No. 8: U.M.P. Summernationals come to 8000 Broadway
For years we heard about the Summernationals. For years, we watched as tracks to the north, south, east and west of Quincy Raceways hosted one of the mid-summer stops of the annual "Hell Tour."
Why not, Quincy? Why not, indeed.
In July 2006, that wish of local races fans became a reality when Shannon Babb, Jeep Van Wormer, Wendell Wallace and the rest of the Summnernationals tour made its first-ever stop at the Broadway Bullring. It was a night to remember, from Van Wormer purposely ramming Steve Sheppard Jr. during a caution lap, to the flat-out, pedal-to-the-metal talents of the Moweaqua Missile, Shannon Babb himself.
A United Midwestern Promoters (U.M.P.) Summernationals race awards a special kind of significance to a dirt track in this area of the country. It provides a unique stamp of credibility. When the first green flagged dropped in 2006, that credibility would be forever there.
Fittingly, the Scott family brought the first Summernationals event to the track in its final year of ownership. In many ways, it was the perfect punctuation for a relationship that had lasted more than 30 years. Co-owners Tony Rhinberger and Mike Karhoff brought the Summernats back in 2007, and sole owner Rhinberger did the same last summer, but the event was washed out and no suitable makeup date could be arranged.
Babb and Randy "King Kong" Korte own Summernationals victories at Quincy, but those wins are almost secondary to the annual spectacle itself.
And in case you were wondering, the Summernats are scheduled to return in 2009.
Next: As the 10 most important events, individuals and dedcisions from the last 10 years at Quincy Raceways moves on, we examine a decision that should help solidify the track's lineup for years to come.