April 2022 archive

Unfavorable Forecast Dooms Lucas Oil Illinois Doubleheader

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 28, 2022) – This weekend’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series doubleheader at Tri-City Speedway and Macon Speedway in Illinois has been canceled. With a forecast for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms throughout the weekend, series and track officials have made the difficult decision to cancel both events.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to action on Friday, May 6th at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY and Saturday, May 7th at Florence Speedway in Union, KY.

For Macon Speedway, the next scheduled event is Saturday, May 7 with the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League and Engler Machine & Tool Micros presented by Bailey Chassis. The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, and DIRTcar Hornets will also race.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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LUCAS OIL LATE MODELS HEADING TO MACON SPEEDWAY SATURDAY NIGHT

(Macon, IL) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make heads turn, heading to the “Land of Lincoln” this weekend. There is never a shortage of thrills for teams and fans alike when the series visits Tri-City Speedway and Macon Speedway. The Macon Speedway event, presented by Connor Company, is set for Saturday night, featuring $15,000 to win for Super Late Models in addition to the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified and DIRTcar Pro Mods.

The thrill level will be high as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series teams make their way to Macon Speedway on Saturday night. Rich in history, the 1/5-mile bullring that opened in 1946 is historically known to produce non-stop, door-to-door racing action. The event features Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains, highlighted by a 100-lap, $15,000-to-win main event.

Central Illinois racing star, Brandon Sheppard, from New Berlin, IL, currently leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings over Devin Moran and Tyler Erb. Sheppard made the announcement this week that he would continue to follow the Lucas Oil schedule to run for the championship, after winning four of the last five World of Outlaw Late Model championships.

Macon Speedway has hosted five Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 100 lap races. The first was in 2014 when Bobby Pierce claimed the win. Pierce also took the top prize at the 2016 and 2018 events. The other two events were won by Jimmy Owens in 2015 and Josh Richards in 2017. 2019 and 2021 events were canceled due to rain, while COVID-19 claimed 2020’s race.

The BilllingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modified will be on track, racing for $1,000 to win. The two Modified shows have been outstanding so far this season with Rick Conoyer and Jacob Steinkoenig claiming the victories. Conoyer, from Wentzville, MO, currently leads the standings by four points over last year’s point runner-up, Alan Crowder. Rodney Standerfer, Guy Taylor, and Clint Martin round out the top five in points.

Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor, last year’s Modified and Street Stock champion at the track, currently is on top of the Pro Modified points. Taylor won on opening night, while point runner-up, Austin Seets, won this past Saturday. Kevin Crowder, Maxx Emerson, and Zach Taylor complete the top five in the standings.

Pits will open at 3:00 with grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00 PM. Pro Modifieds will be racing for $300-to-win while the Modified division will compete for $1,000-to-win.

Tickets and pit passes will be available at the track on race day. Grandstand admission is $35, while kids 11 and under are $5.

About Macon Speedway:
For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s) 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Pos # Competitor Wins Top 5 Top 10 Points
1 1S Brandon Sheppard 4 10 13 1870
2 9 Devin Moran 3 12 14 1855
3 1T Tyler Erb 1 7 13 1775
4 39 Tim McCreadie 1 8 11 1750
5 20 Jimmy Owens 2 3 8 1640
6 89 Ashton Winger 0 2 8 1590
7 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. 0 4 11 1565
8 46 Earl Pearson Jr 0 2 8 1550
9 71 Hudson O’Neal 0 4 8 1520
10 25 Shane Clanton 0 3 5 1510


BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 118 0
2 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 110 8
3 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 108 10
4 10C Colby Eller Taylorville IL 106 12
5 27E Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 94 24
6 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 94 24
7 34 Eric Doran Clinton IL 92 26
8 55 Rockett Bennett Argenta IL 88 30
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 86 32
10 130 Chase Osterhoff Kankakee IL 56 62


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 118 0
2 67 Austin Seets Brighton IL 106 12
3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 106 12
4 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 92 26
5 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 88 30
6 33 Josh Robb Mt.zion IL 86 32
7 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 82 36
8 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 78 40
9 X Dean Holt Decatur IL 70 48
10 14 Tommy Gaither Alton IL 58 60

 

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Brandon Sheppard To Be Part Of Full Time Lucas Oil Contingent Saturday

Four-Race Week Awaits Team
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (04/26/22) – Rocket1 Racing is embarking on a new journey. The team has announced that they will be pursuing the 2022 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) championship with their driver, Brandon Sheppard.
The Illinois racer currently resides atop the latest LOLMDS standings in the team’s Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.
“The past few years we’ve come out of Speedweeks either atop the Lucas Oil (Late Model Dirt Series) points or near the top of the standings. This year was the same, and after Speedweeks we had a meeting as a team to discuss if we wanted to try something different this year, and it was a unanimous decision to go after the Lucas Oil title,” said team owner Mark Richards. “The World Racing Group and the World of Outlaws have been great to us over the past several years, and we are grateful for all the support they’ve shown us. We’re just to a point that it was time to shuffle the deck and try something new, and who knows, next year we might be back chasing a World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship.”
Brandon Sheppard is off to a fast start to the year in the team’s potent No. 1 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, already collecting four victories. He currently holds a 15-point advantage atop the latest series standings.
“I think the most exciting aspect for our team is that we’ll get to run some events and visit some tracks this year that either we haven’t been to in a long time or maybe we’ve never even been to. We are going to put everything we’ve got into getting our first Lucas Oil championship this year,” Richards concluded.
The team is set to embark on a busy week. Rocket1 Racing returns to action on Tuesday and Wednesday with a Castrol FloRacing Night in America double dip in Ohio and Indiana. The team will enter $22,022-to-win programs on Tuesday at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) and on Wednesday at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway.
Action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series resumes this Friday and Saturday with a trip to Sheppard’s home state. On Friday, April 29 a $12,000-to-win program is slated for Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.), and a $15,000 winner’s share is on the line on Saturday, April 30 at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.
For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .
Rocket1 Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Durham Racing Engines, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Gunters Honey, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts & Decals, Sweet Manufacturing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Accu-Force Shock Service, ATL Fuel Cells, Aurora Rod Ends, Barnes Dry Sump Oil Systems, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Brinn Transmissions, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, CP Carrillo, Dohm Cycles, Edelbrock, Fibreworks Composites, Hardrock Powder Coating, Howe Racing Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Kenny’s Components, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD, NGK Spark Plugs, Tel Tac, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Powers Performance, Performance Rod & Custom, Quarter Master, QuickCar Racing Products, Rocket Pre-Owned Motors, Safecraft, Show Trucks Unlimited, Simpson, Stealth Carburetors, Strange Oval, Suave Talk, Total Power Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing, Wiles Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Xceldyne Valvetrain, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Rocket1Racing please visit the team website at www.Rocket1Racing.com as well as their social media channels at www.facebook.com/Rocket1Racing, www.twitter.com/Rocket1_Racing, and www.instagram.com/rocket1racing .
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Ben Shelton (ben.shelton@myracepass.com)

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Surprise Winners at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) One week can make quite a difference. Following the season opener with 50 degrees and winds howling from the north, week two of the season brought temps in the upper 70s with winds blowing strongly from the south. And the racing stayed intense.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature started with Braden Johnson and Dalton Ewing trading the lead from the beginning. After Johnson carried himself on the top groove, he appeared to be locked in and pulled away. Dakota Ewing caught on strong and came up on Johnson. With five laps remaining, Dalton Ewing spun out to bring the race to a halt and restart the field bumper-to-bumper. As the race restarted with Johnson and Dakota Ewing, Ewing decided to take a chance with a slide job on the bottom of the second turn. The manuever did not hold and there was contact between the two drivers and that allowed third place car and defending division champion Colby Sheppard the chance at the lead. He would take off and take the checkered flag. Johnson would try to get moving again but he fell victim to a flat left rear tire. Ewing would finish behind Sheppard in the second feature race of the season.

More close contact led to a change in the lead during the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature. With Rodney Standerfer leading the first seven laps, Rick Conoyer–last week’s feature winner–made a move for the lead and bumped Standerfer. That loosened up both cars and third-place car Jacob Steinkoenig came flying by the bottom to take the lead from both. Steinkoenig would move on for the win while Standerfer and Conoyer raced for second place, a race that would be won by Standerfer.

A near photo-finish took place in the 51 Bistro Street Stocks where newcomer Zane Reitz from Indiana won by a nose from Tanner Sullivan, last week’s feature winner. Reitz was battling all race long with Sullivan, Bobby Beiler, Terry Reed and Rudy Zaragoza. The race was solid with consecutive green flag laps to allow for Reitz to move past the group and challenge for the lead with Sullivan. Slower traffic at the tail of the field led to troubles for the leaders and a change in the lead with Reitz losing the lead from lap 10 to 13 but as they came out of the fourth turn side-by-side to the checkered flag, Reitz and Sullivan were body-to-body up against the wall and Reitz pulled out the win.

Four former champions were in the same field of cars for the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman feature. Dennis Vandermeersch, Rick Roedel, Wes O’Dell and last year’s champion Jim Farley III all competing in the 15-lap A-Main. The front row as Vandermeersch and O’Dell and they set the field from there with O’Dell leading all 15 laps and Vandermeersch playing catch up throughout the race. Vandermeersch kept closing in from the top but ran into slow down moments through the corners and couldn’t make the big move to pass O’Dell.

15-year-old Austin Seets from Brighton led all 15 laps en route to the Pro Modifieds feature race win. Last week’s winner Guy Taylor tried to move past him and couldn’t get good traction and move for the lead. Seets kept his line for the entire race and ended up scoring his first win at Macon Speedway.

The Hornet feature was won by Jeremy Reed–a surprise entrant! Reed was working on his car in Decatur at 7:15pm. He missed the heat race and was allowed to come and start at the tail of the feature. A smaller group of 4-cylinder cars didn’t deter him from flying through the field and contending for the lead with his brother Brady Reed. Jeremy made the move for the first place position with less than half the race to go. To add to the joys of winning and celebrating his first Macon Speedway feature win without his dad, Joe, who passed away earlier this year, Rocco’s Bar on Route 48 in Decatur added a $100 prize to the winner of the feature.

Macon Speedway added some intermission entertainment with the Spectator Drags. Six spectators brought their street cars down to the track and competed for a chance to be the King of the Track. Brian Rhoades of Clinton took the winning honors in his 1996 Chevrolet Caprice. In the semi-finals, he lost to Jim Eads but his 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier fell to a flat tire and was unable to compete in the championship against Dalton Younker and his 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck. The Blue Mound driver stayed close but Rhoades was too fast and won.

Two weeks are in and now comes the biggest race of the early season…the Lucas Oil Late Model Series 100-lap race for the Super Late Models with the richest prize in the history of Macon Speedway–$15,000. The biggest names in dirt track Late Model racing will be at Macon for the show of shows next Saturday. The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will run for $1,000-to-win and the Pro Modifieds go for a special $300-to-win. 

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 2. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 3. 19-Chase Osterhoff[Kankakee, IL]; 4. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 5. 01-Billy Knippenberg[Plainfield, IL]; 6. 14-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 8. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]; 9. 34-Eric Doran[Clinton, IL]; 10. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

  1. 24S-Jacob Steinkoenig[Highland, IL]; 2. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 3. 14-Rick Conoyer[Wentzville, MO]; 4. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 5. 4M-Clint Martin[Ramsey, IL]; 6. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 8. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 9. 7W-Dustin Wiltermood[Windsor, IL]; 10. 28S-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

  1. 67-Austin Seets[Brighton, IL]; 2. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 121-Deece Schwartz[Ashmore, IL]; 4. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 5. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 6. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion, IL]; 7. 7B-Brian Burns[Bethany, IL]; 8. 2-Brayden Doyle[Ashmore, IL]; 9. 27X-Joel Irvin[Harristown, IL]; 10. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 2. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 3. 20R-Tyler Roth[Fairbury, IL]; 4. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 5. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 6. 07-Phil Moreland[Assumption, IL]; 7. (DNF) 5S-Ronald Bacon[Decatur, IL]; 8. (DNF) 14-Cole Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 9. (DNF) 21-Dustin Moore[Rochester, IL]; 10. (DNF) 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]

51 Bistro Street Stocks 

  1. 55-Zane Reitz[Veedersburg, IN]; 2. 20-Tanner Sullivan[Pontiac, IL]; 3. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 4. 17-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 5. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 6. 42-Jesse Simmons[Danville, IL]; 7. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 8. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 9. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]; 10. 21R-Dustin Reed[Decatur, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

1. 34-Jeremy Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. 32B-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 3. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 4. 41-Jaekob Durbin[Ramsey, IL]; 5. 99-Zachary Clark[Parts Unknown]; 6. 9Y-Eric Young[Clinton, IL]; 7. (DNF) V30-Myles Vonbehren[Lodge, IL]; 8. (DNF) 15T-Taryn Page[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNS) 60A-Matt Adkins [Ashmore, IL]

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Spectator Drags & 6 Divisions of Racing Set for Macon Speedway Saturday

(Macon, IL) One week removed from the 77th season opener, Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL is ready to go for another action-packed night. If the opener is any indication, the 2022 season is going to be a good one as nearly 120 cars were pitside and the on-track action was intense. This Saturday’s event will feature Spectator Drags plus six divisions of action.

The evening’s special presentation will be at intermission when fans will get a chance to compete on track in the first edition of Spectator Drags this season. Macon Speedway officials are only accepting eight entries of those who would like to race their street legal vehicle on the racetrack in a bracket style tourney at intermission. There is no charge to compete. To enter, call the office at 217-764-3000.

Braden Johnson, of Taylorville, IL, leads the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models into week #2 after a win at last week’s opener. Last year’s champion, Colby Sheppard, finished a strong second in a competitive race which also saw Dakota Ewing and Dalton Ewing challenge for the win at different points.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds come into week #2 with Rick Conoyer, the veteran driver out of Wentzville, MO, leading the points after a feature win last week. Last year’s point runner-up, Alan Crowder, showed signs of strength late in the race but came up short. Rodney Standerfer, Jeremy Nichols, and others also looked good but had mechanical woes during the race, taking them out of contention.

The DIRTcar Pro Mods look as if they will be strong again in 2022, boasting a talented field on night number one. Will anyone be able to step up and challenge the talented veteran, Guy Taylor, who picked up the win on opening night? That’s the question.

The Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman class is back for a second night in a row to start the season. Veteran driver, Dennis Vandermeersch picked up the win on night number one and will be the one to beat anytime he is there. Rick Roedel and last year’s champion, Jim Farley, Jr. looked as if they’ll be tough as will Scott Landers once he dials in the new car.

51 Bistro, located in Macon, IL, stepped up to sponsor the Street Stock class this season and the 2022 debut for the class was very exciting. Tanner Sullivan and Terry Reed battled as hard as possible without ending up in a bad way. While they were entertaining, drivers like Nick Macklin, Bobby Beiler, and Megan Erwin were not far behind. The Street Stocks are sure to put on another great show this week.

The DIRTcar Hornets will round out Saturday’s card. Billy Mason, of Farina, IL leads the points by two over Chatham, IL’s Allan Harris. The two drivers were top two in points a year ago, winning the majority of the features.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.

About Macon Speedway:

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). 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 $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

CURRENT STANDINGS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 60 0
2 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 58 2
3 27E Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 56 4
4 22 Chris Dick Deland IL 54 6
5 15M Colby Eller Taylorville IL 52 8
6 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 50 10
7 34 Eric Doran Clinton IL 48 12
8 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 46 14
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 44 16
10 55 Rockett Bennett Argenta IL 42 18


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 14 Rick Conoyer Wentzville MO 60 0
2 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 58 2
3 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 56 4
4 77 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 54 6
5 69 Tristain Loveless Gillespie IL 52 8
6 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 50 10
7 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 48 12
8 4M Clint Martin Ramsey IL 46 14
9 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 44 16
10 4G John Goveia Riverton IL 42 18


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 24 Guy Taylor Springfield IL 60 0
2 14 Tommy Gaither Alton IL 58 2
3 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 56 4
4 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 54 6
5 444 Logan Dockery Troy IL 52 8
6 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 50 10
7 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 48 12
8 67 Austin Seets Brighton IL 46 14
9 79 Scott Dunlap Oblong IL 44 16
10 116 Kevin Rench Hillsboro IL 42 18


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 60 0
2 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 58 2
3 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 56 4
4 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 54 6
5 21 Ed Cleeton Tovey IL 52 8
6 14 Cole Landers Taylorville IL 50 10
7 12M Terry Myers Buffalo IL 10 50


51 Bistro Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 20 Tanner Sullivan Pontiac IL 60 0
2 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 58 2
3 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 56 4
4 17 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 54 6
5 14 Megan Erwin Attica IN 52 8
6 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 50 10
7 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 48 12
8 4 Zach Clark Illiopolis IL 46 14
9 42 Jesse Simmons Danville IL 44 16
10 13 Ryan Blankenship Harristown IL 42 18


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 357 Billy Mason Farina IL 60 0
2 3H Allan Harris Chatham IL 58 2
3 41 Jaekob Durbin Ramsey IL 56 4
4 95Q Tristin Quinlan Decatur IL 54 6
5 15T Taryn Page Decatur IL 52 8
6 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 50 10
7 K9 Jeremy Reed Decatur IL 48 12
8 121 Tommy Eskew Decatur IL 46 14
9 4 Matt Reed Decatur IL 44 16
10 5 Ted Ault Matoon IL 10 50

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Thrills, Spills and Chills at Macon Speedway Opener

By BZ

(Macon, IL) The season opener at Macon Speedway was chilly with a north breeze but it didn’t stop a good crowd and a car count over 110 from being part of the 77th season opener. Fans draped in blankets sipping on hot chocolate and $2 beer specials were entertained by the full show of racing that featured seven racing divisions.

The feature fun started with former champion Dennis Vandermeersch taking the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division. It was a win he won’t forget; he was one of the lone drivers to not wear his racing gloves across the cold 1/5th mile dirt track. Vandermeersch accidentaly left them at home. His ten digits were definitely frigid by the end of the 15 laps.

The 51 Bistro Street Stocks was filled with back and forth action with Tanner Sullivan, Terry Reed and Nick Macklin. Sullivan, a Pontiac native, raced to the winner’s circle after keeping Reed at bay. The action was great through the turns and looked good for Reed until Sullivan pulled a slide job that gave him the lead with two laps remaining.

Braden Johnson had an exciting 20-lap race in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models. After a rough evening of racing on Friday, Johnson returned to action just wanting to make laps and get his car back under control. He ended up winning the race. Start on the front row and keeping ahead of Dakota Ewing and Colby Sheppard, Johnson kept his car running the same groove and locked in the first win of the season.

Rick Conoyer is known for making periodical appearances at Macon Speedway and having solid racing finishes. He just hasn’t had that one night where things worked out well enough for victory lane. The Wentzville, MO., driver can scratch that off the Bucket List now as he pulled out the win over Jeremy Nichols and Alan Crowder. Nichols took control of the race but the car felt apart on him with a few laps remaining to put Conoyer back on top.

Guy Taylor is up to his old tricks again. A driver who won multiple championships in 2021, started the Pro Modified season off with a feature win. From the pole position, Taylor navigated his way through the 16-car field and kept away from second-place racer Tommy Gaither.

37 Micro Sprint cars were on hand at Macon Speedway Saturday night with 22 starting in the feature that saw seventh place finisher Craig Ronk take the checkered flag. The Warsaw, IN., driver moved through the top cars and passed Hayden Harvey for the lead and he moved through the lapped traffic to claim the win in the Engler Machines POWRi Micros Presented by Bailey Chassis.

The night was capped off with the 4-cylinder Hornets and Billy Mason rushed by defending division champion Allan Harris to win the first feature of the season. The race started with a heartstopper as leader Tommy Eskew got caught in a rough patch and rolled the car roughly three to four times and was hit by the cars running on the bottom line of the track. Eskew would be OK. He hopped out of the car and jumped up top to receive cheers from the remaining cold crowd.

The night leads us to the beginning of year 77 in the history of Macon Speedway. More excitement is in store for fans next week with six racing divisions plus the return of the popular Spectator Drags. Sister track Lincoln Speedway races on Friday with 305 Sprint Cars and a full stock car racing show. 

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models 

  1. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 2. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 3. 27E-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 4. 22-Chris Dick[Deland, IL]; 5. 10C-Colby Eller[Colby Eller]; 6. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 7. 34-Eric Doran[Clinton, IL]; 8. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 9. (DNF) 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 10. (DNF) 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

  1. 14-Rick Conoyer[Wentzville, MO]; 2. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 3. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 5. 69-Tristain Loveless[Gillespie, IL]; 6. (DNF) 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 7. (DNF) 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 8. (DNF) 4M-Clint Martin[Ramsey, IL]; 9. (DNF) 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 10. (DNF) 4G-John Goveia[Riverton, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

  1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 14G-Tommy Gaither[Alton, IL]; 3. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 5. 444-Logan Dockery[Troy, IL]; 6. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 8. 67-Austin Seets[Brighton, IL]; 9. 79-Scott Dunlap[Oblong, IL]; 10. 116-Kevin Rench[Hillsboro, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman 

  1. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 2. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 3. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 4. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 5. (DNF) 21-Ed Cleeton[Tovey, IL]; 6. (DNF) 14-Cole Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 7. (DNS) 12M-Terry Myers [Buffalo, IL]

51 Bistro Street Stocks

  1. 20-Tanner Sullivan[Pontiac, IL]; 2. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 3. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 4. 17-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 5. 14-Megan Erwin[Attica, IN]; 6. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 7. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 8. 4-Zach Clark[Illiopolis, IL]; 9. 42-Jesse Simmons[Danville, IL]; 10. 28-Ryan Blankenship[Harristown, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets 

  1. 357-Billy Mason[Farina, IL]; 2. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 3. 41-Jaekob Durbin[Ramsey, IL]; 4. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 5. 15T-Taryn Page[Decatur, IL]; 6. 98-Ken Reed[Decatur, IL]; 7. (DNF) 34-Jeremy Reed[Decatur, IL]; 8. (DNF) 22-Tommy Eskew[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNF) 4-Matt Reed[Decatur, IL]; 10. (DNS) K18-Tim Welch [Gillespie, IL]

Engler Machine POWRi Micros By Bailey Chassis 

  1. 94-Craig Ronk[Warsaw, IN]; 2. 15U-Willie Urish[Lawrence, KS]; 3. 2B-Garrett Benson[Concordia, MO]; 4. 71-Jake Cheatham[Bethalto, IL]; 5. 1E-Eric Braundmeier[Godfrey, IL]; 6. 85J-Logan Julien[Oconomowoc, WI]; 7. 117-James Scott[Jackson, MO]; 8. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 9. 88-Billy Lieb[Hammond, IL]; 10. 00T-Cole Tinsley[Bonne Terre, MO]

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Macon Speedway’s 77th Season to Begin This Saturday Night

Seven Divisions of Racing Plus $1 Dogs & CEFCU Kids Club

(Macon, IL) For the 77th time, Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL will be celebrating the start of a new season, this coming Saturday, April 16th.  The fastest 1/5-mile dirt track in the world will have an action-packed evening, featuring seven different classes of racecars plus CEFCU Kids Club and $1 hot dogs and $2 beers.

Headlining the event will be the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds.  The two divisions are the fastest classes that compete on a weekly basis and are looked at as the premier divisions at the track.  They feature a good mix of experienced veterans as well as younger drivers trying to steal some limelight.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models champion from last year, Colby Sheppard, will be back looking to carry over his momentum from last year to a much-anticipated 2022 season. Following Sheppard was a group of talented drivers including Donny Koehler, Braden Johnson, Ryan Miller, and Derek Smith.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class is coming off a strong season which saw great car counts all season and Guy Taylor taking the championship. Other front runners last year included Alan Crowder, Kyle Helmick, Billy Knebel, and Maxx Emerson.

One of the staple divisions at the track, the DIRTcar Pro Mods, will be making a return for the 2022 season.  The class is a more economical form of the Modifieds.  While they may look similar, the cars utilize a GM crate engine which makes things a little more economical.  Kyle Helmick, previous champion from the 2021 season will be making his return to the world’s fastest 1/5-mile dirt track for the season opener on April 16th.

The DIRTcar Street Stocks will also be making their return to Macon Speedway for the 2022 season.  The class has been strong the last couple of season with great car counts.  Last year, Springfield, IL’s Guy Taylor took the championship, matching his effort in the Modified class.  The division also has a number of specials at the track throughout the year with the Midwest Big Ten Series.

The DIRTcar Hornets are back for another season of economical racing.  The class, starting as a beginner division in the late 90’s, had a good mix of young and older drivers last year.  60 different Hornet drivers were on track in 2021 with Allan Harris and Billy Mason taking the top two spots in points and a large number of the feature wins.

One of Macon’s part-time divisions is the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman class. Jim Farley, III is coming off of a championship season in the class, while Rick Roedel, Scott Landers, Roy Magee, and Dennis Vandermeersch completed the top five. The division is veteran laden, featuring plenty of experienced racers.

Rounding out Saturday night’s program will be the Micros by Bailey Chassis.  Saturday’s race will not only be for Macon’s track points but also for POWRi national points and extra cash. The Micros have another strong slate of races coming to Macon Speedway again this year.  Six events this season will be POWRi sanctioned national events, while the track will also run thirteen unsanctioned events for the class.  A non-wing show for the class is also on schedule.  The Micro class is predominately made up of young kids trying to garner experience, but a number of veterans fill out the field of cars.

Kids 11 and under, who arrive at the track by 7:00, will also receive this year’s edition of the CEFCU Kid’s Club T-Shirt, while supplies last. CEFCU has been a long-time sponsor of the Macon Speedway kids club which is held once a month at the track.

Pits open Saturday at 3:00, which is an hour earlier than normal to help allow for opening night paperwork to get filled out.  At 5:00, the grandstand gates will swing open, while hotlaps begin on track at 6:00.  Racing will begin at its normal time 7:00.

Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information on the event or to view the full season schedule, visit www.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). 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 $100,000 Racer Rewards Program.

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Macon Speedway Season Opener to Wait One More Week

(Macon, IL) The start of the 2022 racing season at Macon Speedway will have to wait at least one more week, as the Saturday, April 9th program has been canceled.

Frigid weather conditions mixed with wet grounds from several days of rain have combined to force the cancelation.

The 77th season opener at the track is now scheduled for next Saturday, April 16th, featuring CEFCU Kids Club, dollar dogs, and $2 beers.

Lincoln Speedway, also located in Central Illinois, will be opening its season tomorrow, Sunday, April 10th. Warm weather conditions are expected with a high near 70 degrees.

For more information on the upcoming events, including the Macon Speedway schedule, visit www.maconracing.com.

Upcoming Racing Events:

Sunday, April 10 – Lincoln Speedway Season Opener

Saturday, April 16 – Macon Speedway Season Opener

Friday, April 22 – Lincoln Speedway Race Night #2

Saturday, April 23 – Macon Speedway Race Night #2

Saturday, April 30 – Macon Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 100

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Saturday, April 9th Season Opener Info

Saturday, April 9th
2022 Season Opener
CEFCU Kids Club
Driver Autographs Before Races

Divisions:
*Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models
*BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds
*DIRTcar Pro Mods
*Archers Alley Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis

Times: 
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00

Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $15
Children 11 & Under – Free

Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday

Lodging:
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate

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