The wait is over.
• IMCA late models
• UMP modifieds
• IMCA stock cars
• Hobby stocks
• Wild Things (four cylinders)
There were two specific surprises with that revelation, most notably the addition of a fifth class — the four-cylinder wild things. The other was bringing the stock cars back.
Much of the offseason speculation centered around the crate late models or sportmods as a possible addition to the lineup or as a replacement for the stock cars, a 3-year-old series that struggled with car counts. But the rumors about a return of the four-cylinder cars began to surface in recent weeks and seemed to be growing stronger the last few days. Those rumors obviously proved true.
The reason for opting against crate late models and/or sportmods was the fear of not being to draw enough out-of-the-immediate area cars, a problem that has dogged the stock car series at Quincy. Track officials felt the resurgence in four-cylinder classes in recent seasons at other area tracks would provide a stronger potential base for building that series. Quincy ran the four-cylinder hornets in 2006-2007, but then discontinued the class because of low car counts. The wild things/hornets, however, have been flourishing the past few years at nearby Iowa tracks in Donnellson and West Burlington.
Quincy will incorporate the same four-cylinder rules used at Donnellson.
Track officials said they still believe in the future of the stock cars and indicated the weekly average should improve in 2011, judging by the offseason input received from local drivers. I was also told several Iowa drivers, including Jeff Mueller, would return on a regular basis if the promised improvements to the track materialized.
Speaking of the track itself, the capital improvements continue. Considerable banking has been removed at both ends, and the track has also been lowered along the top in both the front and back stretches.
“Things are beginning to fall into place,” one official told me. “I’m already starting to get excited about 2011.”
ONLY THE BEGINNING
Keep checking back here. We’ll have much more to report on changes for the 2011 season as they become finalized. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
I have to applaud those connected with the track. Drivers and fans alike needed assurance there would be improvements and changes in numerous areas for next season. Moments after the final Sunday night race earlier this month, Paul Holtschlag, part of the track’s management team, promised to all concerned that Quincy Raceways would correct the problems that had developed — and he has kept his word.
I’ve seen the list of concerns, questions and grievances that are being worked through, with the help of individuals outside the immediate circle of management. They are being addressed one by one. It’s a long list, but it’s also a long offseason and I feel much better about 2011 than I did a month ago.