Sportsman purse on the line Saturday

Wood, Begor, Branham and Heywood among top contenders

— The largest J&S Steel Sportsman purse of the year is on the line this Saturday, Aug. 13 at Airborne Speedway.

The Vermont Life Safety “Sportsman 4-20’s” race consists of four 20-lap sprints, each paying $500-to-win. The starting line-up for each successive leg of the event will be determined by inverting the previous order of finish. The overall winner — determined by the lowest combined total of finishes — will earn an additional $500.

Top contenders include defending Sportsman champion and current point leader Robin Wood of Plattsburgh, Jamy Begor of Mooers, last year’s “4-20’s” winner Bucko Branham and Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh.

Begor, Branham and Heywood are 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Sportsman standings respectively, six points apart.

Heywood, the 2010 Sportsman Rookie of the Year, has yet to win a race in 2011, but he has eight top-5 finishes. He drives the Budweiser/Warren Tire No. 29, which is also sponsored by T&B Metals of Plattsburgh and Klipper Korner.

Saturday’s race card will include an appearance by the SpeedSTR Sprint Cars plus the Renegades, Mini Modifieds and Bombers. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. Post time is 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, with children 12 and younger admitted free.

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