Past the Pit Gate
by Danny Rosencrans
May 11, 2011 -
After three straight weeks of Sunday night baseball, Mother Nature
finally relented and let us get back to racing at Quincy Raceways.
That was the good news. The bad news is that Mothers Day is always a
tough draw for both cars and fans, but none the less there was plenty
of action on a warm night on the dirt. Fifteen IMCA late models
checked in to do battle, including three making their season debut.
Robbie Warner was back with a # 79 that he is fielding as his own car
owner. Dustin Neese rolled in with his familiar # 8. And Jason
Krigbaum was back after having purchased Terry Gallahers ride late
last week. Terry has apparently decided to hang up his helmut - at
least for now. Come feature time, Justin Reed, who now calls
Collinsville,Il home, and Keith Pratt sat on the front row. The duo
ran first and second Saturday night at 34 Raceway, with KP picking up
the win. Sunday was to belong to Justin, however, as he held off a
host of challengers to pick up win number one of 2011. At the
checkers, defending champion Denny Woodworth had advanced from a row
four start to finish second. Lonnie Bailey started third and finished
there, while Pratt took fourth. A mid race skirmish between Matt
Bailey and Jason Perry moved Bill Genenbacher to fifth, just ahead of
Krigbaum, a good start to his season.
might be expected, the UMP modifieds led the way in car count with 22.
quality of modifieds at QR is a bright spot, but unfortunately, the
caution flag must be displayed far too often. I am a fan of side by
side restarts, but the mods seem to have a lot of trouble adjusting to
the close quarters, as the nine car pileup on a lap nine restart
demonstrated. By that time, second row starter Michael Long had moved
to the top spot and he had just to survive a few more yellow flags to
pick up the win. Rickey Frankel in the Mike Begley # B4 and Vance
Wilson in his own # B1 were trying to run down Michael when they made
contact in turn one, with both spinning. Much has been made of the
incident, and in fact some actions after the spin got both drivers
black flagged. From the very good vantage point I had for the contact,
it looked like good, hard racing by two good drivers. Hopefully both
will be back to race each other some more! Defending champion Jared
Schlipman hung around to take second. Canton, Mo. driver Adam Birck
may have had the run of the night in his first visit of the year. Adam
brought his IMCA mod to the track and picked up a third place run. The
race ended five laps short of the scheduled 25 laps as the time limit
seven IMCA stock cars made the trip Sunday, but the racing was good
anyway. Aaron Brocksieck had captured two straught features, but he
rolled to a stop on the backstretch on the start with a flat tire.
Quick hot pit action got him back out in time, and Aaron set sail with
his pink # 40A in pursuit of race leader and defending champion Terry
Houston. Aaron used the top groove to move to the front, staying
perfect for 2011 in feature racing at QR. Houston took second after an
exciting side by side finish with Andrew Griffin. The finish was so
close, only the transponder scoring could determine who took second.
Kevin Tomlinson took fourth in his back up # 49KB normally driven by
Kelly Bartz after breaking in the heat race.
of the twelve hobby stocks started their 20 lap finale, with Justin
Bartz and Tanner Klingele watching from the trailer. Tanner got
everyones attention in hot laps, shucking a drive shaft and spreading
drive train parts down the front stretch. With two time winner Bobby
Anders and defending champion Steve Carlin side by side in row one,
the smart money had the battle to lead into turn one as the key part
of the race, and that was born out. Anders took the early point, and
lead the distance, giving him 56 fearure laps led and three wins in
three tries in 2011. Only one caution period slowed the action, with
Carlin in the runnerup spot. Keokuk, iowa driver Brandon Symmonds had
his best run of the season, pushing Carlin to the flag.
Wild Thing car count was a bit low at eight, but again, Mothers Day
likely played a roll. Still the 12 lapper produced some of the best
racing of the night. Craig Bangert took the win ahead of Seith
Woodruff and Austin Uppinghouse. Casey Kendrick came home fourth ahead
of our two lady racers, Sierra Bueker and Kimberly Abbott. Track
officials expect the 4 cylinder car count to increase, and I would be
inclined to agree.
coming Sunday night is one of the highlights of the 2011 schedule.
After an absence of a half dozen years or so, the cars and stars of
the United States Modified Touring Series - USMTS - comes to QR as
part of a three race swing through the area. With the aforementioned
quality of our weekly mods led by Michael Long and company, it will be
fun to see who comes out on top. In addition, the other weekly classes
of IMCA late models, IMCA stock cars, QR hobby Stocks, and Wild Things
will be in action. You won't want to miss this one.