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Accord, NY- Danny Creeden Smokes The Field To Capture Accord Speedway Modifieds
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The 2017 racing season has all of the makings of the summer that was never was as rain, rain and more rain has continuously altered what many families have planned for the so-called summer vacation months. The same can be said for race track promoters as the unpredictable weather has left promoters scrambling for all that can be salvaged. This past Thursday finally saw a break in the weather and placed Promoter Gary Palmer in a total catch-up capacity in order to have the Accord Speedway ready for the Friday night racing action. Palmer accomplished his mission by race time and the seven division show went off without a hitch and produced positive results for some while for others it was back to the shop or garages to attempt to coax more speed out of their race cars. The evening of speed was presented by Williams Lumber. Their website is: www.williamslumber.com The checkered flag bonus was posted by Dreaming of the Mouse Vacations.

Securing wins at the sixth event of the season were "The DC Express" Danny Creeden as he blistered through the field to capture his first Modified win of the season at Accord. Brandon McGill put on a strong show and held off a group of top talent to go on and capture his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division finale. Garden Stater Rich Mellor worked his magic off of the hub rail to earn his first win of the season in his Woodland Trucking sponsored Sprinter. Emerson Cargain Jr regained his winning form to wire the field in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature run. Tyler Banks led all of the way to capture the National tour win in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event. "The Italian Stallion" Vinny Visconti earned a hard fought win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature and it was his first victory at Accord in a full size division racer.

Richie Eurich blasted into the lead at the start of the United Pump & Tank Modified main with Scott Ferrier in tow. Eurich gave way to Scott Ferrier after some laps of trading the lead back and forth with the narrowest of margins. Jimmy Wells made some early move to become a player and Danny Creeden came hustling forward in his Smokers Choice Sponsored hot rod. Creeden made the most of the race track as he closed the distance between he and Wells and then set out after Ferrier. Creeden dogged Ferrier for a few laps and found the winning move off of turn four on lap twenty. Once in front, Creeden became the man with a plan as he led the remaining laps although the final laps produced a strong running Jimmy Wells and he closed the distance but it would be Creeden capturing the win with Wells in a runner-up role. Scott Ferrier was third with Jesse Marks and Danny Tyler from 17th position rounding out the top five. Heading up the second five were Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Brian Malcolm and Anthony Perrego.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman main proved to be another fantastic show. Brandon McGill outhustled Milton Mann at the start to assume command of the lead but Mann had ideas of his own and began to apply pressure to McGill from all angles of the raceway. At times Mann was able to pull even only to have McGill squeezing a bit more throttle to his racer to remain at the point. After troubles in his heat event relinquished Kyle Rohner to a 20th position start, the former two time track champion blasted forward and by lap seven had moved into the top five. By the midway point, the race was still a five car battle with McGill, Mann and Rohner now stepping away from the field. With five to go, Mann tried again to unseat McGill but McGill remained a tough hombre and fought off the advances to claim his first win of the season. Mann did a great job as he finally was able to finish a race with a fine runner-up performance. Rohner was third in a stellar drive with Jim Johnson and Tony Kowalchuk completing the top five. Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Robbie Knipe, Leo Fotopolous and Matt Shultz rounded out the top ten.

The Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature attraction found Emerson Cargain jump out front with a great start and although the field remained close it would be Cargain leading all laps on his way to his first victory at the speedway in a few seasons. John Hechinger was second with Chris Kanuk in an excellent run grabbing third place. Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, Ray Tarantino, Allen Tarantino, Harry Bachman and Tanner Granacker completed the field.

Eric Jennings led the first two laps of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale but a slick running Rich Mellor slipped past him with an excellent move off of the baseline to take over the lead. As they raced back into turns one and two Jennings had climbed to the top of the speedway in an attempt to grab the lead but got sideways and ripped the tail tank off of his sprinter. On the restart, Mellor got a challenge from Heidi Hedin but Mellor turned up the wick and raced to his first win of the season. Jeremy Quick raced hard and grabbed up second late in the race with Heidi Hedin third, Larry Ricci and Larry McVay following. .

Vinny Visconti led the first two laps of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman main but was overtaken by Ryan McCartney on a restart. McCartney would lead for three laps until Visconti would grab the lead back on a restart in lap six. A couple of laps later McCartney and Jake Granacker were seeking the same piece of real estate and got together. On the restart, Visconti was still in command but now would be pressured by Hunter Lapp. Lap twelve found McCartney hard into the Redi Rock wall. On the final restart Visconti held on and captured his win ever in the full size division race cars. Lapp was second in a great run for him, Jimmy Devitt was third, George Begg fourth and Jared Miller fifth. John Miller, Michael Corbin, Jake Granacker, RJ Daley and Tanner Johnson rounded out the top ten.

The National Tour for the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event found Tyler Banks hustling his JCO Environmental Services hot rod to the front from his outside pole start. Banks pulled away from the field and built up a good lead until young Brock Pinkerous became involved in a losing battle with the second turn boiler plated and getting upside down. Pinkerous was unhurt in the incident. On the restart, it was still Banks at the point but Jake Mason, who was on a five feature win streak at Accord, came a calling. Mason tried everything he had to unseat Banks and even ran side by side on a couple of laps but it would be Tyler Banks earning his first win at Accord and on the National Tour circuit. Mason was a solid second with Tanner VanDoren third, Tyler Ulsh fourth, Shelby McLaughlin fifth and Adam Buchel sixth. Nico Flammer has been a strong runner all season but as he made a bid in his heat event, something went amiss with his racer and withdrew for the evening.

GEMSTONES:

Racing began later than normal as Promoter Gary Palmer put in a ton of extra hours to have the track ready and racy for the evening's events. He accomplished his mission as the track saw four channels of racing taking place and some dared to go five wide. Unfortunately, lightning struck the lap counter during the week and was rendered unusable for the evening.

Heat races were run off quickly and Rich Mellor captured the lone heat for the sprinters. Tanner VanDoren and Tyler Banks captured the Junior Slingshot heats. Rookie heats were claimed by Vinny Visconti and Tanner Johnson. The lone Pure Stock heat was captured by John Hechinger. Sportsman heats went to Leo Fotopolous, Tony Kowalchuk and Robbie Knipe. Modified heats found Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich and Brian Malcolm capturing wins.

Mike Traver returned to action in the Sportsman. Allan Tarantino returned to action in the Pure Stocks. Junior Slingshot drivers included Nico Flammer, Tyler Ulsh, Tanner VanDoren, Adam Buchel, Shelby McLaughlin and Kyle Swart.

The fine folks at Williams Lumber brought out one of their trucks to pace the Modified feature and Sue and Gleason headed up the contingent of Williams folks enjoying the races. They brought along T-shirts, carry bags and hats that were handed out to the feature event winners while Miss Accord Speedway, Michelle Campbell offered shirt and hats out to the crowd.

Grandma Ann's Pies were also handed out to all of the feature winners.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Scott Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Danny Tyler, Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Brian Malcolm, Anthony Perrego, Richie Eurich, Ken Ferrier, Brian Krummel, Mark Pullen, Tyler Treacy, Chad Loiodice, Kyle VanDuser, Kevin Ward, Ed Dachenhausen

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Brandon McGill, Milton Mann, Kyle Rohner, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Kowalchuk, Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Robbie Knipe, Leo Fotopolous, Matt Shultz, Austin Smith, Dave Demorest, Jim Kraus, Michael Traver, Shane Henion, Mike DuBois, Ralph Ronk, Nick Plumstead, Corey Cormier, Chris VanDuser

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Rich Mellor, Jeremy Quick, Heidi Hedin, Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Eric Jennings, Brandon Gates

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Emerson Cargain, John Hechinger, Chris Kanuk, Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, Ray Tarantino, Alan Tarantino, Harry Bachman, Tanner Granacker

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Vinny Visconti, Hunter Lapp, Jimmy Devitt, George Begg, Jared Miller, John Miller, Michael Corbin, Jake Granacker, RJ Daley, Tanner Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Fred Smith, Jeff Higham, Stan Vishinski, Brandon Daley, Mike DuBois Jr

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: (Tour Event) Tyler Banks, Jake Mason, Tanner VanDoren, Tyler Ulsh, Shelby McLaughlin, Adam Buchel, Brock Pinkerous, Kyle Swart, Nico Flammer (DNS)

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.

June 16th brings in all regular divisions for action on a night sponsored by our good friends at Dig Safely. The evening of speed will also highlight the return of the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro event.

June 23rd will bring in Kingston Nissan to the speedway along with Bike Night and the Northeast Vintage Modifieds

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.
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Jun
03

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Accord, NY- "Little" Richard Smith Logs In A Fine Drive To Triumph In Accord Speedway Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer finally had a great Friday evening as a good burst of June weather allowed the promotional team to not look over the shoulder to see if any rain clouds were on the horizon. The Palmer Family hosted a seven division race card at their superb quarter mile speedplant located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. A nice crowd was on hand to enjoy the evening of speed sponsored by the good folks at D&D NAPA while the Checkered Flag Bonus was sponsored by the Palmer Family.

Richard Smith rocked the house with an outstanding drive to capture his first win of the season in the United Pump and Tank Modified finale and his first win at the speedway since 2011. "The Otisville Outlaw" Corey Cormier captured his first Accord win of the season in a rim-riding effort as he won the Arkel Motors Sportsman main. "The Intimidator" Ray Tarantino made it two wins for the season as he captured the Upstate Auto Pure Stock encounter. "The Highside Hustler" Eric Jennings raced to his fourth win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature. Ryan McCartney was triumphant in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event to claim his first ever win at the speedway. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason raced to his fifth consecutive win at Accord in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshots. The return of the Empire Lightning Sprints proved to be a happy one for Zach Bennett as he winged his way around the speedway to capture the feature event with an exciting performance.

Richard Smith led the first eleven laps of the United Pump And Tank Modified feature before yielding to the high flying Brad Rothaupt on a restart. Rothaupt would lead for three laps before Smith, with a full head of steam, overtook Rothaupt to assume command of the point once again. Rothaupt and Danny Creeden would run second and third for quite a few laps but making his move into the top five was Danny Tyler. The "Showtime Kid" had himself a fast hot rod and slipped past Rothaupt and Creeden to drive into the runner-up slot with five laps to go. Tyler could not muster up a challenge with Smith with time running out and it would be Smith in his Smith Logging and Land Clearing sponsored machine. Tyler was second in a stout run from 11th position. Rothaupt, Creeden and Anthony Perrego would complete the top five. The second five were Brain Krummel, Brian Malcolm, Kyle VanDuser, Chad Loiodice and Ken Ferrier.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event found Milton Mann jumping out into the lead at the start and he would lead for three laps before giving way to Rafael Carson who would lead from lap four through six. A restart would allow Mann to regain the lead and Mann was steady in trying to keep his Sedita mount ahead of a quick group of competitors headed up by Corey Cormier. Cormier worked the top and the middle of the raceway before pulling alongside of Mann for a few laps with driver seeking the advantage. On lap 15, an inside move from Corey Cormier off of turn two allowed him to burst into the lead. While Mann slid backwards towards the end of the event, the pressure was mounting as Kyle Rohner, who spun on the opening lap, worked his way from the rear of the field to become a player. Rohner moved into second place late in the race but the evening belonged to Cormier as he raced to victory in the 25-lap event. Rohner was second with Matt Shultz, Tony Kowalchuk from 15th position and Cole Hentschel rounding out the top five. The second five found Tyler Johnston, Robbie Knipe, Jim Johnson, Milton Mann and Jamie Yannone following.

Ryan McCartney led the first two laps of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature attraction but would give way to Anthony Recchio who powered into the lead. McCartney would regain the lead on lap four and just as quickly would have the smooth running Hunter Lapp making his way into the runner-up slot. McCartney and Lapp would wage a dual until the end of the event as McCartney would nearly lose the lead on a couple of occasions but had more than enough foot to keep the car at the number one spot. McCartney would go on to capture his first ever win at the speedway with Lapp in a runner-up role. Kevin Stevens would come on strong for third with Jake Granacker and Vinny Visconti completing the top five. Recchio hustled back through the field to gain sixth place with Tanner Johnson, Jared Miller, Jamie Doolan and Michael Corbin completing the top ten.

John Hechinger led the first three laps of the Upstate Auto Pure Stock event before Ray Tarantino powered by with a run to the top of the speedway. Once in front, Tarantino pretty much held the field at bay as he led the remainder of the laps to claim his second win of the season. Hechinger has been a real surprise in 2017 as he enjoyed another fine run with a runner-up finish. Steve Williams, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner (subbing for Bob Sleight), Harry Bachman, Tanner Granacker, James Goetchius and Chris Kanuk completed the field.

Jake Mason added his fifth consecutive win at the speedway in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot finale. He did it in convincing fashion as won by a straightaway over Brock Pinkerous.

Corey Wood would jump into the lead in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature and would lead for three laps before yielding to the returning Thomas Radivoy. Radivoy would lead until lap nine when Eric Jennings blasted by with a top to bottom power move to claim the lead. Jennings would lead the remainder of the laps to claim his fourth straight win at the speedway. Jersey star Rich Mellor rebounded from a mid race spin to charge back and finish second. Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo and Brandon Gates completed the field.

The return of the Empire Lightning Sprints found an energetic group of drivers happy to return to their old stomping grounds. Doug Norrie would lead the first lap of the feature but on lap number two found himself making contact with the inside barrier and suffering front end damage. Clint Roehrs, a former three time champion at Accord, would lead the next lap before yielding to the high flying Zach Bennett. Bennett would quickly carve out a lead but Roehrs would detonate an engine bringing a red flag out to the field. On the restart, it was all Bennett as he winged his way around the speedway from the top shelf. Bennett would get the win and believed to be his first ever win at the speedway. Justin Phillips, Peter Dance, Alex Bell, Lou Torres, Canadian Charles Belanger, Jesse Pruchnick and Alex Adamsky completed the field.

GEMSTONES:

The hotly contested racing action was completed at 11 PM. Kudos to Gary Palmer and crew for whipping the speedway into excellent shape for the evening of racing action.

Heat wins went to Richard Smith, Danny Tyler and Brad Rothaupt in the Modified division while three heats were needed for the Sportsman with wins going to Corey Cormier, Matt Shultz and Brandon McGill. The Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Anthony Recchio and Hunter Lapp. Eric Jennings and Thomas Radivoy captured the sprint car heat wins. Jake Mason captured the Slingshot preliminary. Pure Stock heats wins were captured by Bob Sleight and Steve Williams. The Lightning Sprint heats were claimed by Clint Roehrs and Zach Bennett.

New drivers on hand for the evening besides the traveling Lightning Sprint roster included Alyssa Cody in the Modifieds. Shane Henion was a new addition to the Sportsman division. Tanner Granacker returned to action in the Pure Stocks. John Miller made his initial start with the Rookies. New sprinters on hand were Jeremy Quick and Rich Mellor. Mellor was victorious last season at the Halloween Bowl.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Richard Smith, Danny Tyler, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Brian Krummel, Brian Malcolm, Kyle VanDuser, Chad Loiodice, Ken Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Ed Dachenhausen, Alyssa Cody, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Kevin Krum, Scott Ferrier, Tyler Treacy, Eddie Burgess, Mark Pullen, Jimmy Wells

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Corey Cormier, Kyle Rohner, Matt Shultz, Tony Kowalchuk, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Robbie Knipe, Jim Johnson, Milton Mann, Jamie Yannone, Mike Murphy, Leo Fotopolous, Shane Henion, Rafael Carson, Brandon McGill, Nick Plumstead, Nick Johnson, Dave Demorest, Chris VanDuser

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Rich Mellor, Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Brandon Gates, Jeremy Quick, Thomas Radivoy, Heidi Hedin, Don Smith Jr, Cory Wood

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Ray Tarantino, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, Harry Bachman, Tanner Granacker, James Goetchius, Chris Kanuk

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Ryan McCartney, Hunter Lapp, KevinStevens, Jake Granacker, Vinny Visconti, Anthony Recchio, Tanner Johnson, Jared Miller, Jamie Doolan, Michael Corbin, John Miller, Fred Smith, Chet Doolan, Alex VanPelt

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Brock Pinkerous

Empire Lightning Sprints: Zach Bennett, Justin Phillips, Peter Dance, Alex Bell, Lou Torres, Charles Belanger, Jesse Pruchnick, Alex Adamsky, Clint Roehrs, Doug Norrie, Shilo Boyce (DNS), Ralph Utter Jr (DNS)

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.
June 9th brings in all regular divisions for action on a night sponsored by our good friends at Williams Lumber. The evening of speed will also highlight the Junior and All Star Slingshot Nationals.

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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May
27

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Accord, NY- "Jammin" Jimmy Wells Reaches Paydirt To Capture First Career Modified Win At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer once again rolled the dice and came up the big winners on Friday evening as they ushered in the Memorial Day weekend at their superb quarter mile speedplant located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. With a less than admirable weather forecast for the evening, the Palmer Family had a great field of racers prepared to go racing and an enthusiastic crowd of loyal fans on hand for the event. WRWD Radio 107.3 FM was the headline sponsor for the evening and presented a show with live music from country music hopeful Bill Manis, along with the VFW Color Guard and the host of the show, radio personality Uncle Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio. The Checkered Flag bonus was sponsored by Insinger Fuels.

Not one of the fans left the house disappointed as defending 2016 Sportsman champion Jimmy Wells took advantage of a front row starting spot and wired the field to score his first ever Modified victory at the speedway in the United Pump & Tank Modifieds. Nick Johnson laid claim to his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman finale with a stellar run to the checkered flag. Eric Jennings made it three wins in a row in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. Steve Williams put together a masterful run to triumph in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it four wins in a row in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots. Kevin Stevens captured the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman event to close down the curtain on an excellent night of racing.

Jimmy Wells and Joe Judge brought the United Pump and Tank Modified division starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap headliner for the Modified division. Quick starting Wells would jump into the lead with fourth starting Ken Ferrier rocking the top of the raceway to move into the runner-up slot by lap four. Wells had a big lead early on that Ferrier would begin to nip away at and by lap twenty had closed in on Wells as they entered slower traffic. Wells was a bit quicker in slipping past traffic and Ferrier bobbled with five laps to go when he jumped the cushion and had to correct the racer. Wells would go on to capture the win with Ken Ferrier in for second place money. Danny Creeden ran a steady race to finish third with Joe Judge and Brian Krummel completing the top five. Krummel began the event in 11th position. Scott Ferrier headed up the second followed by Ed Dachenhausen, Richard Smith, Jesse Marks and Anthony Perrego.

Ryan McCartney was fast out of the blocks to kick-off the WRWD Radio Rookie sportsman event. A few jingles early on slowed the pace but on each restart McCartney proved to have the hot hand as he continued to set the pace. Vinny Visconti, Jake Granacker and Kevin Stevens provided strong opposition during the event. On lap twelve things unraveled quickly for McCartney as Brandon Daley got out of shape on the backstretch and fought the car into the turn with McCartney coming on the scene with the cars making contact and McCartney spinning towards the inside track barrier. The turn of events would put McCartney out of contention and place Kevin Stevens in the lead. Stevens would lead the final three laps to claim his first ever victory at Accord. Granacker raced to runner-up honors with Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti and Jimmy Devitt completing the top five. Newcomer Jeff Higham headed up the second five with the returning Tanner Johnson, Ryan McCartney and newcomers Michael Bull and Jared Miller completing the top ten.

The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale found Corey Wood leading the first three laps of the event before yielding to the high flying Eric Jennings. Jennings would build from there as he built up a lead that would soon find Larry McVay pecking away at Jennings advantage. Jennings was able to keep McVay at bay and would go on to capture his third win of the season at Accord. McVay was strong in second place with the returning Larry Ricci third, Andrew Davis fourth and newcomer Brandon Gates completing the top five.

Jake Mason continued his winning ways by capturing his fourth win in succession at the speedway. Newcomer Brock Pinkerous was the runner-up with Ashton DeWitt third. Mason added to his winning total with a $100.00 bonus thrown in from Corey Cormier Racing for the winner of the Slingshot event.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event was a barn-burner and head-turner from the drop of the green flag as Rafael Carson would lead the first two laps before losing the handle on his Pine Cone Resort sponsored hot rod. On the restart, Nick Johnson displayed a big right foot and took command of the event. Corey Cormier hustled his way from eighth spot to become a player and just as quickly Kyle Rohner raced from 12th spot to also challenge for the lead. As the laps clicked off, it became a four car race as Johnson, Cormier, Rohner and an emerging Tony Kowalchuk were duking it out. A jingle on lap-17 found a many car pile-up that took out Rohner, Ralph Ronk and Milton Mann. When the event went green, Johnson survived the strong challenge from Kowalchuk to score his first victory of the season with Kowalchuk second. Corey Cormier, Robbie Knipe and Cole Hentschel completed the top five. The second five was headed up by Tyler Johnston with Jimmy Johnson, Brad Horton, Matt Shultz and Mike Senecal following.

Steve Williams led wire to wire in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock finale to capture his first win of the 2017 racing season. The win didn't come easy as Emerson Cargain and Travis Brockner applied plenty of pressure on him as they would finish second and third respectively. John Hechinger and Austin Smith completed the top five.

GEMSTONES:

The hotly contested racing action was completed at 11:15 PM. Promoter Gary Palmer and crew worked overtime to bring the track to racing standards after the abundance of rain that fell on the speedway on Thursday.

Heat wins went to Jimmy Wells, Ken Ferrier and Scott Ferrier in the Modified division while Phil Goetchius, Corey Cormier and Nick Johnson captured the Sportsman heats. Rookie heats were claimed by Jake Granacker and Ryan McCartney. The Pure Stock heat was claimed by Steve Williams. Jake Mason captured the Slingshot heat. Sprint heat wins went to Larry Ricci and Eric Jennings. .

New drivers on hand for the evening included Terry Arnold, Jamie Yannone, Mike Senecal and Tanner Johnson in the Sportsman division. Patrick Murphy and Kevin Ward made their first appearances of the season in the Modifieds. New Rookie Sportsman drivers included George Begg, Alex Van Pelt, Mike Bull, Jeff Higham, John DeWitt and Jared Miller. Larry Ricci, former Quad champion Brandon Gates, and Geoff Quackenbush were new drivers on hand for the Sprint Cars. Austin Smith was a newcomer for the Pure Stock division.

Many thanks to Corey Cormier and Team for the generous addition to the Junior Slingshot purse. Corey enjoyed a fine win last Sunday at another speedway.

Thanks again to Uncle Mike Hansen and WRWD Radio for a wonderful night at the speedway. The presentation went well and plans are already underway to make next year's event even bigger and better. Uncle Mike and Announcer Steve Pados talked about the many activities WRWD Radio is involved with and of the great tie in with the Accord Speedway.

The Empire Lightning Sprints return to the speedway next week for their first appearance of the season and hope many of the stars of the series will be part of the action.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Jimmy Wells, Ken Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Joe Judge, Brian Krummel, Scott Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Richard Smith, Jesse Marks, Anthony Perrego, Danny Tyler, Kyle VanDuser, Chad Loiodice, Kevin Ward, Brian Malcolm, Mark Pullen, Richie Eurich, Patrick Murphy, Eddie Burgess, Kevin Krom

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Nick Johnson, Tony Kowalchuk, Corey Cormier, Robbie Knipe, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Jim Johnson, Brad Horton, Matt Shultz, Mike Senecal, Rafael Carson, Winter Mead, Kyle Rohner, Ralph Ronk, Milton Mann, Mike Murphy, Brandon McGill, Jamie Yannone, Phil Goetchius, Chris Van Duser, Dave Demorest, Terry Arnold

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Larry Ricci, Andrew Davis, Brandon Gates, Cory Wood, Bob Tersillo, Geoff Quackenbush

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Steve Williams, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, Austin Smith, James Goetchius, Ray Tarantino, Steve Kanuk
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: KevinStevens, Jake Granacker, Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti, Jimmy Devitt, Jegg Higham, Tanner Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Michael Bull, Jared Miller, Michael Corbin, Brandon Daley, George Begg, John DeWitt, Anthony Recchio

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Brock Pinkerous, Ashton DeWitt

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.

June 2nd brings in all regular divisions for action on a night sponsored by D&D NAPA. The evening of speed will also see the return of the Empire Lightning Sprints.

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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Accord, NY- Track Champ Anthony Perrego Scores First Win In Accord Speedway Modified Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The Catskill Mountain area of New York offers many spectacular views and exciting things to do for vacationers. However, Fridays are reserved for the exciting action only exciting high level short track racing can provide. The Accord Speedway has been doing just that, giving the loyal racing fans some great racing action when Mother Nature does not rain on their parade. The first really good weather Friday evening brought in another great roster of driving talent and the fans went away satisified they had witnessed another great night of dirt track racing. The evening of speed was sponsored by Powder Tech Powdercoating from Duanesburg, New York. Their website is: www.powdertechinc.com. The checkered flag bonus was sponsored by Behrents Speed Center.

When all was said and done, The "Montgomery Missile" Anthony Perrego clicked for his first win of the season in the United Pump & Tank Modifieds. Tony Kowalchuk led only the last lap in scoring his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman. Travis Brockner had the hot hand as he captured his first win in the Upstate Auto Pure Stocks. Eric Jennings made it two in a row in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it three in a row as he once again dominated the action in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio scored his second win of the season in claiming the win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman. Dave Donovan captured another win in the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro finale at the speedway even though he was not the first one across the finish line.

Jimmy Wells and Tommy Johnson brought the United Pump & Tank Modified field down for the start of the 30-lap main event. At the drop of the green it was Well getting the jump on the field and grabbed the lead coming out of turn two on the initial lap. Wells would lead the event through lap ten when he was out-powered by the strong running Perrego. The action was hot and heavy as many drivers tried to punch their ticket to the number one spot. Perrego held off comers but as the race hit the latter stages, Brad Rothaupt was pesky and fast as he tried to wrestle way the top spot. Rothaupt would pull just about even at times but Perrego would prevail and in doing so, captured his first win of the season at Accord. Rothaupt did an excellent job and finished in the runner-up role. Danny Tyler hustled to a third place finish. Brian Krummel was fourth and Mike Ricci finished fifth. Jesse Marks headed up the second five with Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Richie Eurich and Eddie Burgess rounding out the top ten.

In the Arkel Motors Sportsman action, "The Little Rock" Matt Shultz hustled into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Shultz would race to daylight ahead of the field and built up a huge lead. Things would change quickly on lap ten as two-time winner Kyle Rohner raced through the pack and became a contender until turned around by Phil Goetchius. The big lead evaporated for Shultz but as the green flag was displayed he once again ran to daylight but moving into second place with a good car under him was Tony Kowalchuk. The race slowed down with a few cautions but Shultz was steady and holding off the baseline advances of Kowalchuk. Shultz still held the lead on the white flag lap but bobbled a bit between turns one and two and Kowalchuk seized the opportunity to blast by and lead the final lap to score his first Accord win in quite some time. Shultz, although disappointed, was a strong runner-up with the returning Chris Stevens racing to third place, Tyler Johnston fourth and Cole Hentschel completing the top five. Rohner recovered from his early misfortune and raced back to sixth whil Jim Johnson, Winter Mead, BRandon McGill and Ralph Ronk completed the top ten.

Anthony Recchio put on a great show as he led all of the way in scoring his second win of the season in the WRWD Rookie Sportsman main event. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp was solid with a strong runner-up finish. Kenny Ryder was third with Kevin Stevens fourth and Bobby Flood fifth after running with the leaders, spinning and then making a solid comeback.
Jake Granacker headed up the second five with RJ Daley, Mike Corbin, Brandon Daley and newcomer Chet Doolan following.

Emerson Cargain led the first lap of the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature before yielding to a hot running Travis Brockner. Once in front, Brockner built up a healthy lead with Ray Tarantino giving chase late in the event. Brockner scored his first win of the season with Tarantino second, Emerson Cargain third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams rounding out the top five.

The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Eric Jennings starting up front and that was all he needed to score his second consecutive win at the speedway by leading all laps on his way to victory. Larry McVay was the runner-up for the second week in a row and Heidi Hedin scored her second straight third place finish. Andrew Davis was fourth.

Jake Mason was victorious in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot event and he did it by leading all laps on his way to victory and score his third win in succession. Ashton DeWitt made his first appearance a good one as he finished second with Jaden Sleight third, Wyatt Hager fourth, newcomer RJ Sherman fifth and Brock Pinkerous sixth.

Jeff DeGroat crossed the finish line first but over aggression on the part of a few drivers resulted in some penalties that altered the outcome of the event. Dave Donovan was declared the winner of the event. Jerry Kinteger was second with Paul Harding, Gene Helms and Cody DeMarmels completing the top five.

Gemstones:

Modified heats were captured by Jimmy Wells, Mike Ricci and Danny Creeden. Sportsman heat wins were claimed by Tyler Johnston, Ralph Ronk and Matt Shultz. Eric Jennings claimed the NEWS Sprint heat win. Rookie Sportsman heats went to Jimmy Devitt and Ryan McCartney. Pure Stock heats were captured by Steve Williams and Emerson Cargain. Jake Mason was victorious in the preliminary for the Junior Slingshots.

New cars and drivers galore were on hand for the evening and included John Woinoski in the Pure Stocks, Bob Tersillo returned to the seat of the Porco Energy sprinter in the NEWS Sprints. Ashton DeWitt, Wyatt Hager and RJ Sherman were new in the Junior Slingshots. Sherman is related to noted retired Modified campaigner Stan Sherman, who competed at OCFS, Accord and Nazareth back in the day. Rookie Sportsman were Chet and Jamie Doolan. Chris Stevens, Austin Smith and Chris Van Duser made their first starts of the season in the Sportsman division.

Defending Pure Stock track champion Bob Sleight was driving the Kanuk Motorsports entry. "Flyin" Brian Malcolm returned to the speedway and had a great run going until a late caution put him to the rear. A few drivers were missing on Friday and hopefully will have their problems sorted out for next Friday's "Salute to the Veterans" event.

Promoter Gary Palmer had the track and the grounds in their usual pristine condition.

As intermission got underway, Announcer Steve Pados brought the Junior Slingshot winner Jake Mason into the tower for an impromptu interview session and the budding driving star handled the questions with ease.

Jonathan McGibbons is the new flagger for 2017 at the speedway

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Anthony Perrego, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Tyler, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Jesse Marks, Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Richie Eurich, Eddie Burgess, Brian Malcolm, Ed Dachenhausen, Scott Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Tommy Johnson, Joe Judge, Tyler Treacy, Kenny Ferrier, Corey Lowitt

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Tony Kowalchuk, Matt Shultz, Chris Stevens, Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Kyle Rohner, Jim Johnson, Winter Mead, Brandon McGill, Ralph Ronk, Robbie Knipe, Corey Cormier, Phil Goetchius, Austin Smith, Jimmy Kraus, Mike Murphy, Chris Van Duser, Milton Mann, Nick Johnson, Dave Demorest, Rafael Carson

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Heidi Hedin, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Don Smith Jr

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Travis Brockner, Ray Tarantino,
Emerson Cargain Jr, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Jimmy Sykes, Livy Johnson, John Woinoski, Harry Bachman, Bob Sleight Jr

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Hunter Lapp, Kenny Ryder, Kevin Stevens, Bobby Flood, Jake Granacker, RJ Daley, Mike Corbin, Brandon Daley, Chet Doolan, Vinny Visconti, Ryan McCartney, Jimmy Devitt, Jamie Doolan, Fred Smith

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Ashton DeWitt, Jaden Sleight, Wyatt Hager, RJ Sherman, Brock Pinkerous

Emmanuels Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro: Dave Donovan, Jerry Kinteger, Paul Harding, Gene Helms, Cody DeMarmels

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.

May 26th brings in all regular divisions for action. WRWD Radio 107.3 FM is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed and celebrating with a salute to all Veterans.

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.
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May
13

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie Collects Accord Modified Gold; Kyle Rohner Scores Again in Sportsman
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The always unpredictable weather pattern in the Northeast had rain scheduled in the forecast at some point on Friday, but Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer threw caution to the wind and put on a great show last night at the speedway. A good sized racing crowd came out to witness the spirited action and rain did begin to fall as this writer headed home.

Hard working Accord promoter Gary Palmer continues to work overtime to give his driving roster the best possible racing facility he can and the race to the walls speed channels were a true testament to his dedication to his craft as the speedway offered many racing seams for the drivers to display their speed and guile. The evening was sponsored by HO Penn Machinery and Arkel Motors. The Checkered Flag Bonus was sponsored by Dreaming of the Mouse Travel.

The solid six feature race card found "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie returning to the WRWD Radio Victory Lane for the first time in many seasons after a torrid battle with early leader Ken Ferrier in the United Pump and Tank Modified division. "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner made it two in a row after heat problems forced him to qualify through the consolation event and he came through the pack from 18th starting position to claim the win in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division finale. "The Intimidator" Ray Tarantino was fast and then some as he top-sided his way to victory in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock Division feature event. Eric Jennings was lightning fast as he grabbed up his win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it two in a row as claimed the win in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshots. Stan Vishinski IV captured the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event in an event that changed leaders a few times before Vishinski took over the lead for good just before the midway point.

Ken Ferrier and Eddie Burgess brought the United Pump & Tank Modified starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap main grind. Jimmy Wells shot between the two out of turn two to lead the first laps of the event. A restart brought the field together and Ken Ferrier assumed command of the event. Restarts would bring the field back together with Ferrier now holding on to the slimmest margin of the lead with Jerry Higbie making his presence known to all and pressuring Ferrier at every corner. On lap-26, Higbie found the sweet spot he needed to slip under Ferrier and take command of the event and go on for the win. Ken Ferrier was second in a great run with Jesse Marks finishing third after starting eighth. Scott Ferrier was fourth and Danny Tyler hustled from a 19th place start to claim fifth. Opening night winner Brian Krummel was sixth with Mike Ricci (20th), Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden and Richie Eurich completing the top ten.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event was a true to life barnburner as a fast field of race cars highlighted another great event. An eight car skirmish at the start would eliminate some cars but when the racing got rolling it was all-go on the speedway. Nick Plumstead would lead the event through the first ten laps until Phil Goetchius and he got together sending both to the rear. Kyle Rohner inherited the lead and would work his own brand of magic through slower traffic towards the end of the event to claim his second win in a row at Accord in 2017. Jimmy Johnson was the runner-up with Jared LaBagh, Tyler Johnston and Winter Mead completing the top five. Heading up the second five were the returning Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg McCloskey, Brandon McGill, Robbie Knipe and Tony Kowalchuk.

Eric Jennings led all fifteen laps of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car division to claim his first Accord Speedway win of the season. Newcomer Larry McVay was second with Heidi Hedin third, Corey Wood fourth, Don Smith Jr fifth.

Jake Mason made it two in a row in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot event with a solid run over Tyler Banks. Jaden Sleight was third and newcomer Brock Pinkerous was fourth.

The Upstate Auto Pure Stock main event began with Ray Tarantino seizing command of the event on the first lap and driving to an easy win in the 15-lap feature. Emerson Cargain Jr was the runner-up with Travis Brockner third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams completing the top five. Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes and Steve Kanuk followed.

The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature found Ryan McCartney leading the way for the first five laps. He gave way to Jimmy Devitt who would lead the next two circuits. Stan Vishinski took over the lead on lap eight and would go to victory despite many challenges coming from Kenny Ryder. Ryder wound up second with McCartney third, Chris VanDuser fourth and Tighe Sherlock completing the top five. Hunter Lapp, newcomer Fred Smith, RJ Daley, Chad Jashembowski and Anthony Recchio completed the top ten.

Gemstones:

Heat winners for the evening included Jake Mason in the Junior Slingshots. Heidi Hedin captured the Sprint heat. Emerson Cargain and Ray Tarantino scored wins in the Pure Stock division. The Sportsman ranks found Phil Goetchius, Nick Plumstead and Rich Ricci III scoring victories. Enjoying wins in the Modified heats were Jimmy Wells, Jerry Higbie and Jesse Marks. Rookie heats went to Anthony Recchio and Tighe Sherlock. Two B-Mains were run with Danny Tyler winning the Modified and Robbie Knipe claiming the Sportsman.

New cars on hand included Jerry Higbie, Mark Pullen, Don Smith III and Robbie Rowe in the Modifieds. Daniel Morgiewicz, Mike Senecal, Dave Demorest, Jared LaBagh, Lem Atkins, Greg McCloskey, Brad Horton and Robbie Knipe made their first starts of the season in the Sportsman ranks. Tyler Banks, who has been running well at Hamlin and Brock Pinkerous made their first starts in the Junior Slingshots. Chad Jashembowski, Vinny Visconti, RJ Daley, Fred Smith, Jake Granaker, Brandon Daley, Chris VanDuser and Stan Vishinski made their first rookie starts. James Maroney, Don Smith and Larry McVay were new additions to the Sprint division.

A tip of the fedora to Promoter Gary Palmer for having the speedway groomed to perfection for the evening of speed. The track was racy from top to bottom and three and four wide racing were commonplace throughout the night.

HO Penn Machinery brought out a couple of pieces of equipment so the fans could see what they are all about. They also raffled off a garage stool and had giveaway items for the fans.

Many thanks to Mike DuBois and Randy Brundage for working on the caution lights prior to the racing action.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to "The Gentleman" Ed Dachenhausen

The Grandma Anne's Pies were back in the house and all feature winners and two lucky fans were the recipients.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Jerry Higbie, Ken Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Scott Ferrier, Danny Tyler, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Robbie Rowe, Anthony Perrego, Richard Smith, Brad Rothaupt, Jimmy Wells, Dan Humes, Eddie Burgess, Tommy Johnson, Chad Loidice, Kyle Van Duser

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Jimmy Johnson, Jared LaBagh, Tyler Johnston, Winter Mead, Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg McCloskey, Brandon McGill, Robbie Knipe, Tony Kowalchuk, Collin DuBois, Cole Hentschel, Jim Kraus, Nick Plumstead, Phil Goetchius, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Milton Mann, Brad Horton

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Don Smith Jr, James Maroney, Andrew Davis

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes, Steve Kanuk

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Stan Vishinski, Kenny Ryder, Ryan McCartney, Chris Van Duser, Tighe Sherlock, Hunter Lapp, Fred Smith, RJ Daley, Chad Jashembowski, Anthony Recchio, Jake Granaker, Jimmy Devitt, Vinny Visconti

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

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.

May 19th brings all regular divisions in action. PowderTech is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed. The second Enduro Event will take place on the 19th sponsored by Emmanuel's Marketplace

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.
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Apr
29

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- "BK Speed" Brian Krummel Captures Exciting Opening Night Accord Speedway Modified Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The Catskills Mountains of New York State finally sprung back to life Friday evening as the the sounds of race cars and the mighty cheering of happy fans opened up the Accord Speedway for the 2017 racing season. Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer ushered in the long-awaited season opener at their pristine racing facility located in the area once known as the "Borscht Belt." The speedway opened last evening to a cast of familiar and new driving stars and these stars offered high speed action with daredevil skills on a race track like no other found on the entire East Coast. A great opening night crowd delayed the opening but once inside they witnessed seven race divisions on a day that was excellent weather wise throughout the evening. The racing action was sponsored by Fast Signs of Kingston, New York www.fastsigns.com and Mombaccus Excavating www.mombaccussandandgravel.com

Capturing opening night wins at the speedway were "BK Speed" Brian Krummel in the United Pump & Tank Modifieds, "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner in the Arkel Motors Sportsman, Bob Sleight Upstate Auto Pure Stocks, "The Radical One" Thomas Radivoy in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars, "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots and "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman and Johnny Bankich in the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro main event.

Brian Krummel and the returning "Statesman" Jerry Higbie brought the starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30-lap Modified headliner. Higbie wasted no time in blasting to the front of the pack with Krummel in hot pursuit. Higbie blasted off of the top of the raceway like a man possessed only to pull to the infield before ten laps were completed with motors troubles. Krummel inherited the lead and would go on to capture the opening win with "Iron" Mike Ricci in hot pursuit for much of the event finishing second. Local ace "Little Richard" Smith was third with a great strong run while the unheralded "Concrete Kid" Kyle Van Duser was equally as strong in fourth place and "The Chairman of the Board" Rich Ricci racing from 22nd starting spot to round out the top five in a splendid driver to the front. Danny Creeden was sixth with invader Brian Malcolm seventh, Danny Tyler eighth from 21st, Anthony Perrego ninth and Richie Eurich finishing tenth.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature headliner found a pole start and a fast hot rod the instant formula for success as Kyle Rohner grabbed the lead at the start of the event raced away at will from the rest of the field as he captured his opening night win. Rohner, a former two time champion at Accord, showed the right stuff with a strong run to the win with "The Otisville Outlaw" Corey Cormier finding runner-up honors. Milton Mann was strong all night and finished third while Brandon McGill hustled from 16th starting place to finish fourth with Tony Kowalchuk returning to action and finishing fifth. Jim Johnson, Collin DuBois, Leo Fotopolous, Winter Mead and Tyler Johnston completed the top ten.

Bob Sleight led all laps to triumph in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature race. While Sleight led all of the laps, Steve Williams kept it interesting throughout the event as he challenged for most of the event only to have Livy Johnson slip past him late in the race to capture runner-up honors. Williams would finish a hard fought third place with Travis Brockner fourth and Jim Maher completing the top five. Newcomer John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Jay Smalley and Chris Kanuk completing the top ten.

The Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots found Jake Mason wiring the field as he led all laps on his way to victory. Jayden Sleight Was the runner-up.

The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Eric Jennings leading for two laps before Thomas Radivoy found the sweet line at the top of the raceway to pull even and then go past Jennings. Jennings would keep it close throughout with much pressure also coming from Keystone State star Heidi Hedin. Radivoy would earn his first career win at Accord with Jennings second, Hedin third while "The Breadman" Corey Wood was fourth and Brett Graham completed the top five.

The WRWD Rookie Sportsman field was a good one and even though the attrition rate was a bit high on opening night, there is a good deal of talented future stars in the group. The night belonged to Anthony Recchio as the high school student lead all laps to capture his first win at Accord. Recchio was coming off a win on the previous Saturday night at the Hamlin Speedway. "The Flash" Bobby Flood kept pace throughout the event to finish second with Kenny Ryder third, Hunter Lapp fourth, and returning from a ten year layoff Jimmy Devitt was fifth.

A new winner graced victory lane in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Enduro showdown. Dave Donovan had things going his way up until the white flag lap when Johhny Bankich overhauled him and led the final lap to claim the popular victory. Donovan was second with Paul Harding, Jeff DeGroat and Cody Helms completing the top five.

GEMSTONES:

Heat winners for the opening night event included Kyle Rohner, Milton Mann and Cole Hentschel in the Sportsman division. Pure Stock heats were won by Bob Sleight and Steve Williams. Three heats were needed to set the field for the Modified division with Brian Krummel, Jerry Higbie and Richard Smith claiming wins while the consolation win went to Chad Loidice. In the Junior Slingshot heat it was Jake Mason in for the win. Eric Jennings capture the lone heat in sprint car action. Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Bobby Flood and Anthony Recchio

The start of the event was delayed for a few minutes to allow the crowd a chance to find their way to their seats in a solid opening night event for the speedway and the Palmer Family. The Palmer Family is celebrating their seventeenth anniversary as the owners and promoters of the Accord facility.

The Accord concession stands were at full tilt as the hardworking staff busted their humps to cover the hungry racing crowd that came out to support the speedway.

The speedway itself was in spectacular condition as Promoter Gary Palmer spent the entire week in working his magic on the multi-channeled raceway that saw three and four wide action throughout the evening of events. All of the drivers offered their praises for the well groomed facility.

Many new cars and paint schemes were the order of the day for the pit area that bustled all evening long. Eleven time Accord Modified Champion Rich Ricci Jr was back in action and Allison Ricci was on board for opening night. Sportsman Champion "Jammin" Jimmy Wells moved into the Modified division but suffered from a lost wheel early on in the feature event. Bob Tersillo, Corey Wood and winner Thomas Radivoy were all new faces for the sprints while Brett Graham, a Modified campaigner at Accord is trying the sprint division with a non traditional look racer. It was good to see "Tommy Gun" Tommy Johnson return to the Modifieds. While running well, he too felt the mechanical gremlins and fell from the event. It was nice return to action for Jay Smalley in the Pure Stocks while new faces included Tanner Granaker and John Hechinger. Rookie Sportsman newcomers found former regulars Jimmy Devitt and Tom Vasta returning to the racing wars while Hunter Lapp, the defending Junior Slingshot Champ, finishing fourth in his new division.

All in all it was a great opening night event. Grandma Annie's pies were distributed to all of the feature winners.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith, Kyle Van Duser, Rich Ricci Jr, Danny Creeden, Brian Malcolm, Danny Tyler, Anthony Perrego, Richie Eurich, Scott Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Joe Judge, Allison Ricci, Dan Humes, Chad Loidice, Brad Rothaupt, Tommy Johnson, Corey Lowitt, Jerry Higbie, Jimmy Wells, Ken Ferrier (DNQ), Kevin Krom (DNQ), Eddie Burgess (DNQ), Tyler Treacy (DNQ)

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Corey Cormier, Milton Mann, Brandon McGill, Tony Kowalchuk, Jim Johnson, Collin DuBois, Leo Fotopolous, Winter Mead, Tyler Johnston, Jim Kraus, Cole Hentschel, Matt Shultz, Nick Johnson, Mike Murphy, Ralph Ronk, Phil Goetchius, Rich Ricci III, Nick Plumstead, Rafael Carson, Mike DuBois

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Thomas Radivoy, Eric Jennings, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Brett Graham, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Livy Johnson, Steve Williams, Travis Brockner, Jim Maher, John Hechinger, Emerson Cargain Jr, Jay Smalley, Chris Kanuk, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes, Tanner Granaker

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Bobby Flood, Kenny Ryder, Hunter Lapp, Jimmy Devitt, Michael Corbin, Tom Vasta, Tighe Sherlock, Sarah Smith, Kevin Stevens, Mike Dubois Jr, Ryan McCartney

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Jaden Sleight

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro: Johnny Bankich, Dave Donovan, Paul Harding, Jeff DeGroat, Cody Helms

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.

May 5th brings in all regular divisions in action. HO Penn is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed.

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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Oct
30

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Great Racing And Lots Of Fun Highlight Halloween Havoc At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The bright colors of the fall foliage were displayed throughout the area as the sun rays were shining early on at the Accord Speedway grounds on Saturday. The later afternoon weather turned chilly as the day wore on but it did not deter from the excitement or the enthusiasm of the combatants or the great crowd on hand as the Accord Speedway closed the curtain on their regular season with the running of the second annual Halloween Havoc event. The Palmer Family completed their sixteenth successful season of ownership and promotion of their pristine quarter mile facility nestled in the foothills of Ulster County in New York State. The multi-faceted show brought out 120 race car entries of all makes and sizes with both male and female driving stars seeking to close out the season in a fender banging blaze of glory. The event was sponsored by the John J Liggan Insurance Agency located in Rosendale, New York. Special assistance came from Marty and his Upstate Auto Group, located in Germantown, New York. Many special activities for the children in the Halloween themed event throughout the day took away the sting in the air and the exciting action on the track provided the fans with a day they can remember for some time to come.

When all was said and done, Craig "Hollywood" Mitchell was tricked up and rocking with his Freedom Plains sponsored hot rod as he captured the United Pump and Tank "Run What Ya Brung" division headliner. Connecticut ace Chris Lynch was spot on and richer for the experience as he worked his way through the field the field in the fifty lap Healey Brothers Group Sportsman event that paid $1,000.00 to win. The Arkel Motors Pure Stock division feature found Bob Sleight in championship form as the 2016 track champion wired the field as he drove to victory in the biggest payday of the season for the affordable racing division. Doug Norrie took no prisoners as he drove to daylight early in the combination POWRi Outlaw Midget/Lightning Sprint event at the speedway and came away with an impressive win. First time Garden State invader Rich Mellor captured the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car event with a wire to wire win. Dave Donovan started deep in the 38-car field and came storming through the filed to take over the point before the halfway marks and cruised to victory to capture the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder 50-lap Enduro finale.

The carnival-like atmosphere brought out a great crowd with plenty of children adorned in their Halloween attire. In a great gesture from the Palmer Family, the costume clad kids were all treated to a participation trophy and were further treated to some excellent candy treats administered from the drivers, fans and Accord staff during their Halloween parade through the grandstand area. Miss Accord Speedway, Michelle Campbell led the costume parade. Xavier McNeal, Kayla Ronk, Connor Maylan and Haylee Henneberry were the lucky recipients of bicycles donated by Upstate Auto. The Rich Roosa Family entertained the crowd with hayrides that traversed through the speedway grounds including the pit area so they could see the teams readying their racers for the day's events. "Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD 107.3 Radio joined in for the day's fun activities. Michael Hatzistergos provided the balloon sculpturing and pumpkin painting were some of the fun things to do at the speedway.

The "Run What Ya Brung" event proved to be interesting and entertaining as a nice field of unorthodox hot rods filled the pit area. Craig Mitchell scorched the track upon his arrival at Accord and it carried throughout the day as took the lead at the start of the event and was uncontested in his excellent drive to victory. Behind him was where the action was as up to six drivers all raced for runner-up honors. Mark Pullen ran an excellent race and held off all comers as he secured second place in his best run of the season. Danny Tyler was third in a hard fought battle with Randy Green finishing fourth and Kenny Ferrier racing to fifth in his conventional race car. Jimmy Becker was sixth with Richard Smith, Kevin Krom, Dillon Steuer, Brian Nelson and Dave Demorest following.

The Arkel Motors Pure Stock affair put the full fendered drivers to the ultimate test with a long distance event. Bob Sleight wasted no time in establishing the point and only the restarts brought the field in behind him as he owned the speedway from start to finish. Ryan Brockner ran an excellent race and came on strong to finish second. Former track champion Chris Streeter returned to action and finished up in third place with Livy Johnson fourth and steady Chris Kanuk completing the top five. Tom Southard, Curt Ayers, newcomer Zach Seyerlein, the returning Bob palmer and Harry Bachman completed the top ten.

Joey Bonetti took the lead at the start of the Sportsman fifty lapper after a first lap melee took some prisoners. Bonetti was pressured from the start by Stan Vishinski, Tighe Sherlock and Milton Mann. Making tracks of their own found Chris Lynch (13th), Brandon McGill (14th) and Danny Tyler (12th) moving quickly through the field. Chris Lynch was smooth as silk as his J&M Auto Repair sponsored hot rod was good whatever channel on the raceway he drove too. Lynch made his winning pass of Bonetti on lap-17 and led the rest of the way in claiming a great win at the speedway. McGill's solid second place finish went down the drain as he was found light at the scales and disqualified moving Danny Tyler into second in a great ride in the Mike DuBois owned racer. Joey Bonetti was third in a great run while Ryan Avery made the long tow down from New Hampshire and made the trip worthwhile as he drove from 22nd starting spot to finish fourth. Steady Leo Fotopolous completed the top five. Stan Vishinski, Milton Mann, Dave Demorest, the returning "Tommy Gun" Tommy Johnson and Nick Plumstead completed the to ten.

Jeff Champagne grabbed the lead at the start of the POWRi Outlaw Midget event that would be halted in turn three as Doug Norrie pulled a slider to grab the lead only to have Champagne run over his right rear wheel and send him into a series of flips. Champagne was unhurt in the incident. On the restart it was all Doug Norrie as he distanced himself from the field to go and capture the win. Keystone State ace Rohan Beasley made his first trip to the speedway a good one as he was a solid runner-up with Justin Phillips pushing him right to the checkered flag. Shilo Boyce, former track champion Peter Dance, Ricky Stone and Shea Montgomery completing the field.

Rich Mellor enjoyed his first ever trip to the Accord Speedway as the Wrightstown, New Jersey wheelman jumped out front at the start of the event and led all the way to capture the Northeast Wingless Sprint battle. Eric Jennings was second with Bobby Butler, Heidi Hedin, "Big" Al Cheney and 2016 track champion Jesse James Bartleson following.

The Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro bombers began their event with a wild pile-up on the backstretch. While it didn't stop the event, negotiating the area made for some fancy maneuvering from all competitors. Early leader George Zeininger was slowed by a faulty sneaker and fell of the pace allowing Jeff DeGroat the lead. Dave Donovan began in 34th position but was hell bent for leather as he raced through the competition. Donovan finally caught DeGroat and the two traded off the lead for a few laps but DeGroat fell out of the event and Donovan was on a rail as he raced away through and around the field for the popular win. Joe Morris ran steady throughout and came away with runner-up honors while Johnny Bankich was a late addition to the field and came from scratch position to finish third in another great drive.

GEMSTONES:

The fun-filled day at the Accord Speedway brought out a great crowd, a great group of competitors and despite the chilly challenges from Mother Nature proved to be a great day for all racing fans and drivers concerned. The crazy and outlandishly painted enduro cars provided a nice diversion from the grounding pounding full size race cars and the bumping and grinding of the on track competition provided for a delightful fall day in the Catskill Mountains. The fun and the entertainment value of the low-cost divisions has proven to be a tremendous opportunity for the budget minded competitors to enjoy their love of racing without having to dip so deeply into their pockets. Jim Bleau with his "Halloween adorned" and bright colored lights-on hot rod earned the best appearing theme based racer and earned a pie from the good folks at Grandma Anne's pies. All winners also received a pie in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane.

Miss Accord Speedway Michelle Campbell braved the cold weather as she greeted the winners in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane with her big smile and a few shivers as the temperatures dipped quickly as the sun disappeared.

Heat race winners included Jared LaBagh, Stan Vishinski, Tighe Sherlock and Joey Bonetti in the Sportsman. Run What Ya Brung heat winners included Craig Mitchell and Mark Pullen. Pure Stock heats were captured by Steve Williams and Bob Sleight. Eric Jennings captured the lone NEWS Sprint heat. Peter Dance and Jeff Champagne were the heat race winners for the POWRi Midgets.

The Chefs in the Accord kitchen were not to be outdone as a variety of hand-crafted sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, fried ravioli and churros proved to be big hits and the food lines were kept busy all day with the fans really digging into the great cuisine offered by the speedway chefs. By the end of the racing activity most of the cuisine filled many hungry bellies at the speedway.

A big thanks to John J Liggan and his Insurance Agency for their annual sponsorship of the event. For more information regarding Liggan Insurance, check them out at their website: info@liggan.com.

Also a big thanks to Marty at Upstate Auto for his sponsorship of the bike raffle. For additional information regarding Upstate Auto, go to their website at: www.upstateautoinc.com Also a big thank you to the Kerhonsken Diner for some sponsorship help for the event.

To all of the fans wishing to purchase a DVD of the Halloween Havoc events, contact Tom Czaban at: 518-250-0001. Those wishing to purchase pictures can contact Bobby Armbruster at: 201-323-2913 or through email at: barmbr6493@aol.com.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: "Run What Ya Brung" Craig Mitchell, Mark Pullen, Danny Tyler, Randy Green, Kenny Ferrier, Jimmy Becker, Richard Smith, Kevin Krom, Dillon Steuer, Brian Nelson, Dave Demorest, Brandon McGill

Healey Brother Sportsman: (50 Laps) Chris Lynch, Danny Tyler, Joe Bonetti, Ryan Avery, Leo Fotopolous, Stan Vishinski IV, Milton Mann, Dave Demorest, Tommy Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Tyler Johnston, Jared LaBagh, Walt Hammond, Jim Kraus, Lenny Helmich, Mike Bull, Aaron Weaver, Frank Dorry Jr, John Aumick, Kyle Van Duser, Brad Horton, Jamie Yannone, Tighe Sherlock, Bobby DeLeon, Ralph Ronk, Jim Introne, Connor Otten, Brandon McGill (DQ)

Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Ryan Brockner, Chris Streeter, Livy Kohnson, Chris Kanuk, Tim Southard, Curt Ayers, Zach Severlien, Bob Palmer, Harry Bachman, Steve Williams, Gary Ronk, Johnny Miracle, John Cole Jr, Jim Smith, Mike DuBois Jr, Eric Austin

Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars: Rich Mellor, Eric Jennings, Bobby Butler, Heidi Hedin, Al Cheney, Jesse James Bartleson

POWRi Outlaw Midgets/Lightning Sprints: Doug Norrie, Rohan Beasley, Justin Phillips, Shilo Boyce, Peter Dance, Ricky Stone, Shea Montgomery, DJ Moniz, Frank Malec, Duby Woodruff, Jeff Champagne, Nate Furman, Jimmy Jo (DNS), Adam Pierson (DNS)

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders: (50 Laps) Dave Donovan, Joe Morris, Johnny Bankich (Best Theme Appearing Car) Jim Bleau

Racing fans are encouraged to begin making plans for the Annual "Gobbler" spectacular coming to the speedway on November 26th. Modifieds, Sportsman and Pure Stocks will be in action for the Saturday event. More details regarding the event 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: http://accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
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