For the second consecutive year, "Big Money" Matt Hirschman, using speed, patience and his usual calculated pit strategy, emerged victorious in the $10,000-to-win third annual American Racer 100 Saturday at Wyoming County International Speedway.
For Hirschman, of Northampton, Pa., it was also his second large area race triumph of this late fall season as he also claimed the checkered flag in the Race of Champions 250, held Sept. 30 at Lake Erie Speedway.
Saturday's race program at WCIS in Perry was part of their annual Fall Shootout at the Bullring event.
Hirschman started sixth in the 25-car American Racer 100 Saturday but worked his way into contention in the middle portion of the race. On lap 67, Hirschman dove underneath fellow Northampton resident Eric Beers to grab the lead, one he would not relinquish over the remaining distance. Beers, who drives for the Buffalo-based DeLange Racing team, finished second with Jimmy Zacharias of Candor third.
"We rode around for the first half of the race but when the second half of the race rolled around and after the first caution (lap 57) we decided to come in and get the new tire and the car was fast all day," Hirschman said. "I always love coming here to Perry. The track is racy and we've always had good success here."
"We had a good car but Matt was that much better," Beers said.
Also at WCIS Saturday, Zach Myers of East Concord led every lap over the 17-car starting field to capture the Super Stock 50 over Daniel Majchrzak and Andy Cryan. Rip Ripley emerged triumphant in the eight car CAMS Modified field over Dan Robertson and Tommy Smith.
Saturday's season-closing activity at WCIS was rain postponed from Oct. 15.
WCIS officials also announced that WCIS's 2018 season will open next May 19.