PLATTSBURGH -Airborne modified teams are taking Saturday's "Run What Ya Brung" race seriously and having fun at the same time.
The only rules for the event are: 1) a modified-type chassis must be used and 2) the car must be deemed safe. Aerodynamic ingenuity is encouraged. A wide variety of wings and scoops are expected.
That's fine with the Bartemy brothers, Aaron and Adam, whose TDI Repair and Towing race cars are being tricked out in consultation with Gary Balough.
Craig Reyell drives his Run What Ya Brung entry during the 2010 race.
(Photo — Andy Watts)
The former NASCAR Winston Cup competitor and four-time Syracuse 200 winner and chauffeur of the famed Kenny Weld "Batmobile" has a wealth of "Run What Ya Brung" experience and a bagful of tricks available for trying to find the quickest way around the progressively-banked Airborne half-mile.
"Gary's never lost one of these races that I'm aware of," car owner Herb Bartemy said. "Both of our cars run different set-ups weekly and they'll each have something different for this race. Adam has been Dodge powered. Aaron's B3 has a Chevy engine."
The Bartemys have an "engine guy from Ohio" on his way to their Swanton, Vt. race shop, but they're hardly the only ones getting inventive in pursuit of the $1,500 winner's check.
Patrick Dupree, George Foley, Chris Cayea, Pat McGrail, Pierre Berthiaume, Mike Reyell, Craig Reyell and the most recent "Run What Ya Brung" winner, Leon Gonyo are among the Airborne regulars preparing irregular entries. Andy Powell of Hannibal, who has had a good deal of success in similar events in the past is also expected to compete.
"The whole idea is to have some fun and provide fans with a taste of the old days", promoter Mike Perrotte said. "That whole Bartemy/Balough collaboration is great, but I don't think they're going to just roll in and take the money. Nobody's going to just pull over and let them go by. I think they're going to have their hands full."
"Nobody wants to get caught flat-footed," Herb Bartemy said. "You've got to be able to show up and get dialed in to have a gun for the fight."
Joyce Huntley of Huntley Trucking has put up a $500 bonus for the leader of an undisclosed lap which she present trackside after the race.
Airborne's J&S Steel Limited Late Models, Adirondack Water Sportsman Modifieds, Key RD Trailer Sales Renegades and Busch Mini Modifieds will also be in action. Grandstands open at 4 p.m., with heats beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.