Big Scare Doesn’t Stop Big Money at Oxford

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series made its debut in the State of Maine on the Night Before the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday. With $6,000 on the line for the winner of the 100-lap feature race, it was “Big Money” Matt Hirschman who survived a big scare and held off Ronnie Williams for his first career victory in the Pine Tree State.

 

While Hirschman has additional wins across the map, it is the first win on the season for his family-owned No. 60, capping off a very Matt Hirschman-like performance.

 

“It’s the first win for this red 60 all year believe it or not,” Hirschman told Speed51.com. “It was a good car, the car was underneath me all night, lot of talk of the track being abrasive, thinking tires, managing tires or whatever. The race wasn’t too hard on the tires. Maybe the cooler night with the sun definitely helped.”

 

Starting the 100-lapper from the front row, Hirschman held off early contenders Woody Pitkat and Brad Babb, before Ronnie Williams joined the fray before a 70-lap green flag run ended with the race’s first yellow flag. After Hirschman and most of the lead lap cars came to pit lane for their one fresh tire, Andy Jankowiak and Russ Hersey stayed out taking up the front row.

 

With Hirschman lining up third, the front row bobbled on the restart, with Jankowiak and Hersey colliding in turn one, sending cars scattering and ending with Hirschman getting on top of Jankowiak’s left-rear corner. As luck would have it, Hirschman not only came out of the incident intact, but with the lead back in hand, as Jankowiak and Hersey pitted to assess their cars.

 

“I had track position all night, had that one scary moment on that negated restart right there,” Hirschman said. “That could’ve been bad if we cut the right-front (tire), being that I was on top of Andy there. The 88 (Hersey) jumped the start, Andy buzzed the tires later. Going into one, I thought the 88 would’ve been clear or ahead of him. Got into one, Andy hopped with him, and somehow I got up on his body. Besides that, no other scares. A really good clean run.”

 

In the end, Hirschman was happy to count his blessings, along with his winnings and another career accomplishment.

 

“First win in the State of Maine for me, I’ve never raced any tracks in Maine, add another state to the list. Really enjoyed it. Good car, good draws, really kind of those lucky/perfect days other than that one scare.”

 

Ronnie Williams chased Hirschman until the end, coming home in second, while Jankowiak made a miraculous recovery using the outside line to go through the field to finish in the third position.

 

While Hirschman gears up for a doubleheader weekend in New York State next week with RoC and NASCAR, the Tri-Track Open Modified Series will hit the track for their next round at New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, September 14.

 

If you missed Saturday’s Tri-Track Open Modified Series race, you can watch a full broadcast replay now on Speed51.com.

 

-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo credit: Speed51

 

Unofficial Results:

  1. Matt Hirschman
  2. Ronnie Williams
  3. Andy Jankowiak
  4. Andy Shaw
  5. Brian Robie
  6. Les Hinckley
  7. Brad Babb
  8. Calvin Carroll
  9. Woody Pitkat
  10. Kirk Alexander
  11. Anthony Nocella
  12. Jacob Dore
  13. Matt Swanson
  14. Joey Jarvis
  15. Jon Keivman
  16. Larry Barnett
  17. Matt Galko
  18. Geoff Rollins
  19. Colbey Fournier
  20. Kurt Vigeant
  21. Russ Hersey
  22. Tommy Barrett
  23. Anthony Sesely
  24. Ron Silk
  25. Carl Medeiros Jr.
  26. Richard Savary
  27. Kris Watson

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Big Scare Doesn’t Stop Big Money at Oxford