PLATTSBURGH - George Foley of Vermontville beat Todd Stone to the finish line by a car-length to win the DIRTcar Modified 30-lap main event Saturday at Airborne Speedway.
Foley, driving the Shamrock Bar & Grill/Pulsifer Logging Ford-powered No. 34, took the lead for keeps on the second lap, but Stone stayed close for the first 27 laps. No sooner had Foley opened up some daylight on Stone and third-place Pat McGrail than the yellow came out on lap 29.
That set up a green-white-checkers finish, but Stone couldn't make a winning pass. McGrail finished third, three car-lengths ahead of Greg Atkins (fourth) and Maxime Viens (fifth). It was the second straight second-place finish for Stone.
George Foley of Vermontville poses for a picture in victory lane after winning the Modified feature race at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh on Saturday.
(Photo — Andy Watts)
Kris Vernold finished sixth and Aaron Bartemy was seventh. Positions eight through 10 went to Adam Bartemy, Craig Reyell and Pierre Berthiaume. Foley, Stone and Richard Tisseur won the Modified heats.
Last week's winner Patrick Dupree of Saranac Lake had transmission problems and drove a back-up car to finish 14th.
"This is a new car," Foley said. "We had some tire problems the first week, but today everything worked out. We also changed springs and the car was fast. I feel comfortable racing with Todd (Stone), he's a real clean driver. I would have been glad to go without the last caution, but that's racing."
Jamy Begor of Mooers, who like Foley had to survive a green-white-checkers restart, held off Robin Wood to win the Limited Late Model feature. Begor started on the pole and wired the field. Bucko Branham got up for third after a lengthy battle with Fred Lagoy, who wound up in fifth, a car-length behind Shawn Duquette in fourth.
Kevin Boutin of Vermont won the Renegade feature. It was the first time the defending champion ever scored back-to-back wins at Airborne.
Midway through the 25-lap race, runner-up Jason McClatchie of Plattsburgh ran at Boutin's door for six laps before yielding the lead. Joe Warren, Robbie Favreau and Robert Gordon completed the top five.
Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh won the Sportsman Modified feature for the second week in a row. Lonnie Rivers and Sebastien Fournier were next in line.
Lake Placid's Erick Sayles, Michael Whalen and Josh LaPorte finished 1-2-3 in Busch Bomber Mini Modified feature.
Airborne hosts the first event of the six-race USA/Canada Masters Limited Late Model Series next Saturday.