Long a solid No. 1 in first regional modified rankings

May 20, 2008 10 Comments

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Michael Long’s torrid start to the modified racing season finds him No. 1 in the first Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings.

Long is the defending track champ at Quincy Raceways, where he is currently riding a five-feature victory streak. He also is atop the inaugural Top 20 by a comfortable margin. Long’s 170 points are almost double that of No. 2 Bill Roberts (95) of Burlington, Iowa, and No. 3 Brandon Lennox (94) of New London, Mo.

Rankings points are earned through feature finishes at Quincy, plus Iowa tracks in West Burlington and Donnellson and Missouri stops in Memphis and Moberly. Points are awarded on a 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale.

Quincy Raceways regulars occupy only three of the top 14 positions. That is quite different from the SDRR for late models where 10 of the first 11 positions are Quincy-based drivers.

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS

1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 170 points
2. Bill Roberts, Burlington, Iowa, 95
3. Brandon Lennox, New London, Mo., 94
4. Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 69
5. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 66
6. David Holder, Moberly, Mo., 65
7. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 57
8. Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 53
9. Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 40
10-tie. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 37
10-tie. Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 37

12-tie. Wyatt Lantz, Augusta, Ill., 36
12-tie. Mike Weikert Jr., Muscatine, Iowa, 36
14. Darin Thye, Burlington, Iowa, 35
15. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 31
16. Gary Blackburn. Fulton, Mo., 30
17. Joe Bliven, Quincy, Ill., 29
18. Andy Krieger, Burlington, Iowa, 27
19-tie. Terry Wilson, Bowling Green, Mo., 26
19-tie. Vance Wilson, Curryville, Mo., 26
19-tie. Dennis Laveine, Burlington, Iowa, 26

On the bubble: Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 25; Brad Carson, Colchester, Ill., 25; Kevin Goben, Sherrard, Ill., 22; Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa, 20; Bill Parks, Colchester, Ill., 20; Scotty Roberts, Columbia, Mo., 20.

CLOSING IN ON "THE CRANK"

Long’s five feature victories at Quincy Raceways have pulled him within six (42-36) of retired Hank "The Crank" DeLonjay on the track’s "modern era" modified career list. Statistics have only been kept since 1999. Thanks to his fast start, Long has an opportunity this season to become modern era career leader in total, feature, heat and dash victories. Here’s how the leaders look in those four areas:

Total modified career wins (features, heat races, trophy dashes)
Since 1999, through May 18

Hank DeLonjay, 130
Michael Long, 110
Tony Dunker, 81
Wyatt Lantz, 66
Vance Wilson, 57
Joe Hooper, 47
Brandon Lennox, 42
Joe Bliven, 40
Dave Wietholder, 32
Ryan Meyer, 32

Total modified feature wins

Hank DeLonjay, 42
Michael Long, 36
Vance Wilson, 28
Wyatt Lantz, 21
Joe Hooper, 18
‘Tony Dunker, 12
Joe Bliven, 8
Sam Burgtorf, 8
Gary Wilson, 8
Greg Uppinghouse, 8
Mike Karhoff, 8

Total modified heat wins

Hank DeLonjay, 73
Michael Long, 57
Tony Dunker, 52
Wyatt Lantz, 32
Joe Hooper, 26
Brandon Lennox, 25
Joe Bliven, 23
Rob Carter, 23
Ryan Meyer, 20
Brandon Brown, 20

Total dash wins

Michael Long, 17
Vance Wilson, 16
Tony Dunker, 15
Hank DeLonjay, 15
Brandon Lennox, 11
Wyatt Lantz, 10
Robbie Reed, 8
Joe Bliven, 7
Dave Wietholder, 6
Brandon Brown, 6

"TROUBLE IN TURN THREE"

One of our favorite contributors to this site, Geoffrey Stephens, has changed the name his blog to "Trouble in Turn Three" at www.geoffreystephens.com.

"As you can see, we are now ‘Trouble In Turn Three,’" Sephens said. "This is to avoid any confusion with the Carmageddon video game, which this site is in no way affiliated with."

That aside, he has offered us more insight, this time from the NASCAR All-Star festivities over the weekend and the upcoming Indianapolis 500:

• Dale Jarrett can finally say it’s over.

• (Announcer) Mike Joy can stop trying to get over the annoying catch phrase "checkers
or wreckers" that he used a thousand times on Saturday.

• Sam Hornish, Jr. can
stop wishing he were at Indy this month after proving he can put
together a decent run (second in the Showdown, sixth in the All-Star race).

• Racer-turned announce Jimmy Spencer can add some gray to his toupee since his sideburns are aging.

• NASCAR can hopefully keep the same format for an all-star race two
years in a row. Seriously, it’s abysmal when even the announcers are having
trouble deciphering the rules.

• Do you realize that this year will be the 51st straight Indy 500 that an Unser, Foyt and/or Andretti has been in the field?

• Todd Bodine told a blatant lie following the Craftsman Truck Series race at Charlotte. After
blatantly punting Ron Hornaday, Jr., Bodine said he was just trying to
bump draft. Bump drafting at Lowe’s Motor Speedway? In the dog leg?
Please. Bodine was sent to the back and Hornaday was not
punished for giving Bodine an unfriendly tap under caution. Hornaday
kept the points lead after finishing 23rd, one lap down, and Bodine
remained 3rd after a 12th-place result.

After struggling to find
his place in the Cup series following a stellar Nationwide career,
Bodine has seemingly found his niche in the Trucks. With 13 victories
in 96 starts, along with a championship in 2006, he has found a home in
the pickups. However, if Bodine starts up with the "Cueball" antics once again, he may find himself behind the eight ball once again.

• Following the Craftsman Truck Series event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
last Friday, here are the updated NASCAR Multiseries Standings:

1. Kyle Busch (4115)
2. Clint Bowyer (3230)
3. Carl Edwards (2990)
4. David Ragan (2787)
5. Kevin Harvick (2672)
6. David Reutimann (2539)
7. Denny Hamlin (2400)
8. Tony Stewart (2398)
9. Jeff Burton (2379)
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (2241)
11. Greg Biffle (1978)
12. Kasey Kahne (1861)
13. Bobby Labonte (1703)
14. Mike Bliss (1700)
15. Travis Kvapil (1670)

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  1. Mod Fan says:

    Michael Long No. 1? No surprise, but well deserving! Congrats on a great year so far, No. 18. Keep it up.

  2. Mod Fan says:

    Michael Long No. 1? No surprise, but well deserving! Congrats on a great year so far, No. 18. Keep it up.

  3. Good job says:

    I love the local dirt track stuff here and also enjoy the Carmageddon comments, or whatever it is called now. I’m not much of a Indy car fan but I still like reading the comments. Dirt track and NASCAR, those are the best.

  4. Good job says:

    I love the local dirt track stuff here and also enjoy the Carmageddon comments, or whatever it is called now. I’m not much of a Indy car fan but I still like reading the comments. Dirt track and NASCAR, those are the best.

  5. Top Row says:

    I am mostly a late model fan, but I have to admit that what Michael Long is doing has really made me get interested in the modifieds. Way to go Michael.

  6. Top Row says:

    I am mostly a late model fan, but I have to admit that what Michael Long is doing has really made me get interested in the modifieds. Way to go Michael.

  7. Pit Pass says:

    I would have been shocked if anyone else was No. 1. Michael Long is amazing.

  8. Pit Pass says:

    I would have been shocked if anyone else was No. 1. Michael Long is amazing.

  9. 7 Fan says:

    It’s official–Michael Long is the Mark Burgtorf of modifieds. Way to go Michael!!!

  10. 7 Fan says:

    It’s official–Michael Long is the Mark Burgtorf of modifieds. Way to go Michael!!!

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