Long climbed to No. 8 from last season’s No. 11 position, Wietholder moved to No. 9 from No. 13.
Our Ultimate rankings system is the same as used for each individual class. The only difference is a driver’s Ultimate position is derived from combining the ranking points he has earned during his career in all classes.
Points are awarded on a 15-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the drivers who finish in the final top 10 points positions each season for each class, starting in 1975, the first season of competition at the Bullring. The totals by each driver’s name below are points he has earned from being in the final top 10 in points in any class he may have raced.
The numbers in parentheses represent drivers’ rankings after the 2012 season.
QUINCY RACEWAYS ULTIMATE RANKINGS
1. (1.) Hank DeLonjay, 305 points: “The Crank” is one of only two drivers in track history to win more than one title in two different classes, 10 in a modified and three in a sportsman. The other driver? His son, Steven, who has three modified and two hornet titles to his credit. Hank also won titles in three different decades. (Member of Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame)
2. (2.) Mark Burgtorf, 300: The 14-time late model track champ can take over No. 1 in 2014 he finishes fifth or higher in next season’s late model points. (Member of Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame)
3. (3.) Terry Gallaher, 232: Terry won his four late-model titles over a seven-year period (1985-91). (Member of Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame)
4. (4.) Lonnie Bailey, 188: Between 2002-08, Lonnie won two late model championships and finished second four times.
5. (5.) Steve Fraise, 178: As hard as it may seem to believe, Steve’s final title in Quincy came 23 years ago. (Member of Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame)
6. (6.) Tony Dunker, 140: With at least another decade of his peak years ahead of him, Tony seems like a good bet to eventually end his career in the No. 3 position.
7. (7.) Denny Woodworth, 125: Denny and Justin Reed are the only drivers in track history to win both a late model and modified track championship.
8. (11.) Michael Long, 112: Michael is the youngest member of the top 10 at just a shade over 30.
9. (13.) Dave Wietholder, 109: Dave is the only driver in the top 10 with fewer than three track championships. He may not have won a track title since 2001, but this ranking shows he’s always close.
10. (8.) Steve Carlin, 108: Apparently, the ole Cap’n has retired. If so, it was a great career for another future Hall of Famer.
11. (9.) Sam Burgtorf, 106: Sam, too, will some day be a Hall of Famer.
12. (10.) Dick Crane, 104.5: This is one of the guys I wish I could have seen race during his glory days. (Member of Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame.)
13. (15.) Steven DeLonjay, 101: He’s 21 years old and his best days are still ahead of him. Since he’s already won five track championships, that is a rather scary thought.
14. (12.) Eddie Dieker, 101: I don’t think anyone has used the “00″ number at the Bullring since Eddie walked away from racing almost a decade ago. (Member of Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame)
15. (14) Bill Genenbacher, 98: Many of the younger fans at the track don’t realize Bill was one of the Bullring’s all-time great bomber/hobby stock stars during his early years in the sport.