Matt Hirschman Charges Late To Win Tri-Track Series ’22 Season Opener At Monadnock

Story By: KYLE SOUZA / TRI-TRACK SERIES – WINCHESTER, NH – Matt Hirschman waited until the moment was right, pounced, and rocketed to another Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series win on Saturday night, April 30. Hirschman tamed the high-banks of Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire – scoring a $10,000 prize and once again living up to his “Big Money” name.

Hirschman passed Monadnock NHSTRA Modified regular Matthew Kimball and held off some of the top Modified contenders on multiple final restarts to capture the checkered flag. Sam Rameau, a two-time Tri-Track winner at Monadnock, crossed the line second, while Brian Robie was third.

Rameau – who was at the front of the field for nearly the entire first half of the race – decided to play a different strategy than most and stay out while nearly everyone else pitted. Laps later, from the lead, when another caution flew, Rameau decided it was time to head down for fresh Hoosier racing rubber. He would restart outside the top-15, and charge through the field to finish second. The Westminster, Massachusetts, native was back on the podium at his home track.

Hirschman played the strategy of pitting with everyone else, after riding at the rear in typical Hirschman fashion early, saving his equipment for when it mattered most. When the time was right, he worked his way into the top-five, and eventually challenged and passed Kimball for the lead.

On a flurry of late restarts, Rameau charged to second, while Robie used both the top – and bottom – to grab third. Kimball settled for fourth, with Chase Dowling, who won the August of 2021 race at Monadnock, fifth. Ronnie Williams was sixth, followed by Todd Patnode, Chris Pasteryak, Kirk Alexander and Les Hinckley.

Hirschman’s $10,000 prize, followed by Rameau’s $6,000 check, was only part of a purse that was over $40,000 for the event. Hirschman’s win was his 15th career in 36 series starts – now 10 races above anyone else in history.

The race also included the debut of the Call 811 Before You Dig “Cone” rule, where drivers must select their restart lane when they approach the orange cone. The addition of the cone rule allowed competitors to gain positions if they were brave enough to try a different lane.

Earlier in the day, Rameau, Dowling and Richard Savary won qualifying heats in the Pepsi Challenge, each earning a $300 bonus.

The Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series will return to competition for the second race of the season at Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, May 29.

RESULTS:

  1. Matt Hirschman
  2. Sam Rameau
  3. Brian Robie
  4. Matt Kimball
  5. Chase Dowling
  6. Ronnie Williams
  7. Todd Patnode
  8. Chris Pasteryak
  9. Kirk Alexander
  10. Les Hinckley
  11. Roger Turbush
  12. Jake Johnson
  13. Carl Medeiros Jr.
  14. Richard Savary
  15. Matt Swanson
  16. Joey Jarvis
  17. Max Zachem
  18. Cory Plummer
  19. Robert Bloxsom III
  20. Dave Salzarulo
  21. Dylan Izzo
  22. Derek Robbie
  23. Ben Byrne
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