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HIRSCHMAN SIZZLES AT STAFFORD

4-27-05

Tony Hirschman is all smiles after winning the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Howie Hodge and www.modseriesscene.com)STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT (April 24, 2005) -- The only bright spot in short track racing in the Northeast came on Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway. Not because two Hoosier Tire teams delivered great race victories in touring series action, but because it seemed to be the only place that the sun shined in the area during the weekend. Tony Hirschman of North Hampton, PA scored the victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Ben Seitz of Monument Beach, MA earned Spring Sizzler victories at the Stafford Motor Speedway, while Waterford and Mahoning Valley weekly action rained out. The event scheduled for the Southern New England Modifieds also fell victim to the rain. 

Tony Hirschman recovered from an early spin to claim the victory in the TechNet Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST on Sunday afternoon. The victory was the first Sizzler win for the long-time Hoosier tire competitor. Zach Sylvester of Lebanon, CT continues to be the hottest thing on the WMT this year backing up his runner-up finish at the opener at Thompson with a second-place run in the Sizzler. 

"We were really good on older tires," said runner-up Sylvester of his Hoosiers. "The car was consistent every lap. The speeds really did not fall off very much and the car remained comfortable the whole race." 

Todd Szegedy of Mooresville, NC returned to his roots serving as a relief driver for the injured Eric Beers. The former series champion drove the legendary "Ole Blue" to a third-place finish for the Boehler Racing Enterprises team. 

"We had great tire wear today," said Szegedy. "Wear was not a problem for us at all." 

Quote from Irish Saunders of Hoosier, "We are off to a good start this year. The new design tires are racer friendly and have helped to put on two great shows. After spinning early at lap 29, Tony (Hirschman) pitted around lap 85 and went the rest of the way on his Hoosier tires." Saunders added, "The race started with cars running 18.70 lap times and at lap 130, Teddy Christopher, who won the season-opener at Thompson, and Zach Sylvester were still posting lap times in the 18.80's."

Tires: 27.0x13.0-15 640 D2720 (RR), 27.0x13.0-15 500 D2620 (RF), and 26.0x13.0-15 500 D2420 (Left Side). These were the same tires run in the series opener at Thompson.

Ben Seitz, 2004 Northeastern Midget Association champion, kicked off his title defense with a hard-earned victory in the Sizzler over Joey Payne. The two battled it out for much of the race with Seitz claiming the victory on his Hoosier tires.

For more information about the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, visit www.modseriesscene.com.  The Modified Tour returns to Stafford May 27th for the 3rd event on the series' 19-race schedule.

      

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