Extravagant racing is coming to Adams County Speedway this weekend
QUINCY – It’s safe to say this will be the biggest weekend in the long and storied history of the 8000 Broadway dirt road.
Adams County Speedway will host the Chad McCoy Memorial, which is quickly becoming known as the Quincy Nationals, on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is recorded as the rainy date, if necessary.
“It’s pretty exciting, and I have to admit I was a little nervous,” race director Blake Dotson told Muddy River Sports. “Weather was our biggest concern, but so far everything looks good.”
Cars are expected from around 10 states, totaling somewhere between 150 and 200 combined entries in the modified, sport mod and 4-cylinder classes. The total prize money will be at least $63,000, including $4,525 for Modified Series and 4-Cylinder winners. There will be a pair of sports mod main events, $1000 to be won on Friday and $2000 to be won on Saturday.
There will be different levels of qualification, as well as a plethora of heat races and main “B” races. Check the highway’s Facebook page for updates and more details.
As an added attraction for fans and riders, the speedway will have a band on hand Friday night to party after the race and will offer “Breakfast at the Bullring” starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The different entry prices are also available on the Facebook site.
Racing will begin around 7 p.m. both nights, but fans are encouraged to arrive early. Spectator doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday and will be open all day on Saturday. The weekend itinerary also includes a variety of other fan-friendly activities, including a silent auction, sack contest and pit crew challenge.
“Everything looks good,” Dotson said. “We are ready for success. It’s going to be a big weekend. »
Dotson said a safe bet for the 4-cylinder number would be between 60 and 80, but he thinks that figure could easily top 100.
“We know there are at least 10 4-cylinder cars from Florida,” Dotson said.
Dotson estimates that at least 50 sport mods and 35 tweaked mods will be in the pits, but says both of those numbers could be much higher.
“We have early entries from Kansas, Wisconsin, Indiana … most neighboring and surrounding states,” Dotson said. “But we’ll never really know the final count until the majority of the cars get through the gate.”
Dotson expects strong representation from weekly speedway regulars, including three-time 4-cylinder track champion Kim Abbott. Abbott is coming off a second-place finish at the 40th IMCA Boone (Iowa) National Championship earlier this month, an event that drew 91 4-cylinder riders from 16 states.
Abbott’s second-place finish at Boone was the best ever by a female rider at the Super Nationals, bettering her third-place finish at the 2016 event.
Other local 4-cylinder riders who expect to be threats are reigning track champion Jeffrey DeLonjay, Jimmy Dutlinger and Jaden DeLonjay.
Among the local modifications, current track champion Austen Becerra and four-time track champion Dave Wietholder should be strong contenders.
Sports mods could be especially entertaining. Cars from the HART Tour, which has appeared twice at Quincy this season, will be in attendance on both nights, along with a strong representation of the track’s deep and talented sport mod division. Track champion Adam Birck, Tanner Klingele, Logan Cumby, Dakota Girard, AJ Tournear and Reed Wolfmeyer are expected to headline homegrown talent.
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