NORTHEAST: Hirschman Finally Completes Turkey Derby Sweep At Wall

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Matt Hirschman won two features during the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on Sunday. (Jim Young/ photo)

Matt Hirschman won two features during the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium on Sunday. (Jim Young/ photo)

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Matt Hirschman dominated Turkey Derby XLIII on Saturday at Wall Stadium Speedway, sweeping the tour-type modified and SK modified divisions.

Hirschman collected a combined $9,000 by sweeping the 150-lap tour-type modified feature and the 100-lap SK modified feature.

“It’s a career day. That’s the only way to put it. I’ve been doing it for probably five or six years,” Hirschman said. “I’ve won each race on different years, but never in the same day. It’s incredible. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I know Jimmy (Blewett) has done it before; I don’t know if anybody else has.

“I’m not the first to do it but it’s something I’ve wanted.”

Things seemed to be going Hirschman’s way early in the tour-type modified race when he was promoted to the inside of row one as a result of pole sitter Steven Reed failing to make the grid with a broken transmission.

Hirschman dominated the majority of the event but nearly got tripped up late when former Turkey Derby winner Eric Mauriello of Howell jumped to the lead. Hirschman returned the favor on the following restarting jumping to the front and never again being headed.

Mauriello, Blewett, Ron Frees, who had converted his SK modified to a tour-type car, and Earl Paules completed the top-five in the 26 car field.

Things were not as easy for Hirschman during the SK modified feature. After losing a lap in time trials for being light at the scales in tech, Hirschman started in 13th. With a pack of cars around him, Hirschman made what would turn into a race-winning move near lap 25.

“We didn’t start up where I would’ve liked to and we were in a position that I didn’t like,” Hirschman said. “I thought something was going to happen. I thought it might not be the winning strategy, but I said ‘Let’s bail out of here, put our tires on, and hope it cycles through.'”

“The very next restart is when they all wrecked in three and four, so I went from last to eighth. It worked out … it was definitely the right thing to do. I don’t know why I felt like doing it, but it was a good feeling. From there I ran the car hard and it stayed with me.”

With Hirschman closing on leader Jimmy Blewett, Blewett made what could’ve been a race-winning move, when he went down pit road with just over 11 laps to go for new tires. Restarting around tenth, Blewett charged through the pack to second before running out of time to challenge for the win.

Blewett, Anthony Sesely, Danny Bohn and Andrew Krause were second through fifth.

Blewett did enjoy a Modified win on Saturday, taking top honors in the dirt modified 50-lap feature race.

Joe Ryan Osborne was a happy winner in Saturday’s 30-lapper for the Legend Cars, taking the top honors over Mike Alcaro. In Sunday’s Legend Cars 40-lapper, Alcaro took the win.

Matt Roselli won Saturday’s TQ Midget 30-lapper.

On Friday, day one of Turkey Derby, Blewett was a winner in a wreck-filled 50-lapper for the Sportsman cars, holding off Tyler Truex.

Shanon Mongeau won Friday’s Limited Late Model 45-lapper over Wayne Coury.

Joe Mongeau won Friday’s 40-lapper for the Factory Stocks over a challenging Rob McCormick. Sunday’s 50-lapper saw Joey Helberg take the victory.

Also on Friday, Todd Pilla won the 4 Cylinder Stock main event. Mongeau returned to win the 75-lap main event for the 4 Cylinder Stocks on Sunday.

On Sunday, day three of Turkey Derby, the Dirt Sportsman cars saw action, with Joey Payne taking the win over Rich Coons. The Dirt Outlaw Stocks were also on Sunday’s card, with Brick’s Ron Frees taking the win.

Jeff Henry won the final demolition derby event of the season.

CREDIT: Wall Stadium Speedway

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