Macon Speedway, Macon, IL Bielong Sweeps Night at Macon

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    Bielong Sweeps Night, Steals Show at Macon Speedway
    By Brett Zerfowski

    (Macon, IL) When Summerfield’s Brian Bielong comes to Macon Speedway in his UMP Modified racecar, chances are he is in line for victory. No different on the second Saturday in September as Bielong returned and won his heat, the special 15-lap Billingsley Towing Modified Dash 4 Cash and the 20-lap feature. He also pocketed a clock from division sponsor Jay & Amber Billingsley with Billingsley Towing in Decatur. Of the eight-lap heat, 15-lap feature and 20-lap feature, he led every single lap of the events he raced.

    His feature didn’t come as easily as Blue Mound’s Cory Daugherty closed the gap numerous times during the five-caution-lap feature, but it wasn’t good enough as placed second ahead of Taylorville’s Curt Rhodes, Tommy Sheppard and Brock Bauman.

    The Street Stocks also were part of the special event with the 8th Annual Street Stock Championship Race, a special 25-lap event where the division also qualified. 32 cars signed into the program from that division with 22 cars making the starting grid for the A-Main. The first three rows of the feature were locked in from the Hoosier Tire Dash, won by Decatur’s Steve Ewing. Nick Macklin finished second which put him front row outside with Ewing.

    Ewing started out with the lead but fell due to a flat tire and Macklin took off and raced away with the lead. Mike Pickering trailed the leader but could not find a racing groove to speed his car up and catch the leader. Kevin Crowder made progress through the race and ended third. The fastest qualifier of the evening was Morris’ Alex Clubb, a first-time visitor of the racetrack and he finished fourth ahead of Dan Glover.

    Macklin, native of Argenta, took with the checkered flag for the fourth time in 2012 in the Street Stock division.

    His night was also capped off with a 15-lap win in the Sportsman division. As defending champion of the Sportsman, Macklin has had strong races but never getting the top spot. The luck changed as he took the lead halfway through the feature from Al Crawley and ran away for the rest of the night. Mike Pickering made the pass for second place as Crawley finished in third. Tim Bedinger and Scott Landers raced to round out the top five.

    Another marquee event on the full stock car Saturday night was the Pro Hornet “World Hornet Championship†race as 18 drivers signed in for a shot at the $300-to-win prize and the big trophy. The reigning race champion Adam Webb made a return and after winning heat race, started on the pole for the feature and led the entire way as division points leader Jeremy Reed tracked him down for the night. The win gave Webb two features in 2012 and two-straight “World Hornet Championship†race wins.

    The Amateur Hornets were also on the show Saturday with a first-time winner gracing victory lane in Michael Ingram. He took the lead on the second lap with Chevy Justice, who was leading the race, flipped over in the same spot as he did a few weeks ago, and damaged his 4-cylinder. Justice would walk away from the car without injury and would watch as Ingram carried the checkered flag.

    Macon Speedway wishes to thank Billingsley Towing for being in attendance and for sponsoring the Dash 4 Cash during the Modifieds race and for sponsoring the division in 2012. The action continues next week with the return of the Mini Sprints along with a full stock car racing show.

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