By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The quiet serenity of the Catskill Mountains turns into a heart throbbing and pulse quickening experience every Friday night during the summer months as raw horsepower and great driving skills displace the gentle mountain breezes and erupts in the peaks and valleys like a small earthquake. The once “it spot” for the hundreds of thousands of vacation goers and travelers migrating to the once famous Grossingers and The Concord Resorts, where the top stars in the entertainment business performed on a regular basis, has now given way to the stars and cars that make up the stellar driving roster of the eight divisions of racing that entertained the loyal band of racing fans who fill the Accord Speedway grandstand seats to see their favorite driving heroes perform on a weekly basis. The Friday event at Accord was another excellent show and sponsored by Kingston Nissan, located in Kingston, New York. (www.kingstonnissan.net) Emmanuel’s Marketplace sponsored the exciting Four Cylinder Enduro event. ASI Trophies was the Checkered Flag bonus sponsor.
Securing wins on Friday night at Accord were Danny Tyler in the United Pump & Tank Modified main event. “The Bushkill Bullet” Kyle Rohner remained the hot ticket at Accord with his third win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman division. “The Jersey Force” Anthony Recchio captured his third win of the season in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman main. Steve Williams finally unraveled the mysteries of his early season and captured his second win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature event. Brock Pinkerous scored his first career win at Accord in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main. The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car finale found “The Radical One” Tom Radivoy racing to his second win of the season. Dave Donovan scored his second win of the season when he captured the Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro event. Mike Houghtaling raced his Vintage Modified to a wire to wire triumph in the Northeast Vintage Modified feature.
The United Pump & Tank Modified starting field began with Richie Eurich jumping out to an early lead and he was able to build onto that lead until lap seven when a tremendous crash on the front stretch found at least seven cars crunching together. Title contender Danny Creeden, Jesse Marks and Ed Dachenhausen were eliminated from further competition in the fracas. When racing resumed it would be Eurich once again in command with Danny Tyler and Richard Smith taking up the chase. Eurich was still leading on lap twenty when Tyler was able to put gobs of pressure on him. They raced side by side for a lap until Tyler was finally able to wrest the lead away for good on lap twenty two. Once in front, Tyler checked out on the filed and romped to his first win of the season. Richie Eurich settled for runner-up honors in a brilliant ride and Richard Smith continued having a great season with a third place run. Kenny and Scott Ferrier completed the top five. The returning Mike Ricci, Brad Rothaupt, Kyle VanDuser, Jimmy Wells and Joe Judge completed the top ten.
The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman headliner found Anthony Recchio blasting out of the blocks to take the lead with Ryan McCartney following. McCartney would bobble a few laps later and would lose the runner-up slot to the hard charging Stan Vishinski. Vishinski showed his front bumper at times but Recchio was smooth as silk in racing to his third win of the season. Vishinski was second with Vinny Visconti third, Jared Miller fourth and John Miller fifth. Completing the top ten included Jimmy Devitt, newcomer Bob Jashembowski, Hunter Lapp, the returning Jason Feinberg and Jake Granacker.
The Arkel Motors Sportsman encounter found Chris VanDuser setting a fast pace at the start of the event and opened up some distance but just as quickly Matt Shultz cut down the distance and was knocking on the door. Shultz knocked a little too much on lap sixteen as he got into the back of VanDuser and turned him around while wounding his own race car in the process. VanDuser was installed back at the front but now had former two-time champion at the speedway Kyle Rohner at his back bumper. Rohner was owning the baseline of the speedway on this night and on the restart Rohner would forge into the lead and would open up a huge advantage on the field leading the event the rest of the way and claiming his third win of the season in the process. Tony Kowalchuk would finish in the runner-up role in another stout run for the local racer. Robbie Knipe, Brandon McGill and Milton Mann completed the top five. Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Jimmy Johnson, Ralph Ronk and Corey Cormier completed the top ten.
The Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature found Travis Brockner jumping out front at the start of the feature with a great pass off of turn two. Brockner was able to hustle away from the rest of the field and would continue to do so for thirteen laps until mechanical gremlins found him pulling up lame while leading. Steve Williams inherited the lead and would lead the final two laps to claim his second win of the season. Defending track champion Bob Sleight finished second with John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr and Chris Kanuk completing the field.
The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car Feature found Tom Radivoy starting on the pole and he made the most of it by leading all twenty laps enroot to his second win of the season. Things got hairy before the midway point of the event when a double flip involving Brandon Gates and Larry McVay took place with Geoff Quackenbush also being involved. No injuries were reported in the scary incident. On the restart Radivoy again was in command but Eric Jennings would push Radivoy for all he was worth as Radivoy won with Jennings in the runner-up role. Heidi Hedin had an excellent run with a third place finish While Corey Wood, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo and Jeremy Quick completed the field.
The Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot main event was claimed by Brock Pinkerous for his ever win at the speedway.
The Emmanuel’s Marketplace Four Cylinder Enduro event found a twenty four car starting field primed and ready to go. The event had many leaders in the first sixteen laps but Dave Donovan made it count as he found the space and the place to drive through the field to race to a solid over Gene Helms. Drew Boniface, George Barringer and George Zeininger completed the top five.
Mike Houghtaling grabbed the lead at the start and he raced to daylight to claim the Northeast Vintage Modified main. The race was marred around the midway point of the event when Bob Schmidt, who was running third at the time, lost a battle with the unforgiving boiler plate and found himself flipping several times on the backstretch. Schmidt was unhurt in the accident. Ray See Sr was second, with Rob Casti, John Roese and Mike Cole completing the field.
Heat racing action was fast and furious as Danny Creeden, Ed Dachenhausen and Jesse Marks claimed victories in the Modifieds. Kyle Rohner and Matt Shultz captured wins in the Sportsman heats. The Rookie Sportsman heats went to Ryan McCartney and Jake Granacker. Tom Radivoy and Bob Tersillo captured the Sprint car heats. Pure Stock heats were claimed by Ray Tarantino and Bob Sleight.
New drivers on board for the evening included Bob Jashembowski and Jason Feinberg in the Rookie Sportsman. Larry Mekic made his first Accord appearance in the Modified and did a great job in his first outing. Greg McCloskey returned to action in the Sportsman but suffered from problems and was an early withdrawal.
Many thanks go out to a fine group of people who helped in the Bike Night Promotion. Kingston Nissan, Danny Creeden Racing/Roger Humsen, Jesse Marks, Dave & Joanne Rocket, John Bankich, Dreaming of the Mouse Travel, Chet Doolan, Upstate Auto and Accord Speedway.
Winning bikes were Jerry Kingeter, Lily and Nina Slizowski, Viviana Maestri, Andrew Joensen, Weston Palumbo, Taylor Miller, Jack Powers, Richard Smith, Braydon Marks, Darren Gabriel, Dominic and Brodi Marone, Kylie Curry, Olivia Jones, Charles Gordon, Tyler King, Lorenzo Maestri, Summer Lewis, Logan Milby and Shane Baxter.
In a super gesture, the Accord Speedway gave away participation trophies to all of the kids who failed to land a bicycle.
DJ Tim Adams offered up four tickets to the East Coast Wrestling Group in another great gesture at the speedway.
United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Tyler, Richie Eurich, Richard Smith, Ken Ferrier, Scott Ferrier, Mike Ricci, Brad Rothaupt, Kyle VanDuser, Jimmy Wells, Joe Judge, Kevin Ward, Larry Mekic, Tyler Treacy, Brian Malcolm, Ed Dachenhausen, Jesse Marks, Danny Creeden
Arkel Motors Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Tony Kowalchuk, Robbie Knipe, Brandon McGill, Milton Mann, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Johnston, Jimmy Johnson, Ralph Ronk, Corey Cormier, Jimmy Kraus, Chris VanDuser, Nick Plumstead, Matt Shultz, Rich Ricci III, Greg McCloskey
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Tom Radivoy, Eric Jennings, Heidi Hedin, Corey Wood, Andrew Davis, Bob Tersillo, Jeremy Quick, Larry McVay, Brandon Gates, Geoff Quackenbush
Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Steve Williams, Bob Sleight, John Hechinger, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, Chris Kanuk, Travis Brockner, James Goetchius, Austin Smith
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Stan Vishinski, Vinny Visconti, Jared Miller, John Miller, Jimmy Devitt, Bob Jashembowski, Hunter Lapp, Jason Feinberg, Jake Granacker, Ryan McCartney, Jeff Higham, Michael Corbin, Alex VanPelt, RJ Daley
Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Brock Pinkerous
Emmanuel’s Marketplace 4-Cylinder Enduro: Dave Donovan,
Gene Helms, Drew Boniface, George Barringer, George Zeininger
Northeast Vintage Modifieds: Mike Houghtaling, Ray See Sr, Rob Casti, John Roese, Mike Cole, Bob Schmidt
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)