Yeah, it will be hot Sunday night at Quincy Raceways, but make he effort to be there. It sounds like it will be more than worthwhile. I’ve tried to include all the news and changes, some of which you have probably seen before. Here’s a rundown:
• NASCAR driver/analyst Kenny Wallace contacted the track Saturday afternoon to let officials know that he will be racing his Federated Auto Parts UMP Modified on Sunday night. He was supposed to appear earlier this season, but the event was rained out.
• Don’t forget. The start time has been pushed back because of the heat to 7:30 p.m.
“It is hoped that the time change will allow some of the heat of the day to dissipate, easing the strain on both spectators and racers alike,” said co-owners Paul Holtschlag and Bob Rhinberger said
• The Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) sprint cars will be on hand, joining the weekly UMP modified, IMCA sport mod, Quincy hobby stock and IMCA sport compact weekly series. Late models and stock cars are sitting out this week.
• There will be qualifying for the sprint cars, which will be the first item on the night’s schedule.
Jeremy Standridge, the president of MOWA, contacted track officials Saturday and told them his drivers will have an autograph session in the grandstand area starting at approximately 6:15. Most of the drivers will have hero cards available to sign and give out to the fans, plus “a huge amount of other merchandise” that the MOWA group will be handing out during the evening.
• The sport mods and sport compacts will not run heat races, but Dunker Concrete and Pat Dunker have kicked in an additional $100 to win for each of those classes. Sport mods are now running for $400 and the sport compacts for $200.
The sport compacts and sport mods will be lined up for their feature events by inverted point average for the first 10 positions, and by point standings for the remainder of the field, following consulation with IMCA headquarters in Vinton, Iowa.
“These changes will hopefully help with the extreme temperatures that are expected for Sunday and will allow both spectators and racers to still get home at a reasonable hour,” Holtschlag and Rhinberger said. “Quincy Raceways will do everything it can to make this special event a great one despite what Mother Nature has in store. It is hoped that everyone will be amenable for these changes.”
OUR WEEKLY FORECAST FOR A BULLRING WEEKEND
The ground-pounding behemoths are taking the week off.
Pick to click: Dave Wietholder. It’s his week. Heck, it looks like it’s his year.
Best comeback bet: James Leffew is overdue. He’s been shut out of a top-10 finish for three straight weeks.
Noteworthy: Modified features have definitely placed a higher accent on excitement in recent weeks. There have been a combined 16 lead changes in 10 features this season — and nine of them have come in the last three weeks.
Pick to click: Vance Wilson wins his first feature of the season.
Best comeback bet: Tanner Klingele strung together back-to-back third-place finishes June 3-10, but has not cracked the top five since. That should end Sunday night.
Noteworthy: Tony Dunker leads the class in improvement points with 51, the number of positions he has improved in feature races this season. Klingele (19) is second.
Dave Moore’s favorite class is also idle this week.
Pick to click: Jake “The Snake” Powers returns with a vengeance after last week’s DQ.
Best comeback bet: Jeff DeLonjay, who rolled his car 13 laps into last Sunday’s main event.
Noteworthy: Justin Bevill (33) and Nathan Hayes (28) are the improvement points leaders in this division.
Pick to click: Seth Woodruff has not collected a checkered flag since May 13. He’s way overdue.
Best comeback bet: Bryce “The Bullet” Baker, who had to bow out early last week, is a good bet to return to the top 10.
Noteworthy: Nine different drivers have won features, the most of any class. Chuck Fullenkamp is only sport compact driver with two victories.