(Mike Petrucci Photo) WEST LEBANON, NY – This past weekend, Lebanon Valley Speedway held their annual banquets to celebrate the champions from 2016 and get everyone pumped up for the upcoming season. Friday and Saturday nights saw the Lebanon Valley Clubhouse filled with drivers, crew members and their families enjoying each other’s company and receiving awards. Roughly $100,000 in year-end awards were given out to those in attendance
For the Modified class, Brett Hearn picked up a check for $9,300 for winning his fourth straight Modified track championship. Hearn plans a very similar campaign for 2017, where he looks to add to his total of 97 Modified wins (second, all-time).
“We’re very optimistic about the year,” Hearn said. “We’ve got our crew reorganized and our help in place. It’s all solid and we’re off to a good start. We’ve done a lot of homework this winter. We kept to ourselves in the shop; didn’t worry about much else other than getting the cars better.”
Hearn will use the same Teo chassis that took him to last year’s championship at Lebanon Valley. In addition, he has Steve Beckwith back as his crew chief this season. Beckwith spent 2016 working for Chip Ganassi Racing on Brennan Poole’s No. 48 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.