If Burgtorf runs full points schedule, can he be beaten?

February 8, 2009 22 Comments

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If Mark Burgtorf races every week at Quincy Raceways this year,
it could mean for a great points race with defending champ Jason Frankel.

Thinking back, ole Doug may have been rather prophetic.

"Ole Doug" is Doug Mealy, a good ole boy from the heart of — as he says — "Mi-zur-ah." Ole Doug also is the track announcer at Quincy Raceways, and he almost makes me cry some Sunday nights because I am laughing so hard at what he says into the microphone.

His best line came during a late model feature near the end of the 2008 season. He was as excited as the rest of the crowd about a duel between "Superman" Sam Halstead and 14-time track champ Mark Burgtorf.

Halstead had enjoyed a sizable lead most of the race, only to see Burgtorf make one of his patented charges to the front. As the race got closer, ole Doug got more excited.

"Superman better watch out, because here comes Kryptonite!" Mealy told the crowd as Burgtorf prepared to take the lead — which he did, and eventually won another main event at 8000 Broadway.

Ole Doug's words have been ringing in my ears again lately as the start of a new season draws closer. (For those counting, we're less than two months from the first green flag at the Sunday night cathedral of commotion.)

I hear Burgtorf will be racing closer to home more often this year, like many other drivers. (This recession thing is a major pain in the quarterpanel.)

If Burgtorf runs Quincy every week, that could/should translate into a great, summer-long late model championship points race between himself and defending champ Jason Frankel. Denny Woodworth would certainly be in the mix, too, if he opts to do the same, but I believe Denny will still do some semi-serious traveling.

If Burgtorf decides to run the full points schedule on his home track, he will be tough to beat. Next to impossible might be more like it. Kind of like that Kryptonite and Superman combination. (I wish I knew more the mystique of Superman, but I never liked comic books. I was always too busy with my NASCAR media guides.)

But Frankel won last year's title, you say? That he did, and he was a deserving champion. But don't forget, Burgtorf missed a points night early in the seaso,n and if you would award him his weekly points average for that night he missed, his total would have surpassed Frankel's. Of course, he could have crashed that night, too. We'll never know.

That kind of fodder is simply food for thought. The decision to miss that one night was Mark's call, so there's really no use in playing the what-if game.

What I do know, however, is if Mr. Kryptonite commits to a full points season, only a small group of other drivers have a realistic chance of beating him.

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS SET TO RETURN

The Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings (SDRR) for late models will return for a second season starting in April, using the same format, tracks and points system as in 2008. Features at Quincy, West Burlington and Donnellson will count toward the championship. Drivers will earn feature points on a 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale.

We'll have to wait and see how the news that Donnellson is adding a half-dozen more nights of late models affects the rankings. Probably nothing dramatic, but only time will tell.

We'll soon have details on the second year of modified rankings and the first year of stock cars in the SDRR. Stay tuned for that info.

Here's a look back at the final 2008 late model rankings:

1. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 578 points (TOP ILLINOIS DRIVER)
2. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 337
3. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 273
4. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 271
5. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 227
6. Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 206
7. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 179 (TOP IOWA DRIVER)
8. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 166
9. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 162
10. Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 136

11. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 130
12. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, Iowa, 127
13. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 105
14. Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 94
15. Sam Halstead, New London, Iowa, 91
16. Nick Ingalls, Quincy, Ill., 87
17. Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 86 (TOP MISSOURI DRIVER)
18. Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 83
19. Colby Springsteen, Morning Sun, Iowa, 81
20. Dustin Griffin, Quincy, Ill., 76

21. Terry Gallaher, New London, Mo., 71
22. Dustin Neese, Nebo, Ill., 65
23. Bill Genenbacher, Camp Point, Ill., 59
24. Jay Chenoweth, Wapello, Iowa, 57
25. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 56

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  1. Top Row says:

    i think this will be matt bailey’s breakout year. after burgtorf, frankel and DW it should be wide open.

  2. Top Row says:

    i think this will be matt bailey’s breakout year. after burgtorf, frankel and DW it should be wide open.

  3. LML says:

    I kind of think No. 5 could be the guy who emerges this season. He’s shown he can run up front and maybe this is the year the consistency comes.

  4. LML says:

    I kind of think No. 5 could be the guy who emerges this season. He’s shown he can run up front and maybe this is the year the consistency comes.

  5. High Banks says:

    Here’s hoping DW runs fulltime for points, too. Quincy’s the top LM track around here and having DW, Burgtorf and Frankel go at it all year would be fun to watch.

  6. High Banks says:

    Here’s hoping DW runs fulltime for points, too. Quincy’s the top LM track around here and having DW, Burgtorf and Frankel go at it all year would be fun to watch.

  7. Trump card says:

    Another name to watch this year might be Thad Trump. I hear from good sources he’s going to be racing more this season. I remember a few years ago when he won 3 or 4 straight features at Quincy.

  8. Trump card says:

    Another name to watch this year might be Thad Trump. I hear from good sources he’s going to be racing more this season. I remember a few years ago when he won 3 or 4 straight features at Quincy.

  9. Pit Pass says:

    I think some of the commenters have forgotten how much Justin Reed has improved each year. This should be his year to really challenge for the championship.

  10. Pit Pass says:

    I think some of the commenters have forgotten how much Justin Reed has improved each year. This should be his year to really challenge for the championship.

  11. Dirt LM fan says:

    Good picture of old red #7 at full tilt! If Mark and Jayson are here every race it will be great to watch. There are a few other good drivers also in the mix. We fans have a lot to look forward to and I think the bleachers will be full. If Mark makes every race he will win the championship by no less than 42 points.

  12. Dirt LM fan says:

    Good picture of old red #7 at full tilt! If Mark and Jayson are here every race it will be great to watch. There are a few other good drivers also in the mix. We fans have a lot to look forward to and I think the bleachers will be full. If Mark makes every race he will win the championship by no less than 42 points.

  13. Chris says:

    anyone know if kevin tomlinson is racing this year? i heard he wasn’t and i don’t see him on the list of drivers in the poll.

  14. Chris says:

    anyone know if kevin tomlinson is racing this year? i heard he wasn’t and i don’t see him on the list of drivers in the poll.

  15. Doug says:

    Will you be doing a poll for who might be most improved modified driver too?

  16. Doug says:

    Will you be doing a poll for who might be most improved modified driver too?

  17. Stevie Dirt says:

    Doug,
    Yes there will be a modified poll, too! Thanks for asking.
    -S. Dirt

  18. Stevie Dirt says:

    Doug,
    Yes there will be a modified poll, too! Thanks for asking.
    -S. Dirt

  19. from the pits says:

    It would be great to see Denny run full time at Quincy but i’m afraid to tell it isn’t going to happen. He is running MLRA series again this season where he has finished in the top 10 in points the past 2 years and is going to run other open wheel races in different series. He likes to travel to other tracks and race against different competitors week end and week out. He is going to Georgia in March to race and I wish him and the whole crew the best of luck there!

  20. from the pits says:

    It would be great to see Denny run full time at Quincy but i’m afraid to tell it isn’t going to happen. He is running MLRA series again this season where he has finished in the top 10 in points the past 2 years and is going to run other open wheel races in different series. He likes to travel to other tracks and race against different competitors week end and week out. He is going to Georgia in March to race and I wish him and the whole crew the best of luck there!

  21. DTR FAN says:

    I think if Burgtorf runs full time the Late Model divisions will keep everybody on there feet and I don’t think a champ will be awarded until the final points race. This could be one of the more exciting seasons ever at QR in all divisions.

  22. DTR FAN says:

    I think if Burgtorf runs full time the Late Model divisions will keep everybody on there feet and I don’t think a champ will be awarded until the final points race. This could be one of the more exciting seasons ever at QR in all divisions.

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