The first night of points racing at the Quad City Speedway comes with a lot of flair. Even when lights flare out.
On lap five of the UMP Modified race, the lights went out, causing a five-minute delay. After that, it was back to racing, and what notable finishes there were.
UMP Modifieds: It was the same story, but a different week for Milo Veloz Jr. Last year's UMP track champ took Car V to victory lane in the first heat and the feature. Though last week''s win wasn't a points race, this time it counted in the standings. Donovan Lodge finished second in the main event. T.D. Burger, "The Psycho" from Pontiac,won the second heat race.
Mike Moshier was the winner in time trials with a 14.35-second lap.
Eriksen Chevrolet Buick IMCA late models: Ray Guss Jr. got the lucky draw. He pulled the slip reading the No 1 for the feature event. In the 25-lap feature had Guss Jr. go to victory lane for the second time on the weekend. He also won over in Davenport in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating feature.
"It was one of those nights to get lucky and draw the one," Guss Jr said. "Like last week, I don't we would have won from tenth. It was a tough go out there, so you had to take advantage of your good starting position."
It wasn't a nice go around for the No. 46 car of Nate Beuseling and the No. 390 of Rob Toland. Toland, last week's feature winner, came off the second turn a little hot and hooked Beuseling into the back stretch wall on lap 5. Toland and Guss Jr. battled for the lead for the first three laps. Mike Zemo Jr. challenged Guss Jr., toward the end of the race, but settled for a third-place finish.
"I was trying different lines," Guss Jr. said. "In front, it's hard to know where the best line is when you're out front. Somebody in second can search. I tried some different things to get comfortable."
Zemo and Sean Mulvaney took the heat races. Todd Malmstrom finished fourth in the feature.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.