This past Saturday, Bethel Motor Speedway was an emotional one as it paid tribute to track employee Clorisa Hopkins who tragically lost her life in an auto accident this past week. During intermission was a touching memorial service in memory of Clorisa, a beloved member of Bethel Motor Speedway which brought many tears and sympathetic applause from the large gathering in attendance.
The Sportsman feature proved to be an eventful race as two guaranteed starting positions for the following day’s Summer of 69 was to be granted in the race. Kyle Redner jumped out to the early lead but the yellow quickly came out for a tangle between Al Archiere and Jackie Brown Jr. On the restart, Rick Mill gained advantage of the lead position, only to lose it one lap later with the yellow coming out for him due to a severe engine detonation. Ed Dachenhausen was the benefactor as he took to the point which was to be never relinquished for the remainder of the event. Dachenhausen cruised to his second victory of the year ahead of the surprising surge of newcomer Nick Plumstead who came home second and getting the elusive guaranteed spot he was seeking over a strong running Matt Curry who finished third.
Tyler Dachenhausen, son of Ed Dachenhausen and a rookie in the BMS Modified class this season proved he is worthy of the competitors in his class. Dachenhausen who made the big jump from Bandoleros to Modifieds learned the right way by starting at the rear of the field and following the best drivers in his class this season. This past Saturday, Dachenhausen elected to take his pole position for the first time and it proved to be a winning decision. Dachenhausen led every lap despite having two-time winner Joe DeGracia at his heels and putting pressure on him the entire race. Dachenhausen didn’t show his rookie stripes as he drove flawlessly to the dual checkered flags for his first career win in the modified class ahead of Degracia and third place finishing Blair Culhane.
Legends again found the ever dominant Alex McCollum picking up yet another victory in the more than stellar season he has been having at the speedway. McCollum muscled his way past strong competitor Gillian Kirkpatrick on lap 3 and never looked back. McCollum cruised to an easy victory over Allan Pedersen, third place finish was awarded to newcomer Ryan Heim as Collin Hoeffner was disqualified in post tech inspection.
Kenny Atkins picked up his fifth victory of the season but it was the most emotional win of the season for him and his crew. Both Atkins and his hard charging rival Ed Butler started in the back but worked their way to the front with Atkins getting into the lead on lap 5 and never looked back despite advances by the ever fast Butler. Jim Helt crossed the line third at the checker.
Street Stock feature action found Bill Deak Sr. jumping out into the early lead but sixth place starting Walt Henry worked his way past for the lead on Lap 4. Henry pulled away from the field as a battle for second emerged between Deak Sr and Gary Van Orden Sr. The two veteran drivers ran in close quarters throughout the race with Van Orden Sr getting ahead with five laps to go. Walt Henry easily outdistanced the rest of the field to pick up his second win of the season ahead of VanOrden Sr and Deak Sr for second and third respectively
Four Cylinder Expert current point leader, Mike Travis came from his tenth starting position to take the lead from Shawn Maloney at the race halfway point. Travis then pulled away as Maloney and David Donovan dueled for second place. Travis brought home win number five with Maloney second and Donovan third.
Four Cylinder Novice feature saw strong runner Felicia Reichenbaugh taking the lead early and holding it over a surprising strong run by George VanAken in an unfamiliar car. Reichenbaugh was able to hold off the challenges off VanAken early on but couldn’t hold off a strong outside run by Robert Beach on Lap 12 to take the lead. Reichenbaugh and VanAken continued their battle with the position changing several times as they raced door to door. Beach picked up his second win of the season followed by VanAken and Rechenbaugh.
Sportsman Feature: 1. Ed Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT) 2. Nick Plumstead 3. Matt Curry 4. Jeff Richardson 5. Al Archiere 6. Dan Dulin 7. Milton Mann 8. Jackie Brown Jr. 9. Kyle Redner 10. Jerry Curry 11. Rick Mill DNS. Frank Jashembowski DNS. Paul Martin
Modified Feature: 1. Tyler Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT) 2. Joe DeGracia 3. Blair Culhane 4. John Cote 5. Paul French 6. Skip LaPolt 7. Kyle Redner 8. Rob Konikowski DNS. Steve Conklin
Legends Feature: 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ ) 2. Allan Pedersen 3. Ryan Heim 4. Artie Pedersen III 5. Gillian Kirkpatrick 6. Peter Bennett 7. Steven Chapman 8. Sean Verwys 9. Kevin Girard 10. Chris Hammett DQ. Collin Hoeffner
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY) 2. Ed Butler 3. Jim Helt 4. John Roese 5. Art McArthur 6. Gene Morton 7. Bill VanAken
Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY) 2. Gary VanOrden Sr. 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Amber VanOrden 5. Brian Bauerfeind 6. Mario Contarino 7. Larry O’Donnell 8. Kevin Skelly 9. Jessica Ricci 10. Patty Falkena 11. Gary Gamble
Four Cylinder Expert Feature: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Shawn Maloney 3. David Donovan 4. Ivan Guerra 5. Dan Curry 6. John Houghtaling 7. Cody Houghtaling 8. Tim Curry 9. Billy Porter 10. Joe Smith
Four Cylinder Novice Feature: 1. Robert Beach (Liberty, NY) 2. George VanAken 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh 4. Nick Curry 5. Ivan Guerra 6. Dan Houghtaling 7. Cliff Levinson 8. George Zeininger 9. Marcus Small 10. Jared Palmer 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Tisha Cury 13. Vinny Degraw