Tony Hirschman was born on the 3rd of May, 1956 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. He is a former NASCAR race driver and today he races on the Whelen Modified Tour. In 2003 Tony was named as one of NASCAR’s, Modified all-time Top 10 drivers, he ranks at number six. He has an impressive list of victories to his credit. He was twice champion, in 1977 and 1978 at Mahoning Valley Speedway and twice champion, in 1978 and 1980, at Mountain Speedway, St. John’s, Pennsylvania. He has achieved wins at Lancaster Speedway, at Oswego, New York, Spencer Speedway, at Williamson, New York and at Tioga Speedway, New York including the 1990 U.S. Open Modified 90. He went into the Featherlite Modified Series in 1989 when he had a six victory season, going on to have three Featherlite Modified Series Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1999.
In 1991 at Nazareth Speedway, Pennsylvania he made his debut in the Nationwide Series (previously known as the Busch East Series) when he had four starts, and finished at 58th in the end of year points. His first race did not go too smoothly and he slipped a couple of laps, giving him a twenty eighth place finish but he managed to come back at Oxford Plains with a career best eleventh place finish. He ran in both of the races at Loudon and finished a respectable sixteenth place. In 1992 Tony was to run in a further three races but problems with the engine put him at thirty second at Richmond Speedway and two crashes early in the races took him out of his final two starts, leaving him thirty second at Nazareth Speedway and forty first at Loudon.
Tony was named the “Rookie of the Year” in the Busch East Series and had one victory in the Busch East Series in 1992. In 1996 Tony was awarded the “Richie Evans Performance” Award. He was twice winner of the Race of Champions Modified Series in 1989 and 1997 and three times champion of the New Hampshire International Speedway NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 1996, 1999 and 2001. Tony was the Thompson 300 winner in 2003 and the winner of CARQUEST Spring Sizzler in 2005. Tony was the champion of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour a massive five times, in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2005 and four times NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion in 1999, 2003, 2005 ND 2006. In 2005 he was awarded the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour “Most Popular Driver” Award. In total he has accrued twenty nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins, this placing him at fourth all time. In 1999 Tony started the season without a ride but after teaming up with Gary Cretty for the opening race he went on to keep his new team at the top of the standings and won the championship along with the Series Bud Pole Award. Tony is married to Brenda and has two children, Tony 111 and Matt.
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