Williamson Grabs Gator in DIRTcar Nationals Thursday Super DIRTcar Series Main

By DTD STAFF

BARBERVILLE, FL – Mat Williamson grabbed his first win of the season on Thursday night, taking the gator trophy at Volusia Speedway Park. After starting second, Williamson’s win was far from easy, having to pass Stewart Friesen and fend off a late run from Max McLaughlin.

“We’ve been pretty down on ourselves all day,” Williamson said. “We threw the kitchen sink at it. I know how hard my guys work off the track and I knew I had to match it on the track, they worked their tails off today changing things and luckily the results showed.

Williamson and Friesen shared the front row for the 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series feature, with Williamson taking the early edge. Through the first ten laps, Friesen didn’t let Williamson out of sight, hanging within a couple of car lengths. With the top two locked together, a similar battle was going on for third, with Matt Sheppard fending off McLaughlin.

On lap 13, Friesen tossed a slider on Williamson, but Williamson squared off the corner and drove back by. The next lap, Friesen stayed on the bottom rather than slide to the top, and drove under Williamson to take the lead. Despite taking the top spot on the bottom, Friesen returned to the cushion shortly after.




With 16 complete, Friesen bounced on the cushion, and Williamson took the lead back. While Williamson and Friesen were swapping spots, McLaughlin got by Sheppard and quickly tracked down the top two.

As the lap counter hit 20, McLaughlin took it three wide for the lead through the middle, passing Friesen and reaching Williamson’s door. McLaughlin couldn’t complete the pass on Williamson, and Williamson moved up a lane to get by some lapped traffic.

Once Williamson moved up to the middle, McLaughlin began to lose touch.

With the checkered flag falling, it was Williamson taking the $4,000 victory over McLaughlin.

“The track was different tonight,” stated Williamson.  “It is always easier when you start on the front row as well, you can tighten the thing up because you don’t have to maneuver around and race up to there.”

McLaughlin has had a quick car all week, but tough circumstances such as engine problems on Wednesday night, have prevented him from fully showing it.

“I needed to be a little freer at the end,” McLaughlin noted. “It started to latch down in three and four and I couldn’t get through the holes. I fired so good, and whenever you fire that good you know it won’t end well. I just got too tight at the end, and hats off to Mat for having a great piece. First week with this new HBR team, and we’ve been wicked fast.”

Britten has been a bullet all week, now with finishes of second, first, and third. A late pair of passes put him on the podium for a third night in a row.

“If that race was a 50-lapper, I would’ve been a lot more happy for sure,” said Britten. “We fired okay, just holding even with the cars in front of us. Either we got better, or held the same as others got worse, and we were able to step around a few cars towards the end of it.”

Sheppard turned around a tough week to finish fourth, while Friesen came home fifth.

RESULTS

DIRTcar Nationals Feature #3 (30 Laps): 1. 88-Mat Williamson[2]; 2. 8H-Max McLaughlin[7]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten[8]; 4. 9S-Matt Sheppard[6]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen[1]; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[10]; 7. 1K-Rich Laubach[4]; 8. 30W-Joseph Watson[5]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight[21]; 10. 16X-Dan Creeden[3]; 11. 8S-Rich Scagliotta[9]; 12. 23C-Kyle Coffey[16]; 13. 12S-Darren Smith[12]; 14. 19-Tim Fuller[15]; 15. 3H-Justin Haers[20]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos[13]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner[14]; 18. 35M-Mike Mahaney[11]; 19. 14-CG Morey[25]; 20. 118-Jim Britt[19]; 21. 215P-Adam Pierson[18]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander[23]; 23. 25P-Michael Parent[22]; 24. 3J-Marc Johnson[26]; 25. JS98-Rocky Warner[24]; 26. (DNF) 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker[17]

LCS 1 (10 Laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight[4]; 2. 83-Brian Swartzlander[6]; 3. 28-Michael Trautschold[1]; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson[2]; 5. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo[5]; 6. 14-CG Morey[3]; 7. 1-Andrew Smith[8]; 8. 35B-Francois Bellemare[7]; 9. 66-Corbin Millar[9]; 10. (DNF) 11T-Jeff Taylor[10]; 11. (DNS) 88D-Olden Dwyer

LCS 2 (10 Laps): 1. 25P-Michael Parent[1]; 2. JS98-Rocky Warner[6]; 3. 1G-Darwin Greene[4]; 4. 51-Scott Huber[5]; 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher[8]; 6. 71-Jimmy Zacharias[9]; 7. 54-Steve Bernard[10]; 8. 88L-Jeffery Lapalme[3]; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins[7]; 10. (DNS) 44R-Russell Morseman; 11. (DNS) 6S-Matthew Stangle

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Mat Williamson[1]; 2. 16X-Dan Creeden[2]; 3. 8S-Rich Scagliotta[3]; 4. 111-Demetrios Drellos[10]; 5. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker[8]; 6. 28-Michael Trautschold[9]; 7. 14-CG Morey[7]; 8. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo[4]; 9. 35B-Francois Bellemare[5]; 10. 66-Corbin Millar[11]; 11. (DNF) 88D-Olden Dwyer[6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21A-Peter Britten[1]; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard[5]; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[3]; 4. 2L-Jack Lehner[4]; 5. 215P-Adam Pierson[7]; 6. 3J-Marc Johnson[6]; 7. 99L-Larry Wight[2]; 8. 83-Brian Swartzlander[8]; 9. 1-Andrew Smith[10]; 10. 11T-Jeff Taylor[9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 8H-Max McLaughlin[1]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen[9]; 3. 35M-Mike Mahaney[2]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller[4]; 5. 118-Jim Britt[3]; 6. 25P-Michael Parent[6]; 7. 88L-Jeffery Lapalme[5]; 8. 51-Scott Huber[10]; 9. (DNF) 17-Marcus Dinkins[8]; 10. (DNF) 71-Jimmy Zacharias[7]; 11. (DNS) 44R-Russell Morseman

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 1K-Rich Laubach[2]; 2. 30W-Joseph Watson[1]; 3. 12S-Darren Smith[4]; 4. 23C-Kyle Coffey[6]; 5. 3H-Justin Haers[5]; 6. 6S-Matthew Stangle[3]; 7. 1G-Darwin Greene[8]; 8. JS98-Rocky Warner[7]; 9. 48T-Dave Rauscher[10]; 10. 54-Steve Bernard[9]

TT Group 1 (2 Laps): 1. 88-Mat Williamson, 00:17.977[2]; 2. 16X-Dan Creeden, 00:18.068[5]; 3. 8S-Rich Scagliotta, 00:18.070[4]; 4. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo, 00:18.207[6]; 5. 35B-Francois Bellemare, 00:18.283[3]; 6. 88D-Olden Dwyer, 00:18.507[7]; 7. 14-CG Morey, 00:18.530[8]; 8. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 00:18.668[11]; 9. 28-Michael Trautschold, 00:18.696[10]; 10. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 00:18.939[9]; 11. 66-Corbin Millar, 00:19.505[1]

TT Group 2 (2 Laps): 1. 21A-Peter Britten, 00:17.744[3]; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 00:17.863[1]; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 00:17.919[9]; 4. 2L-Jack Lehner, 00:17.962[4]; 5. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 00:18.031[5]; 6. 3J-Marc Johnson, 00:18.063[7]; 7. 215P-Adam Pierson, 00:18.065[8]; 8. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 00:18.276[2]; 9. 11T-Jeff Taylor, 00:18.283[6]; 10. 1-Andrew Smith, 00:18.845[10]

TT Group 3 (2 Laps): 1. 8H-Max McLaughlin, 00:17.852[7]; 2. 35M-Mike Mahaney, 00:17.856[9]; 3. 118-Jim Britt, 00:17.922[1]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 00:18.223[2]; 5. 88L-Jeffery Lapalme, 00:18.299[11]; 6. 25P-Michael Parent, 00:18.408[10]; 7. 71-Jimmy Zacharias, 00:18.651[6]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 00:18.671[5]; 9. (DNS) 44-Stewart Friesen, 00:18.671; 10. (DNS) 51-Scott Huber, 00:18.671; 11. (DNS) 44R-Russell Morseman, 00:18.671

TT Group 4 (2 Laps): 1. 30W-Joseph Watson, 00:18.071[1]; 2. 1K-Rich Laubach, 00:18.104[3]; 3. 6S-Matthew Stangle, 00:18.197[6]; 4. 12S-Darren Smith, 00:18.204[5]; 5. 3H-Justin Haers, 00:18.240[9]; 6. 23C-Kyle Coffey, 00:18.301[7]; 7. JS98-Rocky Warner, 00:18.319[2]; 8. 1G-Darwin Greene, 00:18.426[4]; 9. 54-Steve Bernard, 00:18.537[10]; 10. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 00:18.643[8]

Hot Laps 1: 1. 88-Mat Williamson, 00:18.429[2]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 00:18.850[9]; 3. 16X-Dan Creeden, 00:19.270[5]; 4. 88D-Olden Dwyer, 00:19.564[7]; 5. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo, 00:19.602[6]; 6. 14-CG Morey, 00:19.664[8]; 7. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 00:19.719[11]; 8. 28-Michael Trautschold, 00:20.060[10]; 9. 8S-Rich Scagliotta, 00:20.152[4]; 10. 35B-Francois Bellemare, 00:20.422[3]; 11. 66-Corbin Millar, 00:20.645[1]

Hot Laps 2: 1. 21A-Peter Britten, 00:18.093[3]; 2. 3J-Marc Johnson, 00:18.133[7]; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 00:18.226[9]; 4. 99L-Larry Wight, 00:18.237[1]; 5. 2L-Jack Lehner, 00:18.440[4]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 00:18.462[5]; 7. 11T-Jeff Taylor, 00:18.626[6]; 8. 215P-Adam Pierson, 00:18.998[8]; 9. 1-Andrew Smith, 00:19.169[10]; 10. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 00:19.169[2]

Hot Laps 3: 1. 118-Jim Britt, 00:17.797[1]; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 00:18.169[2]; 3. 25P-Michael Parent, 00:18.290[10]; 4. 8H-Max McLaughlin, 00:18.303[7]; 5. 71-Jimmy Zacharias, 00:18.583[6]; 6. 88L-Jeffery Lapalme, 00:18.651[11]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman, 00:18.949[8]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 00:19.004[5]; 9. (DNS) 44-Stewart Friesen, 00:19.004; 10. (DNS) 51-Scott Huber, 00:19.004; 11. (DNS) 35M-Mike Mahaney, 00:19.004

Hot Laps 4: 1. 12S-Darren Smith, 00:18.067[5]; 2. 3H-Justin Haers, 00:18.204[9]; 3. 6S-Matthew Stangle, 00:18.377[6]; 4. 1K-Rich Laubach, 00:18.380[3]; 5. 30W-Joseph Watson, 00:18.398[1]; 6. JS98-Rocky Warner, 00:18.422[2]; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 00:18.562[8]; 8. 54-Steve Bernard, 00:18.623[10]; 9. 1G-Darwin Greene, 00:19.379[4]; 10. 23C-Kyle Coffey, 00:19.379[7]