Bucko Branham Lands In Airborne Victory Lane
Plattsburgh, NY - -
Bucko Branham won the 30-lap Flying Tiger Sportsman feature Saturday at Airborne despite losing a large lead because of a caution on lap 25. Branham, who had the field covered a week ago, only to suffer mechanical trouble, led every step of the way. His only competition for the first 25 laps was his nephew Jason Branham, but that changed in the final five laps as Doug Murphy, point leader Craig Bushey and Mike Terry stacked up behind the leader and hung Jason Branham outside.
Branham stayed in control for his second win. Murphy was second, six feet in front of Bushey and a car length ahead of fourth place Terry. Joe Becker, who had to pit early, rallied back to finish fifth. Positions 6-10 went to Chris Cayea, Jason Branham, Jason Bonnett, George Wight and Jay Webb. Murphy won the semi-feature earlier.
Mike Wells of West Chazy, NY seemingly cruised to his fourth win of the year in the Renegade main, but was disqualified because of illegal front suspension parts. That made a winner of Greg Wolcott who sped under underneath third-place Dan Ryea with two laps left. Ryea's effort was enough to maintain first place in the title chase. Rich Agoney and Rich Turner rounded out the top five.
Plattsburgh's Curtis LaGrave was much the best in the Street Stock feature. LaGrave won his third of the season, well ahead of Jamie Rabideau and a tight battle for third that went to Mike Criss. Jeff Young and Mike Kinsman were fourth and fifth unofficially. Young and Kinsman won the Street Stock heats.