May 27th, 2017

Pete Gardner Memorial Sportsman Feature: 1. Paul Martin (Beech Lake, PA) 2. Jeff Richardson 3. Kyle Redner 4. Ed Dachenhausen 5. Bill Deckleman 6. Milton Mann 7. Matt Curry 8. Mike Traver 9. Dan Dulin 10. Eric Moon 11. Roy Crespo DQ. Rick Mill DQ. Dom Roselli DNS. Jerry Curry

Legends Feature: 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ ) 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick 3. Peter Bennett 4. Joey Ternullo 5. Chris Hammett 6. Eugene Drew 7. Sean Verwys 8. Storm Drew

Street Stock Feature: 1. Amber VanOrden (Hawley, PA) 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Gary VanOrden Sr. 5. Brian Bauerfeind 6. Walt Henry 7. Larry O’Donnell 8. Wayne Taylor 9. Shawn Maloney 10. Phil Funcheon 11. Matt Guadagno 12. Patty Falkena 13. Steve Larsen 14. John Hager 15. Mario Contarino 16. Jessica Ricci

Four Cylinder Expert Feature: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Tim Curry 4. Josh Wilbur 5. Joe Smith 6. Cody Houghtaling 7. Eddy Linstadt 8. John Houghtaling 9. Skip Morris 10. Jeff Degroat

Four Cylinder Novice Feature: 1. Eddie Jones Jr. (Waymart, PA) 2. Vinny Degraw 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Brandon Golzak 6. Nick Curry 7. James Curry 8. Cliff Levinson 9. Bryan Zeininger 10. Marisol Torrens 11. Gene Helms 12. Keith Unger 13. Marcus Small 14. Tabitha Riordan 15. Edwin King 16. Nicole Nelson

Bandolero Feature: 1. Anthony Bello (Newtown, CT) 2. Joey Aungst 3. Teddy Cranmer 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Piasecki 6. Dominic Abbatiello 7. Tyler Alkas 8. Mike Roth

Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling 2. Tom Laner Jr. 3. Ray See Sr. 4. Jeff Hager DNS. George Cleveland

SPORTSMAN 56 LAPPER; PETE GARDNER MEMORIAL GOES TO VETERAN OPEN WHEEL RACER PAUL MARTIN!

Bethel Motor Speedway held it Moc A Tek Memories Night sponsored by Hig Fab Chassis this past Saturday. The night was highlighted by the Pete Gardner Memorial Race who was a strong feature winning competitor at both Moc A Tek and Bethel Speedways. Sadly, Pete passed away last year after battling illness over the past few years and is missed by many.

The 56 Lap Sportsman race in honor of Pete Gardner, started out fast and caution free with pole sitter Rick Mill jumping out into the lead comfortably, while Mill was cruising along many eyes were on former Moc A Tek Speedway modified champion Dom Roselli as he was working his way up through the pack from his eighth starting position. Roselli charged his way up into the fourth position when he lost the air in his right rear tire on Lap 23 drawing the first yellow of the race. While Roselli was exiting the track to get his tire changed, so did leader Rick Mill with the same problem handing the lead to the Danbury Destroyer, Ed Dachenhausen. Racing resumed under green with both Roselli and Mill making it back out from the pit to tag on to the rear of the field. Dachenhausen fended off the challenges of second place running Bill Deckleman and began to pull away from the field. However, Rick Mill was on a mission to get back onto the point and worked his way up through the field and regained second position on Lap 36, Paul Martin stayed steady throughout the race and was also now looking strong as he overtook third position from Deckleman. By this time, Dachenhausen’s car was starting to get tight in the corners as both Mill and Martin began to track down the leader. On Lap 40, Mill made a move stick and was able to get by Dachenhausen for the lead. Martin then cleared Dachenhausen for second on Lap 45 and appeared to be closing in on the leader Mill for the remainder of the laps. Jeff Richardson and Kyle Redner came on strong in the closing stages as they worked their way past Dachenhausen for third and fourth position. Mill came across the line first with a fast closing Martin for second. In post race technical inspection, the win was awarded to Paul Martin with Richardson, Redner, Dachenhausen, and Deckelman all finishing in the top five positions at the conclusion of the Pete Gardner Memorial.

Gillian Kirkpatrick was off to a strong start in the INEX Legends feature event, holding off the remainder of the field for a good portion of the race. Those who kept an eye on Alex McCollum could see he was working his way up from his sixth place starting position, gradually gaining on Kirkpatrick as laps wore on. Upon restart following the first of two cautions in the Legends race, and in an exciting side by side run, McCollum was able to quash Kirkpatrick’s efforts for his third win of the season, as he skillfully took over the lead position. Kirkpatrick did not give up though, as she continued in attempt to regain her spot. One more caution led the Legends to a green-white-checkered finish, which saw McCollum the victor of his third win at Bethel this season, followed by Kirkpatrick and a strong running Peter Bennett.

Street Stock feature action was fierce and exciting proving why they are the fan favorite class at the speedway. In the beginning stages of the race was it plagued by a few cautions as track newcomer Bill Deak Sr. held the top position but marching their way from deep starting positions was the father daughter team of Van Ordens in their respective cars. Gary Van Orden got to second position but incurred some damage to his car in one of the earlier accidents in the race. Daughter, Amber Van Orden and hardcharger Kyle Welsch were able to work by G. Van Orden on Lap 9. A. Van Orden then tracked down and began applying pressure to leader Deak. On Lap 14, A. Van Orden took command of the lead from Deak, while Welsch followed suit into second. A. Van Orden then kept the pace quick for the remaining laps and took home her third checkered of the season followed by Welsch, and a season best finish of third to Deak Sr.

Four Cylinder Expert feature found former track champion Mike Travis coming up quick from his fourth starting position and into the lead at the start of the event. Travis then had to fend off the challenges of another former champ Ivan Guerra. Travis began to pull away from Guerra and the rest of the field while Tim Curry was working his way up through the field from tenth starting position. Travis cruised to his first expert feature win of the season followed by Guerra and the hard charging Tim Curry in an unfamiliar car.

Eddie Jones Jr. got the monkey off his back as he wired the strong field of Four Cylinder Novice racers from his pole starting position. Jones led every lap but it wasn’t easy as he had to negotiate lap traffic during the race. Meanwhile, Vinny Degraw and Dan Houghtaling were working their way up from deep in the pack. Strong running Felicia Reichenbaugh held onto second for most of the race until coming up to a lap car which saw Degraw squeeze by for second position. Degraw did not get the caution he needed, as the race went green to checkers with no cautions as Jones Jr, triumphed his first victory of the season. Degraw and Reichenbaugh finished second and third in the feature.

After a rocky start in the Bandolero feature race, following two yellow flags in the starting laps, Anthony Bello got right to business in his quest for victory. Joey Aungst and Mikey Roth followed suit, up for the challenge against Bello as they began their own battle for second position. Roth’s night ended after some unfortunate car trouble with only laps to go after the final caution of the race. Holding on for the final laps, Bello crossed the line in first, winning his third Bandolero race at the Bethel Motor Speedway this season, followed by a hard charging Aungst, and Teddy Cranmer came home for third.

In the Vintage Modified feature, found Mike Houghtaling and former Moc A Tek racer Tom Laner Jr. battling for the lead during the first half of the race. Just prior to halfway Houghtaling was able to clear Laner for the lead and held on for the win. Ray See Sr. came hme in the third postion.

Results:

Pete Gardner Memorial Sportsman Feature: 1. Paul Martin (Beech Lake, PA) 2. Jeff Richardson 3. Kyle Redner 4. Ed Dachenhausen 5. Bill Deckleman 6. Milton Mann 7. Matt Curry 8. Mike Traver 9. Dan Dulin 10. Eric Moon 11. Roy Crespo DQ. Rick Mill DQ. Dom Roselli DNS. Jerry Curry

Legends Feature: 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ ) 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick 3. Peter Bennett 4. Joey Ternullo 5. Chris Hammett 6. Eugene Drew 7. Sean Verwys 8. Storm Drew

Street Stock Feature: 1. Amber VanOrden (Hawley, PA) 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Gary VanOrden Sr. 5. Brian Bauerfeind 6. Walt Henry 7. Larry O’Donnell 8. Wayne Taylor 9. Shawn Maloney 10. Phil Funcheon 11. Matt Guadagno 12. Patty Falkena 13. Steve Larsen 14. John Hager 15. Mario Contarino 16. Jessica Ricci

Four Cylinder Expert Feature: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Tim Curry 4. Josh Wilbur 5. Joe Smith 6. Cody Houghtaling 7. Eddy Linstadt 8. John Houghtaling 9. Skip Morris 10. Jeff Degroat

Four Cylinder Novice Feature: 1. Eddie Jones Jr. (Waymart, PA) 2. Vinny Degraw 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Brandon Golzak 6. Nick Curry 7. James Curry 8. Cliff Levinson 9. Bryan Zeininger 10. Marisol Torrens 11. Gene Helms 12. Keith Unger 13. Marcus Small 14. Tabitha Riordan 15. Edwin King 16. Nicole Nelson

Bandolero Feature: 1. Anthony Bello (Newtown, CT) 2. Joey Aungst 3. Teddy Cranmer 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Piasecki 6. Dominic Abbatiello 7. Tyler Alkas 8. Mike Roth

Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling 2. Tom Laner Jr. 3. Ray See Sr. 4. Jeff Hager DNS. George Cleveland

PETE GARDNER MEMORIAL HIGHLIGHTS MOC A TEK MEMORIES NIGHT

PETE GARDNER MEMORIAL HIGHLIGHTS MOC A TEK MEMORIES NIGHT ON MAY, 27TH!

Coming this Saturday, May 27th is a big night of action planned at Bethel Motor Speedway. HigFab Chassis presents Moc A Tek Memories Night at the speedway. Moc A Tek Speedway was located in Lakeville, PA on a campground. The track was in similar configurations as Bethel but with a dirt surface instead. The track ran weekly from the 60’s until 2004 when it was closed due to EPA runoff issues. Sadly, the track never reopened again and still sits on the property in disrepair. We hope to bring back a reunion of sorts of former drivers, crews, and fans who lost the speedway they were a part of.

Highlighting our Moc A Tek Memories show will be the Pete Gardner Memorial which is a special dirt sportsman race. The race will go the distance of 56 Laps which is the number Pete used. The race pays $1,000 to Win and is also part of the Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Series that is sponsored by Tri-Co Electric and PJ Degracia Contracting.. The winner will also receive a unique “Poleshot Position”for their qualifier in the “Summer of 69”.The race this Saturday is the first of three races on the series that is dedicated to Bethel Motor Speedway and encourages other Sportsman racers to come in and compete against our drivers. The challenge series will have it’s own point fund payout. $500 for first, $ 300 for second, $ 200 for third. Fourth thru twelfth will range from $ 150 to $ 50 respectively.

Also on this night will see the vintage modified club in action at the speedway with a heat and feature scheduled. Our regular track classes will all be in action except for our BMS Modifieds and Beginner Bandoleros which both have the night off. The street stock feature winner will also be awarded a “Woodstocker Poleshot Position” for their qualifying event scheduled on Sunday, August 6th. The Woodstocker event pays $1069 to Win.

Being that it is Memorial Day Weekend, All of those who have served in our armed forces, both active and retired military will receive free grandstand admission with their valid military photo ID card. We sincerely give thanks to those we have lost fighting for our country’s safety and freedom and also to those who have served honorably along with those currently active who are providing us with patriotic protection from the evils in the world.

Some former Moc A Tek drivers that are planned to be in attendance and racing at Bethel Motor Speedway. They include multi-time modified Moc A Tek Track Champion “The Iceman” Dom Roselli # 80 Sportsman, “The Mentor” Jeff Richardson # 50 Sportsman, the versatile hard charger Eric Moon # 22E Sportsman / 18 Pro Stock, veteran multi-feature winning full fendered driver Jimmy Sykes in the # SIX Pro Stock, and vintage modified driver Tom Laner Jr. # 229

Come out to the speedway and support your grassroots short track auto racing and take in a memorable night as we pay tribute in memory of Pete Gardner along with the lost speedway of Moc A Tek.

Hot Laps: 4pm Racing: 6pm
General Admission Pricing:
Adults $10.00 (16 yrs. to 64 yrs. old) Active/Retired Military w/ Military Photo ID (Free)
Seniors $ 8.00 (65 yrs. plus)
Kids $ 5.00 (Under 3 yrs. old is free)
Pit Admission Pricing:
Track Members $25 / Non-Members $30
See you at the races!

PETE GARDNER : A GREAT RACER AND EVEN GREATER FRIEND

This Saturday, May 27th we will be having the Pete Gardner Memorial Race. The Dirt Sportsman race will be 56 Laps in length which is the number Pete used for their family race team. The race will pay $1,000 to Win. Being that it is Memorial Day Weekend, the race will be run in honor of Pete who we lost at way too young of an age as he battled illness. For those of you who did not know him, he was a true racer and was very well respected in our local racing communities. He raced the most at Bethel Motor Speedway and Moc A Tek Speedway.
It all started at a very young age as he was born into a racing family. His father Pete Sr, was a successful drag racer and was a national record holder in the 1960’s. In the Early 70’s, Pete Sr. became interested in oval track stock car racing centering on the cool design of dirt late models. Pete Sr. paired up with driver Jim Bush and they raced competitively at Accord, Harmony, Moc A Tek, Nazareth, and OCFS speedways. Young Pete loved to go to as many races as possible as a kid and it was all he thought about.
Young Pete Jr. loved to work on dad’s late model as a kid along with working on customers cars at his father’s auto repair shop. Sometimes the customers would be so surprised to see their car being repaired by such a young kid that they would question it with Pete’s father. Pete Sr, always defending his son’s work and always proved that young Pete was great at fixing anything car related. Over the years, the late models that Pete Sr liked phased out and he got out of the class and began go kart racing at Oakland Valley Speedway with Pete Jr. as his young driver.
In the late 80’s, Pete Jr, persuaded his father that his was ready for full size and full fender racing action at Moc A Tek Speedway. They built a street stock and lettered like dad’s late models as an orange # 56. Pete Gardner became an expert over the seasons running his street stock at Moc A Tek winning numerous features and contending for track championships.
In 1993, Pete was ready for a new challenge and he set his sights to conquer street stocks on the asphalt at then named Sullivan County Speedway (Bethel) . He was strong right out of the box on the asphalt track and went on a torrid pace picking up multiple feature wins and two consecutive track championships. Pete had become a top gun on the asphalt at Sullivan County Speedway and conquered the street stock class there.
Pete’s next goal was in open wheel racing. He went into the Sportsman class and found himself again racing at Bethel and Moc A Tek along with competing at Accord Speedway too. He again picked up some feature wins, along with winning an elusive Run What Ya Brung race at Bethel. 22 cars started the race and he came home the winner on a very hot July afternoon. Pete then picked up the ride in the Tom Station # 38 and traveled to many tracks running the Dirt Sportsman Series.
Pete Gardner then became involved running vintage modified and again found success as he picked up victories in their races too. Pete was also quite knowledgeable in the local history of the sport he loved and had a vivid memory of many races along with the cars that competed.
Pete was also a true sportsman off the track as well. He was always willing to listen to fellow racers and give them advise along with helping them out with getting their cars fixed so they could race. In fact, one of Pete’s closest racing friends was Jeff Richardson, who will be competing in Pete’s memorial race this Saturday. They were both running in a street stock race, then Jeff got into Pete’s car under caution and blew out his tire, to make matters worse was that Pete was winning the race! That uneasy turn of events ended up the beginning of a long lasting friendship between Jeff and Pete which proves how good of a guy Pete was.
Pete Gardner also became well known for helping race teams pick up frames, engines, transmissions, etc. over the years with his famous high mileage chevy astro van. He would travel up and down the east coast as a courier to deliver these valuable items to race teams, who are always in a rush to assemble and race. Pete saved the day for many racers over the years with his dependable Astro Van.
Whether you called Pete Gardner Jr. “Pete”, “Jess”, or “Astro Man” we all know that you are speaking of a man who dedicated himself to local short track racing. His love for racing and it’s fellow racers created a strong form of Sportsmanship on and off the track. He was well liked at every track and with every race team. Let us honor Pete, this Saturday, May 27th with a grande race so he can be smiling ear to ear from above in Racing Heaven. God Bless You Pete ! We miss you !

May 20th, 2017

ATQMRA TQ Midget Feature: 1. Ryan Tidman (Holland, PA) 2. Joey Bailey 3. Buddy Sload 4. Matt Roselli 5. Jeff Kot 6. Tim Proctor 7. Mark Yoder 8. Geoffrey Sutton 9. Matt Janisch 10. Joey Payne III 11. Ronnie Mullen 12. Cole Mullen 13. Dave Gorbatuk

BMS Modified Feature # 1 : 1. Blair Culhane (Brookfield, CT) 2. John Cote 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Steve Galgano 5. Joe DeGracia 6. Rob Rafferty 7. Tyler Dachenhausen 8. Stephen Kammer 9. Rob Konikowski

BMS Modified Feature # 2 : 1. Joe DeGracia (Lyndhurst, NJ) 2. Culhane 3. Cote 4. Galgano 5. Rafferty 6. Dachenhausen 7. LaPolt 8. Kammer 9. Konikowski

Legends Feature: 1. Brad Lowmaster (Phillipsburg, NJ ) 2. Joe Graf Sr. 3. Gillian Kirkpatrick 4. Mikey Policastro 5. Joseph Graf Jr. 6. Steven Chapman 7. Artie Petersen 8. Eugene Drew 9. Peter Bennett 10. Chris Gall 11. Jonathan Puleo 12. Sean Verwys

Street Stock Feature: 1. Amber VanOrden (Hawley, PA) 2. Walt Henry 3. Kyle Welsch 4. Brian Bauerfeind 5. Gary VanOrden Sr. 6. Phil Funcheon 7. Joe Smith 8. Shawn Maloney 9. Mario Contarino 10. John Hager 11. JB Morris 12. Patty Falkena 13. Bill Deak Sr. DNS: Jessica Ricci

Four Cylinder Expert Feature: 1. John Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Mike Travis 4. Bill VanAken 5. Ivan Guerra 6. Eddie Jones Sr. 7. Skip Morris 8. Tim Curry DNS. Robert Clarke

Four Cylinder Novice Feature: 1. Dan Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Vinny Degraw 3. Gene Helms 4. Nick Curry 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Jessey Torrens 7. Marisol Torrens 8. Bryan Zeininger 9. Cliff Levinson 10. Brandon Golzak 11. Greg Cohen 12. Felicia Reichenbaugh 13. Edwin King 14. Tabitha Riordan 15. Marcus Smalls 16. Eddie Jones Jr.

Bandolero Feature: 1. Anthony Bello (Newtown, CT) 2. Mike Roth 3. Joey Aungst 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Piasecki 6. Teddy Cranmer 7. Dominic Abbatiello DNS: Tyler Alkas

TQ Vintage Feature: 1. Billy Hughes (Levittown, PA) 2. Drew Fornoro 3. Hank Rogers Jr. 4. Gary Mondschein 5. Jack Duffy 6. Sam Cifelli 7. Tom Arntz 8. Dave Williams

VMRS Feature: 1. Bobby White (Scituate, MA ) 2. Harry Weed 3. Jeff Schecter 4. Geoffrey Sutton

RYAN TIDMAN IS ON A HOT STREAK WITH THE ATQMRA; CULHANE AND DEGRACIA PICK UP TWIN 20 MODIFIED FEATURE WINS!

The weather proved to be vastly different from the previous two Saturday’s at Bethel Motor Speedway which proved to be fruitful with some nice weather for the scheduled Scout Night at the speedway.

The ATQMRA racing series club came into town and quickly went into to action with electrifying speeds and close wheel to wheel action at the quarter mile. Their 25 lap feature started off when Matt Janisch took full advantage of his pole position start and jumped out into the lead. Joey Bailey took command of second place and pressured Janisch high and low in the beginning stages of the race, Bailey’s maneuvers to get the lead allowed a hole to open up for fast running Buddy Sload who took that opportunity and seized second on Lap 3. Sload then tracked down and began to apply pressure on Janisch for the lead meanwhile on the move from his sixth starting position was Ryan Tidman. Tidman broke into the top three order on Lap 9 and picked up second when the Sload ride bobbled when trying to pass Janisch for the lead. Tidman was next to challenge Janisch as he reeled him in and was running the outside groove. Janisch appeared to have Tidman covered until encountering a lap car on Lap 23 who was running the middle groove. Janisch made a split second decision and went low to navigate past the lap car entering turn 1, Tidman went to the outside of the lap car. Janisch got pinched down low and spun bringing out the caution. When racing resumed, Tidman who is fresh off his recent victory at Wall Speedway, cruised to victory and continued his success with the ATQMRA series.

Prior to intermission, the BMS Modifieds ran the first of their twin features. Pole sitter Blair Culhane hopped right to it, holding his position as the green flag waved. The rest of the field formed a nose-to-tail formation as their run began. Culhane and seasoned modified veteran John Cote soon began their battle as they pulled away from the rest of the field, with Rob Rafferty and Skip LaPolt ensuing in their own battle for the third position. Culhane and Cote, checking out from the pack, continued a hard run for the victory with Culhane having lead every lap thus far. After the only caution of the race, Joe DeGracia was able to capture the fifth position. Culhane picked up his third win of the year, followed by Cote, LaPolt, Steve Galgano and DeGracia.

Making his first appearance at the Bethel Motor Speedway in the 2017 season, outside pole sitter Joe DeGracia was able to quickly spring to the first position very early on in the second of the twin modified features. DeGracia, pulling no punches, managed to swiftly carry himself about half a straightaway ahead of the pack as they looked quickly to advance. Following the only caution of the race, Skip LaPolt challenged DeGracia for position as they ran side by side. DeGracia continued his hot streak with all other top contenders on his tail, but he proved he was in it to win it as laps dwindled down and he held his lead over Blair Culhane and John Cote, both of whom had moved their way through the field in their run for the glory. DeGracia triumphantly took the checkered flag in his first win of 2017, followed by Culhane, Cote, Steve Galgano, and Rob Rafferty rounding out the top 5.

In Legends feature action, the race went green to checkered with no yellows. Brad Lowmaster jumped out to the lead on the first lap from his second starting position and took command of the field. Sixth place starting Joe Graf Sr. however was on a mission to the front of the pack. By Lap 4, Graf Sr. had worked his way into the top three running order. Graf then tracked down and applied pressure to the second place running Gillian Kirkpatrick and completed the pass for that spot on Lap 11. At this point leader Lowmaster had a sizeable lead over Graf, and the yellow that Graf needed never came out. Lowmaster took home his first win of the season, with Graf and Kirkpatrick coming home second and third.

The fan favorite street stock class put on an action packed race for the nightcap. Rookie Brian Bauerfeind jumped out to the early lead from his second starting position but the fans had their eyes on watching street stock hotshoes Amber VanOrden and Walt Henry coming from deep in the field to the front of the pack. A. VanOrden got to the front first as she overtook Bauerfeind for the lead on Lap 5, Henry quickly got by Bauerfeind for second and went to work on passing A. VanOrden. Henry searched high and low for a pass that would stick but A. VanOrden was just too strong on the racy track. VanOrden picked up a hard earned second feature win of the season followed by Henry and a hard charging Kyle Welsch for third.

John Houghtaling took home his first feature win of the season in the Four Cylinder Expert class. Houghtaling led every lap of the 20 Lap race but had to fight off the challenges of former champion Mike Travis and his brother Cody Houghtaling. J. Houghtaling took the checkers with C. Houghtaling second with Mike Travis in third position.

The Four Cylinder Novice class put on a very exciting race for the grandstand audience. Bryan Zeininger took the early lead before being passed by Felicia Reichenbaugh on Lap 2. Dan Houghtaling meanwhile was marching his way forward from his tenth starting position. Houghtaling got by Zeininger on Lap 5 and went to work tracking down Reichenbaugh for the lead. Houghtaling was able to complete a pass for the lead on lap 10 while negotiating lap traffic. The following lap found Vinny Degraw getting by the strong running Reichenbaugh for second position.

Current point leader Gene Helms worked his way into the lead on Lap 17 as he came from his 11th starting position. Dan Houghtaling’s new car proved to be a winning combination as he took home his first win of the year ahead of Degraw and Helms in their 30 lap feature.

Anthony Bello wired the Bandolero field to pick up his second win of the season in their 15 Lap feature. Mike Roth gave Bello everything he had but Bello didn’t slip up. Roth had to settle for second. Joey Aungst was the hard charger of the race as he came from his seventh starting position to take home third in the feature after taking a hard heat race crash.

In the ATQMVC club exhibition had Billy Hughes cruising to victory lane in his vintage TQ racer. Bobby White visited victory lane in the VMRS club race in his beautiful vintage racer machine.

Due to time constraints the scheduled Sportsman Feature will now be run on Saturday, June 3rd. Rick Mill and Bill Deckelman were both running strong and picked up heat race wins.

Next Saturday, May 27th is Hig Fab Chassis ‘Moc A Tek Memories’ Night at the speedway highlighted by the dirt sportsman Pete Gardner Memorial a 56 Lap race paying $1,000 to Win and is the first race of the Dirt Asphalt Challenge Series sponsored by Tri Co Electric and PJ Degracia Contracting.

Results:

ATQMRA TQ Midget Feature: 1. Ryan Tidman (Holland, PA) 2. Joey Bailey 3. Buddy Sload 4. Matt Roselli 5. Jeff Kot 6. Tim Proctor 7. Mark Yoder 8. Geoffrey Sutton 9. Matt Janisch 10. Joey Payne III 11. Ronnie Mullen 12. Cole Mullen 13. Dave Gorbatuk

BMS Modified Feature # 1 : 1. Blair Culhane (Brookfield, CT) 2. John Cote 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Steve Galgano 5. Joe DeGracia 6. Rob Rafferty 7. Tyler Dachenhausen 8. Stephen Kammer 9. Rob Konikowski

BMS Modified Feature # 2 : 1. Joe DeGracia (Lyndhurst, NJ) 2. Culhane 3. Cote 4. Galgano 5. Rafferty 6. Dachenhausen 7. LaPolt 8. Kammer 9. Konikowski

Legends Feature: 1. Brad Lowmaster (Phillipsburg, NJ ) 2. Joe Graf Sr. 3. Gillian Kirkpatrick 4. Mikey Policastro 5. Joseph Graf Jr. 6. Steven Chapman 7. Artie Petersen 8. Eugene Drew 9. Peter Bennett 10. Chris Gall 11. Jonathan Puleo 12. Sean Verwys

Street Stock Feature: 1. Amber VanOrden (Hawley, PA) 2. Walt Henry 3. Kyle Welsch 4. Brian Bauerfeind 5. Gary VanOrden Sr. 6. Phil Funcheon 7. Joe Smith 8. Shawn Maloney 9. Mario Contarino 10. John Hager 11. JB Morris 12. Patty Falkena 13. Bill Deak Sr. DNS: Jessica Ricci

Four Cylinder Expert Feature: 1. John Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Mike Travis 4. Bill VanAken 5. Ivan Guerra 6. Eddie Jones Sr. 7. Skip Morris 8. Tim Curry DNS. Robert Clarke

Four Cylinder Novice Feature: 1. Dan Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Vinny Degraw 3. Gene Helms 4. Nick Curry 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Jessey Torrens 7. Marisol Torrens 8. Bryan Zeininger 9. Cliff Levinson 10. Brandon Golzak 11. Greg Cohen 12. Felicia Reichenbaugh 13. Edwin King 14. Tabitha Riordan 15. Marcus Smalls 16. Eddie Jones Jr.

Bandolero Feature: 1. Anthony Bello (Newtown, CT) 2. Mike Roth 3. Joey Aungst 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Piasecki 6. Teddy Cranmer 7. Dominic Abbatiello DNS: Tyler Alkas

TQ Vintage Feature: 1. Billy Hughes (Levittown, PA) 2. Drew Fornoro 3. Hank Rogers Jr. 4. Gary Mondschein 5. Jack Duffy 6. Sam Cifelli 7. Tom Arntz 8. Dave Williams

VMRS Feature: 1. Bobby White (Scituate, MA ) 2. Harry Weed 3. Jeff Schecter 4. Geoffrey Sutton

Vintage Midget Exhibition Race Clubs are coming to Bethel Motor Speedway!

Coming this Saturday, May 20th will be the first appearance of the year for the Vintage Midget race cars. Cars will be coming in from two vintage clubs the ATQMVC and VMRS. ATQMVC is more NJ/PA based and VMRS is more Connecticut based. Also the ATQMVC specializes in Vintage Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets while VMRS specializes in full scale Vintage Midget race cars.

The race cars are open wheeled, short wheel based, non wing fabricated race cars that utilize racing slick tires. There is many different engine combinations that can be used, and the cars allow for a small body of tin that allows clear visibility of the driver at the wheel. The cars are usually at least 20 years old with many former drivers taking them out on the track for exhibition runs. Some of the cars will also be on display in the grandstands concession area as well, along with some gifts being handed out by the drivers to the young fans.

The vintage midget exhibition race clubs have additional dates as well. The ATQMVC will also be at Bethel on 6/17 for ‘TQ Midget Night’, 7/15 ‘Remembering Danbury Race Arena Night’, and on 9/2 for ‘Farm Night’.

Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT), will also be in attendance on July, 15th and September, 2nd as well.

Vintage Midget Racing Series (VMRS) will also be in attendance on August, 19th and September, 23rd.

Come out to Bethel Motor Speedway to check out these vintage racers along with watching are current racing classes as the region’s best drivers put on a show as they to reach the glory of Victory Lane ! Racing every Saturday till the end of September. (Weather Permitting). Look forward to seeing you there!

GUEST HOST : BOBBY KNIPE FOR MAY 20TH, SCOUT NIGHT

GUEST HOST : BOBBY KNIPE FOR MAY 20TH, SCOUT NIGHT

Legendary driver Bobby Knipe from New Milford, CT will be our upcoming guest host on Saturday, May 20th for our ‘Scout Night” at Bethel Motor Speedway.

Some race fans who are centralized to the track that we love in White Lake, NY may not recognize his name, as he has never run a competitive lap at the track, or even being here in person for that matter. However, this past off season when Bobby heard about the lucrative highest paid Sportsman race “Summer of 69″ that is being held at Bethel on Sunday, August 6th and is part of the Brett Deyo Short Track Super Series. Plus hearing this the pleasant news of a Danbury Racearena themed night on July, 15th at Bethel has really caught his attention to the track he never really knew much about. In fact Bobby and his son Robbie’s race team plan on competing at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2017!

Bobby’s love for racing came at an early age as he would go to Danbury Racearena every week as a kid and really enjoyed the close short track asphallt modified action. He became a big fan of Chick Stockwell who was one of Danbury’s top drivers. Watching Chick Stockwell as a kid in the grandstands at Danbury inspired Bobby at a young age that one day he would become a racer too.

When Bobby came to the point that he was now ready to race a sad thing happened. The track that he loved Danbury, had been sold and was closing up forever. This setback did not deter Bobby’s motivation to race, and he decided to go racing at the next closest track which was the 5/8 mile hard clay at Orange County Fair Speedway. He made his debut in a Chevy Camaro Street Stock in the Rookie class. It didn’t take Bobby long to find victory lane as he won in his first ever feature!

He then went on to become a street stock king not only at OCFS but on the road too, as he picked up wins at Lebanon Valley, Accord, and Utica Rome Speedways. At OCFS he picked up many feature wins against a strong cast of competitors every week, at the time there was over 50 street stock drivers in competition each week. He also picked up four street stock points championships along the way.

In 1988, an unimaginable feat was accomplished which only a true legend could do. Bobby won the Street Stock Points Championship without having his own car or a committed car owner. Bobby borrowed and drove seven different street stocks during the season en route to his track championship. He would come to the track with his suit and helmet with the hopes of finding a gracious street stock race team to allow him to drive it for the night.

Bobby then made the move up into the Sportsman division and also found much success in that class too. Bobby again picked up numerous feature wins between OCFS and Lebanon Valley Speedway. He won the track championship at Lebanon Valley along with winning highly prestigious races like the Eastern States and Race of Kings for the Sportsman and with Street Stock.

Next in Bobby’s sights was Big Block Modifieds, and he found success picking up a feature win running a Ford powerplant against the very best drivers of the day like Hearn, D. Johnson, Horton, Heotzler, & M. Ricci.

In recent seasons, Bobby has concentrated in helping his son Robbie with his racing. Robbie has also found success picking up multiple feature wins at Lebanon Valley and Accord Speedways using the same # 18 that his father used in his career.

Please welcome our Guest Host Bobby Knipe to Bethel Motor Speedway and come out to the races for our ‘Scout Night” which is highlighted by the very fast ATQMRA TQ Midget racing series along with Vintage TQ Midgets on Saturday, May 20th.

Gates open at 2:30pm. Hot Laps: 4pm Racing: 6pm
General Admission Pricing:
Adults $10.00 (16 yrs. to 64 yrs. old)
Seniors $ 8.00 (65 yrs. plus)
Kids $ 5.00 (Under 3 yrs. old is free) Scout Uniform: Free
Pit Admission Pricing:
Track Members $25 / Non-Members $30

SCOUT NIGHT ON MAY, 20TH

Attention Race Fans ! Coming up on Saturday May, 20th at Bethel Motor Speedway will be “Scout Night” which will see many of our regular classes in action and will be highlighted by our first visit of the year of the very fast ATQMRA racing club affiliated TQ Midgets, also Vintage Midgets will be in exhibition along with Twin Features for the BMS Modifieds. It is sure to be an exciting night of racing for the scouts and many others to watch live!
On this night there will be free general admission for all kids that are wearing their scout affiliated uniform. Scouts are encouraged to bring their Pinewood Derby racers.
This is a good opportunity to talk with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about coming out to the speedway and having a fun night of entertainment! From a scout’s perspective watching the region’s best drivers compete in short track auto racing, is sure to bring plenty of smiles in our rustic park like atmosphere that the speedway is located on.
Also as a reminder the Pro Stocks, Rookie Sportsman, and Beginner Bandolero classes will have the night off from competition.

Gates open at 2:30pm. Hot Laps: 4pm Racing: 6pm
General Admission Pricing:
Adults $10.00 (16 yrs. to 64 yrs. old)
Seniors $ 8.00 (65 yrs. plus)
Kids $ 5.00 (Under 3 yrs. old is free) Scout Uniform: Free
Pit Admission Pricing:
Track Members $25 / Non-Members $30
See you at the races!

BMS announces Thursday Practice

Bethel Motor Speedway will have a Practice session Thursday, May 25th. There will be two sessions, 2pm to 5pm and 5pm to 8pm. The cost will be $75 per session per car. We look forward to seeing you there.