PLATTSBURGH — There was no denying Mark Lamberton or Nick Heywood at Airborne Park Speedway Saturday.
Lamberton and Heywood were each victorious in a pair of 25-lap features for the J&S Steel Sportsman Modifieds.
A Mooers Forks native, Lamberton was competing with a heavy heart after attending a funeral for his aunt, Trudy Lamberton, four hours before post time.
After leaving the Union Cemetery in Mooers Forks, Lamberton was hopeful for a win to honor his late aunt.
He claimed that win in dramatic fashion.
In the first of two races, Lamberton led all of 50 feet to capture his second win of the season.
In the closing stages of the race, he chased down Jamie LaFountain before making his race-winning pass on the frontstretch as the two drag raced to the checkered flag.
“Jamie and I, for some reason, get together on the racetrack and race side-by-side a lot,” Lamberton said. “The kid does an awesome job. When he gets a little more time under his belt, he’s going to be the guy to watch these next few years.
“For a few laps, I didn’t know if I’d have enough. I kept trying to get under him and my car was just a little too tight on the bottom, so I said, ‘The only chance we have is try and take him on the outside.’ We saved it for the last lap, and we made it stick.”
LaFountain collected a runner-up finish, while Heywood, Codie Aubin and Jason Durgan completed the top five.
After making an appearance on the podium in the first feature, Heywood bested his previous result by two spots to claim the second 25-lapper.
Heywood, who entered the night second in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series New York State standings, made a lap-22 pass on Jayson Criss to take home his second first-place trophy of 2014.