“Why fix what ain’t broken?” McGuire liked to tell us.
Quincy Raceways’ defending late model track champion, Denny Woodworth, has the same thought process. Woodworth has won two track titles in the past four years and is a perennial contender at the cathedral of commotion. So why change anything?
“We’ll be doing what we always do,” Woodworth said. “It will be same approach.”
That means making a midseason assessment of whether a run for a track championship is possible. If so, it’s hammer down the final three months of the schedule. If not, the No. 45 team might look for an occasional out-of-town opportunity to fill out its season.
“If we’re in the points race, we’ll go for it,” he said.
Woodworth was one of the big proponents of the track switching to UMP Super Late Models prior to the 2012 season, ending a 14-year association with IMCA. He felt UMP sanctioning would bring a new level of excitement to the division. He also felt the UMP qualifying and starting procedures were better suited for more competitive racing.
It appears Woodworth’s feelings about UMP racing were correct. After two years, the switch has seen a regular diet of “travelers” frequent the 8000 Broadway landscape and some of the fastest, tightest racing since the days when Quincy was a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series facility.
Woodworth has enjoyed the third-best overall showing in the brief UMP era at the track. Here’s a look at the top season-ending points finish averages:
1-tie. Jason Perry, 2.5 (2012 track champion)
1-tie. Mark Burgtorf, 2.5
3. Denny Woodworth, 4.0 (2013 track champion)
4. Michael Long, 4.5
5. Justin Reed, 7.5