BETHEL DRIVERS TO INVADE THE DIRT AT EASTERN STATES

Date: 10/21/2010 2:30:44 PM

BETHEL, NY – With the headline division at Bethel Motor Speedway being the dirt Sportsman cars, it is not uncommon for predominantly dirt competitors to take to the pavement at the speedway. This coming week, however, the tables will be turned, as several competitors who have focused on mastering the asphalt at Bethel are planning to head to Orange County Fair Speedway (OCFS) to take part in Eastern States weekend.

Sportsman competitor Greg Morgan, who has dubbed himself the “Captain of the Asphalt Assault,” is among those who are making the trip now that Bethel’s season has concluded.

Morgan’s racing resume spans 28 years and includes plenty of dirt competition – at tracks including Moc-A-Tek Speedway, Five Mile Point Speedway, Accord Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, Flemington Speedway, and Skyline Speedway. He has also competed at OCFS previously.

On pavement, Morgan had a rollercoaster season in 2010, which began with mechanical difficulties that sidelined him from Bethel’s season opener but also included a rebound with a win the following week and four more feature wins during the course of the season.

When all was said and done, Morgan was the runner-up in season points at Bethel for the second year in a row, behind Dan Conklin.

Morgan will head to OCFS with a different car in tow, as he is planning to pilot the #77JR that was raced by Don Smith Jr. several times at Bethel this season.

Also among the Bethel competitors heading to OCFS is Morgan’s fellow Sportsman driver Bryanna Hurban. The 17-year-old was Bethel’s “Rookie of the Year” in the Sportsman class.

Hurban’s first career Sportsman win came at Bethel on May 29th, and she racked up two more feature event wins as the season wore on. In spite of missing several races due to other obligations, Hurban wound up fourth in the season point standings.

The Bethel invasion of the dirt is not strictly limited to Sportsman drivers, either. Two of the top competitors in Bethel’s Street Stock class plan to compete in the Pure Stock division at Eastern States.

Charlie Houghtaling had nothing short of a dream season at Bethel, with very little that didn’t go his way. His first win of the season came on the second night of competition, and he collected a total of nine feature wins on his way to his first career championship.

Houghtaling’s last win of the season came during the first segment of “Bethel Motor Madness” weekend, just hours after he was at the hospital for the birth of his son Easton.

While the remainder of that weekend may not have gone quite as smoothly as Houghtaling might have liked, he had clinched the 2010 Street Stock title.

The driver who finished second to Houghtaling in season points, Kevin Skelly, is also planning to head to OCFS for the big weekend.

Skelly had a total of 13 feature event wins at Bethel in the 2010 season, and he capped off his year by winning two of the three segments that made up “Bethel Motor Madness” weekend, which resulted in him claiming the weekend title.

Skelly was not so fortunate when he hit the dirt at Accord Speedway for their "Wreckage in the Catskills" event this past weekend, losing a wheel while running up front and being forced to retire from the event early.

In the Vintage Dirt Modified class, fans at OCFS can expect to see Bethel Pro Stock regular John Hager in the Hager Bros. Racing coupe. Hager had two Pro Stock feature wins at Bethel during the 2010 season, and ended the season eighth in points.

Hager hinted that he might also compete with his Pro Stock car during Eastern States weekend.



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