Rick Smith Returns to Victory Lane!
BETHEL, NY (8/10/2013)- In an action-packed night that included
13 feature events, a large crowd at Bethel Motor Speedway was
treated to a night that included a lot to feel good about. The
night began with nine-year-old Fantasy Holland – a White Lake
resident who attends the Town of Bethel Youth camp program –
singing the National Anthem. By the time the night ended, more
than 275 laps had been turned on the quarter-mile asphalt oval,
with one driver capturing a historic 100th win and four drivers
taking home their first checkered flags in a very busy Victory
The points battle in the Pro Stock division has been a tight one
at the top so far this season, and double features this past
Saturday left their mark on the standings. The lead has bounced
back and forth between Beryle Herman and 2010 Rookie of the Year
Kenny Atkins. Just a few weeks back, the pair was tied for the
lead, but a bad night for Atkins had given the lead solely to
Herman. The tables were turned this past Saturday, as Herman
felt the effects of one less-than-desirable finish, which cut
his points lead to a mere six points over Atkins.In the
division’s holdover race, defending division champion Mark
Sylvester and Jim Helt occupied the front row for the start.
Sylvester got out front early, but was caught up in an incident
on lap two, just after Ed Butler had made a pass for the lead.
Sylvester retired to the pits and was done for the night, as he
was unable to make it out for the night’s regular feature.
Butler retired from the event after receiving the black flag
just two laps later, and Helt had assumed the lead. Over the
next few laps, Helt led a contingent that included Larry
O’Donnell on his bumper. Atkins was moving towards the front of
the field, and he grabbed second on lap six. By the halfway
point of the race, Atkins put his car out front. Herman was
involved in a late-race spin, but was able to make up ground as
several cautions in the closing laps made it easier for him to
work his way back to the front. With four laps to go, Herman
grabbed second as 2010 division champion Joe Barnes and John
Hager battled for third. Atkins was first to the line for his
fifth win of the year. Herman finished second and Hager was
The night’s regular feature started with O’Donnell and Helt on
the front row. O’Donnell shot out front at the drop of the
green, and Helt held on to second for the first half of the
event. When the race reached halfway, Rick Smith powered his way
past Helt for second. Atkins followed through to take third.
Just after the halfway point, Smith worked his way past
O’Donnell for the lead. With just two laps to go, Atkins grabbed
second from O’Donnell. Atkins was out of time to catch Smith,
and he had to settle for second. O’Donnell crossed the line
Herman’s eighth place finish in the regular event tightened
up the points battle, leaving Atkins just six points out of
the lead. Helt sits third, with 56 points separating him and
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Rick
Smith, 2. Kenny Atkins, 3. Larry O’Donnell, 4. John Hager,
5. Jerry Tunney, 6. Joe Barnes, 7. Jesse Mann, 8. Beryle
Herman, 9. Jim Helt, 10. Wayne Hajek, 11. Gerald Lum, 12.
Steve Vasey, 13. John Spencer. DNS – Mark Sylvester.