The Broadway Bullring Top 10: Mark it down, the true dynasty is Burgtorf’s

January 6, 2009 2 Comments

No. 3: Burgtorf has given new meaning to consistency

(The most important events, individuals and decisions from the last 10 years at Quincy Raceways)

Mark Burgtorf Act
I once asked some of Mark Burgtorf's chief challengers at Quincy Raceways what his secret was. After all, how could one driver be so dominant for so long?

"Mark has more laps on this track than anyone else," Denny Woodworth said. "He knows this track better than anyone."

I'm sure that explains a big part of why Burgtorf has dominated an entire division since George Bush Sr. was president. And I'm also certain that natural, God-given ability has had something to do with it, too. So have great equipment and a great crew. All of those factors (and more, I'm sure) have contributed to the single most successful extended run of any driver in any division since the track opened in 1975.

Burgtorf has won seven of his record 14 track championships in the past 10 years, most in convincing fashion. Having talked with him after many of the victories that led to those titles, it has never ceased to amaze me at how he attacks each night, each race, each lap. There's an incredible method to his success. It is no accident.

How many more titles will Burgtorf win? Realistically, it probably depends on how often he wishes to race at 8000 Broadway. He's at the stage of his career when he will occasionally skip a Sunday night to chase a big purse or a new challenge at another site, and when you miss one week of points racing, it can cost a driver a championship. Burgtorf missed one points week in 2008 and finished 25 points behind first-time champ Jason Frankel.

Burgtorf probably has at least another 15 years in his career, and I would be surprised if he does not retire with at least 20 track championships. Whenever he does pull No. 7 off the track for the final time, one certainty is already cast in stone.

There will never be another like him.

THE BURGTORF DYNASTY

2008: Jason Frankel

2007: Mark Burgtorf
2006: Mark Burgtorf
2005: Mark Burgtorf

2004: Lonnie Bailey
2003: Mark Burgtorf
2002: Brent Slocum

2001: Mark Burgtorf
2000: Mark Burgtorf
1999: Mark Burgtorf
1998: Mark Burgtorf
1997: Mark Burgtorf
1996: Mark Burgtorf
1995: Mark Burgtorf
1994: Mark Burgtorf
1993: Mark Burgtorf
1992: Mark Burgtorf

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  1. Dirt LM fan says:

    Mark has the ability to read the dirt and hit the right setup every time on the track. With a fast car and clean level headed driving skill he moves to the front without tearing up his or other drivers equipment. I certainly hope he is at QR every Sun. in 09. He is exciting to watch. When he does pull red #7 off the track maybe son Cale will climb in. That might be something to watch.

  2. Dirt LM fan says:

    Mark has the ability to read the dirt and hit the right setup every time on the track. With a fast car and clean level headed driving skill he moves to the front without tearing up his or other drivers equipment. I certainly hope he is at QR every Sun. in 09. He is exciting to watch. When he does pull red #7 off the track maybe son Cale will climb in. That might be something to watch.

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