Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. This week, we’re mixing it up.  We’re not picking a race winner, we’re picking a champion.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Tour-type Modified championship during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Matt Hirschman (nine votes) who was named the favorite to win the championship.  Overall, five different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway below.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Matt Hirschman

The Pennsylvanian has gotten stronger every year at the World Series. From 13th to fifth to second and finally a championship one year ago. Hirschman will take the championship trophy again.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent

Pick: Matt Hirschman

Hirschman has a great record at New Smyrna. I wouldn’t be surprised if Big Money comes up big in the Sunshine State.


Blaise Dillner, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Matt Hirschman

When it comes to Modified racing, it’s hard not to pick money Matt Hirschman. I think he will pick up a few wins and take home the championship at Speedweeks.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

He’s consistent; he’ll be there all the time. He’ll also win a race or two.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Doug Coby

Some people may shy away from picking Coby because of his lack of experience at New Smyrna, but good race teams don’t go to race tracks without being prepared. The deuce will be ready to chase checkered flags and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship this week.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Patrick Emerling

Last year Emerling found his groove at New Smyrna, winning one race and staying in the points race. After a year of homework and with the No. 07 team as strong as ever, the former RoC Series champion has to be considered a favorite.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Doug Coby

Coby has never made the trip to New Smyrna, but he knows how to get the job done anywhere he goes. With Preece not running the full week due to NASCAR Cup Series obligations, look for the five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion to start his 2019 season off with another championship.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Matt Hirschman

While I would like to take an underdog, I am here to win, and winning is what “Big Money” knows best. No. 60 will claim the Speedweeks title again.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Matt Hirschman

“Big Money” has to be the odds-on favorite to claim the World Series championship. He knows how to stay out of trouble and score points. No one comes to the track better prepared than the Hirschman team.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Jimmy Blewett

It’s been a while since he’s been down to Smyrna in what he calls a good situation. This was not pieced together at the last minute; Blewett and the Gershow team are coming to win.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Tommy Catalano

Last year, Catalano was impressive at Speedweeks, scoring a top five and two top 10s after missing the first two nights of racing. I believe that the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year from Western New York will be a contender for the Speedweeks championship.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

He’s the defending champion of the World Series and one of the best in the business. He runs really well at New Smyrna every time he goes. When you look at the field it’s a tough choice, but I’ll take Matt Hirschman for the championship trophy.


Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Matt Hirschman

I’m going to go with Matt Hirschman; he’s always a threat to win and a well-known name as far as Tour-type Modifieds go. He’ll be there all week contending for wins and the championship.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Jimmy Blewett

I’ve gotta go with “Showtime” Jimmy Blewett. The Blewett name has been running Speedweeks at New Smyrna for generations and always with success. The Beetuccio cars are always strong at Smyrna. I think the combination has what it takes to unseat “Big Money” and take the crown.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Matt Hirschman

Yeah, I know, going out on a limb here. Hirschman is coming off another strong year of Modified victories, and I expect him to start 2019 off right by winning the Tour-type Modified World Series championship at New Smyrna.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Doug Coby

I’m going with a driver from my home state of Connecticut. Doug Coby will take the Mighty Mods title at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna in 2019. Not only will he shake off the bad luck he had last year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, but he will win two races during the week.


Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor

Pick: Doug Coby

Coby might be a newcomer to competing for the World Series title, but he showed plenty of speed during the open practice day on Thursday. There’s no doubting Coby’s credentials, and I think he adds to them over the next week.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

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