MACON – Versatile Macon Speedway, fresh off hosting the Lucas Oil Late Model Tour in what is being called the track’s “race of the year,” shifts gears tonight.

Macon welcomes the Midwest Open Wheel Association winged sprint cars as the fourth and final stop on their mid-summer “Sprint Week” series.

The four-race tour began Wednesday in Peoria where A.J. Bruns of Athens won. On Thursday, it was Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, Ind., who crossed the finish line first, beating Paul Nienhiser of Concord and Jake Blackhurst of Mapleton.

The tour shifted to Jacksonville on Friday night and wraps up tonight at Macon Speedway.

Macon race fans are still buzzing about the huge crowd and bumper-to-bumper racing Tuesday night when the Lucas Oil Late Models raced their St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 in a show to remember. Bobby Pierce won the feature and NASCAR legend Tony Stewart served as the parade marshall.

But beyond that, Stewart stayed until long after the races had ended, walking every inch of the dirt oval with co-owner Bob Sargent, asking questions about the dirt and about the track as Stewart gets ready to transition to his life beyond NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.

“Tony was unbelievable the whole night,” Sargent said. “He loved the races and he took a lot of interest in the track. He’s going to be doing more dirt track racing and he’s looking at racing more from the eyes of a promoter now since he owns Eldora (Ohio) and Paducah (Ky.) in addition to having an ownership piece here at Macon.”

Tonight is the only appearance of the season at Macon for the MOWA winged sprint cars.

Last year’s MOWA show as a thiller as Adam Jones and Parker Price-Miller battled it out, trading the lead through the final laps. The battle included a 360-degree spin but the green flag stayed out and allowed Jones, from Wright City, Mo., to take the checkered flag by inches over Price-Miller.

Tonight’s show also includes the Big Ten Pro Late Models, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, Beach House Micros and Hornets.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission will be $18 for adults and free for children age 11 and under.

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