July 5, 2019 archive

RAMINATOR Monster Truck To Crush Cars At Macon Saturday Night

Bob Brady Auto Mall Night Will Also Feature Plenty Of Racing Action

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway officials are extra busy this week, as they prepare for their third race in eight days.  On top of that, they are coming off their biggest of the year, the Herald & Review 100, which took place on Thursday night.  That event drew a huge crowd and turned out to be a thriller that fans will be talking about for years to come.  This Saturday’s event should be another good one, with everything from a monster truck crushing cars to several divisions of great racing action.

Headlining the event will be the annual visit of the Hall Brothers Racing RAMINATOR Monster Truck.  The day begins with an early appearance at Bob Brady Auto Mall in Decatur, IL, before making the trek to Macon Speedway for the evening.  Once there, the truck is in the front parking lot of the track until it’s time to thrill the fans with some car crushing action.

From a racing standpoint, many fans are ready for the return of the Midwest Stock Car Tour, which will have the Archers Alley Street Stocks racing extra laps for extra money in the Dean Garland Classic.  Earl Park, IN driver, Jerrad Krick, currently leads the standings in the series by 8 over Oakley, IL’s Nick Macklin.  Josh Griffith, Lance Evans, and Darrell Dick round out the current top five in points.  Jeremy Nichols and Jason Maier have won the two series events in 2019.  The Dean Garland Classic event will pay $800 to win and $80 to start.

Co-headlining the event, when it comes to the race program, will be the Sportsman Topless 40.  The race will pay extra money as the drivers race sans roof for the night.  Taylorville, IL driver, Scott Landers, leads the division into the night with a 20-point advantage.  Mitch Ringler is second, while Tim Bedinger, Joel Irvin, and Terry Myers complete the top five.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis will also race.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will be at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and free 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. Macon Speedway is a proud member of the Contingency Connection’s $150,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Gordy Gundaker Repeats As Herald & Review 100 Champ

Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb led until lap 98
By Matthew Flaten (Herald & Review)

MACON — Before the fireworks finished off Independence Day and the night of racing at Macon Speedway, there was a bang on lap 98 of the Herald & Review 100.

Race leader, Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb, going for his record sixth H&R 100 race win, sustained race-ending front wheel damage as he slammed into the car he was attempting to lap.

Then two-time winner Bobby Pierce Jr. crossed the finish line and appeared to win, but a yellow flag brought the drivers back to finish the 100th lap, and last year’s winner — Gordy Gundaker — emerged as the repeat champion.

For Babb, it was a bitter way to lose.

“Racing down here is always tough and I know what to expect,” Babb said. “It’s going to be good hard tight racing and it always is. We always tell ourselves that we need to try to get to the end. We got to the end but we got in a bad position there and I just knew something was going to come.

“I was out of tire, out of fuel and struggling there a little bit and then I got into a bad position.”

Babb had grabbed the lead before the first lap was completed and remained there for nearly all of the other 98 laps.

“Our car was good, it really was,” Babb said. “When you are here you try to get yourself out front and stay out of trouble. If you get the lead early it makes your race a whole lot easier and that’s what I tried to do so I could pick through traffic. I got to the end but a couple guys were running just as strong with me.”

Though Pierce, who won the race in 2016 and 2017, crossed the finish line with the checkered flag waving, but was denied the win because of a yellow caution flag was called for a stalled car on the track.

On the restart, Gundaker emerged seemingly out of nowhere after spending much of the race deep in the pack to pass Pierce on the final turn for the win.

“I thought if we can get out of here with a top five finish, maybe a top three, that I was going to think about it as another win,” Gundaker said. “But you get those yellows at the end and you find a way.

“I knew in the last lap I wasn’t as good in turns one and two as I was in turns three and four and I hoped to make a decent lap down there and hopefully Bobby would screw up. I know that he usually doesn’t make many mistakes, but he did there and when I came out of turn four, I couldn’t believe I had him.”

Gundaker’s win last year was also come-from-behind and elicited an emotional reaction.

“I’m speechless, I can’t believe I’ve won the Herald & Review 100 two years in a row,” Gundaker said. “I know it had to be a a hell of a race from the stands but you should have seen it from my standpoint.

“I couldn’t believe getting a yellow with two to go and then green and white flags together. I can’t even explain this.”

A second H&R 100 title is just a little bit sweeter than the first, Gundaker said.

“It’s hard to compare them,” he said. “That first one was so sweet, never having won a summer nationals race before but this second one, doing it on the last lap and passing a guy like Bobby who has won two of these and to put our name up there and win again back-to-back is absolutely unbelievable.”

Although the final three laps were yellow-filled, overall the race was fairly clean, with just a handful of cautions. Babb’s veteran experience on the track was clear as he was unafraid to go three-cars wide around the turns to make a pass. The aggressive give-and-take between Babb and the second-place Pierce led to Babb having his car examined for damage on two cautions.

“I had a guy working on me a little bit that got in on me a couple of times. I kind of felt that and so I had it looked at,” Babb said.

Rain threatened the race throughout the evening, so the H&R 100 was moved up as the second feature of the evening. Before it, the DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals 25-lap race saw Mike Harrison win his fourth race of the tour this year. Tyler Nicely finished second, Nick Hoffman was third and Tommy Shepard was fourth. Following the completion of the H&R 100, the Pro Mods took the track and Mount Olive’s Tim Hancock picked up the victory. Decatur drivers Nick Justice and Billy Nail finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

For Gundaker, he firmly believes the racing gods were smiling down on him this Fourth of July.

“We had a race at Fairbury and I was running second and I got a flat tire with 13 laps to go. Sometimes the breaks fall your way and sometimes they don’t. Tonight we caught a break catching that yellow on the last lap and finding a way to make it happen. That’s the way it is sometimes but these wins don’t come easy no matter what,” he said.

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