Format set for inaugural ‘Running of the Bulls’

January 26, 2014 27 Comments

2014QRLogoA new tournament style playoff system will complement the traditional season points battle at Quincy Raceways during the month of August.  Billed as “The Running Of The Bulls,” the bracket-style format will pit the top drivers from the various points classes at the track known “The Broadway Bullring.”

Prior to the Aug. 3 start of the event, the 16 drivers who have participated in 80 percent of eligible points races in 2014 will be seeded according to average 2014 finish position. Round 1 will consist of 8 matchups between the seeded drivers with the No. 1 seed facing the No. 16 seed in a bracket-style setup.  Drivers of different classes may be pitted against each other in the brackets, even though they will not compete in the same race. The driver who scores the highest finish position between the two (in their respective features) advances to the next round. The higher-seeded driver will advance in the event of a tie.

ROTBA special winner-take-all award of $1,500 — plus other prizes — will be awarded to the driver who claims the tournament championship. The overall take is expected to grow as additional sponsorship for this unique format is secured.

The Running of The Bulls will not have any effect on the weekly season championship points battles at Quincy, which will continue through the conclusion of the season Sept. 14.

Following the Aug. 3 opening round, the second round will run Aug. 10.  Following a week off due to a sprint-car special event, the final four will be held Aug. 24 with the championship round on August 31. In the event of a rainout, the final round will coincide with the last scheduled race of the season on Sept. 14.

“Fans and members of the community will be able to make bracket selections similar to an NCAA Tournament pool prior to the first round of competition, with numerous prizes being available to those making the most accurate selections,” track manager Ken Dobson said.

Dobson said he hopes that the Running of the Bulls will create added interest and excitement late in the season.

“August is always a tough month at a race track with much of our season having been completed and people’s attention turning to a return to school, family vacations, football and other things,” he said. “We hope that this format not only keeps the interest of our loyal fans and drivers, but also gets some people who aren’t regular fans of the race track interested in what we are doing by filling out their brackets and following the action.

“Unlike a ‘chase’ format like NASCAR, we aren’t interfering with our normal track championship format to do this. The tournament is meant to be about bragging rights and a fun addition to the season. Hopefully it will give a sport compact driver an equal chance as a super late model driver to puff out their chest and claim they were the best at Quincy in 2014.

“A bullfight starts with several fighters in the ring, but it ends with only one matador slaying the bull,” Dobson said. “We hope this can prove to be a special event in 2014 and beyond at our little bullring in Quincy.”

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  1. Speed Racer says:

    WITH TONY DUNKERS 1.25 AVG FINISHING POSITION YA JUST AS WELL WRITE HIM THE CHECK NOW.

    SR

  2. Kenny D says:

    Yea. That’s what they said about Phi Slama Jamma in the 82-83 tournament. Ranked number 1… 26 game winning streak… then along comes Jimmy V’s 25-9 Wolfpack.

  3. rick sager says:

    kenny d only problem i see with this format is with the larger classes like mods,latemodels.i mean what do you have in the stockcar class? maybe eight if your lucky. agaist a full field of at least 15 mods,sport mod,late models. the enforcer

  4. Kenny D says:

    Good point Rick. Over the next few weeks and months prior to the start of the season we are open to tweaking the formula a little bit for getting seeded. As for the tournament itself… let’s see how it goes this year as to whether any handicapping due to field size needs to be added. We want to keep it really simple for fans to follow along and try to build some interest from outside of our regular fans. While we want it to be a big deal for our drivers… we are equally as interested in making it a big deal around town so that some people take notice of what’s going on at QR again.

  5. Keith Pratt says:

    Do you think this could be a problem for a LM guy to win when Pierce and Sheppard start showing up at the end of the season? Plus some classes qualify and some invert.

    I would rather see money earned instead of some gimmick like this

  6. Cousin Eddie says:

    I love the idea, but it does need some tweaking, as Kenny D said. Along with what Keith Pratt said, some of the classes are larger than others and a higher average finish and higher seeding will be easier to attain.

  7. SKIPP says:

    I LIKE PIZZA

  8. Zero says:

    I agree with speed racer and Keith Pratt. With Dunker pretty much kicking the everyone’s butt every week in sports mods this is a win deal with him hands down you can bank off that and with late models and a mods having lot more car count than 10 or 8 cars on a normal night. Sorry Kenny I don’t see where there is fair playing field at all against a smaller classes like sport compacts and sports mods. When there are car counts of 15 up to 20 cars in the upper classes. If you keep these rules just go ahead write check out in Tony Dunkers name or Vance Wilson name one of two.

  9. rick sager says:

    well guys let kenny d get this hashed out this is not written in stone as of yet.he knows about the smaller classes.if you would read his early post there might be a handicap to make it fair the enforcer

  10. Kenny D says:

    This isn’t anything that requires any additional effort or expense on anyone’s part. Guys race just like they normally do and we’ll see who wins it. If a guy in one of the lower classes wins it who’s normally racing for $300 or less to win per night… then this is a pretty good pay day for them and more power to them.

    Within his class, T. Dunker was probably the most dominant driver last year and if we had done this last year, he probably would have won it. I’d say for 2013 he would have deserved it.

    Who’s to say someone else in another class won’t be just as dominant in 2014? Or that Tony might stumble one out of the 4 nights of this? Things change year to year.

    Zero – You take Tony, and I’ll take the field in 2014. I like my odds.

  11. 2HA says:

    Remember fellow racers and fellow race fans kenny is just trying to make it interesting at the end off the year and give us a opportunity to win extra money lets not talk him out off that. Does the idea need twecking yeah. Every one on hear says donker already won what about the 22 sport compact if you race out there all year you have just as good as chance off winning then anybody. But then again what do i no.

  12. 2HA says:

    Kenny d will there be a incentive for the racers that run your track every Sunday night but don’t make the top 16 just asking. Like maybe a free pit pass one out off the 4 nights that would help us under dogs out alot.

  13. joe boom says:

    Not sure where people get the notion that vance is racing sport mods all you have to do is look at the picture of the car he is driving on fast wraps fb page and see full sail panels and no spoiler that makes it usra b mod not imca sport mod

  14. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    OHHHH NO NOT THIS AGAIN..NOT THE TONY DUNKER WINS IN BEGINNER CLASS AGAIN.
    EVERYBODY READING…& POSTING ON THIS SITE HAS HAD HALF A WINTER AND STILL HAS HALF A WINTER TO BUILD A SPORTMOD….GET BUSY.

    PUTTIN A NEW BODY & FRONT BUMPER ON UR CAR WONT MAKE IT FASTER SO DONT BE BELLY ACHE’N WEN YA HAVE A 6.2 AVG FINISH….DO UR HOMEWORK!

    CAR COUNT ADVANTAGE? OF THE 20 UMP MODS THAT START A RACE (FAST ONES UP FRONT REMIND YOU…AND AFTER FIVE LAPS IS USUALLY SAME AFTER 25) HALF OF THEM FINISH.

    AND BY THE TIME SHEP N BOBBY HAFTA START SHOWIN UP THE LM CAR COUNT IS DOWN TO 9-10 AND GOOD OLE UMP PUTS THE FAST GUY IN FRONT….STILL.

    MAYBE DO A SEPERATE “RUNNIN WITH THE BIGSHOT BULLS” FOR THE UMP CLASSES?…THEN WHOEVER HOLDS THEIR “GIMME” STARTING SPOT HAS A CHANCE TO WIN.

    NOBODY TELLS YOU WHAT CLASS YOU HAFTA BE A CAR COUNT IN….YOU CHOOSE IT!

    I DONT MAKE THE RULES…
    …..I JUS READ EM…

    #3

  15. Boyd Crowder says:

    good to have tony dunker back in the conversation.

  16. SKIPP says:

    DAAAM STRAIT BONE ……. GOOD PIECE

  17. NAS-T says:

    I believe that those eligible for the ROB must race in 80% of the QR events for the year or up to the time of the start of the ROB. What brothers me is if a traveler comes in and finishes good and the local guy finishes worse, then I think that for the purpose of the ROB the eligible racers should be given a finish (only for ROB) with the travelers finish removed. Example A B C and D have run 80% of the events at QR E F and G are travelers. If E and G finish ahead of A B C then for Purposes of the ROB A would be 1st eligible finisher , B would be 2nd finisher C would be 3rd finisher. (ROB means Running of the Bulls).

  18. Travisgrotz says:

    Tony imca is about as big of a joke as Obama for a president I think correct me if I am wrong the cause of no imca latemodels where do to the lineup procedures and talk about gimmie stArting spots u win your heat in imca you still start 10 or 12 th what the use of having a heat race at least in ump you win your heat you no where going start the feature cause you earned that spot not because of some stupid point system like imca jmo!

  19. showstopper says:

    Would make since that Vance may be running a b-mod in Moberly. I assume he is still running (dominating) His ULMA late model there. J. Fierge owns the mod, he use to be on here some. Anybody know what Vance is running this season. Was hoping sport-mods. Somebody needs to give Dunker a battle.

  20. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    OKAY TRAVIS, EXPLAIN UR O SO GOOD UMP LATE MODELS, WHY SO FEW OF THEM???

    YOU DONT EVEN HAFTA WIN UR HEAT IN UMP MODS, YOU QUALIFY TOP SIX YOU START TOP SIX & YEA…WINNING YOUR HEAT FROM THE BACK EARNS YOU AT BEST A 10TH PLACE STARTING SPOT, SO YES STAND CORRECTED DUMBA$$

    WHY DO THEY RUN A DASH IN UMP MODS?? THEY SHOULD CALL THAT THE FEATURE IN QUINCY BECAUSE…THEY FINISH THE DASH..START EM THAT WAY IN FEATURE AND NOBODY 7TH ON BACK FINISHES IN TOP FIVE UNLESS A DASH QUALIFIER PULLS OFF……NOBODY!!!

    YOU CRY & WHINE IF IT PAID $500 FOR LAST….JMO

    #3

  21. Travisgrotz says:

    Your the only one crying on here I just stated a fact sorry u got so mad !

  22. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    GET HOOKED ON PHONICS AND RE-READ BUD. I THINK ITS GREAT! U MUSTA SKIPPED THE 1ST 10 COMMENTS OF UNFAIRNESS.
    UR THE ONE THATS ON THE UMP CLOUD….BUT CANT EXPLAIN UR BITCH LIKE I SIMPLY ASKED

    NOBODY MAD HERE PAL..JUS WONDERING WHERE U GET UR THOUGHTS

    #3

  23. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    OHHH I MUSTA MISSED UR “FACT” WHAT IS UR FACT?

  24. SKIPP says:

    HOW IS IT CONSIDERED RACING , WHEN THE FASTEST GUY AT THE TRACK , IN A GIVEN CLASS , STARTS ON THE POLE ?????
    JMO
    .
    THE “OTHER” …..MOUTHY #3

  25. Jill says:

    Atleast with UMP you earn your spot with IMCA the slow cars dont stay up front and tear up a lot of good cars boring cautions

  26. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    HEY…JILL…PICK YA OUT A GOOD SEAT THIS YEAR N SEE HOW MUCH STUFF GETS TORE UP UMP MOD STYLE. I AGREE UMP CARS EARN THEIR STARTING SPOT…AND THEY ARE GIMME STARTING SPOTS. UMP HAS GOOD PROGRAM N NOT KNOCKIN IT…JUS THE CRYBABYIN ABOVE BOUT HAVIN TO WORK TO FINISH GOOD IN UMP.
    MOST CARS 8TH BACK IN UMP WUD STRUGGLE KEEPIN UP IN SPORTMODS.
    90% OF CARS THAT START IN TOP 6….FINISH THERE

    THE END

    #3

  27. 2HA says:

    I just want to say iam excited as hell to run a IMCA sportmod in 2014 and cant wait and dont much give a dam were i have to start as long as i get to start.

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