Pat “Skipp” Dunker, the popular fan-turned-racer at the Bullring, took his show on the road and came back with a checkered flag. He started 10th in the main event, worked his way to the front and edged Chuck Fullenkamp at the start-finish line for the victory.
“Tge margin of victory could not have been more than six or eight inches,” said Billy Tournear, a member of Quincy UMP modified racer Jake Griffin’s pit crew who was at Lee County watching.
“It was maybe by a bumper,” Dunker said.
Dunker had no difficulty remembering what was going through his mind as he crossed the start-finish line.
“I thought about all of the hard work that had gone into getting ready during the offseason, and all the guys who have helped us out,” he said. “I’m just so damn happy.”
Dunker said the opening-night track conditions were “spongy,” but he gave credit to track promoter Mike Van Genderen for getting the facility ready to race. Track officials worked throughout the night on the track to keep it as race ready as possible.
“Give those guys a lot of credit, they did a fantastic job,” Dunker said.
Dunker figures to be one of the chief title threats in the sport compacts at Quincy.
“We’re out to have fun … but I don’t like to lose,” he said.
The first night of action at Quincy is April 14. There is a practice session scheduled for Wednesday night. Gates open at 5 p.m.