HIRSCHMAN CASHES IN
ON TRI-TRACK SBM 125 GOLD AT STAR SPEEDWAY
Hirschman took a liking to NH's Star Speedway the
first time he raced there, and on Saturday night he
won his third major event SBM 125 Modified Open in
five races, this time worth $10,400 plus
contingencies as the Northeast Race Cars & Parts
Tri-Track Open Modified Series visited the
quarter-mile oval in southern New Hampshire.
Hirschman, who hauled in from Northampton, PA., to
race, pitted on lap 54 for a new right rear tire and
worked his way to the front of the 27-car field,
passing Jon McKennedy (Chelmsford, MA.) on lap 100
for the lead. He then held off a late charge from
Les Hinckley (Windson Locks, CT.), including a
restart with two laps remaining to claim the top
prize in front of an enthusiastic and near capacity
"This was an example of what kind of show that the
Modifieds can put on when you have drivers that race
that way and show each other respect," Hirschman
stated. "It comes at a time where I really needed a
win. A BIG win.
"I hated that this race didn't happen last year. I'm
glad that it's back and with a great crowd tonight,
and another solid car count I would think we will be
McKennedy led the first 100 laps after drawing the
pole in a top ten redraw, collecting a significant
portion of the bonus money paid out in the process.
But he elected to not pit for a tire, and in the end
it cost him. Les Hinckley passed McKennedy on lap
115 for second place, earning the Woody's Auto Hard
Charger Award" and his third consecutive second
place finish in the SBM.
Richard Savary, while attempting to pass McKennedy
for a podium third place finish on lap 124, made
contact and McKennedy spun, with Savary being sent
to the rear. This opened the door for Maine driver
Josh Cantara to take third from Ron Silk on the
ensuing restart, where Hirschman outraced Hinckley
to the line for the big win.
Silk and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five
finishers of a race run off in rapid fashion, with
no major incidents and few caution periods. The next
Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified
Series event takes place at Ct's New
London-Waterford Speedbowl on Thursday, August 25
for another event paying the winner $10,000 as part
of a purse again expected to exceed $60,000.
Official Tri-Track SBM 125 V Finish:
1. MATT HIRSCHMAN, 2. Les Hinckley, 3. Josh Cantara,
4. Ron Silk, 5. Justin Bonsignore, 6. Andy
Jankowiak, 7. Rowan Pennink, 8. Max Zachem, 9. Tommy
Barrett, 10. Jon Kievman, 11. Kirk Alexander, 12.
Chris Pasteryak, 13. Anthony Nocella, 14. Rob
Richardi Jr., 15. Jon McKennedy, 16. Mike Holdridge,
17. Russ Hersey, 18. Troy Talman, 19. Richard
Savary, 20. Joe Doucette, 21. Andy Seuss, 22. Eric
Berndt, 23. Carl Medieros Jr., 24. Jeff Gallup, 25.
Mike Douglas Jr., 26. Dwight Jarvis, 27. Kurt
B-Main: 1. Jeff Gallup (moved on to A-Main), 2. Sal
Accardi Jr., ($800) 3. Mike Benevides ($750), 4.
George Sherman (($700), 5. Brandee Tree ($650), 6.
Karl Fredrickson ($600). DNS: Woody Pitkat ($550),
Calvin Carroll ($500).
Kevin Rice / Tri-Track Open Modified Series
July 31, 2016