Archive for October, 2009

Burgtorf makes mark as Late Model Driver of the Year

October 30, 2009 3 Comments
Burgtorf makes mark as Late Model Driver of the Year

He left his mark. Mark Burgtorf did not win the track title at the Bullring, but there was ltitle else he did not accomplish at 8000 Broadway and around the immediate region. Burgtorf is the Stevie Dirt Late Model Driver of the Year. Burgtorf dominated much of the Tri-State area, shown in his dominant No. […]

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All-decade race ‘team’ in Saturday’s Herald-Whig

October 30, 2009 2 Comments

The Herald-Whig’s all-decade racing ‘team” will be featured in Saturday’s sports section. I think it will spark some interesting debate and offseason conversation. Drop me a line on this blog to tell me what you think.

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Run, ‘Forrest,’ run: Justin Reed is Mod Driver of the Year

October 29, 2009 1 Comment
Run, ‘Forrest,’ run: Justin Reed is Mod Driver of the Year

In a way, it’s kind of a shame Justin Reed won the modified track title at the Bullring in his first full season in the series. Why? Because there’s no place for the 22-year-old to go but down. Reed’s 58-point margin of victory in the modified series helped earn him Stevie Dirt Driver of the Year […]

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Abe Huls collects Driver of the Year honors in stock cars

October 28, 2009 0 Comments
Abe Huls collects Driver of the Year honors in stock cars

When Abe Huls won the stock car track championship on the final night of points racing at the Bullring, it was arguably just icing on the cake en route to his winning the Stevie Dirt Driver of the Year award in this series. Huls’ resume was pretty complete prior to that accomplishment, having dominated the Stevie Dirt […]

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Carlin earns Hobby Stock Driver of the Year award

October 27, 2009 0 Comments
Carlin earns Hobby Stock Driver of the Year award

  STEVIE DIRT NOTE: The following is the first of four Driver of the Year and all-Dirt team awards. Coming up in the following days will be the Stock Car, Modified and Late Model honors.   Probably the toughest decision among this year’s Driver of the Year awards came in the hobby stock division, where […]

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Late model car count drops, modifieds flourishing

October 25, 2009 2 Comments
Late model car count drops, modifieds flourishing

The streak is over. For the first time since 2004, the late model car count at the Bullring did not average 20 or higher per show, falling just short at 19. That average was still considered healthy, just not in the same neighborhood as, say, 2006 when the per-show norm was 25. Modifieds continued their […]

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Reed voted late model DIRTy Driver of the Year

October 23, 2009 0 Comments

Justin Reed came up short in his bid for the late model track championship, but has emerged as the first DIRTy Driver of the Year following a week-long online vote among race fans. Reed captured 38.4 percent of 352 votes cast to finish ahead of closest challengers Mark Burgtorf (24.7 percent) and track champ Lonnie […]

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Some drivers have built impressive streaks of consistency

October 20, 2009 3 Comments

Consistency is the mark of a champion, at the very least a contender. With that in mind, examine the following: LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK(s) OF FINISHING IN THE TOP 5 IN TRACK POINTS (Drivers who have won a track championship are in bold face) LATE MODELS Mark Burgtorf, 7 years Lonnie Bailey, 3 Justin Reed, 3 Jason Perry, […]

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Does Houston deserve stock car favorite’s tag for 2010?

October 18, 2009 10 Comments

So who should be favored to win the 2010 stock car title at the Bullring? Defending champ Abe Huls? Kevin Tomlinson? Terry Houston? Aaron Brocksieck? Steve Steinkuhler? Chris Wibbell? What if Jeff Mueller returns to race full-time? Or Dave Wietholder? And I think you can easily add a handful of other names into that mix, […]

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Hobby stock transition period should continue in 2010

October 16, 2009 0 Comments

The hobby stock series has gradually morphed its way back into what it was originally designed be — an entry level type of division. Outside of No. 2-ranked  Steve Carlin, who won his third series championship this season, none of the track’s all-time top 10 drivers were in action this year. That spells transition. Younger […]

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