Hearn Claims Lebanon Valley's JC Flach Memorial

Date: 6/7/2015 11:52:04 PM

Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway was designed to honor the memory of J.C. Flach, a former Modified competitor who passed away from injuries suffered in an incident at his home in 2012.  Messages were read and blue and white balloons were released in Flach’s memory.  Flach’s No. 77J even turned some laps around the high banks as well.


Scott Hamlin Motorsprt debuted a new Teo chassis Saturday for Chad Jeseo.  With a Bobby Gile setup underneath, Jeseo finished second in his heat race and earned the pole for the feature.  Once the green came out, Jeseo stepped out to a pretty decent lead over the pack.


Brett Hearn, who had shock issues in warm-ups, seemed to have the best car and didn’t need much help to get to the front.  By lap 10, when Mike King spun in turn 4 to bring out the second yellow, Hearn was up to fifth from 14th.  He proceeded to get a heck of a restart.  Within a lap, Hearn was already past Kolby Schroder for second and putting the pressure on Jeseo for the lead.

Jeseo ran well for the first third of the race before he began to lose his power steering.  By the time Hearn caught him, it was just about gone.  Even with the issue, Jeseo still put up a sizable fight before Hearn took the lead on lap 16.  Once out front, Hearn comprehensively pulled away from the rest of the pack.


As the power steering issue continued to affect Jeseo, Schroder was able to regain second on lap 18.  However, he could not do much with the defending track champion.  Despite the yellow coming out due to Matt Pupello stopping on the frontstretch, Schroder could do nothing to prevent Hearn from taking his second win of the year.


Afterwards, Hearn had nothing to complain about.

“The car was very good tonight, can’t complain about anything in particular,” Hearn said.  “The car started getting a little tight after I got the lead, but it was kind of a ‘good tight,’ which made for some speed.”


Schroder finished a season-best second, followed by Wayne Jelley in third.  Kyle Sheldon was fourth, while Kyle Hoffman was fifth.


In Small Block Modified, Kim LaVoy started from the pole after winning her heat race and scooted out to a decent lead.  Behind LaVoy, JR Heffner was charging once again from the tenth starting spot.  By lap 6, Heffner was fifth.  Within a couple of laps, he had taken third from David Schilling and by lap 10, Heffner was second.


A few more fast laps put Heffner on LaVoy’s rear bumper bar.  The two racers fought over the lead for a couple of laps, but Heffner was able to take the lead on lap 17.  Any chance LaVoy could have had for a good finish ended after a mechanical problem cropped up a couple of laps later, ending her night and bringing out another yellow.

On the restart, Heffner pulled away from the pack to take his third win of the year.  Wayne Jelley finished second, followed by Kenny Tremont, Jr., Charland and Alan Houghtaling.


In Sportsman, Jim Boardman started from pole and led early in what turned out to be a rough and tumble race.  Boardman’s main competitors early on were Michael Sabia and Whitey Slavin, who were racing hard for second.  Slavin admitted that Sabia was faster, so he charged it into turn 1.  Unfortunately, he entered the turn too high, jumped the cushion and hit the wall, ending his night.

After the restart, Sabia was able to get past Boardman for the lead and managed to open up a gap before Frank Hoard, Jr.’s incident on lap 8 slowed the pace again.  On the restart, Sabia was able to get away and take his first win of the year.  Chris Curtis was second, followed by John Virgilio, Matt Pappa and Chris Lynch.


In Pro Stock, there were a couple of drivers absent Saturday night.  Paul LaRochelle wasn’t racing, but he was still on site helping son Steven.  However, Robbie Speed was admitted to the hospital on Friday morning for undisclosed health reasons.  At last check, Speed was resting comfortably at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.


Tom Harkins, racing a brand-new car after crashing heavily on May 30th, started from the pole and led fairly easily early on.  However, after a couple of early yellows, Jay Corbin made his presence known.  By lap 6, he had already moved up from ninth starting spot to third and was putting the pressure on Nick Hilt for second.


After a couple of more laps, Corbin had dispatched of Hilt and starting putting pressure on Harkins.  While the veteran Harkins was quite fast, Corbin didn’t take long to get past and take the lead.  Harkins didn’t get a chance to strike back due to a caution coming out due to Daniel Sanchez stopping on the frontstretch.


Once the green came back out, Corbin pulled away while Harkins fell into a four-way fight for second that ended with Nick Hilt taking it over.  After a late yellow, Corbin scooted away to take his third win of the year.  Hilt held on second, with Frank Twing hot on his tail.  Chad Arsenault was fourth, followed by Rick Dempsey.


In Pure Stock, Jeff Kreutziger, Scott Morris and Ed Hatch each won features.  Gary O’Brien won the Street Stock feature.


All-Star Tractor Trailer Training J.C. Flach Memorial Modified Results: 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Kolby Schroder, 3) Wayne Jelley, 4) Kyle Sheldon, 5) Kyle Hoffman, 6) Keith Flach, 7) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 8) Brian Berger, 9) Eddie Marshall, 10) Andy Bachetti, 11) Paul Gilardi, 12) Steve Hough, 13) Mike King, 14) Kyle Armstrong, 15) Jeff Watson, 16) Tyler Chartrand, 17) Chad Jeseo, 18) Matt Pupello, 19) Denny Soltis, 20) Ken McGuire, 21) Elmo Reckner, 22) JR Heffner, 23) Olden Dwyer.  DNS: Rob Pitcher

358 Small Block Modified Results: 1) JR Heffner, 2) Wayne Jelley, 3) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 4) Ryan Charland, 5) Alan Houghtaling, 6) David Schilling, 7) Shane Jablonka, 8) Ryan Darcy, 9) Frank Hoard, III, 10) Olden Dwyer, 11) Brett Haas, 12) Peter Carlotto, 13) Demetrios Drellos, 14) Brian Sandstedt, 15) Timothy Davis, 16) Brian Peterson, 17) Sean Mandel, 18) Jason Herrington, 19) Chad Pierce, 20) Kim LaVoy, 21) Mark Pullen.  DNS: Dave Hinsch, Bryan McGuire


Sportsman Results: 1) Michael Sabia, 2) Chris Curtis, 3) John Virgilio, 4) Matt Pappa, 5) Chris Lynch, 6) Kevin Ward, 7) Cody Hunt, 8) Rob Maxon, 9) Robby Knipe, 10) Alissa Cody, 11) Matt Burke, 12) Ricky Davis, 13) Phil Wood, 14) Ryan Heath, 15) Mike Gramolini, 16) Diana Huyck, 17) Jeff Lutes, 18) Christopher Delfino, 19) John Miller, 20) Nikki Ouelette, 21) Jim Boardman, 22) Todd Lane, 23) Frank Hoard, Jr., 24) Whitey Slavin, 25) Cody Ochs.  DNS: Jim Cronk


Pro Stock Results: 1) Jay Corbin, 2) Nick Hilt, 3) Frank Twing, 4) Chad Arsenault, 5) Rick Dempsey, 6) Jon Routhier, 7) Daniel Sanchez, 8) Hugh Page, 9) Joe LaFlamme, 10) Steven LaRochelle, 11) Rob Yetman, 12) Dave Peck, 13) Tom Harkins, 14) Sparky Reilly, 15) Chuck Towslee, 16) Rick Spencer, 17) Mark Dupuis, 18) Rick Duzlak


Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results: 1) Jeff Kreutziger, 2) Shawn Perez, 3) Matt Cross, 4) Zach Sorrentino, 5) Harold Robitaille, 6) Joe Wolcott, 7) Dan Olds, 8) Raymond Royals, 9) Jennifer Cross, 10) Brian Walsh, 11) Keri Vandenburg, 12) Travis Hengen, 13) David Olds, Jr., 14) Kevin Paul, 15) Dennis O’Connor


Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results: 1) Scott Morris, 2) Jim Gronki, 3) Phil Sherman, 4) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 5) Dylan Fachini, 6) Bill Deak, 7) Bill Deak, Jr., 8) Aaron Fachini, 9) Tim Thompson, 10) Joe Cheneil, 11) Martina Martin, 12) Wuggie Burdick, 13) Brian Vandenburg.  DNS: Scott Kilmer


Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results: 1) Ed Hatch, 2) Jason Meltz, 3) Ray Hall, Sr., 4) Gary O’Brien, 5) Jesse Murphy, 6) Doug Olds, 7) Larry Perez, 8) Jeff Meltz, Sr., 9) Al Relyea, 10) Lou Gancarz, 11) Dan Cote, 12) Dave Stickles


Street Stock Results: 1) Gary O’Brien, 2) John Filarecki


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