Cashed In: “Money” Matt Hirschman Wins NorthEast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Mod Race At Star Speedway

Matt Hirschman

Matt Hirschman

The man that has proved the most consistent dominator of open Modified events in the Northeast over the last five years was back at it again Saturday at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H.

Matt Hirschman, who has earned the nickname “Money Matt” for his habit of grabbing the big payday events for Modifieds, scored victory in Saturday’s Northeast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series SBM 125 at Star Speedway.

Hirschman took home a winner’s purse of $10,000 for the event Saturday.

Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks was second Saturday and Josh Cantara of Alfred, Me. third.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars Ron Silk of Norwalk and Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y. rounded out the top-five at Star Speedway respectively.

It was the third of five scheduled events this year for the NorthEast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Series. The first event of the season scheduled for June 11 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. was cancelled because of rain.

Doug Coby of Milford won the second event for the series on June 29 at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.

The final two events for the NorthEast Race Cars & Parts Tri-Track Series will be held on at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Aug. 25 and Oct. 23.


  1. Andy Boright says

    Tom Fox gives yet another demonstration in professionalism by not having a clue if a car is allowed to pit and come back out in the heats races.

    If you are a ticket taker, what the rule is in that situation isn’t important, if you’re the race director, it kinda is.

  2. What a great event last night. Glad to have the 125 back on the schedule. Not really sure why it went away last year. Anyway, a really big crowd on hand to watch a fun race. I couldn’t believe how full the parking lot was. My only con would be the six car heats. I’m down with heats but less heats with more cars would be better. Not a lot of drama with 6 cars per heat. The feature was good. Tire strategy abound. The 71 was playing the underdog roll, Good stuff. I can’t wait until next year.

  3. Great race and a huge crowd. I agree with Mark on the heat races. More cars and less races. The 99 car got screwed when he was clearly under the 29 and the bumped with the 29 spinning. The 29 also ran the 06 all over the place and most likely kept him from winning the race. There seems to be controversial calls in everyone of these races. Even with a lower car count it was still a great show. Max had another good showing in an unfamiliar car.

  4. Very fair race
    Matt good job
    Wish more competition
    Like stafford it is down to 2 drivers
    Pennick and teddy

  5. Crazy in NY says

    Only 2 drivers? You think only Matt and Jon? Les Hinkley was good (again) ,Rowan, Silk were in the hunt.
    Woody had engine problems and didn’t make the race but he’d have been in the mix I’d wager.
    I love this format for the strategy where the option of taking (or not) at tire comes into play.
    Unlike the American Racer unlimited tire deal where you throw 3 sets on if you want.
    I didn’t see anything wrong with the competition at Star.

  6. Crazy, that’s Jeffrey talking, usually nonsense, just take it with a grain of salt. When the 06 can come from 19th and compete for the win I would say that is one stout race car!

  7. Cantara and Hinkley both had great runs up the outside only to run up onto a blocking Mckennedy. Jon wasn’t a very smart racer at star. If your planning to run the whole race without pitting then why would you allow the second place car force you to run a faster pace? Cantara was all over Jon the first 45 laps and instead of letting Josh go Jon raced him. No doubt Savery got screwed by Mckennedy as well as he clearly had position only for Jon to come down and spin himself. Bad call by race director to send the. 99 to the tail. Overall great race. List a lot of respect for the 79 team. Gained a ton of respect for the josh Cantara/ Goodwin Hannaford team. The old guy can still build great power.

  8. Good point
    There is a few more good ones
    I was just talking about stafford
    You must agree with the tc rowan comment
    Of course rocco and woody can get on a roll too
    There is like 6 drivers that can win every week

  9. I know my stuff man
    So take it easy I am not perfect
    The fact is I am loaded with money and can buy any race team I want
    I am a huge supporter of sk racing erected is my list
    Tc rocco rowan woody williams berndt mike jr
    Preece silk coby Santos tour guys
    If I left a few out so what
    We all realize the great ones
    That’s my point
    Don’t be bringing up guys from like the 80s
    Case closed

  10. Where was Coby?

  11. Fast Eddie says

    I think Coby and crew were at Seekonk to mainly to get a good test session in for the tour race in September. With no tour race @ Star, they’re probably prepping for Stafford on Friday.
    Sonny, nice summary: I bet Hirschman was smiling big in third watching #71 work on #29! It played right to him. Also, I fully agree with you on the #99; he had position going into turn 3, #29 was blocking a bunch for a while with no tires left, #29 pinched #99 down and they touched. Strictly a hard racing deal. Tough to decide which was better, low buck local #71 hangin’ with the big dawgs all night, or the monster run from the back by #06!

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