Let’s begin the 2013 Hall of Fame talk

December 26, 2012 18 Comments

It’s that time again.

The calendar is getting dangerously close to 2013, which means the annual Quincy Raceways banquet (Jan. 12), which means to mall show can’t be far behind (March 16-17), which means opening night is right around the corner (April 14).

And that all adds up to the start of putting together the next — which will be the third — Hall of Fame class for the Bullring. I’ll get the ball rolling with some individuals I think are deserving of consideration from Hall of Fame Executive Director Charlie Bryson and his selection committee.

The following list is deals primarily with drivers, for the exception of a couple of “families” and a car builder I have added to the discussion. I am not qualified to talk about longtime track employees, sponsors or many of the drivers who were around prior to 1999. I’ll leave that up to the selection committee and track officials. Today I am simply starting the discussion about some of the leading modern-era drivers.

I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts.

The drivers listed below are in alphabetical order, followed by the others mentioned above:

DRIVERS FROM THE MODERN ERA

Here are the drivers I would consider the leading candidates from the “modern era” (since 1999, when statistics have been kept for all classes):

LONNIE BAILEY

– No. 4 in all-time late model rankings (1975-2011).
– No. 2 in IMCA Era rankings (1998-2011), and one of only two drivers to win two or more tiles in that period. Burgtorf won 8, Bailey 2.
– One of 10 drivers in track history with three or more total championships. He also won a sportsman title before entering the late model series.
– Has finished second in track points six times in a late model career that started in 1988, including five runner-up finishes since 2002.
– Was No. 5 in all-time Deery Brothers Summer Series tour rankings at Quincy Raceways, trailing only Burgtorf, Denny Woodworth, Rob Toland and Boone McLaughlin.
– Ranks second in both late model total wins (98) and features won (23) since statistics started being tracked in 1999.
– No. 3 in track points during the IMCA Era behind Burgtorf and Woodworth.

STEVE CARLIN

– No. 1 in all-time (1987-2011) hobby stock/bomber rankings.
– No. 1 in hobby stock era (since 2007) rankings.
– Only non-late model/modified driver to win three or more consecutive track championships.
– His five track titles trail only Burgtorf (14), Hank DeLonjay (13) and Steve Fraise (9) in track history.
– Has won his five track titles since 2003, which is more than any other driver in that period.
– Holds class record for total races (23) and features (12) won in a season.

TONY DUNKER

– No. 2 in all-time (since 1988) modified rankings.
– Was No. 1 in “B” modified career rankings when they were retired following the 2005 season.
– One of six drivers in all classes in track history to finish in the top five in points nine or more consecutive seasons.
– Once had a modified record 12 straight seasons in the top 10 in points.
– One of five drivers to win 100 or more races in all classes since 1999. (Mark Burgtorf has won 207, Michael Long 200, Hank DeLonjay 138, Dunker 129 and Denny Woodworth 100.)
– Put together one of the most dominant seasons int rack history in 2012 during the first full season of the sport mods. He won 15 features and 27 total races.

MICHAEL LONG

– One of two drivers since 1999 to win 200 or more races in all classes. Long has won 200, second only to Hall of Famer Mark Burgtorf
(207).
– Has more overall (197), feature (77) and heat (86) wins in a modified since 1999 than any other driver.
– No. 3 in all-time modified rankings behind Hall of Famer Hank DeLonjay and Tony Dunker.
– Has won two track titles.
– Had six seasons in an eight-year span that he did not finish lower than third in points.
– Arguably had the two most dominant back-to-back seasons in any class in track history during 2007-08 when he won a combined 71 races, including 31 features.

DENNY WOODWORTH

– One of two drivers (Justin Reed being the other) to win a track title in both a late model and modified.
– No. 6 in all-time late model rankings (1975-2011).
– No. 3 in IMCA Era rankings (1998-2011)
– No. 2 in all-time Deery Brothers Summer Series tour rankings at Quincy Raceways, trailing only Burgtorf.
– Ranks third in both late model total wins (92) and features won (22) since statistics started being tracked in 1999. One of five drivers with 100 or more wins in all classes since 1999.
– No. 2 in track points during the IMCA Era behind Burgtorf.

JERRY POWERS

When the subject is car building at Quincy Raceways, Jerry’s name is always at the top of the list. His cars ruled the the former bomber and hobby stock divisions. Eddie Dieker and Steve Carlin, among others, owed much of their success to the rides beneath them — built by Powers.

WILSON FAMILY RACING

For years, Vance, Gary, Terry and Jamie Wilson have combined to provide plenty of Sunday night thrills. Gary was one of the track pioneers and son Vance is still one of the Bullring’s premier talents.

POWELL FAMILY RACING

This family’s legacy can be traced to the very first year of the track in 1975, and continues strong with the modern-day presences of Jim Powell and Michael Larsen.

Filed in: Uncategorized

About the Author:

Comments (18)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Dave Moore says:

    How can you leave Terry Schlipman out of this years class?

  2. rick sager says:

    shouldnt you be retired before you are in the hall of fame?

  3. seighinger says:

    Rick,

    That’s always a good question, but since many guys — especially the great ones — race well into their 50s, I think the general guideline is a minimum of 10 years full-time. The committee has done a good job, I think, of rewarding both active and retired drivers in the first two years. Why make an obvious choice wait an extra 10 or 20 years? Also, it’s important to recognize the pioneers of the sport who raced before there was the current kind of media and other attention received in today’s world.

  4. MWNN says:

    I wish you would not use heat race/dash wins as a part of your equation. It just really skews the numbers. A guy could have like 120 heat race wins and 2 features and you claim they have 122 total wins and I think that number is misleading to people. I don’t think winning heat races should qualify you for the Hall of Fame. Feature wins should be the determining factor.

  5. seighinger says:

    MWNN,

    Your point is an excellent one, and I agree 100 percent. That’s why I always break such numbers down to include features and heats. Fans can draw their own conclusions that way.

  6. MWNN says:

    Along with championships.

  7. WOOD PILE says:

    LONG BEFORE ACTIVE DRIVERS, THERE ARE NUMEROUS CHOICES THAT JUST MAKE MORE SINCE.

    BILL BAIRE, THE CARBERATOR KING OF DAYS GONE BY, HOW MANY FEATURE WINS DOES HE HAVE ?????? (OR TOTAL WINS)…………

    GENE DITMER, HEADS, INTAKE MANIFOLDS AND TURTLES……………………..HE PROBABLY HAS MORE THAN BURG-N-THE CRANK COMBINED

    DOUG MILLER, IS HE IN YET? IF NOT HE SHOULD BE………..

    LONNIE CARTER, BACK TO BACK B-MOD CHAMPION, HIS SONS CHUCK AND ROBBIE WERE HOT SHOES TOO

    JEFF KLINGEL, BOMBERS, MODIFIEDS, AND OH YA THOSE CRUSIERS ALL RAN IN HIS BLOOD………….

    JERRY POWERS, ABSOLUTLY SHOULD BE IN THIS YEAR……………….

    NUFF FEW NOW……………….

  8. seighinger says:

    Wood Pile,

    Excellent names … those are the kind the Veterans Committee needs. This way, everyone has some ownership in the Hall of Fame.

    Keep the names coming, fans. Good stuff so far.

  9. Racefan27 says:

    Can’t forget Dick Crane. He was one of the guys battling with Fraise and Gallaher all the time.

  10. Charlie Bryson says:

    If anyone has any body they believe should be there send me an email with “ALL” of the reasons they should be there. On the other hand if you don’t think someone should be there also send the reasons why, not just because you don’t like the person. Every thing will be taken to our meetings when we have them. If you have comments get them to me now. Send them to fatn40@adams.net. I will email you back letting you know I received them, however nothing will be considered with out having your real name with the email.

    Charlie

  11. MWNN says:

    Charlie,

    Does the Hall of Fame have a website?

    Thanks!

  12. Taco says:

    Thanks Steve for putting us out there….but the real hall of famers are my g-pa….snoopy….the original #48 and my mom who was the first woman to get a checkered flag at qr while 6mos pregnant with me…..Jim and I just carry on the legacy

  13. Charlie Bryson says:

    mwnn, no we don’t

  14. RICH LANE says:

    CHARLIE , I THINK ONE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED IS RICK INGALLS FROM RICK’S TRANSIT REPAIR. NOT ONLY WAS HE ONE OF THE MAIN COGS BEHIND MARK BURGTORF , HE HAS HELPED SO MANY OTHER DRIVERS OVER THE YEARS.NOT ONLY DID HE HELP THEM WITH MONEY BUT HIS MECHANICAL ABILITY’S AS WELL. IF YOU DONE A POLL IN THE PIT AREA I BET YOU WOULD FIND HE HAS HELPED HALF OF THEM IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER. ALSO ANOTHER PERSON TO ADD TO IT IS JEFF CARTER FROM SUMMY TIRE.HE HAS BEEN ON THE SIDE OF MOST DRIVERS CARS FOR ALOT OF YEARS.HE HAS AS WELL BEEN ONE OF THE REASON’S MARK BURGTORF HAS DONE SO WELL OVER THE YEARS.

  15. seighinger says:

    Rich,

    Two good choices!

  16. Bob Ellerman says:

    How about some real pioneers – Terry Schlipman (also won a DEERY Series Championship), John Ellerman, Ron Elbe, Mike Wallace, Jim Roach, Rick Deweese, Bobby Ellis, Roy Ellis,Dick Crane, Jim Swank, Ron Monroe. These guys were around in the 70′s, 80′s 90′s and some are still hanging out at the track today. I agree on Jeff Klingle also, he was one of the best on the “start from a dead stop” in the old bombers. Yes they used to start those from a dead stop. I can tell you of fans that have supported QR since it has opened. I think the HofF should start with the older generation then work on the newer.

  17. fan418 says:

    Amen to Jeff Carter. He also sponsored trophy dashes….classes…special races… And the name “Summy Tire” can be seen on numerous cars. An all around good guy!!

  18. stealth says:

    OK WEB HOST, XMAS IS OVER AND IT’S TIME FOR A NEW POSTING……………
    THE BUCKEYES CANT PLAY IN A BOWL GAME, SO LETS LIGHT UP THE WEB WITH SOME GOOD STUFF…………….

Leave a Reply