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.
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