Wins Syracuse, Sweeps Eastern States, and Captures the Televised Charlotte World Finals
SUSSEX, NJ (November 10)……..Champion dirt track Modified driver Brett Hearn has always had the reputation as a big race winner. But in 2012 he outdid himself, winning the Mr. DIRT Track USA 100 (Lebanon Valley Speedway), the King of the Catskills 100 (Accord Speedway), VP Race Fuels S.E.F. 200 (New York State Fairgrounds), both Eastern States 100 and 200 (Orange County Fair Speedway), and the televised World Finals DIRTcar Modified Championship (The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway). In all, Hearn’s 2012 season included 20 feature event race victories, two DIRTcar-sanctioned track point championships (Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway), and the runner up slot in the overall Super DIRTcar Modified Series Championship point race despite missing two events due to illness.
Beginning with the February season openers in Florida, Hearn raced 80 times, scoring 20 victories, 57 top-five finishes and 66 top-tens. Hearn’s 38-year career record lists 824 feature race wins, 490 of which have been in Big-Block Modified competition, 322 in Small-Block (358) Modified racing, and two URC sprint car triumphs. 340 of Hearn’s wins—41 percent—have been in extra-distance, extra-purse races of 50 laps or longer. The “Corporate Jet” has won at 48 different tracks in 10 states and two Canadian provinces.
Hearn continues to establish racing records that may never be topped. On May 11, he won for the 100th time at Malta, New York’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway. At Middletown, New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway, Hearn’s sweep of the two headline Eastern States races raised his overall win total on the Hard Clay track to 298 victories. It was his ninth Eastern States 200 win, and an unprecedented 14th in the companion Eastern States Small-Block Modified Championship race.
Hearn’s most dramatic victory, however, was his 10th triumph in the August 16 Mr. DIRT Track Modified USA title race at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York. It was his first race back in action after being hospitalized for five days. He started 23rd in a backup car in the 100-lap grind, and won the $17,500 top prize in convincing style. “Winning Syracuse is always special and we had an unbelievable weekend at Eastern States,” says Hearn. “But coming back and winning at Lebanon Valley when just a week earlier I didn’t know if I’d be able to race at all, was really big.”
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. Support for the No. 20 Modifieds came from Madsen Overhead Doors, Benjamin Moore Paints, Foxhill Campground, Don Kruger Motorsports LLC, WLR Construction, 417 Bus Line Ltd, Accurate Collision, Steve Hough Motors, and Fairways of Halfmoon. As in past seasons, Hearn relied on Teo Pro Car chassis and Enders Racing Engines. Two-dozen product associates rounded out Hearn’s continued quest for Modified racing supremacy.