VETERAN DRIVERS FIND WINNING PATHS TO VICTORY LANE!

August 18th, 2018:

This past Saturday proved again to be another night of exciting racing as rain storms were dodged for just enough time to allow for a full show weekly racing which was highlighted by the INEX Legends competing in an extra distance $500 to Win National Qualifier event. However, the evening started off on an intense nervous note as one of the track’s employees was injured under yellow conditions as he was attempting to clear the track of a piece of debris.Reports on Sunday night found the young man with no major internal injuries, with a severely broken leg but in good spirits. A full recovery from his injuries is expected. We thank all emergency staffing and crews for their quick response with the handling of this scary accident. We also thank all the racers and fans for sending many prayers for this young gentleman.

The INEX Legends feature found to be very exciting for those in attendance as a draw / redraw format for this special race created for much passing and wheel to wheel action with a good quality field of drivers in the race. Eugene Drew jumped out into the lead for the first two laps until he lost the handle coming out of turn 2 thus collecting third place running Sean Verwys. On the restart, Glenn Korner took the top spot while eighth and ninth place starting Noah Korner and Mike Alcaro battled their way up through the field. Both N. Korner and Alcaro pressured leader G. Korner for several laps as they traded back and forth the runner up position. Lap 8, found N. Korner completing the pass on brother G. Korner for the lead with Alcaro in hot pursuit moving into second one lap later. Lap 10, found current point leader Mike Policastro getting by G. Korner for third while the two leaders were in a fast paced duel for the lead. Alcaro made his winning pass stick at the race halfway point but continued to have N. Korner hounding his rear bumper. Seventh place starting Daniel Carter also got by Policastro to capture third and set his sights on the leaders. The three drivers raced in close quarters for the second half of the race while negotiating lap traffic. The veteran ace Alcaro was able to get through the lapped cars with precision and hold on to the hard earned victory in the Alcaro Metal Plating # 8 in a very close finish over N. Korner and Carter.

The Extreme Cleaner Sportsman went topless for the night which proved to be very popular for those in the grandstands but it also found that the cars drove quite differently and stayed in a tight pack formation in the first half of the race often going three wide at times. Harry Hindley was the early leader until fourth starting Dan Dulin took main control of the lead on lap 4 from his fourth starting position. Dulin looked strong topless, as the fans could easily watch these normally hidden drivers from the cockpit. Defending track champion, Jeff Richardson must like convertibles as he trounced the pack of drivers coming up through to obtain second place from Bill Deckelman. Just prior to halfway, Richardson got a strong run off turn 4 to get an inside run next to Dulin going down the front chute. The following lap found Richardson as the leader as he began to pull away. Current point leader, Ed Dachenhausen also worked his way up through the field with five laps remaining he was able to power ahead of Dulin to take second place but found no time to make a run for the lead. On the last lap, Dulin hit a stroke of bad luck and pulled off the track relinquishing third to potent rookie Chris Cook. Richardson cruised in the breeze to take home his second victory of the season in the TAM Enterprises # 11x machine over Dachenhausen and Cook.

Crate Dirt Sportsman found long time veteran racer Rich Coons leading every lap in a hotly contested feature. The evenly matched racers stayed in close formation with invader Milton Mann staying in close pursuit to Coons. While close, Mann could not mount a charge to Coons as he ran a flawless race. Popular driver, Jerry Curry put on a show for his fans charging from last to the third position. At the checkers, Coons recorded his second victory of the season in the West Point Tours # 27 over Mann and J. Curry.

Another veteran race, Ed Butler annihilated the Interstate Pro Stock field. Wasting no time, Butler who started fifth charged into the lead on Lap 4 from rookie Josh Wilbur and never looked back. Wilbur with a new powerplant under the hood drove an exceptional race in second place but had nothing for Butler. With two laps remaining, Mac Crawson was able to get by Wilbur for second after a multi-lap battle. Butler took the twin checker flags for the sixth time this year with his Tavern on Main # 32 over Crawson and Wilbur.

Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks again proved why they are the fan favorite class at Bethel. A strong field of the area’s best street stock drivers put on a super exciting race with action abound everywhere on the track when all was said and done. Street Stock hotshoe Kevin Skelly took home a much earned first victory of the season after a race long battle over current point leader Walt Henry. Henry charged quickly from his tenth starting position to gain second position over rookie Corey Stanton on lap 4 but was unable to get Skelly to slip or fade during the race duration. Fan favorite driver Larry O’Donnell put on his own exciting show in a rare street stock appearance to move into third position but was unable to catch the race leaders. At the checkers, it was Skelly first across the line in the Deckelman Trucking # 67 over an ever close Henry with O’Donnell in a stout third place finish.

“When you’re hot, you’re hot” is the current story of veteran campaigner Dan Curry and the Four Cylinder Pure Stock class. D. Curry picked up his sixth win in a row and seventh of the season! D. Curry was able to get ahead of current point leader Cliff Levison just prior to halfway to take the lead. While the top two positions were settled, all eyes were on the battle for third place among a few contenders. Rookie Jeffrey Tubbs put in an impressive run to wind up with third position at the checkers.

It was lucky 13 for current point leader, Mike Roth as he easily won the Bandoleros feature in his Sullivan Engine # 8 for the thirteenth time this season. Joey Aungst picked up another runner up finish over Brian Rygielski in third place. Ty Smith picked up his fifth win in the Beginner Bandolero race over Leland Oefelien.

Results :

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Alcaro, Fredon, NJ 2. Noah Korner 3. Daniel Carter 4. Mike Policastro 5. Sean Verwys 6. Jeff Otto Jr. 7. Glenn Korner 8. Ed Cheslak 9. Jeffrey Lefcourt 10. Derek Debbis 11. Pat Verwys 12. Scott Cheslak 13. Stephen Coleman 14. Vinny Delaney 15. Eugene Drew 16. Joe Fresco

Topless Sportsman Feature: 1. Jeff Richardson, Goshen, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Chris Cook 4. Milton Mann 5. Bill Deckelman 6. Matt Curry 7. Rich Coons 8. Harry Hindley 9. Dan Dulin 10. Rick Mill 11. Jerry Curry DNS. Dave Rosa DNS. Danny Carlough

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Rich Coons, Montgomery, NY 2. Milton Mann 3. Jerry Curry 4. Chris Cook 5. Matt Curry 6. Shawn Maloney DNS. Danny Carlough

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Mac Crawson 3. Josh Wilbur 4. Joe Barnes 5. Porter Crawson 6. John Rood 7. Jim Helt 8. Gene Morton DNS. John Roese

Street Stock Feature: 1. Kevin Skelly, North Branch, NY 2. Walt Henry 3. Larry O’Donnell 4. Bill Deak Jr. 5. Joel Murns 6. Kyle Welsch 7. Bill Deak Sr. 8. Dan Houghtaling 9. Corey Stanton 10. Ray Tarantino 11. Patty Falkena 12. Ernie Millen 13. Phil Funcheon 14. Frank Maiori 15. Brian Bauerfeind

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Cliff Levison 3. Jeffrey Tubbs 4. Jeff DeGroat 5. Tisha Curry 6. Tabitha Riordan 7. Anthony Tarantino 8. Richard Smith

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Brian Rygielski 4. Justin Aungst

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Ty Smith, Eldred, NY 2. Leland Oefelein

August 4th, 2018

Results :

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

RICHARDSON TIKI TORCHES SPORTSMAN FIELD; HAS LUAU IN VICTORY LANE ON HAWAIIAN NIGHT!

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.

Results :

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

BETHEL PUTS LEGENDSTOCK ON HIATUS

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.

BETHEL CRACKS DOWN ON INSPECTIONS

Since a questionable technical inspection in the Sportsman division one night in early June at
Bethel Speedway, changes to the tech staff and inspection procedures were made, and General
Manager George Van Arsdall, Jr, being a former tech inspector for the facility, is getting
involved in the more complex inspections. “I know racers are talking about that night. We are
rectifying the problem, and cracking down on this” says Van Arsdall.

This past Saturday night Bethel made a statement by bypassing the puffer gauge, as it is known
to the racing world, (a gauge that measures engine displacement, and also the gauge that
helped present the questionable inspection) and went straight to a tear down on the top cars.
Rick Mill, the car from the questionable inspection, and Ed Dauchenhausen, were both found to
be legal by Bethel’s Sportsman Rules. “Sometimes you have to put the talk to bed, and I believe
we did that on Saturday. We want racers to know we are striving to make sure everyone is
legal, not just in this division, but all of the divisions that race here. I’m glad they were both
found legal, so now maybe we can concentrate on what we are all here for….RACING!”
exclaimed Van Arsdall.

July 28th, 2018

Results :

Modified Feature: 1. Mike Dutka, Gardiner, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Joe DeGracia 4. Skip LaPolt 5. John Cote 6. Wayne Kirkpatrick 7. Steve Conklin 8. Scott Quick 9. Stephen Kammer

Sportsman Feature: 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Jeff Richardson 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Dan Dulin 7. Bryan Jones

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Alcaro, Fredon, NJ 2. Matt Maring 3. Eugene Drew 4. Sean Verwys 5. Joe Fresco 6. Quinn Trimmer 7. Kenny Hopkins 8. Derek Debbis 9. Mike Policastro

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Mac Crawson 4. Josh Wilbur 5. John Rood

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Brian Bauerfeind 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Corey Stanton 6. Patty Falkena 7. Gary Gamble 8. Frank Maiori

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Richard Smith 3. Tabitha Riordan 4. George VanAken 5. Travis Cogswell 6. Tisha Curry 7. Cody Houghtaling 8. Joe Smith 9. Cliff Levinson 10. Ethan Cogswell 11. Marcus Small 12. Brett Kiakis

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4. Justin Aungst DNS. Joey Lamontagne DQ. Brian Rygielski

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Ty Smith, Eldred, NY 2. Colton Geary 3. Monica Deckelman 4. Kaden Rogers

Enduro Feature: 1. Travis Cogswell, Liberty, NY 2. Mike Travis 3. Alec Graham 4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Ryan Brockner 6. Richard Smith 7. Todd Gadoury 8. CJ Tinnelly 9. Shawn Maloney 10. Joe Smith 11. Ethan Cogswell

DUTKA FINDS THE WIN CYCLE IN MODIFIEDS ON BIKER NIGHT; DACHENHAUSEN WINS SPORTSMAN ON TRACK, BEATS TECH INSPECTORS OFF TRACK!

July 28th, 2018:

Motorcycles came off the streets and into the midway and kids poured in for their Big Wheel races as Bethel Motor Speedway presented its Biker Night this past Saturday. The race fans found another night of exciting racing with many races not decided to the last lap and the night’s enduro finale found a photo finish at the checkers.

In the Interstate Battery Modifieds, veteran campaigner Mike Dutka has been knocking on Victory Lane’s door for several weeks getting close several times.This past Saturday, Dutka came from his fourth starting position to take the lead from rookie Scott Quick on Lap 6 with a highside move coming out of turn two. Dutka was able to open a comfortable margin in the caution free race as Tyler Dachenhausen and Joe DeGracia methodically moved up through the field. Dachenhausen was able to capture second position from Steve Conklin on Lap 11 and began to chase down the leader. Meanwhile, DeGracia was on an inside rail coming from his ninth starting position and worked by a fading Conklin to take third on Lap 15. Dachenhausen was able to close tight and get to Dutka’s rear bumper on the final lap but didn’t have the time to challenge a pass. At the checkers, Dutka came flying across first to a much celebrated feature win in the Active Automotive # 11, as it was his first career win in asphalt modifieds. Both Dachenhausen and DeGracia were satisfied with their stout finishes in second and third respectively at the finish line.

Defending track champion, Jeff Richardson jumped out to the early lead in the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman. As Richardson led, all eyes were watching top guns Ed Dachenhausen and Rick Mill coming through the pack. Dachenhausen got to second place running Rich Coons first and began to battle for multiple laps as they raced door to door. Dachenhausen found the edge charging to the inside in turn 3 to gain full control of second position from Coons. Mill outpowered Coons, two laps later to gain third while he stayed glued to Dachenhausen’s path. Lap 12 found the leader Richardson beginning to experience a handling issue which allowed the top guns to close in on the champ. Dachenhausen made a brilliant outside pass in turn 4 to take the lead from Richardson in the closing laps of the race. Mill continued to chase Dachenhausen and cleared Richardson for second one lap later. Mill made several charges on Dachenhausen but was unable to shake the leader. At the checkers, Dachenhausen picked up his fifth win of the season. However, it was far from over as the speedway’s tech inspectors went forth with a mid season tear down on the top finishers in the class. The engines of Dachenhausen and Mill were disassembled to ensure that no horsepower was being gained improperly. After several hours, it was confirmed that both cars had passed the intensive tech inspection and deemed legal.

Legends feature action found a returning track champion, Mike Alcaro remembering the quick way around his former stomping ground. Alcaro capitalized early in the race when the two leaders tangled in turn 4 with Derek Debbis spinning and involving Sean Verwys. Alcaro inherited the lead from that and had to battle friendly foe, Matt Maring for the remainder of the race. Alcaro was too strong on this night and picked up his first feature win of the season over Maring and red hot Eugene Drew who ended up third in the final rundown.

Defending champion, Ed Butler minced the Interstate Battery Pro Stock field. Butler made it look easy coming from his fifth starting position to take the lead from rookie Josh Wilbur on Lap 4. It was a breeze for Butler for the remaining laps as he easily outdistanced Larry O’Donnell and Mac Crawson in the caution free race. At the checkers, Butler picked up his fourth win of the season in his Tavern on Main # 32.

The Shakelton Napa Auto Parts Street Stocks saw rookie Dan Houghtaling jumping out to the early lead over Bill Deak Sr. Current point leader, Walt Henry capitalized from his fifth starting position to power into the lead on Lap 4 and never looked back in the caution free feature. Henry had no easy task to win, as his car began to show trails of smoke towards the end of the race which allowed second place running Brian Bauerfeind to close in the gap. Coming to the finish line, Henry was able to keep his JBM Truck Repair # 171 in the first position by one car length over Bauerfeind to pick up his fourth victory of the season. Deak Sr. came across the line in third position.

Veteran chauffeur Dan Curry is currently on a hot streak in the Four Cylinder class as he picked up his fourth straight feature victory and fifth overall win of the season. George VanAken was the early race leader until being passed by Tisha Curry. Her lead was short lived as D. Curry passed her on the outside down the frontstretch three laps later. D. Curry who charged through the pack from his tenth starting position easily led the remaining laps over hard charger Richard Smith and a strong finish by sophomore driver Tabitha Riordan.

Bandolero racing found young gun Joey Aungst leading from Lap 1. Aungst was very impressive on this night as he ran wheel to wheel on the outside for many laps with defending champion, Mike Roth. Roth finally gained the inside momentum and made a winning pass coming out of turn 4 on Lap 12 to take the lead. Roth picked up the hard earned victory over Aungst and Katie Verwys.

The Beginner Bandos feature found Colton Geary leading early on until the halfway point when Ty Smith made a smooth move to obtain the lead. Smith then cruised to his fourth victory of the season over Geary and Monica Deckelman.

Fans were on their feet as the enduro delighted many for the final race of the evening. Three Dirt Sportsman racers, Travis Cogswell, Shawn Maloney, and Mike Travis traded their open wheels for full fender grassroots racing and performed a three car shootout at the front of the field. The three drivers ran in tight formation as they encountered obstacles throughout the distance. On Lap 18, the motor on Maloney’s machine went sour and he retreated to the infield. The remaining laps found Cogswell and Travis battling door to door while negotiating lap traffic. On the white flag, Travis made a gutsy move and powered into the lead with slight contact, Cogswell then raced him down the backstretch and persevered to regain the lead coming out of turn four with contact and smoke billowing from underneath the hood. At the checkers, Cogswell picked up his first career enduro win by about 2 inches at the finish line over his fellow dirt sportsman competitor Travis. Alec Graham took home third place in his first career enduro start.

Results :

Modified Feature: 1. Mike Dutka, Gardiner, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Joe DeGracia 4. Skip LaPolt 5. John Cote 6. Wayne Kirkpatrick 7. Steve Conklin 8. Scott Quick 9. Stephen Kammer

Sportsman Feature: 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Jeff Richardson 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Dan Dulin 7. Bryan Jones

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Alcaro, Fredon, NJ 2. Matt Maring 3. Eugene Drew 4. Sean Verwys 5. Joe Fresco 6. Quinn Trimmer 7. Kenny Hopkins 8. Derek Debbis 9. Mike Policastro

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Mac Crawson 4. Josh Wilbur 5. John Rood

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Brian Bauerfeind 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Corey Stanton 6. Patty Falkena 7. Gary Gamble 8. Frank Maiori

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Richard Smith 3. Tabitha Riordan 4. George VanAken 5. Travis Cogswell 6. Tisha Curry 7. Cody Houghtaling 8. Joe Smith 9. Cliff Levinson 10. Ethan Cogswell 11. Marcus Small 12. Brett Kiakis

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4. Justin Aungst DNS. Joey Lamontagne DQ. Brian Rygielski

Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Ty Smith, Eldred, NY 2. Colton Geary 3. Monica Deckelman 4. Kaden Rogers

Enduro Feature: 1. Travis Cogswell, Liberty, NY 2. Mike Travis 3. Alec Graham 4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Ryan Brockner 6. Richard Smith 7. Todd Gadoury 8. CJ Tinnelly 9. Shawn Maloney 10. Joe Smith 11. Ethan Cogswell

July 21st, 2018

Results:

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt, Swan Lake, NY 2. John Cote 3. Tyler Dachenhausen 4. Mike Dutka 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Gary Van Orden Jr. 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott Quick DNS. Steve Conklin
ATQMRA Midget Feature: 1. Ryan Tidman, Levittown, PA 2. Matt Janisch 3. Joey Payne 4. Joey Bailey 5. Buddy Sload 6. Cole Mullen 7. Paul Dodorico 8. Ronnie Mullen
Crate Sportsman Feature : 1. Chris Cook, New Windsor, NY 2. Shawn Maloney 3. Matt Curry 4. Jerry Curry 5. Bryan Jones
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Mac Crawson, Long Eddy, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Glenn Richard 4. Josh Wilbur 5. Porter Crawson 6. Brian Bauerfeind 7. Larry O’Donnell
Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Jeffrey Lefcourt 3. James Anderson 4. Mike Policastro 5. Sean Verwys
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Richard Smith 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Cliff Levinson 6. George VanAken 7. Tabitha Riordan 8. Gene Chariott 9. Ethan Cogswell 10. Jeff DeGroat 11. Jeffrey Tubbs 12. David Donovan 13. Cody Houghtaling
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Joey Aungst 4. Evan Rygielski 5. Nick Archiere 6. Justin Aungst 7. Brian Rygielski 8. Joey Lamontagne
Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Kaden Rogers, Binghamton, NY 2. Leland Oefelein DQ. Monica Deckelman
Asphalt Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Rick MacDowell, Sheffield, MA 2. John Hager 3. El Herbert 4. Angie Bullock 5. Spanky Bancroft 6. George Cleveland 7. Alex Kitzen 8. Bill Kemp DNS. Nicky Giardina
Dirt Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling, White Sulpher Springs, NY 2. Jim Halpin 3. Bob Harless 4. Doug Atkins 5. Scott Stephenson 6. Paul Knox DNS. Jon Atkins DNS. Mark Braun DNS. Eddie Stevens
Vintage Midget ATQMVA Feature: 1. Rick Casario, Denville, NJ 2. Bob Ferick 3. Frank Mammana 4. Paul Koch 5. Mark Pritchard 6. Vinny Testanero 7. Bill Fisher 8. Graham Hughes 9. Keith Majka 10. Mike Frey 11. Drew Fornoro 12. Mike Casario 13. Joe Klein
ACOT Vintage Feature: 1. Gary Collucci, Milford, CT 2. Dennis White 3. Keith Majka 4. Ken VanWert 5. Bill Goodfellow 6. Ken Goewey 7. John Cahill 8. Richard Martin 9. John Leombruno

SNYRA & DANBURY RACEARENA COMES ALIVE AT BETHEL AS LAPOLT CAPTURES ‘EV PIERCE MEMORIAL’ MODIFIED RACE!

July 21 st , 2018:

It was a perfect night of reliving old racing memories along with making new ones as LaJoie’s Auto Wrecking along with Joe’s Bar and Grill presenting ‘Remembering Danbury Racearena Night’ at Bethel Motor Speedway. Over forty vintage racers came out to support the event in honor of the prestigious SNYRA’s paved oval which was situated on the fairgrounds in Danbury, CT until it’s unfortunate closing in 1981. Many of Danbury’s former racers and their families found Bethel Motor Speedway to their liking after their speedway had closed and continue to compete there today.

The night was highlighted by the Ev Pierce Memorial Race, a 40 Lap Interstate Batteries Modified feature, was in honor of the racer who had the much success at both Danbury and Bethel speedways. The race was paced by Danbury racing legend Nicky Giardina in his famed vintage modified #25. At the start, Mike Dutka jumped out into the lead for the outside pole, while Stephen Kammer battled hard on this inside to regain the lead. In turn 3, Kammer locked the brakes hard and spun bringing out the early yellow. On the restart, Dutka outpowered former Danbury racer John Cote to retain his control on the lead. Cote stayed glued to his outside lane trying to get ahead but soon found his position being challenged on the inside by veteran driver Skip LaPolt. LaPolt who started from the sixth position waged a multi-lap battle with Cote before he prevailed on an inside move going into turn one. LaPolt began to set his sights on the leader, Dutka who was clicking the laps off and looking for his first feature win of the season. On Lap 18, LaPolt began pressuring Dutka as he was coming off turn four better than the leader. Three laps later, LaPolt got a solid run on Dutka going into turn 1 and made an inside swoop to pick up the lead coming out of turn two. As LaPolt began to check out on the field, all eyes began watching the battle for second and third positions. Third generation Danbury racer, Tyler Dachenhausen moved into third position getting by the veteran Cote. Dachenhausen then went to work on Dutka to try
and obtain second position as current point leader Wayne Kirkpatrick maneuvered by Cote for fourth position. Dutka, Dachenhausen, and Kirkpatrick diced it out for several laps swapping positions several times before Kirkpatrick got sole control of third place on Lap 27. On Lap 35, was a big change in the running order as the spirited wheel to wheel action got too intense resulting in a tangle between Dutka and Kirkpatrick for second position which brought out the caution sending both drivers to the rear. The restart found LaPolt outpowering Dachenhausen as he lost the handle going in turn one and drifted high. Cote capitalized and captured second position back from Dachenhausen but could not find the speed to challenge LaPolt. At the checkers, LaPolt picked up one of the biggest wins of his career in the DeGracia Contracting # 5 over Danbury racers John Cote and Tyler Dachenhausen.

Whenever the ATQMRA midget racing club comes to town, most know that driver Ryan Tidman is a pre-race favorite to win the feature. The driver has taken a liking to Bethel’s pavement and has put on some thrilling racing over the years along with picking up several feature victories. This past Saturday, Tidman was not to be denied victory lane as he came from his fifth starting position to grab the lead on Lap 8 from early race leader Joey Payne and never looked back. Payne put forth a strong run but gave in to the advances of Matt Janisch after battling for position for several laps. At the checkers, it was Tidman picking up the victory over Janisch and Payne.

Rookie driver Chris Cook pulled off an upset win as he wired the field to lead every lap in the Crate Dirt Sportsman feature. Cook cruised his West Point Tours # 272 to a first ever feature victory over another rookie Shawn Maloney and Matt Curry.

Interstate Battery Pro Stock action found Glenn Richard jumping out to the early lead over Josh Wilbur. Mac Crawson then moved into second position and quickly reeled in Richard. The two leaders battled for several laps before Richard bobbled ever so slightly on the outside in turn 2. Crawson took sole control of the lead on Lap 7 and found himself being pressured by defending track champion Ed Butler at the halfway point. Butler pursued Crawson for the entire second half of the race making several outside charges to take the lead but couldn’t get the traction to make a pass stick. At the checkers it was Crawson picking up his second victory of the season over Butler and Richard in second and third respectively.

The month of July is treating long time Legends driver Eugene Drew well as he picked up his second win of the season after surviving a turn two crash that saw several contenders headed to the pits with problems. Drew than outdistanced Jeffrey Lefcourt and James Anderson to bring the car home in Victory Lane for the second time in July.

Four Cylinder Pure Stock feature found veteran racer Dan Curry the benefactor after some early race skirmishes saw other competitors headed to the pits with problems. However, Curry came through the pack unscathed from his tenth starting position to earn his fourth victory of the season. At the halfway mark, Curry moved ahead of former champion Ivan Guerra to take the lead. Guerra continued to chase Curry for the lead hoping for a miscue in lap traffic but at the finish line it was Curry over Guerra with Richard Smith finishing a strong third position.

Defending Champion Mike Roth easily outgunned the Bandolero field to pick up his tenth feature win of the season. Katie Verwys and Joey Aungst chased the leader throughout the race but were unable to catch him. Kaden Rogers was awarded his second win of the season in Beginner Bandoleros as apparent winner Monica Deckelman was found with a restrictor plate infraction.

Rick MacDowell powered his 69 Camaro to victory over the 37 Chevy Coupe big block modified of John Hager and a very fast looking asphalt vintage modified of New Jersey’s El Herbert in the Asphalt Vintage Modified feature. MacDowell’s car was originally a Lebanon Valley Speedway racer.

Mike Houghtaling mastered the Dirt Vintage Modified feature to pick up the win over the coupe modifieds of Jim Halpin and Bob Harless. Houghtaling who runs an 80’s style dirt modified has been a longtime racer at the speedway.

In ATQMVA vintage midget racing found Rick Casario cruising to victory in his beautiful # 7 machine. The ACOT vintage feature found Connecticut racer Gary Collucci in victory lane with his red six machine.

Results:

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt, Swan Lake, NY 2. John Cote 3. Tyler Dachenhausen 4. Mike Dutka 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Gary Van Orden Jr. 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott Quick DNS. Steve Conklin
ATQMRA Midget Feature: 1. Ryan Tidman, Levittown, PA 2. Matt Janisch 3. Joey Payne 4. Joey Bailey 5. Buddy Sload 6. Cole Mullen 7. Paul Dodorico 8. Ronnie Mullen
Crate Sportsman Feature : 1. Chris Cook, New Windsor, NY 2. Shawn Maloney 3. Matt Curry 4. Jerry Curry 5. Bryan Jones
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Mac Crawson, Long Eddy, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Glenn Richard 4. Josh Wilbur 5. Porter Crawson 6. Brian Bauerfeind 7. Larry O’Donnell
Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Jeffrey Lefcourt 3. James Anderson 4. Mike Policastro 5. Sean Verwys
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Richard Smith 4. Dan Houghtaling 5. Cliff Levinson 6. George VanAken 7. Tabitha Riordan 8. Gene Chariott 9. Ethan Cogswell 10. Jeff DeGroat 11. Jeffrey Tubbs 12. David Donovan 13. Cody Houghtaling
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Joey Aungst 4. Evan Rygielski 5. Nick Archiere 6. Justin Aungst 7. Brian Rygielski 8. Joey Lamontagne
Beg. Bandos Feature: 1. Kaden Rogers, Binghamton, NY 2. Leland Oefelein DQ. Monica Deckelman
Asphalt Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Rick MacDowell, Sheffield, MA 2. John Hager 3. El Herbert 4. Angie Bullock 5. Spanky Bancroft 6. George Cleveland 7. Alex Kitzen 8. Bill Kemp DNS. Nicky Giardina
Dirt Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling, White Sulpher Springs, NY 2. Jim Halpin 3. Bob Harless 4. Doug Atkins 5. Scott Stephenson 6. Paul Knox DNS. Jon Atkins DNS. Mark Braun DNS. Eddie Stevens
Vintage Midget ATQMVA Feature: 1. Rick Casario, Denville, NJ 2. Bob Ferick 3. Frank Mammana 4. Paul Koch 5. Mark Pritchard 6. Vinny Testanero 7. Bill Fisher 8. Graham Hughes 9. Keith Majka 10. Mike Frey 11. Drew Fornoro 12. Mike Casario 13. Joe Klein
ACOT Vintage Feature: 1. Gary Collucci, Milford, CT 2. Dennis White 3. Keith Majka 4. Ken VanWert 5. Bill Goodfellow 6. Ken Goewey 7. John Cahill 8. Richard Martin 9. John Leombruno

July 15th, 2018

Results :

Crate Sportsman Feature : 1. Rich Coons, Montgomery, NY 2. Chris Cook 3. Bryan Jones 4. Jerry Curry 5. Billy Eggers Jr. 6. Matt Curry 7. Shawn Maloney 8. Richie Eggers
Legends Feature: 1. Daniel Carter, Cortland, NY 2. Sean Verwys 3. Eugene Drew 4. Jeffrey Lefcourt 5. James Anderson
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Justin Aungst 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Joey Aungst 6. Kaden Rogers 7. Monica Deckelman 8. Evan Rygielski