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Ken Schrader: experience best teacher at Toledo

Ken Schrader: experience best teacher at Toledo; already enters next race – Akona 250 at Elko Speedway
Schrader: experience the best teacher at Toledo
Ken Schrader raced his way back into the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history books yesterday at Toledo Speedway with his 16th career series victory in his 61st series start. By doing so, Schrader, who led a whopping 163 of 200 laps, surpasses Iggy Katona (winner at Daytona in 1974 at 57) as the oldest winner in series history. Katona turned 57 just two months prior to his win at Daytona; Schrader, on the other hand, will be 58 upcoming on May 29. The win was Schrader’s fifth at Toledo, and first on the northwest Ohio half-mile oval since 2006. Further, Schrader had not driven an ARCA car prior to his victory at Toledo Sunday since September of 2010. By leading the majority of Sunday’s race, the Fenton, Missouri veteran has increased his overall laps-led total to 2,226 laps-led in 35 races. Schrader is already entered for the next ARCA event on tour – the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on June 1.

Benjamin also makes ARCA history as youngest polesitter
While Ken Schrader became the oldest driver to ever win an ARCA race, 15-year-old Kyle Benjamin became the youngest driver in ARCA history to ever earn the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell on Saturday afternoon, circling the half-mile oval in 15.872 seconds, for an average speed of 113.407 mph. Benjamin, who finished second in his series debut at Mobile, surpassed Clint King as the youngest polesitter in series history. King won the pole at Madison Int’l Speedway on his 16th birthday in 2011.

From 15 to 78, driver diversity stands out at Toledo
The front row of polesitter Kyle Benjamin and Ken Schrader at Toledo provided an interesting look into the contrast and the diversity in drivers in most any ARCA field. A full 42 years (almost 43) separated 15-year-old Benjamin and nearly 58-year-old Schrader. Benjamin, who led the first 22 laps, no doubt would have been a bigger factor in the race had a gear not failed on his Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet. A similar comparison in row two was also noteworthy. Thirty-three years separate rookie and third placer qualifier Mason Mingus from fourth place qualifier Frank Kimmel, who turned 51 on April 30. A full 63 years separated the youngest driver in the field (Kyle Benjamin/15) and James Hylton, who will be 79 in late August.

Five in, five different winners
With five races down in 2013, there have been five different winners – John Wes Townley at Daytona Int’l Speedway, Grant Enfinger at Mobile Int’l Speedway, Tom Hessert at Salem Speedway, Frank Kimmel at Talladega Superspeedway, and Ken Schrader at Toledo Speedway. The year that produced the most different winners was in 2006 when 17 different drivers raced their way into Victory Lane.

Veteran Kimmel, SCOTT Challenge Rookie Mingus battling for title
Win Tron Racing’s Mason Mingus inched closer to Frank Kimmel in the championship points battle with his second place finish in Sunday’s Menards 200. Mingus chopped 10 points off Kimmel’s lead by finishing one spot ahead of Kimmel in the race, and by qualifying third, which earned the Brentwood, Tennessee rookie driver and extra five points. Mingus is now just 20 points away from Kimmel headed into the next event on tour at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on June 1. Mingus’s runner-up run also ties his career-best finish of second that he had just earned last time out at Talladega Superspeedway. Mingus was also awarded the SCOTT Challenge Rookie of the Race award at Toledo.

Kimmel spins and battles back to third
Frank Kimmel recovered from an early-race spin off turn four to finish third in Sunday’s race. “I think we had a brake-bleeder come loose on the right-rear midway through the race and I spun the thing out one time,” Kimmel said. “But the guys fixed it on our next pit stop and we fought back in a great short-track battle. What a great crowd we had at Toledo (Sunday). I’m sure they got their money’s worth.” Kimmel also commented on his current points battle with rookie Mason Mingus. “Mason does a great job; he did it again (Sunday) and it’s going to be like that all year long. There’s some other competitors out there who are going to be tough, too — so there’s no way this is a two-man race, by any means.”

Points battles tight further back
While the championship points battle is plenty tight up front between leader Frank Kimmel and Mason Mingus – just 20 points between – the points battles further back are also quite close. Currently, just 85 points unofficially separate third through seventh. Hessert, who finished 10th at Toledo, leads the aforementioned group with 1105 ahead of rookie Mason Mitchell (1055), Josh Williams (1050), Grant Enfinger (1045), and Justin Boston (1020).

Career-best finishes for three of top-10 at Toledo
Among the top-10 finishers in Sunday’s Menards 200 at Toledo, there were three drivers who earned career-best finishes. They are Baltimore, Maryland’s Justin Boston, who finished fourth in a Venturini Motorsports Toyota; Hinckley, Ohio’s Matt Tifft, who finished fifth in his series debut in a second Win Tron Racing Chevrolet; and Austin, Texas’s Austin Wayne Self, who finished sixth in a Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. It’s also worth noting that Springfield, Illinois’s Kelly Kovski finished ninth in his first-ever series start on pavement in an Allgaier Motorsports Dodge. Kovski, who started 26th, also earned the CGS Imaging Hard Charger award for advancing the most positions. 2008 ARCA champion and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier sat atop Kovski’s pit box during the race.

Flat right front spoils Enfinger’s Victory Lane hopes
Grant Enfinger was the closest competitor to Schrader for most of the Menards 200. A flat right front tire late in the race took away any chance he had at the win. For several laps, however, he and Schrader were side-by-side, racing through and around lapped traffic. It made for a lot of cheers from the packed house at Toledo Speedway. “That was so much fun racing against him,” Enfinger said. Schrader said he knew Enfinger’s car was smoking a lot. “I didn’t think he was going to make it to the end of the race,” Schrader said. “When he went off, I thought it would be a little bit easier.”

ARCA heads to Elko Speedway next; discount tickets on sale at area Menards stores
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will head north next – to Elko, Minnesota for the sixth race of the 2013 season at Elko Speedway on Saturday, June 1. Race tickets are currently available at 36 Menards stores throughout Minnesota, and will be on sale for $20 – a $10 discount off the at-track price – until Friday, May 31, the day before the race. The ARCA Racing Series will hold two practices on June 1, from 2-2:45 p.m. and 3:15-4. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will follow at 5:30, and every driver in the starting field will sign autographs for fans on the track from 6:30-7:30. The 250-lap race will begin at 8. All times are Central. will feature live audio and live timing and scoring of all on-track activity. Ken Schrader has already filed an entry for the race.

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Bacon takes runaway victory in Midgets, King wins in Micros at Macon


Brady Bacon takes runaway victory in POWRi Midgets, Dereck King wins in POWRi  Micros at Macon
MACON, Ill. (May 18, 2013)—Brady Bacon drove to a runaway victory in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Dereck King won his second feature of the season in the POWRi Speedway
Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series on Saturday at Macon Speedway.
Bacon led the final 29 of the 30-lap feature on the one-fifth mile track and finished a quarter-lap ahead of
Tyler Thomas. It was the sixth career victory in POWRi Midgets for the 22-year-old from Broken Arrow, Okla.
“I need that money in my pocket,” Bacon said. “It’s been a long winter. We’ve had a lot of rain outs and the money just hasn’t been coming in like it needs to be.”  Bacon, driving a Spike-Esslinger for car owner Scott Ronk, earned $2,000.
Thomas seriously challenged Bacon twice, but cautions stopped his charges. “We had a fast car and I got past Bacon twice with slide jobs, but the cautions came out and put me in back of him,” the 17-year-old from Collinsville, Okla., said. “I didn’t have much for Brady after that.”
Thomas and Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, Calif., spent the second half of the race dueling with slide jobs at both ends of the track. Meseraull finished third. “It was a blast,” Thomas said. “I have to thank T-Mez for racing me as clean as he did. We were both racing extremely hard.”
Meseraull was a couple of car lengths short of Thomas at the checkered flag.
“I just couldn’t get it done,” he said. “It was a fun race.”
Bryan Clauson finished fourth, followed by Zach Daum in a strong field with 43 entries.
King of Vienna, Ill., finished three car lengths in front of 15-year-old Cale Thomas of Fairland, Ind., for
his 22nd career victory in POWRi Micros. The three-time POWRi Micro champion started on the outside of the front row and led all 20 laps.
Aaron Andruskevitch of Riverton, Ill., finished third.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget
Series feature results (30 laps): 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Jake Blackhurst, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Colten Cottle, 9. Tyler Robbins, 10. Justin Peck, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Park Price Miller, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. John Campbell, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Terry Babb, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Chris Bell, 20. Matt Ponder, 21. Matt Sherrell, 22. Nick Knepper.
POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series feature results (20 laps): 1. Dereck King, 2. Cale Thomas, 3. Aaron Andruskevitch, 4. Nic Harris, 5. Max Pozsgai, 6. Jeremy Camp, 7. Nathan Benson, 8. Jake Neuman, 9 Devin Feger, 10. Jason Harms, 11. Jimmy Miller, 12. Kyle Schuett, 13. Jeremy Zumwalt, 14. Corey Nelson, 15. Shelby Bosie, 16. Dylan Benscoter, 17. Derek Schuett, 18. Joe Faloon, 19. Greg Northrop, 20. Jeremy Middleton, 21. J.B. Gilbert, 22. Chris Bell.
CONTACT: Tim Tuttle
POWRi Racing Media Director
Office: 765 246-6335

Mobile: 765 721-7599

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POWRI Doesn’t Disappoint!

With a packed house, the POWRi Series did not disappoint. With over 150 cars in all six divisions, it was an exciting night of racing.
In the POWRi Midgets feature, Brady Bacon took the win, with Tyler Thomas in second and Thomas Meseraull coming in third.
In the POWRi Micro Sprints, Dereck King finished first with Cale Thomas in second. Central Illinois was very well represented in the top ten with Nic Harris from Atlanta coming in fourth, Max Pozsgai from Lincoln in fifth, and Jeremy Camp from Blue Mound in sixth.
Gene Reed finished first in the UMP Street Stock feature. Marty Sullivan took first in the UMP Amatuer Hornet feature and Jeff Graham won his first ever UMP Modified feature tonight at Macon Speedway.
Next weekend Macon Speedway will host the “Raminator”, sponsored by Bob Brady Auto Mall on Saturday and NASCAR Stars will be here on Memorial Day, Monday May 27. Don’t miss it!
Feature results:
POWRi Midgets
1. Brady Bacon
2. Tyler Thomas
3. Thomas Meseraull
4. Bryan Clauson
5. Zach Daum
6. Jake Blackhurst
7. Andrew Felker
8. Colten Cottle
9. Tyler Robbins
10. Justin Peck
POWRi Micros
1. Dereck King
2. Cale Thomas
3. Aaron Andruskevitch
4. Nic Harris
5. Max Pozsgai
6. Jeremy Camp
7. Nathan Benson
8. Jake Neuman
9.Devni Feger
10. Jason Harms
UMP Modifieds
1. Jeff Graham
2. Cory Daugherty
3. Joe Strawkas
4. Nick Macklin
5. Danny Smith
UMP Street Stock
1. Gene Reed
2. George Ewing
3 Greg Osman
4. Brian Dasenbrock
5. Thmas Riech
UMP Amatuer Hornet
1. Marty Sullivan
2. Kyle Maxwell
3. Mike McChristy
4. Austin Harbin
5. William Deavers
UMP Hornet
1. Jeremy Reed
2. Adam Webb
3. Fred Reed. Jr.
4. Billy Justice
5. Jared Matherly

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Tonight !! We are Racing!!

Saturday, May 18
powri5.18POWRi National Midget Series and 600cc Micros
POWRi Midgets
POWRi Micros
Billingsley Towing UMP Modifieds
UMP Street Stocks
UMP Outlaw Hornets
Stock Hornets
Gates Open 5 P.M.
Races 7 P.M.
Adults $15.00
Children under 11 Free
For more info. 217-764-3000

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April 6 2013 Feature Winners Photos

Alan Weisser, Jeremy Nichols, Jim Farris, Jeremy Reed, Zach Leffler and Aaron Andruskevitch were  feature winners!




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Alan Weisser, First time winner at Macon Speedway Season Opener

ms.4.6modFor the 67th consecutive year of racing at the Famed 1/5 mile, Macon Speedway kicked off Saturday night with the Spring Fling. A great night of racing was on tap for all the fans who packed into the grandstands. With 90 plus cars all ready to take the green flag for the 2013 season, it was an action packed night. The Mini Sprints opened up the season at Macon Speedway with Aaron Andruskevitch taking home the first open wheel checkered flag of the season. Exciting racing action continued in every division with Peoria, IL driver Alan Weisser making his first trip to Macon Speedway taking home the Modiified feature win. Jeremy Nichols from Shelbyville winning the Sportsman feature, John Farris with a great performance tonight to take home the street stock feature. The Outlaw Hornet winner was Decatur native Jeremy Reed and the Stock winner was Zach Leffler. Racing continues next Saturday night

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Macon Speedway drivers will have an opportunity to prepare their freshly built cars for the 2013 racing season during the Test N Tune days scheduled for Sunday, March 24 and Saturday, March 30 from 12 to 4 PM. Fans are welcome to view practice and get a glimpse of the new cars.   Admission to the grandstands will be free for the practice days so bring the family, come watch your favorite drivers, grab a hot dog and get ready for the action packed 2013 season at Macon Speedway. All racing divisions are welcome.

The Sixth Annual Spring Fling on April 6 will officially kick off an exciting season of racing at Macon Speedway featuring UMP Modifieds, and Street Stock racing as well as Sportsman, Outlaw Hornet, Stock Hornet and POWRi Mini Sprints. The 2013 schedule showcases a variety of traditional fan favorite special events plus two Nights of NASCAR stars when NASCAR drivers are available for autographs and will even compete with the local favorites.

Macon Speedway’s exciting summer schedule includes the Mueller Dist. Miller Lite Beer Twin 50’s/Late Models and Modifieds on June 15 and  Night of NASCAR Stars II featuring Macon Speedway Co owner Tony Stewart.  The 95Q Firecracker 40’s (plus fireworks) on June 29 will finish June off with a bang and the race will definitely fire things up to start an early celebration for the Independence Day holiday. The ever popular Herald & Review 100, in combination with UMP Summer Nationals, will be held on July 11.

Macon Speedway will also host the POWRi Midgets and Micros several times this year at Macon Speedway.

Macon Speedway would like to announce that the Kids Club will have new and exciting things going on this year in 2013. Details coming soon!

Fans won’t want to miss any of the 29 nights of action at Macon Speedway of racing a full summer of hot weekly racing action every Saturday night combined with an exciting mix of special events. Macon Speedway will run regular weekly racing through the end of September, so bring your family and friends out to the track and experience the hottest ticket in town.

Racing Every Saturday Night!

For information, call 217-764-3000. Visit  or for a complete 2013 Race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @maconspeedway.

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Cody McCarver 95q interview

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Cody McCarver to appear at Car Show and Timbuktu.

Macon Speedway is proud to have PLC Records recording artist Cody McCarver appear at The Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum/ Macon Speedway Car Show on rt 36 in Decatur, March 23, 2013. Cody will be there from 3pm until 4pm to meet the fans of Macon Speedway in support of the NDRL and Paducah International Raceway “Let’s Get Dirty 75” on March 29th 2013.


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Then at 9pm until 12am after the car show, come out to Timbuktu on rt36 in Decatur and see Cody and his band perform songs like  “Let’s Get Dirty”(From the Motion Picture-L.A.Dirt),”Red Flag”,”White Trash with Money” and many more. check the music out click here


Cody loves Dirt Racing and even sponsors a late model in Georgia.

Craig Reece Racing


If you haven’t heard or seen singer, songwriter, musician, actor,
Cody McCarver lately, well, you just haven’t been looking! The
consummate entertainer, McCarver has just released his new CD
“I Just Might Live Forever” and has made his acting debut in
Lionsgate Films new DVD release “Cole Younger and the Black
Born and raised in Dunlap TN, just outside of Chattanooga,
Cody’s musical career began at age 9 playing piano in a small
church. Cody taught himself to play multiple instruments and at
age 17 his career in Country Music began.
After 12 years in the multi-platinum selling band Confederate
Railroad, performing an average of a 100 shows a year, Cody
stepped out on his own in 2009. He went to Capitol Studios in
Hollywood CA and recorded his first solo CD, simply titled CODY
McCARVER. The self-titled CD was produced by Casaba Petocz,
(John Michael Montgomery, Metallica, Ben Folds) and mixed by
Grammy Award winning engineer, Chris Lord Alge,(Green Day,
Tim McGraw, Hoobastank and more). Little did he know that his
first single, RED FLAG, would garner him a Top 25 single and a
#1 video for 12 consecutive weeks on CMT Pure and Music Row
Magazines’ Independent Artist of the year.
Cody’s next single “Through Gods Eyes” would be the first Top
20 Single by an Independent Artist on any chart, and again for a
second straight year, was named Music Rows Independent Artist
of the year. Through Gods Eyes led Cody to be a National
Celebrity Spokesperson for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of

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Follow on Twitter @codymccarver

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(Macon, IL) – Macon Speedway is excited to announce another Late Model loyalty promotion. Lincoln Speedway, Lincoln, IL and Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, IL have teamed up with Macon Speedway to present this year’s “Midwest Big Ten Series”. The three tracks will host ten big race events on all three tracks.

BIG TEN 2013 Late Model scheduleNEW

Each of the ten races will include larger winnings to the winner of the feature. At the end of the season the points each driver has accumulated in those 10 races will be totaled and there will be $5,000 distributed throughout the top ten Late Models with the top point fund winner taking home another $2,000!
Macon Speedway wants to show our appreciation to our loyal Late Model drivers by announcing these huge racer promotions. “Macon Speedway recognizes what outstanding drivers we have on a regular basis and we want to thank them for being so loyal to our racing facility. Macon Speedway acknowledges tha

t without our drivers we could not succeed and we truly value each and every driver”, said owner Bob Sargent.
Our 6th Annual Spring Fling/Opening Night on April 6 will kick off an exciting season of racing at Macon Speedway, Macon, IL,. The 2013 schedule showcases a variety of traditional fan favorite special events plus two NASCAR Nights of Stars when NASCAR drivers are available for autographs and actuall


y compete with local favorites.
Fans won’t want to miss any of the action at Macon Speedway with a full summer of hot weekly racing action every Saturday night combined with an exciting mix of special events – both new and traditional.
Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles. For information, call 217-764-3000 (track), 217-764-3220 (information hotline), or contact us via email at Also visit


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