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Week 2 of Racing from Airborne Speedway May 8th 2021

Dirtcar Racing
off the restart
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Bucko Branham (20) and David Boisclair (02) lock wheels as they are diving for the bottom of turn 1 of the restart. It would be the second week of racing for Airborne Speedway and the four weekly divisions would all be in action as around 60 cars would grace the pits. With that being said everyone would make their respected main events as there would be no need for an lcq on the night. After the heat racing would be done it would be main time and the first one up would be the Renegades division and it would be a great battle up front between Shawn Duquette, Zack and Joe Daniels, and the Terry brothers Tylor and Josh as they would switch the lead many times over the 25 laps A main. When the dust settled we thought that the winner would be Shawn Duquette but that win would be taken away as he was disqualified along with second place Zack Daniels so the win would end up in the hand of Joe Daniels. Next up would be the 30 laps main for the J+S Steel Sportsman Modified and it would be a tight battle up front all night between Nick Heywood, DJ Gonyo, Bucko Branham, and David Boisclair. Nick Heywood would lead the opening would lead the first 20 laps but would have to retire after an apparent electrical issue. So over the last ten laps, the other three would battle it out. There would be a restart with 2 laps to go with Branham and Boisclair when they raced down to the stretch Boisclair would get the win for his first at the track. Next up would be the Limited Sportsman Modified and would battle up front between Al Lajoice and Mark Fewster and after three years chasing Mark Fewster would get first win behind a Sportsman Modified after a pass in the closing laps. Then the last race of the night would be the 4 cylinder class that would see 13 cars take the green flag but after a few crashes on the night only half would see the checkered flag with the win going to Nate Smart after a great battle with Caleb Tourville. The track will be alive again next Saturday night as it will be Law Enforcement night at the track with all four divisions back in action the only change on the schedule is we will head back to our traditional start time of 7 pm. Gallery

Hoosier Mama's Mother Day Special Albany Saratoga Speedway May 7th 2021

Dirtcar Racing
and there hooked
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Jimmy Duncan (771) and Paul Braymer (3b) get hooked down the backstretch battling for the lead and stay that way through the corner and that's how they ended up. They would end up needing the sawall to get them apart. It would be the fourth week of racing at the Albany Saratoga Speedway better know as the great race place. After all the qualifying was done for the night the only thing that would be left for the night would be the mains and the first one up would be the 4 cylinders for 15 laps and charging from the back to take the lead would be the Jaxson Ryan as the first caution would come out on lap 6 for a spin by Matt Galusha. They would only get one lap in and the caution would be back out for caution for a wreck in turn. On issuing restart the 4 of Jaxson Ryan would just cut clean and Damian Ward would inherit the lead and get the eventual winner on the night. Then next up would be the Street Stock main event with all the action coming in the first five laps as there would be 3 cautions in that time with the big one being when leaders Jimmy Duncan and Paul Braymer would get hooked together and slide to the inside wall. Once the early race wrecking was taken care it would be a great dash to the finish as Josh Bussino would get the win over John Filarecki and Jason Samrov. Then the third main of the night would be the ground-pounding earthshaking Modifieds and it would be a feat just to make the field of 30 for the main as over 40 racers showed up for the night. The race would take a bit to get us there would be three cautions in the first nine laps including a rollover by a newcomer to the 358 ranks Jack Speshock as he hit a hole headed into turn 1. The action would be in the middle of the pack as Andrew Pergero and Larry Wight would charge up to second and third behind Keith Flach. There would be a caution just over the halfway mark with 14 laps to go and Flach Pergero and Wight at the front although they wouldn't have an answer as Flach would just pull away and take the victory. Then we would have the Sportsman Modified race and it would be a career night from Jim Nagle as he would come up from his top ten starting position and take the lead and oulast Cody Ochos and Andrew Buff for first Sportsman Modified event win. After that, it would be the Limited Sportsman Modified turn to take to the track, and once again it would be the Dylan Madsen show as he would get his second win in four races on the season and now be just one win away from being called up to the big show at Albany Saratoga Speedway. Then to finish off the night of racing from Albany Saratoga would be the crowd-pleasing Pro Stocks Chuck Dumblewski would bottom feed on the track all night and get a win on the night over Jason Casey. They will be back racing next weekend at the great race place on May 14th as it will be Law Enforcement night and thousand to win for the Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. Gallery

Liquoir and Wine Warehouse Presents the 67th Season Opener Dirtcar Sprtsman North/East Series 40 Airborne Speedway May 1st 2021

Dirtcar Racing
battle for a thousand
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Johnny Scarbrough (61) and Andrew Buff battle for the lead during the late stages of the Dirtcar Sportsman Modified North/East Series 40. It would be the start of the 67th season of racing at the Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway as it would be the Liquor and Wine Warehouse Dirtcar Sportsman Modified North/East and would be the first race back at the track where fans were welcome since the close of the 2019 season. In the headline event, there would be 42 cars that would show up for the battle for a thousand dollars to but before they could even get there they would have to qualify as they would be taking 30 to the big dance. There would be some tight racing throughout all the divisions in the heat race action. With the heat racing and last chance qualifiers in the books, the first main of the night would be the 4 Cylinders and it would be a battle of endurance as they would start with 12 cars but by the time they finished there would only be six left. In that fifteen-lap event, the top three would come under the checkered in a blanket with Matt Parker getting the win over Nathan Smart and Clemmy Bell. After a delay for some much-needed track work, the Dirtcar Sportsman Modified North/East Series would take to the stage for their 30 lappers as the race would be reduced by ten laps because there was the weather in the area. Andrew Buff and Johnny Scarbrough would battle for the early lead although Buff would have to call a night early after getting involved with a lapper. With that Johnny Scarbrough would take the lead and win and cash in a cool thousand dollars. Although it would not be easy as he would have to deal with a hard-charging Justin Serevence and David Boisclair. Then we would have a 25 lap main for the Hatson Total Opening Renegades Zack Daniels would start on the pole and hold onto that for the win but it would not come without work as Jim McKerrian would get to the bumper but couldn't get around him and rounding out the top 3 would be Tylor Terry. Then to finish off the night would be the Limited Sportsman Modified for 15 laps and they would start with 6 cars but with the track conditions gone the way of the buffaloes there would only be three that would finish with the win going to Blayden Arquiett over Garrett Givens and Al Lajoie. They will be back racing at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway next Saturday night (May 8th) check out the Airborne Speedway website though for the schedule on the night and also watch for the release of the full season schedule. Gallery

Week 2 of Racing Albany Saratoga Speedway April 23rd 2021

Dirtcar Racing
wheel to wheel
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Scott Duell (14x) and Connor Cleveland (09) going into turn three-wheel to the wheel as they battle for second early in the Sportsman Modified main. It would be week 2 of the 2021 season at Albany Saratoga Speedway and it would also be the return of fans to the races at the track for the first time in like 18 months although be it at a limited capacity of 20% in the stands. First up in the qualifying would be the heats for the Sportsman Modified and getting the four heats to win would be Pat Jones, Scott Duell, Dan Grignon, and Justin Miller. Then on track would be the Pro Stocks for three heats and the wins would go to Nick Stone, Chad Jeso, and Rob Yetman. Then we would have the ground-pounding Modifieds in the first heat Mike Maraseca would make a last-lap pass on Matt Depew for the win. Then in heat two, we would have another late-race pass this time by Jeremy Pitts on Derrick McGrew Jr for the win. In the third heat Anthony Pergero would take the lead on lap five over Rich Ronca and walk away with the win/ Then we would have the Limited Sportsman Modified out for three heat and in the first heat Bryce Breault would take the early lead for the win. In the second heat of the Limited Sportsman Modified, Gerald Leclair would go wire to wire for the win, and then in the third heat Zach Buff would do the same. Then the last set of heat races would be the Street Stocks for two heats and the winners would be Josh Femming and John Filarecki. Then we would have are only two last chance qualifiers on the night in the Sportsman Modified division and getting the wins would be Michael Fitzgerald and Tyler Corcoran. Then it would be back for its second year the Dash race this week in the Sportsman Modified class and getting the win is Pat Jones and the extra 200 dollars. Then all that would be left on the night would be the Mains and first up would be the Pro Stocks for 25 laps Rich Crane would start on the front row and slowly pull away from the field but there would be a late-race caution with 6 to go to bunch the field back up and have Chad Jeseo and Rob Yetman back in the hunt although it wouldn't be enough as Rich Crane would get the win. Next up on the schedule would be the 20 lap Limited Sportsman Modified and it would come down to the last lap and corner as Chris Jakubbiak would pass Gerald Leclair for the win. Then we would have the ground-pounding Modifieds and the early racing would see Michael Maresca and Anthony Peregeo battling at the front although a lapper would get in the way sending them both off. As the benefactor of that would be Jeremy Pitts and once he got the lead he would not give it up as he would secure his first career victory in the division. Then we would have the shower of 602 power as the Sportsman Modified would hit the track it would be slow getting going as there would be three cautions and we would have only one lap complete. Pat Jones would use his front row starting spot to avoid the wrecks and lead wire to wire for his second career victory. Although that wasn't to say there wasn't racing behind him as Andrew Buff would come up from 20th and get the 2nd place finish and Connor Cleveland would avoid an early crash to secure third. Then it would be the 15 laps four-cylinder race and Jaxson Ryan would walk away for his second straight win on the season. Then to finish off the night it would be the Street Stock for 15 laps as Hunter Sanchez would charge from the back of the pack for the win. The racing will return to the great race place next Friday (April 30th) for week three of the season on VP Small Engines Fuels night and Pro Stock Dash. Gallery

Thunder in the Thousand Islands Presented by St. Lawrence Radiology Can-AM Speedway April 10th 2021

Dirtcar Racing
victory celeberation
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Stewart Friesen (44) celebrates the first Super DIRTcar Series points event victory in over 470 days. It would be the official start to the 2021 Dirtcar season at the Can-AM Speedway for the Thunder on the Thousand Islands presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and would feature 47 of the best Super Dirtcar Series races along with 50 Dirtcar Sportsman Modifieds and 20 Dirtcar Pro Stocks. After the Hot Laps and qualifying first to the track for racing would be the Sportsman Modified with 5 heats of racings all the wins would be wire to wire Brian Hudson, Zach Payne, Mike Fowler, Anthony Rasmussen, and Matt Janczuk. Next to the track would be the ground-pounders of the Super Dirtcar Series that would also have 5 heats of racing and once again the leader of the start would get the victories going to Carey Terrance, Eric Rudolph, Justin Hears, Pat Ward, and Matt Shepard. Then to finish off the heat races would be the Dirtcar Pro Stocks with two heats would be Ivan Joslin and Sid Harmer but the story of the heats would b be Tyler Coonradt spinning out and finishing deep in the field and hurting his starting position for the main. Then we would have the last chance qualifiers for the Super DIRTcar Series and Sportsman Modified but before they would go there the track would be down for some track prep as they did a great job and getting an outside grove to come in and make for some great races. As for the LCQ's first would be the Sportsman Modified with two races and wins going to Gavin Eisele and Robert Gage. Then it would be the Super Dirtcar Series for two last chance qualifiers and the wins would go to David Marcuccilli and the hometown boy Jordan McCreadie and that would end the qualifying races on the evening. Now it was on to the mains and first out of the gate would be the Dirtcar Sportsman Modified for a 30 lap event, Brian Hudson would get the lead off the start and lead for the first seven laps until a spin would put them under caution. They would get back racing but for only one lap as another spin would put them under the yellow. On the ensuing restart, Mike Fowler would take the lead. Although Matt Jancauck would stay on his trail and take over the lead on lap 14 and hold the lead till the end for the victory but not without a late-race charge from Tyler Corcoran to make him work for the victory. Next up would be the main event of the evening with the Super DIRTcar Series with the Thunder in the Thousands 100 and their season would start the way it finished last year as Max McLaughlin who won the last race in Weedsport's would start on the pole tonight. Although his lead would short-lived as Tim Fuller would use his local knowledge. There would be caution on lap 17 for a spin-out but then the big one would come out as Eric Rudolph running in the top 5 would have a flat on lap 71 and bring out the caution and the restart would come with 25 to go. The front row of the restart would be Tim Fuller and Stewart Fresien and Stewie would dive bomb turn 1 and take the lead from fuller until the caution came out on lap 78 for Max McLaughlin. Although Timmy Fuller would get one last restart to try and get Stewart Fresien as Rusty Smith would have an engine go south 15 to go. Although it would not matter as Stewart Fresien would hold on and get the opening win of the season over Tim Fuller and Larry Wight. The Super DIRTcar Series will be back in action in two weeks at the end of April as they take to the high banks at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time ever. Then to finish off the night would be the DIRTcar Pro Stock for 20 laps. The local Sid Harmer Jr would sit on the pole and lead the first five laps through a couple of cautions. Although on the fifth lap Nick Stone would go around him for the lead. Then there would be another caution on lap 8 as the 33 of Pete Schroy would have to pull in. Then on the ensuing restart, Sid Harmer would take the lead back but it would be short live cause on the next lap Luke Horning would take the lead with 5 to go. Although it would not be easy to the end as Rob Yetman would be charging up and would try last-ditch slide job off of turn four on the final lap but there wasn't enough room and Luke Horning would wrap the bumper cover off and slide under and beat to him to the checkered for the win. Gallery

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers @ Plattsburgh Hornets March 24th 2021

Upstate New York Girls Hockey League
goal
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh's (9) with the goal as she slides it through the lakers pads. For the second time in three days, the Plattsburgh Hornets would the Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers in Girl's Hockey action. The game would look like it was going to start the same as the last meeting as the Hornets would take the 1-0 lead at the 4:30 mark of the first period on the Giroux goal. Although this time the Lakers would have an answer to the Hornets defense and get the tying goal with 90 seconds left in the opening period. In the second period, the Hornets would answer back quick to regain the one-goal lead at 2-1 on the Johnston goal. Then just over three minutes later the Hornets would strike again and get the two-goal lead on the Amanda Vaughn goal at 3-1. The Lakers would still have fought in them and cut the lead in half at 3-2 at the 6:52 mark of the second period. The Lakers would keep up their attack and would eventually get that game-tying goal at 3-3 with just over nine minutes to go in the game. Although the tie would be short-lived as the Hornets would take the lead back at 4-3 just ten seconds later. It was starting to look like the Hornets were going to get the win but with 33 seconds left in the game, the Lakers would get the tying goal with the extra attacker on the ice. The teams would head to overtime but the extra would be of no help on this night as the game would end in a 4-4 tie. Gallery

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers @ Plattsburgh Hornets March 22nd 2021

Upstate New York Girls Hockey League
rebound goal
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh's Mackenzie Brown (6) with the rebound goal on the doorstep for the lead. It would be an Upstate New York Girl's Hockey League contest as the Plattsburgh Hornets would host the Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers at the Amer-can North Sports Center. The game would get started well for the host Hornets as they would take the 1-0 lead 3:20 into the game on the Mackenzie Brown goal. Then at the ten-minute mark of the period, the Hornets would extend their lead to 2-0 on the Emily Vaughan goal as Brown would have the assist. Then with just over two minutes left in the game, the Hornets would strike again for a 3-0 lead again from Mackenzie Brown for the second goal of the game and third point of the contest. In the second period, the Lakers would play their hearts out and keep the Hornets off the board but the Lakers would have no answer and the game would stay 3-0 after the second period. Then about halfway through the third period, the Hornets would strike again this time from Giroux for the 4-0 lead. Then with just over five minutes left in the game, the Hornets would add one more for good measure and complete the 5-0 shutout victory on the Emily Vaughan goal. In the winning effort, the Hornets netminders would combine for a thirty-two save the night. Gallery.

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers @ Plattsburgh Hornets March 21st 2021

High School Boys Hockey
celeberation
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

The Saranac Lake Lake Placid Lakers celebrate as Rhett Darrah would light the lamp with 14 seconds left to get the game-winner. The teams would have a feeling out process through the early part of the first period. Eventually, Plattsburgh's Austin Lucas would get the opening goal of the game at the 6:34 mark of the first period and that's how the first period would end. In the second period though the Lakers wouldn't take long to tie the game up at one Dylan Annell goal. Then just under the five-minute mark of the second period the Lakers would take the 2-1 lead once again coming from Dylan Annell. Then in the closing seconds of the second period, Rhett Darrah would come down on the breakaway and slide it by the Hornets goalie for the 3-1 cushion. In the third period, the Hornets wouldn't go quietly as Drew Knowles would score just about at the midway mark to make it a one-goal game again at 3-2. Then with about 5:30 left in the game, the Hornets would get the tying goal to make it 3-3. Just when the game was starting to look like we were headed for overtime Rhett Darrah would strike again for his second goal of the game with 14 seconds left in the game to give the Lakers the 4-3 win. In the winning effort, the Lakers would go to 1-2 on the season while the Hornets would finish the regular season at 0-12 and will get ready for their playoff game against Northeastern Clinton on March 27th. Gallery.

Beekmantown Eagles @ Plattsburgh Hornets March 20th 2021

High School Boys Hockey
face off scramble
Photo By: 
Eleni Tyrell

Beekmantown's Zach LaPier (19) and Plattsburgh's Jace Lacey (21) battle for the puck off the faceoff in the Hornets zone. It would be the start of the final week of the regular season in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Boy's Hockey season as the Plattsburgh Hornets would host the Beekmantown Eagles at the Amer-can North Sports Center. The game would be tight through the first half of the first period until DJ Gonyo would light the lamp at the 8:48 mark of the period on the powerplay for the 1-0 lead. Then just outside the five-minute mark of the first period, the Eagles would strike again on special teams this time from Dalton Kane on the shorthand goal for the 2-0 lead. Then at the 6:39 mark of the second period, the Hornets would get on the board and cut the lead in half a 2-1 on the Knowles goal. The Hornets would waste time getting the equalizer just 90 seconds later on the Colburn goal. Although the Eagles would answer back again on special teams with the Burdo goal with 2:15 left in the second period to regain the 3-2 lead. That's where the game would be as they entered the third period and in that period when the Eagles Sweenor would score on the powerplay to make it 4-2 just two minutes into the period. Then with just under 6 minutes to go in the game the Eagles would make it 6-2 once again on the powerplay this time the goal would go to Tetreault goal for the 5-2 victory. In the winning effort, Riley Hansen would make 22 stops as they go to 6-3-2 and Plattsburgh's Calkins would make 19 saves as they fall to 0-11 on the season. Gallery.

Ticonderoga Sentinels @ Plattsburgh Hornets March 15th 2021

Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Girl's Basketball
all out effort
Photo By: 
Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh (32) with the all-out effort on the loose ball scramble to get it back for the Hornets late. It would be a matchup of winless opponents in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Girl's Basketball action as the Plattsburgh Hornets would host the Ticonderoga Sentinels. The game would start off good for the home hornets as they would jump out to the big lead after the first quarter at 17-6. In the second quarter, it would be a complete flip of the scrip as the Sentinels would get back into the game with a 13-3 quarter and only trail the Hornets by 1 at 20-19 at the half. When the teams returned for the second half they would play the third quarter rather tightly and the Hornets would increase their lead by the slimmest of margins at 8-6 to take a 28-25 lead into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, the game would remain tight throughout and there would even be a couple of lead changes in the stanza. Although the Hornets would have enough in them to secure the 42-36 victory on the strength of a 14-11 quarter to get their first win of the season. The Hornets will look to continue their winning ways on Friday, March 19th as they travel to Clintonville and take on the Ausable Valley Patriots. Gallery.

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