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Oct
30

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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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Sep
17

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- "The Chairman Of The Board" Rich Ricci Dominates King Of The Catskills At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The Ulster County weather was perfectly warm and breezy, the Accord Speedway was in top form and a great 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 stout 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 "The Chairman of the Board" Rich Ricci 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 Ricci was his fourth King of the Catskills triumph and Ricci walked away with the $5,000.00 prize that went along with it. In the Healey Brothers Group Sportsman Joe Giachinta Memorial 30-lap shootout, Chris Stevens led only the final turn and one half to nip Corey Cormier at the finish line to capture the win and the $1,500.00 pay day that awaited him in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane. In the Nightcap for the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros, George Zeininger continued his mastery over the rest of the Enduro field to go on and win his third Enduro event of the season and with the win walk away with a hefty haul of money.

Twenty-four of some of the finest Modifieds on the East Coast today took off in a run for the roses in the King of the Catskills headliner with Rich Ricci wasting no time to blast out into the lead. Pole Sitter Jeff Strunk followed and stayed close early in the event. A few early skirmishes dropped some quality talent from the field as Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Joey Grammes and Mike Colsten were some of the early casualties. On each restart Ricci was able to get the great starts and by the midpoint of the event had stepped away from the field.

Things were beginning to heat up as Mike Ricci made a run for the front and Jimmy Horton was working the baseline of the speedway as if he were on rails. Mike Ricci slipped past Strunk and a few laps later Horton was able to do the same. Tommy Meier, Andy Bachetti, Brian Krummel and Nick Rochinski were in the hunt as well and after forty laps things began to change rapidly in the make-up of the event. Mike Ricci raced into second place only to lose the spot a few laps later to Jimmy Horton who had gotten past Strunk. Tommy Meier came back to life as slipped by Bachetti. Horton closed the distance on Rich Ricci quickly and they were nose to tail on lap-48. Horton slowed for a slower car in front of him and seemed to lose a bit of momentum. The final ten laps found Rich Ricci uncontested as he drove to a convincing win in a dominating effort for the New Paltz, New York resident. Jimmy Horton began his drive to the front from eleventh starting place and did a great job of mastering the baseline of the speedway for runner-up honors. Mike Ricci was third with a real strong run. Jeff Strunk, the defending champion of the event in 2015, ran a strong fourth and Tommy Meier completed the top five finishers. Brian Krummel headed up the second five with Andy Bachetti seventh, Nick Rochinski eighth, Donnie Elliott ninth and Danny Tyler completing the top ten. Ricci turned the fastest time during the event with a 13.184 second clocking and Strunk was right behind with a 13.386 time.

Aaron Doolittle and Joe Conklin made up the front row for the 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 last November. Conklin outhustled Doolittle for the point and led the first five laps until Kenny Hinsch used the bottom of the speedway to get past him. The next time around would prove the undoing of Conklin as a skirmish removed him to the sidelines. Hinsch would lead the way until lap seventeen as Corey Cormier went topside to take command of the event and Hinsch would meet the inside barrier and be done for the evening.

On the restart it would Cormier showing the way with Chris Stevens taking up the chase from 14th starting position. Cormier was back at the top of the speedway and as the leaders came upon slower traffic, Stevens was working the bottom to erase any lead Cormier had built up. Slower traffic would come into play quickly as a pack of cars were running together and Cormier went to the top to slip past them. As the white flag flew Cormier and Stevens were nose to tail and dodging traffic left and right. As they reached turn three, Cormier went to the top and Stevens went to the baseline with Stevens sliding up and Cormier driving down and the two cars touched and it would be Stevens just nipping Cormier for the win.

Joey Bruning from 13th starting position would finish third with Tyler Johnston fourth and Allison Ricci from 17th completing the top five. The second five were steady Milton Mann, Daniel Morgiewicz, Chris Lynch, Nick Plumstead and Phil Goetchius. Corey Cormier turned the fastest lap when he clocked 13.557 seconds.

The veteran campaigner George Zeininger wasted no time in charging to the front in the 50-lap Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduro excursion. Zeininger, who captured two wins earlier in the 2016 season and the defending champion of the event last year, had himself a stout race car and was able to drive away from the field and go on to victory. Former Street Stock campaigner Gene Helms has found a new place to race with the Enduros as he enjoyed a solid run for runner-up honors. Johnny Bankich paced himself throughout the event and finished just behind Helms for third place money.

GEMSTONES:

The showcased event of the season at Accord for the Palmer Family was another spectacular event for the successful promotional team now in their 16th 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 twelve 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.

41 Modifieds made their way to the pit area along with 39 sportsman and 31 Four Cylinder Enduros. Five heats were needed for the Modifieds with Joey Grammes, Ed Dachenhausen, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci and Nick Petrilak scoring wins. The Sportsman division cars also ran five heats with Aaron Doolittle, Joe Conklin, Corey Cormier, Brandon McGill and Tyler Boniface capturing the wins. Three B-Mains were needed for the Modifieds with Danny Creeden, Brain Malcolm and Danny Tyler collecting the wins. Three Sportsman B-Mains were needed and won by Leo Fotopolous, Jimmy Johnson and Rich Ricci III.

Both divisions were in abundance with drivers on this evening and many did not make the final transfer into the feature and the speedway management would like to thank everyone for making a fine effort to get into the lineup. Brad Szulewski, Ken Ferrier, Mike Butler, Bobby Trapper, Bob Hentschel, Chris Shultz, Chuck McKee, Kurt Hundeland, Danny Kronk, Brett Graham, Ray See, Richard Smith, Ed Burgess, Brad Rothaupt and Joe Judge. Sportsman drivers included Jamie Yannone, Vinnie Gress, Stan Vishinski, Mike Murphy, Ryan McCartney, Phil Johnson, Jim Introne, Kyle Rohner, Mark Connolly, Matt Shultz, Dave Demorest and Travis Codswell.

Grandma Annies Pies were back in victory lane last evening courtesy of Liggan Insurance, Wright's Farm Market, Rosendale Farmers Market and Cousin Pete Donohue.

Condolences go out to the Tyler Racing Team as Mike Edwards, the longtime crew chief for Doug Tyler, passed away during the past week.

"Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio 107.3 FM was back in the house and once again enjoyed the show as he helped out with commentary throughout the evening.

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

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

Halloween Havoc is next up on the Accord Speedway schedule. The date is October 29th 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) Rich Ricci, Jimmy Horton, Mike Ricci, Jeff Strunk, Tommy Meier, Brian Krummel, Andy Bachetti, Nick Rochinski, Donnie Elliott, Danny Tyler, Scott Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Nick Petrilak, Rob Rowe, Brian Malcolm, Ed Dachenhausen, Richie Eurich, Joey Grammes, Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Jimmy Wells, Bobby Trapper Jr, Mike Colsten, Mike Kolka

Healey Brothers Sportsman: (30 Laps $1,500.00) Chris Stevens, Corey Cormier, Joey Bruning, Tyler Johnston, Allison Ricci, Milton Mann, Daniel Morgiewicz, Chris Lynch, Nick Plumstead, Phil Goetchius, Troy Arnold, Ralph Ronk, Jimmy Johnson, Brandon McGill, Leo Fotopolous, Connor Otten, Rich Ricci III, Jim Kraus, Frank Venezia, Brad Horton, Robbie Knipe, Jimmy Wells, Kenny Hinsch, Tyler Boniface, Joe Conklin, Aaron Doolittle

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros: George Zeininger, Gene Helms, Johnny Bankich

Racing every Friday night from April through September.
Saturday, October 29th 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..................................

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Accord, NY- All Systems Go For The King Of The Catskills September 16th At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord Speedway is coming off a very successful last weekend in which six division champions were named for the 2016 racing season and a spectacular patriotic intermission tribute absolutely rocked the house. The Accord Speedway management team has the "House in order" in preparing for the biggest event of the season at the speedway. Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer and staff have burned the midnight oil and have been working hard to greet the participants who will be working their magic on the Accord clay. The highly anticipated evening of racing excitement and the expected huge crowd will have the opportunity to see many of their favorite stars in action on the pristine, semi-banked quarter mile speedplant on September 16th. Gary Palmer will attend to his duties with an all-out effort in giving the combatants a moist and tacky track surface they can race from wall to wall throughout the evening. The action on the speedway will be brisk and it will be thrill a second when the King of the Catskills event is unleashed. Donna Palmer and her staff will work their magic with great attention to detail from ticket sales to the food concessions as the well noted kitchen at Accord has been serving up great cuisine all season long. The weekend of racing excitement is sponsored by Bruce Insinger and his Insinger Fuel and Performance Team.

The Friday night show in 2016 will bring in three divisions of hot rod racers and all with special events to try their hand at winning some high paying dollars on the quarter mile, clay cushioned speedway. The evening will bring in the King of the Catskills 60 lap event Modified event that will pay $5,000.00 to the first driver under the checkered flag at the end of 60 laps of the hard driving excitement.

Accord Speedway offers some great in-house driving talent as the newly crowned United Pump and Tank track champion, "The Montgomery Missile" Anthony Perrego will be out to defend his turf as the 2016 speedway champion. "Iron" Mike Ricci, who scored two wins during the season and fell just a few points short of the 2016 title, is a master of the short track real estate and will be well prepared for the event. "The DC Express" Danny Creeden, has enjoyed a great season at Accord as has "Showtime" Danny Tyler. The brothers Ferrier, "Primetime" Scott Ferrier and "The KF Flyer" Kenny Ferrier, "The Iceman" Dom Roselli, "The Legend" Richie Eurich, "Double J" Joe Judge, "The Rhinebeck Rocket" Brad Rothaupt, Jesse Marks, Brett Graham, Mark Pullen, Ed Dachenhausen and Corey Lowitt and bolstered late in the season with the addition of Mike Butler, Donnie Elliott, Chuck and Tyler McKee, Bobby Hentschel, Ray See Jr and Ed Burgess.

Defending King of the Catskills winner "The Bechtelsville Bullet" Jeff Strunk has informed speedway management he will be back to defend the crown. Strunk is coming off one of his greatest triumphs in his illustrious career last Saturday night when he captured the coveted "Freedom 76" event at the Grandview Speedway to the tune of $25,000.00. Strunk will be aboard the powerful Glenn Hyneman owned 126 for the event. Jeff will face plenty of opposition as New Jersey racing legend Jimmy Horton will come into the event flying the colors of the Orange County Fair Speedway where he captured an earlier qualifier for the event. Orange County Speedway Big Block Modified and 358 Modified Champion Tommy Meier will be in competition at Accord on Friday. "The Wild Child" Andy Bachetti is coming off a superb season in which he captured the 2016 I-88 Speedway track championship and will be making a return to the speedway for the event. Bachetti is a two-time track champion at Accord and a past winner of the King of the Catskills. "Flyin" Brian Malcolm, "The Shohola Slingshot" Brad Szulweski, "The Speed Trap" Bobby Trapper, Bobby Trapper Jr, Jeff Rudalavage and many are expected in for this event.

The Healey Brothers Group Sportsman will be in action and pointing towards a $1,500.00 prize as the speedway offers a memorial event to one of the truly good guys in racing, Joe Giachinta. Joe lost his life last year in an industrial accident after the season ended but was instrumental in assisting the Accord Speedway with his innovative Redi Rock International concrete blocks that make up the speedway retaining barriers from turn three all of the way into turn one. Joe competed at Accord since 2003 and his missing name on the driving roster is heart breaking to everyone who knew him. Joe assisted with the career of "Jumpin" John McGill and followed up by helping Sportsman racer Brandon McGill and Junior Slingshot racer Jake Mason. All those who have come in contact with Joe Giachinta knew he was a great guy from the first Hello. He is truly missed by his family and his family of friends from the Accord Speedway.

The new crowned Sportsman track champion "Jammin" Jimmy Wells will head up a top flight contingent of drivers seeking to pull off the big win. Wells earned ten wins during the season in his Backwoods Blends/Rycor HVAC sponsored racer to earn his first track title at Accord. Plenty of competition will arrive to try to tip Wells off his pedestal and included in the group are track regulars Phil Goetchius, Chris Stevens, Corey Cormier, Ralph Ronk, Connor Otten, Brandon McGill, Nick Johsnon Dave Demorest and Nick Plumstead. Joey Bruning, "Mr Excitement" Kevin Ward, Milton Mann, Tyler Johnston, Jim Introne, Brad Cicio, Mike Senecal and last season's winner of the event, "The K-Man" Robbie Knipe, who has raced on a limited schedule this season. Winter Mead, who captured a win last season, has been working the gremlins out of her racer the past few weeks.

Former two-time speedway champion "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner has signed on for the event. Rohner is coming off a season in which he captured the Five Mile Point Sportsman title.

The thrill a second Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduro gang will also be on the race card. One hundred laps of racing on the Accord clay will determine the winner of the $2,000.00 prize offered up by the speedway. There have been five events in 2016 with George Zeininger winning the first two events. Dave Donovan captured the next two features and was on his way to a third win until fuel woes placed him on the sidelines. Derek Delaney would go on to win the feature and all three winners are expected back for the big money event.

Racing is on tap every Friday night from April through September. The King of the Catskills event is this week for the speedway on Friday evening, September 16th. Pit Gates will open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps are at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission at the gate for the spectacular show is Adults $24.00 Seniors $22.00 (12+) Children $5.00 (11+ under) Reserved Indoor Seating $30.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Food Vouchers for $68.00 (a savings of $10.00)

The always spectacular King of the Catskills weekend lands on Friday evening at the speedway. The date is September 16th with a rain date in place for September 23th. The multi-division show will feature the United Pump and Tank Modifieds in a 60 lap feature attraction with $5,000.00 on the line for the winner and presented by Insinger Fuel and Performance. The Joe Giachinta Memorial for the Sportsman division will offer a $1,500.00 to win prize and the Emmanuel's Markeplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros will duke it out for $2,000.00 for the winner.

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

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Sep
10

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Accord Speedway Names 2016 Champions To Highlight Spectacular First Responders Night
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The unseasonal hot and humid weather in 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. Most track champions were crowned in the final evening of points at the speedway for the 2016 racing season. The co-sponsored event by Taylor Rental and Handsome Devil BBQ brought out a nice field of drivers and racing equipment as the event served a dual purpose for those drivers who will be entering the spectacular "King of the Catskills" events scheduled for Friday, September 16th. With four titles left to be decided coming into the evening of events, when the final checkered flag fell from starter Steve Otten, new champions were crowned for the 2016 racing season. C&J Self Storage was the Checkered flag bonus sponsor.

Heading up the list of champions is "The Montgomery Missile" Anthony Perrego who enjoyed a great 2016 season and finished with a late season charge in the United Pump and Tank Modified division to claim the title in a tight battle against "Iron" Mike Ricci, who was a close second in the final standings. "Jammin" Jimmy Wells captured ten wins during the season on his way to his Accord title in the Healey Brothers Group Sportsmen division. "The Young Outlaw" Jesse James Bartleson put his stamp onto the speedway title in the Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Car division. Bob Sleight raced hard all season in the hotly contested Arkel Motors Pure Stock division to earn his first driving title at Accord. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp enjoyed a break-out season with nine wins to capture the WRWD Radio Junior Slingshot title. Samantha Muller captured eight feature wins during the season to capture the Want AD Digest All Star Slingshot title at the speedway. The Rookie Sportsman title race and final points are under review as of this writing.

The racing action during the evening was hot and heavy on the speedway with some of the track titles on the line. Anthony Perrego was fast and furious in his pursuit of the driving title at Accord and put all of the pieces together to dominate the racing action and claim his third feature win at Accord in the Modified division and insure himself of the championship. Joey Bruning had a fast set of wheels under him as he claimed his first win of the season in the Sportsman finale. Bob Sleight knew what he had to do coming into the final event and went out and did it as he won his fourth feature at Accord in the Pure Stock headliner. Heidi Hedin made her long trip worthwhile as she dominated the action to win her third feature of the season in Sprint Car action. "The Bloomingburg Bullet" Taylor Mills used a late charge to capture his first career win of the season in the All Star Slingshot division National Tour event. Hunter Lapp left no doubt in his run for the title as he captured Junior Slingshot National Tour title feature event with a wire to wire triumph.

The United Pump and Tank Modified division title was on the line as the 30-lap event unfolded. "The Ice Man" Dom Roselli took advantage of a front row starting spot to blast out front at the drop of the green flag and led through the first fourteen laps of the event. Anthony Perrego started from eleventh position, found some early seams on the raceway to slip past those in front of him and began reeling in Roselli using the upper reaches of the speedway. Perrego took over command of the race on lap fifteen and led the remaining laps to claim the track title and the win. Danny Creeden finished a solid second with Mike Ricci third, Donnie Elliott fourth and Brad Rothaupt completing the top five. Heading up the second five were Jesse Marks, Ed Dachenhausen, the returning Bobby Hentschel, Mark Pullen and New Jersey's "Iron" Mike Butler.

The Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Car feature found Heidi Hedin grabbing the lead at the start of event. Hedin was all business as she opened up a sizeable lead through the first half of the race. Jesse James Bartleson found a faster line around the speedway and began to reel in the field, first slipping past Eric Jennings for the runner-up slot and then setting sail for the leader Hedin. As the checkered flag waved the leaders were running nose to tail with Hedin capturing her third win of the season and Bartleson in second and claiming the track title. Zach Mead was third with Jennings fourth and Andrew Davis completing the field.

The Arkel Motors Pure Stock finale proved to be an entertaining event as Gary Ronk led the first three laps before yielding to Steve Williams. Williams would lead for two laps before Bob Sleight found the needed room to slip past him and drive away to victory and the track title. Williams was second and was also second in the final points. Ray Tarantino was third with Livy Johnson and Travis Brockner completing the top five. Chris Kanuk, Austin Smith, Harry Bachman and newcomer Gary White completed the field.

Nick Plumstead raced into the lead at the start of the Sportsman feature and led two laps before giving way to Joey Bruning. Bruning, who just recently returned to competition at the speedway, was quick as he ripped off some 13.6 second laps to step away from the field. A couple of restarts would bring the field back together and on each restart Bruning would re-establish himself in front of the field. Jimmy Wells broke through late in the race to take up the chase but the evening belonged to Bruning as he raced across the line to capture the victory. Wells would finish second with Brandon McGill third, Connor Otten fourth after starting fifteenth and Milton Mann completed the top five. The second five was headed up by the returning Tyler Johnston, Phil Goetchius, Ralph Ronk, newcomer Jim Introne and the returning Mike Senecal.

Tyler Peet grabbed the lead at the start of the All Star Slingshot feature and led the first lap before yielding to Dylan Hoch. Hoch, the reigning national champion, would lead through lap four until a scramble would send some cars to the sideline including Hoch. Anthony Raisner seized the lead on the restart and would lead through lap sixteen. Taylor Mills started fourteenth in the feature and soon found himself searching for the move that would maneuver him around Raisner. Mills found the hot spot on lap seventeen and would grab up the lead for the remaining three laps to claim his first career win at Accord and his first National Tour victory. Raisner was second with Alex Yankowski hustling hard to finish third while Joe Toth and Seth Spayd would complete the top five, Marty Kelly, Samantha Muller, Bryce Cherko and Brett Putnam completed the field.

Hunter Lapp used his outside pole position start to grab the lead at the start of the Junior Slingshot Tour feature with Jared Silfee close behind. Lapp would fight off the advances of Silfee through the early portion of the event to hold the rest of the field at bay. Silfee remained close to Lapp and as the leaders got into slower traffic, the leaders were once again nose to tail. Hunter Lapp made the most of the so-called home track advantage and would run a perfect race to capture the tour event with Silfee second in an outstanding performance by both drivers. Jake Mason finished third with Michael Corbin fourth and John Kendall completing the top five, making four out of the top five Accord Speedway regulars. Heading up the second five were Cole Stangle, Kyle Smith, Tanner Jones, Gavin Santee and Nico Flammer.

GEMSTONES:

Under the tutelage of Promoter Gary Palmer, 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 this week and sponsored by Insinger Fuels. The speedway was in good form with a tip of the fedora is in order going out to the hard working Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer.

The speedway took a long intermission session to pay tribute to all of the First Responders who work so diligently to keep our home security safe. Headed up by Jim Zelinski and the Ulster County Sherriff's Department, close to forty 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. 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.

"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 hot racing action taking place on the speedway.

Donna Kessler, who pens the "My Ride" column in the Times Herald Record and the Pocono Record, enjoyed a visit to the speedway last evening and interviewed with Steve Pados regarding the great racing action taking place on the speedway.

Heat race action in the Modifieds found Mike Ricci, Dom Roselli and Ed Dachenhausen capturing victories. Nick Johnson and Joey Bruning scored heat wins in the Sportsman action. The Pure Stock heats went to Steve Williams and Travis Brockner. Eric Jennings captured the Sprint Car heat win. A dual heat format was utilized for the Slingshot Touring events and claiming wins were Jared Silfee and Hunter Lapp in Round one and Jared Silfee and Jake Mason in Round Two of the Junior Slingshot heats. All Star Slingshot heats were captured by Anthony Raisner, Dylan Hoch and Cody Kline in Round One and Tyler Peet, Alex Yankowski and Chris Kurtz in Round Two.

Newcomers and new cars continue to arrive at the speedway as the Friday show acted as a prelude to the mighty "King of the Catskills" weekend coming up this week. Bobby Hentschel, Ed Burgess, Mark Bishop and Ira Landrum added to the growing roster of Modified combatants at Accord. Mike Butler made the trip up from New Jersey and found his way into the top ten in the Modified main. Gary White, in a second Bachman ride, was a new addition to the Pure Stock ranks. Jim Introne, who is a regular at the Devils Bowl Speedway visited the speedway and a new racer car for Tyler Johnston headed up the new cars in Sportsman ranks that also included former regulars Mike Senecal and Brad Cicio.

The invading stars from the Slingshot ranks were well represented with Cole Stangle and Tanner Jones representing New Jersey and Jared Silfee, Kyle Smith, Gavin Santee, Nico Flammer representing the Keystone State and Tyler Banks from New York in the Junior ranks. The All Star Slingshots found newcomers Taylor Mills, Joe Toth, Seth Spayd, Dylan Hoch, Cody Kline, Chris Kurtz, Austin Silfee, Tyler Peet, Henry Anderson and Brayden Schoch making appearances at the speedway. Past winners in years past at Accord, Anthony Raisner and Alex Yankowski were also part of the mix of Slingshots. The Dunkin Donuts contingent of Brian Tobey, Jim Pollard and Bryce Cherko were on board with Cherko leading the Empire Region Points by a slim margin over Vermont's Marty Kelly. Kelly joined Steve Pados in the booth to announce the Modified feature and did his always good job. Jordan Lawrence and Dan Malley were part of the New York drivers in attendance with Malley suffering problems early on in the evening.

Former two time track champion "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner was in the pit area last night assisting Anthony Perrego and will be competing in the upcoming King of the Catskills events this coming week. Rohner recently added a Five Mile track title to his racing resume.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Mike Ricci, Donnie Elliott, Brad Rothaupt, Jesse Marks, Ed Dachenhausen, Bobby Hentschel, Mark Pullen, Mike Butler, Scott Ferrier, Dom Roselli, Ed Burgess, Joe Judge, Mark Bishop, Ira Landrum, Brett Graham, Corey Lowitt, Danny Tyler, Richie Eurich, Ray See Jr, Ken Ferrier (Anthony Perrego Track Champion)

Healey Brothers Group Sportsman: Joey Bruning, Jimmy Wells, Brandon McGill, Connor Otten, Milton Mann, Tyler Johnston, Phil Goetchius, Ralph Ronk, Jim Introne, Mike Senecal, Brad Cicio, Nick Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Dave Demorest, Winter Mead (DNS) (Jimmy Wells Track Champion)

Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Cars: Heidi Hedin, Jesse James Bartleson, Zach Mead, Eric Jennings, Andrew Davis (Jesse James Bartleson Track Champion)

Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Steve Williams, Ray Tarantino, Livy Johnson, Travis Brockner, Chris Kanuk, Austin Smith, Harry Bachman, Gary White, Austin Smith, Gary Ronk, Scott McCarthy (Bob Sleight Track Champion)

Ruges Parts Center Rookie Crate Sportsman: Race is Under Review

Want Ad Digest All Star Slingshots: (National Tour) Taylor Mills, Anthony Raisner, Alex Yankowski, Joe Toth, Seth Spayd, Marty Kelly, Samantha Muller, Bryce Cherko, Brett Putnam, Alan Kober, Jordan Lawrence, Dylan Hoch, Cody Kline, Henry Anderson, Brian Tobey, Tyler Peet, Austin Silfee, Jim Pollard, Chris Kurtz (Samantha Muller Track Champion)

WRWD Radio Junior Slingshots: (National Tour) Hunter Lapp, Jared Silfee, Jake Mason, Michael Corbin, John Kendall, Cole Stangle, Kyle Smith, Tanner Jones, Gavin Santee, Nico Flammer, Jaden Sleight, Tyler Banks, Ashton DeWitt (Hunter Lapp Track Champion)

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Make note of a new starting time beginning with next week's show. Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps are 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.

Make plans now for September 16th as it is the biggest event of the year at the Accord Speedway with the running of the annual "King of the Catskills" event sponsored by Insinger Fuels. $5,000.00 on the line for the Modifieds for 60-laps. The Joe Giachinta Memorial for the Sportsman division will pay $1,500.00. The Emmanuel's Markeplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro will pay out $2,000.00 to the winner with more than 50 entries. Additional information will follow this coming week for the King of the Catskills events.

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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Sep
03

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Danny Creeden Romps To OCFS Qualifier Victory At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The continued great wave of warm summer weather provided the proper 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 normal quiet serenity of the Catskill Mountains gave way to the intoxicating sounds of hot rod racing action on Friday evening and a great crowd of eager racing fans came out to witness a great fireworks extravaganza and to see 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 Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane on an evening sponsored by Saugerties Lumber and the Orange County Fair Speedway, home of the Eastern States 200. The Checkered Flag Bonus was sponsored by Dreaming of the Mouse. www.dreamingofthemouse.com

In the United Pump and Tank Modified division, "The DC Express" Danny Creeden found all of the racing channels to his liking as he ran down early leader Ken Ferrier, took control of the point and romped to his fourth win of the season and in doing so claimed the qualifying spot for the prestigious 55th running of the Eastern States 200 to be held in Middletown, New York from October 21st to the 23rd. Olivia Johnson turned in another stellar performance as she tracked down early Gary Ronk and went on to capture her third win of the season in the Arkel Motors Pure Stock division. Jim Kraus had the hot ticket in the Ruge's GM Parts Rookie Sportsman finale as he captured his second win of the season. "Jammin" Jimmy Wells inherited the lead on the final lap, after a last turn skirmish ended Collin Dubois solid run for his first ever win, and Wells led only the final lap to claim win number ten in the Healey Brothers Group Sportsman feature main event. Larry Ricci continued to put the finishing touches on his return to racing action as he captured his second win of the season in the Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Car headliner. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp captured his eighth WRWD Radio Junior Slingshot division shoot out with a fabulous run and Samantha Muller was victorious in the Want AD Digest All Star Slingshot feature for her eighth win of the season.

Ken Ferrier and Ed Dachenhausen brought the solid field of United Pump and Tank Modifieds down for the start of the 30-lap headliner. "The KF Flyer" Ferrier seized the lead at the start with Brett Graham following. Danny Creeden made his presence known early on from his fourth starting position and began to seize the real estate in front of him. Creeden tracked down Ferrier and assumed command of the lead on lap five. From ninth starting spot came Mike Ricci. Ricci found the fresh real estate at any point of the race track and quickly made his way into the third slot but by that time the leaders were gone. Anthony Perrego made a late bid as he is the point leader with only one more race remaining. Creeden earned his fourth win of the season With Kenny Ferrier second, Ricci third, Perrego fourth and Scott Ferrier hustling hard to complete the top five. The second five consisted of Brett Graham, Donnie Elliott, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks and Danny Tyler.

The Healey Brothers Group Sportsman division headliner found Nick Plumstead finding the hot spot on the speedway and grabbing the lead at the start of the event with Collin DuBois making a statement to move into the runner-up slot. Plumstead led until lap-13 when he bobbled on a restart and DuBois charged by him along with the rest of the field. DuBois opened up a lead but Brandon McGill quickly closed in on him. McGill showed the beak of his race car numerous times but DuBois held off each challenge and with two to go led by two car lengths. McGill came back on the attack and as the white flag flew tried the bottom line but DuBois again held him off as they raced down the backstretch. As the pair got into turn three, McGill got into too hot and ran into the rear of DuBois car and spun him out and ending DuBois shot at his first career win in a full size car at Accord. Jimmy Wells, who was running third, inherited the lead and would lead the final lap to secure his tenth win of the season. "Double D" Dave Demorest was the runner-up in a solid performance while Joey Bruning, Aaron Doolittle and Milton Mann completed the top five. Chris Stevens headed up the second five with Nick Johnson, Phil Goetchius, Winter Mead and the returning Greg McCloskey rounding the top ten.

The Arkel Motors sponsored Pure Stock event got underway with Gary Ronk grabbing the lead at the start. Quickly, Travis Brockner found his way into the runner-up slot and began to mount a challenge for the lead. From seventh starting spot came Livy Johnson. Johnson was on the hammer from the drop of the green flag and set sail around the speedway picking up spots as she raced into contention. Slipping past Brockner for the runner-up role, Johnson reeled in Ronk and the pair battled with Johnson taking over the lead on lap nine. Johnson never looked back as she sped to her third win of the season. Brockner was a solid second with Bob Sleight, Steve Williams and the returning John Woinoski completing the top five. Harry Bachman, newcomers Austin Smith and Scott McCarthy and Jim Smith rounded out the top ten.

Jim Kraus was shot out a cannon at the start of the Ruge's GM Parts Rookie Sportsman feature event. Matt Shultz and Brad Horton kept pace with Kraus and by the halfway mark Jason Feinberg would move into the mix. Kraus was on a mission and he completed it by earning his second win of the season. Shultz, Feinberg, Horton and Tighe Sherlock would complete the top five. Ryan McCartney, newcomer Anthony Recchio, John DeWitt and another newcomer Michael Corbin completed the field.

Larry Ricci powered into the lead at the start of the Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Car feature. Jesse James Bartelson challenged early on but problems would put him on the sidelines by the midway point of the event. Ricci would race to his second win of the season with Eric Jennings in the runner-up slot.

The WRWD Radio Junior Slingshot event found Hunter Lapp getting turned around at the start of the event. Lapp would go to the rear of the field and then began a great comeback. In the meantime, John Kendall led through lap nine when "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason would race by him for the lead. Mason would lead for three laps but once again it would Hunter Lapp knocking on the door. Lapp would slip past Mason on lap thirteen and roll to his eighth win of the season. Mason would finish in the runner-up slot with Michael Corbin third and John Kendall fourth and Ashton DeWitt and Jaden Sleight following.

In the Want Ad Digest All Star Slingshot event, Samantha Muller returned to the speedway after missing a couple of weeks and raced to her eight win of the season.

GEMSTONES:

Through the determined efforts of Promoter Gary Palmer, the speedway was in good racing condition and the many racing channels provided the drivers a wall to wall track surface to race 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 Saugerties Lumber 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 Steve Williams and Gary Ronk. Modified preliminaries were captured by Ed Dachenhausen, Brett Graham and Ken Ferrier. Joey Bruning and Nick Plumstead captured the Sportsman heats while Larry Ricci claimed the Sprint Car heat event. Rookie Sportsman heats went to Tighe Sherlock and Jason Feinberg. The All Star Slingshot heat went to Samantha Muller while Hunter Lapp claimed the Junior Slingshot heat.

Many new faces arrived last night for their first Accord start as Tim Hindley shook down the back-up Creeden mount. Ray See Jr returned to the speedway with a great looking Modified but scratched from the feature. Aaron Doolittle was in the second Davis owned racer and did a good job bringing it to a solid top five finish. "Iron" Mike Butler was up from New Jersey in his Short Load Concrete sponsored mount. Two Slingshot drivers, Anthony Recchio and Michael Corbin took their first ever rides in the full size cars and both did well in their first efforts. It is a big step to go from a two cylinder Slingshot to an eight cylinder full size hot rod. Kudos to both drivers. Scott McCarthy drove the second Ronk car while Ryan Brockner drove the back-up racer for his brother. Austin Smith was another first timer in the Pure Stocks.

Upstate Auto owners Marty and Debbie donated four bicycles for the evening and winners included, Maddy Gadds, Elliot Wesneski, Kaelyn Smith and Mason Wright. Michael Castellano won the Boy's Back Pack and the Girl's Back Pack was won by Olivia Wesneski.

The evening was also a fundraiser for the Sparrow's Nest Charity and many gifts were part of the on going raffle and the speedway staff would like to thank Texas Roadhouse, Autozone of Kingston, Accord Speedway, Hannah Nicole Photography, Uptown Face Studio and LuLaRoe for their participation.

The speedway would also like to thank Michael Hatzistergos for the Balloon Sculpturing, the volunteers for the face painting and Rich Roosa for the use of his tractor for the hayrides.

The Chicken BBQ was a hit as usual as were the Pulled Pork Sandwiches prepared by the great kitchen staff. Thanks to John Liggan Insurance, Wright Farm Market, Sunday Rosendale Farmers Market and Cousin Pete Donohue for the great Grandma Ann's pies that were dispersed to the feature winners.

"Uncle Mike" Hansen from WRWD Radio was on board for the evening and after interviewing with announcer Steve Pados had the WRWD Radio Truck as the pace truck for the evening. Mike will be back at the speedway on September 9th.

The Hudson Valley Historic Racing Committee was on board and they brought in an old roadster from the early days of racing. Preserving the history of racing is important to everyone so please support these organizations.

The speedway will offer a special dedication on the anniversary of 9/11 next week on September 9th as all police, firefighters, correction officers and EMT's will be admitted to the speedway free with their department ID. Taylor Rental and Handsome Devil BBQ will be the co-headline sponsors for the event highlighting the night of champions at the speedway.

The new Accord Speedway T-shirts have arrived and are on sale at $10.00 each with plus sizes being $2.00 more.

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.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Creeden, Ken Ferrier, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Scott Ferrier, Brett Graham, Donnie Elliott, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Danny Tyler, Tyler McKee, Dom Roselli, Kurt Hundeland, Brad Rothaupt, Chad Loiodice, Joe Judge, Mike Butler, Tim Hindley, Richie Eurich, Rob Rowe, Mark Pullen, Ray See Jr (DNS)

Healey Brothers Group Sportsman: Jimmy Wells, Dave Demorest, Joey Bruning, Aaron Doolittle, Milton Mann, Chris Stevens, Nick Johnson, Phil Goetchius, Winter Mead, Greg McCloskey, Ralph Ronk, Collin DuBois, Brandon McGill, Corey Cormier, Nick Plumstead, Vinnie Gress, Conner Otten

Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Cars: Larry Ricci, Eric Jennings, Jesse James Bartleson, Heidi Hedin (DNS)

Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Livy Johnson, Travis Brockner, Bob Sleight, Steve Williams, John Woinoski, Harry Bachman, Austin Smith, Scott McCarthy, Jim Smith, Gary Ronk, Joe Knoth, Chris Kanuk, Ryan Brockner

Ruges Parts Center Rookie Crate Sportsman: Jim Kraus, Matt Shultz, Jason Feinberg, Brad Horton, Tighe Sherlock, Ryan McCartney, Anthony Recchio, John DeWitt, Michael Corbin

Want Ad Digest All Star Slingshots: Samantha Muller

WRWD Radio Junior Slingshots: Hunter Lapp, Jake Mason, Michael Corbin, John Kendall, Ashton DeWitt, Jaden Sleight

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Make note of a new starting time beginning with next week's show. Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps are 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.

September 9th is First Responder's Night at the speedway honoring all police, fireman, correction officers and EMT's. The evening is sponsored by Taylor Rental and Handsome Devil BBQ and is the "Night of Champions" at the speedway when all 2016 track champions will be named.

Make plans now for September 16th as it is the biggest event of the year at the Accord Speedway with the running of the annual "King of the Catskills" event sponsored by Insinger Fuels. $5,000.00 on the line for the Modifieds for 60-laps. The Joe Giachinta Memorial for the Sportsman division will pay $1,500.00. The Emmanuel's Markeplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro will pay out $2,000.00 to the winner with more than 50 entries.

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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Aug
27

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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"Iron" Mike Ricci Dominates Field For Second Triumph Of The Season At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord, NY- Another hot summer day in the Catskill Mountains that found the temperature soaring to ninety degrees and the sights and sounds of good racing action brought out a great crowd to the Accord Speedway as the Palmer Family offered up seven divisions of racing at their Ulster County speedplant on Friday evening. The racing action on the speedway was phenomenal as once again the on track performances allowed the cream to rise to the top and allow the victors the spoils of victory in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane. The evening of speed was sponsored by the good folks at Tom's Repair Shop located in New Paltz, New York. The racing show was presented without a hitch and completed at 10:58 PM. The checkered flag bonus was supplied by ASI Trophies located in Accord, New York

When all was said and done, "Iron" Mike Ricci rebounded from a hard crash one week ago to drive his Halmar International/Backwoods Blends/Direct Fleet Service sponsored hot rod to his second win of the season as he completely dominated the action on his way to the win in the United Pump and Tank Modified headliner. "Jammin" Jimmy Wells left nothing to chance as he put forth a great drive to capture his ninth win of the season in the Healey Brothers Group Sportsman headliner. The Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Car feature found Doylestown, Pennsylvania's Heidi Hedin making her long trip worthwhile as she captured her second win of the season. Tim Southard scored his first win of the season as he wired the field in the Arkel Motors Pure Stock Division feature. The WRWD Radio Junior Slingshot feature found "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp racing to his seventh win of the season. In the Ruge's GM Parts Center Rookie Sportsman finale, Chris Van Duser scored his first career win at Accord as he led from start to finish. Bobby Hassenmayer scored the win in the Want Ad Digest feature.

With the season funneling down quickly in the 2016 racing season, some of the point's battles are still very much alive and will reach a fever pitch in the next couple of weeks. The final weeks of the season are the final building blocks to the track championship as all of the drivers will have to be at their best should they have aspirations to wear a speedway crown in 2016. The night of champions at the speedway is scheduled for September 9th on Taylor Rental and Handsome Devil BBQ Night at the speedway.

The United Pump and Tank Modified event was a crowd teaser and pleaser as Brett Graham hustled out front to lead the first seven laps. Last week's feature winner "Showtime" Danny Tyler flexed his muscles and took over the lead on lap eight and would lead until lap ten when Graham came roaring back and took over the lead for the second time in the event. From seventh starting spot came Mike Ricci and he worked every seam and racing channel he could find and reeled in Graham. Ricci was able to slip past Graham on lap fourteen and from that point on Ricci was on cruise control. Anthony Perrego started ninth and hustled through the field and into second place on lap nineteen but by that time Ricci had built up a tremendous lead. Ricci would earn his second win of the season with Perrego in second. Danny Tyler put in a great run for third while Graham was fourth and Brad Rothaupt raced to fifth. five. Jesse Marks, Corey Lowitt, Scott Ferrier, Ken Ferrier and Joe Judge completed the top ten.

Brandon McGill led the first lap of the Healey Brothers Group Sportsman event and gave way to the high flying Jimmy Wells on lap two. Wells, who has owned the division in 2016, quickly raced out front and built up a huge lead with McGill chasing him around the speedway. Pockets of good, solid racing action would follow for the remainder of the event but the attrition rate would be high in the event as one by one a skirmish here and there throughout the race would send some drivers to the sidelines. It would be Wells leading all of the way for his ninth win with McGill in the runner-up role. The battle for third was a barn-burner all of the way with Phil Goetchius earning the slot while Chris Stevens raced to fourth and Connor Otten would complete the top five. A great run from Winter Mead found her heading up the second five with Corey Cormier, Kevin Ward, Ralph Ronk and Nick Johnson rounding out the field.

The Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Car encounter found Heidi Hedin hustling out front at the start of the feature and would hold the field at bay to garner her second triumph of the season at Accord. Andrew Davis finished second with the point leader Jesse James Bartelson third. Eric Jennings was contending early in the sprint car feature but would meet with the unforgiving boiler plate to end his evening. Jennings was unhurt in the crash.

Tim Southard hustled to the front in the Arkel Motors Pure Stock division feature event. Southard would feel pressure from Steve Williams early on but maintained his poise and remained at the point with Williams and point leader Bob Sleight close behind. Williams made a few late race attempts to slip past Southard but to no avail as Southard would gain his first win of the season at the speedway. Williams was second with Sleight third, Livy Johnson fourth and the veteran Harry Bachman fifth. Steve Kanuk, Jim Smith and Gary Ronk would complete the finishers.

Chris Van Duser had been running strong in recent weeks and picked a good night to grab up the lead on the first lap and would lead the rest of the way to secure his first ever win at the speedway. Jim Kraus put in a good run for runner-up honors while Matt Shultz was third, Jason Feinberg fourth and Ryan McCartney completing the top five. Mike DuBois Jr, Jake Granacker and Sarah Smith would complete the field.

The Want Ad Digest All Star Slingshot feature found Bobby Hassenmayer the lone entry and he would capture his first ever win at the speedway.

Hunter Lapp grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the WRWD Radio Junior Slingshot feature and that would be the pass he needed as he drove away from his competition to secure his seventh win of the season. Point leader John Kendall was second and Michael Corbin was third.

GEMSTONES:

New drivers that made their first appearances of the season included Bobby Hassenmayer in the All Star Slingshots. Ed Dachenhausen brought back to the speedway the car that he wrecked so badly on the front stretch a couple of months ago. The car was unlettered but a really sharp looking racer. Some drivers had a tough night as a few cars could not make it out for their respective feature events and some skirmishes kept the two truck busy during the evening.

Heat race wins went to Chris Van Duser and Matt Shultz in the Rookie Sportsman ranks. Connor Otten, Brandon McGill and Jimmy Wells claimed wins in the Sportsman heats. The Modifieds had three heat events with Brett Graham, Danny Tyler and Brad Rothaupt claiming the wins. Travis Brockner and Steve Williams grabbed up the wins in the Pure Stock encounters. Hunter Lapp captured the heat race win in the Junior Slingshot division and Bobby Hassenmayer won the All Star Slingshot heat. Heidi Hedin made it a clean sweep as she was victorious in the Sprint Car preliminary.

Speedway announcer Steve Pados went trackside to announce the starting line-up for the Sportsman feature that also included the tennis ball throw. All but one driver managed to clear the safety fencing but needless to say, no major league scouts opted on to the speedway grounds to see if they had the right stuff, even though there were rumors to that effect.

Special thanks to race director Dave Rocket for keeping the show moving quickly throughout the evening.

Kingston Nissan had their Festival of Zeroes promotion on hand at the speedway as they prepare to raffle off a new Nissan automobile and they will be back at the track this coming Friday.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Danny Tyler, Brett Graham, Brad Rothaupt, Jesse Marks, Corey Lowitt, Scott Ferrier, Ken Ferrier, Joe Judge, Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich, Dominick Roselli Jr, Tyler McKee, Mark Pullen, Lenny Helmich, Chad Loiodice (DNS)

Healey Brothers Group Sportsman: Jimmy Wells, Brandon McGill, Phil Goetchius, Chris Stevens, Connor Otten, Winter Mead, Corey Cormier, Kevin Ward, Ralph Ronk, Nick Johnson, Mike DuBois, Collin DuBois, Raphael Carson, Dave Demorest, Vinnie Gress, Richie Smith, Nick Plumstead, Joey Bruning (DNS)

Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Cars: Heidi Hedin, Andrew Davis, Jesse James Bartleson, Eric Jennings

Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Tim Southard, Steve Williams, Bob Sleight, Ray Tarantino, Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Steve Kanuk, Jim Smith, Gary Ronk, Dan Knoth (DNS), Travis Brockner (DQ), Ray Tarantino (DQ)

Ruges Parts Center Rookie Crate Sportsman: Chris Van Duser, Jim Kraus, Matt Shultz, Jason Feinberg, Ryan McCartney, Mike DuBois Jr, Jake Grannaker, Sarah Smith, Tighe Sherlock (DNS), RJ Daley (DNS)

Want Ad Digest All Star Slingshots: Bobby Hassenmayer

WRWD Radio Junior Slingshots: Hunter Lapp, John Kendall, Michael Corbin Jake Mason (DNS)

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Make note of a new starting time beginning with next week's show. Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps are 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.

Make plans now for the spectacular Labor Day event on September 2nd when all divisions will be in action and Santore's Famous Fireworks will light up the Catskill Sky with a Fireworks Extravaganza like no other. The Famous Chicken BBQ will be served up with all of the trimmings. Some special additions to the celebration will include four bicycles to be given away courtesy of Upstate Auto and balloon art.

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- Accord Speedway Quick Results August 19th On Escape RV Night
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Tyler, Anthony Perrego, Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Chad Loiodice, Corey Lowitt, Jesse Marks, Ken Ferrier, Brad Rothaupt, Mark Pullen, Chuck McKee, Ed Dachenhausen, Dominick Roselli Jr, Tyler McKee, Donnie Elliott, Brett Graham, Jeff Hoetzler Sr, Rob Rowe, Dom Roselli, Mike Ricci, Lenny Helmich, Kurt Hundeland (DNS)

Healey Brothers Group Sportsman: Kevin Ward, Chris Stevens, Jimmy Wells, Joey Bruning, Robbie Knipe, Phil Goetchius, Corey Cormier, Nick Johnson, Connor Otten, Vinnie Gress, Collin DuBois, Dana Carey, Brandon McGill, Winter Mead, Aaron Doolittle, Nick Plumstead, Ralph Ronk, Mike DuBois, Dave Demorest (DNS)

Ruge's Performance Center NEWS Sprint Cars: Larry Ricci, Brody Adamsky, Jesse James Bartleson (DNS), Eric Jennings (DNS), Zach Mead (DNS)

Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Ray Tarantino, Tim Southard, Steve Williams, Gary Ronk, Chris Kanuk, Joel Murns, Jim Smith, Harry Bachman, Travis Brockner, Mike Travis, James Goetchius

Ruges Parts Center Rookie Crate Sportsman: Jim Kraus, Brad Horton, Tighe Sherlock, Jason Feinberg, Jake Grannaker, RJ Daley, Chris Van Duser, Mike DuBois Jr

WRWD Radio Junior Slingshots: John Kendall, Jake Mason, Hunter Lapp, Jaden Sleight (DNS), Ashton Dewitt (DNS)

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro: Derek Delaney, George Barringer, Willy Oates

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Make note of a new starting time beginning with next week's show. Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps are 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.

Next week, Friday, August 26th will be Tom's Repair Shop Night at the speedway with all divisions ready to do battle on the fast quarter mile clay cushioned oval.

Make plans now for the spectacular Labor Day event on September 2nd when all divisions will be in action and Santore's Famous Fireworks will light up the Catskill Sky with a Fireworks Extravaganza like no other. Handsome Devil BBQ will be on hand serving up the now famous Chicken BBQ with all of the trimmings.

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

A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR

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