The move was requested by CILTRAK, the promotion team that operates both tracks.
“The purpose of the change is to give an opportunity to fans in the Illinois, Iowa and Missouri Tri-State area to experience the excitement and expand the reach of what has become a marquee series of events on the national open wheel calendar,” Quincy track manager Ken Dobson said Monday.
Dobson is understandably excited about event. In addition to its designation as Illinois Speed Week, the four nights also mark the conclusion of the 16-race Midget World Championship that began in New Zealand and Australia in December.
“We have been working with POWRi since the winter to bring a POWRi event to Quincy Raceways but were unable to find the right date,” Dobson said.”POWRi is a great partner of CILTRAK. We host nine events at our tracks. We just finished an incredible night with POWRi in Jacksonville and in roughly a month we would be doing it all over again for Speed Week.
“MEANINGFUL AND SPECIAL”
“We want to keep our POWRi dates meaningful and special. We also have the second night of Speed Week the next night in Lincoln, which covers much of the same fan base as Jacksonville.
“We really want our friends in the POWRi community to experience what we are building in Quincy and also want the Quincy fans to experience POWRi racing,” Dobson said. “This past Friday at Jacksonville we had some of our Quincy staff on hand and it was impossible to wipe the smile off of their faces after seeing a live short track midget race for the first time. This is something we believe will help continue to build midget racing in the Midwest.”