(From track press release)
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Danny Sullivan picked up his first checkered of 2016 in the second of two twin 25 lap features for the Ernie’s Discount Tools Sportsman Modified division. Sullivan’s season has been full of consistency, but winless up to this point. This past Saturday, that changed.
Sullivan started seventh on the grid and used the outside groove to pick off cars and work his way to the front. A midrace restart made things interesting when Sullivan selected the outside and gave Jamy Begor the inside lane. Begor was able to hang with Sullivan for two laps before Sullivan drove away for good.
“We worked the outside in most of the practice sessions today,” Sullivan said. “If you can get your car fast up there, the bottom shouldn’t be a problem.”
Nick Heywood battled with Begor for second, eventually making the pass on the inside. Begor hung on to finish third. Mike Wells and Codie Aubin completed the unofficial top five.
The first twin 25 lap feature saw Heywood reel in his ninth win of the season. Heywood used a number of yellow flags to put himself in position to pick up the victory. Heywood’s margin of victory in the feature was nine car lengths. Sullivan, Wells, Begor and Timex Morgan completed the unofficial top five.
The Jeffords Steel Renegade division ran a 50 lap main event.
Shawn Duquette turned a quality starting spot into his second win of the racing season. Duquette drove from the fifth starting spot to victory. Duquette controlled the race after a lap 15 restart. Richie Turner, Jason McClatchie, Josh Terry and Dylan Rabtoy completed the unofficial top five.
Twin 12 lap features were run by the Busch Beer Mini Mod division.
Dale O’Neil was able to restart from the third starting spot after a rollover in turn four on lap one. Tim LaFountain was the driver involved in the flip and exiting his car under his own power. O’Neil worked under Tyler Irwin on lap four and took the lead for good. Irwin, Robert Foley, Kris Clark and Josh LaPorte completed the unofficial top five in feature one.
Feature two saw O’Neil’s winning streak snapped by LaPorte. LaPorte was able to get to the lead early and run away and hide. O’Neil ran out time and couldn’t catch LaPorte’s machine. Irwin, Foley and Clark completed the unofficial top five.
Racing action resumes on September 17 with a post time of 4 p.m. The event will be the Leon Gonyo Memorial event for the Sportsman Modifieds. In addition, the Renegades will run twin 20 lap features. For more information visit airborneparkspeedway.com or Airborne Park Speedway on Facebook.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Rene’s Repair/Huntley Trucking Labor Day Challenge
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ernie’s Discount Tools Sportsman Modified Feature #1 (25 laps)
1. Nick Heywood, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
2. Danny Sullivan, Morrisonville, N.Y.
3. Mike Wells, West Chazy, N.Y.
4. Jamy Begor, Mooers Forks, N.Y.
5. Timex Morgan, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Ernie’s Discount Tools Sportsman Modified Feature #2 (25 laps)
1. Danny Sullivan, Morrisonville, N.Y.
2. Nick Heywood, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
3. Jamy Begor, Mooers Forks, N.Y.
4. Mike Wells, West Chazy, N.Y.
5. Codie Aubin, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Jeffords Steel Renegades (50 laps)
1. Shawn Duquette, Morrisonville, N.Y.
2. Richie Turner, Fairfax, Vt.
3. Jason McClatchie, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
4. Josh Terry, Essex, N.Y.
5. Dylan Rabtoy, Swanton, Vt.
Busch Beer Mini Modified Feature #1 (12 laps)
1. Dale O’Neil, Mooers, N.Y.
2. Tyler Irwin, Peru, N.Y.
3. Robert Foley, Saranac, N.Y.
4. Kris Clark, Keeseville, N.Y.
5. Josh LaPorte, Peru, N.Y.
Busch Beer Mini Modified Feature #2 (12 laps)
1. Josh LaPorte, Peru, N.Y.
2. Dale O’Neil, Mooers, N.Y.
3. Tyler Irwin, Peru, N.Y.
4. Robert Foley, Saranac, N.Y.
5. Kris Clark, Keeseville, N.Y.
PHOTO: Danny Sullivan (3) races with Jamy Begor (19) en route to his first Sportsman Modified win of the year on Saturday night at Airborne Park Speedway. (Dave Brown photo)