The following is the third in a 10-part countdown of highlights and lowlights at Quincy Raceways during the decade of the 2000s
I used to love going to the pits on Sunday nights and talking with Brent Slocum, a wonderful, wonderful person. Those visits have not been possible now for almost five years.
Slocum died in a pit area accident at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, back on June 11, 2005. The 28-year-old from Burlington was one of the most popular drivers in the Tri-State area and a fan favorite at the Bullring.
Slocum won his first and only late model title in Quincy in 2002, but was always a contender during his all-too-brief career.
“I always considered Quincy my second home,” Slocum once told me. “The people here have always made me feel so welcome.”
Slocum’s funeral drew thousands. He was that popular. To this day, each Sunday night still seems a little empty with that familiar No. 5 absent from the late model features.
Not once did I ever hear a discouraging word about Slocum, who with longtime Quincy regular and 14-time track champ Mark Burgtorf probably enjoyed the finest reputations of any area driver in the late model series.
In fact, Slocum paid Burgtorf the highest tribute on a hot Sunday night in late August 2002, the evening he clinched his championship. Slocum talked at great length what an honor it was to win the title at the track Burgtorf, a driver he greatly admitred, had enjoyed so much success.
Slocum’s thoughts about Burgtorf were pure class, but I expected nothing less from Brent Slocum, whose passing was the darkest point of the just-completed decade.