July 24, 2017 archive

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heading To Macon Tuesday

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 To Pay $12,000 To Winner

MACON, IL (July 24, 2017) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will close out the month of July by visiting central Illinois this Tuesday, July 25.  Racing at mighty Macon Speedway’s 1/5-mile in Macon, IL, is on tap in an event that was originally scheduled in April.  The 100-lap event will be paying $12,000 to the winner and will see some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country, vying for the top prize.

The 4th Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway will see some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country converge on one of the most exciting tracks which will put them in two, three, and sometimes even four wide formation, while racing for the top prize. The highly-anticipated event at the 1/5-mile bullring will include a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event.

In 2016, Bobby Pierce wrestled his No. 32 entry to Victory Lane after a grueling 100-laps with no power steering.  Brandon Sheppard finished a close second, followed by: Earl Pearson Jr., Don O’Neal, and Darrell Lanigan.  The racing was unbelievable for the complete 100 laps with the end of the race being crazy down the stretch, seeing three wide racing for the lead spot.  Pierce also is coming off of the Herald & Review 100 win at the track, earlier this month.

This year, Josh Richards, who won the World of Outlaw Late Model championship last season, leads the Lucas Oil Late Models this year.  The veteran, Scott Bloomquist, is second in the standings.  Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal, and Jimmy Owens round out the top five.  Earl Pearson, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Gregg Satterlee, and Steve Francis are top ten point competitors.  Throw in Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Shannon Babb, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and all of the other stars expected and you have the making for another unreal event.

The Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win and $100 to start this week as part of the special event.  Heading into the weekday race, the point lead is just 24 for last year’s champion, veteran Curt Rhodes.  Mason City’s Austin Lynn, who picked up his first career win on Saturday night, sits in the second spot.  The Mods have had exciting races the last couple of weeks with the likes of Rhodes, Lynn, Standerfer, and more.  This week’s event will also see NASCAR personalities Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader.

Rounding out the Saturday card will be the UMP B-Mods, which have had a strong field of cars all season long.  Cody Stillwell leads the way by just ten points over last year’s champion Tim Hancock.  Hancock has won six of the eleven features this year, while Stillwell has two, Tim Hancock, Jr. has two, and Richie Gabriel has one.

Pit gates will open Tuesday at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, local division pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $30 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates 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. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

Track Information:
Macon Speedway
Phone Number 217-764-3000
Track Promoter: Bob Sargent
Location: 205 North Wiles, Macon, IL 62544
Website: www.maconracing.com

Tire Rule for Macon Speedway – July 25th:
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier LM20 (no cutting, no siping)
Right Rear – Hoosier LM20, LM40 (no cutting, no siping)

Macon Speedway July 25th Event Purse:
$12,000-to-win: 1. $12,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000

Lucas Oil Championship Standings:

1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 5405
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 5185 -220
3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 5165 -240
4 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 4910 -495
5 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 4805 -600
6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 4765 -640
7 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 4595 -810
8 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 4525 -880
9 22 Gregg Satterlee ® Rochester Mills, PA 4390 -1015
10 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 4290 -1115
11 71 Hudson O’Neal ® Martinsville, IN 4195 -1210
12 99 Boom Briggs ® Bear Lake, PA 3920 -1485

Billingsley Elite Wash Modified Standings (Top 10)

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 10 Curt Rhodes Taylorville IL 658 0
2 72A Austin Lynn Mason City IL 634 24
3 14C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 520 138
4 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 450 208
5 7 Blake Thompson Troy IL 428 230
6 98 Danny Smith Argenta IL 412 246
7 14 Brian Lynn Mason City IL 368 290
8 99 Tim Luttrell Riverton IL 338 320
9 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 318 340
10 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 292 366

UMP B-Mods

Pos Car # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 00s Cody Stillwell Godfrey IL 590 0
2 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive IL 580 10
3 57R Tom Riech Springfield IL 510 80
4 18 Jerry Thompson Troy IL 508 82
5 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 468 122
6 11 Amanda Adams Shelbyville IL 402 188
7 43 Jared Thomas Edinburg IL 356 234
8 74 Billy Adams Shelbyville IL 302 288
9 1 Dante Brown Morrisonville IL 272 318
10 66 Roy Magee Springfield IL 272 318

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4th Annual Christian County Fair Event Coming Wednesday

Larry’s Service Center NAPA Tripleheader Features NASCAR Driver And Three Popular Divisions

The 2017 Christian County Agricultural Fair opens up Tuesday July 25 and runs through July 29, but it’s Wednesday, July 26 that racing fans have marked on their schedules as three divisions of racing return.  The Taylorville, IL fair put racing back on the schedule in 2014, much to the delight of racers and fans in the area.  The event is promoted by Track Enterprises of Macon, IL and presented by Larry’s Service Center of Taylorville.  This year, a former NASCAR driver will be joining in on the action.

In addition to racing in the Midwest Big Ten UMP Street Stock division, UMP Sportsman, and UMP Hornets, former NASCAR Cup driver, Ken Schrader, will be making his first Taylorville appearance.  Schrader, who races all over the country in his open wheel Modified, will be Grand Marshall for the event but will also be behind the wheel of a racecar for the first time at the tight, but racey, oval.  The Fenton, MO driver will be competing with the UMP Sportsman class.

Races at the fair returned in 2014 and were held again the last three years with solid car counts and great racing.   The 2014 event, which was the first in decades, was very successful, boasting a strong turnout in cars and fans.  The inaugural edition of the event saw Kaleb Wood take the win in a field of 20 Street Stocks.  Jeremy Nichols claimed the Sportsman feature, while Jeremy Reed won the Hornet A-Main.

The 2015 NAPA Tripleheader presented by Larry’s Service Center saw Nichols again winning the Sportsman event, while Terry Reed won the Street Stock race, and Jeremy Reed ended the night in Hornet victory lane for a second time in two years.

Last year, heavy rainfall hit the fairgrounds during the afternoon hours.  Despite the rain and subsequent flooding at the facility, officials worked hard to get back on track.  Last season, 20 Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks were on hand with Lovington, IL driver, Jeremy Nichols, claiming the win.  Nichols also bested a field of 13 Sportsman to claim that victory.  In Hornet competition, Decatur, IL driver Jeremy Reed took the win.

This year’s Larry’s Service Center presented NAPA Triple Header will again feature Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Hornets.  While all races will be UMP sanctioned, the Street Stock event is also part of the Big Ten Series.

“This has been a fun event since it returned in 2014,” stated promoter Bob Sargent.  “It’s a good midweek event, which draws plenty of drivers and gives racefans in Taylorville an event to attend right in their back yard.”

Pits open at 4:00 on Wednesday, July 26, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends when the drivers meeting begins at 6:00, hotlaps at 6:20, with racing action taking the green at 7:00.

Macon Speedway rules will apply for all classes of racing.  For more information, visit www.trackenterprises.com or www.christiancountyfair.com.  For further details call 217-764-3200.

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