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$59,700 Distributed At First Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Awards Banquet

Stewart Friesen (North Region), Ryan Watt (South Region) & Brian Carber (XCel 600 Modified) Lead Honorees On Festive Night

BREINIGSVILLE, PA – The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP officially concluded its 2015 season on Saturday night in festive fashion.

For the first time, the STSS hosted an Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Conference Center of Breinigsville, Pa. A point fund of $59,700 cash was distributed to competitors, in addition to product and other certificates, before more than 150 attendees.

Stewart Friesen, who earned the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region title and Ryan Watt, the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region champion, led the list of honorees. Brian Carber was also in the limelight as the XCel 600 Modified mini-series champion.

Following a delicious buffet-style dinner and opening comments by series director Brett Deyo, the STSS announcing team of Jeff Ahlum and Leon Andrus took the podium to commence the awards ceremony. A multimedia presentation accompanied the point presentation.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., dominated the eight-race STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region en route to the $15,000 title. Driving the Jeff Daley-owned No. 44, Friesen started the season with a win at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., in the ‘Hard Clay Open’ and scored three straight victories during the summer stretch with the ‘Crazy 8s Special’ at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 51’ at N.Y.’s Woodhull Raceway and the Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y.

Four wins, plus a pair of runner-up finishes (at Pa.’s Big Diamond and Thunder Mountain’s June event) and a sixth in the I-88 Short Track SuperNationals finale allowed Friesen to accrue 790 points.

“The Short Track Super Series offers a great product,” noted Friesen upon collecting his championship hardware and embroidered American Racer jackets for both he and car owner Jeff Daley. “We really enjoyed getting out to some different places racing on the series this year; Woodhull comes to mind as a really cool event we were able to win.

“We started out with a win at Orange County and kept rolling from there. Jeff Daley gave us great equipment and Eric Mack my crew chief had us dialed in.”

Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., earned second-place laurels, having four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes with the Chris Gennarelli No. 27J. Johnson totaled 656 points and also won the “post-season” ‘Gobbler’ event at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway. He received $7,000.

2014 champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., placed third in the standings with six top-10 finishes in eight events including a second in the July ‘Crazy 8s Special’ at I-88 (633 points – $3,500). Completing the top-five were Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y., earning 584 points and $2,500 with four top-10 finishes in the Mel Schrufer No. 2A and Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., with the New York Truck Parts No. 55, totaling 582 points with five top-10 finishes ($2,000).

Drivers finishing sixth through 12th, respectively, were I-88 Short Track SuperNationals winner Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y. (574 points – $1,650); three-time top-10 finisher Mike Mahaney of King Ferry, N.Y., with 548 points ($1,550); Accord ‘Battle of the Bullring’ victor Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y. (484 points – $1,450); Tommy Meier of Waldwick, N.J., with a best finish of second at Accord (480 points – $1,350); Woodhull king Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa. (460 points – $1,250); Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa. (405 points – $750); and sophomore Modified driver Nick Nye of Groton, N.Y. (346 points – $650).

Eight drivers entered the STSS Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region finale at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway with a chance to win the champions. One driver, Boyertown, Pa.’s Ryan Watt, emerged with the crown. Watt demonstrated both consistency and perseverance in his run to the title, including fourth-place finishes at Bridgeport (N.J.), New Egypt (N.J.) and Georgetown (Del.).

Watt and his Ron Roberts-fielded team battled through mid-race skirmishes to finish seventh at Big Diamond and 11th at Delaware International to earn 437 points and the $7,500 title.

Watt received a trophy and American Racer jackets for car owner Roberts and wife Lesley.

“When this series came out last winter, we made it a priority for our team,” Watt said. “We’ve run well at all the tracks on the series. Bridgeport is our home track and we’ve won at New Egypt and Big Diamond. I haven’t been able to win yet in Delaware, but we run well when we race down there at Georgetown and Delaware International.

“The high-paying series races made it more attractive for us to go out and race. Ron Roberts gave us what we needed, big-block, small-block, we had it.”

New York’s Anthony Perrego finished runner-up to Watt with four top-10 finishes in the five events, earning 416 points and $3,000. David Van Horn Jr., the ‘Diamond State 50’ winner at Delaware International and second-place finisher in the Bridgeport ‘South Jersey Shootout’ placed third. The Harmony, N.J., native accrued 402 points and received $2,250.

Two-time series winner at Bridgeport and Big Diamond – Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa. – finished fourth in the standings with 400 points ($1,500) and Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J., was fifth with three top-10 finishes in the John Pakenham No. 18, accruing 347 points ($1,200).

Completing the top-10 were Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., driving the Dick Biever No. 14s with two third-place finishes and 338 points ($1,000); Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. (336 points – $900); Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass. (292 points – $850); Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. (284 points – $800); and Georgetown ‘Blast at the Beach’ winner Jordan Watson of Milford, Del. (281 points -$750).

Drivers recognized for having perfect attendance outside the top-10 were Brian Kressley of Orefield, Pa., Matt Jester of Milford, Del., Shawn Ward of Hurlock, Md., and Neal Williams of Glassboro, N.J. Each perfect attendance driver was eligible for $250.

Brian Carber of Pipersville, Pa., was recognized as the STSS XCel 600 Modified champion, winning events at Bridgeport (quarter-mile), I-88 (a sweep of July and October events) and Thunder Mountain. Carber, a Sprint Car driver moonlighting in Doug Borger’s XCel 600 Modified ranks, received $500 for his title in the series run in conjunction with STSS Modified events.

STSS coordinator Brett Deyo presented a number of special awards.

Two Sportsmanship Awards were handed out. The South Region recipient was driver and business owner Brian Kressley, whose Kressley’s Auto Sales business in Claussville, Pa., provides the STSS pace truck. Kressley, while in the top-10 in points, gave up the seat of his car to Rick Laubach in the Georgetown South finale so Laubach could chase a championship.

In the North Region, all-around “good guy” Craig Hanson of Johnstown, N.Y., was recognized with a Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the series and his family’s willingness to help and promote the STSS.

Entering the Georgetown STSS South Region final event, David Van Horn Jr. held the point lead. Van Horn was in position to win the title when a parts failure sent him to the pits late in the race. As such, Van Horn was selected as the Hard Luck Award recipient.

Andy Bachetti was bestowed the STSS Best Appearing Car Award for his immaculate black and fluorescent No. 34 mounts.

The 2015 Contribution to the Series Award went to Jeff Behrent of Behrent’s Performance Warehouse. Behrent has been pivotal in landing many of the contingency and product sponsors competitors enjoy while racing with the STSS. He is also the owner of the Tommy Meier-driven No. 3 on the series.

Gary Mann received the Car Owner of the Year Award. Mann’s team supported every North and South event this season, running all 12 points-paying events at the two ‘Gobbler’ events at Accord Speedway with driver Anthony Perrego, traveling a total of 3,369 miles from their race shop in Wurtsboro, N.Y.

Dirt Track Digest $250 cash awards to drivers leading the most laps in each region were presented by Mike Mallett to Stewart Friesen (North) and Rick Laubach (South).

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series and the approaching 2016 season, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail, visit, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook of follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

BANQUET BITS: Series director Brett Deyo outlined plans for the upcoming 2016 season which will again feature North and South regions. A South Region date has been added to the original tentative schedule: Sunday, July 31 at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, Pa., a return of big-block Modifieds for the first time since 2006 at the facility recently purchased by Scott Gobrecht….

A review of the 2015 STSS season by the numbers was truly impressive. During the recently completed season, 667 feature-event laps were run. Each lap was sponsored for a minimum of $20 per lap. A total of $20,167 was distributed in lap money alone to series racers. Additional bonus money (heat money, Hard Charger Awards, etc.) added up to $14,557. Base purses paid totaled $360,137 and the point fund distributed was $59,700. All told, racers received $394,841 from the STSS in ’15….

A drawing of North Region top point-getters for a Henry Stainless Steel Exhaust System went to Mike Mahaney. Meanwhile, Anthony Perrego’s name was drawn for a wrap, worth $850, by Pilat Graphic Design. Billy Pauch Jr. was the recipient of an outer body kit from S&D Bodyline of Bath, Pa., a drawing of drivers with perfect attendance in the North and South regions, respectively….

Contingency and product awards were plentiful, in addition to a slew of door prize gifts….

2016 STSS openers are set for Orange County Fair Speedway on April 2 (North) and Georgetown Speedway March 12 (South)….

DJ Jammin’ Jimmy Payne provided music for dancing following the awards portion of the evening….
Short Track Super Series Awards/Contingency Summary

Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region
Hig Fab Chassis $500 Credit: Danny Creeden (Highest Rep)
Teo-Pro Car $500 Credit: Stewart Friesen (Highest Rep)
Bicknell Racing Products $500 Credit: Danny Johnson (Highest Rep)
Dirt Track Digest $250 Lap Leader Bonus: Stewart Friesen
Kirkey Racing Fabrication $300 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Kirkey Racing Fabrication $150 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Kirkey Racing Fabrication $100 Product Certificate: Andy Bachetti (Third)
FOX Racing Shocks Two FREE Shocks: Stewart Friesen (Highest Rep)
Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust System: Mike Mahaney (Draw)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $250 Credit: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $150 Credit: Danny Johnson (Second)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $100 Credit: Andy Bachetti (Third)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Jeff Heotzler (Draw)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Jackie Brown Jr. (Draw)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Jeff Heotzler (Fourth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Tommy Meier (Ninth)
COMP Cams $150 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Quarter Master $150 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Crane Ignition $150 Product Certificate: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
Driven Racing Oil Any XP Oil, Two Cases: Stewart Friesen (Champion)
COMP Cams $100 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Quarter Master $100 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Crane Ignition $100 Product Certificate: Danny Johnson (Second)
Driven Racing Oil Carb Defender Race Concentrate, One Case: Danny Johnson (Second)
COMP Cams $50 Product Certificate: Billy Van Pelt (10th)
Vahlco Wheels FREE Beadlock Wheel: Anthony Perrego (Fifth)
Pilat Graphic Design FREE Wrap ($850 Value): Anthony Perrego (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Five-Gallon Jug: Danny Creeden (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Five Gallon Jug: Billy Van Pelt (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Case, Small Engine Fuel: Jeff Strunk (Draw)

Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. South Region
S&D Bodyline Complete Outer Body Kit: Billy Pauch Jr. (Draw)
Hig Fab Chassis $500 Credit: Jeff Strunk (Highest Rep)
Teo-Pro Car $500 Credit: Anthony Perrego (Highest Rep)
Bicknell Racing Products $500 Credit: Billy Pauch Jr. (Highest Rep)
Dirt Track Digest $250 Lap Leader Bonus: Rick Laubach
FOX Racing Shocks Two FREE Shocks: Anthony Perrego (Highest Rep)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $250 Credit: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $150 Credit: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear $100 Credit: Billy Pauch Jr. (Third)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Jordan Watson (Draw)
Hypercoil Two FREE Springs: Anthony Perrego (Draw)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Rick Laubach (Fourth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $200 Gift Card: Brad Trice (Ninth)
COMP Cams $150 Product Certificate: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Quarter Master $150 Product Certificate: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Crane Ignition $150 Product Certificate: Ryan Watt (Champion)
Driven Racing Oil Any XP Oil, Two Cases: Ryan Watt (Champion)
COMP Cams $100 Product Certificate: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Quarter Master $100 Product Certificate: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Crane Ignition $100 Product Certificate: Anthony Perrego (Second)
Driven Racing Oil Carb Defender Concentrate, One Case: Anthony Perrego (Second)
COMP Cams $50 Product Certificate: Jordan Watson (10th)
Vahlco Wheels FREE Beadlock Wheel: Billy Pauch Jr. (Fifth)
Allstar Performance $150 Certificate: David Van Horn Jr. (Third)
Allstar Performance $150 Certificate: Andy Bachetti (Eighth)
Shiley Fabrications Bumpers, Rubrails, Mounts, Etc.: Anthony Perrego (Perfect Attendance, North & South)
VP Racing Fuels Five-Gallon Jug: Brad Trice (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Five-Gallon Jug: David Van Horn Jr. (Draw)
VP Racing Fuels Case, Small Engine Fuel: Craig Von Dohren (Draw)

Danny Johnson Closes 2015 Dirt-Track Season With Accord Speedway December ‘Gobbler’ Victory

ACCORD, NY – On an historic day for New York state dirt-track racing, Danny Johnson brought down the curtain on the 2015 outdoor season at Accord Speedway.

For the first time in 27 years, a Northeast dirt-track event was held in December as the Ulster County facility hosted the rain-postponed ‘Gobbler’ special. Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., guided Chris Gennarelli’s No. 27J to victory in a down-to-the-wire 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified feature before a packed grandstand on an unseasonably warm Saturday.

Johnson earned $5,695 for his efforts at the co-promotion involving speedway promoters Gary and Donna Palmer and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

“I always look forward to racing here at Accord,” said a smiling Johnson afterward. “If it was closer, I’d be here more often. Thanks to the promoters for giving us a chance to race for this kind of money so late in the year. It feels good going into the winter.

“I can never remember racing this late in New York.”

Johnson was a heat-race winner earlier in the afternoon and started from second in the main via a redraw of top qualifiers. At the start, he outgunned first-time Accord participant Tyler Siri to assume the lead.

The first 11 laps of the main spun off caution-free with Johnson approaching lapped traffic as the yellow lights flickered on.

On the ensuing restart, Siri – a regular on the New York circuit at Black Rock and Five Mile Point speedways – swept past Johnson to put his No. 5* into the top spot.

Following the race’s second caution on the 20th lap, a heated green-flag stretch of 23 laps ensued with Siri leading Johnson and an impressive Billy Van Inwegen, at the controls of Dieter Schmidt’s familiar yellow Lincoln Auto Body No. 5. With the leaders catching the back of the field and time winding down, the lead trio at times spread out three wide with Siri running the outside, Johnson the middle and Van Inwegen the extreme inside.

On lap 43, the race’s complexion changed dramatically. A scramble on the backstretch resulted in Siri spinning at the entrance of turn three.

Johnson then reclaimed the lead over Van Inwegen. A tangle on the restart drew an immediate yellow. When starter Jeff Merkel unfurled the green, Van Inwegen edged ahead of Johnson entering turn one. Johnson, however, surged back ahead in turn two.

Johnson fended off Van Inwegen over the final seven laps to take the checkered and draw a buzz from the large crowd.

Van Inwegen, of Sparrowbush, N.Y., finished an impressive second, turning around his streak of late-season bad luck since joining forces with iconic north Jersey owner Schmidt.

In his final ride for car owner Dave Zubikowski, Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa., earned a podium finish. Strunk methodically worked the inside lane from his eighth starting position to finish third.

Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., secured fourth position on the final lap with an outside pass of Tyler Dippel. Bachetti had started sixth, dropped back early and rallied in the final laps. Wallkill, N.Y., teen Dippel completed the front five.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Jerry Higbie Jr. of Newburgh, N.Y.; a steady Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., who started ninth; 14th-starter Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y.; original ‘Gobbler’ winner Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y.; and 24th-starter Chris Shultz of Pawling, N.Y., who earned the $300 Hard Charger Award sponsored by Economy Movers.

Heat winners, receiving $50 each from Craig Decker Forest Products, were Van Inwegen, Johnson, Bachetti and Perrego. Dan Humes (Canaan, Conn.) and Chuck McKee (Middletown, N.Y.) split the consolations.

Capital District star Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., invaded and drove to victory in the 25-lap Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman main. Hartman earned $1,650 for his efforts: $1,500 from the posted purse and $150 from United Pump & Tank as the first Crate 602 engine across the line.

Hartman felt heavy pressure negotiating traffic in the final laps from Tyler Johnston, who finished a half car-length back in second. Third-generation driver Allison Ricci drove a consistent race to finish third, with 12-year-old rookie Leo Fotopoulos fourth and Randy Green, another third-generation driver, completing the front five.

A 10th-place starting position couldn’t keep Ray Tarantino of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., from earning a $1,000 payday in the Ron Wright Memorial 20-lap Street Stock/Pure Stock headliner. Tarantino, whose car was damaged in a heat-race incident, emerged unscathed in Victory Lane following a rough-and-tumble feature. Kyle Welsh, Jim Maher, Chris Kanuk and Bruce Gordon completed the front five.

Young Matt Shultz of Pawling, N.Y., son of Modified driver Chris Shultz, won the 20-lap Slingshot main event worth $425. Shultz, running the outside lane, maintained his momentum – and the lead – to best Alan Kober at the checkered. Kober was the runner-up, followed by Alan Selemba, Hunter Lapp and Dale Kober. Chris Kurtz had crossed the checkered first but was disqualified for losing a muffler during the event per Speedway Entertainment rules.

Saturday’s event closed out the 2015 season for BD Motorsports Media LLC. The ’16 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP South Region opener takes place Saturday, March 12 at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del. Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., opens the North Region on Saturday, April 2.

For updated information, visit the BD Motorsports Media LLC website at, follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or visit the Short Track Super Series page on Facebook. Contact Brett Deyo by phone by 845.728.2781 during business hours.

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at

‘GOBBLER’ LEFTOVERS: A sun-splashed pit area was filled with 112 race cars on Saturday: 35 Modifieds, 31 Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman, 24 Slingshots and 22 Street Stocks. A large crowd took in the historic event….

Despite daytime racing, Accord Speedway’s Gary Palmer provided a smooth and racy surface with no track work required following the start of racing….

A festive atmosphere included a Christmas tree, speedway employee Tim Adams dressed as Santa Claus, holiday music on the PA system, “Santa’s Little Helpers” in the pace truck and more. Ashley Cootware performed live renditions of the Canadian and USA national anthems….

Misfortune sidelined three Modified contenders before the feature: Mike Mahaney with a stuck valve in the engine of Jim Shear’s No. 77X, Brian Malcolm with a broken balancer on the engine of his No. 119 and L.J. Lombardo with a distributor failure….

A number of contributing sponsors boosted winner’s shares including Upstate Auto (Modified and Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman), Oakland Valley (N.Y.) Dirt Track (Slingshot) and Affordable Home Improvement, “Pop” Wright, Bulldog Concrete and Schmidt’s Wholesale (Street Stock/Pure Stock)….


Modified Feature Finish (50 Laps): DANNY JOHNSON ($5,695), Billy Van Inwegen, Jeff Strunk, Andy Bachetti, Tyler Dippel, Jerry Higbie Jr., Mike Ricci, Danny Tyler, Anthony Perrego, Chris Shultz, Jeff Heotzler, Jimmy Wells, Robbie Green, Bob McGannon, Dan Humes, Kurt Hundeland, Dom Roselli, Chuck McKee, Tyler Siri, Rich Eurich, Danny Creeden, Corey Lowitt, Jeremy Markle, Scott Ferrier, Dave Hinsch.

Did Not Qualify: John Ferrier, Mike Mahaney, Brian Malcolm, Ryan Darcy, Bob Hentschel, Mark Pullen, Chris Ostrowsky, Brad Rothaupt, L.J. Lombardo, Eric Engstrom.

‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money ($1,250 Cash, $150 VP Certificates) Breakdown: Tyler Siri ($425); Danny Johnson ($145); Jeff Strunk ($145); Andy Bachetti ($145); Tyler Dippel ($145); Billy Van Inwegen ($125 and $50 VP Certificate); Jerry Higbie Jr. ($120 and $50 VP certificate) & Mike Ricci ($50 VP Certificate)

Accord Speedway Top Regular Bonus ($100 From Tim Adams): Mike Ricci (seventh)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Danny Tyler (eighth)
Behrent’s Bonuses ($100 Gift Cards): Billy Van Inwegen (second) & Jerry Higbie Jr. (sixth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate): Danny Johnson (winner)
Craig Decker Forest Products Heat Winner Bonuses ($50 Each): Billy Van Inwegen, Danny Johnson, Andy Bachetti & Anthony Perrego
Dirt Track Digest Hard Luck Award ($100): Brian Malcolm (DNQ)
DMJ Racing Photos Top Orange County Regular ($50): Billy Van Inwegen (second)
Economy Movers Hard Charger Award ($300): Chris Shultz (24th to 10th)
Lebanon Valley Top Regular Award ($50 Cash, $50 DMC Racing Certificate): Andy Bachetti (fourth)
SDS Photography Top Hig Fab Chassis Bonus ($30): Jeff Strunk (third)
United Pump & Tank Halfway Leader Bonus ($300): Tyler Siri
Vahlco Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Tyler Dippel (fifth)

Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 Laps): TIM HARTMAN JR. ($1,650), Tyler Johnston, Allison Ricci, Leo Fotopoulos, Randy Green, Brian Krummel, Tyler Boniface, Dan Morgiewicz, Bobby Knipe, Kenny Hinsch, Greg McCloskey, Mike Traver, Collin DuBois, Rich Ricci III, Jeremy Pitts, Phil Goetschius Jr., Ken Ferrier, Adam McAuliffe, John Aumick, Stacey Jackson, Chris Stevens, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Brandon Grosso, Danny Cross.

Did Not Qualify: Rob Lanfear, Jeramy Doerr, John Miller, Chris Murray, Adam Gage, Milton Mann, Dillon Steuer.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Tyler Boniface (seventh)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Tim Hartman Jr. (winner)
Fonda Fan Top Fonda Regular Bonus ($50):
Adam McAuliffe (18th)
United Pump & Tank Crate 602 Bonuses:
Tim Hartman Jr. ($150), Tyler Johnston ($125) & Allison Ricci ($125)

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): RAY TARANTINO ($1,000), Kyle Welsh, Jim Maher, Chris Kanuk, Bruce Gordon, Joe Narok, Steve Williams, Ryan Brockner, Matt Larrivee, Bob Sleight, Josh Towner, Travis Brockner, Joel Murns, Buck Mills, Walt Henry, Chuck Culbertson, Mike Stebbins, Gary Ronk, Mike DuBois Jr., Curtis Ayers, Tim Southard.

Did Not Start: Jeramy Doerr

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonus (FREE Tire): Steve Williams (seventh)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate):
Ray Tarantino (winner)
Par 5 Landscaping Hard Charger Award ($75):
Joe Narok (20h to sixth)

Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): MATT SHULTZ ($425), Alan Kober, Alan Selemba, Hunter Lapp, Dale Kober, Cole Stangle, Josh Marcus, Billy Van Inwegen Sr., Corey Cormier, Justin Mills, Hunter Smith, Jared Miller, Josh Kendall, Joseph Smith, B.K. Rizzo, Ryan Neiger, Samantha Miller, Ryan McCarthy, Dylan Steuer, Cole Hentschel, Don Boonstra, Erin Paulison.

Disqualified: Chris Kurtz

Did Not Start: Kyle Zwart

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonus ($100 Certificate): Matt Shultz (winner)
Hollywood Towing Hard Charger Award ($100): Justin Mills (22nd to 10th)
Jaden Abel Matos Award ($25): Matt Shultz (winner)
JAS Motorsports Bonus ($25): Dale Kober (fifth)
Jay’s Pool Service Top-Finishing Junior ($50): Hunter Lapp (fourth)
Jay’s Pool Service Last-Place Finisher ($50): Erin Paulison (22nd)


“A December to Remember” For New York State Modified Racing This Saturday: Accord Speedway Postponed ‘Gobbler’ Offers Rare Opportunity For December Outdoor Racing In New York State, Breaks Hiatus Of Nearly 20 Years

ACCORD, NY – Accord Speedway is offering dirt-track race fans a “December to remember” this weekend when the rescheduled ‘Gobbler’ event goes green this Saturday, December 5.

Yes, December 5!

For the first time in 27 years, an outdoor, December oval-track stock car event will be held in the Northeast, and quite possibly for the first time in New York State. A full lineup of racing is set for the Ulster County facility in a co-promotion involving speedway owners Gary and Donna Palmer and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

Headlining the ‘Gobbler’ spectacular is a 50-lap main for big-block/small-block Modifieds offering a healthy $5,500 winner’s share and $300 just to take the green flag. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) race for 25 laps and $1,500 to win plus Crate 602 bonuses of $150, $125 and $125. Completing the program will be Street Stocks, in the Ron Wright Memorial with a $1,000 winner’s share for 20 laps, and Slingshots racing for $400 to win in a 20-lap feature.

A number of cash and product bonuses are in place for all divisions, sweetening the pot for racers.

“This is definitely shaping up to be an historic day for racing in New York State,” Deyo said. “It is unfortunate the weather went sour last weekend, but it sure didn’t stifle the buzz about this event. I think it is something the racing community will remember for a long time.”

Racing historians have been poring through the archives pulling records on Northeast December racing. Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway hosted two events: December 6, 1987 and December 4, 1988. Wall Stadium at the Jersey shore raced on December 7, 1985. Of course, the most-talked-about December race took place on December 5, 1982 with the Lehigh Valley 100 at the now-defunct Nazareth (Pa.) National Speedway.

A number of special fan activities are planned for this unique event. The first 50 fans through the gate will receive a thermal mug courtesy of Bob Hilbert Sportswear.

A toy drive to benefit the local youth commission and Accord-Kerhonkson children will be held at the track. All those donating a new, unwrapped toy will receive a coupon for a free hot chocolate.

There could be appearances throughout the day by Santa and “Santa’s helpers” and holiday music in the air.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind day in racing for sure,” Deyo said. “It’s one last shot to get the racing fix before a long winter.”

General rules and information for all divisions can be found on the BD Motorsports Media website at the following link:

Pit gates will open at 10 a.m., with grandstand gates unlocked at 11 a.m. A drivers’ meeting is planned for 12:30 p.m., with hot laps at 1 p.m. and racing at 2 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors (ages 65 and over) pay $20 and Kids 11 and under pay $5. Limited indoor seating is available for $35 by calling 845.626.1142 in advance of the event. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.  

Registration is now open for the Modified, Sportsman and Slingshot divisions. Entry forms have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website. There is no pre-entry fee for the Street Stock division.

The inaugural ‘Gobbler’ was contested on Nov. 30, 2013 with Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., securing the Modified triumph over Stewart Friesen. Other winners included Rocky Warner (Sportsman) and Charlie Houghtaling (Street Stock).

The ’14 version was postponed by weather to April 14, 2015. Jackie Brown Jr., a local Hurley, N.Y., competitor, was the Modified winner. Other victors included Greg McCloskey (Sportsman), Kevin Skelly (Street Stock) and Demetrios Drellos (Slingshot). 

Accord previously ran Thanksgiving weekend race very early in the Palmer promotional regime, back in 2002 with Robbie Green of Wallkill, N.Y., the Modified winner.

For updated information, visit the BD Motorsports Media LLC website at, follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or visit the Short Track Super Series page on Facebook. BD Motorsports Media can be contacted during business hours in 845.728.2781.

Accord Speedway, a neat-and-tidy quarter-mile clay oval nestled in the hills of Ulster County, is located at 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404. The speedway is on the web at


‘Gobbler’ Modified Entry Form:

‘Gobbler’ Sportsman Entry Form:

‘Gobbler’ Slingshot Entry Form: