I mentioned at the end of May that I had a lot of non racing activities scheduled for the month of June. Still, that left seven nights that were available for racing, plus any mid week make up nights Quincy Raceways might need. Well, after two inches of rain yesterday not only wiped out all the tracks within 175 miles of home for Saturday racing, it also ended any chance that Quincy Raceways would be able to get a show in tonight, the 26th. So pending a scheduled make up date on Wednesday this week, I am currently setting at two races in the entire month of June, with both of those coming within five days of each other - a Tuesday make up at QR on the 7th, and a regular show on the 12th! Although I do not have complete record, I am certain that I have not had a month of June with Three or fewer races since at least 1978, and possibly ten years earlier than that!
Perhaps this is my test to see if I can continue to espouse the " Positively Racing " mantra. For Quincy Raceways, tonights cancellation is the ninth of the season. As mentioned, QR has been able to run a couple of make up nights, as they have six shows in the books. Promoter Rick Girard, in his first full season at the helm of Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo. has had even worse luck. By my unofficial count, SCS has also tallied nine rainouts of their Saturday night programs, including five in a row, with their last race being May 21. Rick has had only slightly better luck at 24 Raceway in Moberly, Mo., where he is promoting Sunday night shows. As of 5:00 PM today, 24 is still on for tonight, and NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace, who was scheduled to be at Quincy Raceways tonight to compete in his UMP modified, is now headed to Moberly. Unfortunately, Monday morning comes too early for me to make the trip to the high banked speed plant. The UMP Summernationals tour has had their share of weather woes as well, with five of the first ten shows being postponed or canceled. Local legend Mark Burgtorf joined the tour this week, making the show all three nights of the first swing through his home state of Illinois. Marks best run to date was a runner up finish to Scott James at Highland Speedway on Wednesday.
Hopefully this weeks weather forecast will hold, as I am more than ready to get back to some dirt trackin'. Although Quincy Raceways was given approval from IMCA for Tuesday night make up points racing, this weeks make up will be on Wednesday so points will be awarded only in the UMP modifieds, and QR hobby stock and Wild Thing classes. Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa is scheduled to be in action Thursday for the Liberty Cup, and then again Friday with the IMCA late models on the card. Saturday looks like family night, the Sunday, July 3 will be the second visit of 2011 of the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series late models to QR. With the holiday, QR is adding a sixth class, as the IMCA type Sportmods will get a shot at the .29 mile oval. The Monday holiday visit of the UMP Summernationals to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Ia. looks like a " can't miss " event. An big time kudos to Simmons Promotions, Inc. and IMCA for moving the Summer Series race at West Liberty Raceway from Tuesday, July 12 to Thursday, July 7. With vacation time scheduled each week, I hope to now be able to attend both this event as well as the World of Outlaw late model visit on the 12th at the Independence,Iowa Speedway. In all, seventeen events in the next six weeks will hopefully help fill the notebook with lots of news, notes, and memories. So c'mon weather man, enough, already! See you at the races.