WEST LEBANON, NY – Saturday night brought the action back to Lebanon Valley Speedway. Brett Hearn appeared to be a festive mood. However, the fiesta did not come without adversity.
On the first lap of the Modified feature, Andy Bachetti and J.R. Heffner came together in turn 2, spinning out Heffner. Hearn, Brian Berger and Kyle Sheldon were also collected. The incident broke a shock on Hearn’s car. Given limited time in the pits, the Madsen Motorsports crew replaced the shock and got Hearn back out for the restart.
A couple of yellows allowed Hearn to stay close to the leaders. First, Mike King spun exiting turn 4, collecting Heffner and Rob Pitcher. Both drivers continued despite damage. A couple of laps later, Keith Flach blew his engine. By that point, Hearn was already on his way.
Once the green came back out, Hearn picked off drivers one at a time. By lap 10, he was up to sixth. By lap 20, he was third.
At the front of the field, front row starters Olden Dwyer and Matt Pupello waged a race-long duel for the lead. Pupello believed that he had the better car, but simply could not get by on the inside where his car was strongest.
Hearn approached the two leaders with eight laps to go. It did not take for the multi-time champion to dispatch both of them. From there, Hearn pulled away to take his third win of the year, the 100th Big Block win of his career at Lebanon Valley and the 898th win of his career.
Hearn was at a loss when asked about having 100 career Lebanon Valley wins. However, he did state what he’d like to do before he’s done.
“I would like…to be the King of Lebanon Valley,” Hearn said in the pits. “I guess I’ve got 28 [wins] to go.”
Dwyer held on to finish second, followed by Pupello. Wayne Jelley was fourth and Kyle Armstrong fifth.
Alarms of Berkshire County/DMC Racing Products Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Olden Dwyer, 3) Matt Pupello, 4) Wayne Jelley, 5) Kyle Armstrong, 6) Andy Bachetti, 7) Eddie Marshall, 8) Elmo Reckner, 9) Paul Gilardi, 10) Rob Pitcher, 11) Kolby Schroder, 12) J.R. Heffner, 13) Brian Berger, 14) Kyle Hoffman, 15) Mike King, 16) Chad Jeseo, 17) Kenny Tremont Jr., 18) L.J. Lombardo, 19) Mike Keeler, 20) Keith Flach, 21) Kyle Sheldon