The following is the sixth in a 10-part countdown of highlights and lowlights at Quincy Raceways during the decade of the 2000s.
It’s not an official statistic or a recognized award, but it is certainly an accomplishment — and a most difficult one.
It’s called the “triple crown,” winning the midseason and championship races, plus the track title. And it only happened six times by five drivers during the 2000-09 decade.
Accomplishing a triple crown is no fluke, evidenced by the caliber of drivers who have been able to accomplish the feat. Mark Burgtorf, Michael Long, Wyatt Lantz, Tony Dunker and Dave Wietholder are all household names.
Here’s a triple-crown rundown:
2006: Mark Burgtorf
2003: Mark Burgtorf
2007: Michael Long
2005: Wyatt Lantz (“B” modifieds)
2004: Tony Dunker (“B” modifieds)
2001: Dave Wietholder
Were there any other drivers who came close? A few. Three times a driver won midseason and season races, but did not win the track championship:
2007: Steve Carlin, hobby stocks
2001: Kelly Bartz, “B” modifieds
2000: Joe Bliven, “B” modifieds