After a year away, the Tour-Type Modifieds returned to the Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire Saturday night under the banner of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series for the SBM 125 V. A $10,000 dollar prize awaited the winner and it was “Big Money” Matt Hirschman himself, living up to his nickname, taking his third win at Star in the SBM, adding to his previous wins in 2012 and 2013.
Jon McKennedy led most of the race and decided not to pit for a fresh tire which most drivers, including Hirschman opted for. After catching up to McKennedy, a caution and restart with 25 laps to go put Hirschman to the outside of McKennedy. When the green waved, Hirschman seized the moment.
“The tires were catching up to him and that gets exaggerated on the restarts, the heat cycles. I didn’t jump him, it was dead even, I waited for him. As we came off of four I think he buzzed the tires because by the time we got to one I had a good position on him.” Hirschman told the media after the race.
Hirschman surged ahead while Les Hinckley caught and passed McKennedy for second. With two laps to go and a big lead for Hirschman, McKennedy spun in turn four after contact from Richard Savary while the two raced for third.
On the restart, Hinckley looked strong, but when they came back for the white, Hirschman had things back in hand.
“I didn’t know what he would have. We had quite a lead without that last caution, it was certainly over. But you never know, he got a good start there, by the time we got to one I had at least a half-car better. I think I maintained my lane as best I could for both of us with the worn tires and we got out front, and we had enough it worked out.” Hirschman explained.
It is the third runner-up for Hinckley in the SBM, but he was thankful to have a shot after starting way back in 19th.
“We got a shot at it with a restart, you can’t ask for more than a shot, came up second again. One of these days we’ll get the win. It’s only the second time the car’s been out all year, to come from the back and pass everybody and end up where we are it’s a statement about how strong our race team is and how good we are,” Hinckley told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
While the trophy is the third for Hirschman at Star to go with many others from all over the Northeast, victory tastes just as sweet.
“This is a big one, I rank it up there, these races here with all the big races I’ve won before. I put these SBM’s right up there, the paydays that comes along with it, it’s great.”
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– By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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Star SBM 125 V
Star Speedway, Epping, New Hampshire
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