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Sheppard Makes Case for Three-Peat

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Tommy Sheppard, Jr. has won the last two track championships in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds class. He came into the month of September in second place trailing Billy Knebel in the points by nearly 60. That is certainly a tall task to overcome with just a month remaining in the season. Weather permitting, Macon Speedway will host a race every Saturday in the month and the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will be on the schedule every week.

Sheppard has a very fast Modified. When he gets out of traffic and gets to run, especially on the top groove, he can fly and glide around the track quicker than many others and he proved it once again Saturday night at Macon Speedway. After passing Curt Rhodes for the lead, Sheppard stuck to his guns at the top and secured a feature win to start the month. While fans watched Sheppard cross the finish line, they also kept an eye on where the 52 of Knebel was running. Knebel would finish ninth on the night and lose 18 points in his lead to Sheppard.

While Sheppard was out in front, Rhodes and Indiana driver James Walters raced side by side for the second spot.

Jeremy Nichols came back to the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks class and took the full 15-lap race with the lead. Racing in Rudy Zaragoza’s 67R, Nichols topped the current track points leader, Bobby Beiler, and the current Nationals points leader, Terry Reed.

Jose Parga stepped on the gas from the green flag start of the Pro Late Models feature and easily took home the win. The track saw plenty of action in the 20 laps as contact was common in the race between the competitors.

As the Sportsman division has raced at Macon Speedway this year, Dennis Vandermeersch has been the unstoppable force in the division. The former multi-time track champion has gone 4-for-4 in Sportsman features during the 2020 season and he continued that dominance to make it a perfect 5-for-5 in feature races with a stellar performance in the 15-lapper. The race for second place became the show to see as Jim Farley III, Phil Moreland and Ethan Schnapp battled for that second spot.

A caution-fest of the Pro Modified feature led to Kyle Helmick getting another win. The current points leader started his night by arriving and drawing the same number as his car number, 27, and he had a good feeling entering the night. Following a successful heat race, Helmick got the front row outside position for the feature. Spending the race trying to fend off Kevin Crowder for the lead, Helmick inched further ahead when the race did get some consecutive green flag laps.

As the race was nearing the end, Crowder got into a chance for the lead and was coming through the first turn on lap 13 when his left rear tire flew off the car and forced a quick and unfortunate end to his feature race. Billy Knebel, who is second in the points standings, had a difficult start as he needed a tire change and after coming back on the track in the last place spot. As the race proceeded, Knebel moved up the field and was running third at the time of the green flag lap behind Crowder. Following the lost tire, Knebel would take second place and keep the points race close with the final weeks closing in.

Youngster John Barnard from Sherman took his first win in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis. After starting seventh and waiting out Kyle Barker, Barnard found his comfort zone and launched himself into the lead and for the win.

Jeremy Reed was the winner in the Hornets division. Running behind Mike Eskew, Reed was looking for any opportunity he could find on the track and needed to go a different direction. That direction was up. Up the track and close to the concrete wall. Eskew stuck to the middle of the track and held his ground. As Reed tested the top, he found some speed and was able to catch up and go side by side with Eskew as they came down to the final laps. Reed made the pass and took the lead and the win.

The night of action featured seven divisions of racing and was sponsored by Jeff Weddle and Weddle Performance Engines in East Peoria. Next Saturday night, Macon Speedway celebrates its 75th Anniversary season with the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. It will also be a special night for the Hornets as they run the Ed Cain Trucking World Hornet Championship. Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis and Hornets will make up the night’s action. 

Feature Results (Top 10’s)

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

1) 2 +1 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P 2) 3 +1 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M 3) 4 +1 Donny Koehler Macon, IL 64 4) 5 +1 Colby Eller Taylorville, IL X 5) 6 +1 Jarod Shasteen Macon, IL 21 6) 7 +1 Brady Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14B 7) 1 -6 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 10 8) (DNF) 8 – Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

1) 4 +3 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL T6 2) 1 -1 Curt Rhodes Taylorville, IL 10 3) 5 +2 James Walters Brazil, IN 34W 4) 7 +3 Chad Sellers Breese, IL E55 5) 9 +4 Alan Crowder Elwin, IL 87C 6) 3 -3 Zach Rhodes Taylorville, IL 11 7) 10 +3 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 77 8) 15 +7 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X 9) 16 +7 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 10) 8 -2 Danny Smith Argenta, IL 98

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

1) 2 +1 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X 2) 6 +4 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 3) 4 +1 Maxx Emerson Taylorville, IL 78 4) 8 +4 Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 5) 13 +8 Roy Magee Springfield, IL 11 6) 10 +4 Jeff Wallace Decatur, IL 25 7) 14 +7 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116 8) 15 +7 Talen Beard Highland, IL 21T 9) 16 +7 Kevin Medlin Aviston, IL 33 10) 3 -7 Adam Rhoades Clinton, IL 10

DIRTcar Sportsman 

1) 2 +1 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield, IL 25 2) 1 -1 Jim Farley III Springfield, IL 84L 3) 5 +2 Ethan Schnapp Springfield, IL 2S 4) 8 +4 Scott Landers Taylorville, IL 41 5) 3 -2 Phil Moreland Assumption, IL 07 6) 12 +6 Dustin Reed Decatur, IL 21R 7) (DNF) 9 +2 Matt Reed Decatur, IL 4 8) (DNF) 7 -1 Terry Myers Buffalo, IL 12M 9) (DNF) 10 +1 Carter Dart Springfield, IL D7 10) (DNF) 11 +1 Ryan Blankenship Harristown, IL 13

Archers Alley Street Stocks

1) 2 +1 Jeremy Nichols Lovington, IL 67R 2) 1 -1 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 3) 3 – Terry Reed Cerro Gordo, IL T5 4) 6 +2 Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound, IL 53R 5) 4 -1 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL X7 6) 11 +5 Darrell Dick Monticello, IL 22 7) 8 +1 Gene Reed Hammond, IL X5 8) 9 +1 Jordan Smith Argenta, IL J98 9) 14 +5 Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4 10) 12 +2 Wes Biesenthal Athens, IL 14

DIRTcar Hornets 

1) 1 – Jeremy Reed Decatur, IL 33 2) 2 – Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 3) 3 – Jacob Shanks Decatur, IL 31 4) 5 +1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 5) 13 +8 Bill Basso Athens, IL 11 6) 8 +2 Brad Dart Springfield, IL 66D 7) 7 – Ken Reed Decatur, IL 98 8) 12 +4 Ray Goodall Springfield, IL 14 9) (DNF) 10 +1 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B 10) (DNF) 6 -4 Marty Sullivan Decatur, IL 39M

Micros By Bailey Chassis 

1) 7 +6 John Barnard Sherman, IL 8B 2) 4 +2 Cole Tinsley Bonne Terre, MO 00 3) 3 – Jacob Tipton Decatur, IL 10 4) 6 +2 Jeff Beasley Urbana, IL 83 5) 5 – Aarik Andruskevitch Riverton, IL 21 6) 8 +2 Cliff Powell Hannibal, MO 6 7) 9 +2 Joe Taft Dawson, IL 00T 8) (DNF) 2 -6 Michael Brummitt Mount Zion, IL 18 9) (DNF) 10 +1 Hayden Harvey Warrensburg, IL 55 10) (DNF) 1 -9 Kyle Barker Cooksville, IL 27

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Seven Divisions Set To Race On Weddle Performance Engines Night At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway, a high speed 1/5-mile high banked dirt track is down to it’s final month of the 2020-racing season. This Saturday night, Weddle Performance Engines night will feature seven different classes of DIRTcar Racing action.

Leading the way into the night for the DIRTcar Pro Late Model class is last week’s feature winner, Jake Little of Springfield, IL. Little has won four features in eight starts. Following him in points is Pro Late rookie Brady Lynch of Hillsboro, IL. Jose Parga, Dakota Ewing, and Chuck Mitchell round out the top five.

Pocahontas, IL driver Billy Knebel is still on top of the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified standings, having a 56 point lead on Tommy Sheppard. Guy Taylor, Rodney Standerfer, and Curt Rhodes are currently in the top five.

Trying to pull off the double championship, Knebel also leads the Pro Mod division standings. Knebel just took over the lead last week when Kyle Helmick spun on the last lap of the feature. Helmick is only 12 points back, while Dalton Ewing, Kevin Crowder, and Brian Burns are right there as well.

The DIRTcar Sportsman are led by Dennis Vander Meersh of Springfield, IL. Vander Meersh is up just 14 points on Rick Roedel. Scott Landers, Phil Moreland, and Matt Reed complete the top five.

Bobby Beiler still leads the Archers Alley Street Stock standings, despite missing last week’s races. Beiler has won five of the eight features he has been in, prompting drivers to collect donations to send him on another vacation. Jaret Duff, last week’s winner, is second in points, while Brian Dasenbrock, Nick Macklin, and Rudy Zaragoza complete the top five.

In the DIRTcar Hornet class, Decatur, IL’s Brady Reed is atop the standings with five wins in nine starts. Bill Basso, Billy Mason, Cook Crawford, and Allan Harris round out the top five.

The Micros By Bailey Chassis will round out Saturday night’s action. Decatur, IL’s Jacob Tipton is currently on top by eight points, while Warrensburg, IL’s Hayden Harvey is only ten back. Kyle Barker and Molly Day round out the top five. Ironically, none of the top five have claimed a feature win this year.

Pit gates will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing is at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 248 0
2 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 240 8
3 55 Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 238 10
4 27 Kyle Barker Cooksville IL 208 40
5 17 Molly Day Allerton IL 206 42
6 97D Larry Drake Terre Haute IN 190 58
7 84 Paul Day Atwood IL 158 90
8 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 154 94
9 44 Trevin Littleton Jacksonville IL 152 96
10 5B Chad Baldwin Lincoln IL 152 96


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 442 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 386 56
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 336 106
4 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 334 108
5 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 254 188
6 11D Brian Diveley Springfield IL 244 198
7 35 Clark Robertson Shelbyville IL 242 200
8 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 236 206
9 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 234 208
10 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 224 218


DIRTcar Pro Mods
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 450 0
2 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 438 12
3 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 432 18
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 420 30
5 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 384 66
6 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 342 108
7 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 334 116
8 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 298 152
9 25 Jeff Wallace Decatur IL 276 174
10 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 250 200


DIRTcar Sportsman
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 240 0
2 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 226 14
3 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 222 18
4 07 Phil Moreland Assumption IL 204 36
5 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 184 56
6 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 180 60
7 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 140 100
8 44 Bill Berghaus Chapin IL 130 110
9 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 112 128
10 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 98 142


Archers Alley Street Stocks 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 464 0
2 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 420 44
3 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 376 88
4 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 368 96
5 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 344 120
6 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 332 132
7 80 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 330 134
8 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 322 142
9 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 320 144
10 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 304 160


DIRTcar Hornets
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 502 0
2 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 448 54
3 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 444 58
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 408 94
5 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 374 128
6 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 362 140
7 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 344 158
8 20 Casey Eskew Springfield IL 308 194
9 E77 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton IL 268 234
10 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 262 240


Micros By Bailey Chassis
 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 248 0
2 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 240 8
3 55 Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 238 10
4 27 Kyle Barker Cooksville IL 208 40
5 17 Molly Day Allerton IL 206 42
6 97D Larry Drake Terre Haute IN 190 58
7 84 Paul Day Atwood IL 158 90
8 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 154 94
9 44 Trevin Littleton Jacksonville IL 152 96
10 5B Chad Baldwin Lincoln IL 152 96

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Duff Makes The First One Count

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Jaret Duff has not been racing at Macon Speedway for very long but his support group collectively has been for quite some time. His family, the Huffmans, Butch Garner, all have helped steer him in the right direction. Saturday night, Duff steered himself into the winner’s circle at Macon Speedway for the first time.

Nick Macklin was the first pole sitter for the 15-lap Archer’s Alley Street Stock feature but was pushed off the track with troubles and the favorite to win was off the track at the beginning. By the next restart, Zach Clark and Matthew Yaden, both who scored their first checkered flags in their respective heat races, got the front row starting assignment with Guy Taylor and Duff in the second row. The green flag flew and Clark got the early lead. Charging strong off the inside was Rudy Zaragoza as he battled his way to the front of the order. Zaragoza would take the lead away from Clark at the halfway point and rode the bottom while Duff started to hook up strongly at the top of the 1/5th mile dirt oval.

Duff stuck to his top groove and would take the lead away from Zaragoza with three laps remaining. A caution flag came out with the green flag in the air as the two-to-go signal was flying and the race was halted. As the restart came, Duff powered his way ahead and finished ahead of the group for his first feature win of his career.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds witnessed another first-time winner as B.J. Deal got into victory lane. Deal started on the pole position but didn’t blast away for the win. He had to battle for the 20-lap victory. As he stayed true to the bottom groove, Brian Diveley gave it all he had on the top of the track, even taking the lead as the side-by-side racing circled around the track. As the race continued during the green flag conditions, the bottom continued to work solidly for Deal who would grace victory lane for the first time this season.

In the Pro Modifieds class, Billy Knebel scored his fifth win of the year as he went into a side-by-side tilt with Kyle Helmick. The action carried and continued for many laps and as the checkered flag came into the air, Knebel was scored across the line first while Helmick had a slip up in the fourth turn that led to cars slowing down and getting crunched into each other.

The USAC/IMRA Midgets came to Macon Speedway for the first time this season and Brownsburg, Indiana driver Bryan Stanfill found his way to the checkered flag. The action was much like expected when the midgets are racing, it was all over the place. The start of the race saw James Picardi flip on the backstretch. The Mapleton racer would not get to be scored a lap and his night finished on the back of the tow truck. Cody Gerdes was the early race leader and Stanfill made his pass for the lead quickly during the race’s early stages.

Jake Little scored his fourth feature win in the Pro Late Models Saturday night. Little got ahead of Chuck Mitchell at the beginning and then was off to the lead and the win just 20 laps later.

Brady Reed did it again. Started last and won in the Hornets. His fifth checkered flag, and third in a row, has helped stretch his points lead with just a month remaining in the 2020 season.

Macon Speedway thanks Skeff Distributing for their sponsorship of the night’s racing action. The action continues next Saturday with a full night of seventh divisions and a CEFCU Kids Club event. The Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis and Hornets are all scheduled to race during the Labor Day weekend. 

Feature Results (Top 10’s) 

USAC Racing IMRA Engler Machine & Tool SpeeD2 Midgets 

1) 5 +4 Bryan Stanfill Brownsburg, IN 24 2) 4 +2 Shane Morgan Creve Coeur, IL 15M 3) 3 – Mark McMahill Peoria, IL 57 4) 7 +3 Daltyn England Springfield, IL 19E 5) 2 -3 Cody Gerdes Eureka, IL 5G 6) 14 +8 RJ Corson Markham, IL 15 7) 11 +4 Will Armitage Athens, IL 51R 8) 8 – Kevin Douglas Madison, WI 5K 9) 9 – Jace Sparks Crystal Lake, IL 17 10) 6 -4 Doug Canham Chatham, IL 7X

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

1) 2 +1 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J 2) 1 -1 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville, IL 75 3) 3 – Roben Huffman Midland City, IL 33H 4) 4 – Colby Eller Taylorville, IL X 5) (DNF) 5 – David Marlow Heyworth, IL M14 6) (DNF) 6 – Brady Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14B

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

1) 1 – B.J. Deal Brownstown, IL 3W 2) 3 +1 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D 3) 8 +5 Joe Strawkas Buffalo, IL 28S 4) 5 +1 Jacob Steinkoenig Highland, IL 24S 5) 9 +4 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X 6) 12 +6 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 77 7) 11 +4 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 8) 18 +10 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL T6 9) 19 +10 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 28 10) 6 -4 Jared Thomas Edinburg, IL 43

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

1) 2 +1 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 2) 1 -1 Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 3) 8 +5 Kevin Crowder Argenta, IL 15C 4) 10 +6 Adam Rhoades Clinton, IL 10 5) 6 +1 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116 6) 4 -2 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B 7) 11 +4 Evan Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14E 8) 9 +1 Roy Magee Springfield, IL 11 9) 3 -6 Jeff Wallace Decatur, IL 25 10) 12 +2 Maxx Emerson Taylorville, IL 78

Archers Alley Street Stocks

1) 4 +3 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 2) 7 +5 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville, IL 67 3) 3 – Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4 4) 6 +2 Jordan Smith Argenta, IL J98 5) 11 +6 Randy Huffman Maroa, IL 46 6) 9 +3 Tommy Pickering Cerro Gordo, IL 199 7) 10 +3 Shawn Ziemer Boody, IL 23Z 8) 2 -6 Matthew Yaden Monticello, IL 19 9) 12 +3 Wes Biesenthal Athens, IL 14 10) 13 +3 Brian Dasenbrock Jr Decatur, IL 80

DIRTcar Hornets

1) 10 +9 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B 2) 2 – Carter Dart Springfield, IL 66D 3) 6 +3 Allan Harris Chatham, IL 3H 4) 5 +1 Michael McKay Springfield, IL 26A 5) 3 -2 Marty Sullivan Decatur, IL 39M 6) 1 -5 Ken Reed Decatur, IL 98 7) 8 +1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 64CK 8) 7 -1 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 9) (DNF) 4 -5 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 10) (DNF) 9 -1 Kyle Keller Oakley, IL 13

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Macon Speedway Ready For Another Night Of Great Entertainment

(Macon, IL) It has turned out to be an outstanding 2020 racing season at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL. The 1/5-mile high banked dirt track has had great turnouts of racecars, putting on outstanding shows for the fans in the stands. Down to the final five Saturday nights of the season, the track is set for Skeff Distributing Night on Saturday, August 29.

This week’s special visit will be paid by the USAC Racing IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets. The series races at numerous tracks such as Spoon River, Lee County, Quad City, Wayne County, Peoria, and this week’s visit at Macon.

Tyler Roth, of Springfield, IL, claimed the win in a wild 23 car feature at Macon Speedway one year ago. This year’s standings are led by Andy Baugh, followed by Bryan Stanfill, Will Armitage, Chris Adrien, and Kevin Battefeld.

The DIRTcar Pro Late Models are led into the night by Springfield, IL’s Jake Little. Little has won three out of the seven features this year and has claimed six top fives. Jose Parga is second in the points, while Brady Lynch, Dakota Ewing, and Cody Maguire round out the top five.

Billy Knebel, of Pocahontas, IL, leads the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified standings by 54 points over Tommy Sheppard. Sheppard has previously claimed championships in the class, while Knebel is trying to win the division championship with his Pro Mod racecar, racing in two classes each week.

Smithton, IL driver Kyle Helmick is in a tight battle for the DIRTcar Pro Mod point lead as Billy Knebel is hot on his heels, looking for a pair of championships. Helmick has two wins this season, while Knebel has won four. Only eight points separate the two. Meanwhile, Pro Mod rookie Dalton Ewing is only 22 points behind in third and veteran Kevin Crowder 36 behind in fourth. Brian Burns rounds out the top five in points.

Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, IL, is the point leader in the Archers Alley Street Stock division. Beiler has won five of the eight features in the class which has seen full fields of cars all year. Maroa, IL’s Jaret Duff is second in points, while Nick Macklin, Brian Dasenbrock, and Terry Reed complete the top five.

Rounding out Saturday’s divisions will be the DIRTcar Hornets. Brady Reed has built a 40 point lead in the class with four wins in eight starts. Athens, IL driver Bill Basso is second, while Billy Mason, Cook Crawford, and Allan Harris complete the top five.

Pit gates open Saturday night at 3:00, while grandstands open at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing will start at 7:00. Grandstand admission will be $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 data rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

USAC Racing IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets

1) Andy Baugh 716 2) Bryan Stanfill 662 3) Will Armitage 659 4) Chris Adrien 586 5) Kevin Battefeld 491 6) Jake Sollenberger 483 7) Mark McMahill 440 8) Tyler Roth 374 9) Bart Andrews 251 10) Cody Gerdes 184

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 390 0
2 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 342 48
3 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 318 72
4 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 296 94
5 32M Cody Maguire Carlinville IL 248 142
6 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 224 166
7 75 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville IL 216 174
8 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 216 174
9 93J JR Wiltermood Windsor IL 140 250
10 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 124 266


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 394 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 340 54
3 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 290 104
4 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 286 108
5 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 216 178
6 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 206 188
7 35 Clark Robertson Shelbyville IL 206 188
8 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 206 188
9 54 Shaun Horstmann Highland IL 194 200
10 11D Brian Diveley Springfield IL 186 208


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 398 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 390 8
3 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 376 22
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 362 36
5 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 334 64
6 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 298 100
7 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 292 106
8 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 290 108
9 25 Jeff Wallace Decatur IL 230 168
10 85 Nick Justice Decatur IL 228 170


Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 464 0
2 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 360 104
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 346 118
4 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 336 128
5 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 332 132
6 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 322 142
7 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 294 170
8 80 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 288 176
9 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 286 178
10 12 Dean Holt Decatur IL 256 208


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 442 0
2 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 402 40
3 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 400 42
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 360 82
5 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 318 124
6 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 310 132
7 20 Casey Eskew Springfield IL 308 134
8 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 294 148
9 E77 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton IL 268 174
10 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 262 180

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Neuman takes Camfield Memorial at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Jake Neuman scored his second Macon Speedway Midget race win of the 2020 season and first during the POWRi touring series as part of the Illinois Speed Weekend. Neuman, who started front row outside, overcame leader Michael Kofoid and Cannon McIntosh in the battle for the top spot. With the action all over the track, thanks to 24 starting POWRi Midgets starting the 30-lap feature race, Neuman took advantage of a miscue by Kofoid with ten laps remaining to snatch the lead and finish the race.

Kofoid took the lead from McIntosh early in the race and looked to be the heavy favorite to win after also taking the checkered flag Friday night in Lincoln at the start of the Illinois Speed Weekend. As the top of the track grew difficult and bumpy, Kofoid slid to the top of the second turn and slowed down which allowed Neuman to take the advantage. Despite a second-place finish, Kofoid was leading at the halfway point which entitled him to the Phil Sargent Memorial $100 bonus.

With a full night of 35 POWRi Midgets, the night only saw two flips. One in a heat race in which the driver was able to restart the car and continue the race and the other in the feature. Daison Purlsey took a tumble in the fourth turn on lap 7 and surprisingly was able to continue and finished with a top ten end.

The POWRi Micro Sprints drivers kept all four wheels on the ground for the entire night and Mt. Zion’s Tony Clifton took the first place finish with thanks to a wreck that would take the leader out of the race. Jeremy Camp was flying around the 1/5th mile dirt oval and looked like a solid lock for the win. An accident which involved Camp with soon-to-be lapped cars cost Camp the lead and Clifton inherited the lead as the second place car. Clifton ran away from Cole Tinsley who was making up ground quickly as the second place finisher.

Nick Macklin scored his second feature win in the Archer’s Alley Street Stock class. Macklin was out in front of Bobby Beiler as the race got started. Beiler has been the winner of the past three-straight feature wins in the division and has been the driver to beat in the class. Beiler got slowed and stopped in the fourth turn and was forced to restart from the back of the field. Beiler would rebound nicely and finish seventh of the 16-car starting field. Macklin ran the top side of the track to the checkered flag, his first since mid-July.

Defending track champion Tommy Sheppard, Jr. jumped out on top quickly in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds group and ran away for the win. His second win of the month helped his push in the points standings. While Sheppard was running away from the field, Rodney Standerfer racing in Curt Rhodes’ #10, finished in second place. A cluster of cars ran for the third place spot which was finished off by Billy Knebel, then Zach Rhodes, Jeff Graham and Clark Robertson.

The night ended with the Hornets and Brady Reed taking another checkered flag. Reed started 11th in the 11-car field as the Hornets division has the unique rule of the previous week’s winner starting at the back of the group in the next week’s race. Reed put his foot down early and caught up to Allan Harris and Ken Reed as they battled for the lead. However, Reed made the pass for the lead and was in charge by lap five of the 15-lap feature.The win was his third of the year and second in a row.

The lone visit on the abbreviated schedule was a good one for the POWRi divisions with better than 60 open wheel cars ready to race. The Macon Speedway stock cars helped add the night’s total to over 100 cars again during its Saturday night events.Another week of Midget racing comes next Saturday night with the IMCA Midgets coming to the track. A full slate of stock car racing is expected with the Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds and Hornets joining in to finish off the August part of the schedule. 

Feature Rundowns (Top 10’s)

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League

1) 2 +1 Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N 2) 6 +4 Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA 67 3) 1 -2 Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK 71K 4) 13 +9 Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D 5) 4 -1 Zach Daum Pocahontas, IL 21 6) 5 -1 Jerry Coons Jr Tucson, AZ 85 7) 3 -4 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK 71 8) 8 – Trey Gropp Lincoln, NE 00 9) 10 +1 Daison Pursley Locust Grove, OK 9 10) 14 +4 Joey Wirth Waterloo, IL 77W 

POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Micro League

1) Tony Clifton Mt. Zion, IL 23C 2) Cole Tinsley Bonne Terre, MO 3) Reece Saldana Pittsboro, IN 17 4) Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO 97 5) Trevin Littleton Jacksonville, IL 44T 6) Bryant Wiedeman Colby, KS 1 7) Christopher Townsend La Porte, TX 6 8) Joe B Miller Millerville, MO 51B 9) Elizabeth Phillips Bixby, OK 08K 10) Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX 1B 

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

1) 5 +4 Tommy Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL T6 2) 10 +8 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 10 3) 9 +6 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 4) 2 -2 Zach Rhodes Taylorville, IL 11 5) 14 +9 Jeff Graham Stonington, IL 71 6) 7 +1 Clark Robertson Shelbyville, IL 35 7) 13 +6 John Goveia Riverton, IL 4G 8) 1 -7 Alan Crowder Elwin, IL 87C 9) (DNF) 6 -3 Clint Martin Ramsey, IL 54 10) (DNF) 15 +5 William Jackson Vandalia, IL 95

Archers Alley Street Stocks

1) 1 – Nick Macklin Argenta, IL 16 2) 3 +1 Wes Biesenthal Athens, IL 14 3) 7 +4 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 4) 12 +8 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville, IL 67 5) 13 +8 Jonathon Hall Harristown, IL 3J 6) 2 -4 Dustin Reed Decatur, IL 21R 7) 4 -3 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 8) 5 -3 Ryan Blankenship Harristown, IL 13 9) 15 +6 Brian Dasenbrock Jr Decatur, IL 80 10) 9 -1 Shawn Ziemer Boody, IL 23Z 

DIRTcar Hornets 

1) 11 +10 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B 2) 2 – Ken Reed Decatur, IL 98 3) 4 +1 Allan Harris Chatham, IL 3H 4) 5 +1 Joe McChristy Mt Zion, IL 21M 5) (DNF) 7 +2 Cole Johnson Assumption, IL 51 6) (DNF) 3 -3 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 7) (DNF) 8 +1 Carson Dart Springfield, IL 66D 8) (DNF) 6 -2 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 9) (DNF) 9 – Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 10) (DNF) 10 – Marty Sullivan Decatur, IL 39M

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POWRi Midgets To Make Macon Speedway Stop On Saturday Night

(Macon, IL) The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League is headed toward Macon Speedway this coming Saturday, August 22. With a late start and a previous rainout, it looks as if this will be the only visit for the popular series in 2020. The visit is part of Illinois Speedweek which also has Lincoln Speedway Friday and Jacksonville Speedway on Sunday.

Leading the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League into town on Saturday night will be New Berlin, IL’s Jake Neuman. Neuman has not claimed a victory in POWRi competition this year but has six top five’s in 12 starts with the series. Oklahoma’s Ace McCarthy is second in points, claiming two wins so far this season. Zach Daum, Cannon McIntosh, and Kaylee Bryson complete the top five in points. The top ten in points is represented by drivers from six different states.

The POWRi Engler Machine and Tool 600cc Micro League is led by Tulsa, OK driver Harley Hollan. Hollan has claimed one win this year and is followed by the veteran, Joe B. Miller of Missouri. Chase Porter, Bryan Wiedeman, and Scotty Milan round out the top five. The top ten in points are drivers representing eight different states, coming from all over the country.

Three of the strongest Macon Speedway divisions will be on hand as well, as the event will have the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and DIRTcar Hornets also on the schedule.

Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing will go green at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $18, 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 data rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League

Pos Car Driver Hometown Wins Top 5 Top 10 Features Points Gap
1 3N Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL   6 11 12 3150
2 28 Ace McCarthy Tahlequah, OK 2 3 7 12 2910 240
3 5D Zach Daum Pocahontas, IL 1 3 7 12 2640 510
4 71K Cannon McIntosh Bixby, OK 2 7 8 10 2590 560
5 71 Kaylee Bryson Muskogee, OK   2 6 10 2260 890
6 67 Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA 4 6 6 9 2250 900
7 9 Daison Pursley Locust Grove, OK   5 8 8 2140 1010
8 00 Trey Gropp Lincoln, NE   2 3 11 2140 1010
9 15 Emerson Axsom Franklin, IN   2 6 10 2120 1030
10 72 Sam Johnson St Peters, MO   1 4 7 1760 1390


POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Micro League

Pos Car Driver Hometown Wins Top 5 Top 10 Features Points Gap
1 14h Harley Hollan Tulsa, OK 1 4 6 6 1550
2 51b Joe B. Miller Millersville, MO 3 4 5 6 1500 50
3 2 Chase Porter St. Joseph, MO   1 3 6 1300 250
4 1 Bryant Wiedeman Colby, KS   1 2 5 1020 530
5 97 Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO     2 4 890 660
6 44T Trevin Littleton Jacksonville, IL   2 2 3 840 710
7 6 Christopher Townsend La Porte, TX       4 810 740
8 18 Wyatt Siegel Florence, MO   1 2 3 710 840
9 12 Frank Galusha Lincoln, NE     1 4 690 860
10 4 Mariah Ede Fresno, CA     1 2 610 940

BillinglseyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 338 0
2 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 280 58
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 276 62
4 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 232 106
5 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 216 122
6 54 Shaun Horstmann Highland IL 194 144
7 11D Brian Diveley Springfield IL 186 152
8 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 180 158
9 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 170 168
10 18 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt IL 166 172

Archers Alley Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 416 0
2 T5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 332 84
3 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 322 94
4 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 304 112
5 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 302 114
6 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 286 130
7 X7 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 284 132
8 2Z Andy Zahnd White Heath IL 250 166
9 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 248 168
10 80 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 244 172

DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 382 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 356 26
3 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 352 30
4 1 Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 314 68
5 E77 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton IL 268 114
6 20 Casey Eskew Springfield IL 268 114
7 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 268 114
8 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 262 120
9 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 262 120
10 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 236 146

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POWRi Midgets Heading Toward Central Illinois

Belleville, IL. (08/04/2020) New dates for the POWRi Lucas Oil National and the POWRi Engler Machine & Took Micro Leagues SPEED WEEKEND have been established. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday August 21-23 will now host the SPEED WEEKEND. What was originally scheduled to be July 31 – August 2 was washed out by the rain. POWRi Officials have worked hard with all three tracks to reschedule this spectacular event for the drivers and race fans.

It all begins on Friday, August 21 when the SPEED WEEKEND fires off at Lincoln Speedway. The tight ¼ mile semi banked dirt oval has established many winners. The most recent winner being Tyler Courtney, on August 16, 2019. The last time the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Micros visited the historic Lincoln, IL speedway was in 2017. Both races in 2018 and 2019 resulted in a rain out. The driver that topped the charts in 2017 was Nick Howard. Pro Late Models, Modifieds, and Nutech Seed DII Midgets will also be in action.
On Saturday, August 22, both POWRi series visit the “Mighty Macon” Speedway. Which is stated to be the “World’s fastest 1/5-mile dirt track.” The last time POWRi Midgets attended the unique grounds on September 14, 2019 Logan Seavey came out on top. The 2019 event also marked Chad Elliot as a winner for the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Micro Sprint League. BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and Hornets will also race.
The final night on Sunday, August 23 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL is when the SPEED WEEKEND will conclude. The ¼ mile dirt track is located on the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville, IL. This will be the first time that any POWRi series has visited the historic ¼ mile track in the 2020 race season.
You can follow along with POWRi for more information such as race recaps, live updates, full results and press releases online at www.powri.com, on Twitter & Instagram at @POWRi_Racing or on Facebook at POWRi.
Friday, August 21 at Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Pit Gates Open – 3:00 P.M.
Driver Registration – 3:30 to 5:30 P.M.
Drivers Meeting – 5:40 P.M.
Hot Laps – 6:00 P.M.
Racing to follow
Saturday, August 22 at Macon Speedway (Macon, IL):
Pit Gates Open – All Day
Driver Registration – 3:30 to 5:15 P.M.
Drivers Meeting – 5:30 P.M.
Hot Laps – 6:00 P.M.
Racing to follow
Sunday, August 23 at Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Pit Gates Open – All Day
Driver Registration – 3:30 to 5:15 P.M.
Drivers Meeting – 5:30 P.M.
Hot Laps – 6:00 P.M.

Racing to follow

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Harrison, Parga Claim Big Money at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Over $11,000 in bonus prize money was up for grabs amongst six racing classes Saturday night at Macon Speedway in the second Diane Bennett Memorial Race sponsored by Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy. Of that $11K, over $5,000 was awarded to the winners of the Pro Late Model and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature winners. Each event paid $2,525 to the winner, a huge climb from the normal weekly payout. The heroics of the event land on the shoulders of the Bennett family who put together the race night with a bevvy of sponsors, race fans and supporters who enjoy Macon Speedway, the drivers and appreciated the track scorer for better than 35 years.

Mike Harrison of Highland already scored a Macon Speedway feature win thanks to the success of the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature event during the Summer Nationals event on Thursday. Two days later, Harrison was again enjoying the moment of victory. Following a successful heat race, Harrison was lined up on the pole position for the feature and led all 25 laps to receive the $2,525 top prize. $500 of that money was his from the 2019 inaugural Diane Bennett Memorial where after he won, donated some of the prize money back to the family who kept it ready for the 2020 installment.

As the race got started, Harrison kept the same idea from Thursday, run the top of the track. He was able to do that and it led to another win. Jeremy Nichols ran the bottom of the track and tried to keep up by Harrison was too much. Nichols looked ready to take second place but spun out and was put to the tail of the field. Ray Bollinger, Brian Diveley and Rodney Standerfer along with Curt Rhodes made for some interesting racing as positions were traded back and forth behind Harrison.

Jose Parga started the Pro Late Model feature in the second row behind teammate and friend Dakota Ewing. Parga and Ewing traded the lead regularly during the race with slide jobs and back and forth before Parga took charge and looked to be solidly ready to close it out. Ewing got ready for a comeback. He nearly got there. With the white flag waving and a lap remaining, Ewing kept to the top of the track and locked up in the first turn after hitting the wall. Jake Little was running third before that moment and got a chance to compete for the lead with a one lap dash to the finish but Parga was too strong on the gas and finished the race and grabbed the big check.

$1,025 was up for the winner of the Archer’s Alley Street Stocks feature winner and Bobby Beiler once again took the checkered flag. Beiler, a regular winner in the division this season, battled through Jeremy Nichols, Guy Taylor and Terry Reed to win the night. Beiler, much like he always does, raced the top of the track and smoothly ran to the 15-lap victory.

Billy Knebel was in for a battle with three other drivers as he scored the win in the Pro Modifieds class. Kyle Helmick, Dalton Ewing and Zack Bunning were making things very close for Knebel but a caution flag re-set the field bumper-to-bumper and took away the momentum of the drivers behind him and Knebel finished off another feature.

Reece Saldana of Pittsboro, Indiana, made his first trip to Macon Speedway for the year a very memorable one as he passed Larry Drake, another Indiana driver, and won in the Micro Sprints, presented by Bailey Chassis. The pass came halfway through the race and Saldana zoomed through the rest of the race to the winner’s circle.

The Hornets finished off another show as Brady Reed took the trophy and the bonus money that his dad donated to the event. His dad, Joe Reed, finished behind him and scored the $100 bonus that he put up for the race results, as well.

Another solid night of racing featured over 100 racecars through the six divisions at Macon Speedway. As the track calms following two big programs, sister track Lincoln Speedway will roar to life with its UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals program on Sunday. The Super Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds and the 305 Winged Sprint Cars will be on the show. Macon Speedway returns next Saturday with the Camfield Memorial race involving the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints. BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks and Hornets will be on the slate of action. 

Feature Results (Top 10’s) 

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

(1) 1 – Mike Harrison Highland, IL 24H (2) 12 +10 Ray Bollinger Kewanee, IL 77R (3) 16 +13 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 28 (4) 5 +1 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D (5) 6 +1 Jacob Steinkoenig Highland, IL 24S (6) 11 +5 Curt Rhodes Taylorville, IL 10 (7) 14 +7 Robert Lee Sorento, IL 88 (8) 20 +12 Shaun Horstmann Highland, IL 54 (9) 19 +10 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 (10) 15 +5 Clark Robertson Shelbyville, IL 35

DIRTcar Pro Late Models 

(1) 3 +2 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P (2) 5 +3 Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J (3) 1 -2 Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL 130 (4) 6 +2 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 10 (5) 8 +3 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville, IL 75 (6) 10 +4 Roben Huffman Midland City, IL 33H (7) 4 -3 Timmy Dick Monticello, IL 12 (8) 11 +3 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M (9) 16 +7 Chris Dick Deland, IL 22 (10) 9 -1 Jarod Shasteen Macon, IL 21

DIRTcar Pro Mods

(1) 3 +2 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 (2) 2 – Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 (3) 1 -2 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (4) 4 – Zack Bunning Decatur, IL Z (5) 10 +5 Cale Hartnagel Pocahontas, IL 29H (6) 11 +5 Ryan Timmons Centralia, IL 23 (7) 8 +1 Evan Lynch Hillsboro, IL 14E (8) 17 +9 Billy Justice Jr Cerro Gordo, IL 43 (9) 6 -3 Kevin Crowder Argenta, IL 15C (10) 15 +5 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

(1) 4 +3 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 (2) 2 – Jeremy Nichols Lovington, IL 67R (3) 8 +5 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo, IL T5 (4) 7 +3 Timmy Dick Monticello, IL 122 (5) 6 +1 Andy Zahnd White Heath, IL 2Z (6) 12 +6 Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4 (7) 3 -4 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur, IL 08 (8) 11 +3 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 (9) 10 +1 Darrell Dick Monticello, IL 22 (10) 17 +7 Dustin Reed Decatur, IL 21R

DIRTcar Hornets 

(1) 3 Brady Reed Decatur, IL 32B (2) 5 Joe Reed Decatur, IL K9 (3) 4 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton, IL E77 (4) 2 Mike Eskew Springfield, IL 21 (4) 9 Danny White, Villa Grove, IL 58W

Micros By Bailey Chassis 

(1) 3 +2 Reece Saldana Pittsboro, IN 17 (2) 4 +2 Tony Clifton Mt Zion, IL 23 (3) 12 +9 Alex Midkiff Belleville, IL 11 (4) 1 -3 Larry Drake Terre Haute, IN 97D (5) 2 -3 Jeff Beasley Urbana, IL 83 (6) 7 +1 Chad Baldwin Lincoln, IL 5B (7) 13 +6 Paul Day Atwood, IL 84 (8) 5 -3 Hayden Harvey Warrensburg, IL 55 (9) 15 +6 Jacob Tipton Decatur, IL 10 (10) 10 – John Barnard Sherman, IL 8B

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Macon Speedway Saturday Night Action to Feature Plenty of Extra Prize Money

(Macon, IL) After an outstanding night of racing on Thursday for the 40th running of the Herald & Review 100, officials are turning things around quickly for Saturday’s Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy night at the races. The event features the Diane Bennett Memorial, with approximately $10,000 in extra prize money on the line.

The event, in its second year, is in memory of longtime Macon Speedway scoring official Diane Bennett. Diane’s daughter, Kellie, spearheaded the effort in 2019 to bring a big race for Macon’s weekly classes.

Saturday’s action will see drivers racing for over $2500 to win in Pro Late Models as well as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. The Archers Alley Street Stocks will race for $1000 to win, Pro Mods nearly $500 for top prize, and the Hornet winner will get a huge trophy and almost $400. The Micro winner share has also been boosted throughout the week.

The six division program will see pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

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Logan Jackson the winner of the 2 seater late model will be sponsoring his $300.00 to the fastest Late Model Qualifier!Thank you Logan for your support!

💰💰💰 ATTENTION MODIFIEDS 💰💰💰
Frank Benton the winner of the 2 seater modified will be sponsoring his $175.00 to the fastest Modified qualifier! Thank you Frank for your support!

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Modifieds
1. Rockett Bennett Racing – $1000.00
1. Mike Harrison – $500.00
1. Atlas Lock Shop – Kathy Billingsley – $100.00
1. Vic’s Poker Peeps – $100.00
1. Leka Tree Service – $50.00
1. Stephanie Helphrey at Bob Ridings Decatur – $25.00
2. Carolyn Johnson- Carter – $50.00
2. Vic’s Poker Peeps – $50.00
2. Rick & Ginger Dettling – $10.00
3. Leka Tree Service – $25.00
3. “KIRBY YOUR CAR GUY” – $10.00
4. Howard Nolen – $50.00
5. Standerfer Racing Team – Rodney Standerfer – $100.00
5. Bobby Bennett – $100.00
6. Brenda Bennett – $100.00
6. Howard Nolen – $50.00
6. Rob & Denise Bennett – $25.00
7. Hoosier Tire Midwest Terry Young $25.00
8. Y KNOT Trucking – Dyan & Mike Aubert – $250.00
9. Terri Moore – $10.00
10. J & J Motorsports – $25.00
11. Twoey Zehnacker- $25.00
11. Terri Moore – $10.00
12. Atlas Lock Shop – Kathy Billingsley – $25.00
12. Affordable Portable Slot car Track- $10.00
13. Atlas Lock Shop – Kathy Billingsley – $25.00
13. Megan Barnes and Ryan Likins – $10.00
13. Bearded Rebellion of Illinois – $10.00
14. Atlas Lock Shop – Kathy Billingsley – $25.00
14. Affordable Portable Slot car Track- $10.00
15. Atlas Lock Shop – Kathy Billingsley – $25.00
15. Terri Moore – $10.00

Frank Benton – Fast qualifier – $175.00

Amy Shelton and Gayle Harbison – Spring Green Lawn Care -$50.00 winner will roll a die and whatever it lands on 1-6 will win the $50.00

Jerry & Kelly Myers- $25.00 to the last finishing car in Modifieds

Pro Late Models
1. Rockett Bennett Racing – $1000.00
1. Chris Dick – $250.00
1. Billingsleys Auto – Thomas Billingsley – $100.00
1. Catherine Haack – $100.00
1. Vic’s Poker Peeps – $100.00
1. Kathy Buzz Wyer – $50.00
1. Jennifer Billingsley – $50.00
1. Jesse Reed “Bubba” – $50.00
1. Margret Bennett – $25.00
1. Leka Tree Service – $25.00
1. Stephanie Helphrey at Bob Ridings Decatur – $25.00
2. Illini Racing Supply Decatur Il. – $100.00
2. Carolyn Johnson- Carter – $50.00
2. Vic’s Poker Peep’s – $50.00
2. Bendsen Signs- Matt Roush – $25.00
3. Illini Racing Supply Decatur Il. – $50.00
3. Leka Tree Service – $25.00
3. “KIRBY YOUR CAR GUY” – $10.00
4. Illini Racing Supply Decatur Il. – $50.00
4. Bendsen Signs- Matt Roush – $25.00
5. Illini Racing Supply Decatur Il. – $50.00
6. Catherine Haack – $100.00
6. Illini Racing Supply Decatur Il. – $50.00
6. Bendsen Signs- Matt Roush – $25.00
7. Illini Racing Supply Decatur Il. – $50.00
7. ALLGAIER PERFORMANCE PARTS/ ALLGAIER SHOCKS Terry Young – $25.00
7. Rick & Ginger Dettling – $10.00
8. Mackenzie Massey – $25.00
8. Bendsen Signs- Matt Roush – $25.00
8. Terri Moore – $10.00
9. Affordable Portable Slot car Track- $10.00
10. In memory of Steve Gant – Shelby Gant – $30.00
10. Affordable Portable Slot car Track- $10.00
11. Affordable Portable Slot car Track- $10.00
12. Terri Moore – $10.00
13. Megan Barnes & Ryan Likins – $10.00
13. Bearded Rebellion of Illinois – $10.00
14. Kyra & Chuck Carlson – $10.00
15. Everything Dirt Racing – $25.00

Logan Jackson – Fast Qualifier – $300.00

Kelly Logue- $30.00 Winner wil roll a die 1-6 whatever it lands on that driver will receive the $30.00

Jerry & Kelly Myers- $25.00 to the last finishing car in Pro Late Model

Hard Charger Award – Randee Reed – $50.00

Jeff Weddle of Weddle Performance Engines to the 2020 Diane Bennett Memorial Sponsorship list. Jeff will be sponsoring 1 55 gallon of Renegade Racing fuel. Plus 250 dollars off of machine work/ or Engine work to the Modified Hard Charger!

Then as well Pro Late Model class Winner of the feature will receive 1 55 gallon drum of E85. Plus 250 dollars off of machine work/ or Engine work.

In order to receive the giveaways you MUST have (2) 10x 20 decals visible. These will be available for purchase through Jeff Weddle tomorrow at Macon Speedway at the pit gate!

B – Modifieds
Hartung Enterprises- Curtis Hartung – $500.00 to the purse of the B Modified feature, it will be distributed equally throughout the field.

Zack Bunning – Zack Bunning Graphics will be sponsoring $200.00 to the B Modifieds. The winner will roll a die and whatever it lands on 1-6 will receive the $200.00!

Kevin Rench of Rench Trucking -Kevin will be sponsoring $200 to the B MODIFIEDS. $20.00 each to the 1-10 positions!

1. Zips Flowers by the Gates – $100.00 Dawn Gates
1. Jesse Reed “Bubba” $50.00
1. Stephanie Helphrey at Bob Ridings Decatur – $25.00

Larry Bunning of Bunning Racing Parts and Fuel. Larry will be sponsoring 6 brand new fuel cans to the 6 last RUNNING PRO MODIFIED’S in the feature!

6. Rob & Denise Bennett – $25.00 to the 6th place finisher of the B Modified feature.

10. In memory of Steve Gant – Shelby Gant – $20.00 to the 10th place finisher B Modified feature.

14. In memory of Art & Pat Lynch – Jason Williamson – $25.00 to the 14th place finisher B modified feature.

Deb Galka Zehnacker – $25.00 – B Modified Hard Charger Award.

Jerry & Kelly Myers- $25.00 to the last finishing car in B Modifieds

Street stocks
1. SBM —$300
1. Y KNOT Trucking Dyan & Mike Aubert $250.00
1. Storm Beiler Racing – $100.00
1. Amy Shelton and Gayle Harbison – Spring Green Lawn Care – $50.00
1. Stephanie Helphrey at Bob Ridings Decatur – $25.00
2. Storm Beiler Racing – $50.00
3. Storm Beiler Racing – $25.00
3. Leka Tree Service – $25.00
4. Storm Beiler Racing – $25.00
5. Adelynn Reed – $50.00
8. Skyler Maxwell – $25.00

One Sharp Image will be sponsoring $50.00 to Street Stocks. The feature winner will roll a die and whatever it lands on 1-6 will receive the $50.00

Dasenbrock Motorsports – $50.00 Hard Charger Award

One Sharp Image – Krystal Bennett -$50.00 Hard Charger Award

Jerry & Kelly Myers- $25.00 to the last finishing car in Street Stocks

Ray & Linda Thevenot – $20.00 to the last place in the Street Stock feature

Darrell Dick – WHAT UP DOG- $25.00 to each Street Stock heat winner and $25.00 to Street Stock B Main Winner

Hornets
1. Joe Reed – $200.00 & Trophy
1. Storm Beiler Racing – $50.00
1. Stephanie Helphrey at Bob Ridings Decatur – $25.00
2. Joe Reed – $100.00
2. Storm Beiler Racing – $25.00
3. Joe Reed – $50.00
3. Storm Beiler Racing – $25.00
4. Joe Reed – $25.00
5. Joe Reed – $25.00
7. Jacob Reed – $25.00
8. Jeffery Reed Racing – $25.00

Micros

1. Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum- $100.00
1. Stephanie Helphrey at Bob Ridings Decatur – $25.00

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Sheppard’s Patience Leads to Win

By BZ

(Macon, IL) We’ve all heard it before. “Patience is a virtue.” Thursday night at the 40th Annual Herald & Review 100, New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard had the patience to overcome lapped traffic and Brian Shirley to take his first 100-lapper at Macon Speedway.

Thanks to a lapped car slowing down Shirley, Sheppard made his move and took to the lead with 19 laps remaining. Sheppard showed the patience through the first 80 laps as Shirley knived his way through the traffic that caused chaos throughout the event. As Shirley cleared the traffic, Sheppard was behind him doing the same, waiting his turn, biding his time.

After leading all 80 laps, 2012 Herald & Review 100 Champion Brian Shirley looked like he would take all 100 laps, only the third driver to ever achieve the feat. Throwing his 3S machine into the corners on the top groove, Shirley was in command. Unfortunately for him, like many feature races and drivers before him, lapped traffic caught up to him at the 1/5th mile high banked oval dirt track.

As Sheppard made his move to the lead, the crowd hopped to their feet as “B-Shepp” took off like a rocket. The question became whether or not the tires would wear down after the consecutive green flag laps between lap 6 and 52. And then again from lap 52 to 98.

As the green flag hit the air, a car was moving into the inside line and towards the infield with its front left tire barely hanging on. As the car got into the infield, the tire rolled off and into the first turn. With two laps remaining, the caution came out.

As the final restart led to the green-white-checkered finish, Sheppard commanded his B5 through the corners and into victory lane.

The win was sweet. And Brandon Sheppard enjoyed it all because he had patience.

In the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds race, Mike Harrison from Highland blasted out to the lead early in the race and would score the 25-lap win. While he was in control of the lead, the battle for second place was filled with anxious moments as the race came to the finish. Former track champions Jeff Leka and Rodney Standerfer along with Ray Bollinger closed in together for their chance at the runner-up spot. Leka made it to the finish line just ahead of Bollinger and Standerfer.

37 BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and 31 Super Late Models made up the show for the 40th Annual Herald & Review 100. The much anticipated race came through once again for race fans as they got to enjoy a solid night of competition and dirt slinging fun.

Race Recap: The Herald & Review 100 featured one lead change as Brian Shirley led the first 80 laps and Brandon Sheppard took the lead from 81 to the finish line. The start of the race yielded a caution flag. After the restart, lap six saw another yellow flag. Green flag racing took to the track until the yellow waved again on lap 52 and then finally on lap 98. Between the official start of the race and the checkered flag, the race was completed in 31 minutes, 48 seconds.

Macon Speedway prepares for another huge show on Saturday night. Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy presents the 2nd Diane Bennett Memorial with monster bonus incentives for winning and feature finish results. The Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds each have first place prizes at $2,500! The Archer’s Alley Street Stocks have the winner receiving $1,000! Additional money is also on the line for the Pro Modifieds, Sportsman, Micro Sprints and Hornets. Gates open at 5pm, racing at 7pm.

Herald & Review 100—1. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin), 2. Brian Shirley (Chatham), 3. Jason Feger (Bloomington), 4. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua), 5. Dennis Erb, Jr. (Carpentersville)

Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds—1. Mike Harrison (Highland), 2. Jeff Leka (Buffalo), 3. Ray Bollinger (Kewanee), 4. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 5. Jacob Rexing (Brighton)

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