April 22nd, 2017

Sportsman Feature (20 Laps): 1. Paul Martin 2. Jeff Richardson 3. Rick Mill 4. Kyle Redner 5. Dan Dulin 6. Milton Mann 7. Jake Granacker 8. Richie Eggers Jr. DNS: Larry O’Donnell

Modified Feature (20 Laps): 1. Blair Culhane 2. John Cote 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Rob Rafferty 5. Stephen Kammer DNS: Ed Dachenhausen

Legends Feature (20 Laps): 1. Alex McCollum 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick 3. Chris Hammett 4. Joe Graf 5. Teddy Bowen 6. Steve Chapman 7. Mikey Policastro 8. Peter Bennett 9. Eugene Drew 10. Sean Verwys 11. Jonathan Puleo

Pro Stock Feature (20 Laps) 1. Eddie Butler 2. Vinny Stanton Sr. 3. Mikey Policastro 4. Jim Helt 5. Brent Shaddock 6. Jim Sykes 7. Kenny Atkins DNS: Arthur McArthur

Street Stock Feature (20 Laps) 1. Amber Van Orden 2. John Hechinger 3. John Hager 4. Mario Contarino 5. Patty Falkena 6. Bill Deak Sr. 7. Walt Henry 8. Gary Van Orden Sr. 9. JB Morris

Four Cylinder Expert Feature (20 Laps) 1. Dan Curry 2. John Houghtaling 3. Joe Smith 4. Mike Travis 5. Jerry Kingeter 6. Jeff Degroat 7. David Donovan 8. Carl Morris Jr. 9. Robert Clarke 10. Cody Houghtaling 11. Joe Morris DNS: Tim Curry

Four Cylinder Novice Feature (25 Laps) 1. Gene Helms 2. Dan Houghtaling 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh 4. Eddie Jones Jr. 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Nick Curry 7. Keith Unger 8. Clifford Levinson 9. Marisol Torrens 10. Bryan Zeininger 11. Vinny Degraw DNS: Brandon Golzak

Bandolero Feature (15 Laps) 1. Joey Aungst 2. Anthony Bello 3. Mike Roth 4. Katie Verwys 5. Teddy Cranmer 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Anthony Bedvicoqua 8. Evan Rygielski 9. Tyler Alkas

Bethel Modified Veteran Rings in New Era with Sportsman Victory !

Bethel NY: Bethel Motor Speedway opened its doors to a new era of ownership and management, despite gloomy skies and threats of rain the speedways Opening Night went off without a hitch and all races were completed that was scheduled to run at the quarter mile asphalt track.

In Sportsman feature action, it was a battle against veterans. Paul Martin of Beech Lake, PA made a gutsy move at the start of the feature to take the lead frm his pole starting position. Veteran drivers Jeff Richardson and Rick Mill chased Martin and were within striking distance waiting for any slip up to capitalize on position gain. However, the slip up they were waiting for never occurred with Martin driving flawlessly each lap taking home his first victory of the season in the Jeff Mastrocola owned # 13. Richardson came home second, with Mill hot on his heels, finishing third.

Blair Culhane of Brookfield, CT came home the victor in the 20 lap BMS Modified feature. It was a much earned victory as he had to battle multi-time track champion John Cote. Cote brought the field down at the green and led the first half of the race running the inside groove, Culhane battled hard on the outside gaining a few inches each lap before finally muscling ahead for good on lap 11. Culhane then had to protect his lead as Cote stayed close just waiting for a slip. Culhane however ended up pulling away and won his first feature of the season. Cote held on for second, with Skip LaPolt coming across the line in third.

In the Legends feature, Alex McCollum of Phillipsburg, NJ is starting the season on a strong note as he picked up his second feature in as many events at the speedway. McCollum started on the pole due to his heat race victory, took off at the green and was never pressured for the lead but had to contend with lap traffic as he led all twenty laps of the feature. Chris Hammett was running in second position for most of the race but while negotiating lap traffic, it allowed Gillian Kirkpatrick to get by with a strong move for the second position. McCollum took home the win followed by Kirkpatrick and Hammett.

Local hotshoe Eddie Butler of Bethel NY cruised to victory in the 20 lap Pro Stock feature. Butler led every lap of the feature but for the first 12 laps he was under heavy pressure from two time defending track champion Kenny Atkins as he was running hard to complete a pass on the outside. Smoke then erupted from under the hood of the Atkins machine and fire quickly emerged. Quick reactions from the chief starter and the safety crew resulted with Atkins getting out of the car unharmed and the fire being quickly extinguished. When racing resumed, Butler continued to keep his command on the lead with Vinny Stanton Sr. and rookie Mikey Policastro battling for the second position. With the dual checkers waving, Butler came home the winner, with Stanton Sr. holding on for second and Policastro coming across in third position..

In the fan favorite Street Stock feature, was perhaps the most exciting feature of the night. Amber Van Order of Hawley, PA put on a show for the fans as she marched her way forward running the outside groove from her sixth starting position. By lap 3, she broke into the third position and began chasing down her father Gary Van Orden Sr. who was running second. On Lap 5, she completed her outside pass on her father and went to work on chasing down the leader Walt Henry. She worked on passing Henry high and low while smoke started to come from his mount, and several laps later she made her winning move stick as she took command of the lead in the exciting race. Van Orden Sr. overtook Henry for second but was unable to chase down the younger Van Orden. On lap 18, broken suspension caused second place running Van Orden Sr. out of the race along with a heavily smoking Henry retiring from the event as well. When racing resumed A. Van Orden had to contend with a hard charging John Hechinger in order to pick up the victory. Hechinger finished a close second, with veteran street stock driver John Hager finishing third with his famous Oldsmobile # 65.

The Four Cylinder Expert feature saw Dan Curry of Swan Lake, NY picking up his first win of the season as he had to contend with a strong running Joe Smith early in the event. John Houghtaling was able to get up to the runner up position as he overtook Smith for second on Lap 5. Curry took home the win with Houghtaling and Smith finishing second and third respectively.

Gene Helms of Pine Bush, NY picked up the Four Cylinder Novice 25 Lap feature. Helms known for running the outside, used that groove to his advantage as he advanced from his sixth starting position coming thru the field. On Lap 4, Helms took command of the lead as then leader Vinny Degraw sputtered going down the backstretch. Helms never relinquished the lead as he came across the line first followed by eleventh place starting Dan Houghtaling who finished a strong second, Felicia Reichenbaugh held off a hard charging Eddie Jones Jr. for third position.

In Bandolero feature action, saw Joey Aungst of Pompton Lakes, NJ picking up his first win of the season in an event that was plagued by several cautions. Aungst was able to stay out of trouble and picked up the lead on Lap 10, which he never relinquished. Anthony Bello finished second followed by early race leader Mike Roth in third.

Florida, NY’s Milton Mann picked up the $200 Rookie Sportsman feature win. Mann dominated the event and picked up his first career win at Bethel. Jake Granacker and Richie Eggers finished second and third in the feature.

Justin Aungst of Pomton Lakes, NJ picked up his second feature win in as many weeks in the Beginner Bandlero feature event.

Next Saturday, April 29th will be a regular show with all classes in action plus there will be a Pit Crew/Fan Uniform Contest at intermission. Cash prizes for the contest will be 1. $100 2. $50 3. $25. Racing begins at 6pm.

Results:

Sportsman Feature (20 Laps): 1. Paul Martin 2. Jeff Richardson 3. Rick Mill 4. Kyle Redner 5. Dan Dulin 6. Milton Mann 7. Jake Granacker 8. Richie Eggers Jr. DNS: Larry O’Donnell

Modified Feature (20 Laps): 1. Blair Culhane 2. John Cote 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Rob Rafferty 5. Stephen Kammer DNS: Ed Dachenhausen

Legends Feature (20 Laps): 1. Alex McCollum 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick 3. Chris Hammett 4. Joe Graf 5. Teddy Bowen 6. Steve Chapman 7. Mikey Policastro 8. Peter Bennett 9. Eugene Drew 10. Sean Verwys 11. Jonathan Puleo

Pro Stock Feature (20 Laps) 1. Eddie Butler 2. Vinny Stanton Sr. 3. Mikey Policastro 4. Jim Helt 5. Brent Shaddock 6. Jim Sykes 7. Kenny Atkins DNS: Arthur McArthur

Street Stock Feature (20 Laps) 1. Amber Van Orden 2. John Hechinger 3. John Hager 4. Mario Contarino 5. Patty Falkena 6. Bill Deak Sr. 7. Walt Henry 8. Gary Van Orden Sr. 9. JB Morris

Four Cylinder Expert Feature (20 Laps) 1. Dan Curry 2. John Houghtaling 3. Joe Smith 4. Mike Travis 5. Jerry Kingeter 6. Jeff Degroat 7. David Donovan 8. Carl Morris Jr. 9. Robert Clarke 10. Cody Houghtaling 11. Joe Morris DNS: Tim Curry

Four Cylinder Novice Feature (25 Laps) 1. Gene Helms 2. Dan Houghtaling 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh 4. Eddie Jones Jr. 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Nick Curry 7. Keith Unger 8. Clifford Levinson 9. Marisol Torrens 10. Bryan Zeininger 11. Vinny Degraw DNS: Brandon Golzak

Bandolero Feature (15 Laps) 1. Joey Aungst 2. Anthony Bello 3. Mike Roth 4. Katie Verwys 5. Teddy Cranmer 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Anthony Bedvicoqua 8. Evan Rygielski 9. Tyler Alkas

Opening Day Guest Host: STEVE CONKLIN

Bethel Motor Speedway Legend, Steve Conklin of Claryville, NY will be our special guest host for Opening Day at the speedway on Saturday, April 22nd.

How the Legend Got Started : Steve Conlin said “My father got me involved with racing with a 39 Chevy Coupe at Tri -Valley Speedway in Grahamsville, NY. I was just a kid but we had a race track on Redhill in Claryville which was up in a field on my grandfather’s 100 acre farm. Believe it or not I was driving everything then and would test anything he was building, my dad built race cars, home made motorcycles and three wheelers, he even built me an electric motor cycle with a car starter for power. Then we got more involved when my Uncle Ray Cole got involved and together we built the # 22 37 Chevy Coupe that Don Smith from Claryville drove to many wins.”

Steve’s illustrious racing career as a driver started back in 1986 when he bought a Chevy Camaro bodied Late Model from fellow racer and cousin Mike Cole. The car was actually a former Buzzie Reuttiman #00 who of course is another story of Racing Heroes. Mike Cole also ran the #4 number which Steve inherited when he got the car. Steve ran Accord Speedway on Fridays and often ran Moc-A-Tek Speedway on Saturdays using the same car on both nights. Steve ran well picking up multiple feature wins with the car at Accord Speedway and was consistently a Top 5 runner. Some of the other drivers Steve competed against was the likes of Bethel Motor Speedway Official Bill Haley, Northeast Vintage Modified Club President Ed Stevens, and other hotshoes like Jimmy Banks, Donnie Smith, & Ron Santowsky.

In the Early 90’s, Steve traded in his Late Model racer and decided to try Modified racing on the asphalt at Sullivan County Speedway (Bethel). It ended up to be a very wise decision as Steve really reached the pinnacle of his success running open wheel on the pavement. Of the approximate 85 feature wins that Steve has about 75 of those feature wins come from his very fast Family Affair # 4 Modified at Bethel. Some of Steve’s strongest competitors were Jeff Richardson, Everett Pierce, Charlie Howe, Jerry Curry, John Cote, and Paul Martin. In 1994, was Steve’s ultimate season as he picked up 11 feature wins along with picking up the track championship, he then went on to pick up the much coveted award of winning the most asphalt modified feature wins in the entire Northeast based on Area Auto Racing News. Steve also picked up three wins running Mini Sprints too.

Steve was not only a winner on the track but he was also a winner in the pits. He was a true sportsman, helping out many fellow racers with repairs, parts, and advice in the pit areas. Steve was always known to keep his cool and composure even on the worst nights, always being a true professional even though he strictly did it for hobby. Steve was also well known for doing a great job of keeping his car looking good and mechanically sound on a weekly basis, a true test of ultimate mechanics.

Steve also picked up additional awards in racing as well. He picked up Racer of the Year, Most Popular Driver, and Best Appearing Car awards over the course of his career.

Steve is very excited to be Bethel Motor Speedway’s first Guest Host and is looking forward to it. Come out to Bethel Motor Speedway this Saturday Night to not only see the first points races of the season for all regular classes but to see Bethel Motor Speedway’s legendary driver Steve Conklin! Come join us for the excitement as we get started in the 2017 race season! Support you local short track!

April 15th, 2017

Legends Feature(20 Laps): 1. Alex McCollum 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick 3. Peter Bennett 4. Teddy Bowen 5. Steve Chapman.

Bandolero Feature(15 Laps) 1. Mike Roth 2. Joey Aungst 3. Brian Rigielski 4.Teddy Cranmer 5. Evan Rigielski 6. Anthony Bello 7. Connor Piasecki

Vintage Feature (20 Laps) 1. Ray See Sr. 2. Mike Houghtaling 3. Jeff Hager 4. John Hager 5. George Cleveland

Enduro Dash (40 Laps) 1. Mike Travis 2. Matt Curry 3. Tim Curry 4. Kody Welsch 5. Eddie Jones Jr. 6. Clifford Levinson 7. Paul Harding 8. Cody Houghtaling 9. Michael Bull 10. Vinny Degraw 11. Dan Curry 12. Keith Unger 13. Jeff Degroat 14. Joe Smith

McCollum starts the season on a strong note in INEX Legends.

Bethel, NY – Bethel Motor Speedway opened its doors for the first time in 2017 at the fast 1/4 mile asphalt oval. The track hosted its practice day for all classes but also held INEX points races for the Legends and Bandolero classes. Also in competition was Enduro, Vintage Modifieds, and Beginner Bandoleros. Practicing was the Sportsman, BMS Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, and Four Cylinder Pure Stocks which are all regular classes at the speedway.

New Jersey’s Alex McCollum wired the field in INEX Legends action as he won both the heat and feature. In feature action, as the field came to to the green flag there was a four car jingle bringing out the yellow which forced Steve Chapman to the pits for repairs. When racing went green McCollum took control of the lead and never relinquished leading all twenty laps to the dual checkered flags. Legends defending champion Gillian Kirkpatrick chased McCollum the entire race staying close on his tail but was unable to complete a pass for the lead. Kirkpatrick settled for second with track newcomer Peter Bennett picking up a strong third place finish for his first time at the track.

In INEX Bandolero action, strong runner Mike Roth of North Branch,NY picked up his first win of the season in his nice looking # 8 car. The field came to green with polesitter Connor Piasecki jumping out front, however it was very short lived as their was a multi car accident heading into turn 3. Piasecki ended up taking a hard hit into the wall with the rear of his racer and unfortunately was done for the night. Second and third place running Joey Aungst and Anthony Bello were also involved in the accident and restarted at the rear of the field. Four place running Roth inherited the lead and took the point pulling away from the field. Newcomer Evan Rigielski was running second until lap six when he spun coming out of turn 4 collecting four other cars in the crash. Anthony Bello retired to the pits from the crash. When racing resumed, Roth kept control of the lead with another newcomer Brian Rigielski running second staying within striking distance. On the last lap, Aungst who had come back up thru the field captured second place at the checkered flag. Brian Rigielski held onto third with his beautiful # 72 machine.

The Northeast Vintage Modified club ran a 20 lap feature. Mike Houghtaling jumped out into the lead and lead every lap until Lap 14 when he went spinning into the infield. When racing resumed Ray See Sr. took command of the lead taking home the victory over a hard charging Mike Houghtaling. Jeff Hager ran steady to finish third.

The speedway also held it’s first Enduro in many seasons. The four and six cylinder passenger type cars went for the glory of winning the enduro and it’s $ 400 dollar prize. Dan Curry jumped out into the lead until lap four when he came to a stop off Turn 4. Mike Travis of Liberty,NY picked up the lead and proved to have a fast car. Cody Houghtaling ran second until dropping out on lap 14. Hard chargers and experienced enduro racers Matt Curry and Tim Curry worked their way up from the back of the pack to run second and third. However, they couldn’t catch up to the fast running Travis as he cruised to the 40 lap victory and picked up his first enduro win of the season. Travis will now be handicapped to the back of the pack for future enduro runs.

Justin Aungst of Pompton Lakes, NJ picked up the win in the Beginner Bandoleros feature.

Results:

Legends Feature(20 Laps): 1. Alex McCollum 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick 3. Peter Bennett 4. Teddy Bowen 5. Steve Chapman.

Bandolero Feature(15 Laps) 1. Mike Roth 2. Joey Aungst 3. Brian Rigielski 4.Teddy Cranmer 5. Evan Rigielski 6. Anthony Bello 7. Connor Piasecki

Vintage Feature (20 Laps) 1. Ray See Sr. 2. Mike Houghtaling 3. Jeff Hager 4. John Hager 5. George Cleveland

Enduro Dash (40 Laps) 1. Mike Travis 2. Matt Curry 3. Tim Curry 4. Kody Welsch 5. Eddie Jones Jr. 6. Clifford Levinson 7. Paul Harding 8. Cody Houghtaling 9. Michael Bull 10. Vinny Degraw 11. Dan Curry 12. Keith Unger 13. Jeff Degroat 14. Joe Smith

2017 EARLY SEASON PRACTICE IS HERE!

Saturday April 15th is our Practice Day for all classes at the speedway!
Also Bandoleros, Legends, Vintage Modifieds and Enduro are in competition. Bandoleros and Legends will be running heats and features which goes towards INEX national points (No track points). The Northeast Vintage Modified Club will be running dual features. Highlighting our show will be our first 4cyl. / 6cyl. Enduro of the season. The race will be an Enduro Dash running 40 laps and paying $400 to win based on 15 car entries. Enduro car entry is $40 which includes driver pit admission.
Gates open at 2pm, with practice starting at 4pm. Racing will start approx. 6pm, more practice will be run between heat and features
The enduro will conclude the show.
Grandstand admission is FREE so come down and take advantage of this deal and see all the fresh cars ready for the race season. Come enjoy a hot and hamburger as some concessions will be open to feed hungry racers and fans.
Next Saturday, April 22nd is our Opening Day at the speedway! All classes will be in competition, come see your “Hometown Heroes” racing hard for opening night victories. Come check out Bethel Motor Speedway!

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2017 ADMISSION PRICING

Bethel Motor Speedway has officially announced it’s admission pricing structure for the 2017 race season. In previous seasons the speedway used ‘across the board’ pricing for all purchasing general admission tickets, this year the speedway will be going to a tiered system to help benefit senior fans and racing families who attend the races at the speedway.

The tiered pricing is very similar to many other speedways in this region, with pricing structured for adults, seniors 65+, and kids (15 yrs. & Under). For regular shows which is roughly about half of the scheduled events will be $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, and $5 for Kids 15 yrs. and under. For the majority of the special shows adult pricing will see a slight increase of $12. Senior and Kid pricing will stay locked in at $8 and $5 all season long excluding the big “Summer of 69” show that will be held on Sunday, August 6th. On certain themed nights there may be additional discounts for general admission, for example on Little League Night which is May,6th all kids 15 and under that are dressed in baseball uniforms receive FREE admission on that night.

Mike Hager the Speedway Promoter / Race Controller of Bethel stated “For generations our societies have been founded on looking out for the seniors and youngsters in our communities, it is important that they are able to take part in fun social gatherings and not be left out because they don’t have the financial means. I want to make sure that families and seniors on fixed incomes are here taking in the racing action. They can come out and enjoy a nice evening at the speedway as they root on their hometown heroes to victory”.

Pit pricing will remain the same as in 2016, $25 for member and $30 for non-members for the majority of events. Enduro racers will have a $40 or $50 car entry for their scheduled events this includes the driver pit admission.

Practice for all classes plus Legends, Bandolero, Vintage Modifeds, and Enduro Races is coming up this Saturday, April 15th. Gates open at 2pm, cars hit the track at 4pm. Grandstand admission is FREE!

Then on Saturday, April 22nd is our “Opening Day” all classes will be in competition. See who will be our first feature winners of the season will be. Come support your local short track racing at Bethel Motor Speedway !

Regular Show Format:
Heats & Features: Sportsman, Modifieds, Legends, Pro Stock, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder Expert, and Bandolero.
Features only: Rookie Sportsman, 4Cylinder Novice, Beginner Bandoleros
An asterisk (*) symbol after the date denotes a regular show

SAT 4/8: “Practice Day” all classes. Plus Legends & Bandolero Races (INEX Points only) Free Grandstand Admission Pits $20/$25

SAT 4/15: “Practice Day” all classes. Legends & Bandolero races (INEX points only) plus Vintage Modified Twin 15’s (NE Vintage Club) & Enduro Dash 40 Laps. $400 to win based on 15 car entries.Free grandstand admission. Pits $20/$25 Enduro $40

SAT 4/22*: “Opening Night”. All Classes Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SUN 4/23: Opening Night Raindate

SAT 4/29*: “Fan/Crew Uniform Night”. All classes plus uniform contest. Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 5/6*: “Little League Night” All classes plus Kids big wheel race. Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 (Free admission to kids in baseball uniform)

SAT 5/13: Brotherhood Winery presents “Women in Racing Night” Free Wine Tasting Token & flower for ladies when a GA ticket is purchased. ‘Sherri Barnes Memorial’ Twin 21 Lap Pro Stock $250 to win each, Double Points’. Flower Power 4 Cylinder Race (Women”s Race). All Classes. Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SUN 5/14: Auto Cross event presented by High Point Cruisers Club. (Free grandstand admission) Entry Fees for cars

SAT 5/20: Northeast Legends presents “Scout Night” Pinewood Derby exhibit. Scout ‘Camp-out’.
TQ Midgets (ATQMRA Club) & Vintage TQ’s. Twin Features for BMS Modifieds. Timed Qualifiers for Legends and Bandoleros.
No Pro Stocks/No Rookie Sportsman/No Beginner Bandoleros
Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 (Free admission to Scouts in uniform).

SAT 5/27: Hig-Fab Chassis presents “Military Night” plus“ Moc-A-Tek Memories” Reunion. Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Series Race #1 Pete Gardner Memorial 56 Laps $1,000 to win (Double Points). Summer of 69 “Pole-Shot Position Qualifier”. Street Stock Woodstocker “Pole Shot Position Qualifier” Street Stock Invader Race. John Sanders Memorial Vintage Mods (NE Vintage Club) No BMS Modifieds, No Beginner Bandoleros.
Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 (Free grandstand admission for Active/Retired Military w/photo id)

SAT 6/3: Skelly’s Towing presents “Car Cruise Night” plus 50’s Doo-whop music. Plus Enduro Dash 40 Laps
Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Enduro Car Entry $40

SAT 6/10: “ASE/Tech Night” plus Enduro Dash 40 Laps. Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 (free grandstand admission for Lincoln Tech students/alumni and ASE Certified mechanics w/ID) Enduro Car Entry $40

SUN 6/11: Tri-Valley Speedway & Onteora Speedway racing memories show Cruise-in/Classic Car Show and Swap Meet. Free Admission

SAT 6/17: “TQ Midget Night” TQ Midgets (ATQMRA Club) Atlantic Coast Old Timers(ACOT) & Vintage TQ Midgets. All classes except; No BMS Modifieds, No Pro Stocks. Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 6/24*: Shanty Hill Productions presents “Graduates Night” All Classes plus NJ/PA Micro Stocks
Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 19yrs & Under $2 ( $2 grandstand admission to kids & teens under 19)

SUN 6/25: Special Show: “Catskill Clash”
4Cyl/6Cyl Enduro 100 Laps $1,000 to win (min. 30 entries). Sportsman 40 Laps $1,000 to win. 602 Lights/Ltd. Mods 40 Laps $750 to win. Pro Stocks 40 Laps $500 to win. Street Stocks Twin 20’s (Woodstocker Qualifiers) Plus Legends & Bandoleros. 50 Point Bonus for all classes.
Adults $15 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Pits: $25/35 Enduro Car Entry $50

SAT 7/1*: Tri-Co Electric presents “Firecracker” Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Series Race # 2 Summer of 69 “Pole-Shot Position Qualifier”. Street Stock Woodstocker “Pole Shot Position Qualifier”. Street Stock Invader Race. All Classes. Uncle Sam visits. Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 7/8: “Superhero/Princess Night”. Batman, Spiderman, and Disney Princesses visit. Twin Modified Features & 602 Light Night. All classes. Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 (free admission to kids under 12 in costume)

SUN 7/9: Auto Cross event presented by High Point Cruisers Club. (Free grandstand admission) Entry Fees for cars

SAT 7/15: “Remembering Danbury Night” Reunion. “Ev Pierce Memorial”50 Lap BMS Modified feature $750 to win (Triple Points). 602 Light Night. NEAR Vintage Modified Club visits Plus TQ Midgets (ATQMRA Club) & Vintage TQ’s. plus Sportsman, Legends, & Bandoleros. Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 7/22: Andresen Racing Photography presents “Kids Night/Camera Night” All Classes. Race Car display plus
Face Painting, Kid’s Big Wheel Race; Games. “Christmas in July” Santa visits.
Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 (Kids 12 & Under Free admission)

SAT 7/29: Motorcyclepedia Museum presents “Biker Night” Motorcycle cruise-in. All classes plus”Street Stock Stampede” 40 Laps $500 to win (Double Points). Kids Big Wheel Race, Kids bike giveaways.
Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 8/5: Regular Show plus Sportsman “Roller Rockers Twin 25’s” $500 to win. “Summer of 69 Qualifiers”.
All classes, except No Bandoleros Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Pits $25/35

SUN 8/6: Hibernation Heating Special Show: Short Track Super Series presents Sportsman “Summer of 69” 69 Laps $6,900 to win, Street Stock “Woodstocker ” 40 Laps $1,069 to win, 4 Cylinder Pure Stock “Hippie Bowl” 69 Laps $669 to win, Slingshots 15 Laps $369 to win. ($65 entry fee for Sportsman) + 50 Point Bonus for Regular Divisions.
Adults $23 / Senior 65+ $20 / Kids 15yrs & Under $10 Pits $30/35

SAT 8/12: PJ Degracia Contracting presents “Truckers Night” (free grandstand admission w/ CDL license)Touch-A-Truck show. SK Light Night. BMS Mods 40 Lap Jerry Reigle Memorial $500 to win (Double Points). All classes except, No Sportsman
Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SUN 8/13: Summer of 69 Raindate, if needed

SAT 8/19*: Par 5 Landscaping presents “Dogs Day of Summer” $1 Hot Dogs, Lucky Dog Races, Pluto and Scooby Doo visit.
All classes plus Vintage Midget Club
Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

FRI 8/25: Legendstock/Bandolero Practice. Practice available for all classes. Free Grandstand Admission Pits $20/$30

SAT 8/26: Special Show: Alliance Shippers presents “Legendstock Championship” Legend Cars 50 Laps $3,000 to win. Bandolero Nationals 50 Laps. Plus Sportsman & 40 Lap Enduro Dash*(Sportsman & Enduro is subject to change)
Adults $15 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Pits $25/35 Enduro Car Entry $40

SUN 8/27: Legendstock Raindate, if needed

SAT 9/2: “Farm Night” Tractor/Machinery Show ,Tractor Parade & Farmers Market. Les Quick Sr. Memorial Pro Stock Twin 20’s $300 to win each. Plus Atlantic Coast Old Timers & Vintage TQ’s.No BMS Modifieds, No Rookie Sportsman
Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 9/9: Alliance Shippers presents “First Responder Night” (free grandstand admission to Police, Fire, EMT w/ID) Remembering 9/11. Four Cylinder Jimmy Shields Memorial – Double Deuces “Twin 22’s” $222 to win each (Top 10 Invitational)
Plus Enduro Dash, 40 Laps Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Enduro Car Entry $40

SAT 9/16: Tri-Co Electric presents “White Lake Nostalgia – Dick Crumley Memorial Night”
Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Series Race # 3; 35 Laps $600 to win. (Double Points). Plus Vintage Mods (NE Vintage Club). Adult $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yr & Under $5(Community Night – Half price adult grandstand admission for all Bethel Residents with photo ID)

SAT 9/23: Strictly Z/TA & TJ Motorsports presents “Music Night”. Street Stock Special: Strictly Z/TA “Detroit Iron 25” $500 to Win. Street Stock Dash For Cash. All classes plus Rat Rods Cruise Parade, Live Band ,Vintage Modifieds (NE Vintage Club) & Vintage Midget Club. Adults $10 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5

SAT 9/30*: “Championship Night” plus Enduro Dash 40 Laps. (Double Points all classes)
Adults $12 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Enduro $40

SAT 10/7: Season Raindate

SAT 10/14: Fall Foliage Car Show & Swap Meet.

SAT 10/28: Special Show: “Rocktoberfest” (half price admission to kids under 12 in costume) TRUNK OR TREAT before the races in spectator parking area. “The Sullivan 100” 602 Lights/Ltd. Modifieds 100 Laps $2,000 to win ($50 Entry Fee). “Halloween Hunt” Sportsman 40 Laps $1,000 to win.“Pro Stock Power 50” $500 to win. Street Stock Shootout Series 40 Laps. Micro Stock Twin 15’s. Plus Sportsman & Street Stock Invader Races. Adults $17 / Senior 65+ $8 / Kids 15yrs & Under $5 Pits $25/35

SUN 10/29: Rocktoberfest Raindate, if needed

RACING SEASON IS SHAPING UP WITH ALL STAR GUEST HOSTS

The 2017 Bethel Motor Speedway is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons to date. This year each night will consist of Guest Hosts who will be our Grand Marshall’s of the evening. Many former racers have expressed interest in coming out and being a part of the FUN!
A Guest Host will consist of being our pace car driver of the evening, many former racers love to be pacing the field this time they will do so in the beautiful coupe convertible pace car that is sponsored by Affordable Home Improvements. Guest Hosts will also be on the starters stand to throw a honorary green flag to start a race generally the class that they were most known in. Guest Hosts will also be interviewed by our track announcer to hear some great racing anecdotes from the past drivers. Speedway Promoter / Race Controller Mike Hager states “I’m very thankful towards Affordable Home Improvements for providing the sponsorship to make this happen”. He pointed out “We have many former racers that are so excited to be guest hosting a night at the speedway, I’m glad this fun unique twist at the speedway is creating so much enthusiasm.” He quickly added “It is great to have these racers coming to do this!”
Currently we have these former drivers who will be taking on the position of Guest Host on their designated evenings. They are listed below. Any interested former drivers are welcomed to contact us for any remaining open nights at the speedway.
Joe Aulabaugh (5): Former OCFS Street Stock Champion will be joining us as a Guest Host in 2017 at Bethel. Known as “Jumping Joe” he picked numerous feature wins at OCFS. He is most well known for his sharp fast looking 5 Alive orange Camaros.
John Bailey (19x) : Former multi- feature winning driver at Bethel and OCFS. Most known for running Street Stock, Pro Stock, and BMS Modified, John was always known for his immaculate looking cars and always a threat to win each and every week.
Carol Birchwale (90): Carol was always a fan favorite popular racer at OCFS. She picked up multiple feature wins in the highly competitive street stock class before moving onto the open wheeled sportsman class. She was also a feature winner in the Sportsman class too! Carol is no stranger to Bethel as she has run the last few Vintage TQ events at the speedway.
Mark Braun (J3): Although never turning laps at Bethel, Mark sure was a winner. He picked up multiple feature wins with his two tone blue J3 Camaros at OCFS back when there was at least 50 street stock in the pits each week. In fact the “J” part of the number was picked up by many of the other local street stock teams from that area including the “J30” that Clarence Palmer used. Mark is very interested in Bethel for 2017 and plans to compete in the Slingshot race with his son handling the driving chores.
Tom Cannizzaro (73): Known as “The Master”, Tom basically won everywhere and everything involving Northeast full fender dirt racing action. He picked up multiple track championships at both Accord and OCFS. Tom was also a well tuned traveling man picking up the Mr. DIRT Street/Pro Series Championship. Tom also was victorious, winning with his Pro Stock at Super DIRT Week in Syracuse.
Steve Conklin (4) : Most known for running Modifieds at Bethel. Steve was always “Mr.Consistency” finishing in top positions each and every week with his Family Affair # 4. Steve is a former track champion multiple times and has numerous feature wins. Steve also proved success on the dirt as well running Late Models at Accord and Moc A Tek Speedways too.
Mike Dean (19) : “Mighty” Mike Dean is another famous chauffeur that ran Bethel back in it’s heyday years when you had to qualify into the features. Mike picked up several track championships and numerous feature wins. Mike may be best remembered with his beautiful plum colored cars but also ran a Waltrip Western Auto #17 replica in the famed Bombers class.
Tom Dembek (6): The Dembek name is in historic measures when discussing street stock racing at OCFS. Tom picked up many feature wins and a championship before moving up to 358 Modifeds. The Dembeks were also a threat to win on the DIRT Street Stock Tour. Tom was always a threat to win with his candy apple red # 6 Camaro.
Mike Deyo (14) : “Smiling” Mike Deyo is best known for being a weekly warrior at Accord Speedway. Mike was a threat to win each Friday with his beautiful green/black #14. Mike picked up numerous feature wins at Accord. However, many don’t know that Mike started his racing career at Bethel teaming up with Joe Barnes and running a blue Ford Torino # 21. Mike is also the father of highly acclaimed Race Promoter Brett Deyo, who will be having the Short Track Super Series sportsman series race at Bethel in the “Summer of 69” in August.
Darryl Debetta (86) : Known as “Mr. Excitement”, Daryl was always a fan favorite with his trademark Red, White, & Blue patriotic # 86 cars. He was most known running Bomber & Hobby Stock at Bethel. Darryl was always a fast force nailing down numerous feature wins and taking several Championship Titles in very competitive years at the speedway. Daryl also had a very successful Enduro career as well.
Bobby Knipe (18) : Bobby started off running in the street stock class and won everything under the sun in the seasons he competed in the class. After conquering all in street stock, he set his eyes to the Sportsman class, there too he had considerable success and picked up numerous feature wins. Bobby then set his sights on Big Block Modifieds and again found much success picking up feature wins at Lebanon Valley and OCFS. Bobby is more than humbled of being able to take part of being a Guest Host at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2017!
Dan Nappi (2K) : Dan grew up watching the racing at Danbury Racearena rooting on his favorite driver Kenny Webb in his #2K. When Dan got his own race car, he used his childhood idol number for his car and found the same success as Kenny Webb. Dan was always a threat to win with his street stock and picked up numerous feature wins at OCFS. Dan then went onto to the Sportsman class and again found success picking up wins along the way. Dan is very interested with Bethel in 2017 and likes the idea of the “Remembering Danbury Night” on July, 15th.
Vinny Testanero (173) : Former BMS Modified driver Vinny Testanero will also be guest hosting at his favorite track in 2017. Vinny picked up multiple feature wins running his beautifully prepared Montvale Auto Body #173 in modifieds. Vinny known as a versatile driver has driven many different types of race cars over the years but ranks the modifed racing at Bethel as his highest. He is very excited with the schedule that Bethel Motor Speedway has for 2017!
Kathy Tolf (5) : Kathy is a former successful hard knuckle driver that competed weekly at OCFS during it’s peak of street stock racing. Kathy was not afraid to get her hands dirty and race hard wheel to wheel with the toughest drivers of the class. Normally it was an achievement to just qualify for the feature. Kathy was known for her blue driver suit with the pink stripe and her beautifully prepared white # 5 Camaro. She is very excited to be a part of the “Women in Racing” Night scheduled on May, 13th.
Bob Vichioli (19): Connecticut’s Bob Vichioli was a standout street stock driver in the 1980’s. He was a strong runner at OCFS and picked up several feature wins. Bob also followed the street stock series that took him to other tracks in the Northeast region. Bob was very competitive in the series and ran well at all the tracks. He is best known for his black and white # 19 cars.
Practice for all classes plus Legends, Bandolero, Vintage Modifeds, and Enduro Races is coming up this Saturday, April 15th. Gates open at 2pm, cars hit the track at 4pm. Grandstand admission is FREE!
Then on Saturday, April 22nd is our “Opening Day” all classes will be in competition. See who will be our first feature winners of the season will be. Come support your local short track racing at Bethel Motor Speedway !

PIT CREW / FAN UNIFORM CONTEST

Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that on Saturday, April 29th will be our Pit Crew/Fan Uniform Contest to be held during our intermission on the frontstretch at the speedway.

We encourage all race teams to get their pit crews and dedicated fans dressed up with uniformity and to promote the race team they are affiliated with. Uniformed race teams generally have matching shirts, hats, buttons, ribbons, banners, signs, etc. to show their dedication of their favorite team. Often the uniforms match the race cars colors and can display their drivers name, car number, and sponsors.

This year we will be doing a contest, which will be judged off a combination of the following criteria: Creativity, Professionalism, Styling, and the amount of Pit Crew/Fans per race team. Last year’s Point Champions, along with our Guest Host will be used as our judges along with a few selected officials.

The Pit Crew/Fan Contest will have a cash prizes to the Top 3 in the contest. First Place will pay $100, 2nd Place will be $50, and 3rd Place at $25. Cash prizes will go to the senior driver of each race team. Come out and be a part of the Pit Crew/Fan Uniform Contest on Saturday, April 29th at the Speedway. Show your colors !

The exciting 2017 race season is fast approaching. April 15th will be our Practice Night along with races for Enduros, Legends, Vintage Modifieds, and Bandoleros. Come check out the action at Bethel Motor Speedway.

Saturday, April 22nd will be our Opening Day at Bethel Motor Speedway with all classes in action. Support your local short tracks!

KID’S BIG WHEEL RACES RETURN TO BETHEL IN 2017!

Bethel Motor Speedway along with Jessey & Marisol Torrens of Roscoe, NY are pleased to announce the return of Kid’s Big Wheel Races in 2017!

The Big Wheel Races are scheduled to be run three times this season. The dates for Big Wheel Races will be on May 6th (Little League Night), July 22nd (Kid’s Night), & July 29th (Biker Night). Big Wheel Races in past years under other regimes proved to be very popular with the fans especially the kids. In fact many drivers got started on a big wheel at the track!

Speedway Promoter / Race Controller Mike Hager stated “This wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Jessey and Marisol Torrens, they are sponsoring these big wheel races for the kids”. “I always enjoyed seeing the kids all excited to run their race, these young ones are our future here.” General Manager Paul Degracia also expresses the same sentiment, of creating some fun events for our best little fans in the grandstands who cheer our drivers to victory.

Event Organizer Marisol Torrens is also excited “My husband Jessey started in the Big Wheel Races, I see the trophies he won everyday in the house, he has such happy memories of it. “He is now a proud racer in the Four Cylinder class but he started in Big Wheel”. She also noted “I want to see kids at the track just having a fun time out there, that is what it is all about.” She then added “They are the next generation of race car drivers”

The preliminary big wheel races will be held between hot laps and the start of racing perhaps while the Driver’s Meeting is being held. The Big Wheel Race final will be held at intermission showcasing the top finishing big wheel racers.

Prizes and goodies will be awarded to all Big Wheel participants, nobody will walk away without something. The Big Wheel Races will be split between two age groups 5 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old. Children under 5 may compete in their own race with a tricycle along with parental coaching.

Rules: Participants are required to bring their own Big Wheel to compete. Participants are also required to wear bicycle helmet and knee pads. Big Wheels will be required to have three wheels.Big Wheels must have plastic wheels/tires, rubber is not permitted. Past winners may be handicapped in future races. Parents/Guardians may walk along with their participants to prevent contact with others and to coach their drivers.Young drivers are encouraged to design their number, their name and color scheme on cardstock paper which can be taped on the back of their shirts.

The exciting 2017 race season is fast approaching. April 15th will be our Practice Night along with races for Enduros, Legends, Vintage Modifeds, and Bandoleros. Come check out the action at Bethel Motor Speedway.