Miles Chevrolet Presenting Fireman’s Ball Night Plus Dean Garland Classic & Topless Sportsman
Makeup For Casey’s General Stores Armed Forces Night Also Being Honored
(Macon, IL) This coming Saturday, July 15th, Macon Speedway will be back at it, with a big night planned for the MSSC Street Stocks and UMP Topless Sportsman. Four other divisions will be in action and area firefighters, armed forces members, and Casey’s General Stores customers will be treated to discounted admission. It’s all part of Miles Chevrolet Night at the 1/5-mile dirt race track in Central Illinois.
Headlining the show on track will be the MSSC Street Stocks, a new series in 2017 that pays big money and a point fund at the end of the year. This Saturday, drivers in the UMP Street Stocks will be racing in the Dean Garland Classic, which will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start. The series opened up this season at Lincoln Speedway and had an outstanding show with a full field. The most recent event was held at Fairbury Speedway, where there were over 30 Street Stocks on hand. A huge field is again expected at Macon this weekend, which is a makeup for the original date on May 20 which was rained out.
Lovington, IL driver, Jeremy Nichols leads the points by just two over Luke Gash. Nichols won the season opener at Lincoln Speedway, while Coal City, IL’s AJ Meiferdt took the victory at Fairbury. Following Nichols and Gash in the standings are Jerrad Krick from Indiana, Decatur, IL driver Dave Crawley, Jr., and Argenta, IL’s Nick Macklin.
Co-headlining the show will be the Sportsman Topless 40. The Sportsman drivers will remove the roof of the car to give fans a great view of all the work going on behind the wheel. The drivers will run 40 laps for a top prize of $600. Danny Smith, of Argenta, IL, leads the standings by four points over Taylorville, IL’s, Scott Landers. Smith has won two of the four events, while Wes O’Dell and Dennis Vandermeersch have each taken one victory.
Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlin, IL, comes into this Saturday’s event holding a 28 point edge in the current Macon standings. Blue Mound, IL driver, Jeff Reed, Jr. has had a solid year so far, putting himself second in the standing, while Cody Maguire, Jake Little, and Roben Huffman complete the top five. The season has seen great parity with several different feature winners including Sheppard with two, Little with four, and Matt Taylor, Rudy Zaragoza, Myles Moos, Ryan Little, and Kyle Logue with one each.
2016 champion, Curt Rhodes, of Taylorville, IL leads the standings in the Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modified division. After a slow start this season with some bad luck, Rhodes has been strong lately, winning two features. Austin Lynn sits second, while Alan Crowder, Jeff Graham, and Brian Lynn round out the top five. Brian Lynn leads the win list with three, while Rhodes, Rodney Standerfer, and Mike Harrison have two each. Ken Schrader rounds out the winners with one.
The UMP B-Mods will continue their strong season this Saturday night with their tenth event at the track. Week-after-week, the B-Mods seem to bring the most consistent field of cars. Godfrey, IL’s Cody Stillwell leads the standings by just ten over last year’s champion, Tim Hancock. Hancock was dominant one season ago, winning all 16 features. This year, he is five for nine, with stronger competition and a little more bad luck mixed in. Jerry Thompson, Tom Riech, and Tim Riech complete the top five in points. Tim Hancock, Jr. has won two, with Richie Gabriel and Stillwell taking one each.
The UMP Hornet class has been rebounding with improving car counts as of late, and better racing. Following the Hornet Challenge, which had 25 cars, 15 were on hand last week when point leader, Dustin Reed, won his first career feature. The Decatur, IL driver is followed in points by Cook Crawford, Adam Webb, Marty Sullivan, and Paul Peters.
As usual, Miles Chevrolet night recognizes area firefighters with discount admission at the gates for the firefighters and their families. Any area firefighter who shows their badge and/or fireman ID, will receive tickets for just $5 on Saturday night.
Armed forces members are also being honored this Saturday, as part of the Casey’s General Stores makeup from the May 20 rainout. Any armed forces member, active or retired, that shows their valid ID, will receive free admission for the event for themselves.
Pit gates open Saturday at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw will end at 5:50 when the drivers meeting begins, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 and free for kids 11 and under.