Matt Hirschman added another honor to his mantle in Modified racing, taking the win in the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway (VA). Hirschman dominated the 75-lap feature, winning from the pole and enjoying every second of the experience.
“What an awesome place,” Hirschman said in victory lane. “We planned on coming here back in the fall. When that got postponed, we were undecided. We knew the car count wasn’t going to be good and the competition was going to be down some from what it would have been last year.”
“We were going to come last year, so we decided we’d come this year, and what an experience,” Hirschman stated. “From the first lap (in practice) to the feature laps, I improved a thousand times. It took quite a bit to get used to. I hope it’s not the only experience I’ll have here, but if it is, I’m glad I came and got to experience it. It’s an awesome place.”
Runner-up finisher Andy Seuss echoed Hirschman’s sentiments, pleased with how the inaugural event played out and hopeful for even bigger things in the race’s future.
“I’ve got to thank PASS for putting this on and the Tri-Track Modified tech officials for coming down,” Seuss stated. “Great place to race, great racing, great group of guys to race. Wish we had more cars, but I think word will get out what a great event it was and we’ll have more guys here next year.”
While the top two finishers were seasoned veterans of the Modified ranks who have taken on some big challenges in their time, third-place finisher Bobby Measmer, Jr. was tackling a track of Richmond’s scale for the first time. It was an enjoyable but educational undertaking.
“It was definitely fun,” Measmer said. “I can’t thank my guys enough for giving me a good car. This is my first time racing in a drafting situation. Some of these guys have raced at Loudon, I learned a few things. It was big-time keeping your momentum up. I got into Andy one time trying to hold off Zacharias and it killed my momentum.”
While not having the pedigree of Hirschman or Seuss, as a competitor Measmer hoped to pick up a big win against Hirschman down the road.
“I’m getting tired of finishing behind him,” Measmer said. “Eventually I’m going to get him. I respect Matt and all of them, Andy as well. You always want to outrun the best. They’ve been doing it a lot longer than I have, so finishing behind Matt and Andy, that ain’t too bad.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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