Williamson Rules Jerry Winger Memorial Again

Mat Williamson in victory lane Saturday at Merrittville Speedway. (Ray Samuel Photo)
Mat Williamson in victory lane Saturday at Merrittville Speedway. (Ray Samuel Photo)

THOROLD, Ontario – Defending S&W Service Centre 358 Modified track champion Mat Williamson scored his second straight Jerry Winger Memorial victory at Merrittville Speedway on Saturday night.

For Williamson, it was his fifth win on the season in his title defense.

Mike Bowman and Gary Lindberg were on the front row for the Jerry Winger Memorial 50 for the S&W Service Centre Modifieds, with Lindberg jumping into the lead.

Lindberg and Bowman would take off from the field as Rob Knapp, Tyler Willard, and Todd Gordon raced in the top five as Ryan Susice ran sixth after starting 12th on the grid. Williamson started his progress early as well as he ran eighth and challenged Scott Wood for seventh on lap eight.

Susice would enter the top five after passing Tyler Willard and would challenge Knapp for third on lap 12, just as the leaders encountered lap traffic. Dalton Slack spun in turn three to bring out the races first caution on lap 17.

On the restart, Lindberg and Bowman continued to battle for the lead as Ryan Susice took third away from Knapp as Williamson took over fifth from Willard. Lindberg would continue to lead at the halfway mark over Bowman, Susice, Williamson, and Knapp with Tim Jones running in sixth place.

Williamson and Susice would battle for third place with Williamson moving into the third position on lap 29 and would start to go after Bowman and Lindberg up front. Freddie Carleton spun in turn four to set up a seven-lap shootout.

Bowman would race hard with Lindberg to take the lead on lap 44, just before a Tom Neale spin would bunch the field back up. On the restart, Williamson would take the lead and would pull away to score the feature win.

Brad Rouse won his third David Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman feature of the season. Andy Imbeault scored the win in the Vintage Car feature. Tyler Lafantaisie scored his second Central Fabricating 4 Cylinder feature of the season. John Couture would win his third Dave’s Auto and Speed Centre V6 feature of the season.