Quality Bus Service Signs on to Sponsor Bethel Motor Speedway Young Racers

By in Legends & Bandos | Tagged as: Legend cars, Bandoleros, Bethel Motor Speedway
(Photo: Lisa Andresen) (Photo: Lisa Andresen)

Nestled away in rustic upstate New York, Bethel Motor Speedway roars to life from April through October, as everyday residents of the surrounding area and beyond turn into Saturday night heroes behind the wheel of racecars

A surprisingly large number of those residents in recent years are actually youngsters who trade video games and television to spend their Saturdays competing and, in many cases, turning the wrenches on their own cars.

As a result of the increased interest of younger competitors, several years ago Bethel Motor Speedway established the Young Racers Program, designed to give those who are the future of the sport support,
guidance, and assistance as they begin competition and gain the experience necessary to develop their skills. This past week, the Bethel Motor Speedway office announced that the Young Racers Program had signed a title sponsor for the program for the 2012 racing season, providing additional support for the program and its participants.

“We are pleased to welcome Quality Bus Service on board,” stated Bethel’s Business Operations Manager, Tracy Chirico. “Quality Bus Service has long been a supporter of the activities and programs that we
offer for the young drivers, including being a sponsor of last year’s LegendStock Bandolero race, so we are thrilled to be able to expand their involvement to span the entire season. With their help and involvement, we hope to be able to benefit and help more youngsters this year than ever before.”

In recent years, participants in the Young Racers Program have excelled not only on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Bethel, but they have also gained recognition at other tracks and received numerous awards. Some have competed at the national level in events such as the INEX Bandolero Nationals and INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, and several Bethel drivers have received state-level championships. Bethel’s 2011 Legends champion, 14-year-old Matt Pappa, took advantage of extra seat time offered through the
Young Racers Program and went on to capture the New York State Young Lions division title and finish second in his class in the nation.

Bandolero and Legends drivers are not the only ones who have benefited from the program, either, as 4 Cylinder drivers often participate as well. During the 2011 racing season, several drivers received
instructional time on the track as part of the Young Racers Program. The 4 Cylinder Novice champion, Kody Welsh, was among the drivers in the class who were able to turn some extra laps through the program.

The Young Racers Program also assists drivers with equipment, as well as off-track instruction. In 2011, many of the younger drivers took part in clinics that provided instruction in such topic areas as flags, how to react to various situations on the track, and how to promote themselves as drivers.

Bethel Motor Speedway is presently conducting a raffle to benefit the Young Racers Program as well. After winning the prestigious LegendStock Bandolero race back in August, Kaz Grala and his family donated the race-winning car, which will be raffled off on March 31st. Tickets are available for $10 each, with a maximum of 500 tickets being sold.

More information about Bethel Motor Speedway, the Young Racers Program, and the Bandolero raffle are available at www.bethelmotorspeedway.com, or by calling (845) 319-7908.

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