Seekonk Horror: Chase Dowling Wins Tri-Track Haunted Hundred After Last Lap Chaos, Matt Hirschman DQ

Matt Hirschman drives out of turn four after intentionally wrecking leader Ron Silk on the final lap of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred Saturday at Seekonk Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

SEEKONK, Mass. – As the laps clicked off toward the finish of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred Saturday at Seekonk Speedway, a steady stream of cars rolled toward the back of the facility where the “Fear Town” haunted house had opened its gates for the night. 

But nothing anybody was seeing at the haunted house could live up to the horrors Ron Silk will have when he thinks about the last lap of Saturday’s Tri-Track feature at Seekonk. 

After getting passed by Silk for the lead in turn one on the final lap, Matt Hirschman drove through the grass in turn three and came back out onto the track and intentionally drove into the side of Silk’s car, setting off chaos at the front of the field. 

Hirschman’s wild attack spun Silk from the lead and collected third place Matt Swanson and fifth place running Ronnie Williams. Hirschman rolled out of the pileup of leading cars to take the checkered flag first, but was immediately disqualified by series officials.

“I think he’s an asshole,” Silk said of Hirschman. “.. I understand it’s the last lap, listen, obviously he’s a really good racer, but what he did today was ridiculous.” 

Said Hirschman: “I thought he drove in there and basically drove through me [in turn one] and in return I drove through him. If I look at it and see it differently I’ll own it or whatever, if it was. At the time he caught me by surprise that he was in and bounced into me. You have a few split seconds to make a decision or take action or whatever. Yeah, I drove right through him and cleaned him out. I’ll take a look at it. At the time, I thought, ‘You drive through me, I’ll drive through you.’ But if he was in and then that’s not the case or whatever, it was my bad.” 

Chase Dowling, who was running fourth down the backstretch on the final lap, but ultimately crossed the finish line second behind Hirschman, was declared the winner of the event.

“Not a way you want to win,” said Dowling, of Roxbury. “Silk and Hirschman obviously put a clinic on tonight. We were right behind them and you had to be in that position to be there.”

Keith Rocco of Wallingford was second and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. third. 

Williams limped his damaged car across the start/finish line backwards and was credited with a 20th place finish, which clinched his first series title. 

Silk, of Norwalk, was credited with a 21st place finish. Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa, was disqualified from the final running order. 

Hirschman inherited the lead under caution on lap 45 after Chris Pasteryak surrendered the top spot to head to the pits. Silk, who was running sixth at the time of the lap 45 caution, also went to the pits and took a new tire. 

By lap 70 Silk was back to fifth in the running order. He went by Russ Hersey for fourth on lap 71 and then moved to third past Williams on lap 86. Silk went by Swanson to take second on a lap 88 restart, but after another caution Swanson went back to second on lap 91 restart. Silk fought back by Swanson again and closed on Hirschman on lap 98. 

Coming to the white flag Silk took a low line out of turn four and got under Hirschman into turn one with some side-by-side contact. Silk came out of turn two with the lead. But going into turn three Hirschman dove to the track apron and into the grass to intentionally drive into the side of Silk. 

Matt Hirschman intentionally knocked Ron Silk out of the lead in turn three on the final lap of the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred Saturday at Seekonk Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

“I thought I was in there clean,” Silk said of his pass for the lead in turn one. “I mean, I wasn’t in there by much getting into [turn] one, but I mean I pitted and had a tire at lap [45] and he went the whole way on his and it was clearly giving up. Did we make a little bit of contact? Sure we did, but it wasn’t anything that was going to wreck him or knock him out of finishing second. I thought we had a better car than him. I was pinned on the bottom so he must have been in the grass to do what he did there going into [turn] three.” 

Silk was driving for the Bob Horn Racing team that Hirschman also drives for in selected events. 

“I basically reacted and you don’t have much time to really make a decision when you know it’s the last lap or whatever,” Hirschman said. “I hate that being that I have a good relationship with that team and I actually drive for that team. When we race against each other I know we each want to beat each other, but at the same time I’m not looking ever to take them out or cost them money and a finish or whatever and it ended up costing us both. I’d like to take a look at it and I’ll own it if that’s the case. It kind of caught me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting him to be where he was and kind of get in there and into me. Obviously the officials made a call on it and I know my retaliation was blatant, that’s obvious, so I own that.” 

Swanson, who ended up sixth and had the best view of Hirschman’s action’s down the backstretch, described the incident as: “Matt Hirschman being Matt Hirschman.” 

“[Silk] made a clean pass,” Swanson said. “[Silk] races aggressive but he doesn’t overly aggressively wreck someone. When you’re four wheels in the dirt before the corner even starts, that’s blatantly taking someone out.” 

Team owner Gary Casella (left) and Ronnie Williams (right) after clinching the Tri-Track Open Modified Racing Series title Saturday at Seekonk Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

Williams said he was just trying to roll without issue through the last five laps to clinch the series title. 

“Going into turn three [on the last lap] I saw the melee kind of happen with Hirschman and Silk,” Williams said. “I was like ‘Ok, we’ll just dig low.’ And we got hit somehow in the right rear and it spun us around. I was just looking and I was like ‘We’re not at the start/finish line.’ I was so close. At that point you’re just worrying about if Hirschman was going to get disqualified, and Swanson was close in points. I thought it was going to be smooth sailing in the last five laps and just hoping not for a caution. I’m just happy we got it though.” 

Williams is in his first year running the series for team owner Gary Casella. 

“It means a lot,” Williams said. “Our first year with Gary Casella and these guys. They work so hard. … These guys worked their butts off.”

Chase Dowling celebrates victory in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Haunted Hundred Saturday at Seekonk Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

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Comments

  1. I can’t wait to see what Crazy in New York has to say about this.

    🍿

    While we’re waiting, let’s ponder that question again: why doesn’t Matt Hirschman have a NWMT ride?

    BBBWBBWBWHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

  2. Does it get any better than that? Beautiful day at the track. Great crowd. Controversial finish. How about the car count, 38 mods, 29 pro stocks, 23 late models.

    What are peoples thoughts on the finish. I think Silk got under him cleanly off 4 and into 1, he drove him up a little but nothing bad then Hirschman cleaned him out in turn 3. I was positioned in turn 1 though so I didn’t have a great view of turn 3. Probably depending on which drivers t shirt you wear you will see it one way or the other. Had one guy say that’s racing, another said dirty move.

    For the love of God why doesn’t Seekonk run some form of mods weekly even SK lights would suffice. The place is always crowded when mods are on the card. They always seem to put on a good show. Think they have a real opportunity with Waterfords issues to run SK or SK lights on a semi regular basis if Waterford doesn’t open next season.

  3. pee dee motorsports and landscaping says

    wasn’t as crowded as I thought ..still a pretty good amount ..lots standing and I am sure lots in the pits ..also would have liked to see more heavy hitters being the end of the year …lost a lot of respect for Hirschman. silk made a great move at the right time and then Hirschman lost his mind ..the race and the championship.. own it money man ….should have let him by and then worked him over from second place.. sometimes the lead is NOT the place to be with the stupid bonsai move everyone uses.. silk very nicely moved hirshman..didn’t slam into him ..didn’t turn him ..run him into the marbles.. he broke his momentum.. acceptable in my book.. great run by swanson as well.. silk has lost a couple like that this year being punted… no word on Holdridge after his hit. hope he is ok .. all in all a good show.. first race at 150 was too long .. add an additional division next year.. was very happy the weather cooperated ..sks perhaps??

  4. Csg.
    I was in the same spot. Just at the entry to turn one. Silk had a wheel under matt going in. A little bounce, got matt up, but silk did not run him up, he stayed low through turn two. I agree nothing bad, just last lap racing going for the win. Like you, i could not tell if silk pinched matt down in turn 4, or if matt did the “bonzi” move, until I got home and read the story. I feel for matt swanson in this whole deal. Nowhere to go.
    Does anyone know if mike holdridge is ok? I hope he is. He hit a ton.

  5. getserious says

    I can see right in the pics those stands don’t look crowded at all like I’ve seen turn 4 stands before. With that field of top guys I would have figured it would be packed. Sounds like a good race though; until the last lap.

  6. Crazy in NY says

    As sure as night follows day you knew Mr Low Rent himself would be first up to tee off on me and whatever else captures his fancy. Bring it clowns. You want me to defend the indefenceable? Not going to happen.It was bad yup..watch the video. Just know conversations between those affected were and will be had. These pro’s will get past it quicker than the crap stirrers here and other outlets will. DRG will call for his head but the objective observer will have to admit it was out of character for MH. Agree or not but in 3 or 4 days time and 50 someting comments we’ll be by it here. Till then… BRING.IT..lol
    I have my Nomex on.

  7. I was sitting off Turn 3 and watched Hirschman mistake his modified for a vehicle from the SCORE series. From where I sat, Silk’s pass for the lead didn’t look particularly aggressive. Did Hirschman go into the wall? No. Did he lose a bunch of positions? No… he went from first to second. But that was enough to cause him to throw all four wheels onto the grass in T3 to harpoon Silk — clearly, obviously, deliberately — and wipe out a bunch of other cars. Just really disappointing to see, and has really lowered my opinion of Hirschman. As for the racing… great car counts in all three divisions, and good, competitive racing. Nice to see them keep the showing moving along, too. Thought the crowd was great… one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at Seekonk in the past few years.

  8. Viva race fan says

    Next up Turkey Derby …

  9. Speedbowler says

    I was sitting low in turn 3. I thought Hirschman’s move was OK for a last-lap incident. Hirschman was below the curb and in the dirt trying to stay under Silk…if he was going to drive through him he wouldn’t have gotten that low. Silk defended and spun himself at the apex of 3/4. Don’t change the event for next year. Car counts were great and features were just right in distance. A couple of lengthy cleanups for fluids and Mike Holdridge’s horrible crash slowed down the show but I’d say those are anomalies. There was a large crowd til halfway in the mod race when it started getting cold out and it looked like another Money Matt victory…people headed out and missed an amazing finish.

  10. Did anyone read the story? Matt flat out said he took him out on purpose. I don’t care where someone was sitting or what they thought. There is nothing to debate here. Zero! Matt took him out. He said as much. Guilty as charged. At least he owned it. That’s big in my book.

    Does anyone else see an issue with half the crowd leaving during mod race? In my opinion, the show is way too long. It needs to be over before sunset. No kid is going to sit there for 6 or 7 hours. Much less most adults. Start earlier, qualify on Friday evening. Do something. The first year it was only mods and late models and that still went all day. It was super nice that first year too. Now we have a 150 PASS race. It’s become a marathon. Not ideal for late October in New England. People shouldn’t be walking out during the main event due to being exhausted, tired, cold etc. The Fall Final at Stafford is over in 4hrs. That should be the goal here.

  11. JD,
    Thank you for saying that. I was about to. I’ll never understand that sometimes. I’ve seen it in other stories I’ve written where someone basically comes right out and says they took someone out on purpose and people still try to rationalize how/why it wasn’t on purpose.
    And agreed on the issue with the length of show. It was moving along very well until the issue with the Modified consi. In years past the show has been done probably an hour earlier than yesterday. I think the promoters had a plan that would have worked, but unexpected issues arose.

  12. Open wheel fan says

    Definitely worth the 2 hour trip and all the races were excellent. Disappointed that Matt Hirschman would lower himself to pull such a stupid and unsportsmanlike move. Ron Silk is aggressive driver but clean driver and if there is contact it is just clean close modified racing. Seekonk does put on a great racing program. Late models feature was absolutely fantastic as was the 150 lap feature. I am disappointed that Griffith In 12 car got caught up in skirmishes and not win national championship. Look forward to the Tri Track shows at Seekonk next year. Attending all the modified tour races at Thompson and Stafford and Loudon the Seekonk modified show beats them all. Congratulations to Ronnie Williams for winning the Tri Track championship and congratulations to Chase Dowling for winning the and surviving the last lap skirmish last night. Very nice crowd yesterday and great day of racing. Thank You Tri Track and Seekonk for putting on the show. Nice way to close out modified racing in the north east.

  13. The Haunted Hundred was my first visit to Seekonk. Overall, I liked the place and plan to return. Those judging attendance by photos need to be aware that all the smokers were standing behind the last row, and the paved areas were also quite a bit warmer than the seats.

    This is the second time I’ve seen Chase Dowling win an open race after clearing a mess in front of him, the first being the inaugural Musket 250. Nice job being there at the end to cash in on opportunity!

    I also thought the PASS race was too long… With caution laps not counting, and simple no-cleanup spins with the spun car continuing on it’s own generating long cautions, I think 100 laps would have been a better race. I also found it interesting that a car was quickly black flagged early-on for tire smoke in the turns, while the 12G was allowed to drag most of his left side sheet metal around lap after lap, smoking as it rubbed his left rear, until he spun on his own.

    Mike Holdridge hit right in front of us What a shot! I hope he’s OK. It appeared that EMS wasn’t that worried about his back or neck, so hopefully that was a good sign. Get well soon!

    As for my first visit, the Seekonk PD did a fine job with traffic exiting the lot. I thought the concessions were decent and reasonably priced, and it looked like there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

  14. Barry,
    This is from the Larry Barnett Racing Page on Facebook: Mike Holdridge update:
    Last race event of season for me as spotter didn’t go exactly as planned.
    An accident where a couple of cars blocked the track right ahead of Mike took place.
    Mike caught a tire, went airborne, had a very hard landing just before striking the front straight wall.
    He has a broken L5 vertebrae and broken Sternum.
    Last report was that no surgeries are planned.
    The car is a mess….

  15. knuckles Mahoney says

    That was a very hard hit for Holdridge. Broken vertebrae and sternum are gonna take a while. Car was a total mess. Great car counts. Great crowd. TTS has it going on.

  16. CiNY scratched out, “Bring it clowns”. Um, CiNY = 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡. If you think you are going to redirect and deflect this to a discussion of character, you are a complete stupididotmoron. Watch the video and read the MH QUOTES. He confessed, although he may not know it.

    Dude, it was your boy that pulled another slime bag move. And you call those that discuss it clowns? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 You clearly failed to graduate from Trump University, or were at the bottom of the class. Another slime bag move was when MH exploited a loophole so he didn’t have to run in practice/qualifying and could save tires for the race. This is not an isolated case of proctological phenomenon.

    Best yet: “pee dee motorsports and landscaping”. Wow! That is just awesome. I thought MH was harvesting potatoes.

    CiNY wrote, “DRG will call for his head but the objective observer will have to admit it was out of character for MH.” What are you trying to say? What do you mean with “the objective observer”? What do you mean by, “… it was out of character for MH.”

    CiNY, MH weaponized a car and deliberately took out other cars. He is quoted as saying so. This is not about in or out of character. Clearly he did it and admitted to it so it is part of his character. This is not a discussion or debate of MH’s character. Was he having a psychotic moment?

    MH is quoted as saying, “Yeah, I drove right through him and cleaned him out.” And then this gem, “Obviously the officials made a call on it and I know my retaliation was blatant, that’s obvious, so I own that.” Retaliation? I thought he was plowing the infield in preparation for a winter protection cover crop.

    “I think he’s an asshole,” Silk said of Hirschman. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Silk is awesome, just plain awesome.

    Swanson had the best comment, “Matt Hirschman being Matt Hirschman.” Priceless, just priceless.

    CiNY, this is nothing new about MH. This all goes to my question that I ask quite often, “Why hasn’t MH been a regular on the NWMT?” Even the kid Swanson knows all about MH. Swanson is only 19 years young and knows all about MH and his history and reputation. Swanson was a toddler when MH started his driving career. So Swanson, a newbie, knows all about MH and his reputation. And CiNY, you are trying to say this was out of character? You sound as absurd and ridiculous as Trump when he tries to deny it was him on the video and audio evidence. So since it was “out of character” did the devil 👹👺👿 make him do it? How long has this “out of character” thing been going on? Some 10 to 20 or more years? 👹👺

    Hey CiNY, I’ve been around the NWMT for decades, and MH is persona non grata. The teams I’ve worked with can’t stand him, and laugh at his posturing as some sort of celebrity. He has nothing to substantiate his self proclaimed status and what he demanded. HIs dad is indeed a historically significant modified driver. He can only ride Daddy’s coattails for so long.

    I wonder if NASCAR will look at this and suspend MH’s license for a season or more. MH needs a time out.

    CiNY, this is not a discussion of what is in or out of character. Regardless of character, in or out of character, he did it. It’s about MH weaponizing a car and taking out other cars. MH did it, he’s quoted, so it is clearly part of his character. Trying to make a dialog about character is futile, it won’t happen. Roll the tape… Did MH deny it was him in the car yet? Right out of the Trump University class titled Denial 101.

    Why does MH say numerous times he’s going to have to go back and look at it? Try to find some plausible deniability? 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

    But at least you have enough sensibility to know Sybil is 🦇 💩 🥜. Sybil has been catching heat 🔥 lately, he’ll come to your rescue to make friends and try to rebuild his coalition, the coalition he had with all his multiple personalities and fake screen names.

    Forget the Nomex, dude. It won’t help. Be objective and acknowledge that MH, in a wild move, deliberately took out other cars. Be objective, although it is out of character for you.

    Good running for Pasteryak. I feel so bad for Swanson. Good thing he’s a young, resilient kid. Great days are in his near future in Ole’ Blue.

  17. Crazy in NY says

    “I was sitting low in turn 3. I thought Hirschman’s move was OK for a last-lap incident.”

    Funny thing with is, pitside after the race when a group of fans/observers started to congregate (drama seeking?) one observer said to me. ” That move on the Tour would not have been penalized” I shook my head and continued my post race duties. No, that move is never a good one.
    One that got away from us…learn and move on.

  18. Leo Lamanuzzi says

    What a great show. Every tri track show is great. Great support divisions at Seekonk.We don’t go to nascar mods anymore because of the great tri track series. Just wish there was time for meet and greet as I had a tee shirt of Andy J to get signed. Again great show and shows.

  19. Crazy in New York wrote, “One that got away from us…learn and move on.” and ” DRG will call for his head but the objective observer will have to admit it was out of character for MH.”

    Out of character? I’m gonna use that if I get pulled over for a traffic violation. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Huh???? Got away? How about thrown away. It was intentional and deliberate. Please go read the quotes from your driver. Or are you going to call it fake news and deny MH said all he said?

    And a driver doing that after so many, many years of experience?????? Crazy, when will he learn?

    Crazy All Over the Place and Not Just Crazy in New York, that was not an out of character thing. It was indeed deliberate, and admitted by MH, so it clearly is a part of his character. What was your point is trying to make this about character? Just stick to the boneheaded off-roading move and don’t bring his character into this. You won’t be helping the situation. MH called his retaliation blatant. Will he deny he said that? Crazy, MH is quoted as saying he’s going to look at it… what for? Plausible deniability?

    MH claims Silk drove through him, but clearly MH had enough drive and control to gather it up and go off-roading to target Silk. That ability shows Silk did not drive through him. What a 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡.

    An otherwise great race ruined.

    I feel for Swanson. Good kid and close to a good finish. Had his day ruined by MH.

    Silk gets taken out by Goodale and now MH. Those would have been stellar wins for Silk.

    “pee dee motorsports and landscaping” Whoever you are, thanks for that. That is hilarious!!!!!

  20. Crazy in NY says

    It was my Mr low rent troll wasn’t it?
    I got under your skin I know. You love the drama of this all, you feed on it, it’s your oxygen .

    MH called his retaliation blatant. Will he deny he said that? Crazy, MH is quoted as saying he’s going to look at it… what for? Plausible deniability?

    He’s owned up to it what should he do now, move to Bolivia and retire?
    This will fizzle out and life goes on and YOU will remind us of this for the next 1000 years but that’s what you do. Enjoy your hamster cage.

  21. CiNY, well, I will remind you and everyone else next time. Like the shrewd tire move, exploiting the loophole in the rules. Will you then admit that it is not out of character?

    Owning it is clearly worthless. Stopping the behavior it is still a goal.

  22. Fast Eddie says

    Keeping in the spirit of the “Haunted Hundred”, I’d say Hirschman was possesed by an evil spirit on the last lap! 🙂 Silk raced him hard, but he raced Silk ridiculous!
    Had it not been for Holdridge’s crash and a number of oil downs by the fendered cars, a couple that took some time to clean up, the day probably would have finished earlier. Unpredictable and unplanned parts of racing that can’t be controlled. I thought the track crew did a good job with the cleanups. Glad to hear Hodridge’s outcome wasn’t great but not as bad as it looked; he hit that wall a ton!

  23. CiNY, you must really be crazy. Are you dumb, nuts, or both? Live near a SuperFund cleanup site? Lots of lead in your water? You are the one on the defensive, even though you are trying to look like you are attacking. Your boy went totally loco, and you are trying to make it look like getting his due limelight is unfair, or those giving him the attention are the ones with the problems. Nice try, but it still doesn’t work.

    Nope. Your boy did it to himself. Does it bother you that I’m enjoying watching you squirm? How much does it bother you? I’m enjoying it greatly. On a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the most uncomfortable, I guess you are at a 87. The instant your boy took out Silk, the first thing you were thinking is that you are going to be raked through the coals at racedayct.com. And I was going to be raking. So I don’t see how you think you are under my skin. 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤣🤣🤣🤣🤡🤡🤡🤣🤣🤣

    Are you a Trump University reject? Did you flunk out of Trump University?

  24. I think the DQ is a start. But seeing as how he admitted his intention was to wreck the leader, the punishment is not enough. He not only wrecked the leader but also damaged other cars and took them out of top finishes. Maybe a further suspension is in order. Come on tri track management you made the right call yesterday. Now back that up with a message to all that intentional wrecking of other racecars will not be tolerated.

  25. My best guess is MH saw Williams pull off similar a**hole moves at New England tracks all year and officials let it go; why not him. I agree MH’s DQ is what he deserved (thank you Tri Track for honest officiating), Williams deserved a lot more DQs but never received it.
    Silk deserved none of it at NH or Seekonk.

  26. This is why motorsports has a reputation of being populated by knuckle dragging Neanderthals. Special people turn their cars into weapons.

    Clean it up.

    Good to see swift law and order. Nice job Tri-Track management.

  27. Curious George says

    dareal, what tire rule was exploited? I’m just curious…

  28. Curious George, I don’t recall all the details at this point. It may have been another TTOMS race, perhaps at Seekonk. Something to do with tires to be used in practice/heats/race and a tire change. Somehow, MH got away with something, like not practicing/qualifying which saved many laps on his tires which allowed him to finish the race without pitting for a tire. Everyone else had to pit. That was a shrewd and HUGE advantage. It was discussed at length in these forums. I’m not sure of the details at this point, but it was something like that. Exploited a loophole in the rules. Bush league. There was also discussion that MH has familial relations with TTOMS management/ownership and that put a twist on things. That MH was handed a swift DQ was shocking, given the familial relations and royal standing.

  29. “I think he’s an asshole,” Silk said of Hirschman. “.. I understand it’s the last lap, listen, obviously he’s a really good racer, but what he did today was ridiculous.”

    Sorry Shawn, long time fan of this website but not sure on this one. Why is a drivers quote different from a fan’s quote. I agree drivers see things fans do not but also fans see and hear (on scanners) things drivers do not.

    Shawn Courchesne says
    September 9, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Just a reminder, as we’ve done in the past, concerning comments. No vulgarity here. Trust me when I tell you that you can actually write comments without vulgarity. If you can’t, go somewhere else because your comments are not going to be posted here

  30. Let me be the first… Congratulations to Chase Dowling!!!

  31. Curious I think what Dareal is referring to might be last seasons haunted hundred in which Mr Hirschman got a bad draw for the heat. Proceeded to put around at a less than race pace in his heat then pulled off before the end of his heat. He then went out for the consi and proceeded to put around again not really do any competitive laps through all his qualifying. He ended up getting a provisional and had much better tires than any one else who started the feature. Hirschman ran the entire 100 lap race without pitting, gained positions by not pitting and won the race. It was a controversial strategy. The strategy could have backfired, he was not assured the provisional. Someone maybe silk, who ended up qualifying thru a consi, would have qualified for the provisional before Hirschman had they both failed to qualify. I believe they only gave out 1 provisional at the time. Who knows what they would have done had Hirschman been second in line for the only provisional. Perhaps a 2nd provisional? They were going to change the way provisional spots were assigned or eliminate them alltogether after this went down. Dareal please correct me if I am mistaken.

    I like the pro stock and late model races. I could see cutting the pro stocks down to 100 but I think PASS races are pretty much standard at 150 laps at most races. The pro stocks and late models are run weekly at the Konk so I think they want to give them a race at the closer. What I love about this show is you have 3 good divisions. That 12g Derek Griffith was running around with half the body peeled back. I agree he should have been black flagged immediately. He restarted and ran another 2 or 3 laps before his body work cut down his own tire causing another caution. SMH. It was a long day, I wouldn’t mind moving the mods up to second in the running order before the late models who are more of a local division which probably don’t travel as far as the mod competitors.

    Thanks for the update on Mike Holdridge. I am praying for a speedy recovery. It was a hard hit. I am impressed that Hirschman publicly apologized after reviewing the tape. Anyway that’s it for the racing season. We will probably see some schedules rolling out in the next month or so. At Seekonk there was some speculation on Valenti next season, I think it was just a few people wondering given some of their car counts and race cancellation, I hope everyone has a happy and safe off season.

  32. Mike Pruitt says

    Steve, your best guess?? Don’t attend many races, do ya? As a past racer and retiree who attends races, go grind your axe elsewhere. I’ve been at 13 of Williams wins this year and a lot of second place finishes to, like to Silk at Star and Hirshman at Oxford Plains and all of us should be thankful that there is a supremely talented driver who can start mid to back pack, pass cars then with limited laps if he has the car will go for a win. He has never taken anyone out to win or be DQ’d out of a win like MH just did. Just line up with all the other jealous haters and speak your little mind. That kid has put a ton of excitement into Northeast Modified racing and I wish him and his teams much success into the future. So much so that Trolls like you can hate. Enjoy and respect it instead of looking for phantom DQ’s.

  33. csg, that sounds like it. I don’t recall all the details. I also posted a link to the report about what went on with that deal.

    Happy and safe off season to you too.

  34. Crazy in NY says

    Somehow, MH got away with something, like not practicing/qualifying which saved many laps on his tires which allowed him to finish the race without pitting for a tire. Everyone else had to pit.

    Practice and qualifying are on different tires…I mean…er you know that..right?
    Off course he practiced. Of course he had the race tires on during qualifying that’s a rule
    I mean, er you know that..right? (please say you know even that)
    Ah, had to pit? ah no…CHOSE to pit. different ..er..I mean you know the difference right?

    You left out one important detail. He started last. But I know you knew that…..RIGHT? LOL
    yer the best..

  35. MH is quoted as saying, “Obviously the officials made a call on it and I know my retaliation was blatant, that’s obvious, so I own that.”

    Retaliation? There it is folks. Has the confession been signed and notarized?

    🤣🤣🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

    Indeed, his resumé is getting longer.

    Amazing that nobody was hurt. Last lap with the field charging to the finish line and all. Could have been a huge pile up.

    Selfish, immature, petulant and unprofessional. No wonder he has to run his own car. Not many owners will take him on.

  36. Crazy in NY says

    Amazing that nobody was hurt.
    Two were….Mike Holdridge during the consi and your ego. Mike will recover…you never will.
    But keep it coming I’m having a blast.

  37. Lost all respect for MH with that move. He’s a talented driver, yet way to often finds himself at the center of controversy. He should grow up and let his talent speak for him not his attitude.

  38. Congrats to Ronnie Williams, Gary Cassella, and the whole #25 team for the series championship. Great job.

  39. Crazy, the only thing you are achieving is displaying your desperation to deflect away from your team, car owner and driver, and that you are probably really crazy. You are not having a blast. You look like someone that is desperately trying to run away.

  40. Hey Crazy, you lost the race and championship.

    loosah. looozuh. loser.

    🤣🤡🤣🤡👍👍👍🤣🤡👍👍🤡🤡🤡👍👍👍

  41. Hey Crazy, how was the post race party? Lots of fun and laughing?

    🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴

  42. Rob p., maybe MH just doesn’t have the talent and needs the attitude to fill in the voids. Guys like Richie Evans and Stefanik were so talented, they could be really nice and enjoyable people. It is stunning how Richie is still well known, and much of that is because he was such a great guy, and happened to be a great driver.

  43. Let’s do it again Oct 24th 2020. Seekonk announced the date today. Same format and same series as Saturday.

  44. I have to ask, what controversy has Hirschman been involved in. I believe he had a late lap dust up with Blewett at last years Turkey Derby fighting for the lead. Then there was the dodging the heat deal but that’s not track aggression related. That’s pretty much all I can recall that was controversial. Is there more? Is two incidents in recent years considered a lot?

  45. Anyone here a certified mediator, judge, arbiter, etc?

    🤡

  46. JD, thanks for the update.

    On the calendar already.

  47. Mike Pruitt,
    I certainly agree Williams is a talented driver that consistently performs as you said. Did he ever do what MH did, certainly not. Was he Mr Clean this year could be argued.
    Running second he gave Kopcik a shot in turn 3 of the last lap in a race at Stafford then drove him up the track to take the win. Not penalized but it certainly raised a few eyebrows. Gave a shot to Silk on the last lap of a TTOMS race and had a couple dust ups with Rocco early in the season at Thompson.
    What did happen is after the Kopcik deal the second half of the season Williams completely abandoned the bump and run and the season played out with good competition and not much drama. I’m thinking Williams heard the noise, processed it and might of made some subtle changes that in the end served him quite well. And he was being recorded all year for one of Sid’s specials coming out so there’s that too.

  48. Crazy in NY says

    “Crazy, the only thing you are achieving is displaying your desperation to deflect away from your team, car owner and driver, and that you are probably really crazy. You are not having a blast. You look like someone that is desperately trying to run away.”
    exibit A
    Oh..I’m crazy all right. In fact may people that know me think I’m crazy to engage the likes of you but I
    tell them it’s a public service. If you didn’t have me (and some of us) you’d go crazy talking to yourself or howling at the moon. Run a away? From this fun exchange…not on your life

    exhibit B
    “Hey Crazy, you lost the race and championship” loosah. looozuh. loser
    (correction)… we weren’t winning the championship .if Matt won with Ronnie running 4th at the end. The wreck had no bearing on it (nice try though) AND you left out the best loser of all time . The Ace Ventura one. > Loo ooh za errrr!!

    exhibit C
    “Hey Crazy, how was the post race party? Lots of fun and laughing?”
    🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴
    ah…I don’t know. Chase didn’t invite me. I assume they enjoyed it.

    exhibit D
    “Rob p., maybe MH just doesn’t have the talent and needs the attitude to fill in the voids. Guys like Richie Evans and Stefanik were so talented, they could be really nice and enjoyable people. It is stunning how Richie is still well known, and much of that is because he was such a great guy, and happened to be a great driver”

    OK i see you dragged your lovely assistant in for this one.
    MH…lacks talent..knuckle draggier… OK duly noted ( at least his crew guys are decent)
    RE and MS were so talented…Now there is some cutting edge insight . Boy you are sharp.

    A 4 pack of posts for lil’ ole me? I feel so honored. Fun fun fun till daddy (SC) takes our T-Bird away
    (hopefully not)
    Turn on the news to get depressed…turn on RacedayCT to chase it away. DGF for prez 2020.

  49. Steve,
    Typically vulgarities are removed from quotes in 99 percent of instances on this site. And there are times when doing that would take away too much from the message being relayed and the story being told. This was one of those instances.

  50. CiNY and Sybil are siblings. Very similar.

  51. CiNY posted, “Amazing that nobody was hurt.
    Two were….Mike Holdridge during the consi and your ego. Mike will recover…you never will.
    But keep it coming I’m having a blast.”

    Did MH cause the Mike Holdridge accident too?

    bah-dumb-dumb

  52. Thanks Shawn, I appreciate your thoughtful response.

    Mike Pruitt, you got me. my first race I ever attended, just found this website, and made a comment that surprisingly hit a nerve. I should go and buy a lottery ticket with all this luck. When you think everyone is against you, it is probably you; not the haters you imagine.

  53. MH, Silk, and Goodale should make New Smyrna very interesting.

    Dareal, while I agree with you more than not calling Crazy and Sybil siblings is low. ThInk about that statement. You and Crazy obviously see things differently but there is only one Sybil and he has his own zip code here. You and Crazy just need a little couples therapy. I have hope for you two kids.

  54. JD, if they aren’t siblings, identical twins at that, Crazy just has to be a surviving fake screen name of Sybil.

    😉

    Crazy’s latest bender has convinced me we have irreconcilable differences.

  55. Crazy in NY says

    Thanks JD. I have hope for me as well. The three drivers you listed are pro’s and by then I don’t think
    any residuals be doled out. I will tell you conversations take place away from the spot light of media (social especially) that start the healing process. In spite of what some haters and super trollers think ..time marches on., situations resolve themselves.

  56. OK then we’re at that place again. Where racing becomes merely the tool to trade taunts, the forum breaks down into shirts and skins, people comments become the focus and not content and the game is afoot.
    Situation normal.

  57. OK so the game of dodge ball is on between the shirts and skins. And welcome JD to the troll patrol with your official DGF Sybil monogrammed ball. Forgive me though for interrupting the game.
    Clearly Silk made and outstanding and perfectly acceptable racing move Clearly Hirschman responded with what appeared to be an emotional response and completely unacceptable. His contrition is a matter of record and people will accept it or not and all that is fine.
    One of the strengths of the TTOMS is Mr. Schaefer weighing in on occasion to update and inform the racing audience in this forum.
    While I don’t expect he’d be in a position to relate the blow by blow after the race he may be able to give the series perspective of what happened as well as any indication of whether it will have any impact on the series going forward. Or if all is well, 2020 is a new year, water under the bridge and all that.

  58. MH said, “I wasn’t expecting him to be where he was and kind of get in there and into me. Obviously the officials made a call on it and I know my retaliation was blatant, that’s obvious, so I own that.”

    Retaliation?

    Retaliation for what? What did him wrong? Who did him wrong?

    Is His Royal Highass above reproach and is not to be raced or passed?

    I missed that memo. Is it part of the race entry form?

  59. Congratulations to Chase Dowling!!!!

  60. JD said:

    MH, Silk, and Goodale should make New Smyrna very interesting.

    Agreed!!

    Any chance all three are at NSS? Turkey Derby?

  61. Ok guys the horse is dead already. Dareal, short and sweet ..pumpkin…everyone is sick of your constant drapple, most times, repetitive and off topic. Give it up already, your taking the enjoyment out of this site…and really, no one cares. If you can’t say something insightful, shut up.

  62. Rob p., if there’s something you should know by now is that nothing is ever over. It’s only been a couple days.

    So what’s left…

    KotG, NSS and Turkey Derby?

    All little bullrings.

    Anything else?

    New Smyrna will be happening before we know it.

  63. The halloween edition of the horror at Seekonk. What a race it was, finished on a crescendo that only the very special can provide.

    🎃 🕸 🕷 🧹 🧙🏽‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ 🧟 🧟‍♂️ 🦍 🦧 👹 👻 ☠️ 🎃 🧙🏽‍♀️ 🧛🏼‍♀️

    Happy Halloween!!!!!

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