Branham Collects Third Win
PLATTSBURGH- Bucko Branham needed a strong night to stay in contention for the Nascar Whelen All American Series point championship and he did just that on Saturday night.
In the first of two twin 25 lap features for the Ernie's Discount Tools Sportsman Modifieds, Bucko Branham drove underneath Codie Aubin and checked out in route to his third win of 2016. Aubin was able to hang on for the second spot. Apparent third place finisher, Jake Branham, failed post race technical inspection for a rear end infraction. Danny Sullivan was placed third. Nick Heywood and Roger Labreche completed the unofficial top five.
Heywood collected his eighth win of the season in the second twin 25 lap feature. Heywood used a couple restarts to pick his spots and set himself up for the win. Apparent second place finisher, Mike Wells, failed post race technical inspection for unapproved fuel. Branham was placed in second. Chris Cayea, Rico Hernandez and Aubin completed the unofficial top five.
The Jeffords Steel Renegade division competed in a regular distance event. Jason McClatchie turned last weekend's back luck into some good luck to pick up his first win of the year. McClatchie and Dylan Rabtoy squared off in a lap 22 restart but Rabtoy couldn't hang with McClatchie. Rabtoy, Shawn Duquette, Tylor Terry and Robert Gordon completed the unofficial top five.
The Busch Beer Mini Mods ran two 10 lap segments. The first segment had a top three finishing order of Josh LaPorte, Dale O'Neil and Tyler Irwin. The field was then inverted for the second segment. O'Neil, LaPorte and Irwin crossed as the top three in segment two. The overall finish gave O'Neil his eleventh win of the year, LaPorte, Irwin, LaFountain and Tyler Bresette completed the unofficial top five.
Racing action resumes next Saturday with a post time of 7 p.m. Double features for the Sportsman Modifieds and Mini Mods along with a Renegade special! Front gates will open at 4 p.m. For more information visitairborneparkspeedway.com or at Airborne Park Speedway on Facebook.