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“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.


Seekonk, Ma. (December 13, 2016): The Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOMS) announced today the 2017 schedule of events. The now traditional four-race schedule is a combination of mid-week and weekend shows that kicks-off at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Ma. followed by a stop at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. and culminates with a pair of races at the New London Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.

“The schedule was a strong one to begin with,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner. “The goal simply was to continue doing what works. The partnerships that we enjoy with these three race track is, in large part, why this format has been successful in the past.”

The TTOMS season will commence on June 28 at Seekonk Speedway with the running of Open Wheel Wednesday. This popular event has attracted the biggest names in racing including the newly crowned NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, who was last year’s winner of the event. It was his third Open Wheel Wednesday victory.

“Seekonk Speedway is excited to have the Tri-Track series back again for the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday featuring the $10,000 to win main modified event,” said Ed St. Germain, director of business development for Seekonk Speedway. “We look forward to working with the organizers and helping the series grow in years to come.”

The second race on the schedule is the SBM VI at Star Speedway on Saturday, July 29. This two-groove bullring has been the site of many great Modified battles. With championship drivers like Jon McKennedy calling Star Speedway home, the competition is always fierce.

“Since its inception the SBM event has been an important race to us here at Star Speedway,” said owner and promoter Bobby Webber, Jr. “We are happy that we were able to keep it going strong through the affiliation with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series over the last few years. My family and I are proud to work with a group that, like us, believes in the grassroots of racing.”

The series finishes up with two events at the New London Waterford Speedbowl including Wednesday August 23 and Sunday, October 22, 2017 as part of the Bemer’s Big Show. Another ultra-competitive  3/8 -mile speedway, the events at the New London Waterford Speedbowl draw the best-of-the best in Modified competition. Championship drivers dot the entry lists for the TTOMS events at the Speedbowl last season including the likes of hometown favorite Chris Pasteryak, Ryan Preece, Ronnie Silk, perennial Waterford and SK Modified Champion Keith Rocco, Woody Pitkat, and Rowan Pennink. “Big Money” Matt Hirschman and Steve Masse split wins at the Speedbowl in 2016.

“Car counts were strong at each of the events held in 2016,” added Darling. “With basically the same schedule and a focus on improving the program operationally, we firmly anticipate that it will be equally, if not stronger, in 2017.”