Accord Speedway Names Champions Bachetti, Perrego, VanDuser, Szczapa, Cargain, Speedling, And Henry; Tyler On The Money For Second Modified Triumph

Date: 9/16/2012 4:21:06 PM

Accord, NY- Accord Speedway Names Champions Bachetti, Perrego, VanDuser, Szczapa, Cargain, Speedling And Henry; Tyler On The Money For Second Modified Triumph
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
The Catskills Mountains of New York State provided the perfect backdrop on Friday evening as the Accord Speedway presented it's "Night of Champions" to a nice crowd on hand as all track champions were crowned in the final evening of points at the speedway for the 2012 racing season. The co-sponsored evening from Taylor Rental and the Orange County Fair Speedway brought out a great field of racing equipment as the event served a dual purpose for those drivers who will be entering the spectacular "King of the Catskills" two day racing programs this coming weekend of September 21st and 22nd. With four titles left to be settled coming into the evening of events, when the final checkered flag fell from starter Buck Dunning, seven new champions were crowned as the 2012 track champions. Heading up the list included the All American Ford Modified division titlist "The Wild Child" Andy Bachetti, who captured his second Accord crown in a spectacular season that saw him claim eleven wins during the season on his way to the title. Bachetti was also a track championship in 2008. "The Montgomery Missile" Anthony Perrego laid claim to his first ever Accord speedway title one week ago in a near flawless run to the Escape RV Sportsman crown with eight wins during the season. "The Concrete Kid" Kyle VanDuser continued to see his star rise as the former Slingshot driving star executed a five win season that catapulted him to the Healey Brothers Spec Sportsman driving title. "The Scalpel" Joe Szczapa punctuated a great season by racing to victory in the WRWD Radio Lightning Sprint finale to claim his first speedway crown. Emerson Cargain balanced out a seven win season to lay claim to his second speedway title in three years in the Ruge's Parts Center Pro Stock division and "Mr Speed" Dan Speedling dominated the racing action in the Arkel Motors Pure Stock division by going out and winning both ends of the Pure Stock features that gave him eight wins on the season and the track title in an awesome driving performance. The Upstate Limousine/Village Drop Shop Fireball Cylinders concluded their season one week ago and Village Drop Shop sponsored Keith Henry captured the title, his first ever at the speedway.
The racing action was hot and heavy on the speedway as some outside invaders put some interesting spins on the outcome of the great racing action. "Showtime" Danny Tyler proved to the crowd his win a couple of weeks ago was no fluke as he mastered the baseline of the speedway to go on and claim his second win of the season in the Modifieds. 2010 and 2011 track champion "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner returned to the speedway and showed the rest of the field he still knew the fast way around the speedway as he raced to victory in the Spec Sportsman finale. Joe Szczapa in the Lightning Sprints, Dan Speedling with two wins in the Pure Stocks, John Roese in the Pro Stocks and "Buckshot" Mike Barrett in the Sportsman division all found their way into the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane in a great evening of competition. The speedway was once again in pristine racing condition and race to the walls facility provided the drivers the chance to prepare for this week's big productions. Under the tutelage of Promoter Gary Palmer, the talented roster of drivers tested the many racing channels of the speedway throughout the evening in preparation for the blockbuster "King of the Catskills" weekend coming up this weekend sponsored by WLR Construction.
The show kicked-off with the postponed Arkel Motors Pure Stock encounter and the event quickly turned into the Dan Speedling Show as the rookie campaigner wasted no time in getting out front and leading all laps on his way to his seventh win of the season. "The Rebel" Tim Brown provided the early opposition but Speedling was clicking on all cylinders as he dominated the action. Brown was the runner-up with a hard driving Gary Ronk giving him all he could from this third place finish. Ray Tarantino was fourth with rookie Dom Marguglio completing the top five. Ryan Johnson, Don J Williams, Allison Ricci, John Woinoski and Harry Bachman completed the top ten.
The All American Ford Modified division title was on the line as the event unfolded with Andy Bachetti and Danny Creeden racing for the title. Danny Tyler wanted to make sure he had a say in it and blasted from his pole start with Brad Rothaupt close behind. Rothaupt remained close with "The Statesman" Jerry Higbie racing to the upper reaches of the speedway to move into third place but the racing was halted on lap two when invader Jimmy Becker found the unforgiving boiler plate and the chain of events saw the hard luck Rob Rowe get involved as well. When the racing restarted, it was Tyler, Rothaupt and Higbie and making his bid from tenth starting place came "The DC Express" Danny Creeden. Creeden quickly moved into contention after he won a hard fought battle with New Jersey driving star Dom Buffalino, who was hustling his Big Block racer around the speedway in fine fashion in his first appearance at the speedway. Andy Bachetti was forced to make a couple of pitstops early in the race but each time came storming back through the field to also move into contention while 15th starting Rich Ricci Jr was methodical in working his way into contention with Jeff Heotzler also making a statement. Rothaupt good run came to a halt when he spun in turn two, bringing the field back together again. On the restart, Danny Tyler once again got the drop on the field as he glued himself to the bottom while Higbie stayed close with an excellent run from the top. There was denying Tyler on this night as he sped to his second win of the season with Higbie rim riding to second, Creeden in a great run for third place, Bachetti hustling back to fourth and Dom Buffalino completing the top five in an excellent showing at the speedway. Rich Ricci, Jeff Heotzler, Mike Ricci, Butch Tittle and Brian Krummel completed the top ten.
The Ruge's Parts Center Pro Stock event got off to a rousing start as John Roese, Ron Rion and invader Bill Knapp duked it out with full abandon. Roese, in his Ford powered hot rod, was up to the task at hand as he kept everyone behind him on his way to his fifth win of the season and another runner-up in points. Knapp was second with track champion Emerson Cargain in third place, Roese's teammate Jimmy Grippen in fourth in a solid effort and hard riding Jimmy Sykes in fifth place. "Chargin" Charlie Rose enjoyed a great run from 14th starting place to finish sixth while Bill Rion, Paul Aragon, Chris Travis and John Rood completed the top ten.
The Arkel Motors Pure Stock nightcap proved to be near carbon copy of the first event as Dan Speedling had more than enough in his tank to lead all laps to capture his eighth win of the season. Dam Marguglio kept in close as he ran a close second while Don J Williams enjoyed his best finish since his long layoff to grab up third place. Nick Johnson was fourth while Gary Ronk completed the top five. Tim Brown, Ryan Johnson, John Davis, Ray Tarantino and Anthony Russo completed the top ten.
Dave Werber hustled his Cruise Holidays sponsored hot rod to the point at the start of the Escape RV Sportsman feature and appeared to have things going his way as he led the first eleven laps. From fifth starting spot came Mike Barrett and Barrett found the baseline of the speedway the place to be as lap after he reeled in Werber on the raceway. Barrett kept digging and digging and eventually pulled up alongside of Werber and executed the winning maneuver to take over the lead. This race was just getting interesting as new champion Anthony Perrego was now in the zone from an eleventh place start and was quick to move in behind Werber. Two laps later Perrego was in the runner-up role and going for more as he now took up the chase after Barrett. This night belonged to Barrett as he raced to victory, his first during the 2012 racing season. Perrego settled for the runner-up honors with Werber in third, Chris Stevens fourth and Greg McCloskey peddling hard at the end to race into fifth place. Jesse Marks, David Coene, Tyler Dippel, Ray See and Vinny DeCicco completed the top ten.
"The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner won the pole position with Frank Venezia starting alongside of him. Venezia won the drag race at the start into turn one and led through the first six laps until Rich Ricci III came to a halt in turn two. Once the green flag waved again, it would be Rohner displaying the talent that made him a two-time champion at the speedway as he grabbed the lead off of the bottom and proceeded to open up some daylight on the field. A couple of restarts slowed the action a bit and brought Anthony Perrego in behind Rohner. Good friends on and off of the track, Rohner and Perrego raced hard to the finish with Kyle Rohner winning in his return to the speedway and Perrego in the runner-up role. New Track champion Kyle VanDuser was third and Tommy Johnson and Frank Venezia completed the top five. Phil Johnson, Joe Judge in a borrowed ride, the returning Ryan Stortini, Brian McGuire and Tyler Dippel completed the top ten.
The WRWD Lightning Sprint division finale saw Joe Szczapa earning the pole but it would be second place starting and 2011 track champion Peter Dance asserting himself early as he led the first three laps until a caution was displayed when Rick Stone belted the Redi Rock fencing. On the restart it would be Szczapa wielding the hot hand as he drove away from Dance off of turn two and would lead the remaining laps on his way to victory and the title despite constant pressure from Rich Wood and Doug Norrie, who would finish second and third. Peter Dance was fourth while Justin Phillips was fifth in an all Connecticut to five. Dale Friedly, Kyle Smith, the returning Ralph Utter, Phil Bessette and Zack Bennett rounded out the top ten.
The Accord Speedway racing season was another great one even though Mother Nature dropped in on occasion to rain on the Accord parade. More than two hundred racers competed at Accord during the season but the growing economic woes in our country have definitely made an impact on how many competitors can make it out to the speedway on a weekly basis. Many of the loyal weekly competitors were forced to sit out more than a few weeks during the season to re-group before they could return to action or sometimes deciding to sit out much of the season. Even so, the racing action was extraordinary as the competition in all divisions goes the extra mile to put on a great show for the loyal 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 driver and fan base from six states on a weekly basis.
Modified Champion Andy Bachetti spent some time in the tower with Announcer Steve Pados as he thanked the fans for their support and especially to those who helped in assisting Andy's father Scott when he suffered a heart attack in the grandstands the previous week. Andy reported his Dad is well on the way to recovery although the healing process will take an extended period of time. The Accord Speedway Family of management, staff, drivers, owners and fans all have Mr Bachetti in their prayers and wishing for a full recovery.
Heat race action in the Modifieds found "The Twister" Tyler Boniface, Dom Buffalino and Jeff Heotzler capturing victories while the B-main was waved off when only four combatants made their way to the speedway. Jesse Marks, Tyler Dippel and Anthony Perrego scored heat wins in the Sportsman action while Tommy Johnson and Kyle Rohner found wins in Spec Sportsman action. Pro Stock heats were claimed by John Roese and Ron Rion and the Pure stock heats went to Ray Tarantino and Nick Johnson. Joe Szczapa and Peter Dance claimed the Lightning Sprints heat events. 113 entries filled the pit area for the evening of racing.
Newcomers and new cars continue to arrive at the speedway as the Friday show acted as a prelude to the mighty "King of the Catskills" weekend coming up this week. Former track champion Ralph Utter made his first appearance of the season in the Lightning Sprints that also brought Shilo Boyce in from he Albany area. Brent Shaddock brought out his Pro Stocker for the first time this season that also saw Roger Oubina getting his first Accord start. Spec Sportsman newcomers in addition to Kyle Rohner included Jim Maher and Ryan Stortini and new mounts for Darrell Ford and Joe Judge climbing aboard the Mike DuBois machine for the evening. Sportsman additions included Kevin Krom who brought his new racer for the first time in 2012 with tech support coming from former competitor Steve Krom. Jimmy Becker made his Accord debut and was strong in his first attempt at the speedway until his feature skirmish. "BK Speed" Brian Krummel was back in the Mike Doty owned race car. The Jersey contingent included Dom Buffalino, David Hunt and "Quick" Rick Holsten and another driver Sean Gunther had informed Steve Pados he would be racing on Friday but was a no show. Gary White took his first ride at Accord in the Harry Bachman owned Quality Machine sponsored hot rod. Mel Schrufer was back in action as were Justin Holland and Mark Pullen. Charlie Hendrickson was back in action at the speedway in the Sportsman division. Tyler Boniface has done an excellent job at the speedway since his move into the Modified division past mid-season and shows the talent needed to compete in a very tough and competitive division at the speedway . Danny Tyler gave his Mom Cindy a great birthday present in capturing the feature event win and the win also assured Danny of a starting spot in Brett Deyo's Short Track Nationals event in October at the Five Mile Point Speedway. Deyo was on hand for the racing action on Friday evening.
Whitey Memmelar was on hand from Orange County Fair Speedway and offered up a pair of weekend passes for the entire Eastern States Weekend on October 19, 20, 21 and the tickets were won by Bill Goldpaugh for knowing the answer to the trivia question as to who was the first driver of the famed car owner Richard "The King" Marinelli's M1 modified and the answer was "Whip" Mulligan. Long time car owner Darlene Kerr knew the whippers first name was George and was presented with a t-shirt prize. Miss OCFS McKenna Myers was on hand for the evening as she joined Miss Accord Speedway Erika Decker in victory lane for all of the pictures and interview sessions.
A series of Press Releases will lead up to this week's King of the Catskills spectacular on September 21st and 22nd as ten divisions go to battle at the Ulster County facility. Last year's Modified winner was Andy Bachetti in the rain shortened affair as it proved to be his only win of the season. Make your plans now to attend one of the great events of the racing season.
All American Ford Modifieds: Danny Tyler, Jerry Higbie, Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Dom Buffalino, Rich Ricci Jr, Jeff Heotzler, Mike Ricci, Butch Tittle, Brian Krummel, Al McCoy, Mel Schrufer, Richard Smith, Mark Pullen, Brad Rothaupt, Rick Holsten, David Hunt, Tyler Boniface, Jimmy Becker, Rob Rowe, Justin Holland, Chris Minardi (DNS) Champion: Andy Bachetti
Escape RV Sportsman: Mike Barrett, Anthony Perrego, Dave Werber, Chris Stevens, Greg McCloskey, Jesse Marks, David Coene, Tyler Dippel, Ray See Jr, Vinny DeCicco, John Sundlof, Jimmy Wells, Kevin Ward, Charlie Hendrickson, Kenny Ferrier, Sean Dietz, Kevin Krom, Lenny Helmich, Will Dietz, Joe Giachinta, Jim Halpin (DNS) Champion: Anthony Perrego
Healey Brothers Group Spec Sportsman: Kyle Rohner, Anthony Perrego, Kyle VanDuser, Tommy Johnson, Frank Venezia, Phil Johnson, Joe Judge, Ryan Stortini, Brian McGuire, Tyler Dippel, Darrell Ford, Matt Janiak, Andrew Reeves, Mike Lewis, Jim Maher, Nick Plumstead, Rich Ricci III Champion: Kyle VanDuser
Ruge's Parts Center Pro Stocks: John Roese, Bill Knapp, Emerson Cargain, Jimmy Grippen, Jimmy Sykes, Charlie Rose, Bill Rion, Paul Aragon, Chris Travis, John Rood, Ron Rion, Troy Arnold, Roger Oubina, Dave Demorest, Ralph Ronk, Brent Shaddock Champion: Emerson Cargain
Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Dan Speedling, Dom Marguglio, Don J Williams, Nick Johnson, Gary Ronk, Tim Brown, Ryan Johnson, John Davis, Ray Tarantino, Anthony Russo, Steve Smalley, John Woinoski, Ant Marguglio, Chris Kanuk, Chris Moyer, Jerry Craig Sr, Gary White, Kyle Welsh Champion: Dan Speedling
WRWD Radio Lightning Sprints: Joe Szczapa, Rich Wood, Doug Norrie, Peter Dance, Justin Phillips, Dale Friedly, Kyle Smith, Ralph Utter, Phil Bessette, Zack Bennett, Jerry Sehn, Shilo Boyce, Joey Bonetti, Jon Moore, Jason Roe, Rick Stone Champion: Joe Szczapa
Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: (From August 31st) Dan Speedling, Tim Brown, Gary Ronk, Ray Tarantino, Dom Marguglio, Ryan Johnson, Don J Williams, Allison Ricci, John Woinoski, Harry Bachman, Danny Knoth, Ant Marguglio, Nick Johnson, Kyle Welsh, Jerry Craig Sr, Chris Moyer, Chris Kanuk, John Davis
Upstate Limousine/Village Drop Shop Fireball Four Cylinders: Champion Keith Henry
Racing is on tap every Friday night from April through September. The King of the Catskills weekend is next week for the speedway on September 21st and 22nd. Pit Gates will open at 3:30; Spectator Gates open at 5:00; Hot Laps are at 6:00 and the racing begins at 7 PM. Admission at the gate for the spectacular weekend show is Adults $24.00 (12+) Children $5.00 (11+ under) Reserved Outdoor Seating $27.00; Reserved Indoor Seating $30.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Food Vouchers for $68.00 (a savings of $10.00) The September 22nd event pricing: Adults $22.00; Children $4.00; Reserved Indoor Seating $28.00. The Family Four pack is $62.00. A two day adult spectator ticket is priced at $40.00
The always spectacular King of the Catskills weekend lands next weekend at the speedway. The dates are September 21st and 22nd with raindates of September 28th and 29th. The multi-division weekend of racing excitement will feature the ROC Modifieds in 100 laps on Friday evening with $7,000.00 on the line for the winner and presented by WLR Construction. The Open Sportsman division will vie for $1,00.00 to win and the Lightning Sprints will duke it out for $500.00 to the winner, all based on 25 car count fields. The All Star (Empire Region) and Junior Slingshots (National Tour) will go to work for $400.00 to win, CRSA Sprint Cars, Xcel 600 Modifieds, Spec Sportsman going for $1,000.00, Pure Stocks $500.00 and Pro Stocks $500.00 will all be part of the exceptional weekend of speed.
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