Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that the Four Cylinder Pure Stock ‘ Hippie Bowl’ has found a headline sponsor for the 2017 event being run on Sunday, August 6th.

Hibernation Heating based out of Pine Bush, NY has come onboard to sponsor the event. Michael Gessel the owner of Hibernation Heating has always been a fan of Northeast short track racing. He stated ” When I saw the announcement of such a spectacular event being held this year, I just knew I wanted to do something ”

Gessel who frequents Bethel Motor Speedway several times a year, stated ” I always enjoy watching the four cylinder stock cars running three, sometimes four wide around the track it always puts a smile on my face, I can only imagine what they will do for $669 in the Hippie Bowl! ”

Hibernation Heating caters to people living in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, who are on the tightest budgets and offers great quality service at affordable prices. ” The four cylinder class is a hobbyist class and they run on the tightest budgets which is similar to many of my customers. I’m glad to support a big event such as the Hippie Bowl for these racers” states Gessel. He also added ” It’s going to be a fun time for all those attending, it is great to see the ‘Summer of 69’ happening”

Mike Hager, Bethel Motor Speedway Promoter is also pleased to see a sponsor stepping up for this event. He states, ” The four cylinders have been a big part of Bethel Motor Speedway for the past 15 years and they race hard providing a lot of excitement for our fans, I think it is important that they are highlighted in several special events during the race season” Hager also emphasized to look forward to a very exciting 2017 race season.

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Stay tuned for more exciting details the on Four Cylinder Pure Stock ‘Hippie Bowl’, along with other speedway news to be released during our off-season.

Bethel Motor Speedway announces additions to the Speedway Advisory Board

Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce the update to its Speedway Advisory Board. The board will include Paul Degracia, Jeff Lefcourt, George Van Arsdsall, Mike Hager, Brett Deyo, and Joe Graf Sr.

Many of the names on the board are familiar to our fans and racers. We are excited to welcome Van Arsdall, Hager and Deyo to the board.

Paul DeGracia will take on the role of General Manager of Bethel Motor Speedway. Paul has been an integral part of Bethel Motor Speedway for the past 6 years. In addition to having been on the advisory board for many years. Paul has been responsible for upgrading and then running our concession operations. Paul is a successful businessman who brings decades of business and racing experience to Bethel Motor Speedway. In his new role as General Manager, Paul will be responsible all facets of speedway operations.

George Van Arsdall has a very long history with Bethel Motor Speedway. George has held positions ranging from track official, Head Tech Inspector, to Head of Race Day Operations. After 32 years of being involved in racing George has announced his retirement from Bethel Motor Speedway as Head of Race Day Operations. Saturday nights at Bethel won’t be the same without him but we are very pleased he has decided to join the Speedway Advisory Board.

Mike Hager who has headed the track scoring along with handling other official duties will see his role expanded as he takes on the duties of Race Day Controller, and Speedway Promotions. Mike’s professional experience and expertise is in business management. He has been successful as a manager in the Automotive, Manufacturing, Transportation, Occupational Health & Safety fields.

Hager is a true traditionalist of the sport adhering to the original rules that short track racing is founded on. Passion for Bethel Motor Speedway runs deeps for Hager, as he has been at the track in some shape, way, or form just about every year since 1981 when he was a youngster. We look forward to his continued passion and ‘out of the box’ thinking in 2017.

Brett Deyo is the owner of BD Motorsports Media LLC. Brett is the Promoter of the Short Track Super Series Fueled by VP. Brett has long been familiar with Bethel Motor Speedway. His first opportunity in racing was covering Bethel for Area Auto Racing News when he was 15. Brett went on to become a great writer and successful promoter. Bethel Motor Speedway is certain to benefit from Brett’s unique approach to the motorsports business.

Jeff Lefcourt is also very familiar with the speedway as he is a frequent competitor at the track in the INEX Legends class with his black with blue color schemed Alliance Shippers #14. Lefcourt is not the only race driver in the family, his daughter Courtney has also been a regular competitor at the speedway in the Legends and Bandolero classes.

For the past several years Jeff and Alliance Shippers have been big supporters of Bethel Motor Speedway as the headline sponsor of the prestigious LegendStock event held each year at the track. Alliance has also sponsored our highly coveted Champions Jackets (for all divisions) and the three foot tall guitar shaped trophies. His love and passion for Bethel Motor Speedway has never been more apparent. Jeff Lefcourt has moved into an ownership role at Bethel Motor Speedway.

Joe Graf Sr. who bought, and reopened the speedway in 2008 after it had been closed for two seasons will remain on the Advisory Board.

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, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you at the speedway!


The ENDURO division is a strictly-stock class designed for beginners as a low-cost and fun way for new participants to enter the sport of auto racing. Rules have been formulated to allow easy construction of the cars and no performance enhancements are allowed, as the speeds of eduro events are intended to be slower than other racing events. Generally, enduro events are of extended laps without stopping the action for spins and minor accidents. The object of enduro events is to learn the basics of racing and survive long distances without damage to the vehicle. The
drivers in enduro events need to focus less on speed and more on negotiating traffic and avoiding accidents. It is hoped that the experience obtained in enduro racing will encourage those drivers to move onward into the regular racing divisions at Bethel Motor Speedway.

Bethel Motor Speedway To Host Historic ‘Summer of 69’ STSS Sportsman Event Paying $6,900 To Win

WHITE LAKE, NY – The richest event in the entire Northeast for the 2017 season for dirt-track Sportsman will be part of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP schedule.

And it will take place on pavement!

Bethel Motor Speedway, the quarter-mile paved oval nestled in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, will be thrust into the Northeast spotlight Sunday, August 6 with the inaugural ‘Summer of 69’ for dirt-track Sportsman. The Bethel location is convenient for competitors hailing from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

This 69-lap event will offer $6,900 – yes, $6,900 – to the winner from a massive posted purse. Not only will this be the most lucrative event run in speedway history, it will also serve as the highest-paying race run at any venue, anywhere, for the Sportsman division. A field of 24 cars will take the green flag, with $150 reserved for the last-place finisher.

The race will be reserved for dirt cars only. Dirt tires will be run. Open and Crate engine combinations will be eligible to participate with staggered weights for each. All competitors entering this event will receive 60 points toward the STSS Sportsman championship battle; as such the ‘Summer of 69’ will be open to any driver wishing to compete.

In recent seasons, Bethel Motor Speedway has headlined its weekly Saturday programs with dirt-track Sportsman. The Bethel layout has proven racy for the division, with multi-groove racing the norm.

The ‘Summer of 69’ creates a true marquee program for the facility that will generate interest from across the area. The speedway sits just miles from the original site of Woodstock and will be themed as a throwback to the famed festival held in the summer of 1969.

“We were looking to do something to put the track on the map,” speedway owner Jeff Lefcourt said. “By running this show, I think it will open the eyes of the Northeast racing community to our facility. It’s going to attract new fans, get us attention we’ve never had here before from racers, media and sponsors.”  

STSS organizer Brett Deyo will not only sanction the event, but manage its marketing and promotion.  

“This is such a unique, out-of-the-box idea that it really piqued my interest,” he said. “The Sportsman division has never seen anything quite like this before. Neither has the speedway.

“My first opportunity in racing was covering racing at Bethel for Area Auto Racing News when I was 15 years old. I’ve always had an interest in the track and being part of something like this is an honor for me.”

Complete rules and further information on the event will be released in the coming weeks.  

Support divisions will be included on the program, as well. Street Stocks will compete for a $1,069 winner’s share in the ‘Woodstocker’ and will be joined by FWD Four Cylinders ($669 to win) in the ‘Hippie Bowl’ and Slingshots ‘Drum Beat Heat’ ($369 to win).

A rain date of August 13 is set in the event of inclement weather.

The event promotional team will search for additional bonus award sponsors, lap money and contingency/product bonuses. For marketing information, contact BD Motorsports Media LLC by e-mail at or by phone at 845.728.2781.

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, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit or, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.