(Macon, IL) Race fans will be treated to a special UMP Late Model event at the Macon Speedway on Thursday, July 7th, with the running of the Herald & Review 100. This event will mark stop 20 in the 28 date Summer Nationals Late Model tour. The Summer Nationals tour pays over three-quarters of a million dollars in prize money with Thursday night’s winner taking home $5000 for their win. The UMP Summer Nationals tour has quickly become one of the most anticipated dirt Late Model tours in the nation that attracts talented drivers like Dennis Erb, Randy Korte, Rodney Melvin, Brian Shirley, Jason Feger, Billy Moyer and Shannon Babb. Last year’s winner of the Macon Speedway Summer Nationals was Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL. In addition to the exciting hundred lap UMP Chevrolet Late Model feature, our UMP Touchstone Energy Modified division will also hit the track.
The Herald & Review 100 came about as a sponsor was needed for a big race that was to become a summertime staple at Macon Speedway. Local Promoter and previous track owner Wayne Webb succeeded in convincing the Herald & Review newspaper to put up part of the money to sponsor the race. The first incarnation of the race saw a record crowd attend to watch local favorite Butch Garner take the first checkered flag. The name “Herald & Review 100” was put on hold for a few years, as they dropped their sponsorship of the race. Recent years have seen the return of the “Herald & Review 100.” To date Bob Pierce of Oakwood, IL and Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, IL are only 4-time winners of this race. Only one father-son pair have won the race, that being Dick (1988) and Matt (2000) Taylor of Springfield, IL. Macon Speedway’s second generation drivers (drivers whose fathers have raced there) have won the race 4 times. Joe Ross Jr. (twice), Matt Taylor, and Shannon Babb are on that list.
Adult tickets will cost $20 and children 12 & under are $5. Pit gates open at 4pm; Grandstands open at 5pm with the racing action starting at 7pm.
The Herald & Review 100 is just one of many races still on the action packed July schedule. On July 9 join us for Fireman’s Firestone Topless Event presented by Skeff Distributing. The UMP Sportsman will be racing for $800 to win. Return to the track on July 16 for the annual Touchstone Energy Christmas in July Toys for Kids drive.
Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000(track), 217-764-3220(information hotline), or contact us via email at email@example.com. Also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.