SEEKONK, Mass. — Matt Hirschman dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night, rolling to victory in the Seekonk 150. Hirschman won the Mayhew Tools pole award to kick-off the night and then led the entire 150-lap distance to take the feature win. It wasn’t his first Modified win at Seekonk, but the Pennsylvania native became the first two-time Tour winner in 2023 in the sixth race of the season, and whopped the field by doing it in a classic dominating performance.
While Hirschman led the race, Doug Coby and Ron Silk tried to chase him down. As they chased him through lapped traffic, Hirschman lapped the fourth-place car in the final laps of the race. However, a caution allowed three-time series champion Justin Bonsignore, who was fourth, to get his lap back. At the end of the race, just five cars were on the lead lap.
“Pretty dominant performance, doing it from the pole,” Hirschman said. “It’s not a pit-stop race, so as long as you have a car that’s going to handle and stay with you, you can keep it out front. I believe this [race] was a big unknown for a lot of teams because of the [new] pavement and the characteristics of the track changed. I think I’m going to like it. This has always been a good track for me, not a great track. But now winning a Whelen Tour race here — we’ve kind of won it all here.”
Hirschman picked up the victory over Coby, Silk, Bonsignore and Anthony Sesely. J.B. Fortin, Jon McKennedy, Austin Beers, Kyle Bonsignore and Anthony Nocella completed the top 10. Saturday’s Seekonk 150 featured three cautions, two of which were the products of Jake Johnson spins. The third and final caution of the race came when Nocella spun with just 16 laps remaining. A replay of the Seekonk 150 will broadcast on CNBC on Sunday, June 18 starting at 12:30 p.m.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls next to Riverhead Raceway in New York on June 24.
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