September 2, 2013

Airborne wraps up 2013 racing season

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH — Airborne Modified champion Todd Stone kept Jessey Mueller at bay in the closing laps of the Mike Watts Memorial 100 and closed out the racing season with his seventh win Sunday.

Mueller had trimmed Stone’s lead to three car-lengths and was looking for more when the third and final caution came out on lap 88. The single file restart put Mueller on Stone’s bumper for a 13-lap shootout, but at the drop of the green, Stone rebuilt his lead and Mueller couldn’t ever get to him.

Andy Lindemann was the best of the rest in 3rd. Lindemann led the first 34 laps before Stone went by. Chris Cayea was a strong 4th, followed by Andy Heywood.

Robin Wood won the Adirondack Water Limited Late Model championship in style by dominating the 25-lap feature for his 4th win. Wood had the Ganienkeh Bingo/Rent-A-Wreck No. 61 on the point by lap 7 and was never headed. Danny Sullivan was the runner-up with Bucko Branham 3rd.

Wood’s championship effort was co-sponsored by Leland’s Barber Shop and Daniels Signs. “I want to thank my Dad, my crew chief Tyler (Wood) and Niki,” Wood said. “I got a good early run on some cars and then it came down to keeping Danny behind me.”

Codie Aubin of Plattsburgh drove the RPM No.7 to his first career-win in the Sportsman Modified feature which was red-flagged on the second lap for a mutli-car wreck on the frontstretch that left Lonnie Rivers’ car on top pf Nick heywood’s machine and knocked four cars out of the race.

Aubin caught Jake Branham for the lead on lap 18. Mike Phinney closed for 2nd. Branham held off Mark Lamberton for a podium finish.

Robert Gordon of Milton, Vt. won the Renegade feature. Gordon’s 2nd win of the season gives him 15 career wins — tops on the all-time Renegade list. Lance Rabtoy of Fairfax, Vt. battled Ryan Boutin for 2nd, settled for 3rd and then celebrated his first Renegade track championship.

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