Rain has been a factor at many speedways in the Northeast for the 2017 race season. Bethel Motor Speedway opened its gates under sunny blue skies but right around mid point of the show many in attendance could see the black clouds looming in the horizon. The clouds came packing plenty of rain and Bethel Motor Speedway had to postpone the remaining features scheduled for the night thus the rain being a factor yet again. Please stay tuned for dates on the postponed features that will be run on latter dates.
The World Formula Micro Stocks came into town as a visiting class for the night. Luckily, they were able to beat the impending rain storm and get their feature done in time. Larry Ealey brought the Micro Stocks down the front chute for the initial green flag but before one lap was in the books the race had a new leader, fourth position starter Tyler Wagner. Quick on his heels and following him thru the pack was Bob Wagner and Dave Parker who took over second and third positions in the order. T. Wagner held off the pressure of the strong running B. Wagner and Parker until just prior to halfway when a slight bobble allowed B. Parker to slip by for the lead. T. Wagner and Parker then put on a battle for second position until the last corner of the last lap when Parker looped his mount thus handing third position to Robert McGuire as they took the checkers at the line.
The Four Cylinder Expert feature was an action packed race which found competitors racing three and four wide down the backstretch in three consecutive laps until the door panel was torn off third place running Billy Porter thus bringing out the yellow and Porter retiring from the race. When the race restarted early leader Shawn Maloney continued to hold the point, while Tim Curry and Dan Curry moved up into the top three as they squeezed by former track champ Ivan Guerra. On Lap 7, enduro top gun, Mike Travis made a big power move going from fourth position to passing Maloney for the lead. As Travis began to pull away, Maloney had his hands full holding off T. Curry and D. Curry as they really applied pressure on him both high and low. At the crossed flags of the feature, Maloney relinquished second place as they both got by and into the top three. Travis cruised to his second feature win of the season and became the first repeat winner of the class this season. Hard charger Dan Curry came from his eighth starting position to score second as he held off a strong running Tim Curry who crossed the line closely in third.
In the regular Bandolero class, we saw Mikey Roth cinch his pole position from the start as he soared down the front stretch. Anthony Bello stayed right on Roth as they battled for the first place position. Bello tried the high side, a drag race ensuing down the back straightaway as the laps wore away, patiently awaiting the moment to make his move. Roth sealed the deal though, with storm clouds looming in the background, picking up his third win of the 2017 season at Bethel. A hard charging Bello finished second, and a determined Joey Aungst third.
Dylan Abramo went two for two in the Beginner Bandolero feature race, capturing his second win in the division. Abramo, new to both the Beginner Bandolero division and the speedway, jumped into an early lead ahead of Nick Archiere. Archiere mirrored Abramo’s every move, and moved into the lead on lap 7 trying to pick up his first career feature win at the speedway. Abramo however wasn’t willing to settle and retook the lead in turn 4 on lap 8 and held on for the duration of the race, crossing the line in first, followed by swift Archiere and Justin Aungst, a regular division winner of the class.
In heat action, Kyle Redner and Rick Mill picked up wins in Sportsman, Blair Culhane and John Cote in Modifieds, Amber VanOrden and Walt Henry in Street Stocks. Alex McCollum and Gillian Kirkpatrick in Legends, Mike Travis and Tim Curry in Four Cylinder Expert, Vinny Degraw and Felicia Reichenbaugh in Four Cylinder Novice. Also picking up heat wins was Ed Butler in Pro Stock, Mike Roth in Bandoleros, and Dave Parker in Micro Stocks.
Micro Stock World Formula Feature: 1. Bob Wagner (Chester, NJ) 2. Tyler Wagner 3. Robert McGuire 4. Larry Ealey 5. Jeff Weinacher 6. Steven Frindt 7. Jim Counterman 8. Dave Parker
Four Cylinder Expert Feature: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Dan Curry 3. Tim Curry 4. Shawn Maloney 5. Ivan Guerra 6. Cody Houghtaling 7. John Houghtaling 8. Billy Porter 9. Robert Clarke
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Anthony Bello 3. Joey Aungst 4. Conner Piasecki 5. Phillip Abramo 6. Katie Verwys 7. Teddy Cranmer
Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Dylan Abramo (Elmwood Park, NJ) 2. Nick Archiere 3. Justin Aungst 4. Joey Lamontagne