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.
In 9 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.
1980: The Jeffer wouldn’t know it at the time, but he would go on to win one of his most coveted victories of his young career. The Jeffer steered the Slingerland 25 to the inaugural 320 (later 358) Modified Championship at the now defunct “Moody Mile” at the New York State Fairgrounds. The Jeffer enjoyed much success at the Mile in the 320/358 division over the course of his career and was named by AARN in 2015 as the 5th all-time greatest small block driver in the track’s history, amassing 1 Win, 7 Top 5’s and 11 Top 10’s in 20 starts.
In 10 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.
1979: The Jeffer scores his first career victory aboard the Ken Slingerland owned 25 as he takes the checkered flag at the legendary Nazareth Speedway. The Jeffer would go on to win a total of 8 races in the 320 division at Nazareth.
The following article, written by Bill Boyle, appeared in this week’s Area Auto Racing News, highlighting the racing career of The Jeffer.
It’s been a tough season so far for The Jeffer and the JHR team, but they are not giving up.
Five Mile Point just introduced a brand new 4-race Sunday night series called the “Summer Slam”. The first race is this Sunday, June 12th and The Jeffer plans on being there in the Jeff Heotzler Racing J17 small block.
We hope to see you there!
The Jeffer is now one of only 3 drivers at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway to notch 50 career big block modified wins! The Jeffer took advantage of a late race restart to power to the lead and then cruised on for his 50th modified and 71st total victory at “The Hard Clay!” Thank you to everyone who made this win possible and especially to our car owner Ronnie Roberts!
“The Jeffer” Jeff Heotzler will be inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame this August as part of the class of 2016!
Story By: BUFFY SWANSON / NE DIRT MODIFIED HALL OF FAME
Published: April 28, 2016
WEEDSPORT, NY – Billy Pauch, one of the region’s winningest and most versatile modern-era drivers, longtime Orange County and Accord kingpin Jeff Heotzler and pioneer Southern Tier legend Don Diffendorf will officially be inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame in August. These three driving greats add their names to a stellar list of Modified standouts that was started in 1992 when the Hall of Fame was established on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in Weedsport, New York.
The 25th annual induction ceremonies honoring the Class of 2016 will take place Monday, August 8 at 7 pm in the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame and Museum, on the grounds of the renovated Weedsport Speedway. The following evening, Weedsport Speedway will present its Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 for the big-block Modifieds.
Although Jeff Heotzler’s 11 championship titles at Orange County Fair Speedway and Accord will always tie him to those tracks, the Wallkill, NY, driver stacked up some pretty impressive scores over the years outside his familiar home turf. Heotzler was named Mr. DIRT 320 Modified series champ in 1984; he won the inaugural Syracuse small-block race, the 2007 Eastern States 200 at Orange County, and back-to-back Eastern States small-block Mod 100s in 1988 and ’89. He owns a pair of wins in Lebanon Valley’s prestigious Mr. Dirt Track USA championship big-block event, and another deuce in the Valley’s Race of Kings for SBMs. Since 1978, when he first strapped into his brother’s coupe during a hot lap session at Orange County, “The Jeffer” has notched nearly 150 wins at 13 tracks from Florida to Quebec. The defending Accord Mod champ, age 58, is in his 39th year of competition.
After rebounding from last to 6th in 10 laps after a right rear flat tire on lap 38 of 50, The Jeffer cut down another tire, this time with only 2 laps to go. What would have been a strong start to the Short Track Super Series, turned in to a disappointing outing aboard the Roberts Racing 14h. A scoring blunder recorded The Jeffer as 2 laps down, however, the team is challenging the official rundown as the 14h never went down a lap under green. His 2 pitstops occurred under yellow, which happened to take place on the same laps several other drivers pitted, who were all scored on the lead lap.