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Haers Apparent: Justin Haers earns first career Super DIRTcar Series win

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2014 Super DIRTcar Series season debut at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment spell success for Phelps, N.Y., driver

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – There’s a first time for everything. For Super DIRTcar Series driver Justin Haers, of Phelps, N.Y., that time was Wednesday night during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Haers picked up his first-ever series victory in a 30-lap nail-biter at Volusia Speedway Park.

“I’m so excited. This has been a long time coming,” said the Super DIRTcar Series regular of ten years. “We’ve been close so many times, even down here last year. It’s just awesome to get a win down here. We came down here just to be competitive, and to get a win is just awesome.”

Haers started his night out right, timing second-fastest overall and picking up the win in his heat, claiming the top starting spot for the 30 lap feature. The Phelps Cement Products No. 3 took the lead at the green flag over Big-Block Modified rookie Anthony Perrego.

A lap-2 caution slowed the pace early in the race with Mario Clair off-pace. Clair pulled into the pits and Haers reclaimed the lead when the field returned to green. He quickly started to pull away from the pack, leaving Dale Planck, Pete Britten and defending series champion Brett Hearn in a three-wide battle for third.

Britten charged ahead from the battle in lap 4 and pulled up beside Perrego in second. He made the pass in lap 6, and by the lap 7 “Batman” Britten was closing in on Haers in the lead. Behind them, Billy Pauch darted between teammates Matt Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps for sixth.

In lap 9, Britten swung around Haers in turn two and cruised ahead of pack. Haers learned his lesson, and, with Britten high on the outside, Haers slid past him in lap 12.

“Peter passed me for the lead. He passed me on the top and I said, man, I’ve got to get up there and get up on the wheel,” said Haers, who garnered two podium finishes out of four races last year during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. “When I got up there, there was just so much more traction on the top. I was able to reel him back in, and I was able to roll him on the bottom of one and two and clear him on the back stretch.”

With the rest of the race caution free, Haers was left battling lapped traffic as he pulled further away from his runners up. Perrego, who sat behind the wheel of a Big-Block Modified for the first time Tuesday during practice, fell to third mid-race, but kept his cool and deftly maneuvered lapped traffic. He closed in on Britten in lap 19 and slid to the outside to pass him in lap 20. Perrego fumbled with 5 laps to go, but recovered quickly enough not to lose his position.

“I almost spun around there. I was a little nervous,” Perrego said about the incident. “We got into (turn) one there, I was just trying to keep up with the lapped cars, and I got into one a little hard.”

“It was just an awesome race. I’m so excited. It’s just a great way to start the season,” said Haers of Wednesday’s race, the 2014 debut for the Super DIRTcar Series. “Tonight we were really good and, I told my guys, ‘we’re going to get a gator this year, we came so close last year.”

Perrego came in second, and was pleased with his first Big-Block Modified feature race finish.

“This is amazing, to come out here and finish second out of the gate,” said Perrego, who successfully battled veteran racer Hearn in his heat race.

Pauch, another seasoned driver, made the right moves to finish third. In lap 27, he swerved to the outside around Planck for the position and held on for the final three laps.

“We moved up pretty good, and for my team, coming all the way down and running with these guys, that’s a pretty good finish,” said Pauch, who hails from Frenchtown, N.Y. “My guys worked at it hard and I think we have some notes to go from tomorrow.”

Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., took his new Heinke-Baldwin Racing / FX Caprara Car Companies ride from its starting spot in tenth to fourth by the end of the feature race’s 30 laps. Planck, of Homer N.Y., finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten are Stewart Friesen in sixth, Peter Britten in seventh, Brett Hearn in eighth, Jimmy Phelps in ninth, and Jamie Mills in tenth.

DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment continues Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20 through Feb. 22, featuring the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and the World of Outlaws Late Models Series for all three of the remaining days. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the gate and include a FREE Fan Pit Pass!

Fans can also catch the action live in the comfort of their homes on DIRTvision.com. Daily passes and package discounts for all three nights are available.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series

DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park

Wednesday, February 23, 2014

 

A-feature (30 laps): 1. 3h Justin Haers ($2,000), Phelps, N.Y.; 2. 55 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y.; 3. 1 Billy Pauch, Frenchtown, N.Y.; 4. 9H Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.; 5. 7z Dale Planck, Homer, N.Y.; 6. 1w Stewart Friesen, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; 7. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 8. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J.; 9. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 10. 30 Jamie Mills, Milford, Del.; 11.54 Steve Bernard, Granby, Quebec; 12. 5 Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J.; 13. 07 Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario; 14. 323 Neal Williams, Pittsgrove, N.J.; 15. 74 J.R. Heffner, Vatalie, N.Y.; 16. 8 Rich Scagliotta, Hillsborough, N.J.; 17. 21k Randy Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 18. 22J Jeremy Wilder, Fort Plain, N.Y.; 19. 85 H.J. Bunting, Milford, Del.; 20. 6m Mat Williamson, St. Catharines, Ontario; 21. 10v Billy VanInwegen, Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 22. 14 C.G. Morey, Rutland, Vt.; 23. 48Too Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N.Y.; 24. 42 Kyle Sheldon, Nassau, N.Y.; 25. 22c Mario Clair, Drummondville, Quebec; 26. 99 Steve Paine, Waterloo, N.Y.. DNQ: 21 Yan Bussiere, Drummondville, Quebec; 1g Darwin Greene, Susquehanna, Penn.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky, Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau, Maryville, Quebec; 3A Kevin Albert, Lebanon, Penn.; 8R Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N.Y.; T21 Roger Chrysler, Lewiston, N.Y.; 88 Dave Allen, Palmyra, N.Y.

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer)

Heat 1: Haers, Pauch, Mills, Bernard, Randy Chrysler, Bussiere, Heffner, Greene, Nadeau

Heat 2: Perrego, Hearn, Sheppard, Friesen, Bunting, Sheldon, Paine, Ostrowsky, Allen

Heat 3: Clair, Scagliotta, Phelps, Kerr, VanInwegen, Rauscher, Albert, Bellinger

Heat 4: Britten, Planck, Horton, Williams, Williamson, Wilder, Morey, Roger Chrysler

B-Main Qualifying Races (10 laps, top 3 transfer)

B-Main 1: Sheldon, Heffner, Paine, Bussiere, Ostrowsky, Greene

B-Main 2: Rauscher, Wilder, Morey, Bellinger, Albert, Allen, Roger Chrysler

Time Trials:

1

Perrego

17.207

2

Haers

17.379

3

Hearn

17.480

4

Friesen

17.490

5

Britten

17.545

6

Mills

17.552

7

Sheppard

17.575

8

Clair

17.585

9

Pauch

17.602

10

Scagliotta

17.712

11

Bunting

17.742

12

Bernard

17.820

13

Horton

17.916

14

Kerr

17.929

15

Phelps

18.039

16

Williams

18.055

17

Sheldon

18.064

18

VanInwegen

18.091

19

Rauscher

18.151

20

Chrysler

18.156

21

Bellinger

18.212

22

Bussiere

18.246

23

Williamson

18.257

24

Wilder

18.269

25

Heffner

18.306

26

Greene

18.336

27

Paine

18.357

28

Albert

18.401

29

Allen

18.466

30

Ostrowsky

18.542

31

Nadeau

18.595

32

Morey

18.666

33

Chrysler

18.746

34

Planck

18.846

 

DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment Point Standings:

POINTS

CAR#

DRIVER / HOMETOWN

1

65

3H

Justin Haers/Phelps, NY

2

61

55

Anthony Perrego/Montgomery, NY

3

55

1

Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ

4

51

9H

Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

5

51

7z

Dale Planck/Homer, NY

6

49

21a

Peter Britten/Brisbane, AUS

7

46

1w

Stewart Friesen/Niagara-on-the-Lake,ONT

8

45

20

Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

9

41

98H

Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY

10

39

30

Jamie Mills/Milford,DE

11

36

54

Steve Bernard/Granby, QUE

12

35

5

Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ

13

32

07

Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT

14

30

323

Neal Williams/Pittsgrove, NJ

15

30

8

Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

16

28

74

J.R. Heffnerf/Valatie, NY

17

26

21k

Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

18

25

22J

Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain, NY

19

25

22c

Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

20

24

85

H.J. Bunting/Milford, DE

21

23

6m

Mat Williamson/St. Catherines, ONT

22

22

TEN

Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY

23

21

14

C.G. Morey/Rutland, VT

24

20

42

Kyle Sheldon/Nassau, NY

25

20

48too

Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

26

20

99

Steve Paine/Waterloo, NY

27

10

8r

Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY

28

10

1g

Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA

29

10

3a

Kevin Albert/Lebanon, PA

30

10

21

Yan Bussiere/Drummondville, QUE

31

10

64

Daniel Nadeau/Maryville, QUE

32

10

29

Chris Ostrowsky/Conklin, NY

33

10

88

David Allen/Palymra, NY

34

10

T21

Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

 

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, NAPA Auto Parts, Safety-Kleen, and Velocita USA. Contingency partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio, Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD LLC, Fox Shocks, Racing Electronics, Superflow and Wrisco Industries. 

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