Matt Hirschman was one of the last drivers to take time during Tour-type Modified qualifying Monday night at New Smyrna Speedway, but he was also the quickest.
Hirschman clocked in at 17.340 seconds on opening night for the Modifieds at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, just three-thousandths of a second quicker than NASCAR Cup Series competitor Ryan Preece and Jon McKennedy, who tied at 17.343 seconds.
With 39 cars taking time in qualifying, there will be a B-Main for Tour-type Modified competitors. The top 26 qualifiers, along with two provisionals, are locked into the A-Main.
Earlier in the week, Doug Coby planned to turn over driving duties to Austin Pickens for the first two nights of Tour-type Modified racing at the World Series. However, he qualified his car on Monday night, clocking in 11th-fastest.
The 50-lap Tour-type Modified feature will follow the conclusion of Monday night’s Jeep Beach 175 for the ARCA Menards Series East. Taylor Gray set fast time for that race, and will start on the pole for the 175-lap event.
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