Modifieds Join International 500 Program


PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — As American Canadian Tour late model teams from across New England and Eastern Canada prepare for the biggest showdown of the summer at the International 500 at Airborne Speedway July 20-21, Airborne Speedway’s Ernie Tool’s Modified division has joined the card.

The division, which consists of the thunderous 358 Modified cars, will pound the pavement for twin 50-lap events with the lowest point total taking the victory. The winner will take home a cool $3,000: the biggest purse of the modified’s season at Airborne. It will serve as a key mid-summer points race towards their championship hopes.

“It’s a great time for me. ACT brings in its own set of fans and they get to see what we do for a change. I like any big race. The more laps the better,” said former modified champion George Foley. “We want to win, but I don’t worry about the pressure. That race is big enough that my kids might come though, and I really want to do well in front of my kids.”

After gaining his first Airborne feature victory in 2012, modified standout Kris Vernold is thrilled to be a part of such an event.

“I’m excited about the size of it. ACT brings in a big crowd, and obviously it’s going to be huge exposure for us and for all of our sponsors,” said Vernold. “The money is a big bonus too. $3,000 to win is the biggest purse we’ll have all year. This is definitely the crown jewel of my schedule. It adds a little pressure for sure, but in this game, we always run with the mentality that you’re running to win.”