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Ed Dachenhausen Pockets $6,900 ‘Summer of 69’ STSS Sportsman Victory

WHITE LAKE, NY – On a day that will stand out in the history of Bethel Motor Speedway, Ed Dachenhausen’s name will forever be etched the in the record books.

Dachenhausen, of Danbury, Conn., raced to victory in the unprecedented ‘Summer of 69’ spectacular paying $6,900 to the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Sportsman winner.

The 69-lap race, which pitted Open and Crate 602 Sportsman engine combinations, offered the largest Sportsman winner’s share at any venue in 2017, with the unique twist of dirt-style cars tackling the tight one-quarter-mile paved oval.

The event thrust Bethel into the spotlight with a large crowd, regional media attention and 30 competitors trying their hand at the money.

At day’s end, it was Dachenhausen’s Scott Sanford-owned car in Victory Lane.

“This is awesome,” said a thrilled Dachenhausen after climbing to the roof of his race car on the frontstretch before the energized Bethel fans. “I can’t thank everyone enough for putting this race on and giving a guy like me a chance to run for this kind of money.

“The cautions were working out in my favor. It’s always nice when you have open track to race on.”

Dachenhausen races on the dirt at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway on Friday nights in the Modified division. Bethel is his home for Saturday racing. He is a Sportsman regular while his son Tyler competes in the track’s pavement-style BMS Modified ranks.

The storybook weekend for Dachenhausen included Saturday wins by both he and his son at Bethel as a ‘Summer of 69’ prelude.

“It couldn’t have been any better of a weekend for us,” he said. “I was pretty emotional last night when my son won his first (Modified) race. This is Hollywood stuff.”

Dachenhausen’s Saturday win at Bethel granted him a guaranteed sixth starting spot for Sunday’s main event.

“I was lucky to win last night and not have to go through all the qualifying,” he admitted.

A field of 26 STSS Sportsman took the green on the Bethel bullring, setting up some wild moments in the race’s opening laps.

Jackie Brown Jr., from fourth, sixth-starter Dachenhausen and veteran Frank Jashembowski – up from 14th – defined themselves as victory contenders through the race’s rough-and-tumble beginning.

When Brown’s No. 6X became entangled with a lapped car in turn two during the latter part of the race’s first segment, it became a Jashembowski/Dachenhausen lead battle.

Through heavy slower traffic, Dachenhausen slipped past ‘Frankie J’ and established his No. 11x as the leader.

Race rules set two “competition cautions” on laps 25 and 50, giving teams the option to head to the pits and change tires.

For Dachenhausen, it wasn’t a consideration.

“I tried to keep the tires under me and drive straight,” he said. “We didn’t have any plans to pit.”

Dachenhausen remained the leader as the crowd intently watched Brown pick his way back through the field. Brown, a winner on dirt at Accord Speedway among other venues and frequent participant on the pavement at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont, raced back into second.

Despite a final caution on lap 66, the Hurley, N.Y., driver couldn’t unseat Dachenhausen at the front of the field.

Brown’s Crate 602 powered car settled for runner-up status, worth $3,000, with Jashembowski – a longtime big-block Modified racer at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway – returning to the seat with a stout third-place result.

Bethel regular Jeff Richardson of Goshen, N.Y., lost the powerplant on his No. 50 during Saturday’s program. He appeared to be on the sidelines, that is, until the main event started.

When Dom Roselli was involved in a heat-race tangle and later fought distributor issues, he failed to qualify for the main. Roselli then turned his car over to Richardson, who was eligible for a provisional start as the speedway’s point leader.

Richardson started dead last, 26th on the grid, and raced to a fourth-place finish.

Second-generation driver Cole Hentschel of Pine Bush, N.Y., ran a steady race to finish fifth after starting 17th.

Completing the top-10 were Brian Papiez of Belle Mead, N.J., driving the Horton family No. 43 (after a flat tire); Vermont invader Joey Roberts, also recovering from a flat; Orange County regular Billy Eggers; Accord’s Nick Plumstead and Eric Moon.

Winners of the three 20-lap ‘Semi’ qualifiers were Papiez, Jashembowski and Al Archiere. Matt Curry and Jimmy Zacharias snagged the consolations.  

Kevin Skelly of North Branch, N.Y., drove to a $1,069 payday in the 40-lap ‘Woodstocker’ Street Stock special. Skelly and Kyle Welsch distanced themselves from the field in an extra-distance event slowed by just a single caution. Skelly masterfully worked slower traffic to outdistance Welsh.

The ‘Woodstocker’ event allowed only street-legal DOT tires rather than racing tires. Skelly invaded Bethel on Saturday with DOT tires on to prepare and it paid off.

“I’m glad we came last night to get dialed in for this race on the DOT tires,” he said.

Welsch finished second, followed by Walt Henry, Amber Van Order and Steve Simpson.

Like their full-fender Street Stock counterparts, the Four Cylinders ran with just a single caution in their 39-lap event! Mike Travis of Liberty, N.Y., took advantage of a head’s-up start to wire the ‘Hippie Bowl’ presented by Hibernation Heating and win the $669 top prize. Travis won convincingly over Shawn Maloney.

Up next for the STSS is the Recovery Sports Grill ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ on Tuesday, August 15 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., paying $5,000 to the Modified winner as part of the Halmar International North Region, plus a $1,000-to-win King of Dirt (KoD) Crate 602 Sportsman main.

Bethel Motor Speedway is located at 361 Horseshoe Lake Road Bethel, NY 12783. The speedway can be contacted by phone at 845.319.7908, on the web atwww.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, call845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

BETHEL BEATS: The event carried a ‘Woodstock’ theme at a track located just miles from the original site of the 1969 festival. Era appropriate music, tie-dyed event shirts and more added to the event’s atmosphere….

The large crowd filled the speedway’s grandstands and spilled out to both sides with lawn chairs….

Despite the busy program of racing, the final checkered flew just after 7 p.m., well in advance of the town-imposed 8 p.m. Sunday curfew….

A number of drivers took in the event as spectators including Jimmy Horton, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Brett Tonkin, Matt Stangle, Brandon Grosso, Craig Hanson and more….

A unique blend of officials included announcers Tim Pitts and Jeff Ahlum, starter Warren Alston, tech director George McKelvey, pit staff Eric Kormann and Dave Pace joining the Bethel staff for the program….

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Speed51.com, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

‘SUMMER OF 69’ RACE SUMMARY – BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY AUGUST 6, 2017

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Sportsman Feature Finish (69 laps): ED DACHENHAUSEN ($6,900), Jackie Brown Jr., Frank Jashembowski, Jeff Richardson, Cole Hentschel, Brian Papiez, Joey Roberts, Billy Eggers, Nick Plumstead, Eric Moon, Rob Rowe, Harold Humphrey, Milton Mann, Mike Sabia, Shayne Spoonhower, Corey Cormier, Chris Raser, Larry Mekic, Brad Horton, Dan Dulin, Rich Coons, Al Archiere, Jimmy Zacharias, Colin DuBois, Kyle Redner, Matt Curry.

Did Not Qualify: Dom Roselli, Roy Crespo, Craig Pritchard, Michael Talmadge.

‘Woodstocker’ Street Stock Feature Finish (40 laps): KEVIN SKELLY ($1,069), Kyle Welsch, Walt Henry, Amber Van Orden, Steve Simpson, Ryan Brockner, Bill Deak, Josh Wilbur, Brian Bauernfiend, Matt Guadagno, Josh Towner, Joel Murns, Charlie Towner, Jeff Hager, Mario Contorino, Larry O’Donnell, Jessica Ricci, Gary Gamble.

‘Hippie Bowl’ Four Cylinder Feature Finish (39 laps): MIKE TRAVIS ($669), Shawn Maloney, Tim Curry, Dave Donovan (pending tech), Dan Curry (pending tech), Dan Houghtaling (pending tech), Cody Houghtaling, Edward Jones, Brandon Golzak, Clifford Levison, Robert Beach, Nicholas Curry, Ray Lamantia, Marcos Small, Michael Weiner, Jessey Torrens, Marison Torrens, Edwin King, Joe Morris Jr., Jeff DeGroat, Josh Houghtaling.

Hard Clay Open’ At Orange County Fair Speedway Postponed To Sunday, April 9

Entire Weekend Schedule Adjusted Back By 24 Hours

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Due to predicted rainfall during the week and a harsh winter, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway has been postponed by one day, to Sunday, April 9.

OCFS promoter Michael Gurda IV opted to push practice back to Saturday, April 8 and the race to Sunday with the best interest of competitors in mind.

“Looking at the forecast for this week, our best option to put on a quality show is to slide back a day to Saturday and Sunday,” Gurda said. “We are expecting significant rain Thursday into the overnight and Friday morning. The extra day will allow the facility to dry out and have the track prepped properly.

Saturday will be reserved for open practice. I feel we will have a much better surface for the race after completing a practice session on the track. The ‘Hard Clay Open’ has become one of those races on the Orange County schedule our fans and teams look forward to and we want to provide the best track conditions and facility possible.”

April 9 had been listed as the scheduled rain date for the event since the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP schedule was released in December.

“We want the best conditions possible for this event and were happy to make the adjustment,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said.

On Saturday, open practice will take place from 1-5 p.m. with pit gates opening at 11 a.m. Pit admission is $25 for practice and grandstand admission is free.

Sunday will serve as the Halmar International North Region Race No. 1 for the STSS Modifieds with the ‘Hard Clay Open’ 50-lap, $5,000-to-win, $1,000 for 10th, $500 to take the green big-block/small-block Modified event. Also on the card are Crate 602 Sportsman, following weekly Orange County rules, paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start.

The Sunday time schedule will remain as posted: pit gates open at 11 a.m., grandstand and drive-in gates at noon, hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing at 4 p.m.

Adult admission is $22. Seniors pay $20. Kids 12 and under are $2. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com. The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

Not All $5,000-To-Win Races Are Equal: $30,400 Payout

Non-Top-Heavy Structure Set For ‘Hard Clay Open’ At Orange County Fair Speedway Saturday, April 8

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Take a look at the 2017 dirt Modified Northeast schedule, and you’ll see plenty of $5,000-to-win races.

Don’t let the winner’s share fool you. They’re not all created equal.

On Saturday, April 8 at Orange County Fair Speedway, the ‘Hard Clay Open’ offers $5,000 to the victor for a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event. The difference is, the payback through the field totaling a massive $30,400 for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region opener.

At OCFS, the complete ‘Hard Clay Open’ STSS Modified payout is as follows: 1) $5,000; 2) $4,000; 3) $2,500; 4) $1,800; 5) $1,500; 6) $1,400; 7) $1,300; 8) $1,200; 9) $1,100; 10) $1,000; 11) $750; 12) $650; 13) $600; 14) $550; 15) $525; 16) $515; 17) $510; 18-28) $500.

In addition to the posted pay, a number of companies have offered product or certificate bonuses including American Racer, ATL Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Fast Axle, Keizer Wheels, QA1, VP Racing Fuels and Wilwood Brakes.

The ‘Hard Clay Open’ kicks off the STSS North Region title fight, with $12,500 going to the series champion at year-end.

Modifieds will compete in qualifying and a 50-lap feature the STSS rules package. Crate 602 Sportsman will race under weekly OCFS rules utilizing an open draw. Crate 602 Sportsman race for $1,000 to win and $100 to take the green flag.

For complete rules, prices and information, visit the following link: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/hard-clay-open-general-rules-prices-information/

At the ‘Hard Clay Open’ gates will open at 11 a.m. for the pit area. The drive-in and grandstand gates unlock at noon. A drivers’ meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m., with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing at 4 p.m.

A rain date of Sunday, April 9 is in place should there be inclement weather.

OCFS will host a Friday practice on April 7. Gates will unlock at 2 p.m., with track time available for teams from 4-8 p.m.

The STSS has already been in action this season, hosting the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway on March 11. Jimmy Horton of Neshanic Station, N.J., a regular at OCFS driving for Chris Larsen’s Halmar International team, took the $5,100 victory.

The Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP and BD Motorsports Media LLC can be found on the web at www.shorttracksuperseries.com or www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com. The series is also on Twitter @ShortTrackSS and Facebook under “Short Track Super Series.”

Located at 239 Wisner Avenue Middletown, N.Y., 10940 on the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange County Fair Speedway is the oldest continuously operating dirt track in the United States. The first auto race was held at the speedway in 1919. The five-eighths-mile oval offers fully-covered and half-covered grandstands in addition to open bleacher seating on the frontstretch and turn one areas, with drive-in viewing on the backstretch. To learn more, contact the Orange County Fair Speedway office at 845.342.2573 or visit www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.

The 2017 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita & Wilwood.


2017 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Schedule

Halmar International North Region

Saturday, April 8 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. ‘Hard Clay Open’ (Rain Date: April 9)

Sunday, May 28 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ (Rain Date: May 29)

Tuesday, June 6 Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – ‘Anthracite Assault’ – COMBO (Rain Date: TBA)

Wednesday, June 21 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – ‘Afton Action 50’ (Rain Date: June 22)

Monday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ (Rain Date: July 4) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

Tuesday, August 15Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Malta, N.Y. – Stampede ‘toga (Rain Date: August 16)

Tuesday, August 22 – Woodhull Raceway/Woodhull, N.Y. – ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ (Rain Date: August 23) – AMERICAN RACER CUP CHALLENGE EVENT

Saturday, October 7 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. – American Racer Cup Short Track SuperNationals 10 – Afton Motorsports Park/Afton, N.Y. (Rain Date: October 8)

Thursday, October 19 – Orange County Fair Speedway/Middletown, N.Y. – ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Eastern States Weekend (Rain Date: October 20) – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS