By CAMDEN PROUD
Brett Hearn has had a Super DIRT Week he’d much rather forget, at least until he finished fourth in today’s DIRTcar 358 Modified Camping World 150 at the Oswego Speedway.
On Thursday, he took a nasty flip in his satellite 358 car in hot laps for Brewerton Speedway’s Hurricane 100. On Friday, Hearn was able to lock into the 150 with a different small block car, but blew up his primary big block engine on the final lap of his triple 30 qualifier. To make matters worse, The Jet was in the final qualifying spot.
Although the 8-time series champion from Sussex, N.J. is a guaranteed starter for tomorrow’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200, that doesn’t take the added pressure off the Madsen Motorsports team. They have to be sure everything is in proper order with the backup engine, which his team just put in the car on Friday evening.
“We are going to the backup for the rest of the weekend,” Hearn confirmed. “We don’t get on the track until late in the day so everyone got a head start. The small block car was pretty good. I’d rather work on my chassis than the engine because we really need to work on that too, but if we can turn this deal around and have a couple of top five and top ten runs the rest of the weekend I’d be pretty happy.”
Hearn already crossed off one of those top fives off his list in this afternoon’s Camping World 150. He drove from fifteenth to a fourth place finish with a 2006 Teo Pro Car. This car only had twelve races on it prior to this year’s Super DIRT Week, including a handful of starts at the Syracuse Mile.
The Corporate Jet starts on the outside pole of one of tonight’s Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series last chance qualifiers.