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Apr 20

Macon Speedway Prepares For Big POWRi Weekend

APRIL 25 26 FLYER VF (1)Millstadt, IL – As the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget series gears up for five straight weekends of racing, a test of endurance for even the most experienced teams, the 20 15 championship battle has already begun.

With 830 points, defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion (2013,2014) Zach Daum sits atop the charts with a comfortable 110 point margin heading into the double header weekend for Jacksonville Speedway and Macon Speedway.   Darren Hagen holds 720 points in second and Andrew Felker rounds out the top three, currently with 690 points.  With all three competitors extremely strong at both the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway and the high-banked 1/5th mile bullring “Mighty” Macon Speedway, spectators will be sure to view excellent shows.

With only the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series season opener at Belle-Clair Speedway in the books, the 2015 championship is still up for grabs.  Currently in the lead with 300 points after winning the Belle-Clair event, Dereck King carries his wealth of experience, including 3 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Championships (2007,2008,2009) and being the all-time win leader with 25 victories, into this weekend driving the Josh Kilgore-owned, FTZ-powered BOSS Chassis.  Sitting in second place with 290 points after coming up a few feet short at Belle-Clair, Aaron Andruskevitch couldn’t feel more comfortable as the series invades the Riverton, IL native’s home tracks.  Currently in third place, Ayrton Gennetten holds 280 points in the Ozark Barge & Docking Service, Suzuki-powered Pace Chassis.  Be on the lookout for the defending POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Champion (2013,2014), Nathan Benson who looks to rebound after suffering a devastating engine failure while leading the season opener at Belle-Clair.

Both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros are scheduled to run at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, April 24th.  The ¼ mile high-banked oval hosted two POWRi events in 2014.  Bryan Clauson and Christopher Bell each took midget feature wins while Aaron Andruskevitch and Joe B. Miller brought home micro feature wins at Jacksonville Speedway last year.  The April 24th event will be the first of four times that POWRi will visit the Jacksonville, IL track during the 2015 season.

Following Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway, both the midgets and micros will visit Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, April 25th.  Macon Speedway will host 6 events throughout the 2015 season dishing spectators a full plate of open wheel racing with slide jobs galore.  In midget competition, Zach Daum and Bryan Clauson each came out on top in 2014.  In the micros, Devin Feger and Nathan Benson claimed feature wins at the track in 2014.

Current 2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Point Standings (Top 10):  1. Zach Daum (830) 2. Darren Hagen (720) 3. Andrew Felker (690) 4. Austin Brown (610) 5. Christopher Bell (600) 6. Spencer Bayston (570) 7. Kyle Schuett (570) 8. Daniel Robinson (520) 9. Tanner Thorson (510) 10. Kevin Thomas Jr        (500)

Current 2015 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Point Standings (Top 10):  1.  Dereck King (300) 2. Aaron Andruskevitch (290) 3. Ayrton Gennetten            (280) 4. Kurt Westerfield (270) 5. Shelby Bosie (240) 6. Chad Elliott (230) 7. Jeremy Camp (210) 8. Joey Wirth (200) 9. Slater Helt (190) 10. Carlee Gress (180)

Information on pit gate, driver sign in, and drivers meeting can be found under SCHEDULE – MORE INFO for your division (Midgets / Micros).  Printable schedules, rules, contingencies, and payouts can be found under the DOWNLOADS link located at the top of POWRi web site.  If you are going to be late for pill draw, please contact Lindsey Schuett at 618-975-8554 to have a pill drawn for your starting position.

For Macon Speedway info, visit maconracing.com.

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Apr 19

Exciting Opening Night Complete At Macon Speedway

The start-of the 2015 racing season at Macon Speedway featured top notch racing with side-by-side action and furious finishes.

The first feature of the season saw Timmy Dick hold off Jeremy Nichols for the 15-lap victory. Nichols tried everything from lane switches to slide jobs but could not get or hold the lead as the crowd went into a frenzy.

Defending Street Stock champion Bobby Beiler picked up where he left off as he made short work of the 20-lap feature and first event in the Big Ten Street Stock Series. The battle was for second as Terry Reed and Nick Justice beat and banged and on the backstretch of the final lap, Justice lost a wheel and spun into the infield, unable to finish.

The broom was out in the Pro Late Model division as Tommy Sheppard, Jr. won the dash, heat and feature race. Matt Taylor was the overall fast qualifier and finished second to Sheppard in each race.

In the Billingsley Towing Modified division, TD Burger drove from an hour south of Chicago to race and win at historic Macon Speedway, and that is exactly what he did. Not even Macon Speedway co-owner and NASCAR star Ken Schrader could stop him. Burger was quick on the high groove and kept the lead despite Schrader and Rodney Standerfer coming from the bottom.

A big group of 4-cylinder Hornets competed for the checkered flag but nobody was as fast as former National Champion Adam Webb. Webb cruised to the victory circle and got his 2015 started off right at Macon Speedway.

Big shows finish off April at Macon Speedway as the POWRi Midgets and The Beach House Micro Sprints headline the program next Saturday, along with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets. A special Thursday night show ends April with the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, a 100-lap extravaganza for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series.

Results For Macon Speedway

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds
Feature – 1)TD Burger-Saunemin, IL 2)Ken Schrader-Fenton, MO 3)Rodney Standerfer-Germantown, IL 4)Rick Hamilton-Decatur, IL 5)Zach Rhodes-Taylorville, IL 6)Jeff Graham-Stonington, IL 7)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 8)Clark Robertson-Shelbyville, IL 9)Randy Spaugh-Decatur, IL 10)Joe Strawkas-Buffalo, IL DNS)Nick Macklin-Argenta, IL DNS)Zach Bunning-Decatur, IL

UMP Pro Late Models
Feature – 1) Tommy Sheppard, Jr.-Berlin, IL 2)Matt Taylor-Springfield, IL 3)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 4)Braden Johnson-Stonington, IL 5)Kevin Crowder-Argenta, IL 6)Victor Overlin-Decatur, IL

Big Ten Series UMP Street Stocks
Feature – 1)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 2)Terry Reed-Decatur, IL 3)Brian Dasebrock-Decatur, IL 4)Greg Osman-Macon, IL 5)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 6)Kyle Waters-Oreana, IL 7)Luke Force-Argenta, IL 8)Ben Medaris-Decatur, IL 9)Nick Justice-Harristown, IL 10)Jeffery Reed, Jr.-Blue Mound, IL 11)Toby Kreher-Lovington, IL 12)Brandon Dick-Decatur, IL 13)Tharen Reno-Springfield, IL 14)Jason Scrimpsher-Decatur, IL 15)Ronnie Burns-Cerro Gordo, IL 16)Dillon Justice-Harristown, IL

UMP Sportsman
Feature – 1)Timmy Dick-Monticello, IL 2)Jeremy Nichols-Shelbyville, IL 3)Doug Nevill-Springfield, IL 4)Danny Smith-Argenta, IL 5)Tom Graham-Stonington, IL 6)Tim Bedinger-Taylorville, IL 7)Ty Nation-Taylorville, IL 8)Tyler Blankenship-Vandalia, IL 9)Phil Moreland-Assumption, IL

UMP Hornets
Feature – 1)Adam Webb-Decatur, IL 2)Thad Gee-Bloomington, IL 3)John Bright, Jr.-Decatur, IL 4)Garrett Lewis-Decatur, IL 5)Steven Stine-Stonington, IL 6)Austin Wickline-Harristown, IL 7)Michael Gossett-Decatur, IL 8)Matthew Reed-Blue Mound, IL 9)Matt Boggs-Unknown, IL 10)Matthew Cottrill-Riverton, IL 11)Gary Tooker-Mahomet, IL 12)Mike McChristy-Mt. Zion, IL 13)Terry Myers-Springfield, IL 14)John Lewis-Decatur, IL 15)Brandon Buatte-Mulberry Grove, IL 16)Ben McChristy-Mt. Zion, IL 17)Marty Sullivan-Decatur, IL

 

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Apr 14

Excitement Builds For 70th Season At Macon Speedway

The 70th anniversary racing season at historic Macon (IL) Speedway is set to go green this coming Saturday, April 18.  Fans will be treated to season opening “Spring Fling” action in the Pro Late Models, the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Hornets.

2015 will mark the first season in which the Pro Late Models will be a regular class at thePLM bullring.  Running just a couple of times a year ago, the class had solid car counts and great racing.  Many are looking forward to seeing what the class brings to the table this year, as many drivers from the area are building rides to compete in the newly formed division.  The Pro Late Model class is inviting to drivers, due to its more affordable cost to be competitive.  A large number of rookies will be competing and many will be looking for beginner’s luck Saturday night.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds are back for another exciting season at Macon.  One year ago, 72 different Modified competitors graced the Macon oval with Springfield, IL driver, Guy Taylor claiming the 2014 crown.  The Billingsley Towing Modified class is a staple at the track, running 25 times this season, the most of any class.

Sportsman                The Sportsman class, a part-time division, will get a chance to race about once a month this year, and the first is this Saturday night.  Argenta, IL driver, Nick Macklin, who has now moved into the Modifieds, claimed last year’s UMP Sportsman championship by 46 points over Doug Nevill.  This year, it will be all about making the most of the limited opportunities, with six races scheduled throughout the season.

The Street Stock division should be action packed for the opener, as well.  Not only is it race #1 during a 24 raceSS campaign for the track, but it is also the first event in the Big Ten Series for the Street Stocks.  Five of the ten races will be held at Macon, with other events at Jacksonville, Lincoln, Quincy, and Taylorville.  50 different Street Stock drivers were on track at Macon in 2014 and many of those will be back this Saturday for the opener.

Rounding out Saturday’s slate of racing will be the Hornet class.  Last year, between the Amateur Hornets and Outlaw Hornets, nearly 90 competitors raced at one point or another.  This year, the divisions are scheduled to be combined for time purposes with all of the classes scheduled to run in 2015.

In addition to the thrilling racing action, Macon Speedway’s opener will have a Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photo & Autograph Session and a CEFCU Kid’s Club night.

Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 4:00, with grandstands at 5:00, and racing action takes the green at 7:00.  Adult admission is $12, while children 11 and under get in free.  Pit admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information on racing at Macon Speedway, visit the website at maconracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/maconracing and on Twitter @maconspeedway.

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Mar 29

Drivers Brave Cold For Macon Speedway Test & Tune

IMG_0605(Macon, IL – March 29, 2015) Despite a period of light rainfall, cloudy skies, and temperatures in the 40’s, nearly 30 teams came out for the first on-track action at Macon Speedway, this past Sunday, March 29.

A number of fans, checking out the action, got to see some pretty good on track runs from a handful of Pro Late Models in attendance.  Mini Sprints, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Outlaw Hornets were also represented.IMG_0597

One more open practice is scheduled for Saturday, April 4. Pits open at 11:00 with practice from 12:00-4:00. All divisions are welcome.

The 2015 8th Annual Spring Fling Season Opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

For full info, visit maconracing.com.

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Mar 23

Music City Next ARCA Adventure For The ‘Sargent’

Special From ARCA…

(TOLEDO, Ohio – March 23, 2015) – Track Enterprises CEO/President Bob Sargent usually hustles through the ARCA garage with two or three radios in his hand, talking on one, listening on the other. ARCA officials could be in one ear with his track prep guys in the other…possibly safety crews on another channel. His cell phone is usually ringing too. He probably didn’t get much sleep the night before.

Such is the life of a race event/track promoter with a lot on his plate. Case in point: the weekend of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

“It’s all about preparation and getting ahead of it,” Sargent said. “On Friday night, weekend of Springfield, we put on the POWRi Midget race in Lincoln (Ill.). Saturday, it’s at the track (Illinois State Fairgrounds) at 5:00 a.m. for the Silver Crown race. We leave Springfield at approximately 5:00 (p.m.) and hustle over to Macon (Speedway) for the POWRi Midget show. Back to Springfield at 4:00 a.m. Sunday for the ARCA race.”

Reading between the lines, there’s not a lot of sleep in the aforementioned equation…sometimes, none.
Bob Sargent candid at Springfield“That part (sleep) doesn’t really bother me. I don’t think about it. I have the attitude of whatever it takes to put on a great event, and take a lot of satisfaction when it all comes together like it should. It’s my competitiveness, similar to a driver’s. I want to win, and winning for me means a full grandstands and putting on good races for the spectators…it drives me more than money. I know people may have a hard time believing that, but putting on a good show for the people who buy the tickets is what drives me.”

For Sargent, the drive goes way back to his high school and college football days. Born and raised in Macon, Illinois – he still lives there – Sargent played football all the way through high school, and well enough to get a full scholarship to Southeast Missouri State where he was a first-string outside linebacker, ready and willing to mow down any poor soul who breached his territory.

“During my senior year, I was trying to decide if I was going to pursue a pro NFL football career or head in some other direction. I went to the owner of Macon Speedway – I had already been working there in the summers since I was 14 – to see if I could work out a deal to lease out the beer sales for the summer; then go play football. He said, ‘No…why don’t you take the whole thing?’ I was 20 years old. I did a lease-deal with him the first year; then I went and bought it. I’ve had it since I was 20…I’ve been in this business for over 30 years now. That’s a long time in this industry.”

Despite taking on Macon Speedway barely beyond his teenage years, he also returned to Southeast Missouri State to finish his education, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management.

In addition to promoting races at Macon Speedway and Paducah Int’l Raceway for decades, Sargent, on this particular day, had his hands full with track preparations at the Terre Haute Action Track, which he also manages. This year alone, he will also promote both ARCA races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, the race at Lucas Oil Raceway, and the next event on tour – the Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Saturday, April 11.

“I’m extremely excited about the ARCA race at Nashville. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with ARCA at several great venues (Sargent has promoted the ARCA races at Springfield and DuQuoin for 21 years), and this one coming up in Nashville is just going to add to that. This has all the ingredients for an annual, successful event…the history of the track…the facility is beautifully laid out…everything about this event is right. It’s a great venue for the race teams. Nashville is a growing, booming community…I’m really excited about this one.”

Looking into the crystal ball, Sargent feels like he’s got a lot to be excited about.

“I see a lot of bright spots in this industry that we weren’t seeing so much over the last five years…through the tough times. But I’m looking forward to the future. I believe we’re heading into a growth period for a very long time.”

Looking back, Sargent has no regrets regarding the direction he ultimately took.

“I don’t regret it at all. If I would have stayed with football, I think I could have given them a run for their money. I might have been an inch too short and a step too slow, but I believe I could have made it had I chosen that route. A good buddy of mine, who played at my level…I’d say we were equal in ability…he went on to play for the Jets for years, but, at the time, I had my reasons for going the direction I took.”Springfield Mile Dirt grid shot

No matter the direction Sargent went, or goes, success is sure to follow. The 2015 season will mark his 22nd second year promoting State Fair race events at Springfield and DuQuoin.

“I actually went to the State Fair board to see about promoting races there. I had already brought a late model show on my own, and Bill Oldani (previous promoter) was getting ready to retire, so the board asked me if I wanted to do it all, so I did. “

In addition to promoting weekly racing at Macon and Paducah, which he now co-owns in combination with Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Kenny Wallace, he’s promoted, at one time or another, race events with ARCA, IMCA, NASCAR, World of Outlaws, Monster Trucks, AMA Motorcycles and more. And no matter what one promotes, based on the ups and downs of the economy, weather and any number of outside, uncontrollable mitigating factors, there is plenty of risk that goes with the territory.

“I don’t worry about the risk. If there’s a way to gauge it, I’m not sure what that is anyway. I don’t feel any part of risk in my make-up. My strategy is to work as hard as I can at each event, and let it fall where it does. I don’t get nervous over it…I don’t lay awake at night worrying about it. I really think it comes back to my competitive nature. It doesn’t bother me.

Bob Sargent candid at DuQuoin“I’m very fortunate. I’ve had a lot of great help and I’ve had a lot of support from a lot of friends and family. I’m fortunate to have some great friends in the industry…NASCAR, ARCA…I consider it all part of a family. I’ve got some really good people in place. I feel like we’re very well prepared. That’s the key to any good organization – having good people everywhere. Organization and time management…that’s what it’s all about.”

Sargent sees no retirement in his near future.

“I don’t see that retirement light coming. I have no plans for an end to this. The only light I’m seeing are bright spots in the economy and what I think is coming. I can’t say we’re ever going to get back to like it was in its heyday…back in the 80’s, but I like the signs I’m seeing. I’m always looking for the next event. I’m associated with way too many good people in this industry to ever give it up. I don’t know what else I’d do.”

Sargent is a longtime friend and business partner of racing legend Ken Schrader.

“We (Sargent and Schrader) probably talk every day, sometimes a couple times a day. We’re fortunate that we have a lot of things in common. He’s raced about everything there is to race, and it seems like I’ve promoted just about everything…at this level. We have so many disciplines to talk about in this sport. We’re both involved now with so many aspects of the industry. And now that he’s on the promoting side of it, we can talk about the business side too.”

By Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

Nashville ARCA 200 next
On-track activities for the 24th Nashville ARCA 200 begin Saturday, April 11 with the first practice session from 12:15-1:00 p.m., followed by the second and final practice session from 1:45-2:30. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will take place at 5:00 Saturday afternoon. The Nashville ARCA 200 is set to start at 8:00.

Southern Super Series late models to join ARCA
Raceday will also include the Southern Super Series as a companion race to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The addition of the super late model tour adds a 100-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco race at 6:00 before the ARCA cars and stars take center stage for the grand finale.

For more on the Nashville ARCA 200, visit FairgroundsSpeedwayNashville.com or TrackEnterprises.com.

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Jul 17

Kid’s Castle Learning Center, 95Q Firecracker 40’s and FIREWORKS this Saturday, July 20

 (Macon, IL) Macon Speedway welcomes Kid’s Castle Learning Center and 95Q this Saturday, July 20, for the makeup race from June 29 as part of an action-packed night of racing for all of our 6 regular weekly UMP divisions with a special focus on the Midwest Big Ten UMP Late Models Series and UMP Billingsley Towing Modifieds in the Firecracker 40’s. There will be a 40-lap feature for both the Late Models & Billingsley Towing Modified divisions that evening; and if two huge features were not enough – the fans at Macon Speedway will be treated to a huge fireworks display! Sun Drop Citrus Soda will also be passing out samples of their product that night to all fans.
Macon Speedway will also be hosting the annual Drivers Reunion Saturday. All past drivers of all ages will be honored and recognized at intermission. Macon Speedway is a fan favorite race track with many fans coming to the acclaimed track since early childhood.  The current owners of Macon Speedway; Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Bob Sargent are all very excited about this event and  hope to continue to make this Driver Reunion a yearly event where we can honor the drivers of the past who have made Macon Speedway what it is today.
The Midwest Big Ten UMP Late Models Series will be racing for $1,200 to win. The UMP Late Model driver Matt Taylor has a four-point lead over Steve Sheppard, Jr. in his #5s Late Model. The UMP Modified division will be racing for $600 to win. The UMP Modified division is led by Danny Smith, followed by Jeff Graham, Guy Taylor and Joe Strawkas in the point standings.
Macon Speedway provides a thrilling combination of edge-of-your-seat racing action, fun and exciting promotions, and wholesome family entertainment each and every Saturday night.  With Kid’s Castle Learning Center, 95Q and the Firecracker 40’s, this Saturday will be no exception. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Macon Speedway!
Also racing July 20 will be UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sportsman, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets. With the season half way over, it’s becoming a tight point race in each division.
NASCAR star and co-owner of Macon Speedway, Tony Stewart will return on July 27 to compete in the MOWA Sprint races! Also racing that night will be Billingsley Towing  UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and 600cc mini sprints.
Gates open Saturday at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m.
Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then 1/2 mile west on Andrews Street, then South on Wiles.
For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com  or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 Race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.

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Jul 14

Hornets Get Top Billing at Macon Speedway Saturday Night, July 13

By Brett Zerfowski

(Macon, IL) In the shamacon_logodows of an exciting 33rd Annual Herald & Review 100 UMP Super Late Model showdown, the Outlaw Hornets got the chance to showcase their talents with a double feature night at the 1/5th mile dirt track.

Former Hornet champion Adam Webb claimed the first of the two features for the Outlaw Hornets, starting from the pole and leading all laps. He was followed by Brian Deavers and 2012 Pro Hornet champion Jeremy Reed. The victory was Webb was very somber as he lost a family member earlier in the week and dedicated the race and the trophy to him.

The second feature started with the top six cars of the first feature being inverted (sixth place finisher was the pole sitter and the winner started third row outside). That aided for Elden Hemken, who made his first trip to Macon Speedway, and won the second trophy.

Jeremy Nichols of Shelbyville led wire-to-wire for the full 15 laps of the Street Stock feature. He started on the pole and used the high groove as he has done plenty of time before. Nichols blew through the competition and lapped traffic to come out with the checkered flag. He was followed by Mike Pickering, Mike Pundt, Jr., Gene Reed and Terry Reed.

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature event was full of excitement as former champion Danny Smith of Argenta came away victorious. On the white flag lap, Smith got tangled with a lapped car and led to his driver side sheet metal to become mangled. He was worrisome that the car may have broke but did come away with minimal damage and finished the race. He took the lead away from Joe Strawkas midway through the 20-lap event. Strawkas would finish second. Guy Taylor had a rotten heat race and ended up starting dead last of the 16-car field and stormed towards the front and finished third, clipping Eric Hamilton at the finish. Cory Daugherty managed to take fifth.

Dave Crawley, Jr. made it two in a row in the Sportsman division with a 15-lap victory. Last week was a tough one for Crawley, who raced 40 laps without power steering and managed to win despite the handicap. Saturday night was much easier with power steering available to his racecar. Mike Pickering netted a second-place finish, DJ Smith in third with Rick Roedel and Nick Macklin finishing out the top five.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Mini Sprints to the track once again with a feature win from Garrett Duff. Started fourth position, Duff breezed by the front row and won the 20-lap feature race. Kyle Schuett was second with Clayton Duff in third.

The final race of the evening was the Stock Hornets and it was won by Matthew Reed, who also claimed a heat for the sweep. With his grandfather passing away earlier in the week, and with tears filling his eyes, Reed dedicated the victory to him saying the Reeds wouldn’t be racing if it was not for him.

Nearly 100 cars were in the pits for the night of racing which saw seven feature races. Macon Speedway will prepare to host the make-up of the 95Q Firecracker 40s next week with 40-lap features for the Big Ten Late Models and the Billingsley Towing Modifieds. Also, a huge fireworks display with light up the sky. In two weeks, it’s the return of co-owner Tony Stewart as he will compete in a MOWA Sprint during the annual double header night with MOWA Sprints and Big Ten Late Models.

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Jul 11

UMP Summer Nationals “The Hell Tour” invades Macon Speedway tonight!

Wednesday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals & Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Events Rained Out at Terre Haute

 

The two series return to action Thursday night at Macon Speedway

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — July 10, 2013 — Rain has forced DIRTcar Racing and Terre Haute Action Track officials to cancel Wednesday’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals events.

 

Next up, the six-week summer series moves to Macon (Ill.) Speedway for Thursday night’s popular Herald & Review 100 for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour in addition to an exciting DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals event. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing action begins at 7 p.m.

 

The championship points battles have tightened in each series. Brandon Sheppard leads the Summer Nationals Hell Tour by 50 points over Shannon Babb, with Bobby Pierce and Ryan Unzicker only 11 points behind Babb. Rusty Griffaw leads the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals standings by 29 points over Mike Harrison, with Jeff Curl only 23 points behind Harrison.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1. B5 Brandon Sheppard 1,175
2. 18 Shannon Babb 1,125
3. 32 Bobby Pierce 1,114
4. 24 Ryan Unzicker 1,114
5. 20 Dustin Griffin 818
6. 81 Randy Korte 808
7. 77 Jason McBride 805
8. 11 Tyler Reddick 791
9. B12 Kevin Weaver 726
10. 48 Tim Lance 527

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Top 10

Pos. Car Name Points
1. 16 Rusty Griffaw 452
2. 24 Mike Harrison 423
3. C12 Jeff Curl 400
4. 32 Donovan Lodge 393
5. 77 Ray Bollinger 379
6. 36 Kenny Wallace 375
7. 3l Jeff Leka 373
8. O5 Dave Wietholder 357
9. 8 Levi Kissinger 339
10. 41 Matt Goulden 327

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Jul 09

Miles Chevrolet Night with Christmas in July’s Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive Saturday, July 13

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(Macon, IL) July is heating up, but Macon Speedway and Miles Chevrolet will be cooling things down on Saturday, July 13 with Christmas in July Night – our annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive! Anyone who brings a toy to donate to the drive will get $2 off their gate admission price! Prairieland A.B.A.T.E. will be collecting the toys to donate and distribute them to area charities to make a child’s Christmas day special.

We will also have a full schedule of racing with Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsman, UMP Street Stocks, UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and 600cc Mini Sprints. There will be a double feature for the UMP 4-cyl. Outlaw Hornets. Double the excitement! With the racing season half over, the competition for division champions is heating up!

Adult tickets will cost $12 and children 11 & under are free. Pit gates open at 4 pm; grandstands open at 5pm with the racing action starting at 7 pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, July 20 is Kid’s Castle Night, Hall of Fame Driver Reunion Night along with the makeup date for the 95Q Firecracker 40’s AND FIREWORKS! The Midwest Big Ten Late Model Series will also be returning that night.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles.  For more information, call 217-764-3000(track), 217-764-3220(information hotline), or contact us via email at track@trackenterprises.com.  Also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.

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Jul 08

33rd Annual Herald & Review 100 & UMP Summer Nationals Thursday, July 11

33rd Annual Hehr100rald & Review 100 and UMP Summer Nationals set to invade Macon Speedway Thursday, July 11 along with NASCAR star Kenny Wallace 

(Macon, IL) One of the most exciting races on the Summer Nationals tour will be held at the “world’s fastest 1/5 mile dirt track” –  Macon Speedway – this Thursday night, July 11st. The Herald & Review 100 is an annual event that draws the top names from around the region to compete for the winner’s share of one of the season’s largest purses. Owner of Macon Speedway, Bob Sargent, believes this Thursday’s running of the Herald & Review 100 will provide fans with some of the best action ever seen at the historic facility.

This event will mark stop 24 in the 30-date Summer Nationals Late Model “The Hell Tour”. The Summer SumNat_thumbNationals tour pays over three-quarters of a million dollars in prize money with Thursday night’s winner taking home $5000 for their win. The UMP Summer Nationals tour has quickly become one of the most anticipated dirt Late Model tours in the nation that attracts talented drivers like Dennis Erb, Randy Korte, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Kevin Weaver, Billy Moyer and Shannon Babb.  The leader of the Summer Nationals tour as of June 30, 2013 is Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL. Last year’s winner of the Macon Speedway Summer Nationals was Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL.

The Herald & Review 100 came about as a sponsor was needed for a big race that was to become a summertime staple at Macon Speedway. Local promoter and previous track owner Wayne Webb succeeded in convincing the Herald & Review newspaper to put up part of the money to sponsor the race. The first incarnation of the race saw a record crowd attend to watch local favorite Butch Garner take the first checkered flag. To date Bob Pierce of Oakwood, IL and Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, IL are only 4-time winners of this race. Only one father-son pair have won the race, that being Dick (1988) and Matt (2000) Taylor of Springfield, IL. Macon Speedway’s second generation drivers (drivers whose fathers have raced there) have won the race 4 times. Joe Ross Jr. (twice), Matt Taylor, and Shannon Babb are on that list.

The 2013 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also be racing that night including the Billingsley TowingSummit_Mod_Nat_Logo_2013 Modifieds – all running for the $1,000 first place prize. NASCAR star and Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace will also be racing in the series. Jeff Curl of Forrest, IL is in the lead of the point standings as of July 3. Ray Bollinger is one point behind with Kenny Wallace in third place in the series.

Thursday night will be a big night of racing with a lot of excitement for both Late Model and Modified racing fans.

Adult tickets will cost $25 and children 11 & under are $5. Pit gates open at 4 pm; grandstands open at 5pm with the racing action starting at 7 pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Herald & Review 100 is just one of many races still on the action packed July schedule. On July 13 join us for Christmas in July – Christmas for Kids Toy Drive presented by Miles Chevrolet.  Saturday, July 20 will be Kid’s Castle Night with the makeup for the 95Q Firecracker 40’s and FIREWORKS!

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles.  For more information, call 217-764-3000(track), 217-764-3220(information hotline), or contact us via email at track@trackenterprises.com.  Also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.

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