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Stewart Friesen Wins Wild Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ At Orange County Fair Speedwa7

Andy Bachetti $12,500 Halmar North Region Champion

MIDDLETOWN, NY – In a wild, unpredictable main event, Stewart Friesen emerged victorious Thursday night at Orange County Fair Speedway.

The Sprakers, N.Y., driver pitted for a pair of fresh tires after slowing from the lead on the 38th circuit of the 50-lap event and was able to weave back through traffic to win the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at the five-eighths-mile oval.

Friesen earned $5,000 for his efforts, posting his 10th career Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modified victory.

“Wow, that was wild,” Friesen said afterward. “We were able to pit at the right time to get back through. We brought the big-block tonight and it paid off. We weren’t sure how it was going to be on tire wear, but in the end everybody’s stuff was wore out.

“It’s always exciting here, you never know!

Thursday’s event served as the ninth and final round of the STSS Halmar International North Region. Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who finished second to Friesen, clinched the North Region title worth $12,500.

Via a redraw of top heat-race qualifiers, Bachetti led the 30-car field to the green flag. As Bachetti led, battles throughout the top-10 raged behind him. Mike Mahaney’s Buzz Chew Motorsports No. 88 moved into second at lap four. Mahaney, and an emerging Friesen, battled nose-to-tail for the top spot at the halfway mark.

Mahaney was applying heavy pressure to the leader when disaster struck for the King Ferry, N.Y., driver on lap 29. While negotiating a lapped car, he spun in turn two.

The complexion of the race would change dramatically after the yellow for Mahaney as tire wear became an issue.

On the 36th lap, Bachetti’s right-rear tire went down in turn four. Friesen assumed the lead, but not for long. On lap 38, his right-rear tire went down, among three flats on the same lap.

New Jersey’s Brandon Grosso was next to assume the lead. He paced one lap and his right-rear went down on the 42nd circuit.

Jerry Higbie’s United Pump & Tank No. 48 led the field with Mike Ricci in tow. Friesen and Bachetti – racing back forward with fresh tires – were racing hard to move forward on a 42nd lap restart. A three-wide scramble sent Ricci around and ignited a multi-car tangle in turn two. Anthony Perrego’s car overturned in the melee. No one was injured.

Bachetti surged into the top spot on lap 43, moments before Higbie’s tire went flat.

Friesen pulled alongside Bachetti for the double-file restart and surged ahead to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish on the 44th circuit.

“Bringing the big-block paid off for us on that last restart,” Friesen explained. “I thought Bachetti kind of had it but we were able to get a good run there.”

A final caution on lap 48 brought Bachetti to Friesen’s back bumper. Bachetti chased Friesen across the line to clinch his third STSS Halmar North Region title in four years.

“I could have gotten more aggressive on that last restart, but I was ‘big-picture’ racing,” Bachetti said. “I didn’t know how much tire I had left. We came here tonight to win the championship first and we were able to do that.

“Thanks to the Short Track Super Series for an awesome series with the best money.”

Bachetti’s second-place finish was worth $4,000 plus $250 from Rock Fantasy as the race’s halfway leader.

Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., started 13th in Ryan Kerr’s No. 1K and completed the podium in third. Laubach pitted for a tire on lap 39.

Track regular Craig Mitchell of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., recovered for a fourth-place finish after pitting on lap 38. Triangle, N.Y., driver Jeremy Smith placed fifth. Smith had been involved in a turn-four tangle with 11 laps remaining.

Smith received $500 cash from Grand Rental Middletown as the race’s Hard Charger. Smith advanced from his original starting position of 28th on the grid.

Rounding out the top-10 were Tillson, N.Y.’s Ricci; Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., after running low on fuel on the final lap; Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., who also pitted for fuel; David Van Horn Jr. of Harmony, N.J., in Fred Vahlsing’s No. 323ov (who also needed a fuel stop); and Belle Mead, N.J.’s Grosso.

Billy Decker, who crossed the line fifth, and Jerry Higbie in sixth, were both disqualified for weight infractions.

A massive field of 62 STSS Modified signed in for the inaugural event. Heat winners were Kirk Horton, Friesen, DeLorenzo, Perrego, Tyler Dippel and Bachetti. Three consolations set the remainder of the field. Consolation winners were Ric Hill, Matt Sheppard and Brian Krummel.

Kevin Skelly of North Branch, N.Y., topped a field of 28 Street Stocks to win the accompanying main event. Skelly was leading at lap 15 when a complete oil-down of the speedway prompted the checkered flag. Joel Murns, Charlie Donald, Tommy Pickles and Walt Henry were scored second through fifth, reverting to the last-completed lap.

HARD CLAY HAPPENINGS: The Orange County Fair Speedway pit area was literally overflowing with a season-high 62 STSS Modifieds registering for the program in addition to 28 Street Stocks….

Bachetti’s No. 4 showed signs of smoke for much of the main event. Bachetti attributed the smoke to power steering issues….

The win for Friesen was his 10th in the 48-race history of the Short Track Super Series. It also marked his first checkered since switching to Integra Shocks late in the summer….

The field of STSS Modifieds included drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massaschusetts and the Canadian Province of Quebec….

Next up for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP is the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend at Georgetown (Del.) Speedway featuring the Velocita-USA South Region finale: 40 laps, $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag. A full weekend of racing is on the docket, with a complete schedule online at

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

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, Weld & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 9 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): STEWART FRIESEN, Andy Bachetti, Rick Laubach, Craig Mitchell, Jeremy Smith, Mike Ricci, Danny Creeden, Matt DeLorenzo, David Van Horn Jr., Brandon Grosso, Allison Ricci, Shane Jablonka, J.R. Hurlburt, Jimmy Horton, Anthony Perrego, Mike Mahaney, Billy Van Inwegen, Ryan Godown, Tommy Meier, Ric Hill, Joey Bruning, Nick Nye, Matt Sheppard, Kirk Horton, Brian Krummel, Craig Hanson, Tyler Dippel, Frank Cozze.

Disqualified (Weight Infractions): Billy Decker & Jerry Higbie

Did Not Qualify: Joey Bonetti, Gary Edwards Jr., Rich Ricci Jr., Ricky Davis III, Jeff Heotzler, Rich Eurich, Rob Rowe, Brett Tonkin, Heath Metzger, Roger Henion, Billy Pauch Jr., Rusty Smith, Brad Horton, Sean Mandel, Chris Stevens, Joe Judge, Joe Falanga, Yanick Mathieu, Tyler Treacy, Kurt Hundeland, Kenny Ferrier, Cole Hentschel, Frank Venezia, Sam Martz, Rich Eggers, Tyler Boniface, Billy Eggers, Cory Lowitt, Tom Hindley, C.G. Morey, L.J. Lombardo, Terry Arnold.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Matt DeLorenzo (eighth) & J.R. Hurlburt (13th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Jeremy Smith (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Craig Mitchell (fourth) & David Van Horn Jr. (ninth)
Dewalt Tools Giveaways (Pre-Race): Billy Van Inwegen, Tyler Treacy & Kurt Hundeland
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Ricci (sixth)
Grand Rental Station Middletown Hard Charger ($500): Jeremy Smith (28th to fifth)
Keizer Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Craig Mitchell (fourth)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Jeremy Smith (28th to fifth)
Rock Fantasy Halfway Leader ($250): Andy Bachetti
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses (second, 12th & 22nd): Andy Bachetti (second), Shane Jablonka (12th) & Nick Nye (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (16th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Danny Creeden (seventh)

Street Stock Feature Finish (20 laps): KEVIN SKELLY, Joel Murns, Charlie Donald, Tommy Pickles, Walt Henry, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain, Ryan Brockner, Jim Hajkowski, John Hechinager, Bob Sleight, Ron Constable, Paul Harding, Mike Vigiletti, Wayne Taylor, David Cook, Jim Maher, Dan Maher, Joe Scheffole, Chris Murphy, Kyle Welsch, Kevin Corman, Livy Johnson, Jay Smalley, Shawn Maher.

Did Not Start: Larry O’Donnell, Matt Guadagno, Gary Gamble.

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, and on Facebook under Bethel Motor Speedway.

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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,, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.


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 or Brett Deyo can be reached by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail: 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