BETHEL, NY – 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