Pratt-Burgtorf duel may have set tone for the week

June 29, 2009 11 Comments

We can only hope the rest of the week at the Bullring matches Sunday night’s excitement.

The Keith Pratt-Mark Burgtorf 50-lap late model feature shootout was an amazing race to witness, and the standing ovation by the crowd of more than 2,000 illustrated that point.   

Pratt led all 50 laps with Burgtorf in hot pursuit. Through both lapped traffic and clean air the two went at it, the next lap just a little more nailbiting than the previous. And I don’t think the two ever touched, which should be a lesson to about a dozen — make that two dozen — other drivers in varied classes, who seem to think it “ain’t racin’ unless you’re rubbin’.”

Congrats to both Pratt and Burgtorf for an incredible show.

Next on tap is Friday’s UMP Summernationals tour stop, a $40,000 event with a $10,000 first prize. And then follow that up with next Sunday’s midseason championships in all four weekly classes.

Methinks the fun has just begun.

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.

We’re at about the halfway point of the SDRR season and I’d say the biggest surprise is the ease Burgtorf has controlled the rankings so far. This is his eighth straight week atop the heap in a year when I expected more of a fight for No. 1.

Only three Iowa drivers in the top 10 at this stage is also a surprise, but more Quincy drivers travel to all three tracks used for the SDRR. Only a handful of Iowa drivers the last few years venture as far south as Quincy except for special shows.

LATE MODELS

1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 338 points
2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 267
3. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 236
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 175

5. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 118
6. Keith Pratt, Quincy, Ill., 114
7. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 107
8. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 100
9. Jerry Weisenberger, Quincy, Ill., 72
10. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 70

On the bubble
11. Jeff Aikey, Waterloo, Iowa, 69
12. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 64
13. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 61
14. Boone McLaughlin, Mediaoplis, Iowa, 59

Feature victories:
Mark Burgtorf, 10
Jason Frankel, 5
Matt Bailey, 2

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 10: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 9: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
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

The hottest driver — other than Josh Foster — in this portion of the SDRR might be Kevin Blackburn, who has quietly crept into the No. 14 position. He’s apparently taken over for David Holder as the king of Moberly.

1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 307 points
2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 207
3. Wyatt Lantz, Augusta, Ill., 166
4. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 138
5. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 132
6. Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 126
7. Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 124
8. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 111
9. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill., 102
10. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 97

On the bubble
11. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, Iowa, 95
12. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 78
13. Vance Wilson, Curryville, Mo., 76
14. Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo., 70

Feature winners:
Michael Long, 7
Josh Foster, 6
Wyatt Lantz, 4

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 10: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Ill.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 9: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Ill.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 8: 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

Terry Houston has been systematically working his way up the rankings and is now on the verge of cracking the top 10. The former “B” mod driver figures to be a name to watch in the second half.

1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 300 points
2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa, 275
3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 209
4. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 165
5. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill., 142
6. Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 139
7. Doug Huls, Carthage, Ill., 117

8. Jim Redmann, Lockport, Iowa, 103
9. Darin Thye, Burlington, Iowa, 102
10. Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill., 95

On the bubble
 11. Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill., 86
12. Chris Larson, Keokuk, Iowa, 77
13-tie. Andrew Griffin, Golden, Ill., 72
13-tie. Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, Ill., 72

Feature winners:
Jeff Mueller, 7
Abe Huls, 3
Jason Cook, 3

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 10: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 9: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
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.

QUINCY RACEWAYS SUNDAY NOTES

5 stars: Keith Pratt, who won the late model feature in a stirring duel with Mark Burgtorf. Pratt ledd all 50 laps, despite never-ending pressure from Burgtorf.

4 stars: Justin Reed, for winning his second modified feature and continuing to lead both the modified and late model points standings.

3 stars: Jim Powell, whose fifth hobby stock feature victory tied Burgtorf for the most at the track.

2 stars: Terry Houston, whose dominating stock car feature victory was his second of the season. Houston has led roughly 25 percent of all feature laps in the stock car series this season.

1 star: Mark Burgtorf, whose duel with Pratt showed how exciting hard, clean racing can be — with an emphasis on clean.

Heat winners
Late models: Bill Genenbacher (2nd), Lonnie Bailey (2nd), Justin Reed (1st)
Modifieds: Shawn Deering (1st), Vance Wilson (3rd), Justin Reed (1st).
Stock cars: Steve Steinkuhler (3rd), Terry Houston (2nd).
Hobby stocks: James Leffew (4th), Justin Bartz (4th).

Dash winners
Late models: Mark Burgtorf (1st).
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay (4th).

B main
Modifieds: Robbie Reed (1st).

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  1. dirt LM fan says:

    I enjoyed the LMs and other classes being on the track Sun. HOWEVER I DO NOT CONSIDER A ONE GROOVE TRACK TO BE RACING, IT IS FOLLOWING. The only class with any passing were the hobby stocks. The track is made for 3 wide racing but if you were not in the high groove you did not pass. It was something to watch Pratt and Burgtorf be so close and never touch. Even in the heats passing was nil.

  2. I agree completely! The track was terrible and the features were like watching paint dry. BORING!!! Not to mention the fact that nobody could see anything from the dust. If there was anything at all on the bottom no way would Pratt have won. Nothing against Pratt but if the track was even remotely racey garanteed we are talking about a different winner! Whomever is responsible for the track prep please make it better for the summer nats, it was sad enough to watch the best driver in QRW history afraid to get out of line and go for the win but if I pay the money to watch the big boys I want to see a race not a merry go round!! I know I know don’t go if I don’t like it right! The problem is I like to see good racing and unlike Walbring and Stevie Dirt am not on the track pay roll so I don’t have to try to tip toe around the keyboard and make it sound so much better than it was!! Get busy and prepare the track right and put on a good show friday night for the fans and I’ll come back on here and give major props to whoever makes it happen!

  3. Stevie Dirt says:

    Mr. Optimism,

    I think your name is a misnomer. You sound more like Debbie Downer. For the record, I am on no one’s payroll except The Herald-Whig. Feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say — all comments are welcome. We can always agree to disagree, but at least have your facts straight first.

    I will agree with YOU — a tacky surface would have made for better overall racing, but some nights you’re stuck with what you have. Dance with the one who brung ya and all of that. How about giving Keith Pratt a little credit? He drove a heckuva race. The conditions were the same for everyone. I’m pretty sure there was probably more than one track in the region with just one groove over the weekend.

    Mark Burgtorf is hands down the greatest driver in the history of the track — and a great guy to boot — but he can’t win EVERY race. I would guess that judging by the crowd’s reaction last night most of the people thought the feature was pretty entertaining, no matter who you were rooting for.

    See you at the Summernationals!

    — Steve Dirt

  4. I’m sorry Stevie. For the record I was rooting for the 27 of Jason Perry to win but unfortunetly he did not. Congrats to Keith Pratt great job. All the races were awesome sunday night and I for one can’t wait for friday! I’m stoked about watching multiple groove racing on a super fast track! See ya at GRANITE CITY I’ll be the first one on here saturday to get the low down on all the action at QRW because I know you’ll give it to me straight.

  5. Big O says:

    Mr Optimism how can you garantee anything other than death and taxes. For you to sit in front of your computer and type “nothing against Pratt but if there was anything at the bottom Pratt wouldn’t have won” To me that is truely against Keith Pratt! I have been helping Keith in the pits for years and I know he can race and sometimes beat the best of them. I understand Mark is very well liked in this area but like steve said he cant win them all! Give Keith some credit for 50 laps he didn’t make a mistake knowing full well that the best driver in Quincy was right behind him waiting for Pratt to slip up just one time, BUT HE DIDN”T!!!! Good job Keith!

  6. rizzle says:

    I AGREE WITH BIG O, IF KP MADE ONE SLIP IN THAT RACE IT COULD OF BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY, BUT THE MAN WITH THE NAME COOL CAT , STAYED COOL FOR 50 LAPS BELIEVE ME AS A DRIVER I NO FIRST HAND HOW HARD IT IS TO HIT YOUR MARK FOR 25 LAPS LET ALONE FOR 50 AWESOME JOB KP,AND CREW!!!

  7. LaLa says:

    I totally agree with Mr.Optimism, Pratt wouldn’t have won if he would have messed up or in fact started where Mark did. If Mark would have started where Pratt did the #33 car would have been eating dirt. Congrats to Pratt, but I believe that it was luck and for some people the luck does eventually run out! Pratt is average and Mark is a god and would have rather watched Mark win! And by me writing this it is called Freedom of Speech!

  8. Big O says:

    LALA
    Get over it Mark DID NOT WIN!!! Call it whatever you want sitting in the bleachers!! KEITH WON…… your right freedom of speech is a wonderful thing!!

  9. LaLa says:

    BIG O
    Let’s just see how many more mark will win than Keith! Pure Luck!!!!! Mark’s the real Racer!

  10. rizzle says:

    LALA
    Mark maybe the best at Quincy but why shouldn’t he be, he has raced there for years, he knows the track like the back of his hand,we all understand he is fast but lets face it,if he was so much faster than Kp then how did he not pass him, sure it was one lane race track,but I recall you calling him God, im pretty sure if he were God he could of got it done. So in conclusion lets say God can do anything, but Mark is not God, just a good racer at Quincy!

  11. LaLa says:

    Oh…..People..it’s just racing….like anyone is actually going to make it big here in Quincy anyway.

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