|Date: 2/3/2018 6:53:46 PM|
ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS
Accord, NY - "The Chief" Harry Baldwin Set For Return To Accord Speedway Sportsman In 2018
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
With each passing day another exciting story unfolds for the expected tremendous 2018 racing season ahead at the Accord Speedway. The news continues on a daily basis as the roster of all division hopefuls at the Accord Speedway grows as drivers and teams make their final plans for their 2018 racing schedules. The latest news will find Willow, New York resident and veteran campaigner "The Chief" Harry Baldwin throwing his hat into the ring for a return to the Accord Speedway Sportsman division for the 2018 racing season looming just around the corner. What makes the news so interesting is the fact Baldwin will be returning to action for the first time in twelve years of sitting on the sidelines.
The Chief felt he was hanging up the helmet in 2006 as he shifted his focus to assist young driver and nearby neighbor Greg Hastie as Baldwin began to crew chief the racer for Hastie in the Baldwin owned equipment. Together the team enjoyed some good success during the 2007 season as Hastie, who was a graduate of the go kart ranks, captured the Spec Sportsman title at Accord with consistent performances throughout the season. Hastie also captured Rookie of the Years honors. At the banquet honoring the drivers for their racing exploits Hastie was called away as his wife was giving birth at that time and Baldwin accepted the award on his behalf. Baldwin also earned top crew chief honors.
In 2008 while vying for the track title in the Spec Sportsman ranks, the team made the decision to make the transition into the Modifieds and Hastie qualified both times out to end the season. The team competed with the Modifieds during the 2009 season with Hastie recording some top five finishes and earning Rookie of the Year honors in the Modified division.
The 2010 racing season was more down than ups for the team even though the team enjoyed some top five finishes. Hastie stepped away after the season to devote more time to his family and his business. The decision allowed Baldwin to focus his attention to his growing business.
Baldwin is no stranger to the Accord racing scene. Beginning in 1995, Baldwin captured the Yanaha Heavy class go kart title at Accord. He then transitioned into the Street Stock division in 1997 where Baldwin plied his trade and learned his lessons well as he picked up one win, was third in points and captured Rookie of the Year honors. Consistent in the points arena, Baldwin captured nine more wins during his stay in the division and earned back to back championship honors in 1998 and 1999. Sitting at the top wrung of the division, Baldwin decided on a change in divisions moving up to the Sportsman ranks. In 2000, Baldwin picked up Rookie of the Year honors in the division and picked up five sportsman wins before stepping away from the seat with some back issues he feels he has rid himself of. Baldwin's Family has also been around the Accord scene for some time as his Grandmother Pauline introduced the family relatives to racing and although The Chief is the first member of the family to try his hand at racing all family members have attended the Accord Speedway racing since the opening of the speedway in 1962 and also the now defunct Onteora (Olive Bridge) Speedway.
Baldwin will go to battle with a former Lem Atkins race car, purchased at the end of the season. The 2017 Bicknell chassied hot rod will have the crate legal motor anchored between the rails and sponsorship will come from his business Chief Enterprises, a excavating and trucking company. While still seeking out additional sponsors for the team, Baldwin has the car ready to rock and roll when the first practice sessions calls the racers to battle in his familiar signature numbered 21B and has dubbed the racer "Pauline" in honor of his grandmother..
Baldwin is married to his wife Debbie and together they have two children, Cody at 23 and Emma at 19 years of age. Baldwin is also a sponsor on track champion "Showtime" Danny Tyler's race team and together they will work aside of each other in the Accord pit area being parked next to one another.
While all stories leading up to the start of the season are good ones, this story is one for the loyal Accord fans to visualize and feel that once the racing fever enters your soul they will always want to be a part of the action in some way, shape or form. It is going to be a great season so make plans now to be at the "Gem in the Catskills" throughout the entire season.
Racing will be on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note that when the season begins the 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)
The 2018 racing schedule at Accord is now online although there is some additional events still in the planning stages. Two practice sessions will open the speedway up early in April and opening night is schedule for April 20th with Fast Signs headlining the opening night show.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their Facebook page or their well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845-626-1142.
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