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Bullring Bash Modified 100 Lap Event
at Lee USA Speedway

Denise DuPont / Polly Reid

A picture perfect day for racing at Lee Speedway set the stage for the first 2014 Tri Track Series event with 34 cars signing in for the $5000 to win purse. Starting 21st after qualifying for the main event through the consi race, at the end of the day, it was Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA making a pass with less than ten to go, surviving three more cautions to cross the stripe claiming the checkers and the hefty Bullring Bash Modified 100 payday.

Ryan Preece who caught a piece of the final lap, final turn incident that finished the event under a yellow checker crossed second with Dennis Perry third.

“This is me at my best running these short track, bullring shows,” said Hirschman about winning another open competition show. “The Racing Guys, Long Island Mod Maniac, these are the best shows you’re going to see all year, I guarantee it- here, Star in June and Seekonk in July- I appreciate those guys doing this and everyone supporting it.”

“I’m going to ride the wave with these shows,” said Hirschman who wished all the mom’s especially his own a Happy Mother’s Day in victory lane. “My season got off to a slow start, no excuses, that’s behind me now. We won an ROC race last week and now here, we’re warming up.”

Starting deep in the field at 21st in the 26 car field, Hirschman advanced a couple of positions by lap 30. When the second caution of the day waved on lap 47, Hirschman came down pit row with a host of other teams for tires and proceeded to linger deep in the lineup.

“I made some drastic changes before the race and that’s not like me,” admitted Hirschman. “I really don’t have the experience here. You know, I was a car that belonged in the consi. After the consi, yeah, we won the consi but I was like we’re going to try something here or we’re not going to have a chance at winning today. I took some chances, made some changes and glad it worked.”

A caution with 25 to go brought several more cars down pit row creating what was the beginning of a break for Hirschman who advanced to 15th on the restart. Four circuits later, Hirschman had cracked the top ten. Two more cautions, Hirschman held his position now in 8th but by lap 86 was inside the top five running 4th and by lap 90, just ten to go was suddenly in third, a podium finish in sight.

The field reigned in for a caution, Hirschman lined up second and made a power move on the outside of Steve Masse for the lead only to be brought back to the line for yet another yellow. Hirschman repeated the outside muscle move three more times as trouble plagued the field behind the leaders keeping the action close.

But with five to go, the green laps came and Hirschman dominated taking down a decisive win.

“At one point, I’m dead last on the track but the leaders are doing the same speed as me, it’s just part of it,” said Hirschman. “To me, I feel more comfortable if I’m going to ride, I’ll take the safest place which is clear of any other cars because obviously my goal is to not battle with 18th spot at that time, it’s a moot point, you just have to wait it out. Strategy like this, it’s not always going to work, I’ve made it work in a lot of these shows and we’ve won a lot of these races, I just hope my guys remember that when it backfires sometime because it’s not always going to work. These open shows are my favorite, I love the effort that goes into them- it got exciting at the end- they usually get interesting. I wanted to lead lap 100 not lap 1 and today we had no chance of leading lap 1 so we’ll take 100.”

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT came to Lee USA Speedway for the first time ever and brought Ole Blue (#3 of Jan Boehler) from twentieth to a second place finish. Following a strategy similar to Hirschman, Preece used tire management to his advantage to save his car for the race end and ran when it was time for the hard charge. “I got a second and that was nice. We came on at the end. I was sitting back there and I knew that he (Matt Hirschman) was sitting back there too. I do not know if people thought we were out to lunch or what but I think that we all showed at the end that we had a better hand at the end. I had fun. This was my first time here and it is definitely a different strategy. I liked it. I had fun. It was nice to be back in the #3 and to give back a good finish for them.’

On the last lap there were several cars making their move for second. Steve Masse had it and was protecting his territory. Todd Annarummo and Ryan Preece were hanging out in third but both wanted one more position. All three were racing hard and with such close quarters, one wrong move or slip and things happen. Masse got sideways and from there Preece was able to slide into second. “Steve Masse and I were racing hard coming out of turn three. He was basically at my door at that point and I went in hard and he went in hard and then his right front went into my nerf bar. Whether he got loose or we just both drove it in really hard. Obviously I am racing my buddy so I would not turn down into him and knock him into the corner so it was just racing. The first thing that I saw in my mirror was he was sideways. I hated that for him just because he has been working on that thing all day and he was going to have a good run. But it was hard racing. He probably wanted to finish second and I know how bad that I wanted to finish second but it is what it is.” Masse and Annarummo lost their spots and finished the race respectively in eighteenth and nineteenth.

Dennis Perry of Hopkinton, RI made it into the Bullring Bash 100 through the consi race. He started twenty-second, one spot behind Matt Hirschman. Perry made the decision from the beginning to follow Hirschman’s moves and hopefully finish the race in the top ten. “At the beginning of the race we started in the back right next to Matty Hirschman and I said to myself “Ok whatever he does, I am doing.” And for 50 laps that is exactly what I did. Then he pitted but we decided to hold on a little longer and he got away from me because I got some real bad track position. I mean with 19 laps to go I was still in twenty-second. Then we got that tire and I said “We got a strong piece here guys, we just need some holes to open.” And the seas finally started parting and we went to the front.”

“It is the first time I have ever been here in a modified,” said Perry in post-race inspection. “I love this track. I love a loose car and I love driving on the right rear, so this track fits me very well. Just pulling out at top ten was what we were hoping when we came here. We knew we were coming up here with a knife at a gun fight but we brought a much better piece than we expected and I adapted to this track very quickly. And we had such a ball. Unfortunately those two guys got together on the last turn. It was kind of a scary wreck and hopefully everybody is OK. It was an unbelievable race. I cannot thank the Racing Guys Jim Schaefer and the Lee USA Speedway enough. Doing what they are doing in racing for all the little guys like myself, it is the best thing that could happen for us.”

This was the first of the three races that make up the Tri-Track Series. The next race will be Saturday, June 14th at Star Speedway. Then series will culminate with the final race being at Seekonk Speedway, Wednesday, July 23. The series will be paying a point fund of $10,000 sponsored by Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists of Quincy, Mass.

Notes from Lee USA Speedway:

Do you think that Tire management played an important part in the “Bullring Bash 100”?

Ryan Preece

“I have heard so many different things about this place and it is true that the track is hard on the tires. There were little things that we could have done to make it better but we were about as good as you can get, for what we had today. And tire management played a big part today”.

Dennis Perry
“Lee Speedway does actually eat tires.”

Source: Denise DuPont / Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: May 12, 2014

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