BRETT HEARN RETURNS TO RACING ROOTS FOR THE 2019 SEASON

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With 305 feature race victories at Orange County Fair Speedway, champion dirt track Modified driver Brett Hearn will return to the Middletown, New York track for weekly competition during the 2019 racing season. “I’m looking forward to returning to the track where my racing career started and where, over the years, I’ve had a good amount of success,” said Hearn from his Sussex, New Jersey race shop.That may be an understatement since, in addition to his all-time Orange County race wins, Hearn registered 23 total track point championships in two racing divisions at the five-eighths-mile “Hard Clay” oval.  And he’s won the track’s prestigious Eastern States 200 race 12 times.In recent seasons, Hearn has raced weekly at Lebanon Valley Speedway in Upstate New York, where he has won the track’s Modified division point championship seven consecutive seasons. “I’ve really enjoyed racing at Lebanon Valley,” said Hearn. “The fans are great, and it’s both a competitive and challenging atmosphere.  But the opportunities being offered this year at Orange County—the purse structure in both Modified divisions, the announced bonuses, the point funds, and of course the 100th Anniversary Weekend—are too attractive to pass up.”“Personally, I’m really looking forward to Orange County’s 100th Year Anniversary Season and all the special activities being planned. The first race I ever attended was at the fairgrounds in 1966 at age eight. My dad, Gordon, raced there, so did my brother, Bobby, and certainly Orange County has been a big part of my career,” said Hearn.In addition to Orange County, Hearn will race weekly at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, New York) and follow the Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds (SDS) plus enter selected other races as well. “There are a couple potential conflicts, but we’ll work to overcome those as the season progresses,” said Hearn.With 912 career victories (907 feature races and 5 All-Star events) and 93 track and series point titles on his racing résumé, dirt track Modified champion Hearn is gearing up for the 2019 Northeast racing season, his 45th year of competition. As he prepares for the upcoming Northeast “racing wars,” Hearn says he’s out to win more races and more championships. “Our goal every year is to be prepared to win every race we enter.”“There is no magic formula for winning races and championships, other than hard work and dedication,” he added. “We strive to be among the top cars every week, and when we do have an off night—a wreck or mechanical failure—we work even harder the next week to overcome it.”

BRETT HEARN – CAREER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mr. DIRT Modified Champion – 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997*, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2013
 
Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Division – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
 
Mr. DIRT 358 Modified Champion – 2006
 
Super DIRTcar Modified Series – 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2001
 
Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT 358 Modified Series – 1998
 
Sunoco Racing Fuels DIRT Championship Trail 1990, 1992
 
DIRT-Asphalt Challenge Series – 1989, 1990
 
DIRT MotorSports 358 Modified Eastern Regional Champion – 2006
 
DIRTcar Northeast Modified Region Champion – 2007, 2008
 
Canadian-American Challenge Series – 1982, 1988
 
Tri-Track Series – 1982

Twin-Track Series – 1989
 
Lebanon Valley Speedway Modified Division
1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
 
Lebanon Valley Speedway 358 Modified Division – 2004, 2010
 
Orange County Fair Speedway Modified Division
1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2006
 
Orange County Fair Speedway 358 Modified Division
1977, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2006
 
Albany-Saratoga Speedway Modified Champion – 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018
 
Fonda Speedway Go Green NMX Thunder Series Champion – 2008
 
Rolling Wheels Raceway Modified Division – 1991, 1998
 
Utica-Rome (New Venture) Speedway:  Modified Division – 1986, and 358 Modified Division – 1986
 
Accord Speedway Modified Division – 2011

Nazareth Raceway Sportsman Division – 1977
 
DIRTcar Florida Tour Champion – 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005**, 2006, 2008***, 2017
 
Winner, Wheels 300 – 1993, 1995

Winner, Miller Genuine Draft 300 – 1990, 1991
 
Winner, Schaefer 200 – 1985

Winner, VP SEF 200 – 2012
 
1986 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Driver of the Year
 
2002, 2007, 2012 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Northeast Driver of the Year
 
1993 Champion Spark Plug DIRT Motorsports Driver of the Year
 
2013 Area Auto Racing News  “50 Years Greatest Driver”
 
*Co-Champion with Danny Johnson                            
**Co-Champion with Andy Bachetti
***Co-Champion with Billy Pauch

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