Column By: MIKE TRAVERSE / RPW – ACCORD, NY – It was a sunny, but chilly day for Saturday’s Gobbler at Accord Speedway.
However, after what the speedway went through in 2023, they will take it.
Car counts were solid for the late November event. 28 Modifieds, 30 Sportsman, 18 Pure Stocks and 15 Slingshots took to the track at Accord Saturday.
Hunter Lapp had a most improbable podium finish Saturday. Within the first 10 laps of Saturday’s feature, he was involved in 3 separate incidents. The 3rd one saw Hunter flipping onto his side in a rough looking crash.
The tow crew pushed the car over and Hunter continued on, grabbing a well earned 3rd place finish. No quit in Hunter Lapp.
Joe Judge doesn’t bring out his Sportsman on a regular basis. But on Saturday, he had it running as well as it ever has at Accord. Just incredible bad luck for the likeable driver who lost a certain feature win due to circumstances.
Dominick Buffalino was wheeling the Danny Creeden 16x Saturday.
Mike Vigiletti has had a season to forget in 2023 and that continued Saturday as the popular OCFS champion racer took home a badly damaged car.
Two other heavily damaged Pure Stocks were John Miracle’s 89A and Hank Morin’s great looking car.
It was a rough day for the Johnson Brothers, Andy and Joseph as their tow vehicle had some fuel pump gremlins and had to leave the track. Everybody who attends a race sees how hard these guys work every event and what they do is so much appreciated. Shake it off fellas, just a bad day.
Then, the backup tow vehicle ran into problems. Thanks to Premier Auto Body of Highland, NY and Kevin Ward for bringing a tow vehicle to the track. Those people saved the show.
A big thank you goes out to those who posted contingency awards for today’s race.
- Davis Sound, Wes Davis.
- The Hard Clay After Hours Facebook Group.
- Accurate Collision Dave Farber.
- Steve & Darlene Smalley.
- Brett Ryan Hair Artistry.
- KBS Photos Kevin Berryman.
And thank you to Saturday’s event sponsor, O’Connor & Partners PLLC Personal Injury Attorneys.
With this being my last Accord column for 2023, I find it necessary to thank the people there that help me with the duties that I do to bring the action from Accord to the Race Pro Weekly readers.
Thank you to the Palmer Family, Gary, Donna and Melissa who always show my family and I so much kindness and courtesy at the track.
Thank you to Accord’s scorer, Michael Hager, Race Director Dave Rocket and handicapper Robert Freer for supplying me with information, finishing orders and just answering any questions that I have.
Announcer Ric Ryder who can sometimes help me out with a driver identity.
Track Photographer Kevin Berryman who always treats me with courtesy and respect.
It’s obvious that 2023 was a difficult year for the Bullring. But the Palmer Family and the good folks at Accord never gave up and it seems that 2023 ended on the upswing.
I’m looking forward to covering the action again in 2024 at the Big A!!