Archive for July, 2009

Burgtorf gets 100th IMCA career victory

July 31, 2009 1 Comment

The wait is over. Mark Burgtorf became the fifth late model driver in the modern era of the IMCA — and the first from Illinois — to reach 100 career feature victories when he collected the checkered flag Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Burgtorf, who had been trying for the elusive […]

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Who saw “Justincredible’s” modified domination coming?

July 30, 2009 2 Comments

(The following is the second of four commentaries on the state of the current championship races involving the Bullring’s four weekly series. Today: The Modifieds.) Who saw this coming? If you can honestly tell me you expected Justin Reed to be holding a comfortable points lead in the modified race at this time of the […]

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The names have changed, but the race is still there

July 29, 2009 0 Comments

It might be an incredible understatement to say what has transpired this season at the Bullring has been a surprise. Let’s start with the late models. All winter long we dreamed about a Jason Frankel-Mark Burgtorf battle for the track championship. Well, that didn’t exactly transpire did it? Burgtorf was all but blanked the first […]

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Matt Bailey trying to match Thad Trump’s 2000 feat

July 27, 2009 0 Comments

Quincy’s Matt Bailey will be going for his third straight late model feature victory Sunday at the Bullring. If he is successful, No. 52 will be the first driver not named Mark Burgtorf to win three in a row since 2000 when Thad Trump of Kahoka, Mo., turned the trick. Here’s a look at who […]

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Caution flags continue to mount for modifieds

July 26, 2009 10 Comments

Sunday night marked the eighth straight show the modifieds have collected 10 or more caution flags. (Did someone just say, “Yikes!”?) Since most of  the cautions come during the 22-car features, that means they often cut into the track’s time limits established for the various main events, which is basically one minute per scheduled lap. In […]

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“Turn back the clock” season at the Bullring?

July 25, 2009 0 Comments

This may be a turn back the clock season at the Bullring. It’s almost August and there is only one driver — Mark Burgtorf (10) — who has reached double figures in total victories. The last season we saw this kind of lack of big victory totals was 2002 when modified legend Hank “The Crank” […]

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Tight races continue for top money winners

July 25, 2009 0 Comments

The wealth is being spread around at the Bullring. With six weeks of points racing left, it looks like there will be four new champs — in terms of money earned for the points races and dashes. Keith Pratt, Mark Burgtorf and Lonnie Bailey are bunched together atop the late model cash register to see […]

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Close feature finishes have been commonplace at the Bullring

July 23, 2009 0 Comments

If it seems like there has been an abundance of close feature finishes this season at the Bullring, well … there has been. In a whopping 25 of 39 late model, modified and stock car main events, the margin of victory has been less than a second. The hobby stocks do not use transponders, so there is […]

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Holtschlag good addition to track hierarchy

July 22, 2009 0 Comments

I came away very impressed from a recent conversation with Bullring co-owner Paul Holtschlag. If you don’t know Paul, he came on board with Tony Rhinberger just before the start of the season. He’s an extremely successful local businessman, owning Kutter’s restaurant down on the riverfront and a series of care centers in Missouri. But his background […]

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Dunker closing in on 100-victory mark

July 21, 2009 0 Comments

Tony Dunker is taking aim on becoming the fourth driver to reach 100 career victories at the Bullring since we began charting such stuff in 1999. The two-time track champion sits at 92 wins after his most-recent victory, a heat-race on July 12. Dunker’s latest victory also moved him into fourth place ahead of the […]

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