July 14th 2018:
Mid-season heat was evident in the atmosphere and on the track at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday. Many of the finishes were separated by mere inches as the point championship battles are sizzling with tight margins.
Ed Dachenhausen is turning up the heat in the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman as he collected his second feature win in a row and fourth of the season with his Brookfield Glass #18s. Rich Coons was the early race leader but Dachenhausen capitalized from his fourth starting position to take the lead from Coons on a Lap 4 restart. Dachenhausen then had to contend with Rick Mill as he quickly moved into second position on Lap 5. The two drivers who are embroiled in a tight point championship battle were able to pull away from the rest of the pack. Mill made a few charges for the lead but did not find the track to his liking. On Lap 17, veteran driver Bill Papula was in the wrong place at the wrong time and collided with a lapped car which launched his car
into the frontstretch wall bringing out the yellow which was soon followed by the checkered due to rain. Dan Dulin charged from the back of the pack to take home another third place finish. In the special sportsman elimination races, the final round came down to Ed Dachenhausen and Rick Mill. The two drivers battled hard in the dash, in fact tangling in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. The race was restarted and Mill worked the high side hard and came charging to the finish line a half bumper ahead of Dachenhausen to win the final elimination race round.
Long time racer, Steve Conklin wired the Interstate Batteries Modified field in his Family Affair #4 modified. The former track champion was exceptionally strong as he led every lap on his quest for his first feature victory of the season. Conklin had to contend with veteran John Cote chasing him throughout the race. Conklin was able to hold off Cote’s challenges but with five laps to go, another competitor emerged in sophomore driver Tyler Dachenhausen as he passed Cote for second. Dachenhausen tried Conklin both low and high but quickly ran out of time and came across the checkers about a car length behind the winner Conklin. Cote fended off the charges of current point leader Wayne Kirkpatrick to take home third at the stripe.
INEX Legends racing was light on cars but high in action as the top four cars diced it out throughout the race. The drivers all raced hard but found long time Legends racer, Eugene Drew holding on for his first feature win of the season. It was no easy task for Drew, as he had heavy pressure from Sean Verwys, invader Daniel Carter, and current point leader Mike Policastro tight on his tail throughout the race. The drivers jockeyed positions and lanes many times but at the checkers but Carter fell just short of getting by Drew to take a well deserved second place over Mike Policastro, Sean Verwys, and rookie James Anderson.
Interstate Battery Pro Stocks found Glenn Richard in the early lead. On a restart, popular jockey Larry O’Donnell made a strong pass on Richard to take the lead and began to set sail into the lead. Defending Champ, Ed Butler moved past Richard for third and began to chase down the leader O’Donnell. Porter Crawson was able to sneak by Richard for third off turn 2. O’Donnell proved too strong on this night and brought his Tri Counties Automotive # 5 to his third feature win of the season. O’Donnell dedicated the emotional win to his late brother, Gary who would have celebrated his birthday just days prior. Butler and rookie Crawson finished second and third respectively.
The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks had the fans on their feet as it was an action packed race. Rookie, Dan Houghtaling jumped out to the early lead and was much improved leading many laps as he had two veterans Joel Murns and Bill Deak Sr. racing door to door, right on his back bumper. At the races halfway point the yellow was thrown for a spinning Walt Henry in the middle of the backstretch and saw Brian Bauerfeind being relegated to the rear of the field. On the restart, Bill Deak Sr. maneuvered by Joel Murns to take over second position and began work to shake the impressive Houghtaling who continued to lead. On Lap 12, Houghtaling got a bit loose off turn 4 allowing the door to open for Deak Sr. to sneak by on the inside down the frontstretch to take the lead. Meanwhile, the sleeper in this race was the hardcharging Kyle Welsch traveling thru the pack from his eighth starting position. Welsch powered
his way past Murns, and then Houghtaling on Lap 13. Welsch then closed in on the leader Deak Sr and began searching for a way past. Lap 17, Welsch found his opportunity in turn 3, he dived down low and slung it sideways just enough to pinch his right fender to get a lane opened down the frontstretch. The two drivers battled it out before Welsch took sole possession of the lead with two laps to go. At the checkers it was Welsch narrowingly beating Deak Sr. for his second victory of the season in his Sedita Motorsports # 357. Joel Murns was in hot pursuit to claim a strong third place finish.
The Four Cylinder class had seven different feature winners in as many events this season before former champion Dan Curry broke the streak to pick up his second feature win of the season this past Saturday. Tisha Curry captured the early lead with Ivan Guerra quickly moving into second. T. Curry and Guerra then began to battle for the lead with T. Curry holding the advantage. While the battle for the lead up front was going on, D. Curry was methodically coming up through the field from his ninth starting position. D. Curry moved into third position by getting past Eddie Jones Jr. on Lap 5. D. Curry then sliced his way by the battling T. Curry and Guerra on Lap 7 taking the lead. On Lap 12, the yellow flew for a spinning Jones Jr who has just moved into second
place on the previous lap. Fourth place running T. Curry was also involved and sent to the rear as well thus moving Cody Houghtaling into the third position. After the restart, D. Curry continued to lead while Guerra closely followed waiting on any slip by the leader. At the finish, it was D. Curry over Guerra and C. Houghtaling.
Mike Roth overcame bad luck and mechanical troubles to nail down a hard earned victory over a very strong running Katie Verwys. Roth took the lead on Lap 4 but could not pull away from the stout Verwys. Joey Aungst came on strong mid race and began to challenge Verwys for second. At the checkers, Roth came across with his eighth feature win of the season over Verwys and Joey Aungst. Beginner Bandos saw Ty Smith breaking the win streak of Monica Deckelman and picked up his third win of the season by doing an exciting turn 4 pass on Lap 9. Deckelman held for a very close second as she chased Smith to the checkers. Kaden Rogers finished third.
Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Dan Dulin 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Bill Papula 7. Bryan Jones 8. Jeff Richardson
Modified Feature: 1. Steve Conklin, Claryville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Wayne Kirkpatrick 5. Mike Dutka 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Scott Quick
Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Daniel Carter 3. Mike Policastro 4. Sean Verwys 5. James Anderson
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. Glenn Richard 5. Bill VanAken 6. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature: 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Joel Murns 4. Walt Henry 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Dan Houghtaling 7. Corey Stanton 8. Patty Falkena 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Gary Gamble 11. Frank Maiori
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cody Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Jeffrey Tubbs 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Nicole Nelson 8. Tisha Curry 9. Alec Graham 10. Dan VanAken 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Tabitha Riordan 13. Richard Smith DNS. George VanAken
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Joey Aungst 4. Nick Archiere 5. Justin Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne 8. Evan Rygielski
Beginner Bandos: 1. Ty Smith Eldred, NY 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Leland Oefelein 5. Justin Smith