MACON — The harvest is underway, leaves are turning color and fall is about to arrive.
But Saturday at Macon Speedway mid-summer temperatures will greet what could be one of the bigger crowds of the season as the price of grandstand admission plunges to $5.
Saturday is the next-to-last race of the season and when admission was reduced to $5 last year at this time, the crowd was a big one. Expect the same tonight with six divisions of cars racing competing on a night sponsored by Sun Drop and Melling Performance.
Headlining the show will be the Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modified cars. The points battle in this division is still a hot one with defending champion Curt Rhodes of Taylorville leading the standings by just 22 points over Austin Lynn of Mason City. Jeff Graham of Stonington is in third.
It’s also a tight points battle in the UMP B-Mod division with defending champion Tim Hancock of Mount Olive clinging to a 16-point lead over Godfrey’s Cody Stillwell.
The tightest points battle of all is taking place in the UMP Sportsman class where Danny Smith of Argenta and Timmy Dick of Monticello are dead even with two races to go. Scott Landers of Taylorville is in third place, 40 points behind the co-leaders.
Brian Daserbrock of Decatur leads the UMP Street Stocks division with Shawn Ziemer of Boody and Jason Scrimpsher of Decatur giving chase.
In the UMP Hornets class, Dustin Reed of Decatur has a 114-point lead over Cook Crawford of Lincoln. Paul Peters of Pana is in third.
The final class to compete tonight is the Beach House Micros. Nearly 30 micros showed up to race when this division was last in action on Labor Day weekend.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands at 5 . Hotlaps start at 6 with racing beginning at 7 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission is $5 and children age 11 and under are admitted free.