Lebanon Valley Speedway
April 13, 2013
Hearn Jets to High Bank Win at Valley Opener
West Lebanon, NY: The high banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway have opened their doors to the world of dirt car racing for it’s now 61st season. The fastest half mile dirt high bank oval was in full operation this past Saturday night, with a great crowd on hand even under threatening skies.
The highlight of the night was the return of the Big Block Modifieds to the mighty high banks. And just like old hat, returning 2012 High Point Champion, Brett Hearn made sure that he planned to add another to his long list of Championships to come.
The 30 lap feature started with a full field of 28 cars at the green. Mike King’s #55K was out front early, but young gun Kyle Armstrong took over by lap 3. The challenging weather and track conditions made jockeying for positions a little scary, but all the drivers seemed to adjust pretty quickly.
J.R. Heffner made it to the top spot by lap 7 until the caution flew for the 2nd time on the night for a 5 car melee on the front stretch. The #55K of King, 98S of Kolby Schroder, #77J of Keith Flach, and #87x of Paul Gilardi were all done for the night with heavy damage.
With that caution, Hearn powered his #20H to the 2nd spot, and challenged Heffner for the point. By lap 14, Hearn was out front, but on a restart Heffner looked to have gotten back by, but the caution flew again before completing the next lap, so Hearn was handed back the lead.
At the green, Hearn checked out on the field for the remaining 16 circuits capturing the win. Kenny Tremont Jr powered his way up to 2nd, followed by Heffner, Matt Sheppard, and Brian Berger.
The Pro Stock feature saw 18 cars tack to the high banks with Robbie Speed, Frank Twing, and Rob Yetman battle it out for the win. With just a handful for laps in, the rains began again and quickly made for a tough battle on the top 3.
By lap 8, Yetman seemed to master the slick conditions and made his way by Speed and Twing for the lead. Then, the rains came by lap 11, and it was all over. Yetman scored the opening night win, followed by Twing, Speed, Jay Corbin, and Jason Casey.
Jim Williams scored the win in 4 Cylinder Single Cam, and Todd Goldstein took the checkers in Dual Cam.
In Purestocks, the winners were Ed Hatch in PS #1, Steven LaRochelle in PS#2, and James Hatch in PS#3.
Next Saturday night and the Valley of Speed, as Heavy Hauler, Team Goewey and Capital Motorsports Warehouse present opening night for Budget Sportsman and the rest of the regular Saturday Night Weekly Divisions!
L&M Motors and Sayers Auto Wrecking $3,000 Big Block Modifieds (30 Laps): 1)Brett Hearn, 2)Kenny Tremont Jr, 3)J.R. Heffner, 4)Matt Sheppard, 5)Brian Berger, 6)Wayne Jelley, 7)Jimmy Burns, 8)Donnie Corellis, 9)Kyle Hoffman, 10)Bobby Hackel, 11)Rob Pitcher, 12)Kim LaVoy, 13)Denny Soltis, 14)Nick Hotaling, 15)Eddie Marshall, 16)Kyle Sheldon, 17)Kyle Armstrong, 18)Chad Jeseo, 19)Kevin Belmont, 20)Alan Hotaling, 21)Paul Gilardi, 22)Mike King, 23)Keith Flach, 24)Kolby Schroder, 25)Andy Bachetti, 26)Mark Flach Jr, 27)Jeff Kelley, 28)Ryan Darcy, DNS)Steve Hough