By STEVE PADOS
ACCORD, NY – After a few weeks of some much needed downtime to recharge the minds and souls, Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer are busy working diligently at completing all of the chores as they ready the speedway for their annual Halloween Havoc event taking place on Saturday, October 28th. The fun filled and exciting event will mark the regular season curtain closer for the successful promotional team now in their seventeenth season of owning and promoting their pristine Ulster County racing facility. Many divisions of racing will do battle in what will be another great day of racing excitement at the speedway and the event will be sponsored by longtime speedway sponsor the John J Liggan Insurance Agency.
The Saturday event will find many exciting free activities for the children as hayrides, pumpkin painting, balloon sculpturing and a kid’s costume parade will kick off the fun. (The kid’s costume parade and kids under 11 years of age in costume will be admitted free to the event. ASI Trophies and Dreaming of the Mouse Vacations have offered up a kid’s bike raffle as part of this great day in the Catskill Mountains. The well acclaimed Accord Speedway concessions will be open throughout the day’s events. There will also be a bonus prize for the best Halloween themed race car.
On track action will find four divisions of racing duking it out on the Accord Speedway quarter mile playground. The exciting Arkel Motors Sportsman division will headline the racing activity as they race for $1,500.00 to win in the “Hocus Pocus 50” lap feature excursion. The full fendered Upstate Auto sponsored Pure Stock division will trade paint for their biggest purse of the season with $300.00 on the line for the winner in the “Ghost Buster” 30 lap headliner. The WRWD Radio NEWS Wingless Sprint Cars will take part in the exciting racing action. The Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder division will trade paint in the “Zombie 100” in the thrill a second affordable division. Road Warrior jumps, Trailer races and the all out Tug of War will close out the trackside activities.
Expected to be on hand for the event will be the defending champion of the event Chris Lynch. Lynch was methodical last year as he began from 13th starting position and worked his way into the lead on lap-17 to go on and earn the victory. Expected in for the event is a strong supporting cast with 2017 track champion “The Bushkill Bullet” Kyle Rohner heading up the list. Second place man Tony Kowalchuk, Tyler Johnston, Cole Hentschel, Corey Cormier, Matt Shultz, Greg McCloskey, Robbie Knipe, Nick Plumstead, Brandon McGill, Rich Ricci III, Chris VanDuser, Dave Demorest, Milton Mann and many more will add to the luster of the event. Also anticipated is the influx of some outside invaders coming in to do battle.
The Upstate Auto Pure Stocks will rock the house for a $300.00 to win payday, their biggest event of the season. The Pure Stock roster is loaded with a great cross section of rookie and veteran stars including the newly crowned 2017 track champion, Travis Brockner. Brockner will receive plenty of competition from Bob Sleight, who has captured the last two editions of the event. The Pure Stock ranks include Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Ray Tarantino, John Hechinger, Emerson Cargain Jr, Craig Cuneo, Chris Kanuk, Austin Smith, John Drake, Jay Smalley, Harry Bachman and a host of others expected in for the big payday.
The NEWS Sprint Cars have been exciting to watch all season long at the speedway and 2017 track champion Eric Jennings has taken a giant step from his championship days of Quad racing to adapt so quickly into the sprint division. He will be tested on this day as the defending champion of the event Rich Mellor is expected in to challenge him. Others expected in are crowd favorite Heidi Hedin, Larry McVay, Bobby Tersillo, Andrew Davis, Larry Ricci, Jeremy Quick, Corey Wood, Thomas Radivoy and a host of others.
The Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro feature event will rock the house for their 100 lap encounter. The allure of the rock’em-sock-em action this weekend will be exciting to witness as the operative word “endurance” comes heavily into play as the drivers will not only have to be quick but will have to learn how negotiate through wrecked and stalled cars to keep pace with the leaders as they vie for the prize that awaits them in the WRWD Radio Victory Lane. Dave Donovan is the defending champion of the event and has tuned up at the speedway this season with four consecutive wins. Johnny Bankich scored the other win in the division.
The Accord Speedway racing season was another solid one even though the speedway suffered through nine rainouts during the season. Even so, the racing action remains extraordinary as the competition in all divisions go the extra mile to put on a great show for the Accord fan base. Promoter Gary Palmer continues to work his magic on the racy quarter mile speedplant and the side by side, three and four wide racing action is a tribute to the time and effort Palmer puts into the facility that attracts a fan and driver base from as many as six states on a weekly basis. The many divisions divisions of racing are a bargain for the racing fans as each competing division has it’s own stars and fanfare and will create a rocking great time in the foothills of Ulster County.
The Halloween Havoc event is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th. Pit Gates will open at Noon; Spectator Gates will open at Noon; Hot Laps will follow the completed fanfare behind the grandstands with heats and features to follow. Admission at the gate for the spectacular show: Adults $14.00; Seniors $12.00; Children $3.00. Indoor Seating is $20.00 and The Family Four pack is $44.00.
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://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.