Past the Pit Gate
by Danny Rosencrans
31, 2011 -
the disappointment of the late rain shower the week before, Quincy
Raceways was back up and running this Sunday night. The PCRA crate
late model cars were added to the card as they completed a four track
four night mini tour. The turnout was a bit less than expected for the
crates, with only ten cars present, but in that group were some of the
premier super late model names in the Midwest, as many of those
drivers are doing double duty.
a quick runoff of the heat races, the UMP modifieds, with 16 of the 70
cars on hand, started off the feature events. Unfortunately, a quick,
smooth feature is a rarity for the mods, and Sunday proved the rule,
not the exception. A total of nine caution periods marred the 25 lap
marathon, which saw several top contenders make an early exit. Shawn
Deering has his # 16 being repaired from damage sustained at our last
event, and he has hitched a ride in Ben Huffs'
When he drew the front row of the finale, I thought it would somehow
be fitting if he finally got that first win in a strange ride. However
it was not to be, as he was the second car to drop out after Jim
Roach, who battled a sick engine in the # B4 all night. Meanwhile,
fellow front row starter Brandon Savage, visiting with his IMCA # 47s,
jumped to the lead. Brandon, who calls Keokuk, Iowa home, is the
grandson of racing legend Ramo Stott, and he flashed the family talent
in the early laps. The second caution came on lap seven, and Dave
Wietholder went pit side with problems in the rearend of his # 05.
After several unsuccessful attempts at a restart, Savage powered into
turn one and lost the left rear wheel off his ride, stacking up the
field. Jared Schlipman was in the fray, and spun out a drive shaft,
ending his night. Steven DeLonjay, looking for his sixth consecutive
win, also went to the hot pit with a flat tire. This turned the top
spot over to newlywed Vance Wilson - congrats Vance and Chris! - but
the # B1 also had a tire going down. Wilson held on until Robbie Reed
took over on about lap 13. Meanwhile, DeLonjay worked his way forward,
and took over the point on lap 18.From there, he collected that sixth
win, tying Michael Longs track record. Reed held on for second, Jake
Griffin charged to third, Wilson somehow held on for fourth, and Ryan
Meyer completed the top five. DeLonjay, the college sophomore will try
to make it seven straight this Sunday.
After a long wait in staging, the nine car IMCA stock car feature came
to the track and proceeded to run a quick tight 15 laps. With the red
# 49 for sale, Kevin Tomlinson and Kelly Bartz have switched rides,
and Kelly took the early lead in the white and blue # 49. Andrew
Griffin then took a turn up front before contact between him and Abe
Huls saw Huls take the top spot. Abe picked up the win, with Terry
Houston charging to the runnerup slot. Griffin, Beau Taylor and Jerry
Jansen all turned in top five runs.
Next up came the crate late models, with Bobby Dauderman from
Alhambra, Il jumping to the lead. Nick Lyons, driving the black 8 ball
machine closed on Dauderman before contact gave Bobby the edge. From
there, Lyons and Mark Oller had a raging battle for second, with Lyons
claiming the spot. I-55 regular Tim Rataczyk took fourth, with " local
" entrant Dustin Griffin fifth. Camp Point driver Jerry Lierly and
double duty Jake Griffin took the next two spots, but legendary late
model ace Dick Taylor did not have a good night, finishing tenth.
13 car IMCA late model finale was up next, as we welcomed back Jason
Krigbaum and Jason Perry to the fold. Only 12 cars took the green,
with Justin Jennings done for the night after dropping a drive shaft
in his heat. Krigbaum had power plant issues in the heat, and was the
first car out of the 30 lapper. Lonnie Bailey also had issues early
on, as he was unable to start his heat after losing oil pressure as he
took the track. Lonnie had broken a valve spring his last time out,
and had some undiscovered damage. He did start the main event, but
retired early. In search of his first win, Darin Weisinger jumped out
to the lead, before Denny Woodworth eased by to take the top spot.
Meanwhile, Justin Reed was the man on the move, overtaking Denny and
racing out to a commanding win. Woodworth took second, with Matt
Bailey, Joey Gower, and Weisinger recording top fives.
Twelve hobby stocks rolled out next, with Bobby Anders back on the
speedway, now driving the Wes Mayfield # 21 as the " Taz Man " takes
some time off. Bobby worked his way quickly to the top spot, but
suddenly exited the speedway on lap eight. This turned the lead over
to Keokuk, Iowa driver Brandon Symmonds and his sharp looking # 8.
Brandon struggled with engine woes early in the year, but has been
getting faster with the help of veteran engine builder and former
racer Jack Evans. Once he gained the point, Symmonds road the low
groove to his first QR win. Tanner Klingele scored the runner up
finish, ahead of point leader Steve Carlin and Nathan Anders - in the
former Booby Anders ride. Interestingly, Symmonds drives to the track
in a street car decaled the same as his race car - complete with a
race car nose. Check out this neat ride on the spectator portion of
pit road sometime.
has been the case lately, the Wild Things wrapped up the night with a
quick ten car twelve lap feature. Previous winners Casey Kendrick, the
series point leader, and Robert Thompson held the front row. Kendrick
jumped to the early lead and looked to be in control, as Thompson
surprisingly fell back. But with three laps to go, Seth Woodruff drove
his # 36 past Kendrick to grab the lead and the win, closing to within
three points in the standings. It was the first QR feature win for the
Carthage driver. Craig Bangert and Kimberly Abbott chased the top two
to the checkers.
Sunday night will be headlined by a draw, redraw show for the late
models and " rumor has it " that we may see a long lost track favorite
back in action!
Before closing, I owe an apology to another popular former QR racer. A
few weeks back, I mentioned that Kimberly Abbotts' feature win was the
first by a " lady " racer since Mary Kay Allen in 1993. My research
somehow got sidetracked, and I inexplicably forgot about Sarah
Woodhurst. Sarah was a main event winner five times in the now defunct
Hornet division, and also picked up one checkers in the hobby stocks.
Sarah has since put her racing on hold to attend the University of
Missouri. Sorry, Sarah!
season is down to the final two months already, don't miss one night
of action. See you at the track!