By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Hamlin, PA -Hamlin Speedway Halted By Heavy Strom After Five Features

Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith welcomed in another energetic group of racers on Saturday evening, bolstered by the first appearance of the 2018 edition of the 600 X-Cel Modifieds, as they tried valiantly to beat the rains with their second niight of their 2019 racing season at Hamlin Speedway. The racing was top notch all of the way in all divisions and another great crowd was on hand to witness the great season at the speedway. The Hamlin driving stars used all channels of the 1/5th mile clay cushioned attraction to keep the fans the fans on their feet throughout the evening of speed. They all came out to the Pocono Mountains to place their marks on the "Pearl of the Poconos" racing facility. The high flying racing action was sponsored by the good folks at S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, PA. ( Five smiling winners found their way to the Hamlin Speedway Winners Circle at the end of the evening of racing action. The fove feature show was completed before the 11 PM curfew rolled around and the rain the weatherman was calling for hit the speedway.

The Saturday night action found "The Fighting Irishman" John Gilroy putting on a show stopping performance as he captured the Super Slinger feature in a wire to wire exhibition.. Kasey Hufcut captured the Amantea Real Estate Junior Slingshot event with a great run to the checkered flag for his second victory in a row. Alex Reinsmith held on for a great run in the opening event for the 270 Sprint division for his second win in succession.. Sonking Spring, Pennsylvania's Brian Blankenmiller was credited with capturing the X-Cel Modified event after the leaders of the race tangled with the checkered flag in sight. Carmen Leggio Sr put on a show all by himself as he, being the oldest driver in the division, put on all-out show stopping performaince to capture his first win ever at the Hamlin FAcility in the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Rookie Sprint event.

The Super Slingshot feature event found John Gilroy unleashing the power on his hot rod and raced away from the field with impressive laps in his number 20 race car. Gilroy lapped all of the way up to fourth place in the event. Dale Kober rwas steady as the number two man on this evening with David Guest in third place, Greg Zellman in foiurth and Mark Exeter finishing out the top five. Jimmy Conroy and Paul Ennes finished up closely behind the top running cars.,

Kasey Hufcut raced into the lead at the start of the Amantea Real Estate Junior Slingshot event and would receive early pressure from Aidan Donaldson. Hufcut worked his way out to a full straigfhaway lead but had to jam on the brakes as troubles loomed out on t he spoeedway. When the racing went green again it was Hufcut out front and and he began to put lots of space once again on the field. Hufcut woulkd get the win with Donaldson in second place. Pauly Hartung, a newcomer to the speedway, was third in a nice run and he received lots of pressure from Doug Smith and RJ Sherman who completed the top five. Aidan Elliot, who was spun out in the early laps, came back to record a sixth place finish. Charlene BEnz, Chase Zimmer, Jacob Berman, and Ashton DeWitt completed the top ten finishers.

forward from a fifth starting position and quickly found the traffic more bearable at the top of the raceway and drove around Elliot and grabbed up the lead and walked away from the field from that point on. Hufcut would claim his first win of the season with Elliot in for runner-up honors and hard charging RJ Sherman third. Charlene Benz was fourth and Aiden Donaldson rounded out the top five. Heading up the second five were New Yorker Ashton DeWitt, with Jason Bierman, Doug Smith, James Hendricks and Isabella Van Orden following.

In the 270 Sprint feature event, Alex Reinsmith pulled out to a lead that Glenn Macomber just chased him the rest of the way.

On the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint event it would be the veteran driver Carmen Leggio Sr putting an end to a winless streak that lasted longer than Leggio would care to admit too. He took the lead at the strart of the event and had to hold back "The Whiz Kid" Jack Hanna each and everyt step of the way to gain the first win of his Hamlin Speedway career. Hnna was second with Dennis Chamberlain back in he mix for a third place run after an opening night triumph. Tony Parlanti raced hard up to fourth place with Ryan Lacoe nailing down a top five finish. Newcomer Justin Newhard was sixth with another newcomer Megan Rochelle in seventh, Jacob Eby in eighth, Brett Kern in ninth place and Jordan Nemeth settling for tenth.

In the 20-lap event for the X-Cel Modifieds Tyler Smith lead early and swapped the lead back and forth with Matt Warner in the early stages of the event. Brian Blankenmiller was resting in third place when the two leaders got together and Blamkemiller walked in to the win.
Ray Gradwell was second with Jarret Sechrist in third, T32 of Kyle Fallis in fourth, and Korey Inglin fifth. Nolan Smith was credited with sxith place while the remainder of the top ten included Geoff Sutton, Travis Fichter, Grany Schibilia, and Heath Machamer.,


Kudos to Randy Smith for an excellent track surface that once again found the drivers utilizing the many racing channels throughout the evening of competition. Additional time was taken to keep the track surface smooth and tacky throughout the evening of speed. especially after the rains showed up to cause some additional havoc.

The Super Slingshot heat found Greg Zellman returning to action with a victory in the heat action. Rookie 600 Sprint heats were claimed by Ryan Lacoe and Jacob Eby. Kasey Hufcut and RJ Sherman countered with wins. in the Junior Slingshots. Alex Reinsmith won the lone 270 Sprint heat. Joel Price and Adam Buchel were the heat winners in the Stage One Modifieds. TYlor Mills and Wes Hearn captured the heat wins for the All Star Slingshots. JPA Masonry Wingless Heats were captured by Joseph Smith and Cody Smith, making it a big night for family pride

The X-Cel Modified heats wents to Jeff Sechrist, Matt Werner and Tyler Smith

While waiting out the rain, Announcer Steve Pados did an interview with one of the driving stras of the Stage One Modifieds heat winners with Joel Price. Pados was also able to interview with X-Cell SEries Promoter Doug Borger and his plan of attack for his series as they come to a track near all of you. Go out and see them compete, you will be glad you did.

Layla CRane walked of fwith the 50/50 bucks


Amantea Real Estate Junior Slingshots: Kasey Hufcut, Aiden Donaldson,Pauly Hartwig, Doug Smith, RJ Sherman, Aiden Elliot, Charlene Benz, Aoden Donaldson, Chase Zimmer, Jaocb Berman, Ashton DeWitt, Connor Mirabelli, Isabella VanOrden, James Hendricks, Kylie Hendricks, Jacoby Thmopson, Kai DeWitt, Daryn Fallis,

Super Slingshots:John Gilroy,,Dale Kober, David Guest , Gregg Zellman, Mark EXeter, Jim Conroy, Paul Ennes, Roger Collins (DNS), Wes hearn (DNS)

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Dennis Chamberlain, Jack Hanna, Jacob Eby, Carmen Leggio Sr, Tony Parlanti, Kyle Ferrucci, Cody Powell, Richie Maguire, Ryan Lacoe, Justin Newhard, Victor Cleary, Brett Kern (DNS)

270 Sprints: Alex Reinsmith, Gleen Macomber

JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints: Carmen Leggio Sr, Jack Hanna, Deniis Chamberlain, Tony Parlanti, Ryan Lacoe, Justin Newhard, Morgan Rochelle, Jacob Eby, Brett Kern, Jacob Nemeth, Victor Clary, Kyle Ferrucci, Rich Maguire

X-Cel Modifieds: Brian Blankenmiller, Ray Gradwell, Jarrett Sechrist, Kyle Fallis, Korey Inglin, Nolan Smith, Geoffrey Sutton, Travis Fichter, Grant Schibilia, Heath Machamer, Kevin Van Valkenburg, Josh Pepe, Matt Warner, Olivia Schmeltzer, Keith Inglin, Tyler Smith, Shawna Schibilia,, Sam Sciccitano,,Steve Sterner, Matt Werner,, Trent Warner, Tyer James, Jarrett Sechrist, Brianna James, Zane Roth, ED Fentzlaff

Make sure to always 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,, 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 2019 racing season. For more information, contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: or Denise Smith at S&S Speedways at: 570-420-5500 or at: or on facebook at: or and

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin Speedway, contact Tim
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Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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