We needed to look no farther than the late model of No. 45 for the feel-good story of 2010. It also happened to be the story of the season — veteran Denny Woodworth, one of the most popular drivers at the track, finally secured the late model championship he had sought since 1995.
For much of the year, ol’ D.W. found himself in a side-by-side battle with Jason Perry for the points lead. But the late model lawyer took control of the points standings with about a month to ago and was able to keep Perry at arm’s length the rest of the way.
The track title was the second for Woodworth, who won the “A” modified crown in 1993.
Woodworth’s late model title also served an intangible kind of purpose. It’s no secret that 2010 was a year of trials and tribulations for the venerable track at 8000 Broadway, one that would have ended with more of a black mark by it in the dirt-track history books if it had not been for Woodworth’s championship. D.W.’s title gave fans something to hang their hat on as a positive for 2010, an important accomplishment in what is the track’s marquee division. The exclamation point provided by Woodworth eased some of the pain of the question marks that surrounded so many other facets of the season.
Woodworth will enter 2011 in search of another major addition to his late model resume. If he can win back-to-back championships in this series he will be the first to do so since Mark Burgtorf in 2006-07 and become the only late model hotshoe no named Burgtorf, Fraise or Gallaher to do so.
No. 1: AT LONG LAST, D.W. GETS THE RING
No. 2: AND NOW, THE RECORD AWAITS
No. 3: MR. MODIFED
No. 4: BURGTORF BURIES DEERY OPPONENTS — TWICE
No. 5: FIFTH CLASS ADDED FOR 2011
No. 6: SCHLIPMAN IS NOW A FINISHER, TOO
No. 7: HOUSTON BREAKS THROUGH
No. 8: THE EMERGENCE OF BOBBY ANDERS
No. 9: JEEP’S WIN REKINDLED MEMORIES
No. 10: KING OF THE HILL FRONT ROW CHALLENGE