Late model driver Dustin Griffin pulled off a rare Bullring accomplishment in 2012. The Black Car Superstar finished second in the late model points behind champ Jason Perry — despite missing two points features during the season.
That marked the first time since a 2010 and just the fifth time since 1997 a Quincy Raceways driver missed one or more weeks and finished either first or second in the points.
Such figures are only available back to 1992, but in the 21 seasons covered only four times has a driver missed a week and been able to win a track championship. The most recent was Michael Long in the modifieds in 2008. That was the second year of his incredible back-to-back seasons when he won a combined 71 races, including 31 features.
Griffin is only the second late model driver to miss one or more features and finish first or second in points — and the only one not named (Mark) Burgtorf.
WON CHAMPIONSHIP (with one missed week)
Michael Long, modifieds, 2008
Steve Carlin, bombers, 2003
Sam Burgtorf, bombers, 1994
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 1993
FINISHED SECOND (with one or more missed weeks)
Dustin Griffin, late models, 2012 (missed 2 points features)
Michael Long, modifieds, 2010
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 2008
Mike Karhoff, “A” modifieds, 1997
Bill Genenbacher, bombers, 1997
Mike Karhoff, “A” modifieds, 1994
Ron Gough, “A” modifieds, 1993
Lonnie Carter, “B” modifieds, 1993
Ron Gough, modifieds (one class), 1992
(NOTE: Attendance figures not available on a regular basis until 1992.)