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IT IS RACEDAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

Macon Speedway will be holding its 2020 season opener Saturday, June 13, featuring 7 divisions of action. Pits at 3, stands at 5, hotlaps at 6, and racing at 7. Tickets available online or at the gate.
 
Saturday, June 13
2020 Season Opener
 
Divisions:
*DIRTcar Racing Pro Late Models
*BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds
*Neal Tire and Auto Service Pro Modifieds
*DIRTcar Sportsman
*Archers Alley Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis Company
 
Times:
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:45
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
 
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free
 
Tickets will be available at the gate tonight but you can also pre-order online ahead of time.
 
Pre-Order Tickets Online: https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1210524&store=12208
 
COVID-19 guidelines will be in place for this event. In addition to limiting capacity with head count numbers, attendees are encouraged to wear masks, bring hand sanitizer, and utilize the six foot social distancing recommendation as much as possible. Temperature checks/health screenings will be held upon arrival for fans and competitors.
 
Hotel:
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
217.422.8800
Mention Macon Speedway Discount
Discount Rooms
Full details at maconracing.com.

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Seven Divisions Scheduled For Saturday Opener At Macon Speedway

Tickets Available Online Or At Gate On Raceday

(Macon, IL) Drivers are raring and ready to go for the 2020 season at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL. After two months of cancelations due to COVID-19, the track is ready to open with extra precautionary measures when it comes to the health and safety of its competitors and fans for the Saturday, June 13 event which will feature seven divisions of racing, racing for DIRTcar regional and national points.

Saturday’s action will feature DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, DIRTcar Sportsman, Archers Alley Street Stocks, DIRTcar Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis. It was announced this week that DIRTcar national and regional points will be awarded this weekend, for the first time in 2020.

Tickets for Saturday’s event will be available at the gate on raceday. Fans who would like to purchase in advance may do so by going to https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?i=1210524&store=12208 . Adult tickets are $15 per person, while kids 11 and under are free.

In addition to limiting capacity with head count numbers, attendees are encouraged to wear masks, bring hand sanitizer, and utilize the six foot social distancing recommendation as much as possible. Temperature checks/health screenings will be held upon arrival for fans and competitors.

Pits will open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.

The remainder of the 2020 schedule will be announced in the near future.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com or call the office at 217-764-3000.

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 $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Racing Action To Return To Central Illinois Tracks This Weekend

Lincoln Speedway & Macon Speedway Set For Season Openers

(Macon, IL) Racing action is set to return this coming Friday and Saturday, June 12/13 to a pair of Central Illinois tracks. Lincoln Speedway, located in Lincoln, IL will open the 2020 season on Friday night, while Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL will open up on Saturday evening. Both tracks will use extra precautionary measures when it comes to the health and safety of its customers.

Both tracks have been shutdown as far as actual racing is concerned, due to COVID-19 and the guidelines that come with it. Promoters from the two tracks have been hosting races in neighboring states, over recent weeks, utilizing social distancing guidelines and extra sanitary measures with great success. Those will be put in place for this weekend’s events.

In addition to limiting capacity with head count numbers, attendees are encouraged to wear masks, bring hand sanitizer, and utilize the six foot social distancing recommendation as much as possible. Temperature checks/health screenings will be held upon arrival for fans and competitors.

At Lincoln Speedway Friday, DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, and Hornets will be in action.

Macon Speedway will play host on Saturday to the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Archers Alley Street Stocks, Sportsman, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis.

Pits will open both days at 3:00 PM, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action at 7:00. General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $15 each, with kids 11 and under free.

For more information on Lincoln Speedway, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com or for Macon Speedway, www.maconracing.com.

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Illinois Motorsports Commission Planned Steps On Reopening

IL Motorsports Coalition ReOpening Steps[9]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2020
Illinois Motorsports Coalition formed to lobby state government on behalf of motorsports industry, tracks, businesses, participants and fans
 
Plan for reopening presented to Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
and Bain Consulting on behalf of Governor J.B. Pritzker
Springfield, IL  – Owners and operators of more than 30 motorsports facilities, racing related industries and professionals located in the state of Illinois today announced the formation of the Illinois Motorsports Coalition (IMC). The purpose of the coalition is to bring awareness of the motorsports industry and serve as a lobbying arm as it pertains to racing in Illinois.
IMC members have formulated an eight-step, one-year plan to operate their facilities safely and responsibly.
Representatives from the IMC will present the proposal to government officials when the state legislative session resumes on May 18.
Matt Curl, owner and promoter of Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, is the spokesperson for the IMC.
IMC has launched a Facebook page and today released the following statement:
“In an effort to inform and educate the Governor of Illinois’ staff, and with guidance by leading industry professionals, we have submitted the Illinois Motorsports Coalition (IMC) plan to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as well as Bain Consulting. Bain Consulting has been selected by Governor Pritzker to develop policies as it pertains to the Restore Illinois Regional Phase Plan.
We have presented a comprehensive plan to reopen motorsports safely and responsibly in Illinois with significant compromise and tremendous restrictions to our normal operating procedures. Our seasonal businesses have already suffered significant losses. Further delay will result in multi-generational family businesses closing for good if an immediate opening plan is not approved.  We know that our plan will give adequate protection to all motorsports fans, participants and employees as required by the Centers for Disease Control.
Like many patriotic Americans, we understood the importance of the COVID-19 crisis and willingly closed our businesses to provide adequate time to help flatten the curve in Illinois. However, flatten the curve, which was to have been a program with a limited time-frame, now has suddenly changed to find a cure. As other surrounding states are responsibly reopening their motorsports venues, we continue to watch our participants and fans traveling to other areas. They return home with empty pockets while we helplessly are doing the right thing.
We need an administration that is willing to listen and review our operating plan.
We now understand enough to know that the spread of infectious disease can safely be mitigated. We can’t be stuck in the trap of complacency through shelter-in-place orders. We MUST MOVE FORWARD while living with this challenge by acting responsibly and doing the right thing.  We now know it’s up to the citizens of Illinois to do the right thing and not have the way they live their lives dictated to them.”
The IMC’s eight-step, one-year plan may be viewed on the Illinois Motorsports Coalition Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ILRace/?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARD9QwBU7KwX8DKiiAdw7SOXpMkI5arDeqIh-h0M3dXtpFWamEdvS0QRd7auBRQGlDGUGtr_4caQAoqC&fref=mentions

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Thank you!

We at Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway want to thank everyone who attended our private test sessions last Saturday and Sunday. We truly hope everyone enjoyed themselves. We also want to thank everyone for all of the positive comments and support. The racers, crew, and families, despite these trying and new times, were very complimentary and supportive of our process. And, last but not least, thanks to all of the governmental agencies and authorities for listening to our ideas and suggesting guidelines.
 
For the other race track that tried so hard to get the practices closed down, we just don’t have words for you and feel bad for everyone you tried to hurt.
 
Everyone have a great and safe week. The health and safety of you and your family should come first. We will have details out shortly about our planned private test sessions coming Friday and Saturday.
 
Thanks,
Management

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75th Season of Racing Delayed at Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) 2020 is set to be a very special season at Macon Speedway, as it marks the 75th year of racing at the 1/5-mile dirt track in Macon, IL.  While the season was set to begin this Saturday, April 11, the excitement will be on hold for a while, as officials wait out the COVID-19 restrictions that have swept the nation.

Speedway officials have been following the news and press conferences regarding the current health issues with Coronavirus since early to mid-March when changes started taking place by the minute.  To date, Macon Speedway has canceled the Hickory Point Mall Car Show, two weekends of test and tune, and now the Season Opener.  The Lucas Oil Late Model race, scheduled for April 25, was canceled late last week in addition to the whole slate of races in April for the series.

The Illinois Stay-At-Home order currently runs through the month of April, meaning the likelihood of having any event before May is slim.  At this time, there is no date set in stone on when the season will begin but Macon Speedway officials are putting everything in place to be ready to open as soon as the time is right and clearance is given.

In the meantime, Macon Speedway’s Facebook page has been busy, with numerous posts each day, highlighting drivers and their cars and paint schemes for the 2020 season.  In addition, the special edition Macon Speedway t-shirt, commemorating the 75th season of racing is now on sale via the website or Facebook page.

To stay up to date with happenings at the track, please follow Macon Speedway at maconracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/maconracing, and on twitter at twitter.com/maconspeedway.

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Additional Schedule Adjustments Announced by Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

BY LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES

BATAVIA, OH (April 3, 2020) – On Sunday, March 29th, President Donald Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement forces the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials to postpone and cancel additional events.

This extension now also affects events at Hagerstown Speedway, Port Royal Speedway, Tri-City Speedway, and Macon Speedway. The series hopes to resume the original schedule on May 1st at Ponderosa Speedway and May 2nd at Florence Speedway.

Port Royal Speedway’s Rumble by the River, originally scheduled for April 19th, has been postponed until Thursday, August 27th.

The Nininger Tribute at Hagerstown Speedway, scheduled for April 18th, has now been canceled. Also canceled are the Budweiser 50 at Tri-City Speedway scheduled for April 24th and the April 25th event at Macon Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials look forward to the return to Tri-City Speedway on July 17th for the NAPA Know How 50; and to Hagerstown Speedway and Macon Speedway in 2021.

With the ever changing guidelines set forth by the federal, state, local, and public health officials, along with information that is based on guidelines from the CDC, the series has begun discussion with promoters to create alternative dates for races through the end of May. Please note, at this time, all May series events are set to take place as originally scheduled, the alternative dates are only there in case the need were to arise. The alternative dates can be viewed by visiting: https://lucasdirt.com/events/schedule.

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2020 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com

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More Cancellations Announced For Central Illinois Race Tracks

(Macon, IL) For the second week in-a-row, the stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, has canceled test-and-tune events scheduled for this weekend at Lincoln Speedway and Macon Speedway. The tests were set for Saturday, April 4 at Lincoln and Sunday, April 5 at Macon.
 
Officials from the tracks continue to follow the news closely, regarding current health issues with COVID-19. Officials will continue to monitor the situation closely with government and public health officials to determine what adjustments to make as the time comes, in regards to other upcoming events.
 
Thanks for your support. For Macon Speedway news and updates follow us at maconracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/maconracing, and on twitter at twitter.com/maconspeedway.
 
For Lincoln Speedway news and updates, check out the website at lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/lincolnilspeedway, and twitter at twitter.com/lincolnilspdwy.

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Special Edition 75th Season Macon Speedway T-Shirts On Sale

The 2020 Macon Speedway T-Shirts are now on sale! This year’s shirt is a special edition, celebrating Macon Speedway’s 75th year of racing!

Shirt pricing ranges from $15-$18 depending on sizes purchased. Shirts are charcoal in color and available from youth large-3x in adult.

Order now to receive your shirt via USPS.  Available HERE

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Central Illinois Race Tracks Cancel Test-And-Tune Events

(Macon, IL) With the current stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, test-and-tune events scheduled for this weekend at Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway have been canceled. The tests were set for Saturday, March 28 at Macon Speedway and Sunday, March 29 at Lincoln Speedway.
 
Officials from the tracks have been following news, regarding current health issues with COVID-19, very closely as it changes day-to-day and by the minute. Officials will continue to monitor the situation closely with government and public health officials to determine what adjustments to make as the time comes, in regards to other upcoming events.
 
Thanks for your support. For Macon Speedway news and updates follow us at maconracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/maconracing, and on twitter at twitter.com/maconspeedway.
 
For Lincoln Speedway news and updates, check out the website at lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/lincolnilspeedway, and twitter at twitter.com/lincolnilspdwy.

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