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June 15th, 2018

Accord, NY-  “Jammin” Jimmy Wells Captures The Modified Cargo For 2nd Win In Accord Speedway Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer presented a seven division show on Friday evening that went off without a hitch. The weather was just right and the Catskills Mountain scenery is majestic to behold no matter what time of the season. The special show that was set for Wednesday night was unfortunately postponed to a later date to be named later in the summer as Promoter Gary Palmer took a nasty spill off of the grader when preparing the track for racing and has been in quite some discomfort since then. Mr. Palmer soldiered on to have the speedway ready for Friday evening and had the facility “fit as a fiddle” as he always does.  Friday night produced another of those great nights as another great crowd was on hand to enjoy the evening of speed sponsored by the good folks at Dig Safely New York.  (www.digsafelynewyork.com)

Jimmy Wells rocked the house with an outstanding drive to capture his second   Modified win of the season at Accord and in doing so becoming the first driver to double down and collect his earnings in the Insinger Fuels Modified finale.  "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner captured his fifth win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman main event.  Livy Johnson celebrated her 18th birthday by driving past her fellow combatants to capture her first win of the  season as she captured the Upstate Auto Pure Stock encounter. "The Travelin Man" Mick D’Agostino raced to his  second win of the season in the  WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature.  Michael Corbin was triumphant in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event as he captured his ever win at the speedway. The Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder feature was captured by another first time winner as Jesse Torrens found the bottom of the raceway to be his ticket to the checkered flag and was victorious. The Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduros closed the show with a rip-snorting and entertaining fifty lap finale that found Shawn Maloney having the hot foot in a rousing win for him.

Eddie Burgess and Danny Creeden brought the field down for the start of the Insinger Fuels 30-lap headliner for the Modifieds. Creeden jumped into the lead from his front row starting spot and immediately found the center lane of the speedway much to his liking as he was able to control the top spot easily though the first twelve laps until a restart slowed the action. On the restart Jimmy Wells would move along side of Creeden and the pair squared off and it would be Wells winning the battle off of turn two to take command of the lead. 
Creeden would follow but in the blink of an eye Anthony Perrego came knocking and took over the runner-up slot. By that time Wells had built up a solid lead and Perrego pullled out all of the stops to reel him and did. They would be nose to tail in slower traffic and Perrego took a couple of shots on the inside to try to slip past Wells but it would be Wells crossing the line first with Perrego a nip away in Rich Ricci Jr was third with Jerry Higbie and Danny Creeden completing the top five. The returning Andy Bachetti headed up the second five with Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Mike Ricci and Jesse Marks completing the top ten. The action was jam-packed with excitement throughout the entire 30-laps of racing.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event found Mike Senecal in the lead for two laps before yielding to the high flying Leo Fotopolous. “The Architect” would roll out to a big lead but a disabled Greg McCloskey would bring out the caution on lap-17. On the restart it would be Kyle Rohner behind Fotopolous and Rohner kicked the race car up a notch as he drove by Fotopolous one lap later and built up a nice margin of victory at the checkered flag.  Rohner would carve out a huge advantage over the field as he separated himself from the pack and he would go on to his fifth win of the season. Cole Hentschel was second with Leo Fotopolous, Nick Plumstead and Mike Senecal completing the top five. Alex VanPelt, Tyler Johnston, Danny Morgiewicz, Chris VanDuser and Anthony Recchio would round out the top ten. 

Michael Corbin raced into the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio Rookie
Sportsman feature attraction. Corbin had a fast car and enjoyed a quick breakaway from the field. Only in the latter stages of the event did Travis Green get close to make it a solid event. Corbin would go on to capture his ever win at Accord in a full size car with Green in the runner-up role. Joe Coppola recovered from a spin to finish third while John Brown and the returning Samantha Muller  would complete the top five positions. Charles Loiodice, Erin Paulison, Jared Miller, newcomers Travis Cogswell and Billy Fiske completed the field.

In the Upstate Auto Pure Stock event Livy Johnson seized the moment and would lead all of the way to give herself a big win on her birthday. Travis Brockner would race to second with Steve Williams, and the returning John Drake completing the top five. Emerson Cargain headed up the second five with newcomer Jimmy Maher, Ray Tarantino, newcomer JB Morris and Mike Arrigoni following.

Mick D'Agostino would jump into the lead off of turn four at the start in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature. D'Agostino would lead all of the way as he withstood many challenges from Jeremy Quick to go on and secure his second win of the season at Accord. Quick would finish second with Mark Conolly and Mike Traver finishing as the cars running at the end.

In the regularly scheduled Fireballers feature, Ed King led the first four laps before giving way to Jesse Torrens on a restart. Jesse Torrens would remain in front for the remainder of race and holding off challenges from Jerry Kingeter and Shawn Maloney. Torrens would hold on for his first career win at Accord and enjoy a big celebration in the WRWD Victory Lane. Kingeter, Maloney, Dave Donovan and Jeff DeGroat completed the top five. Anthony Tarantino, Marisol Torrens, Nicole Nelson, Willie DeGraw and Ed King would complete the top ten.

In the Emmanuels Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro show closer, Jeff DeGroat would lead for the first 22-laps until yielding to the mighty fast Shawn Maloney. Once Maloney was in front he sailed around the competition with ease as he went on to his first win of the season.  Jeff DeGroat would hang on for second with Johnny Bankich charging from 15th starting position to nail down third place. George Zeininger returned to action and was fourth with Shawny Hazel completing the top five.


GEMSTONES: 

The hotly contested racing action was completed at 10:28 PM. Kudos again to Gary Palmer for working through much pain and agony to give the competitors an excellent race track to display their talents and for the fans to enjoy an evening of great racing action.

A special thanks goes out to our friends at Dig Safely New York. Area Rep John Yehl was in the house and interviewed with Announcer Steve Pados regarding the many benefits of calling “811.”

Writer Marie Doyons was also in the house referencing material she will be doing for the “Chronogram” Magazine. She also interviewed and stated just being on the speedway grounds made her a fan as the excitement spills over with each division that takes to the race track. 

Heat wins went to Rich Ricci Jr, Danny Creeden and Jimmy Wells in the Modified division. Two heats were needed for the Sportsman with wins going to Matt Shultz and Leo Fotopolous. The Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by John Brown and Michael Corbin. Mick D'Agostino captured the sprint car heat win. The Pure Stock heat wins were captured by Travis Brockner and Livy Johnson. Fireball heat winners included Willie DeGraw and Richard Smith.

Grandma Anne’s Pies were in the house and each feature winner was given a treat worth consuming for their dining pleasure.


RESULTS:

Insinger Fuels Modifieds:
Jimmy Wells, Anthony Perrego, Rich Ricci Jr, Jerry Higbie, Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Mike Ricci, Jesse Marks, Tyler Boniface, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Kenny Ferrier, Kyle VanDuser, Allison Ricci, Eddie Burgess, Tommy Johnson, Mark Pullen

Arkel Motors Sportsman:
Kyle Rohner, Cole Hentschel, Leo Fotopolous,  Nick Plumstead, Mike Senecal, Alex VanPelt, Tyler Johnston, Danny Morgiewicz, Chris VanDuser, Anthony Recchio, Dave Demorest, RJ Smith, Matt Shultz, Harry Baldwin, Greg McCloskey, Shane Henion

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars:
Mick D'Agostino, Jeremy Quick, Mark Conolly, Mike Traver, Andrew Davis, Eric Jennings

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman:
Michael Corbin, Travis Green, Joe Coppola, John Brown, Samantha Muller, Charles Loiodice, Erin Paulison, Jared Miller, Travis Cogswell, Billy Fiske, Cole Stangle, Robbie Colburne 

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders:
Jessey Torrens, Jerry Kingeter, Shawn Maloney, Dave Donovan, Jeff DeGroat,  Anthony Tarantino, Marisol Torrens, Nicole Nelson, Willie DeGraw, Ed King, Ryan Heady, Brandon Conklin, Richard Smith, George Barringer, Ken Barringer, Bob Clarke

Upstate Auto Pure Stock:
Livy Johnson, Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, John Hechinger, John Drake, Emerson Cargain, Jim Maher, Ray Tarantino, JB Morris, Mike Arrigoni, Steve Kanuk, James Goetchius

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduros:
Shawn Maloney, Jeff DeGroat, Johnny Bankich, George Zeininger, Shawny Hazel 

Racing is on tap every Friday evening 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 20th offers an open practice night at the speedway for all divisions hoping to dial their race cars in for the Midweek Madness events.

June 22nd brings all regular divisions in action for a great night of racing and Kingston Nissan will be 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


June 8th, 2018

Accord, NY- Anthony Perrego Conquers The Modifieds For 1st Win In Accord Speedway Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer have enjoyed a great season thus far in 2018 even though there have been evenings when the skies were threatening and even doused the speedway with precipitation. Through all of the challenges they have been able to promote some of the very best racing action around.  They have been able to throw caution to the wind and continue on with their season and the solid fan base has appreciated the hard work and effort the Palmer Family has put into the facility and the ability to dodge most of the challenges they have been faced with. Friday night produced another of those great nights as another great crowd was on hand to enjoy the evening of speed sponsored by the good folks at HO Penn.  (www.http://hopenn.com)

"The Montgomery Missile" Anthony Perrego rocked the house with an outstanding drive
to capture his first Modified win of the season at Accord and in doing so keeping the Modified win list at seven different drivers winning after seven events in the Insinger Fuels
Modified finale.  "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner captured his fourth win of the season in in the Arkel Motors Sportsman main event.  Steve Williams claimed his second win of the  season as he captured the Upstate Auto Pure Stock encounter. "The Captain" Jeremy Quick raced to his third win of the season in the  WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature. Garden Stater "The Angle" Cole Stangle was triumphant in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event and became the first driver to double down in the division.  Ray See Sr was triumphant in the Northeast Vintage Modifed finale. The Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder feature competed in two feature attractions and Jerry Kingeter and Shawn Maloney each captured a win.

"The Lightning Bolt" Modified rookie Rich Ricci III jumped into the lead from his front row starting spot and immediately found the center lane of the speedway much to his liking as he was able to control the top spot easily though the first ten laps. Seventh starting Anthony Perrego worked his magic through the field and would begin to pressure Ricci with some baseline moves from both ends of the speedway. Perrego would vault into the lead on lap-13 and began to carve out some distance on those behind him. Mike Ricci would move into second with Jerry HIgbie following suit into third place. Mike Ricci would quickly find the lane he enjoyed and would close in the ranks on Perrego and the two would be nose to tail when a spin slowed the action. On the restart Perrego quickly raced out to a four car length lead he would maintain as the checkered flag fell for Perrego as he captured his first Accord Speedway win of the season.  Mike Ricci would earn runner-up honors with Jerry Higbie, Richard Smith and Rich Ricci III completing the top five. Danny Creeden headed up the second five with Rich Ricci Jr, the returning Tyler Boniface, Michael Storms, and Allison Ricci completing the top ten.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event found Matt Shultz in the lead for one lap before spinning out in front of the field in turn three with the drivers doing some great work in avoiding a potentially dangerous situation. When racing resumed  Chris VanDuser would lead for a lap before yielding to the high flying Kyle Rohner.  Rohner would carve out a huge advantage over the field as he separated himself from the pack and he would easily race to his fourth win of the season. Cole Hentschel was second with Hunter Lapp, Nick Plumstead and Chris VanDuser completing the top five. Anthony Recchio would head the second five with Matt Shultz, Kevin Stevens, Mike Senecal and Alex VanPelt rounding out the top ten. 

Charles Loiodice raced into the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio Rookie
Sportsman feature attraction. Loiodice enjoyed a quick breakaway from the field as he appeared headed for his second win of the season.  On lap-12 Charles Loiodice came to a rolling stop in turns three and four and would be pushed into the pits. Cole Stangle inherited the lead and that was all he needed to lead the final three laps and claim his second win of the season.  Travis Green rallied to finish in the runner-up slot while Joe Coppola, Brian Durbin and newcomer Bryan Jones would complete the top five positions. 

In the Upstate Auto Pure Stock event Travis Brockner would lead for a lap before yielding to Steve Williams. Williams would lead until a lap-4 crash would take Brockner from the field. On the restart it would again be Williams and he would be challenged each step of the way by John Hechinger. Hechinger pulled close on occasion and on lap-12 smoke began to billow from the Williams race car. He would hold on to capture his second win of the season with Hechinger, Emerson Cargain, Ray Tarantino and Steve Kanuk following.

Mick D'Agostino would jump into the lead off of turn four at the start in the WRWD Radio
NEWS Sprint feature. D'Agostino would lead until a scary wreck would put Dan Malley upside down in turn one. Malley would walk away from the incident. On the restart Jeremy Quick would step hard on the gas pedal and take over the lead and the power move would take him all of the way to the checkered flag for his third win of the season. 
Mick D'Agostino would ern runner-up honors while the returning Bobby Tersillo, Jordan Lawrence and newcomer Gary Huston would complete the top five. 

In the regularly scheduled Fireballers feature, Jesse Torrens led the first five laps before giving way to Shawn Maloney. Maloney was fast from any part of the raceway and would go on to earn his first win of the season. Jerry Kingeter, Jeff DeGroat, Ryan Heady and Jesse Torrens completed the top five.

In the held over Fireballers event, Williw DeGraw led for the first three laps until Jerry Kingeter sailed by him. Kingeter would lead the rest of the way to pick up his third win of the season. DeGraw would finish second with Jeff DeGroat, Shawn Maloney and Russell Doland completing the top five. 

The Northeast Vintage Modified main found third starting Ray See  Sr taking the lead on the backstretch of lap one and then leading all of the way despite some final lap heroics from Mike Houghtaling. See Sr, Mike Houghtaling, Mike Brown, Charlie Houghtaling and Bob Harless completed the top five. A great car count was on hand for the event as 15-cars took the green flag to start the event.

GEMSTONES: 

The hotly contested racing action was completed at 11 PM. Kudos again 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 Creeden and Jimmy Wells in the Modified division while three heats were needed for the Sportsman with wins going to Matt Shultz, Danny Morgiewicz and Cole Hentschel.  The Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by John Brown and Charles Loiodice. Mick D'Agostino captured the sprint car heat win. The Pure Stock heat win was captured by Travis Brockner. Fireball heat winners included Jesse Torrens and Richard Smith. Mike Brown and Charlie Houghtaling were victorious in the Vintage heats.

Craig Cuneo returned to action in 2018 and has made the transition into the sportsman division. Unfortunately Craig was caught up in the crash at the start of the feature. Good to see Mark Pullen return to action in the Modifieds. "Double D" Dave Demorest returned to action in the Sportsman. Bryan Jones was a new addition to the rookie ranks in a car that appeared to be similar to a former Bloom owned race car. Good to see Bobby Tersillo return to action in the sprinters.

Mark Conolly got upside down in the sprint car heat but repaired the car in time for the feature although he was early casualty.

RESULTS:

Insinger Fuels Modifieds:
Anthony Perrego, Mike Ricci, Jerry Higbie, Richard Smith, Rich Ricci III, Danny Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Tyler Boniface, Michael Storms, Allison Ricci, Joe Judge, Jesse Marks, Eddie Burgess, Jimmy Wells, Mark Pullen, Kennie Ferrier, Kyle VanDuser  DQ Scott Ferrier

Arkel Motors Sportsman:
Kyle Rohner, Cole Hentschel, Hunter Lapp,  Nick Plumstead, Chris VanDuser, Anthony Recchio, Matt Shultz, Kevin Stevens, Mike Senecal, Alex VanPelt, Shane Henion, Dave Demorest, Danny Morgiewicz, Tyler Johnston, Leo Fotopolous, Craig Cuneo, RJ Smith, Mike Murphy

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars:
Jeremy Quick, Mick D'Agostino, Bobby Tersillo, Jordan Lawrence, Gary Huston, Kyle Pugliese, Dan Malley, Mark Conolly

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman:
Cole Stangle, Travis Green, Joe Coppola, Brian Durbin, 
Bryan Jones, John Brown, Erin Paulison, Jeff Higham, Charles Loiodice, Mike Travis

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders:
 Jerry Kingeter, Jeff DeGroat, Ryan Heady, Jesse Torrens, Anthony Tarantino, Marisol Torrens, Ed King, Nicole Nelson, Brandon Conklin, Richard Smith, Willie DeGraw, Geroge Barringer DQ: Shawn Maloney

Upstate Auto Pure Stock:
Steve Williams, John Hechinger, Emerson Cargain, Ray Tarantino, Steve Kanuk, Travis Brockner

Northeast Vintage Modified:
Ray See Sr, Mike Houghtaling, Mike Brown, Charlie Houghtaling, Bob Harless, Tom Laner, John Roese, Jimmy Halpin, Bill Leise, Bob Schmidt, Joe Judge, Doug Atkins, Dan McKiernan, John Atkins

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4_Cylinders:
(Heldover From June 1st) Jerry Kingeter, Willie DeGraw, Jeff DeGroat, Russel Doland, Ryan Heady, Richard Smith, Brandon Conklin, Marisol Torrens, Ed King, Anthony Tarantino, Nicole Nelson, Jesse Torrens, Ken Brrainger, Samsara Torrens DQ: Shawn Maloney

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.

Wednesday Evening, June 13th will have the Speedway open for a special event, "The Summer Shootout" for the Arkel Motors Crate Sportsman with $1,000.00 on the line for the winner. The Upstate Auto Pure Stock, the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinders, and the All Star and Junior Slingshots will complete the show. The show will be presented by Insinger Fuels.

June 15th brings all regular divisions in action along with the second appearance of the Emmanuel's Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro Event.  Dig Safely New York 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



June 1st, 2018

Accord, NY-  Kyle VanDuser Cements the Modified Field For 1st Ever Win In Accord Speedway Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer were very much aware the rain was heading in their direction, but they threw caution to the wind and they and their staff hustled through the evening and completed five of the six divisions before Mother Nature threw her weight around the area. A nice crowd was on hand to enjoy the evening of speed sponsored by the good folks at Northeast Paving and Sealcoating.  www.http://northeastpavingandsealcoating.com
 
"The Koncrete Kid" Kyle VanDuser rocked the house with an outstanding drive to capture his first ever Modified win at Accord and in doing so besting one of the top names in the history of the speedway "The 
Chairman of the Board" Rich Ricci Jr in the Insinger Fuels Modified finale.  "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner captured his third Accord win of the season in a rim-riding battle with "The Tornado" Tyler Johnston in the Arkel Motors Sportsman main. Emerson Cargain Jr made it three wins for the season as he captured the Upstate Auto Pure Stock encounter. "The Captain" Jeremy Quick raced to his second win of the season in the  WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature. Hyde Park, New York rookie Joe Coppola was triumphant in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event to claim his first ever win at the speedway. The Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder feature will be run at a later date.
 
VanDuser jumped into the lead from his front row start and pasted his hot rod at the top of the cushion. A spin by Danny Creeden brought the field to a halt on lap six.  On the restart, Rich Ricci Jr would make many overtures for the lead but the determined VanDuser had found the zone he wanted and stuck to his guns with Ricci working off of the baseline to find his way into the lead. Just behind the leaders Jimmy Wells, Jerry Higbie, Anthony Perrego and Mike Ricci were working their magic forward.
 
Ricci would pull out all of the stops and for a few laps the lead duo raced side by side with VanDuser continuing to win the battle off the top of the raceway. VanDuser would not be denied on this evening and steered his VanDuser Concrete Foundation racer into the WRWD Victory Lane. Rich Ricci Jr was the runner-up in a fine drive with Jimmy Wells, Jerry Higbie and Anthony Perrego following. Mike Ricci headed up the second five with Jesse Marks, Michael Storms, Scott Ferrier and Richard Smith completing the top ten.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman event found "The Junior Rock" Matt Shultz  grabbing the lead from his front row start.  Shultz built up a lead of six car lengths until a caution came out on lap ten for a disabled Jamie Yannone. When racing resumed Tyler Johnston would place plenty of pressure on Shultz and finally slip past him on lap-14. Along with the lead change, Kyle Rohner blasted into the runner-up slot and the the run for the roses took on a whole new meaning.
 
Johnston was solid as he raced off of the cushion with Rohner testing all of the channels to find a way around him. On lap-21 Rohner found the hot spot of the raceway to make his move and he worked past Johnston. Rohner would lead the final laps and claim his third win of the season. Johnston was tough as nails in second while Cole Hentschel, Nick Plumstead and Chris VanDuser completed the top five. The second five found Corey Cormier, Hunter Lapp, RJ Smith, Chris Stevens and Leo Fotopolous from sixth to tenth.
 
Joe Coppola raced into the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature attraction. Coppola enjoyed a quick breakaway but Charles Loiodice worked his way into the second position and began to reel Coppola in. Around the halfway mark Loiodice would spin between turns three and four causing a caution. On the restart, Coppola separated himself from the field and would go to capture his first ever win at Accord. Travis Green, Cole Stangle Mike Travis and a charge back from Loiodice would complete the top five.
 
A first lap crash slowed the action in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock event as it put fan favorite Livy Johnson on the sidelines for the remainder of the evening. When racing resumed Emerson Cargain grabbed the lead as he got off to a great start and it would prove to be the winning move as Cargain would wire the field on his way to his third win of the season. John Hechinger kept it close with a fine in the runner-up slot. Steve Williams was third even though he nursed a smoking gun to the finish line. Travis Brockner, John Drake, Ray Tarantino and Chris Kanuk completed the field.  
 
Jeremy Quick would jump into the lead off of turn two in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature and the power move would take him all of the way in the event as Quick would lead all laps on his way to his second win of the season. Andrew Davis was second with Mick D'Agostino third, newcomer Kyle Puglise fourth and Mark Connoly fifth.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
The hotly contested racing action was completed at 9:30PM as the heavy rains pelted the speedway hard as the Rookie event came to a close.  Kudos to Gary Palmer and crew for whipping the speedway into excellent shape for the evening of racing action.
 
Heat wins went to Kyle VanDuser, Eddie Burgess and Jesse Marks in the Modified division while two heats were needed for the Sportsman with wins going to Tyler Johnston and Chris VanDuser. The Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Joe Coppola and Travis Green. Anthony Davis captured the sprint car heat win. Pure Stock heats wins were captured by Livy Johnson and Steve Williams.  Fireball heat winners included Jesse Torrens and Richard Smith
 
RESULTS:
 
Insinger Fuels Modifieds: Kyle VanDuser, Rich Ricci Jr, Jimmy Wells, Jerry Higbie, Anthony Perrego, Mike Ricci, Jesse Marks, Michael Storms, Scott Ferrier, Richard Smith, Joe Judge, Tommy Johnson, Nick Johnson, Rich Ricci III, Kenny Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Eddie Burgess, Danny Tyler
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Nick Plumstead, Chris VanDuser, Corey Cormier, Hunter Lapp, RJ Smith, Chris Stevens, Leo Fotopolous, Mike Senecal, Alex VanPelt, Danny Morgiewicz, Matt Shultz, Jamie Yannone
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Jeremy Quick, Anthony Davis, Mick D'Agostino, Kyle Pugliese, Mark Conolly
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Joe Coppola, Travis Green, Cole Stangle, Mike Travis, Charles Loiodice, Brian Durbin, Robbie Colburne, John Brown, Billy Fiske, Erin Paulison, Michael Corbin
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders: Postponed until a later date due to weather
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stock: Emerson Cargain, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Travis Brockner, John Drake, Ray Tarantino, Chris Kanuk, James Goetchius, Mike Aririzoni, Livy Johnson
 
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 8th brings all regular divisions in action along with the second appearance of the Northeast Vintage Modifieds. 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


May 25th, 2018
Accord, NY-  Jerry Higbie Makes a Statement In Modified Triumph At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
With Mother Nature seemingly controlling the fortunes and misfortunes of racing in the Northeast, Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer have been rolling the dice and dodging the crazy weather patterns to keep their speedway operating on schedule. They ushered in the Memorial Day weekend on Friday evening at their superb quarter-mile speedplant located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. With the sun shining brightly and warm temperatures finally arriving, 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 country music from radio personality Uncle Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio. www.wrwdcountry.iheart.com
 
Not one of the fans left the house disappointed as "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie took over the lead on lap seven and ran away from the field the remainder of the way to capture his first win at Accord in some time in the Insinger Fuels Modifieds. "The Architect" Leo Fotopolous laid claim to his first ever win at Accord in the Arkel Motors Sportsman finale with a stellar wire to wire run to the checkered flag. "The Captain" Jeremy Quick earned his first win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. Steve Williams put together a masterful run to triumph in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature while the holdover feature event for the Pure Stockers was claimed by Emerson Cargain. Travis Green Scored his first ever Accord win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman event. In the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder event, Jerry Kingeter utilized a bump and run maneuver to slip past Jeff DeGroat on his way to his second win to close down the curtain on an excellent night of racing.  
 
Rich Ricci III and Scott Ferrier brought the Insinger Fuels Modified division starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap headliner for the Modified division.  The quick starting Ferrier would jump into the lead with the fourth starting Higbie rocking to the top of the raceway to move into the runner-up slot by lap four. Ferrier enjoyed a big lead early that evaporated quickly as Higbie made tracks to contend for the lead. A mad Scramble slowed the field and on the restart, Higbie moved his Handsome Devil BBQ mount out front and would wave goodbye to the rest of the field as his consistent 13.2 second laps allowed him to open up a huge advantage on the field.
 
Anthony Perrego would race hard from his tenth starting slot and move into second but by that point in time Higbie was already into slower traffic. Higbie would earn his first win of the season in a stellar performance with Perrego in the runner-up slot. Mike Ricci, from 18th starting position raced to third with Scott Ferrier fourth and Jesse Marks completing the top five. Richard Smith headed up the second five with Danny Tyler, Rich Ricci Jr, the returning Michael Storms and Ray See Jr completing the top ten.
 
John Brown 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 Brown proved to have the hot hand as he continued to set the early pace. On lap six Travis Green got underneath Brown as they entered turn two with Brown going in too hot and getting sideways and allowing Green to take command of the event. Once in front Green had things pretty much his way with Cole Stangle mounting pressure to Green but Green was strong and captured the win with Stangle in the runner-up role. Charles Loiodice raced hard to third with Brown hanging on to fourth and Mike Travis completing the top five. Erin Paulison raced to sixth place with Joe Coppola, Fred Smith, Keith Johannessen and Michael Corbin completing the top ten.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale found Andrew Davis leading the first four laps of the event before yielding to the high flying Jeremy Quick. Quick would build on to his lead but before he could settle in he began to find Mick D'Agostino on the charge as he would cut into Quick's lead and find the two warriors going nose to tail the remainder of the event. Quick was able to keep D'Agostino at bay and would go on to capture his first win of the season at Accord. D'Agostino was strong in second place with the Dan Malley third, newcomer Larry Drake fourth and Mark Conolly completing the top five.  
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman event was a barn-burner and head-turner from the drop of the green flag as Leo Fotopolous would take off with the green flag and built himself a substantial lead through the early portion of the event with Alex VanPelt in the runner-up role. Tenth starting Tyler Johnston was on the fly and used channel after channel of the speedway to race into contention. Hunter Lapp, Danny Morgiewicz and Kyle Rohner began a hard dogfight that would last until the checkered flag fell on the event. Fotopolous had more than power to hustle his way to his first career win at Accord. Johnston was the runner-up with Rohner third, Lapp in fourth and Morgiewicz fifth with great close racing start to finish. Kevin Stevens headed up the second five with Anthony Recchio from 16th, Mike Murphy from 22nd, RJ Smith and newcomer Troy Arnold completing the top ten.
 
In the holdover Upstate Auto Pure Stock event, Jay Smalley led through  the first ten laps before losing the lead to Steve Williams in slower traffic. Williams would race on to the win with Smalley in second and followed by Travis Brockner, John Hechinger and Ray Tarantino.  
 
Emerson Cargain led wire to wire in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock finale to capture his second win of the 2018 racing season. The win didn't come easy as John Hechinger and Steve Williams applied plenty of pressure on him as they would finish second and third respectively. Livy Johnson and Bob Sleight completed the top five. Travis Brockner, Johnny Miracle, Steve Kanuk, Ray Tarantino and James Goetchius completed the field.
 
In the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder encounter, Jerry Kingeter would lead the first eight laps until Jeff DeGroat slipped past him. DeGroat would lead through lap fourteen when Kingeter found some extra speed and oomph as he contacted with DeGroat and would drive away with the lead and the win, his second of the season. DeGroat was second followed by Willie DeGraw, Richard Smith and point leader Ryan Heady.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
The hotly contested racing action found seven features for the packed grandstands of loyal racing fans. Promoter Gary Palmer and crew worked overtime to have the track to top flight racing standards for the event.
 
Heat wins went to Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Anthony Perrego and Scott Ferrier in the Modified division while Richie Eurich captured the B-Main.  Alex VanPelt, Hunter Lapp and Chris VanDuser captured the Sportsman heats. Rookie heats were claimed by Charles Loiodice, John Brown and Mike Travis. The Pure Stock heats were claimed by Emerson Cargain and Livy Johnson. The lone Sprint heat win went to Jeremy Quick.  Fireball heat wins were claimed by Ken Barringer, Jeff DeGroat and Jerry Kingeter
 
Thanks again to Uncle Mike Hansen and WRWD Radio for a wonderful night at the speedway. 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.
 
Many new faces were to be found at the speedway. Michael Storms and Jeff Heotzler were new additions to the Modifieds. Troy Arnold and Jared LaBagh were on hand for the Sportsman. The Rookies found new faces in Dylan Smith, Mike Bull, Pat Mann and Jared Miller hopped rides taking over the Davis Welding number 46. Larry Drake was a new Sprint car in action. Joel Murns, Cooper Henion and Wayne Taylor were new additions to the Pure Stockers. Bob Clarke and Adair DuBois were new faces for the Fireballers.
 
Former racer at Accord Tom Laner Jr is undergoing some health issues and management and staff at the speedway are praying for his recovery.
 
RESULTS:
 
Insinger Fuels Modifieds: Jerry Higbie, Anthony Perrego, Mike Ricci, Scott Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Richard Smith, Danny Tyler, Rich Ricci Jr, Michael Storms, Ray See Jr, Allison Ricci, Kyle VanDuser, Danny Creeden, Brad Rothaupt, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Kenny Ferrier, Jeff Heotzler Sr, Ed Dachenhausen, Jimmy Wells, Tommy Johnson
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Leo Fotopolous, Tyler Johnston, Kyle Rohner, Hunter Lapp, Danny Morgiewicz, Kevin Stevens, Anthony Recchio, Mike Murphy, RJ Smith, Troy Arnold, Alex VanPelt, Harry Baldwin, Ryan McCartney, Chris VanDuser, Jimmy Devitt, Mike Senecal, Jared LaBagh, Cole Hentschel, Brad Horton, Nick Plumstead, Joe Bonetti, Matt Shultz
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Jeremy Quick, Mick D'Agostino, Dan Malley, Larry Drake, Mark Conolly, Jordan Lawrence, Andrew Davis
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: (Heldover From 5/4/18) Steve Williams, Jay Smalley, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, John Drake, Emerson Cargain, James Goetchius, Chris Kanuk, Livy Johnson, Austin Smith, Rich Scott, Amber VanOrden
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Travis Green, Cole Stangle, Charles Loiodice, John Brown, Mike Travis, Erin Paulison, Joe Coppola, Fred Smith, Keith Johannessen, Michael Corbin, Brian Durbin, Pat Mann, Jared Miller, Michael Bull, Samantha Muller, Jeff Higham, Dylan Smith (DQ)
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders: Jerry Kingeter, Jeff DeGroat, Willie DeGraw, Richard Smith, Ryan Heady, Marisol Torrens, Ed King, Ken Barringer, Nicole Nelson, Bob Clarke, Adair DuBois, Anthony Tarantino, Gary Quick, Brandon Conklin, Jesse Torrens, Anthony Zecchino
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stock: Emerson Cargain, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Bob Sleight, Travis Brockner, Johnny Miracle, Steve Kanuk, Ray Tarantino, James Goetchius, Cooper Henion
 
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 1st brings all regular divisions in action and NPS is the headline sponsor for this 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

May 18th,2018

Accord, NY-  Brad Rothaupt Rockets To Victory In Accord Speedway Modified Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
The Catskill Mountain area of New York offers many spectacular views and exciting things to do for vacationers. However, Fridays are reserved for the exciting action only exciting high level short track racing can provide. The Accord Speedway has been doing just that, giving the loyal racing fans some great racing action when Mother Nature does not rain on their parade. Even though the week long rain created havoc among many in the Northeast, the Palmer Family were able to put Friday evening in the record books with another great roster of driving talent. The loyal fan base went away satisfied 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.  
 
When all was said and done, The "Rhinebeck Rocket" Brad Rothaupt   displayed rocket power on his way to his first win of the season in the Insinger Fuels Modifieds. "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner got back to his winning ways in capturing his second win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman. Bob Sleight got back on track as he had the hot hand in capturing his first win in the Upstate Auto Pure Stocks. "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino scored his first ever sprint car win in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. "The Angle" Cole Stangle scored his first ever Accord Speedway win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman. Jeff DeGroat  captured another win in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder finale at the speedway. Dave Donovan closed the show with an impressive win in the Emmanuel's Marketplace sponsored 4-Cylinder Enduro nitecap.
 
Rich Ricci III and Brad Rothaupt brought the Insinger Fuels Modified field down for the start of the 30-lap main event. At the drop of the green it was Rothaupt firing out of the blocks and grabbing up the lead and very quickly put plenty of space between he and the rest of the field. At the ten lap mark Rothaupt had a straightaway lead on the field. Finding room to work, defending track champion Danny Tyler moved into the runner-up slot and began to close a bit of distance. Tommy Johnson stayed close to Tyler in third as some of the heavy hitters began to make tracks to the front.
 
Anthony Perrego moved into contention but a jingling of racers ended his bid for the win even though he rallied at the end of the event. The action was hot and heavy as many drivers tried to punch their ticket into contention. Rothaupt would not be denied on this night as he withstood some late cautions to reign supreme to capture his first win of the season at Accord.  Danny Tyler did an excellent job and finished in the runner-up role. Tommy Johnson hustled hard to a third place finish. Rich Ricci Jr was fourth and Danny Creeden finished fifth after starting in the 12th slot. Mike Ricci headed up the second five with the returning Allison Ricci, Joe Judge, Anthony Perrego and Rich Ricci III rounding out the top ten.
 
In the Arkel Motors Sportsman action, Nick Plumstead hustled into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Plumstead would race to daylight ahead of the field and built up a huge lead. Things would change quickly as the laps clicked off as a couple of cautions and some determined driving brought the defending track champion Kyle Rohner into the runner-up slot. After some hard battling between Plumstead and Rohner, Rohner was able to work his magic and wrest the lead away from the determined Plumstead. . Once in front, Rohner stepped away from the field to cash in on his second win of the season. Plumstead ran an excellent raced to finish second with Chris VanDuser third, Tyler Johnston fourth and Hunter Lapp completing the the top five. Leo Fotopolous headed up the second five followed by Anthony Recchio, Cole Hentschel, the returning Joe Bonetti and Matt Shultz. 
 
Jared Miller led the first two laps of the WRWD Rookie Sportsman main  event. He gave way to John Brown who would lead through lap six. Garden Stater Cole Stangle took over the lead on lap seven and was flawless in racing to his first ever win at Accord and his first in full-size division racing. Stangle came out of the Slingshot and Stage One Modified ranks and is right at home in his new division. Brian Durbin was second and a late skirmish at the end juggled the finish with Samantha Muller, Amanda Carson and Joe Coppola completing the top five.  
 
Bob Sleight took the lead on the first lap of the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature and enjoyed the view to the point where he led all of the way to claim his first win of the season. Sleight was on  cruise control early on with Ray Tarantino finishing second, followed by Travis Brockner, Livy Johnson and Jay Smalley. Emerson Cargain headed up the group with Steve Williams, Amber VanOrden and Chris Kanuk following.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Mick D'Agostino starting up front and that was all he needed to carve up a huge lead early on and then fight off a last charge by Jeremy Quick to record his first ever win at Accord as well with a Sprint Car. D'Agostino was making his fourth start in the sprinter and the Taunton, Massachusetts traveler looked smooth as silk on his way to victory. Quick was the runner-up with Dan Malley, Corey Wood and Jordan Lawrence completing the top five.
 
In the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder event, Willie DeGraw switched rides and would lead the first seven laps of the event. Jeff DeGroat started from twelfth but worked his way forward quickly and found his way into the lead on lap eight. DeGroat would go on to win the event with DeGraw in the runner-up role. Brandon Conklin was third while Ryan Heady and Jesse Torrens would complete the top five.
 
In the Emmanuel's Marketplace Enduro encounter, Johnny Bankich took the early lead and threatened to run away with the event. Things changed for the worse for Bankich as just before the Midway point, Bankich was turned around by a slower car in deliberate fashion. When the race was restarted, Gene Helms grabbed up the lead for two laps until Dave Donovan zipped by him. Donovan would lead until lap-32 when Richard Smith worked his way into the lead. Smith would lead for a couple of laps until his left front sneaker deflated. Donovan regained the lead and would go on to capture the opening salvo for the Enduro clan. Johnny Bankich was second with Smith limping home in third, James Conklin fourth and CJ Tinnelly completing the top five.
 
Gemstones:
 
Heat races were run off quickly as Modified heats were captured by Joe Judge, Brad Rothaupt and Danny Tyler. Sportsman heat wins were claimed by Nick Plumstead and Leo Fotopolous. Mick D'Agostino claimed the NEWS Sprint heat win. Rookie Sportsman heats went to John Brown and Jared Miller. Pure Stock heats were captured by Jay Smalley and Ray Tarantino. Fireball heat winners were Dave Donovan and Jerry Kingeter.
 
The Powder Teach group was on hand for their sponsors night and really enjoyed the show and the fine hospitality offered to them. An interview with track announcer Steve Pados highlighted the many offerings of the company and the bright future ahead for them.
 
The speedway was once again very racy top to bottom and again kudos to Gary Palmer and staff for offering up a multi-channeled facility.
 
June 13th, a Wednesday evening, will find the Accord Speedway offering up a special night for 602-Crate Sportsman racers. The event will pay $1,000.00 to the winner with $100.00 for taking the green flag. The Pure Stocks and Fireball 4-Cylinders will round out the card. Gates will open at 5 with racing kicking off at 7 PM.
 
Midweek Madness returns to the speedway after a couple of years hiatus On June 20th with many divisions on racing invited including Pit Bikes, two divisions of Slingshots, Quads, Go-Karts, Stage One Modifieds, 600 Modifieds, Mini Sprints and Mini 3-Wheelers. Pits will open at 5 with racing slated to go at 7 PM.
 
RESULTS:
 
Insinger Fuels Modifieds: Brad Rothaupt, Danny Tyler, Tommy Johnson, Rich Ricci Jr, Danny Creeden, Mike Ricci, Allison Ricci, Joe Judge, Anthony Perrego, Rich Ricci III, Jesse Marks, Eddie Burgess, Richard Smith, Nick Johnson, Ed Dachenhausen, Mark Pullen, Alyssa Cody, Jimmy Wells, Scott Ferrier, Jerry Higbie, Kyle VanDuser


Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Nick Plumstead, Chris VanDuser, Tyler Johnston, Hunter Lapp, Leo Fotopolous, Anthony Recchio, Cole Hentschel, Joe Bonetti, Matt Shultz, Mike Senecal, Alex VanPelt, Danny Morgiewicz, Ryan Stortini, RJ Smith, Mike Murphy


WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Mick D'Agostino, Jeremy Quick, Dan Malley, Corey Wood, Jordan Lawrence, Eric Jennings (DNS)


Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Ray Tarantino, Travis Brockner, Livy Johnson, Jay Smalley, Emerson Cargain Jr, Steve Williams, Amber VanOrden, Chris Kanuk, John Hechinger, James Goetchius, Rich Scott


WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Cole Stangle, Brian Durbin, Samantha Muller, Amanda Carson, Joe Coppola, Jason Armstrong, John Brown, Travis Green, Charles Loiodice, Jared Miller, Mike Travis


Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders: Jeff DeGroat, Willie DeGraw, Brandon Conklin, Ryan Heady, Jesse Torrens, Anthony Tarantino, Dave Bendell, Ken Barringer, Marisol Torrens, Ed King, Nicole Nelson, Dave Donovan, Mike Travis, Jerry Kingeter, Anthony Zecchino


Emmanuel's Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro: Dave Donovan, Johnny Bankich, Richard Smith, James Conklin, CJ Tinnelly, Ted Byron, David White
 
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 25th brings all regular divisions in action. WRWD Radio is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed with a special salute to 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


May 11th, 2018

Accord, NY-  Jimmy Wells Collects Accord Modified Gold; Danny Morgiewicz Scores In Sportsman
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
The always unpredictable weather pattern in the Northeast has kept the speedway promoters on their toes with mops in hand for the early part of the 2018 racing season. Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer have witnessed the highs and the lows of the crazy weather for the past 18 years and have weathered those storms and gales to produce some of the most highly-spirited racing action in the Northeast. Friday found the the rare occasion when the threat of a storm wasn't present in the area and the racers put on a great show last night at the speedway.  The favorable weather brought out the largest crowd of the season to enjoy a great night of entertainment. Arkel Motors was the headline sponsor for the evening of speed.(www.arkelmotors.com)
 
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 exciting seven feature race card found "Jammin" Jimmy Wells returning to the WRWD Radio Victory Lane for the first time in 2018 in the Insinger Fuels Modified division. "The Big D" Danny Morgiewicz scored his first ever win at Accord in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division finale.  Travis Brockner was fast and then some as he top-sided his way to victory in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock Division feature event. Bob Tersillo was lightning fast as he grabbed up his third win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. Charles Loiodice captured the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event. Jerry Kingeter and Richard Smith captured the pair of Emmanuels Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder events held at the speedway, after a post-race inspection led to the DQ of Jeff DeGroat. 
 
Brad Rothaupt and Ray See Jr brought the Insinger Fuels Modified starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap main grind. Rothaupt would lead the first lap before sixth starting Jimmy Wells put his Upstate Auto Wagon at the top of the staircase and assumed control of the lead. Wells, to put it bluntly, was on his own set of rails as he stretched his lead with every lap. Uncle Mike Ricci shot between a couple of cars to take over second  and Anthony Perrego broke free to fall in behind Ricci. By the halfway point Wells enjoyed more than a straightaway lead and then began to hit traffic.
 
Ricci closed the gap to within six car lengths with Perrego in tow. This night, however, belonged to Wells as he crossed under the checkered flag with room to spare and with it his first win of the season. Mike Ricci was a strong runner-up just nipping Anthony Perrego who finished third. Danny Creeden came on strong from eleventh to finish fourth and Tommy Johnson ran an exceptional event to claim fifth. Brad Rothaupt headed up the second five with Danny Tyler, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen and Eddie Burgess 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. It would be the youngster Ryan McCartney jumping into the lead at the start and he would lead through the first six laps. Danny Morgiewicz took over the lead on a restart on lap seven and a couple of laps later reigning track champion Kyle Rohner would begin an all out assault for the top spot. Lap after lap the duo battled it out with Morgiewicz controlling the top line and Rohner digging for all he was worth from the baseline. Rohner would pull even at times but Morgiewicz had that little extra to hold off Rohner. The event became an immediate classic as two talented drivers duked it out for the win. Morgiewicz would not be denied as he edged Rohner for his first ever win at Accord. Rohner was second with Nick Plumstead third, Matt Shultz fourth and Jamie Yannone completing the top five. Tyler Johnston headed up the second five with Hunter Lapp, Leo Fotopolous, Ryan McCartney and Chris VanDuser completing the top ten.
 
"The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino jumped out front in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car division twenty lap main and the rookie sprint driver appeared headed to victory. On lap-18 D'Agostino slid up over the cushion and allowed Bobby Tersillo and Eric Jennings to get by. Tersillo would lead the final two laps to claim his third straight win for the season. Jennings was second with the disappointed D'Agostino third Jordan Lawrence fourth and the returning Don Smith fifth. Dan Malley and Mark Conolly followed.
 
The Upstate Auto Pure Stock main event began with Travis Brockner grabbing the lead at the start with Ray Tarantino sliding into second and it set-up another great feature attraction. Brockner was fast on the top of the raceway and Tarantino kept hounding him lap after lap for the top spot. Brockner never waivered as he led all of the way to claim his first feature win of the season. Tarantino was the runner-up with Livy Johnson giving her Tom's Repair Shop hot rod a good work out with a third place run. Steve Williams and John Hechinger completed the top five. Steady Jay Smalley, opening night winner Emerson Cargain Jr, Chris Kanuk, newcomer Amber VanOrden and Bob Sleight completed the top ten.
 
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature became a shortened event at fourteen laps due to time restraints but the racing was good throughout. Cole Stangle led the first lap and then gave way to Jared Miller. Miller would lead through lap seven when Stangle regained control of the lead. Slower traffic found the leaders trying to figure out the best way around them but Charles Loiodice found the upper reaches of the speedway open and he placed his car there and came out of turn four as the race leader. A caution on lap fourteen ended the event with Loiodice winning his first ever at the speedway with Stangle in the runner-up role and Travis Green finishing third. Jeff Higham and Joe Coppola completed the top five. Newcomer Jason Armstrong, Mike Travis, Jared Miller, Amanda Carson and Jamie Doolan finished up the top ten.
 
The Fireball 4-Cylinders first event was the held over event from a week ago. Willie DeGraw led the first two laps before yielding to Jeff DeGroat. DeGroat raced through the field with ease and won over Richard Smith, DeGraw, Ken Barringer and Anthony Tarantino. Post-Race Inspection led to the DQ of DeGroat, making Richard Smoth the winner by default.
 
The second event for the Fireballers found pretty much the same scenario as this time it would be Gary Quick leading the first two laps before DeGroat took over. DeGroat would go on to his win of the evening with Jerry Kingeter second, while Richard Smith, Ryan Heady and Gary Quick completed the top five. Post-Race Inspection led to the DQ of DeGroat, making Jerry Kingeter the winner by default.
 
Gemstones:
 

Heat winners for the evening included Andrew Davis and Bobby Tersillo in the Sprint heats. Travis Brockner and Ray Tarantino scored wins in the Pure Stock division. The Sportsman ranks found Harry Baldwin, Nick Plumstead and Hunter Lapp scoring victories. Enjoying wins in the Modified heats were Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge and Tommy Johnson. Rookie heats went to Cole Stangle, Charles Loiodice and Travis Green  Two heats were needed for the Fireballers and Jerry Kingeter and Jeff DeGroat were the winners.
 
New cars on hand included Kurt Hundeland, Jessie Marks and Mark Pullen in the Modifieds. Collin DuBois and Mike Murphy made their first starts of the season in the Sportsman. Don Smith and Rich Mellor were nice additions to the Sprint Car Ranks. Johnny Miracle, Curt Ayers and James Goetchius were first timers in the Pure Stocks. Jason Armstrong, Jamie Doolan, Keith Johannesen and Billy Fiske new new additions to the Rookies.
 
Bob Sleight and Steve Williams traded cars for the evening.
 
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.
 
Grandma Anne's fresh pies made it back to victory lane as all winners received some goodness for their quest for victory lane.
 
 
RESULTS:
 
Insinger Fuels Modifieds: 
Jimmy Wells, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Tommy Johnson, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Tyler, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Eddie Burgess, Joe Judge, Kyle VanDuser, Randy Green, Alyssa Cody, Kurt Hundeland, Ray See Jr, Mark Pullen, Nick Johnson, Jerry Higbie. (DNS) Scott Ferrier, Ken Ferrier, Rich Ricci III, Rich Ricci Jr, Jessie Marks
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: 
Danny Morgiewicz, Kyle Rohner, Nick Plumstead, Mayy Shultz, Jamie Yannone, Tyler Johnston, Hunter Lapp, Leo Fotopolous, Ryan McCartney, Chris VanDuser, Harry Baldwin, Collin DuBois, Mike Senecal, Shane Henion, Michael Murphy, Chris Stevens, Alex VanPelt, Jimmy Devitt, Anthony Recchio
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: 
Bob Tersillo, Eric Jennings, Mick D'Agostino, Jordan Lawrence, Don Smith Jr, Dan Malley, Mark Conolly, Rich Mellor, Andrew Davis
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: 
Travis Brockner, Ray Tarantino, Livy Johnson, Steve Williams, John Hechinger, Jay Smalley, Emerson Cargain Jr, Chris Kanuk, Amber VanOrden, Bob Sleight, Johnny Miracle, Austin Smith, Curt Ayers, Rich Scott, James Goetchius
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: 
Charles Loiodice, Cole Stangle, Travis Green, Jeff Higham, Joe Coppola, Jason Armstrong, Mike Travis, Jared Miller, Amanda Carson, Jamie Doolan, Erin Paulison, Keith Johannesen, Robbie Colburne, John Brown, Brian Durbin, Fred Smith, Billy Fiske
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders:
Jerry Kingeter, Richard Smith, Ryan Heady, Gary Quick, Brandon Conklin, Nikolas Curry, Ken Barringer, Jesse Torrens, Anthony Tarantino, Ed King, Marisol Torrens, Samsara Torrens, Willie DeGraw, Anthony Zecchino TECH DQ: Jeff DeGroat
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders:
(Heldover from May 4th) Richard Smith, Willie DeGraw, Kenn Barringer, Anthony Tarantino, Ryan Heady, Brandon Conklin, Gary Quick, Jerry Kingeter TECH DQ: Jeff DeGroat
 
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 18th brings all regular divisions in action. PowderTech is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed. The initial Enduro Event in 2018 will take place on the 18th 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.
At the Accord Speedway............................................
 
A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR



May 4th, 2018

Accord, NY- Bachetti Overhauls VanDuser To Capture Exciting Accord Speedway Modified Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
 
What a difference a week makes as the cold weather might have gone to sleep for now and spring has finally sprung in New York State. Friday evening brought eighty degree weather to the Catskills but it also brought some of that rain stuff the racers and promoters dread. A rainstorm blew in and halted the action for over an hour but Promoter Gary Palmer was relentless as he and with the help of a caravan of race cars whipped the speedway back into shape and along with it produced another great night of racing. A couple of divisions did not get their features in and those races will be added on as time permits. The racing action was sponsored by  Rapid Tire Service located in Montgomery, New York. (www.rapidtireservice.com)
 
Capturing wins on Friday at the speedway were "The Wild Child" Andy Bachetti in the Insinger Fuels Modifieds as he overhauled young Kyle VanDuser to capture the victory. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio picked up his first win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman. Bob Tersillo celebrated his second win succession on his sponsor's night in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars, and Brian Durbin captured his first win in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman. Mike Houghtaling took the road less traveled to come away the winner in the Northeast Vintage Modifieds as he nipped Darrell Hulbert to win yet another event at the speedway. 
 
"Tommy Gun" Tommy Johnson and "The Concrete Kid" Kyle VanDuser brought the starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30-lap Modified headliner. VanDuser wasted no time in blasting to the front of the pack with Johnson and Anthony Perrego in hot pursuit. VanDuser was blasting off of the top of the raceway like a man possessed as he led the field lap after lap. Back in the field their were numerous battles for position and real estate but Andy Bachetti came a calling after starting from fourteenth position. Rich Ricci Jr hustled hard from tenth position and everyone on hand knew this was going to be a show-stopper to the finish.  "Iron" Mike Ricci pulled up lame on turn two in lap ten bringing out the caution.
 
On the restart VanDuser glued himself back up to the top of the raceway and once again forged out front. He held the top spot when another caution for the disabled racer of Nick Johnson on lap-22. The restart had VanDuser back in control but with many drivers chasing him with their eyes on the prize. Ed Dachenhausen would break on lap-25. On the restart Bachetti tested low and then high and was able to drive by VanDuser on lap-27 and go on and capture the win. VanDuser ran a great race and was the runner-up with Perrego steady in third place Danny Creeden charging hard late to grab up fourth and Rich Ricci Jr finishing up the top five. The second five were Jerry Higbie, Randy Green from 13th, Scott Ferrier, Jimmy Wells who drove back through the filed after an earlier altercation and Richard Smith.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature headliner was a time-shortened event with Anthony Recchio leading all laps to capture his first win in the regular Sportsman division and doing it with a 2001 minted Bicknell race car. Recchio was in command all of the way. Tyler Johnston was the runner-up and he was getting stronger with each passing lap. Matt Shultz was third with Cole Hentschel fourth and Kevin Stevens rounding out the top five.   The second five was headed up by Daniel Morgiewicz with Hunter Lapp, Leo Fotopolous, Chris VanDuser and Tony Kowalchuk completing the top ten.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Bobby Tersillo up to the task once again as he grabbed up the lead on the opening lap and cruised to his second straight win at the speedway. Corey Wood was the runner-up in a strong outing with Mick D'Agostino in third, followed by Eric Jennings, Jeremy Quick, Heidi Hedin and Mark Connolly.
 
The WRWD Rookie Sportsman field was a good one and even though the event became time shortened the action was good throughout the pack. Winning his first ever Accord feature was Brian Durbin as he grabbed the lead in turn one and held the field at bay throughout the duration of the event. Charlie Loiodice was the runner-up with Travis Green, Joe Coppola and Mike Travis completing the top five. Samantha Muller recovered from an earlier spin and headed up the second five with Robbie Colburne, Amanda Carson, Fred Smith and Erin Paulison completing the top ten.
 
Darrell Hulbert lead the entire Vintage Modified race except for the final two turns as Mike Houghtaling saw Hulbert try to go underneath a slower car in turn three and Houghtaling decided to go high and the travel-line brought Houghtaling another Accord Speedway win. Hulbert was the runner-up with Ray See Sr, Mike Brown and Bob Harless finishing up the top five..
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Heat winners for the evening event included Matt Shultz, Anthony Recchio and Nick Plumstead in the Sportsman division. Pure Stock heats were won by Ray Tarantino and Travis Brockner. Three heats were needed to set the field for the Modified division with Richie Eurich, Kyle VanDuser and Jimmy Wells claiming wins. Bob Tersillo captured the lone heat in sprint car action that saw Jeremy Quick take a wild ride after hopping a wheel. Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Jared Miller and Brian Durbin.
Preliminary Fireball heats were claimed by Jeff DeGroat, Jerry Kingeter and Dave Donovan.
 
The speedway itself was in spectacular condition both times as Promoter Gary Palmer spent the entire week in working his magic grooming the multi-channeled raceway that saw three and four wide action throughout the evening of events.
 
Jim and Ginnie Douglas are celebrating their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations to the happy couple.
 
Best wishes go out to Kurt Cross as he will have knee surgery this coming Tuesday.
 
It was nice to see Former Miss Accord Speedway Erica Decker in attendance and she informed us she is planning her wedding coming up shortly.
 
Jim Silinski was also on hand. Jim is the orchestrator of the First Responders Night at the speedway.
 
Uncle Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio also was on hand for the event.
 
Randy Filipowski handled the flags for the evening.
 
RESULTS:
 
Insinger Modifieds:
Andy Bachetti, Kyle Van Duser, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Jerry Higbie, Randy Green, Scott Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Richard Smith, Kenny Ferrier, Joe Judge, Rich Ricci III, Danny Tyler, Ed Dachenhausen, Tommy Johnson, Nick Johnson, Mike Ricci, Alissa Cody, Rich Eurich, Brian Malcolm (DNS), Ray See Jr (DNS), Brad Rothaupt (DNS)
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman:
Anthony Recchio, Tyler Johnston, Matt Shultz, Cole Hentschel, Kevin Stevens, Daniel Morgiewicz, Hunter Lapp, Leo Fotopolous, Chris VanDuser, Tony Kowalchuk, Mike Senecal, Jimmy Devitt, Alex VanPelt, Robbie Knipe, Jamie Yanonne, Ryan McCartney, Nick Plumstead, Kyle Rohner, Harry Baldwin (DNS), Ryan Stortini (DNS)
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars:
Bob Tersillo, Corey Wood, Mick D'Agostino, Eric Jennings, Jeremy Quick, Heidi Hedin, Mark Conolly, Andrew Davis
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks:
Postponed to a later date
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman:
Brian Durbin, Charles Loiodice, Travis Green, Joe Coppola, Mike Travis, Samantha Muller, Robbie Colburne, Amanda Carson, Fred Smith, Erin Paulison, John Brown, Jared Miller, Cole Stangle, Kenny Ryder, Michael Corbin
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders:
Postponed to a later date
 
Northeast Vintage Modifieds:
Mike Houghtaling, Darrell Hulbert, Ray See Sr, Mike Brown, Bob Harless
 
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 11th brings in all regular divisions in action and Arkel Motors will be the headline sponsor for the evening of speed.
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
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April 20th, 2018

Accord, NY-  "Prime Time" Scott  Ferrier Sizzles To A Frigid Opening Night Accord Speedway Modified Win
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
The Catskills Mountains of New York State sprung back to life Friday evening as the the high pitched sounds of race cars and the mighty cheering from a grandstand full of happy fans opened up the Accord Speedway for the 2018 racing season. Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer ushered in the long-awaited season opener at their pristine racing facility located in the area once known as the "Borscht Belt." The speedway opened last evening to a great cast of familiar and new driving stars and they offered high speed action with daredevil skills on a race track like no other found on the entire East Coast today. The great opening night crowd witnessed six race divisions on a day that found the weather somewhat warm in the afternoon and quickly going frigid as the evening progressed. The racing action was sponsored by Fast Signs of Kingston, New York: www.fastsigns.com
 
Capturing the exciting opening night wins at the speedway were "Prime Time" Scott Ferrier in the Insinger Fuels Modifieds, "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner in the Arkel Motors Sportsman, Emerson Cargain Jr in the Upstate Auto Pure Stocks, Bobby Tersillo in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars, Kenny Ryder in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman and Jeff DeGroat in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders.
 
Joey Grammes and Danny Creeden brought the 23-car starting field to the green flag for the start of the 30-lap Modified headliner. Creeden wasted no time in blasting to the front of the pack with Joey Grammes and Scott  Ferrier in hot pursuit. A restart found Scott Ferrier blasting off of the top of the raceway like a man possessed as he quickly scampered away from the field. With Ferrier putting on a clinic, the racing action was hot and heavy behind him as the quality field of talent jockeyed for their own slice of real estate. Anthony Perrego moved through the pack in a challenging position only to find his hot rod catch on fire and he quickly shut down the racer.
 
On the restart, Ferrier once again showed his tail pipes to the rest of the field only to seemingly slow a bit during the final ten laps allowing Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Jerry Higbie and Mike Ricci to close the distance but  would cross the finish line in that order. Local ace "Little Richard" Smith was sixth from 15th, and the remainder of the top ten included Jimmy Wells, invader Andy Bachetti, reigning champion Danny Tyler and Brian Malcolm.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature headliner found a very quick Tony Kowalchuk establishing the point for the first 13-laps. A restart brought the field together and on the restart Kyle Rohner drove by Kowalchuk from the top of the raceway. A lap-20 caution placed Kowalchuk back to the front as officials decided Rohner had jumped the prior start. On the ensuing restart, Rohner went to work and grabbed the lead as the two combatants hit turn three. Rohner led the remainder of the way to grab the win with Kowalchuk in the runner-up role. Leo Fotopolous was third in a great run with Tyler Johnston and Hunter Lapp completing the top five as the pair battled throughout the event. Daniel Morgiewicz headed up the second five with Mike Senecal, Kevin Stevens, Cole Hentschel and Nick Plumstead completing the top ten.
 
Emerson Cargain Jr led all laps to triumph in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature race. While Sleight led all of the laps, Steve Williams kept it interesting throughout the event as he challenged for most of the event along with former track champion Bob Sleight. Williams was the runner-up with Sleight third, Livy Johnson fourth and John Hechinger fifth.
 
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars found Bobby Tersillo leading all of the way to capture the win. Newcomer Mick D'Agostino pushed Tersillo the entire distance but couldn't find the sweet spot of the raceway to get by.
Keystone State star Heidi Hedin finished third while another newcomer Dan Malley was fourth.
 
The WRWD Rookie Sportsman field was a good one and even though the attrition rate was a bit high at the opening night event, there is a good deal of talented future stars within the group. The night belonged Kenny Ryder as he led all laps to capture his first ever win at Accord. Travis Green was in for the runner-up slot while Samantha Muller was third in her debut into the full size car ranks. John Brown and Fred Smith completed the top five. Erin Paulison, Michael Corbin, Joseph Coppola, Cole Stangle and Brian Durbin completed the top ten.
 
A familiar face graced victory lane in the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder initial showdown. Jeff DeGroat, a mainstay in the Enduro ranks, led from start to finish in his rice rocket with another four cylinder veteran Jerry Kingeter slipping past Dave Donovan for runner-up honors. Donovan, Ryan Heady and Jesse Torrens completed the top five. Brandon Conklin, Gary Quick, Ken Barringer, Sean Quinn and Wikkie DeGraw completed the top ten.
 
GEMSTONES:
 
Heat winners for the opening night event included Tony Kowlachuk, Hunter Lapp and Leo Fotopolous in the Sportsman division. Pure Stock heats were won by Emerson Cargain Jr and Steve Williams. Three heats were needed to set the field for the Modified division with Joey Grammes, Danny Creeden and Jerry Higbie claiming wins while the consolation win went to Brian Malcolm. Mick D'Agostino captured the lone heat in sprint car action. Rookie Sportsman heats were claimed by Cole Stangle and Samantha Muller. Fireball Heats were claimed by Jeff DeGroat and Dave Donovan.
 
The start of the event was delayed for a few minutes to allow the crowd a chance to find their way to their seats in a solid opening night event for the speedway and the Palmer Family. The Palmer Family is celebrating their eighteenth anniversary as the owners and promoters of the Accord facility.
 
The speedway itself was in spectacular condition as Promoter Gary Palmer spent the entire week in working his magic on the multi-channeled raceway that saw three and four wide action throughout the evening of events. All of the drivers offered their praises for the well groomed facility.
 
Many new cars and paint schemes were the order of the day for the pit area that bustled all evening long. "Jammin" Jimmy Wells opened his season sporting new sponsorship from Upstate Auto and celebrating a birthday. Joey Grammes, Butch Getz and Tyler Boniface were new additions to the Modified field. D'Agostino, Dan Malley, Jordan Lawrence and Mark Connoly were new faces for the sprint division.  
 
The new Town Supervisor in Rochester Mike Baden was on hand for the action, interviewed with Steve Pados and truly enjoyed his night at the speedway. Uncle Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio was on hand and had the decked out WRWD Truck taking a few laps. The Upstate Auto pace truck had Randy Filipowski at the controls
 
Ronda and Gary Phillips, who play such an important part in the success of the Dirt Track Heroes Show, came up from Phillipsburg, New Jersey to cheer on their favorite driver Kyle Rohner.
 
A moment of silence was held for Former first lady Barbara Bush as well as former Accord and Olive Bridge racer Barry Dolan.
 
RESULTS:
 
Insinger Fuels Modifieds: Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Jerry Higbie, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith, Jimmy Wells, Andy Bachetti, Danny Tyler, Brian Malcolm, Ray See Jr, Tyler Boniface, Joe Judge, Brad Rothaupt, Kenny Ferrier, Ed Dachenhausen, Rich Ricci III, Butch Getz, Richie Eurich, Anthony Perrego, Joey Grammes, Kyle VanDuser, Tommy Johnson, Eddie Burgess, Alissa Cody, Brian Krummel
 
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Tony Kowalchuk, Leo Fotopolous, Tyler Johnston, Hunter Lapp, Daniel Morgiewicz, Mike Senecal, Kevin Stevens, Cole Hentschel, Nick Plumstead, Harry Baldwin, Ryan McCartney, Chris VanDuser, Alex VanPelt, Jimmy Devitt, Robbie Knipe, Shane Henion, Anthony Recchio, RJ Smith, Matt Shultz
 
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Bob Tersillo, Mick D'Agostino, Heidi Hedin, Dan Malley, Mark Connoly, Jordan Lawrence, Andrew Davis
 
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Emerson Cargain, Steve Williams, Bob Sleight, Livy Johnson, John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino
 
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Kenny Ryder, Travis Green, Samantha Muller, John Brown, Fred Smith, Erin Paulison, Michael Corbin, Joseph Coppola, Cole Stangle, Brian Durbin, Charles Loiodice, Kyle Schwartz, Amanda Carson, Jeff Higham, Jared Miller
 
Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinders: Jeff DeGroat, Jerry Kingeter, Dave Donovan, Ryan Heady, Jesse Torrens, Brandon Conklin, Gary Quick, Ken Barringer, Sean Quinn, Wikkie DeGraw, Nicole Nelson, Anthony Tarantino, Samantha Torres, Marisol Torrens, George Barringer, Mike Travis
 
Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the starting time: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)
 
Special event shows do have an increase in admission.
 
April 27th has all regular divisions at the speedway in action. Mombaccus Excavating and Stone is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed.
 
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
At the Accord Speedway............................................
 
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Accord, NY - Accord Speedway Honors 2017 Champions And Place Winners At Annual Awards Banquet 
By Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

 
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer welcomed in a crowd of 200 members of the racing fraternity on Sunday evening as they hosted their seventeenth annual Accord Speedway Banquet and Awards ceremony. The banquet took place at the Hudson Valley Resort just a few miles away from the speedway in Accord, New York. The Palmer family completed another successful racing season at their pristine and exciting quarter mile speedplant nestled within the valleys of the Catskill Mountains. Although Mother Nature presented some problems along the way in 2017, the racing season proved to be both exciting and intense as a few of the championship titles came down to the final night of points at the speedway.
 
After a joyous and fun-filled cocktail hour, sumptuous dinner and dessert, the evening's emcee and track announcer Steve Pados and his assistant Tim Adams took to the stage to begin the awards presentations. Division by division was announced as spectacular hardware and awards were handed out to all of the speedway's champions and attending place finishers. The Champions also received championship jackets.
 
The Friday night headline division presentations quickly followed. Beginning with the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot division, driving talent "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason picked up the championship hardware after riding high on the strength of an eight win season. Jayden Sleight picked up third place honors and also scored his wins at the speedway in 2017. In the hotly contested Upstate Auto sponsored Pure Stock division, Travis Brockner captured the championship title highlighted by a two win season and capturing the title on the final night of the season in the highly competitive affordable division at the speedway. Also honored were high place winners Ray Tarantino, Steve Williams, John Hechinger, Bob Sleight Jr, Chris Kanuk and Austin Smith.
 
The Arkel Motors Sportsman title found "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner returning to the speedway and capturing his third championship at the Accord facility. Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel and Matt Shultz also picked up their hardware for a season well done.
 
In the United Pump and Tank Modified division, "Showtime" Danny Tyler emerged as the champion, his first ever Modified title at the speedway. Tyler was a three time winner during the season which included capturing his ever "King of the Catskills" victory. "The DC Express" Danny Creeden, Richard Smith, Scott Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Jesse Marks, Joe Judge and Kenny Ferrier were recognized as place winners in the division.
 
Former speedway Quad Champ, "The High Side Hustler" Eric Jennings became the third champion in the still relatively new WRWD RAdio Sprint Car division at the speedway. Jennings scored five wins during the season. Bob Tersillo, Doylestown, Pennsylvania hot shoe Heidi Hedin and Branden Gates were also honored.
 
Many special honors were also handed out during the evening. The top Crew Chiefs were honored and the winners included Bubba in the Modifieds, Bobby Hentschel in the Sportsman and Laurie Brockner in the Pure Stocks. Most Improved Driver Awards went to Tyler Johnston in the Sportsman and Richard Smith in the Modifieds. Rookie of the Year Awards were given to Bob Tersillo, Cole Hentschel and Jimmy Wells.
 
Jim Silinski was honored for his tremendous organization of the spectacular First Responders Night at the speedway in 2017. Special Tribute Awards were given to the Tyler Family and the Hedin Family. Frank Bush and Jim Douglas were honored for their great work in bringing the firdst Accord Drivers reunion to fruition. Donnie Fredericks and Butch Rougier were honored for their fine work as the speedway safety crew. Benny Campbell was honored for his great tech work. "Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio was honored for his dedication to racing. Employee of the Year honors were given to Wayne Kershaw.
 
Special Appreciation awards were given to Miss Accord Speedway Michelle Campbell as she was honored for her work at the speedway. Ton Czaban was honored for his track videography work at Accord. Tim Adams was honored for his work behind the mike and in victory lane. Announcer and Media Man Steve Pados was honored for his long-standing service to the speedway and for keeping the fans well informed with his lively banter over the course of the racing season.  A Special Dedication To Racing Award was bestowed upon race director Dave Rocket and his wife Joanne. A special dedication award was also given to "The Godfather" Marty Dibble. AARN writer Bill Utter was honored for his journalism work at the speedway. RJ Smith was honored by the Palmer Family for his dedication to racing.
 
Early practice sessions will open the speedway in 2017 with April 6th and April 13th practice time on tap for the drivers in all divisions to prepare for the 2017 season. April 20st will find the Palmer Family opening the speedway gates for their 18th season at Accord. For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log-on to the their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478. At the Accord Speedway............................................
 
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1/25/2018

Accord, NY- : "Jammin" Jimmy Wells Set For Run For At Accord Speedway Modified Title
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media


The winter months are the time of the year when the race drivers and owners have a short window of opportunity to prepare for a new season of competition and seek out new sponsorship for the grueling summer months ahead. Coming off of a very solid 2017 racing season, New Paltz, New York driving star Jimmy Wells feels he has covered the bases as he prepares for the new season in racing. Wells, who earned the nickname "Jammin Jimmy" from his late father, is confident and feels well prepared to make a solid run at the 2018 Modified title at the Accord Speedway.

Wells certainly knows his way around the Accord real estate as he is a past champion at Accord, dominating the racing action in the Sportsman division in 2016 to the tune of ten victories and running away with the track title. Wells used the championship season as a launching pad into the Modified ranks for 2017. Wells came away with a very respectable season at Accord as he did battle with an extremely tough field of Modified entrants to come home in sixth place in the final point tallies while charging hard to a couple of feature wins during the campaign. Wells, while proud of his achievements in 2017, feels he can do better and has set as his goal the 2018 Modified title.

While refurbishing his equipment for the new season ahead, Wells landed additional sponsorship help from Upstate Auto in Germantown, New York. Upstate owner Marty Dibble has been a sponsor at Accord for some years now and is happy to jump on board to assist Wells in his quest for his next title.
In talking with Marty he explained, "I have followed Jimmy's racing career for some time and he always gets the most out of his equipment. When he came to me and inquired about receiving some help for his racing endeavors, I felt that with the help I can give him and some good old-fashioned racing luck, Jimmy has a legitimate shot at reaching his goals." Wells also points out that family and friends have helped him continue is racing even at a time when he felt he might have to stop pursuing his goals. Wells credits his Uncle Mike Ricci for his great mentoring in teaching him the ins and outs of the racing game, Ricci himself being a multi-time champion at the Accord facility.

Wells will go to battle at Accord with a HigFab Chassied race car. While he raced in the past with a PMC race car, Wells explained the HigFab car suits him and his driving style to a T. Wells and crew assemble their own racing engines with additional help coming form Rich Bunora. Sponsorship on the race car comes from RYCOR HVAC, Direct Fleet Services, Antonio's Pizza, the Arc of Ulster Greene, True Life Taxidermy and the aforementioned Upstate Auto whose phone number is: 518-537-2277.

Wells began his racing career at the age of four on flat track motorcycles. Racing around the country in local, regional and national events, Wells captured many wins and track championships through his early years. A bad wreck in 2007 at Volusia Speedway in Florida put Wells out of commission for an extended period of time with a broken neck and back. After a long period of rehabilitation Wells went back to the flat tracks and a few more injuries followed along with the wins. Finally his Father said enough is enough and purchased a sportsman car for him to race. His Father passed away a few weeks after the purchase of the car but his spirit is always with "Jammin Jimmy" whenever he takes to the speedway.

"Jammin" Jimmy Wells has always set the bar high for his racing endeavors. He has shown he has what it takes to continue in his transition to the top in racing and with family and friends and lady luck behind him each step of the way, all of us will continue to read about his rising star for many seasons to come.

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

The 2018 racing schedule at Accord is now online although there is some additional events still in the planning stages.

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their Facebook page or their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845-626-1142.

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