Past the Pit Gate
by Danny Rosencrans
September 24, 2013 -- Sunday was the next to last night of a very
interesting 2013 season at Quincy Raceways. 66 cars were checked in to
compete in the five divisions. Hot laps began on a greasy track, but a
few exrtra trips around and the .29 mile oval came in. UMP modified
time trials were topped by point leader Steven Delonjay at 15.903
seconds. Steven then rolled a "2" to put himself outside row one in
the dash lineup. The track continued to come in, and UMP national late
model points leader Brandon Sheppard blistered the oval with a lap of
13.487 seconds to top late model qualifying. Brandon rolled a "3,"
putting himself inside row two in his dash. Things went down hill
rapidly for the 20 year old after that. In the dash, he jumped the
cushion in turn three,digging his front bumper in the dirt, ending his
Following the 11 preliminary races, the grader was brought out to
knock down the cushion, and the feature track was plenty fast.
The IMCA stock car feature ran first, and after one false start,
Brandon Savage charged through the pack to grab a quick lead. Brandon
stretched out a big advantage as a great four car battle ensued for
the runnerup spot between rookie Jake Powers, defending champion Terry
Houston, point leader Abe Huls, and returning Beau Taylor, back after
several weeks while making repairs to his # 2T. On lap 10 a mixup in
turn three brought out the caution, erasing the big lead Savage had
maintained throughout. On the Delaware restart, Huls powered to
second, but Savage was hooked up and haulin', and he again built a
nice lead to take his third win of 2013. It was also the first wedding
anniversary for Brandon and wife Nikki. His # 47s is for sale, a great
ride for anyone looking to enter the stock car ranks. Huls held second
followed closely by Houston, Taylor, and Jerry Jansen.
The UMP modifieds were up next, with 19 of the 20 entrants taking the
green. Todd Fox was an early casualty, not starting his heat or
feature. Late arrival Milo Veloz, a top runner from the Quad City area
missed qualifying and started deep in the field. He was wheeling one
of the Allen mods - # 242 - out of the Peoria area. But the long
distance award went to David Baldwin, who arrived from Perrysville,
Indiana with both his # B6 modified and late model. David stayed in
the area after racing earlier in the weekend at Pontoon Beach,Il.
Delonjay vaulted to the early lead with Dave Weitholder in tow, and
the front pair pulled away, catching slower traffic by lap
seven. the first yellow waved on lap 11 when Baldwin and Adam Birck
got together as they lapped slower traffic. On the restart, Justin
Reed, Veloz, and Jake Griffin began to move to the front, before the
caution waved again on lap 13. Back to green flag action, Danny Lake
powered into the fourth spot, and in the next half dozen laps Veloz
and Russ Coultas swapped the fifth spot. By now Delonjay and
Weitholder were again pulling away. Veloz good run ended on lap 22
with Griffin moving into the top five. Delonjay led the distance for
win number 12 of the year. Weitholder claimed second ahead of Reed,
Lake, and the 13th starting Griffin.
The UMP late models were moved back up to the third running slot,
where in my opinion they should be. All 11 cars took the green.
Baldwin had indicated on arrival that his late model was having engine
issues, and he skipped qualifying and his heat race, but lined up at
the tail of the 30 lap finale. Denny Woodworth jumped to the early
lead from outside row one, and was soon locked in a battle with Mark
Burgtorf. By lap seven Jason Perry caught the front duo, and one lap
later Sheppard joined the fray. Perry moved around Burgtorf on lap
eight, and Sheppard followed into third. Perry muscled his way to the
lead on lap 15, and on the next circuit Sheppard appeared to make
contact with Woodworth. He then slowed in turn one, exiting the track,
but the caution was thrown. On the restart, Jared Schlipman and Bill
Genenbacher got together, bringing out the only other stoppage of the
event. Genebacher headed to the trailer, and Michael Long also exited
with front suspension damage. When the green waved, Burgtorf moved
around Woodworth for second, while Schlipman and Springfield,Il driver
John Beck battled for fourth. Rickey Frankel pulled out on lap 19.
Perry, the 2012 track champion took his first checkers of the year,
followed by Burgtorf, Woodworth, Schlipman, Beck, Ron Elbe, and
Baldwin. The podium finish was good enough to give Woodworth the 2013
point title, his second in the late models at QR, first under the UMP
banner. Denny also had a modified title way back in his college days!
The IMCA sport mod 14 car field came to the track next. There is not
much I can say about the sport mods except that they simply struggle
so much that the racing almost becomes secondary to the caution flags.
Tony Dunker was coming off a big win on Saturday at Marshalltown,
Iowa, and it actually took seven laps and five caution periods before
he secured the top spot. With Tony, it is pretty much not " if , " but
It was his eighth straight feature win and tenth points win.Tanner
Klingele, Todd Reed, Brad Holtmeyer, and Bob Cowman filled out the top
As always, the IMCA sport compacts closed out the action. The 2014
promoters in waiting led by Kenny Dobson towed the Jacksonville
Speedway 4 cylinder house car to the Bullring, with Paul Nienhiser
behind the wheel. This is the same youngster who wowed us a few weeks
back in his winged sprint car. Needless to say, the 4 cylinder was not
quite as quick... Only eight of the 11 cars took the green, with Alex
Baker leading the first two circuits. Brandon Lambert then took over,
but soon Austen Becerra was applying pressure. At the halfway mark
Austen grabbed the lead, and although Lambert pushed him hard, the #
22 went to victory lane for the seventh time. Rookie Spencer Coats,
son of former late model racer Rick coats took third ahead of Kimberly
Abbott and Alex Baker.
The point races are all pretty much locked up, but there will still
be plenty of action on this coming sunday, the 2013 season finale.
Plus the UMP national late model title may still be up for
grabs between Sheppard and Bobby pierce, both multiple feature winners
this season at QR. So don't miss out on what looks to be the final
night of the Paul Holtschlag - Bob Rhinburger promoting era. Take time
to say " Thanks" to the outgong team, and " Welcome " to the new Last
Chance Promotions group. See you there!