July 5, 2014 archive

Russell returns to Macon Speedway by winning furious Street Stocks battle Saturday


MACON – Larry Russell, Jr. had been thinking a long time about making a return to Street Stock racing at Macon Speedway. He not only made his comeback but also did it in style by winning a furious battle.

The former Macon Speedway track champion kept Terry Reed, Bobby Beiler and Nick Justice is his rearview mirror and took the checkered flag  Saturday night during the Skeff Distributing Christmas in July Toy Drive.  Russell, of Harristown, kept his car glued to the bottom groove to score the victory on the fifth-mile high banked dirt oval.

Meanwhile, Cory Daugherty overcame a collision with a lapped car that nearly doomed his night. The driver from Blue Mound grabbed the Billingsley Towing Modifieds victory even though his left rear quarter panel was bent over the rear deck lid.

Nick Macklin made a late pass with a daring move to win in Sportsman. Unable to make the pass low, the Argenta racer charged around the high side for the victory, making it two straight weekends with a win.

Paul Day, of Atwood, was the fastest of 16 Beach House Mini-Sprints as the class made its second appearance at Macon Speedway this season. Day finished third here earlier this season in the other Mini-Sprint feature.

Thad Gee took the win in the Outlaw Hornets for the second consecutive week, and Benjamin McChristy grabbed the lead from Luke Wright midway through the Stock Hornet feature to take the victory.

The stage is set for one of the biggest races on the Macon Speedway schedule. The 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 is Thursday. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 in the only 100-lapper on the UMP Summer Nationals Tour. It pays $5,000 to win. UMP Summit National Modifieds will also race for $1,000.


Sportsman – 1. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 2. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 3. Doug Nevill (Dawson), 4. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 5. Curt Rhodes (Langleyville), 6. Tom Graham (Stonington), 7. Zach Rhodes, 8. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 9. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 10. Terry Reed (Decatur), 11. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 12. James Bedinger (Taylorville)


Street Stocks –1. Larry Russell, Jr. (Harristown), 2. Terry Reed (Decatur), 3. Justin Layne, 4. Nick Justice (Harristown), 5. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 6. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 7. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 8. James Farley III (Springfield), 9. Tom Reich (Springfield), 10. Roy MaGee II (Springfield), 11. Charles Biesenthal (Athens), 12. Zach Perryman (Decatur), 13. Brian Gaines, 14. Luke Force (Argenta), 15. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 16. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur0, 17. Jake Weatherford, 18. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 19. Brandon Dick (Decatur), 20. Jason Schrimpsher, 21. Billy Justice, Jr. 22. Ben Medaris (Decatur)


Outlaw Hornets – 1. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 2. Joseph McChristy (Mt. Zion), 3. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 4. Garrett Lewis (Decatur), 5. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 6. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 7. Jared Matherly (Decatur), 8. Steven Stine (Stonington), 9. Victor Overlin, 10. Nick Matherly (Decatur), 11. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 12. Cook Crawford (Lincoln)


Billingsley Towing Modifieds – 1. Cory Daughtery (Blue Mound), 2. Curt Rhodes (Langleyville), 3. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 4. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 5. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 6. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 7. Danny Smith (Argenta), 8. Jeff Ray (Springfield), 9. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 10. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 11. Randy Spaugh (Decatur), 12. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 13. Mike Ward (Pawnee), 14. Rick Lowe (Springfield), 15. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo)


Beach House Mini-Sprints – 1. Paul Day (Atwood), 2. Evan Weyant (Sherman), 3. Austin Stewart (Jacksonville), 4. Shelby Bosie (Sherman), 5. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 6. Tyler Day (Atwood), 7. Jason Harms (Riverton), 8. Greg Northrop (Jacksonville), 9. Brian Nance (Oklahoma City, OK), 10. Jimmy Neal (Addington), 11. Bailey Goldesberry, 12. Jeff Matta, 13. Devin Feger (Marquette Heights), 14. Jimmy Miller, 15. Eric Shelton (Decatur), 16. Dan Henning (Columbia, IA)


Stock Hornets – 1. Benjamin McChristy (Mt. Zion), 2. Luke Wright (Lincoln) 3. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 4. Josh Smith (Clinton), 5. Alan Salmons, 6. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 7. William Deavers (Bloomington), 8. Dean Holt (Mt. Zion), 9. Roger Reed (Decatur), 10. John Paceley (Decatur), 11. Josh Bright (Decatur)



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Sheppard wins again on Summer Nationals tour with Herald-Review 100 on horizon


BROWNSTOWN, Ill. — Reigning Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard may not have been driving the fastest car Friday night, but he had the lead when the track began to take rubber and passing became difficult, helping him score the $7,500 checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway.


Sheppard would lead the field to the green flag with Wednesday night’s winner Jason Feger starting on his outside. Sheppard started the race by clearing Feger for the lead on the opening lap, but made the mistake of moving to the high-line on lap two, opening up the faster bottom line for Feger to overtake Sheppard for the lead. Feger dominated the next 10 circuits, as Sheppard finally switched his line back to the bottom.


As the night went on, the track became more difficult to pass on as the rubber began to build up. Sheppard mounted a charge on lap 12 and reclaimed the lead from Feger, as they lined up nose-to-tail with points leader Shannon Babb and Billy Moyer on the single groove of racing, causing a traffic jam at the front of the field for the lead. All the leader had to do was make his way through slower traffic in order to coast to the victory. That was not so easy for Sheppard.


With just three laps left, two lapped cars made contact in front of the leader, causing Sheppard to slow down and giving Feger a chance to make a go-for-broke pass for the lead. Feger dove into the corner trying to clear Sheppard and become the first three time winner of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season, but came up just short as Sheppard maintained the lead.


Sheppard lead the final two laps without any problems and secured his second win of the season, and ninth of his career, as he claimed the checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway.


“We had an awesome car all night long but we were fortunate to get back to victory lane,” said a relieved Sheppard in victory lane. “I went to the top (groove) right off the bat, which was dumb, and Feger got by us for the lead. But we were lucky we had a decent tire package on that allowed us to really get in there and roll that bottom pretty good after my crew guy told me to go back down there, and we were lucky to pass Feger (for the lead) before the rubber came in.”


Moyer, Babb, and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top five.


Heat race winners included Sheppard, Unzicker, Feger and Babb.


The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues Saturday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Highland Speedway in Highland, Ill.


DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Fayette County Speedway; Brownstown, Ill.;

July 4, 2014; A-Main (40-laps): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard ($7,500), 2. 25-Jason Feger, 3. 21-Billy Moyer, 4. 18-Shannon Babb, 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 6. 96-Tanner English, 7. 7R-Kent Robinson, 8. 32-Bobby Pierce, 9. 27M-Rodney Melvin, 10. 00-Randy Korte, 11. 29W-Brian Divley, 12. 33X-Tim Manville, 13. 11R-Tyler Reddick, 14. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 15. 0-Dewayne Kiefer, 16. 6K-Michael Kloos, 17. 42L-Steve Lach, 18. 71-Trace Westling, 19. 1M-Jim Moon, 20. 81-Brian Shirley, 21. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 22. 20-Alan Westling.

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It’s Christmas in July at Macon Speedway Saturday, courtesy of Skeff Distributing

2012-02-03 14.09.04

MACON, Ill. – Is it better to give than receive? At Macon Speedway, you get the opportunity to do both as Skeff Distributing presents the Christmas in July Toy Drive Saturday during a hot night of racing at the historic fifth-mile high banked dirt oval.

By bringing an unopened toy for donation, adults receive $2 off general admission, reducing the price of the ticket to just $10. Prarieland ABATE will help collect the toys and deliver them to needy children during the Christmas season. Helping a needy child is a good feeling, no matter the time of year.


Be on the lookout for free Budweiser merchandise from Skeff Distributing. T-shirts, posters, coozies, stickers and bottle openers are included in the free merchandise giveaway. Just keep your eyes open for the free swag, courtesy of Skeff. Macon Speedway fans like to cool off with the popular race buckets. For only $20, fans can purchase five cold Bud/Bud Lights and all the ice to keep them cold. For just $15, refill the buckets with five more beers and ice. It’s a party made for the Macon Speedway grandstands.


Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Billingsley Towing Modifieds is a division with some intense rivalries, and the Street Stocks division is also a keen battle between Bobby Beiler and the Reed brothers, Gene and Terry. The last time the Beach House Mini-Sprints raced here, 20 cars swarmed the speedway, and another large contingent is expected tonight.

IHOP will distribute coupons for redemption at 1280 E. Pershing Road in Decatur. With the purchase of one entrée and two drinks, the second entrée is free. The offer is good through Aug. 30.


Circle your calendar for the 34th running of the Herald-Review 100 at Macon Speedway on July 10. The cars and stars of the UMP Summer Nationals make their appearance to race in the $5,000 to win event that’s a highlight of summer in Central Illinois. Tickets are sold on the day of the race. Camping is also available.

Shannon Babb, the Moweaqua Missile, is the defending race champion, and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin won the Summer National title last season, so local race fans are geared up to see the area’s drivers protect their turf during the door-to-door, dirt-slinging action.

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 can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. 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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