More than two weeks after its original date was rained out, the Deery Brothers Summer Series late model tour will visit Quincy Raceways on Wednesday night.
And the weather report looks — keep your fingers crossed — GREAT! Temperatures in the 70s and no rain. Racing is supposed to start at 7 in what should be an action-packed night. The only support series will be the modifieds, so the kids should get home in plenty of time for school the next day.
This will be the 19th time the Deery series has visited Quincy and it always provides some insight to how well the local late models stack up against their regional rivals. Quincy drivers have won seven of the previous 18 events at the Broadway Bullring, six thanks to Mark Burgtorf and one via Lonnie Bailey.
Two-time defending IMCA national champ Darrel DeFrance, 48, of Marshalltown, Iowa, is expected to be hand — as usual. The popular DeFrance has NEVER missed a Deery race since the series inception in 1987.
Fans who have a ticket stub from either April 20 or Sunday night will receive $2 off the admission price.
Those who don’t mind a relatively short road trip to West Burlington, Iowa, can catch the Deery cars there Tuesday night. Racing starts at 7.
Sunday’s black and slick track provided less grip and it showed in the night’s fast times. The quick laps in all four features were considerably slower than the previous week when a much stickier surface allowed for better handling and higher mph.
Here’s a look at Sunday evening’s top times in each division, with the previous week’s in parentheses:
Late models: Robby Warner, 15.372 seconds, 67.916 mph (Mark Burgtorf, 14.895, 70.091).
Modifieds: Michael Long, 16.446 seconds, 63.480 mph (Long, 14.971, 69.735).
Stock cars: John Oliver Jr., 17.524 seconds, 59.575 mph (Chris Wibbell, 16.997, 61.423).
Hobby stocks: Steve Carlin, 18.187 seconds, 57.404 mph (Jim Powell, 17.427, 59.907).
MISSING IN ACTION
Did you notice two of the track’s biggest names were not on hand Sunday for the first night of points racing? Neither late model driver Mark Burgtorf or modified hotshoe Robbie Reed were in the pits.
Burgtorf’s son, Cale, was playing baseball in Burlington, Iowa, and he was unable to get back in time. Those who were holding out hope that Mark would change his mind and run for another track title can now officially erase those thoughts. He is obviously serious about his plan to concentrate on a regional schedule, and if he is to win a 15th track title, it will come no sooner than 2009.
Burgtorf had also won five straight features in Quincy, dating back to the end of last season.
Reed’s absence was probably a bigger surprise. He won the 2006 track championship and was a strong fourth in 2007. No word why he was not in attendance.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
John Oliver Jr. won his third stock car heat race in as many weeks Sunday night. That kind of start, coupled with the fact Oliver is one of the strongest cars in the class, means he may have a good chance to challenge for the track record for heat victories.
The retired Hank DeLonjay’s 17 heat wins in 2007 stand as the high-water mark. No other driver has come closer than three to that mark since statistics started being kept at the .29-mile track in 1999.
Season heat-race victory leaders:
2007: Michael Long, 13, modified.
2006: Hank DeLonjay, 17, modified.
2005: Eddie Dieker, 14, bomber.
2004: Wyatt Lantz, 11, "B" modified; Adam Birck, 11, bomber.
2003: Michael Long, 11, "A" modified.
2002: Adam Birck, 8, bomber.
2001: Rob Carter, 8, "B" modified.
2000: Eddie Dieker, 8, bomber.
1999: Bruce Hatfield, 9, bomber.
Here are the heat-race points leaders following Sunday night:
Late models: Justin Reed 3, Lonnie Bailey 3, Joey Gower 3, Denny Woodworth, 2, Dustin Neese, 2, Dustin Griffin 2, Robby Warne 1, Ron Elbe 1, Jason Frankel 1.
Modifieds: Jeff Waterman 3, Michael Long 3, Tony Dunker 3, Wyatt Lantz 2, Ryan Meyer 2, Steven DeLonjay 2, Joe Bliven 1, Bob Woodrow 1, Travis Griffith 1.
Hobby stocks: Steve Carlin 3, Corrie Eifert 3, Bobby Anders 2, James Leffew 2, Chad Cannady 1, Wes Mayfield 1.
HERALD-WHIG PERFORMANCE POINTS
The late models and modifieds will likely see some dramatic swings with the first "special" show on tap Wednesday (Deery Brothers night) when points are 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 for the feature, 3-2-1 for heats and one point for dashes and any type of consolation.
Late models: Mark Burgtorf 22, Denny Woodworth 15, Joey Gower 12, Robby Warner 10, Keith Pratt 8.
Modifieds: Michael Long 30, Dave Wietholder 16, Joe Bliven 7, Wyatt Lantz 7, Tony Dunker 5.
Stock cars: John Oliver Jr. 17, Abraham Huls 15, Jeff Mueller 12, Chris Wibbell 12, Doug Huls 8.
Hobby stocks: Aaron Brocksieck 21, Steve Carlin 13, Bobby Anders 11, Jim Powell 11, James Leffew 7.
FRANKEL WINS AT 34 RACEWAY
Jason Frankel of Quincy won his first late model feature of the season when he captured the checkers Saturday night at 34 raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Frankel, the preseason pick to win the title at Quincy, was eighth Sunday night at the Broadway Bullring.
Tom Darbyshire, Matt Ryan, Keith Pratt and Tom Bowling rounded out the top five. Other Quincy regulars who participated included Lonnie Bailey (sixth), Joey Gower (12th) and Clint Kirkham (18th).
EARLY LOOK AT REGIONAL RANKINGS
While the first official "Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings (SDRR)" do not come out until next week, we’re giving blog readers an earlybird look at how they currently stand following the weekend. With a busy late model week ahead, there is bound to be a major reshuffling.
Features at Quincy, 34 Raceway and Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, are eligible for points. So is Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo., when/if the track schedules some late model main events.
1. Mark Burgtorf, 50 points
2. Denny Woodworth, 47
3. Keith Pratt, 43
4. Joey Gower, 40
5. Jason Frankel, 37
6. Jason Perry , 29
7. Robby Warner, 25
8. Lonnie Bailey, 24
9-tie. Dustin Neese, 20
9-tie. Tom Darbyshire, 20
On the bubble: Matt Ryan 15, Bill Genenbacher 13, Tom Bowling 10.