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Brett Hearn locks in pole position for Sunday’s Eastern States 200

Hindley, Dippel, Friesen, Perrego and Higbie also lock in starting positions in top six

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – October 25, 3014 – Brett “the Jet” Hearn is off to another good start for Orange County Fair Speedway’s Eastern States Weekend, locking in the pole position for Sunday’s 200-lap Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series race. The Sussex, N.J., driver rounded “The Hard Clay” in 20.763 seconds, narrowly ousting Tim Hindley, whose time was 20.837 seconds, from the honors.

“This is a race where you want to start near the front. It’s not the end-all, but it’s a race where you want to start near the front, stay out of heavy traffic, and control the race if you can,” Hearn said of Sunday’s Eastern States 200, a notably grueling race and one of the few Super DIRTcar Series rounds requiring a pit stop. “It’s the kind of race where, if you can control the race and set the pace at your pace, then you’re going to be in the driver’s seat.”

After shattering the Lebanon Valley Speedway lap time record, fast laps have started to become a habit for “the Jet.” He was second overall at Fonda Speedway in September and earned the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier Award at Brockville Ontario Speedway in October. During NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII in Syracuse, Hearn claimed the outside pole starting position with the second fastest lap time, short of fast-timer Matt Sheppard by a margin of 0.002 seconds.

“I think we have some really good cars, I think it’s going good. It’s still 200 laps, so, anything can happen,” said Hearn, who hopes running in Saturday’s 358-Modified race at Orange County Fair Speedway will help the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 team stay strong for Sunday. “The track is in pretty nice shape. We’re going to have to run the small block race and try to come up with a strategy for Sunday that’s going to work.”

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