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May 02

Five New Winners Grace Macon Victory Lane

(Macon, IL)-Another exciting night of racing is in the history books of the 70th season of stock car racing at Macon Speedway. Late passing and fast racing led to great feature-race finishes with six divisions going for the checkered flag.

Myles Moos of Hartsburg made a late-race pass to take the Pro Late Model feature from Tommy Sheppard, Jr. The pass came following a caution with Sheppard holding the lead strongly until the yellow flag came out. Moos took to the bottom and edged Sheppard for the final laps and the win.

Former champion reigned supreme in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds as Rodney Standerfer was glued to the bottom of the 1/5th mile dirt oval and fought off Dave Crawley, Jr.’s rush to the lead. Jeff Graham had a strong third-place finish, stopping TD Burger and Ethan Schnapp from moving up in the field.

Bobby Beiler was also stuck to the bottom of the track and won the Big Ten Series Street Stock race. He was able to grab the lead early and hold on as Terry Reed and Kyle Waters were closing in on the top spot. Brian Dasenbrock would finish ahead of Steve Ewing.

Jeremy Reed was the strongest Hornet of the night as he and racing buddy Adam Webb traded the lead early but Reed’s 4-cylinder was just too much and went on to grab the checkered flag.

Two races that went quickly due to zero cautions were the B-Mod and Beach House Micro Sprint features. Four cars raced closely for the lead but Wade Glover came out on top with Tom Riech and Jim Farley III finishing behind. Jeremy Camp made quick and easy work of the Beach House Micro Sprint field, leading all 20 laps and finished the race leading by half-a-lap.

In the return of the Bud Light Ladies Night series, Rocco’s Bar was featured and Jennifer Cramer stepped on the gas and claimed the victory and a spot in the Championship Race later in the season.

Pro Late Models–1. Myles Moos (Hartsburg), 2. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 3. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 4. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 5. Dakota Ewing (Decatur), 6. Braden Johnson (Moweaqua), 7. Victor Overlin (Decatur), 8. Steve Ewing (Decatur), 9. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 10. Matt Beadles (Clinton)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown Hills), 2. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 3. Jeff Graham (Taylorville), 4. TD Burger (Saunemin), 5. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 6. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 7. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 8. Randy Spaugh (Decatur), 9. Rick Hamilton (Decatur), 10. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville)

Street Stocks–1. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 2. Terry Reed (Decatur), 3. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 4. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 5. Steve Ewing (Decatur), 6. Luke Force (Argenta), 7. Greg Osman (Macon), 8. Toby Kreher (Lovington), 9. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 10. Tharen Reno (Springfield)

Hornets–1. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 2. Adam Webb (Decatur), 3. Brad Rexroad (Hammond), 4. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 5. Garrett Lewis (Decatur), 6. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 7. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 8. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 9. Steven Stine (Stonington), 10. Matthew Cottrill (Riverton)

B-Mods–1. Wade Glover (Brighton), 2. Tom Riech (Springfield), 3. Jim Farley III (Springfield), 4. Eric Brackett (Brighton), 5. Ryan Timmons (Centralia)

Beach House Micro Sprints–1. Jeremy Camp (Blue Mound), 2. Brad McDaniel (Carbondale), 3. Ryan Frantz (Arthur), 4. Gabe Verardi (Taylorville), 5. Michael Bustamante (Taylorville)

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May 01

Owens Claims St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

Owens Victory LaneMACON – Jimmy Owens made himself right at home Thursday at legendary Macon Speedway in the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for Lucas Oil Late Models.

The Newport, Tenn., driver held off challenges from a pack of drivers who have plenty of experience around the Macon Speedway high-banked fifth-mile oval. So much for the guys protecting the home soil.

Owens took the checkered flag in the 100-lapper and the $12,000 check as the nation’s top late model dirt series made its second appearance at the historic oval. Owens, a three-time Lucas Oil Series national champion, added a win at Macon to a list that also has World 100 and Eldora Dream 100 victories by staying in front of the pack despite seven restarts. When they took the green flag, the pace was furious.

“It doesn’t take too long here, especially if we get the cautions out of the way,’’ Owens said.

Owens reached victory lane despite challenges from Jason Feger, the Bloomington driver who finished second. Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, was fourth ahead of Ryan Unzicker, of El Paso. Devin Moran, of Dresden, Ohio, placed third.

At one point, Babb, Feger and Unzicker – who have plenty of laps around Macon Speedway – were lined up behind Owens. Owens took the lead on lap 58 when race leader Bobby Pierce Jr. and second place Billy Moyer pitted during a caution because of flat tires.

“I seen that,’’ Owens said. “I hate it for them guys. We had a pretty good car. We were biding our time. Lapped cars are always an issue here.

“I was able to save my tires for the end. We were able to cruise a bit and keep the car underneath us.’’

The star-studded field featured a million worth of machinery and the top 15 drivers in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, including Moyer, the Hall of Famer Moyer from Batesville, Ark., who set a Macon Speedway track record on a cool night with a lap of 10.228 seconds around the fifth-mile high-banked track.

In the UMP modified feature, Cory Daugherty, of Blue Mound, held off a powerful field to lead all 25 laps from the pole position for the victory and the $1,000 paycheck. His biggest competition came from Kenny Wallace, the NASCAR personality and Macon Speedway co-owner.

Wallace started second, fell back after an early hiccup and charged back through the field to keep Daugherty honest.

Chris Bolyard of Girard, took home the victory in the B-Mod feature.

Macon Speedway will be back for another action packed night this coming Saturday, May 2 with Bud Light Ladies night.  All ladies receive 1/2 off admission, meaning tickets are just $6 each.  6 divisions of action will be there.  Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Big 10 Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros will be in action.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, general admission gates at 5:00, and racing action at 7:00.

For more info, visit maconracing.com.

ST. LOUIS U-PIC-A-PART 100

  1. Jimmy Owens (Newport, Tenn.), 2. Jason Feger (Bloomington), 3. Devin Moran (Dresden, Ohio), 4. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua), 5. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso), 6. Chris Brown (Spring, Texas), 7. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin), 8. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood), 9. Don O’Neal (Martinsville, Ind.), 10. Eddie Carrier Jr. (Salt Rock, W.V.), 11. Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, Ga.), 12. Greg Kimmons (Springfield), 13. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, Tenn.), 14. Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, Fla.), 15. Denis Erb Jr. (Carpentersville), 16. Steve Francis (Ashland, Ky.), 17. Mike Benedum, 18. Jared Landers, 19. Kevin Weaver (Gibson City), 20. Levi Kissinger, 21. Billy Moyer (Batesville, Ark.), 22. Ryan Little (Springfield), 23. Daryn Klein, 24. Jake Little, 25. Terry Babb (Decatur).

UMP Modifieds

  1. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 2. Keny Wallace (Herman, Mo.), 3. David Crawley Jr. (Decatur), 4. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, Mo). 5. Randy Shuman (Danville), 6. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 7. Chad Evans (Mattoon), 8. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 9. Jeff Ray, 10. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 11. Jeff Graham (Stonington). 12. Rick Weitkamp (Springfield), 13. Jeremy Conaway, Springfield), 14. Shawn Vaughn (Loami), 15. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 16. Rodney Spaugh (Decatur), 17. TD Burger (Saunemin), 18. Rick Hamilton (Decatur), 19. Clark Rovertson (Shelbyville), 20. David Brandenburg, 21. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo), 22. Curt Rhodes (Langleyville), 23. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville).

UMP B-Mods

  1. Chris Bolyard (Girard), 2. Justin Dubin (Mulberry Grove), 3. Jim Lafferty (Carlinville), 4. Wade Glover (Brighton). 5, Steve Phillips (Neogoa), 6. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 7. Doug Tye (Troy), 8. Mitch Ringler, 9. Deave Eckel (Lovington), 10. B.J. Deal, 11. Thomas Riech (Springfield), 12. Eric Brackett (Brighton), 13. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 14. Terry Reed (Decatur), 15. James Farley (Springfield).

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Apr 29

Late Model Stars Set For Thursday At Macon Speedway

PiercePromoAfter a rainout this past weekend in Hagerstown, Maryland, the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are revved up and ready to go for a triple header of races this weekend, starting at Macon Speedway on Thursday night.  The Macon race will be 100 laps for $12,000 to win.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the nation’s premier Late Model sanctioning organization, has 50 events scheduled in 19 different states in 2015.  The best of the best compete on a race-to-race basis with the series, which made its first ever Macon Speedway appearance in 2014.  Bobby Pierce took last year’s victory, as 31 top notch competitors converged on the bullring.  Pierce also set fast time with a blistering lap of 10.768.  This year’s field looks to be even bigger and better.

The current championship standings have Jonathan Davenport leading the way by 20 over Earl Pearson, Jr.  Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Eddie Carrier, Jr. round out the top five.  Currently finishing up the top ten are Steve Francis, Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr. and Scott Bloomquist.

After the Thursday, April 30 show at Macon, the tour heads to Tri-City Speedway on Friday night and Paducah Speedway on Saturday.

Joining the Late Models Thursday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, racing for $1,000 to win and the season debut for the B-Mods.  The Late Models will be utilizing a Hoosier Tire rule of 1320’s and LM20’s on the left rear/fronts, while the right rear can be 02, LM 20, 06, or LM40.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

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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Apr 27

It’s Lucas Oil Late Model Week At Macon

Late Model Stars Set For Thursday At Macon Speedway

Lucas Oil 2015 flierAfter a rainout this past weekend in Hagerstown, Maryland, the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are revved up and ready to go for a triple header of races this weekend, starting at Macon Speedway on Thursday night.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the nation’s premier Late Model sanctioning organization, has 50 events scheduled in 19 different states in 2015.  The best of the best compete on a race-to-race basis with the series, which made its first ever Macon Speedway appearance in 2014.  Bobby Pierce took last year’s victory, as 31 top notch competitors converged on the bullring.  Pierce also set fast time with a blistering lap of 10.768.

The current championship standings have Jonathan Davenport leading the way by 20 over Earl Pearson, Jr.  Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Eddie Carrier, Jr. round out the top five.  Currently finishing up the top ten are Steve Francis, Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr. and Scott Bloomquist.

After the Thursday, April 30 show at Macon, the tour heads to Tri-City Speedway on Friday night and Paducah Speedway on Saturday.

Joining the Late Models Thursday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, racing for $1,000 to win and the season debut for the B-Mods.  The Late Models will be utilizing a Hoosier Tire rule of 1320’s and LM20’s on the left rear/fronts, while the right rear can be 02, LM 20, 06, or LM40.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

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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Apr 25

Macon Speedway April 25 Program Canceled Due To Weather

Preparations Now Begin For Huge Thursday Night Show

Due to early morning rainfall with cold temperatures and more rain expected this afternoon, Macon Speedway officials have pulled the plug on the second week of the 2015-racing season.  POWRi Midgets and Micros, along with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets were scheduled to run.

All preparations now begin for Thursday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series which will be pacing the Macon 1/5-mile bullring for a second time in series history.  The first appearance was last year.  The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will pay $12,000 to win.  Point leader Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Scott Bloomquist will battle stars from all over the US along with some central Illinois locals.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and the B-Mods will be making their 2015 debut.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.  General admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

For fans wanting to see some racing yet this weekend, tomorrow, Sunday, April 26 is the season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana.  The MSCS/KISS Sprints and the UMP Modifieds, headlined by Kenny Wallace will be in action.  Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps are at 5:00, and racing is at 6:30.

For more information on any of the aforementioned events, visit maconracing.com, terrehauteactiontrack.net, or trackenterprises.com.

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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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