Wednesday night was a night that seemed to go the way of Matt Hirschman from start to finish. In the opening round of the 2017 Tri-Track Open Modified Series at Seekonk Speedway, Hirschman started the night lucky, drawing pole in his heat race and going on to win. His good fortune would carry on, drawing the third starting spot for the 100-lap, $10,000 to win feature, while his top rivals were not as lucky. Hirschman made quick work to seize the lead from polesitter Justin Bonsignore on the third lap of the race. From there, it was all in the mirror for “Big Money”.
“I had a very good night for drawing numbers and I didn’t have to really work hard to pass a car all night, and that makes things so much easier. The cars that were capable of winning the race, you know it’s the old saying, ‘The cream rises to the top,’ they all did, it’s just we were there long before them and I didn’t have to abuse my car at all to be there,” Hirschman said in victory lane on the Speed51.com broadcast.
But winning races takes more than just lucky draws. Hirschman and his team put a lot of effort into winning this race, and in the end it paid off as Hirschman picked up his third win in this popular race.
“It seems it’s either been feast or famine for me. I’ve had one where where it’d be easy or there’s so many years where I had a car that I could’ve won and I started back then used my stuff up before I got there. We usually find ourselves near the front, but it’s a tough race to win. Of all the early season races, I really targeted this one. I put everything I could into this race. I’m not racing anywhere else the rest of the week because I was all in for this race here. When you have $10,000 on the line, it only makes sense. Nothing was worth more than being here tonight.”
A final long green flag run sealed the deal for Hirschman who enjoyed an enormous lead over a still strong Jon McKennedy. Though Hirschman’s car had plenty left to give, he felt fortunate he did not have to find out how much was left.
“I think I had enough, but McKennedy, I think he had something for the end. He’s a lot like me like that and I know Barrett won a race a few weeks back here and he was fast all day. Those two were two of the guys we had to watch, and they were there at the end. It may have looked dominant, but trust me so much of it is the luck of the draw and not having to abuse my car. The 51 car was not good tonight, so passing him was easy and that was it. You take these nights when you get them because I’ve won this race now three times, but that’s over the course of almost ten years. They’re not easy, but we certainly had what we needed tonight.”
Speed51 TV aired Wednesday’s events live via pay-per-view. An on-demand replay of the broadcast is available here.
For an on-demand replay of Wednesday’s Trackside Now coverage presented by JRi Shocks, click here.
Modified Madness 100
Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts
|26||23||Mike Douglas Jr.|
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com