Drummondville, Quebec -18 July, 2011-
The Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series headed north of the border to Quebec for the Equipment’s Adrien Phaneuf 100, the first race of the Great Canadian Tour and race #6 for the series.
The 796th victory of Brett Hearn’s storied career came in dramatic fashion Monday night at Autodrome Drummond when mechanical issues on rival Danny Johnson’s Big-Block Modified on the final lap netted Hearn his first Super DIRTcar Series victory of 2011 in his Weld Racing wheel equipped race car.
Brett Hearn was on the move to seventh when Tom Sears Jr. brought out the first caution on lap 22. On the restart, Johnson got a great jump and took second over Hébert and Bussière. The top five positions shifted as Wight was now third with Hearn and Billy Decker cracking the top five when Pete Britten hit the wall hard in turn 4 on lap 44. Johnson was still in front as Hearn and Decker passed Hebert on lap 74 pushing him to fourth. Decker and Hebert were in a good battle for the third with 20 laps to go. Hebert edged into third as Hearn got closer to Johnson with 15 to go. Hearn was on the back bumper of Johnson with less than 10 to go when Decker swiped third from Hebert. At the same time Johnson, Hearn and Decker waged a three-car battle for the lead with only five laps to go. Johnson`s engine gave up on the final lap as Hearn charged to the front for the 107th Super DIRTcar Series victory of his career and his sixth series win at Drummond. Decker was second with Wight, Johnson and Hears rounding out the top five.
“What a fantastic track,” said Hearn, of Sussex, N.J. “I was racing so hard I didn’t realize Johnson was smoking. I finally got this win and I’m looking forward to tomorrow (at Autodrome Granby).”