Our Story


Our Story

John Osman was loved by many and was an incredible father, husband and friend. He seemed to instantly become friends with everyone he met. He had an amazing ability to be able to talk to anyone, about anything, at anytime. His positive attitude for life and outgoing personality made him loved by everyone who knew him. Little did we know what kind of an impact he left.

John was a very hard working person. While he didn’t have what some would consider a “traditional” career, what he did end up doing he did exceptionally well. He was an amazing cook. He did household tasks with ease. He was able to do so much in a single day that we often wondered how he did it all. Through all the overnight racing trips and baseball tournaments, John seldom complained. He did it all because he loved doing it and, more importantly, doing it for his family. John was a very special person. His unique ability to strike up a conversation with anyone had a lasting impact on a lot of people. That quality is lacking in the majority of people today. Very few people will give you five or ten minutes out of their day just to make sure everything is ok with you. And if it wasn’t, John was always the first to try and help.

His household tasks paled in comparison to what he accomplished with his two special needs sons, Peter and Dion. Raising one special needs child was difficult but John and his wife of 31 years, Diane, making the conscious decision to adopt another younger one was one that was, at the time, confusing to a lot of people. John pushed for adopting a special needs child. He wanted to do so because he wanted to make a better life for that one child. And they made things immensely better, even when his physical pain started getting worse.

As the days grew on, the pain got worse, and the operations more intense. Before his last major operation, he broke down and told his entire family that he was scared and how much he loved us. That is a moment that we all will cherish forever. John was very strong willed and was not one for displaying emotion. So when he did, we all knew that he sincerely meant it. We can now take comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering through the pain.

Yet through all that pain he still managed to maintain his selfless ways. When his mild child, Greg, was younger, John was always the coach of Greg’s baseball and basketball teams. Some could construe that as him wanting to make sure his son got more playing time which was true, to a miniscule extent, but it was more because he loved doing it. He loved teaching and he loved making things better for people. Coaching was his way of giving back. But John was always one of the “older” dads. And with that older age and his preexisting neck injuries, John was in the hospital more than other dads. The days he was in the hospital were all spent worrying about things at home, making sure everything was getting done and all of his kids were still ok. When he would come home, there were usually some disgruntled moans about something being out of place, but that was just who he was. All the arguments we would have now have a greater meaning as we can see that he wasn’t pushing his family for himself. He was pushing his loved ones so they would do better than he. We can all see that now. We can look back now and see that everything he did, he did for others. He never would have wanted the recognition and he never would have admitted it but he sacrificed so much so that his family and friends could have a better life. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says it best: 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. John’s moments of pain were temporary. But what he taught his family and the countless others that he touched would be eternal.

As most of you may know, John was an organ donor. We had no idea. We think this was his last way of helping people on this Earth. He helped his family in his last moments by making a very difficult decision for them. We can imagine him sitting at the DMV while getting his license renewed… “Mr. Osman, would you like to register to be an organ donor?” “Eh why not. I’ll be dead. I won’t need any of it.” That’s just the type of person he was. While it may not have looked it, he was a generous person and always loved helping others. Through the “Gift of Hope” foundation, he was able to help FIVE people with his gift of organ donation. Not only did he help those FIVE people but their families as well. A heroic and selfless act and we couldn’t be any prouder of him for it.

No matter what the situation my father always had a positive attitude. He was our role model and I was happy to listen whenever he had advice for me. He was always there for us when we needed him. We will miss John more than words can say. We are glad that we got to spend so much time together and were so close. The racetrack will never be the same. Our lives will never be the same. We will miss him dearly and never forget him. His memory will live on in all of us forever. We are proud to call him father, husband, and friend.

Remember the words of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

We love you John. We always have, and we always will.


Race Info

Race Info

Fifth Annual John Osman Memorial

September 14, 2019
Macon Speedway


2019 Payout

  1. $2,000+

  2. $800+

  3. $600+

  4. $400+

  5. $300+

  6. $250+

  7. $200+

  8. $175+

  9. $150+

  10. $125+

  11. $100+

  12. $100+

  13. $100+

  14. $100+

  15. $100+

  16. $100+

  17. $100+

  18. $100+

  19. $100+

  20. $100+

  21. $100+

  22. $100+

Tow Money: $35+




Race Winner

2015: Andrew Funk (Dwight, IL) Started 9th
2016: Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur, IL) Started 2nd
2017: Nick Macklin (Argenta, IL) Started 10th
2018: AJ Meiferdt (Coal City, IL) Started 4th

Rookie of the Race

2016 - Dave Crawley Jr. (Started 2nd Finished 1st)
2017 - AJ Meiferdt (Started 7th Finished 2nd)
2018: Jason Maier (Started 7th Finished 7th)

Hard Charger Award

2015: Gene Reed (Blue Mound, IL) Started 18th Finished 4th
2016: Michael Clark (Merrillville, IN) Started 18th Finished 6th
2017: Terry Reed (Decatur, IL) Started 19th Finished 6th
2018: Larry Russell, JR. (Decatur, IL) Started 20th Finished 9th

Heat Race Winners

Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur, IL)
Luke Gash (Chebanse, IL)
Matt Maier (Thomasboro, IL)
Jesse Simmons (Danville, IL)

Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL)
Andrew Funk (Dwight, IL)
Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur, IL)
Darrell Dick (Monticello, IL)
Nick Macklin (Argenta, IL)

Darrell Dick (Monticello, IL)
Josh Griffith (Charleston, IL)
Gene Reed (Hammond, IL)
Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL)

Nick Macklin (Argenta, IL
Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL)
Cody Clubb (Coal City, IL)

Dash Winner

2015: Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur, IL)
2016: Andrew Funk (Dwight, IL)
2017: Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL)
2018: N/A

Fast Qualifier

2015: Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound, IL) 12.965 seconds
2016: Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL) 12.720 seconds
2017: Josh Griffith (Charleston, IL) 12.887 seconds
2018: Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL) 12.993 seconds

Feature Lap Leaders

45 - Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur, IL)
35 - Jeremy Nichols (Lovington, IL
31 - AJ Meiferdt (Coal City, IL)
28 - Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur, IL)
27 - Nick Macklin (Argenta, IL)
21 - Andrew Funk (Dwight, IL)
1 - Darrell Dick (Monticello, IL)

Car Count

2015 - 31
2016 - 40
2017 - 33
2018 - 26

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