Williamson has Big Plans in 2013 –
New Season kicks off with 4 straight nights of racing in Florida       


For Immediate Release - From Jim Irvine Merrittville Public Relations
905-685-7223 (Winter Office) jimirvine@cogeco.net www.twitter.com/Merrittville

February 20, 2013

Leading up to this Sunday’s Daytona 500, the month of February offers plenty of racing action across the Sunshine State.   Merrittville Speedway’s Bobcat of Hamilton 358 Modified Star Mat Williamson is set to take part in the 42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at the Volusia Speedway Park when the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series kicks off tonight for 4 straight nights.   “Practice last night went really well,” revealed the 22 year old St. Catharines driver via Face Book messaging, “we were able to work out some kinks with the new car and broke the engine in.”  

 Williamson, who has finished in the runner-up spot in Merrittville Speedway 358 Points for three straight years added, “Volusia is a lot faster than we are used to … but it reminds me a lot of Merrittville’s shape. Hopefully we won’t have any problems and come out of tonight with a Top Ten to begin the week!”  

In three practice sessions Tuesday Night, Williamson’s best time was 12th quickest in one session in addition to a 15th and 17th with more than 35 Race Teams in the pit area.   After a one off trip driving Matt Sheppard’s back up car in the first ever Big Block Super DIRTcar Series visit last season to Michigan’s 1-96 Speedway, Williamson is set to add a Big Block Modified to his racing schedule.   “Expanding our racing was in the plans all along,” revealed Williamson just prior to heading south last week, “that race last August and all the help from Matt and his car owner Jeff Brownell and the 9 crew helped put it in motion … a lot faster.”  

Ironically it was Williamson who finished in the 6th and final spot in the voting for February 23rd’s Big Block Six Pack Event – edging out Sheppard for a starting spot in the event that also includes Tim McCreadie, Mario Clair, Bruno Lepage, Brett Hearn and Michel Chicoine.   Chances are good that the fan-voted Invitational Event’s Trophy will come home to Canada but will it be with Williamson or the Quebec Drivers?   “It’s great to get voted into the event … thanks to everyone that voted,” said Williamson, “the biggest thing I need is seat time … the Challenge will give me a few more laps.”  

Williamson, Justin Haers, Stewart Friesen and Sheppard will all be behind the wheel of 2013 Bicknell Racing Products Experimental Chassis.   Williamson intends to put one of Sheppard’s former C.C. Performance Racing Engines Big Block power plant purchased by the team through an aggressive schedule this season as a regular Friday Nights at the Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA in addition to the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series as well as the recently announced schedule at Humberstone Speedway.  

The Big Block Super DIRTcar Series will make its annual visit to Thorold Monday August 5th for the Bob St. Amand Senior Memorial 100.   Saturday Nights at Merrittville Speedway are a priority as well as he hopes to capture his first career 358 Modified Divisional Championship after three straight runner up finishes to Pete Bicknell the last three seasons.   “With so much new going on this year … I am still focused on beating Pete,” said Williamson who got his start at the Thorold facility racing Karts in 1999, “my dad (Randy) and Pete are two of my greatest influences in racing … so it would be huge to be on top of the podium this year!”  

To just maintain his 358 Modified weekly and Series program Williamson must rely on his supporters who are looking to take on the new challenges. While his crew chief and uncle Rick Windeatt serves as crew chief, making the trip south are Rob Sawatsky, his dad Randy and former drivers Cliff Warner and Ted Renshaw.   When the summer gets busy … another former driver Wayne Conn, Ron Sumbler, Charlie King and Bob Paladichuk will help maintain the cars between 800 kilometre round trips to Lernerville.   S&W Service Centre, Jasen Enterprises, Optional Hose & Hydraulics, RNB Restorations, Champion Oil, Bicknell Racing Products, Robitaille Racing and Bilstein Shocks are behind the Big Block Effort. For a complete listing of all of Williamson’s 2013 Marketing Partners visit the Finish Line Web Design Web Design-maintained web site or click on http://www.matwilliamson.com/sponsors.html.  

Williamson will also rely on the three time Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Champion Sheppard and his Brownell-owned team for additional support.   If you aren’t lucky enough to follow the Big Block Super DIRTcar Series to Florida you can watch the action on line with a DIRTvision subscription by clicking on http://www.dirtvision.com/welcome.php or by visiting www.matwilliamson.com. … www.dirtcarnationals.com or www.superdirtcarseries.com.  

 The Race Team will have little time to rest upon returning from Florida as one of his cars will be on display at the Pen Centre from March 11 to 17th. From there, the racing season refires at Lernerville on April 19th and the Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler at Merrittville Speedway kicking off the 62nd Season just 8 days later.   With all dirt roads leading to the World Finals in Charlotte in November – it will be exciting to see where Williamson’s plans take him in 2013.  

For all the news on Merrittville Speedway’s 62nd Consecutive Season in 2013 – visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Race fans and Race teams alike can follow Merrittville on Face Book (Facebook.com/Merrittville Speedway) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Merrittville)

Join us this season on a Saturday Night for a LUCAS OIL WEEKLY RACING SERIES EVENT featuring FIVE Divisions with local heroes and up and coming new stars. Make your plans … call your friends and enjoy a staycation at the speedway with plenty of free parking and camping spots – a night at the races is so much fun and so close to home! Your Local Dirt Track is where it’s at and the countdown to the Seaway Mall Spring Sizzler – Saturday April 27th - has begun at Merrittville Speedway - the Best Family Entertainment in Niagara!  

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