SOUTH PLATTSBURGH - Todd Ormsby of Ausable Forks dominated a strong 28-car field of DIRTcar Modifieds for the first of his career in the 30-lap Dick Nephew Memorial feature on Liquor and Wine Warehouse/Warrent Tire Night at Airborne Speedway Aug. 28.
Ormsby collected a bonus for snapping Martin Roy's win streak as the Modifieds raced "topless" in a throwback to their open-wheel racing roots.
Ormsby started eighth in the Adirondack Water Systems No. 26. He passed Dan Brown for the lead on Lap 14 and then drew out to a full straightaway lead that runner-up Pierre Berthiaume and fast-closing Patrick Dupree couldn't trim. He was met with a teardown challenge in the tech line paid for by a fellow competitor and was later declared to be legal as well as fast.
"Everything just came together tonight," Ormsby said. "I actually let up a bit towards the end and tried to hold my groove and not do anything wrong."
Berthiaume made his way to the front in the outside lane. He caught Brown for second on Lap 21 and held off Dupree to earn the runner-up spot. Dupree came from 15th to finish third. He split two cars to take over ninth at the halfway mark and advanced five more positions in the next five laps.
Brown finished fourth - three car-lengths ahead of Matt Woodruff in fifth. The second half of the top ten was Jason Durgan, Martin Roy, Maxime Viens, Leon Gonyo and Don Scarborough. Viens led the first seven laps, but was overtaken on a Lap 7 restart after the race was red-flagged after Craig Ormsby hit Chad Blair, who had spun to a stop, at full throttle. Blair walked to the ambulance and reportedly was not seriously injured.
Roy, who had won three straight and five of eight spent the night in double wide traffic. Dupree, the 2008 track champion now appears to have the 2010 title that Roy took away from him last year, well in hand.
Robin Wood survived a caution-filled J&S Steel Sportsman feature and drove to his fifth win in the Rent-A-Wreck No. 61. The victory vaulted him past Bucko Branham into first place in the point standings. Shawn Duquette, Nick Heywood, Brandon Atkins and Bill Sawyer completed the top five.
Codey Benoit of Milton took command of the Renegade feature in the early going and then withstood a challenge from Robert Gordon for his third win of the season. Gordon had two cracks at Benoit on late race restarts, but couldn't pull past his door. Defending Renegade champion Lonnie Rivers went from second to fifth and back to third to regain the Renegade point lead. Dave Rabtoy was fourth. Keith O'Neill was fifth.
Bill Desotell and Scott Richner were 1-2 in the Bomber feature. Chad Collins was scored in third after Josh Durivage failed tech inspection. The Mini-Modified feature was suspended mid-race to attend to a crash and will be completed this week.
Ernie's Discount Tools Modifieds: 1. Todd Ormsby, 2. Pierre Berthiaume, 3. Patrick Dupree, 4. Dan Brown, 5. Matt Woodruff, 6. Jason Durgan, 7. Martin Roy, 8. Maxime Viens, 9. Leon Gonyo, 10. Don Scarborough, 11. Chris Cayea, 12. Bryant Trim, 13. Mike Reyell, 14. Mike Wells, 15. Michael Viens, 16. Adam Bartemy, 17. Jason Sawyer, 18. Pat McGrail, 19. Craig Reyell, 20. Andy Powell, 21. Greg Atkins, 22. Brad Shova, 23. Vince Quenneville, 24. Mike Phinney, 25. George Foley, 26. Richard Tisseur, 27. Chad Blair, an 28. Craig Ormsby.