for 77the Once again, Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL, will be celebrating the start of a new season this coming Saturday, April 16. The world’s fastest 1/5 mile dirt track will have an action-packed evening, with seven different classes of race cars, plus the CEFCU Kids Club, $1 hotdogs and $2 beers.
Headlining the event will be Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models and BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. The two divisions are the fastest classes that compete weekly and are considered the top divisions on the track. They have a good mix of seasoned veterans and younger drivers trying to steal some of the limelight.
Last year’s Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models champion Colby Sheppard will return looking to carry over his momentum from last year into a highly anticipated 2022 season. Following Sheppard was a group of talented drivers that included Donny Koehler, Braden Johnson, Ryan Miller and Derek Smith.
The BillingsleyRewards.com Modified class is coming off a strong season that saw a large number of cars throughout the season and Guy Taylor took the championship. Other notable candidates last year included Alan Crowder, Kyle Helmick, Billy Knebel and Maxx Emerson.
One of the staple divisions at the track, DIRTcar Pro Mods, will return for the 2022 season. The class is a cheaper form of Mods. While they may look similar, the cars use a GM crate engine that makes things a bit cheaper. Kyle Helmick, the previous 2021 season champion, will return to the world’s fastest 1/5-mile dirt track for the season opener on April 16.the.
The DIRTcar Street Stocks will also return to Macon Speedway for the 2022 season. The class has been strong the past two seasons with a large number of cars. Last year, Guy Taylor of Springfield, IL took the championship, matching his effort in the Modified class. The division also has a series of specials at the track throughout the year with the Midwest Big Ten Series.
The DIRTcar Hornets are back for another season of affordable racing. The class, which began as a beginner division in the late 1990s, had a good mix of young and old drivers last year. 60 different Hornet drivers were on the road in 2021 with Allan Harris and Billy Mason holding the top two spots in points and a host of notable wins.
One of Macon’s part-time divisions is Weddle Performance Engines’ Sportsman class. Jim Farley, III is coming off a championship season in the class, while Rick Roedel, Scott Landers, Roy Magee and Dennis Vandermeersch rounded out the top five. The division is loaded with veterans, with many experienced riders.
Completing the Saturday night program will be the Mikes of Bailey Chassis. Saturday’s race will not only be for Macon track points, but also for POWRi National points and bonus money. The Micros have another strong slate of races at Macon Speedway again this year. Six events this season will be POWRi sanctioned national events, while the track will also hold thirteen non-class sanctioned events. A wingless show for the class is also scheduled. The Micro class is predominantly made up of young kids trying to build up experience, but a number of veterans round out the car field.
Children under 11 who arrive at the track at 7:00 will also receive this year’s edition CEFCU Kid’s Club T-shirt, while supplies last. CEFCU has been a long-time sponsor of the Macon Speedway Kids’ Club, which takes place once a month at the track.
Pits open on Saturday at 3:00, which is an hour earlier than normal to help complete opening night paperwork. At 5:00, the grandstand doors will open, while the fastest laps will start on the track at 6:00. The races will start at their normal time of 7:00.
Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and free for children 11 and under.
For more information on the event or to see the full season schedule, visit www.maconracing.com.
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