By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The Ulster County weather was warm and breezy although there still remained a threat of rain in the air. The Accord Speedway was in top form and a solid roster of drivers and a standing room only crowd proved to be a win/win for Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer to host their annual King of the Catskills event at the speedway. Working right up until race time, Gary Palmer had the pristine quarter mile clay speedplant in impeccable condition and the attention to detail enabled the solid field of Modified and Sportsman competitors to race wall to wall throughout the evening of racing events. The evening of speed was headlined by sponsor Bruce Insinger and his Insinger Fuel Team. Check them out on the web at: www.insingerperformance.com
When all was said and done, Modified short track specialist “Showtime” Danny Tyler jumped on the talented Modified field at the drop of the green flag and never looked back as he dominated the racing action in a wire to wire triumph at the speedway. The win for Tyler was his first King of the Catskills triumph and Tyler walked away with the $5,000.00 prize that went along with it. In the Arkel Motors Sportsman Joe Giachinta Memorial 30-lap shootout, “The Bushkill Bullet” Kyle Rohner dominated the event to capture the win and the $1,500.00 pay day that awaited him in the WRWD Radio Victory Lane. In the Nightcap for the Emmanuel’s Marketplace Fireball Cylinder Enduros, Johnny Bankich led and then he didn’t, but he continued to challenge and was able to overcome all foes to go on and win his second Enduro event of the season and with the win walk away with a hefty haul of money.
Twenty-four Modifieds took off in a run for the roses in the King of the Catskills headliner with Danny Tyler wasting no time to blast out into the lead. Danny Creeden followed and stayed close to Tyler early in the event. A few early skirmishes dropped some quality talent from the field as Anthony Perrego, Mike Ricci and Richie Eurich were some of the early casualties. On each restart Tyler was able to get the great starts as he glued himself to the top of the stairs while Creeden was doing some solid work from the baseline.
Things were beginning to heat up as the two Dannys were up to the task to lead the way. From tenth starting spot came Scott Ferrier as he silently placed himself in contention. From 15th starting spot came former three time Accord Speedway Champion “The Statesman” Jerry Higbie. Higbie worked high and low to move in behind Tyler, Creeden and Ferrier.
As the laps clicked off, Tyler was able to separate himself a bit from the field but a jingle here and there slowed the speedway action. On the restarts Tyler was flawless and was able to click off some 13.1 second lap times. Tyler would go on and capture his first King of the Catskills win with Creeden in the runner-up role in the Loidice hot rod. Scott Ferrier was third with Higbie fourth and Kevin Ward giving the Montgomery Car Wash racer a great ride for fifth. Heading up the second five were Brian Malcolm, Andy Bachetti, Joe Judge, Richard Smith and Ed Dachenhausen.
Brandon McGill led the first lap for the 30-lap Sportsman main event named in honor of the late Joe Giachinta. Giachinta was a true gentleman and friend of the speedway and lost his life in an industrial accident two season ago. Matt Shultz took over on lap two and then it would be the high flying Kyle Rohner taking over the lead on lap three and the maneuver would act as the winning pass as Rohner, once in front, was never headed for the rest of the event. Rohner would receive the win and the big payday that went with it. Matt Shultz was solid in a runner-up role with Corey Cormier doing excellent work in third place. Tyler Johnston and Tony Kowlachuk completed the top five. The second five positions were steady Brandon McGill, Joey Bonetti, Connor Otten, Robbie Knipe and Mike DuBois.
The veteran campaigner and four time winner Dave Donovan wasted no time in charging to the front in the 50-lap Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro excursion. Donovan, who has excelled over the field in 2017, led through seven laps until yielding to Dan Curry. Curry was quick from top to bottom and would lead from lap eight until lap-40 when Johnny Bankich passed him by. Curry didn’t give up and took back the lead on lap-44. Curry got a flat tire while leading and Bankich struck again as he slipped past Curry on lap-47 and Bankich would go on and win the event. Curry limped home second with former Street Stock campaigner Gene Helms enjoyed a solid run for third place honors.
The showcased event of the season at Accord for the Palmer Family was another spectacular event for the successful New York promotional team now in their 17th season at operating their Ulster County facility. The racing was superb as every Modified and Sportsman heat resembled a mini feature event. The standing room only crowd came from far and wide with as many as eight states representing the statewide support of the tremendous racing activity. Parking was at a premium and the grounds were abuzz with excitement for the long awaited evening of racing at the “Gem in the Catskills”. The turnstiles of fans filled the concession areas all night long as they devoured the great cuisine offered up by the speedway concessions.
24 Modifieds made their way to the pit area along with 42 sportsman and 23 Four Cylinder Enduros. Three heats were needed for the Modifieds with David Hunt, Andy Bachetti and Danny Creeden scoring wins. The Sportsman division cars ran six heats with Brandon McGill, Kyle Rohner, Connor Otten, Corey Cormier, Danny Morgiewicz and Matt Shultz scoring wins. Three Sportsman B-Mains were needed and won by Cole Hentschel, Joey Bonetti and Robbie Knipe.
Many drivers on this evening did not make the final transfer into the feature and the speedway management would like to thank everyone for making a fine effort to attempt to get into the lineup. Sportsman drivers included Mike Murphy, Ryan McCartney, Jeff Higham, John DeWitt, Lenny Helmich, Collin DuBois, Lem Atkins, Mike Senecal, Rafael Carson, Fred Smith, Jared Miller, Austin Helmich, Alex VanPelt, Jim Kraus, Mike Bull, Vinny Visconti, John Miller and Jason Armstrong.
The Giachinta Family was at the speedway and presented the Joe Giachinta Cup to the winner
Speedway management thanks all of our drivers and fans for a great season at the speedway.
Leni Fornino was back once again to belt a stirring rendition of hte National Anthem.
Good friend and Announcer Justin Beltrame joined Steve Pados and Tim Adams in the tower for the event.
Halloween Havoc is next up on the Accord Speedway schedule. The date is October 28th with a full itinerary of racing and fun things for the families of racing to enjoy. Hay Rides, Balloon Sculpturing, Pumpkin Painting, Kid’s Costume Parade, Bike Raffle Give-a-ways courtesy of Upstate Auto and just a part of some great fall fun.
United Pump and Tank Modifieds: (60 laps $5,000.00) Danny Tyler, Danny Creeden, Scott Ferrier, Jerry Higbie, Kevin Ward, Brian Malcolm, Andy Bachetti, Joe Judge, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Kurt Hundeland, Kyle VanDuser, David Hunt, Robe Rowe, Joey Bruning, Ken Ferrier, Jimmy Wells, Corey Lowitt, Brad Rothaupt, Joey Falanga, Jeff Richardson, Mike Ricci, Anthony Perrego, Richie Eurich
Healey Brothers Sportsman: Joey Giachinta Memorial (30 Laps $1,500.00) Kyle Rohner, Matt Shultz, Corey Cormier, Tyler Johnston, Tony Kowalchuk, Brandon McGill, Joey Bonetti, Connor Otten, Robbie Knipe, Mike DuBois, Dave Demorest, Jamie Yannone, Nick Plumstead, Bobby Flood, Hunter Lapp, Tommy Vigh, Rich Ricci III, Kevin Stevens, Chris VanDuser, Cole Hentschel, Brad Horton, Roddy Watts, Danny Morgiewicz, Nick Johnson
Emmanuel’s Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros: Johnny Bankich, Danny Curry, Gene Helms