ALTON, Va. – It’s the right time of the season for Turner Scott Motorsports driver Scott Heckert.
The Ridgefield, Conn., native is coming off his first career victory in the Bully Hill Vineyards 125 at Watkins Glen Int’l in upstate New York, outdueling road course racing expert Andrew Ranger on a green-white-checkered restart. Heckert next heads to Virginia Int’l Raceway in Alton, Va., for the Biscuitville 125, the 13th event on the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar and the second visit to the track for the series.
“I’m really looking forward to VIR,” said Heckert, who tested at the 2.25-mile road course with his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates a few weeks ago. “I know we’re fast there. I think I have a decent road course background. I know we have a fast car and [at Watkins Glen] we had the fastest car.”
Heckert scored a top 10 in the series’ visit to VIR last year and a top 10 in the series two road course events in 2013. TSM teammate and series points leader Ben Rhodes admits that having turned to Heckert for road course racing advice, a move that seemingly paid dividends for Rhodes who scored a third place result at Watkins Glen, his first race on a road course.
“We had a lot of people up there at the test,” said Rhodes when asked about who has helped him the most when it comes to road course racing preparation. “I’d say the biggest help has been Scott. We both had our cameras at the VIR test and I watched his video and compared. We pretty much ran the same times through the technical portions but I just didn’t know what I was doing wrong. After watching his video, I found out that the car had a little more brake than what I thought. He helped me out a lot doing that.”
Turner Scott Motorsports now has the series last three wins on road courses, with Dylan Kwasniewski sweeping the two events at VIR and Road Atlanta in 2013. For his part, Heckert hopes that he can keep the streak alive on Saturday.