QUINCY, Ill. (March 16, 2022) – The green flag waves again this spring at Adams County Speedway, where IMCA Northern SportMods join Sunday night race programs.
Jim Lieurance, a long-time employee at the former Quincy Raceway, took over as promoter last October and has been hard at work since getting the 1/3-mile clay oval race ready as time and the weather permitted.
“I’d watched races here as a kid and worked here since 1979. I started selling fuel, then did tech and did staging,” he said. “My family considers this our home track and it will be family run. My wife, two daughters and three of our grandchildren will work here.”
While work on the racing surface continues, a new electronic scoring system and improvements to fencing will be completed before opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season on April 10. Power lines in the pit area will also be moved underground where they won’t be a potential hazard to tall haulers.
Northern SportMods last ran at Quincy in 2019. Their return was welcomed by drivers during an informational meeting earlier this year.
“I think we’ll start with a minimum of 18-20 Northern SportMods,” said Lieurance. “They’ll be some of the best racing around.”
“I always liked the IMCA rules and the way IMCA did their points and procedures,” he added. “When I teched here and had a question, I could always call IMCA and get an answer, even on a Sunday night.”
IMCA Northern SportMods are already on cards for the Gene Patrick Memorial on May 29 and the Chad McCoy Memorial on Sept. 18 at Adams County Speedway. Lieurance hopes to announce a couple $1,000 to win events as well.
Season championship night is Sept. 25.
“We’ve already got 38 cars signed up to be part of a car show at our local mall,” he said, “and a lot of them are Northern SportMods. That’s going to be a good kickoff for us.”