Quincy Raceways preview for July 20

July 17, 2008 4 Comments

Car counts have been stronger than originally expected this season at Quincy Raceways. Despite gas that has topped $4 a gallon and an inflation rate that shows no sign of relenting, the track has a chance to average 70-plus cars per show for only the second time in five years. Going into Sunday night, the season average is 69.3, a mark that will likely increase with a $1,000 to win stock car special planned.

Why has Quincy remained strong when a track like Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo., has closed its doors, Vermilion County Speedway near Danville is on the verge of doing the same and two tracks in southeastern Iowa are rumored to be in trouble?

Actually, the answer is not all that complicated. Quincy Raceways is positioned near a population hub that many dirt tracks are not. There are 65,000 people within a 15-to-30 minute drive.

Quincy is also helped by the high number of racers who live in and around the city. Tracks that rely on travelers are the ones that are struggling mightily.

The track has a dedicated fan and racer base that will support it because those both appreciate the tradition of a facility that has been there since 1975. It’s an important part of their lives.

There have been hard times before — although maybe not as difficult as what we might yet face — and the track and its fans/racers have survived. And both will survive this current attack on the economy, too.

And give owner Tony Rhinberger some credit. He’s doing his best to hold the line on prices. Remember, his costs have skyrocketed, too.

Come next spring, look for an increasing number of tracks to either not open or run reduced schedules if the recession drags into 2009. Those that have suffered sagging attendance and car counts will not be able to absorb a second straight year of the same. Neither of those problems should ever be a worry at Quincy. Be grateful.

Here’s a closer look at the average weekly car counts through the years:

LATE MODELS

IMCA era (since 1998)
2008: 21
2007: 22
2006: 25
2005: 20
2004: 17
2003: 16
2002: 16
2001: 16
2000: 16
1999: 18
1998: 15

Pre-IMCA era
1997: 13
1996: 14
1995: 16
1994: 13
1993: 17
1992: 16
1991: 15
1975-90 not available

MODIFIEDS

One class
2008: 24
2007: 22
2006: 19

"A" modifieds
2005: 14
2004: 15
2003: 15
2002: 17
2001: 18
2000: 15
1999: 15
1998: 13
1997: 15
1996: 13
1995: 12
1994: 12
1993: 16

One class
1992: 22
1991: 22
1988-90 not available

"B" modifieds
2005: 13
2004: 18
2003: 22
2002: 24
2001: 22
2000: 16
1999: 16
1998: 15
1997: 12
1996: 14
1995: 14
1994: 14
1993: 6

HOBBY STOCKS/BOMBERS

Hobby stocks
2008: 14
2007: 15

Bombers
2006: 21
2005: 20
2004: 23
2003: 30
2002: 31
2001: 31
2000: 30
1999: 22
1998: 22
1997: 19
1996: 18
1995: 21
1994: 17
1993: 22
1992: 21
1991: 29
1987-90 not available

TOTAL CARS

2008: 69
2007: 66
2006: 76
2005: 67
2004: 73
2003: 82
2002: 87
2001: 86
2000: 77
1999: 71
1998: 64
1997: 59
1996: 60
1995: 62
1994: 56
1993: 61
1992: 59
1991: 66
pre-1990 not available

QUINCY RACEWAYS SUNDAY NIGHT GUIDE

Race time: 6:30 p.m.

Weather forecast: Perfect.

THE SKINNY

Late Models: The next feature Mark Burgtorf wins will be the 200th of his career. There’s a good chance it could come this weekend. Burgtorf races tonight at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, and then journeys to Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday. If there is no checkered flag at either of those two stops, he will try for No. 200 Sunday at Quincy Raceways … Don’t look now, but that much-anticipated Burgtorf-Jason Frankel battle for the championship might be coming to fruition. Easily the three most-talked about items this week have been Burgtorf’s charge up the points standings (he’s now fourth, despite missing one week), Michael Long’s absence a week ago in the modified division and Dave Wietholder’s sweep of the modified and stock car features … Justin Reed has quietly strung together an impressive season in the Deery Brothers Summer Series. Reed currently sits third with 336 points, but is only 14 behind leader Boone McLaughlin (350). That Labor Day weekend Deery race in Quincy might see Reed battling for the points lead.

Most recent feature winner: Mark Burgtorf, July 13.

Pick to click:
Mark Burgtorf, especially if No. 200 is a possibility.

Modifieds: Michael Long is expected to return to Sunday night’s starting grid after missing last week to race in Moberly, Mo. Long is now third in points with 328, trailing Steven DeLonjay (336) and Tony Dunker (331). What was once a runaway points race is now a dogfight. It’s the first time a driver other than Long has led the modified division since September 2006 … And don’t forget about Dave Wietholder, who rests in fourth (325) and is definitely on a roll after winning last week’s feature. Wietholder is first in second-half points with 113, leading DeLonjay (111) and Shawn Deering (104) … For some unexplained reason, modified speeds have been down an average 4 mph the past month. The other two divisions monitored by the transponders (late models, stock cars) have remained steady.

Most recent feature winner: Dave Wietholder, July 13.

Pick to click: Michael Long, assuming that red No. 18 is back at The Bullring.

Stock Cars: Look who’s in first place! The Dallas City Ironman, Chris Wibbell, is eight points up on John Oliver Jr. and 13 over Jeff Mueller. Oliver and Mueller have commanded most of the attention this season, but Wibbell — the only driver to run all feature laps in any of the track’s four series — hung close and waited for his chance. It came last week when Oliver exited the first lap of the feature after being involved in a crash …  The stock cars will be running for a $1,000 first prize Sunday and a season-high field of around 30 cars is expected. Look for a lot of new cars this week at 8000 Broadway … The stock cars are the only class with no back-to-back feature winner.

Most recent feature winner: Jeff Mueller, July 6.

Pick to click: John Oliver Jr., who should rebound after last week’s disappointing first-lap exit.

Hobby Stocks: Arguably the hottest driver at the track is James Leffew, who has won two straight features. If not for a June 22 DQ he would have three checkered flags in four weeks. Is there enough time for Leffew to make up a 30-point deficit? Maybe he and late model driver Mark Burgtorf should compare notes since they are both attempting memorable comebacks …  Travis Booher has moved into 10th place in career hobby stock/bomber points in the track’s modern era (since 1998) and has a chance to climb as high as No. 7 before the season ends … Steve Carlin needs 381 points to become the second series driver to reach 5,000 career track points. Eddie Dieker is the all-time leader with 5,731. 

Most recent feature winner: James Leffew, July 13.

Pick to click: James Leffew. He is seeking the first three-peat of the season for the hobbies.

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS

By request, here’s a breakdown of this week’s SDRR rankings (released on Monday) by state:

LATE MODELS

Illinois

1. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 299 points
2. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 238
3. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 204
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 157
5. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 146
6. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 129
7. Keith Pratt, Quincy, Ill., 117
8. Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 61
9. Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 58
10. Dustin Griffin, Quincy, Ill., 57

On the bubble: Dustin Neese, Nebo, Ill., 50.

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.

Iowa

1. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 101
2. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 97
3. Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 88
4. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 83
5. Sam Halstead, New London, Iowa, 73
6. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 68
7. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, Iowa, 54
8. Colby Springsteen, Morning Sun, Iowa, 45
9. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 41
10-tie. Andy Nezworksi, Buffalo, Iowa, 29
10-tie. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 29

On the bubble: Cory Richards, 24.

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

Illinois

1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 385 points
2. Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 245
3. Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 184
4. Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 143
5. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 120
6. Wyatt Lantz, Augusta, Ill., 104
7. Robbie Reed, Quincy, Ill., 92
8. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 76
9. Brad Carson, Colchester, Ill., 51
10. Joe Bliven, Quincy, Ill., 41

Iowa

1. Bill Roberts, Burlington, Iowa, 244
2. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 242
3. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 177
4. Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa, 110
5-tie. Dennis Laveine, Burlington, Iowa, 102
5-tie. Andy Krieger, Burlington, Iowa, 102
7. Mike Weikert Jr., Burlington, Iowa, 80
8. Kevin Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 78
9. Chris Larson, Keokuk, 72
10. Brandon Savage, Keokuk, 65

Missouri

1. Brandon Lennox, New London, Mo., 210
2. David Holder, Clarence, Mo., 209
3. Vance Wilson, Currysville, Mo., 84
4. Scotty Roberts, Columbia, Mo., 73
5. Matt Dotson, Sturgeon, Mo., 70
6-tie. Kelly Smith, Kirksville, Mo., 41
6-tie. Randy Mauzey, Madison, Mo., 41
8. Terry Wilson, Bowling Green, Mo., 40
9. Jody Wood, Kahoka, Mo., 32
10. Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo., 29

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.

QUINCY RACEWAYS LEADERS

Track Points

Late Models: Jason Frankel 322, Justin Reed 313, Lonnie Bailey 309, Mark Burgtorf 297.
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay 336, Tony Dunker 331, Michael Long 328, Dave Wietholder 325.
Stock Cars: Chris Wibbell 403, John Oliver Jr. 395, Jeff Mueller 392, Steve Steinkuhler 373.
Hobby Stocks: Aaron Brocksieck 349, Steve Carlin 338, Wes Mayfield 335, James Leffew 319.

Second-Half Points

Late Models: Mark Burgtorf 120, Jason Frankel 114, Justin Reed 111.
Modifieds: Dave Wietholder 113, Steven DeLonjay 111, Shawn Deering 104.
Stock Cars: Jeff Mueller 108, Chris Wibbell 108, Doug Huls 104.
Hobby Stocks: Jim Leffew 127, Aaron Brocksieck 122, Steve Carlin 113.

Feature Points

Late Models: Jason Frankel 314, Justin Reed 306, Lonnie Bailey 296.
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay 324, Tony Dunker 321, Dave Wietholder 313.
Stock Cars: Chris Wibbell 403, John Oliver Jr. 395, Jeff Mueller 392.
Hobby Stocks: Aaron Brocksieck 334, Wes Mayfield 325, Steve Carlin 318. 

Heat Points

Late Models: Matt Bailey 16, Lonnie Bailey 13, Dustin Griffin 10, Joey Gower 10.
Modifieds: Michael Long 22, Wyatt Lantz 13, Dave Wietholder 12, Steven DeLonjay 12.
Hobby Stocks: Steve Carlin 20, James Leffew 17, Bobby Anders 15, Aaron Brocksieck 15.

Herald-Whig Performance Points

Late Models: Mark Burgtorf 121, Denny Woodworth 64, Jason Frankel 59.
Modifieds: Michael Long 174, Daved Wietholder 75, Steven DeLonjay 61.
Stock Cars: John Oliver Jr. 82, Jeff Mueller 75, Doug Huls 56.
Hobby Stocks: James Leffew 91, Aaron Brocksieck 88, Jim Powell 63.

Money Earned (Points races only)

Late Models: Jason Frankel $4,725, Mark Burgtorf
$4,465, Justin Reed $2,975, Matt Bailey $2,595, Lonnie Bailey $2,555,
Robby Warner $2,465. (Terry Neal has $3,100
from the recent Titan Wheel Shootout, but he is
not a track regular.)
Modifieds: Michael Long $3,130, Tony Dunker $1,880, Steven DeLonjay $1,875, Dave Wietholder $1,860.
Stock Cars: Jeff Mueller $2,375, John Oliver Jr, $2,285, Abe Huls $1,890, Chris Wibbell $1,885.
Hobby Stocks: James Leffew $1,020, Aaron Brocksieck $1,015, Travis Booher $820.

LATE MODEL NATIONAL RANKINGS

latemodelracer.com

1. Billy Moyer
2. Jimmy Owens
3. Scott Bloomquist
4. Steve Francis
5. Josh Richards
6. Dennis Erb Jr.
7. Shane Clanton
8. Jimmy Mars
9. Earl Pearson Jr.
10. Tim McCreadie
11. Shannon Babb
12. Darrell Lanigan
13. Brian Shirley
14. Eddie Carrier Jr.
15. Clint Smith

hoseheads.com

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

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  1. Pit Pass says:

    You’re right. There’s something special about Quincy Raceways. The fans and drivers will always support it. See you Sunday night.

  2. Pit Pass says:

    You’re right. There’s something special about Quincy Raceways. The fans and drivers will always support it. See you Sunday night.

  3. It looks like the car count numbers in the bomber class show just how these goofy affordable new rules are NOT working. Everybody likes the high HP cars but it used to be cool to see 20 or more bombers rubbin and bangin for 20 laps now it’s just boring! If any more of these guys move up to the sc class like some are saying next year this class is not even going to be worth having and that’s is unfortunate.

  4. It looks like the car count numbers in the bomber class show just how these goofy affordable new rules are NOT working. Everybody likes the high HP cars but it used to be cool to see 20 or more bombers rubbin and bangin for 20 laps now it’s just boring! If any more of these guys move up to the sc class like some are saying next year this class is not even going to be worth having and that’s is unfortunate.

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