Hearn Scores a Double on Delayed Valley Fireworks Night

Date: 7/12/2015 9:06:16 PM

Hearn Scores a Double on Delayed Valley Fireworks Night
by Phil Allaway

Saturday night was a long night at Lebanon Valley.  The schedule had double features for the Modifieds and fireworks on tap due to the July 4th rainout.  Despite the card taking nearly six hours, there were some happy drivers at the end of the night.


In the first Modified feature, Olden Dwyer started from pole and ran very well early on.  Meanwhile, Brett Hearn moved up quickly from the 15th starting spot in the top 10.  On lap 4, Brian Berger sensed a chance to get a spot back from Hearn, but succeeded only in running into the back of Hearn and disabling his car.  Kenny Tremont, Jr. hit Berger, bringing out a yellow.

Once the green came back out, Hearn immediately jumped from tenth to sixth and thrust himself into contention.  Dwyer continued to lead, while Chad Jeseo was applying pressure to his fellow rookie.  The battle drew JR Heffner and Hearn right up to the leader.  Heffner was able to get past Jeseo for second, but Hearn followed Heffner, then dispatched of him a lap later.

Shortly afterwards, Kyle Sheldon emphatically blew a right rear tire to bring out the second and final yellow.  After the restart, Hearn took just more than a lap to dispatch of Dwyer for the lead.  Heffner followed past into second, but could do nothing with Hearn as he pulled away to take his fourth win of the year.


Behind Hearn and Heffner was Kyle Hoffman in third.  Dwyer held on to take a career-best fourth, while Jeseo was fifth.


In the second feature, Denny Soltis started from the pole and led early on.  However, he had an even stronger Hearn to deal with.

Paul Gilardi had an absolutely miserable night Saturday and the second feature was no exception.  Running a backup car, Gilardi spun in turn 3 a lap into the race and was hit by D.J. Faulkner, bringing out the yellow and ending both drivers’ nights.


After the restart, Hearn continued to charge, moving up to fifth by lap 5 and third by lap 7.  At the same time, Tremont was following Hearn up the order from mid-pack.

Hearn took the lead away from Soltis on lap 12, with Tremont close in tow.  Thus, an epic battle was set up.  The two veterans appeared to be about equal, but Tremont handled lapped traffic better.  The battle was likely to continue to the finish had the yellow not flown with six laps to go.  Sheldon had another tire issue and bunched up the pack.  Dave McFeeters attempted to pass Sheldon, but was hit from behind by Kyle Hoffman, putting both drivers out.


On the final restart, Hearn pulled away from Tremont and successfully completed the double on the evening.

After the race, Hearn was very pleased with his performance.

“We made some good guesses on the setup [for] the first race,” Hearn said in the pits.  “We got to the lead and took off.  In the second race, I made some good moves early that put me in position to win the race.”

Behind Hearn and Tremont was Kyle Armstrong in third.  Soltis held on to take a strong fourth, while Berger finished fifth.

In the Small Block Modified feature, Peter Carlotto started from the pole and led early with Ryan Darcy in pursuit.  After an early caution, Kim LaVoy hit the wall in turn 1 to bring out another yellow.  After said caution was already out, Shane Jablonka also hit the wall in turn 4.  Both drivers were ok, but done for the night.

Once the green came back out, Carlotto and Darcy pulled out a big gap over the rest of the pack.  Meanwhile, Tremont was on the move, quickly charging up from 12th starting spot to sixth.

Eventually, Darcy put the pressure on Carlotto and got past for the lead on lap 10.  Tremont was third by then and catching the leaders.  He was able to get by Carlotto for second on lap 16 and set out after Darcy.  Ultimately, the race was decided by random chance.  With two laps to go, Darcy caught the slower Bryan McGuire.  Darcy choose the high line, but Tremont went low, took the lead, and pulled away for the win.

Behind Tremont and a disappointed Darcy was Carlotto in third.  Jason Herrington and Wayne Jelley rounded out the top 5.

In Sportsman, Whitey Slavin started from the pole and was able to open up an advantage over Cody Hunt.  An early yellow due to a spin for Nikki Ouelette kept the field bunched up.


The big Sportsman story of the night occurred on lap 5 when John Virgilio spun and nosed into the inside wall exiting turn 4, ending his night.  Virgilio entered the race as the points leader, but finished 26th and lost a bunch of ground.


The race ended up coming down to a duel between Slavin and Matt Pappa.  Slavin was fighting a tight race car, but still raced Pappa hard and clean for the win.  Eventually, slower traffic allowed Slavin to maintain his advantage and take the win.  Pappa was second, followed by Hunt, Michael Sabia and Ricky Davis.

The Pro Stock feature was marred by a series of crashes.  They started immediately when Chad Arsenault got into Steven LaRochelle on the first lap in turn 2, causing a pile-up.  By lap 5, there had already been three cautions.

On the restart from the third yellow, heck broke loose again.  Despite getting hit in the right rear corner and suffering what he believed to be axle damage, Victor Hopkins emerged from the carnage with the lead, passing Rick Duzlak in the process.


For the rest of the race, Hopkins fought for the lead with Chuck Towslee.  Despite his damage, Hopkins was able to hold off the charge to take his first win of the year.  Towslee was second, followed by Jon Routhier.  Robbie Speed and Jay Corbin rounded out the top 5.


In Pure Stock, Scott Morris, Jeff Meltz, Jr. and Jeff Meltz, Sr. each claimed wins.  Jason Meltz won the Crate Street Stock feature.


Alarms of Berkshire County/DMC Racing Products Modified Feature (from 6/20): 1) Brett Hearn, 2) JR Heffner, 3) Kyle Hoffman, 4) Olden Dwyer, 5) Chad Jeseo, 6) Keith Flach, 7) Steve Hough, 8) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 9) Andy Bachetti, 10) Eddie Marshall, 11) Wayne Jelley, 12) Kyle Sheldon, 13) Mike King, 14) Paul Gilardi, 15) Jeff Watson, 16) Rob Pitcher, 17) Elmo Reckner, 18) Matt Pupello, 19) Kolby Schroder, 20) Kyle Armstrong, 21) Denny Soltis, 22) Tyler Chartrand, 23) John Ruchel, 24) Brian Berger, 25) D.J. Faulkner


Freihofer’s/Anderson Equipment Company Modified Feature: 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 3) Kyle Armstrong, 4) Denny Soltis, 5) Brian Berger, 6) Jeff Watson, 7) Keith Flach, 8) Eddie Marshall, 9) Andy Bachetti, 10) Mike King, 11) Steve Hough, 12) Elmo Reckner, 13) JR Heffner, 14) Chad Jeseo, 15) Kyle Sheldon, 16) John Ruchel, 17) John Virgilio, 18) Tyler Chartrand, 19) Rob Pitcher, 20) Kyle Hoffman, 21) Wayne Jelley, 22) Matt Pupello, 23) Kolby Schroder, 24) Paul Gilardi, 25) Dave McFeeters, DNS: D.J. Faulkner, Olden Dwyer


Small Block Modified Feature: 1) Kenny Tremont, Jr, 2) Ryan Darcy, 3) Peter Carlotto, 4) Jason Herrington, 5) Wayne Jelley, 6) Demetrios Drellos, 7) Timothy Davis, 8) Frank Hoard, III, 9) Olden Dwyer, 10) Alan Houghtaling, 11) Brett Haas, 12) Brian Sandstedt, 13) David Schilling, 14) Ryan Charland, 15) Frank Harper, 16) Bryan McGuire, 17) Buddy Hencke, 18) Chad Pierce, 19) JR Heffner, 20) Kenny Aanonsen, Jr., 21) Mike Molloy, 22) Kim LaVoy, 23) Shane Jablonka


Sportsman Results: 1) Whitey Slavin, 2) Matt Pappa, 3) Cody Hunt, 4) Michael Sabia, 5) Ricky Davis, 6) Kevin Ward, 7) Chris Curtis, 8) Jim Boardman, 9) Frank Hoard, Jr., 10) Chris Lynch, 11) Kevin Arnold, 12) Matt Burke, 13) Rob Maxon, 14) Cody Ochs, 15) Phil Wood, 16) Mike Gramolini, 17) Christopher Delfino, 18) Dan Lyle, 19) Courtney Crews, 20) Diana Huyck, 21) Greg Catlin, 22) Nikki Ouelette, 23) Jeff Lutes, 24) Alissa Cody, 25) Ryan Heath, 26) John Virgilio, 27) John Miller


Pro Stock Feature: 1) Victor Hopkins, 2) Chuck Towslee, 3) Jon Routhier, 4) Robbie Speed, 5) Jay Corbin, 6) Frank Twing, 7) Rick Dempsey, 8) Sean Corr, 9) Tom Harkins, 10) John Santolin, 11) Brian Keough, 12) Nick Hilt, 13) Sparky Reilly, 14) Joe LaFlamme, 15) Daniel Sanchez, 16) Rob Yetman, 17) Rick Spencer, 18) Rick Duzlak, 19) Jeff Kelmel, 20) Steven LaRochelle, 21) Chad Arsenault, 22) Paul LaRochelle, 23) Chris Claus


Pure Stock Results:

Pure Stock Feature No. 1: 1) Scott Morris, 2) Terry McNamara, 3) Bill Deak, Jr., 4) Zach Sorrentino, 5) Bill Deak, Sr., 6) Brian Walsh, 7) Travis Hengen, 8) Martina Martin, 9) David Olds, Jr., 10) Raymond Royals, 11) Dylan Fachini, 12) Wuggie Burdick.  DNS: Tim Thompson, John Cole, Jr.


Pure Stock Feature No. 2: 1) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 2) Harold Robitaille, 3) Jeff Kreutziger, 4) Lou Gancarz, 5) Aaron Fachini, 6) Jim Groncki, 7) Joe Walcott, 8) Keri Vandenburg, 9) Gary Vandenburg, 10) Kevin Paul, 11) John Tisko, 12) Jay Casey, 13) Dennis O’Connor, 14) James Hatch

Pure Stock Feature No. 3: 1) Jeff Meltz, Sr., 2) Al Relyea, 3) Ray Hall, Sr., 4) Ed Hatch, 5) Phil Sherman, 6) Jesse Murphy, 7) Shawn Perez, 8) Clifford Booth, 9) Larry Perez, 10) Jason Meltz, 11) Dan Cote, 12) Tim Thompson, 13) Joe Cheneil, 14) Gary O’Brien, 15) John Cole, Jr., 16) Doug Olds


Crate Street Stock Results: 1) Jason Meltz, 2) Gary O’Brien, 3) John Filarecki



For more information, the 2015 schedule, and links to what's on tap for 2015, visit our website at www.LebanonValley.com, and click on “Speedway”, or call the LVAR Offices during regular business hours at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965.


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