Checking the end of May report card

May 28, 2013 13 Comments

QR OLD LOGOimagesAll of this down time because of the wet weather is driving most race fans a little crazy. Or, in the case of the Blonde Girls, a lot crazy.

That said, let’s dissect the first quarter of the season, class by class:

Denny Woodworth the man to beat in late model series?

Denny Woodworth the man to beat in late model series?

Late models

Driver of the Year — so far: In a season that seems to be shaping up to be won by the most consistent driver, Denny Woodworth has filled that mold.
Best bet to bust out: It looks like Mark Burgtorf has the car problems all ironed out. That’s not good for the other late model drivers in the pits.
Nicest surprise: Robby Warner, who is sitting sixth points and has a chance to climb higher.
What happened?: To the Black Car Superstar. We’ve only seen Dustin Griffin once — and he finished second in the feature. Dustin, come back!

Modifieds

Driver of the Year — so far: Steven DeLonjay. No explanation needed.
Best bet to bust out: Shawn Deering. The winless streak will end.
Nicest surprise: Russ Coultas, who is proving 2012 was not a fluke.
What happened?: To some of the cars. The largest modified count to date has been 18. The mods are averaging 15.6 a week, which would be the lowest weekly average for a modified series since the “B” mods averaged 13 per week in their final season in 2005.

Sport mods

Driver of the Year — so far: Tony Dunker. (See Steven DeLonjay comment.)

Tony Dunker continues to ride roughshod over the sport mod class.

Tony Dunker continues to ride roughshod over the sport mod class.

Best bet to bust out: Tanner Klingele. It’s just a matter of time.
Nicest surprise: Charles Van Zandt’s improvement. He struggled much of last season, but is currently tied for fourth in points. Runner-up: Jeff DeLonjay.
What happened?: To someone actually challenging Dunker. He’s still on his own planet in this series.

Stock cars

Driver of the Year — so far: This is really a tough call, but I’m leaning toward Terry Houston. But Jake Powers and Abe Huls are in the rear-view mirror.
Best bet to bust out: Beau Taylor. He could be Beau-dacious by season’s end.
Nicest surprise: The return of The Cap’n, Steve Carlin.
What happened?: To those title aspirations of Taco Larsen. Don’t worry, the little guy is regrouping and can make a run for the second-half points championship. (Remember, we track track of crazy stuff like that.)

Sport compacts

Driver of the Year — so far: Pat Dunker, who has the strongest car when he keeps it on the track.
Best bet to bust out: Austen Becerra. We haven’t seen the Austen of 2012 yet, but don’t forget — he wasn’t the reincarnation of Richard Petty until the second half of last season.
Nicest surprise(s): The emergence of Laine Van Zandt in recent weeks. And let’s not forget the return of Craig Bangert to contender status.
What happened?: To Seith Woodruff, the two-time defending series champ. He had some horrible luck in April, then drove a modified for a week. Seith, come back!

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  1. DRONE says:

    DRONE-SERVATIONS FOR LAST WEEK:

    1: IT WAS NICE TO SEE THE TRACK WORKERS OPEN THE SURFACE UP AFTER LAST WEEKS BLISTERING PACE SCHEDULE. LAST CHECKER AT 812 PM WOWZER

    2: CAR COUNTS ARE WAY DOWN ?????? TRACK CONDITIONS ?????

    3: THAT JIM MOON FELLOW SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FROM ALL UMP EVENTS FOR A MONTH OR MORE FOR THAT RETALLIATION ROLL OVER, AND YES HE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST TO REPAIR THE OTHER DUDES CAR………..
    JIM, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??????????

    WELL THATS ALL FOR NOW FOLKS

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  2. Charlie Bryson says:

    My gosh, it must be the weather, but I have to agree with DRONE about Moon.

    What am I thinking, oh my god

  3. DRONE says:

    DRONE AND CHARLIE AGREEING ON A TOPIC, I JUST FELL OUT OF MY CHAIR, HURT MY BACK AND NOW HEADED TO THE CHIROPRACTORS OFFICE…………

    WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT…………

    DRONE IS WATCHING (THIS TIME WITH A SMILE)

  4. not35fan says:

    My oppioun is they might get more ump mods if they give them hotlaps like they do every other class. When new guys show up they don’t no if they have the right gear in the car they don’t no the track they don’t no if they have the car seat up right till they qualify that’s streight stupid give them hotlaps that way if something is jacked up with there car they can get it dialed in for qualifing what race track does not hotlap for pet sacks GIVE THE UMP MODS HOTLAPS.

  5. not35fan says:

    O yeah no1 has explained to me why the ump mods dnt get hotlaps can some1 please tell me why

  6. 42 says:

    Sorry ima tad late to the party not35fan, but I will give my opinion anyway… IF….IF….IF… a new guy is coming to the track they know how big the track is and can be very close to the gear that they need… if they are unsure… they can ask anyone in the pit area and get even closer to the gear they need… the track does not hotlap mods… in my opinion… to save some of the track and some time out of the night… I also do not think at all that more mods will show up in quincy due to a hot lap session.. that’s one of the craziest things I’ve heard

  7. Showstopper says:

    Wha excactly is a pet sack? Good question on why no hot laps for ump mods. Anyone?

  8. Keith Pratt says:

    Have to agree with not35fan. Is there a reason for not hot lapping the mods? Is it to save the track or save time? Then dont hot lap the other classes either. Just seems like something only Quincy Raceways would dream up

  9. not35fan says:

    Really 42 to save time they were done at 812 the last time they raced don’t think time is a issue save the track why hot lap lm they have bigger tires and o yeah why don’t you go to I 55 or granit and walk around the pits and ask what gear or set up them mods have there ganna tell you that’s what hotlaps are for part off the reason that started to let ump mods run quick changes incase a new guy did show up and after HOTLAPS have to change a gear.

  10. MWNN says:

    If you really think UMP cares if you have time to change a gear your kidding yourself. They changed because QC was less of a cost in the long run over 9 in rear ends. Hell gears are about a $100 less for QC and more options. Not to mention the ease of fixing a QC over the 9 in.

  11. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    I SAY GET RID OF THE UMP LATE MODELS AND LET THE UMP MODIFIEDS HOT LAP

  12. not35fan says:

    10 4 TEAMFOURBOSS

  13. lmfan says:

    If they get rid of the late models they will lose the majority of the small crowds they are drawing now.

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