Accord, NY: Accord Speedway Racing Family Mourns Loss Of Versatile Racer "Vinny D" Vinny DeCicco

Date: 2/25/2016 10:50:55 PM



Accord, NY: Accord Speedway Racing Family Mourns Loss Of Versatile Racer "Vinny D" Vinny DeCicco

By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media


The Accord Speedway Racing Family and the Hudson Valley racing community were saddened by the passing of longtime speedway racer Vincent DeCicco of Kingston, New York, who passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus. He was just 33 years of age.


Vinny was born to be a racer and immersed his life in the sport he enjoyed best, though full well knowing he was a not dealt a winning hand in the longevity of life. Vinny put all of that behind him and sought out the most life could offer him and it was his need for speed that propelled him forward.


Vinny had a unique gift in that he could drive anything with wheels on it. Whether it be Go Karts, Quads or Odysseys, Vinny was quite adept at finding the fast lane. He quickly moved through the ranks and eventually into the full sized race cars but still dabbled with his love for the Quads and an occasional Slingshot ride when called upon to do so.


In the full size cars, Vinny raced in the Spec Sportsman, Sportsman and the Modified divisions and always held a special fondness for the spectacular Run What Ya Brung Shows at Accord. His win in the special event on October 16, 2011 was a memorable event and possibly the highlight of his racing career as Vinny watched the early leaders make contact and it left the door open for Vinny to drive by and drive on for the popular win. It was those particular races where Vinny D was then referred to as "Billboard Vinny" with the left side of his race car sporting a clear full length plexiglass wing.  Vinny made a few starts in the prestigious King of the Catskills events at Accord and in 2010 competed all season long in the premier Modified division and finished ninth in the final point standings.


Vinny dropped back to the Sportsman division in 2011 and enjoyed a fine season with a solid fifth place finish in the point standings. Always a stout competitor, Vinny enjoyed racing stock cars on the local area race tracks and was a regular campaigner at the Accord Speedway for the majority of his career although he traveled to other Southern Tier venues as well.


Vinny had a solid fan base at the speedway and could be spotted often under the announcer's tower viewing the races or chatting to his fans. Many Wednesday evenings during Mid Week Madness Programs at Accord, Vinny could be found in the pit area and also in the tower as a spotter. Vinny was a great friend of the Accord Speedway through his participation as a rider, driver and car owner.


Surviving are his beloved aunt, Jody Servo and her partner Scott Genther with whom Vinny lived; his grandfather, John Plumstead and his wife Elaine; his cousins, Gregory and Erica McCloskey, his best friend and loyal companion Rowdy and many other special friends he met through his love for racing. 


Entrusted to the care of the Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, New York where friends will be received on Saturday, February 27th from 2 until 7 PM with a sharing service beginning at 6 PM. A funeral procession will form at the funeral home on Sunday, February 28th at 11 AM and process to Wiltwyck Cemetary for a 12 Noon committal service. Memorial contributions may be directed to the New York Bully Crew, 1457 Montauk Highway, Patchogue, New York 11772. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit:



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