Hamlin, PA -Hamlin Speedway Rocks The Poconos With 8 Feature Event Show
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith were perfect in presentation of their eleventh show of the season on Saturday evening as an eight feature event had the small village of Hamlin, Pennsylvania absolutely rocking. A large crowd was on hand as good weather and a great roster of drivers worked the 1/5th Mile clay cushioned oval all night long with moves like Jagger and speed to burn. With the heavy duty rain that fell during the week the track was a tad slower than usual but the racing action was tight and just right for a Saturday evening of affordable entertainment. With the season heading into it's final chapter for 2018, each event is a must for those with aspirations for a title shot. The evening of speed was sponsored by the good folks at S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, PA. (www.ssspeedways.com) Eight winners found their way to the RLE Towing and Recovery Winners Circle at the end of the evening.

Saturday night winners found Jared Silfee spot on as he captured his first Hamlin win in 2018 in the All Star Slingshot headliner. "TVD" Tanner VanDoren had the hot ticket and heavy right foot as he pedaled his way to his second win of the season in the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modifed feature run. The Super Slinger feature found "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn up to the task as he dominated the action in collecting his fifth feature win of the season. Morgan Rochelle made an appearance at the speedway and sizzled the clay in a wire to wire triumph for her second win of the season in the 270 Sprint main event. "The Zack Attack" Zack Bealer was the factor reactor in his Russ Thornton owned racer as wired the field to score his second straight win of the season in the Chad Wheeler Excavating Wingless 600 Sprint headliner. The JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint division found "The Jersey Express" Dennis Chamberlain with the hot hand as he drove away from the drop of the green to score his first ever win in 2018. "Lil Miss" Shelby McLaughlin was fast from the get go and drove away from the field to collect her second win of the season in the Junior Slingshot finale. He missed the June event but was back in business on Saturday night and "KW Speed" Kevin White worked hard to make it happen in a stellar field of NASCAR Crew Guys to lead the final laps to leave the Poconos with a feature event in the NASCAR Crew Challenge.

Jared Silfee grabbed the lead at the start of the All Star Slingshot twenty lap main and that and a fast race car was all he needed to dominated the action and race to his initial win of the Hamlin season. Hitting 14.2 second laps with precision allowed Silfee to lead the entire event with room to spare. The returning Taylor Mills chased Silfee all of the way but he had his hands full with a determined Danny Buccafusca but it would be Mills in the runner-up role with Buccafusca in third. Troy Langendoerfer and Wes Hearn completed the top five. Heading up the second five was Dale Kober with Austin Silfee, Tanner Jones, the returning Marc Daniels and Scott Neary completing the top ten.

In the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modified run, "TVD" Tanner VanDoren was quick on the throttle and grabbed the early lead. Joel Smith wouls climb into second early and began to pressure VanDoren. The show became the youngster versus the veteran as the racing was close and as many as six drivers were vying for the lead throughout the twenty laps. VanDoren held his ground and went on to capture his second win of the season in the division. Joel Smith was second with Adam Buchel racing to the checkered flag to claim third and Jasper Ziegafuse fourth and Jeff Hineline completing the top five. The second five consisted of John Comandini, Amanda Buchel, Evan Civick, Cody Motto and Quarter Midget star Mark Evans.

The 270 Sprint feature found Morgan Rochelle in a speed zone as the young driving star took off from her outside starting position and drove away from the field at will to claim her second win of the season. Turning consistent laps at 12 seconds per lap, Rochelle won with Glenn Macomber second, Anthony Chrobak third in his best finish of the season on a part time basis, Jaocb by fourth, Alex Reinsmith and Kyle Ferrucci completing the field.

The Super Slingshot feature event found Wes Hearn with a front row start and the many time track champion found that was the ticket as he raced away early and would earn his fifth win of the season. Dale Kober kept pace and closed late but would settle for runner-up honors. The returning John Gilroy still knew the feast way around Hamlin and finished a close third with Roger Collins and Kevin White finishing off the top five. David Guest ran his best event of the season and headed up the second five with Wally Bell, Derek DeSilva, the returning Jeff Haduck and Mark Exeter completing the field.

Shelby McLaughlin raced into the lead from her front row start and would lead every lap to earn her second victory of the season at Hamlin. Brain Smith would finish as the runner-up with Joey Kalafut in third, Kasey Hufcut fourth and James Benz completing the top five. The second five found JJ Rice, Aidan Donaldson, Austin Homan, James Hendricks and the birthday girl Charlene Benz completing the top ten positions.

Earl Rice led the first three laps of the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint encounter. Sixth place starting Dennis Chamblerlain made great use of the upper channels of the speedway and would take over the lead on a fourth lap restart. Chamberlain was flawless from the top side as he built up a huge advantage over runner-up Zack Weisenfluh. Chamberlain cranked off some 12.4 second lap times to control the field even though Weisenfluh put on a great show to keep pace. Chamberlain would go on to score his first ever win at Hamlin with Weisenfluh the runner-up. Tony Parlanti was third with Noah Zielinski from a 17th place start in fourth and Brandon Nicholas from 14th to nail down a top five finish. The second five included Matt Zielinski, newcomer Fred Heinly, Richie Maguire, Ryan Lacoe and Rich Maguire.

Zack Bealer took the lead at the start of the headliner Chad Wheeler Excavating 600 Sprint event. Bealer was able to turn some 12.4 second laps early on but had Mick D'Agostino turning times just as quickly and looking to make a move each step of the way. Chad Sandt joined the duo and the event turned into a three car breakway with the driving stars attempting to out-maneuver each other at every turn. Bealer was on his A-game and would earn his second straight win of the season. D'Agostino, Sandt, the returning Jacob Balliet and Paul Richards Jr completed the top five. Duane White continued his great work at the speedway as he headed up the second five with Joseph Smith, Mack Brink, Tyler Lindsay and Jason Rochelle completing the top ten.

The NASCAR Crew Challenge part two was an interesting affair. David Cropps led the first twelve laps of the event but he and Brad Tunney got together in between turns one and two and both spun out. On the restart, upstart Dale Larson drove into the lead but a lap later Cropps was back out front. Cropps would lead through lap seventeen when Kevin White coaxed some additional speed out of his race car and he went on to capture the win. Dale Larson would finish in the runner-up role in his first NASCAR event with Jamie Edwards finishing third, Tony Consentino fourth and Eric Burgoyne completing the top five. The rest of the finishing order were David Cropps, Robert Miolen and Brad Tunney.


The hotly contested evening of racing entertainment was precise in every step of the way and even with a couple of breaks for track maintenance the staff kept moving the program along swiftly and the eight division show was completed at 9:58 PM.

The Junior Slingshot heats were won by Aidan Donaldson and Shelby McLaughlin. Ryan Stangle and Dennis Chamberlian captured the heat wins in JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprints. The 600 Sprints ran off two heats with Zack Bealer and Duane White claiming wins. The returning Taylor Mills, Scott Neary and Jared Silfee captured heat wins in the All Star Slingshots. Stage One Modified heats went to Joel Smith and Jasper Ziegafuse. The Super Slinger heat went to Roger Collins and Kyle Ferrucci captured the heat win for the 270 Sprints.

Newcomers and returnees who made their way to the speedway last night included Marc Daniels, Taylor Mills and Mike Lapicki in the All Star Slingshots. Quarter Midget star Mark Evans tried out the second Motto Motorsports entry. John Gilroy, Derek DeSilva, Jeff Haduck and Wally Bell were new Super Slinger entries. Evan VanValkenburg made his second Junior Slingshot start. Fred Heinly joined the 600 Sprints. Bob Hummer and Heinly made 600 Rookie starts. Jacob Balliet made his return to the speedway and left Hamlin with a top five finish in his return to action. Justin Mills

Some familiar faces from years past were at Hamlin last evening. "The Rocket" Ronnie Dunstan and his life companion Glenna Henry are up from Florida and took in the races and spent some time with their many friends at the speedway including the Smith Family and announcer Steve Pados. The Rochelle Family was in competition and Ronnie and Gleena were there to cheer them on. Former Hamlin racers Paul Quear, Tex Snyder were in attendance and former stock car and midget star Bing Metz was taking in the action.

A moment of silence and a fond remembrance was offered for Hamlin Speedway Videographer Barry Boyd who passed away July 19th at the age of 76.

A quick intermission period allowed the fans to ask the NASCAR Crew guys some questions regarding the work they do in the NASCAR garage and White, who is working on the Halmar-Freisen Team, offer to the fans some posters of Stewart Freisen and his truck ride.


All Star Slingshots: Jared Silfee, Tylor Mills, Danny Buccafusca, Troy Langendoerfer, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Austin Silfee, Tanner Jones, Marc Daniels, Scott Neary, CJ Fritz, TYler Banks, Ashley Kober, Andrew Turpin, Adam Buchel, Tess Horvath, Mike Lapicki, Mason Pittenger, John DeWitt, Rachel Dickinson

Winged 270cc Sprints: Morgan Rochelle, Glenn Macomber, Anthony Chrobak, Jacob Eby, Alex Reinsmith, Kyle Ferrucci

Chad Wheeler Excavating Wingless 600cc Sprints: Zack Bealer, Mick D'Agostino, Chad Sandt, Jacob Balliet, Paul Richards Jr, Duane White, Joseph Smith, Mack Brink, Tyler Lindsay, Jason Rochelle, Joe Nemeth, Justin Mills, Fred Heinly, Joel Smith, Cody Smith

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Tanner VanDoren, Joel Smith, Adam Buchel, Jasper Ziegafuse, Jeff Hineline, John Comandini, Amanda Buchel, Evan Civick, Cody Motto, Mark Evans, John Bachetti Jr, Jacob Nemeth, Mark Corna, Joel Price

Junior Slingshots: Shelby McLaughlin, Brian Smith, Joey Kalafut, Kasey Hufcut, James Benz, JJ Rice, Aidan Donaldson, Austin Homan, James Hendricks, Charlene Benz, Mikey Johannes, Evan VanValkenburg, Mason Trautschold, Ashton DeWitt

Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, John Gilroy, Roger Collins, Kevin White, David Guest, Wally Bell, Derek DeSliva, Jeff Haduck, Mark Exeter

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Dennis Chamberlain, Zack Weisenfluh, Tony Parlanti, Noah Zielinski, Brandon Nicholas, Matt Zielinski, Fred Heinly, Richie Maguire, Ryan Lacoe, Rich Maguire, Earl Rice, Cory Zielinski, Dennis Stawinsky, Jack Hanna, C armen Leggio sr, Ryan Stangle, Bob Hummer

NASCAR Crew Challenge #2: (July) Kevin White, Dale Larson, Jamie Edwards. Tony Consentino, Eric Burgoyne, David Cropps, Robert Miolen, Brad Tunney

Racing action returns every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for August 4th when all seven Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval. The event will also mark the initial appearance of the Xcel 600 Modifieds Tour event. Great racing, great food and lots of fun.

Make sure to check the Hamlin Speedway website or Facebook page for any additional information. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 3 PM; Drivers Meeting at 5:45; Hot Laps are at 6:00 and the racing begins at 7 PM sharp. Admission Prices for regular shows are: Adults $10.00; Senior Citizens $5.00 Children under 6 are Free

Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Ron Brown Hauling, JPA Masonry, Chad Wheeler Excavating, RLE Towing and Recovery, RockAuto.com, S&S Speedways and Yankowski Enterprises are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.

Hamlin Speedway is seeking additional marketing sponsors to join the speedway team for the 2018 racing season. For more information, contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: steveswp@ptd.net or Denise Smith at S&S Speedways at: 570-420-5500 or at: http://www.hamlinspeed.com/ or on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/HamlinSpeed/ or
https://www.facebook.com/SSSpeedways/ and http://ssspeedways.com/

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