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Williamson Collects One other Port Royal Test | SPEED SPORT
March 21, 2021
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – One thing about Port Royal Speedway clicks with Mat Williamson.
After capturing the $50,000 prize within the Velocity Showcase 200 on the monitor final October, the 2019 Tremendous DIRTcar Sequence champion returned to Port Royal Sunday and hit paydirt once more.
Williamson handed Stewart Friesen with 10 laps to go and went on to win the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win Brief Monitor Tremendous Sequence function on the Pennsylvania half mile.
“Coming to Port Royal in March, for me, is best than anyplace else we may have gone,” Williamson mentioned. “I like this place. I really feel fairly assured after I stroll within the gate. … It’s simply a type of locations that fits your driving model. It’s a racy, large place.”
“It’s large to get one early within the yr,” Williamson mentioned. “Hopefully, it will kick [our season] off and we will get the win complete up this yr.”
Friesen led the primary 30 laps, however Williamson ran a methodical tempo and saved his greatest for when he wanted it.
Williamson began eighth and by lap six he had labored round polesitter Jessica Friesen for second. By that time, Stewart Friesen had constructed a four-second lead, using the highest in turns one and two and the underside on the opposite finish of the monitor.
Williamson, in the meantime, stayed affected person on the underside. When Stewart Friesen caught lapped site visitors, Williamson closed to simply mere automotive lengths earlier than Anthony Perrego introduced out the warning on lap 17.
On that inexperienced flag run, the underside turned the specified groove and Stewart Friesen targeted on defending his place. That’s till he bought antsy and tried passing a slower automotive in the course of the monitor, which opened the door for Williamson.
Whereas Stewart Friesen hung it out vast with 10 laps to go, Williamson stayed true to the underside and drove by.
“Then it was recreation over,” mentioned Friesen, who then bought handed by Mike Mahaney to complete third. “I bought impatient with a lapped automotive and tried to get rolling on the highest. There was nothing there.”
Just a few laps earlier than that, Williamson confirmed Friesen his nostril on the skin, maybe enjoying a little bit of trickery and fooling Friesen the center of the monitor was workable. From there, Friesen had one final shot on a restart with eight laps to go, however misplaced second to Mahaney making an attempt to make the cushion work.
“As soon as it locked up on the underside, that was it,” mentioned Friesen, contemporary off a Tenth-place run with the NASCAR Tenting World Vehicles Sequence at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.
For Williamson, it’s his second profession Brief Monitor Tremendous Sequence win. Final yr, he scored 16 wins in 50 large block modified races throughout the nation. This yr, win No. 1 of the yr got here in his sixth begin.
“We bought fortunate in lapped site visitors,” Williamson mentioned. “We needed to put ourselves able to be there for when it did come up. … We’ll take them the place we will get them. Clearly, tonight was a great one. We’re proud of it.”
Jessica Friesen completed fourth whereas Larry Wright positioned fifth.
Gregg Satterlee gained the companion tremendous late mannequin function Sunday afternoon.
Mat Williamson, Mike Mahaney, Stewart Friesen, Jessica Friesen, Larry Wight, Tyler Dippel, Matt Stangle, Max McLaughlin, Ryan Godown, Billy Decker, Craig Von Dohren, Frank Cozze, Erick Rudolph, Billy Pauch Jr., Peter Britten, Michael Maresca, Alex Yankowski, Duane Howard, Dominick Buffalino, Joseph Watson, Matt Sheppard, J.R. Heffner, David Van Horn, Kyle Coffey, John Willman, Ryan Watt, Andy Bachetti, Brandon Grosso, Jimmy Horton, Anthony Perrego, Danny Bouc.