September 15, 2014 archive

Kinser headlines Outlaws, USAC sprint doubleheader at Action Track this week


            Terre Haute, Ind. – Old habits are hard to break, but Steve Kinser is competing for the World of Outlaws title one last time. The 20-time series champion from Bloomington, Ind., Kinser is known as the King of the Outlaws, but he’s making one last run at the title and one more swing through the United States while driving the Tony Stewart Racing entry in the famed series, including the stop at the Action Track in Terre Haute Wednesday.

“Racing in the Outlaws has been my life for almost 40 years,’’ Kinser said. “It’s all I’ve known. My family has been around it. I’ve had the pleasure of running up and down the road racing all across the country, and even in Canada, Mexico and Australia with this series. I knew it wasn’t going to last forever.’’

The Salute to the King kicked off  in February as Kinser made his way through his 37th season. In his remarkable career, Kinser has won Outlaws events at 142 race tracks, including 42 on this year’s grueling schedule. He has 34 wins at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, 34 more at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway and 26 Outlaws triumphs at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. World of Outlaws races in Indiana in the 1980s were can’t-miss attractions to a kid from Columbus, Ind., named Tony Stewart.

“I never missed at Outlaw show in the area when I was growing up,’’ Stewart said. “We waited for all those nights like they were holidays. It was incredible watching Steve race with Sammy (Swindell) and Doug (Wolfgang). He was our guy, being from Indiana. When he won, it gave us all something to brag about.’’

Kinser will go for bragging rights one more time at the Action Track, where he won four straight events in 1993 and 1994. The series makes its first appearance at the Action Track since 2006 as part of a unique two-night doubleheader. After the World of Outlaws on Wednesday, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car series returns for the Jim Hurtubise Classic on Thursday.

The back-to-back racing brings some of the best drivers in the world to the same track on the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. There’s great camping right outside the track. Spend a night or two. See the fearless World of Outlaws and those wing sprint cars fly around the Action Track in their first appearance here since Joe Saldana won here in 2006. On the following night, watch the USAC non-wing sprints roar around the track in their first race since the Indiana Sprint Week thriller won by Bryan Clauson in July.

Joey Saldana looks to win again at the Action Track after taking the victory here in 2006. Don’t forget your retro Kinser gear for one last autograph. Tickets for the World of Outlaws are $35 for reserved seats, $30 for non-reserved grandstand seats and $20 for infield tickets. Pit passes are $40. Pits open at 2 p.m. while grandstands and infield seating open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). Go to to order tickets.

On Sept. 18, USAC sprint cars return to one of their favorite stops. Already this season, Dave Darland took the checkered flag in the Tony Hulman Classic before Bryan Clauson scored the victory in a thrilling feature during Indiana Sprint Week. Later in the summer, Darland surpassed Tom Bigelow with 53 wins to set the record in a USAC sprint car. Clauson is the two-time defending USAC AMSOIL Spring Car National Champion, but his first win at the Action Track earlier summer was Clauson’s first in Terre Haute. Expect a major battle on Indiana soil.

Tickets USAC sprint cars are $25 for grandstand seating and $15 for infield tickets. Pit passes are $35. Pits open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands and infield open at 4 p.m. with hot laps starting at 6:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Modifieds will race for UMP national points on both nights. NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace are scheduled to compete.

The Action Track ticket office can be reached by calling 812-232-4040.



Permanent link to this article:

Hornet World Championships slide to Sept. 27 for wild season finale at Macon Speedway


                MACON, Ill. – Drivers just received a little extra time to prepare for the World Hornet Championship at Macon Speedway, because the legendary track announced Monday that it has moved the biggest Hornet program of the year to the speedway’s season finale on Sept. 27. By shifting the program to the last weekend in September, the Hornets get top billing.

The Outlaw Hornets will race in a whopping $300 to win feature plus the chance to take home the Outlaws championship trophy – a definite keepsake for any racer. This is the same style of trophy the guys get when winning on the state fair miles. The Stock Hornets will also run for the Championship trophy as the class gets some of the spotlight at the famed fifth-mile high banked dirt oval on the final night of another spectacular season.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman and the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will also race on Sept. 27 to put the finishing touches on those points battles.

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.



Permanent link to this article:

Beadles wins incredibly tight Pro Late Models point fund battle to take top prize

MACON, Ill. – The points battle was incredibly close, just like the amazing racing during two nights of Pro Late Model features, and Matt Beadles snuck past Guy Taylor to win the two-day points fund championship at Lincoln Speedway Friday and Macon Speedway Saturday.

Beadles, of Clinton, took home an extra $400 with 102 points over the two-day run. Taylor, of Springfield, grabbed second place after compiling 100 points, including a victory at Macon Speedway Saturday. The points battle didn’t end there.

Jeremy McLaughlin, of Danforth, finished in a three-way tie for third with Tommy Sheppard Jr., of New Berlin, and Kevin Crowder, of Argenta.

Brandon Eskew tied Logan Moody, of Catlin, for sixth place.

With such tight racing on the track plus a great points fight during the two days, fans are already excited about the plans for adding Pro Late Models to the Macon Speedway weekly lineup for 2015. Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway would also like to say thanks to all the drivers who competed at the two tracks over the weekend.


Name                                                     Lincoln Speedway         Macon Speedway         Total

Matt Beadles, Clinton                                   52                                   50                           102

Guy Taylor, Springfield                                 40                                   60                           100

Jeremy McLaughlin, Danforth                       56                                   42                           98

Tommy Sheppard Jr., New Berlin                 46                                   52                           98

Kevin Crowder, Argenta                                50                                   48                           98

Brandon Eskew, Lincoln                                36                                   56                           92

Logan Moody, Catlin                                      38                                   54                           92

Roben Huffman, Midland City                        30                                   58                           88

Myles Moos, Lincoln                                      48                                    36                           84

Jose Parga, Auburn                                       34                                    38                           72

Josh Highley, Dawson                                   32                                    34                           66

Nick Bauman, Berlin                                      60                                     —                            60

Tait Davenport                                               58                                     —                             58

Brian Lynn, Mason City                                 54                                      —                             54

Shawn Diggs, Leroy                                       —                                      46                            46

Danny Maguire, Carlinville                             —                                       44                           44

Kolby Vandenbergh, Ashland                        44                                       —                           44

Daniel Heck, Mt. Vernon                                42                                       —                           42

Ken Vandorn, New Berlin                                —                                       40                          40

Braden Johnson                                              —                                       32                           32

Jim Vagedorn, East Peoria                            28                                        —                            28

Kyle Vandorn, New Berlin                              26                                        —                            26

Aaron Heck, Mt. Vernon                                 24                                        —                            24

Brad Denney, Canton                                     22                                        —                            22

Andy Minett, New Berlin                                 20                                        —                            20


Permanent link to this article: