How about added incentive for midseason title races?

June 20, 2008 16 Comments

This is midseason championship week at Quincy Raceways, which means a nice big trophy and bragging rights. Oh, and a nice paycheck, too.

But what if there were some added incentive on the line, too? An idea I’d like to float — which will have absolutely no chance of flying, but … — would spice matters up come feature time. My concept would involve not only proclaiming the winner of the main event midseason champ, but awarding him some extra track points. We look at these kind of races as "special," correct? So let’s really make ‘em special.

What if the top five finishers received additional points on, say, a 10-5-3-2-1 scale? Actually, pick any kind of scale you might like (or the amount of drivers receiving the points), but honestly, wouldn’t something along those lines ramp things up even more?

If you like this idea, or have one of your own, leave a comment. You’re probably smarter than I am, so I’m anxious to hear what you think might be feasible.

QUINCY RACEWAYS SUNDAY NIGHT GUIDE

Race time: 6:30 p.m.

Weather forecast: Mostly sunny with evening temperatures in the 60s. We’re due for a dry Sunday.

THE SKINNY

Late Models: We might be seeing the tightest late model points race in track history taking shape. Six drivers are within six points of the top, and only 14 points separate the first 10. That is borderline amazing at this point … The race within the race continues to be to watch 14-time track champ Mark Burgtorf’s position in the points. Can he eventually secure a spot in the top 10 for a record 24th straight year? That will obviously be determined by how much he decides to race in Quincy the second half of the season. He’s currently 13th in points, 10 points away from 10th … I met Mark’s car owner, Todd Nelson, for the first time after the recent NASCAR Night festivities. Great guy.

Most recent feature winner: Mark Burgtorf, June 10.

Pick to click:
Jason Frankel.

Modifieds: Don’t forget about the extra modified feature Sunday night. It will be the makeup of the June 8 rainout. Hopefully, Michael Long’s car will be the correct height. Sorry, bad joke there, but I couldn’t resist. I’m just guessing, but I predict Michael will not be exchanging Christmas cards with the tech people at Moberly …Also don’t forget two-time track champ Tony Dunker needs just 36 track points tonight to pass retired Hank
DeLonjay as the top points earner in the IMCA era (since 1998) when the
current method of scoring was adopted. A sixth-place finish or better in the first feature will do the trick for Dunker … Dark horses who might be good bets to win at least one of the two features: Wyatt Lantz and Brandon Lennox, who may have to come from deep in the field because of their point positions (8th and 9th, respectively).

Most recent feature winner: Ken Schrader, June 10.

Pick to click: Michael Long (twice).

Stock Cars: The top three drivers in points — John Oliver Jr., Chris Wibbell and Jeff Mueller — are from flood-ravaged areas, so it is questionable whether they will be able to make it Sunday. Hopefully their families, homes and cars are all safe and we’ll see them on the track … Mueller and Oliver are both in the top three in points in at Lee County Speedway and 34 Raceway … Like last year, we’ll be tracking second-half points after this week, so it will be interesting to see how drivers such as Steve Steinkuhler, Levi Long, Marty Hull Jr. and Dave Wietholder fare in those standings.

Most recent feature winner: Jeff Mueller, June 8.

Pick to click: Jeff Mueller.

Hobby Stocks: Travis Booher, seeking his third straight feature victory, will put his streak of leading 31 consecutive
feature laps on the line. Booher’s two feature victories give him five in his career. He’s one of only nine hobby stockers to win five or more in the last 10 years. Retired Eddie Dieker (39), Steve Carlin (26) and Adam Birck (24) are the leaders in that period. Birck is in his second year of driving a modified … Carlin is gunning for his third straight midseason championship. No other active driver has won a midseason title … Carlin may be the man to watch in the second half of the season. He was the top points earner in the second half of 2007 …

Most recent feature winner: Travis Booher, June 10.

Pick to click: Steve Carlin.

QUINCY RACEWAYS LEADERS

Track Points

Late Models: Justin Reed 172, Dustin Neese 171,
Jason Frankel 170, Lonnie Bailey 169, Jason Perry 168, Robby Warner
162, Keith Pratt 162, Joey Gower 160, Ron Elbe 159, Bill Genenbacher
158.
Modifieds: Michael Long 173, Steven DeLonjay 156, Tony Dunker 149, Dave Wietholder 139.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. 260, Chris Wibbell 258, Jeff Mueller 245.
Hobby Stocks: Aaron Brocksieck 193, James Leffew 190, Steve Carlin 189, Wes Mayfield 184.

Feature Points

Late Models: Jason Frankel 166, Justin Reed 165, Robby Warner 165, Dustin Neese 164.
Modifieds: Michael Long 160, Steven DeLonjay 148, Tony Dunker 143, Dave Wietholder 136.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. 260, Chris Wibbell 258, Jeff Mueller 245.
Hobby Stocks: James Leffew 184, Aaron Brocksieck 183, Wes Mayfield 178.

Heat Points

Late Models: Lonnie Bailey 10, Matt Bailey, four with 7.
Modifieds: Michael Long 13, Wyatt Lantz 11, Steven DeLonjay 8.
Hobby Stocks: Steve Carlin 14, Aaron Brocksieck 10, Correi Eifert 7, Bobby Anders 7.

Herald-Whig Performance Points

Late Models: Mark Burgtorf 85, Denny Woodworth 64, Robby Warner 26, Keith Pratt 23, Jason Frankel 22.
Modifieds: Michael Long 96, Brandon Lennox 32, Dave Wietholder 30.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. 47, Jeff Mueller 36, Abe Huls 21.
Hobby Stocks: Aaron Brocksieck 47, James Leffew 47, Travis Booher 35, Steve Carlin 33.

Money Earned (Points races only)

Late Models: Jason Frankel, $1,785, Robby Warner 1,675, Mark Burgtorf 1,645, Keith Pratt 1,560. 
Modifieds: Michael Long $1,695, Steven DeLonjay 880, Tony Dunker 870.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. $1,505, Jeff Mueller 1,440, Chris Wibbell 1,260.
Hobby Stocks: James Leffew $575, Aaron Brocksieck 525, Travis Booher 510.

Victories

Late Models

Total: Mark Burgtorf 11, Jason Frankel 4, Lonnie Bailey 4, Denny Woodworth 4.
Feature:
Mark Burgtorf 4, five with 1.
Heat:
Mark Burgtorf 5, Lonnie Bailey 3.
Dash:
Mark Burgtorf 2.

Modifieds

Total: Michael Long 16, Steven DeLonjay 5.
Feature:
Michael Long 6, Dave Wietholder 1.
Heat:
Michael Long 6, three with 3.
Dash:
Michael Long 4, Brandon Lennox 2.

Stock Cars

Total: Jeff Mueller 7, John Oliver Jr., 6.
Feature:
Jeff Mueller 3, four with 1.
Heats: John Oliver Jr., 5, Jeff Mueller 4.

Hobby Stocks

Total: Aaron Brocksieck 6, Steve Carlin 5.
Feature:
Aaron Brocksieck 2, Travis Booher 2.
Heat:
Aaron Brocksieck 4, Steve Carlin 4, Corrie Eifert 2.

CAR COUNTS

The averages

Modifieds: 24.8 (Season highs: 34, June 1; 33, April 20)
Late models: 21.9 (Season highs: 42, April 27; 24, April 20.)
Stock cars: 14.4 (Season high: 16, June 1, April 20)
Hobby stocks: 13.9 (Season high: 17, June 8)

TOTAL CARS
Sunday night shows (only) average:  75.14
2007 average: 66.3

Weekly totals
April 6: 59
April 20: 84
April 27: 65
May 4: 81
May 18: 70
June 1: 95 (sprint cars, no hobby stocks)
June 8: 72

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS

The following late model and modified rankings reflect action through June 15.

LATE MODELS
Previous rankings in parentheses

1. (1.) Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 197 points
2. (2.) Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 153
3. (4.) Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 137
4. (3.) Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 128
5. (5.) Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 108
6. (6.) Keith Pratt, Quincy, Ill., 91
7. (7-tie.) Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 77
8. (7-tie.) Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 75
9. (9.) Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 66
10. (13-tie.) Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 60

Note: Rankings based on performances at Quincy
Raceways, 34 Raceway, Lee County Speedway. Points awarded on
25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale for feature placements.

MODIFIEDS
Previous rankings in parentheses

1. (1.) Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 240 points
2. (2.) Bill Roberts, Burlington, Iowa, 149
3. (3.) Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 148
4. (5.) Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 147
5. (4.) Brandon Lennox, New London, Mo., 141.
6. (7.) David Holder, Clarence, Mo., 114
7. (6.) Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 112
8. (8.) Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 81
9. (12.) Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 77
10. (9.) Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa, 70

Note: Rankings based on performances at Quincy Raceways, 34
Raceway, Lee County Speedway, Scotland County Speedway, 24  Raceway. Points awarded on
25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale for feature placements.

BOUNTY AT LEE COUNTY

Our buddy Jake "The Snake" Croxton tells us the midseason championships Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, will have an interesting twist.

There will be a $400 carryover bounty on hobby stock ace Dean Kratzer, meaning the hobby stock competitors will vie for a $625 winner’s share if they stop Kratzer’s drive for six feature wins in a row. Kratzer must finish the race for the bounty to be collected, according to track officials.

The modifieds are another division to watch. Croxton reports they are having one of the closest points battles in Lee County history. Bill Roberts, Dean McGee and Josh Foster are tied for the points lead only one point ahead of Tyler Cale.

All gates open at 5:30 for the five-class show (no late models). Hot laps are scheduled for 7, with racing to follow at 7:30. Grandstand general admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students 11-17 and free for kids 10-under. Pit passes are $20.

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  1. Top Row says:

    Great idea about extra points for the midseason race. Same then for the season championship race?

  2. Top Row says:

    Great idea about extra points for the midseason race. Same then for the season championship race?

  3. Dirt Guy says:

    Interesting thought about the midseason race. I think it would work.

  4. Dirt Guy says:

    Interesting thought about the midseason race. I think it would work.

  5. Bullringer says:

    i agree wholeheartedly with the mideason points thing. i think another idea would be to award a few more points to heat races, maybe 6-4-3-2-1 or 6-3-1 or 5-4-3-2-1 …just doesn’t seem right if you win a feature you get 40 pts and if you win a heat you only get 3. i understand a feature is more important, but that seems like too big a gap.

    i know it’s under imca rules and all that and i’m sure it can’t be changed, but maybe imca people should take a look at it.

  6. Bullringer says:

    i agree wholeheartedly with the mideason points thing. i think another idea would be to award a few more points to heat races, maybe 6-4-3-2-1 or 6-3-1 or 5-4-3-2-1 …just doesn’t seem right if you win a feature you get 40 pts and if you win a heat you only get 3. i understand a feature is more important, but that seems like too big a gap.

    i know it’s under imca rules and all that and i’m sure it can’t be changed, but maybe imca people should take a look at it.

  7. Eighteen says:

    i’ve been trying to come up with a reason why more points for bigger races would not work–and i can’t think of any. Good idea!!

  8. Eighteen says:

    i’ve been trying to come up with a reason why more points for bigger races would not work–and i can’t think of any. Good idea!!

  9. just wonderin' says:

    first of all, i love the regional rankings thing and think it has been a neat idea. just wonderin’ if you might be thinking about doing it for the other 2 classes?

  10. just wonderin' says:

    first of all, i love the regional rankings thing and think it has been a neat idea. just wonderin’ if you might be thinking about doing it for the other 2 classes?

  11. fan 25 says:

    bailey will win the late model title in qcy and burlington any one disagree let the flood gates open

  12. fan 25 says:

    bailey will win the late model title in qcy and burlington any one disagree let the flood gates open

  13. fan 25 says:

    will you post what the fans think or what you are told experience vs youth bailey wins

  14. fan 25 says:

    will you post what the fans think or what you are told experience vs youth bailey wins

  15. Eighteen says:

    I see David Holder won tonight at Moberly. Guess his car was the right height.

  16. Eighteen says:

    I see David Holder won tonight at Moberly. Guess his car was the right height.

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