Simpson dominates; Long edges Wietholder

April 21, 2013 31 Comments

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Chad Simpson

Chad Simpson

Prior to Sunday night, Chad Simpson had never been to Quincy or its famed postage stamp-sized dirt track at the east end of town.

Judging by his first visit, there’s a good chance he will be back.

By the time Simpson left Quincy and started the long trek north to Mount Vernon, Iowa, he was $3,000 richer — his reward for dominating the “Clash for the Cash” at Quincy Raceways.

Simpson led all 40 laps of the UMP-sanctioned event and was never seriously threatened en route to his flag-to-flag victory. The 32-year-old parts manager for a truck company near Cedar Rapids, who had to be at work at 7:30 Monday morning, insisted the win was not as easy it may have appeared to the naked eye.

“It’s never easy,” Simpson said. “There were a lot of capable drivers out there, and we didn’t know what to expect since this was our first trip here.”

Simpson is obviously a quick learner.

He also demonstrated little problem navigating his way through a labyrinth of lapped traffic over much of the second half of the race. The only interruptions in the feature were two early cautions.

“Lapped traffic is always a concern, especially on a one-groove track like this was was,” he said. “But we got through it.”

ALMSThe weekend as a whole could not have gone any better for Simpson, a late model driver since 2003 who also pocketed a $4,000 check Saturday at 34 Raceways in West Burlington, Iowa.

The West Burlington and Quincy races were initially scheduled as the final two legs of the three-part “Clash” concept, but opening night at Tri-City Speedway near Granite City, Ill., was canceled due to wet grounds.

The weekend series brought together representatives from of the American Late Model Series (ALMS), Midwest Auto Racing Series (MARS) and the Cornbelt Clash Series to race against local UMP talents at the three host tracks.

MARSSimpson also had the fast qualifying time Sunday night of 71.326 mph, which earned him the pole for the 24-car feature that took just 15 minutes, 20 seconds to run due to the lack of yellow flags.

Rounding out the top five were Brandon Sheppard, Shannon Babb, Brian Shirley and the top local finisher, Jason Perry, the defending UMP Super Late Model track champ at Quincy.

cornbeltOnly four Quincy regulars qualified for the main event and just seven showed up for the 33-car special. Mark Burgtorf finished 11th, Robby Warner 14th and Justin Reed 19th.

The 33 cars represented the largest field of late models at Quincy since 36 were on hand in April 2011 for an IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series tour stop. The last time the late model car count reached 40 was April 2009, also for a Deery Brothers race.

LONG HOLDS OFF WIETHOLDER

Easily the most exciting feature of the evening was 25-lap UMP Modified finale when Michael Long thwarted several late charges by Dave Wietholder to earn a 0.183-of-a-second victory.

Long and Wietholder were door-to-door for most of the final two laps. Wietholder was stronger in turns one and two, but Long had the edge in three and four, and that was ultimately the difference.

Michael Long

Michael Long

“That was a good race,” Wietholder said. “I think my car just needed to be a few inches longer.”

The two longtime rivals are also longtime friends and often exchange information.

“I’m always picking Michael’s brain,” Wietholder said. “He’s going to probably stop talking to me.”

Long’s first feature win of the season at Quincy could arguably have been his second. He was leading a week earlier on opening night when distributor problems forced him to the pits.

Long led all 25 laps by hugging the low line on a night when the track was dry slick, despite all of the wet weather only several days before.

“I just had to keep the car on the bottom, and I’m not usually a bottom feeder,” Long said. “We’re still searching with this car.”

Robbie Reed ran a strong third, followed by Jimmy Cummings and Shawn Deering.

Last week’s winner and two-time defending track champ Steven DeLonjay, who had won the Fast 6 Dash earlier in the night, was forced to the infield after seven laps with mechanical problems.

TRIFECTA FOR “THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION”

Pat “The People’s Champion” Dunker became the first local driver of the year to win features at Quincy, West Burlington and Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, when he roared to an easy sport compact victory in Sunday night’s final race.

Dunker, like Simpson and Long, led flag-to-flag in the 12-lap feature. Kim Abbott finished a distant second, followed by Craig Bangert.

The sport compacts provided the season’s first rollover when rookie Gary Stephenson went over turn one and rolled to a stop at the bottom of the embankment. He was not injured.

NOTE: We’ll have more from Sunday night in the coming days, including interviews with Brian Shirley and Tyler “The Califgornia Kid” Reddick, the 17-year-old wunderkind who seems destined to be one of the The Next Big Things in dirt track late models.

SUNDAY NIGHT FEATURE WINNERS
Late models: Chad Simpson (1st)
Modifieds: Michael Long (1st)
Sport compacts: Pat Dunker (1st)

SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT WINNERS
Late models: Chad Simpson (1st), Brandon Sheppard (1st), Shannon Babb (1st), Tyler Reddick (1st).
Modifieds: Shawn Deering (1st).
Sport compacts: Brandon Lambert (2nd), Pat Dunker (1st).

“B” MAIN WINNERS
Late models: Terry Phillips (1st), Justin Mitchell (1st).

QUALIFYING
Late model top qualifier: Chad Simpson, 71.326 mph.
Modified top qualifier: Steven DeLonjay, 65.838.

Late model dash winner for pole position: There was no dash Sunday night.
Modified dash winner for pole position: Steven DeLonjay (1st).

SUNDAY NIGHT STARS
10 stars: Michael Long, for the 0.183-of-a-second victory over Dave Wietholder in the UMP Modified feature. Now that was exciting.
9 stars: Dave Wietholder, for his part in that fantastic finish.
8 stars: Chad Simpson, a classy guy who posted a classy victory in the $3,000-to-win UMP Super Late Model feature.
7 stars: Pat Dunker, who established himself as a bona fide title threat in the sport compacts with a decisive feature victory.
6 stars: The track crew, for getting the Bullring ready to race following some serious flooding only a few days earlier.
5 stars: Joe Bliven, for putting new light bulbs in the scoreboard on the backstretch.
4 stars: Jason Perry, the top local finisher in the late model feature.
3 stars: Robbie Reed, whose strong third-place run in the modified finale went unnoticed to many because of the battle between Long and Wietholder for first.
2 stars: Announcer Doug Mealy, who pointed out the the fans that Pat Dunker “has cool hair.”
1 star: The concession crew in the pits, who make the best hamburgers in Adams County.

CAR COUNTS
Late models: 33.
Modifieds: 13.
Sport compacts: 12.

CAUTIONS
Late models: 9.
Modifieds: 3.
Sport compacts: 2.

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  1. Showstopper says:

    What a field of quality late models! Sad they had to run on a one groove poorly prepared track. The drivers and fans deserve much better.

  2. Dave Moore says:

    Stevie, just a comment, I set in the stands last night and my hamburger was terrible. It had been cooked to a crisp and then let to cool as if it might have been cooked possible days ago and put in the frig. Anybody else have this experience? Every thing else was pretty good, well with the trip.

  3. Joe BOOM says:

    wow reaLLY SHOWSTOPPER there was 4 feet of water on the track thursday and we raced sunday pretty good if ya ask me but if you think you can do better come on out ill introduce you to paul and you can show us all how its done till then SABK

  4. GMF says:

    Im sorry, I dont know what race you were watching. Yes there was some passing not nearly as much but those who really had the skill got the job done. Did you not see how Simpson went in and out of lapped traffic… isnt that passing??? And seriously quit your %&*%^&*( because with all the water and flooding just be happy we actually had the races. Good car counts considering the weather!!
    Long and Davey gave us a great race to the finish. Love finishes like that!!

    Congrats to skipp

  5. DRONE says:

    WELL SKIP I STAND CORRECTED, #18 AND YOURSELF DID A HECK OF A JOB LAST NIGHT. NOW MY JURY IS STILL OUT ON THAT #7 LATE MODEL GUY. HE’S NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE FROM MY POINT OF VIEW…………..

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  6. not35fan says:

    Joe boom there was 4 foot off water sitting on the track but it sitting on the same rubber from the week b4 the track should off been tour up on Monday iam just saying it would off been a lot better track

  7. Showstopper says:

    I heard in concession stand guy say when announcer braggin on track prep laugh and say they didnt even start on track til sat. Lol. Lot of passing? Guess passin lap cars. Get to pevely to see how track is done. 4 feet of water joe? And a dust bowl freight train. Look at Griffins twitter or read article from stevie. Track sucked bro. I hate it too.

  8. lmfan says:

    Showstopper–Part of it was that they probably did not have time to do a lot with the track, except try to get it dried out. Another huge factor was the race format (time trials and the fast cars all start up front). It is no coincedence that the racing was much better at Burlington when they used the passing point format.

    Dave Moore—While I did not have a hamburger last night, I heard others with the same complaint.

  9. lmfan says:

    I wish they would have ran the modifieds after the late models. We left after one of the 4 bangers rolled on the very 1st lap of their feature.

  10. Charlie Bryson says:

    Drone, I finally figured it out. I looked you up in Webster Dictionary, so here it is right from them.

    Definition of DRONE
    1
    : a stingless male bee (as of the honeybee) that has the role of mating with the queen and does not gather nectar or pollen
    2
    : one that lives on the labors of others : parasite

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Oh, are you related to FLYBY.

  11. Silverbullet says:

    Big thumbs up to Joe Bliven for fixing the scoreboard. There are more things that need up keep.

  12. FLYBY says:

    WHERE WERE ALL THE LOCAL LATE MODELS….WHEN THE BIG DOGS COME TO TOWN THE LOCALS HIDE UNDER THE PORCH.GOOD JOB JASON PERRY IN IOWA AND LAST NIGHT ALL THE OTHER HOMETOWNERS WELL… ..YOU GET THE POINT……IOWA TRACK WAS GOOD RACING ItS TOO BAD QUINCY WAS POOR.YOU WILL HAVE THAT WHEN YOU DONT WORK ON A TRACK LIKE YOU SHOULD.WiLL 3TIMES BE THE CHARM????

  13. DRONE says:

    WOW CHARLIE, I GIVE #18 LONG AND #3 SKIP A COMPLIMENT AND IM A PARASITE????
    NOW IM SURE THAT #7 WILL ALSO IMPRESS US BEFORE ITS OVER BUT WHATS HE DONE TO DATE?? PULLED OFF IN ONE RACE AND 11TH LAST WEEK. IF THATS IMPRESSIVE I MUST HAVE BEEN WATCHING A DIFFERENT RACE THAN YOU.

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  14. GMF says:

    I’ve been to Pevely Ive been to Burlington… I-55 has had one lane not a lot of passing etc etc etc… It happens.

  15. DRONE says:

    OH, I NEVER HAVE MET FLYBY BUT WOULD LOVE TO BUY THE GUY A BEER OR THREE. HE-SHE SEEMS LEVEL HEADED, HONEST AND FULL OF INTEGRITY.

    AS FOR THE BEE COMMENT, HOW BAD CAN IT BE IF YOUR JOB IS TO MATE WITH THE QUEEN, ESPEICALLY IF SHE’S A HOTTY………….

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  16. Quincyracing says:

    Sad for me to say but I am glad we won’t be there this weekend hopefully track will be better and car counts also when we come back.Springport Mi for the First of the Jegs series all-star races on pavement for Jake.

  17. Taco says:

    It’s pretty bad when you know it all’s bitch about the race track but yet have never strapped into a car. Let me tell ya something…hats off the the QR crew for even attempting to get a show in….I mean if ya ain’t blind or stupid then go check the pics out on fb of the track last week….The damn wreckers were even under water….give some guys a break and some praise!!! At least we still have a track to race on!!! Keep up the good work Boomer, Boom and rest of the crew…..As for the rest of you…..if all you can do is cry then i say you should go to walmart and buy you some new tissues cause obviously it sounds like your running low….

    See ya’ll sunday……..

  18. Showstopper says:

    Good luck to Jake. Id be glad to be racing elsewhere too. Yes Drone, Flyby is very level headed and brings much needed intelligence on here. Lm fan, good point on the format, but u still have to prepare a track correctly. It takes more than a day. Any oldtimers on here remember Scotty out there all week long workin the track? I hope they get it turned around. Dave Moore, i had a hot dog. Was fine but the bun was hard as a rock!

  19. lmfan says:

    GMF,

    If you saw a one lane race track at Pevely, then you are one of very few that have seen that. That rarely, if ever, happens there. It is one of the raciest tracks in the country.

  20. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    BOOOOO HOOO HOOOO – HEY SHOWSTOPPER…..WHY DONT YOU GO WATCH SOMEWHERE ELSE WITH THAT KINDA ATTITUDE?? HEY MOMMY HEY MOMMY REMEMBER WHEN SCOTTY WORKED THE TRACK……E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y OF THE WEEK? YES MOMMY EVEN AFTER THE TRACK WAS FLOODED ON WEDNESDAY AND IT WAS PERFECT 4 LANE RACING!!!
    KARHOFF WORKED THE TRACK 15 HRS A WEEK AND HAD THE BEST RACING SURFACE WE’VE SEEN IN 8 YEARS, SO TIME SPENT…….ISNT ALWAYS TIME WELL SPENT.
    I CAN GIVE YA BOOMER’S CELL # SO YOU CAN MEET HIM THIS WEEK AND GIVE HIM SOME POINTERS DR DIRT. BETTER YET POST UR NUMBER ON HERE & ILL HAVE HIM CALL YA WEN HE HEADS OUT THERE.

    TA-TA FOR NOW

    P.S – SORRY BOUT THE HARD BUNS YOU GOT UR WEINER IN

    THE VILLAIN

  21. Showstopper says:

    So i should expect a call Sat. Afternoon?

  22. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    AWWWWWWW POOR SHOWSTOPPER – NOT ONLY ASHAMED OF YOUR TRUE IDENTITY OF HIDING BEHIND A FICTICIOUS SCREEN NAME, YOU FORGOT YOUR PHONE NUMBER!!!!
    YOU HAVE YET TO EXPLAIN UR COMPLAINT YOUNG SHOWSTOPPER.

    I DRIVE RACECARS & WIN RACES……….I DONT KNOW TRACK PREP

    WHATCHA GOT ON UR RESUME SUPER HERO??

    HOW BOUT THIS, WHATEVER HIS SCHEDULE IT SEEMS TO BE WRONG SOOOOOO:

    LETS SAY STARTING SUNDAY NITE AFTER THE LAST CHECKERED FLAG FALLS, YOU LIST ON “HERE” TO PROVE TO THE PUBLIC YOUR DIRT TRACK PREP EXPERTISE WHAT SHOULD BE DONE FOR THE “PERFECT” RACING SURFACE FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
    LISTING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE….WHAT TIME…..HOW MANY TIMES A DAY……HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK.

    ITS A SIMPLE FIX CORRECT?? THEN YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HAPPY FANS & DRIVERS BECAUSE OF “THE NEW “SHOWSTOPPER” MULTIGROOVE RACING SURFACE”

    #3 ON THE CAR….#1 IN YOUR HEART……..ON ANY RACING SURFACE!!!

  23. not35fan says:

    Well its easy to see showstopper and flyby don’t like dunker but boy thay make this site great. Yes the track was bad Sunday it should not off been dry slick after hotlaps but what do you do besides b#$%^ about it on the net and show up on Sunday and maybe have a good track and find somthing else to b#$%^ about. Hope to see pratt long or dave dunker and dunker in the winner circle this week.

  24. SKIPP says:

    DONT YOU THINK, THAT, GUYS WITH 50-75 THOUSAND DOLLAR CARS, THAT DO THIS FOR A LIVING SHOULD BE ABLE TO SET THE CAR TO RUN ANYWHERE ..?? …ROUGH, SMOOTH, TACKY, SLICK, .???
    IM NOT VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THIS, BUT, JUST A QUESTION …..
    .
    THANKS EVERYBODY FOR FOR COMMIN OUT AND WATCHIN LAST WEEK, SUFFERIN THRU COLD AND DUST, EE ALL APPRECIATE IT ….AS YOU KNOW, AND I SAID IT LAST YEAR TOO … IT GETS BETTER IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, KEEP COMMIN BACK ..!!!!
    .
    not35fan …..THANKS MAN ….GONNA GIVE IT A SHOT ..!!!
    .
    I ……..AM………(the slow) #3

  25. FLYBY says:

    HEY SKIPP STICK TO THINGS YOU KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT…….LIKE OUTSPENDING ALL THE QUINCY KIDS IN THE 4 CYL DIVISION…..CHAMP….ITS COMICAL HOW LAST YEAR YU PUT UP MONEY EVERY WEEK SO MORE BMODS WOULD COME RACE QUINCY SO THERE WOULD BE 10 CARS AND TONY COULD GET HIS NATIONAL POINTS HOW DID THAT WORK OUT IM SURE HE CASHED IN A BIG CHECK FOR THIRD PLACE RIGHT….NO MORE DUNKER BONUSES THIS YEAR TOO MUCH WRAPPED UP IN THE 4 CYL CAR….WHO IS YOUR MECHANIC….

  26. Keith Pratt says:

    Wow, flyby is a (you’ll have to fill in the blank here, folks).

  27. showstopper says:

    Skip outspends to win in the kids class and brother Tony cherry picks and moves down to a sport mod to win against only one or two others in that class with any prior experience. Bet u guys are proud. Didn’t Tony hold the modern era record for most races without a feature victory in the ump mods? Dirt surely has a stat on that.

  28. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    HAHA POOR FLYBY JUS CANT FIND A TRUE REASON TO HATE THE #3 DRIVERS. THE SO CALLED UNDER-PRICED 4 CYL HE HAD LAST YEAR WON THE FEATURE LAST NITE AT LCS YA DUNCE. YAINT GONNA PICK ON A LATE MODEL DRIVER THAT SPENDS TWICE TO THREE TIMES AS MUCH AS ALOTA OTHER LM DRIVERS FOR “OVERSPENDING”?
    AND SINCE I GUESS UR THE “TEAM 3 SECRETARY” & KEEP TRACK OF OR NUMBERS, YES THE END OF YEAR CHECKS & CONTIGENCIES LARGELY OUT WEIGHED THE BONUSES HANDED OUT BY DUNKER CONCRETE.
    MAYBE SOMEDAY ULL GET AWAY FROM THAT 3RD SHIFT FLY-BY NITE JOB OF URS AND YOU CAN BUY U A CAR SOMEDAY………EVEN IF ITS JUS A CHEAP ONE
    GETTING KINDA PERSONAL ASKIN WHO HIS MECHANIC IS AINTCHA? UR STILL SEMI HIDING BEHIND A COMPUTER SCREEN AND YOU WANNA GET PERSONAL WITH HIM.

    HERES MY OFFER OF 2013……I WILL PERSONALLY BRING YOU AN AUTOGRAPHED FEATURE WIN TROPHY UP IN THE STANDS AND HAND TO YOU SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE SO DONT BE UP RUNNIN AROUND

    I MITE EVEN SLAP A NICE LIL #3 ON UR CAR

    TA-TA FOR NOW

    THE VILLAIN

  29. SKIPP says:

    FLYBY ,,,, OUT OF ALL THE HEMERHOIDS IVE HAD , YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE
    LAST YEAR , YOU WASTED THE SEASON TRYIN TO GET ME FIRED UP BY SAYIN ….
    ** I CANT EVEN BEAT A BUNCH OF KIDS
    ** I HAVE AN “OPEN BUDGET”
    ** AND I HAFTA BRIBE SPORTMOD GUYS TO COME TO OUR TRACK
    AND NOW ….. ALREADY THIS YEAR …..
    ** I DONT GIVE ENUFF FOR EXTRA PURSE
    ** I WIN 3 RACES AND IM “OUTSPENDING” KIDS
    I JUST SIMPLY CANNOT IMPRESS YOU , CAN I ….?????
    WHAT SHOULD I DO THEN ???? QUIT ??? OR BUY A COTTON PRESS SO I CAN KEEP YOU IN A SOLID SUPPLY OF TAMPONS .????
    IM GOIN WITH , STICKIN WITH THE CAR , AAAAAAAAAND THE COTTON PRESS , BUT IM GONNA HIRE 9 PEOPLE TO RUN IT , SO YOU DEF WONT RUN OUT THIS YEAR ,, CUZ ME AND MY BROTHER AND THE TEAM3 CREW ARE GONNA GIVE YOU 5 MONTHS OF SAND IN THE VAG ….. ITS GONNA BE A LOOONG 5 MONTHS..!!!!!!
    ALSO , IF THINGS ARE THAT DEPRESSING AT CASA DE FLYBY , COME SEE ME SUNDAY , AND I’LL REACH INTO MY “DEEP POCKETS” AND SPRING FOR A FEW TALL BOYS FOR YA … I JUST GOT A BIG OL STACK OF #3′s FOR YA TOO …. A COUPLE OF THEM BAD-BOYS WILL LOOK SWEET ON YER VEGA WHILE ITS SITTIN AT THE AIDE OFFICE ….
    WELL , I GOTTA GO FOR NOW ,,,, GONNA SEE IF I CAN COME UP WITH A WAY TO MAKE THE 3 A LITTLE QUICKER FOR YA ….. SOMEBODY HAS TO SHOW UP ALL THOSE “KIDS”
    THE NEXT TIME I GET TO THE FRONT STRETCH , I’LL TRY TO HAVE SOMETHIN SPECIAL PLANNED JUST FOR YOU …!!!!!!!!!!
    .
    I…….AM……..YOUR 2nd FAVORITE #3

  30. not35fan says:

    Kp is idiot 1 or dummy or I no nothing about racen or I just don’t like people that win iam just trying to fill in the blanks flyby don’t make a fool off your self anymore quit posting

  31. FLYBY says:

    OHH YAA GOOD TO SEE I WOKE THE GIRLS UP ITS ABOUT TIME.

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