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

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Event Info

Anthracite Assault 75
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.


series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Big Block Modified Track Record
17.450 sec. set by Tim Fuller on April 26, 2009

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Track Info
Track Phone
(570) 294-7715

Track Type

Big Block Modified Track Record
17.450 sec. set by Tim Fuller on April 26, 2009

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
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]

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
Heat 1 Results
11012Darren Smith Binghamton, NY0.0005
22088Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON-1.3034
33083XTim Sears JrCentral Square, NY-1.8593
45+15HChris Hile Oswego, NY-2.5182
57+298HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY-2.9071
64-2215Adam Pierson East Corinth, VT-3.6060
79+228Michael Trautschold ROSCOE, NY-4.8850
811+399LLarry Wight Fulton, NY-5.7030
910+18HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-6.1690
108-215XJustin Stone Middlebury, VT-7.7780
116-56SMatthew Stangle Alpha, NJ-1 Laps0
Heat 2 Results
11021APeter Britten Brisbane, QLD0.0005
22091Felix Roy Napierville, QC-2.6634
34+135Mike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NY-4.0583
43-1126Jeff Strunk Bechtelsville, PA-5.3812
55032RRonnie Davis IIISyracuse, NY-6.1551
66054Steve Bernard Granby, QC-6.4660
77033Louden Reimert Oley, PA-6.9920
8803Sammy Martz Somerville, NJ-8.7510
99014CG Morey Rutland, VT-9.4850
1010027Mike Tyson Lehighton, PA-7 Laps0
Heat 3 Results
1109SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY0.0005
22084YAlex Yankowski Covington Township, PA-1.6034
3304Anthony Perrego Walden, NY-2.5703
45+12Jack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY-4.2462
57+22AMike Gular Harleysville, PA-5.6221
64-237MMathieu Desjardins Yamaska, QC-6.6640
78+115Billy Pauch JrFrenchtown, NJ-7.2400
89+124Sammy Martz JrSomerville, NJ-8.2660
910+120RNick Rochinski Dickson city, PA-9.6050
106-417Marcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NY-8 Laps0
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11012Darren Smith 16.1190.0005
21188Mat Williamson 16.187-0.0680
3283XTim Sears Jr16.243-0.1240
49215Adam Pierson 16.326-0.2070
515HChris Hile 16.384-0.2650
666SMatthew Stangle 16.439-0.3200
7498HJimmy Phelps 16.440-0.3210
8715XJustin Stone 16.452-0.3330
9528Michael Trautschold 16.517-0.3980
1088HMax McLaughlin 16.582-0.4630
11399LLarry Wight 16.603-0.4840
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1921APeter Britten 16.2510.0000
2291Felix Roy 16.261-0.0100
31126Jeff Strunk 16.301-0.0500
4635Mike Mahaney 16.364-0.1130
5532RRonnie Davis III16.452-0.2010
6454Steve Bernard 16.504-0.2530
7833Louden Reimert 16.506-0.2550
8103Sammy Martz 16.651-0.4000
9714CG Morey 16.866-0.6150
10327Mike Tyson 16.867-0.6160
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
139SMatt Sheppard 16.1510.0000
2784YAlex Yankowski 16.315-0.1640
324Anthony Perrego 16.327-0.1760
41037MMathieu Desjardins 16.338-0.1870
542Jack Lehner 16.420-0.2690
6117Marcus Dinkins 16.484-0.3330
782AMike Gular 16.568-0.4170
8615Billy Pauch Jr16.589-0.4380
9924Sammy Martz Jr16.726-0.5750
10520RNick Rochinski 16.854-0.7030
Hot Laps 1 Results
1498HJimmy Phelps 15.9860.0000
2283XTim Sears Jr16.025-0.0390
366SMatthew Stangle 16.075-0.0890
41012Darren Smith 16.159-0.1730
5399LLarry Wight 16.161-0.1750
615HChris Hile 16.172-0.1860
71188Mat Williamson 16.288-0.3020
888HMax McLaughlin 16.469-0.4830
9528Michael Trautschold 16.499-0.5130
10715XJustin Stone 16.762-0.7760
119215Adam Pierson 16.763-0.7770
Hot Laps 2 Results
1833Louden Reimert 15.9980.0000
2921APeter Britten 16.049-0.0510
3454Steve Bernard 16.139-0.1410
4103Sammy Martz 16.150-0.1520
5635Mike Mahaney 16.156-0.1580
6291Felix Roy 16.159-0.1610
71126Jeff Strunk 16.195-0.1970
8532RRonnie Davis III16.225-0.2270
9327Mike Tyson 16.264-0.2660
10714CG Morey 16.265-0.2670
Hot Laps 3 Results
124Anthony Perrego 16.0800.0000
239SMatt Sheppard 16.089-0.0090
3615Billy Pauch Jr16.112-0.0320
4784YAlex Yankowski 16.141-0.0610
51037MMathieu Desjardins 16.142-0.0620
642Jack Lehner 16.296-0.2160
7924Sammy Martz Jr16.317-0.2370
8117Marcus Dinkins 16.349-0.2690
982AMike Gular 16.364-0.2840
10520RNick Rochinski 16.434-0.3540