|Date: 2/17/2011 9:58:01 AM|
BETHEL, NY – For drivers in the BMS
Modified division at Bethel Motor Speedway, Christmas is coming early
this year, as the speedway office announced several exciting
developments for the division this week.
The BMS Modified class has
provided many years of rich racing history at the quarter-mile paved
oval, with many talented drivers turning laps in its ranks. One of the
pinnacles of recognition came in the early 1990s, when competitor Steve
Conklin not only won the track championship, but was also recognized by
Area Auto Racing News as the winningest asphalt Modified driver in the
Northeast, with 11 wins in 21 starts. Conklin still competes in the
class today, collecting one win and finishing in the top five in points
in 2010 in spite of running a limited schedule.
It seems only fitting that
the class should head into the 51st anniversary season at the speedway
with a positive outlook and positive developments.
For the 2011 season, it has
been decided that the class will allow both the American Racer G60 and
Hoosier IMCA tires for competition. This will enable drivers to compete
at the track using the inventory of tires they may already have.
Additionally, BMS Modified
drivers who want to visit Bethel and take some laps on the new asphalt
that was laid in preparation for the 2011 season can do so for a single
event without paying a car/driver entry fee. A coupon for first-time
competitors is available online at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, and can be accessed by using the “Coupon” link at the top of the web page.
“We know there are plenty
of drivers out there who have never witnessed first-hand the excitement
of racing at Bethel Motor Speedway, and we want to give them the
opportunity to see what we have to offer,” stated Bethel’s Business
Operations Manager, Tracy Chirico. “Any driver coming in for their first
competition in the BMS Modified class can take advantage of the coupon
to give the track a ‘test drive’, so to speak. Between the
implementation of the coupon and the expansion of the tire rule for the
current season, we feel that we have made the speedway as accessible as
possible for as many drivers as we can.”
Perhaps the most exciting
announcement, however, was that a division sponsor had been secured, as
Active Towing and Recovery of Washingtonville, New York, stepped up to
the plate to back the class.
“We are happy to welcome
Active Towing and Recovery aboard as the division sponsor for one of the
longest-standing classes in the history of the speedway, and a division
that has contributed so much to the track’s history over the years,”
Active Towing and Recovery
provides 24-hour towing, recovery, and roadside services. They provide
not only local and long-distance towing, but also services such as
lockout service, tire change and repair, jumpstart and battery service,
and gas and refueling service. Active Towing and Recovery has a
four-truck fleet that includes both flatbeds and a wrecker, and they are
equipped to provide vehicle and motorcycle flatbed and winch recovery
service. For more information, visit www.activetowingandrecovery.com, or call their emergency hotline at (845) 496-9576.
Bethel Motor Speedway is a
quarter-mile asphalt oval located in White Lake, New York, just four
miles from the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival. The
speedway presents racing every Saturday night from late April through
early October, with grandstand admission of just $5 per person for all
shows. In addition to the BMS Modifieds, divisions include dirt
Sportsman, Pro Stock, Street Stock, 4 Cylinders, and INEX-sanctioned
Legends and Bandoleros. More information can be obtained at www.bethelmotorspeeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.
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