Monday, April 24, 2017
Wilson,Woodworth,Schneiderman.Dunker,Fellows Tops at Quincy
Sunday night at Quincy Raceways was my only night at the races this weekend. The weather finally warmed up, and the racing was good, although the car count was light. The UMP modifieds and IMCA stock cars had the night off, with 305 sprints added to the card. While QR has no trouble drawing a nice field of 360 sprints, the 305 class has been slow to catch on. But that did not matter to Jared Schneiderman, who lead the distance in the non stop feature event. Jeff Wilke chased the leader to the flag, with Justin Standridge rolling home third. The UMP Pro late model feature was up second, and it was nearly a copy of week one. But after Tommy Elston led 19 laps, Denny Woodworth won the drag race out of turn four to take the win. The two veterans started on the front row after heat race wins, but Woodworth slid back to third at the start behind Tommy Sheppard Jr. Vance Wilson also got around Woodworth before the only caution of the race came at the end of lap one. The Delaware restart saw Woodworth regain third, and on lap five he slipped around Sheppard for second. Elston built a sizable lead, but was forced to negotiate slower traffic late in the race as Woodworth pounded the cushion. It was the second crate late model win for Denny in 2017. Elston took second, followed by Sheppard Jr.,Vance Wilson,and Sam Halstead, the Friday night winner in Donnellson. Myles Moos made his first ever trip to QR, leading the second five over Brandon Savage, Laine Vanzandt, former stock car pilot Rudy Zaragoza, and Charles Vanzandt. Eleven IMCA sport compacts took the feature green, including Brandon Lambert, who rolled his machine in his heat race earlier in the evening. It was obvious that the # 14L still had some issues, however. Jeffrey Delonjay paced the opening lap, with Darin Weisinger Jr taking over on lap two. Midway through the 15 lapper, rookie Daniel Fellows grabbed the top spot. The Keokuk,Iowa driver, who picked up a win Saturday night in Eldon,Ia. cruised to his second win in two nights. Jake Dietrich slipped around Weisinger on the white flag lap, with David Prim and Barry Taft completing the top five. Next up was the 25 lap finale for the UMP super late models. Jamie Wilson had set quick time at 13.590 secons, picked up the heat win, and rolled a one to start in the pole position for the main event. He quickly jumped to the lead, taking row two starter Woodworth along. Alan Westling used the low line to overtake Rickey Frankel for third on lap five, with Frankel retaking the spot one circuit later. On lap eight, Justin Reed powered to fourth, but about the tenth trip around, Reed lost a rear wheel, smashing the backstretch guardrail, ending his charge, and bringing out the only caution of the race. Following the Delaware restart, Jason Perry entered the top four, but soon fell off the pace, heading pitside. Woodworth was pounding the cushion, as he had in the crate feature, and on a couple of trips around, he was slowed as he drifted too high. Frankel briefly moved to second before Woodworth again took the spot. Wilson appeared to be on cruise control, but Denny had one last shot, and he closed within a car length at the checkers. But Wilson completed the sweep, picking up his first feature win in nearly two years, as he raced only a handful of times in 2016. Frankel held on for third, Westling finished fourth, followed by first time visitor Dustin Hodges, and veteran Mike Hammerle. The IMCA sport mods closed out the show. Tanner Klingele set the pace early, shadowed by Joey Gower. A copule of mid race cautions kept the field close, and as the laps wound down, Tony Dunker, in his announced farewell season, grabbed the lead, picking up his second win of the weekend. Klingele held on for second, while Gower raced to third. Justin Ebbing and Austin Howes picked up top five finishes. The final checkers waved soon after 9:00. Next Sunday night, racing resumes at the Bullring with six classes scheduled to race.