July 2020 archive

Macon Speedway Herald & Review 100 Rescheduled For Thursday, August 13

(Macon, IL) Arguably the most historic and well attended event in Macon Speedway history, the Herald & Review 100, is now set for Thursday, August 13. The event was originally scheduled for this Thursday, July 9 but the Summer Nationals delayed start, due to COVID-19, has pushed the event back a little over one month.

The tour, which normally has approximately 30 race dates in about a month’s time, usually begins in mid-June and ends in mid-July. Due to the pandemic shutdown in April and May, the tour has been moved back by a month and will actually begin this week at tracks throughout the Midwest.

Macon Speedway’s date will now be Thursday, August 13, which is part of the second phase for this year’s tour, which totals 26 races. That particular week will feature Sycamore Speedway Tuesday, Jacksonville Wednesday, Macon Thursday, Fayette County Friday, Federated Auto Parts Raceway Saturday, and Lincoln Speedway on Sunday.

This year’s Herald & Review 100 will be the 40th held at the 1/5-mile high banked dirt oval. The first was held in 1981 with Butch Garner, of Forsyth, IL claiming the victory. Coincidentally, Garner will be honored at Macon Speedway on Saturday, July 18 for his induction into the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame.

The August 13 event will pay $5,000 to the winner, while the overall series champion will receive $25,000. Weekly point funds will also be paid out. The DIRTcar Summit National Modifieds will also be in a competition as well as the DIRTcar Pro Mods.

The Herald & Review 100 will see pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00. Tickets and pit passes will be sold at the gate on raceday.

Macon Speedway has run two nights of racing so far this season, averaging well over 100 cars and good crowds. The track will be back open this Saturday, July 11 for the Fireman’s Ball & First Responders night featuring the Sportsman Topless 40 and six other classes.

Full information available at maconracing.com.

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 data 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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Macon Speedway Celebrates America & Checkered Flags

By BZ 

(Macon, IL) Fireworks lit up the sky in Macon, Illinois on Saturday night and on the ground, mud and dirt were flying as 116 race cars thrilled a packed house at the World’s Fastest 1/5th mile dirt oval. On America’s birthday, it was hot, humid and full of amazing finishes with its special 40-lap double features for the Pro Late Models and the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds as part of the 95Q & Dynagraphics Firecracker 40s.

Jose Parga took the checkered flag in the Pro Late Models 40-lapper. The driver from New Berlin came on strong as the race reached its midpoint as racing teammate Dakota Ewing controlled the race from the beginning. Jake Little battled from the bottom but was unable to wrestle the lead away. With five laps remaining, Parga soared to the top and snatched the lead away and found victory lane. Cody Maguire, who finished fourth, started last after having a broken car during the heat race and charged to the front.

A caution-plagued BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature saw Kenny Wallace, NASCAR driver and Macon Speedway co-owner, come to victory lane. Trusting the bottom of the track, Wallace took the lead from Guy Taylor midway through the race. With Wallace in the lead, Rick Conoyer gathered momentum and speed at the top of the track and would take the lead from Wallace on lap 33. With the laps closing in to the finish, Wallace rubbed against Conoyer’s tire and caused it to flatten and pull him from the race. Wallace finished ahead of the pack and announced an apology to Conoyer for the contact during the winner’s circle interview.

Terry Reed got past Bobby Beiler to finish off a checkered flag in the Archer’s Alley Street Stock division. Beiler was showing signs of difficulty with the racecar as his front left wheel would not turn normally and it slowed him down and Reed got through with the pass at the end of the race as the white flag was waving.

An exciting and unexpected finish awaited the winner of the Pro Modified class. Kevin Crowder and Billy Knebel started the 20 cars to the green and stayed close through the laps. Contact would often happen between the two cars and it would lead to both not being able to finish the race from the front two spots in the lineup. The lead would be surrendered by both to the third place driver, Ryan Hamilton from Indianapolis, Indiana. But Hamilton would fall victim to a flat tire and need to come off the track. The lead would then go to Kyle Helmick, a second-year driver from Smithton. Helmick, who finished in the top 10 during his freshman year on the circuit, would pull away for his first feature win in a young and promising career.

Macon Speedway welcomed the Midgets to the fun of July 4th. Normally, the Midgets would be at the track while associated with the POWRi Racing Series but on this occasion, they were not part of a sanctioning body and just raced for the sake of racing. And Jake Neuman, a regular to Macon Speedway when the POWRi series does come to town, rushed to the top of the track and led for all 25 laps despite constant challenges from fellow front row starter Mitchell Davis.

The evening and the holiday was capped off with a 10-lap Hornet feature with veteran Joe Reed coming out with the victory. Reed, quick on the track, pulled ahead of Erik VanApeldoorn and Billy Mason for the lead and would enjoy the speed to lead him to victory.

Action was halted after the third feature with three remaining so fans could be delighted with a fireworks display that many have unfortunately missed this summer due to cancellations of summer activities due to COVID-19. With the last two weeks of the season taken away by rain, the second night of Macon Speedway stock car racing was very much a welcome addition to a long lost summer. Macon Speedway continues its schedule next Saturday night with another 40-lap feature event, this time for the Sportsman division, as the Fireman’s Ball & First Responders Night will be at the track. Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Micro Sprints and Hornets will be part of the action. 

FEATURE RESULTS (Top 10’s) 

Midgets 

(1) 1 – Jake Neuman New Berlin, IL 3N (2) 2 – Mitchell Davis Auburn, IL 56D (3) 6 +3 Terry Babb Decatur, IL 88 (4) 8 +4 Kyle Simon Covington, OH 23S (5) 13 +8 Tyler Robbins Collinsville, IL 35 (6) 10 +4 Sean Robbins Collinsville, IL 53 (7) 11 +4 John Heitzman San Jose, IL 00 (8) 9 +1 Jacob Sollenberger Canton, IL 5 (9) 14 +5 Robert Nasty Cheyenne, WY 87 (10) 4 -6 Luke Howard Overland Park, KS 2H 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models 

(1) 4 +3 Jose Parga New Berlin, IL 6P (2) 1 -1 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg, IL 25 (3) 3 – Jake Little Springfield, IL 38J (4) 16 +12 Cody Maguire Carlinville, IL 32M (5) 10 +5 Blaze Burwell Mt Vernon, IL 44 (6) 2 -4 Blake Damery Blue Mound, IL 10 (7) 5 -2 Devin McLean Mt Vernon, IL 33 (8) 8 – Colby Sheppard Williamsville, IL 27 (9) 11 +2 JR Wiltermood Windsor, IL 93J (10) 15 +5 Kyle McMahon Mt Vernon, IL 45

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

(1) 6 +5 Kenny Wallace St. Louis, MO 36 (2) 13 +11 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL 52 (3) 2 -1 Guy Taylor Springfield, IL 77 (4) 17 +13 Shaun Horstmann Highland, IL 54 (5) 4 -1 Zeb Moake Freeburg, IL 87Z (6) 1 -5 Brian Diveley Springfield, IL 11D (7) 12 +5 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt, IL 18 (8) 14 +6 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (9) 19 +10 Zack Bunning Decatur, IL 111 (10) 11 +1 Al Crawley Decatur, IL 37

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

(1) 4 +3 Kyle Helmick Smithton, IL 27X (2) 8 +6 Timmy Boldrey Saint Marie, IL 5 (3) 18 +15 Jeff Wallace Decatur, IL 25 (4) 17 +13 Brian Burns Bethany, IL 7B (5) 10 +5 Clint Martin Ramsey, IL 54 (6) 7 +1 Kevin Rench Hillsboro, IL 116 (7) (DNF) 9 +2 Johnny Nethery Palestine, IL 40J (8) (DNF) 3 -5 Ryan Hamilton Indianapolis, IN 58R (9) (DNF) 6 -3 Dalton Ewing Decatur, IL 27 (10) (DNF) 2 -8 Kevin Crowder Argenta, IL 15C

Archers Alley Street Stocks 

(1) 3 +2 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo, IL T5 (2) 1 -1 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound, IL B26 (3) 5 +2 Andy Zahnd White Heath, IL 2Z (4) 4 – Jeff Reed, Jr Blue Mound, IL 53R (5) 6 +1 Darrell Dick Monticello, IL 22 (6) 11 +5 Jaret Duff Maroa, IL 21 (7) 2 -5 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville, IL 67R (8) 9 +1 Zach Clark Illiopolis, IL 4 (9) 7 -2 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur, IL 08 (10) 15 +5 Jeremy Madsen Pawnee, IL 44J

DIRTcar Hornets

(1) 1 – Joe Reed Decatur, IL K9 (2) 3 +1 Billy Mason Brownstown, IL 357 (3) 2 -1 Erik Vanapeldoorn Clinton, IL E77 (4) 6 +2 Bill Basso Athens, IL 44 (5) 14 +9 Ken Reed Decatur, IL 98 (6) 5 -1 Jaekob Durbin Ramsey, IL 41 (7) 11 +4 Casey Eskew Springfield, IL 20 (8) 15 +7 Alex Higgs Moweaqua, IL 35 (9) (DNF) 8 -1 Cook Crawford Lincoln, IL 1 (10) (DNF) 7 -3 Joshua Wright Danville, IL 22

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Macon Speedway Set For Midgets & Fireworks Saturday Night

Macon Speedway Set For Midgets & Fireworks Saturday Night

(Macon, IL) The excitement level is high for the return of Midgets to Macon Speedway this coming Saturday, July 4 for a holiday special that also features a firework display. Five other divisions will also be in action.

The mighty Midgets are one of the fan favorite classes at the track. The event will be open Midgets, as the race is unsanctioned. It will be a great tune-up for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget league events scheduled for August.

The DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar ProMods, Archers Alley Street Stocks, and Hornets will also be in action. A big firework display will light the sky to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Macon Speedway has had just one event so far, as COVID-19 took the first two months and rain has claimed the last two events. The one race that was held was outstanding with well over 100 cars, a great crowd, and good racing.

Pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $18 with kids 11 and under free.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

 

DIRTcar Pro Late Models

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 38J Jake Little Springfield IL 60 0
2 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 58 2
3 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 56 4
4 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 54 6
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 52 8
6 7W Dustin Wiltermood Windsor IL 50 10
7 93J JR Wiltermood Windsor IL 48 12
8 33B Storm Beiler Decatur IL 46 14
9 14B Brady Lynch Hillsboro IL 44 16
10 10 Blake Damery Blue Mound IL 0 60


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 60 0
2 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 58 2
3 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 56 4
4 33 Jeremy Nichols Lovington IL 54 6
5 21M Willy Myers Collinsville IL 52 8
6 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 50 10
7 T6 Tommy Sheppard New Berlin IL 48 12
8 18 Jarrett Stryker Millstadt IL 46 14
9 7 Blake Thompson Troy IL 44 16
10 28S Joe Strawkas Buffalo IL 42 18


DIRTcar Pro Mods

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas IL 60 0
2 85 Nick Justice Decatur IL 58 2
3 27X Kyle Helmick Smithton IL 56 4
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 54 6
5 27 Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 52 8
6 43 Billy Justice Cerro Gordo IL 50 10
7 55 Tim Riech Petersburg IL 48 12
8 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 46 14
9 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 44 16
10 14E Evan Lynch Hillsboro IL 42 18


Archers Alley Street Stocks

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 B26 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 60 0
2 28 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 58 2
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 56 4
4 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 54 6
5 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 52 8
6 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur IL 50 10
7 31H Jake Hearty Belleville IL 48 12
8 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 46 14
9 22X Darrell Dick Monticello IL 44 16
10 3J Jonathon Hall Harristown IL 42 18


DIRTcar Hornets

 

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 32B Brady Reed Decatur IL 60 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 58 2
3 26A Michael McKay Springfield IL 56 4
4 31 Jacob Shanks Decatur IL 54 6
5 44 Bill Basso Athens IL 52 8
6 64CK Cook Crawford Lincoln IL 50 10
7 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 48 12
8 35 Alex Higgs Moweaqua IL 46 14
9 63 Paul Peters Pana IL 44 16
10 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 42 18

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