Brett Hearn Among Drivers Ready for Battle in Weedsport’s Big Block/Small Block Challenge on Sunday

WEEDSPORT, NY – After two failed attempts to go racing in mid-May, Weedsport Speedway is ready for its season opener this Sunday, June 4 with the Big Block/Small Block Challenge presented by Big Dog Country 103.5 FM.

Among the drivers looking to claim the $3,000 top prize on Sunday is Modified legend Brett Hearn.

Hearn, who was fully prepared to take on the Weedsport oval back on May 22 with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, is ready to return this Sunday to Weedsport and claim the winner’s share of the night’s purse.

Having entered 13 races so far this season, Hearn has visited victory lane four times to this point in the year, most recently at Lebanon Valley Speedway on May 27.  The victory was Hearn’s 897th career win leaving the potential for win number 900 on June 4 at Weedsport, should Hearn manage to find victory lane at both Albany Saratoga on Friday and yet again at Lebanon Valley on Saturday.

The eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion will have to go up against a host of other top shoes at Weedsport however, in order to find his way to Victory Hill.

One of those drivers is western New York’s Erick Rudolph, who will once again pilot his own Mohawk Northeast No. 25 machine on Sunday at The Port.

Rudolph nearly won the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport last season against the Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks, driving a Small Block.

Returning to Weedsport in October for Super DIRT Week, Rudolph promptly found victory lane in the Super DIRTcar Series 358-Modified main, earning his first career win at the 3/8 mile oval joining his father Charlie Rudolph on the all-time Weedsport win list.

Other Modified shoes expected in the pit area Sunday include Justin Haers, Billy Decker, Gary Tomkins, Max McLaughlin, Peter Britten, and more.

Qualifying heats for the Big Block/Small Block Challenge will be lined up by draw with top qualifiers in the heat races redrawing for feature starting position.

Modifieds competing with a DIRTcar legal Big Block and any NON DIRTcar legal Spec 358 engine must weight 2500lbs.

Those running a DIRTcar legal 358 (must run legal spec intake, exhaust, rev box, and carb) can weigh at 2400lbs.

Gasoline only will be permitted – no methanol.

Competitors must use the DIRTcar Hoosier 300 compound with the option for a 400 right rear compound.

Traditional northeast body rules only.  No sail panels allowed.

Raceceiver radios mandatory.

Joining the Big Block/Small Block Challenge will be the opening round of the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series, as the Sportsman racers begin their battle for the track championship.

Pit gates will open on Sunday at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m.

Hot laps will get underway at 5:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies set for 6 p.m.

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Big Block/Small Block Challenge presented by Big Dog Country 103.5 FM
Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series
Order of Events:

3 p.m. – Pits Open, Draw Opens for Modifieds and Sportsman
(Technical Inspection Begins/ALL Mods Must Pre-Tech and Declare Engine)
4 p.m. – Grandstands Open
5 p.m. – Driver’s Meeting
5:30 p.m. – Sportsman Timed Group Hot Laps
5:45 p.m. – Modified Hot Laps
6 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
6:10 p.m. – Sportsman Heats
6:30 p.m. – Modified Heats
7:10 p.m. – Sportsman Consi(s)
7:30 p.m. – Intermission (Modified Re-Draw Front Stretch/Track Prep)
7:50 p.m. – Sportsman Feature 25-Laps – $1,000 to Win
8:15 p.m. – Modified Driver Intros
8:25 p.m. – Big Block/Small Block Challenge 50-Laps – $3,000 to Win
Victory Hill/Closing Ceremonies

About Weedsport Speedway: Purchased in 2013 by Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway has returned to a real racers track, providing a complete venue for racers, their families and friends, and for the fans looking for motorsports entertainment.  Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few.  Today the facility welcomes the best of the best in dirt short track racing from the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds along with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and more.  While racing entertainment is the focal point, Weedsport Speedway has gone the extra mile in welcoming Weedsport Productions, which brings the facility full circle with a dedicated digital entertainment team for web, television, and on site screen usage.