“The Statesman” Jerry Higbie Collects Accord Modified Gold; Kyle Rohner Scores Again in Sportsman


ACCORD, NY – The always unpredictable weather pattern in the Northeast had rain scheduled in the forecast at some point on Friday, but Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer threw caution to the wind and put on a great show last night at the speedway. A good sized racing crowd came out to witness the spirited action and rain did begin to fall as this writer headed home.

Hard working Accord promoter Gary Palmer continues to work overtime to give his driving roster the best possible racing facility he can and the race to the walls speed channels were a true testament to his dedication to his craft as the speedway offered many racing seams for the drivers to display their speed and guile. The evening was sponsored by HO Penn Machinery and Arkel Motors. The Checkered Flag Bonus was sponsored by Dreaming of the Mouse Travel.

The solid six feature race card found “The Statesman” Jerry Higbie returning to the WRWD Radio Victory Lane for the first time in many seasons after a torrid battle with early leader Ken Ferrier in the United Pump and Tank Modified division. “The Bushkill Bullet” Kyle Rohner made it two in a row after heat problems forced him to qualify through the consolation event and he came through the pack from 18th starting position to claim the win in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division finale. “The Intimidator” Ray Tarantino was fast and then some as he top-sided his way to victory in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock Division feature event. Eric Jennings was lightning fast as he grabbed up his win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars. “The Cold Spring Kid” Jake Mason made it two in a row as claimed the win in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshots. Stan Vishinski IV captured the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature event in an event that changed leaders a few times before Vishinski took over the lead for good just before the midway point.

Ken Ferrier and Eddie Burgess brought the United Pump & Tank Modified starting field to the line for the start of the 30-lap main grind. Jimmy Wells shot between the two out of turn two to lead the first laps of the event. A restart brought the field together and Ken Ferrier assumed command of the event. Restarts would bring the field back together with Ferrier now holding on to the slimmest margin of the lead with Jerry Higbie making his presence known to all and pressuring Ferrier at every corner. On lap-26, Higbie found the sweet spot he needed to slip under Ferrier and take command of the event and go on for the win. Ken Ferrier was second in a great run with Jesse Marks finishing third after starting eighth. Scott Ferrier was fourth and Danny Tyler hustled from a 19th place start to claim fifth. Opening night winner Brian Krummel was sixth with Mike Ricci (20th), Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden and Richie Eurich completing the top ten.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event was a true to life barnburner as a fast field of race cars highlighted another great event. An eight car skirmish at the start would eliminate some cars but when the racing got rolling it was all-go on the speedway. Nick Plumstead would lead the event through the first ten laps until Phil Goetchius and he got together sending both to the rear. Kyle Rohner inherited the lead and would work his own brand of magic through slower traffic towards the end of the event to claim his second win in a row at Accord in 2017. Jimmy Johnson was the runner-up with Jared LaBagh, Tyler Johnston and Winter Mead completing the top five. Heading up the second five were the returning Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg McCloskey, Brandon McGill, Robbie Knipe and Tony Kowalchuk.

Eric Jennings led all fifteen laps of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car division to claim his first Accord Speedway win of the season. Newcomer Larry McVay was second with Heidi Hedin third, Corey Wood fourth, Don Smith Jr fifth.

Jake Mason made it two in a row in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot event with a solid run over Tyler Banks. Jaden Sleight was third and newcomer Brock Pinkerous was fourth.

The Upstate Auto Pure Stock main event began with Ray Tarantino seizing command of the event on the first lap and driving to an easy win in the 15-lap feature. Emerson Cargain Jr was the runner-up with Travis Brockner third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams completing the top five. Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes and Steve Kanuk followed.

The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature found Ryan McCartney leading the way for the first five laps. He gave way to Jimmy Devitt who would lead the next two circuits. Stan Vishinski took over the lead on lap eight and would go to victory despite many challenges coming from Kenny Ryder. Ryder wound up second with McCartney third, Chris VanDuser fourth and Tighe Sherlock completing the top five. Hunter Lapp, newcomer Fred Smith, RJ Daley, Chad Jashembowski and Anthony Recchio completed the top ten.


Heat winners for the evening included Jake Mason in the Junior Slingshots. Heidi Hedin captured the Sprint heat. Emerson Cargain and Ray Tarantino scored wins in the Pure Stock division. The Sportsman ranks found Phil Goetchius, Nick Plumstead and Rich Ricci III scoring victories. Enjoying wins in the Modified heats were Jimmy Wells, Jerry Higbie and Jesse Marks. Rookie heats went to Anthony Recchio and Tighe Sherlock. Two B-Mains were run with Danny Tyler winning the Modified and Robbie Knipe claiming the Sportsman.

New cars on hand included Jerry Higbie, Mark Pullen, Don Smith III and Robbie Rowe in the Modifieds. Daniel Morgiewicz, Mike Senecal, Dave Demorest, Jared LaBagh, Lem Atkins, Greg McCloskey, Brad Horton and Robbie Knipe made their first starts of the season in the Sportsman ranks. Tyler Banks, who has been running well at Hamlin and Brock Pinkerous made their first starts in the Junior Slingshots. Chad Jashembowski, Vinny Visconti, RJ Daley, Fred Smith, Jake Granaker, Brandon Daley, Chris VanDuser and Stan Vishinski made their first rookie starts. James Maroney, Don Smith and Larry McVay were new additions to the Sprint division.

A tip of the fedora to Promoter Gary Palmer for having the speedway groomed to perfection for the evening of speed. The track was racy from top to bottom and three and four wide racing were commonplace throughout the night.

HO Penn Machinery brought out a couple of pieces of equipment so the fans could see what they are all about. They also raffled off a garage stool and had giveaway items for the fans.

Many thanks to Mike DuBois and Randy Brundage for working on the caution lights prior to the racing action.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to “The Gentleman” Ed Dachenhausen

The Grandma Anne’s Pies were back in the house and all feature winners and two lucky fans were the recipients.


United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Jerry Higbie, Ken Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Scott Ferrier, Danny Tyler, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci, Ed Dachenhausen, Danny Creeden, Richie Eurich, Joe Judge, Robbie Rowe, Anthony Perrego, Richard Smith, Brad Rothaupt, Jimmy Wells, Dan Humes, Eddie Burgess, Tommy Johnson, Chad Loidice, Kyle Van Duser

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Jimmy Johnson, Jared LaBagh, Tyler Johnston, Winter Mead, Daniel Morgiewicz, Greg McCloskey, Brandon McGill, Robbie Knipe, Tony Kowalchuk, Collin DuBois, Cole Hentschel, Jim Kraus, Nick Plumstead, Phil Goetchius, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Milton Mann, Brad Horton

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry McVay, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Don Smith Jr, James Maroney, Andrew Davis

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Harry Bachman, Jimmy Sykes, Steve Kanuk

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Stan Vishinski, Kenny Ryder, Ryan McCartney, Chris Van Duser, Tighe Sherlock, Hunter Lapp, Fred Smith, RJ Daley, Chad Jashembowski, Anthony Recchio, Jake Granaker, Jimmy Devitt, Vinny Visconti

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Tyler Banks, Jaden Sleight, Brock Pinkerous

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

Special event shows do have an increase in admission.

May 19th brings all regular divisions in action. PowderTech is the headline sponsor for the evening of speed. The second Enduro Event will take place on the 19th sponsored by Emmanuel’s Marketplace

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.