South Plattsburgh George Foley of Saranac Lake took command of the Dick Nephew Memorial 50 with 10 laps to go and went on to his third win of the season in the Casella/Jim Pulsifer Logging No. 34 at Airborne Speedway Aug. 27. Foley sped past point leader on the low side second place then swung outside to overtake Greg Atkins for the lead.
The DIRTcar Modifeds were racing topless – without roofs – a twist that Foley has found is to his liking. “It does make the handling a little different,” he said, “but we have a couple of little changes we discovered a couple of years ago that work pretty good. ” Foley started ninth and managed to avoid a front stretch melee on lap two that destroyed Patrick Dupree’s machine and brought out the red flag.
Dupree, running out of races to overtake point leader Roy and defend his track title, had just begun a daring three-wide move exiting turn four when trouble ahead sent him scraping along the top of the wall. His Saranac Country Store No. 24 and Canadian Pat McGrail’s Brossard Mazda No. 10 left on the wrecker. Neither driver was seriously injured.
Atkins and Roy were waging a terrific duel for the lead when Foley arrived. “I don’t think Roy saw me,” Foley said. “I picked up a push after I got the lead though and I had to work hard to protect the bottom. ”
Roy made it around Atkins to claim second. Atkins was a close third, four car-lengths ahead of Roger Labreche (4th) and Pierre Berthiaume (5th). Richard Tisseur and Leon Gonyo spent much of the event racing side by side for 4th until Gonyo lost a right front tire and spun Tisseur out. Positions 6-10 went to Aaron Bartemy, Vince Quenneville, Jimmy Ryan, Andy Heywood and Mike Phinney.