The true iron men of the Bullring

January 22, 2013 5 Comments

A flat tire.

A crash that wasn’t that driver’s fault.

Problems in a heat race that ended a night.

Those are just three of countless reasons a driver might miss a feature, or even a few laps on any given Sunday night. That’s why only nine drivers in five years have run every lap of their series’ scheduled main events. We started tracking this in 2008, and I have to admit it’s one of my favorite stats.

The following are your true iron men of the Bullring. Before the 2013 starts, I’ll give you the season leaders in each class and career leaders in laps run, etc. It will be easy to pick out why certain drivers are always in the middle of the points chase come late in the season — they manage to keep their cars on the track.

Oh, and make sure you read the note below about Jerry Jansen.

RING OF IRON 2008-2012
The following drivers completed all feature laps in the following seasons:

2012: Terry Houston, stock cars (297) track champion
2011: Jerry Jansen, stock cars (262)
2011: Jake Powers, hobby stocks (340)
2011: Nathan Anders, hobby stocks  (340)
2010: Denny Woodworth, late models (380 laps) track champion
2010: Jerry Jansen, stock cars (270)
2009: Lonnie Bailey, late models (560) track champion
2009: Mike Wiley, hobby stocks (370)
2008: Chris Wibbell, stock cars (380)

Notes:

— No modified driver has run all of the scheduled feature laps in a season during thes period. The closest was Steven DeLonjay in 2008, when he completed 98.1 percent (413 of 421).

— Sport mods have run just one complete season (2012), with Tony Dunker leading the way with 95.7 percent (354 of 370).

— In two years of sport compacts, Seth Woodruff’s 2011 season (98.6 percent, 213 of 216) came the closest.

Jerry Jansen deserves some sort of special mention. He missed by one lap in 2012 of a third consecutive season of perfect lapness (not sure if that’s a word or not). Jansen ended up one lap down in a late-season feature, meaning he did not complete all of the laps that evening, ultimately costing him a third straight 100 percent season.

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  1. Fordracer says:

    Stevie, in all fairness, I brought a knife to a gun fight that last night. I didn’t cheat as much as most did that night. How do you compete with a winged stock car. Seriously!

  2. WOOD PILE says:

    you build your own wing goofball. just build it better………………and put on a chevy……..

  3. Dave Moore says:

    Stevie, You shouldn’t really count that last cheaters race . Terry was all spiked up for that race. Not only did he have the wing but he had a lot more carb than usual. That Ford was making over 500 horse. He probably could have made it a lot faster if he had time to test and tune.

  4. MAFIA BOSS says:

    FEBRUARY, TWO IMPORTANT DATES?????? VALENTINES DAY AND THE SUPER BOWL ???
    WHAT ABOUT THE DAYTONA 500. NOW THATS A FEBRUARY DATE TO REMEMBER…….

    VALENTINES DAY IS A CHICK THING, FOOTBALL ONLY TAKES ON BALL AND RACING TAKES TWO BALLS…..OOPS I FORGOT ABOUT KIMMIE AND DANICA………..

  5. fordracer06 says:

    Woodpile, I guess I could have built one, but getting down to the end of the season and the last race, I just didn’t feel like putting all my energy into changing my car for one night. It’s for fun anyway. My comment was not a complaint, I was poking fun at the situation. That chevy part is funny though.

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