Auto Racing

Birck moves closer to atop sport mod points standings

Adam Birck, left, drives his car in front of Tanner Klingele during the sport mod feature race Sunday night at Quincy Raceways. Birck won the race that was a makeup from last weekend. | H-W Photo/Mat Mikesell
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 2, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 3, 2019 1:50 am

QUINCY -- Adam Birck has moved another step closer to escaping the hole he found himself in back in April.

Birck increased his sport mod feature win streak to three Sunday night at Quincy Raceways, inching closer to that division's points lead.

Birck was seemingly buried in the highly competitive series following a disastrous April 21st showing when a 12th-place feature finish threatened to make him an afterthought before the season was a month old.

Since that point, Birck, who won the 2018 sport mod title, has been unstoppable.

"We knew we had a fast car," Birck said. "We just put our old motor back in after (a newer model) blew up (on April 21)."

The rest, as they say, is history.

Birck's hot streak has allowed him to climb within four points (192-188) of sport mod leader Tanner Klingele, but the defending champ insists he is not the man to beat.

"I'm not the points leader," Birck said. "Tanner is."

Klingele maintained his edge on Birck with a pair of runner-up feature finishes Sunday night. Birck also edged Klingele in a makeup main event from an April 28 rainout.

"There is not a more competitive division at the track the sport mods," the 43-year-old Birck said. "Tanner's tough, Austen Becerra's tough, Bobby Six is coming on ... there are at least five or six drivers who can win on any given Sunday night.

"I love racing at Quincy. It's fun. This should be a great year, as long as it quits raining."

Sunday marked the first night of points racing since April 28 because of all the recent inclement weather. Prior to Sunday, the only racing at 8000 Broadway since late April had been a May 5 MLRA late model special.

Other Sunday night winners included Tommy Elston in the crate late models, Rick Stevenson in modifieds, Beau Taylor in stock cars and Barry Taft in sport compacts.

Elston's flag-to-flag victory was his second straight, but runner-up Denny Woodworth still holds a comfortable points lead. Woodworth (285), Darin Weisinger Jr. (226), Melvin Linder (225) and Elston (215) are the crate frontrunners.

Stevenson, who hails from O'Fallon, Mo., collected his first checkered flag in Quincy, outlasting Steve Grotz, Vance Wilson and Dave Wietholder. Wietholder (265), Josh Newman (218) and Wilson (180) are the points leaders.

Taylor led the final 12 laps of the stock car finale, earning his third straight feature victory. Michael Larsen, Brian Gaines and Shane Richardson completed the top four. Taylor (187), Larsen (176) and Jesse Wegs (171) have pulled away in the points pursuit.

Taft benefitted from a late yellow flag en route to his fourth straight feature victory. A caution with four laps remaining bunched the field, and Taft, who had trailed David Prim from the start, was able to drive through a congestion of cars on the restart and take the lead. Taft bolted ahead of the field and led the final four laps ahead of Jeff DeLonjay, Jaden DeLonjay and Prim.

Taft (152) and Dylan Schantz (137) are well ahead the rest of the division in the sport compact points race.