By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Steven DeLonjay reached a modified milestone.
Tony Dunker extended his sport mod streak.
Brandon Savage remained the hottest driver in the stock car series.
You can throw a blanket over the points race in the sport compacts.
And Bobby Pierce blew away a strong late model field that was expected to be even stronger.
Just another interesting Sunday night at Quincy Raceways.
DeLonjay wrestled the feature lead away from his chief rival for the modified track title, Dave Wietholder, with 12 laps remaining and gradually pulled away for a 1.94-second victory -- his 10th of the season.
DeLonjay's victory makes him the second modified driver to reach 10 or more victories in a season, joining Michael Long, who has turned the trick three times, most recently in 2010.
With seven weeks left in the season, DeLonjay, who is gunning for a third straight track championship, still has a mathematical chance of tying or surpassing Long's record 16 victories in 2007. DeLonjay has won four in a row and has led 181 of a possible 330 feature laps.
Wietholder finished second, Shawn Deering third, Chris Spalding fourth and Justin Reed fifth. DeLonjay holds a 37-point margin (813-776) over Wietholder.
For the second straight week, Dunker came from the back of the sport mod pack to edge out Tanner Klingele for a feature win.
And for the second straight week, it was a late-race caution that bunched the field together and allowed Dunker to make the late charge.
Dunker's win means he has a first- or second-place finish in the feature for 26 straight weeks, dating to mid-2012.
Dunker has eight feature victories for the season and is all but a lock to be the first driver since Long (2006-07) to win 10 or more main events in back-to-back seasons.
Brad Holtmeyer, Trevor Hagenbaumer and Charles Van Zant rounded out the top five. Dunker holds a comfortable 435-401 series lead.
Savage collected his second stock car checkered flag and posted a top-two finish for the fifth time in the last six shows. Terry Houston, Abe Huls, Darin Lambert and Jake Powers filled out the top five.
Huls' third-place finish allowed him to keep defending champ Houston at arm's length in the points standings (417-403), with Powers (393) and Jansen (391) not far behind. Huls is trying to nail down his second stock-car title and first since 2009.
Austen Becerra's sport compact feature victory further tightened an already-close points pursuit. Becerra held off Laine Van Zant in a beat-and-bang finale, with Kim Abbott and Pat Dunker finishing in their shadow. That left Abbott (445), Becerra (443) and Dunker (442) all within three points of the series lead.
Pierce dominated the late models, leading all 40 laps and winning the $2,000 first-place check on a night that saw a handful of American Late Model Series (ALMS) cars in the pits, but did not include all the big names expected.
Pierce and runner-up Brandon Sheppard showed up as expected, but Jason Feger, Brian Shirley and Ryan Unzicker did not. They were all on hand, as were Pierce and Sheppard, Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway and told ALMS officials they would be in Quincy Sunday night.
Sam Driggers, who is director of the United Midwestern Promoters Dirtcar promotions, told me all three had some sort of engine problems Saturday night and opted against making the haul to Quincy.
Pierce's victory in Quincy was his first, becoming the 17th different driver to win a feature in the UMP era (since 2012) at the track.
Sheppard's strong finish was his fifth of the year at the Bullring. The 20-year-old UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour champion has two wins and no finish worse than fifth this season in Quincy.
Jason Perry had the top finish by a Quincy regular, winding up third. Two other Quincy drivers, Denny Woodworth and Ricky Frankel, rounded out the top five.