Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce the formation of the speedway’s Hall of Fame Historical Committee. The speedway which was built back in 1959 was originally a farm meadow along a rural route on the outskirts from town. The speedway ran as as dirt track the first season and the track was paved for the following season in 1960. The track became known as White Lake Speedway for many years before going through several name changes such as Sullivan County Speedway, Kauneonga Speedway, Catskill Mountain Speedway, and know the current name of Bethel Motor Speedway.
Speedway Promoter / Race Controller Mike Hager states “I think it is very important that we recognize the history of the speedway and the individuals who participated there in the past” he added “We must not forget our past at the speedway, we need to be able to teach the new generations of racers and fans what this speedway is all about along with sharing along the race memories that we cherish”. In order to do just that, Hager went about to establish a Historical Committee with the intention of electing the first set of Hall of Famers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during our Dick Crumley Memorial “Nostalgia Night” which is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at the speedway.
Another historical element that Hager has brought back to the speedway is the return of the “Sullivan County 100” for 2017. The race was the most important event of the season back during the White Lake Speedway era. The return of the event this year has a new twist as it is now for the open wheeled BMS Modified type cars which is different than the full fendered version from years ago. The “Sullivan County 100” will be competing for $2,000 to win during our “Rocktoberfest” which is our last night of the racing season. “Rocktoberfest” will be held on Saturday, October 28th.
The Historical Committee members who have been selected is Ken Atkins Sr, Jerry Curry, Mike Hager, Doug Ketcham, Dale Morton, & Gary O’Donnell. The members will work together throughout the year to preserve the History of White Lake Speedway along with voting in the first set of inductees into the newly formed Hall of Fame.
During the 2017 race season, racers and fans are encouraged to nominate former successful racers, car owners, crew chiefs, & officials from the speedway to the current committee members. Just remember, the speedway has been around for 57 years so there is a lot of stellar individuals to account for.
The race season is quickly approaching as we watch the snow melting away. Come check us out on our free general admission Practice Nights at 4pm scheduled for April 8th & April 15th. Also Legends and Bandolero will be in competition on those nights. Northeast Vintage Modified Twin 20’s & 40 Lap Enduro $400 to win (Based on 15 car entries) is also scheduled for April 15th.
Our Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, April, 22nd with all classes in competition. Bethel Motor Speedway is the place to be in 2017! Support your grassroots racing short track! Let’s make history!