Countdown to 2014: Stock cars

November 18, 2013 34 Comments

2014countdownThere’s probably a good chance of a back-to-the-future kind of season with the Bullring stock cars in 2014.

Traditionally, the st0cks have put up some of the closest points races among the weekly series. The last two years, however, have not been the case — but I imagine 2012 and 2013 were probably more of an aberration than a coming trend.

I’m expecting 2014 to be a magnificent points battle among at least three drivers: Abe Huls, Terry Houston and Brandon Savage. There are a few more drivers on the periphery that could join the fun, too.

Here’s a look at how close the points races have been in the stock car division. The last two seasons the title had been decided before the final points feature. The first four years saw the championship remain a question until the final checkered flag:

STOCK CAR CHAMPIONS, MARGIN OF CHAMPIONSHIP

2013: Abe Huls, 24 points over Terry Houston
2012: Terry Houston, 21 points over Abe Huls
2011: Aaron Brocksieck, 1 point over Terry Houston
2010: Terry Houston, 12 points over Abe Huls
2009: Abe Huls, 4 points over Kevin Tomlinson
2008: Jeff Mueller, 0* points over Chris Wibbell (Mueller won tiebreaker on features won)

Here’s out first forecast of the (new) season for the stocks:

Jeff Mueller won the 2008 title on the strength of the features-won tiebreaker.

Jeff Mueller won the 2008 title on the strength of the features-won tiebreaker.

STOCK CARS 2014

The champ: Abe Huls has this stock car thing figured out pretty well right now, and I have to think he will be the first driver to go back-to-back since the series’ inception in 2008.

The runner-up: That doesn’t mean Terry Houston can’t win a third championship — unless he opts to drive in Jacksonville over Quincy. Terry hasn’t finished first or second in points four straight years by accident.

Third place: If Brandon Savage races a full season, Abe and Terry will have their work cut out for them to hold him off. Brandon’s plans at the end of 2013 were uncertain, so let’s keep our fingers crossed he is there opening night in April — and every Sunday afterward.

Dark horse: If you remember,  Jake Powers’ first season in a four-cylinder was not pretty. His first couple of years in a hobby stock were also not anything to write home about. But that Snake, he’s a quick learner and soon had it figured out. Look for that same kind of pattern to continue in a stock car.

Disclaimer: If Houston does not race in Quincy, and Savage is not full-time, I would lean toward moving Powers and Jerry Jansen into the top three.

 

 

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  1. GMF says:

    Just dropped in to say howdy y’all…. I’m literally putting my money on Jake powers for the 2014. By the end of this year he was really showing some amazing improvements and that never say die or quit mentality!!

    That is all have a great day y’all. Ready for 2014 to get here already and these months are flying by woot woot!!

  2. drone says:

    SO WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT A 2013 BANQUET DATE ????

    DRONE IS WATCHING

  3. TERRY HOUSTON says:

    dont be afraid to put your money on jerrys new lighter reliable ford !! he gets 150 to 200 lb off should be real competitive.

  4. Fordracer06 says:

    Thanks Terry for the good words. I just hope to do the Ford fans proud. Maybe the new yellow color will make it faster.

  5. onthebubble says:

    Kenny D, will there be races at quincy next year? the word is there has not been any contracts signed yet. whos going to do the infrastructure or up keep so to speak. we know paul is not going to do it he didn’t do it when he was running it. If no contract reached or signed is there still a possibility there will not be any races at quincy raceways in 2014,not mention the news of Lincoln speedway.

  6. seighinger says:

    on the bubble,

    I’m certain as soon as Kenny D sees your question he will fill in all the blanks, but I can guarantee you everything is a “go” for 2014. I have talked with both Kenny and Paul in recent days. There are no problems and all plans are moving forward, many of them way, way ahead of schedule.
    Kenny is the best one to talk about Lincoln Speedway, but rest assured that is a minor blip on his radar. The large, large majority of his attention for 2014 is centered at 8000 Broadway. There are some tremendous things in the works for the future. Within a couple of years, I think there’s a good chance QR will be a true mecca of dirt-track racing.
    Be patient. There are a lot of things in the works.

  7. KENNY PRATT says:

    BUBBLES ARE YOU STUPID OR OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND. KNOCK YOUR #@*! OFF .

    KENNY PRATT

  8. Balls out says:

    On the bubble I heard the same thing from two sources and that Doug Miller is going to run things typical Quincy rumor mill.Two things for sure Mark B. will 2014 L/M champ and JJ will be the 2014 stock car champ. I look for K Pratt to give Steven D a run for his money in 2014 and TD to dominate the sport mods.

  9. lmfan says:

    The first thing I thought when I saw that the Jacksonville promoters were also taking on the promotion of Lincoln in addition to taking on Quincy, is that they maybe spreading themselves to thin. Hopefully, if they are doing all three, they can do a quality job at all three.

  10. Kenny D says:

    Hope to not get too long winded here…

    Everything is still a go for 2014 at Quincy. It’s never been in doubt. The vast, vast majority of our time right now is devoted to behind the scenes things regarding Quincy. There’s a whole lot of projects where we have a lot of steps to take for things we want to do to materialize. We have been taking those first few steps toward each that aren’t easily noticed. There are tons of things where I’m waiting on the final phone call or confirmation after laying the groundwork and some initial discussions. I expect many of those will start to fall into place over the next few weeks. In fact if the phone rings the right way over the next few days, I hope to announce about 4-5 different things yet this week.

    The schedule is getting really close, but there are still a few things hanging out there before we can release it. We know the dates we are racing, but a handful of specials are still being worked out. We have a tentative Summer Nationals date, but I’d like to move it if possible for several reasons and that requires waiting until some other tracks make some decisions.

    We are in very preliminary discussions with one of the nationally sanctioned late model series, but it’s all going to depend on date availability, whether we feel like there is sponsor support for it, whether this is the right year for it, a forecast of the economy next summer and basically whether we have the guts to try it this soon. There’s another thing where we are about 2 phone calls away from having a decision.

    As for Lincoln… understand that it is very much unrelated to what’s going on at Quincy. Norm Horn at Lincoln is still very much involved in the operation there. Lincoln and Jacksonville both draw fans and drivers from the Springfield market. Lincoln gives us the justification to invest in growing the fanbase in and around Springfield and also gives us the ability to keep those two tracks from butting heads every Friday night.

    You might have noticed that we have made a sizable bet that there is plenty of life left in local short track racing. Over time we hope that by having the three tracks in Central Illinois that we can control the way the sport is marketed, attract more interest in what we do from regional businesses and make what we do cool to a new generation of fans. It’s tough to make that investment unless you are in a position to benefit from it… and Lincoln puts us in a position to benefit from investing in and around Springfield.

    The vast majority of time right now is about scheduling and preparing marketing materials. We hope to start rolling a lot of that stuff out before everyone sits down to eat Turkey.

  11. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    DEAR BALLS OUT, WHAT DO YOU PUT ON UR CEREAL???
    A FORD WIN STOCK CARS?? I SEE A 4 CAR SHOOTOUT COMING FOR SURE….2 BOWTIES (30C & 47S) & 2 BLUE OVALS (97 & 06) BUT IMA CHEVY MAN SO I BETCHA A NICKEL & ILL TAKE 47S
    LATE MODELS…IT’LL BE BETWEEN THE 4 LOCALS THAT SHOW UP EVERY WEEK THAT FINISH THE MOST RACES

    MODIFIEDS…IF YOU AINT GOT AN 05 (OR 18L UPON PARTICIPATION) ON THE SIDE OF YOUR RIDE….YOU MOST LIKELY WONT BE RACING ON THE SAME 1/2 OF THE TRACK AS THE ABOVE MENTIONED

    SPORTMODS…..DONT PUT ALL UR EGGS IN ONE BASKET ON THE #3…SKIPP SAID I COULD HAVE THE OLD #3DC 4 BANGER, I THINK MAINTENANCE ON THAT WOULD BETTER FIT MY WEEKLY SCHEDULE. HAVE A FEW FORMER LATE MODEL DRIVERS ON THE LIST FOR A MOD WE MITE THROW TOGETHER

    GOOD RUMORS ARE $5 THIS WEEK, TRUE RUMORS ARE FREE…….AFTER APRIL 1ST

    #3
    (I DONT HAVE A FONE…….JUS CALL K.P)

  12. b says:

    Well I just added 50 hp yesterday thanks to Dunker Concrete. “Skip” and the boys did a fine job!! They are a little swore today but nothing a few cold ones can’t fix. With that addition I’m planning to make the first race and that should put me in the battle for 2014. Most of all want to go out and have fun. Happy Turkey day to all!!!

    The Bowties still have a few tricks up their sleeves as well boys.

    47s over and out.

  13. Balls out says:

    TD my breakfast is in a brown bottle with a plane brown bag. I just think it is time for the King to regain his Throne and a changing of the Guard in the Stock Cars.

    Balls out. PH . BR549

  14. onthebubble says:

    Wasn’t a political question, a simple yes or no, has there been a contract reached

  15. Fordracer06 says:

    Tony, I here that IMCA may certify a Ford crate motor. It is suppose to be bad a$$ compared to the bow tie I hear. If I get a Ford crate motor, will you fix me up with one of your old mod chassis? Could be fun to kick some bow tie butt in sport mods.

  16. Obamacare says:

    Looks like Kenny d and Brocko have a lot in common look like excellent talkers at first tell us what we want to hear but don’t answer the question wonder if he’s going to fix the racetrack like the others fixed America

  17. Stock Car Teck says:

    Did you add 2 points of compression to your 383 Mr. Savage?

    Stock Car Teck Is watching!

  18. Black Op says:

    Obamacare,

    Thankfully, 99.999 percent of the people who read your comment will realize you are a blithering idiot. You’re beyond stupid.

  19. LM fan says:

    I assume Obamacare posted that comment just to get a rise out of some people. No one can be that ignorant.

  20. Pit Pass says:

    Rumor has it “Obamacare” is really “flyby” in disguise.

  21. seighinger says:

    I told Kenny D a few months ago he had no idea about the passion he would find from the racers and fans at QR. I think the last couple of days have illustrated that passion does not necessarily equal common sense some of the time.

    Folks, relax. I guarantee you as the dominoes start to fall you will be impressed. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. There is a lot to be done before any major announcements can be made. Let me repeat — it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

    And I think it is a safe bet that Kenny D and his boys will be far more successful than Obamacare. That’s not a political statement, merely an observation.

  22. Kenny D says:

    Are we operating the track? Yes. Have we reached an agreement? Yes. Have all papers been signed? No. For a very good reason that is pretty insignificant. Are we operating Jacksonville? Yes. Has an agreement been reached to operate Jacksonville next year? Yes. Have all papers been signed at Jacksonville? No. Just like they weren’t signed till January last year. As always, if you must know that reason, feel free to call at 217-371-3653. It’s a non-issue. Paul and I remain in regular contact about the transition. Just heard from him tonight as a matter of fact.

  23. Black Op says:

    just read Kenny D’s response … great job, Kenny … hope that satisfies the two morons who even brought the subject up … they obviously have no business knowledge … they obviously have no knowledge of any kind.

    Black Op is always watching, and you don’t need to know the number.

  24. Dave Moore says:

    Aha Stevie you have the power to help people relax if you would make a policy change, but you like to stir up trouble so your blog is able to sell more ads. I would like to see a poll on this blog as to name or fictitious name poll. How about having this poll? If you win , I’ll shut up for ever. If you lose , you change policy.

  25. seighinger says:

    Dave, Dave, Dave … obviously you’re off those meds again, because the only Eighinger with any power is my wife.

  26. KENNY PRATT says:

    I VOTE TO KEEP THINGS AS THEY ARE ON THIS BLOG. IF YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT AND WHO YOU’RE DEALING WITH GO TO FACEBOOK. NOW THATS A NO HOLDS BARED WEB SITE………..

    JUST A HUMBLE THOUGHT.

    KENNY PRATT
    430-1061

  27. Dave Moore says:

    Stevie your the biggest story teller I know. Don’t tell the blondes or what ever color there hair is this week that Jerry’s Yellow Ford really turns me on. It will be 3/5 of a second faster than anything on the track by just being Yellow plus with the seat set back another 3/5 of a second will be picked up. Abe and Brandon will have to fight for second. Well Terry’s been told by istockfan he has a fifth place car so he won’t be contending for 2nd or 3rd. Gona be a hard fought battle in the stockcars this season, it will be time to take the gloves off and breakout the chrome horn. Then we will have some old time exciting Saturday night racing.

  28. FLYBY says:

    FLYBY IS FLYBY HEY YOU PRATTS BURGTORF HAS MORE TALENT IN HIS PINKY FINGERS THEN YOU HAVE IN YOUR WHOLE FAMILY TREE SO WHY DO YOU BASH HIM JEALOUSY IS A BAD THING

  29. B says:

    Can’t let out all of my secrets but they can pump and whistle my motor at any time hope they don’t make a rule on shoe laces though. They checked the motor all over at donnellson and didn’t find a 383 in there. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season, I guess Winter Bench Racing has begun, come April we will see how it all pans out.

    47s over and out.

  30. GMF says:

    They aren’t having a banquet this year

  31. onthebubble says:

    thanks for the clarification Kenny D. wasnt trying to start anything just concerned we might not have a place to what racing next season
    .

  32. Black Op says:

    Kenny D is the man. (Kenny, Black Op will always have your back, buddy.)

    Black Op is watching … and he’s watching Drone.

  33. Balls out says:

    Black Op read the all of the post such as tycipal Quincy rumor mill before you shoot off your MOUTH.

    Balls over and out

  34. bullringfan says:

    If Perry races QR all season,he is my pick for the late model title. Fastest car at QR except for the out of towners.

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