Justin Reed acceptance speech highlight of the night

January 30, 2010 12 Comments

Tony Dunker warned me earlier in the week that Justin Reed’s acceptance speech at the Quincy Raceways awards banquet Saturday night  might be of filibuster proportion.

He was right.

Reed was honored as the 2009 modified track champion, driving Dunker’s No. 4st car. And Reed may have taken longer to deliver his thank-you’s than he did winning some of those features last summer.

qrBy the time Reed had concluded there were about a dozen fellow drivers and friends standing pointing to their watches.

All kidding aside, Reed did have a lot of good things to say.

“This (championship) is something for Tony’s guys,” Reed said. “I can’t thank guys like Tony, Brandon Brown and Dave Sapp enough for giving me the chance to drive one of their cars.”

Other champions honored included Lonnie Bailey in the late models, Abe Huls in stock cars and Steve Carlin in hobby stocks.

NOTES FROM BULLRING NATION:

— Abe Huls assured he will be back to defend that stock car title.

— Joe Bliven informed he is returning to racing Friday nights at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, running a sport mod. He’ll also be running on selected weekends at Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo. And, yes, he’ll still be a tech on Sunday nights in Quincy.

— Lonnie Bailey, in his 30th year of racing, poked fun at himself whan talking about the two track titles he won last summer. “I won two track championships without winning a feature,” he said. “I’m not sure what that’s telling me.” (Bailey also won the latge model title at 34 Raceway in West Burlingtn, Iowa.)

— Retiring Steve Blickhan and Don Hummel were honored for their service at the track. Blickhan had been flagging at the Bullring since the early 1980s. Hummel has spent most of his time as a wrecker driver and was around at the very beginning of the track’s history in 1975. He told me he remembered standing in a cornfield when the late Albert Scott and son Bob began marking off the distances and parameters for what is now the cathedral of commotion at 8000 Broadway.

— Rookies of the year honored were Jake Powers (hobby stocks), Aaron Brocksieck (stock cars) and Trent Grotz (mods). There was no official rookie of the year in late models so Steve Blickhan was acknowledged for wanting to be a late model driver.

— People’s Choice awards were earned by Tanner Klingele (hobby stocks), Aaron Brocksieck (stock cars), Steven DeLonjay (mods) and Mark Burgtorf (late models).

— Claiming most improved driver acknowledgements were Mike Wiuley (hobby stocks), Andrew Griffin (stock cars), Shawn Deering (mods) and Justin Reed (late models).

— Hard charger awards went to Jim Powell (hobby stocks), KevinTomlinson (stock cars), Steven DeLonjay (mods) and Justin Reed (late models).

— Best track packers were Jim Powell (hobby stocks), Michael Larsen (stock cars), Shawn Deering (mods) and Dave Sapp Jr. (late models).

— Best appearing awards went to Adam Scott (hobby stocks), Chris Wibbell (Stock cars), Tony Dunker (mods) and Matt Bailey (late models).

— Sportsmanship awards went to Tanner Klingele (hobby stocks), Andrew Griffin (stockc ars), Donovan Lodge (mods) and Jerry Weisenberger (late models).

— Some of the more interesting attendance awards went to Mark Burgtorf for 20 years, Lonnie Bailey 15, Bill Genenbacher 11, Dave Wietholder 10 and Tony Dunker for 10. Those are cumulative awards, not consecutive.

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  1. Stevie Dirt Fan says:

    Stevie Dirt, Weren’t you also honored tonight?

  2. seighinger says:

    Thanks for asking … and yes. But the night was about the racers!! (Not sure whose idea the award was, but it was greatly appreciated and I was totally surprised. Outside of my family, I don’t think there is anything I love more in life than Sunday nights at the Bullring.)

  3. mad mable says:

    I was very suprised when Aaron was named rookie of the year over Terry. Terry won 5 Features and 5 heats and had overall fast time in the stock cars class. Oh well some people see things different than I. Mad Mabel.

  4. Jack Walbring says:

    The Rookie of the year award is based upon average feature finish. It is not an award that is determined by point standings. Terry was not eligible for the award as he has raced in the modified division in the past and a driver is not eligible for the award if they have raced in a higher division in previous seasons. The IMCA rule book reads as follows for the Rookie Award: “3. ROOKIE STATUS: To be considered a rookie in any division, driver must not have previously participated in any more than four IMCA sanctioned races in that division. Driver may not drop down a division and still be considered a rookie – progression of order is as follows: Sport Compact, Hobby Stock, SportMod™, Stock Car, Modified, Sprint Car, Late Model.” This award is not based on how anyone “SEES” it. Terry had a great year and should be congratulated for it and we wish him the best in his future racing endevours.

  5. mad mable says:

    Jack, Terry ran only in the B-Mod class. The B-Mod class isn’t even an IMCA class. Right or wrong. Mad Mable

  6. well said jack,yes i did race imca mod. one year at quincy and one year at donnelson

  7. Easy Chair says:

    Saturday night was a special night and I just want to once again thank Quincy Raceways for allowing me to have been a part of QR family. It’s going to be very hard not to be in the flagstand on Sunday nights but there comes a time. (Good luck Chris) Congrats also to Don and Stevie Dirt a well deserved award. Tony D I’ll consider your offer when they start a senior citizens class until then I will for sure be in the stands watching. Best of luck to all the drivers in 2010.

  8. mad mable says:

    Jack, Mad Mable was wrong again. Please accept my apology. Mad Mable

  9. TEAM4FAN says:

    i’m not going to make any “JUNGLE BOOK” references , but , congrats to all of the guys this past year.
    STEVIE DIRT !!!…. YOU SAY THE NIGHT WAS ABOUT THE DRIVERS , YES , BUT THE AWARD THAT WAS PRESENTED TO YOU WAS ALSO WELL DESERVED. DONT PUT YOURSELF ON THE BACK BURNER BUDDY , WHAT YOU DO FOR THE SPORT IN QUINCY IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED (at least in my eyes , & i’m sure many will agree) I MEAN , IF IT WASNT FOR YOU , HOW WOULD WE KNOW HOW MANY POINTS TEAM4 WOULD NEED TO PASS #35 & #7 TOTAL CAREER POINTS IF THEY ONLY SHOWED UP ON NIGHTS WHEN THERE WAS A FULL MOON & THE TEMP WAS ABOVE 86degrees THE WEEK AFTER SAPPP ROLLS 1 OF THE CARS ??????? (your thinkin about it aint ya ????)
    ONCE AGAIN , WELL DESERVED STEVIE ! ! ! YOU DA MAN !!!!

    ~~ SKIPP DUNKER

  10. Girl Mod fan says:

    I have to second that emotion skipp!! Stevie you doing an awesome job please keep up the good work and keep ‘em coming!!! winter would be rough without you. Have to get racin’ talk somewhere… Water coolers been a little dry… Maybe I need to try the beer cooler ;-)

  11. Larry Loney says:

    Hi, I justed wanted to let everyone know that Deo Loney really wished he could be back for the banquet. He is in the hospital in Houston. He has stage 4 lung cancer and his presently doing chemo. Last friday he developed a bloodclot and we’re getting it tended to. He so much wants to return back to the track as he much loves the sport. At this time thats not going to be possible. Mom (Mary) who works the back gate would like to be there but is taking care of dad. If anyone would like to send a card they can be sent to Deo Loney 12119 Prado Woods Cypress Tx Thanks very much and have great season Thanks Larry Loney

  12. racinfever says:

    Glad to see Chris and the 52 guys got best looking stock car. They had TERRIBLE luck the last half of the season and got tore up most every night and the next week that car would look just awesome. Its nice to see people realized how hard they worked to keep that car nice when things were goin so bad for them. Too bad their luck went that way he was a good contender for the title

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