It’s difficult to win a track championship without perfect attendance during points racing, but not impossible. Since 1992, four Quincy Raceways drivers have won track titles even though they missed a week.
The last driver to turn this trick was Michael Long in 2008, the year he won his second modified title. Steve Carlin in the 2003 hobby stocks was the only driver since the early 1990s to do so.
There have been 10 other instances when a driver finished second with one (or more) missed weeks. Mark Burgtorf in the late models was the most recent to miss a points ffeature and still finish second, managing the feat last season.
Here’s a rundown on both oddities:
WON CHAMPIONSHIP (with one missed week)
Michael Long, modifieds, 2008
Steve Carlin, bombers, 2003
Sam Burgtorf, bombers, 1994
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 1993
FINISHED SECOND (with one or more missed weeks)
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 2013
Jared Schlipman, Modifieds, 2011
Michael Long, modifieds, 2010
Mark Burgtorf, late models, 2008
Mike Karhoff, “A” modifieds, 1997
Bill Genenbacher, bombers, 1997
Mike Karhoff, “A” modifieds, 1994
Ron Gough, “A” modifieds, 1993
Lonnie Carter, “B” modifieds, 1993
Ron Gough, modifieds (one class), 1992
(NOTE: Attendance figures not available on a regular basis until 1992.)