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Hearn fends off Sheppard to pick up Super DIRTcar Series victory at Charlotte

World of Outlaws World Finals win widens point gap between leader Hearn and runner-up Sheppard


CONCORD, N.C. - Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 - Brett Hearn is rounding out another strong Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series season with unparalleled success at the World of Outlaws World Finals. After winning two heat races Thursday, Hearn made the redraw for Friday's feature, drew the pole, and led the 40-lap race flag to flag.

"I knew we had a good car yesterday in qualifying," Hearn reflected after Friday's victory, which didn't come easy with Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen challenging Hearn's supremacy.

Three-time defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard was just over 100 points shy of the tour leader, Hearn, before Friday's race, and went into the feature hoping to pick up his first Charlotte win and shake up the point standings. Sheppard started the race in seventh, but by the second lap was challenging Ryan Godown for third thanks to a strong restart.

Read more: "The Jet" Flying High - Leads points with one to go

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Hearn, Planck, Friesen and Godown kick off World of Outlaws World Finals with two heat wins

Point leader Hearn starts Friday's and Saturday's features in top five


CONCORD, N.C. - Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 - Brett Hearn is ready to wrap up yet another Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series season with a flourish. Last year's series finale race winner has started the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte with two heat race finishes Thursday, Nov. 7, putting him among the top starters in Friday's and Saturday's feature events. (CLICK HERE FOR THE SUPER DIRTcar SERIES WORLD FINALS LIVE UPDATES PAGE)

"It's unique that we know on Thursday night that we're going to be starting up front both Friday night andSaturday night already," said Hearn, who heads into the World of Outlaws World Finals with the Super DIRTcar Series point lead over Matt Sheppard. "It takes a little bit of the anxiety away and helps us sleep a little bit better at night."

Read more: The Battle is On in Charlotte!

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Hearn by a hair: Brett Hearn picks up his tenth career Eastern States 200, outlasting competitors with tire conservation

Post-season Orange County Fair Speedway win boosts Hearn’s Super DIRTcar Series point lead as series prepares for Charlotte

MIDDLETOWN, N. Y. – Monday, October 28. 2013 – Brett “The Jet” Hearn flew to his tenth carrier Eastern States 200 victory Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Orange County Fair Speedway, shocking crowds at the historic fall classic with his ability to stay fast and conserve tires for 200 laps on “The Hard Clay.”

“That’s not a lot of tire there,” Hearn said in Victory Lane after Sunday’s race, pointing to the nearly bald tires on the Madsen Overhead Doors No. 20 and admitting that a couple more green laps could have taken him to the pits. “I came really close, I really did.”

Read more: Hearn wins Eastern States 200

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Billy Decker charges ahead to claim victory in Super DIRTcar Series feature race at Brockville Ontario Speedway

After staying out of the Super DIRTcar Series victory lane since 2010, Decker claims his second series win of the 2013 season

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO – Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 – Billy Decker, of Unadilla, N. Y. sped ahead at Brockville Ontario Speedway Sunday, Oct. 20, to claim his second Super DIRTcar Series win of the season.

“We drew good, lucky there. We had a pretty good car early,” said Decker, who drew second for Sunday’s 100-lap feature after finishing second in his heat race. “I was able to fend everyone off – stayed in line and tried to carry enough speed to hold everybody back, yet keep a right rear tire on the car.”

Decker and his fellow competitors faced a challenging track Sunday, and after two straight days of racing in the 100 Islands RV Centre Fall Nationals, tire maintenance became a central part of the racing strategy at Brockville Ontario Speedway.

Starting in the front row next to LJL Racing teammate Larry Wight, Decker was able to power off the high side to an initial lead. Brett Hearn, who started on the outside of the second row, also found speed off the outside to pass Gary Tomkins and Wight for second.

Read more: Decker beats Brockville

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Dunn Lives A Dream With Dramatic Victory In Syracuse 200 To End NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII

One Day After Losing 358-Modified 150 On Final Lap, Good Fortune Vaults Young Driver To First-Ever Super DIRTcar Series Win

By Kevin Kovac, DIRTcar Racing P.R.

SYRACUSE, NY – Oct. 13, 2013 – Billy Dunn experienced the highs and lows of the fabled New York State Fairgrounds in one amazing weekend.

Twenty-four hours after suffering a crushing last-lap defeat at the Moody Mile, Dunn combined cagey strategy with a healthy dose of good fortune to score a dramatic star-making victory in the 42nd annual Syracuse 200 big-block Modified classic that capped NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII.

Dunn, 29, of Watertown, N.Y., made his decision to pit late in the distance pay off to the tune of $50,000-plus in cash and a career-first Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified triumph. With many of his rivals falling to the wayside in the caution-filled final laps because their cars didn’t carry enough fuel to finish a race that was extended by new rules mandating that the last 25 circuits run under green-flag conditions, Dunn kept gaining positions and finally assumed command for good on lap 197 when Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., ran out of gas.


Read more: Dunn Wins Syracuse

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Stewart Friesen Powers to Pole for NAPA Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200

Ronnie Johnson claims top spot for Saturday’s 358-Modified Salute to Troops 150

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 10, 2013 – The 42nd NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week came to life on Thursday afternoon at the New York State Fairgrounds “Moody Mile” as 68 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds and 54 DIRTcar 358-Modifieds began their quests to win this weekend’s premier events.

Two-time Syracuse 200 champion Stewart Friesen made one spectacular lap of the one-mile oval to put himself at the top of the qualifying list for the Syracuse 200 on Sunday. Then he topped that with an even faster second circuit, securing his first-ever pole position starting spot for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified classic.


Read more: Friesen Claims Pole for Syracuse 200

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Billy Decker wins thriller at Rolling Wheels Raceway’s continuation of Super DIRTcar Series Stars & Stripes 100

Nate Reynolds picks up the win in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division

ELBRIDGE, N. Y. – Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – For this year’s NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII, Billy Decker hit the ground running. The Unadilla, N. Y., driver, who won the pole in last year’s running of the Syracuse 200, kicked off his week with a win at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

“It’s been way to long,” said Decker, whose claimed his last Super DIRTcar Series win in June of 2011. “We pride ourselves in these Super DIRTcar Series races. We weren’t the best car, but it feels good to win tonight – I’m doggone tickled-to-death.”

The Stars & Stripes 100 continued Tuesday, Oct. 8, with the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series 100-lapper starting from lap 25, which is where it left off Sunday, Sept. 1, when inclement weather hit the speedway. In the September portion of the race, Decker wrestled the lead from pole sitter Dave Rauscher in lap 8. He started on the pole for the Tuesday’s continuation of the feature race, but lost the lead to Brett Hearn in lap 30.

Read more: Decker wins Stars & Stripes 100

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Matt Sheppard wins thriller at Mohawk International Raceway

Defending series champion battles track champion Billy Dunn to the finish


AKWESASNE, N. Y. - Saturday, September 15, 2013 - After a thrilling 100 laps, Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N. Y., claimed victory in the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature at Mohawk International Raceway.

Sheppard charged forward from his 11th starting position to crack the top-five by lapp 25. Soon enough, Sheppard was in second and challenging then-leader Billy Dunn for the top spot. Sheppard took the lead in lap 56, and the two swapped positions several times in an exciting battle to the finish.

"Me and Billy went at it for…I don't know how many laps, but it seemed like a lot," said Sheppard, the three-time defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion. "It was a lot of fun. All I know is we had a good car, we got up front."

Read more: Matt wins Mohawk

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Bachetti fends off Heffner, Hearn to take Super DIRTcar Series win at Lebanon Valley Speedway

Hearn pits twice and charges to third, maintaining series point lead


WEST LEBANON, N. Y. - With three wins at Lebanon Valley Speedway already under his belt, Andy Bachetti, of Great Barrington, Mass., has been strong all season at his home track, and Thursday's 100-lap "Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A." for the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series was no different. Against a competitive field, Backetti seemed to effortlessly cruise to Victory Lane at "The Valley of Speed" Thursday, Aug. 15, taking home the hefty $17,500 winner's share.


"The pressure was on," said Bachetti, who, after placing second in his heat, redrew the pole and started the race on the outside front row. "It was definitely mine to win or lose, starting there. We just had to conserve and be consistent and keep everything underneath us."

Read more: Bachetti bests Valley

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What a difference a year makes: Brett Hearn claims first win of career at I-96 Speedway

Illness kept Hearn from making Michigan trip last year, this year "The Jet" is stronger than ever

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. - Monday, August 7, 2013 - A year ago Brett Hearn couldn't race, with sudden illness keeping him from traveling with the Super DIRTcar Series for its inaugural race at I-96 Speedway. Now he's come full circle, not just making a full recovery, but picking up a win after leading all 100 laps there in Tuesday's "Michigan 100" with his first-ever attempt at racing the half-mile clay oval.

"Just when I thought I couldn't see a new track, or win at a new track, we come here, and it was awesome," said Hearn, whose return to the series last August brought him victory at Lebanon Valley's "Mr. DIRT Track U. S. A." and later on wins in the prestigious NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week VP Small Engine Fuels 200 and Orange County Fair Speedway's Eastern States 200. "When I couldn't make this trip last time around, we didn't know what was going to happen. I'm glad to be here this year and I hope to come back here next year. It was a blast."

Read more: Hearn Triumphs at I96


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