Long’s dominance stands the test of time

February 6, 2014 5 Comments

2014QRLogoWill anyone again ever approach the dominance Michael Long demonstrated during the 2007-08 seasons? Or will those two years that Long completely overwhelmed the modified series at Quincy Raceways remain a treasure in the track’s storied past?

Long won 36 overall races — features, heats, dashes — in 2007, and almost duplicated the feat the ensuing season when he won 35. The one thing I remember most about those two years was that virtually no one ever booed Long’s dominance. I think even the fans in the stands recognized what he was accomplishing was something truly special.

Michael Long

Michael Long

We have tracked track stats (no pun intended) since 1999, and no driver has legitimately approached what Long did before or since. Just think about what Tony Dunker has done the last two years in the sport mods — complete dominance, yet his numbers still fell short of Magic Mike’s 2007-08 performance.

In fairness to Dunker, however, he almost duplicated Long’s highest number of features won (16) in 2007. Dunker won 15 in 2012. Those double-figure feature-win seasons are few and far between. Only 10 have been produced in the past 15 years by seven different drivers — and Long has three of those.

THE 20-VICTORY CLUB
Michael Long, modifieds, 36, 2007
Michael Long, modifieds, 35, 2008
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 28, 2006
Tony Dunker, sport mods, 27, 2012
Tony Dunker, sport mods, 2013
Hank DeLonjay, “A” modifieds, 25. 2006
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 24, 2007
Wyatt Lantz, “B” modifieds, 24, 2004
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 23, 2007
Hank DeLonjay, “A” modifieds, 23, 2005
Steven DeLonjay, UMP modifieds, 22, 2013
Tony Dunker, “B” modifieds, 21, 2005
Michael Long, modifieds, 20, 2010
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 20, 2002

THE 10-VICTORY FEATURE CLUB
Michael Long, modifieds, 16, 2007
Tony Dunker, sport mods, 15, 2012
Michael Long, modifieds, 15, 2008
Tony Dunker, sport mods, 13, 2013
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 13, 2006
Steven DeLonjay, UMP modifieds, 12, 2013
Steve Carlin, hobby stocks, 12, 2007
Abe Huls, stock cars, 11, 2012
Austen Becerra, sport compacts, 10, 2012
Michael Long, modifieds, 10, 2010

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  1. DRONE says:

    CONGRADULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE LONG FAMILY. A RECOGNITION WELL DESERVED.

    NOW:

    IT’S ABOUT TIME FOR ROUND TWO OF QUINCY RACEWAYS PERSONEL UPDATES.

    WHAT ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
    JIM LARANCE, ANNOUNCER, PHOTOGRAPHER, THE MARIED BEER COUPLE, VICTORY LANE INTERVIEWER ECT,ECT…..

    DRONE IS WATCHING AND WAITING

  2. fan418 says:

    In case you (Drone) didn’t notice…the article is about Michael Long, not track personel. Congrats to Michael, Shannon, Bracen and Brenden. (And baby Long!!) We always knew Michael was the #1 driver of all times!!! Can not wait until 2014 season to begin!!!

  3. Kenny D says:

    If Drone was really a Drone, he would have have the surveillance to already know those answers wouldn’t he? They are: Yes, DM, RB, Yes, Don’t Know.

    Speaking of Drones, we are going to welcome a new Drone to the track in 2014: http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/350-qx-rtf-with-safe-technology-BLH7800

  4. Charlie Bryson says:

    I can tell you that they use to call him Money Michael Long at Granite, every time he raced he took the money home.

  5. SKIPP says:

    ONCE AGAIN DRONE …. LAY OFF THE SAUCE SO EARLY
    READ THE HEADING….
    THINK….
    THINK AGAIN….
    TYPE
    DELETE
    TURN OFF PHONE …..
    START COMPUTER …E-MAIL STEVIE DIRT AND SEE IF HE CAN COME UP WITH A NIMWITTED TOPIC THAT YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL OF AND ENLIGHTEN THE WHOLE DIRT NATION OF YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROWESS AND MILLION DOLLAR IDEAS
    .
    GREAT JOB 18…KEEP IT ROLLIN
    .
    THE ……..”GIT SUM”……#3
    I AM WATCHING DRONE WATCH PORN

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