Top stories of 2011: No. 1 It’s time for UMP late models

November 16, 2011 12 Comments

To the best of my limited memory, there has only been one other announcement that compared to this in the 13-plus years I have been going to Quincy Raceways. When track officials told us a couple of weeks ago they would be sanctioning Bullring late models with the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) starting in 2012 it set off a firestorm of celebration.

Ironically, the other announcement that brought the same kind of response was when track leadership let us know the UMP Summernationals were coming to town for the first time.

UMP star Jason Feger -- "The Highside Hustler" -- will likely be one of the new faces to drop in at the Bullring on occasion next season.

The support for this decision was seen in the Stevie Dirt poll that ran for about a week afterward. An overwhelming 77.2 percent of the voters lauded the switch. It’s a bold move, but no more risky than staying with the IMCA. Both are quality organizations, but for late models in this region the movement toward the future is all about UMP, and the track acted in proactive fashion.

Quincy was set to be cast adrift in the IMCA world. Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, is no longer racing late models, and 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, will likely run a limited schedule. And we’ve beaten to death the Iowa drivers choosing not to come to Quincy thing, so we won’t even get into that again.

If Quincy had stayed with the IMCA for late models, local drivers would have had to make some serious hauls into Iowa to reach other IMCA tracks running that class. Sanctioning with UMP opens up an entire world of new options for local drivers. There are roughly 25 UMP tracks in Illinois, many within 1-3 hours.

And there is the most important element — the UMP sanctioning will draw some big-time names to the Bullring. UMP drivers chase national points, and with Quincy being the only Sunday night track in the region get ready for visits by central Illinois stars such as Jason “The Highside Hustler” Feger, Ryan Unzicker and others at that level.

I have no problem predicting the marriage of UMP and Quincy as the beginning of a great experience. I wish the IMCA well, and will sincerely miss the Deery Brothers races at the Bullring, but a year from now in this space I have a feeling we’ll be asking ourselves, “Why didn’t we make this decision sooner?”

Hands down, the sanctioning of late models with UMP for 2012 was the most important story evolving from Quincy Raceways in 2011. And there wasn’t even a close second.

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  1. just me says:

    I think you will find that there are some very very good UMP drivers right here in our area. I started going to Granite City and Peavley a couple of years ago and I think that you find they are just as competitive as the high dollar boys that race for a living. I know for a fact that Rickey has outran some of them a lot more than one occasion.

  2. WORD IS 34 RACEWAY IS RUNNING 14 REGULAR IMCA LATE MODEL SHOWS PLUS 3 DEERY SHOWS. A LITTLE FACT FINDING NEEDS DONE HERE SO DRIVERS KNOWWHO IS ACTUALLY RUNNING WHAT SO THEY CAN MAKE DECISIONS.

  3. Tim Griffin says:

    We are Racing UMP for sure and I would like to know what drivers are running Imca or UMP or both

  4. racinjason27 says:

    Genenbacher motorsports will be running UMP. Looking forward to the 2012 season!!!!! We also have a lot of IMCA equipment to sell if anyone is interested from motors to complete chassis, call Jason P.

  5. flyby says:

    UMP if you have thousands of dollars to blow to look cool. IMCA if you are want to run competitively on a budget.

  6. Keith Pratt says:

    We will be racing UMP also! Very excited about the change at the track!

    To flyby….I would have agreed with you 2-3 yrs ago about the UMP-IMCA comment. The costs with IMCA have gone through the roof the last few years if you want to win. They made rules to save people money, but just like government, more regulations, more cost! Now we will be able to go race at 1000 different race tracks around the country instead of 9.

  7. Tim Griffin says:

    flyby night must not be able to read. Its for drivers to answer witch way they are going UMP , Imca or both .Be a real man and post your name. Stop making stupid comments you know nothingthing about.Some IMCA drivers in Quincy had 5000 motors and others had 25000 dollar motors. End of story

  8. Dustin Neese says:

    Got a new car sitting here,just gotta find some cash for an engine…UMP or nothing.Plus two other tracks within 1.5 hours not 2.5.

  9. just me says:

    How many times must it be said (FLYBY IS AN IDIOT). It shows from the postings that even the drivers agree with me. If he doesn’t like then get the H**L off of the sight.

  10. GOOD CALL KEITH AND TIM !!!!! IMCA….8000 RPM CHIP, NO 8400 RPM CHIP. OH, POINT INVERSION FOR WEEKLY SHOWS BUT DEERY DRAW REDRAW…….. WE WON 6 HEATS RACES FROM THE LAST ROW THIS YEAR AND STILL HAD TO START 10TH………WTF OVER……..

  11. GMF says:

    WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO count down clock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Don’t know if any of our regulars will strap on a bigger carb and run their IMCA engine with the UMP guys, but a local fan asked me if there might be an angle to look for a sponsor to put up $50.00 or so each week as a bonus to the highest finishing spec car. Not likely a spec would win, but it might be an incentive to some of the underfunded guys to not just park their rides. Call it the ” Little engine that could ” award. Just some off season fodder to kick around.

    Danny

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