PLATTSBURGH, NY – Hometown favorite, Robin Wood, kicked off the 2006 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Sportsman Series in the same fashion as he did last year by winning Sunday’s 31st annual Adirondack Auto Spring Green 100 at Plattsburgh, New York’s Airborne Speedway. Wood, 34, becomes the first driver since legendary Canadian racer, Junior Hanley, to win the Spring Green back-to-back. Hanley, a multi-time ACT Champion won the 1992-1993 events. Wood remains the lone driver from the Empire State to carry the Spring Green checkers.

Unlike in his 2005 victory, Wood was not the man to beat. That status went to his uncle, Bucko Branham. Branham, also from Plattsburgh, started on the pole of the 100-lap feature and was virtually untouchable for the duration of the Spring Green including the restarts after each of seven caution periods. He raced to the checkers, the apparent winner ahead of Wood and Jason Bonnett from St. Albans, VT. Branham’s victory was erased when his Chevrolet Monte Carlo did not meet the pre-established post-race weight. (PHOTO - the 61 of eventual winner Robin Wood gets a love tap from runner-up Jason Bonnett in the 79 as Jamy Begor works the outside groove)

Branham’s disqualification advanced each driver one position, including nephew Wood into first place. Bonnett, the 2003 Sportsman Champion at the Airborne half-mile was second and the track’s defending Sportsman Champion, Toby Ebersole from Peru, NY was third. Joe Tetreault of Enfield, NH was fourth in his first visit to the D-shaped half-mile while Williamstown, Vermont’s Chuck Beede rounded out the top five.

“My car ran great today,” Wood stated as he collected the winner’s trophy in the tech area. “I was a little concerned about how the track would be following all of the rain we had last night. As it turned out, there wasn’t a problem, the second groove was fine if someone wanted to try going outside. I should know, I spent quite a bit of time out there today,” he finished with a grin. The Spring Green was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 6 but persistent rain forced postponement of the program early in the afternoon. (PHOTO: 3-wide action through Airborne's first and second turns chases the 77 of Richie Turner)

Wood’s win puts him atop the ACT Sportsman Series Championship standings over Bonnett (100-86) following the first of seven events. As the defending ACT Sportsman Series Champion, the second generation competitor is accustomed to sitting atop the standings although he did not secure the crown until the final event of the 2005 season, and then the title was his by just ten points.

ACT’s Sportsman Series next moves to the ¼-mile Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl for its first of two visits to the Barre, VT track. The Casella Mother’s Day 100 is slated for next Sunday, May 14. Post time for the second race on the schedule is 2:00 pm. Joining the Sportsman Series will be the track’s Late Model, Allen Lumber Street Stock and PowerShift Warrior divisions.