Scott Payea Top Flying Tiger At Airborne, Dale Terry Takes Renegade Feature

For Immediate Release AR33-063002

Plattsburgh, NY - - Scott Payea of Milton, VT led all 30 laps of the Coca-Cola Flying Tiger main event Saturday at Airborne Raceway. Payea had a nose in front of pole sitter Adam Maynard to complete lap one and went wheel to wheel with Bill Sawyer for the next 20 laps. Sawyer had been racing on the edge and he went over it on lap 21 and spun into traffic. Several cars evaded Sawyer, but Jamy Begor wasn't able to and the yellow came out.

Doug Murphy began the restart opposite Payea on the front row, but Mike Terry, Jason Bonnett and Skip Liberty took turns racing by him on the inside. Terry took up the chase at the bumper of Payea's Bombardier Olds Ciera the rest of the way, but couldn't advance past him. The win was the second of Payea's career. Terry, Bonnett, Liberty 

Flying Tiger Steve Bennett got Airborne's Fireworks show off to an early start Dave Brown photo 

and point leader Craig Bushey, after several swaps with Joe Becker, completed the top five. Spots 6-10 went to Becker, Jay Webb, Jerry Winch, David Warren and Murphy.

Sawyer had been a force all night, winning his heat and overtaking Skip Liberty to win the semi-feature. Other Flying Tiger heat winners were John Hayes and Jay Webb.

The Coca-Cola Renegade checkers went to Dale Terry of Morrisonville. Terry and Plattsburgh's Brian McGinley had their own two-man battle at the front, well ahead of the rest of the field. Steve Hunsdon, Dan Turner and Joey Roberts battled back and forth before filling spots 3, 4, and 5. Don Bluto of Grand Isle, VT and Milton's Don Franklin each won a Renegade heat. Steve Hunsdon, Lee Ryea and Mike Cram were 1, 2, and 3 in the semi-feature. Dan Turner and brother Richard are now one-two (404-385) in the Renegade point parade.

Street Stock feature winner Curtis LaGrave (72) heads to the front Dave Brown photo

After being the first across the finish line in the Street Stock feature, Jim Bushey failed the tech line because of illegal springs and was disqualified. Bushey had a 10-car length lead at one point, but was being reeled in by Curtis LaGrave when the caution came out with five laps left. LaGrave stayed even for one circuit on the restart, but then fell several car lengths off the pace, before inheriting the win. LaGrave's ultimately winning effort began from 21st on the field and moved him into first place in the Street Stock point standings. Jamie Rabideau came from 20th to officially finish second, one spot ahead of Plattsburgh's Dave Parent.