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Driver scores first Airborne win

Andy Heywood of Morrisonville won the Agency Insurance Night DIRTcar 358-Modified feature on July 13.

Andy Heywood of Morrisonville won the Agency Insurance Night DIRTcar 358-Modified feature on July 13.

— Andy Heywood of Morrisonville won the Agency Insurance Night DIRTcar 358-Modified feature July 13 at Airborne Speedway at the wheel of the Roto-Rooter/Gioiosa Wine & Spirits No. 80. at the Airborne Speedway in South Plattsburgh.

Heywood got the lead early and then had to fight back a length challenge from Modified point leader Todd Stone and past track champion Patrick Dupree to earn his first career-victory. His winning margin was one car-length.

Stone spent 10 laps on Heywood’s tail before yielding the second spot to Dupree with two laps left. Dupree rolled the dice with an all-out power move on the rim of the fourth turn, but couldn’t make it stick. Stone regained second place in the final turn. Kris Vernold of Queensbury and Leon Gonyo of Chazy completed the top five.

The Ernie’s Tools Modifieds return to action Saturday and Sunday July 20-21 for 50-lap features as part of ACT International 500 weekend. The American Canadian Tour event carries a purse of $140,000 – largest in Airborne history and pays $25,000 to win the 300-lap main event.

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