DECATUR — Decatur's Brian Dasenbrock was injured in a freak racing incident at Peoria Speedway earlier this summer that left him in the hospital and without vision in one eye.
But Dasenbrock has been cleared by his doctor and will return to the track on Saturday at Macon Speedway.
Dasenbrock, the 2017 Macon Speedway Street Stocks champion, was injured on May 26 at Peoria Speedway, suffering a fractured skull, fractured cheek bones, bleeding on his brain and several cuts bad enough to require stitches.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical expenses.
The accident occurred when a piece of rear-end gear bounced into the cockpit of the car, struck Dasenbrock in the helmet and knocked him unconscious, causing him to slam the wall. He spent time in the intensive care unit and had a long hospital stay.
But he recently returned to work, and will return to the track for Macon Speedway's fourth annual Eve Of Destruction, presented by Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy and Decatur Industrial Electric
In addition to racing in six classes, there will be a car rollover contest, which will feature two or three cars with brave pilots trying to see who can have the most impressive rollover off of a ramp, and also "Race ‘Em-Wreck ‘Em" — 10 to 15 laps featuring compact cars with one main rule — each driver must make contact with another car once a lap.
New to Eve of Destruction will be the flagpole race — drivers will have to make a loop around a tractor tire with a flagpole inside before finishing their lap.
The night will be capped off with a fireworks display.
Six divisions — Late Models, Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks, Hornets and Micros — will be featured.