Harvey Hainer Jr’s interest
started early in life watching the races at Merrittville Speedway, while his father Harvey Sr.
crew chiefed cars for Lloyd Holt and later Mike Zajac.
In 1975, Harvey Jr. decided to
try his hand at driving a late model, 1966 Chevelle owned by Mark Elliot. He numbered his
first race car after his uncle Lloyd Holt’s #15. With one year under his belt late model, he
moved into modifieds, racing a former Davey Moore Gremlin and numbered it 2H. (The two Harveys
and two Hainers)
With veteran crew chief Harvey
Sr., the 2H’s made their presence known on the area dirt ovals, calling Merrittville Speedway
their Saturday Night home.
For 1981, the Hainers purchased
Alan Johnson’s Troyer Mudbus and by season’s end would be crowned Merrittville Speedway’s
modified champion. The 2H was always recognized as a contender on the D.I.R.T. circuit, and
raced at all area dirt ovals, with ventures to Fonda, Rolling Wheels, Five Mile Point and