Nirvana Reached With Final Week Win for Mat Williamson & Team

September 2, 2014

By DAVE SULLY - The 2014 Modified Championship now resides with the Williamson Racing Team, as Mat put an exclamation point on the season with a victory in the 50 lap John Spencer Memorial, his second in a row in that event, and the fifth win of the season overall. Following a season of ups and downs, the team never lost focus and never got too discouraged, plus they entered the final point night with some momentum. Going into the race, Mat held a 17 point lead over Chad Brachmann and needed to keep him in sight to claim the crown. However, the redraw, after Mat finished second in his heat, proved to be an unexpected bonus, as Mat, who has had miserable luck most of the year with redraws, drew the pole, while Brachmann, desperate for a good starting spot, drew ninth.

Starting on the pole is huge in a lot of ways in a dirt race, the biggest being running in clean air, and able to avoid wrecks or being taken out by someone else's indiscretion. Mat made great use of that advantage, as he cruised to a healthy lead in the first half of the race. Things changed on lap 28 when Mike Bowman, who had moved into second on lap 23, lined up right next to Mat on a restart after a melee in turn three. Mat got away from Bowman when the raced resumed, but it was apparent that Bowman was stout and Mat had to decide how hard to race him with the title on the line. [read more]