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The Jeffer put the Extreme Energy Solutions, Four Star Motorsports J17 on the front row for the prestigious Eastern States 200 at the Orange County Fair Speedway, earning him the $1000 Outside Pole Award. The Jeffer’s day came to an early end when an engine failure sidelined the J17 on lap 40. Although disappointing, The Jeffer showed the big block modified world that he still is a force to be reckoned with. The Extreme Energy/ Four Star team will be back better than ever in 2019.
MIDDLETOWN, NY – A battle between two of the most iconic Modified drivers in the history of the Orange County Fair Speedway took center stage last Saturday evening as the track presented its final regular season program of the 2018 racing campaign.
Jeff Heotzler Sr. and Richie Eurich, who are only two of four drivers to crack the 50-win barrier during their illustrious OCFS careers, brought the crowd to its feet with another barnburner as they fought for the first-place prize of $6,000 in the 30-lap main event.
When the dust settled, Heotzler raced home with the 53rd victory of his OCFS career after chasing down Eurich, who dominated the race for so many laps.
“The track was really greasy tonight and hard to figure out,’’ said Heotzler. “I just hung back and conserved my tires for later in the race. But I noticed the car was getting better as the race progressed and I really started pushing it with about 10 laps to go.’’
Eurich, meanwhile, started on the pole and was enjoying a comfortable lead over Brendan Finley, Heotzler, Donnie Wilson and Gary Edwards Jr. throughout the event. But Heotzler was finally able to work himself past Finley on the 26th lap and then quickly turned his attention to Eurich.
Heotzler closed in on Eurich during the next circuit around the five-eighths mile, hard clay oval and then found an opening while racing off the second turn on the 28th lap. He moved past Eurich down the backstretch and then went on for the win.
“It was just like the seas parted,’’ said Heotzler. “I knew I had a good car tonight and I just went for it when I saw the opening. This car has been a work in progress, but we’re getting better each time out and I’m pleased how things are going right now.’’
Eurich, who has 50 career wins to his credit, settled for a second-place effort with Finley, Tommy Meier, Stan Frankenfield Jr., Edwards, Craig Mitchell, Brian Krummel, Mat Williamson and Jerry Higbie rounding out the top 10.
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!