Frankel dominates for first QR feature win

April 28, 2013 13 Comments

QR OLD LOGOimagesRicky Frankel did not hesitate when asked what was running through his mind in the closing laps of what would ultimately be his first UMP Super Late Model feature victory on his home track — Quincy Raceways.

“Don’t overdrive it,” he said. “And keep it low.”

He didn’t.

And he did.

Frankel led flag to flag Sunday night in the 40-lap main event, withstanding numerous charges from Mark Burgtorf early in the race and Dewayne Kiefer in the latter stages.

Frankel dominated on the smooth, slick .29-mile surface to collect his eighth career checkered flag, but the first at 8000 Broadway.

“I knew we had a good car, but we’ve been struggling,” said the 34-year-old Frankel who has been in a late model for seven years. “I like this kind of track, but I don’t like just having one groove. We had to stay low.”

Ironically, Frankel almost didn’t race Sunday night because he didn’t have any shocks after selling another race car this weekend.

“I owe (fellow racer) Denny Woodworth, because he called at about 11:30 (Sunday) morning and said he had some shocks we could use,” Frankel said. “Without him, we couldn’t have raced, so I owe Denny a big thank you.”

Bobby Anders, above, held off Tony Dunker, below, to win Sunday night's sport mod feature. Anders' win snapped a seven-feature victory of Dunker dating to August 2012.

Bobby Anders held off Tony Dunker, to win Sunday night’s sport mod feature.

The victory also vaulted Frankel into the unofficial series points lead with 119, six more than defending track champ Jason Perry. Frankel’s brother, Jason, won the 2008 late model track title.

Rounding out the top five were Kiefer, who made the haul from Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Jim Moon, Burgtorf and Justin Reed.

Frankel’s victory marked the third straight feature this season the winner has started from the pole and the 14th time in 24 main events since UMP became the late model sanctioning body at the track prior to the 2012 season.

Other feature winners included Bobby Anders in the sport mods, Steven DeLonjay in the modifieds, Abe Huls in the stock cars and Austen Becerra in the sport compacts.

“I BELIEVE WE HAVE A POINTS RACE NOW”

Anders’ victory in the sport mods ended a seven-feature winning streak of defending series champ Tony Dunker, dating to Aug. 12, 2012.

Anders and Dunker dueled for most of the 20-lap feature. Dunker tried every possible way to get around Anders, who cut him off at every pass.

“I couldn’t tell you what was going through my head,” Anders said. “I was thinking of so many things, and I knew Tony was playing head games with me, too.”

Tony Dunker (3) saw his seven-feature winning streak snapped in the sport mods on Sunday night.

Tony Dunker (3) saw his seven-feature winning streak snapped in the sport mods on Sunday night.

The two rivals got together once late in the race, but neither car was damaged and the door-to-door battle continued.

“The first win of the season is a big plus,” Anders said. “And I believe we have a points race now.”

Dunker ran away and hid from the sport mod class last season, and Anders knew it was vital not to let that happen again.

“I think the playing field has been leveled a little this year,” Anders said. “There are some other guys in the class who can make a run, too, like Joe Bliven and Tanner Klingele.”

Finishing third was Bliven, followed by Klingele and Charles Van Zandt.

Anders felt the dry/slick conditions bring out the best in the drivers.

“Anyone can drive on a heavy track, but in the slick conditions the ‘drivers’ come out more,” he said.

Anders (79), Dunker (79) and Bliven (76) are the sport mod points leaders.

DELONJAY DOMINATES IN MODIFIEDS

DeLonjay more than made up for the week before when mechanical problems sidelined him early in the feature. He coasted to a comfortable 1.945-second victory over rival Michael Long and moved into a tie for the series points lead with fourth-place finisher Robbie Reed.

DeLonjay and Reed have 190 points, followed by Dave Wietholder (186), Long (179) and third-place finisher Shawn Deering (175).

DeLonjay (16) and Long (17) have combined to win 33 of the past 43 modified features, dating to April 2011.

Huls enjoyed a relatively easy run to the checkers in the stock cars, turning back rookie Jake Powers and Beau Taylor. Huls (79), Powers (77) and defending track champ Terry Houston (76) lead the points.

Huls and Houston have combined to win all six stock car races this season — two features and four heats.

Becerra grabbed his first feature win of the season in the sport compacts, getting past Pat Dunker with two laps remaining. Points leader Craig Bangert (116) and current runner-up Kim Abbott (115) rounded out the top four.

SUNDAY NIGHT RECAP

FEATURE WINNERS
Late models: Ricky Frankel (1st)
April 21: Chad Simpson
April 14: Jerry Lierly
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay (2nd)
April 21: Michael Long
April 14: Steven DeLonjay
Sport mods: Bobby Anders (1st)
April 21: Did not race
April 14: Tony Dunker
Stock cars: Abe Huls (1st)
April 21: Did not race
April 14: Terry Houston
Sport compacts: Austen Becerra (1st)
April 21: Pat Dunker
April 14: Craig Bangert

FAST FEATURE LAPS
Late models: Ricky Frankel, 64.754 mph
April 21: Chad Simpson, 65.426 mph
April 14: Jerry Lierly, 67.095 mph
Modifieds: Steven DeLonjay, 62.941 mph
April 21: Michael Long, 63.678 mph
April 14: Steven DeLonjay, 63.396 mph
Sport mods: Tanner Klingele, 60.846 mph
April 21: Did not race
April 14: Bobby Anders, 63.884 mph

HEAT WINNERS
Late models: Denny Woodworth (1st), Justin Reed (1st).
Modifieds: Troy Grotz (1st), Mike Vanderiet (1st).
Sport mods: Tony Dunker (2nd), Bobby Anders (1st).
Stock cars: Abe Huls (2nd), Terry Houston (2nd).
Sport compacts: Kim Abbott (1st), Pat Dunker (2nd).

QUALIFYING
Late model top qualifier: Dewayne Kiefer, 70.727 mph
April 21: Chad Simpson, 71.326 mph
April 14: Clint Kirkham, 74.748 mph
Modified top qualifier: Steven DeLonjay, 64.881 mph
April 21: Steven DeLonjay, 65.838 mph
April 14: Michael Long, 68.626 mph

Late model dash winner for pole position: Ricky Frankel (1st).
Previous 2013 winners
April 21: No dash.
April 14: Jerry Lierly

Modified dash winner for pole position: Steven DeLonjay (2nd).
Previous 2013 winners
April 21: Steven DeLonjay
April 14: Michael Long

10starsSUNDAY NIGHT STARS
10 stars: Ricky Frankel, whose late model feature win proved that nice guys can finish first.
9 stars: Bobby Anders, who held off Tony Dunker to win the sport mod main event and let the rest of the class know that OMG can be beaten.
8 stars: Steven DeLonjay, who won the modified feature after a disappointing showing the week before when he was forced to the pits seven laps into the feature. DeLonjay led flag to flag and has now led 35 of a possible 75 feature laps this seasonjimmoon
7 stars: Jim Moon, who had to restart from the back of the 20-car late model feature following an early caution and then proceeded to climb his way to a third-place finish.
6 stars: Tony Dunker, who despite “only” finishing second in the sport mod finale provided plenty of thrills in his effort(s) to get past Bobby Anders.
5 stars: The IMCA Stock Car Class, which fielded 12 cars for a second straight show with a double-figure car count. Last year, the stock cars were under 10 15 of their 20 shows. Viva la stock cars!
4 stars: Abe Huls, who won his first stock car feature of the year and took over the early season points lead. Huls is chasing his first stock car crown since 2009.
3 stars: Austen Becerra, who flashed that old 2012 closing style when he overtook Pat Dunker in the closing laps of the sport compact feature.
2 stars: Troy Grotz, who won the first local race he appeared in this year (a modified heat) and provided a great moment in the main event. Grotz was involved in a minor mishap in turn four and wound up plowing through the pool of standing water. It was a Hawaii Five-O moment.
1 star: Robby Warner, who keeps getting stronger each week in the late model class. Warner had a solid sixth-place run Sunday night.

CAR COUNTS
Late models: 20 (season average 23.3)
Modifieds: 18 (16.0)
Sport mods: 13 (12.0)
Stock cars: 12 (11.0)
Sport compacts: 11 (12.3)

CAUTIONS
Late models: (17 for the season)
Modifieds: 3 (15)
Sport mods: 8 (15)
Stock cars: 7 (1)
Sport compacts: 2 (11)

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  1. Charlie Bryson says:

    Rickey has worked hard to get the new car into first place, hats off to you Rickey. Another big hats off to Dad Rick and Xtreme Racing Engines, just look how many cars in the Modified class have engines come from his shop, plus the numerous Late Models that depend on his shop for the excellent machine work, I should also mention that son Rickey also works there. Way to go guys, I’m proud to help in the pits when I can.

    Charlie

  2. DRONE says:

    DRONE’S TOP THREE THOUGHTS FOR LAST NIGHT

    #1 WHY DIDN’T THE MODIFIEDS GET A HOT LAP SESSION ?
    #2 A DRY SLICK TRACK IN HOT LAPS !!!!! REALLY !!!!!!!
    #3 BERCERRA DIDN’T WIN, DUNKER GAVE IT AWAY……….

    # CONGRADULATIONS TO TEAM 33, GREAT JOB TO RICK AND RICKY………

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  3. showstopper says:

    I guess complaining about track conditions does no good. Are we gunna see a track that the drivers and fans can enjoy this year? Look at Ricky’s comments (i just don’t like having one groove). Glad to see him get a win but in reality, how many drivers that would have started on the pole on that piece of crap track wouldn’t have won. Guys, if its this bad with rainy cooler weather, imagine in August when its 90 degrees plus.

    P.S. Dunker, were you congratulating Anders on the cool down lap or bullying him? Just curious.

  4. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    I SAY PUSH THE TIRES OUT TO RUN THE FEATURES, PUT EVERYBODY ON THE SAME RACING SURFACE. MAYBE IT’LL GET RID OF THE BRAKE CHECKIN IN THE “FAST LANE”

    NICE SMOOTH TRACK – GREAT TO RACE ON

    THE VILLAIN

  5. not35fan says:

    Track was smooth but again slick in hotlaps can’t say much about the racen but it was boring qr needs some1 that can keep it 2 lanes threw the night poor track prep again anders shoved dunker up the hill into the marbles or into the tires every lap that ain’t racen and what’s up with the mods not getting hotlaps how r the people that haven’t ever been there even no if they have the right gear in y do lm get hotlaps but mods dnt please some1 explain. Don’t lm and mods pay the same pit pass

  6. rizzle says:

    I say quit the whining everybody has to race on the same surface yes it was dry yes it was one lane and yes kinda boring to watch. But how many of you are gonna be back next week and the week after that prob. All I’m not sure. But if you would like you can venture elsewhere on any giving weekend to go and watch a dirt race all over the Midwest complaining prob. Not gonna get very far considering every Night this year the track has been the same with or without rain. At least it was smooth I’ll give them that. Let the games begin.

    Troy Grotz #2 (mud bath)

  7. SKIPP says:

    LOTTA EXTRA HORSES OUT THERE NOWADAYS …MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
    WHY NOT SPEND 1/2HR INTERMISSION ….TEAR OPEN A COUPLE INCHES AND PACK IT BACK IN
    .
    WHADAYADO ..???

  8. FLYBY says:

    HOLY SHEET A GROTZ IS TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO COMPLAIN WELL WOULD YA LOOK AT THAT.

  9. showstopper says:

    Good idea SKIP. At Pevely they sheep-foot track during intermission, sprinkle a bit of water and pack it back in. Takes 20-30 minutes. 90 percent of the time its 3 wide racing in features. QR either just don’t get it or simply don’t care?

  10. Keith Pratt says:

    Good idea Skip but the track doesnt even last past hot laps now. Does 34, Lee Co, I55, Jax, etc etc etc have that problem? I’m just a dumb ol racecar driver but i think the answer is NO

  11. travis grotz says:

    showstopper its both they dont get it and they dont care!

  12. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    NOT SURE WHAT PEVELY DOES BUT I CAN TELL U IF THEY “SHEEP FOOT” THE TRACK WE HAVE SEEN AT QRW LAST 2 WEEKS AT INTERMISSION THEN SPRINKLE IT….IT WILL HAVE ZERO EFFECT. SHEEP FOOT PACKS TRACK TITE..U MUST HAVE UR EQUIPMENT CONFUSED CUZ PACKIN A SEALED OFF TRACK IS SENSELESS.
    DID ANYONE ELSE SEE HOW DEEP THE SHEEP FOOT TRACKS WERE SUNDAY NITE? 4-5 ” DEEP. THAT MEANS TRACK HAD MOISTURE IN IT TO A PURDY GOOD DEPTH. WANT MORE WATER? GET READY FOR THE RUTS & JUMPS

    #3

  13. Showstopper says:

    I probably do have equipment confused. What they use is some type of tiller. Rototill? It digs up where track is slicked off. Then water and repack. This may not work as Quincy has been dry in hotlaps! Don’t have all the answers but I do know u cant go out on a Sat. Afternoon and start on it. Many fans I was around were very disappointed the last two weeks in the shows. Grotz probably said it best above. They don’t get it or care.

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