It’s official — Quincy late models to be sanctioned by ULMA

October 25, 2011 3 Comments

Quincy Raceways’ late model division is now affiliated with the United Late Model Association (ULMA), a 5-year-old organization headquartered near Moberly, Mo.

The announcement came Tuesday, following months of speculation the track would sever ties with the Vinton, Iowa-based International Motorsports Contest Association (IMCA). Quincy had been an IMCA affiliate since 1998.

“In an effort to maintain the great late model tradition at Quincy Raceways, a change in sanctioning bodies was needed to present the opportunity for (more) late model competitors in the area to compete at the track,” said Tony Rhinberger, who with fellow Quincy businessman Paul Holtschlag own and promote the .29-mile dirt track at 8000 Broadway.

Rhinberger said there has been growing dissatisfaction in recent years with some of the IMCA policies, ranging from how starting lineups are determined for feature events to model of tires. In addition, IMCA late models from Iowa have rarely made the trip south to Quincy in recent years, outside of special events such as the Deery Brothers Summer Series tour stops. In contrast, Quincy drivers have provided strong support for Iowa tracks such as West Burlington and Donnellson.

The uncertainty about the tracks in Donnellson and West Burlington also played into the ULMA decision for Quincy. New ownership at Donnellson recently announced late models will not be part of the track’s lineup. West Burlington, which is up for sale, figures to run a limited schedule at best.

Other ULMA tracks in Missouri in 2011 included Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg, Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Double XX Speedway in California, 24 Raceway in Moberly and Scotland County Speedway in Memphis. Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland also ran a ULMA late model class.

“The current IMCA late models who have competed at Quincy Raceways will be legal to race under the ULMA banner with only minor changes, such as adding weight and using different tires,” Rhinberger said. “The change will also allow the late models who are at Quincy to be able to run IMCA-sanctioned events — as well as Deery Brothers races at other tracks — with only minor changes.”

Rhinberger said the 2012 payoff for ULMA late models will be the same as used in recent years. First-place money will be $700, with $125 guaranteed to start the main event.

Rhinberger also said the track is working on securing “a few special events” for the 2012 season to take the place of the Deery races. Quincy hosted 25 Deery events between 1998-2011.

The ULMA is only the third sanctioning body the track has aligned with in its history. Quincy was a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series facility from 1981-96.

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  1. just a fan says:

    Fingers Crossed that we pull a car count and that it all goes well. And you bloody well knew already when you chided me like an evil nun with a ruler to a naughty kid. Thanks Bud. Oh and that the class stays competitive. I know Mr Wilson does this class and have a hankering that Lil Griffin does but do you know of anyone else that will be running?????

  2. GMF says:

    And finally the circle of life is complete…. The modifieds will take their rightful place as headliner main event, show stopper!!!!!!!! I boooo this notion not that it matters but then again Quincy has made mistakes before…. *sigh*

  3. dgriffin says:

    Well did really matter to us what series we may be running more pavement next year. But good job making a early call for next year atleast Quincy raceways promoters made the call and are men of there words and sticking with it not changing there minds like last year good job keep up the good work. Hopefully you will see big car counts.

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