Open-Wheel Doubleheader On Tap At Macon

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Open-Wheel Doubleheader
Jake Neuman (3n) and Ryan Robinson battle last year at Macon Speedway in POWRi national midget action. (Double J photo)

MACON, Ill. – Open wheel fans have a can’t miss show on tap Saturday night at Illinois’ Macon Speedway, with a sprint car and midget doubleheader on the card.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League was added to a program which already had the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car Series on the schedule. The doubleheader is rare for Macon, which normally only runs one open wheel class on a big night.

Chapin, Ill. driver Paul Nienhiser, leads the way in the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car Series. Nienhiser is a thrill to watch, especially at a high-banked bullring like Macon.

Springfield, Ill. driver Jeremy Standridge comes into the event second in the standings, with Kyle Schuett, Cory Bruns, and Jacob Patton completing the top five.

The sprints will be coming off of a Friday night event at nearby Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets have yet to run an event at Macon Speedway in 2019, as weather has canceled the first two attempts. The series has actually had a two-week hiatus, so drivers are itching to get back on track.

It will be the 39th appearance at the track for the series, with 21 different drivers finding victory lane. Jesse Colwell, of Red Bluff, Calif., leads the series into Macon, after picking up his first career win at Humboldt Speedway last Sunday.

Saturday night will be Colwell’s first Macon appearance.

Jake Neuman and Zach Daum are currently tied for second in the standings, 100 points adrift of Colwell’s leading total of 3,160.

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