January 28, 2014

Airborne Park Speedway announces 2014 schedule

PLATTSBURGH — Airborne Park Speedway officials have released a 2014 schedule for the upcoming racing season. 

The DIRTcar and NASCAR-sanctioned track will play host to 20 races, highlighted by the Airborne Asphalt Modified Nationals Sept. 5 and 6.

The inaugural running of the event will feature competitors from the New York-based Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour and New England-based Valenti Modified Racing Series.

“The Asphalt Modified Nationals is a huge event,” Airborne promoter Mike Perrotte said. “I’m co-promoting it with Karl Fredrickson and Speedway Illustrated, which is the Sports Illustrated of auto racing magazines in the country for short track and oval track racing.

“That’s going to give Plattsburgh a ton of exposure nationally. It’s like an east-west combination, and we expect 50, 60, 70 cars. We’re quite sure we’ll get 50, but our goal is to get 70 Modifieds for that race.”

The half-mile track will kick off its 61st season of operation when the 358 DIRTcar Modifieds go 50 laps May 3.

After the New England-based American-Canadian Tour (ACT) visits for a 100-lap event May 17, the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) returns for its third-ever appearance at Airborne and its first since 2011.

The 800 horsepower Supermodifieds are low slung, lightweight and feature a hydraulic wing mounted at the top of the car to maximize downforce when driving through turns at high speeds. Rob Summers, a Vernon, Conn., native, set the track record in 14.020 seconds July 24, 2011.

“We just released that or announced it a couple days ago,” Perrotte said. “But we have a lot of people request those and ask us if they’re coming back. They’re hugely popular from being here before.

“In fact, I ran into a guy about three weeks ago that told me that when he goes to the races, he drives to Oswego to watch the Supers. I said, ‘You know, it’s about time we get those guys back here.’ It’s an awesome display of power and speed.”

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