A different way to look at results

February 17, 2013 11 Comments

For the past 14 years, our Herald-Whig Performance Points have provided a different take on how feature, heat and dash finishes are rewarded. The HWPP concept is top-weighted and rewards repeated high finishes, especially in features.

How different is the outcome, as opposed to the IMCA and (more recently the) UMP points methods used by the track? Of the 57 track titles awarded since 1999, 31 of those have had different HWPP champs. I’m not saying one is right and one is wrong. It’s simply two different ways to score things, much like NASCAR and Formula One. More than anything, it simply provides a topic of conversation.

I changed how the points are awarded seven years ago, feeling they needed to be tweaked a little. Nothing drastic, but you’ll see the higher points totals in recent years by looking at the list of champs below. The way the points allotments have worked since the change are, for features the top 10 places earn points on a 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis. Heats and dashes are 3-2-1. That’s all there is to it.

Here’s a look at the HWPP champs through the years and the track champs for the years there was a difference.

Late model HWPP champions

2012: Dustin Griffin, 339 (Jason Perry track champion)
2011: Denny Woodworth, 336 (Justin Reed track champion)
2010: Denny Woodworth, 335 (also track champion)
2009: Mark Burgtorf, 255 (Lonnie Bailey track champion)
2008: Mark Burgtorf, 211 (Jason Frankel track champion)
2007: Mark Burgtorf, 215 (also track champion)
2006: Mark Burgtorf, 269 (also track champion)
2005: Mark Burgtorf, 191 (also track champion)
2004: Lonnie Bailey, 156 (also track champion)
2003: Mark Burgtorf, 192 (also track champion)
2002: Mark Burgtorf, 132 (Brent Slocum track champion)
2001: Mark Burgtorf, 134 (also track champion)
2000: Mark Burgtorf, 118 (also track champion)
1999: Terry Gallaher, 111 (Mark Burgtorf track champion)

Modified HWPP champions

2012: Steven DeLonjay, 426 (also track champion)
2011: Steven DeLonjay, 354 (also track champion)
2010: Michael Long, 324 (Jared Schlipman track champion)
2009: Vance Wilson, 207 (Justin Reed track champion)
2008: Michael Long, 291 (also track champion)
2007: Michael Long, 322 (also track champion)
2006: Hank DeLonjay, 249 (Robbie Reed track champion)
“A” Modifieds
2005: Hank DeLonjay, 274 (also track champion)
2004: Michael Long, 167 (Hank DeLonjay track champion)
2003: Hank DeLonjay, 198 (also track champion)
2002: Hank DeLonjay, 180 (also track champion)
2001: Mike Karhoff, 140 (Vance Wilson track champion)
2000: Sam Burgtorf, 138 (also track champion)
1999: Vance Wilson, 129 (Sam Burgtorf track champion)
“B” Modifieds
2005: Wyatt Lantz, 216  (also track champion)
2004: Wyatt Lantz, 146 (Tony Dunker track champion)
2003: Wyatt Lantz, 95 (Tony Dunker track champion)
2002: Joe Bliven, 103 (Marty Hull Sr. track champion)
2001: Joe Hooper, 99 (Gary Dreyer track champion)
2000: Joe Bliven, 113 (Kelly Bartz track champion)
1999: Greg Uppinghouse, 151 (also track champion)

Sport Mod HWPP champions

2012: Tony Dunker (also track champion)

Stock Car HWPP champions

2012: Abe Huls, 414 (Terry Houston track champion)
2011: Aaron Brocksieck , 320 (also track champion)
2010: Terry Houston, 286 (also track champion)
2009: Terry Houston, 194 (Abe Huls track champion)
2008: Jeff Mueller, 162 (also track champion)

Sport Compact HWPP champions
2012: Austen Becerra, 350 (Seth Woodruff track champion)
2011: Kimberly Abbott, 270 (Seth Woodruff track champion)
Hornet champions
2007: Levi Long, 219 (Steven DeLonjay track champion)
2006: James Leffew, 206 (Steven DeLonjay track champion)

Hobby stock/Bomber HWPP champions
2012: Jake Powers, 371 (also track champion)
2011: Jake Powers, 296 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2010: Bobby Anders, 295 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2009: Jim Powell, 214 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2008: James Leffew, 163 (Aaron Brocksieck track champion)
2007: Steve Carlin, 300 (Todd Reichert track champion)
2006: Adam Birck, 221 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2005: Adam Birck, 268 (Eddie Dieker track champion)
2004: Eddie Dieker, 191 (also track champion)
2003: Eddie Dieker, 156 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2002: Bill Genenbacher, 159 (Eddie Dieker track champion)
2001: Dave Wietholder, 134 (also track champion)
2000: Eddie Dieker, 134 (Bill Genenbacher track champion)
1999: Eddie Dieker, 139 (also track champion)

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  1. Dave Moore says:

    Stevie, I have a hot news item about the stockcar class. Terry Houston’s Garage “Home of the Winged Warrior” has started to build a “Mopar Missile” . The frame is GM but the power plant is a Dodge with reportedly some Penske Mopar engine parts. It will be a team car running the #79.

  2. dirtfarmer says:

    Oh no, he’s gone to the dark side.

  3. Jake_The_Snake_0 says:

    Jansen in a Ford. Houston in a Mopar/GM. Everyone else in GM. Looks like I’ll be running a Toyota. Gotta keep it interesting!!

  4. STEALTH says:

    HEY SKIPP, I HERE IT’S GOING TO SNOW THIS THURSDAY……SO YA BETTER BUILD YA A SNOWMAN AND GET YA A HOT NAIL………..CUZ MY SOURCES TELL ME THATS ALL YOU CAN DRIVE…………..

  5. SKIPP says:

    UH OH, WE GOT US A NEW GUY WITH SOME BASHIN SKILLZ …
    WELL, I TELL YA WHAT MR. STEALTH … I GOT THE NAIL WARMIN UP, SLEDGEHAMMER IN HAND, AND IVE BEEN PRACTICIN MY SWING, ,,, SO, GET READY TO PULL UP A CHAIR, GRAB A COLD BUD-LITE (well, yer prolly one of those natty lite guys cuz your wife only gives you so much allowance each week) , AND GET READY FOR THE CLINIC ….CUZ IM FIXIN TO PUT ON A SHOW FOR YA PAL. !!!!!!
    FEEL FREE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF AT THE MALL SHOW, I’LL BUY YA ONE AT KRIEGERS (SUNDAY) , THEN YOU CAN TELL YOUR WIFE YOU DONT NEED ALLOWANCE THAT WEEK. !!!
    .
    I AM SKIPP, AND YES, I CAN DRIVE A HOT NAIL …etc etc
    .
    OH YEH ………ITS ALL GOOD. !!!!!!

  6. Dave Moore says:

    Terry will still be driving the Ford. Couldn’t get him in anything but a Ford.

  7. fordracer06 says:

    Jake, need to get ya an Old JGR motor from kyle bush’s toyota, then get M&M sponsor. I can see it all happening.

  8. Taco says:

    I heard jake has Stay Free Maxi Pads as a sponser….but what do i know…..I hear alot of things…..Just like Skipp taking Stealth out on a lunch….all the funny things you can hear…..O Hi Skipp…..How’s the weather?

  9. TERRY HOUSTON says:

    still behind a ford, a buddy will be behind the mopar., STAY FRESH my friends

  10. Another Voice says:

    From some of the crap that is said on here I think that some of them need to get Pampers or Adult Diapers, forget the Adult Diapers, most of them act like babies.

    How about the praise given to the Michael Long Chassis being drove at Volusia, Michael wasn’t there but his name sure was. Way to build them Michael.

  11. Mrs. Mod05d says:

    Davie likes his new chassis that Michael built. It is hard to take a new chassis all the way down here, settle in, & adapt with the multitude of talent. We learned alot! It is really hard to compete against these nascar guys & their crews. Davie & I really appreciate Michael’s assistance! We also would like to thank the pit crew assistance of Jeff & Sandy Waterman, Kurt Steffen, & Angie Sapp. It was a bummer we didn’t have more time to fix the bent ball joint & a-arm before the dash on Tuesday night. We really appreciated all the votes & support! Davie & the “05″ had their best Winter Dirtcar Nationals finishes yet in the four years we have attended. Super Excited for the race season to start back home!!!!

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