Springfield streak continues as Tillman tops IMCA Modified main

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 27) – Veteran Jody Tillman showed everyone he hasn’t forgotten the way to vic­tory lane Saturday at Springfield Raceway. Tillman took advantage of a lap 16 caution and then rode the top groove to pass defending IMCA Modified champion James Thompson to keep the new winners streak going at The Quick Quarter of Jerry Hoffman’s Springfield Raceway. On the initial start, Thompson quickly shot from seventh to overtake Shawn Duncan and Andrew Smith to take control by lap three and began to open ground on the field. Tillman, who started ninth in the 20-lap feature, began to pick his way forward by searching both the high lane and low lanes.  The turning point of the feature occurred on lap 16 when Smith went off the end of turn three while in a three-wide battle for position.  Tillman picked the high groove on the restart. He worked the cushion and passed Thompson two laps later, then held off Thompson’s late surge on the bottom lane to become the fifth different feature winner at Springfield this season.  [Read More]


Bowers is quickest at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 20) – Steven Bowers Jr. made his Saturday night trip to the Quick Quar­ter of the Springfield Raceway worthwhile as he charged from the 10th starting spot and took the lead at the half way point to become the fourth different IMCA Modified feature winner in four races so far this season. The caution-free 20-lap feature featured three-wide racing the entire distance.  Three different leaders swapped the top spot early before Bowers sliced through the pack   Following Bowers to the line and for the second week in a row in the runner-up spot was Dillion McCowan, week two winner Trevor Drake, Jody Tillman and early leader Shannon Anastopolos were next.  IMCA Modified action presented by Bad Boy Mowers continues Saturday, June 27 with racing to start at 7 p.m.


Defending champ is latest Springfield winner

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 13) – Defending track champion James Thompson made a low groove move and then held back repeated charges from Dillion McCowan to capture his first IMCA Modified feature win of the season Saturday at The Quick Quarter of Springfield Raceway. Thompson got back on track after struggling in the first two races of the season. “We had some tough luck on opening night and last week we just flat missed it,” said Thompson, who became the third different winner in as many weeks at Springfield, following Ken Schrader and first-time winner Trevor Drake to the top of the podium.  The 20-lap feature saw six cars battling for the top spot during the first half of the race. Thompson took the top spot from McCowan on lap 11 with the yellow flag waving two laps later.  On the restart, Thompson found the lower lane to his liking and he held on for three more laps, pulling away for the win in front of McCowan and Jody Tillman.  Bad Boy Mower IMCA Modified action continues Saturday [Read More]


Trevor Drake makes name known at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – When it comes to Modified Racing in Missouri, the name Scott Drake comes to mind.  His son Trevor is following in Scott’s tire tracks as he took the lead on lap four and like a veteran held back Ash Flat, Ark., hard charger Shawn Walsh in a two-lap shootout to capture his first-ever IMCA Modified feature at the Quick Quarter Springfield Raceway.  The younger Drake started his career in the Midwest Modified class and moved to sportmod rac­ing before stepping aside to finish his engineering degree. He returned to racing around mid-sea­son last year.  Derek Watson had set the quick pace early. Drake, who started fourth in the 20-lap feature, made a three-wide pass on lap four and started pulling away as Watson, Jody Tillman and fast moving Walsh followed.  Drake found the extreme top groove to his liking and set sail, leaving Walsh and Tillman to battle for second until a lap 18 caution, the only yellow of the feature, set up the two-lap shootout.   Walsh picked the bottom groove for the [Read More]


Schrader scores opener at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (May 30) – Kenny Schrader took the early lead and then schooled the IMCA Modified field following a late restart Saturday at The Quick Quarter of the Springfield Raceway. For Schrader, the opening night win marked a special moment as the very popular driver celebrated to the date his first-ever race and first-ever win 49 years ago. He’d also celebrated his 65th birthday just a day earlier. Schrader, in his Federated Auto Parts Modified, took the early lead from Derek Watson after starting third in the 20-lap Bad Boy Mowers feature.  Out in front, Schrader opened a half-a-track lead until a late caution bunched the field as fast moving Steven Bowers Jr. was getting the chance to try and steal the thunder at Jerry Hoffman’s high banked racy oval.  With Schrader out in front on the Delaware Double File restart, Bowers elected to go to the top and close some ground. During the run, Schrader moved about a lane up and found some extra bite, forcing Bowers to forgo his thought of keeping to the extreme [Read More]


Ken Schrader joins IMCA Modifieds for Springfield opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Quick-Quarter of the Springfield Raceway has been given the green flag to get the 2020 race season underway as Ken Schrader will be in competition against the tough area IMCA Modified drivers this Saturday, May 30.  The pit gates will open at 3:45 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated to start at 6:15 with racing action slated at 6:45 p.m. Draw cut-off will be 6:10 p.m. Pit passes for adults are $35 with adult grandstand admission $15.  Social distancing guidelines will be in effect in the pits and the grandstand. Masks are optional and hand sanitizer will be available at the track. Drivers are asked to pre-register on MyRacePass.  Springfield Raceway sanctioned with IMCA last season and saw a wide number of drivers not only compete but grabbing feature wins in the class sponsored locally by Bad Boy Mowers.  Hometown driver James Thompson held back Jody Tillman in taking track championship honors last season.  For more information on opening night visit the track’s Facebook Page or website [Read More]


Gilmore takes to top at Springfield

By Ronnie Williams  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Sept. 14) – Springfield’s Ryan Gilmore took to the top groove of the Quick Quarter of Springfield Raceway, grabbed the lead from Trevor Drake on the seventh lap and never looked back in taking his second Bad Boy Mower IMCA Modified win this season.  The 20-lap main event went caution-free and featured three different leaders as Shawn Duncan took the top spot on lap one while Drake was wasting no time coming from his fifth starting spot, working the bottom groove. Drake took the lead on lap two and started checking out as Gilmore was riding the extreme top groove and made what proved to be the winning pass on lap eight.  Once out front, Gilmore put distance between himself and Drake, but Drake moved upstairs and started to close up the ground while Duncan, Bobby Pearish, Chris Tonoli and point leader James Thompson were having a see-saw battle for third spot.  Drake gained on Gilmore during a long green run but only could get within five car lengths as Gil­more was flawless. Following [Read More]


Springfield quick to resume racing Saturday night

By Ronnie Williams SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Quick-Quarter of the Springfield Raceway will be back in action Saturday night, Sept. 14 after taking off last weekend for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.  The tight IMCA Modified point battle between James Thompson and Jody Tillman will resume. On Saturday, Sept. 21 during the Under The Lights Special Tribute race to the Ozarks Legends, the Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modifieds will be racing for a $500 to win and $100 to start feature Look for three-wide action as the Quick Quarter never seems to disappoint especially in IMCA Modified action every Saturday Night.


High groove gets Thompson to victory lane

By Ronnie Williams  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Aug. 24) – Bad Boy Mower IMCA Modified point leader James Thompson shocked the field by moving in the high groove on lap 15 and pulled away to record his fifth  fea­ture win of the season at The Quick-Quarter of the Springfield Raceway.  Thompson, who twice this season has pulled off late-race wins by using the bottom groove to his advantage, showed patience on the ultra-quick surface after the track was hit by heavy rain show­ers both Friday night and Saturday morning.  After searching for a spot on the track to gain ground on the leaders, Thompson used two early cautions to get position as leader Bobby Pearish and last week’s winner Ryan Gilmore were wag­ing an all-out war for the spot.  Action went solid green after the lap three caution. Thompson the very quietly picked his spots very carefully. The lap 15 caution bunched the pack together as Thompson had moved to second and picked the outside lane for the double-file restart to most everyone’s surprise. He wheeled to the upper [Read More]


Gillmore gets first IMCA Modified win at Springfield

By Ronnie Williams  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hometown driver Ryan Gillmore charged early from his sixth starting spot and drove with ease to his first-ever Bad Boys Mowers IMCA Modified win Saturday before the capacity crowd at The Quick Quarter Springfield Raceway. Gillmore, driving the Andrew Smith car that won on opening night, had made several changes to the car during the week after a seventh place finish last week.  The youngster wasted no time in working through traffic early in the 20-lap feature and then kicked it in gear to capture the win in a strong run. “Last week was the first time since early in the season that we ran the car and we finished se­cond that night. I knew the car was capable of getting into the winner’s circle and we found a few things and made several changes,” he said. “The car was on a rail. Jerry had the track in great shape and two-three wide racing all night in all classes.” Gillmore was happy the race went almost caution-free as friend and hard [Read More]