MACON – It’s a big weekend for motorsports in Central Illinois.
Not only is Macon Speedway racing tonight, but this is the weekend for two big national races on the one-mile track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
The first of those State Fair races is today with the running of the Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown champ cars. A total of 41 drivers pre-entered for the race including a number of Central Illinois drivers. That list includes David Shain of Sullivan, Dave Darland of Lincoln, Terry Babb of Decatur and Springfield drivers Joey Moughan and Korey Weyant.
The field also includes two-time Bettenhausen 100 winner A.J. Fike from Galesburg.
Few events have this race’s history. This 100-lapper has been run annually since 1934.
Practice for the Bettenhausen 100 begins at 10 a.m., today with qualifying at approximately 11:25 and the 100-mile feature race at 2 p.m.
Grandstand tickets purchased today at the gate are $30 for adults and $10 for children age 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children age 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children age 11 and under.
Also this weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds is the two-day Sportsman National race. Today drivers will have practice and qualifying heats with the 20-lap feature set for noon on Sunday.
Tonight the action shifts away from the mile track to the smaller oval at Macon Speedway, where the open-wheel action will continue with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the POWRi Speedway Motors Beach House Micros as well as three stock car classes: UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks and UMP Hornets.
Zach Daum of Pocahontas leads the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets points standings while Joe B. Miller of Millersville, Mo., leads the Micros standings.
Tommy Sheppard, Jr., of New Berlins leads the UMP Pro Late Model division. In the Street Stocks division, Brian Dasenbrock of Decatur holds the points lead over Shawn Ziemer of Boody and Decatur’s Jason Schrimpsher.
Dustin Reed of Decatur leads the Hornets division.
Pits open at 3 p.m., today at Macon Speedway with grandstands opening at 5. Hot laps begin at 6 and racing will start at 7 p.m.
Ticket at Macon Speedway tonight are $15 for adults with children age 11 and under admitted free.
On Sunday back at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the ARCA Racing Series stock cars will over take the one-mile track to compete in the Herr’s Potato Chips Chase the Taste 100.
A total of 26 drivers pre-entered including frequent Macon Speedway competitor Ryan Unzicker of El Paso. Also entered is Will Kimmel from Sellersburg, Ind., who is seeking to become a third-generation winner.
Kimmel’s grandfather, Bill Kimmel, Sr., was a three-time ARCA winner, and his uncle, Frank, won 10 ARCA points titles while winning 80 ARCA races overall including eight on the Springfield Mile.
Practice for the ARCA race begins at 9 a.m., Sunday. Qualifying starts at 11 a.m. and the 100-lap feature starts at 1:35 p.m.
Tickets for the ARCA race are $30 for adults and $10 for children age 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children age 11 and under.
Pit passes Sunday at $35 for adults and $20 for children age 11 and under.