Guss wins third straight IMCA national title

August 30, 2012 10 Comments

I know, I know. The Bullring is now a UMP late model track, but for those who remember the IMCA era at 8000 Broadway, I thought you might be interested in knowing Ray Guss Jr. won his third straight national title.

Guss bested Todd Cooney by a single point, 810-809, in becoming the first driver in the modern era of the division to win three consecutive national IMCA Late Model championships.

The title difference was made in track championship bonus points, after both drivers finished the regular season with 794 points. Guss got 16 bonus points for winning the Quad City Speedway crown while Cooney got 15 bonus points for his Shelby County Speedway title.

Bonus points are determined by average car counts at each track; bonuses are given for a maxi­mum of one Late Model track championship and the highest average is used when drivers win more than one local track crown.

A 14-time feature winner this season, Guss added another Allstar Performance Illinois State tro­phy to his collection. He earned a $5,500 share of the $21,300 point fund that will be paid to top 20 finishers in the final divisional point standings, which become official on Sept. 24.

Guss and Cooney also finished 1-2 in national points last year.

Rounding out the top five in points this season were Tyler Bruening, Ryan Griffith and Nate Beusel­ing. Darrel DeFrance, who now shares the record of three Late Model national championships with Guss, was sixth.

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  1. STEALTH says:

    WELL GOOD FOR RAY GUSS. THE FIRST OF THOSE CHAMPIONSHIPS, HE WAS CAUGHT HALF WAY THROUGH THE SEASON WITH AN ILLEGAL ENGINE AFTER HE WON TWELVE FEATURES. AND IMCA LET HIM KEEP THE WINS.

    HE MUST GET HIS ENGINS FROM THE SAME PLACE BURGTORF GOT ILLEGAL ENGINE……

  2. STEALTH says:

    BEFORE SCHLIPMAN GETS INTO A LATE MODLE HE NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE A MODIFIED TO MORE THAN ONE LUCKY WIN PER YEAR…………..

  3. 42 says:

    Sssssssooooooo… you’re sayin we are not friends then??? Bone… I might have my own flyby…. not sure yet… to early to tell.

  4. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    OH STEALTH, THERES NO MODIFIED FEATURE WIN LIMIT TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE A LATE MODEL, REMEMBER WHEN I TRIED TO DRIVE A LATE MODEL DURING MY 105 FEATURE A-MOD SKID?? EASY ON SLIP……….HE BRUISES EASY

    “I….AM….NUMBER…………………………….THREE”

  5. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    MR STEVIE DIRT – ON YOUR NEXT POLL CAN YOU PUT LIST FOR WHO WE’D LIKE TO SEE IN A 4 CYL IN 2013 AND PLEASE INCLUDE FLYBY & STEALTH

    THAT’L BE ALL

    ………………………………………………………………..YEP

  6. bullringfan says:

    I think ol stealth has been busy being stealthy with his head in the sand. Doesn’t Mister 42 have a track championship to his name? nuff said!!

  7. Gotta be Houston or Weitholder, because you just don’t see # 97 or # 05 on a late model – unless Diana comes out of ” retirement! “

  8. HO-17 says:

    Stealth — how long have you been going to the races? And for that matter, do you know anything about racing?… having a car is more than just a sport, its a passion. #42 races some of the cleanest races of any of the drivers from what I, along with others can see. Winning is a win. Racing is what it is all about.. #42 would take 2nd 3rd 4th or even 10th for that matter to be a CLEAN DRIVER. He has the heart of a real race car driver.. to have a good time. #42 has everything it takes to be a late model driver.. the passion, the effort, the background, and the attitude. terry schlipman anyone? #42 has and always will be the perfect image of quality racing. stealth– if you want to criticize someone for being a passionate and dedicated racer, then i do not believe you really understand what racing is all about.

  9. MAFIA BOSS says:

    WATCH IT THERE MR STEALTH. US MENDON BOYZ STICK TOGETHER………….
    WE GOT A GUY IN THE CONCRETE BUSINESS THAT HAS A SPOT FER YA IN THE NEXT
    FOUNDATION WE POUR……….

  10. SKIPP says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    NOBODY LIKES YOU GUYS ..! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH

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