Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that the Rookie Sportsman division will be added to the speedway’s regular 2017 Saturday night program.
The Rookie Sportsman will follow the regular Bethel Sportsman rules that adhere to commonly standard dirt Sportsman specifications.Except, the Rookie class will allow only GM 602 crate engines with the rules very similar to other area tracks that run the division. The Rookie Sportsman will be open to any driver who has not won a Sportsman feature at Bethel, however there will be a win limit. When a driver collects five feature wins they will no longer be eligible to run the Rookie class and must move up to the regular division.
Mike Hager, Speedway Promoter / Race Controller is excited about the addition of the new division, stating “The Rookie Sportsman division has been successful at other local tracks, and I think it will do the same at Bethel. Their feature event will run early in the race order and we encourage the Rookie racers to also join us and compete with our experienced Sportsman class.” Hager emphasized “It’s a great deal for Rookie Sportsman racers because, not only do they compete in a race together, but they can get additional seat time and learn from our more experienced Sportsman racers too.” He added “Bethel is a drivers track, you really learn your car and how to maneuver properly in action packed racing.” The Rookie race will pay $200 to the winner, which is the highest in the area for the class.
Speedway General Manager Paul Degracia commented “We’ve received a lot of inquiries about running the Rookie class on Bethel’s pavement. I’m happy to be accommodating those racers and I think the class will prove to be good for the track, and the fans, and is certainly worth the added efforts”.
For additional information check the track’s website at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com where updated 2017 rules are now available and the season schedule will soon be posted. We look forward to seeing you at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2017!