Jared Schlipman and Tanner Klingele both won their second consecutive features Sunday night at the Bullring — and both now find themselves in the thick of a championship hunt.
Schlipman stormed past Tony Dunker in dramatic fashion in the closing laps of the modified feature, while Klingele made the most of a late restart to collect the checkered flag in the hobby stock main event.
Jason Perry in the late models and Honest Abe Huls in the stock cars were the other feature winners as 8000 Broadway raced for only the fourth Sunday evening this season and just the second time since April 18.
Schlipman was finally able to power past Dunker on the high side in lap 19 and went on to win his second career modified feature. In doing so, Schlipman climbed to third in the series points standings. Dave Wietholder, who was sixth in the feature, leads with 260 points, followed by defending champ Justin Reed (238) and Schlipman (232).
Klingele found himself inheriting the lead after a lap 18 caution that sent Jake Powers to the rear of the field for rough driving. Klingele held off Jim Powell for the third feature win of his fledgling career. Steve Carlin (151) maintained the hobby stock points lead despite an 11th-place finish feature finish that was no fault of his own. Carlin was in the wrong place at the wrong time when Bobby Anders and Larry Powell tangled on lap seven. Jim Powell (147), Powers (144), Anders (143) and Klingele (141) are all bunched within 10 points of the series lead.
Perry was impressive in his late model victory, leading the last 17 laps. He has also built an 11-point lead (85-74) over Justin Reed at the top of the late model standings. Reed was fifth in the feature behind runner-up Denny Woodworth, Lonnie Bailey and Keith Pratt.
Huls outlasted Terry Houston by 0.359 of a second in an entertaining stock car feature. Houston leads Huls (155-150) in the series points standings.
STEVIE DIRT REGIONAL RANKINGS: YEAR 3
Denny Woodworth’s second-place feature showing Sunday night at the Bullring tightened the late model rankings, while Abe Huls’ checkered flag in the stock car main event allowed him to move closer to points leader Jeff Mueller.
Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 101 points
Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 82
Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill., 66
Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 47
Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 45
Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 41
Michael Long, Quincy, Ill., 140 points
Josh Foster, Montrose, Iowa, 92
Rich Smith, Davenport, Iowa, 79
Brandon Rothzen, Raritan, Ill., 75
Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 62
Dave Wietholder, Liberty, Ill., 60
Wyatt Lantz, Bowen, Ill., 52
Jared Schlipman, Mendon, Ill., 51
Jeff Mueller, New London, Iowa, 159 points
Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill., 111
Terry Houston, Mount Sterling, Ill., 80
Jason Cook, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 72
Jim Redmann, Lockridge, Iowa, 65
Steve Steinkuhler, Camp Point, Ill., 58
Andrew Griffin, Golden, Ill., 54
SUNDAY NIGHT BULLRING STARS
5 Stars: Jared Schlipman, for winning a second straight modified feature with some dramatic flair. He also deserves an extra star for stamina. The mod main event took close to an hour to complete. It was 25 minutes before an official lap had been run.
4 Stars: Tanner Klingele for his second straight hobby stock feature win.
3 Stars: Jason Perry’s late model feature victory illustrated why he just might be the man to beat this season.
2 Stars: Abe Huls and Terry Houston will be battling all summer for the stock car title. This round went to Honest Abe.
1 Star: Lonnie Bailey, the defending late model track champ who has struggled out of the gate this season. Bailey finished a strong third in the feature and led for 11 of the 30 laps.
Late models (unofficial): Jason Perry 85, Justin Reed 74, Keith Pratt 73, Robby Warner 71, Joey Gower 71.
April 11: Mark Burgtorf (started 6th)
April 18: Denny Woodworth (started 2nd)
May 9: Mark Burgtorf (started 2nd)
May 30: Jason Perry (started 4th)
April 11: Darrel DeFrance (finished 7th)
April 18: Bill Genenbacher (finished 5th)
May 9: Jason Perry (finished 2nd)
May 30: Ron Elbe (finished 9th)
Modifieds (unofficial): Dave Wietholder 260, Justin Reed 238, Jared Schlipman 232.
April 11: Michael Long (started 4th)
April 18: Michael Long (started 1st)
May 9: Jared Schlipman (started 1st)
May 30: Jared Schlipman (started 2nd)
April 11: Justin Reed (finished 2nd)
April 18: Michael Long (finished 1st)
May 9: Jared Schlipman (finished 1st)
May 30: Tony Dunker (finished 2nd)
Stock cars (unofficial): Terry Houston 155, Abe Huls 150, Steve Steinkuhler 147, Andrew Griffin 145, Jerry Jansen 143.
April 11: Terry Houston (started 2nd)
April 18: Steve Steinkuhler (started 1st)
May 9: Andrew Griffin (started 2nd)
May 30: Abe Huls (started 4th)
April 11: Aaron Brocksieck (finished 8th)
April 18: Steve Steinkuhler (started 1st)
May 9: Wes Mayfield (finished 4th)
May 30: Aaron Brocksieck (finished 5th)
Hobby stocks (unofficial): Steve Carlin 151, Jim Powell 147, Jake Powers 144, Bobby Anders 143, Tanner Klingele 141.
April 11: Bobby Anders (started 3rd)
April 18: Bobby Anders (started 10th)
May 9: Tanner Klingele (started 1st)
May 30: Tanner Klingele (started 5th)
April 11: Jeremy Buss (finished 8th)
April 18: Nathan Hayes (finished 9th)
May 9: Tanner Klingele (finished 1st)
May 30: Nathan Hayes (finished 8th)
Late models: Jason Perry (2nd), Justin Reed (1st)
Modifieds: Tony Dunker (2nd), Steven DeLonjay (2nd), Robbie Reed (1st).
Stock cars: Aaron Brocksieck (3rd).
Hobby stocks: Jake Powers (3rd), Nathan Hayes (1st).
Late models: Justin Reed (1st).
Modifieds: Tony Dunker (1st).
FAST FEATURE LAPS
Late models: Keith Pratt 66.368 mph (Fastest of season: Denny Woodworth 68.313 mph, April 18).
Modifieds: Jared Schlipman 62.905 mph (Fastest of season: Michael Long 66.698 mph).
Stock cars: Terry Houston 60.787 mph (Fastest of season: Steve Steinkuhler 62.233 mph, April 18).
Late models: 17 (season average 25.4, not counting Deery Brother show 17.3).
Modifieds: 22 (season average 21.5, 20 of last 21 shows dating to 2009 have had 20 or more cars).
Stock cars: 8 (season average 10.3).
Hobby stocks: 14 (season average 14.5).
Late models: 3 (season average 5.8).
Modifieds: 11 (season average 8.5).
Stock cars: 1 (season average 3.0).
Hobby stocks: 6 (season average 2.8; the six cautions Sunday night were one more than the series had the first three shows combined).
O’RELLY MIDWEST ALL-STARS
Jimmy Hurley of Springfield, Ill., won the O’Reilly Midwest All-Star sprint car feature, holding off A.J. Bruns of Lincoln, Ill., and Jerod Hull of Sikeston, Mo. Only nine cars showed up for the series.
Hull is the points leader and a three-time series champ. The circuit races primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Ohio.