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Hopes Are High For BCR Racing At Daytona

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  J.R. Heffner, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200

Hopes Are High For BCR Racing At Daytona

Chris Knight
BCR Racing
February 3, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 3, 2009) - - Perhaps BCR Racing hasn’t been picked as a pre-race favorite for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona but there’s a good bet that the team fits into the category as a sleeper as 43 drivers will take the green flag for the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series opener Saturday.

J.R. Heffner, the new driver from BCR Racing returns to Daytona International Speedway looking for his first career top-10 but also looking to back-up his team’s pre-season success. Last December, Heffner guided by crew chief Howard Bixman quietly found themselves in the top-10 throughout the three-day test giving the newly formed ARCA team high hopes for ARCA’s biggest race of the year.

“I’m looking forward to Daytona,” said Heffner who looks to make his third start at the “World Center of Racing” this weekend. “The test was very satisfying to say the least. We worked hard throughout the three days to make our car competitive in and out of the draft. When we left we knew we had some work to do, but we’re coming back this week primed and ready for battle.”

Hoisting a 16th place finish as a career-best at Daytona International Speedway last year, Heffner is hoping for a little better run this time around but knows that the competition will remain fierce but hoping that his experience in the draft will the solution to conquering a top-10 finish.

“Having help in the draft is crucial for a good finish,” remarked Heffner, a 2008 Modified Champion. I’m sure that I wasn’t everyone’s first pick to draft with in the past, however I think I’ve proven myself as a strong and confident drafter and I hope it can be an advantage for our BCR Racing team this weekend.”

Heffner, who’s shifted his concentration from dirt to asphalt this season speaks fluently on how his communication with crew chief Howard Bixman has given him a new meaning of hope in stock car competition.

“I enjoy working with my crew chief,” Heffner stated. “We work together to make the car better and that’s what teamwork is about. He is a great leader for the team and I think with his direction, this team will be found near the front a lot.”

Bixman, a veteran of the ARCA RE/MAX Series is equally looking forward of being part of BCR Racing’s inaugural Daytona experience. “As a crew chief, I’m proud of what we are taking to Daytona and having J.R. as our driver,” the Michigan , native said. “We have a good shot at a good finish on Saturday and that’s exactly what we are aiming for.”

For Daytona, BCR Racing welcomes Park East Sales, LLC., and A. Colarusso & Son Inc., as their primary marketing partners. Turner Auto Repair, Q Racing Oil, L. Browe Asphalt, Bilstein Shocks, Fiacco Trucking, Claverack Service Center, Millers Automotive, Fuller O’Brien Insurance, Fords Transmission, Americano Beach Resort, Goodermote Excavation, East Coast Drilling & Blasting, Advance Auto Parts, RAO Contracting, John Ray & Sons, Magri’s Autobody, Ken and Dee Schroeder, Mike and Marie Heffner, Disposal Express, Gorman Brothers, Williams and Kingsley Auto Repair, Terry Haggerty Tire Co., Austin Powder, Mark’s Graphics and Tymark serve as the team’s associate marketing partners on the No. 74 automobile for the Super Bowl event for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

BCR Racing plans to run a minimum of eight ARCA RE/MAX Series races in 2009. The team will begin their tenure at Daytona International Speedway followed by attempts at Rockingham Speedway, Pocono Raceway , Michigan International Speedway , Pocono Raceway , Kentucky Speedway , Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (80 laps/200 miles) is the first of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 46th ARCA race held at Daytona is a three-day show. Practice begins Thursday, February 5 with a five hour practice session planned from 12:00-5:00 p.m. ARCA pole qualifying is set for Friday, February 6 slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. A one hour and five minute final practice session is etched in on Friday evening from 5:10pm-6:15 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Saturday, February 7 shortly after 4:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio broadcast through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

For more on J.R. Heffner, please visit the newly re-launched JRHeffner.com.


Jennifer Tobin / BCR Racing
E: jennifer@jrheffner.com
M: 413.841.6533

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