DAN CURRY SMOKES THE COMPETITION IN FOUR CYLINDER ‘HIPPIE BOWL’ WHILE RICH COONS SIZZLES THE CRATE SPORTSMAN FIELD ON SPECIAL ZOOM & DOON AFTERNOON!

July 15th 2018:

Bethel Motor Speedway presented their first special Sunday show with the Skelly’s Towing Zoom & Doom Afternoon. Many fans came out to see a different type of racing excitement as the Crate Sportsman, Four Cylinder ‘Hippie Bowl’, Enduro, Legends, and Bandoleros were on the card.

Dan Curry led every lap to earn a much praised victory in the Four Cylinder Pure Stock’s biggest race of the year, known as the ‘Hippie Bowl’. The race gets it’s name as speedway is in the same town as the original Woodstock Music Festival that was held in 1969. Curry must have had his car on a timer, as right after the completion of the races final 40 th lap, the engine went up in smoke. While Curry led every lap, the racing was intense behind the leader as cars were going three, sometimes four wide as they jockeyed for positions much to the fan’s delight.

Veteran hot shoe, Rich Coons sizzled the competition for the race season’s second special Crate Sportsman race. The pavement was hot in the sun along with heavy overnight rains generating many cars to have a loose condition. Coons found the track to his liking as he powered his West Point Tours # 27 to the front as other top contenders faded back in the pack. Billy Eggers Jr. saw a good run come to an end when he suffered a flat tire in the races final laps. At the finish it was Rich Coons picking up his first feature win of the season, over an impressive run by rookie Chris Cook. Orange County Fair Speedway regular, Bryan Jones brought home a strong third place finish.

Invading driver, Daniel Carter has found a quick liking to the Bethel bull ring as he upped his finishing position from the previous nights runner-up finish. Carter who normally campaigns at Chemung Speedrome took home his first feature win of the season at Bethel in commanding fashion at the finish line. Carter had a strong weekend running the double header and impressed many of Bethel’s fans.

Mike Roth found the hot track to his liking as he was able to get the lead early and maintain that lead despite a late race caution. On the restart, Katie Verwys made a charge for the lead but Roth proved to be too strong and picked up his ninth feature win of the season at Bethel. Verwys finished second over Justin Aungst and Brian Rygielski.

Tim Curry returned to the speedway and came away with a big victory in the ultra-competitive 75 lap enduro. Action was abound all over the track as they ran in three wide in many areas, despite with disabled cars situated on the track.

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

July 14th, 2018

Results :
Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Dan Dulin 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Bill Papula 7. Bryan Jones 8. Jeff Richardson
Modified Feature: 1. Steve Conklin, Claryville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Wayne Kirkpatrick 5. Mike Dutka 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Scott Quick
Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Daniel Carter 3. Mike Policastro 4. Sean Verwys 5. James Anderson
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. Glenn Richard 5. Bill VanAken 6. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature: 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Joel Murns 4. Walt Henry 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Dan Houghtaling 7. Corey Stanton 8. Patty Falkena 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Gary Gamble 11. Frank Maiori
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cody Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Jeffrey Tubbs 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Nicole Nelson 8. Tisha Curry 9. Alec Graham 10. Dan VanAken 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Tabitha Riordan 13. Richard Smith DNS. George VanAken
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Joey Aungst 4. Nick Archiere 5. Justin Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne 8. Evan Rygielski
Beginner Bandos: 1. Ty Smith Eldred, NY 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Leland Oefelein 5. Justin Smith

PHOTO FINISHES GALORE AS ED DACHENHAUSEN AND STEVE CONKLIN TAKE OPEN WHEEL MAINS!

July 14th 2018:

Mid-season heat was evident in the atmosphere and on the track at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday. Many of the finishes were separated by mere inches as the point championship battles are sizzling with tight margins.

Ed Dachenhausen is turning up the heat in the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman as he collected his second feature win in a row and fourth of the season with his Brookfield Glass #18s. Rich Coons was the early race leader but Dachenhausen capitalized from his fourth starting position to take the lead from Coons on a Lap 4 restart. Dachenhausen then had to contend with Rick Mill as he quickly moved into second position on Lap 5. The two drivers who are embroiled in a tight point championship battle were able to pull away from the rest of the pack. Mill made a few charges for the lead but did not find the track to his liking. On Lap 17, veteran driver Bill Papula was in the wrong place at the wrong time and collided with a lapped car which launched his car
into the frontstretch wall bringing out the yellow which was soon followed by the checkered due to rain. Dan Dulin charged from the back of the pack to take home another third place finish. In the special sportsman elimination races, the final round came down to Ed Dachenhausen and Rick Mill. The two drivers battled hard in the dash, in fact tangling in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. The race was restarted and Mill worked the high side hard and came charging to the finish line a half bumper ahead of Dachenhausen to win the final elimination race round.

Long time racer, Steve Conklin wired the Interstate Batteries Modified field in his Family Affair #4 modified. The former track champion was exceptionally strong as he led every lap on his quest for his first feature victory of the season. Conklin had to contend with veteran John Cote chasing him throughout the race. Conklin was able to hold off Cote’s challenges but with five laps to go, another competitor emerged in sophomore driver Tyler Dachenhausen as he passed Cote for second. Dachenhausen tried Conklin both low and high but quickly ran out of time and came across the checkers about a car length behind the winner Conklin. Cote fended off the charges of current point leader Wayne Kirkpatrick to take home third at the stripe.

INEX Legends racing was light on cars but high in action as the top four cars diced it out throughout the race. The drivers all raced hard but found long time Legends racer, Eugene Drew holding on for his first feature win of the season. It was no easy task for Drew, as he had heavy pressure from Sean Verwys, invader Daniel Carter, and current point leader Mike Policastro tight on his tail throughout the race. The drivers jockeyed positions and lanes many times but at the checkers but Carter fell just short of getting by Drew to take a well deserved second place over Mike Policastro, Sean Verwys, and rookie James Anderson.

Interstate Battery Pro Stocks found Glenn Richard in the early lead. On a restart, popular jockey Larry O’Donnell made a strong pass on Richard to take the lead and began to set sail into the lead. Defending Champ, Ed Butler moved past Richard for third and began to chase down the leader O’Donnell. Porter Crawson was able to sneak by Richard for third off turn 2. O’Donnell proved too strong on this night and brought his Tri Counties Automotive # 5 to his third feature win of the season. O’Donnell dedicated the emotional win to his late brother, Gary who would have celebrated his birthday just days prior. Butler and rookie Crawson finished second and third respectively.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks had the fans on their feet as it was an action packed race. Rookie, Dan Houghtaling jumped out to the early lead and was much improved leading many laps as he had two veterans Joel Murns and Bill Deak Sr. racing door to door, right on his back bumper. At the races halfway point the yellow was thrown for a spinning Walt Henry in the middle of the backstretch and saw Brian Bauerfeind being relegated to the rear of the field. On the restart, Bill Deak Sr. maneuvered by Joel Murns to take over second position and began work to shake the impressive Houghtaling who continued to lead. On Lap 12, Houghtaling got a bit loose off turn 4 allowing the door to open for Deak Sr. to sneak by on the inside down the frontstretch to take the lead. Meanwhile, the sleeper in this race was the hardcharging Kyle Welsch traveling thru the pack from his eighth starting position. Welsch powered
his way past Murns, and then Houghtaling on Lap 13. Welsch then closed in on the leader Deak Sr and began searching for a way past. Lap 17, Welsch found his opportunity in turn 3, he dived down low and slung it sideways just enough to pinch his right fender to get a lane opened down the frontstretch. The two drivers battled it out before Welsch took sole possession of the lead with two laps to go. At the checkers it was Welsch narrowingly beating Deak Sr. for his second victory of the season in his Sedita Motorsports # 357. Joel Murns was in hot pursuit to claim a strong third place finish.

The Four Cylinder class had seven different feature winners in as many events this season before former champion Dan Curry broke the streak to pick up his second feature win of the season this past Saturday. Tisha Curry captured the early lead with Ivan Guerra quickly moving into second. T. Curry and Guerra then began to battle for the lead with T. Curry holding the advantage. While the battle for the lead up front was going on, D. Curry was methodically coming up through the field from his ninth starting position. D. Curry moved into third position by getting past Eddie Jones Jr. on Lap 5. D. Curry then sliced his way by the battling T. Curry and Guerra on Lap 7 taking the lead. On Lap 12, the yellow flew for a spinning Jones Jr who has just moved into second
place on the previous lap. Fourth place running T. Curry was also involved and sent to the rear as well thus moving Cody Houghtaling into the third position. After the restart, D. Curry continued to lead while Guerra closely followed waiting on any slip by the leader. At the finish, it was D. Curry over Guerra and C. Houghtaling.

Mike Roth overcame bad luck and mechanical troubles to nail down a hard earned victory over a very strong running Katie Verwys. Roth took the lead on Lap 4 but could not pull away from the stout Verwys. Joey Aungst came on strong mid race and began to challenge Verwys for second. At the checkers, Roth came across with his eighth feature win of the season over Verwys and Joey Aungst. Beginner Bandos saw Ty Smith breaking the win streak of Monica Deckelman and picked up his third win of the season by doing an exciting turn 4 pass on Lap 9. Deckelman held for a very close second as she chased Smith to the checkers. Kaden Rogers finished third.

Results :
Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Dan Dulin 4. Rich Coons 5. Chris Cook 6. Bill Papula 7. Bryan Jones 8. Jeff Richardson
Modified Feature: 1. Steve Conklin, Claryville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Wayne Kirkpatrick 5. Mike Dutka 6. Stephen Kammer 7. Scott Quick
Legends Feature: 1. Eugene Drew, West Milford, NJ 2. Daniel Carter 3. Mike Policastro 4. Sean Verwys 5. James Anderson
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. Glenn Richard 5. Bill VanAken 6. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature: 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Joel Murns 4. Walt Henry 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Dan Houghtaling 7. Corey Stanton 8. Patty Falkena 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Gary Gamble 11. Frank Maiori
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cody Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Jeffrey Tubbs 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Nicole Nelson 8. Tisha Curry 9. Alec Graham 10. Dan VanAken 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Tabitha Riordan 13. Richard Smith DNS. George VanAken
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Joey Aungst 4. Nick Archiere 5. Justin Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne 8. Evan Rygielski
Beginner Bandos: 1. Ty Smith Eldred, NY 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Leland Oefelein 5. Justin Smith

July 7th, 2018

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Rich Coons 4. Dan Dulin 5. Chris Cook 6. Jerry Curry DNS. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Washingtonville, NY 2. Mike Dutka 3. Stephen Kammer 4. Scott Quick 5. Tyler Dachenhausen DNS. John Cote

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Sean Verwys 3. Matt Maring 4. Eugene Drew 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt 6. Pat Verwys

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Bob Policastro 3. John Rood 4. Porter Crawson 5. Ed Butler DNS. Ray Tarantino

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Bill Deak Jr. 4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Joel Murns 6. Jeff Hager 7. Corey Stanton 8. Jessica Ricci 9. Dan Houghtaling 10. Brian Bauerfeind 11. Phil Funcheon

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. David Donovan, Neversink, NY 2. Dan Curry 3. Eddie Jones Jr. 4. Richard Smith 5. Cody Houghtaling 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Brent Shaddock 8. Tisha Curry 9. Jeff DeGroat 10. Felicia Reichenbaugh 11. Tabitha Riordan 12. George VanAken 13. Brandon Conklin 14. Mike Doherty 15. Anthony Tarantino

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

Beginner Bandos: 1. Monica Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Ty Smith 4. Leland Oefelein

THE CAMERA FOCUSES ON DACHENHAUSEN AND KIRKPATRICK AS THEY TAKE CHECKERS IN SPORTSMAN AND MODIFIED FEATURES!

July 7th 2018:

Perfect pristine weather allowed for an impeccable Andresen Racing Photography Camera Night at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday as fans were invited out on the speedway and got up close to the cars and drivers. Many of the race teams were giving away items and signing autographs to the delighted and eager fans. On the track, the racing was fierce with many top guns adding to their feature win totals, a winning streak was finally stopped along with other new drivers finding Victory Lane.

Extreme Kleaner Sportsman feature action found rookie Chris Cook jumping out to the early lead but quickly found himself pursued by veteran racer Rich Coons. On Lap 3, Coons made an exciting pass to take the lead from Cook but current point leader Ed Dachenhausen followed Coons and took the second position. Dachenhausen then made an inside charge on Coons several laps later and took over the lead. As Dachenhausen checked out, long time hotshoe Rick Mill came up through the pack and began a multi lap battle with Coons for second position. At the halfway mark, Mill proved to have the horses and pulled away from Coons out of turn two to take second position. Mill then spent the remainder of the race trying to close the large gap that the leader
Dachenhausen created. It was too little, too late for Mill as he just began challenging Dachenhausen with the dual checkers flying. Dachenhausen powered his Brookside Glass # 18 to his third win of the season by half a car length over the fast closing Mill. Coons picked up a strong third place finish.

Mike Dutka, a longtime racer but rookie in the Interstate Battery Asphalt Modifieds appeared destined for his first victory of the season as he took control of the lead at the drop of the green. The first half of the race Dutka was hitting his marks and clicking the laps off despite heavy pressure from current point leader Wayne Kirkpatrick. At the halfway mark the Dutka machine started to get loose in the corners which allowed Kirkpatrick to hound the leader even more. With five laps to go, Kirkpatrick made a brazen move to the inside of Dutka in turn two as Dutka slipped ever slightly up the track. Going into the following turn 3, Dutka dove to the inside of Kirkpatrick to recapture the lead and his move also allowed Stephen Kammer to cram into second position as well. However, Kirkpatrick unwavered and charged his way back past Kammer one lap later and began to hunt down Dutka. On Lap 18, Dutka got loose in turn two and
Kirkpatrick made his move on the inside as he took his Active Motorsports # 25 into the lead going down the backstretch and nailed down his second feature win of the season over the determined Dutka. Stephen Kammer took home his best finish of the season in third.

INEX Legends racing found an all Verwys front row with Sean jumping out to the early lead. S. Verwys continued to lead despite a relentless Eugene Drew battling him for the lead during the first half of the race. At the halfway point, Drew spun coming off turn 4 while challenging for the lead and resulted in the caution to come out. On the restart, S. Verwys powered ahead and continued to lead but now had a new contender with current point leader Mike Policastro. Policastro stayed glued to Verwys preying on any slip up by the sophomore driver. On Lap 17, that slip happened in turn 2 and Policastro capitalized with an inside swing and took the lead down the backstretch. Policastro was able to fend off the remaining challenges by S. Verwys to take home his third feature win of the year by half a car length over S. Verwys. Matt Maring came across in third place.

Fan Favorite, Larry O’Donnell cruised to an emotional victory to pick up his second win of the season in the Interstate Battery Pro Stocks with much applause from those in attendance. A returning past champion, Bob Policastro took home a strong second but was unable to mount a charge on the Tri Counties Auto #5 of O’Donnell. Longtime pro stock racer John Rood finished a stout third place despite being a rookie on Bethel’s pavement.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock feature found longtime versatile driver Jeff Hager taking the lead on an outside charge in the early race laps. On Lap 3, a turn four tangle found the yellow coming out. On the restart, Hager continued to lead over rookie Dan Houghtaling and top gun Walt Henry. Lap 5 found the yellow coming out again but when racing went green, the action amped up as Hager and Henry dashed it out for the lead coming out of turn two. The two drivers dragged each other down the backstretch with Henry outmaneuvering Hager going into turn 3 and claimed the lead. It was smooth sailing for Henry the rest of the race as Kyle Welsch battled Hager for second for several laps before claiming sole possession at the halfway point.
Welsch then was in the hunt for the leader Henry but quickly ran out of time to reel him in. Henry cruised to his third feature win of the season in the JBM Truck Repair # 171 over Welsch and hard charging Bill Deak Jr. claiming third place by race end.

Four Cylinder feature racing found an eigth different winner in as many events as enduro guru David Donovan captured his first feature victory of the season. Donovan led all twenty laps but had to contend with last week’s feature winner Dan Curry. Donovan had the winning beat as he proved to be the best on this night and took home his first win of the season over D. Curry and a returning Eddie Jones Jr. who came home in third.

Bandoleros saw young gun Garrett Zacharias coming to town and put a stop to the long feature win streak of the gamechanger Mike Roth. Zacharias capitalized on his front row starting position and put on a flawless drive despite pressure by Roth. At the checkers, it was Zacharias picking up his first win of the season over Roth and a hard charging Joey Aungst to finish third.

Beginner Bandolero action found Monica Deckelman collecting her second win in a row after a lengthy battle with young guns Kaden Rogers and Ty Smith. The young Deckelman proved to be unshakeable and was destined for her second career feature victory.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Rich Coons 4. Dan Dulin 5. Chris Cook 6. Jerry Curry DNS. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Washingtonville, NY 2. Mike Dutka 3. Stephen Kammer 4. Scott Quick 5. Tyler Dachenhausen DNS. John Cote

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Sean Verwys 3. Matt Maring 4. Eugene Drew 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt 6. Pat Verwys

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Bob Policastro 3. John Rood 4. Porter Crawson 5. Ed Butler DNS. Ray Tarantino

Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Bill Deak Jr. 4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Joel Murns 6. Jeff Hager 7. Corey Stanton 8. Jessica Ricci 9. Dan Houghtaling 10. Brian Bauerfeind 11. Phil Funcheon

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. David Donovan, Neversink, NY 2. Dan Curry 3. Eddie Jones Jr. 4. Richard Smith 5. Cody Houghtaling 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Brent Shaddock 8. Tisha Curry 9. Jeff DeGroat 10. Felicia Reichenbaugh 11. Tabitha Riordan 12. George VanAken 13. Brandon Conklin 14. Mike Doherty 15. Anthony Tarantino

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

Beginner Bandos: 1. Monica Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Ty Smith 4. Leland Oefelein

June 30th, 2018

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill, New Windsor, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Dan Dulin
4. Paul Martin 5. Jerry Curry 6. Rich Coons 7. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt, Swan Lake, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Wayne
Kirkpatrick 4. Steve Conklin 5. Joe DeGracia 6. John Cote 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott
Quick 9. Joe McCarthy 10. Mike Dutka

Legends Feature: 1. Chris Gall, Brick, NJ 2. Mike Policastro 3. Sean Verwys 4. Kenny
Hopkins 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Glenn Richard 4.
John Rood 5. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind, Callicoon, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Kyle Welsch
4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Walt Henry 6. Corey Stanton 7. Dan Houghtaling 8. Patty Falkena 9.
Frank Maiori 10. Jeff Hager 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Phil Funcheon 13. Jessica Ricci 14.
Kevin Skelly

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cliff Levinson
4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Tabitha Riordan 6. George VanAken 7. Felicia Reichenbaugh 8.
Alec Graham 9. Richard Smith

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4.
Justin Aungst 5. Brian Rygielski 6. Nick Archiere

Beginner Bandos: 1. Monica Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers

MILL SCORCHES SPORTSMAN FIELD; LAPOLT BRINGS THE THUNDER TO WIN MODS!

June, 30th 2018:
As a prelude to our nation’s birthday, it was hot, sunny, and humid with temperatures in
the mid 90’s. Depite the high heat index, the racing was even hotter with plenty of
excitement for those in attendance.

The Extreme Kleaner Sportsman found round two of the Tri-Co Electric Sportsman
Challenge Series with their firecracker feature. At the start, polesitter Dan Dulin jumped
out into the lead and began to click away the laps in strong fashion. On Lap 8, Rick Mill
and Ed Dachenhausen found themselves improving from their mid-pack starting
positions and nipping at the rear bumper of Dulin while they battled wheel to wheel for
second position. Dulin continued to hold his ground leading while dealing with heavy
pressure from Dachenhausen on the inside and Mill on the outside. On Lap 14, Mill kept
even with Dulin on the outside down the backstretch giving him opportunity to capture
the lead. Mill then twisted his mount on the highside in turn 3 with much momentum and
got the move to stick as he powered ahead of Dulin coming out of turn four.
Dachenhausen then dashed ahead of Dulin to take second one lap later and began to
challenge the leader Mill. Dachenhausen maintained his low line and made a couple of
charges for the lead but could not get Mill to slip up the track. At the checkers, Mill
scorched ahead to the finish line with his Armistead Mechanical #77 closely followed by
Dachenhausen and the impressive Dulin finishing third.

In Interstate Battery Asphalt Modifieds, Skip LaPolt is no stranger to the speedway, but
this season has found the veteran chauffeur making limited appearances. Although he
has been absent, he did not forget the fast way around the bullring. LaPolt brought the
thunder on this night as he bolted from his pole position at the start and dominated the
feature leading every lap to his first victory of the season in his PJ Degracia # 5L
machine. While LaPolt was leading there was a good battle for the rest of the positions.
Steve Conklin passed a strong running Mike Dutka for second on Lap 4. However,
Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tyler Dachenhausen were making some good moves and
coming up through the field as well. Kirkpatrick muscled his way past Conklin for second
at the halfway point but Dachenhausen found the highside to his liking. For the last final
laps of the race Dachenhausen was in a rail on the outside going around Conklin for
third but getting Kirkpatrick for second in the same manner. Dachenhausen set his
sights on the leader LaPolt and closed in but quickly ran out of time. Kirkpatrick finished
third over Conklin.

INEX Legends feature action found Chris Gall jumping out into the lead at the start. Gall
drove exceptionally strong on this night as he continued to hit his marks each lap
despite dealing with the pressure from current point leader Mike Policastro. At the finish
line, Gall picked up his first career feature win at Bethel in his DeGracia Contracting #34
over a very quick Policastro. Sean Verwys came home in third position.

Hometown Hero, Ed Butler cruised to an easy victory to pick up his third win of the
season in the Interstate Battery Pro Stocks. Butler charged from his third starting
position to overtake veteran campaigner Larry O’Donnell for the lead on Lap 4 and
never looked back. O’Donnell stayed steady in second with a returning Glenn Richard
taking home third despite a strong challenge from veteran John Rood at the checkers.

Excitement was plentiful in Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock action. Returning top gun
Kevin Skelly took the lead at the outset over veteran Joel Murns. Skelly appeared to be
on cruise control as the rest of the pack waged a fierce battle with double points on the
line for this night. Bill Deak Sr. was the first to come up from deep in the pack and
began to challenge Murns for second despite heavy lap traffic. On Lap 14, Brian
Bauerfeind was the next challenger to come from the back and was able to muscle his
way past Deak Sr on the inside of turn 3. On a restart, Bauerfeind passed Murns for
second position on Lap 17 and began to set his sights on the leader Skelly who had
now lost his large lead. Skelly continued to run flawless and came across the line ahead
of Bauerfeind and Murns at the finish. During post-race inspection, Skelly was found
with a minor weight percentage deviation thus shuffling the running order and crediting
Bauerfeind with his second win of the season, Murns second, and hard charger Kyle
Welsch moved to third in the finishing order.

Four Cylinder feature racing found a seventh different winner in as many events as
long-time campaigner Dan Curry captured his first feature victory of the season. Curry
led all twenty laps but had to contend with a returning former champion Ivan Guerra.
Curry proved to be too strong on this night and Guerra settled for second with current
point leader Cliff Levinson finishing in third position.

Bandoleros saw Mike Roth making a fifth position to first position power move at the
start of the feature. Roth continued his dominance in the class and collected his seventh
victory of the season, Joey Aungst scored another runner-up finish, with Katie Verwys
collecting third position on the last lap. Beginner Bandolero action found Monica
Deckelman collecting her first career win after a race long battle with young gun Kaden
Rogers.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill, New Windsor, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Dan Dulin
4. Paul Martin 5. Jerry Curry 6. Rich Coons 7. Matt Curry

Modified Feature: 1. Skip LaPolt, Swan Lake, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Wayne
Kirkpatrick 4. Steve Conklin 5. Joe DeGracia 6. John Cote 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott
Quick 9. Joe McCarthy 10. Mike Dutka

Legends Feature: 1. Chris Gall, Brick, NJ 2. Mike Policastro 3. Sean Verwys 4. Kenny
Hopkins 5. Jeffrey Lefcourt

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Glenn Richard 4.
John Rood 5. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind, Callicoon, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Kyle Welsch
4. Bill Deak Sr. 5. Walt Henry 6. Corey Stanton 7. Dan Houghtaling 8. Patty Falkena 9.
Frank Maiori 10. Jeff Hager 11. Eddie Jones Jr. 12. Phil Funcheon 13. Jessica Ricci 14.
Kevin Skelly

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Curry, Swan Lake, NY 2. Ivan Guerra 3. Cliff Levinson
4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Tabitha Riordan 6. George VanAken 7. Felicia Reichenbaugh 8.
Alec Graham 9. Richard Smith

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4.
Justin Aungst 5. Brian Rygielski 6. Nick Archiere

Beginner Bandos: 1. Monica Deckelman, Fremont Center, NY 2. Kaden Rogers

Bethel Motor Speedway suffers 5th rainout of the season; Adds Crate Dirt Sportsman to schedule on July 15th & July 21st !

After getting three straight weeks of racing in, Bethel’s good luck ran out this past Saturday as a dismal forecast of rain and damp weather forced the cancellation of the evening’s events for the fifth time this season.

This coming Saturday is sure to be an exciting one as all classes will be in action. We will be celebrating ‘America’s Independence’ by highlighting our Extreme Kleaner Sportsman class with a ‘Firecracker Fifty’ race which is round two of Tri-Co Electric’s Sportsman Challenge Series. Competitors will draw for heat race position, then redraw for the feature The fifty lap feature will pay a spectacular $1,000 to the winner and will offer up a cool $75 to take the green for the feature. The winner will also receive a guaranteed front row starting position in one of the ‘Fall of 69’ qualifying races which will be held on September, 30th. The Sportsman and Shakelton Napa Street Stocks will also have double points on this night and could really shake up the point standings. The street stocks will also be competing in their ‘Stampede’ race which will be 25 laps and offer $250 to Win along with a ‘Woodstocker’ pole shot for its qualifying races.

Sunday, July 15 th will see Crate Dirt Sportsman and INEX classes being added to the Skelly’s Towing ‘Zoom & Doom Afternoon’. Races will begin at 2pm. The Crate Sportsman will run heats and features and offer up $400 to win and $50 to take the green. The race will follow draw/redraw procedures. This race will be wide open to win as the majority of Bethel’s own Sportsman racers will be ineligible to compete as it is 602 Crate Only. Legends and Bandoleros will also see INEX National Points being offered up to help offset many races being lost in the Northeast this year due to rain. The ever popular four cylinder pure stock ‘Hippie Bowl’ returns for a very entertaining forty lap feature. Also there will be a $1,000 to Win* Enduro that is for FWD Four Cylinder (Manual or Automatic) and FWD Six Cylinder (Automatic Only). The enduro cars can be as minimal as a ‘gut and go’. The enduro will be based on car count but plans to be 75 laps in length and will be sure to offer up plenty of spills and thrills for those in attendance.

Saturday, July 21 st will see the addition of Crate Sportsman for our ‘Remembering Danbury Racearena’ themed night sponsored by Lajoie’s Auto Wrecking in Norwalk, CT & the memorable Joe’s Bar & Grill in Danbury, CT. The Crate Dirt Sportsman will be competing for $400 to Win and $50 to start utilizing a Draw/Redraw format. This race is also wide open to win. The ‘Danbury Night’ will be highlighted by the Interstate Batteries asphalt modifieds for their popular ‘Ev Pierce Memorial’. The race is run in honor of Pierce who was a very successful racer at both Danbury and Bethel collecting many feature wins between the two tracks. The race is a 40 lap feature paying $400 to win. This night will be crucial to many modified competitors as triple points are on the line. The night will also see the return of the ATQMRA three quarter midgets along with vintage midgets. Vintage modifieds will also be in attendance, some of them being former cars that raced at Danbury.

Come join us as the excitement builds at Bethel Motor Speedway. Each night is special and offers much variation in short track racing. Don’t miss out on the action!

June 16th, 2018

Results :
TQ Midget (ATQMRA) Feature: 1. Joey Bailey, Monroe, NJ 2. Matt Janisch 3. Ryan Tidman 4. Tim Proctor 5. Cole Mullen 6. Ronnie Mullen 7. Mark Yoder 8. Paul Dodorico 9. Dave Williams 10. Buddy Sload 11. Kris Graver

Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Kyle Redner 4. Dan Dulin 5. Matt Curry 6. Bill Papula 7. Rich Coons 8. Paul Martin DQ. Jerry Curry

Legends Feature: 1. Matt Maring, Hampton, NJ 2. Sean Verwys 3. Eugene Drew 4. Joe DeGracia 5. Pat Verwys 6. Chris Gall 7. Mike Policastro

Street Stock Feature : 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Kevin Skelly 3. Jeff Hager 4. Joel Murns 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Bill Deak Sr. 7. Walt Henry 8. Eddie Jones Jr. 9. Patty Falkena 10. Frank Maiori 11. Dan Houghtaling

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. John Houghtaling, Monticello, NY 2. Dan Curry 3. Jerry Kingeter 4. Jeffrey Tubbs 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Cody Houghtaling 8. Josh Wilbur 9. Richard Smith 10. Larry O’Donnell 11. Jessey Torrens 12. Brandon Conklin 13. Willie DeGraw 14. Marisol Torrens DNS. Tom Cavagnino DNS. Felicia Reichenbaug

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Nick Archiere 4. Justin Aungst 5. Joey Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne

Beginner Bandos: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Ty Smith 4. Kaden Rogers 5. Leland Oefelein 6. Jordan Smith

Micro Stocks (World Formula) Feature: 1. Bob Wagner, Chester NJ 2. Tom Ervin 3. Harry Burd 4. Tyler Wagner 5. Noel Scheffen 6. Jeff Weinacher 7. Jim Counterman 8. James Counterman 9. Keith Mellors DNS. Pat Owens DNS. Andy Crane DNS. Darrell Kreider

Vintage Midgets Four Stroke (ATQMVC) Feature: 1. Mike Casario, Denville, NJ 2. Hank Rogers Jr. 3. Rick Casario 4. Mike Corigliano 5. Bill DiMatteo 6. Keith Majka 7. Joe Klein Sr. DNS. Billy Hughes

Vintage Midgets Two Stroke (ATQMVC) Feature: 1. Graham Hughes, White Haven, PA 2. Mark Pritchard 3. John Leombruno 4. Rick Casario 5. Billy Fischer 6. Mike Casario

JOEY BAILEY TAKES THE CAKE IN THRILLING ATQMRA ‘PINE BROOK REUNION’ FEATURE AT BETHEL!

June, 16th 2018:

Saturday night was action packed at Bethel Motor Speedway as it paid homage to Pine Brook Stadium; which was a small paved oval in Pine Brook, NJ and was designed specifically for TQ Midget racing. The track was in operation from 1962 to 1989. Many former racers and fans of the speedway came out and relived memories while watching the on track action as much was themed for Pine Brook with active ATQMRA racing along with vintage open wheel racing from ATQMVC and ACOT along with the World Formula Micro Stock tour which was a class that was designed for the Pine Brook track. New Jersey racer, Mike Tidaback along with his family were the Grand Marshalls for the evening. Tidaback’s racing roots go back to the Pine Brook track but he also was always a threat to win and was successful racing at Bethel in the past as well. All in attendance were pleased to see Mike and his family at the speedway in good spirits, as he recovers from a severe injury that occurred to him when racing six months ago.

The highlighted race of the night was the ATQMRA TQ feature which found polesitter Cole Mullen jumping out to the early lead as the yellow quickly flew for a frontstretch jingle involving Kris Graver, Buddy Sload, and Matt Janisch. Both Graver and Sload retired to the pits with mechanical trouble. When racing resumed, Joey Bailey began to quickly pressure Mullen for the lead. On Lap 4, Bailey captured the lead but had Ryan Tidman in hot pursuit as he moved into second on lap 5. As the two leaders battled for the lead, another contender emerged from the back of the pack as Janisch recovered from his early race trouble to move into third on lap 7. Janisch then reeled in the leaders and began to challenge Tidman for second. While negotiating lap traffic, Janisch found his opportunity at the race halfway mark as a lane opened. Janisch jumped in it and overtook second position from Tidman. The second half of the race proved to be nerve-wracking for Bailey as both Janisch and Tidman ran inches from his rear bumper. Bailey never slipped despite contending with lap traffic and came across the finish line barely ahead of Janisch and Tidman. The win for Bailey was extra savory as the victory proved to be a well-earned birthday present and victory lane was quite celebratory afterwards.

Extreme Kleaner Sportsman racing proved to be full of excitement in the nightcap. Veteran racer, Bill Papula jumped out to the early lead from his second position and looked strong out of the box. The yellow quickly came out on lap 2 as former champion Kyle Redner brushed the turn 3 wall. On the restart, Papula again propelled from the pack and looked very comfortable in the lead. Meanwhile, Connecticut hotshoe Ed Dachenhausen was methodically coming up through the pack from his seventh starting position. Dachenhausen’s machine outhandled Dan Dulin and took over the second position and began to try and close the gap with leader Papula who was now starting to emit traces of smoke. On Lap 16, bad luck bit Papula as the smoke turned to mechanical failure dropping him out of the lead and the event as well. Dachenhausen inherited the lead but now had to contend with Rick Mill who was now running in second. On the restart, Mill tried to nip under Dachenhausen but couldn’t get the real estate opened with Dachenhausen defending his lead. Mill made one final attempt on the inside down the frontstretch on the white flag lap but again just fell short going into turn one and was hard on the brakes as Dachenhausen sped off with his Brookside Glass #18s to collect his second feature win of the season. Mill held on for second with Redner collecting a third-place finish after a valiant run from early race troubles.

Long time Legends racer Matt Maring returned to a familiar place and picked up a victory in his first start of the season. The race started with Eugene Drew taking the lead until Sean Verwys found a power burst down the backstretch to capture the inside lane along with the lead going into turn 3 on Lap 7. Verwys looked smooth on this night as he held a comfortable lead over Chris Gall until a turn 2 spin on Lap 15 for Joe DeGracia brought out the caution. On the restart, Gall challenged S.Verwys hard for the lead but the sleeper was Maring as he was able to pass third place running Mike Policastro on the restart and two laps later was able to get by Gall for second. The final yellow flew on lap 18 for a turn 4 tangle between Gall and Policastro. When racing resumed, Maring proved to be too strong too hold off as he muscled his way past Verwys in the final corner of the final lap to beat Verwys by a car length at the checkers. Drew came across the line in third.

The fan favorite Shakelton Auto Parts street stocks lived up to its name as it was a barnburner to the wire which saw Kyle Welsch picking up an emotional first victory of the season. The first half of the race found long time versatile driver Jeff Hager leading away despite heavy pressure from Welsch. The two drivers ran hard door to door for several laps until Welsch’s outside charge proved complete on lap 9. One lap later, a returning Kevin Skelly picked it up a notch and passed Hager for second. Skelly then began to challenge Welsch for the lead. The leaders put on a royal battle for several laps as Skelly tried Welsch both high and low many times but couldn’t get a pass to stick. In the races final two laps, Skelly upped the ante and began to nip at Welsch’s rear bumper trying to get him to slip. However, Welsch was in the zone to victory and was unphased with Skelly’s attempts and took the win by half a car length. Both Skelly and Hager contently finished second and third in the thrilling feature.

Another new winner emerged in the Four Cylinder Pure Stock ranks as John Houghtaling picked up a much-earned victory. J. Houghtaling’s win made him the sixth different feature winner in as many races so far this year. Veteran driver Jerry Kingeter jumped out to the early lead and looked very strong on this night. He easily led until about the halfway point when sixth starting John Houghtaling began outside pressure on the leader. The drivers ran wheel to wheel for many laps which had many fans cheering, with five laps to go J. Houghtaling got command of the lead but now had fourteenth place starter Dan Curry quickly overtaking second position from Kingeter. D. Curry then began pressuring J. Houghtaling high and low but quickly ran out of time as J. Houghtaling crossed the checkers a car length ahead of D. Curry. Kingeter took home a third over a strong field of cars.

In Bandolero action, Mike Roth outpowered Brian Rygielski on Lap 5 to take the lead and cruise to his sixth win of the season in another dominating performance in the Sullivan Engine #8. Katie Verwys and Nick Archiere took home strong finishes in second and third respectively.

Former slingshot racer, Colton Geary came from the back to pick up his second Beginner Bando feature win of the season. He easily outdistanced second and third place finishing Monica Deckelman and Ty Smith as they put on a multiple lap battle for those positions.

World Formula Micro Stocks put on a clinic of exciting racing for their feature. The top four cars swapped the lead several times with veteran driver Bob Wagner capturing the lead from Tom Ervin with two laps two go. At the checkers, B. Wagner was a nose ahead of Ervin with early race leader Harry Burd in hot pursuit to finish third.

Graham Hughes and Mike Casario picked up the vintage TQ feature events at the speedway.

Results :
TQ Midget (ATQMRA) Feature: 1. Joey Bailey, Monroe, NJ 2. Matt Janisch 3. Ryan Tidman 4. Tim Proctor 5. Cole Mullen 6. Ronnie Mullen 7. Mark Yoder 8. Paul Dodorico 9. Dave Williams 10. Buddy Sload 11. Kris Graver

Sportsman Feature : 1. Ed Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT 2. Rick Mill 3. Kyle Redner 4. Dan Dulin 5. Matt Curry 6. Bill Papula 7. Rich Coons 8. Paul Martin DQ. Jerry Curry

Legends Feature: 1. Matt Maring, Hampton, NJ 2. Sean Verwys 3. Eugene Drew 4. Joe DeGracia 5. Pat Verwys 6. Chris Gall 7. Mike Policastro

Street Stock Feature : 1. Kyle Welsch, Narrowsburg, NY 2. Kevin Skelly 3. Jeff Hager 4. Joel Murns 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Bill Deak Sr. 7. Walt Henry 8. Eddie Jones Jr. 9. Patty Falkena 10. Frank Maiori 11. Dan Houghtaling

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. John Houghtaling, Monticello, NY 2. Dan Curry 3. Jerry Kingeter 4. Jeffrey Tubbs 5. Nicole Nelson 6. Cliff Levinson 7. Cody Houghtaling 8. Josh Wilbur 9. Richard Smith 10. Larry O’Donnell 11. Jessey Torrens 12. Brandon Conklin 13. Willie DeGraw 14. Marisol Torrens DNS. Tom Cavagnino DNS. Felicia Reichenbaug

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Nick Archiere 4. Justin Aungst 5. Joey Aungst 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Joey Lamontagne

Beginner Bandos: 1. Colton Geary, Waymart, PA 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Ty Smith 4. Kaden Rogers 5. Leland Oefelein 6. Jordan Smith

Micro Stocks (World Formula) Feature: 1. Bob Wagner, Chester NJ 2. Tom Ervin 3. Harry Burd 4. Tyler Wagner 5. Noel Scheffen 6. Jeff Weinacher 7. Jim Counterman 8. James Counterman 9. Keith Mellors DNS. Pat Owens DNS. Andy Crane DNS. Darrell Kreider

Vintage Midgets Four Stroke (ATQMVC) Feature: 1. Mike Casario, Denville, NJ 2. Hank Rogers Jr. 3. Rick Casario 4. Mike Corigliano 5. Bill DiMatteo 6. Keith Majka 7. Joe Klein Sr. DNS. Billy Hughes

Vintage Midgets Two Stroke (ATQMVC) Feature: 1. Graham Hughes, White Haven, PA 2. Mark Pritchard 3. John Leombruno 4. Rick Casario 5. Billy Fischer 6. Mike Casario