It is a moment that a lot of Northeast Dirt Modified fans have been anticipating for months, some even longer: Brett Hearn is now a 900-time feature winner in the Dirt Modified ranks.
After returning to victory lane at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on July 28 for win number 899, Hearn made it two in a row at the Malta, NY dirt track this past Friday night to score his 900th career victory.
But “The Jet” didn’t stop there, putting in a dominating performance and scoring his 901st win the very next night at Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY).
“It feels good. It’s kind of nice to get the last two back to back at Malta because we’ve had some DNF’s there for various reasons. I think we’re back on our game there which important. To back it up with a dominant win Saturday night at the Valley makes you feel pretty good about everything,” Hearn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’d say I got over fifty text messages from friends, a lot of friends I hadn’t heard from in a while; it’s really cool for sure.”
While 901 wins brings about an immense amount of memories, Hearn looked back on some of his earliest in victory lane, 41 years ago when his epic tail began.
“The first win was in 1976 in my dad’s car at Middletown NY (Orange County Fair Speedway), shortly after that I was hired by Peter Iderstine. Three weeks later, I won a holdover and a regular event on the same night. In between, I had a race that I won at Nazareth, Pennsylvania also in my dad’s car. That was when I was a senior in high school. That was the beginning of everything.”
“We’ve been trying for two years,” Hearn said with a laugh. “It’s nice to get out of the way. I knew we’d get it sooner or later, but now we can concentrate on winning the Super DIRT championship, the Valley championship and everything else we still got on the schedule this year.”
Indeed, while Hearn has taken time to celebrate the incredible mark, he is focused on winning more races and hunting for more championship titles. A ninth Super DIRTcar Series title is still within grasp, currently sitting third in the standings behind Billy Decker and Larry Wight, just 22 points out of the lead. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are the beginning of the season’s second half, with a tour of the Niagara region at Ransomville and Merrittville Speedways.
“I feel pretty good. We got postponed Monday, but I like where we’re at a lot so we’ll see what the week brings.”
Hearn also faces a big month at Lebanon Valley as he closes in on a possible 12th Big-Block track championship.
“We have a pretty good long range plan going in and I think we are in pretty good shape going in. We just got to keep all the players healthy and keep working hard at it.”
Hard work is what led Hearn to 900 career victories, and hard work is what will continue to keep the checkered flags coming.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA, RI & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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