Hirschman claims another North-South Shootout title

Here’s the prerace scene Saturday at Caraway Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Caraway Speedway)

SOPHIA – Matt Hirschman won again in the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.

Hirschman won for the third year in a row in the 125-lap Modifieds feature Saturday. He posted his ninth victory (five at Caraway, four at Concord Speedway) in the North-South Shootout, which has been held 21 times.

Patrick Emerling was the runner-up, with two-time North-South Shootout winner Andy Seuss in third while Gary Putnam and Austin Kochenash rounded out the top five. Jason Myers was next, followed by pole sitter Carson Loftin, Tom Buzze, Jimmy Blewett and Caraway Speedway regular Josh Lowder.

Also Saturday, the CARS Tour held its last event of the season, with the Kvapil brothers landing championships.

The Late Models Stock action had some tight racing. The race was won by Brenden Queen, who won for the four time this season. Still, it wasn’t enough for the points title, which was won by Carson Kvapil.

“We did all we could,” Queen said.

Kvapil’s 11th-place finish Saturday across 125 laps was enough for the season title. That was his lowest finishing place of the season. He started 14th in the race based on qualifying.

In the CARS Tour Pro Late Models, Kaden Honeycutt won the 100-lap feature.

Points champion Caden Kvapil had already clinched the title and he led the first 51 laps before ending up second behind Honeycutt.

In the 602 Modifieds race that included Caraway Speedway regulars, Paulie Hartwig III was he winner, with Eric Hersey and Justice Calabro in the next two spots. Cody Norman and Sean McElearney were fourth and fifth, respectively.

By Randolph Record