Quincy Raceways will have a new track surface in place before Sunday night’s regularly scheduled show and Monday night’s $26,000 modified/sprint car spectacular.
A variety of crews and specialists have been working at the .29-mile facility all week in an effort to correct the problems that have plagued the facility this season. Track owner Tony Rhinberger says the problem areas between turns three and four, plus those between one and two, will be eliminated before weekend racing.
Construction work on the track last fall, which lengthened and widened the racing area, coupled with this spring’s heavier-than-normal rainfall, helped create an extremely rough racing surface. A large rut between turns three and four has been especially troublesome.
Check Saturday’s edition of The Herald-Whig for more details on the "new" track and more informaton about Monday’s big modified/sprint car show.
REED WINS FIRST DEERY RACE
Quincy Raceways regular Justin Reed rolled to his first-ever Deery Brothers Summer Series late model tour victory Wednesday night.
Reed led all 40 laps at Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, turning back challenges from Clint Wendel, Rob Toland, Boone McLaughlin, Matt Strassheim and Jason Frankel. Frankel was the only other Quincy driver in the top 24.
Reed pocketed $2,000 for the victory in becoming the series’ fourth straight first-time winner. Reed joins Mike Collins, Andy Nezworski and Denny Woodworth as first-time winners.
The streak of consecutive new winners is the longest since 1987, when the series saw different drivers in victory lane through its first six events.
Reed’s previous best Deery finish had been second, in the April 29 show at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.
Next on the Deery schedule is a date at Boone Speedway for its traditional Memorial Day show.
QUINCY RACEWAYS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK
Toughest call of the season, but I went with late model driver Jason Frankel, whose impressive Sunday night drive capped a weekend that saw him win three features — Quincy, Saturday at 34 Raceway and Friday Lee County Speedway.
Frankel also moved in the No. 1 position in the Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings.
Honorable mention goes to modified driver Michael Long, who won his fifth straight feature at Quincy. Long also won the main event at Scotland County Speedway.
Previous Racers of the Week
2: Keith Pratt, late models
1: Robby Warner, late models
NATIONAL LATE MODEL RANKINGS
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
1. (1.) Billy Moyer, Batesville Ark.
2. (2.) Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
3. (3.) Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.
4. (4.) Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
5. (7.) Josh Richards, Shinnston, W. Va.
6. (6.) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
7. (5.) Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
8. (8.) Shane Clanton, Locust Grove, Ga.
9. (14.) Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
10. (18.) Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis.
Victory leaders: Moyer 10, Owens 6, Mars 4.
FRANKEL LEADS WEST BURLINGTON LATE MODEL POINTS
1. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 84 points
2. Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 75
3. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 70
4. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 70
5. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 69
6. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 68
7. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 65
8-tie. Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 63
8-tie. Stephen Kammerer, Blue Grass, Iowa, 63
10. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 61
INDIANAPOLIS 500 FORECAST
from "Trouble in Turn Three," www.geoffreystephens.com
We all know that Sunday will be the 92nd annual running of the Indianapolis 500, but who has the best chance at reaching victory lane? Statistically speaking, of course …
Everyone likes statistics, so I will rank the 33 drivers who make up the field using the following formula:
• In past races: 3 points for each pole, 10 points for each win, 5 points for each 2nd-5th place finish, 2 points for each 6th-10th place finish and one point for each finish 11th or lower.
• This month: 10 points for the pole, 5 points for starting second, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, 2 for 5th-11th and one for starting 12th-33rd + 3 points for a driver each time they were fastest in practice for the day during this month excluding "Rookie Orientation" on May 4-5.
• 2008 Starts: 5 points for each IndyCar (excludes Champ Car race at Long Beach) victory in 2008 prior to Indy, 3 points for each 2nd place, 2 points for each 3rd place and 1 point for each finish of 4th or lower.
Helio Castroneves (50) [starts 4th]
Scott Dixon (43) [starts 1st]
Buddy Lazier (42) [starts 32nd]
Dan Wheldon (38) [starts 2nd]
Tony Kanaan (31) [starts 6th]
Buddy Rice (21) [starts 17th]
Marco Andretti (20) [starts 7th]
Danica Patrick (19) [starts 5th]
John Andretti (19) [starts 21st]
Ryan Briscoe (18) [starts 3rd]
Vitor Meira (18) [starts 8th]
Bruno Junqueira (16) [starts 15th]
Tomas Scheckter (14) [starts 11th]
Davey Hamilton (14) [starts 18th]
Ed Carpenter (10) [starts 10th]
A.J. Foyt IV (9) [starts 31st]
Darren Manning (8) [starts 14th]
Graham Rahal (7) [starts 13th]
Sarah Fisher (7) [starts 22nd]
Marty Roth (7) [starts 33rd]
Hideki Mutoh (6) [starts 9th]
Ryan Hunter-Reay (5) [starts 20th]
Townsend Bell (4) [starts 12th]
Justin Wilson (4) [starts 16th]
Will Power (4) [starts 23rd]
Jeff Simmons (4) [starts 24th]
Oriol Servià (4) [starts 25th]
E.J. Viso (4) [starts 26th]
Milka Duno (4) [starts 27th]
Mario Moraes (4) [starts 28th]
Enrique Bernoldi (4) [starts 29th]
Jaime Camara (2) [starts 30th]
Alex Lloyd (1) [starts 19th]