Second way to gauge production

August 19, 2014 0 Comments
Mark Burgtorf

Mark Burgtorf

When The Herald-Whig Performance Points (HWPP) debuted way back in 1999,  the concept was simply to have a second way to gauge driver production over the course of a season. The idea was to provide heavier rewards for those who consistently finished near the front.

The end result has been a system that has produced an interesting mix of different track “champions.” Of the 65 track champs since 1999, the HWPP formula has disagreed on 30 occasions. Lately, it has been the late model series showing the greatest disparity. Five times in the past six years, the HWPP leader has been different from the track champion.

Basically, HWPP points are awarded on a 25-20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale for features, 3-2-1 in heat races and 10-7-4-2-1 for dashes. The system was tweaked a little about a decade ago, but the primary concept has remained the same since year one. You can tell from the chart below when I began altering the point scale, primarily to award points to more feature finishers.

Mark Burgtorf has won the most HWPP titles to his credit with 10 in the late model division. Hank DeLonjay had four in the premier modified division, while Eddie Dieker collected four in the old bomber/hobby stick class.

Here’s a list of all the HWPP and track champs since 1999:

Late model HWPP champions

2013: Mark Burgtorf, 244 (Denny Woodworth track champion)
2012: Dustin Griffin, 339 (Jason Perry track champion)
2011: Denny Woodworth, 336 (Justin Reed track champion)
2010: Denny Woodworth, 335 (also track champion)
2009: Mark Burgtorf, 255 (Lonnie Bailey track champion)
2008: Mark Burgtorf, 211 (Jason Frankel track champion)
2007: Mark Burgtorf, 215 (also track champion)
2006: Mark Burgtorf, 269 (also track champion)
2005: Mark Burgtorf, 191 (also track champion)
2004: Lonnie Bailey, 156 (also track champion)
2003: Mark Burgtorf, 192 (also track champion)
2002: Mark Burgtorf, 132 (Brent Slocum track champion)
2001: Mark Burgtorf, 134 (also track champion)
2000: Mark Burgtorf, 118 (also track champion)
1999: Terry Gallaher, 111 (Mark Burgtorf track champion)

Hank DeLonjay

Hank DeLonjay

Modified HWPP champions

2013: Steven DeLonjay, 394 (also track champion)
2012: Steven DeLonjay, 426 (also track champion)
2011: Steven DeLonjay, 354 (also track champion)
2010: Michael Long, 324 (Jared Schlipman track champion)
2009: Vance Wilson, 207 (Justin Reed track champion)
2008: Michael Long, 291 (also track champion)
2007: Michael Long, 322 (also track champion)
2006: Hank DeLonjay, 249 (Robbie Reed track champion)
“A” Modifieds
2005: Hank DeLonjay, 274 (also track champion)
2004: Michael Long, 167 (Hank DeLonjay track champion)
2003: Hank DeLonjay, 198 (also track champion)
2002: Hank DeLonjay, 180 (also track champion)
2001: Mike Karhoff, 140 (Vance Wilson track champion)
2000: Sam Burgtorf, 138 (also track champion)
1999: Vance Wilson, 129 (Sam Burgtorf track champion)
“B” Modifieds
2005: Wyatt Lantz, 216  (also track champion)
2004: Wyatt Lantz, 146 (Tony Dunker track champion)
2003: Wyatt Lantz, 95 (Tony Dunker track champion)
2002: Joe Bliven, 103 (Marty Hull Sr. track champion)
2001: Joe Hooper, 99 (Gary Dreyer track champion)
2000: Joe Bliven, 113 (Kelly Bartz track champion)
1999: Greg Uppinghouse, 151 (also track champion)

Sport Mod HWPP champions

2013: Tony Dunker, 442 (also track champion)
2012: Tony Dunker (also track champion)

Stock Car HWPP champions

2013: Abe Huls, 347 (also track champion)
2012: Abe Huls, 414 (Terry Houston track champion)
2011: Aaron Brocksieck , 320 (also track champion)
2010: Terry Houston, 286 (also track champion)
2009: Terry Houston, 194 (Abe Huls track champion)
2008: Jeff Mueller, 162 (also track champion)

Sport Compact HWPP champions

2013: Austen Becerra, 355 (also track champion)
2012: Austen Becerra, 350 (Seith Woodruff track champion)
2011: Kimberly Abbott, 270 (Seith Woodruff track champion)
Hornet champions
2007: Levi Long, 219 (Steven DeLonjay track champion)
2006: James Leffew, 206 (Steven DeLonjay track champion)

Eddie Dieker

Eddie Dieker

Hobby stock/Bomber HWPP champions
2012: Jake Powers, 371 (also track champion)
2011: Jake Powers, 296 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2010: Bobby Anders, 295 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2009: Jim Powell, 214 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2008: James Leffew, 163 (Aaron Brocksieck track champion)
2007: Steve Carlin, 300 (Todd Reichert track champion)
2006: Adam Birck, 221 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2005: Adam Birck, 268 (Eddie Dieker track champion)
2004: Eddie Dieker, 191 (also track champion)
2003: Eddie Dieker, 156 (Steve Carlin track champion)
2002: Bill Genenbacher, 159 (Eddie Dieker track champion)
2001: Dave Wietholder, 134 (also track champion)
2000: Eddie Dieker, 134 (Bill Genenbacher track champion)
1999: Eddie Dieker, 139 (also track champion)

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