Bethel Motor Speedway
|Location||White Lake, Bethel, Sullivan County, New York, USA|
|Owner||Fred Graf Racing, LLC|
|Operator||Tracy Chirico, Business Operations Manager|
|Length||.25 mi (.402 km)|
Bethel Motor Speedway is a quarter-mile asphalt oval race track, located near the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in White Lake, New York. The track was constructed in 1959, and opened for operations in 1960. It has existed under several names, including White Lake Speedway, Catskill Mountain Speedway, Sullivan County Speedway, and Kauneonga Speedway. The track closed in 2006 and remained idle through 2007. Fred Graf Racing, LLC, purchased the speedway, and it reopened under new ownership bearing the Bethel Motor Speedway name on August 9, 2008. Dave and Joanne Rocket, who promoted races at the speedway from 1998 until 2004, returned as promoters under the new owner. The speedway was resurfaced in November 2010, providing a new racing surface for the 2011 season. For the 2011 season, management of the speedway was assumed by Tracy Chirico, Business Operations Manager; and John Condit, Race Director.
On a weekly basis, Bethel Motor Speedway hosts the Sportsman, Bethel Motor Speedway (BMS) Modified, Pro Stock, Street Stock, and 4 Cylinder Novice and Advanced divisions. INEX-sanctioned Legends and Bandoleros run at the speedway regularly. The speedway hosts a limited number of races for Vintage Dirt Modifieds and ATQMRA Midgets, among other divisions. In 2012, the speedway will run a four-cylinder truck division under sanctioning from the Empire Sport Truck series.
Special events include the annual LegendStock race, typically a qualifier race for the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals. The trademark of the event is a three-foot tall guitar-shaped trophy.
Racing takes place on Saturday nights, with the season typically running from late April through early October. The speedway charges $5 grandstand admission for all shows.
Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003, ISBN 0-931105-61-7, pp. 491
Tracy Chirico, "'Rocket'ing Tracks Back to Life in Upstate New York", Speed51.com. Retrieved 09/16/09
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