Eastern States 200 Finish: Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Jimmy Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Tim Fuller, Ryan Godown, Jerry Higbie, Matt Janiak, Clinton Mills, Anthony Perrego, Rick Laubach, Kenny Tremont Jr, Steve Dodd, Tommy Meier, LJ Lombardo, Eddie Marshall, Jeff Heotzler, Billy Decker, Matt Hitchcock, Danny Creeden, Billy VanInwegen, John Ferrier, Scott Flammer, Richard Smith, Andy Bachetti (DNF), Tyler Dippel (DNF), Michael Sabia (DNF), Richie Eurich (DNF), Billy Pauch Jr (DNF), Brian Krummel (DNF), Chris Schultz
(DNF), Ric Hill (DNF), Frank Cozze (DNF), Danny Johnson (DNF), Jimmy Spellmon (DNF), Mike Ruggerio (DNF), Billy Dunn (DNF), Gary Edwards (DNF), Craig Mitchell (DNF), Jimmy Horton (DNF), Michael Maresca (DNF), Mike Kolka (DNF)
BRETT HEARN WINS ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY EASTERN STATES 200 FOR THE 12THTIME
MIDDLETOWN, NY (Oct 22)……..Making his Hoosier Racing tires last longer than any of the other 43 race starters, Brett Hearn won the Eastern States 200 for dirt track Modified race cars Sunday at Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, New York) for the record setting 12th time. Holding off the late charge by 2016 victor Stewart Friesen, Hearn crossed the finish line first, winning by just under a second. It was his 304thcareer victory at the historic five-eighths-mile Hard Clay speedway where he is the all-time winner and champion.
Hearn started the 200-lap race in eighth position, made his only pit stop for fuel and tires on lap 44, and methodically worked his way through the field, taking the lead at lap 121. He then led the remaining laps, successfully fending off all challengers, the strongest of whom were Friesen and Ken Tremont.
“I didn’t want this one to get away like last year,” said Hearn, of his 2016 last-lap loss to Friesen when his right rear tire lost air pressure. “But the (right rear) tire still felt good, and that let me run hard those last laps.” It paid off with $35,000 (plus lap prize cash) first place money.
Hearn last won the Eastern States 200 in 2014, and his last Orange County victory—where he no longer competes on a weekly basis—was 2015 in the Eastern States Weekend companion Small-Block championship race.
Hearn’s final races of the 2017 season will be the upcoming DIRTcar “World Finals” next month at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His overall career racing record now stands at 903 victories and 91 track and series championships at 49 tracks in 11 states and two Canadian provinces.
During the ten-month Northeast dirt track racing season, Hearn drives his familiar No. 20 Big- and Small-Block Modifieds fielded by the merged Madsen Motorsports/B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. team.
Media representatives may contact Brett Hearn by calling 973-702-0819, weekdays during business hours. Additional B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. information is available at www.bretthearn.com.
BRETT HEARN EASTERN STATES 200 VICTORIES
Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, New York
1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
BRETT HEARN ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY RACING RECORDS
TOTAL VICTORIES 304
175 MODIFIED, 127 SMALL-BLOCK MODIFIED, 2 SPRINT CAR
TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 1977-2006
SMALL-BLOCK MODIFIED 8
BRETT HEARN CAREER RACING RECORD
903 TOTAL VICTORIES
562 MODIFIED, 339 SMALL-BLOCK MODIFIED, 2 SPRINT CAR
EXTRA DISTANCE RACE WINS
TOTAL EXTRA-DISTANCE WINS 360 40%