Williamson Stays Hot with Second Place Finish in Speed Showcase 40 – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

No matter what car Mat Williamson straps himself into, the St. Catharines, Ont., driver continues to run up front. In the last two weeks alone, Williamson has won in excess of $100,000 and has finished no worse that second driving for three different teams. 

Thursday night at the Port Royal Speedway, in the running of the Speed Showcase 40, Williamson continued that streak with another second-place finish behind the wheel of yet another team. This weekend finds Williamson strapping himself into the Behrent’s Performance No. 3 Modified for the first time in quite a while.

“We had a very good car tonight,” said Williamson while sipping on an adult beverage after the race. “We hadn’t raced with Jeff (car owner Jeff Behrent) in awhile in his car. He has been with us all season long when we race for Buzz (car owner of the No. 88 Buzz Chew). I have been dying to get back in this thing and to bring home a second-place for him tonight is pretty good.”

Williamson took second place away from Ryan Godown on a late restart, but he had nothing for the high flying Mahaney at that point.




“We were probably the same as Mike (Mahaney),” explained Williamson. “I lost a little bit of ground to Mike after that restart when Godown tried to take me out there and I couldn’t get a shot at him. But they had a good car tonight, so hat’s off to those guys. It’s a shame we had to race like that. We had an open small-block in tonight and that probably hurt us with the track being so fast”

Controversy ensued on that late race restart when Williamson and Godown came together causing Godown to shoot up the track allowing Williamson to get by. 

“It’s shame we have to replace a rear bumper now for something that happened after the race,” cited Williamson. “There wasn’t really much contact on that restart, he didn’t fire and left the bottom open and then when I filled the hole, he came down on me and then he gets upset when someone races him like that. I think the fan reaction in victory lane was a tell-tale sign of how everybody’s protruding reputations and stuff. I am just happy we finished the race.”

Finishing second locks Williamson into Saturday’s big 200-lap event. With his second-place finish, Williamson can start no further back than 14th. By doing so, it gives the team some options to try some different things in Friday night’s qualifying races.  

“This deal is not time trials, it is a draw and tomorrow we could come here and have a bad draw which we probably will,” mentioned Williamson. “Fortunately, we drew good tonight, but then ended up in a heat race with Stewart (Friesen), Matt (Sheppard) and Mike (Mahaney) so it was like a whose who of Modifieds. I was all happy about the draw and then we get the lineup and it’s like I am so happy we drew good. Usually my drawing skills aren’t the greatest. Now that we are locked in for Saturday, we can go out and test some stuff tomorrow night and if we draw good again, I can try and improve out starting spot for Saturday, so we’ll see what happens after the draw and make some decisions from there.”

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