MACON, Ill. – In 72 years, Macon Speedway has hosted just about everything in front of an audience, including auto racing, monster truck car-crushing, a circus and figure-eight racing.
In its 73rd season, a wedding was added to the Macon events list on Saturday night amid a full slate of weekly racing.
Street stock driver Darrell Dick wed his long time girlfriend Cindy during intermission at the center of the race track by ordained minister and long time track announcer Larry Limbach. He then took to the track during the Midwest Big Ten Series and finished fourth.
Meanwhile, his son Timmy won the race after his uncle Chris Dick led the early stages. Timmy raced away from leader Matt Maier and took the checkered flag for his second win on the night, after also taking top honors in the Sportsman division.
Second place finisher Danny Smith led at the beginning, fell to second place and then spun out on a restart and was forced to the back of the field. With laps remaining and cars falling out, Smith rebounded for the second place finish.
Tim Hancock was dominating in the B-Modified feature. After getting the pole position, Hancock would blast away from the field. With consecutive green flag laps going, Kevin Crowder started to catch up to the leader but ran out of time.
Hancock then took a breather and raced the same car in the Billingsley Elite Wash A-Modified feature, earning the pole position due to an invert dice roll that took place after the final heat race.
After issues during restarts caused accidents and eliminated cars from the race, Hancock stayed ahead of the field and captured an A-Modified feature win as well.
Rodney Standerfer ran his race at the bottom of the track and tried to get Hancock off his game ,but it was not meant to be on this night. He finished second.
Jake Little finished off the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature with a 20-lap win. Running on the top side and distancing himself from Guy Taylor and Dakota Ewing, Little made sure there would be no challenging from the competition.
However, a spinout coming to the checkered flag set up a one-lap dash to the finish that Little would control.
The Hornets division saw a terrific cap to the evening, with Jeremy Reed holding off Adam Webb in the 15-lap feature. Cook Crawford led early, but gave way to Mike Eskew and then Reed as the laps dragged on.