Sep 01

Schrader wins Oldani Memorial for UMP modifieds at DuQuoin Monday

Du QUOIN, Ill. — Ken Schrader jumped to the lead on the seventh lap and held off a hard-charging Joe Walsh for the victory in the Bill Oldani Memorial for UMP Modifieds at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Monday. Schrader, who started outside front row, took the lead after Walsh spun in turn three.

The polesitter, Walsh charged from the back of the pack to force his way back into second place at the checkered flag. Schrader pocketed $2,000 for the win while Walsh took home $800.

Jonathan Rowan was third with Curt Rhodes fourth and Jeff Parker fifth.

BILL OLDANI MEMORIAL

UMP Modifieds

DuQuoin Mile

1. Ken Schrader (Fenton, Mo.), 2. Joe Walsh (Fenton, Mo.), 3. Jonathan Rowan (Jackson, Tenn.), 4. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville, Ill.), 5. Jeff Parker (Marion, Ill.), 6. Jesse Snyder (Robinson), 7. David Shain (Humboldt, Ill.), 8. Joe Geisler (St. Mary, Mo.), 9. Charles Baker, Labelle, Mo.), 10. Steve Adams (Humboldt, Ill.), 11. Jeff Hall (Charleston, Mo.), 12. Rick Pauley (Sumner, Ill.), 13. Rick Weitekamp (Springfield, Ill.), 14. Danny Sissom (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), 15. Josh Sissom (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), 16. Mike Jones (Marissa, Ill.), 17. Nick Macklin (Oakley, Ill.)

 

Sep 01

Cockrum nabs first USAC Silver Crown win Sunday night at home track

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2014 – DuQuoin, Illinois – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – “Ted Horn 100″
 
      QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-30.571; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.729; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-31.199; 4. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.273; 5. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-31.474; 6. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-31.766; 7. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-31.838; 8. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.266; 9. C.J. Leary, 35, Ferns-32.349; 10. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-32.388; 11. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-32.430; 12. Brady Bacon, 14, McQuinn-32.458; 13. Levi Jones, 56, Fox-32.491; 14. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.915; 15. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-33.038; 16. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-33.521; 17. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.109; 18. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-34.171; 19. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-34.326; 20. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-34.511; 21. Robbie Ray, 53, SET-39.720; 22. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 23. Terry James, 23, Satterhouse-NT; 24. Jerry Bruce, 50, Bruce-NT.
 
      FEATURE: (100 Laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. A.J. Fike, 6. Russ Gamester, 7. Chris Urish, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bobby East, 10. Steven Russell, 11. Randy Bateman, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Kody Swanson, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Zach Daum, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chris Fetter, 18. Jake Simmons, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Robbie Ray, 22. Jackie Burke, 23. Terry James. NT
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**Darland flipped on lap 65. Windom flipped on lap 90.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 East, Laps 9-31 Swanson, Laps 32-41 East, Laps 42-56 Darland, Laps 57-86 Cockrum, Laps 87-89 Windom, Laps 90-100 Cockrum.
 
NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-417, 2-Hines-398, 3-East-375, 4-Windom-313, 5-Coons-261, 6-Jacob Wilson-240, 7-Armstrong-215, 8-Fike-212, 9-Cockrum-201, 10-Darland-194.
 
NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: September 7 – Springfield, IL – Illinois State Fairgrounds – “Tony Bettenhausen 100″

 

 

Sep 01

Southern Illinois 100 ready to start on schedule at DuQuoin Mile Monday

DuQUOIN, Ill. — The cars have hit the track for practice prior to the ARCA Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. With the rain dissipating in Southern Illinois, the program is on schedule, and the track looks fabulous for a great day of racing.

The breeze in the grandstands makes it even more cmortable at the scenic DuQuoin Mile. NASCAR star Ken Schrader will go for two wins today. He is the defending champ of the Southern Illinois 100, and he starts on the front row of the Bill Oldani Memorial for UMP modifieds.

Qualifying for the Southern Illinois 100 is set for 11:15 a.m. with the modified feature at noon. The Southern Illinois 100 in the ARCA Racing Series takes the green flag at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, go online to trackenterprises.com or call 618-542-1515.

 

 

Sep 01

Schrader starts in front row after winning modified heat at DuQuoin

DuQUOIN, Ill. – NASCAR star Ken Schrader will be going for a pair of wins Monday when he hits the track at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the ARCA Southern Illinois 100 for stock cars and the Bill Oldani Memorial for UMP Modifieds.

Schrader starts on the front row alongside polesitter Joe Walsh, of Fenton, Mo., which is also Schrader’s hometown. Jonathan Rowan of Jackson, Tenn., and Curt Rhodes of Taylorville, Ill.,  occupy the second row with Davids Shain of Humboldt., Ill., filling out the top five.

Schrader is also the defending champion in the Southern Illinois 100.

The Southern Illinois 200 is the second time this season the ARCA Racing Series hits the dirt, after Kevin Swindell took the checkered flag at the SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in mid-August. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Monday with practice at 9. Qualifying is set for 11:15 and the modified feature starts at noon. The Southern Illinois 100 is set for a 1:30 p.m. start.

Bill Oldani Memorial

Starting lineup

Monday

DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

First row – Joe Walsh, Ken Schrader

Second row – Jonathan Rowan, Curt Rhodes

Third row – David Shain, Jesse Snyder

Fourth row – Jeff Parker, Joe Geisler

Fifth row – Jeff Hall, Mike Jones

Sixth row – Charles Baker, Danny Sissom

Seventh row – Rick Weitekamp, Nick Macklin

Eighth row – Steve Adams, Josh SIssom

Ninth row – Chris Winters, Louie Baker

Tenth row – Rick Pauley

Aug 31

USAC ready to take green flag Sunday night at scenic DuQuoin Mile

TedHorn

DuQUOIN, Ill. – Get ready for some racing Sunday, because track preparations are underway for the USAC Ted Horn 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars at picturesque DuQuoin State Farigrounds. The 100-miler on the DuQuoin Mile is the opener of a doubleheader and part of the dirt track Labor Day tradition. We are racing in DuQuoin!

Grandstands open at 4 p.m. Sunday with practice at 5, qualifications at 6 and racing at 8. UMP modifieds will also run heats. A loaded field of USAC cars is expected, and come watch the stars and cars of the USAC ranks race under the lights from the gorgeous DuQuoin grandstand. Chris Urish is the defending champion after an unpredictable race last season. The DuQuoin State Fair is also underway, so it’s a family destination. Have fun in the campgrounds located on the fairgrounds.

On Monday, Ken Schrader is the defending champ of the Southern Illinois 100 for ARCA stock cars. Practice begins at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the race takes the green flag at 1:30 p.m. The Modified feature is at noon.

For more information, go to trackenterprises.com or call 618-542-1515.

 

Aug 31

Reed punches ticket to win Big Ten Series Street Stocks title Saturday

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Terry Reed is all smiles after winning the Big Ten Series Street Stocks title.

MACON—Terry Reed should buy a lottery ticket. Everything went perfect for the driver leading the Big Ten Street Stock Series as he would claim the championship to the 10-race series, and the Decatur driver would win the $500 top prize in the Big Ten Street Stock Series race at Macon Speedway on Saturday. Along with that 25-lap victory in which he led every lap, he was the fastest qualifier, won his heat and the 6-lap Dash for Cash which put him on the pole position for the main event.

Trailing him in the Big Ten Street Stock Series is Bobby Beiler, who followed him around for the entire race and lost power on the 24th lap but managed to finish.

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Jeremy Nichols overcame traffic and took the lead away from Tim Bedinger en route to the checkered flag in the Sportsman division feature.

Dave Crawley, Jr. had little difficulty getting into the lead in the Billingsley Towing Modifieds feature.  Starting in the front row, he took the lead and dashed away from Guy Taylor and company for his second feature win in a row.

Another driver who had little trouble with the lead was Beach House Mini Sprints feature winner Jeremy Camp. He stuck to the bottom groove and weaved through the lapped traffic and managed to build momentum heading to the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints double feature program next Saturday.

Adam Webb won for the second consecutive week in the Outlaw Hornet division. Webb, the defending National Hornet Champion, took away with the lead and went on for victory.

Marty Sullivan had to hold off Jonathan Drake in the fourth turn to get the win in the Stock Hornet class.

Macon Speedway hosted the final event leading to the Bud Light Ladies Night Championship Race on September 13th as five girls from Pop’s Place raced to the checkered flag and Christine Vogel added her name to the list of ladies racing in the championship next month.

 

MACON SPEEDWAY RESULTS

Sportsman – 1. Jeremy Nichols (Shelbyville), 2. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 3. Doug Nevill (Dawson), 4. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 5. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 6. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 7. Tom Graham (Stonington), 8. Stefan Bediner (Taylorville)

Big Ten Street Stocks – 1. Terry Reed (Decatur), 2. Greg Osman (Macon), 3. Jeffrey Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 4. Larry Russell, Jr. (Harristown), 5. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 6. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 7. Kaleb Wood (Sullivan), 8. Bobby Eskew (Lake Fork), 9. Tom Reich (Springfield), 10. Luke Force (Argenta), 11. Roy Magee II (Springfield), 12. Kyle Waters (Oreana), 13. Ronnie Burns (Cerro Gordo), 14. Danny Smith (Argenta), 15. Jeff Reed, Sr. (Blue Mound), 16. Tony Reed (Decatur), 17. Jacob Brigham (Lerna), 18. Gene Reed (Blue Mound), 19. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur), 20. Jeremiah Hoadley (Forsyth), 21. Dustin Reed (Decatur), 22. Chevy Miller (Clinton), 23. Billy Justice, Jr. (Harristown)

Billingsley Towing Modifieds – 1. Dave Crawley, Jr. (Decatur), 2. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 3. Zack Bunning (Decatur), 4. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 5. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 6. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 7. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 8. Norm Wood (Sullivan), 9. Rick Hamilton (Decatur), 10. John Holzhauer (Greenville), 11. Eric Hamilton (Macon), 12. Dakota Ewing (Decatur), 13. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 14. Clark Robertson (Shelbyville), 15. Jeff Wallace (Decatur), 16. Cory Daugherty (Blue Mound)

Outlaw Hornets – 1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Thad Gee (Bloomington), 3. John Bright, Jr. (Decatur), 4. Michael Gossett (Decatur), 5. Elden Hemken, 6. Dillon Justice (Harristown), 7. Steven Stine (Blue Mound), 8. Steven Cousins, 9. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 10. Dylen Tucker, 11. Tharen Reno (Springfield), 12. Vernon Carlow (Springfield), 13. Victor Overlin

Beach House Mini-Sprints – 1. Jeremy Camp, 2. Luke Verardi, 3. Garrett Duff, 4. Tyler Duff, 5. Evan Turner, 6. Heath Ross, 7. Austin Stewart, 8.Jeff Beasley, 9. Gabe Verardi, 10. Brian Nance, 11. David Hunt, 12. Michael Bustamante

Stock Hornets – 1. Marty Sullivan (Mt. Zion), 2. Jonathan Drake (Decatur), 3. Luke Wright (Lincoln), 4. Dean Holt (Decatur), 5. Tory Lyons (Mt. Pulaski), 6. Austin Wickline, 7. Mike McChristy (Mt. Zion), 8. Alan Salmons, 9. William Deavers (Bloomington), 10. Benjami McChristy (Mt. Zion)

Bud Light Ladies Night (Pop’s Place) – 1. Christine Vogel, 2. Michelle Perry, 3. Karey Keller, 4. Genny Hinton, 5. Stephanie Keenan.

 

Aug 30

Street Stocks battle for titles, cash on Bug Light Ladies Night Saturday

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MACON, Ill. – Griz FM 98.1 Fan Appreciation Night features the State Street Stocks Championship and the Big Ten Series Street Stocks Championship, but the fun doesn’t stop here at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday. With general admission for ladies only $6 on Bud Light Ladies Night and the gals racing from Pop’s Place plus racing in six classes on the fifth-mile high banked oval, it’s a great night to head to the famed speedway on the holiday weekend.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, preparations were underway for racing at Macon Speedway. Check Maconracing.com for further updates throughout the day.

The Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stocks will bring some fireworks to an already competitive class. 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’s the biggest Street stocks event in the state this season. Terry Reed of Decatur and Bobby Beiler of Blue Mound battle for the championship, and the points fund payout extends through the top 10. There’s plenty of places up for grabs with a driver’s top eight finishes counting toward his Big Ten Series points total.

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.

Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103 features the ladies from Pop’s Place as they 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. 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 29

With rains halting show at Action Track Friday, USAC heads to DuQuoin

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC National Sprint cars set for Friday, Aug. 29 at the Action Track has been rained out. The race has been rescheduled for Sept. 18 in a doubleheader for open wheel fans. The World of Outlaws will race at the Action Track on Sept. 17.

USAC  shifts to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Sunday night for the Ted Horn 100 for Silver Crown cars on the Magic Mile. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. with Silver Crown practice at 5 and qualifications at 6. After UMP Modified heats, the Ted Horn 100 is set for 8 p.m. under the lights at the famed mile track.

Aug 29

Mitchell, Enfinger carry ARCA title fight to DuQuoin Mile Monday

 

DuQUOIN, Ill. — It’s the ARCA version of the ‘Final Four’, a spectacular play-off picture that kicks off this Labor Day Monday, September 1 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt in the 61st running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care.

 

And if you’re going to be the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion in the series’ 62nd season, you had better hone up on your dirt track skills because, for championship contenders Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger, it’s coming down to a nostalgic, historic horse track in southern Illinois.

 

“I love it…the fact that the dirt tracks are going to play such a huge part in the championship,” said Mitchell, who leads Enfinger by just 25 points, or five positions on the track. “The dirt tracks really challenge everyone…the driver, the pit crew, everyone. But that’s what makes the ARCA champion so cool…you gotta be so good at so many different race tracks.

 

“I’m pretty confident in our dirt track program; we obviously had a good run at Springfield. We’re good enough and strong enough to win at DuQuoin. Last year, we actually did a better job at DuQuoin than we did at Springfield, and this year, we ran second at Springfield, so we’re very confident in our ability to get the job done at DuQuoin.”

 

Beyond the wild-card element of dirt track racing, Mitchell’s clear-cut on his championship strategy.

 

“It’s not hard to figure it out. We’ve got to finish ahead of the 90 (Enfinger), but the way he runs everywhere, that means we’ve got to win the race. I feel like to win the championship, we’ve got to win at DuQuoin.”

 

Enfinger, who, in no way, considers himself a ‘dirt track guy’, is ready for the challenge ahead.

 

“I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not a dirt track guy. I don’t have a dirt track background, but I’m happy with everything I learned at Springfield,” said Enfinger, who finished third at Springfield, one spot behind Mitchell.

 

“Me and Pickle (crew chief/Ryan London) compared notes coming out of Springfield and took a swing at making it better for DuQuoin.”

 

While a third place finishing position can be regarded as a good thing, based on the season so far, Enfinger will, more than likely, have to do better at DuQuoin.

 

“You know, every time GMS Racing fields me a car, it’s got good speed; I don’t expect this weekend to be any different,” added Enfinger. “Our goal hasn’t changed until Pickle tells me it does. We go to win every one of these races. Maybe we can play the points game when we get to the finale at Kansas, but right now, it’s win races.”

 

And since Enfinger does not consider himself a dirt track guy…Springfield, DuQuoin…it’s all the same for the Fairhope, Alabama driver.

 

“I’m sure to a real dirt track guy, there’s a lot of difference between Springfield and DuQuoin, but I don’t come from the dirt, so it’s all foreign to me. Having said that, those two tracks are the same to me.”

 

For Mitchell, Springfield and DuQuoin are two completely different animals.

 

“You definitely drive the two tracks differently,” Mitchell said. “Springfield’s corners are more symmetrically round and you drive it that way. At DuQuoin, you gotta pitch the car a few times to get the car to rotate through each end, which are more rectangular. It’ll probably be a lot dryer at DuQuoin, unless we get torrential rains like we did at Springfield, but it doesn’t look like it.

 

“No matter what the conditions are this weekend, it’ll be the same from our end…we’ve got to win the race.”

 

Five-time DuQuoin winner and 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel is currently third in points, 235 points from the lead.

 

“It’s been a few years since we’ve won one at DuQuoin, and we’re probably in our best shape ever to win again,” Kimmel said. “We’re definitely looking forward to it. The fairgrounds tracks hold special meaning for me. When you consider the names that have won there over the years, you can really appreciate the history of the place, when, back in the day, you had to do well at these places to win championships and go places.”

 

Following DuQuoin, just three races remain – Salem Speedway Sept. 13, Kentucky Speedway Sept. 19 and Kansas Speedway Oct. 3.

 

Impressive Past Southern Illinois 100 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 28

USAC Ted Horn 100 at DuQuoin Mile

TedHorn1:00pm                                  Registration and pit gates open

4:00pm                                  Grandstands and ticket office open

5:00pm                                   Practice

6:00pm                                  Silver Crown Qualifying

7:00pm                                  UMP Modified heats

8:00pm                                  Feature (100 laps)

 

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