PHOTO: Martin Roy does his famous ‘Martin Shuffle’ after winning at Airborne Speedway on Saturday. (Ricky St. Clair/VMM photo)

–by Ricky St. Clair

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Patience is a vital asset in a race car driver’s repetoire of attributes. Napierville, Quebec driver Martin Roy showed just that Saturday night at Airborne Speedway by avoiding four incidents in the first 16 laps of the 30-lap DIRTcar Modified feature to collect his third-straight and fourth overall checkered flag of 2011.

The 2009 track champion and current point leader was matter-of-fact about his conservative mentality.

“I stayed patient because I’m driving for the championship,” Roy said. “It’s very important to be patient, take your time coming to the lead, and finish the race.”

Roy used a lap 16 single-file restart to maneuver around race leader Greg Atkins on the outside lane to solidify himself in the top spot.

“That was my strategy to pick up the lead,” Roy said. “The outside groove is the place to be for me. The inside lane is prone to cause an accident because every guy closes the door.”

Roy had to hold off three late restarts with the last one occurring under a under green-white-checkered scenario with Patrick Dupree right on his tail. Roy mentioned that as he went down the backstretch he could see the 24 car posted in second position on the board and was a little worried.

“Yeah, I was worried,” Roy mentioned. “Patrick is very strong. I know Patrick is strong on the inside groove and I protected the bottom. The pressure is on the first-place driver. I don’t have a mirror to see where he is. The second-place car is the best place to be when you want to pick off the leader in traffic.”

Dupree would eventually go on to finish second. Atkins, George Foley, and Andy Heywood completed the unofficial top five. Patrice McGrail, Leon Gonyo, Aaron Bartemy, Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Richard Tisseur earned top ten honors.

Roy’s victory and Dupree’s second-place finish put Roy’s point lead at 16 points, unofficially, over Dupree.

Jamy Begor finally got the monkey off his back by collecting his first checkered flag in arguably the wildest Sportsman feature of the year. Begor ran comfortably in the top five for the majority of the race, with Brandon Atkins, Howard Stoner, and Shawn Duquette all swapping the lead multiple times in the span of the first 19 laps.

Stoner slipped underneath Atkins and made contact with the 15 year-old rookie as they raced off of Turn 2, causing Atkins to slide into the infield. Stoner was penalized for the incident and was sent to the rear during the lap 20 caution.

That setup a five-lap shootout between Duquette and Begor, and Mooers Forks, N.Y., native Begor used the outside groove to his advantage on the restart and cleared Duquette for his 11th career win. Bucko Branham slipped by for second with Duquette third. Robin Wood and Nick Heywood completed the unofficial top five.

Rookie competitor Rick Doner was the victor in the 25-lap Renegade event that featured a photo finish. The driver from Clintonville, N.Y., edged out Joe Warren by mere inches at the start/finish line to grab his first-ever Renegade checkered flag. Kevin Boutin, Lance Rabtoy, and Josh Terry rounded out the top five.

Mini-Modified point leader Speedy Bresette of Castleton, Vermont picked up his first checkered flag of the season by grabbing the 15-lap Mini-Modified feature event. Erick Sayles, Kris Clark, Josh LaPorte, and Jamie LaFountain earned top five honors.

Josh Durivage was the victor in Saturday night’s special 25-lap Bomber feature. The point leader collected $250 for his win. J.M. Bresette, Dale O’Neil, Ray Germain, and Rob Sines completed the top five.

Weekly racing resumes next Saturday night at Airborne Speedway. The ultra-competitive Renegade division will have a 50-lap feature highlighted on the racing program. The event was rained out in May. Post time is slated for 6pm.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — Bankers Orchards/NYSCOPBA/Huntley Trucking Night
Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pos.-Driver-Hometown
(# – denotes rookie)

Ernie’s Discount Tools DIRTcar Modified (30 laps)
1. Martin Roy, Napierville, Que.
2. Patrick Dupree, Saranac Lake, N.Y.
3. Greg Atkins, Clintonville, N.Y.
4. George Foley, Saranac Lake, N.Y.
5. Andy Heywood, Morrisonville, N.Y.
6. Patrice McGrail, Candiac, Que.
7. Leon Gonyo, Chazy, N.Y.
8. Aaron Bartemy, Sheldon, Vt.
9. Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon, Vt.
10. Richard Tisseur, Chateauguay, Que.

J&S Steel Sportsman (25 laps)
1. Jamy Begor, Mooers Forks, N.Y.
2. Bucko Branham, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
3. Shawn Duquette, Morrisonville, N.Y.
4. Robin Wood, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
5. Nick Heywood, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
6. Travis Bruno, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
7. Jamie Atkins, AuSable Forks, N.Y.
8. Danny Sullivan, Morrisonville, N.Y.
9. Keith Pelkey, Clintonville, N.Y.
10.# Dave Rabtoy, Swanton, Vt.

Versatile Trailer Sales Renegade (25 laps)
1. # Rick Doner, Clintonville, N.Y.
2. Joe Warren, West Chazy, N.Y.
3. Kevin Boutin, Swanton, Vt.
4. Lance Rabtoy, Fairfax, Vt.
5. Josh Terry, Morrisonville, N.Y.
6. Lonnie Rivers, Saranac, N.Y.
7. Curt Seymour, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
8. Josh Allen, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
9. Robbie Favreau, Peru, N.Y.
10. Jason McClatchie, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Keeseville NAPA Auto Parts Mini-Modified (15 laps)
1. Speedy Bresette, Castleton, Vt.
2. # Erick Sayles, Saranac Lake, N.Y.
3. Kris Clark, Keeseville, N.Y.
4. # Josh LaPorte, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
5. Jamie LaFountain, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
6. Eric Reyell, Morrisonville, N.Y.
7. Josh LeClaire, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
8. Josh Lavarnway, Chazy, N.Y.
9. Scott Richner, Rouses Point, N.Y.
10. Larry Archer, Peru, N.Y.

Busch Beer Bomber (25 laps)
1. Josh Durivage, West Chazy, N.Y.
2. JohnMichael Bresette, Keeseville, N.Y.
3. # Dale O’Neil, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
4. Ray Germain, Bristol, Vt.
5. Rob Sines, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
6. Mike Kinsman, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
7. Jason Branham, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
8. David Bresette, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
9. Tyler Bresette, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
10. Jeff St. John, Saranac, N.Y.