Lineup should be loaded for Sunday shootout

June 24, 2008 2 Comments

There’s a chance the late model lineup Sunday night for the Titan Wheel and Tire Shootout could be stronger overall than the July 8 United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Summer Nationals. At worst, it should be comparable.

Sunday’s annual $3,000 to win event will attract the best the IMCA offers in the Tri-State area. Look for plenty of the Deery Brothers Summer Series tour cars, plus some travelers. All drivers registered with the IMCA have been contacted.

The only larger IMCA purse is the $10,000-to-win Pepsi USA Nationals later this season.

The feature will be 50 laps with a draw/redraw format. This is the third year for the $3,000 first-place paycheck.

There will be plenty of other prize money on the line, too. The modifieds will be vying for $500 to win, stock cars $400 and hobby stocks $250.

This race is normally on the July 4 weekend, but has been moved up a week this year.

RECENT TITAN WHEEL AND TIRE LATE MODEL SHOOTOUT WINNERS

2007: Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa ($3,000)
2006: Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa ($3,000)
2005: Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa
2004: Jamie Wilson, Quincy, Ill.
2003: Terry Gallaher, Hannibal, Mo.
2002: Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
2001: Rained out
2000: Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa
1999: Curt Martin, Independence, Iowa
1998: Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa

Support Series

Modifieds

2007: Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
2006: Danny Lake, New London, Mo.

"A" Modifieds
2005: Hank DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill.
2004: Jim Roach, St. Patrick, Mo.
2003: Vance Wilson, Curryville, Mo.
2002: Hank DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill.
2001: Rained out
2000: Sam Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.
1999: Series did not race
1998: Sam Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.

"B" Modifieds
2005: Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill.
2004: Jack Evans Jr., Keokuk, Iowa
2003: Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill.
2002: Gary Wilson, Frankford, Mo.
2001: Rained out
2000: Series did not race
1999: Series did not race
1998: Bob Dale, Gorin, Mo.

Hobby Stocks

2007: Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill.
2006: Steve Carlin, Hannibal, Mo.
2005: Eddie Dieker, Plainville, Ill.
2004: Eddie Dieker, Plainville, Ill.
2003: Jim Powell, Hannibal, Mo.
2002: Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill.
2001: Rained out
2000: Bill Genenbacher, Camp Point, Ill.
1999: Jason Fleer, Quincy, Ill.
1998: Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, Iowa

DRIVER DOMINANCE INDEX

Simply divide the number of points a driver has earned by the
maximum number available. This little statistical toy shows much specific drivers dominate their divisions, in addition to the raw points standings.

Lumping all the drivers together might not be fair, but it illustrates how much some divisions are thoroughly dominated by one or two drivers and what series are more wide open. Obviously, Long (and Tony Dunker is not far behind) stands tall in the modifieds. Notice there is only late model driver listed? That shows how tight the late model title race is.

Long’s near-perfect score took a hit Sunday night when his front end broke late in the feature. Now, we have a race, with several drivers now within striking distance of the top percentage.

Stock cars are not eligible to be listed since that series’ heat races do not award points.

Here’s a look at the top overall drivers following June 22 races:

Michael Long, modifieds, 242 of 258, .938
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 229 of 258, .888
Aaron Brocksieck, hobby stocks, 227 pf 258, .880
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 225 of 258, .872
Steven DeLonjay, modifieds, 225 of 258, .872
Wes Mayfield, hobby stocks, 224 of 258, .868
Dave Wietholder, modifieds, 212 of 258, .822
Jason Frankel, late models, 208 of 258, .806
Bobby Anders, hobby stocks, 207 of 258, .802

DEPENDABLE DRIVERS

Looking at the top percentage of feature laps runs shows one extremely important item — which driver(s) can be counted on week in, week out to be there at the checkers. Remember the old axiom "to finish first, first you have to finish."

I find it interesting that only driver, Chris Wibbell in stock cars, has run all possible feature laps. Michael Long in modifieds fell from that accomplishment Sunday night when he bowed out four laps from the end with mechanical issues.

Here are the leaders through June 22

Chris Wibbell, stock cars, 185 of 185, 1.000
Jason Perry, late models, 235 of 240, .9792
Michael Long, modifieds, 187 of 191, .9791
Marty Hull Jr., stock cars, 182 of 185, .984
Steven DeLonjay, modifieds, 185 of 191, .969
Aaron Brocksieck, hobby stocks, 124 of 142, .944
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 132 of 142, .930
Ron Elbe, late models, 220 of 240, 917

RUNNER-UP OR JUST THE FIRST LOSER?

Stock car driver John Oliver Jr.’s middle name should be "Almost." No driver at Quincy Raceways has "almost" won as many features as Oliver. He has finished second four times this season. Here’s a look at the runner-up in each series:

Late models: Jason Frankel 1, Terry Gallaher 1, Denny Woodworth 1, Justin Reed 1, Matt Bailey 1, Keith Pratt 1, Kevin Tomlinson 1, Joey Gower 1.

Modifieds: Todd Reed 1, Robbie Reed 1, Tony Dunker 1, Brandon Lennox 1, Steve Arpin 1, Michael Long 1, Joe Bliven 1, Wyatt Lantz.

Stock cars: John Oliver 4, Doug Huls 2, Steve Steinkuhler 1, Abe Huls 1.

Hobby stocks:
James Leffew 3, Steve Watkins Jr,. 1, Steve Carlin 1, Wes Mayfield 1, Aaron Brocksieck 1, Bobby Anders 1.

CLOSE CALLS

The closest feature finishes through June 22 (note how many are stock car main events):

1, Jake Wenig, stock cars, 0.096 of a second over John Oliver Jr., May 18
2. Keith Pratt, late models, 0.252 of a second over Justin Reed, May 4.
3. Steve Steinkuhler, stock cars, 0.344 of a second over John Oliver Jr., June 1
4. Travis Booher, hobby stocks, 0.366 of a second over James Leffew, June 8
5. Dave Wietholder, stock cars, 0.387 of a second over Doug Huls, June 22
6. Aaron Brocksieck, hobby stocks, 0.366 of a second over James Leffew, April 27
7. Chris Wibbell, stock cars, 0.434 of a second over Doug Huls, April 20
8. Michael Long, modifieds, 0.452 of a second over Steve Arpin, May 4
9. Dustin Griffin, late models, 0.540 of a second over Jason Frankel, June 8
10. Jeff Mueller, stock cars, 0.549 of a second over John Oliver Jr.

 UMP SUMMER NATIONALS ROUNDUP

Sunday, June 22, Vermillion County Speedway, Danville, Ill.:
1. Jeep Van Wormer, 2. Brian Shirley, 3. Will Vaught, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Scott Bull, 6. Randy Korte, 7. Kevin Claycomb, 8. Terry Casey, 9. Ryan Dauber, 10. Wes Steidinger. Other notables: 12. Steve Sheppard Jr., 14. Jason Feger. Points: 1. Brian Shirley 616, 2. Dennis Erb Jr. 602, 3. Will Vaught 567, 4. Jeep Van Wormer 544, 5. Wes Steidinger 542.

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  1. Dwight K says:

    Hear alot of people complain about the dry track, but at least it wasn’t filled with ruts. I don’t understand why the features weren’t started straight up by points. Doesn’t IMCA allow tracks to do that for mid-season championships? Especially on a slick track like that at least the top points guys wouldn’t be penalized for a change.

  2. Dwight K says:

    Hear alot of people complain about the dry track, but at least it wasn’t filled with ruts. I don’t understand why the features weren’t started straight up by points. Doesn’t IMCA allow tracks to do that for mid-season championships? Especially on a slick track like that at least the top points guys wouldn’t be penalized for a change.

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