It was the biggest race of the summer for the Macon Speedway as the track hosted it’s Herald and Review 100 on Thursday, July 8. With more than 100 cars spread through three classes, the event drew some of the top dirt track racers in the area to Macon, including three from Hillsboro.
Brothers Nathan and Evan Lynch, along with cousin Justin Reynolds, competed in the Pro-Mod class, which had 24 entries on the night.
It was a strange night for the Lynch Motorsports team as Nathan and Justin struggled in qualifying, finishing fifth and sixth respectively, but made up for it in the feature. Evan would be the opposite as he finished fourth in his heat and started the feature in ninth.
Unfortunately, tough track conditions spoiled Evan’s night and the nights of many others.
“The race did not fair well for the division as the cars were not set up for the dry slick track conditions. From the initial green flag to begin the race until the race scored its first official lap completed, it took 24 minutes and 10-to-11 restarts,” read the recap on the Macon Speedway Facebook page. “As the Pro Modified class hit the first lap, the full house crowd let out a Bronx cheer.”
While Evan was collected in the early chaos and took a DNF (did not finish), one of nine to do so, Nathan and Justin found the groove and came away with a pair of top 10s. Nathan moved up nine spots to finish sixth in the abbreviated eight-lap race, while Justin moved up 11 to finish in seventh overall.
In addition to the Hillsboro contingent, Rob Lee of Sorento finished 20th in the Modified class. Lee qualified 10th in the 36-car field, then placed fourth in his heat before coming in 20th in the feature.
On July 17, the extended Lynch Motorsports family was back at Macon, with the Lynch brothers and Reynolds joined by Kevin Rench.
Nathan Lynch would come up with another top 10 finish, taking sixth in the Pro-Mod class after starting 10th. Reynolds would just miss a top ten with an 11th place finish, while Rench qualified well and started fifth, but finished 14th. DNFs would take out four racers on the night, including Evan Lynch, who finished 18th overall.