Story By: PLATTSBURGH AIRBORNE SPEEDWAY – PLATTSBURGH, NY – Current owners Jamie Atkins and Steve Fuller have announced Airborne Speedway is up for sale.
The two have owned the 66-year-old facility for the past 11 seasons.
The difficult decision was made earlier this week by Atkins and Fuller and the timing makes sense for both. Fuller is retiring from the construction business and Atkins’ business is continually growing throughout the east coast of the United States.
“It has been a lot of fun over the last 11 years, but I’m going into retirement now,” Fuller said. “The racing business has created a second family for me and I am very thankful for that.”
Atkins, who owns North Line Utilities, LLC. said, “Airborne has been an exciting venture for me, I’ve learned a lot about the business, enjoyed a great partnership with Steve and made many friends in the Airborne family. Currently with our continued expansion (Northline) I just don’t have the time to devote to the venture myself that it needs and deserves.”
During their ownership, the speedway had four promoters/speedway managers.
Fuller’s first promoter was Mike Perrotte back in 2008. Mike Bruno and John Walker followed, with Robby Knowles as the most recent.
“It is definitely sad to hear the news, but I appreciate the effort and dedication put in by Steve and Jamie over the past decade,” Knowles said. “The facility is beautiful and hopefully someone will take advantage of this opportunity and continue Saturday night short track racing in Plattsburgh.”
The 2019 season came to a close this past Saturday with the Banquet of Champions at the Rainbow Banquet Hall in Altona, NY. Steve Bernier, Adam Pierson, Marc Lalonde, Shawn Duquette and Nathan Smart were crowned champions in their respective divisions.
If and when a new ownership group is formed, plans for the 2020 season will begin immediately.