By Ken Bruce
It was a night Mat Williamson would soon like to forget. The St. Catharines, Ontario driver had the brakes fail on his Behrent’s No. 3 in the Will Cagle Race of Champions feature causing the car to go straight into the turn three wall and flipping. Unfortunately for the Behrent’s team the car was destroyed and done for the weekend. Instead, expect Williamson to be the Kevin Starchuck No. 9 modified for Sunday’s Eastern States 200.
Williamson was able to salvage his night in the STSS Hard Clay Finale with a strong third place finish behind Matt Sheppard and Anthony Perrego. It was a good end to a hard night for the Jeff Behrent owned team.
“I was able to make some moves on the restarts to get us towards the front,” explained Williamson. “We were lucky to restart on the bottom most of the time, but I think if I could’ve started on the outside of Anthony (Perrego) on the last restart, I think I might have been able to roll around him for third at that point. All in all, it was a good race, and it was a nice rebound from what we are loading in the trailer from earlier. Now, I need a beer.”
The car Williamson crashed hard earlier in the 24 lap Will Cagle Championship is a total write-off leaving the team to scramble for Sunday’s 200 lap final but thankfully Williamson emerged unscathed thanks to the safety measure put in place by all of today’s modified builders.
“I am okay, just really upset for my guys,” stated Williamson standing on the front stretch after his third-place finish. “They work so hard and build such safe equipment. Anytime you tear up a car like that you don’t feel good about it. That’s the first car I have ever flipped and destroyed in all my years of racing and obviously I am dejected about that, but that stuff happens sometimes and now we will have to regroup and get ready for Sunday.”
Good second-place finish for Perrego
After a series of mechanical failures that have plagued Anthony Perrego and the Superior Remodeling team the past couple of weeks the team seemed to be back on track Friday at Orange County Fair Speedway.
Perrego set fast time in big block modified time trials during the afternoon and backed that up with a strong second place finish in Friday night’s STSS Hard Clay Finale. It was a good bounce back for Perrego and the team.
“It was definitely a good night for our big block to come home in second place tonight,” said a happy Perrego. “The track was good tonight, and it produced some good racing. I think in the beginning the inside was a little dominant and we kind of all picked around there with these American Racer tires.”
Restarts were the key for Perrego tonight as he was able to make some bold moves and get by some good drivers.
“The restarts were the key as I was able to get by a couple of cars each time,” explained Perrego. “I hope it made it a little more interesting for the fans. It was definitely a good day for our team. To time trial fastest with our big block car for Sunday’s race and get a good second place finish tonight with our STSS car, it is something we’ll take for sure.”
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