If Steven DeLonjay can drive to another UMP modified track title this season that will make four in a row.
Only one other driver in track history has won four consecutive modified championships. Any guesses?
Yep, that would be “Hank the Crank” DeLonjay, Steven’s dad. The Crank has been Steven’s crew chief since the youngest DeLonjay began racing hornets in 2006.
There could be a case made in the youngest DeLonjay’s favor that he is the steadiest driver in any of the five weekly racing series. He runs the same line every race, every week. You can probably count on one hand the number of laps No. 35 ran up high last summer.
The DeLonjay way is the shortest way around the track, and that means owning the corners. Sometimes that also means ruffling some feathers — or quarterpanels, and sometimes that can mean paybacks. But the DeLonjays also realized a long time ago that’s part of the game.
The DeLonjays have this racing thing figured out to a tee. It’s not rocket science out there, unless you’re chatting with Brandon Brown from Team Dunker in the sport mods — then it actually is rocket science. If you want a fascinating conversation about racing, just spend five minutes with Brown. To be honest, I rarely understand anything he says, I just love to hear him explain stuff.
Speaking of the Dunker compound, if The Villain can secure another sport mod title that will be three in a row and we’ll be talking about him in this space a year from now. Dunker, who is building a Hall of Fame career, is now one of just two drivers to win two or more consecutive modified titles twice. Any guesses on the other?
Yep, that would be “Hank the Crank,” too.
CONSECUTIVE MODIFIED TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hank DeLonjay, 4 (2002-05, all “A” modified)
Steven DeLonjay, 3 (2011-13, UMP modified) active streak
Sam Burgtorf, 3 (1998-2000, all “A” modified)
Drivers with 2 consecutive modified track championships
Tony Dunker (2012-13, sport mods) active streak
Tony Dunker (2003-04, “B” modified)
Michael Long (2007-08, one-class modified)
Lonnie Carter (1995-96, “B” modified)
Hank DeLonjay (1994-95, “A” modified)
MOST OVERALL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mark Burgtorf, 14 (all late model)
Hank DeLonjay, 13 (10 “A” modified, 3 sportsman)
Steve Fraise, 9 (all late model)
Steven DeLonjay, 5 (3 UMP modified, 2 hornet)
Steve Carlin, 5 (3 hobby stock, 2 bomber)
Active drivers with 4
Tony Dunker (2 “B” modified, 2 sport mod)