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Champions Crowned in 2021 BRANDT Finale at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Six division champions were officially named Saturday night in the BRANDT Championship Night of the 2021 Macon Speedway racing season. Five of those divisions had champions already mathematically decided while one division had a feature race to determine the point champion.

The Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division had Jim Farley III from Springfield leading into the night with a 26-point edge over former champion Scott Landers. When the feature began and Landers wasn’t able to make it out on the track, Farley wrapped up his first track championship. However, the feature race was more exciting as former Sportsman champions Dennis Vandermeersch and Wes Odell battled for the checkered flag. Odell took the lead from Vandermeersch on the last lap with some contact coming to the white flag and the contact loosened up Vandermeersch and he lost the lead to Odell. That gave Odell the momentum to continue to lead on to the checkered flag.

Guy Taylor came into the final night with a wrapped-up points championship in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds but he went out in a blaze of glory. Starting the race from the sixth starting position, Taylor cut up the top side of the track and made moves to pass Rob Timmons, and Danny Smith to make him in the running with leader Alan Crowder. Crowder looked like he was on his way to his second feature win of 2021. Taylor just kept flying and got around Crowder for the lead. With the final laps coming in and Taylor was in a three-way battle for the lead as Crowder and Smith kept close, caution flag laps slowed the action until the final green-white-checkered and saw Taylor victorious.

Taylor also came into the evening already knowing his fate as champion in the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks class. He kept the car on the track and managed a top five finish. Terry Reed, a former champion got the feature win. After many close calls and top five finishes, Reed kept moving forward through lapped traffic and stayed ahead of Darrell Dick for the checkered flag.

Kyle Helmick has continued to improve through his racing career and started to win features. His 2021 was nothing short of terrific as the Smithton racer came into the night already knowing he was the Pro Modified track champion but he put the icing on the cake as he won the feature, as well. Billy Knebel, the 2020 track champion, was looking strong through the first half of the race but a yellow flag slowed the action. On the restart, Knebel was bumper-to-bumper with Helmick and within a few laps, Helmick moved for the pass and took on the lead and the victory.

In the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division, Colby Sheppard clinched the championship two weeks ago but has continued to show up and race and keep building his points lead. With better than 150 points between him and the second place points holder Donny Koehler, Sheppard came out to race and try to win another feature but Dakota Ewing kept him from doing that. The former Pro Late Model champion took the 20-lap win and Sheppard fell victim to a broken racecar in the final lap. His car would be towed off the track after the race ended but still got to celebrate with the enlarged championship checkered flag at the night’s end.

The division championships finished with Allan Harris in the Hornets. Although not winning the final race of the season, Harris was pleased with his top five finish. The checkered flag in the Hornets went to a former Hornets track champion in Brady Reed who was racing for one of the first few times of the Macon Speedway year. Chasing down Billy Mason, Reed used his fast 4-cylinder to speed away from Mason and get the win.

The night would be completed with some fun extra racing with the Mechanics races and Powder Puff race. A combination of BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and Pro Modifieds were put together on the track and the 10 laps were raced and won by Bobby Fowler. Fowler, a former Modified racer, was racing in the D98 of Danny Smith. Fowler got past Nick Stillwell who was racing in the Cody Stillwell 00S.In the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman and Archer’s Alley Street Stock combo Mechanics race, Sam Parrish ran the Darrell Dick 22 Street Stock to the checkered flag as he held off Justin Curry who was racing in the Sportsman Rick Roedel 11. The night and the season was capped off with Megan Blair taking the first place prize in the Hornets Powder Puff race. Blair was racing in Allan Harris’ 3H car. Brittany Stovall put in a close battle for second while running in the 324 Brady Reed/Shelby Beiler car.

The 76th consecutive season of racing at Macon Speedway is complete. Along with Daryn Stark in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis, the 2021 Macon Speedway division champions have been crowned. With more racing coming at Lincoln Speedway next weekend in the DIRTcar Fall Nationals, the spring of 2022 will look to give more hope to drivers and racers for the upcoming summer. 

Feature Results (Top 10’s) 

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 2. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 3. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 4. 134-Chuck Mitchell[Jacksonville, IL]; 5. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 6. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 7. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 8. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 9. F15-Bob Sidener[Springfield, IL]; 10. (DNF) 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 3. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 4. 5T-Rob Timmons[Centralia, IL]; 5. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 6. 10R-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 00S-Cody Stilwell[Godfrey, IL]; 8. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 9. 88-Robert Lee[Sorento, IL]; 10. 4G-John Goveia[Riverton, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 3. 67-Austin Seets[Brighton, IL]; 4. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 5. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 6. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. 7S-Jeremy Sebens[White Heath, IL]; 8. 81-Garett Schumacher[Pocahontas, IL]; 9. 116-Kevin Rench[Hillsboro, IL]; 10. 14E-Evan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 2. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 3. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 4. 71-Joel Ortberg[Fenton, MO]; 5. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 6. 4-Matt Reed[Decatur, IL]; 7. 44-John Lewis[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 8. 5S-Ronald Bacon[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNF) V8-James Farley[Springfield, IL]; 10. (DNF) 7S-Ethan Schnapp[Springfield, IL]

Archers Alley Street Stocks

  1. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 2. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 3. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 5. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 3J-Jonathon Hall[Harristown, IL]; 7. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 8. 78B-Brad Peters[Stonington, IL]; 9. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]; 10. 21R-Dustin Reed[Decatur, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 324-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 3. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 4. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 5. 1-Cook Crawford[Lincoln, IL]; 6. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 7. 20-Casey Eskew[Springfield, IL]; 8. 98-Ken Reed[Decatur, IL]; 9. 313-Anthony Rusher[Stonington, IL]; 10. XX-Nick Lowe[Springfield, IL]

Mod/Pro Mod Mechanics Race 

  1. 98 Bobby Fowler, 2. 00 Nick Stilwell, 3. 27x Randy Brown 4. 24 Tim Schomidie, 5. 52 Cole Knebel, 6. 78 Tom Graham 7. 10 Donnie Rhodes, 8. 4 Codey Fernandez

Sportsman/Street Stocks Mechanics Race

  1. 22 Sam Parrish, 2. 21 Tony Reed, 3. Anthony Crist, 4. 98 Brandon Young, 5. 11 Justin Curry, 6. 7 Brad Dart, 7. 5s Jason Abbott, 8. x7 Blake Lowe 9. 24 Everett Crowell

Hornet Powder Puff

1. 3h Megan Blair, 2. 324 Brittany Stovall, 3. 26a Cindy Dick

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BRANDT Season Championship Night to End Macon Speedway Season Saturday

(Macon, IL) The 2021-season will come to an end this coming Saturday night, September 25, at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL with BRANDT Season Championship night. All the point championships will be wrapped up and all the drivers will race for the special finale cup trophies. Mechanic and Powder Puff races will complete the night.

The tightest point battle heading into the night is in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division. Springfield, IL’s Jim Farley, III has not won a feature this year but has been extremely consistent with eight top fives in eight starts. Farley leads by 26 points over Taylorville, IL’s Scott Landers. Landers will need to finish at least 13 spots ahead of Farley in the feature to take the top spot away. Rick Roedel, Roy Magee, and Dennis VanderMeersch round out the top five in the class.

With his first championship already locked up, Williamsville, IL’s Colby Sheppard will be looking to cap off the season with his third feature victory in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models. Sheppard has an outstanding 14 top fives in 15 starts. Other winners looking to get back to victory lane include Jose Parga (8), Timmy Dick (2), Blaise Baker (1), Braden Johnson (1), and Dakota Ewing (1).

Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, has been a busy man this year, racing in three classes full-time and competing in as many as five features in one night, which was last week. Taylor will be the celebrated champion in two different classes, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and Archers Alley Street Stocks. Taylor has taken five Modified victories but has yet to score a victory this year in the Street Stock class.

The early part of the season saw multiple winners with no repeats in the DIRTcar Pro Mod division. That all changed in the second half of the season, where Smithton, IL’s Kyle Helmick has claimed a total of seven features this year. Helmick has the championship wrapped up with Billy Knebel, Kevin Crowder, Guy Taylor, and Justin Reynolds completing the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s division racing will be the DIRTcar Hornet division. Allan Harris, of Chatham, IL, has the point championship solidified, having claimed a division leading five feature wins. Billy Mason is second in the standings, with Shelby Beiler third, and Justin Coffey and Michael McKay fourth and fifth. With the points wrapped up, it will be all about claiming the feature trophy.

In addition to action from Macon’s six divisions, two Mechanic Races and one Powder Puff race will be held. One mechanic race will be held for Modified/Pro Mod type cars and the other for Sportsman/Street Stocks. The Powder Puff event will be held, utilizing Hornet race cars.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will take the track at 6:00, with racing at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 822 0
2 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 648 174
3 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 630 192
4 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 594 228
5 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 562 260
6 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 546 276
7 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 444 378
8 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 444 378
9 F15 Bob Sidener Springfield IL 432 390
10 12 Timmy Dick Monticello IL 396 426


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 846 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 752 94
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 746 100
4 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 722 124
5 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 626 220
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 626 220
7 4G John Goveia Riverton IL 516 330
8 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 490 356
9 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 454 392
10 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 392 454


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 908 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 836 72
3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 810 98
4 24 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 802 106
5 3X Justin Reynolds Hillsboro IL 702 206
6 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 700 208
7 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 624 284
8 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 604 304
9 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 530 378
10 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 458 450


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 438 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 412 26
3 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 396 42
4 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 332 106
5 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 294 144
6 42 Brandon Dick Decatur IL 294 144
7 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 272 166
8 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 252 186
9 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 242 196
10 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 236 202


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 842 0
2 Z24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 764 78
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 726 116
4 22 Darrell Dick Monticello IL 718 124
5 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 620 222
6 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 512 330
7 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 506 336
8 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 438 404
9 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 434 408
10 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 428 414


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 836 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 758 78
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 742 94
4 J13 Justin Coffey Stonington IL 686 150
5 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 568 268
6 187 Korey Bailey Stonington IL 486 350
7 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 434 402
8 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 416 420
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 372 464
10 9Z Zac Miller Lincoln IL 254 582

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KerbyStrong Succeeds at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The 7th edition of the annual racing event named after former track champion Kerby Damery worked wonders once again in central Illinois on Saturday. The event that has been held regularly in July was moved to September in 2020 and stayed there during the 2021 schedule. Kerby’s widow Nikki has started each KerbyStrong event with a speech about the KerbyStrong Foundation’s importance as well as getting checked for cancer.

Kerby Damery loved to race Macon Speedway’s fast 1/5th mile dirt track and won championships in the Sportsman division and the Late Model division during his years as a driver. For that, KerbyStrong has honored those divisions as well as the Modified class with special purses and added laps during its years. Saturday night, the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division would run a 40-lap feature for $1,200-to-win. Bonus money was put together by local businesses Phoenix Tile and Decatur Battery. And Jose Parga was indeed grateful.

Parga started the 40-lapper on the pole but would battle for the lead with Billy Knebel, who was racing in a Pro Late Model for the first time at Macon. Knebel would look to hold the lead out of the beginning of the race and was strong. However, a slip-up in the second turn coming to lap 16 put Parga in front and he charged away with the win.

The 15-lap feature for the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division was filled with unique situations and a late lead change that took a checkered flag away from Guy Taylor. Taylor started fifth in the feature and worked his way to the lead racing with Jeff Reed, Jr. for the top spot. Caution flags flew to slow the pace of the race and caused some cars to leave the track, including Scott Landers, the second place driver in the division points, who left with a flat tire. As Taylor charged for the win, Tommy Duncan came charging from the back to take the lead and the win. Duncan had to be towed off the track in the heat race and came back to start last in the feature. He was starting 19th and ran up the field to take the lead with two laps remaining.

Guy Taylor was a crazy man on Saturday night. All season long, he has raced consistently in three divisions: BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Pro Modifieds and the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks. During KerbyStrong, he raced five of the six classes as he put his Street Stock in the Sportsman class and won his heat and finished second in the feature. He placed fourth in the Pro Late Model feature and he would get the checkered flag in the Modified feature race. Taylor charged hard for the lead and the win as he opened up early against Jeremy Nichols, Zach Rhodes and newcomer Mason Duncan. The race kept green flag racing to allow Taylor to open his lead. The race then turned to second place as Kyle Helmick, the ninth place starter and Pro Modified racer, challenging for second place with Nichols. Nichols made a mistake in the second turn of the final lap and it allowed Helmick to take the runner up position.

Helmick would take the winner’s circle in the Pro Modified feature race earlier in the evening. After making the pass on Kevin Crowder who pulled into the infield with a broken racecar early on, Helmick led the 14-car field around the track for another feature win.

The Archer’s Alley Street Stocks class was filled with potential winners and drivers who have tasted the glory of winning. The 15-lapper on Saturday was tasted by somebody who hasn’t had that taste in a long while. Maroa’s Randy Huffman has been a long-time racer and solid competitor, just hasn’t been able to win the races, until Saturday night. Alongside Guy Taylor and positioning himself ahead of Terry Reed and Nick Macklin, Huffman took to the bottom and stayed clean for the full race to make his night happen. Reed gave it everything he could to get around Huffman but he ran out of time. Macklin had to pull off the track for a tire change and came back to start last. Some crafty racing and speed caught him back up to third place when the checkered flag hit the air.

The final race of the evening was the Hornet class and Michael McKay scored his third feature win of the season. The race was a quick 15-lap event as there were no cautions and plenty of action. Shelby Beiler, Billy Mason, Allan Harris and McKay were all closing in for the lead but with the help of no cautions and clean racing between points leader Harris, McKay got across the line first.

The evening was filled with success for the KerbyStrong Foundation again. Over $1,000 was raised for the 50/50 raffle. Awareness was created about getting checked out for cancers. Sponsors added money to purses and created a Dash for Cash for the Pro Late Models. Kerby Damery’s legacy will continue to live on through this year’s quote: “The best things in life aren’t things at all.”

The 2021 Macon Speedway season completes next Saturday with the Brandt Season Championships for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets. Many championships are already decided while others will need the final night to sort out the rightful champ. 

Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 7-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 3. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 4. 134-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 5. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 6. 77-Blaise Baker[Clinton, IL]; 7. 10-Blake Damery[Blue Mound, IL]; 8. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 9. 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[Lincoln, IL]; 10. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 3. 19C-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 95-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 6. 32-Mason Duncan[Metamora, IL]; 7. 11-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 8. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 9. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 10. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 3. 14E-Evan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]; 4. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 5. 11-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 6. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 7. 116-Kevin Rench[Hillsboro, IL]; 8. 4-William Lowe[Springfield, IL]; 9. 11A-Amanda Adams[Shelbyville, IL]; 10. (DNF) 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 32-Tommy Duncan[Metamora, IL]; 2. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 53R-Jeff Reed Jr[Blue Mound, IL]; 4. 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 5. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 6. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 8. 55-Tim Riech[Petersburg, IL]; 9. 11M-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 10. 4-Matt Reed[Decatur, IL]

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

  1. 46-Randy Huffman[Maroa, IL]; 2. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 3. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 4. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 5. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 7. R1-Megan Erwin[Attica, IN]; 8. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]; 9. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 10. 08-Brian Dasenbrock Jr[Decatur, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 2. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 3. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 4. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 5. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 6. X-Nick Lowe[Springfield, IL]; 7. 313-Gabe Rusher[Stonington, IL]; 8. 2-Jordan Reed[Decatur, IL]; 9. 63-Paul Peters[Pana, IL]; 10. 24M-Kagome Brown[Shelbyville, IL]

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7th Annual KerbyStrong Event Saturday at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL, is down to its final two races of the season and both should be a treat for fans. This Saturday, the track will be hosting its 7th annual KerbyStrong race, in memory of former track champion and many-time winner, Kerby Damery.

The KerbyStrong Foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate, and support cancer patients through their journey. Each year, the foundation and track celebrate Kerby and acknowledge those racing to win the fight against cancer in addition to raise funds for the foundation.

When it comes to the racing, the KerbyStrong event boasts specials for Pro Late Models, Modifieds, and Sportsman, three types of cars the late racer used to compete in. Each class will race for bigger trophies and more money for their feature events.

Williamsville, IL driver, Colby Sheppard, will lead the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models into the special event Saturday, having already claimed the track point championship with a 168-point advantage. Sheppard has won two races this year and will be one of the contenders. Others to watch include seven-time feature winner Jose Parga, last week’s feature winner Dakota Ewing, Braden Johnson, and Kerby Damery’s son, Blake. The Pro Late Model event is also the final Big Ten sanctioned race of the year.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds point battle is still up for grabs but could be clinched by the end of the night. Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, has a 78-point advantage on Alan Crowder. Taylor has claimed four feature wins, while Crowder claimed his first just two weeks ago and backed it up with another strong finish last week. The Modified field has been strong with fields over 20 each of the last three weeks.

Kyle Helmick looks to be on his way to the DIRTcar Pro Mod championship, having a 70-point lead entering the night. Helmick has won six features this season and leads former champion, Billy Knebel, Kevin Crowder, Guy Taylor, and Nick Justice.

It’s been a minute, but the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman are back this week with Jim Farley, III leading the way by only two points over Scott Landers. Farley has yet to claim a feature win, while Landers has found victory lane once. Rick Roedel is third, Roy Magee fourth, and Dennis VanderMeersch complete the top five.

Veteran racer, Guy Taylor, could very well claim two championships this year, as he also leads the Archers Alley Street Stock standings. Taylor’s advantage in the class is 76 so he might claim both this Saturday night. Zach Taylor, Nick Macklin, Darrell Dick, and Jaret Duff complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s program will be the DIRTcar Hornets. Allan Harris can also clinch the championship with a good run this week, having a 74-point lead over Billy Mason. Harris has won five features this year and has claimed 12 top five finishes in just 14 races.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 and kids 11 and under are free.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 770 0
2 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 602 168
3 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 594 176
4 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 574 196
5 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 504 266
6 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 502 268
7 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 444 326
8 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 396 374
9 F15 Bob Sidener Springfield IL 394 376
10 12 Timmy Dick Monticello IL 356 414


BillingsleyRewards.com Modified

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 786 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 708 78
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 688 98
4 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 668 118
5 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 626 160
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 584 202
7 4G John Goveia Riverton IL 484 302
8 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 480 306
9 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 406 380
10 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 392 394


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 848 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 778 70
3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 772 76
4 24 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 760 88
5 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 700 148
6 3X Justin Reynolds Hillsboro IL 648 200
7 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 604 244
8 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 574 274
9 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 482 366
10 21.5 Jake Montgomery East Peoria IL 428 420


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 386 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 384 2
3 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 348 38
4 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 288 98
5 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 264 122
6 42 Brandon Dick Decatur IL 260 126
7 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 218 168
8 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 210 176
9 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 206 180
10 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 196 190


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 788 0
2 Z24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 712 76
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 670 118
4 22 Darrell Dick Monticello IL 668 120
5 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 620 168
6 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 512 276
7 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 506 282
8 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 428 360
9 53R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 426 362
10 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 402 386


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 778 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 704 74
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 686 92
4 J13 Justin Coffey Stonington IL 634 144
5 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 508 270
6 187 Korey Bailey Stonington IL 486 292
7 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 434 344
8 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 406 372
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 372 406
10 9Z Zac Miller Lincoln IL 254 524

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Racing Hits Home Stretch at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Following a week off for Labor Day, Macon Speedway racers hit the track with the final three weeks of racing for the 76th consecutive season. With the season points coming to a close, the final race nights are important for drivers who want to stake their claim as champions or higher finishers in the top ten standings.

Guy Taylor has been solidly racing three divisions all season long. In the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks Taylor is the points leader. In the Pro Modifieds division, he is the fourth place points driver. His points lead got extended with the a checkered flag finish in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds.

The 21-car, 20-lap race was filled with cautions but also excitement as the race started with a three-wide start with Alan Crowder, Zach Rhodes and Taylor all battling for the lead. Taylor started out down low but moved to the top groove and that decision carried him to the lead and the win. Crowder made a strong bid for his second straight feature win but held on for a second place result.

Taylor would take second place in the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks feature as Nick Macklin blasted off to the lead from the front row alongside Taylor. Macklin’s success carried him not only to a win at Macon but also to a Midwest Big Ten Series championship as Macklin would pass Taylor as well as the top two drivers who did not make the show, Terry Reed and Jeremy Nichols. One of the more impressive showings of the night came from Attica, Indiana, driver Megan Erwin. Starting 11th after a rough heat race saw her get things figured out and propelled her to a third place finish.

Taylor’s other feature race was in the Pro Modifieds where he took home third place after getting passed by Kevin Crowder for second place and both drivers chased Kyle Helmick for the lead. Helmick added to his points lead with the weekly racing starting to close out.

Dakota Ewing was not in a bad mood over his Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model after the feature race Saturday night. The Warrensburg driver has battled good nights and bad nights in that car this season but a great night of qualifying and heat race winning put him on the front row of the feature and after getting slowed by a lapped car in the middle of the feature was able to take off and keep the distance between Braden Johnson and Colby Sheppard. It will be too little too late for Ewing, however, as it relates to a 2021 track championship as Sheppard has better than 150 points lead over second place driver Donald Koehler with two weeks remaining.

The first 2021 Track Championship was claimed in the Micro Sprints by Bailey Chassis as Daryn Stark of Springfield finished the season with the most points. His night ended badly as he wasn’t able to finish the race as was towed off the track after a collision with six laps remaining. Aarik Andruskevitch, a 12-year-old from Riverton, took the top honor in the class for the night’s race. Hayden Harvey would finish second in the points standings and defending champion John Barnard would finish third in the points.

The night finished off with the Hornets as Ryan Cantrell and Allan Harris made the final lap a heart-stopper. Harris came from 11th place to challenge for the lead in the 15-lap feature. As the race came to the final turn, Harris bumped the left side of Cantrell’s new ride and nearly lifted him off the ground. As both cars hit the brakes, Cantrell was quicker to get back on the gas pedal and fly to the victory.

Macon Speedway was also welcomed by the Vintage Racing of Illinois cars and Mendota’s Matt Ramer, racing in a 1959 Pontiac, came through with the checkered flag. The six-car field saw many makes and models from a 1950 Oldsmobile to a 1950s Chevrolet Impala and a 1970 Camaro. The class was a fond memory of what racecars used to look like back in the day.

Macon Speedway wishes to thank its sponsors for the evening, the Decatur Convention Center & Visitor’s Bureau as well as Cromwell Media radio station Classic Country 98.1 GRIZ-FM. Next Saturday night will be a special night at the track with the 7th Annual KERBYSTRONG event featuring special races for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, three classes driven by Kerby Damery during his time as a racer before falling victim to cancer. Along for the schedule will be the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets. 

Feature Rundowns (Top Tens)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 2. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 4. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 5. 33-Devin McLean[Mt. Vernon, IL]; 6. 134-Chuck Mitchell[Jacksonville, IL]; 7. 32M-Cody Maguire[Carlinville, IL]; 8. 46-Eric Wilson[Downs, IL]; 9. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 10. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 3. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Millstadt, IL]; 4. 11-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 5. 10C-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 6. 19C-Carter Sinkhorn[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 8. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 9. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 10. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 3. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 6. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 7. 116-Kevin Rench[Hillsboro, IL]; 8. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 9. 11M-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 10. 4-William Lowe[Springfield, IL]

Archers Alley Big Ten Street Stocks

  1. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 2. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. R1-Megan Erwin[Attica, IL]; 4. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 5. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]; 6. 46-Randy Huffman[Maroa, IL]; 7. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 8. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 9. D7-Carter Dart[Springfield, IL]; 10. 808-John Bright Jr[Long Creek, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 40-Ryan Cantrell[Decatur, IL]; 2. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 3. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 4. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 5. 44-Bill Basso[Athens, IL]; 6. X-Carson Dart[Springfield, IL]; 7. (DNF) 98-Ken Reed[Decatur, IL]; 8. (DNF) 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 9. (DNF) 1-Cook Crawford[Lincoln, IL]; 10. (DNF) 14J-Johnathon Wright[Vandalia, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 2. 17-Molly Day[Allerton, IL]; 3. 27-Kyle Barker[Cooksville, IL]; 4. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 5. 68-Paul Day[Atwood, IL]; 6. 72-Jordan Clary[Edwardsville, IL]; 7. 1-Devin Feger[East Peoria, IL]; 8. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 9. 14-Mike Dibart[Springfield, IL]; 10. 7H-Jacob Hillyer[Spaulding, IL]

Vintage Racing Of Illinois 

Winner – Matt Ramer

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IT IS RACEDAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

Down to the final three nights in the 2021 season at Macon Speedway and one of those is TONIGHT! Seven divisions of action are on tap with Vintage Racing of Illinois and the Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks heading the show. Full details below…
Saturday, September 11th
Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau/Griz 98.1 FM Night
Featuring Vintage Racing Of Illinois
Divisions:
*Vintage Racing Of Illinois
*Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models
*DIRTcar Pro Mods
*Archers Alley Big 10 Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday
Lodging:
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate

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Macon Speedway Drivers Set for Final Three Races

(Macon, IL) The 2021 racing season is winding down fast as Macon Speedway will determine all the point champions later this month. Only three race nights remain, including this Saturday, September 11th, where a Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stock champion will be crowned. Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau/Griz 98.1 FM night will feature seven divisions, including a special visit from the Vintage Racing Of Illinois Series.

Co-headlining the event will be the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks, which have run nine of their ten events this season. Saturday night, the 2021-point champion will be decided and the two drivers with the best chance are the only two to claim championships in series history, Terry Reed and Jeremy Nichols. Each have claimed three series championships.

Entering Saturday’s event, Cerro Gordo, IL’s Reed has a 14-point lead on Lovington, IL’s Nichols in the Big Ten standings. Despite being in second, Nichols might have the better chance to claim the championship as only the best eight finishes count toward the points. Nichols has a 34-point race to fall off, while Reed has a 50-point race that may fall off. If you look at it that way, Nichols virtually has a two-point advantage entering the final event. There are many scenarios that will keep the championship battle interesting.

The Vintage Racing of Illinois Series will be making their only visit of the season. The series features race cars of yesteryear and is a must see for lovers of vintage race cars. Not only are they great to see, they are fun to watch battle for the wins as they actually race hard for the trophy. The previous visit, a couple years ago, kept fans on the edge of their seats. A field in upwards of 12-14 cars is expected.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models are back this week with Williamsville, IL driver, Colby Sheppard, leading the way. Sheppard has a 156-point lead in the division standings over Macon, IL’s Donny Koehler. Sheppard, who could lock up the championship this week, is coming off of his second win of the season two weeks ago, making a late race pass on Braden Johnson. Ryan Miller, Johnson, and Derek Smith complete the top five in points in the class.

Macon Speedway’s strongest division this year has been the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class. The division has seen over 20 cars in each of the last two events, leading to exciting feature events. Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor, leads the points by 70, having claimed three feature wins this season. Kyle Helmick in his Pro Mod, Alan Crowder who won the most recent race, Tommy Sheppard, and Billy Knebel round out the top five in points. Each driver in the top five has won at least one feature this year.

The aforementioned, Helmick, is leading the DIRTcar Pro Mod standings at the track by 64 over Knebel. Both drivers have run Mods and Pro Mods all season long, keeping them busy every Saturday night. Helmick has claimed five feature wins in the Pro Mod division, while Knebel, Kevin Crowder, and Guy Taylor in positions two through four, have claimed one each. Fifth place competitor, Nick Justice, has taken three victories.

Allan Harris, of Chatham, IL, is the DIRTcar Hornet point leader coming into Saturday’s action at the track. Harris has won five features throughout the 2021 season but has just a 52 point lead on Billy Mason, of Brownstown, IL. Shelby Beiler, in her rookie season, Justin Coffey, and Korey Bailey round out the top five in points.

One of the closest point battles every year seems to come in the Micros By Bailey Chassis division. 2021 is just the third year the track has counted the class as an official point collecting division. This Saturday’s event is the last one of the season for the Micros at Macon Speedway so a champion will be determined. Springfield, IL’s Daryn Stark leads the points by 32 over Warrensburg, IL’s Hayden Harvey, so it will be a battle of the #55 cars. John Barnard, Jacob Tipton, and Kyle Barker round out the top five in points.

Pits open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

About Macon Speedway:

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

Pos Car # Name City State Points Gap
1 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 446 0
2 67r Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 432 14
3 x7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 416 30
4 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 404 42
5 z24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 394 52
6 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 314 132
7 22 Darrell Dick Monticello IL 314 132
8 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 222 224
9 44J Jeremy Madsen Pawnee IL 176 270
10 14 Wes Biesenthal Athens IL 168 278


Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 714 0
2 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 558 156
3 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 556 158
4 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 516 198
5 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 504 210
6 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 502 212
7 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 384 330
8 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 360 354
9 F15 Bob Sidener Springfield IL 354 360
10 12 Timmy Dick Monticello IL 302 412


BillingsleyRewards.com Modified

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 726 0
2 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 656 70
3 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 650 76
4 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 626 100
5 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 626 100
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 540 186
7 4G John Goveia Riverton IL 464 262
8 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 434 292
9 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 392 334
10 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 352 374


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 788 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 724 64
3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 714 74
4 24 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 704 84
5 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 700 88
6 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 604 184
7 3X Justin Reynolds Hillsboro IL 598 190
8 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 522 266
9 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 434 354
10 21.5 Jake Montgomery East Peoria IL 428 360


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 730 0
2 Z24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 666 64
3 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 620 110
4 22 Darrell Dick Monticello IL 614 116
5 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 610 120
6 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 512 218
7 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 506 224
8 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 428 302
9 53R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 426 304
10 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 402 328


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 720 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 668 52
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 640 80
4 J13 Justin Coffey Stonington IL 578 142
5 187 Korey Bailey Stonington IL 486 234
6 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 454 266
7 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 390 330
8 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 372 348
9 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 354 366
10 9Z Zac Miller Lincoln IL 254 466


Micros By Bailey Chassis

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 482 0
2 55H Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 450 32
3 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 442 40
4 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 426 56
5 27 Kyle Barker Cooksville IL 386 96
6 21 Aarik Andruskevitch Riverton IL 378 104
7 00 Joe Taft Dawson IL 292 190
8 18 Michael Brummitt Mount Zion IL 260 222
9 87C Ryan Cantrell Decatur IL 210 272
10 68 Devin Feger East Peoria IL 208 274

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Crowder Takes Checkered Flag at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Alan Crowder has been racing and competing at Macon Speedway for a lot of years, mainly in Sportsman and BillingsleyRewards.com Modified divisions. He’s tasted success, failure, wrecks, dirt, all things considered and hasn’t been able to win a feature. He’s had the chances to be fastest qualifier and heat race winner but when it comes to the feature race, he’s only been as high as first runner-up. Until Saturday night. During the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature with a caution flag that penalized Tommy Sheppard, Jr. for a spinout that sent him to the back, Crowder had one fewer driver to worry about. Guy Taylor, Curt Rhodes, Jarrett Stryker and Joe Strawkas were moving toward the front and after a handful of caution flags, Crowder opened his lead and took his first feature win in more than ten years.

Braden Johnson looked for a Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature win and after bottom side passing to take the lead away from Ryan Miller, Johnson’s car smoked and started to let up. That was the perfect time for Colby Sheppard to charge hard from the top and take the lead away and win as the green flag hit the air for two laps to go.

One of the closest feature finishes of the night came from the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks as Darrell Dick narrowly crossed the finished line ahead of Guy Taylor. Rudy Zaragoza started the 15-lapper with the lead but lost it three laps in to Dick. Dick stayed on the top side and ran the best line he could to make sure he stayed in the lead as he saw Taylor, who ran the bottom, close in for the lead. As the race came to the finish, Dick loosened up on the top but still came through with speed to secure the win.

The other close feature finish was in the final race of the night with the $300-to-win “World Hornet Championship” race as the 4-cylinders ran for 15 laps to the finish. Billy Mason charged ahead of Allan Harris, Shelby Beiler, Eric VanApeldoorn and Michael McKay to have the lead. As the race moved through its laps and lapped traffic began to close in with Mason, McKay made his top side move and would steal the lead and the win away on the last turn of the last lap.

The Pro Modified feature saw Kyle Helmick once again claim victory lane. The race started with Helmick in second place behind Nick Justice. As the race hit the early laps, Justice loosened up when a lapped car was in his lane and after making the pass on the lapped car lost control and spun out. Justice went to the back and Helmick took the lead and that helped him extend his points lead with just a few weeks left on the schedule.

Aarik Andruskevitch was the fastest and quickest of the 12-car Micro Sprint field. The division, presented by Bailey Chassis, was a fast moving feature that worked out well for not only Andruskevitch but also John Barnard. The defending points champion would start ninth and finish third to receive a special $100 bonus as the Hard Charger from Roland Machinery in Springfield.

An added feature division Saturday night was the USAC/IMRA Speed 2 Midgets. Springfield’s Tyler Roth was lightning quick in his heat race, won the dash to start on the pole and cruised to the feature win in the Durbin Strong 25. The family of Matt Durbin, who was seriously injured in a crash about year ago to the day at Macon Speedway, helped sponsor the event. Matt Durbin, who is on the long road to recovery, was in attendance as a spectator.

Macon Speedway thanks Air King for sponsoring the full night of racing and over 110 entries among the 7 racing divisions. The track rests for a week as crews will work with the Du Quoin State Fair Labor Day races next weekend. The racing returns for the final three scheduled race nights in September with 98.1 GRIZ-FM Night and the Vintage Racing of Illinois cars plus a full stock car racing program. 

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 2. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 3. 7-Steven Reinacher[Pocahontas, IL]; 4. F15-Bob Sidener[Springfield, IL]; 5. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 6. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 7. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 8. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]; 9. (DNF) 10-Blake Damery[Blue Mound, IL]; 10. (DNF) 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[Lincoln, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 2. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Millstadt, IL]; 3. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 9-Andrew Depper[Belleville, IL]; 6. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]; 7. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 8. 71-Jeff Graham[Stonington, IL]; 9. 4G-John Goveia[Riverton, IL]; 10. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 9-Andrew Depper[Belleville, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 6. 29H-Cale Hartnagel[Pocahontas, IL]; 7. Z-Larry Bunning[Decatur, IL]; 8. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 9. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur, IL]; 10. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]

Archers Alley Street Stocks

  1. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 2. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 97-Josh Griffith[Charleston, IL]; 4. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 5. 56-Ron Hartnagel[Pocahontas, IL]; 6. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 7. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 8. (DNF) 53R-Jeff Reed Jr[Blue Mound, IL]; 9. (DNF) 80-Brian Dasenbrock Jr[Decatur, IL]; 10. (DNF) 3J-Jonathon Hall[Harristown, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 2. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 3. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 4. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 5. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 6. 1-Cook Crawford[Lincoln, IL]; 7. 44-Bill Basso[Athens, IL]; 8. 187-Korey Bailey[Stonington, IL]; 9. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 10. 24M-Kagome Brown[Shelbyville, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 2. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 3. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 4. 18-Michael Brummitt[Mt. Zion, IL]; 5. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 6. 00-Joe Taft[Dawson, IL]; 7. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 8. 87-Collin Shain[Sullivan, IL]; 9. 7H-Jacob Hillyer[Spaulding, IL]; 10. A1-Aarin Squires[Springfield, IL]

USAC/IMRA Speed2 Midgets

  1. 18-Tyler Roth[Springfield, IL]; 2. 51R-Will Armitage[Athens, IL]; 3. 11H-Abby Hohlbein[Cloverdale, OH]; 4. 19E-Daltyn England[Springfield, IL]; 5. 127-Michael Armitage[Athens, IL]; 6. 57-Mark McMahill[Peoria, IL]; 7. 5G-Cody Gerdes[Eureka, IL]; 8. 0-Russell Johnston[Monmouth, IL]; 9. 15-RJ Corson[Markham, IL]; 10. 23-Patrick Ryan[Springfield, IL]

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Air King Night Featuring USAC/IMRA Speed2 Midgets

IT IS AIR KING RACE DAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY! Air King presents an action-packed evening of racing headlined by the Durbin Strong 25 for the USAC IMRA Speed2 Midgets as well as the ever-popular Hornet World Championship event. Five other great divisions will be in action for a jam-packed night of dirt track racing excitement. LET’S GO RACING! Full details below…
Saturday, August 28th
Air King Night
Divisions:
*USAC Racing/Illinois Midget Racing Association – IMRA Speed2 Midgets
*Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar Racing Pro Late Models
*DIRTcar Pro Mods
*Archers Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets Hornet World Championship
*600cc Winged Outlaw Micros By Bailey Chassis Company
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday
Lodging:
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate
About Macon Speedway:
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (Macon Speedway) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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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Jack Hewitt Night Canceled Due To Rain

Jack Hewitt Night, featuring the Camfield Memorial for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League was canceled due to rainfall. Several showers passed throughout the day but it was a 4:00 torrential downfall that lasted over an hour that was the final straw.

Macon Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, August 28 for Air King Night featuring the IMRA Speed2 Midgets and six other classes.

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