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Bethel Motor Speedway “Pinebrook Speedway Reunion” Racer’s Guide

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Track Address

361 Horseshoe Lake Road
Bethel, NY 12783 United States

Schedule for Saturday, May 19th, 2018

2:30 PM Pit Gates Open
4:00 PM Practice Rotation Begins
6:00 PM (approximate time) ATQMRA Heat Races – 8 Laps each
7:00 PM (approximate time) ATQMRA Feature Race – 30 Laps

Admission

Pit Passes:
$25 - VIP
$35 – Non VIP

Grandstands:

$14 - Adults
$9 – Senior 65+
$6 – Student (ages 12 – 16)
FREE – Kids ages 11 and younger

 

 

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Hard Work and Determination Leads Tim Proctor to Victory

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Hard Work and Determination Leads Tim Proctor to Victory

Tim Proctor’s win Memorial Day weekend was a feel-good story for many within the ATQMRA.  Not only was this Tim’s first career Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP Racing Fuel feature victory, but it occurred at his home track.  Wall Stadium Speedway is located approximately 40 miles northeast of his hometown of Columbus, NJ. However, what is most remarkable about his victory was not the fact that he led wire-to-wire in the 25 lap event, but rather the adversity he faced in order to make it back to the track this past winter. 

Ask any driver who competed in the 44thrunning of the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium this past November, and chances are they will tell you it was one of the toughest races they were ever a part of. As the event was plagued by on-track incidents in the early running, it was Tim Proctor who earned the most gasps during the third caution of the race.

“Turkey Derby was such a hard race to get started,” Proctor explained. ”With so many yellows, and myself constantly restarting on the bottom, it was really hard to get going and get into a rhythm.” Proctor certainly had a hard time finding his rhythm as contact with another car on the speedway’s back-straightway sent his #98 Drinan Chassis tumbling end over end resulting in one of the hardest wrecks of his racing career. 

Photo Courtesy of Jim Smith, Area Auto Racing News

Although his spirits were hurt, physically Proctor was fine and walked away from the incident on his own two feet.  After taking time to calm down and let cooler heads prevail, Proctor accessed the damage of his car a few days after the on-track incident.

“I called Danny (Drinan) after sending him some pictures of the car. I asked him if he could fix it. He told me it wouldn’t be a problem but I would have to deliver the car to his shop.” 

Tim Proctor would sit and ponder trying to put a game plan together on how he will deliver his car to Danny Drinan, in Indianapolis, IN. 

Tim struck gold when long-time friend Gary Mondschein gave him a call later that week letting Tim know he was already heading out to Indianapolis to pick up a classic IndyCar. Mondschein, owner of the Classic Racing Times, is a motorsports enthusiast and does great work to help preserve racing history hosting many events across the United States.  After two days of thrashing, Proctor was able to take his car apart and drove it over the Mondschein’s shop.  Within days, Mondschein hand-delivered Proctor’s car to Drinan’s shop.

Drinan repaired the car in a month.  However, adversity struck Proctor again as he had to put an action plan together to get the car back home to New Jersey from Indiana.

Photo Courtesy of Tim Proctor

“My friend Brian and I strapped a cargo carrier to the back of my wife Christine’s Nissan Rogue and we hauled out to Indianapolis.” Proctor would make the overnight trip on a cold February night in just under 12 hours as they drove straight though. “We left right after work on Friday, got to Indy on Saturday, and was back home on Sunday.” A trailer wasn’t needed for this racer, and the Nissan Rogue made it home in one piece with a newly repaired chassis attached. 

The car would sit bare in the garage of his new house for an extended period of time, as both Tim and his wife Christine were in the midst of moving between his trips to Indiana.

“Once we got settled in and I had time to work on the car again, my mind was set on returning to my favorite track Bethel (scheduled for May 19th).I worked on the car for weeks only to have Bethel rain out on us.”

The extra week off set the stage for Proctor to make his ATQMRA return at his home track one week later at Wall Stadium. “I went to Wall with the mentality to just shake the car down. After everything we have been through, I just wanted to make sure everything was running as it should and just bring it home in one piece.”

Proctor, without the assistance of a pit crew, went on to finish forth in the second heat race of the evening.  From there, he drew the pole position for the feature and went on to lead the whole race to claim his first ATQMRA victory. 

“This was for sure the oddest win of my career but also one of the most satisfying.  I cannot thank my wife Christine, my friend Brian, Aunt Jackie, Uncle Ray and my co-owner Paul Binz for all of their support to help me get back on the track.  Of course I wouldn’t be here without the help of Gary or Danny either.”

Tim Proctor is a true racer.  After fighting months of adversity, Proctor proved that with the proper work ethic and determination to succeed, anyone can accomplish their goals.  Proctor is just one of many racers who understand that racing is a full-time job outside of just driving the car, and his victory at Wall Stadium earned him the satisfaction he has been seeking for some time.  When asked if he would do it all over again in order to earn a victory - “absolutely.”

Photo Courtesy of Sean Case Graphics

 

 

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Wall Stadium Speedway I Racer’s Guide

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Track Address

1803 NJ-34, Wall Township, NJ 07719
 

Schedule for Saturday, May 26th, 2018

1:00 PM Pit Gates Open

3:00 PM Practice Rotation Begins

5:00 PM Grandstand Gates Open

5:15 PM ATQMRA Drivers Meeting

5:45 PM ATQMRA Heat Races – 8 Laps each

7:00 PM Opening Ceremony 

7:10 PM ATQMRA Feature Race – 25 Laps

*Schedule Subject to Change

 

Admission

$35 – ATQMRA Pit Gate Admission 

$20 – Grandstand Adult

$18 – Grandstand Senior (62+)

$8 – Grandstand Student (7-17)

FREE – Kids (6 and Under)

FREE – All Veterans and Active Military (with ID)

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Bethel Motor Speedway I Racer’s Guide

Track Address
361 Horseshoe Lake Road
Bethel, NY 12783 United States

Schedule for Saturday, May 19th, 2018

2:30 PM Pit Gates Open

4:00 PM Practice Rotation Begins

6:00 PM (approximate time) ATQMRA Heat Races – 8 Laps each

7:00 PM (approximate time) ATQMRA Feature Race – 25 Laps


Admission

Pit Passes:

$25 - VIP

$35 – Non VIP


Grandstands

$14 - Adults

$9 – Senior 65+

$6 – Student (ages 12 – 16)

FREE – Kids ages 11 and younger

FREE – Scouts in uniform (Scout Night)


ATQMRA Top Storylines 

Buddy Sload: Hot off of an impressive comeback victory at Waterford, Sload is looking to lead the charge for Spitfire Racing again this weekend in Bethel. He has his eyes set on the championship, as he only follows championship leader Matt Janisch by a mere 8-points.

Cole Mullen: The sophomore slump has been a real thing for Cole this year, as he trails championship leader Janisch by 60-points. A part failure plagued his top-5 contending run at Waterford, however he looks to bounce back and set his sights on a strong run at Bethel.

Point Standings: The points have remained tight through two events, with the top-6 in standings only separated by 32-points. Will Matt Janisch be able to hang on after Bethel? Or will drivers like Sload, Tidman, Yoder and Bailey be able to take the reins of the top spot after this weekend?

 

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Rule Changes Announced for Wall Stadium

On the last Sunday of April, the Hoosier Mid-Atlantic ATQMRA powered by VP hosted an organizational test at Wall Stadium Speedway, NJ. After what was deemed a successful test session by both ATQMRA officials and track management, the following rules changes will be implemented for (at least) the first three ATQMRA Wall Stadium events this season:

1.    Wings:All competitors will be required to race with wings mounted to their cars per ATQMRA rulebook specifications.

2.    Cone Rule:For every restart, competitors will be required to start single file. A cone will be placed “one-lane” off the yellow line that extends around the perimeter of the racing surface. Competitors will not be able to advance their position prior to passing the cone to their inside. With this being said, competitors will continue to initially start the race (only) double-file. However, like the restarts, competitors will not be able to advance their position until passing the cone to their inside. The cone will be placed “two-lanes” off the yellow line on the initial start.

Through this industry wide effort, the end goal is to not only enhance the on-track product from a performance standpoint, but from a safety standpoint as well. As mentioned, these rules will be implemented for the ATQMRA events on May 26th, July 7th, and August 25th, 2018. A rules packaged for both the September 22ndATQMRA event as well as for the annual running of the “Turkey Derby” will be announced on a future date. 

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