MACON — Season and track championships will be decided Saturday as Macon Speedway wraps up the 2017 auto racing season.
The BRANDT Season Championship “Racing for the Cup” presented by Decatur Memorial Hospital will settle the various points battles while giving fans a chance to win prizes.
The tightest points battle entering the final night of the season is in the UMP Sportsman Class. Timmy Dick of Monticello holds a six-point lead over Danny Smith of Argenta. If Smith finishes three spots ahead of Dick on Saturday, they’d finish in a tie. The tiebreaker goes to the driver with the most wins and they each currently have two. If that doesn’t break the tie second place finishes could.
The championships in the UMP B-Mod division remains in doubt, too. The difference between points leader Tim Hancock of Mount Olive and second place Cody Stillwell of Godfrey is 18 points. But to flip spots, Stillwell would need to finish 10 spots ahead of Hancock in Saturday’s feature.
Defending champion Curt Rhodes of Taylorville has a 36-point lead over Austin Lynn of Mason City in the Billingsley Elite Wash UMP Modified division. In his last seven starts, Rhodes has three wins and a second place finish.
In the UMP Street Stock class, it’s been a yearlong battle between Brian Dasenbrock of Decatur and Shawn Ziemer of Boody. Consistency by Dasenbrock in the second half of the season has given him a 54-point lead. He’s looking for the first points title of his career.
Tommy Sheppard, Jr. of New Berlin leads the UMP Pro Late Model class by 58 points. All he has to do is show up with his car and he’ll be the champion. Jake Little of Springfield, the Lincoln Speedway and Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model champion, will likely come up short after missing a couple race nights this season.
The only championship that is already decided is the UMP Hornet class. Decatur’s Dustin Reed, who has used a number of different cars to accumulate his points, has an insurmountable 102-point lead going into the final race. Cook Crawford of Lincoln is in second place.
In addition to six divisions of racing, spectator drags will be held at intermission. Fans, crew members, even drivers can take their street legal vehicle onto the track and race one lap against one other competitor. Whoever wins, advances to the next round. There is no cost to compete. Those who want to compete can contact the track to sign up.
Pit gates open at 4. Grandstands open at 5 and racing begins at 7. Adult grandstand admission is $15. Children age 11 and under are admitted free.