It was a crazy night at the Bullring — not to mention memorable

August 31, 2009 1 Comment

Ten things I’m still thinking about concerning Sunday night’s wacky end to the points season at the Bullring:

1. Not one, but two disqualifications in the features, with one directly affecting a track championship.

Kevin Tomlinson was DQ’d after apparently wrapping up the stock car title with a third-place feature finish, only to be credited with last-place points — which cost him the championship — when a protest about him driving without a muffler was upheld. Tomlinson followed with a protest of his own about the decision, so the track title — which was awarded to feature winner Abe Huls, who entered the night five points in back of Tomlinson — is technically in limbo as this is being written. An official decision should be rendered by the IMCA at some point Monday or Tuesday.

And then there was the hobby stock feature, “won” by Steve Watkins Jr., who minutes later was disqualified during post-race inspection for having illegal control arms. That set off a semi-comedic 30 minutes or so in which the Watkins team refused to give back the championship trophy (they ultimately did) and saw the driver break his hand when he punched his car in anger.

2. Stock car driver Chris Wibbell’s worst August in his racing life continued when his transmission exploded about five seconds into hot laps. It looked like a bomb had gone off on the front stretch.

3. Justin Reed’s late model feature victory might have been his most impressive run of the season in that series. He set an IMCA engine record for the track with a 74.295 mph lap and was strong from start to finish. He wound up losing the track title by six points to Lonnie Bailey, with the difference being his sometimes-erratic second half of the season. Reed was only fifth in track points during the second half of the schedule.

4. I am still amazed Lonnie Bailey was able to win not one, but two track titles (Quincy, West Burlington) without winning at least one feature.

5. When late model driver Jerry Weisenberger started the feature, that marked five straight years he has taken the green flag for every points feature — 81 in a row. That’s the most by far of any late model driver at the track. (Hobby stock driver Steve Carlin has a streak of six years going, 109 features.)

6. Lonnie Bailey’s six-point margin of victory (622-616) in the late model division was the second-closest since IMCA scoring was adopted in 1998. Ironically, Bailey’s four-point margin (570-566) over the late Brent Slocum in 2004 is the closest.

7. Lonnie Bailey is just the fourth late model driver to win two or more titles in 35 years of racing at 8000 Broadway. Mark Burgtorf (14), Steve Farise (9) and Terry Gallaher (4) are the others.

8. Steve Carlin’s third hobby stock title left him one shy of Eddie Dieker’s series record of four. Dieker retired after the 2005 season.

9. The power and grace of Michael Long continue to amaze me. Since the modifieds went to a single class in 2006, he has won 37 features — and he has only raced the equivalent of 2 1/2 of those four seasons at Quincy. The next-highest feature victory total is Hank DeLonjay’s 11, and “The Crank” retired after the 2007 season.

10. The stock cars have been around just two years, but only one driver — Andrew Griffin — has started every feature in 2008-09.

FINAL 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.

FINAL LATE MODELS

Matt Strassheim falls just short in his late-season bid for a top-10 position.

1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 583 points 2009 SDRR champ
2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 420
3. Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 369 2008 SDRR champ
4. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 308
5. Tom Goble, Burlington, Iowa, 228
6. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, Iowa, 212
7. Keith Pratt, Quincy, Ill., 193
8. Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 182
9-tie. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 139
9-tie. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 139

On the bubble
11. Matt Strassheim, West Burlington, Iowa, 133
12. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 122
13. Jeff Aikey, Waterloo, Iowa, 119
14. Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 104
15. Colby Springsteen, Morning Sun, Iowa, 92
16. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 89
17. Boone McLaughlin, Mediaoplis, Iowa, 81
18. Jerry Weisenberger, Quincy, Ill., 85
19. Bill Genenbacher, Camp Point, Ill., 76
20. Sam Halstead, Danville, Iowa, 71
21. Gary Russell, Biggsville, Ill., 67
22. Nick Ingalls, Quincy, Ill., 62
23. Tony Fraise, Donnellson, Iowa, 60
24. Tom Bowling, Danville, Iowa, 56
25. Ron Elbe, Augusta, Ill., 54

Feature victories:
Mark Burgtorf, 13
Jason Frankel, 7

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 19: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
Week 18: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
Week 17: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
Week 16: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
Week 15: 1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill.; 2. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.
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.

FINAL MODIFIEDS

Scott Hogan finishes with a flourish — and a No. 4 ranking.

1. Josh Foster, Montrose Iowa, 499 points 2009 SDRR champ
2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 397 2008 SDRR champ
3. Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 296
4. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Ill., 259
5. Vance Wilson, Frankford, Mo., 258
6. Wyatt Lantz, Augusta, Ill., 243
7. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 235
8. Steven DeLonjay, Quincy, Ill., 209
9. Bill Roberts Jr., Burlington, Iowa, 203
10. Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill., 195

On the bubble
11. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 160
12. Donovan Lodge, Moline, Ill., 148
13. Tyler Cale, Donnellson, Iowa, 143
14. David Holder, Clarence, Mo., 127
15. Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo., 123
16. Robbie Reed, Quincy, Ill., 119
17. Dusty Kraklio, Durant, Iowa, 118
18. Andy Krieger, Burlington, Iowa, 111
19-tie. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 105
19-tie. Lonnie Heap, Media, Ill., 105
21. Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 92
22. Jared Schlipman, Mendon, Ill., 86
23-tie. Shawn Deering, Quincy, Ill., 81
23-tie. Mark Van Winkle, Hannibal, Mo., 81
25. Dean McGee, Galesburg, Ill., 78

Feature victoies:
Michael Long, 14
Josh Foster, 9

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 19: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 18: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 17: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 16: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
Week 15: 1. Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa.; 2. Michael Long, Quincy, Ill.
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.

FINAL STOCK CARS

Depending on the outcome of the protest at the Bullring, Abe Huls wins two track titles in the same weekend.

1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 613 points 2009 SDRR champ
2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa, 510
3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 307
4. Aaron Brocksieck, Camp Point, Ill., 297
5. Kevin Tomlinson, New London, Mo., 233
6. Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 223
7. Doug Huls, Carthage, Ill., 205
8. Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill., 204
9. Chris Wibbell, Dallas City, Ill., 198
10. Darin Thye, Burlington, Iowa, 174

On the bubble
11. Corey Strothman, New London, Iowa, 140
12. Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, Ill., 136
13. Jim Redmann, Lockport, Iowa, 131
14. Jerry Jansen, Plainville, Ill., 119
15. Chris Webb, Biggsville, Ill., 112
16. Kirk Kinsley, Wapello, Iowa, 112
17. Andrew Griffin, Golden, Ill., 111
18. Michael Larsen, Hannibal, Mo., 94
19. Chris Larson, Keokuk, Iowa, 77
20. Todd Holsteen, Burlington, Iowa, 70
21. Brian Holmes, Wapello, Iowa, 57
22. Greg Johnson, Burlington, Iowa, 54
23-tie. Tim Breuer, Burlington, Iowa, 51
23-tie. Cale Samberg, Burlington, Iowa, 51
25. Cole Simmons, Morning Sun, Iowa, 44

Feature victories:
Jeff Mueller, 14
Abe Huls, 7

Previous weekly leaders:
Week 19: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 18: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 17: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 16: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
Week 15: 1. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 2. Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa.
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:
Jerry Weisenberger (4th), Clint Kirkham (3rd).
Modifieds: Dave Wietholder (1st), Ryan Meyer (6th), Tony Dunker (6th). B main: Robbie Reed (3rd).
Stock cars: Andrew Griffin (3rd), Steve Steinkuhler (6th).
Hobby stocks: Adam Scott (3rd), Andrew Griffin (2nd).

Dash wins
Late models:
Season championship Sept. 13.
Modifieds: Season championship Sept. 13.

STARS OF THE NIGHT

5 stars (tie): Lonnie Bailey for winning the late model track title and becoming one of only nine drivers to win three or more track championships in the 35-year history of Quincy Raceways.

5 stars (tie): Hobby stock driver Steve Carlin for winning his third series title and joining Bailey as one of just nine men to win three or more track titles.

3 stars: Justin Reed, who won the modified track crown in his first full season in the series. Reed also won the late model feature and finished second in points.

2 stars: Abe Huls for winning the stock car track title at West Burlington (and probably in Quincy, too), not to mention the Stevie Dirt Regional Rankings championship.

1 star: Michael Long for another impressive modified feature victory. He leads all drivers in all series with 14 total victories. That gives him 85 wins at 8000 Broadway in the past three seasons.

OVERALL TRACK LEADERS

Total victories:
Michael Long, modifieds, 14
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 13
Justin Reed, late models-modifieds, 11
James Leffew, hobby stocks-modified 10
Jim Powell, hobby stocks, 10
Jason Frankel, late models, 10
Terry Houston, stock cars, 10

Feature victories:
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 7
Michael Long, modifieds, 6
Jim Powell, hobby stocks, 6
Terry Houston, stock cars, 5

Heat victories:
Nick Ingalls, late models, 6
James Leffew, hobby stocks-modifieds, 6
Tony Dunker, modifieds, 6
Steve Steinkuhler, stock cars, 6
Ryan Meyer, modifieds, 6
Vance Wilson, modifieds, 5
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 5
Jason Frankel, late models, 5
Terry Houston, stock cars, 5
Michael Long, modifieds, 5

Dash victories:
Steven DeLonjay, modifieds, 4
Lonnie Bailey, late models, 3
Justin Reed, late models-modifieds, 3
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 3

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  1. dirttracker says:

    Missed a good night of racing sounds like. Who protested Tomlinson? Seen that Mueller showed up last night….

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