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“Big Money” Matt Hoping to Cash Another Big Check at Concord

northsouth11Hirschman Trying for Win Number Six at the North South Shootout

(Concord, North Carolina) –  “The North-South Shootout has been the best race for my career.”

That’s a big statement coming from a driver such as Matt Hirschman, who carries the moniker “Big Money.”
Hirschman has won just about every big race there is to win in Modified racing.  If there’s a race paying $5,000-to-win or more, there’s a good chance he’s there and there’s a good chance he’s cashing the big paycheck.
He’s won the North-South Shootout a total of five times now, with three of those wins coming at Concord Speedway in North Carolina where the race returns to this weekend with $10,000 on the line.
The crazy thing is Hirschman feels he should have more than just five wins in this race, and that’s why he’s headed back to Concord this weekend for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
“Like any race, we probably could have won more,” said Hirschman.  “There’s a few opportunities that slipped away, both at Concord and at Caraway.  Or just the timing of a late race caution or something like that.  We just haven’t capitalized and closed the deal on all of them.”
Hirschman said he’s overjoyed that the North-South Shootout is returning to Concord this year because it will bring some of the appeal back to the event that he felt was lost when the race left the triangular half-mile.
“It’s such a fun track.  I’ve missed going there,” he said.  “Even though I think 2011 through 2013 the races at Caraway was a great race.  Last year it was just lacking the car count.  But it just never had the same atmosphere and it wasn’t special because Concord used to be a once a year thing.  There were Modified races held at Caraway throughout the year.  Going back there is definitely something to look forward to because it’s such a unique race and it’s back to being a special event.”
Hirschman’s first couple of trips to the North-South Shootout in 2004 and 2005 didn’t go so well when he finished no better than 15th, but after that Hirschman became the master of the Shootout.
He rattled off finishes of first, first, second, fourth and first from 2006-2010 at Concord Speedway, and kept on winning even after the race moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway.
“Concord just suits my style I guess,” said Hirschman.  “As fast as it is, it’s very much a finesse track as well.  It’s challenging and thinking about all the tracks that I feel I do the best at, a lot of them seem to be where one end is very different than the other.  They’re all unique tracks.  Those seem to be my best tracks for some reason.  The odd-shaped, challenging, different race tracks seem to suit me best.  Obviously Concord is one of a kind and that certainly fits that description.”
One of the reasons Hirschman said he’s glad to be going back to Concord isn’t because of how good he was there, but because it’s like a new challenge again after being away for so long.
“As good as we were at Concord it was sad to see the race leave there,” he said.  “But then it was like a new challenge going to Caraway because we knew we were going up against teams that had tons of laps there.  It was a challenge but we won it the first year and we won it again in 2013.  Now going back to Concord it’s a challenge again.”
For those race fans that cannot attend the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, Speed51 TV is offering a live broadcast of the race on a pay-per-view basis.  Visit Speed51.com for more details on how to purchase the event.
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.  The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

Jason Myers Wants to Beat Everybody at North-South Shootout

northsouth11Southern Modified Driver Still Seeking First Shootout Victory
(Concord, North Carolina) – There might not be a driver that is more excited for the return of the North-South Shootout to North Carolina’s Concord Speedway on Saturday, November 7 than Jason Myers.

When asked what makes Concord so much fun from a driver’s perspective, Myers could barely contain his enthusiasm.
“Have you been there?  Seriously? Oh my God that place is sick!” exclaimed the North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion.  “That’s one of the most fun race tracks that I’ve ever driven in a Modified.  That dogleg in the backstretch and you’re wide open, it feels like you’re going faster there than anywhere else.  It feels like you’re riding a rollercoaster.  It takes your stomach every lap coming through there.  If you love driving race cars then Concord has to be your favorite track.”
Myers will pound the ground in his Modified at Concord on Friday and Saturday this week when the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout weekend kicks off for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
The Walnut Cove, North Carolina driver had a career year that saw him score seven wins at the famous Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem.  But Myers has never won the North-South Shootout.  His best finish came at Caraway Speedway in last year’s installment of the race when he finished fourth.
“I could win every race I ran all year long and it would still be cool to win the North-South Shootout,” he said.  “It’s the North-South Shootout, man.  I hate to say it because everyone knows it but it lost some hype when it went to Caraway.  It became another race.  Now that it’s back at Concord it’s back to what it used to be as far as meaning something.”
Myers and his older brother, Burt, both have a reputation for doing anything to score a win at Bowman Gray.  But how far is he willing to go at Concord to get that first Shootout win?
“It depends on the situation,” he said.  “Yeah, I’ll do what it takes to win, but you don’t want to tear a man’s race car up.  You don’t want to spin a guy out because if you do that at Concord he’s going to get wrecked and it’s going to be bad.  I’m all for winning, but I don’t like tearing people’s race cars up.
“But if I’m running second and I’m a lot faster and he’s making it impossible for me to pass him, then yes, I’m going to get around him.  But Concord is one of those tracks where you have to give or take or you’ll end up with your stuff on a rollback.”
With this being the North-South Shootout, there’s always a strong contingency of northern drivers that come down to win this race.  Drivers such as Doug Coby, Matt Hirschman and Ted Christopher will all be coming down south to win this race.  Myers acknowledged that there are some bragging rights on the line, but not so much for the reasons one would expect.
“There’s a ton, but really if you win the North-South Shootout, yeah you beat those guys too but you beat (George) Brunnhoelzl, and you beat Burt Myers,” explained Myers.  “It doesn’t mean anymore to beat a Doug Coby than it does to beat someone like that.  You know those guys are just as good as the guys up north.”
Myers also added that he doesn’t feel like Concord has to be “defended” from the Northerners either.
“It’s not really our turf,” he said.  “Concord is not a race track that we run on a regular basis.  It is down here, but I wouldn’t consider it really our turf.  It’s just fair game at Concord.  That track would be anywhere and it would be the same.
“But it is fun to bring the regional thing into it.  North versus South.  Hell yeah bring them on.  Bring the southern guys too.  I want to beat everybody.”
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.  The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.

The Dirt-Track Dessert: Annual ‘Gobbler’ Set For Saturday, November 28

At Accord Speedway; Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks & Slingshots In Action

ACCORD, NY – Eat dinner with the family. We’ll provide the dirt-track dessert.

That has been the motto for the ‘Gobbler’ post-Thanksgiving special at Accord Speedway as the event is set for its third running Saturday, November 28. A full slate of stock car racing at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval will conclude the 2015 dirt-track season in the Northeast.

Headlining the ‘Gobbler’ spectacular is a 50-lap main for big-block/small-block Modifieds offering a healthy $5,300 winner’s share and $300 just to take the green flag. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) race for 25 laps and $1,200 to win. Completing the program will be Street Stocks, competing in the Ron Wright Memorial with a $500 winner’s share for 20 laps and Slingshots doing battle for $300 to win in a 20-lap feature.

The ‘Gobbler’ has been run twice at Accord Speedway as a co-promotion involving speedway owners Gary and Donna Palmer and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

“People have been asking about this race since the middle of the summer,” Accord’s Gary Palmer said. “It is amazing the following the race has built up. Our fans really look forward to it as something they can do on the holiday weekend.”

A quickly run program is again planned for the ’15 edition, getting fans and competitors in and out on a potentially brisk afternoon.

General rules and information for all divisions can be found on the BD Motorsports Media website at the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/gobbler-general-information-rules-pricing-times/

Pit gates will open at 10 a.m., with grandstand gates unlocked at 11 a.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 12:30 p.m., with hot laps at 1 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $20 and Kids 11 and under pay $5. Limited indoor seating is available for $35 by calling 845.626.1142 in advance of the event. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Registration is now open for the Modified, Sportsman and Slingshot divisions. Entry forms have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website. There is no pre-entry fee for the Street Stock division.

Marketing and lap sponsorship opportunities are now available for the ‘Gobbler’ event by contacting BD Motorsports Media by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com.

The inaugural ‘Gobbler’ was contested on Nov. 30, 2013 with Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., securing the Modified triumph over Stewart Friesen. Other winners included Rocky Warner (Sportsman) and Charlie Houghtaling (Street Stock).

The ’14 version was postponed by weather to April 14, 2015. Jackie Brown Jr., a local Hurley, N.Y., competitor, was the Modified winner. Other victors included Greg McCloskey (Sportsman), Kevin Skelly (Street Stock) and Demetrios Drellos (Slingshot).

Accord previously ran a post-Thanksgiving race very early in the Palmer promotional regime, back in 2002 with Robbie Green of Wallkill, N.Y., the Modified winner.

For updated information, visit the BD Motorsports Media website at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or visit the Short Track Super Series page on Facebook.

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at www.accordspeedway.com.
‘Gobbler’ Modified Entry Form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015GobblerModifiedEntryForm.pdf

‘Gobbler’ Sportsman Entry Form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015GobblerSportsmanEntryForm.pdf

‘Gobbler’ Slingshot Entry Form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015GobblerSlingshotEntryForm.pdf