Hearn and Sheppard Score at DCN Finale

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Hearn Hustles from 21st to Win in DIRTcar Nationals Finale

Sheppard captures the Big Gator for his second career DIRTcar Nationals title

By Mike Mallett

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb 20, 2016 – Brett Hearn did the improbable on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J., raced his way from the 21st starting position in the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals Super DIRTcar Series finale to take his 23rd career win at the Volusia Speedway Park.

“We got a huge favor tonight that we didn’t really expect in that we had to run the consi,” said Hearn. “We got some laps out there after the track dried out. After we ran the consi we made some really great decisions. Hats off to my crew. We really struggled this week. We changed everything we could think of including stuff today, unbelievable stuff. These guys were up early working their butts off and so this is meaningful for all the guys that came down with me this year. We persevered.”

Hearn won the battle but it was Sheppard who won the war as he captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. Throughout the four days of Big Block action, Sheppard never finished outside the top five. He finished fifth on opening night and then took home a win before a second and a third to conclude the week.

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2/20/2016 – DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 20, 2016 – Brett Hearn powered through the field from a 21st place starting position and got around Stewart Friesen with 12 to go to score a come-from-behind win on the final night of the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Friesen finished second with the Big-Block Week Champion Matt Sheppard in third.

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