Airborne Mini-Modifieds – Can Doner Be Beat?

Date: 4/17/2010 11:54:39 AM

Airborne Mini-Modifieds – Can Doner Be Beat?

For Immediate Release                                                                  AS-041610-1

          South Plattsburgh, NY – Rick Doner of Ausable Forks, a.k.a. “Captain Thunder” heads up the list of nearly 30 Keeseville NAPA Auto Parts Mini-Modifieds registered for Airborne Speedway’s 58th season opener Saturday, May 1.

Doner was the Mini-Modified runner-up in 2009. He won four races and had 12 top-5 finishes, but trailed champion Bill Thwaites by 16 points. Thwaites will compete in the J&S Steel Sportsman ranks this season. In 2008, Doner came within 15 points of the title as he tried to repeat as the NAPA Warrior champion, the division from which the 4-cylinder Mini-Modifieds were formed.

“I always race to win,” Doner said. “I didn’t quite make it to the title last year, but I had a lot more fun racing on the new track. You could come into the turns three wide. The third lane was just as fast as the bottom.”

Doner’s No. 95 Cavalier carries the paint scheme of Lightning McQueen the animated race car from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. He’s sponsored by Watson Glass and Gordon’s Oil of Ausable Forks and supported by wife Nanette and his daughters Rikki and Charley. Two of his Mini-Modified competitors are his nephews Steven Bresette and Justin Doner. Nephew Dustin Duval, third in points in 2009, may return. Other title contenders include Chris and Bobby LaVair, Randy Martin, Jim Collins, Speedy Bresette and Tom Santillo.

The Econo Lodge 50 Syracuse Qualifier for DIRTcar Modifieds headlines the May 1 season opener.

Airborne hosts the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Spring Green 100 presented by Furniture World of Vermont and Soleil Lumber Saturday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

Contact: Tom Herzig

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