Tuesday, December 6, 2011

News from the Awards Banquet

The 2011 Season at the Mini-Madhouse was officially concluded with the awards presentation this past Saturday. Congrats go out to all of the racers that took home a trophy, and to our most Recent Champions, Evan Brawner in the Bush Class, and Jerry Brawner, who swept the top two classes this year and took home the BIG clocks in the Sprint Car and Sportsman classes. You can see photos of all that took home the hardware by clicking on the Photo Tab above. Thanks go out to Dustin and Beth Hineman for allowing us to meet in the "barn". Also to Jerry and Penny Brawner for organizing the event and to all that brought food. Thanks to Todd Holloway for his efforts in making the awards. Last but certainly not least, thanks again to all the racers for making it a great year, I look forward to doing it all over again in 2012!

There were several things discussed at the meeting. With the growth the club has experienced over the last few years, it was decided that we would try and form a "board". It will consist of five club members and will include a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and two other Committee members. This group will share the duties of operating the club, and will also make decisions regarding competition, scheduling, upgrades to the track, etc. There was a sign up sheet that was started at the meeting, and will be continued here until January 1st. After that time, I will post the list of candidates, and we will vote as a club in the spring on the first day of track clean up as to who will make up the board. You can sign up for ANY position on the board, including President. Anyone who wants to sign up can do so by emailing me at jmason73@sbcglobal.net.

We also discussed the addition of the Super Late Model Class to QSAC. It was decided that we will run a points class at Ingalls this year for the SLM cars, provided that (3) cars show up each week, as it is with any class. There was much debate over how to integrate the new class into the club, as well as who would be eligible to run the class, etc. For the purposes of IQSR, it is suggested that you use the class system as stepping stones, and run at least a year of Bush, then a year of Sportsman, then finally move up to the SLM series. This is a great way to gain experience, and maximize your chances of being competitive and having as much fun as you possibly can. With all that said, anyone can run any series they choose to. You will sign up for a particular class at the beginning of the year, and you will only be able to accumulate points in that series for the entire year. This will give the guys that want to run for a Sportsman title a chance to do so, while still allowing SLM guys looking to maximize the laps they run every week by running two classes. You will still be able to accumulate Sprint Car points while running either SLM or Sportsman. Per QSAC rules, you cannot run Sprint Cars and Bush. The Super Late Model Series will use all rules from the Grand National Series (QSAC Rulebook available at qsac.org.) except the body rules. It will follow the roof height and spoiler rules however. Below is a picture of a couple cars that Crown Racing had at the meeting.

We also discussed various track and facility upgrades, including upgrading the electrical around the track to accommodate more RV's that come in for the National and Tri-State events. We will proceed with that as soon as the weather permits. Any members skilled and/or licensed in electrical work that would like to lend a hand please let me know. We also discussed the addition of a roof over the drivers stand. We will look at this more during spring clean-up. Most that attended liked the idea. Finally, we discussed the future need to re-pave the track. We will begin looking at that more seriously around the end of next year. We will talk to qualified contractors to determine the best way to proceed with the project and determine the costs involved.

Thanks again to all of you for your support of me this past year.

Happy Holidays to all!

Jon Mason

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