BETHEL INEX RACERS RACK UP NATIONAL AND STATE AWARDS

BETHEL, NY – With the INEX National Awards banquet slated for Saturday, January 30th at the Speedway Motor Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, many tracks across the country have racers preparing to make the trek to receive national and/or state honors, and Bethel Motor Speedway is no exception. With exciting short-track competition in the Legends and Bandolero classes week in and week out, a total of five Bethel Legends drivers and three Bandolero drivers will be recognized for finishing in the top ten in national points in their respective divisions, with a total of eight Legends state champions and six Bandolero state champions on the slate for recognition.

Joseph Graf, Bethel’s 2014 Legends Young Lion/Semi Pro champion and 2015 Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro champion, finished the season in the runner-up spot in national points for the Semi Pro class, picking up the New Jersey state championship along the way.

Alex McCollum, Bethel’s 2015 Legends Young Lions champion, finished fourth in national points and collected the New Jersey Young Lions title in the process. Teddy Hodgdon, who made history at Bethel as the youngest driver to win the prestigious LegendStock event in 2015, was sixth in national points and was the Connecticut state champion. Gillian Kirkpatrick, who was the Bandolero Rookie of the Year at Bethel in 2013 and was Co-Rookie of the Year in Legends at Bethel this year, earned the New York state Young Lions title.

Jim Sylvester, a past Masters division winner at LegendStock and Bethel regular, ended the season eighth in national points in the class, also grabbing the New York state championship. Richie Coy, the 2014 Bethel Legends Pro/Masters champion and runner-up in 2015 points for the Pro/Masters/Semi Pro class, finished just outside of the top ten in national points but earned the New Jersey state championship.

Matt Evans, the 2012 and 2103 Bethel Legends Pro/Masters champion, in spite of running a limited schedule at Bethel during the 2015 season, finished tenth in Pro division national points and earned the New York state title. Eugene Drew grabbed the New Jersey state Pro championship.

The Bandolero class was not to be left out, with many of the younger drivers earning accolades as well.

David French, the 2014 and 2015 Bethel Bandolero champion and 2015 Legends Co-Rookie of the Year, grabbed a second place finish in national Outlaw division points, and collected the Pennsylvania state championship. Lars McElravy earned top ten honors as well, finishing sixth in the nation overall. Jessica Ricci grabbed the New York state title. Jeff Darrah, who began the season in Bethel’s Beginner Bandolero class before moving up, was the Connecticut state champion.

Teddy Bowen finished third in national Bandit division points, also picking up the Pennsylvania state championship. Bryan Chirico, Bethel’s 2014 Bandolero Rookie of the Year, picked up the New York state Bandit title. Beginner Bandolero driver Joey Aungst earned the New Jersey state Bandit championship.

Legends and Bandoleros will once again be regular weekly classes on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway in 2016, with the season slated to begin with two preseason practice days that will also feature INEX points races for the two classes on April 9 and 16, and Opening Night scheduled for April 23. A full schedule will be released shortly. More information can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

BETHEL CROWNS CHAMPIONS AT AWARDS BANQUET

BETHEL, NY – Bethel Motor Speedway drivers, crews, fans, and track crew gathered recently to celebrate the 2015 season, with a crowd of several hundred on hand to take part in the night’s festivities. Speedway management crowned five first-time champions and four repeat champions, and recognized the accomplishments of many drivers with trophies and special awards.

Collecting championships for the first time at the quarter-mile asphalt oval were Ed Dachenhausen (BMS Modified), Alex McCollum (Legends Young Lions), Kenny Atkins (Pro Stock), Mikey Travis (4 Cylinder Advanced), and David Donovan (4 Cylinder Novice). Jerry Curry (358/Sportsman), Joseph Graf (Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro), David French (Bandolero), and Gary VanOrden (Street Stock) all added to their list of previous championships at the speedway.

Dachenhausen, a former NASCAR Modified regional champion, took home the title in his first season behind the wheel of the same BMS Modified that Joe McCarthy piloted to the championship the prior year. Dachenhausen picked up a total of 12 feature event wins over the course of the season, coming out ahead of 2013 champion John Cote, who collected five wins. Finishing third in the standings for the season was Blair Culhane, who notched one victory during the season. Chris Chirico was recognized as the division’s Rookie of the Year, and Robbie Konikowski was awarded Best Appearing Car.

With his 2015 title, Jerry Curry became the first-ever champion in the combined 358/Sportsman division, which was expanded to include the 358 cars for this season. Curry was the Sportsman division champion in 2012, and he is no stranger to victory at Bethel, having piloted cars in nearly every division at the speedway over the course of his career. Curry won the championship with seven feature event wins to his credit. The division’s 2014 Rookie of the Year, Dan Dulin, picked up one win during the season and ended up second in points. Kyle Redner rounded out the top three in the standings. Dirt veteran Rick Mill, who picked up five feature wins in his first season on asphalt, was named Rookie of the Year. Rich Coons took home the award for Best Appearing Car.

For the second year in a row, teenage standout Joseph Graf was awarded a championship. In 2014, he collected the title for the combined Legends Young Lion/Semi Pro class. With a shift in division makeup, the New Jersey native grabbed 12 feature wins to take home the crown in the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro class in 2015. Graf was the New Jersey state Semi Pro champion, and finished second in the nation overall in his class. Richie Coy, who was the 2014 Pro/Masters champion, finished second in season points, and Brad Lowmaster was third.

With 12 wins to his credit, Alex McCollum grabbed the Legends Young Lions title, while also picking up the New Jersey state Young Lions championship and finishing fourth in the nation in his class. Teddy Hodgdon, who made history as the youngest-ever winner of LegendStock, was second in the standings, and Gillian Kirkpatrick was third. Kirkpatrick and David French were honored as Co-Rookies of the Year for the Legends division, and Hodgdon received the award for Best Appearing Car.

French was further honored as he took home his second consecutive championship in the Bandolero class, boasting a near-perfect record. French collected a whopping 20 wins over the course of the season, beating out Sean Verwys for the title. French was the Pennsylvania state Outlaw champion, and finished second in the nation overall for his class. Verwys, who moved up from the Beginner Bandolero class at the outset of the season, was also named the track’s Most Improved Driver for the season. Bryan Chirico, who was the division’s 2014 Rookie of the Year, came back to finish third in the standings and become the New York state Bandit champion after flipping his car on Opening Night. Conner Piasecki received the award for Best Appearing Car.

After two consecutive years of being the bridesmaid, 2010 Pro Stock Rookie of the Year Kenny Atkins took home his first championship in the class, with seven feature wins to his credit. Jim Helt was second, picking up three wins over the course of the season. Mac Crawson was third in the standings, and took home hardware for both Rookie of the Year and Best Appearing Car.

In a title chase that came down to a tie in points, Gary VanOrden took home the Street Stock championship over his daughter – defending two-time champion Amber VanOrden – by virtue of his ten feature wins. A. VanOrden collected four wins over the course of the season. Steve Smalley was third in the standings, and was awarded Best Appearing Car. Walt Henry, who picked up four wins – including the inaugural Street Stock Shootout Series race – was honored as Rookie of the Year.

Mikey Travis picked up his first championship in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class, coming out on top of a points battle that came down to the division’s final race of the season. Travis amassed six feature wins, and edged out Dan Curry for the title. Curry had three wins to his credit. Brian Bauernfeind – the 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion – finished third in points after moving up, with five feature wins. Bauernfeind also received the award for Best Appearing Car.

David Donovan, with six feature wins to his credit, grabbed his first championship in the 4 Cylinder Novice class. Donovan came out ahead of Dan Houghtaling, who collected four feature wins throughout the season. John Houghtaling was third in the final rundown. Felicia Reichenbaugh, who was the track’s Most Improved Driver in 2014, took home Best Appearing Car honors.

Ralph Falkena, crew chief on the 4 Cylinder Advanced and Street Stock machines driven by Patty Falkena, was honored as the Crew Chief of the Year. Based on a vote by those in attendance, Pro Stock driver Mac Crawson took home the Dick Crumley Memorial Sportsmanship Award, while track photographer Lisa Andresen was the recipient of the Sherri Barnes Memorial Woman in Racing Dedication Award.

The top ten in points in each of the divisions were presented with trophies and awards. All of the track champions are slated to receive the custom leather jackets that the track has become known for in the coming days, as weather issues led to shipping delays that prevented the jackets from arriving in time for the banquet. A collage picture was provided by the jacket manufacturer, allowing the competitors to see this year’s unique design.

Plans are well underway at the speedway for the 2016 season, with preseason practices already scheduled for April 9 and 16, and Opening Night slated for April 23. A full schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

BETHEL LEGENDSTOCK CRASH PHOTO NOMINATED FOR SPEED51.COM AWARD

BETHEL, NY – The annual LegendStock event on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway is always an exciting race, and one that often becomes a nail-biter as the laps wind down. The 2015 event was no different, as some of the top Legends talent from up and down the East Coast and beyond competed for their shot at one of the unique trophies that the event is known for. With just a handful of laps remaining, a freak accident eliminated several of the top contenders, which opened the door for Teddy Hodgdon (who was running in the eighth position at the time of the accident) to become the youngest winner on record. Neither Alex McCollum or Jim Sylvester expected the events to unfold the way that they did, with Sylvester having to climb out of his car as it sat nearly on its side after climbing up the back of McCollum’s car as they both tried to avoid the accident in front of them. Track photographer Lisa Andresen caught the unusual sight after track crew and EMS confirmed that all of the involved drivers were okay, and the picture has gone on to capture national attention.

Earlier this week, Speed51.com, one of the leading sites for motorsports news, revealed the list of candidates for their prestigious annual awards, “The 2015 51’s presented by Jegs”, with the photo – dubbed with the title “Pig-pile of Legends at Bethel” – as one of the candidates for Photo of the Year. Voting is open through February 22, and participants can vote once per day per email address. Votes are required in all categories. The link for voting can be found here: http://www.speed51awards.com/

On behalf of everyone at Bethel Motor Speedway, we would like to congratulate Lisa Andresen on her accomplishment, and wish her – and all of the candidates – the best of luck!

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY TO HONOR CHAMPIONS AT BANQUET DECEMBER 5TH

BETHEL, NY – With the 2015 racing season wrapped up at the quarter-mile asphalt oval, Bethel Motor Speedway management has turned its focus to the annual celebration of champions and racers, to be held on Saturday, December 5th at The Sullivan in Rock Hill.

The event is slated to begin at 6 pm, with hors d’oeuvres prior to a buffet dinner beginning at 7 pm. Following dinner, trophy presentations will be made to the top ten in points in each division. Champions will be crowned and presented with the custom leather jackets Bethel has become known for.

Banquet ticket order forms are available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com. Tickets are $50 each, and include hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, and dessert. A cash bar will be available. There will be a $2 per ticket service fee for credit card orders. Ticket orders – with payment – must be received no later than Thursday, November 19th. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

The 2015 slate of champions includes five first-time champions and four repeat winners.

Ed Dachenhausen will collect the BMS Modified championship, his first at the speedway. Dachenhausen’s racing resume includes titles at other speedways, but this will be his first at Bethel. Dachenhausen claimed the title over multi-time division champion John Cote and Blair Culhane.

Jerry Curry has picked up several championships over the years in multiple divisions at Bethel, but he will be celebrating his second 358/Sportsman title at the banquet. Curry last won the championship in the division in 2012. This year, Curry’s win comes over 2014 Rookie of the Year Dan Dulin and Kyle Redner.

Joseph Graf will take home a title for the second straight year – in 2014, he was the Legends Young Lion/Semi Pro championship. With the combining of division in 2015, he clinched the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro title over last year’s Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy and Brad Lowmaster.

For the first time, Alex McCollum will be crowned champion at Bethel, as he picked up the Legends Young Lions title in his first full season of competition in the Legends class. McCollum topped Teddy Hodgdon and Gillian Kirkpatrick for the crown.

David French will collect the Bandolero division title for the second year in a row, a feat he accomplished while also competing in a Legends car for much of the season. Sean Verwys was second in the standings, while 2014 Rookie of the year Bryan Chirico was third.

After two years of finishing runner-up in the standings, 2010 Pro Stock Rookie of the Year Kenny Atkins will be awarded with his first championship. Atkins ended the season ahead of Jim Helt and rookie Mac Crawson.

The Street Stock title will go to Gary VanOrden, who clinched the championship over his daughter, two-time defending division champion Amber VanOrden, based on the number of wins, as the pair ended the season in a tie for points. The elder VanOrden picked up ten wins, while Amber notched four wins throughout the season. Steve Smalley ended the season third in the standings.

In a battle that came down to the very last race of the season, Mike Travis earned his first career championship in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class over multi-time 4 Cylinder champion Dan Curry. Brain Bauernfeind – who took home the 2014 4 Cylinder Novice title – wound up third in the final rundown.

In only his first full season of competition, David Donovan grabbed the 4 Cylinder Novice title, edging out Dan Houghtaling and John Houghtaling for the championship. By virtue of the championship, Donovan will be mandated to compete in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class in 2016.

More information is available by calling (845) 319-7908, ext. 1, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am until 6 pm.

COTE WINS THE BATTLE, DACHENHAUSEN WINS THE WAR IN BETHEL FINALE

BETHEL, NY – John Cote, the 2013 BMS Modified champion at Bethel Motor Speedway, headed into this past weekend’s finale at the quarter-mile asphalt oval as the only competitor mathematically able to challenge Ed Dachenhausen for this year’s title. It was, however, a long shot. With 75 points separating the two heading into the last night and a total of 80 points up for grabs, all Dachenhausen had to do was take the green in each of the twin 25-lap features.

Dachenhausen did more than take the green, though, and Cote certainly gave him a run for his money.

In the first segment race, Cote took the lead on the initial lap, with Dachenhausen right behind him. The two put on a battle for the lead that kept fans on the edges of their seats over the entire race distance. Dachenhausen remained within striking distance of Cote, but was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Cote drove on to the win over Dachenhausen and Frank James.

Dachenhausen took the lead at the drop of the green in the second segment race, leaving Cote to give chase. The pair continued to test one another lap after lap, until heartbreak struck for Dachenhausen when he experienced engine problems with just six laps to go and he shut the car down and retired from the race. Cote went on to win the second race, with Chris Chirico in second.

Dachenhausen claimed the 2015 BMS Modified title, with Cote second and Blair Culhane third in the final standings.

Jerry Curry was able to officially claim the championship in the 358/Sportsman class after second place rival Kyle Redner was unable to make it to the finale due to a prior obligation to compete during the final Super Dirt Week at Syracuse (NY). Dan Dulin, who headed into the night third in points, had already been mathematically eliminated from the chase for the title.

Mill put on a dominating performance all night, taking the lead from Dulin just past the halfway point of the first race and powering his way to the win over Dulin and Rich Coons. In the second segment race, Mill grabbed the lead on the initial lap and managed to lap the entire field during the caution-free 25-lap affair. Curry was second in that segment, and Dulin was third.

In the final season standings, Curry led the way with an 88-point advantage over Dan Dulin, who took over second in Redner’s absence. Redner wound out the season third in points.

Kenny Atkins secured his first Pro Stock championship, needing only to take the green in both segment races in order to guarantee the title. Atkins, the 2010 Rookie of the Year in the division, finished second in points in the past two seasons.

Ed Butler picked up his seventh win of the season in the first segment race, leading every lap of the caution-free event with Atkins hot on his heels. Larry O’Donnell, driving a car he had just purchased from Atkins, wound up third in the first segment.

Riverhead (NY) Raceway regular CJ Lehmann made his first-ever trip to Bethel worthwhile, as he picked up the win in the second segment race. Lehmann started on the outside pole and wasted no time getting out front. Jim Helt gave chase over the entire race distance but had to be content with second. Butler was third.

In the final tally, Atkins ended the season 63 points ahead of Helt. Rookie Mac Crawson wound up third in the point standings.

In Street Stock action, Walt Henry picked up his fourth win of the season in the first segment race, while Tweeter Pallom won the second segment race. Vinny Stanton Jr. was the overall winner, as Pallom had gone down several laps during the first segment race.

Stanton Jr. led the first 24 laps of the first 25-lap segment race, but Henry was able to get in front by a nose coming to the checkered flag. Stanton Jr. had to be content with second, while Steve Smalley was third to cross the line. In only his second start of the season, Pallom took the lead with just six laps complete in the second segment, leading Stanton Jr. to the line. Smalley collected another third place finish.

Prior to the final night’s events, Gary VanOrden had already secured the 2015 title over his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden. The pair finished the season in a tie in the standings, with the elder VanOrden claiming the title by virtue of ten feature wins, while his daughter recorded four wins. Smalley, in his first full season of competition at Bethel, was third in the final standings.

The points battle in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class literally came down to the final event, as Mike Travis and Dan Curry both entered the night with a mathematical shot to win the title. Curry took down the win in the first segment, gaining 24 points on Travis, who retired from the event early. The tables were reversed in the second segment, as Curry retired early for an overheating issue, while Travis went on to win the race and the division crown. Tim Curry claimed the overall win for the night’s events.

Curry took the lead three laps into the first segment race and drove on to the win over Brian Bauernfeind and Greg Cohen. In the second segment race, Charlie Houghtaling, Ivan Guerra, and T. Curry before Travis grabbed it on the white flag lap to take down the win over T. Curry and Jerry Kingeter.

Travis finished the season 43 markers ahead of D. Curry in the points. Bauernfeind, who was the 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion, was third in the final standings.

With second-place finishes in each of the two segment races, David Donovan grabbed the title in the 4 Cylinder Novice class. In the first segment, Travis Cogswell took down his first career win. Cogswell took the lead with four laps remaining in the event, and crossed the line ahead of Donovan and Jessey Torrens. James Curry led every lap of the second segment event to claim the victory over Donovan and Cogswell.

Donovan ended the season 79 points ahead of Dan Houghtaling. John Houghtaling was third in the final standings, just six points out of second.

To cap off the night, several members of the track crew took part in a 20-lap officials’ 4 cylinder race. Jonathan McGibbon was scored as the leader for the first 15 laps, although Martin Chevalier was alongside him challenging for the lead for the majority of that time. Over the final laps, McGibbon and Chevalier traded the spot at the line several times, as George Van Arsdall sat in third, waiting for an opportunity to get by. Chevalier took over the top spot for good with two laps remaining and took down the win over McGibbon and Van Arsdall.

Bethel Motor Speedway will close out its 2015 season with the 3rd annual Fall Finale Car Show and Swap Meet this coming Sunday, October 18th. Gates open at 12 noon, with car show judging beginning at 2 pm. Car entry is just $10, with all types of vehicles welcome. There will be a $200 prize for Best in Show. Vendor spots are also available, and vendors are welcome to sell any types of items – from cars and parts to household or even commercial items.

The 2015 awards banquet is slated for Saturday, December 5th. More details on the banquet will be posted in the coming week at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com.

BMS MODIFIED OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. John Cote (New Milford, CT), 2. Chris Chirico, 3. Ed Dachenhausen, 4. Steve Galgano, 5. Frank James. DNS – Robbie Konikowski, Joe DeGracia. SEGMENT WINNERS – John Cote (2).

358/SPORTSMAN OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY), 2. Jerry Curry, 3. Dan Dulin, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Paul Knox. SEGMENT WINNERS – Rick Mill (2).

PRO STOCK OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. CJ Lehmann (Medford, NY), 2. Jim Helt, 3. Ed Butler, 4. Kenny Atkins, 5. Larry O’Donnell, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Rick Bradley, 8. Glenn Richard, 9. Arthur McArthur. SEGMENT WINNERS – Ed Butler, CJ Lehmann.

STREET STOCK OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. Vinny Stanton Jr. (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Steve Smalley, 3. Walt Henry, 4. Billy Porter, 5. Tweeter Pallom, 6. Kyle Welsch, 7. Jay Smalley. SEGMENT WINNERS – Walt Henry, Tweeter Pallom.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. Tim Curry (Liberty, NY), 2. Eddy Lindstadt, 3. Greg Cohen, 4. Walt Henry, 5. Eddy Lindstadt, 6. Brent Shaddock, 7. Charlie Houghtaling, 8. Ivan Guerra, 9. Brian Bauernfeind, 10. Dan Curry, 11. Mike Travis, 12. Charles Hummel Sr., 13. Tasha Curry, 14. Cody Houghtaling, 15. George VanAken. SEGMENT WINNERS – Dan Curry, Mike Travis.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE OVERALL FINISH (50 laps): 1. James Curry (Woodbourne, NY), 2. David Donovan, 3. Travis Cogswell, 4. Jessey Torrens, 5. Lee Cogswell, 6. Austin Zweck, 7. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 8. Johnny Bankich, 9. Charles Hummel Jr., 10. James Sweeney, 11. Dan Houghtaling, 12. James Shields, 13. Keith Unger, 14. John Houghtaling, 15. Dan VanAken.

OFFICIALS’ 4 CYLINDER FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Martin Chevalier (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Jonathan McGibbon, 3. George Van Arsdall, 4. Ric Ryder, 5. Woody McGibbon, 6. DJ VanWolde, 7. Rob Kachelreiss, 8. Tiffany Cabrera, 9. Brett Hughes, 10. Andrew Van Arsdall.

INEX POINTS SEASON AT BETHEL WRAPS UP WITH BUSY SUNDAY OF RACING

BETHEL, NY – Rain may have put a damper on this past Saturday’s scheduled events at Bethel Motor Speedway, but sunshine greeted INEX competitors who showed up on Sunday for two INEX points races to close out the national points season. Heading into the event, all three of the INEX division point titles had been clinched – Joseph Graf (Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro), Alex McCollum (Legends Young Lions), and David French (Bandolero).

Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro driver Matt Kurzejewski has only made two trips to Bethel this season, but has recorded success both times. This time, the results of the day were mixed, as Kurzejewski recorded one win and one DNF in the day’s two events. Kurzejewski started the first feature on the pole, alongside Bethel 2014 Semi Pro/Young Lions champion – and newly crowned 2015 Pro/Masters/Semi Pro champion Joseph Graf. Kurzejewski took the lead on the initial lap, and never looked back. The race remained under green flag conditions for the first 17 laps of the 20-lap event, with Kurzejewski pacing the field ahead of Graf and Brad Lowmaster. Caution then flew as Graf spun, and Jim Sylvester was able to take over the second spot on the late-race restart. Just one lap later, another restart opened the door for Richie Davidowitz to grab third. When the checkered flag flew, Kurzejewski was first to cross the line, followed by Sylvester and Davidowitz. When Davidowitz refused post-race tech at the conclusion of the night, he was disqualified from both events, and third in the first race was awarded to Kevin Nowak.

The second feature also saw Kurzejewski up front, this time quickly putting Matt Maring and Rob Rafferty behind him. Competition was tight at the front of the field during the long green-flag run, and Graf grabbed third with 15 laps in the books. One lap later, the first caution of the event flew, and Graf was able to take over second following the restart. With just two laps to go, the field bunched up on a restart and contact was made at the font of the field, causing Kurzejewski to go around and resulting in both Kurzejewski and Rafferty retiring from the event. This put Graf out front, and he crossed the line ahead of Sylvester and Allan Pedersen.

The Legends Young Lions had a fast-paced night, with only one caution to slow the first feature, which was won by Teddy Hodgdon, who was fresh off of a run at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway. Gillian Kirkpatrick took the early lead, as Hodgdon took over second on lap one. He immediately went to work on Kirkpatrick, and Hodgdon laid claim to the lead with just four laps complete. Kirkpatrick held on to the second spot until Giovanni Bromante took it over just prior to the halfway point. Caution flew at the halfway mark, and David French was able to grab second on the restart, with Kirkpatrick third. The running order was unchanged over the remainder of the race, and Hodgdon notched his second win in as many weeks.

The second race was dominated by 2015 Bethel Legends Young Lions champion Alex McCollum, who suffered mechanical difficulties prior to the start of the first feature and was unable to take the green flag. At the drop of the green, it was a battle for the lead between McCollum and French, and McCollum was able to power his way past French and begin distancing himself from the field. French and Bromante spent the remainder of the race trying to chase down McCollum, but neither was able to make a successful bid for the top spot, and McCollum claimed his 12th win of the season. French had to be content with second, and Bromante finished third.

It was a busy night for French, who already secured his spot as a two-time Bandolero champion. It proved to be a good night, however, as he picked up a pair of Bandolero wins on top of the two second-place Legends Young Lions finishes. French started on the outside pole for the first feature, and wasted no time putting his car out front, shuffling Sean Verwys back to the second spot. Caution flew when Verwys and Tyler Dachenhausen spun with five laps in the books. Dachenhausen was unable to continue, and Verwys had to restart at the rear of the field. This brought Lars McElravy to second, and Bryan Chirico to third. McElravy and Chirico both tried to chase French down but were unable to, and French scored the win over McElravy and Chirico.

The second feature for the division was caution-free, with French once again dominating the competition. French took off from the third spot, and was able to work his way past both Verwys and Dachenhausen – who had started on the front row – by the second lap. Verwys got loose and slid back several positions, as Dachenhausen took over second and McElravy came to third. Frenmch just continued to pull away from the field, leaving Dachenhausen and McElravy to finish behind him as he collected his 20th win of the year.

In Beginner Bandolero action, Conner Piasecki took home both feature event wins – his sixth and seventh of the year – in his final outing in the class before he moves into the Bandolero division for 2016. Isabella Macchia and Nick Archiere followed him across the line in the first feature. Macchia was second again in the second feature, and Katie Verwys was third.

Bethel’s season will wrap up with the postponed twin 25s for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes this coming Saturday, October 10th.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/ SEMI PRO FEATURE #1 FINISH (20 laps): 1. Matt Kurzejewski, 2. Jim Sylvester, 3. Kevin Nowak, 4. Brad Lowmaster, 5. Allan Pedersen, 6. Rob Rafferty, 7. Drew Bottge, 8. Raven Schrantz, 9. Vern LaFave, 10. Mike Policastro, 11. Joseph Graf, 12. Eugene Drew, 13. Chris Rogers, 14. Mark Foster, 15. Kyle Hafeman, 16. Kurt Kreiger, 17. Joel Hall, 18. Richie Coy, 19. Todd McCollum, 20. Patrick Verwys, 21. Mitchell Dowd. DQ – Richie Davidowitz.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE #2 FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf, 2. Jim Sylvester, 3. Allan Pedersen, 4. Drew Bottge, 5. Raven Schrantz, 6. Vern LaFave, 7. Kurt Kreiger, 8. Joel Hall, 9. Patrick Verwys, 10. Matt Kurzejewski, 11. Rob Rafferty, 12. Eugene Drew, 13. Chris Rogers, 14. Mark Foster, 15. Josh Andrews, 16. Matt Maring, 17. Kevin Nowak, 18. Kyle Hafeman, 19. Mike Policastro. DQ – Richie Davidowitz.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE #1 FINISH (20 laps): 1. Teddy Hodgdon, 2. David French, 3. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 4. Giovanni Bromante, 5. Connor Holderbach, 6. Jerry Macchia. DNS – Alex McCollum.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE #2 FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum, 2. David French, 3. Giovanni Bromante, 4. Teddy Hodgdon, 5. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 6. Connor Holderbach, 7. Jerry Macchia.

BANDOLERO FEATURE #1 FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Lars McElravy, 3. Bryan Chirico, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Jessica Ricci, 6. Jade McElravy, 7. Tyler Dachenhausen, 8. Conner Piasecki.

BANDOLERO FEATURE #2 FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Tyler Dachenhausen, 3. Lars McElravy, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Jade McElravy, 8. Conner Piasecki.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE #1 FINISH (15 laps): 1. Conner Piasecki, 2. Isabella Macchia, 3. Nick Archiere, 4, Katie Verwys.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE #2 FINISH (15 laps): 1. Conner Piasecki, 2. Isabella Macchia, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Nick Archiere.

PERSISTENT RAINS, COLD TEMPS FORCE BETHEL SATURDAY CANCELLATION; SUNDAY PROGRAM STILL ON WITH DOUBLE INEX FEATURES

BETHEL, NY – Dreary conditions and intermittent heavy rainfall greeted Bethel Motor Speedway management and track crew this morning, scheduled to be the final track points event of the 2015 season. The track crew made a valiant effort to dry the track surface well in advance of the gate opening time, only to be met with persistent showers, cold temperatures, and cloud cover that made that effort futile. As a result, track management was forced to postpone the events scheduled for Saturday night, October 3rd.

The gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will still swing open for the scheduled Sunday races October 4th. INEX Legends and Bandoleros will run two feature events. The first feature will be for track points, INEX points, trophies, and payout (for Legends). The second feature will be for INEX points and trophies only. Each feature will have separate qualifying – time trials for the Legends and a B-main if needed, and heat races for the Bandoleros. Gates open at 12 noon, with practice at 2 pm and racing set to go green at 3 pm.

On Saturday, October 10th, the speedway will make up the twin 25-lap races for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Time permitting, an officials’ race will be run at the conclusion of the night. Gates will open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing beginning at 6 pm.

Grandstand admission for all 2015 shows is just $6. More information can be obtained online at Bethel Motor Speedway or by calling (845) 319-7908.

COTE COLLECTS WIN 111 AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AS SEASON END NEARS

BETHEL, NY – For 2013 BMS Modified champion John Cote, Bethel Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane is a familiar place. After all, the 17-year veteran of the track has visited it more than 100 times. This past Saturday, he made his 111th career trip to Bethel’s winners’ circle – his third of 2015 – in dominating fashion, in spite of running only a limited schedule. Following the race, Cote credited Tim Cole of Mulch Master with added backing this year as being a contributing force to his continued success.

Frank James, who has himself become a serious contender as the season has worn on, started on the pole, but Cote wasted no time putting his car out front, as he took the lead on the initial lap. Cote had a fast car all night, and he quickly began to distance himself from the competition, leaving James and current point leader Ed Dachenhausen to battle for the second spot behind him. The 20-lap event went green to checker with no cautions to slow the pace, and Cote led the way lap after lap. Dachenhausen made his way to second and gave chase to Cote, but Cote proved to be untouchable as he maintained a sizeable lead over the field. Dachenhausen had to be content with second as Cote claimed his first win since mid-May. James was third to cross the line.

Heading into the final weekend, Cote is the only driver mathematically able to grab the championship from Dachenhausen, but Dachenhausen has the advantage of a comfortable 75-point cushion. Blair Culhane is locked into the third position in the point standings for the season.

Jerry Curry took off from the pole and picked up his seventh win of the season in the 358/Sportsman class, but the win did not come without its share of challenges. Rich Coons started alongside Curry, but Curry nosed out front at the drop of the green. Rick Mill came to second with just two laps in the books, and he immediately began to apply pressure to Curry. A red flag with six laps down set the stage for a front row restart between Curry and Mill, and Mill got the advantage. Mill remained on the point until lap 11, when mechanical difficulties set in and he was forced to retire from the event, giving the lead back to Curry. Curry stayed out front for the remainder of the race, in spite of the challenges of Rich Coons. Curry crossed the line ahead of Coons and Jeff Richardson.

Both Curry and Kyle Redner are still mathematically able to take home the division title following this coming week’s events. Curry leads Redner by 55 points in the standings. Dan Dulin, who was the 2014 Rookie of the Year in the class, heads into the final weekend third in points.

Legends driver Teddy Hodgdon has had quite the season – he picked up his first career win at Bethel in July, and has since followed it up with several additional wins in a season that was highlighted by his becoming the youngest driver ever to win the prestigious LegendStock event in August. The young driver has continued to impress, picking up his fifth win of the year this past Saturday in an event that was cut several laps short after exceeding the time limit. Rookie David French started on the pole, with Drew Bottge to his outside. French grabbed the lead as soon as the green flag waved, leaving Bottge and Jim Sylvester to fight for the second spot. With four laps complete, Alex McCollum entered the fray, taking the lead briefly before French reclaimed it. McCollum laid claim to the top spot once again several laps later, but was relegated to the rear of the field for rough riding. This put French out front once again, with Hodgdon and Allan Pedersen in his rearview mirror. As the three ran in tight quarters, Hodgdon was able to make a successful bid for the lead, and he took over the top spot on lap 13. Five laps later, the caution flew and the checkered flag was thrown, as the time limit had already expired. French was second in the final rundown, and Pedersen was third.

Joseph Graf has already secured the 2015 title for the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro class. Heading into the final track points event, Richie Coy is second in the standings and Brad Lowmaster is third. McCollum has also secured a championship, taking the title for the Young Lions class. Hodgdon heads into the final event second in points, with Gillian Kirkpatrick third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French locked up his second consecutive championship several weeks ago, but his win this past Saturday gave him a perfect record for the 18 races that are counted for the season in the division. Rookie Tyler Dachenhausen started on the pole and led the first lap before French powered his way to the lead in the caution-free event. With just three laps in the books, Rudy Roth IV worked his way into the second spot, and he set his sights on French. French, however, consistently hit his marks lap after lap, making it virtually impossible for the competition to catch him. French drove on to the win, followed by Roth and Dachenhausen. While the title has already been claimed, Sean Verwys heads into the final event second in the standings, with Jessica Ricci third.

In Beginner Bandolero action, Joey Aungst took off from the outside pole to claim his fourth consecutive win and eighth of the season. At the drop of the green, Aungst took the lead over pole sitter Isabella Macchia. By lap three, Conner Piasecki had moved into the second spot. He challenged Aungst over the remaining laps, but had to settle for second as Aungst crossed the line ahead of Piasecki and Macchia.

Former Pro Stock champion Ed Butler collected his sixth win of the season, coming from the fourth starting spot to take down the win. Vinny Stanton Sr. led the first four laps as Butler quickly marched towards the front. By lap five, Butler had taken over the top spot. Just two laps later, Greg Cohen made his way to second from his sixth place starting position. Cohen gave chase to Butler, but found himself unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Butler led Cohen to the finish. Following post-race tech, third was awarded to Jim Helt. Kenny Atkins heads into the final weekend atop the point standings, with only Helt being mathematically able to contend for the title. Cohen sits third.

Street Stock rookie Walt Henry took the lead from Vinny Stanton Jr. just prior to the halfway point of the caution-free, 20-lap Street Stock event and went on to collect his third win of the year. Stanton started on the pole, with Henry on his outside. For the first seven laps, Stanton showed the way, but Henry applied constant pressure and was unrelenting in his mission to get out front. On lap eight, Henry finally laid claim to the spot. Once out front, Henry never looked back, and Stanton was forced to follow Henry across the line as the checkered flag waved. Kyle Welsch was awarded third following post-race tech. Gary VanOrden Sr. has already clinched the championship over his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden. Steve Smalley heads into the final weekend in the third spot.

Mike Travis picked up his sixth 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season and extended his points lead to 47 over Dan Curry, the only other driver mathematically able to make a bid for the championship. Eddy Lindstadt and Patty Falkena took off from the front row, with Falkena leading the first lap before Lindstadt grabbed it on lap two. Lindstadt’s time out front was short-lived also, as Travis had made his way from the sixth starting spot to take over the lead with just three laps in the books. Two laps later, 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind took over the second spot, leaving Lindstadt to fight for third with Curry. Curry prevailed owith 13 laps in the books and grabbed third, but neither Bauernfeind nor Curry were able to catch Travis, who drove on to the win. Bauernfeind was second, and Curry finished third.

For the fourth time in 2015, Dan Houghtaling found his way to Victory Lane in the 4 Cylinder Novice class, leading every lap of the caution-free event to claim the win. Houghtaling started on the pole, with Felicia Reichenbaugh to his outside. James Shields quickly came to second, and James Curry took over third with three laps in the books. Just prior to the halfway point, Lee Cogswell grabbed third. Cogswell surrendered the position to Gene Helms – who had started ninth – with seven laps remaining. Helms wasted no time taking over second, as he did so on the next lap. Houghtaling had already built up a sizeable lead, however, and Helms ran out of time to catch him. Helms had to be content with second, and Shields crossed the line third. Both John Houghtaling and D. Houghtaling are mathematically able to unseat current point leader David Donovan heading into the final weekend.

This coming Saturday, October 3, the point season at Bethel will conclude with twin 25-lap features for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. The Legends and Bandoleros will each compete in a single feature. 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 $6.

The Legends and Bandoleros will return on Sunday for INEX national point races before the racing season at the speedway officially concludes. Gates open at 12 noon on Sunday, with hot laps at 2 pm and racing beginning at 3 pm.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Cote (New Milford, CT), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. Frank James, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski, 6. Chris Chirico.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Rich Coons, 3. Jeff Richardson, 4. Philip Goetschius Jr., 5. Paul Knox, 6. Connor Otten, 7. Rick Mill, 8. Kyle Redner, 9. Dan Dulin. DQ – Dave Werber.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (17 laps): 1. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT), 2. David French, 3. Allan Pedersen, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 6. Eugene Drew, 7. Dave Riopelle, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Matt Forsythe, 10. Jerry Macchia, 11. Connor Holderbach, 12. Vern Lafave, 13. Mike Policastro, 14. Richie Coy, 15. Alex McCollum, 16. Mark Foster, 17. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Rudy Roth IV, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Mike Roth, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Bryan Chirico.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Isabella Macchia, 4. Katie Verwys, 5. Nick Archiere.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Greg Cohen, 3. Jim Helt, 4. David Doty, 5. Kenny Atkins, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Skip LaPolt. DQ – Vinny Stanton Sr.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY), 2. Vinny Stanton Jr., 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smalley, 5. Ryan Brockner, 6. Tweeter Pallom, 7. Jay Smalley. DQ – Gary VanOrden, Amber VanOrden.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Eddy Lindstadt, 5. Ivan Guerra, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Brent Shaddock, 8. Cody Houghtaling. DQ – Jerry Kingeter.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Houghtaling (Liberty, NY), 2. Gene Helms, 3. James Shields, 4. James Curry, 5. David Donovan, 6. Lee Cogswell, 7. John Houghtaling, 8. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 9. Travis Cogswell, 10. Johnny Bankich.

JAMES CAPTURES JERRY REIGLE MEMORIAL RACE WIN IN BUSY NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Since the beginning of August, the season has been kind to BMS Modified driver Frank James. James, who debuted a new car at the start of the year, spent the early part of the season adjusting to the car. Judging by the results, the work paid off, as James picked up his third win in six races this past Saturday during the Jerry Reigle Memorial race on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway.

James and 2013 champion John Cote took off from the front row. Cote was scored as the leader on the initial lap, with James capturing the lead by mere inches after that as the pair ran side-by-side for the lead in the early laps. Lap after lap, Cote challenged on the outside before finally settling into line behind James at the halfway point of the race. Twelve-time 2015 winner and current point leader Ed Dachenhausen then tried his hand on the outside of James, as the top three ran in tight quarters. In the closing laps, Dachenhausen was able to hold Cote behind James on the inside, and James crossed the line ahead of Dachenhausen and Cote.

With three races remaining for the division, Cote is the only driver mathematically capable of challenging Dachenhausen for the championship, though the 80-point spread between the pair limits the likelihood.

Rick Mill also can’t complain about his record during the latter part of the 2015 season, as he picked up his second consecutive win – and fourth since the beginning of August – in the 358/Sportsman event this past Saturday. Dan Dulin and Jerry Curry made up the front row for the start, with Curry immediately putting his car on the point. Dulin ran in the second spot during the early laps, before being passed by Mill on lap five. Just prior to the halfway point, Mill was able to work his way past Curry and into the top spot. With just three laps remaining, heartbreak struck for Curry, as a blown tire forced him to retire from the event early. Dulin inherited second as a result, but he was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Mill crossed the line ahead of Dulin and Kyle Redner.

Curry heads into the final three events with a 38-point advantage over Redner in the standings.

In spite of having already clinched the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro title, Joseph Graf would accept nothing less than another win this past Saturday, picking up his 11th victory of the year. Graf and Brad Lowmaster – who both started n the front row – battled for the lead in the opening laps of the event, with each taking turns occupying the spot. At the halfway point, Richie Coy used the outside line to work his way past both Graf and Lowmaster and lay claim to the lead. Just three laps later, however, Coy’s night ended as engine issues took him out of the race. This handed the lead back to Graf, and Jimmy Sylvester came to second. The top three remained unchanged over the final six laps of the event, and Graf took down the win over Sylvester and Lowmaster.

Legends Young Lions driver Alex McCollum – who has also already laid claim to his division title – took down his 11th win of the season. Teddy Hodgdon started on the pole, with Gillian Kirkpatrick to his outside. Hodgdon took the lead at the drop of the green, but McCollum came from his third place starting spot to grab the lead with just two laps n the books. Just one lap later, David French took over the second spot. As the laps clicked off, McCollum built his lead over the field, leaving little opportunity for anyone to mount a challenge for the top spot. McCollum drove on to the win, with French second and Hodgdon third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French – who has recently earned the nickname “The Dominator” – took down his 17th win of the season in a caution-free 15-lap event. French also has already secured this year’s title. Bryan Chirico started on the pole, alongside Tyler Dachenhausen. Chirico led the field for the first two laps before being passed by French. Sean Verwys followed to take over second, and Dachenhausen grabbed third one lap later as Chirico got hung up on the outside. French was first to the checkered flag, followed by Verwys and Dachenhausen.

Beginner Bandolero driver Joey Aungst picked up his third consecutive win – and seventh of the season – after being involved in an early-race caution and having to restart at the rear of the field. Brendon Tymon started on the pole, with Isabella Macchia to his outside. Conner Piasecki quickly took over the lead, with Aungst in tow. As the two battled for the top spot, they made contact, bringing out the caution and forcing both cars to the rear for the restart. Katie Verwys inherited the lead for th restart, but both Aungst and Piasecki quickly marched back to the front, with Piasecki reclaiming the lead. With five laps remaining, however, Aungst was able to work his way past Piasecki. Piasecki had to be content with second, as Aungst picked up the win. Verwys was third.

Kenny Atkins picked up his seventh Pro Stock win of the season, increasing his points lead to 70 over Jim Helt. Atkins started on the outside pole alongside Vinny Stanton Sr., and the pair put on a side-by-side battle for the lead that lasted through the first half of the event. With 11 laps in the books, Stanton spun, and both he and Ed Butler were sent to the rear for their involvement in the caution. Former division champ Bobby Policastro came to second after the restart, and Jim Helt ran third until he was passed by Skip LaPolt. The top three remained unchanged in the closing laps of the event, and Atkins scored the victory over Policastro and LaPolt.

A one-two finish for the father-daughter team of Gary and Amber VanOrden has certainly set the stage for an interesting end to the season for the team, as they sit n a tie atop the point standings with just three events remaining. Kyle Welsch took off from the pole and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green over Steve Smalley. By lap six, however, G. VanOrden took over the second spot, with his daughter hot on his heels. A. VanOrden wrestled second from her father five laps later, and she grabbed the lead from Welsch with six laps to go. G. VanOrden followed to take over second, and he cut his daughter’s time out front short, as he took over the top spot one lap later. G. VanOrden drove on to his tenth win of the season, followed by A. VanOrden and Welsch.

Mike Travis took home his fifth 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season in a fast-paced race that was only slowed by a single caution early in the race. Jerry Kingeter and Cody Houghtaling took off from the front row, with Kingeter getting the early advantage. Travis, who started fourth, took advantage of the restart on lap three to lay claim to the top spot. Kingeter held on to the second position until lap nine, when 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind worked his way past. Just two laps later, Dan Curry broke into the top three. Bauernfeind and Curry each looked for a way to get out front, but Travis continued to show the way and was first to the checkered flag. Bauernfeind was second, and Curry was third. Heading into the final three races, Travis holds a 40-point lead in the standings over Curry.

David Donovan will head into the final three 4 Cylinder Novice races with a 38-point lead over John Houghtaling after picking up his third consecutive win and sixth of the year in Saturday night’s caution-free, 20-lap event. James Shields started on the pole, and jumped out in front of outside pole sitter Felicia Reichenbaugh on the initial lap. Just one lap later, Lee Cogswell came to second. As the front pack of cars ran in tight quarters all the way around the track, positions were swapped, with Houghtaling holding third until the halfway point of the event, when David Donovan took the spot over. Donovan then quickly tried to weave his way to the front, grabbing second on lap 12. Shields put up a tremendous fight, but finally surrendered the lead to Donovan on lap 15. Donovan went on to claim the win over Shields and Houghtaling.

This coming Saturday, September 26th, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for a jam-packed night of racing action. As championships come down to the wire, fans will enjoy action from 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 $6.

Just one week later, on Saturday, October 3rd, the speedway will present the final points night of the 2015 season. The BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes will all take part in twin 25-lap features. Legends will have qualifying and a single feature, and the Bandolero class will have heat races and a single feature. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing beginning at 6 pm.

On Sunday, October 4th, Legends and Bandoleros will take to the track for INEX national points. Gates open at 12 noon, with hot laps at 2 pm and racing at 3 pm.

JERRY REIGLE MEMORIAL BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Frank James (Hackensack, NJ), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. John Cote, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Vails Gate, NY), 2. Dan Dulin, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Philip Goetschius Jr., 6. Paul Knox, 7. Jerry Curry, 8. John Cook, 9. Eric Moon, 10. Jeff Richardson.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Jim Sylvester, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Eugene Drew, 5. Paul Dodorico, 6. Drew Bottge, 7. Mike Rutkoski, 8. Kurt Krieger, 9. Vern Lafave, 10. Mark Foster, 11. Mike Policastro, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Richie Coy, 14. Matt Maring. DNS – Jeff Lefcourt.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. David French, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 5. Matt Forsythe, 6. Jerry Macchia, 7. Connor Holderbach, 8. Patrick Gallagher.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Mike Roth, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jessica Ricci.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Brandon Tymon, 6. Nick Archiere. DNS – Joseph Lamontagne, Freya Drew.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Bobby Policastro, 3. Skip LaPolt, 4. Jim Helt, 5. Glenn Richard, 6. Mac Crawson, 7. Ed Butler, 8. Vinny Stanton Sr., 9. Darwin Moon, 10. Daniel Pawlicki, 11. Arthur McArthur.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Steve Smnalley, 5. Jay Smalley, 6. Vinny Stanton Jr., 7. Jerry Craig, 8. Walt Henry.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Cody Houghtaling, 5. Patty Falkena, 6. Jerry Kingeter, 7. Eddy Lindstadt, 8. Greg Cohen, 9. Dan Creeden.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. James Shields, 3. John Houghtaling, 4. Lee Cogswell, 5. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 6. Dan Houghtaling, 7. Travis Cogswell, 8. Jessey Torrens, 9. Austin Zweck. DNS – Morgan Cohen.

RAIN FORCES BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY CANCELLATION

BETHEL, NY – With the weeks quickly winding down in the 2015 racing season and points battles intensifying on the tight quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel Motor Speedway, the last thing any of the competitors – or fans – hoped for this past Saturday was the steady rain that hit the speedway at 2 pm and continued through the overnight hours. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they got.

As a result, the planned 9/11 tribute will instead take place this coming Saturday, September 19th, as part of the jam-packed schedule for the night 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 set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6 for all 2015 events.

Following the September 19th event, the track will also host races on September 26. The points season at the speedway is set to wrap up on October 3rd, with twin 25s for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. The Legends and Bandoleros will each run heats and a feature, and they will also return the following day – Sunday, October 4th – for INEX national points races.

More information, including a complete schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 978-9756.