|Matt Hirschman - credit: Mojo Photos|
Matt Hirschman took home a $3,500 payday after winning the Thunder in the Hills 100 presented by the Upstate Automotive Group for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco at Holland International Speedway on Saturday evening. For Hirschman, it was his third career win at Holland and fourth on the 2017 Race of Champions Modified Series. Nik Welshans took the win in the Bank of Holland Chargers, while Andrew Nye earned the NYPA TQ Midget win and Bob Palmer won the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets.
“This place is so much fun driving a Modified,” said Hirschman in victory lane. “I felt all race that I had to beat Emerling to the front and we did that tonight. I love racing at Holland and race at this competitive track and we can change lanes here and can't make much better racetracks than Holland.”
“Restarts were huge tonight. I love coming here, it's my favorite racetrack and we were in good shape and we started on the bottom and we (Hirschman and I) had equal cars and it was a good points night,” said runner-up finisher Patrick Emerling.
Chuck Hossfeld was the fastest in Time Trials for the RoC Modifieds with a 13.902-second lap around the 3/8-mile oval; Hossfeld, Emerling and Daryl Lewis Jr. took heat wins. Randall Richard and Austin Kockenash led the 24-car field of Race of Champions Modifieds to the green flag for their ninth race of the season, with Kockenash taking the lead on the start. Hirschman, who started 10th on the grid, worked his way into the top five early on, but took until Lap 82 to catch Kockenash and challenge for the lead. Hirschman took the lead on Lap 88, while Emerling caught Kockenash for second, taking over second place with six laps remaining. Hirschman pulled away to score the win, followed by Emerling, Kockenash, Scott Wylie, and Hossfeld in the top five.
Holland’s 58th season continues on Saturday, July 29 with the Summer Sizzler Enduro and Figure 8 Bonanza. Times are still being finalized and will be released in the coming days on Holland’s social media pages. NASCAR racing returns on Saturday, August 5 for the 18th running of the George Decker Memorial 75 for the Pro Modifieds. The Chargers, Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends and Bandoleros will also be in action. Heats will start at 5 p.m. with feature racing starting at 7:05 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com.
Quotes in this piece provided by Holland Speedway.