HIRSCHMAN REPEATS AT
A.J. RUSSELL UPSET WINNER IN EAST-WEST SHOOTOUT;
EMOTIONAL SK WIN FOR BLEWETT
Reen, Freeze, Johnson & Smith
Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA,
drove to his second straight John Blewett III Memorial North-South
Shootout victory in front of a record crowd at Concord Motorsport Park
on Saturday night. Hirschman joins the race’s namesake John Blewett III
as a two-time winner. Pit strategy played a role in Matt Hirschman’s
win, who short pitted and went the distance on tires. Neighbor Eric
Beers, also of Northampton, PA, continued his string of strong Shootout
runs with a runner-up finish. Bobby Santos of Franklin, MA, completed
It was a healthy payday for Hirschman who took home a grand
total of $12,480 in cash and contingencies including the $6,000 winners
take and $4,930 in lap sponsorship money after leading 73 laps and never
running outside of the top-three.
In what could be considered an upset, A.J. Russell
meticulously worked his way through the field to put his name in the
record books as the winner of the inaugural Wirtgen America East-West
Supermodified Shootout. Russell of Clovis, CA, went coast-to-coast to
claim the victory and $5,660 in cash and prizes. The take for Russell
included the $3,800 purse plus $1,410 in lap money.
It was an emotional victory for Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ,
who took home top honors and $3,540 in cash and prizes in the SK-Type
Modified main event. Blewett was in the right place at the right time
during the 50-lapper; inheriting the top spot after the leaders tangled
just after halfway. He went on to lead the remaining 22 laps to take
down the popular win. Blewett’s winnings included the $2,100 purse and
$890 in lap money.
For the second straight year, Carl Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT,
scored a commanding victory in the 25-lap Modified Non-Qualifiers main
event. In a show of Sportsmanship, Pasteryak donated his winnings to the
John W. Blewett Scholarship Fund. In support division action, Glen Reen
Wilbraham, MA, scored the victory in the Crate SK-Type Modified Division
while Randy Freeze, of Salisbury, NC was tops in the Four-Cylinders.
Vintage Modified honors went to Randy Smith, Bassett, VA. Johnny Johnson
of Tobaccoville, NC, was the Vintage Flathead winner.
An emotional ceremony honoring John Blewett III signified the
commencement of the North-South Shootout main event. With the entire
Blewett Family on hand for the tribute, John IV, the eight-year old son
of the late Blewett, took over announcing duties during opening pre-race
ceremonies to introduce pole sitter Uncle Jimmy. The call to fire
engines was also given by young Blewett.
Hirschman got the jump from his outside pole position to lead
the opening lap, leaving Blewett to fend off the challenges of Erick
Rudolph. The youngster was able to take the position away to take chase
of Hirschman. During the initial green flag run the cars to watch were
Southern hopeful Burt Myers and Chuck Hossfeld.
The top three of Hirschman, Rudolph, and Blewett had begun to
distance themselves from the pack. Blewett began to get racy with
Rudolph but could not muster up a pass. With a quarter of the race
quickly flying by Pete Brittain and Eric Beers ran just outside of the
Lapped traffic began to play a role as Hirschman enjoyed some
breathing room over Rudolph and Blewett in traffic.
Burt Myers had the
best seat in the house in fourth while the two battled for position. On
lap28, Blewett regained the second position.
The first caution of the event flew on lap 32 when Jason
Myers spun in the dog leg. During the caution period most of the pack
headed to pit road for the mandatory pit stop including Hirschman,
Blewett, Rudolph, and Hossfeld. A total of 27 cars went down pit road.
The strategies varied, while some teams opted to change tires many only
jacked up the car as required.
After pit stops only the #40 of Ryan Preece, who did not pit,
stood in the way of Hirschman and the lead. The running order on the
restart pitted Preece against Hirschman. Brittain, Beers, and Blewett
rounded out the top five. Under race conditions, Santos was beginning
his march to the front. He took a position from Burt Myers and quickly
took chase of Blewett.
Young Preece continued to show the way over Hirschman in
second, Beers, Brittain, and now Santos. The lead continued to grow as
Preece distanced himself from Hirschman. Beers, with Santos in tow,
began to reel in second-running Hirschman.
The yellow flew for the second time on lap 58 for an
altercation on the front stretch that involved Brittain, Ronnie Silk,
Bobby Grigas and Darren Scherer. Preece relinquished the lead to
Hirschman to make his mandatory pit stop. Christopher followed Preece
down pit road. Immediately after rejoining the field for the restart,
the #36 of Ted Christopher lost a power steering pump leaving fluid on
the track and extending the caution.
When racing resumed, Hirschman was back at the helm. Beers
had worked his way up to second followed by Santos, and Blewett. A
stretch of green flag action was halted when the #44 of Rick Kluth left
a large trail of fluid on the track to bring out the caution at lap 73.
Myers ducked down pit road during the caution to take on tires during
his mandatory stop. After extensive cleanup under red flag conditions it
was still Hirschman in control.
It was status quo at the front of the pack while
locked in a heated battle with Civali. Not to be denied, Civali grabbed
the position away. He set his sites on Lia, now running in fifth.
Contact between the two caused a chain reaction that sent Szegedy
spinning to bring out the fourth caution at lap 76.
The gains that Civali had made under the previous green flag
run were lost when racing resumed. Hossfeld got under Civali while Lia
used the high-side around the #28. A spin by Les Hinckley had the yellow
waving for the fifth time on lap 82.
Hirschman continued to set the pace; showing the way over
Beers, Santos, Blewett, and Hossfeld inside the top five. Hossfeld saw
his good finish go by the wayside after contact with Blewett sent him
spinning in turn four to bring out the sixth and final caution on lap
The final dash to the checkers was an exciting one as the top
three of Hirschman, Beers and Santos ran in a tight pack. Santos looked
to use the high groove on Beers and than the low groove trying to get
the second spot from Beers. Beers held back on challenges from Santos
and had one of his own for Hirschman. But Hirschman would not be denied
en route to his second straight victory.
It was a happy occasion in victory lane as the crew and
family of Hirschman celebrated the victory. In addition to his prize
money, Hirschman received a custom-painted shotgun by Indocil Art and
Design courtesy of C&C Racing Promotions along with a beautifully
crafted trophy by Hayes Jewelers. Pro-System, Inc. also presented
Hirschman with $500. The elder Hirschman, father Tony, once again, had
to visit victory lane as a proud father. Personal issues prevented car
owners Bob and Tom Kehley from making the trip to the Shootout.
Ronnie Silk was presented the John Blewett III Memorial Hard
Charger Award from the Blewett Family along with $100. Other prizes for
the Hard-Charger included free plumbing from Brown & Miller and $500
from an anonymous fan’s sponsorship.
Relative newcomer to the Supermodified ranks,
the best of the best in the Wirtgen America East-West Supermodified
Shootout. Using what his fellow competitors tagged a magnificent line,
Russell took the lead one lap after halfway from veteran Doug Didero
than held off reigning International Supermodified Association champion
Chris Perley to claim the victory.
The inaugural Wirtgen East-West Supermodified Shootout was
led to green with Rich Reid and Scott Martel showing the way. Martel
took the initial lead but the yellow flew immediately when several cars
tangled on the start. Californian Martin McKeefery was the worse for the
wear with his # 27 into the wall.
Rich Reid took up the lead on the restart with several more
yellows flying within the first six laps. Claimed in incidents were the
likes of Rob Summers, Kelly Miller, Jim Shirey, Larry Lehnert, Rich
Castor, Bob Dalton, Bob Dawson and Lou Cicconi, When things finally
settled down, Reid began to pull away from Doug Didero, Brad Noffsinger,
Charlie Shultz, Timmy Jedrzejek and Martel as green prevailed. The
yellow flew again on lap 15 when 62-year old Colorado driver Harry Stone
met with the wall.
It was Reid, Didero, Schultz, Noffsinger and now Russell on
the restart. Timmy J began to fade with motor problems. Didero made his
move passing Reid for the lead on lap 20 with Schultz in tow. Outside of
the top-three, Perley was methodically working his way toward the front.
Russell, now solidly inside the top three, searched for more.
From second on lap 20, Russell was the new leader on lap 26. Shortly
after losing the lead, Didero was forced pitside with mechanical
failure; relinquishing the second position.
The leader, Russell, had Schultz and Perley in tow while
Reid, Mike Ordway Jr., Noffsinger and Mike Lichty trailed the top trio.
The caution flew on lap 34 to cool the action when Joe Gosek's 00 slowed
in turn one. On the restart, Perley made quick work of Schultz for
second and set sail for Russell. Before he could muster up any real
challenge, the caution flew, when the west coast car of Jim Birges made
hard contact with the wall on lap 36 to bring out the final yellow flag.
The final 14 laps of the race went green with Perley throwing
every move at Russell. The youngster proved to be the class of the field
holding off Perley for the victory. Schultz completed the podium. Dale
Lamborn crossed the line fourth; but was penalized for jumping the
start. Officially Mike Lichty and Rich Reid rounded out the top five.
The Wirtgen America East-West Supermodified was intended to
showcase the talent of the entire Supermodified Racing community. It was
mission accomplished as the podium finishers were representative of
three different racing organizations.
In SK-Type Modified Racing action, it fittingly was
Jimmy Blewett who scored the victory
caution-laden 50-lapper. The emotional ceremony included the
presentation of an Indocil Art and Design custom-painted helmet courtesy
of C&C Racing Promotions. Now Jimmy, like his brother had done before
him, can wear his North-South Shootout winner’s helmet with pride.
The early going featured a torrid battle between rivals
Pitkat and Keith Rocco. Pitkat had easily assumed the lead over Doug
Coby at the start of the event; however, a pair of quick early cautions
found Rocco in contention. The third caution of the event flew on lap 12
and eliminated several potential contenders including Kerry Malone,
Kenny Horton, and Rick Kluth. When racing resumed it was again Pitkat
holding off Rocco. The battle intensified with the race at speed.
Thompson Sunoco Modified champion Rocco was glued to the bumper of
Rocco dove low on lap 14 in an attempt to get the lead but a
slip allowed Pitkat a bit of breathing room and nearly opened the door
for a charging Ted Christopher. Pitkat had started to stretch his lead
when the yellow flew once again on lap 20 when Shaun Carrig and Richie
Evans, Jr. got together on the frontstretch.
After the ensuing restart, the best battled on the track was
for the third position between Christopher and Blewett. On lap 21,
Blewett had taken over the position and headed for Rocco. At the halfway
marker it was Pitkat showing the way over Rocco, Blewett, Christopher
and Jeff Malave inside the top five.
Rocco was set to strike after halfway. A bold move to the
inside of Pitkat made Rocco the new leader on lap 26. His reign was
short-lived though as contact with Pitkat sent the leader spinning.
Pitkat was sent to the tail of the field for his actions. Blewett was
the new leader when the racing went back to green on lap 28. The running
order found Malave, Tommy Farrell III and Waterford Speedbowl SK
Modified champion Rob Janovic inside the top five.
It was not clear sailing for Blewett at the head of the pack.
He immediately came under fire from Christopher. On lap 30, Christopher
used the bottom groove to make his move around Blewett to take over the
top spot. Blewett, however, battled back. He was able to dive low under
Christopher on lap 32. The two made contact; resulting in a spin by
Christopher. The yellow flew immediately. On the restart, Blewett was
again the leader, this time with Farrell lined up on his bumper followed
by Malave, Janovic, and now Steven Reed. Meanwhile both Rocco and Pitkat
were making tracks back to the front. When racing resumed Blewett was
able to gain a sizeable advantage over Farrell as he has his hands full
The second attempt at lap 32 was halted when early leader
Pitkat came to rest in turn four with a flat tire. When the lap was
finally recorded, Blewett was again gaining ground at the head of the
thinning field. He had a ten-car length advantage on Farrell. Rocco was
back inside the top ten and looking for more. The battle for the fourth
had begun to heat up between Janovic and Reed. Despite great efforts by
Reed, Janovic was able to maintain his position.
Rocco saw his bid for a win come to an end in a scary looking
crash in the dog leg to bring out the event’s tenth caution. His #6 road
the wall for nearly 100 yards with the crowd clearly seeing the number
on his roof.
With attrition claiming half of the field, the race resumed
on lap 40 with Blewett leading Farrell, Malave, Janovic, and Reed. A
fully recovered Christopher lurked just outside the top five. Blewett,
again, was easily able to pull away from Farrell on the restart.
With only ten laps remaining, Christopher was on a mission.
He started his methodical march back to the front; breaking into the top
five on lap 42. He grabbed fourth from Janovic on lap 43 and the third
position from Malave. The event’s final caution was a temporary stay for
was back in the second position before the
completion of lap 45. Jimmy Blewett had moved out to a five car length
advantage. Christopher’s black and green #81 loomed larger and larger in
Blewett’s mirror with each passing lap. Christopher had run out of time
and Blewett had won the SK-Type Modified portion of the 5th Annual John
Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout presented by Town & Country
Ford by less than a car length. Christopher had to settle for second
over Farrell, Malave, and Janovic.
Tommy Farrell was presented with the RH2Way SK-Bonus of $500
as the highest finishing competitor running only the SK-Type main event.
Woody Pitkat was presented with the DMC Auto Exchange Pole Award. Dave
Flammia, Jr, making only his first start in an SK-Type Modified was
presented the John Blewett III Memorial Hard-Charger Award.
There was another repeat winner in Shootout competition.
Ironically, this winner also hails from Mudd Lane in Northampton, PA.
of Mod runner-up Eric Beers, successfully defended his “Little Shootout”
peddle car title. Bragging rights go to the younger Beers at this week’s
The checkered flag flew on another successful North-South
Shootout with a record number of fans gathering at Concord Motorsport
Park for the action-packed excitement of an emotional weekend of racing.
The 5th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout presented
by Town & Country Ford featuring the East-West Supermodified Shootout
lived up to it’s reputation.
North-South Shootout and the East-West Supermodified Shootout
are trademarks of C&C Racing Promotions.
5th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout presented
by Town & Country Ford (100 laps):
1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA (100); 2. Eric Beers, Northampton, PA
(100); 3. Bobby Santos, Franklin, MA (100); 4. Burt Myers, Walnut Cove,
NC; (100); 5. Donny Lia, Jericho, NY (100); 6. Eric Rudolph,
Ransomville, NY (100); 7. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT (100); 8. Dale
Quaterley, Westfield, MA (100); 9. Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT
(100); 10. Ryan Preece, Kensington, CT (100); 11. Pete Brittain,
Oakhurst, NJ (100); 12. Brian Pack, Walkertown, NC (100); 13. Johnny
Bush, Huntington Station, NY(100); 14. Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, CT(100) 15.
Jimmy Blewett, Howell, NJ(100) 16. Jamie Tomaino, Howell, NJ(100) 17.
Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, NY(100) 18. Billy Pauch, Frenchtown,
NJ(100) 19. Charlie Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT(100) 20. Brian King,
Gibsonville, NC(100) 21. Darren Scherer, Binghampton, NY99) 22. Gene
Pack, Walkertown, NC(99) 23. Andy Suess, Hampstead, NH(99) 24. Ken
Wooley, Jr.,Brick,NJ(99) 25. Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy,NC(98) 26. Randy
Butner, Pfafftown, NC(94) 27. James Civali, Meriden, CT(83) 28. Todd
Szegedy, Ridgefield, CT(76) 29. Rick Kluth, Brockport, NY(73) 30. Jason
Myers, Walnut Cove, NC(68) 31. Bobby Grigas, Marshfield, MA(58) 32. Ted
Christopher, Plainville, CT(58) 33. Josh Nichols. Cleveland, NC(51)
Modified Non-Qualifiers Feature Event Finish (25-Laps):
1. Carl Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT; 2. Rich Kuiken, Jr., Staffordville, NJ;
3. Johnny Sutton, Harrisburg, NC; 4. Chris Whitenight, Jr., Berwick, PA;
5. Brandon Hire, Winston-Salem, NC; 6. Jay Mize, Clemmons, NC; 7. Greg
Butcher; 8. John Manno, Sherrills Ford, NC; 9. Ken Heagy, Mocksville,
NC; DNS-Rowan Pennink, Huntington Valley, PA; DNS-JR Bertuccio,
Centereach, NY; DNS-Jay Hedgecock, High Point, NC; DNS-Brian Loftin,
Wirtgen America East-West Supermodified Feature Finish
(50-Laps): 1. A.J. Russell, Clovis, CA; 2. Chris Perley, Rowley,
MA; 3. Charlie Schultz, Lorain, OH; 4. Mike Litchey, Innerkip, Ontario;
5. Rich Reid, New London, OH; 6. Dale Lamborn, Carson City, NV; 7. Mike
Ordway, Jr., Fremont, NH; 8. Mark Sammut, London, ONT, 9. Scott Martel,
Bradford, MA; 10. Brad Noffsinger, Concord, NC; 11. Joey Payne, Jr.,
Fairlawn, NJ; 12. Ray Graham, Jr., Ankeny, OH, 13. John Torrese, Miami,
FL; 14. Brandon Bellinger, Fulton, NY; 15. Ernie Coppo, Jr., Fresno, CA;
16. Justin Belfoire, Ipswich, MA; 17. Moe Lilje, Middleburg Heights, OH;
18. Jim Birges, Fresno, CA; 19. Joe Gosek, Oswego, NY; 20. Howie Page,
Mexico, NY; 21. Sean Sauer, Wellington, OH; 22. Doug Didero, Moorseville,
NC; 23. Tim Jedrezejek, Independence, OH; 24. Harry Stone, Bloomfield,
CO; 25. Rob Summers, Jr., Vernon, CT; 26. Lou Cicconi, Jr., Aston, PA;
27. Bobby Dawson, S. Amherst, OH; 28. Bobby Dalton, San Martin, CA; 29.
Jim Shirey, Oberlin, OH; 30. Rich Castor, Bennett, CO; 31. Larry Lehner,
New London, OH; 32. Kelly Miller, Mexico, NY; 33. Brandon Fisher,
Amherst, OH; 34. Martin McKeefery, Milpitas, CA.
SK-Type Modified Feature Finish (50-Laps): 1.
Jimmy Blewett, Howell, NJ; 2. Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT; 3. Tommy
Farrell III, Neptune, NJ; 4. Jeff Malave, S. Windsor, CT; 5. Rob
Janovic, Waterford, CT; 6. Joe Lemay, Millville, MA; 7. Steven Reed,
Freehold, NJ; 8. Donnie Fowler, Clinton, CT; 9. Glenn Griswold, Vernon,
CT; 10. Rick Kluth, Brockport, NY; 11. Sherri Hogan, Belwood, Ont,; 12.
Dave Flammia, Jr., Waterbury, CT; 13. Tony Hanbury, Owego, NY; 14. Patti
Pruitt, Oswego, NY; 15. Keith Rocco, Wallingford, CT; 16. Rob Summers,
Vernon, CT; 17. Jeff Ruddy, Caledonio, ONT; 18. Dave Cranmer, N.
Hanover, NJ; 19. Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs, CT; 20. Doug Coby,
Milford, CT; 21. Shaun Carrig, Little Falls, NJ; 22. Richie Evans, Jr.,
Charlotte, NC; 23. Josh Steeves, Webster, MA; 24. Kerry Malone, Needham,
MA; 25. Kenny Horton, New Haven, CT; 26. J.R. Roth, Jim Thorpe, PA; 27.
Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, CT; DNS Richard Knapp.
Crate SK-Modified Feature Finish (30-laps): 1.
Glen Reen, Wilbraham, MA; 2. Chris Matthews, Stafford Springs, CT; 3.
Robert Geibel, Brick, NJ; 4. Marc Nappi, Howell, NJ; 5. Gary Young, Jr.,
Burlington, NC; 6. Scott Riggleman, Manchester, NJ.
Four-Cylinder Feature Finish (30-Laps): 1.
Randy Freeze, Salisbury, NC; 2. A.J. Sanders, Mocksville, NC; 3. Michael
Brown, Advance, NC; 4. Tony Black, Lexington, NC; 5. Andrew Sanders,
Mocksville, NC; 6. Tracy Mullis (FWD), Indian Trail, NC; 7. Steve Truell,
Winston-Salem, NC; 8. Ronnie Kinney, Lexington, NC; 9. Chad Miller
(FWD), Concord, NC; 10. John Davis (FWD), Lexington, NC; 11. Debbie
Hickman (FWD); 12. Ben Brown, Westfield, NC; 13. Billy Cameron, Jr.,
Salibury, NC; DNS-Michael Barr, Concord, NC; John Davis, Lexington, NC;
Chris Gordon, Concord, NC;
Vintage Modified Feature Finish (25-Laps): 1.
Randy Smith, Bassett, VA; 2. Darrel Lacks, Goode, VA; 3. Brian Janik,
Russell, MA; 4. Dan Meservey, W. Chatham, MA; 5. Kenneth Deese, Monroe,
NC; 6. Anthony Colosimo, Red Bank, NJ; 7. Johnny Gregory, Rural Hall,
NC; 8. Tracy Mullins, Monroe, NC; 9. Donnie Lacks, Lynchburg, NC; 10.
Willie Wall, Lexington, NC.
Vintage Flathead Feature Finish (25-Laps): 1.
Johnny Johnson, Tobaccoville, NC; 2. John Barrow, Kernersville, NC; 3.
James Rogers, Ridgeway, VA; 4. Chris Malcom, Pinnacle, NC; 5. Clayton
Smith, King, NC; 6. Thomas Needham, Pinnacle, NC; 7. Jerry Tuttle,
Walkertown, NC; 8. Wayne Tuttle, King, NC; 9. Ken Tuttle, King, NC; 10.
Ric Newsome, Pafftown, NC.
Source Dale Wolbrink/North-South Shootout PR
November 4, 2007