Matt Hirschman Captures RoC Modified Tour Holland 100

July 01, 2012 at 2:05 PM

roc_1.jpgThe roar of the Race of Champions Modified Tour was heard throughout the Holland hills this past Saturday night, June 30th, as the best open-wheel drivers on the planet took on their toughest test so far this season in the running of the Holland 100. Second generation driver Matt Hirschman from Northampton, Pennsylvania used a late race pass to claim his first tour win of 2012. In other action at the Holland Motorsports Complex, Tom Northem from Alden, NY won his first feature of the season in the main event for Bank of Holland Chargers. Kenmore, NY driver Mike Ticco won the feature for the McClurg Auto Group Late Models and Buffalo, NY resident Jeff Szafraniec won his third consecutive 4 Cylinder Hornet victory.

Andy Walko and Chuck Hossfeld led the stout field of Race of Champions Modifieds to the green flag from RoC Starter John Nelson and it was Hossfeld getting out to the early race advantage from his outside pole position. Kyle Ebersole went around Walko for second on lap three while TJ Potrzebowski moved into the top five on the fifth circuit after passing Doug Reaume. Potrzebowski had problems just three laps later as his car pulled to the infield after a lap nine restart following a debris caution.
At the lap 20 mark, Hossfeld continued to lead the field around the Holland highbanks with Kyle Ebersole, Andy Walko, Matt Hirschman and Erick Rudolph in the top five and they were tightly followed to the line by Jimmy Zacharias, JR Kent, Doug Reaume and Billy Putney in the top ten.

Orchard Park, NY driver and former Holland winner Patrick Emerling moved up through the field from17th in the starting grid and by lap 35, Emerling was running seventh as he passed JR Kent in his Emerling Chevrolet, Leaty Autosport number 07. Up in front of Emerling, Jimmy Zacharias passed Erick Rudolph to take over fifth place and Emerling followed suit to take over sixth place on lap 40.

Halfway through the Holland 100 and as it was on lap one, Chuck Hossfeld was showing the way over Kyle Ebersole, pole sitter Andy Walko, Matt Hirschman and Jimmy Zacharias in the top five with Emerling, JR Kent, Rudolph, Daren Scherer and Doug Reaume in the top ten. East Aurora competitor Billy Putney raced his way into the top ten as he passed Reaume for the position and Reaume got lapped by race leader Hossfeld.

Patrick Emerling, Jimmy Zacharias, Daren Scherer, Sege Fidanza, Billy Putney and Erick Rudolph all came in under the caution to make adjustments on their machines after TJ Zacharias came to a stop in turn three to bring out the second caution on lap 64. Cheektowaga competitor Karl Hehr also came on pit road but he did not return as he suffered problems in his Mighty Taco Modified. The restart saw Hossfeld pull away from Ebersole as Hirschman passed Andy Walko to take over third.

“The Hotshoe” continued to show the way on lap 75 as Ebersole, Hirschman, Patrick Emerling and Erick Rudolph were in the top five. One lap later, Hirschman passed Ebersole for second and began to chase down Hossfeld. Hirschman began his assault on Hossfeld on lap 76 as the old rivals put on a battle of the ages on the Holland Highbanks. Hirschman passed Hossfeld for the lead on lap 83 as the second generation driver from Northampton, Pennsylvania was the new race leader.

The yellow lights would turn back on for the third time as Andy Walko and lap car Bob Reis made contact on the backstretch. Under the caution, Walko and Kyle Ebersole went pit side. Ebersole was running in third at the time of the caution. The third caution set up a 15 lap Saturday night shootout.

The restart had Hirschman lead Hossfeld, Zacharias, Erick Rudolph and Patrick Emerling around the speedway as third generation drivers Rudolph and Zacharias battled for third with Emerling running right behind..

Matt Hirschman would go on and join his father Tony in victory lane as Hirschman took the Holland 100. Chuck Hossfeld finished second and he was followed closely to the line by Jimmy Zacharias . Erick Rudolph and Patrick Emerling, completed the top five.
“I thought I messed up when the cars ahead of us went to the pits but it worked in our favor and the car was fast” said Hirschman, who was joined in victory lane by his father, former Holland Modified Tour winner and multi-time RoC 200 Winner Tony Hirschman.

“My Dad coached me on how to driver this place and probably the only one person that could beat me would have been Dad” Hirschman continued in victory lane. Chuck Hossfeld came home in second place and said that it was just his second time competing at Holland. “It was a tight racetrack and I haven’t raced here in a long time” stated Hossfeld. Current Holland Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modified point’s leader Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda was awarded the Gater News bonus for being the top two-barrel carburetor modified. The Race of Champions Modified Tour will return to action in three weeks at the Oswego Speedway for the 62nd running of the Race of Champions 200. More information can be found online at or

Josh Hathaway and Qualifying event winner JD Roberts led the field of Late Models to the green flag in their 20 lap feature distance and it was Roberts out to the early lead. Then on lap three, Brandon Glover took over the top spot and he was being chased by Eldon King III and Mike Ticco who all passed Roberts for the top three positions.

JD Roberts and Nick Crassi came together in turn four to bring out the caution on lap eleven to slow the field down for the first time. On the restart, Glover and defending class champion Eldon King III were on the front row and it was Glover showing the way. King went to the inside and passed Glover for the lead but the lead didn’t last long as Josh Hathaway hit the turn three Armco Barrier to bring out the second caution. Simultaneously Glover and King made contact and both got sent to the rear of the field. On the restart, Ticco and Corey Glover were showing the way and the veteran Ticco pulled away and picked up his first victory of the season. Corey Glover would finish in second and was followed to the line by King, Crassi and JD Roberts.

Tim Northem and “The Big Show” Ted Welshans led the field of Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag of Matt Place and it was Northem out to the early lead in their 30 lap feature event. Just three laps in, Welshans got around Tim Northem for the lead but the lead didn’t last long as Tom Northem took over the lead on lap number six. Points leader Dave Wilson Jr worked his way through the field and was up to third by lap 10. Wilson then quickly went to work on second place car Marty Hughes. Wilson was able to use the inside of the speedway to get around Hughes for second in his Wilson Crane Service number 21. Former divisional Champion Jerry Kosmowski started fifteenth and was inside the top five just past the halfway mark in the feature event.

Wilson put pressure on Tom Northem late in the event, but Northem was able to hold off Wilson for his first win in several seasons at the speedway. Marty Hughes was able to fend off Jerry Kosmowski for third with defending Charger champion Jim Loffredo completing the top five.

Tim Boyce and Bob “the Builder” Marzec led the field of Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event and it was Marzec leading the field around the 3/8th highbanks. Tony Carbone started tenth in the starting grid and was up to third by lap number three and one lap later, passed his cousin Tim Boyce for second. Just two laps after taking second, Carbone took the lead away from Marzec and starting to pull away from the field.

Last week’s feature winner Jeff Szafraniec was on the move as he started seventeenth and by the halfway mark, was running second and started to chase down race leader Carbone. On lap 16, Szafraniec looked underneath Carbone and was able to clear Carbone for the lead just one lap later. While working through lap traffic, Szafraniec and Carbone made evasive moves to keep themselves distant from the rest of the Hornet field.

Szafraniec, the current Hornet Points Leader was able to pull away and pick up his third straight feature win and fourth of the 2012 season. Bill Lutz made a last lap pass to get around Carbone for second with Samantha Lutz in fourth and Ben Russo completing the top five.


Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Zacharias and Erick Rudolph each won $200 from Emerling Chevrolet in Boston, NY for winning the qualifying events for the Race of Champions Modified Tour. Current Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modified points leader Andy Jankowiak was involved in an incident with Randall Richard in his qualifying event as the second generation driver raced in his first Race of Champions Modified Tour event of 2012 - both Jankowiak and Richard made repairs to start the 100.

Holland will be taking the next week off (July 7th) in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The roar of the engines returns to the hills of Holland on Saturday July 14th for the 13th running of the George Decker Memorial 100 for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Modifieds. The McClurg Auto Group Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, the Casey’s Truck Salvage TQ Midget Series and the Cup Lites will be on the card. With the exception of the Pro Modifieds, all races will be raced in a features only format. Pit gates will open at 1:30pm with an open practice session starting at 2:00pm and running until 4:00pm for just $20 per car. The grandstand gates will open at 4:45 and NASCAR Racing will be underway at 6:00pm.


RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED TOUR 100: MATT HIRSCHMAN (Started 9), Chuck Hossfeld (2), Jimmy Zacharias (8), Erick Rudolph (11), Patrick Emerling (15), Kyle Ebersole (4), Billy Putney (16), Daren Scherer (12), JR Kent (19), Andy Walko (1), Sege Fidanza (14), Andy Jankowiak (17), Doug Reaume (6), TJ Zacharias (13), Bob Reis (5), Karl Hehr (7), Randall Richard (20), Tommy Cloce (3), TJ Potrzebowski (10), Mike Odwazny (18) and Jake Wylie (21)

EMERLING CHEVROLET ($200 to winner) Qualifying Winners: Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Zacharias, Erick Rudolph

McClurg Auto Group Late Models: MIKE TICCO (Started 4), Corey Glover (7), Eldon King III (6), Nick Crassi (5), JD Roberts (2), Jason Gwin (8), Brandon Glover (3) and Josh Hathaway (1)
Qualifying Winner: JD Roberts

Bank of Holland Chargers: TOM NORTHEM (Started 4), Dave Wilson Jr (8), Marty Hughes (6), Jerry Kosmowski (15), Jim Loffredo (9), Kris Hamann (7), Shawn Lafferty (11), Ted Welshans (2), Eric Brown (5), Rich Carnes (3), Ken Maltby (13), Tim Northem (1), Jason Adams (16), Dean Sitarski (14), Zach Myers (10) and Joe Fetzer (12)
Qualifying Winners: Dave Wilson Jr, Jerry Kosmowski

NASCAR Hornets: JEFF SZAFRANIEC (Started 17), Bill Lutz (12), Tony Carbone (10), Samantha Lutz (15), Ben Russo (14), Chris Powers (16), Louis Carbone (11), Bob Marzec (2), Jennifer Termer (4), Timmy Swatsworth (3), Kyle Skoney (7), John Blinston (8), Grant Hill (6), Waylon Price (18), Tim Boyce (1), Destiny Koningisor (19), David Warrior (9), Justine Zink (20), Dylan Carbone (13) and Joe Mastrocicco III (5)
Qualifying Winners: Jeff Szafraniec, Bill Lutz