Quincy Raceways preview for May 25-26

May 22, 2008 14 Comments

QUINCY RACEWAYS SUNDAY/MONDAY GUIDE

Race time: 6:30 p.m. for the regular Sunday show; 6 p.m. Monday for the $26,000 O’Reilly Midwest All Star 410 Sprint Car and Modified shootout. Between 30-40 sprint cars and 50-70 modifieds from five states and Canada are expected.

Weather forecast: Earlier this week, the forecast was great. Now it’s 50-50 whether or not we’ll get in either of the scheduled events. Let’s root for some sort of front from the south to blow all the rain north toward Wisconsin. It’s still winter up there anyway and no one will notice.

10 DRIVERS TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND — AND WHY

1. MICHAEL LONG, modified: Local fans will get a chance to see the unbeatable (well, almost …) No. 18 go up against some of the top drivers in this area of the nation.

2. JUSTIN REED, late model: He won the Memorial Weekend race in Quincy in 2006 and is coming off his first-ever Deery Brothers Summer Series victory Wednesday in Allison, Iowa. The stars look like they could be aligned.

3. JASON FRANKEL, late model: The last driver not named Mark Burgtorf to win back-to-back features at 8000 Broadway was Frankel, Aug. 12-19, 2007. He can repeat that feat with a win Sunday.

4. AARON BROCKSIECK, hobby stock: He’s arguably been the most consistent driver in this class.

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It has been 56 main events since
Tony Dunker has won.

5. JEFF MUELLER, stock car: The leader of the Iowa Invasion currently sits third in points, but my money remains on him as the man to beat for the championship.

6. LONNIE BAILEY, late model: The 2004 track champ continues to search for that perfect set-up, and when he finds it we’ll all know.

7. KEITH PRATT, late model: A week ago, No. 33 was riding a tidal wave of momentum but was sidelined following that nasty first-lap crash in the feature. He needs a strong showing Sunday to get back in the points race.

8. TONY DUNKER, modified: He is so-o-o-o-o due for a feature victory. It’s been 56 main events at Quincy since the two-time track champ has taken the checkers.

9. JASON PERRY, late model: That first career feature victory could come any week now.

10. STEVE STEINKUHLER, stock car: He could be the first Quincy area driver to win a feature in this division.

RECENT MEMORIAL WEEKEND FEATURE WINNERS

Late Models
2007: Mark Burgtorf
2006: Justin Reed
2005: Mark Burgtorf
2004: Rained out
2003: Mark Burgtorf
2002: Lonnie Bailey
2001: Brent Slocum
2000: Gary Russell
1999: Tommy Elston
1998: Gary Wilson

Modifieds
2007: Michael Long
2006: Hank DeLonjay

"A" Modified
2005: Mark Burgtorf
2004: Rained out
2003: Vance Wilson
2002: Terry Wilson
2001: Vance Wilson
2000: Mike Karhoff
1999: Mark Burgtorf
1998: Steve Grotz

"B" Modified
2005: Joe Bliven
2004: Rained out
2003: Wyatt Lantz
2002: Gary Dreyer
2001: Joe Hooper
2000: Randy Uppinghouse
1999: Gary Dreyer
1998: Jeff Cooley

Hobby Stock
2007: Richie Wagy Jr.
2006: Adam Birck
2005: Jeff DeLonjay
2004: Rained out
2003: Steve Carlin
2002: Bill Genenbacher
2001: Eddie Dieker
2000: Eddie Dieker
1999: Richie Wagy
1998: Joe Bliven

LEADERS

Track Points

Late Models: Jason Frankel 110, Joey Gower 110, Justin Reed 110, 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.

Feature Points

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.

Heat Points

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.

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 $1,155, Jason Frankel 1,110, Joey Gower 1,075.
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.

THE SKINNY

Late Models: No driver in this series has yet demonstrated the consistency needed to put a headlock on the points lead. Jason Frankel won three features last weekend after struggling for several weeks and all eyes will be on him to see if he can remain running at the front of the pack … Justin Reed is an intriguing name to watch. He has been THAT close to a breakout season for the last couple of years, and could Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series victory catapult him to such a season? … Have you noticed who is lurking right behind the three drivers tied for the points lead — Frankel, Reed and Joey Gower? Yep, four-time track champ Terry Gallaher. Don’t overlook the Silver Fox.

Most recent feature winner: Jason Frankel, May 18

Pick to click: Jason Frankel.

Modifieds: Brandon Lennox could be the next modified driver to run off some sort of impressive streak. Lennox, fourth in points at Quincy and also running well at Moberly on Saturday nights, might be a good sleeper pick if Michael Long would run into a stretch of bad luck. Lennox’s best season was second in points in 2005 …  It’s refreshing to report that not once this week was I asked if thought Long was running anything illegal. And not once did I have to say, "No he isn’t. He’s just THAT good." … Rookie Steven DeLonjay continues to draw early season raves for his ability to keep that No. 35 up near the front.

Most recent feature winner: Michael Long, May 18

Pick to click: Michael Long. The streak lives.

Stock Cars: Have you noticed how two Quincy area drivers — Steve Steinkuhler and Dave Wietholder — have been doing in this class in recent weeks? Slowly, but surely the local drivers are getting this stock car thing figured out. Second-half points should be interesting to chart this summer … Track owner Tony Rhinberger is excited about how he thinks this class will grow, and well he should be. Not only is this division expected to grow numerically, but when it does those stock car features will become even more exciting. And they’re already pretty sweet from a spectator’s standpoint … Four drivers are within six points of first place.

Most recent feature winner: Jake Wenig.

Pick to click: Jeff Mueller.

Hobby Stocks: Points leader is Wes Mayfield, the former modified driver enjoying a nice comeback season. I think this is Mayfield’s first week atop a points list in his QR career … We hear Aaron Brocksieck might be moving to the stock cars in 2009 … Speaking of Brocksieck, he will be trying to become the first hobby stocker to win back-to-back features this season. Brocksieck’s five total victories tie him for second at track with Jeff Mueller (stock cars) and Mark Burgtorf (late models). Modified ace Michael Long has 11 wins.

Most recent feature winner: Aaron Brocksieck.

Pick to click: Bobby Anders.

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS
Last rankings in parentheses:

Late Models

Place (last week) Driver City Points
1 (7) Jason Frankel Quincy, Ill. 116
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

Modifieds (first week of 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

KEY WEEKEND FOR SOME DRIVERS
from "Trouble in Turn Three," www.geoffreystephens.com

If the following drivers cannot step up this weekend, maybe they should just step off.

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600

PAUL
MENARD:
You drive for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., so why is your claim to
fame the way you wear your hat and your awful sideburns? Menard sits
24th in points and has just one top-10 finish (2007) in 50 career Cup
starts. In 2008, Menard has a best of 14th at Talladega, which
means nothing since my dog could finish 15th there if she caught the
draft.

SAM
HORNISH, JR.:
Let’s face it, the "Indy Invasion 2008" has failed
miserably. After his run in the All-Star event last week, Hornish has a
chance to change that statement. At Daytona in February, while teammate
Ryan Newman was victorious, Hornish had a career-best finish of 15th.
This could be the last race in which his Dodge will be allowed to
"slide" around the track like a crab, so why not slide it into the
winner’s circle?

IndyCar: Indianapolis 500

RYAN
BRISCOE:
Briscoe is in one of the top rides this season,
owned by
14-time Indy 500 winner Roger Penske. That being the case, why is he in
16th in points? In 2005, Briscoe struggled to make a splash in the
IndyCar with his Chip Ganassi team and was involved in a season-ending
crash late in the year. After that, Briscoe raced part-time until
landing the Penske ride. Aside from failing to qualify with a Foyt
Enterprises entry in 2006, Briscoe has run well at Indy (10th in 2005,
fifth last year). He starts third on Sunday and needs to put that
Penske
where it belongs, in victory lane.

A.J. FOYT IV: An "Indy
miracle" is what the young Foyt needs on Sunday to earn the right to
use his historic last name. In driving for IRL founder Tony George, you
would think his results would be better.  Foyt is 14th in
points — the same position as his career high in 2007. In four career
Indy starts, his high is 14th last year. You’re a Foyt.
Drive like it, son.

Formula One: Grand Prix Of Monaco


NICK
HEIDFELD:
The BMW Sauber team has been a breath of fresh air. Heideld
sits fifth in driver points, one spot behind teammate Robert Kubica.
However, after 137 F1 starts it is time for Heidfeld to step up and
take his first checkered flag. He has eight podium finishes but has yet to reach victory lane or finish
higher than fifth in points.

MARK WEBBER: Webber is in position to
have his best F1 season yet, currently seventh in points with the mid-pack
Red Bull Racing Team (which also features the underachieving David
Coulthard, who has yet to score a point in 2008). With 108 career
starts, Webber only has a pair of third-place finishes
to show.

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  1. Mendon Fan says:

    I thought I read somewhere the Herald-Whig was going to have a story today about the new track surface and weekend races at QR. Did I miss something?

  2. Mendon Fan says:

    I thought I read somewhere the Herald-Whig was going to have a story today about the new track surface and weekend races at QR. Did I miss something?

  3. Stevie Dirt says:

    Mendon Fan,

    You read right. The story got pushed back until Saturday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    See you at the track,
    S. Dirt

  4. Stevie Dirt says:

    Mendon Fan,

    You read right. The story got pushed back until Saturday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    See you at the track,
    S. Dirt

  5. Mod Fan2 says:

    I have heard that Canadian modified driver will be at QR Monday for the big race. Anyone know for sure?? That would be a great matchup between him and Michael.

  6. Mod Fan2 says:

    I have heard that Canadian modified driver will be at QR Monday for the big race. Anyone know for sure?? That would be a great matchup between him and Michael.

  7. Stevie Dirt says:

    Mod Fan2,

    I talked with track official Jack Walbring Friday morning and it is his understanding that Arpin will be driving at Macon, Ill., Monday night. Maybe he’ll change his mind. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

    – S. Dirt

  8. Stevie Dirt says:

    Mod Fan2,

    I talked with track official Jack Walbring Friday morning and it is his understanding that Arpin will be driving at Macon, Ill., Monday night. Maybe he’ll change his mind. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

    – S. Dirt

  9. TT4 says:

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Just saw comment by “soil savage.” That could be true but how many of those other “numerous” drivers have won two track championships?

  10. TT4 says:

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Just saw comment by “soil savage.” That could be true but how many of those other “numerous” drivers have won two track championships?

  11. Mod Fan says:

    That Dunker number is interesting. Wasn’t there a list of drivers who had streaks like that earlier this season or am I dreaming? Anybody remember that?

  12. Mod Fan says:

    That Dunker number is interesting. Wasn’t there a list of drivers who had streaks like that earlier this season or am I dreaming? Anybody remember that?

  13. Dwight K. says:

    I’m not sure if you realize Steve, but Steinkuler has raced in the Stock Car class for 3 years, and Weidtholder for many years. It’s not like they are rookies by any means.

  14. Dwight K. says:

    I’m not sure if you realize Steve, but Steinkuler has raced in the Stock Car class for 3 years, and Weidtholder for many years. It’s not like they are rookies by any means.

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