Sunday starting time is 4 p.m.

April 7, 2014 11 Comments

rubbinQuincy Raceways’ opening night is now an opening afternoon.

Track officials said Monday they will move the starting time up to 4 p.m. — this week only — in an effort to make the experience more enjoyable for the fans.

“There’s a cold front supposed to be moving in Sunday evening and who knows when it will arrive exactly, but pushing the starting time up a couple of hours should help the fans enjoy the racing much more, especially those bringing families,” track manager Ken Dobson said. “I think the temperatures will be more comfortable for more of the racing if we start at 4, rather than 6.”

The grandstands wil open at 2 p.m. Hot laps and qualifying will start at approximately 3:15 p.m.

The pits will open at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

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  1. Kenny D says:

    Let me explain our thinking here a little. Forecasts 7 days out are never reliable, but at some point between Sunday and Monday all are pretty much in agreement that there’s a cold front that will be moving through. Those often bring wet stuff as well.

    We aren’t going to be making a habit of this type of thing, but night temps still aren’t very warm. When we’ve been outside working at the track we’ve had some days that were awful nice up until the sun went down. I would expect some cloud cover Sunday, but even if we get sunshine, Tommy can keep the track together during daytime hours because it’s not going to be terribly hot. We might have to take a break and cut it at some point in the middle of the race due to starting earlier but that’s not the end of the world.

    Besides the temps right now they are calling for the front to possibly bring wet stuff that continues through Monday. We have a better chance of missing it by starting earlier as well as be racing in better temps.

    The forecast might be totally wrong and we know this throws a wrench in some people’s plans, but we have to make these decisions a week out in order to get the word out to everyone in time. It just looks like our odds are better with the current forecast of starting a little earlier and we want to race Sunday. If we happen to be wrong and we get a little wet stuff in the afternoon, it still gives us plenty of time left at night to try to get things back together and get a show in.

    At least that’s our thinking… we’ve been wrong before.

  2. lmfan says:

    Not trying to be a party pooper. However, if the forecast I have linked below is correct, there won’t be any racing Sunday night (I hope they are wrong).

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.93559920300049&lon=-91.40986571599967&site=all&smap=1

  3. Tireman AKA Jeff Carter says:

    The only problem that I see will be that the drivers will have deal with the sun in their face going into turn 1, just about Feature time. Could present a problem! Bring your sun glasses drivers!

    Jeff Carter

  4. Kenny D says:

    Thanks Jeff… Another example of something that might be obvious to you long-timers about the in’s and out’s of Quincy Raceways that would have never occurred to a guy who comes from a track where the sun sets behind his grandstand. I’ll make a note of that.

  5. Fordracer06 says:

    I agree with Jeff on that one. It can be a real problem coming out of 4 down front straight into 1; especially if there is any dust or smoke in the air. Sun glasses don’t always help if everything is just right. You just drive blind for a few seconds.

  6. Drone says:

    FR06

    LOTS of drivers race blind all the time.

    Drone: hopes this doesn’t cause teams a ton of money.

  7. Tim says:

    Hmmmm….

    Drone must be a team owner. The detective in me is getting closer to figuring out who he is. :)

    Next up in the investigation is his location.

    1) Iowa
    2) Missouri
    3) Quincy
    4) Mendon

    Those four pretty much sum up Quincy Raceways!

  8. Fordracer06 says:

    Tim, you forgot Cheaterville.

  9. Drone says:

    Tim, there is another city in Adams County you’re missing.

    Drone (is not from the list above)

  10. Tim says:

    Oh my… How could I forget that place?

    My apologies! :)

  11. Tim says:

    Drone….

    I guess if you count the village of Ursa.

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