Hearn Conquers Florida Finale

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Super DIRTcar Series Star Hearn Wins Thrilling Florida Finale

Last Race of UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment Keeps Fans on Their Feet

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 24, 2013 – When Brett Hearn wins, he wins with style. His victory yesterday at the Super DIRTcar Series UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment finale at Volusia Speedway Park was nothing short.

Not only did Big Block Modified star Hearn usurp the lead in lap 49 of the 50-lap race, but he did so after a flat in lap 35 took him from the lead to the tail of the field.

“At that point, the crew had a really dejected look on their faces,” Hearn recalled pulling up to his pit crew for a tire change. “They were changing the right rear tire, and I’m thinking, they think I don’t have a chance.”

Nonetheless, Hearn worked his magic, navigating to second place off a lap-45 restart and, in a stunning last-lap lead change, passing Mario Clair on the back straightaway to take the win.

“I could run that lap over in my mind a hundred times,” Hearn said. “I knew that if was going to pass him I had to go on the inside and nail a really good turn – stay low in the middle of (turn) two and then get ahold of a shot off the backstretch and move up on him a little bit.”

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Florida First for Laubach

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Laubach Launches to First Volusia Win in Super DIRTcar Series Feature

For Nine Years, Rick Laubach Traveled from Pennsylvania to Florida, Hoping to Score a Victory His Whole Family Could Watch

BARBERVILLE, FLA – February 23, 2013 – When Rick Laubach pulled his Enders-powered No. 7 TEO chassis out of victory lane yesterday, a crowd of a couple dozen people followed him. His extended family gathered around his pit stall after the race to help him celebrate his first-ever win in the state.

“My family lives down in Fort Lauderdale,” said Lauter, of Quakertown, Penn. “When I come here it’s like a little bit of a reunion. I get to see my niece, my sister, and everybody. My parents come down and it’s fun.”

They were all there to watch him beat Big Block Modified legend Danny Johnson to the finish line Friday, Feb. 22, for the third of four Super DIRTcar Series feature events during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park.

“It really feels awesome. I knew we felt good tonight coming here and it couldn’t get any better,” said Laubach, who has competed in UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment for nine years. “It means a little more to us, I guess.”

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2/21/13 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 22, 2013 – Stewart Friesen found his groove yesterday, Thursday, February, 21, in the second of four Super DIRTcar Series feature races during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, and that groove took him all the way to victory lane. (READ THE FULL RACE REPORT)

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2/20/13 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – February 21, 2013 – Despite fierce challenges from Big Block Modified star Brett Hearn and three-time defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson wheeled the 27J to victory Wednesday, Feb. 20, for the first Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series feature of UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park. (READ FULL RACE REPORT)

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Feb. 22 Live Updates

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Photo: 1:30 p.m., WATERING HOLE: After last night’s multi-car pileup on a slick track, Volusia Speedway Park’s “Gator Pond” pit area is strewn with aluminum and water hoses as teams clean up, fix up, and prepare for another night of nail-biting action. Pictured here is a member of Rich Scagliotta’s crew tending to the 8 after a collision trying to pull into the infield pit road area.

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 22, 2013 – The Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series are gearing up for their third race night of UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park. See below for live race notes. If you’re following from home, be sure to tune into DIRTVision or Dirt on Dirt for live coverage. Join the conversation on Twitter: follow @SuperDIRTcar and use #FLinFeb to your Tweets.

 

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Freeze Warning

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Friesen Unfreezes, Flies Forward to Super DIRTcar Series Win at Volusia

Wednesday Winner Danny Johnson Still Leads in Event Points for DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 22, 2013 – Stewart Friesen found his groove yesterday, Thursday, February, 21, in the second of four Super DIRTcar Series feature races during UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, and that groove took him all the way to victory lane.

“I was able to roll in the middle, I was good on the bottom, good on the top,” Friesen, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, said of driving on the track at Volusia Speedway Park. “We had a really balanced car, which is key.”

Friesen, a two-time VP Small Engine Fuels 200 Champion, was off to a slow start earlier in the week, breaking the top 20 in only one of three timed practice sessions Tuesday. His performance improved Wednesday, and has continued to improve Thursday. He hot lapped strongly at the sixth fastest time overall and placed second in his heat, carrying the momentum through the checkered flag.

“We worked really hard on the car; we had a couple problems in the practice session Tuesday and we worked them out yesterday in the feature,” Friesen said. “We made some good adjustments to the car.”

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