HERALD & REVIEW
TAYLORVILLE – Before racing returns to Macon Speedway this weekend, track racing fans can catch some first action at the 2021 Christian County Agricultural Fair this week.
The fair opens on Tuesday. and crosses through Saturday, but it’s Wednesday. On July 21 that racing fans have marked on their calendar, three racing divisions return.
This year’s Christian County Fair triple header will once again feature a sportsman, street stocks and hornets. While all races will be sanctioned by United Midwestern Promoters (UMP), the street stock event is also part of the Big Ten Series.
Pits open at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, stands at 5 p.m., the draw for competitors ends when the drivers’ meeting begins at 6 p.m., hot laps at 6:20 p.m. with the race taking place on the green at 7 p.m.
Races at the fair returned in 2014 and took place again the next five years with a solid number of cars and great races. The inaugural edition of the event saw Kaleb Wood claim victory in a field of 20 street actions. Jeremy Nichols won the sportsman title, while Jeremy Reed won the main hornet title.
The 2015 NAPA triple title saw Nichols win the athletic event again, while Terry Reed won the street stock race, and Jeremy Reed finished the night in the Hornet victory lane for the second time in two years. .
In 2016, heavy rains hit the exhibition grounds during the afternoon hours. Despite the rain and flooding that followed, officials worked hard to get back on track. The event drew 20 street actions with Nichols again claiming victory. Nichols also beat a peloton of 13 athletes to secure the victory. In the hornet competition, Decatur pilot Jeremy Reed took the victory.
The weather was again a problem in 2017, as the event barely ended with looming storms all night long. Despite this, the race had strong car fields with Timmy Dick beating a 13 sports car field. Nichols won the top prize in Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks. In the hornet competition, Marty Sullivan took the victory as the rains began.
In 2018, another solid group of cars took to the track with Nichols winning the Big Ten Street Stock Top Prize against Timmy, Chris and Darrell Dick. Ashkum, Ill. Pilot Brandon Pralle beat a good field of athletes, while Eric Vanapeldoorn won the hornet title.
The most recent event in Taylorville was in 2019, with the 2020 edition being canceled due to the pandemic. In the 2019 edition, Ethan Schnapp was the winner of the sportsman, while Andy Zahnd was the winner of the Big Ten Street Stock. Joe Reed took the hornet checkered flag.
Sports journalist Matthew Flaten’s Macon Speedway cover for the 2021 season