Mr. Dirt Track USA
Lebanon Valley Speedway -- West Lebanon, NY
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Event Info
Lebanon Valley Speedway
Saturday
31
Aug

Winner: Kenny Tremont Jr.
2nd: Ronnie Johnson
3rd: Brett Hearn
Mr. Dirt Track USA
August 31, 2019
Lebanon Valley Speedway
1746 Hwy 20
West Lebanon, NY 12195 

 https://www.lebanonvalley.com/

Series
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount
$17,500.00

To Win Amount
$17,500.00

Race Recap: Tremont Successfully Defends Mr. DIRT Track USA Title

WEST LEBANON, NY – August 31, 2019 – With just ten laps to go in the 101-lap $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA, NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier, Kenny Tremont Jr. passed Ronnie Johnson to take the checkered flag. Johnson had led the entire race up to that point, but Tremont was not to be denied the defense of his Mr. DIRT Track USA title. Brett The Jet Hearn started in the outside pole and never left the podium positions finishing third.

Kenny Tremont Jr. has now won the Mr. DIRT Track USA title six times and has won two in a row.  Those are not the end of the accolades, as Tremont also secured his fourteenth Lebanon Valley Speedway Track Championship on the same night.

The veteran pilot of the No. 115 knows exactly how to play out strategy at The Valley of Speed.

“We started out on hard rubber. Our car started to get better and better. I did a couple of things inside the cockpit where we could actually tighten it up. It kept coming and it kept coming. Then I got up to Ronnie [Johnson] and I thought that was all I got. But I was able to make a few more adjustments and tighten it up a little bit better.”

The fan-favorite West Sand Lake, NY driver jokingly let Shane Stewart and the crowd know his overall strategy. He said, “I planned on leading every lap!”

As a Lebanon Valley Speedway regular, Tremont recognized the efforts of his home track.

“Thanks to Howard [Commander] and Lebanon Valley Speedway for putting this deal together. It’s nice to run for this kind of money,” Tremont noted.

The back-to-back wins have given the Lebanon Valley Speedway faithful something to brag about. Their guy went out and beat the best of the best.

“It feels really good. I’ve got a great team and great sponsorship,” said Tremont. “I’m just surrounded by good people. I can’t lose right now. We’ll take advantage of it while we got it.”

Kenny Tremont Jr. and Stewart Friesen are the only non-Series drivers to have guaranteed starts at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. “We’ll be there and I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, we can run a little bit better up there too,” Tremont added, regarding his plans to go to Oswego Speedway.

Lap 91 was the heartbreaker for Ronnie Johnson, the driver from Duanesburg, NY. Johnson described the late stages of the race:

 “When I heard Kenny’s number in the lineup, it seemed like he kept gaining a couple spots. I knew it was going to be a race to the end. I knew it was going to be tough. Kenny’s got a lot of experience here. It’s nothing to be ashamed up running second to him. I’m disappointed to lose the race with eight or ten laps to go but, tomorrow morning we’ll wake up and be happy.”

Johnson put on a show and kept his No. 2RJ out in front of the best Big Block Modified drivers there are for 91 laps.

“This TEO car really ran well tonight. I gotta thank everybody that’s helped. We ended the year with a good run and hopefully, we’ll be back next year,” Johnson commented.

Brett Hearn, from Sussex, NJ, ran in second place most of the night until Tremont overtook him. Hearn looked strong and was taking care of his equipment when disaster struck.

“We had a tire come apart on the right rear. You know I thought I was taking my time with Ronnie. Maybe it was an old tire. It just came apart.”

Unfortunately, the disintegrating right rear tire cost him a run at the money, but the car did not seem right to Hearn.

“You can feel comfortable with your car here, but tonight I didn’t,” Hearn laughed.

Erick Rudolph, who is locked in a tight points battle with Matt Sheppard and Mat Williamson, picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award. Rudolph started the race day behind the eightball as he Time Trialed poorly, missed the transfer out of his Heat Race, and then missed the transfer again out the Last Chance Showdown. Luckily a provisional put him into the field and he made the best of it by picking up twelve positions to finish thirteenth.

Kyle Armstrong, from New Milford, CT, raced his way into the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw. However, Armstrong drew twelfth out of twelve positions, so for that he receives one free tire courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire.

The Ravena, NY native, drive of the No. 43, Keith Flach was fast off the trailer. He was fastest in his Hot Lap group and then backed that up with the fastest overall time in Time Trials, which awarded him the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award worth $100.

Next up the Series storms in Utica-Rome Speedway Sunday, September 1 for the $7,500-to-win New Yorker 100.

FEATURE (101 Laps)
1. 115-Kenny Tremont [8][$]; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson [1][$8,000]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$3,000]; 4. 4-Andy Bachetti [5][$1,800]; 5. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,600]; 6. 45-Wayne Jelley [7][$1,400]; 7. 98-Eddy Marshall [16][$1,300]; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,200]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [11][$1,100]; 10. 33-Marc Johnson [4][$1,000]; 11. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$800]; 12. 9s-Matt Sheppard [13][$700]; 13. 25-Erick Rudolph [25][$600]; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [9][$575]; 15. 91-Billy Decker [24][$550]; 16. 55-Mike King [21][$525]; 17. 26-Ryan Godown [26][$500]; 18. 74-JR Heffner [20][$500]; 19. 99L-Larry Wight [14][$500]; 20. 27j-Danny Johnson [3][$500]; 21. 11A-Kyle Armstrong [12][$500]; 22. 43-Keith Flach [10][$500]; 23. 37-Paul StSauveur [27][$500]; 24. 99-Kolby Schroder [22][$500]; 25. 35-Mike Mahaney [19][$500]; 26. 2L-Jack Lehner [28][$500]; 27. 606-Brian Berger [29][]; 28. 35L-LJ Lombardo [18][]; 29. 97-Bobby Hackel [23][]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+12]

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Race Results: 08/31/19 -- Lebanon Valley Speedway

WEST LEBANON, NY – August 31, 2019 – With just ten laps to go in the 101-lap $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA, NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier, Kenny Tremont Jr. passed Ronnie Johnson to take the checkered flag. Johnson had led the entire race up to that point, but Tremont was not to be denied the defense of his Mr. DIRT Track USA title. Brett The Jet Hearn started in the outside pole and never left the podium positions finishing third.

Qualifying Flight-A

1. 43-Keith Flach, 19.71; 2. 115-Kenny Tremont, 19.869; 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 19.898; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 19.981; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 20.083; 6. 97-Bobby Hackel, 20.518; 7. 87X-Paul Gilardi, 20.655; 8. 0-Dan Humes, 20.681; 9. R2-Rusty Smith, 21.231; 10. 6C-Josh Delea, 21.661

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 20.063; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 20.075; 3. 6D-Dillon Steuer, 20.279; 4. 27j-Danny Johnson, 20.334; 5. 88-Mat Williamson, 20.411; 6. 35L-LJ Lombardo, 20.463; 7. 55-Mike King, 20.614; 8. 26-Ryan Godown, 20.637; 9. 91M-Josh Marcus, 20.682

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 45-Wayne Jelley, 20.026; 2. 11A-Kyle Armstrong, 20.348; 3. 33-Marc Johnson, 20.362; 4. 99-Kolby Schroder, 20.42; 5. 35-Mike Mahaney, 20.622; 6. 2L-Jack Lehner, 20.642; 7. 88D-Olden Dwyer, 20.653; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen, 20.792; 9. 37-Paul StSauveur, 21.382; DQ. 42-Matt Pupello, 20.144

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 4-Andy Bachetti, 20.101; 2. 21A-Peter Britten, 20.143; 3. 2-Ronnie Johnson, 20.194; 4. 98-Eddy Marshall, 20.215; 5. 74-JR Heffner, 20.22; 6. 606-Brian Berger, 20.53; 7. 25-Erick Rudolph, 20.534; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, NT; 9. 91-Billy Decker, NT

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – Spon.-1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 43-Keith Flach [1]; 2. 115-Kenny Tremont [2]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 4. 9s-Matt Sheppard [3]; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos [5]; 6. 97-Bobby Hackel [6]; 7. 0-Dan Humes [8]; 8. R2-Rusty Smith [9]; 9. 6C-Josh Delea [10]; 10. 87X-Paul Gilardi [7]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – Spon.-2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1]; 2. 27j-Danny Johnson [4]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [5]; 4. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 5. 35L-LJ Lombardo [6]; 6. 55-Mike King [7]; 7. 26-Ryan Godown [8]; 8. 6D-Dillon Steuer [3]; 9. 91M-Josh Marcus [9]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – Spon.-3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 45-Wayne Jelley [1]; 2. 11A-Kyle Armstrong [2]; 3. 33-Marc Johnson [3]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [8]; 5. 35-Mike Mahaney [5]; 6. 99-Kolby Schroder [4]; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner [6]; 8. 88D-Olden Dwyer [7]; 9. 37-Paul StSauveur [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 4-Andy Bachetti [1]; 2. 21A-Peter Britten [2]; 3. 2-Ronnie Johnson [3]; 4. 98-Eddy Marshall [4]; 5. 74-JR Heffner [5]; 6. 606-Brian Berger [6]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [9]; 8. 25-Erick Rudolph [7]; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins [8]

LCS1 – Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 55-Mike King [2][]; 2. 97-Bobby Hackel [1][]; 3. 6D-Dillon Steuer [6][]; 4. 0-Dan Humes [3][]; 5. 26-Ryan Godown [4][]; 6. 87X-Paul Gilardi [9][]; 7. 91M-Josh Marcus [8][]; 8. R2-Rusty Smith [5][]; 9. 6C-Josh Delea [7][]

LCS2 ( Laps)
1. 99-Kolby Schroder [1][]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [4][]; 3. 606-Brian Berger [2][]; 4. 88D-Olden Dwyer [5][]; 5. 2L-Jack Lehner [3][]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [6][]; 7. 37-Paul StSauveur [7][]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins [8][]

FEATURE (101 Laps)
1. 115-Kenny Tremont [8][$]; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson [1][$8,000]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$3,000]; 4. 4-Andy Bachetti [5][$1,800]; 5. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,600]; 6. 45-Wayne Jelley [7][$1,400]; 7. 98-Eddy Marshall [16][$1,300]; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,200]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [11][$1,100]; 10. 33-Marc Johnson [4][$1,000]; 11. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$800]; 12. 9s-Matt Sheppard [13][$700]; 13. 25-Erick Rudolph [25][$600]; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [9][$575]; 15. 91-Billy Decker [24][$550]; 16. 55-Mike King [21][$525]; 17. 26-Ryan Godown [26][$500]; 18. 74-JR Heffner [20][$500]; 19. 99L-Larry Wight [14][$500]; 20. 27j-Danny Johnson [3][$500]; 21. 11A-Kyle Armstrong [12][$500]; 22. 43-Keith Flach [10][$500]; 23. 37-Paul StSauveur [27][$500]; 24. 99-Kolby Schroder [22][$500]; 25. 35-Mike Mahaney [19][$500]; 26. 2L-Jack Lehner [28][$500]; 27. 606-Brian Berger [29][]; 28. 35L-LJ Lombardo [18][]; 29. 97-Bobby Hackel [23][]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+12]


Lebanon Valley Speedway
1746 Hwy 20
West Lebanon, NY 12195 

 https://www.lebanonvalley.com/

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2019 -- Kenny Tremont, Jr. on August 31st
2018 -- Kenny Tremont, Jr. on September 1st
2017 -- Brett Hearn on August 30th
2016 -- Matt Sheppard on September 1st
2015 -- Stewart Friesen on August 25th
2014 -- Brett Hearn on August 14th
2013 -- Andy Bachetti on August 15th
2012 -- Brett Hearn on August 16th
2011 -- J.R. Heffner on September 1st
2010 -- J.R. Heffner on August 26th
2009 -- Billy Decker on August 27th
2008 -- Andy Bachetti on September 6th
2007 -- Brett Hearn on September 15th
2006 -- J.R. Heffner on September 9th
2005 -- Kenny Tremont on July 7th
2004 -- Andy Bachetti on September 11th
2002 -- Brett Hearn on August 8th
2001 -- Brett Hearn on August 2nd
2000 -- Billy Decker on September 10th; J.R. Heffner on August 10th
1999 -- Kenny Tremont on September 12th; Kenny Tremont on August 5th
1998 -- Kenny Tremont, Jr. on September 13th; Kenny Tremont, Jr. on August 6th