Super DIRTcar Series Invades Lebanon Valley
Drivers Compete with Two-Time Consecutive Winner JR Heffner for $17,500 Prize
WEST LEBANON, N. Y. – Challenge awaits traveling Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified drivers as they move into the series’ eighth round Thursday, Aug. 16, at Lebanon Valley Speedway and battle for the hefty $17,500 winner’s award.
The past two years the series has invaded the speedway’s high banked, half-mile clay oval, local star JR Heffner piloted his #74 A. Colarusso/Bicknell Chassis/Bedell horsepower machine to beat out the likes of Brett Hearn, also a Lebanon Valley regular, current two-time defending series champion Matt Sheppard, and four-time series champion Danny Johnson.
Although the father of four from Pittsford, Mass., rarely travels with the series, Heffner made winning a series event look easy, leading all 100 laps at last year’s Lebanon Valley Super DIRTcar Series event.
“I’m honored to win the last two years in a row. I look forward to the race,” Heffner said. “Lebanon is a very tough track and then you bring the Billy Deckers and the Matt Sheppards there – it’s really going to be tough competition among the guys who are already tough competition.”
Despite these former successes and a good 2012 season putting him fourth in points at Lebanon Valley, Heffner said he cannot predict a third consecutive victory at the “Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A” 100 lapper.
“I can promise I will give it 120 percent to make it happen, but given the competition and circumstances, I can never predict that happening,” Heffner said. “The only thing we can do is bring our A game and see where the cards fall.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. for Thursday’s event, which is presented by Gendron’s Truck Center and Hoosier and includes a Budget Sportsman show.
What: Super DIRTcar Series round eight, “Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A” 100-lap event
Who: Super DIRTcar Series drivers and teams
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 US Route 20, West Lebanon, N. Y.
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, Gander Mountain, NAPA Auto Parts, Nationwide Insurance, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Intercomp, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Ignition, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, Superflow, Vicci Racing Apparel, WIX Filters, Wrisco Industries, and Xtreme Lubricants