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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.