It’s the same question being asked throughout the Northeastern states, “Where are the cars?” With dwindling car counts, weather, and lackluster attendance, many tracks are in financial distress, and a few have closed their doors for the year, altogether.
This same scenario has been noticed in INEX Legends racing at Bethel, and other area asphalt tracks. Some tracks are in the single digits for participation weekly. As much as Legends racing is a big part of Bethel Speedway, the management have decided to put their premiere event, Legendstock, on hiatus for now.
General Manager George Van Arsdall, Jr. stated “It wasn’t an easy decision for any of us to make, but we chose to try and preserve the namesake and integrity of the event. By not running it this year, it prevents drivers and fans from thinking anything less of the event, because of poor overall participation. I can promise you that it will be back, but now is just not the time.”
In recent years, Legendstock has had an average of fifty entrants yearly. Participants from up and down the east coast mainly, to the west coast, and as far north as Canada. Winners such as Daniel Hemric, the only three-time winner of the event, William Byron, Joe Graf, Jr., Christian Eckes, and many more, have graced Bethel, taken home the paycheck, and the coveted guitar trophy.
While Legendstock may be off the table this year for competitors, and fond memories at the moment for some, the INEX Legends Asphalt National Qualifier set for that date, August 18, is still slated. If you have any questions, please call the speedway office 845-319-7908, or visit our website at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com for information about this, or any other upcoming events.