“WORLD CUP FEVER” – HITS BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY JULY 4TH

BETHEL, NY – What do Saturday night short-track race car drivers and the U.S. women’s soccer team have in common? Aside from an obvious intense desire to win and fierce competitiveness, both have the rare opportunity to benefit this coming weekend as the women’s soccer team heads into the World Cup Finals.

The management at Bethel Motor Speedway has taken a unique stance in supporting the women’s soccer team, with a “World Cup Fever” promotion this coming Saturday, July 4th. Any drivers who compete and earn prize money at Bethel this Saturday will have their prize money DOUBLED if the women’s soccer team walks away with a win in the World Cup Finals on Sunday.

The promotion includes the “Try It, You’ll Love It” program, which allows a competitor free pit entry for their first race at Bethel Motor Speedway. The “Try It, You’ll Love It” program has been in place at the speedway since 2009, and gives drivers a chance to race at the facility without the expense traditionally associated with going to a track for the first time. Those utilizing the program this coming weekend will still be entitled to double their winnings.

This is not the first time that the track has used promotions to support the team – when the team made it to the Finals four years ago, the track offered the same promotion for drivers.

This year, however, fans also have the opportunity to get in on the action – if the women’s soccer team is victorious on Sunday, spectators who keep their admission ticket from Saturday can present it at the front gate the following week for free entry AND a refund of their $6 admission from this weekend.

“We want to flood the speedway with patriotism and red, white, and blue, and it’s especially fitting that it is the 4th of July,” stated Business Operations Manager Tracy Chirico. Fans are being encouraged to dress patriotically, with two race event DVDs being given away courtesy of Shanty Hill Productions to the patrons who are dressed “most patriotically”. One child (16 and under) and one adult will be awarded with DVDs.

Several sponsors have joined forces to back the promotion, including Alliance Shippers, NorthEast Legends, Universal Pool, and Behrent’s Performance Warehouse.

The jam-packed schedule at Bethel Motor Speedway for this coming Saturday includes twin 25-lap races for the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. The INEX Legends and Bandoleros will each run a single feature event. The night will kick off with the completion of the 4 Cylinder Novice race from June 20th, which had to be postponed due to rain. The Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds will also be on hand.

Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6.

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

MOTHER NATURE SETS STAGE FOR BUSY UPCOMING SATURDAY AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Bethel Motor Speedway 4 Cylinder Novice driver Dan Bryant had the world in his hands two weeks ago when he came from the fourth starting spot to take the lead with just two laps in the books in his 20-lap feature event. His drive to what may have been his first career win was halted promptly, as rain caused speedway management to stop the race at that point, intending to begin the night this past Saturday with the completion of that event.

Mother Nature had different ideas, however, as persistent heavy rain fell on the track virtually all day on Saturday. As a result, the track will feature a jam-packed schedule of events for this coming Saturday, July 4th.

Bryant will get his attempt to hold his position as the night’s events kick off at 6 pm with the completion of the June 20th 4 Cylinder Novice event. Following that event, 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. The INEX Legends and Bandoleros will each have a single feature event, and the Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds will also be on hand for their first appearance of the season.

Action in the BMS Modified class will undoubtedly be exciting as 2013 champion John Cote, 2014 Rookie of the Year George Rudinas, Steve Galgano, Blair Culhane, Frank James, and the rest of the field all try to put an end to Ed Dachenhausen’s five-race win streak.

Kyle Redner will be looking to capture his third – and perhaps fourth – consecutive win in the 358/Sportsman class over 2012 champion Jerry Curry, while Greg Morgan will be looking to make up for his first DNF of the season in the last feature. Dan Dulin will be seeking his second win of the year, with Paul Knox and others trying to capture their first wins of the year.

The tight points race between Kenny Atkins and Greg Cohen could change significantly, with points for two separate races on the line. Jim Helt, Steve Vasey, Skip LaPolt, and others will all be looking to break their way into that points battle.

Walt Henry – the 2014 4 Cylinder Advanced champion – is sure to be hungry for his first win in the Street Stocks, as will Vinny Stanton Jr. and others. So far this year, defending track champion Amber VanOrden and Gary VanOrden have remained solidly up front, and each will be trying to outrun the other.

Mike Travis, Joe Morris, JB Morris, Dan Curry and others will all be trying to unseat current 4 Cylinder Advanced point leader Joe Smith, who enters the event with two consecutive wins under his belt.

Current 4 Cylinder Novice points leader David Donovan will attempt to protect his position from the challenges of a large field of drivers including Ryan LaMantia, Danny Houghtaling, John Houghtaling, and Heather Porter.

In Legends action, current Pro/Masters/Semi Pro points leader Joseph Graf will have to defend himself against the likes of Brad Lowmaster, 2012 and 2013 Pro/Masters champion Matt Evans, defending Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy, and Eugene Drew. Young Lions drivers Gillian Kirkpatrick, Max Evans, Teddy Hodgdon, and David French will be among those trying to put a stop to Alex McCollum’s five-race win streak.

Defending Bandolero champion David French will have to face the challenges of such drivers as Eugene Drew, Sean Verwys, Jessica Ricci, Teddy Bowen, and 2014 Rookie of the Year Bryan Chirico. In Beginner Bandolero action, such drivers as Joey Aungst, Conner Piasecki, Jeff Darrah, Katie Verwys, and Nick Archiere will be looking to unseat Tyler Dachenhausen, who has recorded four consecutive wins.

Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6. More information, including a complete 2015 schedule, can be obtained online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

DACHENHAUSEN DOES IT AGAIN AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Drivers and fans who braved a questionable weather forecast at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday were treated to a night of exciting racing action, with only the final race of the night being impacted by rain. The 4 Cylinder Novice race was red flagged with only two laps in the books, and the remainder of that race will kick off the night’s action this coming Saturday, June 27th.

Ed Dachenhausen has been unstoppable in the BMS Modified division, taking down his fifth consecutive win – and seventh of the season – in a caution-free, 20-lap event. Blair Culhane started on the pole, with John Cote to his outside. Culhane got the lead at the drop of the green by mere inches over Cote, who battled hard on the outside. On lap four, however, Cote dropped back just enough for Dachenhausen to slip underneath and take over second. At the halfway point of the race, Dachenhausen was finally able to work his way past Culhane, who collected his best finish of the season so far when he crossed the line behind Dachenhausen. Cote was third.

After winning his first career 358/Sportsman race in May, Kyle Redner likely never imagined that additional trips to Victory Lane would follow so quickly, as he notched his second win in as many weeks this past Saturday and brought his total number of wins so far this season to three. Greg Morgan was slated to start on the pole, but after struggling with mechanical difficulties all afternoon, he elected to start in the rear, shuffling Redner to the outside pole for the start, with Matt Curry to his inside. Redner immediately jumped out front, but it was no easy task to stay there, as Rich Coons was never out of striking distance and 2013 division champion Jerry Curry ran third. With just five laps remaining in the event, the only caution of the race flew, tightening up the field and giving Coons and Curry one final shot to overtake Redner. Redner was flawless on the restart, and drove on to the win over Coons and Curry.

Joseph Graf took down his fifth win of the season in the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro race. Richie Coy started on the pole, with Graf on the outside. Using a “choose cone” for the first time at Bethel, Graf chose the outside on an early-race restart, and was able to work his way past Coy on the outside to take the lead. Once out front, Graf worked on distancing himself from the field as Coy had to hold off the challenges of Brad Lowmaster. During the long green-flag run that followed, the field behind Graf waited for any opportunity to work their way past the young driver. However, Graf made no errors, and was first to the checkered flag, followed by Coy and Lowmaster.

Alex McCollum extended his win streak to five in a row in the Legends Young Lions class. McCollum started on the outside pole, alongside Teddy Hodgdon. As soon as the green flag waved, McCollum put himself out front, shuffling Hodgdon back to second. Connor Holderbach briefly took over the third spot before being passed by Gillian Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick battled with Andrew Molleur for third over the second half of the race, swapping the spot before Kirkpatrick claimed it for good with six laps remaining. McCollum took the win over Hodgdon and Kirkpatrick.

After taking last week off, defending Bandolero champion David French came back in full force this week, scoring his seventh win of the season. Eugene Drew took off from the front row and led the first four laps before being passed by French. Lars McElravy then took over the second spot, but Drew was not going to give up without a fight. As French distanced himself from the field, Drew reclaimed second with just two laps remaining. Time ran out for Drew to catch French, who had built a sizeable lead, and French scored the win over Drew and McElravy.

Tyler Dachenhausen made it four-for-four in the Beginner Bandolero class, taking off from the pole and leading every lap on his way to the win, his sixth of the season. Jeff Darrah started the race alongside Dachenhausen, and held second for the first four laps before being passed by Joey Aungst. Aungst then set his sights on Dachenhausen, but with no cautions to slow the pace of the race, Dachenhausen had already pulled away from the field. Dachenhausen led Aungst and Darrah to the finish.

Joe Smith scored his second consecutive win – and fourth of the season – in the 4 Cylinder Advanced division after starting eighth. Tim Curry and Cody Houghtaling were on the front row for the start, and Houghtaling took the early lead. Smith was coming quickly through the field, and worked his way up to second by lap three. Just two laps later, he powered his way past Houghtaling for the lead. JB Morris came to third at the halfway point of the race, but Mike Travis took over the spot two laps later. With 14 laps in the books, Travis claimed second, but Smith had already built a considerable lead. Smith drove on to the win, with Mike Travis second and JB Morris third.

The ATQMRA three-quarter midgets headlined the night’s action, and a familiar face ended up in Victory Lane at the end of the event. Ryan Tidman quickly put himself out front and survived the attrition to take down the win. Tidman, who has been the victor in the once-annual ATQMRA race at Bethel for the last several seasons, took off from the fourth starting spot to claim this year’s win.

Geoffrey Sutton and Buddy Sload started on the front row, with Sload taking the early lead. It was short-lived, however, as Tidman powered his way out front with only four laps in the books. Sload and Joey Bailey then battled for second, with Bailey taking the spot prior to the halfway point of the race.

Heartbreak struck for Sload just a few laps later, as he lost a wheel and was forced to retire from the event. Over the remaining laps, both Mike Glaser and Matt Roselli both also retired from the event, as Tidman distanced himself from Bailey and Sutton, who battled fiercely for second. When the checkered flag flew, Tidman was first to the line, followed by Bailey. Sutton finished third. Nick Ladyga, in his first-ever start at Bethel in a TQ, was fourth.

Bill Force Sr. looked to be on the way to the win in the Vintage TQ midget feature, taking off from the pole and leading the first ten laps of the 12-lap event. With just two laps to go, however, Mike Pritchard came from third to pass both Terry Zuidema and Force for the top spot. Tom Arntz followed to take second, and Mike Osite crossed the line third.

This coming Saturday, June 27th, in addition to the remainder of the 4 Cylinder Novice race and their regularly scheduled race, the schedule includes the BMS Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced divisions. 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. Ed Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. Blair Culhane, 3. John Cote, 4. Steve Galgano, 5. Frank James. DNS – Chris Chirico, George Rudinas.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kyle Redner (Middletown, NY), 2. Rich Coons, 3. Jerry Curry, 4. Dan Dulin, 5. Paul Knox, 6. Kimberlee Morgan, 7. Paul Hyde, 8. Matt Curry, 9. Milton Mann, 10. Charles Hummel, 11. Greg Morgan.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Richie Coy, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Drew Bottge, 5. Jim Sylvester, 6. Rob Rafferty, 7. Eugene Drew, 8. Jeff Lefcourt, 9. Josh Andrews, 10. Eric Henschel, 11. Mark Foster, 12. Vinny Colletti.

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

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Eugene Drew, 3. Lars McElravy, 4. Matt Addona, 5. Sean Verwys, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Jade McElravy.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. Joey Aungst, 3. Jeff Darrah, 4. Conner Piasecki, 5. Katie Verwys, 6. Nick Archiere.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joe Smith (Liberty, NY), 2. Mike Travis, 3. JB Morris, 4. Tim Curry, 5. Mike Bryant, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Dan Curry, 8. Joe Morris, 9. Mike Wiener, 10. Walt Henry, 11. Brian Bauernfeind, 12. George Zeininger, 13. Jerry Kingeter, 14. Joe Wilson. DQ – Cody Houghtaling.

ATQMRA MIDGET FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Ryan Tidman, 2. Joey Bailey, 3. Geoffrey Sutton, 4. Nick Ladyga, 5. Matt Roselli, 6. Mike Glaser, 7. Buddy Sload. DNS – BJ MacDonald, John Gambuti, Patrick Force, Bill Force Jr.

VINTAGE ATQMRA FEATURE FINISH (12 laps): 1. Mark Pritchard, 2. Tom Arntz, 3. Mike Osite, 4. Terry Zuidema, 5. Bill Force Sr.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR LEGENDS COMPETITORS:

Effective Saturday, June 6th, the following guidelines will apply to Legends divisions:

  • If BOTH the Semi Pro and Young Lions divisions have five or more cars, Young Lions WILL run by themselves.

  • If one or both divisions does not have five cars AND combining the classes will still keep the total number of cars at 20 or less, Young Lions will run with the Pro/Masters/Semi Pro cars, but will still be scored separately for track points.

BETHEL BANDOLERO RESULTS FROM MAY 30 FINALIZED

BETHEL, NY – Following the Bandolero race at Bethel Motor Speedway on May 30, the results were held pending an official inspection of a carburetor by INEX. The results of the inspection – and subsequently the race results – were finalized Wednesday afternoon. Upon inspection, INEX found that the intake elbows had been modified, resulting in a disqualification.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Teddy Bowen, 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Bryan Chirico, 4. Jessica Ricci, 5. David French, 6. Eugene Drew. DQ – Lars McElravy.

DACHENHAUSEN GRABS FOURTH 2015 WIN IN ACTION-PACKED NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Mother Nature was on the side of the racers at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, as storms in the area had little impact on the action-packed night at the quarter-mile asphalt oval.
For the second consecutive week – and fourth time so far in 2015 – Ed Dachenhausen found himself in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the BMS Modified race. It was a sweet win for Dachenhausen, whose son Tyler had been in the same spot earlier in the night after winning the Beginner Bandolero race.
Dacvhenhausen was the man to beat in the BMS Modified class all night, starting on the outside pole after winning his heat race. George Rudinas was on the pole for the feature, but Dachenhausen jumped on the gas at the drop of the green and took the lead immediately. By lap two, John Cote had also worked his way past Rudinas, and he set his sights on Dachenhausen. Dachenhausen sat comfortably out front as Frank James worked his way up to third and Rudinas eventually retired from the event. With no cautions to slow the pace of the race, Cote found himself unable to mount a successful bid for the lead, and had to be content with second as Dachenhausen was first to the checkered flag. James finished third.
For the first time in his career, 2014 Sportsman Rookie of the Year Dan Dulin was the victor in the 358/Sportsman feature event. Dulin led every lap on his way to the win in the caution-free event, but it was no easy task, as there was plenty of tough competition behind him. Dulin started on the pole, alongside Greg Morgan. Dulin got out to the early lead, but Morgan put up quite a fight for the top spot before being passed by 2012 division champion Jerry Curry on lap five. Curry, who has already collected three wins this year, was in the hunt four his fourth win, applying constant pressure to Dulin as the laps clicked off. In spite of his efforts, Curry was not able to wrestle the lead from Dulin, who was first to the line. Curry was second, and Morgan held on for third.
Defending Legends Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy captured his second regular-season win in an exciting, non-stop Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro event. Coy started on the outside of the front row, with Jim Sylvester to his inside. Sylvester jumped out front, but had to contend with Coy lap after lap. With just six laps to go, Coy made his move for the lead, powering his way out front and bringing Joseph Graf behind him to second. Just one lap later, Brad Lowmaster took over third. In the closing laps, Graf looked for a way past Coy, but Coy proved to be unstoppable as he took the checkers. Graf was second, and Lowmaster crossed the line third.
In Legends Young Lions action, Alex McCollum came from the pole and led every lap on his way to his fourth regular-season win. Gillian Kirkpatrick started on the outside of McCollum, and held second lap after lap, as the caution-free race left no room for error. Teddy Hodgdon started third and held the spot for much of the race, but defending Bandolero champion David French – in only his third Legends start – was able to wrestle the position from Hodgdon with just two laps to go. McCollum was the winner, with Kirkpatrick second and French third.
Teddy Bowen took home his first win at Bethel in the Bandolero class, following a last-lap incident that resulted in the top two cars falling out of contention. Sean Verwys and Lars McElravy took off from the front row, with McElravy immediately jumping to the lead. By lap two, David French had made his way past Verwys for the second spot. Caution flew just prior to the halfway point, and Teddy Bowen was able to grab second for a single lap following the restart before French reclaimed the position. With one lap to go, French passed McElravy for the lead, but contact between the two on the final lap resulted in French spinning from the lead and McElravy being put to the rear for his involvement. Bowen inherited the win, with Verwys second and Bryan Chirico third. As of Sunday, Bandolero results are unofficial, pending a technical inspection and ruling from INEX regarding a part that was confiscated following the race. An official ruling and subsequent official results are expected by mid-week.
Tyler Dachenhausen led every lap of the Beginner Bandolero feature to take home his third checkered flag of the season. The previous week’s winner, Conner Piasecki, took off from the pole, while Dachenhausen started on the outside of the front row. Dachenhausen edged out Piasecki for the lead on the initial lap. Piasecki was running in second when contact from another car caused him to spin, collecting Jeff Darrah in the process. Katie Verwys inherited second as a result, with Joey Aungst third. Aungst was able to work his way past Verwys at the halfway point, while Dachenhausen continued to show the way. The top three remained unchanged over the remaining laps, with Dachenhausen grabbing the win over Aungst and Verwys.
Early season Pro Stock points leader Kenny Atkins came from the ninth starting spot to notch his fourth win of the season. Vinny Stanton Sr. and Steve Vasey started on the front row, and the pair ran side-by-side for the first half of the race, swapping the lead by mere inches as the entire field behind them looked for an opening to get past. At the halfway point, the two made contact and slid up the track, opening up the bottom line. Larry O’Donnell took advantage of the hole, but the leaders slid down the track and O’Donnell ended up wheel-hopping Stanton Sr., sending the rear of O’Donnell’s car into the air as he – literally – flew into the lead. O’Donnell continued to lead and Vasey briefly held second before Atkins powered his way past on lap 11. Atkins immediately went to work on O’Donnell, and the two put on an exciting battle for the top spot before Atkins was able to grab the lead with five laps remaining in the 20-lap event. Atkins was first to the flag, with O’Donnell close behind in second. Vasey held on to finish third.
So far in 2015, the points battle in the Street Stock division has been a close one between defending division champion Amber VanOrden and her father, multi-time division champion Gary VanOdren Sr. The elder VanOrden picked up his fifth win of the season this past Saturday, putting him a mere point ahead of his daughter in the standings heading into the next event. Walt Henry – the 2014 4 Cylinder Advanced champion – and Vinny Stanton Sr. made up the front row for the start, with Stanton getting the early advantage as Kyle Welsch came to second. By lap eight, however, G. VanOrden took over second, and he set his sights on Stanton, taking over the lead on lap 12. On that same lap, A. VanOrden came to third, and she took over the second spot just one lap later. The closing laps were a battle of the VanOrdens, with the elder VanOrden coming out on top. A. VanOrden crossed the line second, and Stanton was third.
Following several lead changes, Mike Travis became only the second repeat winner so far in 2015 in the 4 Cylinder Advanced class, picking up his second win of the season. Jerry Kingeter started on the pole, with Patty Flakena to his outside. Kingeter got out to the early lead, but it was short-lived, as Travis made his way from the fourth starting spot to the lead with only two laps in the books. Kingeter held on to second until lap eight, when Michael Wiener made his way past to claim the spot. Wiener was scored as the leader for a single lap just past the halfway point before Travis reclaimed the position. One lap later, JB Morris broke into the top three, but his march forward was halted as the laps ran out and Travis took the checkered flag. Wiener finished second, and Morris was third.
Jessey Torrens claimed his first win of 2015 in the 4 Cylinder Novice class after taking the lead on lap seven. Travis Cogswell and James Sweeney started on the front row, and Cogswell took the lead over Sweeney in the early laps. By lap six, he had Torrens to contend with, and Torrens made quick work of Cogswell, taking over the top spot just one lap later. Brittany Curry followed to take second. Shortly after the halfway point, James Curry made his way from the 14th starting spot to grab third. Over the remaining laps, both B. Curry and J. Curry tried to find a way past Torrens, but neither was able to advance their position. Torrens grabbed the victory, with B. Curry second and J. Curry third.
This coming Saturday, June 6th, the gates will once again swing open at Bethel Motor Speedway for an action-packed night of racing excitement. On the schedule are the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes, as well as the Outlaw 4 Cylinder division. 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, are available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.
BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. John Cote, 3. Frank James, 4. George Rudinas. DNS – Blair Culhane.
358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Dulin (New Windsor, NY), 2. Jerry Curry, 3. Greg Morgan, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Kyle Redner, 6. Eric Moon, 7. Matt Curry.
LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richie Coy (Haskell, NJ), 2. Joseph Graf, 3. Brad Lowmaster, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Matt Evans, 6. Drew Bottge, 7. Eugene Drew, 8. Chris Hammett, 9. Rob Rafferty, 10. Timothy DePizzol, 11. Mark Foster, 12. Russell Montevechi.
LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 3. David French, 4. Teddy Hodgdon, 5. Max Evans, 6. Connor Holderbach. DNS – Nick Lizbinski.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (UNOFFICIAL, 15 laps): 1. Teddy Bowen (Rome, PA), 2. Sean Verwys, 3. Bryan Chirico, 4. Jessica Ricci, 5. David French, 6. Lars McElravy, 7. Eugene Drew.
BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. Joey Aungst, 3. Katie Verwys, 4. Nicholas Archiere, 5. Conner Piasecki, 6. Jeff Darrah.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Larry O’Donnell, 3. Steve Vasey, 4. Greg Cohen, 5. Jim Helt, 6. Skip LaPolt, 7. Mac Crawson, 8. Daniel Pawlicki, 9. Gene Morton, 10. Darwin Moon, 11. Vinny Stanton Sr.
STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden Sr. (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Vinny Stanton Jr., 4. Walt Henry, 5. Steve Smalley, 6. Kyle Welsch, 7. Jay Smalley, 8. Kenny Hopkins.
4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Mike Travis (Harris, NY), 2. Michael Wiener, 3. JB Morris, 4. Jerry Kingeter, 5. Brent Shaddock, 6. Joe Morris, 7. Dan Curry, 8. Vinny Lovric, 9. Kody Welsh, 10. Patty Falkena, 11. Mike Bryant, 12. Charles Hummel Sr., 13. Joe Smith, 14. Cody Houghtaling, 15. Tim Curry.
4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jessey Torrens (Livingston Manor, NY), 2. Brittany Curry, 3. James Curry, 4. Heather Porter, 5. John Houghtaling, 6. Dan Bryant, 7. David Donovan, 8. Dan Houghtaling, 9. Kayla Curry, 10. Ryan LaMantia, 11. Marisol Torres, 12. Lee Cogswell, 13. Travis Cogswell, 14. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 15. James Sweeney.

DACHENHAUSEN TOPS LIST OF BETHEL WINNERS WITH THIRD 2015 VICTORY

BETHEL, NY – It was a perfect weekend for Bethel Motor Speedway BMS Modified driver Ed Dachenhausen, who collected his third win of the season on the quarter-mile asphalt oval this past Saturday, just one night after taking down the Spec Sportsman win at Accord (NY) Speedway.

George Rudinas, the 2014 BMS Modified Rookie of the Year, started on the pole, with Dachenhausen to his outside. The excitement began at the drop of the green, as both Dachenhausen and multi-time division champion John Cote worked to get past Rudinas while the trio ran in close quarters. Dachenhausen was able to get the advantage on lap three, leaving Cote to battle with Rudinas for the second spot. Two laps later, Cote took command of second and set his sights on Dachenhausen. The pair began to distance themselves from the field as Blair Culhane began to work on Rudinas for third. Just past the halfway point of the race, Culhane grabbed third, but Dachenhausen and Cote were already well ahead, as the race went green to checkered with no cautions to slow the pace. Cote was unable to make a successful bid for the top spot, and had to be content with second as Dachenhausen claimed the victory. Culhane was third.

Legends driver Joseph Graf has had an impressive start to his 2015 season, picking up his second consecutive win – and third regular season win – in the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro division Saturday night. Graf started on the outside of the front row alongside Brad Lowmaster. Lowmaster led only the first lap before Graf took over the top spot. Two-time champion Matt Evans came to third as soon as the green flag waved. Graf worked on building a cushion between himself and the rest of the field, although three cautions and subsequent restarts made him have to work for it. When the checkered flag waved, Graf was first to the line, with Lowmaster second and Evans third.

Young Lions driver Mike Flynn made his first visit to Bethel Motor Speedway this past weekend, and looked to be on his way to the win, but his march to the win was halted by Alex McCollum, who notched his third regular season win. Flynn and McCollum made up the front row for the start, and Flynn immediately put his car out front. Persistence paid off for McCollum, however, as he was able to grab the lead following a caution with seven laps in the books. As McCollum tried to distance himself from the field, the battle waged for second between Flynn and Gillian Kirkpatrick. McCollum was first to the checkered flag, with Flynn second and Kirkpatrick third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French continued his undefeated streak, taking down his fifth regular season win in a caution-free event. Lars McElravy took off from the pole, with French on the outside. McElravy got the early lead, but French refused to give up the fight, and he made the pass for the lead with four laps in the books. Eugene Drew, who was running in the third spot, pulled off with mechanical difficulties, setting the stage for a battle for the third spot between Sean Verwys and Bryan Chirico, as French and McElravy pulled away from the field. At the halfway point, Chirico laid claim to the third spot, though he continued to be challenged by both Verwys and Jessica Ricci. French took home the win by a comfortable margin over McElravy, and Chirico crossed the line third.

In Beginner Bandolero action, Conner Piasecki became the third different winner, as luck was on his side. Joey Aungst and Katie Verwys started on the front row, with Aungst getting out front. Verwys spun on the initial lap, and Piasecki inherited second as a result. Aungst continued to lead after the caution, but he spun at the halfway point of the race, and Piasecki was then shuffled to the lead. The remainder of the race was caution-free, and Piasecki was able to hold off both Jeff Darrah and Tyler Dachenhausen for the win.

Jim Helt’s night behind the wheel of his Pro Stock was a flawless one, as he won both his heat race and feature event to become the third different winner in the division this season, and bringing Kenny Atkins’ three-race win streak to an end. Helt started on the pole, alongside Steve Vasey. Helt grabbed the top spot at the top of the green, with Gene Morton coming to second on the initial lap. Ed Butler, who started the event fifth, came to third by lap two. Several cautions early in the race tested Helt, who was able to hold on to the lead as the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him. Just prior to the halfway point, Butler grabbed second, and Greg Cohen came to third just one lap later. Helt had his hands full defending his position, as Butler was never more than a bumper away. When the checkered flag flew, Helt was first across the line. Following post-race penalties, Cohen was credited with second, and Kenny Atkins was third in the final rundown.

For the first time in the 2015 season, defending Street Stock champion Amber VanOrden found her way to Victory Lane, ending her father’s undefeated streak. VanOrden led only the final two laps, but it was enough to grab the win. Walt Henry and Jay Smalley started on the front row, with Henry putting his car out front. Smalley held on to second for the first six laps of the event, before A. VanOrden worked her way past. She then set her sights on Henry, but the two made contact at the halfway point, bringing out the caution and forcing both cars to restart at the rear. Vinny Stanton Jr. inherited the lead as a result, and Smalley was shuffled back up to second. Gary VanOrden got by for second three laps later, but he and leader Stanton tangled, bringing out the caution once again, and forcing both cars to the rear. A. VanOrden restarted in the top spot as a result, and she held off both Smalley and Kyle Welsch for the win.

For the first time in 2015, Dan Curry found himself in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 4 Cylinder Advanced race, making him the fourth different winner in the class in five weeks. Mike Travis started on the pole, with Michael Wiener to his outside and Curry directly behind him. The top three ran in the respective positions where they started for the first seven laps, when the only caution of the race came out. Travis held on to the lead on the restart, but Curry was able to take over second, and he began to apply pressure to Travis. On lap 12, Curry was able to make a pass for the lead stick, as he got past Travis. The top three were unchanged over the remainder of the event, with Curry claiming the win over Travis and Wiener.

Ryan LaMantia made not one – but two – trips to Victory Lane in the 4 Cylinder Novice class, as the division raced both the postponed event from the prior week and the night’s regular scheduled event. At the end of a week where the driver’s father-in-law had passed away, it was a pair of emotional wins.

Dan Bryant and John Houghtaling made up the front row for the holdover event, and each took a turn leading two laps before LaMantia made his way from the fifth starting spot to take over the lead on lap five. Once out front, LaMantia never looked back, as he drove on to the win over Houghtaling and Bryant.

In the second race of the evening, LaMantia came from the ninth starting spot to claim the win. Felicia Reichenbaugh and John Houghtaling started on the front row, with Reichenbaugh taking the early lead. By lap five, LaMantia had already powered his way on the outside all the way up to the second spot. Just two laps later, he made the pass for the lead, leaving Reichenbaugh to battle with Dan Houghtaling for the second spot. D. Houghtaling took over second on lap 12, and David Donovan claimed third with just three laps remaining. LaMantia grabbed his second checkered flag of the night, followed by D. Houghtaling and Donovan.

This coming Saturday, May 30th, the gates will swing open at Bethel Motor Speedway once again for exciting short track racing and affordable family fun. On the schedule are the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is just $6 for all shows.

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 (Danbury, CT), 2. John Cote, 3. Blair Culhane, 4. George Rudinas.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Brad Lowmaster, 3. Matt Evans, 4. Joe Graf, 5. Wayne Hajek, 6. Vincent Colletti, 7. Joe DeGracia, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Jim Sylvester, 10. Eugene Drew, 11. Mark Foster, 12. Steven Woytysiak, 13. Jerry Sprague, 14. Rob Rafferty, 15. Russell Montevechi.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. Mike Flynn, 3. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 4. David French, 5. Max Evans, 6. Nick Lizbinski, 7. Matt Forsythe.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Lars McElravy, 3. Bryan Chirico, 4. Jessica Ricci, 5. Sean Verwys, 6. Eugene Drew.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Conner Piasecki (Greenfield Twp., PA), 2. Jeff Darrah, 3. Tyler Dachenhausen, 4. Katie Verwys, 5. Nicholas Archiere. DQ – Joey Aungst.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jim Helt (Middletown, NY), 2. Greg Cohen, 3. Kenny Atkins, 4. Gene Morton, 5. Ed Butler, 6. David Demorest, 7. Mitch Hawk, 8. Larry O’Donnell, 9. Mac Crawson, 10. Glenn Richard, 11. Steve Vasey, 12. Vinny Stanton Sr.

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

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Curry (Swan Lake, NY), 2. Mike Travis, 3. Michael Wiener, 4. Joe Smith, 5. Brian Bauernfeind, 6. Joe Morris, 7. JB Morris, 8. Patty Falkena, 9. Jerry Kingeter, 10. Tasha Curry, 11. Mike Bryant, 12. Charles Hummel, 13. Cody Houghtaling, 14. Brent Shaddock, 15. Robert Clarke.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE HOLDOVER FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ryan LaMantia (Liberty, NY), 2. John Houghtaling, 3. Dan Bryant, 4. Gene Helms, 5. David Donovan, 6. Lee Cogswell, 7. Heather Porter, 8. Brittany Curry, 9. James Sweeney, 10. Travis Cogswell, 11. Jessey Torrens, 12. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 13. Marisol Torres, 14. Dan Houghtaling.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ryan LaMantia (Liberty, NY), 2. Dan Houghtaling, 3. David Donovan, 4. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 5. Brittany Curry, 6. John Houghtaling, 7. Heather Porter, 8. James Curry, 9. Lee Cogswell, 10. Jessey Torrens, 11. Gene Helms, 12. James Sweeney, 13. Travis Cogswell, 14. Dan Bryant, 15. Austin Zweck, 16. Marisol Torres.

COTE GOES TWO-FOR-TWO IN RAIN-SHORTENED NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – With four weeks of racing at Bethel Motor Speedway in the books, the points battle between veteran BMS Modified competitor John Cote and newcomer Ed Dachenhausen is already beginning to take center stage. Cote took down his second win of the season this past Saturday in a caution-free, 20-lap event, leaving the pair with two wins each, and separated by only three points in the early season standings.

George Rudinas Jr. started on the pole, with multi-time division champion Cote to his outside. Cote got the advantage over Rudinas at the drop of the green, putting his car solidly out front early in the event. As Cote began to pull away from the field, Rudinas and Dachenhausen raced hard for the second spot, with Dachenhausen looking for any way past Rudinas. With six laps in the books, Dachenhausen was finally able to make a successful bid for the spot. He then set his sights on Cote, who had already built up an insurmountable lead. Over the remainder of the race, Dachenhausen worked to reel in Cote, but he was unable to close the gap enough to make a bid for the lead. Cote was first to the checkered flag, followed by Dachenhausen and Rudinas.

For the first time in the 2015 season – and the first time in his career – someone other than Jerry Curry was in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 358/Sportsman race, as Kyle Redner scored the win.

Redner started on the pole, alongside 2014 Rookie of the Year Dan Dulin. Redner wasted no time putting his car in the lead, while Dulin and Bill Deckelman wrestled for second. Curry, who started the event fourth, worked his way past the two and into the second spot just prior to the halfway point. Curry grabbed the lead from Redner on lap 12, but then suffered mechanical failure four laps later that brought out the caution and forced Curry to retire from the event. Redner regained the lead as a result, with Greg Morgan hot on his heels in second. Behind Morgan was Mark Levy, who was making his Bethel debut. Redner powered his way to the win, with Morgan second and Levy third.

Joseph Graf notched his second regular season win in the Legends division, leading every lap of the race on his way to victory. Graf started on the pole, with Joe DeGracia on the outside pole. Graf, the 2014 Legends Young Lion/Semi Pro champion, shot out front, and DeGracia settled into second with two-time champion Matt Evans behind him. Richie Coy, the 2014 Pro/Masters champion, worked his way up from the sixth starting spot to join the mix, passing Evans for third on lap 16. Two laps later, an oil spill around the track led to a yellow-checkered finish. Graf was declared the winner, with DeGracia second and Coy third.

Defending Bandolero champion David French continued his winning streak, taking down his fourth regular season win in as many weeks. French and Lars McElravy made up the front row for the start, and French immediately grabbed the top spot. McElravy was forced to settle into second as French powered his way away from the field, building up a comfortable cushion as the laps clicked off in the caution-free, 15-lap event. After leading every lap, French was first to the checkered flag, followed by McElravy and Teddy Bowen.

Joey Aungst picked up his second consecutive win in the rain-shortened Beginner Bandolero event. Aungst started the race on the outside of the front row, with Tyler Dachenhausen on the pole. Dachenhausen got out to the early lead, but it was short-lived, as Aungst took over the lead with just three laps complete. Dachenhausen then had to contend with Conner Piasecki for second. Rains began to fall as the race reached the halfway point, and the race was deemed complete, with Aungst being declared the winner. Dachenhausen was second, and Piasecki was third.

Early season Pro Stock points leader Kenny Atkins continued his winning streak, picking up his third victory in as many weeks after starting eighth. Steve Vasey and Gene Morton sat on the front row for the start, with Vasey leading his first laps of the year. Morton charged past him for the lead on lap three, but contact between the two just two laps later brought out the caution and forced both to restart at the rear of the field. Mac Crawson then inherited the top spot, with Skip LaPolt second. Atkins had already worked his way up to third, and he took over the second spot with seven laps in the books. Over the next six laps, the battle for the lead heated up, as Atkins and Greg Cohen both tried to make bids for the position. Atkins finally claimed the spot on lap 13, and never looked back. With three laps remaining, Cohen moved into second, and Larry O’Donnell followed through to take third. The pair had to be content with chasing Atkins to the checkered flag, as Atkins was first to cross the line. Cohen was second, and O’Donnell finished third.

For the fourth week in a row, Gary VanOrden beat his daughter, defending Street Stock division champion Amber VanOrden, keeping the elder VanOrden undefeated. Walt Henry and Steve Smalley started on the front row, and Henry nosed out front to lead the first lap before the spot was claimed by Smalley. Smalley held on at the front of the field until lap eight, when A. VanOrden shot from third to the lead in a single lap. A. VanOrden looked to be on her way to her first win of the year, but her father came to second with just three laps remaining and then shot past her for the lead one lap later. G. VanOrden took down the win, followed by A. VanOrden and Smalley.

Joe Smith claimed his second 4 Cylinder Advanced win of the season, coming from the seventh starting spot to grab the victory. Patty Falkena started on the pole, with Jerry Kingeter to her outside. Falkena took the lead when the green flag waved, and JB Morris jumped to second, swapping the spot with Dan Curry in the early laps. Smith made his way to third by lap five, and shot past both Morris and Falkena to take over the lead one lap later. With eight laps in the books, 2014 4 Cylinder Novice champion Brian Bauernfeind laid claim to second, and Morris worked his way back into the top three two laps later. The top three was remained unchanged over the remainder of the race, and Smith grabbed the checkers over Bauernfeind and Morris.

Heavy rains forced the postponement of the 4 Cylinder Novice race, which will kick off the racing program this coming Saturday, May 23rd. Also on the schedule for the night are the BMS Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing action set to go green at 6 pm. As part of the celebration of the track’s 55th anniversary, grandstand admission will once again be only $5. 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. John Cote (Danbury, CT), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. George Rudinas Jr., 4. Steve Galgano. DNS – Mike Bryant.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kyle Redner (Pine Bush, NY), 2. Greg Morgan, 3. Mark Levy, 4. Matt Curry, 5. Bill Deckelman, 6. Dan Dulin, 7. Jerry Curry, 8. Paul Knox.

LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (18 laps): 1. Joseph Graf (Mahwah, NJ), 2. Joe DeGracia, 3. Richie Coy, 4. Matt Evans, 5. Teddy Hodgdon, 6. Wayne Hajek, 7. Joe Graf, 8. Drew Bottge, 9. Max Evans, 10. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 11. Eugene Drew, 12. Jerry Sprague, 13. Rob Rafferty, 14. Russell Montevechi, 15. Matt Maring.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Lars McElravy, 3. Teddy Bowen, 4. Jessica Ricci, 5. Sean Verwys, 6. Eugene Drew, 7. Jade McElravy, 8. Bryan Chirico.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (8 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Tyler Dachenhausen, 3. Conner Piasecki, 4. Jeff Darrah, 5. Katie Verwys, 6. Nick Archiere.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Greg Cohen, 3. Larry O’Donnell, 4. Gene Morton, 5. Vinny Stanton Sr., 6. Steve Vasey, 7. Daniel Pawlicki, 8. Jim Helt, 9. Skip LaPolt. DQ – Mac Crawson.

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

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joe Smith (Harris, NY), 2. Brian Bauernfeind, 3. JB Morris, 4. Joe Morris, 5. Michael Weiner, 6. Patty Falkena, 7. Tasha Curry, 8. Kody Welsch, 9. Jerry Kingeter, 10. Robert Clarke, 11. Charles Hummell, 12. Cody Houghtaling, 13. Mike Travis, 14. Dan Curry.

COTE DOMINATES ACTION-PACKED NIGHT AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – The BMS Modified race certainly kept fans on the edges of their seats at Bethel Motor Speedway this past Saturday, as multi-time champion John Cote held off two-time 2015 winner Ed Dachenhausen to collect his first win of the season in a caution-free, 20-lap event.

Cote took off from the pole, with Dachenhausen to his outside. The two jostled for position in the early laps of the race, swapping the spot by mere inches lap after lap, as the pair pulled away from George Rudinas and Blair Culhane, who were battling just as intently for the third spot. Dachenhausen got loose coming off of turn four, opening the door for Cote to put his car solidly out front. Once out front, Cote was untouchable, as Dachenhausen did his best to get close enough to mount a challenge for the top spot but was unsuccessful.

Cote drove on to the win, and Dachenhausen had to be content with second. Rudinas claimed third by a narrow margin over Culhane.

Heading into the next event, Dachenhausen holds a mere three-point lead over Cote, whose last championship came in 2013. Rudinas sits 15 points out of the lead.

For 2012 Sportsman champion, it has been a perfect season, as he won his third 358/Sportsman race in as many weeks this past Saturday. Curry started on the pole and led every lap on his way to the win, but not without a hard-fought battle with Greg Morgan.

Curry and Morgan started side-by-side on the front row, and Curry took the immediate lead. While Curry never surrendered the top spot, he felt constant pressure from Morgan, including during several early-race restarts. Kyle Redner had made his way from the fifth starting spot to third by lap five, and attempted to make his own bid for the front, but was halted as the top three was unchanged over the remainder of the event.

Curry crossed the line first, followed by Morgan and Redner.

Curry heads into the next event with a 21-point advantage over 2014 Rookie of the Year, Dan Dulin. Morgan and Redner are tied for third, just three points behind Dulin.

Legends driver Matt Kurzejewski made his first appearance of the 2015 season at Bethel, and he made it a memorable one as he topped the field in the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro race.

After coming from the fourth starting spot in his heat race to take down the win, Kurzejewski started on the pole for the feature event, with Eugene Drew on the outside pole. Kurzejewski took the lead at the drop of the green, and Jim Sylvester followed to take over the second spot. With just four laps in the books, 2014 Legends Pro/Masters champion Richie Coy overpowered Sylvester for second. Sylvester then had to contend with Joe DeGracia for third, until Brad Lowmaster took the fourth position from DeGracia at the halfway point of the race. Lowmaster continued his march towards the front by taking third on lap 12, and second with three laps remaining. Kurzejewski proved to be unstoppable, as Lowmaster was unable to successfully challenge for the lead.

Kurzejewski claimed the victory over Lowmaster and Coy.

Going into the next race, Lowmaster holds a 12-point lead over Coy. Matt Evans, who has two Legends titles at Bethel Motor Speedway, heads into the next event third, 20 points out of the lead.

In Legends Young Lions action, Alex McCollum scored his second regular-season event win in convincing fashion. With only one caution to slow the pace of the race, McCollum took off from the pole and led every lap to score the win.

Gillian Kirkpatrick started on the outside of the front row, with McCollum on the pole. Teddy Hodgdon came from third to take over second on the initial lap, but heartbreak struck for Hodgdon when he spun with just five laps remaining. This boosted Kirkpatrick up to the second spot, and Max Evans inherited third. Hodgdon quickly rebounded, grabbing third from Evans as the laps wound down.

McCollum was first to the checkered flag, followed by Kirkpatrick and Hodgdon.

McCollum holds a slim eight-point lead over Kirkpatrick in the early season standings. Max Evans sits third, 20 points out of the lead.

Defending Bandolero champion David French continued his undefeated streak, capturing his third consecutive win of the regular season.

Lars McElravy stared on the pole, with French on the outside. McElravy led the first two laps, as the rest of the field aggressively sought position behind him. By lap three, French had grabbed the top spot from McElravy, leaving the rest of the field to chase him. McElravy held second, in spite of pressure from Matt Addona that lasted the entire race distance. The leaders began to contend with lapped traffic with four laps remaining, and French showed the way past. The checkered flag flew for French, with McElravy second and Addona third.

French holds the early-season points lead, with a 12-point advantage over Eugene Drew. Teddy Bowen and Addona sit evenly in third, 20 points back from French.

Joey Aungst claimed his first win of the season in the Beginner Bandolero race, after starting on the outside pole.

Tyler Dachenhausen, who won the previous two events, started on the pole after winning the heat race, but was overtaken by Aungst on the initial lap of the feature event. Conner Piasecki, in only his second start in the class, held the third spot as Dachenhausen chased Aungst.

Aungst distanced himself from the competition and went on to score the win. Dachenhausen crossed the line second, and Piasecki was third.

Kenny Atkins grabbed his second consecutive win in a competitive Pro Stock feature event. Atkins started on the pole, alongside Greg Cohen. While Atkins took the lead at the drop of the green, an intense battle for the second spot took place between Cohen and Larry O’Donnell that lasted almost the entire race distance. O’Donnell wrestled the spot from Cohen on lap two and was able to hold the position until lap 18, when Cohen got past. Caution flew for Ed Butler with just two laps remaining, setting the stage for an exciting finish. On the final lap of the race, contact between O’Donnell and Jim Helt as they fought for third resulted in a yellow-checkered finish saw Atkins cross the line first, with Cohen second. Skip LaPolt was credited with third in the final rundown.

Atkins holds an 11-point lead over Cohen, with Skip LaPolt 20 points out of the top spot in the standings.

For the third week in a row, Gary VanOrden topped the field in the Street Stock event, holding off his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden, for the win.

Both VanOrdens sat on the front row for the start of the race, with G.VanOrden taking the lead at the drop of the green. As father and daughter competed for the top spot, Kyle Welsch held the third spot, waiting for the opportunity to make a move. The race went green to checkered with no cautions, allowing the pair of VanOrdens to pull away from the field as the laps clicked off. Even as the pair began to contend with lapped traffic with three laps to go in the event, the elder VanOrden maintained his position over A. VanOrden.

G. VanOrden scored the victory, followed by A. VanOrden and Welsch.

G. VanOrden enters the next event with a six-point cushion over his daughter and a 17-point lead over Welsch in the standings.

The 4 Cylinder Advanced race saw the third different winner in as many weeks, as Andrew Lovric rebounded from a disqualification the previous week to score the win in this week’s caution-free race.

Lovric and Joe Smith took off from the front row, with Lovric nosing out front when the green flag waved. Smith ran second over the entire race distance, while Mike Travis took the third spot from JB Morris. Travis, driving a borrowed car after his primary car suffered damage the previous week, challenged the pair ahead of him but was unable to advance his position. The top three remained unchanged over the length of the race, in spite of close quarters. When the checkered flag fell, Lovric notched the win. Smith had to settle for second, and Travis was third.

Smith holds the points lead heading into the next event, 17 points ahead of Travis. Joe Morris is third in the standings, just nine points behind Travis.

For the third time in as many weeks, David Donovan walked away with the win in the 4 Cylinder Novice feature.

Donovan and Brittany Curry made up the front row for the start of the race, and Donovan wasted no time putting his car out front. Curry and Gene Helms traded the second spot before Curry laid solid claim to the spot, leaving Helms to battle with Jessey Torrens for third. In spite of his best efforts, Torrens was unable to work his way past Helms as Donovan continued to pace the field.

Donovan was first to cross the line, followed by Curry and Helms.

Donovan, who is undefeated so far this season, holds a 23-point lead over Ryan LaMantia heading into the next event. Dan Houghtaling sits just two points behind LaMantia in third.

This coming Saturday, May 16th, Bethel Motor Speedway will once again swing open the gates for an action-packed night of racing action that includes the first appearance of the Outlaw 4 Cylinder class. Also on the schedule are the BMS Modified, 358/Sportsman, Legends, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Advanced and Novice divisions. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 4:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 6 pm. As part of the celebration of the track’s 55th anniversary, grandstand admission is just $5 through May 23rd.

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. John Cote (Danbury, CT), 2. Ed Dachenhausen, 3. George Rudinas Jr., 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Steve Galgano, 6. Chris Bottge, 7. Mike Bryant. DNS – Frank James.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry (Neversink, NY), 2. Greg Morgan, 3. Kyle Redner, 4. Eric Moon, 5. Dan Dulin, 6. Kimberlee Morgan, 7. Paul Knox, 8. Guy Harby.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Matt Kurzejewski (Mansfield, PA), 2. Brad Lowmaster, 3. Richie Coy, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Joe DeGracia, 6. Matt Maring, 7. Matt Evans, 8. Dylan Hoffman, 9. Eugene Drew, 10. Wayne Hajek, 11. Drew Bottge. DNS – Mark Foster.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Alex McCollum (Phillipsburg, NJ), 2. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Max Evans, 5. David French.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Lars McElravy, 3. Matt Addona, 4. Eugene Storm Drew, 5. Teddy Bowen, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Sean Verwys, 8. Jade McElravy, 9. Bryan Chirico.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Joey Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ), 2. Tyler Dachenhausen, 3. Conner Piasecki, 4. Jeff Darrah, 5. Katie Verwys.

PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Kenny Atkins (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Greg Cohen, 3. Skip LaPolt, 4. Gene Morton, 5. Mac Crawson, 6. Steve Vasey, 7. Vinny Stanton, 8. Ed Butler, 9. Larry O’Donnell, 10. Jim Helt, 11. Darwin Moon.

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

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): Andrew Lovric (Livingston Manor, NY), 2. Joe Smith, 3. Mike Travis, 4. JB Morris, 5. Dan Curry, 6. Joe Morris, 7. Vinny Lovric, 8. Patty Falkena, 9. Michael Wiener, 10. Jerry Kingeter. DNS – Cody Houghtaling, Josh Wilbur.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Brittany Curry, 3. Gene Helms, 4. Heather Porter, 5. Ryan LaMantia, 6. Dan Houghtaling, 7. Jessey Torrens, 8. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 9. Lee Cogswell, 10. Jim Wilbur, 11. Dan Bryant, 12. James Curry, 13. John Houghtaling, 14. Travis Cogswell, 15. James Sweeney. DNS – Marisol Torres.

DACHENHAUSEN MAKES IT TWO-FOR-TWO AT BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BETHEL, NY – Luck has certainly been on the side of BMS Modified driver Ed Dachenhausen, who picked up his second win in as many weeks this past Saturday at Bethel Motor Speedway. Dachenhausen is piloting the car that Joe McCarthy took to the 2014 championship in the class.

By the luck of the draw, Dachenhausen started his heat race from the pole. He went on to win the heat, putting himself on the pole for the feature event. Multi-time champion John Cote started from the outside pole, setting the stage for an exciting battle for the top spot that lasted the entire race distance. With no cautions to slow the pace of the event, Dachenhausen and Cote pulled away from the rest of the field, with Cote being the only driver able to stay within striking distance of the race leader.

As the laps wound down, Cote applied plenty of pressure, but Dachenhausen stood up to the test and went on to collect the victory over Cote. George Rudinas Jr., the 2014 Rookie of the Year, finished third.

Dirt Sportsman standout LJ Lombardo made his first-ever trip to the quarter-mile asphalt oval this past Saturday, and the 358/Sportsman race became a test between the driver who has very limited asphalt experience and veteran driver Jerry Curry.

Lombardo started on the pole, with Curry to his outside. The 20-lap event went from green to checkered with no cautions, as the two jockeyed for position at the front of the field. At the halfway point, Lombardo slid high off the corner, opening the door just enough for Curry to make his way past. In spite of his best efforts to reclaim the top spot, Lombardo had to be content with second, as Curry grabbed his second consecutive win and also the early season points lead. Eric Moon, in his first 2015 appearance at the speedway, crossed the line third.

Defending champion Richie Coy claimed the win in the Legends Pro/Masters/Semi Pro feature, leading every lap on his way to the win in the caution-free, 20-lap event. Coy started on the outside of the front row, alongside Brad Lowmaster. Coy jumped out front at the drop of the green, and Lowmaster quickly settled into second. Behind them, Jim Sylvester and Joseph Graf battled for the third spot, with Graf taking the spot over with five laps remaining. Time ran out for Graf to mount a challenge to Lowmaster or Coy. Coy grabbed the checkers, followed by Lowmaster and Graf.

Legends Young Lions driver Chase Purdy made the long trip from Mississippi to compete at Bethel this past weekend, and he made the trip well worth his while as he notched the win in the Young Lions feature. Purdy started on the pole, with Alex McCollum to his outside. McCollum nosed into the lead for the first lap, but was overtaken by Purdy just one lap later. Purdy drove on to the win over McCollum and Teddy Hodgdon.

Defending Bandolero champion David French continued his hot streak, picking up his third win in as many weeks. French started on the outside of the front row, with Lars McElravy to the inside. French immediately shot out to the lead, despite McElravy’s efforts. Once out front, French never looked back. McElravy tried to take advantage of several late-race restarts, but was unsuccessful as French took the checkers, followed by McElravy and Eugene Storm Drew.

For the second week in a row, Tyler Dachenhausen crossed the line second in the Begnner Bandolero race, but was awarded the win following post-race technical inspection. Dachenhausen started on the pole and led the first lap before Conner Piasecki took over the lead. Dachenhausen grabbed it back after just two laps, but his battle was not over, as Joey Aungst put his car out front with six laps remaining. Aungst was first to cross the line, but after post-race technical inspection Dachenhausen was credited with the win. Piasecki was credited with second, and Jeff Darrah was awarded third.

Kenny Atkins grabbed his first Pro Stock win of the season in an exciting 20-lap event. The opening laps featured a side-by-side battle between Jim Helt and Atkins, after Helt took the lead at the start. Atkins ran the outside for several laps before getting the advantage on lap six. Helt held on to second until he spun with 11 laps in the books, giving second to Skip LaPolt. Over the closing laps, Atkins was able to pull away from LaPolt, who was being chased by Greg Cohen. Atkins was first to the line, followed by LaPolt and Cohen.

For the second week in a row, Gary VanOrden claimed the Street Stock win over his daughter, defending division champion Amber VanOrden. A. VanOrden started on the pole, with rookie Walt Henry to her outside and her father behind her. A. VanOrden led the first four laps before being overtaken by G. VanOrden. Kyle Welsch made his way to third and tried to chase down the pair ahead of him, but ran out of laps as the race was caution-free. G. VanOrden took home the win over A. VanOrden and Welsch.

Following post-race technical inspection, Joe Smith grabbed the 4 Cylinder Advanced win in a caution-free event, his first victory of the season. Smith came from the tenth starting spot to claim the win. Jerry Kingeter and Mike Travis started on the front row, and Kingeter took the early lead. Andrew Lovric made his way to second with four laps in the books, and put his car out front at the halfway point of the race. Three laps later, Joe Smith took over the second spot and Vinny Lovric followed to take third. Smith and V. Lovric swapped the second spot in the closing laps, with Smith taking it back on the final lap. A. Lovric was first to cross the line, but was disqualified in post-race technical inspection, and the win was awarded to Smith. V. Lovric was credited with second, and Kingeter was credited with third.

David Donovan notched the 4 Cylinder Novice win for the second consecutive week, leading every lap to grab the victory. Donovan and Heather Porter took off from the front row, with Donovan taking the lead. Ryan LaMantia took over second for just a single lap before being passed by Jessey Torrens. As the laps clicked off, Dan Houghtaling was making his way forward from the seventh starting spot. With six laps remaining, Houghtaling broke into the top three, and four laps later he worked his way past Torrens for second. Houghtaling ran out of time to mount a challenge to Donovan, and Donovan took down the win. Houghtaling was second, and Torrens crossed the line third.

This coming Saturday, May 9th, 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. As part of the celebration of the track’s 55th anniversary promotion, grandstand admission is just $5 through May 23rd.

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

BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. John Cote, 3. George Rudinas Jr., 4. Steve Galgano, 5. Gary VanOrden Jr. DNS – Frank James.

358/SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry (Neversink, NY), 2. LJ Lombardo, 3. Eric Moon, 4. Dan Dulin, 5. Kyle Redner, 6. Guy Harby, 7. Rich Coons, 8. Greg Morgan, 9. Paul Knox, 10. Kimberlee Morgan.

LEGENDS PRO/MASTERS/SEMI PRO FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richie Coy (Haskell, NJ), 2. Brad Lowmaster, 3. Joseph Graf, 4. Jim Sylvester, 5. Matt Evans, 6. Eugene Drew, 7. Joe DeGracia, 8. Wayne Hajek, 9. Anthony Riforgiato, 10. Mark Foster, 11. Jerry Sprague. DQ – Drew Bottge.

LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy (Meridian, MS), 2. Alex McCollum, 3. Teddy Hodgdon, 4. Gillian Kirkpatrick, 5. Max Evans.

BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. David French (Rome, PA), 2. Lars McElravy, 3. Eugene Storm Drew, 4. Matt Addona, 5. Teddy Bowen, 6. Jessica Ricci, 7. Sean Verwys, 8. Mike Roth, 9. Jade McElravy.

BEGINNER BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Dachenhausen (Danbury, CT), 2. Conner Piasecki, 3. Jeff Darrah, 4. Katie Verwys. DQ – Joey Aungst.

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

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Gary VanOrden (Hawley, PA), 2. Amber VanOrden, 3. Kyle Welsch, 4. Vinny Stanton Jr., 5. Walt Henry, 6. Jay Smalley, 7. Brent Shaddock, 8. Kenny Hopkins. DQ – Steve Smalley.

4 CYLINDER ADVANCED FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Joe Smith (Harris, NY), 2. Vinny Lovric, 3. Jerry Kingeter, 4. JB Morris, 5. Dan Curry, 6. Brian Bauernfeind, 7. Joe Morris, 8. Patty Falkena, 9. Tim Curry, 10. Michael Wiener, 11. Mike Travis, 12. Tasha Curry, 13. Cody Houghtaling. DQ – Andrew Lovric.

4 CYLINDER NOVICE FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. David Donovan (Grahamsville, NY), 2. Dan Houghtaling, 3. Jessey Torrens, 4. Lee Cogswell, 5. Ryan LaMantia, 6. Felicia Reichenbaugh, 7. Dan Bryant, 8. John Houghtaling, 9. Travis Cogswell, 10. Heather Porter.