SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Brett Hearn won Super DIRT Week's main event five times from 1985 through 1995 and after a 16-year drought he raised the trophy again on Sunday thanks to a good gamble in a rain-shortened VP Small Engine Fuels 200 at the New York State Fairgrounds.
With Hearn leading past the halfway point of the 200-lap race and the threat of a rain delay increasing he decided to stay on the track instead of pitting to maintain his position, and that turned out to be the difference when the race was red-flagged after 113 laps and made official after about an hour of waiting.
Hearn's six career wins in the race's 41-year history are two more than any other driver.
Stewart Friesen, trying to become just the second driver to win three times in a row, suffered a mechanical problem and was forced to leave the track on lap 38. He finished 42nd out of 45 drivers.
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