September 15th, 2018:


TAM Enterprises and Tri-Co Electric presented the final leg of the Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Series for the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman this past Saturday at Bethel Motor Speedway. The extra distance forty lap feature had additional purse money added in along with a separate series point fund, the race itself paid $1,000 to the winner. Jerry Curry brought the field down to the green and jumped out to the early lead with heavy pressure from second starting Ed Dachenhausen. Curry continued to lead, racing wheel to wheel with Dachenhausen for several laps. On lap 5, Dachenhausen captured sole possession of the lead from Curry and began to pull away. Curry soon found himself being challenged by veteran campaigner Rick Mill for second spot. The two hard charging drivers diced it out for many laps, until a lap 16 restart found Mill powering ahead to take second. Mill was able to track down Dachenhausen closing the gap in lapped traffic to the leader’s rear bumper. The two drivers found themselves pretty even has Mill could not find the gusto to mount a charge for the lead, except a few times on some late race restarts. Mill was able to get up to the rear wheel of Dachenhausen but not enough to develop a pass line for the lead. The last five laps of the race, Dachenhausen was able to open up a larger gap on the runner-up has Mill began to pick up a tight condition in the turns. At the checkers, Dachenhausen picked up his eighth feature win of the season in the Scot Sanford owned Brookfield Glass # 18s over Mill and Curry. Mill was the winner of the three race Sportsman Asphalt Challenge series over Dachenhausen and Curry.


Feature racing for the Interstate Batteries Modifieds found Mike Dutka catapulting into the championship race as he wired the field in exciting action to pick up his second feature of the season in the Active Automotive # 11. The first half of the race Dutka had to contend with former champion, Steve Conklin who hounded him on the outside lane pushing his car’s limits to pick up the lead. Despite Conklin’s challenges, Dutka never wavered and continued to lead the race. Tyler Dachenhausen and Joe DeGracia emerged in the second half of the race both getting by Conklin to move into second and third respectively. However, neither could find the power to pass Dutka for the lead in the closing stages of the race. At the stripe it was Dutka followed by Dachenhausen and DeGracia.


The track’s longest running class of Pro Stocks paid tribute to a very memorable and honorable Les Quick Sr. who was a keen supporter of the speedway and its competitors. Quick who passed away suddenly at work several years ago was always known to give a helping hand to all of those needing it. On this night, the pro stocks ran Twin 20 features in Quick’s honor. Defending Champion, Ed Butler continued his dominance and hot streak in the class by winning both features in his Tavern on Main # 32. Butler battled it out with two second generation chauffeurs whose fathers found much success in the speedway’s past. The first feature feature saw a wheel to wheel battle with Gene Morton, son of Dale. Morton who wheels the popular ford powered Thunderstang, led until five laps to go when the Chevy power of Butler surged ahead in the final laps of the race. The second feature found Josh Wilbur, son of Jim racing Butler through the field and overtaking the lead from rookie Porter Crawson at the halfway point. Wilbur continued to lead until five laps to go, when again Butler’s horsepower prevailed and overtook the lead from the determined Wilbur in exciting action. Butler now has eleven feature wins this season in the pro stock class.


Crate Sportsman racing found Rich Coons coming from last to first to pick up his fourth victory of the season in the part time racing division. Coons took the lead on lap 6 with a high side pass going into turn 3 to take over the lead from rookie Chris Cook. Coons then cruised to victory in the West Point Tours # 27 over Cook and Bryan Jones.


The Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks again proved to be where the action is. The feature found drivers going three even four wide at times as they raced each other feverishly. The finish proved to be wild with a street stock flipping towards the checker flags on an epic last lap that will be remembered for a long time by many in attendance. The race started out with a side by side duel between Ray Tarantino and Frank Maiori. Lap 6 found the rookie Maiori taking the lead over Tarantino with Patty Falkena running third. At the races halfway point, seventh starting Bill Deak Jr, moved past Falkena to take third. One lap later, Deak Jr powered ahead of Tarantino and quickly closed the gap on the leader Maiori. Deak Jr. showed patience as he chased Maiori until lap 16 when Maiori slipped up slightly in turn 2 which allowed a snug inside lane maneuver by Deak Jr. to take the lead down the backstretch. With two laps to go, Deak Jr began to pull away from Maiori as the second place runner began to feel much pressure from Larry O’Donnell and Kyle Welsch both on the inside and the outside. The final lap found Maiori going into turn 3 with a full head of steam trying to hold onto second, but the rookie driver swept up a lane and contacted the outside running Welsch, resulting in a hard spin. Maiori slowed and moved to the inside to avoid the spinning Welsch but soon found O’Donnell making hard contact to the rear of Maiori resulting in a flip of O’Donnell’s car coming out of turn 4 towards the checkers. At the finish line, Deak Jr took the checkers for the second time this season in his Deak Electric # 86, followed by an emerging Kevin Skelly in second closely followed by Tarantino in third. O’Donnell, Welsch, and Maiori all were collected in the dramatic crash, but all drivers were okay.


Legends feature racing saw Chris Gall capitalizing on a car dropping to the rear in staging to take full advantage of a pole start. Gall did not falter leading every lap in the 25 lap feature despite heavy pressure from current points leader Mike Policastro. Policastro made one last final challenge on the last lap but came up about half a car length short as Gall picked up his second win of the season at the stripe. James Anderson finished a steady third position.


The Bandolero feature proved to excite as the young top guns provided a barnburner in their feature which found defending champion, Mike Roth rallying in the last five laps of the race to get by Joey Aungst for second on lap 11. Roth and his Sullivan Engine # 8 then quickly reeled in leader Brian Rygielski who was seeking his first overall win of the season. On the final lap, Rygielski had Roth making an inside charge down the backstretch, Rygielski left Roth the inside lane going into turn 3, Roth took full advantage and capitalized on the opening to get side by side coming out of turn 4 coming towards the finish line. At the checkers, it was Roth sneaking into the lead by a bumper to collect the victory over the strong running Rygielski. Aungst closely followed to take a third place finish.


Monika Deckelman dominated the Beginner Bandos feature leading every lap to pick up her fifth win of the season over Ty Smith and Leland Oefelein.


Results :

Sportsman Feature: 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Jerry Curry 4. Bill Papula 5. Al Archiere 6. Jeff Richardson 7. Rich Coons 8. Bryan Jones 9. Bob Jashembowski 10. Craig Pritchard 11. Chris Cook 12. Dan Dulin 13. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Mike Dutka, Gardiner, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Joe DeGracia 4. Steve Conklin 5. John Cote 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Steve Galgano 8. Scott Quick

Pro Stock Twin 20 Feature # 1: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Gene Morton 3. Mac Crawson 4. Joe Barnes 5. Porter Crawson 6. Josh Wilbur 7. Gary Gamble

Pro Stock Twin 20 Feature # 2: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Josh Wilbur 3. Mac Crawson 4. Joe Barnes 5. Porter Crawson 6. Gene Morton DNS. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Bill Deak Jr. Bantam, CT 2. Kevin Skelly 3. Ray Tarantino 4. Joel Murns 5. Ryan Brockner 6. AJ Atkins 7. Bill Deak Sr. 8. Walt Henry 9. Brian Bauernfeind 10. Patty Falkena 11. Dan Houghtaling 12. Frank Maiori 13. Kyle Welsch 14. Larry O’Donnell 15. Mike Mergendahl 16. Anthony Siano DNS. Ernie Millen

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Rich Coons, Montgomery, NY 2. Chris Cook 3. Bryan Jones 4. Bob Jashembowski  

Legends Feature: 1. Chris Gall, Brick, NJ 2. Mike Policastro 3. James Anderson 4. Connor Piasecki 5. Sean Verwys

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Brian Rygielski 3. Joey Aungst 4. Katie Verwys 5. Evan Rygielski 6. Logan Clark 7. Justin Aungst 8. Jeffrey Noe

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Monika Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Ty Smith 3. Leland Oefelein 4. Jordan Smith


News from the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com

For Immediate Release/September 16, 2018

Short Track Super Series Goes Pavement Racing Sunday, September 30 At Bethel Motor Speedway ‘Fall of 69’

WHITE LAKE, NY – It’s time for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco to hit the pavement.

On Sunday, September 30, the quarter-mile paved Bethel Motor Speedway will host the STSS Sportsman in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse-sponsored ‘Fall of 69’ event: 69 laps offering a very healthy $2,500 to the winner plus special awards and bonuses.

This second annual event at Bethel will serve as the fourth of five STSS Sportsman events on the 2018 agenda.

A draw format will set the lineups for 15-lap ‘Semi’ qualifiers leading up to the ‘Fall of 69’ STSS Sportsman main event. Drivers unable to qualify through the ‘Semi’ events will have another shot via B-Mains for a field of 22 cars. Two series provisionals and one track provisional will bring the total starters to 25 on the tight bullring.

The main event will run 69 green-flag laps.

All drivers signing in for the event will receive 60 points toward the STSS Open Sportsman championship battle.

A number of bonuses will be available for STSS Sportsman racers: a $100 Sunoco Race Fuels Gift Certificate for the Halfway Leader; a $200 Extreme Energy Solutions/Extreme Kleaner Top Crate 602 bonus; $200 from Armistead Mechanical to the Hard Charger; $100 for the first Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway representative from Mike Sparta Trucking and $100 to the top Accord (N.Y.) Speedway driver courtesy of Accord promoters Gary and Donna Palmer.

Lap money will also be paid to drivers.

Complete STSS Sportsman rules for this event have been posted under ‘Event Info’ on www.shorttracksuperseries.com. 

Also on the card: the ‘Woodstocker’ Tri Counties Automotive Street Stock 40-lap event offering $500 to the winner, Legends Cars in a 25-lap main sponsored by Alliance Shippers Inc. offering $500 to win (based on 18 cars) and a 15-lap Bandolero feature.

Crackers Motorsports Marketing has posted $100 Hard Charger Awards for the Street Stock and Legends Car events. The Street Stock ‘Woodstocker’ will also offer lap money.

Pit gates open at 11 a.m. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at noon. Hot laps hit the track at 1 p.m., with racing at 2 p.m.

Adult admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65-plus) pay $18. Students (ages 7-16) pay $8. Children 6 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Bethel Motor Speedway is located at 361 Horseshoe Lake Road Bethel, NY 12783. The speedway can be contacted by phone at 845.319.7908

, on the web at

www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

To learn more about the 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N,  Land Hoe Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Sportsman Program

Open Sportsman Schedule

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – WINNER: DALE WELTY

Monday, July 16 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Saturday, September 15 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – WINNER: DOMINIC ROSELLI

Sunday, September 30 – Bethel Motor Speedway/White Lake, N.Y. – 60 points for all drivers

Friday, October 5 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


September 8th, 2018:

Saturday at Bethel Motor Speedway was ‘First Responders’ night as all those in attendance remembered the tragic September, 11th 2001 terrorist attack and all the lives that were lost on that terrible day. Also held was a tribute to Jimmy Shields who was a first responder, emergency medical technician who also raced regularly at Bethel in the Four Cylinder Pure Stock class. Sadly, Shields passed away of sudden cardiac arrest two years ago, only weeks after the race season had concluded. Shields won the last feature he had competed in at the speedway with his red # 22 car. All of those who are associated with Bethel Motor Speedway thanks and recognizes the efforts of all our first responders in the military, police, fire, and medical fields.

The Interstate Batteries Modified feature saw a new driver picking up his first career open wheel modified win. Stephen Kammer, a former street stock champion on the dirt switched his track and class at the beginning of last season. Kammer’s determination and persistence paid off on this night in the Kammer Construction # 55 modified. Kammer led every lap of the race despite repeated challenges from former champion, Steve Conklin. Also, on the move was Nascar Whelen series driver Joe DeGracia who gallantly came from the last starting position to pass Conklin for second with two laps to go. DeGracia caught up to the leader Kammer and made an inside run in turn one on the final lap. Kammer held strong off the corner and was able to beat DeGracia at the checkers by half a car length to pick up the extra savory victory. Conklin held on for third at the finish.

Current Extreme Kleaner Sportsman point leader, Ed Dachenhausen had the chips fall in his favor on this night as he was able to extend his point lead over his fellow competitors along with taking the checkers. Dachenhausen collected his seventh victory of the season coming from sixth starting position in his Brookfield Glass # 18s machine. Rich Coons outgunned Kyle Redner on the first lap and looked strong in the first half of the race. At the halfway point, Dachenhausen took to the highside and outpowered Coons to take the lead after a multi-lap wheel to wheel battle. Coons stayed steady in second, while Jeff Richardson maneuvered by fan favorite Jerry Curry to take third when Curry fell victim to a flat right rear tire.

Fans were abuzz and delighted to the high turnout of four cylinder racers paying tribute to the late Jimmy Shields in two thrilling 22 lap features with extra purse money and valuable double points on the line. In the first feature, Tisha Curry jumped out into the early lead until lap four when the tenacious Richard Smith dashed out into the lead. Smith continued to lead until the ever-hot Dan Curry captured the lead at the halfway point as he was looking to extend his winning streak further. Chasing down the leader’s tracks, were hunters coming from deep in the field in the likes of Shawn Maloney, David Donovan, and Todd Gadoury. All eyes watched as the second half of the race proved to be a five car race for the lead as all five drivers were in strong contention to win as they sliced and diced each other in wheel to wheel action. With three laps to go, Richard Smith relinquished second position to head up pit road with a flat tire. On the final laps of the race it was eminent that D. Curry was losing the handling due to a rear tire going flat but continued to defend his lead position. The white flag lap proved to be the most eventful, with four leaders going for the glory. D. Curry and Maloney found the short end of the stick tangling in turn 3, with Donovan just squeaking out Gadoury to pick up his second win of the season at the stripe. Charlie Houghtaling valiantly drove from seventeenth position to take third at the checkers.

The second 22 lapper proved to be an action packed sequel to the first feature. Richard Smith would not be denied victory as he led every lap en route to his second victory of the season. David Donovan and Joe Smith put on a show of driving as they came from fourteenth and twenty-third starting positions coming up thru the field to track down the leader Smith. Donovan and Smith were able to get by second and third place running Nicole Nelson and Cliff Levison but both drivers ran out of time to catch Smith who had checked out from the rest of the field.

Shakelton Napa Street Stocks proved again to be a popular barnburner of a race which brought many fans to their feet cheering on their favorite drivers. Fan favorite, Larry O’Donnell took full advantage of his pole position start and took the early lead over fellow veteran racer Joel Murns. However, ninth starting Kyle Welsch came up through the pack to pick up third position by working his way on the high side getting by Bill Deak Sr. Welsch then caught up to Murns and tried several challenges high and low but couldn’t execute a clean pass which allowed last week’s feature winner, Mike Skelly to catch up to Welsch. Lap 12 found Welsch getting by Murns to get second and began to reel in the leader. Skelly worked by Murns for second three laps later and set his sights on Welsch. Soon enough it became a three horse race as the two drivers closed right close to the tail of O’Donnell. Lap 17 found Skelly make a bold frontstretch pass on Welsch to capture second position. With the white flag waving, Skelly began to make a run down the frontstretch on the leader O’Donnell. Skelly tucked hard to the inside in turn 1 with O’Donnell running tight in the middle defending his spot. Skelly got even to the door but slid up ever slightly contacting O’Donnell. O’Donnell was unphased by the contact coming out of turn two as he nosed ahead while Skelly was a bit loose on the inside. O’Donnell secured the lead going into turn 3 but Welsch dove hard into turn 3 resulting in the spin of second place running Skelly. At the checkers, it was O’Donnell picking up a well earned first victory of the season in the Tri Counties Auto # 26 over Murns and current points leader Walt Henry in third.

Defending Champion Ed Butler continues to dominate the Interstate Batteries Pro Stock class. Butler’s Tavern on Main # 32 picked up his ninth win of the season coming from fifth starting position. The first half of the race showed a great race up front between second generation drivers Josh Wilbur and Gene Morton, the two drivers ran twelve laps racing wheel to wheel swapping positions several times until Butler found an inside line open up in turn 3 giving him the hole he needed to execute a winning pass on lap 13. Wilbur continued to chase Butler in second, but Morton began to fade some getting passed by Glenn Richard for third on lap 14. Post race tech found Richard with a weight infraction which awarded Mac Crawson third position.

Legends feature racing saw veteran Eugene Drew picking up his third feature win of the season as he led wire to wire in the caution free race. Current point leader Mike Policastro finished second over Chris Gall in third.

Defending Champion, Mike Roth continued his dominance in the Bandoleros as he worked very hard to capture the lead from Katie Verwys going into turn 1 with five laps to go. It was smooth sailing from there for Roth and his Sullivan Engine # 8. Evan Rygielski surged to second and tried to rally to the lead but fell about one car length short at the checkers. Cousin Brian Rygielski finished a stout third position.

Monika Deckelman picked up her fourth win of the season over Leland Oefelein and Ty Smith. Deckelman led every lap of the race in the Beginner Bandos feature.

New Jersey racers Rick Casario and Don Zrinski were victorious in the ATQMVC Vintage TQ exhibition races.

Results :

Modified Feature: 1. Stephen Kammer, Redding, CT 2. Joe DeGracia 3. Steve Conklin 4. John Cote 5. Skip LaPolt 6. Mike Dutka 7. Scott Quick 8. Tyler Dachenhausen

Sportsman Feature: 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rich Coons 3. Jeff Richardson 4. Kyle Redner 5. Al Archiere 6. Jerry Curry 7. Willy Auchmoody 8. Brian Jones DNS. Rick Mill

Four Cylinder Twin 22 Feature # 1: 1. David Donovan, Neversink, NY 2. Todd Gadoury 3. Charlie Houghtaling 4. Tim Curry 5. Tasha Curry 6. Kody Welsh 7. Jeffrey Tubbs 8. Tisha Curry 9. Tabitha Riordan 10. Cliff Levison 11. Richard Smith 12. Nicole Nelson 13. Brandon Conklin 14. Rich Smith Sr. 15. Jessey Torrens 16. Dick Shaddock 17. Alec Graham 18. J.W. Gannon 19. Marisol Torrens 20. Gene Chariott 21. Jerry Kingeter 22. Cody Houghtaling 23. Mike Travis 24. Tim Degrote 25. Dan Curry 26. Shawn Maloney DNS. Joe Smith DNS. Dan Houghtaling DNS. Brian Bauernfeind

Four Cylinder Twin 22 Feature # 2: 1. Richard Smith, Neversink, NY 2. David Donovan 3. Joe Smith 4. Kody Welsh 5. Tasha Curry 6. Nicole Nelson 7. Cliff Levison 8. Todd Gadoury 9. Jeffrey Tubbs 10. Dan Houghtaling 11. Tim Curry 12. Brian Bauernfeind 13. Jerry Kingeter 14. Tisha Curry 15. Tabitha Riordan 16. JW Gannon 17. Brandon Conklin 18. Dick Shaddock 19. Jessey Torrens 20. Tim Degrote 21. Rich Smith Sr. 22. Alec Graham 23. Cody Houghtaling DNS. Charlie Houghtaling DNS. Marisol Torrens DNS. Gene Chariott DNS. Mike Travis DNS. Dan Curry DNS. Shawn Maloney
Street Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Walt Henry 4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Brian Bauernfeind 7. Patty Falkena 8. Frank Maiori 9. Dan Houghtaling 10. Ernie Millen 11. Mike Skelly 12. Kyle Welsch 13. Corey Stanton

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Josh Wilbur 3. Mac Crawson 4. Gene Morton 5. Porter Crawson 6. Gary Gamble 7. Glenn Richard DNS. Brayden Spencer

Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Mike Policastro 3. Chris Gall 4. Sean Verwys 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt 6. Quinn Trimmer 7. Jack Gerzabek

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

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Monika Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Leland Oefelein 3. Ty Smith

Vintage ATQMVC Feature: 1. Rick Casario, Newton, NJ 2. Frank Mammano 3. Mike Casario 4. Drew Fornoro 5. Billy Fischer 6. Gary Mondschein 7. Blu Metz 8. Mike Corigliano

Vintage Suzuki TQ Feature: 1. Don Zrinski, Piscataway, NJ 2. Tim Adams 3. Vinny Testanero 4. Keith Majka 5. John Leombruno 6. Mike Casario 7. Blu Metz 8. Graham Hughes


September 1st, 2018:

This past Saturday found many former racers and past officials returning to their old stomping grounds for their racer’s reunion in honor of the legendary Dick Crumley who was a long time popular racer at the speedway with his famous # 7x machines and served in various roles including being the head flagger. Crumley who also loved his hometown of Bethel, NY served in several roles on the local government and was always a staunch supporter of the speedway along with running his automotive business Seven-X Motors. Fans were delighted to see the return of the former racer’s and to learn more about the history of the speedway as numerous memories were relived with many stories told.

On track feature action found hotshoe Ed Dachenhausen marching from ninth starting position to pick up his sixth feature win of the season and extend his point lead in the very tight championship battle with veteran Rick Mill. The Extreme Kleaner feature found Rich Coons getting by early race leader Matt Curry on lap 3. Coons continued to lead after a couple of restarts for two melees that occurred in turn 3. At the halfway point, Dachenhausen had charged through the pack and knew he had to take the high side to get around the quick Coons. It took several laps of wheel to wheel racing between the two leaders before Dachenhausen powered ahead on the outside of turn two. The Scot Sanford owned Brookfield Glass # 18s then cruised to victory over Coons and Jeff Richardson who made some wise decisions in the race to come home third.

John Cote is Bethel’s ‘Ole Master’ who has been competing in the same car at the track for the past twenty years with extraordinary success. Cote and his car have its own chapter in speedway lore at the track so it seemed so right for the long time campaigner to pick up his second win of the season in the Interstate Batteries modified feature in front of the former racer’s reunion in attendance. Cote quickly moved from his fourth starting position and began to pressure another long time racer Steve Conklin who was the early race leader. Conklin who was rolling off the corners high, found Cote pinching the inner most lane of the track off turn four to make an inside pass for the lead down the front chute and was able to pull away from Conklin. Current point leader, Tyler Dachenhausen made a turn 2 pass on a strong running Stephen Kammer to take third on the final lap. At the checkers, it was Cote over Conklin and Dachenhausen to take the popular win.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks were rewarded with a purse increase due to strong car count on this night at the speedway. The feature proved to be thrilling to the drivers and even more for the fans as rookie Dan Houghtaling jumped out into the early lead but found the caution quickly coming out for a frontstretch jingle. Lap 4, found Houghtaling under heavy pressure by veteran Joel Murns and a returning Mike Skelly who hadn’t competed in a street stock race since 2009. The three drivers went three wide down the front chute with Skelly on the inside, they continued three wide into turn one, but by turn two Skelly found command of the lead. Soon after Skelly has his hands full with current point leader Walt Henry and three time winner Kyle Welsch who both had hard charged for their deep starting positions. The second half of the race had the fans on the edge of their seats as the best street stock drivers in the region continued to provide much action with many focused on the tight high speed chase at the front of the pack. Henry known as the Hurricane ran hard on the highside of Skelly for many laps door to door while Welsch continued to nip away on the inside of Skelly. Skelly soon found lapped traffic headed in his direction and negotiated it in his favor and was able to pull ahead ever slightly which waged Henry and Welsch in a fierce battle for second swapping position several times. On the last lap, Henry made a gusting dive going into turn 3 to blow ahead of Welsch for second. At the checkers, it was Mike Skelly picking up his first feature win of the season with Henry beating Welsch by a fender for second. Skelly picked up the crowd roaring victory with the Deckelman Trucking # 67. Charlie and George Deckelman were popular top drivers at the speedway in the 1980’s to much applause for those taking part in the reunion.

Interstate Battery Pro Stock action found Ed Butler on a hot streak picking up his fifth win in a row and eighth on the season with his Tavern on Main # 32. Gene Morton jumped out to the early lead with Joe Barnes in quick pursuit running in second. Ed Butler moved into third getting by a stout running Josh Wilbur. Butler then went to work on the veteran Barnes and passed him for second on lap 4 and began to track down the leader. Morton soon had Butler pressuring him to give up the lead. Morton continued to maintain his line while Butler went to the highside and began building momentum. Just prior to halfway, as Butler ran up high he cleanly nosed ahead of the ford powered Morton to take the lead as he motored away. The crafty Morton continued to run second until two laps to go when third place running Mac Crawson made an inside dive on Morton in turn 4 which resulted in a crash knocking out several running in the top five bringing out the yellow. The last lap found second place running Josh Wilbur making a late race surge and challenging the leader Butler. At the checkers, Butler was able to hold off Wilbur by a car length. Porter Crawson came across the line in third.

Rich Coons was on a Sunday drive as he easily cruised home to his third Crate Sportsman feature of the season with his West Point Tours # 27. Coons darted from third position to first position when Shawn Maloney and Matt Curry drifted high in turn 2. At the checkers, it was Coons over Maloney, Curry, and Charlie Houghtaling.

In racing there has always been a saying that your second career win comes much quicker than the first. Sean Verwys proved that in the Legends feature as he now has won back to back features. Verwys rallied from an early race spin to capture the lead from leader Eugene Drew on lap 13. Current point leader Mike Policastro moved around Drew for second on lap 17 and began closing the gap on Verwys. At the checkers it was Verwys in the Corvino & Verwys Tax Service # 88v just ahead of Policastro. Eugene Drew held on for third.

The win streak continues in the Four Cylinder Pure Stock class as Dan Curry picked up his ninth feature win of the season. Richard Smith chased closely for the duration of the race making several charges on the inside and outside to make a winning pass but at the finish line it was D. Curry by half a car length over the ever persistent Smith. A returning Tasha Curry came from last to take third position at the line.

Bandolero feature action had a photo finish at the checkers as Brian Rygielski put forth his strongest run to date at the speedway. Rygielski ran a flawless race and if the race had been one lap shorter he would have collected his first career feature win the class. However, defending champion put forth an outstanding run coming from the back of the pack. Roth worked by Evan Rygielski for second place on lap 5 and began to chase down the leader who had opened up a large lead. Lap after lap, Roth concentrated on narrowing the deficit. Lap 13, showed Roth right on the rear bumper of B. Rygielski as he was able to erase his comfortable lead margin. Roth then used the inside and was able to pinch into the corners and make the winning pass going into turn three on the last lap. B. Rygielski kept the momentum quick on the highside as they came speeding to the checkers wheel to wheel. At the line it was Roth winning by a bumper in his Sullivan Engine # 8 over the ever close B. Rygielski. Joey Aungst finished third.

In Beginner Bandoleros, Monika Deckelman looked poise to pick up another feature victory but got bit by bad luck when a lapped car made contact and caused her to spin bringing out the yellow. Ty Smith inherited the lead and went on to pick up his sixth victory of the season over Kaden Rogers and Jordan Smith.

Local hotshoe Mike Houghtaling picked up the feature win in Vintage Modified racing. Houghtaling whose family traces back to the early years at the speedway worked exceptionally hard on this night as his father Ray Houghtaling Sr. was in attendance for the racer’s reunion along with many other family members. It was no easy task to win on this night as Darral Hulbert who is also the son of legendary modified racer Mert Hulbert was the early leader and battled Houghtaling throughout the race staying glued to his rear bumper. Mike’s brother, Charlie Houghtaling also challenged his older brother several times but could not overtake the lead. At the checkers it was M. Houghtaling in the family # 03 beating Hulbert by a car length to take the savory victory. C. Houghtaling finished a strong third.

Former dirt modified racer Keith Majka picked up the victory in the Atlantic Coast Old Timers exhibition race.

Results :

Sportsman Feature: 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rich Coons 3. Jeff Richardson 4. Rick Mill 5. Dan Dulin 6. Al Archiere 7. Matt Curry 8. Jerry Curry 9. Bill Papula

Modified Feature: 1. John Cote, New Milford, CT 2. Steve Conklin 3. Tyler Dachenhausen 4. Mike Dutka 5. Stephen Kammer 6. Scott Quick

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Rich Coons, Montgomery, NY 2. Shawn Maloney 3. Matt Curry 4. Charlie Houghtaling

Street Stock Feature: 1. Mike Skelly, Liberty, NY 2. Walt Henry 3. Kyle Welsch 4. Larry O’Donnell 5. Brian Bauerfeind 6. Joel Murns 7. Bill Deak Jr. 8. Dan Houghtaling 9. Bill Deak Sr. 10. Frank Maiori 11. Ernie Millen 12. Corey Stanton 13. Ray Tarantino 14. Patty Falkena 15. Jessica Ricci 16. A.J. Atkins

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Josh Wilbur 3. Porter Crawson 4. Joe Barnes 5. Gene Morton 6. Mac Crawson DNS. Mark Sylvester

Legends Feature: 1. Sean Verwys, E. Stroudsburg, PA 2. Mike Policastro 3. Eugene Drew 4. Conner Piasecki 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Richard Smith 3. Tasha Curry 4. Tisha Curry 5. Cody Houghtaling 6. Tim Curry 7. George Van Aken 8. Cliff Levison

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

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Ty Smith Eldred, NY 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Jordan Smith 4. Monika Deckelman

Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling, Wht. Sulphur Springs, NY 2. Darral Hulbert 3. Charlie Houghtaling 4. Doug Atkins 5. Jim Halpin 6. Car # 37J 7. John Hager 8. Jon Atkins 9. George Cleveland

ACOT Feature: 1. Keith Majka, Bloomingdale, NJ 2. Gary Collucci 3. Ken Goewey 4. Bill Goodfellow 5. Jake Morgan


August 25th, 2018:

Knowledge was the key this past Saturday as Bethel Motor Speedway opened its gates to near perfect weather conditions. The track was rewarded with good car counts and many excited fans as we honored the late Eddy Lindstadt a former four cylinder champion and track announcer at the speedway. The very popular racer who loved to laugh and cheer people up, passed away suddenly in 2017. The four cylinder class that Lindstadt competed in was in the spotlight with one on one elimination races, heats, feature, and concluded with an enduro. Also, it was trivia night at the track which saw all the current point leaders each teamed with a super fan competing against each other in a trivia contest. Sportsman point leader Ed Dachenhausen picked up his first career trivia contest win over street stock’s Walt Henry and pro stock’s Ed Butler.

The Extreme Kleaner Sportsman feature found racing school teacher Bill Papula picking up his first career Sportsman feature win at Bethel. Papula who started second jumped out into the lead on the first lap and was exceptionally strong on this night. Lap 6, found top gun Rick Mill moving past Rich Coons to capture second place from his eighth starting position. On two restarts, was when Mill was able to show some teeth on Papula where he could get next to the leader but was unable to clear a winning pass. At the halfway point, defending champion Jeff Richardson worked by Coons for third place and set his sights on the front two leader. Papula continued to hit his marks in each period of the race with Mill chasing right behind on his rear bumper. At the dual checkers it was Papula taking his first win of the season by three quarters of a car length over Mill. Previous week winner Jeff Richardson came home third.

The nailbiting race of the night had to be the Interstate Batteries BMS Modifieds. Stephen Kammer jumped out into the early lead but quickly saw second place running Scott Quick spinning in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart, seasoned veteran driver John Cote maneuvered past Kammer to take the lead. Meanwhile, a returning Steve Galgano moved his way up from his eighth starting position and began to challenge Cote for the lead. Cote was able to neutralize any challenge Galgano had and even began to pull away from him. Skip LaPolt was running third but after the halfway point he found a groove on the outside to his liking and quickly reeled in Galgano. With five laps to go, the leader Cote began to show sparks underneath and was experiencing a severe handling problem going into the turns. Galgano and LaPolt pulled in on the leader quickly and it became a three horse race for the lead. At two laps to go, Cote continued to hang on to the lead with Galgano nipping away at the inside and with LaPolt gaining momentum on the outside. Coming off turn 4 on the final lap, LaPolt pulled off a calculated crossover move, threading the needle between third place running Galgano and the leader Cote. At the checkers, LaPolt robbed Cote of the feature win by a bumper to take home his third feature win of the season over the ever close cars of Cote and Galgano with the crowd roaring at the amazing finish.

Interstate Battery Pro Stock feature found a returning Gene Morton in his famous Ford Thunderstang outgunning fellow Ford competitor John Roese to take the lead with Roese lurking close behind. On Lap 4, Mac Crawson made a power move to overtake Roese for second and quickly caught the leader Morton. Just prior to halfway, Crawson dashed to the inside of Morton in turn 3 but found the space wasn’t large enough to hold a line and resulted in the yellow flag coming out relegating both cars to the rear of the field. Defending Champ Ed Butler was riding quietly in third inherited the lead and quickly outdistanced the field on the restart. Roese contently ran in second trying to close the gap on the leader but found Crawson challenging him for position after a late race restart. With the white flag flying, Crawson made a power move down the frontstretch getting even with Roese going into turn 1. As the two cars came out of turn 2, Crawson captured second place from Roese. At the finish line, red hot Butler cruised to his seventh feature win of the season in his Tavern on Main # 32 over Crawson and Roese.

Jeffrey Lefcourt was the early leader in the Legends feature but soon found a returning Brad Lowmaster making an inside move stick to take the lead from Lefcourt in turn 3 on Lap 3. Lowmaster looked strong and didn’t miss a beat from his long absence but the yellow flew on Lap 9 for a spinning Mike Policastro in turn two. The restart proved to be the most important part of the race as Lowmaster spun his tires ever so slightly and second place running Sean Verwys capitalized on the outside and seized the lead going into turn 1. Verwys who has been knocking on victory lane’s door all season continued to lead despite several late race cautions. With five laps to go, third place running Eugene Drew made contact with Lowmaster which sent him spinning in turn two. Both cars were relegated to the rear which moved Policastro into second position. Verwys continued to lead over Policastro in the final few laps to pick up his much coveted first career Legends feature victory at Bethel in the Corvino & Verwys Tax Services # 88v over Policastro and a rallying Lowmaster to take third at the checkers.

Shakelton Napa Street Stocks had the crowd cheering in a very exciting feature concluding with a close finish between two of the region’s best street stock drivers. Longtime competitor Ray Tarantino jumped out to the early lead over rookie Corey Stanton leading until Lap 6, when a hard charging Kyle Welsch made a strong frontstretch pass to overtake Tarantino for the lead going into turn one. Welsch who started in eighth position began to pull away from the field which found many position changes each lap. Just prior to halfway, Joel Murns got past Tarantino for second and began his search to find the leader. One lap later found Corey Stanton capturing third from Tarantino and began to close the gap on second place running Murns. Meanwhile, the hurricane Walt Henry was on a blazing trail on the outside racing forward from his tenth starting position. Henry found lap traffic to his liking as he was able to get by Stanton for third then Murns for second while they were negotiating lap traffic. Lap 14 found the yellow coming out which erased Welsch’s big lead and put the current point leader Henry on his tail for the restart. The final five laps of racing proved to be a shootout between the two drivers as Henry made several daring charges both high and low. With two laps to go, Bill Deak Sr made an inside pass in turn four to take third position from Murns. On the final lap, Henry made a final attempt to shake the leader Welsch but with the checkers waving it was Kyle Welsch beating Walt Henry by half a car length to take his third feature win of the season in the TJ Motorsports # 357 for a crowd pleasing victory.

Four Cylinder feature action was on center stage as the area’s best drivers came out to pay tribute to former four cylinder racer Eddy Lindstadt who passed away suddenly in 2017. The full field of cars provided plenty of racing action for the fans often going three wide as they all wanted to win on this special night. Eddie Jones Jr was the races early leader while there was several cautions in the early stages of the race. A Lap 8 restart found tenth starting Dan Curry on the outside in second position. D. Curry who has been on a two month hot streak made the outside work and climbed into the lead at the halfway point getting by Jones Jr. It was no easy task for Curry to win on this night as a very competitive Shawn Maloney, David Donovan, and Ivan Guerra all chased him closely for the second half of the race. Maloney lost power on lap 14 dropping him out of the race but Donovan and Guerra continued to put pressure on D. Curry. At the checkers, D. Curry’s dominance continued as he picked up his eighth win of the season over Donovan and Guerra.

Enduro racing action found David Donovan outgunning Cody Houghtaling in a very competitive enduro race. Richard Smith did some hard charging to finish third.

Four Cylinder elimination racing saw the return of popular driver Mike Travis into the event. The defending champion made a rare start count as he conquered all as it came down to a 2 lap shootout between him and red hot Dan Curry. Travis and Curry stayed side by side but at the finish line it was Travis by a fender over Curry.

The Sullivan Engine # 8 of Mike Roth easily cruised to his fourteenth victory of the season over Joey Aungst and Katie Verwys in the INEX Bandolero feature.

Monika Deckelman led every lap to take home her third win of the season in the Beginner Bandolero class over Kaden Rogers and Ty Smith.

Results :

Sportsman Feature: 1. Bill Papula, Matamoras, PA 2. Rick Mill 3. Jeff Richardson 4. Rich Coons 5. Dan Dulin 6. Jerry Curry 7. Chris Cook 8. Harry Hindley 9. Ed Dachenhausen

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt, Swan Lake, NY 2. John Cote 3. Steve Galgano 4. Mike Dutka 5. Tyler Dachenhausen 6. Steve Conklin 7. Scott Quick 8. Stephen Kammer 9. Ron Richter

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Mac Crawson 3. John Roese 4. Glenn Richard 5. Porter Crawson 6. Gene Morton 7. Gary Gamble 8. Larry O’Donnell 9. John Rood

Legends Feature: 1. Sean Verwys, E. Stroudsburg, PA 2. Mike Policastro 3. Brad Lowmaster 4. Eugene Drew 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt 6. Conner Piasecki

Street Stock Feature: 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Walt Henry 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Bill Deak Jr. 5. Joel Murns 6. Brian Bauerfeind 7. Ray Tarantino 8. Patty Falkena 9. Frank Maiori 10. Corey Stanton 11. Dan Houghtaling 12. Phil Funcheon 13. Phil Funcheon 14. Jessica Ricci 15. A.J. Atkins DNS. Larry O’Donnell

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. David Donovan 3. Ivan Guerra 4. George Van Aken 5. Tisha Curry 6. Nicole Nelson 7. John Houghtaling 8. Travis Cogswell 9. Eddie Jones Jr. 10. Tabitha Riordan 11. Jake Oswald 12. JW Gannon 13. Ed King 14. Cliff Levison 15. Shawn Maloney 16. Richard Smith

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

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Monika Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Ty Smith 4. Leland Oefelein

Enduro Feature: 1. David Donovan, Neversink, NY 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Richard Smith 4. Nicole Nelson 5. Travis Cogswell 6. Todd Gadoury 7. JW Gannon 8. Jake Oswald 9. Ed King 10. Mike Travis 11. Ethan Cogswell 12. Shawn Maloney 13. George Van Aken 14. Eugene Drew


August 18th, 2018:

This past Saturday proved again to be another night of exciting racing as rain storms were dodged for just enough time to allow for a full show weekly racing which was highlighted by the INEX Legends competing in an extra distance $500 to Win National Qualifier event. However, the evening started off on an intense nervous note as one of the track’s employees was injured under yellow conditions as he was attempting to clear the track of a piece of debris.Reports on Sunday night found the young man with no major internal injuries, with a severely broken leg but in good spirits. A full recovery from his injuries is expected. We thank all emergency staffing and crews for their quick response with the handling of this scary accident. We also thank all the racers and fans for sending many prayers for this young gentleman.

The INEX Legends feature found to be very exciting for those in attendance as a draw / redraw format for this special race created for much passing and wheel to wheel action with a good quality field of drivers in the race. Eugene Drew jumped out into the lead for the first two laps until he lost the handle coming out of turn 2 thus collecting third place running Sean Verwys. On the restart, Glenn Korner took the top spot while eighth and ninth place starting Noah Korner and Mike Alcaro battled their way up through the field. Both N. Korner and Alcaro pressured leader G. Korner for several laps as they traded back and forth the runner up position. Lap 8, found N. Korner completing the pass on brother G. Korner for the lead with Alcaro in hot pursuit moving into second one lap later. Lap 10, found current point leader Mike Policastro getting by G. Korner for third while the two leaders were in a fast paced duel for the lead. Alcaro made his winning pass stick at the race halfway point but continued to have N. Korner hounding his rear bumper. Seventh place starting Daniel Carter also got by Policastro to capture third and set his sights on the leaders. The three drivers raced in close quarters for the second half of the race while negotiating lap traffic. The veteran ace Alcaro was able to get through the lapped cars with precision and hold on to the hard earned victory in the Alcaro Metal Plating # 8 in a very close finish over N. Korner and Carter.

The Extreme Cleaner Sportsman went topless for the night which proved to be very popular for those in the grandstands but it also found that the cars drove quite differently and stayed in a tight pack formation in the first half of the race often going three wide at times. Harry Hindley was the early leader until fourth starting Dan Dulin took main control of the lead on lap 4 from his fourth starting position. Dulin looked strong topless, as the fans could easily watch these normally hidden drivers from the cockpit. Defending track champion, Jeff Richardson must like convertibles as he trounced the pack of drivers coming up through to obtain second place from Bill Deckelman. Just prior to halfway, Richardson got a strong run off turn 4 to get an inside run next to Dulin going down the front chute. The following lap found Richardson as the leader as he began to pull away. Current point leader, Ed Dachenhausen also worked his way up through the field with five laps remaining he was able to power ahead of Dulin to take second place but found no time to make a run for the lead. On the last lap, Dulin hit a stroke of bad luck and pulled off the track relinquishing third to potent rookie Chris Cook. Richardson cruised in the breeze to take home his second victory of the season in the TAM Enterprises # 11x machine over Dachenhausen and Cook.

Crate Dirt Sportsman found long time veteran racer Rich Coons leading every lap in a hotly contested feature. The evenly matched racers stayed in close formation with invader Milton Mann staying in close pursuit to Coons. While close, Mann could not mount a charge to Coons as he ran a flawless race. Popular driver, Jerry Curry put on a show for his fans charging from last to the third position. At the checkers, Coons recorded his second victory of the season in the West Point Tours # 27 over Mann and J. Curry.

Another veteran race, Ed Butler annihilated the Interstate Pro Stock field. Wasting no time, Butler who started fifth charged into the lead on Lap 4 from rookie Josh Wilbur and never looked back. Wilbur with a new powerplant under the hood drove an exceptional race in second place but had nothing for Butler. With two laps remaining, Mac Crawson was able to get by Wilbur for second after a multi-lap battle. Butler took the twin checker flags for the sixth time this year with his Tavern on Main # 32 over Crawson and Wilbur.

Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks again proved why they are the fan favorite class at Bethel. A strong field of the area’s best street stock drivers put on a super exciting race with action abound everywhere on the track when all was said and done. Street Stock hotshoe Kevin Skelly took home a much earned first victory of the season after a race long battle over current point leader Walt Henry. Henry charged quickly from his tenth starting position to gain second position over rookie Corey Stanton on lap 4 but was unable to get Skelly to slip or fade during the race duration. Fan favorite driver Larry O’Donnell put on his own exciting show in a rare street stock appearance to move into third position but was unable to catch the race leaders. At the checkers, it was Skelly first across the line in the Deckelman Trucking # 67 over an ever close Henry with O’Donnell in a stout third place finish.

“When you’re hot, you’re hot” is the current story of veteran campaigner Dan Curry and the Four Cylinder Pure Stock class. D. Curry picked up his sixth win in a row and seventh of the season! D. Curry was able to get ahead of current point leader Cliff Levison just prior to halfway to take the lead. While the top two positions were settled, all eyes were on the battle for third place among a few contenders. Rookie Jeffrey Tubbs put in an impressive run to wind up with third position at the checkers.

It was lucky 13 for current point leader, Mike Roth as he easily won the Bandoleros feature in his Sullivan Engine # 8 for the thirteenth time this season. Joey Aungst picked up another runner up finish over Brian Rygielski in third place. Ty Smith picked up his fifth win in the Beginner Bandolero race over Leland Oefelien.

Results :

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Alcaro, Fredon, NJ 2. Noah Korner 3. Daniel Carter 4. Mike Policastro 5. Sean Verwys 6. Jeff Otto Jr. 7. Glenn Korner 8. Ed Cheslak 9. Jeffrey Lefcourt 10. Derek Debbis 11. Pat Verwys 12. Scott Cheslak 13. Stephen Coleman 14. Vinny Delaney 15. Eugene Drew 16. Joe Fresco

Topless Sportsman Feature: 1. Jeff Richardson, Goshen, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Chris Cook 4. Milton Mann 5. Bill Deckelman 6. Matt Curry 7. Rich Coons 8. Harry Hindley 9. Dan Dulin 10. Rick Mill 11. Jerry Curry DNS. Dave Rosa DNS. Danny Carlough

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Rich Coons, Montgomery, NY 2. Milton Mann 3. Jerry Curry 4. Chris Cook 5. Matt Curry 6. Shawn Maloney DNS. Danny Carlough

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Mac Crawson 3. Josh Wilbur 4. Joe Barnes 5. Porter Crawson 6. John Rood 7. Jim Helt 8. Gene Morton DNS. John Roese

Street Stock Feature: 1. Kevin Skelly, North Branch, NY 2. Walt Henry 3. Larry O’Donnell 4. Bill Deak Jr. 5. Joel Murns 6. Kyle Welsch 7. Bill Deak Sr. 8. Dan Houghtaling 9. Corey Stanton 10. Ray Tarantino 11. Patty Falkena 12. Ernie Millen 13. Phil Funcheon 14. Frank Maiori 15. Brian Bauerfeind

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Cliff Levison 3. Jeffrey Tubbs 4. Jeff DeGroat 5. Tisha Curry 6. Tabitha Riordan 7. Anthony Tarantino 8. Richard Smith

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Brian Rygielski 4. Justin Aungst

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Ty Smith, Eldred, NY 2. Leland Oefelein


August 4th, 2018:

A touch of the tropics came to Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday as hot humid weather was in the air while fans came to the track with their Hawaiian themed clothes, listening to tropical vacation music, hula hoop contests were performed, and the racing had plenty of sizzling action.

In Extreme Cleaner Sportsman, defending track champion Jeff Richardson found the tropical night to his liking as he picked up his first feature win of the season in the Scot Sanford owned TAM Enterprises # 11x. Richardson took full advantage of his pole position start and jumped out into the early lead over Bill Papula. Veteran driver Rich Coons moved into second and began to tail Richardson, until a restart when a third place running Rick Mill found a jolt of speed to pass Coons down the frontstretch to take second. Mill then began to challenge Richardson every lap, he searched high and low to make a run and found the leader eversteady. At the halfway point, current point leader Ed Dachenhausen was able to work by Coons for third place after a multi-lap battle. Dachenhausen wasted no time catching up to Mill and began to challenge not only Mill but the leader Richardson as well. As the race was hitting its final laps, Mill upped the ante and tried to shake the leader, but it was a failed challenge as Richardson held firm to his line. Mill backed out a bit to allow Richardson to gather his grip as he battled side by side with Dachenhausen. On the final lap, Mill made one last attempt, making an inside charge but couldn’t keep the momentum to make a clean pass stick. At the checkers, Richardson picked up the hard earned popular victory over Mill and Dachenhausen who both were mere inches from his bumper at the finish line.

In the Interstate Battery Modifieds, former track champion Steve Conklin jumped out into the lead at the start over rookie Scott Quick. As the race progressed, Tyler Dachenhausen began making his moves passing John Cote for third and Quick for second one lap later. Conklin continued to lead until about halfway when he left the door open going into turn one. The young Dachenhausen saw good opportunity and tucked his mount down to the most inner lane and was able to get side by side with Conklin coming out of turn 2. Dachenhausen nosed into the lead going down the backstretch and took sole possession of the lead going into turn 3. It was smooth sailing from there as he opened up a comfortable margin over Conklin, meanwhile eyes were glued to an exciting duel for third place between Mike Dutka and Skip LaPolt. The two drivers battled wheel to wheel for much of the race duration swapping positions several times. At the finish line, it was Dachenhausen picking up his second win of the season in the Mike Barrett Plumbing & Heating # 92 over Conklin, LaPolt, and Dutka.

Defending champion, Ed Butler went head to head with Mac Crawson as the two diced it out in a side by side battle for ten laps in the Interstate Batteries Pro Stocks. Butler made an exciting pass on lap 12, to gain the lead over Crawson meanwhile third place was being jockeyed back and forth between John Rood, Eric Kocher, and Porter Crawson. The final lap found Butler cruising to paradise with his fifth win of the season in his Tavern on Main # 32 over the Crawson’s, Mac and Porter in second and third respectively

Current point leader Mike Policastro found a tropical speed current which propelled him from his last starting position to win his fourth feature win of the season but involved a ten lap battle for the lead with a strong running Sean Verwys. On Lap 13, Verwys slipped up a lane coming off turn 4 which allowed Policastro to pull ahead and take off with the win over Verwys and Long Island invader Jonathan Parsons.

The Shakelton Napa Auto Parts Street Stocks saw ‘Hurricane Henry’ emerge as current point leader Walt Henry put on an intense race coming from last to first. Henry took over the lead at the halfway point after a side by side battle with leader Bill Deak Sr. After storming his way into the lead, Henry was able to hold a healthy margin while the battle for second took place between Deak Sr. and Brian Bauerfeind. Bauerfeind was able to secure second spot on lap 15 but ran out of time to challenge Henry for the lead. Hurricane Henry took down the checkers en route to his fifth victory of the season in the JBM Tuck Repair # 171 over Bauerfeind and Deak Sr.

Veteran chauffeur Dan Curry is hot as lava in the Four Cylinder class as he picked up his fifth straight feature victory and sixth overall win of the season. Tisha Curry jumped out to the early lead and had to contend with current point leader Cliff Levinson during the first half of the race. D. Curry then emerged as the top contender as he raced side by side with Levinson to capture second. Richard Smith was on the move as well following D. Curry up thru the pack to take over third from Levinson. D. Curry ran side by side with T. Curry for several laps before taking the lead. Smith was able to sneak by T. Curry for second one lap later and began to chase the leader D. Curry. Smith made several attempts to pass D. Curry, but all were fruitless as the lava hot D. Curry took home the checkers over Smith and T. Curry.

Despite driving with one hand to fight an aerodynamic issue, driver Mike Roth was able to come from last to first to take the lead from Brian Rygielski on lap 3. Roth continued to drive one handed as he held off a very strong running Joey Aungst and Brian Rygielski to pick up his twelfth win of the season in Bandolero feature.

The Beginner Bandos feature found Colton Geary leading every lap despite much pressure from Ty Smith and Monica Deckelman throughout the race. Both drivers made several challenges on Geary for the lead, but he was able to hold them off each time to nail down his third win of the season.

Results :

Sportsman Feature: 1. Jeff Richardson, Goshen, NY 2. Rick Mill 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Kyle Redner 7. John Redner 8. Harry Hindley 9. Bill Papula

Modified Feature: 1. Tyler Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Steve Conklin 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Mike Dutka 5. John Cote 6. Scott Quick

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Sean Verwys 3. Jonathan Parsons 4. Patrick Moore

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Mac Crawson 3. Porter Crawson 4. John Rood 5. Eric Kocher

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Brian Bauerfeind 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Frank Maiori 5. Patty Falkena

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Richard Smith 3. Tisha Curry 4. Cliff Levinson 5. Eddie Jones Sr. 6. Chris Hardenbergh 7. Eddie Jones Jr. 8. Tabitha Riordan 9. Jessey Torrens 10. Marisol Torrens 11. Bill Kiakis DNS. Brett Kiakis

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

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA 2. Ty Smith 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Monica Deckelman


It’s the same question being asked throughout the Northeastern states, “Where are the cars?” With dwindling car counts, weather, and lackluster attendance, many tracks are in financial distress, and a few have closed their doors for the year, altogether.

This same scenario has been noticed in INEX Legends racing at Bethel, and other area asphalt tracks. Some tracks are in the single digits for participation weekly. As much as Legends racing is a big part of Bethel Speedway, the management have decided to put their premiere event, Legendstock, on hiatus for now.

General Manager George Van Arsdall, Jr. stated “It wasn’t an easy decision for any of us to make, but we chose to try and preserve the namesake and integrity of the event. By not running it this year, it prevents drivers and fans from thinking anything less of the event, because of poor overall participation. I can promise you that it will be back, but now is just not the time.”

In recent years, Legendstock has had an average of fifty entrants yearly. Participants from up and down the east coast mainly, to the west coast, and as far north as Canada. Winners such as Daniel Hemric, the only three-time winner of the event, William Byron, Joe Graf, Jr., Christian Eckes, and many more, have graced Bethel, taken home the paycheck, and the coveted guitar trophy.

While Legendstock may be off the table this year for competitors, and fond memories at the moment for some, the INEX Legends Asphalt National Qualifier set for that date, August 18, is still slated. If you have any questions, please call the speedway office 845-319-7908, or visit our website at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com for information about this, or any other upcoming events.


Since a questionable technical inspection in the Sportsman division one night in early June at
Bethel Speedway, changes to the tech staff and inspection procedures were made, and General
Manager George Van Arsdall, Jr, being a former tech inspector for the facility, is getting
involved in the more complex inspections. “I know racers are talking about that night. We are
rectifying the problem, and cracking down on this” says Van Arsdall.

This past Saturday night Bethel made a statement by bypassing the puffer gauge, as it is known
to the racing world, (a gauge that measures engine displacement, and also the gauge that
helped present the questionable inspection) and went straight to a tear down on the top cars.
Rick Mill, the car from the questionable inspection, and Ed Dauchenhausen, were both found to
be legal by Bethel’s Sportsman Rules. “Sometimes you have to put the talk to bed, and I believe
we did that on Saturday. We want racers to know we are striving to make sure everyone is
legal, not just in this division, but all of the divisions that race here. I’m glad they were both
found legal, so now maybe we can concentrate on what we are all here for….RACING!”
exclaimed Van Arsdall.