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Branham Returns to Modified Division at Airborne Park Speedway

Track championship, NASCAR rookie title among hometown racer’s goals

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bucko Branham, one of the North Country’s all-time winningest stock car drivers, is returning to top-tier competition at Airborne Park Speedway in 2015. The Plattsburgh, NY favorite and 2014 Late Model track champion is moving up for a full season in the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) and joins a growing list of racers headed to the premier class.

Among Branham’s 57 career victories at Airborne are six wins in open-wheel Modifieds. He’ll return to the class this year hoping to make a run at not only the track championship but also NWAAS Rookie of the Year honors. As a first-time NWAAS Division I license holder, Branham will be considered a rookie in the NASCAR program and hopes to follow the lead of reigning track champion Nick Heywood, who took both the National and New York State Rookie of the Year crowns in 2014.

Branham has acquired proven equipment for his Modified return, and will campaign a chassis driven to multiple victories by Jessey Mueller. Branham pulled double-duty in 2014, driving his own car in the Late Model division while serving as Mueller’s crew chief, and has an intimate knowledge of the chassis.

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Airborne Park Speedway Unveils 2015 Schedule

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Historic Airborne Park Speedway has released a lineup of 17 action-packed events for its 62nd season of stock car racing season in 2015. The racy 4/10-mile D-shaped asphalt oval will again host Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, along with special events from some of the most recognizable short track racing organizations in North America.

An innovative approach was taken when building the 2015 schedule, and aims to give fans, families, and racing teams the ability to ease into the spring and summer on a bi-weekly basis before weekly Saturday night racing begins in June. The calendar was developed while working with other tracks and series in the region including partner track Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont.

The curtain opens on the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship divisions on Saturday night, May 2 with a 100-lap feature race for the headline J&S Steel Modified class, with Late Models, Renegades, and Mini Modifieds also on the card.

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Rookie Heywood Aces Airborne Test

Earns Track Title, National Rookie Of The Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s not every day that a competitor credits a racing accident as one of the key to his season’s success, but that is the case in 2014 for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year Nick Heywood.

Heywood totaled his car in the fourth feature of the season in the J&S Steel Sportsman Modified division at Airborne Park Speedway. It could have been a crucial blow for the two-time-defending track champ, but instead turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“I don’t know if we found something in the car that wasn’t quite right when we tore it all apart and rebuilt it or what, but after that it was a rocket ship the rest of the year,” Heywood said.

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NASCAR Set to Honor Local Drivers in Charlotte

Devil’s Bowl, Airborne racers heading to black tie gala on December 12

CHARLOTTE, NC – Four local stock car drivers are headed to Charlotte, NC to be honored at the annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards on Friday, December 12.  Racers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will stand on stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as they collect track, state, and national honors for their performances in 2014.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) sanctions weekly stock car racing at 58 short tracks across the United States and Canada, including Airborne and Devil’s Bowl.  A common point system determines national, state, and provincial champions and award winners. Among the honorees are Division I national champion Anthony Anders of Easley, SC, runner-up Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC, third-place driver Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, and champions from all NASCAR tracks across North America.

Airborne Modified track champion Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh, NY leads the way for the North Country and will collect the NWAAS National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens trophy.  As a first-year NWAAS Division I license holder, Heywood won five races at Airborne and had a successful limited schedule at Devil’s Bowl, earning enough points to beat Georgia’s Kyle Plott for the national title and fellow Airborne racer Mark Lamberton for the New York State award.  Heywood ranked 13th in overall national Division I standings, and his post-season NASCAR winnings total more than $12,000.

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Bruno Joins Airborne Park Speedway Ownership Group, Named General Manager

Partnership with Devil’s Bowl Speedway strengthens

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway has taken another step toward the future, as Mike Bruno has joined the track’s business ownership group.  Bruno served as the Competition Director at Airborne in 2014 and will expand on that role moving forward; he has partnered with Jamie Atkins and Steve Fuller to form the ownership group.

Effective immediately, Bruno will take over day-to-day business operations as the track’s General Manager, while Atkins will step back from the daily operations and take on a support role.  Bruno co-owns and promotes Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont with his wife, Alayne, and says that the two tracks will continue building on a partnership that began last season.

“I obviously have a deep interest in the success of Devil’s Bowl, but I also want to see Airborne thrive.  We made big strides this year and I’m excited for the future,” Bruno said.  “The two tracks share a lot of the same competitors and fans, and both are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, so it just makes sense to take this next step.  Airborne has always been one of my home tracks and I’m just as committed to its growth as I am to Devil’s Bowl’s.”

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ACT will Visit 11 Different Tracks in 2015

The American Canadian Tour Late Models will visit 11 different tracks throughout New England, New York and Quebec during the 13 event 2015 season. Officials have announced the schedule, which will kick off on Sunday, April 12 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH and crown a champion on Saturday, October 17 at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.

 The ACT Late Models visit two new tracks in 2015. ACT will run their first ever point counting events at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallee-Jct., QC as a doubleheader with PASS in September and the Late Models will visit Thompson for the first time ever to conclude the season in October.

ACT will also return to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME for two events after a several year hiatus. The April Oxford event will be the inaugural ACT/PASS doubleheader event, while the June event will be a standalone ACT race. Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will be the only other venue to host two events in 2015. The schedule is highlighted by trips to Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME and Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC.

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Polewarczyk Caps Off ACT Title with Fall Foliage Win

PolewarczykPlattsburgh, NY – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH capped off his 2014 American Canadian Tour title with a win in the season finale Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, September 27. Polewarczyk used the high lane to get around Quebec’s Patrick Laperle on the final restart with just over 20 laps remaining in the event to take the lead and become the only repeat winner on the 2014 American Canadian Tour and claim his first career championship.

Polewarczyk took the green flag from the eighth starting position and quickly worked his way for the front as the 37 car field ran under green for the first 67 laps. Kyle Welch and Bobby Therrien both took turns leading until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the top spot on lap 25. That setup a battle between Helliwell and Polewarczyk for the next 95 laps.

The second caution of the 200 lap event flew on lap 120 for a mandatory fuel pit stop. After the race returned to green, it was the Laperle and Polewarczyk show for the final 80 laps. The duo swapped the lead a total of 6 times over the remainder of the event. The fifth and final caution flag flew with just over 20 laps left and Polewarczyk took advantage in the high lane on the restart. Laperle tried everything he could through the final laps and was right on his bumper at the finish, but Polewarczyk held him off to take the win.

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“Hanging on”

Ray Parent headed into the 6th Annual BOND Auto ACT Invitational looking for repeat success of his 2012 victory on American Canadian Tour’s biggest stage. Unfortunately Parent was left to literally hang on to an 18th place finish.

Random draw started the Amtrol Ford Fusion from the 24th position; in the races early stages Parent had made his way inside the top-15 before trouble started. Heading into turn-3 around lap-12 Parent shot up the track and fell outside of the top-30. A battle with the transmission inside the car ensued as it had come out of gear and would not stay in.

“You use the gearing to slow you down so much in the corner, when it came out [of gear] I way over shot the turn and thought the engine blew up,” stated Parent. “It took me a bit to realize what happened… There was no warning or any type of problem beforehand.”

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Bonsignore Claims Airborne Victory

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Justin Bonsignore of Islip NY added his name to the first time winners list with the Valenti Modified Racing Series on Sunday afternoon 9/7/2014. Entering race number 14 of the year, Bonsignore in the Art Barry owned SPAFCO sponsored number 21 has had 11 top 10 finishes, including five second-place runs going into the day. Bonsignore is seven points behind points leader Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley PA, who came away from Airborne with a sixth place finish.

Still, it wasn’t one of the easiest days for Bonsignore who experienced a broken rack and pinion in a practice session. During the feature he lost power steering, had no radios and late in the race the car started shutting down. With all that he had Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis MA stalking him for the last 10 laps.

In victory lane Justin said, “They played the game pretty well with saving their tires and we expected that. It was a long day. We had no power steering, no radios and with 10 to go I think the battery died. It (the car) would shut off half way down the straightaway. I hate to win them that way, but I had to run Tommy up each corner, it was my only chance. I thought I was running out of fuel and was just doing what I had to do to win the race. I’m glad to get the 21 to victory lane, it’s a legendary car. It’s been an awesome year, but to get the win for Art Barry and crew is really cool.” When asked about the track Justin said, “I wasn’t too excited to come all the way up here, but what a fun race track. Progressive banking is what I said Modifieds need to put on a good race, hopefully we can come back again.”

Because of the Saturday rainout, Barrett made a last-minute decision to haul to Airborne for the Sunday rain date and early on it looked like the decision was the wrong one. Starting towards the back of the feature and gradually falling to the rear, Tommy spun off turn two causing a yellow flag on lap 79. That allowed him to pit for adjustments. On his return, it took him only 11 laps to work his way into the runner-up spot behind Bonsignore, where he finished.

Barrett said, “The first 70 laps the car was pretty loose, we came in and tightened the car up, the guys did the right adjustments and we went to the front and Justin was able to keep me behind him. Racing for the win I would have done the same thing to him.” About the track, he said “Yea, I love this place, reminds me of a bigger Canaan, it’s fast and got the banking. Hopefully we will come back with the series.”

Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT just keeps cranking out those steady and consistent finishes with a third place at the end of the 100 lap grind. The multi-time MRS champion was sitting third in the point standings prior to Airborne with 13 top 10 finishes out of 14 starts. Pasteryak came from his fourth place starting position to take over the lead from pole sitter Max Zachem on lap 32, but couldn’t hold off a determined Bonsignore. The #21 stalked Pasteryak for 36 laps before taking over the point on a lap 80 restart.

Pasternak said, “I had a pretty good day. Just a little free from the get-go and I figured I should lead some laps when I had the chance. What a place. I wish they could set this place just down the street from my house. It’s a blast to drive and it’s a lot of fun you can really race here.”

Pole sitter Max Zachem from Preston CT in the Lu-Mac’s Package Store/Dunleavy Truck Repair #20CT led the first 31 laps and finished a hard fought fourth.

Another driver who had an impressive run was Matthew Mead of Richmond NH. Having some tough luck in previous starts this year, Matt turned in a stellar performance driving the Fenton Family Auto sponsored, Ron Townson owned modified to a fifth place finish. Mead said, “It was a great race. This is a really cool place. Our times were decent all through the day. We weren’t the quickest, but the car felt strong the whole time. We had a great starting position that certainly helped. We had to put a rear clip on after Waterford and since then our times have been better and we’ve been fast everywhere. We just needed some luck today we got it.”

Heat winners were #25 – Rowan Pennink and #5CT. – Chris Pasteryak

Race – Airborne, VMRS 100.

Track – Airborne Park Speedway 0.500 miles.
Time of race – 37: 46.081.
Margin of victory – no margin of victory. Number 21 transponder went dead at end of race.
Best lap time – 16.077.
Best speed – 111.961.
Best lap. – 52 – Chris Bakaj.
Race results:
1. – 21 – Justin Bonsignore – Islip, NY.
2. – 9 – Tommy Barrett, Jr. – Millis, MA.
3. – 5 CT. – Chris Pasteryak – Lisbon, CT.
4. – 20 CT – Max Zachem – Preston, CT.
5. – 77 – Matthew Mead – Richmond, NH.
6. – 25 – Rowan Pennink – Huntingdon Valley, PA.
7. – 38 – Mike Willis Jr. – Grantham, NH.
8. – 50 – Carl Medieros Jr. – Westport, Ma.
9. – 53 – Norm Wrenn – Nashua, NH.
10. – 45 – Dan Meservey Jr. – Brewster, MA.
11 – 17 – Donnie Lashua – Canaan, NH
12 – 99 – Richard Savary – Canton, MA.
13. – 52 – Chris Bakaj – Colchester, CT
14 – 0 – Mike Holdridge – Madison, CT
15. – 44 – Jean Paul Cyr – Milton, VT
16. – 66 – Dylan Kopec – Palmer, MA
17 –2 – Jeff Malave – Manchester, CT

Sources: Jim Snape/YankeeRacer.com

Bonsignore Grabs Airborne Checkers for First VMRS Win

Plattsburgh, New York — It took a visit to his native state to capture his first ever VMRS race. Justin Bonsignore did exactly that winning Sunday afternoon’s Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Airborne 100’ at Plattsburgh, New York’s, Airborne Speedway.

Bonsignore, Holtsville, New York, started 3rd in a 17-car lineup, and dropped to fourth in the early going.

Pole sitter Max Zachem, of Preston, Connecticut, set the pace early leading the first 31-laps before turning the top position over to Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, Connecticut, who became the class of the field.

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Therrien Takes Surprise Northern Modified Challenge Series Win at Airborne

ACT Late Model Tour driver wins in first Modified start of season

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bobby Therrien gave the northeastern stock car racing world a bit of a surprise on Sunday afternoon by winning the 50-lap Northern Modified Challenge Series event at Airborne Park Speedway.  Typically a top performer in full-fender Late Models on the American-Canadian Tour, Therrien held off the field to win in his first open-wheel start of the season.

The Hinesburg, VT driver was busy on the day, and in fact won the first of two 25-lap races for the track’s Late Model division.  For the Northern Modified Challenge Series event, he strapped into a team car provided by NMCS regular Jamie LaFountain and started ninth by virtue of a random draw.  Therrien showed speed early in the race and was in third place when leader Leon Gonyo cut a tire and drew the caution flag at lap 20.

Therrien pounced at the restart, taking the lead from NMCS championship point leader Jessey Mueller and stretching out to a comfortable advantage.  As the laps ticked away, Airborne Park Speedway track champion Nick Heywood – crowned with his third consecutive title earlier in the day – caught Therrien from his 21st starting position.  Heywood made repeated attempts to take the lead, but Therrien’s No. 20X Bob’s Trucking/DMO Motors-sponsored PMC car held on for the victory.

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Forecast Moves VMRS Airborne Race to Sunday

Canaan, NH — A weekend weather forecast calling for showers and thunderstorms throughout the Northeast and in the Plattsburgh, NY, area Saturday afternoon and evening, forced Airborne Park Speedway operators to move Saturday’s race program, to a Sunday (Sept 7) afternoon card and a 1:00 pm start time.

Series President Jack Bateman announced Friday; pit area gates would open at 8:00 AM, with three hourly 15-minute practice sessions beginning at 10:00 AM.

The first qualifying heat race will go off at 1:00 PM, with the VMRS 100-lap feature scheduled first, with respect to drivers making return trips throughout New England, Long Island, NY, and Pennsylvania.

The point’s battle continues to be close with the 14th race of the season featuring reigning champion Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, only seven points in front of Holtsville, NY, hot-shoe Justin Bonsignore.

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Airborne VMRS Race Postponed to Sunday

Saturday’s event (Sept 6) at Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, has been postponed because of the forecast, and re-scheduled to Sunday September 7.

Pits Gates open at 8 :00 AM
Post Time is 1:00 PM.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Quebec’s Laperle Battles to $26,800 ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec has won nearly every big event the American Canadian Tour sanctions, but none match his $26,800 ACT International win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, July 20. The former ACT and Serie ACT Champion battled by Nick Sweet over the final 20 laps of the third segment to claim the segment and overall win with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 1st for a combined winning score of 6.

Barre’s Nick Sweet started sixth in the first 50 lap segment and took home the win followed closely by Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. The trio then flew through the field in the 75 lap second segment using all three lanes around the ½-mile speedway. Polewarczyk claimed second followed by Laperle in third and Sweet in fourth setting up a three way tie with five combined points each for the trio heading into the final segment.

When the green flag flew on the third and final segment of 75 laps Sweet and Laperle began their march to the front, while Polewarczyk was held up in the heavy traffic. Polewarczyk suffered minor front end damage during the early stages of the event allowing Sweet and Laperle to duke it out.

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ACT International Pit Notes

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Hometown favorite Brandon Atkins of Au Sable, New York led the way with the fastest time of the day during the American Canadian Tour’s practice in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, July 20) ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. He set a fast time of 17.191 seconds and topped the speed chart during several of the practice sessions.

Also among the fastest of the day were seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, defending Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry and fellow Série ACT frontrunner Alex Labbe. Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. was also quick. Bobby Therrien, Ben Lynch, Jimmy Hebert, and Quebecer Jonathan Bouvrette also spent time at the top of the speed charts.

Former ACT and Serie ACT Champion Patrick Laperle fought some electrical issues throughout the day but still managed to put down some fast times in the final two practices. There were no other issues for any teams.

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International 300 to Showcase ACT Rising Stars

Hebert, Therrien, Welch, Packard, Atkins

Waterbury, VT – The International 300 this weekend (July 20, 2014) at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York will be full of ACT young stars who are making big statements on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) short tracks around the region. As a group, they have won some Tour races and weekly track events; they are also the future of short track stock car racing in the Northeast.

Vermonters Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien are both former Thunder Road Tiger Sportsman Champions. They each won Rookie of the Year honors on the ACT US Tour and have also won ACT US races; in fact, Hebert has two wins in the record book in his first two years of competition.

Long-time car builder and owner of the Fast One team, which Bobby Therrien races for, Pete Duto said, “I think the three segment “Milk Bowl” kind of race really gives the younger teams a pretty good chance to have a good day. It is a little more like a weekly race, which most of the younger guys/(girls) started in, and there is not a whole lot of strategy other than to go fast and turn left. The key is to stay out of trouble and finish. If you can manage to do that, you can give yourself a chance for a decent day.”

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ACT Point Leaders Lead Teams to International 300

Waterbury, VT – At the half-way mark of the 2014 race season, two of the best young stock car racing stars in the region, one from New Hampshire-Joey Polewarczky, Jr. (Pole) and the other from Quebec-Alex Labbe, will lead the way to the ACT Invitational at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York this Sunday, July 20. Both drivers also happen to be leading their respective ACT Tour and Série ACT in the US and Quebec.

Veteran Pole is finishing his best first half start of an ACT race season. He is also the defending Champion of the inaugural International and pocketed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for that effort in 2013.

“This is a great break at mid-season from chasing points on the Tour. Winning the first race was pretty cool for our team, but the competition gets tougher every year. We are having a little different format this year with the three segments being shortened. This kind of race takes as much luck as racing skill. The name of the game is to finish each segment in one piece. One bad segment means your chances of winning the $25,000.00 are pretty much gone. But then again there is $10,000 in lap money up for grabs, so you just keep digging,” said an enthusiastic Pole.

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NWAAS Div. I Pts: Bruno Chasing Wins

Early Leader At Airborne; Rocco Moves To Second Overall

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Winning at Airborne Speedway is a Catch-22. The driver obviously gets the maximum number of points. But under track rules, it means they start the next feature in the last position.

For Travis Bruno and his fellow competitors at the track in Plattsburgh, New York, there is no debate: Go for the win and don’t worry about the next race.

“Even if you’re only racing for a dollar, you’re still going to push for the win,” said the 25-year-old Bruno.

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Files First ACT International Entry

Waterbury, VT – Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH has filed the first entry for the 2014 edition of the event to be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, July 20. Polewarczyk’s historic win in the inaugural event in 2013 earned him $25,000.

Last year Polewarczyk bested Brian Hoar by just one point by winning the first two segments and taking second in the third segment to pocket the big paycheck. This season Polewarczyk sits atop the ACT standings with four events completed to date. He has to be one of the early favorites for the second running of the ACT International event.

“Last year’s win ranks right up there with the Milk Bowl, and the Invitational (at NHMS). It’s a huge race and last year being the inaugural made it even bigger,” said Polewarczyk. When asked about his confidence heading into the event Polewarczyk commented, “We’re pretty confident. We had a good car at the 100-lapper at Airborne and I like the style of the segments with the inversions. We’ve had a lot of practice working through traffic and coming through the field so far this season.” In the first four events this season, Polewarczyk’s average starting position is 14 with his average finish position at 2.75.

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ACT International 300 Returns to Airborne Speedway

PoleInternationalWaterbury, VT –The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the second edition of the International 300 stock car race to be held at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.  Sunday, July 20 is the date that has been set for the second edition of the biggest seasonal short track event for the popular ACT Late Models from both the United States and Canada. The event will pay $25,000.00 to the winner of the unique “Milk Bowl” style event. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) is the reigning champion.

“It was really amazing to pull off that win a year ago at Airborne.  I feel lucky to be the winner of a Thunder Road Milk Bowl and a Governor’s Cup, an Oxford 250, and this new International race at Airborne. The track races great with the ACT Late Model cars, it’s fast, wide, and very racy. No question that first place also pays well,” said a smiling Joey Pole.

There will be some changes to the format in 2014. The event will retain the traditional three segments which crown the overall winner, but the segments will be shortened to 50 in the first segment and 75 in both the second and third segments. The overall low score will win the $25,000.00, plus lap money.

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Ray Parent Battles to ACT Airborne Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Rhode Island’s Ray Parent battled through an intense final six laps to claim his first career American Canadian Tour point counting event victory in the Airborne 100 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, May 17. Parent edged Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette by half a car length at the checkered flag and New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. took third. It was the ACT Late Model Tour’s 250th event since its inception in 1992.

Parent started on the pole of the 100 lap event after earning a plus three on his way to his heat race win. He led through the first caution of the event on lap six, but relinquished the lead to Bobby Therrien following the ensuing restart. Several laps later Parent returned to the point and built a giant lead over an 88 lap green flag run. It looked like Parent would ride to an easy win before the second caution flag flew on lap 94.

That set up the battle between Parent and Bouvrette. After another quick caution on lap 94, the race got back under way with Bouvrette in the outside lane and Parent on the low side. The duo stayed door-to-door swapping the lead four times at the line and multiple times around the track over the final six laps. Every time it appeared Bouvrette was getting the edge on the outside, Parent would come clawing back. Bouvrette led lap 99 and the pair stayed even until turn four coming to the finish. They swapped paint as they drag raced to the line and Parent came away with the win by .041 seconds.
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Three Stars of the Race Bonus Announced for ACT U.S.

Hebert, Ashline, Packard Honored

 The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a “Three Stars of the Race” award program for the 2014 race season. The program is designed to recognize three “non-podium” race teams who have had an outstanding race. Finishing position is not necessarily a criterion. The award will be based on team and/or individual effort. The award may be presented to the team based on an achievement by a crew member, crew chief, spotter, driver or owner.  

 A panel of race officials will select three stars at each 2014 point-counting event, the International 300 to be held July 20, 2014 at the Airborne Park Speedway, the Bond ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, and the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl held at Thunder Road on October 4-5, 2014.

The teams picked will each receive a coupon for a free American Racer Tire valued at $125.00. From the various winners, one team will be selected as the single most outstanding star of the season. That team will be awarded $1,000.00 at the annual ACT Banquet of Champions.

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Change of Plans: Medeiros Enters Blastoff Weekend at Waterford

Carl Medeiros, Jr. is thankful for rain this weekend. The Westport, MA driver will be able to finish working on his Modified in time for practice at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday. He will enter the rescheduled Blastoff Weekend at Waterford Speedbowl on April 12-13.

Medeiros will drive his father’s #50 modified. SMG Motoring, Henry’s Diesel Performance and Just Your Way Screen Printing are supporting his rookie Valenti Modified Racing Series campaign. His father Carl Sr, uncle Jim, uncle Mark, Robbie, Keith, and Kevin are the crew members.

The team will pursue the Mr. Rooter Rookie of the Year Award in a former Kevin Stuart car. Medeiros is “just hoping to get (the) car in the show and at the end of the night roll the car in the trailer. Hopefully, (I can) capture that Rookie of the Year title.”

“(The) VMRS has a lot of good cars and a ton of good names, some of the best modified drivers in the northeast,” Medeiros said. “I’m just happy to say that I’m running with these guys.”

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Unique Cigs Teams with Airborne

Unique Cigs Inc. is proud to announce our partnering with Airborne Park Speedway NASCAR Home Track as the exclusive E-Cig retailer for the 2014 racing season. Unique Cigs has nine retail stores in New York in the following cities: Plattsburgh, Malone, Queensbury/Glens Falls, Watertown, Cicero, New Harford, Clay, Liverpool and Ithaca with more stores being added in 2014. Unique Cigs will be at Airborne Park Speedway NASCAR Home Track every night of racing and possibly other special events, with our new mobile retail trailer. Unique Cigs provides the highest quality products in the market today and our E-Liquid is of the finest in America. This liquid is 100% USA made, with U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade Ingredients & bottled in a FDA approved bottling plant.

We invite all adult smokers to stop by one of our stores or to our retail trailer and try a FREE sample. When using Unique Cigs there is no second or third hand smoke, no offensive smell, no carcinogens and no more bothering people around you while enjoying a night at the races.

We are very excited about the growth of Airborne Park Speedway NASCAR Home Track along with our up and coming night of racing on July 5th 2014, as we will help in making this night fun and entertaining.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Forms Alliance with Airborne Park Speedway

 Devil’s Bowl owner Bruno accepts management position at Airborne

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – Two of the North Country’s prominent asphalt stock car racing tracks – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY – will be closely aligned in 2014. Devil’s Bowl owner Mike Bruno and Airborne owner Jamie Atkins have formed a partnership aimed at strengthening both tracks for the immediate and distant future.

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Bruno has accepted a management position at the 4/10-mile, D-shaped Airborne Park Speedway. Effective immediately, Bruno will assume the roles of Race Operations Manager and Competition Director at Airborne, working closely with Atkins, general manager Sherm Hamel, the veteran Airborne staff, and race teams in all divisions at the speedway. Bruno plans to activate similar strategies at Airborne that have helped to significantly improve Devil’s Bowl Speedway since he took control of the track in October 2011.

Both tracks are sanctioned by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and both tracks feature similar racing classes with many of the same competitors in their weekly programs. Bruno brings intimate knowledge of the NASCAR program and has many long-lasting relationships at the track from his years as a competitor; he won championships there in 1997 and 2006.

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ISMA Adds Airborne Speedway to 2014 Schedule

Oswego, NY — It has just been announced that after ongoing negotiations ISMA will return to Airborne Speedway in 2014 after a couple years hiatus. The winged warriors of speed had visited the Plattsburgh, NY half-mile in 2010 and 2011 with Russ Wood taking the inaugural 50-lap feature event in 2010 and in 2011, the multi-talented Ted Christopher took home the Airborne trophy.

While some of the particulars are still being worked out as to the number of feature laps to be run, the date for the Airborne ISMA event will be Saturday, May 24th, the second date in the month of May with ISMA’s opener coming on May 4 at the Oswego Speedway.

After the newly added Airborne date, ISMA heads back to the Oswego Speedway for a June 7 appearance and then it’s on to a rugged two-day affair which takes the ISMA competitors to Oxford Plains, Maine on June 20th and then up into Quebec for a June 21 75 lapper at Autodrome Chaudiere.

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2014 NEMA & NEMA Lites Schedules Released

NEMA Schedule
# Date Track Site Winner
1 March 29-30  Sat-Sun  Day Race  Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT
2 May 24  Sat Night  Evans Mills Motorsports Park – Evans Mills, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
3 June 7 Sat Night Wiscasset Speedway – Wiscasset, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
4 June 21 Sat Night Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH Iron Mike Memorial
5 – June 28 Sat Night – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH-*
6 July 19 Sat Night Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
7 July 23 Weds Night-Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA (Rain Date: July 24)
8 July 26 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Shane Hammond Memorial
9 – Aug 2 Sat Night – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
10 Aug 9 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Wings & Wheels
11 – Sept 13 Sat Night – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
12 Oct 4-5 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT THE FINALE
13 Oct. 18-19 Sat-Sun Day Race Thompson Intl. Speedway – Thompson, CT
Nov. Sat. NEMA Banquet-White’s of Westport-Westport, MA-Save the Date!

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2014 ROC Modified Asphalt Modifid Tour Schedule Released

2014 RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED TOUR DATES
Date Site Location Lap
Sun. May 4th Chemung Speedrome Chemung, NY 75
Sat. May 10th Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 75
Sun. May 18th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Sat. May 24th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 75
Fri. June 6th Spencer Speedway Rochester, NY 75
Sat. July 5th Holland Speedway Holland, NY 100
Sun. July 27th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Fri. Aug. 29th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 100
Sat. Sept. 6th Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 14th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 200*
Sun. Sept. 21st Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 29th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 100

(Two additional dates likely to be added but could not be confirmed for release of this schedule).

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VMRS Debuts New Logo

VMRS2014LogoThe Valenti Modified Racing Series will have a new look for the upcoming season, according to Series Director Scott Tapley.

Bob Valenti Auto Mall of Mystic, CT has sponsored the Modified Racing Series since 2010. Valenti signed a three year agreement in 2011 for the title sponsorship. Series Founder and President Jack Bateman announced an extension at the awards banquet in November.

“Going into 2014, I’d like to announce that Valenti Auto Mall will continue to be our title sponsor with options for 15 and 16,” Bateman said. “Special thanks to Rob Valenti and his folks.”

The 2014 schedule has 16 races at seven tracks: Airborne, Lee USA, Monadnock, Seekonk, Stafford, Thompson and Waterford. The season opener is March 29-30 at Waterford Speedbowl.

For more information, visit ModifiedRacingSeries.com.

Sources: Nicholas Teto/YankeeRacer.com