Matt Hirschman Holds Off Ryan Preece in Spring Sizzler
Apr 25, 2022
Matt Hirschman heads to Stafford Speedway (CT) Saturday night to compete on a national stage, racing against the superstars of the Camping World SRX Series.
He'll do so with a win already this week.
Hirschman wrote another line in the record books Wednesday night, scoring his fifth career Open Wheel Wednesday win at Seekonk Speedway (MA). One year ago, Hirschman became the first four-time winner of the event, and Wednesday's triumph added to his lead for most Open Wheel Wednesday wins.
Hirschman dominated Wednesday's 100-lap Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series event, taking the lead on lap 31 and holding off Kyle Bonsignore for the victory.
"It really came in well for me in the feature," Hirschman told Racing America. "We had a good starting spot and moved forward. I think we were in third and able to advance into the lead and had clean track ahead of me."
Hirschman noted it can be a challenge to find the perfect setup at Seekonk, and how much finding that balance can make life easier for a driver over 100 laps at The Cement Palace.
"I felt like we really hit it tonight. The car was really to my liking, and that's what it takes here. Whichever direction you're off, it seems to get aggravated because you're always going in a circle. To be right in the middle where you want to be is something that doesn't happen too often, to be honest.
"There have been a lot more misses than hits, I feel. I've had good success and won this race several times, but there's been a lot of times we've been off, made the wrong call on strategy or missed the setup."
While there was celebration Wednesday night, Hirschman now sets his sights on Saturday's date with SRX. One year ago, Doug Coby scored the big win for short track racers when SRX went to Stafford, and Hirschman hopes to follow that act.
Wednesday's win gives him confidence, even if he won't be in a Modified against SRX's star-studded lineup.
"We've had a really good run of success leading up to it, which is important. You feel like you have momentum on your side. I want to make the most of the opportunity. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I want to make the most of it by performing well.
"We'll celebrate this one tonight, but we'll put our focus on that for the rest of the week."
Kyle Bonsignore finished second, followed by Anthony Nocella, Matt Swanson and Austin Beers.
The Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series will next be on track July 27 at Star Speedway (NH) for the SBM 125. Fans unable to make the trip to Star Speedway will be able to watch that race live on Racing America.