Following Friday’s Maurice Enterprises 100 for Tour-type Modifieds at Claremont Motorsports Park (NH), the list of things that can stop Matt Hirschman from winning got shorter, as a crash in his heat race was not enough to deny ‘Big Money’ a cool $10,000 for the comeback effort for him and the No. 60 crew.
After contact with Brad Babb on the first lap of the night’s third heat race catapulted Hirschman’s Modified into the Turn 2 wall, destroying the right-front suspension, the crew thrashed to ready the car for the last chance consolation race. Nearly missing the top-six cut, Hirschman took advantage of a chaotic restart to make the field for the 100-lap main.
“We were in big trouble there in the heat race and then in the consi. But, it just tells you about our team and how we win races is how we are prepared. We got the people that know what they are doing, we can blow the right front off this thing, and take a drawer of parts, put it back together, and still win. That just says it all right there about our team,” Hirschman said in victory lane.
After racing conservatively for the first two-thirds of the race, saving his tires, the time to strike came when early dominator Ron Silk led the leaders to pit road for a fresh tire change and Hirschman stayed out.
Hirschman threw himself into what had originally been a duel for the race lead between Les Hinckley and local favorite Matt Kimball. After dispatching Hinckley, Hirschman took advantage of a restart to blast away with the lead for good.
“It played into our hand later, but I certainly wouldn’t want to go about it that way. Wrecking the car and almost missing the show, I would prefer not to do it that way,” Hirschman continued.
“We tried to keep something for the end because these guys were going to be pitting later, but we kept so much early that it really showed off in the end. I know what it takes, I know what’s got to be done, and how to do it.”
Coming in behind Hirschman, Matt Kimball recorded his best ever performance in his still fresh Modified career. A graduate of Mini Stocks, Kimball has been frequenting Southern New Hampshire short tracks in Sportsman Modifieds for the most part, but has also been trying his hand at the Tour Mods.
“I lost to the best Modified driver in the nation and this is only my fifth start in this thing. Just to be here up front is a dream come true. We paid this car off from the bank a couple of months ago and here we are up front racing.”
Les Hinkley held on for third position while polesitter Eric Goodale and Andy Jankowiak rounded the Top 5.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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