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Airborne Speedway honors five champions

Martin Roy named ‘Driver of the Year’

Award receipients, from left, Mike Perrotte, Lew Boyd, and Martin Roy with Airborne Speedway’s Sherm Hamel.

Award receipients, from left, Mike Perrotte, Lew Boyd, and Martin Roy with Airborne Speedway’s Sherm Hamel. Andy Watts

— Airborne Speedway Ernie’s Discount Tools Modified champion Martin Roy of Napierville, QC, and Versatile Trailer Sales Renegade champion Kevin Boutin of Fairfax, Vt., were named “Driver of the Year” and “Sportsman of the Year” respectively before a large gathering at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall in Altona Oct. 28.

Robin Wood of Plattsburgh, who successfully defended his J&S Steel Sportsman title in 2011, NAPA Mini Modified champion Speedy Bresette of Plattsburgh and Busch Bomber champion Johnmichael Bresette of Keeseville were also at the podium.

Lew Boyd, motorsports publisher and historian, was the keynote speaker.

“You’ve got something special here,” Boyd told the audience. “It’s important for the industry to have tracks with quality Saturday night shows and a lot of eyes are upon you.”

Boutin is a two-time recipient of the Airborne Sportsman of the Year award.

“Mike Perrotte, Steve Fuller and the whole staff have turned Airborne into a great place to race,” he said. “I’m honored to receive this award. It means a lot to me.”

Rookie of the Year trophies went to Kris Vernold of Kingsbury/Modifieds, Dave Rabtoy of Swanton, Vt./Sportsman, Curt Seymour Jr. of Plattsburgh/Renegades, Josh LaPorte of Peru/Mini Modifieds and Travis Sherman of Plattsburgh/Bombers.

“Most Improved Driver” awards were received by Mike Wells/Modifieds, Nick Heywood/Sportsman, Josh Terry/Renegades, Josh LeClaire/Mini Modifieds and Johnmichael Bresette/Bombers.

Sally Walker of Rouses Point was the recipient of the Mike Watts Award for outstanding support and service.

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