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Hearn takes victory again at Speedway

March 20, 2006

Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., dominated the 30-lap small block modified feature Sunday, leading the entire way to win his second race of the season at the Hagerstown Speedway.

In addition to the $2,000 first-place money, Hearn earned a guaranteed starting spot for the 100-lap $10,000-to-win small block feature in the Octoberfest 350 on October 28-29.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., made his all-night drive from a postponed World of Outlaws event in Louisiana pay off as he led every lap to win the 30-lap Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late model feature. He earned a guaranteed starting spot in the late model portion of the of the Octoberfest.

Hearn started on the pole in the 30-lap big block feature and quickly pulled in front of Willy Decker and Kevin Hirthler. Jimmy Horton passed Hirthler for third on the second lap right before the first caution was waved. On the restart, Hearn jumped in front and was putting the slower cars a lap down by lap 10.

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"The car was awesome. The car wasn't good in the beginning, but it stepped up in the middle," Hearn said after his 20th career win at Hagerstown. "We have a solid program in both the big block and small block and we are looking forward to Saturday night for the Super DIRT Series."

While Decker tried to keep pace with the leader, Horton began to pressure Decker for the runner-up spot. As Hearn dominated the race, the only thing that kept Hearn close to the rest of the field were the flat right rear tires of Dave Duboin on lap 18 and Hirthler on lap 19. But once the race resumed, Hearn easily pulled away from the field.

Horton was second and Mike Colsten charged through the field in the latter stages for third. Decker and Billy Pauch rounded out the top five.

Gerald Davis got the jump on Rick Eckert at the start of the 30-lap late model feature, but a multicar pileup going into turn 3 before the first lap was completed wiped out Davis' move. The race was restarted in single file for the safety of the drivers, with Rick Eckert taking the lead from the pole with Davis, Ronnie DeHaven and Tim McCreadie in pursuit. Eckert pulled away from the field on a restart on lap 6 and by the 20th lap was working his way through the rear of the field.

"I didn't really have a good car today but we had a good starting spot," Eckert said after his 19th career win at Hagerstown. "Hopefully, we aren't racing elsewhere and can come back here and use this guaranteed starting spot in October."

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