Burgtorf defends Quincy turf, tops Monster Tour
QUINCY, Ill. (Aug. 23) — Fourth-starting Mark Burgtorf raced to victory Sunday night at his hometown track, capturing his first win on the Monster Midwest Tour at Quincy Raceway. Burgtorf, a 14-time track champion at Quincy, earned $2,000 for the 40-lap UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned victory at the 3/8-mile oval that hosts IMCA Late Models weekly.
Polesitter and series points leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., finished second followed by sixth-starting Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., and another hometown driver and track champion, Jason Frankel, rounded out the top five finishers. Outside front-row starter Denny Woodworth of Mendon, Ill., faded to finish eighth, one spot ahead of the night's fast qualifier, Donny Walden of Towanda, Ill.
Feger led the first lap at Quincy before Unzicker slipped underneath to take command through the ninth lap. Burgtorf blasted into the lead on the 10th lap, leaving Unzicker, Feger and Erb left to battle for second as he built a comfortable lead. Feger took the second spot from Unzicker with eight laps remaining, but he finished nearly three seconds behind the cruising Burgtorf.
Notes: Burgtorf's Kuntz-powered Pierce Race Car is sponsored by Rick's Transit Repair, Summy Tire & Auto and Gem City Ford. ... The event was sponsored by Best Buy of Quincy. ... MMT points leader Jason Feger has 783 points to lead Ryan Unzicker (774) and Eric Smith (759). ... Smith finished sixth at Quincy. ... Jason Perry of Payson, Ill., won Quincy's IMCA Late Model feature. ... Next up for the Monster Midwest Tour is a pair of Labor Day weekend events with a $5,000-to-win race at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway on Sept. 4 and a $2,000-to-win event at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway on Sept. 6.
Monster Midwest Tour @ Quincy: (1) Mark Burgtorf, (2) Jason Feger, (3) Dennis Erb Jr., (4) Ryan Unzicker, (5) Jason Frankel, (6) Eric Smith, (7) Matt Bailey, (8) Denny Woodworth, (9) Donny Walden, (10) Dustin Griffin, (11) Terry Schlipman, (12) Joey Gower, (13) Billy Genenbacher, (14) Clint Kirkham, (15) Ed Dixon, (16) Brandon Sheppard, (17) Keith Pratt, (18) Vance Wilson, (19) Robby Warner, (20) Terry Gallaher. Fast qualifier (among 24 cars): Walden, 13.651 seconds. Heat race winners: Bailey, Feger, Erb. Consolation winner: Dixon.