|Posted by: olddog on March 18, 2019 at 5:41pm|
MATT HIRSCHMAN OUTLASTS JOHN SMITH AND JASON MYERS TO CLAIM SEASON OPENER FOR THE SOUTHERN MODIFIED RACING SERIES
Caraway Speedway Opens 54th Season With A Bang
(Asheboro, NC): “Big Money” Matt Hirschman lived up to his nickname on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Asheboro, NC’s Caraway Speedway and claimed the $5,000.00 winner’s share of the 21k purse as the speedway opened its 54th season with a bang.
Tim Brown started from the pole position after the top-six redraw with John Smith, Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett and Burt Myers it tow. Precision Pole Award Winner, Blewett wasted no time getting to the front taking the lead from Brown on lap five bringing Myers, Smith and Jeremy Gerstner along for the ride. The field settled down for a 30 lap run until a single car spin by Darin Redmon on lap 36 brought out the first caution just after Myers slipped by Blewett. Blewett retired with transmission problems during the caution.
The restart saw Myers leading Smith with Gerstner, Hirschman, Bobby Measmer, Jr., Jonathan McKennedy Jason Myers and Brown riding a eight car train. Myers and Smith continued at the front of the pack while Gerstner faded until he spun on lap 68. The caution set the stage for pit stops by most of the front runners with Smith electing to stay out. Smith was able to hold off the field until lap 93 when he yielded to pressure form Hirschman’s Pee Dee Motorsports Modified with Jason Myers in tow. Hirschman and J. Myers pulled away from the field and it appeared the race was going to be settled between them until the car of Calvin Carroll stalled on lap 120 setting up a mad dash to the checkered flag.
Hirschman restarted on the inside front row flanked by J. Myers, B. Myers, Measmer, Jr, and Smith with fresh tires. Hirschman and J. Myers drove hard into turn one and Hirschman’s car stuck and J. Myers did not sending Myers high in turn one allowing B. Myers to slip under to take third spot bringing Measmer, Jr. with him. That is the way they finished with J. Myers recovering for fifth with McKennedy, Gerstner, Brown, Trey Hutchens and Anthony Nocella completing the top ten
Other racing action saw quick qualifier, Dean Lowder slip past 602 Modified Tour newcomer, Kevin Orlando on lap 20 and lead the way to the finish of the 35 lapper. Orlando managed to hold off a charging Robbie Brewer to claim second ahead of Brewer, Cody Norman and Richard Trotter. Bobby Measmer, Jr. finished sixth in his Ron McKee owned mount with Jeremy Gerstner, Kirk Sheets, Jody Utt and Lee Jeffreys.
McKee was the winner of a $75.00 certificate from Pro Tech in a prerace drawing. Pro Tech is known for high quality gloves used by firefighters and is branching out to include crew gloves for the racing industry.
In action for the 602 Super Limited division, Austin Harris was the big winner. Harris won the Precision Spindle Pole Award in qualifying, took the lead from Amber Lynn on lap six, and never looked back, taking the win in the 60 lap feature for the division.
Chase Robertson trailed Harris to the finish with Cory Rose in third, Lynn in fourth and Carson Ware completing the top five. Kyle Campbell finished sixth ahead of Matt Henley, Fletcher Whaley, Bill Catina and Derek Sheets.
Kyle Campbell was the winner of the $75.00 Pro Tech Award determined in a pre-race draw.
The next event for the Southern Modified Racing Series and both 602 divisions is Saturday, March 23rd at Southern National Speedway in Kenley, NC. Race time is 6:00 PM.
Mack Little claimed the inaugural event for the speedway’s new Sportsman division ahead of Justin Hicks, Blaise Brinkley, Josh Lowder, Heath Causey and Mitchell Wright.
Chad Sykes held off a hard charging Johnny Baker to take the win in Caraway Speedway’s Mini Stock division. Tyler McDonals finished third ahead of Adam Thomas and Mark Baker. Jeffrey Burrow finished sixth with Andrew Moleta, D.J. Dean, Alan Hornaday and Jeremy Seeley rounding out the top ten.
Gregory Williams was the big winner in the track’s UCAR division feature holding off Richard Jones for the win. Sam Price, Tim Price and Hunter White completed the top five
The next event for Caraway Speedway is Saturday April 6th with racing for the Southern Modified Racing Series, the 602 Super Limiteds and the 602 Modifieds along with action for the Late Model Sportsman class and the Mini Stocks and UCAR’s. Race time is 7:00 PM.