SYRACUSE, NY — Story by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Jeremiah Fish Photos — One guy on the Super DIRTcar Series that is rolling pretty well right now is a guy who is no stranger to running well on the series- Brett Hearn.
Hearn is in search of his 9th career Super DIRTcar Series Championship which would only add to his historic career. A historic career has cemented Hearn a spot in the Weedsport DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum when that time comes. There isn’t any more that Hearn can prove to race fans and Hall of Fame voters alike. But when you’re a practical lock for the HoF and you have that burning desire to race and be successful, all you need to focus on is going for the ‘W’.
That was precisely what ‘Brett The Jet’ did two weekends ago at the Fonda Speedway by winning the Super DIRTcar Series 100-lap affair. Due to Matt Sheppard’s broken axle tube before lap 10 was completed, Hearn also took over the Series points lead with the win.
“This is the time of the year when the points can take a big swing in one event,” said Hearn while competing in the annual Super DIRT Week Media Challenge at Pole Position Raceway in Syracuse, NY. “It’s only 50 points to start and 150 to win them, so it can go in both directions.”
Hearn pointed out that they will be running the same cars as last year but, “We’ve done some remodeling on them.”
When it comes to strategy to win the Big-Block and Small-Block portions of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Hearn thinks that showing up with a fast car is the first step in that direction.
“That race any more, with the lack of practice time, has gotten to be really important to get off the trailer really quick. There’s not a lot of time for testing, so you have to come off the trailer and know what you have.”
Hearn went on to further explain the advantage of bringing back familiar cars and not opting for a new piece.
“It took us almost two full seasons to really get the car just comfortable where I was comfortable in the cockpit. Now I know all that work is behind us.”
With Billy Decker only 7 points behind and Sheppard 46 points behind him, Hearn knows that what happened at Fonda can happen again and likely will at Syracuse. The luck that played into his hand could turn against him and see another 100 point swing that could dropkick him from 1st to 3rd in the standings.
“It’s a three man race and it could swing in any direction at any time. Syracuse is going to be huge.”
I’m not sure that I could have said that any better than the 8-time Super DIRTcar Series Champ laid it out. Syracuse is going to be huge. This race is never short on drama just to win this prestigious event, but now you throw in a tight three driver race for the points lead. Hearn needs to survive Syracuse and Brockville as these are the two places I think the bad luck bug could strike the #20 team. Hearn has had just about anything and everything go wrong for him at Syracuse over his career. He ended a huge losing streak in 2012 by winning that rain-shortened event.
Look for Brett Hearn to strike during Super DIRT Week. I give him a much better chance of repeating as the Small-Block race winner vs. winning another Syracuse 200 in the Big-Block. Their fuel strategies for the Big-Block the last few years concerns me as far as picking ‘The Jet’ to win the 200. Remember that 2012 was due to rain and they nearly ran out of gas under caution while race officials made a determination about the racing surface. He will play a very big role in deciding who will win the satellite shows at Weedsport and Brewerton.
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