RPW Column: Troublesome Track Conditions Force Accord Officials To Postpone Mod Feature; Hummer Wins Sportsman
Column By: MIKE TRAVERSE / RPW – ACCORD, NY – After the Short Track Super Series event at Accord on May 9th, the speedway postponed their scheduled opener on May 12 to address the surface problems that arose during that STSS event.
Unfortunately, despite the hard work to get the problems corrected, the event of May 19th was again plagued with some surface issues, especially in the critical restart zone.
After a couple of attempts to get the Modified feature started, it was determined by the drivers that the conditions were not safe to conduct the feature.
Friday’s feature will be postponed to a date later in the season, not necessarily next week.
Despite the loss of the Modified feature, the rest of the racing card was held with some racers recording that coveted first win.
Roger Hummer was a first time winner in the Sportsman division.
Hummer took the lead when early leader Tighe Sherlock spun. After several restarts, Hummer built up a good lead.
But in lapped traffic, Mike Doty was closing in.
Hummer cleared the traffic and again built up the lead. Hummer went on to take the win. Hunter Lapp made a late race pass for 2nd. Doty finished 3rd with Ryan Stortini 4th. Aidan Elliott recovered from a late race spin to finish 5th.
In the first race of the new Accord Speedway Vintage Modifieds division, Harry Baldwin was the winner with Mike Brown 2nd and Adam Douglas 3rd.
Other division winners on Friday were, Jayden Sleight Pure Stocks, Brock Miller Rookies, Sophia Spear All Star Slingshots, EJ Hatch Junior Slingshots, Brandon Conklin Holdover 4 Cylinder and Tim DeGrote Regular 4 Cylinder.
For Miller and Hatch, it was their first Accord Speedway wins.
Good thoughts for the Palmer family as they will continue to work with the issues until they are corrected.