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Championships Claimed On BRANDT Night At Macon Speedway

Championships Claimed in Finale

(Macon, IL) The 72nd season of Macon Speedway stock car racing came to a finish Saturday night and six division champions were decided in the final races. One division needed the race to finish before a champion could be crowned while other divisions already had their champions figured out before the final lap was scored.

The Sportsman division saw a bittersweet moment on lap three when Timmy Dick who came into the night with a six-point advantage on Danny Smith broke down and came into the infield as the car would not refire. He could only watch as Danny Smith finished the race in the eighth position. Dick would finish tenth which would keep him in the points lead and he would be crowned the champion from the infield next to his broken Sportsman. The final Sportsman checkered flag would go to a former multi-time division champion in Dennis Vandermeersch.

Curt Rhodes went back-to-back in the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds with the championship. He would also claim the night’s feature race to make it even better. Cory Daughterty was the early leader but fell back to the third place position as Rhodes got moving up on the high side.

Tim Hancock wrapped up the B-Modified championship with a solid feature race win, his ninth in a row, and also wrapped the National B-Modified Championship. For Hancock, he was his second-straight B-Modified Macon Speedway points championship after taking all 16 features in 2016.

Tommy Sheppard, Jr. also locked up the Pro Late Model championship with his appearance but he did just show up to win a championship, he showed up to win. And he did in a 20-lap A-Main feature race. The championship for Sheppard was his first.

The track didn’t do the Street Stocks drivers any favors with many spinouts and accidents in the early goings but the race got some traction as did the cars’ tires as Nick Macklin worked the bottom of the track and Darrell Dick stayed to the top in a close finish that was won by former Street Stock champion Macklin. The final smile of the night would go to Brian Dasenbrock as he would claim his first dirt track racing championship in the Street Stocks.

Eldon Hemken finished off the night and the season with the 4-cylinder Hornet feature win. The race was Hemken’s first at Macon Speedway this season after sporadically racing at Macon in the past. The championship was wrapped up after last week’s race as Dustin Reed claimed the championship by entering the final night with a lead better than 100 over the second place driver.

Macon Speedway raced 21 consecutive shows after the second of only two rainouts during the 2017 season back on May 20. The only Saturday night not ran between May 27 and September 30 was the first Saturday of August as the track rested silent in the shadows of the Decatur Celebration. Macon Speedway was able to race 25 shows during the season.

Championship Night was sponsored by Decatur Memorial Hospital and Brandt Agricultural Professionals.

Pro Late Models–1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Jake Little (Springfield), 3. Ryan Little (Springfield), 4. Jeff Ray (Springfield), 5. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains), 6. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 7. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 8. Patrick Younger (Decatur), 9. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 10. Anthony Harter (Sherman)

Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds–1. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 2. Jacob Steinkoenig (Highland), 3. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 4. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 5. Danny Smith (Argenta), 6. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 7. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 8. Austin Lynn (Mason City), 9. Blake Thompson (Troy), 10. Jeff Graham (Stonington)

Sportsman–1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Arlington), 2. Scott Williams (Anchor), 3. Brandon Pralle (Ashkum), 4. Steven Mattingly (Chenoa), 5. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 6. Wes O’Dell (Springfield), 7. Tyler Blankenship (St. Elmo), 8. Danny Smith (Argenta), 9. Rick Roedel (Shelbyville), 10. Timmy Dick (Monticello)

Street Stocks–1. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 2. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 3. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 4. Wes Biesenthal (Athens), 5. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 6. Cecil Tippit (Mt. Zion), 7. Roy Beal (Springfield), 8. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 9. Fredie Thomas (Macon), 10. Jerit Murphy (Lodge)

B-Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 3. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 4. Richie Gabriel (Godfrey), 5. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 6. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 7. Jim Farley III (Springfield), 8. Amanda Adams (Shelbyville), 9. Jordan Warren (Medora), 10. Kevin Crowder (Argenta)

Hornets–1. Eldon Hemken (Sorento), 2. Matt Reed (Decatur), 3. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 4. John Bright, Jr. (Long Creek), 5. Fred Reed (Decatur), 6. Zach Bowles (Livingston), 7. Jared Cochran (Bethalto), 8. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 9. Matthew Donaldson (Carlinville), 10. Stacy Stinson (Decatur)

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It’s BRANDT Season Championship Race Day At Macon!

IT IS Brandt Consolidated Season Championship Night presented by Decatur Memorial Hospital RACE DAY!

Tonight is the final night of racing for the 2017 season here at Macon Speedway and there is A LOT of great things going on as we send this 72nd season out in grand fashion.

There’a a full 6 divison racing program, fan giveaways, spectator drags at intermission, and LOTS of fun to cap the season off. As a part of this night where we in additon to crowning track champions AND give back to our great fans, we will also be collecting canned food items for the WSOY Community Food Drive. Those who bring food items for donation, will receive extra chance tickets for the giveaway items throughout the evening.

One last chance in 2017 to get your dirt racing fix at Mighty Macon Speedway, a chance to win great prizes, & help others. It’s a long wait until April 2018 so come and get that last racing fix right here at the World’s Fastest 1/5 Mile!

Divisions Racing:
Billingsley BP Elite Wash DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
UMP Pro Crate Late Models
UMP B-Mods
UMP Sportsman
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets
Spectator Drags(At Intermission)

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

More information:

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

t’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

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

Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection‘s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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BRANDT Season Championships Coming To Macon Speedway Saturday

Drivers Racing For The Cups; Fans Winning Prizes

(Macon, IL) The engines will roar and the competition will be fierce, one last time in 2017, at Macon Speedway.  It’s BRANDT Season Championship “Racing For The Cup” presented by Decatur Memorial Hospital, this coming Saturday, September 30.  Season and track championships will be decided and fans will have numerous chances to win prizes, as the track gives back to its fans on the final night of the season.

The tightest point battle, entering the night, is in the UMP Sportsman class.  Monticello, IL driver, Timmy Dick, holds a six point lead on Danny Smith, which comes out to only three positions.  If Smith finishes three spots ahead of Dick on Saturday and they end in a tie, the tiebreaker goes to who has the most wins.  They currently each have two.  If that doesn’t break the tie, 2nd place finishes could.  Smith currently has the advantage in that category with one.  When it comes to feature wins, Springfield, IL area veteran, Dennis Vander Meersch is the one to watch, as he has won in back-to-back weeks.

The UMP B-Mod division points are still in doubt, as well.  The difference between point leader, Tim Hancock and second place point man, Cody Stillwell, is 18 points.  That’s a matter of nine feature positions.  To take the championship from Hancock, Stillwell would need to finish 10 positions ahead of him in the feature, since Hancock holds the tiebreaker with 13 wins.  Hancock has been rolling, winning eight features in-a-row at the 1/5-mile.  Saturday’s B-Mod feature winner will receive a prize pack from Richmond Gear, that includes a $200 product certificate, t-shirt, hat, pens, decals, and more.

One that is still up for grabs but is a longshot is the Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modified championship.  Last year’s champion, Curt Rhodes, of Taylorville, IL, holds a 36 point lead over Mason City, IL’s Austin Lynn.  Lynn would need some bad luck for Rhodes plus a full 20 car field to have a chance to take the championship away, as he would need to finish 19 positions ahead of him for the championship.  The two have both had outstanding seasons but Rhodes has three wins and a second place finish in his last seven starts, enough to keep a comfortable lead.  Saturday’s Modified feature winner will receive a prize pack from Richmond Gear, that includes a $200 product certificate, t-shirt, hat, pens, decals, and more.

In the UMP Street Stock class, it’s been a yearlong battle between Brian Dasenbrock, of Decatur, IL, and Shawn Ziemer, of Boody, IL.  Ziemer picked up a win earlier this season and was looking like the championship favorite.  However, consistency by Dasenbrock over the second half of the year, including a stout second place finish this past Saturday night has given him a 54 point lead.  If Dasenbrock shows up on Saturday night, he will clinch this year’s championship, the first of his career.

The scenario is very similar to the Street Stocks, in the UMP Pro Late Model class.  New Berlin, IL driver Tommy Sheppard, Jr. leads the standings by 58.  If Sheppard is on the property with his racecar on Saturday night, he will clinch this year’s championship.  Jake Little, the Lincoln Speedway and Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model champion, will likely come up just a little short of the Macon championship, after missing a couple nights this season.  For Sheppard, he came up just short in a Macon point battle in 2015, which means this would be his first career championship.

The only champion that is already declared is in the UMP Hornet class.  Decatur, IL driver, Dustin Reed, who has used a number of different cars to accumulate his points, has clinched the championship, leading by 102, entering the final night.  Reed is followed by Cook Crawford, from Lincoln, IL, who also finished second in the Lincoln Speedway points this season.

In addition to six divisions of racing, Spectator Drags will be held at intermission.  Spectator drags are an event where fans, crew members, or even drivers take their street legal vehicle onto the track and race one lap against one other competitors.  Whoever wins, advances to the next round.  There is no cost to compete.  Those who want to participate can contact the track to sign up.

Throughout the evening, numerous giveaways will take place as it’s also “Give Back To Fans Night”. The prize list is turning out to be huge, with donations from Texas Roadhouse, Walmart, Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy, Pop’s Place, Neal Tire & Auto, Donnelly’s CarQuest, Whit’s End 51, The Bullet Trap, Fisher’s Auto Repair II, ATI Fleet Services, Ok’s Transmission, Coziahr Harley Davidson, O’Charley’s Bar & Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, Mathes Therapeutic Massage, Macon Speedway, All About Eyes, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, & more.  It will all start when fans enter the gates, as the first 500 will receive free apps from the Texas Roadhouse.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting at 5:45, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin 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). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 938 0
2 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 880 58
3 52R Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound IL 854 84
4 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 762 176
5 33H Roben Huffman Midland City IL 750 188
6 67R Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 502 436
7 84 Myles Moos Lincoln IL 432 506
8 14 Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 394 544
9 24 Matt Taylor Springfield IL 370 568
10 84 Jeff Ray Springfield IL 354 584

Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modifieds

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 1046 0
2 72A Austin Lynn Mason City IL 1010 36
3 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 758 288
4 14C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 730 316
5 98 Danny Smith Argenta IL 606 440
6 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 554 492
7 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 496 550
8 7 Blake Thompson Troy IL 480 566
9 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 396 650
10 99 Tim Luttrell Riverton IL 382 664


UMP B-Mods

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 1000 0
2 00s Cody Stillwell Godfrey IL 982 18
3 18 Jerry Thompson Troy IL 848 152
4 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 800 200
5 57R Tom Riech Springfield IL 708 292
6 11 Amanda Adams Shelbyville IL 684 316
7 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 580 420
8 66 Roy Magee Springfield IL 516 484
9 1 Dante Brown Morrisonville IL 458 542
10 313 Jordan Warren Medora IL 398 602


UMP Sportsman

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 22 Timmy Dick Monticello IL 542 0
2 98 Danny Smith Argenta IL 536 6
3 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 494 48
4 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 458 84
5 25 Tim Bedinger Taylorville IL 408 134
6 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Arlington IL 384 158
7 56 Brandon Pralle Ashkum IL 354 188
8 44 Bill Berghaus Chapin IL 312 230
9 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 290 252
10 112 Scott Williams Anchor IL 276 266


UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 1082 0
2 23Z Shawn Ziemer Boody IL 1028 54
3 55S Jason Scrimpsher Decatur IL 898 184
4 28L Garrett Lewis Decatur IL 716 366
5 J24 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 706 376
6 5 Terry Reed Decatur IL 666 416
7 1 Fredie Thomas Macon IL 606 476
8 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 546 536
9 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 538 544
10 58 Jerit Murphy Lodge IL 464 618


UMP Hornets

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 1R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 998 0
2 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 896 102
3 63 Paul Peters Pana IL 702 296
4 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 682 316
5 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 620 378
6 33 Jeremy Reed Decatur IL 596 402
7 40 Adam Webb Decatur IL 494 504
8 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 482 516
9 13 Brady Reed Decatur IL 412 586
10 01 Fred Reed Decatur IL 334 664

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Reed Races to Hornet World Championship Victory

***Macon Speedway LIVE is available ON-DEMAND for JUST FIVE BUCKS. Catch the whole night’s action for just $5 and watch on your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Go to maconracing.com and click on the Macon Speedway LIVE image to order.
(Macon, IL) Jeremy Reed has been a National Hornet Champion and a Macon Speedway track champion. Saturday night, Reed grabbed a five-foot trophy and the World Hornet Championship race. Leading from the pole position, Reed dashed away from the top drivers behind him and made short work of the 15-lap feature race.
Dennis Vandermeersch had a smooth ride in the Sportsman division as he claimed back-to-back feature wins. This week’s race was less adventuresome than the previous week’s race as he dashed away from the group of cars.
Rudy Zaragoza has figured it out in the Street Stock division. Zaragoza, a hearing-impared driver from Jacksonville, tasted victory lane once this season in the Pro Late Model class and Saturday night, he made a late-race pass to get ahead of points leader Brian Dasenbrock to secure the top spot and hold on for his first checkered flag in the Street Stocks. The full crowd went wild for Zaragoza with applause as he exited the racecar.
Curt Rhodes made things interesting at the finish of the Billingsley Elite Wash Modified A-Main attraction. Rhodes had a strong hold on the lead and looked like a sure-lock for the win until he made a few miscues in the corners allowing Tim Hancock and his son Zach Rhodes to close the gap. Curt Rhodes would be behind Hancock with the final lap looming but the horsepower of the A-Modified was too much for the Hancock B-Modified down the back stretch and pulled away.
Tim Hancock would, however, taste victory lane again in the B-Modified feature. Hancock, using the same car to race in both A-Modified and B-Modified divisions, did claim his heat race in the A-Modified event.
Jeremy Camp charged from the second row to win the Beach House Micro Sprint feature in the Micro Sprints final appearance at Macon Speedway in the 2017 season.
Only one week remains in the 2017 Macon Speedway schedule. The season finale on the final night of September will close the 72nd year of consecutive stock car racing at Macon Speedway and the 11th under the ownership regime of local promoter Bob Sargent, NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader and Tony Stewart. The night will feature six racing classes–Pro Late Models, Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds and Hornets–and the track champions will be figured out by the night’s end.
Macon Speedway wishes to thank those who packed the stands and took advantage of the $5 admission on Five Buck Night sponsored by Sun Drop and Melling Performance.
Hornets–1. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 2. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 3. Fred Reed (Decatur), 4. John Bright, Jr. (Long Creek), 5. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 6. Matt Reed (Decatur), 7. Carter Dart (Springfield), 8. Paul Peters (Pana), 9. John Lewis (Cerro Gordo), 10. Tristin Quinlan (Decatur)
Sportsman–1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Arlington), 2. Wes O’Dell (Springfield), 3. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 4. Brandon Pralle (Ashkum), 5. Steven Mattingly (Chenoa), 6. Danny Smith (Argenta), 7. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 8. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 9. Phillip Moreland (Assumption), 10. Terry Myers (Buffalo)
Street Stocks–1. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 2. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 3. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 4. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 5. Justin Crowell (Lincoln), 6. Cecil Tippit (Mt. Zion), 7. Jerit Murphy (Lodge), 8. Greg Roberts (Varna), 9. Roy Beal (Springfield), 10. Fredie Thomas (Macon)
Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds–1. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 2. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 3. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 4. Danny Smith (Argenta), 5. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 6. Tom Riech (Springfield), 7. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 8. Austin Lynn (Mason City), 9. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 10. Amanda Adams (Shelbyville)
B-Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 3. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 4. Richie Gabriel (Godfrey), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Ryan Timmons (Centralia), 7. Joey Lee (Farina), 8. Jim Farley III (Springfield), 9. Kevin Crowder (Argenta), 10. Amanda Adams (Shelbyville)
Beach House Micro Sprints–1. Jeremy Camp (Sullivan), 2. Tyler Day (Atwood), 3. Aiden Purdue (Clinton), 4. Drake Turner (Sullivan, IN), 5. Trevin Littleton (Jacksonville), 6. J.B. Gilbert (Monticello), 7. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 8. Michael Brummitt (Mt. Zion), 9. Zach Boden (Madison, WI), 10. Tony Clifton (Mt. Zion)

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It’s 5 Buck Night Race Day At Macon Speedway!

You are reading that right! Just 5 dollar adult general admission to see some of the most exciting racing in Central Illinois. There are some awesome giveaways too.

Melling Performance Parts has provided us plenty of giveaways for fans, including soft lunch coolers, can koozies, decals, and pens. The earlier you arrive, the better the prizes. In addition to that the Billingsley BP Elite Wash Modified and Sportsman feature winners will receive $150 Melling product certificate, Melling T-Shirt, Melling Hat, Melling Cooler, & Melling Koozie.

Fans will receive FREE product from Sun Drop as they leave the track! Join us for a great night at the races!

Full program information:

FIVE BUCK NIGHT
Hornet World Championships
CEFCU Kid’s Club

Divisions:
Billingsley BP Elite Wash DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
UMP B-Mods
UMP Sportsman
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets
Beach House 600cc Winged Micro Sprints

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

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $5
Children 11 & Under – Free

About Macon Speedway:

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

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of theContingency Connection‘s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Five Buck Grandstand Admission On Tap This Saturday Night

Event Presented By Sun Drop & Melling Performance

(Macon, IL) Only two weeks remain on the 2017 schedule at Macon Speedway and this Saturday, September 23, will likely be well attended.  It’s Five Buck Night, presented by Sun Drop and Melling Performance.  In addition to $5 grandstand admission, fans will benefit from Sun Drop product giveaways and Melling Performance coolers,  Koozies, Decals, and Pens handed out at the gates.  On track, fans will see six divisions of racing and kids will enjoy CEFCU Kid’s Club.

Macon Speedway held its first Five Buck night on this weekend, one season ago.  It was announced just a week before the race and a huge turnout of fans were in attendance, the second biggest crowd of the year.  The speedway held another, earlier this year, on May 6, and again the crowd was solid.  The same can be expected this Saturday, with summer-like conditions, strong fields of cars expected, plus Sun Drop and Melling giveaways.  It’s a really great night to bring the whole family at a highly affordable price.

Headlining the show will be the Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modified division.  The point battle is a heated one at the top, as last year’s champion, Curt Rhodes, leads the standings but by only a 22 point margin.  That’s a matter of 11 feature positions with two weeks of point racing left.  The Taylorville, IL driver is trying to hold off Austin Lynn, of Mason City, IL.  The young driver is racing in his first full season at Macon and has been really strong, winning three features and finishing in the top five 14 times out of 18 starts, matching Rhodes numbers.  Jeff Graham is third in the standings, while Alan Crowder, and Danny Smith complete the top five.

It’s a tight point battle in the UMP B-Mod class as well, with last year’s champ, Tim Hancock, looking to repeat.  Last season was a runaway for the Mt. Olive, IL driver, as Hancock won 16 out of 16 features.  This season, competition has been a lot tighter, as Godfrey, IL’s Cody Stillwell is only 16 points behind him, a matter of eight feature positions.  Hancock has won 12 features to Stillwell’s two but Stillwell has finished in the top ten of every feature this season, the difference in staying within striking distance.  Jerry Thompson, Tim Riech, and Tom Riech round out the current top five.

Well, we’ve covered to tight point battles so far, but not the tightest.  That would be in the UMP Sportsman class.  In fact, it can’t get any tighter.  Illinois drivers, Danny Smith of Argenta and Timmy Dick of Monticello are tied at the top of the standings with 486 points each.  There are two weeks left in the season and fans will have their eyes glued to the two drivers to see who can come out on top.  Each driver has won two features and their other numbers nearly mirror each other as well.  Scott Landers, Terry Myers, and Tim Bedinger round out the top five in points.

The Street Stock championship battle has been pretty close all season but the point leader, Brian Dasenbrock, of Decatur, IL does have a little breathing room entering the final two weeks.  Dasenbrock holds a 48 point lead on Shawn Ziemer, of Boody, IL.  Jason Scrimpsher, Garrett Lewis, and Jeremy Nichols complete the top five in points.  Nichols has run just part time in the class but has claimed ten feature wins.  Ziemer has taken one, while Dasenbrock is looking for his first of the season which could put an exclamation point on a championship.

The UMP Hornet class point championship is all but locked up, as Dustin Reed of Decatur, IL holds a 114 point lead on Cook Crawford.  The most any driver can accumulate over the course of two events is 120, so Reed will likely lock it up this Saturday.  Paul Peters, Marty Sullivan, and Carter Dart round out the top five in points.

Rounding out the classes in action this Saturday will be the Beach House Micros.  The division has been great for the track this year, drawing large fields of cars just about every night they’ve been on track.  In addition to the POWRi sanctioned shows, the track holds several unsanctioned shows that have seen Jeremy Camp claim three wins and Tyler Day and Tyler Duff claim one win each.  Nearly 30 micros were on hand for the most recent show on Labor Day weekend.

Pit gates will open this Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting at 5:45, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will start at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $5, 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). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modifieds

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 986 0
2 72A Austin Lynn Mason City IL 964 22
3 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 706 280
4 14C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 686 300
5 98 Danny Smith Argenta IL 552 434
6 11 Zach Rhodes Taylorville IL 496 490
7 7 Blake Thompson Troy IL 480 506
8 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 440 546
9 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 396 590
10 99 Tim Luttrell Riverton IL 382 604


UMP B-Mods

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 940 0
2 00s Cody Stillwell Godfrey IL 924 16
3 18 Jerry Thompson Troy IL 792 148
4 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 748 192
5 57R Tom Riech Springfield IL 708 232
6 11 Amanda Adams Shelbyville IL 642 298
7 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 536 404
8 66 Roy Magee Springfield IL 516 424
9 1 Dante Brown Morrisonville IL 448 492
10 313 Jordan Warren Medora IL 398 542


UMP Sportsman

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 98 Danny Smith Argenta IL 486 0
2 22 Timmy Dick Monticello IL 486 0
3 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 446 40
4 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 416 70
5 25 Tim Bedinger Taylorville IL 362 124
6 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Arlington IL 324 162
7 56 Brandon Pralle Ashkum IL 300 186
8 112 Scott Williams Anchor IL 276 210
9 44 Bill Berghaus Chapin IL 274 212
10 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 254 232


UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 1024 0
2 23Z Shawn Ziemer Boody IL 976 48
3 55S Jason Scrimpsher Decatur IL 858 166
4 28L Garrett Lewis Decatur IL 716 308
5 J24 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 706 318
6 5 Terry Reed Decatur IL 666 358
7 1 Fredie Thomas Macon IL 564 460
8 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 486 538
9 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 482 542
10 58 Jerit Murphy Lodge IL 416 608


UMP Hornets

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 1R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 958 0
2 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 844 114
3 63 Paul Peters Pana IL 656 302
4 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 646 312
5 D7 Carter Dart Springfield IL 572 386
6 33 Jeremy Reed Decatur IL 536 422
7 40 Adam Webb Decatur IL 494 464
8 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 432 526
9 13 Brady Reed Decatur IL 412 546
10 01 Fred Reed Decatur IL 278 680

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Melling Performance Presenting Saturday’s Five Buck Night

This Saturday’s FIVE BUCK Night is also presented in part by Melling Performance Parts. Melling has provided us plenty of giveaways for fans, including soft lunch coolers, can koozies, decals, and pens. The earlier you arrive, the better the prizes.

The Billingsley BP Elite Wash Modified and Sportsman feature winners will receive $150 Melling product certificate, Melling T-Shirt, Melling Hat, Melling Cooler, & Melling Koozie.

A lot of great things going on for FIVE BUCK night presented by Sun Drop and Melling Performance Parts, and grandstand admission is just $5. Six divisions of racing including the Hornet World Championship and grandstand admission is just $5.

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Macon Speedway Weekly Action Available In On-Demand

Miss last Saturday’s exciting action? No problem! We have it all archived in our on-demand section of MACON SPEEDWAY LIVE. It’s just $10 to get the whole night of action, including heats, intermission festivities, and features til the last checkered falls! Just go tomaconracing.com, click on the Macon Speedway LIVE icon, and pick what on-demand event you’d like to watch.

Here are some messages we received back from our LIVE viewers over the last month…

From Todd…
Went well, thanks. It was great being able to watch my brother in the Midget race projected on the big screen.

From David…
Real good thanks everything worked good

From Ryan…
Hello, it worked perfectly from West Central Indiana. and I was very happy with the quality. Keep up the good work!

From Justin…
Not a single hiccup! You guys did great! Thanks for making this service available. Helps me catch the race when I have other obligations. I just make those other obligations watch the race with me. LOL!

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Sun Drop To Present FIVE BUCK Night This Saturday

Saturday’s FIVE BUCK night is presented by Sun Drop, which is available every Saturday night at Macon Speedway. In addition to fans receiving general admission tickets for JUST FIVE BUCKS, fans will receive FREE product from Sun Drop as they leave the track! Join us for a great night at the races! Full info at maconracing.com.

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Jake Little Continues Domination In Big Ten Pro Late Models

(Macon, IL) Jake Little once again found victory lane in the Pro Late Model as the leader in the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Model point standings. His points lead expanded in the 10-race, $3,000 point fund breakdown where the winner takes $1,000 of that $3,000. In terms of the Macon Speedway points standings, the lead for Tommy Sheppard, Jr. shrunk as he finished midway through the field with Little coming through with the checkered flag. Only one race remains on the 2017 schedule for the Pro Late Models.

Austin Lynn picked up another Billingsley Elite Wash Modified feature win as he took over midway through the 20-lap A-Main event. Curt Rhodes and Tim Hancock were racing on the bottom of the track while Austin Lynn was sailing on the top side and made the pass for the lead. Hancock raced his B-Modified in the A-Modified feature and took home the third place spot with his smooth driving abilities. Rhodes’ lead in the points standings did not shrink very much and there are two weeks remaining for the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds.

Tim Hancock did win with his B-Modified in the B-Modified feature race. Winning his heat and getting to start on the front row helped make short work of the 15-lap race. Cody Stillwell finished fifth and came into the night  trailing Hancock by fewer than ten points in the standings. B-Modifieds will race the final two weeks of the season.

The night was dedicated to Lori Bedinger, wife of Sportsman driver Tim Bedinger. Lori succumbbed to cancer in early July and the Sportsman division put on one of the best races of the night with the 15-lap race which saw Dennis Vandermeersch take the checkered flag. Vandermeersch and Bedinger are very close friends and he dedicated the night, the race and the trophy to his long-time friend. Vandermeersch was hounded by points leader Timmy Dick coming through the final lap flags and on the white flag Dick went to the bottom of Vandermeersch and caught his nose on the left rear of the leader and the two cars got tangled and it slowed them both down. Vandermeersch stayed on the gas pedal and pulled away as Dick was left immobile and did not get to cross the finish line. He played tenth and saw his Sportsman points lead dwindle over Danny Smith who took home fourth place. The Sportsman will be part of the final two weeks of the season.

Darrell Dick stayed on course and took advantage of a restart miscue by leader Nick Justice on the 14th lap. Dick would take over on the backstretch and fly to the checkered flag. One of Dick’s sponsors is a friend from Florida who was in attendance Saturday night as he is in central Illinois following the evacuations from Hurricane Irma from a week ago. Brian Dasenbrock entered the night with a strong hold on the Street Stock points standings over Shawn Ziemer. Ziemer would take third while Dasenbrock placed fourth. Street Stocks will be part of the field on the final two weeks, as well.

In the finale of the night, it was Jeremy Reed once again taking the Hornets 4-cylinder class. Reed has been dominating the division since he has been able to figure out his racecar midway through the season.

Macon Speedway wishes to thank Skeff Distributing for sponsoring the night’s program along with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

Next Saturday night at Macon Speedway will be a special $5 entry for grandstand admission. There will also be $5 prices on meals and drinks. The night will consist of the annual World Hornet Championship race, plus racing from the Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, Beach House Micro Sprints and Hornets.

Macon Speedway Feature Results

Pro Late Models – 1. 38J-Jake Little, [Springfield, IL]; 2. 38L-Ryan Little, [Springfield,IL]; 3. 84-Myles Moos, [Lincoln, IL]; 4. 14-Braden Johnson, [Taylorville, IL]; 5. T6-Tommy Sheppard Jr, [New Berlin, IL]; 6. 25-Dakota Ewing, [Warrensburg, IL]; 7. 52R-Jeff Reed, Jr, [Blue Mound, IL]; 8. 33H-Roben Huffman, [Midland City, IL]; 9. 32M-Cody Maguire, [Carlinville, IL]; 10. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, [Jacksonville, IL]

Billingsley Elite Wash Modifieds – 1. 72A-Austin Lynn, [Mason City, IL]; 2. 10-Curt Rhodes, [Taylorville, IL]; 3. 0-Tim Hancock, [Mt. Olive, IL]; 4. 11-Zach Rhodes, [Taylorville, IL]; 5. 98-Danny Smith, [Argenta, IL]; 6. 71-Jeff Graham, [Stonington, IL]; 7. 00-Cody Stillwell, [Godfrey, IL]; 8. 14C-Alan Crowder, [Elwin, IL]; 9. 97-Austin Odell, [Springfield, IL]; 10. 25-Jeff Wallace, [Decatur, IL]

B-Mods – 1. 0-Tim Hancock, [Mt. Olive, IL]; 2. 5-Rob Timmons, [Centralia, IL]; 3. 15C-Kevin Crowder, [Argenta, IL]; 4. 63G-Richie Gabriel, [Godfrey, IL]; 5. 00S-Cody Stillwell, [Godfrey, IL]; 6. 18-Jerry Thompson, [Troy, IL]; 7. 32-Ricky Smith, [Alton, IL]; 8. 13-Dante Brown, [Taylorville, IL]; 9. 57T-Roy Magee, [Springfield, IL]; 10. 11-Amanda Adams, [Shelbyville, IL]

Sportsman – 1. 10-4-Dennis Vander Meersch, [Arlington, IL]; 2. 112-Scott Williams, [Anchor, IL]; 3. 87-Wes O’Dell, [Springfield, IL]; 4. 98-Danny Smith, [Argenta, IL]; 5. 41-Scott Landers, [Taylorville, IL]; 6. 56-Brandon Pralle, [Ashkum, IL]; 7. 17B-Tim Bedinger, [Taylorville, IL]; 8. 18-Stefan Bedinger, [Taylorville, IL]; 9. 12M-Terry Myers, [Buffalo, IL]; 10. 22-Timmy Dick, [Monticello, IL]

Street Stocks – 1. 22-Darrell Dick, [Monticello, IL]; 2. 36-Nick Justice, [Decatur, IL]; 3. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, [Boody, IL]; 4. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, [Decatur, IL]; 5. 15-Rick Reed, [Decatur, IL]; 6. 67-Rudy Zaragoza, [Jacksonville, IL]; 7. 11-Cecil Tippit, [Mt. Zion, IL]; 8. 58-Jerit Murphy, [Lodge, IL]; 9. (DNF) 5-Terry Reed, [Decatur, IL]; 10. (DNF) 73-Garrett Lewis, [Decatur, IL]

Hornets – 1. 33-Jeremy Reed, [Decatur, IL]; 2. 32B-Brady Reed, [Decatur, IL]; 3. 1R-Dustin Reed, [Decatur, IL]; 4. 64CK-Cook Crawford, [Lincoln, IL]; 5. 63-Paul Peters, [Pana, IL]; 6. D7-Carter Dart, [Springfield, IL]; 7. 39M-Marty Sullivan, [Decatur, IL]; 8. 316-Nate Webb, [Clinton, IL]; 9. 0-Fred Reed, [Decatur, IL]; 10. 1-Bruce Dulgar, [Decatur, IL]

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