Chemung, New York – (August 5, 2018) – Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa., showed why he is a contender whenever he shows up with the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series on Saturday at the Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome. Hirschman captured his second win of the 2018 season, which is the 42nd of his Race of Champions career.


Hirschman came from 12th and took the lead from his neighbor Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., on the 45th circuit around the challenging speedway.


“We had a good night, but drawing 12th made it challenging,” stated Hirschman in victory lane. “We had a good car and things worked out our way tonight. Andy (Jankowiak) was coming and we’ve had a couple of good races. I’m just happy to honor some great racing history and my good friend Ed McGuire here tonight. Rod Spalding and the Spalding Foundation has been such a big of our sport. This is a great way for us to end a great night.”


Jack Ely of Wall Township, N.J., drew the pole and was flanked by Beers on the start. Ely led the opening lap before Beers took the top spot for the next 44 circuits.


Hirschman patiently worked his way through traffic and moved past Beers on lap 45. Hirschman was able to keep Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., at bay as the duo charged to the checkered, reversing their roles of July 21 at Hillside Buffalo where Jankowiak won and Hirschman finished second.


Daryl Lewis of Ontario, N.Y., continued his impressive season with another third place finish. In the seven races so far, Lewis has yet to finish outside of the top-ten and has recorded four top-five finishes.


Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., finished 4th with Beers rounding out the top-five.


Hirschman scored the Speed 51 “Top of the Board” Award in group qualifying with a lap of 14.581 seconds (92.586 mph).


Hossfeld, Roger Coss of Lafayette, N.J. and Skora won the three qualifying races.


Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., scored his second Race of Champions Super Stock Series victory of the season in the Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 as he took the lead from Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., as Gullo went into the pit area with a flat right front tire. Mancuso, who started 8th held off Charlie Sharpsteen of Waverly, N.Y., finished second. Sharpsteen started 10th. Jason Duke of Newark Valley, N.Y., started 16th and finished 3rd. Gullo finished 4th and Tommy Barron of Ontario, N.Y., rounded out the top-fve.


Gullo and Barron won the qualifying races.


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Feature Finish

Rod Spalding Classic  (75-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Finish             Starting Position                No.                 Name                                                              Laps


1                      12                                            60                   Matt Hirschman                                         75

2                      8                                               12x                 Andy Jankowiak

3                      4                                               10                   Daryl Lewis, Jr.                                                                   

4                      5                                               22                   Chuck Hossfeld

5                      2                                               45                   Eric Beers

6                      21                                            26                   JR Kent

7                      6                                               25                   Mike Leaty

8                      9                                               65                   George Skora, III

9                      7                                               17c                 Roger Coss

10                   1                                               54e                 Jack Ely

11                   18                                            95                   Bryan Sherwood

12                   25                                            4                      Zack Knowlden

13                   15                                            53                   Brian Defebo

14                   14                                            07                   Patrick Emerling

15                   24                                            40                   Alan Bookmiller                                          74

16                   16                                            3                      Daren Scherer                                            74

17                   10                                            66                   Austin Kochenash                                      70

18                   22                                            59                   Karl Hehr                                                      64

19                   20                                            17                   Danny Knoll                         52

20                   16                                            54c                 Tommy Catalano                                       23  Accident

21                   17                                            72                   TJ Potrzebowski                                         23 Accident

22                   13                                            32                   Tyler Rypkema                                           23 Accident

23                   19                                            45c                 Timmy Catalano                                         23 Accident

24                   11                                            5                      Kyle Ebersole                                              23 Accident

25                   26                                            64                   Amy Catalano                                             1 Clutch

26                   23                                            40                   Tommy Rought                                           0


Time of Race: 40 minutes and 35 seconds               Average Speed: 42.053 mph               Margin of Victory: 1.084 seconds

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers. (Jack Ely 1, Eric Beers 2-45, Matt Hirschman 46-75 ) “Top of the Board” Award; Matt Hirschman (14.581 seconds @ 92.586 mph)

Paved Track Qualifying Race Winners; Chuck Hossfeld (5); Roger Coss (1); Daryl Lewis, Jr. (2); Matt Hirschman (2)

Jerico Performance “Jammin’ Gears Awards”; JR Kent (Advanced 15 positions in feature)

US Army Top Performer Award; Jack Ely (14.906 seconds @ 90.568 mph lap 7)

Jan “Pops” Leaty Award – Leader Lap 25 – Mike Leaty

$100 Bicknell Racing Products Certificate Award (Third Place) – Daryl Lewis, Jr.                        

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – (No Eligible Driver, No “Free Pass” Given during race”)


Feature Finish

Tribute to Ed McGuire 51 (51-laps)

Chemung Speedrome, Chemung, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)


Finish             Starting Position                No.                 Name                                                              Laps


1                      8                                               64                   Joe Mancuso                                               51

2                      10                                            34                   Charlie Sharpsteen

3                      16                                            13                   Jason Duke

4                      1                                               71                   Tim Gullo

5                      2                                               28                   Tommy Barron

6                      3                                               7                      Terry Potrzebowski

7                      4                                               89                   Frank Chapman, Jr.

8                      14                                           14                   Broc Brown

9                      5                                               96                   Dana Novoa

10                   11                                            04                   JP Herbst

11                   7                                               48                   Tommy Krawczyk

12                   6                                               71                   RJ Zacharias                                                 50

13                   13                                            18                   Jason Duke, Jr.                                           50

14                   15                                            1                      Vern Hedderick                                          49

15                   9                                               42                   Derrick Tarbox                                           37

16                   12                                            75a                 Chuck Anderson                                         Accident


Qualifying Race 1; Tim Gullo – Qualifying Race 2; Tommy Barron


-Race of Champions Press Release

-Photo Credit: Race of Champions

‘Big Money’ Matt Scores Second Win of Season at Chemung