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Speedweek

Illinois Midget Speedweek is returning to Macon and Lincoln speedways this weekend, with a race at Macon on Saturday and Lincoln on Sunday.

MACON — A five-night stretch of races featuring a trio of drivers looking for a second Illinois Midget Speedweek championship will finish up at Macon and Lincoln speedways this weekend.

Logan Seavey, Tanner Thorson and Michael Pickens will be among those in the hunt for the title when the Midgets come to Macon Speedway on Saturday and Lincoln Speedway on Sunday.

Seavey, a Sutter, Calif., native, looks to re-write the record books and become the first back-to-back champion in Illinois Speedweek history. The 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion, Seavey used finishes of fifth, third and first one year ago when he topped the 2018 edition of Speedweek. The 22-year-old Seavey is coming off an Indiana Midget Week championship last week. Seavey started off this week right, winning at Fayette County on Thursday night.

Michael Pickens of Auckland, New Zealand, was the 2017 Speedweek champ. He collected two victories at The Dirt Track at Route 66 and Macon Speedway en route to his initial title. A winner of 10 career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League features, Pickens brought home a sixth place finish in Thursday night's opener at Fayette County.

Making his much anticipated return to the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, 2016 Illinois Speedweek champion Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev., is the winningest driver in Speedweek history, racking up eight triumphs over five years. Thorson took home runner-up hardware at Thursday night's opener.

The tour will come to Macon and Lincoln after running Fayette County Speedway on Thursday and Jacksonville Speedway on Friday.

Macon Speedway's event will also feature Pro Late Models and Sportsman.

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