With defending track champ Michael Long, it is not a question of “if,” but rather “when” his next modified victory will come at Quincy Raceways.
And when it does, he will have reason to celebrate.
Long’s next victory at he track will be the 100th of his career in Quincy and will come on the heels of his amazing 2007 season when he won 36 races, including 16 features.
“What Michael did last year was just amazing,” late model driver Jason Frankel said.
Midway through the summer of ‘07, one of Long’s chief rivals in the modified division told me that the rest of the drivers in the class knew they were simply racing for second. I think he was only half-kidding. It was that kind of year for Long.
Here’s how Long’s ‘07 victory totals stacked up to other recent leaders:
2007: Michael Long, modified, 36
2006: Mark Burgtorf, late model, 28
2005: Hank DeLonjay, modified, 23
2004: Wyatt Lantz, “B” modified, 24
2003: Makr Burgtorf, late model, 20
2002: Hank DeLonjay, “A” modified, 15
2001: Mike Karhoff, “A” modified, 10
2000: Sam Burgtorf, “A” modified, 12
1999: Vance Wilson, “A” modified, 13
2007: Michael Long, modifieds, 16
2006: Mark Burgtorf, late model, 13
2005: Wyatt Lantz, “B” modified; Hank DeLonjay, “A” modified, 9
2004: Eddie Dieker, bomber, 9
2003: Mark Burgtorf, late model, 9
2002: Mark Burgtorf, late model; Hank DeLonjay, “A” modified, 6
2001: Mark Burgtorf, late model; Mike Karhoff, “A” modified, 5
2000: Eddie Dieker, bomber; Vance Wilson, “A” modifieds, 6
1999: Greg Uppinghouse, “A” modified, 8
DEERY BROTHERS TOUR BACK IN ACTION
The Deery Brothers Summer Series late model tour travels to Iowa stops in Davenport and Maquoketa this weekend.
The Deery cars stop at Davenport Speedway on Friday, followed by a date at Jackson County Speedway the next day.
For local fans making the haul, pit gates at Davenport open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Gates at Jackson County open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and race time is 6.
Both events pay $2,000 to win.
Jeff Aikey has won four of the previous 13 series events held at Davenport. Mark Preston became a first-time Deery winner there last April.
Terry Neal has won the last three tour stops at Jackson County.
Todd Cooney and Mike Collins were feature winners when the 22nd annual Deery series opened April 5-6 at Eagle, Neb., Raceway.
A NOTE FROM OUR FRIENDS
This is from our friends at the www.geoffreystephens.com “Carmageddon” Web site on Sunday’s NASCAR race:
“I’ve honestly never seen anything like the fuel mileage dice roll … where crew chief Chad Knaus repeatedly told driver Jimmie Johnson to keep going slower.
“And it worked.
“Go SLOW to WIN the race? Who woulda thunk it?
“As much as I hate fuel mileage races, this was quite entertaining.
“While most of the leaders darted off to pit road late in the race, Johnson and second-place finisher Clint Bowyer stayed out. Luckily for JJ, he had a huge lead and could afford to ‘slow down’ and cross the finish line first.
“Mark Martin, undoubtedly the crowd favorite, pitted from the lead with 10 laps to go and probably assumed everyone would follow but unfortunately he ended up in fifth place.
“In his ‘Cale Yarborough Part-Time Role,’ Martin has yet to reach victory lane while Cale racked up 14 of his 83 career wins during his 1981-1988 twilight run.”
Good stuff from “Carmageddon.”