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 the mods’ case, that means 25 minutes for 25 laps.

Five of 13 modified features have been cut short this summer, including Sunday night to 19 laps. And in each case, track officials have bent the rules a bit, allowing for some extra time in an effort to try and get all the scheduled laps run. On Sunday, the mod feature went almost 33 minutes and still could not be finished.

Personally, the cautions don’t bother me. I would gladly wait there an hour because I think it’s important to complete whatever the designated amount of laps are, but I understand not everyone feels that way and at some point the crashfests have to end.

Here’s an idea that might work. How about shortening the modified features to 20 laps, but still allowing 25 minutes? Or keep them at 25 laps and increase the time limit to 30? Or, as I have heard some tracks do, each time there is a caution a lap is cut off the feature.

The modifieds have proven year after year they’re going to crash and spin more frequently than the other series. It’s like death and taxes, modified cautions are a part of life and I think we have to find a better way to deal with them.

Here’s a look the ongoing streak of 10-plus cautions for modified shows:

May 31: 11 yellow flags
(June 7: rained out)
June 14: 13 yellow flags
June 21: 11 yellow flags
June 28: 14 yellow flags
(July 3: modifieds did not race)
July 5: 10 yellow flags
July 12: 16 yellow flags
July 19: 11 yellow flags
July 26: 16 yellow flags

Total cautions during streak: 102
Average cautions per week during streak: 12.5

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

This makes 12 straight weeks at No. 1 for Mark Burgtorf as Quincy drivers continue to dominate the late model rankings.

1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 425 points
2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 320
3. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 295
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 234

5. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 160
7. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 157
6. Keith Pratt, Quincy, Ill., 151
8. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 140
9. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 112
10. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 106

On the bubble
11. Jeff Aikey, Waterloo, Iowa, 99
12-tie. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 96
12-tie. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, Iowa, 96
14. Jerry Weisenberger, Quincy, Ill., 77
15-tie. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 75
15-tie. Boone McLaughlin, Mediaoplis, Iowa, 75
17. Bill Genenbacher, Camp Point, Ill., 62
18. Nick Ingalls, Quincy, Ill., 54
19. Sam Halstead, Danville, Iowa, 53
20. Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 50
21-tie. Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 49
21-tie. Robby Warner, Quincy, Ill., 49
23. Ron Elbe, Augusta, Ill., 48
24-tie. Clint Kirkham, Camden, Ill., 40
24-tie. Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa, 40

Feature victories:
Mark Burgtorf, 10
Jason Frankel, 6
Matt Bailey, 4
Tom Goble, 3

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 14:
1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
Week 13: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 12: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
Week 11: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill.
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

 Barring a major meltdown, Josh Foster will be the first Iowa driver to claim an SDRR championship.

1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 393 points
2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 257
3. Wyatt Lantz, Augusta, Ill., 242
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 202
5. Vance Wilson, Frankford, Mo., 198
6. Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 184
7. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 164
8. Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 182
9. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, Iowa, 155
10. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 147

On the bubble
11. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 128
12. Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo., 123
13. David Holder, Clarence, Mo., 107
14. Donovan Lodge, Moline, Ill., 106
15. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 105
16. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill., 103
17. Robbie Reed, Quincy, Ill., 101
18. Dusty Kraklio, Durant, Iowa, 88
19. Mark Van Winkle, Hannibal, Mo., 81
20. Lonnie Heap, Media, Ill., 73
21-tie. Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 64
21-tie. Shawn Deering, Quincy, Ill., 64
23. Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 61
24. Adam Birck, Canton, Mo., 46
25-tie. Jared Schlipman, Quincy, Ill., 43
25-tie. Ryan Meyer, Liberty, Ill., 43

Feature winners:
Michael Long, 9
Josh Foster, 6
Wyatt Lantz, 5

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 14:
1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 13: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 12: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 11: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 10: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 9: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 8: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 7: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa; 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

 This is the only one of the three series that has drivers from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri in the top five.

1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 419 points
2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa, 325
3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 231
4. Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 209
5. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 178
7. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill., 175
6. Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill., 168
9. Doug Huls, Carthage, Ill., 148
8. Darin Thye, Burlington, Iowa, 128
10. Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill., 124

On the bubble
11. Jim Redmann, Lockport, Iowa, 111
12. Jerry Jansen, Plainville, Ill., 91
13. Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, Ill., 90

14. Chris Webb, Biggsville, Ill., 89
15. Andrew Griffin, Golden, Ill., 88
16. Corey Strothman, New London, Iowa, 81
17. Chris Larson, Keokuk, Iowa, 77
18. Michael Larsen, Hannibal, Mo., 72
18. Kirk Kinsley, Wapello, Iowa, 64
20. Tim Breuer, Burlington, Iowa, 46
21. Cole Simmons, Morning Sun, Iowa, 44
22. Levi Long, Payson, Ill., 43
23. Bo Hunter, Burlington, Iowa, 42
24. Cale Samberg, Burlington, Iowa, 40
25. Todd Holsteen, Burlington, Iowa, 37

Feature winners:
Jeff Mueller, 9
Abe Huls, 4
Kevin Tomlinson, 4
Terry Houston, 3
Jason Cook, 3

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 14:
1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 13: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 12: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 11: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
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

Heat wins
Late models: Clint Kirkham (2nd), Nick Ingalls (5th) .
Modifieds: Robbie Reed (2nd), Jared Schlipman (3rd), Ronnie Woods (1st).
Stock cars: Michael Larsen (1st), Doug Huls (3rd)..
Hobby stocks: Nathan Hayes (1st), Bobby Anders (3rd).

Dash wins
Late models:
Dustin Griffin (1st).
Modifieds: Tony Dunker (2nd).

STARS OF THE NIGHT

5 stars: Late model driver Matt Bailey, who won his second straight feature and now has more points than any other driver in the series in the second half of the season.

4 stars: Stock car driver Kevin Tomlinson, who won his fourth feature and moved into with with No. 1-ranked Abe Huls for the track points lead.

3 stars: Modified hotsoee Steven DeLonjay, whose second feature win came in flag-to-flag fashion.

2 stars: Joey Gower, the late model driver who overpowered the feature field for 27 laps, but wound up a close second to Matt Bailey.

1 star: Tanner Klingele, who officially has his first hobby stock checkered flag. Klingele was awarded the victory when Bobby Anders was disqualified for having illegal heads on his motor.

OVERALL TRACK LEADERS

Total victories:
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 10
Justin Reed, late models-modifieds, 9
James Leffew, hobby stocks, 9
Michael Long, modifieds, 8
Wyatt Lantz, modifieds, 8
Jim Powell, hobby stocks, 7
Terry Houston, stock cars, 7
Steven DeLonjay, modifieds, 7
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 7
Lonnie Bailey, late models, 6
Kevin Tomlinson, stock cars, 6
Vance Wilson, modifieds, 6
Travis Booher, hobby stocks, 6
Jason Frankel, late models, 5
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 5
Wes Mayfield, hobby stocks, 5
Travis Booher, hobby stocks, 5
Nick Ingalls, late models, 5
Robbie Reed, modifieds, 5
Matt Bailey, late models, 5

Feature victories:
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 5
Jim Powell, hobby stocks, 5
James Leffew, hobby stocks, 4
Kevin Tomlinson, stock cars, 4
Justin Reed, modifieds-late models, 3
Wyatt Lantz, modifieds, 3
Jason Frankel, late models, 3
Terry Houston, stock cars, 3
Michael Long, modifieds, 3
Matt Bailey, late models, 3

Heat victories:
Nick Ingalls, late models, 5
Vance Wilson, modifieds, 5
James Leffew, hobby stocks, 5
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 5
Steve Steinkuhler, stock cars, 4
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 4
Justin Bartz, hobby stocks, 4
Steve Steinkuhler, stock cars, 4
Sarah Woodhurst, stock cars, 4
Wes Mayfield, hobby stocks, 4
Wyatt Lantz, modifieds, 4
Travis Booher, hobby stocks, 4
Terry Houston, stock cars, 4
Ryan Meyer, modifieds, 4

Dash victories:
Steven DeLonjay, modifieds, 4
Lonnie Bailey, late models, 3
Justin Reed, late models-modifieds, 3
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 2
Ron Elbe, late models, 2
Joey Gower, late models, 2
Dave Wietholder, modifieds, 2
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 2

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  1. Dirt fan 0F says:

    Here is an idea for the mod features. These drivers should get a chance to race the whole feature. I think the time limit should not include the down time during cautions that it takes the track officials to get things back in line. If anyone should have a time limit it should be the track staff. I go to burlington and they never have issues like this. I mean seriously, when there is a wreck it takes the wrecker people 15 minutes to hook up a car. Whats the problem, do they get to the car and have to draw up a plan. I agree they should put a one spin rule in affect for some of the drivers that consistantly spin out. But they shouldn’t punish the front runners and us fans that pay $10-$15 to go watch the races. Once they figure out how to redo the line up after a caution, they should figure out how to put another racing groove in the track so we don’t have to watch follow the leader. I’m not spending another dime at that track until they get it figured out. Maybe listen to the people that owned it for how many ever years. They put on some good races, why can’t you figure it out. You get these big races in town and your gonna run them right on out if you don’t give them something to race on.

  2. super welder says:

    Man somebody must really not like how well the Houston 97 is doing this year. 2 weeks in a row? come on!

  3. Dirt fan 0F says:

    What is up with the Houston 97 thing? Fill me in.

  4. super welder says:

    last week they send him to the back for another guys mistakes, then last night dq him for doing what anybody else would have done . I agree with you on the track staff. They need to do something. I usually leave early when modifieds are last.

  5. little crank fan says:

    i agree with the dirt fan 0F our track staff is terrible at getting them lined back up in a decent time. another thing you may wanna put into perspective is changing the tire rule for mofdifieds. you do that and guarantee you wont have the spinouts and cautions you do. cant forget to say congrats to little crank on another great run last night way to keep your own and run your line.

  6. TEAM4 FAN says:

    i would have to bring to attention the fact ( or my opinion ) that 90% of the mod cautions are brought on by the same 10 “drivers” week in & week out …. i always thought that the intro class was hobby stock , not mods ! ! ! ! ! Trying to run in a top notch mod class on a hobby budget is no good for anyone , ( fans or serious drivers ) & YES this is a top notch class , there are a good 15 quality drivers that come to the BULLRING every week , who spend ALOT of time & $$$$$ to run a good program , then are robbed of the chance to showcase their skills & equipment because they only get to run 8 laps in a feature . ( 2 laps at a time between cautions ) remember the RIVER CITY RUMBLE a few weeks ago?? top 10 DRIVERS in that race , i may be wrong , but , 2 cautions in 30 laps ?? ( maybe 1 ) THAT was GREAT racing !!!!! like anything else ,, once you weed out the riff raff , the show can go on ! ! ! ! !

    p.s. still no dippin dots at the concession stand ……… DAMM !!!!!

  7. Dirt fan 0F says:

    Can Stevie Dirt See that this conversations get to the track owners, maybe it will open there eyes and really listen to the people that pay there paycheck. Listen to the people that race here and listen to the people that come to watch every week. Then maybe you could become one of the premier tracks in illinois. But i’m tired of watching follow the leader racing, I can watch that on t.v. every sunday if I wanted to.

  8. Mod Fan says:

    Have to agree with team4fan, the river city rumble was a great race, just like it should be. The cautions seem to be caused by the same people over and over and over again. As the class continues to grow they need to take another look at how things are being handled. The Mods are a great class and have some real talent, but are not getting the chance to show what they have due to cautions. No one likes a 2 laps at a time race, it gets old quickly. To have a real run at points they need to look at ways to improve feature time. I want to see the mod’s do a real feature! 25 laps of non stop true racing action, everyone knows that when they get going and there aren’t a lot of cautions it gets your blood pumping and your heart racing. Thats racin’ baby! Hopefully they can come up with something to give the fans what we want and pay for. Also hopefully they are listening to the racers who know first hand what is truly going on down there. Its easy to see what we want to see when watching from afar. Hopefully some of the mod drivers can take some reasoning and exapmles as well as suggestions to the owners and see if they would PLEASE listen to them, if not for us, then for the drivers that dedicate their time and money every Sunday to try and give the fans what we want!!! =o)

  9. I wonder why they don’t ever run the mods first when the track is only slightly burnt up? If they are going to enforce the time limit anyway why not put them out there when there is still a little grip instead of throwing them out there on an ice rink. I agree completely about the rumble being awesome but it was also early in the order and the guys could actually find some grip to race on and not try to tiptoe around a burnt up track that doesn’t even seem to rubber down. If they keep running behind the hard tire imca classes all year it is going to be more of the same especially on an already super hard track that seems to shed water instead of soaking it in!

  10. TEAM4 FAN says:

    HEY STEVIE , what would happen if they ran a 16 car “A” main , with only 2 cars from a consy moving to the main , & pay “show up money” for the “B” ? everyone gets their 2 races in , & dont really go home flat busted.

    i would bet that an “A” main with 16 cars could pull off a 30 lap feature with no time limit

    – skip

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