Quenneville, Masterson win spring series
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — On a night during which Addison County drivers also fared well, hometown driver Jason McClatchie on Saturday won the 100-lap Renegade division at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh.
McClatchie’s win highlighted a night that saw the inaugural Yandow Sales & Service/John Deere Spring Championship Series title winners crowned for all four divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, including one for Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. and another for Josh Masterson of Bristol.
McClatchie was the star of a hotly contested Renegade 100 that featured 12 lead changes, crashes, and a $1,000 winner’s purse. Zack Daniels led the opening 46 laps while McClatchie and former champion Richie Turner of Fairfax fired up their race-long fight for position behind him.
McClatchie held Turner off in a drag race out of the final corner by just three feet to win the biggest race of his career.
Ryan Boutin of Fairfax rebounded from a broken wheel early in the race to finish third, with Keith O’Neil of Mooers, N.Y., fourth and Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland fifth.
The victory also allowed McClatchie to clinch a $300 bonus for the six-race Yandow/John Deere Spring Championship Series for the division. The Spring Championship Series encompassed three events at Airborne and three at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.
The J&S Steel Modified division had a full 24-car field for its 35-lap main event, but got off to a rough start with two cautions on the first lap and another wreck on lap 17 that took out rookie Timex Morgan. Jamie LaFountain avoided the carnage to lead every lap for the apparent victory, but his car came up too light on the scales in post-race inspection. Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, N.Y. — who survived the scrape with Morgan — inherited the win for his first of the year.
Leading Ernie’s Discount Tools Rookie of the Year candidate Danny Sullivan of Morrisonville, N.Y., had an impressive drive for a career-best runner-up finish, with Plattsburgh drivers Bucko Branham and Nick Heywood next.
Greg Atkins completed the top five, followed by Quenneville in sixth. But Quenneville edged Atkins by six points (290-284) for the Spring Championship Series and a $1,000 bonus. Fellow Brandon resident Dave Snow was 17th.
Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg took his second win of the season in the 25-lap Ground Round Late Model feature. Masterson led most of the race before Therrien passed him on a green-white-checker restart. Masterson’s second-place finish was good enough for him to win the spring championship for the class.
Brandon Atkins was third ahead of Steve Miller of Vergennes in fourth.
Chris LaVair of Saranac Lake, N.Y., dominated the 15-lap Busch Beer Mini-Modified feature for his first Airborne win of the season.
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