GEORGETOWN, DE — “The Corporate Jet” Brett Hearn will land this Friday, March 25 at Georgetown Speedway.
Hearn, the Sussex, N.J., superstar driver, invades the First State for the first time since 2008 to take part in the Deron Rust Memorial at the historic half-mile oval. On Friday, the small-block Modifieds take the limelight in a 33-lap, $3,396-to-win event offering $396 to take the green flag.
Hearn will pilot the potent Petruska family Atlas Paving No. 66 small-block, replacing a vacationing Duane Howard.
“We had a good time racing at Georgetown for the opener with Duane and wanted to get back down there,” Jared Petruska said. “Duane is on vacation this week and Brett was available. We’re looking forward to it.”
Hearn, when contacted by phone, said it had been many years since he won at Georgetown.
“I think I won one there back in 1981,” he reflected, noting his most recent start there was a Super DIRTcar Series event under the Jay James management team on July 17, 2008.
Hearn’s memory was correct. He actually has two career Georgetown Speedway victories: the first came on November 8, 1981 and the second on May 15, 1988.
Hearn and the Petruska family have a longtime friendship. He drove the car once last season as a sub for Howard in the ‘Dirty Jersey 3’ event at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. The pairing looks for better results this time around at Georgetown.
“We ran our open motor for the first time Saturday with Duane at New Egypt (the track’s March 19 opener) and feel good about it,” Petruska said. “Our lap times were right there.”
Joining the small-block Modifieds on the Friday card are Crate 602 Sportsman ($700 to win, $100 to start), Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks and Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars.
Adult grandstand admission is just $15. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 13-17) pay $12. Kids 9-12 pay $8 and children under eight years old are admitted free.
Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
Bonuses and special awards are adding up to make this prestigious event more lucrative.
-Georgetown Speedway Press Release