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Matt Hirschman Breaks Dry Spell With Victory at Oswego

Scores First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win Since 2008

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Ten years later, Matt Hirschman can still get the job done.

The Northampton, Pennsylvania, driver rolled into NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane for the first time since October of 2008 on Saturday night at Oswego Speedway.

Hirschman took the lead from Justin Bonsignore on lap 120 and survived three attempts at NASCAR overtime in order to seal his third career Whelen Modified Tour victory. The win was his first at the 0.625-mile New York oval and first driving for PeeDee Motorsports.

“It’s been a long time for me, but for this PeeDee Motorsports team, it hasn’t been, it’s been a short amount of time,” Hirschman said. “We’ve been knocking on the door for two years together to get a win, and it finally came together tonight. No better place for it to come than right here at Oswego. I always have said this was my favorite track. I love coming here.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s Results

Pole award winner Matt Hirschman Sept 1st 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

Hirschman started from the pole position after scoring the top spot for the second straight season in group qualifying  and paced the first 94 laps of the race with rising star Chase Dowling on his tail. When the caution flew on lap 92, Hirschman led the lead lap cars down pit road and took fresh Hoosier rubber, but got stuck behind another car leaving the pit area and lost several positions.

Dowling and Bonsignore were among those to beat him back on the track.

The charge back through the field began immediately, and subsequently ended with Hirschman passing for the top spot with just 30 laps to go in the scheduled distance. He had to survive multiple cautions, and three green-white-checkered finishes before he could celebrate. He led a race-high 139 laps.

Bonsignore, who lined up to the outside of Hirschman for each of the three NASCAR overtime restarts, crossed the line 0.588-seconds back. Even though the Holtsville, New York, native wanted to win his third straight Whelen Modified Tour race, the points leader was able to survive an array of late cautions to score another podium finish for Kenneth Massa Motorsports.

Five-time and defending series champion Doug Coby finished third, while Woody Pitkat, who led 13 laps, finished fourth. Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.

Matt Swanson was sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Timmy Solomito, Blake Barney and Tommy Catalano.

Bonsignore extended his points lead to 75 points over Chase Dowling, while Timmy Solomito is third, 103 points back with four races remaining on the championship points schedule.

The Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s will air on NBCSN on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will move across New York to Riverhead Raceway for the next event on the schedule on Saturday, September 8.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Toyota Mod Classic 150 pres by McDonalds Results


At Oswego Speedway

Oswego, N.Y.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 165 laps, 78.588 mph.
  2. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 165.
  3. (6) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 165.
  4. (14) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 165.
  5. (10) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 165.
  6. (11) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 165.
  7. (3) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 165.
  8. (7) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 165.
  9. (23) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 165.
  10. (19) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 165.
  11. (9) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 164.
  12. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 164.
  13. (20) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 164.
  14. (21) Tyler Rypkema, Owego, N.Y., Chevrolet, 162.
  15. (5) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 156, accident.
  16. (16) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150, accident.
  17. (12) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 150, accident.
  18. (8) Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  19. (17) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 147, accident.
  20. (25) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 147.
  21. (22) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145, accident.
  22. (13) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 116, accident.
  23. (24) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 104, power steering.
  24. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 91, accident.
  25. (15) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 87.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 18 minutes 44 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.588 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: M.Hirschman (128.154 mph, 17.557 seconds)

Caution Flags: 11 for 47 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: M. Hirschman 1-94; D. Sapienza 95-97; W. Pitkat 98-110; J. Bonsignore 111-119; M. Hirschman 120-149; J. Bonsignore 150; M. Hirschman 151-165.

Standings: 1. J. Bonsignore, 527; 2. C. Dowling, 452; 3. T. Solomito, 424; 4. D. Coby, 417; 5. C. Lutz, 409; 6. R. Summers, 384; 7. E. Goodale, 377; 8. D. Sapienza, 352; 9. R. Williams, 347; 10. R. Pennink, 341.

Jack Patrick Purchases Shawn Muldoon No. 1; Preparing Car for 62nd Bud Classic 200 This Weekend

OSWEGO, NY (August 27, 2018) – Longtime Pathfinder Bank SBS campaigner Jack Patrick has driven a full blown Supermodified, but has never before been a big block car owner. That will change as the 62nd Budweiser International Classic 200 approaches.

With Classic Week underway and a switch over to crate engines imminent for the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, the man known as the driver of the No. 9 MOPAR powered Small Block Super has now purchased the No. 1 Supermodified from Shawn Muldoon.

“23 years ago I bought my first house and my first race car, a SBS, in the same week,” Patrick recalled. “Fast forward to this week and I just accepted a purchase offer on that same house that was previously rented. I’m now using that to buy Shawn’s car and live my dream of driving the baddest cars on this planet. With the rule change, I said now or never.”

For his Supermodified endeavor, Patrick is teaming up with longtime Oswego fan and crew member James Rusaw for Classic Weekend as well as the 2019 season.

“A couple of days ago I saw on Facebook that James Rusaw was interested in getting into Supermodified racing and so here we are,” Patrick said. “It certainly eases the grief I’ve been feeling about not being able to run my Mopar SBS anymore.”

Patrick will attempt to qualify for the Classic this weekend, first taking on ‘Pole Day’ qualifying on Friday. Should the seven time Small Block Super feature winner fail to make the big show on August 31, he will then turn to the two semi-final events set for Sunday afternoon.

“I’m excited beyond belief about the chance to race in the cars I grew up watching in the biggest race of all,” commented Patrick. “We’re hoping to get some practice and start learning about these cars this weekend, and most of all have some fun.”

As part of his Pathfinder Bank SBS career, Patrick has those seven wins, as well as fifty one top five finishes to his credit. The ‘Flying Fireman’ from Fulton is also second in all-time Small Block Super points with an impressive total of over 15,000 points.

Classic Weekend 2018 is scheduled to feature ‘Pole Day’ qualifying for the Budweiser International Classic 200 on Friday, August 31. On Saturday September 1, ISMA rolls into town for the 25th Bud Light Supernationals alongside the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Toyota Mod Classic 150 before the three day event concludes with the 62nd annual Budweiser International Classic 200, the 27th annual Bud Light Classic 75, plus the first ever 350 SMAC Supermodified Classic 35 on Sunday, September 2.

Three day GA seating is still available at just $90 with 3 day pit passes also on sale for $125. For more information on ticket pricing or to purchase tickets, call the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646, email oswegospeedway@gmail.com, or visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com

For the latest updates from the track throughout Classic Week, you can FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Paul Murphy Photo


The summer is about over and the NASCAR WMT has hit the busy September schedule starting Labor Day at the historic Oswego Speedway on Lake Ontario.

27 NASCAR Modifieds will make the trip to the big 5/8 mile speedway start the stretch run to the championship.

NASCAR WMT point leader at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Tom Morris Myracenews Photo

Its starting to become a broken record but Justin Bonsignore continues to lead the points and looks strong at ever track the tour visits.

Last year Justin had an OK day starting 7th and finishing 6th, he will look to improve on that finish. Justin is coming off a big win at Bristol and looks to add to his  points lead which stands at 64 points over Chase Dowling.

Chase continues to finish well but  just behind Justin and although has has some great finishes still loses points to Justin.

Ryan Preece will be rejoining the tour after skipping Bristol.  Ryan won lasts years race.

Timmy Solomito is still hanging around in the points race but now trails Justin by 96 points, A 15th place finish at Bristol cost him momentum he was starting to build after a rough start to the year.

2017 NASCAR WMT champion Doug Coby has climbed to 4th place in the standing s tied with Craig Lutz at 108 points.

Matt Hirschman who looked like it was his race last year hopes to improve his finish one spot an take down the win. Matt also took the pole award last year.

This Saturday at the Steel Palace in Oswego NY the Toyota 150.

Saturday Schedule: Garage Opens: 10:45 a.m., First Practice: 1:35-2:10 p.m., Final Practice: 2:50-3:25 p.m., Group Qualifying: 5 p.m., Toyota Mod Classic 150 presented by McDonald’s: 7 p.m.


NBR Driver Owner Car Crew CHIEF
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Chad Dow   Truck Stop Northeast
2 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   Greg Fournier   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc.
4 6   Ryan Preece   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   Jeff Preece   TS Hauler
5 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
6 07   Patrick Emerling   Jennifer Emerling Chevrolet   Jan Leaty   Buffalo Auto Auction
7 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   Robert Barney   Atlantic Sprinkler
8 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   Steven Kopcik   15-40 Connection / S&S Paving
9 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   Stanley Szaban   Starrett
10 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Ford   Desmond Gorman   Buoy One Seafood
11 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Michael Bologna   Empower Financial Advisory
12 23   Joe DeGracia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Paul Degracia   PJ DeGracia Contracting
13 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Joe Carroll   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
14 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   Chad McDonald   Lakeland Landscaping Supply / TRC Electric
15 32   Tyler Rypkema   Dean Rypkema Chevrolet   TBA   Tim Duffek, Nelcorp
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   Richard Rodenbaugh   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
17 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
18 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
19 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   Ryan Stone   Phoenix Communications Inc.
20 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   Catalano Motorsports
21 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
22 60   Matt Hirschman   Roy Hall Chevrolet   Matt Hirschman   PeeDee Motorsports
23 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
24 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   Nick Walsh   Dawley’s Auto
25 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
26 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
27 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials