August 23, 2014 archive

Crawley takes amazing battle with Taylor for Chuck Foley Memorial Ansar 50 title Saturday


MACON  — Dave Crawley, Jr. outlasted Guy Taylor to the finish after literally swapping the lead for the entire race., and Crawley went home with the $1,000 prize in the Chuck Foley Memorial Ansar Shrine 50 for Billingsley Towing Modifieds at Macon Speedway Saturday.

Cory Daugherty was the fastest qualifier and pole sitter. He led the first lap. By lap two, Taylor had the lead which lasted until the seventh lap. Crawley took his first lead for only a lap before Taylor owned the next two and Crawley bounced back for a lap’s lead. Taylor looked to be in position to win after a miscue by Crawley on lap 43 as Taylor dashed to the lead on lap 44. But Crawley’s daring skills put him in front with a top side pass to which he held on to edge Taylor in one of the most back-and-forth races in recent memory.

Greg Osman of Macon dominated a 20-lap Big Ten Series Street Stocks race which was part of the 10-race Big Ten Series and blew away the competition. Tom Reich netted a second place finish while Terry Reed scored third.

Benjamin McChristy crossed the finish line ahead of Marty Sullivan to win in the Stock Hornet class while Adam Webb bypassed Michael Gossett to win the Outlaw Hornet feature.

Dennis Sterling won the demolition derby while Robert Sterling of Dawso was second and Anthony Banks of Jacksonville third.


Billingsley Towing Modifieds –1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 3. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 4. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 5. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 6. Matt Goulden (Springfield), 7. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 8. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 9. Dakota Ewing (Decatur), 10. Randy Spaugh (Decatur), 11. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 12. Thomas Reich (Springfield), 13. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 14. Terry Reed (Decatur), 15. Rick Lowe (Springfield), 16. Jeffrey Wallace (Decatur), 17. Jeff Gill (Decatur), 18. Bruce Boliard (Macon)

Big Ten Street Stocks – 1.Greg Osman (Macon),  2. Thomas Reich (Springfield), 3. Terry Reed (Decatur), 4. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 5. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 6. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 7. Larry Russell, Jr. (Harristown), 8. Luke Force (Argenta), 9. Roy MaGee II (Springfield), 10. Jeremiah Hoadley (Forsyth), 11. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur), 12. Billy Justice, Jr. (Harristown), 13. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 14. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 15. Greg Scribner (Bethany), 16. Nick Justice (Harristown), 17. Brandon Dick (Decatur), 18. Terry Miller (Lincoln)

Outlaw Hornets – 1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 3. Victor Overlin (Decatur), 4. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 5. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 6. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 7. Joe McChristy (Mt. Zion), 8. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 9. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 10. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 11. Steven Stine (Blue Mound)

Stock Hornets – 1. Benjamin McChristy (Mt. Zion), 2. Marty Sullivan (Mt. Zion), 3. Jonathan Drake (Decatur), 4. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 5. William Deavers (Bloomington), 6. Brian Offer (Springfield), 7. Austin Wickline, 8. Tory Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 9. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 10. Matthew Reed (Blue Mound), 11. Roger Reed (Decatur), 12. Kenneth Reed (Decatur), 13. Dean Holt (Decatur), 14. Garth Luka

Demo Derby – Dennis Sterling (Dawson), Robert Sterling (Dawson), Anthony Banks (Jacksonville)


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Beiler carries narrow lead into Big Ten Street Stocks battle at Macon Speedway Saturday

MACON, Ill. – Bobby Beiler takes a narrow two-point lead in Big Ten Series Street Stocks to famed Macon Speedway Saturday night, where Terry Reed will take aim on wrestling away the lead. While Travis Johnson scored his second win in the series Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway, Reed captured second place while Beiler was fifth in the feature.

Beiler and Reed have been toward the top of the standings all season, and they form a two-man race for the title and the $1,000 from a prize fund that goes to the series champion. Beiler lives in Blue Mound while Reed resides in Decatur. They have demonstrated some amazingly clean racing for how close they’ve battled all season. But the stress level is going up as the number of races in the series dwindles. The final street stocks event is Aug. 30, when the Griz 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night features the Illinois Street Stocks Championship and the Big Ten Street Stocks finale.

Here’s the Big Ten Street Stocks standings heading into the Aug. 23 race at Macon Speedway. A driver’s best eight finishes among the 10 races determines the final standings.

Big Ten Street Stocks

  1. Bobby Beiler 442
  2. Terry Reed 440
  3. Kyle Waters 364
  4. Thomas Riech 294
  5. Gene Reed 284
  6. (tie) Greg Osman 246
  7. Luke Force 246
  8. Roy Magee 218
  9. Brian Dasenbrock 214
  10. Bobby Eskew 198

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Carnival atmosphere with racing, demo derby, Shriners parade Saturday at Macon Speedway


MACON, Ill. – Come to Macon Speedway Saturday for a carnival atmosphere thanks to the Decatur Shrine Club, some great racing and the first demolition derby at the legendary track in 15 years. Billingsley Towing Modifieds will run a 50-lapper for the Shrine 50 with $1,000 to win and $100 to start after we hold a qualifying session, and the Chuck Foley Memorial Demolition Derby brings rock ‘em sock ‘em action that will shake the famed dirt track to its foundation. Wow. Talk about trading some paint.

It’s all for a good cause. The Decatur Shrine Club and the Ansar Shrine will raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. All proceeds tonight go to the Shriners. So come out to Macon Speedway, help a good cause and enjoy an amazing doubleheader of awesome racing and a cool demolition derby.

There’s even a Shriners parade. Don’t forget the CEFCU candy drop for the kids, and we always have great food and cold drinks. The race buckets will be popular tonight, so get you one and chill in the grandstands with some cold drinks, hot racing and drivers blasting each other in the demo derby.


Raise your hand if you remember the battle royal during the Lite Beer Twin 50’s in June. That was a crazy race. Let’s see how the modifieds run this 50-lapper. It might get a little physical with all those cars and all those drivers going for the big money. Meanwhile, Bobby Beiler and Terry Reed battle for the lead in the Big Ten Series Street Stocks in the ninth event in a 10-race season within a season. They also take aim at the $500 to win. Travis Johnson claimed the victory in the Big Ten Street Stocks race Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway.

Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also race. Following the conclusion of heats and features in the four divisions, the speedway will quickly be converted to a demolition derby ring during the Shrine parade. Then the drivers will compete in stock, bone stock and compact divisions. Watch for those bone-rattling hits and daredevil moves.


It all comes for one low admission price. General admission for adults is $15 while children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final nightduring the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season by running double features in both POWRi classes. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the the MOWA Sprints presented by DynaGraphics and ILMO, and the season-finale is set for on Sept. 27.

Circle the calendar for the second USAC-ARCA doubleheader when the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Aug. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (, Facebook  ( 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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