Archive for May, 2009

Hobby stock report card: All ages invited to watch

May 31, 2009 0 Comments

This is the series that should attract all ages of Bullring watchers. Sprinkled throughout the top 10 in points are drivers ranging in age from 14-year-old Tanner Klingele and two other teenagers to wily veteran Jim Powell, who come June 13 will be just three years away from getting his AARP card. Not only is […]

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Modified report card: By any scoring system, it’s the usual suspects

May 30, 2009 0 Comments

The hardest thing for me to get a grasp on this year with the modifieds is the new UMP scoring system being used at the Bullring. Since the track sanctioned the mods with UMP in the offseason that also meant a new points format. The other three weekly series at the track — late models, hobby stocks and stock […]

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Stock car report card: A strong division got even better this year

May 27, 2009 0 Comments

Before the start of the 2008 season, I was somewhat wary of how well the IMCA stock cars would work at the Bullring. I had seen them run at Iowa tracks in Donnellson and West Burlington for years and it was always a great show, but I was a bit skeptical of how well they […]

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Late model report card: Where have all the cars gone?

May 26, 2009 11 Comments

Initially, I was going to break down the late model division today from a performance aspect, but before we get to that it’s time to address another issue. The phone calls, e-mails and face-to-face questions have all been the same in recent weeks. “What’s happened to the late model car count?” at the Bullring? Well, […]

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Huge turnout at Bullring spurs talk of more open-wheel racing

May 25, 2009 3 Comments

Before we get to the new Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings and the Sunday night “stars” at the Bullring, here’s some food for thought: – Could you believe that crowd Sunday night? Track co-owner Tony Rhinberger said he would not know the exact number of fans until all tickets were counted, but he was estimating 3,200 were […]

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Steven DeLonjay’s place on the all-time win list and other things

May 23, 2009 0 Comments

At different points this season I thought you night like to monitor how your favorite Bullring drivers  stack up in some of the track’s all-time totals I have been keeping since 1999. I’ll be tossing out a variety of categories as we work our way through the season. I thought an interesting place to start would be […]

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Justin Reed a hit on the track and at the payout window

May 22, 2009 0 Comments

Justin Reed not only leads the late model and modified points races, but he’s doing quite nicely at the payout window, too. Reed leads late model drivers in money won during points races and is fourth behind to Mark Burgtorf, Jason Frankel and Lonnie Bailey when non-points events are counted. Reed is second to Michael Long in modifid […]

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Leading features does not necessarily mean leading points

May 21, 2009 0 Comments

I’m not exactly sure what this proves, but it seems mighty interesting. None of the four points leaders at the Bullring have led the most feature laps in their respective series. In fact, none are even close. Easily the most intriguing part of this revelation is that Justin Reed, who is currently leading the points in both […]

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Looking for the eventual winner? Might check the first two rows

May 20, 2009 0 Comments

Is there really that big of an advantage to starting on the pole at a short track like we have at the Bullring? That depends on how you define success: – Last week in this space I illustrated how few pole-sitters have actually won races. The count is now three out of 23 this season, […]

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Could Reed win two titles? What’s with all of the rollovers?

May 19, 2009 0 Comments

Ten things that have impressed me most as we await a big Memorial Weekend of dirt-track racing: 1. DOUBLE DUTY: Justin Reed leading both the late model and modified series in points. Could he possibly win two titles? 2. THERE GOES ANOTHER ONE: What’s with all of the rollovers this year? It’s an epidemic. Everyone […]

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