Plattsburgh, NY – Airborne Speedway drew strong car counts throughout the 2010 season, especially in the Ernie’s Discount Tools Modified headline division, and based upon the attendance at the recent 2011 rules meeting, promoter Mike Perrotte feels the best is yet to come.
Veterans and potential competitors turned out in larger than usual numbers in all five divisions prompting Perrotte to predict a strong season ahead.
Airborne hosted the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) for the first time in 2010 and one of the best races of the season resulted. Winner Russ Wood of Pelham, NH went on to win the ISMA championship. In 2011, Airborne will bring another open wheel touring series, the Race of Champions (RoC) Modifieds to Plattsburgh.
“The traveling series, including the American Canadian Tour (ACT), provide good racing and publicity, but our weekly competitors are our mainstay,” Perrotte said. “We’re working on some extra-distance events for our DIRTcar Modifieds, both at home and possibly in Quebec. We’re also going to have an even bigger and better J&S Steel Sportsman “4-20’s” race next season with support from Vermont Life Safety. That was a very popular race last year.”
Perrotte predicts even higher car counts for the Ernie’s Discount Tools Modifieds, which averaged 26 cars a week in 2010.
“Patrick Dupree will be defending his title in a new car,” Perrotte said. “Runner-up Martin Roy’s car owner J.P. Fortin and crew has their car already finished for a try at regaining the championship. Leon Gonyo, Don Scarborough and Greg Atkins will all be back. George Foley is building a new car, Bryant Trim is having a new car put together and it’s looking like we have more Canadian entries than ever before.”
Richard Tisseur of Chateauguay, QC, a Modified feature winner in 2010, has put up money for a winner-take-all dash in August. Michael Viens of Ste. Cesaire, QC, the racing baker and 2010 Modified Rookie of the Year has offered purse monies for Sportsman and Renegade winner-take-all events.
“I’ve spoken with two Vermont drivers, Todd Stone and Vince Quenneville, who both had good success last year and they are planning to race more with us in 2011, “ Perrotte said. “The level of Modified competition increased last year and looks to get even better this season.”
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