Bethel Motor Speedway season will end at the last points race Saturday September 30th 2017.  Due to this schedule change, the final Sportsman Challenge 20 lap race will be run Saturday the 30th.  It will be run as a standard handicapped race.

Sportsman Asphalt Challenge.POINTS UPDATE
The series is very racer friendly as it costs nothing to be a part of the series. The Top 12 in final series points will be eligible for the $1600 point fund in additional to race day purse earnings. The point fund just ‘sweetens the pot’ for those who want to run these races. The point fund will be paid out at the conclusion of the final race.
May 27th: Race 1. Pete Gardner Memorial 56 Laps $1,000 to Win presented by Hig-Fab Chassis (Summer of 69 Poleshot Position Qualifier) Won by Paul Martin # 13
September 16th: Race 2. “White Lake Challenge”.
35 Laps. $600 to win. Won by Kyle Redner # 9
Special Thanks to Hig-Fab Chassis, PJ Degracia Contracting, & Tri-Co Electric for giving us the sponsorship to put these mini series races on.
Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Points Payout :
1. $500 2. $300 3. $200 4. $150 5. $100 6. $75 7. $75
8. $50. 9. $50 10. $50 11. $50 12. $50.
Current series standings after two races :
1. Kyle Redner 96
1. Jeff Richardson 96
3. Matt Curry 78
4. Dan Dulin 76
5. Jerry Curry 72
6. Paul Martin 50
7. Bob Jashembowski 46
8.Ed Dachenhausen 44
9. Bill Deckelman 42
10. Milton Mann 42
11. Shawn Maloney 38
12. Rick Mill 36
12. Mike Traver 36
14. Harry Hindley 34
15. Eric Moon 32
16. Roy Crespo 30


This past Saturday proved to be a thriller for the fans in attendance watching the Sportsman feature. On the initial green flag it found the Curry brothers, Matt and Jerry on the front row. J. Curry out dragged his brother Matt on the first lap to grab the lead. J. Curry who is a multi-time track champion looked particularly strong on this night as he opened up a sizable lead and continued to lead well past half way. However, J.Curry had to contend with the challenges of dirt modified driving veteran Rick Mill who had worked his way into second and reeled him in. Mill worked the leader high and low, just waiting for a bit of a slip by the leader Curry. Lap 13 proved to be lucky for Mill as Curry slid just a bit high off the corner and opening up a lane for Mill to make the winning pass. Mill went on to pick up his third feature checkered for the season followed by a brilliant run of Jerry Curry to finish second over seventh place starting Ed Dachenhausen whose stellar drive up through the field gave him a third place finish by race end.

The Modifieds put on a great race on this night as well, with Steve Conklin jumping out to the early lead with heat winning rookie Tyler Dachenhausen following in close pursuit. Meanwhile, eyes began watching sophomore winning driver Joe DeGracia as he began to pressure the top runners. DeGracia was able to make a swift pass on Dachenhausen on Lap 4 to grab second. He quickly caught up to the veteran Conklin who was running the high side around the speedway. DeGracia patiently nipped away at Conklin until the door opened up to make a run for the lead out of turn 2. DeGracia took command of the lead just prior to halfway and never looked back to capture his fourth feature win of the season. Dachenhausen continues to impress and brought home a strong second place finish as he was able to work his way past Conklin in the race’s late stages, last week’s winner Conklin came home third.

Young Lion hotshoe Derek Debbis is new to the track but is quickly gaining recognition as he led every lap in the Legends feature despite heavy pressure from current point leader, Peter Bennett. Bennett who is also a rookie in the class made a strong run down the front chute on Lap 16 as lap traffic came into play with the leader. Bennett just about had the lead but had to let off the gas as Debbis quickly changed his line to get around the lapped car. Debbis continued to keep the lead and picked up his second feature win of the year as he barely held off Bennett at the checkers. Eugene Drew came on strong at the end to come home third in an unfamiliar ride.

When your hot your hot, as Ed Butler appears to be unstoppable in the pro stock class as the season winds down. Butler, the former 2010 Champion picked up his ninth feature win of the season as he continues to duel with two time defending champ Kenny Atkins. Atkins came across the line second ahead of Vinny Stanton Sr. in third. Butler and Atkins continue with an intense tight points battle that will be completed next Saturday.

All-Star rookie, Brian Bauerfeind picked up his sixth feature win of the season dramatically in the fan favorite street stock class. Bill Deak Sr. jumped out to the early lead and was quickly followed by his son Bill Deak Jr in second. The father and son duo looked poised for a one-two finish as they paced the field well past the half way point but some late race power moves were to be a spoiler for them beginning on Lap 15 when eighth place starting Gary Van Orden Sr, cracked into second position and quickly went to work on the elder Deak to take the lead one lap later. The yellow flew on lap 18 as fourth place running and current point leader Amber VanOrden came to a stop in turn 4. On the restart, eleventh place starting Bauerfeind quickly found himself a contender for the win as he was able to grab second and third position in one lap. On the white flag lap, Bauerfeind surprised the veteran VanOrden Sr as he made a hard inside charge into turn 3 and was able to outpower VanOrden out of turn 4 in a gutsy pass to take home the checkers barely ahead of VanOrden Sr., Bill Deak Sr although leading 15 laps came home third at the finish.

Brian Bauerfeind won the ever popular inaugural Street Stock Elimination Race presented by TJ Motorsports. He proved to be the top gun beating last year’s street stock shootout series champion, Kyle Welsch in the final round. Bill Deak Sr. collected third in the elimination race.

Mike Travis outclassed the Four Cylinder Experts and mastered his way to an easy ninth feature win of the season. Despite damages to his car, Cody Houghtaling charged his way into a second place finish over veteran racer Eddie Jones Sr, who ended up third at the finish.

Four Cylinder Novice put on some great racing as it went green to checkers with no cautions. Cliff Levinson jumped out to the early lead and was able to lead the pack until Chris Hardenburgh worked his way by on Lap 7. Hardenburgh was able to lead until current point leader Dan Houghtaling navigated his car from deep in the pack to the second position at the halfway point. D. Houghtaling steadily worked on Hardenburgh and made his winning pass on Lap 12. Eddie Jones Jr, also came from deep in the pack and cleared Hardenburgh for second on Lap 16 and began closing in on the leader. However, with the duel checkers waving D. Houghtaling was able to pick up his second win of the season over Jones Jr. and after a post race penalty, strong running Vinny Degraw came home with a thrid place finish.

The Bandolero feature proved to be exciting too many with Garrett Zacharias jumping out to the early lead and appeared to be running strong. On Lap 2, there was a hard backstretch crash involving Evan Rygielski and Teddy Cranmer. Luckily, both drivers were okay but the cars suffered significant damage. On the restart, Zacharias continued to lead but had his hands full of Mike Roth and Anthony Bello. Roth had to work hard to get past the strong running Zacharias but was able to make a decisive clean pass at the halfway point, Bello also worked his way past Zacharias t oget second one lap later. At the checkers, Roth picked up a very hard earned feature win over Bello, and Zacharias.

The Beginner Bandos found Justin Aungst picking up his sixth win of the season over Joey Lamontagne and Leland Oefelein.

Sportsman Feature: 1. Rick Mill (New Windsor, NY) 2. Jerry Curry 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Kyle Redner 5. Jeff Richardson 6. Bob Jashembowski 7. Matt Curry 8. Dan Dulin 9. Harry Hindley 10. Shawn Maloney

Modified Feature: 1. Joe DeGracia (Lyndhurst, NJ) 2. Tyler Dachenhausen 3. Steve Conklin 4. Blair Culhane 5. John Cote 6. Skip LaPolt 7. Stephen Kammer

Legends Feature: 1. Derek Debbis (Oakdale, CT) 2. Peter Bennett 3. Eugene Drew 4. Joe DeGracia 5. Jeff Lefcourt 6. Sean Verwys 7. Mike Wahl 8. Gus Pappaeliou

Pro Stock Feature : 1. Ed Butler (Bethel, NY) 2. Kenny Atkins 3. Vinny Stanton Sr. 4. Jim Helt 5. Gene Morton DNS. Art McArthur DNS. Larry Cole

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind (Callicoon, NY) 2. Gary VanOrden Sr. 3. Bill Deak Sr. 4. Bill Deak Jr. 5. Walt Henry 6. JB Morris 7. Larry O’Donnell 8. Patty Falkena 9. Amber VanOrden 10. Gary Gamble 11. Wayne Taylor 12. Jessica Ricci 13. Corey Stanton 14. Frank Maiori 15. Kyle Welsch

Four Cylinder Expert: 1. Mike Travis (Liberty, NY) 2. Cody Houghtaling 3. Eddie Jones Sr. 4. John Houghtaling 5. David Donovan

Four Cylinder Novice: 1. Dan Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Eddie Jones Jr. 3. Vinny Degraw 4. George VanAken 5. Chris Hardenburgh 6. Felicia Reichenbaugh 7. Cliff Levinson 8. Tabitha Riordan 9. Cameron Reichenbaugh 10. Brandon Golzak 11. Marisol Torrens 12. Edwin King

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Anthony Bello 3. Garrett Zacharias 4. Katie Verwys 5. Austin MacDonald 6. Joey Aungst 7. Brian Rygielski 8. Josh Duke 9. Nick Archiere 10. Teddy Cranmer 11. Evan Rygielski

Beginner Bandos: 1. Justin Aungst (Pompton Lakes, NJ) 2. Joey Lamontagne 3. Leland Oefelein


Coming this Saturday, September 23, 2017, we will be hosting the inaugural TJ Motorsports Street Stock Elimination Race!
This elimination race will focus on two car, two lap duels with the victorious driver continuing to another round against another driver until the last man or woman is standing to take home this much coveted victory and bragging rights. The Top 12 in street stock points are locked in to competed in these spirited match races. If some of the drivers are not in attendance or choose not compete alternates may be selected to run.
Listed below are the eligible drivers to compete in the TJ Motorsports Street Stock Elimination Race.
12. J.B. MORRIS #00, JB is a rookie in the street stock class this year after racing several years in the four cylinder classes, but he has proven to be a top runner on several occassions as he has several top 5 finishes in his red JBM Truck Repair #00
11. LARRY O’DONNELL #1, Bethel’s “Mr. Versatility” has competed in Sportsman, Pro Stock, and Street Stock this year. The former four cylinder expert champion has proven to be a top 5 contender when running in the street stock class this year.
10. PHIL FUNCHEON #18 Phil’s rookie season in street stock has had it’s ups and downs. Phil has shown the potential of winning a feature and has several top runs but he has also had his share of bad luck getting caught up in bad frontstretch crash along with have engine woes that has put him on the sidelines in recent weeks.
9. KYLE WELSCH #357 The second generation driver is now a veteran in the street stock ranks after years of success in the four cylinder ranks where he obtained a championship. Welsch has been racing part time this year, but is always a threat to win when he pulls into the pit area. Welsch currently has one feature win this season. Around this time last year, Welsch went on a hot streak picking up many feature wins and winning the Shootout Championship.
8. JESSICA RICCI # 17R The popular street stock sophomore driver is well known for her Ford powered Thunderbird. Jessica was a former top runner in the Bandolero ranks before making the job up into the street stock ranks two years ago. Jessica got caught up in an early season crash and has had overheating issues but she has persevered and finds herself sitting eighth in the point standings.
7: PATTY FALKENA # 28 Bethel’s “First Lady” is a long time competitor at the speedway since around 2003 who ran in the Four Cylinder Expert ranks for many years before making the move into street stocks about two and half years ago. Patty has run on DOT street tires all racing season and has held herwith those on the racing tires. She sits steadily in the 7th place ranking of the standings.
6. BILL DEAK SR. # 98 Deak is well known in dirt circles as he has been a winning driver at Accord, Lebanon Valley, and OCFS and has been competing for many years. This year he decided to go for a new challenge and become a regular on Bethel’s pavement. Now considered a rookie, since he is new at the track and has found it to be quite a learning experience. He has really picked up the pace since mid-season and is knocking on the door for his first feature win in his Deak Electric # 98
5. MARIO CONTARINO # 5 Mario is another rookie in the class this year, after running a partial season at Orange County Fair Speedway the previous season. Mario has proven to be a steady competitor and earned his stripes by an early season flip in the first turn. Mario turned heads by almost winning the 40 lap Street Stock Stampede earlier this year but had to be content with his second place finish. The Strictly Z/TA # 5 is a beautiful well maintained street stock and is getting quicker each week.
4. BRIAN BAUERFEIND # 07 The Four Cylinder Expert Champion moved into a new class for 2017 and has proven to be a winning contender. Bauerfeind purchased the former street stock champion winning car of Bobby Van Blarcom # 27 and has taken a liking to it. The fierce driver has powered his way to five feature victories so far this season, which is quite remarkable for his first season in the class.
3. GARY VAN ORDEN SR. # 54 “The Master of Bethel’s Street Stocks” Gary has been competing at Bethel since 1998, and is always a force to win. Gary has picked up many feature wins and championships along with carrying many Hall of Fame stats. This year Gary Sr. has been a very consitant runner and has one feature win to his credit this year. The old schoold hard knuckle racer has always proven to race you hard but clean. When you beat Gary , you have beaten Bethel’s best.
2. WALT HENRY # 171 Walt is another driver who has an impressive resume from the four cylinder ranks. The former four cylinder champ moved up into street stocks three years ago and had proven to be quite a learning experience. He picked up a big feature win in the street stock shootout race two years ago. This year he seems to be in his prime competition as he has brought home three feature win trophies and has been in the top three many times. He has proven to be one of the classes top drivers, coming deep from the pack each week and normally taking home a podium finish.He is currently in a championship title hunt with his beautiful 171 machine.
1. AMBER VAN ORDEN # 54A Known as “The Outlaw”. Amber is our current point leader and has five feature wins this year. Her driving prowess appears impeccable this year as she has stayed clear of accidents as she slices and dices coming up through the field each week from her back in the pack starting positions. The former champ is looking to add more hardware to her resume of racing achievements. Amber is the one to beat this year in the street stock ranks!
The TJ Motorsports Street Stock Elimination Race will be run just prior to intermission, with the winner taking home $150. 2nd-$100, and Third- $50.
This race has no bearing on track points, and is an optional event available to the top 12 in Bethel Street Stock points. If a regular competitor in the top 12 opts out, or is unable to participate, the 13th place car in points has the option, then 14th, and so on.
The format will be the lowest points place two cars will compete in a 2 lap dash to the checkers. The winner will then exit the track, come to the bottom of the paved pit road, and tell officials which one of the remaining competitors they would like to race, from the remaining cars left in staging. That car will then take 2 hot laps to heat up their cars, while the previous winner waits to re-enter the track. Then that car will re-enter the track and another 2 lap dash. This process will continue until we have our winner. This is a ZERO contact event. If contact is made, you are disqualified from this event.
This one’s going to be FUN folks! A special thanks to Tony from TJ Motorsports!


Attention Race Teams :
Bethel Motor Speedway will be having our next practice session Thursday September 28th. This is another good opportunity to shake down a new car, for new drivers to get acquainted with our speedway and their cars, for experienced race teams to try experimental set ups on their cars, to break in an engine, or just go out and have a fun time with an open speedway.

Practice will be run in two sessions; time schedules 2pm to 5pm (Afternoon) and in the 5pm to 8pm (Evening). One car is $75 per session.

Hope to see you there!


Time is running out for Sportsman track champion Kyle Redner to defend his title as he is currently second in the point standings. The past month as not been kind to Redner in racing circles as he has been plagued with bad luck. This past Saturday the stars aligned on a crucial double points night as they were competing in a special 35 lap feature event as part of the Sportsman Challenge Series.

Redner got out to the early lead in the feature but soon enough was quickly challenged by current point leader Jeff Richardson. Lap after lap, the leading pilot Redner was hitting his marks on the track and could not be shaken by the pressure Richardson was putting on. Richardson, the veteran racer who is well known for his clean driving style, threw everything but the kitchen sink at Redner to take over the number one spot but came up short at the checkers. Redner picked up his third win of the season along with picking up very valuable double points and really cut into the point lead that Richardson currently holds with two events remaining. Bob Jashembowski continues to amaze at Bethel, as the rookie picked up third position across the line in very limited starts at the track this season.

In Bethel Modified feature action, found longtime veteran driver Steve Conklin starting on the pole. Conklin who has just recently returned to racing after about seven years was marred with engine troubles earlier in the year but is now making a surge of being a top gun in the modified class, late in the racing season. Conklin started the race alongside modified rookie and former street stock champ Stephen Kammer. Conklin jumped out to the early lead and was lucky to be ahead as Kammer looped his ill handling car off turn 4 while trying to hold on for second. The spin resulted in a hard crash knocking out several contenders including current point leader Blair Culhane and last week’s feature winner Joe DeGracia. When racing resumed back to green, Conklin maintained his lead but now had another veteran campaigner and former rival John Cote at his heels in second position. Conklin proved to be to stout on this night as he surged to his first feature win in seven years aboard his famous “Family Affair” number 4 modified ahead of Cote, third place finisher Skip LaPolt ended up third in the rundown and has also been running strong in the late season aboard another car.

Legends, found long time veteran driver Mike Alcaro picking up another victory at his old stomping grounds. Alcaro has a current winning streak at the track, he is all too well familiar with. Alcaro has picked up at least one feature win per season at Bethel since 2009. Alcaro mastered the field on this night and picked up his first feature win of the season at the speedway. Finishing a strong second is current point leader Peter Bennett. The rookie driver has driven beyond expectations and has proved to be very consistent over the course of this race season. Last week’s feature winner Derek Debbis came across in third and picked up another strong finish for the newcomer.

Ed Butler is proving to be a man on a mission in the Pro Stocks ranks, as his torrid hot streak continues at the speedway. Butler picked up his fourth feature win in a row and his eighth of the season as he continues to chop into the point lead of two time defending champion Kenny Atkins.Butler is proving to be quite the competitor as he is seeking his first points championship in the pro stock class. The heated championship battle will continue for the next two weeks as both racers are running strong and is anyone’s guess on who will win it. Fan favorite, Larry O’Donnell brought his strong running “Freight Train” home in the third position despite it being his first feature start of the season for the popular wheelman.

Street Stock action found a strong field of cars in the feature. Rookie Brian Bauerfeind proved to be the winning force on this night despite from starting deep in the pack. Bauerfeind made some crucial moves early in the feature which proved to be very beneficial as he got to the lead first. Current point leader, Amber Van Orden has proven her excellent driving prowless every week this season and did so again this past Saturday night. A.VanOrden came from her twelfth starting position and brought home a strong second place finish behind Bauerfeind. Master of the street stocks and father to Amber, Gary Van Orden Sr. again proved to be a consistent finisher as he came across third at the finish line. Bauerfeind appears to be an all star rookie in the class as he picked up his fifth win of the season and is a contender for the feature win each week.

Cody Houghtaling picked up his second win of the season but in a totally different car. C. Houghtaling is proving to be a very versatile driver as he has also shown some strength competing in the pro stock ranks the past few weeks. Houghtaling was able to beat a returning fan favorite driver, formr track champion, and now a new mommy, Tasha Curry. Curry held on to a second place finish in her maiden run of the season, and Cody’s brother John Houghtaling picked up third place at the finish line.

Robert Beach’s hot streak continues as he came from last to first to pick up his sixth win of the season. Current point leader Dan Houghtaling continues to impress with his consistent top three finishes throughout the season and brought home another second place finish thus expanding his points lead. Eddie Jones Jr. was able to shake some bad luck and come home third in the final rundown.

Mike Roth had his hands full with top Bandolero driver Garrett Zacharias who normally competes at Chemung Speedrome along with rival top gun Anthony Bello throughout the race. The race was halted for a jarring crash between Joey Aungst and Evan Rygielski in turn four during their feature. Both cars suffered severe damage but luckily both young drivers climbed from their cars unharmed. When racing resumed, Roth continued to lead the race and unnerved of the pressure from Zacharias and Bello. Roth crossed the checkers first and took home is tenth win of the season, followed by Zacharias and Bello.

Nick Archiere picked up his sixth win of the season in the Beginner Bandoleros and has seemed to have mastered the class this year. Joey Lamotagne and Justin Aungst finished second and third respectively.

Sportsman Feature: 1. Kyle Redner (Pine Bush, NY) 2. Jeff Richardson 3. Bob Jashembowski 4. Jerry Curry 5. Dan Dulin 6. Matt Curry 7. Shawn Maloney 8. Rick Mill 9. Harry Hindley

Modified Feature: 1. Steve Conklin (Claryville, NY) 2. John Cote 3. Skip LaPolt 4. Stephen Kammer 5. Tyler Dachenhausen 6. Joe DeGracia 7. Blair Culhane

Legends Feature: 1. Mike Alcaro (Fredon, NJ) 2. Peter Bennett 3. Derek Debbis 4. Sean Verwys 5. Joe DeGracia 6. Wayne Hajek 7. Lars McElravy 8. Mike Wahl 9. Joe Fresco

Pro Stock Feature : 1. Ed Butler (Bethel, NY) 2. Kenny Atkins 3. Larry O’Donnell 4. Vinnie Stanton 5. Larry Cole 6. Gene Morton

Street Stock Feature: 1. Brian Bauerfeind (Callicoon, NY) 2. Amber VanOrden 3. Gary VanOrden Sr. 4. Kyle Welsch 5. Bill Deak Jr. 6. Mario Contarino 7. Josh Wilbur 8. Walt Henry 9. Joe Smith 10. Travis Brockner 11. Bill Deak Sr. 12. Jessica Ricci 13. Gary Gamble 14. Patty Falkena

Four Cylinder Expert: 1. Cody Houghtaling (Monticello, NY) 2. Tasha Curry 3. John Houghtaling 4. Marisol Torrens

Four Cylinder Novice: 1. Robert Beach (Hurleyville, NY) 2. Dan Houghtaling 3. Eddie Jones Jr. 4. George VanAken 5. Chris Hardenburgh 6. Felicia Reichenbaugh 7. Frank Maiori DNS. Devon Grimm

Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth (North Branch, NY) 2. Garrett Zacharias 3. Anthony Bello 4. Katie Verwys 5. Conner Piasecki 6. Brian Rygielski 7. Ryan Bille 8. Joey Aungst 9. Evan Rygielski

Beginner Bandos: 1. Nick Archiere (Danbury, CT) 2. Joey Lamontagne 3. Justin Aungst 4. Leland Oefelein


Longtime veteran driver, Jeff Richardson appears to be a late season force as he picked up his sixth win of the season and extended his point lead as he seeks to accomplish another track championship at the speedway. Kyle Redner was the early leader and seemed to be destined for the win until he started showing signs of fuel system problems which allowed Richardson to seize opportunity and take over the lead. Rick Mill came from deep in the pack and was closing in on the leader but ran out of time as the checkers flew but had to be content with a second place. Summer of 69 winner Ed Dachenhausen came home third with newcomer Brandon McGill coming home fourth in his first visit of the year. Redner was able to hang on to fifth in the running order to despite his mechanical issues.

Modifieds had a busy night as they had their regular feature along with a holdover feature to run. In the holdover feature, Skip Lapolt was the early leader with former Rookie of the Year, Joe Degracia running closely behind. After a long caution period, the race was restarted and found Degracia jumping out into the lead and pace setting the field for the remainder of laps. When all was said and done, Degracia found himself in victory lane for the third time this season. In the modifieds regular feature event found Skip LaPolt picking up win number two of the season but albeit with a whole different car. LaPolt found the need to switch from a stock clip car to a tubular sk type chassis, that switch appeared to be the right one as he outclassed the field for the feature, Degracia finished a strong night with a runner up finish in the nightcap followed by the return of former track champion Steve Conklin who brought the fan favorite racer to a third place finish.

Pro Stocks were just as busy as the modifieds as they to were running double features this past Saturday. It proved to be a great night for Ed Butler who is currently second in the point standings but closed in the margin on this night. Butler picked up his sixth win of the season in dramatic fashion in the holdover feature event. Butler had to come thru the pack not just once but twice to prove that he would not be denied a feature win. In the regular feature, again Butler moved his way from the back to the front and got the lead. Butler pulled and powered away for his seventh win of the season as he makes a serious bid for the track championship.

The fan favorite street stock class again had the fans on the edge of their seats as they cheered for their favorite drivers. The race found Mario Contarino, Bill Deak Sr, and JB Morris all running in tight formation lap after lap all trying to obtain and hold the lead position. Meanwhile, top guns Amber VanOrden and Kyle Welsch worked their way up thru the field from deep in the pack. VanOrden got to the top three leaders first and was able to pick off one car per lap before obtaining the much coveted lead position, Welsch was also able to work his way thru into second and began to challenge VanOrden. It came down to the last lap with VanOrden holding on by half a car length at the finish line, with Welsch finishing in a close runner up finish. A. VanOrden picked up her fifth win of the season and was able to extend her point lead in doing so.

Legends feature racing found newcomer young lion, Derek Debbis picking up his first career win at the speedway. He outdistanced a strong running Peter Bennett who placed a stout second as he tries to close in the margin on the current point leader in his rookie season at Bethel.

Joe Smith picked up his second win of the season in Four Cylinder Expert action, Robert Beach continues his strong August into September as he picked up his fourth and fifth wins of the season as he dominated both the holdover and regular feature in Four Cylinder Novice.

Mike Roth continues to be the Bandolero guru as his excellent driving abilities brought him home into victory lane for the ninth time this season. Nick Archiere continues to get quicker and gain experience as he picked win number five in the Beginner Bandolero Feature.


Attention Race Teams :

Bethel Motor Speedway will be having our next practice session Thursday August 31st. This is another good opportunity to shake down a new car, for new drivers to get acquainted with our speedway and their cars, for experienced race teams to try experimental set ups on their cars, to break in an engine, or just go out and have a fun time with an open speedway.

Practice will be run in two sessions; time schedules 2pm to 5pm (Afternoon) and in the 5pm to 8pm (Evening). One car is $75 per session.

Hope to see you there!


This past Saturday night during the ‘dog days of summer’ in August proved to be a memorable night for many in attendance. While all the races were not run due to another visit by Mother Nature, which will be made up at a later date

In Sportsman feature action, Frank Jashembowski who is most recognized as one of the top big block modified drivers during it’s glory DIRT era at Orange County Fair Speedway captured his first career feature win at Bethel in only his third feature start at the speedway and following his third place finish in the big ‘Summer of 69’ $ 6900 to win race that was held just two weeks ago.

Jashembowski ran a steady second in the beginning stages of the race while applying pressure on current race leader and former track champion Jerry Curry. Curry did his best to hold off the challenges of the strong running Jashembowski, until Curry slid up the track in turn two opening the inside groove which Jashembowski pounced into. As they drag raced down the backstretch, Jashembowski was able to lead Curry into turn three and take control of the lead which he never relinquished. Al Archiere who has also been running strong of late worked his way up through the pack and passed Curry for second midway through the feature, while fast Archiere wasn’t able to close the gap on Jashembowski. Kyle Redner debuted a new looking machine and was fast out of the box and was able to get by Curry for third in the closing stage of the feature as he also closed in on the current point leader in the standings.

The win for Jashembowski wasn’t only a memorable one but an emotional victory as well. The win was dedicated to his nephew Kyle who passed away suddenly earlier this year and was a big part of the car that Frank wheeled to Victory Lane. I’m sure Kyle was smiling and rooting from above to see such an outstanding race.

Legends feature action found current point leader and defending Legendstock winner Alex McCollum and veteran multi-time featue winning INEX Legend driver Mike Alcaro in a spirited duel for the lead throughout the race. The duo swapped the lead back and forth several times before a crucial yellow flag that was thrown just as McCollum had captured the lead at the halfway point. The restart proved to be single file and allowed McCollum to maintain his lead despite several hard spirited challenges by Alcaro in the final stages of the race. McCollum collected his tenth victory of the season at Bethel. Alcaro didn’t pass tech inspection due to improper ride height, so second place was credited to Noah Korner and third place went to Steven Chapman.

Pro Stocks ran a holdover feature that was left over from July, 22 and proved once again to be the ‘Ed and Kenny Show’ as Ed Butler and Kenny Atkins have been the only two pro stock drivers to crack into Victory Lane this year. Both Butler and Atkins has to come from the back to win and normally whoever gets thru the traffic first ends up being the winner. Butler muscled his way thru first by overtaking Gene Morton for the lead. Atkins was able to work his way into second and challenged Butler for the lead but found out that Butler was too strong in this race as he captured his fifth feature win of the season and is doing his best to close in the point gap between him and current point leader Atkins. Jim Helt was able to come home third at the checkers/

Walt Henry made a bold dynamite move in the early stages of the race to acquire the lead and beating the other street stock top guns for the remainder of the feature. Henry would not to be denied his third feature win of the season as he crossed the checkers first with his beautiful GM crate powered Monte Carlo over last weeks feature winner Gary VanOrden Sr. and current point leader Amber VanOrden who came across in third. Henry was quite happy in victory lane as he was able to close in the points gap deficit as he is in the hunt for the track championship.

Mikey Travis is the class of the field of 4 Cylinder Experts coming from last to first to win number seven of the season. Ivan Guerra and Shawn Maloney lead the field to the initial start. Mikey Travis worked to the point by the end of lap five, followed by Maloney, David Donovan, Guerra, Cody Houghtaling. The race would finish in that order, as the race went caution free, keeping Mikey Travis’ win streak alive at four. Following post race tech it was Travis, Maloney, Guerra, and Houghtaling.

In Four Cylinder Novice Feature action, found last place starting Vinny Degraw coming from deep in the pack to take over the lead after battling the current leader Cliff Levinson for ten laps of a door to door duel for the lead before making the pass complete. This duel allowed Nick Curry to charge thru the field as well catching up to the two leaders. Curry was able to work his way past Levinson for second and set his sight on Degraw. Curry was able to close the gap in the final stage of the race and got door to door coming down the frontstretch with Degraw barely beating Curry by a fender at the finish line for his second feature win of the season in exciting action packed fashion.

Mike Roth has proven to be a top force in Bandoleros this season. Roth cruised to his eighth victory of the season and has now become the point leader in the division in his quest for the track championship. Mike Roth and Connor Piasecki hammered down out of turn four to decide who would make it to turn one first on the initial green flag. Roth would win the battle. The field slowed for a spin in turn four, to reset the battle for the top spot between Roth and Piasecki. Roth once again won the battle to the first turn on the restart. The field slowed two more times for separate spins, with no change in the top spots. Now the field was at the halfway mark of the race, making it a single file restart for Roth. It would be Roth and Piasecki single file to turn one, with Anthony Bello firing it in deep for third over Katie Verwys. At the checkers Roth would extend his lead, followed by Piasecki, Verwys.

Nick Archiere easily cruised to his fourth feature victory of the season in the Beginner Bandoleros and is really consistent hitting his marks each and every week at the speedway.

All racing with the exception of Bethel Modifieds, which had six laps in the books, Pro Stocks and 4 cylinder Novice regularly scheduled events were concluded before the rains halted the program. Make up dates for these events will be announced at a later date by speedway management. This coming weekend is Legendstock 2017, and Bandolero Nationals, running simultaneously over the course of Friday and Saturday. Friday is practice and inspection for Bandoleros, and Legend cars. Saturday, Alliance Shippers presents “Legendstock 2017” 50 Laps $3,000 to win. Bandolero Nationals 50 Laps. Plus Sportsman & 40 Lap Enduro Dash* (Sportsman & Enduro are subject to change). Rain Date is SUN 8/27.

Dauchenhausen Repeats, Gary Van Orden, Piasecki Break Through

With a threatening forecast and a quick shower at 4pm, speedway management chose to go forward
with the scheduled program, and what a show it would turn out to be!
Young Tyler Dauchenhausen became a repeat winner in the Jerry Reigle Memorial 40 lap race, after
capturing his first ever BMS Modified victory just one week earlier.
Stephen Kammer and Skip LaPolt brought the field to the green. LaPolt had the advantage by the end of
the first circuit, and jumped out to a considerable lead, with an ensuing battle being displayed by Tyler
Dauchenhausen, Joe DeGracia, John Cote, and Blair Culhane. Dauchenhausen and Degracia ran LaPolt
back down in the early laps. Dauchenhausen assumed point with fifteen in the books, with DeGracia in
his tracks. At the halfway, it was Dauchenhausen, DeGracia, Lapolt, Cote, and Culhane. By the time the
checkers flew it was Dauchenhausen, DeGracia, Culhane, Cote, and LaPolt rounding out the top five, in
the caution free event.
Jim Helt and Gene Morton lead the field of pro stocks to the green, with Morton gaining the advantage
coming out of turn four on the first circuit. The field slowed just past the halfway point for Mikey
Policastro spinning off of turn two. The restart saw Morton out front with Kenny Atkins giving chase. The
caution flew once again for a slowing Arthur McArther. The restart once again saw Morton and Atkins
the top two. Again the caution flew for contact between Helt and Ed Butler. This time the restart
showed Atkins ahead of Morton, Policastro, Brent Shaddock, and Butler. When the checkers flew it was
Atkins, Butler, Policastro, Morton, Shaddock.
Gary Van Orden broke through in the 2017 season winning the regularly scheduled Street Stock feature
for his 70th street stock win.
Mario Cantarino, Bill Deak Sr. lead the field to the green. The field was slowed for contact with Walt
Henry and Brian Bauernfiend. The restart saw Cantarino, and Gary Van Orden for the front row with
Deak, and Amber Van Orden following suit. The field was slowed again for Henry slowing on the track at
lap nine, with Gary Van Orden at the point. The restart saw a father-daughter front row of Gary and
Amber Van Orden respectively, with Bauernfiend and Cantarino giving chase. The field slowed once
again for a slow going Bauernfiend. Gary Van Orden restarted on point with Amber Van Orden giving
chase while being challenged by Walt Henry. Gary Van Orden took home the victory, with a hard fought
battle for second going to Amber Van Orden, followed by Henry, Deak, and Cantarino rounding out the
top five.
Mikey Travis pocketed another 4cylinder Expert win in commanding fashion.
Ed Jones Sr. and David Donovan brought the field to the green. By the completion of lap three Mikey
Travis had worked his way to the runner up position from his last place starting position. By the halfway
point Travis had taken the lead followed by Donovan, Shawn Maloney, Jones, and Ivan Guerra. When
the checkers flew it was Travis with a commanding lead followed by Donovan, Maloney, Jones, and
Guerra in the caution free event.
Robert Beach wins in hard fought 4 cylinder Novice division action.

Felicia Reichenbauch, and Ed Jones Jr. lead the field to the green. The field slowed twice before the first
lap was scored for the slow car of Nick Curry, and then a spin of Jones. At the halfway point it was Dan
Houghtaling, Greg Cohen, Robert Beach, Reichenbaugh, and Jones. On lap fourteen Beach wrestled the
lead from Houghtaling, with Cohen at his bumper. At the finish line it was Beach, Houghtaling, Cohen,
Curry, and Jones for the top five spots.
Gillian Kirkpatrick earned a victory in her final race before starting college this coming week.
Steve Chapman and Gillian Kirkpatrick brought the field to the green. The early laps found the
competitors streamlining around the track finding the top five being Chapman, Kirkpatrick, Brad
Lowmaster, Chris Gale, and Sean Verwys. The field was slowed for debris on the racing surface just past
the halfway mark. The field was slowed once again with fourteen in the books, as Chapman broke. The
restart saw Kirkpatrick followed by Lowmaster fighting for the top spot. When the checkers fell, it was
Kirkpatrick, Lowmaster, Gale, and Verwys rounding out the top four.
Connor Piasecki collected his first Bandolero win of the 2017 season.
Mike Roth and Connor Piasecki brought the field to the green, to start the race long battle for the top
spot. Piasecki pulled ahead of Roth, with a heated battle between Katie Verwys, and Joey Aungst for the
third position by the halfway point. Piasecki would hold off the advances of Roth followed by Verwys,
Aungst, and Phillip Abramo rounding out the top five.
The Hold-Over Street Stock Feature from June 22nd went green to checkered with Brian Bauernfiend
finding his way to the checkers once again.
Mario Cantarino and Bill Deak Sr. brought the field to the green. By the halfway mark of the event, Deak
was holding off a hard charging Bauernfiend followed by Walt Henry. Bauernfiend began to mount his
challenge for the lead, and took over the top spot with fifteen in the books. Bauernfiend stretched out
his lead in the closing laps to hold on for the victory. Deak held off the hard charging Henry, Amber Van
Orden, and Cantarino.
Nick Archiere continued his winning streak in the Beginner Bandolero Feature in commanding fashion,
as the event would go caution free.
Joey Lamontagne and Nick Archiere brought the field to green. Archiere jumped out to the lead from the
get go, and never looked back. Lamontagne and Justin Aungst fought fiercely for the number two spot,
with Aungst able to claim the runner up position on the final go round. Archiere crossed the line first,
followed by Archiere, Lamontagne, and new comer Leland Oefelein finished off the top four.

BMS Modified Feature: 1.Tyler Dauchenhausen 2.Joe DeGracia 3.Blair Culhane 4.John Cote 5.Skip LaPolt
6.Stephan Kammer 7.Robbie Konikowski

Pro Stock Feature: 1.Kenny Atkins 2.Ed Butler 3.Mikey Policastro 4.Gene Morton 5.Brent Shaddock 6.Jim
Helt 7.Arthur McArthur

Street Stock Feature: 1.Gary Van Orden 2.Amber VanOrden 3.Walt Henry 4.Bill Deak Sr. 5.Mario
Cantarino 6.Jessica Ricci 7.Brian Bauernfiend 8.Gary Gamble

Legend Feature: 1.Gillian Kirkpatrick 2.Brad Lowmaster 3.Chris Gale 4.Sean Verwys 5.Steve Chapman

Holdover Street Stock Feature: 1.Bauernfiend 2.Bill Deak Sr. 3.Walt Henry 4.Amber Van Orden 5.Mario
Cantarino 6.Gary Van Orden 7.Jessica Ricci

4 Cylinder Expert Feature: 1.Mikey Travis 2.David Donovan 3.Shawn Maloney 4.Ed Jones Sr. 5.Ivan
Guerra 6.Tim Curry

4 Cylinder Novice Feature: 1.Robert Beach 2.Dan Houghtaling 3.Greg Cohen 4.Nick Curry 5.Ed Jones Jr.
6.Felicia Reichenbaugh 7.George Van Aken 8.Clifford Levinson 9.Tabitha Riordan 10.James Curry

Bandolero Feature: 1.Connor Piasecki 2.Mike Roth 3.Katie Verwys 4.Joey Aungst 5.Phillip Abrano
6.Anthony Bello

Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1.Nick Archiere 2.Justin Aungst 3. Joey Lamontagne 4.Leland Oefelein