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Vandermeersch Scores Topless 40 Victory

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Dennis Vandermeersch ran the top of the Macon Speedway on a hot and humid Saturday night to secure a 40-lap feature win while the Weddle Performance Engines division ran the evening without a roof on the racecars. It was nothing new to Vandermeersch as he claimed his fifth straight 40-lap feature win in the annual race. Although he led all 40 laps, it was not without heavy challenges from the second place car Wes O’Dell. O’Dell stayed on Vandermeersch’s bumper for nearly all the laps and followed him around through every turn and straightaway; he just didn’t have what was needed to make the pass and take control.

For Vandermeersch, it was also the sixth time he has won the 40-lapper in the 12-year history of the race dating back to 2011. It is also the second time that he led all 40 laps en route to the checkered flag. The final ten or so laps were more difficult than just keeping ahead of O’Dell as he announced that he lost control of his brakes. The 40 laps were completed in 20 minutes and had only five caution flags.

The finish of the night came in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature race. With Macon Speedway co-owner Kenny Wallace in the house racing in the division, everybody was out to give it their all against the driver leading the National Points in the Modified class. Wallace was a fast qualifier and won his heat and that helped set him up on the front row outside of the 20-lap feature with 23 cars. Wallace ran the bottom and stayed ahead of Clint Martin, Alan Crowder, Rodney Standerfer and Billy Knebel in the early goings. Knebel hooked up on the bottom, too, and passed all the way to second place and challenged Wallace for the top spot. When Wallace and Knebel were running around the bottom of the fourth turn, Knebel bumped and got bumped and spun out to bring out a caution flag. The caution was for Knebel who was sent to the back of the field with half the race remaining. Eyes started to watch Wallace and Standerfer run on the bottom and Zach Rhodes, the eighth place starter, surging strong on the top groove. Rhodes strongly challenged as he gained speed and momentum through the corners. As the white flag was waving, it was Rhodes and Wallace sticking to their lines and as they came out of the final turn to the finish it was a drag race that Wallace took by the slimmest of margins.

Wallace appreciated the race that Rhodes gave and believed his car didn’t run good or well enough to win on this night. He dedicated to the race to Zach Rhodes’ father Curt, who passed away at the beginning of 2022. Curt was a former BillingsleyRewards.com Modified track champion and also raced other divisions in his time at Macon Speedway.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models class saw twists and turns throughout that 20 laps as Braden Johnson took his third feature win of the year. He was tangled up in a mess with Chase Osterhoff in the third turn of lap 13. As Osterhoff was pulled away by the tow truck, Johnson got back on the track and assumed his second place position behind Colby Eller. As they came around to the green flag and the next lap, Johnson bypassed Eller and ran away. Timmy Dick led the early stages of the race but was caught with lapped traffic and bounced off the first turn tractor tire that took away his chance at the first feature win of his season at Macon.

Guy Taylor got the feature programs started with his seventh win of the season in the Pro Modified class. The race was ran very quickly with no yellow flags or stoppages. Taylor ran away from the rest of the 16 cars.

The 51 Bistro Street Stocks saw Jeremy Nichols race from the pole to lead all 15 laps and win in the 67R car that is normally raced by Rudy Zaragoza. The win stopped the 3-race streak that Zane Reitz had as Reitz started in the middle of the pack.

Devin Feger led the laps to win the Micro Sprint feature Presented by Bailey Chassis. Not only holding off the runs by Aarik Andruskevitch but also his girlfriend Molly Day and current points leader John Barnard through the bottom line of the track, Feger claimed his first feature win of the year.

The night was capped off by a new Hornets feature winner in Paul Lawhorn of Mattoon. The race appeared to be won by Michael McKay as he fended off the fight from Mike Eskew, David Lauritson and Billy Mason but then Lawhorn went to the top of the track and sped by McKay in the final laps to make it a winner for the Mattoon driver.

The seven division night sponsored by Weddle Performance Engines saw over 100 entries and some hearty race fans in the stands on a day when the temperatures nearly reached 100 degrees and the heat index was well over 100.

Macon Speedway’s sister track Lincoln Speedway will host a special Sunday Funday with cooler temperatures. Six divisions will race and three of those divisions will participate in Midwest Big Ten Series race events: Pro Late Models, Modifieds and Street Stocks. The Sportsman, Division 2 Midgets and Hornets are also on the schedule. Macon Speedway finishes July with the MOWA Sprint Cars, POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints plus the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and Pro Modifieds. 

FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

  1. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 2. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 3. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 4. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 5. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 6. 9B-Brandon Miller[Broadwell, IL]; 7. 10CE-Korey Damery[Macon, IL]; 8. (DNF) 130-Chase Osterhoff[Kankakee, IL]; 9. (DNF) 61-Jammie Wilson[Hoopeston, IL]; 10. (DNF) 27E-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds 

  1. 36-Kenny Wallace[St. Louis, MO]; 2. 10Z-Zach Rhodes[Taylorville, IL]; 3. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 4. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 5. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 6. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 7. 4M-Clint Martin[Ramsey, IL]; 8. 28S-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo, IL]; 9. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Breese, IL]; 10. 7-Blake Thompson[Troy, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 67-Austin Seets[Brighton, IL]; 3. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 4. 121-Deece Schwartz[Ashmore, IL]; 5. 2-Brayden Doyle[Ashmore, IL]; 6. 24Z-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 7. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 8. 10-Adam Rhoades[Clinton, IL]; 9. 12-Dean Holt[Decatur, IL]; 10. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 2. 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 3. 18-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 4. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 5. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 6. 11M-Roy Magee[Springfield, IL]; 7. 5S-Ronald Bacon[Decatur, IL]; 8. 61-Stefan Bedinger[Taylorville, IL]; 9. (DNF) 21-Ed Cleeton[Tovey, IL]; 10. (DNF) 07-Phil Moreland[Assumption, IL]

51 Bistro Street Stocks

  1. 67-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 2. R1-Jim Ransom[Williamsport, IN]; 3. 14-Megan Erwin[Attica, IN]; 4. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 5. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 6. 55-Zane Reitz[Veedersburg, IN]; 7. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 8. 78B-Brad Peters[Stonington, IL]; 9. 21E-Eric Boomer[Bethany, IL]; 10. 08-Brian R Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 14P-Paul Lawhorn[Mattoon, IL]; 2. 26A-Michael McKay[Springfield, IL]; 3. 15-David Lauritson[Normal, IL]; 4. 21-Mike Eskew[Springfield, IL]; 5. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 6. 30J-Nick Johnson[Bartonville, IL]; 7. 00-Derrick DeFord[Canton, IL]; 8. 17-Brooke Trivitt[St. Elmo, IL]; 9. V30-Myles Vonbehren[Lodge, IL]; 10. 9-James Trivitt[St. Elmo, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 40-Devin Feger[East Peoria, IL]; 2. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 3. 17-Molly Day[East Peoria, IL]; 4. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 5. 27-Kyle Barker[Cooksville, IL]; 6. 00-Joe Taft[Dawson, IL]; 7. 101-Tobias Midkiff[Belleville, IL]; 8. 14-Chris DiBart[Bella Vista, AR]; 9. N1A-Shania Alexander[Humboldt, IL]; 10. (DNF) 09-Jayden Lucassen[Virginia, IL]

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Topless Sportsman 40 To Headline Saturday Night’s Macon Speedway Action

Seven Divisions To Race On Weddle Performance Engines Night

(Macon, IL) Weddle Performance Engines night will feature a special event for the division that they sponsor, the Sportsman class. A 40-lapper will be run at Macon Speedway this Saturday, with the teams removing the roof of each racecar for annual Topless Sportsman feature event. Six other divisions will also race.

Springfield, IL driver, Dennis Vander Meersch leads the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman into the night after winning four of the seven features so far this year. The veteran driver has a 38-point lead over Rick Roedel of Shelbyville, IL. Scott Landers, Jim Farley, III, and Phil Moreland round out the top five in points. Saturday’s race should be a good one as the Sportsman fields have been strong and are coming off of a good race on Wednesday night in Taylorville.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models are back at it Saturday night with former champion, Dakota Ewing, leading the way. Ewing is followed by teammate Rockett Bennett, who is the youngest driver in the class, Colby Eller, Ryan Miller, and Colby Sheppard. Ewing, Sheppard, and Braden Johnson each have two feature wins, while Jose Parga has five and Dalton Ewing has one.

Quite the battle is building at the top of the BillingsleyRewards.com DIRTcar Modified standings. Coming into Saturday’s event, only four points separate leader Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, and Summerfield, IL’s Rodney Standerfer. Taylor has won two features in the class, while Standerfer has claimed three. Alan Crowder is third in the standings with Tim Luttrell and Zach Taylor in the mix.

The DIRTcar Pro Mods, 51 Bistro Street Stocks, DIRTcar Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis will also race on Saturday night.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. 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 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 622 0
2 55 Rockett Bennett Argenta IL 580 42
3 10C Colby Eller Taylorville IL 570 52
4 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 550 72
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 540 82
6 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 502 120
7 27E Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 478 144
8 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 436 186
9 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 412 210
10 34 Eric Doran Clinton IL 274 348


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 562 0
2 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 558 4
3 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 508 54
4 99 Tim Luttrell Riverton IL 482 80
5 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 416 146
6 18 Jarrett Stryker Breese IL 400 162
7 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 396 166
8 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 372 190
9 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 366 196
10 4M Clint Martin Ramsey IL 356 206


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 572 0
2 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 534 38
3 24Z Zach Taylor Springfield IL 502 70
4 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 474 98
5 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 460 112
6 12 Dean Holt Decatur IL 446 126
7 67 Austin Seets Brighton IL 396 176
8 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 324 248
9 360 John Seets Brighton IL 222 350
10 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 214 358


Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dennis Vander Meersch Springfield IL 354 0
2 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville IL 316 38
3 41 Scott Landers Taylorville IL 310 44
4 84L Jim Farley III Springfield IL 302 52
5 07 Phil Moreland Assumption IL 274 80
6 87 Wes O’Dell Springfield IL 234 120
7 21 Ed Cleeton Tovey IL 234 120
8 5S Ronald Bacon Decatur IL 216 138
9 14 Cole Landers Taylorville IL 186 168
10 11 Roy Magee Springfield IL 150 204


51 Bistro Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 618 0
2 17 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 552 66
3 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 544 74
4 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 492 126
5 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 464 154
6 08 Brian R. Dasenbrock Decatur IL 462 156
7 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 438 180
8 55 Zane Reitz Veedersburg IN 354 264
9 80 Brian J. Dasenbrock Decatur IL 330 288
10 J98 Jordan Smith Argenta IL 324 294


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 95Q Tristin Quinlan Decatur IL 572 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 536 36
3 324 Brady Reed Decatur IL 468 104
4 15T Taryn Page Decatur IL 450 122
5 34 Jeremy Reed Decatur IL 434 138
6 DA28 Jimmy Dutlinger Peoria IL 234 338
7 41 Jaekob Durbin Ramsey IL 230 342
8 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 214 358
9 15 David Lauritson Normal IL 158 414
10 39M Marty Sullivan Decatur IL 144 428


Micros By Bailey Chassis

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 478 0
2 21 Aarik Andruskevitch Riverton IL 470 8
3 55H Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 442 36
4 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 374 104
5 00 Joe Taft Dawson IL 264 214
6 92 John Plotner Decatur IL 258 220
7 27 Kyle Barker Cooksville IL 222 256
8 87 Collin Shain Sullivan IL 216 262
9 N1A Shania Alexander Humboldt IL 208 270
10 10 Jacob Tipton Decatur IL 202 276

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2022 Christian County Races Excite Fairgoers; Nichols Impresses

(Taylorville, IL) The annual Christian County Ag Fair races were held this past Wednesday, July 20 and the action on track was excellent once again. Another solid field of cars was on hand with 20 Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks, 15 Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman, and 10 Hornets to race in front of a sizable crowd.

Lovington, IL driver, Jeremy Nichols put on a show at this year’s fair races, which should not be a big surprise. Nichols came into the event with three Sportsman wins and four Street Stock wins over the last eight years. Wednesday night, Nichols added one more trophy in each class by taking the top two features.

Nichols started third in the Sportsman feature and passed Scott Landers to take the lead and the eventual win. What he did in the Big Ten Street Stock event was even more impressive. Nichols started 7th in the 20-car field of Street Stocks. Moving to the top lane of the track, Nichols passed car after car before taking the top spot from Megan Erwin for the victory.

The Hornet race saw Derrick DeFord and Allan Harris in a great battle at the front of the pack. DeFord led early but Harris got a great run to take the spot away. The Hornets went flag-to-flag in a competitive but clean race.

The Christian County Fair and Track Enterprises have been hosting one race date a year as part of the fair since 2014. Car counts and crowds have been noticeably better the last couple of seasons and the racing on track was at its best on Wednesday night.

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman 15 Entries

A Feature 1 20 Laps

  1. 18-Jeremy Nichols[3]; 2. 87-Wes O’Dell[1]; 3. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[4]; 4. 41-Scott Landers[2]; 5. 21M-Dustin Moore[12]; 6. 21-Ed Cleeton[5]; 7. 11-Roy Magee[11]; 8. (DNF) 55-Tim Riech[9]; 9. (DNF) 07-Phil Moreland[6]; 10. (DNF) 84L-Jim Farley III[14]; 11. (DNF) 12M-Terry Myers[8]; 12. (DNF) 61-Stefan Bedinger[7]; 13. (DNS) 04-Steve Stine; 14. (DNS) 14-Cole Landers; 15. (DNS) 44-John Lewis

Heat 1 8 Laps

  1. 18-Jeremy Nichols[2]; 2. 41-Scott Landers[7]; 3. 21-Ed Cleeton[4]; 4. 61-Stefan Bedinger[1]; 5. 04-Steve Stine[3]; 6. 21M-Dustin Moore[5]; 7. 84L-Jim Farley III[6]; 8. 44-John Lewis[8]

Heat 2 8 Laps

  1. 87-Wes O’Dell[6]; 2. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[1]; 3. 07-Phil Moreland[2]; 4. 12M-Terry Myers[3]; 5. 55-Tim Riech[7]; 6. 11-Roy Magee[4]; 7. 14-Cole Landers[5]

51 Bistro Street Stocks 20 Entries

A Feature 1 20 Laps

  1. 67-Jeremy Nichols[7]; 2. 20-Tanner Sullivan[2]; 3. R1-Jim Ransom[3]; 4. 2Z-Andy Zahnd[9]; 5. 42-Jesse Simmons[6]; 6. 11-Terry Reed[15]; 7. J98-Danny Smith[10]; 8. 14-Megan Erwin[1]; 9. 13-Ryan Blankenship[14]; 10. 45-Chandler Smith[17]; 11. 21R-Dustin Reed[12]; 12. 78B-Brad Peters[16]; 13. 53-Kipp Schaefer[13]; 14. (DNF) 16-Nick Macklin[11]; 15. (DNF) 21E-Eric Boomer[4]; 16. (DNF) 57-Jamie Suddarth[20]; 17. (DNF) 3J-Jonathon Hall[8]; 18. (DNF) 4-Zach Clark[5]; 19. (DNS) 43R-Austin Roach; 20. (DNS) 17-Bobby Beiler

Heat 1 8 Laps

  1. 21E-Eric Boomer[1]; 2. 4-Zach Clark[3]; 3. 42-Jesse Simmons[6]; 4. J98-Danny Smith[5]; 5. 13-Ryan Blankenship[2]; 6. 45-Chandler Smith[4]; 7. 57-Jamie Suddarth[7]

Heat 2 8 Laps

  1. 14-Megan Erwin[3]; 2. 2Z-Andy Zahnd[2]; 3. 67-Jeremy Nichols[6]; 4. 16-Nick Macklin[1]; 5. 11-Terry Reed[5]; 6. 78B-Brad Peters[7]; 7. 17-Bobby Beiler[4]

Heat 3 8 Laps

  1. 20-Tanner Sullivan[2]; 2. R1-Jim Ransom[5]; 3. 3J-Jonathon Hall[6]; 4. 21R-Dustin Reed[3]; 5. 53-Kipp Schaefer[1]; 6. 43R-Austin Roach[4]

Hornets 10 Entries

A Feature 1 12 Laps

  1. 3H-Allan Harris[2]; 2. 11-Derrick DeFord[1]; 3. E77-Erik Vanapeldoorn[4]; 4. 21-Mike Eskew[5]; 5. 34-Billy Mason[7]; 6. 2-Ken Reed[8]; 7. 14-John Goveia[6]; 8. 20-Casey Eskew[9]; 9. (DNF) 15-David Lauritson[3]; 10. (DNF) 15T-Taryn Page[10]

Heat 1 6 Laps

1. 3H-Allan Harris[1]; 2. 11-Derrick DeFord[10]; 3. 15-David Lauritson[2]; 4. E77-Erik Vanapeldoorn[6]; 5. 21-Mike Eskew[8]; 6. 14-John Goveia[3]; 7. 34-Billy Mason[7]; 8. 2-Ken Reed[4]; 9. 20-Casey Eskew[9]; 10. 15T-Taryn Page[5]

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Johnson & Parga Split Double Features at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Thanks to a rain-shortened event on June 25th, Macon Speedway hosted a double feature night of racing for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models. All 14 of the cars who were at Macon on that final June Saturday were in attendance to run that race as well as the full show of racing from the nightly program.

Braden Johnson took advantage of a front row outside starting spot to pull away from the group of cars to win the first feature of the night. The race wasn’t very close for the lead as the race went 20 laps without a caution but Dakota Ewing was making a run for the lead in the closing laps. In the second 20-lap feature, Jose Parga got the pole position starting spot and managed to keep his distance from Colby Sheppard for the lead. Parga won his fifth feature of the year and his third feature in the last four races. Some of the excitement was the crossover battle between Johnson & Ewing as they performed slide jobs and bumps through the turns.

The 51 Bistro Street Stocks put together a great race to the finish with former champion Terry Reed and Indiana driver Zane Reitz. Neither driver is a stranger to victory lane and they both were working hard to get back there. Reed got ahead of Reitz to begin the race as he powered ahead for the top spot but Reitz came back in the second turn of lap 6 to take the lead and look to hold on. With the final laps coming, Reitz started to smoke up and Reed was coming fast. Despite the car smoking and sparking and the right rear tire starting to go flat on him, Reitz came through ahead and won his fifth feature win of the year and third straight.

Guy Taylor won the Pro Modified feature for the sixth time. After a tough start with front row driver Austin Seets that led to Seets on the end of the tow truck before the first lap was complete, Taylor led all 15 laps and was challenged by John Seets III.

Taylor matched up well with Rodney Standerfer as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified feature came to a finish. Taylor won over Tim Luttrell last Saturday night and looked to steal one from Standerfer this week but Standerfer’s #28 was fast enough to stay ahead and claim his third checkered flag of the season.

Things looked easy for pole sitter Brody Strong of Arthur in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis but John Barnard and Daryn Stark weren’t going to let him slip away that easily. Barnard charged to Strong and the lead midway through the race but ran out of time and Strong caught a good groove and moved to the win.

And it was deja vu all over again for Trisin Quinlan. Last week, led many laps and fought off Brady Reed and Billy Mason to the finish but Reed came up and won. This week, the same trio was at the front and once again, it was Reed getting the lead and then the checkered flag ahead of Mason and Quinlan in the 15-lap Hornet feature.

The night also included the annual Faster Pastor race on Church Night. Ed Cain from Macon’s First Baptist Church won the top honor, his second Faster Pastor win and first since 2017. He finished ahead of Keith Ferrill of Heartland Community–now known as The Cross–in Decatur and John Morthland from New Testament Church in Decatur.

Track Enterprises presents a special three-division night of racing Wednesday at the Christian County Fair in Taylorville with the Sportsman, Street Stocks and Hornets racing. Next Saturday night, Macon Speedway presents a seven-division show with the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division going topless for 40 laps. 

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. 130-Chase Osterhoff[Kankakee, IL]; 5. 27E-Dalton Ewing[Decatur, IL]; 6. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]; 8. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 9. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 10. 7Z-Michael Maestas[Lincoln, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 2. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 4. 18-Jarrett Stryker[Breese, IL]; 5. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 6. 360-John Seets III[Brighton, IL]; 7. 24-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 8. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 9. (DNF) 71-Jeff Graham[Stonington, IL]; 10. (DNF) 19C-Carter Sinkhorn[Taylorville, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 360-John Seets III[Brighton, IL]; 3. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 4. 12-Dean Holt[Decatur, IL]; 5. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 6. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 7. 7B-Brian Burns[Bethany, IL]; 8. 6-Billy Adams[Shelbyville, IL]; 9. J13-Justin Coffey[Stonington, IL]; 10. (DNF) 4-James Burgess[Riverton, IL]

51 Bistro Street Stocks

  1. 55-Zane Reitz[Veedersburg, IN]; 2. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 3. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 4. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 5. 3J-Jonathon Hall[Harristown, IL]; 6. 80-Brian J Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 7. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 8. 08-Brian R Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 9. 97-Josh Griffith[Charleston, IL]; 10. 21E-Eric Boomer[Bethany, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 324-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 3. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 4. 39M-Marty Sullivan[Decatur, IL]; 5. 37-Lukas Robison[Sullivan, IL]; 6. 60A-Matt Adkins[Ashmore, IL]; 7. 20B-Bridget Fulton[Marissa, IL]; 8. 2-Ken Reed[Decatur, IL]; 9. (DNF) 15T-Taryn Page[Decatur, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 3S-Brody Strong[Arthur, IL]; 2. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 3. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 4. 27-Kyle Barker[Cooksville, IL]; 5. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 6. 92-John Plotner[Decatur, IL]; 7. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 8. 87-Collin Shain[Sullivan, IL]; 9. 10-Jacob Tipton[Decatur, IL]; 10. 00-Joe Taft[Dawson, IL]

Faster Pastor Race 

1. 357 Ed Cain (Macon First Baptist) 2. 324 Keith Ferrell (Heartland Community), 3. 60a John Morthland (New Testament)

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Area Pastors To Compete At Macon Speedway Saturday Event

(Macon, IL) Three area pastors are ready to get behind the wheel of racecars this coming Saturday night, July 16 at Macon Speedway. In addition to the annual Faster Pastor race, six divisions will be on track with two features on tap for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division.

Ed Cain, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Macon, IL leads the list of pastors to compete in the Faster Pastor race. Cain, a former winner of the event, is back in action and will be driving a Billy Mason car on Saturday night. Keith Ferrell, lead pastor of Heartland Community Church in Decatur and John Morthland, pastor of the New Testament Church in Decatur will also compete.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will have a busy night as they will have two features during the night, in addition to their heat races. The first feature will be run before intermission as it is a makeup event from the June 25 program. Only those who were scheduled to be in that race can compete, while the second feature of the night will be for any Pro Late competitors who are in attendance.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Mods, 51 Bistro Street Stocks, DIRTcar Hornets, and Micros By Bailey Chassis will also race.

Pit gates open at 4:00 PM, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing takes the green at 7:00. 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 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 508 0
2 10C Colby Eller Taylorville IL 480 28
3 55 Rockett Bennett Argenta IL 480 28
4 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 460 48
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 426 82
6 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 392 116
7 27E Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 378 130
8 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 362 146
9 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 326 182
10 34 Eric Doran Clinton IL 274 234


BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 504 0
2 28 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield IL 498 6
3 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 456 48
4 99 Tim Luttrell Riverton IL 426 78
5 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 372 132
6 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 368 136
7 4M Clint Martin Ramsey IL 356 148
8 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 352 152
9 18 Jarrett Stryker Breese IL 346 158
10 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 320 184


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 512 0
2 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 484 28
3 24Z Zach Taylor Springfield IL 462 50
4 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 422 90
5 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 404 108
6 12 Dean Holt Decatur IL 392 120
7 67 Austin Seets Brighton IL 358 154
8 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 276 236
9 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 214 298
10 33 Josh Robb Mt.zion IL 180 332


51 Bistro Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 560 0
2 17 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 552 8
3 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 490 70
4 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 436 124
5 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 416 144
6 08 Brian R. Dasenbrock Decatur IL 416 144
7 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 398 162
8 J98 Jordan Smith Argenta IL 324 236
9 55 Zane Reitz Veedersburg IN 294 266
10 80 Brian J. Dasenbrock Decatur IL 280 280


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 95Q Tristin Quinlan Decatur IL 516 0
2 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 478 38
3 34 Jeremy Reed Decatur IL 434 82
4 324 Brady Reed Decatur IL 408 108
5 15T Taryn Page Decatur IL 406 110
6 DA28 Jimmy Dutlinger Peoria IL 234 282
7 41 Jaekob Durbin Ramsey IL 230 286
8 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 168 348
9 15 David Lauritson Normal IL 158 358
10 V91 Myles Vonbehren Lodge IL 142 374


Micros By Bailey Chassis

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 21 Aarik Andruskevitch Riverton IL 422 0
2 8B John Barnard Sherman IL 420 2
3 55H Hayden Harvey Warrensburg IL 390 32
4 55S Daryn Stark Springfield IL 318 104
5 00 Joe Taft Dawson IL 222 200
6 1X John Plotner Decatur IL 208 214
7 17 Molly Day East Peoria IL 194 228
8 16W Hunter Walker Decatur IL 192 230
9 11 Alex Midkiff Belleville IL 190 232
10 40 Devin Feger East Peoria IL 186 236

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Taylor Doubles Up at Macon Speedway

By BZ

(Macon, IL) Guy Taylor is at it again. Taylor won championships and point series during the 2021 season with a lot of help and a little luck. 2022 continues to prove that the help and the luck is still there. After taking all 15 laps in the Pro Modified feature race, Taylor wheeled his Pro Modified into the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds A-Modified feature race with a tenth place starting position and looked like a lock for a top five finish. Then things started to happen. On the restart during lap 16, leader Tim Luttrell was challenged by second place driver Jared Thomas. As they got together, Thomas got loosened up and fell midway through the field of 22-starting cars. As the flag laps started to come, Taylor’s car worked its way to the front to take the lead on lap 19 and then be the first across the finish a lap later. Luttrell’s bid for his first Macon Speedway feature win will need to wait one more week, at least, because Taylor stole the show.

Dustin’s Lucky Slots in Taylorville chipped in with a $100 bonus to the winner of both Pro Modified and BillingsleyRewards.com Modified features. The money went to the same guy…Guy Taylor.

The big feature attraction for the night was the Bistro 51 Street Stocks racing in the Bruce Dulgar Classic, a special race in honor of a former champion, official and friend of Macon Speedway and racing in general, Bruce Dulgar. The $750-to-the-winner prize along with the 6-foot trophy went to a familiar face in Macon Speedway’s victory lane during 2022–Zane Reitz. The driver from Veedersburg, Indiana, has won three times already at Macon during the season and he added another win to the total, including back-to-back weeks.

The race also featured the return of “Mr. Excitement,” Al Crawley. Crawley was a Macon Speedway winning regular in the Modified class during the 1980s & 1990s, claiming many championships along the way. After taking his heat race by leading all eight laps, Crawley was positioned in the front row along with Reitz. When the race went green, Crawley spun in the first & second turns and was tagged by another car which popped the radiator and led to a liquid trail coming from his car. Crawley’s night would be over before the first lap would be recorded. Reitz would be fast and strong to the finish.

A couple of champions and long-time drivers matched up toe-to-toe in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division feature. Dennis Vandermeersch and Wes O’Dell were giving it all they had to put on a show and also go for the checkered flag. Vandermeersch looked locked in for the trophy but O’Dell got things together and made a run at the leader. Vandermeersch powered forward and claimed his fourth feature win of 2022.

The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature was another race that was filled with late passing and a strong finish as Jose Parga made it number four on the year. Colby Sheppard was looking to get the checkered flag once again and was in control for most of the first part of the 20 laps. Sheppard kept trying to run up the track but missed his spots and his line and was bouncing off the cushion of dirt and slowing his car down that allowed Parga to put together the rally he needed to take the lead on lap 13. With seven laps to go, Parga was holding the checkered flag.

Hayden Harvey of Warrensburg has had a tough season but put together a good night in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis. After using a late pass to win his heat race, Harvey started second row inside and after leader John Barnard came off the track after the first lap, Harvey seized the opportunity to lead and took off. Daryn Stark chased him down but couldn’t catch up to Harvey as he claimed his first win of the year.

The night’s racing was capped off with a small field of Hornets but an exciting race was shown as Tristin Quinlan nearly got his first win of 2022. A caution flag brough the action to a slower pace that allowed Brady Reed to get by and take the lead from the top. For the first nine laps, Quinlan did all he could to stop Reed as well as David Lauritson and Billy Mason from taking the lead away. The action was really impressive with those four drivers from start to finish.

Next Saturday night Macon Speedway hosts Church Night as area pastors race to determine who is the Faster Pastor. The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will race two features as they make up the rained out feature from June 25th. Plus action from the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, 51 Bistro Street Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis and the Hornets. 

FEATURE RESULTS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models 

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 27-Colby Sheppard[Williamsville, IL]; 3. 122-Timmy Dick[Monticello, IL]; 4. 10-Blake Damery[Macon, IL]; 5. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 6. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]; 7. 11-Ryan Miller[Lincoln, IL]; 8. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 9. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]; 10. 17-Ian Logan[Petersburg, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

  1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 3. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Summerfield, IL]; 4. 3L-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington, IL]; 5. 4M-Clint Martin[Ramsey, IL]; 6. 28S-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo, IL]; 7. 00S-Cody Stilwell[Godfrey, IL]; 8. 43-Jared Thomas[Edinburg, IL]; 9. 71-Jeff Graham[Stonington, IL]; 10. 69L-Jim Lafferty[Gillespie, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 2. 360-John Seets III[Brighton, IL]; 3. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 4. 78-Maxx Emerson[Taylorville, IL]; 5. 12-Dean Holt[Decatur, IL]; 6. 7B-Brian Burns[Bethany, IL]; 7. (DNF) 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 8. (DNF) 24Z-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 9. (DNF) 27X-Joel Irvin[Harristown, IL]; 10. (DNS) 15-Aiden Page

Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman

  1. 25-Dennis Vander Meersch[Springfield, IL]; 2. 87-Wes O’Dell[Springfield, IL]; 3. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville, IL]; 4. 84L-Jim Farley III[Springfield, IL]; 5. 11-Rick Roedel[Shelbyville, IL]; 6. 07-Phil Moreland[Assumption, IL]; 7. 12M-Terry Myers[Buffalo, IL]; 8. 55-Tim Riech[Petersburg, IL]; 9. 21-Ed Cleeton[Tovey, IL]; 10. 5S-Ronald Bacon[Decatur, IL]

51 Bistro Big Ten Street Stocks

  1. 55-Zane Reitz[Veedersburg, IN]; 2. R1-Jim Ransom[Williamsport, IN]; 3. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 4. 16-Nick Macklin[Argenta, IL]; 5. 2Z-Andy Zahnd[White Heath, IL]; 6. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 7. 17-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 8. 80-Brian J Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 9. 4-Zach Clark[Illiopolis, IL]; 10. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 324-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 3. 15-David Lauritson[Normal, IL]; 4. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 5. MJ3-Mark Burgess Jr[East Peoria, IL]; 6. 20B-Bridget Fulton[Marissa, IL]; 7. (DNS) 15T-Taryn Page

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 55H-Hayden Harvey[Warrensburg, IL]; 2. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 3. 17-Molly Day[East Peoria, IL]; 4. 92-John Plotner[Decatur, IL]; 5. 20M-Mattison Lienemann[Granite City, IL]; 6. 88-Billy Lieb[Hammond, IL]; 7. 16W-Hunter Walker[Decatur, IL]; 8. 11-Alex Midkiff[Belleville, IL]; 9. 00-Joe Taft[Davison, IL]; 10. 30R-Lance Rockwell[Jacksonville, IL]

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Macon Speedway’s Herald & Review 100 Postponed To September 1st

(Macon, IL) The 42nd annual Herald & Review 100, scheduled for Thursday, July 7 at Macon Speedway, has been postponed to Thursday, September 1 due to torrential rains that hit the area. The popular event is part of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour.

The new September 1 date will feature the 100-lap race for the DIRTcar Super Late Models as well as the $1,500 to win race for the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. Macon Speedway was originally scheduled to have that weekend off with racing at the Du Quoin State Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Macon Speedway still has another race on schedule this week with a full program of seven divisions this Saturday night, July 9. It will be 1st Responders Night, featuring free grandstand admission for first responders with ID proof. Any firemen, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and EMTs will able to attend for no cost.

The night will also have the Bruce Dulgar Classic for the 51 Bistro Big Ten Street Stocks, paying extra money throughout the field. At intermission, kids will have the opportunity to go on the racetrack and take a ride in a race car.

This Saturday’s event will have pits opening at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission will be $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.

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Macon Speedway Set For 42nd Herald & Review 100 Thursday

(Macon, IL) The 42nd annual Herald & Review 100, one of the most popular races on the Summer Nationals tour each year, is set to go green this Thursday, July 7 at Macon Speedway. The 1/5-mile high banked dirt track held it’s first Herald & Review race in 1981 and the list of winners throughout the years continues to impress.

From the early years with the likes of Butch Garner, who won the first race, Bob Pierce, Jim Leka, Dick Taylor, Scott Bloomquist, Kevin Weaver, and Billy Moyer to recent years with Moweaqua, IL’s own Shannon Babb, Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, Ryan Unzicker, Gordy Gundaker, and Brandon Sheppard, the talent that has found Macon Speedway victory lane is unmatched.

This Thursday night’s event will add another name, or perhaps an experienced one who has already claimed the elusive trophy, to the long list of winners. Could it be a first timer, maybe someone like Jason Feger, who is coming off of an impressive victory at Lincoln Speedway this past Sunday night or maybe someone with plenty of track experience and championships like Tommy Sheppard, Jr.

The tour has had a few days off to regroup from the race of the year at Lincoln Speedway. Sunday’s event saw Pierce, Unzicker, Feger, and Babb racing hard for the win. Contact between Pierce and Unzicker took them out of the picture but Feger and Babb raced side-by-side to the checkered. The Thursday night race at Macon Speedway should be another barn burner.

Pierce currently leads the Summer Nationals standings by 78 points over Brian Shirley. Pierce has claimed four wins to Shirley’s three this season. Jason Feger is third in points, while Payton Freeman and Ryan Unzicker complete the top five.

Adding to the fun will be the Summit Modified Nationals competing with the track’s BillingsleyRewards.com Modified competitors. Mooresville, NC driver Nick Hoffman has won ten of the twelve starts he has made with the tour this year, putting him atop the standings. Hoffman was equally dominant last season but missed the Macon Speedway event. The track is coming off a topless Modified event this past Saturday that saw 27 drivers attempt to make the show.

Pit gates for Thursday’s event will open at 3:00 PM with grandstands at 4:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and qualifying at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $30, while kids 11 and under are $5. An all-access pit/grandstand band will be available for $40.

Macon Speedway will turn right back around after Thursday’s event to get ready for this Saturday’s 1st Responders Night which features free grandstand admission for first responders. The Bruce Dulgar Classic will be held for the 51 Bistro Street Stock class and kids will get to ride in racecars at intermission.

For more information on Macon Speedway’s Thursday and Saturday programs, visit www.maconracing.com.

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Parga & Hancock Win Big In Macon Firecracker 40’s

(Macon, IL) The 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s presented by the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau lived up to expectations when it came to excitement this past Saturday, July 2. Slide job city, plenty of action for the lead, mixed with a little Macon drama made for a great night for the fans. Fireworks on the track led to fireworks in the sky to celebrate the holiday weekend.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modified class came in with a huge field of 27 cars for the 40-lap main event. Tim Luttrell led the early laps but a veteran laden field had Rodney Standerfer hot in his tire tracks. Standerfer led until lap 16 when Jacob Steinkoenig took over to top spot. Steinkoenig was up front until lap 29 when mechanical woes ended hi chances. That gave the lead to Tim Hancock, who has just moments earlier taken second from Standerfer. Hancock, a veteran driver and former Macon champion from Mount Olive, IL, held a pretty wheel to the finish to claim the impressive victory on his first appearance in a good while. Hancock was followed at the finish by Guy Taylor, Standerfer, Alan Crowder, and Luttrell.

Following the Modifieds, the Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models rolled onto the track for a race that saw slidejob after slidejob for the lead. The battle between Braden Johnson and Dakota Ewing was a crazy one. Meanwhile, Jose Parga was lurking right behind them waiting for the right time to pounce. With nine laps in, Parga moved by Johnson for second to set his sights on Ewing. Five laps later, Parga pulled off an aggressive move, traded some paint, and pulled into the top spot, never to look back. At the checkered of the 40-lap affair, Parga was followed by Ewing, Johnson, Blaise Baker, and Rockett Bennett.

Billy Knebel, a former Pro Mod champion at the track, led from green until checkered in the divisions feature event. Fellow veteran, Kevin Crowder, kept him honest throughout the race, riding in the second spot. The two never faltered, taking the top two spots ahead of Zach Taylor, Austin Seets, and Dave Armstrong.

Bobby Beiler and Zane Reitz put on a driving clinic at the front of the 51 Bistro Street Stock division feature. The pair were running side-by-side, trading spots early on in the 15-lap event. Eventually, Beiler settled into the lead with Reitz in his tracks. While it looked like Beiler was on his way to victory, a yellow flag with four to go put another restart on the horizon. When the green dropped, Beiler missed his mark a bit in turn two, jumping the cushion and Reitz shot by to the inside. At the checkered, Reitz was followed by Beiler, Terry Reed, Rudy Zaragoza, and Andy Zahnd. The Street Stocks now prepare for the Bruce Dulgar Classic next Saturday at the track.

Brady Reed took the lead at the green in the 15-lap Hornet feature, built a comfortable lead, and cruised to victory. Jimmy Dutlinger took the second spot, while Billy Mason, Tristin Quinlan, and Taryn Page rounded out the top five.

20 cars took the green in the Micros By Bailey Chassis feature event with John Barnard racing into the lead. The Sherman, IL youngster controlled the pace with a large field of challengers in tow. With two to go, the race’s final caution waved, setting up a final restart. The big challenge didn’t come from second or third, it came from then fourth place competitor, Daryn Stark, who shot to the high lane while everyone else ran the bottom. Stark set up a slider in the final turns, coming to the checkered to take the lead. However, Barnard timed it brilliantly to race back to the inside to beat him back to the line. Following Barnard were Stark, Aarik Andrueskevitch, Hunter Walker, and Ryan Frantz.

Attention now turns to Lincoln Speedway for the Sunday night, July 3 Summer National event, featuring Super Late Models, Modifieds, and 305 Sprint Cars. Then, this coming Thursday night, the Summer National Tour comes to Macon Speedway for the 42nd annual Herald & Review 100 featuring Super Late Models and Modifieds. Next Saturday’s racing action at Macon Speedway will see free grandstand admission for 1st responders when they show proper ID at the gate. The night will also have a Bruce Dulgar Classic for the 51 Bistro Street Stocks.

For more information, visit www.maconracing.com. 

FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10’s)

Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models 

  1. 6P-Jose Parga[New Berlin, IL]; 2. 25-Dakota Ewing[Warrensburg, IL]; 3. 14J-Braden Johnson[Taylorville, IL]; 4. 77-Blaise Baker[Clinton, IL]; 5. 55-Rockett Bennett[Argenta, IL]; 6. 10C-Colby Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 7. 7Z-Michael Maestas[Lincoln, IL]; 8. 14-Derek Smith[Decatur, IL]; 9. 10CE-Curtis Eller[Taylorville, IL]; 10. 64-Donny Koehler[Macon, IL]

BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modifieds 

  1. 0-Tim Hancock Sr[Mount Olive, IL]; 2. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 3. 28-Rodney Standerfer[Sullivan, IL]; 4. 87C-Alan Crowder[Elwin, IL]; 5. 99-Tim Luttrell[Riverton, IL]; 6. 72A-Austin Lynn[Mason City, IL]; 7. 22-Tim Hancock Jr[Mount Olive, IL]; 8. 98D-Danny Smith[Argenta, IL]; 9. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 10. 71-Jeff Graham[Stonington, IL]

DIRTcar Pro Mods

  1. 52-Billy Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]; 2. 15C-Kevin Crowder[Argenta, IL]; 3. 24Z-Zach Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 4. 67-Austin Seets[Brighton, IL]; 5. 25-Dave Armstrong[Webster Grove, MO]; 6. 12-Dean Holt[Decatur, IL]; 7. 121-Deece Schwartz[Ashmore, IL]; 8. 24M-Matt Milner[Chatham, IL]; 9. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield, IL]; 10. 52JR-Cole Knebel[Pocahontas, IL]

51 Bistro Street Stocks

  1. X-Zane Reitz[Veedersburg, IN]; 2. 17-Bobby Beiler[Blue Mound, IL]; 3. 11-Terry Reed[Cerro Gordo, IL]; 4. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville, IL]; 5. 2Z-Andy Zahnd[White Heath, IL]; 6. J98-Jordan Smith[Argenta, IL]; 7. 08-Brian R Dasenbrock[Decatur, IL]; 8. 21-Jaret Duff[Maroa, IL]; 9. 21E-Eric Boomer[Bethany, IL]; 10. 21R-Dustin Reed[Decatur, IL]

DIRTcar Hornets

  1. 324-Brady Reed[Decatur, IL]; 2. DA28-Jimmy Dutlinger[Peoria, IL]; 3. 357-Billy Mason[Brownstown, IL]; 4. 95Q-Tristin Quinlan[Decatur, IL]; 5. 15T-Taryn Page[Decatur, IL]; 6. V30-Myles Vonbehren[Lodge, IL]; 7. 2-Ken Reed[Decatur, IL]; 8. 41-Jaekob Durbin[Ramsey, IL]; 9. 37M-Cole Martz[Findlay, IL]; 10. 23-Kason Timmons[Centralia, IL]

Micros By Bailey Chassis

  1. 8B-John Barnard[Sherman, IL]; 2. 55S-Daryn Stark[Springfield, IL]; 3. 21-Aarik Andruskevitch[Riverton, IL]; 4. 16W-Hunter Walker[Decatur, IL]; 5. 7F-Ryan Frantz[Lovington, IL]; 6. 18-Michael Brummitt[Mount Zion, IL]; 7. 83-Jeff Beasley[Urbana, IL]; 8. 40-Devin Feger[East Peoria, IL]; 9. 3S-Brody Strong[Arthur, IL]; 10. 17-Molly Day[East Peoria, IL]

Permanent link to this article: https://www.maconracing.com/2022/07/parga-hancock-win-big-in-macon-firecracker-40s/

Racing Specials & Fireworks To Celebrate Holiday Saturday At Macon Speedway

(Macon, IL) Macon Speedway is ready to go for Saturday night’s 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40’s presented by Decatur Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Six divisions will race with special 40 lap races for the Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modified. A fireworks display will light up the sky toward the end of the night.

Headlining the event will be a 40-lap feature event for the TOPLESS BillingsleyRewards.com Big 10 Modifieds. The class will be running for Macon, Big 10, and national points all while running without the roof of the cars in the annual topless event. The race will pay $800 to win and $125 to start. Macon Speedway and Big 10-point leader, Rodney Standerfer, of Sullivan, IL, leads the field of Mods into town. Austin Lynn, Guy Taylor, Alan Crowder, Jarrett Stryker, and Tim Luttrell are others to watch fend off a hungry field of challengers.

The Decatur Building Trades Big 10 Pro Late Models are also ready for a 40-lap event paying $800 to win and $125 to start. Much like the Modifieds, one driver leads the Macon and Big Ten standings. That driver is Warrensburg, IL’s Dakota Ewing. Ewing has claimed Big 10 wins at Lincoln and Macon and will be looking for his third Saturday. Jose Parga, Blaise Baker, Rockett Bennett, Colby Eller, Dalton Ewing, and Ryan Miller are others fighting for top spots.

The DIRTcar Pro Mod class has veteran Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, at the top of the standings. Taylor has won four of the seven features, while Kevin Crowder sits second in points. Zach Taylor, Maxx Emerson, and Matt Milner round out the top five in points, entering Saturday’s event.

The point battle in the 51 Bistro Street Stock division is extremely close, much like last week’s exciting finish in the feature race. Terry Reed leads the standings over Bobby Beiler by just two points. Beiler finished second last week by mere inches as he made a great run on the inside lane challenging Nick Macklin for the win. Another exciting finish might be in store for Saturday’s action. Saturday’s race will be the final tuneup for the Street Stocks before next Saturday’s Bruce Dulgar Classic.

Jeremy Reed leads the points in the DIRTcar Hornet division by 30 over Tristin Quinlan. Reed has won three of the eight features this season but has had a bad luck streak as of late. Following the pair are Billy Mason, Taryn Page, and Brady Reed.

Rounding out this Saturday’s racing will be the Micros by Bailey Chassis. A lot of familiar young drivers are at the top of the standings with Aarik Andruskevitch, John Barnard, Hayden Harvey, Daryn Stark, and Collin Shain among them. The five teenage drivers have been strong all season.

At or toward the end of the racing program, a firework display will be held to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will take the green at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $18, 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 MACON SPEEDWAY STANDINGS (Top Ten’s)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 28 Rodney Standerfer Sullivan IL 386 0
2 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 386 0
3 87C Alan Crowder Elwin IL 382 4
4 18 Jarrett Stryker Breese IL 346 40
5 24 Zach Taylor Springfield IL 318 68
6 24S Jacob Steinkoenig Highland IL 316 70
7 99 Tim Luttrell Riverton IL 316 70
8 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 300 86
9 4M Clint Martin Ramsey IL 280 106
10 71 Jeff Graham Stonington IL 266 120


Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 25 Dakota Ewing Warrensburg IL 450 0
2 10C Colby Eller Taylorville IL 378 72
3 55 Rockett Bennett Argenta IL 378 72
4 11 Ryan Miller Lincoln IL 374 76
5 27 Colby Sheppard Williamsville IL 368 82
6 27E Dalton Ewing Decatur IL 342 108
7 9B Brandon Miller Broadwell IL 322 128
8 14J Braden Johnson Taylorville IL 298 152
9 34 Eric Doran Clinton IL 274 176
10 6P Jose Parga New Berlin IL 206 244


DIRTcar Pro Mods

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 4T Guy Taylor Springfield IL 408 0
2 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta IL 370 38
3 24Z Zach Taylor Springfield IL 360 48
4 78 Maxx Emerson Taylorville IL 328 80
5 24M Matt Milner Chatham IL 310 98
6 67 Austin Seets Brighton IL 304 104
7 12 Dean Holt Decatur IL 290 118
8 7B Brian Burns Bethany IL 226 182
9 10 Adam Rhoades Clinton IL 184 224
10 33 Josh Robb Mt.zion IL 180 228


51 Bistro Street Stocks

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 11 Terry Reed Cerro Gordo IL 448 0
2 17 Bobby Beiler Blue Mound IL 446 2
3 67 Rudy Zaragoza Jacksonville IL 386 62
4 16 Nick Macklin Argenta IL 346 102
5 21 Jaret Duff Maroa IL 336 112
6 08 Brian R. Dasenbrock Decatur IL 330 118
7 21R Dustin Reed Decatur IL 324 124
8 80 Brian J. Dasenbrock Decatur IL 234 214
9 J98 Jordan Smith Argenta IL 232 216
10 57 Kyle Suddarth Macon IL 232 216


DIRTcar Hornets

Pos # First Name Last Name City State Points Gap
1 34 Jeremy Reed Decatur IL 434 0
2 95Q Tristin Quinlan Decatur IL 404 30
3 357 Billy Mason Brownstown IL 368 66
4 15T Taryn Page Decatur IL 344 90
5 324 Brady Reed Decatur IL 288 146
6 41 Jaekob Durbin Ramsey IL 184 250
7 DA28 Jimmy Dutlinger Peoria IL 176 258
8 98 Ken Reed Decatur IL 120 314
9 21 Mike Eskew Springfield IL 116 318
10 G3 Mike Gossett Decatur IL 112 322

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