Hirschman Can’t Be Caught At Shangri-La

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TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. – Matt Hirschman found victory lane for the second time in as many events for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series this year, holding off the close challenges of Chuck Hossfeld for final 54 laps of Sunday’s event at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway.

Twenty-three modifieds were on hand for the tenth Race of Champions event at Shangri-La II. Tommy Close drew the pole position for the 75-lap feature with Hossfeld starting to his outside. When the green flag waved Hossfeld proved to be a man on a mission as he pulled the outside lane to the front. In doing so, he took Jimmy Zacharias with him.

Hossfeld would hold off Zacharias for the first five laps, but Zacharias took the lead on an outside pass in turn two on lap six. Hossfeld took the lead back from Zacharias on a lap seven restart. Zacharias would run in the top three until pitting for a tire issue on lap 21. While Hossfeld was fending off challengers at the front, Hirschman was moving through the field.

After starting eighth, the Northampton, Pa., driver took the lead from Hossfeld in turn three of lap 21. Once out front, Hirschman would not be caught as he drove to his second-straight victory to start the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series season. Hossfeld was second, followed by Austin Kochenash, Patrick Emerling and Zacharias.

Gene Purvis was a late arrival at the speedway, but jumped into his four-cylinder stock for the feature and collected his second consecutive victory. Gary Noe used a late race restart to get by Bill Frisbee Jr to claim his first checkered flag of the season in the street stocks.