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.
“I wanted to run a higher line,” Duquette said. “But he was already up there.”
Close by in third looking for an opening that didn’t happen was Bucko Branham. Jamy Begor and Robin Wood finished fourth and fifth another car length off the pace.
Travis Bruno of Morrisonville wired the Sportsman Modified field in the Adirondack Water/Michigans Plus No. 33.
“It’s been late nights in the shop every night this week,” Bruno said. “It feels really good to come out and beat these guys.”
Bruno lost a long lead when the second yellow of the race came out on lap 15 for a crash involving Rick Doner and Lonnie Rivers. Codie Aubin stayed with Bruno, but couldn’t draw alongside. Nick Heywood and Jamie LaFountain were next in line.
Robbie Favreau chased down early leader Robert Gordon on lap 18 and went on to win the 25-lap Renegade feature in the Clark Auto/Shumway Insurance No. 22.
Josh Terry rallied late to claim the runner-up spot. Richie Turner finished a strong third ahead of Gordon and Lance Rabtoy.
Jayson Criss won the Mini Modified feature. Chris LaVair moved into second after passing five cars in one lap midway through the race. Rob Clark closed late to finish third.
Airborne hosts the American Canadian Tour 100 next Saturday. The Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Renegades and Mini Mods will also be in action.