Haers Heads Into 2022 with High Expectations after Strong 2021 Performance – DTD Exclusive

By JARRAD WAKEFIELD

Justin Haers had a big breakthrough year in 2021.

After years of consistent success at the Land of Legends Raceway, Haers finally broke through for his first track championship.

It was a very strong season from the Haers Brothers Racing No.3. In 14 weekly starts at the track, Haers only missed the top 10 once and missed the top five twice. The competition for the title was fierce. Haers’ three wins were enough to propel him to the track championship, over Erick Rudolph, by two points.

In 2022, Justin Haers and the family owned Haers Brothers Racing team are on the hunt to continue finding more success, especially on the road.




“This year, we’re going to start our season at Volusia with Speedweeks this year,” said Haers. “We’re going to try to hit most of the SDS (Super DIRTcar Series) races within a couple hours of our shop this year.”

The last time Haers ran Volusia was in 2020 where a top 10 was his best finish of the week. He’s had great success in Volusia County before. He’s won two DIRTcar Nationals events before, most recently in 2017 with another win coming three years earlier in 2014. 

Haers has always been a regional threat on the Super DIRTcar Series when the tour comes to the Central New York area, and the team hopes to continue their part-time success in 2022. In 2021, Haers had six top 10 finishes on the tour, with a top five coming in the Heroes Remembered 100 at Weedsport. 

Haers, in previous seasons, usually made a few starts with the DIRTcar 358-Modified series throughout the year. He also would run with the tour at Oswego for Super DIRT Week. However, in 2022, while Haers may still have a small-block, it will not be for the 358-Modified tour.

“As of right now, we’re going to try and sell our W16 motor,” commented Haers. “We’re looking at getting a Short Track Super Series engine to compete with them.”

Just how many races are on Haers’ Short Track Super Series schedule in 2022 depends on what engines are in the shop by the time the 2022 race season gets underway. Regardless, Haers plans to make his first Short Track Super Series start this upcoming race season.

“If we get the big small-block we want, we’re going to bounce around and do whatever North region races our team can do,” said Haers. “If we don’t have a big small-block for the 2022 season, we’ll still run Utica-Rome, Port Royal, and some other big events on the Elite series where we can be competitive with a big-block under the hood. We’ll bounce around, all our crew guys are volunteers. Our schedule goes around their help and my work schedule.”

Haers’ weekly schedule will see the Haers Brothers Racing No.3 return to the Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday nights, looking to defend his track title. Saturday’s will be the focus of Haers’ weekly racing in 2022.

“We’ll be at Land of Legends on Saturdays for sure,”  said Haers. “We’ll run a couple Friday nights sporadically throughout the year. We’ll go to Outlaw or Utica-Rome once in awhile for those Friday night shows when we can.”