Anthracite Assault 75
Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

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Event Info

Anthracite Assault 75
July 13, 2022
Big Diamond Speedway
392 Forest Ln
Pottsville, PA 

Event Description
The Big Block Modifieds travel to Pennsylvania, to the 3/8-mile track in Pottsville, with $7,500 on the line in the feature.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

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Feature Laps Length

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Track Info
Track Phone
(570) 294-7715

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Race Recap

SUPERMAN CONTINUES: Sheppard Wins Series’ return to Big Diamond

Stewart Friesen wins battle against Ryan Godown to round out the podium, while Alex Yankowski adds second top-10 finish of rookie season

After a 13-year hiatus from competing at Big Diamond Speedway, the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds finally returned. Though it was an uncommon occurrence until tonight for the Series to pull into the Eastern Pennsylvania town of Pottsville, PA, points leader and defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard still performed in dominating fashion as he has at well-visited tracks, letting everyone know he was still the man to beat.

Everything seemed to be working in sync for the Waterloo, NY driver early on, showing he was going to be in serious contention for the night’s Feature. He clocked the fastest time in Time Trials in his group and crossed the finish line first in his Heat Race, beating out second place Adam Pierson and the Feature’s eventual third place finisher, Ryan Godown.

When the time came to hit the track for the “Anthracite Assault’s” main event, #9s found himself on the inside of row two. New Jersey drivers #26 Ryan Godown and #6s Matthew Stangle would be Sheppard’s first challenge to get around, as they occupied the front row. He fired quickly out of the gate, staying in sync with his rhythm he had been carrying throughout the night, and moved up a position by the end of the first lap. He continued his charge, passing Godown for the lead by Lap 11. From then on, it became a question of who, if anyone, was going to be able to track down the veteran driver and get within striking distance.

#44 Halmar Racing driver Stewart Friesen tried his hand at the challenge, moving into second place by Lap 22. But Sheppard was firing on all cylinders, car lengths ahead of any challengers, and Friesen was only able to put a minimal amount of pressure on him with 10 Laps to go.

“He (Sheppard) has been really, really good all year long,” Friesen said.

“He could get that thing rotated and get off the corner and put that half car length on us up off the corner every time, and that’s what it took. I could kind of stay with him the first couple laps on a restart but then (he got) that quarter half up on us, and that was it.”

Friesen would cross the finish line in second place, followed by Godown. Back on May 3, they battled it out for a thrilling finish at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ, with Godown getting the best of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver and notching his first ever Series victory.

But tonight would have a different result, with the Ringoes, NJ driver having to round out the night’s podium in third place.

“I just felt like I was too good, too early,” Godown said.  “It was lap 15, or 20, and it just felt like it was starting to go away. In the Heat Race I was too tight. I was trying to battle that, and we just kind of went too far one way…it’s just trying to get the balance of the car and it just seemed like I couldn’t get it all night. But when you finish in the top three to Sheppard and Friesen, it’s never a bad night.”

Series regular and Pennsylvania native Alex Yankowski was also able to deliver a solid finish. The start to his rookie season has been slow, with only one top-10 finish in six starts. But with the 2021 Coal Cracker championship to his name along with a third-place finish in Big Diamond Speedway track points, the Covington Township, PA native used his previous track experience to his advantage and managed to charge from 12th to a 4th place finish.

“The cautions just fell in a really bad way,” Yankowski said. “If that worked out in our favor, I think we’re a third-place car, no doubt. I didn’t really get to see what I had for the #9s and the #44 there, but I was happy with it. It’s good to come back to home turf at a track I actually know what’s going on at. Hats off to the guys, they did a really good job.”

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series travels back to Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY on July 24 for the Hall of Fame 100 and then to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY on July 28. Winners of both races will receive guaranteed starting spots at this year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or by downloading the DIRTVision App.


Feature (75 Laps)

  1. 9S-Matt Sheppard[3]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen[7]; 3. 26-Ryan Godown[1]; 4. 84Y-Alex Yankowski[12]; 5. 215P-Adam Pierson[4]; 6. 33-Louden Reimert[18]; 7. 6S-Matthew Stangle[2]; 8. 32-Brandon Grosso[6]; 9. 88-Mat Williamson[8]; 10. 4-Anthony Perrego[15]; 11. 3J-Marc Johnson[16]; 12. 2A-Mike Gular[14]; 13. 2L-Jack Lehner[22]; 14. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[10]; 15. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[17]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten[5]; 17. (DNF) 12S-Darren Smith[23]; 18. (DNF) 14W-Ryan Watt[20]; 19. (DNF) 88C-Jared Umbenhauer[21]; 20. (DNF) 6L-Tanner Van Dohren[24]; 21. (DNF) 29-Ryan Krachun[11]; 22. (DNF) 19K-Brett Kressley[19]; 23. (DNF) 126-Jeff Strunk[9]; 24. (DNF) 14-CG Morey[26]; 25. (DNF) 34-Kevin Root[27]; 26. (DNF) 91-Billy Decker[25]; 27. (DNF) 8H-Max McLaughlin[13]




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Feature Results
13+29SMatt Sheppard 750.00064Running150$7,500
27+544Stewart Friesen 75-1.0141Running146$4,000
31-226Ryan Godown 75-8.35110Running144$2,500
412+884YAlex Yankowski 75-9.0070Running142$1,800
54-1215PAdam Pierson 75-9.4090Running140$1,600
618+1233Louden Reimert 75-11.3550Running138$1,400
72-56SMatthew Stangle 75-12.9720Running136$1,300
86-232Brandon Grosso 75-13.5620Running134$1,200
98-188Mat Williamson 75-13.8180Running132$1,100
1015+54Anthony Perrego 75-13.9150Running130$1,000
1116+53JMarc Johnson 75-14.4700Running128$800
1214+22AMike Gular 75-14.8810Running126$700
1322+92LJack Lehner 75-15.2370Running124$600
1410-483XTim Sears Jr75-15.6520Running122$575
1517+298HJimmy Phelps 74-1 Laps0Running120$550
165-1121APeter Britten 74-1 Laps0Running118$525
1723+612SDarren Smith 66-9 Laps0DNF116$500
1820+214WRyan Watt 66-9 Laps0DNF114$500
1921+288CJared Umbenhauer 64-11 Laps0DNF112$500
2024+46LTanner Van Dohren 46-29 Laps0DNF110$500
2111-1029Ryan Krachun 43-32 Laps0DNF108$500
2219-319KBrett Kressley 41-34 Laps0DNF106$500
239-14126Jeff Strunk 35-40 Laps0DNF104$500
2426+214CG Morey 34-41 Laps0DNF102$500
2527+234Kevin Root 17-58 Laps0DNF102$0
2625-191Billy Decker 11-64 Laps0DNF102$500
2713-148HMax McLaughlin 6-69 Laps0DNF102$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
11088CJared Umbenhauer 100.0005Running0$0
23+12LJack Lehner 10-0.9315Running0$0
34+112SDarren Smith 10-1.6050Running0$0
42-26LTanner Van Dohren 10-1.8860Running0$0
512+714CG Morey 10-2.7710Running0$0
611+534Kevin Root 10-4.2970Running0$0
713+637Paul St. Sauveur 10-5.4260Running90$0
87-143Jimmy Horton 10-6.6300Running90$0
95-496JF Corriveau 5-5 Laps0DNF90$0
108-291Billy Decker 0-10 Laps0DNF0$0
119-217Marcus Dinkins 0-10 Laps0DNF90$0
126-63Sammy Martz 0-10 Laps0DNF90$0
1310-335Mike Mahaney 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
1414028Michael Trautschold 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
12+121APeter Britten Brisbane, QLD0.000
21-183XTim Sears JrCentral Square, NY-131.782
34+184YAlex Yankowski Covington Township, PA-132.757
43-18HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-134.300
58+398HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY-134.844
67+188CJared Umbenhauer Richland, PA-136.052
75-296JF Corriveau Montreal, QC-136.492
86-217Marcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NY-139.064
99037Paul St. Sauveur Saint-Hyacinthe, QCDNF
Heat 2 Results
11088Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON0.000
22029Ryan Krachun Station, NJ-134.893
330126Jeff Strunk Bechtelsville, PA-135.816
4402AMike Gular Harleysville, PA-136.305
56+133Louden Reimert Oley, PA-136.763
67+16LTanner Van Dohren Allentown, PA-137.229
75-23Sammy Martz Somerville, NJ-140.222
88035Mike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NYDNF
99028Michael Trautschold ROSCOE, NYDNF
Heat 3 Results
11044Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY0.000
2206SMatthew Stangle Alpha, NJ-135.460
34+132Brandon Grosso Montgomery, NJ-136.030
43-14Anthony Perrego Walden, NY-137.082
55019KBrett Kressley Orefield, PA-137.557
6602LJack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY-138.506
78+143Jimmy Horton Bridgewater, NJ-139.563
87-134Kevin Root Geneva, NY-141.166
Heat 4 Results
1109SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY0.000
220215PAdam Pierson East Corinth, VT-134.221
33026Ryan Godown Ringoes, NJ-135.998
46+23JMarc Johnson Guilderland, NY-138.507
55014WRyan Watt Boyertown, PA-138.665
67+112SDarren Smith Binghamton, NY-139.393
74-391Billy Decker Unadilla, NY-139.477
88014CG Morey Rutland, VT-140.607
Qualifying Results
1883XTim Sears Jr15.8260.000
2221APeter Britten 15.901-0.075
378HMax McLaughlin 15.922-0.096
4684YAlex Yankowski 15.939-0.113
5396JF Corriveau 16.001-0.175
6417Marcus Dinkins 16.074-0.248
7588CJared Umbenhauer 16.228-0.402
8998HJimmy Phelps 16.241-0.415
9137Paul St. Sauveur 16.664-0.838
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1988Mat Williamson 15.8750.000
2129Ryan Krachun 15.938-0.063
34126Jeff Strunk 16.058-0.183
422AMike Gular 16.100-0.225
533Sammy Martz 16.234-0.359
6533Louden Reimert 16.265-0.390
786LTanner Van Dohren 16.277-0.402
8735Mike Mahaney 16.347-0.472
9628Michael Trautschold 16.555-0.680
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
1744Stewart Friesen 15.7410.000
246SMatthew Stangle 15.927-0.186
334Anthony Perrego 16.041-0.300
4532Brandon Grosso 16.178-0.437
5119KBrett Kressley 16.194-0.453
662LJack Lehner 16.245-0.504
7234Kevin Root 16.438-0.697
8843Jimmy Horton 16.778-1.037
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
119SMatt Sheppard 15.8290.000
23215PAdam Pierson 16.057-0.228
3626Ryan Godown 16.122-0.293
4791Billy Decker 16.175-0.346
5414WRyan Watt 16.275-0.446
653JMarc Johnson 16.296-0.467
7212SDarren Smith 16.328-0.499
8814CG Morey 16.998-1.169