May 2016 archive

Macon Speedway Memorial Day Showcase    

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway continued its annual tradition of racing on Memorial Day and did so in a big way with seven racing classes. The evening was full of adventure, excitement and frustration for some drivers as checkered flags flew in additon to the American flags.

Tim Hancock went four-for-four in feature wins in the B-Modified division at Macon Speedway. Winning his heat race and starting on the pole for the 15-lap feature, Hancock made short work of the race and cruised to the checkered flag. Following the race, he gave his Macon Speedway Feature Winner trophy to a child just as he has done each of the previous three events.

A little drama in the Beach House Micro Sprint feature race with Belleville’s Tyler Vantoll and Weldon’s Garrett Duff as they stayed close through the early goings but Vantoll kept the motor going strong and finished with the checkered flag.

Unfortunately, the opportunity to win in the Division 2 Midgets was taken from Vantoll on the second turn of the final lap when his engine gave up and he finished third behind Mitchell Davis. Davis, a first-time feature at Macon Speedway, knew the importance of racing every lap and every turn as he was positioned for a second-place finish and with a little lady luck was able to find the winner’s circle.

Terry Reed found the winning groove once again and finished first in the Street Stock division. The race was close as Reed stayed on the bottom and second-place competitor Nick Macklin rode the top side but couldn’t make the final pass for the finish.

In the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Dave Crawley, Jr. was glued to the bottom of the track and was led the train of cars including Macon Speedway co-owners Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, who finished second and third, respectively. Wallace tried a few top side moves but couldn’t get enough going to finish in the top spot.

Crawley had a good run going for himself in the Pro Late Model event, starting from the pole position, thanks in part to the frisbee draw formation, and was leading for the first six laps before disaster found his car and smoke poured from the engine. The motor blew and he was forced to the infield. With five laps to go, Nick Bauman found the lead from Roben Huffman and Matt Taylor who were slowed by a lapped car. Along with the amazing pass of Bauman for the lead, the crowd was wowwed by both Jake Little and Jose Parga. Little drove his Pro Late Model up the wall in turn four and came back down with his foot still on the gas and kept moving. Parga did the same in both turns one and two and also managed to keep his vehicle on the move. Both drivers would finish in the top five.

Top points driver in the Hornets division, Tony Reed, found his way to victory lane with a narrow win over first-time visitor from Belleville, Dallas Lugge. Saturday’s feature winner and tenth-place starter Michael Gossett finished in third.

This Saturday night brings more fun to the race track with the annual Faster Pastor event with local pastors of churches racing it out in the B.G. Nevitt Memorial. There will also be a University Dogs Hot Dog Eating Contest, fans can purchase hot dogs for $1 and there will be racing from the Pro Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Street Stocks, Beach House Micro Sprints and Hornets.

Pro Late Models–1. Nick Bauman (New Berlin), 2. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 3. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 4. Jose Parga (New Berlin), 5. Jake Little (Pleasant Plains), 6. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 7. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 8. Andy Minett (New Berlin), 9. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 10. Shawn Ziemer (Boody)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Ken Schrader (Concord, NC), 3. Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO), 4. Aaron Draege (Vandalia), 5. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 7. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 8. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 9. Brian Lynn (Mason City), 10. Jeff Graham (Taylorville)

Street Stocks–1. Terry Reed (Decatur), 2. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 5. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 6. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 7. Jeremiah Hoadley (Decatur), 8. Aaron Cole (Atwood), 9. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 10. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville)

B-Modifieds–1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Brett Page (Centralia), 3. Tom Riech (Springfield), 4. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 5. Ryan Timmons (Centralia), 6. Tim Riech (Springfield), 7. Ryan Hamilton (Indianapolis, IN), 8. Harold Reed (Decatur), 9. Josh Thomas (Edinburg), 10. Tharen Reno (Springfield)

Beach House Micro Sprints–1. Tyler Vantoll (Belleville), 2. Garrett Duff (Weldon), 3. Evan Weyant (Sherman), 4. Luke Verardi (Taylorville), 5. Tony Clifton (Mt. Zion), 6. Gabe Verardi (Taylorville), 7. Tyler Duff (Weldon), 8. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 9. Luke Vaughn (Mahomet), 10. Steve Finn (Collinsville)

Division 2 Midgets–1. Mitchell Davis (Auburn), 2. Andy Baugh (Mason City), 3. Tyler Vantoll (Belleville), 4. Jake Neuman (New Berlin), 5. Hunter Lane (Milo, IA), 6. Max Pozsgai (Lincoln), 7. Adam Taylor (Shorewood), 8. Ryan Propst (New Lenox), 9. Johnny Murdock (Kaufman, TX), 10. Jack Routson (Waterman)

Hornets–1. Tony Reed (Blue Mound), 2. Dallas Lugge (Belleville), 3. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 4. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 5. Aaron Garcia (Belleville), 6. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 7. Ben McChristy (Mt. Zion), 8. Joe McChristy (Mt. Zion), 9. Ryan Cantrell (Decatur), 10. Caleb Branch (Hammond)

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We ARE Still Racing Tonight At Macon Speedway

Had some rainfall move through the area but the sun is back out and we are racing tonight at Macon Speedway.


Celebrate the holiday with friends and family at the races and see our awesome Modified drivers face off against Wallace & Schrader.


Midwest Big Ten UMP Pro Late Models – $600 To Win
Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds – $600 To Win
UMP B-Mods
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets
POWRi Division II Midgets
Beach House Micros

Pit Gates 2:30
Grandstands 4:00
Pill Draw Ends 4:50
Hotlaps 5:00
Racing Action 6:00

Adult Admission $15
Kids 11 & Under FREE
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Memorial Day Is Raceday At Macon Speedway

NASCAR Personalities Join Macon Stars For Monday Event

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest and most popular race weekends in the United States.  With the running of the Indy 500, the Coca Cola 600, and many special events across the country, fans flock to see their favorite drivers on track.  This is no different in Central Illinois, where Macon Speedway will be holding its second event in three days with a Memorial Day Special event on Monday afternoon.

Coming off a Saturday night event that saw Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols claim feature wins in Sportsman and Street Stocks, Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor take the Pro Late Model win, Germantown, IL driver Rodney Standerfer win in the Billingsley Towing Modified class, and Decatur, IL’s Michael Gossett take the checkered in the Hornet division, many other drivers from all across the state will head to the 1/5-mile high banked dirt track on Monday vying for top spots.

Monday’s action will be non-stop with seven divisions scheduled to race.  Headlining the event 05-30-16 Memorial Day Flyerwill be the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified division with the stellar field of Macon Speedway stars facing off against NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace.  Schrader and Wallace are partners along with Tony Stewart and Bob Sargent in the Macon Speedway operation.  The two drivers, despite running a large amount of events across the country in their open wheel cars, will have a tough challenge beating the likes of Rodney Standerfer, Dave Crawley, Jr., Curt Rhodes, and a barrage of others who pace the track on a weekly basis.

In addition to the Modifieds, the Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Models will be racing.  It will be the second event on the year for the series, after Jackonville’s event on Friday was postponed due to rain.  The series opened at Lincoln Speedway on May 6 with Nick Bauman taking the victory.  Jake Little, Roben Huffman, Andy Minett, and Brandon Eskew claimed top five finishes.  The Pro Late Models will be running for $600 to win on Monday afternoon.

Also on the card are the UMP B-Mods, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Hornets, regular divisions at the speedway.  Part time classes making their second appearances of the year are the POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets and the Micros, presented at Macon by the Beach House.  In all, the seven divisions will give every race fan a taste of all kinds of divisions and types of cars.

Monday’s events will start an hour earlier to all fans and competitors to make it back to their homes at a reasonable time.  Pits are set to open at 2:30, grandstands at 4:00, competitor pill draw will end at 4:50, hotlaps begin at 5:00, and racing action will take the green at 6:00. Grandstand admission is just $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

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UMP Pro Late Models

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 24 Matt Taylor 294 0
2 33H Roben Huffman 268 26
3 38J Jake Little 258 36
4 4T Guy Taylor 210 84
5 32M Cody Maguire 196 98
6 25 Dakota Ewing 176 118
7 46 Eric Wilson 148 146
8 52R Jeffrey Reed 144 150
9 Z23 Shawn Ziemer 142 152
10 B1 Nick Bauman 112 182

Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 37 Dave Crawley, Jr 236 0
2 14C Alan Crowder 196 40
3 10 Curt Rhodes 190 46
4 10A Shawn Vaughn 184 52
5 71 Jeff Graham 182 54
6 28 Rodney Standerfer 154 82
7 11 Zach Rhodes 154 82
8 96 Cory Daugherty 116 120
9 517 Rick Hamilton 110 126
10 3 Wade Glover 108 128

UMP B-Mods

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 0 Tim Hancock 180 0
2 23 Ryan Timmons 164 16
3 2 Eric Brackett 144 36
4 55 Tim Riech 110 70
5 00s Cody Stillwell 110 70
6 57R Tom Riech 76 104
7 14 Tommy Gaither 58 122
8 32 Brett Page 58 122
9 40 Adam Webb 58 122
10 24S Steve Phillips 56 124

UMP Street Stocks

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 36 Nick Justice 342 0
2 26 Kyle Waters 326 16
3 08 Brian Dasenbrock 270 72
4 7 John Bright, Jr. 250 92
5 45 Luke Force 212 130
6 21R Dustin Reed 212 130
7 5 Terry Reed 206 136
8 3T Kevin Lewis 190 152
9 28 Greg Osman 182 160
10 J24 Jeremy Nichols 152 190

UMP Hornets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 1R Tony Reed 278 0
2 G3 Mike Gossett 270 8
3 J4 Jerad Matherly 214 64
4 87 Ryan Cantrell 210 68
5 66 Mike McChristy 210 68
6 39M Marty Sullivan 210 68
7 64CK Cook Crawford 196 82
8 40 Adam Webb 180 98
9 50 Ben McChristy 166 112
10 20 Torry Lyons 146 132

POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets

Pos Car Driver Points Gap
1 Patrick Bruns 1590 0
2 Tyler Vantoll 1400 190
3 Adam Taylor 1380 210
4 Hunter Lane 1090 500
5 Jack Routson 1040 550
6 Johnny Murdock 960 630
7 Johnny Heydenreich 940 650
8 Mitchell Davis 890 700
9 Shane Morgan 800 790
10 Jordan Caskey 770 820

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Memorial Day Racing Special Coming Monday At Macon

05-30-16 Memorial Day FlyerCelebrate the holiday with friends and family at the races and see our awesome Modified drivers face off against Wallace & Schrader.


Midwest Big Ten UMP Pro Late Models – $600 To Win
Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds – $600 To Win
UMP B-Mods
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets
POWRi Division II Midgets
Beach House Micros

Pit Gates 2:30
Grandstands 4:00
Pill Draw Ends 4:50
Hotlaps 5:00
Racing Action 6:00

Adult Admission $15
Kids 11 & Under FREE

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Nichols Doubles Up Checkered Flags At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) It took a few laps into the Sportsman and Street Stock features but Jeremy Nichols found a way to the lead and took control of the races en route to two wins. A total of five divisions were on hand with great activities for the kids including a bicycle giveaway and the Raminator Monster Truck.

Tom Graham and Scott Landers started in the front row of the Sportsman feature with Nichols in the second row.   He waited until he found a chance on the top of the oval and passed Graham on the fourth lap. After that, the race was on for second place because Nichols had pulled away from the field. Landers, the son-in-law to Graham, raced behind Graham but caught him on the 11th lap during a spin-out which would send Graham to the tail. Landers would leave the race due to rear end damage. Following behind Nichols to the finish were two drivers from Missouri,Troy Medley and Chris Soutiea.

In the Street Stock division, Nichols was challenged by Nick Justice, Kyle Waters, Greg Osman and Brian Dasenbrock but nobody was able to slow down the J24. Nichols coasted in the 15-lapper to yet another victory.

Defending track champion of the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Rodney Standerfer, raced side-by-side with Dave Crawley, Jr. for the first two laps of the 20-lap event and pulled away to a victory. The race was without caution and was without a challenger after the fifth lap as Standerfer kept on the gas pedal. Curt Rhodes passed Crawley in the early stages of the race and finished second with Crawley staying in third.

Guy Taylor finally got the best of his brother Matt Taylor in the Pro Late Model feature. Matt Taylor has been winning most of the battles in 2016 but on this night, Guy Taylor was up to the challenge. Racing atop the track, Guy Taylor would easily handle the field and win the 20-lap event.

Michael Gossett started seventh but finished first in the Hornet class. A late pass on Steven Stine would give him the lead and the victory. A slowed car would catch Stine and he would take his foot off the gas pedal allowing Gossett to make the pass.

Macon Speedway’s crowd experienced the true “Wow Factor” with the yearly return of the monster truck Raminator with Mark & Tim Hall. Demolishing three cars in the infield and spinning through the turns, the Raminator was definitely a hit of the night. There were also 30 bicycles given away to kids during the MEGA Bicycle Giveaway.

The next event Macon Speedway features is the annual Memorial Day Special with seven classes and an earlier start time of 6pm. The Pro Late Models race in a Big Ten Series event. Plus, see action from the Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, POWRi Division II Midgets, Beach House Micro Sprints and Hornets. Also, NASCAR names and Macon Speedway co-owners Kenny Wallace & Ken Schrader will be on hand to race.

Pro Late Models–1. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 2. Matt Taylor (Springfield), 3. Nick Bauman (New Berlin), 4. Jake Little (Pleasant Plains), 5. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 6. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 7. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 8. Victor Overlin (Decatur), 9. Andy Minett (Loami), 10. Eric Wilson (Downs)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds–1. Rodney Standerfer (Germantown), 2. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 3. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 4. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 5. Michael Rauch (Decatur), 6. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 7. Collin Alexander (Clinton), 8. Shawn Vaughn (Loami), 9. Jeff Graham (Taylorville), 10. Danny Smith (Argenta)

Sportsman–1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Troy Medley (Festus, MO.), 3. Chris Soutiea (Peveley, MO.), 4. Danny Smith (Argenta), 5. James Landis (Oreana), 6. Tom Graham (Stonington), 7. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 8. Jim Bedinger (Taylorville), 9. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 10. Ty Nation (Taylorville)

Street Stocks–1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Greg Osman (Bloomington), 5. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 6. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 7. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 8. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 9. John Bright, Jr. (Long Creek), 10. James Bowen (Jacksonville)

Hornets–1.Michael Gossett (Decatur), 2. Tony Reed (Decatur), 3. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 4. Ben McChristy (Mt. Zion), 5. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 6. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 7. Ryan Cantrell (Decatur), 8. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 9. Derek Peters (Pana), 10. Brian Offer (Springfield)

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It’s Raceday At Macon

5-28-16 Raminator-Memorial DayThe first of 2 race days this Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Tonight is an action packed program featuring a visit by the WORLD’S FASTEST MONSTER TRUCK Raminator presented by Bob Brady Auto Mall.

There is a MASSIVE bike giveaway for the kids in addition to the usualCEFCU Kids Club Activities.

Classes Racing:

Billingsley BP Service Center & Towing DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
UMP Pro Late Models (Bonus Money For Jax, Macon, Macon Races)
UMP Sportsman
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Hornets

Pits 4pm
Stands 5pm
Pill Draw Ends 5:50pm
Hot Laps 6pm
Racing Starts 7pm

General Admission $12
Kids 11 & Under FREE
Pit Pass $30
Kids Pit Pass $15

For more information visit or call 217-764-3000

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Memorial Day Special On Tap For Macon Speedway Monday

Memorial Day Weekend PicMemorial Day Special On Tap For Macon Speedway Monday

Seven divisions of racing action are set to end the holiday season on Memorial Day, May 30 at Macon Speedway.
In addition to Big Ten Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Hornets, the B-Mods, Beach House Micros, and D-II Midgets will be on hand.
NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also be running with the Billingsley Towing Modified division.
Pit gates open Monday at 2:30, grandstands at 4:00, pill draw ends at 4:50, hotlaps begin at 5:00, and racing is set for an early start time of 6:00.
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Over 30 bikes have been donated and will be given away this Saturday Night at Macon Speedway. It’s part of the doubleheader weekend at the 1/5-mile dirt oval.
Each kid that comes through the gate will receive a ticket and will be able to enter to win a bike of their choice. Bob Brady Auto Mall’s Raminator Monster Truck and the CEFCU Kid’s Club will also be on hand.
Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Hornets will also be in action.
Saturday pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw ends at 5:50, Hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 6:30.

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Mega Bike GiveawayOver 30 bikes have been donated and will be given away this Saturday Night at Macon Speedway. Each kid that comes through the gate will receive a ticket and will be able to enter to win a bike of their choice. Bob Brady Auto Mall’s Raminator Monster Truck and the CEFCU Kid’s Club will also be on hand. FUN FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES!!! Bring the kids and you may go home with a free NEW bike!

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UMP Jacksonville Macon Pro LM BonusJacksonville Speedway jumps in on weekend DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Model Point challenge.
The top three in combined points from this weekend’s 3 races will receive $400-$250-$150 respectively. Originally, it was going to just be a Macon Saturday/Monday deal for less money but Kenny Dobson, from Jacksonville, stepped up to add to the point money.
Friday’s race at Jacksonville and Monday’s race at Macon Speedway are Midwest Big Ten Series events, paying $600 to win, while Saturday’s race at Macon is a UMP/Macon points paying event.
In case of a rain out, weekend point money will be adjusted accordingly. Also, a driver must run all three events to be eligible for point bonuses.

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