By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Michael Long won his fifth straight modified feature Monday night at Quincy Raceways, moving him within one victory of tying the track record that already has his name partially attached.
Long, who currently sits second in UMP national modified points, maneuvered past Mark Burgtorf -- who had led 23 of the first 24 laps -- on the final circuit of the 0.29-mile track. Long was declared the winner by the electronic scoring system in what looked to be a blanket finish to the naked eye.
The electronic scoring, which works through transponders on each car, indicated Long beat Burgtorf to the finish line by 0.026 of a second. That's the second-closest finish in the electronic era (since late 2007) at the track. The only closer finish came in July 2010, when Steven DeLonjay edged Dave Wietholder by 0.01 of a second, also in a modified feature.
The victory was Long's seventh overall and fifth in a row since his current run started Aug. 7. Long's winning streak began when he ended Steven DeLonjay's six-feature victory skein. DeLonjay had tied Long's track record first established in 2007 and then duplicated in 2008.
Long's razor-thin margin of victory was one of two that needed the electronic eye to make the final call. Denny Woodworth's victory over Jason Perry in the late model main event came by 0.191 of a second, which ranks as the ninth closest since the introduction of the electronic scoring system.
Other feature winners were Tanner Klingele in the hobby stocks, Kimberly Abbott in the wild things and Ben Waggoner with the Sprint Invaders. The stock cars and spot mods did not race.
While there are two more weeks of points racing remaining (barring any postponements), three series that were awarding points Sunday are now all but decided.
DeLonjay, the modified points leader, finished 15th in the 17-car feature, but still expanded his lead. His closest challenger, Jared Schlipman, was 17th. DeLonjay unofficially owns a 136-point advantage (977-841) and can clinch next Sunday if he leaves with track ahead by 76 or more points.
The most interesting race among the mods is for second. Schlipman (841), Dave Wietholder (831) and Shawn Deering (825) are all within 16 points of one another.
Klingele's third feature win of the season in the hobbies was a flag-to-flag effort ahead of points leader Steve Carlin, who has a comfortable 601-574 margin over Jake Powers. Carlin also has a good opportunity to wrap up a fifth championship next Sunday, depending on the car count.
Abbott's second wild thing feature win saw her hold off Casey Kendrick and points leader Seth Woodruff, who has a 17-point edge over Kendrick and 21-point advantage over Abbott. Woodruff, too, can clinch next week, depending on the car count.
Waggoner edged Joey Moughan in the sprint feature by 0.380 of a second, coming from behind on the final lap. Waggoner is from Emden, Ill., and Moughan from Springfield. Nineteen sprint cars were in the pits for their second stop of the season at 8000 Broadway.
Jim Moughan of Springfield, who won the Memorial Day weekend show at Quincy, was fourth.