Michael Long reached the century mark Sunday night at Quincy Raceways.
When Long, the defending modified track champ, won a heat race it marked his 100th career victory at the Broadway Bullring.
Long didn’t have to wait long — no pun intended — to get a start on the second hundred. He won the modified feature later in the evening.
Here’s a look at the track’s career victory leaders since 1999:
Through April 27
Mark Burgtorf, 153
Hank DeLonjay, 138
Michael Long, 101
Eddie Dieker, 91
Tony Dunker, 80
Lonnie Bailey, 75
Denny Woodworth, 68
Steve Carlin, 66
Wyatt Lantz, 64
Adam Birck, 64
TOTAL FEATURE VICTORIES
Through April 27
Mark Burgtorf, 71
Hank DeLonjay, 42
Eddie Dieker, 39
Michael Long, 32
Vance Wilson, 28
Steve Carlin, 26
Adam Birck, 24
Wyatt Lantz, 21
Lonnie Bailey, 20
Joe Hooper, 18
SPEED, BABY, SPEED
Mark Burgtorf established his second track record in as many weeks with a 70.091 mph lap in Sunday night’s late model feature. He covered the .29-mile track in 14.895 seconds, according to the electronic scoring system used by Quincy Raceways.
Modified feature winner Michael Long was only a heartbeat off Burgtorf’s pace. Long turned in a 69.735 mph lap (14.971 seconds).
The top IMCA stock car lap belonged to Chris Wibbell at 61.423 mph (16.997), with Jim Powell (59.907, 17.427) posting the leading hobby stock time.
BURGTORF WILL BE AT QUINCY NEXT TWO WEEKS — MAYBE
Mark Burgtorf is hoping to be at the track next Sunday, but he cannot guarantee it. It seems his son, Cale, will be playing baseball in Burlington, Iowa, Saturday and Sunday, and since dad is not running for the track championship he plans on staying until his son’s games are over.
Good for you, Mark!
"I think we’ll be able to get to the track in time, though," Burgtorf said.
Burgtorf also plans on racing in Quincy at the April 30 Deery Brothers Summer Series tour stop and for the weekly May 2 show before hitting the outlaw circuit for more than a month. He won’t be back in Quincy until June 10.
HERALD-WHIG PERFORMANCE POINTS
Here’s how they stand after Sunday night:
Late models: Mark Burgtorf 22, Denny Woodworth 10, Keith Pratt 8.
Modifieds: Michael Long 18, Dave Wietholder 16, Joe Bliven 7.
IMCA stock cars: Chris Wibbell 12, Jeff Mueller 11, Abraham Huls 11, Doug Huls 8.
Hobby stocks: Steve Carlin 12, Bobby Anders 11, Jim Powell 11, Aaron Brocksieck 11.
Points races only
Late models: Points start April 27
Modifieds: Points start April 27
Hobby stocks: Points start April 27
IMCA stock cars: Chris Wibbell $500, Jeff Mueller $450, Abraham Huls $425, Doug Huls $350.
There have been 34 cautions the first two weeks of action at Quincy Raceways — and 21 of them have come in the modified division, including 14 Sunday night.
Late models: 4
IMCA stock cars: 4
Hobby stocks: 5
2007: Modifieds, 9.8 per night
2006: Modifieds, 7.8 per night
2005: Late models, 6.1 per night
2004: "B" modifieds, 6.1 per night
Late models: 18 – July 3, 2005
Modifieds: 20 – April 29, 2007
Hobby stocks: 12 – May 13, 2007
Sunday night saw 84 cars in the pits at 8000 Broadway, led by 33 modifieds and 24 late models. That’s a 43 percent hike over opening night April 6 when 59 cars showed up.
Rounding out the lineup were 16 IMCA stock cars and 11 hobby stocks.
After two nights of racing, here are the averages:
Late models: 19.5
IMCA stock cars: 15.5
Hobby stocks: 10.0
Thought you might enjoy this comment from the "Carmageddon" Web site:
A classic moment on NASCAR Now (last week) on ESPN2. While interviewing Carl Edwards and David Pearson about their day together at Darlington Raceway, Nicole Manske asked them both what they thought about the current state of NASCAR.
Their responses pretty much said it all:
"NASCAR isn’t doing anything I like right now," said Pearson, who went on a small rant about how you cannot bump and bang or say what you want without getting fined.
"Uhh …," said Edwards, speechless.
"We had a lot more fun racing…than he’s having today," Pearson said later in the discussion.
I have seen footage of old races and read up on the early days. It was certainly a different era, with a few "Hot Dogs" dominating the circuit and a plethora of independents and "strokers" battling for a Top 10. For the most part, Pearson is right. You cannot say what you want without being assaulted financially, but "back in the day," there was little or no TV coverage and most drivers were swearing up a storm among themselves and not in front of a microphone.
Don’t get me wrong, though, I wouldn’t mind hearing Dale Jr. drop an F-bomb once in a while. Anything is better than the head-down, laid-back "Hendrick" version of Little E.
FRANCIS ROLLS AT LOWE’S
Latemodelracer.com reports Steve Francis, known to dirt late model fans as the "Kentucky Colonel," marched to a $50,000 victory Saturday night in winning the third annual Circle K Colossal 100 at The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
The defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion started from the pole in the 100-lap race and survived 16 caution flags en route to one of the biggest victories of his career.
Despite the high number of caution flags, the Ashland, Ky., resident pulled away on each restart and became the first driver to lead the Circle K Colossal 100 from start to finish.
"That car was just absolutely phenomenal tonight," Francis said. "This was probably the best car I’ve ever had in a 100-lap race. It never changed a characteristic the whole race. I could run right around the bottom, and I could go the top. When you get a car like that, it makes your job way, way easier."
While Francis was cruising at the front, Chris Madden was charging through the field. The Gaffney, S.C., driver lined up 25th in the 36-car field and moved into second when Darrell Lanigan’s machine slowed on lap 90. However, he was no match for Francis and settled for the $20,000 runner-up prize for the second consecutive year.
Twenty-year-old Josh Richards started 13th and earned $10,000 for finishing third, while Jimmy Owens moved up from the 16th-starting spot to claim fourth. Dale McDowell completed the top five.
Shannon Babb, driving the No. 18 owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer, finished sixth with Tim McCreadie, John Blankenship, Eddie Carrier Jr. and Ricky Weeks rounding out the top 10.
The most serious incident and the only red flag came on lap 45 when veteran Chub Frank flipped violently in Turn 4. The Bear Lake, Pa., driver was running 11th when his car hooked the cushion and tumbled through the air. Frank climbed from his heavily damaged machine and walked away.
Two-time Colossal 100 winner Scott Bloomquist was among those who had a tough night. The Mooresburg, Tenn., driver pitted three times early in the race for adjustments and eventually got tangled up in a four-car crash on lap 82. He ended up 16th.
WoO SPRINTS COMING TO 34 RACEWAY
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will be making their debut at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, on July 30. The high-banked 3/8-mile hosted its first sprint car race in 1973.
Sprint car legends like 20-time series champion Steve Kinser and two-time defending series winner Donny Schatz will headline the WoO entries.
Terry McCarl, the lone World of Outlaws driver who hails from Iowa, has raced the most of any series driver at 34 Raceway. He has competed 10 times at the track since 1988, winning three of those events and finishing in the top 10 each time. The six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion last competed at West Burlington in 2005 in a 360-sprint car.
Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion also has had a great deal of success at 34 Raceway, earning three wins in just four starts. He won in his debut at the track in 1992, driving for Guy Forbrook, and also swept a pair of events in 1996, his most recent stop at the track.
Craig Dollansky, the current World of Outlaws championship point leader, competed twice at 34 Raceway in 1995, picking up two top-five finishes in both events.
Tickets for the event will be available May 5. For more information on tickets visit: www.34raceway.com or www.slspromotions.com.