September 29, 2015

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Cote (New Milford, CT), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. Frank James, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski, 6. Chris Chirico.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Rich Coons, 3. Jeff Richardson, 4. Philip Goetschius Jr., 5. Paul Knox, 6. Connor Otten, 7. Rick Mill, 8. Kyle Redner, 9. Dan Dulin. DQ – Dave Werber.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (17 laps): 1. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT), 2. David French, 3. Allan Pedersen, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 6. Eugene Drew, 7. Dave Riopelle, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Matt Forsythe, 10. Jerry Macchia, 11. Connor Holderbach, 12. Vern Lafave, 13. Mike Policastro, 14. Richie Coy, 15. Alex McCollum, 16. Mark Foster, 17. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Rudy Roth IV, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Mike Roth, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Bryan Chirico.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Isabella Macchia, 4. Katie Verwys, 5. Nick Archiere.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Greg Cohen, 3. Jim Helt, 4. David Doty, 5. Kenny Atkins, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Skip LaPolt. DQ – Vinny Stanton Sr.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY), 2. Vinny Stanton Jr., 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smalley, 5. Ryan Brockner, 6. Tweeter Pallom, 7. Jay Smalley. DQ – Gary VanOrden, Amber VanOrden.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Eddy Lindstadt, 5. Ivan Guerra, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Brent Shaddock, 8. Cody Houghtaling. DQ – Jerry Kingeter.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Houghtaling (Liberty, NY), 2. Gene Helms, 3. James Shields, 4. James Curry, 5. David Donovan, 6. Lee Cogswell, 7. John Houghtaling, 8. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 9. Travis Cogswell, 10. Johnny Bankich.

COTE COLLECTS WIN 111 AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AS SEASON END NEARS

BETHEL, NY – For 2013 BMS Modified champion John Cote, Bethel Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane is a familiar place. After all, the 17-year veteran of the track has visited it more than 100 times. This past Saturday, he made his 111th career trip to Bethel’s winners’ circle – his third of 2015 – in dominating fashion, in spite of running only a limited schedule. Following the race, Cote credited Tim Cole of Mulch Master with added backing this year as being a contributing force to his continued success.

Frank James, who has himself become a serious contender as the season has worn on, started on the pole, but Cote wasted no time putting his car out front, as he took the lead on the initial lap. Cote had a fast car all night, and he quickly began to distance himself from the competition, leaving James and current point leader Ed Dachenhausen to battle for the second spot behind him. The 20-lap event went green to checker with no cautions to slow the pace, and Cote led the way lap after lap. Dachenhausen made his way to second and gave chase to Cote, but Cote proved to be untouchable as he maintained a sizeable lead over the field. Dachenhausen had to be content with second as Cote claimed his first win since mid-May. James was third to cross the line.

Heading into the final weekend, Cote is the only driver mathematically able to grab the championship from Dachenhausen, but Dachenhausen has the advantage of a comfortable 75-point cushion. Blair Culhane is locked into the third position in the point standings for the season.

Jerry Curry took off from the pole and picked up his seventh win of the season in the 358/Sportsman class, but the win did not come without its share of challenges. Rich Coons started alongside Curry, but Curry nosed out front at the drop of the green. Rick Mill came to second with just two laps in the books, and he immediately began to apply pressure to Curry. A red flag with six laps down set the stage for a front row restart between Curry and Mill, and Mill got the advantage. Mill remained on the point until lap 11, when mechanical difficulties set in and he was forced to retire from the event, giving the lead back to Curry. Curry stayed out front for the remainder of the race, in spite of the challenges of Rich Coons. Curry crossed the line ahead of Coons and Jeff Richardson.

Both Curry and Kyle Redner are still mathematically able to take home the division title following this coming week’s events. Curry leads Redner by 55 points in the standings. Dan Dulin, who was the 2014 Rookie of the Year in the class, heads into the final weekend third in points.

Legends driver Teddy Hodgdon has had quite the season – he picked up his first career win at Bethel in July, and has since followed it up with several additional wins in a season that was highlighted by his becoming the youngest driver ever to win the prestigious LegendStock event in August. The young driver has continued to impress, picking up his fifth win of the year this past Saturday in an event that was cut several laps short after exceeding the time limit. Rookie David French started on the pole, with Drew Bottge to his outside. French grabbed the lead as soon as the green flag waved, leaving Bottge and Jim Sylvester to fight for the second spot. With four laps complete, Alex McCollum entered the fray, taking the lead briefly before French reclaimed it. McCollum laid claim to the top spot once again several laps later, but was relegated to the rear of the field for rough riding. This put French out front once again, with Hodgdon and Allan Pedersen in his rearview mirror. As the three ran in tight quarters, Hodgdon was able to make a successful bid for the lead, and he took over the top spot on lap 13. Five laps later, the caution flew and the checkered flag was thrown, as the time limit had already expired. French was second in the final rundown, and Pedersen was third.

Joseph Graf has already secured the 2015 title for the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro class. Heading into the final track points event, Richie Coy is second in the standings and Brad Lowmaster is third. McCollum has also secured a championship, taking the title for the Young Lions class. Hodgdon heads into the final event second in points, with Gillian Kirkpatrick third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French locked up his second consecutive championship several weeks ago, but his win this past Saturday gave him a perfect record for the 18 races that are counted for the season in the division. Rookie Tyler Dachenhausen started on the pole and led the first lap before French powered his way to the lead in the caution-free event. With just three laps in the books, Rudy Roth IV worked his way into the second spot, and he set his sights on French. French, however, consistently hit his marks lap after lap, making it virtually impossible for the competition to catch him. French drove on to the win, followed by Roth and Dachenhausen. While the title has already been claimed, Sean Verwys heads into the final event second in the standings, with Jessica Ricci third.

In Beginner Bandolero action, Joey Aungst took off from the outside pole to claim his fourth consecutive win and eighth of the season. At the drop of the green, Aungst took the lead over pole sitter Isabella Macchia. By lap three, Conner Piasecki had moved into the second spot. He challenged Aungst over the remaining laps, but had to settle for second as Aungst crossed the line ahead of Piasecki and Macchia.

Former Pro Stock champion Ed Butler collected his sixth win of the season, coming from the fourth starting spot to take down the win. Vinny Stanton Sr. led the first four laps as Butler quickly marched towards the front. By lap five, Butler had taken over the top spot. Just two laps later, Greg Cohen made his way to second from his sixth place starting position. Cohen gave chase to Butler, but found himself unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Butler led Cohen to the finish. Following post-race tech, third was awarded to Jim Helt. Kenny Atkins heads into the final weekend atop the point standings, with only Helt being mathematically able to contend for the title. Cohen sits third.

Street Stock rookie Walt Henry took the lead from Vinny Stanton Jr. just prior to the halfway point of the caution-free, 20-lap Street Stock event and went on to collect his third win of the year. Stanton started on the pole, with Henry on his outside. For the first seven laps, Stanton showed the way, but Henry applied constant pressure and was unrelenting in his mission to get out front. On lap eight, Henry finally laid claim to the spot. Once out front, Henry never looked back, and Stanton was forced to follow Henry across the line as the checkered flag waved. Kyle Welsch was awarded third following post-race tech. Gary VanOrden Sr. has already clinched the championship over his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden. Steve Smalley heads into the final weekend in the third spot.

Mike Travis picked up his sixth 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season and extended his points lead to 47 over Dan Curry, the only other driver mathematically able to make a bid for the championship. Eddy Lindstadt and Patty Falkena took off from the front row, with Falkena leading the first lap before Lindstadt grabbed it on lap two. Lindstadt’s time out front was short-lived also, as Travis had made his way from the sixth starting spot to take over the lead with just three laps in the books. Two laps later, 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind took over the second spot, leaving Lindstadt to fight for third with Curry. Curry prevailed owith 13 laps in the books and grabbed third, but neither Bauernfeind nor Curry were able to catch Travis, who drove on to the win. Bauernfeind was second, and Curry finished third.

For the fourth time in 2015, Dan Houghtaling found his way to Victory Lane in the 4 Cylinder Novice class, leading every lap of the caution-free event to claim the win. Houghtaling started on the pole, with Felicia Reichenbaugh to his outside. James Shields quickly came to second, and James Curry took over third with three laps in the books. Just prior to the halfway point, Lee Cogswell grabbed third. Cogswell surrendered the position to Gene Helms – who had started ninth – with seven laps remaining. Helms wasted no time taking over second, as he did so on the next lap. Houghtaling had already built up a sizeable lead, however, and Helms ran out of time to catch him. Helms had to be content with second, and Shields crossed the line third. Both John Houghtaling and D. Houghtaling are mathematically able to unseat current point leader David Donovan heading into the final weekend.

This coming Saturday, October 3, the point season at Bethel will conclude with twin 25-lap features for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. The Legends and Bandoleros will each compete in a single feature. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6.

The Legends and Bandoleros will return on Sunday for INEX national point races before the racing season at the speedway officially concludes. Gates open at 12 noon on Sunday, with hot laps at 2 pm and racing beginning at 3 pm.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Cote (New Milford, CT), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. Frank James, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski, 6. Chris Chirico.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Rich Coons, 3. Jeff Richardson, 4. Philip Goetschius Jr., 5. Paul Knox, 6. Connor Otten, 7. Rick Mill, 8. Kyle Redner, 9. Dan Dulin. DQ – Dave Werber.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (17 laps): 1. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT), 2. David French, 3. Allan Pedersen, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 6. Eugene Drew, 7. Dave Riopelle, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Matt Forsythe, 10. Jerry Macchia, 11. Connor Holderbach, 12. Vern Lafave, 13. Mike Policastro, 14. Richie Coy, 15. Alex McCollum, 16. Mark Foster, 17. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Rudy Roth IV, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Mike Roth, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Bryan Chirico.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Isabella Macchia, 4. Katie Verwys, 5. Nick Archiere.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Greg Cohen, 3. Jim Helt, 4. David Doty, 5. Kenny Atkins, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Skip LaPolt. DQ – Vinny Stanton Sr.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY), 2. Vinny Stanton Jr., 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smalley, 5. Ryan Brockner, 6. Tweeter Pallom, 7. Jay Smalley. DQ – Gary VanOrden, Amber VanOrden.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Eddy Lindstadt, 5. Ivan Guerra, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Brent Shaddock, 8. Cody Houghtaling. DQ – Jerry Kingeter.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Houghtaling (Liberty, NY), 2. Gene Helms, 3. James Shields, 4. James Curry, 5. David Donovan, 6. Lee Cogswell, 7. John Houghtaling, 8. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 9. Travis Cogswell, 10. Johnny Bankich.

September 19th, 2015

JERRY REIGLE MEMORIAL BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Frank James (Hackensack, NJ), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. John Cote, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Vails Gate, NY), 2. Dan Dulin, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Philip Goetschius Jr., 6. Paul Knox, 7. Jerry Curry, 8. John Cook, 9. Eric Moon, 10. Jeff Richardson.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Jim Sylvester, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Eugene Drew, 5. Paul Dodorico, 6. Drew Bottge, 7. Mike Rutkoski, 8. Kurt Krieger, 9. Vern Lafave, 10. Mark Foster, 11. Mike Policastro, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Richie Coy, 14. Matt Maring. DNS – Jeff Lefcourt.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. David French, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 5. Matt Forsythe, 6. Jerry Macchia, 7. Connor Holderbach, 8. Patrick Gallagher.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Mike Roth, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jessica Ricci.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Brandon Tymon, 6. Nick Archiere. DNS – Joseph Lamontagne, Freya Drew.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Bobby Policastro, 3. Skip LaPolt, 4. Jim Helt, 5. Glenn Richard, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Ed Butler, 8. Vinny Stanton Sr., 9. Darwin Moon, 10. Daniel Pawlicki, 11. Arthur McArthur.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smnalley, 5. Jay Smalley, 6. Vinny Stanton Jr., 7. Jerry Craig, 8. Walt Henry.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Cody Houghtaling, 5. Patty Falkena, 6. Jerry Kingeter, 7. Eddy Lindstadt, 8. Greg Cohen, 9. Dan Creeden.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. James Shields, 3. John Houghtaling, 4. Lee Cogswell, 5. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 6. Dan Houghtaling, 7. Travis Cogswell, 8. Jessey Torrens, 9. Austin Zweck. DNS – Morgan Cohen.

JAMES CAPTURES JERRY REIGLE MEMORIAL RACE WIN IN BUSY NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Since the beginning of August, the season has been kind to BMS Modified driver Frank James. James, who debuted a new car at the start of the year, spent the early part of the season adjusting to the car. Judging by the results, the work paid off, as James picked up his third win in six races this past Saturday during the Jerry Reigle Memorial race on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway.

James and 2013 champion John Cote took off from the front row. Cote was scored as the leader on the initial lap, with James capturing the lead by mere inches after that as the pair ran side-by-side for the lead in the early laps. Lap after lap, Cote challenged on the outside before finally settling into line behind James at the halfway point of the race. Twelve-time 2015 winner and current point leader Ed Dachenhausen then tried his hand on the outside of James, as the top three ran in tight quarters. In the closing laps, Dachenhausen was able to hold Cote behind James on the inside, and James crossed the line ahead of Dachenhausen and Cote.

With three races remaining for the division, Cote is the only driver mathematically capable of challenging Dachenhausen for the championship, though the 80-point spread between the pair limits the likelihood.

Rick Mill also can’t complain about his record during the latter part of the 2015 season, as he picked up his second consecutive win – and fourth since the beginning of August – in the 358/Sportsman event this past Saturday. Dan Dulin and Jerry Curry made up the front row for the start, with Curry immediately putting his car on the point. Dulin ran in the second spot during the early laps, before being passed by Mill on lap five. Just prior to the halfway point, Mill was able to work his way past Curry and into the top spot. With just three laps remaining, heartbreak struck for Curry, as a blown tire forced him to retire from the event early. Dulin inherited second as a result, but he was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Mill crossed the line ahead of Dulin and Kyle Redner.

Curry heads into the final three events with a 38-point advantage over Redner in the standings.

In spite of having already clinched the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro title, Joseph Graf would accept nothing less than another win this past Saturday, picking up his 11th victory of the year. Graf and Brad Lowmaster – who both started n the front row – battled for the lead in the opening laps of the event, with each taking turns occupying the spot. At the halfway point, Richie Coy used the outside line to work his way past both Graf and Lowmaster and lay claim to the lead. Just three laps later, however, Coy’s night ended as engine issues took him out of the race. This handed the lead back to Graf, and Jimmy Sylvester came to second. The top three remained unchanged over the final six laps of the event, and Graf took down the win over Sylvester and Lowmaster.

Legends Young Lions driver Alex McCollum – who has also already laid claim to his division title – took down his 11th win of the season. Teddy Hodgdon started on the pole, with Gillian Kirkpatrick to his outside. Hodgdon took the lead at the drop of the green, but McCollum came from his third place starting spot to grab the lead with just two laps n the books. Just one lap later, David French took over the second spot. As the laps clicked off, McCollum built his lead over the field, leaving little opportunity for anyone to mount a challenge for the top spot. McCollum drove on to the win, with French second and Hodgdon third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French – who has recently earned the nickname “The Dominator” – took down his 17th win of the season in a caution-free 15-lap event. French also has already secured this year’s title. Bryan Chirico started on the pole, alongside Tyler Dachenhausen. Chirico led the field for the first two laps before being passed by French. Sean Verwys followed to take over second, and Dachenhausen grabbed third one lap later as Chirico got hung up on the outside. French was first to the checkered flag, followed by Verwys and Dachenhausen.

Beginner Bandolero driver Joey Aungst picked up his third consecutive win – and seventh of the season – after being involved in an early-race caution and having to restart at the rear of the field. Brendon Tymon started on the pole, with Isabella Macchia to his outside. Conner Piasecki quickly took over the lead, with Aungst in tow. As the two battled for the top spot, they made contact, bringing out the caution and forcing both cars to the rear for the restart. Katie Verwys inherited the lead for th restart, but both Aungst and Piasecki quickly marched back to the front, with Piasecki reclaiming the lead. With five laps remaining, however, Aungst was able to work his way past Piasecki. Piasecki had to be content with second, as Aungst picked up the win. Verwys was third.

Kenny Atkins picked up his seventh Pro Stock win of the season, increasing his points lead to 70 over Jim Helt. Atkins started on the outside pole alongside Vinny Stanton Sr., and the pair put on a side-by-side battle for the lead that lasted through the first half of the event. With 11 laps in the books, Stanton spun, and both he and Ed Butler were sent to the rear for their involvement in the caution. Former division champ Bobby Policastro came to second after the restart, and Jim Helt ran third until he was passed by Skip LaPolt. The top three remained unchanged in the closing laps of the event, and Atkins scored the victory over Policastro and LaPolt.

A one-two finish for the father-daughter team of Gary and Amber VanOrden has certainly set the stage for an interesting end to the season for the team, as they sit n a tie atop the point standings with just three events remaining. Kyle Welsch took off from the pole and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green over Steve Smalley. By lap six, however, G. VanOrden took over the second spot, with his daughter hot on his heels. A. VanOrden wrestled second from her father five laps later, and she grabbed the lead from Welsch with six laps to go. G. VanOrden followed to take over second, and he cut his daughter’s time out front short, as he took over the top spot one lap later. G. VanOrden drove on to his tenth win of the season, followed by A. VanOrden and Welsch.

Mike Travis took home his fifth 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season in a fast-paced race that was only slowed by a single caution early in the race. Jerry Kingeter and Cody Houghtaling took off from the front row, with Kingeter getting the early advantage. Travis, who started fourth, took advantage of the restart on lap three to lay claim to the top spot. Kingeter held on to the second position until lap nine, when 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind worked his way past. Just two laps later, Dan Curry broke into the top three. Bauernfeind and Curry each looked for a way to get out front, but Travis continued to show the way and was first to the checkered flag. Bauernfeind was second, and Curry was third. Heading into the final three races, Travis holds a 40-point lead in the standings over Curry.

David Donovan will head into the final three 4 Cylinder Novice races with a 38-point lead over John Houghtaling after picking up his third consecutive win and sixth of the year in Saturday night’s caution-free, 20-lap event. James Shields started on the pole, and jumped out in front of outside pole sitter Felicia Reichenbaugh on the initial lap. Just one lap later, Lee Cogswell came to second. As the front pack of cars ran in tight quarters all the way around the track, positions were swapped, with Houghtaling holding third until the halfway point of the event, when David Donovan took the spot over. Donovan then quickly tried to weave his way to the front, grabbing second on lap 12. Shields put up a tremendous fight, but finally surrendered the lead to Donovan on lap 15. Donovan went on to claim the win over Shields and Houghtaling.

This coming Saturday, September 26th, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for a jam-packed night of racing action. As championships come down to the wire, fans will enjoy action from the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6.

Just one week later, on Saturday, October 3rd, the speedway will present the final points night of the 2015 season. The BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes will all take part in twin 25-lap features. Legends will have qualifying and a single feature, and the Bandolero class will have heat races and a single feature. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing beginning at 6 pm.

On Sunday, October 4th, Legends and Bandoleros will take to the track for INEX national points. Gates open at 12 noon, with hot laps at 2 pm and racing at 3 pm.

JERRY REIGLE MEMORIAL BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Frank James (Hackensack, NJ), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. John Cote, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Vails Gate, NY), 2. Dan Dulin, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Philip Goetschius Jr., 6. Paul Knox, 7. Jerry Curry, 8. John Cook, 9. Eric Moon, 10. Jeff Richardson.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Jim Sylvester, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Eugene Drew, 5. Paul Dodorico, 6. Drew Bottge, 7. Mike Rutkoski, 8. Kurt Krieger, 9. Vern Lafave, 10. Mark Foster, 11. Mike Policastro, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Richie Coy, 14. Matt Maring. DNS – Jeff Lefcourt.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. David French, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 5. Matt Forsythe, 6. Jerry Macchia, 7. Connor Holderbach, 8. Patrick Gallagher.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Mike Roth, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jessica Ricci.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Brandon Tymon, 6. Nick Archiere. DNS – Joseph Lamontagne, Freya Drew.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Bobby Policastro, 3. Skip LaPolt, 4. Jim Helt, 5. Glenn Richard, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Ed Butler, 8. Vinny Stanton Sr., 9. Darwin Moon, 10. Daniel Pawlicki, 11. Arthur McArthur.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smnalley, 5. Jay Smalley, 6. Vinny Stanton Jr., 7. Jerry Craig, 8. Walt Henry.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Cody Houghtaling, 5. Patty Falkena, 6. Jerry Kingeter, 7. Eddy Lindstadt, 8. Greg Cohen, 9. Dan Creeden.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. James Shields, 3. John Houghtaling, 4. Lee Cogswell, 5. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 6. Dan Houghtaling, 7. Travis Cogswell, 8. Jessey Torrens, 9. Austin Zweck. DNS – Morgan Cohen.

RAIN FORCES BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY CANCELLATION

BETHEL, NY – With the weeks quickly winding down in the 2015 racing season and points battles intensifying on the tight quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway, the last thing any of the competitors – or fans – hoped for this past Saturday was the steady rain that hit the speedway at 2 pm and continued through the overnight hours. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they got.

As a result, the planned 9/11 tribute will instead take place this coming Saturday, September 19th, as part of the jam-packed schedule for the night that includes the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes.

Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6 for all 2015 events.

Following the September 19th event, the track will also host races on September 26. The points season at the speedway is set to wrap up on October 3rd, with twin 25s for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. The Legends and Bandoleros will each run heats and a feature, and they will also return the following day – Sunday, October 4th – for INEX national points races.

More information, including a complete schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 978-9756.

Masters Madness Bonus for INEX Legends

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Mach-1 Performance is proud to announce a bonus program for the Masters Division at Bethel Motor Speedway starting this Saturday, Sept 12th. There are currently two Master drivers at Bethel Motor Speedway that have a chance to finish in the top 5 in INEX national points for this season. However, the Master division car counts have been under five cars most of the season. Without five cars or more, the Master division winner can not earn the most possible points. There is currently five more INEX points races at Bethel Motor Speedway, and Mach-1 Performance would like to give Master division drivers a chance to get the most points possible until the end of the season.

In an effort to attract more Master division drivers to come and race at Bethel Motor Speedway, Mach-1 Performance is adding bonus money to the top 3 finishing Master drivers at each of the next five races. The highest finishing Master driver will earn an additional $50, the second highest finishing Master driver will earn an additional $40 and the third highest finishing Master driver will earn an additional $30. The bonus will be only paid if there are at least 5 Master division drivers and full INEX points are earned for the feature race. Also, our Mach-1 Performance driver, Richie Coy, will not be eligible for this bonus and will not count in the bonus rundown.

So, Masters drivers … come on out to Bethel Motor Speedway over the next four weeks and earn some free cash from Mach-1 Performance!

September 5th & 6th, 2015

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen, 2. Blair Culhane, 3. John Cote, 4. Chris Chirico, 5. Amber VanOrden, 6. Frank James, 7. Robbie Konikowski.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum, 2. Richie Coy, 3. David French, 4. Joseph Graf, 5. Chris Rogers, 6. Brad Lowmaster, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Josh Andrews, 10. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 11. Jeff Lefcourt, 12. Mark Foster, 13. Jerry Macchia, 14. Matt Maring, 15. Teddy Hodgdon.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf, 2. Alex McCollum, 3. Richie Coy, 4. David French, 5. Teddy Hodgdon, 6. Chris Rogers, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Brad Lowmaster, 9. Matt Forsythe, 10. Drew Bottge, 11. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 12. Collin Hoeffner, 13. Jeff Lefcourt, 14. Jerry Macchia, 15. Mark Foster, 16. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Bryan Chirico, 3. Sean Verwys, 4. Robby Gordon Douglas, 5. Jake Matheson, 6. Ethan Durocher, 7. Jeff Darrah, 8. Matt Addona.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Robby Gordon, 3. Sean Verwys, 4. Bryan Chirico, 5. Jeff Darrah. DQ – Jake Matheson. DNS – Ethan Durocher.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Nick Archiere, 6. Bethani Durocher.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Isabella Macchia, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Nick Archiere, 5. Bethani Durocher.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler, 2. Vinny Stanton Sr., 3. Jim Helt, 4. Mac Crawson, 5. Kenny Atkins, 6. Rob Rafferty, 7. John Cole Jr.

STREET STOCK SHOOTOUT SERIES FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Walt Henry, 2. Steve Smalley, 3. Bob Sleight Jr., 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Jim Maher, 6. Ray Tarantino, 7. Tommy Pickles, 8. Jay Smalley, 9. Joel Murns Jr. DQ – Ryan Brockner.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Brian Bauernfeind, 2. Walt Henry, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Mike Travis, 5. Andrew Lovric, 6. Rich Coons, 7. JB Morris, 8. Cody Houghtaling, 9. Jerry Kingeter, 10. Charles Hummel, 11. Keith Unger, 12. Robert Clarke, 13. Brent Shaddock. DQ – Vinny Lovric.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. John Houghtaling, 2. David Donovan, 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 4. Dan Houghtaling, 5. James Shields, 6. Billy Porter.

ATLANTIC COAST OLD TIMERS FEATURE FINISH (12 laps): 1. Bud Hinman, 2. Gary Collucci, 3. Jim Leys, 4. Bruce Carman, 5. Tom Grenga, 6. Paul Dillon, 7. Alan Preliasco, 8. Keith Majka Jr. DNS – Paul Weisel Jr., Keith Majka Sr.

VINTAGE ATQMRA FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mark Pritchard, 2. Tom Arntz, 3. Bill Force, 4. Jimmy Maguire, 5. Sam Cifelli, 6. Rick Casario, 7. Joe Klein. DNS – Mike Casario, Keith Majka Jr., Hank Rogers Jr.

NORTHEAST VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Chris Adams, 2. Ray See Jr., 3. Jim Halpin, 4. John Hager. DNS – Rob Sanford.

DACHENHAUSEN MAKES IT AN EVEN DOZEN IN BUSY WEEKEND AT BETHEL

BETHEL, NY – With only four points races remaining for the BMS Modified division at Bethel Motor Speedway, Ed Dachenhausen further stretched his lead when he collected his 12th win of the season, due to an unexpected turn of events.

Frank James and Robbie Konikowski started on the front row, and James got out front at the drop of the green. Konikowski slipped back through the field on the initial lap, with Cote coming to second and Dachenhausen taking over third. Cote then looked for a way past James, who was determined to keep the field behind him. Just past the halfway point of the race, James spun and both he and Cote had to restart at the rear of the field. Dachenhausen inherited the lead as a result, with Blair Culhane second and Konikowski third. Over the closing laps, Cote worked his way back into the top three, but time ran out for him to catch Dachenhausen, who was first to the line. Culhane was second, and Cote had to be content with third.

It was a busy weekend for the INEX divisions, as the Legends, Bandoleros, and Beginner Bandoleros all raced on both Saturday and Sunday. The Legends wins were split between Alex McCollum (Saturday) and Joseph Graf (Sunday).

On Saturday, McCollum started on the pole, alongside defending Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy. McCollum immediately got out front, but had his hands full of Coy, who chased him over the entire race distance as rookie David French applied pressure from third. McCollum drove to the win over Coy and French.

Graf and Teddy Hodgdon made up the front row for the start of Sunday’s race, and Graf put himself solidly out front right at the start. Hodgdon ran in the second spot over the first half of the race, but McCollum was able to take over the spot on lap 13. He then set his sights on Graf as the laps wound down, but was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Graf picked up the win over McCollum and Coy.

Defending Bandolero champion and current point leader David French – who scored a pair of top five finishes in the Legends class over the course of the weekend – recorded a perfect weekend in the Bandolero, living up to his recent nickname “the Dominator”. The two wins brought French’s total number of wins at Bethel for the season to 16.

Bryan Chirico took off from the pole in Saturday’s event, and led the first three laps before being passed by French. The two swapped the top spot, with Chirico grabbing it back briefly before French laid final claim to the position and paced the field for the remainder of the event. French was first to the line, followed by Chirico and Sean Verwys.

French’s win on Sunday was not an easy one, as he started at the rear of the field. Robby Gordon Douglas took the lead at the drop of the green over pole sitter Jake Matheson. French took advantage of an early-race restart to work his way to the front, taking over the lead with just five laps in the books. Once out front, French was unstoppable and he drove on to the victory over Douglas and Verwys.

Beginner Bandolero driver Joey Aungst also had a flawless weekend, picking up wins in the features on both Saturday and Sunday.

Aungst took off from the third starting spot in Saturday’s feature, jumping to the lead on the initial lap over Isabella Macchia and Katie Verwys. Conner Piasecki quickly came to second. Piasecki spun just prior to the halfway point, but was able to work his way to second yet again as Aungst led the field. In spite of his best efforts, Piasecki was unable to catch Aungst, and Aungst picked up his fifth win of the year over Piasecki and Verwys.

Aungst’s sixth win of the season came on Sunday, starting on the outside pole and leading every lap on his way to the win. Verwys started on the pole and ran in the second spot for the first half of the race, before Macchia took over the spot. The race went from green to checker with no cautions, and Aungst crossed the line ahead of Macchia and Verwys.

In Saturday’s Pro Stock action, Ed Butler picked up his fifth win of the season. Vinny Stanton and Mac Crawson took off from the front row, with Stanton taking the early lead. Jim Helt held the second spot for the first three laps, before being passed by Kenny Atkins. Atkins took over the top spot on lap seven, and Butler came from the fifth starting spot to grab second just one lap later. Just past the halfway point, Atkins spun while leading, handing the lead to Butler. Butler then went on to claim the win over Stanton and Helt.

Street Stock rookie Walt Henry walked away with the win in the inaugural Street Stock Shootout Series race, and walking way with nearly $700 in prize money for his efforts. Henry led every lap of the caution-free event to notch the victory. By virtue of an invert, Henry started on the pole, alongside Joel Murns Jr. Henry immediately shot out front, as Ryan Brockner came to second and Steve Smalley took over the third spot. The top three challenged each other lap after lap, and Brockner was able to get alongside Henry several times, but Henry was able to hold on to the spot in spite of the efforts of Brockner. Henry crossed the line ahead of Brockner, but Brockner was disqualified in post-race tech, and Smalley was credited with second. Bob Sleight Jr. was third in the final rundown.

Henry came up just short in the 4 Cylinder Advanced race, as Brian Buernfeind picked up the win. Henry and Bauernfeind made up the front row for the start, and the pair swapped the lead in the opening laps before Bauernfeind laid final claim to the spot on lap six. With only a single caution to slow the pace of the race, the top three remained unchanged over the remainder of the event. Bauernfeind beat Henry to the line, and Dan Curry was awarded third place following post-race tech.

John Houghtaling took the lead on lap four of the caution-free 4 Cylinder Novice race, and he drove on to the win. J. Houghtaling took the lead from pole sitter Dn Houghtaling, who then settled in to the second spot. On lap ten, however, David Donovan grabbed second. Houghtaling and Felicia Reichenbaugh then bettled for the third spot, with Reichenbaugh laying solid claim to the spot on lap 16. Reichenbaugh worked to chase down the top two, but time ran out, and J. Houghtaling crossed the line ahead of Donovan and Reichenbaugh.

Nostalgia Night festivities on Saturday included the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT), the vintage division of ATQMRA, and the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds. Bud Hinman claimed the ACOT win over Gary Collucci and Jim Leys. The vintage ATQMRA win went to Mark Pritchard, who crossed the line ahead of Tom Arntz and Bill Force. Chris Adams took the lead with just four laps remaining to claim the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modified win over Ray See Jr. and Jim Halpin.

This coming Saturday, September 12th, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for an action-packed night of racing excitement. On the schedule are the 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advnced and Novice classes. The World Formaula Modified Tour will also be making an appearance. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm.

On Sunday, September 13th, Bethel Motor Speedway will present its third annual Fall Fling Car Show, which is open to vehicles of all types. Entry is $10 for a car and passenger, and dash plaques will be given to the first 50 cars. A $200 prize will be awarded to the car judged to be “Best in Show”. Gates open at 12 noon, with judging beginning at 2 pm.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen, 2. Blair Culhane, 3. John Cote, 4. Chris Chirico, 5. Amber VanOrden, 6. Frank James, 7. Robbie Konikowski.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum, 2. Richie Coy, 3. David French, 4. Joseph Graf, 5. Chris Rogers, 6. Brad Lowmaster, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Josh Andrews, 10. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 11. Jeff Lefcourt, 12. Mark Foster, 13. Jerry Macchia, 14. Matt Maring, 15. Teddy Hodgdon.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf, 2. Alex McCollum, 3. Richie Coy, 4. David French, 5. Teddy Hodgdon, 6. Chris Rogers, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Brad Lowmaster, 9. Matt Forsythe, 10. Drew Bottge, 11. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 12. Collin Hoeffner, 13. Jeff Lefcourt, 14. Jerry Macchia, 15. Mark Foster, 16. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Bryan Chirico, 3. Sean Verwys, 4. Robby Gordon Douglas, 5. Jake Matheson, 6. Ethan Durocher, 7. Jeff Darrah, 8. Matt Addona.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Robby Gordon, 3. Sean Verwys, 4. Bryan Chirico, 5. Jeff Darrah. DQ – Jake Matheson. DNS – Ethan Durocher.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Nick Archiere, 6. Bethani Durocher.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Isabella Macchia, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Nick Archiere, 5. Bethani Durocher.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler, 2. Vinny Stanton Sr., 3. Jim Helt, 4. Mac Crawson, 5. Kenny Atkins, 6. Rob Rafferty, 7. John Cole Jr.

STREET STOCK SHOOTOUT SERIES FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Walt Henry, 2. Steve Smalley, 3. Bob Sleight Jr., 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Jim Maher, 6. Ray Tarantino, 7. Tommy Pickles, 8. Jay Smalley, 9. Joel Murns Jr. DQ – Ryan Brockner.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Brian Bauernfeind, 2. Walt Henry, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Mike Travis, 5. Andrew Lovric, 6. Rich Coons, 7. JB Morris, 8. Cody Houghtaling, 9. Jerry Kingeter, 10. Charles Hummel, 11. Keith Unger, 12. Robert Clarke, 13. Brent Shaddock. DQ – Vinny Lovric.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. John Houghtaling, 2. David Donovan, 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 4. Dan Houghtaling, 5. James Shields, 6. Billy Porter.

ATLANTIC COAST OLD TIMERS FEATURE FINISH (12 laps): 1. Bud Hinman, 2. Gary Collucci, 3. Jim Leys, 4. Bruce Carman, 5. Tom Grenga, 6. Paul Dillon, 7. Alan Preliasco, 8. Keith Majka Jr. DNS – Paul Weisel Jr., Keith Majka Sr.

VINTAGE ATQMRA FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mark Pritchard, 2. Tom Arntz, 3. Bill Force, 4. Jimmy Maguire, 5. Sam Cifelli, 6. Rick Casario, 7. Joe Klein. DNS – Mike Casario, Keith Majka Jr., Hank Rogers Jr.

NORTHEAST VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Chris Adams, 2. Ray See Jr., 3. Jim Halpin, 4. John Hager. DNS – Rob Sanford.

ADDED BONUS FOR LEGENDS DURING DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKEND AT BETHEL

BETHEL, NY – With two days of racing action at Bethel Motor Speedway this coming weekend, Legends drivers have plenty to get excited about – two days, two INEX points races, two payouts to race for, and an added bonus. The speedway office announced this week that the Legends driver accumulating the highest number of points over the course of the two days – September 5th and 6th – will also walk away with an extra $100 for their efforts. Should a single driver win both features, that driver can walk away with a cool $500 for the weekend.

Gates will open at 2:30 pm on Saturday, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Saturday is “Dick Crumley Memorial Nostalgia Night” at the speedway, and the schedule will include the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT), the vintage division of ATQMRA, and the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds; as well as the BMS Modified, Bandolero and Pro Stock classes.

On Sunday, the gates open at 12 noon, with practice at 2 pm, and racing beginning at 3 pm. Joining the Legends on the schedule will be the 3rd annual 4CylinderStock, with 50-lap races for the 4 Cylinder Advanced and 4 Cylinder Novice classes. Bandoleros are also on the card, along with the inaugural race for the Street Stock Shootout Series.

Legends racing action at Bethel Motor Speedway is known for fast-paced action and plenty of strategy. Cars qualify using small group time trials, with the top six redrawing for starting position. During the feature events, the choose cone is utilized, giving drivers the opportunity to make strategic moves to get to the front.

There is still plenty of INEX racing action left at the speedway, with races scheduled for September 12, September 19, and September 26. Bethel Motor Speedway’s season will be capped off by another double-header weekend for INEX divisions on October 3 and 4.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, are available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.