W. LEBANON, N.Y. — Andy Bachetti won his fifth DIRTcar big-block modified feature of the season Saturday night at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, in the process earning $5,000 and the title of King of the Track.
The title was more than appropriate, as Bachetti leads in wins for 2013 and had a yellow flown with two to go not flown, he would have won by a half-track margin. As it was, the caution put Brett Hearn, up from 16th, right on his tail but to no avail. They finished that way, with Keith Flach, Kyle Armstrong and Jimmy Burns trailing. J.R. Heffner led the second five, with Kenny Tremont Jr., Donnie Corellis, Rob Pitcher and Kyle Hoffman rounding out the top 10.
Rookie Bobby Hackel led the early laps but Bachetti, who lined up 13th, looked like he’d been shot out of a cannon when the green dropped. When the first yellow flew on lap three he was fourth and as soon as the green reappeared, he flew to the lead.
By lap 10 he had a full straightaway on the field as Kolby Schroeder, Armstrong and Flach dueled for second. Their battle let Hearn draw in and with ten to go he took fourth from Flach and went to work on the others, shooting to second on lap 27 in heavy traffic.
But that was as far as he got, despite the caution bringing Bachetti back to him. The only time the leader faltered was when he hit turn one too hard with one to go but he just stood on it and drove the banking with an even bigger lead.
In the companion small-block-modified feature, Brett Haas inherited the $1,000 win when leader Jason Herrington suffered a mechanical failure and drove straight into the turn one wall, sending his mount high into the air, then back on the racing surface where it was clipped by another car. He was badly shaken but otherwise unhurt.