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.
In one of the most exciting feature events in recent memory, The Jeffer and young-gun Anthony Perrego put on quite the driving display on Friday night at the Accord Speedway.
The Jeffer started on the inside of row 5 and quickly made early moves to enter the top 5 around lap 10.
The last 15 laps saw an epic battle between The Jeffer in the Academy Transmissions 2a and Perrego in the NYTP 55, as they sliced and diced, swapping 2nd place numerous times while at the same time, running down the leader.
With 5 laps to go, The Jeffer caught the leader and was ready to make his move.
The door was closed multiple times and with only 2 to go, The Jeffer had great position heading into turn one. He was squeezed by the leader who was trying to fend off his challenge and, at the same time, a lap car came into play coming off the corner. Meanwhile, Perrego was sitting in the catbird seat and was able to seize the opportunity and take the lead.
The yellow came out on the last lap, giving The Jeffer one last shot. He made the most of it and crossed-over the 2nd place driver coming out of turn 2 and completed the pass down the back stretch.
Regardless of coming up one spot short, it was a tremendous effort and a very exciting race for the fans.
Special Thanks to the Schrufer Racing team for their hard work and dialing in the car for the feature.
If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll be at the Thunder Mountain Speedway tomorrow night (Sunday 7/12) for the Wade Decker Memorial 50 lapper!
For the second consecutive week, The Jeffer piloted the Academy Transmissions, Schrufer Racing 2a to a 6th place finish in the 30 lap modified feature at the Accord Speedway.
The Jeffer was knocking on the door of both the 4th and 5th place competitors with a handful of laps left but just simply ran out of time.
The 2a team is back at it again next Friday at Accord and the day before, Thursday the 3rd, you can find The Jeffer and the 14H big-block at the Bridgeport Speedway for round #3 of the Poker Series.
The Jeffer and the Academy Transmission, Schrufer Racing team continue to string together solid finishes, as The Jeffer posted another top 10, this time with a 6th place effort at the Accord Speedway.
Starting 11th in the feature, The Jeffer took advantage of multiple restarts in the early stages of the 30 lap feature to sneak near the top 5. As the laps clicked off, it seemed as though the left rear tire on the 2a started to give up as The Jeffer had his hands full for the last 10 laps of the race. When it was all said and done, the 2a Teo Pro Car crossed the finish line in 6th place.
The team looks to keep things going next Friday night at the 1/4 mile bullring!
After more than a month of rainouts at the Accord Speedway, the weather finally turned around and was ideal for Friday night’s action at the Ulster County Bullring.
The Jeffer and the Schrufer 2a team continue to work very well together and put forth another very solid top 5 finish.
In the early going of the 30 lap feature, The Jeffer dropped as far back as 11th as the team decided to go with a harder compound tire on the right rear. But, as the heat started to build in the RR sneaker, The Jeffer and the 2a came alive and was able to mow through the field, using the bottom lane to pick off the competition.
The Jeffer snuck into 4th place with 5 laps to go and set sights on the leaders but there just wasn’t enough laps to make anything happen.
The 2a team will be right back at it next Friday at the Accord Speedway and will be looking to keep up the momentum!
Finally… Finally The Jeffer got the Bridgeport monkey off of his back and finished a feature event, even collecting a top 5 finish in the process.
It’s been a tough couple of seasons for The Jeffer at Bridgeport. Since teaming up with Ronnie Roberts last year, Heotzler has made numerous trips down to the superfast 5/8ths mile but with little to nothing to show for it.
A list of bizarre happenings kept the 14H from ever finishing a single race. The worst part about it was that the 14H was very quick in almost all of those instances.
However, at the Wingate Classic, things started to take a turn for the better.
The Jeffer finished in 3rd in the 3rd heat which sent him to the all important redraw. Surprisingly, he redrew 4th and would start the 40 lap event from the outside of row 2.
Tire choice was the name of the game and the 14H team may have went a little too soft for the feature event. For the first half of the race, The Jeffer was just trying to hold on, at one point falling back to 7th, but a mid race yellow helped to turn things around.
After using the caution laps to cool his rear tires, The Jeffer pounced on the ensuing restart, picking back off the positions he lost earlier.
With 10 to go, The Jeffer was comfortably in 5th place, where he would end up when the checkered flew.
We’d like to thank Ronnie and Fay and the entire Roberts Racing/Watt Racing team for their continued support. We are very happy to finally have a decent showing at your home track and look forward to doing it all again!
Sometimes, luck does fall The Jeffer’s way. With over 70 modifieds racing for only 30 starting spots in the 50 lap ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ feature event, it helps to have a good starting spot in the heat race.
The Jeffer walked through the gate at Thunder Mountain, a track where he’s never been, and drew #5 out of 100, which ultimately lined him up on the pole of heat #5.
The Jeffer then took care of business and won his heat in the Schrufer #2a, sending him to the redraw.
His luck ran seemed to reverse a bit during the redraw as The Jeffer redrew the 10th starting spot but nonetheless, a decent position to be in at the drop of the green.
The Jeffer battled early to stay in the top 10, falling back to 12th at one point after getting hung out of the outside on a couple of early double-file restarts. As the laps ticked on, The Jeffer picked up the pace, and used a great move in turns 1 and 2 to pick off 4 cars to climb into the 6th position.
The 2a would stay solidly in 6th until the checkered flag dropped, more importantly scoring another strong effort to pair with the 5th place finish earlier in the spring at the NDRL Super Series Race #1 at Orange County. The Jeffer now sits 3rd in points in the Super Series with 4 events to go, as the top drivers in the Northeast battle for the $10,000+ top prize.
The Jeffer will be back in action aboard to 2a at the Accord Speedway on Friday and also in the Roberts’ Racing 14H big block at the Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday for the 2nd leg of the Poker Series.
On Friday night, The Jeffer captured his 50th Accord Speedway modified feature win as he went wire to wire in the heldover feature event at the Ulster County Bullring. A track he dominated in the 1980s, once winning 16 out of 22 races in a single season, The Jeffer moved away from weekly competition at the Accord Speedway after the 1986 season to focus on big block modified racing. Over the past few seasons with limited appearances, The Jeffer has been able to pick up an additional 5 wins in the JHR J17 and finally, on Friday night May 2nd, he notched his 50th in the Schrufer Racing 2a!
We’d like to thank Mel, George, Smith, Josh and the entire Schrufer Racing family for their hard work and for the opportunity to race great equipment.
However, with the highs, also come the lows. The low point of the evening was during the regularly scheduled feature event, where The Jeffer found himself on the hook of the tow-truck for a 2nd time in 3 races at Accord. Two competitors collided going down the backstretch, leaving one car with a broken front end which shot him down the track into the Schrufer 2a which ultimately ended up in the opening of the turn 3 concrete barrier, snapping the front axle of the car.
We have a quick ride with the Schrufer 2a and really are looking forward to next Friday! Thanks to all of our fans for the support!