It’s not like I have one of those photographic memories, because I guarantee you I dont. But when I was looking over the top 10 closest finishes of the last five seasons — a.k.a. the “electronic era” — I can remember every one of them like it was yesterday.
The one that stands out, however, above all of them is right at the top of the list — Steven DeLonjay’s .010-of-a-second victory over Dave Wietholder in the modified feature on July 11, 2010. It is the only race I really had no idea who had won until track official Jack Walbring made the official call, thanks to the electronic timing and scoring system the Bullring uses. Even looking at pictures the next day on one of the racing websites (St. Louis, I think) it was tough to tell who had won. Thank goodness for those transponders.
Another thing that stands out is that DeLonjay also has the second-closest win and was runner-up in the fourth. Justin Reed is also on this list three times.
How about you? Any memories of these close calls — or other fantastic finishes?
CLOSEST OF THE CLOSE CALLS
The closest margins of victory at the start-finish line since the electronic timing and scoring system was put in place late in 2007:
Winner (Runner-up), Margin of Victory, Date
1. Steven DeLonjay (Dave Wietholder), 0.010, July 11, 2010 (modifieds)
2. Steven DeLonjay (Mark Burgtorf), 0.024, Sept. 25, 2011 (modifieds)
3. Tony Dunker (Joe Bliven), 0.031, Aug. 28, 2011 (sport mods)
4. Justin Reed (Steven DeLonjay), 0.087, May 31, 2009. (modifieds)
5. Jake Wenig (John Oliver Jr.), 0.096, May 18, 2008. (stock cars)
6. Tom Goble (Justin Reed), 0.116, June 14, 2009. (late models)
7. Michael Long (Mark Burgtorf), 0.126, Sept. 5, 2011 (modifieds)
8. Vance Wilson (Jason Perry), 0.155, Oct. 3, 2010. (late models)
9. Andrew Griffin (Kevin Tomlinson), 0.164, May 10, 2009. (stock cars)
10. Matt Bailey (Justin Reed), 0.178, July 19, 2009. (late models)