August 27, 2014 archive

Gals from Pop’s Place up next in Bud Light Ladies Night at Macon Speedway Saturday


Surrounding Pop’s Place owner Rick Scott are Stephanie Keenan (top left), Genny Hinton (top right), Michelle Perry and Karey Keller (kneeling) and Christine Vogel.

MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway continues in its search for the fastest women in town, as Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 returns to the legendary fifth-mile banked oval Saturday with the gals from Pop’s Place stepping into the driver’s seat for some hard-core racing.

Michelle Perry, Kary Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will attempt to join ladies from three other Decatur area bars in the Bud Light Ladies Night Champiosnhip race on Sept. 13 at Macon Speedway. The top two finishers among the gals from Pop’s Place join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery from Rocco’s, Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson from Starship Billiards and Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston from Woody’s on championship night.

These ladies won’t hold anything back, so don’t miss the action. One night, the gals didn’t even notice the checkered flag and kept racing. Another night, Reynolds charged from back in the pack to win, and there’s always something unexpected with the ladies hop into a race car for the first time. The 4-cylinder Hornets will give them a thrill ride. Come on out to cheer your favorite bartender.

Pop’s Place features wings on Monday nights, great fish specials all day on Friday plus Blues bands on Sunday.There’s plenty of trailer parking for fans and teams on the way to the track or the way home after the checkered flag.

The final night of Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will bring some fireworks to an already competitive class. With the $1,000 prize for the season championship up for grabs, the $500 to win feature race, a dash for cash, some trophies on the line and qualifying for the dirt stock cars, it will be a Street Stock summer night on Labor Day weekend during the Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night.

Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, and Terry Reed, of Decatur, provided us with some of the most thrilling racing of the season in a season-long battle that’s going down to the wire. The two-man race for the championship has taken us to Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and the Christian County Fair in Taylorville (Ill.) before the door-to-door spectacle finishes the tour on the famed high banked fifth-mile dirt oval. Beiler and Reed are old friends and treat each other with respect on the track, but that level of cooperation could get tested with so much on the line. The top eight finishes in the 10 races count toward a driver’s point total. The season-long point fund totals $3,000, and the payout reaches all the way down to 10th place, so there’s plenty left to be decided in the 25-lap feature. Macon Speedway will also qualify the cars for the heat races, so drivers get a chance to cut some fast laps to see if they have the talent and determination to post the best time among what’s expected to be a large field. A dash for cash will also be held.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

Head to another state fair when USAC-ARCA team up for another doubleheader as 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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Jim Hurtubise Classic at Action Track Friday kicks off busy stretch for USAC drivers



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — This Friday’s Jim Hurtubise Classic” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track honors the memory of the driver who scored five consecutive USAC Sprint Car victories at the storied track between 1960 and 1962 while also looking to see if another driver can add to his record total of USAC Sprint car wins.


Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., who eclipsed Tom Bigelow’s all-time USAC Sprint car victory record Sunday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, has returned to the series point lead and takes a five-point cushion over Brady Bacon into Friday’s race at the track where he claimed the “Tony Hulman Classic” in May.


Bryan Clauson, who stands third in the points, won the “Indiana Sprint Week” feature at Terre Haute in July and will try to give long-time car owner Mike Curb his 100th USAC National feature victory in Friday’s competition.


Darland repeated as the champion of the Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer “Sprint Car Smackdown” this past weekend in Kokomo, Ind., tying Bigelow’s record with his 52nd career win Saturday, then closing out the four-day racing extravaganza with #53 in Sunday’s 40-lap finale.


The Action Track gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. (All times are Eastern.)


The race at the Action Track Friday kicks off a busy few days for the USAC open wheel drivers. After the Jim Hurtubise Classic, many of the drivers will prepare for the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The 100-miler on the DuQuoin’s Magic Mile is a favorite of fans and drivers. Following a rainout in mid-August, the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Silver Crown program will be a complete show, including qualifying. A star-studded field was ready to roll on the Springfield Mile and is expected to return for the new date.


The Tony Bettenhausen 100 is one day after the POWRi midgets make an appearance at Macon Speedway, the legendary fifth-mile oval located just nine miles south of Decatur, Ill., in Macon. The POWRi midgets and outlaw micros will both run double features.


One day after the Ted Horn 100, the Southern Illinois 100 is the second time the ARCA stock cars step onto the dirt this season. The Labor Day Classic features a loaded field, including defending champion Ken Schrader.


For tickets to the Action Track, call 812-232-4040. For tickets to events in DuQuoin, Springfield and Macon, call Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. For more information, go online at and



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