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ACCORD SPEEDWAY PRESS
April 20th, 2018
Accord, NY- "Prime Time" Scott Ferrier Sizzles To A Frigid Opening Night Accord Speedway Modified Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The Catskills Mountains of New York State sprung back to life Friday evening as the the high pitched sounds of race cars and the mighty cheering from a grandstand full of happy fans opened up the Accord Speedway for the 2018 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 great cast of familiar and new driving stars and they offered high speed action with daredevil skills on a race track like no other found on the entire East Coast today. The great opening night crowd witnessed six race divisions on a day that found the weather somewhat warm in the afternoon and quickly going frigid as the evening progressed. The racing action was sponsored by Fast Signs of Kingston, New York: www.fastsigns.com
Capturing the exciting opening night wins at the speedway were "Prime Time" Scott Ferrier in the Insinger Fuels Modifieds, "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner in the Arkel Motors Sportsman, Emerson Cargain Jr in the Upstate Auto Pure Stocks, Bobby Tersillo in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars, Kenny Ryder in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman and Jeff DeGroat in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders.
Joey Grammes and Danny Creeden brought the 23-car starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30-lap Modified headliner. Creeden wasted no time in blasting to the front of the pack with Joey Grammes and Scott Ferrier in hot pursuit. A restart found Scott Ferrier blasting off of the top of the raceway like a man possessed as he quickly scampered away from the field. With Ferrier putting on a clinic, the racing action was hot and heavy behind him as the quality field of talent jockeyed for their own slice of real estate. Anthony Perrego moved through the pack in a challenging position only to find his hot rod catch on fire and he quickly shut down the racer.
On the restart, Ferrier once again showed his tail pipes to the rest of the field only to seemingly slow a bit during the final ten laps allowing Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Jerry Higbie and Mike Ricci to close the distance but would cross the finish line in that order. Local ace "Little Richard" Smith was sixth from 15th, and the remainder of the top ten included Jimmy Wells, invader Andy Bachetti, reigning champion Danny Tyler and Brian Malcolm.
The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature headliner found a very quick Tony Kowalchuk establishing the point for the first 13-laps. A restart brought the field together and on the restart Kyle Rohner drove by Kowalchuk from the top of the raceway. A lap-20 caution placed Kowalchuk back to the front as officials decided Rohner had jumped the prior start. On the ensuing restart, Rohner went to work and grabbed the lead as the two combatants hit turn three. Rohner led the remainder of the way to grab the win with Kowalchuk in the runner-up role. Leo Fotopolous was third in a great run with Tyler Johnston and Hunter Lapp completing the top five as the pair battled throughout the event. Daniel Morgiewicz headed up the second five with Mike Senecal, Kevin Stevens, Cole Hentschel and Nick Plumstead completing the top ten.
Emerson Cargain Jr 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 along with former track champion Bob Sleight. Williams was the runner-up with Sleight third, Livy Johnson fourth and John Hechinger fifth.
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Bobby Tersillo leading all of the way to capture the win. Newcomer Mick D'Agostino pushed Tersillo the entire distance but couldn't find the sweet spot of the raceway to get by.
Keystone State star Heidi Hedin finished third while another newcomer Dan Malley was fourth.
The WRWD Rookie Sportsman field was a good one and even though the attrition rate was a bit high at the opening night event, there is a good deal of talented future stars within the group. The night belonged Kenny Ryder as he led all laps to capture his first ever win at Accord. Travis Green was in for the runner-up slot while Samantha Muller was third in her debut into the full size car ranks. John Brown and Fred Smith completed the top five. Erin Paulison, Michael Corbin, Joseph Coppola, Cole Stangle and Brian Durbin completed the top ten.
A familiar face graced victory lane in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder initial showdown. Jeff DeGroat, a mainstay in the Enduro ranks, led from start to finish in his rice rocket with another four cylinder veteran Jerry Kingeter slipping past Dave Donovan for runner-up honors. Donovan, Ryan Heady and Jesse Torrens completed the top five. Brandon Conklin, Gary Quick, Ken Barringer, Sean Quinn and Wikkie DeGraw completed the top ten.
Heat winners for the opening night event included Tony Kowlachuk, Hunter Lapp and Leo Fotopolous in the Sportsman division. Pure Stock heats were won by Emerson Cargain Jr and Steve Williams. Three heats were needed to set the field for the Modified division with Joey Grammes, Danny Creeden and Jerry Higbie claiming wins while the consolation win went to Brian Malcolm. Mick D'Agostino captured the lone heat in sprint car action. Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Cole Stangle and Samantha Muller. Fireball Heats were claimed by Jeff DeGroat and Dave Donovan.
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 eighteenth anniversary as the owners and promoters of the Accord facility.
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. "Jammin" Jimmy Wells opened his season sporting new sponsorship from Upstate Auto and celebrating a birthday. Joey Grammes, Butch Getz and Tyler Boniface were new additions to the Modified field. D'Agostino, Dan Malley, Jordan Lawrence and Mark Connoly were new faces for the sprint division.
The new Town Supervisor in Rochester Mike Baden was on hand for the action, interviewed with Steve Pados and truly enjoyed his night at the speedway. Uncle Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio was on hand and had the decked out WRWD Truck taking a few laps. The Upstate Auto pace truck had Randy Filipowski at the controls
Ronda and Gary Phillips, who play such an important part in the success of the Dirt Track Heroes Show, came up from Phillipsburg, New Jersey to cheer on their favorite driver Kyle Rohner.
A moment of silence was held for Former first lady Barbara Bush as well as former Accord and Olive Bridge racer Barry Dolan.
Insinger Fuels Modifieds: Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Jerry Higbie, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith, Jimmy Wells, Andy Bachetti, Danny Tyler, Brian Malcolm, Ray See Jr, Tyler Boniface, Joe Judge, Brad Rothaupt, Kenny Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Rich Ricci III, Butch Getz, Richie Eurich, Anthony Perrego, Joey Grammes, Kyle VanDuser, Tommy Johnson, Eddie Burgess, Alissa Cody, Brian Krummel
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Tony Kowalchuk, Leo Fotopolous, Tyler Johnston, Hunter Lapp, Daniel Morgiewicz, Mike Senecal, Kevin Stevens, Cole Hentschel, Nick Plumstead, Harry Baldwin, Ryan McCartney, Chris VanDuser, Alex VanPelt, Jimmy Devitt, Robbie Knipe, Shane Henion, Anthony Recchio, RJ Smith, Matt Shultz
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Bob Tersillo, Mick D'Agostino, Heidi Hedin, Dan Malley, Mark Connoly, Jordan Lawrence, Andrew Davis
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Emerson Cargain, Steve Williams, Bob Sleight, Livy Johnson, John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Kenny Ryder, Travis Green, Samantha Muller, John Brown, Fred Smith, Erin Paulison, Michael Corbin, Joseph Coppola, Cole Stangle, Brian Durbin, Charles Loiodice, Kyle Schwartz, Amanda Carson, Jeff Higham, Jared Miller
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinders: Jeff DeGroat, Jerry Kingeter, Dave Donovan, Ryan Heady, Jesse Torrens, Brandon Conklin, Gary Quick, Ken Barringer, Sean Quinn, Wikkie DeGraw, Nicole Nelson, Anthony Tarantino, Samantha Torres, Marisol Torrens, George Barringer, Mike Travis
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the starting time: 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.
April 27th has all regular divisions at the speedway in action. Mombaccus Excavating and Stone 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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Accord, NY - Accord Speedway Honors 2017 Champions And Place Winners At Annual Awards Banquet
By Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer welcomed in a crowd of 200 members of the racing fraternity on Sunday evening as they hosted their seventeenth annual Accord Speedway Banquet and Awards ceremony. The banquet took place at the Hudson Valley Resort just a few miles away from the speedway in Accord, New York. The Palmer family completed another successful racing season at their pristine and exciting quarter mile speedplant nestled within the valleys of the Catskill Mountains. Although Mother Nature presented some problems along the way in 2017, the racing season proved to be both exciting and intense as a few of the championship titles came down to the final night of points at the speedway.
After a joyous and fun-filled cocktail hour, sumptuous dinner and dessert, the evening's emcee and track announcer Steve Pados and his assistant Tim Adams took to the stage to begin the awards presentations. Division by division was announced as spectacular hardware and awards were handed out to all of the speedway's champions and attending place finishers. The Champions also received championship jackets.
The Friday night headline division presentations quickly followed. Beginning with the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot division, driving talent "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason picked up the championship hardware after riding high on the strength of an eight win season. Jayden Sleight picked up third place honors and also scored his wins at the speedway in 2017. In the hotly contested Upstate Auto sponsored Pure Stock division, Travis Brockner captured the championship title highlighted by a two win season and capturing the title on the final night of the season in the highly competitive affordable division at the speedway. Also honored were high place winners Ray Tarantino, Steve Williams, John Hechinger, Bob Sleight Jr, Chris Kanuk and Austin Smith.
The Arkel Motors Sportsman title found "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner returning to the speedway and capturing his third championship at the Accord facility. Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel and Matt Shultz also picked up their hardware for a season well done.
In the United Pump and Tank Modified division, "Showtime" Danny Tyler emerged as the champion, his first ever Modified title at the speedway. Tyler was a three time winner during the season which included capturing his ever "King of the Catskills" victory. "The DC Express" Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Scott Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Jesse Marks, Joe Judge and Kenny Ferrier were recognized as place winners in the division.
Former speedway Quad Champ, "The High Side Hustler" Eric Jennings became the third champion in the still relatively new WRWD RAdio Sprint Car division at the speedway. Jennings scored five wins during the season. Bob Tersillo, Doylestown, Pennsylvania hot shoe Heidi Hedin and Branden Gates were also honored.
Many special honors were also handed out during the evening. The top Crew Chiefs were honored and the winners included Bubba in the Modifieds, Bobby Hentschel in the Sportsman and Laurie Brockner in the Pure Stocks. Most Improved Driver Awards went to Tyler Johnston in the Sportsman and Richard Smith in the Modifieds. Rookie of the Year Awards were given to Bob Tersillo, Cole Hentschel and Jimmy Wells.
Jim Silinski was honored for his tremendous organization of the spectacular First Responders Night at the speedway in 2017. Special Tribute Awards were given to the Tyler Family and the Hedin Family. Frank Bush and Jim Douglas were honored for their great work in bringing the firdst Accord Drivers reunion to fruition. Donnie Fredericks and Butch Rougier were honored for their fine work as the speedway safety crew. Benny Campbell was honored for his great tech work. "Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio was honored for his dedication to racing. Employee of the Year honors were given to Wayne Kershaw.
Special Appreciation awards were given to Miss Accord Speedway Michelle Campbell as she was honored for her work at the speedway. Ton Czaban was honored for his track videography work at Accord. Tim Adams was honored for his work behind the mike and in victory lane. Announcer and Media Man Steve Pados was honored for his long-standing service to the speedway and for keeping the fans well informed with his lively banter over the course of the racing season. A Special Dedication To Racing Award was bestowed upon race director Dave Rocket and his wife Joanne. A special dedication award was also given to "The Godfather" Marty Dibble. AARN writer Bill Utter was honored for his journalism work at the speedway. RJ Smith was honored by the Palmer Family for his dedication to racing.
Early practice sessions will open the speedway in 2017 with April 6th and April 13th practice time on tap for the drivers in all divisions to prepare for the 2017 season. April 20st will find the Palmer Family opening the speedway gates for their 18th season at Accord. For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log-on to the their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478. At the Accord Speedway............................................
We Measure Excitement A Quarter Mile At A Time
Accord, NY- : "Jammin" Jimmy Wells Set For Run For At Accord Speedway Modified Title
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The winter months are the time of the year when the race drivers and owners have a short window of opportunity to prepare for a new season of competition and seek out new sponsorship for the grueling summer months ahead. Coming off of a very solid 2017 racing season, New Paltz, New York driving star Jimmy Wells feels he has covered the bases as he prepares for the new season in racing. Wells, who earned the nickname "Jammin Jimmy" from his late father, is confident and feels well prepared to make a solid run at the 2018 Modified title at the Accord Speedway.
Wells certainly knows his way around the Accord real estate as he is a past champion at Accord, dominating the racing action in the Sportsman division in 2016 to the tune of ten victories and running away with the track title. Wells used the championship season as a launching pad into the Modified ranks for 2017. Wells came away with a very respectable season at Accord as he did battle with an extremely tough field of Modified entrants to come home in sixth place in the final point tallies while charging hard to a couple of feature wins during the campaign. Wells, while proud of his achievements in 2017, feels he can do better and has set as his goal the 2018 Modified title.
While refurbishing his equipment for the new season ahead, Wells landed additional sponsorship help from Upstate Auto in Germantown, New York. Upstate owner Marty Dibble has been a sponsor at Accord for some years now and is happy to jump on board to assist Wells in his quest for his next title.
In talking with Marty he explained, "I have followed Jimmy's racing career for some time and he always gets the most out of his equipment. When he came to me and inquired about receiving some help for his racing endeavors, I felt that with the help I can give him and some good old-fashioned racing luck, Jimmy has a legitimate shot at reaching his goals." Wells also points out that family and friends have helped him continue is racing even at a time when he felt he might have to stop pursuing his goals. Wells credits his Uncle Mike Ricci for his great mentoring in teaching him the ins and outs of the racing game, Ricci himself being a multi-time champion at the Accord facility.
Wells will go to battle at Accord with a HigFab Chassied race car. While he raced in the past with a PMC race car, Wells explained the HigFab car suits him and his driving style to a T. Wells and crew assemble their own racing engines with additional help coming form Rich Bunora. Sponsorship on the race car comes from RYCOR HVAC, Direct Fleet Services, Antonio's Pizza, the Arc of Ulster Greene, True Life Taxidermy and the aforementioned Upstate Auto whose phone number is: 518-537-2277.
Wells began his racing career at the age of four on flat track motorcycles. Racing around the country in local, regional and national events, Wells captured many wins and track championships through his early years. A bad wreck in 2007 at Volusia Speedway in Florida put Wells out of commission for an extended period of time with a broken neck and back. After a long period of rehabilitation Wells went back to the flat tracks and a few more injuries followed along with the wins. Finally his Father said enough is enough and purchased a sportsman car for him to race. His Father passed away a few weeks after the purchase of the car but his spirit is always with "Jammin Jimmy" whenever he takes to the speedway.
"Jammin" Jimmy Wells has always set the bar high for his racing endeavors. He has shown he has what it takes to continue in his transition to the top in racing and with family and friends and lady luck behind him each step of the way, all of us will continue to read about his rising star for many seasons to come.
Racing will be on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note that when the season begins the 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)
The 2018 racing schedule at Accord is now online although there is some additional events still in the planning stages.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their Facebook page or their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845-626-1142.
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