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Quincy Raceways still looking for new promoter

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 13, 2017 12:01 am

Quincy Raceways is still looking for a promoter to take over operations once Ken Dobson steps away at the end of the current season, which concludes in late September.

Dobson has operated the track for property owner Paul Holtschlag for four years, but is stepping away for personal reasons. Dobson lives and works in Jacksonville, and in addition is the promoter for Jacksonville Speedway. He said he needs to reign in his time with his children getting older, and the logical cutback is relinquishing ties to Quincy Raceways.

Dobson said it has been frustrating trying to help find his replacement.

"I have spent countless hours on the phone calling people I thought could be interested in operating the track, and to people that could be interested in putting a group together to operate it," Dobson said. "To date, neither myself nor Paul have had any serious interest."

Dobson said it is imperative to have a replacement in line early this fall.

"Scheduling among promoters for special events with sanctioning bodies is already in full swing for next year," Dobson said. "There's nothing in it for us except to see the track continue to operate and be in good hands for the future. But the time is drawing near where the doors are going to close without a plan in place for next season. The time is here to get serious."

Dobson said he is more than willing to talk to any interested parties. He can be contacted at 217-371-3653.

Quincy Raceways opened in 1975 and was owned and operated through January 2006 by Albert Scott, and later his son, Bob. Over the past 11 years there have been a series of different owners and promoters.

Fishing event canceled

Holly Cain, the executive director of the Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau, reports the Eradicarp Fishing Tournament was canceled by organizers. Originally scheduled for Aug. 26, the event was designed not only for competition but to help the environment.

The tournament was to be about helping get rid of Asian carp, the invasive species that is having an adverse effect on many U.S. waterways.

"(Mid-America Productions) called us and said they were not able to arrange financing for the event," Cain said.

The tournament was scheduled for the Quincy riverfront and figured to bring in numerous out-of-town fishermen.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau and Quincy Park District had teamed up to promote the tournament.

What others are saying

º The Los Angeles Times: "The Bel-Air estate may be known as Chartwell, but it's off the charts in terms of asking price. The home of the late Univision billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio is for sale at $350 million -- making it the most expensive U.S. residential listing. Classic TV watchers may remember the 25,000-square-foot main residence, built in 1933, from the credits of "The Beverly Hillbillies" sitcom."

º USA Today: "According to ATTOM Data Solutions, homeowners who sold in the second quarter gained an average price of $51,000 since purchase -- the highest average price gain for home sellers since the recession. The last time gains were this high was in the second quarter of 2007 when sellers made an average profit of $57,000."

º The Associated Press: "Netflix says it made its first acquisition, comic book publisher Millarworld, with plans to turn its characters into new films and shows for the video streaming service. Millarworld's graphic novels ‘Kick-Ass,' ‘Wanted' and ‘Kingsman' have already been turned into movies by major studios.

"Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix did not disclose how much it paid for Millarworld. Netflix has been spending heavily for original movies and shows, such as ‘House of Cards' and ‘Orange Is The New Black' to attract new viewers and stand apart from rival services.

Netflix reported in July that it had more than 100 million subscribers worldwide."

The top five

The top five most outrageous expenditures by celebrities, according to therichest.com:

1. Where do you start with former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson? He made a lot of money and wasted even more. Tyson's most prominent example may be the fact that he once spent $140,000 on two white Bengal tigers -- and then needed to spend another $140,000 to hire a trainer for them. Tyson also claims that he once spent $230,000 over a two-year period on cellphones and once spent $2 million on a bathtub.

2. Music mogul Jay-Z paid $55 million for race horse California Chrome.

3. Actress Kim Basinger once purchased the remnants of a town -- 1,751 acres in Georgia -- for $20 million. She made the purchase with the aspirations of turning the property into a tourist destination. The town, Braselton, which is where Basinger is from, but the concept never panned out. Basinger filed for personal bankruptcy less than five years of the purchase.

4. Entertainment entrepreneur Kanye West bought Kim Kardashian 10 Burger King restaurants in Europe as a wedding present in 2014. The exact price of the purchases was never revealed.

5. Pop singer Rihanna spends more than $1 million a year on her hair. At one point, Rihanna's personal stylist was on a daily retainer fee of $3,200.

Words of wisdom

Bronze medal: "A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing." -- Charles M. Schwab.

Silver medal: "The secret of business is to know something nobody else knows." -- Aristotle Onassis.

Gold medal: "Without promotion something terrible happens -- nothing!" -- P. T. Barnum.

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