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Babb Goes Back-to-Back at Macon Speedway 

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Decatur’s Terry Babb has ran laps at Macon Speedway for many years, decades, in fact. He’s had his successes and failures. In July 2018, Babb secured the checkered flag after winning the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car feature in a grueling 25-lap race. Babb returned to the MOWA 410 winged sprint car division Saturday night at Macon Speedway and left just the same way.

After a promising start to his night in the heat race, Babb earned a chance at the redraw in which the top eight spots would be drawn for with frisbees to increase the risk and chance of where the drivers would start. Babb flipped over his chosen disc and revealed the number 2. That meant Babb would begin the feature from the front row outside, a pretty desired spot.

As the race reached the green flag, Babb took off on the top of the 1/5th mile dirt oval. Challenges from Andy Bishop, the polesitter, as well as Zach Daum, a multi-time winner at Macon, were met and Babb kept on pursuing the top of the track. As lapped traffic reached trouble, the leader would weave his way through the slower cars and avoid them as well as the followers.

Babb’s careful maneuvering allowed him to capture the 25-lap win, taking all 25 laps in the process, to win back-to-back Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car features.

The race did have a handful of hold-your-breath moments such as the scary collision with Logan Faucon and Justin Standridge. Faucon was bounced from his spot in turn four and darted into Standridge who was catapulted into the retaining fence and the concrete wall. Standridge’s winged sprint would be crushed and mangled but the Athens native would walk away unscathed. Along with that, Chapin’s Paul Nienhiser had a rough start to his evening with a flat tire in his heat race. Starting in the 19th position, out of 20 cars, Nienhiser blasted his way through the grid and by a caution on lap 8 had charged all the way up to 6th place. He would take home a top-five feature finish.

New Berlin’s Jake Neuman would be the dominating winner in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget feature event. Neuman was cruising across the top of the track with no challengers in site. The 30-lap A-Main would see a consistent amount of consecutive green flag laps which allowed Neuman to open his lead over the runner up Tyler Thomas. Terry Babb would also run in the POWRi Midgets and finish sixth place.

Another dominating performance was the effort by Andy Bishop in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis. Bishop crossed the line first all 15 laps and despite a caution-plagued event, never seemed rattled or anxious. Bishop just kept pursuing the top of the track and the checkered flag.

In the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Tim Hancock, Sr. returned to victory lane. The leader in the track points was able to win his heat and begin the feature from the front row and that helped carry him to another feature win.

Jose Parga squeaked by Jake Little at the finish in the Midwest Big Ten Series feature race for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models. Parga was in line for an easy checkered flag until things started to come unraveled for the New Berlin driver towards the end with slip-ups. Little, who was easily a car-length behind Parga, became closing in and as the checkered flag came out was able to make it a close finish but the top side came through for Parga while Little’s ride on the bottom was only good enough for second place.

Macon Speedway thanks Neal Tire & Auto for their sponsorship of the Open Wheel Madness night as well as their sponsorship of the Pro Modified class. The crowd was full and excited for the rare appearance from the MOWA Sprint Cars as well as the POWRi Midgets.

The track will rest for a week and dismiss racing activities until its return on August 10th with the fan favorite “Eve of Destruction Night” with the flagpole race, race’em & wreck’em bash as well as the rollover contest. A full show of stock cars will join the mayhem with the Diane Bennett Memorial race.

Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car Series by Morrow Brothers—1. Terry Babb (Decatur), 2. Andy Bishop (Harrisburg), 3. Zach Daum (Pocahontas), 4. Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA), 5. Paul Nienhiser (Chapin), 6. Cory Bruns (Lincoln), 7. Brayton Lynch, 8. Robby McQuinn (Springfield), 9. Dustin Barks, 10. Steve Short

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series—1. Jake Neuman (New Berlin), 2. Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK), 3. Daniel Adler (St. Louis, MO), 4. Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, CA), 5. Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, OK), 6. Terry Babb (Decatur), 7. Zach Daum (Pocahontas), 8. Karter Sarff (Mason City), 9. Daniel Robinson (Ewing), 10. Shelby Bosie (Sherman)

Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis—1. Andy Bishop (Harrisburg), 2. Jeremy Camp (Sullivan), 3. Kyle Schuett (Philo), 4. Will Armitage (Athens), 5. James Koenigseein (New Athens), 6. Jacob Tipton (Decatur), 7. Molly Day (Atwood), 8. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 9. Daryn Stark (Springfield), 10. Steve Finn (Collinsville)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds—1. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 2. Nick Justice (Decatur), 3. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 4. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 5. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 6. Jarrett Styker (Millstadt), 7. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 8. Roy Magee (Springfield), 9. Brady Lynch (Hillsboro), 10. Kevin Rench (Hillsboro)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models—1. Jose Parga (New Berlin), 2. Jake Little (Springfield), 3. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 4. Colby Sheppard (Williamsville), 5. Donny Koehler (Macon), 6. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 7. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 8. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 9. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 10. Braden Johnson (Taylorville)

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Macon Speedway Set For Open Wheel Madness Saturday Night

410 Winged Sprints & National Midgets Headline Neal Tire & Auto Night

(Macon, IL) Open wheel fans have a can’t miss show on tap this Saturday night, July 27 at Macon Speedway, as officials have a Sprint Car/Midget doubleheader on the card.  The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets were added to the program which already had the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Cars on schedule.  The doubleheader is rare for Macon, which normally only runs one open wheel class on a big night.  The fans will also be treated to Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.  The night of action is being presented by Neal Tire & Auto.

Chapin, IL driver, Paul Nienhiser, leads the way in the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car Series.  Nienhiser is a thrill to watch, especially at a high-banked bullring like Macon.  Springfield, IL driver, Jeremy Standridge comes into the event second in the standings with Kyle Schuett, Cory Bruns, and Jacob Patton completing the top five.  The Sprints will be coming off of a Friday night event at Jacksonville Speedway.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets have yet to run an event at Macon Speedway in 2019 as weather has canceled the first two attempts.  The series has actually had a four week hiatus so drivers are itching to get back on track.  It will be the 39th appearance at the track for the series, with 21 different drivers finding victory lane.  Jesse Colwell, of Red Bluff, CA, leads the series into Macon, after picking up his first career win at Humboldt Speedway last Sunday.  Saturday night will be his first Macon appearance.  Jake Neuman and Zach Daum are currently tied for second in the standings.

Dakota Ewing leads the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models into the week, after coming a close second to Chris Dick in last week’s KerbyStrong feature.  Ewing has claimed six of the ten features this year and leads the points by 78 over Donny Koehler of Macon, IL.  Blake Damery, Cody Maguire, and Jake Little complete the top five.  The event will also be a part of the Big Ten Series, where Jake Little is the current point leader over Maguire.

Racing veteran, Tim Hancock, Sr., of Mt. Olive, IL still remains the man to beat in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified class.  Hancock has won eight of twelve features this year and has a 56 point lead on Nick Justice.  Rob Timmons, Tim Riech, and Tim Hancock, Jr. complete the top five.    Justice, Timmons, and Hancock, Jr. have each claimed one feature win.

The Micros by Bailey Chassis were also added to the program for this week.  Molly Day, of Atwood, IL, leads the track points by 22 over Daryn Stark, of Springfield, IL.  Day has yet to win a feature but has claimed three top fives in five starts.  The event is not sanctioned by POWRi and will be run under track rules this week.

The Power Wheels Demo, originally on the schedule for this week, has been postponed to a date to be announced.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $20 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.

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Dick Scores KERBYSTRONG Win At Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The bottom groove. That’s what Chris Dick will remember about the 5th Annual KERBYSTRONG 100 at Macon Speedway. Starting in the 10th position, Dick set up his car to run the bottom side of the 1/5th mile dirt track and that helped him speed through the field and find himself in a battle for the lead with Dakota Ewing. Ewing won fast qualifier and his heat which set him up for the pole position on the special 50-lap, $2,000-to-win feature in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models.

Ewing started out on the top side of the track and begin his early domination of the event. As the race grew longer, Ryan Little and Dick closed in. Little would lose second place to Dick and would spin out midway through the race. With only Ewing in his windshield view, Dick continued to run the bottom while Ewing charged high. Lapped traffic played a small-to-moderate effect as Dick passed Ewing for the lead on lap 37. After his pass, the final 13 laps were all green flags and that provided Dick the growing lead to create breathing room on the way to the double checkered flag finish.

Tommy Sheppard, Jr. had a rough beginning to his night in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. Not being able to finish his heat race put him at the tail of the 12-car feature field but a strong finish is what Sheppard had as he pulled out another win to extend his division points lead. Tim Hancock, Jr. led the first 13 laps in the special 25-lap $700-to-win race. But as Sheppard caught up to Hancock from the top groove, the race was lost for Hancock.

Rounding out the division races as part of the 5th Annual KERBYSTRONG 100 was the Sportsman division as their 25-lap race for $600-to-win. Dennis Vandermeersch, pole sitter and winner of the inaugural as well as most recent KERBYSTRONG race, led all 25 laps and claimed his third KERBYSTRONG title in the five-year history of the event. Vandermeersch and Scott Landers, 2017 KERBYSTRONG champion, were neck-and-neck in the early stages but the top side was too solid for Vandermeersch as he pulled firmly ahead and won in a caution-free race. The top three rows were positioned by the finish of the Aubie’s Custom Contracting Dash which saw Vandermeersch take the victory.

Tim Hancock, Jr. not only lost the lead and race in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, he lost the lead and race in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds division to his dad, Tim Hancock, Sr. Coming to the green flag, lapped traffic caught up to the Junior Hancock while gave all the opportunity needed for the veteran racer as he whisked away with the checkered flag.

Bobby Beiler raced to championships with the top side of the track a few years ago. After a short break, Beiler came back to racing and once again grabbed the top side to gain momentum and speed. He also grabbed the Archer’s Alley Street Stock winner’s circle on Saturday. Racing along with current points leader Terry Reed, Beiler overcame some obstacles to get to the top and finish off the win.

Brady Reed extended his points lead in the Hornets division with another checkered flag. Despite a rough beginning for the Decatur driver, Reed got moving and got fast to pass Steve Stine and seal the deal.

Macon Speedway was honored to have the Kerby Damery family as well as the KERBYSTRONG Foundation in attendance for the 5th Annual KERBYSTRONG 100. Kerby Damery meant a great deal to Macon Speedway as well as his town of Macon during his life before it was cut short due to cancer. KERBYSTRONG was built to win the race in the fight against cancer. His family tradition of racing continues through his son Blake who races in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models in an orange & blue 10, the same look and design as his dad’s Late Model racecar.

Up next for Macon Speedway is a tremendous event of open wheel & stock car racing. The MOWA 410 Sprint Cars are scheduled to race along with Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, a Midwest Big Ten Series race for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and a late addition to the card is a make-up visit from the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints. Something for everybody next Saturday night at Macon Speedway!

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models–1. Chris Dick (Deland), 2. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 3. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 4. Donny Koehler (Macon), 5. Jose Parga (New Berlin), 6. Colby Sheppard (Williamsville), 7. Brandon Eskew (Ashland), 8. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 9. Logan Moody (Catlin), 10. Chuck Mitchell (Jacksonville)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 3. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 4. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 5. Trevor Neville (Mackinaw), 6. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 7. Brian Burns (Bethany), 8. Willy Myers (Collinsville), 9. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 10. Roger Mills (Rockville, IN)

Sportsman–1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Wes Odell (Springfield), 3. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 4. Rick Roedel (Shelbyville), 5. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 6. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 7. Travis Martin (Ramsey), 8. Joel Irvin (Harristown), 9. Connor Klay (Stonington)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 3. Billy Knebel (Pocahontas), 4. Nick Justice (Decatur), 5. Willy Myers (Collinsville), 6. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 7. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 8. Jeff Watts (Dalton City), 9. Dustin Wiltermood (Windsor), 10. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro)

Archer’s Alley Street Stocks–1. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 2. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 3. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 4. Gene Reed (Hammond), 5. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 6. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 7. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 8. Jaret Duff (Maroa), 9. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 10. Brian Dasenbrock, Jr. (Decatur)

Hornets–1. Brady Reed (Decatur), 2. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 3. Steve Stine (Stonington), 4. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 5. Ken Reed (Decatur), 6. Carter Dart (Springfield), 7. Jacob Shanks (Decatur), 8. Paul Peters (Pana), 9. Carson Dart (Springfield), 10. Kodi Landholt (Buffalo)

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It is 5th Annual KerbyStrong 100 RACE DAY at Macon Speedway!

For the 5th season now we pay our respect to former regular here at Macon and friend of the community and racing world Kerby Damery who unfortunately prematurely took his final checkered flag of life after a valiant battle with colon cancer. The KerbyStrong race is a way to honor Kerby’s racing legacy as well as racing to win the fight against cancer.

Making up the total of 100 feature laps for the KerbyStrong 100 in 3 divisions are the Midwest Big Ten Series UMP Pro Crate Late Mod racing a 50 lap race for $2,000 to win and $200 to start, BillingsleyRewards.com UMP Modifieds 25 lap feature for $700 to win, & UMP Sportsman 25 lap feature for $600 to win. Pro Modifieds, Stock Cars, & Hornets will also be in action for a full night of great racing and even better times remembering Kerby! LET’S GO RACING!

Full event details below:

Saturday, July 20
5th Annual KerbyStrong 100

Divisions:
*Midwest Big Ten Series Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar UMP Pro Crate Late Models $2,000 To Win/$200 To Start (50 Laps)
*BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar UMP Modifieds $700 To Win (25 Laps)
*DIRTcar UMP Sportsman $600 To Win (25 Laps)
*Neal Tire and Auto Service DIRTcar UMP Pro Modifieds (BMods)
*Archers Alley DIRTcar UMP Stock Cars (Street Stocks)
*DIRTcar UMP Hornets

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

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free

Location:
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.

Hotel:
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
217.422.8800
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More information:
Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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

For more information on KerbyStrong, follow them online at www.kerbystrong.com and Like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kerbystrong)

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 Big Ten Series follow them online at http://www.maconracing.com/midwest-big-ten-series-history/, like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MidwestBigTenSeries), and follow them on Twitter (@MWBig10Series)

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.

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5th Annual KERBYSTRONG 100 Set For Macon Saturday Night

Specials On Tap For Pro Lates, Modifieds, & Sportsman

(Macon, IL) This coming Saturday, July 20, Macon Speedway will be hosting the 5th Annual “KERBYSTRONG 100”, an event that doubles as a fundraiser for the KERBYSTRONG Foundation, for colon cancer awareness.  Inspire, educate, and support are the three words that make up the mission of the KERBYSTRONG Foundation, in memory of long-time area racer Kerby Damery.  The 2019 edition will feature special events with extra pay for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, and Sportsman.  Three other classes will also race.

For the first time in KERBYSTRONG 100 history, the Decatur Building Trades Big Ten Pro Late Models will be headlining the event.  Typically, the event featured a Super Late Model show but they have been swapped out for Pro Late Models at this year’s event.  The 50-lap race will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start with a very strong payout throughout the field.  Previous winners for the headlining event include Scott Schmitt, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and Rusty Schlenk.  This year’s winner will come from a very competitive crop of Pro Late drivers.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will be running a 25-lap feature, paying $700 to win and $100 to start.  Leading the list of favorites to claim the top prize will be New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard, Jr., who leads the points and has won seven out of eleven features this year.  Alan Crowder follows him in the standings, while Tim Hancock, Sr., Curt Rhodes, and Zach Rhodes complete the top five.

Scott Landers leads the Sportsman into Saturday night’s action but has yet to pick up a feature win in 2019.  Landers consistency of five top fives in six starts have put him atop the standings.  Fellow Taylorville, IL drivers, Tim Bedinger and Mitch Ringler, are second and third in points, while Dennis Vandermeersch and Terry Myers complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s action will be the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and Hornets.  Saturday’s event marks the start of a busy week in racing for the Track Enterprises gang as action will pick back up this Sunday at Lincoln, then on Wednesday at the Christian County Fair as well as Terre Haute, followed by the Summer Nationals make-up at Lincoln Thursday, and back to Macon next Saturday for a Sprint Car/Midget doubleheader.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, the drivers meeting will be at 5:45, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $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.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models

Pos # Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 222 0
2 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 196 26
3 11E Brandon Eskew Ashland IL 176 46
4 78 Shawn Diggs Leroy IL 172 50
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 140 82
6 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 136 86
7 33H Roben Huffman Midland City IL 134 88
8 45W Denny Woodworth Mendon IL 120 102
9 38L Ryan Little Springfield IL 110 112
10 2c Colton Billington Mclean IL 94 128


Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 524 0
2 14 Donny Koehler Macon IL 450 74
3 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 438 86
4 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 392 132
5 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 388 136
6 52R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 348 176
7 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 296 228
8 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 266 258
9 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 250 274
10 51 Jarod Shasteen Macon IL 204 320


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 648 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 540 108
3 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 482 166
4 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 410 238
5 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 394 254
6 43 Jared Thomas Edinburg IL 358 290
7 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 266 382
8 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 252 396
9 313 Jordan Warren Medora IL 246 402
10 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 220 428


Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 334 0
2 17B Tim Bedinger Taylorville IL 314 20
3 94 Mitch Ringler Taylorville IL 306 28
4 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 300 34
5 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 298 36
6 3J Joel Irvin Harristown IL 252 82
7 61 Stefan Bedinger Taylorville IL 190 144
8 44 Bill Berghaus Chapin IL 176 158
9 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 168 166
10 07 Phil Moreland Assumption IL 154 180


Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 612 0
2 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 562 50
3 5 Rob Timmons Centralia IL 540 72
4 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 500 112
5 22 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 454 158
6 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 420 192
7 B21 Billy Nail Decatur IL 394 218
8 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 368 244
9 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 320 292
10 35 Tom Davidson Springfield IL 320 292


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 502 0
2 1 Gene Reed Hammond IL 440 62
3 X7 Larry Russell Decatur IL 436 66
4 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 402 100
5 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 370 132
6 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 362 140
7 23Z Shawn Ziemer Boody IL 346 156
8 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 320 182
9 41 Fredie Thomas Macon IL 320 182
10 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 294 208


Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 574 0
2 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 486 88
3 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 446 128
4 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 360 214
5 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 352 222
6 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 322 252
7 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 314 260
8 69M Michael Abbott Taylorville IL 284 290
9 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 278 296
10 04 Steve Stine Stonington IL 254 320

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6th Annual Christian County Fair Racing Event Coming Wednesday Night

Larry’s Service Center NAPA Tripleheader Features Three Popular Divisions

The 2019 Christian County Agricultural Fair opens up Tuesday July 23 and runs through July 27, but it’s Wednesday, July 24 that racing fans have marked on their schedules as three divisions of racing return.  The Taylorville, IL fair put racing back on the schedule in 2014, much to the delight of racers and fans in the area.  The event is promoted by Track Enterprises of Macon, IL and presented by Larry’s Service Center and NAPA of Taylorville.

Races at the fair returned in 2014 and were held again the last five years with solid car counts and great racing.   The 2014 event, which was the first in decades, was very successful, boasting a strong turnout in cars and fans.  The inaugural edition of the event saw Kaleb Wood take the win in a field of 20 Street Stocks.  Jeremy Nichols claimed the Sportsman feature, while Jeremy Reed won the Hornet A-Main.

The 2015 NAPA Tripleheader presented by Larry’s Service Center saw Nichols again winning the Sportsman event, while Terry Reed won the Street Stock race, and Jeremy Reed ended the night in Hornet victory lane for a second time in two years.

In 2016, heavy rainfall hit the fairgrounds during the afternoon hours.  Despite the rain and subsequent flooding at the facility, officials worked hard to get back on track.  The event drew 20 Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks with Lovington, IL driver, Jeremy Nichols, claiming the win.  Nichols also bested a field of 13 Sportsman to claim that victory.  In Hornet competition, Decatur, IL driver Jeremy Reed took the win.

Weather was again an issue in 2017, as the event was barely completed with storms threatening throughout the night.  Despite this, the racing again had solid fields of cars with Timmy Dick besting a 13 car field of Sportsman.  Jeremy Nichols took the top prize in the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks.  In Hornet competition, Marty Sullivan claimed the victory as rainfall started.

Last season saw another solid field of cars hit the track with Jeremy Nichols claiming the Big Ten Street Stock top prize over Timmy, Chris, and Darrell Dick.  Ashkum, IL driver, Brandon Pralle bested a good field of Sportsman, while Eric Vanapeldoorn won the Hornet feature.

This year’s Larry’s Service Center presented NAPA Triple Header will again feature Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets.  While all races will be UMP sanctioned, the Street Stock event is also part of the Big Ten Series.

Pits open at 4:00 on Wednesday, July 24, 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 rules will apply for all classes of racing.  For more information, visit www.trackenterprises.com or www.christiancountyfair.com.  For further details call 217-764-3200.

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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
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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.

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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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