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 on hand at 8000 Broadway. That might be a hint of what’s to come in about six weeks when the United Midwestern Promoter Summernationals late models come to town.

The 410 sprints obviously drew part of that big crowd and before the end of the night there was already talk of adding another open-wheel special later in the season. We’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Powell became the first driver to win four features this season when he rallied past Steve Watkins Jr. in the hobby stock feature. Powell’s fourth victory matches the total that led the division for the entire 2008 season.

Powell looks like he has the car to take a run at Steve Carlin’s record 12 series victories in 2007, or at the least become just the second hobby stocker to reach double figures in victories.

Powell (229), Wes Mayfield (228) and Carlin (222) are the points leaders.

— Terry Houston’s flag-to-flag victory in the stock car feature was his first of the year and only the fourth at the track from the pole in the first two months of the season.  Twenty-seven features, only four pole winners. That’s borderline amazing.

Points leader Kevin Tomlinson worked his way to a second-place finish, which gave him a series-leading sixth top-five finish. Tomlinson, who started ninth, picked up seven more Improvement Points to give him a stock-car (and track) best 36 for the season.

Tomlinson (229), Abe Huls (218) and Chris Wibbell (217) are the points leaders.

— Matt Bailey won his second career late model feature, partially because he was in the right place at the right time. Mark Burgtorf looked well on his way to a fifth checkered flag when a right front flat dashed those hopes with 16 laps remaining. Bailey, running second at the time, pulled away and was never challenged.

Points leader Justin Reed has yet to win, but his second-place finish gave him four top fives in points races. No other late model driver has more than two in what is becoming a topsy-turvy — and highly interesting — season in the late model division. Reed (188), Lonnie Bailey (181) and Jerry Weisenberger (176) are the top three in points.

— Jim Moughan of Springfield, Ill., was the 410 sprint winner, coasting to a 1.81-second victory over Tom Dickerman of Cedar Hill, Mo., in the 30-lap O’Reilly Midwest All-Star Spring Series finale.

Bill Rose of Plainfield, Ind., has the top time trial clocking of 11.969 seconds around the .29-mile facility. That’s a lap speed of 87.225 mph.

— Jason Masengarb of Colona, Ill., won the 20-lap dward car (or mod lite) main event.


The following rankings are based on feature performances at Quincy, West Burlington and Donnellson for late models; Quincy, West Burlington, Donnellson and Moberly for modifieds; and Quincy, Donnellson and West Burlington for stock cars. Points are earned on a 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale.


1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 195 points
2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 148
3. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 122
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 97
5. Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 75
6. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 85
7. Jerry Weisenberger, Quincy, Ill., 57
8. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 53
9. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., Iowa, 48
10. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 37

On the bubble (minimum 30 points)
11. Terry Schlipman, Mendon, Ill., 36
12. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 35
13. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, Iowa, 34
14. Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 33
15. Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 32
16-tie. Ron Elbe, Augusta, Ill., 30
16-tie. Bill Genenbacher, Liberty, Ill., 30

Feature victories: Burgtorf 7, Jason Frankel 2.

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 5: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 4: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 3: 1. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.
Week 2: 1-tie. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill; Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.
Week 1: 1-tie. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.; Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.


1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 182 points
2. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 175
3. Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 84
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 70
5. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 66
6. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill., 65
7. Steven Delonjay, Quincy, Ill., 61
8. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, Iowa, 60
9. Vance Wilson, Curryville, Mo., 56
10. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 53

Others (minimum 45 points)
11. Dusty Kraklio, Durant, Iowa, 52
12. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 50
13. Robbie Reed, Quincy, Ill., 49

14. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 45

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 5. 1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.
Week 4: 1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.
Week 3: 1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.
Week 2: 1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.
Week 1: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa; 2. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill.

Feature victories: Long 6, Josh Foster 5, David Holder 2.


1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 187 points
2. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 133
3. Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 127
4. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa, 122
5. John Oliver, Jr., Danville, Iowa, 120
6. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill., 91
7. Doug Huls, Carthage, Ill., 76

8-tie. Chris Larson, Keokuk, Iowa, 69
8-tie. Jim Redmann, Lockridge, Iowa, 69
10. Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill., 51

On the bubble (minimum 35 points)
11. Darin Thye, Burlington, Iowa, 50
12. Andrew Griffin, Golden, Ill., 45
13. Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill., 40

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 5: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Week 4: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Week 3: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa
Week 2: 1. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; 2. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.
Week 1: 1. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa.

Feature winners: Abe Huls 3, Kevin Tomlinson 2, Jeff Cook 2, Jeff Mueller 2.


Sunday Night Stars

5 stars: Hobby stocker Jim Powell, who became the first four-feature winner of the season at the track in a wild, slam-bang main event. Powell finally wrestled the lead away from Steve Watkins Jr. with six laps to go.

4 stars: Terry Houston, who won his first stock car feature despite heavy pressure from points leader Kevin Tomlinson, John Oliver Jr. and SDRR No. 1 Abe Huls.

3 stars: Matt Bailey was there when late model feature leader Mark Burgtorf’s right front tire went flat with 16 laps to go and led the rest of the way to earn his first checkered flag of the season.

2 stars: Justin Reed, who started 10th in the late model feature, but carefully worked his way to an eventual second-place finish on an extremely slick surface. Reed’s showing helped him keep the series points lead.

1 star: Chris Wibbell ran his streak of consecutive stock car feature laps to 500. He has not missed a lap since the class started at the Bullring in April 2008.


Late models: Mark Burgtorf (2nd), Matt Bailey.

Stock cars: Chris Wibbell (2nd), Jerry Jansen.

Hobby stocks: Jim Powell (2nd), Justin Bartz.


Late models: Justin Reed

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  1. A fan says:

    Would you happen to know what has happened to all our late models?? We use to have a huge turn out and now it seems as if the modifieds and late models have flip flopped in numbers. Its sad not to see some popular drivers anymore. Denny is one of many that is missed. My sister and I are just curious to see where they all have gone….

  2. little crank fan says:

    well one reason is the track surface the late models been tearing a lotta shocks latelly and they arent cheap. plus the modifieds went to ump and that is drawing alot more of the area modified drivers and thats sad just think wat the crowd wold of been if the mods were there instead of the latemodels. dont get me wrong i love the late models too but this is the second time you didnt have the modifieds. hopefully the track willl stay the way it was sunday night and more latemodels will show up

  3. racefan says:

    We always hear about the same guys, and don’t get me wrong, they do a great job, but it would be nice to hear about some of the new guys to the track. We see these cars out there and they mention their names (if you can hear it through the roar of the cars). I’ve been watching since the beginning of race seasion and a couple of the new mod drivers are really beginning to catch on. There was one in the trophy dash last week that I’d never even heard of….where did he come from? I know they said a couple of the other drivers weren’t there last week, but this guy came outa nowhere…and didn’t do too bad!

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