Owners Paul Holtschlag and Bob Rhinberger confirmed there have been ongoing talks with two interested parties over the past month, one of which was reportedly on hand to inspect the 20-acre facility at 8000 Broadway during the weekly Sunday night show.
Holtschlag also said he has been in preliminary talks with a third party, but those negotiations are not as advanced as those involving the other two interests.
“Two of the parties have shown a very strong interest in the track,” he said.
Holtschlag and Rhinberger have declined to name any of the interested parties, honoring the requests of all concerned to keep the negotiations behind closed doors and out of the media.
“I will confirm one of the possible (buyers/lessees) was here to see the track, and that there have been more (detailed) negotiations with one of the parties over the past two weeks,” Holtschlag said.
“I’m very optimistic we’ll have some kind of agreement closed by then,” he said.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say we are at about a ’5′ right now,” Holtschlag said.
Holtschlag and Rhinberger officially put the track up for sale or lease July 28.
POINTS LEADERS PAD THEIR MARGINS
On the track, all five weekly series points leaders increased their advantages, including Tony Dunker in the sport mods and Steven DeLonjay in the modifieds.
Dunker matched the modern-era, single-season track record — that he already shared — with a sixth straight feature victory. Dunker, who has finished first or second 28 straight weeks dating to midway through last year, won his 10th main event of the season and 25th since the start of the 2012 schedule. Dunker has 19 total wins this season and 46 over the past two years. No other driver in the series has more than 15 in the same period.
Jeff DeLonjay and Tanner Klingele rounded out the top three. Dunker leads Klingele 515-478 in the points race.
Here’s a look at the drivers with six straight wins in one season in the modern era (since 1999):
2013: Tony Dunker, sport mods
2012: Tony Dunker, sport mods
2011: Steven DeLonjay, modifieds
2008: Michael Long, modifieds
2007: Michael Long, modifieds
Dunker will have to wait until Sept. 8 to go after seven in a row. The sport mods and stock cars are off next Sunday, Sept. 1, when the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) sprint cars visit the track.
DeLonjay had no difficulty returning to his winning ways after mechanical failure knocked him out of the previous week’s main event. The two-time defending track champ led all 25 laps of the modified feature to win for the 11th time and pick up his fifth checkered flag in the past six weeks.
Dave Wietholder finished second for the seventh time. Adam Birck was third with his highest-ever modified finish at the Bullring. DeLonjay leads Wietholder 925-884 in the points pursuit.
DeLonjay, who also won the Fast 6 Dash, has 20 overall wins for the season, a personal high and the first modified driver other than Michael Long to reach that figure since his dad, Quincy Raceways Hall of Famer Hank DeLonjay, posted 25 in 2006. That was Hank DeLonjay’s final season as a driver.
Steven DeLonjay is also moving closer to a fifth track championship, which would put him in some elite company. Only four drivers since the track opened in 1975 have accomplished that feat:
Most track championships
Mark Burgtorf, 14 (all late model)
Hank DeLonjay, 13 (10 “A” modified, 3 sportsman)
Steve Fraise, 9 (all late model)
Steve Carlin, 5 (3 hobby stock, 2 bomber)
Active drivers with 4
Steven DeLonjay (2 UMP modified, 2 hornet)
Terry Gallaher (all late model)
Active drivers with 3
Tony Dunker (2 “B” modified, 1 sport mod)
DeLonjay is also trying to become the third modified driver with three or more consecutive championships.
Consecutive modified track championships
Hank DeLonjay, 4 (2002-05, all “A” modified)
Sam Burgtorf, 3 (1998-2000, all “A” modified)
Drivers with 2 consecutive modified track championships
Steven DeLonjay (2011-12, UMP modified)
Michael Long (2007-08, one-class modified)
Tony Dunker (2003-04, “B” modified)
Lonnie Carter (1995-96, “B” modified)
Hank DeLonjay (1994-95, “A” modified)
The other points leaders who improved their advantages were Denny Woodworth in the late models, Abe Huls in the stock cars and Austen Becerra in sport compacts.
– Woodworth may have all but clinched a second track crown with his second-place feature run. He now has a 68-point margin (722-654) over new runner-up Michael Long. Long was credited with his series-best fourth feature victory after initial winner Clint Kirkham was disqualified in post-race tech for his car being roughly 50 pounds too light.
Mark Burgtorf was 18 points in back of Woodworth after Aug. 18 racing, but the 14-time track champ’s motor broke Saturday night during competition at 34 Raceway iN West Burlington, Iowa. Burgtorf, who did not race Sunday, is now 88 points behind Woodworth.
– Huls built his stock-car advantage to 22 points (497-475) over Terry Houston when he won his sixth feature of the year and third in the last four weeks. Houston was seventh in the main event.
Jake Powers, who won the final hobby stock track title a year ago, matched his best stock-car finish with a second place. He also finished runner-up April 28. Wietholder, driving a stock car for only the second time this season, was third in the feature.
– Becerra may have taken control of the sport compacts with another impressive run, winning his third straight feature and fifth of the season. Becerra entered the night tied with Kim Abbott for the points lead, but now owns a 519-516 margin and appears to have momentum on his side.
Pat Dunker (511), runner-up in the main event, is the only other driver with a realistic shot at running down either Becerra or Abbott. Becerra has now won 15 features and 28 races since 2012, far and away the top totals in both categories among the sport compact drivers.
SUNDAY NIGHT RECAP
Late models: Michael Long (4th)
Aug. 18: Bobby Pierce
Aug. 11: Bobby Pierce
Aug. 4: Michael Long
July 21: Brandon Sheppard
July 14: Mark Burgtorf
July 7: Michael Long
July 2: Shannon Babb
June 30: Mark Burgtorf
June 2: Michael Long
May 19: Justin Reed
May 12: Brandon Sheppard
April 28: Ricky Frankel
April 21: Chad Simpson
April 14: Jerry Lierly .
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay (11th)
Aug. 18: Shawn Deering
Aug. 11: Steven DeLonjay
Aug. 4: Steven DeLonjay
July 21: Steven DeLonjay
July 14: Steven DeLonjay
July 7: Dave Wietholder
July 2: Steven DeLonjay
June 30: Steven DeLonjay
June 2: Rusty Griffaw
May 19: Steven DeLonjay
May 12: Steven DeLonjay
April 28: Steven DeLonjay
April 21: Michael Long
April 14: Steven DeLonjay
Sport mods: Tony Dunker (10th)
Aug. 18: Tony Dunker
Aug. 11: Tony Dunker
Aug. 4: Tony Dunker
July 21: Tony Dunker
July 14: Tony Dunker
July 7: Jeff DeLonjay
July 2: Tony Dunker
June 30: Bobby Anders
June 2: Jeff DeLonjay
May 19: Tony Dunker
May 12: Tony Dunker
April 28: Bobby Anders
April 14: Tony Dunker
Stock cars: Abe Huls (6th)
Aug. 18: Abe Huls
Aug. 11: Brandon Savage
Aug. 4: Abe Huls
July 21: Terry Houston
July 14: Brandon Savage
July 7: Kevin Tomlinson
June 30: Abe Huls
June 2: Abe Huls
May 19: Terry Houston
May 12: Jim Lynch
April 28: Abe Huls
April 14: Terry Houston
Sport compacts: Austen Becerra (5th)
Aug. 18: Austen Becerra
Aug. 11: Austen Becerra
Aug. 4: Laine Van Zant
July 21: Pat Dunker
July 14: Pat Dunker
July 7: Laine Van Zant
June 30: Austem Becerra
June 2: Michael Grossman
May 19: Laine Van Zant
May 12: Pat Dunker
April 28: Austen Becerra
April 21: Pat Dunker
April 14: Craig Bangert
Late models: No heat races.
Modifieds: Keith Pratt (2nd), Adam Birck (1st).
Sport mods: Tanner Klingele (4th), Jeff DeLonjay (4th).
Stock cars: Terry Houston (6th), Brandon Savage (8th).
Sport compacts: Pat Dunker (6th), Austen Becerra (7th).
Late models: Clint Kirkham (2nd).
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay (8th).
Fast feature laps
Late models: Clint Kirkham, 65.984 mph. (UMP era 2012-13 track record: Brian Shirley 77.754 mph, Sept. 16, 2012; Overall track record: Jeep Van Wormer 78.376 mph, July 11, 2009; 2013 best: Ricky Frankel, 72.149 mph, June 2.)
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay, 65.377 mph. (Track record: Michael Long, 73.763 mph, Aug. 22, 2010; 2013 best: Steven DeLonjay, 70.900 mph, June 20.)
Sport mods: Jeff DeLonjay, 62.043 mph. (Track record and 2013 best: Tony Dunker, 65.385 mph, July 2.)
Fast qualifying times
Late models: Jason Perry, 72.425 mph. (Top 2013 speed and best in UMP era at track: Brandon Sheppard, 79.361 mph, July 28, 2012; Overall track record: Will Vaught, Crane, Mo., 82.046 mph, July 3, 2009).
Modifieds: Steve DeLonjay, 67.630 mph. (Top 2013 speed and best since qualifying began in late 2012: Dave Wietholder, 70.365 mph, July 28, 2012).
Sunday night stars
10 stars: Tony Dunker, whose sixth straight win did not come easy. Jeff DeLonjay gave Dunker all he could handle until the No. 3 car took the lead for good on lap 11 of the 15-lap main event.
9 stars: Steven DeLonjay, who bounced back from the disappointment from the previous sweep to sweep the dash and feature in the modifieds.
8 stars: Austen Becerra, who again resembles the Austen Becerra of 2012. There are still four weeks of sport compact racing left (they don’t run Sept. 1), but I think the rest of the field is now running for runner-up behind the No. 22 car.
7 stars: Abe Huls, who now looks unstoppable in the stock car series.
6 stars: Michael Long, whose fourth late model feature victory might carry an asterisk because of Clint Kirkham’s disqualification, but a win’s a win. And if he had not “won” the race by finishing a strong second, someone else would have.
5 stars: Adam Birck, who enjoyed his finest night ever in a modified at Quincy. He won a heat race and then ran third to DeLonjay in the finale.
4 stars: Dave Wietholder, who posted a second place in the mod main event and a third in the stock car feature.
3 stars: Keith Pratt, who continues to impress in his new modified. He finished fourth in the feature for a second straight week and won his second heat race.
2 stars: Tanner Klingele, whose third-place sport mod finish gives him seven straight weeks in the top three.
1 star: Jake Powers, for equaling his highest finish (second place) in a a stock-car main event.
Late models: 8. (Lowest total of season)
Modifieds: 22. (Second-highest total of season)
Sport mods: 12. (Series has been in double figures all but one week this season)
Stock cars: 12. (Matched highest total in second half of the season)
Sport compacts: 11. (Matched highest total in second half of the season)
Late models: 0. (Third time in last six shows zero cautions)
Sport mods: 3.
Stock cars: 5.
Sport compacts: 2.