2005 Spring Sizzler Recap

34th Annual Spring Sizzler Recap

Tony Hirschman did his best Danny Sullivan impersonation, as he spun and won the 34th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. On lap-28 of 200, Hirschman was attempting to pass Nevin George for second place. The two cars made contact, and Hirschman spun but was able to keep his car moving. Hirschman lost a multitude of positions, but remained on the lead lap.

Todd Szegedy, who was subbing for an injured Eric Beers, held the race lead until lap-56, when Ted Christopher dove under Szegedy on a restart after a multi-car accident on lap-50.

A caution on lap-76 for Ken Barry brought several cars to pit road on lap-79 under caution, including Hirschman. Several other leaders pitted on lap-88 under caution, which moved Hirschman up to 10th in the running order. The remaining lead lap cars pitted under caution on lap-121, which put Jamie Tomaino into the lead and Hirschman into second. Hirschman took the lead from Tomaino one lap after the field went back to green on lap-129, and Zach Sylvester moved into second behind Hirschman.

On lap-196, Donny Lia caught the frontstretch wall and brought the caution back out, setting up a green white checkered finish. Hirschman was able to hold off Sylvester over the final two laps, and he took the checkered flag by .28 seconds. Rounding out the top-5 behind Hirschman and Sylvester were Todd Szegedy, Reggie Ruggiero, and Ted Christopher.

Lia set fast time in Bud Pole Qualifying with a time of 18.413 seconds at an average speed of 97.757 mph.