January, 24, 2011
the Pit Gate
by Danny Rosencrans
Saturday night, January 22, Quincy Raceways help their annual awards
banquet, officially closing out the 2010 season. A crowd upwards of
300 was on hand as the gathering was held for the first time at the
Knights of Columbus Hall in Quincy. After the meal was served,
Co-owner Tony Rhinberger presented trophies for categories such as
perfect attendance, most improved drivers, best appearing cars, etc.
Finally, the top ten in each of the four divisions were honored. Hobby
stock veteran Jim Powell, of Hannibal, Mo., survived his race car
being caught in last yearís flash flood to record his 16th consecutive
season of perfect attendance! Points champions honored included Denny
Woodworth in IMCA late models, after a second half battle with Jason
Perry. For the late model lawyer, it was his first late model title at
QR. The Mendon, IL. driver also has a modified championship at QR in
his resume. Second generation hotshoe Jared Schlipman took another
first place trophy home to Mendon, as he edged out Michael Long for
the UMP modified crown, the first of the youngsters' budding career.
Mt Sterling, Il. pilot Terry Houston wheeled his Ford powered # 97 to
his first IMCA stock car championship over veteran Abe Huls. Another
Hannibal pilot, Steve "Tea Man" Carlin picked up championship number
four over Bobby Anders in yet another down to the wire finish.
Remarkably, all track champions were from outside Quincy. An award
that has become a popular one is the Peoples Choice award, voted on at
the track by the fans, and the 2010 winners for each class were
Woodworth, Steven DeLonjay in the modifieds, Houston, and teenage
Tanner Klingele in the hobby stocks.
look ahead to the upcoming season was given with the announcement that
the Quincy Mall car show will be held the weekend of March 12 and 13.
A full schedule, including practice nights will be available at that
time, but several key dates are already in place and have been
announced. Opening night is set for Sunday, April 3, with points
starting then for UMP modifieds, IMCA stock cars, hobby stocks and
cylinder Wild Things. IMCA late models will be in action as well, but
per IMCA rules, their points do not begin until April 24. The
following Sunday, April 10 will feature the first visit by the IMCA
Deery Brothers Summer Series. May 15 will bring the return of the
USMTS touring modified series after an absence of several seasons.
Memorial weekend, Sunday May 29 will showcase the touring 360 C.I.
Sprint Invaders, while July 3 will be highlighted by the Titan Wheel
classic, the second Deery Brothers late model show. A new touring
crate late model series is scheduled for a July 31 appearance. And the
month of September begins with the second visit of the Sprint Invaders
on the day before Labor Day, Sunday the 4th. While the point season
for late models ends on August 28, points for the other four classes
will run until the final night of the season, which is scheduled for
September 25. Late models are scheduled to be on the card each night
of the 2011 season, with all circle track events held on Sunday
nights. The UMP Summernationals have been dropped from the 2011
schedule. Rhinberger also reiterated the late model combo points fund
set up with 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. This will be monies
awarded over and above what is paid out by the individual tracks and
by IMCA to the top pointís earners who participate in 75% of pointís
nights at both tracks.
mentioned in a previous article, a great deal of dirt work has been
done on the track, with more to be done after the snow cover is gone.
There is also pit work to be done, but as of now, everything is on
track for opening night, less than ten weeks from now!