The height of the 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season is here. After a rainout Tuesday night, the stars of the Big Block Modifieds have four races scheduled in one single week. Tim Fuller already won one of those races, as he took the checkered flag in Thursday night’s event at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park. After that it’s off to Utica-Rome, Albany-Saratoga to make up for a rain-out, and then the Mohawk International Raceway. That doesn’t leave the competitors much time to even catch their collective breath.
This single week is just the start of a much larger pack of events planned for the month of July with road trips to Ohio and Quebec planned for the month’s second half. Add in the fact that some of the drivers are racing for weekly championships at their local tracks on weekends, so some of these drivers are running over 15 races in one month. Eight-time Super DIRTcar champion Brett Hearn, who competes weekly at Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedway Friday and Saturday nights has one of most daunting schedules with 20 races planned in the month.
“This month is just absolutely nuts, we got four races going into this weekend, two of which are series races. Then we got two more series races next week, two more the following week, and then we go to Ohio. It’s going to be pretty crazy,” Hearn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Despite the enormity of the week and month ahead, it is a task that is no stranger to the Big Block drivers including Hearn whose career is approaching the 40-year mark.
“We’re kind of used to this a little bit, like when we go to Ohio we got three in a row so it’s not too unusual,” Hearn said. “But it definitely puts a little more intensity into next week, especially with Utica-Rome on Sunday.”
Four-time and defending Super DIRT champion Matt Sheppard is also not fazed by the change in schedule, nor does it add any more significance for him to this stretch of races.
“It’s not really a big change. The whole month is pretty busy for us, just shuffling a couple days around, no big deal,” Sheppard told Speed51. “I think all the races are important, we need to run good this week, we needed to run good last week and you have to run good the following week all season long.”
Hearn on the other hand believes that July will be a crucible that drivers will have to work through and that we will have an idea of who the possible champion may be when the month comes to a close.
“I think what’s going to happen here is that at the end of the month once we go to Ohio and then Quebec, I figure you’re going to find out who’s still standing.”
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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