Michael Long: He goes fast

March 3, 2013 1 Comment

QR old logoIt’s not exactly quantum physics. Michael Long has been the most dominant modified driver over the past decade at the Bullring and the reason is simple: He goes faster than anyone else. (Well, most of the time, anyway.)

Long is the only driver to reach 70 mph during a feature since we have been able to track those kind of things, and he’s done it six times. He also has more fast feature laps (45) over the past five years than any other driver. In fact, he has more than double his closest challenger — Steven DeLonjay (18) — in that category.

Michael Long

Michael Long

In fairness to DeLonjay, who has won the last two track titles, he’s obviously been cutting into that Long dominance, which is one of the reasons 2013 should prove quite interesting. Wouldn’t it be great to see Long and DeLonjay go head-to-head for a full season? Each has won two track championships and smart money says one or the other will win this year, especially since 2010 champ Jared Schlipman is moving to late models.

FASTEST MODIFIED FEATURE LAPS
Since late 2007
1. Michael Long, 73.763, Aug. 22, 2010, UMP
2. Michael Long, 71.869, Sept. 3, 2010, UMP
3. Michael Long, 71.170, Aug. 30, 2009, UMP
4. Michael Long, 70.808, June 17, 2012, UMP
5. Michael Long, 70.441, July 12, 2009, UMP
6. Michael Long, 70.398, Sept. 11, 2011, UMP

YEAR-BY-YEAR LEADERS
2012: Michael Long, 70.808, UMP
2011: Michael Long, 70.398, UMP
2010: Michael Long, 73.763, UMP
2009: Michael Long, 71.170, UMP
2008: Michael Long, 69.735

WEEKLY FAST LAP CAREER LEADERS (through Aug. 5)
Since 2008
Michael Long, 45
Steven DeLonjay, 18
Jared Schlipman, 7
Justin Reed, 4
Dave Wietholder, 4
Robbie Reed, 2
Wyatt Lantz, 2
Vance Wilson, 2

YEAR-BY-YEAR LEADERS
2012: Michael Long, 8
2011: Michael Long, Steven DeLonjay, 7
2010: Michael Long, 7
2009: Michael Long, 7
2008: Michael Long, 16

QUALIFYING LEADERS

The track introduced qualifying for both late models and modifieds the last month of of the 2012 season.

2012 UMP Modified Qualifiers

Sept. 30: Steven DeLonjay, 68.133 mph
Sept. 23: Craig Spegal, 65.332 mph
Sept. 16: Jared Schlipman, 64.764 mph
Sept. 9: Matt Dotson, 67.303 mph

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  1. Charlie Bryson says:

    Anyway you look at it, just putting Michael behind the wheel adds another 100hp to the Ford that he is running. He is not just fast in Quincy, he kicks some serious butt at Granite City and Peavley also. Come to think of it, about anywhere he goes. Yes, I am a Michael Long fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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