Brett Hearn’s time at the 45th DIRTcar Nationals hadn’t gone as planned heading into Saturday night’s finale. The Sussex, New Jersey native made up for a rough first three days by charging from the 21st starting spot and scoring the 50-lap Super DIRTcar Series victory at Volusia Speedway Park (FL).
“I have to think that the satisfying part about it is that we’ve had such a terrible week leading up to this,” Hearn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We started out rough tonight starting 21st and coming out of the consi, but boy we really nailed the setup. It took us all week to get here, but man we finally got it right.”
While Hearn put on a show for the fans in attendance by slicing and dicing his way through the field, defending series champion Matt Sheppard turned in a third-place finish to win the overall Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals title.
“It’s a big relief, really,” said Sheppard, who created his own team during the offseason. “Put this deal together in a real hurry and came down here and were really good all week, better than we’ve been in a long, long, long time. I just hope that it’s a sign of things to come all season long and we can make it a long summer for these boys.”
Hearn’s win on Saturday night made it four different winners in four nights for the Super DIRTcar Series at Volusia Speedway Park (FL).
“This place is so challenging and so awesome,” said Hearn. “I would have been happy with a podium, but to come out of here with a win in the big race, the one that really matters, will make the ride home even nicer.”
Stewart Friesen led the early part of Saturday’s 50-lap feature after starting from the pole position. He surrendered the lead to Hearn on lap 38 before crossing the finish line in second. Sheppard, Wednesday winner Tim Fuller and “The Doctor” Danny Johnson completed the top-five.
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Super DIRTcar Series 50-Lap Feature Results
February 20, 2016 – Volusia Speedway Park (FL)
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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