Matt Hirschman Wins Race of Champions Modified Tour Holland 100

July 08, 2013 at 12:32 PM

The mighty SUNOCO Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Tour returned to the hills of Holland for their 100 lap event and it was Matt Hirschman from Northampton, Pennsylvania getting the victory after Oakhurst, NJ driver Pete Brittain failed post race inspection. In regular Saturday Holland action, Dave Wilson Jr from Hamburg, NY would pick up his second consecutive win Bank of Holland Chargers and Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY picked up his second straight win for the NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets. After a horrific wreck at the conclusion of the RoC 100 which caused damage to the catch fence and starter’s stand, the Getzoni Nationwide Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds and McClurg Auto Group Late Models will be racing in double features on July 13.

Ransomville, NY residents Erick Rudolph and “the Hotshoe” Chuck Hossfeld led the stout field on RoC Modifieds to the green flag with Rudolph showing the way on lap one. Hossfeld used the outside to get the lead on lap two. As Hossfeld took over the lead, Matt Hirschman moved into third and Mike Leaty passed Mike Fiebelkorn Jr for fourth early on. The races first caution occurred on lap six as Danielle Buchek lost the handle in turn one after some contact with Ricky Knapp. On the restart it was Hossfeld taking command as Hirschman looked underneath Leaty to complete the pass for third but Leaty used the outside groove to take over the third position on lap nine. Meanwhile, Tour rookie Bobby Holmes passed fellow tour rookie and former Holland Pro Modified Champion Mike Fiebelkorn Jr to move into the top five.

At the races one-quarter mark, “the Hotshoe” continued to show the way with Rudolph, Mike Leaty, Matt Hirschman and Bobby Holmes were inside the top five but the drivers on the move included “Pistol” Pete Britten and second generation driver Andy Jankowiak.

Pete Brittain was the man on the move as he started 15th on the grid and the Johnson-Rutherford Racing number 11 as “the Jersey Outlaw” moved into fourth just as Doug Reaume slowed to bring out the races second yellow on lap 45. After several top teams making adjustments in the pits, Hossfeld and Rudolph shared the front row on the restart as Hossfeld pulled away from the field.

Patrick Emerling made “a manly move” and went three wide to move inside the top five and at the races halfway point, Hossfeld continued to show the way driving the A-Superior Concrete, Jerry Gradl Motors number 22 with fellow Ransomville resident Erick Rudolph racing in second with Mike Leaty, Pete Brittain and Patrick Emerling racing in fifth. Emerling was followed closely to the line by TJ Potrzebowski, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Nick Pecko and Matt Hirschman racing in the top ten.

Brittain raced his way to third on lap 51 and quickly reeled in the top two. Just four laps later, Britten passed Rudolph and went side by side with Hossfeld and Britten took the lead on lap 58. Britten pulled away from Hossfeld and Rudolph as Patrick Emerling continued his way through the field and raced his L2 Autosport teammate Mike Leaty and used the “slide job” to move into third as defending RoC Champion and Race Winner Matt Hirschman moved into sixth and tried to enter the top five. Hirschman completed the pass on Leaty on lap 78 to move into fifth. Hossfeld and Rudolph continue to race for second as Matt Hirschman and Patrick Emerling joined the battle to make it a four car duel for the runner up position in the late going. Hirschman passed Emerling on lap 88 and on lap 89 passed “the Hotshoe” Chuck Hossfeld

Andy J moved into the top five on lap 93 after making an incredible move to get on by Hossfeld and Rudolph. As Britten was pulling away from Hirschman, Jankowiak and Emerling were battling strong for the third position. “The Jersey Outlaw” Pete Brittain would go on to what would appear to be his first win on the tour at Holland but because of an altered tire, was found to be illegal, thus handing the win to defending race winner Matt Hirschman. When the checkered flag was flying, Jankowiak and Emerling made contact coming to the checkered flag and both drivers got airborne and caught the catch fence and hit the starters stand. All involved in the wreck was ok and were responding to first responders.

“About halfway through the race, I knew I needed to pit” said Hirschman post-race. “It was a kind of night that we needed” Hirschman continued. After the disqualification of Britten, Andy Jankowiak was scored in second place, a career best so far on tour. Patrick Emerling was third with Erick Rudolph and Chuck Hossfeld completing the top five.

The next event for the SUNOCO Race of Champions Modified Tour will be the 63rd Race of Champions 200 at the famed “SteelPalace”, Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY.

“The Wild Child” Donnie Aquino and veteran racer Ken Maltby led the field to the green flag with Maltby leading the way. Dave Wilson wasted no time and took the lead on lap 4 as Jerry Kosmowski raced his way into second. With Wilson showing the way early, Kosmowski, Eric Brown and Rich Carnes put on a great battle for the runner up spot throughout the 25 lap feature distance.

The first caution of the event happened on lap 15 for a piece of debris. On the restart it was Wilson pulling away and Wilsonwould race on to collect his second win of the season. Jerry Kosmowski would finish in second and was followed to the line by Eric Brown, Tom Northem and Rich Carnes.

John Blinston and Butcher Palmer led the field of Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event and it was Palmer showing the way on the opening circuit. Ben Russo, winner of the Hornets 50 a couple of weeks ago, took over the lead on lap three. Russo quickly pulled away from the field including the Cousins of Louis and Tony Carbone. Defending divisional Champion Jeff Szafraniec moved up from his 12th starting spot and went three wide with a lap car to take over second on lap 12 from the dueling Cousins. Dylan Carbone, making his first start of the season raced on by Kenny Hejna to take over fifth place just after the races halfway point.

Russo would drive away and pick up his second consecutive victory. Jeff Szafraniec would finish in second and was followed to the line by Tony Carbone, Louis Carbone and Dylan Carbone.


A multi-car wreck in practice occurred after Eldon King III’s suffered a broken shock tower and collected veteran racer Mike Ticco. King was able to compete in the qualifying heat while Ticco’s night was ended early.

Holland returns to action next Saturday, July 13 with Midseason Championships for all divisions. The United States AIR FORCE will present the night’s racing program and will have a booth setup as well as a Aric Almirola Sprint Cup Car on display. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Program featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, McClurg Auto Group Late Models, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U Pull It Figure 8’s, NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets, NYPAMA TQ Midgets and a scheduled appearance by the Cup Lites.

Pit Gates will open at 3:30pm with the grandstand gates opening at 4:45pm. Qualifying events will start at 5:00pm and feature racing will get the green flag at 7:05pm.


Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour: MATT HIRSCHMAN (Started 4th), Andy Jankowiak (10), Patrick Emerling (9), Erick Rudolph (1), Chuck Hossfeld (2), Austin Kochenash (12), Mike Leaty (5), Bobby Holmes (7), Rusty Smith (21), TJ Potrzebowski (16), Billy Putney (17), Daren Scherer (8), Nick Pecko (11), Don King (26), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (3), Brandon Oltra (13), Tommy Cloce (6), Karl Hehr (20), Kevin Miller (18), Doug Reaume (14), Kevin Lewis (23), Ricky Knapp (19), Danielle Buchek (22), Ed Weber (24) Pete Brittain (DQ- 15) Did Not Start: John Wilbur

Emerling Chevrolet Qualifying Winners: Patrick Emerling, Matt Hirschman, Mike Leaty, Chuck Hossfeld
Gater Racing News $500 Bonus (Top 2-barrell car): Kevin Miller

Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds: Postponed to 7-13
Qualifying Winners: Dave Catalano, Kirk Totten

McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Models: Postponed to 7-13
Qualifying Winner: Brandon Glover

Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: DAVE WILSON JR (Started 6th), Jerry Kosmowski (8), Eric Brown (3), Tom Northem (4), Rich Carnes (5), Ken Maltby (2), Donnie Aquino (1) and Don Sitarski (7)
Qualifying Winner: Tom Northem

NASCAR Hornets: BEN RUSSO (Started 9th), Jeff Szafraniec (12), Tony Carbone (11), Louis Carbone (10), Dylan Carbone (14), Kenny Hejna (7), Waylon Price (13), Bill Lutz (5), Josh Hill (4), Robert Palmer (6), Butcher Palmer (2), Michele Maltby (8), Grant Hill (3)and John Blinston (1) Did Not Start: Chris Powers
Qualifying Winners: Louis Carbone, Ben Russo