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QUINCY -- Quincy Raceways will take an unscheduled week off Sunday night.

Promoter Ken Dobson said the .29-mile site at 8000 Broadway will be closed for maintenance work in preparation for the July 3 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour date. The maintenance work also will serve to help the track batter handle the grind of the second half of the season.

"We have decided that we are going to cancel the races scheduled for this Sunday to do some more intensive work on the racing surface in hopes to have things back in shape for the second half of the season," Dobson said.

Weekly racing will resume June 25.

"This gives us time to get the track back together, tested for a night (June 25) and be ready to go with a nice racing surface for our July 3 Summer Nationals Race," Dobson said. "Quite honestly, we aren't giving our crew a fair shot at asking them to make what they are working with right now a great surface every week, and it's not going to get better...

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The good: Fan favorites Jamie Wilson (April 23) and Gordy Gundaker (May 7) were winners of two of the first three main events.

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