|Date: 1/14/2015 12:27:14 AM|
Pauch Joins Heffner Racing Enterprises
A pair of dynamic forces in dirt racing will align for the 2015 season.
Mike Heffner, owner of Lelands.com and the #27 410 sprint car driven by Greg Hodnett, will have a new car, driver and Wednesday night home track for the 2015 season.
“There are very few people I would do this with,” said Heffner. “I always talked about getting a speedstr but nothing ever lined up for me. The track (Action Track USA) is close to home for me so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.”
Before the holidays Heffner and Billy Pauch Sr. had thrown around the idea of teaming up for the 2015 season.
“I talked to Billy about it and thought it would be a good opportunity to be able to go out and have some more fun with racing,” said Heffner.
Pauch, known at Kutztown, P.A.’s, Action Track USA as the driver of the #9 Fatt Catt Racing speedstr, will have a new car owner, paint scheme, number and sponsors for the 2015 season.
“I saw Mike at Kutztown a few times last year so I figured he must like it,” said Pauch. “Last years car owner backed out so the door was open. My son told me to ask Mike so I gave it a shot.”
“Being around Mike and watching how he runs his sprint car team, he looks like he’s a first class operation. He seems like he wants to win races, and so do I. That’s what I like in car owners, that drive to win.”
Pauch enjoys running the speedstr’s. It’s something different for him from the usual Saturday night racing in his dirt modified. “You can run with some really good racers; better than any other weekly track I could run at, along with a lot of upcoming stars.”
“Billy has a good reputation. He has won many races, he can drive just about any car and I respect him for that. I know he can go out not just to have fun but to win races,” said Heffner. “If it were up to me we would win every race. I know it’s not possible but I feel we have the same philosophy. He’s a focused racer and takes it seriously which is really important to me.”
“To be able to team up with Mike is a great opportunity. He has one of the top sprint car teams in Pennsylvania and to be associated with that is pretty neat,” said Pauch.
Pauch had a successful 2014 season in the speedstr at Action Track USA. He came up short for the championship, to his son Billy Jr., and finished second in points. He won the overall National SpeedsSTR Championship which consisted of several special races outside of Action Track USA.
“Of course I want to win races. But with Mike on our team I’m feeling confident we’ll have a good 2015 season,” said Pauch.
The Heffner Racing Enterprises, Lelands.com #27 speedstr will be debuted at the Pioneer Pole Buildings racecar and trade show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, P.A. January 23rd-25th. Stop by the Action Track USA booth to see Billy Pauch’s new ride for the 2015 season.
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