QUINCY -- Quincy Raceways is officially for sale.
Whether or not any sort of transaction materializes in the coming weeks or months, the track will reopen in 2021.
Jason Goble, who since late 2017 has been in the process of buying the track from property owner Paul Holtschlag, told The Herald-Whig Monday evening if there is no sale, he plans on operating the facility next season.
"Yes, it will definitely be open," Goble said. "If there is not new ownership, I will continue operating it."
The track has not opened this year due to government restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Goble has been running the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., since that site reopened about 21/2 months ago.
Goble initially made the "for sale" disclosure concerning Quincy Raceways on a weekend Facebook post, and Holtschlag later confirmed the track was on the market. He said Goble let him know of his plans during a recent conversation.
Goble and Holtschlag have been involved in a contract for deed agreement.
Goble declined to reveal what he is asking for the 28.5-acre facility at 8000 Broadway. Holtschlag also declined to reveal how much Goble is currently buying the track for, but emphasized he was not interested in reacquiring the site.
"No, I do not want to take it over (again)," Holtschlag said.
Holtschlag, who lives in Quincy, has several business interests across the region and said he does not have the time to try and operate a race track again.
Prior to selling the track to Jason Goble and Robert Goble late in the 2017 season, Holtschlag had placed the track, grounds and equipment on the market for $350,000, but no sales figure was ever made public.
The .29-mile dirt track has been operating since 1975.
Holtschlag served as part- or full owner of the track from 2009 through late 2017, and has remained involved the last 31/2 years through the contract for deed process.
"Jason owns the track. I'm kind of the bank," he said.
Handling the sale of Quincy Raceways is Tammy Gundaker, whose family owns and operates Tri-City Speedway in Granite City.
"I've been thinking about selling the track for awhile," Goble said. "It's one of those things that was always an option."
Goble said his ultimate goal is to move south but would have no problem remaining in the region for at least the near future and operating both Quincy Raceways and Randolph County Raceway.
One of the items Goble is considering for 2021 -- if he is still owner of the track -- is racing on Thursday nights, instead of Sundays. He feels that move may eventually draw more cars, once the new night becomes established among racers in West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa.
Prior to being involved with Quincy Raceways, Goble had worked for 22 years at 34 Raceway in Burlington Iowa, where he was facilities manager prior to his move to Quincy. His background also included being a driver.
Quincy Raceways was owned and operated from 1975 through early 2007 by the late Albert Scott and later his son, Bob. Since that time, there has been an assortment of ownership combinations that have included Tony Rhinberger, Mike Karhoff, Bob Rhinberger and Holtschlag.
Quincy Raceways ownership timeline
1975-93: Albert Scott
1993-2007: Bob Scott
2007-09: Tony Rhinberger-Mike Karhoff
2008-09: Tony Rhinberger
2009-11: Tony Rhinberger-Paul Holtschlag
2011-2013: Paul Holtschlag-Bob Rhinberger
2014-2017: Ken Dobson, operator (Paul Holtschlag owner)
2017: Jason Goble-Robert Goble
2018-2019: Jason Goble
2020: Has not opened due to COVID 19 pandemic government restrictions