Column By: MIKE TRAVERSE / RPW – ACCORD, NY – Accord Speedway finally caught a break from Mother Nature on Friday and held their third event of the season.
Scott Ferrier and his team used the off time to go over the First Responders #20 and the extra work paid off on Friday night as he sped to victory in the 30 lap feature event over Randy Green and Danny Creeden.
After some early cautions, pole sitter Ferrier was leading, but under pressure from his brother, John Ferrier. John came to a stop after a lap 7 restart and retired. This put Daniel Morgiewicz Jr. into 2nd and Randy Green. Creeden gained positions from his 11th starting spot to race his way into 4th. They ran in that order until Morgiewicz Jr. pulled into the infield after 17 laps were completed. This moved Green into 2nd and Creeden 3rd.
After one final restart, Ferrier again pulled away on the restart as he went on to take his 9th career Accord win over Green with a margin of victory of just over a second. Following the 3rd finishing Creeden in the top 5 were Geoff Quackenbush in 4th and Craig Mitchell in 5th. Positions 6 thru 10 were filled by Shane Jablonka 6th, Jimmy Wells 7th, Danny Tyler 8th, Mike Corbin 9th and Rich Ricci Jr. 10th.
“The Troyer car, we’ve had some hard luck lately, not finishing races. I knew that if we got good track position that we would finish well,” Ferrier said. “I thought tonight that we would have a pretty good shot at it. I have to thank my crew, my son Glen. John and Pat, they were working on the car all the time during the off weeks. We came back strong. We knew we were strong last time out, and here we are.”
Travis Green came out on top with a late race pass of Brian Durbin to take Friday’s Sportsman feature. Jared LaBagh finished 2nd and Durbin was 3rd.
The pace was fast and furious as the first 20 laps were run non-stop. Durbin sped away from his pole position start with Ryan Stortini 2nd and Jared Miller 3rd. Fourth starting Green took 3rd from Miller on lap 7 and 7th starting LaBagh was in 4th by lap 9. As the top 2 remained unchanged, there was great racing further back with Green and LaBagh battling each other for position and others in the top 10 swapping positions back and forth.
The first caution flew on lap 21 for Austin Smith. Green and Labagh got by Stortini on the restart with Green taking the lead from Durbin on lap 23 with LaBagh taking 2nd one lap later. With one to go, caution was out for Stortini. Green took off on the final restart and crossed the finish line a half second ahead of LaBagh. Durbin finished 3rd with Charles Loiodice 4th and Tyler Johnston 5th. Rounding out the top 10 were Jimmy Johnson 6th, Cody Higbie 7th, Dominic Roselli Jr. 8th, Kyle Rohner 9th and Miller 10th.
John Hechinger led start to finish, withstanding a number of restart challenges to win Friday’s Pure Stock race. Ray Tarantino applied a lot of pressure on Hechinger, but had to settle for 2nd. Gary Ronk finished 3rd with Walt Henry 4th and Brian Walsh 5th.
In the All Star Slingshots, Amber Baccaglini sailed to victory over Sophia Spear. Kristen Bishop, Alex McCann and Rob Charmello.
Chase See was the Junior Slingshot winner over Brayden Traver, Calleigh Stritmater, Walt Henry IV and Brayden Marks.
The Coupes and Coaches division made a visit to Accord on Friday with Jim Halpin taking the win over Jim Fugel, Dan Kazal, Dan McKiernan and Mike Cole.
In 4 Fireball Cylinder action, it was Brandon Conklin taking the win over Richard Smith, Chris Dyer, Cameron Reichenbaugh and George Barringer.
Wrapping up the program was the Rookie Sportsman with Scott Zehnacker taking the win over Mark Connoly, Kyle Dunham, Darryl Collins and Shayne Durbin.
Racing returns to the Big A on Friday, June 10th.