The Jeffer Jeff Heotzler pilots the Roberts Racing 14h 358 Modified at OCFS on May 30th, 2015. The Jeffer went on to finish 6th vs. the big block modifieds in the feature!

On Friday night, The Jeffer continued his early season success at the Ulster County Bullring in Accord, driving the Academy Transmissions 2a to a 3rd place finish. The Jeffer had a shot at stealing the win but his late race heroics were denied by a lap car who happened to take the same lane as the 2a was performing a 3 wide pass for the lead. Jeff Jr., who was making his 2nd start of the year at Accord, registered a 7th place finish to back up his 6th place effort last week.

Due to engine issues that plagued the 14h at Bridgeport last weekend, The Jeffer was forced to pilot Jeff Jr’s 14h small block modified at OCFS. In the feature, The Jeffer escaped serious damage in a multi-car pile up in the opening laps, and after a quick visit to the pits, was able to rejoin the tail end of the field. Restarting 15th, The Jeffer started to make his move and as the laps ticked on, the Roberts Racing small block modified was picking its way through the field. During the last 5 laps, The Jeffer was able to pass 3 cars, scoring an impressive 6th place finish.

As of right now, the big block power plant is on schedule to be completed in the next couple of days and if all goes well, will be back in the 14h in time for OCFS’s Nostalgia Night on Saturday!

Jeff Heotzler 2a Accord Speedway, 14H Orange County Fair Speedway on May 14-16, 2015

The Jeffer had a pair of very fast cars over the weekend. The Academy Transmissions 2a was the best it has been all season at Accord on Friday night, however, made an early exit in the feature after making contact with the boiler plate off of turn 2 trying to complete a 3 wide maneuver.

On Saturday, The Jeffer won his heat race after an intense final lap battle, and was set to start on the outside pole (thanks to the “heads up” format) but the rains came and forced the cancellation of the 30 lap OCFS feature event. The feature will be made up at a date TBA.

Next up is the Short Track Super Series event at the Accord Speedway on Tuesday!

Jeff Heotzler, 14H, passes Tommy Meier on the outside of turns 3 and 4 at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on May 9th, 2015.

The Jeffer had a solid weekend of racing, scoring a 2nd place finish in the Academy Transmissions 2a at the Accord Speedway on Friday night and a 10th place effort at OCFS on Saturday in the Array of Monograms sponsored 14h.

Passing was at a premium at both speedways but The Jeffer did what he had to do in the heat races to put himself in a position to be towards the front at the end of the night.

We’ll be back at it again this weekend at Accord and OCFS so come on out and support both facilities!

Jeff Heotzler wins his 49th big block modified feature at the Orange County Fair Speedway on May 2nd, 2015 in the Roberts Racing 14H TEO Pro Car!

For the 49th time in a big block modified and the 70th time total, The Jeffer pulled into victory lane at the Orange County Fair Speedway on Saturday night aboard the Roberts Racing 14H.

Taking advantage of his front row starting position thanks to the tough luck the weekend before, The Jeffer led every lap of the 30 lap feature event and cruised to the checkered flag.

Heotzler now has 120 total wins between his 2 home tracks, 50 at the 1/4 mile bullring Accord Speedway, and 70 (49 big block, 21 small block) at the legendary Orange County Fair Speedway.

On Friday night, The Jeffer had an impressive run at the Accord Speedway, driving the Mel Schrufer owned, Academy Transmission 2a from 12th to a solid 5th place finish.

The 2a team will travel to the Big Diamond Speedway for the Short Track Super Series event, marking the first time The Jeffer will compete at the Pennsylvania track.

Special thanks to our great car owners, crew, and sponsors for making it possible to experience weekends like this!

Jeff Heotzler 14H Big Block Modified, 2a Small Block Modified

On Saturday night at OCFS our night ended very prematurely as The Jeffer wasn’t even able to make it to the 2nd turn on the 1st lap of the heat race without being taken out. The contact was significant enough that it severely bent the rear end.

Friday night, however, The Jeffer brought the Schrufer Racing 2a home in 4th place at the Accord Speedway. The racing over the first 2 weeks at Accord has been tough, as the track conditions are making it very hard to pass. Hopefully things turn around and the track is back to it’s “racey” self in the coming weeks.

Jeff Heotzler at the 2015 Hard Clay Open at the Orange County Fair Speedway on April 11, 2015

The Jeffer was lightening fast on Saturday night at OCFS for the Hard Clay Open, yet unfortunately didn’t have the finish representative of the performance of the 14H machine.

After a poor draw that determined the starting line up for the heat race, The Jeffer found himself lined up 8th in the 10 lap qualifier. The top 3 cars would transfer to the feature and the top 2 to the redraw. From the drop of the green, The Jeffer made his move, using the bottom lane to his advantage as he shot off the bottom of the corners. When the checkered flew, The Jeffer was in 2nd place but due to the passing points system, scored enough points to be deemed the winner of the heat race.

Thanks to his performance in the heat, The Jeffer was the first driver of 12 to draw for his starting position for the 50 lap feature. Not missing a beat, he picked 11th out of 12 numbers, putting the 14H on the inside of row 6 for the start.

In the early going of the feature, The Jeffer maintained his ground, waiting for the heat to build in his tires (the team elected to go with a harder compound). After an early restart, The Jeffer was shuffled back a couple of spots and then in turns 3 and 4, a competitor spun around in front of the 14H, leaving nearly no where to go. The Jeffer did a fantastic job, avoiding the spinning car but in the melee, another driver drove over the left front of the 14H, causing a flat tire.

The Jeffer came pitside and the team bolted on a fresh left front but he brought the car back in after a handful of laps when the left front shock failed due to the contact from the earlier accident.

Although disappointed, the team is very eager to get back to OCFS next Saturday for the opener, as they feel very confident in the 14H!

Next up is the Accord Speedway “Gobbler” on Tuesday in the Schrufer 2a followed by the season openers at both Accord and OCFS on Friday and Saturday!

 

Jeff Heotzler at the 2015 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour "60 Over" Doug Hoffman Memorial at the Bridgeport Speedway!

The Jeffer kicked off the 2015 racing season with a solid showing at the Bridgeport Speedway for the 44 lap Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour “60 Over” Doug Hoffman Memorial.

Rolling off the grid from the 14th position, The Jeffer used the bottom lane to his advantage and steadily moved through the field, saving his tires and surviving the late race cautions for a fine 6th place finish.

The Roberts Racing 14H team learned some things for next time and are excited to get back to the Bridgeport Speedway for the Short Track Super Series South event on Sunday April 19th.

Next up for The Jeffer is the season opener at the Accord Speedway on Friday (4/10) aboard the Schrufer Racing 2a and then on the following night at the Orange County Fair Speedway for the Short Track Super Series North Series “Hard Clay Open” in the 14H.

See you at the track!

Jeff Heotzler at the Volusia Speedway during the 2015 DIRTCar Nationals in Florida.

From blown trailer tires to a blown engine, just nothing seemed to go our way from day 1 during our Florida trip. It took a total team effort just to get the 14H back on the track (after blowing the engine in time trials on Wednesday) for the final 2 nights of the DIRTCar Nationals at Volusia, including a 15 hour, 1100 mile round trip to pickup a spare engine.

We gave it all we had, truly a 150% effort by everyone involved. We are very grateful to be a part of such a great group of people. 

Spending time with friends and family and getting back to Florida to compete after so many years is an experience that far outweighs the troubles we encountered and lack of results that we had.

Thank you to everyone who made this trip a reality.

Jeff Heotzler to compete in the 2015 DIRTCar Nationals at the Volusia Speedway!

In less than 2 weeks, The Jeffer and the 14H team will be traveling south with dirt racing’s best for the DirtCar Nationals at the Volusia Speedway in Florida. On the way down, the team will take a detour to participate in the first ever big block modified race in Georgia’s Golden Isles Speedway on Sunday, February 15th. The big block modifieds hit the track at Volusia for 4 nights, Wednesday the 18th thru Saturday the 21st.

This will mark the first time in over 15 years that the Jeffer will make the haul down to Florida. He won a feature event at the St. Augustine Speedway in the mid 90s aboard the Reclamation 33 machine.

We’d like to thank everybody who made this possible!

Jeff Heotzler at i88 Speedway in Afton, NY.

With the postponement of Accord Speedway’s “Gobbler” until April 2015, the 2014 racing season has officially come to a close. 2014 was an exciting year with a lot of memories and fun times for the 2a and 14H racing teams. We are very thankful to have the opportunity to drive fast race cars for such great people. Racing truly has no off-season and we are already hard at work to make 2015 the most memorable yet. Thanks again to everyone involved from our sponsors, to our crew, family and fans. Have a great holiday season and we’ll see you on the back before you know it!