SOUTH PLATTSBURGH - Patrick Dupree of Saranac Lake and George Foley of Vermontville, top performers in Airborne Speedway's DIRTcar Modified division since it was formed in 2005, had their successes this season but saw Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vt. come away with the 2012 track championship.
Both drivers now have their sights set on the $5,000 winner's payout at Sunday's Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Shootout. Weekly Modified features ar
The Shootout consists of three 50-lap segments. After each segment, the field is inverted. The lowest combined total of finishes determines the winner.
George Foley holds a slight lead over Patrick Dupree in modified racing earlier this season at Plattsburgh’s Airborne Speedway.
(Photos courtesty of Airborne Speedway)
Dupree drives the Saranac Country Store/Northeast Irrigation/Fournier's Farm Equipment No. 24. He was the 2008 and 2010 Airborne Modified champion and the 2009 runner-up. He ended the regular season with a flourish. In his last three races, he had a pair of third-place finishes and then won the Mike Watts Memorial 50 for his 27th career victory, which is tops on the DIRTcar Modified win list. He won four races this season and finished fourth in the standings - six points shy of Foley.
"Tire wear will be the big thing Sunday," Dupree said. "You have to run hard to stay with George and Stone and the No. 10 car (2012 runner-up Pat McGrail), but you need to still to have the car underneath you at the end."
Foley's No. 34 is sponsored by Egglefield Ford, Pulsifer Logging, Ford Motorsports, Shamrock Bar & Grill and Casella. Foley had three wins and nine top-five finishes, but a couple of tough nights with motor issues took him out of the title fight. He was the 2007 Airborne champion and the 2011 runner-up.
"We broke an axle Saturday," Foley said. "And we've had motor issues. When you're dealing with that type of stuff, you aren't able to spend time fine-tuning anything. It would be good way to end the year, though, winning a $5,000 race. If the car holds up, I think I can give everybody a run for their money."
Several invaders are expected to swell the Modified car count, including Lebanon Valley regular Keith Flach, multi-time Albany-Saratoga champion Kenny Tremont, Albany-Saratoga regular Matt DeLorenzo (third in points) and former Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified champion Mario Clair of Drummondville, Quebec.
Races also scheduled on Saturday are the championship events for the J&S Steel Limited Late Models, the Adirondack Water Sportsman Modifieds and Key Road Trailer Sales Renegades.
Erick Sayles of Lake Placid has already clinched the Busch Mini Modified 4-cylinder track championship.
Post time for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Shootout Sunday is 1 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. For more information, visit airborneparkspeedway.com or call 561-3208.