Hirschman Eats Up Two Servings at the Turkey Derby

The Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway is regarded as being one of the toughest short track races in the Northeast.  But for the second time in his career, “Big Money” Matt Hirschman made it look easy, winning both the Tour-type Modified and the Wall/SK Modified features on Saturday afternoon.

 

Hirschman started his day by winning the pole for the Tour-type race, posting the only sub-12 second lap of the weekend.  From there, the Northampton, Pennsylvania native led all 150 laps, fending off a nearly race-long challenge from Tyler Truex and a late-race charge from Andrew Krause to score a commanding victory.

 

Hirschman then jumped out of his Tour-type Modified right into his SK Modified, ready to contest another 100 laps around the 1/3-mile, high-banked bullring.

 

His second race was far more eventful than the first.  He ran up front for the first 60 laps, battling hard once again with Andrew Krause, Jimmy Blewett, and Tyler Truex, all of whom were pulling double-duty as well.

 

Hirschman brought his car into the pits for two new sticker tires during a caution, and restarted at the back of the pack.  He managed to fight his way back up inside the top 10, aided by a series of wrecks in front of him.  He found himself inside the top five with 15 laps to go.

 

Jimmy Blewett, who was running third at the time, made contact with Tyler Truex, who in turn hit race leader Eric Mauriello, sending both of them spinning.  Blewett was sent to the rear for rough driving, meaning Hirschman was now the leader of the race.  He held on to lead the final 15 laps, completing the Modified sweep for the second time in his career.

 

“What a day.  Incredible, I never expected either race to end the way it did really, but glad to be here,” Hirschman said in victory lane.  “A Turkey Derby sweep is one of the biggest accomplishments you could ever have in your career because not only is this one of the toughest places you’ll ever come to, but to win two races in the same day is just incredible.  Awesome way to end the season.  It was a really good year, I guess it’s a great year now.”

 

This pair of victories caps off a spectacular year for Hirschman, who won races in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, the Race of Champions Modified Tour, the Southern Modified Racing Series and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Series.

 

In the Tour-type Modified race, Andrew Krause and Tyler Truex both had great runs to the podium, with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars Justin Bonsignore and Matt Swanson completing the top five.

 

In the Wall/SK Modified race, Zach Alspach had a fantastic run through the chaos to finish second, followed by Eddie McCarthy, Andrew Krause (who’s right rear tire blew coming out of Turn 4 to the finish), and Stafford Motor Speedway competitor Michael Gervais rounding out the top five.

 

Highlights from the Turkey Derby Tour-type Modified race can be viewed now on the Speed51 Network.

 

The Northeast’s Modified racing season might be over, but be sure to stay with Speed51 during the offseason for the latest news, interviews, race highlights, and more.

 

-Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent - Twitter: @ian_pettigrew

-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo

 

Tour-Type Modified Feature Unofficial Results

1          60        Matt Hirschman

2          24        Andrew Krause

3          99        Tyler Truex

4          51        Justin Bonsignore

5          27        Matt Swanson

6          14        Eric Mauriello

7          21        Jimmy Blewett

8          8          Earl Paules

9          17H     Derek Hopkinson

10        02        Andy Jankowiak

11        50S      Ron Silk

12        00        Blake Barney

13        76        Matt Galko

14        85        Jonathan Mandato

15        50        Ronnie Williams

16        82        Chase Dowling

17        36        Dave Sapienza

18        99x      Chas Okerson

19        16        Anthony Sesely

20        65        Danny Bohn

21        11        Dillon Steuer

22        43        Ron Frees

23        6          Ryan Preece

24        13        Dylan Izzo

 

 

Wall/SK Modified Feature Unofficial Results

1          41x      Matt Hirschman

2          67        Zach Alspach

3          22        Eddie McCarthy

4          27k      Andrew Krause

5          33x      Michael Gervais

6          12        Jason Hearne

7          51        Danny Bohn

8          31        Eric Mauriello

9          69        Tyler Truex

10        1          Ken Matlach

11        8          Earl Paules

12        57        Edward Delage

13        76        Jimmy Blewett

14        11        Kenny Van Wickle

15        12B     Marc Rogers

16        98        Robert French

17        72        Doug Wolcott

18        25        Chris Andretta

19        02        Glen Slocum Jr.

20        55        Steven Reed

21        54        Shaun Carrig

22        27        Adam LaCicero

23        16        Anthony Sesely

24        36        Richie Cooper

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Hirschman Eats Up Two Servings at the Turkey Derby