MACON -- The Eve of Destruction was just that Saturday night at Macon Speedway, destruction. Roll overs, race'em & wreck'em and a special flagpole race entertained a crowd which saw just about everything they could imagine. The night's action included six racing classes and some repeat winners graced victory lane.
Guy Taylor nearly lost his Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature win as the 14th lap saw the caution come out when Taylor slid with lapped car Colby Eller into the first turn and Taylor's car wound up on top of Eller's machine. Because Eller was a lap down, Taylor was allowed to return to the lead spot as the racing resumed. Taylor needed to be assisted off Eller's car by way of the tow truck. Taylor pulled away and took the win to extend his seasons points lead.
Curt Rhodes has been through some rough moments during his season. From broken bones to eye surgeries, Rhodes has continued to compete at the highest level in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds division. The defending champion ran alongside Tommy Sheppard, Jr., the current points leader, through the 20-lap feature race and came out with the checkered flag. Rhodes' night started with a good qualifying time but had engine trouble and needed pushed off the track. After a quick fix, Rhodes ran his heat race well and got the feature, as well.
Darrell Dick made it to victory lane with "Sally" on Saturday night. "Sally" is the name of his new race car. "Hooptie," his old ride, just ran out of laps and he brought out a different car and raced strong and fast against the competition of the Street Stock class and took his new car into the winner's circle.
Jerry Thompson held on a strong challenge from Kevin Crowder to claim his second win in the B-Modifieds class in 2018. His first came back in April during the visit from the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 program.
Molly Day has been racing in the Micro Sprint circuit for a few years and has been gaining experience and seat time through all those years. It helped her as she graced the checkered flag before all over drivers and took her first-ever feature win. The Atwood driver looks to keep up the strong driving over the next two weeks when the Micro Sprints, presented by Bailey Chasis, will return to Macon Speedway.
The Hornets saw a wild finish with Adam Webb racing back to victory lane. Mike Eskew, the current points leader, Jerad Matherly and Adam Lewis looked to contend for the lead early but as the laps carried on, Webb picked up steam and pulled through the field after starting fifth and ran away with the win.
The night was capped off with the special race'em & wreck'em spectacular. Six cars on the track needing to make contact with the other races at least once during each lap saw wild mayhem that would be equivalent to a terrible disaster on I-72 or I-55. In the end, the car labeled "Value Menu" raced by "JJ" was declared the winner. The track was entirely covered in wrecked and mangled race parts and bumpers and the crowd loved it.
Those same cars competed in the first-ever flagpole race in which Decatur's Jason Beard, racing "2 Slow 4 U" raced the ten-lap event to glory. Beard was the first driver to go from the front stretch to the backstretch and do a circle around a tractor tire with a flag inside, and go around to the third and fourth turns and pass the flag stand.