(HORSEHEADS, N.Y.) — Race fans at Super DIRT Week have been treated to one of the best racing surfaces in the history of the storied event. The week-long event is in it’s second year at Oswego Speedway and track crews have been working hard to turn things around on the surface that destroyed many race cars in 2016.
But fans were treated to something much different during Camping World Friday Night Lights- racing from the bottom of the track to the very top along the outside wall. One driver that figured out how to navigate the ‘Clay Palace’ on Friday night was Canadian racer Mat Williamson.
Williamson, fresh off a late race charge to beat both Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen on Tuesday night at Utica Rome Speedway, proved once again he has an incredibly long run car. Williamson caught and passes Tim Fuller, who won the pole for Saturday’s 150-lap event on Thursday, as the pair came to take the two laps to go signal from Dave Farney.
Fuller led off the drop of the green flag, but Williamson turned on the afterburners with just ten laps to go.
“It just seemed like our car got better at the end and (Fuller’s) car started getting loose at the end,” said Williamson.
“This is one of the best race tracks I’ve ever raced at today. They did an awesome job with this surface.”
Official Finish DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Twin 25 #1 Finish
“Batman” gets the best of “Super Matt” In Twin 25 #2
Peter Britten also found some late magic in Twin 25 race number two, making a pass late on Matt Sheppard to pick up the victory in the Britten Racing/Graham Racing No. 21A. Sheppard also appeared to get loose late in the going, just like the leader of race number one had done.
Sheppard has had a nearly flawless week during 2017’s edition of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. He was the rabbit in this race off the drop of the green, but as the race wore on the Bicknell powered by C.C. Performance started losing a little traction.
That allowed Britten to close the gap rapidly, as the unsponsored machine was rolling the middle with a lot more speed than the Dendis Companies No. 9s. Sheppard was working the extreme outside of the speedway, but Sheppard making a rare DIRTcar 358 Modified start this weekend could not hold off the driver affectionately known as Batman.
Britten got by to take the lead and would bring home the win to continue what has been a great week for his team so far.
“I could see Matt getting looser and looser, I just had to focus on my lines,” said Britten in Victory Lane on the frontstretch of the fast five-eighths-mile.
“These new Troyer TD4’s have been awesome. We’ve developed a hell of a shock package with Brian from Integra Shocks. I could roll the top or roll the middle, wherever we had to go.”
Official Finish DIRTcar 358 Modifieds Twin 25 #2 Finish
About the Writer
Steven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, part of the Performance Motorsports Network.
Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
The 31-year-old has a career in the growing health care business world, and is also entering his second season as the full-time announcer and media director for Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, N.Y.
In addition, Ovens was formerly the announcer and media director for Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) in Dundee, N.Y., serving in that capacity in both 2015 and 2016.
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