Matt Hirschman had his eyes on the prize Saturday night during the Southern Modified Racing Series 75-lap feature at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). The Northampton, PA native took an early lead and dominated the Easter Bunny 75 to score his first career victory at “The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars.”
“It’s pretty cool to get a win here, it’s a track that has a lot of history behind it and a lot of great drivers have raced and won at this track,” Hirschman said after the race. “This is a track everybody wants to win and at and their name to the history books as well.”
After an incident on the initial start between the leaders – Danny Bohn and defending SMRS champion Jeremy Gerstner – which sent them to the tail of the field, Hirschman and former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss made up the new front row.
“The initial restart obviously wasn’t how we wanted to get a race started, but it worked out in our favor and put us on the front row, so we knew what we had to do to get the job done,” Hirschman explained. “However, it wasn’t quite the race I expected.”
Hirschman was quick to take the lead on the restart over Seuss as John Smith, Burt Myers, and Jason Myers settled into the top five. A hard-charging Andy Seuss kept Hirschman in striking distance for the lead, but was no match for the driver behind the No. 60 Modified.
Cautions flew periodically throughout the 75-lap race, but Hirschman continued to hit his marks and held off his competitors on his way to victory lane.
Race fans can watch an on-demand replay of the Southern Modified Racing Series feature at Hickory now on Speed51.com.
Next up for the Southern Modified Racing Series will be a pair of Twin 50s at Caraway Speedway (NC) on April 14.
-By Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @madisonmabry23
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