A 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.
A 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.”