Until tomorrow morning, good night from Airborne.

Sunday – Adults $30, Kids (6-12) $5, Under 6 FREE

51 will be back with Trackside Now coverage of race day starting at 8:30am Sunday. Sunday’s live coverage is presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies.
That will do it for Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage of ACT International 500 Saturday at Airborne Speedway.
CHECKERED FLAG: Eric Lauziere finishes Saturday’s racing action at Airborne with the 25-lap Sportsman Modified win over Nick Heywood and Keith Pelkey.
Five laps to go for Lauziere.
Lap 15: Lauziere takes the lead and checks out. Nick Heywood follows him by to second and Pelkey is back to third.
GREEN FLAG: Pelkey takes the advantage again on Eric Lauziere who started on the outside.
Under yellow again on lap 10 after a car deep in the field had a flat tire.
GREEN FLAG: Soucie and second-place Keith Pelkey run side-by-side for a full lap before Pelkey takes the lead
Finney will be sent to the rear for his role in the incident. That will put Chris Sousie up to the lead once again.
YELLOW FLAG Lap 6: Branham goes off the track as the leader after some contact with second-place Mike Finney
After an early caution, Jake Branham got the best of Sousie on the restart and leads on lap 4. Sousie is back in third.
SPORTSMAN MODIFIED GREEN FLAG: Chris Sousie started on the pole and leads early.
Airborne Park Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY

Sunday, July 21
8:00am Pits Open, Tire Compound Opens
8:30am Pre-Tech Opens
9:30am Front Gate Opens

9:30am ACT Late Models
10:15am Airborne Divisions
10:45am ACT Late Models FINAL
11:30am Airborne Divisions FINAL
11:30am ACT Late Models FINAL INSPECTION by heats (impound)
12noon Close Track

12:10pm Driver Meeting

1:00pm ACT Heats (+/-) (TBA)
Renegade Twin Feature 2 (25L)
ACT Consi(s) (TBA)
Modified Twin Feature 2 (50L)
ACT B-Features (TBA)


ACT Segment 1 (100L)
ACT Reserve Feature (100L)
ACT Segment 2 (100L)
Limited Late Model Feature (25L)
ACT Segment 3 (100L)
7:30pm Close Track (Estimated)

Next on track will be the night’s final feature for the Sportsman Modified division.
CHECKERED FLAG: Jayson Criss wins his third Mini-Modified feature of the year over Jason Clark and Eric Reyell.
Two laps to go for Criss.
At halfway, Criss leads Jason Clark and Eric Reyell
This is a 15-lap feature
GREEN FLAG: Point leader Jayson Criss has the early lead.
The track is dry and we are about to go green with the MIni-Modified feature.
The Airborne Mini-Modifieds and Sportsman Modifieds are out on the track trying to get it dry for their features to come.
As victory lane ceremonies began following the Modified feature, a slight sprinkle began to fall.  The skies in the photos from victory lane looked ominous, but already the rain has stopped and the final two features of the night are set to begin.
Kris Vernold celebrates the Modified win. (Speed51.com photo)
The top two in the Modified feature, winner Kris Vernold (97) and Roger Labreche (24). (Speed51.com photo)
CHECKERED FLAG: Kris Vernold wins over Roger Labreche and Todd Stone.
Lap 48:  Vernold to the inside of Labreche in turns one and two.  He gets the spot and Labreche has to do a huge save just to keep his car pointed straight.
Lap 47:  Heavy lapped traffic bunches the top three up one more time.
Lap 45, 5 to go:  Labreche is doing all he can to keep Vernold behind him.
Lap 43:  Labreche uses the lapped car of Mike Reyell as a pick to keep Vernold behind him after Vernold tried a move on the inside groove off turn two.
Lap 43:  The top three are nose to tail
Lap 41:  Vernold reels the leader back in and tries a move in turn one, but Labreche slams the door.
Lap 40, 10 to go:  Labreche has pulled away from Vernold by a car length.
Labreche and Vernold being so close and racing each other has allowed Todd Stone to gain on them to make it a three-way battle for the lead.
Lap 33 of 50:  Labreche isn’t getting away from Vernold this time.  Vernold rides right in the leader’s tire tracks.
Lap 28: Kris Vernold gets second on the restart, passing George Foley. Foley slides into third.
GREEN FLAG: Single file restarts after halfway, so Labreche is allowed to get away cleanly.
Mikael Labreche is the cousin of leader Roger Labreche.
YELLOW FLAG Lap 28:  Mikael Labreche goes for a spin down the front stretch.
HALFWAY Lap 25: Labreche continues to lead by about 10 car lengths on Foley, Vernold, Gonyo and Stone.
Lap 20:  Gonyo goes from third to fifth after being passed by Foley and Vernold.
Lap 18:  Gonyo rides third, but has Vernold and Stone on his heels.
GREEN FLAG: Labreche gets a good jump and Foley slips into his tire tracks in second.
YELLOW FLAG Lap 13: Richard Tisseur tangles with Jessey Mueller in turns three and four.   Tisseur came to a stop and the yellow flew.
Lap 11: Lebreche leads Foley and then from third on back it’s a crapshoot.  Leon Gonyo has it, but Chris Cayea, Kris Vernold, Todd Stone and others could fit under a blanket in a tight battle.
GREEN FLAG: Labreche leads as the early mover is George Foley who went from fourth to second quickly.
Roger Lebreche has jumped into Patrick Dupree’s car for this feature after crashing his through the fence in practice earlier. Dupree is n a backup No. 24.
Roger Lebreche, Mike Reyell, Mike Wells, George Foley, Chris Cayea and Andy Lindeman will lead the field to green in the first 50-lapper for the Modifieds.  23 cars will go to green.
Next up is the first 50-lap Modified feature of the weekend.  Tomorrow will be the second race.
CHECKERED FLAG: Richie Turner wins the first 25-lap Renegade feature over Don Franklin, Jason McClatchie, Ryan Boutin and Lance Rabtoy.

The entire field will be inverted for the second 25-lap feature tomorrow.

WHITE FLAG for Richie Turner.
Just a handful of laps to go now for Richie Turner, who leads by more than a full straight away.
HALFWAY Lap 13: Boutin is off the pace a bit and loses second to Franklin and third to Jason McClatchie.
Lap 10:   Turner leads by 10 car lengths, but the rest of the field is bunched up behind him.   Jon Boutin runs second and Don Franklin is third.  
RENEGADE GREEN FLAG: Richie Turner leads early in the first 25-lapper.
On-track activity for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models is now complete for the day.  They will next hit the track for their first practice session tomorrow at 9:30am.
Now up is Airborne Speedway’s Renegade feature.   It’s the first of two 25-lappers for this division this weekend. The entire field’s finish from tonight’s feature will be inverted to start the second feature tomorrow.

1 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette 17.054
2 28ME Rowland Robinson, Jr. 17.158
3 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 17.179
4 97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. 17.182
5 5VT Bobby Therrien 17.235
6 17RI Ray Parent 17.273
7 4NY Brandon Atkins 17.300
8 88VT Nick Sweet 17.301
9 91QC Patrick Laperle 17.308
10 9VT Chip Grenier 17.337
11 19QC Dany Trepanier 17.345
12 16ME Travis Stearns 17.358
13 17MA Eddie MacDonald 17.370
14 68VT Brooks Clark 17.396
15 18VT Jamie Fisher 17.413
16 9ME Emily Packard 17.419
17 17VT Lance Allen 17.465
18 5QC Patrick Cliché 17.473
19 11QC Claude Leclerc 17.489
20 78QC Stephane Descoste 17.491
21 81ON Bryan Mercer 17.512
22 20NY Bucko Branham 17.592
23 9QC Christopher Bedard 17.666
24 25NY Kevin Boutin, Jr. 17.670
25 21VT Blair Bessett 17.735
26 21NY Dave Rabtoy 17.809
27 10VT Josh Demers 17.915
28 18ON Shawn McGlynn 18.320
Only 28 of the 46 cars on the grounds took time in the final session.
Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette was quickest in the final practice round and it was the fastest lap of the day, 17.054.
Final ACT Saturday practice is now complete.  We’ll have practice times shortly.
(40 car starting field)

1 25,000
2 8,000
3 5,000
4 4,000
5 3,500
6 3,200
7 2,800
8 2,600
9 2,300
10 2,200
11 2,100
12 2,000
13 1,900
14 1,800
15 1,600
16 1,500
17 1,425
18 1,400
19 1,375
20 1,350
21 1,315
22 1,300
23 1,275
24 1,255
25 1,240
26 1,225
27 1,210
28 1,200
29 1,180
30 1,165
31 1,150
32 1,130
33 1,110
34 1,110
35 1,090
36 1,050
37 1,000
38 1,000
39 1,000
40 1,000
Tomorrow’s winner of the first-ever ACT International 500 will receive $25,000. The 40th and final starter will get 1,000.
There’s a great crowd here at Airborne tonight and there’s expected to be a capacity crowd tomorrow. If you’re anywhere in the Northeastern United States or Southeastern Canada, you won’t want to miss this show.

Sunday – Adults $30, Kids (6-12) $5, Under 6 FREE

Patrick Laperle gets his final laps of the day in at Airborne. (Speed51.com photo)
Christopher Bedard, Blair Bessett, Patrick Laperle, Eddie MacDonald.
Brent Dragon (55VT) and Bobby Therrien (5VT)
Travis Stearns’ No. 16ME is the same car that NASCAR star Clint Bowyer drove in the Vermont Governor’s Cup event at Thunder Road (VT) last week. (Speed51.com photo)
Eddie MacDonald (Speed51.com photo)
Chip Grenier, Kevin Boutin, Jr., Josh Demers, Travis Stearns, Brooks Clark, Bryan Mercer.
Close call in this final practice session for Stephan Descoste. The Quebec racer got his right-side tires off the asphalt off turn two and kicked up dirt down the back stretch. He was back on all fours on the asphalt by turn three and continued on.
The winner of last weekend’s ACT points race at White Mountain (NH), Bobby Therrien. (Speed51.com photo)
Eddie MacDonald, Emily Packard, Lance Allen, Patrick Laperle, Dany Trepanier, Claude Leclerc, Kevin Boutin, Jr., Christopher Bedard.
Emily Packard is the lone female racer in the ACT field. (Speed51.com photo)
The track is full of Late Models during final practice. (Speed51.com photo)
Stephane Descoste, Blair Bessett, Patrick Cliché, Shawn McGlynn, Rowland Robinson, Jr.
Ray Parent at speed. (Speed51.com photo)
Brandon Atkins (4NY) and Randy Potter (02NH). (Speed51.com photo)
GREEN FLAG for the final ACT practice round. The track is buzzing with cars in every corner and straight away.
Next up is the final 45-minute ACT practice round.
Mike Finney won the second Sportsman Modified heat over Rick Doner and Chris Sousie.
Eric Lauziere won the first Sportsman Modified heat over Jake Branham and Nick Heywood.
The Sportsman Modifieds, which are like the dirt Modifieds but with crate motors, are next up for their heats.
The Florida United Promoter Series Powell Family Memorial has been re-scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. Daniel Webster recently ended Wayne Anderson’s winning streak. Will Anderson start a new streak or can Webster make it two in a row. For more information, please visitwww.floridaunitedpromoterseries.com or www.citruscountyspeedway.com.
Jason Criss picked up the second Mini-Modified heat win over Dale O’Neil and Tim LaFountain.
Chris Clark won the first Mini-Modified feature over Eric Reyell and Chad Collins.
It is the biggest Super Late Model event in the country, the 46th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. Last year, Erik Jones made a bold outside pass on Kyle Busch to win his first Derby. It will be a who’s who of Late Model stars from all across North America. Make your plans now to be a part of this incredible event. For more information, visit www.snowballderby.com.
Remember, there will still be one more ACT Late Model practice round at approximately 7:15pm, just before we start feature racing tonight.
The Airborne Speedway Mini-Modifieds are next up for their heats.
George Foley won the second Modified heat race over Todd Stone and Aaron Bartemy.
CHECKERED FLAG Modified heat race #1: Mike Wells wins over Andy Lindeman, Chris Cayea, Leon Gonyo and Kris Vernold.
Halfway in the first Modified heat race, Mike Wells leads Andy Lindeman and Chris Cayea
Modified heat races are 10 laps each.
The 48th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup weekend provides three great days of racing action on the popular half-mile oval in central Florida on October 24-26. The Governor’s Cup 200 on Saturday, October 26. Thursday, October 24 will highlight Sportsman, Super Stocks, Pro-Trucks,and Strictly Stocks. Friday, October 25 will include the Pro Late Models 100, Mini-Stocks 50 and E-Modifieds 50. Find out more by visiting www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.
Modified heats are next up on track.
Richie Turner has won the second Renegade heat over Lance Rabtoy and Ryan Boutin
It is one of the crown jewel Super Late Model events in the country. The 42nd Annual Winchester 400 will take place on October 11-12-13 at the high-banked Winchester Speedway in Winchester, IN. Some of the biggest Super Late Model stars from all across the U.S.A. will be “gunning” their way to victory lane. Advance ticket sale forms are available at www.winchesterspeedway.com.
Josh Terry picked up the first Renegade heat race win over Jon Boutin, Don Franklin, Tylor Terry and Jason McClatchie
In addition to our coverage here at Airborne, Speed51.com is all over the country with Trackside Now Coverage as part of our 51 Days of Summer.

ARCA/CRA Super Series Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway (IN):http://www.speed51.com/2013_Stories/CRA/Trackside_Now_Anderson_7_20.html 

The 63rd Annual Sunoco Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway (NY):http://www.speed51.com/2013_Stories/RoC_Mods/Trackside_Now_Oswego_7_20.html

The Pro Late Model JEGS 100 at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA):http://www.speed51.com/2013_Stories/PLM/Trackside_Now_GMP_7_20.html

Renegade heat races are up first here at Airborne.
Casey Johnson won round one and Travis Sauter beat Johnson to win round two. Could round three see a third different winner? See the fastest Super Lates race around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval on Sunday, July 28. Along with the Super Late Models, the Midwest Super Trucks and INEX Legends will be in action. Qualifying at 1:15pm with racing to follow. More information can be found atwww.madisoninternationalspeedway.com.
The Modified 50-lap feature later tonight will be the first of two on the weekend for the division. The result of tonight’s race will be completely inverted for tomorrow’s 50-lapper starting lineup. The driver with the overall lowest average result between the two features will be awarded the overall race victory.

A similar finishing position-based average will be used in the three 100-lap segments tomorrow in the ACT event. We’ll have more on that tomorrow.

The third Gulf Coast Doubleheader weekend for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco is set for July 26 and 27. The weekend kicks off with a combination event for the Southern Super Series and the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Blizzard Series at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Friday, July 26. The action shifts a few miles down Interstate 10 to Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, July 27, for the combination Southern Super Series and Miller Lite Series 125-lap feature. Daniel Hemric swept both ends of the Gulf Coast double last month, but who will take the checkered flags home from the Gulf Coast this time around? Find out July 26 and 27. For more details, visit www.southernsuperseries.com,www.5flagsspeedway.com and www.mobilespeedway.net.
Opening ceremonies are now underway at Airborne.
Comment From Kris from ME 

By the looks of the in-car, Pole’s on a rail and is gonna be hard to beat.

The track wall and fencing is just about done being repaired, but it won’t be done in time to get a third ACT round on track. There will be one more ACT session for the day at 7:15pm. Next on track will be the Airborne division qualifying at 6pm.
Earlier today, ACT racer Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. took 51’s camera along for the ride during practice here at Airborne in the latest installment of Speed51.com On Track

Track crews are repairing the Armco barrier and the fencing behind turns one and two. The Labreche car has been removed and brought back to the pit area. Again, the driver was okay, which is the best news of all.
It will be a special Thursday night event on July 25 as they will honor Central Wisconsin and nationwide legend Dick Trickle with the White Knight 99+1 event for the Super Late Models. Best part, the general admission is only $4.99 for adults!!! Drivers who enter this event will get two tires and two pit passes. For more information, please visitwww.marshfieldspeedway.com.
This crash has brought Airborne local practice to an end.
More of the damage to Labreche’s car and the fencing behind turns one and two. (Speed51.com photo)
Labreche had to climb from his car through the rear window area. (Speed51.com photo)
Labreche’s car against fencing between turns one and two. (Speed51.com photo)
Under RED FLAG conditions after a the Modified of Roger Labreche, Jr. went off the track in turn one, off the banking and went through Armco barriers. The car came to a rest just a few feet away from where part of the pit grandstands are between turns one and two. Labreche emerged from his car okay, thankfully.
Josh Demers discusses changes to the 10VT before the third practice session. (Speed51.com photo)
Fans can enjoy a fun go-kart track here at Airborne as well. (Speed51.com photo)
The All-American 400 is one of the most prestigious short track events in the country and it’s back in 2013 even bigger and better than before. Set for November 1 and 2 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee, the AA400 will be a return to glory for the event that has seen the biggest names in the sport go to its victory lane. Butch Lindley, Bob Senneker, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Butch Miller, Jeff Purvis, Bobby Gill, Freddie Query, Wayne Anderson and Mike Garvey have all etched their name onto the All-American 400 record books over the years. The top names in Super Late Model racing and more will be on hand to battle for the famed guitar that goes to the AA400 winner. This year’s event will be a Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco Super Late Model race co-sanctioned by Champion Racing Association. More details are to be announced soon for this year’s All-American 400. Visit www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com‬‬ for more.
Alex Labbe was quickest in second ACT practice. (Speed51.com photo)

1 48QC Alex Labbe 17.137
2 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 17.239
3 88VT Nick Sweet 17.303
4 21QC Jean-Francois Dery 17.309
5 5VT Bobby Therien 17.319
6 40QC David Michaud 17.337
7 97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. 17.355
8 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette 17.364
9 7NC Ben Lynch 17.377
10 32VT Jean-Paul Cyr 17.397
11 17RI Ray Parent 17.400
12 19QC Dany Trepanier 17.421
13 91QC Patrick Laperle 17.423
14 16ME Travis Stearns 17.434
15 89VT Scott Payea 17.439
16 4NY Brandon Atkins 17.446
17 9ME Emily Packard 17.473
18 9VT Chip Grenier 17.474
19 68VT Brooks Clark 17.476
20 17MA Eddie MacDonald 17.482
21 81ON Bryan Mercer 17.494
22 71ON Dan McHattie 17.497
23 11QC Claude Leclerc 17.504
24 55VT Brent Dragon 17.520
25 50ME Jeff White 17.542
26 40VT Eric Chase 17.575
27 15ON Derek Lynch 17.582
28 81VT Grant Folsom 17.613
29 5QC Patrick Cliche 17.677
30 17VT Lance Allen 17.680
31 20NY Bucko Branham 17.706
32 78QC Stephan Descoste 17.722
33 25NY Kevin Boutin, Jr. 17.730
34 21NY Dave Rabtoy 17.748
35 25VT Dave Whitcomb 17.755
36 18VT Jamie Fisher 17.793
37 77MA Jimmy Linardy 17.853
38 7QC Daniel Bergeron 17.859
39 21VT Blair Bessett 17.892
40 10VT Josh Demers 17.896
41 9QC Christopher Bedard 17.981
42 18ON Shawn McGlynn 18.115
Quebec’s Alex Labbe was quickest in second ACT practice over Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Nick Sweet, Jean-Francois Dery and Bobby Therrien.
It’s the most prestigious Outlaw Super Late Model event in the country and it’s back for a 21st time at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway…it’s the Kalamazoo Klash! The Klash brings in the best Outlaw talents from the Midwest plus invaders from all around the country to battle in the event that annually packs the Kalamazoo Speedway grandstands. For more on the Kalamazoo Klash XXI, visitwww.kalamazoospeedway.com.
Second practice is now complete. Stay tuned for full results.
David Michaud (40QC) leads a big pack in practice. (Speed51.com photo)
On track currently are Jimmy LInardy, David Whitcomb, Brooks Clark, Jeff White, Kevin Boutin, Jr. and a few others. This practice round goes for another 10 minutes.
CRA Racing Powered by JEGS “Night of Stars Twin 100’s” at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, July 26 will bring some of the biggest favorite drivers for the Midwest fans. Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, David Stremme and Fox Sports/Speed TV NASCAR reporter Bob Dillner will be on hand for this special event. There will be a meet and greet with the fans and twin 100-lap feature events for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance. For more information, visit www.cra-racing.com.
Lance Allen, Stephane Descoste, Jamie Fisher, Nick Sweet, Bobby Therrien, Derek Lynch, Jean-Francois Dery and others are rumbling around Airborne now.
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Jamie Fisher, Bobby Therrien, Dany Trepanier, Brooks Clark, Travis Stearns are among the drivers on track currently.
Ben Lynch, a native of New Hampshire, is a student at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and has relocated to the Charlotte, NC area, thus the “NC” abbreviation on his racecar. (Speed51.com photo)
Lance Allen (17VT), Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (27NH) and Bucko Branham (20NY) turn down into turn one. (Speed51.com photo)
Now business is picking up on track with 14 cars making laps, including Bryan Mercer, David Whitcomb, Daniel Bergeron, Chip Grenier, Josh Demers and Emily Packard.
State Park Speedway’s second round of the their Triple X Challenge Series will be the Larry Detjen’s Memorial on July 26-27. The race honors a true hero who lost his life in a racing accident. The two days of racing will feature Super Late Models, Big 8 Series, Trucks and more. For more information, please visit www.stateparkspeedway.com.
The track has only a few cars on it at this time, JImmy Linardy, Eric Chase, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Chip Grenier making laps. More cars are in line waiting for their turn once there’s enough of a gap to slide them in.
YELLOW FLAG is out in second practice for debris on the front stretch. IT’s quickly picked up by track crews and we’re back to GREEN.
Nick Sweet (88VT) leads Eric Chase (40VT) through the corners at Airborne. (Speed51.com photo)
Second ACT practice is now on track. There will be two more sessions for ACT following this one.
Wayne Helliwell, Jr., the 2012 ACT Champion, was fifth quickest in first practice. (Speed51.com photo)
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make the trek to Monroe, WA on Saturday, August 17 for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway. Derek Thorn, Michael Self, Cameron Hayley, Greg Pursley and the other stars of K&N Pro Series West will be competing on the popular 5/8-mile oval. Fans are also invited to the K&N Fanfest on Friday, August 16. For more information, please visit www.evergreenspeedway.com.
Brian Hoar was quickest in first ACT practice. (Speed51.com photo)

1 37VT Brian Hoar 17.185
2 88VT Nick Sweet 17.235
3 58VT Jimmy Hebert 17.252
4 91QC Partirck Laperle 17.289
5 27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 17.290
6 9VT Chip Grenier 17.307
7 28ME Rowland Robinson, Jr. 17.346
8 15ON Derek Lynch 17.354
9 32VT Jean-Paul Cyr 17.354
10 7NC Ben Lynch 17.371
11 97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. 17.393
12 40VT Eric Chase 17.394
13 55VT Brent Dragon 17.404
14 02NH Randy Ptter 17.418
15 89VT Scott Payea 17.426
16 5VT Bobby Therien 17.480
17 16ME Travis Stearns 17.514
18 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette 17.529
19 19QC Dany Trepanier 17.529
20 9ME Emily Packard 17.532
21 17RI Ray Parent 17.555
22 68VT Brooks Clark 17.559
23 4NY Brandon Atkins 17.561
24 48QC Alex Labbe 17.562
25 11QC Claude Leclerc 17.570
26 17MA Eddie MacDonald 17.576
27 21QC Jean-Francois Dery 17.596
28 25VT Dave Whitcomb 17.611
29 50ME Jeff White 17.634
30 77MA Jimmy Linardy 17.637
31 40QC David Michaud 17.694
32 20NY Bucko Branham 17.713
33 7QC Daniel Bergeron 17.714
34 5QC Patrick Cliché 17.731
35 78QC Stephane Descoste 17.747
36 21NY Dave Rabtoy 17.764
37 81ON Bryan Mercer 17.767
38 10VT Josh Demers 17.821
39 71ON Dan McHattie 17.833
40 81VT Grant Folsom 17.846
41 9QC Christopher Bedard 17.857
42 25NY Kevin Boutin, Jr. 17.868
43 21VT Blair Bessett 17.871
44 17VT Lance Allen 17.965
45 18ON Shawn McGlynn 18.149
46 ACT cars are on the grounds here today and even more are expected tomorrow after drivers compete in their scheduled weekly track events tonight throughout New England.
Brian Hoar paced first ACT practice over Nick Sweet, Jimmy Hebert, Patrick Laperle and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Full practice results coming in the next few minutes.
First ACT practice is now in the books. We will have practice times as soon as they are available.
A swift Rollie Lachance runs out to watch Eddie MacDonald make a few more practice laps. (Speed51.com photo)
Our staff is also out snapping photos during this practice session. Let us know who your favorite driver is by commenting his or her name to us and we will try to get a photo up of their car during today’s Trackside Now coverage.
We are about 12 minutes from the end of the first ACT practice session. We will have times from officials after the session.
Most of the cars in the pit area have hit the track so far in practice.
Cars circle Airborne’s progressive banking. (Speed51.com photo)
Later on today, fans will be able to ride along with Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. for a few laps around Airborne Speedway. 51 has an in-car camera mounted in the 97NH for this practice season and we will post the footage in our Trackside now coverage later on.
ACT International 500 practice is now underway. About a dozen cars hit the track at once for the first session.
ACT President Tom Curley is now out on his golf cart inspecting the track surface. We could be even closer to putting cars on the track.
Track drying efforts have gone well to this point. The rain shower earlier on dumped buckets of rain on the half mile’s surface, but there are a lot of areas close to race-ready conditions.
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Comment From Kris from ME 

Thank you to Tom Curley for allowing you guys to cover this event. Keep up the good work ACT tour, and thanks Speed51 for the great coverage as always!!!!

Jonathan Bouvrette’s team awaits practice once the track is dry. (Speed51.com photo)
Jean-Francois Dery’s 21QC leads the tech line. (Speed51.com photo)
Blair Bessett’s ACT rig has just entered the pit area as well.
The Modifieds, which are similar to the DIRTcar Dirt Modifieds that are popular on the dirt tracks of the region, will have double features this weekend here on Airborne’s asphalt. (Speed51.com photo)
Just since our earlier hand count of cars in the ACT pits, several more have entered the grounds including Dave Whitcomb’s No. 25VT and Dan McHattie’s 71ON.
Now that the sun has reemerged, lots of work is being done in the Goodyear tire area. (Speed51.com photo)
Former Milk Bowl winner Brent Dragon climbs in his No. 55VT for a trip over the scales. (Speed51.com photo)
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.’s car rolls through inspection. (Speed51.com photo)
Airborne’s version of a jet dryer gets to work. (Speed51.com photo)
The rain has let up here at Airborne and already the track crews are starting the drying process.
Just as teams were starting to get their engines fired up to make final preparations for practice, a brief rain shower has hit Airborne Speedway. Looking at the radar, it won’t be a long rain delay, but it has slowed things down in the pit area.
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A panoramic view of Airborne Speedway. (Speed51.com photo)
Airborne hosted a race in the division now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1955. Lee Petty won the pole and also won the 200-lap feature over Buck Baker, Tim Flock, Bob Welborn and Carl Krueger.
A look at the progressively-banked turns one and two. (Speed51.com photo)
Track owner MIke Perrotte re-paved Airborne just a few years ago and added progressive banking to the corners. The progression goes from four to six to eight to 10 degrees of banking in the turns.
Eddie MacDonald picks out some of the eight-inch Goodyear tires that he will be running on today. (Speed51.com photo)
Airborne Speedway was named that since its inception in the 1950’s because of being located near the former United States Air Force Strategic Air Command base in Plattsburgh.
A little description of Airborne Speedway from the track’s website…

Airborne Speedway is a half-mile asphalt oval nestled in the beautiful and picturesque Adirondack Park region of Plattsburgh, New York. We are one of the oldest tracks in the Northeast, surrounded by Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canada to the North, and the breathtakingly beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York to the South and West. Our convenient location is just 2-1/2 hours from Albany, New York, an hour from Montreal, Canada, and a delightful ferry ride from Burlington, Vermont.

One of the most prestigious Super Late Model events in the country celebrates its 30th running in 2013. It’s the World Crown 300 at Jefferson, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park. The World Crown winners’ list reads like a who’s-who in short track racing and drivers from throughout the country will try to etch their name into World Crown history on August 10 in the 30th annual running of the 300-lap event. For more details on the 30th Annual World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park, visitwww.racegmp.com
We’re now just about one hour away from the first ACT Late Model practice session.
Fans perhaps unfamiliar with the American-Canadian Tour will notice during this weekend’s coverage that the car numbers are listed with a two-letter abbreviation after the number. That is to designate each driver’s home state or Canadian province.

MA – Massachusetts
ME – Maine
NC – North Carolina
NH – New Hampshire
ON – Ontario
RI – Rhode Island
QC – Quebec
VT – Vermont

Derek Lynch’s crew gets the 15ON through the ACT inspection process. (Speed51.com photo)
The ACT International 500 is not a points-paying ACT event.
Jimmy Hebert was all smiles this morning as he rolled his car through tech. (Speed51.com photo)
The winner of the 300-lap ACT main event tomorrow will pocket $25,000 plus bonus money.
Tomorrow, there will also be a 100-lap “Reserve Feature” for the ACT drivers who do not qualify into the main event. The Reserve Feature will pay $3,000 to the winner and the total purse is $5,000 more than the ACT point event here at Airborne earlier this year.
The ACT event’s purse exceeds $140,000. The posted purse and various bonus money for the ACT International 500 is by far the richest awards posted in the 28 years of ACT racing. This inaugural 500 event will be one of the richest single day short track race events in the country.
One of the Airborne Speedway camping lots is already close to filled up. (Speed51.com photo)
ACT International 500

Saturday – Adults $15, Kids (12 and under) FREE
Sunday – Adults $30, Kids (6-12) $5, Under 6 FREE

It’s currently 80 degrees under partly cloudy skies here in Plattsburgh, New York. Temperatures are expected to hover right around 80 throughout the day and dip into the 60’s this evening.

Tomorrow’s weather should be about as close to perfect for a race event as one can ask for. Temperatures are expected to be in the low-to-mid 70’s with sunny skies.

A packed ACT pit area. (Speed51.com photo)
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The teams’ rigs have parked throughout the morning and pre-practice technical inspection is underway.

We likely won’t know exactly how many cars will be here to officially compete in tomorrow’s heat races until the morning because several teams that plan to compete in this event are racing at their local tracks tonight. A walk through the pits netted an unofficial car count for the American-Canadian Tour cars in the mid-to-upper 40’s currently with more expected tomorrow. We will have an official car count of the ones on the grounds today once they have all signed in at the tech trailer.

Today’s coverage of the ACT International 500 is presented on Speed51.com by the 51st Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on October 5-6. It’s one of the most history-rich short track events in the country with a big payday and a picture with the trophy queen – a local dairy cow – awaiting the winner in victory lane. For more information on the 51st Annual Milk Bowl, visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.
Saturday, July 20

9:00am Pits Open
9:30am Tire Compound Opens (Practice tires only)
10:30am Pre-Tech Opens
11:00am Tire Compound Opens
12noon Front Gate Opens

Practice 1:00pm ACT Late Models
3:00pm Airborne Divisions
3:45pm ACT Late Models
4:30pm Airborne Divisions
5:15pm ACT Late Models
5:45pm Driver Meeting-Airborne Divisions
6:00pm Airborne Divisions Qualifying
7:15pm ACT Late Models Final Saturday Practice

8:00pm Renegade Twin Feature 1 (25L)
Modified Twin Feature 1 (50L)
Mini-Mod Feature
Sportsmen Mod Feature

10:00pm Close Track
Band until 12midnight

Good morning and welcome to Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York, where today the finest ACT-style Late Model racers from the U.S. and Canada will battle in the first-ever ACT International 500.
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Trackside Now: International 500 Practice Day – Airborne Park Speedway (NY) – 7/20/13