Aug 26

Urish ready to defend win in Ted Horn 100 at DuQuoin State Fair Sunday

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            A 66-year tradition continues Sunday night as the USAC Silver Crown Championship Cars make their annual trek to the beautiful DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the “Ted Horn 100.”
            Round seven of the 2014 series will witness Kody Swanson trying to remain undefeated on the dirt after victories at Terre Haute and Indianapolis, Ind. and Belleville, Kansas. He enters Sunday’s race with a 42-point lead over runner-up Tracy Hines.
            Swanson was the 2010 DuQuoin winner, while Hines won the race back-to-back in 2005 and 2006. Swanson was 12th and Hines 14th last year, both out of the race before the completion of lap one.
            Chris Urish of Elkhart, Ill. is the defending race winner and former winners, along with Swanson and Hines expected to compete Sunday include Russ Gamester (1997).
            Urish surprised the series regulars last year with his late-race charge, taking the lead three laps from the finish when Chris Windom ran out of fuel.
            This year’s field is expected to include a number of Illinois hopefuls in addition to Urish. They include Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Windom of Canton, Tiffany Wyzard of Williamsville, Steven Russell of Springfield, Randy Bateman of Murphysboro, Shane Cockrum and Jerry Bruce of Benton and Tad Roach of Granite City.
            Tyler Walker holds the one-lap track record of 123.550 mph set in 2004.
            The race honors the driver who lost his life in a DuQuoin accident in 1948. Horn’s Indianapolis 500 record is remarkable. Between 1936 and 1948 he never finished worse than fourth in nine starts, despite never winning the 500!
2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-390, 2-Tracy Hines-348, 3-Bobby East-336, 4-Chris Windom-288, 5-Jacob Wilson-240, 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-222, 7-Caleb Armstrong-200, 8-Dave Darland-173, 9-Tanner Swanson-165, 10-Christopher Bell-165.

Aug 26

Cockrum ready for double duty in Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin SF

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(DuQUOIN, Ill. — It’s not hard to imagine Shane Cockrum running both the Silver Crown and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. After all, he’s a pretty busy guy.

 

In addition to working a full-time job as a fire fighter for the city of Benton, Illinois, the 32-year-old local fan-favorite runs his own fulltime towing business. And oh by the way, he races 50-60 times a year in a combination of ARCA, Silver Crown, sprints and midgets. Did we mention he’s married and the father of two girls – 13 and nine?

 

“To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how we keep up with it…I guess you could say I’m an ambitious guy,” Cockrum said.

 

He’s about to get ambitious again this weekend for the USAC Silver Crown/ARCA double header at DuQuoin Sunday and Monday, respectively. He’s one of only two drivers that will run the double-header at DuQuoin…the other being A.J. Fike, who nearly swept both at Springfield last year.

 

On the ARCA side, Cockrum drives the No. 71 Tim Cooksey Oil Company Ford for Brad Hill Racing.

 

“I think we’re definitely an underfunded team…feels more like a mom and pop organization, and that’s a good thing. Everyone pitches in what they can…I really like the feel of Brad Hill Racing. Nobody gets at each other; we all have one goal in mind – knock off these big, high-dollar teams. Be the little guy that could I guess.”

 

Car owner Hill, 62, just retired and wants to throw more energy at his racing program. Hill also spent 12 years in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series as a jackman for several teams prior to fielding his own ARCA cars.

 

“We’re so excited,” Hill said. “We’ve got Tim Cooksey Oil Company on as our sponsor…he supplied us with a new D-3 RoushYates engine. We went from 720 horsepower to 840, and it definitely showed at Springfield. I had tears in my eyes when Tim told me he’d be supplying the engine. And Shane…what can you say? He’s as good as it gets when it comes to the dirt.”

 

And it doesn’t hurt that no driver has more hometown appeal at DuQuoin than Cockrum, who hails from very nearby Benton.

 

“DuQuoin is 20 minutes from the house,” Cockrum said. “We seem to have a little better luck there, and I credit that to our hometown crowd. In driver intros, you hear your name called out and you hear that roar from the crowd. It really gives you that little extra. It makes a difference.”

 

On the Silver Crown side, Cockrum drives for Hardy Boys Motorsports, an organization that reaches way back to the USAC Stock Car days.

 

“Hardy Boys Motorsports ran USAC Stock Cars before ARCA with Butch Garner and a couple of other drivers. They’ve always been family friends. We have a car capable of winning; we finished fourth there (DuQuoin) last year and fifth at Springfield…third at Eldora. We’re definitely going in the right direction with that program.”

 

He’s also headed in the right direction with Brad Hill Racing, finishing an ARCA career-best eighth last year at Springfield, and answered with a ninth place finish at Springfield this year. That said, Cockrum believes that DuQuoin is a better track for him.

 

“Springfield and DuQuoin are two totally different tracks and you drive them completely different. I really think DuQuoin is a better track for us. We were poised for a top-five run last year (at DuQuoin), but we got turned on the front straightaway on the final restart. Felt like I had a top three or four car… sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t.”

 

Outside of running back-to-back races on the same mile dirt track, Cockrum says there isn’t a lot of cross-over from a 1,500-lb. open wheel car to a 3,400-lb ARCA car.

 

“They’re really two totally different disciplines. Getting in a hundred miles the day before the ARCA race is beneficial, but there’s a big difference in the way you put a 1,500-lb. car in the corner and the way you go in with the ARCA car. The ARCA car is really cool the way everything slows down; it’s like running in slow motion.

 

“I really think the biggest difference between the two is that the changes in the handling in the Silver Crown cars are far more dramatic. You have 75 gallons of fuel right behind you in the Silver Crown car, so you’ll lose four-to-five-hundred pounds of fuel weight over the course of the race, and you’re always, constantly chasing that feeling. The ARCA car is way more steady and stable where the changes throughout the race are smaller; it’s just a way different environment.”

 

Brad Hill Racing and Cockrum have been very instrumental in the promotion of the Southern Illinois 100.

 

“We had our ARCA car out at the Street Machine Car Craft Nationals at the (DuQuoin State) Fairgrounds, and we handed out a lot of information about the race. We’ve been hanging ‘Welcome Race Fans’ banners up at Federated stores in the area, and people have been asking the stores about buying tickets…we’re getting more excited every day.”

 

Hill also traveled his team to DuQuoin last week and performed mock pit stops for the local media.

 

“That went really well,” Hill said. “We actually painted pit stalls, so everyone this year will have a clearly defined pit box, rather than the little wood stakes that we’ve used in the past. It’s going to be neat…so much safer showing you where your actual pit stall is.”

 

Southern Illinois 100 History/Winners

The past winners list of the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver/winner Chris Buescher.

 

Raceday Schedule

Practice for the September 1 Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15. The 61st annual Southern Illinois 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local.

 

Media Coverage

The event will feature live timing and scoring for all on-track activity at ARCAracing.com, as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage for the race.

 

Aug 26

Big Ten Street Stocks battle for big prize money, title at Macon Speedway

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MACON, Ill. – The final night of Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will bring some fireworks to an already competitive class Saturday at legendary Macon Speedway. With the $1,000 prize for the season championship up for grabs, the $500 to win feature race, a dash for cash, some trophies on the line and qualifying for the dirt stock cars, it will be a Street Stock summer night on Labor Day weekend during the Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night.

Bobby Beiler, of Blue Mound, and Terry Reed, of Decatur, provided us with some of the most thrilling racing of the season in a season-long battle that’s going down to the wire. The two-man race for the championship has taken us to Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and the Christian County Fair in Taylorville (Ill.) before the door-to-door spectacle finishes the tour on the famed high banked fifth-mile dirt oval. Beiler and Reed are old friends and treat each other with respect on the track, but that level of cooperation could get tested with so much on the line. The top eight finishes in the 10 races count toward a driver’s point total. The season-long point fund totals $3,000, and the payout reaches all the way down to 10th place, so there’s plenty left to be decided in the 25-lap feature. Macon Speedway will also qualify the cars for the heat races, so drivers get a chance to cut some fast laps to see if they have the talent and determination to post the best time among what’s expected to be a large field. A dash for cash will also be held.

Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets, Stock Hornets and Beach House Mini-Sprints will also race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

It’s also Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103, as the ladies from Pop’s Place hop into 4-cylinder Hornets in an effort to advance to the Bud Light Ladies Night finals in September. Michelle Perry, Karey Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will attempt to join Jenny Cramer and Dana Damery of Rocco’s, Dawn Reynolds and Holly Vinson of Starship Billiards and Laurel Phipps and Brianna Livingston of Woody’s in the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship on Sept. 13. Ladies receive half price admission. So with that many women heading to Macon Speedway, it’s a great time for the guys to make sure they get here and grab some Buds.

Head to another state fair when USAC-ARCA team up for another doubleheader as the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Aug. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. 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.

 

 

Aug 26

Darland looks to extend record total at Action Track Friday in USAC sprint race

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                 This Friday’s ”Jim Hurtubise Classic” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track honors the memory of the driver who scored five consecutive USAC Sprint Car victories at the storied track between 1960 and 1962.

 

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., who eclipsed Tom Bigelow’s all-time USAC Sprint car victory record Sunday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, has returned to the series point lead and takes a five-point cushion over Brady Bacon into Friday’s race at the track where he claimed the “Tony Hulman Classic” in May.

 

Bryan Clauson, who stands third in the points, won the “Indiana Sprint Week” feature at Terre Haute in July and will try to give long-time car owner Mike Curb his 100th USAC National feature victory in Friday’s competition.

 

Darland repeated as the champion of the Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer “Sprint Car Smackdown” this past weekend, tying Bigelow’s record with his 52nd career win Saturday, then closing out the four-day racing extravaganza with #53 in Sunday’s 40-lap finale.

 

Darland started outside B & W “King of the Hill” Champion Brady Bacon in Sunday’s feature, trailed Bacon for five laps, then set sail to lead the final 35 laps in his Racers Advantage Store/Frank Daigh DRC/Foxco Chevy. Robert Ballou finished a close second ahead of Clauson, Bacon and Jon Stanbrough. Sunday’s $10,000-to-win race had been rained out on Saturday night and postponed to the next day.

 

Darland’s Saturday victory came in a 30-lap feature also delayed from Thursday night, when rains interrupted the program after two heats had been completed. Justin Grant led the first 23 laps before Darland took over. Grant finished second ahead of Ballou, Chris Windom and Stanbrough.

 

Stanbrough opened the victory celebrations with his 30-lap win Friday night, taking the lead from Bryan Clauson on the white-flag lap and leading the final two circuits in his MP Environmental Services/Indiana Underground Maxim/Fisher. Clauson was second ahead of Ballou, Kyle Cummins and Bacon.

 

Participants earned numerous special awards, plus lap prizes totaling $10,000. USAC would like to thank all of those who contributed lap prizes as well as the following special award donors: Cooper Tire, Brase Yourself, AllStar Performance, QuickCar Racing Products, The True Grit Award, B & W Auto Mart, Spire Sports & Entertainment, ProSource, Phoenix Racer’s Advantage Store, Arizona Open Wheel Museum, CSI Shocks, Hummel’s Factory Kahne, PPM Titanium Products, Indy Performance Composites, Pace Performance Coatings, Wilwood Brake Systems, American Racing Ministries, DRC Chassis, Weld Racing, Roger & Barb Tapy of Customized Service Trucks, Impact Racing, Rod End Supply, Simpson Racing Products, C & R Racing, Hinchman Racewear, Hoosier Tire, Arizona Sport Shirts, Traxxas, Go Pro, Rugged Radios and USAC.

 

 

2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Dave Darland-1,520, 2-Brady Bacon-1,515, 3-Bryan Clauson-1,480, 4-Jon Stanbrough-1,428, 5-Chase Stockon-1,297, 6-Justin Grant-1,230, 7-Chris Windom-1,206, 8-Tracy Hines-1,195, 9-Robert Ballou-1,085, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,067.

Aug 26

Pro late models converge on Macon Speedway in two-night points fund

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MACON, Ill. – Macon Speedway is proud to announce the addition of pro late models to the program on Sept. 13 with a $500 to win feature race plus a two-night point fund in conjunction with the program the previous night at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway. With the big paycheck and the possibility of even more money with the two-night doubleheader, Macon Speedway expects a high number of crate late models to arrive at the legendary fifth-mile high banked oval for a fabulous night of racing.

Like Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway will also pay $500 to win in the pro late model class on Sept. 12. The winner of the two-night point fund earns another $400, followed by $200 for second, $150 for third, $100 for fourth and $75 for both fifth and sixth. Pro late models have become a strong part of other tracks in the state, and Macon Speedway wants to give them a chance to run at the famous oval. Drivers are already talking about the opportunity after Macon Speedway first began spreading the word earlier this month. So get your trailer loaded and head to Macon Speedway for some fun on the world’s fastest fifth-mile dirt oval.

The pro late models are just a part of the fabulous program on Sept. 13, when Heinkel’s Three Dog Night will include a hot dog eating contest and great giveaways from Heinkel’s, the Decatur meat packing plant known for smoked meats, sausages and the grand champion wiener. It’s also the Bud Light Ladies Night championship race, presented by Y103. Eight ladies from Rocco’s, Woody’s, Starship Billiards and Pop’s Place will have qualified for a five-lap shootout for a great prize package and a trophy for the winning bar. Ladies also receive half price admission.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final night during the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season by running double features in both POWRi classes. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the the MOWA Sprints presented by DynaGraphics and ILMO, and the season-finale is set for on Sept. 27.

Circle the calendar for the second USAC-ARCA doubleheader when the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Aug. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. 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.

 

 

Aug 24

Crawley edges Taylor for Chuck Foley Memorial Ansar 50 title Saturday

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MACON  – Dave Crawley, Jr. outlasted Guy Taylor to the finish after literally swapping the lead for the entire race., and Crawley went home with the $1,000 prize in the Chuck Foley Memorial Ansar Shrine 50 for Billingsley Towing Modifieds at Macon Speedway Saturday.

Cory Daugherty was the fastest qualifier and pole sitter. He led the first lap. By lap two, Taylor had the lead which lasted until the seventh lap. Crawley took his first lead for only a lap before Taylor owned the next two and Crawley bounced back for a lap’s lead. Taylor looked to be in position to win after a miscue by Crawley on lap 43 as Taylor dashed to the lead on lap 44. But Crawley’s daring skills put him in front with a top side pass to which he held on to edge Taylor in one of the most back-and-forth races in recent memory.

Greg Osman of Macon dominated a 20-lap Big Ten Series Street Stocks race which was part of the 10-race Big Ten Series and blew away the competition. Tom Reich netted a second place finish while Terry Reed scored third.

Benjamin McChristy crossed the finish line ahead of Marty Sullivan to win in the Stock Hornet class while Adam Webb bypassed Michael Gossett to win the Outlaw Hornet feature.

Dennis Sterling won the demolition derby while Robert Sterling of Dawso was second and Anthony Banks of Jacksonville third.

MACON SPEEDWAY RESULTS

Billingsley Towing Modifieds –1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 3. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 4. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 5. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 6. Matt Goulden (Springfield), 7. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 8. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 9. Dakota Ewing (Decatur), 10. Randy Spaugh (Decatur), 11. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound), 12. Thomas Reich (Springfield), 13. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 14. Terry Reed (Decatur), 15. Rick Lowe (Springfield), 16. Jeffrey Wallace (Decatur), 17. Jeff Gill (Decatur), 18. Bruce Boliard (Macon)

Big Ten Street Stocks – 1.Greg Osman (Macon),  2. Thomas Reich (Springfield), 3. Terry Reed (Decatur), 4. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 5. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 6. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 7. Larry Russell, Jr. (Harristown), 8. Luke Force (Argenta), 9. Roy MaGee II (Springfield), 10. Jeremiah Hoadley (Forsyth), 11. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur), 12. Billy Justice, Jr. (Harristown), 13. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 14. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 15. Greg Scribner (Bethany), 16. Nick Justice (Harristown), 17. Brandon Dick (Decatur), 18. Terry Miller (Lincoln)

Outlaw Hornets – 1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 3. Victor Overlin (Decatur), 4. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 5. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 6. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 7. Joe McChristy (Mt. Zion), 8. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 9. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 10. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 11. Steven Stine (Blue Mound)

Stock Hornets – 1. Benjamin McChristy (Mt. Zion), 2. Marty Sullivan (Mt. Zion), 3. Jonathan Drake (Decatur), 4. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 5. William Deavers (Bloomington), 6. Brian Offer (Springfield), 7. Austin Wickline, 8. Tory Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 9. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 10. Matthew Reed (Blue Mound), 11. Roger Reed (Decatur), 12. Kenneth Reed (Decatur), 13. Dean Holt (Decatur), 14. Garth Luka

Demo Derby – Dennis Sterling (Dawson), Robert Sterling (Dawson), Anthony Banks (Jacksonville)

 

 

Aug 22

Bill France Four Crown champ to be decided at Southern Illinois 100

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(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 22, 2014) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will soon be making its annual trek to southern Illinois for the Southern Illinois 100 on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt Labor Day Monday, September 1.

 

This year’s annual championship stock car classic, with the 92nd annual DuQuoin State Fair serving as the backdrop, marks the 61st running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care.

 

It will also mark the final leg of ARCA’s 2014 Bill France Four Crown championship with just 45 points separating the top-six contenders. Currently, GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger leads by 15 points over Ken Schrader Racing and Venturini Motorsports, tied for second.

 

The Bill France Four Crown championship represents ARCA’s versatility and provides a link to the series’ roots, featuring a diverse combination of tracks in any given season. This year’s France Four Crown schedule included the New Jersey Motorsports Park (road course), Chicagoland Speedway (superspeedway), Berlin Raceway (short track), and DuQuoin (mile dirt).

 

“The Bill France Four Crown Award speaks to the very nature of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said Ron Drager, President of ARCA. “Being the full-bodied stock car series that runs on speedways, road courses, short tracks, and dirt ovals, this is the epitome of what our series is about.”

 

Bill France Four Crown points are allocated without qualifying or in-race bonuses, and distributed in the same method as in the official series standings.

 

Five-time Southern Illinois 100 winner Frank Kimmel is the all-time Bill France Four Crown champion with seven titles (2013, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998).

 

The annual Bill France Four Crown reaches back to 1984 when the late Davey Allison was the first recipient/champion.

 

Expected entries at DuQuoin include 10-time ARCA national champion Frank Kimmel and three-time DuQuoin winner/ NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader. Schrader’s win in last year’s race cemented him in as the oldest ARCA winner in history. Schrader turned 59 in late May, 2014.

 

“That would be high, high on our list of accomplishments if we’re able to pull it off,” Schrader said of the Bill France Four Crown title.

 

“That’s always been one of my favorite parts of the banquet each year when that award is given out. More than anything, it says a lot about the depth of a race team.”

 

In addition to the steady cast of characters, the Southern Illinois will feature several home-state drivers including Illinoisans Shane Cockrum (Benton), Kelly Kovski (Springfield), AJ Fike (Galesburg), Mark Littleton (Arenzville) and Dale Shearer (Alhambra).

 

The event will also feature a tight national championship points battle between Enfinger and W. Des Moines, Iowa’s Mason Mitchell…the two have been flip-flopping the lead back and forth all season. Mitchell finished second last week on the Springfield mile dirt with Enfinger trailing in third.

 

The past winners list of the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver/winner Chris Buescher.

 

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Past ARCA Bill France Four Crown Award Champions:

 

1984 – Davey Allison
1985 – Lee Raymond
1986 – Lee Raymond
1987 – Grant Adcox
1988 – Grant Adcox
1989 – Tracy Leslie
1990 – Bob Keselowski
1991 – Bobby Bowsher/Bill Venturini (Tie)
1992 – Bobby Bowsher
1993 – Bob Keselowski
1994 – Bob Hill
1995 – Harris DeVane
1996 – Tim Steele
1997 – Tim Steele
1998 – Frank Kimmel
1999 – Bill Baird
2000 – Tim Steele
2001 – Frank Kimmel
2002 – Frank Kimmel
2003 – Jason Jarrett
2004 – Brent Sherman
2005 – Frank Kimmel
2006 – Blake Bjorklund
2007 – Frank Kimmel
2008 – Frank Kimmel
2009 – Parker Kligerman
2010 – Joey Coulter
2011 – Chad McCumbee
2012 – Chris Buescher
2013 – Frank Kimmel

 

 

Aug 22

Auto racing returns to Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Mile on Aug. 31, Sept. 1

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DUQUOIN, Ill. – A race car driver still building his reputation and another driver who is a household name among race fans are the defending champions as exciting auto racing returns to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with a pair of 100-mile races on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1, the final two days of the DuQuoin State Fair. Chris Urish, of Elkhart, Ill., was the winner of the unpredictable Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars that races again Aug. 31 before NASCAR star Ken Schrader chases another victory on the legendary DuQuoin Mile in the Southern Illinois 100 as ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards hits the dirt with the stock cars for only the second time all season on Sept. 1. The traditional racing program provides a great contrast for race fans who can watch both open-wheel racing and full body stock cars.

“We always look forward to bringing the excitement of big-time auto racing to the DuQuoin State Fair,’’ said veteran race promoter Bob Sargent, who also holds USAC and ARCA races at the Illinois State Fair and Indiana State Fairgrounds. “A fairgrounds track brings racing back to its roots. The USAC Silver Crown cars and ARCA stock cars have always brought the crowd to the edge of its seat.’’

Urish scored the biggest win of his career last season in the Ted Horn 100. Urish won when misfortune caused the leaders to drop out. He was running third with four laps left, then inherited the lead after Chris Windom and Shane Cockrum ran out of fuel. Series director Andy Hillenburg has been building the car count, and a field of close to 30 cars is expected for this year’s race as he continues to build the series with more quality machinery and talented drivers.

Schrader is a three-time Southern Illinois 100 winner who took the checkered flag last season in his Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. He also won the race in 2006 and 2007. The racing veteran also has an ARCA win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt track. Schrader took the victory last year after passing Tom Hessert just before a late caution flag. Schrader then held off Hessert the final two laps. Earlier this month, Kevin Swindell drove the Venturini Motorsports Zaxby Toyota to victory in the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Springfield Mile.

On Aug. 31, the UMP modifieds hold heat races to qualify for the Bill Oldani Memorial on Monday.

Tickets are on sale at the Du Quoin State Fair ticket office (618-542-1535) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40.

 

 

Aug 22

Feger the defending champ at USA World 50 on Aug. 22 at PIR

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            PADUCAH, Ky. – The countdown is already ticking on Paducah International Raceway’s prime attraction of the season. The Chris Smith Memorial/USA World 50 is Friday, Aug. 22 in a MARS vs. UMP Challenge in super late models. Last season, Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., roared through the weekend, claiming victories at PIR and I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo., to claim the big jackpot.

At Paducah International Raceway, Feger was dominant in the victory. Known as the Highside Hustler, Feger is a regular on the UMP Summer Nationals tour. Bobby Pierce, the teenage sensation from Oakwood, Ill., and another regular on the UMP tour, took second place. Tony Jackson, of Lebanon, Mo., entered the race as the MARS point leader. He damaged his primary car when Jackson spun in front of the field in his heat race. Jackson pulled out his backup car to eventually finish third. Jason Riggs of Harrisburg, Ill., was fourth with Tim Brown of Benton, Ky., placing fifth.

Don’t miss the door-to-door action as these talented dirt warriors challenge the lightning fast three-eighths mile track and push it to the limit every lap. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands open at 5. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 and qualifying set for 7. The green flag drops on racing at 7:30.

Pro (Crate) Late Models and Modifieds will also be in action.

The inaugural USA World 50 was held in 1978. Former race winners include Jerry Inman, Tom Helfrich, Larry Moore, Russ Petro, Phil Gregory, NASCAR veteran Jeff Purvis and former UMP National Champion Terry English.

 

Chris Smith Memorial/USA World 50

Friday, Aug. 22 at Paducah International Raceway

 

Pits Open at 4:00

Gates Open at 5:00

Racing Begins at 7:30

SPECIAL: 50 lap feature for UMP vs MARS Super Late Models in $5,000 to win. UMP Modifieds race for $1,000 to win.

Classes racing: Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Crate Late Models.

General Admission is $25 For Adults. Children 11 and under are $5 when accompanied by parent.

Pit admission is $35 for adults, $20 for children 11-under.

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Aug 19

Shrine 50, demo derby highlight Shriners Hospital fundraiser Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – It’s a three-ring circus of racing, demolition derby and fun with the Decatur Shriner Club during the Shrine 50 and Chuck Foley Memorial Demolition Derby Saturday. The racing will provide plenty of action with the Shrine 50 for Billingsley Towing Modifieds paying $1,000 to win while the Big Ten Series Street Stocks race for $500 to win. More importantly, all money raised goes to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Shrine 50 is a 50-lap race for Billingsley Towing Modifiedsn. The modifieds have already thrilled everyone with some of the best racing of the season. Macon Speedway fans are still talking about the Twin 50’s held in June. There was plenty of paint traded that night and at least a few words traded in the grandstands and the pits. Big Ten Series Street Stocks also hold the ninth race in the 10-event campaign that pays $1,000 to the series champion. Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also race.

Now here’s an event that’s way past trading paint. For the first time in decades, Macon Speedway will also host a demolition derby.  With three classes, the rock ‘em sock ‘em action should shake the speedway to its foundation. The bone rattling thrills will keep fans of all ages excited and entertained. Watch the cars battle in a last driver standing match of power, speed and daredevil moves. Drivers will compete in Bone Stock, Stock and Compact divisions. Pit passes are $30 with no entry fee. For more information, call 217-306-2222. Check Maconracing.com for a complete set of rules.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. The demolition derby will follow the racing.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final night during the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season by running double features in both POWRi classes. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the the MOWA Sprints presented by DyunaGraphics and ILMO, and the season-finale is set for on Sept. 27.

Circle the calendar for the second USAC-ARCA doubleheader when the Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars runs Sept. 31 under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fair before the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars entertains race fans on Labor Day. The USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 for Silver Crown cars has been rescheduled for Sept. 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the racing at both state fairgrounds are available by calling Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. 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.

 

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