SOUTH PLATTSBURGH - Airborne Speedway has announced J&S Steel of Plattsburgh has renewed its sponsorship of the Sportsman division for the 2011 stock car racing season. Airborne marketing manager Sherm Hamel, J&S Steel, and Vermont Life Safety have arranged to double last year's payout for the Sportsman headliner "4-20's" event and create a $1,000 point fund lottery.
The Vermont Life Safety 4-20's race, set for Saturday, Aug. 13, consists of four 20-lap sprints, each now increased to pay $500 for first place. The line-up for successive legs of the race is set by inverting the previous order of finish. The overall event winner, determined by the lowest total of combined finishes, also earns $500.
"The Sportsmen are a pretty competitive division," Hamel said, "but if someone can win every segment, they can go home with $2,500."
J&S Steel will provide a year-end bonus to the division's point fund.
"We'll have a drawing among the top ten drivers and the winner will walk away with a $1,000," owner Jeff Sears pledged. "All of us at J&S Steel are looking forward to the 2011 racing season at Airborne Speedway. I think 2010 was the best year ever at the speedway."
"The whole Airborne staff really goes out of their way to bring quality family entertainment to the Plattsburgh area," he added. "We are very proud to represent the Sportsman division and add some extra incentive for the racers."
Bucko Branham of Plattsburgh was the overall 4-20's winner last season, edging out track champion Robin Wood and rookie Bill Thwaits, who dropped out with electrical failure on the last lap.
Airborne's 59th season begins Saturday, May 7.