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):
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
— 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
— 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.
– 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.
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.