SUNOCO RACE FUELS IS THE OFFICIAL FUEL FOR BETHEL SPEEDWAY!

Blauvelt, NY, January 11, 2018– Bethel Speedway’s current “Feel the Excitement” slogan, couldn’t be
any more emphasized with the great news that keeps coming from the new management at
the historic paved oval.
Peter “Crackers” Reynolds, Promoter of Bethel Speedway, is excited to announce that an
agreement has been signed with Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance Inc. and Sunoco Race
Fuels for the 2018 season. Sunoco Race Fuels will be the official fuel for Bethel Speedway.
Sunoco Race Fuels will be available at the speedway for racers, in three different grades, for
different engine combinations. Can Am Enterprises (Evans Mills, NY) will be the distributor of
these fuel products.
With this announcement, comes the welcome return of the Sunoco Racing Fuels Point Fund
Bonus Program. The more Sunoco Fuel racers purchase, the more funds will be added to the
Drivers’ Annual Point Fund at the end of the year. Eligible divisions for the Sunoco Racing Fuels
Point Fund Bonus are the BMS Asphalt Mods, DIRT Sportsman, Street Stock, and Pro Stocks
divisions.
“I can ensure you one thing,” Reynolds exclaimed, “You will be seeing a lot of Sunoco blue and
yellow and a lot of Sunoco logos at Bethel Speedway this racing season. This is great deal for
everyone”.

General Manager George Van Arsdall, Jr could not agree more with the excitement about this
deal. “This is a great opportunity for our racers to benefit from the point fund bonus program,
and show their support to a race fuel they have known, and used most of their racing careers.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Peter “Crackers” Reynolds at 914-380-7300 or email at crackers.motorsports73@gmail.com.

Feel the Excitement at bethel speedway for the 2018 racing season!

New Owner, New Management Team, Exciting Schedule

Blauvelt, NY, January 4, 2018– Bethel Speedway is cranking up the excitement for the 2018 racing season with major changes in key roles, and a schedule to please race fans of the masses.
Jeffrey Lefcourt, an avid Legend Car racer, proven business executive, and new Bethel Speedway owner, has put together a new management team for the 59 year old quarter mile paved oval.
George Van Arsdall Jr. has been named speedway General Manager, responsible for the day to day business operations, and overseeing “race day” activities, both on and off the track. He has over 34 years of experience in racing, and 15 years in different capacities at Bethel Speedway. George is also a former racer, crew chief, and car builder. George had retired from an official’s capacity for the 2017 season, to become a member of the track’s then advisory board.
Peter “Crackers” Reynolds has also joined the management team as: Promoter and Director of Marketing & Sponsorship. “Crackers”, as he is better known to the racing community, will be promoting Bethel Speedway in the racing community, and overseeing Bethel’s marketing and sponsorship program, along with media relations. “Crackers” has been around short track racing for over 50 years, being a former racer himself, has owned race cars for 20 years, and was the Marketing Director at OCFS in 2006/2007 for World Racing Group.
The Bethel management team is busy filling other key positions for the upcoming racing season, as well as, preparing for an exciting 2018 racing schedule starting in April and running through November 6th *tentative. Racing on Saturday nights will include: Legend Cars, Bandoleros, Dirt Sportsman, BMS Asphalt Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, and 4 cylinder Stocks
Several special events are being scheduled with visiting racing organizations, including, but not limited to: TQ midgets, Vintage Modifieds and Midgets clubs, PLUS some extra distance races for increased purses, including LegendStock and Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series Sportsman Race.
The 2017 Racing Champions will be crowned at Bethel’s Annual Awards banquet on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 6:00pm at The Sullivan Hotel, Rock Hill, NY. More banquet information coming soon on Bethel’s soon to be revised website: www.bethelmotorspeedway.com and on our Facebook page.

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY CANCELS FINAL DAY OF RACING ON OCTOBER, 28TH

Announcement: Bethel Motor Speedway management has been tirelessly trying to work out a scheduling conflicts with our Rocktoberfest October 28th 2017 scheduled race card.
Unfortunately, they have exhausted all means to work out the conflict and are forced to cancel the race card for that day, October 28th 2017.
September 30th, 2017 was the final race of the 2017 racing season at Bethel Motor Speedway. The Fall Foliage Car Show & Swap Meet held this past Saturday will be our final on track event for the 2017 season.
The track management is looking out for all of it’s competitors to be able to compete at all post season special race venues, without having to be forced to make a decision of which race to run.
The schedule has yet to be written for the 2018 season, and this particular event’s date will be adjusted, so that all participating competitors won’t be faced with the same problem that occurred this year.
Stay tuned for information on the 2017 Bethel Motor Speedway Banquet. A date and venue are currently in deliberation, and an announcement will be made soon.
Bethel Motor Speedway would like to thanks all of those who participated in our grassroots short track racing program this past year and a very special thanks to all of our fans who choose to watch our exciting venue of auto racing on Saturday nights.
Talks for the 2018 racing season are already underway at Bethel Motor Speedway, so keep checking in to see what we have in store, either at this page or at http://www.bethelmotorspeedway.com

FALL FOLIAGE CAR SHOW & SWAP MEET COMING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH 12PM-4PM

Coming up this Saturday, October 14th is our Fall Foliage Car Show & Swap Meet at Bethel Motor Speedway. The event will be held from 12pm to 4pm and is open to ALL types of cars including; antique, classic, hot rods, muscle, performance, racing, rat rods, and trucks.
A total of 13 trophy awards will be given out. Including Best in Show, Best Classic, Best Muscle, Best Truck, Best Modern, etc.
It is only $10 to enter the show with a car. Also if you are looking to sell and be part of a swap meet that is also ONLY $ 10 to set up.
Our food concessions will be open and offering a variety of delicious food and refreshing drinks.
Free General Admission for those who want to see the cars on display at the show.
The Fall Foliage Car Show & Swap Meet is being supported by Cruise the Hudson Valley Car Club which is involved with many of the car shows and cruises in our local region.
Please if you have an interesting car and/or race car and your day is free on the calendar come participate in this event at the speedway!

Sept 30th, 2017

Sportsman Feature: 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY) 2. Jerry Curry 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Bob Jashembowski 5. Jeff Richardson 6. Kyle Redner 7. Dan Dulin 8. Matt Curry 9. Shawn Maloney 10. Chris Clemens 11. Harry Hindley

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt (Swan Lake, NY) 2. John Cote 3. Steve Conklin 4. Tyler Dachenhausen 5. Blair Culhane 6. Joe DeGracia 7. Steve Galgano 8. Chris Clemens 9. Jim Fugle

Legends Feature: 1. Peter Bennett (Cromwell, CT) 2. Matt Maring 3. Mike Travis 4. Trenton Goodrow 5. Sean Verwys 6. Gus Pappaeliou DNS. Clark McCollum

Pro Stock Feature : 1. Gene Morton (Woodbourne, NY) 2. Joe Barnes 3.Ed Butler 4. Kenny Atkins 5. Vinny Stanton Sr. 6. Ron Rion 7. Art McArthur

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY) 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Amber VanOrden 4. Gary VanOrden Sr. 5. JB Morris 6. Patty Falkena 7. Bill Deak Jr. 8. Kyle Welsch 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Jessica Ricci 11. Corey Stanton 12. Larry O’Donnell 13. Frank Maiori 14. Gary Gamble

Four Cylinder Expert: 1. David Donovan (Parksville, NY) 2. Jeff Degroat 3. Billy Porter. 4. Tasha Curry 5. Cody Houghtaling 6. John Houghtaling 7. Steven Schmitz

Four Cylinder Novice: 1. Vinny Degraw (Monticello, NY) 2. Eddie Jones Jr. 3. Cliff Levinson 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Tabitha Riordan 6. Nicole Nelson 7. Marcus Small 8. Jessey Torrens 9. Edwin King 10. George VanAken DNS.. Marisol Torrens DNS. Chris Hardenburgh

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Garrett Zacharias 3. Katie Verwys 4. Anthony Bello 5. Brian Rygielski 6. Joey Aungst 7. Josh Duke 8. Evan Rygielski 9. Nick Archiere 10. Justin Aungst 11. Conner Piasecki

Beginner Bandos: 1. Joey Lamontagne (Bethel, CT) 2. Kaden Rogers

Enduro Dash: 1. Anthony Tarantino (Pleasant Valley, NY) 2. Joe Smith 3. Vinny Degraw 4. David Donovan 5. Steven Schmitz 6. Jeff Degroat 7. Nicole Nelson 8. Jessey Torrens 9. Edwin King 10. Eddie Jones Jr. 11. Chris Hardenburgh 12. Marisol Torrens

MILL IS ON A HOT STREAK, AS THE SEASON COOLS OFF AT BETHEL

This past Saturday was the final night of points albeit double, and there was a buzz in the atmosphere as five championships were tight and to be decided on Championship Night.

Rick Mill started off the season with the intentions of a title run in the potent Mike Sparta Trucking sponsored ride but mid season found Mill, plagued with a terminal engine failure thus having to restructure his goals. Mill decided to focus on winning races and not to worry about the points. This past Saturday, found Mill on a late season surge as he posted his fourth feature win of the season and second in a row. The initial lap of the feature found a melee of the front running cars in the backstretch and found a determined Jerry Curry making the right moves to jump out into the early lead from his fifth starting position. Bob Jashembowski jumped into second and made a bid to challenge for the lead but Curry proved to be too strong pass. Rick Mill was the driver on the move as he improved position each lap from his eighth starting position moving past Jashembowski for second just prior to halfway. Mill then closed in on the leader Curry and worked on an outside pass move for several laps before overpowering Curry to take the lead position. Mill was able to navigate lap traffic like a pro and brought the Alex’s Marine mount across the checkers first ahead of J. Curry who brought home another second place finish, and a ever quickening Ed Dachenhausen coming home third aboard a new ride. Jeff Richardson was able to beat Kyle Redner for the season and challenge series championships. Defending Champ Redner’s crusade came up a bit short in the final finish.

Modified racing proved to be very exciting on this night, as it was a battle of the in-laws between veteran speedway racers Steve Conklin, the father in law, and Skip LaPolt, the son in law. Both drivers powered off from their front row and continued a side by side battle lap after lap, as the race got past halfway it could be seen that Conklin’s tires were beginning to fade and LaPolt was able to complete the pass for the lead on Lap 14 and never looked back picking up his third feature win of the season. Meanwhile, modified top guns Blair Culhane and John Cote were racing for the championship. Cote had all to gain and nothing to lose while Culhane ran more conservative. Cote was able to pick up a few positions but not enough, even with a daring last lap pass on Conklin to finish second. Blair Culhane was able to be victorious with his first Championship at the track and was a strong driving ace all season long.

Legends feature racing found Connecticut rookie, Peter Bennett picking up his first career feature win along with picking up the track championship on the same night. It was a gratifying night for the driver as he dominated every lap of the feature win and was able to hold off the challenges of veteran driver Matt Maring who had to settle for second, ahead of a first time rookie, Mike Travis coming home with an impressive third at the checkers. Over the course of the season, Bennett proved to drive smart and not taking chances which allowed him to be very consistent with his finishes as he quickly gained experience and respect from his competitors in his first season at the track.

Pro Stocks proved to be a thriller, as class heavyweights Ed Butler and Kenny Atkins came into the night with very few points between the two for the championship title. The feature itself proved to be a race of two duels. Atkins knew he had to beat Butler in the feature, which created a more daring driving style on this night. On two different occasions at two different corners, Butler opened the door just a little, and Atkins pounced on the opportunity to make a pass. Both times however, found Butler quickly closing the door and resulting in contact negating both cars to the rear. Up front found a very determined Gene Morton leading the way with his Gary Ronk owned, ford powered Mercury Cougar. Also, this was no easy cruise for Morton as he had to tend with veteran driver Joe Barnes as he applied pressure throughout the race. Barnes was on Morton’s heels for the duration of the race waiting for an opening or slip up. Barnes tried him high, then tried him low, tried the crossover but couldn’t get the pass to stick as the ever excited Morton returned to victory lane for the first time in several years, just barely beating Barnes at the line. Butler was able to cross the checkers in third just ahead of Atkins to pick up his second track championship at the speedway after a long fought point battle with two time defending champ Atkins.

The fan favorite Street Stocks again proved why they are so liked at the speedway among the many race fans. The championship battle was tight between Amber VanOrden and Walt Henry as many eyes would be watching to see who would end up winning the title. Kyle Welsch capitalized on a great start as he picked up the lead on Lap 2 from his sixth starting position and easily began pulling away from the field. Meanwhile deep in the pack found Henry working thru the pack as a man on a mission, while A. VanOrden was driving a more conservative approach. At the halfway point second place running Larry O’Donnell got spun coming out of turn 4 as he was coming up on lap traffic which brought out the caution and resulted with third place running Bill Deak Jr. being sent to the rear as well for his involvement in the caution. When the race restarted, Welsch had to contend with six time winning rookie driver Brian Bauerfeind as he now moved into the second position and began to challenge the leader. Walt Henry worked his way into third position as he watched the leaders battle it out. Welsch has his hands full as he was really wheeling his car to fight off Bauerfeind’s quest for the lead. It all changed with two laps to go in the feature, when Welsch was given a bump by Bauerfeind off turn 4 resulting in a spin by Welsch. Bauerfeind was penalized to the rear of the field for rough riding and allowed third place running Walt Henry to inherit the lead. Henry restarted the race and cruised to his fourth victory of the season over Bill Deak Sr, and Amber VanOrden. A. VanOrden captured her third track championship as Walt Henry’s bid came up a bit short.

David Donovan picked up his first win of the season in the Four Cylinder Expert feature. The former novice champion led every lap to nail down the victory at the checkers. Jeff Degroat and Billy Porter each had season best finishes finishing second and third respectively. Mike Travis easily picked up the track championship this season and proved to be the top four cylinder expert.

Vinny Degraw proved to be a winning force in the Four Cylinder Novice feature. He quickly marched from his eighth starting position to take the lead from Cliff Levinson on lap 3. Degraw took off from the field but in the later stages of the race Eddie Jones Jr closed the gap and made an effort to take the lead. Degraw was able to fend off the strong challenges by Jones and took home the checkered for the third time this season. Jones Jr, and Levinson ended up secon and third in the final rundown.

Bandolero drivers, Mike Roth and Anthony Bello have been in a season long point battle all season, coming down to the final night of points. Bello knew going in that he had to outperform and beat Roth on this night. Bello started out strong, winning his heat race and starting from the pole for his feature. Bello jumped out to take the lead over Roth and looked to be fastest car on several race restarts. However, on lap 6 Roth made a power run going into turn three and muscled his way into the lead heading down the frontstretch. Roth then had Bello hot on his tail and was pressuring to get the lead back until Bello looped his car off turn two drawing the yellow. Roth then had to fight off a hard charging Garrett Zacharias in order to pick up his twelfth win of the season along with taking home his first track championship. Katie Verwys finished a strong third to end the season.

Joey Lamontagne out powered Kaden Rogers to pick up his first career win at the speedway in the beginner bandolero class.

Anthony Tarantino surprised the enduro field as he picked up his first career win at the speedway over street stock race Joe Smith, and four cylinder top gun Vinny Degraw.

Sportsman Feature: 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY) 2. Jerry Curry 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Bob Jashembowski 5. Jeff Richardson 6. Kyle Redner 7. Dan Dulin 8. Matt Curry 9. Shawn Maloney 10. Chris Clemens 11. Harry Hindley

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt (Swan Lake, NY) 2. John Cote 3. Steve Conklin 4. Tyler Dachenhausen 5. Blair Culhane 6. Joe DeGracia 7. Steve Galgano 8. Chris Clemens 9. Jim Fugle

Legends Feature: 1. Peter Bennett (Cromwell, CT) 2. Matt Maring 3. Mike Travis 4. Trenton Goodrow 5. Sean Verwys 6. Gus Pappaeliou DNS. Clark McCollum

Pro Stock Feature : 1. Gene Morton (Woodbourne, NY) 2. Joe Barnes 3.Ed Butler 4. Kenny Atkins 5. Vinny Stanton Sr. 6. Ron Rion 7. Art McArthur

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY) 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Amber VanOrden 4. Gary VanOrden Sr. 5. JB Morris 6. Patty Falkena 7. Bill Deak Jr. 8. Kyle Welsch 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Jessica Ricci 11. Corey Stanton 12. Larry O’Donnell 13. Frank Maiori 14. Gary Gamble

Four Cylinder Expert: 1. David Donovan (Parksville, NY) 2. Jeff Degroat 3. Billy Porter. 4. Tasha Curry 5. Cody Houghtaling 6. John Houghtaling 7. Steven Schmitz

Four Cylinder Novice: 1. Vinny Degraw (Monticello, NY) 2. Eddie Jones Jr. 3. Cliff Levinson 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Tabitha Riordan 6. Nicole Nelson 7. Marcus Small 8. Jessey Torrens 9. Edwin King 10. George VanAken DNS.. Marisol Torrens DNS. Chris Hardenburgh

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Garrett Zacharias 3. Katie Verwys 4. Anthony Bello 5. Brian Rygielski 6. Joey Aungst 7. Josh Duke 8. Evan Rygielski 9. Nick Archiere 10. Justin Aungst 11. Conner Piasecki

Beginner Bandos: 1. Joey Lamontagne (Bethel, CT) 2. Kaden Rogers

Enduro Dash: 1. Anthony Tarantino (Pleasant Valley, NY) 2. Joe Smith 3. Vinny Degraw 4. David Donovan 5. Steven Schmitz 6. Jeff Degroat 7. Nicole Nelson 8. Jessey Torrens 9. Edwin King 10. Eddie Jones Jr. 11. Chris Hardenburgh 12. Marisol Torrens

SPORTSMAN ASPHALT CHALLENGE SERIES: UPDATE

Bethel Motor Speedway season will end at the last points race Saturday September 30th 2017.  Due to this schedule change, the final Sportsman Challenge 20 lap race will be run Saturday the 30th.  It will be run as a standard handicapped race.

Sportsman Asphalt Challenge.POINTS UPDATE
The series is very racer friendly as it costs nothing to be a part of the series. The Top 12 in final series points will be eligible for the $1600 point fund in additional to race day purse earnings. The point fund just ‘sweetens the pot’ for those who want to run these races. The point fund will be paid out at the conclusion of the final race.
May 27th: Race 1. Pete Gardner Memorial 56 Laps $1,000 to Win presented by Hig-Fab Chassis (Summer of 69 Poleshot Position Qualifier) Won by Paul Martin # 13
September 16th: Race 2. “White Lake Challenge”.
35 Laps. $600 to win. Won by Kyle Redner # 9
Special Thanks to Hig-Fab Chassis, PJ Degracia Contracting, & Tri-Co Electric for giving us the sponsorship to put these mini series races on.
Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Points Payout :
1. $500 2. $300 3. $200 4. $150 5. $100 6. $75 7. $75
8. $50. 9. $50 10. $50 11. $50 12. $50.
Current series standings after two races :
1. Kyle Redner 96
1. Jeff Richardson 96
3. Matt Curry 78
4. Dan Dulin 76
5. Jerry Curry 72
6. Paul Martin 50
7. Bob Jashembowski 46
8.Ed Dachenhausen 44
9. Bill Deckelman 42
10. Milton Mann 42
11. Shawn Maloney 38
12. Rick Mill 36
12. Mike Traver 36
14. Harry Hindley 34
15. Eric Moon 32
16. Roy Crespo 30

September 23rd, 2017

Sportsman Feature: 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY) 2. Jerry Curry 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Kyle Redner 5. Jeff Richardson 6. Bob Jashembowski 7. Matt Curry 8. Dan Dulin 9. Harry Hindley 10. Shawn Maloney

Modified Feature: 1. Joe DeGracia (Lyndhurst, NJ) 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Steve Conklin 4. Blair Culhane 5. John Cote 6. Skip LaPolt 7. Stephen Kammer

Legends Feature: 1. Derek Debbis (Oakdale, CT) 2. Peter Bennett 3. Eugene Drew 4. Joe DeGracia 5. Jeff Lefcourt 6. Sean Verwys 7. Mike Wahl 8. Gus Pappaeliou

Pro Stock Feature : 1. Ed Butler (Bethel, NY) 2. Kenny Atkins 3. Vinny Stanton Sr. 4. Jim Helt 5. Gene Morton DNS. Art McArthur DNS. Larry Cole

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind (Callicoon, NY) 2. Gary VanOrden Sr. 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Bill Deak Jr. 5. Walt Henry 6. JB Morris 7. Larry O’Donnell 8. Patty Falkena 9. Amber VanOrden 10. Gary Gamble 11. Wayne Taylor 12. Jessica Ricci 13. Corey Stanton 14. Frank Maiori 15. Kyle Welsch

Four Cylinder Expert: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Eddie Jones Sr. 4. John Houghtaling 5. David Donovan

Four Cylinder Novice: 1. Dan Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Eddie Jones Jr. 3. Vinny Degraw 4. George VanAken 5. Chris Hardenburgh 6. Felicia Reichenbaugh 7. Cliff Levinson 8. Tabitha Riordan 9. Cameron Reichenbaugh 10. Brandon Golzak 11. Marisol Torrens 12. Edwin King

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Anthony Bello 3. Garrett Zacharias 4. Katie Verwys 5. Austin MacDonald 6. Joey Aungst 7. Brian Rygielski 8. Josh Duke 9. Nick Archiere 10. Teddy Cranmer 11. Evan Rygielski

Beginner Bandos: 1. Justin Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ) 2. Joey Lamontagne 3. Leland Oefelein

RICK MILL THRILLS THE FANS AS HE PICKS UP THIRD VICTORY OF THE SEASON OVER CURRY!

This past Saturday proved to be a thriller for the fans in attendance watching the Sportsman feature. On the initial green flag it found the Curry brothers, Matt and Jerry on the front row. J. Curry out dragged his brother Matt on the first lap to grab the lead. J. Curry who is a multi-time track champion looked particularly strong on this night as he opened up a sizable lead and continued to lead well past half way. However, J.Curry had to contend with the challenges of dirt modified driving veteran Rick Mill who had worked his way into second and reeled him in. Mill worked the leader high and low, just waiting for a bit of a slip by the leader Curry. Lap 13 proved to be lucky for Mill as Curry slid just a bit high off the corner and opening up a lane for Mill to make the winning pass. Mill went on to pick up his third feature checkered for the season followed by a brilliant run of Jerry Curry to finish second over seventh place starting Ed Dachenhausen whose stellar drive up through the field gave him a third place finish by race end.

The Modifieds put on a great race on this night as well, with Steve Conklin jumping out to the early lead with heat winning rookie Tyler Dachenhausen following in close pursuit. Meanwhile, eyes began watching sophomore winning driver Joe DeGracia as he began to pressure the top runners. DeGracia was able to make a swift pass on Dachenhausen on Lap 4 to grab second. He quickly caught up to the veteran Conklin who was running the high side around the speedway. DeGracia patiently nipped away at Conklin until the door opened up to make a run for the lead out of turn 2. DeGracia took command of the lead just prior to halfway and never looked back to capture his fourth feature win of the season. Dachenhausen continues to impress and brought home a strong second place finish as he was able to work his way past Conklin in the race’s late stages, last week’s winner Conklin came home third.

Young Lion hotshoe Derek Debbis is new to the track but is quickly gaining recognition as he led every lap in the Legends feature despite heavy pressure from current point leader, Peter Bennett. Bennett who is also a rookie in the class made a strong run down the front chute on Lap 16 as lap traffic came into play with the leader. Bennett just about had the lead but had to let off the gas as Debbis quickly changed his line to get around the lapped car. Debbis continued to keep the lead and picked up his second feature win of the year as he barely held off Bennett at the checkers. Eugene Drew came on strong at the end to come home third in an unfamiliar ride.

When your hot your hot, as Ed Butler appears to be unstoppable in the pro stock class as the season winds down. Butler, the former 2010 Champion picked up his ninth feature win of the season as he continues to duel with two time defending champ Kenny Atkins. Atkins came across the line second ahead of Vinny Stanton Sr. in third. Butler and Atkins continue with an intense tight points battle that will be completed next Saturday.

All-Star rookie, Brian Bauerfeind picked up his sixth feature win of the season dramatically in the fan favorite street stock class. Bill Deak Sr. jumped out to the early lead and was quickly followed by his son Bill Deak Jr in second. The father and son duo looked poised for a one-two finish as they paced the field well past the half way point but some late race power moves were to be a spoiler for them beginning on Lap 15 when eighth place starting Gary Van Orden Sr, cracked into second position and quickly went to work on the elder Deak to take the lead one lap later. The yellow flew on lap 18 as fourth place running and current point leader Amber VanOrden came to a stop in turn 4. On the restart, eleventh place starting Bauerfeind quickly found himself a contender for the win as he was able to grab second and third position in one lap. On the white flag lap, Bauerfeind surprised the veteran VanOrden Sr as he made a hard inside charge into turn 3 and was able to outpower VanOrden out of turn 4 in a gutsy pass to take home the checkers barely ahead of VanOrden Sr., Bill Deak Sr although leading 15 laps came home third at the finish.

Brian Bauerfeind won the ever popular inaugural Street Stock Elimination Race presented by TJ Motorsports. He proved to be the top gun beating last year’s street stock shootout series champion, Kyle Welsch in the final round. Bill Deak Sr. collected third in the elimination race.

Mike Travis outclassed the Four Cylinder Experts and mastered his way to an easy ninth feature win of the season. Despite damages to his car, Cody Houghtaling charged his way into a second place finish over veteran racer Eddie Jones Sr, who ended up third at the finish.

Four Cylinder Novice put on some great racing as it went green to checkers with no cautions. Cliff Levinson jumped out to the early lead and was able to lead the pack until Chris Hardenburgh worked his way by on Lap 7. Hardenburgh was able to lead until current point leader Dan Houghtaling navigated his car from deep in the pack to the second position at the halfway point. D. Houghtaling steadily worked on Hardenburgh and made his winning pass on Lap 12. Eddie Jones Jr, also came from deep in the pack and cleared Hardenburgh for second on Lap 16 and began closing in on the leader. However, with the duel checkers waving D. Houghtaling was able to pick up his second win of the season over Jones Jr. and after a post race penalty, strong running Vinny Degraw came home with a thrid place finish.

The Bandolero feature proved to be exciting too many with Garrett Zacharias jumping out to the early lead and appeared to be running strong. On Lap 2, there was a hard backstretch crash involving Evan Rygielski and Teddy Cranmer. Luckily, both drivers were okay but the cars suffered significant damage. On the restart, Zacharias continued to lead but had his hands full of Mike Roth and Anthony Bello. Roth had to work hard to get past the strong running Zacharias but was able to make a decisive clean pass at the halfway point, Bello also worked his way past Zacharias t oget second one lap later. At the checkers, Roth picked up a very hard earned feature win over Bello, and Zacharias.

The Beginner Bandos found Justin Aungst picking up his sixth win of the season over Joey Lamontagne and Leland Oefelein.

Sportsman Feature: 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY) 2. Jerry Curry 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Kyle Redner 5. Jeff Richardson 6. Bob Jashembowski 7. Matt Curry 8. Dan Dulin 9. Harry Hindley 10. Shawn Maloney

Modified Feature: 1. Joe DeGracia (Lyndhurst, NJ) 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Steve Conklin 4. Blair Culhane 5. John Cote 6. Skip LaPolt 7. Stephen Kammer

Legends Feature: 1. Derek Debbis (Oakdale, CT) 2. Peter Bennett 3. Eugene Drew 4. Joe DeGracia 5. Jeff Lefcourt 6. Sean Verwys 7. Mike Wahl 8. Gus Pappaeliou

Pro Stock Feature : 1. Ed Butler (Bethel, NY) 2. Kenny Atkins 3. Vinny Stanton Sr. 4. Jim Helt 5. Gene Morton DNS. Art McArthur DNS. Larry Cole

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind (Callicoon, NY) 2. Gary VanOrden Sr. 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Bill Deak Jr. 5. Walt Henry 6. JB Morris 7. Larry O’Donnell 8. Patty Falkena 9. Amber VanOrden 10. Gary Gamble 11. Wayne Taylor 12. Jessica Ricci 13. Corey Stanton 14. Frank Maiori 15. Kyle Welsch

Four Cylinder Expert: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Eddie Jones Sr. 4. John Houghtaling 5. David Donovan

Four Cylinder Novice: 1. Dan Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Eddie Jones Jr. 3. Vinny Degraw 4. George VanAken 5. Chris Hardenburgh 6. Felicia Reichenbaugh 7. Cliff Levinson 8. Tabitha Riordan 9. Cameron Reichenbaugh 10. Brandon Golzak 11. Marisol Torrens 12. Edwin King

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Anthony Bello 3. Garrett Zacharias 4. Katie Verwys 5. Austin MacDonald 6. Joey Aungst 7. Brian Rygielski 8. Josh Duke 9. Nick Archiere 10. Teddy Cranmer 11. Evan Rygielski

Beginner Bandos: 1. Justin Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ) 2. Joey Lamontagne 3. Leland Oefelein

‘TJ MOTORSPORTS’ STREET STOCK ELIMINATION RACE: 9/23/17

Coming this Saturday, September 23, 2017, we will be hosting the inaugural TJ Motorsports Street Stock Elimination Race!
This elimination race will focus on two car, two lap duels with the victorious driver continuing to another round against another driver until the last man or woman is standing to take home this much coveted victory and bragging rights. The Top 12 in street stock points are locked in to competed in these spirited match races. If some of the drivers are not in attendance or choose not compete alternates may be selected to run.
Listed below are the eligible drivers to compete in the TJ Motorsports Street Stock Elimination Race.
12. J.B. MORRIS #00, JB is a rookie in the street stock class this year after racing several years in the four cylinder classes, but he has proven to be a top runner on several occassions as he has several top 5 finishes in his red JBM Truck Repair #00
11. LARRY O’DONNELL #1, Bethel’s “Mr. Versatility” has competed in Sportsman, Pro Stock, and Street Stock this year. The former four cylinder expert champion has proven to be a top 5 contender when running in the street stock class this year.
10. PHIL FUNCHEON #18 Phil’s rookie season in street stock has had it’s ups and downs. Phil has shown the potential of winning a feature and has several top runs but he has also had his share of bad luck getting caught up in bad frontstretch crash along with have engine woes that has put him on the sidelines in recent weeks.
9. KYLE WELSCH #357 The second generation driver is now a veteran in the street stock ranks after years of success in the four cylinder ranks where he obtained a championship. Welsch has been racing part time this year, but is always a threat to win when he pulls into the pit area. Welsch currently has one feature win this season. Around this time last year, Welsch went on a hot streak picking up many feature wins and winning the Shootout Championship.
8. JESSICA RICCI # 17R The popular street stock sophomore driver is well known for her Ford powered Thunderbird. Jessica was a former top runner in the Bandolero ranks before making the job up into the street stock ranks two years ago. Jessica got caught up in an early season crash and has had overheating issues but she has persevered and finds herself sitting eighth in the point standings.
7: PATTY FALKENA # 28 Bethel’s “First Lady” is a long time competitor at the speedway since around 2003 who ran in the Four Cylinder Expert ranks for many years before making the move into street stocks about two and half years ago. Patty has run on DOT street tires all racing season and has held herwith those on the racing tires. She sits steadily in the 7th place ranking of the standings.
6. BILL DEAK SR. # 98 Deak is well known in dirt circles as he has been a winning driver at Accord, Lebanon Valley, and OCFS and has been competing for many years. This year he decided to go for a new challenge and become a regular on Bethel’s pavement. Now considered a rookie, since he is new at the track and has found it to be quite a learning experience. He has really picked up the pace since mid-season and is knocking on the door for his first feature win in his Deak Electric # 98
5. MARIO CONTARINO # 5 Mario is another rookie in the class this year, after running a partial season at Orange County Fair Speedway the previous season. Mario has proven to be a steady competitor and earned his stripes by an early season flip in the first turn. Mario turned heads by almost winning the 40 lap Street Stock Stampede earlier this year but had to be content with his second place finish. The Strictly Z/TA # 5 is a beautiful well maintained street stock and is getting quicker each week.
4. BRIAN BAUERFEIND # 07 The Four Cylinder Expert Champion moved into a new class for 2017 and has proven to be a winning contender. Bauerfeind purchased the former street stock champion winning car of Bobby Van Blarcom # 27 and has taken a liking to it. The fierce driver has powered his way to five feature victories so far this season, which is quite remarkable for his first season in the class.
3. GARY VAN ORDEN SR. # 54 “The Master of Bethel’s Street Stocks” Gary has been competing at Bethel since 1998, and is always a force to win. Gary has picked up many feature wins and championships along with carrying many Hall of Fame stats. This year Gary Sr. has been a very consitant runner and has one feature win to his credit this year. The old schoold hard knuckle racer has always proven to race you hard but clean. When you beat Gary , you have beaten Bethel’s best.
2. WALT HENRY # 171 Walt is another driver who has an impressive resume from the four cylinder ranks. The former four cylinder champ moved up into street stocks three years ago and had proven to be quite a learning experience. He picked up a big feature win in the street stock shootout race two years ago. This year he seems to be in his prime competition as he has brought home three feature win trophies and has been in the top three many times. He has proven to be one of the classes top drivers, coming deep from the pack each week and normally taking home a podium finish.He is currently in a championship title hunt with his beautiful 171 machine.
1. AMBER VAN ORDEN # 54A Known as “The Outlaw”. Amber is our current point leader and has five feature wins this year. Her driving prowess appears impeccable this year as she has stayed clear of accidents as she slices and dices coming up through the field each week from her back in the pack starting positions. The former champ is looking to add more hardware to her resume of racing achievements. Amber is the one to beat this year in the street stock ranks!
The TJ Motorsports Street Stock Elimination Race will be run just prior to intermission, with the winner taking home $150. 2nd-$100, and Third- $50.
This race has no bearing on track points, and is an optional event available to the top 12 in Bethel Street Stock points. If a regular competitor in the top 12 opts out, or is unable to participate, the 13th place car in points has the option, then 14th, and so on.
The format will be the lowest points place two cars will compete in a 2 lap dash to the checkers. The winner will then exit the track, come to the bottom of the paved pit road, and tell officials which one of the remaining competitors they would like to race, from the remaining cars left in staging. That car will then take 2 hot laps to heat up their cars, while the previous winner waits to re-enter the track. Then that car will re-enter the track and another 2 lap dash. This process will continue until we have our winner. This is a ZERO contact event. If contact is made, you are disqualified from this event.
This one’s going to be FUN folks! A special thanks to Tony from TJ Motorsports!