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NOVEMBER 18, 2017

CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456

RELEASE PREPARED BY STEVE PADOS

Phillipsburg Mall to Host. . . . . .

IRCO RETURNS FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES SHOW

The dates for the popular eleventh edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show have been confirmed for 2018 and the hard-working staff and historical groups and speedways are putting all of the necessary pieces in place to produce another great show. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey beginning on Sunday, March 4th and will run through March 10th. The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and has become a must go to event for the local Tri-State area. Quaker Steak and Lube has taken on the lead sponsor role for the fourth consecutive season.

For the eleventh consecutive year, IRCO Community Federal Credit Union will once again lend their solid support to the popular show. IRCO was formed in 1966 and has grown in leaps and bounds to it's present state today. IRCO remains a locally-owned and staffed community financial institution. "IRCO Credit Union is pleased to continue its very successful relationship with the Dirt Track Heroes Show," stated IRCO Vice President Greg Collins. "The show has proven to be a very effective means of establishing the IRCO brand and promoting our various financial products in both the local and racing community. We look forward to another outstanding show at the Phillipsburg Mall in March 2018." IRCO Credit Union serves over 8,000 members offering a wide variety of financial products and services and serves the towns of Phillipsburg and Alpha as well as the townships of Franklin, Greenwich, Lopatcong and Pohatcong in New Jersey and the counties of Northampton and Lehigh in Pennsylvania. IRCO membership us open to individuals who live, work, shop, attend school, worship or volunteer in any of those communities. As a community based financial institution, all loan decisions are promptly made in their offices by onsite lending personnel.

Information about IRCO’s various financial services and products is available at www.ircocu.com, by telephone toll free at 800-538-1572 or stop by their offices located at 450 Hillcrest Blvd in Phillipsburg NJ and 2240 Northampton St in Easton PA.

The schedule of events for the eleventh edition of the Dirt Track Heroes Show will be released shortly and this great local event will remain focused on the past, present and future of the sport with special recognition to the many legendary stars the racing fans cheered on from the grandstands to the new wave of stars and the future stars who are now cutting their teeth in the entry levels of racing in quarter midget, go kart or junior slingshot ranks and determined to be the next driving stars in the sport..

The Phillipsburg Mall has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will once again offer many varieties of new and vintage race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the Mall for the duration of the show's run. The ten previous shows have brought out race cars from all divisions of motorsports filling the Mall space as the past, present and future of racing have been highlighted in a week long show celebrating the love each of us has found in attending races and meeting so many wonderful people associated with the sport. Last year's event broke many of the existing records as 162 cars made their way into the Mall walkways. With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to flock to the show to fill the wide aisles of the Phillipsburg Mall for the upcoming tenth edition of the show. This event is truly the Mall favorite and one of the leading attractions, continuously drawing outstanding crowds and successful events promoter Bob Miller and his wife Donna spearhead the hard working staff of individuals responsible for the continued success of the show.

The restored and original race cars represent racing's past or what many race fans refer to as the "Golden Era" of auto racing. The great spirit of the event takes the great fan base of racing back to a special time in their lives when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement and spectacle of a night at the races. Some of the cars in attendance will be original works, some of the race cars are replicars of famous cars re-created to look much like the racers the legendary drivers drove to glory at one of the many speedways that hosted racing events. The great cars and the preserved memories gain far more impact when the fans have the opportunity to chat with many of the legendary drivers who will be making special appearances at the Mall during the week long event. All historical racing groups including Tri State, Nazareth, Harmony and Reading will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.

Current day race cars are displayed by race teams to gain fan exposure and interest for themselves and their sponsors and create the "buzz" for the mall walkers to visit a race track in their immediate area. The cars are displayed to also exhibit the new and changing technology associated with racing and with the many restored race cars on site, depicts the evolution of the many eras of racing ingenuity. The fans can visit the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show and on any given night, meet the guys and gal drivers who pilot these four-wheel high-powered race cars. Many race tracks participate in this event as a way to distribute their yearly racing schedules for the upcoming season and to meet and greet their loyal fans and hopefully win over some new fans to attend racing events at their respective facilities. The show remains FREE to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall eleven years ago.

In previous events, cars on display included big block and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, all divisions of Micro-Sprints, all divisions of Sprint Cars, Drag Racing cars, Slingshots, Stage One Modifieds, X-Cel Modifieds, Late Models, SpeedSTRS, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. Many speedways will be involved with the 2018 edition of the show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many of the youngsters will be giving their first ever interviews to a large crowd.

For the eleventh consecutive year, former Gasoline Alley show hosts Ed and Steve Pados will host the nightly events and interviews along with longtime racing personality Bobby Stull and former Lake Mocatek Speedway co-announcer Justin Beltrame. Snydersville Speedway Announcer Alex Greezweig has also signed on for the event.

The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great tribute keepsake event souvenir program book and shirt. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443- 513-4456, via e-mail at: TOTHILL98@aol.com or at their website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com. or contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: steveswp@ptd.net

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Nov
19

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Honors 2017 Champions And Place Winners At 12th Annual Awards Party Celebration
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The 2017 Hamlin Speedway racing season officially came to a close on Saturday evening as a packed house of more than 225 people gathered together to celebrate the Hamlin racing season and to honor all of the 2017 seasonal speedway champions and place winners in a special evening of friendship and camaraderie. The S&S Speedway complex, located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania provided the backdrop for a gracious and a fun filled evening in which the Smith Family completed their twelfth successful season of promoting the Hamlin facility, a closed speedway they took over the reigns of in 2006. The S&S Speedway Complex, a great place to party and have fun, allowed the young racers a great opportunity to go head to head with their rivals on the tricky D-shaped speedway and enjoy some great fun as well as take part in the awards ceremony.

The popular multi-division speedway, located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, enjoyed an 18 event season in 2017 season with great results as the driving stars at the speedway rose to the occasion to shine brightly for the great racing fans who came out to witness the thrill a second excitement....Hamlin Style! The fabulous seven division weekly show proved to be over the top in racing excitement as more and more driving stars etched their names into the Hamlin Speedway record books. The thrill and excitement to compete at Hamlin brought many new faces and talented drivers to the forefront at the speedway including many drivers who transitioned from one division to another for the 2017 season. The solid family oriented atmosphere at Hamlin has placed the speedway in a league of it's own for small division racing with the Smith Family making a commitment to make their thirteenth season in 2018 an even greater experience.

After a fun-filled three hour afternoon period of allowing the drivers to trade paint and laughs on the S&S Speedway racetrack, a happy hour followed and a sumptuous buffet meal from Cook Corners was enjoyed by everyone. Banquet Emcee and Speedway Announcer Steve Pados took to the stage to announce the award festivities. First and foremost, the success of any speedway promotion is determined by a loyal and hard working track staff and Pados was on-point to recognize the great work staff at Hamlin for their total work ethic and dedication to the speedway. Promoters Randy and Denise Smith, Allesson Rode, Olivia Mease, Becky Otto, Ron and Lori Brown, Russ Furry, Sara Silfee and the Concession Staff of Michelle Thoman, Trina Bechtold, Alex Thoman, Kira Serfass and Lisa Mills, Dale Kober, Billy Shepps, Shane Potonsky, Dave Bechtold, Jill Brink, Linda Macomber, Sam and Scott Neary, Tim Krysiuk, Barry Boyd and Steve Pados and the ERT Staff headed up by Tom Rode, Kyle Rode, Joe & Brandy Brown, Shawn Eckhoff, Andrew Frailey, Eric Freldman, Ryan Mathieson and Will Vitulli were recognized and thanked for helping make the Hamlin Speedway the most diversified racing facility in the country today. A special thanks to Don Andreas for supplying the sound equipment for the event. Each division was introduced by Pados with each individual recognized for his performance and awards for the champions and place winners included Champion Jackets, Trophies, Gift Certificates, Cash Awards and Photography.

The "Stars of Tomorrow" from the talented Junior Slingshot division were honored first with Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania talent "Lil Miss" Shelby McLaughlin claiming the track title at Hamlin in a landslide performance. Place winners included Accord Speedway champion "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason, John Kendall, Tyler Banks, Adam Buchel, Abby Yates, James Benz, Joey Kalafut, "Junior Excitement" JJ Rice, James Hendricks and James Costlow. 31 Junior Slingshot drivers were in competition during the season that produced eight different feature event winners.

The next division honored was the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprints and claiming the title in 2017 was Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania driving talent "The Big Show" Joey Amantea. Amantea made the successful transition out of the quarter midget ranks to claim five wins on his way to the title. Additional award winners for the fast growing division included Ryan Lacoe, Paul Richards Jr, Tony Parlanti, Tyler Lindsay, Carmen Leggio Sr, Macy Litchauer, Noah Zielinski, Chloe Andreas, Justin Mills and Damon Paul. A total of 55 drivers made up the Rookie 600 Sprint roster with twelve different feature winners in 2017.

"The Oxford Express" Dale Kober captured the Super Slinger track championship by a runaway margin on the basis of a nine win season. The highly competitive Super Slingshot division was filled with jam-packed action throughout as 23 drivers and four different feature winners provided for a great season in the over 35 years of age division. Mike Taylor, Jim Conroy, Wes Hearn were additional place winners honored for their efforts.

A new champion emerged in the Wingless 270 Sprint division as "Deuce" Glenn Macomber utilized a six win season to go on and capture the title. Twenty drivers were in competition with five different feature winners during the season. Additional place winners included the runner-up Alex Reinsmith and Connecticut's Kyle Ferrucci.

A new champion was crowned for the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint division as the long travel paid off for Taunton, Massachusetts hot-shoe "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino. The two wins and over the top consistency paid huge dividends for the new champion. Former champion, "The Electric Man" Colin White scored runner-up honors. Additional place winners included "The Gingerbread Man" Damon Paul, "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith, 2016 Champion "Bad" Chad Sandt, "The Little Ice Man" Jacob Balliet, "The Mack Attack" Mack Brink and Justin Mills. The season had 71 competitors and eleven different winners.

"The Captain" Cody Kline captured the All Star Slingshot championship at Hamlin, making him a two time champion at the speedway. Kline also won in 2011 and used his first ever win at Hamlin to capture the big Hamlin 100 in July. The spectacular racing division saw 64 drivers test their skills at the speedway with twelve drivers finding sweet success in victory lane. Additional place winners included runner-up "The Tornado" Tyler Peet, Jared Silfee, "The Bloomingburg Bullet" Taylor Mills, "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober, Austin Silfee, Tess Horvath, Samantha Muller, Amanda Buchel, "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin, Mike Taylor, Wes Hearn, and Emily Fleming.

The Hampton RV and Trailer sponsored Stage One Modifieds completed their sixth season at the speedway and produced some memorable feature events throughout the season. Headed up by Northeast Modified legend "Rapid" Richie Smith, the sharp looking and quick throttled race cars were loaded with driving talent and the racers put it all on the speedway clay when in competition. Former Track Champion "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith put all of the pieces together and carved out an eight feature win season to capture the track title. A rookie in the division, "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio" captured runner-up honors. Cody Motto was another newcomer to the division and finished a solid third place in the final standings. "Mighty" Mike Samony, John Mirabelli, Evan Civick, Jasper Ziegafuse, Joel Price and Mark Corna also earned awards.

A great raffle period closed the show with many prizes available and many people walking out of the arena with their arms filled with some great prizes.

Keep in touch with all of the latest updates of the Hamlin Speedway by visiting their website often. All of the news regarding the new 2018 racing season and some special events will follow in a timely manner. The Smith Family would like to thank all of the drivers, owners, staff and the loyal band of race fans who have helped make the Hamlin Speedway the finest well-rounded small car division racing facility in the country.

Drivers please make sure you support the Eleventh Annual Dirt Track Heroes Show that will be taking place from March 4th to the 10th, 2018 at the Phillipsburg Mall located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The event provides a great opportunity to show your race car and to profile yourself and your sponsors to the more than 77,000 visitors who attended the show in 2017. Hamlin Speedway announcer Steve Pados and his brother Ed, along with Bobby Stull, Justin Beltrame and Alex Greenzweig will once again host the nightly shows at the event.

Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. S&S Speedways, JPA Masonry, Tilcon, Yankowski Enterprises, Ron Brown Hauling and RockAuto.com are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.

Hamlin Speedway is seeking additional marketing sponsors to join the speedway team for the 2018 racing season. For more information, contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: steveswp@ptd.net or Denise Smith at S&S Speedways at: 570-420-5500 or at: www.SSSpeedways.com or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SSSpeedways/ or www.HamlinSpeed.com or facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HamlinSpeed

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin, please contact Tim Krysiuk at: https://strictlydirtphotography.smugmug.com/

Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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Oct
29

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Accord Speedway Quick Results October 28th At Halloween Havoc On John J Liggan Insurance Day
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Arkel Motors Sportsman "Hocus Pocus 50" (50 Laps): Tony Kowalchuk, Tyler Johnston, Joey Bonetti, Jamie Yannone, Jimmy Wells, Matt Shultz, Rich Ricci III, Connor Otten, Dave Demorest, Phil Goetchius, Brandon McGill, Chris Lynch, Raphael Carson, Brian Durbin, Ryan McCartney, Jimmy Johnson, Lem Atkins, Jason Sanville, John Aumick, Hunter Lapp, Nick Johnson, Ricky Sanville, Nick Plumstead, Jerry Curry

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks "Ghosterbusters 30" (30 laps): Chris Streeter, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, Bob Sleight, Joel Murns, Livy Johnson, Walt Henry, Steve Williams, Amber VanOrden, Jim Maher, Paul Harding, Corey Stanton, Cooper Henion, Ray Tarantino, Jay Smalley, Joey Sheffold, Austin Smith, Chris Kanuk, Mike Arrizoni, Joe Morris, Nick Reilly, Zach Seyerlein, Gary Gamble, Dan Bertholf, Ryan Brockner, Chris Murphy

Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars: Jeremy Quick, Eric Jennings, Bobby Tersillo, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Larry McVay, Branden Gates, Andrew Davis, Tom Radivoy, Larry Drake

Emmanuel's Marketplace "Zombie" 4-Cylinders: Jeff DeGroat, Gene Helms, Mike Skelly (Best Theme Appearing Car) Johnny Bankich

Trailer Race: Brandon Conklin, Bobby Radivoy

Racing fans are encouraged to begin making plans for the Annual "Gobbler" spectacular coming to the speedway on November 25th. Modifieds, Sportsman and Pure Stocks will be in action for the Saturday event. More details will follow shortly.

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
At the Accord Speedway............................................

A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR

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Sep
16

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Track Champs Danny Tyler And Kyle Rohner Claim King Of The Catskills Wins At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The Ulster County weather was warm and breezy although there still remained a threat of rain in the air. The Accord Speedway was in top form and a solid roster of drivers and a standing room only crowd proved to be a win/win for Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer to host their annual King of the Catskills event at the speedway. Working right up until race time, Gary Palmer had the pristine quarter mile clay speedplant in impeccable condition and the attention to detail enabled the solid field of Modified and Sportsman competitors to race wall to wall throughout the evening of racing events. The evening of speed was headlined by sponsor Bruce Insinger and his Insinger Fuel Team. Check them out on the web at: www.insingerperformance.com

When all was said and done, Modified short track specialist "Showtime" Danny Tyler jumped on the talented Modified field at the drop of the green flag and never looked back as he dominated the racing action in a wire to wire triumph at the speedway. The win for Tyler was his first King of the Catskills triumph and Tyler walked away with the $5,000.00 prize that went along with it. In the Arkel Motors Sportsman Joe Giachinta Memorial 30-lap shootout, "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner dominated the event to capture the win and the $1,500.00 pay day that awaited him in the WRWD Radio Victory Lane. In the Nightcap for the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Cylinder Enduros, Johnny Bankich led and then he didn't, but he continued to challenge and was able to overcome all foes to go on and win his second Enduro event of the season and with the win walk away with a hefty haul of money.

Twenty-four Modifieds took off in a run for the roses in the King of the Catskills headliner with Danny Tyler wasting no time to blast out into the lead. Danny Creeden followed and stayed close to Tyler early in the event. A few early skirmishes dropped some quality talent from the field as Anthony Perrego, Mike Ricci and Richie Eurich were some of the early casualties. On each restart Tyler was able to get the great starts as he glued himself to the top of the stairs while Creeden was doing some solid work from the baseline.

Things were beginning to heat up as the two Dannys were up to the task to lead the way. From tenth starting spot came Scott Ferrier as he silently placed himself in contention. From 15th starting spot came former three time Accord Speedway Champion "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie. Higbie worked high and low to move in behind Tyler, Creeden and Ferrier.

As the laps clicked off, Tyler was able to separate himself a bit from the field but a jingle here and there slowed the speedway action. On the restarts Tyler was flawless and was able to click off some 13.1 second lap times. Tyler would go on and capture his first King of the Catskills win with Creeden in the runner-up role in the Loidice hot rod. Scott Ferrier was third with Higbie fourth and Kevin Ward giving the Montgomery Car Wash racer a great ride for fifth. Heading up the second five were Brian Malcolm, Andy Bachetti, Joe Judge, Richard Smith and Ed Dachenhausen.

Brandon McGill led the first lap for the 30-lap Sportsman main event named in honor of the late Joe Giachinta. Giachinta was a true gentleman and friend of the speedway and lost his life in an industrial accident two season ago. Matt Shultz took over on lap two and then it would be the high flying Kyle Rohner taking over the lead on lap three and the maneuver would act as the winning pass as Rohner, once in front, was never headed for the rest of the event. Rohner would receive the win and the big payday that went with it. Matt Shultz was solid in a runner-up role with Corey Cormier doing excellent work in third place. Tyler Johnston and Tony Kowlachuk completed the top five. The second five positions were steady Brandon McGill, Joey Bonetti, Connor Otten, Robbie Knipe and Mike DuBois.

The veteran campaigner and four time winner Dave Donovan wasted no time in charging to the front in the 50-lap Emmanuel's Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro excursion. Donovan, who has excelled over the field in 2017, led through seven laps until yielding to Dan Curry. Curry was quick from top to bottom and would lead from lap eight until lap-40 when Johnny Bankich passed him by. Curry didn't give up and took back the lead on lap-44. Curry got a flat tire while leading and Bankich struck again as he slipped past Curry on lap-47 and Bankich would go on and win the event. Curry limped home second with former Street Stock campaigner Gene Helms enjoyed a solid run for third place honors.

GEMSTONES:

The showcased event of the season at Accord for the Palmer Family was another spectacular event for the successful New York promotional team now in their 17th season at operating their Ulster County facility. The racing was superb as every Modified and Sportsman heat resembled a mini feature event. The standing room only crowd came from far and wide with as many as eight states representing the statewide support of the tremendous racing activity. Parking was at a premium and the grounds were abuzz with excitement for the long awaited evening of racing at the "Gem in the Catskills". The turnstiles of fans filled the concession areas all night long as they devoured the great cuisine offered up by the speedway concessions.

24 Modifieds made their way to the pit area along with 42 sportsman and 23 Four Cylinder Enduros. Three heats were needed for the Modifieds with David Hunt, Andy Bachetti and Danny Creeden scoring wins. The Sportsman division cars ran six heats with Brandon McGill, Kyle Rohner, Connor Otten, Corey Cormier, Danny Morgiewicz and Matt Shultz scoring wins. Three Sportsman B-Mains were needed and won by Cole Hentschel, Joey Bonetti and Robbie Knipe.

Many drivers on this evening did not make the final transfer into the feature and the speedway management would like to thank everyone for making a fine effort to attempt to get into the lineup. Sportsman drivers included Mike Murphy, Ryan McCartney, Jeff Higham, John DeWitt, Lenny Helmich, Collin DuBois, Lem Atkins, Mike Senecal, Rafael Carson, Fred Smith, Jared Miller, Austin Helmich, Alex VanPelt, Jim Kraus, Mike Bull, Vinny Visconti, John Miller and Jason Armstrong.

The Giachinta Family was at the speedway and presented the Joe Giachinta Cup to the winner

Speedway management thanks all of our drivers and fans for a great season at the speedway.

Leni Fornino was back once again to belt a stirring rendition of hte National Anthem.

Good friend and Announcer Justin Beltrame joined Steve Pados and Tim Adams in the tower for the event.

Halloween Havoc is next up on the Accord Speedway schedule. The date is October 28th with a full itinerary of racing and fun things for the families of racing to enjoy. Hay Rides, Balloon Sculpturing, Pumpkin Painting, Kid's Costume Parade, Bike Raffle Give-a-ways courtesy of Upstate Auto and just a part of some great fall fun.

RESULTS:

United Pump and Tank Modifieds: (60 laps $5,000.00) Danny Tyler, Danny Creeden, Scott Ferrier, Jerry Higbie, Kevin Ward, Brian Malcolm, Andy Bachetti, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Kurt Hundeland, Kyle VanDuser, David Hunt, Robe Rowe, Joey Bruning, Ken Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Corey Lowitt, Brad Rothaupt, Joey Falanga, Jeff Richardson, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Richie Eurich

Healey Brothers Sportsman: Joey Giachinta Memorial (30 Laps $1,500.00) Kyle Rohner, Matt Shultz, Corey Cormier, Tyler Johnston, Tony Kowalchuk, Brandon McGill, Joey Bonetti, Connor Otten, Robbie Knipe, Mike DuBois, Dave Demorest, Jamie Yannone, Nick Plumstead, Bobby Flood, Hunter Lapp, Tommy Vigh, Rich Ricci III, Kevin Stevens, Chris VanDuser, Cole Hentschel, Brad Horton, Roddy Watts, Danny Morgiewicz, Nick Johnson

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros: Johnny Bankich, Danny Curry, Gene Helms

Racing every Friday night from April through September.
Saturday, October 28th finds the speedway swinging back into action for the Halloween Havoc spectacular at the speedway sponsored by the Liggin's Insurance Agency. More information regarding the event will follow.

For more information regarding the great racing action found at the Accord Speedway, call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478 or log-on to their newly designed and well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com We are easy to find at 299 Whitfield Road, two miles off Route 209.

At the Accord Speedway..................................

A Trail Of Dirt Leads Right To Our Door

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Sep
10

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Cole Stangle, Josh Marcus, Colin White And Scott Neary Capture Gold In Hamlin Speedway's Outstanding Season Finale
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Losing a show to Mother Nature has always made it extremely tough for the speedway promoters as they have to scramble in hopes of completing their racing season on a solid and positive note. The Pocono Mountains were awash on Labor Day and created a plethora of events for the Smith Family to complete at their 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval on the final day of the racing season Saturday night. The quick change in the weather pattern also brought out the change in garments for the racing fans but the sizzling racing action that took place out on the speedway channels between the drivers produced heat and sizzle that kept the fans warm and excited until the final checkered flag fell on the season. The heart-stopping side by side action highlighted a great evening of racing that found the speedway hosting nine feature events were completed at 11 PM. The evening of speed was presented by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and JPA Masonry located in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.

The racing action produced some familiar names on the Hamlin scene with the cream of the crop rising to the occasion to land in the coveted Victory Circle while some new winners did emerge during the evening. "The Connecticut Cruiser" Josh Marcus had the field covered as he led all but one lap to record his second win of the season in the held-over All Star Slingshot event. "The Angle" Cole Stangle wired the field in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified thirty lap feature to win the annual Roy Smith Memorial event. Two JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint events were offered and "The Whiz Kid" Jack Hanna after only a couple of starts found himself in victory lane for his first ever win at the speedway. "The Ry-Guy" Ryan Stangle is another first year performer who has excelled and he went topside to win his second feature of the season. "The Electric Man" Colin White was full throttle as he used all of the Hamlin Speedway real estate in a show stopping run for the roses to claim his third win of the season in the JPA Masonry 600 Sprints. Tyler Banks only led one lap but it was the final one as he raced to his third win of the season in the Junior Slingshot main event. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober utilized his right foot from the start and wired the field for his ninth win in the Super Slinger finale. "The Fearless One" Kyle Ferrucci found himself alone in the zone as he captured his fifth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint finale. In the 50-lap National Tour event for the All star Slingshots, Scott Neary inherited the lead when race leader Jared Silfee tangled with a slower car and led the final laps to score the biggest win of his young career to capture the $1,000.00 prize offered for the win.

Tess Horvath and CJ Fritz brought the 17-car All Star Slingshot field down for the start of their held-over twenty lap feature encounter. Horvath led one lap before she and Fritz tangled, sending both cars to the rear. On the restart, Josh Marcus bolted into the lead and would lead the rest of the way in a great run for the budding star as he picked up his second win of the season. Mike Taylor was a strong second with Cole Stangle third, Taylor Mills fourth and Cody Kline completing the top five. The second five consisted of Austin Silfee, Amanda Buchel, Wes Hearn and Tyler Peet. Sixteen of the seventeen starters completed all laps of the main event.

Glenn Macomber led the first five laps of the Wingless 270 Sprint main until yielding to Kyle Ferrucci. Ferrucci was a rocket once out front as he found the Hamlin Speedway surface superb and led the rest of the way lap to capture his fifth win of the season. Glenn Macomber would finish second with Alex Reinsmith nailing down third.

Cody Smith seized the moment at the drop of the green flag and glued himself to the top reaches of the speedway to grab the lead for the first two laps until Adam Huff would get sideways down the backstretch and execute a heart stopping flip. Huff was uninjured in the incident. On the restart Colin White made everyone aware he meant business as he went to the far reaches of the speedway to climb into the lead from his sixth place start. Joel Smith, Mack Brink and Cody Smith kept pace as the racers hit their stride. Mick D'Agostino would race from tenth to fifth and Danny Buccafusca after dropping back a few notches was coming on like gangbusters. This would be a night for Colin White as he raced to his third win of the season, with Joel Smith, Cody Smith, Mack Brink and Mick D'Agostino completing the top five. Buccafusca would finish sixth with Paul Richards Jr, Chad Sandt, Ryan Neil and Damon Paul rounding out the top ten.

Abby Yates brought "the stars of tomorrow" starting field to the line for their 20-lap main headliner. Yates was quick and had no problems in driving away from the field after a couple of restarts. Cruising along, Yates caught the back end of the field and while being cautious allowed second place man John Kendall to close in on her. Going into turn three of the final lap had Kendall trying to slip underneath Yates but a slower car caused the pair to connect and have Tyler Banks inherit the lead. The final lap belonged to Banks as he scored his third win of the season at Hamlin. Adam Buchel kept up his steady performances at the speedway with a runner-up finish while Shelby McLaughlin was third, Kyle Swart fourth and Tommy Stillo rounding out the top five. James Hendricks, Jake Mason, Joey Kalafut, John Kendall and Abby Yates completed the top ten.

Two JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint features were needed for the growing roster at the speedway. In the first one, Jack Hanna took the early lead and had no problems in separating himself from the field. Hanna was flawless in a wire to wire triumph for his first win at Hamlin. Zack Weisenfluh was the runner-up with Ryan Lacoe, Alex Reinsmith, Aidan Borden and Dennis Chamberlain completing the field.

In the second Rookie 600 Sprint main event, Carmen Leggio led the first eleven laps until a run to the top of the speedway for Ryan Stangle found him exiting the turn with the lead. Stangle would go and capture his second win of the season with Paul Richards Jr, Carmen Leggio, Noah Zielinski and Joey Amantea completing the top five. Savannah Leggio, Tony Parlanti, Cody Powell and Mike Traver would complete the field.

The Super Slingers finale found Dale Kober taking off in the lead from his pole start. Kober would drive away from the field at will early on but a skirmish would slow the action. On the restart, Kober would remain in command and would go and record his ninth win of the season. Wes Hearn was second with Mike Taylor third, Jim Conroy fourth and Greg Zellman, Roger Collins and Jeff Haduck following.

The Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified shootout with the running of the annual Roy Smith Memorial, found Cole Stangle hustling into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Stangle quickly found the zone and was clicking off 13 second laps as he drove away from the field. Stangle was unstoppable as he led every lap and picked up the win and much sponsorship money for his efforts. Joel Smith was second with Joel Price third, John Comandini fourth and Cody Motto nailing down fifth. John Mirabelli, Michael Samony, Anthony Recchio, newcomer "Chops" Anthony Chrobak and Evan Civick completing the field.

The final event of the season came down to the National All Star Slingshot 50-lap finale with $1,000.00 on the line. Jared Silfee grabbed the lead at the start and was comfortable out front with most of the action taking place behind him. The fight for position was fantastic as no dimes were given and none were taken. The real estate was tough as the bidders were going full bore in an attempt to gain an advantage. Lap forty one proved to be the waterloo for Silfee as he tangled with a slower car in traffic and got turned around ending his bid for the roses. Scott Neary, driving Silfee's regular mount, inherited the lead and would lead the final laps to secure the win, the bragging rights and the gold. Tyler Peet was a solid runner-up with Brett Bieber, Danny Buccafusca in a guest ride and Taylor Mills completing the top five. The second were equally as stout with Cody Kline, Dale Kober, Josh Marcus, Wes Hearn and Ashley Kober following. The third five found Samantha Muller, Tanner VanDoren, Mike Taylor, Amanda Buchel and Seth Spayd in order. 22 of the 27 starters completed all fifty laps in a tribute to some great driving efforts.

Pearl Jams:

Even though the weather was breezy to begin the day, it turned very chilly in the evening hours. A great crowd came out to the speedway to witness a tremendous evening of racing activities. The racing surface was impeccable as the track remained racy throughout the evening with side by side, three wide and at times four wide action rocking the house. Promoter Randy Smith and crew worked on the track throughout the evening to give the drivers a great surface with which to ply their trade.

Time trials kicked off the preliminary racing activity for two of the divisions while qualifying heats provided the fans with what were like mini-feature events as the talented drivers dug deep into the Hamlin clay to earn their starting spots for the feature events. Jack Hanna was quick timer for the Rookie 600 Sprints as he timed at 12.387 seconds. Dennis Stawinski was second fast with a 12.748 time. In the Junior Slingshots, Shelby McLaughlin was quick time with a 14.898 time over John Kendall's 15.001 time.

Dale Kober was the heat winner in the Super Slingshots. Alex Reinsmith captured the lone heat win for the 270 Sprints. Wingless 600 Sprint heats were claimed by Joel Smith, Joseph Smith and Danny Buccafusca. . captured the Rookie 600 Sprint heats. Two rounds of heats were utilized for the Stage One Modifieds with Cole Stangle and Joel Smith victorious in the first round while Cole Stangle and John Mirabelli claimed the wins in round two. Newcomer Zack Cox had the misfortune of getting upside down in his heat and withdrew from competition for the evening. The All Star Slingshot also ran two rounds of heats with Amanda Buchel, Ashley Kober, Scott Neary and Seth Spayd winning the first round while the second round found Taylor Mills, Cody Kline, Josh Marcus and Tyler Peet in for the wins.

New faces made visits to the speedway and All Star Slingshot drivers who didn't make it into the feature included Rachel Dickinson, Henry Anderson, Tanner Jones, Nick Delcampo, Troy Langendoerfer, Austin Homan, CJ Fritz, Emily Fleming, Clayton Davey and Ryan Conrad. Tim Bauer was back in action in the 600 Sprints along with Doug Snyder and Carmen Leggio Jr. Brandon Nicholas, Mike Traver and Rich Maguire were among the recent additions to the Rookie 600 Sprints. Zack Cox got upside down in the Stage One Modified in his debut. Also joining the field was USAC Quarter Midget Champion "Chops" Anthony Chrobak as he tried the Smith Fabrications Rental Car on for size. He did a great job for his first ride in a bigger car as he seeks to transition into another division after having a very successful career in the Quarter Midgets.

Close to $500.00 was raised in a couple of days for lap sponsorship of the Roy Smith Memorial event. The Hamlin Speedway and Staff and Smith Fabrications would like to thank JPA Masonry, Buchel Motorsports/Florida Keys Air Conditioning, Amy Renee Hanna, MRS Racing, Tom Motto Racing, Ed Stangle Landscaping, Hampton RV and Trailer Sales, Accord Speedway, APS Powdercoating Services, Upstate Auto, Floor Excellence, Diane Stewart, TVD Racing, J&E Motorsports and GA Motorsports Media for their great support of this annual event. Cole Stangle earned the most lap money while also securing the Winner's Bonus posted by JPA Masonry. Mark Connelly and Zack Cox were awarded with the Hard Luck drivers and John Comandini was the Hard Charger for the event.

This ends the 2017 season at the Hamlin Speedway for the seven regular divisions although next week will find the X-Treme Dirt Series coming to the speedway for their next leg of racing in their series of events. If you have never seen the Quads in action, now would be a good time to come out and see the many divisions traverse the Hamlin course. More information regarding the event will be posted on the website.

Joey Amantea recently enjoyed his 13th birthday.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: (National Tour) Scott Neary, Tyler Peet, Brett Bieber, Danny Buccafusca, Taylor Mills, Cody Kline, Dale Kober, Josh Marcus, Wes Hearn, Ashley Kober, Samantha Muller, Tanner VanDoren, Mike Taylor, Amanda Buchel, Seth Spayd, Kyle Herve, Alan Kober, Jared Silfee, Mike McLaughlin, Joe Toth, Kyle Smith, Dakota Kohler, Tess Horvath, Cole Stangle, Austin Silfee, Dylan Hoch, Anthony Raisner

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: (Roy Smith Memorial) Cole Stangle, Joel Smith, Joel Price, John Comandini, Cody Motto, John Mirabelli, Michael Samony, Anthony Recchio, Anthony Chrobak, Evan Civick, Zack Cox, Mark Connelly

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Kyle Ferrucci, Glenn Macomber, Alex Reinsmith

JPA Masonry Wingless 600cc Sprints: Colin White, Joel Smith, Cody Smith, Mack Brink, Mick D'Agostino, Danny Buccafusca, Paul Richards Jr, Chad Sandt, Ryan Neil, Damon Paul, Joseph Smith, Geordan Marrero, Doug Snyder, Jacob Balliet, JD Casazza, Tim Bauer, Tony Parlanti, Jason Muldowney, Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Lacoe, Carmen Leggio Jr, Macy Litchauer, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Adam Huff, Duane White

Junior Slingshots: Tyler Banks, Adam Buchel, Shelby McLaughlin, Kyle Swart, Tommy Stillo, James Hendricks, Jake Mason, Joey Kalafut, John Kendall, Abby Yates, James Benz, JJ Rice, James Costlow

Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Wes Hearn, Mike Taylor, Jim Conroy, Greg Zellman, Roger Collins, Jeff Haduck, John Gilroy

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints #2: Ryan Stangle, Paul Richards Jr, Noah Zielinski, Joey Amantea, Savannah Leggio, Tony Parlanti, Cody Powell, Mike Traver, Rich Maguire, Jason Muldowney

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints #1: Jack Hanna, Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Lacoe, Alex Reinsmith, Aidan Borden, Dennis Chamberlain, Tyler Lindsey, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Brandon Nicholas, Macy Litchauer, Chloe Andreas

All Star Slingshots (Heldover Event): Josh Marcus, Mike Taylor, Cole Stangle, Taylor Mills, Cody Kline, Dale Kober, Austin Silfee, Amanda Buchel, Wes Hearn, Tyler Peet, Jared Silfee, Troy Langendoerfer, Ashley Kober, Alan Kober, Tess Horvath, CJ Fritz, Samantha Muller, Cory Zielinski

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The 2017 racing season has ended at the Hamlin Speedway. The Management and Speedway Staff thank everyone for another successful season at the speedway. Please make sure to keep in touch with all Hamlin Speedway information by checking the website or facebook page often. The annual awards party for the 2017 racing season will be held November 18th at the S&S Speedways facility. More information will follow.

Make sure to check the Hamlin Speedway website or Facebook page for any additional information. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 3 PM; Drivers Meeting at 5:45; Hot Laps are at 6:00 and the racing begins at 7 PM sharp. Admission Prices for regular shows are: Adults $10.00; Senior Citizens $5.00 Children under 6 are Free

Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Ron Brown Hauling, JPA Masonry, RockAuto.com, S&S Speedways and Yankowski Enterprises are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.

Hamlin Speedway is seeking additional marketing sponsors to join the speedway team for the 2018 racing season. For more information, contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: steveswp@ptd.net or Denise Smith at S&S Speedways at: 570-420-5500 or at: www.SSSpeedways.com or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SSSpeedways/ or www.HamlinSpeed.com or facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HamlinSpeed

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin, please contact Tim Krysiuk at: https://strictlydirtphotography.smugmug.com/

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Sep
09

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Accord Speedway Names 2017 Champions To Highlight Spectacular First Responders Night
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The summer, if you call what we had was a summer, quickly turned to fall-like conditions yesterday at the Accord Speedway as the rain came in and went and cool weather filled up the rest of the evening. Nevertheless, the Catskills Mountains of New York State provided the backdrop for a great Friday evening as the Accord Speedway presented it's "Night of Champions" to a large enthusiastic crowd on hand for the event. All track champions were crowned in the final evening of points at the speedway for the 2017 racing season. The over the top event was sponsored by Upstate Auto (www.upstateautoinc.com) and featured a sensational evening paying tribute to all First Responders. The event portion for the First Responders was headed up by Jim Slinsky and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office K9 Team. An over the top presentation featuring music, bag pipes, 21 gun salute, narration, echoing bugles and a tremendous number of fire trucks and emergency equipment filled the speedway. The show was brought to a climactic close with an another fireworks extravaganza from Santore's Famous Fireworks.

The event brought out a nice field of drivers and racing equipment as the event served a dual purpose for the drivers who will be entering the spectacular "King of the Catskills" events scheduled for Friday, September 15th. When the final checkered flag fell from starter Jonathan McGibbons, new champions were crowned for five of the divisions for the 2017 racing season. Accord Speedway was the Checkered Flag bonus sponsor.

Heading up the list of champions is "Showtime" Danny Tyler who enjoyed a great 2017 season and finished strongly to capture the United Pump and Tank Modified division title. "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner fought off a myriad of mid season problems to capture four wins during the season on his way to his third Accord Speedway title in the Arkel Motors Sportsmen division. "The High Side Hustler" Eric Jennings put his stamp onto the speedway title in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car division. The pure stock racers had as many as five drivers vying for the title and they raced hard throughout the season but it would be Travis Brockner winning the title in the hotly contested Upstate Auto Pure Stock division to earn his first driving title at Accord. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason enjoyed a break-out season with eight wins to capture the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot title.

The racing action during the evening was hot and heavy on the speedway with a few of the track titles still on the line. "The DC Express" Danny Creeden went out and borrowed a hot rod during the week from fellow racer Chad Loidice and was fast and furious as he captured his third win of the season in the United Pump and Tank Modifieds. "The Otisville Outlaw" Corey Cormier had a fast set of wheels under him as he claimed his second win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman finale. Livy Johnson struggled through a season when she was involved in a mid-season accident in which she suffered a foot injury and was on the shelf for a spell but she put all of the pieces together to capture her first win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock headliner. "Captain Quick" Jeremy Quick dominated the action to win his third feature of the season in Sprint Car action. Jayden Sleight inherited the lead when Jake Mason suffered mechanical difficulties to capture his second win of the season in the Junior Slingshot feature event. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp found a seam to drive to the lead and go and capture his second win of the season in the Rookie Sportsman finale.

The United Pump and Tank Modified division found the veteran Richie Eurich lead lap one of the 30-lap event but fifth starting Danny Creeden hustled and bustled his way into the runner-up slot and grabbed up the lead by lap two. Racing through the field came Andy Bachetti as the wild child started twelfth but was in the top four in just a few laps. By the time Bachetti moved into second, Creeden had checked out on the field. A skirmish or tow slowed the action and brought Bachetti to the back bumper of Creeden for the restarts but Creeden was in the zone and raced to his third win of the season at Accord. Bachetti was second in a great drive while Jimmy Wells raced from 14th to third. Danny Tyler was fourth and Richie Eurich finished fifth. Heading up the second five were Mike Ricci, Kyle VanDuser, Brad Rothaupt, Rich Ricci Jr and Richard Smith.

The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature found Jeremy Quick grabbing up the lead at the start of event. Quick was quick and was all business as he opened up a sizeable lead through the first half of the race. A caution for the disabled car of Larry McVay slowed the action but on the restart again it would be Quick in command all of the way to his third win of the season. Andrew Davis was second with Bobby Tersillo, Eric Jennings and Corey Wood completing the field.

The Upstate Auto Pure Stock finale proved to be an exciting as well as entertaining event as Livy Johnson jumped into the early lead with sixth starting Bob Sleight finding the topside to his liking as he worked hard to get into the runner-up slot. While the leaders went nose to tail the rest of the way, the drivers vying for the track crown waged a wicked war behind them. Johnson would hold off Sleight to capture her first win of the season while Ray Tarantino would finish third, Travis Brockner fourth and Emerson Cargain fifth. Brockner with his finish would win the title by a mere two points. John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Steven Kanuk, Harry Bachman and Gary Gamble completed the top ten.

Corey Cormier raced into the lead at the start of the Sportsman feature and even though that proved to be the winning move, he would face heavy resistance the rest of the way from the new champion Kyle Rohner. Rohner tried high and he tried low to slip past Cormier but Cormier ran a great raced to capture his second win of the season. Rohner was second with the returning Greg McCloskey running strong from 15th to finish third. Cole Hentschel continued his great work in fourth and Dave Demorest was a solid fifth. Matt Shultz headed up the second five with Nick Plumstead, Tyler Johnston, Joey Bonetti and Jamie Yannone completing the top ten. .

Jake Mason grabbed the lead at the start of the Junior Slingshot feature and would find Jayden Sleight putting the pressure on him from the opening bell. As the laps clicked off the pair remained close and with a couple of laps remaining Mason broke and handed the win to Sleight for his second win of the season.

Kevin Stevens used his outside pole position start to grab the lead at the start of the Rookie Sportsman feature. Stevens would go on to lead past the halfway mark when a a very quick Hunter Lapp found a seam between two slower cars to drive into the lead and go on to win his second feature of the season. Stevens would finish second with Jeff Higham doing great work for third, Vinny Visconti fourth and John Brown rounding out the top five. John Miller, Jared Miller, Alex VanPelt, Brian Durban and Austin Helmich completed the top ten.

GEMSTONES:

Despite the weather, under the tutelage of Promoter Gary Palmer, help from many divisions at the speedway got the track in real good racing trim. Even though the show began late, the speedway staff along with the First Responders Staff put all of the components together to offer the fans a night to remember

The talented roster of drivers tested the many racing channels of the speedway throughout the evening in preparation for the blockbuster "King of the Catskills" spectacular coming up on September 15th and sponsored by Insinger Fuels.

The speedway took an extended intermission period to pay tribute to all of the First Responders who work so diligently to keep our home security safe. Headed up by Jim Slinsky and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office K9 Team, many pieces of equipment came out onto the speedway in darkness and hoisted a 70 foot US Flag through the use of ladder trucks and at the designated moment all lights came on and put up an amazing display that covered the speedway and the entire infield area. Many thanks are in order to all of those who played a part in putting the spectacular event together. Santore's Famous Fireworks once again lit up the sky with their over the top fireworks extravaganza. DVD Copies of the entire salute to the First Responders are available through Videographer Tom Czaban and can be ordered by phone at: 518-250-0001.

Taking part in the ceremony were: Accord, Ellenville, Tillson, Sawkill, Hurley, Kerhonkson, Rosendale, Stone Ridge, Craigsmoor, Napanoch and Saxton Fire Departments, Ulster County Fire Coordinator, Kerhonkson-Accord First Aid, Ellenville Rescue Squad, Esopus EMS, Ulster County Sheriff's Office, Chris Benson on Bag Pipes, The Bruderhoff Choir, Steve Snyder from the Army National Guard on Bugle and Red Zimmerman form the Bruderhoof on Bugle. Special thanks to DJ Tim Adams for his work in the project and the great patriotic music.

Special thanks are in order to those who donated to the fireworks including RJ Smith Enterprises, Ulster Firearms, Advance Concrete Foundations, Kingston Nissan with Rob Rolleri and Easton Gregory, Upstate Auto, Rapid Tire, Len Bernardo and all of the First Responders.

"Uncle Mike" Hansen from WRWD Radio was back on board last evening with the WRWD Radio show truck and once again joined announcers Steve Pados and Tim Adams in the tower. Mike thanked promoters Gary and Donna Palmer for their hospitality as he thoroughly enjoys the great racing action taking place on the speedway.

Jerry Fornino was on hand to explain the flag flying at the speedway last evening. Jerry is a retired FBI agent and was at the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and on 911 in 2001. The flag flying was flown in front of the trade center grounds on February 26, 2003.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Lisa Agate from the Dibble Family and Accord Speedway.

Miss Motorsports, Taylor Albert was on hand at the speedway last evening helping in the victory lane presentations. She also interviewed with track announcer Steve Pados in regards to her reign as Miss Motorsports for 2017.

Heat race action in the Modifieds found Joe Judge, Jesse Marks and Danny Creeden capturing victories. Mike Senecal, Matt Shultz and Cole Hentschel scored heat wins in the Sportsman action. The Pure Stock heats went to Ray Tarantino and Travis Brockner. Eric Jennings captured the Sprint Car heat win. Rookie heat wins went to John Brown and Hunter Lapp.

Grandma Ann's Pies were a big hit with all of the feature winners and two were raffled off during the 50/50. Many thanks to Vinny Visconti Racing for the hat donation and to WRWD for the shirts.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Jimmy Wells. Danny Tyler, Richie Eurich, Mike Ricci, Kyle VanDuser, Brad Rothaupt, Rich Ricci Jr, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Kevin Ward, Eddie Burgess, Tommy Johnson, Joe Judge, Alissa Cody, Scott Ferrier, Kevin Krom, Jesse Marks, Ken Ferrier, Joey Bruning

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Cory Cormier, Kyle Rohner, Greg McCloskey, Cole Hentschel, Dave Demorest, Matt Shultz, Nick Plumstead, Tyler Johnston, Joey Bonetti, Jamie Yannone, Nick Johnson, Tony Kowalchuk, Ryan McCartney, Anthony Recchio, Mike Senecal, Rich Ricci III, Lenny Helmich, Leo Fotopolous

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Jeremy Quick, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Eric Jennings, Corey Wood, Larry McVay

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Livy Johnson, Bob Sleight, Ray Tarantino, Travis Brockner, Emerson Cargain Jr, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Steve Kanuk, Harry Bachman, Gary Gamble, John Drake, Jay Smalley, Ryan Brockner

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Hunter Lapp, Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, Vinny Visconti, John Brown, John Miller, Jared Miller, Alex VanPelt, Brian Durban, Austin Helmich, Fred Smith, John DeWitt, Brandon Daley

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jaden Sleight, Jake Mason

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)

Special event shows do have an increase in admission.

The next event at Accord will be September 15th as the grandaddy of all Accord events, "The King of the Catskills" will take place, sponsored by Insinger Fuels and offering up a huge $5,000.00 pay day to the winner. The Joe Giachinta Memorial for the Sportsman will offer up $1,500.00 to the winner and the Emmanuel's Marketplace Four Cylinders with as much as $2,000.00 on the line will close the show. Additional information for the event will follow.

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.

At the Accord Speedway............................................

A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR

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Sep
02

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- "Jammin" Jimmy Wells Romps To OCFS Qualifier Victory At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

As summer leaves us and the incoming fall weather joins us, the change in the weather patterns provided the perfect backdrop for the mighty stars and cars of the Accord Speedway on Friday evening to do battle at the "Gem in the Catskills" racing facility. The quiet serenity of the Catskill Mountains gave way to the intoxicating sounds of fast hot rod racing action and an over the top Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday evening and a great crowd of eager racing fans came out to witness their racing heroes carve out a fabulous and entertaining seven division racing card at the speedway. When the final event was checkered, seven happy winners found their way to the WRWD Radio 107.3 FM Victory Lane on an evening sponsored by Emmanuel's Marketplace, the Orange County Fair Speedway, home of the Eastern States 200, Taylor Rental and Dig Safely New York.

In the United Pump and Tank Modified division, "Jammin" Jimmy Wells found all of the racing channels to his liking as he ran down early leader, his Uncle Mike Ricci, took control of the point and romped to his second win of the season and in doing so claimed the qualifying spot for the prestigious 56th running of the Eastern States 200 to be held in Middletown, New York from October 20th to the 22nd. Bob Sleight, the defending champion in the division, turned in a stellar performance as he tracked down early leader John Drake and went on to capture his second win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock division. Ryan McCartney had the hot ticket in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman finale as he captured his third win of the season. "Kid Ice" Cole Hentschel grabbed the lead early and then had to fend off the challenges of his teammate, "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner in the final laps to claim his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman feature main event. Larry McVay put the finishing touches on a solid evening of racing as he claimed his second win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car headliner. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason captured his eighth win of the season in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot division feature. Mike Houghtaling made it three in a row at Accord in the Northeast Vintage Modified feature. "Showtime" Danny Tyler was spot on in challenging and defeating all comers in the Modified Eliminator shoot out.

Mike Ricci and Jesse Marks brought the solid field of United Pump and Tank Modifieds down for the start of the 30-lap headliner. Ricci seized the lead in the second VanDuser Concrete machine and would lead early on although Jimmy Wells came calling from fifth starting spot and worked his way into the runner-up slot by lap ten. Wells was methodical from the baseline as he began his assault on Uncle Mike. Racing side by side for a couple of laps made for a great show between the family but it would be Wells seizing command of the lead at the halfway mark. Once in front, Wells had clear sailing and would go on to capture his second win of the season and with it securing the starting spot for the Eastern State Weekend event in October. Mike Ricci, who has racing sparingly in the 2017 racing season, showed he still has plenty of gusto left with a fine runner-up performance. Scott Ferrier was third with Ed Dachenhausen fourth and Danny Tyler fifth hustling hard to complete the top five. The second five consisted of 15th starting Joe Judge, while Richie Eurich, Jesse Marks, Tommy Johnson and Eddie Burgess.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman division headliner found Nick Plumstead and Cole Hentschel on the front row with Hentschel finding the hot spot on the speedway and grabbing the lead at the start of the event with Plumstead and Dave Demorest following. Kyle Rohner found his way forward and as the early laps clicked off made his way into third place. With the race remaining green Hentschel and Plumstead were all alone as one and two while Rohner made up ground quickly and slipped past Plumstead for second and then set sail for his teammate. The drivers raced around the quarter mile clay nose to tail for at least ten laps as Rohner pulled out all of the stops to slip past Hentschel. Hentschel had his own ideas about the outcome of the event and held of the determined Rohner for his first win at Accord. Rohner was second making it a one/two sweep for the Advanced Concrete Team. Plumstead was third in a great run while Tyler Johnston and Matt Shultz completed the top five. Jamie Yannone headed up the second five with Corey Cormier, the returning Joey Bonetti, Tony Kowlachuk and Rich Ricci III following.

The Upstate Auto sponsored Pure Stock event got underway with John Drake grabbing the lead at the start. Craig Cuneo settled into the runner-up role while John Hechinger and Steve Williams began to challenge. On lap four Cuneo found the room he needed to take over the point and he would lead for three laps until Bob Sleight found the sweet spot he was seeking and drove by Cuneo to take command of the lead. Sleight would go on to record his second win of the season and first win since opening night at the speedway. Hechinger continued his great work with a third place finish while Steve Williams and John Drake completed the top five. Travis Brockner, who was leading the points chase coming into the event, was sixth while Ray Tarantino, Livy Johnson, Jay Smalley and newcomer Jesse Murphy completed the top ten.

Kevin Stevens was shot out a cannon at the start of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event. He would lead the first five laps of the event. On a restart, Ryan McCartney and Stevens got together with Stevens slipping out of the racing channel and doing all he could to maintain control of the race car. Stevens lost valuable ground while McCartney would be the new leader. McCartney had himself a fast race car as he would lead the remaining laps to claim his third win of the season at Accord. Vinny Visconti was second while Hunter Lapp, Alex VanPelt and Fred Smith would complete the top five. An interesting note is the top four drivers all came from the Slingshot ranks. John Miller was sixth, while Jeff Higham, newcomer Brian Durban, Kevin Stevens and John Brown completed the top ten.

Larry McVay powered into the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature. McVay withstood an early challenge from the returning Heidi Hedin and then would fend off the advances of the returning Rich Mellor for the rest of the feature events. McVay was in the zone and would race his way to his second win of the season with Mellor in for runner-up honors. Larry Ricci was third while Bobby Tersillo, Eric Jennings in a borrowed ride and Andrew Davis would complete the field.

The Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot event found Jake Mason taking control of the event by the end of lap one. Jaden Sleight kept the pressure on for the first half of the race but Mason has enjoyed his best year in racing to date and walked away with his eighth win of the season at Accord. Sleight was second with Brock Pinkerous finishing third.

In the Northeast Vintage Modifieds, Al Houghtaling would lead the first four laps of the event until a determined Bob Schmidt would drive by him. Schmidt built up a lead and would quickly get into slower traffic. Mike Houghtaling seized the opportunity as he caught up to Schmidt in traffic and then used a slower car as a pick to slip past Schmidt for the lead on lap seventeen. Mike Houghtaling would win his third event in as many tries at Accord. Schmidt was second while Ray See Sr, Chuck Davies and Jimmy Halpin would complete the top five. Mike Cole was the first Sportsman across the line.

Danny Tyler put his showtime moniker to good use as he defeated all comers in the Modified Elimination event. Picking a random draw of ten cars, Tyler was guaranteed a spot and wasted no time in defeating one by one the talent placed up against him. Tyler picked up $300.00 for his efforts. Special thanks to Dave Rocket and Marty at Upstate Auto for the award money for the event.

GEMSTONES:

Through the determined efforts of Promoter Gary Palmer, the speedway was in excellent racing condition and the many racing channels provided the drivers a wall to wall track surface to compete on. The close side by side racing action that Accord is well noted for kept the fans on the edge of their seats all night long.

Many, many thanks to the good folks at Emmanuel's Marketplace for sponsoring the over the top fireworks extravaganza presented by Santore's Famous Fireworks. Just as in the Dire Straits song, they did turn the night time into the day. Also special thanks to DJ Tim Adams for a great song selection during the fireworks show.

Pure Stock heats went to Bob Sleight and Livy Johnson. Modified preliminaries were captured by Mike Ricci, Jimmy Wells and Danny Creeden. Cole Hentschel and Nick Plumstead captured the Sportsman heats while John Brown and Alex VanPelt were victorious in the Rookie heats. Larry McVay claimed the Sprint Car heat event. Jaden Sleight claimed the Junior Slingshot heat.

New faces arrived last night for their first Accord start as Joey Bruning was back in action and was solid in his heat but ran into problems during the feature and was an early retiree. Phil Recchio returned to the speedway in the car his son Anthony had been driving most of the season. Joey Bonetti returned to action in the Sportsman. Gary Gamble and Jesse Murphy were two new faces with the Pure Stock Division. Brandon Daley was back in the action in the Rookies and Brian Durban made his initial start with the Rookies.

"Uncle Mike" Hansen from WRWD Radio was on board for the evening and interviewed with announcer Steve Pados for the upcoming First Responders Night on September 8th as the speedway will once again offer a special dedication on the anniversary of 9/11 next week on September 8th as all police, firefighters, correction officers and EMT's will be admitted to the speedway free with their department ID. Upstate Auto will be the headline sponsor for the event which will also highlight the night of champions at the speedway.

The Accord Speedway is sending $688.00 to the Houston, Texas Food Bank as part of the 50/50 last evening. The award was for $344.00 and the Speedway matched in a nice gesture by the Palmer Family and the great fans at Accord.

A super amount of interest is already in place for the upcoming King of the Catskills weekend at the speedway. With some very big dollars in place, a banner field is anticipated. More information will be released as the countdown is coming quickly.

Wes Davis, the sound technician at Accord, brought along his Grandson Joshua for his first visit to the speedway.

Leni Fornino, a fifteen year old student at Roundout Valley, sang the National Anthem last evening and did a wonderful job.

Avery Bonesfell and Benjamin Curry won bikes at the Speedway. Congratulations!

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: (OCFS Eastern States Qualifier): Jimmy Wells. Mike Ricci, Scott Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Tyler, Joe Judge, Ruchie Eurich, Jesse Marks, Tommy Johnson, Eddie Burgess, Richard Smith, Kurt Hundeland, Alissa Cody, Danny Creeden, RJ Daley, Kyle VanDuser, Ken Ferrier, Rich Ricci Jr, Joey Bruning, Brad Rothaupt (DQ), Kevin Krom (DQ)

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Cole Hentschel, Kyle Rohner, Nick Plumstead, Tyler Johnston, Mayy Shultz, Jamie Yannone, Corey Cormier, Joey Bonetti, Tony Kowalchuk, Rich Ricci III, Rafael Carson, Phil Recchio, Nick Johnson, Michael Murphy, Dave Demorest, Mike Senecal, Robbie Knipe

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Larry McVay, Rich Mellor, Larry Ricci, Bob Tersillo, Eric Jennings, Andrew Davis, Heidi Hedin, Jeremy Quick, Corey Wood

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Craig Cuneo, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, John Drake, Travis Brockner, Ray Tarantino, Livy Johnson, Jay Smalley, Jesse Murphy, Chris Kanuk, Emerson Cargain Jr, Harry Bachman, Gary Gamble

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Ryan McCartney, Vinny Visconti, Hunter Lapp, Alex VanPelt, Fred Smith, John Miller, Jeff Higham, Brian Durban, Kevin Stevens, John Brown, Brandon Daley, Austin Helmich, Keith Johannessen, Michael Corbin

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason Jaden Sleight, Brock Pinkerous

Northeast Vintage Modifieds: Mike Houghtaling, Bob Schmidt, Ray See Sr, Chuck Davies, Jimmy Halpin (Mike Cole-First Sportsman)

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)

Special event shows do have an increase in admission.

The next event at Accord will be September 8th with all divisions in action and the amazing tribute to First Responders along with Fireworks on Upstate Auto Night.

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.

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