The Dirt-Track Dessert: Annual ‘Gobbler’ Set For Saturday, November 28

At Accord Speedway; Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks & Slingshots In Action

ACCORD, NY – Eat dinner with the family. We’ll provide the dirt-track dessert.

That has been the motto for the ‘Gobbler’ post-Thanksgiving special at Accord Speedway as the event is set for its third running Saturday, November 28. A full slate of stock car racing at the Ulster County quarter-mile oval will conclude the 2015 dirt-track season in the Northeast.

Headlining the ‘Gobbler’ spectacular is a 50-lap main for big-block/small-block Modifieds offering a healthy $5,300 winner’s share and $300 just to take the green flag. Sportsman (Open vs. Crate 602) race for 25 laps and $1,200 to win. Completing the program will be Street Stocks, competing in the Ron Wright Memorial with a $500 winner’s share for 20 laps and Slingshots doing battle for $300 to win in a 20-lap feature.

The ‘Gobbler’ has been run twice at Accord Speedway as a co-promotion involving speedway owners Gary and Donna Palmer and Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC.

“People have been asking about this race since the middle of the summer,” Accord’s Gary Palmer said. “It is amazing the following the race has built up. Our fans really look forward to it as something they can do on the holiday weekend.”

A quickly run program is again planned for the ’15 edition, getting fans and competitors in and out on a potentially brisk afternoon.

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.

Marketing and lap sponsorship opportunities are now available for the ‘Gobbler’ event by contacting BD Motorsports Media by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail:

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 a post-Thanksgiving 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 website at, follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or visit the Short Track Super Series page on Facebook.

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:


UnknownRiverhead, NY Nov. 1st.

IMG_8836 (2)A jam packed pit area along with a large enthusiastic crowd turned out Sunday afternoon as new Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz presented the Fall Frenzy Legend Race Car and Enduro program. Brad Van Houten of Wading Riverhead came away with his biggest Legend Race Car victory of his career when he topped the 40-lap Cone race earning a cool $1,000 in the process. Four of the seven Fall Frenzy feature event winners enjoyed their first career victories making the afternoon even more special.

By virtue of winning the first qualifying heat Brad Van Houten sat on the pole of the 22 car field for the start of the feature quickly taking the lead when the race went green with Paul Dodorico in pursuit. The first of several caution flags waved on lap 5 for a minor spin and once the field was reset the “Cone” was placed at the start finish line with leader Van Houten having the choice of the inside or outside lane. Brad on this occasion as well the entire race chose the inside and remained the race leader when the race resumed. Dodorico lost second on the first restart when he picked the inside lane with Van Houten as Kevin Nowak moved to second. Kevin on more than one restart tried to use the crossover maneuver on Van Houten entering the first turn with Brad able to thwart every time.
Nowak chased Van Houten up until the 35th lap when he got caught up in a tangle off turn 2 drawing a yellow flag and moving Bryan Kelly into second. Kelly like Nowak be
fore him tried to make a move for the lead on Van Houten during two late race restarts but again Brad was equal to the challenge each and every time.

At the checker flag it would be the Riverhead Building Supply entry of Brad Van Houten scoring the much needed win. Brad an his team worked late in the week to install a new engine in the winning mount after losing a motor a week prior at the New London Waterford Speedbowl. “I have to thank 600 Racing, I ordered the motor Tuesday and Thursday it was delivered to my house: Brad revealed. “From that point on my Dad (Mike) broke his back getting the motor in the car making this win possible” Van Houten added. Aside from the $1,000 payday Brad now also earned a starting position for the Legend Race Car event during the Turkey Derby weekend at Wall Stadium over Thanksgiving weekend.

“Blackjack” Bryan Kelly of Aquebogue was runner-up in the Gregor Well Drilling machine after starting the race 7th with Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches placing third in the Fastenal racer coming from 11th for the podium finish. Ray Fitzgerald of Manorville and Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead completed the top five.

IMG_8779 (2)Greg Zaleski of Jamesport broke out to the lead of the 50-lap Grand Enduro on lap 7 and had to withstand a late race charge by Jimmy “The Kid” White Jr. of Southampton before he could claim the win. Zaleski made an inside pass of early leader Cody Triola off turn two moving him to the lead on lap 7. Over the balance of the race Greg was challenged by Triola, Brian McCormack and Jimmy White who moved to second on lap 17. Jimmy’s first task was erasing a comfortable lead Zaelski built up which he did and with five laps to go White was all over Greg’s bumper. With two to go White got into Zaleski i=off turn four but Greg was able to hold onto the Blue Point Auto Body Chevy and drive to the hard fought win. Jimmy White was runner-up in the Busy Bee Pest Control Chevy while David Antos of Lindenhurst placed third in the GR Performance Chevy.

Rob “The Racer” McCormick of Calverton made his first Truck Enduro start in quite sometime a successful one as he dominated the 50-lap race. Rob started the race from the outside pole and when the green flag waved drove to the race lead, a lead he’d never relinquish in the TJ Hero’s entry. Don Nelson Jr. chased McCormick over the first 17 circuits of the contest before he was passed by Ben Gregor of Bridgehampton on lap 18. Gregor was able to take a chunk out of a large lead McCormick had built but in the end would settle for runner up money in the Gregor Well Drilling Chevy. Don Nelson Jr. of Rocky Point was third in the Nelson Brothers Farms mount.IMG_8698 (2)

Second year 8-Cylinder Enduro talent Mike D’Orta of Deer park enjoyed the thrill of victory for the first time in his career when he topped the 75-lap 8-Cylinder race. D’Orta burst upon the scene during the 2014 season and had strung together numerous top five finishes before scoring the Fall Frenzy victory in his Mustang Magic racer Sunday after taking the lead in the late stages of the race. Sean Fitzpatrick of West Babylon was runner-up with Mark Wolf of Shirley third in the Shirley Feed Chevy.

IMG_8984 (2)Also enjoying his first career 8-Cylinder Enduro triumph in the 50-lap nightcap for the class was Jarred Halsey of Southampton in his Sabrosa Mexican Grill. Halsey, a third generation drive started the race from the 11th spot and took the race lead from veteran Rhett Fogg with just a few laps remaining. Father Brian Halsey was runner up while Fogg of Westhampton crossed the line third.

Despite winning the 2015 4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro title Paul Wojcik of Centereach had yet to visit victory lane at Riverhead Raceway but that all changed in their 75-lap Fall Frenzy evenIMG_9184 (2)t. With the laps winding down Wojcik was running second to Steve Fuller who led a majority of the race. Suddenly as the field came down for the two laps to go signal Fuller found himself passed by the Fisher Signs & Shirts machine of Paul Wojcik who then scored that all important and memorable first career win.  Fuller of Holbrook was runner-up while Paul Pimpinella of Centereach was third.

In the true spirit of the newly formed Gut & Go Enduro Brandon Petricek of Shoreham bought the car he would drive to victory Sunday on Thursday, gutted and prepared it Friday and Saturday and then drove to the 50-lap win.  Mike Biddlecomb of Islip and Tommy “The Wildchild” Walkowiak of Ridge were second and third.

During the afternoon a special Trick Or Treat session was held for children in the grandstand area hosted by Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz with the kids getting candy from some favorite Halloween charecters. Many of the race teams in the pit area hosted a second such session for the youngsters after racing was complete.

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Legend Race Cars: 1. Brad Van Houten 2. Bryan Kelly 3. Artie Pedersen III 4. Ray Fitzgerald 5. Kyle Ellwood 6. Allan Pedersen 7. Kevin Nowak 8. Vinny Delaney 9. Jerry Curran 10. John Fortin Jr. 11. Ed Cheslak 12. Brandon Remson 13. Jeff Otto Jr. 14. Dennis Kurras 15. Steve DeFriest 16. Bill Fitzgerald 17. Kenny Southard 18. Kyle Kwasna 19. Paul Dodorico 20. Michael Rommeney 21. Johnnie Gloor 22. Mike Van Houten

Grand Enduro (top five) 1. Greg Zaleski 2. Jimmy White Jr. 3. David Antos 4. Brian McCormack 5. Jeff Otto Jr.

Truck Enduro (top five) 1. Rob McCormick 2. Ben Gregor 3. Don Nelson Jr. 4. RJ Gage 5. Rich Galante

1st 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Mike D’Orta 2. Sean Fitzpatrick 3. Mark Wolf 4. Brian Halsey 5. Kevin Coyle

2nd 8-Cylinder Enduro (top five) 1. Jarred Halsey 2. Brian Halsey 3. Rhett Fogg 4. Jimmy White Jr. 5. Bob Baker

4/6-Cylinder Car Enduro (top five) 1. Paul Wojcik 2. Steve Fuller 3. Paul Pimpinella 4. Robert Strobel 5. George Davis

Gut & Go Enduro (top five) 1. Brandon Petricek 2. Mike Biddlecomb 3. Tommy Walkowiak 4. Bill Quinn 5. Richard Gray

Evergreen Raceway Park Announced “Snowball 100” Enduros

St. Johns, PA (11/1/2015)- Under its new management, Evergreen raceway Park in St. John’s, PA recently announced that the track will host a pair of 100-lap “Bone Stock” endure events just after the new year. The themed “Snowball 100” will feature a 100-lap endure for 4-cylinder cars and another 100-lapper for 6/8-cylinder vehicle. The event is a non-points show that is just for fun and the winner of each class will receive $500 for the win, as long as there is at least 25 vehicles that take the green flag in each event.

image001(1)Both fans and drivers alike are asked to bring a canned food item. All of the cans will be collected and donated to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Johns, which is only a half mile away from Evergreen Raceway Park.

Jason Makarewicz, the Track Manager, is eager to have a successful show for the racers and fans alike.

“This is all for fun”, he said. “Plus, asking everyone to bring a canned food item is a great idea, especially around the holidays. We’re planning on hosting several charitable efforts like that this season.”

He continued, “I want to get as many people as possible out to the track and I want them to have fun. The rules are based around bone stock vehicles and I’m sure that many folks will have a million questions. We’ll work on a separate endure series down the road but this isn’t a part of that. Again, it’s just for fun.”

The event will take place snow, rain or shine on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Drivers can visit the track website to download the pre registration form. Pre registration is $40 and registration the day of the event is $50. Each driver will have to rent a transponder for $10 and the pit entry fee is set at $25. The pit gates will open at approximately 11 AM.

Grandstand admission is $5 and children 10 years of age and younger will be admitted for free. All of the action is slated to kick off at 1 PM.

All of the pre registered drivers will be listed on the speedway website and they will start their 100-lap races in the order in which they register. The rules for the event are also available on the speedway website.
Makarewicz concluded, “This is a great way to start off the 2016 racing season. Races like these are a ton of fun to watch and also to drive in and at the very least, they are very entertaining to the fans. With everyone’s support, this will give us a great foundation to the start of what really needs to be a successful year to keep Evergreen alive and well.”

Makarewicz recently announced that the regular division rules will be released in the upcoming weeks. He also made mention that the weekly payouts would be handed out the night of the event, which has a lot of racers stoked about the upcoming season. The 2016 racing schedule will follow the release of the rules.

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