SEVERAL BETHEL DRIVERS MAKE UP FOR SATURDAY RAINOUT AT SUNDAY AUTO-X

BETHEL, NY – The threat of severe thunderstorms and hail kept racers from the track on Saturday night at Bethel Motor Speedway as the night’s events were canceled early in the day, but some of them opted to get their racing “fix” on Sunday by taking part in the High Point Cruisers Car Club Auto-X at the quarter-mile asphalt oval. While this is the third year during which the car club has hosted an auto-x at the speedway, it marked the first time that race cars participated in one of the events amid the Corvettes, Mustangs, and various other street cars and trucks.

Kyle Redner, who currently sits second in the 358/Sportsman point standings, navigated his way through the course, recording one of the fastest run times of the day, in spite of the speed and experience of many of the other drivers. Redner was awarded with first place for the stock car division in both the first and second set of runs, and he also received a trophy for the best “matching time” in the stock car class. “Matching time” means that the driver’s runs were the most consistent, with the least difference in time between multiple runs.

Jay Smalley, who had experienced some mechanical difficulties in stock car competition at Bethel the week prior, brought his Street Stock out to “shake it down”, and ended up placing second in the stock car division in the first set of runs. Smalley opted not to take part in the second set, satisfied with his car’s performance.

Although he may not have been behind the wheel of a stock car, former Street Stock champion Charlie Houghtaling also took part in the event, wheeling his “daily driver” pick-up truck to a first place finish in both the first and second set of runs.

Auto-X is scheduled at Bethel Motor Speedway again on Sunday, August 14th, and it is open to both street cars and race cars. All cars must pass a basic safety inspection, and drivers are required to wear a DOT approved 2005 or newer helmet and closed toe shoes. Gates open at 12 noon, with registration until 1:15 pm, and cars taking to the track beginning at 2 pm. Spectator admission is free.

Saturday night racing returns to the quarter-mile asphalt oval this coming Saturday, May 21st, with a schedule that includes the BMS Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $8, with children age five and under admitted free of charge. With 20 events remaining on the track’s 2016 schedule, season passes are still available at a cost of just $120 per person, and include admission to any and all events.

The 2015 Champions’ Night jacket presentations have been rescheduled for Saturday, June 4.

More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling the speedway office at (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday from 9 am until 6 pm.

CULHANE AND MILLS CONTINUE BETHEL DOMINANCE

BETHEL, NY – BMS Modified driver Blair Culhane has had what some might call a “dream start” to his 2016 season – with some help from the luck of the draw and some dominant on-track performances, he scored his third win in as many weeks at the quarter-mile asphalt oval this past Saturday.

Culhane took off from the pole and led every lap of the caution-free race, but the race wasn’t without its challenges for Culhane. BMS Modified rookie Joe DeGracia – who had challenged Culhane for the lead in the heat race – started on the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by former division champion Skip LaPolt. LaPolt was at Culhane’s back bumper for much of the race as another former division champion, John Cote, held on to the third spot. Culhane kept his cool and was able to protect his position as the laps clicked off, and was first to the checkered flag. LaPolt had to be content with second, and Cote crossed the line third.

Rick Mill, in his first full season on the asphalt at Bethel, has been a force to reckon with in the 358/Sportsman class, as he, too, picked up his third win on Saturday night. Kyle Redner, who finished third in points in 2015 after missing the final event due to prior commitments, gave Mill a run for his money in the heat race, winning the race and garnering the pole starting spot for the feature. Mill held Redner down tight on the initial start, and was able to take the advantage – and the lead. Redner chased Mill for much of the caution-free event, without the opportunity of a restart to put him back alongside of Mill. With just three laps remaining in the race, Mike Dutka wrestled the second spot from Redner, but the laps ran out before Dutka could challenge for the lead. Mill drove on to the win over Dutka and Redner.

Richie Coy went home with his second win of the 2016 season when the dust settled on the Legends feature. Drew Bottge and 2015 LegendStock winner Teddy Hidgdon made up the front row for the start, with Coy in third. With the help of the “choose cone” and several early-race cautions, Coy found himself in the second spot by lap four. Bottge and Coy put on a exciting battle for the top spot, with Coy taking the lead on lap seven only for Bottge to reclaim it on lap nine. Hodgdon was never out of the mix, either, as he held off the advances of Joseph Graf, Joe Graf, and David French during a long green-flag stretch. With three laps remaining in the event, Coy once again powered past Bottge, this time for good. Hodgdon slipped past Bottge one lap later and chased Coy to the checkers. Coy notched the win, followed by Hodgdon and Bottge.

The action has been non-stop in the Bandolero class so far this season, as the division saw its third different winner in as many weeks when Teddy Bowen grabbed the checkers this past Saturday. Bowen took off from the pole as a result of his heat race win, but he was never able to distance himself from the two previous weeks’ winners, Sean Verwys and Tyler Dachenhausen. Verwys occupied the second spot for the first two laps before Dachenhausen was able to nose out front enough to be scored in second. The duo battled it out for the spot behind Bowen lap after lap, putting on an exciting side-by-side show. With three laps to go, Verwys got out in front of Dachenhausen, but Bowen had built up enough of a lead that Verwys didn’t have time to make a bid for the lead. Bowen took down the win over Verwys and Dachenhausen.

Isabella Macchia, after taking a week off last week, parked her car in Victory Lane for the second time this season in the Beginner Bandolero class. Macchia started on the pole, alongside Katie Verwys. Macchia got out to the lead at the drop of the green while last week’s winner, Teddy Cranmer, came to second on the initial lap. Cranmer immediately began to pressure for the lead, but Macchia held her ground. The race reached 14 of the 15 scheduled laps, and Cranmer hit the wall at the exit of turn four, drawing the red flag and ending the race. Cranmer exited the car uninjured, and Macchia collected the win over Verwys and Anthony Bello.

After missing Opening Night due to illness, defending Pro Stock champion Kenny Atkins knew he would be fighting an uphill battle in the point standings all season. So far, he has made a valiant effort, as he picked up his second win in as many attempts this past Saturday. After winning his heat race, Atkins lined up on the pole for the feature and took full advantage of the rare chance to start up front. Atkins led every lap of the event, which went green-to-checkered with no cautions. Jim Helt, who started on the outside pole, settled into second quickly and worked on distancing himself from 2015 Rookie of the Year Mac Crawson, who was third. Just past the halfway point of the event, Kevin Skelly – who was making his first career start in the Pro Stock class subbing for Ed Butler – took over the third position. He reeled Helt in and worked on him for the runner-up position, but his march to the front was ended when the checkered flag waved with Atkins in the lead. Helt crossed the line second by a slim margin over Skelly.

Defending 4 Cylinder Advanced champion Mike Travis has very little to complain about so far this season, as he has gone unbeaten in the first three races, picking up his third win. Travis started the race from the pole, with Tim Curry to his outside. Before a lap was complete, Travis had put his car solidly out front, and 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind had come to second. Cody Houghtaling made his way to third, and he kept himself in the hunt until he pulled off of the track following a caution with four laps remaining, putting Curry back in the third spot. The top three ran in tight quarters over the final laps, but Travis was first to the line, followed by Bauernfeind and Curry.

For the second time in three weeks, John Houghtaling took home the trophy at the conclusion of the 4 Cylinder Novice race. Houghtaling took off from the outside pole, and had to follow pole sitter Kayla Curry over the first two laps before putting his car out front. Curry held on to the second spot for the majority of the race, until Gene Helms – the previous week’s winner – got by for the spot with four laps to go. Curry turned up the heat, however, and reclaimed the spot on the white flag lap. Houghtaling was first to the line, followed by Curry and Helms.

This coming Saturday, May 14th, the gates at Bethel will swing open for Champions’ Night, when the intermission period will feature a formal presentation of champions’ jackets to the 2015 track champions on hand. The racing schedule is jam-packed, and includes the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission for the 2016 season is just $8, with children five and under admitted free of charge. More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908, Tuesday through Friday from 9 am until 6 pm.

If you’ve ever wanted to get out on the track, Sunday, May 15th, is your opportunity, courtesy of the High Point Cruisers car club. The track will be set up with a slalom-style course, and is open to both street cars and race cars. All cars must pass a basic safety inspection, and drivers are required to have a DOT approved helmet 2005 or newer and closed toe shoes. Gates open at 12 noon on Sunday, and registration is open until 1:15 pm, with cars taking to the track beginning at 2 pm. More information on the auto-x can be obtained by emailing mjcantelmoembar@qmail.com.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Blair Culhane (Brookfield, CT), 2. Skip LaPolt, 3. John Cote, 4. Joe DeGracia, 5. Robbie Konikowski.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY), Mike Dutka, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Dan Dulin, 5. Eric Moon.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richie Coy (M, Haskell, NJ), 2. Teddy Hodgdon (SP), 3. Drew Bottge (SP), 4. Joseph Graf (P), 5. Eugene Drew (P), 6. Vinny Delaney (P), 7. Ed Cheslak (SP), 8. David French (P), 9. Lars McElravy (YL), 10. Joe Graf (M), 11. Jerry Macchia (YL), 12. Mike Policastro (SP), 13. Stephen Hershey (P), 14. Matt Forsythe (SP), 15. Gillian Kirkpatrick (SP).

BADNOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Teddy Bowen (O, Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys (O), 3. Tyler Dachenhausen (O), 4. Mike Roth (B), 5. Ryan Macartney (B), 6. Conner Piasecki (O), 7. Joey Aungst (B), 8. Jeff Darrah (O), 9. Jade McElravy (O).

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (14 laps): 1. Isabella Macchia (B, Pwling, NY), 2. Katie Verwys (B), 3. Anthony Bello (B), 4. Nick Archiere (B), 5. Teddy Cranmer (B).

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Kevin Skelly, 4. Mac Crawson, 5. Vinny Stanton Jr., 6. Kyle Welsch.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Amber VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Kyle Welsch, 3. Gary VanOrden, 4. Tweeter Pallom, 5. Walt Henry, 6. Steve Smalley, 7. Joe Smith, 8. Arthur McArthur, 9. Patty Falkena, 10. Jessica Ricci, 11. Bryan Chirico, 12. Jay Smalley.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Hurleyville, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Tim Curry, 4. Gary Miller, 5. Robert Clarke, 6. Cody Houghtaling, 7. Wayne Atkins, 8. Eddy Lindstadt, 9. David Donovan. DQ – Jerry Kingeter. DNS – George VanAken.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Houghtaling (Monticello, NY), 2. Kayla Curry, 3. Gene Helms, 4. James Shields, 5. Jessey Torrens, 6. Richard Smith, 7. Vinny DeGraw, 8. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 9. Nicole Nelson, 10. Nick Curry, 11. Adair DuBois, 12. Marisol Torrens. DNS – Dan Houghtaling, Dan VanAken, Keith Unger.

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY APRIL 30 BANDOLERO RESULTS FINALIZED

BETHEL, NY – This past Saturday night, the Bandolero division at Bethel Motor Speedway put on one of the most exciting races of the evening, with Sean Verwys and Tyler Dachenhausen battling it out for the lead over the entire race distance. After swapping the lead several times, Verwys was first to the line for his first career Outlaw win. However, the results for the evening were posted as “unofficial” pending the outcome of a technical decision from INEX, the sanctioning body for the division.

The ruling was received Tuesday afternoon, and all of the competitors passed inspection, giving Verwys the official win that he worked so hard to earn. Dachenhausen backed up his Opening Night win with a solid second-place finish. Mike Roth, who finished third overall, was also the Bandit division winner.

The up-and-coming stars of the Bandolero division will once again be in action on the quarter-mile asphalt oval this coming Saturday, May 7th, as part of a jam-packed night of racing that also includes the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $8 for the 2016 season, and children five and under are admitted free of charge. More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday between 9 am and 6 pm.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (OFFICIAL, 15 laps): 1. Sean Verwys (O, East Stroudsburg, PA), 2. Tyler Dachenhausen (O), 3. Mike Roth (B), 4. Jeff Darrah (O), 5. Joey Aungst (B), 6. Conner Piasecki (O), 7. Ryan Macartney (B), 8. Eugene Drew (O).

PHOTO ATTACHED: Sean Verwys celebrates his first Outlaw win at Bethel Motor Speedway on April 30.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lisa Andresen.

CULHANE AND MILLS GO TWO-FOR-TWO IN BUSY NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – For the second consecutive week, BMS Modified driver Blair Culhane topped the field to claim victory at the quarter-mile asphalt oval. After winning his heat race, Culhane started on the pole for the 20-lap feature event, with former division champion John Cote to his outside. In an exciting side-by-side battle, Culhane and Cote swapped the lead at the stripe several times in the opening laps as Cote fought on the outside to power out front. Culhane, however, was able to get solidly out front following a restart, leaving Cote to chase him over the remaining laps. Culhane was first to the checkered flag, followed by Cote and Steve Galgano.

Also visiting Victory Lane for the second consecutive week was 358/Sportsman driver Rick Mill. By virtue of his heat race win, Mill started on the pole, and led every lap of the caution-free event to claim the win. Kyle Redner started on the outside pole, and settled into second when Mill got out front. Redner held off the challenges of Rich Coons, but was unable to make a successful bid for the lead. Mills was first across the line, with Redner second and Coons third.

At the conclusion of the eventful Legends race that saw the checkered flag wave after 17 of the 20 scheduled laps, 2014 Bethel Legends Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy found himself in Victory Lane. Coy set fast time in qualifying and started on the pole, alongside 2015 Pro/Masters/Semi Pro champion Joseph Graf. Coy got out to the early lead, but it became a battle of the former champions at the front of the field when 2013 Pro/Masters champion Joe Graf took over the top spot on lap 12. While battling for the lead, the two Grafs made contact on lap 16, with the elder Graf retiring from the event. Coy regained the lead as a result, and another caution after the restart brought out the checkered flag. Coy was awarded the win, with rookie David French second and Chris Rogers third.

In one of the most exciting races of the night, Sean Verwys picked up his first overall Bandolero win, with the finish being held pending the outcome of a technical ruling that is expected to come from INEX later in the week. Verwys started on the pole, and fought with Tyler Dachenhausen for the lead throughout the entire caution-free, 15-lap event. The pair traded the top spot, with Dachenhausen taking it over for several laps prior to the halfway point. Verwys fought back, and reclaimed the spot with six laps to go, and gradually built up his lead over the closing laps. Verwys was first to the flag, followed by Dachenhausen and Mike Roth. As of press time, the results were still unofficial.

For the second week in a row, Teddy Cranmer led from start to finish to take down the win in the Beginner Bandolero feature. Cranmer took off from the pole, with Anthony Bello on his outside. Cranmer got the advantage on the start, leaving Bello to give chase as the laps clicked off without any cautions. Cranmer claimed the win over Bello and Katie Verwys.

Defending Pro Stock champion Kenny Atkins was absent from the Opening Night action due to illness, but he made up for it this past Saturday, dominating the Pro Stock feature to claim his first win of the season. Mac Crawson, the division’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, took off from the pole, but Atkins put his car in the lead on the initial lap. Once out front, Atkins never looked back, leaving Jim Helt and Ed Butler behind him to fight for second. Helt was able to hold on to second as the laps wound down, while Crawson was able to work his way back past Butler for third with just two laps to go. At the line, Atkins grabbed the win, while Helt had to be content with second. Crawson was third.

For the first time in 2016, defending Street Stock division champion Gary VanOrden found himself at the front of the field when the checkered flag waved in the feature. VanOrden battled with his daughter – two-time division champion Amber VanOrden – all day long, as they went wheel-to-wheel in their heat race as well. For the feature event, G. VanOrden lined up on the outside of the front row, with Tweeter Pallom on the pole. Pallom was scored as the leader for the first two laps before VanOrden took over the spot. Pallom held on to the second spot until there were just five laps to go, when mechanical issues took him out of the race. A. VanOrden inherited second as a result. She ran out of time to challenge her father, and G. VanOrden claimed the win over A. VanOrden and 2015 Rookie of the Year Walt Henry.

Defending 4 Cylinder Advanced champion Mike Travis has had a positive start to his season, as he also collected his second win in as many weeks. For Travis, it was a perfect night, as he scored the win in his heat race and started the feature from the pole as a result. David Donovan, the 2015 4 Cylinder Novice champion, started on the outside pole but was quickly overtaken by 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind. Travis and Bauernfeind paced the field as third place changed hands between Donovan, Dan Curry, and finally Tim Curry. When the checkered flag flew, Travis was victorious, with Bauernfeind in second and T. Curry third.

Gene Helms collected his first-ever win in the 4 Cylinder Novice race, but the win was not an easy one. John Houghtaling – who grabbed the Opening Night win – started on the pole, with Kayla Curry to his outside. Houghtaling took the lead at the drop of the green, but found Helms on his back bumper by lap two. Over the next several laps, Houghtaling and Helms swapped the lead, with Helms taking the spot over for good just prior to the halfway point of the event. Just two laps later, Curry worked her way around Houghtaling for second. She then set her sights on Helms, but time ran out as Helms captured the win over Curry and Houghtaling.

This coming Saturday, May 7th, the gates will once again swing open at Bethel Motor Speedway for an action-packed night of short-track racing excitement. On the schedule are the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $8 for the 2016 season, with children five and under admitted free of charge. More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday from 9 am until 6 pm.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Blair Culhane (Brookfield, CT), 2. John Cote, 3. Steve Galgano, 4. Skip LaPolt, 5. Joe DeGracia, 6. Rob Rafferty.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY), 2. Kyle Redner, 3. Rich Coons, 4. Eric Moon, 5. Mike Dutka, 6. Rudy Roth IV, 7. Dan Dulin, 8. Paul Martin.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (17 laps): 1. Richie Coy (M, Haskell, NJ), 2. David French (P), 3. Chris Rogers (P), 4. Drew Bottge (SP), 5. Jerry Macchia (YL), 6. Mikey Policastro (SP), 7. Breanne Galligan (SP), 8. Eugene Drew (P), 9. Paul Dodorico (M), 10. Gillian Kirkpatrick (SP), 11. Joseph Graf (P), 12. Joe Graf (M), 13. Philip Abramo (SP), 14. Dalton Wombach (P), 15. Matt Maring (P).

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (UNOFFICIAL, 15 laps): 1. Sean Verwys (O, East Stroudsburg, PA), 2. Tyler Dachenhausen (O), 3. Mike Roth (B), 4. Jeff Darrah (O), 5. Joey Aungst (B), 6. Conner Piasecki (O), 7. Ryan Macartney (B), 8. Eugene Drew (O).

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Teddy Cranmer (B, North Hanover, NJ), 2. Anthony Bello (B), 3. Katie Verwys (B). DQ – Nick Archiere (B).

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Mac Crawson, 4. Ed Butler, 5. Vinny Stanton Jr. DNS – Darwin Moon.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Walt Henry, 4. Steve Smalley, 5. Joe Smith, 6. Arthur McArthur, 7. Patty Falkena, 8. Tweeter Pallom, 9. Bryan Chirico, 10. Jessica Ricci.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Hurleyville, NY), 2. Brain Bauernfeind, 3. Tim Curry, 4. Dan Curry, 5. David Donovan, 6. Jerry Kingeter, 7. Cody Houghtaling, 8. Wayne Atkins, 9. Robert Clarke, 10. Scott Quick.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gene Helms (Bloomingburg, NY), 2. Kayla Curry, 3. John Houghtaling, 4. Travis Cogswell, 5. Jessey Torrens, 6. Austin Zweck, 7. James Shields, 8. Vinny DeGraw, 9. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 10. Nicole Nelson, 11. Marisol Torrens, 12. James Ronk, 13. Dan Houghtaling, 14. Keith Unger. DNS – Lee Cogswell, Nick Curry.

CULHANE LEADS LIST OF BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENING NIGHT WINNERS

BETHEL, NY – Luck was on the side of BMS Modified driver Gary Culhane this past Saturday night, as he dominated the night during Bethel Motor Speedway’s Les Quick Memorial Opening Night festivities. By the luck of the draw, Culhane started on the pole for his heat race, leading every lap on his way to claim the pole for the start of the 20-lap feature event.

Former division champion John Cote sat on the front row with Culhane for the start of the feature. The pair ran side-by-side to the green flag while rookie Joe DeGracia looked on from third. Culhane was able to pull ahead of Cote, and Culhane and Cote began to distance themselves from the field, as the only caution of the race was on the initial lap. As the laps clicked off, DeGracia was able to protect his position against the challenges of former division champion, Skip LaPolt, who was making his return to the division after several seasons of part-time competition in other classes. Culhane was first to the checkered flag, followed by Cote and DeGracia.

358/Sportsman driver Rick Mill picked up right where he left off at the end of last season – in Victory Lane. Mill started last in the feature event following a mishap in his heat race, and he roared through the field to take home the win. Rich Coons and Kyle Redner made up the front row for the start, with Coons getting the advantage at the drop of the green. Redner chased Coons for the first seven laps before Mill took over the second spot and tried to reel Coons in. With just four laps remaining, Mill made a successful bid for the lead. Mill crossed the finish line first, followed by Coons and Redner.

For the first time since her Bandolero days, Alexandria Smith made her way to Victory Lane at Bethel this past Saturday, this time as the winner of the Legends feature. After coming from the fifth starting spot to win her heat race, Smith started on the pole for the feature. Chris Rogers started on the outside pole. Smith and Rogers battled for the lead at the outset of the race, but Smith was able to put her car solidly out front. Rogers never lost sight of her back bumper, staying within striking distance. Just prior to the halfway point, Gillian Kirkpatrick took over second, but spun, bringing out the caution. Rogers reclaimed second as a result, and he had to hold off former Bethel Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy in the closing laps. Smith took the checkered flag, followed by Rogers and Coy.

Bandolero driver Tyler Dachenhausen got the taste of victory plenty of times last season in the Beginner Bandolero class, but picked up his first win since moving up this past Saturday, leading every lap on his way to the win. Sean Verwys started on the pole for the feature, with Dachenhausen to the outside. Dachenhausen jumped out front at the drop of the green, and Verwys settled into second. Teddy Bowen tested Verwys for the first ten laps of the event before he spun and brought out the caution. Eugene Drew inherited third as a result, but no one was able to catch Dachenhausen, who was flawless on the restart. Dachenhausen led Verwys and Drew to the checkered flag.

In only his second-ever trip to Bethel, Teddy Cranmer picked up the Beginner Bandolero win, dominating the caution-free 15-lap feature event. Cranmer started on the outside pole, with Anthony Bello to his inside. Cranmer put his car out front on the initial lap, leaving Bello to chase him for the lead. Isabella Macchia, who picked up her first career win just one week earlier, made her way to second with five laps to go, but Cranmer had already built a sizeable lead. Time ran out for Macchia, who had to be content with second as Cranmer notched the win. Bello was third across the line.

Ed Butler picked up the win in the season’s first Pro Stock race, leading all but the first lap of the caution-free event. Butler and Jim Helt took off from the front row, with Helt being scored as the leader on lap one. Butler, however, took that spot away just one lap later. With no cautions to slow the pace of the race, Butler continued to show the way over Helt and 2015 Rookie of the Year Mac Crawson. Time ran out for either of them to make a successful bid for the lead, as Butler grabbed the win over Helt and Crawson.

The Street Stock feature event was caution-free as well, and ended up with Kyle Welsch picking up his first career win in the division at Bethel. The win wasn’t an easy one for Welsch, who held off defending division champion Gary VanOrden to claim the victory. Welsch and VanOrden started on the front row, and pulled away from the field, eventually lapping even the third place car of 2015 Rookie of the Year Walt Henry. Lapped traffic began to come into play prior to the halfway point of the event, and the top two had to negotiate their way past the cars, with VanOrden keeping Welsch within striking distance throughout the entire race. VanOrden, who collected a total of ten wins in the 2015 season, had to be content with second as Welsch beat him to the finish line. Henry was third.

Defending 4 Cylinder champion Mikey Travis got his season off on the right foot, notching the win in a caution-free event. Travis started from the outside pole, with 2015 4 Cylinder Novice champion David Donovan on the pole. Travis wasted no time putting his car out front, leaving Donovan to battle with 2013 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind for second. Bauernfeind took over the runner-up spot on lap three and set his sights on Travis. Travis proved to be unstoppable, beating Bauernfeind and 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Tasha Curry to the checkered flag.

John Houghtaling put his pole starting spot to good use as he led every lap of the 4 Cylinder Novice race to pick up his first win of the season. Kayla Curry took off from the outside pole and settled into second, but Lee Cogswell quickly made his way to the spot. Cogswell swapped the spot with Heather Porter before taking it back for good just prior to the halfway point. Cogswell gave chase to Houghtaling, but was unable to make a successful bid for the spot before the checkered flag flew, and he was forced to settle for second. James Shields was credited with third following post-race technical inspection.
Cars will roar around the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway once again this coming Saturday, April 30th, with a jam-packed schedule that includes the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $8, and children five and under are admitted free of charge. Season grandstand passes are available for just $120, and include entry to any and all of the remaining 24 events on the 2016 schedule. Pay-per-View links are also available on the web site weekly for those who are unable to attend the races. More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday from 9 am until 6 pm.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Blair Culhane (Brookfield, CT), 2. John Cote, 3. Joe DeGracia, 4. Skip LaPolt, 5. Rob Rafferty, 6. Robbie Konikowski.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY), 2. Rich Coons, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Rudy Roth IV, 5. Mike Dutka, 6. Paul Martin, 7. Eric Moon, 8. Dan Dulin.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Aleaxandria Smith (SP, Millerton, PA), 2. Chris Rogers (P), 3. Richie Coy (M), 4. Drew Bottge (SP), 5. David French (P), 6. Brandon Debrakeleer (P), 7. Gillian Kirkpatrick (SP), 8. Paul Dodorico (M), 9. Stephen Hershey (P), 10. Jerry Macchia (YL), 11. Anthony Gullo (SP), 12. Patrick Gallagher (YL), 13. Eugene Drew (P).

BANDOLERO FEATURE FIISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Dachenhausen (O, Danbury, CT), 2. Sean Verwys (O), 3. Eugene Storm Drew (O), 4. Teddy Bowen (O), 5. Mike Roth (B), 6. Conner Piasecki (O), 7. Ryan Macartney (B), 8. Jeff Darrah (O), 9. Joey Aungst (B).

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Teddy Cranmer (B, North Hanover, NJ), 2. Isabella Macchia (B), 3. Anthony Bello (B), 4. Katie Verwys (B), 5. Nick Archiere (B).

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Mac Crawson, 4. Darwin Moon.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kyle Welsch (Narrowsburg, NY), 2. Gary VanOrden, 3. Walt Henry, 4. Steve Smalley, 5. Arthur McArthur, 6. Shawn Maloney, 7. Bryan Chirico, 8. Patty Falkena, 9. Amber VanOrden.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mikey Travis (Hurleyville, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Tasha Curry, 4. David Donovan, 5. Jerry Kingeter, 6. Cody Houghtaling, 7. Tim Curry, 8. Wayne Atkins, 9. Brent Shaddock.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Houghtaling (Monticello, NY), 2. Lee Cogswell, 3. James Shields, 4. Travis Cogswell, 5. Kayla Curry, 6. Jessey Torrens, 7. Marisol Torrens, 8. Dan Houghtaling, 9. Vinny DeGraw, 10. Nick Curry, 11. Felicia Reichenbaugh. DQ – Heather Porter.

SYLVESTER, DREW, AND MACCHIA PICK UP FIRST 2016 INEX WINS AT BETHEL

BETHEL, NY – It was an open practice day for many of the cars that filled the pit area at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, but INEX drivers were given the opportunity to take part in some preseason competition. When the checkered flags fell, Jim Sylvester, Eugene Storm Drew, and Isabella Macchia all grabbed wins.

Jim Sylvester was of top of his game all day long, setting the fastest time in all three practice sessions early in the day. By the luck of the draw, Sylvester started the feature from the fourth starting spot. Richie Coy – the 2014 Bethel Legends Pro/Masters champion started on the pole, alongside former three-time Bethel Legends champion Paul Dodorico. Before a single lap was in the books, Bethel newcomer Kurt Krieger attempted a daring pass to the inside of Coy and Dodorico, making it three wide. Caution flew as Dodorico ended up being turned around and had to restart at the end of the field. Sylvester made quick work of Coy when the race restarted, taking the lead on lap one. Once out front, Sylvester never looked back, and he drove on to collect the win over Coy. Gillian Kirkpatrick was credited with third place following post-race technical inspection.

Patience was key for Bandolero competitor Eugene Storm Drew, who led only the final lap of the race on his way to the win. Drew was the benefactor following a last-lap incident that involved both the leader and second-place car at the time. Fans knew before the race even began that it would be a close one, as the four quickest cars in the third round of practice were separated by less than a tenth of a second. Sean Verwy’s, Bethel’s 2015 Most Improved Driver, drew the pole and started the race with Jeff Darrah to his outside. Verwys immediately shot out front and led every lap as Darrah, Drew, and then Teddy Bowen gave chase. After the white flag flew, Bowen made contact with the left rear of Verwys’ car, sending Verwys around and resulting in both drivers having to restart at the rear of the field. Drew inherited the lead as a result, and was able to hold off Darrah and Tyler Dachenhausen for the win.

Isabella Macchia was undoubtedly happy with how her 2016 season got started, as her Beginner Bandolero win was the first of her short career in the division so far. Macchia began racing in the class towards the end of the 2015 season. She came from the third starting spot to claim the victory. Katie Verwys started on the pole, alongside Nick Archiere. Verwys got out to the early lead, but Macchia moved up quickly and claimed the top spot with two laps in the books. At the halfway point, Teddy Cranmer took over the second position and even challenged for the lead on a restart, but Verwys fought back and reclaimed the spot on the final lap of the race. Time ran out for Verwys to challenge Macchia for the lead, as Macchia crossed the line ahead of Verwys and Cranmer.

Every weekly division at the track was represented in the preseason practice, which was well-attended as many drivers took advantage of the opportunity to “shake down” their cars prior to Les Quick Memorial Opening Night, which is slated for this coming Saturday, April 23. The schedule is jam-packed with excitement, including the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is $8, and pit admission is $25 for BMS members and $30 for non-members.

More information, including a complete 2016 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling the track office at (845) 319-7908 Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jim Sylvester (Massapequa Park, NY), 2. Richie Coy, 3. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 4. Kurt Krieger, 5. Patrick Gallagher, 6. Paul Dodorico, 7. Chris Rogers, 8. Jerry Macchia, 9. Stephen Hershey. DQ – Drew Bottge, Alexandria Smith.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Eugene Storm Drew (Oakland, NJ), 2. Jeff Darrah, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Conner Piasecki, 6. Ryan Macartney, 7. Joey Aungst, 8. Mike Roth. DQ – Teddy Bowen.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Isabella Macchia (Pawling, NY), 2. Katie Verwys, 3. Nick Archiere, 4. Teddy Cranmer, 5. Anthony Bello.

PRESEASON PRACTICE AND INEX POINTS RACES CANCELED FOR APRIL 9th

We have been monitoring the weather forecasts for this upcoming weekend closely, and our main concern at this time is the temperature. While projected temperatures have fluctuated by a few degrees either way over the past several days, the current projected high for Saturday is below 40, with a low below 20.
As a result, we are forced to cancel our preseason practice and INEX points races slated for this Saturday, April 9th.
Practice and INEX points races will go on as scheduled next Saturday, April 16th. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with practice beginning at 4:30 pm. All cars must pass safety inspection before being allowed on the track, even if they passed inspection last year. Grandstand admission is free.

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY SEASON GRANDSTAND PASSES AVAILABLE

BETHEL, NY – With the 2016 racing season quickly approaching, the Bethel Motor Speedway office announced this week that season grandstand passes are now available to fans for the upcoming season. For one flat rate, spectators can enjoy the action at the speedway all season long.

All season grandstand passes for the 2016 also come with one complimentary “Pay-per-View” coupon code that allows the holder access to one free live access video, viewable from any home PC, in the event the season pass holder can’t make it to a scheduled event. “Pay-per-View” is available for all Bethel Motor Speedway events, payable through the beginning of any weekly event.

For the 2016 season – with 25 events on the schedule – season passes are available for a cost of $120. A $5 service fee will be added for those wishing to make their purchase by debit/credit card.

Season passes will are non-transferrable and season pass holders will be required to present their pass at the front gate each week for admission.

Bethel Motor Speedway is a quarter-mile paved oval located in White Lake. The track features stock car racing every Saturday from April through October, with weekly divisions that include BMS Modifieds, dirt-style 358/Sportsman cars on asphalt, INEX Legends and Bandoleros, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, and 4 Cylinders. The 2016 schedule is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and more information can be obtained online or by calling (845) 319-7908, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am until 6 pm.

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES TRACK RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES

BETHEL, NY – With a jam-packed season ahead, Bethel Motor Speedway further increased the excitement this week, as the speedway office announced three Thursday dates when drivers will be able to “rent” track time for practice and additional seat time. The dates currently available are May 26, June 23, and August 25. Reservations will be taken beginning immediately.

Each of the dates will be broken into two sessions, 2pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm. A maximum of ten cars will be allowed to reserve space in each session, with a maximum of three cars permitted to be on track at any given time. Each driver will initially be limited to three slots. A driver can reserve two sessions in one day, but both sessions will count towards that driver’s three-session total. If a day is not filled by the prior Saturday, a driver may then be permitted to purchase additional slots. The cost will be $75 per car per session. There will be an additional $5 per session service charge for reservations made using a credit card.

Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis with payment. A reservation form is available on the web site at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com for those wishing to mail checks, or credit card orders can be placed by calling the track office at (845) 319-7908, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am until 6 pm. Reservations can also be made by visiting the Bethel Motor Speedway booth at the OCFS Motorsports Show March 19 and 20 at the OCFS Arena.

Bethel Motor Speedway’s 2016 season is slated to kick off with two preseason practice days, April 9 and 16. Opening Night is scheduled for April 23. The quarter-mile asphalt oval will feature action from the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes in 2016, with several special shows on the schedule. The full schedule can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com.

Click HERE for the Track Rental form.

ALLIANCE SHIPPERS INC. TO RETURN AS BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY SPONSOR

BETHEL, NY – Racing season has already gotten underway in some areas of the country, signaling the approach of racing season in the Northeast, with both racers and tracks keeping busy with preparations for the start of a new year of action and excitement. Bethel Motor Speedway is no exception, and the speedway office made the announcement this week that Alliance Shippers Inc. would once again be joining the list of track supporters and marketing partners for the 2016 season.

“Alliance Shippers has had a long-standing relationship with Bethel Motor Speedway, and we are very happy to see it continue,” stated Bethel Motor Speedway Business Operations Manager, Tracy Chirico. “Our racers and fans know the Alliance name from their involvement with the prestigious Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock that is run annually, but they may not realize that Alliance Shippers’ support of the track is much more far-reaching. Over the last several seasons, Alliance Shippers has sponsored the Legends division and been a Victory Lane sponsor as well, meaning that the positive impact of our relationship with them has touched every racer in every division at the speedway.”

Alliance Shippers Inc. known for their dedication to providing The Perfect Shipment®, was founded in 1977 and has since become one of the premier logistics and transportation companies in North America. Utilizing state-of-the-art rail, highway, ocean, and air transportation, the company’s mission is “to provide customers with the most efficient and cost-competitive transportation services available throughout the world by continually dedicating ourselves to improving the logistics efforts of our customers.” Alliance Shippers has 50 sales and operating facilities located in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. More information can be obtained online at www.allianceshippers.com.

Bethel Motor Speedway is a quarter-mile paved oval located in White Lake. They feature stock car racing every Saturday from April through October, with weekly divisions that include BMS Modifieds, dirt-style 358/Sportsman cars on asphalt, INEX Legends and Bandoleros, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, and 4 Cylinders. The 2016 schedule is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and more information can be obtained online or by calling (845) 319-7908.