Matt Hirschman Ready To Climb Back On North-South Shootout Throne

The drive for five is on when Matt Hirschman returns to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. next month.

Hirschman will head to the 10th edition of the Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout Nov. 8-10 at Caraway Speedway looking for his fifth Tour Type Modified main event feature victory.

“I’ve always liked the open shows,” Hirschman said in a release. “When you get a chance to compete against the best from all over the place, you want to do that. There aren’t too many unsanctioned races left where promoters will take a risk and pay money out of their own pocket for a big event like this. There’s so few of them left, I’d hate to see any of them go. I hope everybody feels the same way.”

Hirschman, driving his own car, won the North-South Shootout Tour Type Modified features in 2006, 2007 and 2010 when the event was run at Concord (N.C) Speedway and also won last year in the event’s first time running at Caraway. Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., also finished second in the Tour Type event in 2008.

Hirschman will also enter the SK Modified feature at the event running for Norwalk car owner Bob Horn. Hirschman drove Horn’s car to victory in the SK Modified portion of the event in 2009.

“I would say my North-South Shootout wins are my biggest career accomplishment,” said Hirschman, who was victorious earlier this summer in the $10,000 to win Modified Madness show at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway. “Going back to the first one I won in 2006, I had won some races prior to that, but that was first big race I won. The notoriety I got from that, it was the most I ever received for winning a race.”

The Tour Type Modifieds will run a 125-lap feature at the event this year with the SK Modifieds putting on a 50-lap feature on the half-mile Caraway oval. Practice and qualifying are Nov. 9 features on Nov. 10.

Also on the card are features for the PASS Super Late Models, Legends, SK Light Modifieds, Sportsman and Super Trucks.

Hirschman has been supportive of the event’s move to Caraway after eight years in Concord.

“Some people didn’t like idea of it going to Caraway at first, because there were so many (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour) races there every year, but me going and winning should give any outside team hope of going down there and being able to win,” said Hirschman, a former regular on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. “I proved that it’s still it’s own race, and I think any outsider can go in and win that race.”

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