Auto Racing

Long leads flag-to-flag to claim ninth modified feature

Michael Long
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017 10:15 am Updated: Sep. 11, 2017 11:02 am

QUINCY -- Michael Long moved closer to a modern era record sixth season of 10 or more feature victories at Quincy Raceways with another convincing performance in Sunday night's modified main event.

Long led all 20 laps, his fourth flag-to-flag victory of the season, to claim a 3.68-second win over rival Ray Bollinger and the rest of a strong 16-car lineup. Two-time reigning track champ Dave Wietholder finished third.

Long's victory was his track-best ninth of the season for the 36-year-old veteran. He also is seeking to lead all weekly series at the track in feature victories for the seventh time in his career, including a Quincy Raceways record 16 in 2007. Six Sunday nights remain on this year's extended schedule for Long to build his victory totals.

Long, who also has eight heat victories for 18 overall triumphs, needs two more victories for his sixth 20-victory season, also more than any other driver in the modern era (since 1999).

Other feature winners Sunday night were Brandon Lennox in sport mods, Abe Huls in stock cars and Darin Weisinger Jr. in sport compacts.

Lennox won his sixth feature and built his overall victory total to 16. Lennox also became the first driver in any series this season, and just the third driver in sport mod histor, to reach 10 heat victories.

Austen Becerra and Tony Dunker rounded out the podium finishes for the sport mods, the class which boasted the largest car count (18) of the evening. The sport mods have had the most cars in the pits in 10 of 15 race nights this season.

Huls' checkered flag for the stock cars was his second straight and fourth of the year. Jake Powers and Nathan Hayes followed him across the inish line.

Huls boosted his career feature victories to 57, which ranks third behind only Long (124) and Mark Burgtorf (97) since 1999. The only other drivers with 50 or main-event wins are retired Steven DeLonjay (55) and Dunker (53), who is retiring this year.

Weisinger's sport compact feature win, his first this season, came in a tight 15-lapper against Jeffrey DeLonjay, Kim Abbott and track champ Craig Bangert, whose eight-race streak of first- and second-place finishes ended.

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