PLATTSBURGH - George Foley of Vermontville captured the checkered flag Saturday on Casella Night at Airborne Speedway Saturday. Foley, who started in the pole position, was at the wheel of the Ford-powered Shamrock Bar & Grill/Pulsifer Logging No. 34, which had been severely damaged the previous week. It was Foley's 12th DIRTcar Modified career win.
Two cars-lengths away was Todd Stone, the defending champion and opening day winner. Stone shot under Jessey Mueller exiting turn four on the final lap to earn the runner-up spot.
Mueller had tracked Foley after passing Chris Cayea for second on lap 16 of the 30-lap event. The race had four cautions, but on each restart was able to retain the lead.
George Foley of Vermontville maintains his lead over No. 18 Chris Cayea during Saturday’s modified race at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh.
(Photo — Dave Brown)
"We opted to fix the car that was wrecked last week," Foley said in victory lane. "We were able to salvage the motor, transmission and frame. Hopefully, we can get back here again soon."
"I was very loose towards the end," Stone said. "I would have rather run on the outside, but the car couldn't take it. I was lucky to get by Mueller down on the bottom."
Pierre Berthiaume ran with the leaders most of the way to finish fourth. Kris Vernold caught Cayea on the white flag lap for fifth. Cayea, Maxime Viens, Leon Gonyo, Andy Heywood and Mike Wells completed the top 10.
Larry Underwood of Milton, Vt. topped Shawn Duquette of Morrisonville in one of the closest finishes ever in the Adirondack Water Limited Late Model feature. Track officials spent several minutes reviewing the near dead-heat finish before ruling Underwood as the winner.
Underwood, racing to the outside of Duquette, had maintained a half-car length advantage for several laps midway through the race after the two had swapped the lead three times earlier. Duquette drew even on lap 22. The cars touched for the first and only time on the next to last lap.
"I wanted to run a higher line, but he was already up there," Duquette said.
Close by in third looking for an opening that didn't happen, was Bucko Branham. Jamy Begor and Robin Wood finished fourth and fifth another car-length off the pace.
Travis Bruno of Morrisonville wired the Sportsman Modified field.
"It's been late nights in the shop every night this week," Bruno said. "It feels really good to come out and beat these guys."
Bruno lost a long lead when the second yellow of the race came out on lap 15 for a crash involving Rick Doner and Lonnie Rivers. Codie Aubin stayed with Bruno, but couldn't dra alongside. Nick Heywood and Jamie LaFountain were next in line.
Airborne hosts the American Canadian Tour 100 next Saturday. The Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Renegades and Mini Mods will also be in action.