By Ken Bruce
OSWEGO, N.Y. (October 11, 2019) – It has been quite the season for young Mat Williamson who has picked up a total of 19 wins so far in 2019 including winning the highest paying race ever in dirt modified racing history when he won the 100 year Centennial race at the Orange County Fair Speedway taking home a cool $100,000. Winning a race of that magnitude could make a driver go two ways. They could either take that momentum and run with it or just relax and figure what the hell, I just won the biggest modified race ever so who cares what happens next.
But if you know Williamson, you knew what way the driver out of St. Catherines Ontario would go. Momentum is a big thing in racing and Williamson has just kept it rolling along after that winning two straight races on the Super DIRT Car Series back in September which were the first two series races that the Buzz Chew No. 88 team has ever won.
That momentum still hasn’t slowed down with Williamson winning the Super DIRT Week Kickoff race on Tuesday night at Utica-Rome Speedway and backing that up by locking himself into both Saturday’s “Salute to the Troops” 150 and Sunday’s “Billy Whitaker Cars and Trux” 200.
“We’ve locked into both shows which is very cool and it goes to show you what we unloaded here, and we’ve been very quick,” explained a happy Williamson as he was getting ready to head to Brewerton for tonight’s 358 race. Locking into both races just shows how good these two teams are and how good my crew is. They work so good together that it makes my job easy and it’s a pleasure to drive for them”
The teams Williamson drivers for have worked together as one to make sure Williamson has what he needs to win, and Williamson has not let them down.
“We’ve progressively have gotten better and better and both teams work together as one. If we see we need to improve on something we take that initiative and we do it and that’s the cool thing about driving for both of these teams. The (Johnny) Cocco team and the Buzz Chew team both have so many smart people behind me that I can focus on driving and I don’ have to worry about what the race car is doing and between Spot (Buzz Chew Crew Chief) and Johnny (Cocco) they look at every picture and analyze everything so we can keep on improving and it’s a pleasure to drive for them.”
If there is a driver that has confidence going for him, it is Mat Williamson and he know that he has a good shot at winning either on Saturday or Sunday.
“We’re to win and I think we have a good shot, but first we have a race tonight at Brewerton. If we could win the 200 on Sunday that would make an already dream year even better. If I could win on Sunday after winning the Centennial race I would retire. What else is there to do?”