Saturday, 21 September 2019

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Mat Williamson goes back-to-back with Series wins and is now locked into NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII

HOGANSBURG, NY - September 14, 2019 - Mat Williamson made a daring race-winning pass overtaking Billy Dunn and Matt Sheppard to win at Mohawk International Raceway. Williamson went into this weekend without a single Super DIRTcar Series win in 2019 but now he will wake up on Sunday morning with two. The Mohawk win is worth $10,000 as well as a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. Billy Dunn maintained second and Matt Sheppard settled for third. 

Demetrios Drellos, in his black and white No. 111, brought the field to the green flag alongside Erick Rudolph. Drellos led the early stages but slipped up and over the cushion allowing Billy Dunn to inherit the lead. Dunn, Sheppard, and Williamson were locked in a battle when a lapped car forced the leaders to change their racing lines. Suddenly the No. 88 drove high and whipped by Dunn and Sheppard for the lead. 

Mat Williamson is a force to be reckoned with in the Super DIRTcar Series and this weekend is proof positive of that. Friday night he took the win in the Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway and tonight he walks away with $10,000 and a Billy Whittaker Cars 200 guaranteed start. 

Williamson described his race:

“We’ve got a really good car. It was the same thing as last night. We were fortunate with the starting position [fourth both nights]. I dropped back there at the start and I was like, “Man if we don’t get up there before it rubbers we’ll be in trouble.” I think I was back as far as eighth and had to come back up. I made a Bonzai move going into three and four to get around Billy [Dunn]. With the rubber down, it made it challenging at the end. Fortunately, we were up front.”

At the halfway point Williamson took the No. 88 around the outside for a stunning pass on then-leader Billy Dunn. 

“It was a Bonzai move to get around him and he got checked up by a lapped car. He’s great to race with and I’m surprised he didn’t give me any shots in the bumper at the end,” Williamson said with a chuckle. 

It takes a great team to get on a roll in the Super DIRTcar Series. 

“I can’t thank Buzz Chew enough. Spot, Ernie, and Dan, they work on the car every week. My guys came with me tonight and worked their tails off in the pit area,” he said, proudly looking at his crew. 

Runner-up Billy Dunn had a strong night in his Graham Racing machine. A bobble while working around lapped traffic cost him the win but he is happy with the direction of his racing program. 

“This Graham Racing car was really good. We made some petty big changes after the Heat Race. We got it dialed in so we could drive to the front before it rubbered.”

Battles were intense all over the track, especially in the first half of the race. Unfortunately for Dunn, a lapped car unintentionally changed the dynamics of the race for the win.  

“Sometimes that’s the way it goes. Lapped traffic didn’t get out of the way but hey they are racing too,” said Dunn. 

“Two seconds in these cars that I haven’t run much. I gotta thank Ray Graham for the opportunity and my crew guys. They worked their tails off and hopefully, we can build some momentum for the end of the year.”

Defending Series Champion Matt Sheppard showed off once again why he is a champion. The No. 9s is always there at the end. 

“We didn’t get a very good start and dropped back a little bit. We passed a lot of cars and got up here with the leaders,” noted Sheppard. 

Tricky track conditions made strategic decisions very difficult but for Sheppard, the whole race came down to this lap-forty moment:

“I was about a half a car length short of being Mat [Williamson] to the rubber down there out of one and two at about lap 40. I would have never dreamed that that would be the difference between first and third tonight.”

Larry Wight picked up the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award after setting the quickest lap out of the thirty-five car field. Wight and his Gypsum Racing teammate Billy Decker both finished the night with top tens. 

Louie Jackson Jr. picked up eight positions to finish sixteenth earning him the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award. 

In the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw Mike Mahaney drew number 12 out of 12 possible starting positions. For that, he is granted one free tire courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire. 

The Super DIRTcar Series is back at it again next Saturday, September 21 for another $10,000-to-win NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII qualifier. 

FEATURE (100 Laps) 1,88-Mat Williamson [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [7][$5,000]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [8][$2,500]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [2][$1,800]; 5. 124-David Hebert [9][$1,600]; 6. 19-Tim Fuller [10][$1,400]; 7. 99L-Larry Wight [6][$1,300]; 8. 91-Billy Decker [13][$1,200]; 9. 31-Lance Willix [14][$1,100]; 10. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1][$1,000]; 11. 35-Mike Mahaney [12][$800]; 12. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [11][$700]; 13. 22C-Mario Clair [18][$600]; 14. 26-Ryan Godown [5][$575]; 15. 21A-Peter Britten [15][$550]; 16. 18J-Louis Jackson [24][$525]; 17. 42P-Pat Ward [17][$500]; 18. 27J-Danny Johnson [20][$500]; 19. 66X-Carey Terrance [16][$500]; 20. R2-Rusty Smith [25][$500]; 21. 17-Marcus Dinkins [27][$500]; 22. 2L-Jack Lehner [21][$500]; 23. 63d-Domonic Dufault [23][$500]; 24. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot [3][$500]; 25. 23m-Mike Stacey [19][$500]; 26. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [26][$500]; 27. 23-Cameron Black [22][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 18J-Louis Jackson[+8]

Contingency Sponsor Awards:

VP Race Fuels $50 – Billy Decker

Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux $100 – Larry Wight

Cometic Gaskets $50 – Peter Britten

Comp Cams $50 – Demetrios Drellos

Fox Racing Shox $50 – Erick Rudolph

JE Pistons $50 – Tim Fuller

MSD Ignition $50 – Billy Dunn

MSD Ignition $25 - Ryan Arbuthnot

NGK Spark Plugs $50 – Erick Rudolph

DART $50 –Demetrios Drellos

Drydene $50 – 

ASI Racewear $50 – 

Product Prizes

Hoosier Racing Tire (1 Free) – Mike Mahaney

Bicknell Racing Products – Mat Williamson

Comp Cams – Billy Dunn

JE Pistons – Peter Britten/Rusty Smith

KSE Racing Products – Marcus Dinkins

Wrisco Aluminum – Mat Williamson

NGK Spark Plugs – Peter Britten

DART – Matt Sheppard/Marcus Dinkins 

Drydene - Marcus Dinkins

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Williamson holds off Chris Hile and Larry Wight to Win the Duel at the Demon 100

BREWERTON, NY - September 13, 2019 - Mat Williamson, from St. Catherines, Ontario, can add Demon Slayer to his list of credentials as he won this year’s Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway. Williamson finally put it all together to park the No. 88 Buzz Chew Big Block Modified in Victory Lane in 2019. 

Brewerton Speedway regular Chris Hile picked up his third career top five in Series competition while battling some of the best drivers in the business. Another home track hero and Series star Larry Wight worked his No. 99L around the top and bottom of the track to make a run for the lead but was forced to settle for third. 

Read more: MAT WILLIAMSON, DEMON SLAYER

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Larry Wight drove up to the wall to get around Matt Sheppard for Feature win at Granby  

GRANBY, QUE - September 6, 2019 - In what will go down as one of the greatest races in Super DIRTcar Series history, Lightning Larry Wight faced down defending Series Champion and points leader Matt Sheppard as well as his own Gypsum Racing teammate Billy Decker to claim $7,500 and Autodrome Granby glory. The trio of top Series drivers raced wheel-to-wheel for 100 laps, battling for the lead almost non-stop. In the end, Wight won on the topside while Sheppard took the bottom and due to a flat left front tire lost second to Mat Williamson in his fast family-owned No. 6. 

Read more: WIGHT OUT IN GRANBY

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Matt Sheppard $7,500 winner at Weedsport over Danny Johnson and Larry Wight

WEEDSPORT, NY - September 2, 2019 - Super Matt Sheppard beat out Series stars Danny Johnson and Larry Wight in a stunning three-car battle for the win. However once the No. 9S got out in front, it was Sheppard’s show at the front of the field. The Doctor Danny Johnson finished second but led much of the first half of the race. Johnson and Wight battled wheel-to-wheel in the waning laps but Johnson edged out the Gypsum Racing No. 99L to put himself on the second step of the podium. Wight flashed across the line in third. Read more: SHEPPARD SHOOTS TO VICTORY AT WEEDSPORT

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Lebanon Valley Track Champion Kenny Tremont Jr. Wins $25,500 and NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII Guaranteed Start

 

WEST LEBANON, NY - August 31, 2019 - With just ten laps to go in the 101-lap $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA, NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier, Kenny Tremont Jr. passed Ronnie Johnson to take the checkered flag. Johnson had led the entire race up to that point, but Tremont was not to be denied the defense of his Mr. DIRT Track USA title. Brett The Jet Hearn started in the outside pole and never left the podium positions finishing third. Read more: Tremont Successfully Defends Mr. DIRT Track USA Title

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Matt Sheppard Parks It at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Godown Locked into Billy Whittaker Cars 200

MIDDLETOWN, NY - August 15, 2019 - Matt Sheppard raced up from his third-place starting position to snatch the $10,000-to-win Battle on the Midway 100 at Orange County. In his tracks, the Ringoes Rocket Ryan Godown fought off red hot runner Erick Rudolph to secure his best Series finish and a guaranteed starting spot in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII.

Read more: Sheppard Outruns the Field at Orange County

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Erick Rudolph drove to his fourth Series victory at Merrittville Speedway, passing Billy Decker, Ryan Susice, and Gary Lindberg for the win

THOROLD, ONTARIO – August 5, 2019 – Ransomville, NY’s Erick Rudolph outfoxed local Merrittville Speedway stars Ryan Susice and Gary Lindberg to pick up his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win of 2019. Just when the capacity Thorold, Ontario crowd thought it would be a duel between two of their best drivers for the $8,000 payday, Rudolph’s No. 25R came roaring through the top of the field. Finally, Rudolph made the decisive move with five laps to go and captured the checkered flag.

Read more: RUDOLPH ROUNDS OFF MERRITTVILLE FOR THE WIN

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Dave Blaney took the checkered flag at Eldora Speedway in a 20-lap thriller for first career Super DIRTcar Series win

ROSSBURG, OHIO - August 1, 2019 - The Buckeye Bullet, Dave Blaney, took his first career Super DIRTcar Series victory in a 20-lap showdown on the mighty Ohio high banks of Eldora Speedway. The crowd erupted when their hometown hero undid his safety belts and stood before the massive Eldora crowd.

Read more: Dave Blaney Wins Eldora Dirt Derby Invitational in Front of Massive Crowd

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Erick Rudolph wins the Eldora Dirt Derby 100 $10,000 grand prize and Billy Decker picked up a guaranteed start at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII

July 31, 2019 - ROSSBURG, OH - The 2019 Eldora Dirt Derby 100 will be long-remembered by those who witnessed it. The spectacular race saw Erick Rudolph best eight-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard with a pass in the final quarter of the race to win $10,000. Rudolph held off long-time Series hero Billy Decker and rival Mat Williamson on a late-race restart to seal the win as well.

Read more: Erick Rudolph Burns It Up in the Buckeye State!

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Future Hall of Famer Matt Sheppard won his second straight and sixth Series race of the year, Erick Rudolph and Mat Williamson ran hard for the podium

WEEDSPORT, NY - July 28, 2019 - Super Matt Sheppard needed all of his power and green flag laps to seal his sixth Super DIRTcar Series win of 2019. Having secured a guaranteed start for NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII earlier this year at Can-Am Speedway, Sheppard passed the guarantee to runner-up and rival Erick Rudolph. Rudolph started eleventh and worked his way by all of the best Big Block Modified drivers around except for the one in the No. 9s. Outside pole-sitter and early race leader Mat Williamson finished third to round out the podium. Read more: SHEPPARD FLEXES MUSCLE WITH SIXTH SERIES WIN

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