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Airborne Ownership Group Places Track for Sale

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Facility available as race-ready motorsports venue

 

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway’s ownership group has announced that the Plattsburgh, NY facility is available for sale or lease. The move comes following a mutual agreement between owners Steve Fuller, Jamie Atkins, and Mike Bruno.

Bruno, the managing partner, will step down from his position effective November 15, 2015; media director Justin St. Louis and marketing director Dick Therrien will do the same. Airborne Park Speedway recently completed its 62nd season and operated under sanction from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2015. Plans for a weekly competition format and schedule in 2016 are not presently known, though stock car special events and competition go-kart racing plans are under development.

An automotive and racing equipment swap meet and car show on Sunday, October 25 will continue as planned. The Airborne Park Speedway 2015 Banquet of Champions will also go on as scheduled, to be held on Saturday, November 14, at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall in Altona, NY.

For the ownership parties, increasing commitments to family and other business interests factored into the decision; all three members also own and manage separate businesses. Fuller owns and operates Fuller Excavating in Keeseville, NY and the Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent, NY; Atkins owns and operates Northline Utilities in Au Sable Forks, NY and manages an American-Canadian Tour Late Model racing team for his son and driver, Brandon Atkins; and Bruno owns and operates three Bruno’s Towing & Auto Repair facilities in Rutland County, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Fuller purchased Airborne Park Speedway in 2007 and made major facility improvements including the construction of two VIP suite towers and a new track surface. “I’m encouraged by the progress that the track made in 2015 and I want to see it continue to thrive as a race track in the future,” Fuller said. “Mike Bruno and the team that ran the track this year proved to me that racing will absolutely still work as a business, and they have left Airborne in a much better place than it has been in for many years.”

Atkins, a former racer, became part of the Airborne Park Speedway ownership group in 2009. “We met or exceeded every goal that we set together this year and we saw many positive indicators for the future of racing at Airborne,” he said. “This decision has more to do with time than anything else. Airborne turned a big corner in 2015 and became financially viable for the first time in many years, and that is due to the efforts of Mike Bruno and the staff that he put in place this past year. Now it is important that we select the right person or group to come into Airborne and keep the racing tradition alive and bring the venue to the next level.”

Bruno, a former champion driver at Airborne, joined the ownership group and was named the track’s general manager in November 2014. “We all love Airborne and this decision has been hard on all of us, but there came a point when reality set in,” Bruno said. “I am very proud of what we accomplished in 2015, but at the same time none of us want to sacrifice time with our families or turn our attention away from our own separate businesses. Our internal conversations about this started a while ago, but I think that the recent passing of racer Leon Gonyo only strengthened our desire to spend more time closer to home.”

The current ownership group agrees that it is important for a new prospective owner or leaseholder to operate Airborne Park Speedway as a stock car racing facility with a local focus. The facility is available for sale, lease, or event-ready rental.

“Plattsburgh loves racing, and the people of the North Country have been devoted to Airborne for more than 60 years,” Fuller said. “The race teams, sponsors, and fans have been our biggest supporters, and we did not want to leave any of them guessing about our roles at Airborne for the future. It was important for us to be honest with them about this decision as early in the off-season as possible.”

Airborne Park Speedway is located on Broderick Road in Plattsburgh, NY, one mile south of Exit 36 on the Interstate 87 Northway. Visit www.airborneparkspeedway.com for more information, or call (518) 647-4444. Airborne Park Speedway is on Facebook at Facebook.com/AirborneParkSpeedway and on Twitter at @AirborneSpeed.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour News & Notes: Charlotte

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 6, 2015) – Andy Seuss is one race away from history.

The Hampstead, New Hampshire, driver enters the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour finale on the quarter-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a 10-point lead on the field as he looks to become the third driver in tour history to win back-to-back championships.

The Southern Slam 150 is slated for Thursday night, where Seuss can match Junior Miller (2005-06) and George Brunnhoelzl III (2011-13). Seuss holds a 10-point lead over brothers Burt and Jason Myers and 13-point cushion on four-time champion Brunnhoelzl.

While Seuss enters with the points lead, he will have to keep an eye on Burt Myers. The third-generation driver enters as a three-time winner of this race including the last two in a row.

Burt Myers is no stranger to making up ground in this final event. He entered the Southern Slam 150 in 2010 in fourth place. Myers won the race as the other challengers had trouble and he was able to vault his way to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship.

Seuss finished fifth last year en route to his title and has three top-five finishes in five starts on the flat track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Race Details

RACE: Southern Slam 150

PLACE: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

DATE: Thursday, October 8

TIME: 8:40 p.m. ET (Approximately)

TRACK LAYOUT: .25-mile asphalt oval (Front stretch of CMS)

2014 WINNER: Burt Myers

2014 POLE SITTER: Ryan Preece

EVENT SCHEDULE: First Practice 11:15 a.m. – Noon; Final practice 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 5 p.m.; Autograph Session 6:15 p.m. (On Track)

Fast Facts
The Race:  The Southern Slam is the 10th and final race on the 2015 schedule for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, now in its 11th season. It will be the sixth time the series has competed on the .25-mile track along the front stretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (37.5 miles) with teams having an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track:  Built in 1960, the 1.5-mile track has hosted NASCAR events ever since it’s opening. The track was designed and built by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner. The track has gone through various upgrades through the years and a state-or-the-art lighting system was installed in 1992, allowing Charlotte Motor Speedway to be the first modern superspeedway to host night stock car racing. The Whelen Southern Modifieds compete on the quarter-mile track constructed along the front stretch of the speedway.

Race Winners: Burt Myers won the inaugural event at the track in 2010 and again in 2013 and 2014. Brunnhoelzl is the only other active driver to win at the track capturing a checkered flag in 2012.

The Records: Qualifying: Preece holds the quarter-mile track qualifying record at 14.612 seconds and 61.593 mph, set last year on October 9, 2014. Race: Tim Brown owns the race record speed of 45.455 mph set on October 13, 2011.

 Southern Slam 150 Notes

Preece Returns To Charlotte: Ryan Preece, who is tied with Doug Coby for the lead in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings as he goes after his second championship in that series, will also make his fourth consecutive start at Charlotte driving for veteran car owner Mike Curb. Preece set a track record in qualifying last season and led the first 64 laps of the event before brake troubles ended his chance for a win. Preece visited Victory Lane on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour earlier this season at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

Jason Myers Still Searching For First Title: After finishing seventh at South Boston, Jason Myers has been in the top three for most of the season in the point standings as he goes after his first tour crown. Despite not having a win this season, Myers is the only driver to finish in the top-10 in every race in 2015.

Measmer Jr. Honors Mother With Paint Scheme: Bobby Measmer Jr. has enjoyed a recent run of success as the Concord, North Carolina driver is coming off of his career-best finish of third and his first Coors Light Pole Award at South Boston on Sept. 19. He has painted his No. 14 modified pink to honor his mother who is battling breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Trey Hutchens III Closes In On Rookie Honor: Trey Hutchens III will simply need to start the Southern Slam 150 to capture Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. The second-generation driver has scored a pair of top-10 finishes at South Boston this season in his seven previous starts in 2015.

VMRS HEADING TO LEE OKTOBERFEST THIS WEEKEND

172936_10150398948535360_6414793_oCanaan, NH. — With the 2015 championship still to be decided, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, following a four-week layoff, journeys to Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, this weekend, to again be part of that tracks popular ‘Oktoberfest,’ an 18-race program spread out over three days, October 9 through October 11.

For the first time, the annual event will be contested in two 50-lap segments. The format, tried in June when the series raced at Lee, was well received by competitors, fans, and track operators.

As is the case when the VMRS visits Lee, the point’s championship is either decided there or a close battle is taking place heading to Thompson, CT, the following weekend. Sunday’s main event is no different. Only 21-points separate the top two point men chasing the title.

Chris Pasteryak, a five-time winner this season, from Jewett City, Connecticut, hopes to increase his chance of joining Kirk Alexander and Jon McKennedy, as the only three-time series champions.

Alexander of W.Swanzey, NH, and McKennedy, of E.Chelmsford, MA, are entering the Lee race.

Not to be counted out is Stafford Springs, Connecticut’s, Woody Pitkat who has had a solid season and been at the top of the point standings.
Pitkat, a fan favorite, has two series wins to date and is 21 markers from the top of the standings.

Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH, and Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, third through fifth in the point standings are expected entries.

Wrenn, retiring at seasons end, will be racing in front of ‘hometown’ fans for the last time. Wrenn raced Pro-Stocks at Lee for several seasons earlier in his career.

Former series champion, Rowan Pennink, last year’s top rookie, Mike Willis Jr, and three-time Lee winner, Les Hinckley, are expected.

Practice is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday with qualifying at 2:00 PM

Feature races will begin at 12 noon on Sunday.