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Operating as usual

Practice this Friday 9/4
Pit gates open at 5:30
Masks and social distancing required
Spectator gates remain closed

[08/28/20]   Due to the flooding conditions from last night and some project delays, we have to cancel tonight’s practice.
Hope to see everyone next week 🤞🏼🤞🏼

Federal Court Upholds Ban on Spectators at Auto Racing Tracks

The ban on opening our spectator gates continues...
Thanks to the tracks who participated in this lawsuit and tried to have the ruling overturned. Five race tracks had sued over allowing fans.

$$ Practice Dashes $$
Friday 7/24
Pit Gates Open at 5:30
Masks and Social Distancing Required

[07/17/20]   Tonight’s practice is cancelled because of the uncertain weather 😢

[07/13/20]   $$ Practice Dashes $$
Friday 7/17
Pit Gates open at 5:30

Masks and social distancing required

[07/04/20]   On a more positive note, who’s going to be our 11,000th like??? We want to thank all of our loyal fans and racers for their patience and support as we get through this very challenging time.

[07/02/20]   Press Release:

Despite a United States District Court Order forbidding the State of New York from "enforcing any limitation for outdoor gatherings" Ulster County officials have forbidden Accord Speedway from opening this holiday weekend. Our Friday night (July 3) races and fireworks will he postponed to a later date. We apologize to our many fans who have been so very patient and supportive. We want to thank the Town of Rochester for its support in this matter. Their support of the track was overridden by County Officials.

[06/28/20]   For Immediate Release:

On Friday, June 26, 2020, U.S. District Court (N.D.N.Y.) Judge Gary L. Sharpe, found that the limits placed on outdoor gatherings by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York were potentially unconstitutional and issued a immediate injunction forbidding the State of New York "from enforcing any limitation for outdoor gatherings provided participants in such gatherings follow social distancing requirements". Race Tracks in New York can once again welcome fans into their stands, providing the fans observe social distancing (six (6) feet between each adult, and wear masks. Social distancing requirements will at some tracks place limits on total attendance. Welcome back!

[06/26/20]   112 fuel is available at practice tonight!
Cars on track at 7

It has become necessary to postpone the “the Battle of the Bullring” until we are permitted by the state of NY to race with full grandstands.
A new race date will be announced as soon as possible..

[06/23/20]   Practice dashes Friday 6/26 $$$
Pit Gates open @ 5:30
Grandstands remain closed
Masks and social distancing required

[06/17/20]   PRACTICE DASH FRIDAY 6/19



I need to race! Please buy me some American Racer tires

The American Racer Cup

Congratulations The Official Accord Speedway regular Michael DuBois on winning a free tire courtesy of The American Racer Cup!

American Racer Cup Drawing

The American Racer Cup


Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, The Official Accord Speedway is known as the ‘Ulster County Bullring’ and hosts weekly Friday night racing. The quarter-mile oval has been owned and operated by Gary and Donna Palmer since 2001. Notably, the speedway was dormant from 1987 through 1992 before being resurrected and reopened by Dave Flach on July 4, 1992.

American Racer Cup Divisions: Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman

Marquee Events: Short Track Super Series Battle of the Bullring 8 July 14; King of the Catskills Sept. 11; The Gobbler Nov. 21


Phone: 845.626.3478 (Race Day) or 845.626.1142 (Office)

Address: 299 Whitfield Road Accord, NY 12404

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Modified & Crate 602 Sportsman drivers: take a moment to sign up for the 2020 The American Racer Cup. There will be a pre-season drawing on April 4.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: The American Racer Cup will be hosting a pre-season giveaway LIVE on its page on Saturday, April 4. Four (4) free American Racer Tires will be given away for BOTH the Sportsman and Modified divisions to registered drivers. Be sure to sign up if you have not!


PayPal: [email protected] - scan the form and e-mail to the same address

Online Registration:

The American Racer Cup

The American Racer Cup free tire giveaway this weekend at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo. If you have not signed up, you can do so at the show or online at the link below to be eligible for the giveaway!

THIS WEEKEND, on Sunday, The American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Racing will be doing a "pre-season" drawing of drivers registered through Sunday. You may register this weekend in the Short Track Super Series booth at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo OR sign up online at the link below.

Four tires will be distributed this weekend on Sunday for BOTH the Sportsman and Modified divisions.

Online Registration Link:

With the 2020 season quickly approaching, we are excited to announce our new website is up and running. Go to to stay update with current events, news, schedule, weekly finishes, points and track sponsors.

🏁Save the Date🏁
Accord Speedway Awards Banquet
Sunday, March 15th
The Chateau, Kingston NY

Happy Holidays from the management and staff at the Accord Speedway! ☃️❄️🎄


The following divisions will be competing in the 2020 season:
Modified, sportsman, rookie sportsman, pure stocks and 4 cylinders. The four cylinder enduro division will compete once a month.
Wingless sprint division will compete every other week.

If you need further information call the speedway office at 845-626-1142.


By Bill Utter

Cody Higbie was declared the winner of the GRIT series race at the Accord Speedway on Saturday. Higbie came across the finish line in second place behind Cole Hentschel but after going through tech Hentschel was disqualified and Higbie got the win worth $2000. It was redemption for Higbie who appeared to win the Great Crate race several weeks ago but received a dq for a illegal motor.

The 15 year old rookie sportsman driver had problems in his heat resulting in a 19th starting spot in the 30 lap feature. He got a couple of breaks on the first lap when cars piled up at the start and restart which helped him move forward. He moved into second on lap 19 and worked on Hentschel but was unable to pass him.

"We struggled in our heat race. It was like two different tracks. Turn one and two were slippery while there was grip in three and four. I over drove the car in the heat race" said Cody. For the feature they went with a hard tire (50) and he changed his driving style. The young driver has come a long way in a short time.

The race was plagued by 13 caution flags. There were two pile ups before a lap was in the books. Among those involved were Dale Welty, the GRIT point leader and Chris Lynch who had come from the rear to win his heat race.

Cole Hentschel grabbed the lead from outside pole and he would lead the entire race. On the sixth lap restart Higbie moved into third from his 19th starting spot. With seven laps in Travis Green and Alex Vanpelt got together. Green was up to fifth after starting 15th. At the half way mark it was Hentschel leading with Matt Schultz, Higbie, Jamie Yannone and Justin Holland in the top five. Higbie took over second on lap 19 and that proved to be the winning move.

With 24 laps in a five car pileup brought out the yellow again. The last six laps ran under green and the finish was Hentschel, Higbie, Shultz, Lynch and Yannone. Shultz was also a dq as Higbie got the win followed by Lynch,Yannone, Gary Smith and Steve Williams.

The race was run under GRIT rules with the only Accord rule in effect was for tires and weight. There may have been some miss understanding about the rules but that is the way the GRIT series is run. Hentschel was ruled to have a illegal carburetor and Shultz was cited for having a aluminum yoke.

It was a heart break for GRIT point leader Dale Welty who came in leading by three points over Ryan McCartney. Welty started in ninth position, four spots ahead of McCartney. He was involved in three mix ups with the last with six laps to go. He finished 12th while McCartney was sixth which gave him the championship worth $1000.

The rookie sportsman race was won by Charlie Houghtaling. He was driving a former Jerry Higbie car. To win this race means a lot to me I had hoped to get in a full season but it didn't work out. Two weeks ago the drive shaft let go. I have to thank Mike Morgan who lets me drive the car" said Charlie .

Tom DeGrote was the winner of the four cylinder feature. Jesse Norman was second with Robert Phillips, Ed King and Chris Dyer rounding out the top five .

Press Release 10/19 by Jay Severson - Accord Speedway NY– John Liggan Insurance of Rosendale and the Palmer family kicked off Saturday’s Halloween Havoc with some great racing and great fun at the Accord Speedway!
Halloween Havoc made history after hosting the GRIT series American Racer Southern Riders Division Presented by Trackside Products Championship Finale with our local youngster picking up the bigwin – Cody Higbie!! Gene Helms, Brian O’Neil, Tim DeGrote, and Charlie Houghtaling each with a big victory in front of another huge crowd!
The GRIT Series Championship Finale Feature – The Grit Series found a new home as they made their first trip to the Accord Speedway. 30 cars made their way to compete for the big cash and the yearly Halloween Havoc title! The number 3 of Cole Hentschel had an impressive run in his heat race and the feature, but ended up being DQ’d for a small rules infraction and that put the local young hero into victory lane – Cody Higbie! Cody ran an amazing race all night and crossed the finish line in the number two spot, but…. Found himself in victory lane… the 793 of Higbie started the feature in the nineteenth starting spot, but consistency and knowledge of the track got him up front. Cautions plagued the first half of the feature which allowed the top ten to hold positions. Local drivers were able to take advantage of the restarts and work their way up through the field. Points leader going into the race was the 123 of Dale Welty with only 4 points over the 18 of Ryan McCartney.. Welty had nothing but bad luck since the green flag dropped. Welty would get caught up in many of the race incidents and he had to settle for second place in the championship as McCartney would pick up the Grit Series championship. Higbie gets the big win over Chris Lynch, Jamie Yannone, Gary Smith, and Steve Williams rounding out the top five.
WRWD Country 107.3 Rookie Sportsman Hocus Pocus 25 Lap Feature – Jared Miller in the 46 and the 7up of Smith led the field to the green flag! A few early cautions mixed up the field as first time open wheel driver, Ron DeLease fielded the famed number 32 for the first time in his career… DeLease has been racing for many years in the full fendered ProStock division all over the northeast… Ron would finish in the eighth position…
and at the end of the night – that is what racing is all about!!! Charlie Houghtaling in the 99 picked up a well-deserved and well-earned victory!! Robbins, Cook, Knoth, and Miller round out the top five!
Road Warrior Tough Trucks! – Halloween Havoc hosted the Tough Trucks again and it was insane!! The crowd went crazy in the early rounds as it was Brian O’Neil and Richard Smith finding themselves in the final round! Richard Smith found himself setting fast times all night but it was Brian O’Neil blasting out a record lap and picking up the win!!

Dan’s Towing Fireball 4 Cylinder Zombie Feature -would see another huge field of cars on hand again as the 427 of Tim DeGrote would race his way into the top 3 and finally get that well deserved victory!!! Jesse Norman ran hard again finishing in the second spot over Phillips, King, and Dyer
John Liggan Insurance Spooky Enduro Feature – At the end of the race… it was Gene Helms in the 117 picking up the win! As I said in victory lane… they could of started the 117 one lap down and he still would of won! Helms got the win over Phillips, and Litts rounding out the top three.
Special Thanks to the great folks at John Liggan Insurance and the great people of the Grit Series for presenting the nights events and their long-time support!
Also, special thanks to Gary and Donna Palmer for presenting another fantastic show at the Accord Action Track!
November 30th, The Gobbler! Special modified event over Thanksgiving weekend! Check the website and our FaceBook page for updates.
Full Results –
Grit Series Championship Finale Feature - – Cody Higbie, Chris Lynch, Jamie Yannone, Gary Smith, Steve Williams, Ryan McCartney, Brandon McGill, Justin Holland, Travis Green, Alex Van Pelt, Eric Moon, Dale Welty, Todd Titus, Peter Schwartzott, Billy August, Matt Curry, Milton Mann, Rich Green, Jason Armstrong, Dylan Robbins, Rich coons, Harry Baldwin
WRWD Country 107.3 Rookie Sportsman Hocus Pokus 25 –Charlie Houghtaling, Robbins, Cook, Knoth, Miller, Smith, Atkins, Zehnacker, DeLease, Paulison
Dan’s Towing Fireball 4cyl – Tim DeGrote, Norman, Phillips, King, Dyer, Smith, Cavagnino, K Barringer, Conklin, Van Allen, Hemstreet,m Woinoski, G Barringer, Bendell
Road Warrior ToughTrucks- – Brian O’Neil, Richard Smith, Ryan Trela, Charles Morine, Dominic Pupo-Ardia, Brandon Conklin, Arron Scheildins
Spooky Enduro Fireball 4cyl – Gene Helms, Robert Phillips, Shane Litts, Teddy Ryon, Brendo Herman

By Bill Utter
Steve Davis teamed up with car owner Howie Finch III to win the Great Crate Race-Joey Giachinta Memorial. Davis took the lead on lap one and led the 75 lap distance to record his first win at the Accord Speedway on Saturday night. The $5,000 to win race drew a field of 52 sportsman. It was the seventh feature win of the season for Davis who won the sportman championship at the New Egypt (NJ) Speedway.
“I have to thank Howie Finch for letting me drive his car. I told him we needed to have good draws and we got that all night. It all worked out for us. It was a little hairy out there in lapped traffic. The car couldn’t have been better. I was able to run the top before it peeled up and then I rolled around the bottom. The car rolled through the corners really good. I didn’t know where anyone behind me was. I love this place. The Palmers do a great job. I lost a modified race here last year on the last lap racing in lapped traffic. I wasn’t going to let that happen again. I stayed smooth and held my line. I raced here quite a few times and it’s great to finally get a win,” said Davis.
He was able to get the jump on pole sitter Joe Judge at the drop of the green. The yellow on lap four flew for Tyler Johnston, the 2019 Accord champ who went out with front end damage. On the restart a multicar pile up brought out the caution again. When racing resumed Davis led the way, with Judge, Kevin Stevens, Travis Green and Grant Hilfiger in pursuit. The yellow flew on lap 16 for Kyle Rohner who had a flat. When racing resumed Justin Holland passed Hilfiger for fifth. Hilfiger would suffer a flat on lap 20 after contact with Stevens.
Rohner had a wheel come off as he was working his way forward on lap 32 and he was done for the day. Davis, Judge and Green held the top three positions. Hilfiger was fourth and Tony Kawalchuk was fifth. Kawalchuk was putting pressure on Hilfiger and moved into fourth on lap 44. With 50 laps in the books, Davis was out to a ten car lead. The yellow came out on lap 55 as Hilfiger spun. There was another caution a lap later as Rich Ricci III, Charles Loiodice and Hilfiger got together. On lap 61 Cody Higbie moved past Steve Williams to take over fifth.
Davis continued to lead before a yellow came out with three laps to go. Davis went out front again when the green waved and when the checkered flew it was Davis in for the win, followed by Judge, Kawalchuk, Cole Hentschel and Daniel Morgiewicz completing the top five.
There were six ten lap heats and three consolations. Robbie Knipe, Davis, Green, Judge, Greg McCloskey and Hilfiger were heat winners.
Rohner, Morgiewicz and Higbie won the consolations.
The rookie sportsman feature was won by Tyler Banks. He said the car was really good tonight and we had new tires on. Corey Woods took second, followed by Mike Formont, Billy Fiske and Patrick Dempsey.
The Fireball four cylinder feature was won by Chris Dyer. P.J. Bleau was second, with Ray Tarantino, Cassandra Woinoski and Ed King completing the top five.
The top five sportsman cars went through some intensive tech inspection that went on long after the feature was over. Dave Hunt was leading the tech team. This was a good move by Gary Palmer as it’s a fact that the crate motors are often tampered with and with the amount of money on the line for this race it was important to make sure everyone was legal. The car turnout was excellent for this race, as it totaled 89 although attendance could have been better.
The voice of Orange County, Tim Pitts, was co-announcing. This was the third time Tim was at Accord, and the first time as an announcer. Cowboy Paul Szmal was also behind the mike.

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