|Date: 8/15/2010 4:39:02 PM|
BETHEL MOTOR SPEEDWAY A BUSY PLACE SATURDAY NIGHT
August 15, 2010, BETHEL, NY – The busiest quarter-mile stretch of asphalt in Sullivan County this past Saturday night may very well have been the racing surface at Bethel Motor Speedway, where fans were treated to ten feature events for just $5 grandstand admission. When the dust settled on the night’s events, two drivers had found their way to Victory Lane for the first time in 2010, while eight others made repeat visits.
The Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman division drivers took to the track twice, competing in the night’s regular scheduled feature as well as a holdover race that resulted from a rainout earlier in the season. Two repeat winners took down the checkers, as defending division champion Dan Conklin and Jerry Curry each grabbed a win.
Bryanna Hurban and Greg Morgan started on the front row for the holdover event, and Morgan shot out to the early lead. Hurban was not going to give up easily, though, and the teenager grabbed the spot back four laps into the event. Unfortunately for Hurban, she was involved in a caution four laps later. Conklin, who started the event fourth, inherited the lead as a result. Once out front, Conklin never looked back. He held off rookie Mike Houghtaling until fellow veteran Jerry Curry came to second and spent the remainder of the event looking for a way past Conklin. Tyler Boniface made his way to third, but the laps ran out for both Curry and Boniface as Conklin drove on to his fifth win of 2010. Curry had to be content with second, and Boniface crossed the line third. Rich Coons and Mike McKerrell rounded out the top five.
Curry may have had to settle for a runner-up finish in the holdover race, but he made it obvious that he would not accept the same result in the night’s regular event. Curry started fifth, and he followed Morgan from his third place starting spot as Morgan took the lead on lap one. Curry and Morgan put on a heated battle for the lead as the cars behind them jockeyed for position. Curry made his move just prior to the halfway point of the event and took over the lead from Morgan. Even several mid-race cautions couldn’t stand between Curry and the checkered flag, as he was able to hold off the competition on each restart to keep his car out front. Curry notched his third 2010 victory in the class, followed by Morgan and Conklin. Boniface and Coons finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The fastest action of the night came in the Sam’s Towing Pro Stock division, as the class ran its 20-lap feature caution-free. Ed Butler took advantage of his pole starting position, and he shot out front at the drop of the green, leaving outside pole sitter Norman Barnes to chase him. Barnes never let Butler out of his sight, but was unable to make a pass as the green flag laps clicked off. Behind the duo, current point leader Bobby Policastro diced his way through the field to come from eighth to third. Without any cautions to tighten the field, Butler was able to power his way to his second win of the season, making him the fifth different repeat winner in the division. Barnes was second, with Policastro third.
The Legends took to the track for the first time following their LegendStock 2010 event, and Montana native John Hilliker took to the track for the first time, walking away with the trophy and winner’s payday. Hilliker took off from the sixth starting spot, but made his way through the field while pole sitter Matt Evans was leading the early laps. By lap five, Hilliker had come to second, and he snatched the lead from Evans two laps later. As Hilliker began to walk away from the field, current point leader Todd McCollum made his way to third and then had to work past Evans for the second spot. McCollum’s shot to grab the lead from Hilliker came with five laps to go as a caution erased the lead Hillker had built up. Hilliker had a flawless restart, though, and grabbed the win. McCollum was second, and JD Abrahams came home third.
Mikey Policastro waited until the last week in July to capture his first 2010 win in the JTR Enterprises Bandolero class, but he made it apparent that he would not wait as long to grab his second win of the season, which he did this past Saturday. Policastro started on the outside pole, alongside rookie Max Evans, and he put his car out front as soon as the green flag waved. As he pulled away from the field, he left them to battle for position behind him. Evans ran strong in second as fellow rookie Taylor Hurban held on to third. Hurban spun late in the race, and third changed hands several times in the closing laps. When the checkered flag waved, Policastro claimed the win, with Evans second. Jared Palmer grabbed the third spot.
The Shakleton Auto & Truck Centers Street Stock race boiled down to a battle that has become a familiar sight at Bethel this season between veterans Kevin Skelly and Charlie Houghtaling, who headed into the event with a combined total of 11 feature wins. When the dust settled, Skelly was the one who added to that total as he grabbed his seventh feature win of the year. Houghtaling and Skelly started the event sixth and seventh, respectively, while two rookies – Larry O’Donnell and Jonathan McGibbon – started on the front row. O’Donnell quickly got out front and led the opening laps, but Houghtaling made his way to second by lap two and was wasting little time in his quest for another win. Houghtaling took over the lead one lap later, leaving the two rookies between himself and Skelly. Skelly made his way to second by lap six, but then had to close the gap that Houghtaling had built. With just two laps to go, Skelly took over the top spot, and he led Houghtaling to the finish line. O’Donnell took third.
The BMS Modifieds made their return after a break in their schedule, and the division’s drivers showed that they were ready to get back into the winners’ circle. With no cautions to slow him down, John Cote got to claim that space for the fifth time this season. Cote started on the front row, outside of rookie Gary VanOrden Sr. He jumped out front at the drop of the green, and Skip LaPolt came from his third place starting spot to take second on the initial lap. Just one lap later, Charlie Howe Sr. came to third. The top three spent the majority of the race running in close quarters, with both LaPolt and Howe Sr. waiting for Cote to make a mistake that never came. Cote claimed the win, with LaPolt second and Howe Jr. third.
In the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Senior division, Eddie Lindstadt made five visits to Victory Lane earlier this season, but had been on a winless streak since July 3rd. He changed that this past Saturday, leading all but two laps on the way to his sixth win of the season. Pole sitter George VanAiken led the first two laps before Lindstadt made his way from fourth to the lead. Paul Curry, who has five 2010 feature wins of his own, came to second one lap later and challenged Lindstadt over the next five laps before being passed by Rich Winters for the spot. The action up front was tight, as Russell Sniffen applied pressure to Curry and then to Winters. Sniffen was able to grab the runner-up spot with just two laps remaining, and time ran out for him to take over the top spot as Lindstadt was the first to cross the line. Sniffen was second, with Brendan Pavese third.
The young guns of the Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder Junior division got two opportunities to visit Victory Lane, and two different drivers wound up there by the end of the night as Vinny Lovric captured his first 2010 win in the holdover race from the previous week, while Don Kuhn grabbed his fourth win of the season during the night’s regular event.
In the holdover event, pole sitter Amber VanOrden got out to the lead at the start of the race, but had Lovric to contend with almost immediately as he jumped from fourth to second on the initial lap. The two diced it out for the lead for several laps before Lovric was able to get out front. VanOrden held on to second for several laps as current point leader Steven Schmitz challenged her for the spot. Schmitz took over the position just past the halfway point, but Lovric cruised on to victory in just his sixth start in the division. Schmitz was second. Following post-race tech, VanOrden was credited with third.
In the night’s regular event, Don Kuhn emerged victorious from the tight door-to-door action that characterized the entire length of the event. VanOrden put her car out front at the start of the race just as she had done during the holdover race, and she was able to maintain the position through the halfway point of the race, in spite of the challenges of the field of hungry drivers behind her. Gary Magie had made his way to second by lap three, and Kuhn took over third one lap later. As the field went two- and three-wide for position, Kuhn came out at the front of the field with six laps remaining. Magie followed for second, and Amber McGibbon took over the third spot several laps later. The young drivers scrambled for position right up until the checkered flag waved, but Kuhn was the first under it. Magie finished second, and McGibbon was credited with third.
Next Saturday, August 21st, Bethel Motor Speedway will play host to the ATQMRA Midgets in their second appearance of 2010 at the speedway. Also on the schedule are the Alcaro & Alcaro Plating Sportsman, Sam’s Towing Pro Stock, JTR Enterprises Bandolero, Shakelton Auto & Truck Centers Street Stock, BMS Modified, and Jeff Bank 4 Cylinder classes. Gates open at 3:30 pm, with hot laps at 5:30 pm, and racing slated to begin at 7 pm. The “Feed the Food Bank” program will continue through the end of the season, and fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to a local food pantry. Grandstand admission is just $5. Visit www.bethelmotorspeedway.com for a full schedule, or call (845) 319-7908 for more information.
HOLDOVER SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Dan Conklin, 2. Jerry Curry, 3. Tyler Boniface, 4. Rich Coons, 5. Mike McKerrell, 6. Mike Houghtaling, 7. Roy Crespo, 8. Bryanna Hurban, 9. Greg Morgan.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Jerry Curry, 2. Greg Morgan, 3. Dan Conklin, 4. Tyler Boniface, 5. Rich Coons, 6. Dave Gorbatuk, 7. Mike Houghtaling, 8. Don Smith III, 9. Roy Crespo, 10. Kyle Redner, 11. Bryanna Hurban. DNS – Mike McKerrell.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Ed Butler, 2. Norman Barnes, 3. Bobby Policastro, 4. Charlie Howe Jr., 5. Joe Barnes, 6. Ken Atkins, 7. Mark Sylvester, 8. Gene Morton, 9. Jim Helt, 10. John Hager, 11. Ken Hopkins Jr., 12. Gene Palmer, 13. Ron Lane.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. John Hilliker, 2. Todd McCollum, 3. JD Abrahams, 4. Matt Evans, 5. Johnny Demarmels, 6. Richie Coy, 7. Andrew Stotler, 8. Joe DeGracia, 9. Bill Johnston, 10. Stephen Hershey, 11. Raven Schrantz, 12. Anthony Battisti, 13. Barry Schrantz.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Mikey Policastro, 2. Max Evans, 3. Jared Palmer, 4. Rudy Roth, 5. Joseph Graf Jr., 6. Taylor Hurban, 7. Matt Forsythe, 8. Christina Policastro, 9. Courtney Lefcourt.
STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Kevin Skelly, 2. Charlie Houghtaling, 3. Larry O’Donnell, 4. Brent Shaddock, 5. Glenn Pallom, 6. Gary VanOrden Jr., 7. Robert Halstead, 8. Jonathan McGibbon, 9. Jeff Hager.
BMS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. John Cote, 2. Skip LaPolt, 3. Charlie Howe Sr., 4. Gary VanOrden Sr., 5. Jeff Miller.
4 CYLINDER SENIOR FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Eddie Lindstadt, 2. Russell Sniffen, 3. Brendan Pavese, 4. Paul Curry, 5. Rich Winters, 6. George Zeininger, 7. Diane Hughson, 8. George VanAiken, 9. Patty Falkena, 10. Enio Lovric.
HOLDOVER 4 CYLINDER JUNIOR FEATURE EVENT (15 laps): 1. Vinny Lovric, 2. Steven Schmitz, 3. Amber VanOrden, 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Ivan Guerra, 6. Shawn Maloney, 7. Don Kuhn, 8. Amber McGibbon, 9. Josh Mendez, 10. Paige LaPolt, 11. Justin Mapes, 12. Gary Magie, 13. Jamie Elliott. DQ – Josh Wilbur.
4 CYLINDER JUNIOR FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Don Kuhn, 2. Gary Magie, 3. Amber McGibbon, 4. Kyle Welsch, 5. Amber VanOrden, 6. Ivan Guerra, 7. Josh Wilbur, 8. Steven Schmitz, 9. Tasha Curry, 10. Paige LaPolt, 11. Justin Mapes, 12. David Wright, 13. Josh Mendez, 14. Shawn Maloney, 15. Vinny Lovric.
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