April 20, 2019

Dakota Ewing (25) is off to a great start in the Pro Late Model class.

MACON — Macon Speedway will return to the track on Saturday with free admission for active and retired military and six divisions of racing.

Held annually, Armed Forces Night at Macon Speedway gives active and retired military members free grandstand admission. Military ID at the ticket window is required.

Coming into the night, three nights of racing have been held with the other two nights resulting in rainouts. In Pro Late Models, Dakota Ewing is on top of the point chase, garnering two feature wins in a row and setting a new qualifying track record. Carlinville’s Cody Maguire is second in the standings with a pair of top five finishes, while Donny Koehler, Chris Dick, and Blake Damery round out the top five in points out of the 23 drivers who have competed in the division this season.

Last year’s Modified champion is again off to a good start with the point lead this year. New Berlin’s Tommy Sheppard Jr. currently holds a 12-point advantage over last year’s Pro Late champion, Guy Taylor of Springfield, Jared Thomas, Alan Crowder, and Rodney Standerfer are currently in the top five.

The strongest division, when it comes to large numbers, is the Pro Mods. Nearly 50 drivers have been to the track this year, with Decatur’s Nick Justice leading the points with two top fives in three starts. Mount Olive’s Tim Hancock won the first two races of the season but had a DNF in the third race due to mechanical issues. Hancock is second in points, while Chad Evans, Billy Nail and Troy Medley complete the top five.

The Sportsman division has raced twice so far this season, with Springfield's Dennis Vandermeersch  winning both. Last year’s champion, Tim Bedinger, has a pair of top fives and sits second in points, while Scott Landers, Terry Myers, and Mitch Ringler round out the top five.

A longtime driving veteran is off to a good start in the Street Stock class. Monticello’s Darrell Dick has claimed a feature win and is in the lead. Dick is followed by the Reed brothers, Gene and Terry.

Decatur’s Brady Reed is following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jeremy, with a strong start in the Hornet class. While Jeremy has moved on in hopes of competing in the Street Stock class, Brady has won two of three Hornets features and leads the standings.

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