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Pappa takes out Brett Hearn's

Big Block

Matt Pappa got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of mentor Brett Hearn's 800+ horsepower big block DIRT Modified for practice at Albany-Saratoga Speedway 8/29/14. He quickly grabbed the reins and turned a lap time that was 18th quickest, briefly adjusting to the more than double the amount of horsepower. "2 laps was just a tease." Pappa said.
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Matt Pappa Wins

the First Of The Season at Lebanon Valley

At the drop of the green Pappa’s Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises 20Jr. began his drive to the front. He dodged one major wreck sliding through a small opening moving him into second place at the halfway point. “That was a close one,” said Pappa of the huge wreck. “I slid through and managed to keep my momentum.” The last ten laps were tough on Pappa and a yellow flag flew with one to go setting up a crucial green flag to the checkered flag run.
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Pappa Races His Way To

Sixth Place at Lebanon Valley

In only his second start of the 2014 racing season Matt Pappa dodged the big one to bring his Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises No. 20 Jr. to a sixth place finish on Saturday evening May 17th at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. Pappa raced his immaculate No. 20 Jr. to a second place finish in his heat race lining him up in tenth place for the 20 lap Andrew Sherman Sportsman Cup main event. At the drop of the green Pappa was on the move working his way forward when a wreck happened directly in front of the 16 year old racer.
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Matt Pappa to receive

two awards at NYSSCA banquet

Matt Pappa had a great rookie season behind the wheel of his No. 20 Jr. Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises Sportsman race car. The 16 year old racer will be honored at the NYSSCA banquet in January of 2014 for his efforts at both Albany Saratoga Speedway and at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Pappa will receive the “Outstanding Performance in Novice Sportsman at Albany Saratoga” as well as the “Sportsman Rookie of the Year” at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He recorded four wins at Albany Saratoga including his memorable night when he won the Novice Sportsman rained out feature which moved him up to the regular Sportsman class. He then won his heat race and the feature in that evening’s main event.
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Dirt Track Outlaws

on A&E

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Matt Pappa Slides His Way to Second in Fulton 50 Lapper

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Team Twenty Sweeps the Night

with 3 wins at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

“My car was a rocket all night,” said Pappa. “I can’t thank my crew and my sponsors for all that they do to help me. What makes tonight even more special is that my mentor and coach Brett Hearn won the Modified Feature as well.” Matt did an incredible job tonight,” stated the jubilant Hearn. “He definitely has Albany Saratoga figured out.
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Matt Pappa Rides to

4th Place Finish at Lebanon Valley Speedway

Pappa lined up his black and yellow Teo chassis race car in the 7th starting position in hopes of maintaining his 2nd place position in the 2013 Budget Sportsman points standing. He steadily moved forward and coming off of the final turn he dove under the 3rd place car and was nipped at the line by inches. His 4th place finish keeps him within striking position of the points lead.
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Become a Marketing Partner with Matt Pappa Racing in 2013

The key to any race team’s success is having a good core of marketing partners who use your racing program as a way to build their business. Companies like Albany Windustrial, Cardish Machine Works, Fratesi Landscaping, Zia’s Pizzeria and Madsen Overhead Doors have all stepped up to the plate in 2013 as Matt transitions from Legends Car racing to his new venture with Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises. “For us to get to the next level we need to expand and bring other marketing partners to our team…and we feel that we have a great deal to offer as a team.”
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Pappa Dodges the Yellow Fever

for 9th at the Valley

Matt Pappa gave it his all in the 20 lap Budget Sportsman main event at the Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday evening July 6th. Pappa continued his impressive rookie campaign at the high banked 5/8th mile oval dodging countless yellow flags on his way to another top 10 finish. Matt lined his No. 20 Jr. Teo Chassis race car in the 19th starting position. Every time Pappa started to make a move the yellow flag flew. “It was a one lane race track tonight,” said Pappa. “I kept missing the wrecks but I just couldn’t get any momentum going tonight.”
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Pappa Back on Track with

Three Races in Two Days

Matt Pappa passed more cars in one weekend then he probably had in the previous 8 races in his rookie season. It was twin features for Matt on Friday evening and he lined up 18th in the make-up feature. Pappa kept his cool and roared to a second place finish in just 12 laps. “I needed two more laps,” stated Pappa. Saturday night Pappa lined up 20th for the 20 lap race at Lebanon Valley and continued to pass cars on his way to the front. When the checkered flag flew Matt was side by side with the 4th place runner scoring a hard earned 5th place finish.
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Lights Out, Flip and Flat Tire

Makes for Wild Weekend for Pappa

On Saturday night Pappa got pinched into the fence in his heat race and rolled his No. 20Jr. race car in a violent flip. “My guys were incredible,” said Pappa. “After seeing what the car looked like when we got back in the pits I thought no way will we race.” Pappa quickly began picking off cars but slight contact on lap 12 gave Pappa a flat tire after moving all the way up to 11th place. Again his Brett Hearn crew got him back out and he rebounded for a hard fought 11th place finish.
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Matt Pappa Wins 2nd at Albany Saratoga Speedway

In only his 7th race of the 2013 campaign the 15 year old Nassau, NY native dodged a number of early yellow flag events and took the lead on lap 7. On the next restart Pappa sped to the outside and forged ahead to bring his Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises racecar to Victory Lane.
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Matt Pappas First Mod Win at Albany Saratoga Speedway

And Backs it up with Solid 4th Place run at Lebanon Valley

It was only a matter of time until Matt Pappa raced his way to Victory Lane in his No. 20 Jr. Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises Teo Chassis race car. Pappa has been flirting with Victory Lane and Friday evening the talented teen made racing history recording not only his first win but the first win as a car owner for his TeamTwenty teammate and owner Brett Hearn. Pappa started 7th in the 16 car field for the 15 lap Novice Sportsman main event at Albany Saratoga Speedway. Pappa took the lead on lap 12 and never looked back to make it a sweep for TeamTwenty. Brett Hearn also won the Modified Feature event.
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In 1st Ever Dirt Sportsman Race

Pappa Soars to 4th Place Finish

Pappa used the heat race as a test and followed the field around the 5/8th mile oval in preparation for the feature event. He lined his black and yellow “Junior Jet” up in 22nd starting position in the 32 car Dirt Sportsman field. When the green flag dropped it was obvious to the packed house that the sophomore at nearby Columbia High School would be a force to be reckoned with this season. He darted his way through the field both high and low having some fans wondering why Brett Hearn was racing in the Sportsman Feature, but it was his 15 year old teammate that was putting on the show.
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Matt Pappa Excited to Return to Fulton Speedway for Industrial Tire CNY Sportsman Shootout

Nassau, NY- (September 24, 2014) It was one year ago that Matt Pappa made his first trip to Fulton Speedway to participate in the Industrial Tire of Central New York 50 lap sportsman shootout. Pappa was wrapping up his rookie season behind the wheel of his Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises No. 20 Jr. after capturing the Rookie of the Year title at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. Matt made the trip north having never even seen the speedway prior to the racing event. “Last year was such a great run for our team at Fulton,” beamed Pappa. “I came from 21st to 2nd in 50 laps after winning one of the last chance races and had to pass some great cars to my way to the front. After last years’ experience I am hoping to get a better starting spot and going for the win.” “Matt did a great job at Fulton last year,” added team owner Brett Hearn. “It might have been his best race of the year and I know Matt is really excited to return and challenge for the win.” Matt recorded a third place in points in the Budget Sportsman division at Lebanon Valley this season. The talented senior at Columbia High School also picked up his first win on the high banks at the Valley in 2014. Consistency was the key for Pappa never finishing out of the Top 10 all season long at Lebanon Valley. “It’s been a good year,” lamented Pappa. “We’ve done a little traveling after the season ended at the Valley and had a couple of tough races. I am really pumped for Fulton and then the Eastern States Weekend at Orange County Speedway to wrap up the year.” For more information on Matt Pappa Racing please call Rolfe Schnur at 954-224-8661.

Pappa Races to Seventh and Fifth in Valley Cliffhangers

Nassau, NY- (August 30, 2014) Matt Pappa continued his consistent 2014 season on Saturday evening August 30th at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. The first race was the leftover rained out feature from the Mr. Dirt Track USA show. Matt re-started the feature in tenth and battled his way to a seventh place finish. “There was no passing and we only went thirteen laps,” stated Pappa. “I passed a few cars but no one was going anywhere in that race.” Matt started at the tail of his heat and was passing three wide when another competitor hit the wall and flipped six times. Pappa narrowly avoided going over himself and was sideways but recovered to finish third. In the feature the 17 year old starting 15th and started working his way to the front and had to dodge a number of yellow flags. “Not sure what was going on tonight,” added Matt. “Every caution they seemed to put me back five spots. “I felt like Brett tonight passing three cars at a time. I got as high as fourth but finished fifth.” Pappa’s last race at the Valley is this Saturday September 6th. Matt’s stats for 2014 are 11 races, one win, six Top 5’s and 11 Top 10’s.

Matt Pappa Races to Runner-up Finish at the Valley

Nassau, NY- (August 2, 2014) Matt Pappa kept his sites on the Lebanon Valley Sportsman points championship when he recorded a second place finish just two days before his 17th birthday.

Pappa lined up his No. 20Jr. racecar in the 10th starting position for the 20 lap sportsman main event.  Within a few laps Pappa had blasted his way to the third spot and was looking to make his way to the coveted number one position. After making his way up to second Pappa waged a furious side-by-side battle for the win falling just short of victory lane.

“What a great race,” exclaimed Pappa. “We had the fastest car but I just couldn’t make that last pass. I wanted to win this for my Mom who celebrated her birthday on Sunday. It was a great night for TeamTwenty I was 2nd Brett won his 850th career race.”

Matt’s next race is back at the Valley on Thursday August 14th where the Sportsman Cars join the Modifieds for the Mr. Dirt Track USA race.

Matt’s stats for 2014 are 9 races, 1 win, 5 Top 5’s and 9 Top 10’s.