Auto Racing

Late models continue strong showing at Raceways

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 19, 2019 12:30 am

QUINCY -- Another glimpse of what the future will likely offer was on display at Quincy Raceways.

The IMCA Deery Brothers Automotive Group Summer Series late model tour, which had been absent from the track for eight years, returned Sunday night and will likely be a key component of future schedules.

"We're excited to be back at Quincy, it's a track with a lot of history," said Kevin Yoder, the IMCA's director of marketing and coordinator of the Deery Brothers tour.

Quincy Raceways owner Jason Goble said he is confident an agreement will be reached for the Deery Brothers tour to again be a regular part of the schedule at 8000 Broadway, just like it was between 1998 and 2011.

"I'm a big late model fan, and I know the fans in Quincy like the late models," said Goble, who is completing his second year as track owner.

Goble said he hopes to continue building on the success of this year's schedule, which by season's end in late October will have showcased five major late model dates. He is hoping to increase the number of late model specials in 2020.

"We hope to build on this year's success," Goble said.

Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque, Iowa, punctuated the IMCA's return to Quincy with a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap, 18-car feature. Iowa drivers took all three podium finishes, with Matt Ryan of Davenport and Jay Johnson of West Burlington claiming second and third place, respectively.

Hurst earned $2,000 for his victory.

Mark Burgtorf of Quincy ended with a flourish, storming from ninth to fourth over the closing eight laps. Burgtorf was driving the No. 15 car owned by Lynn Richard of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

"I've only raced six times this season," said Burgtorf, a 16-time track champ at Quincy who has won nine of the 27 Deery Brothers tour stops on his home track.

Burgtorf said he got a call from Richard late last week asking if he could drive Sunday in place of regular hotshoe Brian Harris, who was not available for the Quincy event.

Burgtorf has been running a reduced schedule the last couple of years and is uncertain what next season may hold.

"Next year is up in the air," he said.

There's a chance local fans will see Burgtorf two more times this season, once Sept. 1 and the other Oct. 25-26.

The MLRA late models will make their second visit of the season Sept. 1, the fourth major late model show of the season. That will be followed by the Kenny Pratt Memorial event to close the season in late October, a two-day show carrying a $50,000 purse.

Other feature winners Sunday night in support series were Beau Taylor in the stock cars and Kim Abbott in the sport compacts.

Taylor led all 20 laps for his track-best eighth victory of the summer. Abbott rallied from mid-pack in the closing laps to catch and pass Craig Bangert for her first checkered flag of the season.

Taylor, who has won 16 features over the past two seasons, holds a 446-402 points advantage over Michael Larsen. Larsen lost 39 points Sunday night when he was disqualified following a runner-up finish for failing to report to post-race inspection. Both Taylor and Larsen are in search of their first track titles.

Abbott leads Dave Prim 330-315 in search of her third track championship and first since 2016.