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.