Sprint cars at Quincy Raceways tonight

May 29, 2008 30 Comments

A reminder to fans that tonight’s racing schedule also includes O’Reilly Midwes All-Star 410 sprint cars. Tonight’s $13,000 purse pays $2,000 to win the feature.

The track is offering a special ticket package for tonight, including:

– Those holding a ticket stub from the May
18 or May 25 race nights will receive a $2 per ticket discount for adult,
senior or teen tickets.

– In addition, all kids 10 and under will get
in free.

– A family ticket will be available for $45 for two
adults and two teens, a $5 savings over individual ticket prices.

– Tonight’s individual ticket prices are adults (16 to 64) $15, seniors (65-over) $12,
teens (11-16) $10.

– The pit gates open
at 3 p.m., spectator gates at 4. Hot laps will start at 6 and racing at 6:30 p.m.

Late models, modifieds and stock cars are also on the menu. The hobby stocks are idle tonight.

 
LET’S GO RACIN’ BOYS!

We’re two months into the dirt-track season, so it can no longer be classified as "early." Trends have developed, disappointments are commonplace and contenders have emerged.

Here’s one man’s opinion on what has come to pass so far at the place we all call our second home — the Broadway Bullring:

LATE MODELS
Top driver: Flip a coin between Jason Frankel and Justin Reed. Frankel is on a roll, leading three different points races and two weeks ago swept Friday-Saturday-Sunday features at Donnellson, West Burlington and Quincy. Reed is tied for first in points at Quincy and has a Deery Brothers Summer Series victory to his credit.

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Steven DeLonjay has been a big surprise
in the modified division … or has he?

Biggest surprise: Jason Perry has been steady all spring and currently sits fifth in points, just five from the lead.
What to watch for: Matt Bailey is 21st in points. The move upward will start soon.

MODIFIEDS
Top driver:
Michael Long. I hope that selection was not a surprise.

Biggest surprise:
Steven DeLonjay. We knew "The Kid" would be good, but THIS quick?

What to watch for:
Joe Bliven and Jeff Waterman to begin a steady climb up the points standings. Bliven is currently ninth, Warerman 11th.

STOCK CARS
Top driver:
I still like Jeff Mueller to eventually take command of the points. He currently sits third.

Biggest surprise:
The struggles of Sarah Woodhurst, who may have already encountered more problems in her rookie season in this class than she did her first years in hornets and hobby stocks combined.

What to watch for:
The championship of this series to go down to the final week of points racing.

HOBBY STOCKS
Top driver: Wes Mayfield has been a pleasant surprise as points leader, but I like Aaron Brocksieck’s consistency.

Biggest surprise:
I thought Jim Powell would be an immediate contender upon his return to this division, but there have been more downs than ups for the Hannibal, Mo., veteran.

What to watch for:
A charge by both Steve Carlin and Bobby Anders toward the top of the points.

QUINCY RACEWAYS SUNDAY NIGHT GUIDE

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Forecast: Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s with a chance of — surprise, surprise — thunderstorms. If it rains again, it is all Jack Walbring’s fault.

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: Sure, it’s only two months into the season, but have you noticed Jason Frankel is either tied or the sole leader in points at three different tracks — Quincy, West Burlington and Donnellson? No wonder he is No. 1 in those Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings … Never underestimate the importance of those heat races. Although only a handful of points are awarded in comparison to the feature, but it’s the heat races that could ultimately decide a close battle for a track championship. Look at this week’s points, using Justin Reed as an example. Take away his heat points and instead of being tied for first he would be eighth … Mark Burgtorf will not win a track title this year, but will he be on hand enough to earn enough points to maintain his 23-year streak of top-10 finishes? He’s currently 14th.

Most recent feature winner: Jason Frankel, May 18

Pick to click: Justin Reed.

Modifieds: One of the drivers who has enjoyed a solid first two months of the season with little fanfare is Travis Griffith of Liberty. Griffith will enter Sunday night seventh in points … Missouri drivers own just three of the top 20 points positions with No.. 4 Brandon Lennox the highest ranked from across the river … Hannibal, Mo., firefighter Mark Van Winkle is expected to return to the track Sunday, driving a car supplied by Tony Dunker. Van Winkle won the 1996 "A" modified track title.

Most recent feature winner: Michael Long, May 18

Pick to click: Michael Long. Going for sixth straight Sunday night feature victory, which would match his best Quincy streak of 2007. Counting a May 17 Scotland County win, Long enters the weekend with six in a row.

Stock Cars: Don’t be surprised if this series joins the late models and modifieds in 2009 with average weekly car counts of 20 or more. There are still a few more local cars expected before season’s end, and coupled with the natural growth that is expected in the offseason, this could be a heckuva division come April 2009 … There seems to be a strong buzz among spectators and drivers alike concerning the stock cars. Everyone appears to enjoy what they see, especially the door-to-door, highly competitive features. That’s what was missing from the class the stock cars replaced — the four-cylinder hornets, which never really caught on with fans or enough potential drivers.

Most recent feature winner: Jake Wenig, May 18

Pick to click: John Oliver Jr.

Hobby Stocks: Have you noticed the car count improving? The last three shows (that weren’t rained out) have averaged 14.7, quite an improvement over those first two weeks when 9 and 11 hobby stocks showed up … The highest car count of 2007 was 19 on June 3 … Only four different drivers have won heat races, led by Aaron Brocksieck and Steve Carlin with three apiece … There is only one former track champ (Carlin) in this season’s hobby stock lineup. 

Most recent feature winner: Aaron Brocksieck, May 18

Pick to click: Aaron Brocksieck.

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS

LATE MODELS
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
1. (1.) Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 117 points
2. (2.) Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 103
3. (4.) Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 100
4. (2.) Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 96
5. (6.) Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 87
6. (5.) Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 68
7. (7.) Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 61
8. (8.) Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 48
9. (9.) Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 47
10. (16.) Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 41

Previous No. 1 Rankings
Week 2: Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 1: Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.

 MODIFIEDS
Last week’s rankings in parentheses

1. (1.) Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 170 points
2. (2.) Bill Roberts, Burlington, Iowa, 97
3. (3.) Brandon Lennox, New London, Mo., 94
4. (5.) Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 86
5-tie. (6.) David Holder, Clarence, Mo., 69
5-tie. (4.) Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 69
7. (10-tie.) Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 61
8. (7.) Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 57
9. (8.) Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 53
10. (18.) Andy Krieger, Burlington, Iowa, 42

Previous No. 1 rankings
Week 1: Michael Long

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  1. Sweater Vest says:

    Yeah!!! Blame Jack Walbring!!!

  2. Sweater Vest says:

    Yeah!!! Blame Jack Walbring!!!

  3. 7 Fan says:

    Interesting thought about Mark. It would be nice to see him keep that streak alive — and then come back and race full time at QR next season!

  4. 7 Fan says:

    Interesting thought about Mark. It would be nice to see him keep that streak alive — and then come back and race full time at QR next season!

  5. LML says:

    Looks like Bailey is getting his act together. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him leading the points by the end of June. I also think little Bailey is kind of underrated.

  6. LML says:

    Looks like Bailey is getting his act together. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him leading the points by the end of June. I also think little Bailey is kind of underrated.

  7. hobbyguy says:

    I think Wes Mayfield deserves some credit for the start he’s gotten off to. After the way he struggled those last few years driving a modified it’s nice to see him enjoy some success.

    Maybe he should have went to the hobby stocks a few years sooner. I don’t think he ever figured the mods out.

  8. hobbyguy says:

    I think Wes Mayfield deserves some credit for the start he’s gotten off to. After the way he struggled those last few years driving a modified it’s nice to see him enjoy some success.

    Maybe he should have went to the hobby stocks a few years sooner. I don’t think he ever figured the mods out.

  9. Top Row says:

    I don’t really care who wins Sunday night. I just wanna see it stop raining. Where’s a good drought when you need it?

  10. Top Row says:

    I don’t really care who wins Sunday night. I just wanna see it stop raining. Where’s a good drought when you need it?

  11. LML says:

    I can’t find any results anywhere about Lee County on Friday night? I assume they raced. There’s not even a mention on their website or heartland or anywhere.

  12. LML says:

    I can’t find any results anywhere about Lee County on Friday night? I assume they raced. There’s not even a mention on their website or heartland or anywhere.

  13. Dirt Fan says:

    LML has a point. Why can’t these tracks get their results up? Burlignton is bad too. Quincy is the best in the area by far.

    And some are just jokes, like that Moberly website.

  14. Dirt Fan says:

    LML has a point. Why can’t these tracks get their results up? Burlignton is bad too. Quincy is the best in the area by far.

    And some are just jokes, like that Moberly website.

  15. Bad Bumps says:

    I’ve criticized QR a few times on this site, but the comment about QR doing a good job with their website and keeping fans informed is absolutely right. They do a tremendous job. Between what I find there and the stats and stuff and polls on this website I can’t imagine a better track for information. I always feel like “I know what is going on.”

    I’ve stopped going to both Donnellson and Burlington because of that. It’s frustrating looking for info and results that you know should be there and isn’t. What’s the use of a web site if you don’t use it?

    OK, OK, enough griping. At least until I see how good this new track is Sunday night!!!

  16. Bad Bumps says:

    I’ve criticized QR a few times on this site, but the comment about QR doing a good job with their website and keeping fans informed is absolutely right. They do a tremendous job. Between what I find there and the stats and stuff and polls on this website I can’t imagine a better track for information. I always feel like “I know what is going on.”

    I’ve stopped going to both Donnellson and Burlington because of that. It’s frustrating looking for info and results that you know should be there and isn’t. What’s the use of a web site if you don’t use it?

    OK, OK, enough griping. At least until I see how good this new track is Sunday night!!!

  17. Steve says:

    FYI–Lee County results are now on Heartland.

  18. Steve says:

    FYI–Lee County results are now on Heartland.

  19. 7 Fan says:

    Burgtorf won the feature Friday night at Granite City and is supposed to race Sunday night in Quincy.

  20. 7 Fan says:

    Burgtorf won the feature Friday night at Granite City and is supposed to race Sunday night in Quincy.

  21. Just wondering says:

    Just a thought … this is a solid group of young drivers, all in their 20s, probably the largest single age bracket in the LM class, right? What about some sort of special award at the end of the season for being tops in points in this group?

  22. Just wondering says:

    Just a thought … this is a solid group of young drivers, all in their 20s, probably the largest single age bracket in the LM class, right? What about some sort of special award at the end of the season for being tops in points in this group?

  23. Prediction says:

    Joey Gower never gets much attention it seems, but he’s currently tied for first in points. He’s gotten more consistent every year. I think he might be the one to really watch, although Reed is going to be strong all season.

    Pratt still seems a little too inconsistent, but he definitely has the talent.

  24. Prediction says:

    Joey Gower never gets much attention it seems, but he’s currently tied for first in points. He’s gotten more consistent every year. I think he might be the one to really watch, although Reed is going to be strong all season.

    Pratt still seems a little too inconsistent, but he definitely has the talent.

  25. Eighteen says:

    Has anyone else noticed that it’s been two weeks and no comments about someone maybe cheating?

  26. Eighteen says:

    Has anyone else noticed that it’s been two weeks and no comments about someone maybe cheating?

  27. The Big Man says:

    Come on Prediction Pratt was involved in the major Crash a few weeks ago that took him out of the race. Other than that a feature win, a second, a fifth and a tenth, Not to inconsistent to me.

  28. The Big Man says:

    Come on Prediction Pratt was involved in the major Crash a few weeks ago that took him out of the race. Other than that a feature win, a second, a fifth and a tenth, Not to inconsistent to me.

  29. 25 fan says:

    bailey won at burlington sat. nite. maybe he finally has the car figured out. if so, watch out jason!

  30. 25 fan says:

    bailey won at burlington sat. nite. maybe he finally has the car figured out. if so, watch out jason!

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