Archive for January, 2011

The one prominent name in this class should be no surprise

January 31, 2011 0 Comments
The one prominent name in this class should be no surprise

One of my favorite tools to track driver dominance and/or take a glimpse into the future are second-half points, or the points a driver scores in races following the midseason championship. Why are these so telling? Two reasons. – More than anything else, they will often provide an indication to what drivers to watch for the following […]

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Carlin inherits top spot after Dunker’s streak ends

January 31, 2011 0 Comments
Carlin inherits top spot after Dunker’s streak ends

Two-time defending hobby stock champion Steve Carlin will open the 2011 season with the longest active streak of top-five points finishes in any series. Carlin has finished in the top five eight straight years. Carlin took over the top active streak when modified driver Tony Dunker’s skein of 10 ended whe he finished seventh in […]

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Finishing second is hardly just the ‘first loser’

January 29, 2011 0 Comments
Finishing second is hardly just the ‘first loser’

Remember in Talladega Nights how Will Ferrell’s Rick Bobby character insisted if you’re not first, you’re last? Or about how about the time-worn axiom of second place simply being the first loser? Back in 2008 when I thought it would be interesting to start charting runner-up feature finishes the main reason was to see who […]

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Dominant drivers: No. 1 Steve Carlin

January 28, 2011 2 Comments
Dominant drivers: No. 1 Steve Carlin

Steve Carlin will be chasing all sorts of history in 2011 at Quincy Raceways, but the three most intriguing accomplishments to me could be these: – The Hannibal hotshoe could become the first driver to win three straight hobby stock/bomber championships. His back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2009 have not only placed him No. 1 […]

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Dominant drivers: No. 2 Abe Huls

January 27, 2011 5 Comments
Dominant drivers: No. 2 Abe Huls

Quincy Raceways fans will always be grateful to Abe Huls, one of only three drivers who has been with the stock car series full-time since its inception in 2008. The stock cars have struggled for bodies almost since day one, but Honest Abe could always be found in the pits on most Sunday nights. And […]

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Dominant drivers: No. 3 Terry Houston

January 27, 2011 0 Comments
Dominant drivers: No. 3 Terry Houston

There was no learning curve for Terry Houston when he entered the stock car class in 2009. He finished third in points that season and by the end of the year he was arguably the strongest car in the series, even though Abe Huls and Kevin Tomlinson finished one-two in points. Down the stretch that […]

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NASCAR overhauls scoring system — wow!

January 26, 2011 1 Comment
NASCAR overhauls scoring system — wow!

NASCAR just turned its world upside down — and all for the better, at least in my opinion. Here’s the scoop from The Associated Press: NASCAR is replacing the complicated scoring system it has used since 1975 with a more straightforward format. None of the changes for the 2011 season announced by chairman Brian France […]

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Answewrs to Stevie Dirt quiz

January 26, 2011 3 Comments

1. Bone 2. Lori and Lisa 3. Lonnie Bailey 4. Mark Burgtorf, Steve Fraise, Terry Gallaher, Lonnie Bailey. 5. Rob Toland. 6. Wyatt Lantz 7. Sam Burgtorf 8. Jeff Mueller and Chris Wibbell 9. Kenny Williams 10. Hank DeLonjay

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Late model points to end Aug. 28, all other classes Sept. 25

January 25, 2011 17 Comments
Late model points to end Aug. 28, all other classes Sept. 25

Get ready for points racing in 2011 through the end of September — except for the late models, that is. For those who were not at the track banquet Saturday night, track officials announced points racing for modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks and wild thigns would run through Sept. 25. Late models will end Aug. […]

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Test your track knowledge with this Stevie Dirt quiz

January 25, 2011 4 Comments
Test your track knowledge with this Stevie Dirt quiz

Let’s have a little fun tonight and test your Bullring knowledge. Here’s what prizes you can look forward to if you get: 7 to 10 correct: A guided tour of the track with Dave Sapp Jr. driving. Just hold on tight in turn one.  4 to 6 correct: A movie date with track announcer “Pretty Doug” […]

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