By STEVE PADOS
ACCORD, NY – Even though Mother Nature played a huge part in limiting the number of races, the Accord Speedway is coming off another successful season of racing. Five division champions were named for the 2017 racing season and a spectacular patriotic intermission tribute absolutely rocked the house last Friday evening. With no time to spare, the Accord Speedway management team is now working at warp speed in preparing for the biggest event of the season at the speedway. Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer and staff are burning the midnight oil and working hard to greet the fans and all of the the participants who will be working their magic on the Accord clay. The highly anticipated evening of racing excitement and the expected huge crowd will have the opportunity to see many of their favorite stars in action on the pristine, semi-banked quarter mile speedplant on September 15th when the speedway plays host to the mighty King of the Catskills event. Gary Palmer will attend to his rigorous duties with an all-out effort in giving the combatants a moist and tacky track surface they can race from wall to wall throughout the evening. The action on the speedway will be brisk and it will be thrill a second when the King of the Catskills event is unleashed. Donna Palmer and her staff will work their magic with great attention to detail from ticket sales to the food concessions as the well noted kitchen at Accord has been serving up great cuisine all season long. The weekend of racing excitement is sponsored by Bruce Insinger and his Insinger Fuel and Performance Team.
The Friday night show in 2017 will bring in three divisions of hot rod racers to try their hand at winning some high paying dollars on the quarter mile, clay cushioned speedway. The evening will bring in the King of the Catskills 60-lap event Modified event paying $5,000.00 to the first driver under the checkered flag at the end of 60 laps of the hard driving excitement. If a driver qualifies for the feature he is guaranteed $300.00 to start.
Accord Speedway offers some great in-house driving talent as the newly crowned United Pump and Tank track champion, “Showtime” Danny Tyler will defend the home turf as the 2017 speedway champion. Tyler enjoyed a great season in 2017 with two wins behind the wheel of the family owned potent Doug Tyler & Son/Chief Enterprises sponsored hot rod and was consistent all season long to earn his first Modified speedway title. “The DC Express” Danny Creeden captured the final points feature event to give him three wins on the year as he finished runner-up in the points chase and served notice he is prepped and ready for this week’s event. “Little” Richard Smith captured one win during the season and enjoyed his best season at the speedway with a strong third place at the title. “Primetime” Scott Ferrier went winless during the season but great finishes landed him fourth in points and no one can count out “Jammin” Jimmy Wells as the 2016 Sportsman Champion transitioned into the Modifieds and captured two wins while nailing down a fifth place in the final points tally.
“The Marksman” Jesse Marks was sixth in points while “Gentleman” Ed Dachenhausen captured one win and finished seventh in points. “Double J” Joe Judge had a fast hot rod during the last half of the season and vaulted into eighth place in points. “The Legend” Richie Eurich finished ninth in points even though he missed a few weeks and has continuously shown he still has plenty of moxie and talent to win races. Rounding out the top ten in points was the “KF Flier” Kenny Ferrier as eve though he suffered through some tough luck during the season still managed to finish in the top ten.
The defending champion of the King of the Catskills event is none other than “The Chairman of the Board” Rich Ricci Jr. Ricci has earned eleven track title at Accord and even though he took some time off during the season, when the big money is on the line count on Rich Ricci to be there.
“Iron” Mike Ricci also took some time off in 2017 to assist his Nephew Jimmy Wells. Mike is a master of the short track real estate and will be well prepared for the King of the Catskills headliner, an event he has captured in the past.
The Modified roster at Accord is very diverse with lots of talent throughout the ranks with names such as “The Rhinebeck Rocket” Brad Rothaupt, Kyle VanDuser, former Sportsman champion Kevin Ward, Eddie Burgess, Tommy Johnson, Alissa Cody and Mark Pullen. Many others will be showcased as they do their best earn their way into the starting feature line-up and looking for the $5,000.00 pot of gold in the WRWD Radio Victory Lane.
Brian Krummel captured the opening night victory at Accord and is expected to return, while former two-time track champion “The Wild Child” Andy Bachetti captured one win while finishing runner-up in another and is expected back for the event and is a one time winner of the KotC event. “The Statesman” Jerry Higbie also picked up a win in limited appearances and is a three time champion at Accord and former winner of the KotC event. The 2016 Speedway Champion, “The Montgomery Missile” Anthony Perrego also picked up a win in limited appearances at Accord this season.
The Arkel Motors Sportsman will be in action and pointing towards a $1,500.00 prize as the speedway offers a memorial event to one of the truly good guys in racing, Joe Giachinta. Joe lost his life last year in an industrial accident after the season ended but was instrumental in assisting the Accord Speedway with his innovative Redi Rock International concrete blocks that make up the speedway retaining barriers from turn three all of the way into turn one. Joe competed at Accord since 2003 and his missing name on the driving roster is heart breaking to everyone who knew him. Joe assisted with the career of “Jumpin” John McGill and followed up by helping Sportsman racer Brandon McGill and Junior Slingshot racer Jake Mason.
The new crowned Sportsman track champion “The Bushkill Bullet” Kyle Rohner will head up a top flight contingent of drivers seeking to pull off the big win. Rohner earned four wins during the season in his Advanced Concrete sponsored racer to earn his third track title at Accord. Plenty of competition will arrive to try to work their magic out on the speedway as runner-up in the points chase Tony Kowalchuk earned two wins during the season and was in contention for the title until the final event. Former National Junior Slingshot Champion, “The Tornado” Tyler Johnston, has been strong all season long and an emerging star at the speedway. “Kid Ice” Cole Hentschel earned a win late in the season and has really stepped up his game and will be a contender on Friday. “The Otisville Outlaw” Corey Cormier captured two wins during the season and a threat to win any event. Additional drivers looking to climb the pedestal on Friday include Matt Shultz, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Brandon McGill, Rich Ricci III, Dave Demorest, Jamie Yannone, Leo Fotopolous, Mike Senecal, Anthony Recchio and the recent return of “The Kingston Cruiser” Greg McCloskey.
The thrill a second Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro gang will also be a part of the race card. One hundred laps of racing on the Accord clay will determine the winner of the $2,000.00 prize offered up by the speedway. There have been five events in 2017 with Johnny Bankich winning the opener and then Dave Donovan captured the next four events. Gene Helms has been a steady runner all season long and may be the spoiler in the long distance event.
Racing is on tap every Friday night from April through September. The King of the Catskills event is this week for the speedway on Friday evening, September 15th. Pit Gates will open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps are at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission at the gate for the spectacular show is Adults $24.00 Seniors $22.00 (12+) Children $5.00 (11+ under) Reserved Indoor Seating $30.00; Reserved Outdoor Seating $26.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Food Vouchers for $68.00 (a savings of $10.00)
The always spectacular King of the Catskills weekend lands on Friday evening at the speedway. The date is September 15th with a rain date in place for September 22nd. The multi-division show will feature the United Pump and Tank Modifieds in a 60 lap feature attraction with $5,000.00 on the line for the winner and presented by Insinger Fuel and Performance. The Joe Giachinta Memorial for the Sportsman division will offer a $1,500.00 to win prize and the Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduros will duke it out for $2,000.00 for the winner. More information will follow.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their very well documented website at: http://.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.