Aussie Declares His Independence

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MALTA, N.Y. — While Friday night’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway was dedicated to celebrating America’s Independence Day, it was an Australian in victory lane at the end of the 35-lap modified feature, as Peter Britten held off track kingpins Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont Jr. in a furious battle through constant traffic.

Neil Stratton led the caution-marred event early on, but the 10th starting Britten was second when the fifth yellow flew on lap nine and a lap after green returned he was on the point.

But Hearn, up from 15th, was coming fast and on lap 12 he slid under Stratton for second and began closing on Britten as Tremont, who had started back with Hearn, grabbed third.

With the race finally running caution free, Hearn got even with Britten a few times but the leader kept driving between pairs of lapped cars to escape. And by lap 30, Tremont was alongside Hearn in the turns, allowing Britten to slip away to a small but safe lead. They finished that way, with Marc Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Keith Flach, Stratton and Mike Perrotte trailing.

Rob Yetman won the Pro Stock finale easily, with Robbie Speed a distant second.