The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at historic Macon Speedway has doubled in length and will now offer a bigger purse.
The May 1 event has been extended from 50 laps to 100 and is now sponsored by St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part. The race will offer $1000 to those who start and $12,000 to the winner of the feature.
The single-day event will include Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 100-lap feature event. Modifieds will run as a support class paying $1000 to win and $100 to start.
While Macon Speedway will race for the 69th consecutive season, this marks the first time the one-fifth mile high-banked oval will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Macon Speedway Co-Owner Bob Sargent is excited about the event.
“We are very excited to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the national stars to the great fans of Central Illinois, right here in their backyard,” said Sargent. “Having the premier national touring series and all the stars of the LOLMDS come to our track and battle with all the great heroes from this area will make for a fantastic show. Macon Speedway and the state of Illinois has some great drivers and mixed with the national stars that will be here will have the fans on their feet for this huge event.”
“We are very excited to bring the series to Macon Speedway for the first time,” said Ritchie Lewis, series director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “That track has great history and the state of Illinois has some great talent that will be tough to beat. We’re looking forward to working with Bob Sargent and everyone involved. The entire weekend will be a great opportunity for fans wanting to see the stars of the LOLMDS battle some of the toughest competitors from anywhere in the country including the state of Illinois.”