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8/5/2017
Accord, NY-  A One Night Flight Finds Andy Bachetti Sizzling Hot In Convincing Win In Exciting Accord Speedway Modified Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
On a hazy but warm summer day in the Catskill Mountains of New York State that threatened to rain but didn't, the Accord Speedway swung back into race mode on Friday evening. With temperatures in the low 80's and a warm gentle breeze blowing across the speedway grounds, Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer reeled off an outstanding racing card for the large crowd on hand that witnessed the excellent racing action. The superb evening of speed was sponsored by the good folks at Emmanuel's Marketplace  (www.emmanuelsmarketplace.com) and was highlighted by the running of the Ernie Beesmer Memorial event for the Modified division. Even though the racing was held up and began later due to a faulty ambulance, all of the events were completed by 11PM.
 
The final outcome of the great evening of racing action found "The Wild Child" Andy Bachetti returning to the Accord Speedway in a one night flight from his regular track to steer his Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming sponsored hot rod to his first Accord Speedway win in quite some time. He chose the right time to return as he garnered in a whopping $2,888.00 for his win in the Ernie Beesmer Memorial in the United Pump & Tank Modified headliner.  Brandon "Juan Pablo" McGill nailed down his second win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman finale.  "The Highside Hustler" Eric Jennings was spot on as he recorded his fifth win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature event.  Veteran campaigner Emerson Cargain Jr added his second win of the season as he raced to victory in the hotly contested Upstate Auto Pure Stock ranks. Ryan McCartney captured his second win of the season in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman main event as he dominated the action in a wire to wire run. "The old Spring Kid" Jake Mason continues to excel at Accord as he wired the field for his seventh win at the speedway in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot finale.
 
"The Concrete Kid" Kyle VanDuser used a front row start to kick off the United Pump and Tank Modified event and VanDuser would lead first nine laps of the 30-lap main event. "Primetime" Scott Ferrier stayed close as he quickly drove into the runner-up slot from his seventh starting position to tail VanDuser.  Ferrier drove by VanDuser on lap ten and brought with him a high flying Anthony Perrego. Perrego challenged Ferrier but coming into the fight would be Andy Bachetti as he moved into third from his twelfth starting position. Bachetti was on a mission and could place his car in any channel of the speedway and be fast. He moved to the topside of the speedway on lap fourteen and passed both VanDuser and Perrego to assume command of the lead.
 
A restart closed the field on lap-19 but on the restart Bachetti opened up a huge lead on the field. As Bachetti got into slower traffic, Perrego was able to close the gap and make it close but Bachetti flashed under the checkered flag at the end of the thirty lap event a much richer man. Perrego was the runner-up in a solid drive from 11th starting place, Jerry Higbie came on strong at the end to finish third with Scott Ferrier and Danny Creeden completing the top five. The second five in order were Rich Ricci Jr, current point leader Danny Tyler, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith and Kyle VanDuser.  
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman event proved to be a great race as Chris VanDuser found the fast line at the top of the raceway and powered into the lead. Rich Ricci III followed VanDuser and the two broke away from the field early on. Some skirmishes would slow the action down on a few occasions but Brandon McGill on each restart would begin to make subtle moves on the leaders. McGill went to work on Ricci and slipped past him and then went to work on VanDuser. McGill took over the lead on lap-13 and while leading had to fight off the advances of Ricci and Kyle Rohner.  The three way battle was exciting down to the last turn but McGill would not be denied on this night as he nabbed his second win of the season at Accord Speedway. Ricci III was second with a great performance while Rohner settled for third. Tony Kowlachuk and Tyler Johnston completed the top five. third. Following the top five were Corey Cormier, Dana Carey, Chris VanDuser, Shane Henion and Matt Shultz.  
 
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature attraction found Ryan McCartney with the hot hand as he powered into the lead at the drop of the green flag and he would open up some distance on the field with Michael Corbin in pursuit. Hunter Lapp would find his way to the front and moved past Corbin into second. McCartney would prove to be fast as he drove away from the field to secure his second win of the season. Lapp enjoyed a great run for second with Corbin third, Vinny Visconti fourth and Alex VanPelt fifth. The entire top five came through the ranks of Slingshot racing lending credence to the importance of starting out the drivers in a class where they can learn the ins and outs of racing and then be able to make a successful transition to the full-size cars. Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, John Miller, John Brown, John DeWitt and Keith Johannessen would complete the rest of the field. 
 
Austin Smith grabbed the early lead in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock main event and would lead through the first three laps. Emerson Cargain Jr found the open channels of the speedway down low and powered into the lead. It proved to be the winning pass but behind Cargain four additional drivers were driving hard to find the winning move of their own. Travis Brockner pulled out all of the stops and pulled even on occasion but could not muster up a few more horsepower to unseat Cargain from the lead and he settled for second. Steve Williams was third with John Hechinger continuing to do great work with a fourth place finish while Chris Kanuk finished fifth. Austin Smith, Harry Bachman, Craig Cuneo and Ray Tarantino completed the field.
 
Bobby Tersillo grabbed the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature event. Tersillo was enjoying his best run of the season but jumped the cushion allowing Eric Jennings to make the winning move under him to take command of the lead. The move made the rest of the event purely academic as Jennings raced away from the field to gather in his fifth win of the season. Larry Ricci was a strong runner-up with Tersillo third, Larry McVay fourth, Andrew Davis Corey Wood, And newcomer Duane Nixon completing the field.
 
Jake Mason started from the inside pole position and quickly raced in to the lead at the start of the event. Mason opened up a big lead in the race and coasted to his seventh Accord Speedway win. Jaden Sleight was second with Ashton DeWitt third, Brock Pinkerous fourth and newcomer Kao DeWitt fifth.  
 
GEMSTONES:
 
The good friends from Emmanuel's Marketplace were the headline sponsor for the evening. 
 
Heat races were run off quickly and Sportsman heat wins went to Brandon McGill and Tyler Johnston. Ryan McCartney and John Miller captured the Rookie Sportsman heat events. Modified heats were claimed by Andy Bachetti, Ken Ferrier and Brian Malcolm while the B-Main for the Modifieds was claimed by Jimmy Wells. Bobby Tersillo won the Sprint heat. Steve Williams was victorious in the Pure Stock heat. Jake Mason captured the Junior Slingshot heat. .
 
New entries were arrived at the speedway as Tom Vasta and Anthony Recchio returned to action but both drivers stepping up to the Sportsman ranks.  Duane Nixon was on hand with his Northeast Wingless Sprint Car in his debut and ran strong in his first Accord start.  Kai DeWitt made his initial start in the Junior Slingshots with a K number reminiscent of a Karl Pittenger Modified.
 
Promoter Gary Palmer had the speedway in great racing form as the speedway again offered up to four and sometimes five distinct racing channels to the drivers to create some excellent side by side battles throughout the evening and for the most part all divisions produced some excellent racing for the fans.
 
A nice group of friends of Ernie Beesmer were on hand talking about Ernie and his exploits on the raceway. The photographs and trophies take one back to a more carefree time in life when things just seemed to go a lot easier than they do nowadays. Thank you to all of Ernie Beesmer's friends for a great evening at Accord.
 
The Gary Phillips Crew drove up from New Jersey to cheer for Kyle Rohner. Rohner steered the Phillips 600 Sprint at Hamlin a couple of seasons ago and Rohner has a lock on the one lap track record at Hamlin for the division. The car was sold by Phillips to graphic design man Adam Huff who now has placed Billy Pauch Jr in the machine at Kutztown
 
Best wishes go out to all of the Accord Speedway Junior Slingshot and All Star Slingshot drivers who will be taking part in the Slingshot Speedweeks racing at the various speedways on the tour schedule. The racing began this evening at Linda's Speedway and next Saturday's racing will be at the Hamlin Speedway with the final leg being hosted at Kutztown.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrrgo, Jerry Higbie, Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Danny Tyler, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith, Kyle VanDuser, Jimmy Wells, Randy Green, Joe Judge, Kevin Ward, Ken Ferrier, Richie Eurich, Kurt Hundeland, Eddie Burgess, Jesse Marks, Ed Dachenhausen, Kevin Krom, Brian Malcolm, Alissa Cody (DNQ), Jimmy Introne (DNQ), RJ Daley (DNQ), Brad Rothaupt (DNS)
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Brandon McGill, Rich Ricci III, Kyle Rohner, Tony Kowalchuk, Corey Cormier, Dana Carey, Chris VanDuser, Shane Henion, Matt Shultz, Tommy Vasta, Michael Murphy, Cole Hentschel, Jimmy Devitt, Anthony Recchio (DNS), Robbie Knipe (DNS)
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry Ricci, Bob Tersillo, Larry McVay, Andrew Davis, Corey Wood, Duane Nixon, Heidi Hedin, Jeremy Quick
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, John Hechinger, Chris Kanuk, Austin Smith, Harry Bachman, Craig Cuneo, Ray Tarantino
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Ryan McCartney, Hunter Lapp, Michael Corbin, Vinny Visconti, Alex VanPelt, Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, John Miller, John Brown, John DeWitt, Keith Johannessen
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Jaden Sleight, Ashton DeWitt, Brock Pinkerous, Kai DeWitt
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
August 11th is Kenco Outfitters Night at Accord Speedway with all divisions racing long with the Northeast Vintage Modifieds and the first ever Accord Speedway Drivers Reunion with many of the former driving stars from the speedway expected to be on hand. Much thanks to Frank Bush and Jim Douglas for their hard work in putting this event together.
 
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.comor call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
 
At the Accord Speedway............................................
 
A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR


7/29/2017
Accord, NY-  Danny Creeden Goes Topside To Capture Second Win In Exciting Accord Speedway Modified Headliner
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
On a hot, muggy summer evening with quick storms hitting areas south of the track, the Accord Speedway somehow remained unscathed and reeled off an outstanding racing card for another solid crowd on hand that witnessed the excellent six division racing card.  The loyal Accord racing fans were offered the opportunity to go trackside and meet and greet with the talented driving roster of the speedway on camera and autograph night presented by United Pump and Tank located in Wallkill, New York.(www.unitedpumpandtank.com).  Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer had the speedway grounds in its usual pristine condition and the outstanding track work prep of Gary Palmer presented the drivers with another fabulous, tacky and very racy track surface that had the drivers in all divisions talking about it all night long through the interview sessions. A & M Hardware presented the Checkered Flag Bonus. Even with the 45 minute delay for the Camera and Autograph session, the racing was completed before 11 PM.
 
The final outcome of the great evening of racing action found the "DC Express" Danny Creeden seeking the outer reaches of the speedway as "he drove it where they weren't" to claim his second win of the season at Accord Speedway in the United Pump and Tank Modifieds. "The Little Rock" Matt Shultz  raced to his first ever career win at Accord in the Arkel Motors Sportsman headliner. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio was spot on in recording his fourth win of the season in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman finale.  Travis Brockner shook off his recent back luck at the speedway and proceeded to wire the field for his second win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature run. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it six wins for the season in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot feature. Jeremy "The Captain" Quick found the topside to be the quick side as he captured his initial win in 2017 in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car main event.
 
Joe Judge hammered down at the start of the United Pump and Tank  Modified thirty lap main event and led the first dew laps while defending the flanks against Brian Malcolm and Kyle VanDuser. While Malcolm and VanDuser locked up in a dual, Judge stepped away from the field in a hurry. Earning some quality real estate at the top of the raceway, Creeden  looked low then slid to the top of raceway as he found the fast seam and coming out of turn four slipped past both Malcolm and VanDuser to move into the runner-up slot. Judge had forged a huge lead, but Creeden was eating up the real estate quickly. As the leaders moved into slower traffic, Creeden stayed on top with Judge one lane lower and Creeden emerged as the leader on lap twelve.  . before yielding to  who stayed out front through lap five. Danny Creeden built up a commanding lead as he held the hot hand through the remainder of the event to claim win number at Accord for the 2017 racing season. Brad Rothaupt used some good moves off of the baseline to race into a runner-up finish with Danny Tyler coming from ninth starting place to finish third. Joe Judge and the returning Jerry Higbie completed the top five with Higbie coming from 14th starting position. Brian Malcolm headed up the second five with Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Jimmy Wells and Scott Ferrier following.
 
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman headliner found Jeff Higham leading the way for the first four laps of the event. After a mad scramble, a restart found John Miller taking over the lead for one lap before Anthony Recchio found the hot spot on the raceway to take over the point. Recchio would lead the remaining laps to race to his fourth win of the season in the division. Kevin Stevens raced to a solid runner-up finish with Higham nailing down third, Jared Miller fourth and John Miller completing the top five. Fred Smith headed up the second five with Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti, newcomer John Brown and Keith Johannessen finishing up the top ten.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature event found Matt Shultz grabbing up the early lead. Shultz had himself a fast hot rod but equally fast was Corey Cormier. With some restarts needed for some scrambles, the Shultz/Cormier battle was shaping up as a barn burner as Cormier was able to stick the nose of his race car under Shultz but could not make the winning pass as Shultz was running a near perfect race. The two remained close throughout the remainder of the event but it would be Shultz earning his first ever Accord Speedway over Cormier in another excellent Sportsman headliner. Cole Hentschel was third after stating ninth and Kyle Rohner made an exceptional run through the entire field to land in fourth place. Rich Ricci III completed the top five. The second five found Nick Johnson, the returning Danny Cross, Dave Demorest, Rafael Carson and Ralph Ronk following.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature had last week's winner Larry McVay leading the first three laps until a mad skirmish found Brett Graham getting into McVay with Graham getting upside down and he and McVay both headed to the pits with damages. On the restart Jeremy Quick   hustled to the point and took command of the event and he would lead the remaining laps to claim his first Accord Speedway win in some time. Eric Jennings, Tom Radivoy, Bob Tersillo, Heidi Hedin and Larry Ricci completed the field.
 
The Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot feature found Jake Mason returning to action and the young man dominated the action from start to finish to claim his sixth win of the season. Brock Pinkerous was second with newcomer Garrett Poland in third place.
 
The Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature found Travis Brockner jumping out front at the start of the event and it was just what he needed as he had to fight off the challenges of a very tough customer in Ray Tarantino to make his way to the WRWD Victory Lane. The win was number two for the season for Brockner. Tarantino was second in a strong run followed by Emerson Cargain Jr in third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams fifth. Heading up the second five were the returning Livy Johnson, Craig Cuneo, Chris Kanuk, John Drake and James Goetchius.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Promoter Gary Palmer offered up a great race track for the drivers as all four speed channels were utilized throughout the course of the evening and the drivers spoke highly of the track preparation.
 
Steve Lowitt and his United Pump and Tank group was the headline sponsor for the evening and enjoyed their time with the trackside presentations during camera and autograph night.
 
Heat races were run off quickly and Sportsman heat wins went to Matt Shultz, Tyler Johnston and Nick Plumstead. John Miller and Michael Corbin were victorious in the Rookie Sportsman qualifiers.  Modified heats were claimed by Brad Rothaupt, Brian Malcolm and Ken Ferrier. Ray Tarantino and Emerson Cargain Jr claimed wins in the Pure Stock division heats. The Junior Slingshot heat was claimed by Jake Mason.  Eric Jennings and Larry McVay captured the Sprint car heats.
 
New cars and drivers continue to add to the luster of the evening as the Sportsman ranks saw the addition of "Dynamite" Danny Cross and "The Tokyo Drift" Dana Carey. In the new Sprint Car Division, Larry Drake was a new addition to the field. John Brown was a new edition to the Rookie Sportsman ranks. Garrett Poland made his first start in the Junior Slingshots.
 
"Jumpin" John McGill filled in for the vacationing Tim Adams with the victory
lane interviews and did his usual top-flight job.
 
The camera and autograph session went off without a hitch as the grandstands emptied out for the fans to have a chat or get an autograph or two from their favorite drivers. Announcer Steve Pados interviewed as many drivers as time was allotted and tried to make sure each division was covered.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Creeden, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Tyler, Joe Judge, Jerry Higbie, Brian Malcolm, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Jimmy Wells, Scott Ferrier, Kyle VanDuser, Richie Eurich, Jesse Marks, Kurt Hundeland, Ken Ferrier, Alissa Cody, Eddie Burgess, Rich Ricci Jr, Mike Ricci
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Matt Shultz, Corey Cormier, Cole Hentschel, Kyle Rohner, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Danny Cross, Dave Demorest, Rafael Carson, Ralph Ronk, Milton Mann, Lenny Helmich, Tony Kowalchuk, Chris VanDuser, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Brandon McGill, Tyler Johnston, Collin DuBois, Dana Carey
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Jeremy Quick, Eric Jennings, Tom Radivoy, Bob Tersillo, Heidi Hedin, Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Brett Graham, Larry Drake
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Travis Brockner, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Craig Cuneo, Chris Kanuk, John Drake, James Goetchius, Harry Bachman, Austin Smith
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, Jared Miller, John Miller, Fred Smith, Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti, John Brown, Keith Johannessen, Ryan McCartney, Michael Corbin
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Brock Pinkerous, Garrett Poland
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
August 4th is Emmanuel's Marketplace Night at Accord Speedway with all divisions racing and highlighted by the Ernie Beesmer Memorial Modified event paying $2,888.00 to win.
 
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
 
 


7/21/2017

Accord, NY- Danny Tyler Show Times His Way To Second Consecutive Win In Accord Speedway Racing Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
The East Coast flirted with temperatures in the mid 90's for most of the week. Nevertheless and despite oppressive heat, the Catskill Mountains came alive on Friday evening and a great band of loyal racing fans came out to witness an eight feature race card presented by Kingston Collision with two locations in Kingston, New York. (www.kingstoncollision.com) Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer had the speedway grounds in pristine condition as always and the great track work prep by Gary Palmer presented the drivers with an over the top and super quick racing surface to captivate the thrill-seeking racing fans.  Accord Speedway sponsored the Checkered Flag Bonus on Friday night. The eight feature event race card was completed at 11:30 PM.
 
When all was said and done, "Showtime" Danny Tyler put his right foot to the floor and captured his second consecutive win of the season in the United Pump and Tank Modified division. "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner remained the hot ticket at the speedway as he drove a fine race to capture his fourth win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman headliner.  "The Intimidator" Ray Tarantino withstood a ton of challenges to emerge victorious for his third win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock finale. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp put together a masterful ride to race to his first ever win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman shootout. Larry McVay had a fast hot rod underneath him as he raced to his first ever win  in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint encounter. Jaden Sleight raced to his first ever win in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event. Mike Houghtaling had the hot ticket as he drove to his second win in the Northeast Vintage Modified finale. The final event of the evening was the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro feature and although he crossed the finish line in second place, Dave Donovan was awarded the win due to a foul committed by Johnny Bankich, who was announced the winner at the finish.
 
The Modified field came down for the start of the 30-lap main event with   Brian Malcolm blasting out front and leading the first five laps. A restart found Joe Judge having lots of gas pedal and he led the next three laps. A trio of contenders emerged on the next restart and Tyler wasted no time in wresting the lead away from Judge while Jimmy Wells and the returning Rich Ricci Jr found their way around him too. A couple more cautions slowed the pace but Tyler showed his speed by being able to build on his lead in the clean air. In the final laps of the event, Tyler was able to build up a huge lead and crossed the finish line for his second consecutive victory at Accord. Jimmy Wells was the runner-up with Rich Ricci Jr nailing down third place after starting eleventh, Jesse Marks was fourth and Brian Malcolm was fifth. The second five was headed up by Scott Ferrier with Kevin Ward, Richard Smith, Ken Ferrier and the returning Tommy Johnson completing the top ten.
 
Chris VanDuser seized command of the Arkel Motors Sportsman event at the start but a mad scramble involving seven cars quickly brought the race to a halt. All eyes were on the front row for the restart and VanDuser grabbed the lead and would be challenged for the sixteen laps by Nick Plumstead. The ebb and flow came into play as Plumstead was able to put the nose of his race car under VanDuser at times only to have VanDuser find the magic at the top of the speedway ladder to remain in front. Things were heating up not only in the front but some masterful driving from Kyle Rohner brought him from deep in the pack to become a contender.  Plumstead slipped past VanDuser on lap-17 only to have VanDuser hustle back to narrowly lead laps 18 and 19. In the meantime, Rohner pulled up on the leaders and utilized his view from the catbird seat in determining how he would go from third to first. Rohner had a great run into turns one and two and pulled down on the lower apron to make it three wide. As they entered turn three, Rohner emerged as the leader. Once in front, Rohner pulled away to his fourth win of the season in what had to be one of the best Sportsman features to date anywhere. Plumstead was second in a great drive, with Cole Hentschel third, Tyler Johnston fourth and Chris VanDuser settling for fifth. The second five was headed up by Tony Kowalchuk with Jimmy Johnson, Milton Mann, Brandon McGill and Corey Cormier following.  
 
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman event had Michael Corbin blasting into the lead from his pole start.  A mad skirmish brought the field to a halt. On the restart Corbin would lead the initial lap but bobbled in turn two the next time around and Hunter Lapp seized the opportunity to vault out front. A couple of restarts would bring the field back together but Lapp was up to the challenge to keep the field at bay and he would race to his first ever full size car win at Accord. Corbin was second with Fred Smith third, Jared Miller fourth and Alex VanPelt completing the top five.  The remainder of the finishers included Ryan McCartney, Tom Vasta, John DeWitt, Vinny Visconti, and Kevin Stevens.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint car feature attraction had Larry McVay jumping out front at the start with Brett Graham taking up the chase. Tom Radivoy found the line he was seeking and slipped past Graham and chased after McVay. McVay was in the zone as he raced to his first ever Accord Speedway victory. Radivoy was second with Jeremy Quick third, Graham fourth and Eric Jennings rounding out the top five. Bob Tersillo and Corey Wood were the final finishers.
 
Pole sitter Travis Brockner wasted no time in seizing control of the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature attraction as he won the battle for the lead in turn one. Brockner would lead the first five laps before yielding to the high flying Ray Tarantino on a restart. Once in front, Tarantino opened up some distance between he and Brockner as he found the top of the raceway very much to his liking and he glued himself to the top shelf for the remainder of the event to capture his third win of the season. Brockner would race to second place with Bob Sleight third, John Hechinger fourth and Emerson Cargain rallying to nail down fifth place.
 
Jaden Sleight blasted out front at the drop of the green flag and led all of the way to earn his first ever victory at Accord.  Ashton DeWitt completed the field and put up a good battle all of the way.
 
The Northeast Vintage Modifieds opened up with Ray See grabbing the early lead until the halfway point of the event when Mike Houghtaling drove by him. Houghtaling built up a big lead to go on and win his second straight event at Accord. Bob Schmidt raced to second place with Robbie Casti third, John Roese fourth and Bill Liese following. Liese was the first Sportsman across the line 
 
The Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro finale found Gene Helms leading the way until a red flag stopped the action. On the restart, a lapped car ran into Helms and stayed glued to him into the first turn where they both spun out and Billy Watson assumed command of the event. A couple of laps later Watson found himself running into the unforgiving boiler plate causing another red flag. Dave Donovan and Johnny Bankich were now at the point with another red flag flying and Bankich passing Donovan with the red flag being displayed. Bankich would go on and win the race and would later be penalized for his infraction handing the win over to Donovan, his third of the season. Bankich settled for second with Helms third, Adam Murphy fourth and Richard Smith fifth.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Kudos to Gary Palmer for working right up until race time to have the track in superb condition for the evening after the three consecutive rainouts.  Kudos also to Race Director Dave Rocket and Staff for a high quality quickly run program that was forced to start late due to a late arriving ambulance.
 
Heat races were run off quickly and Sportsman heat wins went to Tyler Johnston, Jimmy Johnson and Dave Demorest.  Jared Miller and Hunter Lapp captured the Rookie Sportsman heat events.  Modified heats were claimed by Brian Malcolm, Jesse Marks and Ken Ferrier. Jaden Sleight  was victorious in the Slingshot heat. Bob Sleight and Ray Tarantino were triumphant in the Pure Stock heat encounters and Tom Radivoy and Larry McVay captured the NEWS Sprint Car heats. 
 
New cars and new faces dotted the Accord landscape on Friday evening as RJ Daley returned to the Accord scene with a Modified race car. Jim Introne, Randy Green and Kurt Hundeland were also new performers in the Modifieds. Jimmy Devitt moved to the Sportsman class and Lenny Helmich debuted a new ride. Keith Johannssen was aboard the former Kenny Ryder K4 machine. John Drake and Craig Cuneo debuted sharp looking new Street Stocks.  Former go kart champion at Accord, Gary Huston, shook down the Don Smith sprinter.
 
The evening of racing excitement was sponsored by Kingston Collision with two locations in Kingston, New York.
 
Uncle Mike Hanson and son Tim were onboard for the show and Uncle Mike interviewed with announcer Steve Pados.
 
The speedway offered moments of silence for two members of the racing community who left us during the week. Joe Torrisi, who was close to the speedway in many ways and the Legendary Hall of Fame Modified driver "The Belvidere Bandit" Carl "Fuzzy" Van Horn. It was Van Horn who gave Steve Pados his first shot at announcing races at the now defunct Lake Mocatek Speedway in 2000.
 
The always popular annual Camera & Autograph Night will take place next Friday, July 28th, on United Pump & Tank night at the speedway. After the heat racing is completed, the fans will be allowed onto the racetrack to visit with their favorite drivers for autographs and driver interviews will be conducted trackside.
 
The postponed Fireworks Extravaganza scheduled for June 30th will be moved to Labor Day weekend, September 1st, with the Santore's Group lighting up the sky and the famous Chicken BBQ feeding the hungry crowd.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds:
Danny Tyler, Jimmy Wells, Rich Ricci Jr, Jesse Marks, Brian Malcolm, Scott Ferrier,Kevin Ward, Richard Smith, Ken Ferrier, Tommy Johnson, Rob Rowe, Alissa Cody, Eddie Burgess, Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden, RJ Daley, Kurt Hundeland, Joe Judge, Jim Introne, Kyle VanDuser, Randy Green, Brad Rothaupt, Mark Pullen
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman:
Kyle Rohner, Nick Plumstead, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Chris VanDuser, Tony Kowalchuk, Jimmmy Johnson, Milton Mann, Brandon McGill, Corey Cormier, Dave Demorest, Brad Horton, Ralph Ronk, Jim Kraus, Jimmy Devitt, Matt Shultz, Phil Goetchius, Rich Ricci III, Shane Henion, Rafael Carson, Lenny Helmich, Mike Murphy
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars:
Larry McVay, Tom Radivoy, Jeremy Quick, Brett Graham, Eric Jennings, Bob Tersillo, Corey Wood, Larry Ricci, Heidi Hedin, Andrew Davis, Gary Huston
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks:
Ray Tarantino, Travis Brockner, Bob Sleight, John Hechinger, Emerson Cargain Jr, Chris Kanuk, Steve Williams
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman:
Hunter Lapp, Michael Corbin, Fred Smith, Jared Miller, Alex VanPelt, Ryan McCartney, Tom Vasta, John DeWitt, Vinny Visconti, Kevin Stevens, John Miller, Keith Johannessen, Jeff Higham
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots:
Jaden Sleight, Ashton DeWitt
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduros:
Dave Donovan, Johnny Bankich, Gene Helms, Adam Murphy, Richard Smith
 
Northeast Vintage Modifieds:
Mike Houghtaling, Bob Schmidt, Rob Casti, John Roese, Bill Liese, Mike Cole, Ray See, Jeff Hager, John Hager
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
July 28th is the annual Camera and Autograph Night at Accord Speedway sponsored by United Pump & Tank. All regular divisions will be in action.
 
F
or 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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A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR



6/24/2017

Accord, NY-   "Showtime" Danny Tyler Dismantles Tough Accord Speedway Field To Capture First Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
The quiet serenity of the Catskill Mountains turns into a heart throbbing and pulse quickening experience every Friday night during the summer months as raw horsepower and great driving skills displace the gentle mountain breezes and erupts in the peaks and valleys like a small earthquake.  The once "it spot" for the hundreds of thousands of vacation goers and travelers migrating to the once famous Grossingers and The Concord Resorts, where the top stars in the entertainment business performed on a regular basis, has now given way to the stars and cars that make up the stellar driving roster of the eight divisions of racing that entertained the loyal band of racing fans who fill the Accord Speedway grandstand seats to see their favorite driving heroes perform on a weekly basis. The Friday event at Accord was another excellent show and sponsored by Kingston Nissan, located in Kingston, New York. (www.kingstonnissan.net) Emmanuel's Marketplace sponsored the exciting Four Cylinder Enduro event.  ASI Trophies was the Checkered Flag bonus sponsor. 
 
Securing wins on Friday night at Accord were Danny Tyler in the United Pump & Tank Modified main event. "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner  remained the hot ticket at Accord with his third win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio captured his third win of the season in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman main.  Steve Williams finally unraveled the mysteries of his early season and captured his second win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature event. Brock Pinkerous scored his first career win at Accord in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main. The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale found "The Radical One" Tom Radivoy racing to his second win of the season.  Dave Donovan scored his second win of the season when he captured the Emmanuel's Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro event. Mike Houghtaling raced his Vintage Modified to a wire to wire triumph in the Northeast Vintage Modified feature.
 
The United Pump & Tank Modified starting field began with Richie Eurich jumping out to an early lead and he was able to build onto that lead until lap seven when a tremendous crash on the front stretch found at least seven cars crunching together. Title contender Danny Creeden, Jesse Marks and Ed Dachenhausen were eliminated from further competition in the fracas. When racing resumed it would be Eurich once again in command with Danny Tyler and Richard Smith taking up the chase. Eurich was still leading on lap twenty when Tyler was able to put gobs of pressure on him. They raced side by side for a lap until Tyler was finally able to wrest the lead away for good on lap twenty two. Once in front, Tyler checked out on the filed and romped to his first win of the season. Richie Eurich settled for runner-up honors in a brilliant ride and Richard Smith continued having a great season with a third place run. Kenny and Scott Ferrier completed the top five. The returning Mike Ricci, Brad Rothaupt, Kyle VanDuser, Jimmy Wells and Joe Judge completed the top ten.
 
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman headliner found Anthony Recchio blasting out of the blocks to take the lead with Ryan McCartney following. McCartney would bobble a few laps later and would lose the runner-up slot to the hard charging Stan Vishinski. Vishinski showed his front bumper at times but Recchio was smooth as silk in racing to his third win of the season. Vishinski was second with Vinny Visconti third, Jared Miller fourth and John Miller fifth. Completing the top ten included Jimmy Devitt, newcomer Bob Jashembowski, Hunter Lapp, the returning Jason Feinberg and Jake Granacker.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman encounter found Chris VanDuser setting a fast pace at the start of the event and opened up some distance but just as quickly Matt Shultz cut down the distance and was knocking on the door. Shultz knocked a little too much on lap sixteen as he got into the back of VanDuser and turned him around while wounding his own race car in the process. VanDuser was installed back at the front but now had former two-time champion at the speedway Kyle Rohner at his back bumper. Rohner was owning the baseline of the speedway on this night and on the restart Rohner would forge into the lead and would open up a huge advantage on the field leading the event the rest of the way and claiming his third win of the season in the process. Tony Kowalchuk would finish in the runner-up role in another stout run for the local racer. Robbie Knipe, Brandon McGill and Milton Mann completed the top five. Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Jimmy Johnson, Ralph Ronk and Corey Cormier completed the top ten.  
 
The Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature found Travis Brockner jumping out front at the start of the feature with a great pass off of turn two. Brockner was able to hustle away from the rest of the field and would continue to do so for thirteen laps until mechanical gremlins found him pulling up lame while leading. Steve Williams inherited the lead and would lead the final two laps to claim his second win of the season. Defending track champion Bob Sleight finished second with John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr and Chris Kanuk completing the field.  
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car Feature found Tom Radivoy starting on the pole and he made the most of it by leading all twenty laps enroot to his second win of the season. Things got hairy before the midway point of the event when a double flip involving Brandon Gates and Larry McVay  took place with Geoff Quackenbush also being involved. No injuries were reported in the scary incident. On the restart Radivoy again was in command but Eric Jennings would push Radivoy for all he was worth as Radivoy won with Jennings in the runner-up role. Heidi Hedin had an excellent run with a third place finish While Corey Wood, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo and Jeremy Quick completed the field.  
 
The Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event was claimed by Brock Pinkerous for his ever win at the speedway.
 
The Emmanuel's Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro event found a twenty four car starting field primed and ready to go. The event had many leaders in the first sixteen laps but Dave Donovan made it count as he found the space and the place to drive through the field to race to a solid over Gene Helms. Drew Boniface, George Barringer and George Zeininger completed the top five. 
 
Mike Houghtaling grabbed the lead at the start and he raced to daylight to claim the Northeast Vintage Modified main. The race was marred around the midway point of the event when Bob Schmidt, who was running third at the time, lost a battle with the unforgiving boiler plate and found himself flipping several times on the backstretch. Schmidt was unhurt in the accident. Ray See Sr was second, with Rob Casti, John Roese and Mike Cole completing the field.
 
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Heat racing action was fast and furious as Danny Creeden, Ed Dachenhausen and Jesse Marks claimed victories in the Modifieds. Kyle Rohner and Matt Shultz captured wins in the Sportsman heats. The Rookie Sportsman heats went to Ryan McCartney and Jake Granacker. Tom Radivoy and Bob Tersillo captured the Sprint car heats.  Pure Stock heats were claimed by Ray Tarantino and Bob Sleight. 
 
New drivers on board for the evening included Bob Jashembowski and Jason Feinberg in the Rookie Sportsman. Larry Mekic made his first Accord appearance in the Modified and did a great job in his first outing. Greg McCloskey returned to action in the Sportsman but suffered from problems and was an early withdrawal.  
 
Many thanks go out to a fine group of people who helped in the Bike Night Promotion. Kingston Nissan, Danny Creeden Racing/Roger Humsen, Jesse Marks, Dave & Joanne Rocket, John Bankich, Dreaming of the Mouse Travel, Chet Doolan, Upstate Auto and Accord Speedway.
 
Winning bikes were Jerry Kingeter, Lily and Nina Slizowski, Viviana Maestri, Andrew Joensen, Weston Palumbo, Taylor Miller, Jack Powers, Richard Smith, Braydon Marks, Darren Gabriel, Dominic and Brodi Marone, Kylie Curry, Olivia Jones, Charles Gordon, Tyler King, Lorenzo Maestri, Summer Lewis, Logan Milby and Shane Baxter.
 
In a super gesture, the Accord Speedway gave away participation trophies to all of the kids who failed to land a bicycle.
 
DJ Tim Adams offered up four tickets to the East Coast Wrestling Group in another great gesture at the speedway.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Tyler, Richie Eurich, Richard Smith, Ken Ferrier, Scott Ferrier, Mike Ricci, Brad Rothaupt, Kyle VanDuser, Jimmy Wells, Joe Judge, Kevin Ward, Larry Mekic, Tyler Treacy, Brian Malcolm, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Danny Creeden
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Tony Kowalchuk, Robbie Knipe, Brandon McGill, Milton Mann, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Jimmy Johnson, Ralph Ronk, Corey Cormier, Jimmy Kraus, Chris VanDuser, Nick Plumstead, Matt Shultz, Rich Ricci III, Greg McCloskey
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Tom Radivoy, Eric Jennings, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Jeremy Quick, Larry McVay, Brandon Gates, Geoff Quackenbush
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Steve Williams, Bob Sleight, John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Chris Kanuk, Travis Brockner, James Goetchius, Austin Smith
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Stan Vishinski, Vinny Visconti, Jared Miller, John Miller, Jimmy Devitt, Bob Jashembowski, Hunter Lapp, Jason Feinberg, Jake Granacker, Ryan McCartney, Jeff Higham, Michael Corbin, Alex VanPelt, RJ Daley
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Brock Pinkerous
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro: Dave Donovan,
Gene Helms, Drew Boniface, George Barringer, George Zeininger
 
Northeast Vintage Modifieds: Mike Houghtaling, Ray See Sr, Rob Casti, John Roese, Mike Cole, Bob Schmidt
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
June 30th is Emmanuel's Marketplace Night with the Annual
Fireworks Extravaganza from Santore's Famous Fireworks and the Famous Chicken BBQ with all the fixins.
 
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


6/10/2017
Accord, NY- Danny Creeden Smokes The Field To Capture Accord Speedway Modifieds
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
The 2017 racing season has all of the makings of the summer that was never was as rain, rain and more rain has continuously altered what many families have planned for the so-called summer vacation months. The same can be said for race track promoters as the unpredictable weather has left promoters scrambling for all that can be salvaged. This past Thursday finally saw a break in the weather and placed Promoter Gary Palmer in a total catch-up capacity in order to have the Accord Speedway ready for the Friday night racing action. Palmer accomplished his mission by race time and the seven division show went off without a hitch and produced positive results for some while for others it was back to the shop or garages to attempt to coax more speed out of their race cars. The evening of speed was presented by Williams Lumber. Their website is: www.williamslumber.com  The checkered flag bonus was posted by Dreaming of the Mouse Vacations.
 
Securing wins at the sixth event of the season were "The DC Express" Danny Creeden as he blistered through the field to capture his first Modified win of the season at Accord. Brandon McGill put on a strong show and held off a group of top talent to go on and capture his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division finale. Garden Stater Rich Mellor worked his magic off of the hub rail to earn his first win of the season in his Woodland Trucking sponsored Sprinter. Emerson Cargain Jr regained his winning form to wire the field in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature run.  Tyler Banks led all of the way to capture the National tour win in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event. "The Italian Stallion" Vinny Visconti earned a hard fought win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature and it was his first victory at Accord in a full size division racer.
 
Richie Eurich blasted into the lead at the start of the United Pump & Tank Modified main with Scott Ferrier in tow. Eurich gave way to Scott Ferrier after some laps of trading the lead back and forth with the narrowest of margins. Jimmy Wells made some early move to become a player and Danny Creeden came hustling forward in his Smokers Choice Sponsored hot rod. Creeden made the most of the race track as he closed the distance between he and Wells and then set out after Ferrier. Creeden dogged Ferrier for a few laps and found the winning move off of turn four on lap twenty. Once in front, Creeden became the man with a plan as he led the remaining laps although the final laps produced a strong running Jimmy Wells and he closed the distance but it would be Creeden capturing the win with Wells in a runner-up role. Scott Ferrier was third with Jesse Marks and Danny Tyler from 17th position rounding out the top five. Heading up the second five were Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Brian Malcolm and Anthony Perrego.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman main proved to be another fantastic show.  Brandon McGill outhustled Milton Mann at the start to assume command of the lead but Mann had ideas of his own and began to apply pressure to McGill from all angles of the raceway. At times Mann was able to pull even only to have McGill squeezing a bit more throttle to his racer to remain at the point. After troubles in his heat event relinquished Kyle Rohner to a 20th position start, the former two time track champion blasted forward and by lap seven had moved into the top five.  By the midway point, the race was still a five car battle with McGill, Mann and Rohner now stepping away from the field. With five to go, Mann tried again to unseat McGill but McGill remained a tough hombre and fought off the advances to claim his first win of the season. Mann did a great job as he finally was able to finish a race with a fine runner-up performance. Rohner was third in a stellar drive with Jim Johnson and Tony Kowalchuk completing the top five. Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Robbie Knipe, Leo Fotopolous and Matt Shultz rounded out the top ten.
 
The Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature attraction found Emerson Cargain  jump out front with a great start and although the field remained close it would be Cargain leading all laps on his way to his first victory at the speedway in a few seasons. John Hechinger was second with Chris Kanuk in an excellent run grabbing third place. Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, Ray Tarantino, Allen Tarantino, Harry Bachman and Tanner Granacker completed the field.
 
Eric Jennings led the first two laps of the  WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale but a slick running Rich Mellor slipped past him with an excellent move off of the baseline to take over the lead. As they raced back into turns one and two Jennings had climbed to the top of the speedway in an attempt to grab the lead but got sideways and ripped the tail tank off of his sprinter. On the restart, Mellor got a challenge from Heidi Hedin but Mellor turned up the wick and raced to his first win of the season. Jeremy Quick raced hard and grabbed up second late in the race with Heidi Hedin third, Larry Ricci and Larry McVay following. .
 
Vinny Visconti led the first two laps of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman main but was overtaken by Ryan McCartney on a restart. McCartney would lead for three laps until Visconti would grab the lead back on a restart in lap six. A couple of laps later McCartney and Jake Granacker were seeking the same piece of real estate and got together. On the restart, Visconti was still in command but now would be pressured by Hunter Lapp. Lap twelve found McCartney hard into the Redi Rock wall. On the final restart Visconti held on and captured his win ever in the full size division race cars. Lapp was second in a great run for him, Jimmy Devitt was third, George Begg fourth and Jared Miller fifth. John Miller, Michael Corbin, Jake Granacker, RJ Daley and Tanner Johnson rounded out the top ten.
 
The National Tour for the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event found Tyler Banks hustling his JCO Environmental Services hot rod to the front from his outside pole start. Banks pulled away from the field and built up a good lead until young Brock Pinkerous became involved in a losing battle with the second turn boiler plated and getting upside down. Pinkerous was unhurt in the incident. On the restart, it was still Banks at the point but Jake Mason, who was on a five feature win streak at Accord, came a calling. Mason tried everything he had to unseat Banks and even ran side by side on a couple of laps but it would be Tyler Banks earning his first win at Accord and on the National Tour circuit. Mason was a solid second with Tanner VanDoren third, Tyler Ulsh fourth, Shelby McLaughlin fifth and Adam Buchel sixth. Nico Flammer has been a strong runner all season but as he made a bid in his heat event, something went amiss with his racer and withdrew for the evening. 
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Racing began later than normal as Promoter Gary Palmer put in a ton of extra hours to have the track ready and racy for the evening's events. He accomplished his mission as the track saw four channels of racing taking place and some dared to go five wide. Unfortunately, lightning struck the lap counter during the week and was rendered unusable for the evening.
 
Heat races were run off quickly and  Rich Mellor captured the lone heat for the sprinters. Tanner VanDoren and Tyler Banks captured the Junior Slingshot heats. Rookie heats were claimed by Vinny Visconti and Tanner Johnson. The lone Pure Stock heat was captured by John Hechinger. Sportsman heats went to Leo Fotopolous, Tony Kowalchuk and Robbie Knipe. Modified heats found Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich and Brian Malcolm capturing wins.
 
Mike Traver returned to action in the Sportsman. Allan Tarantino returned to action in the Pure Stocks. Junior Slingshot drivers included Nico Flammer, Tyler Ulsh, Tanner VanDoren, Adam Buchel, Shelby McLaughlin and Kyle Swart.       
 
The fine folks at Williams Lumber brought out one of their trucks to pace the Modified feature and Sue and Gleason headed up the contingent of Williams folks enjoying the races. They brought along T-shirts, carry bags and hats that were handed out to the feature event winners while Miss Accord Speedway, Michelle Campbell offered shirt and hats out to the crowd.
 
Grandma Ann's Pies were also handed out to all of the feature winners.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Scott Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Danny Tyler, Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Brian Malcolm, Anthony Perrego, Richie Eurich, Ken Ferrier, Brian Krummel, Mark Pullen, Tyler Treacy, Chad Loiodice, Kyle VanDuser, Kevin Ward, Ed Dachenhausen
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Brandon McGill, Milton Mann, Kyle Rohner, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Kowalchuk, Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Robbie Knipe, Leo Fotopolous, Matt Shultz, Austin Smith, Dave Demorest, Jim Kraus, Michael Traver, Shane Henion, Mike DuBois, Ralph Ronk, Nick Plumstead, Corey Cormier, Chris VanDuser
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Rich Mellor, Jeremy Quick, Heidi Hedin, Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Eric Jennings, Brandon Gates
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Emerson Cargain, John Hechinger, Chris Kanuk, Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, Ray Tarantino, Alan Tarantino, Harry Bachman, Tanner Granacker
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Vinny Visconti, Hunter Lapp, Jimmy Devitt, George Begg, Jared Miller, John Miller, Michael Corbin, Jake Granacker, RJ Daley, Tanner Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Fred Smith, Jeff Higham, Stan Vishinski, Brandon Daley, Mike DuBois Jr
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: (Tour Event) Tyler Banks, Jake Mason, Tanner VanDoren, Tyler Ulsh, Shelby McLaughlin, Adam Buchel, Brock Pinkerous, Kyle Swart, Nico Flammer (DNS)
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
June 16th brings in all regular divisions for action on a night sponsored by our good friends at Dig Safely. The evening of speed will also highlight the return of the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro event.
 
June 23rd will bring in Kingston Nissan to the speedway along with Bike Night and the Northeast Vintage Modifieds
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: 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


6/3/2017
Accord, NY-  "Little" Richard Smith Logs In A Fine Drive To Triumph In Accord Speedway Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer finally had a great Friday evening as a good burst of June weather allowed the promotional team to not look over the shoulder to see if any rain clouds were on the horizon. The Palmer Family hosted a seven division race card at their superb quarter mile speedplant located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. A nice crowd was on hand to enjoy the evening of speed sponsored by the good folks at D&D NAPA while the Checkered Flag Bonus was sponsored by the Palmer Family.
 
Richard Smith rocked the house with an outstanding drive to capture his first win of the season in the United Pump and Tank Modified finale and his first win at the speedway since 2011. "The Otisville Outlaw" Corey Cormier captured his first Accord win of the season in a rim-riding effort as he won the Arkel Motors Sportsman main. "The Intimidator" Ray Tarantino made it two wins for the season as he captured the Upstate Auto Pure Stock encounter. "The Highside Hustler" Eric Jennings raced to his fourth win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature. Ryan McCartney was triumphant in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event to claim his first ever win at the speedway. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason raced to his fifth consecutive win at Accord in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshots.  The return of the Empire Lightning Sprints proved to be a happy one for Zach Bennett as he winged his way around the speedway to capture the feature event with an exciting performance.
 
Richard Smith led the first eleven laps of the United Pump And Tank Modified feature before yielding to the high flying Brad Rothaupt on a restart. Rothaupt would lead for three laps before Smith, with a full head of steam, overtook Rothaupt to assume command of the point once again. Rothaupt and Danny Creeden would run second and third for quite a few laps but making his move into the top five was Danny Tyler. The "Showtime Kid" had himself a fast hot rod and slipped past Rothaupt and Creeden to drive into the runner-up slot with five laps to go. Tyler could not muster up a challenge with Smith with time running out and it would be Smith in his Smith Logging and Land Clearing sponsored machine. Tyler was second in a stout run from 11th position. Rothaupt, Creeden and Anthony Perrego would complete the top five. The second five were Brain Krummel, Brian Malcolm, Kyle VanDuser, Chad Loiodice and Ken Ferrier.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman event found Milton Mann jumping out into the lead at the start and he would lead for three laps before giving way to Rafael Carson who would lead from lap four through six. A restart would allow Mann to regain the lead and Mann was steady in trying to keep his Sedita mount ahead of a quick group of competitors headed up by Corey Cormier. Cormier worked the top and the middle of the raceway before pulling alongside of Mann for a few laps with driver seeking the advantage. On lap 15, an inside move from Corey Cormier off of turn two allowed him to burst into the lead. While Mann slid backwards towards the end of the event, the pressure was mounting as Kyle Rohner, who spun on the opening lap, worked his way from the rear of the field to become a player. Rohner moved into second place late in the race but the evening belonged to Cormier as he raced to victory in the 25-lap event. Rohner was second with Matt Shultz, Tony Kowalchuk from 15th position and Cole Hentschel rounding out the top five. The second five found Tyler Johnston, Robbie Knipe, Jim Johnson, Milton Mann and Jamie Yannone following.
 
Ryan McCartney led the first two laps of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature attraction but would give way to Anthony Recchio who powered into the lead. McCartney would regain the lead on lap four and just as quickly would have the smooth running Hunter Lapp making his way into the runner-up slot. McCartney and Lapp would wage a dual until the end of the event as McCartney would nearly lose the lead on a couple of occasions but had more than enough foot to keep the car at the number one spot. McCartney would go on to capture his first ever win at the speedway with Lapp in a runner-up role. Kevin Stevens would come on strong for third with Jake Granacker and Vinny Visconti completing the top five. Recchio hustled back through the field to gain sixth place with Tanner Johnson, Jared Miller, Jamie Doolan and Michael Corbin completing the top ten.
 
John Hechinger led the first three laps of the Upstate Auto Pure Stock event before Ray Tarantino powered by with a run to the top of the speedway. Once in front, Tarantino pretty much held the field at bay as he led the remainder of the laps to claim his second win of the season. Hechinger has been a real surprise in 2017 as he enjoyed another fine run with a runner-up finish. Steve Williams, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner (subbing for Bob Sleight), Harry Bachman, Tanner Granacker, James Goetchius and Chris Kanuk completed the field.
 
Jake Mason added his fifth consecutive win at the speedway in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot finale. He did it in convincing fashion as won by a straightaway over Brock Pinkerous. 
 
Corey Wood would jump into the lead in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature and would lead for three laps before yielding to the returning Thomas Radivoy. Radivoy would lead until lap nine when Eric Jennings blasted by with a top to bottom power move to claim the lead. Jennings would lead the remainder of the laps to claim his fourth straight win at the speedway. Jersey star Rich Mellor rebounded from a mid race spin to charge back and finish second. Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo and Brandon Gates completed the field.
 
The return of the Empire Lightning Sprints found an energetic group of drivers happy to return to their old stomping grounds. Doug Norrie would lead the first lap of the feature but on lap number two found himself making contact with the inside barrier and suffering front end damage. Clint Roehrs, a former three time champion at Accord, would lead the next lap before yielding to the high flying Zach Bennett. Bennett would quickly carve out a lead but Roehrs would detonate an engine bringing a red flag out to the field. On the restart, it was all Bennett as he winged his way around the speedway from the top shelf. Bennett would get the win and believed to be his first ever win at the speedway. Justin Phillips, Peter Dance, Alex Bell, Lou Torres, Canadian Charles Belanger, Jesse Pruchnick and Alex Adamsky completed the field.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
The hotly contested racing action was completed at 11 PM.  Kudos to Gary Palmer and crew for whipping the speedway into excellent shape for the evening of racing action.
 
Heat wins went to Richard Smith, Danny Tyler and Brad Rothaupt in the Modified division while three heats were needed for the Sportsman with wins going to Corey Cormier, Matt Shultz and Brandon McGill. The Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Anthony Recchio and Hunter Lapp. Eric Jennings and Thomas Radivoy captured the sprint car heat wins. Jake Mason captured the Slingshot preliminary. Pure Stock heats wins were captured by Bob Sleight and Steve Williams. The Lightning Sprint heats were claimed by Clint Roehrs and Zach Bennett.
 
New drivers on hand for the evening besides the traveling Lightning Sprint roster included Alyssa Cody in the Modifieds. Shane Henion was a new addition to the Sportsman division. Tanner Granacker returned to action in the Pure Stocks. John Miller made his initial start with the Rookies. New sprinters on hand were Jeremy Quick and Rich Mellor. Mellor was victorious last season at the Halloween Bowl.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Richard Smith, Danny Tyler, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Brian Krummel, Brian Malcolm, Kyle VanDuser, Chad Loiodice, Ken Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Ed Dachenhausen, Alyssa Cody, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Kevin Krum, Scott Ferrier, Tyler Treacy, Eddie Burgess, Mark Pullen, Jimmy Wells
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Corey Cormier, Kyle Rohner, Matt Shultz, Tony Kowalchuk, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Robbie Knipe, Jim Johnson, Milton Mann, Jamie Yannone, Mike Murphy, Leo Fotopolous, Shane Henion, Rafael Carson, Brandon McGill, Nick Plumstead, Nick Johnson, Dave Demorest, Chris VanDuser
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Rich Mellor, Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Brandon Gates, Jeremy Quick, Thomas Radivoy, Heidi Hedin, Don Smith Jr, Cory Wood
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Ray Tarantino, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, Harry Bachman, Tanner Granacker, James Goetchius, Chris Kanuk
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Ryan McCartney, Hunter Lapp, KevinStevens, Jake Granacker, Vinny Visconti, Anthony Recchio, Tanner Johnson, Jared Miller, Jamie Doolan, Michael Corbin, John Miller, Fred Smith, Chet Doolan, Alex VanPelt
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Brock Pinkerous
 
Empire Lightning Sprints: Zach Bennett, Justin Phillips, Peter Dance, Alex Bell, Lou Torres, Charles Belanger, Jesse Pruchnick, Alex Adamsky, Clint Roehrs, Doug Norrie, Shilo Boyce (DNS), Ralph Utter Jr (DNS)
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
June 9th brings in all regular divisions for action on a night sponsored by our good friends at Williams Lumber. The evening of speed will also highlight the Junior and All Star Slingshot Nationals.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
At the Accord Speedway............................................
A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR


5/27/2017
Accord, NY- "Jammin" Jimmy Wells Reaches Paydirt To Capture First Career Modified Win At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer once again rolled the dice and came up the big winners on Friday evening as they ushered in the Memorial Day weekend at their superb quarter mile speedplant located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.  With a less than admirable weather forecast for the evening, the Palmer Family had a great field of racers prepared to go racing and an enthusiastic crowd of loyal fans on hand for the event. WRWD Radio 107.3 FM was the headline sponsor for the evening and presented a show with live music from country music hopeful Bill Manis, along with the VFW Color Guard and the host of the show, radio personality Uncle Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio. The Checkered Flag bonus was sponsored by Insinger Fuels.
 
Not one of the fans left the house disappointed as defending 2016 Sportsman champion Jimmy Wells took advantage of a front row starting spot and wired the field to score his first ever Modified victory at the speedway in the United Pump & Tank Modifieds. Nick Johnson laid claim to his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman finale with a stellar run to the checkered flag. Eric Jennings made it three wins in a row in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. Steve Williams put together a masterful run to triumph in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it four wins in a row in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots. Kevin Stevens captured the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman event to close down the curtain on an excellent night of racing.  
 
Jimmy Wells and Joe Judge brought the United Pump and Tank Modified division starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap headliner for the Modified division.  Quick starting Wells would jump into the lead with fourth starting Ken Ferrier rocking the top of the raceway to move into the runner-up slot by lap four. Wells had a big lead early on that Ferrier would begin to nip away at and by lap twenty had closed in on Wells as they entered slower traffic. Wells was a bit quicker in slipping past traffic and Ferrier bobbled with five laps to go when he jumped the cushion and had to correct the racer. Wells would go on to capture the win with Ken Ferrier in for second place money. Danny Creeden ran a steady race to finish third with Joe Judge and Brian Krummel completing the top five. Krummel began the event in 11th position. Scott Ferrier headed up the second followed by Ed Dachenhausen, Richard Smith, Jesse Marks and Anthony Perrego.
 
Ryan McCartney was fast out of the blocks to kick-off the WRWD Radio Rookie sportsman event. A few jingles early on slowed the pace but on each restart McCartney proved to have the hot hand as he continued to set the pace. Vinny Visconti, Jake Granacker and Kevin Stevens provided strong opposition during the event. On lap twelve things unraveled quickly for McCartney as Brandon Daley got out of shape on the backstretch and fought the car into the turn with McCartney coming on the scene with the cars making contact and McCartney spinning towards the inside track barrier. The turn of events would put McCartney out of contention and place Kevin Stevens in the lead. Stevens would lead the final three laps to claim his first ever victory at Accord.  Granacker raced to runner-up honors with Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti and Jimmy Devitt completing the top five. Newcomer Jeff Higham headed up the second five with the returning Tanner Johnson, Ryan McCartney and newcomers Michael Bull and Jared Miller completing the top ten.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale found Corey Wood leading the first three laps of the event before yielding to the high flying Eric Jennings. Jennings would build from there as he built up a lead that would soon find Larry McVay pecking away at Jennings advantage. Jennings was able to keep McVay at bay and would go on to capture his third win of the season at Accord.  McVay was strong in second place with the returning Larry Ricci third, Andrew Davis fourth and newcomer Brandon Gates completing the top five.
 
Jake Mason continued his winning ways by capturing his fourth win in succession at the speedway. Newcomer Brock Pinkerous was the runner-up with Ashton DeWitt third. Mason added to his winning total with a $100.00 bonus thrown in from Corey Cormier Racing for the winner of the Slingshot event.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman event was a barn-burner and head-turner from the drop of the green flag as Rafael Carson would lead the first two laps before losing the handle on his Pine Cone Resort sponsored hot rod. On the restart, Nick Johnson displayed a big right foot and took command of the event. Corey Cormier hustled his way from eighth spot to become a player and just as quickly Kyle Rohner raced from 12th spot to also challenge for the lead. As the laps clicked off, it became a four car race as Johnson, Cormier, Rohner and an emerging Tony Kowalchuk were duking it out. A jingle on lap-17 found a many car pile-up that took out Rohner, Ralph Ronk and Milton Mann. When the event went green, Johnson survived the strong challenge from Kowalchuk to score his first victory of the season with Kowalchuk second. Corey Cormier, Robbie Knipe and Cole Hentschel completed the top five. The second five was headed up by Tyler Johnston with Jimmy Johnson, Brad Horton, Matt Shultz and Mike Senecal following.    
 
Steve Williams led wire to wire in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock finale to capture his first win of the 2017 racing season. The win didn't come easy as Emerson Cargain and Travis Brockner applied plenty of pressure on him as they would finish second and third respectively. John Hechinger and Austin Smith completed the top five. 
 
GEMSTONES:
 
The hotly contested racing action was completed at 11:15 PM. Promoter Gary Palmer and crew worked overtime to bring the track to racing standards after the abundance of rain that fell on the speedway on Thursday.
 
Heat wins went to Jimmy Wells, Ken Ferrier and Scott Ferrier in the Modified division while Phil Goetchius, Corey Cormier and Nick Johnson captured the Sportsman heats. Rookie heats were claimed by Jake Granacker and Ryan McCartney. The Pure Stock heat was claimed by Steve Williams. Jake Mason captured the Slingshot heat. Sprint heat wins went to Larry Ricci and Eric Jennings. .
 
New drivers on hand for the evening included Terry Arnold, Jamie Yannone, Mike Senecal and Tanner Johnson in the Sportsman division. Patrick Murphy and Kevin Ward made their first appearances of the season in the Modifieds. New Rookie Sportsman drivers included George Begg, Alex Van Pelt, Mike Bull, Jeff Higham, John DeWitt and Jared Miller. Larry Ricci, former Quad champion Brandon Gates, and Geoff Quackenbush were new drivers on hand for the Sprint Cars. Austin Smith was a newcomer for the Pure Stock division.
 
Many thanks to Corey Cormier and Team for the generous addition to the Junior Slingshot purse. Corey enjoyed a fine win last Sunday at another speedway.
 
Thanks again to Uncle Mike Hansen and WRWD Radio for a wonderful night at the speedway. The presentation went well and plans are already underway to make next year's event even bigger and better. Uncle Mike and Announcer Steve Pados talked about the many activities WRWD Radio is involved with and of the great tie in with the Accord Speedway.
 
The Empire Lightning Sprints return to the speedway next week for their first appearance of the season and hope many of the stars of the series will be part of the action.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Jimmy Wells, Ken Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Joe Judge, Brian Krummel, Scott Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Richard Smith, Jesse Marks, Anthony Perrego, Danny Tyler, Kyle VanDuser, Chad Loiodice, Kevin Ward, Brian Malcolm, Mark Pullen, Richie Eurich, Patrick Murphy, Eddie Burgess, Kevin Krom
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Nick Johnson, Tony Kowalchuk, Corey Cormier, Robbie Knipe, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Jim Johnson, Brad Horton, Matt Shultz, Mike Senecal, Rafael Carson, Winter Mead, Kyle Rohner, Ralph Ronk, Milton Mann, Mike Murphy, Brandon McGill, Jamie Yannone, Phil Goetchius, Chris Van Duser, Dave Demorest, Terry Arnold
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Larry Ricci, Andrew Davis, Brandon Gates, Cory Wood, Bob Tersillo, Geoff Quackenbush
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Steve Williams, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, Austin Smith, James Goetchius, Ray Tarantino, Steve Kanuk
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: KevinStevens, Jake Granacker, Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti, Jimmy Devitt, Jegg Higham, Tanner Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Michael Bull, Jared Miller, Michael Corbin, Brandon Daley, George Begg, John DeWitt, Anthony Recchio
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Brock Pinkerous, Ashton DeWitt
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
June 2nd brings in all regular divisions for action on a night sponsored by D&D NAPA. The evening of speed will also see the return of the Empire Lightning Sprints.
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
At the Accord Speedway............................................
 
A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR



5/25/2017
Accord, NY- Friday Night, May 26th, Accord Speedway Salutes The Veterans On WRWD Radio Night
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer, in conjunction with WRWD Radio 107.3 FM, will usher in the Memorial Day weekend at their superb quarter mile speedplant located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State on Friday evening, May 26th.  WRWD Radio personality Uncle Mike Hansen is in charge of the festivities that will feature favorite WRWD musics selections for the first hour beginning at 4:30. Live music is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30. A color guard presentation along with taps, pledge and the national anthem will bring the presentation to a close. The evening of speed will be presented by the good folks at WRWD Radio 107.3 FM in the Hudson Valley, playing the best country music in the greater Catskills area.
 
Once the presentation is completed, the racing will commence with six divisions of racing scheduled. The early season, even though hindered by some rainouts, has been fantastic with the United Pump & Tank Modified division having three different winners in the first three events. The same can be said for the Upstate Auto Pure Stock division as each event has produced a different winner. Former two-time track champion "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner has returned to the speedway in 2017 and has captured two of the three of the races presented thus far. Former Quad track champion at the speedway Eric Jennings has transitioned into a top flight open wheeler and has captured two of the three WRWD Radio Wingless Sprint Car features. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio has won two of the three WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman events.  "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason has taken his racing to another level as he has won all three of the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot events presented thus far.
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Pit Gates open at 4:30; Spectator Gates open at 5:00; Hot Laps are at 6:30 and the racing begins at 7 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00) Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
June 2nd brings the D&D NAPA Night to the Accord Speedway for seven divisions of great racing excitement. The Empire Lightning Sprints make their first appearance of the season to display their own brand of winged magic excitement to the speedway.  
 
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


5/19/2017
Accord, NY-  Track Champ Anthony Perrego Scores First Win In Accord Speedway Modified Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media‚Äč
 
The Catskill Mountain area of New York offers many spectacular views and exciting things to do for vacationers. However, Fridays are reserved for the exciting action only exciting high level short track racing can provide. The Accord Speedway has been doing just that, giving the loyal racing fans some great racing action when Mother Nature does not rain on their parade. The first really good weather Friday evening brought in another great roster of driving talent and the fans went away satisified they had witnessed another great night of dirt track racing. The evening of speed was sponsored by Powder Tech Powdercoating from Duanesburg, New York.  Their website is: www.powdertechinc.com.  The checkered flag bonus was sponsored by Behrents Speed Center.
 
When all was said and done, The "Montgomery Missile" Anthony Perrego clicked for his first win of the season in the United Pump & Tank Modifieds. Tony Kowalchuk led only the last lap in scoring his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman. Travis Brockner had the hot hand as he captured his first win in the Upstate Auto Pure Stocks. Eric Jennings made it two in a row in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it three in a row as he once again dominated the action in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio scored his second win of the season in claiming the win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman.  Dave Donovan captured another win in the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro finale at the speedway even though he was not the first one across the finish line. 
 
Jimmy Wells and Tommy Johnson brought the United Pump & Tank Modified field down for the start of the 30-lap main event.  At the drop of the green it was Well getting the jump on the field and grabbed the lead coming out of turn two on the initial lap. Wells would lead the event through lap ten when he was out-powered by the strong running Perrego. The action was hot and heavy as many drivers tried to punch their ticket to the number one spot. Perrego held off comers but as the race hit the latter stages, Brad Rothaupt was pesky and fast as he tried to wrestle way the top spot. Rothaupt would pull just about even at times but Perrego would prevail and in doing so, captured his first win of the season at Accord. Rothaupt did an excellent job and finished in the runner-up role. Danny Tyler hustled to a third place finish. Brian Krummel was fourth and Mike Ricci finished fifth. Jesse Marks headed up the second five with Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Richie Eurich and Eddie Burgess rounding out the top ten.
 
In the Arkel Motors Sportsman action, "The Little Rock" Matt Shultz hustled into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Shultz would race to daylight ahead of the field and built up a huge lead. Things would change quickly on lap ten as two-time winner Kyle Rohner raced through the pack and became a contender until turned around by Phil Goetchius. The big lead evaporated for Shultz but as the green flag was displayed he once again ran to daylight but moving into second place with a good car under him was Tony Kowalchuk. The race slowed down with a few cautions but Shultz was steady and holding off the baseline advances of Kowalchuk. Shultz still held the lead on the white flag lap but bobbled a bit between turns one and two and Kowalchuk seized the opportunity to blast by and lead the final lap to score his first Accord win in quite some time. Shultz, although disappointed, was a strong runner-up with the returning Chris Stevens racing to third place, Tyler Johnston fourth and Cole Hentschel completing the top five. Rohner recovered from his early misfortune and raced back to sixth whil Jim Johnson, Winter Mead, BRandon McGill and Ralph Ronk completed the top ten.
 
Anthony Recchio put on a great show as he led all of the way in scoring his second win of the season in the WRWD Rookie Sportsman main event. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp was solid with a strong runner-up finish. Kenny Ryder was third with Kevin Stevens fourth and Bobby Flood fifth after running with the leaders, spinning and then making a solid comeback.
Jake Granacker headed up the second five with RJ Daley, Mike Corbin, Brandon Daley and newcomer Chet Doolan following.
 
Emerson Cargain led the first lap of the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature before yielding to a hot running Travis Brockner. Once in front, Brockner built up a healthy lead with Ray Tarantino giving chase late in the event. Brockner scored his first win of the season with Tarantino second, Emerson Cargain third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams rounding out the top five.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Eric Jennings starting up front and that was all he needed to score his second consecutive win at the  speedway by leading all laps on his way to victory. Larry McVay was the runner-up for the second week in a row and Heidi Hedin scored her second straight third place finish. Andrew Davis was fourth.
 
Jake Mason was victorious in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot event and he did it by leading all laps on his way to victory and score his third win in succession. Ashton DeWitt made his first appearance a good one as he finished second with Jaden Sleight third, Wyatt Hager fourth, newcomer RJ Sherman fifth and Brock Pinkerous sixth. 
 
Jeff DeGroat crossed the finish line first but over aggression on the part of a few drivers resulted in some penalties that altered the outcome of the event. Dave Donovan was declared the winner of the event. Jerry Kinteger was second with Paul Harding, Gene Helms and Cody DeMarmels completing the top five.
 
Gemstones:
 
Modified heats were captured by Jimmy Wells, Mike Ricci and Danny Creeden. Sportsman heat wins were claimed by Tyler Johnston, Ralph Ronk and Matt Shultz. Eric Jennings claimed the NEWS Sprint heat win. Rookie Sportsman heats went to Jimmy Devitt and Ryan McCartney. Pure Stock heats were captured by Steve Williams and Emerson Cargain. Jake Mason was victorious in the preliminary for the Junior Slingshots.
 
New cars and drivers galore were on hand for the evening and included John Woinoski in the Pure Stocks, Bob Tersillo returned to the seat of the Porco Energy sprinter in the NEWS Sprints. Ashton DeWitt, Wyatt Hager and RJ Sherman were new in the Junior Slingshots. Sherman is related to noted retired Modified campaigner Stan Sherman, who competed at OCFS, Accord and Nazareth back in the day. Rookie Sportsman were Chet and Jamie Doolan. Chris Stevens, Austin Smith and Chris Van Duser made their first starts of the season in the Sportsman division.
 
Defending Pure Stock track champion Bob Sleight was driving the Kanuk Motorsports entry. "Flyin" Brian Malcolm returned to the speedway and had a great run going until a late caution put him to the rear. A few drivers were missing on Friday and hopefully will have their problems sorted out for next Friday's  "Salute to the Veterans" event.
 
Promoter Gary Palmer had the track and the grounds in their usual pristine condition.
 
As intermission got underway, Announcer Steve Pados brought the Junior Slingshot winner Jake Mason into the tower for an impromptu interview session and the budding driving star handled the questions with ease.
 
Jonathan McGibbons is the new flagger for 2017 at the speedway
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Anthony Perrego, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Tyler, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Jesse Marks, Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Richie Eurich, Eddie Burgess, Brian Malcolm, Ed Dachenhausen, Scott Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Tommy Johnson, Joe Judge, Tyler Treacy, Kenny Ferrier, Corey Lowitt
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Tony Kowalchuk, Matt Shultz, Chris Stevens, Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Kyle Rohner, Jim Johnson, Winter Mead, Brandon McGill, Ralph Ronk, Robbie Knipe, Corey Cormier, Phil Goetchius, Austin Smith, Jimmy Kraus, Mike Murphy, Chris Van Duser, Milton Mann, Nick Johnson, Dave Demorest, Rafael Carson
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Heidi Hedin, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Don Smith Jr
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Travis Brockner, Ray Tarantino,
Emerson Cargain Jr, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Jimmy Sykes, Livy Johnson, John Woinoski, Harry Bachman, Bob Sleight Jr
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Hunter Lapp, Kenny Ryder, Kevin Stevens, Bobby Flood, Jake Granacker, RJ Daley, Mike Corbin, Brandon Daley, Chet Doolan, Vinny Visconti, Ryan McCartney, Jimmy Devitt, Jamie Doolan, Fred Smith
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Ashton DeWitt, Jaden Sleight, Wyatt Hager, RJ Sherman, Brock Pinkerous
 
Emmanuels Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro: Dave Donovan, Jerry Kinteger, Paul Harding, Gene Helms, Cody DeMarmels
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
May 26th brings in all regular divisions for action. WRWD Radio 107.3 FM is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed and celebrating with a salute to all Veterans.
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: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


5/12/17

Accord, NY- "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie Collects Accord Modified Gold; Kyle Rohner Scores Again in Sportsman
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
The always unpredictable weather pattern in the Northeast had rain scheduled in the forecast at some point on Friday, but Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer threw caution to the wind and put on a great show last night at the speedway. A good sized racing crowd came out to witness the spirited action and rain did begin to fall as this writer headed home.
 
Hard working Accord promoter Gary Palmer continues to work overtime to give his driving roster the best possible racing facility he can and the race to the walls speed channels were a true testament to his dedication to his craft as the speedway offered many racing seams for the drivers to display their speed and guile. The evening was sponsored by HO Penn Machinery and Arkel Motors. The Checkered Flag Bonus was sponsored by Dreaming of the Mouse Travel.
 
The solid six feature race card found "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie returning to the WRWD Radio Victory Lane for the first time in many seasons after a torrid battle with early leader Ken Ferrier in the United Pump and Tank Modified division. "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner made it two in a row after heat problems forced him to qualify through the consolation event and he came through the pack from 18th starting position to claim the win in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division finale. "The Intimidator" Ray Tarantino was fast and then some as he top-sided his way to victory in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock Division feature event. Eric Jennings was lightning fast as he grabbed up his win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it two in a row as claimed the win in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshots. Stan Vishinski IV captured the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event in an event that changed leaders a few times before Vishinski took over the lead for good just before the midway point.
 
Ken Ferrier and Eddie Burgess brought the United Pump & Tank Modified starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap main grind. Jimmy Wells shot between the two out of turn two to lead the first laps of the event. A restart brought the field together and Ken Ferrier assumed command of the event. Restarts would bring the field back together with Ferrier now holding on to the slimmest margin of the lead with Jerry Higbie making his presence known to all and pressuring Ferrier at every corner. On lap-26, Higbie found the sweet spot he needed to slip under Ferrier and take command of the event and go on for the win. Ken Ferrier was second in a great run with Jesse Marks finishing third after starting eighth. Scott Ferrier was fourth and Danny Tyler hustled from a 19th place start to claim fifth. Opening night winner Brian Krummel was sixth with Mike Ricci (20th), Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden and Richie Eurich completing the top ten.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman event was a true to life barnburner as a fast field of race cars highlighted another great event.  An eight car skirmish at the start would eliminate some cars but when the racing got rolling it was    all-go on the speedway. Nick Plumstead would lead the event through the first ten laps until Phil Goetchius and he got together sending both to the rear. Kyle Rohner inherited the lead and would work his own brand of magic through slower traffic towards the end of the event to claim his second win in a row at Accord in 2017. Jimmy Johnson was the runner-up with Jared LaBagh, Tyler Johnston and Winter Mead completing the top five. Heading up the second five were the returning Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg McCloskey, Brandon McGill, Robbie Knipe and Tony Kowalchuk.
 
Eric Jennings led all fifteen laps of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car division to claim his first Accord Speedway win of the season. Newcomer Larry McVay was second with Heidi Hedin third, Corey Wood fourth, Don Smith Jr fifth.
 
Jake Mason made it two in a row in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot event with a solid run over Tyler Banks. Jaden Sleight was third and newcomer Brock Pinkerous was fourth.
 
The Upstate Auto Pure Stock main event began with Ray Tarantino seizing command of the event on the first lap and driving to an easy win in the 15-lap feature. Emerson Cargain Jr was the runner-up with Travis Brockner third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams completing the top five. Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes and Steve Kanuk followed. 
 
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature found Ryan McCartney leading the way for the first five laps. He gave way to Jimmy Devitt who would lead the next two circuits. Stan Vishinski took over the lead on lap eight and would go to victory despite many challenges coming from Kenny Ryder. Ryder wound up second with McCartney third, Chris VanDuser fourth and Tighe Sherlock completing the top five. Hunter Lapp, newcomer Fred Smith, RJ Daley, Chad Jashembowski and Anthony Recchio completed the top ten.
 
Gemstones:
 
Heat winners for the evening included Jake Mason in the Junior Slingshots. Heidi Hedin captured the Sprint heat. Emerson Cargain and Ray Tarantino scored wins in the Pure Stock division. The Sportsman ranks found Phil Goetchius, Nick Plumstead and Rich Ricci III scoring victories. Enjoying wins in the Modified heats were Jimmy Wells, Jerry Higbie and Jesse Marks. Rookie heats went to Anthony Recchio and Tighe Sherlock.  Two B-Mains were run with Danny Tyler winning the Modified and Robbie Knipe claiming the Sportsman.
 
New cars on hand included Jerry Higbie, Mark Pullen, Don Smith III and Robbie Rowe in the Modifieds. Daniel Morgiewicz, Mike Senecal, Dave Demorest, Jared LaBagh, Lem Atkins, Greg McCloskey, Brad Horton and Robbie Knipe made their first starts of the season in the Sportsman ranks. Tyler Banks, who has been running well at Hamlin and Brock Pinkerous made their first starts in the Junior Slingshots. Chad Jashembowski, Vinny Visconti, RJ Daley, Fred Smith, Jake Granaker, Brandon Daley, Chris VanDuser and Stan Vishinski made their first rookie starts. James Maroney, Don Smith and Larry McVay were new additions to the Sprint division.
 
A tip of the fedora to Promoter Gary Palmer for having the speedway groomed to perfection for the evening of speed. The track was racy from top to bottom and three and four wide racing were commonplace throughout the night.
 
HO Penn Machinery brought out a couple of pieces of equipment so the fans could see what they are all about. They also raffled off a garage stool and had giveaway items for the fans.
 
Many thanks to Mike DuBois and Randy Brundage for working on the caution lights prior to the racing action.
 
Happy Birthday wishes go out to "The Gentleman" Ed Dachenhausen
 
The Grandma Anne's Pies were back in the house and all feature winners and two lucky fans were the recipients.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Jerry Higbie, Ken Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Scott Ferrier, Danny Tyler, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Robbie Rowe, Anthony Perrego, Richard Smith, Brad Rothaupt, Jimmy Wells, Dan Humes, Eddie Burgess, Tommy Johnson, Chad Loidice, Kyle Van Duser
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Jimmy Johnson, Jared LaBagh, Tyler Johnston, Winter Mead, Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg McCloskey, Brandon McGill, Robbie Knipe, Tony Kowalchuk, Collin DuBois, Cole Hentschel, Jim Kraus, Nick Plumstead, Phil Goetchius, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Milton Mann, Brad Horton
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Don Smith Jr, James Maroney, Andrew Davis
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes, Steve Kanuk
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Stan Vishinski, Kenny Ryder, Ryan McCartney, Chris Van Duser, Tighe Sherlock, Hunter Lapp, Fred Smith, RJ Daley, Chad Jashembowski, Anthony Recchio, Jake Granaker, Jimmy Devitt, Vinny Visconti
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Tyler Banks, Jaden Sleight, Brock Pinkerous
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
May 19th brings all regular divisions in action. PowderTech is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed. The second Enduro Event will take place on the 19th sponsored by Emmanuel's Marketplace
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
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A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR


4/28/2017

Accord, NY-  "BK Speed" Brian Krummel Captures Exciting Opening Night Accord Speedway Modified Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
The Catskills Mountains of New York State finally sprung back to life Friday evening as the the sounds of race cars and the mighty cheering of happy fans opened up the Accord Speedway for the 2017 racing season. Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer ushered in the long-awaited season opener at their pristine racing facility located in the area once known as the "Borscht Belt." The speedway opened last evening to a cast of familiar  and new driving stars and these stars offered high speed action with daredevil skills on a race track like no other found on the entire East Coast.  A great opening night crowd delayed the opening but once inside they witnessed seven race divisions on a day that was excellent weather wise throughout the evening. The racing action was sponsored by Fast Signs of Kingston, New York www.fastsigns.com and Mombaccus Excavatingwww.mombaccussandandgravel.com
 
Capturing opening night wins at the speedway were "BK Speed" Brian Krummel in the United Pump & Tank Modifieds, "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner in the Arkel Motors Sportsman, Bob Sleight Upstate Auto Pure Stocks, "The Radical One" Thomas Radivoy in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars, "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason in the Want Ad Digest  Junior Slingshots and "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio in the     WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman and Johnny Bankich in the Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro main event.
 
Brian Krummel and the returning "Statesman" Jerry Higbie brought the starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30-lap Modified headliner. Higbie wasted no time in blasting to the front of the pack with Krummel in hot pursuit. Higbie blasted off of the top of the raceway like a man possessed only to pull to the infield before ten laps were completed with motors troubles. Krummel inherited the lead and would go on to capture the opening win with "Iron" Mike Ricci in hot pursuit for much of the event finishing second. Local ace "Little Richard" Smith was third with a great strong run while the unheralded "Concrete Kid" Kyle Van Duser was equally as strong in fourth place and "The Chairman of the Board" Rich Ricci racing from 22nd starting spot to round out the top five in a splendid driver to the front. Danny Creeden was sixth with invader Brian Malcolm seventh, Danny Tyler eighth from 21st, Anthony Perrego ninth and Richie Eurich finishing tenth.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature headliner found a pole start and a fast hot rod the instant formula for success as Kyle Rohner grabbed the lead at the start of the event raced away at will from the rest of the field as he captured his opening night win. Rohner, a former two time champion at Accord, showed the right stuff with a strong run to the win with "The Otisville Outlaw" Corey Cormier finding runner-up honors. Milton Mann was strong all night and finished third while Brandon McGill hustled from 16th starting place to finish fourth with Tony Kowalchuk returning to action and finishing fifth. Jim Johnson, Collin DuBois, Leo Fotopolous, Winter Mead and Tyler Johnston completed the top ten.
 
Bob Sleight led all laps to triumph in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature race. While Sleight led all of the laps, Steve Williams kept it interesting throughout the event as he challenged for most of the event only to have Livy Johnson slip past him late in the race to capture runner-up honors. Williams would finish a hard fought third place with Travis Brockner fourth and Jim Maher completing the top five. Newcomer John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Jay Smalley and Chris Kanuk completing the top ten.
 
The Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots found Jake Mason wiring the field as he led all laps on his way to victory. Jayden Sleight Was the runner-up.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Eric Jennings leading for two laps before Thomas Radivoy found the sweet line at the top of the raceway to pull even and then go past Jennings. Jennings would keep it close throughout with much pressure also coming from Keystone State star Heidi Hedin. Radivoy would earn his first career win at Accord with Jennings second, Hedin third while "The Breadman" Corey Wood was fourth and Brett Graham completed the top five.
 
The WRWD Rookie Sportsman field was a good one and even though the attrition rate was a bit high on opening night, there is a good deal of talented future stars in the group. The night belonged to Anthony Recchio as the high school student lead all laps to capture his first win at Accord. Recchio was coming off a win on the previous Saturday night at the Hamlin Speedway. "The Flash" Bobby Flood kept pace throughout the event to finish second with Kenny Ryder third, Hunter Lapp fourth, and returning from a ten year layoff Jimmy Devitt was fifth.
 
A new winner graced victory lane in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Enduro showdown. Dave Donovan had things going his way up until the white flag lap when Johhny Bankich overhauled him and led the final lap to claim the popular victory. Donovan was second with Paul Harding, Jeff DeGroat and Cody Helms completing the top five.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Heat winners for the opening night event included Kyle Rohner, Milton Mann and Cole Hentschel in the Sportsman division. Pure Stock heats were won by Bob Sleight and Steve Williams. Three heats were needed to set the field for the Modified division with Brian Krummel, Jerry Higbie and Richard Smith claiming wins while the consolation win went to Chad Loidice. In the Junior Slingshot heat it was Jake Mason in for the win. Eric Jennings capture the lone heat in sprint car action. Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Bobby Flood and Anthony Recchio
 
The start of the event was delayed for a few minutes to allow the crowd a chance to find their way to their seats in a solid opening night event for the speedway and the Palmer Family. The Palmer Family is celebrating their seventeenth anniversary as the owners and promoters of the Accord facility.
 
The Accord concession stands were at full tilt as the hardworking staff busted their humps to cover the hungry racing crowd that came out to support the speedway.
 
The speedway itself was in spectacular condition as Promoter Gary Palmer spent the entire week in working his magic on the multi-channeled raceway that saw three and four wide action throughout the evening of events. All of the drivers offered their praises for the well groomed facility.
 
Many new cars and paint schemes were the order of the day for the pit area that bustled all evening long. Eleven time Accord Modified Champion Rich Ricci Jr was back in action and Allison Ricci was on board for opening night. Sportsman Champion "Jammin" Jimmy Wells moved into the Modified division but suffered from a lost wheel early on in the feature event. Bob Tersillo, Corey Wood and winner Thomas Radivoy were all new faces for the sprints while Brett Graham, a Modified campaigner at Accord is trying the sprint division with a non traditional look racer. It was good to see "Tommy Gun" Tommy Johnson return to the Modifieds. While running well, he too felt the mechanical gremlins and fell from the event. It was nice return to action for Jay Smalley in the Pure Stocks while new faces included Tanner Granaker and John Hechinger. Rookie Sportsman newcomers found former regulars Jimmy Devitt and Tom Vasta returning to the racing wars while Hunter Lapp, the defending Junior Slingshot Champ, finishing fourth in his new division.
 
All in all it was a great opening night event. Grandma Annie's pies were distributed to all of the feature winners.
 
RESULTS:
 
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith, Kyle Van Duser, Rich Ricci Jr, Danny Creeden, Brian Malcolm, Danny Tyler, Anthony Perrego, Richie Eurich, Scott Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Joe Judge, Allison Ricci, Dan Humes, Chad Loidice, Brad Rothaupt, Tommy Johnson, Corey Lowitt, Jerry Higbie, Jimmy Wells, Ken Ferrier (DNQ), Kevin Krom (DNQ), Eddie Burgess (DNQ), Tyler Treacy (DNQ)
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Corey Cormier, Milton Mann, Brandon McGill, Tony Kowalchuk, Jim Johnson, Collin DuBois, Leo Fotopolous, Winter Mead, Tyler Johnston, Jim Kraus, Cole Hentschel, Matt Shultz, Nick Johnson, Mike Murphy, Ralph Ronk, Phil Goetchius, Rich Ricci III, Nick Plumstead, Rafael Carson, Mike DuBois
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Thomas Radivoy, Eric Jennings, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Brett Graham, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Livy Johnson, Steve Williams, Travis Brockner, Jim Maher, John Hechinger, Emerson Cargain Jr, Jay Smalley, Chris Kanuk, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes, Tanner Granaker
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Bobby Flood, Kenny Ryder, Hunter Lapp, Jimmy Devitt, Michael Corbin, Tom Vasta, Tighe Sherlock, Sarah Smith, Kevin Stevens, Mike Dubois Jr, Ryan McCartney
 
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Jaden Sleight
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro: Johnny Bankich, Dave Donovan, Paul Harding, Jeff DeGroat, Cody Helms
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
May 5th brings in all regular divisions in action. HO Penn is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed.
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at:http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
At the Accord Speedway............................................
 
A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR