Honest Abe, Augusta Assassin leave weekend marks

June 15, 2009 1 Comment

Some late model-modified-stock car thoughts following an eventful weekend across the Tri-State area:

– Have you noticed what driver has held the No.1 position the longest this season in any of the the three Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings charts? Mark Burgtorf? Nope. Michael Long? Nah. If your guess was Honest Abe Huls you’d be 100 percent correct.

Huls is under attack from about a half-dozen challengers, but he’s held the top spot for seven straight weeks and shows no sign of weakening.

– Congrats to modified driver Wyatt Lantz, the “Augusta Assassin,” who won features on both IMCA and UMP tracks over the weekend. Lantz is a nice guy who struggled in 2008 and has blown three motors already in 2009. He was due for some good luck.

– Two late model drivers who are having nice, solid seasons and might be overlooked by many: No. 3 Lonnie Bailey, No. 6 Keith Pratt.

– Someone needs to make a run at Josh Foster pretty soon or the modified rankings will simply become a race to see who can finish No. 2.

– A couple of stock car drivers who have quietly shifted into second gear without much fanfare: No. 15 Jerry Jansen, No. 12 Andrew Griffin.

STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS: YEAR 2

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.

LATE MODELS

Most of the focus Sunday night was on the near-blanket feature finish of Tom Goble, Justin Reed and Lonnie Bailey, but sneaking in fourth was Mark Burgtorf, who picked up 12 big points to further pad his advantage.

1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 271 points
2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 202
3. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 171
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 145

5. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 102
6. Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 89
7. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 75

8-tie. Jeff Aikey, Waterloo, Iowa, 69
8-tie. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 69
10. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 68

Others (minimum 40 points)
11. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 64
12. Jerry Weisenberger, Quincy, Ill., 57
13. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 53

14-tie. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 49
14-tie. Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 49
16. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 44
17. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, Iowa, 42

Feature victory leaders: Mark Burgtorf 9 (corrected total), Jason Frankel 3, Matt Bailey 2.

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 8: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 7: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 6: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
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

MODIFIEDS

Wyatt Lantz’s big weekend launched him to fourth place, his highest ranking since the inception of the SDRR in 2008.

1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 270 points
2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 182
3. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 123
4. Wyatt Lantz, Augusta, Ill., 121
5. Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 109
6. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill., 102
7. Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 101
8. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 95

9. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 91
10-tie. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 85
10-tie. Bill Roberts, Burlington, Iowa, 85

Others (minimum 50 points)
12. Mark Van Winkle, Hannibal, Mo., 69
13. Dusty Kraklio, Durant, Iowa, 62
14. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 58
15. Vance Wilson, Curryville, Mo., 56
16. Donovan Lodge, Moline, Ill., 54

17. Lonnie Heap, media, Ill., 51

Feature victory leaders: Michael Long 6, Josh Foster 5, Wyatt Lantz 3, Brandon Rothzen 2, David Holder 2.

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 7: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Ill.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 7: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Ill.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 6: 1. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.
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

STOCK CARS

Aaron Brocksieck’s final-lap rally Sunday night cost Honest Abe Huls a fourth featrue victory — and a bigger lead over Jeff Mueller.

1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 250 points
2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa, 225
3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 172
4. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasn, Iowa, 165
5. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill., 130
6. Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 127
7. Doug Huls, Carthage, Ill., 104
8. Jim Redmann, Lockport, Iowa, 95
9. Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill., 85
10. Darin Thye, Burlington, Iowa, 82

Others (minimum 40 points)
11. Chris Larson, Keokuk, Iowa, 77
12-tie. Andrew Griffin, Golden, Ill., 67
12-tie. Chris Webb, Biggsville, Ill., 67
14. Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill., 59
15. Jerry Jansen, Plainville, Ill., 44
16. Levi Long, Payson, Ill., 43

Feature victory leaders: Jeff Mueller 5, Abe Huls 3, Jason Cook 3, Kevin Tomlinson 2.

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 8: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 7: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 6: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
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.

SUNDAY NIGHT QUINCY RACEWAYS NOTES

5 stars: Modified driver Wyatt Lantz, whose Sunday night feature victory gave him weekend wins on both IMCA and UMP tracks.

4 stars: Tom Goble, whose feature victory was his first “official” late model checkered flag. He was awarded a first place in 2008 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington after the ”winner” was later disqualified.

3 stars: Aaron Brocksieck for winning his first stock car feature. He was the 2008 hobby stock champ and made the jump to stocks this season.

2 stars: Hobby stocker Mike Wiley gets one star for winning his first-ever feature and one star for providing everyone with a good chuckle. After a late-race caution, Wiley pulled into the infield while leading the race, thinking it had ended. Officials allowed him to rejoin the field — at the front.

1 star: Flagman Steve Blickhan, whose right arm is probably ready to fall off today after a season-high 27 cautions. And that number does not include another half dozen or so yellows for drivers jumping restarts. 

Heat Winners:

Late models: Ron Elbe (1st), Robby Warner (1st), Nick Ingalls (3rd).

Modifieds: Vance Wilson (2nd), Tony Dunker (4th), Ryan Meyer (3rd).

Stock cars: Abe Huls (3rd), Steve Steinkuhler (1st).

Hobby stocks: Justin Bartz (3rd), Mike Wiley (1st).

Dashes:

Late models: Robby Warner (1st).

Modifieds: Justin Reed (2nd).

B main:

Modifieds: Wyatt Lantz.

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  1. Mod Fan says:

    Last night was great!!! Way to go Wyatt Lantz he FIANLLY got a win down here at the bullring. Great to see it! Last night was one crazy night but some people got to take advantage of it! Hopefully they can work on the track a little more, it was looking like a few of the turns where becoming a little “bumpy” Reguardless what a awesome night of racing!! Congrats again to Wyatt, after all those cautions he was still rocking and he claimed that flag! I don’t think anyone was going to get it from him, he had his eye on the prize lol…. :-)

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