WEST LEBANON, NY – Last week, Brett Hearn indicated that he and Madsen Motorsports needed to up their game. They most definitely came to play on Saturday night.
Mike King inherited the pole after Rob Pitcher voluntarily dropped to the rear and led early. However, Andy Bachetti was hot on King’s heels. On lap 5, Bachetti was able to sneak past to take the lead.
At the same time, Hearn was on the move. By the time Bachetti took the lead, Hearn was already up to fifth. From there, it was a methodical move to the front. He dispatched of Brian Berger for fourth. Then it was Eddie Marshall (driving Kolby Schroder’s backup car) who was dropped like a bad habit.
Hearn eventually ran down Bachetti and made short work of him for the lead on lap 14. From that point on, Hearn pulled away from the pack.
Further back, Kenny Tremont Jr. was quick in his No. 115, but starting 14th really hurt him. With no cautions, he was a long way behind by the time he got to the top five.
Hearn held on through the second half of the feature to claim his second win of the season. Afterwards, Hearn was amazed at the ease in which he claimed victory.
“I thought that my car was good from the start,” Hearn said in the pits. “I ran three really hard laps to get myself some distance, then I settled in. They’re rarely this easy.”
Hearn’s win was the 99th Big Block Modified win of his career at Lebanon Valley, good for second all-time. It was also his 897th career feature triumph.
Bachetti, who was strong in his own right, finished second. Eddie Marshall finished third in the Schroder backup. Marshall has taken delivery of a new Teo chassis on Sunday to replace the one thrashed on 5/20. He plans to debut it next weekend at Lebanon Valley.
Tremont ended up finishing in a distant fourth, while Keith Flach was fifth. Through five races, Flach and Bachetti are tied for the points lead.
County Waste/Wohrle’s Foods Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Andy Bachetti, 3) Eddie Marshall, 4) Kenny Tremont Jr., 5) Keith Flach, 6) Mike King, 7) Brian Berger, 8) Chad Jeseo, 9) Kyle Armstrong, 10) J.R. Heffner, 11) Wayne Jelley, 12) Jeff Heotzler, 13) Matt Pupello, 14) L.J. Lombardo, 15) Kyle Sheldon, 16) Paul Gilardi, 17) Demetrios Drellos, 18) Ken McGuire, 19) Kolby Schroder, 20) Olden Dwyer, 21) Dave McFeeters, 22) Rob Pitcher, 23) Denny Soltis, 24) Mike Keeler