2013 QMA Western Grand Nationals
- TVQMA - Livermore, CA
Good Day – It’s Independence Day – the 4th of July and raceday at the 2013 Western Grands at the Tri-Valley Club in Livermore, California. To give you a sense where many families are spending their holiday, Livermore is located on the eastern edge of California’s San Francisco Bay area. It is approximately 35 miles north of San Jose, 50 miles east of San Francisco and 150 miles from Fresno, California. The population of the city, measured in 2011, was approximately 83,000. The City of Livermore, along with its many attractions, will be featured on the show Today in America on the Discovery Channel on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:00 am EST. Today in America is a television show exclusively hosted by pro football Hall of Fame inductee, television host, author, and actor Terry Bradshaw. The City of Livermore is renowned as the home of the world’s longest burning light-bulb, world’s largest laser, the state’s oldest wine region, its nationally awarded family oriented Downtown shopping district, and premium outlets. Filming took place at various locations earlier this year on January 26, 2013.
Opening Ceremonies, for the Western Grands were scheduled today to begin at 8:30 am. Drivers assembled and a meeting took place to start off the day. The Tri-Valley Club took the theme “Growing the Legend.” They wanted to include cars, drivers and other items that have been the cornerstone of the beginnings of Quarter Midget Racing. The festivities began and included our nations colors as well as those from Canada. Along with the patriotic salute motored around the track surface was a Vintage Racecar.
Driver’s, carrying banners, also entered the racing surface as part of the ceremony.
Many previous Quarter Midget Drivers were on hand to include Ken, Dennis, Pam and DJ Rice, Ron Shaw, Rusty Lomier and John Mitchell. Mr. Ken Rice was presented with a Life Time achievement award for his passion and support of QMA. Mr. Rice has served in many ways for the organization including as Vice President. He is in the QMA Hall of Fame. Mr. Lance Pierovich, who ultimately provided the paving of the Livermore track was also there as well as other previous handlers. The track was originally a dirt track. The facility isn’t very large, but the club did a great job in organizing the parking for all of the trailers that arrived from across the US.
Approximately 300 cars had pre-registered for the event, but sources say the number of sign-ins look to be around 278.
Following Opening Ceremonies, Qualifying began. The LiveStream was working for those that couldn’t be at the track, but a repair to equipment took about 45 minutes.
There is a 10:00 pm curfew at the track for the event.
Officials had hopes to begin running some lower mains on Thursday, and were able to get 6 races in. Friday will be a full day of racing. A Mains are scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2013.