MASON CITY — Turn the lights out on the 2017 racing season at Mason City Motor Speedway. And mark it as another step forward for the track building itself back to prominence.
There were down times in the doldrums of summer, but promoter Al Hejna and Co. learned another thing or two to use to continue to strive for greatness in 2018.
But before that can happen, the track hosted one final show, and it was a good one on a night honoring the track champions with the Dale Kjellsen Memorial Season Championships.
The track paid out $20,000 in championship funds, the most of any track around, and winners on Sunday night received a Warp Drive propeller trophy honoring the late Dale Kjellsen, who passed away before opening weekend this season. Kjellsen was instrumental in helping shape the track into what it looks like today.
But, after all of the extra stuff, this night was about giving the track champs their fair due. Brandon Hare got more than his share.
The driver from Elma, who won the B-Modifieds title, put a bow on his season with a victory Sunday night.
“I haven’t won a track championship since 2011 so it feels pretty good,” Hare said. “I’m usually up in the Top 4 at most tracks, but we were mostly focused on this track because it pays so good.”
And Sunday’s payout was sure to keep Hare coming back. Hare won $1,000 for the track title, plus another $500 for the feature win.
“That’s really awesome because tonight was a $1,500 night,” he said. “That’ll keep us going.”
Matt White’s consistency was a big reason why he finished on top in the Hobby Stocks this season.
In his return to the track after a year absence, White, who hails makes the trip up from Nashua every week, made the most of his time.
“It’s the second year in this car and we were trying to figure it out last year, and we kind of got it working pretty good this year,” White said. “I still struggled here a little bit, oddly, but it just feels good to put everything together.”
Andrew Borchardt got around White early in Sunday’s feature and stayed out front to stroll to his fourth win of the season in Mason City. All feature lineups were determined by championship standings.
Stock Cars champion Luke Sathoff started out front and never let anyone get close as he wrapped up his season with his fourth victory at MCMS, and Kyle Balik won the Tuners for his second win on the year.