ACCORD, N.Y. – There’s no question that the winter season arrived early in the Hudson Valley and foothills of the Catskill Mountains.
An entourage of wet weather has claimed the Northeast dirt-track finale ‘Gobbler’ at Accord Speedway. The event, which had previously been postponed to Dec. 1, is now canceled and will not be made up.
Rain, wintry mix and snow left the grounds and track surface at the Ulster County facility completely saturated.
“Everything is soaked,” track promoter Gary Palmer said. “The track, the pits, the parking lot … there is no way we could be race ready for Saturday, even with three days of hot weather and sunshine.”
In the previous five editions of the Gobbler, the event went off twice on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (2013 & ’18) and on two occasions was run on the first Saturday of December (’15 & ’16).
Only once, in 2014, was the event pushed back to the following April after racers and competitors had arrived.
“We aren’t giving up on the ‘Gobbler’ at all,” said event co-promoter Brett Deyo. “This November was extreme, even for New York weather. We will put it back on the schedule for next year and hope for better luck with Mother Nature.”