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Macon Speedway Celebrates Armed Forces Night

(Full night of action available on video on demand at www.maconracing.tv)

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Members of the United States Army as well as the Marine Corps were present for Armed Forces Night and were part of the opening ceremonies with the National Anthem and then a veteran capped off the night with the final checkered flag feature win of the evening.

The night also started off in a great way for Warrensburg driver Dakota Ewing. In the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, Ewing not only set fast time but also broke his two-year time trials fast lap record by 0.042-second. The former mark of 10.794 was established May 4, 2019 by Ewing and he esclipsed that with a new time of 10.752 on Saturday night. His night was looking better after a heat race win and was leading the 20-lap feature five laps in. As the drivers were coming around for the ninth lap Ewing along with racing teammate Jose Parga got side-by-side out of the fourth turn and the combination nearly collided. Unfortunately, the momentum of the moment sent Ewing’s Pro Late Model into the concrete on the front stretch and his racecar slammed the wall. The night was over for Ewing. Parga would continue on to take the rest of the race and win the Pro Late Model feature for the third time in as many tries at Macon Speedway.

Zach Rhodes and his dad Curt Rhodes have raced together for years and Zach has been influenced by his dad since he was a kid to race. Macon Speedway hasn’t seen Curt Rhodes race in recent weeks and the reason why was his engine was taken out of his car and placed into his son’s car so he could continue to race. That help paid off for the younger Rhodes as he took to the top groove of the track and led the full 20 laps en route to his first BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature win of the season. Thanks to a front row starting spot, Rhodes was able to start off fast and strong ahead of fast drivers and previous feature race winners like Tommy Sheppard, Jr. and Guy Taylor. Sheppard would close in on Rhodes up top for the lead but ran out of laps and took the runner-up finishing spot.

A strong finish in his heat race put Kevin Crowder on the front row for the Pro Modified feature. A bad pill draw at the start of the night did not spoil his evening as he started in the back of the heat, raced to the front and thanks to passing points was on the front row of the feature. Much like Rhodes, the front row assignment was a help to keep him ahead of feature winning regulars like Billy Knebel and Kyle Helmick. Crowder ran solidly for the full 15 laps and coasted to the win.

New winners graced the winner’s circle at Macon Speedway in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks and Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis. Tommy Duncan of Metamora made the drive down to be part of the Sportsman division and made the most of it. In only his second time at the track, Duncan took the top honors and raced away from Scott Landers, Wes Odell, Jim Farley III and the driver who has gone 2-for-2 in feature wins, Jeremy Nichols. Duncan stayed low and gained traction and got the car moving to pass four drivers on his way to the lead.

Jeff Reed, Jr. has been racing Macon Speedway divisions for a long time in different divisions but hasn’t tasted much feature-winning success. Saturday night, Reed took his car to victory lane. The 19-car field originally saw Jeremy Nichols starting on the pole but he didn’t make it out at the first start of the race. Following an opening caution, Nichols arrived by was forced to start at the tail of the field. Reed was slated to begin third row inside but was bumped to second row inside behind Jaret Duff. With last time feature winner Bobby Beiler working hard to find a lane to speed up, Reed kept his car on the bottom and the set up worked perfectly. Nichols, who started at the back, flew through the order and would finish third in his fast-moving Street Stock.

Springfield’s Daryn Stark picked up the first checkered flag of his season at Macon Speedway with a 15-lap experience in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis. The race saw plenty of action from a Micro Sprint flip over to spin outs, the race was full of surprises. But Stark kept to his line and sprinted away to the victory.

The night was finished off by veteran Allan Harris of Chatham taking the win in the Hornets. The two-time feature winner was more than happy to hold on to the checkered flag on Armed Forces Night after racing away with the lead and the night.

Seven divisions of racing, over 100 entries and a completed full show in 3 hours 15 minutes. The fans at Macon Speedway were treated to another successful night of excitement. More fun awaits next Saturday with six divisions of racing and the kids will be excited to be at the track for a big bicycle giveaway. Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets make up the show on May 22nd

Feature Rundowns (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 32M-Cody Maguire[Carlinville, IL]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 4. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 5. 21-Jarod Shasteen[Macon, IL]; 6. M14-David Marlow[Heyworth, IL]; 7. 14K-Shane Kelley[Hopedale, IL]; 8. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 9. 34-Eric Doran[Clinton, IL]; 10. 4-Jon Easley[Benton, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 11-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 2. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]; 3. 72A-Austin Lynn[Mason City, IL]; 4. 27-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 5. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 7. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 8. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 9. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 10. 28S-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 2. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 4. 37-Billy Justice Jr[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 5. 215-Jake Montgomery[East Peoria, IL]; 6. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur, IL]; 7. 14N-Nathan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]; 8. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 9. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 10. 14E-Evan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 32-Tommy Duncan[Metamora, IL]; 2. 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 3. 01-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 4. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 5. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 6. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 7. 69-George Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 8. 13-Ryan Blankenship Jr[Decatur, IL]; 9. 11M-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 10. 42-Brandon Dick[Decatur, IL]

Archers Alley Street Stocks

  1. 53R-Jeff Reed Jr[Blue Mound, IL]; 2. 29-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 3. 01-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 4. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 5. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 6. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello, IL]; 8. 14-Wes Biesenthal[Athens, IL]; 9. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 10. 3J-Jonathon Hall[Harristown, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 2. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 3. 187-Korey Bailey[Stonington, IL]; 4. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 5. 9Y-Eric Young[Clinton, IL]; 6. 21D-Josh Dove[Jacksonville, IL]; 7. V91-Tyler Vonbehren[Weldon, IL]; 8. (DNF) V26-Emily Vonbehren[Weldon, IL]; 9. (DNF) 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 10. (DNF) 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 2. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 3. 27-Kyle Barker[Cooksville, IL]; 4. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 5. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 6. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 7. 00-Joe Taft[Dawson, IL]; 8. 7-Ryan Frantz[Atwood, IL]; 9. 93-Dana Christensen[Decatur, IL]; 10. 2-Cody Swisher[Atwood, IL]

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IT IS RACE DAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

IT IS RACE DAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY! Macon Speedway is set to go back to green tonight with seven divisions of racing on Decatur’s Country Home 95Q Armed Forces Night at the track. Active and retired Military Members will receive free grandstand admission if they show ID proof at the ticket window.
Saturday, May 15
95Q Armed Forces Night
Free Grandstand Admission For Active/Retired Military
Must Show Military ID Proof
Divisions:
Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar Racing Pro Late Models
BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds
DIRTcar Pro Mods
Weddle Performance Engines DIRTcar Sportsman
Archers Alley DIRTcar Street Stocks
DIRTcar Hornets
600cc Winged Outlaw Micros By Bailey Chassis Company
Times:
Pits: 4:00
Stands: 5:00
Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hot Laps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on race day.
Lodging:
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate

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95Q Armed Forces Night Set For Saturday At Macon Speedway

Active/Retired Military Members To Receive Free Tickets

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway is set to go back to green this coming Saturday, May 15 with seven divisions of racing on 95Q Armed Forces Night at the track. Active and retired Military Members will receive free grandstand admission if they show ID proof at the ticket window.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modified division has seen strong car counts and great racing over its first two nights of the year and there is currently a tie for the point lead. Springfield, IL driving veteran, Guy Taylor, and many-time track champion, Tommy Sheppard, Jr. are atop the standings, each winning features this season. Billy Knebel, Alan Crowder, and Kyle Helmick round out the top five in this year’s points.

New Berlin, IL driver, Jose Parga, is off to a great start, winning both Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model features so far. Parga leads the DIRTcar National Standings by a sizable margin as well as the Macon points by 6 markers over Jake Little. Colby Sheppard, Donny Koehler, and Dakota Ewing are top five point competitors.

Arguably some of the best action this season has come from the DIRTcar Pro Mod class. Kyle Helmick leads the points by just four over last year’s champion, Billy Knebel, and Kevin Crowder. Nick Justice and Jake Montgomery are fourth and fifth of the 20 cars that have been on track so far.

Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols has been behind the wheel of the Rudy Zaragoza owned Street Stock over the first couple of weeks but it’s the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman standings that he currently leads. Nichols has dominated the two Sportsman races in the Street Stock car, claiming both victories. Scott Landers is second in points, while Jim Farley, III, Rick Roedel, and Dennis Vander Meersch complete the top five.

Argenta, IL’s Nick Macklin and Cerro Gordo, IL’s Terry Reed are atop the standings in the Archers Alley Street Stock class. Jaret Duff is third in the championship chase, while Guy Taylor and Jeremy Nichols round out the top five. Nichols and Bobby Beiler have claimed this year’s feature wins.

The DIRTcar Hornet division is led by Chatham, IL’s Allan Harris, who won the feature on opening night. Billy Mason has had two solid finishes and is second in points, while Shelby Beiler, Cook Crawford, and Jessica Lowe complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s action will be the Micro By Bailey Chassis class. The division raced two weeks ago, had 25 cars in attendance, and put on a thrilling show for the fans in the stands. Aiden Purdue is the point leader after claiming the win, while Jacob Tipton, Alex Midkiff, John Barnard, and Hayden Harvey complete the top five.

In addition to the free admission for active and retired Military Members, Macon Speedway will also have an interactive Army display with activities.

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

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 120 0
2 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 114 6
3 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 108 12
4 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 104 16
5 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 58 62
6 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 54 66
7 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 54 66
8 27 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 52 68
9 7Z Michael Maestas Lincoln IL 50 70
10 7 Steven Reinacher Pocahontas IL 48 72


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 118 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 118 0
3 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 104 14
4 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 100 18
5 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 96 22
6 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 94 24
7 12L Bryan Leach Harvel IL 92 26
8 4 Travis Martin Ramsey IL 78 40
9 4M Clint Martin Ramsey IL 76 42
10 111 Larry Bunning Decatur IL 74 44


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 116 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 112 4
3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 112 4
4 36 Nick Justice Decatur IL 108 8
5 21.5 Jake Montgomery East Peoria IL 100 16
6 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 100 16
7 33 Josh Robb Mt.zion IL 88 28
8 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 82 34
9 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 80 36
10 3X Justin Reynolds Hillsboro IL 80 36


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 120 0
2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 114 6
3 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 110 10
4 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 106 14
5 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 102 18
6 42 Brandon Dick Decatur IL 90 30
7 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 60 60
8 69 George Ewing Decatur IL 52 68
9 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 52 68
10 61 Stefan Bedinger Taylorville IL 48 72


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 110 0
2 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 110 0
3 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 106 4
4 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 104 6
5 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 102 8
6 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 88 22
7 29 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 86 24
8 Z24 Zach Taylor Springfiel IL 86 24
9 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 82 28
10 23Z Shawn Ziemer Boody IL 78 32


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 116 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 110 6
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 110 6
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 96 20
5 X Jessica Lowe Springfield IL 90 26
6 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 62 54
7 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 60 56
8 13 Kyle Keller Oakley IL 60 56
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 58 58
10 9Z Zac Miller Lincoln IL 50 66


Micros By Bailey Chassis

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 37 Aiden Purdue Clinton IL 60 0
2 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 58 2
3 11 Alex Midkiff Belleville IL 56 4
4 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 54 6
5 55 Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 52 8
6 17 Molly Day Allerton IL 50 10
7 18 Michael Brummitt Mount Zion IL 48 12
8 101 Toby Midkiff Belleville IL 46 14
9 27 Devin Feger East Peoria IL 44 16
10 2 Cody Swisher Atwood IL 42 18

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Macon Speedway May 8th Action Canceled Due To Rain

Mother Nature has won for a third time at Macon Speedway, as rainfall hit about 5:00 PM.

Macon Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, May 15th with 95Q Armed Forces Night with free admission for active and retired military members who show proper ID.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

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Lucas Oil National Midgets Tonight At Macon Speedway

We are racing TONIGHT at Macon Speedway with POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League plus four other divisions. Full race details below…
 
Saturday, May 8
POWRi Midgets/Micros
 
Divisions:
*POWRi Lucas Oil Midget League
*POWRi Micros By Bailey Chassis
*Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models
*BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds
*Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis
 
Times:
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 5:00
Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
 
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $18
Children 11 & Under – Free
 
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday.
 
Lodging:
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate.

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Midwest Season Opener at Mighty Macon Speedway on Tap Next

(Macon, IL) Another Illinois track awaits the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Micro League Saturday, May 8th with an event at the famous Mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois.

The action will get underway with a one-night show and a trip to arguably one of the favorites, Macon Speedway. For the POWRi National Midgets, Saturday, May 8th showdown will mark the 41st appearance in league history and the first of the 2021 campaign.

Jake Neuman of New Berlin, IL, the reigning 2020 POWRi Champion is the most recent winner dating back to August 22, 2020. Brad Loyet of Sunset Hills, MO. continues to lead the way with a whopping 6 all-time victories at Macon Speedway. Andrew Felker with four wins, followed by Bryan Clauson, Logan Seavey, and Zach Daum tied with three wins apiece.

For the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micros, Saturday’s venture is also their first trip of 2021 to Macon Speedway. In their two most recent visits to the speedway, on being 2020, Tony Clifton is the most recent winner. Back in 2019 Chad Elliot claimed victory and won at one of Illinois most premier dirt ovals. The class also runs a large number of events unsanctioned as the Bailey Chassis Micros at the track and had 25 in attendance last Saturday.

Leading into the weekend, May 8th. Cannon McIntosh of Bixby Oklahoma is currently on top of the point standings with 1590 points aboard his family- owned No. 08. Jake Neuman is chased by youngster Emerson Axsom of Franklin, IN. for the second position. Only a total of 60 points separates the top three from each other.

The POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micro Sprints see that Daison Pursley, and Joe B Miller are tied for the lead. Both drivers are 220 points ahead of the young Jade Avedisian in third. Pursley and Miller each have a win on the 2021 season and are looking to capitalize and take the points lead at Macon Speedway.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, and DIRTcar Hornets will also be in action.

Pits open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing is at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $18, while kids 11 and under are free.

CURRENT MACON SPEEDWAY STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 120 0
2 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 114 6
3 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 108 12
4 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 104 16
5 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 58 62
6 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 54 66
7 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 54 66
8 27 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 52 68
9 7Z Michael Maestas Lincoln IL 50 70
10 7 Steven Reinacher Pocahontas IL 48 72

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 118 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 118 0
3 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 104 14
4 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 100 18
5 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 96 22
6 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 94 24
7 12L Bryan Leach Harvel IL 92 26
8 4 Travis Martin Ramsey IL 78 40
9 4M Clint Martin Ramsey IL 76 42
10 111 Larry Bunning Decatur IL 74 44

DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 116 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 110 6
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 110 6
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 96 20
5 X Jessica Lowe Springfield IL 90 26
6 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 62 54
7 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 60 56
8 13 Kyle Keller Oakley IL 60 56
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 58 58
10 9Z Zac Miller Lincoln IL 50 66

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Macon Speedway Continues to Excite

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The second week of the 2021 Macon Speedway racing season saw familiar winners grace the winner’s circle on a night which saw seven divisions compete at the 76-year-old dirt oval. Over 100 racecars filled the pit area and a full grandstand continued to bring along plenty of excitement on the first Saturday of May.

Among the familiar winners to find victory lane was Jeremy Nichols in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division. Nichols took the checkered flag in the season opener two weeks ago and looked dominate again in the 15-lap main event. Tailed by former division champions Dennis Vandermeersch and Scott Landers, Nichols pursued the top groove and ran it flawlessly to extend his lead over the pack. Vandermeersch moved on the top side, as well, but ran into the wall and up the fence in turn one on the final lap and was towed off the track. That allowed Landers to become the second place car and stayed close on the restart but Nichols was too much for Landers and the rest of the field.

Nichols looked ready for his second 2-for-2 of the season as he led in the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks feature. Running at the top with Bobby Beiler, Nichols was again moving fast along the top of the track. As Nichols was moving fast, he came up on a car about to become a lap down and Nichols tagged into the back of it and caused the car to spin out. Nichols would be penalized for the spinout that led to the yellow flag and be put to the back of the field. With five laps remaining, Beiler took his role as the leader and would go on to the feature win.

Kyle Helmick led wire-to-wire in the Pro Modified 15-lap feature event and outdueled Kevin Crowder, Billy Knebel and Nick Justice for the win. Knebel looked poised for a top spot takeaway with a fast run on the top but lapped traffic running on the top slowed him down and allowed Helmick, a bottom groove racer, to hold on to the lead and the win.

Helmick got the pole position assignment in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 20-lap feature and led for the first three laps continuing to run on the bottom. However, he was not able to fend off Guy Taylor who was smooth running up top. Taylor’s lead would grow and be comfortable although defending champion and Opening Night feature winner Tommy Sheppard, Jr. closed in.

Aiden Purdue took the top honors out of 25 drivers in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis. Purdue, native of Clinton, started from the pole position and made short work of the group. Decatur’s Jacob Tipton started seventh and ran all the way up to second place for the finish. The Micro Sprints got a taste of the Macon Speedway track before the POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprints national touring series arrives next Saturday.

Jose Parga and Jake Little took off in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature. Parga opened up the advantage and led the small group around for the 20-lap feature race win.

The seven division night of racing ended with the 4-cylinder Hornets and a wild one ensued with Michael McKay of Springfield getting the win with a fast car from the top lane. Shelby Beiler led the early laps from the pole position and fended off Billy Mason, Kyle Keller and Brandon Miller but when McKay got running up top, he made the pass and took off. McKay rolled his car a few weeks earlier at Lincoln Speedway and has been working to get it back on the track. The work paid off as he crossed the finish line first ahead of the 14-car field.

Despite nearly 120 racecars and seven divisions, the night of racing was quick and fast and over shortly after 10pm. Micro Sprint driver and 10-year-old Aarin Squires of Springfield as well as Scooter’s Auto Sales LLC in Springfield donated two bicycles to be given away at intermission as part of the night’s CEFCU Kid’s Club. Mother’s Day weekend at Macon Speedway welcomes the POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprints to the 1/5th mile dirt track. The Macon Speedway Pro Late Models, Modifieds and Hornets will also be on hand to compete. Gates will open up at 5pm for specators, hot laps at 6pm and racing by 7pm.

FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield, IL]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 4. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 5. (DNF) X-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]; 6. (DNF) 7Z-Michael Maestas[Lincoln, IL]; 7. (DNF) 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 8. (DNS) 14-Derek Smith [Decatur, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin, IL]; 3. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 4. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 5. 12L-Bryan Leach[Harvel, IL]; 6. 27-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 7. 32B-TD Burger[Saunemin, IL]; 8. 67-Larry Bunning[Decatur, IL]; 9. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 10. 517-Rick Hamilton[Decatur, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton, IL]; 2. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 3. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 215-Jake Montgomery[East Peoria, IL]; 6. 14N-Nathan Lynch[Hillsboro, IL]; 7. 24-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 8. 3X-Justin Reynolds[Hillsboro, IL]; 9. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion, IL]; 10. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 01-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 2. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 3. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 4. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 5. 69-George Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 6. 11M-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 7. 28-Ryan Blankenship[Harristown, IL]; 8. 4-Matt Reed[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNF) 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 10. (DNF) 12M-Terry Myers[Buffalo, IL]

Archers Alley Street Stocks

  1. 29-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 2. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 3. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 4. 53R-Jeff Reed Jr[Blue Mound, IL]; 5. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 6. Z24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 8. 69-George Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 9. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 10. 01-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 2. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 3. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 4. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon, IL]; 5. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 6. 9Z-Zac Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 7. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 8. 31-Jacob Shanks[Decatur, IL]; 9. X-Jessica Lowe[Springfield, IL]; 10. 64CK-Cook Crawford[Lincoln, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

1. 37-Aiden Purdue[Clinton, IL]; 2. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 3. 11-Alex Midkiff[Belleville, IL]; 4. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 5. 55-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 6. 17-Molly Day[Allerton, IL]; 7. 18-Michael Brummitt[Mount Zion, IL]; 8. 101-Toby Midkiff[Belleville, IL]; 9. 68-Devin Feger[East Peoria, IL]; 10. 2-Cody Swisher[Atwood, IL]

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Macon Speedway Set For Seven Division Show Saturday Night

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway officials are preparing for a busy night of action, Saturday, May 1st, with seven divisions racing. Off track, fans will enjoy $1 off a concession favorite, walking tacos, and kids will be treated to CEFCU Kids Club activities.

Jose Parga, of New Berlin, IL, leads the field of Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models into Saturday night’s event. Parga has claimed wins at a number of tracks early this season, including the Macon Speedway opener two weeks ago. Teammate Dakota Ewing is second in points, while Jake Little, Cody Maguire, and Colby Sheppard round out the top five.

Many time Macon Speedway track champion, Tommy Sheppard, Jr., picked up where he left off last season, winning on opening night in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified division. Guy Taylor comes into week #2 second in points, while Alan Crowder, Chad Evans, and Jarrett Stryker finish off the top five.

In the DIRTcar Pro Mods, Fairview Heights, IL driver Ryan Hamilton leads the standings after his $1k win on opening night. The teenage driver is followed by last year’s champion, Billy Knebel, Kyle Helmick, Kevin Crowder, and Nick Justice.

The Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman are back on schedule for this Saturday night as well. Jeremy Nichols, of Lovington, IL, won the Sportsman feature in his Street Stock on April 17 with Dennis Vander Meersch, Scott Landers, Jim Farley, III, and Rick Roedel in the top five.

In addition to his Sportsman point lead, Nichols also leads the Archers Alley Street Stock division standings, as he went two-for-two on opening night. Fellow Street Stock star, Terry Reed, is second in points with Guy Taylor, Darrell Dick, and Nick Macklin completing the top five.

Allan Harris won the DIRTcar Hornet feature on opening night at the track, giving the Chatham, IL driver the point lead coming into week two. Billy Mason, Shelby Beiler, Cook Crawford, and Bill Basso are in the top five.

Making their 2021 debut at the track will be the Micros By Bailey Chassis. In the two test and tune events at the speedway, the Micros had the biggest turnouts with drivers getting ready for the new season. This week’s event will be a great tuneup for the POWRi Midget and Micro special next Saturday night.

Pit gates 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)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 60 0
2 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 58 2
3 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 56 4
4 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 54 6
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 52 8
6 64 Donny Koehler Macon IL 50 10
7 7 Steven Reinacher Pocahontas IL 48 12
8 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 46 14
9 14 Derek Smith Decatur IL 44 16
10 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 42 18


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 60 0
2 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 58 2
3 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 56 4
4 N59 Chad Evans Mattoon IL 54 6
5 18 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt IL 52 8
6 1J Nick Justice Decatur IL 50 10
7 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 48 12
8 54 Clint Martin Ramsey IL 46 14
9 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 44 16
10 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 42 18


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 58R Ryan Hamilton Fairview Heights IL 60 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 58 2
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 56 4
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 54 6
5 85 Nick Justice Decatur IL 52 8
6 14N Nathan Lynch Hillsboro IL 50 10
7 21.5 Jake Montgomery East Peoria IL 48 12
8 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 46 14
9 33 Josh Robb Mt.zion IL 44 16
10 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 42 18


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 60 0
2 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 58 2
3 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 56 4
4 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 54 6
5 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 52 8
6 42 Brandon Dick Decatur IL 50 10
7 61 Stefan Bedinger Taylorville IL 48 12
8 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 10 50
9 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 10 50
10 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 10 50


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 01 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 60 0
2 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 58 2
3 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 56 4
4 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 54 6
5 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 52 8
6 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 50 10
7 14 Megan Erwin Attica IN 48 12
8 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 46 14
9 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 44 16
10 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 42 18


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 60 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 58 2
3 324 Shelby Beiler Macon IL 56 4
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 54 6
5 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 52 8
6 13 Kyle Keller Oakley IL 50 10
7 66 Joe McChristy Mt Zion IL 48 12
8 X Jessica Lowe Springfield IL 46 14

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Weather Cancels Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Illinois Doubleheader

Next Macon Speedway Event Set For Saturday, May 1

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 22, 2021) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Illinois doubleheader originally scheduled Friday, April 23rd at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, and Macon Speedway on Saturday, April 24th has been canceled due to weather.

With heavy rain overnight and the forecast for rain and cold temperatures throughout the weekend, track and series officials have mutually agreed to cancel this weekend’s events. The events will not be made up.

“We’ve been in constant communication with both venues all week continuously evaluating the situation. Unfortunately, the forecast just isn’t in our favor this weekend,” said Series Director Rick Schwallie. “These decisions are never easy, and we hate to cancel any event, but we all feel this is in the best interest of all parties. We look forward to returning to Tri-City Speedway in July and Macon Speedway in 2022.”

Next up, the series will visit Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on April 30th for the 17th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial and Florence Speedway in Union, KY on May 1st for the 35th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial. The events will pay $12,000 and $15,000 to win, respectively.

Tim McCreadie currently leads the series point standings, carrying the Midwest Sheet Metal orange spoiler. Previous point leader, Hudson O’Neal remains just 40 points out of the lead, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, and Kyle Bronson rounding out the top five.

The next event for Macon Speedway will be on Saturday, May 1 as the second CEFCU Kids Club Night will be held. Seven divisions will be in action, including Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Pro Mods, Archers Alley Street Stocks, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.

For more information on Macon Speedway, visit www.maconracing.com.

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Nichols Doubles Opening Night Features at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Jeremy Nichols of Lovington started his 2021 racing season in victory lane in consecutive races. Nichols got the front row outside assignment to begin in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division and pulled away for a 15-lap feature win. Nichols, a former champion in the division, had to hold off Scott Landers and Dennis Vandermeersch, also former division champions. After finishing off the Sportsman race, Nichols conducted a brief victory lane interview and then hopped back into the car and from the same starting position led all 15 laps in the Archer’s Alley Street Stock feature event.

Nichols had more to work through in the Street Stock feature. After being winded from the first feature, the Street Stock race featured many cautions and pauses which kept Nichols on the track longer. The race picked up momentum and scored seven consecutive green flag laps and Nichols opened up the lead over former champion Terry Reed. He would go on to lead and win 30 consecutive laps and take the lead in the divisions with the 2021 points standings.

The Pro Modifieds featured a special $1,000-to-win attraction for Opening Night and the race was a special 20-lap event. Following a caution-plagued Street Stock feature, the Pro Modifieds had zero troubles and ran the entire 20-lap event without a caution flag. Fairview Heights native Ryan Hamilton led from wire-to-wire to win the big money. The 18-year-old started racing in the Kid Modz at Macon Speedway and advanced his racing career to a $1,000 payday in the Pro Modifieds.

The 2021 season opened up the same way that the 2020 season ended as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds took the checkered flag. Defending two-time track champion Tommy Sheppard, Jr. of New Berlin carried the winner’s flag and has won six consecutive features at Macon Speedway dating back to the end of the previous season. Sheppard also won his heat race in a back and forth 8 laps with Guy Taylor. Taylor was closing in on Sheppard in the race’s final laps but ran out of time.

Jose Parga got his 2021 season started off on the right foot with the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division. A feature win on Opening Night is the best start one can ask for and Parga coasted into the lead and held off Jake Little and race partner Dakota Ewing for the 20-lap event.

The 76th consecutive season opener was capped off with a side-by-side finish in the Hornet division. Allen Harris beat Billy Mason to the finish line in dramatic fashion for his first victory in his short career. Harris came from the back after getting tangled with Mason and spinning him around to get sent to the rear. With few laps remaining, Harris was fast and back to the front to challenge for the lead which he would take coming out to the checkered flag from the fourth turn.

Opening Night is always a special night. Memories and old faces get revisited. The night also featured the return of the Specator Drags–an intermission event which sees fans from the stands drive their own cars on Macon Speedway in a one-lap dash to win. Four drivers tested the high banks to try to win the trophy but it was Eric Nohrem won two races in a 2005 Chrysler 300C but it was the championship round that stood out as the memory-keeper. Racing against a driver named D.C. in a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, Nohrem on the high side was fast enough to win but as they were slowing into the first and second turns the SUV rose off its left wheels and rolled. The driver would be fine but the car would not be so fortunate. Truth be told, you never know what you’ll see when you go to Mighty Macon Speedway.

A six-division night to start off 2021 saw nearly 100 racecars in the pit area with a full crowd on a chilly mid-April evening. Next up for Macon Speedway is a biggie: the Lucas Oil Late Model Series comes to the track for a special $15,000-to-win event. The Billingsleyrewards.com Modifieds will run for $1,000-to-win and the Pro Modifieds will go for $300-to-win as the track closes out the first month of the season.

FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin]; 2. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg]; 3. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield]; 4. 32M-Cody Maguire[Carlinville]; 5. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville]; 6. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon]; 7. 7-Steven Reinacher[Pocahontas]; 8. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville]; 9. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur]; 10. (DNF) 22-Chris Dick[Deland]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr[New Berlin]; 2. 77-Guy Taylor[Springfield]; 3. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin]; 4. N59-Chad Evans[Mattoon]; 5. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Millstadt]; 6. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur]; 7. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas]; 8. 4M-Clint Martin[Ramsey]; 9. 27-Dalton Ewing[Decatur]; 10. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 58R-Ryan Hamilton[Fairview Heights]; 2. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas]; 3. 27X-Kyle Helmick[Smithton]; 4. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta]; 5. 36-Nick Justice[Decatur]; 6. 14N-Nathan Lynch[Hillsboro]; 7. 215-Jake Montgomery[East Peoria]; 8. 37-Billy Justice Jr[Cerro Gordo]; 9. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion]; 10. 7B-Brian Burns[Bethany]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 01-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington]; 2. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield]; 3. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville]; 4. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield]; 5. 11R-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville]; 6. (DNF) 42-Brandon Dick[Decatur]; 7. (DNF) 61-Stefan Bedinger[Taylorville]; 8. (DNS) 55-Tim Riech; 9. (DNS) 12M-Terry Myers; 10. (DNS) 11-Roy Magee

Archers Alley Street Stocks

  1. 01-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington]; 2. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo]; 3. X7-Guy Taylor[Springfield]; 4. 22-Darrell Dick[Monticello]; 5. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta]; 6. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa]; 7. 14-Megan Erwin[Attica, IN]; 8. 4-Zach Clark[Illiopolis]; 9. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur]; 10. 21R-Dustin Reed[Decatur]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham]; 2. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown]; 3. 324-Shelby Beiler[Macon]; 4. 64CK-Cook Crawford[Lincoln]; 5. 44-Bill Basso[Athens]; 6. 13-Kyle Keller[Oakley]; 7. 21M-Joe McChristy[Mt Zion]; 8. X-Jessica Lowe[Springfield]

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