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Heavy Rains Cancel Macon Speedway Armed Forces Night

(Macon, IL) Heavy overnight rains that carried over into the daylight hours have forced the cancelation of 95Q Armed Forces Night at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL. The May 21st race night was scheduled to have seven divisions of racing action.

The 1/5-mile dirt oval will next be in action on Memorial Day Monday, May 30 for the Twin 50’s. The two special races will be run in the Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar Pro Late Models and the BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modified, both also being run under the Midwest Big Ten Series banner.

Joining Macon’s top two classes for the May 30th show will be the DIRTcar Pro Mods, 51 Bistro Street Stocks, Hornets, and Micros by Bailey Chassis.

The Monday show will utilize earlier times with pits opening at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 5:00, and racing to take the green at 6:00. More details on the show will be announced early this week.

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/05/heavy-rains-cancel-macon-speedway-armed-forces-night/

Parga Returns to Macon Speedway Victory Lane

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Tough luck has kept Jose Parga from being at Macon Speedway. Whether it was timing and scheduling conflicts or a broken hauler, Parga had yet to appear at a track he won a lot of races. His return Saturday night propelled him to victory lane during the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature.

At the beginning of the race, Dalton Ewing was in control until his car got locked to the backstretch wall like a magnet and pulled his car to a stop in the third turn. When the race resumed, Parga was in the lead. And that turned into the beginning of the end. The closest race was between the second and third place cars, Colby Sheppard and Dakota Ewing. Sheppard managed to stay ahead of Ewing for the final 15 laps riding at the top of the track while Ewing was racing on the bottom groove. The top three separated themselves from fourth place through the end of the field.

Jacob Steinkoenig returned to the winner’s circle in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature race. Steinkoenig started fifth and got out to an early lead thanks to Nick Justice’s car giving out on him. The race was turning close in the final laps as last week’s feature winner Guy Taylor made his move to the front. Taylor started ninth and ran up and down the track to move to the front during the 20-lap feature race. Taylor ran out of time as Steinkoenig turned the laps in quickly and the race made consecutive green flag laps. Tim Luttrell was working towards the leader but ran into some slick spots and lost second place to Taylor. He managed to finish third. Zach Rhodes returned to Macon Speedway for the first time in 2022 and raced his father’s #10. Zach’s father Curt, a former BillingsleyRewards.com Modified champion, passed away earlier in 2022. Rhodes would finish fourth in the 17-car field.

Austin Seets took top honors in the Pro Modified division Saturday night. Starting from the pole but fending off Zach Taylor and Guy Taylor, the race was all but easy for Seets. Zach Taylor had taken the lead during the white flag lap but a spinout took the race lineup back to the way the drivers were scored on the last completed green flag lap which had Seets ahead of Taylor. Guy Taylor was caught in the spinout and tore up his right side of the car. He would exit the track and came back out. He was no longer able to be third place and had to go to the tail of the field. When the race returned to green, Seets kept his bottom line groove and won over Taylor.

Dennis Vandermeersch took the win in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division. After a dicey beginning and middle, the race calmed down after cars were wrecking and bouncing off the wall and each other.

Bobby Beiler took the top spot in the 51 Bistro Street Stocks. Coming from the third row inside position, Beiler made his move for the lead on the seventh lap and re-positioned Terry Reed to second place. Jaret Duff came the top of the track to score second place in the feature results as Reed came to third place. Zach Reitz from Indiana started third, went to the back for spinning out a driver with two laps complete, and ran up the field to finish fourth. Jordan Smith took the fifth place finishing spot.

A 16-year-old kid graced the Macon Speedway victory lane as Daryn Stark from Springfield was the winner in the Micro Sprint feature presented by Bailey Chassis. Coming from fifth starting place, Stark zinged his way to second place and was running behind Brody Strong, the polesitter. On lap 9, Stark made his move and took off, passing Strong and never looking back as he went on to score the checkered flag.

The 7-division night of racing finished with the Hornets as Jeremy Reed picked up feature win number two at Macon Speedway. Reed got ahead of Jacob Shanks on lap 2 and then took away with the lead. For the final 15 laps of the feature, he was tailed and followed bumper-to-bumper by Mike Eskew. Eskew was not able to make his move for the lead and pass Reed. Last week’s feature winner Brady Reed took third as he started tenth place.

The 7-division night of racing was finished a few minutes after 10pm with nearly 100 racecars in the pits. The night was also full with bicycle giveaways during the CEFCU Kids Club Big Bike Giveaway. 25 sponsors donated bicycles for kids to win Saturday night with more than 40 new bicycles going home to lucky race fans.

Lincoln Speedway hosts the Vintage Racing of Illinois Series on Friday night. Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, D-2 Midgets, Hornets and the VRI will make up a great night racing. Saturday night at Macon Speedway is the 95Q Armed Forces Night where active military with proper ID will be admitted for free. Another 7-division night of racing will on hand with the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, 51 Bistro Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis and the Hornets will be on the schedule. 

FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10’s) 

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 3. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 4. 34-Eric Doran[Clinton, IL]; 5. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 6. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 7. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]; 8. 7Z-Michael Maestas[Lincoln, IL]; 9. (DNF) 27E-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 10. (DNF) 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

  1. 24S-Jacob Steinkoenig[Highland, IL]; 2. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 4. 11-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 5. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Breese, IL]; 6. 11D-Brian Diveley[Springfield, IL]; 7. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 8. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 9. 98D-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 10. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods 

  1. 67-Austin Seets[Brighton, IL]; 2. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 4. 33-Josh Robb[Mt. Zion, IL]; 5. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 7. 12-Dean Holt[Decatur, IL]; 8. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 9. 4-James Burgess[Riverton, IL]; 10. (DNS) 360-John Seets III [Brighton, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 2. 07-Phil Moreland[Assumption, IL]; 3. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 4. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 5. 11M-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 6. (DNF) 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 7. (DNF) 04-Steve Stine[Stonington, IL]; 8. (DNF) 5S-Ronald Bacon[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNF) 21-Ed Cleeton[Tovey, IL]; 10. (DNS) 14-Cole Landers [Taylorville, IL]

51 Bistro Street Stocks 

  1. 17-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 2. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 3. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 4. 55-Zane Reitz[Veedersburg, IN]; 5. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]; 6. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 7. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 8. 95Q-Damon Suddarth[Decatur, IL]; 9. 21E-Eric Boomer[Bethany, IL]; 10. (DNF) 57-Kyle Suddarth[Macon, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 34-Jeremy Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. 21-Mike Eskew[Springfield, IL]; 3. 324-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 4. 357-Billy Mason[Farina, IL]; 5. 3H-Allan Harris[Chatham, IL]; 6. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 7. 44-Bill Basso[Athens, IL]; 8. 15T-Taryn Page[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNF) 31-Jacob Shanks[Decatur, IL]; 10. (DNF) 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis 

  1. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 2. 3S-Brody Strong[Arthur, IL]; 3. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 4. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 5. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 6. 7F-Ryan Frantz[12]; 7. 1X-JB Gilbert[Monticello, IL]; 8. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 9. 44S-Jacob Stewart[Jacksonville, IL]; 10. 5W-Jim Burch[Mansfield, IL]

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/05/parga-returns-to-macon-speedway-victory-lane/

IT IS RACE DAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

Head out to Macon Speedway for another exciting Saturday night of action! A jam-packed night of racing action is on the docket, and that is only PART of the fun! The CEFCU Kids Club will be featured and we’re having our annual bike giveaway. Kids 12 and under will have the chance to win a bike of their choosing throughout the night. It’s a full night of racing and fun for the kids and adults alike. Full event details below:
Saturday, May 14th
CEFCU Kids Club / Bike Giveaway
Divisions:
*Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models
*DIRTcar Pro Mods
*Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman
*51 Bistro Street Stocks
*DIRTcar Hornets
*Micros By Bailey Chassis
Times:
Pits: 4:00
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:
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate
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.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/05/it-is-race-day-at-macon-speedway-13/

Top Groove Powers Cummins to Macon Speedway Win

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Indiana, started on the pole of the POWRi Midgets feature at Macon Speedway Saturday night but fell back to as far as third before catching the leader and taking the lead with three laps to go. It was all thanks to the top side of the 1/5th mile where Cummins caught on fast and powered past Cannon McIntosh. McIntosh, who also started on the front row, led the first 27 laps and looked like a 30-lap wire-to-wire winner until Cummins went towards the groove closest to the concrete.

The race was hampered by caution flags during the second half of the race. Of the seven yellow flags, only two were during the first 20 laps of the race. The final five cautions occurred in the final eight laps of the race. The action was terrific during the green flag laps during the 11-lap consecutive string between lap 5 to 16.

The same could be spoken for the POWRi Micro Sprint series. The race only featured two cautions and Joe B. Miller of Millersville, Missouri, had little trouble with the 22-car field. He led from the pole and took all 20 laps. Craig Ronk, who won on Opening Night, closed in the lead during the two restarts but could never get anywhere close to the leader during the green flag laps.

The Billingsley Rewards.com Modifieds saw Guy Taylor win the race which started 25 of the 26 cars signed in. Many expected a demo derby or a cluster of cautions, the Modifieds were outstanding. Only a yellow flag midway through the race due to a car that was slowing outside of the second turn kept the event from going 20 uninterrupted laps.

While the racing was going on during the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature, Illini Racing Supply top qualifier Brian Diveley was looking for the sweep–started the night as fastest qualifier and won his heat–started in the front row of the feature and was in great position for a feature win until Guy Taylor came along. The Springfield driver and former division champion started sixth and pushed his Pro Modified to the bottom and then to the top as lapped traffic became an issue. The race was frantic during the late stages but the veteran driver kept moving through the crowd and into victory lane.

Dakota Ewing scored his first feature checkered flag on the third night of racing at Macon. His dominance on the bottom after overtaking Timmy Dick for the lead would be enough early on. The racing from second place on was the real story as Dick had to fend off Illini Racing Supply top qualifier Colby Sheppard. A big collision led to a mess on the front stretch as Brandon Sweitzer had his car turned upside down in an entanglement with Ryan Miller and others. All drivers would escape without harm but the cars will be in need of TLC.

A 20-car field of Hornets started 19 cars with R33D Racecars and Monkey Wrench Garage kicking in bonus money to the first finisher to not race at Macon this season. Bartonville driver Nick Johnson finished fourth and took the $150 bonus money. But the checkered flag and feature win went to Brady Reed from the pole position. It wasn’t an easy win for the former champion as Tristan Quinlan made sure to let him know that he had a race on his hands. Jeremy Reed, feature winner from two weeks ago, started 11th and flew to the front midway through the race and took third place. Dale’s Tackle also threw in an extra $100 to the feature winner.

Macon Speedway hosted 115 racecars among five racing divisions Saturday night. Next Saturday night will feature seven divisions with the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, Bistro 51 Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Micro Sprints by Bailey Chassis and the Hornets. Plus, the CEFCU Kids Club will be happening and there will be a BIG kids bicycle giveaway!

Macon Speedway’s sister track Lincoln Speedway prepares for a HUGE event with the Castrol FloRacing Night in America with the Super Late Models going for $22,022-to-win! Plus the Modifieds will race this Thursday. More information is available at lincolnspeedwayil.com. 

Feature Rundowns (Top 10’s)

Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League

 1. 3G-Kyle Cummins[Princeton, IN]; 2. 08-Cannon McIntosh[Bixby, OK]; 3. 40-Chase McDermand[Springfield, IL]; 4. 25K-Taylor Reimer[Bixby OK]; 5. 57-Maria Cofer[Macdoel, CA]; 6. 01-Bryant Wiedeman[Colby, KS]; 7. 56-Mitchell Davis[Auburn, IL]; 8. 21K-Karter Sarff[Mason City, IL]; 9. 87-Jace Park[Overland Park, KS]; 10. 97-Brenham Crouch[Lubbock, TX]

 Engler Machine & Tool Micros By Bailey Chassis 

  1. 51B-Joe B Miller[Millersville, MO]; 2. 94-Craig Ronk[Warsaw, IN]; 3. 71S-Austin Schaeffer[Evansville, IN]; 4. 8K-Tyler Kuykendall[Warsaw, MO]; 5. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 6. 87-Collin Shain[Sullivan, IL]; 7. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 8. 65E-Chad Elliott[Cottage Hills, IL]; 9. 40-Devin Feger[East Peoria, IL]; 10. B8-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]


Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 2. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 4. 27E-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 5. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 6. 34-Eric Doran[Clinton, IL]; 7. 33H-Roben Huffman[Midland City, IL]; 8. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 9. (DNF) 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 10. (DNF) 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[Lincoln, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 11D-Brian Diveley[Springfield, IL]; 3. 24S-Jacob Steinkoenig[Highland, IL]; 4. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 5. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Breese, IL]; 6. 12L-Bryan Leach[Harvel, IL]; 7. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 8. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 9. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 10. 4M-Clint Martin[Ramsey, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 324-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 3. 34-Jeremy Reed[Decatur, IL]; 4. 30J-Nick Johnson[Bartonville, IL]; 5. 15-David Lauritson[Normal, IL]; 6. 357-Billy Mason[Farina, IL]; 7. 44-Bill Basso[Athens, IL]; 8. 04-Steve Stine[Stonington, IL]; 9. V30-Myles Vonbehren[Lodge, IL]; 10. 79-Ryan Harbaugh[Canton, IL]

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/05/top-groove-powers-cummins-to-macon-speedway-win/

IT IS RACEDAY AT MACON SPEEDWAY!

Macon Speedway is ready for a big five division show of great racing entertainment this coming Saturday, May 7 as the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League makes its first appearance of the year! Full event details below…
Saturday, May 7th
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets
Divisions:
*POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League
*Engler Machine POWRi Micros By Bailey Chassis
*Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models
*DIRTcar Hornets
Times:
Pits: 3:00
Stands: 5:00
Local Pill Draw Ends: 5:50
Hotlaps: 6:00
Racing: 7:00
Grandstand Pricing:
Adults – $20
Children 11 & Under – Free
Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday
Lodging:
217-422-8800
Call hotel and mention Macon Speedway to receive a discounted rate

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/05/it-is-raceday-at-macon-speedway-13/

ILLIANA Showdown Approaches at Macon Speedway for POWRi Leagues

Belleville, IL. (5/5/22) Returning by popular demand on a limited scope, the Second Annual ILLIANA Showdown revisits the Land of Lincoln on May 7th at Macon Speedway with the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League as well as the POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro League presented by Engler Machine and Tool and Bailey Chassis.

Saturday, May 7th will witness the tight battle of reigning Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League champion Bryant Weideman holding a slight points advantage over Cannon McIntosh as competitors travel to the quick lap-times of Mighty Macon Speedway for the first of several visits in 2022. Also on the racing agenda will be the Lucas Oil POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro League presented by Engler Machine and Tool, Pro Late Model, Modified, and Hornets for the evening.

The Engler Machine & Tool POWRi Micros have already made an appearance at Macon this season in combination with the track’s regular Micros By Bailey Chassis class. An outstanding field of 36 drivers were pitside with Warsaw, IN competitor Craig Ronk taking the win.

Colby Sheppard of Williamsville, IL, last year’s Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model champion, has had a strong start to his 2022 season, leading the standings by eight over Taylorville, IL’s Braden Johnson. Dakota Ewing, Colby Eller, and Dalton Ewing complete the top five in standings.

The BilllingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modified will be on track, racing for the third time this season. 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.

Rounding out Saturday’s action will be the DIRTcar Hornets. There is currently a tie at the top of the standings, as Decatur, IL’s Tristin Quinlan and Ramsey, IL’s Jaekob Durbin are locked up at 110 points. Jeremy Reed, Taryn Page, and Billy Mason complete the top five in points.

May 7 | ILLIANA Showdown | Macon Speedway Details:

Pits Open: 3:00 PM

Grandstand Gates Open: 5:00 PM

POWRi Drivers Meeting: 5:30 PM
Macon Drivers Meeting: 5:45 PM

Hot Laps: 6:00 PM

Racing: 7:00 PM
Pricing: General Admission: $20.00, Youth (Under 11): FREE | Pit Pass: $35.00, Youth (Under 11): $20.00

POWRi National Midget League payout for May 7th will be 1. $2,000, 2. $1,000, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $325, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $230, 11. $225, 12. $220, 13. $215, 14. $210, 15. $205, 16-22: $200.

POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro League presented by Engler Machine and Tool payout on May 7th will be 1. $700, 2. $400, 3. $250, 4. $150, 5. $125, 6. $120, 7. $115, 8. $110, 9. $105, 10. $100, 11. $95, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15. $75, 16. $70, 17. $65, 18. $60, 19. $55, 20-22: $50.

Track details for Macon Speedway including location and track details can be found online at www.maconracing.com.

Follow along for more information such as race recaps, updates, full results, and press releases online at www.powri.com, on Twitter & Instagram at @POWRi_Racing, or on Facebook at POWRi.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/05/illiana-showdown-approaches-at-macon-speedway-for-powri-leagues/

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/04/unfavorable-forecast-dooms-lucas-oil-illinois-doubleheader/

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 .
PR Contact:
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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