MATT HIRSCHMAN ADDS “ONE OF THE THUMB” WITH FIFTH WIN IN 67TH ANNUAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 250 VICTORY TO CLOSE OUT PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO RACE OF CHAMPIONS WEEKEND

NORTH EAST, PAMatt Hirschman of Northampton, Pennsylvania, went on to win his third consecutive Race of Champions 250 this past Saturday at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania to conclude the Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend. This was the first time the event was held at the venue. Hirschman’s victories came on three distinctly different type tracks in Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome, Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway and now Lake Erie, which is a 3/8-mile progressively banked oval.

“We had a great car today but the pit stop strategy was challenging,” stated Hirschman following the race. “We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, after the pit stops, but we were able to come out of it. This track provides two wide racing all over it and it must have been a great race to watch because there were so many battles. I know Andy (Jankowiak) was to our back bumper, but then had a flat late in the race. It takes everything to win this race and to do it five times now is humbling and very special. This race means a great deal to my family. My Dad (Tony Hirschman) has won it four times. It is an incredible feeling and this truly means a great deal to all of us.”

Hirschman took home $13,013.13 for the win in honor of Ted Christopher of Plainville, Connecticut, who was inducted into the Race of Champions Hall of Fame during pre-race ceremonies.

Hirschman started the 250-lap race from the pole position after earning the top spot during group qualifying. He was flanked to the green by his neighbor, Eric Beers of Northampton, Pennslyvania. That duo would dominate the early running of the race, until things began to heat up when pit stops began taking place with just over 100 laps to go in the event.

Hirschman, who was near the back of field, methodically worked his way forward to put himself back in contention before taking the lead for the final time with less than 50 laps remaining in the race. Hirschman held off Mike Leaty of Ontario, N.Y., for the victory. Leaty finished second, with Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, Pa., third. Beers finished fourth and Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., finished fifth.

Leaty claimed the 2017 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series fueled by Sunoco championship crown based on his second place finish.

Matt Hirschman turned in the fastest time during group qualifying with a time of 14.587 seconds (92.548 mph). Tyler Rypkema of Owego, N.Y.; Bryan Sherwood of Binghamton, N.Y.; Amy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y. and Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., all won the qualifying races.

On Friday night Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., scored the Race of Champions Sportsman Modified Series fueled by Sunoco over Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y. and Scott Wylie of Blasdell, N.Y.

Joe Mancuso of Buffalo, N.Y., won the Race of Champions Super Stock feature with a dramatic late race pass. Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., earned the division championship.

Kenny “Hot Hands” Hejna of South Buffalo, N.Y., won the Pennsylvania State Troopers Four Cylinders Championship.

T.J. Cochrane of Cheektowaga, N.Y., scored the victory in a wild Street Stock race.

Sam Fullone of North Collins, N.Y., won the Race of Champions Late Model race over Dave Rigan of Williamsville, N.Y., and Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y.

Catalano earned the Race of Champions Sportsman Modified and Race of Champions Late Model championship to become the first driver in Race of Champions history to earn two championships in one season.

Announcer Joe Marotta of Syracuse, N.Y.; Car Owner Ed McGuire of Rome, Pennsylvania and Ted Christoper of Plainville, Connecticut were inducted into the Race of Champions Hall of Fame Saturday.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 67th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2017 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania as part of Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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Feature Finish

67th Annual Race of Champions 250

Presque Isle Downs & Casino Race of Champions Weekend

Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pennsylvania

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

 

Pos           No.           Name                                       Laps

1              60            Matt Hirschman                       250

2              25            Mike Leaty                               250

3              2t             Austin Kochenash                     250

4              45            Eric Beers                                 250

5              3              Daren Scherer                          250

6              76            Zane Zeiner                              250

7              48            John Kevman                           250

8              15ct         Chris Pasteryak                         250

9              54            Tommy Catalano                      250

10            71            Jimmy Zacharias                       250

11            7ny          Bobby Holmes                          250

12            22            Chuck Hossfled                         250

13            95s           Bryan Sherwood                       250

14            34            John Fortin                              250

15            59            Karl Hehr                                 250

16            07            Patrick Emerling                       250

17            10L          Daryl Lewis Jr.                          250

18            12x          Andy Jankowiak                        250

19            13            Scott Wylie                              246

20            14            Daniel Maichrzak                      197

21            13h          Tony Hanbury                           175

22            32            Tyler Rypkema                         148

23            1              Chris Ridsdale                          136

24            65            George Skora III                       102

25            64            Amy Catalano                           100

26            0              Randal Richard                         72

27            17r           Ben Reynolds                           3

 

Time of Race: 1 hour 36 minutes 39 seconds              Average Speed 58.503 mph

Margin of victory: .535 seconds       Fast Qualifying Lap: Matt Hirschman / 17.042 seconds @ 105.621 mph

Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers (Matt Hirschman, Eric Beers, Chris Pasteryak, Daren Scherer, Austin Kochenash)

 

Qualifying Race 1

Pos           No.           Name

1              32            Tyler Rypkema

2              3              Daren Scherer

3              76            Zane Zeiner

4              0              Randal Richard

5              1              Chris Ridsdale

6              14            Dan Maichrzak

7              17r           Ben Reynolds

 

Qualifying Race 2

Pos           No.           Name

1              95s           Bryan Sherwood

2              2t             Austin Kochenash

3              7ny          Bobby Holmes

4              65            George Skora III

 

Qualifying Race 3

Pos           No.           Name

1              64            Amy Catalano

2              13            Scott Wylie

3              10            Daryl Lewis Jr.

4              48            John Kevman

5              34            John Fortin

6              54            Tommy Catalano

 

Qualifying Race 4

Pos           No.           Name

1              12x          Andy Jankowiak

2              13h          Tony Hanbury

3              22            Chuck Hossfled

4              15ct         Chris Pasteryak

5              59            Karl Hehr

 

Point Standings following

Lake Erie Speedway

09/30/2017:

 

Pos           No.           Name                                       Total

1              25            Mike Leaty                               1231

2              07            Patrick Emerling                       1165

3              12x          Andy Jankowiak                        1119

4              54            Tommy Catalano                      1100

5              65            George Skora                           969

6              60            Matt Hirschman                       965

7              32            Tyler Rypkema                         959

8              22            Chuck Hossfeld                         860

9              66            Austin Kochenash                     838

10            3              Daren Scherer                          837

11            95            Bryan Sherwood                       831

12            64            Amy Catalano                           767

13            10            Daryl Lewis                              746

14            59            Karl Hehr                                 619

15            22jr          Scott Wylie                              504

16            40            Tommy Rought                         465

17            01            Cam Barber                              374

18            51            TJ Potrzebowski                       313

19            71            Jimmy Zacharias                       301

20            17            Danny Knoll Jr.                         285

21            76            Zane Zeiner                              279

22            7ny          Bobby Holmes                          257

23            40            Alan Bookmiller                       240

24            1              Chris Ridsdale                          232

25            99            Bill Mislan                                209

26            45            Eric Beers                                 203

27            19            Brandon Oltra                          169

28            11            Kirk Totten                               160

29            24            David Rigan                              148

30            76            Randall Richards                       145

31            27            Matt Galko                               137

32            14            Dan Majchrzak                          127

33            01x          John Barber                             124

34            48            John Kevman                           116

35            15            Chris Pasteryak                         112

36            7ny          Kevin Miller                             107

37            17            Roger Coss                               107

38            45            Timmy Catalano                       101

39            54            Jack Ely                                    88

40            34            John Fortin                              88

41            5              Kyle Ebersole                           72

42            21            Tony Hanbury                           68

43            40            Jake Rought                             65

44            12x          Tom McGrath                           58

45            1              Mike Barnes                             56

46            59            Steve Hoddick                          56

47            7              T.J.  Zacharias                           54

48            72            Jesse Kent                                52

49            4              Kreig Heroth                            48

50            72            David French Jr.                       48

51            10f           Mike Fiebelkorn                       47

52            95m         John Markovic                          46

53            45            Joe Brainard                             43

54            65            Andy Lewis                               42

55            8s             Lee Sharpsteen                        40

56            25r           John Ramsay                            20

57            17r           Ben Reynolds                           20