Concord, NC – Brett "The Jet Hearn" blasted into victory lane Saturday afternoon during the afternoon portion of the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am.
Hearn worked his way into second, and then benefited from a flat right rear tire on Matt Sheppard. Incredibly, Sheppard passed most of the field and managed a third-place finish. Hard-charger Tim McCreadie started 25th and finished runner-up to Hearn.
The race suffered a high rate of attrition as the day-time track conditions tore into right and left rear Hoosier racing tires, bringing out the caution flag multiple times. Race winner Brett Hearn kept his nose clean and had a little luck getting out in front.
“Being at the front of the pack was a huge advantage. When Matt (Sheppard) got that flat I got out in front and it was really helpful being in clean air. I was able to run laps out front and take care of things a little bit.”
The track proved to be a test for Hearn despite the victory.
“I gotta rest my arms, that’s a tough race track to run. You don’t want to see that many restarts when you are leading.
"The car really liked the high side, I got a couple good restarts. I got under the no. 19 [Jessy Mueller] and then I was in the right spot when Matt [Sheppard] blew the tire. After that I just had to make the right moves and make the right guesses on the restarts, choose the right lane, and not make any mistakes.”
Tim McCreadie pulled double duty racing in both the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds as well as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. McCreadie was the hard-charger and finished second in the Big-Block. Then T-Mac immediately jumped into his Late Model and finished second in their 50-lap feature.
Matt Sheppard extended his points lead out to 60 points with his third-place finish. 'Super Matt' built a comfortable lead early in the race before a flat left rear tire sent him to the work area.
"I kinda thought we were out in front on cruise control, but for some reason we just can’t catch any breaks this year. I’ve had seven flat tires in series races this year."
Against all odds Sheppard drove through the field and took the final spot on the podium.
“Once again the car was really fast, really good, and I’m thankful to salvage a third and have the thing still rolling. We had the car to beat but it just wasn’t meant to be."
World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am Friday Feature (40 Laps)
1. 20-Brett Hearn ; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie ; 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard ; 4. 7m-Michael Marseca ; 5. 25r-Erick Rudolph ; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta ; 7. 19-Tim Fuller ; 8. 91-Billy Decker ; 9. 21a-Peter Britten ; 10. 42p-Pat Ward ; 11. 96-Steve Bernard ; 12. 66-Mat Williamson ; 13. 45F-Steve Feder ; 14. O7-Tim Kerr ; 15. 21J-Danny Johnson ; 16. 63-Adam Roberts ; 17. 6h-Max McLaughlin ; 18. 111-Demetrois Drellos ; 19. 66x-Carey Terrence ; 20. 6jh-Josh Hohenforst ; 21. 88-Mike Mahaney ; 22. 21b-Yan Bussiere ; 23. 65-Scott Hitchen ; 24. 98h-Jimmy Phelps ; 25. 19m-Jessy Mueller ; 26. 5H-Chris Hile ; 27. 28z-Gary Lindberg ; 28. 43-Keith Flach ; 29. 48T-Dave Rauscher ; 30. 5st-Tyler Siri 
-Super DIRTcar Series Press Release
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