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Roy shows Airborne Speedway mods no mercy

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH - Martin Roy continued his good season last week at Airborne Speedway.

Roy dove underneath Pierre Berthiaume for the lead on lap 16 after pressuring him on the outside for several laps and then drove off to his fourth straight Ernie's Discount Tools Modified win and his third in the last eight days Aug. 14. His winning margin was 10 car lengths over Patrick Dupree with Berthiaume third. Dupree came from 15th to claim the runner-up spot.

"The yellows helped on the way up through," Dupree said. "But, on the first restart, [Roy] kind of got away from me."

Maxime Viens, who placed fourth, was the third Quebec pilot in the top five. Vince Quenneville had a strong showing in fifth, four car-lengths ahead of Greg Atkins and Viens' father Michael, who placed seventh. Leon Gonyo was eighth. All four cars turned in 20 laps of close-quarters racing with one another.

Twenty-six modifieds started the 30-lap event, which had five cautions and was red flagged on lap 22 for a three-car pileup involving Jason Bruno, Aaron Bartemy and Mike Phinney. Don Scarborough and Pat McGrail filled out the top 10.

Bucko Branham won the J&S Steel Sportsman feature, which was run in four 20-lap segments. Branham won the second segment on the way to a winning total of eight points (2-1-3-2). He was running third in final 20-lap segment just behind rookie Bill Thwaits, who was poised to win the overall event when his car shut down with two laps to go.

Thwaits won the opening and third segments and was seeking his first career win. His electrical demise relegated him to fourth place overall. Robin Wood (4-2-2-3=11) was the runner-up. Shawn Duquette's pass of Tylor Terry on the final lap earned him third place. Jamy Begor won the final segment.

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