Matt Hirschman has been a busy man since racing has returned, competing in several races over the past few weeks. That trend continues this weekend at Monadnock Speedway, where “Big Money” chases another big win with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.
While race season in the Northeast started later than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some things just haven’t changed. Hirschman competed at two tracks nearly five hours apart this past weekend. He won both the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series opener at Lake Erie Speedway in the Northwest corner on Saturday and at Evergreen Speedway in the eastern part of the state on Sunday.
With racing in Pennsylvania back in grand fashion on both asphalt and dirt, Hirschman is glad to be back racing in the Keystone State.
“It’s been a welcomed change to get back to racing. It started right here at Mahoning Valley Speedway back in the middle of June and they had a huge turnout, one of the biggest crowds they’ve ever seen there because there’s other tracks like Wall Stadium and Riverhead that haven’t opened and don’t know when they’re going to open that they’re drawing from,” Hirschman said on Speed51’s “The Bullring.”
“Car counts are real strong, it’s great to be back Modified racing and racing in general. It’s been real strong here in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweeks is going on now and we’ve had good restarts to the 2020 season.”
For the first time since racing returned to the region, Hirschman now heads outside the state of Pennsylvania to compete with the Tri-Track Modifieds, where he is a four-time series champion. He has won at Monadnock in the past with the series, having come from 22nd to win the series’ first-ever race held at the 1/4-mile oval in 2015.
The state of New Hampshire has become a second home to him by virtue of his success in the state. Hirschman has won several races at various tracks around the state, with the chance to add another one with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour before going to Monadnock Sunday to chase after $6,000.
“Monadnock’s a really racey track, high-banked. We’re definitely looking forward to that. If we can continue to prepare and be ready we’re going to try to do the Whelen Modified race at White Mountain, that’s one track I’ve never been to. That would be a possible new racetrack for me and one in New Hampshire, the other ones have been good to me so hopefully that one is the same there.
“The short tracks in New Hampshire in general have been really good to me over the years. Back when it was the open shows down at the SBM at Star Speedway, and when the Tri-Track was formed to put these open shows together it really strengthened them,” he added. “We’ve won at Lee, Monadnock, Claremont, the tracks up there are really fun going to.
As the 2020 racing season continues on, Hirschman is unsure as to what his schedule looks like beyond this month due to varying reopening plans among states. It may include more doubleheaders like he did over the past weekend, though he says he doesn’t want to make it a habit.
“We’re going to take it every few weeks at a time. It looks I’m booked and for August, I’m not sure. As we get into July we’ll fall into place there. Hoepfully we can race right through to what is Turkey Derby like we do every year, but again we don’t know about New Jersey or Wall Stadium. There’s going to be events that pop up unexpected.
“I don’t expect we can do them all because this weekend was very difficult with the double that we did. We put a team effort, some went to both, some went to just Saturday, some just went to Sunday, but it was a lot of hours in the shop and a lot of hours on the road. It’s not something that we’re going to do every weekend.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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