South Plattsburgh Nobody takes it higher and deeper into the third turn at Airborne Speedway than DIRTcar Modified point leader Martin Roy. The Napierville, Quebec driver of the Gamache Trucking No. 90 used up some right rear tires with the maneuver earlier in the season, but adjustments have now landed him three consecutive victories. He holds a 16-point lead over defending champion Patrick Dupree with two point races remaining.
Dupree, who started alongside Roy in the sixth row of a 28-car field, got a crack at the winner Aug. 20 when the yellow came out with two laps to go, but he couldn’t stay with him when the green was thrown. He closed to Roy’s bumper at the end, but had to settle for second.
“My car was too loose, just too loose,” Dupree said. “I couldn’t get to him.”
Roy took the lead from early pacesetter Greg Atkins on lap 17 after a red flag for Kris Vernold’s machine. Vernold had just yielded second place to Roy when he hit the tractor tire barrier at the bottom of turn two, broke a spindle and shot off the top of turn two.
Dupree sat fourth on the restart, quickly passed Andy Heywood to advance to third and then shot under Atkins for second three laps later.
George Foley improved to fourth behind Atkins in the closing laps. Heywood recorded his fourth top-5 finish of the season. Positions 6-10 went to Pat McGrail, Leon Gonyo, Aaron Bartemy, Vince Quenneville and Richard Tisseur.
Jamy Begor made the best of some good fortune to secure his first J&S Steel Sportsman win of the season in the Connor Sand Pit/Begor’s Supply No.19. Begor was running fourth when 15-year-old Brandon Atkins’ best race of the season came apart with four laps remaining. Atkins had stayed in the outside lane after finally clearing Shawn Duquette at the front of the field after the pair had raced side by side, swapping the lead for eight circuits.