MALTA, N.Y. – Brett Hearn, who scored twice last weekend to hit the 850 win plateau, advanced towards his next goal Friday night with yet another win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Australian Peter Britten, who caught Hearn in the late going but could not get alongside, settled for second in the 35-lap DIRTcar event with Don Ronca, a rapidly closing Kenny Tremont Jr. and Ronnie Johnson rounding out the top five.
Front row starters Matt Depew and Brian Gleason dueled early on as Britten, Hearn and Tremont clawed their way forward from the high handicap positions, with Depew eventually losing the lead to the fourth-starting Ronca on lap 11. A lap 12 yellow saw Hearn blast around Britten and Chris Busta to grab fourth, with Hearn then picking off Depew, second running Elmo Reckner and finally Ronca to take command on lap 21.
Britten got to second on lap 25 but that was as far as he would get while Tremont, in his first outing in a new Troyer like Britten’s, missed dropping Ronca another position by inches. Reckner faded to sixth at the checkers, with Mark Kisowski, Depew, Busta and Keith Flach trailing.
Tim Hartman won the Sportsman feature on his last night before returning to college in Florida while Bernie Companion led the Pro Stock field home.