August 4th, 2018:
A touch of the tropics came to Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday as hot humid weather was in the air while fans came to the track with their Hawaiian themed clothes, listening to tropical vacation music, hula hoop contests were performed, and the racing had plenty of sizzling action.
In Extreme Cleaner Sportsman, defending track champion Jeff Richardson found the tropical night to his liking as he picked up his first feature win of the season in the Scot Sanford owned TAM Enterprises # 11x. Richardson took full advantage of his pole position start and jumped out into the early lead over Bill Papula. Veteran driver Rich Coons moved into second and began to tail Richardson, until a restart when a third place running Rick Mill found a jolt of speed to pass Coons down the frontstretch to take second. Mill then began to challenge Richardson every lap, he searched high and low to make a run and found the leader eversteady. At the halfway point, current point leader Ed Dachenhausen was able to work by Coons for third place after a multi-lap battle. Dachenhausen wasted no time catching up to Mill and began to challenge not only Mill but the leader Richardson as well. As the race was hitting its final laps, Mill upped the ante and tried to shake the leader, but it was a failed challenge as Richardson held firm to his line. Mill backed out a bit to allow Richardson to gather his grip as he battled side by side with Dachenhausen. On the final lap, Mill made one last attempt, making an inside charge but couldn’t keep the momentum to make a clean pass stick. At the checkers, Richardson picked up the hard earned popular victory over Mill and Dachenhausen who both were mere inches from his bumper at the finish line.
In the Interstate Battery Modifieds, former track champion Steve Conklin jumped out into the lead at the start over rookie Scott Quick. As the race progressed, Tyler Dachenhausen began making his moves passing John Cote for third and Quick for second one lap later. Conklin continued to lead until about halfway when he left the door open going into turn one. The young Dachenhausen saw good opportunity and tucked his mount down to the most inner lane and was able to get side by side with Conklin coming out of turn 2. Dachenhausen nosed into the lead going down the backstretch and took sole possession of the lead going into turn 3. It was smooth sailing from there as he opened up a comfortable margin over Conklin, meanwhile eyes were glued to an exciting duel for third place between Mike Dutka and Skip LaPolt. The two drivers battled wheel to wheel for much of the race duration swapping positions several times. At the finish line, it was Dachenhausen picking up his second win of the season in the Mike Barrett Plumbing & Heating # 92 over Conklin, LaPolt, and Dutka.
Defending champion, Ed Butler went head to head with Mac Crawson as the two diced it out in a side by side battle for ten laps in the Interstate Batteries Pro Stocks. Butler made an exciting pass on lap 12, to gain the lead over Crawson meanwhile third place was being jockeyed back and forth between John Rood, Eric Kocher, and Porter Crawson. The final lap found Butler cruising to paradise with his fifth win of the season in his Tavern on Main # 32 over the Crawson’s, Mac and Porter in second and third respectively
Current point leader Mike Policastro found a tropical speed current which propelled him from his last starting position to win his fourth feature win of the season but involved a ten lap battle for the lead with a strong running Sean Verwys. On Lap 13, Verwys slipped up a lane coming off turn 4 which allowed Policastro to pull ahead and take off with the win over Verwys and Long Island invader Jonathan Parsons.
The Shakelton Napa Auto Parts Street Stocks saw ‘Hurricane Henry’ emerge as current point leader Walt Henry put on an intense race coming from last to first. Henry took over the lead at the halfway point after a side by side battle with leader Bill Deak Sr. After storming his way into the lead, Henry was able to hold a healthy margin while the battle for second took place between Deak Sr. and Brian Bauerfeind. Bauerfeind was able to secure second spot on lap 15 but ran out of time to challenge Henry for the lead. Hurricane Henry took down the checkers en route to his fifth victory of the season in the JBM Tuck Repair # 171 over Bauerfeind and Deak Sr.
Veteran chauffeur Dan Curry is hot as lava in the Four Cylinder class as he picked up his fifth straight feature victory and sixth overall win of the season. Tisha Curry jumped out to the early lead and had to contend with current point leader Cliff Levinson during the first half of the race. D. Curry then emerged as the top contender as he raced side by side with Levinson to capture second. Richard Smith was on the move as well following D. Curry up thru the pack to take over third from Levinson. D. Curry ran side by side with T. Curry for several laps before taking the lead. Smith was able to sneak by T. Curry for second one lap later and began to chase the leader D. Curry. Smith made several attempts to pass D. Curry, but all were fruitless as the lava hot D. Curry took home the checkers over Smith and T. Curry.
Despite driving with one hand to fight an aerodynamic issue, driver Mike Roth was able to come from last to first to take the lead from Brian Rygielski on lap 3. Roth continued to drive one handed as he held off a very strong running Joey Aungst and Brian Rygielski to pick up his twelfth win of the season in Bandolero feature.
The Beginner Bandos feature found Colton Geary leading every lap despite much pressure from Ty Smith and Monica Deckelman throughout the race. Both drivers made several challenges on Geary for the lead, but he was able to hold them off each time to nail down his third win of the season.
Sportsman Feature: 1. Jeff Richardson, Goshen, NY 2. Rick Mill 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Kyle Redner 7. John Redner 8. Harry Hindley 9. Bill Papula
Modified Feature: 1. Tyler Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Steve Conklin 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Mike Dutka 5. John Cote 6. Scott Quick
Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Sean Verwys 3. Jonathan Parsons 4. Patrick Moore
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Mac Crawson 3. Porter Crawson 4. John Rood 5. Eric Kocher
Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Brian Bauerfeind 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Frank Maiori 5. Patty Falkena
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Richard Smith 3. Tisha Curry 4. Cliff Levinson 5. Eddie Jones Sr. 6. Chris Hardenbergh 7. Eddie Jones Jr. 8. Tabitha Riordan 9. Jessey Torrens 10. Marisol Torrens 11. Bill Kiakis DNS. Brett Kiakis
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Brian Rygielski 4. Katie Verwys 5. Justin Aungst
Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA 2. Ty Smith 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Monica Deckelman