SEEKONK, Mass. — Matt Hirschman lived up to his name once again on Wednesday night, capturing the top $10,000 prize and winning his fifth Open Wheel Wednesday title at Seekonk Speedway.
Competing in the third round of the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series season, Hirschman passed Woody Pitkat for the lead on lap 31 and never looked back, rolling to his second Tri-Track win of the season in three series events.
Hirschman’s fifth Open Wheel Wednesday victory came in the 17th running of the race. He’s the only driver to have passed the three-win mark in the prestigious event. T
he Pennsylvania native opened what will be a busy week – as he will now move to Stafford Motor Speedway to compete with the Superstar Racing Experience Series on Saturday, July 2, against top stars from across multiple racing disciplines.
Wednesday marked his 15th overall triumph of the season.
“I’ve been at almost all of these events and this is the first time we went back-to-back winning it,” Hirschman said. “There are so many variables that always play into this race. Tonight we had just the night we needed – a good clean night and we were able to keep the car out front. I never really left the bottom all night. We’ve been on a good run of success leading into Saturday at Stafford – hopefully we can keep it going.”
While Hirschman sealed another Seekonk win, Kyle Bonsignore charged through the field in the second half of the race and captured an impressive second-place finish.
Anthony Nocella finished third, while young guns Matt Swanson and Austin Beers finished the top five in the 100-lap event.
Dave Helliwell captured the victory in the 350 S.M.A.C Supermodifieds, dominating their 40-lap feature.
In the 50-lap NEMA Lite feature race, Jake Trainor rolled to the win after passing Randy Cabral in lapped traffic.