One-class modified system has worked out well

June 25, 2008 18 Comments

I have to admit, I miss those crazy "B" modifieds. (And judging by the poll results at the right, so do some other people!)

There always seemed to be a lot of moaning about all of the cautions and delays the "B" mods were guilty of, but there was something special about one of their features.  You knew ahead of time there was at least a 50-50 chance there would be a green-white-checkers ending because a "B" mod main event rarely could get done in the allotted time. I remember one that was called at four laps. Man, those were the days, eh?

And you also were guaranteed of at least a couple of quality pileups.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the "B" mods were never dull.

But I also have to admit, the one-class modified system began in 2006 has worked out well. We have a deep and talented pool of drivers that is arguably the finest in the region. West Burlington is real close in terms of parity, but I think the weekly regulars at Quincy deserve a slight edge.

While there could be a debate over which track has the most overall quality, there is no room for discussion about who the top modified driver in at least a three-state area is — he resides at 8000 Broadway and his name is Michael Long. If the Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings illustrate nothing else, it’s that Long is head and shoulders above all challengers in this area of the country.

Here’s a look at some numbers involving the single modified class at Quincy Raceways. Since 2006, these are the leaders in the key categories:

MODIFIED TRACK POINTS SINCE 2006
Through June 22, 2008

Tony Dunker, 1,527 points
Robbie Reed, 1,506
Dave Wietholder, 1,437
x-Hank DeLonjay, 1,387
Shawn Deering, 1,260
Jeff Waterman, 1,229
Brandon Lennox, 1,143
Rob Carter, 1,099
Joe Bliven, 1,093
xx-Michael Long, 973

x-retired after 2007 season
xx-did not race at Quincy in 2006

MODIFIED TOTAL VICTORIES SINCE 2006

Michael Long, 54
Hank DeLonjay, 43
Robbie Reed, 22
Tony Dunker, 20
Dave Wietholder, 19
Brandon Lennox, 18
Danny Lake, 9
Joe Bliven, 8
Wyatt Lantz, 7
Ted Allen, 7

MODIFIED FEATURE VICTORIES SINCE 2006

Michael Long, 23
Hank DeLonjay, 11
Dave Wietholder, 5
Josh Foster, 4
Brandon Lennox, 3
Robbie Reed, 3
Vance Wilson, 2
Joe Bliven, 1
Danny Lake, 1
Rob Carter, 1
Mark Burgtorf, 1
Ryan Meyer, 1
Ted Allen, 1

MODIFIED TOTAL HEAT VICTORIES SINCE  2006

Hank DeLonjay, 27
Michael Long, 20
Robbie Reed, 11
Dave Wietholder, 11
Brandon Lennox, 10
Joe Bliven, 7
Danny Lake, 6
Jared Schlipman, 6
Jeff Waterman, 5
Frankie Wellman, 4
Wyatt Lantz, 4
Ted Allen, 4

MODIFIED DASH VICTORIES SINCE 2006

Michael Long, 11
Robbie Reed, 8
Tony Dunker, 6
Hank DeLonjay, 5
Brandon Lennox, 5
Dave Wietholder, 3
Wyatt Lantz, 2
Vance Wilson, 2
Danny Lake, 2
Ted Allen, 2

LATE MODEL NATIONAL RANKINGS

latemodelracer.com

1. Billy Moyer
2. Jimmy Owens
3. Scott Bloomquist
4. Steve Francis
5. Shane Clanton
6. Josh "Kid Rocket" Richards
7. Tim McCreadie
8. Jimmy Mars
9. Shannon Bab
10. Earl Pearson Jr.

hoseheads.com

1. Billy Moyer
2. Jimmy Owens
3. Scott Bloomquist
4. Steve Francis
5. Josh "Kid Rocket" Richards
6. Shannon Babb
7. Tim McCreadie
8. Earl Pearson Jr.
9. Shane Clanton
10. Chris Madden

UMP SUMMER NATIONALS ROUNDUP

Tuesday, June 24, Sedalia State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, Mo: 1. Brian Shirley, 2. Billy Moyer, 3. Don O’Neal, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Jeep Van Wormer, 6. Randy Korte, 7. Steve Sheppard Jr., 8. Darren Miller, 9. Jeremy Payne, 10. Wes Steidinger. Other notables: 11. Will Vaught, 12. Terry English, 19. Jason Feger.

Summer Nationals Points Leaders

1. Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill., 698 points
2. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill., 669
3. Will Vaught, Crane, Mo., 614
4. Jeep Van Wormer, Pinconning, Mich., 606
5. Wes Steidinger, Fairbury, Ill., 591
6. Randy Korte, Highland, Ill., 525
7. Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill., 511
8. Steve Sheppard Jr., New Berlin, Ill., 500
9. Dewayne Kiefer, Ste. Genevieve, Mo., 402
10. Darren Miller, Milledgeville, Ill., 401

ADVICE IS NICE
From "Trouble in Turn 3," www.geoffreystephens.com

It’s Thursday and I have some advice to hand out:

NASCAR Truck Series:
I would say "sayonara" to the pickups and "hello" to a NASCAR dirt series as the new third level circuit.

Tony Stewart: www.apa.org/topics/controlanger.html

Mark Martin: Tell Arlene you wanna go full-time. That elusive championship could be just around the corner.

Joe Gibbs: Explain to everyone why Joey Logano isn’t competing in the next three Nationwide events.

Scott
Speed:
You should probably stop being timid when people ask if you are
ready to move to Cup. "I’m not really ready" is not the right answer.

Clint
Bowyer, David Reutimann, Carl Edwards, David Ragan, etc.:
I don’t go
back to high school and hang out, so stop robbing the Nationwide Series
of new winners and limiting the efforts of teams who run that specific
circuit.

NASCAR MULTISERIES POINTS STANDINGS
After Sonoma

1. Kyle Busch (5706)
2. Carl Edwards (4451)
3. Clint Bowyer (4430)
4. David Ragan (4046)
5. David Reutimann (3706)
6. Kevin Harvick (3384)
7. Denny Hamlin (3273)
8. Jeff Burton (3215)
9. Greg Biffle (3124)
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (3106)

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  1. Mendon Fan says:

    The most amazing thing about those mod stats is that Long has such great numbers and did not even race in Quincy one of the seasons.

  2. Mendon Fan says:

    The most amazing thing about those mod stats is that Long has such great numbers and did not even race in Quincy one of the seasons.

  3. Mod Man says:

    Hank needs to come out of retirement.

  4. Mod Man says:

    Hank needs to come out of retirement.

  5. LML says:

    wonder if billy moyer will show up when summer nats come to QR? seems like a lot of the big name guys are not running much of this year’s sum. nat. schedule.

  6. LML says:

    wonder if billy moyer will show up when summer nats come to QR? seems like a lot of the big name guys are not running much of this year’s sum. nat. schedule.

  7. Erick says:

    Too bad Hank couldn’t have raced a couple of more years. It would have been neat to see him and Michael go at it for a few years. Oh well … one era ends and another begins.

  8. Erick says:

    Too bad Hank couldn’t have raced a couple of more years. It would have been neat to see him and Michael go at it for a few years. Oh well … one era ends and another begins.

  9. Hmmmmmm says:

    Can’t say I can agree with your comment about Quincy mod drivers being the best. I think Burlington has more above-average drivers than Quincy. Quincy has Michael, but since Hank retired there is no one really close to Michael in Quincy. There are probably three or four guys at Burlington that are just a little behind Michael, while in quincy there are none. I think those SDRR rankings show that.

  10. Hmmmmmm says:

    Can’t say I can agree with your comment about Quincy mod drivers being the best. I think Burlington has more above-average drivers than Quincy. Quincy has Michael, but since Hank retired there is no one really close to Michael in Quincy. There are probably three or four guys at Burlington that are just a little behind Michael, while in quincy there are none. I think those SDRR rankings show that.

  11. TT44TT says:

    Most underrated drivers are Waterman and Deering. If they just won a few more races I think more people would realize that.

  12. TT44TT says:

    Most underrated drivers are Waterman and Deering. If they just won a few more races I think more people would realize that.

  13. Top Row says:

    Prediction: now that Frankel has the points lead, late model race is over. I can’t see him giving it up. He is also rolling at Burlington. Has anyone ever won both Qcy and Burling the same season?

  14. Top Row says:

    Prediction: now that Frankel has the points lead, late model race is over. I can’t see him giving it up. He is also rolling at Burlington. Has anyone ever won both Qcy and Burling the same season?

  15. Stevie Dirt says:

    I only have Burlington champs back to 1998. Since that year on, there has been no driver win titles at both tracks in the same season.

    I can tell you, though, that there have been three duplicate champs at Lee County and Quincy since 1994. Mark Burgtorf won at both tracks in 1998 and 1999 and Lonie Bailey did likewise in 2004.

  16. Stevie Dirt says:

    I only have Burlington champs back to 1998. Since that year on, there has been no driver win titles at both tracks in the same season.

    I can tell you, though, that there have been three duplicate champs at Lee County and Quincy since 1994. Mark Burgtorf won at both tracks in 1998 and 1999 and Lonie Bailey did likewise in 2004.

  17. Late Mods Rule says:

    Way to go Denny Woodworth for finishing 8th @ Lake of the Ozarks! They had a UMP Summernationals race there last night. Alot of big names were on hand there and it was some great racing. Denny had a tough heat race and had to run the b-main. He ran away with the b-main and started 17th for the feature. It was great to watch him and Mark battle for position with Denny taking it away from Mark and marching to the front. Mark had to settle with a 17th place finish after starting 3rd in the feature. He will get the big car figured out takes time to get use to this car compared to the spec car. Can’t wait till July 8th when the UMP Summernationals come to Quincy.

  18. Late Mods Rule says:

    Way to go Denny Woodworth for finishing 8th @ Lake of the Ozarks! They had a UMP Summernationals race there last night. Alot of big names were on hand there and it was some great racing. Denny had a tough heat race and had to run the b-main. He ran away with the b-main and started 17th for the feature. It was great to watch him and Mark battle for position with Denny taking it away from Mark and marching to the front. Mark had to settle with a 17th place finish after starting 3rd in the feature. He will get the big car figured out takes time to get use to this car compared to the spec car. Can’t wait till July 8th when the UMP Summernationals come to Quincy.

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