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Field makes it way through turn 4 on opening day 2006 at Airborne Speedway. The South Plattsburgh track opens for the season today with a full schedule, including the return of the ACT drivers

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH -- The American Canadian Late Model Tour (ACT) returns to Airborne Speedway after a two-year absence for today's season opener "" the 33rd Furniture World of Vermont Spring Green 100, and several of the Tour's top title contenders are very glad to be back.

Six-time and defending Tour champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, five-time ACT champion Brian Hoar of Williston and perennial contender Brent Dragon of Milton, Vt., have enjoyed much success on the Plattsburgh half-mile over the years. All three are previous long-distance winners of both the Spring Green and Fall Foliage events and Hoar and Dragon have won Airborne track championships.

When Dragon won the 2004 Spring Green and later backed it up with a Fall Foliage win (sponsored by Furniture World) he said the best thing about it was that he wouldn't have to listen to any more teasing from his father and uncle "" Beaver and Bobby Dragon ""both Spring Green winners themselves.

"I'm always up for a race at Airborne," Cyr said. "I wish we raced there more often. "It's been good to me. I've had a lot of success there. There's room to race and if you can run the outside when you need to you really have an advantage."

"I'm very excited to get back to Airborne," Hoar offered. "It was my home track "" where I got started "" we tested there a couple of weeks ago and it was very nostalgic, the ferry ride over "" just like in the days when we towed a tiger car over there in an open trailer.

"It's nice fast track and pretty flat, especially in turns three and four. You use a lot of brake there. The new ownership has put a lot into the place. The longer distance races suit my style and it's close to home "" can't wait.

Another driver with many laps at Airborne under his belt is Milton's Scott Payea recent winner of the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road.

"I've won some Tiger races there and feel very comfortable out there," Payea said Airborne's weekly divisions, the Ernies Tools Modifieds, J&S Steel Sportsmen, Versatile Trailer Sales Renegades, US Army Warriors and Monster Energy Bombers will also be in action.

Cabana Grand Marshall

Canadian Motorsports Hall-of Fame member Jean Paul Cabana of St-Hyacinthe, Que. has been appointed the Grand Marshall for Airborne Speedway's 53rd season opener.

Cabana was the first Canadian to race at Daytona and he won the first and last events ever held at historic Catamount Speedway in Milton, Vt.

As a teenager, Cabana raced on more than a dozen dirt tracks including Albany/Saratoga and Fonda in New York in addition to Airborne. He competed at more than fifty asphalt tracks in the U.S. and Canada, including Martinsville, Dover Downs, Milwaukee and Nashville.

Among Cabana's official duties will be to start the day's headline event, the 33rd American Canadian Tour Spring Green 100 presented by Furniture World.

More than 35 ACT Late Models, including ageless Quebec driver Claude Leclerc, like Cabana a past winner of the Spring Green, will be in action on the Airborne half-mile. They will be joined by Airborne's weekly divisions "" Modifieds, Sportsmen, Renegades, Warriors and Bombers "" over 125 cars in all.

Airborne Speedway is located on Broderick Road in South Plattsburgh, just off Rte 22, one mile south of I-87 exit 36.

Gates will open at 2 p.m. Post time is 4 p.m.

For additional information, call 561-3208 or visit www.airbornespeedway.net

ACT Late Model Tour

Event 3

33rd-Annual Furniture World of Vt. Spring Green

Airborne Speedway

100 laps (50 miles)

Posted awards: $18,050.00

Notes: The Furniture World of VT Spring Green has been held at Plattsburgh, NY's Airborne Speedway since 1990, and returns to the ACT Late Model Tour schedule for the first time since Brent Dragon won in 2004. Hometown driver Robin Wood won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006 as part of the ACT Tiger Sportsman Series. Other two-time winners include Jean-Paul Cabana, Junior Hanley, and Claude Leclerc. Dragon's father, Harmon "Beaver" Dragon, is the only three-time winner. The Spring Green was originally held at Catamount Stadium in Milton, Vt. from 1974-1987.

Recent winners: Robin Wood (2005-06), Brent Dragon (2004), Jean-Paul Cyr (2003), Jacob McGrath (2002), Todd Stone (2001), Phil Scott (2000), Brian Hoar (1999), Chris Fisher (1998).

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