Wins Two Races In One Day At Hagerstown Speedway
SUSSEX, NJ (November 19)……..Following a rash of late season mechanical woes which kept him from the Winner’s Circle, Brett Hearn closed out his 2011 Modified racing campaign with a pair of extra-distance wins at Hagerstown (Maryland) Speedway. On Sunday, November 13, Hearn, from Sussex, New Jersey, first won the Octoberfest 50 for small-block Modifieds, then captured the 50-lap headline Octoberfest feature for the big-block Modifieds. The victories brought Hearn’s win total for the year to 15.
“It was an up-and-down season, that’s for sure,” said Hearn. “There were some highlights, and we did score 51 top-five finishes, but there were several disappointments—races we should have won—as well.”
The capstone of Hearn’s 2011 season was notching his 800th career feature race victory on August 10 at New York’s Fonda Speedway. Hearn first won a 30-lap holdover race from a previous rainout for win 799 then captured the 60-lap headline race for victory number 800, an unmatched achievement in Modified racing. Hearn is one of only a few drivers in American motorsports history to reach this mark.
For the first time, Hearn raced weekly at Accord (New York) Speedway, winning the Catskill Mountains track’s Modified division point title, his 76th career track or series point championship.
Hearn ended the year with 804 career wins, of which 333—some 41 percent—have come in extra-distance races of 50 laps or longer. His records include victories at 48 different tracks in 10 states and two Canadian provinces.
“Right now February seems a long way off,” said Hearn. “We’ll take a couple days off to unwind from our ten-month season then we’ll be back in the shop getting ready for 2012. That’s what it takes to stay on top in this business.”
During the just concluded Northeast dirt track racing season, Hearn drove his familiar No. 20 big- and small-block Modifieds fielded by the merged Madsen Motorsports/B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. team, which, for the sixth consecutive year carried Wentworth Custom Homes of Oneida, New York as the primary sponsor.
Additional support for the No. 20 Modifieds came from Madsen Overhead Doors, Benjamin Moore Paints, Ultrablend, Foxhill Campground, Don Kruger Motorsports LLC, WLR Construction, 417 Bus Line Ltd, Accurate Collision, and Fairways of Halfmoon. As in past seasons, Hearn relied on Teo Pro Car chassis and Enders Racing Engines. Nearly two-dozen product associates rounded out Hearn’s continued quest for Modified racing supremacy.