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Last-lap Heroics Earn Hirschman Thursday Night World Series Win

Kyle Souza | MyRaceNews

Power wasn’t an issue Thursday night for Matt Hirschman, as he picked up his first World Series feature win of the week in dramatic fashion.

It took a dramatic last-lap dive in turn three on Jon McKennedy for Hirschman to slip by and get the victory.

“We’ve been close all week to winning,” Hirschman said. “[McKennedy] started getting closer and closer. I’d have been content with a second, but he just backed up to me too much.”

Hirschman entered Thursday’s feature leading Ron Silk by 14 points. After extending that gap, he’s in position to lock up his third World Series title in four years with a solid run in the Richie Evans Memorial 100 Friday night.

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Behind Hirschman and McKennedy was Silk, who finished third, followed by Patrick Emerling and Ronnie Williams. Sixth place went to Craig Lutz, and Eric Goodale, JR Bertuccio, Anthony Nocella and Tyler Rypkema rounded out the top-10.

For the first time all week, Tour Modified conversation was centered around the racing, not the wrecking. With weather in the area a concern, the 35-lap feature was finished in less than half an hour. There were only two caution flags that slowed the race, and there were no red flags that stopped the action entirely.

Silk started on the pole, but outside pole sitter Williams quickly jumped past him for the lead. Williams led until lap 16, when McKennedy slipped by off of turn four. The race finished on a 24-lap green flag run, allowing Hirschman to reel McKennedy in to make the winning pass on the final lap.

The full results can be found below:

  1. Matt Hirschman
  2. Jon McKennedy
  3. Ron Silk
  4. Patrick Emerling
  5. Ronnie Williams
  6. Craig Lutz
  7. Eric Goodale
  8. JR Bertuccio
  9. Anthony Nocella
  10. Tyler Rypkema
  11. Chuck Hossfeld
  12. Stephen Kopcik
  13. Eddie McCarthy
  14. Jimmy Blewett
  15. Matt Galko
  16. Dave Sapienza
  17. Amy Catalano
  18. Tom Martino Jr.
  19. Brian Robie
  20. Danny Knoll Jr.
  21. Chris Finocchario
  22. Buddy Charette
  23. Tyler Catalano
  24. Chris Ridsdale
  25. Chris Jenson
  26. Jim Gavek
  27. Marcello Rufrano
  28. Tommy Catalano
  29. Bobby Measmer Jr.
  30. Timmy Catalano
  31. Zayne Zehren
  32. Bobby Jones
  33. Jeremy Gerstner
  34. Jonathan Laureigh
  35. Paul Hartwig

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2021. Paul has also been published in the Boston Herald, Speedway Illustrated and on Autoweek.com.

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