41 for 41, No. 18: First night no guarantee

March 21, 2015 0 Comments
41 for 41, No. 18: First night no guarantee

If your favorite driver does not win the feature on opening night it’s not necessarily a big deal. Since 2004, only on 11 occasions has a driver won the feature the first night of the season and gone on to win a track championship. Two drivers — Tony Dunker and Steven DeLonjay — have done […]

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41 for 41, No. 17: Mark, Jason or Denny?

March 20, 2015 3 Comments
41 for 41, No. 17: Mark, Jason or Denny?

We are entering into the fourth season of the UMP Super Late Models at Quincy Raceways and Mark Burgtorf is No. 1 in our rankings that cover the first three years. But can he stay there? Both Jason Perry and Denny Woodworth are right on his back bumper. Any one of those three drivers could […]

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41 for 41, No. 16: Start deep, finish high

March 20, 2015 0 Comments
41 for 41, No. 16: Start deep, finish high

This is kind of a follow-up to the previous blog. Just a little more information about starting deep in the field and winning. Here are the class-by-class drivers who have started the deepest and won a feature since we started keeping track of such things in 2009: Late models: Denny Woodworth started 12th and won […]

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41 for 41, No. 15: The odds are not good

March 20, 2015 1 Comment
41 for 41, No. 15: The odds are not good

The UMP formats that place an emphasis on the fastest cars starting up front can be a double-edged sword. Sure, that can usually guarantee the quickest cars in the front rows, but it also eliminates much of the possibility of a car coming from mid-pack or the rear to win a feature. Consider these facts: […]

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41 for 41, No. 14: Jerry Jansen is the man

March 18, 2015 1 Comment
41 for 41, No. 14: Jerry Jansen is the man

Jerry Jansen is the man. The ironman, that is. Since we started tracking drivers’ ability to keep their hot rods on the track way back in 2008, no one has come close to Jansen in the overall scheme of things. From late in the 2009 season to early in 2014, Jansen — a.k.a. Mr. Blue […]

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GREDF hops on race bandwagon

March 17, 2015 0 Comments
GREDF hops on race bandwagon

Think people are not noticing what is going on at Quincy Raceways? We learned Tuesday morning that the Great River Economic Development Foundation (GREDF) is throwing its support behind the July 23 World of Outlaws late model race at the track. That’s the same night sprint-car legend Steve Kinser will also be racing at the […]

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41 for 41, No. 13: A matter of time?

March 15, 2015 0 Comments
41 for 41, No. 13: A matter of time?

I’m not real gifted at that crystal ball stuff, but I think it’s a safe guess that we could see the Bullring’s records for highest late model speeds could take a beating this season. It’s probably just a matter of time — no pun intended — until we have new marks for both qualifying and […]

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41 for 41, No. 12: Upward bound?

March 13, 2015 3 Comments
41 for 41, No. 12: Upward bound?

(Editor’s note: Between now and the start of the Quincy Raceways season on April 12, we’ll present 41 predictions and thoughts — basically, in 41 days — specifically tied to 2015, which marks the 41st season at the Broadway Bullring.) Now that Terry Houston has retired, Abe Huls has no worry about being overtaken for […]

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41 for 41, No. 11: It’s been awhile

March 13, 2015 0 Comments
41 for 41, No. 11: It’s been awhile

Four of the five weekly classes at the Bullring have seen at least one driver win four or more consecutive features in the past eight seasons. Any guesses which series has not? If you guessed late models, count yourself as a dirt-track scholar. The last time a late model driver won four straight main events […]

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41 for 41, No. 10: Look beyond the ’35’ car

March 11, 2015 4 Comments
41 for 41, No. 10: Look beyond the ’35’ car

Much of this season’s fun watching the UMP Modifieds will come by paying attention to some of the other cars in the series beyond the No. 35 driven by four-time defending champ Steven DeLonjay. We know Steve-O is going to get his victories, and if he doesn’t win another championship he’ll be close. Those are […]

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