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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
As the saying goes, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
There aren’t many drivers in dirt racing that are as smooth and patient as Jeff Heotzler. Those traits were once again on display during the 53rd running of the Eastern States Weekend at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway over the weekend.
On Saturday night, The Jeffer carefully navigated his way though the field from his 26th starting position en route to an impressive 5th place finish in the Eastern States 100 358 Modified Championship. The Jeffer made the most of a few late race restarts, charging past the likes of super stars Stewart Friesen and Tim McCreadie. The Schrufer Racing, Academy Transmission 2a was on a mission…
On Sunday, the plan was to remain patient, conserve tires, execute pit strategy and survive all 200 laps. At the end of the day, the plan worked nearly to perfection. The Jeffer drove the Roberts Racing, Array of Monograms 14h Teo Pro Car to a 6th place finish from his 22nd place starting position.
It was a great weekend that wouldn’t have been made possible without great car owners, a hard working crew and the support of our loyal sponsors and fans.
From Thursday morning to late Sunday afternoon, the 14h crew never stopped working towards improving every aspect of the 14h as possible. Chassis adjustments, shock changes, sheet metal work – you name it, it was done.
When the sun set on Sunday afternoon in Syracuse and 200 laps were run on the historic “Moody Mile”, The Jeffer crossed the line in 13th place, advancing 23 positions from his 36th starting spot.
When the car rolled out of the trailer on Thursday morning for practice it wasn’t even close to being a top 15 car, but at the end of the week, thanks to a great crew, excellent pit strategy, and a little bit of luck, The Jeffer proved that he stills belongs at the Mile.
Next Stop: The Moody Mile.
We have a ton of people to thank that made this happen. First off, Ronnie Roberts and Fay Lancaster. Without their kindness, generosity, and support, the 14H wouldn’t exist. Steve from United Pump & Tank, Mel Schrufer and the Academy Transmission team, Zubi’s Racing, Kirk Van Duser, RJ Smith, Elmo’s Auto Body, and Craig “Hollywood” Mitchell were all instrumental in making this dream a reality.
And also, thank you to the companies that provide the product support that ensures our race cars are equipped with nothing but the best parts and components on the market.
This may be the last opportunity that we have to participate at the Mile, so we will be making the most of it!