PHOTO FINISHES GALORE AS ED DACHENHAUSEN AND STEVE CONKLIN TAKE OPEN WHEEL MAINS!

July 14th 2018:

Mid-season heat was evident in the atmosphere and on the track at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday. Many of the finishes were separated by mere inches as the point championship battles are sizzling with tight margins.

Ed Dachenhausen is turning up the heat in the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman as he collected his second feature win in a row and fourth of the season with his Brookfield Glass #18s. Rich Coons was the early race leader but Dachenhausen capitalized from his fourth starting position to take the lead from Coons on a Lap 4 restart. Dachenhausen then had to contend with Rick Mill as he quickly moved into second position on Lap 5. The two drivers who are embroiled in a tight point championship battle were able to pull away from the rest of the pack. Mill made a few charges for the lead but did not find the track to his liking. On Lap 17, veteran driver Bill Papula was in the wrong place at the wrong time and collided with a lapped car which launched his car
into the frontstretch wall bringing out the yellow which was soon followed by the checkered due to rain. Dan Dulin charged from the back of the pack to take home another third place finish. In the special sportsman elimination races, the final round came down to Ed Dachenhausen and Rick Mill. The two drivers battled hard in the dash, in fact tangling in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. The race was restarted and Mill worked the high side hard and came charging to the finish line a half bumper ahead of Dachenhausen to win the final elimination race round.

Long time racer, Steve Conklin wired the Interstate Batteries Modified field in his Family Affair #4 modified. The former track champion was exceptionally strong as he led every lap on his quest for his first feature victory of the season. Conklin had to contend with veteran John Cote chasing him throughout the race. Conklin was able to hold off Cote’s challenges but with five laps to go, another competitor emerged in sophomore driver Tyler Dachenhausen as he passed Cote for second. Dachenhausen tried Conklin both low and high but quickly ran out of time and came across the checkers about a car length behind the winner Conklin. Cote fended off the charges of current point leader Wayne Kirkpatrick to take home third at the stripe.

INEX Legends racing was light on cars but high in action as the top four cars diced it out throughout the race. The drivers all raced hard but found long time Legends racer, Eugene Drew holding on for his first feature win of the season. It was no easy task for Drew, as he had heavy pressure from Sean Verwys, invader Daniel Carter, and current point leader Mike Policastro tight on his tail throughout the race. The drivers jockeyed positions and lanes many times but at the checkers but Carter fell just short of getting by Drew to take a well deserved second place over Mike Policastro, Sean Verwys, and rookie James Anderson.

Interstate Battery Pro Stocks found Glenn Richard in the early lead. On a restart, popular jockey Larry O’Donnell made a strong pass on Richard to take the lead and began to set sail into the lead. Defending Champ, Ed Butler moved past Richard for third and began to chase down the leader O’Donnell. Porter Crawson was able to sneak by Richard for third off turn 2. O’Donnell proved too strong on this night and brought his Tri Counties Automotive # 5 to his third feature win of the season. O’Donnell dedicated the emotional win to his late brother, Gary who would have celebrated his birthday just days prior. Butler and rookie Crawson finished second and third respectively.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks had the fans on their feet as it was an action packed race. Rookie, Dan Houghtaling jumped out to the early lead and was much improved leading many laps as he had two veterans Joel Murns and Bill Deak Sr. racing door to door, right on his back bumper. At the races halfway point the yellow was thrown for a spinning Walt Henry in the middle of the backstretch and saw Brian Bauerfeind being relegated to the rear of the field. On the restart, Bill Deak Sr. maneuvered by Joel Murns to take over second position and began work to shake the impressive Houghtaling who continued to lead. On Lap 12, Houghtaling got a bit loose off turn 4 allowing the door to open for Deak Sr. to sneak by on the inside down the frontstretch to take the lead. Meanwhile, the sleeper in this race was the hardcharging Kyle Welsch traveling thru the pack from his eighth starting position. Welsch powered
his way past Murns, and then Houghtaling on Lap 13. Welsch then closed in on the leader Deak Sr and began searching for a way past. Lap 17, Welsch found his opportunity in turn 3, he dived down low and slung it sideways just enough to pinch his right fender to get a lane opened down the frontstretch. The two drivers battled it out before Welsch took sole possession of the lead with two laps to go. At the checkers it was Welsch narrowingly beating Deak Sr. for his second victory of the season in his Sedita Motorsports # 357. Joel Murns was in hot pursuit to claim a strong third place finish.

The Four Cylinder class had seven different feature winners in as many events this season before former champion Dan Curry broke the streak to pick up his second feature win of the season this past Saturday. Tisha Curry captured the early lead with Ivan Guerra quickly moving into second. T. Curry and Guerra then began to battle for the lead with T. Curry holding the advantage. While the battle for the lead up front was going on, D. Curry was methodically coming up through the field from his ninth starting position. D. Curry moved into third position by getting past Eddie Jones Jr. on Lap 5. D. Curry then sliced his way by the battling T. Curry and Guerra on Lap 7 taking the lead. On Lap 12, the yellow flew for a spinning Jones Jr who has just moved into second
place on the previous lap. Fourth place running T. Curry was also involved and sent to the rear as well thus moving Cody Houghtaling into the third position. After the restart, D. Curry continued to lead while Guerra closely followed waiting on any slip by the leader. At the finish, it was D. Curry over Guerra and C. Houghtaling.

Mike Roth overcame bad luck and mechanical troubles to nail down a hard earned victory over a very strong running Katie Verwys. Roth took the lead on Lap 4 but could not pull away from the stout Verwys. Joey Aungst came on strong mid race and began to challenge Verwys for second. At the checkers, Roth came across with his eighth feature win of the season over Verwys and Joey Aungst. Beginner Bandos saw Ty Smith breaking the win streak of Monica Deckelman and picked up his third win of the season by doing an exciting turn 4 pass on Lap 9. Deckelman held for a very close second as she chased Smith to the checkers. Kaden Rogers finished third.

Results :
Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Dan Dulin 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Bill Papula 7. Bryan Jones 8. Jeff Richardson
Modified Feature: 1. Steve Conklin, Claryville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Wayne Kirkpatrick 5. Mike Dutka 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Scott Quick
Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Daniel Carter 3. Mike Policastro 4. Sean Verwys 5. James Anderson
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. Glenn Richard 5. Bill VanAken 6. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature: 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Joel Murns 4. Walt Henry 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Dan Houghtaling 7. Corey Stanton 8. Patty Falkena 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Gary Gamble 11. Frank Maiori
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cody Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Jeffrey Tubbs 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Nicole Nelson 8. Tisha Curry 9. Alec Graham 10. Dan VanAken 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Tabitha Riordan 13. Richard Smith DNS. George VanAken
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Joey Aungst 4. Nick Archiere 5. Justin Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne 8. Evan Rygielski
Beginner Bandos: 1. Ty Smith Eldred, NY 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Leland Oefelein 5. Justin Smith

THE CAMERA FOCUSES ON DACHENHAUSEN AND KIRKPATRICK AS THEY TAKE CHECKERS IN SPORTSMAN AND MODIFIED FEATURES!

July 7th 2018:

Perfect pristine weather allowed for an impeccable Andresen Racing Photography Camera Night at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday as fans were invited out on the speedway and got up close to the cars and drivers. Many of the race teams were giving away items and signing autographs to the delighted and eager fans. On the track, the racing was fierce with many top guns adding to their feature win totals, a winning streak was finally stopped along with other new drivers finding Victory Lane.

Extreme Kleaner Sportsman feature action found rookie Chris Cook jumping out to the early lead but quickly found himself pursued by veteran racer Rich Coons. On Lap 3, Coons made an exciting pass to take the lead from Cook but current point leader Ed Dachenhausen followed Coons and took the second position. Dachenhausen then made an inside charge on Coons several laps later and took over the lead. As Dachenhausen checked out, long time hotshoe Rick Mill came up through the pack and began a multi lap battle with Coons for second position. At the halfway mark, Mill proved to have the horses and pulled away from Coons out of turn two to take second position. Mill then spent the remainder of the race trying to close the large gap that the leader
Dachenhausen created. It was too little, too late for Mill as he just began challenging Dachenhausen with the dual checkers flying. Dachenhausen powered his Brookside Glass # 18 to his third win of the season by half a car length over the fast closing Mill. Coons picked up a strong third place finish.

Mike Dutka, a longtime racer but rookie in the Interstate Battery Asphalt Modifieds appeared destined for his first victory of the season as he took control of the lead at the drop of the green. The first half of the race Dutka was hitting his marks and clicking the laps off despite heavy pressure from current point leader Wayne Kirkpatrick. At the halfway mark the Dutka machine started to get loose in the corners which allowed Kirkpatrick to hound the leader even more. With five laps to go, Kirkpatrick made a brazen move to the inside of Dutka in turn two as Dutka slipped ever slightly up the track. Going into the following turn 3, Dutka dove to the inside of Kirkpatrick to recapture the lead and his move also allowed Stephen Kammer to cram into second position as well. However, Kirkpatrick unwavered and charged his way back past Kammer one lap later and began to hunt down Dutka. On Lap 18, Dutka got loose in turn two and
Kirkpatrick made his move on the inside as he took his Active Motorsports # 25 into the lead going down the backstretch and nailed down his second feature win of the season over the determined Dutka. Stephen Kammer took home his best finish of the season in third.

INEX Legends racing found an all Verwys front row with Sean jumping out to the early lead. S. Verwys continued to lead despite a relentless Eugene Drew battling him for the lead during the first half of the race. At the halfway point, Drew spun coming off turn 4 while challenging for the lead and resulted in the caution to come out. On the restart, S. Verwys powered ahead and continued to lead but now had a new contender with current point leader Mike Policastro. Policastro stayed glued to Verwys preying on any slip up by the sophomore driver. On Lap 17, that slip happened in turn 2 and Policastro capitalized with an inside swing and took the lead down the backstretch. Policastro was able to fend off the remaining challenges by S. Verwys to take home his third feature win of the year by half a car length over S. Verwys. Matt Maring came across in third place.

Fan Favorite, Larry O’Donnell cruised to an emotional victory to pick up his second win of the season in the Interstate Battery Pro Stocks with much applause from those in attendance. A returning past champion, Bob Policastro took home a strong second but was unable to mount a charge on the Tri Counties Auto #5 of O’Donnell. Longtime pro stock racer John Rood finished a stout third place despite being a rookie on Bethel’s pavement.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock feature found longtime versatile driver Jeff Hager taking the lead on an outside charge in the early race laps. On Lap 3, a turn four tangle found the yellow coming out. On the restart, Hager continued to lead over rookie Dan Houghtaling and top gun Walt Henry. Lap 5 found the yellow coming out again but when racing went green, the action amped up as Hager and Henry dashed it out for the lead coming out of turn two. The two drivers dragged each other down the backstretch with Henry outmaneuvering Hager going into turn 3 and claimed the lead. It was smooth sailing for Henry the rest of the race as Kyle Welsch battled Hager for second for several laps before claiming sole possession at the halfway point.
Welsch then was in the hunt for the leader Henry but quickly ran out of time to reel him in. Henry cruised to his third feature win of the season in the JBM Truck Repair # 171 over Welsch and hard charging Bill Deak Jr. claiming third place by race end.

Four Cylinder feature racing found an eigth different winner in as many events as enduro guru David Donovan captured his first feature victory of the season. Donovan led all twenty laps but had to contend with last week’s feature winner Dan Curry. Donovan had the winning beat as he proved to be the best on this night and took home his first win of the season over D. Curry and a returning Eddie Jones Jr. who came home in third.

Bandoleros saw young gun Garrett Zacharias coming to town and put a stop to the long feature win streak of the gamechanger Mike Roth. Zacharias capitalized on his front row starting position and put on a flawless drive despite pressure by Roth. At the checkers, it was Zacharias picking up his first win of the season over Roth and a hard charging Joey Aungst to finish third.

Beginner Bandolero action found Monica Deckelman collecting her second win in a row after a lengthy battle with young guns Kaden Rogers and Ty Smith. The young Deckelman proved to be unshakeable and was destined for her second career feature victory.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Rich Coons 4. Dan Dulin 5. Chris Cook 6. Jerry Curry DNS. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Washingtonville, NY 2. Mike Dutka 3. Stephen Kammer 4. Scott Quick 5. Tyler Dachenhausen DNS. John Cote

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Sean Verwys 3. Matt Maring 4. Eugene Drew 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt 6. Pat Verwys

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Bob Policastro 3. John Rood 4. Porter Crawson 5. Ed Butler DNS. Ray Tarantino

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Bill Deak Jr. 4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Joel Murns 6. Jeff Hager 7. Corey Stanton 8. Jessica Ricci 9. Dan Houghtaling 10. Brian Bauerfeind 11. Phil Funcheon

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. David Donovan, Neversink, NY 2. Dan Curry 3. Eddie Jones Jr. 4. Richard Smith 5. Cody Houghtaling 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Brent Shaddock 8. Tisha Curry 9. Jeff DeGroat 10. Felicia Reichenbaugh 11. Tabitha Riordan 12. George VanAken 13. Brandon Conklin 14. Mike Doherty 15. Anthony Tarantino

Bandolero Feature: 1. Garrett Zacharias, Newark Valley, NY 2. Mike Roth 3. Joey Aungst 4. Evan Rygielski 5. Katie Verwys 6. Nick Archiere 7. Justin Aungst 8. Joey Lamontagne 9. Brian Rygielski

Beginner Bandos: 1. Monica Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Ty Smith 4. Leland Oefelein

MILL SCORCHES SPORTSMAN FIELD; LAPOLT BRINGS THE THUNDER TO WIN MODS!

June, 30th 2018:
As a prelude to our nation’s birthday, it was hot, sunny, and humid with temperatures in
the mid 90’s. Depite the high heat index, the racing was even hotter with plenty of
excitement for those in attendance.

The Extreme Kleaner Sportsman found round two of the Tri-Co Electric Sportsman
Challenge Series with their firecracker feature. At the start, polesitter Dan Dulin jumped
out into the lead and began to click away the laps in strong fashion. On Lap 8, Rick Mill
and Ed Dachenhausen found themselves improving from their mid-pack starting
positions and nipping at the rear bumper of Dulin while they battled wheel to wheel for
second position. Dulin continued to hold his ground leading while dealing with heavy
pressure from Dachenhausen on the inside and Mill on the outside. On Lap 14, Mill kept
even with Dulin on the outside down the backstretch giving him opportunity to capture
the lead. Mill then twisted his mount on the highside in turn 3 with much momentum and
got the move to stick as he powered ahead of Dulin coming out of turn four.
Dachenhausen then dashed ahead of Dulin to take second one lap later and began to
challenge the leader Mill. Dachenhausen maintained his low line and made a couple of
charges for the lead but could not get Mill to slip up the track. At the checkers, Mill
scorched ahead to the finish line with his Armistead Mechanical #77 closely followed by
Dachenhausen and the impressive Dulin finishing third.

In Interstate Battery Asphalt Modifieds, Skip LaPolt is no stranger to the speedway, but
this season has found the veteran chauffeur making limited appearances. Although he
has been absent, he did not forget the fast way around the bullring. LaPolt brought the
thunder on this night as he bolted from his pole position at the start and dominated the
feature leading every lap to his first victory of the season in his PJ Degracia # 5L
machine. While LaPolt was leading there was a good battle for the rest of the positions.
Steve Conklin passed a strong running Mike Dutka for second on Lap 4. However,
Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tyler Dachenhausen were making some good moves and
coming up through the field as well. Kirkpatrick muscled his way past Conklin for second
at the halfway point but Dachenhausen found the highside to his liking. For the last final
laps of the race Dachenhausen was in a rail on the outside going around Conklin for
third but getting Kirkpatrick for second in the same manner. Dachenhausen set his
sights on the leader LaPolt and closed in but quickly ran out of time. Kirkpatrick finished
third over Conklin.

INEX Legends feature action found Chris Gall jumping out into the lead at the start. Gall
drove exceptionally strong on this night as he continued to hit his marks each lap
despite dealing with the pressure from current point leader Mike Policastro. At the finish
line, Gall picked up his first career feature win at Bethel in his DeGracia Contracting #34
over a very quick Policastro. Sean Verwys came home in third position.

Hometown Hero, Ed Butler cruised to an easy victory to pick up his third win of the
season in the Interstate Battery Pro Stocks. Butler charged from his third starting
position to overtake veteran campaigner Larry O’Donnell for the lead on Lap 4 and
never looked back. O’Donnell stayed steady in second with a returning Glenn Richard
taking home third despite a strong challenge from veteran John Rood at the checkers.

Excitement was plentiful in Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock action. Returning top gun
Kevin Skelly took the lead at the outset over veteran Joel Murns. Skelly appeared to be
on cruise control as the rest of the pack waged a fierce battle with double points on the
line for this night. Bill Deak Sr. was the first to come up from deep in the pack and
began to challenge Murns for second despite heavy lap traffic. On Lap 14, Brian
Bauerfeind was the next challenger to come from the back and was able to muscle his
way past Deak Sr on the inside of turn 3. On a restart, Bauerfeind passed Murns for
second position on Lap 17 and began to set his sights on the leader Skelly who had
now lost his large lead. Skelly continued to run flawless and came across the line ahead
of Bauerfeind and Murns at the finish. During post-race inspection, Skelly was found
with a minor weight percentage deviation thus shuffling the running order and crediting
Bauerfeind with his second win of the season, Murns second, and hard charger Kyle
Welsch moved to third in the finishing order.

Four Cylinder feature racing found a seventh different winner in as many events as
long-time campaigner Dan Curry captured his first feature victory of the season. Curry
led all twenty laps but had to contend with a returning former champion Ivan Guerra.
Curry proved to be too strong on this night and Guerra settled for second with current
point leader Cliff Levinson finishing in third position.

Bandoleros saw Mike Roth making a fifth position to first position power move at the
start of the feature. Roth continued his dominance in the class and collected his seventh
victory of the season, Joey Aungst scored another runner-up finish, with Katie Verwys
collecting third position on the last lap. Beginner Bandolero action found Monica
Deckelman collecting her first career win after a race long battle with young gun Kaden
Rogers.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill, New Windsor, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Dan Dulin
4. Paul Martin 5. Jerry Curry 6. Rich Coons 7. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt, Swan Lake, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Wayne
Kirkpatrick 4. Steve Conklin 5. Joe DeGracia 6. John Cote 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott
Quick 9. Joe McCarthy 10. Mike Dutka

Legends Feature: 1. Chris Gall, Brick, NJ 2. Mike Policastro 3. Sean Verwys 4. Kenny
Hopkins 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Glenn Richard 4.
John Rood 5. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind, Callicoon, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Kyle Welsch
4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Walt Henry 6. Corey Stanton 7. Dan Houghtaling 8. Patty Falkena 9.
Frank Maiori 10. Jeff Hager 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Phil Funcheon 13. Jessica Ricci 14.
Kevin Skelly

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cliff Levinson
4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Tabitha Riordan 6. George VanAken 7. Felicia Reichenbaugh 8.
Alec Graham 9. Richard Smith

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4.
Justin Aungst 5. Brian Rygielski 6. Nick Archiere

Beginner Bandos: 1. Monica Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers

Bethel Motor Speedway suffers 5th rainout of the season; Adds Crate Dirt Sportsman to schedule on July 15th & July 21st !

After getting three straight weeks of racing in, Bethel’s good luck ran out this past Saturday as a dismal forecast of rain and damp weather forced the cancellation of the evening’s events for the fifth time this season.

This coming Saturday is sure to be an exciting one as all classes will be in action. We will be celebrating ‘America’s Independence’ by highlighting our Extreme Kleaner Sportsman class with a ‘Firecracker Fifty’ race which is round two of Tri-Co Electric’s Sportsman Challenge Series. Competitors will draw for heat race position, then redraw for the feature The fifty lap feature will pay a spectacular $1,000 to the winner and will offer up a cool $75 to take the green for the feature. The winner will also receive a guaranteed front row starting position in one of the ‘Fall of 69’ qualifying races which will be held on September, 30th. The Sportsman and Shakelton Napa Street Stocks will also have double points on this night and could really shake up the point standings. The street stocks will also be competing in their ‘Stampede’ race which will be 25 laps and offer $250 to Win along with a ‘Woodstocker’ pole shot for its qualifying races.

Sunday, July 15 th will see Crate Dirt Sportsman and INEX classes being added to the Skelly’s Towing ‘Zoom & Doom Afternoon’. Races will begin at 2pm. The Crate Sportsman will run heats and features and offer up $400 to win and $50 to take the green. The race will follow draw/redraw procedures. This race will be wide open to win as the majority of Bethel’s own Sportsman racers will be ineligible to compete as it is 602 Crate Only. Legends and Bandoleros will also see INEX National Points being offered up to help offset many races being lost in the Northeast this year due to rain. The ever popular four cylinder pure stock ‘Hippie Bowl’ returns for a very entertaining forty lap feature. Also there will be a $1,000 to Win* Enduro that is for FWD Four Cylinder (Manual or Automatic) and FWD Six Cylinder (Automatic Only). The enduro cars can be as minimal as a ‘gut and go’. The enduro will be based on car count but plans to be 75 laps in length and will be sure to offer up plenty of spills and thrills for those in attendance.

Saturday, July 21 st will see the addition of Crate Sportsman for our ‘Remembering Danbury Racearena’ themed night sponsored by Lajoie’s Auto Wrecking in Norwalk, CT & the memorable Joe’s Bar & Grill in Danbury, CT. The Crate Dirt Sportsman will be competing for $400 to Win and $50 to start utilizing a Draw/Redraw format. This race is also wide open to win. The ‘Danbury Night’ will be highlighted by the Interstate Batteries asphalt modifieds for their popular ‘Ev Pierce Memorial’. The race is run in honor of Pierce who was a very successful racer at both Danbury and Bethel collecting many feature wins between the two tracks. The race is a 40 lap feature paying $400 to win. This night will be crucial to many modified competitors as triple points are on the line. The night will also see the return of the ATQMRA three quarter midgets along with vintage midgets. Vintage modifieds will also be in attendance, some of them being former cars that raced at Danbury.

Come join us as the excitement builds at Bethel Motor Speedway. Each night is special and offers much variation in short track racing. Don’t miss out on the action!

JOEY BAILEY TAKES THE CAKE IN THRILLING ATQMRA ‘PINE BROOK REUNION’ FEATURE AT BETHEL!

June, 16th 2018:

Saturday night was action packed at Bethel Motor Speedway as it paid homage to Pine Brook Stadium; which was a small paved oval in Pine Brook, NJ and was designed specifically for TQ Midget racing. The track was in operation from 1962 to 1989. Many former racers and fans of the speedway came out and relived memories while watching the on track action as much was themed for Pine Brook with active ATQMRA racing along with vintage open wheel racing from ATQMVC and ACOT along with the World Formula Micro Stock tour which was a class that was designed for the Pine Brook track. New Jersey racer, Mike Tidaback along with his family were the Grand Marshalls for the evening. Tidaback’s racing roots go back to the Pine Brook track but he also was always a threat to win and was successful racing at Bethel in the past as well. All in attendance were pleased to see Mike and his family at the speedway in good spirits, as he recovers from a severe injury that occurred to him when racing six months ago.

The highlighted race of the night was the ATQMRA TQ feature which found polesitter Cole Mullen jumping out to the early lead as the yellow quickly flew for a frontstretch jingle involving Kris Graver, Buddy Sload, and Matt Janisch. Both Graver and Sload retired to the pits with mechanical trouble. When racing resumed, Joey Bailey began to quickly pressure Mullen for the lead. On Lap 4, Bailey captured the lead but had Ryan Tidman in hot pursuit as he moved into second on lap 5. As the two leaders battled for the lead, another contender emerged from the back of the pack as Janisch recovered from his early race trouble to move into third on lap 7. Janisch then reeled in the leaders and began to challenge Tidman for second. While negotiating lap traffic, Janisch found his opportunity at the race halfway mark as a lane opened. Janisch jumped in it and overtook second position from Tidman. The second half of the race proved to be nerve-wracking for Bailey as both Janisch and Tidman ran inches from his rear bumper. Bailey never slipped despite contending with lap traffic and came across the finish line barely ahead of Janisch and Tidman. The win for Bailey was extra savory as the victory proved to be a well-earned birthday present and victory lane was quite celebratory afterwards.

Extreme Kleaner Sportsman racing proved to be full of excitement in the nightcap. Veteran racer, Bill Papula jumped out to the early lead from his second position and looked strong out of the box. The yellow quickly came out on lap 2 as former champion Kyle Redner brushed the turn 3 wall. On the restart, Papula again propelled from the pack and looked very comfortable in the lead. Meanwhile, Connecticut hotshoe Ed Dachenhausen was methodically coming up through the pack from his seventh starting position. Dachenhausen’s machine outhandled Dan Dulin and took over the second position and began to try and close the gap with leader Papula who was now starting to emit traces of smoke. On Lap 16, bad luck bit Papula as the smoke turned to mechanical failure dropping him out of the lead and the event as well. Dachenhausen inherited the lead but now had to contend with Rick Mill who was now running in second. On the restart, Mill tried to nip under Dachenhausen but couldn’t get the real estate opened with Dachenhausen defending his lead. Mill made one final attempt on the inside down the frontstretch on the white flag lap but again just fell short going into turn one and was hard on the brakes as Dachenhausen sped off with his Brookside Glass #18s to collect his second feature win of the season. Mill held on for second with Redner collecting a third-place finish after a valiant run from early race troubles.

Long time Legends racer Matt Maring returned to a familiar place and picked up a victory in his first start of the season. The race started with Eugene Drew taking the lead until Sean Verwys found a power burst down the backstretch to capture the inside lane along with the lead going into turn 3 on Lap 7. Verwys looked smooth on this night as he held a comfortable lead over Chris Gall until a turn 2 spin on Lap 15 for Joe DeGracia brought out the caution. On the restart, Gall challenged S.Verwys hard for the lead but the sleeper was Maring as he was able to pass third place running Mike Policastro on the restart and two laps later was able to get by Gall for second. The final yellow flew on lap 18 for a turn 4 tangle between Gall and Policastro. When racing resumed, Maring proved to be too strong too hold off as he muscled his way past Verwys in the final corner of the final lap to beat Verwys by a car length at the checkers. Drew came across the line in third.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts street stocks lived up to its name as it was a barnburner to the wire which saw Kyle Welsch picking up an emotional first victory of the season. The first half of the race found long time versatile driver Jeff Hager leading away despite heavy pressure from Welsch. The two drivers ran hard door to door for several laps until Welsch’s outside charge proved complete on lap 9. One lap later, a returning Kevin Skelly picked it up a notch and passed Hager for second. Skelly then began to challenge Welsch for the lead. The leaders put on a royal battle for several laps as Skelly tried Welsch both high and low many times but couldn’t get a pass to stick. In the races final two laps, Skelly upped the ante and began to nip at Welsch’s rear bumper trying to get him to slip. However, Welsch was in the zone to victory and was unphased with Skelly’s attempts and took the win by half a car length. Both Skelly and Hager contently finished second and third in the thrilling feature.

Another new winner emerged in the Four Cylinder Pure Stock ranks as John Houghtaling picked up a much-earned victory. J. Houghtaling’s win made him the sixth different feature winner in as many races so far this year. Veteran driver Jerry Kingeter jumped out to the early lead and looked very strong on this night. He easily led until about the halfway point when sixth starting John Houghtaling began outside pressure on the leader. The drivers ran wheel to wheel for many laps which had many fans cheering, with five laps to go J. Houghtaling got command of the lead but now had fourteenth place starter Dan Curry quickly overtaking second position from Kingeter. D. Curry then began pressuring J. Houghtaling high and low but quickly ran out of time as J. Houghtaling crossed the checkers a car length ahead of D. Curry. Kingeter took home a third over a strong field of cars.

In Bandolero action, Mike Roth outpowered Brian Rygielski on Lap 5 to take the lead and cruise to his sixth win of the season in another dominating performance in the Sullivan Engine #8. Katie Verwys and Nick Archiere took home strong finishes in second and third respectively.

Former slingshot racer, Colton Geary came from the back to pick up his second Beginner Bando feature win of the season. He easily outdistanced second and third place finishing Monica Deckelman and Ty Smith as they put on a multiple lap battle for those positions.

World Formula Micro Stocks put on a clinic of exciting racing for their feature. The top four cars swapped the lead several times with veteran driver Bob Wagner capturing the lead from Tom Ervin with two laps two go. At the checkers, B. Wagner was a nose ahead of Ervin with early race leader Harry Burd in hot pursuit to finish third.

Graham Hughes and Mike Casario picked up the vintage TQ feature events at the speedway.

Results :
TQ Midget (ATQMRA) Feature: 1. Joey Bailey, Monroe, NJ 2. Matt Janisch 3. Ryan Tidman 4. Tim Proctor 5. Cole Mullen 6. Ronnie Mullen 7. Mark Yoder 8. Paul Dodorico 9. Dave Williams 10. Buddy Sload 11. Kris Graver

Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Kyle Redner 4. Dan Dulin 5. Matt Curry 6. Bill Papula 7. Rich Coons 8. Paul Martin DQ. Jerry Curry

Legends Feature: 1. Matt Maring, Hampton, NJ 2. Sean Verwys 3. Eugene Drew 4. Joe DeGracia 5. Pat Verwys 6. Chris Gall 7. Mike Policastro

Street Stock Feature : 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Kevin Skelly 3. Jeff Hager 4. Joel Murns 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Bill Deak Sr. 7. Walt Henry 8. Eddie Jones Jr. 9. Patty Falkena 10. Frank Maiori 11. Dan Houghtaling

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. John Houghtaling, Monticello, NY 2. Dan Curry 3. Jerry Kingeter 4. Jeffrey Tubbs 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Cody Houghtaling 8. Josh Wilbur 9. Richard Smith 10. Larry O’Donnell 11. Jessey Torrens 12. Brandon Conklin 13. Willie DeGraw 14. Marisol Torrens DNS. Tom Cavagnino DNS. Felicia Reichenbaug

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Nick Archiere 4. Justin Aungst 5. Joey Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne

Beginner Bandos: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Ty Smith 4. Kaden Rogers 5. Leland Oefelein 6. Jordan Smith

Micro Stocks (World Formula) Feature: 1. Bob Wagner, Chester NJ 2. Tom Ervin 3. Harry Burd 4. Tyler Wagner 5. Noel Scheffen 6. Jeff Weinacher 7. Jim Counterman 8. James Counterman 9. Keith Mellors DNS. Pat Owens DNS. Andy Crane DNS. Darrell Kreider

Vintage Midgets Four Stroke (ATQMVC) Feature: 1. Mike Casario, Denville, NJ 2. Hank Rogers Jr. 3. Rick Casario 4. Mike Corigliano 5. Bill DiMatteo 6. Keith Majka 7. Joe Klein Sr. DNS. Billy Hughes

Vintage Midgets Two Stroke (ATQMVC) Feature: 1. Graham Hughes, White Haven, PA 2. Mark Pritchard 3. John Leombruno 4. Rick Casario 5. Billy Fischer 6. Mike Casario

O’DONNELL RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE ON AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT DEDICATED TO HIS BROTHER

June, 9th 2018:
This past Saturday at Bethel Motor Speedway was emotional, memorable, and one for
the track’s storybook. The night was dedicated to Gary O’Donnell, a long time
competitor and supporter of the track who sadly passed away just six days prior. Family
and friends flooded the speedway to mourn and tribute the night in the racer’s honor.
The night was sponsored by the Bubblegum Rally Car Club who put their sport cars on
display both in the midway and on the track for an exhibition during intermission.
The night was highlighted in the Interstate Batteries Pro Stock feature as Larry
O’Donnell was able to end his winless drought of several years by scoring a highly
emotional victory over defending champion Ed Butler. O’Donnell and Butler ran a side
by side battle from the race’s halfway point to the very end. Earlier in the season, these
two drivers put on a similar clinic of door to door racing with Butler squeezing out a
victory by half a car length. On this night, O’Donnell proved too strong and despite
several late race challenges for the lead by Butler they all came up short to get the lead.
Despite the several late race restarts, O’Donnell was flawless on each one and as the
crowd cheered, he brought home the Tri-Counties Automotive/KFM Trucking #5 freight
train to a very special dual checkered flags for his first win of the season over a very
close running Ed Butler and Mike Policastro. An emotionally charged victory lane found
O’Donnell dedicating the win to his late brother Gary along with thanking all his family,
friends, and fans for coming out and giving all their support.
While the night was dedicated to a long time successful racer at the speedway, the
Extreme Kleaner Sportsman feature found another track legend, Jerry Curry returning to
victory lane ending his winless drought as well. Curry was able to outgun polesitter Dan
Dulin on the initial lap and jumped out to the lead. Ed Dachenhausen quickly jumped
into second and challenged Curry throughout the race. The race ran with no cautions
with Dachenhausen trying to get by Curry several times high and low but despite the
pressure, Curry proved he had the winning combination. At the checkers, Curry took
home his first feature win of the season by half a car length over Dachenhausen.
Former champ, Kyle Redner took home third after a long fought battle with a returning
Bill Papula.
Nascar Whelen Tour Modified driver Joe DeGracia had an off night from the series and
returned to his old hometrack for the evening. It proved to be a wise choice for him as
he was able to capitalize from his front row starting position to lead every lap in the
Interstate Battery Modified feature to claim his first victory of the season in his Kona Ice
#23. While DeGracia was leading, others saw Skip LaPolt thundering through the field
and in second position after a late race tangle in turn 3 which collected second and third
place running Mike Dutka and Tyler Dachenhausen. On the restart, LaPolt put on a
strong bid to overtake the leader DeGracia for the last few circuits but had to contently
settle for second position by about half a car length. Lapolt’s father in law, Steve
Conkling also took home third spot at the finish creating a family affair at the podium.
Legends feature action found Mike Policastro coming from his fourth starting position to
overtake a strong running Chris Gall on lap seven to pick up his second feature win of
the season and extend his point lead. Gall finished a strong second over ARCA driver
Joe Graf Jr, who was coming off a strong fifth place finish at Michigan International
Speedway one day earlier.
The Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock feature saw veteran driver Joel Murns Jr.
jumping out to the early lead over rookie Corey Stanton. Murns, who is related to the
O’Donnell family, continued to lead the race until the halfway point despite having a
heavy heart. Murns then got his hands full with Walt Henry who was putting on an
outside charge. Murns ran him hard, running door to door for several laps until Henry
got the pass completed. As Henry began to pull away, Murns found a returning Kyle
Welsch challenging him for second. Welsch pulled ahead of Murns on lap 15 and set his
sights on the leader Henry. Welsch, who was a long time friend of O’Donnell was on a
mission to pick up this special win on this night and began closing in on the leader. On
the white flag lap, the yellow waved for a spinning Dan Houghtaling in turn 2 setting up
a one lap dash to the checkers. On the restart, Henry was able to shut the door on
Welsch and retain his lead by one car length at the finish line picking up his second win
of the season with his JBM Truck Repair #171 over Welsch and Murns.
The four cylinder pure stock class found yet another first time winner by feature’s end.
Richard Smith who burned the midnight oil to get his car ready for the night’s action
proved to be fruitful as he picked up his first career feature win at the speedway.
However, it was no easy task on the track either as he swapped the lead back and forth
with his uncle, Dan Curry for the first half off the race. After halfway, Curry began to
fade and Smith was able to pull away to pick up the win over John Houghtaling and a
returning Brent Shaddock. Smith is now the fifth different winner in as many races for
the ultra competitive class this season.
Mike Roth continued his dominance in the Bandolero class as he picked up his fifth
feature win of the season over Katie Verwys and Brian Rygielski.
The Beginner Bando feature found leader Colton Geary getting tangled up with a lap car
resulting in a turn 4 crash. When racing resumed Monica Deckelman and Ty Smith
battled for the lead. At the finish line, Smith picked up his second win of the season over
Deckelman and Leland Oefelein.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Jerry Curry, Neversink, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Kyle
Redner 4. Bill Papula 5. Rick Mill 6. Dan Dulin 7. Paul Martin 8. Rich Coons
Modified Feature: 1. Joe DeGracia, Lyndhurst, NJ 2. Skip LaPolt 3. Steve Conklin 4.
John Cote 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Scott Quick 7. Mike Dutka 8. Tyler Dachenhausen 9.
Jim Fugel 10. Stephen Kammer
Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Chris Gall 3. Joe Graf Jr.
4. Sean Verwys 5. Kenny Hopkins 6. Conner Piasecki
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Mike Policastro 4.
Kyle Welsch 5. Porter Crawson 6. Gary Gamble DNS. Mac Crawson
Street Stock Feature : 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Joel Murns 4.
Eddie Jones Jr. 5. Bill Deak Sr. 6. Patty Falkena 7. Bill Deak Jr. 8. Ernie Millen 9. Frank
Maiori 10. Corey Stanton 11. Dan Houghtaling
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Richard Smith, Neversink, NY 2. John Houghtaling 3. Brent
Shaddock 4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Cliff Levinson DQ. Dan Curry DNS. Tom Cavagnino
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Brian Rygielski
4. Nick Archiere 5. Justin Aungst 6. Joey Lamontagne 7. Joey Aungst
Beginner Bandos: 1. Ty Smith, Eldred, NY 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Leland Oefelein 4.
Jordan Smith 5. Colton Geary 6. Kaden Rogers

MANY DRIVERS RETURN TO BETHEL AND RECLAIM VICTORY LANE!

June, 2nd 2018:

This past Saturday started on a sour note as the speedway’s program was delayed by two hours due to heavy rain showers but the determination of track staff and motivation of racing teams working hard as a team to dry the track, found it being ready to be raced on and all the show was able to be run. Kudos to all race teams that helped in this task.

Open wheel ace Paul Martin recently returned to racing action in the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman class at Bethel and has quickly proved he hasn’t missed a beat. Martin broke out to the early lead over Dan Dulin and Jerry Curry. Curry quickly picked up the runner up position and was in hot pursuit of the Martin machine. As Curry the former champion, chased Martin for the lead other competitors were marching through the field as well. Many eyes were on Rick Mill making his charge from sixth starting position. Mill moved into the top three after an early race tangle between Kyle Redner and Ed Dachenhausen in turn one. On the restart, the top three drivers ran against each in tight nose to tail formation. Those watching found Curry quicker entering the corners but Martin was stronger exiting the corners. Curry made several bids to capture the lead while Mill stayed glued to Curry’s rear bumper waiting on any slip up by either driver. However on this night, Martin and his Mastrocola owned #13 proved to be the winning combination as the driver kept his cool despite the pressure from Curry. Martin picked up his first win of the season with Curry coming home second with Mill crossing the line with third position in the catbird seat.

The Interstate Battery Modified feature racing was much to the fan’s delight as just about every car in the feature was in contention to win the feature. Former track champion, Jim Fugel jumped out to the lead and led the race’s early laps until Mike Dutka capitalized on a restart and was able to make a pass on Fugel for the lead. Dutka who is only making his third start in this class and type of car looked strong on this night and was holding off the challenges of other veteran racers Steve Conklin and Wayne Kirkpatrick. After the halfway point, Kirkpatrick muscled his way past Dutka moving into the lead. Kirkpatrick couldn’t extend his lead by much as Dutka and Conklin stayed tight as they dueled for second position until a tangle between the two in turn 3 on lap 15 relegated both cars to the rear. On the restart, Kirkpatrick had his hands full with two new contenders emerged as Tyler Dachenhausen and John Cote raced closely. Kirkpatrick who has returned to modified racing after a seven year hiatus picked up his first feature win of the season in the Active Motorsports #25 over sophomore Dachenhausen and modified master John Cote.

Legends racing found Riverhead Speedway invader Jim Sylvester taking home the glory in the feature. Sylvester who also won last year’s Legendstock race was able to get by early race leader Sean Verwys on lap 6. Sylvester then had to contend with young lion driver Derek Debbis who was also seeking his first win of the season. At the checkers, Sylvester took home the win despite some heavy late race pressure from Debbis. Current point leader, Mike Policastro came home in third.

Pro Stock action found John Roese jumping out to the early lead but it was short lived as a returning Mac Crawson took the lead on lap 2. Crawson, a veteran driver sped off as he raced through the fog that had emerged on the track. Defending champ, Ed Butler worked into second place and mounted a challenge on Crawson with about five laps to go. On Lap 23, the caution flew as John Roese’s car lost power with heavy smoke. On the final restart, Butler put on a strong charge to overtake the leader but Crawson proved to be too strong as he picked up his first win of the season in the Interstate Batteries pro stocks. Butler took home second with Porter Crawson coming home third.

The Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock feature had many fans on their feet with excitement as top rivals Brian Bauerfeind and Walt Henry battled it out. In the end, the street stock feature found its fourth new winner in as many weeks in the ultra-competitive field. Dirt late model ace, Ernie Millen jumped out in the early lead with his popular Plymouth Valiant and led the first couple of laps until rookie Eddie Jones Jr got by to take the lead. Jones looked strong on this night as he led the first half of the race, while Bauerfeind and Henry sliced and diced their way through the field coming from the back. Bauerfeind overtook Jones for the lead at the halfway point and began to pull away while Henry moved into second place. On Lap 12, Jones lost the handle in turn 4 and got into the front stretch wall bringing out the caution. On the restart, Henry mounted a charge for the lead on the inside lane of the track. Henry and Bauerfeind ran side by side, with Henry picking up the lead on Lap 16. Going into turn three found the second place running Bauerfeind contacting the leader Henry causing a tangle and the caution to be thrown for the two leaders. Henry was relegated back to the rear of the field while Bauerfeind was forced pitside giving the lead to veteran campaigner Bill Deak Sr. He then held off his son to take home his first career win at Bethel in his Deak Electric #98. Henry rallied to come home third across the line. The win by Deak Sr was also a unique accomplishment as the driver now has street stock feature wins at four different tracks in the region.

Four Cylinder Pure Stocks presented the fans again with another barnburner in their class. The Houghtaling brothers, Dan and Cody waged a brotherly battle in the second half of the race. The brothers passed the lead back and forth several times with D. Houghtaling just nosing ahead by a fender at the checkers to take home his first win of the season over C. Houghtaling and Richard Smith. The win by D. Houghtaling was the fourth different winner in as many weeks for the very competitive class.

Bandolero action found rookie Justin Aungst jumping out to the early lead. On lap 3, Katie Verwys passed Ju. Aungst and began pulling away from the rest of the pack. On lap 11, the caution flew for a spin which put defending champ, Mike Roth right behind Verwys on the restart. On the restart, Verwys was able to beat Roth and maintained her lead but the yellow came again the following lap. This restart worked in Roth’s advantage as Verwys left just enough space to allow Roth to make an inside pass going into turn one. Roth made the pass but a strong running Joey Aungst also moved into second as well chasing the leader. The race’s final laps found Roth and Jo. Aungst battling for the lead but Roth proved to be cool under pressure and took home his fourth victory of the season over Joey Aungst and Verwys.

The Beginner Bandolero class also found another first time winner for the fourth time this year as young Kaden Rogers was able to pick it up a notch and improve from several second place finishes this season. Rogers took home the win over a strong running Colton Geary. Ty Smith came home in third position.

The final race of the evening was the fan favorite Enduro. The enduro found a surprise winner in Nicole Nelson. Nelson who normally doesn’t compete in enduro action was able to endure the challenges of experienced enduro guru Mike Travis. The steady Nelson never slipped up and took home her first career win at Bethel over Travis and Dan Houghtaling.

After the racing, the night ended on a very sad note as news spread of the passing of long time Bethel Motor Speedway supporter Gary O’Donnell had passed away after an extended health issue. ‘Gary O’ had been a staple of the speedway since the 1970’s and picked up two track championships at the speedway. In recent years, he has proudly helped younger brother Larry O’Donnell pick up a championship along with several feature wins mainly in the Pro Stock class. We mourn the loss of Gary O’Donnell as he will be sorely missed. We send heartfelt sympathy to all his family and friends during this difficult time. The speedway will not be the same without him. Fly high ‘Gary O’. Rest in Peace.

Results :

Sportsman Feature (Unofficial) : 1. Paul Martin, Beech Lake, PA 2. Jerry Curry 3. Rick Mill 4. Kyle Redner 5. Ed Dachenhausen 6. Dan Dulin 7. Rich Coons 8. Chris Cook
Modified Feature: 1. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Washingtonville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Mike Dutka 5. Steve Galgano 6. Scott Quick 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Steve Conklin 9. Jim Fugel
Legends Feature: 1. Jim Sylvester, Massapequa, NY 2. Derek Debbis 3. Mike Policastro 4. Jeffrey Lefcourt 5. Sean Verwys 6. Eugene Drew 7. Conner Piasecki
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Mac Crawson, Long Eddy, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. John Roese 5. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature : 1. Bill Deak Sr. New Milford, CT 2. Bill Deak Jr. 3. Walt Henry 4. Patty Falkena 5. Corey Stanton 6. Ernie Millen 7. Frank Maiori 8. Jessica Ricci 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Eddie Jones Jr.
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Houghtaling, Monticello, NY 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Richard Smith 4. Nicole Nelson 5. Jerry Kingeter 6. Willie Degraw 7. Tabitha Riordan 8. Joe Smith DQ. Cliff Levinson DNS. Marisol Torrens DNS. David Donovan
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Justin Aungst
Beginner Bandos: 1. Kaden Rogers, Binghamton, NY 2. Colton Geary 3. Ty Smith 4. Monica Deckelman 5. Leyland Oefelein 6. Jordan Smith
Enduro: 1. Nicole Nelson, Woodbourne, NY 2. Mike Travis 3. Dan Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Richard Smith 6. Willie Degraw 7. Derrick Maher 8. Joe Smith

This Saturday, June 9 th is “Youth Night” at Bethel Speedway!

This Saturday, June 9 th is “Youth Night” at Bethel Speedway! BOCES Students from
the Ulster County BOCES & the Pine Bush School District will display their Solar
Electric Built Cars and a Bio Fuel Go-Kart. Participates from the Sullivan Soap Box
Derby are invited Guests and displaying Soap Box Derby Cars. The 2018 NY
Gumball Rally will be making their annual visit to Bethel Speedway showing off
their “Hot Rods” on the Mid-Way and on the track. Bring the Kids, Bring the
Family! All Classes are Racing! Gates open at 2:30. Practice at 4:00, Racing at 6:00.
Bethel Speedway will also pay a “Racing Tribute” to long time speedway
supporter & racer Gary O’Donnell (Gary O’). A full night is planned this Saturday at
Bethel Speedway!


RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF GARY O’DONNELL

Bethel Motor Speedway in White Lake, NY is deeply saddened by the passing of long time speedway supporter Gary O’Donnell of Grahamsville, NY after a long illness. O’Donnell was a long time fixture at the track dating back to the 1970’s.

O’Donnell ran the majority of his race driving career at Bethel Motor Speedway but also competed at Accord and Orange County Fair Speedways. O’Donnell proved to be a successful racer and mechanic as he picked up elusive track championships in the street stock class in 1979 and 1995. O’Donnell was known as a fan favorite at the track and was affectionately nicknamed ‘Gary O’ and was often called by that name by track announcers. O’Donnell was known to exciting the crowd with his thrilling driving style and unique #5 race cars. One street stock that was jet black adorned Jolly Rogers flags and bright silver wheels which brought the delight to many, another was a ‘street stock’ truck that was raced very competitively against a very strong field every week. The last car he competed in was a four cylinder stock Chevy Cavalier that he brought home to Victory Lane in his final season of driving in 2009. The final season of driving was a highlight for Gary as he was able to compete with his brother and cousin in the same class.
While O’Donnell was a successful driver at Bethel, he did more than just that. O’Donnell was known to help spruce up the track before the track’s opening day, he hosted a radio show that had a focal point on the racing in Sullivan County, he spent much time talking with people and getting them to attend the speedway, and he was a founding member of a group of racers known as ‘Steel Horse’. The last several years in racing, he took great pleasure in turning wrenches and coaching his younger brother Larry O’Donnell with their racing stable of cars. That brotherly combination led to much success with winning a championship and picking up several feature wins mainly in the Pro Stock and Four Cylinder classes. Gary often said that he was more proud to see his younger brother winning races than the wins he achieved himself.
O’Donnell’s passion to the speedway and it’s local racing was second to none. He loved to share the ‘ole times’ of the track and explaining the history in years past. He was not afraid to speak against the status quo and often would speak his mind on improving the racing at the track he cherished. He really championed for the full fender classes that the track was founded on and was keen on keeping the racing affordable so everyone willing can get involved in the hobby of grassroots stock car racing. O’Donnell also was a big fan of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Although O’Donnell loved the speedway and the racing, it did not compare to the love of his family and friends. He was thoughtful, caring, and always willing those in need. He was an animal lover and loved the communities of Sullivan County. He was very thankful to all of those who helped him.
It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer see ‘Gary O’ at Bethel Motor Speedway. It will never be the same without him, he was a one-of-a-kind man that will be sorely missed. We send thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends during this difficult time. The spirit of ‘Gary O’ will be flying high at the speedway every Saturday night. We miss you Gary! Rest in Peace.

Pete Gardner Memorial Race Goes to Veteran Campaigner Rick Mill!

May, 26th 2018

Saturday Night short track racing resumed at Bethel Motor Speedway after two weeks of rain outs. The night was a busy one has Hig Fab Chassis presented Moc A Tek Memories Night which was highlighted by the first round of the Tri Co Electric Sportsman Challenge Series ‘Pete Gardner Memorial’. Pete was a successful racer at both Bethel Motor Speedway and the now defunct Moc A Tek Speedway but sadly passed away two years ago from illness. The race is run in his honor as, Gardner was well known for his fellow respect and friendships with many of the racers in the area and was an avid fan of short track auto racing in the Northeast.

The Pete Gardner Memorial 56 Lap dirt sportsman race started with an initial tangle in the first turn of the first lap when pole sitter Bryan Jones, who was making his first ever start at the speedway lost the handle and collected hometown hero Jerry Curry in the accident. Curry limped to the pits for repairs while Jones had to be towed in. On the restart, former Moc A Tek regular Richie Coons jumped out into the lead and looked fast in the early stage of the race. After leading for several laps, Coons found himself being challenged by another veteran racer Rick Mill who came from his fifth starting position. Mill was able to power ahead into the lead coming off the corner on the inside groove. Coons continued in hot pursuit of Mill, until several laps later when defending ‘Gardner Memorial’ winner Paul Martin began to pressure Coons for second position. Martin who also competed at Moc A Tek Speedway in Mini Sprints captured second position and began to reel in Mill as he was negotiating lap traffic. Martin then got his hands full defending his own position as last year’s ‘Summer of 69’ winner Ed Dachenhausen began to heat up and challenge Martin along with former champion, Kyle Redner. The three drivers raced back and forth in tight formation for many laps as they all began closing in on the leader Mill. On Lap 34, Dachenhausen was able to break away from Martin and Redner to solely take second position after a many lap battle for position. Mill found his car’s handling getting worse as the race went on, but Dachenhausen’s mount got stronger and quickly tracked down the leader and began to apply heavy pressure to the leader. In the closing stage, on lap 48 of the race found the leader Mill bobbling off turn two while in lap traffic, Dachenhausen dashed to the inside of the leader, but Mill was able to recover and quickly pinched the opening closed as they accelerated down the backstretch. Dachenhausen relented the challenge as his car was not up on the leader enough to make a clean pass. Dachenhausen stayed glued to Mill’s bumper but fans began to worry as smoke began puffing out of the left side of his engine, but the determined Dachenhausen dismissed the plumes of smoke and made another bid to challenge Mill on Lap 53. Dachenhausen attempted a high low crossover pass in turns three and four getting an inside run on the leader. Mill, who also had raced at Moc A Tek Speedway several times over the years, was fading and pushed it for all it had. The ace driver took advantage of his track position and was able to power ahead of Dachenhausen’s final challenge. At the Extreme Kleaner checkers, found Mill with his Armistead Mechanical #77 machine ahead of a very close Dachenhausen to pick up his second victory of the season. Defending race winner Paul Martin crossed the line third over a hard running Kyle Redner.

Invading driver Frank Porreca made his first ever debut an eventful one as he took home the win in the first ever Crate Sportsman race at the speedway. Porreca who normally races in the modified class at Big Diamond Speedway proved to be a quick study at the Bethel bullring. Porreca came from his fourth starting position to quickly take the lead after an early race tangle collected the top two cars in turn two. Porreca who spent much of his youth at Moc A Tek Speedway fended off several challenges of long time campaigner, Billy Eggers Jr. As Eggers faded towards the end, Porreca continued to get better and cruised home to the victory in his first ever start at the speedway. Eggers Jr. captured second over a fast closing Chris Cook who is in his rookie season.

Joe Graf Jr, an ARCA rookie competitor and a former champion at the speedway made a surprise visit at his home track an eventful one as he picked up his first win of the season in the Legends class. Graf Jr. jumped out to the lead from his fourth starting position on the initial lap as he outshifted his competitors and shotput down the frontstretch entering turn one gaining the inside lane, coming off turn two Graf Jr. found himself in second and got to the inside of Eugene Drew in turn 3. Out of turn four to the fan’s delight found Graf Jr. in position number one and captured his first Bethel feature win of the season. Although Graf Jr. never relinquished the lead, it was no easy win as he was pressured throughout the race by a strong performance from Chris Gall and later on by young lion Derek Debbis. At the checkers it was Graf Jr, edging out an eager Debbis closely followed by Gall in third position.

Interstate Battery Pro Stocks found fan favorite Larry O’Donnell outgunning John Roese to take the lead on the first lap in the feature. Defending champ, Ed Butler quickly moved up thru the field and moved into second position on Lap 5. Butler then easily roped in O’Donnell and began to challenge for the lead. O’Donnell made Butler work hard to get the lead but the patient Butler found the momentum off turn 4 and made an outside run for the lead down the front stretch. Out of turn two, Butler locked in and pulled away from O’Donnell. Butler cruised to his second win of the season over O’Donnell and a returning Mac Crawson.

It was a battle of the heavyweights in the Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks. Rookie Eddie Jones Jr. jumped out to the early lead and looked good. Jones Jr. led for several laps before hotshoe Brian Bauerfeind climbed his car into the lead on lap 5. Walt Henry quickly followed Bauerfeind up through the pack and took over the second position and began applying heavy pressure to the loose running Bauerfeind. On Lap 11, the yellow was thrown for a backstretch accident that involved two cars. Under yellow, the race took on a unique twist as the two rivals eyed each other up and knew that the ensuing restart would determine the winner of the race. Under green, Bauerfeind outgunned Henry down the front stretch and barreled into turn 1, Henry was in hot pursuit and went in with a full head of steam, as Bauerfeind broke loose contact occurred between the two leaders resulting in a crash. Henry headed to the pits with radiator damage and Bauerfeind was spun into the infield handing the lead back to Jones Jr. On the restart, Jones Jr lost the handle and spun off turn four giving the lead to invader Joel Murns. Murns found his car running strong and was looking to rob the cradle on this night with an upset win. Murns continued to lead until five to go when Bauerfeind was on a mission to get back to the lead he once held. Bauerfeind squeezed by Murns to take the lead and took home his first feature win of the season over the invading Murns and Patty Falkena picking up a strong third place finish.

Cody Houghtaling and Cliff Levinson put on a barnburner of a race in Four Cylinder feature action. The pair swapped the lead back and forth several times with Houghtaling on the low side and Levinson on the high side. They stayed that way, door to door the entire race neither driver making any errors. At the checkers it was a ‘photo finish’ with Cody Houghtaling winning by half a bumper length. Houghtaling picked up his second win of the season with Levinson collecting another runner up position. Rookie Jeffrey Tubbs cruised home third for his best finish to date.

Bandoleros found Connor Souza in a nailbiting crash as he was leading down the backstretch. Souza quickly got out of his damaged racer and waved that it was okay but the car was towed off. On the restart, Joey Aungst outdueled Brian Rygielski to take the lead. Aungst looked strong on this night despite experiencing a break down en route to the track. Aungst continued to lead until the halfway point when defending champ Mike Roth nosed ahead and secured the lead. Roth was able to pull the rare hat trick as he picked up his third feature win in a row followed by a strong running Aungst. Katie Verwys overcame early race trouble to rally on and take home a third-place finish at the stripe.

The Beginner Bandolero feature had an excellent race ending which saw three young drivers in very tight formation running hard but clean as they raced under the checkers. Giovanni Ruggiero made the long haul worthwhile as he picked up his first win of the season. The Massachusetts driver beat Kaden Rogers and Ty Smith by half a car length. Post-race tech found third place finishing Ty Smith disqualified for a restrictor plate infraction.

The Northeast Vintage Modified Club was on hand in full force to partake in the Moc A Tek Memories Night. Their feature found Mike Houghtaling charging through the field with his Mid 80’s replica to pick up his first Bethel win of the season over Ray See Sr. and a returning Bob Harless in vintage modified action with a coupe modified.

Special Thanks to Hig Fab Chassis, Dave Franek Auto Sales, Speedsport Showcase Car Show, Brian Davis Powder Coating, Tri-Co Electric, and the Family of Pete Gardner for their sponsorship in the ‘Pete Gardner Memorial’ race.

Come join us next week at Bethel Motor Speedway as we present ‘Car Cruise Night’ on Saturday, June 2nd. One free pass per classic car cruiser to put on display and be part of on track parade during intermission. Racing begins at 6pm. Come feel the excitement!

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill, New Windsor, NY. 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Paul Martin 4. Kyle Redner 5. Dan Dulin 6. Rich Coons 7. Billy Eggers Jr. 8. Chris Cook 9. Richie Eggers 10. Bryan Jones 11. Jerry Curry 12. Frank Porreca

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Frank Porreca, Honesdale PA. 2. Billy Eggers Jr. 3. Chris Cook 4. Bryan Jones 5. Richie Eggers

Legends Feature: 1. Joe Graf Jr. Mahwah, NJ. 2. Derek Debbis 3. Chris Gall 4. Jim Sylvester 5. Mike Policastro 6. Eugene Drew 7. Joe DeGracia 8. James Anderson 9. Gillian Kirkpatrick 10. George Tomko 11. Sean Verwys 12. Conner Piasecki

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Mac Crawson 4. John Roese 5. Porter Crawson 6. Bill VanAken 7. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind, Callicoon, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Patty Falkena 4. Corey Stanton 5. Eddie Jones Jr. 6. Jessica Ricci 7. Walt Henry DNS. Frank Maiori

Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Cody Houghtaling, Monticello, NY. 2. Cliff Levinson 3. Jeffrey Tubbs 4. John Houghtaling 5. Dan Houghtaling DNS. Jeff Degroat

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY. 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Evan Rygielski 6. Justin Aungst 7. Connor Souza

Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Giovanni Ruggiero, Seekonk, MA. 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Jordan Smith 4. Leland Oefelein DQ. Ty Smith

Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling, White Sulpher Springs, NY 2. Ray See Sr. 3. Bob Harless 4. John Hager 5. Doug Atkins DNS. George Cleveland DNS. Charlie Houghtaling DNS. Kenny Hermance