JR HEFFNER PULLING DOUBLE DUTY AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY
Albany, NY, June 26, 2016– Local area racer JR Heffner will return to Eldora Speedway in Ohio for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on July 20th. He will also compete in the Super Dirt Car Big Block Modified program as well. JR has raced before at the acclaimed track and is ready to get back and race head to head with both NASCAR and the Super Dirt Series’ best teams.
“We are very pleased to announce our return to Eldora Speedway in 2016, it’s always been a very special race for us. Our team has always looked for a challenge in motorsports, to be able to compete against the best dirt racers in the country on the fastest tracks in the Northeast tests us every week. To also go out to Ohio and race against the best NASCAR truck drivers and the drivers of the Super Dirt Series is a huge challenge, but one I feel we are ready for.”
- JR Heffner
During the 4th annual NASCAR Camping World Series truck race his entry will be the number 44 Chevrolet Silverado the team owns. JR will partner with Martin Motorsports, a regular season truck team for logistics and operations. Current Modified race team partners A Colarusso & Sons and Park East Sales will join the truck program on the trip to Ohio, but the team is open to work with partners who are looking for marketing opportunities with National reach and scale.
During the Super Dirt Car events, JR will pilot the Upstate Utilities #74 Big Block Modified. This is his weekly Malta entry and will use Eldora to strengthen and build on the newly formed team led by Steve Hart.
JR Heffner Racing is a New York based race team that races Big Block Modified’s at Albany Saratoga Speedway in Malta NY, and both Big Block and Small Block Modified’s at Lebanon Valley Speedway in Lebanon, NY, halfway between Albany and Pittsfield. Massachusetts. JR has won 4 track Championships, is a 3 time Mr. Dirt Track USA, and has won the Hagerstown 350 twice. He has competed in the ARCA racing series and raced at tracks such as Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Super Speedway, Kentucky, Chicago and New Hampshire Speedways.
First off, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the men and women of the Armed Forces who have payed the ultimate price for our freedom. It is only through their heroic efforts that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Our race team kicked off the weekend at Albany Saratoga Speedway. Steve Hart and JR had made some changes to the car during the week to give it a little better balance. We were a little too hard on the right rear, then on the left rear, then we needed better front end grip so little by little each week Steve had been chipping away at getting us a solid baseline setup. We have never run Malta before so we knew the first part of the season would be getting to a point where we had a decent baseline and then making adjustments from there. All of the hard work paid off during the heat race as JR rocketed from 10th to first, passing Stewart Friesen to take the lead and setting fastest time of all heats. We knew we had hit something and were really looking forward to the feature. Unfortunately we got tagged very early on on the race and spun again during the final laps coming through the field and were unable to show our potential. It was just hard short track racing and those nights are going to happen, but we are very excited for next week to show what the car can do.
Saturday night was a great night for our race team, with everyone working together to make the most of a couple of very difficult issues. The #17 Small Block modified lost a transmission right out of warmups. While team members kept the Big Block moving through the night prepping and making adjustments, the small block team went to work and removed and replaced the whole assembly right at the track. The completed it just in time to make the feature. Because JR had missed the heat race he started dead last in 25th. He definitely made the best of it, navigating through some nasty wrecks and drove a great race through the field to finish in 4th place. The result was a real testament to the resolve of the team to get the car fixed and not quit on such a hot and difficult night.
The Big Block race was another great showing for the crew and the fight of the team. JR, Matt, and the crew had put it a lot of work during the week on the Big Block to move it forward. The car was very, very fast in the heat race and looked great all night. JR started 7th in the feature and made some quick passes in the opening laps when suddenly a huge wreck blocked the track, involving JR. He made his way down pit road and the crew discovered the panhard bar was snapped in half. With a calm hand, Matt guided the crew and they all worked perfectly together to get the damaged part removed, replaced and adjusted and send JR back to the track. Because of the damage and the the lost track time JR would start back in the 12th position.
As the green flag dropped it was evident the week's work had paid off. JR made pass after pass and even with a damaged car, ran all the way up to 5th place. It was a real fitting end to the night and it was a really proud moment to watch everyone on the team come together and keep fighting to work as one and keep JR in the hunt on the track.
We hope you all have a great Holiday and get to enjoy the beautiful the day with your families.
See you at the track,
JR Heffner Racing
JR picked up a 13th place finish at Albany Saratoga Raceway and a 6th Place finish the following night at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
We were real happy with the progress at both tracks. At both tracks, the cars got better every time out. We're starting with zero notes and to come home in one piece and pick up 12 spots at Malta was great. We made some big changes and the car really responded once we got to the feature. We have to draw for three weeks until handicapping starts, so drawing last was just unlucky, but we made the most of it.
Lebanon Valley just got better for the team. Again, from warmups, to the heat race , to the feature, every change had a positive effect. The car came in late, around lap 20, but was running really competitive times. We are all really excited for next weekend as we have a great baseline now to improve upon.
Thank you very much to Kim Kline, Dylan Friebel, and Tyler Halstead for the great pictures.
Hope everyone has a great week, see you at the track!
The Small block car has arrived at the Parise Race car shop. While the motor is being rebuilt, the crew will rebuild the transmission and rear end and rebuild or replace anything else we need for our attack on the Small Block Class at Lebanon Valley Speedway this year.
The Albany Saratoga Big Block is also in progress, that's a brand new chassis from Bicknell that arrived just before Volusia and that is also being built.
The team learned a lot and had great results in Volusia so we are very excited for the season to begin. 1 more Month and we'll be racing!
Here it is. After 4 weeks of building we completed our Volusia Speedway entry for 2016 Speedweeks. Mark McDonald did an awesome job of laying down the 80 feet of Flourescent Vinyl and the boys built a stunning looking car. We really proud of this one.
For the 2016 DIRT racing season the JR Heffner racing team will race the #74 Big Block Modified and the #17 Small Block Modified at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday nights.
We are also pleased to announce JR and the team will also be racing another Big Block Modified Friday nights at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
There will be some adjustments with product sponsors/logos etc, but for 2016 we are returning to yellow for our main color scheme as well.
Hope everyone is having a terrific offseason and a Happy New year to all!
Everyone has been spending a ton of time and working a lot of hours to make these cars ready for Syracuse. The changes to the cars have been incredible. All new bodies, new motors, new front end, steering box, rear end, quick fill, wiring for communication, the list goes on and on. Every component on the car is new or rebuilt.
The bodies are completely different. The roof angle is different, all the front panels are different, the sides are different as well. The inside panels all come down much, much, lower to keep the air moving through the car. The nose has a piece that extends down in front.
Here a couple of pics from Lebanon, JR running a standard configuration while Hearn runs a Syracuse blend body, see how many difference you can see and then I will follow with all the changes we make. Have fun!