MALTA, NY – Brett Hearn reached a career milestone Friday night at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Taking the lead on lap 26 of the 35-lap Modified feature when leaders Marc Johnson and Jessey Mueller came together in turns three and four allowed Hearn to drive to his third win of the season, second in a row and 131st of his storied career at “The Great Race Place.”
In victory lane a jubilant Hearn said, ” A couple of my 900 wins came with a little luck and tonight might have been one of them.” Hearn was presented with a special trophy commemorating his 900 wins by track promoter Lyle DeVore and manager Marcy Mangino. Hearn was also joined in victory lane by his parents, and lifelong supporters, Kay and Gordon Hearn.
Twenty-six Modifieds took Rich Peterson’s green flag with Bobby Hackel IV and Brian Gleason on the front row. Hackel would take the early lead and stay there until lap 13 when Jessey Mueller slid underneath him in turn two. The two made contact, sending Hackel off the track and losing several positions.
Meanwhile, Hearn had a couple of troubles of his own going off the backstretch and coming back on the track on lap 15. Earlier he had made contact on lap 12 in with Mueller and got up to the against turn four wall.
Mueller would lead until lap 24 when he slipped off the backstretch handing the lead to defending champion Marc Johnson. Just two laps later in the middle of turn three and four Mueller dove under Johnson to try and take the lead. The two made contact and went into the wall, ending both their nights and handing the lead to Hearn.
From there Hearn held off Ronnie Johnson for the win. Johnson would settle for second with Keith Flach in third. Neal Stratton and Kenny Tremont rounded out the top five.
The Sowle Trailer Repair Sportsman feature saw a thrilling finish with a restart with two laps to go. Alex Bell held off the challenges of Andrew Buff to win the feature. However, he was disqualified in the post-race inspection giving the win to Buff, his first career win. That moved Robert Bublak up to second, Scott Duell to third, Brian Pessalano to fourth and Ken Conroy rounded out the top five.
In the makeup feature for the Pro Stock division, it was Kenny Martin taking the lead on Lap eight and then reclaiming it on Lap 15 and pulling away from the field to pick up his third feature win of the season. Dave DePaulo would finish in second with Kim Duell finishing in third. Luke Horning and Eddie Thompson rounded out the top five.
In the nightcap for the Pro Stocks, Kim Duell drove his “It Works, Curtis Lumber Wagon” no. 14 to victory lane in a wild race. It was his 20th career win at the Malta oval. The Pro Stocks were using the top, bottom and middle of the track to try and get to the front including and Nick Stone was using the extreme outside. When the dust settled it was Duell edging Brandon Emigh for the win. Kenny Martin finished in third with Nick Stone in fourth and Jason Meltz rounding out the top five.
Seth Carlson took the early lead and outdistanced the field to win the 20-lap DMA USAC Midget Feature. Adam Whitney finished in second. Johnny Heydenreich was the star of the show coming from 12th to finish third on the final lap. Derek O’ Hearn and Dean Christensen rounded out the top five.
John Stowell picked up his first career win at Albany-Saratoga in the Limited. Sportsman division. Derek Bornt was second. Paolo Pascarella was third with Justin Buff in fourth and Ryan Harrison in fifth.
Jimmy Duncan went green to checkered in the 20 lap Street Stock feature easily outdistancing the field. Damon Anderson was a distant second, edging Chase Aussicker for third. Point leader Al Relyea was fourth and Joey Wilson finished in fifth.
Next Friday night the CRSA Sprints make their lone appearance at Albany-Saratoga. The Meltz Lumber Street Stock event will take place along with all divisions in action, including a makeup feature for the Limited Sportsman from June 23.
Racing will start at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $2 for children under 11. Pit admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.
Modified Results (35 Laps) – 1) Brett, Hearn, 2) Ronnie Johnson, 3) Keith Flach, 4) Neil Stratton, 5) Ken Tremont Jr, 6) Jeremy Wilder, 7) Peter Britten, 8) Matt Delorenzo, 9) Bodie Bellinger, 10) Elmo Reckner, 11) Bobby Hackel IV, 12) Don Ronca, 13) Jimmy Cottrell, 14) Brian Gleason, 15) Dylan Scribner, 16) Ricky Davis, 17) Matt Depew, 18) Demetrios Drellos, 19) Don Mattison, 20) Tim Hindley, 21) Marc Johnson, 22) Jessey Mueller, 23) Ray Hoard, 24) C.G. Morey, 25) Rich Ronca, 26) Cass Bennett
DMA USAC Bear Ridge Midget Results (25 Laps) – 1) Seth Carlson, 2) Adam Whitney, 3) John Heydenreich, 4) Derek O’Hearn, 5) Dean Christensen, 6) Joe Krawiec, 7) Jeff Champagne, 8) Jim Horn, 9) Brittany Heydenrich, 10) Manny Dias, 11) Robert Spino, DNS) Brett Hearn, DNS) David Moniz
Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) Andrew Buff, 2) Robert Bublak, 3) Scott Duell, 4) Brian Pessalano, 5) Ken Conroy, 6) Daryl Nutting, 7) Adam McAuliffe, 8) Rocky Warner, 9) Christopher Ronca, 10) Mike Ostrander, 11) Nick Fretto, 12) Jeremy Pitts, 13) Jack Lehner, 14) Jack Speshock, 15) Connor Cleveland, 16) Jamike Sowle, 17) Tim Hartman Jr, 18) Nick Lussier,19) Elliott Lussier, 20) Pat Jones, 21) David Schilling, 22) Mike Coffey, 23) Chris Johnson, 24) Jon Miller, 25) Fred Proctor, 26) Joe Orlando, 27) Jim Osgood, 28) Dave Constantino, 29) Hunter Bates, DNS) Jesse Edwards, DNS) Josh Neal, DQ) Alex Bell
Limited Sportsman Results (25 Laps) – 1) John Stowell, 2) Derek Bornt, 3) Paolo Pascarella, 4) Justin Buff, 5) Ryan Harrison, 6) Gary Derocher, 7) Michael Wagner Fitzgerald, 8) Stephen Kneer, 9) Mike Parodi, 10) James Meehan, 11) Ryan Heath, 12) Colin Clow, 13) Bryan Jones, 14) Scott Bennett Jr, 15) Matt Rich, 16) Jacob Volpi, 17) Jim Mattison, 18) Jason Miller, 19) E.J. McAuliffe, 20) Travis Billington, 21) Jerard LeClair, 22) Mike Block, 23) Steve Burch, 24) Jeff Jenkins, 25) Matt Westcott, 26) Lou Torres, 27) Don Greco
Modified Results (35 Laps) – 1) Brett, 2) Ronnie Johnson, 3) Keith Flach, 4) Neil Stratton, 5) Ken Tremont Jr, 6) Jeremy Wilder, 7) Peter Britten, 8) Matt Delorenzo, 9) Bodie Bellinger, 10) Elmo Reckner, 11) Bobby Hackel IV, 12) Don Ronca, 13) Jimmy Cottrell, 14) Brian Gleason, 15) Dylan Scribner, 16) Ricky Davis, 17) Matt Depew, 18) Demetrios Drellos, 19) Don Mattison, 20) Tim Hindley, 21) Marc Johnson, 22) Jessey Mueller, 23) Ray Hoard, 24) C.G. Morey, 25) Rich Ronca, 26) Cass Bennett
Street Stock Results (20 Laps) – 1) Jim Duncan, 2) Damon Anderson, 3) Chase Aussicker, 4) Al Relyea, 5) Joey Wilson, 6) Scott Lawrence, 7) Fred Harris, 8) David Shippee, 9) Matt Mosher, 10) Pete Vila, 11) John Hayes, 12) Mark Burch, 13) Randy Miller, 14)Rob VanAernam
06-23 Held Over Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) – 1) Kenny Martin, 2) Dave Depaulo, 3) Kim Duell, 4) Luke Horning, 5) Ed Thompson, 6) Dan Older, 7) Chuck Dumblewski, 8) Jeff Washburn, 9) Ernie Greenier, 10) Darrell Older, 11) Brandon Emigh, 12) Nick Arnold, 13) Matt Roberts, 14) Josh Rozelle, 15) Jason Meltz, 16) Nick Stone, DNS) Walt Brownell, DNS) Josh Coonradt, DNS) Ron Delease Jr. DNS) Todd Hoffman, DNS) Ivan Joslin
08-04 Regular Pro Stock Results (25 Laps) – 1) Kim Duell, 2) Brandon Emigh, 3) Kenny Martin, 4) Nick Stone, 5) Jason Meltz, 6) Dan Older, 7) Chuck Dumblewski, 8) Luke Horning, 9) Dave Depaulo, 10) Ernie Greenier, 11) Darrell Older, 12) Bill Smith, 13) Chris Wemple, 14) Dan Madigan 15) Matt Roberts, 16) Norm Loubier, 17) Nick Arnold, 18) Jocelin Roy, 19) Ed Thompson, DNS) Jeff Washburn, DNS) Josh Rozelle, DNS) Dean Charbonneau
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About Albany-Saratoga Speedway: Conveniently located at 2671 U.S. Route 9, Malta, NY 12020 the 4/10 mile dirt track is approximately one mile North of Exit 12 off I-87. Racing takes place every Friday night at 7 p.m. from mid-April to mid-September and features DIRTcar Modifieds (Big Block / Small Block combined), DIRTcar Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. “The Great Race Place” grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m.; pit gate opens at 4 p.m. The facility provides the ultimate fan-friendly location for motorsports entertainment including free parking and camping