The 47th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway didn’t end as planned for Matt Hirschman in 2013. The Pennsylvania driver was taken out of contention when a broken wrist suffered at the Daytona International Speedway Battle at the Beach, an event on the only scheduled off night from New Smyrna, left him with no other option but to withdraw from the remainder of the week’s events.
However, once recovered, Hirschman more than made up for lost time throughout the rest of the 2013 season by bringing home 20 wins before the close of the year. Now, Hirschman will look to continue his torrid pace across the turn of a calendar as he competes in the 2014 edition of the World Series next month at New Smyrna.
“From where it started to where it finished it was a great season,” said Hirschman. “The best I’ve had to this point. It was very disappointing and a low point in my career to have the injury and then have to leave Speedweeks early and fly home and not be able to finish out the races. But to take a couple months off to recover and then come back in the form that we did, that was great. The first weekend back we had a third and a first and we really maintained that pace throughout the entire season and it was quite remarkable.”
Coming off such a successful latter-half of the 2013 season, Hirschman is a little anxious to get to Florida this year, to say the least.
“I think I’m really looking forward to it, this trip to Florida, more than any I’ve ever had before,” said Hirschman. “Simply because I really like racing at New Smyrna. I think the Modifieds are great there. Of all the tracks the Modifieds run on, I think they put on one of the best shows at New Smyrna as they do anywhere. I’ve been part of some of those races on the track and I’ve watched some of the races from the grandstands and I just really like that racetrack. And being that I didn’t get to complete Speedweeks last year and missed out on the longer races, it has me really looking forward to getting back there and focusing solely on that.”
Hirschman told Speed51.com that he has chosen not to take part in this year's Battle at the Beach at Daytona and is looking forward to enjoying the time off in central Florida.
“I didn’t like the layout at Daytona and I don’t really see much room for improvement there,” said Hirschman. “So I’m going to pass up on that this year and focus just on New Smyrna. And hopefully we have a good time as a team and we can also take advantage of some of the down time by not doing the race at Daytona and just enjoy ourselves a little more than we have in the past.”
The 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing will kick off on Friday, February 14 and will run through Saturday, February 22.