Joe Becker Right-Place, Right-Time Airborne Winner
For Immediate Release AR21-052502
Plattsburgh, NY - - Joe Becker of Jeffersonville, VT won the 30-lap WOKO Flying Tiger main event at Airborne Raceway Saturday. Becker was in second place when Jason Bonnett, the class of the field all night, rode high on the backstretch and spun out of the lead with three laps remaining.
Becker started 13th and benefited early when Bill Sawyer got sideways in traffic and the front half of the field got shuffled behind Bonnett. On two later restarts, Bonnett drew comfortably away before his late race demise.
David Warren, who kept close contact with Becker throughout, finished second, a car length ahead of John Langlois and fourth place Mike Terry. Langlois had run second to Bucko Branham in the semi-feature. Bonnett, Doug Murphy and Trevor Lyman were earlier heat winners.
"I just barely missed Bill (Sawyer) when he broke and Jason when he got loose, but I had a pretty good car and I'll take it," Becker said.
Twenty-eight Flying Tigers were in the Airborne pits. That number is expected to increase next Saturday when Airborne hosts the Subway 100, the opening event of the Subway Grand Slam Series.
Jeff Young of Swanton won the WOKO Street Stock trophy dash handily, for his second consecutive win, the third of his career and a triple crown sweep, having won his heat and the semi-feature. Jamie Rabideau, second in the semi by a nose over Jim Varno, was also a heat winner. Defending champion Jim Bushey was second in the main event, five car lengths ahead of third place Terry Beshaw.
In the Renegade main event, still categorized as an "unofficial finish", defending champion Greg Wolcott of Georgia, VT took the checkers. Dale Terry recovered from a first lap spin to finish second. Todd Langlois, Joey Roberts and Rich Turner rounded out the top five. Terry won the Renegade semi-feature. Mike Wells and Lee Ryea won the Renegade heats.