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Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models Set 2016 Macon Speedway Date

Owens Victory LaneWAYCROSS, GA (October 6, 2015) – As the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series prepares for its richest event in series history during next weekend’s 35th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts, the national tour is already looking ahead to 2016.  Among the stops will be Macon IL Speedway with a date set for Saturday, April 30th.  The previous two years, Macon held the race on Thursday.

The nation’s premier national tour for dirt late models has unveiled an aggressive 2016 event schedule, which includes 47 events at 31 different venues across 19 states. The 2016 schedule will feature 13 events that will pay $12,000-to-win, along with 12 crown jewel events that will pay $20,000-to-win (or more).

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will once again kick off its season with a tripleheader at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA. The Georgia Boot “Super Bowl of Racing” will open on Thursday, February 4th with a $7,000-to-win program. The action on Friday, February 5th will be highlighted by a $10,000-to-win event, before capping off the weekend with $15,000-to-win finale on Saturday, February 6th.

From there, the series will travel to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. The 40th Annual Winternationals will get underway with an open practice on Sunday, February 7th. Racing action will begin on Monday, February 8th – followed by six straight nights of racing, concluding on Saturday, February 13th.

“We want to welcome three new venues in 2016: Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA, East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL, and Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY. We’d like to thank all of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series track promoters who see the value in our events. With their support, we’re able to raise all the Saturday events to a minimum of $12,000-to-win/$1,000-to-start in 2016,” stated Assistant Series Director, Rick Schwallie.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction some of most prestigious dirt late model events of the season, including: Bad Boy 98 ($20,000-to-win); Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 ($30,000-to-win); Ralph Latham Memorial ($30,000-to-win); Clash at the Mag ($20,000-to-win); Silver Dollar Nationals ($40,000-to-win); Sunoco North/South 100 ($50,000-to-win); COMP Cams Topless 100 ($40,000-to-win); Hillbilly Hundred ($25,000-to-win); Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals ($40,000-to-win); Pittsburgher 100 ($20,000-to-win); and the season finale – Dirt Track World Championship ($100,000-to-win).

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WSOY Food Drive Collection

Food drive collectionA big thank you goes out to all who have donated food items for the 14th Annual WSOY Food Drive. Fans dropped off items at the track the last two weekends for the overall collection, which will take place at the Route 36 Kroger on October 9th from 6 AM-6 PM.

Thanks again!!!

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Macon Closes Out Season With POWRi Night

POWRi Midgets and Micros lined the pits for the final night of racing at Macon Speedway in 2015. The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and B-Mods were also in action. In upwards of 100 cars raced for the final 2015 show.

In Lucas Oil POWRi Midget competition, Tyler Thomas raced out front to an early lead with Ryan Robinson in tow. Thomas was cruising, way out front, and built a sizable lead.  Disaster struck on lap 24, though, as two cars at the tail end of the lead lap spun in turn two. Thomas was collected and retired from the race. That gave the lead to Pocahontas, IL driver Zach Daum, who made his racing return recently after rehabbing injuries. Daum, last year’s POWRi champion, went on to the feature win.  Tanner Thorson, Kevin Thomas, Andrew Felker, and Tim Siner completed the top five.

In B-Mod feature racing, Nathan Schmidt, of Trenton, IL, took the lead at the green and never looked back, claiming his first Macon victory of the season. The race, which went flag-to-flag, had Cody Stillwell in 2nd, James Farley 3rd, while Ryan Timmons and Wade Glover completed the top five. Thomas Riech claimed the B-Mod track championship by just four points.

Zach Taylor set the point early in the Speedway Motors POWRi Micro 20 lap A-Main. Nathan Benson, a series front runner, took the lead from Taylor on lap 6 and built a sizable advantage.  Disaster struck around halfway, as Taylor took a wild ride and barrel rolled into turn three. After a couple more rolls, Concordia, MO’s Benson held off all challengers to claim the dominant victory. Ayrton Gennetten, Matt Howard, Chris Cochran, and Jeremy Camp rounded out the top five.

Finishing out the show was the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models.  Tommy Sheppard, Jr. started from the pole and the race was of utmost importance for the #6.  Coming into the event, Sheppard needed to finish ahead of Guy Taylor to claim the Macon championship, while Taylor already had the Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model championship wrapped up.  Sheppard was wicked quick early on, leading the way to about the halfway point.  However, Sheppard caught traffic and looked to the bottom.  As soon as he went to the bottom, Taylor raced to the topside and took the lead away.  The move was bold and it was enough to eventually give him the track championship.  The Springfield, Ohio driver was followed by Sheppard, Matt Taylor, Myles Moos, and Nick Bauman.  For Guy Taylor, he took the clean sweep of the race, the track championship, and the Big Ten title.

The October 3 show closes out the 2015 season at Macon Speedway. Info on the 2016 campaign will be available at

Feature Results (Top 10’s)

Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets

1) Zach Daum 2) Tanner Thorson 3) Kevin Thomas 4) Andrew Felker 5) Tim Siner 6) Payton Pierce 7) Tucker Klaasmeyer 8) Chase Briscoe 9) Austin Brown 10) Shane Hollingsworth

Speedway Motors POWRi Micros

1) Nathan Benson 2) Ayrton Gennetten 3) Matt Howard 4) Chris Cochran 5) Jeremy Camp 6) Nic Harris 7) Zach Daum 8) Spencer Montgomery 9) Shelby Bosie 10) Joey Wirth


1) Nathan Schmidt 2) Cody Stillwell 3) James Farley III 4) Ryan Timmons 5) Wade Glover 6) Thomas Riech 7) Tim Hancock 8) Tim Bedinger 9) Ronnie Flanigan 10) Todd Eyman

Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models

1) Guy Taylor 2) Tommy Sheppard, Jr. 3) Matt Taylor 4) Myles Moos 5) Nick Bauman 6) Dakota Ewing 7) Bobby Beiler 8) Jeffery Reed, Jr. 9) Roben Huffman 10) Cody Maguire


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POWRi Ready For Final Macon Event Tonight

For the FINAL TIME in 2015, it is RACE DAY at Macon Speedway! The open wheel excitement of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series headlines the show. Expect lots of close quarters, wheel to wheel action with LOTS of slidejobs. Speedway Motors POWRi 600cc Winged Micros will also thrill.

Plenty of stock car action can be seen as well as the Midwest Big Ten Series DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Model Series finale will cap off the inaugural season for the series. A tight track points battle is being waged as well. The UMP B Mods, which have rapidly grown in their numbers in this their inaugural season, also have a tight points battle.

Also be sure to donate to the WSOY Community Food Drive as we will have a table to collect items

Classes racing: Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets, Speedway Motors POWRi 600cc Winged Outlaw Micro Sprints, Midwest Big Ten Series UMP Pro Late Models, & UMP B-Mods.

Gates open 4pm
Racing Starts 7pm

General Admission $15
Kids 11 & Under FREE

For more information check out or call 217-764-3000

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Macon’s Final Weekend Of Racing Is Upon Us


Saturday, October 3

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets
POWRi Speedway Motors Micros
Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models
UMP B-Mods

Pits 3:00
Grandstands 4:00
Hotlaps 6:00
Racing 7:00

Grandstand Admission $15
Children 11 & Under Free

Full info at

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Big Ten Pro Late Models & B-Mods Join POWRi At Macon

Point Battles Are Tight On Final Night

While many fans will be attending Macon Speedway this coming Saturday, October 3, to see the open wheel stars in the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors POWRi Micros, a good number will be there watching the championship battles go down to the final laps in the Pro Late Model and B-Mod divisions.

Sheppard Taylor Carry Flags                Just two points separate Berlin, IL driver Tommy Sheppard, Jr. and Springfield, IL driver Guy Taylor in the Macon Speedway Pro Late Model points.  Sheppard claimed the first feature of the year, back on April 18 at the season opener and has held the lead for much of the year.  Taylor, who looks to be on his way to the Midwest Big Ten Series championship, has won six features at the 1/5-mile out of the ten held.  Sheppard’s consistency has been good enough to keep him ahead, though.  Each position on Saturday night awards two more points than the next.  It looks as if it will come down to who finishes ahead of who for the track championship.  It’s that close.

Touching on the Big Ten points a little further, Taylor has a 56 point lead on Sheppard and a 66 point lead on third place point man, Nick Bauman, of New Berlin, IL.  Bauman has competed in one less event than Taylor and Sheppard.  After Saturday night, each drivers best eight point nights will be used.  That will put Bauman right there in the mix, but it doesn’t look like Sheppard or Bauman can garner the points necessary to make it happen.  The likely battle to watch will be for the runner-up spot.

Macon Speedway’s other class running will be the ever growing B-Mod division.  The point battleFarley And Riech is tight there as well.  Currently, two Springfield drivers are in contention as Thomas Riech has a ten point lead on James Farley, III.  Riech has not found victory lane this season, while Farley won his lone feature of the year on June 6.

While the likelihood is not high, if a tie to occur for a point position, the tie-breaker would go to the driver with the most wins.  If each driver has the same amount of wins, then the next tie-breaker would be second place finishes and on down the line.  Taylor holds the advantage in wins for Pro Late Model competition, while Farley does in the B-Mod class.  However, if Riech wins, that would give he and Farley the same amount of wins, resulting in tie-breakers moving to second place finishes.

It will definitely be a fun sideshow to watch on a great night of POWRi racing at Macon Speedway, where the racing action has been outstanding over the past month.  We’ve seen track records, strong fields of cars in different divisions, two and three wide battles last for many laps, and overall, just good entertainment.

Pit gates will open this Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will start at 6:00 when the pill draw ends, and racing will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under get in free.

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

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


UMP Pro Late Models (Top 10)
Tommy Sheppard, Jr.-Berlin, IL 530 2)Guy Taylor-Springfield, IL 528 3)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 434 4)Matt Taylor-Springfield, IL 410 5)Robin Huffman Clinton, IL 404 6)Kevin Crowder-Argenta, IL 380 7)Shawn Ziemer-Boody, IL 320  8)Dakota Ewing-Decatur, IL 308 9)Cody Maguire-Carlinville, IL 294 10)Victor Overlin-Decatur, IL 286

UMP B-Mods (Top 10)
1)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 518 2)James Farley, III-Springfield, IL 508 3)Ryan Timmons-Centralia, IL 448 4)Roy MaGee, II-Springfield, IL 382 5)Cody Stillwell-Godfrey, IL 300  6)Justin Durbin-Mulberry Grove, IL 290 7)Tim Hancock-Mt. Olive, IL 254 8)Steve Phillips-Neoga, IL 236  9)Dave Eckel-Lovington, IL 224 10)Jim Lafferty-Carlinville, IL 204


Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds (Top 10)
Rodney Standerfer-Germantown, IL 956 2)Jeff Graham-Stonington, IL 914 3)Curt Rhodes-Decatur, IL 798 4)Clark Robertson-Shelbyville, IL 738 5)TD Burger-Saunemin, IL 666 6)David Crawley, Jr.-Decatur, IL 576 7)Joe Strawkas-Buffalo, IL 570 8)Alan Crowder-Elwin, IL 516 9)Randy Spaugh-Decatur, IL 450  10)Zach Rhodes-Taylorville, IL 422

UMP Sportsman (Top 10)
1)Timmy Dick-Monticello, IL 346 2)Tim Bedinger-Taylorville, IL 308 3)Tom Graham-Stonington, IL 302 4)Jeremy Nichols-Shelbyville, IL 282 5)Danny Smith-Argenta, IL 270 6)Dennis Vandermeersch-Springfield, IL 230 7)Phil Moreland-Assumption, IL 190 8)Scott Landers-Taylorville, IL 150 9)Wes O’Dell-Springfield, IL 104 10)Richie Rich-Pontiac, IL 100

UMP Street Stocks (Top 10)
1)Terry Reed-Decatur, Il 1038 2)Brian Dasenbrock-Decatur, IL 920 3)Kyle Waters-Oreana, IL 916 4)Greg Osman-Macon, IL 898 5)Jeffery Reed, Jr.-Blue Mound, IL 820 6)Jason Scrimpsher-Decatur, IL 764 7)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 5728)Dustin Reed-Decatur, IL 466 9)Terry Reed, Sr.-Decatur, IL 462 10)Tharen Reno-Springfield, IL 452

UMP Hornets (Top 10)
1)John Bright, Jr.-Decatur, IL 888 2)Thad Gee-Bloomington, IL 828 3)Adam Webb-Decatur, IL 758 4)Steven Stine-Stonington, IL 748 5)Cook Crawford-Lincoln, IL 596 6)Marty Sullivan-Decatur, IL 584 7)Matthew Reed-Blue Mound, IL 566 8)Michael Gossett-Decatur, IL 558 9)Austin Wickline-Harristown, IL 506 10)Jeremy Reed-Decatur, Il 468

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POWRi Midgets Heading To Macon For One Last Hurrah

POWRi PhotoSaturday Event To Close Out Season For Central Illinois Track

The 2015-racing season will screech to a halt this coming Saturday, October 3 at Macon IL Speedway.  There’s one thing that can be certain, it won’t go out quietly, as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets and Speedway Motors Micros scream into town.  The highly popular POWRi divisions will be joined by the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models for their season championship race and the B-Mods in their finale.

The event, not on the original Macon schedule, is a makeup from the August 22 rainout.  On that night, 33 Midgets and 33 Micros were pitside.  Those, plus some additional entries are expected for this Saturday night’s festivities.  The Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models and B-Mods are expected to have good turnouts for their season championship races, as well.

Riverside, CA driver Darren Hagen will lead the list of Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget competitors heading into Saturday’s event.  Hagen currently sits atop the standings with a huge point lead.  Andrew Felker, Austin Brown, Kyle Schuett, and Spencer Bayston are top five competitors.  Hagan has won just four features so far this season but his consistent finishes have propelled him to the sizable margin.  Hagan will be looking for his first Macon win this Saturday.

Another driver who fans will be keeping a close eye on is Pocahontas, IL driver, Zach Daum.  Daum, the 2014 POWRi National champion, sat out for much of the season, recovering from injuries he sustained in an early season crash overseas.  Daum missed the previous Macon events this season but will be behind the wheel this weekend.

Carl Junction, MO driver Andrew Felker may be a good bet for those who like to lay a friendly wager on the line.  Felker has won two of the three Midget events held at Macon this year, as he got the clean sweep on Freedom Fest weekend.  Christopher Bell, who won USAC Midget and Silver Crown races over the weekend, won Macon’s other Midget event in June.

The Speedway Motors POWRi Micros are set for their fourth appearance of the season, as well.  Concordia, MO driver Nathan Benson leads the points by 190 over Ayrton Gennetten and will be the favorite this week.  Benson won three of the four races he competed in during the Freedom Fest weekend at Macon.  Not only did he race with the POWRi sanction, he took his wing off to claim a win in the Shelton wingless special.  There will be a number of challengers trying to knock him off his pedestal as drivers have gained plenty of track time in the non-sanction Beach House Micro division this year.

The POWRi Micro division standings have Aaron Andruskevitch, Joe B Miller, and Chris Cochran completing the top five.  Zac Taylor, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Joey Wirth, Slater Helt, and Shelby Bosie have been other frontrunners this season.

The POWRi divisions will be running at Macon in the second half of a doubleheader weekend.  The two classes will be running this Friday night at Belle-Clair Speedway in the Meents Memorial.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps will begin when the pill draw ends at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

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

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

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Champions Crowned in September Showdown at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) Although a week still remains in the 70th anniversary celebration of Macon Speedway, three divisions crowned their champions. Rodney Standerfer claimed his first Billingsley Towing Modified championship since 1996. The evening started rough for the Germantown native as his transmission gave out during qualifying. Friend and fellow racer Dave Eckel gave up his ride for the night so Standerfer could finish the feature event and claim the title. Standerfer finished seventh in the 20-lap main event as Cory Daugherty coasted to the win with a front row starting position.

Terry Reed made short work of the Street Stock feature and the division, winning both the race and the track championship by a wide margin. Reed also lays claim to the 2015 Street Stock Big Ten Series Championship. Brian Dasenbrock finished second in both the feature and the points standings.

John Bright, Jr. had an adventuresome finale as he won the Hornet track championship again. Bright was racing with the lead and then some bumping and close racing pushed him back to fourth, where he would finish. Thad Gee won the event and finished the season second in points. Michael Gossett and Steven Stine were second and third, respectively.

Garrett Duff took the checkered flag in the Beach House Micro Sprint feature race. He fended off advances from Nic Harris as well as Luke Verardi.

Tyler Blankenship ran away with the B-Modified feature. The excitement was for second place as Justin Durbin, James Farley III and Cody Stillwell battled for the runner-up spot and finished in that order.

The season finale is next Saturday with Powri Midgets & Micro Sprints as well as the championship races for the Pro Late Models and the B-Modifieds.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 2. TD Burger (Saunemin), 3. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 4. Travis Kohler (Morris), 5. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 6. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 7. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 8. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 9. Charles Snow (Iuka), 10. Brian Shubirg (Troy)

Street Stocks–1. Terry Reed (Decatur), 2. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 3. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 4. Jeremiah Hoadley (Forsyth), 5. Terry Reed, Sr. (Decatur), 6. Jeffrey Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 7. Greg Osman (Macon), 8. Josh Bourland, 9. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 10. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur)

Hornets–1. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 2. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 3. Steven Stine (Stonington), 4. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 5. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 6. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 7. Raymond Goodall (Springfield), 8. Brandon Workman (Buffalo), 9. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 10. Paul Peters (Pana)

Beach House Micro Sprints–1. Garrett Duff (Weldon), 2. Nic Harris (Atlanta), 3. Gabe Verardi (Taylorville), 4. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 5. Tyler Day (Atwood), 6. Paul Day (Atwood), 7. Luke Verardi (Taylorville), 8. Shelby Bosie (Sherman), 9. Dustin Clary (Belleville), 10. Jeff Matta (Mt. Olive)

B-Modifieds–1. Tyler Blankenship (Vandalia), 2. Justin Durbin (Mulberry Grove), 3. James Farley III (Springfield), 4. Cody Stillwell, 5. Ryan Timmons (Centralia), 6. Tom Riech (Springfield), 7. Scott Kuhn (Breese), 8. Todd Eyman (Alhambra), 9. Rocky Flanagan (South Roxanna), 10. Roy MaGee II (Springfield)

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IT’S RACE DAY! + Autographs

9-26-15 Championship Night - 1The exciting points races come to a close on Miles Chevrolet Championship Night and we crown champions at Macon Speedway. The racing has been fast, close, and exciting all season long. This is the next to last night of racing of the 2015 season here at Mighty Macon.

We will be collecting food as well for the 14th Annual WSOY Community Drive. Donations can be left at the designated table inside the front gate.

We will also honor former driver, champion, and friend Jonathan Drake with a special ceremony. Jonathan passed away unexpectedly back on August 21st at the age of 28. Fans are asked to bring red & yellow balloons. A group of fans are doing a memorial and there will be a balloon release at the beginning of the night, after the National Anthem.

Classes Racing are the Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP B-Mods, Beach House 600cc Winged Outlaw Micros, & UMP Hornets

Gates open 5pm
Hotlaps 6pm
Autographs 6:30pm
Racing Starts 7pm

General Admission $12
Kids 11 & Under FREE

For more information visit or call 217-764-3000

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Macon Speedway To Collect Food Items Saturday

food driveWe will be collecting food for the 14th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive. We will be collecting food donations this coming Saturday, September 26th and next Saturday, October 3rd at the track. Donations can be left at the designated table inside the front gate.

Last year, over 1,040,000 pounds of food was collected during their 12 hour broadcast at the Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur. Over the past 13 years, over 5,278,000 pounds of food has been collected during this community event and every pound of food raised goes directly Catholic Charities and Salvation Army to feed the hungry in our community.

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