Please let there be racing Sunday night at QR

June 19, 2008 10 Comments

Clearing out the notebook:

– I am SO ready for some dirt-track racing, Broadway Bullring style.

The on-again, off-again season — thanks to all of this ridiculous rain — has been bad enough, but couple that with the constant flood threat hanging over our heads, and there is nothing in the world that sounds better than a Sunday night at 8000 Broadway. And gimme one of those Bullring brats. Puh-leeze.

– I see where Michael Long was disqualified last Saturday at Moberly when during postrace inspection his car was found to be too tall by an inch or something. This came after a pretty decisive feature victory, I am told. Is it just me or does this sound a little suspicious?

Long has been dominant all year, but at no track has he been found guilty of anything illegal. And all of a sudden his car is an inch too high? Maybe Moberly simply didn’t want Michael frequenting that track too often. A couple of questions I would like to see answers to:

Were all cars "measured" in the same manner, such as being on the same type of surface? Or were some measured on a harder/softer/more level surface? That could make a huge difference.

Has this kind of disqualification been common at Moberly?

Are height requirements specifically spelled out in the track rules?

At worst, this appears like a situation that could have been handled with a warning. If I am proven wrong I will gladly say so in this space.

– I wonder how many of the Iowa drivers will be able to make it Sunday? The class that could be hurt the most is the stock car division. The majority of the premier drivers are from up north.

UMP SUMMER NATIONALS ROUNDUP

The United Midwestern Promoters Summernationals, which will stop in
Quincy July 8, is under way. Here’s a look at the latest results to date for
the 27-race, 31-day grind:

Wednesday, June 18, Belle Clair Speedway, Belleville, Ill.: 1. Will Vaught, 2. Brent Kreke, 3. Wes Steidinger, 4. Michael Kloos, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Jason Feger. 7. Randy Korte, 8. Dennis Erb Jr., 9. Ed Dixon, 10. Jeep Van Wormer. Other notables: 13. Steve Sheppard Jr., 17. Mike Hammerle, 19. Darren Miller, 20. Rodney Melvin.

Tuesday, June 17, Highland Speedway, Highland, Ill.:
1. Terry English, 2. Randy Korte, 3. Will Vaught, 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Billy Faust, 7. Kevin Cole, 8. Dennis Erb Jr., 9. Rodney Melvin, 10. Tim Manville. Other notables: 12. Wes Steidinger, 13. Steve Sheppard Jr.

TROUBLE IN TURN 3
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Now that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has won his first points race under the
Hendrick Racing banner, I will compare his effort with the top
performance from the Dale Earnhardt Inc. foursome.

1. Daytona: Dale Jr. 9th, DEI (Martin Truex, Jr.) 20th
2. California: DEI (Truex) 6th, Dale Jr. 40th
3. Las Vegas: Dale Jr. 2nd, DEI (Mark Martin) 10th
4. Atlanta: Dale Jr. 3rd, DEI (Paul Menard) 19th
5. Bristol: Dale Jr. 5th, DEI (Aric Almirola) 8th
6. Martinsville: Dale Jr. 6th, DEI (Regan Smith) 14th
7. Texas: DEI (Martin) 8th, Dale Jr. 12th
8. Phoenix: DEI (Martin) 5th, Dale Jr. 7th
9. Talladega: Dale Jr. 10th, DEI (Menard) 14th
10. Richmond: DEI (Martin) 3rd, Dale Jr. 15th
11. Darlington: Dale Jr. 4th, DEI (Truex) 14th
12. Lowe’s: Dale Jr. 5th, DEI (Martin) 15th
13. Dover: DEI (Truex) 6th, Dale Jr. 35th
14. Pocono: Dale Jr. 4th, DEI (Martin) 10th
15. Michigan: Dale Jr. 1st, DEI (Menard) 11th

The results:

• Dale finished higher than his old team in 10 of the first 15 races this season. Advantage: Jr.
• Dale has an average finish of 10.5 this season. The best DEI finisher has an average finish of 9.9. Advantage: DEI

Dale is 3rd in points with 2129. If you accumulate the points earned by
the top DEI finisher in each race, you get 2012 which is good enough
for 4th. Advantage: Jr.
• Dale has one victory, DEI has none. Advantage: Jr.

Even
if Dale Jr. was the top driver at DEI in 2008, he would surely not be
the best finishing driver on the team in each race so these figures are
a little skewed (albeit in Dale’s favor). It is not hard to see,
however, that young Earnhardt made the correct decision.

Stability. Consistency. Maturity. That not only wins races, it wins titles.

Combined Points Standings

Below is an updated look at the combined point standings for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series:

1. Kyle Busch (5511)
2. Carl Edwards (4118)
3. Clint Bowyer (4100)
4. David Ragan (3795)
5. David Reutimann (3508)
6. Kevin Harvick (3311)
7. Denny Hamlin (3191)
8. Jeff Burton (3091)
9. Greg Biffle (2989)
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (2979)

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  1. Lon Tournear says:

    Here is a copy of the moberly rules and if u can find anything in there about deck height please point it out!!!! In my opinion, Long got screwed!!

    10. BODIES – 1970 or newer American passenger car only (no panel vans or station wagons). Must be full sized aluminum or fiberglass roof. Should be stock appearing. Stock appearing front windshield and rear window support unit (painted roll bars not acceptable substitute). Firewall and floorboards are mandatory. All body parts should be recognizable as factory production vehicle. Fiberglass or metal duplicates are permitted. Handmade body parts may be constructed of steel, aluminum or fiberglass but should be recognizable as factory production vehicle. No “slab” bodies.

    All cars in competition must have a complete paint job. All cars should be numbered with large legible numbers on both sides and top and on rear spoiler. Numbers on sides of car should be in contrasting color from body and be at least 4 inches thick and at least 20 inches high. Top numbers should be at least 4 inches thick and 30 inches high. Sponsors’ names must not interfere with car numbers and must be neatly lettered.

    Original roof line of vehicle should be maintained with a maximum of 5 inch drop rear to front. Maximum 8″ rear spoiler allowed. No other wings or ground effects are allowed anywhere outside of car or inside the car. Engine compartment will remain open, no side panels. Hood sides may have a maximum 4″ inch drop and must be enclosed at rear of hood. Bodies should extend no further forward than back of block. Driver and passenger side windows of car must have at least 12″ vertical opening.

    Bumpers must be used both front and rear. Front bumpers should be mounted frame-end to frame-end with the bottom loop parallel to the ground. Bumpers should be a minimum of 1.25 inch pipe and must be able to support car if lifted by wrecker. Rear bumpers, nerf bars and bodies must not extend beyond width of rear tires and must not contain any sharp edges. Rear bumpers may be constructed of pipe or flat stock and must protect the fuel cell. Center of front and rear bumpers must be between 16″ and 20″ from ground.

  2. Lon Tournear says:

    Here is a copy of the moberly rules and if u can find anything in there about deck height please point it out!!!! In my opinion, Long got screwed!!

    10. BODIES – 1970 or newer American passenger car only (no panel vans or station wagons). Must be full sized aluminum or fiberglass roof. Should be stock appearing. Stock appearing front windshield and rear window support unit (painted roll bars not acceptable substitute). Firewall and floorboards are mandatory. All body parts should be recognizable as factory production vehicle. Fiberglass or metal duplicates are permitted. Handmade body parts may be constructed of steel, aluminum or fiberglass but should be recognizable as factory production vehicle. No “slab” bodies.

    All cars in competition must have a complete paint job. All cars should be numbered with large legible numbers on both sides and top and on rear spoiler. Numbers on sides of car should be in contrasting color from body and be at least 4 inches thick and at least 20 inches high. Top numbers should be at least 4 inches thick and 30 inches high. Sponsors’ names must not interfere with car numbers and must be neatly lettered.

    Original roof line of vehicle should be maintained with a maximum of 5 inch drop rear to front. Maximum 8″ rear spoiler allowed. No other wings or ground effects are allowed anywhere outside of car or inside the car. Engine compartment will remain open, no side panels. Hood sides may have a maximum 4″ inch drop and must be enclosed at rear of hood. Bodies should extend no further forward than back of block. Driver and passenger side windows of car must have at least 12″ vertical opening.

    Bumpers must be used both front and rear. Front bumpers should be mounted frame-end to frame-end with the bottom loop parallel to the ground. Bumpers should be a minimum of 1.25 inch pipe and must be able to support car if lifted by wrecker. Rear bumpers, nerf bars and bodies must not extend beyond width of rear tires and must not contain any sharp edges. Rear bumpers may be constructed of pipe or flat stock and must protect the fuel cell. Center of front and rear bumpers must be between 16″ and 20″ from ground.

  3. Summer Nat Fan says:

    Thanks for posting the UMP Summer Nat results. They are sometimes hard to find. Can’t wait until they come back to Quincy next month. Hoping Billy Moyer shows up!!

  4. Summer Nat Fan says:

    Thanks for posting the UMP Summer Nat results. They are sometimes hard to find. Can’t wait until they come back to Quincy next month. Hoping Billy Moyer shows up!!

  5. Mod Fan2 says:

    I agree with Lon T. Sounds like Michael got hosed. That’s all right. We appreciate him at Quincy.

  6. Mod Fan2 says:

    I agree with Lon T. Sounds like Michael got hosed. That’s all right. We appreciate him at Quincy.

  7. TT44TT says:

    Interesting comparison thing with Junior and DEI. DEI will be closed within two years. Teresa Earnhardt must be an idiot to have let Little E bolt.

  8. TT44TT says:

    Interesting comparison thing with Junior and DEI. DEI will be closed within two years. Teresa Earnhardt must be an idiot to have let Little E bolt.

  9. fan 25 says:

    long would never cheat his in- laws are pillars of the community

  10. fan 25 says:

    long would never cheat his in- laws are pillars of the community

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