Over the years of watching Brett Hearn wheel a modified, I have always been impressed by his attention to detail and presentation of his team and cars at the track.
He has carried that same approach over to being a race promoter.
“It’s just like getting ready for a really big race and trying to cover all the details,” Hearn said. “Then in the 11th hour you realize there were three things that you missed and it really bothers you. Maybe nobody even noticed, but I did. You make notes and come back next year and try to fix it.”
Of course, it made it easier to look at “The Big Show 5” as a success while standing in Victory Lane after winning close to $10,000.
“It looked pretty good from where I was,” he said. “There is nothing like setting up a big race and taking the money. It is pretty cool.”
Hearn wasn’t the only one walking out of Albany-Saratoga Speedway with a healthy chunk of change. The 50/50 for the night was $4,636, plus there was a second 50/50 awarded of $3,020 that was not claimed at last year’s event.
Hearn did have one problem he had to deal with, not as a promoter, but while in the car.
“My biggest problem was on the parade lap, I went to close my shield and my shield was jammed,” he said. “I ran the entire race with my shield half-open and that is not good. There were a lot of laps I could not get one eye open.”
Hearn the promoter is already looking forward to The Big Show 6 next season.
“The race had a great buzz from last year and I hope next year we have to bring in some temporary grandstands,” he said. “I want to try to grow this thing maybe 10 to 20 percent a year and keep everybody interested. We want to make it a really nice summer event that everyone wants to come back to every year and mark it on their calendar in January.”
The DIRTCar Pro Stock Series was on the undercard at The Big Show 5, and there was a solid field of 28 cars on hand for the event.
Fonda Speedway was well represented in the field, with Kenny Martin, Pete Broderson, Luke Horning, Gus Hollner, Chuck Dumblewski, Dennis Joslin, Walt Brownell and Nick Stone all making the trip and qualifying.
Martin, driving Jeff McPhail’s 93M, drove from his 13th starting spot to finish fourth and Broderson challenged the front runners and finished fifth.
Brownell finished 11th, with Horning 14th, Hollner 16th, Joslin 17th, Dumblewski 24th and Stone 28th.
Warner wins at Brewerton
Rocky Warner picked up the victory on July 4 in the 25-lap, $1,000-to-win Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout at Brewerton Speedway.
The win also advances Warner to the redraw for the Industrial Tire of CNY Sportsman Shootout during the Outlaw 200 Weekend at the Fulton Speedway on Oct. 4-5.
Brewerton marks the seventh track Warner has claimed wins at either in a sportsman, pro stock or street stock.
He has wins at Fonda, Glen Ridge, Accord, Utica-Rome, Albany-Saratoga and the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.