SOPHIA — Matt Hirschman, a Pennsylvania driver, became the first driver to secure a spot in November’s 19th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway.
Hirschman did so by winning an open Modified Series event race at Star Speedway in New Hampshire. His $17,322.50 winnings for the result marked the largest payday of his career. There were 41 initial entries in the race.
The next scheduled qualifier for automatic entry to the North-South Shootout comes Aug. 21 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem.
On Saturday night, a full card of racing is scheduled at Caraway Speedway.
Points races in Late Models, Challengers and Mini Stocks will be contested along with a special U-Car all-star front-wheel drive race. Other events planned are a demo derby, school bus racing and an appearance from Monster Truck “Bad News Travels Fast.”