Airborne aims to strengthen Modified division
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SOUTH PLATTSBURGH – Airborne Park Speedway will usher in its first season as a NASCAR sanctioned asphalt track Saturday, May 4 with the Ernie’s Tools DIRTcar 358-Modifieds returning as the premier division.
“The Modifieds are our mainstay,” promoter Mike Perrotte said. “We’ve made some rule changes and restructured the point fund to give the division a boost. So far, we’ve had a lot of positive feedback about what we’re trying to do.”
In addition to various chassis and suspension rule changes designed to increase the competitiveness throughout the division, Perrotte has announced an innovative method of distributing point fund dollars.
“The top ten drivers in the final point standings will be eligible for a drawing for a $3,000 top prize,” Perrotte explained. “We’ll put the track champion’s name in the hat twice as a bonus for being the point leader. Other than that, everyone will have an equal chance for the biggest point fund check. The other nine drivers will each receive $1,000. We’ll have a fan come out onto the track and draw the winner.”
“I don’t think it’s ever been done before,” Perrotte said. “It gives all the top runners a chance to get the biggest reward. My focus this year is to fortify the Modified division. They are the star attraction and they provide some great racing.”
Two Modified drivers that finished in the top-10 in 2013 - Chris Cayea of Mooers and Maxime Viens of Saint-Cesaire, Quebec - voiced support of the point fund plan.
“It should be interesting for the fans and it spreads the value of a top-10 season around,” Cayea said.
“It seems good to me,” Viens said. “It should help with the car count.”
Airborne’s 61st season opener will feature the Ernie’s Tools 358-Modifieds in the Econo Lodge 50. The speedway has released a 21-event 2014 schedule. For season passes and additional information, call the track office – 518-647-4444 or visit airborneparkspeedway.com.
Contact: Tom Herzig
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