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WHITE LAKE, NY – It’s time for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco to hit the pavement.

On Sunday, September 30, the quarter-mile paved Bethel Motor Speedway will host the STSS Sportsman in the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse-sponsored ‘Fall of 69’ event: 69 laps offering a very healthy $2,500 to the winner plus special awards and bonuses.

This second annual event at Bethel will serve as the fourth of five STSS Sportsman events on the 2018 agenda.

A draw format will set the lineups for 15-lap ‘Semi’ qualifiers leading up to the ‘Fall of 69’ STSS Sportsman main event. Drivers unable to qualify through the ‘Semi’ events will have another shot via B-Mains for a field of 22 cars. Two series provisionals and one track provisional will bring the total starters to 25 on the tight bullring.

The main event will run 69 green-flag laps.

All drivers signing in for the event will receive 60 points toward the STSS Open Sportsman championship battle.

A number of bonuses will be available for STSS Sportsman racers: a $100 Sunoco Race Fuels Gift Certificate for the Halfway Leader; a $200 Extreme Energy Solutions/Extreme Kleaner Top Crate 602 bonus; $200 from Armistead Mechanical to the Hard Charger; $100 for the first Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway representative from Mike Sparta Trucking and $100 to the top Accord (N.Y.) Speedway driver courtesy of Accord promoters Gary and Donna Palmer.

Lap money will also be paid to drivers.

Complete STSS Sportsman rules for this event have been posted under ‘Event Info’ on www.shorttracksuperseries.com. 

Also on the card: the ‘Woodstocker’ Tri Counties Automotive Street Stock 40-lap event offering $500 to the winner, Legends Cars in a 25-lap main sponsored by Alliance Shippers Inc. offering $500 to win (based on 18 cars) and a 15-lap Bandolero feature.

Crackers Motorsports Marketing has posted $100 Hard Charger Awards for the Street Stock and Legends Car events. The Street Stock ‘Woodstocker’ will also offer lap money.

Pit gates open at 11 a.m. Grandstand gates will be unlocked at noon. Hot laps hit the track at 1 p.m., with racing at 2 p.m.

Adult admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65-plus) pay $18. Students (ages 7-16) pay $8. Children 6 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

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 2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N,  Land Hoe Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.

2018 Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Sportsman Program

Open Sportsman Schedule

Tuesday, July 3 – Accord Speedway/Accord, N.Y. – WINNER: DALE WELTY

Monday, July 16 – Big Diamond Speedway/Minersville, Pa. – CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Saturday, September 15 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – WINNER: DOMINIC ROSELLI

Sunday, September 30 – Bethel Motor Speedway/White Lake, N.Y. – 60 points for all drivers

Friday, October 5 – Thunder Mountain Speedway/Center Lisle, N.Y. – CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


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.


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.

Bethel Motor Speedway To Host Historic ‘Summer of 69’ STSS Sportsman Event Paying $6,900 To Win

Highest-Paying Northeast Sportsman Race To Take Place On Quarter-Mile Paved Oval

WHITE LAKE, NY – The richest event in the entire Northeast for the 2017 season for dirt-track Sportsman will be part of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP schedule.

And it will take place on pavement!

Bethel Motor Speedway, the quarter-mile paved oval nestled in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, will be thrust into the Northeast spotlight Sunday, August 6 with the inaugural ‘Summer of 69’ for dirt-track Sportsman. The Bethel location is convenient for competitors hailing from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

This 69-lap event will offer $6,900 – yes, $6,900 – to the winner from a massive posted purse. Not only will this be the most lucrative event run in speedway history, it will also serve as the highest-paying race run at any venue, anywhere, for the Sportsman division. A field of 24 cars will take the green flag, with $150 reserved for the last-place finisher.

The race will be reserved for dirt cars only. Dirt tires will be run. Open and Crate engine combinations will be eligible to participate with staggered weights for each. All competitors entering this event will receive 60 points toward the STSS Sportsman championship battle; as such the ‘Summer of 69’ will be open to any driver wishing to compete.

In recent seasons, Bethel Motor Speedway has headlined its weekly Saturday programs with dirt-track Sportsman. The Bethel layout has proven racy for the division, with multi-groove racing the norm.

The ‘Summer of 69’ creates a true marquee program for the facility that will generate interest from across the area. The speedway sits just miles from the original site of Woodstock and will be themed as a throwback to the famed festival held in the summer of 1969.

“We were looking to do something to put the track on the map,” speedway owner Jeff Lefcourt said. “By running this show, I think it will open the eyes of the Northeast racing community to our facility. It’s going to attract new fans, get us attention we’ve never had here before from racers, media and sponsors.”

STSS organizer Brett Deyo will not only sanction the event, but manage its marketing and promotion.

“This is such a unique, out-of-the-box idea that it really piqued my interest,” he said. “The Sportsman division has never seen anything quite like this before. Neither has the speedway.

“My first opportunity in racing was covering racing at Bethel for Area Auto Racing News when I was 15 years old. I’ve always had an interest in the track and being part of something like this is an honor for me.”

Complete rules and further information on the event will be released in the coming weeks.

Support divisions will be included on the program, as well. Street Stocks will compete for a $1,069 winner’s share in the ‘Woodstocker’ and will be joined by FWD Four Cylinders ($669 to win) in the ‘Hippie Bowl’ and Slingshots ‘Drum Beat Heat’ ($369 to win).

A rain date of August 13 is set in the event of inclement weather.