy Gaither 112 368

UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 36 Nick Justice 636 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 582 54
3 08 Brian Dasenbrock 502 134
4 21R Dustin Reed 416 220
5 45 Luke Force 398 238
6 7 John Bright, Jr. 382 254
7 5 Terry Reed 378 258
8 J24 Jeremy Nichols 376 260
9 3T Kevin Lewis 322 314
10 28 Greg Osman 292 344

UMP Hornets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 1R Tony Reed 528 0
2 J4 Jerad Matherly 472 56
3 64CK Cook Crawford 440 88
4 87 Ryan Cantrell 400 128
5 G3 Mike Gossett 374 154
6 66 Mike McChristy 314 214
7 39M Marty Sullivan 304 224
8 20 Torry Lyons 258 270
9 911 Brad Rexroad 256 272
10 13R Ryan Barton 248 280

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Nichols Dominates Topless 40 at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) For the second year in a row, Lovington’s Jeremy Nichols came out on top in the Sportsman class on a unique night where the division raced with having roofs on their cars. Nichols trailed former track champion Dennis Vandermeersch for only the first few laps but blasted out to the lead on the third lap and cruised to the victory. The race only featured three cautions and was finished in 17 minutes. Vandermeersch would stay strong and finish second. Timmy Dick took third after being sent to the tail of the field after the sixth lap after being involved in a wreck and having a flat tire replaced.

Yogi Berra said it best with the phrase, “It’s deja vu all over again.” For the second straight week at Macon Speedway and third straight Pro Late Model feature race, Guy Taylor of Springfield was side-by-side with his brother Matt Taylor with the checkered flag hanging in the balance. And for the third straight race, Guy Taylor was the one who received the checkered flag. Guy Taylor followed his usual racing by clinging to the bottom of the track and closed in on his brother Matt until he was side-by-side and then when the opportunity was available, Guy inched ahead of Matt and pulled away. Matt Taylor would feel snakebit as he would also lose the second place position to Roben Huffman at the end of the race.

Curt Rhodes from Taylorville has won back-to-back Billingsley Towing Modified features at Macon Speedway and is has the lead on the points. Rhodes started on the pole and was along for the ride with defending track champion Rodney Standerfer when on the sixth lap of the race, Standerfer pulled in with a broken car and it was all over from that point. Curt’s son Zach would take runner up.

Nick Justice, native of Decatur, continues to reign supreme in the Street Stocks division. After winning his heat race and getting a front row starting spot, Justice jumped out the lead and barely needed to look behind him to see if anybody was close by. Terry Reed gave it all he could to stay close to Justice to give himself a chance at the victory circle but it would not happen on this night.  Sportsman winner, Jeremy Nichols, started at the back after heat race problems but raced all the way to the third spot.

Tim Hancock of Mt. Olive is now a perfect 8-for-8 in B-Modified features. Another heat win and another front row start for Hancock led to his 15-lap win. The next time the B-Modifieds are on the schedule and until somebody defeats Hancock (as long as he finishes the race and does not break), there will be a $50 bounty. Each B-Modified racing night, the amount will increase by $50 until the streak can be broken.

Mike Eskew hasn’t had much luck racing at Macon Speedway through his shortened racing career but Saturday night was the Springfield native’s night as he jumped out with the lead and had a strong run to the checkered flag.

Next Saturday night features a huge show of racing six racing classes during the 2nd ever Kerbystrong 100. Three divisions will run 50-lap features as the UMP Super Late Models return to Macon Speedway for a $2000-to-win, $250-to-start, main event. Also, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds race for 50 laps and $700-to-win. The Sportsman return with a 50-lap feature and $600-to-win. The B-Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets also make up the schedule. Three days after the Kerbystrong 100 will be the make-up date for the 3rd Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, part of the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the top prize is $12,000-to-win.

Macon Speedway Rundowns (Top 10’s)

UMP Topless Sportsman 40 – 1. J24-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington]; 2. 25-Dennis Vandermersch[Arlington]; 3. 22-Timmy Dick[Monticello]; 4. 32R-Richie Rich[Pontiac]; 5. 72-Tom Graham[Stonington]; 6. 7P-Dave Smith[Monticello]; 7. B99-Tim Bedinger[Taylorville]; 8. 12M-Terry Myers[Buffalo]; 9. 21-Brad Bedinger[Taylorville]; 10. 15-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo]

UMP Pro Late Models – 1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield]; 2. 33H-Roben Huffman[Midland City]; 3. 24-Matt Taylor[Springfield]; 4. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield]; 5. 147-Matt Beadles[Clinton]; 6. 32M-Cody Maguire[Carlinville]; 7. 7Z-Michael Maestus[Lincoln]; 8. 52R-Jeff Reed, Jr[Blue Mound]

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds – 1. 10-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville]; 2. 11-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville]; 3. 7-Matt Maier[Thomasboro]; 4. 21P-Michael Mennel[Peoria]; 5. 21-Troy Dodson[Hammond]; 6. 16H-Erik Hamilton[Macon]; 7. 3-Wade Glover[Brighton]; 8. 35-Clark Robertson[Shelbyville]; 9. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield]; 10. 71-Jeff Graham[Stonington]

UMP B-Mods – 1. 0-Tim Hancock[Mt. Olive]; 2. 00S-Cody Stillwell[Godfrey]; 3. 2-Eric Brackett[Brighton]; 4. 23-Ryan Timmons[Centralia]; 5. 66-Roy Magee[Springfield]; 6. 51R-Fred Reed[Decatur]; 7. 57R-Tom Riech[Springfield]; 8. 55-Tim Riech[Petersburg]; (DNS) 0X-Tim Hancock Jr

UMP Street Stocks – 1. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur]; 2. 5-Terry Reed[Decatur]; 3. J24-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington]; 4. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta]; 5. 26-Kyle Waters[Oreana]; 6. 52R-Jeff Reed, Jr[Blue Mound]; 7. 45-Luke Force[Argenta]; 8. B5-Ben Medaris[Decatur]; 9. 7-John Bright, Jr.[Long Creek]; 10. 4-Phil Taylor[Illiopolis]

UMP Hornets – 1. 21-Mike Eskew[Springfield]; 2. 35W-Austin Wickline[Harristown]; 3. JJ4-Jerad Matherly[Decatur]; 4. 15C-John Bright, Jr.[Long Creek]; 5. 66-Mike McChristy[Mt. Zion]; 6. 87-Ryan Cantrell[Decatur]; 7. 64CK-Cook Crawford[Lincoln]; 8. 39M-Marty Sullivan[Decatur]; 9. 1R-Tony Reed[Blue Mound]; 10. 911-Brad Rexroad[Hammond]

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