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

Racing Takes Center Stage This Wednesday In Taylorville, IL

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

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

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

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

Pits open at 4:00 on Wednesday, July 27, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends when the drivers meeting begins at 6:00, hotlaps at 6:20, with racing action taking the green at 7:00.

Macon Speedway UMP rules will apply for all classes of racing.  For more information, visitwww.trackenterprises.com or www.christiancountyfair.com.  For further details call 217-764-3200.

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Feger Takes Kerbystrong 100 At Macon Speedway 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IT IS RACE DAY! Kerbystrong 100 Tonight!

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

 

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

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

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

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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

Best In Late Model Racing Set For Macon IL Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

CURRENT POINTS (TOP 10’s)

Midwest UMP Big Ten Super Late Models

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


Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series

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


Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

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

UMP Sportsman

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

 

UMP B-Mods

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

UMP Street Stocks

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

UMP Hornets

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

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Nichols Dominates Topless 40 at Macon Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon Speedway Rundowns (Top 10’s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IT IS RACE DAY!

Tonight at Macon Speedway is the ever popular Miles Chevrolet Fireman’s Ball Night. Headlining the show is the Topless Sportsman 40. It is going to be an action packed night. This is a special night that honors Central Illinois fireman by providing them and their family and friends $5 admission to the grandstands as a way to say thank you for everything they do for us. There is a full night of racing on tap you won’t want to miss!

Divisions Racing:
Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Models
DIRTcar UMP Sportsman Topless 40
DIRTcar UMP B-Mods
DIRTcar UMP Street Stocks
DIRTcar UMP Hornets

Times:

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

Pricing:

General Admission $12
Kids 11 & Under FREE
Firemen & Families Admitted For $5 Each With Badge Or Coupon
Pit Pass $30
Kids Pit Pass $15

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online atwww.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.maconracing.com/2016/07/it-is-race-day-2/

Miles Chevrolet Presenting Fireman’s Ball & Sportsman Topless 40

Six Divisions Of Racing Set For Action

Miles Chevrolet will be presenting the annual Fireman’s Ball and Sportsman Topless 40 this coming Saturday, July 11 at Macon IL Speedway.  Six divisions of racing entertainment will be on hand for the special night that honors central Illinois fireman by providing them and their family and friends $5 admission to the grandstands.

The night’s special event is the Topless 40, a race which will see the Sportsman division run extra Miles Fireman's Ball 7-16-16laps, for extra money, and all while racing without the roof of the car.  It’s a popular event that gives the fans a fun look inside the driver compartment of each car.  In 2015, Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols took the victory and will be one of the favorites to do the same this year.  Nichols has won three Sportsman features this season, while Monticello, IL driver, Timmy Dick, has won the other two.  Danny Smith, Tom Graham, Scott Landers, and Tim Bedinger are others expected to compete up front.

A full night’s racing action will be on tap as the UMP Pro Late Models will be back in action after a side-by-side thriller took place last Saturday night between the brothers’ Taylor, Matt and Guy.  Guy ran the low lane with Matt in the outside lane for just about the whole race, with Guy making the final pass in turn four on the final lap.  It was Guy’s third win of the year, tying him with Matt for the most in the division this season.  Roben Huffman, Jake Little, and Cody Maguire are others that are in the top five in standings.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds put on an outstanding feature last week, as well.  it was Summit National winner, Rodney Standerfer, leading for much of the event, with Curt Rhodes hounding him high and low.  Rhodes was in the process of making the lead pass when a caution reverted scoring back and kept Standerfer out front.  Back to green, Standerfer started protecting the bottom, leaving Rhodes the outside groove.  After some hard work and tight racing, Rhodes squeezed by and raced to the front of the pack for the impressive feature win.  The point battle is tight, with Dave Crawley, Jr. leading by just eight over Rhodes, while Standerfer, Zach Rhodes, and Jeff Graham round out the top five.

In the B-Mod class, Tim Hancock has been dominant, claiming seven wins in seven starts.  The last two have been a little tougher, receiving more of a challenge from his close competition.  On Thursday, it was Denny Tribout making it a close battle, while Saturday’s action saw Brett Page keep Hancock on his toes.  Ryan Timmons, Tom Riech, Tim Riech, and Eric Brackett are top five point competitors.

Decatur, IL driver Nick Justice continued his strong season, winning his fifth feature of the year this past Saturday.  He’ll be looking for win number six and to extend his point lead this coming Saturday over Kyle Waters, Brian Dasenbrock, Dustin Reed, and Luke Force.  Street Stock racing has been very good at the track, this season, with better average car counts and competitive racing.

Rounding out the six division show will be the UMP Hornet class.  Blue Mound, IL’s Tony Reed won his second feature of the year, extending on his tight point lead over Jerad Matherly.  Cook Crawford, Mike Gossett, and Ryan Cantrell are currently top five point contenders.

Firemen, their families, and their friends will be gaining access to the grandstands for just $5 each this Saturday night, with their badge or coupons that were provided to area fire departments.  Otherwise, adult admission to the grandstands is just $12 with kids 11 and under free.

Pit gates will be opening at 4:00, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

CURRENT POINTS (TOP 10’s)

UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 24 Matt Taylor 526 0
2 33H Roben Huffman 488 38
3 38J Jake Little 460 66
4 4T Guy Taylor 434 92
5 32M Cody Maguire 384 142
6 52R Jeffrey Reed 236 290
7 B1 Nick Bauman 228 298
8 15C Kevin Crowder 226 300
9 25 Dakota Ewing 186 340
10 Z23 Shawn Ziemer 184 342

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 37 Dave Crawley, Jr 434 0
2 10 Curt Rhodes 426 8
3 28 Rodney Standerfer 412 22
4 11 Zach Rhodes 394 40
5 71 Jeff Graham 376 58
6 14C Alan Crowder 362 72
7 10A Shawn Vaughn 270 164
8 3 Wade Glover 204 230
9 28S Joe Strawkas 172 262
10 15L Jim Farley III 166 268

UMP B-Mods

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock 420 0
2 23 Ryan Timmons 364 56
3 57R Tom Riech 290 130
4 55 Tim Riech 288 132
5 2 Eric Brackett 274 146
6 00s Cody Stillwell 274 146
7 32 Brett Page 220 200
8 66 Roy Magee 132 288
9 51 Jamie Riech 122 298
10 14 Tommy Gaither 112 308

UMP Sportsman

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 J24 Jeremy Nichols 294 0
2 98 Danny Smith 284 10
3 72 Tom Graham 256 38
4 41 Scott Landers 256 38
5 25 Tim Bedinger 204 90
6 22 Timmy Dick 176 118
7 18 Jerry Myers 144 150
8 93 Ty Nation 136 158
9 47 James Landis 102 192
10 88 Jim Bedinger 100 194

UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 36 Nick Justice 576 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 530 46
3 08 Brian Dasenbrock 468 108
4 21R Dustin Reed 378 198
5 45 Luke Force 350 226
6 7 John Bright, Jr. 338 238
7 3T Kevin Lewis 322 254
8 J24 Jeremy Nichols 320 256
9 5 Terry Reed 320 256
10 28 Greg Osman 282 294

UMP Hornets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 1R Tony Reed 484 0
2 J4 Jerad Matherly 416 68
3 64CK Cook Crawford 392 92
4 G3 Mike Gossett 374 110
5 87 Ryan Cantrell 350 134
6 66 Mike McChristy 262 222
7 39M Marty Sullivan 258 226
8 20 Torry Lyons 248 236
9 25C Caleb Branch 238 246
10 40 Adam Webb 236 248

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Taylors Battle For Checkered Flag At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) On Hall of Fame Driver Reunion Night, and in front of their father Dick Taylor, brothers Matt and Guy Taylor raced as well as they could with one thing in mind, the checkered flag. Matt Taylor looked to be the favorite in this 20-lap feature race, running the top side and doing it smoothly. Guy Taylor started to work at the bottom and the racecar caught on quickly and made a race of it all the way to the checkered flag. Matt looked like he was going to be able to hold off Guy until the fourth turn.  With the checkered flag waving in the air, the car slipped up allowing Guy to sneak in underneath and capture the win.

The night was full of close finishes. In the Street Stock feature, Kaleb Wood looked to take his first win of the season at Macon Speedway.  However, points leader Nick Justice was coming along strong and eventually took hold of the top position. Wood nearly nudged Justice coming to the checkered flag out of the fourth turn and raced clean to the finish for a second-place finish behind Justice. Wood said during the driver interview, “You earned that one.”

In the Billingsley Towing Modified feature, Curt Rhodes won his first Macon Speedway feature of the season as he got the lead from Thursday night’s feature winner Rodney Standerfer. With Rhodes looking to give Standerfer a ride for the win, a caution came out on lap 11 and slowed the action back down with Standerfer in front. When the green came back out, Standerfer took off and looked to hold on for his second win in three days. But instead, Rhodes went to the bottom and caught back up to the leader and would work to the top side and take the lead on the 17th lap. With three to go, Rhodes went the distance without challenge. His son, Zach Rhodes, finished third.

Tim Hancock is a perfect seven-for-seven in the B-Modified class. His entry number was the worst of any driver and started at the back of his heat, seventh place. Within the eight lap race, he caught up to the leader and would eventually win. That put him on the pole position for the 15-lap feature and he would win easily.

The night capped off with Tony Reed taking the Hornets feature. The points leader added to his lead with the checkered flag and feature winning trophy in his hand.

Next Saturday night features the Sportsman in a 40-lap feature race and they’ll go topless and race without their roof. Also on the slate are the Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds and Hornets in a night sponsored by Miles Chevrolet.

Macon IL Speedway Results (Top Tens)

UMP Pro Late Models – 1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield]; 2. 24-Matt Taylor[Springfield]; 3. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield]; 4. 33H-Roben Huffman[Midland City]; 5. 147-Matt Beadles[Clinton]; 6. 2J-David Jumper[House Springs, MO]; 7. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta]; 8. 52R-Jeffrey Reed[Blue Mound]; 9. 32M-Cody Maguire[Carlinville]; (DNS) D1RT-Victor Overlin[Oakley]

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds – 1. 10-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville]; 2. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Germantown]; 3. 11-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville]; 4. 32B-TD Burger[Saunemin]; 5. 14C-Alan Crowder[Elwin]; 6. 28S-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo]; 7. 71-Jeff Graham[Stonington]; 8. 15L-Jim Farley III[Springfield]; 9. 3-Wade Glover[Brighton]; 10. 99-David Luttrell[Riverton]

B-Mods – 1. 0-Tim Hancock[Mt. Olive]; 2. 32-Brett Page[Centralia]; 3. 00S-Cody Stillwell[Godfrey]; 4. 14-Tommy Gaither[Bunker Hill]; 5. 57R-Tom Riech[Springfield]; 6. 42-Clint Young[Ava]; 7. 23-Ryan Timmons[Centralia]; 8. 0X-Tim Hancock Jr[Mt. Olive]; 9. 2-Eric Brackett[Brighton]; 10. 66-Roy Magee[Springfield]

UMP Street Stocks – 1. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur]; 2. 72W-Kaleb Wood[Sullivan]; 3. 52R-Jeff Reed, Jr[Blue Mound]; 4. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta]; 5. 17-Jamie Suddarth[Mt. Zion]; 6. 26-Kyle Waters[Oreana]; 7. #1-Terry Reed, Sr[Decatur]; 8. 3T-Kevin Lewis[Decatur]; 9. B5-Ben Medaris[Decatur]; 10. 28-Guy Taylor[Springfield]

UMP Hornets – 1. 1R-Tony Reed[Blue Mound]; 2. 13R-Ryan Barton[Taylorville]; 3. 20-Torry Lyons[Mt. Pulaski]; 4. 25C-Caleb Branch[Hammond]; 5. 64CK-Cook Crawford[Lincoln]; 6. 35R-Rickey Carriker[Wood River]; 7. JJ4-John Bright, Jr.[Long Creek]; 8. 87-Ryan Cantrell[Decatur]; 9. 911-Brad Rexroad[Hammond]; 10. 66-Mike McChristy[Mt. Zion]

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IT IS RACE DAY! 5 Division Show Tonight At Macon

We have another fantastic night of racing on tap. It is Hall Of Fame Reunion Night plus a CEFCU Kid’s Club Night. Come see the drivers, owners, crew members, and track members of years past that helped to make Macon one of the most exciting places to be on a Saturday night in Central Illinois.

Divisions Racing:

Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Models
DIRTcar UMP B-Mods
DIRTcar UMP Street Stocks
DIRTcar UMP Hornets

Times:

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

Pricing:

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

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online atwww.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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Pierce Stays Hot in Herald & Review 100 Win at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) The night started out with historic implications as Mike Harrison broke the Billingsley Towing Modifieds track record during time trials, the 13-year record held by Kyle Logue was snapped and then Harrison’s record stood for nearly one minute before Levi Kissinger broke the newest record. The time trials fastest lap was 11.549. It was then 11.492 by Harrison before becoming 11.425.

The Super Late Model track record remained intact as Billy Moyer’s 10.228 was not topped by any of the 24 drivers. The closest it got was 10.371 by Kevin Weaver, a mere .143 of a second.

As the night went strong, the full house was attracted to the fun of the Super Late Models, A-Modifieds and B-Modifieds as feature time drew near.

Tim Hancock went six-for-six in the B-Modified feature. For the first time in his feature-winning-tenure, Hancock was challenged. Newcomer Denny Tribout was right behind Hancock and tested the leader in every turn and every straightaway. Hancock won by a car length.

Defending track champion Rodney Standerfer qualified second fastest in his group, won his feature and started on the pole for the 25-lap A-Main feature. He would go on to lead all 25 laps and win with plenty of competition coming from Zach Rhodes, Levi Kissinger and Ray Walsh. Kissinger nearly had the lead from Standerfer but as the race drew longer, the lead grew and it was a $1,000 payday for Standerfer.

In the main event, the action was fast and furious and got started with excitement right away as fan favorite and local driver Shannon Babb tested the bottom of the track and clipped the tractor tire causing his machine to flip onto its roof. His night was over on lap 3.

Jason Feger led the first quarter of the Herald & Review 100 before Kevin Weaver caught on strong and took the lead from him and looked strong and on a mission to his fifth Herald & Review 100 championship. But smoke started to pour out of the hood and his car was doomed on lap 38. By lap 39, Bobby Pierce became the man to beat. Pierce has had a remarkable tour. Through 15 races, he has won eight events and had 12 top-five finishes. Pierce blew away the rest of the field and cruised to his very first Herald & Review 100 and opened his lead in the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals points standings.

Race Statistics: The race was completed in 43 minutes with seven caution flags, six were yellows and one red flag. There were three lead changes in the 100 lap event. Pierce, from Oakwood, IL., joins the likes of 14-of-the-last 16 winners of the Herald & Review 100 to be from the state of Illinois. Eight times the winner of the Herald & Review 100 has gone on to win the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals. With Pierce’s win Thursday night, his points lead extends to 200 with eight races remaining on the schedule.

Herald & Review 100 Super Late Models Summer Nationals–1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood), 2. Jason Feger (Bloomington), 3. Bob Gardner (East Peoria), 4. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville), 5. Daryn Klein (Fairview Heights), 6. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso), 7. Brian Diveley (Springfield), 8. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO), 9. Joseph Hughs (Pleasant Plains), 10. Jake Little (Pleasant Plains)

Summit Modified Nationals–1. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 2. Levi Kissinger (Mt. Vernon, IN), 3. Ray Walsh (St. Louis, MO), 4. Josh Harris (Utica, KY), 5. Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO), 6. Mike Harrison (Highland), 7. Phil Dixon (Crosby, TX), 8. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 9. Chad Evans (Mattoon), 10. Tyler Nicely (Owensboro, KY)

B-Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Denny Tribout (Millstadt), 3. Tyler Blankenship (St. Elmo), 4. Tom Riech (Springfield), 5. B.J. Deal (Brownstown), 6. Tony Walker (Brighton), 7. Brett Page (Centralia), 8. Tim Riech (Springfield), 9. Travis Hendrickson (Mattoon), 10. Steve Phillips (Neoga)

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