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Apr 29

Late Model Stars Set For Thursday At Macon Speedway

PiercePromoAfter a rainout this past weekend in Hagerstown, Maryland, the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are revved up and ready to go for a triple header of races this weekend, starting at Macon Speedway on Thursday night.  The Macon race will be 100 laps for $12,000 to win.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the nation’s premier Late Model sanctioning organization, has 50 events scheduled in 19 different states in 2015.  The best of the best compete on a race-to-race basis with the series, which made its first ever Macon Speedway appearance in 2014.  Bobby Pierce took last year’s victory, as 31 top notch competitors converged on the bullring.  Pierce also set fast time with a blistering lap of 10.768.  This year’s field looks to be even bigger and better.

The current championship standings have Jonathan Davenport leading the way by 20 over Earl Pearson, Jr.  Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Eddie Carrier, Jr. round out the top five.  Currently finishing up the top ten are Steve Francis, Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr. and Scott Bloomquist.

After the Thursday, April 30 show at Macon, the tour heads to Tri-City Speedway on Friday night and Paducah Speedway on Saturday.

Joining the Late Models Thursday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, racing for $1,000 to win and the season debut for the B-Mods.  The Late Models will be utilizing a Hoosier Tire rule of 1320’s and LM20’s on the left rear/fronts, while the right rear can be 02, LM 20, 06, or LM40.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

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.

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Lucas Oil Late Models at Macon Speedway Commercial

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Apr 27

It’s Lucas Oil Late Model Week At Macon

Late Model Stars Set For Thursday At Macon Speedway

Lucas Oil 2015 flierAfter a rainout this past weekend in Hagerstown, Maryland, the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are revved up and ready to go for a triple header of races this weekend, starting at Macon Speedway on Thursday night.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the nation’s premier Late Model sanctioning organization, has 50 events scheduled in 19 different states in 2015.  The best of the best compete on a race-to-race basis with the series, which made its first ever Macon Speedway appearance in 2014.  Bobby Pierce took last year’s victory, as 31 top notch competitors converged on the bullring.  Pierce also set fast time with a blistering lap of 10.768.

The current championship standings have Jonathan Davenport leading the way by 20 over Earl Pearson, Jr.  Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Eddie Carrier, Jr. round out the top five.  Currently finishing up the top ten are Steve Francis, Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr. and Scott Bloomquist.

After the Thursday, April 30 show at Macon, the tour heads to Tri-City Speedway on Friday night and Paducah Speedway on Saturday.

Joining the Late Models Thursday night will be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds, racing for $1,000 to win and the season debut for the B-Mods.  The Late Models will be utilizing a Hoosier Tire rule of 1320’s and LM20’s on the left rear/fronts, while the right rear can be 02, LM 20, 06, or LM40.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action will begin at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

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.

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Apr 25

Macon Speedway April 25 Program Canceled Due To Weather

Preparations Now Begin For Huge Thursday Night Show

Due to early morning rainfall with cold temperatures and more rain expected this afternoon, Macon Speedway officials have pulled the plug on the second week of the 2015-racing season.  POWRi Midgets and Micros, along with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets were scheduled to run.

All preparations now begin for Thursday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series which will be pacing the Macon 1/5-mile bullring for a second time in series history.  The first appearance was last year.  The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 will pay $12,000 to win.  Point leader Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Scott Bloomquist will battle stars from all over the US along with some central Illinois locals.

The Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and the B-Mods will be making their 2015 debut.

Pit gates open Thursday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00.  General admission is $30 for adults, while children 11 and under are $5.

For fans wanting to see some racing yet this weekend, tomorrow, Sunday, April 26 is the season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana.  The MSCS/KISS Sprints and the UMP Modifieds, headlined by Kenny Wallace will be in action.  Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps are at 5:00, and racing is at 6:30.

For more information on any of the aforementioned events, visit maconracing.com, terrehauteactiontrack.net, or trackenterprises.com.

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Apr 23

Season reserved seat ticket holders receive discount to St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

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MACON, Ill. – Here’s a deal that pays off all season for race fans.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Thursday, April 30. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its second appearance at Macon Speedway, the historic fifth-mile high banked dirt oval that opened in 1946.

By purchasing a $75 reserved seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand with a chair back seat, each reserved ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount. The 100-lapper is the only Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in Central Illinois this season.

“With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series making the second annual appearance here at our storied track, I wanted to do something special for our loyal dirt track fans,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our reserved seats provide a panoramic view of the entire speedway surface. Fans can reward themselves with a reserved seat for the season and a discount to one of our top events.’’

Bobby Pierce Jr. is the defending champion.

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under.  Pits open at 3 p.m., and the gates open at 4. Hot laps begin at 6 with racing set for 7.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is considered the premier national touring sanctioning body for dirt super late models. The series will sanction 47 events in 19 states in 2014. Powered by 800 horsepower V8 engines, nothing is stock about these $75,000 machines that provide dirt-slinging, sideways, door-to-door action lap after lap. Modifieds and B-mods will also race that night.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Located nine miles South of Decatur, Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part opened in 2013, A self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located at 611 Bunkum Road, Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com.

For more information on Macon Speedway, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2015 race schedule and additional information. For quick and convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

 

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Apr 23

Pierce, Babb set to defend the home soil in St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on April 30

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            MACON, Ill. – Bobby Pierce Jr. and Shannon Babb drove to victory lane last season in the two premier late model events at Macon Speedway. With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series back for the second annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on Thursday, April 30, Pierce and Babb will likely renew a rivalry that brought the local heroes door-to-door.

And Macon Speedway fans loved every minute of it.

The fifth-mile high banked dirt oval hosts the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets on Saturday, April 25 before the track extends its rich tradition with the super late models. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its only Central Illinois appearance for the second straight season as the sport’s biggest names go after the largest purse in speedway history and the $12,000 to win first prize.

A year ago in the series’ first appearance here, the pack couldn’t keep pace with Pierce, the son for a multi-time former Herald & Review 100 winner. Pierce Jr. built a commanding lead by handling the traffic on the tight short track. The rising star backed up an earlier victory in Florida with the impressive win on home soil.

“I kept looking at my dad when I went by, and his eyes kept getting wider and wider,’’ said Pierce, who was a Fithian Oakwood High School senior last spring. “On a track like this, you can’t calm down. You have to go full bore all the way.’’

A little more than two months later, Babb and Pierce were battling for the win in the Herald & Review 100 when Pierce bounced into the wall. Babb went onto win the race for a record fifth time. The Moweaqua Missile brought the local crowd to its feet.

“We’ve grown up here and raced here a lot, so it means a lot to win this thing,’’ Babb said. “You know, it’s tough running 100 laps here and staying out of trouble.’’

While the Herald & Review 100 has a rich tradition, the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 is still just getting the attention of the racing community. It provides Macon Speedway with a second high profile super late model 100-lapper.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. By purchasing a $75 reserved seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand with a chair back seat, each reserved ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount.

With drivers like Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and local favorite Brandon Sheppard, late model fans from all over the Midwest will head to Macon Speedway for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Expect a large, enthusiastic crowd to kick start the local dirt track season.

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 11-under. Pits open at 3 p.m., and the grandstands open at 4. Hot laps start at 6 with racing set for 7 p.m.

NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace, a Macon Speedway co-owner, will race in the modified division. The program also includes B-Mods.

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.

 

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Apr 20

Macon Speedway Prepares For Big POWRi Weekend

APRIL 25 26 FLYER VF (1)Millstadt, IL – As the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget series gears up for five straight weekends of racing, a test of endurance for even the most experienced teams, the 20 15 championship battle has already begun.

With 830 points, defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Champion (2013,2014) Zach Daum sits atop the charts with a comfortable 110 point margin heading into the double header weekend for Jacksonville Speedway and Macon Speedway.   Darren Hagen holds 720 points in second and Andrew Felker rounds out the top three, currently with 690 points.  With all three competitors extremely strong at both the ¼ mile Jacksonville Speedway and the high-banked 1/5th mile bullring “Mighty” Macon Speedway, spectators will be sure to view excellent shows.

With only the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series season opener at Belle-Clair Speedway in the books, the 2015 championship is still up for grabs.  Currently in the lead with 300 points after winning the Belle-Clair event, Dereck King carries his wealth of experience, including 3 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Championships (2007,2008,2009) and being the all-time win leader with 25 victories, into this weekend driving the Josh Kilgore-owned, FTZ-powered BOSS Chassis.  Sitting in second place with 290 points after coming up a few feet short at Belle-Clair, Aaron Andruskevitch couldn’t feel more comfortable as the series invades the Riverton, IL native’s home tracks.  Currently in third place, Ayrton Gennetten holds 280 points in the Ozark Barge & Docking Service, Suzuki-powered Pace Chassis.  Be on the lookout for the defending POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Champion (2013,2014), Nathan Benson who looks to rebound after suffering a devastating engine failure while leading the season opener at Belle-Clair.

Both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micros are scheduled to run at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, April 24th.  The ¼ mile high-banked oval hosted two POWRi events in 2014.  Bryan Clauson and Christopher Bell each took midget feature wins while Aaron Andruskevitch and Joe B. Miller brought home micro feature wins at Jacksonville Speedway last year.  The April 24th event will be the first of four times that POWRi will visit the Jacksonville, IL track during the 2015 season.

Following Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway, both the midgets and micros will visit Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on Saturday, April 25th.  Macon Speedway will host 6 events throughout the 2015 season dishing spectators a full plate of open wheel racing with slide jobs galore.  In midget competition, Zach Daum and Bryan Clauson each came out on top in 2014.  In the micros, Devin Feger and Nathan Benson claimed feature wins at the track in 2014.

Current 2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Point Standings (Top 10):  1. Zach Daum (830) 2. Darren Hagen (720) 3. Andrew Felker (690) 4. Austin Brown (610) 5. Christopher Bell (600) 6. Spencer Bayston (570) 7. Kyle Schuett (570) 8. Daniel Robinson (520) 9. Tanner Thorson (510) 10. Kevin Thomas Jr        (500)

Current 2015 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Point Standings (Top 10):  1.  Dereck King (300) 2. Aaron Andruskevitch (290) 3. Ayrton Gennetten            (280) 4. Kurt Westerfield (270) 5. Shelby Bosie (240) 6. Chad Elliott (230) 7. Jeremy Camp (210) 8. Joey Wirth (200) 9. Slater Helt (190) 10. Carlee Gress (180)

Information on pit gate, driver sign in, and drivers meeting can be found under SCHEDULE – MORE INFO for your division (Midgets / Micros).  Printable schedules, rules, contingencies, and payouts can be found under the DOWNLOADS link located at the top of POWRi web site.  If you are going to be late for pill draw, please contact Lindsey Schuett at 618-975-8554 to have a pill drawn for your starting position.

For Macon Speedway info, visit maconracing.com.

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Apr 19

Exciting Opening Night Complete At Macon Speedway

The start-of the 2015 racing season at Macon Speedway featured top notch racing with side-by-side action and furious finishes.

The first feature of the season saw Timmy Dick hold off Jeremy Nichols for the 15-lap victory. Nichols tried everything from lane switches to slide jobs but could not get or hold the lead as the crowd went into a frenzy.

Defending Street Stock champion Bobby Beiler picked up where he left off as he made short work of the 20-lap feature and first event in the Big Ten Street Stock Series. The battle was for second as Terry Reed and Nick Justice beat and banged and on the backstretch of the final lap, Justice lost a wheel and spun into the infield, unable to finish.

The broom was out in the Pro Late Model division as Tommy Sheppard, Jr. won the dash, heat and feature race. Matt Taylor was the overall fast qualifier and finished second to Sheppard in each race.

In the Billingsley Towing Modified division, TD Burger drove from an hour south of Chicago to race and win at historic Macon Speedway, and that is exactly what he did. Not even Macon Speedway co-owner and NASCAR star Ken Schrader could stop him. Burger was quick on the high groove and kept the lead despite Schrader and Rodney Standerfer coming from the bottom.

A big group of 4-cylinder Hornets competed for the checkered flag but nobody was as fast as former National Champion Adam Webb. Webb cruised to the victory circle and got his 2015 started off right at Macon Speedway.

Big shows finish off April at Macon Speedway as the POWRi Midgets and The Beach House Micro Sprints headline the program next Saturday, along with the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets. A special Thursday night show ends April with the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100, a 100-lap extravaganza for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series.

Results For Macon Speedway

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds
Feature – 1)TD Burger-Saunemin, IL 2)Ken Schrader-Fenton, MO 3)Rodney Standerfer-Germantown, IL 4)Rick Hamilton-Decatur, IL 5)Zach Rhodes-Taylorville, IL 6)Jeff Graham-Stonington, IL 7)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 8)Clark Robertson-Shelbyville, IL 9)Randy Spaugh-Decatur, IL 10)Joe Strawkas-Buffalo, IL DNS)Nick Macklin-Argenta, IL DNS)Zach Bunning-Decatur, IL

UMP Pro Late Models
Feature – 1) Tommy Sheppard, Jr.-Berlin, IL 2)Matt Taylor-Springfield, IL 3)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 4)Braden Johnson-Stonington, IL 5)Kevin Crowder-Argenta, IL 6)Victor Overlin-Decatur, IL

Big Ten Series UMP Street Stocks
Feature – 1)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 2)Terry Reed-Decatur, IL 3)Brian Dasebrock-Decatur, IL 4)Greg Osman-Macon, IL 5)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 6)Kyle Waters-Oreana, IL 7)Luke Force-Argenta, IL 8)Ben Medaris-Decatur, IL 9)Nick Justice-Harristown, IL 10)Jeffery Reed, Jr.-Blue Mound, IL 11)Toby Kreher-Lovington, IL 12)Brandon Dick-Decatur, IL 13)Tharen Reno-Springfield, IL 14)Jason Scrimpsher-Decatur, IL 15)Ronnie Burns-Cerro Gordo, IL 16)Dillon Justice-Harristown, IL

UMP Sportsman
Feature – 1)Timmy Dick-Monticello, IL 2)Jeremy Nichols-Shelbyville, IL 3)Doug Nevill-Springfield, IL 4)Danny Smith-Argenta, IL 5)Tom Graham-Stonington, IL 6)Tim Bedinger-Taylorville, IL 7)Ty Nation-Taylorville, IL 8)Tyler Blankenship-Vandalia, IL 9)Phil Moreland-Assumption, IL

UMP Hornets
Feature – 1)Adam Webb-Decatur, IL 2)Thad Gee-Bloomington, IL 3)John Bright, Jr.-Decatur, IL 4)Garrett Lewis-Decatur, IL 5)Steven Stine-Stonington, IL 6)Austin Wickline-Harristown, IL 7)Michael Gossett-Decatur, IL 8)Matthew Reed-Blue Mound, IL 9)Matt Boggs-Unknown, IL 10)Matthew Cottrill-Riverton, IL 11)Gary Tooker-Mahomet, IL 12)Mike McChristy-Mt. Zion, IL 13)Terry Myers-Springfield, IL 14)John Lewis-Decatur, IL 15)Brandon Buatte-Mulberry Grove, IL 16)Ben McChristy-Mt. Zion, IL 17)Marty Sullivan-Decatur, IL

 

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Apr 17

Pro Late Models race to season opener at Macon Speedway

macon_logo (800x428)            MACON, Ill. – When the green flag drops on the 2015 season at Macon Speedway Saturday, the addition of Pro Late Models as a regular class brings exciting and competitive racing to the legendary fifth-mile high banked dirt oval. Macon Speedway has long been known as a hotbed for Late Models. By adding Pro Late Models to the schedule, Macon Speedway is excited to keep the sport alive in Central Illinois.

Pro late Models will run as a highlight during the Spring Fling season opener Saturday. Big Ten Street Stocks, Sportsman, Billingsley Towing Modifieds and Hornets will also race as the track opens for its 70th season.

After running for the first time at Macon Speedway last season during a two-day points fund combined with an appearance at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, Pro Late Models become a regular part of the thrilling show at the famed speed plant. Drivers and fans have been anxiously awaiting the start of the season, because of the great number of area drivers building cars to compete in the newly formed division. Pro Late Models are especially attractive to drivers, who like the affordable cost of building a competitive car while also enjoying the strategy of so many adjustments.

With such a large number of rookies racing in the opener, expect the unexpected, and there will likely be plenty of paint traded.

Big Ten Series Street Stocks open the 10-race season within a season for the dirt stock cars, the Big Ten Series Street Stocks also racing later this year at Lincoln Speedway, Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway and the Christian County Fair in Taylorville, Ill. It’s the first of five appearances by Big Ten Street Stocks at Macon Speedway this season.

In addition to the racing, Macon Speedway also will host Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Night with a photo and autograph session. It’s also CEFCU Kid’s Club night.       Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands open at 5. Racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), 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 all fan info. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may 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.

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Apr 17

Sportsman part of Spring Fling season opener at Macon Speedway

macon_logo (800x428)             MACON, Ill. – The Sportsman class might not be running every weekend this year at Macon Speedway, but the class still plays a big role at the state’s fastest fifth-mile high banked oval. Part dirt stock car and part late model, these high powered machines will run during the Spring Fling opener Saturday as Macon Speedway opens for its 70th season.

Sportsman are a huge part of the Macon Speedway tradition.

Sportsman drivers look forward to the Topless 40 race on July 11 and the Sportsman Nationals at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in August. The Sportsman class is a part-time division at the legendary speedway, running about once a month. Nick Macklin, of Argenta, won last year’s UMP Sportsman division by 46 points over Doug Nevill. This year, drivers will get up on the wheel to take advantage of limited dates in 2015.

Sportsman are just a part of the season opener at the famed speedway. Pro Late Models head into the season as a regular class. After running for the first time last season at Macon Speedway during a two-night points fund that included a stop at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, the Pro Late Models is a growing class because of its affordability and exciting racing.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Big Ten Series Street Stocks and Hornets will also race in the season opener. After a long winter of building race cars and preparing for the spring thaw that brings warm weather and racing back to the Midwestern dirt tracks, Macon Speedway’s loyal drivers, teams and fans have anxiously awaited the drop of the green flag.

In addition to the thrilling racing action, Macon Speedway’s opener will have a Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photo & Autograph Session and a CEFCU Kid’s Club night. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday with grandstands open at 5. Racing starts at 7.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online (www.maconracing.com), 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 all fan info. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to get driver updates. Message and data rates may 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.

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