Pit Crew / Fan Uniform Contest

Bethel Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that on this Saturday, April 28th will be our Pit Crew/Fan
Uniform Contest to be held during our intermission on the front stretch at the speedway.
We encourage all race teams to get their pit crews and dedicated fans dressed up with uniformity and to
promote the race team & sponsors they are affiliated with. Uniformed race teams generally have
matching shirts, hats, buttons, ribbons, banners, signs, etc. to show their dedication of their favorite team.
Often the uniforms match the race cars colors and can display their drivers name, car number, and
This year we will be doing a contest, which will be judged off a combination of the following criteria:
Creativity, Professionalism, Styling, and the amount of Pit Crew/Fans per race team.
The Pit Crew/Fan Contest will have a prizes to the Top 3 in the contest. Prizes will go to the senior driver
of each race team. Come out and be a part of the Pit Crew/Fan Uniform Contest on Saturday, April 28th
at the Speedway. Show your colors, support your race team & sponsors!
Next Saturday, May 5 th is Little League Night, Free admission to all students in baseball uniforms. (Batter
up!) All Classes will be racing plus a BMS Mods30 lap feature event. (Double Points).


April, 21st 2018

This past Saturday proved to be a chilly but even more exciting Opening Night presented by Affordable Home Improvements at Bethel Motor Speedway as they kicked off the 2018 race season.

Seasoned chauffeur Rick Mill proved he has the early season gusto despite the cooler tempartures as he wired the Extreme Kleaner Sportsman field by leading every lap of the feature. Mill had to look over his shoulder though as he had former champion Kyle Redner keeping pace and putting the pressure on during the race duration. Versatile racer Ed Dachenhausen quickly came to third position as he marched through the field in it’s early stage and caught up to the second place running Redner, but did not find the opening to capture second.

Long time campaigner, John Cote had the hot ticket on opening night as he capitalized on his pole position for the feature by leading every lap. Cote who had his hands full with Nascar Whelen Modified Series rookie Joe DeGracia running a stout second. DeGracia tried to pass Cote both on the high side and low side as Cote negotiated lap traffic but came up a car length short at the dual checkered flags. Former champion, Steve Conklin came up thru the field in the early stages and ran as high as second, but brought home a third place finish despite a late race handling issue.

Legends racing found former Bandolero champion, Mike Policastro in a new ride for the 2018 season. For the opener, it proved to be the winning combination as he led every lap despite a strong challenge from Chemung campaigner Teddy Bowen. Bowen was hot on his tail throughout the race and made several attempts to nose by on the inside but Policastro was able to shut the door each time. Policastro was able to get to the stripe first and collect his first career Legends overall win at Bethel over Bowen and hard charger Sean Verwys who came from the last to finish third by race end.

Shakelton Auto Parts Street Stock action found hot shoe Walt Henry leading every lap to take home his first win of the season despite heavy challenges from veteran street stock racers Jeff Hager and Bill Deak Sr. As Henry led, Hager and Deak Sr. stayed in close pursuit as they swapped position several times. Deak Sr. come home second as Hager encountered a late race issue which prompted Bill Deak Jr. to finish a close third trailing his father across the line.

Four Cylinder Pure Stocks found a nail biting battle between Vinny Degraw and John Houghtaling. The drivers ran side by side for fifteen laps, trading the lead back and forth each lap until finally with five to go Degraw found he had the better car on this night as the strong running Houghtaling began to fade in the last few remaining laps thus handing the hard fought victory to Degraw. Cliff Levinson came across the line in third who followed closely behind the leaders for the entire race.

Mike Roth, last year’s Bandolero champion picked up where he left off last year as he picked up the opening night feature win. Roth made a pass into first on Lap 3 getting by a strong running Joey Aungst then cruised to victory over Aungst and third place finishing Evan Rygielski..

The Beginner Bandolero feature found Ty Smith leading every lap and holding off a determined Giovanni Ruggiero to pick up his first ever career win. Kaden Rogers rounded out the top three as he crossed the finish line.

Enduro guru, Mike Travis outdistanced the competition to take home his first win of the season.

Other news off the track will find Mobile-Medic as the official weekly ambulance for the 2018 race season. Also announced was the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ which is a racer participation program that sweetens the weekly purse with monetary increases when sixteen or more cars start a feature in their respective division. Street Stocks will also be seeing a weekly increase in their purse compared to previous seasons as a reward for their improved attendance this past season.

Next Saturday, April 28th finds the speedway bringing out the excitement with all classes in action plus Vintage Modifieds and a Pit Crew / Fan Uniform Contest at intermission.

Results :

Sportsman Feature : 1. Rick Mill of New Windsor, NY. 2. Kyle Redner 3. Ed Dachenhausen 4. Rich Coons 5. Dan Dulin 6. Matt Curry 7. Shawn Maloney 8. Chris Cook 9. Jerry Curry
Modified Feature: 1. John Cote of New Milford, CT. 2. Joe DeGracia 3. Steve Conklin 4. Tyler Dachenhausen 5. Wayne Kirkpatrick 6. Jim Fugel 7. Stephen Kammer 8. Scott Quick 9. Mike Dutka
Legends Feature: 1. Mike Policastro of Cortland Manor, NY 2. Teddy Bowen 3. Sean Verwys 4. Chris Gall 5. Luke LeBrun 6. Connor Piasecki 7. James Anderson 8. Peter Bennett.
Street Stock Feature: 1. Walt Henry of Walden, NY 2. Bill Deak Sr. 3. Bill Deak Jr. 4. Patty Falkena 5. Jeff Hager 6. Brian Bauerfeind 7. Frank Maiori 8. Eddie Jones Jr. DNS. Ernie Millen
Four Cylinder Pure Stock Feature: 1. Vinny Degraw of Monticello, NY. 2. John Houghtaling 3. Cliff Levinson 4. Tabitha Riordan DNS. Don Rogers
Bandolero Feature: 1. Mike Roth of North Branch, NY. 2. Joey Aungst 3. Evan Rygielski 4. Katie Verwys 5. Connor Souza 6. Justin Aungst 7. Nick Archiere 8. Bryan Rygielski 9. Nicolas Hovey DNS. Joey Lamontagne
Beginner Bandolero Feature: 1. Ty Smith of Eldred, NY. 2. Giovanni Ruggiero 3. Kaden Rogers 4. Madeline Hovey 5. Leland Oofelein 6. Jordan Smith 7. Monica Deckelman
Enduro Feature: 1. Mike Travis of Liberty, NY. 2. Cliff Levinson 3. Cody Houghtaling

Opening Day Saturday, April 21st presented by Affordable Home Improvements

All classes will be racing plus the “Ice Cracker” 40 lap Enduro paying $400 to win! (based on 20 entries). Points begin for all classes. Draw- Redraw for starting positions. Gates open @ 2:30pm, Practice @4:00pm, Racing @ 6:00, Prime time racing @ 7:00pm. Note: Rain date for Opening Night is Sunday, April 22 @ 1:00pm. “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”

Hoosier Racing Tires are the Official Tires of Bethel Speedway

Official Bethel Speedway Announcement, April 2 nd , 2018:
Hoosier Racing Tires are the official tires for the 2018 racing season at Bethel Speedway. East
Coast Speed, Middletown, NY, will be the distributor for Hoosier Tires at Bethel Speedway. A
limited inventory of Hoosier Tires will be available at Bethel Speedway. Arrangements should
be made in advance to get tires at the track.
In order to receive point fund money and contingency awards from either Hoosier Tire or East
Coast Speed, Hoosier decals must be displayed on upper front door, both sides of the race car.
The driver and car owner must be members of Bethel Speedway to receive point fund money.
DIRT Sportsman must race on four (4) Hoosier dirt Modified tires. Compounds available are D-
300 (Soft)(front tires only), D-400 (Hard), D-500 (Extra Hard) on right rear only.
BMS Mods, Pro Stock, & Street Stock must race on four (4) G-60 Hoosier race tires. There are
two cast sizes of the Hoosier G-60 tires, and all are the same compound. The retail price for
the Hoosier G-60 is $115.00 plus sales tax.
Note: These 4 race divisions listed above will have until May 31st to use up all other brand of
race tires. After June 1 st , all 4 above divisions MUST be on Hoosier racing tires.
Please read individual division rules, or special event rules for any provisions, or variations of
the above rules.

Slow Snow Melt and Rains Cancel Bethel Test and Tune Session

Mother Nature has not been kind to Bethel Speedway in regards to precipitation during pre-season prep
work, and has forced the cancellation of its April 7 th test and tune session. From snow, to rain, to three
straight Nor’easters, it has been a difficult go of it to prepare the facility to open for it’s first test and
tune session.
Bethel Speedway general manager George Van Arsdall, Jr. stated,”It’s been a very slow process. Mother
Nature has been relentless this March and April. Pre-season prep work has been very slow going due to
weather conditions, extensive clean up, and repair work. We want the facility to be ready for our
Scheduled for Saturday April 14 th is the 'Ice Cracker' Enduro (4cyl/6cyl.) 40 Laps $400 to Win* (*based on
20 car entries), Vintage Modifieds Twin 15's, plus points begin for INEX sanctioned Legends, Bandoleros,
& Four Cylinder Pure Stock $150 to Win. Practice for all other classes. Practice starts at 4:00pm and
Racing at 600:pm. Grandstand admissions; Adults & Seniors $5.00, Students & Children FREE, Pits:
Members $20.00, Non Members $30.00. Enduro $40.00. Purchase your Bethel Memberships & Pit
Parking spaces.
“Opening Night” Saturday April 21 st . All classes are racing. (Draw /redraw) Points begin for all classes.
Plus Enduro Dash, 40 laps, $400. to win based on 20 entries. “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”


Blauvelt, NY, March 18, 2018– On the weekend of March 24 & 25, Bethel Speedway will be participating at both the OCFS Motorsports Show in Middletown, NY. and the Anthracite Auto Speed Sport Showcase Show, Scranton, PA., promoting Bethel Speedway. Bethel Speedway will have a booth at the OCFS Motorsports Show, promoting the speedway, providing schedules, selling parking spots, and memberships (last weekend to purchase memberships at a reduced cost). George Van Arsdall Jr., Bethel Speedway General Manager, as well as select speedway staff members, will be available to answer questions about the upcoming racing season. On Saturday afternoon (Noon to 2pm) at the same venue, 2017 Sportsman Champion Jeff Richardson will be available at the Bethel booth to share chassis setups, helping to prepare a DIRT Sportsman car to race on asphalt at Bethel Speedway. Jeff Richardson has over 50 feature wins and 5 Championships at Bethel. Also on Saturday, March 24th , in another state, Bethel Speedway Promoter Peter “Crackers” Reynolds will be at the Anthracite Auto Speed Sport Showcase, Scranton, PA. promoting Bethel Speedway. “Crackers” will be in the Moc-A-Tek reunion booth on Saturday afternoon. The main focus is to promote Saturday, May 26, 2018. On this date Bethel Speedway will host “Military Night” along with the Moc-A-Tec Reunion. The night will include the 1st Sportsman Asphalt Challenge Race honoring Pete Gardner in the Pete Gardner Memorial 56 lap race. The race will pay a hefty $1,000. to win, and is sponsored by HIG Fab Race Cars. This night will also have a full schedule of racing. “Crackers” cited, “I am looking forward to going to the Scranton show, I participated in the show in 1996 with the #73 Kneisel house car and have a lot of racing friends from Moc-A-Tec Speedway. For several years Allan Shiffler drove the Crackers Motorsports’ #73 at Moc-A-Tek Speedway. Ed Tauschman a dear friend, was the Crew Chief of the #73 and was a big supporter of Moc-A-Tec Speedway. On Sunday afternoon, at the OCFS Motorsports Show, tentatively around 1:30pm, Bethel Speedway will have a Press Conference introducing Extreme Energy Solutions’ Extreme Kleaner as the division sponsor for the DIRT Sportsman division. Extreme Kleaner sample bottles will be available. www.ExtremeKleaner.com It is going to be a full, busy weekend for Bethel Speedway. “Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”
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Bethel’s Street Stock to be Tuned Up By Shakelton Auto and Truck.

Blauvelt, [ST], March 15, 2018– Peter Reynolds, promoter for Bethel Speedway is proud to announce a sponsorship agreement has been signed with Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers, (NAPA) as the division sponsor for the Street Stock division for the 2018 points season. Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers has been involved with Bethel Speedway for many years, and now has (10) ten NAPA stores located in Sullivan, Orange, Delaware, and Ulster Counties in NY, and Pike County in North-Eastern Pennsylvania. This sponsorship will help increase the drivers’ point fund for the Street Stock division. Each car, team, driver competing in the Street Stock division, must have the Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers decal on the upper door of all cars, in order to be eligible for point fund monies. President George Shakelton is excited about this sponsorship with Bethel Speedway as the Street Stock division sponsor. “Short track, Grassroots racing at its best!” exclaimed George Shakelton. “We are excited to be involved with Bethel Motor Speedway, as a lot of our customers’ race, or attend the speedway weekly.

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Bethel Motor Speedway: Annual Awards Banquet

While the weather outside was frightful with much of Sullivan County, NY out of power due to a strong nor’easter snow storm, but the inside of the Ramada at the Sullivan in Rock Hill N.Y. was delightful this past Sunday which found a packed gathering of excited racers for their annual awards banquet.

Guests were treated to a buffet style dinner along with hor d’oeuvres hour, dessert, and cocktail bar. The top ten drivers in season long point standings were each recognized and awarded trophies for their achievements. It was a fun evening by all in attendance.

In the Sportsman class, Jeff Richardson an ageless veteran driver found himself winning another championship title at the speedway. His multiple championships include not only Sportsman but in the Modifeds and Street Stocks ranks as well. Richardson had to work hard for the championship though as it came down to the wire going into the final race of the season. He was able to beat the 2016 point champion Kyle Redner by a mere 54 points. Richardson solidified himself as the Champ by collecting six feature wins, 17 top fives, and 5 heat wins over the course of 19 races.

Blair Culhane nailed down his first track championship at the speedway in the BMS Modified class for 2017. Culhane ran strong and smart all season long, collecting six wins, 17 top fives, and four heat wins to defeat longtime modified stand out competitor John Cote to pick up the elusive championship. Cote hung with Culhane all season long in the points battle and came down to the final race. Cote fell just a mere 46 points back.

Legends found an underdog taking home the track championship in the class this past season. Newcomer Peter Bennett was not only new to the track but was also new to the Legends class for 2017. Bennett improved each week and was able to score consistent finishes not normally seen by a rookie. On the final night of points, Bennett upped it up a notch and took home his first career win at Bethel. It was a spectacular stand out season for the well reserved rookie driver.

Ed Butler collected his second track championship in the Pro Stock class. All season long Butler had to contend with another track champion Kenny Atkins and it was a battle of the heavyweights throughout the season. Butler went into the final night of points with a very slim lead but was able to hold on and take home the championship.

Fan favorite Amber Van Orden picked up her second career street stock championship off the strength of five feature wins, 17 top fives, and 4 heat wins over the course of the season. However, it was no easy task as Walt Henry was chasing close behind all season long while posting four feature wins, 14 top fives, and seven heat wins. It came down to the last night in points, with Amber Van Orden holding on for the championship by beating Henry by the slight margin of just 26 points.

Other track champions also included Mike Travis in Four Cylinder Expert who has proven that he has mastered all in the four cylinder pure stock ranks. Mike’s highlight of the season was winning the inaugural ‘Hippie Bowl’ which ran in front of a packed grandstand , Dan Houghtaling in Four Cylinder Novice drove flawlessly all season long and racked up consistent finishes every week picking up two feature wins along the way, and Mike Roth in Bandoleros who was in a season long duel with Anthony Bello. Roth, on the strength of a very strong second half of the season, the twelve time feature winner picked up his first track championship over the very competitive Bello who remained in striking distance for the title all the way to the final points race.

Other prestigious awards presented were:

Crew Chief of the Year : Rudy Roth

Sherri Barnes Woman in Racing : Tonya Van Orden

Fellowship in Racing : Bob Jashembowski

Most Improved : Verwys Racing

Dick Crumley Sportsmanship Award: Gary Van Orden Sr.

Best Appearing Car: Felicia Reichenbaugh and Mario Contarino.

Rookies of the Year: Al Archiere (Sportsman) , Tyler Dachenhausen (Modified) , Peter Bennett (Legends) , Art McArthur (Pro Stock), Brian Bauerfeind (Street Stock) , John Houghtaling (Expert), Cliff Levinson (Novice), Anthony Bello (Bandolero), and Tabitha Riordan (True Rookie).

The awards banquet also included a preview into the ‘Feel the Excitement’ 2018 race season. Schedules were given out with sponsor product samples for the upcoming season along with the announcement of several big sponsors and marketing partners announced.

Peter “Crackers” Reynolds, track promoter along with George Van Arsdall Jr. (General Manager) were proud to present Extreme Energy Solutions / Extreme Kleaner as the weekly division sponsor of the open wheeled sportsman and Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers (NAPA) as the weekly division sponsor for the fan favorite street stocks.

Also announced was that Sunoco Race Fuels by Insinger Performance have signed on as the official fuel of Bethel Motor Speedway and its racers which will help increase the drivers point fund. Hoosier Racing Tires will now be the official tire for Sportsman, Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Street Stocks. Sportsman will be using Hoosier D-400’s and the other classes will utilize the Hoosier G-60. These tires were the tire of choice last year so there will be very little change if any but now thanks to Hoosier Racing Tires additional money will be contributed toward our point fund and purse structure.

Some highlights of the 2018 race season include the Short Track Super Series ‘Fall of 69’ on Sunday, September 30th, ‘Catskill Clash’ on Saturday, October 13th, ‘November Fest’ weekend on November 3rd & 4th, Zoom & Doom Destruction Day on Sunday, July 15th along with former speedway racing reunions for Moc-A-Tek, Pine Brook, and Danbury held respectively on Saturday, May 26th, Saturday, June 16th, and Saturday, July 21st.

Please check out our complete 2018 race schedule on our newly revised website at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com showcasing a fresh look at Bethel Motor Speedway. ‘Feel the Excitement at Bethel Motor Speedway’!


Blauvelt, [ST], March 2, 2018– Peter Reynolds, Promoter for Bethel Speedway is proud
to announce a sponsorship agreement has been signed with Extreme Energy
Solutions Inc. featuring their “Extreme Kleaner” cleaning product.
“Extreme Kleaner” will be the division sponsor for the Dirt Sportsman Division for
the 2018 points season. The sponsorship will help increase the Seasonal drivers’
point fund for the Dirt Sportsman division.
Each car/team/driver competing in the Sportsman Division must have the
Extreme Kleaner decal on upper door of all Sportsman race cars, in order to be
eligible for point fund monies.
Extreme Energy Solutions Inc. is no stranger to motorsports, as they have been
involved with local short track racing, sponsoring many local race teams for years,
including Hall of Famer Modified Driver Jeff Heotzler, Veteran Sportsman Driver
Tommy Vigh Jr; young Sportsman Standout Connor Otten and Rookie Roddy
Watts; and just recently sponsoring Pennsylvania native Tony Mrakovich in the
ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at the Daytona International
Speedway. Extreme Energy Solutions Inc.
CEO and President Samuel K. Burlum is excited about this marketing partnership
with Bethel Speedway and Extreme Kleaner as the Sportsman’s division sponsor.
“We welcome the opportunity to build brand awareness within the racing
community and to extend our reach in partnering with other businesses that find
value in being a part of racing in general,” Burlum contributed
“We are proud to partner with Bethel Motor Speedway, and assist in supporting
their effort to continue racing traditions established in central New York State.”
Extreme Kleaner is a multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser, non-toxic/biodegradable
cleaning product that can be used: in the home, garage, car, truck, boat, and race
car. Bethel Speedway will be using the Extreme Kleaner as a cleaning product at
the speedway. Extreme Kleaner can be found in a number of stores, including
independently owned hardware, auto parts, and grocery retailers.
Extreme Kleaner can also be found at East Coast Speed and Behrent’s
Performance Warehouse, where contingency decals can be picked up in addition
to at the Bethel Motor Speedway office during normal business hours.
Extreme Kleaner samples will be made available at the Orange County Fair
Speedway Motorsports Show, slated for March 24-25, 2018 at the Speedway,
located in Middletown, NY, while supplies last. Bethel will also be holding press
conference announcement on Sunday March 25 th , 2018 at the show to explain the
newly sponsored division/program.
For more information about Extreme Energy Solutions Inc. & Extreme Kleaner
check the web at www.ExtremeEnergySolutions.net and
“Feel the Excitement at Bethel Speedway!”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Peter “Crackers” Reynolds at
914-380- 7300 or email at crackers.motorsports73@gmail.com.