Auto Racing

Larsen's victory tightens stock car points race

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 5, 2019 1:10 am

QUINCY -- Michael Larsen tightened the stock car points race Sunday night at Quincy Raceways with his second feature victory of the season.

Larsen closed within two points (370-368) of season-long leader Beau Taylor, who finished fourth in the main event behind runner-up Brandon Savage and third-place Jake Powers.

Both Larsen and Taylor are in pursuit of their first track title. Larsen's best previous finish was when he fell two points shy of 2018 champ Jake Powers, while Taylor was runner-up to Jim Lynch in 2015.

Other Sunday night winners were Dave Wietholder in modifieds, Denny Woodworth in crate late models, Barry Taft in Sport compacts and Austen Becerra in sport mods.

Three-time defending modified track champ Wietholder's victory was his third straight and fourth of the season. Wietholder increased his series points lead to 550-407 over Josh Newman, who finished 11th in the feature. Rick Stevenson was second and Kevin Blackburn third.

Woodworth's late model win was his fourth in five weeks and sixth of the summer. Chuck Mitchell, Melvin Linder and Darin Weisinger Jr. rounded out the top four. Woodworth also padded his points lead over Weisinger Jr. to 650-514.

Taft notched his sixth checkered flag of the season, turning back Isaiah Penton, Kim Abbott and Davie Prim. Taft was able to build his points lead to 266-251 over Abbott in pursuit of a second straight track championship.

Becerra won the sport mod feature, withstanding bids from Jake Griffin and Michael Goodiwn. Adam Birck, who finished eighth, remains the points leader (346).

Winners from the Saturday night special at the track included Birck in the sport mods, Larsen in the stock cars and Wyatt Burks in the visiting non-winged sprint cars.

Birck's feature victory was his fifth of the season. Brandyn Ryan and Goodwin finished off the top three. Larsen held off Taylor and Powers in the stock car finale.

Burks, who hails from Topeka, Kan., won the non-winged sprint event that was sanctioned by the Iowa Sprint Car League. Terry Babb of Decatur, Ill., and Mitch Wissmiller of Saybrook, Ill., were the other podium finishers in the 15-car feature.