Todd Stone (Modifieds) and Nick Heywood (Sportsman Modifeds) are both 2013 Airborne champions in their respective divisions after feature wins on Warren Tire/Huntley Trucking/Precision Auto Night.
Stone finished the successful defense of his 2012 championship by blasting to the front early and going on to his 6th Ernie's Tools Modified win of the season."He gained six positions in the first seven laps, passed Roger Labreche for the lead on a lap-10 restart and checked out until a late caution put runner-up Patrick Dupree back into contention.
Leon Gonyo held onto 3rd for the second half of the race with Jessey Mueller 4th and George Foley 5th. Mueller passed Foley with seven laps to go.
“It’s been a long season, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Stone said. “This is my third track championship. I started racing when I was 20 years old and I’m 45 now, so I don’t take any of it for granted. I’m very proud of my team and my family.”
Heywood wheeled the Warren Tire/Budweiser/T&B Metals No. 29 past Speedy Bresette for the lead on on lap 9 and was never headed.
Lonnie Rivers was a strong second. Chris Sousie finished 3rd for his 6th top-5 finish. Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, in his 1st start of the season, started 18th and finished 4th, one spot ahead of Rick Doner.
"It's awesome," Heywood said. "It sure makes you feel good to have the hard work of the team pay off. It couldn't happen without my sponsors."
Nick Heywood - 2013 J&S Steel Sportsman Modified Champion