FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 22, 2014
MACON, Ill. – After a rainout earlier this month delayed its arrival to
Macon Speedway, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series rolls onto
the historic fifth-mile oval to bring some high class open-wheel racing
to the legendary track Saturday night.
Fast building a reputation as one of the best midget series in the
country, POWRi features a championship battle led by a rising star who
might be the next big thing. Christopher Bell, who won on Macon’s fast
high banks last season, has built a comfortable 160-point lead, and fans
have already began to wonder if he’s the next Kyle Larson, a contender
for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Ganassi
Racing after winning in a POWRi midget at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway a
year ago. Tanner Thorson, Bell’s teammate, sits second in the points
standings just 10 points ahead of defending series champ Zach Daum. A
native of Pocahantas, Ill., near Vandalia, Daum is known as The
Dauminator, and he also drives USAC Silver Crown and sprint cars while
not chasing the POWRi title.
The POWRi tour will also swing through Macon Speedway four more times
later in the season, because the drivers enjoy racing on the smooth,
banked facility that provides plenty of room to make a move to the
front. During the series stop here on June 7, it’s part of a four-race
Illinois Speed Week. POWRi also brings its 600cc outlaw micros, and
Macon Speedway’s squadron of talented mini-sprint drivers will take aim
on defending the honor of the track against the touring aces.
UMP modifieds will also race, and the UMP Street stocks return to Macon
Speedway after defending track champ Gene Reed of Blue Mound grabbed the
victory in the Big Ten Series street stocks opener here last weekend.
The 20-lap battle began the 10-race series at four tracks, including
four more stops at Macon Speedway and an appearance at the Christian
County Fair in Taylorville. Outlaw hornets and stock hornets will also
races at Macon Speedway Saturday.
The pits will open Saturday at 3 p.m., an hour earlier than normal,
because the POWRi veterans show up early. The pits will likely reach
overflow. Gates swing open at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 7.
The buildup continues for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1. Arguably the top late model series
in the country, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and its national
stars will arrive to race against the regional hot shoes and Macon
Speedway’s talented local drivers for $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start
the feature. Also, NASCAR stars and Macon Speedway co-owners Ken
Schrader and Kenny Wallace will also compete in UMP modifieds, which
will race for $1,000 to win. Gates will open at 4 p.m., an hour early to
accommodate a big crowd. Racing starts at 7. Tickets are $30 and sold
day of the race. RV parking is available, and a midway of souvenir
trailers will also generate interest just outside the Macon Speedway
Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then
0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon
Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight
specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com),
and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text
service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information.
Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message
and data rates may apply.