August 22, 2014 archive

Beiler takes narrow lead into key Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks weekend


MACON, Ill. – Heading into a busy weekend, Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound holds the Big Ten Series Street Stocks lead with 390 points, but he doesn’t have much of a cushion as the division holds races at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway on Friday before another Big Ten event at Macon Speedway Saturday.

Terry Reed of Decatur is second with 382 points and Kyle Waters of Oreana is third with 328. Another sharp battle for fourth shows Thomas Riech of Springfield with 294 points, ahead of Gene Reed of Blue Mound with 284.

The Big Ten Series Street Stocks are part of an amazing program at Macon Speedway Saturday. The Billingsley Towing Modifieds race the Shrine 50 in a 50-lapper. The Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also race.

Following racing, the Chuck Foley Memorial Demolition Derby provides rock ‘em sock ‘em action for all ages. It’s the first demo derby at legendary Macon Speedway in nearly 15 years.

After this weekend, the series concludes on Aug. 30 during the Illinois Street Stocks Championships and Big Ten Street Stocks finale at Macon Speedway.

Big Ten Street Stock points standings

Through Aug. 21

  1. Bobby Beiler 390
  2. Terry Reed 382
  3. Kyle Waters 328
  4. Thomas Riech 294
  5. Gene Reed 284
  6. Roy Magee 218
  7. Luke Force 216
  8. Brian Dasenbrock 214
  9. (tie) Bobby Eskew 198
  10. Steve Ewing 198
  11. Greg Osman 196
  12. (tie) Ronnie Burns 154
  13. Jeremiah Hoadley 154
  14. Zach Perryman 138
  15. Brandon Eskew 124
  16. Rick Thomas 110
  17. Brandon Kessinger 102
  18. Dustin Reed 96
  19. Lance Johnson 74
  20. Terry Miller 68
  21. Jeffrey Reed Jr 66
  22. (tie) Kaleb Wood 60
  23. Travis Johnson 60
  24. (tie) Jeffrey Reed Sr  58
  25. Jeremy Nichols 58
  26. Nick Justice 58
  27. Danny Smith 56
  28. George Ewing 54
  29. Jeremy Madsen 52
  30. Brian Gaines 50
  31. (tie) Lukes Gash 48
  32. Justin Layne 48
  33. Darrell Dick 46
  34. Charles Biesenthal 44
  35. (tie) Tyler Benson 42
  36. David Mowry 42
  37. (tie) Robert Cottom 40
  38. Rudy Zaragoza 40
  39. (tie) Andy Gaines 38
  40. Mike Cusak 38
  41. (tie) Anthony Eskew 36
  42. Josh Smith 36
  43. (tie) Tyler Blankenship 34
  44. Dale Nelson 34
  45. (tie) Mike Blunck 32
  46. John Farris 32
  47. (tie) Larry Russell Jr 30
  48. Dave Foster 30
  49. Brandon Miller 30
  50. Chet Peek 30
  51. Brandon Logue 28
  52. Jeremy Wilson 26
  53. Ben Medaris 10
  54. Tony Reed 10
  55. Brandon Dick 10

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Bill France Four Crown champion to be decided at Southern Illinois 100 on Sept. 1 at DuQuoin


(TOLEDO, Ohio – August 22, 2014) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will soon be making its annual trek to southern Illinois for the Southern Illinois 100 on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt Labor Day Monday, September 1.

This year’s annual championship stock car classic, with the 92nd annual DuQuoin State Fair serving as the backdrop, marks the 61st running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care.

It will also mark the final leg of ARCA’s 2014 Bill France Four Crown championship with just 45 points separating the top-six contenders. Currently, GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger leads by 15 points over Ken Schrader Racing and Venturini Motorsports, tied for second.

The Bill France Four Crown championship represents ARCA’s versatility and provides a link to the series’ roots, featuring a diverse combination of tracks in any given season. This year’s France Four Crown schedule included the New Jersey Motorsports Park (road course), Chicagoland Speedway (superspeedway), Berlin Raceway (short track), and DuQuoin (mile dirt).

“The Bill France Four Crown Award speaks to the very nature of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said Ron Drager, President of ARCA. “Being the full-bodied stock car series that runs on speedways, road courses, short tracks, and dirt ovals, this is the epitome of what our series is about.”

Bill France Four Crown points are allocated without qualifying or in-race bonuses, and distributed in the same method as in the official series standings.

Five-time Southern Illinois 100 winner Frank Kimmel is the all-time Bill France Four Crown champion with seven titles (2013, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998).

The annual Bill France Four Crown reaches back to 1984 when the late Davey Allison was the first recipient/champion.

Expected entries at DuQuoin include 10-time ARCA national champion Frank Kimmel and three-time DuQuoin winner/ NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader. Schrader’s win in last year’s race cemented him in as the oldest ARCA winner in history. Schrader turned 59 in late May, 2014.

“That would be high, high on our list of accomplishments if we’re able to pull it off,” Schrader said of the Bill France Four Crown title.

“That’s always been one of my favorite parts of the banquet each year when that award is given out. More than anything, it says a lot about the depth of a race team.”

In addition to the steady cast of characters, the Southern Illinois will feature several home-state drivers including Illinoisans Shane Cockrum (Benton), Kelly Kovski (Springfield), AJ Fike (Galesburg), Mark Littleton (Arenzville) and Dale Shearer (Alhambra).

The event will also feature a tight national championship points battle between Enfinger and W. Des Moines, Iowa’s Mason Mitchell…the two have been flip-flopping the lead back and forth all season. Mitchell finished second last week on the Springfield mile dirt with Enfinger trailing in third.

The past winners list of the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver/winner Chris Buescher.

Past ARCA Bill France Four Crown Award Champions:


1984 – Davey Allison
1985 – Lee Raymond
1986 – Lee Raymond
1987 – Grant Adcox
1988 – Grant Adcox
1989 – Tracy Leslie
1990 – Bob Keselowski
1991 – Bobby Bowsher/Bill Venturini (Tie)
1992 – Bobby Bowsher
1993 – Bob Keselowski
1994 – Bob Hill
1995 – Harris DeVane
1996 – Tim Steele
1997 – Tim Steele
1998 – Frank Kimmel
1999 – Bill Baird
2000 – Tim Steele
2001 – Frank Kimmel
2002 – Frank Kimmel
2003 – Jason Jarrett
2004 – Brent Sherman
2005 – Frank Kimmel
2006 – Blake Bjorklund
2007 – Frank Kimmel
2008 – Frank Kimmel
2009 – Parker Kligerman
2010 – Joey Coulter
2011 – Chad McCumbee
2012 – Chris Buescher
2013 – Frank Kimmel

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Auto racing returns to Magic Mile in DuQuoin for ARCA-USAC doubleheader on Aug. 31, Sept. 1


            DUQUOIN, Ill. – A race car driver still building his reputation and another driver who is a household name among race fans are the defending champions as exciting auto racing returns to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with a pair of 100-mile races on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1, the final two days of the DuQuoin State Fair. Chris Urish, of Elkhart, Ill., was the winner of the unpredictable Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars that races again Aug. 31 before NASCAR star Ken Schrader chases another victory on the legendary DuQuoin Mile in the Southern Illinois 100 as ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards hits the dirt with the stock cars for only the second time all season on Sept. 1. The traditional racing program provides a great contrast for race fans who can watch both open-wheel racing and full body stock cars.

“We always look forward to bringing the excitement of big-time auto racing to the DuQuoin State Fair,’’ said veteran race promoter Bob Sargent, who also holds USAC and ARCA races at the Illinois State Fair and Indiana State Fairgrounds. “A fairgrounds track brings racing back to its roots. The USAC Silver Crown cars and ARCA stock cars have always brought the crowd to the edge of its seat.’’

Urish scored the biggest win of his career last season in the Ted Horn 100. Urish won when misfortune caused the leaders to drop out. He was running third with four laps left, then inherited the lead after Chris Windom and Shane Cockrum ran out of fuel. Series director Andy Hillenburg has been building the car count, and a field of close to 30 cars is expected for this year’s race as he continues to build the series with more quality machinery and talented drivers.

Schrader is a three-time Southern Illinois 100 winner who took the checkered flag last season in his Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. He also won the race in 2006 and 2007. The racing veteran also has an ARCA win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt track. Schrader took the victory last year after passing Tom Hessert just before a late caution flag. Schrader then held off Hessert the final two laps. Earlier this month, Kevin Swindell drove the Venturini Motorsports Zaxby Toyota to victory in the Central Illinois 100 at the Springfield Mile.

On Aug. 31, the UMP modifieds hold heat races to qualify for the Bill Oldani Memorial on Monday.

Tickets are on sale at the Du Quoin State Fair ticket office (618-542-1535) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40.



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Feger the defending champ in UMP vs. MARS battle in World USA 50 at PIR on Aug. 22


 PADUCAH, Ky. – The countdown is already ticking on Paducah International Raceway’s prime attraction of the season. The Chris Smith Memorial/USA World 50 is Friday, Aug. 22 in a MARS vs. UMP Challenge in super late models. Last season, Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., roared through the weekend, claiming victories at PIR and I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo., to claim the big jackpot.

At Paducah International Raceway, Feger was dominant in the victory. Known as the Highside Hustler, Feger is a regular on the UMP Summer Nationals tour. Bobby Pierce, the teenage sensation from Oakwood, Ill., and another regular on the UMP tour, took second place. Tony Jackson, of Lebanon, Mo., entered the race as the MARS point leader. He damaged his primary car when Jackson spun in front of the field in his heat race. Jackson pulled out his backup car to eventually finish third. Jason Riggs of Harrisburg, Ill., was fourth with Tim Brown of Benton, Ky., placing fifth.

Don’t miss the door-to-door action as these talented dirt warriors challenge the lightning fast three-eighths mile track and push it to the limit every lap. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands open at 5. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 and qualifying set for 7. The green flag drops on racing at 7:30.

Pro (Crate) Late Models and Modifieds will also be in action.

The inaugural USA World 50 was held in 1978. Former race winners include Jerry Inman, Tom Helfrich, Larry Moore, Russ Petro, Phil Gregory, NASCAR veteran Jeff Purvis and former UMP National Champion Terry English.


Chris Smith Memorial/USA World 50

Friday, Aug. 22 at Paducah International Raceway


Pits Open at 4:00

Gates Open at 5:00

Racing Begins at 7:30

SPECIAL: 50 lap feature for UMP vs MARS Super Late Models in $5,000 to win. UMP Modifieds race for $1,000 to win.

Classes racing: Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Crate Late Models.

General Admission is $25 For Adults. Children 11 and under are $5 when accompanied by parent.

Pit admission is $35 for adults, $20 for children 11-under.

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Phone Numbers:

Track Office:  (270) 898-7490

Track Enterprises: (217) 764-3200


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