QUINCY -- Jason Goble might be the most anxious of local race fans for the coming dirt-track season.
"I've been around race tracks my whole life, and this is like living out a dream," said Goble, who is beginning his first full season of operating Quincy Raceways.
Goble's first year unofficially gets under way this weekend with the track's annual show at the Quincy Mall. A variety of cars that will run at the track this season will be on display during regular mall hours Saturday and Sunday.
Drivers, track employees and others affiliated with local racing will be on hand to talk with fans. Schedules, attractions for kids and other offerings also will be available.
"I got my feet wet late last year and was able to learn a lot of things," said Goble, who was previously affiliated with 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. "I'm looking forward to this season."
Racing begins April 8 at 8000 Broadway, preceded by practice nights on March 25 and April 1.
There will be seven principal classes running for points this season. Not all seven will be running each week, but a variety of modifieds, sport mods, stock cars, sport compacts, crate late models, 305 sprints and two-man cruisers will anchor the weekly schedule, plus a limited number of runs for mod lites, midgets and micro sprints.
Many of those classes will be represented at this weekend's show, Goble said. About 20 total cars will be available for fans' inspection.
"This is usually one of the big weekends of the year," said Mike Jenkins, property manager of the mall.
Jenkins said he was glad to see the show return to a two-day format after just showcasing the cars for one day in recent years.
"This kicks off the season," he said.
Goble said preseason maintenance work is under way at the track, which saw the first stage of a cosmetic facelift late last season. Goble said work is currently being done on the backstretch fencing.
Goble said another noticeable difference in the track will see the tech areas moved from the infield to the pits. That should be more accommodating for the racers and clean up some sight lines for fans.
"We want to make a trip to the track as fan friendly as we can," Goble said. "We're going to be trying to get more kids involved. They're the next generation of fans."
For any questions about the show or preseason inquiries concerning the track, Goble can be contacted at 309-371-3499.