No. 5: When A + B = One
(The most important events, individuals and decisions from the last 10 years at Quincy Raceways)
I didn't think combining the "A" and "B" modified classes into one following the 2005 season was a good idea.
I was wrong.
The consolidation, due in part to declining numbers in both classes (and more expected in what were becoming tougher economic times), has proven to be genius. Since 2006, the modifieds have put on one whale of a show.
Granted, the last two years have been dominated by Michael Long (but who saw THAT coming?), but No. 18 aside, any one of about a dozen drivers could win on any given night. (Actually, I just looked at last year's points, and I would put 14 drivers in that category.)
The modified division we currently have is a tremendous series. If a driver can manage a top-five feature finish, it is a genuine accomplishment. And the series is doing nothing but getting stronger with the arrival of teenager Steven DeLonjay — the Joey Logano of the Broadway Bullring — and other recent additions such as Shawn Deering, Jared Schlipman, Travis Griffith and Todd Reed.
From top to bottom, the modifieds are the strongest of the four weekly classes at 8000 Broadway. We have the merger of '06 to thank for that.
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