Jason Frankel says he has a "meticulous" maintenance program when it comes to his late model.
"I probably spend more hours a week working on my car than I do at my job," he said. "You don’t have the best equipment, but the equipment you have has to work."
Frankel’s maintenance process, coupled with his talent behind the wheel, has seen the Quincy driver rocket to the top of the Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings for late models.
Frankel won weekend features at Quincy and at Iowa tracks in West Burlington and Donnelson. That trio of victories shot him from No. 7 to No. 1 in the SDRR, which awards points on a 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis for feature placements at Quincy, West Burlington, Donnellson and Scotland County in Memphis, Mo.
"It had been a long time since I had raced at Lee County, but the track was black and slick, like I like it," Frankel said. "And I just love Burlington. It usually stays nice and slick."
Many of the Quincy Raceways regulars have been frequenting West Burlington (34 Raceway) and Donnellson (Lee County Speedway), which is illustrated in the latest rankings. Quincy hotshoes own the top six and 10 of the first 11 spots.
STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS
Last rankings in parentheses:
1. (7.) Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 116 points
2. (1.) Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 103
3. (2.) Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 96
4. (4.) Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 92
5. (3.) Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 68
6. (9-tie) Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 62
7. (6.) Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 61
8. (5.) Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 48
9. (8.) Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 47
10. (9-tie) Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 38
11. (14-tie) Terry Gallaher, New London, Mo., 37
12. (12.) Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 32
13. (11.) Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 29
14-tie. (NR) Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 23
14-tie. (13.) Dustin Neese, Nebo, Ill., 23
16. (NR) Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 21
17. (NR) Steve Grotz, Quincy, Ill., 17
18-tie. (17-tie.) Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 16
18-tie. (14-tie) Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 16
20. (16.) Bill Genenbacher, Camp Point, Ill., 13
On the bubble: Mike Garland, DeWitt, Iowa, 12; Gary Russell, Biggsville, Ill., 12; Jay Johnson, Burlington, Iowa, 12;
MODIFIED REGIONAL RANKINGS DEBUT TUESDAY
Come back tomorrow for the inaugural Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings for modifieds, which will use the same point system as the late models. Tracks where features are being scored for the rankings are Quincy, West Burlington, Donnellson, Scotland County and 24 Raceway in Moberly, Mo.
OTHER REGIONAL LATE MODEL WEEKEND RESULTS
LEE COUNTY SPEEDWAY, Donnellson, Iowa: Frankel dominated the caution-free, 25-lap feature after earning a front-row redraw starting position. Matt Bailey had a strong showing in the runner-up position, while defending track champion Tom Darbyshire finished on the podium. Justin Reed and Denny Woodworth completed the top five in the 20-car field.
34 RACEWAY, West Burlington, Iowa: Frankel picked up his second victory of the weekend as Quincy regulars led a sweep of the top three positions. Reed and Steve Grotz followed Frankel across the start-finish line. Frankel already has a healthy, nine-point (84-75) lead in the points race over Tom Bowling.
QUINCY RACEWAYS POINTS LEADERS
Late Models: Jason Frankel 110, Joey Gower 110, Justin Reed 100, Terry Gallaher 107.
Modifieds: Michael Long 129, Tony Dunker 116, Steven DeLonjay 112, Brandon Lennox 109.
Stock Cars: Chris Wibbell 185, John Oliver Jr. 182, Jeff Mueller 181, Abe Huls 179.
Hobby Stocks: Wes Mayfield 118, Aaron Brocksieck 116, Steve Carlin 115.
Late Models: Jason Frankel 106, Joey Gower 104, Terry Gallaher 104, Justin Reed 103.
Modifieds: Michael Long 120, Tony Dunker 113, Steven DeLonjay 110.
Stock Cars: Chris Wibbell 185, John Oliver Jr. 182, Jeff Mueller 181, Abe Huls 179.
Hobby Stocks: Wes Mayfield 115, Aaron Brocksieck 111, Steve Carlin 106.
Late Models: Justin Reed 7, Dustin Neese 6, Joey Gower 6, Lonnie Bailey 5.
Modifieds: Michael Long 9, Joe Bliven 5, Wyatt Lantz 5.
Stock Cars: No heat points awarded in this class.
Hobby Stocks: Steve Carlin 9, Bobby Anders 6, Aaron Brocksieck 5.
OTHER REGIONAL MODIFIED WEEKEND RESULTS
Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo.: Michael Long regained the lead late in the 20-lap feature and held on to win on opening night at the Scotland County track. Tony Fraise led most of the early part of the race and was holding off Long until they entered lapped traffic on lap 16. That’s when Fraise went high and Long went low to get around the lapped cars. Long emerged with the lead and then kept Fraise at arm’s length over the final four laps to pick up the victory. Tony Dunker was third. Jim Gillenwater won the "B" modified main event.
Lee County Speedway, Donnellson, Iowa: Josh Foster won his second feature of the season at Donnellson, staving off a hard charging Bill Roberts down the stretch. Jim Gillenwater claimed the sport mod feature.
24 Raceway Park, Moberly, Mo.: David Holder took the "A" modified checkers ahead of Scotty Roberts, Gary Blackburn and Brandon Lennox. Gary Wilson was the "B" modified winner over Blake David and David Kinder.
34 Raceway, West Burlington, Iowa: Scott Hogan, Darin Thye and Andy Krieger swept the top three positions in a 24-car feature.
HERALD-WHIG PERFORMANCE POINTS
Late Models: Mark Burgtorf 44, Denny Woodworth 42, Robby Warner 24.
Modifieds: Michael Long 80, Brandon Lennox 31, Dave Wietholder 26.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. 32, Jeff Mueller 25, Abe Huls 17.
Hobby Stocks: Aaron Brocksieck 32, Steve Carlin 22, Wes Mayfield 15.
MONEY EARNED (Points races only)
Late Models: Robby Warner $1155, Jason Frankel 1,110, Joey Gower 1075.
Modifieds: Michael Long $1,235, Tony Dunker 740, Brandon Lennox 700.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. $1,055, Jeff Mueller 1,035, Chris Wibbell 950.
Hobby Stocks: Aaron Brocksieck $360, James Leffew 300, Wes Mayfield 260.
Total: Mark Burgtorf 5, Jason Frankel 4.
Feature: Mark Burgtorf 2, four with 1.
Heat: Mark Burgtorf 3, Jason Frankel 2, Lonnie Bailey 2, Justin Reed 2.
Dash: Five with 1.
Total: Michael Long 11, Dave Wietholder 3, Steven DeLonjay 3, Brandon Lennox 3.
Feature: Michael Long 5, Dave Wietholder 1.
Heat: Michael Long 5, Robbie Reed 2, Jared Schlipman 2.
Dash: Brandon Lennox 2, three with 1.
Total: Jeff Mueller 5, John Oliver Jr. 5, Chris Webb 2.
Feature: Jeff Mueller 2, three with 1.
Total: Aaron Brocksieck 5, Steve Carlin 4.
Feature: Aaron Brocksieck 2, three with 1.
Heat: Aaron Brocksieck 3, Steve Carlin 3, Corrie Eifert 2.
DRIVER DOMINANCE INDEX
Simply divide the number of points a driver has earned by the
maximum number available. For example, Michael Long has a perfect score
(1.000) because he has earned a maximum 43 points each of the three weeks
since points racing began. A feature victory is worth 40 and a heat win
is worth three. Stock cars are not eligible to be listed since that series’ heat races do not award points.
Here’s a look at the top 10 overall drivers following May 18 races:
Michael Long, modifieds, 129 for 129, 1.000
Wes Mayfield, hobby stocks, 118 of 129, .915
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 116 of 129, .899
Aaron Brocksieck, hobby stocks, 116 of 129, .899
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 115 of 129, .892
Steven DeLonjay, modifieds, 112 of 129, .868
Bobby Anders, hobby stocks, 111 of 129, .861
Joey Gower, late models, 110 of 129, .853
Jason Frankel, late models, 110 of 129, .853
Justin Reed, late models, 110 of 129, .853
Here are the average number of yellow flags per show:
Hobby stocks: 4.6
Stock cars: 3.4
Late models: 3.2
April 6: Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.
April 20: Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.
April 27: Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill.
April 30: Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill.
May 4: Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill.
May 11: Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
April 6: Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill.
April 20: Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
April 27: Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
April 30: Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
May 4: Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
May 11: Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
April 6: Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa
April 20: Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill.
April 27: John Oliver, Jr., Danville, Iowa
May 4: Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa
May 11: Jake Wenig, Burlington, Iowa
April 6: Steve Carlin, Hannibal, Mo.
April 20: Jim Powell, Hannibal, Mo.
April 27: Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill.
May 4: James Leffew, Quincy, Ill.
May 11: Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill.
Late models: 23.8
Stock cars: 14.4
Hobby stocks: 12.9
WORLD OF OUTLAWS MATE MODEL SERIES
"KID ROCKET" REIGNS: Josh Richards was pretty excited about the
way he won Friday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series
A-Main at Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. Flashing a veteran’s poise, the
fast-rising 20-year-old superstar from Shinnston, W.Va., patiently
chased Chub Frank until finally grabbing the lead from his seasoned
rival on lap 44. He then marched away to register his second tour
victory of 2008. Richards, who
started from the pole position but was overtaken by front-row mate
Frank at the initial green flag, earned $10,150 for his eighth career
triumph on the WoO LMS. He became the second repeat winner in 10 tour
events this season, joining four-time victor Billy Moyer of Batesville,
"CHUBZILLA" ROARS: Chub "Chubzilla" Frank took the checkers Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Ill., denying Josh "Kid Rocket" Richards a second straight World of Outlaws victory. Defending series champion Steve Francis was third.
LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES
BIRKHOFER IS THE MAN: Brian Birkhofer grabbed the lead on lap 30 and then
had to fight off a furious late-race charge from Brian Shirley to win the Banner Valley Hauling 50 Friday night at Farley, Iowa,
Speedway for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The victory was
Birkhofer’s first with the series in 2008 as he became the 10th
different winner in the first 14 events held. Shirley had a six-car length
lead over Birkhofer and Dennis Erb Jr. when a
caution came out with 29 laps scored. On the restart, Birkhofer powered
to the lead which he never relinquished. Shirley cut Birkhofer’s
sizable lead down with less than five laps remaining in the race and
tried valiantly a couple of times to pass Birkhofer, but Birkhofer held
him at bay as he went on to score the $10,000 for his seventh career
Lucas Oil Series triumph.
McCREADIE ROLLS: Tim McCreadie captured the "Spring
Shootout" Saturday night at the LaSalle, Ill., Speedway, winning his first
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race since February 2005. McCreadie
took the lead for good on lap 26 after a side-by-side battle that took
place for several laps between himself and Brady Smith. McCreadie is the 11th different winner in 15 series
events this season.