April 14, 2014 archive

Sheppard grabs narrow lead after opening weekend in Midwest Big Ten Series late models






MACON, Ill. – Steve Sheppard Jr. almost rallied to steal the win at Macon Speedway Saturday night that would have completed a weekend sweep, but the New Berlin driver settled for a first place and a close second to take the Midwest Big Ten Series lead in late models after the first two races in the 10-event tour.

Sheppard charged to the lead following a tough battle Friday night in the Big Ten late models opener at Jacksonville Speedway, then tried to come from behind at Macon Speedway but couldn’t quite catch winner Ryan Little in a stirring duel that brought the fans to their feet on a gorgeous Saturday night. Little’s lead evaporated because of a late bobble, but he held on for the close victory in the 30-lap feature.

Sheppard is the reigning Big Ten late models champ, and he left the weekend with 118 points to take a narrow lead in the points standings. Little, of Pleasant Plains, finished third at Jacksonville Speedway in the series opener before holding off Sheppard at Macon Speedway to score 116 points. A driver’s top eight finishes among the 10 races will count toward the championship.

Big Ten Series late models return to action at Macon Speedway on May 10 for the third race in a series that will also visit Lincoln Speedway and Quincy Raceways.

Midwest Big Ten Series late models

Points standings (through April 12)

  1. Steve Sheppard Jr. (New Berlin) 118
  2. Ryan Little (Pleasant Plains) 116
  3. Matt Taylor (Springfield) 110
  4. Greg Kimmons (Pleasant Plains) 104
  5. John Beck (Springfield) 100
  6. Jake Little (Pleasant Plains) 98
  7. Keith Vandorn (New Berlin) 86
  8. Justin Reed (Collinsville) 58
  9. Roger Brickler (Springfield) 50
  10. Adam Mefford (Jacksonville) 48



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Midwest Big Ten Series street stocks opener features big 1st-place prize at Macon Speedway

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APRIL 14, 2014


MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway announces the inaugural season of the Midwest Big Ten Series for UMP street stocks and a huge first-place prize in the Big Ten street stocks opener at Macon Speedway on Saturday, April 19. The 10-race series will also travel to Christian County Fair (Taylorville, Ill.), Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Ill.) and Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, Ill.) as drivers battle for a $3,000 point fund.

The Big Ten street stocks winner will earn $500 at Macon Speedway Saturday night.

The street stocks loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points will determine the Big Ten Series champion. The overall champion earns $1,000, and the payouts continue through the top 10. Big Ten Series street stocks include dates at Macon Speedway on April 19, May 3, June 21, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. The series races at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville on July 24.

Gene Reed of Blue Mound captured the Macon Speedway street stocks championship last year, but Macon native Greg Osman won the street stocks feature at Macon Speedway’s opener on April 12.

“Macon Speedway has a talented group of drivers in the street stocks division, and it’s great to see them battle against racers from other local tracks,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Macon Speedway knows that without our drivers, we couldn’t succeed. This program is a way to give back to the racers who call Macon Speedway home.’’

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Stewart, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (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 fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Midwest Big Ten

Street stocks

April 19 – Macon Speedway

May 3 – Macon Speedway

May 16 – Lincoln Speedway

June 8 – Jacksonville Speedway

June 20 – Lincoln Speedway

June 21 – Macon Speedway

July 24 – Christian County Fair (Taylorville)

Aug. 22 – Jacksonville Speedway

Aug. 23 – Macon Speedway

Aug. 30 – Macon Speedway



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