Ewing Claims Street Stocks Honors, Still Trailing for Championship

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    By Brett Zerfowski

    (Macon, IL) Heading into the next-to-final race night at Macon Speedway, Steve Ewing trailed Blake Shelley by four points for the Street Stocks track champion. Ewing would draw to within two points with a win in the Illinois Street Stock Championship race Saturday at Macon Speedway. Battling strong with Springfield’s Wendell Zulauf, Jr., Ewing snatched the lead from Zulauf coming to lap 11 as Ewing maneuvered to the bottom of the track, a place Zulauf appeared untouchable throughout the race’s first ten laps.

    As the action restarted following a caution, Ewing bypassed Zulauf and took it the distance for his 11th feature of the year. Blake Shelley, the points leader, grabbed second from Argenta’s Kevin Crowder and finished behind Ewing. With that, the lead would only be shaved two points by Ewing and set up the closet points chase left of the remaining divisions.

    The Touchstone Energy Sportsman division wrapped up their points with Rick Roedel getting his first Macon Speedway track championship. Leading by 20 points over Scott Landers into the final night, Roedel would finish fourth, two spots behind Landers in the feature, but would lay claim to the championship. Dave Crawley, Jr., who is leading in the Modifieds points standings, won his third Touchstone Energy Sportsman feature in the Myers Carpeting C25.

    With still another week remaining in the Modifieds division, Dave Crawley’s lead in the points was 46 over Buffalo’s Joe Strawkus. That lead would be trimmed as Crawley suffered a setback and Strawkus took the checkered flag in a feature for the first time since 2005. Crawley’s setback would be a flat left-rear tire that would be changed in the infield but he would have to start from the back of the pack after having the racecar worked on during the race. Crawley made up some ground within the race’s final three laps but Strawkus, who still has an outside chance at the Modifieds championship, cut a huge chunk of the 46-point deficit. Much like the Street Stocks division, the Modified division will also have to wait until the feature is over to claim its 2009 champion.


    James Hankins of Taylorville, IL., won the Pro Hornets feature, his first of 2009, leading all eight laps. Daniel Walker took the Amateur Hornet feature on a wild last lap pass of Jonathan Drake for his first checkered flag feature.

    It was almost the second feature of 2009 for Nic Harris in the POWRi Micros but as he came to the fourth turn of the final lap, flagman Joey Webb waving the checkered flag, Harris, trying to avoid a lapped Micro, spun out and lost his chance for the win, second place then became first place and Jeremy Camp of Blue Mound, IL., received the victory. With the ninth visit to Macon by the POWRi Micros, there have now been nine different feature winners.

    Another incredible night of stock car racing came to a visit shortly after 11pm. 35 Street Stocks were vying for the big-money prize and sensational trophy. They were even given the chance to qualify and fans saw history made as the six-year track record was broken by Decatur’s Mike Pickering. Blake Shelley took hold of the record on September 20, 2003, with a time of 12.817, fell to the seventh qualifier out of the gate and the new record is established as 12.564.

    Next Saturday night marks the season finale for all divisions and the 64th consecutive season of stock car racing at Macon Speedway. Another terrific show is in store for the crowd as the speedway will welcome the O’Reilly’s POWRi Midgets for the fourth time and the tenth visit from the Micros. Also on hand will be Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pro and Amateur Hornets. Who will win the Street Stocks championship? The Modified Championship? Those questions will have answers at the conclusion of our next show. As you come to Macon Speedway for the finale of 2009, show your support for your favorite driver, in the hunt or not.

    Result For September 19, 2009

    UMP Modified - Feature

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    Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
    1 4 28 Joe Strawkas Buffalo , Il 50
    2 1 01 Jeremy Nichols Decatur , Il 48
    3 3 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 46
    4 7 35 Clark Robertson Shelbyville , Il 44
    5 5 31 Steve Ewing Decatur , Il 42
    6 13 44 Aaron Burcham Decatur , Il 40
    7 6 T2 Mark Tullis Taylorville , Il 38
    8 12 64 Donny Koehler Jr. Macon , Il 36
    9 10 87S Tony Patterson - 34
    10 21 D98 Danny Smith Argenta , Il 32
    11 8 7W Shaun Werth Lincoln , Il 30
    12 2 37 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 28
    13 11 9C Russ Coultas Bluffs , Il 26
    14 9 36 Andrew Barnes - 24
    15 16 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 22
    16 20 3T Mike Ward - 20
    17 18 19H James Hankins Taylorville , Il 18
    18 17 35S Randy Spaugh Decatur , Il 16
    19 19 4T Tim Kreher Decatur , Il 14
    20 15 96 Greg Nelson Decatur , Il 12
    21 14 25 Jeffrey Wallace - 10


    UMP Sportsman - Feature
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    Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
    1 6 C25 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 50
    2 3 71 Jeff Graham - 48
    3 2 41 Scott Landers Taylorville , Il 46
    4 7 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville , Il 44
    5 10 4 Travis Martin Ramsey , Il 42
    6 4 14C Alan Crowder Elwin , Il 40
    7 13 07 Phil Moreland - 38
    8 9 72 Tom Graham Stonington , Il 36
    9 21 B99 Tim Bedinger Taylorville , Il 34
    10 1 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 32
    11 12 22S David Slade Seymour , Il 30
    12 11 8K Ken Fustin Springfield , Il 28
    13 18 60 Kenny Hayes Macon , Il 26
    14 15 22J Tony Clinton Dawson , Il 24
    15 14 B88 Jim Bedinger Taylorville , Il 22
    16 5 9 Mike Pickering Decatur , Il 20
    17 17 7Z Michael Maestas - 18
    18 16 79 Willie Haddock Owoneco , Il 16
    19 19 54R Frank Reed Jr Blue , Il 14
    20 20 55 Kevin Cook Iblue Mound, Il 12
    21 8 22 Timmy Dick Monticello , Il 10


    UMP Street Stock - Feature
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    Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
    1 2 95 Steve Ewing Decatur , Il 50
    2 8 30 Blake Shelley Oakley , Il 48
    3 3 15C Kevin Crowder Argenta , Il 46
    4 10 23JR Joel Funk - 44
    5 7 23T Rick Thomas - 42
    6 5 88 Albert Crawley Sr. Decatur , Il 40
    7 11 22 Dennis Vandermeersch Springfield , Il 38
    8 17 21 Troy Dodson Cerro Gordo, Il 36
    9 9 99 Mike Pickering Decatur , Il 34
    10 6 11 Terry Reed Decatur , Il 32
    11 1 X7 Larry Russell Jr. Harristown , Il 30
    12 15 19E Bobby Eskew Lake Fork, Il 28
    13 13 9 Terry Miller Lincoln , Il 26
    14 18 3 Bill Wilhour Taylorville , Il 24
    15 20 36 Nick Justice Harristown , Il 22
    16 12 44G Brian Gaines - 20
    17 19 K14 Ryan Blair Edinburg , Il 18
    18 4 67 Wendell Zulauf Jr Springfield , Il 16
    19 16 52R Jeffery Reed Jr. Blue Mound, Il 14
    20 14 33 Justin Hill Lovington , Il 12

    UMP Amateur Hornet - Feature
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    Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
    1 5 X07 Daniel Walker - 50
    2 4 7 Sam Mccoy Decatur , Il 48
    3 3 52 Jonathan Drake Decatur , Il 46
    4 8 88 Brian Offer Springfield , Il 44
    5 6 210 Brett Embry Decatur , Il 42
    6 1 8 Brady Reed - 40
    7 12 1F Fred Mifflin Mount Zion, Il 38
    8 17 43X Karyl Slack - 36
    9 11 3 Joe Mcchristy Mt Zion, Il 34
    10 13 71 Brain Rush - 32
    11 10 96L Shelby Estes - 30
    12 19 02 Roger Reed Decatur , Il 28
    13 14 12 Austin Harbin - 26
    14 20 07 Cody Fleming Decatur , Il 24
    15 18 4 Ashlee Gatons Blue Mound, Il 22
    16 2 B52 Ben Medaris Decatur , Il 20
    17 16 28 Jake Sutheard Decatur , Il 18
    18 21 01 Todd Grunden Decatur , Il 16
    19 15 34 Chad Leffler - 14
    20 7 88F Jordan Foraker - 12
    21 9 83 Steven Dulgar Decatur , Il 10

    UMP Hornet - Feature
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    Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
    1 2 19 James Hankins Taylorville , Il 50
    2 1 X07 Andy Jackson - 48
    3 10 43X Cook Crawford - 46
    4 4 4SQ Stephanie Eskew Springfield , Il 44
    5 3 71 Todd Rush Pawnee , Il 42
    6 8 O Fred Reed Jr. Decatur , Il 40
    7 13 83 Bruce Dulgar Decatur , Il 38
    8 6 96L Jon Lear - 36
    9 11 39T Scott Rodgers Springfield , Il 34
    10 14 54R Frank Reed Sr. Decatur , Il 32
    11 16 44K Michael Kite Decatur , Il 30
    12 5 34 Billy Justice Harristown , Il 28
    13 4 8UP Austin Mucullough - 26
    14 7 07 Tony Reed Decatur , Il 24
    15 9 04S Steven Stine Macon , Il 0
    16 12 4 Matthew Reed Decatur , Il 0

    USAC Midget - Feature
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    Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points
    1 8 JJ1 Jeremy Camp Blue Mound, Il 0
    2 3 39 Brandon Graybeal Leroy , Il 0
    3 1 5J Jordan Campbell - 0
    4 9 8H Bryce Hicks Lincoln , Il 0
    5 5 42M Spencer Montgomery Windsor , Il 0
    6 12 29X Colin Voiles - 0
    7 14 40 Devon Feger - 0
    8 2 11 Nic Harris Atlanta , Il 0
    9 15 87 Caleb Graybeal Leroy , Il 0
    10 16 6B Andy Baugh - 0
    11 7 37 Jay Bains Normal , Il 0
    12 10 14M Matt Daigh - 0
    13 4 52F Logan Faucon - 0
    14 6 111 Zack Bunning - 0
    15 11 5H Jerry Howard - 0
    16 13 38 Evan Weyant Sherman , Il 0

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