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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Culver A True Home Track Champ

Lake Erie Driver Enjoys First Title With Hometown’s Support

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Randy Culver is living a charmed life as a hobbyist racer. Just seven years after transitioning from the grandstand to the garage, he’s a champion at his hometown track.

Culver grew up as a self-described gearhead and racing fan in North East, Pennsylvania. He followed drag racing and watched the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series religiously on television, but had no direct connection to the sport. No relative or acquaintance that raced. He was just a fan.


Everything changed in 2002 when Lake Erie Speedway opened in his home town. Culver immediately started attending races regularly at the .375-mile asphalt oval, and in 2007 when discussions began for the development of a modified division at the track, he started to wonder about what it would be like to get behind the wheel.

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Lake Erie Champ Wylie Has Ambitious Plans

Holland Represents Third Track In Three Years

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Second generation driver Scott Wylie plans an ambitious schedule for 2014.

Wylie, 30, of Derby, N.Y., won the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa., claiming the Lake Erie title by just four points over Randy Culver. The championship was a huge rebound from 2012 when he totaled his Late Model at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa.

Owner-driver Frank Graham offered his Modified to Wylie for the rest of the 2012 season at Lake Erie. In his second start, Wylie won the extra distance Jane Graham Memorial Race, an event honoring Graham’s late wife. Their full season effort in 2013 produced the first NASCAR Division I championship for each. Wylie’s NASCAR record for the season was four wins, nine top-5s and nine top-10s in 10 starts. Continue reading ‘Lake Erie Champ Wylie Has Ambitious Plans’

Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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