May 12, 2013

Foley rebounds to win at DIRTcar Modified at Airborne

PLATTSBURGH — George Foley carried the checkered flag on Casella Night at Airborne Speedway on Saturday, one week after a hard crash on opening day.

Foley scored his 12th Ernie’s Tools DIRTcar Modified career win from the pole in his Ford-powered Shamrock Bar & Grill/Pulsifer Logging No. 34.

Two cars lengths away was Todd Stone, the defending champion and opening day winner. Stone shot under Jessey Mueller exiting turn four on the final lap to earn the runner-up spot.

Mueller had tracked Foley after passing Chris Cayea for second on lap 16 of the 30-lap event. The race had four cautions, but on each restart Foley was able to retain the lead.

“We opted to fix the car that was wrecked last week,” Foley said in victory lane. “We were able to salvage the motor, transmission and frame. Hopefully we can get back here again soon.”

“I was very loose towards the end,” Stone said. “I would have rather run on the outside, but the car couldn’t take it. I was lucky to get by Mueller down on the bottom.”

Pierre Berthiaume ran with the leaders most of the way to finish fourth. Kris Vernold caught Cayea on the white flag lap for fifth. Cayea, Maxime Viens, Leon Gonyo, Andy Heywood and Mike Wells completed the top 10.

Larry Underwood, of Milton, Vt., topped Shawn Duquette, of Morrisonville, in one of the closest finishes ever in the Adirondack Water Limited Late Model feature.

Track officials spent several minutes reviewing the near dead-heat finish before ruling Underwood had won.

Underwood, racing to the outside of Duquette, had maintained a half-car-length advantage for several laps midway through the race after the two had swapped the lead three times earlier. Duquette drew even on lap 22. The cars touched for the first and only time on the next to last lap.

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