He has yet to reach victory lane, but there has been no more consistent driver in the track’s marquee division that late model hotshoe Mark Burgtorf. That steadiness has been rewarded with a third straight week at No. 1 in The Dirty Thirty rankings.
1. Mark Burgtorf: Mark is one of just four drivers to have finished in the top five all features their respective classes have run. The others are Austen Becerra, Tony Dunker and Pat Dunker. In addition, if Mark somehow finishes second for a fourth straight show next Sunday he will become the third driver this season to pull off that feat. The others are Tony Dunker and Pat Dunker.
2. Denny Woodworth: Denny’s average feature finish is 3.6. Only Burgtorf (2.8) is better.
3. Steven DeLonjay: Since 2008, Michael Long has led 871 feature laps and Steven 739. Only two other drivers have as many as 200 — Dave Wietholder with 300 and Jared Schlipman with 269.
4. Michael Long: Sunday night marked the 50th time Michael posted the fastest feature lap since that kind of thing started being kepi in 2008 with the advent of the track’s “electronic era.”
5. Bobby Anders: Bobby has not been around that long, but he already has 62 victories at the Bullring, which ties him for 13th in the modern era (since 1999).
6. Joey Gower: Red-hot Joey is trying his best, it seems, to maintain the checkers-or-wreckers theme.
7. Tony Dunker: Tony is winless in six feature starts this year (although he has four runner-up showings). Before this season, he never went longer than two straight weeks in the sport mods without a checkered flag. He has still won more than half of all the sport mod features in their brief history (29 of 48).
8. Ricky Frankel: The top three late model money-winners in points races: Marfk Burgtorf ($2,920), Ricky ($2,900) and Denny Woodworth ($2,775).
9. Dave Wietholder: Dave’s consecutive features started streak is now at 263.
10. Justin Reed: In the four features Justin has run, he has finished no lower than sixth.
11. Austen Becerra: He’s human after all, but even though he did not win another sport compact feature he has still led more main event laps (71) than any driver in any series. Sunday, however, was the first time since Aug. 4 he had not led at least one lap in a feature.
12. Brad Holtmeyer: The King of Spring (Street) has not finished lower than fourth the past five shows.
13. Jason Perry: We missed the Mayor of Payson on Sunday night.
14. Robbie Reed: Five straight top 10′s.
15. Tanner Klingele: Five straight top 5′s.
16. Jim Moon: Someone send Moon Man a “We Missed You” card this week.
17. Jamie Wilson: Jamie moved into the top five in late model points.
18. Pat Dunker: Is Tony now the “other” Dunker?
19. Brandon Savage: Brandon was inadvertently omitted from the last two rankings. It was all my fault, I had not entered him in the Dirty Thirty data bank. Sorry about that, No. 47.
20. Nathan Hayes: Meet your stock car leader in feature laps led (34) this season.
21. Abe Huls: There’s no question Abe has struggled with that new car, but he’s still only four points out of first place in the stock car standings.
22. Shane Lewis: Most improved driver in the modifieds?
23. Jared Schlipman: The first time Jared leads a modified feature this season will mark his first time at the front of a mod main event since Aug. 19, 2012. He ran late models a year ago.
24. Keith Pratt: After Keith’s first feature win this season, everyone to the South Side in Mendon. He’s buying bacon cheeseburgers.
25. Trevor Hagerbaumer: No. 18 will win a feature before the season is over. Count on it.
26. Dustin Griffin: The Black Car Superstar is getting dialed in.
27. Jim Lynch: Jim suffered his first DNF of the season on Sunday.
28. Russ Coultas: Russ needs a better starting position in the feature. He has taken the greenf lag no higher than 10th all season.
29. Terry Houston: Is it just me, or has Terry’s new No. 97 sustained more damage in a month than his old car did in an entire season?
30. Clint Kirkham: Clint has been the fastest late model qualifier three times in the last 24 trials.