Quincy hosted 26 Deery events between 1998-2011. Those races had become fixtures and they’ll be missed, but I’m also excited to see what the ULMA will mean to the track as time progresses. We’ll get into that more as the offseason moves along, but with this blog I simply wanted to bid voyage to the Deery series.
My first summer in Quincy was 1999, so except for the one Deery race in 1998 I saw them all — and enjoyed them all, too. What made them even more entertaining than they might have been was the way Quincy drivers dominated the Deery series on their home track. Quincy regulars won more than half (14) of the races, including nine by Mark Burgtorf. (It should have been 10 victories for Burgtorf, but we won’t get into that 2007 disqualification again.)
Here’s a look back at my own personal favorite Deery memories, the all-time Deery rankings at Quincy and some other odds and ends:
TOP 10 DEERY BROTHERS SUMMER SERIES MOMENTS IN QUINCY
1. Mark Burgtorf’s domination: No other driver dominated Deery races at Quincy like Burgtorf. He won nine times — and it should have been 10.
2. Burgtorf’s disqualification: If not for the DQ, Quincy drivers would have won 10 consecutive Deery races at the Bullring between September 2006 and April 2011.
3. Frankel’s first: Jason Frankel capped his perfect storm of a 2008 season with his first Deery win in September of that year. That victory punctuated a summer that included an IMCA national and two track (Quincy, West Burlington) championships.
4. Curt Martin’s 1999 win: Martin held off eventual series champion Jeff Aikey to win a July 4 weekend spectacular that included post-race fireworks. Drivers, reporters and track officials in the pits were kept busy dodging the falling debris from the fireworks. Mark Holtmeyer of Quincy was third, scoring the first-ever podium finish for a local driver in a Deery race in Quincy.
5. Lonnie Bailey’s 2002 victory: Bailey, who went on to win the track championship that season, won the July Deery as part of a 1-2-3 sweep by Quincy regulars. The late Brent Slocum and Burgtorf followed him across the finish line. The only other 1-2-3 finish by Quincy regulars came in the September 2007 race when Burgtorf, Frankel and Kevin Tomlinson dominated.
6. Go, Johnny, Go: Veteran driver Johnny Johnson, in his late 60s at the time, dominated the 50-lap event in September 2002. Johnson, longtime driver, sponsor, contributor and friend of racing, passed away earlier this year.
7. Terrific Toland: Rob Toland strung together four Deery wins in five starts between 2004-06. Terry Neal kept him from winning five in a row with an April 2005 victory in the middle of those five races. Ironically, Toland had not won a Deery race at Quincy before that and did not win afterward.
8. Consistency: No driver came close to matching Burgtorf’s consistency. The three-time Deery series champ not only won more races than any other driver in the Quincy Deery events, his 18 top-10 finishes were far and away the best.
9. Big draw: The Deery races annually brought in some of the largest fields of late models to Quincy. Seven times in the final 13 Deery races the car count was 40 or higher, with a track-record of 50 for the April 2010 show.
10. Aikey’s 1998 victory: It was the first Deery race at the Bullring and set the tone for what was a profitable and enjoyable relationship with the IMCA for 14 years.
BURGTORF, WOODWORTH PACED QUINCY DRIVERS’ DOMINANCE
Mark Burgtorf and Denny Woodworth were the two most dominant drivers in the 14 years of IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series events at Quincy Raceways. Burgtorf is No. 1 and Woodworth No. 2 in The Herald-Whig’s all-time rankings for Deery competition at the Bullring.
The Herald-Whig rankings award points on a 15-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the drivers who finish in the top 10 in each Deery race, the same formula used to determine The Herald-Whig all-time rankings for each of the weekly series at the track..
DEERY BROTHERS ALL-TIME DRIVER RANKINGS AT QUINCY RACEWAYS (1998-2011)
1. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 373 points, 9 victories
2. Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 181 points, 1 victory
3. Rob Toland, Hillsdale, Ill., 160 points, 4 victories
4. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 124 points, 2 victories
5. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 120 points, 1 victory
6. Brent Slocum, Burlington, Iowa, 107 points, 0 victories
7-tie. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 106 points, 2 victories
7-tie. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 106 points, 2 victories
9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 85 points, 0 victories
10. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 83 points, 0 victories
Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 9
Rob Toland, Hillsdale, Ill., 4
Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 2
Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis, Iowa, 2
Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., 2
Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 2
Jason Frankel, Quincy, Ill., 1
Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 1
Matt Bailey, Quincy, Ill., 1
Curt Martin, Independence, Iowa, 1
Johnny Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa, 1
Quincy Deery Brothers Summer Series Winners
2011 (2): Terry Neal
2011 (1): Matt Bailey
2010 (2): Mark Burgtorf
2010 (1): Mark Burgtorf
2009 (2): Denny Woodworth
2009 (1): Mark Burgtorf
2008 (2): Jason Frankel
2008 (1): Denny Woodworth
2007 (2): Mark Burgtorf
2007 (1): Boone McLaughlin
2006 (2): Mark Burgtorf
2006 (1): Rob Toland
2005 (2): Rob Toland
2005 (1): Terry Neal
2004 (2): Rob Toland
2004 (1): Rob Toland
2003: Mark Burgtorf
2002 (3): Johnny Johnson
2002 (2): Lonnie Bailey
2002 (1): Mark Burgtorf
2001 (2): Mark Burgtorf
2001 (1): Mark Burgtorf
2000: Jeff Aikey
1999 (2): Boone McLaughlin
1999 (1): Curt Martin
1998: Jeff Aikey
* one race was held in 1998, 2000 and 2005.
** three races were held in 2002
Deery Brothers Champions (Since 1998)
Note: Quincy became an IMCA-affiliated track in 1998.
2011: Ray Guss Jr.
2010: Ray Guss Jr.
2009: Jeff Aikey
2008: Boone McLaughlin
2007: Jeremy Grady
2006: Jeff Aikey
2005: Terry Neal
2004: Rob Toland
2003: Mark Burgtorf
2002: Terry Schlipman
2001: Mark Burgtorf
2000: Mike Smith
1999: Jeff Aikey
1998: Mark Burgtorf