One of the greatest Super DIRTcar Series drivers of all time enters the final two races of the 2016 season with a 21-year streak in jeopardy.
Brett Hearn has won at least one points-counting race in every Super DIRTcar Series season dating back to 1994. That’s 21 years in a row. Now, Hearn has just two more chances to make it 22 years in a row when he gets to Charlotte, North Carolina for the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“The series has been tough for me this year,” Hearn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I haven’t had a lot go my way, and we’ve been working on a lot of new stuff to try to find something. The last couple of races we’ve had some speed, but we’ve had a few bad races too. It’s just a work in progress.”
While Hearn has yet to capture a win, the same can be said for many other drivers that follow the series as well. There have been nine different winners this season, with Matt Sheppard grabbing a total of 10 victories so far this year.
“It’s a tough series,” Hearn said. “And we’ve had a series this year where really one guy has dominated the series. That doesn’t leave a lot of races to win, you know? We’ve got to get up to speed, do our homework and get up to where Matt is at. That’s what we’re going to shoot for.”
Hearn, whose lone victory this season was a non-points race during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (FL) that came back in February, said he thinks he already knows where he needs to concentrate his efforts for next season.
“I haven’t really concentrated a lot of my program on the real slick stuff,” he said. “And I think that’s hurt us because maybe this summer has been drier, but for the most part that’s where the weakness has been in my program. That’s something we have to work on through the winter.”
Whether or not Hearn gets that win, Hearn said he’s just excited to be heading south towards Charlotte for the World Finals, which has become one of his favorite events of the season.
“I love coming down here. The event, the track, the people that I haven’t seen for a while. We get to catch up with a lot of people down here. I think it’s done a lot for the notoriety of our series. I think nothing but good comes out of this.”
Brett Hearn will be a guest on Wednesday night’s PRN at the Track World Finals Kickoff Show live on Speed51.com. Race fans can watch live from 7-9 p.m. ET.
Speed51.com will carry live Trackside Now coverage of all three nights of the World Finals beginning Thursday, October 27th. Speed51.com will also have video highlights and interviews throughout the entirety of the World Finals on the Speed51 Network.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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