The following is the fourth in a 10-part countdown of highlights and lowlights at Quincy Raceways during the decade of the 2000s.
There were 24 different track champs at the Bullring during the 2000-09 decade, but there was a very familiar name when it came to the driver who won the most titles.
Late model ace Mark Burgtorf collected six series championships, running his career total to a track-record 14. Burgtorf strung together titles in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Ironically, Burgtorf enters the new decade without a championship for two straight years, the longest “drought” in his career since he won his first Quincy crown in 1992.
Only four drivers at 8000 Broadway won three or more titles in the just-completed decade. Hank DeLonjay won four championships in the old “A” modified division, while Steve Carlin and Eddie Dieker each earned three titles with the hobby stocks/bombers.
DeLonjay won the most consecutive crowns in the decade, rolling to four in a row between 2002-05. Burgtorf won three straight between 2005-07.
MOST TRACK TITLES IN THE 2000-09 DECADE
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 6
Hank DeLonjay, “A” modifieds, 4
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks/bombers, 3
Eddie Dieker, bombers, 3
Lonnie Bailey, late models, 2
Michael Long, modifieds, Long, 2
Steven Delonjay, hornets, 2
Tony Dunker, “B” modifieds, 2
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CHAMPIONS BY SERIES
Late models: 4
Hobby stocks: 6
Stock cars: 2