It may have been too cold to race, but Litchfield drag racer David Hearn got some work in on Saturday, Jan. 4, and earned a pretty sweet payday as well.
Hearn participated in this year's 10th Annual Team Live On Pat Rogers Midwest Practice Tree Race, which were held at the Pekin Moose Lodge. The event pits drivers against one another on a practice racing tree, which simulates the starting line timing system of a real drag race, in order to test a driver's reaction time.
Two hundred entries were sold for the event, with the winner set to get $2,020 and the runner-up settling for $500. Hearn would take four entries into the third round, but three were knocked out at that point.
He would carry his final remaining entry all the way to the final round, where he would face Holden English. Hearn and English agreed on a different split ($1,520 for the winner and $1,000 for second), which paid off for the Litchfield racer as English clocked in at .002 to Hearn's .006.
Hearn's son, Timothy, also participated in the event, posting a .002 in the first round of his shootout event. "T-Bone" would eventually make it to the semifinals, where he was knocked out by veteran racer Davey Harters.
The Team Live On Pat Rogers Midwest Practice Tree Race were originally put on by Patrick Rogers, who passed away in 2015. As a way to keep Rogers' memory alive, his brothers Jonathan and Will have continued to hold the event, with proceeds going to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research, a group near and dear to Rogers. The event also includes raffles, a 50/50 drawing, a bake sale and live music.
The Team Live On moniker originated from a song musician Brian Dennison wrote to remember Patrick Rogers. In addition to the practice tree races, friends of Rogers also carry Team Live On stickers on their race cars during the season.
For more information, find them at facebook.com/TeamLiveOn.