WEEDSPORT, N.Y. –  There’s no question as to which Modified driver has been dominant at Orange County Fair Speedway’s annual Eastern States Weekend. Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., has picked up 13 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series victories at the Middletown, N.Y., track, ten in the Eastern States 200. This year, the two-time consecutive Eastern States 200 Champion is looking to make it three in a row.

“The last couple years have been awesome for us. It’s still the track I learned how to race at first and, even though I don’t go there that often now, it still seems to come back to me fairly quickly,” said Hearn, who, in recent years, has made his weekly home at the Capital Region’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway. “I’d still have to say that, in some respects, we still have some of that home court advantage, even though I don’t run there on a regular basis.”

For Hearn, who watched from the grandstands as racing superstars like Will Cagle and Frankie Schneider found their way to Victory Lane, winning the historic Eastern States 200 is especially meaningful.

“That race has always been the second biggest race to Syracuse,” said Hearn, who has found his fair share of success at Syracuse’s “Moody Mile” as well, most recently claiming two consecutive Salute the Troops 150 victories in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. “I can remember going there and sitting in the fourth turn bleachers and watching Will Cagle win the 200.”

The 2014 running of the Eastern States 200 will be especially important to Hearn, who currently is hanging onto third place in Super DIRTcar Series point standings. Point leader Billy Decker holds an 85-point advantage over Hearn and three-time series champion Matt Sheppard is 62 points ahead of Hearn. With just three feature races left in the season, each on the 150-point schedule, a strong showing at Orange County could launch Hearn to the point lead. Alternatively, a mechanical error in the grueling 200-lapper on “The Hard Clay” could mean the end of championship hopes for series top runners.

As Hearn looks ahead to the race that could be the turning point in the series, he says his Madsen Motorsports No. 20 team is focusing on tire strategy in one of the few races requiring pit stops

“It’s a race that has a lot of tire wear, so you have to manage your tire wear really well,” said Hearn, who has the reputation both for charging to first from the back of the field and for making it through the Eastern States 200 without a tire change. “That’s really the biggest thing, to either be able to go the distance or to manage the tires so you don’t wear them out before the end of the race, or if you have to change them and be able to pick your spots and come back through again.”

Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Fair Speedway kicks off Thursday, Oct. 23, with inspection for all classes running from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 9:30 a.m. and grandstand gates open at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, for qualifying rounds for Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds. Green flag for the Super DIRTcar Series Eastern States 200 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

 

– DIRTcar press release

– Photo credit: Dave Dalesandro

 

AT A GLANCE

Eastern States Weekend

DATES : Thursday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, October 25

LOCATION : Orange County Fair Speedway, 239 Wisner Ave., Middletown, N.Y.

ABOUT THE TRACK: 5/8-mile hard clay oval track

MORE TRACK INFORMATION: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orange-County-Fair-Speedway/116644195124791

MORE SERIES INFORMATION: superdirtcarseries.com | @SuperDIRTcar | facebook.com/DIRTcar

Schedule of Events:

 

Thursday, Oct. 23 12 p.m. Pits open for race haulers2 p.m. Fairgrounds open for campers2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Car Inspection
Friday, Oct. 24 9:30 a.m. Fairgrounds & Pit Gates Open12:30 p.m. Car Inspection2 p.m. Spectator Gate Opens

3 p.m. Driver Meeting

4 p.m. Qualifying begins, including Super DIRTcar Series Time Trials

Followed by Modified Dash for Cash

Followed by Sportsman Feature (50 laps)

Saturday, Oct. 25 8 a.m. Fairgrounds & Pit Gates Open11 a.m. Spectator Gates Open12 p.m. Drivers Meeting

12:30 p.m. Qualifying for Small Block Modified and 305 Sprint Car Features

Followed by Modified Hot Laps

Followed by 305 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps)

Followed by Small Block Modified Feature (100 laps)

Sunday, Oct. 26 8 a.m. Fairgrounds & Pit Gates Open9 a.m. Spectator Gate Opens10:45 a.m. Hot Laps

12:30 p.m. Street Stock Heats

Followed by Thunder Truck Feature (15 laps)

Followed by Street Stock Feature (25 laps)

3 p.m. 53rd Annual Easter States Modified Feature (200 laps)

2014 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Schedule of Event

Wed. Feb 19

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla.

J. Haers

Thurs. Feb 20

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla

S. Friesen

Fri. Feb 21

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla.

Canceled -Inclement Weather

Sat. Feb 22

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla.

M. Sheppard

Sat. April 26

Fulton Speedway
Fulton, N.Y.

Canceled

Wed. May 28

Brockville Ontario Speedway
Brockville, Ont.

J. Haers

Tues. June 17

New Egypt Speedway
New Egypt, N.J.

M. Sheppard

Wed. June 25

Utica-Rome Speedway
Vernon, N.Y.

Canceled

Sun. June 29

Cornwall Motor Speedway
Cornwall, Ont.

M. Sheppard

Thu. July 3

Rolling Wheels Raceway
Elbridge, N.Y.

B. Decker

Tues. July 15

Big Diamond Speedway
Pottsville, Pa.

Canceled

Mon. July 21

Autodrome Granby
Granby, Que.

D. Johnson

Tues. July 22

Autodrome Drummond
Drummondville, Que.

E. Rudolph

Wed. July 30

Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Malta, N.Y.

D. Johnson

Mon. Aug. 4

Merrittville Speedway
Thorold, Ont.

D. Johnson

Tues. Aug. 5

Ransomville Speedway
Ransomville, N.Y.

B. Decker

Thurs. Aug. 7

Weedsport Speedway
Weedsport, N.Y.

B. Decker

Thurs. Aug. 14

Lebanon Valley Speedway
West Lebanon, N.Y.

B. Hearn

Sat. Sept. 6

Autodrome Granby
Granby, Que.

Canceled

Sat. Sept. 13

Mohawk International Raceway
Akwesasne, N.Y.

M. Sheppard

Sun. Sept. 21

Fonda Speedway
Fonda, N.Y.

B. Hearn

Sun. Oct. 12

New York State Fairgrounds
Syracuse, N.Y.

S. Friesen

Sat. Oct. 18

Brockville Ontario Speedway
Brockville, Ont.

D. Johnson

Sun. Oct. 26

Orange County Fair Speedway
Middletown, N.Y.

Thurs. Nov. 6

The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Qualifying)
Concord, N.C.

Fri. Nov. 7

The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 1)
Concord, N.C.

Sat. Nov. 8

The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 2)
Concord, N.C.

* Note: To be eligible to compete at the 8th Annual World Finals a driver must attempt to qualify for a scheduled Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series event during the 2014 calendar year (this includes the 43rd Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park). * Note: All Super DIRTcar and/or Mr. DIRTcar Series events are “Syracuse Qualifiers” offering a “Preferred Qualifying Position” for Super DIRT Week XLIII.

 

2014 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series Driver Points (Top 20)

as of 10/20/14
No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Money Wins Top 5 Top 10 Starts

1

91d Billy Decker

2,399

1,414

985

0

$47,375

3 9 12 15

2

9H Matt Sheppard

2,376

1,376

1000

-23

$61,400

3 10 13 15

3

20 Brett Hearn

2,314

1,314

1000

-85

$45,275

2 7 11 15

4

98H Jimmy Phelps

2,133

1,158

975

-266

$20,125

0 5 10 15

5

3 Justin Haers

2,035

1,070

965

-364

$19,975

1 3 7 15

6

99L Larry Wight

1,979

979

1000

-420

$14,100

0 1 6 15

7

7z Erick Rudolph

1,972

1,048

924

-427

$18,500

1 4 6 15

8

21a Pete Britten

1,969

984

985

-430

$10,900

0 1 6 15

9

84 Gary Tomkins

1,945

990

955

-454

$11,875

0 2 7 15

10

42P Pat Ward

1,869

904

965

-530

$8,475

0 1 2 15

11

1F Stewart Friesen

1,841

841

1000

-558

$61,050

1 5 7 11

12

43 Keith Flach

1,809

854

955

-590

$7,700

0 0 1 15

13

10V Billy VanInwegen

1,806

882

924

-593

$7,875

0 0 2 15

14

74 Matt Billings

1,760

825

935

-639

$11,850

0 2 4 13

15

49 Billy Dunn

1,681

696

985

-718

$11,600

0 3 6 11

16

8 Rich Scagliotta

1,672

758

914

-727

$6,250

0 0 1 15

17

35 Mike Perrotte

1,275

355

920

-1,124

$3,300

0 0 0 8

18

816 Bobby Varin

1,259

274

985

-1,140

$3,400

0 1 2 3

19

74 J.R. Heffner

1,183

198

985

-1,216

$15,600

0 1 1 2

20

115 Kenny Tremont Jr.

1,175

210

965

-1,224

$4,300

0 0 1 3

 

Hearn Working on Three in a Row at Orange County