Hobby stocks to merge with stock cars in 2013

October 18, 2012 13 Comments

Quincy Raceways officials announced Thursday night the termination of the hobby stock series and opened the door for those entries to merge with the stock car division.

The announcement came at a joint meeting of hobby stock and car drivers and owners at Kutter’s restaurant on the Quincy Riverfront.

About 40 drivers and owners from the two series attended he meeting.
Both series have been plagued by lower-than-expected car counts in recent seasons. Track officials felt the best move was to have the hobby stocks convert to stock cars to form one strong(er) class.

Jake Powers' 2012 track champion hobby stock is now a part of Quincy Raceways history. The hobby stock class was terminated Thursday night when track officials announced it would become part of the stock car series.

Drivers from both side of the equation were surprised, largely due to the fact the hobby stocks’ weekly car count (12) was higher than the stock cars (8). Those two classes had the lowest weekly averages of any of the six series at Quincy, which averaged 81 cars over the course of a 22-show season that ran on Sunday nights from April through September.

HOBBY STOCKS A “DYING” BREED

“The hobby stocks are a dying class, not only around here but everywhere,” chief steward Jake Croxton said. “We are simply trying to be proactive and look to the future for what is best for everyone — the track, the drivers and the fans.”

Croxton said the new track ownership group in Moberly, Mo., does not have hobby stocks on its 2013 lineup and that last year both Lee County Speedway in Donnelson, Iowa, and 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa, averaged less than 10 hobby stocks for their weekly shows.

Here’s a look at the average car counts of the two series in question since the inception of the stock cars in 2008 and since 2000 for the hobby stocks. The 31-car averages for 2000 and 2001 for the hobby stocks are track records.

STOCK CARS
2012: 8
2011: 8
2010: 10
2009: 14
2008: 14

HOBBY STOCKS (since 2000)
2012: 12
2011: 12
2010: 13
2009: 16
2008: 14
2007: 15
2006: 21
2005: 20
2004: 23
2002: 30
2001: 31
2000: 31

While the stock cars have struggled in Quincy the last three years following a strong start in 2008-09, track tech man Doug Miller said the decision to keep that series and try and strengthen it with the infusion of hobby stocks was a no-brainer. Much of the decision was centered around the IMCA affiliation of the stock cars, which offers state and national points, a better insurance package and more regional/national recognition.

“Quincy is the only IMCA track in Illinois,” he said.

Quincy is a UMP track for its late model and modified classes. It will be IMCA for the stock cars, sport mods and sport compacts.

Paul Holtschlag

CONVERSION COST FROM HOBBY STOCK TO STOCK CAR WAS KEY POINT

Miller said it will cost an average of $1,500 to $2,000 to convert a hobby stock to a stock car. Most of the cost would be tied to carburetor, wheel and tire changes. He said a switch from stock car to hobby stock would have been “much more expensive” because of the makeup of vehicle, but he could not pinpoint an exact figure.

“No matter what (the decision), there will be some expense,” co-track owner Paul Holtschlag said.

Hobby stock car owner Jerry Powers was one of the most outspoken against the decision to eliminate his class, saying it would take more than $6,000 to convert a “competitive” car.

Jerry Powers fields cars for his son, Jake Powers, who won this year’s hobby stock track championship. Jake Powers said he was uncertain what he would do for 2013.

“This kind of surprised me,” Jake Powers said.

Stock car track champ Terry Houston was all smiles when he found out his series did not get axed.

Nathan Hayes, also a hobby stock driver, said he was also surprised. He questioned the reasoning behind cutting the class with the larger car count, plus the conversion cost.

“For me to convert it would cost about $6,000,” Hayes said. “I might be better off building an outlaw motor and running Donnellson and Burlington.”

STOCK CAR DRIVERS WERE SURPRISED, TOO

Reigning stock car track champ Terry Houston said he expected his class to be the one axed and was prepared to have to make a decision for 2013 about where and what he would race.

“But it looks like I’m coming back to Quincy (in a stock car),” he said, with a smile.

Houston said he could understand why the decision was made to have the hobby stocks switch, pointing to the money issue. He agreed it would be cheaper to go from hobby stock to stock car, rather than vice versa.

Former track champ Abe Huls, who established a series record for features won this season, was elated with the news.

“It sounds great to me,” he said. “It wasn’t my class that got cut.”

BON VOYAGE, HOBBY STOCKS

Since the inception of the hobby stocks/bombers in 1987, there were 17 different drivers who won track titles. Steve Carlin (5) and Eddie Dieker (4) won the most. Bill Genenbacher and Jim Gillenwater each won two.

Here’s a look back at the past champions

Hobby Stocks
2012: Jake Powers
2011: Steve Carlin
2010: Steve Carlin
2009: Steve Carlin
2008: Aaron Brocksieck
2007: Todd Reichert

Bombers
2006: Steve Carlin
2005: Eddie Dieker
2004: Eddie Dieker
2003: Steve Carlin
2002: Eddie Dieker
2001: Dave Wietholder
2000: Bill Genenbacher
1999: Eddie Dieker
1998: Bill Genenbacher
1997: Jim Gillenwater
1996: Jim Gillenwater
1995: Virgil Hatfield
1994: Sam Burgtorf
1993: Bob Uppinghouse
1992: Harold Ketchum
1991: Junior Tuggle
1990: Danny Bevill
1989: Jerry Poor
1988: Mike Parsons
1987: Kenny Williams

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  1. booger girl says:

    I heard in kind of round about way that Burlington will be UMP next year, have you heard anything?

  2. just a fan says:

    Well hopefully it makes the not axed stocky class stronger. I never could tell the difference between the two. Good luck boys and hope to see you back in quincy next year chain the 30c & 97

  3. chuck ancell says:

    NOTE- HOBBY STOCK MOTORS WILL WORK IN A SPORT MOD NO PROBLEM

  4. Mrs. Buss says:

    After hearing the opinions of numerous hobby stock drivers I have ruled out the stock car class excelling next year. The drivers who I’ve talked to, including my husband, have told me that they might have thought about building a stock car or moving to a sport mod until tonights meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to deliberate opinions from both sides, not for the track owner to bad mouth drivers/car owners who had a different opinion than him. Also, some of the drivers don’t have the finances to convert to a stock car. So between these two circumstances I think you will see drivers retiring or traveling out of town to race. Quincy has always been Jeremy’s favorite track, even when the track changed hands and was not very favorable we were there every sunday. I don’t believe that will be the case anymore.

  5. bullringfan says:

    so for $2000 plus the price of the car I can buy one of the hobby stocks that won’t be racing QR any more,put it on the track and be competitive with hulls and houston? Awesome!! I will start shopping now!! what a bunch of malarkey(to quote a certain buffoon v.p of the U.S.A.) How many cars do they think will actually change over and be competitive,or are they just looking for field fillers? This is a sad day when they get rid of a class that has been at QR since day one. I didn’t want to see either class go,but did want to see the stock cars grow. This is not the right way to do it,though. There are only a couple(more like one) driver that comes to QR on a regular basis that would be worried about national points and the “Illinois state IMCA track champion” award is a joke considering QR is the only IMCA stock car track in Illinois. They should have just combined the stock cars/hobbies into an outlaw,run what ya brung class and cars could come from any other area track to race and done away with the IMCA classification. If the IMCA guys wanted to run QR on Sundays they could with the open rules and still be legal to venture into Iowa and run the same car at IMCA tracks. Just some thoughts from a dedicated race fan that would love to see this class grow,but the correct way.

  6. FLYBY says:

    WHO IS RACING IN IOWA WHAT IF THEY GO TO IMCA HOBBIES THAT WILL COST ABOUT 4000 TO CONVERT BY YOUR NUMBERS

  7. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    SO MANY WANNA-BE TRACK OWNERS – AND TO THINK RACEWAY 24 IN MOBERLY SAT “UN-RACED” ON SO LONG, ALL THE KNOW-IT ALLS COULD HAVE WENT TOGETHER ON BUYING THE TRACK AND WITH THEIR SOLUTIONS………………….MADE MILLIONS………………AND MILLIONS!!!!

  8. Terry Houston says:

    my thoughts, Its apperant the move was about sactioning. sactioning comes with insurance. yes Paul is not much of a salesman but there had to be a change. they couldnt ask the hoobie to make they change back or down to IMCA hobbies. I went to meeting just to listen and not to try and save the stockcar class. I believe wonce the smoke clears some will convert and some will move to sportmods and some will set out awhile and there will be some retirement. you will see those that will race another track but the travel exspence and time will take all the fun out of it. the cost of the conversion is the question of the day,
    weight jacks=120.00
    shocks=220
    springs=220
    7.25 clutch=550
    carb=400
    headers=210
    tires=400
    stickers wheels=320
    so 2230.00
    these prices are retail and do not include any labor to install
    this isnt any spares or extras to adjust such as valving,stagger, rates. there will be the argument will one be competitive.Talk to Abe he won 10 or 11 races with a 10 to 1 hobbie stock engine.

  9. Mrs. Buss says:

    I knew going into the meeting that a change was going to be made, whether it was UMP Street Stocks, IMCA Stock cars, or non-sanctioned outlaws. Either way that whould have been fine. It was the way that the decision was already made when everyone arrived and the way it was put across to drivers/owners. It takes a lot to get Mr. Jerry Powers mad and I saw him walk out, not because of the decision made, but because of a remark pointed in his direction. It was innappropriate. The above comment was just my opinion that the way the meeting was handled and the expense will cause the stock cars to lapse next year.

  10. Jeffmueller says:

    I could save some of the hobby guys some money, I’ve got clutchs carbs and headers for sale along with suspension parts. And the outlaw Hobbys at 34 and donnelson are more than likely gone to, my guess would be imca Hobbys at one of those tracks for sure

  11. Don’t forget gear & dual master cylinders there’s another $500-$600. So we’ll just say around $3,000 plus $1000 to freshen and bump up the motor. New body paint and stickers another $1000 plus. $5000 just to race my old car.. just saying..

  12. Jeffmueller says:

    Brandon u might be better off to buy Abe’s car then his motor only pumps 9:1

  13. travis grotz says:

    if any of the hobby stocks r considering going 2 sport mods i have one 4 sale cheap if interested give me a call 1-217-242-2438 2002 pierce copy would make a great spot mod.

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