ASHEBORO, N.C. – Matt Hirschman captured the North-South Shootout for tour-type modifieds for the fifth time in the last eight years Saturday night at Caraway Speedway.
Hirschman started from the pole for the 125-lap modified feature and had the dominant car throughout Saturday’s event, but a mandatory pit stop on lap 52 made things difficult for the Northern modified star. NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III beat Hirschman off pit road during the pit cycle, but several cars stayed on track forcing the fastest cars to restart deeper in the pack.
On lap 70 Brunnhoezl charged by Andy Seuss to take the race lead as Hirschman continued to battle back through the field. A caution on the same lap allowed Hirschman to close the gap on the leaders and get back in the fight for the victory. After another quick caution on lap 72, the field returned to racing and Hirschman made his move, grabbing the lead from Brunnhoelzl on lap 74.
Despite three more caution flags, Hirschman was untouchable at the front of the pack as he drove to victory over Brunnhoelzl, Seuss, Brian Loftin and Tommy Barrett.
In the companion PASS South feature, PASS North regular Ben Rowe made the trip worth his time by holding off PASS South championship leader Jay Fogleman to pick up his first PASS victory of 2013. Ted Mickelson, Randy Gentry and Spencer Davis completed the top five.