South Plattsburgh, NY – Aaron Bartemy and Patrick Dupree treated Airborne fans to an exciting close-quarters duel in the final 15 laps of the DIRTcar Modified main event Saturday. Bartemy was first to the finish line, but the Sheldon, VT racer’s No. B3 weighed in too light during post-race inspection. Apparent third-place finisher Martin Hebert was also disqualified for illegal cylinder heads.
The rules violations bumped Max Viens of Ste. Cesaire, QC into the runner-up spot and moved Andy Heywood into third. Positions 4-5-6 went to George Foley, Craig Reyell and Kris Vernold.
Bartemy took an early lead and survived every move Dupree could muster once the defending track champion moved into second place from his ninth starting spot. Bartemy kept the bottom groove protected in turns three and four and took a wider, higher, line in turns one and two to keep Dupree pinched down underneath him - by inches – as the laps wound down.
Dupree became the first two-time Ernie’s Discount Tools Modified feature winner this season. Bartemy was trying for his fourth career win. Viens and Heywood were seldom more than a car-length apart for what turned out to be a battle for second.
Craig Reyell’s 5th place finish was a seasonal best. Richard Tisseur of Chateauguay, QC, healthy and racing for the first time this season, started 26th and got home 7th. Kris Vernold was sixth. Dupree is the new Modified point leader.
Robin Wood drove the Rent-A-Wreck No. 61 to his fourth straight J&S Steel Sportsman win, denying all competitors the chance to collect the $250 bonus offered to whoever could break his winning streak. Wood took advantage of numerous early cautions to move into striking distance and took the lead for keeps on lap 17. Bucko Branham, Nick Heywood and Jamy Begor raced three-wide for a 2-3-4 finish. Danny Sullivan finished fifth.
“That was a tough race,” Wood said. “The inside was a little slick and the car was not as good as it’s been, but we were able to pull through.”
Jason McClatchie of Plattsburgh won a hard-fought five-car battle for his first Renegade win. McClatchie and runner-up Joe Warren spent the final ten laps at each other’s door, while Josh Terry and Lance Rabtoy swapped the third spot back and forth only a few feet behind the leaders. Robbie Favreau was a nearby fifth.
Chris Lavair won the extra-distance Mini-Modified event, besting Speedy Bresette and Billy Jenkins, who passed Scott Richner and Josh LaPorte for third on the white-flag lap. Josh Durivage won the first of two Busch Bomber features. Curtis Lagrave Jr snapped Durivage’s 4-race win streak in the nightcap.
Modifieds – 1. Patrick Dupree 2. Max Viens 3. Andy Heywood 4. George Foley 5. Craig Reyell 6. Kris Vernold 7. Richard Tisseur 8. Chris Cayea 9. Pierre Berthiaume 10. Leon Gonyo 11.Greg Atkins 12.Mike Phinney 13.Todd Ormsby 14.Mike Reyell 15.Vince Quenneville 16.Patrice McGrail 17.Jim Ryan 18.Mike Wells 19.Don Scarborough 20.Bryant Trim 21.Martin Roy 22.Matt Woodruff 23.Jason Bruno 24.Jim McComb 25.Daniel Brown 26.Adam Bartemy 27.Terry Hayes 28. Aaron Bartemy DQ 29. Martin Hebert DQ.
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