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August 25, 2013

Stone, Heywood clinch Airborne titles in style

PLATTSBURGH — Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vt. dominated the Ernie’s Tools DIRTcar Modified 30-lap main event Saturday at Airborne with a championship performance that earned him his 6th win of the season and his second straight track title.

Stone was on a tear from the start in the G Stone Motors 1x. He gained six positions in the first seven laps, passed Roger Labreche for the lead on a lap-10 restart and checked out until a late caution put runner-up Patrick Dupree back into contention.

“I could get into the corners with him, but he’d pull me off the turns,” Dupree said.

Leon Gonyo held 3rd for the second half of the race with Jessey Mueller 4th and George Foley 5th. Mueller passed Foley with seven laps to go.

“It’s been a long season, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Stone said. “This is my third track championship. I started racing when I was 20 years old and I’m 45 now so I don’t take any of it for granted. I’m very proud of my team and my family.”

Positions 6-10 went to Kris Vernold, Craig Reyell, Max Viens, Labreche and Chris Cayea.

Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh, driving the Warren Tire/Budweiser No. 29, followed Stone’s example and captured his second Sportsman Modified title in a row by winning for the 3rd time in 2013.

The Sportsman Modified field was shuffled on the opening lap when Jake Branham lost a wheel and helicoptered off the backstretch taking Keith Pelkey and Codie Aubin with him. Heywood took evasive action and by lap 7 took the lead for keeps.

Lonnie Rivers was a strong second. Chris Sousie finished 3rd for his 6th top-5 finish. Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, in his 1st start of the season, started 18th and finished 4th, one spot ahead of Rick Doner.

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