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The I-5 QMC

Our History

2017 marks the 20th Anniversary for the I-5 QMC!!!!!

Our History

The I-5 QMC lends its roots to the hard work and efforts by founders Clint Tibbits, Denny Geiger and Mark Pierce. The three men and their families put together a plan in 1996 to start a family oriented racing organization for kids. Little did they know how their efforts would be rewarded several years later.

The club took its name from the proximity of the nearby I-5 interstate to its first home at a rented dirt track facility in Chehalis, WA. The nature of the families utilizing the I-5 corridor from as far south as Portland, OR, gave more credence to the name then was initially imagined. A major characterization of the I-5 QMC has always been the willingness of the QMA members to travel extended distances to participate on the unique surface - always utilizing the I-5 interstate corridor.

After a few short years in Chehalis, the club needed to find a new place to race, so they moved to Vader, WA. They found a beautiful, serene setting, courtesy of one of their members. The club began to experience small growth, and was bound together like a tight knit family. All the while, the goals of the organization remained the same – families participating together. The only drawback the club ever faced was not having a home to call their own. That changed dramatically in the fall of 2003.

Facing the challenge of moving the club for the third time, club officials looked for a venue in which to find permanent residence. Off the beaten path, in a small town atmosphere, they found Elma, WA and the Grays Harbor Raceway. The small group of members put together a plan that resulted in several monumental accomplishments. In the short time span of just 26 weeks, the group of volunteers built a permanent quarter midget racing facility. They did it through hard work, determination, commitment and sacrifice. They did it for one reason, and it became their motto – “It’s for the kids.”

The Grays Harbor Mini Raceway, as the quarter midget facility is known, is the home of many QMA members who travel great distance via the I-5 corridor to participate on one of only two West Coast QMA dirt track surfaces. It is a distinction that the members of the I-5 QMC wear proudly. The community and its local government bodies, in which the club now resides, give a great amount of support, as they recognize the value of providing children and families the opportunity to work and play together. The I-5 QMC has worked hard at becoming involved within the community, and the seeds for continuing the success have been planted.

In a very short time span of just a few years, the accomplishments of the I-5 QMC along with the Grays Harbor Mini Raceway have warranted a new motto – “Where the Legend Begins!” The best part is the fact that even though the new home is off the beaten path, the strength of the club still comes from the I-5 corridor and the vision of Clint, Denny and Mark.


 

Locations

Jackson Prairie Speedway -1998 to Mid2000

The I-5 QMC started out racing at Jackson Prairie Speedway near Chehalis, WA in 1998.  The beautiful and consistent red clay made for a perfect racing surface, and with owner Jamie Guenther's help, the members learned how to work the clay surface to perfection.  The only drawback was having to tear down and put back up the track layout every week, as the quarter midget track was placed inside of the Speedways main go-kart track.  In Mid 2000, the club decided a change was in order.

 

Vader -Mid2000 to 2003

Dan & Bonnie Press opened up their arms and welcomed the club to build a track beside their home just outside of Vader, WA.  A more beautiful and serene setting could not be had, with the 25 acre site surrounded by trees and a rustling river, it was not uncommon for the racers to be greeted by a roaming herd of Elk as they made their way to the banks of the river for a drink.  The move to Vader was a test for the club, with a mid-season move, and getting all of the fencing and buildings erected, it was the first time the club had an enclosed tower to score out of!  The volunteers never skipped a beat, and were able to complete the entire 2000 season.  For three and a half seasons, the club enjoyed the beginnings of a place to call home.  The end of 2003 would test the club once again.

 

Grays Harbor Mini Raceway -2004 to Present

The stories are documented, the players are well known, and the efforts of an all-volunteer organization came together to build not only a race track, but a facility that was now a large part of the community in which it resides.  The late Fred Brownfield was approached, and without hesitation, welcomed the opportunity to work alongside an organization that was "for the kids". In the middle of Winter, and in just 26 short weeks, the still small group was able to open up a brand new facility to the local community.  Help and support poured in from businesses near and far.  When the Evergreen Auto Racing Association decided to disband and distribute their assets, they chose the I-5 QMC to be a recipient of much of the proceeds.  The leaders of the E.A.R.A. were able to recognize the groups desire to be a part of the local racing scene, and they could not have made a better choice.  Opening day 2004 went off without a hitch, and with much fanfare.  The club had a new beginning, and would set it's sights on something bigger.  It was time to host a National Event, and now they had a facility to do it.



 

Building a Facility

Volunteers Dig In!

 

In what can only be described as complete satisfaction, the new track for the I-5 QMC at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA was officially opened on May 15th, 2004.  Racers and families from 3 of the 6 Region 9 clubs turned out for the celebration.  Also on hand were a great many friends, family, and County Officials to do the honor of cutting the ribbon.  The hi-lite of the event was having all three of the founding members of the club make an appearance to show their respect and admiration to the club.  It was a joyous and triumphant day for the members of the I-5 QMC.


With the support of over 80 businesses donating product, labor, and support - the club had a new beginning and a new place to call home.


 

Read more about the construction of the Grays Harbor Mini Raceway - affectionately described by our friend and the late Fred Brownfield as: "it's not a race track - it's a facility!"

 

Links to track construction stories:

I-5 Moves: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=198&keyword=building+a+race+track

Part 1: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=197&keyword=building+a+race+track

Part 2: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=196&keyword=building+a+race+track

Part 3: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=218&keyword=building+a+race+track

Part 4: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=220&keyword=building+a+race+track

Part 5: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=214&keyword=building+a+race+track

Volunteers: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=211&keyword=building+a+race+track

Ribbon Cutting: http://quartermidgets.org/Article_View_Search_Results.asp?ID=206&keyword=building+a+race+track

 

Link to track construction photos:

I-5 QMC Track Photos: http://i-5qmc.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=113:pictures-from-the-2003-2004-construction-of-the-grays-harbor-mini-raceway-elma-wa&catid=78:track-photos&Itemid=103

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.162486933846035&type=1


 

The Dirt Grands

Dirt Grands National Event -

 

2006 QMA Dirt Grand Nationals -

Quarter Midgets of America awards three National events each year - an Eastern Pavement Grands, a Western Pavement Grands, and a Dirt Grands.  All three events are to award a National Champion in each class and division.  Car counts range from 200 all the way up to 1,000+ cars challenging for the titles.  Clubs vie for the prestigious events by putting together a bid package containing information about their track, location, the local surrounding community, and the club members willingness to put on the week long events.  The I-5 members were hungry and willing, but they faced a major obstacle...........the Dirt Grands had never been hosted West of the Mississippi River.  That was about to change.

 

Winning the Bid -

Events are applied for and awarded 18 months in advance.  But the work involved starts long before that.  In late 2004, the bid proposal was put together, along with a rule change proposal that would allow the bid to be legit.  The Terre Haute and Hagerstown clubs had alternated hosting the event since it's inception, and they would be skeptical about letting the prestigious event move over 2,500 miles away.  At the February National meeting in Las Vegas, the club from the tiny town of Elma, WA found support for their vision, and the 2006 QMA Dirt Grand Nationals was awarded to the I-5 QMC.  They were on a roll.  In just 18 months the club had built a facility, empowered itself within the local community, and was awarded a prestigious National Event.  The next 18 months was when the real work would happen, and they were ready.

 

Getting Ready -

Focusing on making sure the event was organized and nothing was missed, the club encountered a new problem that turned out to be a blessing.  The track is located on the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds property, and the dates of the event were smack dab in the middle of the Grays Harbor County Fair Week.  Working together with the Fair Board, an idea was hatched to encompass the many things the race club and the County Fair had in common - kids games and rides, entertainment, and food!  It could not have been planned or worked out any better.  The only drawback was the many QMA members who missed the event and expressed regret over doing so.  When the final checkered flag fell, the club was able to sit back and enjoy what they had worked so hard for.  The goals were now complete, and the membership took on a new slogan - Where the Legend Begins!

 

Ready to Race -

The racers in the I-5 QMC proved up to the challenge as well, putting their names in the record books with 4 National Titles from 3 of it's drivers at this one event.  The I-5 drivers have always been ready to race, and this week they showed the QMA organization that they could do it in style.  An event like the QMA Grand Nationals is not an easy task to undertake, and one day the club will be ready to undertake the process again.  The I-5 QMC, the Grays Harbor Community, Elma WA, and the Grays Harbor Raceway and Mini Raceway proved they were ready in 2006.  The car count set a record for the Raceway facility, the Fair set a new attendance record that year, and the memories taken from that week in August of 2006 are etched in trophies as tall or taller than the kids who earned them.  The I-5 QMC and the Grays Harbor Mini Raceway was on the map!

 


 

2006 QMA Dirt Grand National Champions -

Name Class Home Club
Seth Cooper Jr Honda Little Wheels QMA
Brandon Traino Sr Honda Blackbird QMRC
Allison Journey Hvy Honda I-5 QMC
James Bickford Jr Stock American QMA
Chance Crum Sr Stock Washington QMA
CJ Christian-Benning Lt Mod Baylands QMA
Aaron Stowe Hvy Mod Little Wheels QMA
TJ Hartman Lt 160 I-5 QMC
Matt Scott Hvy 160 American QMA
Austin Kochenash Lt B Oaklane QMRC
Matt Scott Hvy B American QMA
TJ Hartman Lt AA I-5 QMC
Alex Bowman Hvy AA Pomona Valley QMRA
David White Jr Half Portland QMRA
Garret Johnson Briggs W/F I-5 QMC



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grands Champions

This section documents the great achievements of the drivers from the I-5 QMC who have risen to the status of QMA Grands National Champion by winning at QMA Grand National Events.
Becoming a Champion takes preparation, dedication, fortitude, confidence, and talent.  Being a Champion means representing yourself, your home club, and QMA in a positive light.  Rising to the status of a National Champion is derived from all of that, plus your competitors who pushed you to be your best.  The Administrator of this site dedicates this section to all of the drivers who pushed the names on this list to be their very best - on, and off the track. - With much respect and admiration for all of you, I-5QMC Web Site Adminstrator


I-5 QMC Grand National Champions for QMA.....

Driver Year Event
Location Division
Allison Journey
2006 Dirt Grands
I-5QMC - Elma, WA Hvy Honda
Garret Johnson
2006 Dirt Grands
I-5QMC - Elma, WA World Formula
TJ Hartman 2006 Dirt Grands I-5QMC - Elma, WA Lt 160
TJ Hartman 2006 Dirt Grands I-5QMC - Elma, WA Lt AA
JJ Hickle 2004 Dirt Grands HQMA - Hagerstown, MD Lt 160
Ryan Martinez 2003 Western Grands LWQMA - Graham, WA Hvy 160
Breanna Lopez 2003 Eastern Grands CIQMA - Indianapolis, IN Jr 1/2
TJ Hartman
2003 Dirt Grands THQMA - Terre Haute, IN Jr 1/2
TJ Hartman 2000 Dirt Grands
HQMA - Hagerstown, MD Jr Honda
JJ Hickle 1999 Western Grands LQMA - Langley, BC Sr Stock
 

Track Records

Grays Harbor Mini Raceway Track Records

A compilation of the fastest qualifying times set in the respective classes along with the driver and date the records were set

Class Name Time Date
Jr Novice Liam Burridge
8.044 7/26/14
Sr Novice Xan Miller
7.719 7/11/15
Jr Honda Justin Sample 7.263 9/27/08
Sr Honda Colton Johansson 7.246 9/27/08
Hvy Honda Latrell Pruett
7.338 7/26/14
Jr Animal Colby Thornhill
7.209 7/26/14
Sr Animal Colby Wickstrom 7.121 6/21/14
Hvy Animal Bryson Smith 7.230 6/4/16
Jr Stock Destry Miller
7.327 7/11/15
Sr Stock Ben Silliker
7.131 7/26/14
Lt 160 Tyler Sundstrom
6.936 5/31/14
Hvy 160 Dana Geary
6.916 7/26/14
Mod Xan Miller 7.577 8/20/16
B open
AA open
Lt W/F Devan West
6.417 7/26/14
Hvy W/F Dana Geary
6.510 7/26/14
Jr 1/2 Lindsay Barney
6.712 7/26/14

The following classes have been discontinued or combined, and as such the records are now retired

Class Name Time Date
Lt Mod Cole Farrow 7.318 8/08/06
Hvy Mod Kyle Zimmerman 7.605 8/08/06
Lt B Cole Farrow 7.060 8/08/06
Hvy B Alex Bowman 7.045 8/08/06
Lt AA Cole Farrow 6.940 8/08/06
Hvy AA Matt Scott 7.044 8/08/06