Blauvelt, NY, March 18, 2018– On the weekend of March 24 & 25, Bethel Speedway will be participating at both the OCFS Motorsports Show in Middletown, NY. and the Anthracite Auto Speed Sport Showcase Show, Scranton, PA., promoting Bethel Speedway. Bethel Speedway will have a booth at the OCFS Motorsports Show, promoting the speedway, providing schedules, selling parking spots, and memberships (last weekend to purchase memberships at a reduced cost). George Van Arsdall Jr., Bethel Speedway General Manager, as well as select speedway staff members, will be available to answer questions about the upcoming racing season. On Saturday afternoon (Noon to 2pm) at the same venue, 2017 Sportsman Champion Jeff Richardson will be available at the Bethel booth to share chassis setups, helping to prepare a DIRT Sportsman car to race on asphalt at Bethel Speedway. Jeff Richardson has over 50 feature wins and 5 Championships at Bethel. Also on Saturday, March 24th , in another state, Bethel Speedway Promoter Peter “Crackers” Reynolds will be at the Anthracite Auto Speed Sport Showcase, Scranton, PA. promoting Bethel Speedway. “Crackers” will be in the Moc-A-Tek reunion booth on Saturday afternoon. The main focus is to promote Saturday, May 26, 2018. On this date Bethel Speedway will host “Military Night” along with the Moc-A-Tec Reunion. The night will include the 1st Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Race honoring Pete Gardner in the Pete Gardner Memorial 56 lap race. The race will pay a hefty $1,000. to win, and is sponsored by HIG Fab Race Cars. This night will also have a full schedule of racing. “Crackers” cited, “I am looking forward to going to the Scranton show, I participated in the show in 1996 with the #73 Kneisel house car and have a lot of racing friends from Moc-A-Tec Speedway. For several years Allan Shiffler drove the Crackers Motorsports’ #73 at Moc-A-Tek Speedway. Ed Tauschman a dear friend, was the Crew Chief of the #73 and was a big supporter of Moc-A-Tec Speedway. On Sunday afternoon, at the OCFS Motorsports Show, tentatively around 1:30pm, Bethel Speedway will have a Press Conference introducing Extreme Energy Solutions’ Extreme Kleaner as the division sponsor for the DIRT Sportsman division. Extreme Kleaner sample bottles will be available. It is going to be a full, busy weekend for Bethel Speedway. “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”
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Bethel’s Street Stock to be Tuned Up By Shakelton Auto and Truck.

Blauvelt, [ST], March 15, 2018– Peter Reynolds, promoter for Bethel Speedway is proud to announce a sponsorship agreement has been signed with Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers, (NAPA) as the division sponsor for the Street Stock division for the 2018 points season. Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers has been involved with Bethel Speedway for many years, and now has (10) ten NAPA stores located in Sullivan, Orange, Delaware, and Ulster Counties in NY, and Pike County in North-Eastern Pennsylvania. This sponsorship will help increase the drivers’ point fund for the Street Stock division. Each car, team, driver competing in the Street Stock division, must have the Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers decal on the upper door of all cars, in order to be eligible for point fund monies. President George Shakelton is excited about this sponsorship with Bethel Speedway as the Street Stock division sponsor. “Short track, Grassroots racing at its best!” exclaimed George Shakelton. “We are excited to be involved with Bethel Motor Speedway, as a lot of our customers’ race, or attend the speedway weekly.

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Bethel Motor Speedway: Annual Awards Banquet

While the weather outside was frightful with much of Sullivan County, NY out of power due to a strong nor’easter snow storm, but the inside of the Ramada at the Sullivan in Rock Hill N.Y. was delightful this past Sunday which found a packed gathering of excited racers for their annual awards banquet.

Guests were treated to a buffet style dinner along with hor d’oeuvres hour, dessert, and cocktail bar. The top ten drivers in season long point standings were each recognized and awarded trophies for their achievements. It was a fun evening by all in attendance.

In the Sportsman class, Jeff Richardson an ageless veteran driver found himself winning another championship title at the speedway. His multiple championships include not only Sportsman but in the Modifeds and Street Stocks ranks as well. Richardson had to work hard for the championship though as it came down to the wire going into the final race of the season. He was able to beat the 2016 point champion Kyle Redner by a mere 54 points. Richardson solidified himself as the Champ by collecting six feature wins, 17 top fives, and 5 heat wins over the course of 19 races.

Blair Culhane nailed down his first track championship at the speedway in the BMS Modified class for 2017. Culhane ran strong and smart all season long, collecting six wins, 17 top fives, and four heat wins to defeat longtime modified stand out competitor John Cote to pick up the elusive championship. Cote hung with Culhane all season long in the points battle and came down to the final race. Cote fell just a mere 46 points back.

Legends found an underdog taking home the track championship in the class this past season. Newcomer Peter Bennett was not only new to the track but was also new to the Legends class for 2017. Bennett improved each week and was able to score consistent finishes not normally seen by a rookie. On the final night of points, Bennett upped it up a notch and took home his first career win at Bethel. It was a spectacular stand out season for the well reserved rookie driver.

Ed Butler collected his second track championship in the Pro Stock class. All season long Butler had to contend with another track champion Kenny Atkins and it was a battle of the heavyweights throughout the season. Butler went into the final night of points with a very slim lead but was able to hold on and take home the championship.

Fan favorite Amber Van Orden picked up her second career street stock championship off the strength of five feature wins, 17 top fives, and 4 heat wins over the course of the season. However, it was no easy task as Walt Henry was chasing close behind all season long while posting four feature wins, 14 top fives, and seven heat wins. It came down to the last night in points, with Amber Van Orden holding on for the championship by beating Henry by the slight margin of just 26 points.

Other track champions also included Mike Travis in Four Cylinder Expert who has proven that he has mastered all in the four cylinder pure stock ranks. Mike’s highlight of the season was winning the inaugural ‘Hippie Bowl’ which ran in front of a packed grandstand , Dan Houghtaling in Four Cylinder Novice drove flawlessly all season long and racked up consistent finishes every week picking up two feature wins along the way, and Mike Roth in Bandoleros who was in a season long duel with Anthony Bello. Roth, on the strength of a very strong second half of the season, the twelve time feature winner picked up his first track championship over the very competitive Bello who remained in striking distance for the title all the way to the final points race.

Other prestigious awards presented were:

Crew Chief of the Year : Rudy Roth

Sherri Barnes Woman in Racing : Tonya Van Orden

Fellowship in Racing : Bob Jashembowski

Most Improved : Verwys Racing

Dick Crumley Sportsmanship Award: Gary Van Orden Sr.

Best Appearing Car: Felicia Reichenbaugh and Mario Contarino.

Rookies of the Year: Al Archiere (Sportsman) , Tyler Dachenhausen (Modified) , Peter Bennett (Legends) , Art McArthur (Pro Stock), Brian Bauerfeind (Street Stock) , John Houghtaling (Expert), Cliff Levinson (Novice), Anthony Bello (Bandolero), and Tabitha Riordan (True Rookie).

The awards banquet also included a preview into the ‘Feel the Excitement’ 2018 race season. Schedules were given out with sponsor product samples for the upcoming season along with the announcement of several big sponsors and marketing partners announced.

Peter “Crackers” Reynolds, track promoter along with George Van Arsdall Jr. (General Manager) were proud to present Extreme Energy Solutions / Extreme Kleaner as the weekly division sponsor of the open wheeled sportsman and Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers (NAPA) as the weekly division sponsor for the fan favorite street stocks.

Also announced was that Sunoco Race Fuels by Insinger Performance have signed on as the official fuel of Bethel Motor Speedway and its racers which will help increase the drivers point fund. Hoosier Racing Tires will now be the official tire for Sportsman, Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Street Stocks. Sportsman will be using Hoosier D-400’s and the other classes will utilize the Hoosier G-60. These tires were the tire of choice last year so there will be very little change if any but now thanks to Hoosier Racing Tires additional money will be contributed toward our point fund and purse structure.

Some highlights of the 2018 race season include the Short Track Super Series ‘Fall of 69’ on Sunday, September 30th, ‘Catskill Clash’ on Saturday, October 13th, ‘November Fest’ weekend on November 3rd & 4th, Zoom & Doom Destruction Day on Sunday, July 15th along with former speedway racing reunions for Moc-A-Tek, Pine Brook, and Danbury held respectively on Saturday, May 26th, Saturday, June 16th, and Saturday, July 21st.

Please check out our complete 2018 race schedule on our newly revised website at showcasing a fresh look at Bethel Motor Speedway. ‘Feel the Excitement at Bethel Motor Speedway’!


Blauvelt, [ST], March 2, 2018– Peter Reynolds, Promoter for Bethel Speedway is proud
to announce a sponsorship agreement has been signed with Extreme Energy
Solutions Inc. featuring their “Extreme Kleaner” cleaning product.
“Extreme Kleaner” will be the division sponsor for the Dirt Sportsman Division for
the 2018 points season. The sponsorship will help increase the Seasonal drivers’
point fund for the Dirt Sportsman division.
Each car/team/driver competing in the Sportsman Division must have the
Extreme Kleaner decal on upper door of all Sportsman race cars, in order to be
eligible for point fund monies.
Extreme Energy Solutions Inc. is no stranger to motorsports, as they have been
involved with local short track racing, sponsoring many local race teams for years,
including Hall of Famer Modified Driver Jeff Heotzler, Veteran Sportsman Driver
Tommy Vigh Jr; young Sportsman Standout Connor Otten and Rookie Roddy
Watts; and just recently sponsoring Pennsylvania native Tony Mrakovich in the
ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at the Daytona International
Speedway. Extreme Energy Solutions Inc.
CEO and President Samuel K. Burlum is excited about this marketing partnership
with Bethel Speedway and Extreme Kleaner as the Sportsman’s division sponsor.
“We welcome the opportunity to build brand awareness within the racing
community and to extend our reach in partnering with other businesses that find
value in being a part of racing in general,” Burlum contributed
“We are proud to partner with Bethel Motor Speedway, and assist in supporting
their effort to continue racing traditions established in central New York State.”
Extreme Kleaner is a multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser, non-toxic/biodegradable
cleaning product that can be used: in the home, garage, car, truck, boat, and race
car. Bethel Speedway will be using the Extreme Kleaner as a cleaning product at
the speedway. Extreme Kleaner can be found in a number of stores, including
independently owned hardware, auto parts, and grocery retailers.
Extreme Kleaner can also be found at East Coast Speed and Behrent’s
Performance Warehouse, where contingency decals can be picked up in addition
to at the Bethel Motor Speedway office during normal business hours.
Extreme Kleaner samples will be made available at the Orange County Fair
Speedway Motorsports Show, slated for March 24-25, 2018 at the Speedway,
located in Middletown, NY, while supplies last. Bethel will also be holding press
conference announcement on Sunday March 25 th , 2018 at the show to explain the
newly sponsored division/program.
For more information about Extreme Energy Solutions Inc. & Extreme Kleaner
check the web at and
“Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”

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

BMS to Particpate in the “Pine Brook Speedway Reunion” at the PPB Motorsports Expo!

Blauvelt, NY, January 15, 2018– The excitement is building, as we are less than a week away from the “Pine Brook Speedway Reunion” at the PPB Motorsports Expo, in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA.
Planned for the course of the weekend is the “Pine Brook Speedway Reunion” with different activities and highlights each day. Friday evening has a very special event planned, with a must-see Johnny Carson style show, highlighting the history of Pine Brook Speedway. Bethel Speedway will be supporting this special event.
Peter “Crackers” Reynolds, Bethel Speedway’s Promoter, is excited Bethel Speedway will be a part of the PPB Motorsports Show, and will correlate “The Pine Brook Speedway Reunion Night” scheduled for Saturday, June 16th at Bethel. There will be a full Midget car card on hand this night, with 30 laps of ATQMRA midget racing, the ACOT Vintage Club, and the ATQMRA Vintage club. Also, scheduled that night are: DIRT Sportsman, Legend Cars, Bandoleros, and Pro Stock racing. Come see old friends, and exciting racing at Bethel Speedway.
Peter “Crackers” Reynolds, will be at the PPB Motorsports Expo all weekend to answer any questions about the upcoming 2018 racing season at Bethel Speedway.
For more information, check the soon to be revised Bethel Speedway Website, or Bethel Speedway’s Facebook page.


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

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

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

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

New Owner, New Management Team, Exciting Schedule

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


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