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World Finals Friday Night Big Block Recap

Saturday November 9, 2013


Brett Hearn scored the win in the Big Block Modified feature on Friday night at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Brett Hearn came into the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte knowing that he just had to stay close to Matt Sheppard to ensure a championship. Friday night he did one better, grabbing the lead on lap one and not letting go, even under intense pressure from Stewart Friesen. Friesen made a late race pass on Sheppard to secure the runner-up position but ran out of time before he could successfully pass Hearn for the lead. Sheppard held on for a third place finish ahead of Dale Planck and Gary Tomkins, who rounded out the top 5.

The race went green for one lap before the first caution flew. Tim Currier, Peter Britten, Rick Laubach and Rich Scagliotta wadded up into a pile in turn one to slow the competition. All of them were able to pull away from the incident and rejoin the event. The race went back to green for six laps until Kevin Bates power plant expired on the back straight in a huge plume of smoke. The green flag came back out and the race stayed under power until the lap before halfway when Keith Flach had a tire go down. The caution flew for a long enough period of time for Flach to have his tire replaced and rejoin the field.

The race went back to green for one lap until Danny Johnson got into the back of Tim McCreadie heading into turn number one and spinning the 4* which also collected the cars of Flach and Adam Roberts. When the field came back around, McCreadie pulled away from the scene, ran into the back of Johnson’s car, door slammed him on the back straight and then blocked him from proceeding around the track. McCreadie began climbing out of the car to confront Johnson who finally was able to get away from Tmac. McCreadie provided a hand gesture to Johnson as he pulled away the clearly expressed his feelings.

When the race went back to green Hearn once again stretched out an advantage until he caught the tail end of the field. As he methodically worked his way through the field, Friesen caught Sheppard and made a pass on lap 32 for the runner-up spot. Friesen made a valiant attempt to work past Hearn in traffic as the laps wound down but Hearn had enough to fend off the challenger and score his 115th career victory.

“I had no idea how many laps we had run,” said Hearn. “I just pushed it as hard as I could until they came over the Raceiver and said ‘checkered’.”

Friday night results for the Big Block Modifieds:

1 – Brett Hearn
2 – Steart Friesen
3 – Matt Sheppard
4 – Dale Planck
5 – Gary Tomkins
6 – Jimmy Phelps
7 – Billy Dunn
8 – Ryan Godown
9 – Billy Decker
10 – Matt Billings
11 – Peter Britten 
12 – Justin Haers
13 – Duane Howard
14 – Billy WanInwegen
15 – Dave Rausher
16 – Adam Roberts
17 – Mat Williamson
18 – Brian Swartzlander
19 – Tim Currier
20 – Rick Laubach
21 – Rich Scagliotta
22 – Carey Terrance
23 – Danny Johnson 
24 – Jeremiah Shingledecker
25 – Tim Fuller 
26 – Tim McCreadie
27 – Keith Flach
28 – Kevin Bates

Prior to the main event the Big Blocks ran two B-main races to complete the A-main grid. Eight spots were open which meant the top four finishers in each race slotted into the back of the feature lineup. Tim McCreadie and Peter Britten scored the wins in the two consolation races. Billy Dunn, Rob Bellinger, Matt DeLorenzo, Carey Terrance, Rick Laubach and Neal Williams were the other drivers to advance to the feature.

B-main results from Friday:

B-main #1

1 – Tim McCreadie
2 – Billy Dunn
3 – Rob Bellinger
4 – Matt DeLorenzo
5 – Kenny Tremont Jr.
6 – Rich Scagliotta
7 – Justin Wright
8 – Ryan Forte
9 – Chris Hile
10 – Roger Chrysler
11 – Rick Richner
12 – Mike Maresca
12 – C.G. Morey
13 – Travis Stacey – DNS

B-main #2

1 – Peter Britten
2 – Carey Terrance
3 – Rick Laubach
4 – Neal Williamson
5 – Dave Rauscher
6 – Tim Currier
7 – Randy Chrysler
8 – Stephane LaFrance
9 – JaMike Sowle
10 – Brian Gleason
11 – Bob Sarkisian
12 – Mark Forte Jr.
13 – Bob McGannon
14 – Erik Martin – DNS

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