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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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Heywood’s Historic Championship Celebrated at Airborne Speedway Banquet

Title winners crowned for 2015 racing season

ALTONA, NY – More than 350 people celebrated Airborne Park Speedway’s 62nd racing season on Saturday, November 14, as the Plattsburgh, NY track officially crowned its champions for 2015. The Rainbow Wedding & Banquet Hall in Altona, NY hosted the year-end fete for stock car drivers from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere and go-kart racers from the Competition Kart Series.

Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh was met with a raucous standing ovation for his fourth consecutive championship in the NASCAR-sanctioned J&S Steel Modified division. Heywood set a new track record with the unprecedented mark, and will also be recognized at a ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC on December 11.

Fairfax, VT native Richie Turner collected the second Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade title of his career and his first since 2004, while Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY was crowned for the first time in the Busch Beer Mini-Modified class.

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Local Businessman Takes Over Airborne Park Speedway

South Plattsburgh: Airborne Park Speedway will open for its 63rd season in 2016 after all.

John Walker of Plattsburgh has reached an agreement with property owners Jamie Atkins and Steve Fuller to lease the historic ½ mile speed plant located in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

“It was just a natural fit, “said Walker.” I have been coming to Airborne since I was a baby, in fact, my first job was at Airborne when I was 11 yrs. old picking up trash on Sunday mornings for 75 cents per hour, and I worked for every owner in one capacity or another ever since.”

When asked about his plans for the upcoming season Walker said,” I’m going to concentrate on the local fans and racers, my 1st priority is to make sure that the fans who have supported this place over the years will have a safe and family- oriented fun experience for a good price. As for the racers, there will not be any big changes to the divisions in 2016—- I just want to concentrate and build on what is currently in place.  I am thinking of adding another division, something that a person can get into for very little money and still have lots of fun. That’s what Saturday night short track racing should be- FUN! Fun for the fans and fun for the racers.”

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Airborne Park Speedway to Host Swap Meet and Car Show on October 25

Rain-or-shine event to feature vehicles of all types

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway will host an automotive and racing swap meet and car show on Sunday, October 25. The event will be held rain or shine and is open to all types of race cars, go-karts, hot rods, classic cars, and all other vehicles.

The show will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Vendors are encouraged to bring racing or street vehicles, off-road and all-terrain vehicles, trailers, parts, equipment, and other items to sell or trade. The event will also include a car show that is open to all vehicles. A fan vote will determine the best-appearing entries, with trophies awarded to the top 15 vehicles. A cash prize will also accompany the “Best in Show” award.

In addition to the swap meet and car show, there will be a bake sale, food concessions, a 50/50 raffle, and rides on the Airborne Fun Kart track.

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Airborne Park Speedway Banquet of Champions set for November 14

Stock car and go-kart racers to be honored

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway will honor its champions for the 2015 racing season on Saturday, November 14. The Rainbow Wedding & Banquet Hall in Altona, NY will be the site of the year-end celebration featuring stock car drivers from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere and go-kart racers from the Competition Kart Series.

Nick Heywood will collect his record fourth consecutive championship in the NASCAR J&S Steel Modified division. Heywood is the first to win the headline title four years running since Airborne’s opening in 1954. Richie Turner will return to the stage for the first time in 11 years, having won the second Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade title of his career and his first since 2004. Chris LaVair is a first-time champion in the Busch Beer Mini-Modified class and won his title on the strength of six race victories.

Other drivers who will be honored include Ernie’s Discount Tools Rookie of the Year winners Danny Sullivan, Michael Wright, and Tanner Crary. Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel will crown the “Hottest Shoe” champions in all divisions, and several other special honors will also be awarded along with trophies for the top 12 point drivers in each division.

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Série ACT to Crown Champion at Fall Foliage 200

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. and Série ACT return to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway for the 41st Annual Fall Foliage 200 Saturday, October 3. Série ACT will crown its 2015 champion at the combination event as the ACT U.S. Tour sets the stage for their own season finale later in October.

The Série ACT championship is now a two-man duel between St-Edouard, QC’s Dany Trépanier and 2013 Champion Jean-François Dery of Quebec, QC. Trépanier enters the event with a 30-point advantage over Déry on the strength of one win and eight top-5 finishes. Both drivers have finished in the top-10 in all but one of the 11 events.

Behind the lead duo sits a three-man battle for third in the standings. Levis, QC’s Patrick Cliche is two points ahead of fourth-place Jonathan Bouvrette and 22 up on fifth-place Martin Goulet Jr. Bouvrette and Goulet sit first and second in the Bond Auto New Champions standings.

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NEAR Media Award to St. Louis

Justin StLouis photoJustin St. Louis, a motorsports writer for three Vermont daily newspapers, is the winner of the New England Antique Racers’ Mitchell/Ratta Award. The prize will be presented at the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame 18thinduction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT. 

A native Vermonter, St Louis is a contributor to the Burlington Free Press, the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. He is also a play-by-play announcer on the Radio Vermont network of stations. A member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame advisory committee, he has been covering auto racing since attending Thunder Road and Catamount Stadium as a teenager.

The prize memorializes two of New England’s greatest motorsports writers – Charlie Mitchell of the Norwalk (CT) Hour and Jack Ratta of the Manchester (NH) Union Leader. 

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

Frederick T. Walsh

HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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Heywood Bookends Airborne Park Speedway Season for Historic Fourth Title

Turner wins second Renegade championship; LaVair celebrates first Mini-Mod crown

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Nick Heywood finished his season at Airborne Park Speedway the same way he started it – in victory lane – and used an incredible run of consistency between his wins to capture a record fourth consecutive track championship on Saturday, September 5. The Plattsburgh native accomplished the milestone at the Huntley Trucking/Ernie’s Discount Tools Championship Night event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

The J&S Steel Modified division ran a pair of 50-lap extra-distance races to wrap up their championship schedule, with Morrisonville racer Jason Durgan taking the win in the opening round. Low-buck racer Speedy Bresette led the opening 14 laps before Durgan was able to make his way past and sail to his fourth win of the year. Late Model standout Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT finished an impressive second in his first Modified race of the year, followed by Leon Gonyo – from 18th starting position – Heywood, and rookie Timex Morgan.

Heywood’s score came in the nightcap as he put an exclamation point on his season. Bresette again led early before giving way to Greg Atkins on lap 21. Heywood took control just three circuits later, then cruised to the win and sealed up the title. Atkins finished second in the race, with Gonyo third for the second time on the night. Jamie LaFountain finished fourth with rookie Jamy Begor fifth.

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Branham, Aubin Split Modified Mains at Airborne Park Speedway

Turner tops Renegades; O’Neil returns to Mini-Mod winner’s circle

PLATTSBURGH, NY – It was the tale of two very different race at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, August 22, but for Bucko Branham and Codie Aubin, the results were the same. The hometown duo were the winners in a pair of 25-lap main events sponsored by Yando’s Big M Supermarkets, Casella Waste Systems, and the New York Army National Guard, and highlighted a night that also saw Richie Turner, Dale O’Neil, Brett Wood, and Chris Reeves visit victory lane.

Branham survived major carnage to win the opening event for the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Only eight of the original 17 starters were able to finish the race after several multi-car crashes, including one that required a 10-minute red flag for cleanup. When the smoke cleared, Branham had his fourth victory of the season, beating Clintonville’s Greg Atkins, point leader Nick Heywood, Aubin, and Jamie LaFountain.

The second 25-lap race was the complete opposite, running start to finish without incident. Aubin led every lap, but had constant pressure from behind – first from Atkins, then in the final laps from rookie Danny Sullivan of Morrisonville. Aubin crossed the finish line first to become the 10th different feature winner in the Modified class in 2015. Sullivan took runner-up honors ahead of Atkins, Mike Wells, and rookie Jamy Begor.

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Terry Wins Second Career Renegade 100 at Airborne Park Speedway

Durgan repeats in Modifieds; Clark tops Mini-Mods; Heywood is “King of the Hill”

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Young stock car driver Josh Terry was the man to beat at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, August 8, as he took down the Ernie’s Discount Tools 100. The victory highlighted a night of action for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere that also saw Jason Durgan, Kris Clark, and Nick Heywood score victories.

Terry, 21, of Essex, NY has begun to make a habit of winning in the intermediate Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade division at Airborne, with Saturday’s triumph being his third win of the season and the second 100-lap win of his career. Zach Rabtoy, Tylor Terry – the winner’s brother – and Robert Gordon took turns leading the first half of the race before a scheduled refueling break at lap 50 and an invert of the top eight runners.

Josh Terry was running strong in fourth place at the halfway break, then drove from fifth at the invert to grab the lead from Dylan Rabtoy in just four laps. He led the rest of the race despite a rash of caution flags. His brother, Tylor, saw a late charge end three laps from the finish when his car burst into flames; he was uninjured but knocked out of contention.

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BOGO Tickets for Modified Twin 30s at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday

Renegade Mechanics Race, “Bake a Cake Night” all part of the fun

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway is offering fans double the racing at half the price on Saturday, August 1.  Aaron’s Sales & Lease and Liquor & Wine Warehouse will present twin 30-lap Modified races with buy-one-get-one-free tickets for just $12.00.

The double feature races will kick off the final stretch drive toward the track championships for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  Hometown driver Nick Heywood is aiming at an unprecedented fourth consecutive title in the J&S Steel Modified division and holds a 23-point lead on Clintonville’s Greg Atkins.  Nine different drivers have visited victory lane through the first 10 feature races, including outstanding rookie Danny Sullivan of Morrisonville, who earned his career-first win in last week’s Mid-Season Championship race; Sullivan ranks third overall.

The Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade division saw a shake-up in the standings as previous leader Jason McClatchie of Plattsburgh fell to fourth place.  Former champion Richie Turner of Fairfax, VT took over the top spot, but is followed closely by Shawn Duquette, defending champion Robert Gordon, and McClatchie, who are all within 27 markers.  The Renegades will run their regular 25-lap feature race before turning the controls over to their crew members for the annual Mechanics Race.

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Sweet Caps “Rollercoaster” Weekend with ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Nick Sweet showed why he’s one of the top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers in the Northeast on Sunday, July 19, capping a whirlwind two days by winning the ACT International at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway.

Barre, VT’s Sweet took the lead for the final time on lap 192 of the 200-lap event, beating out Alex Labbé on the final restart. The Thunder Road Late Model point leader will take home more than $10, 000 for the win after lap-leader money and contingencies. The victory was also a redemption for Sweet after finishing second in the event in 2014.

Sweet, whose wife is expecting their third child at any moment, didn’t decide to attend the event until midday on Saturday, July 18 but won the pole that evening with no practice time. His Eric Chase–owned #40VT team, which ran the same car that Jean-Paul Cyr drove at Thunder Road on Thursday, then had only one 20-minute session on Sunday morning after rain moved through the area.

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PASS And ACT Racers Ready To Battle For Big Money In International 500 Weekend At Airborne

NAPLES, ME (July 14) – A season of firsts continues this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull head to New York state for the first time ever to compete as part of the International 500 weekend at Airborne Park Speedway.  For only the second time in history, PASS will co-headline the weekend along with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, with twin 200’s.  The PASS 200 lap portion of the International 500 weekend will pay $7500 to win plus additional lap leader money with a potential for the winner to take home up to $10,000.  The fourth race of the prestigious PASS National Championship Series will also pay $1000 to start.

One driver who will be very busy this weekend will be Hudson, NH’s, Joey Polewarczyk.  Joey Pole, as he is known by his fans, will be competing in both main events, driving his ACT Late Model as well as his PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model.  While it will be the first time many of the PASS drivers have competed at Airborne Park Speedway, Polewarczyk hopes to have the upper hand based on his previous experiences racing there with ACT.

“Airborne is a D-shaped, half-mile, progressively banked racetrack that has a lot of grip and a lot of speed,” says Polewarczyk, driver of the Pole’s Automotive #97.  “It was repaved a few years ago, but it definitely has some bumps.  You really need to get your car rotating well to run a fast lap there.  Out of all the tracks the ACT tour goes to, it’s really one of my favorite tracks.  I think the PASS cars are really going to race well there.”

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Branham, Quenneville Take “Battle of Plattsburgh” Twin 50s at Airborne Park Speedway

Terry, Jarvis split Renegade wins; LaVair, Clark continue Mini-Mod hot streaks

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway’s “Battle of Plattsburgh” fireworks and stock car racing special proved to be worth the one-week delay on Saturday, July 11, with three divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere putting on six competitive feature races followed by an incredible fireworks display.  Winners were Bucko Branham, Vince Quenneville Jr., Tylor Terry, Brent Jarvis, Chris LaVair, and Kris Clark.

Hometown driver Branham became the first repeat winner of the season in the J&S Steel Modified division in the opening 50-lap race.  Ryan McLean led the first dozen circuits before Rookie Danny Sullivan of Morrisonville, NY took over following the first restart.  Sullivan opened up a large lead before Branham tracked him down.  Branham caught Sullivan at lap 30 and gave chase; Sullivan survived the final restart on lap 39, but Branham stayed with him.  The cars touched wheels with three laps to go, and Branham was able to gather his car up before Sullivan, making a pass on the backstretch to take the lead and go on to the win.

Sullivan had mixed emotions in second place, but took his career-best runner-up finish in stride.  Point leader Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh finished third, followed by Jason Durgan and Vince Quenneville Jr.

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Airborne Park Speedway Fireworks Event Postponed by Rain to July 11

Modifieds to run twin 50s at rescheduled “Battle of Plattsburgh”

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway has postponed its Independence Day fireworks event due to thunderstorms that moved in during afternoon practice.  As a result, the “Battle of Plattsburgh” event has been moved to Saturday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. with changes that will make the event even bigger.

The originally scheduled 76-lap feature for the J&S Steel Modified division has been changed to twin 50-lappers, giving fans two extra-distance main events.  The Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade and Busch Beer Mini-Modified divisions will also run double features, and a massive fireworks display will wrap the evening up.  The event will begin one hour early at 6:00 p.m., with the fireworks planned to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Grandstand ticket stubs and pit area wristbands from the July 4 rainout will be honored on Saturday, July 11.  General admission for the rescheduled race will be $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and free for kids age 12 and under.  Car loads will be admitted for just $20 after 8:00 p.m.

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Quebec Drivers Seek to Keep International Prize North of the Border

Waterbury, VT – The third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) International 500, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway, is sure to see some the best racing in the history of the fast 1/2-mile oval. The twin 200-lap events for the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models has more than $110,000 in posted awards and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The event has drawn big interest from both the United States and Canada, creating a true International feel for fans.

The top ACT Late Model drivers from Quebec are expected, including five former Série ACT Champions. 2014 ACT International winner and multi-time Série ACT Champion Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC is an early favorite to keep the top prize in la belle province. Laperle won last year’s event after a thrilling 30-lap battle with former Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet.

“It would be awesome to get back-to-back wins,” Laperle said. “The trophy would look really nice beside the other one.”

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Northeast Late Model Standouts Set Sights on ACT International 500

 

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers throughout the northeast United States and Canada are now gearing up for the third annual ACT International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. The two-day event on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 is setting up as the summer showpiece of local short-track racing in the northeastern United States and Canada.

The International is also the third doubleheader of the year between ACT and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). Both the ACT Late Models and PASS Super Late Models will run 200-lap straight-up features, with more than $110,000 in total prize money and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The ACT portion of the event marks a change from the three-segment format used in the first two Internationals.

“I feel like this year’s race is more my style,” 2013 International winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. said. “Obviously we had success in the first International, and we’ve had success at the Vermont Milk Bowl before, but I like to think of myself as more of a long distance–type racer. I think 200 laps straight-up plays into my favor a little bit more.”

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Criss, Branham Score Modified Victories at Airborne Park Speedway

Double features produce excitement on Peru Federal Credit Union/Econo Lodge Night

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Double features produced double excitement at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, June 20, with plenty of hometown representation in victory lane for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  The Modified, Renegade, and Mini-Modified divisions each ran a pair of feature races presented by Peru Federal Credit Union and Econo Lodge.

Plattsburgh’s Jayson Criss copped the second J&S Steel Modified win of his career in the opening 30-lap race.  Criss, who has endured a roller coaster start to his season, was aided by a pair of restarts in the late stages of the race, and was able to steal the lead from Mike Wells at lap 21.  From there, he was forced to hold off a charging Nick Heywood in the final laps for the victory.  Wells finished third, followed by top rookie Danny Sullivan and Bucko Branham.

In the second Modified feature, Branham stole the show by coming from 12th starting position to take his first Airborne win of the year.  Codie Aubin rebounded from a tough outing in the first race to finish second; he led the first 10 laps, then traded the lead twice more with Branham.  Rookie Jim “Timex” Morgan earned his first podium finish in third place, with Heywood fourth for a 1-2-3-4 sweep for Plattsburgh drivers.  Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY was fifth.

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McClatchie Wins Wild Renegade 100 at Airborne Park Speedway

 

Spring Championship Series title winners crowned

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Jason McClatchie was electric at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, June 13, winning a wildly entertaining 100-lap Renegade division race on Plattsburgh Ford/Aaron’s Night.  The hometown driver’s win highlighted a night that saw the inaugural Yandow Sales & Service/John Deere Spring Championship Series title winners crowned for all four divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

McClatchie was the star of a hotly contested Renegade 100 that featured 12 lead changes, dramatic crashes, and a $1,000 winner’s purse.  Zack Daniels led the opening 46 laps while McClatchie and former champion Richie Turner of Fairfax, VT fired up their race-long fight for position behind him.  They entered the picture just before a scheduled refueling break near the halfway point; Turner led lap 47, McClatchie nosed ahead at lap 48, and Turner was back in front for lap 49.

The caution flag then flew for an on-track incident, which brought the field to pit road for the break.  A random draw for inversion during the pause saw Turner pull the number-eight pill, leaving he and McClatchie to restart their battle in traffic in eighth and seventh places, respectfully.  Dylan Rabtoy and Jim McKiernan took turns leading as the race resumed before the stars returned to the front at lap 63.  From there, they traded the lead six more times in the final 37 laps.  McClatchie held Turner off in a drag race out of the final corner by just three feet to win the biggest race of his career.

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Spring Championships Decided at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday Night

$1,000-to-win Renegade 100 highlights Plattsburgh Ford/Aaron’s Night

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Weekly Saturday night stock car racing returns to Airborne Park Speedway on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. with a big event presented by Plattsburgh Ford and Aaron’s.  A 100-lap main event for the fan-favorite Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade division highlights the program, which will also see four title winners crowned in the Yandow Sales & Service/John Deere Spring Championship Series.

The Spring Championship Series will crown an overall champion from the six-race bi-weekly early season NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule between Airborne Park Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Five drivers are mathematically alive for the Renegade title entering Saturday’s 100-lapper, though it will likely come down to a two-man battle.  Defending Airborne track champion Robert Gordon of Milton, VT has a narrow five-point lead on hometown driver Jason McClatchie (253-248) entering the $1,000-to-win Plattsburgh Ford/Aaron’s 100, with Dylan Rabtoy, Scott FitzGerald, and Richie Turner trailing.  A two-point declination between feature race positions and an opportunity to score as many as five bonus points in qualifying means that Gordon and McClatchie must keep each other in close quarters all night long.

As close as things are in the Renegades, they’re even tighter in the J&S Steel Modifieds. Greg Atkins of Clintonville, NY leads Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, VT by a single point (242-241), meaning there are no guarantees until the checkered flag falls.  While the top two drivers have a comfortable advantage on the field, Leon Gonyo, Jason Durgan, Bucko Branham, Codie Aubin, and rookie Timex Morgan remain in the hunt.’ Continue reading ‘Spring Championships Decided at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday Night’

Airborne Spring Green 115 Three Stars Awarded

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the award recipients.

The three stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during 2015.

AIRBORNE PARK SPEEDWAY
SPRING GREEN 115

The tradition of the Spring Green, which began in 1974 at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT, has moved around over the years from track to track. It has been run at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on 21 occasions, the most of any track. The list of winners is a history book of Late Model racing in the northeast (see below). The 41st edition of the race took place at Airborne last Sunday, arguably one of the favorite tracks the ACT Late Models appear at each year. A perfect day for racing and a spirited battle between friendly rivals Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH and St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle kept fans from both sides of the border happy for the entire event. The other seven-team battle that raged for the second half of the event was also an example of great short track racing.

**[Just some of the names to have won the Spring Green over the years from Northern NASCAR, NASCAR North, the ACT Pro Stock Tour, the Tiger Sportsman Tour, and the ACT Late Model Tour: Dragon (3), Dion, Cabana, Mike Barry, Leclair, Kourafas, Fadden, Leclerc, Hanley, Lepage, Hoar, Nason, Scott, Cyr, Helliwell, Polewarczyk, Jr.]**

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Polewarczyk Wins “Battle of the Border” With Laperle at Airborne Spring Green

Plattsburgh, NY—Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. came out on top of a battle with St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle to win the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Spring Green 115 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday.

Defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion “Joey Pole” took the lead from Laperle on lap 82 and led the rest of the way in the ACT U.S. and Série ACT combination event. Pole had lost the top spot to Laperle on a lap 44 restart, but stalked him for nearly 40 laps and eventually came away with his second win of the season and second straight ACT victory at Airborne.

“Anytime you have to battle Patrick, it’s tough,” Pole said. “He races me with so much respect and I try to give him the same. He got me on that restart on lap 44, and it was definitely nerve-wracking trying to get back by him…we got it inch by inch and kept working the inside and were finally able to get by.”

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Polewarczyk Rolls to Spring Green Victory at Airborne Park Speedway

Gonyo dominates Modified feature; Terry, O’Neil grab wins

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. continued his mastery of Airborne Park Speedway on Sunday, May 17 with a convincing victory in the American-Canadian Tour’s Bill McBride Chevrolet Spring Green presented by Interstate Batteries.  The race, postponed one day by inclement weather, was worth the wait as the Hudson, NH driver put on a show at the front of the field with Patrick Laperle.

The pair battled for the majority of the 115-lap race and traded the lead three times.  Polewarczyk dogged his St-Denis, QC rival and made the winning move at lap 82, then pulled away in the final circuits for his fourth ACT win at Airborne since October 2011.  Laperle settled for second and was the highest finishing Canadian; in addition to being the fourth event of the U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour schedule, the Spring Green opened the championship schedule for the Québec-based Série ACT as well as the Québec Triple Crown Series at Airborne.

Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME won a long battle with Airborne opening night Ground Round Late Model division Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT for third place.  Jean-François Déry of Québec City was fifth.  Wayne Helliwell Jr. finished sixth, followed by Brian Hoar, Rowland Robinson Jr., Nick Sweet, and Jeff White.

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ACT Spring Green 115 Postponed to Sunday

 

Waterbury, VT—The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Spring Green 115 at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY has been postponed to Sunday, May 17 due to inclement weather. The event is the fourth of the season for the ACT U.S Late Model Tour and the season opener for the Quebec-based Série ACT.

Post time for the rescheduled event is 1:30pm. Pit gates will open at 7:30am with the grandstands opening at 10:00am. A full revised schedule can be found at www.acttour.com.

The 41st Spring Green 115 is the first of four combination events between the ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT in 2015. It is also the beginning of the Série ACT Airborne Triple Crown and a prelude to the 3rd Annual International 500 on July 18 and 19.

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Spring Green Postponed at Airborne Until Sunday Afternoon

American-Canadian Tour event will run on Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m.

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway will have to wait one more day to race. The Plattsburgh, NY track has postponed the 41st annual Bill McBride Chevrolet “Spring Green” presented by Interstate Batteries until Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m., due to morning rain and a continued wet forecast.

The event is one of the American-Canadian Tour’s oldest Late Model stock car races and returns to Airborne on Sunday after five years away. It is the fourth event of the season for the U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour and also opens the Série ACT championship and the Québec Triple Crown – a three-race bonus series at Airborne.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere will also be in action. with J&S Steel Modifieds, Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegades and Busch Beer Mini Modifieds.

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Packed House Watches Heywood open Airborne Title Defense in Style

Therrien, Turner, Irwin capture opening night wins

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway played before a huge grandstand crowd to open its 62nd annual season of stock car racing on FedEx Ground Night on Saturday, May 2, and the hometown fans cheered their champion, Nick Heywood, to the biggest victory of his career.  The three-time defending champ in the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere led every circuit of the 100-lap race, but his win was never guaranteed.

Heywood started on the pole position for the 21-car main event by virtue of a random draw of the top 12 qualifiers.  He and Greg Atkins stretched their legs in the first half of the race as the balance of the top 10 dazzled the crowd with constant passing.  Bucko Branham, Jason Durgan, and Codie Aubin each put on a show coming from the back of the field as veterans Leon Gonyo, Mike Wells, and Vince Quenneville Jr. mixed it up with rookies Danny Sullivan and Timex Morgan in a clean but physical battle.  Bids for Gonyo and Wells ended in mechanical failures and a flat tire eventually put an end to Sullivan’s notable debut.

Atkins was consistent, but Branham was Heywood’s biggest threat.  Branham gave up his ninth starting spot and nearly missed the start of the FedEx Ground 100 after changing a water pump at the last minute, and was forced to start last and thread his way through traffic.  Branham was running in second place and was virtually dead even with Heywood with a handful of laps remaining, but was bitten his own pre-race prophesy that fuel mileage would be a factor as his tank ran dry.

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Spring Championship Series Announced for Airborne Park, Devil’s Bowl Speedways

Yandow Sales & Service, John Deere partner with two NASCAR tracks for 2015 campaign

PLATTSBURGH, NY/WEST HAVEN, VT – Airborne Park Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway have teamed up with Yandow Sales & Service of North Ferrisburgh, VT and John Deere in an exciting new partnership for the 2015 stock car racing season.  The two tracks will provide four divisions of racing in the locally-rebranded “NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere” and the season will begin with the new seven-event Spring Championship Series.

A new alternating weekly schedule introduced by the two speedways for the spring season will carry a $5,000 Spring Championship Series point fund provided by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  The Spring Championship Series will run each Saturday night from May 2 to June 13, alternating between Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

“Airborne and Devil’s Bowl have gained a lot of new interest on both sides of Lake Champlain, and the spring schedule was designed to give people the opportunity to travel to both tracks on Saturday nights,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The weekly Friday-Saturday grind of the summer starts once school gets out in mid-June, and we wanted to give the race teams a little extra spending cash before that starts.  Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere stepping up to put the Spring Championship Series together will put some money in the racer’s pockets, and it’s an exciting program that will give the fans something extra to cheer for.”

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Preview

The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.

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Strong “Middle” Group Aiming for the Stars at Airborne Park Speedway

LaFountain, Aubin, Frennier, Criss poised to emerge at front of Modified field

PLATTSBURGH, NY – A strong crop of up-and-coming Modified stock car drivers is in position to break through at the top at Airborne Park Speedway. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is set to open on Saturday, May 2, and North Country racers Jamie LaFountain, Codie Aubin, Jayson Criss, and Chris Frennier are poised to make a run at the championship contenders.

That foursome was sprinkled throughout the Top 10 rankings last year, and represents just part of a list of racers looking to climb from the middle to the top of the standings in the J&S Steel Modified class. They’ll face stout competition from veterans Leon Gonyo, Bucko Branham, Jason Durgan, and three-time champion Nick Heywood, but a combined seven main event wins proves that they’re able to run up front.

LaFountain, of Keeseville, NY, owns four victories since 2012 and ranked fifth overall last season in his #20 Marsha Homes/Bob’s Trucking-sponsored car. Hometown driver Aubin finished sixth in the standings after his second career win last May, and is ready to debut a new partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation on his #7 Casella-sponsored racer.

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