Apparently, no one has ever told North American Speed Association president Mike Quigley that he was the hardest person in the world to catch for an interview.
At least at the racetrack.
Quigley’s racing organization, based out of Billings, took over Sprint Car racing in Montana (Great Falls, Belgrade and Billings) this season … not that anyone has really noticed a difference. It’s the same cars, same racers, same tracks.
“There’s not much difference between the NSA and the ASCS (American Sprint Car Series),” Quigley, a Helena native, said. “We’ve been in talks with the ASCS, and we’re going to try and do things together so we can make this thing grow like we had it.
“Dan Mann and I started this back the early 90s. I had moved down to Elk Grove, Calif. (15 miles south of Sacramento), and a few of the boys wanted to come (to Montana) and race. And I said, ‘Hey, we’re going home; let’s have some fun.”
If fact, the NSA and the Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series both race on the dirt oval at the Electric City Speedway. There really isn’t any noticeable difference in those two groups either, until you look under the hoods: you can buy a turn-key Rocky Mountain sprint for about $6,000 cash and carry, but just the motor for an NSA Sprint will set you back about $30,000.
“There really is a difference because of the motor costs,” Quigley added. “We started out pretty slow; we thought a lot of people would want to do it. I think we had one or two in Billings, and then we had two up here.
“Our last one had seven. We’re hoping this can become one of the faster growing classes (in racing). We’re gaining momentum in a hurry. We had lunch with the ASCS (recently), and we’re hoping we make this Sprint Car division grow.”
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