The following was just posted on the IMCA Web site at about 1 p.m. today. Congratulations, Jason!
VINTON, Iowa — Two wins on the final weekend and a track
championship bonus helped make Jason Frankel a national champion.
Quincy, Ill., driver reigns over IMCA’s J & J Steel Late Model
division. His first career national crown came in a tight contest with
Todd Cooney of Des Moines, the 1997 and 2002 king.
top five were Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., Mike Murphy of Colona, Ill.,
and three-time champ Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown, Iowa, the 1993, 2006
and 2007 titlist.
Frankel earns a $5,500 share of the $21,300 point fund to be paid to top 20 drivers in final standings.
He won a dozen features and picked up 19 bonus points along with the track title at Quincy Raceways. Frankel also topped the standings at 34 Raceway in West Burlington.
Cooney collected 14 checkers on the year, including his career 100th, along with 15 bonus points at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa.
Guss led all drivers in the division with 15 feature wins. Murphy had six wins and was champion at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, and Quad City Raceway in East Moline, Ill. DeFrance won five times and was track champion at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines, Iowa.
rookie of the year is Mike Garland of DeWitt, Iowa, a two-time feature winner
and 10th overall in the unofficial national standings.
2008 Late Model point season ran from April 25 through Aug. 24. Track
officials have until noon on Monday, Sept. 22 to notify IMCA of
corrections affecting their top 15 before standings become official.
standings are based on drivers’ best 20 finishes out of their first 55
starts. Bonus points, equal to the average weekly car count at tracks
holding a minimum of 10 sanctioned events, are awarded to track
The higher average is used to award bonuses when drivers
win more than one track title; pro-rated bonuses are given at tracks
where fewer than 10 weekly events are held.
Unofficial National IMCA J & J Steel Late Model Top 20 Point Standings.
(Feature wins in parenthesis)
1. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., (12) 807
2. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, (14) 805
3. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., (15) 794
4. Mike Murphy, Colona, Ill., (6) 794
5. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, (5) 786
6. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, (8) 784
7. Hershel Roberts, East Moline, Ill., 732
8. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 732
9. Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 729
10. Mike Garland, DeWitt, Iowa, (2) 728
11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, (2) 727
12. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., (4) 721
13. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, (1) 719
14. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa, 713
15. Craig Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, (3) 712
16. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, (1) 711
17. Craig Jacobs, Des Moines, Iowa, (1) 709
18. Adam Larson, Ames, Iowa, (3) 708
19. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, (1) 707
20. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 702