WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – August 24, 2015 – Brett “The Jet” Hearn of Sussex, N.J. holds a four-point advantage over second-place Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. in his bid for a 4th-consecutive Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified title.
Mr. DIRTcar honors are distinct from the Super DIRTcar Series. In their quest for the 2015 Mr. DIRTcar championships in their respective divisions, drivers earn points with their 16-best finishes at DIRT-sanctioned tracks through September 6 – the day before Labor Day.
Each Mr. DIRTcar win is worth 60 points, whether it is in a regular season race or a special event. Through August 24, Hearn has already maximized his point total at 960 by having over 16 wins (19) in 51 starts, including two Super DIRTcar Series wins – at Autodrome Drummond and Cornwall Speedway. He has (9) wins at Albany-Saratoga.
Sheppard trails Hearn 960-956. He has (15) wins in 45 starts and 31 top-5 finishes, including four Super DIRTcar Series victories. He needs two more wins by September 6 to equal Hearn’s best-16 total of 16 and force a tie-breaker provision. The first tie-breaker statistic is most wins, which is becoming an uphill battle as Hearn stays hot (3 wins in 3 starts over the weekend ending August 23) followed by most 2nd-place finishes.
In each of the last two seasons, the Mr. DIRTcar championship has come down to a battle between Hearn and Sheppard. In 2014, Hearn prevailed 960-952.
“It seems like we’re chasing Hearn every year,” Sheppard said. “It takes a lot of work. Everybody likes to win races. It’s not easy. It takes a season-long effort and it’s always boiled down to winning. Maybe we can catch him, maybe not.”
Kenny Tremont Jr. is third in the Big-Block Modified standings with 936 points and (10) wins. Stewart Friesen is next at 928 with (13) wins. Billy Decker rounds out the top five at 912.
David Hebert of St. Damase, Quebec is also seeking repeat as a Mr. DIRTcar champion – in the 358 Modified division. He leads Gage Morin of Cornwall, ON and Chris Raabe of Napanee, ON 920-900. Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y. is in 4th-place at 890. Hebert has (8) wins. He is the Autodrome Granby point leader and he is the number-two point man at Le RPM.
Gary Lindberg of Ridgeway, ON has recently taken the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman lead from Mathieu Desjardins of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec (948-944). Lindberg is the point leader at Merrittville and Humberstone. He has (14) wins – two more than Desjardins.
Brad Rouse of St. Catharines, ON is third with (9) wins and 924 points. Martin Pelletier, the current point-leader at Autodrome Granby and Le RPM, is fourth in the Mr. DIRTcar standings at 920, followed by Cody McPherson at 900.
The battle for the Mr. DIRTcar Pro-Stock title is very competitive. Three drivers – Rob Yetman of Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Jocelyn Roy of St. Helene, Quebec and defending Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock and Fonda Speedway point leader Nick Stone of Rotterdam, N.Y. are tightly bunched behind point leader Robbie Speed of Mellenville, N.Y. Stone has the most wins (8).
Mr. DIRTCar points thru August 24, 2015
Based on best 16 finishes 1/1/15-9/6/15.
Big-Block Modifieds: 1) Brett Hearn 960 2) Matt Sheppard 954 3) Kenny Tremont Jr. 936 4) Stewart Friesen 928 5) Rex King Jr. 916 6) Billy Decker 912 7) Mat Williamson 896 7) Larry Wight 894 9) Jimmy Phelps 890 10) Rex King Sr. 878.
358 Modifieds: 1) David Hebert 920 2) Gage Morin 900 2) Chris Raabe 900 4) Billy Dunn 890 5) Mario Clair 886 6) Steve Bernard 880 7) Carey Terrance 870 8) Danny O’Brien 854 9) Chad Brachmann 846 10) Pete Bicknell 836.
Sportsman Modifieds: 2) Mathieu Desjardins 944 1) Gary Lindberg 948 2) Mathieu Desjardins 944 3) Brad Rouse 924 4) Martin Pelletier 920 5) Cody McPherson 900 6) Dylan Evoy 888 7) Corey Wheeler 884 7) Shane Pecore 884 9) James Michael Friesen 882 6) Dylan Evoy 888 10) Ron Davis III 872.
Pro Stocks: 1) Robbie Speed 876 2) Rob Yetman 864 2) Jocelyn Roy 864 4) Nick Stone 862 5) Dave Bissonette 856 6) Kenny Martin 812 6) Daniel Sanchez 802 8) Chuck Dumblewski 792 9) Stephane LeBrun 790 10) Stephane Lemire 788.
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