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Super DIRTcar Series SummerFAST
Brewerton Speedway | Central Square, New York
Monday, August 14, 2023
Race Recap  

‘TIL THE END: Mat Williamson Wins Barn Burner Against Matt Sheppard in SummerFAST Opener at Brewerton

Williamson makes late race charge to score fourth win of the championship season and cuts into Matt Sheppard’s points lead

Mat Williamson and Matt Sheppard opened SummerFAST with a duel for the ages at Brewerton Speedway Monday night.

From nose-to-tail to side-by-side, Williamson and Sheppard left fans at the edge of their seats in the closing laps of the Super DIRTcar Series event before Williamson fully cleared Sheppard for the lead on the final lap.

“Any time you actually just race with Matt (Sheppard) is something to be said,” Williamson said in Victory Lane after scoring his fourth win of the championship season. “He’s set the bar for 10 years now. So, just to be able to pass him for one win is something I’ll remember for a while because he’s… like I said, he’s set the bar for a long time.”

When the green flag dropped on the 60-lap, $7,500-to-win, race, Danny Johnson shot out ahead of SRI Performance/Stock Steel Pole Award winner Jack Lehner. Sheppard, the nine-time and defending Series champion and defending SummerFAST champion, also made a quick move forward, passing Lehner for second on Lap 4.

As the top two battled, Williamson was on a charge from his fifth-place starting position. He got by Lehner for third on Lap 15, but Lehner wasn’t giving up another spot that easy. After fighting and fighting, he edged back around the #88 Buzz Chew Racing machine on Lap 31.

However, the St. Catharines, ON driver still had a fight in him too. He persisted in his attempts to reel in Lehner, running both the inside and outside of the track to see what gave him an advantage. On Lap 41, his resilience paid off, as he passed Lehner once more. And he didn’t stop there.

Williamson continued his charge, passing third-place Danny Johnson on Lap 44. There was then only one driver left standing between he and victory: Matt Sheppard.

Sixteen laps to go. That’s all the time Williamson had left to get it done. And he used every bit of every lap to make it happen.

He nosed closer and closer to Sheppard’s bumper. Sheppard worked high. Williamson worked low. Then Sheppard worked low, and Williamson went high. With two laps to go, Williamson threw his car to the top of Turns 1 and 2, while Sheppard dove low. This time, Williamson got enough traction off the corner to pull side by side with the #9s down the backstretch.

In synchronized fashion, the two drifted through Turns 3 and 4 in tandem, but, again, Williamson got a burst of speed of the corner and definitively took the lead with one lap to go.

It was all Williamson needed to keep the #9s at bay and finish off the final lap to send himself to Victory Lane – his third at Brewerton with the Series.

“We came down the front straight away out of Turn 4 and (Dave) Farney was giving us two to go,” Williamson said. “I was hoping it was about five to go… At that point I thought I needed about 62 or 63. Fortunately, I went to the top and got a good run on Matt (Sheppard) and then got underneath him getting into three and four.”

Sheppard finished second, his fifth second-place finish in the last seven races.

“I was just a sitting duck there at the end,” Sheppard said. “I never thought this place would get this slick tonight. I was kind of living and dying by that brown ring down that backstretch and then once that disappeared, I started surging a little bit. I thought maybe the groove changed, but it didn’t. I was right where I needed to be. I just didn’t really tighten up enough tonight. I thought maybe we were going to sneak in another one here, but this place is tough.”

Third-year Series driver Tim Sears Jr. also had a memorable night, as he scored his second podium finish of the season in front of his home crowd, finishing third. The Central Square, NY native grew up honing his driving skills at the Central New York oval, logging hundreds of laps before tonight’s matchup. He put his experience to use tonight, showing his ability to run up front with the best in Big Block Modified racing.

“We’ve been really good here as of late, so it definitely made a difference in confidence,” Sears Jr. said. “We were feeling pretty good coming in. But those guys (Mat Williamson and Matt Sheppard) just have it going on. They’re hard to beat anywhere. To finish second to both (Mat) Williamson and (Matt) Sheppard, they both do it for a living. It’s definitely a good run for our home track, so we’ll definitely take it and move on.”

Danny Johnson finished in fourth, and Jack Lehner rounded out the top five finishing in fifth – his first top five finish of the season.

With his win, Williamson cut 10 points off Sheppard’s led, now 49 points behind the defending champion

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks head to Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY on Tuesday, Aug. 15, to compete in a 60-lap, $7,500-to-win, spectacular on night two of the second annual SummerFAST.

RESULTS: Brewerton Speedway SummerFAST (60 Laps)

1. 88-Mat Williamson[5]; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard[4]; 3. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[3]; 4. 27J-Danny Johnson[2]; 5. 2-Jack Lehner[1]; 6. 4-Anthony Perrego[14]; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[25]; 8. 60-Jackson Gill[17]; 9. 5H-Chris Hile[10]; 10. 62S-Tom Sears Jr[12]; 11. 5-Amy Holland[9]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller[20]; 13. 3M-Chris Mackey[19]; 14. 15-Todd Root[21]; 15. 8H-Max McLaughlin[13]; 16. 84Y-Alex Yankowski[24]; 17. 9X-Tyler Trump[18]; 18. 12-Darren Smith[15]; 19. 54-Steve Bernard[27]; 20. 91-Felix Roy[23]; 21. (DNF) 215-Adam Pierson[28]; 22. (DNF) JS98-Rocky Warner[16]; 23. (DNF) 91D-Billy Decker[8]; 24. (DNF) 29-Matt Caprara[11]; 25. (DNF) M1-Dave Marcuccilli[22]; 26. (DNF) 35-Mike Mahaney[7]; 27. (DNF) 99L-Larry Wight[26]; 28. (DNF) 32R-Ronnie Davis III[6]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
15+488Mat Williamson 600.0002Running150$7,500
24+29SMatt Sheppard 60-0.56938Running146$4,000
33083XTim Sears Jr60-2.2990Running144$2,500
42-227JDanny Johnson 60-5.99720Running142$1,800
51-42Jack Lehner 60-6.6080Running140$1,600
614+84Anthony Perrego 60-7.6810Running138$1,400
725+1898HJimmy Phelps 60-8.2910Running136$1,300
817+960Jackson Gill 60-8.8780Running134$1,200
910+15HChris Hile 60-9.7030Running132$1,100
1012+262STom Sears Jr60-9.8960Running130$1,000
119-25Amy Holland 60-11.3580Running128$800
1220+819Tim Fuller 60-12.6530Running126$700
1319+63MChris Mackey 60-12.8220Running124$600
1421+715Todd Root 60-12.8850Running122$575
1513-28HMax McLaughlin 60-13.2380Running120$550
1624+884YAlex Yankowski 60-14.1150Running118$525
1718+19XTyler Trump 60-14.5680Running116$500
1815-312Darren Smith 60-15.1730Running114$500
1927+854Steve Bernard 60-15.3530Running112$0
2023+391Felix Roy 60-16.9080Running110$500
2128+7215Adam Pierson 51-9 Laps0DNF108$0
2216-6JS98Rocky Warner 48-12 Laps0DNF106$500
238-1591DBilly Decker 44-16 Laps0DNF104$500
2411-1329Matt Caprara 43-17 Laps0DNF102$500
2522-3M1Dave Marcuccilli 43-17 Laps0DNF102$500
267-1935Mike Mahaney 26-34 Laps0DNF102$500
2726-199LLarry Wight 24-36 Laps0DNF102$500
286-2232RRonnie Davis III21-39 Laps0DNF102$500
Hard Charger: Jimmy Phelps
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11015Todd Root 100.00010Running0$0
25+391Felix Roy 10-1.7870Running0$0
3307ZZachary Payne 10-1.9300Running90$0
412+811TJeff Taylor 10-2.8440Running90$0
510+514CG Morey 10-3.2920Running90$0
62-421CBrian Calabrese 10-3.5490Running90$0
77022Tanner Van Dohren 10-5.2080Running90$0
811+317Marcus Dinkins 10-5.9830Running90$0
98-115XJustin Stone 10-7.0790Running90$0
106-487Neil Stratton 10-7.2720Running90$0
114-7XChad Phelps 9-1 Laps0DNF90$0
129-354Steve Bernard 5-5 Laps0DNF0$0
1313018$Sean Beardsley 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Jeff Taylor
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+1M1Dave Marcuccilli 100.00010Running0$0
21-184YAlex Yankowski 10-1.8210Running0$0
37+499LLarry Wight 10-4.5010Running0$0
43-198HJimmy Phelps 10-5.1770Running0$0
54-1215Adam Pierson 10-6.3340Running0$0
69+327ZDylan Zacharias 10-6.4730Running90$0
75-270AAlex Payne 10-7.4540Running90$0
86-227JRDaniel Johnson 10-9.0790Running90$0
910+128Alan Fink 10-10.0550Running90$0
1013+3C3Chas Wolbert 10-10.3680Running90$0
118-36Robert Bublak 10-10.7590Running90$0
1212034Kevin Root 10-11.8440Running90$0
1311-2B2Bob Henry Jr8-2 Laps0DNF90$0
Hard Charger: Larry Wight
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1188Mat Williamson 351.1380.0005
239SMatt Sheppard 351.950-0.8124
345Amy Holland 352.683-1.5453
428HMax McLaughlin 354.004-2.8662
5860Jackson Gill 354.589-3.4511
6615Todd Root 354.763-3.6250
7117ZZachary Payne 355.006-3.8680
8991Felix Roy 355.519-4.3810
9722Tanner Van Dohren 356.023-4.8850
101254Steve Bernard 356.445-5.3070
11517Marcus Dinkins 357.088-5.9500
121011TJeff Taylor 357.537-6.3990
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1132RRonnie Davis III236.7300.0005
2291DBilly Decker 238.711-1.9814
345HChris Hile 240.448-3.7183
454Anthony Perrego 241.634-4.9042
569XTyler Trump 242.305-5.5751
6321CBrian Calabrese 242.638-5.9080
710XChad Phelps 242.661-5.9310
8987Neil Stratton 243.623-6.8930
9715XJustin Stone 244.322-7.5920
10814CG Morey 19.820216.9100
111118$Sean Beardsley 19.900216.8300
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1135Mike Mahaney 253.0570.0005
242Jack Lehner 255.040-1.9834
3229Matt Caprara 255.913-2.8563
4312Darren Smith 256.618-3.5612
553MChris Mackey 257.268-4.2111
6684YAlex Yankowski 257.412-4.3550
7898HJimmy Phelps 257.598-4.5410
8770AAlex Payne 257.926-4.8690
9999LLarry Wight 258.377-5.3200
101027ZDylan Zacharias 259.626-6.5690
1112B2Bob Henry Jr259.642-6.5850
1211C3Chas Wolbert 36.094216.9630
Heat 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1183XTim Sears Jr129.5530.0005
2527JDanny Johnson 130.600-1.0474
3262STom Sears Jr130.624-1.0713
43JS98Rocky Warner 131.241-1.6882
5719Tim Fuller 131.560-2.0071
64M1Dave Marcuccilli 132.212-2.6590
76215Adam Pierson 133.350-3.7970
8927JRDaniel Johnson 134.473-4.9200
9106Robert Bublak 136.141-6.5880
101128Alan Fink 136.721-7.1680
11834Kevin Root 137.636-8.0830
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
15+488Mat Williamson 00.0000Running5$0
21-132RRonnie Davis III0-0.0690Running0$0
36+38HMax McLaughlin 0-0.1170Running0$0
43-191DBilly Decker 0-0.1400Running0$0
52-39SMatt Sheppard 0-0.1850Running0$0
64-221CBrian Calabrese 0-0.2380Running0$0
723+165Amy Holland 0-0.2450Running0$0
813+55HChris Hile 0-0.2530Running0$0
917+817Marcus Dinkins 0-0.3780Running0$0
1020+104Anthony Perrego 0-0.4300Running0$0
1122+1115Todd Root 0-0.4350Running0$0
1211-19XTyler Trump 0-0.4540Running0$0
138-522Tanner Van Dohren 0-0.4680Running0$0
1418+415XJustin Stone 0-0.4790Running0$0
1510-560Jackson Gill 0-0.4850Running0$0
169-714CG Morey 0-0.5050Running0$0
1716-191Felix Roy 0-0.5120Running0$0
1815-387Neil Stratton 0-0.5320Running0$0
1921+211TJeff Taylor 0-0.5560Running0$0
207-13XChad Phelps 0-0.5700Running0$0
2119-27ZZachary Payne 0-0.6030Running0$0
2214-818$Sean Beardsley 0-0.8450Running0$0
2312-1154Steve Bernard 0-0.8470DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Amy Holland
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+335Mike Mahaney 00.0000Running0$0
22083XTim Sears Jr0-0.0120Running0$0
318+1529Matt Caprara 0-0.0980Running0$0
421+1762STom Sears Jr0-0.1260Running0$0
55012Darren Smith 0-0.1390Running0$0
63-3JS98Rocky Warner 0-0.1780Running0$0
71-62Jack Lehner 0-0.2150Running0$0
815+7M1Dave Marcuccilli 0-0.2410Running0$0
912+33MChris Mackey 0-0.2420Running0$0
109-127JDanny Johnson 0-0.2430Running0$0
1120+984YAlex Yankowski 0-0.2660Running0$0
1219+7215Adam Pierson 0-0.2930Running0$0
1316+370AAlex Payne 0-0.3170Running0$0
1422+819Tim Fuller 0-0.3250Running0$0
156-998HJimmy Phelps 0-0.3270Running0$0
1613-334Kevin Root 0-0.3760Running0$0
1717099LLarry Wight 0-0.3770Running0$0
1823+527JRDaniel Johnson 0-0.3830Running0$0
1914-527ZDylan Zacharias 0-0.4700Running0$0
208-126Robert Bublak 0-0.4870Running0$0
2110-11C3Chas Wolbert 0-0.5960Running0$0
2211-1128Alan Fink 0-0.6510Running0$0
237-16B2Bob Henry Jr0-0.6820Running0$0
Hard Charger: Tom Sears Jr
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
117+1617Marcus Dinkins 00.0000Running0$0
26+48HMax McLaughlin 0-0.0730Running0$0
35+288Mat Williamson 0-0.0920Running0$0
421+1711TJeff Taylor 0-0.1640Running0$0
513+85HChris Hile 0-0.2170Running0$0
619+137ZZachary Payne 0-0.3010Running0$0
74-321CBrian Calabrese 0-0.3020Running0$0
88022Tanner Van Dohren 0-0.3040Running0$0
920+114Anthony Perrego 0-0.3110Running0$0
102-89SMatt Sheppard 0-0.3190Running0$0
1118+715XJustin Stone 0-0.3300Running0$0
123-991DBilly Decker 0-0.3400Running0$0
131-1232RRonnie Davis III0-0.3480Running0$0
1411-39XTyler Trump 0-0.3570Running0$0
159-614CG Morey 0-0.3760Running0$0
1622+615Todd Root 0-0.3800Running0$0
1715-287Neil Stratton 0-0.4000Running0$0
1810-860Jackson Gill 0-0.5930Running0$0
197-12XChad Phelps 0-0.6400Running0$0
2016-491Felix Roy 0-0.7290Running0$0
2112-954Steve Bernard 0-0.7550Running0$0
2223+15Amy Holland 0-0.8300Running0$0
2314-918$Sean Beardsley 0-0.9190Running0$0
Hard Charger: Jeff Taylor
Hot Laps 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+183XTim Sears Jr00.0000Running0$0
222+2019Tim Fuller 0-0.0900Running0$0
35+212Darren Smith 0-0.0940Running0$0
44035Mike Mahaney 0-0.1040Running0$0
59+427JDanny Johnson 0-0.1740Running0$0
616+1070AAlex Payne 0-0.2550Running0$0
717+1099LLarry Wight 0-0.2590Running0$0
821+1362STom Sears Jr0-0.2600Running0$0
912+33MChris Mackey 0-0.2690Running0$0
1019+9215Adam Pierson 0-0.2960Running0$0
1114+327ZDylan Zacharias 0-0.3140Running0$0
126-698HJimmy Phelps 0-0.3140Running0$0
1315+2M1Dave Marcuccilli 0-0.4890Running0$0
141-132Jack Lehner 0-0.5340Running0$0
1520+584YAlex Yankowski 0-0.5350Running0$0
1613-334Kevin Root 0-0.5520Running0$0
1718+129Matt Caprara 0-0.5970Running0$0
183-15JS98Rocky Warner 0-0.6460Running0$0
1923+427JRDaniel Johnson 0-0.6730Running0$0
207-13B2Bob Henry Jr0-0.8330Running0$0
2111-1028Alan Fink 0-1.0350Running0$0
228-146Robert Bublak 0-1.0350Running0$0
2310-13C3Chas Wolbert 0-1.0350Running0$0
Hard Charger: Tim Fuller
Redraw Order Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
17+62Jack Lehner 00.0000Running0$0
28+627JDanny Johnson 00.0000Running0$0
34+183XTim Sears Jr00.0000Running0$0
45+19SMatt Sheppard 00.0000Running0$0
51-488Mat Williamson 00.0000Running0$0
62-432RRonnie Davis III00.0000Running0$0
73-435Mike Mahaney 00.0000Running0$0
86-291DBilly Decker 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Jack Lehner
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Super DIRTcar Series SummerFAST
Monday, August 14, 2023
Brewerton Speedway
60 US-11
Central Square, New York 13036 

Event Description
3-day Summer Spectacular featuring the Super DIRTcar Series with the DIRTcar Pro Stock and Sportsman Series at DIRTcar flagship facilities including Brewerton Speedway, Fulton Speedway and the Land of Legends Raceway.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Pro Stocks

To Win Amount
$7,500.00

Event Schedule
4pm Pit Gates Open
5pm Grandstand Gates Open
6:30pm Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Adult Reserved: $35
Adult GA: $30
Child GA 12 & under: $10
Pits: $40


Grandstand Type
Bleachers

Handicapped Seating Location
Near the flag stand on the front straightaway with ramp access

Pit Pass Price
$35 member / $40 Non-Member

Parking Cost
Free for most events. For select events, a parking fee may be required with advance notice

Handicapped Parking Location
Near ticket booth and main entrance to facility

Camping Availability
non-electric

Camping Cost
Free for most events

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Pro Stocks

To Win Amount
$7,500.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
Stadium style chair back cushioned seats may be used provided they do not interfere with access to other seats

Handicapped Seating
Near the flag stand on the front straightaway with ramp access

Handicapped Parking
Near ticket booth and main entrance to facility

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Sold on site, not allowed in

Parking Cost
Free for most events. For select events, a parking fee may be required with advance notice

Camping Availability
non-electric

Camping Cost
Free for most events

Track Info  

Brewerton Speedway
60 US-11
Central Square, New York 13036 

Track Phone
(315) 668-6906

Track Type
0.333; moderately-banked clay track

Track Map
Competitor Info