SOUTH PLATTSBURGH - Airborne Speedway's 8-cylinder, full-fendered Renegades have retained Versatile Trailer Sales as their divisional sponsor for the 2011 season and will make their first-ever appearance at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt.
The Renegades' first trip to Thunder Road, set for Thursday, Aug. 11, is one of several highlights on their schedule. Another important date is Saturday, May 28, when the Renegades will square off at Airborne Speedway in a $500-to-win 50-lap event. Other notable races include a six-car, six-lap $250-to-win Dash for Cash, Saturday, Aug. 6 and a feature event as a part of the race card the night the ISMA Supermodifieds return to Airborne Saturday, July 23.
The Renegades delivered competitive racing and high car counts throughout 2010. The track championship was not decided until the final laps of the season finale. Kevin Boutin, of Swanton, Vt., won the title, narrowly besting defending champion Lonnie Rivers, of Cadyville.
Boutin, the 2010 Airborne Speedway Driver of the Year, applauded the addition of the Thunder Road event.
"I've been waiting for this day for a long time," he said. "I've driven a Tiger Sportsman there before. It's a great place to race. I know a lot of the guys will do their best to represent Airborne well there."
Lance Rabtoy, of Fairfax, Vt., a 2010 Renegade title contender, agreed.
"I'm ecstatic," Rabtoy said. "Anywhere we can go to have a new challenge and promote our division and our home track is good. When you can bust out and race elsewhere, especially a top track like Thunder Road, it's good for everybody."
Boutin will begin his title defense in the Champlain Transmission/Direct Auto Body No. 25 at Airborne's 58th season opener Saturday, May 7. The Champlain Valley Motorsports Show at Plattsburgh's Crete Civic Center is scheduled for Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15.