In our sport, we’re always pushing to promote young-up-and-comers. Well, when the green flag flies on the 2019 season, the Super DIRTcar Series field is guaranteed to contain seven drivers under the age of 35, all driving extremely high-profile machines. Max McLaughlin, Demetrios Drellos, Mike Mahaney, Peter Britten, Jack Lehner, Erick Rudolph, and Mat Williamson.
Easily one of the largest groups of youthful talent to tour the northeast.
The Super DIRTcar Series is a grueling 30+ race circuit, but will these seven drivers make the veterans up their game some more or will the veterans show them the way around the track?
Some drivers may say it’s too soon, some may be looking forward to it.
One day you’re the kid all the old guys are complaining about. Next thing you know, you’re the old guy.
Brett Hearn vs Danny Johnson. Matt Sheppard vs Stewart Friesen. All classic rivalries help define our sport by giving older fans a heel to root against and someone for newer fans to root for.
But the years have changed. There seem to be more fresh faces in the pits.
The proof is in the numbers.
Two out of the top three drivers in the 2018-point standings were in their 20’s.
Young drivers are desperate to be the next ‘Brett Hearn’ while owners are desperate to find him. Well you know what? Brett Hearn had to start at the bottom too.
Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Jimmy Phelps. They’ve all earned their titles.
These young guns know they’re strapping in to take a beating but know if they don’t, they won’t make it to the top.
The Super DIRTcar Series is the place to be. It’s where drivers go to earn their stripes.
The ones who put in the hours, put in the blood and sweat, the ones who are willing to give it their everything, those are the ones that will persevere and become the next Brett Hearn.
2018 saw five drivers over the age of 40 collect eleven victories, almost half the races that were held in 2018.
With more young blood on the tour this season, will the young drivers be able to tackle the veterans, or will the veterans defend their turf?