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Anthracite Assault 75
Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Race Recap  

BATTLE ‘TIL THE END: Anthony Perrego scores first career points-paying victory at Big Diamond Speedway

Perrego holds off Matt Sheppard to score his third career Super DIRTcar Series win and first during the championship season

Anthony Perrego earned a hard-fought victory Tuesday night at Big Diamond Speedway, holding off a persistent Matt Sheppard in the final laps to score his first points-paying Super DIRTcar Series victory.

The Walden, NY driver entered the race with two Series wins already, but both last came in 2020 and neither were during a championship season.

He put himself in prime position to return to Victory Lane by drawing the pole for the 75-lap Feature and earning the SRI Performance/Stock Car Steel redraw $100 bonus.

Using his previous experience of running a Small Block Modified at the southern Pennsylvania track, Perrego launched ahead of the field at the drop of the green flag.

Behind him, Sheppard – the nine-time and defending Series champion and most recent Series winner – was methodically chipping away at the gap Perrego had created. He passed Felix Roy for third on Lap 17 and then began hunting Mat Williamson for second. When the Buzz Chew Racing driver went high trying to pass a lapped car, it gave Sheppard the gap he needed to sneak underneath him and take second on Lap 34.

Cue the iconic “Jaws” theme. The Waterloo, NY driver erased Perrego’s more than a second led by Lap 57, leading to an 18-lap brawl for the win.


Separated by inches turn after turn, every decision they made had to be perfect. The smallest error by Perrego could mean an easy pass for Sheppard and the smallest slip by Sheppard would the loss of valuable ground.

After leading the pack through lapped traffic and keeping Sheppard at bay behind him, Perrego had one more set of challenges to overcome before he was declared the victor.

A yellow flag was dropped on Lap 71, bringing the competitors to a restart with four laps remaining. The Four Star Racing driver lined up next to the defending Series champion, firing hard on the restart. He again shot out in front, but the momentum was short lived, as another caution dropped one lap later.

Perrego retained his lead once again on the final restart and continued to defend against every attack Sheppard threw at him. Sheppard threw his #9s to the top side, hoping for enough grip to get by, but with none there was left to watch Perrego drive away to a meaningful victory.

“The draw was kind of everything,” Perrego said. “I come once in a while with a Small Block to Big Diamond. The draw is really important. Obviously, it proved that tonight. We had a really good car in the beginning. We took off and were really fast. I don’t know if we used it up a little too much there, but, the right rear tire is bald and Matt (Sheppard) was really pestering me there at the end. We rolled by a couple lapped cars there at the end on the outside… Those last few laps there were definitely nerve racking. My tire was going, but we were just kind of skating around and we were able to hold on.”

Sheppard had to settled for second, recording his fourth podium finish this season.

“I almost got up under [Perrego],” he said. “I was probably about a half car length short of getting to where I needed to get… I was able to get up next to him [on the restarts]. The track rubbered up pretty quick. Honestly, I’m just happy to come out of here with a second-place run to help us in the points lead.”

Williamson held on to his third-place position, earning his fifth top 10 in six races this season.

“It was a tough run,” Williamson said. “It’s hard when the track latches rubber like that. I went to go around a lap car on top, and Matt (Sheppard) got underneath me… I saw how hard him and Anthony (Perrego) were going. My only option was to try to survive and keep my right rear going, and maybe they would burn theirs off. In the end, we had more tire left than they did, but that didn’t matter.”

Mike Mahaney finished in fourth and Peter Britten finished in fifth. It was Britten’s fourth top-five finish this season and fifth top 10 finish in a row.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series will return to Weedsport Speedway for the Hall of Fame 100 on Sunday, July 16, in a 100-lap, $10,000-to-win, Super DIRT Week Qualifier showcase event.

Anthracite Assault 75 (75 Laps)

1. 4-Anthony Perrego[1]; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard[4]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson[3]; 4. 35-Mike Mahaney[5]; 5. 21A-Peter Britten[7]; 6. 12-Darren Smith[6]; 7. 2-Jack Lehner[12]; 8. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[8]; 9. 5H-Chris Hile[10]; 10. 99L-Larry Wight[19]; 11. 32R-Ronnie Davis III[14]; 12. 20R-Nick Rochinski[23]; 13. 8H-Max McLaughlin[22]; 14. 37M-Mathieu Desjardins[18]; 15. (DNF) 33-Louden Reimert[20]; 16. (DNF) 84Y-Alex Yankowski[9]; 17. (DNF) 91-Felix Roy[2]; 18. (DNF) 2A-Mike Gular[15]; 19. (DNF) 126-Jeff Strunk[11]; 20. (DNF) 215-Adam Pierson[16]; 21. (DNF) 15-Billy Pauch Jr[21]; 22. (DNF) 14-CG Morey[26]; 23. (DNF) 54-Steve Bernard[17]; 24. (DNF) 98H-Jimmy Phelps[13]; 25. (DNF) 17-Marcus Dinkins[25]; 26. (DNF) 3-Sammy Martz[24]

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Feature Results
1104Anthony Perrego 750.00075Running150$7,500
24+29SMatt Sheppard 75-0.6710Running146$4,000
33088Mat Williamson 75-1.0630Running144$2,500
45+135Mike Mahaney 75-1.2990Running142$1,800
57+221APeter Britten 75-2.0730Running140$1,600
66012Darren Smith 75-2.6860Running138$1,400
712+52Jack Lehner 75-2.6990Running136$1,300
88083XTim Sears Jr75-3.3520Running134$1,200
910+15HChris Hile 75-3.7580Running132$1,100
1019+999LLarry Wight 75-4.5370Running130$1,000
1114+332RRonnie Davis III75-5.2970Running128$800
1223+1120RNick Rochinski 75-6.0340Running126$700
1322+98HMax McLaughlin 75-6.5410Running124$600
1418+437MMathieu Desjardins 75-7.1690Running122$575
1520+533Louden Reimert 73-2 Laps0DNF120$550
169-784YAlex Yankowski 72-3 Laps0DNF118$525
172-1591Felix Roy 71-4 Laps0DNF116$500
1815-32AMike Gular 70-5 Laps0DNF114$500
1911-8126Jeff Strunk 65-10 Laps0DNF112$500
2016-4215Adam Pierson 42-33 Laps0DNF110$500
2121015Billy Pauch Jr37-38 Laps0DNF108$500
2226+414CG Morey 21-54 Laps0DNF106$500
2317-654Steve Bernard 13-62 Laps0DNF104$500
2413-1198HJimmy Phelps 9-66 Laps0DNF102$500
2525017Marcus Dinkins 2-73 Laps0DNF102$500
2624-23Sammy Martz 1-74 Laps0DNF102$500
Hard Charger: Nick Rochinski
Last Chance Showdown Results
14+399LLarry Wight 100.0009Running0$0
22033Louden Reimert 10-1.3031Running0$0
33015Billy Pauch Jr10-1.5260Running0$0
47+38HMax McLaughlin 10-1.9170Running0$0
59+420RNick Rochinski 10-2.4180Running0$0
65-13Sammy Martz 10-3.6170Running0$0
71-628Michael Trautschold 6-4 Laps0DNF90$0
86-224Sammy Martz Jr1-9 Laps0DNF90$0
98-114CG Morey 1-9 Laps0DNF0$0
1012+217Marcus Dinkins 1-9 Laps0DNF0$0
1110-115XJustin Stone 1-9 Laps0DNF90$0
1211-127Mike Tyson 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
131306SMatthew Stangle 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Nick Rochinski
Heat 1 Results
1112Darren Smith 135.9740.0005
2288Mat Williamson 137.277-1.3034
3383XTim Sears Jr137.833-1.8593
455HChris Hile 138.492-2.5182
5798HJimmy Phelps 138.881-2.9071
64215Adam Pierson 139.580-3.6060
7928Michael Trautschold 140.859-4.8850
81199LLarry Wight 141.677-5.7030
9108HMax McLaughlin 142.143-6.1690
10815XJustin Stone 143.752-7.7780
1166SMatthew Stangle 208.137-72.1630
Heat 2 Results
1121APeter Britten 134.1160.0005
2291Felix Roy 136.779-2.6634
3435Mike Mahaney 138.174-4.0583
43126Jeff Strunk 139.497-5.3812
5532RRonnie Davis III140.271-6.1551
6654Steve Bernard 140.582-6.4660
7733Louden Reimert 141.108-6.9920
883Sammy Martz 142.867-8.7510
9914CG Morey 143.601-9.4850
101027Mike Tyson 143.611-9.4950
Heat 3 Results
119SMatt Sheppard 294.9960.0005
2284YAlex Yankowski 296.599-1.6034
334Anthony Perrego 297.566-2.5703
452Jack Lehner 299.242-4.2462
572AMike Gular 300.618-5.6221
6437MMathieu Desjardins 301.660-6.6640
7815Billy Pauch Jr302.236-7.2400
8924Sammy Martz Jr303.262-8.2660
91020RNick Rochinski 304.601-9.6050
10617Marcus Dinkins 304.602-9.6060
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
110+912Darren Smith 00.0000Running5$0
211+988Mat Williamson 0-0.0680Running0$0
32-183XTim Sears Jr0-0.1240Running0$0
49+5215Adam Pierson 0-0.2070Running0$0
51-45HChris Hile 0-0.2650Running0$0
6606SMatthew Stangle 0-0.3200Running0$0
74-398HJimmy Phelps 0-0.3210Running0$0
87-115XJustin Stone 0-0.3330Running0$0
95-428Michael Trautschold 0-0.3980Running0$0
108-28HMax McLaughlin 0-0.4630Running0$0
113-899LLarry Wight 0-0.4840Running0$0
Hard Charger: Darren Smith
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
19+821APeter Britten 00.0000Running0$0
22091Felix Roy 0-0.0100Running0$0
31-2126Jeff Strunk 0-0.0500Running0$0
46+235Mike Mahaney 0-0.1130Running0$0
55032RRonnie Davis III0-0.2010Running0$0
64-254Steve Bernard 0-0.2530Running0$0
78+133Louden Reimert 0-0.2550Running0$0
810+23Sammy Martz 0-0.4000Running0$0
97-214CG Morey 0-0.6150Running0$0
103-727Mike Tyson 0-0.6160DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Peter Britten
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
13+29SMatt Sheppard 00.0000Running0$0
27+584YAlex Yankowski 0-0.1640Running0$0
32-14Anthony Perrego 0-0.1760Running0$0
410+637MMathieu Desjardins 0-0.1870Running0$0
54-12Jack Lehner 0-0.2690Running0$0
61-517Marcus Dinkins 0-0.3330Running0$0
78+12AMike Gular 0-0.4170Running0$0
86-215Billy Pauch Jr0-0.4380Running0$0
99024Sammy Martz Jr0-0.5750Running0$0
105-520RNick Rochinski 0-0.7030Running0$0
Hard Charger: Mathieu Desjardins
Hot Laps 1 Results
14+398HJimmy Phelps 00.0000Running0$0
22083XTim Sears Jr0-0.0390Running0$0
36+36SMatthew Stangle 0-0.0890Running0$0
410+612Darren Smith 0-0.1730Running0$0
53-299LLarry Wight 0-0.1750Running0$0
61-55HChris Hile 0-0.1860Running0$0
711+488Mat Williamson 0-0.3020Running0$0
8808HMax McLaughlin 0-0.4830Running0$0
95-428Michael Trautschold 0-0.5130Running0$0
107-315XJustin Stone 0-0.7760Running0$0
119-2215Adam Pierson 0-0.7770Running0$0
Hard Charger: Darren Smith
Hot Laps 2 Results
18+733Louden Reimert 00.0000Running0$0
29+721APeter Britten 0-0.0510Running0$0
34+154Steve Bernard 0-0.1410Running0$0
410+63Sammy Martz 0-0.1520Running0$0
56+135Mike Mahaney 0-0.1580Running0$0
62-491Felix Roy 0-0.1610Running0$0
71-6126Jeff Strunk 0-0.1970Running0$0
85-332RRonnie Davis III0-0.2270Running0$0
93-627Mike Tyson 0-0.2660Running0$0
107-314CG Morey 0-0.2670DNF0$0
Hard Charger: Louden Reimert
Hot Laps 3 Results
12+14Anthony Perrego 00.0000Running0$0
23+19SMatt Sheppard 0-0.0090Running0$0
36+315Billy Pauch Jr0-0.0320Running0$0
47+384YAlex Yankowski 0-0.0610Running0$0
510+537MMathieu Desjardins 0-0.0620Running0$0
64-22Jack Lehner 0-0.2160Running0$0
79+224Sammy Martz Jr0-0.2370Running0$0
81-717Marcus Dinkins 0-0.2690Running0$0
98-12AMike Gular 0-0.2840Running0$0
105-520RNick Rochinski 0-0.3540Running0$0
Hard Charger: Mathieu Desjardins
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Event Info  

Anthracite Assault 75
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Big Diamond Speedway
392 Forest Ln
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901 

Event Description
The Big Block Modifieds return to the 3/8-mile track in Pottsville, Pennsylvania with $7,500 on the line. Matt Sheppard took the checkers in 2022 when the Series made their first return to the track since 2009.


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Super DIRTcar Series

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Track Info  

Big Diamond Speedway
392 Forest Ln
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901 

Track Phone
(570) 294-7715

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