DANNY HIEBER MAKING A COMEBACK IN MODIFIEDS WITH PRO DRAG RACER KENNY KORETSKY AT GRANDVIEWGrandview PR
BECHTELSVILLE, PA February 28, 2008 . . .After being away from the sport since 2003 Danny Hieber is planning to make a comeback this season racing a NASCAR Modified stock car at Grandview Speedway.
?I never lost the desire to race,? said the 41-year-old. ?It was just that family and business just took over. There just was not time to devote to racing. However I have always thought about returning to the sport.?
Hieber has been devoting much of his time to the family businesses which include Bucks County International and Scrappy?s Auto Repair located in Penndel. And there was the time needed for the family. Oldest son Andrew is heavily involved in ice hockey and dad got involved with coaching and managing.
?Now that my son is into Jr. Hockey and has a driver?s license he can get around more on his own,? said Hieber. ?The team provides transportation for the games so all that gives me more free time.?
Over the past few years Danny and his close friend Kenny Koretsky have talked about putting a team together and getting back into the sport. Danny was considered one of the top talents in local dirt track stock car racing for a number of years. He even ran a couple of seasons in NASCAR Craftsman Truck competition.
Koretsky is the very popular ?Captain Chaos? and races on the highly competitive National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock tour. He has been a top competitor for years.
?This Captain Chaos team will be going in circles,? said Richboro resident Koretsky. ?Danny will be driving our new NASCAR dirt modified with sponsorship from Nitro Fish Wear. He is a good driver and we believe he will be very competitive.?
Koretsky feels that the involvement of his Nitro Fish Wear apparel brand will create great exposure and generate new business. He will also have his Bucks County Kawasaki involved along with Plaza Car Wash, KPK Development, Bucks County International and Scrappy?s.
The plan is for Hieber to race at Grandview Speedway; a one-third-mile, banked clay track located in Bechtelsville, PA on Saturday nights and run a limited schedule of big block modified mid-week events.
?We will concentrate on Grandview,? said Hieber. ?I think we can be successful there. I will consider it a good season if we can make all the races, be competitive on a regular basis and win a few.?
Hieber will be going up against some tough competition with top talents such as multi-time track champions Jeff Strunk and Craig VonDohren in the field along with Doug Manmiller, newcomer Ryan Godown, Mike Gular, Kerry Kratz and a host of others.
The Nitro Fish Wear team will be using the best of equipment with a Bicknell chassis and power plants from HG Associates in Limerick, PA.
Hieber and Koretsky hope to have the team set to go for the big traditional free-to-the-public practice day set for Grandview Speedway on March 29th . The practice session starts at noon.
The official season opener is set for Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m. with the NASCAR Modifieds and Late Models in action. The Modifieds will race in a 40-lapper that offers $3,000 to win. The Late Models will also be racing for an increased purse as part of a promotion being put together by Mark Garman.
?I?ve known Kenny almost all my life,? said Hieber. ?My dad (his involvement in the sport goes back to the days of Langhorne Speedway) and Kenny were partners in the Truck Series team. We have run dirt cars and asphalt over the years and Kenny (a highly successful entrepreneur with involvement in a variety of businesses) has been drag racing for more than 25 years. We haven?t raced in the last couple of years. I always wanted to get back into driving a dirt car so everything has worked out for us this year.?
Many of the same crew members that helped Danny in the past will be returning including Mike Errico Sr. and Jr., Kenny Bruce,