June 9th, 2018

Results :

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

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

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Chris Gall 3. Joe Graf Jr.
4. Sean Verwys 5. Kenny Hopkins 6. Conner Piasecki

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Mike Policastro 4.
Kyle Welsch 5. Porter Crawson 6. Gary Gamble DNS. Mac Crawson

Street Stock Feature : 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Joel Murns 4.
Eddie Jones Jr. 5. Bill Deak Sr. 6. Patty Falkena 7. Bill Deak Jr. 8. Ernie Millen 9. Frank
Maiori 10. Corey Stanton 11. Dan Houghtaling

Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Richard Smith, Neversink, NY 2. John Houghtaling 3. Brent
Shaddock 4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Cliff Levinson DQ. Dan Curry DNS. Tom Cavagnino

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

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

O’DONNELL RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE ON AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT DEDICATED TO HIS BROTHER

June, 9th 2018:
This past Saturday at Bethel Motor Speedway was emotional, memorable, and one for
the track’s storybook. The night was dedicated to Gary O’Donnell, a long time
competitor and supporter of the track who sadly passed away just six days prior. Family
and friends flooded the speedway to mourn and tribute the night in the racer’s honor.
The night was sponsored by the Bubblegum Rally Car Club who put their sport cars on
display both in the midway and on the track for an exhibition during intermission.
The night was highlighted in the Interstate Batteries Pro Stock feature as Larry
O’Donnell was able to end his winless drought of several years by scoring a highly
emotional victory over defending champion Ed Butler. O’Donnell and Butler ran a side
by side battle from the race’s halfway point to the very end. Earlier in the season, these
two drivers put on a similar clinic of door to door racing with Butler squeezing out a
victory by half a car length. On this night, O’Donnell proved too strong and despite
several late race challenges for the lead by Butler they all came up short to get the lead.
Despite the several late race restarts, O’Donnell was flawless on each one and as the
crowd cheered, he brought home the Tri-Counties Automotive/KFM Trucking #5 freight
train to a very special dual checkered flags for his first win of the season over a very
close running Ed Butler and Mike Policastro. An emotionally charged victory lane found
O’Donnell dedicating the win to his late brother Gary along with thanking all his family,
friends, and fans for coming out and giving all their support.
While the night was dedicated to a long time successful racer at the speedway, the
Extreme Kleaner Sportsman feature found another track legend, Jerry Curry returning to
victory lane ending his winless drought as well. Curry was able to outgun polesitter Dan
Dulin on the initial lap and jumped out to the lead. Ed Dachenhausen quickly jumped
into second and challenged Curry throughout the race. The race ran with no cautions
with Dachenhausen trying to get by Curry several times high and low but despite the
pressure, Curry proved he had the winning combination. At the checkers, Curry took
home his first feature win of the season by half a car length over Dachenhausen.
Former champ, Kyle Redner took home third after a long fought battle with a returning
Bill Papula.
Nascar Whelen Tour Modified driver Joe DeGracia had an off night from the series and
returned to his old hometrack for the evening. It proved to be a wise choice for him as
he was able to capitalize from his front row starting position to lead every lap in the
Interstate Battery Modified feature to claim his first victory of the season in his Kona Ice
#23. While DeGracia was leading, others saw Skip LaPolt thundering through the field
and in second position after a late race tangle in turn 3 which collected second and third
place running Mike Dutka and Tyler Dachenhausen. On the restart, LaPolt put on a
strong bid to overtake the leader DeGracia for the last few circuits but had to contently
settle for second position by about half a car length. Lapolt’s father in law, Steve
Conkling also took home third spot at the finish creating a family affair at the podium.
Legends feature action found Mike Policastro coming from his fourth starting position to
overtake a strong running Chris Gall on lap seven to pick up his second feature win of
the season and extend his point lead. Gall finished a strong second over ARCA driver
Joe Graf Jr, who was coming off a strong fifth place finish at Michigan International
Speedway one day earlier.
The Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock feature saw veteran driver Joel Murns Jr.
jumping out to the early lead over rookie Corey Stanton. Murns, who is related to the
O’Donnell family, continued to lead the race until the halfway point despite having a
heavy heart. Murns then got his hands full with Walt Henry who was putting on an
outside charge. Murns ran him hard, running door to door for several laps until Henry
got the pass completed. As Henry began to pull away, Murns found a returning Kyle
Welsch challenging him for second. Welsch pulled ahead of Murns on lap 15 and set his
sights on the leader Henry. Welsch, who was a long time friend of O’Donnell was on a
mission to pick up this special win on this night and began closing in on the leader. On
the white flag lap, the yellow waved for a spinning Dan Houghtaling in turn 2 setting up
a one lap dash to the checkers. On the restart, Henry was able to shut the door on
Welsch and retain his lead by one car length at the finish line picking up his second win
of the season with his JBM Truck Repair #171 over Welsch and Murns.
The four cylinder pure stock class found yet another first time winner by feature’s end.
Richard Smith who burned the midnight oil to get his car ready for the night’s action
proved to be fruitful as he picked up his first career feature win at the speedway.
However, it was no easy task on the track either as he swapped the lead back and forth
with his uncle, Dan Curry for the first half off the race. After halfway, Curry began to
fade and Smith was able to pull away to pick up the win over John Houghtaling and a
returning Brent Shaddock. Smith is now the fifth different winner in as many races for
the ultra competitive class this season.
Mike Roth continued his dominance in the Bandolero class as he picked up his fifth
feature win of the season over Katie Verwys and Brian Rygielski.
The Beginner Bando feature found leader Colton Geary getting tangled up with a lap car
resulting in a turn 4 crash. When racing resumed Monica Deckelman and Ty Smith
battled for the lead. At the finish line, Smith picked up his second win of the season over
Deckelman and Leland Oefelein.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Jerry Curry, Neversink, NY 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Kyle
Redner 4. Bill Papula 5. Rick Mill 6. Dan Dulin 7. Paul Martin 8. Rich Coons
Modified Feature: 1. Joe DeGracia, Lyndhurst, NJ 2. Skip LaPolt 3. Steve Conklin 4.
John Cote 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Scott Quick 7. Mike Dutka 8. Tyler Dachenhausen 9.
Jim Fugel 10. Stephen Kammer
Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro, Cortland Manor, NY 2. Chris Gall 3. Joe Graf Jr.
4. Sean Verwys 5. Kenny Hopkins 6. Conner Piasecki
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Larry O’Donnell, Monticello, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Mike Policastro 4.
Kyle Welsch 5. Porter Crawson 6. Gary Gamble DNS. Mac Crawson
Street Stock Feature : 1. Walt Henry, Walden, NY 2. Kyle Welsch 3. Joel Murns 4.
Eddie Jones Jr. 5. Bill Deak Sr. 6. Patty Falkena 7. Bill Deak Jr. 8. Ernie Millen 9. Frank
Maiori 10. Corey Stanton 11. Dan Houghtaling
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Richard Smith, Neversink, NY 2. John Houghtaling 3. Brent
Shaddock 4. Cody Houghtaling 5. Cliff Levinson DQ. Dan Curry DNS. Tom Cavagnino
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Katie Verwys 3. Brian Rygielski
4. Nick Archiere 5. Justin Aungst 6. Joey Lamontagne 7. Joey Aungst
Beginner Bandos: 1. Ty Smith, Eldred, NY 2. Monica Deckelman 3. Leland Oefelein 4.
Jordan Smith 5. Colton Geary 6. Kaden Rogers

June 2nd, 2019

Results :

Sportsman Feature (Unofficial) : 1. Paul Martin, Beech Lake, PA 2. Jerry Curry 3. Rick Mill 4. Kyle Redner 5. Ed Dachenhausen 6. Dan Dulin 7. Rich Coons 8. Chris Cook
Modified Feature: 1. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Washingtonville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Mike Dutka 5. Steve Galgano 6. Scott Quick 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Steve Conklin 9. Jim Fugel
Legends Feature: 1. Jim Sylvester, Massapequa, NY 2. Derek Debbis 3. Mike Policastro 4. Jeffrey Lefcourt 5. Sean Verwys 6. Eugene Drew 7. Conner Piasecki
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Mac Crawson, Long Eddy, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. John Roese 5. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature : 1. Bill Deak Sr. New Milford, CT 2. Bill Deak Jr. 3. Walt Henry 4. Patty Falkena 5. Corey Stanton 6. Ernie Millen 7. Frank Maiori 8. Jessica Ricci 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Eddie Jones Jr.
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Houghtaling, Monticello, NY 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Richard Smith 4. Nicole Nelson 5. Jerry Kingeter 6. Willie Degraw 7. Tabitha Riordan 8. Joe Smith DQ. Cliff Levinson DNS. Marisol Torrens DNS. David Donovan
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Justin Aungst
Beginner Bandos: 1. Kaden Rogers, Binghamton, NY 2. Colton Geary 3. Ty Smith 4. Monica Deckelman 5. Leyland Oefelein 6. Jordan Smith
Enduro: 1. Nicole Nelson, Woodbourne, NY 2. Mike Travis 3. Dan Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Richard Smith 6. Willie Degraw 7. Derrick Maher 8. Joe Smith

MANY DRIVERS RETURN TO BETHEL AND RECLAIM VICTORY LANE!

June, 2nd 2018:

This past Saturday started on a sour note as the speedway’s program was delayed by two hours due to heavy rain showers but the determination of track staff and motivation of racing teams working hard as a team to dry the track, found it being ready to be raced on and all the show was able to be run. Kudos to all race teams that helped in this task.

Open wheel ace Paul Martin recently returned to racing action in the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman class at Bethel and has quickly proved he hasn’t missed a beat. Martin broke out to the early lead over Dan Dulin and Jerry Curry. Curry quickly picked up the runner up position and was in hot pursuit of the Martin machine. As Curry the former champion, chased Martin for the lead other competitors were marching through the field as well. Many eyes were on Rick Mill making his charge from sixth starting position. Mill moved into the top three after an early race tangle between Kyle Redner and Ed Dachenhausen in turn one. On the restart, the top three drivers ran against each in tight nose to tail formation. Those watching found Curry quicker entering the corners but Martin was stronger exiting the corners. Curry made several bids to capture the lead while Mill stayed glued to Curry’s rear bumper waiting on any slip up by either driver. However on this night, Martin and his Mastrocola owned #13 proved to be the winning combination as the driver kept his cool despite the pressure from Curry. Martin picked up his first win of the season with Curry coming home second with Mill crossing the line with third position in the catbird seat.

The Interstate Battery Modified feature racing was much to the fan’s delight as just about every car in the feature was in contention to win the feature. Former track champion, Jim Fugel jumped out to the lead and led the race’s early laps until Mike Dutka capitalized on a restart and was able to make a pass on Fugel for the lead. Dutka who is only making his third start in this class and type of car looked strong on this night and was holding off the challenges of other veteran racers Steve Conklin and Wayne Kirkpatrick. After the halfway point, Kirkpatrick muscled his way past Dutka moving into the lead. Kirkpatrick couldn’t extend his lead by much as Dutka and Conklin stayed tight as they dueled for second position until a tangle between the two in turn 3 on lap 15 relegated both cars to the rear. On the restart, Kirkpatrick had his hands full with two new contenders emerged as Tyler Dachenhausen and John Cote raced closely. Kirkpatrick who has returned to modified racing after a seven year hiatus picked up his first feature win of the season in the Active Motorsports #25 over sophomore Dachenhausen and modified master John Cote.

Legends racing found Riverhead Speedway invader Jim Sylvester taking home the glory in the feature. Sylvester who also won last year’s Legendstock race was able to get by early race leader Sean Verwys on lap 6. Sylvester then had to contend with young lion driver Derek Debbis who was also seeking his first win of the season. At the checkers, Sylvester took home the win despite some heavy late race pressure from Debbis. Current point leader, Mike Policastro came home in third.

Pro Stock action found John Roese jumping out to the early lead but it was short lived as a returning Mac Crawson took the lead on lap 2. Crawson, a veteran driver sped off as he raced through the fog that had emerged on the track. Defending champ, Ed Butler worked into second place and mounted a challenge on Crawson with about five laps to go. On Lap 23, the caution flew as John Roese’s car lost power with heavy smoke. On the final restart, Butler put on a strong charge to overtake the leader but Crawson proved to be too strong as he picked up his first win of the season in the Interstate Batteries pro stocks. Butler took home second with Porter Crawson coming home third.

The Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock feature had many fans on their feet with excitement as top rivals Brian Bauerfeind and Walt Henry battled it out. In the end, the street stock feature found its fourth new winner in as many weeks in the ultra-competitive field. Dirt late model ace, Ernie Millen jumped out in the early lead with his popular Plymouth Valiant and led the first couple of laps until rookie Eddie Jones Jr got by to take the lead. Jones looked strong on this night as he led the first half of the race, while Bauerfeind and Henry sliced and diced their way through the field coming from the back. Bauerfeind overtook Jones for the lead at the halfway point and began to pull away while Henry moved into second place. On Lap 12, Jones lost the handle in turn 4 and got into the front stretch wall bringing out the caution. On the restart, Henry mounted a charge for the lead on the inside lane of the track. Henry and Bauerfeind ran side by side, with Henry picking up the lead on Lap 16. Going into turn three found the second place running Bauerfeind contacting the leader Henry causing a tangle and the caution to be thrown for the two leaders. Henry was relegated back to the rear of the field while Bauerfeind was forced pitside giving the lead to veteran campaigner Bill Deak Sr. He then held off his son to take home his first career win at Bethel in his Deak Electric #98. Henry rallied to come home third across the line. The win by Deak Sr was also a unique accomplishment as the driver now has street stock feature wins at four different tracks in the region.

Four Cylinder Pure Stocks presented the fans again with another barnburner in their class. The Houghtaling brothers, Dan and Cody waged a brotherly battle in the second half of the race. The brothers passed the lead back and forth several times with D. Houghtaling just nosing ahead by a fender at the checkers to take home his first win of the season over C. Houghtaling and Richard Smith. The win by D. Houghtaling was the fourth different winner in as many weeks for the very competitive class.

Bandolero action found rookie Justin Aungst jumping out to the early lead. On lap 3, Katie Verwys passed Ju. Aungst and began pulling away from the rest of the pack. On lap 11, the caution flew for a spin which put defending champ, Mike Roth right behind Verwys on the restart. On the restart, Verwys was able to beat Roth and maintained her lead but the yellow came again the following lap. This restart worked in Roth’s advantage as Verwys left just enough space to allow Roth to make an inside pass going into turn one. Roth made the pass but a strong running Joey Aungst also moved into second as well chasing the leader. The race’s final laps found Roth and Jo. Aungst battling for the lead but Roth proved to be cool under pressure and took home his fourth victory of the season over Joey Aungst and Verwys.

The Beginner Bandolero class also found another first time winner for the fourth time this year as young Kaden Rogers was able to pick it up a notch and improve from several second place finishes this season. Rogers took home the win over a strong running Colton Geary. Ty Smith came home in third position.

The final race of the evening was the fan favorite Enduro. The enduro found a surprise winner in Nicole Nelson. Nelson who normally doesn’t compete in enduro action was able to endure the challenges of experienced enduro guru Mike Travis. The steady Nelson never slipped up and took home her first career win at Bethel over Travis and Dan Houghtaling.

After the racing, the night ended on a very sad note as news spread of the passing of long time Bethel Motor Speedway supporter Gary O’Donnell had passed away after an extended health issue. ‘Gary O’ had been a staple of the speedway since the 1970’s and picked up two track championships at the speedway. In recent years, he has proudly helped younger brother Larry O’Donnell pick up a championship along with several feature wins mainly in the Pro Stock class. We mourn the loss of Gary O’Donnell as he will be sorely missed. We send heartfelt sympathy to all his family and friends during this difficult time. The speedway will not be the same without him. Fly high ‘Gary O’. Rest in Peace.

Results :

Sportsman Feature (Unofficial) : 1. Paul Martin, Beech Lake, PA 2. Jerry Curry 3. Rick Mill 4. Kyle Redner 5. Ed Dachenhausen 6. Dan Dulin 7. Rich Coons 8. Chris Cook
Modified Feature: 1. Wayne Kirkpatrick, Washingtonville, NY 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. John Cote 4. Mike Dutka 5. Steve Galgano 6. Scott Quick 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Steve Conklin 9. Jim Fugel
Legends Feature: 1. Jim Sylvester, Massapequa, NY 2. Derek Debbis 3. Mike Policastro 4. Jeffrey Lefcourt 5. Sean Verwys 6. Eugene Drew 7. Conner Piasecki
Pro Stock Feature: 1. Mac Crawson, Long Eddy, NY 2. Ed Butler 3. Porter Crawson 4. John Roese 5. Gary Gamble
Street Stock Feature : 1. Bill Deak Sr. New Milford, CT 2. Bill Deak Jr. 3. Walt Henry 4. Patty Falkena 5. Corey Stanton 6. Ernie Millen 7. Frank Maiori 8. Jessica Ricci 9. Brian Bauerfeind 10. Eddie Jones Jr.
Four Cylinder Feature: 1. Dan Houghtaling, Monticello, NY 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Richard Smith 4. Nicole Nelson 5. Jerry Kingeter 6. Willie Degraw 7. Tabitha Riordan 8. Joe Smith DQ. Cliff Levinson DNS. Marisol Torrens DNS. David Donovan
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth, North Branch, NY 2. Joey Aungst 3. Katie Verwys 4. Brian Rygielski 5. Justin Aungst
Beginner Bandos: 1. Kaden Rogers, Binghamton, NY 2. Colton Geary 3. Ty Smith 4. Monica Deckelman 5. Leyland Oefelein 6. Jordan Smith
Enduro: 1. Nicole Nelson, Woodbourne, NY 2. Mike Travis 3. Dan Houghtaling 4. Jerry Kingeter 5. Richard Smith 6. Willie Degraw 7. Derrick Maher 8. Joe Smith

This Saturday, June 9 th is “Youth Night” at Bethel Speedway!

This Saturday, June 9 th is “Youth Night” at Bethel Speedway! BOCES Students from
the Ulster County BOCES & the Pine Bush School District will display their Solar
Electric Built Cars and a Bio Fuel Go-Kart. Participates from the Sullivan Soap Box
Derby are invited Guests and displaying Soap Box Derby Cars. The 2018 NY
Gumball Rally will be making their annual visit to Bethel Speedway showing off
their “Hot Rods” on the Mid-Way and on the track. Bring the Kids, Bring the
Family! All Classes are Racing! Gates open at 2:30. Practice at 4:00, Racing at 6:00.
Bethel Speedway will also pay a “Racing Tribute” to long time speedway
supporter & racer Gary O’Donnell (Gary O’). A full night is planned this Saturday at
Bethel Speedway!


RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF GARY O’DONNELL

Bethel Motor Speedway in White Lake, NY is deeply saddened by the passing of long time speedway supporter Gary O’Donnell of Grahamsville, NY after a long illness. O’Donnell was a long time fixture at the track dating back to the 1970’s.

O’Donnell ran the majority of his race driving career at Bethel Motor Speedway but also competed at Accord and Orange County Fair Speedways. O’Donnell proved to be a successful racer and mechanic as he picked up elusive track championships in the street stock class in 1979 and 1995. O’Donnell was known as a fan favorite at the track and was affectionately nicknamed ‘Gary O’ and was often called by that name by track announcers. O’Donnell was known to exciting the crowd with his thrilling driving style and unique #5 race cars. One street stock that was jet black adorned Jolly Rogers flags and bright silver wheels which brought the delight to many, another was a ‘street stock’ truck that was raced very competitively against a very strong field every week. The last car he competed in was a four cylinder stock Chevy Cavalier that he brought home to Victory Lane in his final season of driving in 2009. The final season of driving was a highlight for Gary as he was able to compete with his brother and cousin in the same class.
While O’Donnell was a successful driver at Bethel, he did more than just that. O’Donnell was known to help spruce up the track before the track’s opening day, he hosted a radio show that had a focal point on the racing in Sullivan County, he spent much time talking with people and getting them to attend the speedway, and he was a founding member of a group of racers known as ‘Steel Horse’. The last several years in racing, he took great pleasure in turning wrenches and coaching his younger brother Larry O’Donnell with their racing stable of cars. That brotherly combination led to much success with winning a championship and picking up several feature wins mainly in the Pro Stock and Four Cylinder classes. Gary often said that he was more proud to see his younger brother winning races than the wins he achieved himself.
O’Donnell’s passion to the speedway and it’s local racing was second to none. He loved to share the ‘ole times’ of the track and explaining the history in years past. He was not afraid to speak against the status quo and often would speak his mind on improving the racing at the track he cherished. He really championed for the full fender classes that the track was founded on and was keen on keeping the racing affordable so everyone willing can get involved in the hobby of grassroots stock car racing. O’Donnell also was a big fan of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Although O’Donnell loved the speedway and the racing, it did not compare to the love of his family and friends. He was thoughtful, caring, and always willing those in need. He was an animal lover and loved the communities of Sullivan County. He was very thankful to all of those who helped him.
It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer see ‘Gary O’ at Bethel Motor Speedway. It will never be the same without him, he was a one-of-a-kind man that will be sorely missed. We send thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends during this difficult time. The spirit of ‘Gary O’ will be flying high at the speedway every Saturday night. We miss you Gary! Rest in Peace.

May 26th, 2018

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill, New Windsor, NY. 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Paul Martin 4. Kyle Redner 5. Dan Dulin 6. Rich Coons 7. Billy Eggers Jr. 8. Chris Cook 9. Richie Eggers 10. Bryan Jones 11. Jerry Curry 12. Frank Porreca

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Frank Porreca, Honesdale PA. 2. Billy Eggers Jr. 3. Chris Cook 4. Bryan Jones 5. Richie Eggers

Legends Feature: 1. Joe Graf Jr. Mahwah, NJ. 2. Derek Debbis 3. Chris Gall 4. Jim Sylvester 5. Mike Policastro 6. Eugene Drew 7. Joe DeGracia 8. James Anderson 9. Gillian Kirkpatrick 10. George Tomko 11. Sean Verwys 12. Conner Piasecki

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Mac Crawson 4. John Roese 5. Porter Crawson 6. Bill VanAken 7. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind, Callicoon, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Patty Falkena 4. Corey Stanton 5. Eddie Jones Jr. 6. Jessica Ricci 7. Walt Henry DNS. Frank Maiori

Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Cody Houghtaling, Monticello, NY. 2. Cliff Levinson 3. Jeffrey Tubbs 4. John Houghtaling 5. Dan Houghtaling DNS. Jeff Degroat

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

Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Giovanni Ruggiero, Seekonk, MA. 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Jordan Smith 4. Leland Oefelein DQ. Ty Smith

Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling, White Sulpher Springs, NY 2. Ray See Sr. 3. Bob Harless 4. John Hager 5. Doug Atkins DNS. George Cleveland DNS. Charlie Houghtaling DNS. Kenny Hermance

Pete Gardner Memorial Race Goes to Veteran Campaigner Rick Mill!

May, 26th 2018

Saturday Night short track racing resumed at Bethel Motor Speedway after two weeks of rain outs. The night was a busy one has Hig Fab Chassis presented Moc A Tek Memories Night which was highlighted by the first round of the Tri Co Electric Sportsman Challenge Series ‘Pete Gardner Memorial’. Pete was a successful racer at both Bethel Motor Speedway and the now defunct Moc A Tek Speedway but sadly passed away two years ago from illness. The race is run in his honor as, Gardner was well known for his fellow respect and friendships with many of the racers in the area and was an avid fan of short track auto racing in the Northeast.

The Pete Gardner Memorial 56 Lap dirt sportsman race started with an initial tangle in the first turn of the first lap when pole sitter Bryan Jones, who was making his first ever start at the speedway lost the handle and collected hometown hero Jerry Curry in the accident. Curry limped to the pits for repairs while Jones had to be towed in. On the restart, former Moc A Tek regular Richie Coons jumped out into the lead and looked fast in the early stage of the race. After leading for several laps, Coons found himself being challenged by another veteran racer Rick Mill who came from his fifth starting position. Mill was able to power ahead into the lead coming off the corner on the inside groove. Coons continued in hot pursuit of Mill, until several laps later when defending ‘Gardner Memorial’ winner Paul Martin began to pressure Coons for second position. Martin who also competed at Moc A Tek Speedway in Mini Sprints captured second position and began to reel in Mill as he was negotiating lap traffic. Martin then got his hands full defending his own position as last year’s ‘Summer of 69’ winner Ed Dachenhausen began to heat up and challenge Martin along with former champion, Kyle Redner. The three drivers raced back and forth in tight formation for many laps as they all began closing in on the leader Mill. On Lap 34, Dachenhausen was able to break away from Martin and Redner to solely take second position after a many lap battle for position. Mill found his car’s handling getting worse as the race went on, but Dachenhausen’s mount got stronger and quickly tracked down the leader and began to apply heavy pressure to the leader. In the closing stage, on lap 48 of the race found the leader Mill bobbling off turn two while in lap traffic, Dachenhausen dashed to the inside of the leader, but Mill was able to recover and quickly pinched the opening closed as they accelerated down the backstretch. Dachenhausen relented the challenge as his car was not up on the leader enough to make a clean pass. Dachenhausen stayed glued to Mill’s bumper but fans began to worry as smoke began puffing out of the left side of his engine, but the determined Dachenhausen dismissed the plumes of smoke and made another bid to challenge Mill on Lap 53. Dachenhausen attempted a high low crossover pass in turns three and four getting an inside run on the leader. Mill, who also had raced at Moc A Tek Speedway several times over the years, was fading and pushed it for all it had. The ace driver took advantage of his track position and was able to power ahead of Dachenhausen’s final challenge. At the Extreme Kleaner checkers, found Mill with his Armistead Mechanical #77 machine ahead of a very close Dachenhausen to pick up his second victory of the season. Defending race winner Paul Martin crossed the line third over a hard running Kyle Redner.

Invading driver Frank Porreca made his first ever debut an eventful one as he took home the win in the first ever Crate Sportsman race at the speedway. Porreca who normally races in the modified class at Big Diamond Speedway proved to be a quick study at the Bethel bullring. Porreca came from his fourth starting position to quickly take the lead after an early race tangle collected the top two cars in turn two. Porreca who spent much of his youth at Moc A Tek Speedway fended off several challenges of long time campaigner, Billy Eggers Jr. As Eggers faded towards the end, Porreca continued to get better and cruised home to the victory in his first ever start at the speedway. Eggers Jr. captured second over a fast closing Chris Cook who is in his rookie season.

Joe Graf Jr, an ARCA rookie competitor and a former champion at the speedway made a surprise visit at his home track an eventful one as he picked up his first win of the season in the Legends class. Graf Jr. jumped out to the lead from his fourth starting position on the initial lap as he outshifted his competitors and shotput down the frontstretch entering turn one gaining the inside lane, coming off turn two Graf Jr. found himself in second and got to the inside of Eugene Drew in turn 3. Out of turn four to the fan’s delight found Graf Jr. in position number one and captured his first Bethel feature win of the season. Although Graf Jr. never relinquished the lead, it was no easy win as he was pressured throughout the race by a strong performance from Chris Gall and later on by young lion Derek Debbis. At the checkers it was Graf Jr, edging out an eager Debbis closely followed by Gall in third position.

Interstate Battery Pro Stocks found fan favorite Larry O’Donnell outgunning John Roese to take the lead on the first lap in the feature. Defending champ, Ed Butler quickly moved up thru the field and moved into second position on Lap 5. Butler then easily roped in O’Donnell and began to challenge for the lead. O’Donnell made Butler work hard to get the lead but the patient Butler found the momentum off turn 4 and made an outside run for the lead down the front stretch. Out of turn two, Butler locked in and pulled away from O’Donnell. Butler cruised to his second win of the season over O’Donnell and a returning Mac Crawson.

It was a battle of the heavyweights in the Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stocks. Rookie Eddie Jones Jr. jumped out to the early lead and looked good. Jones Jr. led for several laps before hotshoe Brian Bauerfeind climbed his car into the lead on lap 5. Walt Henry quickly followed Bauerfeind up through the pack and took over the second position and began applying heavy pressure to the loose running Bauerfeind. On Lap 11, the yellow was thrown for a backstretch accident that involved two cars. Under yellow, the race took on a unique twist as the two rivals eyed each other up and knew that the ensuing restart would determine the winner of the race. Under green, Bauerfeind outgunned Henry down the front stretch and barreled into turn 1, Henry was in hot pursuit and went in with a full head of steam, as Bauerfeind broke loose contact occurred between the two leaders resulting in a crash. Henry headed to the pits with radiator damage and Bauerfeind was spun into the infield handing the lead back to Jones Jr. On the restart, Jones Jr lost the handle and spun off turn four giving the lead to invader Joel Murns. Murns found his car running strong and was looking to rob the cradle on this night with an upset win. Murns continued to lead until five to go when Bauerfeind was on a mission to get back to the lead he once held. Bauerfeind squeezed by Murns to take the lead and took home his first feature win of the season over the invading Murns and Patty Falkena picking up a strong third place finish.

Cody Houghtaling and Cliff Levinson put on a barnburner of a race in Four Cylinder feature action. The pair swapped the lead back and forth several times with Houghtaling on the low side and Levinson on the high side. They stayed that way, door to door the entire race neither driver making any errors. At the checkers it was a ‘photo finish’ with Cody Houghtaling winning by half a bumper length. Houghtaling picked up his second win of the season with Levinson collecting another runner up position. Rookie Jeffrey Tubbs cruised home third for his best finish to date.

Bandoleros found Connor Souza in a nailbiting crash as he was leading down the backstretch. Souza quickly got out of his damaged racer and waved that it was okay but the car was towed off. On the restart, Joey Aungst outdueled Brian Rygielski to take the lead. Aungst looked strong on this night despite experiencing a break down en route to the track. Aungst continued to lead until the halfway point when defending champ Mike Roth nosed ahead and secured the lead. Roth was able to pull the rare hat trick as he picked up his third feature win in a row followed by a strong running Aungst. Katie Verwys overcame early race trouble to rally on and take home a third-place finish at the stripe.

The Beginner Bandolero feature had an excellent race ending which saw three young drivers in very tight formation running hard but clean as they raced under the checkers. Giovanni Ruggiero made the long haul worthwhile as he picked up his first win of the season. The Massachusetts driver beat Kaden Rogers and Ty Smith by half a car length. Post-race tech found third place finishing Ty Smith disqualified for a restrictor plate infraction.

The Northeast Vintage Modified Club was on hand in full force to partake in the Moc A Tek Memories Night. Their feature found Mike Houghtaling charging through the field with his Mid 80’s replica to pick up his first Bethel win of the season over Ray See Sr. and a returning Bob Harless in vintage modified action with a coupe modified.

Special Thanks to Hig Fab Chassis, Dave Franek Auto Sales, Speedsport Showcase Car Show, Brian Davis Powder Coating, Tri-Co Electric, and the Family of Pete Gardner for their sponsorship in the ‘Pete Gardner Memorial’ race.

Come join us next week at Bethel Motor Speedway as we present ‘Car Cruise Night’ on Saturday, June 2nd. One free pass per classic car cruiser to put on display and be part of on track parade during intermission. Racing begins at 6pm. Come feel the excitement!

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill, New Windsor, NY. 2. Ed Dachenhausen 3. Paul Martin 4. Kyle Redner 5. Dan Dulin 6. Rich Coons 7. Billy Eggers Jr. 8. Chris Cook 9. Richie Eggers 10. Bryan Jones 11. Jerry Curry 12. Frank Porreca

Crate Sportsman Feature: 1. Frank Porreca, Honesdale PA. 2. Billy Eggers Jr. 3. Chris Cook 4. Bryan Jones 5. Richie Eggers

Legends Feature: 1. Joe Graf Jr. Mahwah, NJ. 2. Derek Debbis 3. Chris Gall 4. Jim Sylvester 5. Mike Policastro 6. Eugene Drew 7. Joe DeGracia 8. James Anderson 9. Gillian Kirkpatrick 10. George Tomko 11. Sean Verwys 12. Conner Piasecki

Pro Stock Feature: 1. Ed Butler, Bethel, NY 2. Larry O’Donnell 3. Mac Crawson 4. John Roese 5. Porter Crawson 6. Bill VanAken 7. Gary Gamble

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind, Callicoon, NY 2. Joel Murns 3. Patty Falkena 4. Corey Stanton 5. Eddie Jones Jr. 6. Jessica Ricci 7. Walt Henry DNS. Frank Maiori

Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Cody Houghtaling, Monticello, NY. 2. Cliff Levinson 3. Jeffrey Tubbs 4. John Houghtaling 5. Dan Houghtaling DNS. Jeff Degroat

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

Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Giovanni Ruggiero, Seekonk, MA. 2. Kaden Rogers 3. Jordan Smith 4. Leland Oefelein DQ. Ty Smith

Vintage Modified Feature: 1. Mike Houghtaling, White Sulpher Springs, NY 2. Ray See Sr. 3. Bob Harless 4. John Hager 5. Doug Atkins DNS. George Cleveland DNS. Charlie Houghtaling DNS. Kenny Hermance