March 25, 2014 archive

The passing of Mrs. Lynda Petty

MACON, Ill. – It’s with much regret that Macon Speedway must inform local race fans of the death of Lynda Gayle Owens Petty, 72, the wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty.

One of the first women of NASCAR and its most beloved wife, mother and friend, Mrs. Petty passed away peacefully at her home in Level Cross, N.C., today. She was surrounded by her family. Affectionately known as “Mrs. Lynda” to so many, Lynda Petty set a standard for being a loving, supportive and, when needed, an authoritative wife and mother. She also set the benchmark for being a leader in her local community while raising a family in the fast-growing sport of stock car racing.

It was with strong will that Lynda fought cancer over the past several years. It was the same determination that led her to make a difference as a Red Cross volunteer, a school volunteer, the president of the athletic booster club and a Girl and Boy Scout leader in her lifetime. She also served on the Randolph County School Board for 16 years and was on the board of the Randolph County Hospice.

Lynda helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary and will always be remembered as the wife to Richard. Their steadfast love endured trials that only a marriage of over 50 years can. Through triumph and heartache, Lynda Petty was the castle that supported a king in private and public moments.

Lynda is proceeded by grandson Adam K. Petty and is survived by her loving husband Richard; son, Kyle and daughters Sharon and husband Terry Farlow; Lisa and husband Charlie Luck; Rebecca and husband Brian Moffitt. In addition, she is survived by grandchildren Austin Petty and wife Sarah; Hannah and husband Brad Leonard; Montgomery and husband Randy Schlappi; Maggie and Kyle Farlow; Richard, Sarah and Margaret Luck; Helen, Thad and Harrison Moffitt, and great grandchildren Sullivan Mae Schlappi and Adam Christopher Stonewall Petty.

A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Reverie Place in Randleman, North Carolina which Pastor Kenny Crosswhite will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following:

Petty Family Foundation
311 Branson Mill Road
Randleman, N.C. 27317

“On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the Petty Family regarding the loss of their beloved matriarch, Lynda Petty,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “Through the years, Lynda became an integral part of the NASCAR landscape. We have lost a true friend, who will be missed each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Pettys throughout this difficult time.”

Just last summer, Richard Petty traveled to Macon Speedway, and he was a most gracious and pleasant gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and the family.

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Increased Purse and 100-Laps of Thrilling Action Set for St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway

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WAYCROSS, GA (March 25, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scheduled, first ever visit to the historic Macon Speedway on Thursday night, May 1st will now have an increased purse and title sponsorship from St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part. The event, originally scheduledLucasOil_latemodel_logo2010White (150x122) as a 50-lap feature event, will now be a 100-lap $12,000 to win/$1,000 to start feature event. The single-day event will include Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 100-lap feature event. Modifieds will run as a support class paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start on May 1st.

Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL, is one of the Midwest’s premier dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite with a layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. The one-fifth mile, high-banked oval will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time, while the track will race for the 69th consecutive season. Track Enterprises, Inc. and Macon Speedway Co-Owner Bob Sargent is excited about the event and having the LOLMDS visit for the first time.

“We are very excited to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the national stars to the great fans of Central Illinois, right here in their backyard. Having the premier national touring series and all the stars of the LOLMDS come to our track and battle with all the great heroes from this area will make for a fantastic show. Macon Speedway and the state of IL has some great drivers and mixed with the national stars that will be here will have the fans on their feet for this huge event”, stated Bob Sargent, Co-Owner of Macon Speedway

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part has come on board as the title sponsor of this event that will surely be a must-attend event for both fans and racers. The self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis and opened in 2013. 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 next to Hollywood Night Club at 6111 Bunkum Road in Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit

The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway will be the first of three spectacular races on the first weekend of May.  After the Thursday night event at Macon, IL, the series will travel to the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL for a single day show on Friday night, May 2nd.  Following those two great shows, the LOLMDS will conclude the big weekend of racing at the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY on Saturday night, May 3rd.  Both Friday and Saturday night’s events will be complete shows with $10,000 to win 50-lap feature events.

“We are very excited to bring the series to Macon Speedway for the first time. That track has great history and the state of Illinois has some great talent that will be tough to beat. We’re looking forward to working with Bob Sargent again and everyone involved with Macon Speedway. The entire weekend will be a great opportunity for fans wanting to see the stars of the LOLMDS battle some of the toughest competitors from anywhere in the country including the state of Illinois”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

For tickets and more information about the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway on May 1st visit their track website at or contact Bob Sargent at 217-764-3200.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at:

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Tire Rule for Macon Speedway – May 1st


Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40

Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40


St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 Event Purse

$12,000 to win- 1. $12000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $1000, 16. $1000, 17. $1000, 18. $1000, 19. $1000, 20. $1000, 21. $1000, 22. $1000, 23. $1000, 24. $1000.


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:
ASi Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

GEICO – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

iON Cameras – “The Official Camera of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series”

Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

MAVTV “American Real” – “The Official TV Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries – “The Official Battery” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series“The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:
Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond/Club 29 Chassis, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products,, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

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