Dachenhausen Sweep; Father and Son Victorious in Open Wheel Features!

May, 5th 2018

Saturday Night short track racing resumed at Bethel Motor Speedway after the previous
week’s rain out, and the fans were delighted to see some amped up action at the
bullring. The end results found a family affair in Victory Lane as the Dachenhausen
racing family saw both father and son doing the open wheel feature sweep for the
second time of their careers and first time this season.

The night was highlighted by the double points 30 lap Interstate Batteries Asphalt
Modified feature which found Mike Dutka, a veteran driver but rookie in the modified
class, jumping out to the early lead. Dutka looked steady as he led the first seven laps
despite having former champion, Steve Conklin in hot pursuit. Conklin made a dive for
the lead in turn three but locked up the brakes which allowed fifth position starting Tyler
Dachenhausen to capitalize and take over the second position along with Wayne
Kirkpatrick moving up into third. Dachenhausen then began to challenge Dutka for the
lead, the two drivers battled for the lead for several laps before Dachenhausen was able
to gain sole possession of the position. Modified master, John Cote came from the rear
of the field and was able to pass Kirkpatrick for third, then passing Dutka for second two
laps later. On Lap 10, the yellow flew for a spinning Mike Dutka, which gathered the
young Dachenhausen and the veteran Cote side by side on the restart. They drag raced
down the frontstretch when the green flag waved, and Cote challenged hard on the
outside lane, staying even for several laps but as the run went on, it proved
Dachenhausen was the car to beat as he was able to pull away from Cote in the races
later stages and capture his first feature win of the season. Cote came across the line
second with Kirkpatrick in third position.

The Extreme Kleaner Sportsman feature found former champion, Jerry Curry pacing the
field in the first half of the race, meanwhile versatile driver Ed Dachenhausen
methodically moved his way up through the field and overtook second position from
Rich Coons. As the halfway mark was being displayed, Dachenhausen made a gutsy
power move on the outside of the strong running Curry in turn 3 and was able to make
the pass stick, completing the pass down the front chute. On lap 11, the red flag flew for
a grinding crash in turn 2 which saw rookie driver Shawn Maloney losing control of his
car while running in third position. The car nosedived hard into the wall and smothered
the challenging car on the outside driven by Rick Mill hard into the wall as well. Mill
found himself in the wrong place, at the wrong time as both cars sustained heavy
damage and were both towed off. When racing resumed, Dachenhausen was able to
maintain his lead to the checkered despite constant pressure from second place running
Curry. Kyle Redner advanced through the field to pick up third place in Extreme Kleaner
feature.

Legends feature action proved to be very competitive with Alex McCollum jumping out
into the early lead from his third place starting position along with ARCA campaigner
Joe Graf Jr quickly following into second position as Sean Verwys lost grip and spun out
of turn four. McCollum and Graf Jr, restarted the racing running side by side for several
laps with McCollum maintaining the low side. The two long time rivals put on a spirited
battle for the lead, with Graf Jr. throwing everything but the kitchen sink to get by the
leader. However, McCollum never slipped and stayed cool throughout the race despite
the numerous challenges by Graf Jr. Eyes were also on another Graf, as Joe Sr. was
charging through the pack from his eighth starting position and overtook a strong
running Teddy Bowen for third position on lap 17. With only a few laps remaining the
elder Graf caught up to the leaders and began to pressure the younger Graf for second
on the final line. At the checkers, McCollum took home the flawless victory, his first of
the season quickly followed by Graf Jr, who had a similar second place finish during the
previous week at Talladega followed by the hard charger of the event Joe Graf Sr.

It was a duel to the finish in the Interstate Batteries Pro Stock feature as veteran drivers
Larry O’Donnell and Ed Butler put on an epic side by side battle for over 20 laps which
kept fans on the edge of their seats. On Lap 23, with just two laps to go, O’Donnell
slipped ever slightly in turn 2 and it was just enough for Butler to do a crossover move
down the backstretch and nose ahead going into turn three. At the checkers, Butler beat
O’Donnell by a car length followed by John Roese in third.

The Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks, found Bill Deak Jr. collecting his first career
street stock feature win at Bethel. Deak Jr, found it was no easy task despite taking the
lead on lap 2. Deak Jr, had his hands full as Brian Bauerfeind made several charges for
the lead, the tight caution-less racing action proved to be a nail biter for Deak Jr, but he
was able to out gun the competition as the checkers waved. Second and third place
was delivered to Walt Henry and Bill Deak Sr. due to a post-race penalty on Bauerfeind.
Robert Beach, a veteran four cylinder racer picked up his first feature win of the season.
Beach, is always a contender to win when on the track found himself patiently moving
up through the pack and into the top three on lap 4 meanwhile Cliff Levinson was pulling
away from the field from his second starting position. Beach ran side by side with former
champion John Houghtaling for several laps before securing the second position. Beach
then went ahead and chased down the leader Levinson. At the halfway point, Beach
powered his way into the lead. Levinson and J. Houghtaling stayed within striking
distance but could not challenge the leader, as they finished second and third.

Bandoleros, found Brian Rygielski as the leader in the first lap of the feature before
defending champion Mike Roth tracked him down from his fifth starting position. Roth
quickly got by B. Rygielski and charged into the lead. Garrett Zacharias was on a
mission as well coming from mid-pack to take second position on lap 4. G. Zacharias
was able to catch Roth but was unable to challenge the strong running Roth for the
lead. Roth picked up his second win of the season, closely followed by G. Zacharias.
Joey Aungst crossed the line third.

The Beginner Bandolero Feature, found former slingshot driver Colton Geary picking up
the feature win despite it being his first ever start in the car. Geary was able to pass
previous race leaders Monica Deckelman and Leland Oefelein to pick up the win.
Kaden Rogers finished a strong second place at the stripe.
Come join us next week at Bethel Motor Speedway as we present ‘Women In Racing
Night’ on Saturday, May 12 th .. Racing begins at 6pm. Come feel the excitement!

Results :
Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT. 2. Jerry Curry 3. Kyle
Redner 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Rick Mill 7. Shawn Maloney

Modified Feature: 1. Tyler Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT. 2. John Cote 3. Wayne
Kirkpatrick 4. Steve Conklin 5. Mike Dutka 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Scott Quick

Legends Feature: 1. Alex McCollum, Phillipsburg, NJ. 2. Joe Graf Jr. 3. Joe Graf Sr. 4.
Teddy Bowen 5. Eugene Drew 6. Sean Verwys 7. Mike Policastro 8. Derek Debbis 9.
Eric LeBrun 10. Jeffrey Lefcourt 11. Luke LeBrun 12. James Anderson 13. Conner
Piasecki

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. John Roese DNS.
Gary Gamble 

Street Stock Feature: 1. Bill Deak Jr. Bantam, CT 2. Walt Henry 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4.
Brian Bauerfeind 5. Patty Falkena 6. Ernie Millen 7. Frank Maiori DNS. Eddie Jones Jr.

Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Robert Beach, Hurleyville, NY.  2. Cliff Levinson
3. John Houghtaling 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Jeff Degroat 6. David Donavan 7. Jeffrey
Tubbs 8. Cody Houghtaling 9. Richard Smith 10. Tabitha Riordan 11. Joe Smith DNS.
Tasha Curry DNS. Eric Spellman

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY. 2. Garrett Zacharias 3. Joey
Aungst 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Evan Rygielski 6. Seth Zacharias 7. Nick Archiere 8. Katie
Verwys 9. Justin Aungst 10. Joey Lamontagne

Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA. 2. Kaden Rogers 3.
Monica Deckelman 4. Leland Oefelein

May 5th, 2018

RACE RESULTS (TOP 3), SATURDAY, MAY 5TH, 2018
Bethel, NY, May 5, 2018– “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway”

Results :
Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT. 2. Jerry Curry 3. Kyle
Redner 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Rick Mill 7. Shawn Maloney

Modified Feature: 1. Tyler Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT. 2. John Cote 3. Wayne
Kirkpatrick 4. Steve Conklin 5. Mike Dutka 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Scott Quick

Legends Feature: 1. Alex McCollum, Phillipsburg, NJ. 2. Joe Graf Jr. 3. Joe Graf Sr. 4.
Teddy Bowen 5. Eugene Drew 6. Sean Verwys 7. Mike Policastro 8. Derek Debbis 9.
Eric LeBrun 10. Jeffrey Lefcourt 11. Luke LeBrun 12. James Anderson 13. Conner
Piasecki

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. John Roese DNS.
Gary Gamble 

Street Stock Feature: 1. Bill Deak Jr. Bantam, CT 2. Walt Henry 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4.
Brian Bauerfeind 5. Patty Falkena 6. Ernie Millen 7. Frank Maiori DNS. Eddie Jones Jr.

Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Robert Beach, Hurleyville, NY.  2. Cliff Levinson
3. John Houghtaling 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Jeff Degroat 6. David Donavan 7. Jeffrey
Tubbs 8. Cody Houghtaling 9. Richard Smith 10. Tabitha Riordan 11. Joe Smith DNS.
Tasha Curry DNS. Eric Spellman

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY. 2. Garrett Zacharias 3. Joey
Aungst 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Evan Rygielski 6. Seth Zacharias 7. Nick Archiere 8. Katie
Verwys 9. Justin Aungst 10. Joey Lamontagne

Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA. 2. Kaden Rogers 3.
Monica Deckelman 4. Leland Oefelein

Pit Crew / Fan Uniform Contest

Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that on this Saturday, April 28th will be our Pit Crew/Fan
Uniform Contest to be held during our intermission on the front stretch at the speedway.
We encourage all race teams to get their pit crews and dedicated fans dressed up with uniformity and to
promote the race team & sponsors they are affiliated with. Uniformed race teams generally have
matching shirts, hats, buttons, ribbons, banners, signs, etc. to show their dedication of their favorite team.
Often the uniforms match the race cars colors and can display their drivers name, car number, and
sponsors.
This year we will be doing a contest, which will be judged off a combination of the following criteria:
Creativity, Professionalism, Styling, and the amount of Pit Crew/Fans per race team.
The Pit Crew/Fan Contest will have a prizes to the Top 3 in the contest. Prizes will go to the senior driver
of each race team. Come out and be a part of the Pit Crew/Fan Uniform Contest on Saturday, April 28th
at the Speedway. Show your colors, support your race team & sponsors!
Next Saturday, May 5 th is Little League Night, Free admission to all students in baseball uniforms. (Batter
up!) All Classes will be racing plus a BMS Mods30 lap feature event. (Double Points).

April 21st, 2018

Results :
Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill of New Windsor, NY. 2. Kyle Redner 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Rich Coons 5. Dan Dulin 6. Matt Curry 7. Shawn Maloney 8. Chris Cook 9. Jerry Curry
Modified Feature: 1. John Cote of New Milford, CT. 2. Joe DeGracia 3. Steve Conklin 4. Tyler Dachenhausen 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Jim Fugel 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott Quick 9. Mike Dutka
Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro of Cortland Manor, NY 2. Teddy Bowen 3. Sean Verwys 4. Chris Gall 5. Luke LeBrun 6. Connor Piasecki 7. James Anderson 8. Peter Bennett.
Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry of Walden, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Bill Deak Jr. 4. Patty Falkena 5. Jeff Hager 6. Brian Bauerfeind 7. Frank Maiori 8. Eddie Jones Jr. DNS. Ernie Millen
Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Vinny Degraw of Monticello, NY. 2. John Houghtaling 3. Cliff Levinson 4. Tabitha Riordan DNS. Don Rogers
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth of North Branch, NY. 2. Joey Aungst 3. Evan Rygielski 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Souza 6. Justin Aungst 7. Nick Archiere 8. Bryan Rygielski 9. Nicolas Hovey DNS. Joey Lamontagne
Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Ty Smith of Eldred, NY. 2. Giovanni Ruggiero 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Madeline Hovey 5. Leland Oofelein 6. Jordan Smith 7. Monica Deckelman
Enduro Feature: 1. Mike Travis of Liberty, NY. 2. Cliff Levinson 3. Cody Houghtaling

CLOSE RACING ACTION PROVIDES EXCITEMENT AT BETHEL’S OPENER

April, 21st 2018

This past Saturday proved to be a chilly but even more exciting Opening Night presented by Affordable Home Improvements at Bethel Motor Speedway as they kicked off the 2018 race season.

Seasoned chauffeur Rick Mill proved he has the early season gusto despite the cooler tempartures as he wired the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman field by leading every lap of the feature. Mill had to look over his shoulder though as he had former champion Kyle Redner keeping pace and putting the pressure on during the race duration. Versatile racer Ed Dachenhausen quickly came to third position as he marched through the field in it’s early stage and caught up to the second place running Redner, but did not find the opening to capture second.

Long time campaigner, John Cote had the hot ticket on opening night as he capitalized on his pole position for the feature by leading every lap. Cote who had his hands full with Nascar Whelen Modified Series rookie Joe DeGracia running a stout second. DeGracia tried to pass Cote both on the high side and low side as Cote negotiated lap traffic but came up a car length short at the dual checkered flags. Former champion, Steve Conklin came up thru the field in the early stages and ran as high as second, but brought home a third place finish despite a late race handling issue.

Legends racing found former Bandolero champion, Mike Policastro in a new ride for the 2018 season. For the opener, it proved to be the winning combination as he led every lap despite a strong challenge from Chemung campaigner Teddy Bowen. Bowen was hot on his tail throughout the race and made several attempts to nose by on the inside but Policastro was able to shut the door each time. Policastro was able to get to the stripe first and collect his first career Legends overall win at Bethel over Bowen and hard charger Sean Verwys who came from the last to finish third by race end.

Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock action found hot shoe Walt Henry leading every lap to take home his first win of the season despite heavy challenges from veteran street stock racers Jeff Hager and Bill Deak Sr. As Henry led, Hager and Deak Sr. stayed in close pursuit as they swapped position several times. Deak Sr. come home second as Hager encountered a late race issue which prompted Bill Deak Jr. to finish a close third trailing his father across the line.

Four Cylinder Pure Stocks found a nail biting battle between Vinny Degraw and John Houghtaling. The drivers ran side by side for fifteen laps, trading the lead back and forth each lap until finally with five to go Degraw found he had the better car on this night as the strong running Houghtaling began to fade in the last few remaining laps thus handing the hard fought victory to Degraw. Cliff Levinson came across the line in third who followed closely behind the leaders for the entire race.

Mike Roth, last year’s Bandolero champion picked up where he left off last year as he picked up the opening night feature win. Roth made a pass into first on Lap 3 getting by a strong running Joey Aungst then cruised to victory over Aungst and third place finishing Evan Rygielski..

The Beginner Bandolero feature found Ty Smith leading every lap and holding off a determined Giovanni Ruggiero to pick up his first ever career win. Kaden Rogers rounded out the top three as he crossed the finish line.

Enduro guru, Mike Travis outdistanced the competition to take home his first win of the season.

Other news off the track will find Mobile-Medic as the official weekly ambulance for the 2018 race season. Also announced was the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ which is a racer participation program that sweetens the weekly purse with monetary increases when sixteen or more cars start a feature in their respective division. Street Stocks will also be seeing a weekly increase in their purse compared to previous seasons as a reward for their improved attendance this past season.

Next Saturday, April 28th finds the speedway bringing out the excitement with all classes in action plus Vintage Modifieds and a Pit Crew / Fan Uniform Contest at intermission.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill of New Windsor, NY. 2. Kyle Redner 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Rich Coons 5. Dan Dulin 6. Matt Curry 7. Shawn Maloney 8. Chris Cook 9. Jerry Curry
Modified Feature: 1. John Cote of New Milford, CT. 2. Joe DeGracia 3. Steve Conklin 4. Tyler Dachenhausen 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Jim Fugel 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott Quick 9. Mike Dutka
Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro of Cortland Manor, NY 2. Teddy Bowen 3. Sean Verwys 4. Chris Gall 5. Luke LeBrun 6. Connor Piasecki 7. James Anderson 8. Peter Bennett.
Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry of Walden, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Bill Deak Jr. 4. Patty Falkena 5. Jeff Hager 6. Brian Bauerfeind 7. Frank Maiori 8. Eddie Jones Jr. DNS. Ernie Millen
Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Vinny Degraw of Monticello, NY. 2. John Houghtaling 3. Cliff Levinson 4. Tabitha Riordan DNS. Don Rogers
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth of North Branch, NY. 2. Joey Aungst 3. Evan Rygielski 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Souza 6. Justin Aungst 7. Nick Archiere 8. Bryan Rygielski 9. Nicolas Hovey DNS. Joey Lamontagne
Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Ty Smith of Eldred, NY. 2. Giovanni Ruggiero 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Madeline Hovey 5. Leland Oofelein 6. Jordan Smith 7. Monica Deckelman
Enduro Feature: 1. Mike Travis of Liberty, NY. 2. Cliff Levinson 3. Cody Houghtaling

Opening Day Saturday, April 21st presented by Affordable Home Improvements

All classes will be racing plus the “Ice Cracker” 40 lap Enduro paying $400 to win! (based on 20 entries). Points begin for all classes. Draw- Redraw for starting positions. Gates open @ 2:30pm, Practice @4:00pm, Racing @ 6:00, Prime time racing @ 7:00pm. Note: Rain date for Opening Night is Sunday, April 22 @ 1:00pm. “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”

Hoosier Racing Tires are the Official Tires of Bethel Speedway

Official Bethel Speedway Announcement, April 2 nd , 2018:
Hoosier Racing Tires are the official tires for the 2018 racing season at Bethel Speedway. East
Coast Speed, Middletown, NY, will be the distributor for Hoosier Tires at Bethel Speedway. A
limited inventory of Hoosier Tires will be available at Bethel Speedway. Arrangements should
be made in advance to get tires at the track.
In order to receive point fund money and contingency awards from either Hoosier Tire or East
Coast Speed, Hoosier decals must be displayed on upper front door, both sides of the race car.
The driver and car owner must be members of Bethel Speedway to receive point fund money.
DIRT Sportsman must race on four (4) Hoosier dirt Modified tires. Compounds available are D-
300 (Soft)(front tires only), D-400 (Hard), D-500 (Extra Hard) on right rear only.
BMS Mods, Pro Stock, & Street Stock must race on four (4) G-60 Hoosier race tires. There are
two cast sizes of the Hoosier G-60 tires, and all are the same compound. The retail price for
the Hoosier G-60 is $115.00 plus sales tax.
Note: These 4 race divisions listed above will have until May 31st to use up all other brand of
race tires. After June 1 st , all 4 above divisions MUST be on Hoosier racing tires.
Please read individual division rules, or special event rules for any provisions, or variations of
the above rules.

Slow Snow Melt and Rains Cancel Bethel Test and Tune Session

Mother Nature has not been kind to Bethel Speedway in regards to precipitation during pre-season prep
work, and has forced the cancellation of its April 7 th test and tune session. From snow, to rain, to three
straight Nor’easters, it has been a difficult go of it to prepare the facility to open for it’s first test and
tune session.
Bethel Speedway general manager George Van Arsdall, Jr. stated,”It’s been a very slow process. Mother
Nature has been relentless this March and April. Pre-season prep work has been very slow going due to
weather conditions, extensive clean up, and repair work. We want the facility to be ready for our
patrons.”
Scheduled for Saturday April 14 th is the 'Ice Cracker' Enduro (4cyl/6cyl.) 40 Laps $400 to Win* (*based on
20 car entries), Vintage Modifieds Twin 15's, plus points begin for INEX sanctioned Legends, Bandoleros,
& Four Cylinder Pure Stock $150 to Win. Practice for all other classes. Practice starts at 4:00pm and
Racing at 600:pm. Grandstand admissions; Adults & Seniors $5.00, Students & Children FREE, Pits:
Members $20.00, Non Members $30.00. Enduro $40.00. Purchase your Bethel Memberships & Pit
Parking spaces.
“Opening Night” Saturday April 21 st . All classes are racing. (Draw /redraw) Points begin for all classes.
Plus Enduro Dash, 40 laps, $400. to win based on 20 entries. “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”