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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rescheduled Event Postponed

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Reschedule Date At Macon Speedway Postponed
Popular Series To Return To 1/5-Mile In 2020

(Macon, IL) Officials from Macon Speedway as well as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have announced that the potential July 23 reschedule date from an early season rainout will not take place due to scheduling conflicts. The event was originally scheduled to be run on Saturday, April 27 but heavy rains caused a cancellation.

The possibility of a Tuesday, July 23 reschedule date was announced but a number of conflicts in addition to the tour having an upcoming rigorous road trip have made series and track officials think twice about attempting to make up the event.

Macon Speedway and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials are looking ahead to 2020, when the series will return to the exciting high banked 1/5-mile dirt oval. The 2018 race drew one of the largest crowds ever to the Central Illinois facility. The series typically is scheduled to visit the 74-year old track in late April, each year. The tour has competed at the track five times with Bobby Pierce winning three and Jimmy Owens and Josh Richards claiming one apiece.

For Macon Speedway, the next couple of events on the schedule are big, starting with the KerbyStrong 100 set for this Saturday, July 20. The event will feature a 50-lap Decatur Building Trades Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Model feature, paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start. It’s the first time that the KerbyStrong event has featuring the Pro Late Models. The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and Sportsman will also have higher paying events. Three other divisions will also race.

For the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the tour will be busy with events from July 16-July 20 from Aberdeen, South Dakota to Jackson, Minnesota and finishing up in Greenwood, Nebraska. Like many outdoor activities, the tour has been hit pretty hard with weather this year, suffering 14 rainouts.

For more information on upcoming events for Macon Speedway, visit www.maconracing.com. For information on the remainder of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for 2019, visit www.lucasdirt.com.

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Ewing Flips Script In Macon Pro Late Models On First Responders Night

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Last week at Macon Speedway, Dakota Ewing took the lead in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models feature with three laps to go and lost it in the second turn of the white flag lap. This week, Ewing was able to flip the script and take the win away from Jake Little as Little fumbled around in the second turn. Little appeared a solid lock for the winner’s circle at the top of the track until Ewing climbed up top and then closed the gap. Coming up on the finish, a caution flag closed the distance and Little and Ewing were neck-and-neck and nose-to-nose to the finish until the second turn of lap 19. Many can only speculate what exciting things may happen next week during the Midwest Big Ten Series 50-lap race as part of the Kerbystrong 100.

The second turn was also a rough patch during the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature as Curt Rhodes was also snagged by the top groove dirt which gave up the top spot to Tommy Sheppard, Jr. just past the midway part of the race. Sheppard, the defending champion and points leader, ran away with the finish and extended his 2019 points lead.

Since the introduction of the Pro Modified division at Macon Speedway, Tim Hancock has been a name synonymous with winning and checkered flags and trophies. Once again, it was. But this particular race went in favor of Tim Hancock, Jr., not Tim Hancock, Sr. Tim Senior had woes in his blue 0 car and had to use Kevin Rench’s 116 machine to complete the evening. Starting in the back, Hancock Senior worked his way up the field and would finish fourth. Tim Junior was given the lead thanks to Rob Timmons creating a spinout in the early laps and was sent to the tail of the group. With Billy Nail and Nick Justice figuring out the track with their cars, the Junior Hancock was working his wheel through the corners and to the checkered flag.

Nick Macklin was all over the Archer’s Alley Street Stock feature. Cruising along the top of the 1/5th mile dirt track, Macklin weaved his way through the lapped traffic and brought his car back to victory lane. His toughest critic, his son, has been waiting for his dad to bring home a new trophy. Victory lane is not an easy place to get to and its even tougher when your flesh & blood is counting on it.

The Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis saw a wild event. Jeremy Camp started in the last row, 15th starting position of the 16 cars, thanks to his engine boiling over in the heat and having to pull off the track before the finish. Camp would fly through the field and get to second place by the sixth lap. Cole Tinsley led the race and Drake Turner was looking for second place from the third place position. As Camp was making his move for the lead, Tinsley and Turner collided and brought out the caution flag. Camp was the leader and ran away to the finish.

The Hornet division saw a three-car battle for the lead with Michael McKay, Mike Eskew and Brady Reed all within a car length’s lead from the top spot. McKay got the pole position start and kept the lead as Eskew ran behind him. Reed, last week’s feature winner, started in tenth position as the division rules specify for competitive reasons, raced through the traffic to get behind Eskew. Reed couldn’t make the pass on Eskew as Eskew couldn’t make the pass on McKay and the Springfield driver scored his first checkered flag of 2019.

The 5th Annual Kerbystrong 100 is slated for next Saturday night with a special 50-lap $2,000-to-win Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Model feature highlighting the action. There will be two 25-lap features on the program, too, as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and the Sportsman will run. Those divisions were ran by Kerby Damery during his racing career. The Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks and Hornets will be part of the evening.

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 2. Jake Little (Springfield), 3. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 4. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 5. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 6. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 7. Colby Sheppard (Williamsville), 8. Donny Koehler (Macon), 9. Dominic Mertzke (Troy), 10. Patrick Younger (Decatur)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 3. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 4. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 5. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 7. Jeremiah Hoadley (Decatur), 8. Troy Dodson (Hammond), 9. Chris Erwin (Bement), 10. Jordan Warren (Medora)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 2. Billy Nail (Decatur), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 5. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 6. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 7. Greg Logue (Warrensburg), 8. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro), 9. Tom Davidson (Springfield), 10. William Lowe (Springfield)

Archer’s Alley Street Stocks–1. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 2. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 3. Gene Reed (Hammond), 4. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 5. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 6. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 7. Dalton Mannin (Longview), 8. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 9. Brian Dasenbrock, Jr. (Decatur), 10. Jeremy Reed (Decatur)

Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis–1. Jeremy Camp (Sullivan), 2. Jake Cheatham (Bethalto), 3. Molly Day (Atwood), 4. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 5. Mattison Lienemann (Granite City), 6. Hayden Harvey (Warrensburg), 7. Daryn Stark (Springfield), 8. Will Armitage (Athens), 9. Hunter Pruitt (Washington, MO), 10. Cole Tinsley (Bonne Terre, MO)

Hornets–1. Michael McKay (Springfield), 2. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 3. Brady Reed (Decatur), 4. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 5. Carter Dart (Springfield), 6. Ken Reed (Decatur), 7. Steve Stine (Stonington), 8. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 9. Matt Reed (Decatur), 10. Roger Reed (Blue Mound)

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IT IS FIREMAN’S BALL/FIRST RESPONDERS RACE DAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

Macon Speedway is set for six divisions of racing this evening. In addition to the racing, the track will honor some of our heroes on First Responders Night. All first responders, including police, paramedics, and firefighters, will receive free grandstand admission after showing their badge/i.d. at the gate. Pre-race ceremonies will include some area first responder vehicles which will also be on display in the parking lot before the races.

Saturday, July 13
Firemans Ball & First Responders Night

Divisions:
*BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
*Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar UMP Pro Crate Late Models
*Neal Tire and Auto Service DIRTcar UMP Pro Modifieds (BMods)
*Archers Alley DIRTcar UMP Stock Cars (Street Stocks)
*DIRTcar UMP Hornets
*600cc Winged Outlaw Micro Sprints By Bailey Chassis Company

Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:45
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $12
Children 11 & Under – Free

Hotel:
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
217.422.8800
Mention Macon Speedway Discount
Discount Rooms Online: https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx…

More information:

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.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

For more information on Track Enterprises​ follow them online at https://www.trackenterprises.com/, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises), and follow them on Twitter (@TEIRacing)

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 a proud member of the Contingency Connection​’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/it-is-firemans-ball-first-responders-race-day-at-macon-speedway/

Macon Speedway To Honor First Responders At Saturday Night Race

Six Divisions Of Entertainment To Excite Fans

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway is set for six divisions of racing this coming Saturday, July 13.  In addition to the racing, the track will honor some of our heroes on First Responders Night. All first responders, including police, paramedics, and firefighters, will receive free grandstand admission after showing their badge/i.d. at the gate.  Pre-race ceremonies will include some area first responder vehicles which will also be on display in the parking lot before the races.

Dakota Ewing leads the list of Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models into the week.  Ewing has won five out of eight features this season and had a great back-and-forth battle at the front of the pack with Blake Damery last week.  Ewing is followed in points by Donny Koehler, Damery, Cody Maguire, and Jake Little.

In the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. of New Berlin, IL, has been the man.  Sheppard has won six out of ten features and has a commanding lead in the points.  Sheppard won in the Modifieds and in the Archers Alley Street Stocks last week.  Alan Crowder is second in points, while Tim Hancock, Jared Thomas, and Curt Rhodes round out the top five in standings.

Tim Hancock has won seven out of ten features in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified class and is currently atop the standings.  Nick Justice, of Decatur, IL, is second in points and is coming off of his first feature win in the class.  Rob Timmons, Tim Riech, and Tim Hancock, Jr. round out the top five in points.

Cerro Gordo, IL driver, Terry Reed comes into the night on top of the Archers Alley Street Stock class.  Reed has a 50 point lead in the division, winning three feature events.  Darrell Dick has missed two nights this year but is only down by the 50 markers.  Gene Reed, Larry Russell, Jr., and Jonathon Hall complete the top five in points.

Jeremy Reed was tough in the Hornet class last year, winning 7 features and battling for the championship.  This year, Jeremy’s younger brother Brady is picking up where he left off, winning three features so far with nine top fives in as many starts.  Brady Reed leads Carter Dart, Cook Crawford, Billy Mason, and Marty Sullivan in the standings.

Tyler Day is the current point leader in the Micros By Bailey Chassis standings.  Day has claimed one feature win and leads by four points over Jacob Tipton.  Tipton had mechanical failure one week ago and will likely not be in attendance Saturday.  Molly Day, John Barnard, and Daryn Stark round out the top five in points.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 464 0
2 14 Donny Koehler Macon IL 404 60
3 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 384 80
4 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 340 124
5 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 330 134
6 52R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 298 166
7 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 266 198
8 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 248 216
9 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 240 224
10 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 188 276


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 588 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 486 102
3 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 472 116
4 43 Jared Thomas Edinburg IL 358 230
5 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 352 236
6 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 342 246
7 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 266 322
8 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 252 336
9 313 Jordan Warren Medora IL 204 384
10 96 Michael Rauch Decatur IL 178 410


Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 558
2 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 506
3 5 Rob Timmons Centralia IL 488
4 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 450
5 22 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 394
6 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 384
7 B21 Billy Nail Decatur IL 336
8 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 322
9 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 310
10 35 Tom Davidson Springfield IL 276


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 452 0
2 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 402 50
3 1 Gene Reed Hammond IL 384 68
4 X7 Larry Russell Decatur IL 384 68
5 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 362 90
6 41 Fredie Thomas Macon IL 320 132
7 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 312 140
8 23Z Shawn Ziemer Boody IL 292 160
9 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 286 166
10 2Z Andy Zahnd White Heath IL 250 202


Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 518 0
2 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 434 84
3 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 400 118
4 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 360 158
5 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 298 220
6 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 262 256
7 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 256 262
8 69M Michael Abbott Taylorville IL 244 274
9 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 228 290
10 04 Steve Stine Stonington IL 206 312


Micros By Bailey Chassis

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 84 Tyler Day Atwood IL 218 0
2 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 214 4
3 17 Molly Day Atwood IL 194 24
4 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 182 36
5 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 180 38
6 21 Aaron Andruskevitch Riverton IL 178 40
7 28 Luke Verardi Taylorville IL 172 46
8 37 Aiden Purdue Clinton IL 172 46
9 27 Devin Feger East Peoria IL 166 52
10 9 Tyler Duff Weldon IL 140 78

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Sheppard Doubles His Pleasure; Damery Gets First LM Feature

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Tommy Sheppard, Jr. has been in a zone this season in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. The defending champion has been taking top five finishes and checkered flags most of the season to sustain his points lead through the summer. That would continue Saturday night at Macon Speedway. Coming through a restart on the restart on lap 13, Zach Rhodes was in control of the race leading all laps on the way to 20 but coming through the opening turns of the restart, Sheppard, who was third, leapfrogged his way to the front bypassing both second place Alan Crowder and Rhodes to the top spot. From then on, Sheppard was able to cross the line first and pick up the win.

In a special visit from the Midwest Stock Car Tour as part of the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Sheppard climbed into a Street Stock to race in the 3rd Annual Dean Garland Classic. From the sixth starting position, Sheppard was running behind Westville’s Lance Evans and Blue Mound’s Bobby Beiler. As the 40-lap event was pick up steam and momentum, so was Sheppard. Evans fell out of the race with flat right rear tire and that left Sheppard to race with Darrell Dick for the lead. Lapped traffic slowed Dick down from being able to make it a close finish and that left Sheppard with daylight heading to the finish line.

Thanks to a dice roll and invertion, Blake Damery and Donny Koehler started in the front row of the Decatur Buildling Trades Pro Late Models feature. That meant Dakota Ewing would start fifth and have to work his way through the field to earn another feature win. Damery was a lock at the bottom of the track as the second-year Pro Late Model driver led solidly for the first 14 laps. Ewing started his charge and caught up to Koehler from the top side and eventually take second place. Damery was caught in a three-way race for the lead as Ewing and Koehler made moves to close the gap. Damery would lose the lead to Ewing on lap 17 but a spinout created a restart. Ewing looked poised to win again but Damery did not quit running his race at the bottom. A slip-up by Ewing on the white flag lap set up Damery’s pass on the bottom of the fourth turn and a photo finish between Ewing and Damery stalled the action. Video evidence confirmed that Damery crossed the line before Ewing and was awarded the checkered flag. While in the victory lane interview, Ewing came up to Damery and offered his handshake in stellar sportsmanship.

The Sportsman division ran its own 40-lap feature Saturday night in topless style. The first lap was a coin toss between Dennis Vandermeersch and Wes Odell. After that, Vandermeersch set the pace and the tone for the race running the high groove. The bottom started to catch on better with Tim Bedinger and Bobby Beiler working ahead to pass Odell and try to close in for the lead. Vandermeersch was a solid lock at the front of the race and throughout.

Nick Justice ran a cautionless race to the checkered flag in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified group. Newcomer Kyle Helmick stayed just ahead of Tim Hancock to make sure the many time feature winner would not be in the running for the checkered flag on this night. Justice has battled ups and downs all season with his new Pro Modified and finally looked like he figured it out in the 15-lapper.

Luke Verardi and Gabe Verardi finished one and two in the special attraction visit from the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis.

The night was finished off with the Hornets and Brady Reed taking another win.

The night of racing was great and perhaps even better was the yearly return of the monster truck Raminator. The Mark & Tim Hall machine wowed the crowd and crushed cars in the center of the track during the Bob Brady Auto Mall Night of racing. It is definitely one of the most unique visits of the season.

Macon Speedway continues the 2019 summer with racing next Saturday night. It will be the Fireman’s Ball & First Responders Night. If firemen and first responders come to the track with proper ID, they will be admitted for free. The schedule will consist of Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Hornets and Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis.

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 3. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 4. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 5. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 7. Jared Thomas (Edinburg), 8. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 9. Nick Justice (Decatur), 10. Jeff Graham (Stonington)

Archer’s Alley Street Stocks–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 3. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 4. Tanner Sullivan (Pontiac), 5. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 6. Josh Griffith (Charleston), 7. Don Hilleary (Pepineoe), 8. Megan Erwin (Attica, IN), 9. Jerrad Krick (Earl Park, IN), 10. Jaret Duff (Maroa)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 2. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 3. Donny Koehler (Macon), 4. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville), 5. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 6. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 7. Colby Eller (Taylorville), 8. Braden Johnson (Taylorville), 9. Storm Beiler (Decatur), 10. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville)

Sportsman–1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 3. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 4. Wes Odell (Springfield), 5. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 6. Chris Soutiea (Peveley, MO), 7. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 8. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 9. Mitch Ringler (Taylorville), 10. Bill Berghaus (Chapin)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds–1. Nick Justice (Decatur), 2. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 3. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 4. Dustin Wiltermood (Windsor), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Kyle Wilde (Hillsboro, MO), 7. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 8. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 9. Adam Webb (Decatur), 10. Ryan Timmons (Centralia)

Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis–1. Luke Verardi (Taylorville), 2. Gabe Verardi (Taylorville), 3. Devin Feger (East Peoria), 4. Cole Tinsley (Bonne Terre, MO), 5. Alex Midkiff (Belleville), 6. John Barnard (Sherman), 7. Hayden Harvey (Warrensburg), 8. James Koenigseein (Athens), 9. Dana Christensen (Decatur), 10. Bailey Logue (Jacksonville)

Hornets–1. Brady Reed (Decatur), 2. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 3. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 4. Carter Dart (Springfield), 5. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 6. Michael Abbott (Taylorville), 7. Steve Stine (Stonington), 8. Matt Reed (Decatur)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/sheppard-doubles-his-pleasure-damery-gets-first-lm-feature/

IT IS Bob Brady Auto Mall RAMINATOR Race Day at Macon Speedway!

Saturday, July 6
Dean Garland Classic
Bob Brady Auto Mall Night
Sportsman Topless 40
 
Divisions Racing:
 
Midwest Stock Car Tour Archers Alley DIRTcar UMP Stock Cars (Street Stocks) Dean Garland Classic $800 to win/$80 to start
BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar UMP Pro Crate Late Models
Neal Tire and Auto Service DIRTcar UMP Pro Modifieds (BMods)
DIRTcar UMP Topless Sportsman
DIRTcar UMP Hornets
600cc Winged Outlaw Micro Sprints presented by Bailey Chassis Company
 
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Pill Draw Ends: 5:45
Hot laps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
 
Grandstand Admission:
Adults $15
Children 11 & under FREE
 
Hotel:
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
217.422.8800
Mention Macon Speedway Discount
Discount Rooms Online: https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx…
 
More information:
 
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.
 
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).
 
For more information on Track Enterprises follow them online at https://www.trackenterprises.com/, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises), and follow them on Twitter (@TEIRacing)
 
For more information on the Midwest Stock Car Tour, follow them online at https://www.midweststockcartour.com, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MidwestStockCarTour), and follow them on Twitter (@MWStockCarTour).
 
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 a proud member of the Contingency Connection‘s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/it-is-bob-brady-auto-mall-raminator-race-day-at-macon-speedway/

RAMINATOR Monster Truck To Crush Cars At Macon Saturday Night

Bob Brady Auto Mall Night Will Also Feature Plenty Of Racing Action

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway officials are extra busy this week, as they prepare for their third race in eight days.  On top of that, they are coming off their biggest of the year, the Herald & Review 100, which took place on Thursday night.  That event drew a huge crowd and turned out to be a thriller that fans will be talking about for years to come.  This Saturday’s event should be another good one, with everything from a monster truck crushing cars to several divisions of great racing action.

Headlining the event will be the annual visit of the Hall Brothers Racing RAMINATOR Monster Truck.  The day begins with an early appearance at Bob Brady Auto Mall in Decatur, IL, before making the trek to Macon Speedway for the evening.  Once there, the truck is in the front parking lot of the track until it’s time to thrill the fans with some car crushing action.

From a racing standpoint, many fans are ready for the return of the Midwest Stock Car Tour, which will have the Archers Alley Street Stocks racing extra laps for extra money in the Dean Garland Classic.  Earl Park, IN driver, Jerrad Krick, currently leads the standings in the series by 8 over Oakley, IL’s Nick Macklin.  Josh Griffith, Lance Evans, and Darrell Dick round out the current top five in points.  Jeremy Nichols and Jason Maier have won the two series events in 2019.  The Dean Garland Classic event will pay $800 to win and $80 to start.

Co-headlining the event, when it comes to the race program, will be the Sportsman Topless 40.  The race will pay extra money as the drivers race sans roof for the night.  Taylorville, IL driver, Scott Landers, leads the division into the night with a 20-point advantage.  Mitch Ringler is second, while Tim Bedinger, Joel Irvin, and Terry Myers complete the top five.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis will also race.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will be at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2019/07/raminator-monster-truck-to-crush-cars-at-macon-saturday-night/

Gordy Gundaker Repeats As Herald & Review 100 Champ

Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb led until lap 98
By Matthew Flaten (Herald & Review)

MACON — Before the fireworks finished off Independence Day and the night of racing at Macon Speedway, there was a bang on lap 98 of the Herald & Review 100.

Race leader, Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb, going for his record sixth H&R 100 race win, sustained race-ending front wheel damage as he slammed into the car he was attempting to lap.

Then two-time winner Bobby Pierce Jr. crossed the finish line and appeared to win, but a yellow flag brought the drivers back to finish the 100th lap, and last year’s winner — Gordy Gundaker — emerged as the repeat champion.

For Babb, it was a bitter way to lose.

“Racing down here is always tough and I know what to expect,” Babb said. “It’s going to be good hard tight racing and it always is. We always tell ourselves that we need to try to get to the end. We got to the end but we got in a bad position there and I just knew something was going to come.

“I was out of tire, out of fuel and struggling there a little bit and then I got into a bad position.”

Babb had grabbed the lead before the first lap was completed and remained there for nearly all of the other 98 laps.

“Our car was good, it really was,” Babb said. “When you are here you try to get yourself out front and stay out of trouble. If you get the lead early it makes your race a whole lot easier and that’s what I tried to do so I could pick through traffic. I got to the end but a couple guys were running just as strong with me.”

Though Pierce, who won the race in 2016 and 2017, crossed the finish line with the checkered flag waving, but was denied the win because of a yellow caution flag was called for a stalled car on the track.

On the restart, Gundaker emerged seemingly out of nowhere after spending much of the race deep in the pack to pass Pierce on the final turn for the win.

“I thought if we can get out of here with a top five finish, maybe a top three, that I was going to think about it as another win,” Gundaker said. “But you get those yellows at the end and you find a way.

“I knew in the last lap I wasn’t as good in turns one and two as I was in turns three and four and I hoped to make a decent lap down there and hopefully Bobby would screw up. I know that he usually doesn’t make many mistakes, but he did there and when I came out of turn four, I couldn’t believe I had him.”

Gundaker’s win last year was also come-from-behind and elicited an emotional reaction.

“I’m speechless, I can’t believe I’ve won the Herald & Review 100 two years in a row,” Gundaker said. “I know it had to be a a hell of a race from the stands but you should have seen it from my standpoint.

“I couldn’t believe getting a yellow with two to go and then green and white flags together. I can’t even explain this.”

A second H&R 100 title is just a little bit sweeter than the first, Gundaker said.

“It’s hard to compare them,” he said. “That first one was so sweet, never having won a summer nationals race before but this second one, doing it on the last lap and passing a guy like Bobby who has won two of these and to put our name up there and win again back-to-back is absolutely unbelievable.”

Although the final three laps were yellow-filled, overall the race was fairly clean, with just a handful of cautions. Babb’s veteran experience on the track was clear as he was unafraid to go three-cars wide around the turns to make a pass. The aggressive give-and-take between Babb and the second-place Pierce led to Babb having his car examined for damage on two cautions.

“I had a guy working on me a little bit that got in on me a couple of times. I kind of felt that and so I had it looked at,” Babb said.

Rain threatened the race throughout the evening, so the H&R 100 was moved up as the second feature of the evening. Before it, the DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals 25-lap race saw Mike Harrison win his fourth race of the tour this year. Tyler Nicely finished second, Nick Hoffman was third and Tommy Shepard was fourth. Following the completion of the H&R 100, the Pro Mods took the track and Mount Olive’s Tim Hancock picked up the victory. Decatur drivers Nick Justice and Billy Nail finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

For Gundaker, he firmly believes the racing gods were smiling down on him this Fourth of July.

“We had a race at Fairbury and I was running second and I got a flat tire with 13 laps to go. Sometimes the breaks fall your way and sometimes they don’t. Tonight we caught a break catching that yellow on the last lap and finding a way to make it happen. That’s the way it is sometimes but these wins don’t come easy no matter what,” he said.

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Summer National Late Model Stars Set For Macon Speedway Herald & Review 100

Thursday July 4 Event To Feature 3 Divisions And Fireworks

(Macon, IL) The stars of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour will be heading to Macon, IL for Thursday night’s Super Late Model event, the Herald & Review 100.  The race, which will pay $5,000 to the winner, will draw some of the best dirt Super Late Models to the 1/5-mile, high-banked dirt oval.  The popular series will be joined by the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods.

Brian Shirley, of Springfield, IL, currently leads the Summer National standings, leading by 22 points over Bobby Pierce, who has been quickly closing the gap.  Shirley had a great start to the tour, winning four of the first six events.  Pierce has been solid but hasn’t been in victory lane, like a number of Summer Nationals in the past.  That said, he has a few runner-up finishes as of late and is looking to make a tight battle out of the points.

Winners on the tour this year include Shirley (4), Brandon Sheppard (2), Kyle Bronson (1), Mike Marlar (1), and Shannon Babb (1).  The biggest winner of the tour has been Mother Nature, who has claimed or affected eleven of the events already this year.

Following Shirley and Pierce in the standings are Frank Heckenast, Jr., Babb, and former DIRTcar National Champion, Rusty Schlenk.  Jason Feger, Sheppard, Billy Moyer, Tanner English, and Paul Stubber complete the top ten.

Joining the Super Late Models will be the BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds and Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods.  Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin, IL currently leads the Modified division points at Macon, while Tim Hancock is atop the Pro Mod points.  Both events Thursday will pay extra money out to participants.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00 with grandstand gates swinging open at 4:00.  Hotlaps are scheduled to begin at 6:00 with Summer National qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:00 PM.  Fireworks will be held at the end of the racing program.  Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

Tickets for the event will be sold at the gate on raceday.  For more information or any questions, visit maconracing.com or call 217-764-3000.

About Macon Speedway:

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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Ewing & Sheppard Take Firecracker 40’s At Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) After missing two consecutive shows due to rain, Macon Speedway jumped back into high gear with the racing action with the make-up event of the 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40s which saw 40-lap features for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models as well as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. Both of these 40-lappers saw an insane amount of drama and surprise over who would win the checkered flag. Dakota Ewing got off to a rocky start in the Pro Late Model feature and started to fall backwards in the field of cars while Jake Little cruised ahead with the lead. As the race got off to a solid green-flag start, 26 consecutive green flag laps to start the race, Ewing was able to close the gap and took advantage of the caution. As the race got bumper to bumper on the restart, Ewing made the pass for the lead two laps later and then Jake Little tried to make a return but slid up into the backstretch wall and slammed into the concrete. With the green flag waving, Little was finished. Ewing held on and won.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds not only raced a 40-lap feature, they did it topless. No roof on any of the racecars. And the battle of the night was definitely an exciting one with Tommy Sheppard, Jr. and Rodney Standerfer. Sheppard and Standerfer were matched up in the heat race which saw Sheppard win with the help of the slide job in the fourth turn. Sheppard and Standerfer were mixing it up again in the feature and were on pace for another exciting who-can-win event. Sheppard appeared dominate through the first 34 laps on the bottom of the track. Following a restart, Sheppard tried the top groove and allowed Standerfer to close the gap and eventually pass for the lead. Sheppard came fighting right back and retook the lead with two laps remaining. Standerfer gave Sheppard all he could handle with a slide job attempt for the lead and win coming out of the fourth corner but it didn’t hold and Sheppard’s car went blasting into the wall and down the straightaway into victory lane. As Standerfer’s Modified was spinning out of control, Tim Hancock, who started 13th, made the most of the opportunity and took the runner-up position away from Standerfer, who finished third.

Rudy Zaragoza took the win in the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks. Starting sixth and running strong, Zaragoza got the lead after some issues with Brian Dasenbrock, Terry Reed and Wes Biesenthal. Once the cars were placed either off the track or at the tail of the field, Zaragoza ran away to take his first Macon Speedway feature of the season. Zaragoza, a hearing-impaired racer, dedicated the race to his sister through sign language during the victory lane interview.

Scott Landers was game to take on Dennis Vandermeersch in the Sportsman division Saturday evening. Unfortunately, Vandermeersch had a little more working for him than Landers did and came out with another feature victory.

Tim Hancock started up front in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified class and when that happens, he usually takes the checkered flag. And it did indeed happen on the final Saturday of June 2019. Hancock got out ahead of Rob Timmons and Nick Justice and stayed that way for the full 15 laps.

The evening was capped off with the Hornets and Mike Eskew. Eskew took on all comers in this 15-lap feature. Brady Reed, Anthony Sunshine and Steven Stine were all over the chance for the lead but Eskew put on the blockers and kept everybody behind him for the the finish.

The evening was sponsored by Air King and was also the special Bud Light Ladies Night with $5 admission. During intermission, kids were welcomed down to the track for the special Kids Gold Rush where money was sprinkled on the front straightaway in different groups and kids were grabbing pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters as fast as they could.

Macon Speedway rests for a short time as the annual visit from the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals comes on Thursday night for the Herald & Review 100. The Independence Day holiday will not only feature fireworks lighting up the sky and loud kabooms through the air, the racing engines of the Super Late Models, Modifieds and Pro Modifieds will also be heard. Racing continues on Saturday during a special appearance from the Midwest Stock Car Tour as well as the Raminator monster truck.

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 2. Brandon Eskew (Ashland), 3. Shawn Diggs (Leroy), 4. Donny Koehler (Macon), 5. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 6. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 7. Storm Beiler (Decatur), 8. Jake Little (Springfield), 9. Tony Harter (Sherman), 10. Kyle Van Dorn (New Berlin)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 3. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 4. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 5. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 7. Nick Justice (Decatur), 8. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro), 9. Katie Lord (Zionsville, IN), 10. Tim Hamburg (Dixon)

Archer’s Alley Street Stocks–1. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 2. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 3. Jaret Duff (Maroa), 4. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 5. Andy Zahnd (White Heath), 6. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur), 7. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 8. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 9. Joe Reed (Decatur), 10. Dean Holt (Decatur)

Sportsman–1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 3. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 4. Stefan Bedinger (Taylorville), 5. Joel Irvin (Harristown), 6. Phil Moreland (Assumption), 7. Bill Berghaus (Chapin), 8. Mitch Ringler (Taylorville), 9. Connor Klay (Stonington), 10. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Tyler Blankenship (St. Elmo), 7. Roy Magee (Springfield), 8. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro), 9. Adam Webb (Decatur), 10. Josh Robb (Mt. Zion)

Hornets–1. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 2. Anthony Sunshine (St. Louis, MO), 3. Brady Reed (Decatur), 4. Carter Dart (Springfield), 5. Chris Wright (Vandalia), 6. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 7. Steve Stine (Stonington), 8. Jacob Shanks (Decatur), 9. Billy Mason (Brownstown), 10. Kodi Landholt (Buffalo)

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