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!
The Jeffer and the Schrufer Racing 2a team looked to be on their way to collecting their 2nd win of the season at the Accord Speedway, but a wrong choice in tire compound spoiled the run about halfway into the 30 lap feature.
Electing to try a softer compound on the right rear, The Jeffer got off to a good start and took the lead on a restart in the early stages of the feature event. However, when the laps clicked off and heat started to build in the right rear tire, it started to slowly give up, opening the door for the 406 of Ricci to grab the lead.
The Jeffer was able to stay in the top 5, which at the end of the say isn’t a bad result, but it wasn’t a win.
Jeff Jr. was back in the 14H small block and backed up last week’s top 10 with a strong 8th place effort.
This week, The Jeffer will be at the Penn Can Speedway on Tuesday night for the “Hot Summer Night” race #5 of the Short Track Super Series where he currently sits 2nd in the overall championship standings. On Friday, the point season comes to a close at the Accord Speedway and the 2a team looks to finish on a high note!
The Jeffer and his son, Jeff Jr, took 2 of the top 10 spots in the 30 lap modified feature event at the Accord Speedway on Friday night.
The Jeffer driving the Schrufer Racing, Academy Transmission 2a struggled from the beginning of the 30 lap event with an ill-handling race car and held on for an 8th place finish. It wasn’t the finish that the team needed but the car is in one piece and will be ready to close out the season strong!
Jeff Jr. got back behind the wheel of a modified and drove to a respectable 10th place finish in the Array of Monograms, Roberts Racing, JHR 14H small block modified.
With only 2 more point races left at Accord plus the “King of the Catskills” event, The Jeffer hopes to give the Schrufer Racing team at least 1 more win before the end of the 2014 season.
See you at the races!
After a tough night the week before that resulted in a DNF, The Jeffer climbed back in to the top 10 last week at the Accord Speedway aboard the Schrufer Racing, Academy Transmissions 2a.
Despite the finish, the 2a team is still searching to get a handle on the racing surface as the last few weeks have been a struggle for forward drive.
With only a few weeks left of the point season at Accord, The Jeffer looks to contend for wins and hopefully make a run at the championship!
See you at the races!
After a disappointing 13th place finish in the “Battle of the Bullring” 52 lap feature event at the Accord Speedway on Wednesday night, The Jeffer and the Academy Transmission team looked to rebound on Friday night.
The Jeffer rolled off the starting grid for the 30 lap feature in 12th and after a few quick yellows in the early stages of the race, found himself within the top 10 with only a handful of laps scored.
On an ensuing restart, a car was spun in the middle of turns 1 and 2 who was running in the top 5, leaving the rest of the field with no where to go. Unfortunately, The Jeffer and the 2a received the most damage in the incident, folding up the front end, ending the night early.
This week is another busy one as The Jeffer as he looks to gain some ground on the Short Track Super Series point leader Andy Bachetti, as the series rolls into the Penn Can Speedway on Tuesday, August 12th. On Friday night, we’ll be right back at the Accord Speedway, looking to shake off last week’s disappointment.
See you at the races!
Another week and another similar result for the Academy Transmissions 2a Teo Pro Car.
The Jeffer started the 30 lap feature from the 14th position and narrowly missed an early race pile up, putting him near the top 10 with only a handful of laps completed.
As the laps clicked off, the faster the Schrufer Racing 2a got. The final 10 laps saw The Jeffer pick his way through some very tough competition and on the final corner of the last lap, complete a pass for 4th coming to the line for the checkered flags!
On the night before, The Jeffer patiently drove the Academy Transmission 2a from 28th to a solid 12th place finish at the “Crazy Eights” Short Track Super Series event at the i-88 Speedway. The next event for the Short Track Super Series is the “Battle at the Bullring 2” at the Accord Speedway on Tuesday, August 5th.
As the laps winded down at the Accord Speedway on Friday night, The Jeffer once again proved to be the fastest car on the track in the later stages, turning his quickest time of the night on lap 28.
After completing the pass for 6th after a long, side-by-side, 10+ lap battle, the Academy Transmission 2a simply ran out of time to make a move for a top 5 finish and settled for a 6th place finish.
The Jeffer and the Schrufer Racing team will look to keep the momentum up heading into Wednesday’s “Crazy 8s” Short Track Super Series event at the i88 Speedway. The Jeffer currently sits 3rd in the overall point standings of the 6 race, $10,000+ to win series.