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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

Check out the preview for the all-new show; Dirt Track Outlaws at: http://vimeo.com/76004031
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Matt Pappa Slides His Way to Second in Fulton 50 Lapper

photo by raceproweekly.com
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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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Pappa Falls One Spot Short

in 1st Race at Albany Saratoga

On a re-start with just a few laps to go running 2nd Matt hooked bumpers with the leader causing an instant caution. Matt was placed to the rear with the leader getting his spot back. With only a few laps remaining Pappa made a furious charge to the front and fell one spot short finishing 2nd making this his best finish to date. “What a great run tonight,” exclaimed Pappa. “The guy behind me pushed me into the leader on the re-start and I hooked bumpers with him which sent me to the back. It was my Dad’s Birthday and I wanted to win for him.’’
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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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To find out more about Matt, please check out his on demand page at: www.mattpappa-ondemand.com

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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.
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Matt Pappa Headed to Fordham University Film School for Film & Digital Media Week

Nassau, NY (July 19, 2014) Matt Pappa has a strong passion for Film & Media and this week the 16 year old will take a one week hiatus from the confines of his No. 20Jr. racer when he travels to NYC to participate in a one week program at Fordham University. Matt is one of 60 students who will learn from the best about the world of film and media. The rising senior at Columbia High School has always enjoyed design and this school gives him the opportunity to see how he can take his existing Matt Pappa Designs and use it towards building a future. By the way, Pappa finished 6th on Saturday evening at the Valley. He lined up 9th and passed a few cars in the opening laps but after a long green run ended up sixth. “It was a strange night,” said Pappa. “We had no heats and they lined us up. We had four cautions early and then we just raced around to the checkered.” Matt’s next race is back at the valley on Saturday August 2nd. His stats for 2014 are 8 races, one win, four Top 5’s and 8 Top 10’s.
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Pappa Powers His Way to Fourth after Early Flat Tire

Nassau, NY- (July 12, 2014) Matt Pappa showed how tough the 16 year old racer can be when he rebounded from a lap three flat tire to record a strong fourth place finish under a full moon at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

Pappa lined up in 16th for the 20 lap main event. He started to work his way to the front when another racer tried to make it three wide on lap three. “All I could think was this is not going to work”, stated Pappa. “We got a flat after he slammed into my left front causing a gash in my tire. I made it to the pits but had to re-start last with over 20 cars in front of me.”

In the next 17 laps Matt put on a driving clinic racing from last to fourth when the checkered flag flew. Pappa turned what could have been a disastrous point’s night into a solid one. “My car was incredible when I came back out,” added Pappa. “I was passing cars high and low and I think we had the car to beat. My guys came through getting my flat changed and it was time for me to do my job.”

Matt’s next race is this Saturday evening July 19th back at the Valley.