This past Saturday night during the ‘dog days of summer’ in August proved to be a memorable night for many in attendance. While all the races were not run due to another visit by Mother Nature, which will be made up at a later date
In Sportsman feature action, Frank Jashembowski who is most recognized as one of the top big block modified drivers during it’s glory DIRT era at Orange County Fair Speedway captured his first career feature win at Bethel in only his third feature start at the speedway and following his third place finish in the big ‘Summer of 69’ $ 6900 to win race that was held just two weeks ago.
Jashembowski ran a steady second in the beginning stages of the race while applying pressure on current race leader and former track champion Jerry Curry. Curry did his best to hold off the challenges of the strong running Jashembowski, until Curry slid up the track in turn two opening the inside groove which Jashembowski pounced into. As they drag raced down the backstretch, Jashembowski was able to lead Curry into turn three and take control of the lead which he never relinquished. Al Archiere who has also been running strong of late worked his way up through the pack and passed Curry for second midway through the feature, while fast Archiere wasn’t able to close the gap on Jashembowski. Kyle Redner debuted a new looking machine and was fast out of the box and was able to get by Curry for third in the closing stage of the feature as he also closed in on the current point leader in the standings.
The win for Jashembowski wasn’t only a memorable one but an emotional victory as well. The win was dedicated to his nephew Kyle who passed away suddenly earlier this year and was a big part of the car that Frank wheeled to Victory Lane. I’m sure Kyle was smiling and rooting from above to see such an outstanding race.
Legends feature action found current point leader and defending Legendstock winner Alex McCollum and veteran multi-time featue winning INEX Legend driver Mike Alcaro in a spirited duel for the lead throughout the race. The duo swapped the lead back and forth several times before a crucial yellow flag that was thrown just as McCollum had captured the lead at the halfway point. The restart proved to be single file and allowed McCollum to maintain his lead despite several hard spirited challenges by Alcaro in the final stages of the race. McCollum collected his tenth victory of the season at Bethel. Alcaro didn’t pass tech inspection due to improper ride height, so second place was credited to Noah Korner and third place went to Steven Chapman.
Pro Stocks ran a holdover feature that was left over from July, 22 and proved once again to be the ‘Ed and Kenny Show’ as Ed Butler and Kenny Atkins have been the only two pro stock drivers to crack into Victory Lane this year. Both Butler and Atkins has to come from the back to win and normally whoever gets thru the traffic first ends up being the winner. Butler muscled his way thru first by overtaking Gene Morton for the lead. Atkins was able to work his way into second and challenged Butler for the lead but found out that Butler was too strong in this race as he captured his fifth feature win of the season and is doing his best to close in the point gap between him and current point leader Atkins. Jim Helt was able to come home third at the checkers/
Walt Henry made a bold dynamite move in the early stages of the race to acquire the lead and beating the other street stock top guns for the remainder of the feature. Henry would not to be denied his third feature win of the season as he crossed the checkers first with his beautiful GM crate powered Monte Carlo over last weeks feature winner Gary VanOrden Sr. and current point leader Amber VanOrden who came across in third. Henry was quite happy in victory lane as he was able to close in the points gap deficit as he is in the hunt for the track championship.
Mikey Travis is the class of the field of 4 Cylinder Experts coming from last to first to win number seven of the season. Ivan Guerra and Shawn Maloney lead the field to the initial start. Mikey Travis worked to the point by the end of lap five, followed by Maloney, David Donovan, Guerra, Cody Houghtaling. The race would finish in that order, as the race went caution free, keeping Mikey Travis’ win streak alive at four. Following post race tech it was Travis, Maloney, Guerra, and Houghtaling.
In Four Cylinder Novice Feature action, found last place starting Vinny Degraw coming from deep in the pack to take over the lead after battling the current leader Cliff Levinson for ten laps of a door to door duel for the lead before making the pass complete. This duel allowed Nick Curry to charge thru the field as well catching up to the two leaders. Curry was able to work his way past Levinson for second and set his sight on Degraw. Curry was able to close the gap in the final stage of the race and got door to door coming down the frontstretch with Degraw barely beating Curry by a fender at the finish line for his second feature win of the season in exciting action packed fashion.
Mike Roth has proven to be a top force in Bandoleros this season. Roth cruised to his eighth victory of the season and has now become the point leader in the division in his quest for the track championship. Mike Roth and Connor Piasecki hammered down out of turn four to decide who would make it to turn one first on the initial green flag. Roth would win the battle. The field slowed for a spin in turn four, to reset the battle for the top spot between Roth and Piasecki. Roth once again won the battle to the first turn on the restart. The field slowed two more times for separate spins, with no change in the top spots. Now the field was at the halfway mark of the race, making it a single file restart for Roth. It would be Roth and Piasecki single file to turn one, with Anthony Bello firing it in deep for third over Katie Verwys. At the checkers Roth would extend his lead, followed by Piasecki, Verwys.
Nick Archiere easily cruised to his fourth feature victory of the season in the Beginner Bandoleros and is really consistent hitting his marks each and every week at the speedway.
All racing with the exception of Bethel Modifieds, which had six laps in the books, Pro Stocks and 4 cylinder Novice regularly scheduled events were concluded before the rains halted the program. Make up dates for these events will be announced at a later date by speedway management. This coming weekend is Legendstock 2017, and Bandolero Nationals, running simultaneously over the course of Friday and Saturday. Friday is practice and inspection for Bandoleros, and Legend cars. Saturday, Alliance Shippers presents “Legendstock 2017” 50 Laps $3,000 to win. Bandolero Nationals 50 Laps. Plus Sportsman & 40 Lap Enduro Dash* (Sportsman & Enduro are subject to change). Rain Date is SUN 8/27.