Phil Scott Runs The Table At Airborne
For Immediate Release AR38-071302
Plattsburgh, NY - - Phil Scott swept the Late Model slate at Airborne Raceway Saturday, first by holding off Mark Lamberton in the Leo's Furniture 100, and then winning the 4th annual Remington "4-10" Shootout for the second straight year.
Scott earned the Shootout pole with his Leo's 100 win and won the first of four 10-lap sprints on the way to the best point total ever in the $5,000 Invitational event (1, 3, 7, 4 =15). As earlier, his closest rival was Lamberton, the 2001 Airborne champion, who finished second with 18 points (3, 7, 3, 5). Brent Dragon was third overall, with Dwayne Lanphear fourth and Eric Williams, winner of segment three, fifth. Jamie Fisher and Pete Fecteau also won individual segments.
The Shootout was intense and well-driven, with track position contested at every turn, often three-wide, an Airborne rarity. After starting on the rear when the field was inverted for round two, Scott quickly raced into third behind Fisher and Todd Stone. He had a two-point edge on Lamberton, who had matched him in the middle rounds with a 3rd and a 7th, entering the final 10 laps.
Eric Williams appeared able of matching laps with Scott's Lamberton Electric Ford, but a broken hub dropped him to 14th in round two. He came back out and won round three convincingly, but it was too late by then.
The Late Models labored through the first half of the Leo's Furniture 100, but once Scott took the lead from Chris Fisher on lap 30, he never trailed, despite a mirror full of Lamberton in the late going. Lamberton raced at Steve Miller's bumper for nearly 20 circuits before slipping underneath him at the halfway mark. Eric Williams, Mike Bruno and Steve Miller completed the top five.
Fecteau and Fisher looked the part as potential winners in the early stages, but Fecteau pitted from the lead with a tire going down on a lap 16 restart and Fisher did the same 15 circuits later.
Scott had begun to runaway when the 11th and final caution flew on lap 65. That put Lamberton alongside him with Eric Williams in the second row and Dave Wilcox and Steve Miller in row three and things stayed close from then on. Fecteau's late rally from the back earned him the sixth spot. Wilcox, Rich Lowrey, Brent Dragon and Ken Dufour rounded out the top ten.
Patrick Laperle, already qualified for next year's Shootout by having won the 2002 ACT Dodge Tour opener at Star Speedway, was on the move toward the "last-chance qualifier" spot that eventually went to Mike Bruno, when a broken spindle sidelined him for the remainder of the night.
Bucko Branham of Plattsburgh won a NAPA Flying Tiger 30-lap thriller by three feet over Doug Murphy. Murphy, powered by an experimental Tiger "spec engine", kept the heat on for the final 10 laps, but settled for his 2nd and his third top-5 of the season. The win was Branham's first of the year and came only two weeks after a nasty nose-first slam into the fourth wall. Chip Grenier, from 17th was third, followed by John Langlois and Bruce Talley.
Mike Wells dominated the Leo's Furniture Renegade trophy dash in the Garceau's Auto Buick Regal No. 76. Richie turner of Fairfax, VT regained the point lead from his brother Dan (528-519) with a second place finish, four car lengths ahead of Greg Wolcott. Claude Gatien was a career-best fourth and Brian McGinley was awarded fifth after Tylor Terry flunked the tech line.
Joe Warren cruised to his first career win in the Street stock main.