2013 Pure Stock Ron Wright Memorial Winner - Charlie
News from Accord Speedway’s ‘Gobbler’
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For Immediate Release/December 1, 2013
Fast Freshman: Modified Rookie Anthony Perrego Earns $7,732.11-Plus
Victory In ‘Gobbler’ Modified Finale Saturday, November 30 At Accord
Speedway Before Large Crowd; Stewart Friesen Misses $10,000 ‘Clean Your
Plate Challenge’ By One Spot; Rocky Warner (Sportsman) and Charlie Houghtaling (Pure Stock/Street Stock) Also Triumph
ACCORD, NY – Anthony Perrego won his first Modified event in style.
Perrego, the 19-year-old rookie from Montgomery, N.Y., drove Gary
Mann’s No. 55 to a huge $7,732.11 payday late Saturday afternoon as the
2013 outdoor dirt-track season concluded with the ‘Gobbler’ at Accord
Speedway. Perrego outran a charging Stewart Friesen, surviving a final
caution with one lap remaining in the 50-lap big-block/small-block
Modified event to post a popular victory. The second-generation driver, a
standout in the Sportsman ranks, only began his Modified career in
“This is really big!” Perrego said after exiting the
New York Truck Parks-sponsored Teo-Pro mount. “I can’t thank Gary (Mann)
enough for this opportunity!”
Perrego has capitalized on his chance to steer Mann’s potent Modifieds with a number of top-five finishes.
“We haven’t been out of the top-five very often,” he said. “But we wanted to win one. With this field, it was awesome.”
Perrego earned $7,117.11 as the race winner thanks to Sowle Trailer
Repair, Glen Ridge (N.Y.) Motorsports Park and Simplicity Designs. He
took home $465 in lap money including the $250 Rock Fantasy Halfway
Bonus, $100 from Elmo’s Auto Body as a heat winner and $50 as a Jack’s
Used Race Car Parts Dash for Cash participant for a total of $7,732.11.
Perrego also received a drum of Sunoco Race Fuel, a tire from American
Racer, a $100 Behrent’s Gift Card, a $100 certificate to Bob Hilbert
Sportswear, a $50 certificate for D&D NAPA, two custom trophies,
fresh-baked pies and more.
Friesen, meanwhile, fell just one
position short of collecting $10,000 via the “Clean Your Plate
Challenge” sponsored by Insinger Performance. Friesen won his heat race
and then topped the Jack’s Used Race Car Parts Dash for Cash. Had he
gone on to win the feature, he would have returned to Sprakers, N.Y.,
with 10 grand for his Tadd Parks-owned team. Instead, he rallied late
for an Accord career-best second-place result.
Motorsports Media LLC co-promotion with Accord Speedway management was
deemed a success and plans are already in the works for a Thanksgiving
weekend 2014 event.
In his Accord Speedway debut, Nick
Rochinski launched off the pole to lead the race’s opening two circuits
before Perrego, who rolled off the grid third, powered into the top
spot. Rochinski, of Dickson City, Pa., returned the favor to press his
Rochinski Enterprises No. 20R back to the lead on the seventh tour of
the Ulster County quarter-mile oval.
Perrego, with an emerging
Andy Bachetti (from 10th) and Mike Mahaney (who started ninth) in tow,
chased Rochinski into lapped traffic. At lap 17, Perrego drove to the
extreme outside of Rochinski to reclaim the lead.
started seventh and dropped back early, was marching forward after the
race’s halfway mark. He cracked the top-five on lap 28 and took fourth
position a lap later. Following a yellow on lap 32, he slipped past
Mahaney for second with 15 laps remaining. Advancing from an extended
side-by-side battle with Rochinski, Friesen was the runner-up at lap 39.
Moments later, a spin by Tommy Meier put Friesen on Perrego’s rear bumper.
Friesen ran with Perrego – stalking the leader following another
restart on lap 41 but unable to pose a serious challenge – until, on lap
49 with the checkered in sight, Pat Ward’s No. 99L stalled in turn one.
It set up a final-lap dash to the checkered.
to the inside as the leaders turned their final lap, but Perrego’s
outside momentum thwarted the advance, as he recorded a popular home
“I knew he was back there,” Perrego said. “I had to be smooth and run my line. He was there if I made a mistake.”
Friesen, 30, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., who now resides in
Sprakers, N.Y., settled for second-place pay. It was his finest outing
to date at Accord, a track where he has traditionally struggled.
“I got trapped in traffic early on,” Friesen said. “I was worried about
getting wrecked the first few laps, so I took it easy. We had a good
car, it just took so long to get cleared. We definitely built up a
notebook tonight to come back here with.
“It has been a
challenge for me just to get around the track here in the past. This was
a big step for us. With the bigger races being held here now, we needed
to get better and we did.”
Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs,
N.Y., picked up the ride in Jerry Darrah’s No. 14B small-block for the
‘Gobbler’ and drove to a third-place finish despite a lack of power
steering. Varin was “whooped” after the 50-lap drive in a Troyer car
driven this season by Peter Britten at Albany-Saratoga (N.Y.) Speedway.
Mahaney, of King Ferry, N.Y., registered a fourth-place finish in the
Charlie Davis-owned No. 21 and Bachetti, of Sheffield, Mass., edged
Rochinski on the final lap to finish fifth. Completing the top-10 were
Rochinski; Danny Tyler of Cottekill, N.Y.,; 22nd-starter Jackie Brown
Jr., the Accord Speedway champion who was relegated to a consolation
following a heat-race crash; ‘Battle of the Bullring’ August midweek
winner Danny Creeden of Middletown, N.Y.; and Elmo Reckner of Ballston
Lake, N.Y., who rebounded from a flat left-rear tire on lap six for
Heat winners for the 42 Modifieds on hand were Friesen, Bachetti, Tyler, Mahaney and Perrego.
Friesen led wire-to-wire in the 6-lap Jack’s Used Race Car Parts Dash for a $300 payday.
Consolation winners were Reckner, Rich Ricci Jr. of New Paltz, N.Y.,
and Jimmy Davis of Ballston Spa, N.Y., in a second Elmo Reckner car.
“The Flying Squirrel” Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., dominated the
Sportsman “Turkey 25” event, leading from green to checkered. Warner, a
Capital District talent whose No. 79 was outfitted with a Crate 602
engine, staved off the late advances of Danny Tyler to earn a hefty
$1,500 payday: $1,000 from the posted purse, $250 as the first Crate 602
across the line from United Pump & Tank and $250 as the Halfway
Leader from Bulldog Concrete.
He also earned a free tire
courtesy of Lias Tire/American Racer, a $100 VP Racing Fuels credit, a
$50 D&D NAPA gift certificate, fresh-baked pies and a pair of custom
Tyler, who was celebrating his 24th birthday on
Saturday, raced from 10th to finish second. Brad Szulewski of Shohola,
Pa., Modified winner Perrego (driving the Dave Coene No. 12c) and Tyler
Boniface of Pine Bush, N.Y., the Accord Spec Sportsman champion,
completed the front five. Boniface recovered from an early skirmish with
a late charge.
A field of 38 Sportsman checked into the pit
area. Warner, Kevin Ward (Highland, N.Y.), Perrego and Alex Bell
(Cambridge, N.Y.) won the heat races. Jack Speshock and Dave Constantino
split the consolations.
Charlie Houghtaling of
Jeffersonville, N.Y., emerged from a wild late-race battle through
lapped traffic to win the first Ron Wright Memorial 20-lap event for the
Pure Stock/Street Stock division. Houghtaling officially led the entire
distance but momentarily relinquished the top spot on lap 15 to George
Deckelman before a timely caution nixed the pass.
a veteran of the pavement at Bethel (N.Y.) Motor Speedway, racked up
his second late-season full-fender win on dirt, having bested the Street
Stock field at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway during Eastern States
Houghtaling took home $610 in cash ($500 winner’s
share plus $110 in lap money) plus an American Racer tire, a $50 gift
certificate to D&D NAPA, fresh-baked pumpkin pies and custom
Ray Tarantino, an Accord regular, chased Houghtaling
to the finish, followed by Deckelman (Fremont Center, N.Y.), Jim Maher
(Stony Point, N.Y.) and John Woinoski (Wallkill, N.Y.).
Twenty-three Pure Stock/Street Stock competitors took part in the
GOBBLER GIBLITS: Despite temperatures in the low-30s, a large crowd
filled the Accord grandstands to watch 103 race cars take part in the
‘Gobbler’ dirt-track finale. Accord promoter Gary Palmer worked
tirelessly to not only ready what ultimately was a racy and dust-free
track surface, but to prepare the facility to withstand the frigid
Fans arrived at the speedway to tailgate around
fires prior to 8 a.m., with one of the track’s largest crowds of the
season ultimately turning out….
The Wright family was well
represented to honor Ron Wright’s memory in the Pure Stock/Street Stock
event. A true fan of the sport, crew member and racing Dad, Wright
passed away last November. Ron’s son Kyle participated in the memorial
event, finishing ninth….
Tim McCreadie’s Accord debut ended
abruptly on lap four when his Vinnie Salerno-owned No. 4* was collected
in a turn-three tangle and towed off the speedway in the main event. The
Watertown, N.Y., driver had finished second – behind Friesen – in the
afternoon’s first heat….
Drivers towed from as far north as
Vermont and as far south as Parsonsburg, Md., to compete in the
‘Gobbler’ event, with diversity evident in each of the three divisions….
A festive pre-race atmosphere included holiday music provided by DJ Tim
Adams, a toy drive, collectibles on sale, a display by local country
station WRWD 107.3 FM and more. Event apparel was sold out prior to hot
Thousands of dollars in bonus money, lap money, products
and contingency awards were paid out during the first post-Thanksgiving
activity at Accord Speedway since November 30, 2002….
Saturday’s ‘Gobbler’ event concluded the 2013 racing season for BD
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The 2014 BD Motorsports Media opener is set for Sunday, March 23 at
Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., with the first ‘Hard
Clay Open’ event. Modifieds headline the program in a 50-lap event with a
$30,000 total purse joined by the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman GRIT Series
in a 25-lapper.
The ‘Gobbler’ was presented by Sowle Trailer
Repair, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Insinger Performance, United Pump
& Tank, Rock Fantasy, Elmo’s Auto Body, Behrent’s Performance
Warehouse, Bulldog Concrete, Hig Fab, Jack’s Race Car Parts, Keith
Sweigart Electric, Manmiller Electric, VP Racing Fuels, Premier Auto
Body, 710 Motorsports, D&D NAPA Auto Supply, ASI Fuel &
Trophies, Lias Tire/American Racer, Wright’s Orchards, Rosendale
Farmer’s Market, John J. Liggan Insurance, Shiley Fabrication, Bob
Hilbert Sportswear, S&W Awards, Four Star Lettering, BD Motorsports
Media LLC and many other fine marketing partners.
SOWLE TRAILER REPAIR-GLEN RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK ‘GOBBLER’ RACE SUMMARY – ACCORD SPEEDWAY NOVEMBER 30, 2013
“Mashed Potato” Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): ANTHONY PERREGO
($7,732.11), Stewart Friesen, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Andy Bachetti,
Nick Rochinski, Danny Tyler, Jackie Brown Jr., Danny Creeden, Elmo
Reckner, Mike Ricci, Tommy Meier, Rich Ricci Jr., Mike Kolka Jr., Tim
Hindley, Pat Ward, Tyler Dippel, Scott Ferrier, Tony Kawalchuk, Chad
Brachmann, Darrell Ford, Jimmy Davis, Tim McCreadie, Bob Henry Jr., Jim
Did Not Qualify: Dom Roselli, Rich Eurich, Raymond
Curry Jr., Tyler McKee, Brad Szulewski, Cass Bennett, Charles Humes,
Mark Pullen, Kurt Hundeland, Richard Smith, Dylan Scribner, Brad Trice,
Chuck McKee, Matt Curry, Justin Holland, Corey Lowitt, Jeff Heotzler.
Jack’s Used Race Car Parts Dash for Cash Finish (6 laps): STEWART
FRIESEN ($300), Andy Bachetti ($50), Mike Mahaney ($50), Danny Tyler
($50), Anthony Perrego ($50).
Summary ($1,425): Anthony Perrego ($465), Kyle Rochinski ($256), Mike
Mahaney ($212), Bobby Varin ($180), Andy Bachetti ($120), Stewart
Friesen ($112), Danny Tyler ($60) & Rich Ricci Jr. ($20)
Winners ($100 each from 710 Motorsports, Keith Sweigart Electric, Hig
Fab & Elmo’s Auto Body): Stewart Friesen, Andy Bachetti, Danny Tyler
($500 Hig Fab Shop Credit), Mike Mahaney, Anthony Perrego
Rock Fantasy Halfway Leader Bonus ($250): Anthony Perrego
United Pump & Tank Bob Green Memorial Hard Charger ($169): Jackie Brown Jr. (22nd to 8th)
Ruger’s Guns RACEceiver Bonus ($350 value): Danny Tyler (7th)
Crunchco Snacks 11th-Place Bonus (11th-Place): Mike Ricci
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Fast Time Awards ($100 Certificates):
Anthony Perrego (12.935 seconds) & Stewart Friesen (13.169 seconds):
Manmiller Electric “One Spot Out” Awards ($50 Each): Pat Ward, Dom Roselli & Rich Eurich
ASI Fuel & Trophy Cash for Gas ($100): Brad Trice
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award (Bumpers & Rubrails): Chuck McKee
DJ Tim Adams First Car Out Bonus ($100): Jim Becker
VP Racing Fuels Bonus ($250 Certificate): Stewart Friesen
Insinger Performance Bonus (Drum of Fuel): Anthony Perrego
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Certificates): Anthony Perrego, Stewart Friesen & Bobby Varin
Lias Tire/American Racer Fresh Rubber Awards (FREE tires): Anthony Perrego, Tommy Meier (12th) and Tyler Dippel (17th)
Lineman Racing New Jersey Bonus ($50 Credit): Tommy Meier
D&D NAPA “Know How” Award ($50 Certificate): Anthony Perrego
Thanksgiving Dessert (Fresh-Baked Pies): Anthony Perrego
Northeast Racing Videos Bonuses (Free DVDs): Stewart Friesen (2nd) & Darrell Ford (21st)
John J. Liggan Insurance “Towing Insurance” Bonus ($50): Tony Kawalchuk
Sportsman “Turkey 25” Feature Finish (25 laps): ROCKY WARNER ($1,500),
Danny Tyler, Brad Szulewski, Anthony Perrego, Tyler Boniface, Derrick
McGrew, Greg McCloskey, Davey Werber, Shane Jablonka, Dave Constantino,
John Scarborough, Jack Gentile, Mike Traver, Ed Dachenhausen, Jack
Speshuck, Matt Janiak, Doug Snyder, Ken Ferrier, Tyler Dippel, Alex
Bell, Joe Bonetti, Joe Giachinta, Jeff Hulseapple.
Did Not Start: Kevin Ward
Did Not Qualify: Dan Dulin, Jerry Curry, Nick Plumstead, Robbie Knipe,
Jeff Brown, Jim Introne Jr., Chris Lynch, Bobby Hentschel, Daryl
Nutting, Hunter Bates, Steve Williams, Brian Mady, Vinnie DeCicco,
Bulldog Concrete Halfway Leader Award ($250): Rocky Warner
Premier Auto Body Hard Charger ($150): Derrick McGrew (15th to 6th)
United Pump & Tank First Crate Bonus ($250): Rocky Warner (Winner)
United Pump & Tank Second Crate Bonus ($125): Tyler Boniface (5th)
United Pump & Tank Third Crate Bonus ($125): Derrick McGrew (6th)
VP Racing Fuels Bonus ($100 Certificate): Rocky Warner
D&D NAPA “Know How” Award ($50 Certificate): Rocky Warner
Lias Tire Fresh Rubber Awards (FREE American Racer Tires): Rocky Warner (Winner) & Jack Gentile (12th)
Thanksgiving Dessert (Fresh-Baked Pies): Rocky Warner
Northeast Racing Videos Bonuses (Free DVDs): Danny Tyler (2nd) & Joe Bonetti (21st)
John J. Liggan Insurance “Towing Insurance” Bonus ($50): Joe Bonetti
Ron Wright Memorial “Pumpkin Pie” Pure/Street Stock Feature (20 laps):
CHARLIE HOUGHTALING ($610), Ray Tarantino, George Deckelman, Jim Maher,
Kevin Skelly, John Woinoski, Jeremy Doerr, Joel Murns, Kyle Wright,
John Miller, Jonathan McGibbon, John Hechinger, Ryan Johnson, Bruce
Gordon, Allen Tarantino, Joe Knoth, Dan Sanchez, Allison Pierce, Nathan
Hill, Jay Cutler Smalley, Walt Henry, Gary Ronk.
Did Not Start: Jeff Hager
Lap Money Summary ($550): Charlie Houghtaling ($110), John Woinoski
($80), Joel Murns ($70), George Deckelman ($60), Ray Tarantino ($60),
Jim Maher ($60), Bruce Gordon ($50), Kyle Wright ($40) & Kevin
Lias Tire Fresh Rubber Award: Charlie Houghtaling
D&D NAPA “Know How” Award ($50 Certificate): Charlie Houghtaling
D&D NAPA Highest Finishing Accord Regular ($100): Ray Tarantino
Tarantino Racing “What Goes Around, Comes Around Third-Place Bonus ($100): George Deckelman
Manmiller Electric Longest Distance Towed ($50): Jeremy Doerr
John J. Liggan Insurance “Towing Insurance” Bonus ($50): Gary Ronk
Knoth Racing Hard Luck Award ($50): Jeff Hager
Thanksgiving Dessert (Fresh-Baked Pies): Charlie Houghtaling
Northeast Racing Videos Bonuses (Free DVDs): Ray Tarantino (2nd) & Walt Henry (21st)
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