Plattsburgh's Airborne Speedway will have a new look next season. Track officials announced Tuesday that Airborne will switch from an asphalt surface to a dirt surface for 2017.
In the press release announcing the move, the decision to change surfaces was made to "get Airborne in the best position for longevity." DIRTcar will be the new sanctioning body for the progressively banked half-mile track, which will allow drivers from other DIRTcar tracks to race at Airborne without having to make any major changes to their equipment.
One of the major changes in switching from asphalt to dirt is that the ACT Tour Late Models will no longer be able to make their annual stop at Airborne for the Spring Green. The 358 Modifieds will return as the headline division on a weekly basis.
This is actually a return to Airborne's roots. When the track first opened in 1954, it had a dirt surface. Since then the track changed to asphalt, back to dirt, and back to asphalt again in 1990 and stayed an asphalt track for the last 26 years.
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