The Ring of Iron welcomes two new members

November 11, 2013 7 Comments

Iron-Man-iron-man-3-31780180-1680-1050We call it the “Ring of Iron” — as in Ironman. As in Lou Gehrig or Cal Ripken Jr.

At Quincy Raceways, the Ironmen are those drivers who manage to keep their cars on the track for every feature lap in a particular season. And it’s not easy. That’s why since 2008 only 11 drivers have managed the feat, led by Jerry Jansen (see more details about Jerry in the stock car section).

In 2013, there were two drivers who joined the Ring of Iron — Tony Dunker in the sport mods and Kim Abbott in the sport compacts. We salute you!

Here’s a rundown on all who have accomplished the task:

DRIVERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ALL FEATURE LAPS (since 2008)

Late models
2010: Denny Woodworth (380 of 380) track champion
2009: Lonnie Bailey (560 of 560) track champion

Modifieds
No modified driver has run all feature laps in a season since wwe started keeping track in 2008. The closest was Steven DeLonjay’s .981 percentage (413 of 421) in 2008.

Stock cars
2013: Jerry Jansen (268 of 268)
2012: Terry Houston (297 of 297) track champion
2011: Jerry Jansen (262 of 262)
2010: Jerry Jansen (270 of 270)
2008: Chris Wibbell (380 of 380)
– Jerry Jansen deserves some sort of special mention. He missed by one lap in 2012 of a third consecutive season of perfect lapness (not sure if that’s a word or not). Jansen ended up one lap down in a late-season feature, meaning he did not complete all of the laps that evening, ultimately costing him what would now be four consecutive seasons of perfection.

Sport mods
2013: Tony Dunker (309 of 309) track champion

Sport compacts
2013: Kim Abbott (216 of 216)

Hobby stocks (no longer running at QR)
2011: Nathan Anders (340 of 340)
2009: Mike Wiley (370 of 370)

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  1. Dave Moore says:

    Stevie, Jerry’s string of all feature laps run should be four straight years. I’ll tell you why. This was a cheater night when Terry lapped most of the field. Jerry was still running but had been lapped. Terry soup up the Wing Warrior to where nothing could touch it. Carb was different and he had a sprint car type wing which stuck it to the ground real well and made it handle very good. This race was not IMCA rules, it was a run what you brought type of race.

  2. Fordracer06 says:

    I appreciate the good words Stevie, but I could not do it with out all the good help from the guys in the pits that pitch in every week. I would like to especially thank Jerry Powers, Jake Powers, and Brent Chapman for their help. Also, can’t forget Tim’s Machine Shop for good reliable Ford power. I’m probably forgetting someone, but thanks to all.

    Ford = (For Off Road Dirttracks)
    Jerry

  3. LK says:

    Congrats #71 PCSS & Team #3 never an easy feat with unpredictable rubber,mean machines, & no smash & crash crystal balls.

  4. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    CONGRATS ON YOUR STREAK & IRON MAN AWARD JERRY, MIX IN A FEW 1ST PLACE FINISHES & THAT HAS CHAMPIONSHIP WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.

    CONSISTENCY & SEEING THE CHECKERS EVERY NIGHT WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS, SOME THINGS ARE UNSEEN & SOME ARE LACK OF MAINTENANCE

    #3

  5. Fordracer06 says:

    Thanks Tony. I have plans for a new chassis that fits into the new IMCA rules better. Hope to have ready by season start. Should be more competitive.

  6. TERRY HOUSTON says:

    that a boy Jerry, set that cage back and take the lead off. and for those looking in from the outside, there are no new rules just clarification on cage placement. this came out a year ago in the off season.

  7. Fordracer06 says:

    You are correct Terry. The chassis I have now was built to the rules a few years back. Can not update with out major overhaul. Might as well build new.

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