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|Dec-08-2014||Tacoma Dome Monster Truck Show|
Would your child like to race in front of the crowd at the Tacoma Dome? It's that time of the year again and the monster truck show is fast approaching! The Monster Jam is at the Tacoma Dome and it’s our biggest recruiting event of the year drawing most of our new members.
This year’s show runs January 9-11 with one show on Friday, two on Saturday following the Pit Party, and one on Sunday. Little Wheels has an opportunity to put on an exhibition race during each of the pre-show programs as well as participate in the Pit Party. During the Pit Party we set the cars up on one side of the arena and our drivers have an opportunity to talk to the fans and even sign autographs. There’s nothing quite like seeing your child sign a Monster Jam shirt!
We will need 8-12 cars for each show and as many participants as possible for the Pit party. To participate in the Pit Party you must be a member in good standing and to be in one of the exhibition races you should be one year out of Novice and have a car with a Honda or Animal motor. We will also need some additional parent volunteers to man the booth up on the mezzanine once the gates open.
Since the show is in January you will need renew your membership unless you joined after September 1, 2014. The next club meeting is tomorrow December 9th and it’s a great opportunity to complete your membership paperwork.
Here is the schedule.
FRIDAY: The show starts at 7:30, with the doors opening at 6:30. The promoter is asking that the drivers be there at 5:00 for a drivers meeting. Anyone racing will need to be at the dome, gear out of the truck/trailer and IN THE STAGING AREA by 6:00. We need to have the cars staged and our drivers ready to go shortly after the 6:30 opening of the doors. With work schedules and traffic, I know this may be tough for people to make it by 5:00. Please let me know if you have concerns.
SATURDAY: Saturday starts with the PIT PARTY 10:00-12:30. Doors open at 9:30. We need to be there at 9:00. We need to have our cars on display out on the main floor for all the fans wanting to see us up close, along with the trucks and the drivers. This is a lot of fun and one of our best opportunities to talk with potential members and promote the club and the sport. Be sure to bring a trophy or two to display!
Once the Pit Party ends (at 12:30), we wheel our cars back to the staging area and essentially wait for our queue to perform another exhibition race prior to the afternoon show which starts at 2:00. That means we will most likely be going out on the track around 1:00.
SATURDAY NIGHT: The evening show starts at 7:30 with the doors opening at 6:30; we will again need to be prepared to go out for our exhibition race. Please be in staging, getting your car and driver ready by 6:00.
SUNDAY: No Pit Party on Sunday, but the doors open at 1:00 for a 2:00 show. Please be in staging, getting your car and driver ready by 12:00. AGAIN, there is no Sunday night show so we can pack up early!
PARKING WILL BE AN ISSUE! Every year parking is limited so we want to consolidate multiple member’s cars into trailers as much as possible. Parking details will follow as we get closer to the event.
If you are going to participate, send your email to Tamara Ferguson. You can also reach me at (206) 940-0927 if you have questions. We need to send a list to the promoter of participating members. If you do not e-mail me in advance you will not be able to get into the show. Each year we are allotted a number of free tickets for participation. YOU MUST BE IN ONE OF THE EXHIBITION RACES TO RECEIVE A TICKET. We may have some additional tickets available for the Pit Party participants but there is no guarantee.
Once the roster is confirmed everyone participating will receive more information.
Our first ride day will take place on January 17th (Yes, I checked and the Seahawks won’t be playing that day!). Please watch your e-mail and the message board for more information because we will need volunteers there as well.
I look forward to working with each of you and making our biggest promotion event of the year another BIG SUCCESS!
|Jul-16-2014||Tire Testing - Update|
Region 9 Membership,
As many of you are aware over the July 12/13 weekend we did tire testing at the Yakima track to help collect data for the 2016-2017 spec tire. 2015 spec tire will remain the Vega tire currently used. The selection of the spec tire for the 16-17 race seasons will take place at the national meeting in November.
I want to extend a huge thank you to the Yakima members that helped with the testing: Garrett Huffines- Driver for the test in his heavy 160. Tony Huffines - Handler, Kerri Huffines and Roxy and Kaylynn Jeffries - Tower staff, Ronnie Anderson and Garret Sisk - Tire test data gathering and assistance, and Chris Jeffries - flagger.
We were all quite surprised by the results of the testing, but the numbers show a clear winner with a close second. Tire tests are being performed in four other regions and that data will be compiled and used in conjunction with the proposals submitted by the manufacturers.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have regarding the testing. I will be gathering additional feedback at the region meeting in late October or early November to get the regions input prior to attending the meeting.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and look forward to seeing everyone at Elma for the I-5 Region race!! If you have a chance, check out the action at the Mudslinger race this coming weekend in Elma!!
|May-06-2014||QMA Tech Update|
This is for anyone with or thinking about running a 160
Click here for the flyer
|Feb-14-2014||New Fuel line Rule|
Dear QMA Members, February 2014
Quarter Midgets of America have found it necessary to revisit the FUEL LINE policy due to safety concerns. There have been several fires in the engine compartment because of fuel related problems in the past couple years. So for the safety of our drivers and members, we have decided to take a proactive approach to this issue before there are any serious accidents. It is also of utmost importance the QMA NBOD to keep quarter midget racing one of the safest sports out children can be involved with today.
Effective MAY 1, 2014, all fuel lines must be covered with a fire resistant type sleeve. Also, the fuel filter must be aluminum or steel.
The following is an excerpt of the rules that will be published it in the 2014 QMA Rule Book:
16. Fuel Lines
16. A All fuel fittings must be automotive type. Fuel linings must be attached with any positive stop clamps.
16. B All fuel lines must be made from flexible hose and should be rated for the appropriate fuel (Gasoline/Methanol). Steel braiding is acceptable provided it is
enclosed (under) other plies of material and is an integral part of the hose such as industrial hose, steel braided hose. Steel braided hose or slip on is allowed, this is not a cooling device.
16. C A fireproof sleeve must be used over the fuel line - from the fuel valve fitting to the carburetor Inlet. FOR ALL CLASSES. This must a sleeve design, made of ONE piece (not a wrap), that the fuel line will slide through. This sleeve must also fit the Outer Diameter of the fuel line. Braided steel lines or lines made with a fire resistant cover will be allowed.
There are several manufactures of these products. There are most likely suitable alternatives, other than what is listed below. One option that we have discovered is that the cover used to shield spark plug wires will work well. This cover cannot be the cosmetic type of cover, it MUST be fireproof.
Sleeve manufactures Filters
Longacre Products Holley
If you have any questions on this, feel free to contact one of the QMA board members.
Kevin Augustus Derrick Rainey
QMA TECH DIRECTOR QMA SAFETY DIRETOR
|Jan-21-2014||2014 Region 9 Schedule|
Here are the Dates for the Region Races.
Yakima ----- April 26th-27th.
Langley CAN/Am Race ----May 17th-18th.
Langley Region/STATES Race ----- May 24th-25th.
Alpenrose 100 ----- June 7th-8th
Portland Region----- June14th-15th.
WESTERN GRANDS -BAYLANDS,CA--June 29th-July4th.
I-5 MUDSLINGER---July 19th-20th.
I-5 Region---July 26th.-27th
Washington POSSIBLY CAN/AM Race in August no date yet.
Washington Region---August 9th-10th.
Little Wheels Region---August 30th-31st.
EASTERN GRANDS--- July 19th-26th.
DIRT GRANDS -----July 27th-August 3rd.
*** ALL Region Races will be Qualifiers***
The Region Banquet will be OCTOBER 25th.
|Oct-23-2013||Little Wheels - Little Heros|
|Aug-12-2013||Region 9 - Judging|
TO: Region Nine Members
From: Denise Smutny, RD9
RE: Region 9
I hope all is going well at your respective clubs. I believe that Region 9 is a strong and positive region with members from all clubs helping each other at their clubs, the region and the grands. This is something for all of us to be proud of.
We just passed our fourth region race of the six race series and as we head into race 5, the races are heating up. I want to thank those clubs that have hosted events so far; Racing Rascals, Langley, Portland and I-5. The clubs have all done a fantastic job getting their programs in with members leaving at areasonable time to get home on Sunday evenings. I am looking forward to the final two races at Monroe and Little Wheels.
Feedback I receive most often from the membership is regarding Judging. First let me add our judges are volunteers from our membership and take the role seriously. They are here to help our children and as someone who sees many races and a variety of judges I assure you I have not seen or heard any with a malicious intent toward a single child, handler or club.
Some reminders for the membership regarding judging:
From the executive summary of the rule changes to the “charge yellow” that occurred in 2010: “an important point of this process is that judges are looking for 100 percent responsibility of one driver. If the judges are weighing which driver is most responsible then that must mean no driver is 100 percent at fault and the Charged Yellows shall be assigned to all the cars that stopped, not one.”
Also from the executive summary for judging in 2010: “The same racing rules apply with regards to what constitutes an infraction such as Charging, Chopping, Racing Room, and Rough Driving (Blocking –was left out of summary). But now, when assigning 100 percent responsibility for an incident the judges do not specify what the actual type of infraction is, just who the responsible driver is.”
Please be familiar with the infractions and what constitutes them. Shortened versions of these are following, but full detail can be found in your rule books on pages 45-46.
Charging: When the inside car has not established the right of way entering the corner and hits the outside car and causes an incident that results in a yellow flag.
Chopping: The outside car does not give way to an inside car that has established the right of way as described in the previous paragraph, and causes an incident that results in a yellow flag.
Rough Driving: When a driver runs over or into another driver in front of them or beside them while exiting the corner or on the straightaway causing an incident that results in a yellow flag.
|May-31-2013||R9 MEMORANDUM RE: Tire Marking DQ at Langley Regional Race|
To: Region 9 Clubs
From: Region 9 BOD
RE: Tire Marking DQ at Langley Regional Race
As many members, specifically those that traveled to the region race in Langley the weekend of May 18th and 19th are aware there was a DQ in the Jr. Animal A main event for not being able to read the tire markings on the right side tires.
The tire had been flipped prior to the race and the markings rubbed off leaving the scale volunteers unable to read the markings to determine that they were the same tires run on that car in the heat race. The rules addressed for this are in our region format items 23 and 24.
Review of the situation was not taken lightly. The Region Director/Race Director reviewed the specific wording of the format, the rulebook, and discussed the issue with the club race director, club tech director, and several members holding tech positions with their respective clubs to get additional feedback on the rule.
Most people agreed that the intent of the rule is to ensure that the tires used are not new tires. However, the rule specifically states “…to ensure that the same tire is used on the same car if it makes it into the A Main feature.” Without the marking on the tire with the class raced there is no way to tell that it was the same tire/same car.
In our format it also states that the driver receives zero points for the event. This is in conflict with our region-scoring format that states that DQ at scales receives last place points for the race. Given the conflict of the two region documents, it was determined that the driver be given the best outcome of the two rules and the driver was awarded last place points for the Jr. Animal A main event.
The format specifically allows for remarking of the tire if the handler cho0ses to flip the tire and the Region Board of Directors encourages all handlers that are concerned that the marking may come off, to have their tires re-marked when they flip the tire or prior to their race to ensure the markings are legible.
Our volunteers that work at the scales do their best to check every tire after the races. It is reasonable to assume that some tires may be missed. This is not outside of the same reasoning that while all top four cars are impounded, not all motors are torn down after the races during tech. We again encourage the members to re-mark any flipped tires.
The region board of directors as a group has reviewed this incident and has unanimously agreed to uphold the DQ for the tire marking with the driver receiving last place points.
Region Director, Region 9
|Mar-18-2013||Little Wheels to run the Wild Animal Class (exhibition only)|
Little wheels has been given the ok to run the wild animal class . This will only be at little wheels as an ehibition only class(for now). The class structure will be
The animal restrictor plates will be available through our club tech person. He will take care of your orders.
Jason taylor will be your contact for this.
|Tuesday December 9th at the Puyallup Library North meeting Room 7:00- 9:00 PM|
|Frontier Park 21800 Meridian East Graham, WA 98338|
|Track fuel can be purchased from SHELL located at 19921 Meridian E Graham, WAā€ˇ 98338 (253) 847-2200 Please get your MIDGRADE gas there so you will breeze through tech.|