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Speed Central: Kickoff to Speedweeks at Bronson (FL)

Kickoff to Speedweeks – Bronson Speedway (FL) – 2/10/18

Last updated: February 11, 2018 at 22:27 pm
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Matt Hirschman celebrates the win with his son. (Speed51.com photo)

Matt Hirschman celebrates the win with his son. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Matt Hirschman drove a hard but patient race and was able to work past Craig Lutz in the late laps for his first career win at Bronson Speedway.

 

The Finish: 

1          60        Matt Hirschman

2          46        Craig Lutz

3          07        Patrick Emerling

4          94        Ronnie Williams

5          58        Eric Goodale

6          48        Ken Barry

7          22        Chuck Hossfeld

8          4          Jeff Gallup

9          49        Chris Young

10        40        Kyle Trayner

11        70        John Gerstner

12        75        Jeremy Gerstner

13        10        Tom Tohn

 

The Skinny: After an ugly start to the evening when Ryan Preece escaped unscathed from a major accident in practice, things quickly turned around during the 50-lap feature. After grabbing the lead from Eric Goodale on the start, Craig Lutz was the driver setting the pace for the first half of the race, but fast qualifier Matt Hirschman had other plans. Lutz was strong on the outside line, but Hirschman fought lap after lap to make the inside work. After about a 10 lap battle, Hirschman finally got the run he was looking for, passing Lutz to hold on for the win, and overcoming his late race tangle with Preece from last year.

 

Winning Quote: “I had visions of last year, so I wanted to make sure I got a good pass on him and not get ourselves in trouble.” – Matt Hirschman

 

Feature Notebook:

-50 lap event, with $5,000 to win

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

-Ryan Preece’s throttle stuck during practice, hit the wall in turn one, went over the catch fence and out of the track. Preece was okay but the car was not. Preece has withdrawn.

 

Starting Lineup:

1          58        Eric Goodale

2          46        Craig Lutz

3          60        Matt Hirschman

4          22        Chuck Hossfeld

5          49        Chris Young

6          07        Patrick Emerling

7          4          Jeff Gallup

8          75        Jeremy Gerstner

9          48        Ken Barry

10        94        Ronnie Williams

11        70        John Gerstner

12        40        Kyle Trayner

13        10        Tom Tohn

 

 

Time Trial Results: 

1          60        Matt Hirschman          13.010

2          22        Chuck Hossfeld          13.109

3          07        Patrick Emerling         13.243

4          49        Chris Young    13.372

5          58        Eric Goodale   13.428

6          46        Craig Lutz       13.511

7          4          Jeff Gallup      13.515

8          75        Jeremy Gerstner          13.574

9          48        Ken Barry        13.599

10        94        Ronnie Williams          13.617

11        70        John Gerstner     13.777

12        40        Kyle Trayner   14.144

13        10        Tom Tohn        14.223

 

Car Count: 14 Tour-type Modifieds

 

Entry List: 

07 – Patrick Emerling

4 – Jeff Gallup

6 – Ryan Preece

10 – Tom Tohn

22 – Chuck Hossfeld

40 – Kyle Trayner

46 – Craig Lutz

48 – Ken Barry

49 – Chris Young

58 – Eric Goodale

60 – Matt Hirschman

70 – John Gerstner

75 – Jeremy Gerstner

94 – Ronnie Williams

 

 

Qualifying Format: 

Time Trials determine the lineup, Top Six will redraw.

 

Event Schedule: 

Qualifying: 7:30

Feature: 10:00

 

Who to Watch For: Matt Hirschman, Eric Goodale,

 

The Track: Bronson Speedway (3/8 mile, highbank oval), Bronson, FL

 

Weather: Clear, humid, temperatures falling into the 60’s