About The Jeffer

“The Jeffer” Jeff Heotzler is a Northeast DIRT Modified Hall of Fame driver who is widely considered to be among the best who ever wheeled the mighty 800+ horsepower machines. His career began back in 1978, when a hot-lap session in his brother Ralph’s #17 coupe at the famed Orange County Fair Speedway turned into a now 5 decade obsession with dirt track racing. Over the years, “The Jeffer” has amassed nearly 150 wins, 11 track championships, and one Mr. DirtCar 358 series championship all while gaining the respect of his peers and building a legion of loyal fans. Today, at age 60, “The Jeffer” remains competitive as ever and is still finding his way to victory lane.

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Bio:

Born: October 2nd, 1957

Hometown: Wallkill, New York

Occupation: Behrent’s Performance Warehouse

Family: Wife, Petra  Son, Jeff Jr.


Hall of Fame:

→ Inducted Into The Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame – Class of 2016

→ Inducted Into The Hudson Valley Historic Racing Committee Hall of Fame – Class of 2017


Track & Series Championships:

1984 Mr. DIRTCar Series 320/358 Modified Champion

6-Time Orange County Fair Speedway Track Champion:

  • Big Block Modified: 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • 320/358 Modified: 1980, 1986

5-Time Accord Speedway Track Champion:

  • Modified: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2015

Wins By Track & Division:

Tracks Modified 320/358 Modified TQ Midget TOTAL
Orange County Fair Speedway 51 21 72
Accord Speedway 53 53
Nazareth Speedway 8 8
Lebanon Valley Speedway 3 2 5
Albany-Saratoga Speedway 4 4
Rolling Wheels Raceway 1 1
New York State Fairgrounds 1 1
Five Mile Point Speedway 1 1
Woodhull Raceway 1 1
Grandview Speedway 1 1
Autodrome Drummond Speedway 1 1
St. Augustine Speedway 1 1
Boardwalk Hall 1 1
13 Tracks 58 91 1 150

Notable Wins & Achievements:

→ Eastern States Weekend (Orange County Fair Speedway) 

  • Eastern States 200 Modified Champion: 2007
  • 2-Time Eastern States 100 Small Block Modified Champion: 1988 & 1989
  • Eastern States 200 Pole-Sitter: 1996 & 2008

→ Mr. Dirt Track USA (Lebanon Valley Speedway) 

  • 2-Time Mr. Dirt Track USA Modified Champion: 1987 &  1995

→ Race of Kings (Lebanon Valley Speedway) 

  • 2-Time Race of Kings Small Block Modified Champion: 1988 &  1990

→ Super DIRT Week (New York State Fairgrounds) 

  • Inaugural 320/358 Modified Super DIRT Week Champion: 1980
  • 2-Time Super Dirt Week 358 Modified “150” Pole-Sitter: 1987 & 1989
  • Super Dirt Week Modified “Triple 20” Winner: 1989
  • Super Dirt Week Modified “Rite Aid 200” Runner-Up: 1997

→ Skoal Bandit Shootout (Rolling Wheels Raceway) 

  • Skoal Bandit Shootout Modified Invitational Champion: 1997

→ Atlantic City “Gamblers Classic” (Boardwalk Hall) 

  • Atlantic City “Gamblers Classic” TQ Midget Champion: 2005

→ Super DIRTCar Series Wins

  • 7 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Wins
  • 10/21/07 Orange County 200
  • 9/14/96 Orange County 96
  • 9/16/95 Orange County 95
  • 8/3/95 Lebanon Valley 100
  • 7/11/94 Drummond 94
  • 9/18/93 Orange County 93
  • 7/26/89 Orange County 89
  • 8 Super DIRTcar Series Small Block Modified Wins:
  • 9/8/90 Lebanon Valley 50
  • 10/21/89 Orange County 100
  • 10/22/88 Orange County 100
  • 9/10/88 Lebanon Valley 50
  • 9/25/86 Five Mile Point 50
  • 9/6/85 Accord 40
  • 9/21/84 Accord 50
  • 8/8/84 Woodhull 84 

Wins at the Following Tracks:

  • Accord Speedway (Accord, New York)
  • Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, New York)
  • St. Augustine Speedway (St. Augustine, Florida)
  • Autodrome Drummond (Drummondville, Quebec, Canada)
  • Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, New Jersey)
  • Five Mile Point Speedway (Kirkwood, New York)
  • Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania)
  • Lebanon Valley Speedway (West Lebanon, New York)
  • Nazareth Speedway (Nazareth, Pennsylvania)
  • New York State Fairgrounds (Syracuse, New York)
  • Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, New York)
  • Rolling Wheels Raceway (Elbridge, New York)
  • Woodhull Raceway (Woodhull, New York)

Photos From Over The Years:

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