Posted by – February 28, 2011
Summy Tire and Auto will be the series point fund sponsor this year for the new Wild Thing four-cylinder division at Quincy Raceways.
“We’re expecting this to be a great new class with a lot of cars,” said Carter, whose business had been the longtime sponsor of the late model trophy dash at the track. “This will give them a little extra to shoot for.”
No specifics concerning Summy Tire’s participation have yet been decided.
Both the late model and modified dashes were discontinued after the 2010 season when the Wild Things were added as a permanent part of the 2011 schedule.
The Wild Things mark the second time a four-cylinder series has been tried at the .29-mile track. The Hornets ran in 2006 and 2007.
Posted by – February 27, 2011
Steve Carlin was the choice by online voters to win a third straight and fifth overall hobby stock track title. Carlin backers rallied their favorite from a sligjht deficit Sunday afternoon to get past Bobby Anders.
Here’s how the top five in the voting looked:
1. Steve Carlin, 31.4 percent
2. Bobby Anders, 24.8
3. Tanner Klingele, 13.9
4-tie. Jim Powell, 5.8
4-tie. Nathan Hayes, 5.8
Stock car voting is next. The poll should be up at the right before midnight Sunday.
Posted by – February 27, 2011
Bobby Anders will try and hold off Steve Carlin the rest of Sunday to earn the right to be the blog fans’ pick to win the 2011 hobby stock track title. Voting will close at 11 p.m. CST.
At 2:47 p.m. Sunday, Anders had 25.9 percent of the votes and Carlin 22.4. Carlin won his second straight track championship and fourth overall in 2010. Anders was second in points last season.
Votes have been received from 10 states.
Up next will be the fans’ chance top pick to the 2011 stock car champ.
Posted by – February 26, 2011
Go ahead, admit it. Some of the best entertainment on Sunday nights at the Bullring is when two of your favorite drivers start a little extracurricular bangin’ on the backstretch. We like to call those little mano-a-mano, driver-to-driver flare-ups “feuds” — as in Hatfields and McCoys.
Here are my guesses for some of the top feuds for the 2011 season:
Steve Carlin vs. Jim Powell, Steve Carlin vs. Bobby Anders, Bobby Anders vs. Jim Powell: It’s no secret there have been some heated words — or at least lukewarm exchanges — in recent seasons involving all three of these hobby stock drivers. I look for more of the same this summer, although in conversations with Bobby and Jimbo at the recent banquet they both vowed they would be trying to avoid any sort of royal rumble this season. I appreciate their candor and intent, but I’m betting on the first fireworks well before Mother’s Day.
Kevin Tomlinson vs. Jeff Mueller (stock cars): Tomlinson, who is one of the easyiest-going fellas off the track, is not afraid to use the chrome horn on the track. He picked up the nickname “Bulldozer” from some of the boys up north, including Mueller, the 2008 track champ. Tomlinson and Mueller should both be championship contenders in 2011 if Jeff opts to race full-time at 8000 Broadway. This little feud-in-waiting could be our own version of Michigan-Ohio State.
Tony Dunker vs. the world: I’ll admit it — Tony Dunker is my favorite driver. There is never a dull moment when he is wheeling his modified around the .29-mile cathedral of commotion. My eyes are always on that No. 4 car. I love his passion, although that passion sometimes gets the best of his on-track choices. He migh be the reigning villain of the Bullring, but our Sunday night world would be a much duller place without the man they call Bone. At one time, Tony said he would not be driving full-time at Quincy in 2011, but I think we’ll see him quite a bit.
Posted by – February 25, 2011
Tony Dunker has won more ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man awards than any other driver at the Bullring, and this is my favorite Team Four effort of all-time. The green/white on black mix looked absolutely great on the track.