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Unexpected but Talented Drivers Rise to the Top

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Oxford, ME (August 24, 2019): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) made their debut at Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) on Saturday night as part of the Oxford 250 weekend.  And, while Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA, had never raced at the Oxford, ME, oval his ‘inexperience’ at the track proved to be inconsequential for the experienced veteran who dominated the race to take down the victory.

Ronnie Williams of Ellington, CT chased Hirschman to the checkers and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY, put on quite a show to complete the podium. Andy Shaw of Center Conway, NH, a multi-time winner at OPS in both Late Models and PASS Modifieds, was fourth followed by Brian Robie of Sunapee, NH.

Hirschman officially led all the laps of competition. The race; however, was not without some tense moments for the eventual winner.

By virtue of his heat race victory and a good pull during the redraw, Hirschman started the 100- lap event from the pole. He jumped out to the lead from the drop of the green with Anthony Nocella of Berlin, MA, taking chase. Woody Pitkat of Bellingham, MA, and Brad Babb of Windham, ME, were looking racy in the early going; running inside the top-five.  

Johnny Kievman, of Deerfield Beach, FL, who had started fifth, was falling back through the field. In the early going, contenders like Matt Swanson were struggling to make headway. Up front, Nocella began to falter losing positions to Pitkat and Babb.  Babb immediately went in search of second. Williams had moved up a few positions and into fifth. Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT, too, was making slow progress. Gaining two positions to move into seventh. 

By lap 20, Babb got by Pitkat to take over the runner-up spot. A bit deeper in the pack, Shaw was keeping pace with Silk as the two worked their way toward the front.  Leader Hirschman could not get any breathing room over Babb during the green flag run. Pitkat and Nocella ran nose-to-tail as Williams took chase in fifth.

At lap 30, the battle was heating up between Pitkat, Nocella, and Williams while Shaw continued to shadow Silk. Nocella was able to take the spot away from Pitkat on lap 37. Just outside of the top-five, Robie, Jankowiak, Matt Galko of Meriden, CT, Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT and Russ Hersey of Swanzey, NH, were locked in a battle of their own.

By lap 40, Williams had also gotten by Pitkat. A few laps later Pitkat lost ground to Shaw and Silk; falling further down in the running order. Up front it was all Hirschman and Babb. Just shy of halfway, Nocella showed a surge. Passing Babb for second on lap 49 and bringing others along for the ride.

At the halfway marker Hirschman now led Nocella, Williams, Shaw, and Babb inside the top-five. Silk, Pitkat, Robie, Jankowiak and Hinckley comprised the top-ten at the crossed flags.   

Williams begin to look low on Nocella for second with Shaw right in his tire tracks. He made the pass stick on lap 55. Shaw followed suit. Williams immediately caught Hirschman. Robie began to pressure Silk for sixth. This allowed Jankowiak, Hersey and Hinckley to join the fray.

Up front, Hirschman had a mirror full of Williams who, in turn, had to contend with Andy Shaw. The lead pack was in heavy lapped traffic before the first caution flew on lap 71 for a single car spin by Calvin Carroll of Andover, NJ. Tommy Barrett of Millis, MA, was put to the rear of the field for his involvement in the incident.

Under the caution everyone headed to pit road except for four cars – of which Jankowiak and Hersey where only on the lead lap. After quick service from his crew, Hirschman came off pit road first followed by Nocella, Williams, Swanson, Silk, Richard Savary of Canton, MA, Robie, Babb, Hinckley and others. Shaw lost the most ground on pit road and was relegated to restarting outside of the top ten. 

The ensuing restart found Jankowiak and Hersey on the front row. What could have been a race-winning strategy was for naught; especially for Hersey. Contact between the lead duo sent both cars sliding and the second caution flag flying.  With contact, Hirschman got hooked together with Jankowiak. Showing veteran prowess, the duo continued driving and eventually became dislodged. When the dust settled Galko, Nocella and Savary were also collected. Under caution, Hersey, Jankowiak, Galko, Nocella and Savary headed to pit road. All but Savary were able to continue.

Without a lap complete, it was once again Hirschman and Williams at the head of the field for the ensuing restart. Swanson and Silk made up row two. Back under green, there was three-wide action deeper in the pack with Carl Medeiros, Jr., of Westport, MA, Pitkat and Hinckley vying for position. Medeiros got the short end of the exchange; falling back several positions. A spin by Babb on lap 75 brought out the third caution.

When racing resumed it was Hirschman once again showing the way with Williams taking chase. Swanson ran a distance back in third with Shaw and Robie in tow. Silk was experiencing some woes having faltered and falling back toward the rear of the field. He would soon retire from the event.  

The front duo had worked their way out to a half-straightaway advantage, but Hirschman had no real pressure from Williams. The best battle on the field was for fourth between Shaw and Jankowiak. Robie and Nocella were locked in a heated battle as well.

Jankowiak got by Shaw on lap 88 and immediately hunted down Swanson. The complexion of the race changed for several drivers on lap 90. Jankowiak was looking to get by Swanson for the third when the two made contact. Jankowiak went spinning also collecting Swanson and Nocella. The caution was the fourth and final of the event

The new running order inside the top -five with 10 to go was Hirschman, Williams, Shaw, Robie, and Pitkat. The likes of Carroll, Joey Jarvis of Ascutney, VT, and Jacob Dore of Sanford, ME, were setting up to have strong nights restarting inside the top-ten with the dash to the checkers.

On the ensuing restart Hirschman began to check out on the field. Williams ran a distant second. Shaw and Pitkat were duking it out for third. Robie headed a battle for fifth that included none-other than a recovered and fast Jankowiak, Hinckley and Babb. Jankowiak took over the position and was looking for more. He got by Robie, took a position from Pitkat.  Not done yet, the hard-charger took third position from Shaw with only a couple of laps left.

With Hirschman handily taking the win over Williams. Jankowiak had a stout run to come home third. Coming to the checkers, contact found Pitkat spinning with Shaw running to a fourth-place finish over Robie. Hinckley, Babb and Carroll wound up in sixth through eighth. Pitkat, who took the checkered backward, was credited with ninth. Kirk Alexander of W. Swanzey, NH, completed the top-ten.

Heat race victories went to Nocella, Hirschman, Swanson and Robie.  The consolation event was won by Alexander. The feature event was paced by two different era Modifieds owned by the late, great Bob Judkins, after the Series’ paid tribute to the Hall of Fame driver.

Tri-Track Open Modified -Oxford 100 Official Finish – August 24, 2019 – Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME: 1. Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA; 2. Ronnie Williams, Ellington, CT; 3. Andy Jankowiak, Tonawanda, NY; 4. Andy Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 5. Brian Robie, Sunapee, NH; 6. Les Hinckley, Windsor Locks, CT; 7. Brad Babb, Windham, ME; 8. Calvin Carroll, Andover, NJ; 9. Woody Pitkat, Bellingham, MA; 10. Kirk Alexander, W. Swanzey, NH; 11. Anthony Nocella, Berlin, MA; 12. Jacob Dore, Sanford, ME; 13. Matt Galko, Meriden, CT; 14. Matt Swanson, Acton, MA; 15. Joey Jarvis, Ascutney, VT; 16. Jon Kievman, Deerfield Beach, FL; 17. Larry Barnett, Moosup, CT; 18 .Geoff Rollins, Groton, MA; 19. Colbey Fournier, Berkley, MA; 20. Kurt Vigeant, Oxford, MA; 21. Russ Hersey, Swanzey, NH; 22. Tommy Barrett, Millis, MA; 23. Anthony Sesely, Matawah, NJ; 24. Ron Silk, Norwalk, NJ; 25. Carl Medeiros, Jr., Westport, MA; 26. Richard Savary, Canton, MA; 27. Kris Watson, Hermon, ME. DNQ: Andrew Charron, E. Greenwich, RI; Steven Dickey, Milford, NH; Derek Robie, Bellingham, MA; Bill Dixon N. Waterboro, ME; George Sherman, Framingham, MA. 

“Big Money” Strikes for Second $10,000 Payday at the Bullring

 By; Steven Petty

PERRY, NY (October 21, 2017) For the second consecutive year, “Big Money” Matt Hirschman from Northampton, Pennsylvania is now $10,000 richer after earning his first career win at the Perry Bullring in the third running of the American Racer 100 for the Tour-Type Modifieds at Wyoming County International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Zach Myers from East Concord, NY led every lap to score the win in the Super Stocks. Bob Rip Ripley from Pine City, NY was victorious in the CAMS Modified exhibition event.

“We rode around for the first half of the race but when the second half of the race rolled around and after the first caution, we decided to come in and get the new tire and the car was fast all day” stated Hirschman in victory lane. “I always love coming here to Perry, the track is racy and we’ve always had good success here” Hirschman added.

Chuck Hossfeld and Austin Kochenash were on the front row for the third running of the American Racer 100 for the Tour-Type Mods with Hossfeld showing the way from the start. Eric Beers took second away from Kochenash on lap three and began to chase down Hossfeld. Throughout the races early stages, the field was single file for the top dozen or so positions. Matt Hirschman would start working his way up through the field from his sixth starting spot as we worked around John Fortin to move into the fourth position on lap 15.

Hossfeld would hit lap traffic by lap 20 as he started to pull away from Eric Beers and Kochenash. While the field was strung around the 1/3rd mile-Bullring, Kochenash would catch Beers and would battle for the second position. TJ Zacharias would slow in turn two to bring out the races first caution on lap 57. As most of the leaders went into the pits, Jimmy Zacharias, Brian DeFebo, and Tony Hanbury stayed on the track to take over the top three spots. On the restart, DeFebo would take the lead away from Zacharias with Hossfeld moving into third. Chris Ridsdale spun in turn three to bring out the races second caution on lap 58. Brian DeFebo’s strong run came to an end on lap 60 after slowing entering turn three, as Daniel Majchrzak and Bill Mislin got together trying to avoid the slowing DeFebo.

The restart with around 40-laps remaining would see Jimmy Zacharias and Chuck Hossfeld on the front row, but it was Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman moving into second and third, behind Zacharias. Austin Kochenash and Mike Leaty got together on the front straightaway to bring out the red flag on lap 63. Both Kochenash and Leaty climbed out of their racecars under their own power. Eric Beers would take the lead on the restart as Matt Hirschman moved into second, shifting Zacharias back to third. Hirschman would look underneath Beers for the lead on lap 66 and would take the lead on lap 67. Andy Jankowiak would move into the top five on lap 70 after passing Barber. Tony Hanbury came to a stop in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 89.

Hirschman would lead the final 11 circuits to grab his second American Racer 100. Eric Beers, also from Northampton, PA finished in second and Jimmy Zacharias, the 2017 New York State NASCAR Champion from Candor, NY finished in third. “We had a good car but Matt was that much better”, commented runner-up finisher Beers.

“If we went into the pits and changed the tire, would we have won? No one can answer that, but it is a win for us finishing in third, with Matt (Hirschman) and Eric (Beers) here, they are always tough wherever they go” stated Zacharias.

Zach Myers and Teej Cochrane brought the WCIS Super Stocks to the green flag for their 50-lap event with Myers in the lead. While fighting for second place, multi-time track champion Dave Krawczyk and Cochrane got together and brought out the caution and with the two spun, the track got blocked as Andy Cryan, Eric Stone, Justin Myers, Mike Chenaille, and Frank Kline. On the restart, Myers would feel the pressure from Daniel Majchrzak. The lead duo would battle for several laps until Majchrzak had issues and lost the right front tire with 12 laps remaining. Myers would lead off the late-race restart and was able to hold off a hard-charging Majchrzak to score the win. Andy Cryan, who was involved in the early race wreck, came back through the field to complete the top three.

Rip Ripley crossed the line first in the CAMS Modified exhibition event over Dan Robertson, a former WCIS competitor in the 80’s and 90’s and Tommy Smith. Terry Wilson led the early stages but it was Ripley, who worked through the eight-car field to get the win.

The Fall Shootout at the Bullring Weekend officially ended the season of asphalt racing in Western New York. Look at the track website and all social media pages for upcoming news on the 2017 Awards Banquet and 2018 registration meeting. Opening Day for 2018 will take place on Saturday, May 19th. For more information about WCIS, log online to www.thebullringwcis.com or call (585) 245-2123 or the speedway office at (585) 237-2580. You can also check out The BullRing on Facebook.

RACE RESULTS – Shootout at the Bullring Day featuring the American Racer 100

American Racer 100MATT HIRSCHMAN, Eric Beers, Jimmy Zacharias, Chuck Hossfeld, Andy Jankowiak, Camden Barber, Daren Scherer, Jack Ely, JB Fortin, Patrick Emerling, Kirk Totten, Daryl Lewis Jr, Jon Kay, Bryan Sherwood, Chris Ridsdale, Neal Dietz Jr, Billy Mislin, Tony Hanbury, Austin Kochenash, Mike Leaty, Brian DeFebo, Alan Bookmiller, Daniel Majchrzak, TJ Zacharias, and Scott Wylie

Qualifying Winners: Camden Barber, Matt Hirschman, Eric Beers, Andy Jankowiak

Super StocksZACH MYERS, Daniel Majchrzak, Andy Cryan, Rob Miszczak, Tim Garlock, Max Northem, Jim Mallaber, Eric Hastreiter, Mike Chenaille, Frank Kline, Justin Myers, Kyle Skoney, Dave Krawczyk, Eric Stone, Scott Gleed, Ron Underwood, and Teej Cochrane

Qualifying Winners: Rob Miszczak, Zach Myers, Dave Krawczyk


Archer, Fl. Feb. 12th.

Arguably over the last decade in asphalt Tour Type Modified racing Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. and Matt Hirschmann of Northampton, Pa. are currently two of the most successful and popular drivers competing. This Saturday February 18th the two young veterans will bring their talents to the high banks of Bronson Speedway for the Kickoff To Speedweeks 50 Powered By Sunoco Race Fuels.

Preece will come to the $2,400 to win Bronson event as the defending race winner with his TS Haulers team who have mapped out an energetic 40 race schedule for 2017. Ryan only ran a handful of races in the Eddie Partridge owned entry while running the Xfinity Series for the JD Motorsports team. Recently Preece the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and 15 time winner declared a return to his racing roots with the ambitious slate he and the TS Haulers team hope to run foregoing a return to Xfinity Series.

Last fall Matt Hirschmann known in racing circle as “Big Money” for his ability to choose and win the bigger paying races in asphalt Tour Type Modified ranks joined his famed father Tony as a 4-time winner of the prestigious Race of Champions at the Oswego Speedway. Matt also drove to victory in the season ending Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on the Jersey Shore to conclude another successful season of winning big paying races. Matt will enter the PeeDee Motorsports machine at Bronson.

Sunday morning 2016 New York State NASCAR Whelen All American Series champion Jimmy Zacharias of Candor, NY confirmed he’ll be at Bronson Speedway this Saturday. Zacharias will steer the Midstate Basement Authorities/NAPA Auto Parts of Candor machine. Also readying for the Kickoff To Speedweeks 50 Powered By Sunoco Race Fuels are former Riverhead Raceway champion JR Bertuccio of Centereach, L.I. who will pilot his Gershow Motorsports Chevy. Bertuccio was 5th in the 2016 edition of the race. Christopher Young of Calverton, L.I. will make his first start in the race wheeling the Bill Mitchell Racing/Ace’s Landscaping Chevy.

Jeremy Gerstner of Wesley, Fl. will compete with his the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys entry, Gerstner’s racing resume includes Open Wheel Modified championships in 2003 & 2004 at Ocala Speedway as well a 2010 Open Wheel Modified title at Citrus County Speedway. Jeremy was runner-up to Preece last year and Sunday he announced he’ll field a second car for veteran Shawn Balluzzo of Hampton, Va. Balluzzo is a 4-time Langley Speedway Modified champion with his car backed by his own firm Shawn Balluzzo’s Signs & Graphics as well Q Auto & Injury Attorneys.

Adding further racing excitement to the Saturday night portion of the Kickoff To Speedweeks Powered By Sunoco Race Fuels weekend at Bronson Speedway are the Southern Pro Am Truck Series (SPATS), Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association, Pure Stocks, Strictly Stocks and Pro Challenge classes will be in action.

On Friday afternoon Bronson Speedway promoter Ann Young and her staff at Bronson Speedway will be hosting a Test & Tune for all divisions with just a $10 pit fee per team member charged. Pits will open for the practice at 12 noon with cars taking to the high banks at 2:00 pm.

Bronson Speedway is located at 9956 NE State Road 24 in Archer, Florida, 32618 and can be reached by dialing 352-486-4998.