Archive for March, 2010

Countdown to checkers: Practice starts, season almost here

March 31, 2010 3 Comments
Countdown to checkers: Practice starts, season almost here

(Today continues a week-long look at different aspects of competition at Quincy Raceways as we head toward opening night on Sunday.) Steve Blickhan, the longtime flagman at the Bullring who retired at the end of last season, was conspicuous by his presence Wednesday at 8000 Broadway during the first night of practice. “Couldn’t stay away, could […]

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Countdown to checkers: Some other storylines to watch

March 30, 2010 9 Comments
Countdown to checkers: Some other storylines to watch

(Today continues a week-long look at different aspects of competition at Quincy Raceways as we head toward opening night on Sunday.) A storyline from each of the classes I’m extremely interested in watching unfold early this season includes: Late models: I find it fascinating that two of the households names from the modified series, Tony Dunker and […]

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Countdown to checkers: Looking ahead at the coming decade

March 29, 2010 1 Comment
Countdown to checkers: Looking ahead at the coming decade

(Today continues a week-long look at different aspects of competition at Quincy Raceways as we head toward opening night on Sunday.) It’s always fun to speculate when it comes to sports, and racing is no different. We’ve spent a lot of time in the last year breaking down who the top drivers were in each class […]

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No practice until Wednesday, weather looks good for opener

March 29, 2010 0 Comments

Quincy Raceways officials have postponed Tuesday night’s scheduled practice session, but have announced the track will be open for testing and tuning Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 5 p.m. each day. The opening races are scheduled for Sunday when the Bullring opens for its its 36th season. Track spokesman Jack Walbring said turns three […]

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Countdown to checkers: The numbers don’t lie

March 28, 2010 0 Comments
Countdown to checkers: The numbers don’t lie

(Today starts a week-long look at different aspects of competition at Quincy Raceways as we head toward opening night April 4.) Part of the appeal of any sport is how its success is measured. Normally, that comes in the form of numbers, all sorts of them. Statistics define the kind and amount of success an athlete has […]

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Weekend practices called off; They’ll try again Tuesday

March 25, 2010 1 Comment

Quincy Raceways has canceled practices for Saturday and Sunday and rescheduled them for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The track is still too wet to be used, so keep your fingers crossed for some extended warm weather in the next few days. Opening night at 8000 Broadway is April 4.

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Is this Reed’s breatkthrough year in the late models?

March 23, 2010 1 Comment
Is this Reed’s breatkthrough year in the late models?

Several interesting late model topics come to mind as the April 4 start of the season draws closer. • Will we have an unprecedented fourth different champion in as many years? I’d say the chances are extremely good of that occurring, and I think the name to look for is Justin Reed. The 23-year-old Reed […]

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Burgtorf says he will not seek 15th track championship

March 17, 2010 2 Comments
Burgtorf says he will not seek 15th track championship

Mark Burgtorf Those hoping 14-time late model track champ Mark Burgtorf might try for No. 15 will likely be disappointed this season. Mark told me at the recent Quincy Mall show his attendance at Quincy this season would be “sporadic.” Mark has not openly campaigned for a track title since 2007. The back-to-back years without […]

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What’s your favorite special event?

March 15, 2010 5 Comments
What’s your favorite special event?

What’s your favorite special event at the Bullring? Here’s your chance to vote. We’ve posted what I think are probably the four top in-season specials with the UMP Summernationals and Deery Brother Summer Series tour stops for the late models, plus the Tri-State Shootout for stock cars and River City Rumble for the modifieds. Each […]

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Fans flock to see cars and drivers at Quincy Mall show

March 13, 2010 6 Comments
Fans flock to see cars and drivers at Quincy Mall show

(The following will also appear in Sunday’s print edition of The Herald-Whig. We’ll also have more in “Stevie Dirt” in the coming days from Quincy Mall show.) Hundreds of Quincy area dirt-track racing fans were able to get their first glimpse of the 2010 season Saturday. Quincy Raceways’ annual stock car show drew such a […]

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