Sheppard Completes Sweep at Macon Speedway! Bielong takes Modified win!

Macon SpeedwayBy Brett Zerfowski

(Macon, IL) Brandon Sheppard has won plenty of races in his very young career. His father Steve Sheppard, Jr., a former Macon Speedway Late Model track champion, has helped lead his racing career to one of the elite drivers in central Illinois. Saturday night, Sheppard was simply the best.

Of the 19 qualifying Chevrolet Late Models, Brandon Sheppard set the fastest time of the night (10.365), which has been the closest to reach the track record, established on May 10, 2008, by Kyle Logue (10.311). Sheppard came out and blew through the heat race and set himself in position to take the feature.

The competition was strong early for the top spot of the Chevrolet Late Model feature as Springfield’s Roger Brickler had the early lead but by the third lap of the 25-lap A-Main Sheppard was in control. Through the race, which featured four Agency One Insurance and Real Estate caution flags, Sheppard would not be denied his destiny of carrying the checkered flag and claiming his first feature of 2011.

Brian Bielong of Summerfield, in southern Illinois, made the long trip to north to Macon Speedway in search of a feature win and he impressed the full grandstands with a terrific display in his Billingsley Towing Modified heat race. With former track champion Jeff Leka leading the way, Bielong pulled a slide job reminiscent of the POWRi Midgets in the fourth and final turn of the race to claim the heat and the pole for the feature. His pole position for the feature would continue to let him stay in the lead and take the victory as Mark Tullis finished a distant second and Leka placed third.

It felt like déjà vu for the Touchstone Energy Sportsman class as Nick Mackin of Argenta once again took first place in the feature, besting Dave Crawley, Jr. A one-lap dash to the finish provided excitement for all fans as Macklin held on to become the only back-to-back feature winner of the early season.

Blake Shelley, a former Street Stock track champion, once again found victory lane on a wild and unfortunate finish for Roy Magee. Magee was leading the race for the entire 10 laps of the show and then suddenly smoke poured from the car and the engine blew up to open the spot for Shelley. He was being chased by Justin Hill, who took second, and Gene Reed finished third.

The Pro Hornets class was finished with Fred Reed, Jr., the defending Pro Hornet track champion, taking the feature. Jeremy Reed beat out Cory Ballinger for second and Heidi Hames placed fourth.

The second night of 2011 ended with Zach Perryman winning the Amateur Hornet feature. Perryman was a winner in the High School Hornets class in the inaugural 2010 season.

Another night of over 120 racecars piled onto the Speedway grounds for a beautiful and warm night of racing. A special evening involving the Kid’s Kastle Kid’s Club and driver autographs highlight the evening with another full show of racing.

UMP Late Model – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 50.00
2 3 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 48.00
3 4 11D Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 46.00
4 2 82 Roger Brickler Springfield , Il 44.00
5 7 16H Mike Hammerle St Charles, Mo 42.00
6 10 M14 Brandon Thirlby – 40.00
7 5 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 38.00
8 9 38L Ryan Little Springfield , Il 36.00
9 11 24 Dick Taylor Riverton , Il 34.00
10 6 7T Steve Thorsten Milford , Il 32.00
11 13 1 Jim Moon , Il 30.00
12 17 7S Ethan Schnapp Springfield , Il 28.00
13 14 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 26.00
14 18 F14 Ryan Blair Edinburg , Il 24.00
15 15 24S Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 22.00
16 8 21 Kyle Logue Cisco , Il 20.00
17 12 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 18.00
18 20 DC3 Don Cisco Blue Mound, Il 16.00 DNS
19 16 2 John Graham Taylorville , Il 14.00 DNS
20 19 52R Jeffery Reed Jr. Blue Mound, Il 12.00 DNS

UMP Late Model – Heat 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 0.00
2 3 7T Steve Thorsten Milford , Il 0.00
3 1 38L Ryan Little Springfield , Il 0.00
4 4 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 0.00
5 5 24S Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 0.00
6 6 F14 Ryan Blair Edinburg , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Heat 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 82 Roger Brickler Springfield , Il 0.00
2 3 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 0.00
3 2 21 Kyle Logue Cisco , Il 0.00
4 4 24 Dick Taylor Riverton , Il 0.00
5 5 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 0.00
6 6 7S Ethan Schnapp Springfield , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Heat 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 0.00
2 2 11D Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 0.00
3 4 16H Mike Hammerle St Charles, Mo 0.00
4 3 M14 Brandon Thirlby – 0.00
5 5 1 Jim Moon , Il 0.00
6 6 2 John Graham Taylorville , Il 0.00
7 7 52R Jeffery Reed Jr. Blue Mound, Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Qualifying
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 0.00
2 2 82 Roger Brickler Springfield , Il 0.00
3 12 38L Ryan Little Springfield , Il 0.00
4 6 11D Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 0.00
5 7 21 Kyle Logue Cisco , Il 0.00
6 4 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 0.00
7 16 M14 Brandon Thirlby – 0.00
8 17 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 0.00
9 15 7T Steve Thorsten Milford , Il 0.00
10 19 16H Mike Hammerle St Charles, Mo 0.00
11 9 24 Dick Taylor Riverton , Il 0.00
12 8 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 0.00
13 10 1 Jim Moon , Il 0.00
14 13 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 0.00
15 11 24S Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 0.00
16 14 2 John Graham Taylorville , Il 0.00
17 18 7S Ethan Schnapp Springfield , Il 0.00
18 1 F14 Ryan Blair Edinburg , Il 0.00
19 5 52R Jeffery Reed Jr. Blue Mound, Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 70 Brian Bielong – 50.00
2 3 T2 Mark Tullis Macon , Il 48.00
3 5 31 Jeff Leka Buffalo , Il 46.00
4 14 N59 Chad Evans Mattoon , Il 44.00
5 4 77 Guy Taylor – 42.00
6 15 9 Danny Smith Argenta , Il 40.00
7 12 44 Aaron Burcham Decatur , Il 38.00
8 2 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 36.00
9 9 01 Jeremy Nichols , Il 34.00
10 20 37 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 32.00
11 7 42J Justin Gregory – 30.00
12 13 66T Tommy Sheppard Berlin , Il 28.00
13 17 21D Darcey Wey Heyworth , Il 26.00
14 10 29W Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 24.00
15 19 35S Randy Spaugh Decatur , Il 22.00
16 18 42 Katie Lord Chatham , Il 20.00
17 11 18 Shane Tomlin , Il 18.00
18 16 28 Joe Strawkas Buffalo , Il 16.00
19 6 47C Joey Chernis – 14.00
20 8 428 Mike Haas Mascoutah , Il 12.00

UMP Modified – Consolation
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 28 Joe Strawkas Buffalo , Il 0.00
2 3 21D Darcey Wey Heyworth , Il 0.00
3 8 42 Katie Lord Chatham , Il 0.00
4 6 35S Randy Spaugh Decatur , Il 0.00
5 4 37 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 0.00
6 7 47 Dustin Pryde Decatur , Il 0.00
7 5 43 Brent Gregory – 0.00
8 9 19 James Hankins Taylorville , Il 0.00
9 2 25 Jeffrey Wallace Decatur , Il 0.00
10 11 71 Jeff Graham Stonington , Il 0.00
11 10 X Brian Sunderland Assumption , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 4 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 0.00
2 2 47C Joey Chernis – 0.00
3 5 428 Mike Haas Mascoutah , Il 0.00
4 7 29W Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 0.00
5 8 N59 Chad Evans Mattoon , Il 0.00
6 3 21D Darcey Wey Heyworth , Il 0.00
7 6 35S Randy Spaugh Decatur , Il 0.00
8 1 19 James Hankins Taylorville , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 70 Brian Bielong – 0.00
2 1 31 Jeff Leka Buffalo , Il 0.00
3 3 44 Aaron Burcham Decatur , Il 0.00
4 9 42J Justin Gregory – 0.00
5 8 66T Tommy Sheppard Berlin , Il 0.00
6 4 25 Jeffrey Wallace Decatur , Il 0.00
7 2 43 Brent Gregory – 0.00
8 5 42 Katie Lord Chatham , Il 0.00
9 6 71 Jeff Graham Stonington , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 T2 Mark Tullis Macon , Il 0.00
2 1 77 Guy Taylor – 0.00
3 3 18 Shane Tomlin , Il 0.00
4 7 01 Jeremy Nichols , Il 0.00
5 4 9 Danny Smith Argenta , Il 0.00
6 6 28 Joe Strawkas Buffalo , Il 0.00
7 9 37 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 0.00
8 5 47 Dustin Pryde Decatur , Il 0.00
9 8 X Brian Sunderland Assumption , Il 0.00

UMP Sportsman – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 16 Nick Mackling – 50.00
2 5 C25 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 48.00
3 1 41 Scott Landers Taylorville , Il 46.00
4 3 23 Dennis Vandermeersch Springfield , Il 44.00
5 6 11 Rick Roedel Shelbyville , Il 42.00
6 4 52 Bob Sidener Springfield , Il 40.00
7 10 22S David Slade Seymour , Il 38.00
8 7 35 Dave Eckel Lovington , Il 36.00
9 12 93 Ty Nation Taylorville , Il 34.00
10 15 11K Jeff Brown Oreana , Il 32.00
11 13 08 Brian Dasenbrock Decatur , Il 30.00
12 11 4G Cody Wickline Assumption , Il 28.00
13 17 B99 Tim Bedinger Taylorville , Il 26.00
14 16 96 Michael Callarman Athens , Il 24.00
15 9 3B Stefan Bedinger Taylorville , Il 22.00
16 14 57 Thomas Riech Springfield , Il 20.00
17 8 22D Darrell Dick – 18.00

UMP Street Stock – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 6 30 Blake Shelley Oakley , Il 50.00
2 3 33 Justin Hill , Il 48.00
3 11 61 Gene Reed Shelbyville , Il 46.00
4 2 29 Bobby Beiler Decatur , Il 44.00
5 7 36 Nick Justice Harristown , Il 42.00
6 13 52R Jeffery Reed Jr. Blue Mound, Il 40.00
7 8 F45 Jeramie Fowler Decatur , Il 38.00
8 12 7 Rusty Dearing – 36.00
9 4 918 Michael Pundt Jr. Decatur , Il 34.00
10 1 OO Roy Magee Ii Springfield , Il 32.00
11 5 23 Jason Hazlet Moweaqua , Il 30.00
12 10 X7 Larry Russell Jr. Harristown , Il 28.00
13 9 7XXX Joseph Paoni – 26.00 DNS

UMP Amateur Hornet – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 56Z Zach Perryman Decatur , Il 50.00
2 5 96 Derek Peters Pana , Il 48.00
3 4 58 Chad Clevenger Mattoon , Il 46.00
4 8 98R Kenneth Reed Decatur , Il 44.00
5 16 205 Michael Gossett – 42.00
6 23 38R Kyle Maxwell Pana , Il 40.00
7 13 21N Nick Matherly Decatur , Il 38.00
8 11 X Austin Harbin Argenta , Il 36.00
9 14 50 Benjamin Mcchristy Mt.zion , Il 34.00
10 10 11D Bradley Dasenbrock Decatur , Il 32.00
11 1 73 Garrett Lewis Decatur , Il 30.00
12 15 BRNDX Cindi Mackling – 28.00
13 19 53 Jenny Clinton Dawson , Il 26.00
14 18 1F Fred Mifflin Mount Zion, Il 24.00
15 17 C53 Chas Clinton – 22.00
16 22 71 Sandra Sorrell – 20.00
17 7 39 Marty Sullivan Mt. Zion, Il 18.00
18 3 43K Brady Reed – 16.00
19 21 J4 Jerad Matherly Decatur , Il 14.00
20 20 121 Jerrod Hemingway – 12.00
21 6 4 Ashlee Gatons Blue Mound, Il 10.00
22 9 13 John Bright Jr Decatur , Il 8.00
23 12 54 Garth Luka – 4.00 DNS

UMP Hornet – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 0 Fred Reed Jr. Decatur , Il 50.00
2 3 115 Cory Ballinger Decatur , Il 48.00
3 4 33K Jeremy Reed Decatur , Il 46.00
4 10 15 Heidi Hames Decatur , Il 44.00
5 2 71 Todd Rush Pawnee , Il 42.00
6 5 205 Brett Embry Decatur , Il 40.00
7 13 4G John Goveia Springfield , Il 38.00
8 11 12 Terry Myers , Il 36.00
9 23 43K Cook Crawford – 34.00
10 6 2M Julie Marshall Springfield , Il 32.00
11 14 83 Bruce Dulgar Decatur , Il 30.00
12 12 52 Jonathan Drake Decatur , Il 28.00
13 8 46X Jeff Eller Decatur , Il 26.00
14 17 4 Matthew Reed Blue Mound, Il 24.00
15 18 34 Justunn Hilton Lovington , Il 22.00
16 21 88 Brian Offer Springfield , Il 20.00
17 19 11D Nate Scribner Decatur , Il 18.00
18 24 44KIT Michael Kite Decatur , Il 16.00
19 15 58 Tyler Dammerman – 14.00
20 16 28 Cody Fleming Decatur , Il 12.00
21 7 40 Adam Webb Decatur , Il 10.00
22 9 38 Steven Dulgar Decatur , Il 8.00
23 20 14X Steven Stine , Il 6.00 DNS
24 22 P16 Taylor Polk – 4.00 DNS