Auto Racing

Sport mod division gets one-week suspension at Quincy Raceways

Jason Goble
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 27, 2018 12:05 am

QUINCY -- Quincy Raceways owner Jason Goble has suspended the sport mod division for one week after more rough driving -- and equally rough actions between some of the division's fans in the stands -- on Sunday night at the .29-mile dirt track at 8000 Broadway.

The sport mods form the track's largest division, and they also have led the track in yellow flags every seasons since 2013.

"I don't know what is going on (in that division), but hopefully this will help settle things down," said Goble, who took over track operations one year ago this month.

Goble said the sport mods would return for the Sept. 9 races.

Goble met with other track officials after the sport mod feature, which had 13 cars, that saw at least a half-dozen yellow flags and plenty of verbal volleys between fans in the stands. Goble also got into in a shouting match with some fans.

An on-track altercation last week between drivers Austen Becerra and Austin Howes led to Becerra receiving a two-week suspension handed down by the division's governing body, the Iowa-based IMCA. Ironically, Howes, who was put on probation by the IMCA, won Sunday night's crash-filled feature.

"We'll see what happens," Goble said. "Hopefully, things will be better in a couple of weeks from now."

Lost in the commotion was a dandy sport mod main event that saw Howes get around series points leader Adam Birck on the next-to-last lap and hold on for his third checkered flag of the season. Birck, however, maintains a comfortable points lead (581-495) over Justin Bartz, who was credited with a 10th-place finish after being forced to the pits after being involved in a couple of early-race crashes.

Other Sunday night winners were Dave Wietholder in modifieds, Tommy Elston in crate late models, Beau Taylor in stock cars, Barry Taft in sport compacts and Jeffrey and Jaden DeLonjay in two-man cruisers.

Wietholder's 10th feature victory was a flag-to-flag effort and his fifth in a row. The two-time defending series champ has led 224 of a possible 327 feature laps this season. Wietholder is chasing Michael Long's 2015 track record of 270 laps led, while his .685 domination rate is well ahead of Long's record .600 clip in 2015.

Wietholder also looks well on his way to the most lopsided title victory since the track adopted similar points rewards in 1982. Wietholder leads his closest pursuer, Shawn Deering, by 261 points. Steven DeLonjay, who won the 2011 modified title by 161 points, holds the record for all series.

Ray Bollinger, Kevin Blackburn and Deering rounded out the top four finishers in a strong modified main event.

Taylor led all but one of 18 feature laps for his third straight win and fifth in the last seven weeks. Brandon Savage was second, and Brandon Lambert was third. Jake Powers, who finished fourth, holds a 484-479 points lead over Michael Larsen, who was fifth.

Elston's crate late win victory his second of the summer and came after he turned back series points leader Denny Woodworth, who saw his three-feature victory skein snapped. Woodworth (526), Vance Wilson (418), Cliff Powell (368) and Elston (348) are the points leaders.

Taft won his eighth feature and first since Aug. 5, allowing him to build his sport compact margin. Taft (437) inched farther ahead of Darin Weisinger Jr. (424) and Kim Abbott (423), who finished third and fourth, respectively, behind runner-up Alyssa Steele.

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