February 2014 archive

Macon Speedway unveils exciting 2014 schedule

Feb. 28, 2014

MACON, Ill. – Grab the seat cushion. Round up the kids. Macon Speedway is ready to drop the green flag for a 69th season of racing by doubling up the fun. The historic fifth-mile high-banked clay oval added another premier late model show and will also host NASACAR Night of Stars on two dates.

The season opener is April 5.

The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 joins the Herald & Review 100 as high profile dates for late models. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on May 1 signals the first appearance at Macon Speedway by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, considered the top national touring series for late models. Meanwhile, the Herald & Review 100 is July 10, when the UMP Summernational tour arrives for its traditional date at Macon Speedway.

The NASCAR Night of Stars I is set for May 26. Drivers will be announced at a later date. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart makes an appearance in June for the Night of NASCAR Stars II. The Macon Speedway co-owner will bounce back from a broken leg that cut short his racing last season.  The date for NASCAR II will be set soon.

Since opening in 1946, Macon Speedway has become a fan favorite for its wheel-to-wheel, dirt-slinging and sideways action that brings fans to their feet. The UMP late models, UMP Billingsley Towing modifieds, UMP sportsman, UMP street stocks, UMP outlaw hornets, stock hornets and mini-sprints showcase the talented drivers who race at Macon Speedway. We will also debut the B-modified class that allows racers to battle in a class designed to reduce costs while generating great racing action. POWRi midgets and mini-sprints make six appearances at Macon Speedway, more than any other track. Macon Speedway also hosts the Midwest Big Ten Series for late models and street stocks. The series features a season-within-a-season with events at Macon Speedway plus race tracks at Lincoln, Jacksonville and Taylorville with the point fund and winners taking home big cash.

The action-packed, in-your-face racing excitement is just some of the fun. Combined with the CEFCU Kid’s Club on six nights, fireworks and  a monster truck show, Macon Speedway has something for the entire family.

The seventh annual Spring Fling season opener on April 5 features modifieds, street stocks, hornets and POWRi midgets and mini-sprints. Opening also features the UMP Champions Night, a showdown between UMP champs from other tracks. Hit the concession stand for specials during Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night on May 3. Bob Brady Dodge Raminator Night brings the monster truck to the speedway on May 24. Armed Forces Night is set for May 31.

The Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer Twin 50s highlight the schedule on June 14, when the late models and modifieds both race in 50-lap features. On June 28, the night ends with a fireworks show following the 95Q Firecracker 40s, a pair of 40-lap features for late models and modifieds. Skeff Distributing Christmas in July – Christmas for Kids Toy Drive is July 5, and Miles Chevrolet Night on July 12 is also the Fireman’s Ball, honoring local firefighters.

General admission is free for practice days on March 23 and March 30. The track is open for test and tune sessions from noon to 4 p.m. each day so race teams can work on their equipment prior to the season.

Racing runs every Saturday night through Sept. 27. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7.  Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, and south on Wiles.

Keep checking www.maconracing.com for additional updates and added fun as the program continues to come together. For more information, call 217-764-3200 or email track1985@gmail.com. Be looking for a new texting service and the Macon Speedway Club.


Macon Speedway Schedule

April  5 – Spring Fling opener. POWRI midgets, mini-sprints. UMP Champions Night

April 12 – Full weekly racing

April 19 – Driver-Sponsor Appreciation Photos & Autographs. CEFCU Kid’s Club

April 26 – POWRi midgets and mini-sprints plus full weekly racing

May 1 – St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

May 3 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Night. High School Hornets

May 10 – Teacher’s Appreciation Night, presented by Teacher’s Lounge. Mother Dear plus Crazy Chics in cars

May 17 – POWRi Midgets, mini-sprints

May 24 – Bob Brady Dodge Raminator. CEFCU Kids Club. Scout Night Boys & Girls. Pinewood Derby 1 p.m.

May 26 – Night of NASCAR Stars I

May 31 – Armed Forces Night

June 7 – Faster Pastor. POWRi Midget Week

TBA – Night of NASCAR Stars II, featuring Tony Stewart

June 14 – Mueller Distributing Miller Lite Beer Twin 50s/LM 50 laps & Mod 50 laps

June 21 – Full weekly racing

June 28 – 95Q Firecracker 40s/LM and Mod. Fireworks. CEFCU Kid’s Club

July 5 – Skeff Distributing Christmas in July – Christmas for Kids Toy Drive

July 10 – Herald & Review 100. UMP Summernationals

July 12 – Miles Chevrolet/Fireman’s Ball – Sportsman Topless 40

July 19 – Kid’s Castle Night. Hall of Fame Driver Reunion. CEFCU Kid’s Club

July 26 – MOWA Sprints Doubleheader

Aug 2 – No stock car racing. (Go-Karts)

Aug. 9 – Full weekly racing/CEFCU Kid’s Club

Aug. 16 – POWRi midgets, mini-sprints

Aug. 23 – Shrine 50. Demolition Derby.

Aug. 30 – 10th annual IL State Street Stock Championship/Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night

Sept. 6 – POWRi Midgets, mini-sprints

Sept. 13 – Full weekly racing

Sept. 20 – Hornet World Championships. CEFCU Kid’s Club

Sept. 27 – Full weekly racing

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Macon Speedway Car Show set for March 29

macon_logo (800x428)MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum have partnered to bring race fans the Macon Speedway Car Show, an event that kicks off the racing season. The show is scheduled for 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum, located on U.S. 36 east of Decatur.

Admission is free. Prizes and contests are planned all day to keep the crowd excited.

Fans and fellow drivers are invited to see some of the cars that will race when Macon Speedway opens April 5 for its 69th season. Races teams spent the past few weeks completing final preparations for the season, and they are excited to show off their race cars. Fans can also see the Macon Speedway two-seater late model used to take fans and VIPs on special rides at the race track.

Macon Speedway opens the season with the seventh annual Spring Fling. A variety of cars will take to the fifth-mile banked clay oval. The POWRi midgets return to Macon Speedway for the first of their six appearances this season, and the UMP Champions Night pits UMP champions from other local tracks in modifieds and street stocks. Outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also race.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south on Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000 (track) or 217-764-3200 (office), or contact Macon Speedway through email at track1985@gmail.com. Follow Macon Speedway at Facebook/MaconRacing and @MaconSpeedway on Twitter. Coming soon is our new texting service.

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Bobby Pierce Takes First Career East Bay Win on Saturday Afternoon


TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2014) – Bobby Pierce took the lead at the start of the race and never looked back as he went on to win Saturday afternoon at East Bay Raceway Park.  It was Pierce’s first ever win at East Bay as well as his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Pierce was followed across the finish line by Gregg Satterlee, Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Eddie Carrier Jr.

“It feels great to win here at East Bay.  My dad never won here. We have been coming down here for three years now and to finally break through with this win, I don’t know what to say,” said the 17-year-old, who became the second youngest driver to win a Winternationals event in a Late Model at East Bay.

“I am going to have to text my buddy Tyler Reddick, and tell him I won.  He is the youngest to win here [when he was 15], so I have to rub it in a little.  It was important to win that first heat and get the pole.  We have had a tough week with our other car.  I am not sure if something is bent on it or what, so we brought this one out today.  If dad let’s me, I guess I should drive it tonight,” said the winner.

“My biggest challenge today was to conserve tires.  Obviously, in a day race there was no moisture out there.  You have to drive the car straighter.  Traffic wasn’t too bad out there.  I kept some distance between myself and the last place car for a while, and then I thought I had better get going.  I knew someone was close behind me, so I had to pick up the pace a little bit,” said the driver of the Pierce Posse, Champion, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Chevrolet.

Satterlee is racing at East Bay this week for the first time in his career, and finished second today.  “The car was really good.  You have to be extremely patient in those conditions during the day.  I think we did a good job with the tires as well. We developed an oil leak there towards the end of the race, so we will take a look at that before tonight’s show, and hopefully win tonight.”

On the first lap, Francis quickly moved up two spots from his third-row starting spot. He stayed there the rest of the race to finish third.  “We just hung around, hoping something would happen to the 32 and the 22 car, so we could gain a spot or two.  They drove a great race.  I saw some smoke out of Satterlee’s car towards the end.  I didn’t know if it was an oil leak or tire smoke. We will take third and head to tonight’s race.  We have been struggling some this week. It’s a point’s race, so we have to go and make some adjustments.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Ray Cook, Brian Shirley, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­35 entrants, with a lap of 15.196 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.350 seconds. Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ray Cook. won their respective heat races. Kenny PettyJohn won the B-Main.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday DAY, February 15th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


Miller Welders Fast Time Group A:  Eddie Carrier Jr. / 15.350 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B:  Billy Moyer Jr. / 15.196 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Justin Rattliff, Davey Johnson, Kenny PettyJohn, Chad Hollenbeck, Joe Denby, Adam Bowman

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Jason Papich, John Blankenship, Booper Bare, Kevin Weaver, Nick Davis, Leon Henderson

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Jared Landers, Jason Riggs, Mike Benedum, Devin Moran, Jay Morris

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Ray Cook, Eric Jacobsen, Randy Weaver, Jason Hughes, Dan Stone, Vic Coffey, Dennis Franklin, James O’Hara

JRi Shocks B-Main (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Kenny PettyJohn, Booper Bare, Chad Hollenbeck, Kevin Weaver, Devin Moran, Mike Benedum, Vic Coffey, Nick Davis, Joe Denby, James O’Hara, Jay Morris, Adam Bowman, Dennis Franklin

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Mike Benedum, Jay Morris, James OHara

Feature Finish (35 Laps):

1 1 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
2 3 22s Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA
3 5 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
4 2 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
5 9 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
6 7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
7 8 5J Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
8 4 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
9 10 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
10 19 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
11 15 91P Jason Papich Nipomo, CA
12 22 89 Booper Bare Rockbridge Baths, VA
13 21 38 Kenny PettyJohn Millsboro, DE
14 13 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY
15 25 99m Devin Moran Dresden, OH
16 18 81JR Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL
17 26 25x Mike Benedum Salem, WV
18 6 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
19 23 4-Ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA
20 16 12 Jason Hughes Watts, OK
21 17 1J Davey Johnson Greensburg, PA
22 24 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
23 20 21d Dan Stone Thompson, PA
24 14 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
25 12 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN
26 11 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN

Race Statistics
Entrants: 35
Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 – 35)
Caution Flags: Jimmy Owens (Lap 1)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: N/A
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Hedman Hedders Fast Time Provisional: Devin Moran
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Winner: Mike Benedum
Wrisco Feature Winner: Bobby Pierce
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Booper Bare (Started: 22nd; Finished: 12th; Advanced:  10 positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: N/A
Allstar Performer of the Race: Bobby Pierce
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Steve Francis
Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Power Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Pierce Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Bob Pierce (Bobby Pierce)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Bobby Pierce – Lap 7 – 15.227 seconds
Time of Race: 11 minutes 57 seconds


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CBS Sports Network to Televise Live ARCA Races


(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 15, 2014) – Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced today that CBS Sports Network will televise at least three live events from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this year.CBS Sports Network’s coverage, part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, begins with the Akona 250 on Saturday, June 21 from Elko Speedway in Minnesota. In addition, CBS Sports Network will televise races from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday, July 6 and Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc. on Sunday, Aug. 24.

“We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on CBS Sports Network,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “This opportunity is great for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series.”

CBS Sports Network’s coverage will include some of the series’ best short track races, designed to showcase ARCA’s exciting action from the tour’s “bullrings,” including historic Winchester Speedway in Indiana.

“The ARCA short track race events are some of the best each year, and we’re excited to bring the side-by-side action to CBS Sports Network’s viewers,” Gundrum concluded.


CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.


For more than 60 years the ARCA Racing Series presented Menards has offered race fans a diverse brand of stock car racing on short tracks, dirt tracks, road courses and superspeedways. Founded by John and Mildred Marcum, the ARCA Racing Series is a destination for professional race drivers and a developmental series which transitions and prepares drivers for the advancement of their careers into the highest levels of the sport.

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POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series – 25 Events Scheduled for 2014

MILLSTADT, IL (Feb. 4, 2014) – The POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series is scheduled to run 25 events in 2014, including the highly anticipated Great Clips Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway on August 27th.
The season opens at Macon Speedway in Macon, IL on April 5th and will wrap up at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, IL on October 4th. The schedule includes the four-event POWRi Illinois SPEED Week as well as the two-event Kokomo Grand Prix. Other highlights are the Belleville Bash at Belle-Clair Speedway as well as POWRi’s return to St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, MO after an 8-year hiatus.
“This is an exciting micro schedule that will challenge all teams competing for the 2014 POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Championship,” POWRi’s Kenny Brown said. “We look forward to returning to tracks we have not visited recently, such as St. François County Raceway and Southern Illinois Raceway. The last race of the year will be at SIR, which will conclude the 2014 season championship.”
POWRi Illinois SPEED Week is a championship within the season championship and will run in conjunction with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The four-day event will commence on June 5th at Jacksonville Speedway followed by events at Lincoln Speedway on June 6th and Macon Speedway on June 7th. The finale of POWRi Illinois SPEED Week will take place at Belle-Clair Speedway on June 8th.
With 6 events scheduled, Macon Speedway will be the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro’s most visited track. Belle-Clair Speedway and Jacksonville Speedway will also be frequently visited as 4 events and 3 events are scheduled at each, respectively.
Twenty-two events are scheduled alongside the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. One event at Wayne County Speedway and two events at Southern Illinois Raceway will feature only the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series.
POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series 2014 schedule:
Sat, April 5: Macon Speedway – Macon, IL
Fri, April 11: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo Grand Prix) – Kokomo, Indiana
Sat, April 12: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo Grand Prix) – Kokomo Indiana
Fri, April 25: Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, IL
Sat, April 26: Macon Speedway – Macon, IL
Sat, May 10: Belle-Clair Speedway (Belleville Bash) – Belleville, IL
Fri, May 16: Fayette County Speedway – Brownstown, IL
Sat, May 17: Macon Speedway – Macon, IL
Thu, June 5: Jacksonville Speedway (Illinois SPEED Week) – Jacksonville, IL
Fri, June 6: Lincoln Speedway (Illinois SPEED Week) – Lincoln, IL
Sat, June 7: Macon Speedway (Illinois SPEED Week) – Macon, IL
Sun June 8: Belle-Clair Speedway (Illinois SPEED Week) – Belleville, IL
Sat, June 28: Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN
Fri, July 18: Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, IL
Sat, July 19: St. Francois County Raceway – Farmington, MO
Fri, July 25: Wayne County Speedway – Wayne City, IL
Sat, July 26: Southern Illinois Raceway – Marion, IL
Sun, Aug 10: Belle-Clair Speedway (Knepper Memorial) – Belleville, IL
Fri, Aug 15: Lincoln Speedway (Springfield Fair) – Lincoln, IL
Sat, Aug 16: Macon Speedway (Dana Godfrey Memorial) – Macon, IL
Wed, Aug 27: Wayne County Speedway (Jason Leffler Memorial) – Wayne City, IL
Sat, Sept 6: Macon Speedway – Macon, IL
Sun, Sept 7: Belle-Clair Speedway (Meents Memorial-Lucas on the Edge SPEED Channel)-Belleville, IL
Fri, Sept 12: Jacksonville Speedway (Herb Barlow Memorial) – Jacksonville, IL
Sat, Oct 4: Southern Illinois Raceway – Marion, IL
POWRi Racing Sponsors
Auto Meter – “The Official Instrumentation” of POWRi Racing
Afco – “The Official Shock” of POWRi Racing
Ford – “The Official EcoBoost Challenge” of POWRi Racing
Great Clips – “The Official Salon” of POWRi Racing
Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of POWRi Racing
Impact Racing – “The Official Motorsports Safety Equipment” of POWRi Racing
K&N Filter – “The Official Filter” of POWRi Racing
Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of POWRi Racing
Speedway Motors – “The Official Performance Parts Store” of POWRi Racing
Team POWRi Racing
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For more information, go to www.POWRi.com.

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