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Thursday February 20, 2014
By Aaron Creed
Justin Haers has come close to winning in the sunshine state before, but the Phelps, New York driver sealed the deal right away in 2014 with the opening night Big Block Modified victory for the Super DirtCar Series at Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night.
“We were good off the truck, and we said we’re going to get ourselves that gator,” Haers remarked in victory lane.
Haers won his heat race and therefore started from the pole in the A Main, but didn’t remain unchallenged. Australian Peter Britten took the lead on lap nine, but Haers wrestled it back just four laps later and never looked back.
“We were digging and digging and fighting, and finally cleared him,” Haers spoke about getting back by Britten.
Britten faded late in the feature as it appeared the tires went away on his car, but that opened the door for some hard charging veterans.
Billy Pauch started fifth, but slipped back early. He would work by other drivers with a host of experience such as Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen and Dale Planck in the last half of the 30 lap race en route to a third place finish.
“We didn’t have enough gear, and were trying to figure out the car in the beginning,” Pauch said.
Holding his own in second spot during a vast majority of the race was a rookie, Anthony Perrego in his first Big Block Modified start. Perrego mentioned that the car wasn’t tight enough and the track got slick; however, the 19 year old held off drivers who probably have more wins combined than he has starts in a race car.
The A Main was slowed only once for caution on lap two when third place starter Mario Clair had issues. The combination of exceptional racing and an immaculately prepared track sets the bar high for the remaining nights of Super DirtCar Series racing at the track.
Super DIRTcar Series A-Main (30 Laps): 1. (3h) Justin Haers ($2,000), 2. (55) Anthony Perrego, 3. (1) Billy Pauch, 4. (9H) Matt Sheppard, 5. (7z) Dale Planck, 6. (1w) Stewart Friesen, 7. (21a) Peter Britten, 8. (20) Brett Hearn, 9. (98h) Jimmy Phelps, 10. (30) Jamie Mills, 11. (54) Steve Bernard, 12. (5) Jimmy Horton, 13. (07) Tim Kerr, 14. (323) Neal Williams, 15. (74) J.R. Heffner, 16. (8) Rich Scagliotta, 17. (21k) Randy Chrysler, 18. (22J) Jeremy Wilder, 19. (85) H.J. Bunting, 20. (6m) Mat Williamson, 21. (10v) Billy VanInwegen, 22. (14) C.G. Morey, 23. (48Too) Dave Rauscher, 24. (42) Kyle Sheldon, 25. (22c) Mario Clair, 26. (99) Bruno Lepage.
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Mike Neff.
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