MASON CITY — With season championships locked up at Mason City Motor Speedway last weekend, the track and drivers turn their attention to this week’s season finale, which will honor the track champions in the Dave Kjellsen Memorial Season Championships.
For Sunday’s features, there will be a heads-up start in points with all drivers welcome. All the drivers and their cars will also be introduced along the front stretch for a meet-and-greet. The track is running its $20 per car load special as well.
Here’s a look at how each driver raced to a championship:
Modifieds, J.D. Auringer
In eight points races, Auringer never finished outside of the top 10 – the only driver in the class to do so. His worst finish was fourth place twice – the season opener on May 7 and on July 16.
Auringer came into the finale last Sunday with a six-point lead over Jason Cummins and won the race to lock up the title. He finished with three wins on the year to tie with Cummins for the class lead.
Stock Cars, Luke Sathoff
If you would’ve guessed the driver with 11 top-5 finishes in 12 races would’ve been the track champion in the Stock Cars, you would’ve been wrong this year.
Sathoff drove to nine top-5 finishes and won three features and barely hung on to beat Kevin Donlan, the owner of all those top-5s. Sathoff’s worst finish was 11th once and Donlan had a finish of 17th. The difference came in Donlan’s fifth-place finishes, of which he had five. Sathoff had seven top-3 finishes.
B-Modifieds, Brandon Hare
In a class that was all over the place in 2017, the most consistent driver reigned supreme.
Hare, while only winning one time, never finished worse than 11th. He was the only driver in the class to have just one finish outside the top 10. He closed out the year with seven top-10 five performances. Only Jim Chisholm, who was second in the points, equaled that.
Hobby Stocks, Matt White
There was no driver who matched White’s output this season because he never had a bad night in Mason City.
In 12 features, White’s worst finish came with a seventh-place showing on June 11. He had only one other finish outside the top 5.
Tuners, Ryan Bryant
He waited until the last week to do so, but Bryant proved he was the best driver in the Tuners class this year.
Bryant collected two wins, including one in the season finale to wrap up the title, and never finished worse than ninth.