QUINCY -- A new era of track ownership was ushered in Sunday night at Quincy Raceways, and Jason and Robert Goble have already made one big change.
An abbreviated schedule of racing did not include any late model or modified series races. The modifieds were not scheduled to race Sunday, but the Gobles said cost-saving considerations are the reason for canceling both the super late model and crate late model series for the remainder of the season, plus ending the awarding of points for all remaining classes.
Jason Goble said low numbers for both the super late and crate lates were the overriding factor for ending those divisions -- plus the point races -- through the end of the season, which is now scheduled to last through October. The Gobles have added October to a schedule that was originally designed to end Sept, 24.
Goble did say the crate lates might be brought back for at least one night before the end of the season, but nothing was cast in stone.
"I'm a late model fan myself, and I come from a late model family," Jason Goble said. "But we can't afford to (have the late model classes)."
Late models raced at Quincy for 42 of the track's first 43 years and were long considered the marquee division.
The super lates carried the biggest overall purse at the track, paying $1,200 to the weekly feature winner (and more for special events). Other features paid $500 (crate lates, modifieds), $300 (sport mods and stock cars) and $100 (sport compacts).
When the Gobles bought the track, the average car counts this season had been 11.7 for super late models, 8.7 for crate models, 13.9 for modifieds, 15.4 for sport mods, 6.7 for stock cars and 9.4 for sport compacts.
The super late model average is an all-time low. The series has gradually fallen from a record 25-car average in 2006.
Jason Goble said considerable time will be spent during the offseason putting together a schedule of 2018 classes and making additional improvements to the overall facility.
"We have a lot of things we want to get done," Goble said. "One day we'll get them all done."
The first two weeks of new ownership saw the Gobles spending most of their time -- along with work crews -- making physical improvements to the 28.5-acre site. Some buildings were repainted with other physical improvements, others were demolished.
More extensive improvements are planned during the offseason.
"One of the main things we hope to get done is a new catch-fence along the front straight," Goble said.
With points racing over, the track champions are Denny Woodworth in both super late models and crate late models, Dave Wietholder in modifieds, Brandon Lennox in sport mods, Brian Hoener in stock cars and Craig Bangert in sport compacts.
Woodworth is the first driver in track history to win two track titles in the same season. The sport mods' final standing was the closest, with the top three drivers -- Lennox (407), Tanner Klingele (406) and Justin Ebbing (406) -- separated by one point.
On the track, Bangert extended his domination of the sport compact division Sunday night, winning his series-best fifth feature and improving his streak of consecutive first- or second-place finishes to eight.
Bobby Six in sport mods, Abe Huls in stock cars and Rob Kubli in 305 sprints completed the list of feature winners.