By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN, NY – Jeff Heotzler Sr. carved another notch into his racing belt at the Orange County Fair Speedway last Saturday night as he drove to his 52nd career Modified victory at the historic track in the 30-lap main event.
Heotzler, who has struggled throughout the early season, feels he may have finally hit on something good as he took control of the race from the second lap and never looked back.
“Finally, I think we might have something here,’’ said Heotzler. “We’ve been working to get the right set-up for this car and really missed on it a week ago with the new track surface. But I think we’re finally pointed in the right direction.
“I really felt comfortable in the car tonight, and hopefully, this is just the start of some better results this season. I’m hoping I can make a few more visits here (victory lane) before it’s over.’’
Heotzler, after starting on the pole, surrendered the lead to Kirk Horton at the drop of the green and raced in second for one lap. However, he powered past Horton following a second-lap restart and never looked back.
The Jeffer put the Extreme Energy Solutions/Four Star Motorsports Teo Pro Car in victory lane on Saturday night after taking the lead on an early restart and never looking back! The win was much needed after a series of bad luck plagued the team over the last month. The Jeffer looks forward to getting back at it again next Saturday on the Hard Clay. Thank you to all of JHR’s sponsors and supporters to continuing to make the dream a reality!
The Jeffer drove the Extreme Energy Solutions/Four Star Motorsports TEO ProCar to a solid 3rd place finish in the 30 lap feature on Saturday night. The team looks to build on that success this upcoming Saturday!
The official start to the 2017 racing season at OCFS will have to wait another week as rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s (22nd) opener. We’ll see you all next week!
Extreme Energy Solutions To Serve As Primary Sponsor
March 1, 2017: Jeff Heotzler Racing (JHR) is extremely excited to announce a partnership with Vinny Salerno and Four Star Motorsports that will allow “The Jeffer” to make a serious bid for his 5th Orange County Fair Speedway modified championship this season.
Four Star Motorsports, known for its highly professional and successful operations that in the past featured such legends as Brett Hearn and Tim McCreadie, will return to the sport after a brief hiatus and provide key support and resources to Jeff Heotzler Racing. A fresh Morrison Performance big block engine will bolted in between the frame rails and Keizer Wheels will be utilized on all four corners of the team’s TEO Pro Car.
Salerno is eager to begin this new venture. “I Didn’t have any plans to race again, but this fits my schedule and I like what Jeff and his team are doing. I’m looking forward to it.”
“The Jeffer” will be strapping into his innovative TEO Pro Car that he spent the entire 2016 season engineering, testing and tweaking. There is nothing conventional about the coil-over suspension that features a mash-up of technologies predominantly found in dirt late model and IMCA ranks. “I think we are very close on hitting on something special,” said an optimistic Heotzler. “Nowadays, anybody can go fast if they have the money to buy the best. We’re out to prove that with a little outside the box thinking and courage to stray away from the “norm”, you can go even faster.”
Signing on as the team’s primary sponsor is Extreme Energy Solutions, a research and development firm, a manufacturer, distributor of emissions reduction technology, and other consumer green tech products. “The Jeffer” will headline the Extreme Energy quartet of drivers that also include Tommy Vigh Jr., Connor Otten and Roddy Watts. “We are very grateful that Samuel Burlum (CEO of Extreme Energy Solutions) stepped up and made this happen. We look forward to flying the Extreme Energy colors,” stated Heotzler.
First up for the newly formed team is the Short Track Super Series opener at OCFS on April 8th. The regular points season and race for the championship then kicks off on Saturday April 22nd.
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Here are some highlights from the 2016 Northeast Dirt Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame in Weedsport, New York.
In 5 days, The Jeffer will be inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame. We’ll be counting down some of the key moments in his legendary 38 year (and counting) career.
1995: The Lebanon Valley Speedway has been home to some of The Jeffer’s biggest wins. In 1995, aboard the Reclamation 33, he won his 2nd Mr. Dirt Track USA title. His first came in 1987 in the PBR sponsored J&S Racing 74. In addition to the Mr. Dirt Track USA modified wins, The Jeffer has also notched 2 “Race of Kings” small block feature wins at the high banked speedway, occurring in 1988 and 1990.
In 6 days, The Jeffer will be inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame. We’ll be counting down some of the key moments in his legendary 38 year (and counting) career.
1988-1989: The Jeffer and the potent J&S Racing 74 machine drove to 2 straight Eastern States Weekend Small Block Chevy Underpricers 100 victories. Not only did he collect the big check for consecutive years but also the pace car, driving home two Chevrolet Camaros which back in the late 80s, were valued at over $15,000. In 1989, The Jeffer ducked under Jimmy Horton on the 69th lap and was able to hold off the legendary driver for the remaining circuits for the repeat.
In 7 days, The Jeffer will be inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame. We’ll be counting down some of the key moments in his legendary 38 year (and counting) career.
1985: The Jeffer’s run from 1983-1986 at the Accord Speedway can be summed up in one word – domination. Arguably the most impressive of those years was 1985. The Jeffer captured 17 out of 21 feature events that year in “Hazel” and quite possibly could have went undefeated if it wasn’t for some bad luck. Those 4 seasons at Accord produced 4 Championships and an astonishing 44 wins. After the 1986 season, The Jeffer left weekly competition to pursue his big block modified career, but he would return nearly 30 years later…
In 8 days, The Jeffer will be inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame. We’ll be counting down some of the key moments in his legendary 38 year (and counting) career.
1984: The Jeffer sat atop of the 320 Modified world by capturing the Miller Beer Mr. Dirt 320 Championship in “Hazel”, his Kenny Weld J17. The Jeffer won Ithaca Gun Shootout series races at Woodhull and Accord that year en route to the crown. It would be the only Mr. Dirt title for The Jeffer as he came close to winning again in 1985 and 1986 but ultimately had to settle for 2nd in both years.