CONCORD, N.C. — Brett Hearn is ready to wrap up yet another Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series season with a flourish.
Last year’s series finale race winner has started the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte with two heat race finishes Thursday, Nov. 7, putting him among the top starters in Friday’s and Saturday’s feature events.
“It’s unique that we know on Thursday night that we’re going to be starting up front both Friday night and Saturday night already,” said Hearn, who heads into the World of Outlaws World Finals with the Super DIRTcar Series point lead over Matt Sheppard. “It takes a little bit of the anxiety away and helps us sleep a little bit better at night.”
However, Hearn wasn’t the only one to see success Thursday. Dale Planck, Stewart Friesen and Ryan Godown also went two-for-two in their respective heats and will redraw among the top five both Friday and Saturday. Gary Tomkins will join the redraw Friday, but narrowly missed the cut for Saturday’s race. Tim McCreadie took victory in the last heat race of the night, starting fourth and within just a few laps battling Tomkins for the lead.
“We were off with both cars,” said McCreadie, who is pulling double-duty this weekend, alternating between a Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified and a World of Outlaws Late Model every night. McCreadie thanked his modified crew for helping him get from a fifth place finish in the first heat to victory lane by the end of the night: “This car is usually never off. It was off a little, and between Jeff, and the three guys and Vinny that were here, they worked their tails off and made it better.”
Hearn is both confident and cautious going into the weekend’s high-stakes races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, knowing that McCreadie and a stout field of competitors are aiming to challenge him, but also ready to defend his lead in Super DIRTcar Series points.
“I know tomorrow’s a different day, I know the track is going to be a lot different than it was tonight, but I just really like the way the car feels on the race track. Right now, I’m feeling pretty good about everything,” Hearn said. “Now we just have to watch the track and make the right adjustments to make sure we’re right for the features.”