QUINCY -- Denny Woodworth didn't wait long to extract dirt-track revenge. Woodworth rallied late in the crate late model season-opening feature at Quincy Raceways on April 9, only to finish a bumper behind Tommy Elston. Those same two hotshoes looked heade
Quincy Raceways fans will probably to get to see the UMP Crate Late Models more than originally planned. Track promoter Ken Dobson says he may retool this year's schedule to add a few more dates for the crates, who drew 14 cars back on opening night April 9.
Tony Dunker still remembers the moment and how it has stuck with him all of these years. Dunker's driving career was just getting started at Quincy Raceways when a driver he considered an idol, Sam Burgtorf, unexpectedly announced he was retiring. Burgtorf was seemingly at the height of his own career, having collected three straight track championships from 1998 through 2000, then adding a runner-up finish in 2001. Burgtorf surprisingly said he was stepping away from the sport to devote more time to his family. At that point in his own life, Dunker could not understand that kind of thought process. He does now.
QUINCY -- Believe the hype. The much-anticipated debut of the crate late models -- the newest addition to the weekly series lineup at Quincy Raceways -- was well worth the offseason wait. The more cost-efficient complement to the UMP Super Late Models put on
Tanya Wietholder says she learned long ago what it would be like to be married to a dirt-track racer. "If you want him to succeed, you must be prepared to share your time with the ‘mistress,'" she said.
QUINCY -- Denny Woodworth does not mind having that bull's-eye on his back.
"It's a good feeling," said Woodworth, the defending super late model champion at Quincy Raceways. Woodworth and the rest of the boys who make the noise will christen the Broadway
QUINCY -- A familiar face will be missing from the late model starting lineup this year at Quincy Raceways.
Mark Burgtorf, the 16-time track champion who has won titles in three different decades, is sitting out the 2017 season. Burgtorf's most recent track championship came in 2015. He was runner-up to Denny Woodworth in 2016.
"As of now, I am not racing this season -- but I'm not retiring," Burgtorf emphasized. "I'm planning on sitting out this year, because I can't commit to the time needed."
Burgtorf, 51, hopes to use this year to put together a new race package that will allow him to compete in the UMP Super Late Model division in 2018.
"To just put a competitive (late model) on the track costs about $100,000. An engine alone costs $40,000 to $45,000," Burgtorf said. "Twenty years ago, you could field a late model for $30,000 to $40,000."
Burgtorf most recently drove for Northeast Missouri car owner David Janes, who is fielding cars...