Take the winless streaks with a grain of salt

May 27, 2008 14 Comments

Since last week’s comment on this blog about Tony Dunker being due to end a 56-feature winless streak at Quincy Raceways, there have been several comments about other drivers in the midst of such runs. There was also a request to run an updated list of drivers seeking to end streaks of similar lengths.

I always aim to please, so here is that updated list of the track’s current — and most notable — winless streaks:

Joe Bliven, modifieds, 68 features
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 56
Justin Reed, late models, 46
Jerry Weisenberger, late models, 32
Brandon Lennox, modifieds, 31

(Note: Joe Hooper, modifieds, has not won in 81 features, and Wyatt Lantz, modifieds, has not won in 54, but neither has raced full-time during those periods.)

All of these streaks should be taken with a grain of salt. Cases in point:

• Bliven has missed a handful of races during those 68 dates due to mechanical issues.

• Dunker, Bliven and Lennox were unfortunate enough to find themselves in the same class as Michael Long and Hank DeLonjay, who, for the most part, have dominated the modified division in recent years. DeLonjay retired after 2007 with 13 track titles (10 of them modified) and Long has been next to unbeatable since the start of 2007, winning 21 features, including 12 of the last 14.

• Reed, Weisenberger and many other late model drivers have found their victories few and far between because of the amount of features won by 14-time track champ Mark Burgtorf. Since 2002, Burgtorf has won 36 features and only one other driver, Lonnie Bailey (16) more than six.

TRACK RECORDS

One of the reasons I’m anxious to see the "new" track surface in action is I think we will witness some — if not all — of these track records fall. It’s been virtually impossible to better some of the early season times because of the roughness of the new .29-mile track in recent weeks.

If the weatherman cooperates Sunday night, here are the marks to beat:

Late models: Mark Burgtorf, 70.091 mph, 14.895 seconds, April 20.
Modifieds: Michael Long, 69.735, 14.971 seconds, April 20
Stock Cars: Chris Wibbell, 61.423 mph, 16.997 seconds, April 20
Hobby Stocks: Steve Carlin, 60.079 mph, 17.377 seconds, April 6

(Note: All times for each series are the best in feature competition only.)

DARBYSHIRE WINS DEERY EVENT

Tom Darbyshire became the sixth different winner in as many events when he won Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series late model feature in Boone, Iowa. The victory was Darbyshire’s second career Deery win.

Darbyshire, of Morning Sun, Iowa, led the distance, being able to keep Justin Reed of Quincy in check after a caution late in the contest brought the 40-lapper to a tight green-white-checkered finish.

Iowa drivers Charlie
McKenna of Clear Lake, Terry Neal of Ely and Todd Cooney of Des Moines rounded out the top five. Jason Frankel of Quincy was 13th.

The $2,000 victory also gave Darbyshire a two-point edge over Cooney in the standings.

The next Deery date is June 10 at Marshalltown, Iowa, Speedway. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

‘KID ROCKET’ READIES FOR ‘THE DREAM’

Josh "Kid Rocket" Richards, the 20-year-old late model driving sensation from Shinnston, W.Va., will be one of the key names to watch in "The Dream," the $100,000 event June 6-7 on the fabled high banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The Dream is one of the crown jewels in late model racing and will draw more than 200 of the nation’s finest dirt-track hotshoes.

Richards officially became one of the favorites when won the 39th annual Johnny Appleseed Classic Sunday at Eldora. The win was Richards’ first at Eldora, where at age 17 three years ago he became the youngest driver ever to qualify for both The Dream and the World 100. This year’s World 100 is Sept. 5-6.

"I love Eldora," Richards said. "I have ever since I ran my first race there … I grew up going to watch all the big races at Eldora and I’d love to win one of them."

LON-N-N-NG TRIP

Rick Eckert, one of the nation’s elite late model drivers, decided to head east after failing to qualify for Saturday’s  Show Me 100 in West Plains, Mo. Eckert and his team motored 14 hours and 900 miles to compete in Sunday night’s Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) event at Bedford, Pa., Speedway, where he wound up third in the main event.

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  1. Eighteen 2 says:

    I notice three of the four track reords were set on April 20, a night that, if I remember, had a sticky and heavy track. The racing was great that night.

    I would imagine the “new” track surface will be similar to that. The last few weeks was tough on the drivers in all four corners. Can’t wait to see how this new track does.

  2. Eighteen 2 says:

    I notice three of the four track reords were set on April 20, a night that, if I remember, had a sticky and heavy track. The racing was great that night.

    I would imagine the “new” track surface will be similar to that. The last few weeks was tough on the drivers in all four corners. Can’t wait to see how this new track does.

  3. Dirt Fan says:

    That’s amazing about Dunker and Lennox and Blive because those guys have won at other tracks in that time. Just shows how tough the modified racing is at Quincy, and how much Michael Long has owned the place.

  4. Dirt Fan says:

    That’s amazing about Dunker and Lennox and Blive because those guys have won at other tracks in that time. Just shows how tough the modified racing is at Quincy, and how much Michael Long has owned the place.

  5. Hobby fan says:

    I see on your information the hobby stocks are not racing this week. why is that?

  6. Hobby fan says:

    I see on your information the hobby stocks are not racing this week. why is that?

  7. New Guy says:

    Another question from a first-year fan in Quincy. Sorry if this is stupid, but I see the sprint car thing will be this Sunday, but what about that big modified show? I have really enjoyed the modifieds since going to QR and wondered if there was any news when that big special was to be made up?

  8. New Guy says:

    Another question from a first-year fan in Quincy. Sorry if this is stupid, but I see the sprint car thing will be this Sunday, but what about that big modified show? I have really enjoyed the modifieds since going to QR and wondered if there was any news when that big special was to be made up?

  9. Stevie Dirt says:

    OK, I’ll try to be the answer man …

    For Hobby fan — Track officials cut out the hobby stocks this week in order to get the spring show in. Tough break for the hobby guys, but QR officials do not want to take the chance of the show running real late on a Sunday night.

    For New Guy — No official word when the modified show will be made up, although a track a spokesman told me earlier this week a September date is possible. But nothing is etched in stone yet.

  10. Stevie Dirt says:

    OK, I’ll try to be the answer man …

    For Hobby fan — Track officials cut out the hobby stocks this week in order to get the spring show in. Tough break for the hobby guys, but QR officials do not want to take the chance of the show running real late on a Sunday night.

    For New Guy — No official word when the modified show will be made up, although a track a spokesman told me earlier this week a September date is possible. But nothing is etched in stone yet.

  11. Asphalt Rodriguez says:

    Who would you say drives the turns better at Quincy? What about the straightaways?

  12. Asphalt Rodriguez says:

    Who would you say drives the turns better at Quincy? What about the straightaways?

  13. Stevie Dirt says:

    You must have me confused with Larry McReynolds.

  14. Stevie Dirt says:

    You must have me confused with Larry McReynolds.

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