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Macon & Cerro Gordo Speedways Presenting 2016 Kart Series

Karting PreviewBattle In The Prairie Opener Scheduled For April 9th

The 2016-racing season will be a little bit busier for Central Illinois kart racers, as a new four race series has been announced.  The 2016 Battle In The Prairie, sponsored by Laukaitis Racing, will feature three events at Macon (IL) Speedway and one at Cerro Gordo (IL) Speedway.  The series is being run by former Track Enterprises employee Jason Woodhead and Cerro Gordo promoter Tommy Bennett.

The series schedule will begin at Macon Speedway on Saturday, April 9, then move to Cerro Gordo on Friday, July 1, followed by the final two races at Macon on Saturday, August 6 and Saturday, September 3.  At Macon, pits will open at 11:00 with hotlaps at 1:00.  The Cerro Gordo event will have pits opening at 12:00 and hotlaps at 6:00.

Divisions will consist of Cadets Red 250#(5-7yrs), JR 1 Green 250#(8-12 yrs), JR 3 Blue 300#(12-15 yrs), Clone Med 350#(15+), Clone Hvy 375#(15+), Clone Super Hvy 400#(15+), Clone 35 & Over 375#, 500cc Outlaw Cage Kart(15+), and 500cc RWYB classes(15+).  The Outlaw Cage Karts will not run on August 6th due to a big race at another facility the same day.

For further information on the Battle In The Prairie events, contact Jason Woodhead at 217-561-6057 or Tommy Bennett at 217-519-2471.

2016 Battle in the Prairie Flyer

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Reserved Seats Make Great Christmas Presents

Christmas Reserved Seating 2015-2(Macon, IL-12-3-15) As we work our way to the Holiday season Macon Speedway is offing up a great gift idea for those hard to buy for friends and family. Treat your closest friends to a reserved season seat at the fast paced dirt oval. For $75 you will receive a seat in the Wayne Webb Reserved Section. You will have the same seat each night no matter how late you arrive at the races.

To top off the great gift idea you will also receive a discount coupon good for $10 off your April 30th Lucas Oil Late Model Show. The April 30th event attracts the best of the best in late model racing and the night is sure to be a sellout. Get reserved seats now and have the best seat in the house all summer long.

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

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

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Macon & Lincoln Racecars Set To Return To Hickory Point Mall

March 18-20 Car Show Will Be First In Years

hickory-point-malldecatur-il                (Macon, IL 11-30-15) Officials from Macon Speedway as well as Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth, IL are pleased to announce the return of the season preview car show.  Formerly an annual event, the show has not been held inside the popular facility in many years.  The event is scheduled for March 18-20.

The car show will be open to any regular competitors that race at Macon Speedway or Lincoln Speedway, as well as those from traveling series that compete at either of the tracks.  The show will be three days long with cars entering on Thursday, March 17 and exiting on Sunday, March 20 when Hickory Point Mall closes for business each of the two days.

The show is a great benefit to those who like to display their newly prepared rides before receiving battle scars from on track action.  It’s also an additional benefit to sponsors, putting them in front of thousands of sets of eyes over the course of the show.  Track Enterprises will also have a booth set up, handing out info including pocket schedules for their special events in addition to Macon, Lincoln, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 and is located in Forsyth, IL, the northside of the greater Decatur area.  It features Bergner’s, Kohl’s, Ross, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby in addition to a large number of specialty shops.

Drivers and teams who have highly presentable cars are welcome to enter the show by emailing or by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.  The show will likely feature up to 30 competitors, so registration is first come, first serve.  There is no charge to enter the show.

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Macon Speedway Preparing For 2016 Season

After a successful 70th anniversary season, Macon IL Speedway is already looking ahead to 2016.  Work has been ongoing at the track to winterize in addition to a couple of additional projects to prepare for 2016.

IMG_1721                One new project that officials have been working on is a pond at the backside of the pit area.  The pond will be used to provide water for the track and the pit access roads.  The speedway has previously used city water but the addition of the pond should make the track more self sufficient when it comes to the water supply.

In other dirt work, longtime track owner, Bob Sargent, has spent plenty of time over the last month fine tuning the track surface.  Sargent added plenty of dirt to replenish what has been lost over time.  The surface has been graded and packed and is ready for the new season.

The 2016 campaign is tentatively set to take the green flag for the season opener on Saturday, IMG_1725April 16, with open practices scheduled during the previous two weekends.  The track’s regular divisions will include Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Hornets.  The schedule will also see more events for the Sportsman class as well as several events for the newly created Division II Midgets.  Super Late Models and Micros will also make appearances in addition to a number of travelling classes including the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models, MOWA, and POWRi.

For information during the winter on the 2016 season, follow Macon Speedway online at, on Facebook ( and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

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

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Champions Honored At Macon Speedway Ceremony

With the 2015 season in the rear view mirror, Macon Speedway officials held the annual Halloween Awards Party in the parking lot of the racetrack. Two large bonfires kept a crowd of 200+ warm while they ate delicious sandwich served up by Master Chef Bill Morris and his large group of assistants. Sunday evening’s festivities culminated with award presentations for the top competitors in each Macon Speedway division in addition to the Midwest Big Ten Series classes.

In the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models, Springfield, IL’s Brian Diveley took top honors. Diveley won a race at Jacksonville on August 7 and finished in a podium position in five of the seven races he competed. Ryan Little, Chuck Mitchell, Jake Little, and Greg Kimmins were top five competitors.

In the UMP Pro Late Model class, drivers in the Midwest Big Ten Series and Macon Speedway competitors were honored. Taking a lot of hardware was Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor. Taylor won both championships by way of seven Macon wins and six wins on the Big Ten circuit including Macon, Lincoln, and Jacksonville. Nick Bauman, Tommy Sheppard, Roben Huffman, and Matt Taylor were top five in the Big Ten, while Sheppard, Bobby Beiler, Matt Taylor, and Huffman all followed Guy Taylor in the Macon points.

Germantown, IL driving veteran Rodney Standerfer took this year’s championship in the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified class. Standerfer garnered seven feature wins, winning five out of six at one point during the season. Standerfer was followed by Jeff Graham, Curt Rhodes, Clark Robertson, and TD Burger.

Much like Guy Taylor in the Pro Late Models, Decatur, IL driver Terry Reed was a big winner in the UMP Street Stock class. Reed took the Midwest Big Ten championship as well as the Macon track title. Reed had eight wins at Macon and also won Big Ten races at Christian County Fair, Jacksonville, and Macon. In the hometrack points, Reed was followed by Brian Dasenbrock, Kyle Waters, Greg Osman, and Jeffery Reed, Jr. In the Big Ten Series, Bobby Beiler, Osman, Waters, and Dasenbrock took top fives.

The UMP Hornets were again a centerpiece of nearly every racing program the track held in 2015. Leading the way at the end of the season was Decatur, IL driver, John Bright, Jr. For Bright, it was his second point championship. Thad Gee, Adam Webb, Steve Stine, and Cook Crawford finished the year in the top five.

An up and coming division that is getting more events at the 1/5-mile is the UMP B-Mod class. This year, Springfield, IL wheelman Thomas Riech took top honors after a tight battle with point runner-up James Farley, III. Ryan Timmons, Roy Magee, II, and Cody Stillwell rounded out the top five.

Completing the ceremonies was the UMP Sportsman class. While the division only ran five times at Macon during the 2015-season, the top five drivers had their chance to step forward and address the crowd. Taking two feature wins and the championship was Monticello, IL driver Timmy Dick. Tim Bedinger, Tom Graham, Jeremy Nichols, and Danny Smith had top five honors.

At the end of the night, a costume contest was held for the numerous kids who dressed up. In the end, gift bags were given to a gorilla, a bumblebee, batgirl, a young lady pirate, a John Bright, Jr. replica stroller, and a miniature racecar driver. Hayrides were also given to the youngsters.

Macon Speedway officials would like to thank Terry Young and Hoosier Racing Tire as well as Jim Moon from Moonman Motorsports for their sponsorship at the banquet. Also, thanks goes out to all of the racers, teams, owners, year-long sponsors, staff, fans, and anyone else who help make Macon Speedway one of the best tracks in the country.

For information during the winter on the 2016 season, follow Macon Speedway online at, on Facebook ( and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

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


Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models (Top 10)
1)Brian Diveley-Springfield, IL 384 2)Ryan Little-Springfield, IL 346 3)Chuck Mitchell-Jacksonville, IL 344 4)Jake Little-Springfield, IL 256 5)Greg Kimmins-Pleasant Plains, IL 248 6)Jim Moon-Zionsville, IN 232 7)Justin Reed-Camp Point, IL 222 8)Bobby Pierce-Oakwood, IL 170 9)Mark Burgtorf-Quincy, IL 150 10)Joseph Hughes-Springfield, IL 138

Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models (Top 10)
1)Guy Taylor-Springfield, IL 474 2)Nick Bauman-Springfield, IL 452 3)Tommy Sheppard-Berlin, IL 430 4)Roben Huffman-Clinton, IL 392 5)Matt Taylor-Springfield, IL 380 6)Cody Maguire-Carlinville, IL 344 7)Shawn Ziemer-Boody, IL 290 8)Brandon Eskew-Lincoln, IL 272 9)Kevin Crowder-Argenta, IL 236 10)Andy Minett-Loami, IL 222

Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks (Top 10)
1)Terry Reed-Decatur, IL 460 2)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 444 3)Greg Osman-Macon, IL 416 4)Kyle Waters-Oreana, IL 392 5)Brian Dasenbrock-Decatur, IL 352 6)Jeffery Reed, Jr.-Blue Mound, IL 306 7)Jason Scrimpsher-Decatur, IL 280 8)Brian Gaines-Virginia, IL 186 9)Luke Force-Argenta, IL 180 10)Jeremiah Hoadley-Decatur, IL 172

UMP Pro Late Models (Top 10)
1)Guy Taylor-Springfield, IL 588 2)Tommy Sheppard, Jr.-Berlin, IL 588 3)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 482 4)Matt Taylor-Springfield, IL 466 5)Robin Huffman Clinton, IL 448 6)Kevin Crowder-Argenta, IL 416 7)Shawn Ziemer-Boody, IL 360 8)Dakota Ewing-Decatur, IL 358 9)Cody Maguire-Carlinville, IL 336 10)Victor Overlin-Decatur, IL 320

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

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

UMP B-Mods (Top 10)
1)Thomas Riech-Springfield, IL 568 2)James Farley, III-Springfield, IL 564 3)Ryan Timmons-Centralia, IL 502 4)Roy MaGee, II-Springfield, IL 422 5)Cody Stillwell-Godfrey, IL 358 6)Tim Hancock-Mt. Olive, IL 302 7)Justin Durbin-Mulberry Grove, IL 290 8)Steve Phillips-Neoga, IL 236 9)Wade Glover-Brighton, IL 224 10)Dave Eckel-Lovington, IL 224

UMP Street Stocks (Top 10)
1)Terry Reed-Decatur, Il 1038 2)Brian Dasenbrock-Decatur, IL 920 3)Kyle Waters-Oreana, IL 916 4)Greg Osman-Macon, IL 898 5)Jeffery Reed, Jr.-Blue Mound, IL 820 6)Jason Scrimpsher-Decatur, IL 764 7)Bobby Beiler-Blue Mound, IL 572 8)Dustin Reed-Decatur, IL 466 9)Terry Reed, Sr.-Decatur, IL 462 10)Tharen Reno-Springfield, IL 452

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

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Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models Set 2016 Macon Speedway Date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WSOY Food Drive Collection

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

Thanks again!!!

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Macon Closes Out Season With POWRi Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature Results (Top 10’s)

Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets

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

Speedway Motors POWRi Micros

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


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

Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Models

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


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POWRi Ready For Final Macon Event Tonight

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

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

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

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

Gates open 4pm
Racing Starts 7pm

General Admission $15
Kids 11 & Under FREE

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

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Macon’s Final Weekend Of Racing Is Upon Us


Saturday, October 3

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

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

Grandstand Admission $15
Children 11 & Under Free

Full info at

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