Matt Hirschman Conquers the Concrete in RoC Tune-Up

Roc-nRumbleFor the first time in fourteen months, the Race of Champions Modifieds competed at the half mile high banked concrete oval, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY last Saturday night. The race was the fourth RoC race scheduled at the ASA member facility during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but the last two scheduled events have been lost to rain. The RoC Modifieds and Speed STR's joined the RoC Modifieds, ASA Latemodels, Sportsman and Street Stocks in a full night of racing activity. The competitors showcased their talents before the largest grandstand crowd of the season on a beautiful and comfortable summer night. The on track action began following the singing of the national anthem by 7 year old Baylee Morrison. Baylee is a student at the Hochstein School of Music and is a National American Miss state finalist. Her parents are avid RoC Tour and NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour fans, and the family made their first trip to Shangri-La II.
There were 29 RoC Modifieds on hand, competing in three heat races. All of the divisions made it through the heat races with little to no problems. 12 Modified drivers took part in the re-draw with heat race winners Jimmy Zacharias, Chuck Hossfeld and Chris Whitenight drawing starting positions 6, 10 and 9 respectively. It took until the ninth driver to re-draw to pull a top 4 starting spot. Oxford, NY's Rusty Smith was that ninth driver, and he drew the Pole. The final driver to draw, Kyle Ebersole, started on the outside of the front row. The 26 car Modified feature began under Gary Folk, Jr's green flag. Ebersole quickly captured the front spot by passing polesitter Smith in turn two of the first lap. The first of nine cautions flew on lap 17 after Chris Whitenight and Doug Reaume got together in turn 4. The field remained under the green flag until the second caution flag appeared on lap 41. Five more cautions slowed the racing through lap 62. Hirschman followed Ebersole for 30 laps, but had a run on lap 72 and took the lead when Ebersole slipped coming off turn four. One final caution on lap 97 set up a tremendous restart with Ebersole right on Hirschman's rear bumper. Hirschman held off Ebersole on for his second Tour win of the season, and his first ever win at Shangri-La II. Ebersole's second place finish was also his best finish at Shangri-La II. Ebersole finished fifth in the May 2010 RoC event and third during a regular feature on August 5th, 2010. Erik Rudolph started in the fifteenth position, and used patience in working his way toward the front. The Ransomville, NY driver passed cars on the inside and on the outside, but could not take advantage of the late race restart to make a bid for the win and took the checkers in third. Rudolph finished fifth in the May, 2010 event. Rusty Smith tried to have everyone think he was disappointed when he drew the Pole starting position, but Smith had a good run, remaining in the top 5 all race long, finishing fourth. Jan Leaty improved three spots from where he started to finish in fifth place. Daren Scherer captured the Hard Charger Award, passing 14 cars from his twentieth starting spot to finish sixth. Earl Paules and Chuck Hossfeld pitted for a right rear tire change on lap 62, and quickly began working toward the front of the pack. Paules finished eighth. Hossfeld was involved in the final caution on lap 97, and wound up finishing fourteenth.

The Speed STR's made their second and final appearance of the season at "The Concrete Castle" with Kyle Hieber keeping the winning in the family. Kyle started fourth after winning his heat race. He quickly took the lead as lap 1 was being recorded. He never looked back, and captured his first win of the season, and his first win at Shangri-La II. Chris Stockham started sixth and challenged for the win in the late laps, but had to settle for second. Paul Lotier, Jr was the winner of the second heat, but finished third after starting fifth. Tyler Potts and Justin Thompson completed the top five.

Sportsman action saw defending division champion, Jimmy Zacharias collect his third win of the season. Zacharias took the top spot away from 2010 track rookie of the year, Bryan Sherwood on lap 10. In the previous features this season, Zacharias generally runs away from the pack once out front but, Saturday night, Rusty Smith run out of laps as he ran down Zacharias finishing second by half a car length at the stripe. Sherwood held off John Wilbur for third and Zack Curren completed the top five in his first appearance of the season.

The ASA Latemodels ran a 25 lap feature with Jerry Dineen and Joe Brown on the front row. Brown took the lead on lap 1, and pulled away from Dineen. Jim Lamoreaux started fourth and got by third place starter Joseph Burns by lap 5. Matt Barhdt , in his first Shangri-La II start of the season, started fifth, and quickly showed he was the car to beat. Barhdt got by Brown on lap 14 to pull away for his first ever win at the track. Lamoreaux finished second with Brown, Dineen and Burns completing the top five. The race went caution free.

Street Stocks completed the racing program. Gil Sharpsteen and Chris Zacharias led the field to the green flag. Zacharias took the top spot on lap 1 and held the top spot for the first eight laps until Gil Sharpsteen took the lead. Lee Sharpsteen started eighth, and quickly gave challenge to his brother. It only took Lee one lap to pass Gil. Lee held on for his fifth consecutive race win to remain undefeated at the track this season. Gil Sharpsteen finished second with Billy Coyle, Zacharias and Cricket Clonch completing the top five in the two flag race.

The most talked about 50/50 was decided Saturday night. The $ 1,003.00 which was not claimed on May 16, 2010 (the first RoC Modified race) was added to the 50/50 from Saturday night. The total amount to be awarded added up to $ 2,551.00 and RoC Modified feature winner pulled and announced the winning number. Chris Zacharias thought he had the winning number and came forward to see if he indeed had the ticket. Earlier in the night, RoC Administrative Director Andrew Harpell brought a donation to Chris which was collected at Five Mile Point Speedway for the family of Brianna Baker. Baker was seriously injured in a Microd accident at the Finger Lakes Microd Club. Chris used a twenty dollar bill from the money to buy tickets for Brianna. At the end of the night an emotional Zacharias anxiously watched as track officials reviewed his bunch of tickets. There, in the bunch was the winning number. Zacharias was elated as he saw the two matching ticket halves and proclaimed Brianna "Boo" Baker as the winner of the 50/50. He was going to deliver the money to the Baker family on Sunday. In addition to the money from Shangri-La II, Five Mile Point Speedway collected $ 537.00 and the RoC Dirt Sportsman race winner on 7/5/2011 Nick Petrilak donated $ 250.00 for a grand total of $ 3,338.

Race of Champions Modified Tour, 100 laps: Matt Hirschman, Kyle Ebersole, Erick Rudolph, Rusty Smith, Jan Leaty, Daren Scherer, Jim Storace, Earl Paules, Tommy Cloce, Brian DeFebo, John Markovic, Doug Reaume, Steven Reed, Chuck Hossfeld, Eric Kocher, Billy Putney, Patrick Emerling, John Ramsey, Chris Whitenight, Scott Conover, Mike Leaty, Andy Walko, Wilbur Hebing, T-J Zacharias, Jimmy Zacharias, Rick Kluth DNQ Ken Canestrari, Chris Risdale, Rick Coyle Lap Leaders: Ebersole( 1-71), Hirschman (72-100) Hoosier Racing Tire Hard Charger: Daren Scherer Hoosier Racing Tire Hard Luck Driver: Jimmy Zacharias Gater Racing Photo News Driver Bonus Draw: Chris Risdale DART Machinery set of $1,500 Heads: Jim Storace

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RoC – N – Concrete Rumble
Race of Champions Modifieds

100 LAPS

1. 60 Matt Hirschman
2. 5 Kyle Ebersole
3. 98 Erick Rudolph
4. 34 Rusty Smith
5. 6 Jan Leaty
6. 3 Daren Scherer
7. 47 Jim Storace
8. 8 Earl Paules
9. 69 Tommy Cloce
10. 53 Brian DeFebo
11. 95M John Markovic
12. 14 Doug Reaume
13. 55 Steven Reed
14. 22 Chuck Hossfeld
15. 7 Eric Kocher
16. 88 Billy Putney
17. 2 Patrick Emerling
18. 25R John Ramsey
19. 17C Chris Whitenight
20. 26 Scott Conover
21. 25 Mike Leaty
22. 27 Andy Walko
23. 51 Wilbur Hebing
24. 07 T-J Zacharias
25. 71 Jimmy Zacharias
26. 44 Rick Kluth

17 Ken Canestrari
1 Chris Risdale
56 Rick Coyle
Heat Winners: Jimmy Zacharias, Chuck Hossfeld, Chris Whitenight

Consi Winner: Brian DeFebo

Hard Charger Award: 3 Daren Scherer

Hard Luck Award: Jimmy Zacharias

Gater Racing Photo News Bonus:
Chris Risdale

DART Heads: Jim Storace


Sportsman Modifieds
25 laps
Speed STR's
20 laps

Jimmy Zacharias, Bryon Sherwood


Kyle Hieber, Paul Lotier, Jr.

1. 71 Jimmy Zacharias
2. 34 Rusty Smith
3. 95 Bryon Sherwood
4. 4 John Wilbur
5. 94 Zack Curren
6. 77 Paul Johnson
7. 35 Tom Shiner
8. 17 T-J Zacharias
9. 9 Bethany Scherer

DNS: 9X Matt Clemens

1. 6 Kyle Hieber
2. 77 Chris Stockham
3. 4 Paul Lotier, Jr
4. 12 Tyler Potts
5. 5 Justin Thompson
6. 25 Doug Sherwood
7. 56 Gary Hieber
8. 14 Scott Monroe
9. 15 Brittany Wixon
10. 28 D.J. Macri
11. 8 Richie Tobias, Jr.
12. 75 Don Zrinski

Street Stocks
25 laps
ASA Latemodels
25 laps

Lee Sharpsteen, Gil Sharpsteen


Jerry Dineen


1. 8 Lee Sharpsteen
2. 6 7/8 Gil Sharpsteen
3. 94 Billy Coyle
4. 98 Chris Zacharias
5. 32 Cricket Clonch
6. 85 Glenn Lippolis
7. 34 Charlie Sharpsteen
8. 8 Charlie Lohmeyer
9. 26 Brad Knapp
10. 61 Matt Visingard
11. 4 Mikayla Rypkema
1. 55 Matt Barhdt
2. 37 Jim Lamoreaux
3. 15 Joe Brown
4. 13 Jerry Dineen
5. 53 Joseph Burns
6. 84 Josh Lloyd
7. 21 Joe Berretta
8. 29 Dave Schneider