Masters Madness Bonus for INEX Legends

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Mach-1 Performance is proud to announce a bonus program for the Masters Division at Bethel Motor Speedway starting this Saturday, Sept 12th. There are currently two Master drivers at Bethel Motor Speedway that have a chance to finish in the top 5 in INEX national points for this season. However, the Master division car counts have been under five cars most of the season. Without five cars or more, the Master division winner can not earn the most possible points. There is currently five more INEX points races at Bethel Motor Speedway, and Mach-1 Performance would like to give Master division drivers a chance to get the most points possible until the end of the season.

In an effort to attract more Master division drivers to come and race at Bethel Motor Speedway, Mach-1 Performance is adding bonus money to the top 3 finishing Master drivers at each of the next five races. The highest finishing Master driver will earn an additional $50, the second highest finishing Master driver will earn an additional $40 and the third highest finishing Master driver will earn an additional $30. The bonus will be only paid if there are at least 5 Master division drivers and full INEX points are earned for the feature race. Also, our Mach-1 Performance driver, Richie Coy, will not be eligible for this bonus and will not count in the bonus rundown.

So, Masters drivers … come on out to Bethel Motor Speedway over the next four weeks and earn some free cash from Mach-1 Performance!

DACHENHAUSEN MAKES IT AN EVEN DOZEN IN BUSY WEEKEND AT BETHEL

BETHEL, NY – With only four points races remaining for the BMS Modified division at Bethel Motor Speedway, Ed Dachenhausen further stretched his lead when he collected his 12th win of the season, due to an unexpected turn of events.

Frank James and Robbie Konikowski started on the front row, and James got out front at the drop of the green. Konikowski slipped back through the field on the initial lap, with Cote coming to second and Dachenhausen taking over third. Cote then looked for a way past James, who was determined to keep the field behind him. Just past the halfway point of the race, James spun and both he and Cote had to restart at the rear of the field. Dachenhausen inherited the lead as a result, with Blair Culhane second and Konikowski third. Over the closing laps, Cote worked his way back into the top three, but time ran out for him to catch Dachenhausen, who was first to the line. Culhane was second, and Cote had to be content with third.

It was a busy weekend for the INEX divisions, as the Legends, Bandoleros, and Beginner Bandoleros all raced on both Saturday and Sunday. The Legends wins were split between Alex McCollum (Saturday) and Joseph Graf (Sunday).

On Saturday, McCollum started on the pole, alongside defending Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy. McCollum immediately got out front, but had his hands full of Coy, who chased him over the entire race distance as rookie David French applied pressure from third. McCollum drove to the win over Coy and French.

Graf and Teddy Hodgdon made up the front row for the start of Sunday’s race, and Graf put himself solidly out front right at the start. Hodgdon ran in the second spot over the first half of the race, but McCollum was able to take over the spot on lap 13. He then set his sights on Graf as the laps wound down, but was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Graf picked up the win over McCollum and Coy.

Defending Bandolero champion and current point leader David French – who scored a pair of top five finishes in the Legends class over the course of the weekend – recorded a perfect weekend in the Bandolero, living up to his recent nickname “the Dominator”. The two wins brought French’s total number of wins at Bethel for the season to 16.

Bryan Chirico took off from the pole in Saturday’s event, and led the first three laps before being passed by French. The two swapped the top spot, with Chirico grabbing it back briefly before French laid final claim to the position and paced the field for the remainder of the event. French was first to the line, followed by Chirico and Sean Verwys.

French’s win on Sunday was not an easy one, as he started at the rear of the field. Robby Gordon Douglas took the lead at the drop of the green over pole sitter Jake Matheson. French took advantage of an early-race restart to work his way to the front, taking over the lead with just five laps in the books. Once out front, French was unstoppable and he drove on to the victory over Douglas and Verwys.

Beginner Bandolero driver Joey Aungst also had a flawless weekend, picking up wins in the features on both Saturday and Sunday.

Aungst took off from the third starting spot in Saturday’s feature, jumping to the lead on the initial lap over Isabella Macchia and Katie Verwys. Conner Piasecki quickly came to second. Piasecki spun just prior to the halfway point, but was able to work his way to second yet again as Aungst led the field. In spite of his best efforts, Piasecki was unable to catch Aungst, and Aungst picked up his fifth win of the year over Piasecki and Verwys.

Aungst’s sixth win of the season came on Sunday, starting on the outside pole and leading every lap on his way to the win. Verwys started on the pole and ran in the second spot for the first half of the race, before Macchia took over the spot. The race went from green to checker with no cautions, and Aungst crossed the line ahead of Macchia and Verwys.

In Saturday’s Pro Stock action, Ed Butler picked up his fifth win of the season. Vinny Stanton and Mac Crawson took off from the front row, with Stanton taking the early lead. Jim Helt held the second spot for the first three laps, before being passed by Kenny Atkins. Atkins took over the top spot on lap seven, and Butler came from the fifth starting spot to grab second just one lap later. Just past the halfway point, Atkins spun while leading, handing the lead to Butler. Butler then went on to claim the win over Stanton and Helt.

Street Stock rookie Walt Henry walked away with the win in the inaugural Street Stock Shootout Series race, and walking way with nearly $700 in prize money for his efforts. Henry led every lap of the caution-free event to notch the victory. By virtue of an invert, Henry started on the pole, alongside Joel Murns Jr. Henry immediately shot out front, as Ryan Brockner came to second and Steve Smalley took over the third spot. The top three challenged each other lap after lap, and Brockner was able to get alongside Henry several times, but Henry was able to hold on to the spot in spite of the efforts of Brockner. Henry crossed the line ahead of Brockner, but Brockner was disqualified in post-race tech, and Smalley was credited with second. Bob Sleight Jr. was third in the final rundown.

Henry came up just short in the 4 Cylinder Advanced race, as Brian Buernfeind picked up the win. Henry and Bauernfeind made up the front row for the start, and the pair swapped the lead in the opening laps before Bauernfeind laid final claim to the spot on lap six. With only a single caution to slow the pace of the race, the top three remained unchanged over the remainder of the event. Bauernfeind beat Henry to the line, and Dan Curry was awarded third place following post-race tech.

John Houghtaling took the lead on lap four of the caution-free 4 Cylinder Novice race, and he drove on to the win. J. Houghtaling took the lead from pole sitter Dn Houghtaling, who then settled in to the second spot. On lap ten, however, David Donovan grabbed second. Houghtaling and Felicia Reichenbaugh then bettled for the third spot, with Reichenbaugh laying solid claim to the spot on lap 16. Reichenbaugh worked to chase down the top two, but time ran out, and J. Houghtaling crossed the line ahead of Donovan and Reichenbaugh.

Nostalgia Night festivities on Saturday included the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT), the vintage division of ATQMRA, and the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds. Bud Hinman claimed the ACOT win over Gary Collucci and Jim Leys. The vintage ATQMRA win went to Mark Pritchard, who crossed the line ahead of Tom Arntz and Bill Force. Chris Adams took the lead with just four laps remaining to claim the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modified win over Ray See Jr. and Jim Halpin.

This coming Saturday, September 12th, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for an action-packed night of racing excitement. On the schedule are the 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advnced and Novice classes. The World Formaula Modified Tour will also be making an appearance. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm.

On Sunday, September 13th, Bethel Motor Speedway will present its third annual Fall Fling Car Show, which is open to vehicles of all types. Entry is $10 for a car and passenger, and dash plaques will be given to the first 50 cars. A $200 prize will be awarded to the car judged to be “Best in Show”. Gates open at 12 noon, with judging beginning at 2 pm.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen, 2. Blair Culhane, 3. John Cote, 4. Chris Chirico, 5. Amber VanOrden, 6. Frank James, 7. Robbie Konikowski.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum, 2. Richie Coy, 3. David French, 4. Joseph Graf, 5. Chris Rogers, 6. Brad Lowmaster, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Josh Andrews, 10. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 11. Jeff Lefcourt, 12. Mark Foster, 13. Jerry Macchia, 14. Matt Maring, 15. Teddy Hodgdon.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf, 2. Alex McCollum, 3. Richie Coy, 4. David French, 5. Teddy Hodgdon, 6. Chris Rogers, 7. Jim Sylvester, 8. Brad Lowmaster, 9. Matt Forsythe, 10. Drew Bottge, 11. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 12. Collin Hoeffner, 13. Jeff Lefcourt, 14. Jerry Macchia, 15. Mark Foster, 16. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Bryan Chirico, 3. Sean Verwys, 4. Robby Gordon Douglas, 5. Jake Matheson, 6. Ethan Durocher, 7. Jeff Darrah, 8. Matt Addona.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Robby Gordon, 3. Sean Verwys, 4. Bryan Chirico, 5. Jeff Darrah. DQ – Jake Matheson. DNS – Ethan Durocher.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Saturday, 15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Isabella Macchia, 5. Nick Archiere, 6. Bethani Durocher.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (Sunday, 15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Isabella Macchia, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Nick Archiere, 5. Bethani Durocher.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler, 2. Vinny Stanton Sr., 3. Jim Helt, 4. Mac Crawson, 5. Kenny Atkins, 6. Rob Rafferty, 7. John Cole Jr.

STREET STOCK SHOOTOUT SERIES FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Walt Henry, 2. Steve Smalley, 3. Bob Sleight Jr., 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Jim Maher, 6. Ray Tarantino, 7. Tommy Pickles, 8. Jay Smalley, 9. Joel Murns Jr. DQ – Ryan Brockner.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Brian Bauernfeind, 2. Walt Henry, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Mike Travis, 5. Andrew Lovric, 6. Rich Coons, 7. JB Morris, 8. Cody Houghtaling, 9. Jerry Kingeter, 10. Charles Hummel, 11. Keith Unger, 12. Robert Clarke, 13. Brent Shaddock. DQ – Vinny Lovric.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. John Houghtaling, 2. David Donovan, 3. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 4. Dan Houghtaling, 5. James Shields, 6. Billy Porter.

ATLANTIC COAST OLD TIMERS FEATURE FINISH (12 laps): 1. Bud Hinman, 2. Gary Collucci, 3. Jim Leys, 4. Bruce Carman, 5. Tom Grenga, 6. Paul Dillon, 7. Alan Preliasco, 8. Keith Majka Jr. DNS – Paul Weisel Jr., Keith Majka Sr.

VINTAGE ATQMRA FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mark Pritchard, 2. Tom Arntz, 3. Bill Force, 4. Jimmy Maguire, 5. Sam Cifelli, 6. Rick Casario, 7. Joe Klein. DNS – Mike Casario, Keith Majka Jr., Hank Rogers Jr.

NORTHEAST VINTAGE DIRT MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Chris Adams, 2. Ray See Jr., 3. Jim Halpin, 4. John Hager. DNS – Rob Sanford.

ADDED BONUS FOR LEGENDS DURING DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKEND AT BETHEL

BETHEL, NY – With two days of racing action at Bethel Motor Speedway this coming weekend, Legends drivers have plenty to get excited about – two days, two INEX points races, two payouts to race for, and an added bonus. The speedway office announced this week that the Legends driver accumulating the highest number of points over the course of the two days – September 5th and 6th – will also walk away with an extra $100 for their efforts. Should a single driver win both features, that driver can walk away with a cool $500 for the weekend.

Gates will open at 2:30 pm on Saturday, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Saturday is “Dick Crumley Memorial Nostalgia Night” at the speedway, and the schedule will include the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT), the vintage division of ATQMRA, and the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds; as well as the BMS Modified, Bandolero and Pro Stock classes.

On Sunday, the gates open at 12 noon, with practice at 2 pm, and racing beginning at 3 pm. Joining the Legends on the schedule will be the 3rd annual 4CylinderStock, with 50-lap races for the 4 Cylinder Advanced and 4 Cylinder Novice classes. Bandoleros are also on the card, along with the inaugural race for the Street Stock Shootout Series.

Legends racing action at Bethel Motor Speedway is known for fast-paced action and plenty of strategy. Cars qualify using small group time trials, with the top six redrawing for starting position. During the feature events, the choose cone is utilized, giving drivers the opportunity to make strategic moves to get to the front.

There is still plenty of INEX racing action left at the speedway, with races scheduled for September 12, September 19, and September 26. Bethel Motor Speedway’s season will be capped off by another double-header weekend for INEX divisions on October 3 and 4.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, are available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

DACHENHAUSEN RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE TO LEAD LIST OF BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY WINNERS

BETHEL, NY – After a month-long win drought, current BMS Modified point leader Ed Dachenhausen found himself back in Victory Lane at Bethel Motor Speedway, as he picked up his 11th win of the season. With only five point races remaining for the division, Dachenhausen will head into the next event with a comfortable lead over 2013 division champion John Cote, who has run a limited schedule this year.

Robbie Konikowski and Blair Culhane started on the front row, and put on an intense side-by-side battle for the top spot over the first five laps, before Culhane was able to solidly wrestle the lead from Konikowski. Dachenhausen, who started fourth, was waiting to challenge Konikowski for second, and he grabbed the spot with eight laps in the books. Cote followed to take third, ad things began to heat up as nearly the entire field was in close quarters. Cote and Dachenhausen each looked for a way past Culhane, who was not going to surrender easily. With just four laps remaining, Dachenhausen was able to use the outside line to get past Culhane. Dachenhausen drove on to the win over Culhane and Cote.

Rick Mill captured his third win in four weeks in the 358/Sportsman class, taking advantage of a late-race restart to pick up the victory. Kyle Redner started on the pole, with Dan Dulin to his outside. Redner immediately put his car out front, but Mill wasted no time, coming from the fifth starting spot to second by lap two. During the long green-flag run, Mill made multiple attempts to get past Redner, but was unsuccessful. When the caution came out with just four laps remaining, Mill saw his opportunity, and he wrestled the lead from Redner. Mill was first to the checkered flag, followed by Redner and Dulin.

For the fourth time this season and the second time in the month of August, Legends driver Teddy Hodgdon was holding the checkered flag at the conclusion of his feature event. Hodgdon timed sixth fastest in the field, but picked the pole during the redraw, and he started the race with Gillian Kirkpatrick to his outside. Hodgdon got out front at the drop of the green, and took full advantage, as only a single early-race caution slowed the pace of the 20-lap event. Eugene Drew ran second in the early laps, until rookie David French claimed the second spot at the halfway point of the race. French had defending Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy hot on his heels as each waited for a chance to get by Hodgdon. Hodgdon ran a flawless race, and claimed victory over French and Coy.

Second was not going to be good enough for French in the Bandolero race, as he picked up his 14th win of the season and further padded his points lead in the division. French and Matt Addona made up the front row for the start, and French took command of the race as soon as the green flag waved. Addona and Bowen briefly hooked bumpers on the initial lap, opening the door for Sean Verwys to come to second, as Bowen took over third. French led the field lap after lap, but found his lead erased late in the race, when Bowen and Addona made contact behind him, ending Addona’s night and forcing Bowen to restart at the rear of the field. French had a perfect restart, keeping Verwys and Tyler Dachenhausen – who inherited third as a result of the caution – behind him. French was first to cross the line, followed by Verwys and Dachenhausen.

Beginner Bandolero driver Conner Piasecki picked up his second win in as many weeks, leading every lap on the way to his fifth win of the season. Katie Verwys started on the pole alongside Joey Aungst, but Piasecki was on a mission, as he came from the third starting spot to take over the lead on the initial lap. Aungst fell into second behind Piasecki, and Verwys settled into third. The top three remained unchanged over the entire distance of the caution-free event, as Piasecki left no opportunity for the other competitors to make a successful bid for the lead. Piasecki’s flawless performance led to his win over Aungst and Verwys.

It had been more than two months since current Pro Stock point leader Kenny Atkins picked up a win, but he changed that this past Saturday when he notched his sixth win of the season. The win was not an easy one, as there were no cautions in the event. Mac Crawson took off from the pole and took the early lead. Behind him, Jim Helt and Atkins battled for second, swapping the spot between them before Atkins laid sole claim to the position just prior to the halfway point. Atkins simply continued his march forward, and took over the lead on the following lap. Ed Butler came to second just two laps later, and he set his sights on Atkins as lapped traffic began to come into play. Atkins worked his way past the lapped cars, with Butler close behind. Butler ran out of time, however, and Atkins was first to the checkered flag, followed by Butler and Crawson.

Defending 4 Cylinder Advanced champion Walt Henry had no idea the learning curve he would face when he made the move to a rear-wheel drive car as he moved into the Street Stock division this year. This past Saturday, he showed that he had gotten a handle on that learning curve, picking up his first win. Henry started on the pole, but found himself trailing outside pole sitter Vinny Stanton Jr. in the early laps. By lap five, Henry fell back to third as Gary VanOrden took over second. Henry sat in the wings as Stanton and VanOrden battled for the top spot, waiting for an opening that came just prior to the halfway point. Henry took full advantage, passing both Stanton and VanOrden and putting his car out front. Once out front, Henry never looked back, and he crossed the line ahead of defending Street Stock champion Amber VanOrden, who took over second with just two laps remaining. The runner-up finish put A. VanOrden atop the current point standings by just three points over her father, G. VanOrden. Stanton Jr. finished third.

Vinny Lovric looked to be well on the way to his first win of the year in the caution-free 4 Cylinder Advanced race, but heartbreak struck in the closing laps, as mechanical issues with his car opened the door for Brian Bauernfeind to pick up his fourth win of the year. Bauernfeind came from the tenth starting spot to notch the win. Cody Houghtaling started on the pole, with Lovric to his outside. Lovric immediately put his car out front and went to work on distancing himself from the field. Houghtalig held on to the second spot as Bauernfeind marched through the field, breaking into the top three just past the halfway point of the race. Bauernfeind made his way past Houghtaling with four laps remaining, but Lovric had built a sizeable lead. As Lovric began to quickly lose power, Bauernfeind reeled him in and ultimately took over the lead with two laps to go. Bauernfeind was forst to the checkers, followed by Houghtaling. Dan Curry was credited with third in the final rundown.

Current 4 Cylinder Novice point leader David Donovan further padded his point lead when he picked up his second consecutive win and fifth of the season in a caution-free event. Donovan came from the sixth starting spot to claim victory. Felicia Reichenbaugh took off from the pole, with James Shields to the outside. Reichenbaugh led the field for the first five laps, as Donovan quickly made his way to the front. Donovan took second from James Curry on lap five, and passed Reichenbaugh for the top spot just one lap later. Reichenbaugh held on to second until the halfway point, when Curry took the spot. John Houghtaling came to third one lap later, but both Curry and Houghtaling’s quest to get to the front were halted there, as Donovan dominated the second half of the event. Donovan beat Curry and Houghtaling to the line.

This coming weekend, Bethel Motor Speedway will swing open the gates for two days of racing excitement. On Saturday, September 5th, the track will celebrate the Dick Crumley Memorial Nostalgia Night, featuring the Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT), the Vintage division of ATQMRA, and the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds. Joining them on the schedule will be the BMS Modified, Legends, Bandolero, and Pro Stock classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm.

On Sunday, September 6th, the Street Stock Shootout Series will present their first-ever race, with drivers from Bethel Motor Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, and Accord Speedway all set to take part in the full-fendered action. The track will also present the 3rd annual 4 CylinderStock event, with both the Advanced and Novice divisions going 50 laps for a shot at $300 to win and bragging rights. The Legends and Bandoleros will also be on the card for the day. Gates open at 12 noon, with practice at 2 pm, and racing beginning at 3 pm.

Grandstand admission is just $6 for all 2015 shows. More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. Gary Culhane, 3. John Cote, 4. Robbie Konikowski, 5. Chris Chirico, 6. Steve Galgano, 7. Frank James.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Middletown, NY), 2. Kyle Redner, 3. Dan Dulin, 4. Jeff Richardson, 5. Rich Coons, 6. Eric Moon, 7. Jerry Curry, 8. Paul Knox, 9. Roy Crespo. DNS – John Cook.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Teddy Hodgdon (Danbury, CT), 2. David French, 3. Richie Coy, 4. Eugene Drew, 5. Chris Rogers, 6. Joseph Graf, 7. Alex McCollum, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 10. Matt Forsythe, 11. Jerry Macchia, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Mark Foster, 14. Matt Maring, 15. Joe Aungst.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Bryan Chirico, 5. Teddy Bowen, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Matt Addona, 8. Jeff Darrah.

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

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

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Walt Henry (Maybrook, NY), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Vinny Stanton Jr., 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Gary VanOrden, 6. Steve Smalley, 7. Bob Sleight.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Brian Bauernfeind (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Cody Houghtaling, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Vinny Lovric, 5. Eddy Lindstadt, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Robert Clarke, 8. Charlie Houghtaling, 9. Mike Travis. DQ – Jerry Kingeter.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. James Curry, 3. John Houghtaling, 4. Lee Cogswell, 5. Brittany Curry, 6. Gene Helms, 7. Travis Cogswell, 8. Dan Houghtaling, 9. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 10. Billy Porter, 11. Jesse Rhyne, 12. Jason Roach, 13. James Shields.

JAMES TOPS LIST OF WINNERS AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Prior to this past Saturday, only two drivers in the BMS Modified division at Bethel Motor Speedway had recorded multiple wins. Frank James raised that number to three drivers when he notched his second win of the season with a commanding lead. James’ first win came just two weeks earlier.

James started from the pole, alongside Blair Culhane, the previous week’s winner. At the drop of the green, James immediately shot out front, leaving the rest of the field to battle for position behind him. Current point leader Ed Dachenhausen quickly came to second, and looked to the outside of James. By lap three, 2013 division champion John Cote had taken over the third spot, setting the stage for an intense battle between Cote and Dachenhausen for the second spot. The pair ran side by side lap after lap, as James began to build his lead.

A caution just prior to the halfway point of the race tightened the field, but James again paced the field, as Cote and Dachenhausen’s battle picked up right where it had left off. The two swapped the second spot by mere inches until Cote was finally able to lay sole claim to the position with five laps remaining. Cote tried to reel James in, but time ran out. James was first to cross the line, followed by Cote and Dachenhausen.

Also scoring his second win of the season was 358/Sportsman driver Rich Coons. Coons started on the outside pole, with Dan Dulin to his inside. Dulin got the early lead, as Coons worked to hold off Matt Curry. Just prior to the halfway point of the fast-paced, caution-free event, Rick Mill – who won the previous two events in a row – came to third and tried to mount a challenge to Coons for second. Coons, however, was focused on Dulin, and was able to work his way past for the lead on lap 14. Once out front, Coons never looked back and he drove on to the win over Dulin. Kyle Redner was credited with third in the final rundown.

Joseph Graf topped the field in the combined Legends race to pick up his ninth win of the year. Following a top six redraw, Jim Sylvester started on the pole, with Graf to his outside. Graf took the lead at the drop of the green. Following several early-race cautions using the choose cone, Graf found himself at the front of the field, with defending Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy behind him. Alex McCollum took second from Coy with five laps in the books, but was unable to advance any further as Graf crossed the line ahead of McCollum and Coy.

In the absence of current point leader David French, Lars McElravy grabbed his first career Bandolero win at Bethel. McElravy has recorded wins at numerous other tracks, but the victory at Bethel had always eluded him. McElravy and Robby Gordon Douglas made up the front row for the start of the race, and McElravy jumped out front immediately. Douglas chased him in second over the first half of the race, but Teddy Bowen took over the second spot with five laps remaining. As the laps clicked off in the caution-free race, Bowen looked for a way past McElravy, but McElravy was not going to be denied the win, as he crossed the line ahead of Bowen and Douglas.

Beginner Bandolero driver Conner Piasecki’s day got off to a rough start, as mechanical difficulties with his own car caused him to take to the track in a borrowed car. It ended on a better note, as he grabbed his fourth win of the season. Katie Verwys took off from the pole, alongside Joey Aungst. On the initial lap, Piasecki made his way from the third starting spot to the lead. Verwys held o to second for the first two laps before being overtaken by Aungst. Aungst gave chase to Piasecki over the remainder of the event, but Piasecki proved to be unstoppable. Piasecki was forst to the line, followed by Aungst and Verwys.

Jim Helt crossed the line second in the Pro Stock feature event, but found himself in Victory Lane following post-race technical inspection after race winner Ed Butler was disqualified for a weight infraction. The lead swapped hands over the first several laps, with Mac Crawson and Greg Cohen each taking a turn up front before Butler grabbed the top spot on lap five. Helt gave chase over the remaining laps, and the leaders had to contend with lapped traffic beginning on lap 14. Butler was able to clear the path for Helt and Atkins to follow him through, but no one was able to mount a successful bid for the lead, and Butler crossed the line ahead of Helt and Atkins. Helt was awarded the win. Atkins was second in the final rundown, and Cohen was credited with third.

In Street Stock action, the battle was on once again between the father and daughter cars of Gary and Amber VanOrden, as the pair ran first and second for the majority of the race. Pole sitter Steve Smalley led the first two laps before being overtaken by G. VanOrden. Smalley then held second until lap six, when A. VanOrden got by for the spot. A. VanOrden spent the rest of the race looking for a way past her father, but he was not about to give up the top spot and was able to hold her off for the win. A. VanOrden had to be content with second, and Smalley was third.

In spite of having to use a borrowed car for the night, Mike Travis picked up his fourth 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season. Cody Houghtaling took off from the pole and led the first two laps before being passed by Joe Smith for the top spot. Travis came to second, but found himself in the lead after Smith suffered a flat tire and was forced to pit. Former 4 Cylinder champion Vinny Lovric came from the tenth starting spot to second by the time the race hit the halfway point, and Dan Curry grabbed third. Neither was able to catch Travis, as he crossed the line ahead of Lovric. Following post-race tech, Andrew Lovric was awarded third.

Brittany Curry was first to cross the line in the 4 Cylinder Novice race, but the win was awarded to David Donovan following post-race tech. Curry started on the outside pole, with James Shields on the inside. Curry immediately got out front, ad she built a dominant lead as the laps clicked off in the caution-free race. Shields held second until the halfway point of the race, when Lee Cogswell took over the spot. Cogswell had David Donovan hot on his heels, and Donovan snatched second from Cogswell with six laps remaining. Donovan crossed the line second, but found himself in Victory Lane at the end of the night. Cogswell was credited with second, and Gene Helms was third in the final rundown.

This coming Saturday, August 29th, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for a jam-packed night of racing action. 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 $6.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Frank James (Hackensack, NJ), 2. John Cote, 3. Ed Dachenhausen, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Robbie Konikowski, 6. Chris Chirico, 7. Steve Galgano.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rich Coons (Middletown, NY), 2. Dan Dulin, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Jerry Curry, 5. Rick Mill, 6. Greg McCloskey. DQ – Matt Curry.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Alex McCollum, 3. Richie Coy, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Andrew Molleur, 6. Teddy Hodgdon, 7. Jeff Lefcourt, 8. Mark Foster, 9. Josh Andrews, 10. Eugene Drew, 11. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 12. Rob Rafferty, 13. Joe Graf, 14. Jerry Macchia, 15. Matt Forsythe.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Lars McElravy (Corry, PA), 2. Teddy Bowen, 3. Robby Gordon Douglas, 4. Matt Addona, 5. Sean Verwys, 6. Tyler Dachenhausen, 7. Bryan Chirico, 8. Jessica Ricci, 9. Jeff Darrah.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Conner Piasecki (Greenfield Twp., PA), 2. Joey Aungst, 3. Katie Verwys.

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

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Steve Smalley, 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Walt Henry, 6. Steve Williams, 7. Dick Shaddock, 8. Vinny Stanton Jr. DNS – Billy DeGraw.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (18 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY), 2. Vinny Lovric, 3. Andrew Lovric, 4. Patty Falkena, 5. Eddy Lindstadt, 6. Robert Clarke, 7. Joe Wilson, 8. Jerry Kingeter, 9. Cody Houghtaling, 10. Brian Bauernfeind. DQ – Joe Smith, Dan Curry, Tim Curry.

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

CULHANE COLLECTS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON IN BUSY NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Blair Culhane found himself in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the BMS Modified race at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, making him the second different first-time winner for the season in as many weeks.

Robbie Konikowski started on the pole, with Culhane to his outside. Over the first half of the race, the pair ran side-by-side, swapping the lead by a matter of inches several times. As the laps clicked off, Konikowski and Culhane continued to hold the field behind them, halting the attempts of John Cote and Frank James to advance. With 14 laps in the books, James was forced to retire from the event after getting loose off of turn two and sandwiching Cote to the wall. Cote was able to continue, but had lost valuable ground with the resulting single-file restart.

Cote’s misfortune didn’t end there. Konikowski restarted on the pole, with Culhane second. Cote made his way back into the top three, and immediately looked for a way to the front as the laps were winding down. With just three laps remaining, Cote looked to the outside line. Culhane shot to the inside of Konikowski as Cote ran the outside. Konikowski made contact with Cote, ending the night for both himself and Cote. Culhane inherited the lead, and was able to hold off rookie Chris Chirico in the closing laps to notch the win.

Rick Mill took full advantage of his outside pole starting position to collect his second consecutive win in the 358/Sportsman class. Mill worked his way past pole sitter Matt Curry on lap two. Once out front, Mill never looked back, as the race went green to checkered with no cautions to slow the pace. M. Curry sat in the second spot over the first seven laps of the event, before being passed by 2012 division champion Jerry Curry. J. Curry was unable to advance any further and had to be content with second as Mill grabbed the win. M. Curry held on to finish third.

Young Lions driver Alex McCollum earned the hard-fought win in the 20-lap Legends feature, earning a guaranteed starting spot in the “Battle of the Sound” race to be held at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT) in October. McCollum started on the outside pole, alongside Joseph Graf. McCollum jumped out front at the drop of the green, leaving Graf to contend with rookie David French for second. Graf and French swapped the spot until Graf was involved in an incident with just six laps remaining that resulted in a red flag and also collected Brad Lowmaster, ending the night for both drivers. The final laps were a battle of Young Lions drivers, as the top three positions were all held by the younger competitors. When the checkered flag flew, McCollum took down the win over French and Teddy Hodgdon.

Second was not good enough for French in the Bandolero division, as he notched his seventh consecutive win, and 13th of the year. By the luck of the draw, French started on the pole, with Teddy Bowen to his outside. French was able to put himself solidly out front at the drop of the green, while Bowen settled into second. Third changed hands between Robby Gordon Douglas and Lars McElravy, but Douglas was able to lay final claim to the spot with five laps remaining. French crossed the line ahead of Bowen and Douglas.
For the fourth time this year, Joey Aungst picked up the win in the Beginner Bandolero place. Aungst was the beneficiary of Conner Piasecki’s misfortune, as a lapped car made contact with Piasecki while he was leading. Piasecki had to restart at the rear of the field, and Aungst inherited the lead. Piasecki made his way back up to second, but was unable to make a successful bid for the lead as Aungst grabbed the win over Piasecki and Bryce Bailey.

The New England Truck Series (NETS) made an appearance at Bethel this past weekend, with Bert Ouellette taking down the win. Ouellette started on the pole, but surrendered the lead to outside pole sitter Frank Dumicich Sr. for the first four laps. Ouellette was able to grab the lead from Dumicich Sr., and found himself having to hold off Roger Turbush for much of the event. Turbush had to settle for second, and Frank Dumicich Jr. finished the event third.

Mac Crawson looked to be well on the way to his first win in the Pro Stock class after starting on the pole and leading the first 15 laps before spinning from the top spot. Crawson started the race from the pole, with Skip LaPolt on the outside. LaPolt ran second to Crawson over the first half of the event while Vinny Stanton Sr. and Greg Cohen battled for third. At the halfway point, Ed Butler took over third, and he and LaPolt swapped second over the next few laps. When Crawson brought out the caution, Butler was in second, so he inherited the lead. LaPolt was able to hold second for several laps, before current point leader Kenny Atkins took over the spot with three laps remaining. Atkins was unable to get past Butler, and had to be content with second as Butler took down the win. LaPolt crossed the line third.

Defending Street Stock champion Amber VanOrden took advantage of a lapped car and mechanical issues on her father’s car to grab the lead with just two laps remaining and collect her fourth win of the season. Steve Smalley and A. VanOrden took off from the front row, with Smalley leading the first lap before being overtaken by A. VanOrden for the spot. On lap four, Gary VanOrden worked his way past Smalley for second, and he passed his daughter and put his car out front just two laps later. As the laps clicked off, the elder VanOrden’s rear end began to make noise. As he worked to hold on to the top spot, lapped traffic came into play. With three laps remaining, A. VanOrden used the outside line to get past her father, who was on the inside behind the lapped car. A. VanOrden was first to the line, followed by G. VanOrden and Smalley.

James Curry ended up with the 4 Cylinder Novice win after Brittany Curry – who had led the first 19 laps – was spun on the final lap of the feature event. B. Curry took off from the pole, alongside Lee Cogswell. Cogswell held the second spot for just two laps before David Donovan – who had come from the sixth starting spot – passed him for the position. With six laps in the books, J. Curry came to third. B. Curry built up a comfortable lead, but Donovan closed it up as the laps wound down in the caution-free event. Coming to the checkered flag, Donovan made contact with B. Curry, who spun as a result. Donovan was firt to the line, but was placed behind B. Curry in the finish for his involvement in the last-lap spin. J. Curry collected the win as a result. John Houghtaling was credited with second, and third went to Dan Houghtaling.

This coming Saturday, August 22nd, the gates at Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open for a jam-packed night of racing action 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.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

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

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Middletown, NY), 2. Jerry Curry, 3. Matt Curry, 4. Kyle Redner, 5. Mike Houghtaling, 6. Charles Hummel, 7. Rich Coons. DNS – Dan Dulin.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. David French, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Richie Coy, 5. Vinny Delaney, 6. Drew Bottge, 7. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 8. Mark Foster, 9. Jim Sylvester, 10. Eugene Drew, 11. Joseph Graf, 12. Brad Lowmaster, 13. Josh Andrews.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Teddy Bowen, 3. Robby Gordon Douglas, 4. Lars McElravy, 5. Matt Addona, 6. Sean Verwys, 7. Jeff Darrah, 8. Jessica Ricci, 9. Bryan Chirico, 10. Tyler Dachenhausen, 11. Ethan Durocher, 12. Jade McElravy.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Bryce Bailey, 4. Katie Verwys, 5. DJ Shaw, 6. Shea Bailey. DNS – Bethani Durocher.

NEW ENGLAND TRUCK SERIES FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Bert Ouellette, 2. Roger Turbush, 3. Frank Dumicich Jr., 4. Frank Dumicich Sr., 5. Erin Solomito, 6. Tyler Chapman, 7. Josh Stringer, 8. Gregg Hurley.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Kenny Atkins, 3. Skip LaPolt, 4. Jim Helt, 5. Vinny Stanton Sr., 6. Greg Cohen, 7. Larry O’Donnell, 8. Mac Crawson. DNS – David Doty.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Amber VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Gary VanOrden, 3. Steve Smalley, 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Ray Tarantino.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. James Curry (Livingston Manor, NY), 2. John Houghtaling, 3. Dan Houghtaling, 4. Travis Cogswell, 5. Austin Zweck, 6. James Sweeney, 7. Billy Porter, 8. Brittany Curry, 9. David Donovan, 10. Lee Cogswell, 11. James Shields. DNS – Felicia Reichenbaugh.

BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY TO HOST “BATTLE OF THE SOUND” LEGENDS QUALIFIER AUGUST 15TH

BETHEL, NY – The recently announced, end-of-season “Battle of the Sound” Legends race is being promoted as a shootout for Legends talent in the tri-state area and beyond. This coming Saturday, August 15, Bethel Motor Speedway will have the opportunity to send one of their own as a guaranteed starter in the October 25th event. The winner of this week’s Legends race at Bethel Motor Speedway will have the opportunity to head to New London – Waterford Speedbowl in October locked into the A-main for the “Battle of the Sound”.

As a result, all Legends classes will run in a combined feature event at Bethel this Saturday, affording cars in all four INEX Legends divisions the opportunity to grab the win and guaranteed starting spot. Qualifying will take place utilizing group time trials, with the top 18 cars in time advancing to the A-main. A B-main will be run to fill the remaining six positions for the A-main. A random 1-6 invert will be used to determine the lineup for the A-main. As has been procedure at Bethel in recent weeks, the A-main will include a “choose cone” for drivers under caution.

Although this is the inaugural running of the “Battle of the Sound”, it is expected to become an annual event, with different speedways hosting the event. Registration is $25 prior to October 5th, and $50 after that date. Entry forms will be available at Bethel Motor Speedway this weekend. Qualifying for the “Battle of the Sound” will take place on Saturday, October 24th, with the race on Sunday, October 25th. Two-day pit passes will be available at New London – Waterford Speedbowl for $50 for a two-day pit pass. The total payout for the event has been advertised as $5,000, with $2,000 going to the winner.

Questions about the qualifier at Bethel Motor Speedway this coming weekend can be addressed by calling (845) 319-7908, ext. 1. Questions about the “Battle of the Sound” event can be addressed by searching Facebook for “Battle of the Sound”.

JAMES NABS FIRST WIN TO TOP LIST OF BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY VICTORS

BETHEL, NY – In an unexpected turn of events, Frank James found himself in Victory Lane for the first time this season at the conclusion of the BMS Modified event this past Saturday. James, who had spun earlier in the race, was the beneficiary in a later caution when he inherited the lead.

James started the race from the fourth position, with Robbie Konikowski and Blair Culhane in the row ahead of him. Konikowski and Culhane ran side-by-side in the opening laps of the race, swapping the lead several times before Culhane solidly laid claim to the spot. Once Culhane was out front, Ed Dachenhausen went to work on Konikowski for second.

With eight laps in the books, Dachenhausen came to second. On the same lap, James spun. On the double-file restart, the battle began between Culhane and Dachenhausen as the two ran wheel-to-wheel for the top spot. Two laps later, the leaders both spun, bringing out the caution again. Culhane was forced to restart at the rear of the field, while Dachenhausen was black-flagged from the event for unsafe and unsportsmanlike conduct after he drove in the wrong direction on the track under caution.

James suddenly found himself in the lead, with Konikowski right behind him. Culhane was intent to get back to the front, and he took over the second spot with six laps remaining. Culhane was unable to make a successful bid for the lead, and he had to be content with second as James was fort to the checkered flag. Konikowski crossed the line third.

358/Sportsman driver Rick Mill proved on Saturday that he had found the fast way around the quarter-mile asphalt oval, as he collected his first win in only his fourth start at the speedway. It was an unexpected turn of events for Mill as well, as he spent 19 laps of the 20-lap feature tailing former division champion Jeff Richardson, who looked to be well on the way to the win.

Richardson started on the pole alongside Matt Curry, and wasted no time putting his car out front. As Richardson and Mill led the field around lap after lap, M. Curry and Kyle Redner fought for third. The only caution of the race flew on lap 13, after contact involving M. Curry, Redner, and the lapped car of Charles Hummel forced Redner to the pits.

As the laps wound down, it appeared that Richardson would be the victor, but that all went up in a cloud of smoke – literally – as Richardson had mechanical difficulties on the final lap. Mill darted past Richardson, bringing Jerry Curry with him to second for the finish. Richardson held on to finish third, in spite of his issues.

In Legends action, Joseph Graf’s hot streak continued, as he picked up his eighth win of the year. Graf qualified with the fastest time, and when the random invert drawn was 1, he locked in a pole starting spot. Defending Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy started on the outside pole, and sat in second behind Graf for the first four laps before being passed by Brad Lowmaster for the spot. Lowmaster gave chase to Graf over the remainder of the race as Coy looked on from third. The only caution of the race came on lap two, which led to a fast-paced event from that point forward through the 18-lap green flag run. Graf was able to hold his position over Lowmaster and Coy to notch the win.

Defending Bandolero champion David French continued to live up to his recent nickname “The Dominator” as he led every lap to pick up his 11th win of the year. As a result of his heat race win, French started on the pole, with Sean Verwys to the outside. French immediately grabbed the top spot, and Eugene Drew followed to take over second. A small cluster of cautions just prior to the halfway point of the race gave Drew and Verwys several chances to best French on the restart, but French was flawless and continued to pace the field through the caution-free second half of the event. Matt Addona was able to get past Verwys for third with six laps remaining in the race, but his march forward was halted, as French and Drew were both solidly in their positions. French claimed the win over Drew and Addona.

In his first-ever visit to Bethel Motor Speedway, Bryce Bailey took down the Beginner Bandolero win. By the luck of the draw, DJ Shaw and Conner Piasecki took off from the front row, but Bailey was determined to get out front, and he came from third to first on the initial lap, while Piasecki settled into second and Katie Verwys came to third. The race went green to checkered without a single caution, and Piasecki chased Bailey without being able to mount a successful challenge. Bailey was first to the line, followed by Piasecki and Verwys.

For the second time in as many events, Ed Butler took home the Pro Stock win. Butler came from the fifth position to claim the victory, his third of the season. Mac Crawson and Vinny Stanton Sr. started on the front row, with Crawson taking the initial lead. Behind him, second changed hands, with Stanton and Greg Cohen each occupying the spot in the early laps. Butler made his way to second with seven laps in the books, and then he and Cohen swapped the position before Butler laid solid claim to it just past the halfway point. Butler then set his sights on Crawson, and was able to overtake him for the lead on lap 14. Kenny Atkins moved into second just one lap later and put his bid in for the top spot, but he had to be content with second as Butler was first to cross the line. Crawson was third.

In the Street Stock division, Kevin Skelly halted Gary VanOrden’s most recent win streak at three races, as Skelly collected his first win of the year. Steve Smalley and Vinny Stanton Jr. took off from the front row, but Skelly marched quickly to the front, taking second from Smalley with just two laps completed. By the time four laps were in the books, Skelly had taken over the lead from Stanton. For the majority of the race, G. VanOrden sat in third, waiting for his opportunity to make a move. With four laps remaining, the only caution of the event came out as G. VanOrden went around in turn three. This shuffled defending division champion Amber VanOrden to third, as the elder VanOrden had to restart at the rear of the field. Skelly held on to the lead on the restart, and he crossed the line ahead of Stanton and A. VanOrden. Following post-race technical inspection, A. VanOrden was awarded second, and Smalley was credited with third in the final rundown.

Patience paid off for 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind, as he picked up his third win of the season in an attrition-filled 4 Cylinder Advanced feature. William VanAken started on the pole, with Michael Weiner to his outside. VanAken jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green, but it was short-lived, as Weiner overtook him on the second lap. Joe Morris ran in second briefly, but several incidents in the field brought out a number of cautions and changed the face of the race. Bauernfeind patiently made his way from into the top three just prior to the halfway point, and he took over the lead with ten laps complete. Two laps later, Tim Curry came to second, and Dan Curry took third from JB Morris just three laps later. With 18 laps complete, the race was ruled complete, and the checkered flag waved for Bauernfeind. T. Curry was second, and D. Curry was third.

Ryan LaMantia was first to cross the line in the 4 Cylinder Novice feature, but Dan Houghtaling was awarded his second consecutive win following post-race inspection. Brittany Curry started o the pole, with Felicia Reichenbaugh to her outside, and the pair swapped the top spot in the early laps before LaMantia passed Curry for the lead on lap seven. Houghtaling came to second, and the red flag was displayed after Reichenbaugh made hard contact with the turn two wall. When the race restarted, LaMantia took command, as D. Houghtaling ran second and John Houghtaling held on to the third spot. LaMantia appeared to have won his third race of the season, but the victory went to D. Houghtaling after an infraction was found on LaMantia’s car. J. Houghtaling was credited with second, and Lee Cogswell was awarded third.

This coming Saturday, August 15th, the New England Truck Series (NETS) will make its debut at Bethel Motor Speedway, joining the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Novice classes on the schedule. 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 gates at Bethel will swing open at 12 noon on Sunday, August 16th, for an auto-x event hosted by High Point Cruisers car club. All types of vehicles are welcome and will have to pass a safety inspection before being allowed to compete. Drivers are required to have a DOT approved helmet less than ten years old, and closed-toe shoes. Cars will take to the track beginning at 2 pm, and the cost is $25 to participate.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Frank James (Hackensack, NJ), 2. Blair Culhane, 3. Robbie Konikowski, 4. Chris Chirico. DQ – Ed Dachenhausen.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Rick Mill (Middletown, NY), 2. Jerry Curry, 3. Jeff Richardson, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Matt Curry, 6. Dan Dulin, 7. Charles Hummel, 8. Jim Checa, 9. Kyle Redner.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Brad Lowmaster, 3. Richie Coy, 4. Alex McCollum, 5. Eugene Drew, 6. Jim Sylvester, 7. David French, 8. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 9. Teddy Hodgdon, 10. Joe Graf, 11. Drew Bottge, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Mark Foster, 14. Rob Rafferty, 15. CJ D’Addario.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Eugene Drew, 3. Matt Addona, 4. Sean Verwys, 5. Robby Gordon Douglas, 6. Jeff Darrah, 7. Bryan Chirico, 8. Jessica Ricci, 9. Tyler Dachenhausen.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO (15 laps): 1. Bryce Bailey (Havenly, NY), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. DJ Shaw.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler (Jeffersonville, NY), 2. Kenny Atkins, 3. Mac Crawson, 4. Greg Cohen, 5. Jim Helt, 6. Vinny Stanton Sr., 7. Skip LaPolt, 8. David Demorest, 9. David Doty, 10. Darwin Moon.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kevin Skelly (North Branch, NY), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Steve Smalley, 4. Walt Henry, 5. Gary VanOrden. DQ – Vinny Stanton Jr.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (18 laps): 1. Brian Bauernfeind (Callicoon, NY), 2. Tim Curry, 3. Dan Curry, 4. Mike Travis, 5. Andrew Lovric, 6. Joe Wilson, 7. William VanAken, 8. Eddy Lindstadt, 9. JB Morris, 10. Joe Morris, 11. Robert Clarke, 12. Cody Houghtaling, 13. Vinny Lovric, 14. Brent Shaddock, 15. Joe Smith. DQ – Michael Weiner. DNS – Jerry Kingeter, Josh Wilbur.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Houghtaling (Liberty, NY), 2. John Houghtaling, 3. Lee Cogswell, 4. Gene Helms, 5. David Donovan, 6. James Curry, 7. Auston Zweck, 8. Brittany Curry, 9. James Shields, 10. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 11. Jessey Torrens. DQ – Ryan LaMantia.

HODGDON BECOMES YOUNGEST LEGENDSTOCK WINNER WITH UPSET VICTORY

BETHEL, NY – In October of 2013, a young go-kart driver by the name of Teddy Hodgdon showed up for a Legends car test drive at Bethel Motor Speedway. And so it began. Hodgdon became a regular in the Young Lions/Semi Pro division at the quarter-mile asphalt oval during the 2014 season, improving each and every week. However, LegendStock eluded him. The rookie did not qualify for the 2014 event, and had to watch from the sidelines.

What a difference a year makes.

Three weeks ago, the 14-year-old driver scored his first Legends win in the Young Lions class at Bethel. Two weeks ago, he backed it up with his second victory. This past Saturday, he made history as the youngest driver to win the prestigious LegendStock INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals qualifier, capturing an unexpected win.

For the first 40 laps of the 50-lap event, it looked as though defending Bethel Young Lions/Semi Pro champion Joseph Graf – who currently sits second in INEX National Semi Pro points – was on his way to his first win as he held off the challenges of Joey Padgett.

Padgett had raced at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) on Friday night, and drove through the night to take part in LegendStock. Padgett set fast time in qualifying and started the race from the fifth starting spot.

With ten laps to go, however, Padgett got underneath Graf for the lead and Graf began to fall back in the field on the outside. This allowed Alex McCollum to take over the second spot. The battle for second heated up quickly, as McCollum, Aidan Landauer, and Mike Alcaro all jockeyed for position.

On lap 46, with just four laps remaining in the event, Alcaro made contact with Padgett, sending Padgett around and collecting five other cars in the process. Padgett’s car received the worst damage, but Jim Sylvester was also forced to retire from the event after getting airborne and landing on top of McCollum’s car. Landauer, who was third at the time of the incident, also received considerable damage that ended his night.

In the blink of an eye, Hodgdon – who was eighth prior to the incident – inherited the top spot simply by making his way around the wreck. Once out front, Hodgdon was determined to take home the win. The final four laps of the event were caution-filled, but Hodgdon was flawless on the restarts, and he crossed the line ahead of Devin O’Connell and Raven Schrantz.

In post-race tech, O’Connell was disqualified, moving Schrantz up to second. Graf, who had been penalized for a lineup infraction during a restart in the closing laps, managed to make his way back up, and was credited with third in the final rundown.

Hodgdon was crowned the overall race winner, as well as the Young Lions division winner. Schrantz picked up the Pro division win, and Graf grabbed the Semi Pro division win. Joe Graf, who finished ninth overall, was the highest finishing Masters division driver.

Defending Bandolero champion David French headed into the 2015 season with plans of only running his Bandolero on a part-time basis, as he began to transition in a Sprint car. After a virtually flawless start to the season, however, he decided to balance the Sprint car racing with the Bandolero racing, and he is currently in the points lead, all while getting his start in a Legends car as well.

One of French’s goals heading into this year was to take home one of the unique three-foot guitar trophies that LegendStock has become known for. After numerous years of trying, it was something that French was hungry to capture.

His hunger was satisfied during LegendStock 2015, as he took off from the outside pole and led every lap on his way to the win in the 20-lap Bandolero event. French took off at the drop of the green, forcing pole sitter Eugene Drew to chase him from the second spot. The battle of the race was that for the third position, which changed hands several times. Lars McElravy and Matt Addona swapped the spot back and forth before Teddy Bowen made a daring pass to come from fourth to second with just four laps remaining.

French took the checkered flag over Drew and Bowen. Drew was disqualified in tech after the race, boosting Bowen to second. McElravy was credited with third.

Conner Piasecki took down his third win of the season in the Beginner Bandolero race. Joey Aungst and Katie Verwys took off from the front row, but Aungst and Conner Piasecki were involved in an incident that forced both of them to the pits, causing them to restart in the rear. As soon as the green flag flew for the restart, Piasecki charged forward and found himself in the lead by the time the first lap was completed. Aungst came right back to the second spot, but was unable to overtake Piasecki. Piasecki claimed the win over Aungst and Katie Verwys.

Jerry Kingeter took off from the pole and led every lap on the way to his first win of the year in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class. Joe Wilson, who started on the outside pole, ran second until lap 14, when Joe Smith took over the spot. Smith had coe from the 14th starting spot to claim second. The battle for third heated up between Brent Shaddock and JB Morris, but with just four laps remaining in the event, JB Morris grabbed third. Kingeter crossed the line first, followed by Smith and Morris.

Using the same car that Kingeter used earlier in the night, Dan Houghtalig claimed his second win of the season in the 4 Cylinder Novice class. Houghtaling led the first lap, but Brittany Curry snatched the spot with just two laps in the books. Houghtaling reclaimed it after Curry was involved in an incident on lap seven. Ryan LaMantia came to second, leaving Lee Cogswell and David Donovan to fight for third. Donovan emerged victorious, taking over third just past the halfway point of the event. Houghtaling drove on to the win over Ryan LaMantia and David Donovan.

LEGENDSTOCK 2015 A-MAIN FINISH (50 laps): 1. Teddy Hodgdon (YL) (Danbury, CT), 2. Raven Schrantz (P), 3. Joseph Graf (SP), 4. Brad Lowmaster (SP), 5. Dusty Summers (P), 6. Alex McCollum (YL), 7. Eric Hersey (P), 8. Mitchell Dowd (SP), 9. Joe Graf (M), 10. Chris Rogers (P), 11. Dylan Hoffman (SP), 12. Allan Pedersen (SP), 13. Richie Coy (M), 14. Joey Padgett (P), 15. Aidan Landauer (SP), 16. Jim Sylvester (M), 17. Mike Alcaro (P), 18. Eugene Drew (P), 19. Gillian Kirkpatrick (YL), 20. Rob Rafferty (P), 21. Artie Pedersen III (P), 22. Brandon DeBrakeleer (P), 23. Dave Riopelle (M). DQ – Devin O’Connell (SP), Vincent Colletti (SP).

LEGENDSTOCK 2015 B-MAIN FINISH (15 laps): 1. Chris Rogers (P) (Patchogue, NY), 2. Raven Schrantz (P), 3. Brandon DeBrakeleer (P), 4. Mitchell Dowd (SP), 5. Allan Pedersen (SP), 6. Dusty Summers (P), 7. Casey Robicheau (SP), 8. Joey Ternullo (P), 9. Vinny Delaney (P), 10. Timothy DePizzol (SP), 11. Stephen Brewer (SP), 12. Chris Hammett (SP), 13. Steven Woytysiak (M), 14. Steve Hersey (M), 15. Don Diebert (M).

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (O) (Rome, PA), 2. Teddy Bowen (B), 3. Lars McElravy (O), 4. Matt Addona (O), 5. Bryan Chirico (B), 6. Jessica Ricci (O), 7. Robby Gordon Douglas (O), 8. Tyler Dachenhausen (O), 9. Sean Verwys (B), 10. Jade McElravy (B), 11. Damon Frutchey (O), 12. Jeff Darrah (O). DQ – Eugene Drew.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Conner Piasecki (O) (Greenfield Twp., PA), 2. Joey Aungst (B), 3. Katie Verwys (B), 4. Nick Archiere (B).

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Kingeter (Harris, NY), 2. Joe Smith, 3. JB Morris, 4. Brent Shaddock, 5. Joe Wilson, 6. Dan Curry, 7. Brian Bauernfeind, 8. Eddy Lindstadt, 9. William VanAken, 10. Tim Curry, 11. Mike Travis, 12. Charles Hummel, 13. Cody Houghtaling, 14. Vinny Lovric, 15. Joe Morris, 16. Michael Wiener. DNS – George VanAken, Jerry Curry.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Houghtaling, 2. Ryan LaMantia, 3. David Donovan, 4. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 5. John Houghtaling, 6. Jessey Torrens, 7. James Curry, 8. James Shields, 9. James Sweeney, 10. Lee Cogswell, 11. Brittany Curry, 12. Travis Cogswell, 13. Austin Zweck. DNS – Marisol Torres, Troy Morris.

DACHENHAUSEN INCREASES BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY WIN STREAK TO 8 IN A ROW

BETHEL, NY – BMS Modified competitor Ed Dachenhausen has had a busy season, spending most Friday nights competing on dirt before loading up to race on the asphalt at Bethel Motor Speedway on Saturday. The fast pace seems to suit him well, as he grabbed his eighth consecutive win this past Saturday.

While the field was small, the action was intense as Dachenhausen and Robbie Konikowski ran side-by-side for the majority of the race. The pair swapped the spot by a matter of mere inches several times, but Dachenhausen put his car solidly out front with five laps remaining, and he took the win over Konikowski.

To say that 2012 Sportsman champion Jerry Curry delivered a dominating performance this past weekend would be an understatement. Greg Morgan started on the outside pole and took the early lead, but it took Curry only two laps to claim the lead. While Morgan and Kyle Redner battled for the second spot behind him, Curry pulled away from the field. Redner made the pass for second just past the halfway point of the event. Rick Mill took over second with five laps remaining, but lost the position after officials determined that Mill had gone off the racing surface to gain the spot. Curry claimed the win, while second was awarded to Kyle Redner and third went to Jeff Richardson.

Joseph Graf led every lap of the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro feature to take down the win, his seventh of the season. Graf started on the pole and led 2009 Bethel Legends champion Mike Alcaro lap after lap as Brad Lowmaster looked on from the third spot. Under caution, Lowmaster made a bid for the lead by going to the outside of Graf at the “choose cone”, but Graf was untouchable, as no one was able to overtake him. Graf claimed the victory over Alcaro and Lowmaster.

For the eighth time this season, Alex McCollum found himself in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the Legends Young Lions feature. McCollum took off from the pole and led every lap, but it was no simple task, as David French applied pressure over the entire race distance. French nosed out front by a bumper late in the race, but the caution came out before the lap was complete. French restarted on the outside of McCollum, but McCollum was able to get the jump on the restart. McCollum was first to the line, followed by French and Teddy Hodgdon.

While French had to be content with second in the Young Lions race, he came out on top in the Bandolero feature. French and Teddy Bowen started on the front row, and French got out front at the drop of the green, leaving Bowen to chase him. Lars McElravy took the third spot from Sean Verwys just prior to the halfway point, but the leaders were unstoppable. French beat Bowen and McElravy to the checkered flag.

Joey Aungst scored his third Beginner Bandolero win of the season, starting on the pole and leading every lap. He crossed the line ahead of Katie Verwys and Nick Archiere.

Ed Butler came from the sixth starting spot to notch his second Pro Stock win of the season. Mac Crawson took the early lead over Jim Helt, but Kenny Atkins and Butler were marching towards the front. With six laps in the books, Atkins took over the top spot, bringing Butler with him to the second spot. Atkins’ time out front was short-lived, as Butler grabbed the lead just two laps later, as Jim Helt took over third. Butler drove on to the win over Atkins and Helt.

Gary VanOrden picked up his third consecutive Street Stock win – his eighth of the year – after taking the lead from his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden. Vinny Stanton led the first three laps before contact from Kevin Skelly resulted in both cars having to restart at the rear of the field. A. VanOrden inherited the lead as a result, and she and G. VanOrden swapped the top spot before G. VanOrden took it for good at the halfway point. Skelly worked his way back through the field to finish second, and A. VanOrden was third.

Dan Curry claimed his second 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the year after starting seventh. Joe Wilson and Jerry Kingeter started on the front row, but Curry was a man on a mission, and he had put his car out front by the time there were just three laps complete. Joe Morris came to second just a few laps later, and 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind came to third. Joe Smith, who started 15th, broke into the top three at the halfway point, and took over second three laps later.Dan Curry continued to pace the field, and beat Smith and Morris to the checkered flag.

John Houghtaling took down his first win of the season in the 4 Cylinder Novice division after starting on the outside of the front row, alongside Dan Houghtaling.D. Houghtaling shot out front and led the field until just prior to the halfway point, when J. Houghtaling got by for the lead. James Curry came to second two laps later, and Jessey Torrens followed to take third. Curry and Torrens looked to get past J. Houghtaling, but neither were able to as J. Houghtaling collected the win. Curry had to be content with second, and Torrens held on to finish third.

Bob White claimed his second Vintage Midget Racing Series (VMRS) win in as many attempts at Bethel Motor Speedway in a 15-lap feature event. Harry Weed held the top spot early in the race, before being passed by White with five laps in the books. As the laps wound down, Dave Shore laid claim to the second spot, but he was unable to progress any further as White was first to cross the line. Shore was second, and Weed finished third.

This coming week, Bethel Motor Speedway will open the gates on Friday, July 31st, for a practice session for the Legends and Bandoleros in preparation for their INEX Asphalt Legends Nationals qualifier/Bandolero championship race. Gates will open at 12 noon, with practice running from 2 pm until 8 pm. Grandstand admission is free.

On Saturday, August 1, Bethel Motor Speedway will present Alliance Shippers’ LegendStock 2015, which will feature a 50-lap event for the Legends cars, as well as a 20-lap feature for the Bandoleros and a 15-lap feature for Beginner Bandoleros. Also on the schedule are the 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 12 noon, with practice beginning at 1 pm and qualifying set to start at 5:30 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6.

More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen, 2. Robbie Konikowski. DNS – Blair Culhane, Bill Lucchesi.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry, 2. Kyle Redner, 3. Jeff Richardson, 4. Dan Dulin, 5. Rich Coons, 6. Greg Morgan, 7. Kimberlee Morgan, 8. Matt Curry, 9. Rick Mill, 10. John Cook.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf, 2. Mike Alcaro, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Kevin Nowak, 6. Richie Coy, 7. Eugene Drew, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Rob Rafferty, 10. Chris Hammett, 11. Brandon Martinez, 12. Josh Andrews, 13. Mark Foster, 14. Louie Keraitis.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): Alex McCollum, 2. David French, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Andrew Molleur, 5. Patrick Gallagher, 6. Nick Lizbinski, 7. Matt Forsythe, 8. Gillian Kirkpatrick.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French, 2. Teddy Bowen, 3. Lars McElravy, 4. Matt Addona, 5. Eugene Drew, 6. Tyler Dachenhausen, 7. Sean Verwys, 8. Bryan Chirico, 9. Robby Gordon Douglas, 10. Jessica Ricci, 11. Jade McElravy.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst, 2. Katie Verwys, 3. Nick Archiere.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler, 2. Kenny Atkins, 3. Jim Helt, 4. Greg Cohen, 5. Vinny Stanton Sr., 6. Mac Crawson, 7. David Doty, 8. Darwin Moon, 9. David Demorest.

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden, 2. Kevin Skelly, 3. Amber VanOrden, 4. Vinny Stanton Jr., 5. Kyle Welsch, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Steve Smalley.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Curry, 2. Joe Smith, 3. Joe Morris, 4. Brian Bauernfeind, 5. Tim Curry, 6. JB Morris, 7. Mike Bryant, 8. Matt Curry, 9. Robert Clarke, 10. Joe Wilson, 11. Eddy Lindstadt, 12. Michael Weiner, 13. Mike Travis, 14. George VanAken, 15. Brent Shaddock, 16. Cody Houghtaling, 17. Jerry Kingeter.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Houghtaling,2. James Curry, 3. Jessey Torrens, 4. Ryan LaMantia, 5. Dan Houghtaling, 6. David Donovan, 7. Travis Cogswell, 8. Heather Porter, 9. Lee Cogswell, 10. Dan VanAken, 11. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 12. Austin Zweck, 13. Dan Bryant, 14. Brittany Curry, 15. Matt Husted.

VINTAGE MIDGET RACING SERIES FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Bob White, 2. Dave Shore, 3. Harry Weed, 4. Jim Donelli, 5. James Leys, 6. Jeff Schechter.