Richie Evans Memorial, Night #8 of World Series Canceled
Feb 18, 2023
Matt Hirschman’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing winning streak will continue until 2024.
Officially, Matt Hirschman received first-place points and prize money for the Richie Evans Memorial on Friday night at New Smyrna Speedway, by virtue of setting fast time in qualifying for the race before rain canceled it.
“Well, I guess we have a shot to continue the streak, actually,” said Hirschman.
No matter how it happened, Matt Hirschman won every race during the World Series, a feat that had never been accomplished before in the Tour-type Modifieds.
Hirschman surpassed Tom Baldwin on the all-time win list for Modified drivers in the event and tied Baldwin with his fourth World Series title. Only Ted Christopher (nine) and Richie Evans (six) have more championships.
“Any time you can put your name with guys like that, you’re doing something right,” said Hirschman. “Reggie, Richie, after that, when I started coming here, it was T.C., he was the man coming here. Now, we’re in that position and we’ve earned that, I believe. It’s come with a lot of hard work.“
The majority of that success in the World Series has come since 2017 when Hirschman joined forces with Pee Dee Motorsports. Hirschman has won at least one World Series race every year during that span, and hasn't lost since a second-place finish to Ron Silk during the second Modified race of the 2022 World Series.
Hirschman is making it look easy right now, but it hasn't always been this way.
“There were some lean years, some winless years. Doing this consistently seven straight years with this Pee Dee team is the reason for this success. This is one of the hardest things in racing I’ve done, competing night after night, the grind that it is. Doing it seven years consecutively, you learn. We’ve applied that very well.”
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