Roy outruns Foley for Airborne checkers

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH - Martin Roy chased down early leader Mike Phinney, and then held off George Foley on a last lap restart to win the Ernie's Discount Tools Modified 30-lap main event Aug. 7 at Airborne Speedway. Roy started ninth in a 27-car field and took the lead on the outside on lap 20.

"My car was very good on the outside," Roy said. "When I got a run on George [Foley] for second that worked for me and then I stayed out there for the lead."

Foley's second-place effort was his best of the season and it ended a string of frustrating finishes for the Saranac Lake driver. Patrick McGrail of Candiac, Quebec, finished third, a car-length ahead of Patrick Dupree. Mike Phinney of Keeseville had his best finish of the season in fifth. Positions 6-10 went to Leon Gonyo, Vince Quenneville, Don Scarborough, Matt Woodruff and Todd Stone.

Robin Wood battled for the lead with Shawn Duquette for 10 laps before drawing away from the field to claim his fourth J&S Steel Sportsman win. Bucko Branham was the next to challenge Duquette and the pair raced inches apart the rest of the way. Duquette made the low lane work for second place by a two-foot margin. Nick Heywood was fourth. Tylor Terry finished fifth.

Kevin Boutin of Swanton, Vt., won the Versatile Trailer Sales Renegade feature in the division's closest finish of the year by edging Robert Gordon. With the victory, he took over first place in the championship point standings. Gordon swept around Dave Rabtoy at the half-way mark. Keith Pelkey of Clintonville was third. Keith O'Neill, Dave Rabtoy and Robbie Favreau were next in line.

Rick Doner of Ausable Forks outdrove all competitors to win the NAPA Mini-Modified feature for his second win in a row. Doner used the inside lane to advance into the top-five and then swung to the high side to overtake the leaders. Kris Clark was the runner-up. Speedy Bresette moved into third with two laps left.

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