Hamlin, PA: Mom & Pop Smith Memorial For Hampton RV Stage One Modifieds Headlines Saturday's Race Card At Hamlin Speedway
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Hamlin Speedway, located in the picturesque Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, is closing in on the final three weeks of the 2018 racing season. With that, some special events remain on the horizon for the talented drivers and the great racing fans who have supported the speedway all season long. The racing action has been great all season long and more of it is expected as the season winds down and ushers in the Labor Day holiday this weekend.

This weekend on Saturday, September 1st, Hamlin Speedway will host the annual Mom & Pop Smith Memorial event for the Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds. The headliner will feature the stars and cars of the Stage One Modified division and the exciting division has been growing all season at the speedway. Led by the defending track champion, "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith, the roster of talent for the division is as diverse as it is exciting. Smith leads the way with four wins in the division and is also doing double duty in the 600 Sprints and has scored one win in that division. "TVD" Tanner VanDoren, Adam Buchel and Cody Motto have each scored a pair of wins in the division and Motto is coming off a solid win from last Saturday night. "The Jeff-a" Jeff Hineline, "The Branchburg Bandit" John Comandini and "Chops" Anthony Chrobak have each scored single wins and all would like nothing more than to grab up another win at the speedway. Chrobak scored his win in only his second appearance in the division.

The supporting cast of division stars has been quality all of the way with Amanda Buchel putting on great shows all season long. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio has been held winless in 2018 but the young driving star has scored two wins in the family owned Sportsman racer at Accord Speedway. "The J-Man" Jasper Ziegafuse recently took over the controls of the second Bachetti owned racer and has made great strides with the equipment. Jacob Nemeth is another of new racers at Hamlin and is now in his own equipment after purchasing the former Vreeland racer. "The Golden Boy" Evan Civick recently enjoyed a runner-up finish for his best performance of the season., John Bachetti Jr has gained a lot of momentum this season and along with Stoudsburg's Joel Price and many more, the division has enjoyed a stellar season in racing.

The event is an annual affair at the speedway named in honor of the Roy and Evelyn Smith. The Smith name has remained synonymous to the local racing scene for the past six decades as Roy Smith was a pioneer in the golden era of racing with his signature numbered 555 race cars that had many top drivers wheeling the equipment such as Freddy Adam, Bobby Bottcher, Billy Tanzosh, Mr. Del George, George Sleight, Marty Acker, Johnny Cabral, Warren Mutter and Richie Smith among them. With the passing of Evelyn Smith in January of 2018
at the age of 93, the tradition of the event will become the Mom & Pop Smith Memorial event. The 2012 winner was Joel Smith. In 2013 Pat Bealer was a surprise entry and captured the win. In 2014 and 2015 Joel Smith was back in victory lane. Damon Paul was victorious in 2016 and in 2017

"Rapid Rich" Smith, while leaving the driver's seat in the mid-90's, has utilized his years of knowledge while steering a race car to come up with a scaled version of the full sized Modified cars he drove to many wins during his driving career. The cutting edge, sleek looking Stage One Modified is the finished product from Smith Fabrications and the cars are eye-catchers when on display or at speed. Incorporating his solid background in racing and the technical know how to improve upon the finished product, the Stage One Modified is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship from the master fabricator Richie Smith. Touting affordability, safety and fun as the race car's primary selling points, a ready to race unit is priced in the neighborhood of $12,000.00. For additional information regarding the Stage One Modifieds, log-on to their website at: or contact Richie by phone at: 610 462 4302.

Lap sponsorships are available for this great event. The laps are $10.00 each and all of the money collected will get distributed right back to the drivers. It is a great cause for the division as the racing has been exciting and competitive all season long. All lap sponsors will be named before the event goes green on Saturday night.

If you have not yet experienced an evening of racing at Hamlin, next week would be the ticket to come out and witness the best small car division racing in the country. With only three shows left in 2018, the drivers will have to be at their best should they have aspirations on earning a track title.

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for September 1st when all Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval highlighted by the Mom & Pop Smith Memorial. for the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modifieds. 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, JPA Masonry, Chad Wheeler Excavating, RLE Towing and Recovery, Yankowski Enterprises, Ron Brown Hauling and are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Hamlin Speedway, logon to their well documented website at: or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500. For top quality photos from all of the racing action at Hamlin contact Tim Krysiuk and Maxine Scherer at:
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