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Apr
23

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Cold, Racing Sizzles With Spectacular Eight Feature Event Card

By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The 2017 racing season at the Hamlin Speedway got underway on Saturday night to a rousing start with a great collection of veteran and first time performers wasting no time in displaying their style and guile on the 1/5th mile clay oval speedway. Successful promoters Randy and Denise Smith ushered in their twelfth season at the Hamlin facility with an opening night filled with spectacular racing action. The Smith Family and Staff welcomed in a convoy of 124 talented racers from a surrounding five-state area to their premier short track facility located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The opening day event was chillier than expected as the night time chill in the air (40 degrees) had the brave opening crowd on hand seeking jackets, blankets, and plenty of hot beverages to keep warm. The opening night crowd was treated to an old-fashioned donnybrook of high-flying action on the freshly clayed and banked 1/5 mile racing facility and the lightening fast action allowed for the talented daredevil racing roster to use all of the available speed lanes to present a great evening of racing entertainment. The eight feature event racing card and time trials went off as scheduled and the non-stop racing action was completed at 11 PM and when was all said and done eight elated winners found there way into Hamlin Speedway victory circle for the traditional pomp and circumstance.

The extended hot-lap sessions opened the day's events as the drivers were given ample opportunity to dial in their cars for the evening of racing. The track proved to be silky smooth as the drivers promptly began flirting with all of the racing channels of the speedway. The hot lap sessions lasted an hour and allowed the many new and veteran drivers an opportunity to test the new racing surface and the great field of cars on hand never skipped a beat as they dug their right rear wheels into the rich Pocono clay that was in great condition despite the always frigid weather the Poconos receives during the winter months. The time trials and dual heat format for the Wingless 600 Sprints determined the starting format for the evening of racing that was to follow.

The seven headline divisions found the 28 entries for the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints broken into two feature events based on time to allow the rookie drivers equal seat time and to become acquainted with the speedway. Jakson Ring and Damon Paul were victorious in the two events. Jenna Schostkewitz dominated the action in the now Wingless 270 Sprint main. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio stepped into a new division and came away with a convincing win in the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified feature. Russell Benke opened his season on a fine note with a wire to wire triumph in the All Star Slingshot main event. and came away with his first win in his major step up the racing ladder. "The A-Team" Brandon Azzalina base-lined his way to a super win in the 600 Sprint finale, after taking over for early leader Joe Smith. "Lil Miss" Shelby McLaughlin captured the Junior Slingshot main event while "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober was triumphant in the Super Slinger feature event.

The starting field of seventeen Junior Slingshots took off in their scheduled 20-lap feature jaunt. JJ Rice out-dragged Tanner VanDoren into turn one and led much of the first three quarters of the event. Getting into slower traffic proved to be the Achilles heel for Rice as both Shelby McLaughlin and Tanner VanDoren slipped past him. McLaughlin would lead the final laps to capture her first victory at the speedway. VanDoren would wind up second with Rice in third, John Kendall fourth and newcomer James Benz completing the top five. James Hendricks, Ryan Conrad, Jake Mason, Joey Kalafut and Colton Geary completed the top ten.

The first Rookie 600 Sprint main event found the returning Justin Grosz leading the first eight laps before yielding to a high-flying, low-riding defending track champion Jakson Ring. Ring would get plenty of pressure from Grosz and Justin Mills and the three car battle would run its course on lap-18 when Grosz spun out. Ring would lead the final circuits to capture the win with Mills in the runner-up slot and Scott Slater Jr coming on strong to finish third. Chloe Andreas took her first ride in a 600 Sprint and did a great job to finish fourth and newcomer Tyler Lindsey was equally impressive in nailing down fifth place. Noah Zielinski, Tyler Kehs, Cody Powell, Joey Amantea and Ryan Lacoe completed the top ten.

The second Rookie 600 Sprint main found it to be a showcase for Damon Paul as the Stage One Modified champion from a season ago was hammer down from start to finish in capturing the twenty lap event. Newcomer Tyler Ulrich was impressive in a runner-up role while Joe Nemeth, Geordan Marrero and the returning Zack Weisenfluh completing the top five. The second five included Scott Slater Sr, Jake Roberts, Savannah Leggio, Jacob Balliet and Hunter Metzger.

The Super Slinger feature found Wes Hearn and Dale Kober resume their on-going track battles and it would be Kober leading the entire distance to kick off his season in fine fashion. Hearn was second with Jeff Haduck, Jimmy Conroy and Greg Zellman following.

The Wingless 600 Sprint main was all-star caliber from the drop of the green flag as Joe Smith charged to the front for the first half of the event with pressure coming from as many as ten other cars who all had the same notion of getting to the front. Lapped traffic would prove to be a factor with Brandon Azzalina challenging Smith from the baseline. Azzalina drove down to the baseline glued himself there and took over the lead on lap-17. Once in front, "The A-Team" put on a dazzling drive that found him in the 12-second mark as the race wore on. Azzalina would score the win with Pat Bealer in second, Joe Smith third, defending track champ Chad Sandt fourth and "TK" Tommy Kunsman nailing down fifth in his return to the speedway. Robbie Hocker headed up the second five with former champion Bobby Butler and Colin White, James Morris and Damon Paul competing the top ten.

Jenna Schostkewitz led the entire distance to capture the Wingless 270 Sprint main. The redesigned class found the action tight with newcomer Tyler Ulrich grabbing up runner-up honors. Mike Kalman was third with Glenn Macomber fourth and Paul Richard Sr fifth. Newcomer Jason Muldowney was sixth.

The Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modifieds found Anthony Recchio showcasing his talent in a new division as the second generation driver led all twenty laps enroot to his first win in his first race in the division. Cole Stangle kept pace and settled for second with John Mirabelli third in his first run, the returning AJ Hobbs fourth and Jasper Zeigafuse steering the Smith Fabrications Rental to fifth place. Michael Samony, Evan Civick, Janelle Geary and newcomer Cody Motto completed the field

The All Star Slingshot main event saw an elite 25-car field take the green flag in their feature attraction. Russell Benke shot out of the blocks like a cannon at the start of the event and would establish the point with former track and national champion Cody Kline breathing down his tailpipe. Benke never waivered even when slower traffic came into play as he would lower his times in the event to 13.8 seconds with both Kline and Wes Hearn and Cole Stangle in the same range. Benke would be seriously challenged throughout the event but prevailed with a great win to start off the season on sound footing. Kline would finish second with Hearn third, Stangle fourth and Mike McLaughlin topping the front five. The second five included Jared Silfee, the returning Mike Fogler, Nick Vinciguerra, Scott Neary and Alan Kober.

Pearl Jams:

The new season of racing at Hamlin kicked-off in spectacular fashion and a strong loyal fan base in support of the evening of events. The great concession stand was doing a brisk business all evening long with plenty of Chicken Noodle Soup, hot coffee and hot chocolate being dispersed.

A tip of the fedora to Randy Smith and crew for working diligently on the speedway throughout the evening to make the speedway racy throughout all of the events. The Randy Smith moniker, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" speaks volumes for the great show presented.

The speedway has an aggressive season of special events planned for the 2017 season and small car division racing is definitely the wave of the future and truly happening at the Hamlin facility. The increasing numbers for small car division racing continues to rise and those who have the need for speed and want to remain within their budget restraints, Hamlin Speedway offers the superb alternative with their many divisions of great and affordable competition.

The new season brought out a great new batch of new and refurbished racing equipment to the speedway. Along with many new race cars, many new faces put in their first Hamlin Speedway appearances and the car count of 124 speaks well as the draw of racing equipment to the Pocono facility has far reaching effects with the New England driving contingent adding great flavor to the exciting racing action. The fans had the opportunity to check out the many new paint schemes and graphics of the great field of cars on hand and the seasonally changing rookie division will act as the farm system for many full size racing divisions at other speedways for those who will make the transition into the regular divisions in the future.

New drivers on hand included James Benz, Ryan Conrad, Joey Kalafut, Austin Homan, Matthew Backus, Abby Yates, Mikey Johannes and Tyler Banks in the Junior Slingshots. New rookie 600 Sprint drivers included Chloe Andreas, Tyler Lindsey, Joey Amantea, Aiden Borden, Tyler Ulrich, Zack Weisenfluh, Jake Roberts and Macy Litchauer. The 270 Sprints had Tyler Ulrich and Jason Muldowney as new additions. Kyle Spence, Justin Grosz and Damon Paul added to the 600 Sprint field. Anthony Recchio, AJ Hobbs, John Mirabelli, Cody Motto and Jasper Zeigafuse were new entries for the Stage One Modifieds. Scott Neary, who last raced at Hamlin in the Go Kart era at the speedway, headed up the new Slingshot stars along with CJ Fritz, Tanner VanDoren, Corey Zielinski and the return of Mike Fogler, Cody Kline and Troy Langendoerfer.

Former track champion "The Conductor" Bobby Butler and the defending New Egypt Sprint car champ, was on hand and tried to make things happen and it cost him a couple of spots near the end but still enjoyed a great run. front. Some misfortunes connected a few drivers such as Emily Fleming and Samantha Muller in the Slingshots while Mack Brink suffered front end damage in his 600 and Tony Parlanti got upside down in one of the feature events in the Rookies. Danny Buccafusca encountered some opening night gremlins with his new mount and scratched out for the evening.

Special thanks are in order to all of the Quarter Midget and Go Kart Clubs in the local areas for assisting in preparing the future driving stars for battle as they transition into the next phase of their racing careers.

Get well wishes remain order for speedway videographer Barry Boyd. .

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Russell Benke, Cody Kline, Wes Hearn, Cole Stangle, Mike McLaughlin, Jared Silfee, Mike Fogler, Nick Vinciguerra, Scott Neary, Alan Kober, Dale Kober, Troy Langendoerfer, Alan Selemba, Josh Marcus, Ryan Neiger, Tyler Peet, Taylor Mills, Tanner VanDoren, Tess Horvath, Ashley Kober, CJ Fritz, Amanda Buchel, Cory Zielinski, Samantha Muller, Emily Fleming

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Jenna Schostkewitz, Tyler Ulrich, Mike Kalman, Glenn Macomber, Paul Richards Sr, Jason Muldowny, Randy Gombert, Don Schmidt, Kyle Ferrucci, Alex Reinsmith

Wingless 600cc Sprints: Brandon Azzalina, Pat Bealer, Joe Smith, Chad Sandt, Tommy Kunsman, Robbie Hocker, Bobby Butler, Colin White, James Morris, Damon Paul, Joel Smith, Mick D'Agostino, Mark Manieri, Ryan Quackenbush, Geordan Marrero, JD Casazza, Duane White, Jacob Balliet, Ryan Neil, Cody Smith, Kyle Spence, Chloe Andreas, Doug Snyder, Zac Azzalina, Justin Grosz, Danny Buccafusca

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Anthony Recchio, Cole Stangle, John Mirabelli, AJ Hobbs, Jasper Zeigafuse, Michael Samony, Evan Civick, Janelle Geary, Cody Motto, Bill Dianella, Joel Smith

Junior Slingshots: Shelby McLaughlin, Tanner VanDoren, JJ Rice, John Kendall, James Benz, James Hendricks, Ryan Conrad, Jake Mason, Joey Kalafut, Colton Geary, Austin Homan, Matthew Backus, Abby Yates, Mikey Johannes, Tyler Banks, Adam Buchel, James Costlow

Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Wes Hearn, Jeff Haduck, Jim Conroy, Greg Zellman

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: (1) Jakson Ring, Justin Mills, Scott Slater Jr, Chloe Andreas, Tyler Lindsey, Noah Zielinski, Tyler Kehs, Cody Powell, Joey Amantea, Ryan Lacoe, JR Williams, Aiden Borden, Justin Grosz, Paul Richards Jr

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: (2) Damon Paul, Tyler Ulrich, Joe Nemeth, Geordan Marrero, Zack Weisenfluh, Scott Slater Sr, Jake Roberts, Savannah Leggio, Jacob Balliet, Hunter Metzger, Macy Litchauer, Carmen Leggio Sr, Tony Parlanti

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for April 29th when all Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval. 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, 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 2017 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: www.SSSpeedways.com or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SSSpeedways/ or www.HamlinSpeed.com or facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HamlinSpeed
Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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Jan
08

DIRT TRACK HEROES CAR SHOW

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JANUARY 7, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
RELEASE PREPARED BY STEVE PADOS
DIRT TRACK HEROES CAR SHOW

PHILLIPSBURG MALL HOSTS WEEK LONG RACING ACTIVITY, MARCH 5 -11
ALEX'S TIRE/BREIDINGER'S SPEED SHOP RETURNS TO SPONSOR 10TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES SHOW

As the Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show continues towards the opening day of the event, the management staff has been putting the many pieces in place for what will be another highly successful gathering of the past, present and future of auto racing coming together under one roof in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The show will begin on March 5th and run through March 11th with a full itinerary of interview sessions and demonstrations set to take place.

The upcoming show is continuing to sign on sponsors to help showcase another great run at the Phillipsburg Mall. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be an ideal setting for this special annual event. The show will once again feature a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the week long event. The always FREE of charge to the public racing event has continued to be the trend setter of the many shows that are scheduled throughout the year and gives the loyal racing fans a chance to see their favorite driving legends or one of the new upstarts talents chat about their racing careers and sign autographs for them.

Quaker Steak & Lube, or The Lube(r) to loyalists, the award-winning casual dining concept known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces, is fully prepped and geared as the lead sponsor for the 9th Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. Quaker Steak & Lube, which opened in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in August of 2014, signed on with the successful show last February and were extremely pleased with the excellent results and the great feedback they received from their initial venture with the popular annual racing oriented show. The Pohatcong Township (Phillipsburg, NJ) Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, and welcomes all race fans and families to stop by their location when visiting the New Jersey area to be re-charged and re-fueled.

In 2016, the show added one night (Monday, March 6th) dedicated to Drag Racing. Straight Line fever fans are in for a real treat as drag racing enthusiasts are assisting in contacting drivers who currently compete at the Island Dragway, Englishtown and Atco and the forgotten drag strips of Harmony, Vargo, Mountain View and Flemington. Good stories are sure to abound when the rubber burning aficianados arrive in Phillipsburg. Dedicated Drag Racer Alex Cortezzo and his businesses, Alex's Tire and Breideingers Speed Shop, have signed on to sponsor the Monday night endeavor, March 76h. Alex has a full stable of drag racing cars and will bring out some of his stabe of race cars for the show.

Alex's Tire is located at 102 Commerce Way in Stockertown, Pennsylvania and offers a full compliment of Firestone and Bridgestone passenger and truck tire sales and service. He also offers a full automotive center with alignments, state inspections and mechanical repairs. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 Am until 5 Pm and Saturday from 9 until noon. The phone number to reach them is: 610-759-8743. One can check out their website at: www.alexstire.com

Building on to the great reputation of Alex's Tire, Alex purchased Breidinger's Speed Shop in 2015 and has relocated the speed shop to Alex's Tire. Offering a complete array of speed and dress-up applications for passenger cars and trucks, Alex encourages everyone to stop in and browse through their extensive inventory for ideas on how to trick-up your hot rod or truck.

Once again Smith Fabrications, the home of the Stage One Modifieds, will play an important and additional role in this year's edition of the show. For additional information regarding the Stage One Modifieds, log-on to their website at: www.smithfabrications.com or contact Richie by phone at: 610 462 4302. IRCO Community Federal Credit Union remains an original and strong supporter of the show and can be reached at: 908-859-1811, or at their website: www.iroccu.com Prermio Foods also returns to sponsor the show. Premio Foods, a traditional and family run business, is one of the nation's largest sausage producers. Premio's fine prducts are available at your local grocery store, supercenters and warehouse clubs. Crafted fresh and authentically Italian, "THE WAY SAUSAGE SHOULD BE." The Premio Foods website is: www.premiofoods.com

All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Reading, Dorney Park, Harmony and Nazareth will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.

Entries are being accepted to display at the Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show. More information is available by calling: 443-513-4456. The email address is: TOTHIILL98@aol.com You may also contact Steve Pados at: steveswp@ptd.net for additional information.

The show is open to all divisions of racing as well as drag racers, hot rods, street burners and trucks. All speedways in the local Tri State area have been invited to take part in the annual event. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the local area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many will be giving their first ever interviews to a sizeable crowd.

The Quaker Steak & Lube Tenth Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great keepsake event souvenir program book and shirt. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443 513 4456.
Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Dec
28

Dirt Track Heroes Car Show

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---THANK YOU
DECEMBER 27, 2016
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
RELEASE PREPARED BY STEVE PADOS
DIRT TRACH HEROES CAR SHOW

Phillipsburg Mall Readies for big event. . . . . .

PREMIO SAUSAGES ARE COOKIN’ FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES SHOW MARCH 5-11, 2017

The kick-off for the Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show is coming to the Phillipsburg Mall in March of 2017 and the management staff is hard at work to continuously reach out to the business community to promote and exercise another great event for the local area. The past, present and future of auto racing comes together under one roof in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and the adrenaline rush for the event is already beginning to build up to exciting dimensions with this event being the tenth year of the successful event.

The opening day for the show will begin on March 5th and run through March 11th with a full itinerary of daily interview sessions and demonstrations set to take place. The upcoming show is lining up sponsors to help showcase another great run at the Phillipsburg Mall. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be an ideal setting for this special annual event. The show will once again feature a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the week long event. The always FREE of charge to the public racing event has continued to be the trend setter of the many shows that are scheduled throughout the year and gives the loyal racing fans a chance to see their favorite driving legends or one of the new upstarts talents chat about their racing careers and sign autographs for them.

Quaker Steak & Lube, or The Lube(r) to loyalists, the award-winning casual dining concept known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces, is fully prepped and geared as the lead sponsor for the 10th Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. Quaker Steak & Lube, which opened in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in August of 2014, signed on with the successful show three years ago and have been extremely pleased with the excellent results and the great feedback they have received from their partnership with the popular annual racing oriented show. The Pohatcong Township (Phillipsburg, NJ) Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, and welcomes all race fans and families to stop by their location when visiting the New Jersey area to be re-charged and re-fueled. The restored Bob Pickell driven 300 Pinto remains on the rack at Quaker Steak and one can request a table right underneath the car.

Joining the show for the second consecutive year will be the fine folks at Premio Foods. Premio Foods, a traditional and family run business, is one of the nation's largest sausage producers. For more than 40 years, Premio has provided quality sausages for all occasions. Premio's fine prducts are available at your local grocery store, supercenters and warehouse clubs.

Premio is not interested in the ordinary as they want their sausages to be the very best. Their blend of passion, skill, authenticity and commitment to quality creates recipes like no other. They find the perfect blend of meat, seasoning and spices. Crafted to perfection. Premio sausages make your family feel like guests of honor. Whether grilling for the big game, gathered around the Sunday dinner table or heading out to tailgate at the weekend races, the perfectly blended flavors lift the occasion. Crafted from tradition, the taste is familiar, fresh and authentically Italian, "THE WAY SAUSAGE SHOULD BE." The Premio Foods website has countless recipes, money saving coupons and information about their full line of products, please visit www.premiofoods.com

Premio Foods has signed on to sponsor two days of the show and is proudly sponsoring the Willie Osmun Modified race cars in 2017 and information regarding Premio's extensive line of authentic Itialian Sausage will be available at the Osmun race car display throughout the course of the show. The Premio Sausage Wagon will be on hand both days offering up samples of their popular products.

All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Reading, Dorney Park, Harmony and Nazareth will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.

Entries are being accepted to display at the Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show. More information is available by calling: 443-513-4456. The email address is: TOTHIILL98@aol.com

The show is open to all divisions of racing including drag racing as well as hot rods, street burners and trucks. All speedways in the local Tri State area have been invited to take part in the annual event. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the local area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many will be giving their first ever interviews to a sizable crowd.

The Quaker Steak & Lube Tenth Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great keepsake event souvenir program book and shirt. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443 513 4456.

Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Oct
30

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- Great Racing And Lots Of Fun Highlight Halloween Havoc At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The bright colors of the fall foliage were displayed throughout the area as the sun rays were shining early on at the Accord Speedway grounds on Saturday. The later afternoon weather turned chilly as the day wore on but it did not deter from the excitement or the enthusiasm of the combatants or the great crowd on hand as the Accord Speedway closed the curtain on their regular season with the running of the second annual Halloween Havoc event. The Palmer Family completed their sixteenth successful season of ownership and promotion of their pristine quarter mile facility nestled in the foothills of Ulster County in New York State. The multi-faceted show brought out 120 race car entries of all makes and sizes with both male and female driving stars seeking to close out the season in a fender banging blaze of glory. The event was sponsored by the John J Liggan Insurance Agency located in Rosendale, New York. Special assistance came from Marty and his Upstate Auto Group, located in Germantown, New York. Many special activities for the children in the Halloween themed event throughout the day took away the sting in the air and the exciting action on the track provided the fans with a day they can remember for some time to come.

When all was said and done, Craig "Hollywood" Mitchell was tricked up and rocking with his Freedom Plains sponsored hot rod as he captured the United Pump and Tank "Run What Ya Brung" division headliner. Connecticut ace Chris Lynch was spot on and richer for the experience as he worked his way through the field the field in the fifty lap Healey Brothers Group Sportsman event that paid $1,000.00 to win. The Arkel Motors Pure Stock division feature found Bob Sleight in championship form as the 2016 track champion wired the field as he drove to victory in the biggest payday of the season for the affordable racing division. Doug Norrie took no prisoners as he drove to daylight early in the combination POWRi Outlaw Midget/Lightning Sprint event at the speedway and came away with an impressive win. First time Garden State invader Rich Mellor captured the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car event with a wire to wire win. Dave Donovan started deep in the 38-car field and came storming through the filed to take over the point before the halfway marks and cruised to victory to capture the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder 50-lap Enduro finale.

The carnival-like atmosphere brought out a great crowd with plenty of children adorned in their Halloween attire. In a great gesture from the Palmer Family, the costume clad kids were all treated to a participation trophy and were further treated to some excellent candy treats administered from the drivers, fans and Accord staff during their Halloween parade through the grandstand area. Miss Accord Speedway, Michelle Campbell led the costume parade. Xavier McNeal, Kayla Ronk, Connor Maylan and Haylee Henneberry were the lucky recipients of bicycles donated by Upstate Auto. The Rich Roosa Family entertained the crowd with hayrides that traversed through the speedway grounds including the pit area so they could see the teams readying their racers for the day's events. "Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD 107.3 Radio joined in for the day's fun activities. Michael Hatzistergos provided the balloon sculpturing and pumpkin painting were some of the fun things to do at the speedway.

The "Run What Ya Brung" event proved to be interesting and entertaining as a nice field of unorthodox hot rods filled the pit area. Craig Mitchell scorched the track upon his arrival at Accord and it carried throughout the day as took the lead at the start of the event and was uncontested in his excellent drive to victory. Behind him was where the action was as up to six drivers all raced for runner-up honors. Mark Pullen ran an excellent race and held off all comers as he secured second place in his best run of the season. Danny Tyler was third in a hard fought battle with Randy Green finishing fourth and Kenny Ferrier racing to fifth in his conventional race car. Jimmy Becker was sixth with Richard Smith, Kevin Krom, Dillon Steuer, Brian Nelson and Dave Demorest following.

The Arkel Motors Pure Stock affair put the full fendered drivers to the ultimate test with a long distance event. Bob Sleight wasted no time in establishing the point and only the restarts brought the field in behind him as he owned the speedway from start to finish. Ryan Brockner ran an excellent race and came on strong to finish second. Former track champion Chris Streeter returned to action and finished up in third place with Livy Johnson fourth and steady Chris Kanuk completing the top five. Tom Southard, Curt Ayers, newcomer Zach Seyerlein, the returning Bob palmer and Harry Bachman completed the top ten.

Joey Bonetti took the lead at the start of the Sportsman fifty lapper after a first lap melee took some prisoners. Bonetti was pressured from the start by Stan Vishinski, Tighe Sherlock and Milton Mann. Making tracks of their own found Chris Lynch (13th), Brandon McGill (14th) and Danny Tyler (12th) moving quickly through the field. Chris Lynch was smooth as silk as his J&M Auto Repair sponsored hot rod was good whatever channel on the raceway he drove too. Lynch made his winning pass of Bonetti on lap-17 and led the rest of the way in claiming a great win at the speedway. McGill's solid second place finish went down the drain as he was found light at the scales and disqualified moving Danny Tyler into second in a great ride in the Mike DuBois owned racer. Joey Bonetti was third in a great run while Ryan Avery made the long tow down from New Hampshire and made the trip worthwhile as he drove from 22nd starting spot to finish fourth. Steady Leo Fotopolous completed the top five. Stan Vishinski, Milton Mann, Dave Demorest, the returning "Tommy Gun" Tommy Johnson and Nick Plumstead completed the to ten.

Jeff Champagne grabbed the lead at the start of the POWRi Outlaw Midget event that would be halted in turn three as Doug Norrie pulled a slider to grab the lead only to have Champagne run over his right rear wheel and send him into a series of flips. Champagne was unhurt in the incident. On the restart it was all Doug Norrie as he distanced himself from the field to go and capture the win. Keystone State ace Rohan Beasley made his first trip to the speedway a good one as he was a solid runner-up with Justin Phillips pushing him right to the checkered flag. Shilo Boyce, former track champion Peter Dance, Ricky Stone and Shea Montgomery completing the field.

Rich Mellor enjoyed his first ever trip to the Accord Speedway as the Wrightstown, New Jersey wheelman jumped out front at the start of the event and led all the way to capture the Northeast Wingless Sprint battle. Eric Jennings was second with Bobby Butler, Heidi Hedin, "Big" Al Cheney and 2016 track champion Jesse James Bartleson following.

The Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro bombers began their event with a wild pile-up on the backstretch. While it didn't stop the event, negotiating the area made for some fancy maneuvering from all competitors. Early leader George Zeininger was slowed by a faulty sneaker and fell of the pace allowing Jeff DeGroat the lead. Dave Donovan began in 34th position but was hell bent for leather as he raced through the competition. Donovan finally caught DeGroat and the two traded off the lead for a few laps but DeGroat fell out of the event and Donovan was on a rail as he raced away through and around the field for the popular win. Joe Morris ran steady throughout and came away with runner-up honors while Johnny Bankich was a late addition to the field and came from scratch position to finish third in another great drive.

GEMSTONES:

The fun-filled day at the Accord Speedway brought out a great crowd, a great group of competitors and despite the chilly challenges from Mother Nature proved to be a great day for all racing fans and drivers concerned. The crazy and outlandishly painted enduro cars provided a nice diversion from the grounding pounding full size race cars and the bumping and grinding of the on track competition provided for a delightful fall day in the Catskill Mountains. The fun and the entertainment value of the low-cost divisions has proven to be a tremendous opportunity for the budget minded competitors to enjoy their love of racing without having to dip so deeply into their pockets. Jim Bleau with his "Halloween adorned" and bright colored lights-on hot rod earned the best appearing theme based racer and earned a pie from the good folks at Grandma Anne's pies. All winners also received a pie in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane.

Miss Accord Speedway Michelle Campbell braved the cold weather as she greeted the winners in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane with her big smile and a few shivers as the temperatures dipped quickly as the sun disappeared.

Heat race winners included Jared LaBagh, Stan Vishinski, Tighe Sherlock and Joey Bonetti in the Sportsman. Run What Ya Brung heat winners included Craig Mitchell and Mark Pullen. Pure Stock heats were captured by Steve Williams and Bob Sleight. Eric Jennings captured the lone NEWS Sprint heat. Peter Dance and Jeff Champagne were the heat race winners for the POWRi Midgets.

The Chefs in the Accord kitchen were not to be outdone as a variety of hand-crafted sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, fried ravioli and churros proved to be big hits and the food lines were kept busy all day with the fans really digging into the great cuisine offered by the speedway chefs. By the end of the racing activity most of the cuisine filled many hungry bellies at the speedway.

A big thanks to John J Liggan and his Insurance Agency for their annual sponsorship of the event. For more information regarding Liggan Insurance, check them out at their website: info@liggan.com.

Also a big thanks to Marty at Upstate Auto for his sponsorship of the bike raffle. For additional information regarding Upstate Auto, go to their website at: www.upstateautoinc.com Also a big thank you to the Kerhonsken Diner for some sponsorship help for the event.

To all of the fans wishing to purchase a DVD of the Halloween Havoc events, contact Tom Czaban at: 518-250-0001. Those wishing to purchase pictures can contact Bobby Armbruster at: 201-323-2913 or through email at: barmbr6493@aol.com.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: "Run What Ya Brung" Craig Mitchell, Mark Pullen, Danny Tyler, Randy Green, Kenny Ferrier, Jimmy Becker, Richard Smith, Kevin Krom, Dillon Steuer, Brian Nelson, Dave Demorest, Brandon McGill

Healey Brother Sportsman: (50 Laps) Chris Lynch, Danny Tyler, Joe Bonetti, Ryan Avery, Leo Fotopolous, Stan Vishinski IV, Milton Mann, Dave Demorest, Tommy Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Tyler Johnston, Jared LaBagh, Walt Hammond, Jim Kraus, Lenny Helmich, Mike Bull, Aaron Weaver, Frank Dorry Jr, John Aumick, Kyle Van Duser, Brad Horton, Jamie Yannone, Tighe Sherlock, Bobby DeLeon, Ralph Ronk, Jim Introne, Connor Otten, Brandon McGill (DQ)

Arkel Motors Pure Stocks: Bob Sleight, Ryan Brockner, Chris Streeter, Livy Kohnson, Chris Kanuk, Tim Southard, Curt Ayers, Zach Severlien, Bob Palmer, Harry Bachman, Steve Williams, Gary Ronk, Johnny Miracle, John Cole Jr, Jim Smith, Mike DuBois Jr, Eric Austin

Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars: Rich Mellor, Eric Jennings, Bobby Butler, Heidi Hedin, Al Cheney, Jesse James Bartleson

POWRi Outlaw Midgets/Lightning Sprints: Doug Norrie, Rohan Beasley, Justin Phillips, Shilo Boyce, Peter Dance, Ricky Stone, Shea Montgomery, DJ Moniz, Frank Malec, Duby Woodruff, Jeff Champagne, Nate Furman, Jimmy Jo (DNS), Adam Pierson (DNS)

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball 4-Cylinders: (50 Laps) Dave Donovan, Joe Morris, Johnny Bankich (Best Theme Appearing Car) Jim Bleau

Racing fans are encouraged to begin making plans for the Annual "Gobbler" spectacular coming to the speedway on November 26th. Modifieds, Sportsman and Pure Stocks will be in action for the Saturday event. More details regarding the event will follow shortly.

For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Accord Speedway, log on to their well documented website at: http://accordspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478.
At the Accord Speedway............................................

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Sep
18

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA : Hamlin Speedway Completes 2016 Season In Spectacular Fashion
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Hamlin Speedway opened their gates on Saturday evening for seven divisions of racing on the final evening of the 2016 racing season at the speedway. Great weather was in the forecast for the local area and the weatherman was spot on for this particular evening. Another stellar field of talented race car drivers and a standing room only crowd saw 128 entrants sign in for battle for the eight feature event card. Promoters Denise and Randy Smith had the speedway rarin' to go as they have now completed their eleventh season promoting Hamlin. S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts, located in Snydersville, Pennsylvania sponsored the evening of speed.

When the final checkered flag fell, a group of happy faces flashed their smiles for the camera in Victory Circle. "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith had the hot ticket in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified event as he raced to his fifth win of the season. Garden State racer Cole Stangle overpowered the field to capture his seventh win at Hamlin Speedway in the Junior Slingshot finale. "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn made a brilliant move at the finish to just nip Greg Zellman at the line for his 12th win of the season in the Super Slinger headliner. The Rookie 600 Sprints were split into two main events with 28 entries and Scott Slater Jr and "The Mack Attack" Mack Brink captured the feature runs. "The A-Team" Brandon Azzalina scored his fourth win of the season in the Wingless 600 Sprint main event. "The Icon" Pat Bealer had a fast hot rod under him as he raced to his fourth win of the season in the 270 Sprint main for the winged warriors. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober saved the best for last as he captured his first All Star Slingshot feature win of the season.

The Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified feature found Joel Smith hustling to the front at the drop of the green flag. Chloe Andreas fell in behind Smith and would keep pace until mechanical gremlins would once again force her from the event. On the restart, Smith remained in command but now had Damon Paul breathing down his tailpipe. Paul would stay close until he began to feel pressure from the returning "Branchburg Bandit" John Comandini as he was at the controls of the Smith Fabrications Rental car. In the blink of an eye Smith stepped away from the field and would go on to capture the win. Paul would finish second with Comandini third, Bill Dianella fourth and Cole Stangle fifth. Will Casazza, John Lakatos, Michael Samony and Evan Civick would complete the field.

The "stars of tomorrow" in the Junior Slingshot division were 21 drivers strong as they saw the green flag wave. Cole Stangle took the lead into turn one but as the cars shuffled out of turn two things got ugly quickly as Hunter Lapp got hit from behind and turned into the Jersey Barriers where he executed a series flips before landing upside down. Lapp was unhurt in the scary incident that also eliminated newcomer Kyle Swart. On the restart Stangle took off again and would be followed by the returning Gavin Santee. Santee matched Stangle for moves but could not make a run for the lead position. In the meantime, Jared Silfee burst through the pack and settled into third place. After the midway point, Silfee finally slipped past Santee but coming back through the pack was JJ Rice who went to the rear after the first lap incident. Rice scooted by Santee for third and a few laps later would get by Silfee for the runner-up spot. Stangle would go on to win while Rice was second, Silfee third, New Yorker Michael Corbin fourth, and Shelby McLaughlin fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Tanner Van Doren, Tommy Stillo, Adam Buchel, Emily Fleming and CJ Fritz.

Pat Bealer grabbed the lead took at the drop of the green flag in the finale for the 270 Sprints and made it look pretty easy as he broke away from the field right from the start and hustled around the speedway in rapid motion clicking off some 11.2 second laps along the way. Bealer would go uncontested for the win while Paul Richards Jr was second and Glen Macomber was third. Kyle Ferrucci would finish fourth with Alex Reinsmith, newcomers Troy Hoffman and Ken Weirich and Randy Gombert completing the field.

The Super Slinger feature found Alan Kober leading through the first three laps until yielding to the returning Greg Zellman. Zellman kept his car center lined through the next sixteen and three quarter laps as the leader. Wes Hearn who had started from tenth position was coming on strong and had dogged Zellman for a few laps. Coming out of the turn four with the checkered flag in the air, Wes Hearn dove down to the bottom and would beat Zellman to the line. Behind Hearn and Zellman were Alan Kober, Dale Kober, Jim Conroy, John Mirabelli, Mike Taylor, Jeff Haduck and Steve Pirone.

The first Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint found the returning Kyle Exley with a fast hot rod throughout the run as he grabbed the lead at the start and he would fight off advances from numerous drivers to lead through lap seventeen. Scott Slater Jr stayed close and made a couple of attempts to slip past Exley early on. Slater made his move on lap-18 as he made a good move off of turn two to pull even and then slip past Exley for the lead. Slater would lead the remaining laps to capture his second win of the season. Mikey Smith, rim-riding Noah Zielinski, Jakson Ring and Scott Rupp completed the top five. The returning Morgan Rochelle, Jared Lilly, Cody Powell, Dakota Bartlet, Tony Parlanti and Kyle Exley completed the field.

The second Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint feature found Justin Mills leading the first three laps before Mack Brink was able to slip underneath him and take the lead. Once out front, Brink was silky smooth in carving out a small lead with Scott Slater Sr and Geordan Marrero duking it out for runner-up honors. Brink would race to the checkered flag for his third win of the season with Slater Sr in second and Marrero in third. Joe Nemeth enjoyed a great run for fourth and Sheldon Smith completed the top five. Ryan Raidline, who had a smoking gun during the heat action, resolved his issues and came back to finish sixth while, Damon Paul, Jacob Balliet, Carmen Leggio Sr and Justin Mills completed the top ten.

The headliner for the All Star Slingshots found Dale Kober taking the early lead with Wes Hearn and Justin Mills following. The early going found Hearn making a couple of attempts at Kober but with Mills in the catbird seat waiting to strike, the drivers settled into formation. The action was great as a full field of fast cars really keeps the action going as driver after driver tried to gain a foothold that would propel him forward.

Kober was able to put some excellent laps together all in the 13.5 to 13.6 range and he would go on to claim his first All Star win of the season. Wes Hearn would finish second with Justin Mills third, Russell Benke fourth and Nick Vinciguerra rounding out the top five. Heading up the second five were Tyler Peet from 11th, Brett Bieber, Alan Selemba, Tyler Pirone from 16th, and Taylor Mills from 19th.

The Wingless 600 Sprint 20-lap main event proved to be one of the most free-wheeling, fast and furious events ever at the speedway. Brandon Azzalina grabbed the lead at the start and after testing the cushion for a few laps dropped his racer to the baseline as he controlled the event. The contenders were deep in talent and with a flair for speed in this event as they worked on three particular racing channels, the baseline, centerline or pushing the cushion at the top of the raceway. Sam Kravitsky raced hard with Johnny Smith and Joel Smith and by the midway point, Chad Sandt entered the picture.

There was no stopping Azzalina on this evening as he knocked off some laps in the 12.143 second range. The later laps would see slower traffic come into play but also showing the skill level of the talented field for if you blinked your eyes you definitely were going to miss something spectacular. Azzalina would earn his fourth win of the season with Sam Kravitsky in second, Chad Sandt racing to third, Johnny Smith fourth and Joel Smith rounding out the top five. Jason Van Doren headed up the second five followed by Mick D'Agostino, Colin White, Zac Azzalina and Ryan Quackenbush.

PEARL JAMS:

Promoter Randy Smith had the 1/5th clay cushioned oval in tip-top form as always. The drivers could work the speedway from the baseline to the top of the cushion and many of them did making for a fabulous show throughout the evening.

The evening was an all heat format for the evening and made for many of the heat events to look like mini features. All Star Slingshot heats were captured by Dale Kober, Wes Hearn and Justin Mills. Three heats were needed for the Junior Slingshots and Hunter Lapp, Gavin Santee and JJ Rice were the winners. The 600 Sprint heats were claimed by Brandon Azzalina and Sam Kravitsky. The 270 Sprint heat was claimed by Pat Bealer. Chloe Andreas captured the lone heat for the Stage One Modifieds. Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint heats found Geordan Marrero, Scott Slater Sr and Scott Slater Jr victorious. Roger Collins captured the Super Slinger preliminary.

New faces at the speedway were abundant with John Comandini taking a ride in one of Richie Smith's Stage One Modified hot rods. New Junior drivers included Ashton Dewitt, who is an Accord regular. Kyle Swart and Alyssa Newman were also new entries in the division. Troy Hoffman and Ken Weirich were new additions to the 270 Sprints. Morgan Rochelle and Dakota Bartlet were first timers in the Rookie 600 Sprints. Nick Delcampo, and Natasha Henn were new entries for the All Star Slingshots. Steve Bull made his first start but ran into problems during his heat event and scratched for the evening.

A top of the fedora to the Balliet Crew as Jacob got upside down after his heat event and the crew went to work and did a great job to get Jacob back onto the speedway for the feature where he finished eighth.

Many thanks to Debbie Smith and Linda Macomber for helping out in the tower on a night when the staff was a bit shorthanded. Debbie works at Bridgeport Speedway and made the trip up with her brother Dave. Thanks go out as well to Marc Daniels for his assistance on the speedway.

Congratulations go out to "The Kunkletown Kid" Ryan Smith for earning his first career win at the famed Williams Grove Speedway on Friday evening.
We know there are a lot more wins coming in the future.

The event closes out the season at Hamlin and it was another great season for all involved. The speedway is eleven seasons strong under the Smith Family promotional reigns and plans are already in the works for the November 2017 racing season. Special thanks to the loyal Hamlin Speedway fans who follow their stars to the speedway each and every week of the season.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Dale Kober, Wes Hearn, Justin Mills, Russell Benke, Nick Vinciguerra, Tyler Peet, Brett Bieber, Alan Selemba, Tyler Pirone, Taylor Mills, Anthony Recchio, Josh Marcus, Greg Zellman, Ryan Neiger, Nick Delcampo, Steve Pirone, Chris Kurtz, Mike Taylor, Amanda Buchel, Samantha Muller, Tess Horvath, Jim Conroy, Ashley Kober, Clayton Davey, Austin Silfee, Mike McLaughlin, Natasha Henn (DNS)

270cc Sprints: Pat Bealer, Paul Richards Jr, Glenn Macomber, Kyle Ferrucci, Alex Reinsmith, Troy Hoffman, Ken Weirich, Randy Gombert

600cc Wingless Sprints: Brandon Azzalina, Sam Kravitsky, Chad Sandt, Johnny Smith, Joel Smith, Jason Van Doren, Mick D'Agostino, Colin White, Zac Azzalina, Ryan Quackenbush, Joseph Smith, JD Casazza, Mike Van Pelt, Pat Bealer, Zack Bealer, Scott Slater Jr, Ryan Neil, Brett Altemose, Tim Bauer, Jared Lilly, Carmen Leggio Jr

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Damon Paul, John Comandini, Bill Dianella, Cole Stangle, Will Casazza, John Lakatos, Michael Samony, Evan Civick, Chloe Andreas

Junior Slingshots: Cole Stangle, JJ Rice, Jared Silfee, Michael Corbin, Shelby McLaughlin, Tanner Van Doren, Tommy Stillo, Adam Buchel, Emily Fleming, CJ Fritz, Gavin Santee, Colton Geary, Ashton Dewitt, Alyssa Newman, James Costlow, Ty Kelly, James Hendricks, Hunter Lapp, Kyle Swart, Mikey Johannes, Jake Mason

Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Greg Zellman, Alan Kober, Dale Kober, Jim Conroy, John Mirabelli, Mike Taylor, Jeff Haduck, Steve Pirone, Roger Collins, Ryan Lacoe (DNS)

Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: (1) Scott Slater Jr, Mikey Smith, Noah Zielinski, Jakson Ring, Scott Rupp, Morgan Rochelle, Jared Lilly, Cody Powell, Dakota Bartlet, Tony Parlanti, Kyle Exley, Brett Altemose, Tyler Galatro, Tyler Kehs

Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: (2) Mack Brink, Scott Slater Sr, Geordan Marrero, Joe Nemeth, Sheldon Smith, Ryan Raidline, Damon Paul, Jacob Balliet, Carmen Leggio Sr, Justin Mills, JR Williams, David Trego, Savannah Leggio, Paul Richards Jr

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The 2016 racing season in now complete at the Hamlin Speedway. Make sure to check the Hamlin Speedway website for 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

Upcoming events for the speedway will be the Hamlin Speedway Awards Party to be held on November 19th at the S&S Speedway Indoor Go Karts located on Business Route 209 in Snydersville, Pennsylvania.

A special thank you from the Hamlin Speedway Management team and staff to all of the Drivers, Owners, Crews and our loyal band of great racing fans for another successful season at the speedway.

Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Yankowski Enterprises, Triple Cities Mack, Dickie Keiper Speed Supplies, Ron Brown Hauling, Classic Cycles, Kim's Kreations, RockAuto.com, Howe's Comfort Inn and Santarelli And Sons Oil Company 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: http://www.hamlinspeed.com or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500.

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" In The Poconos

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Sep
17

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- "The Chairman Of The Board" Rich Ricci Dominates King Of The Catskills At Accord Speedway
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

The Ulster County weather was perfectly warm and breezy, the Accord Speedway was in top form and a great roster of drivers and a standing room only crowd proved to be a win/win for Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer to host their annual King of the Catskills event at the speedway. Working right up until race time, Gary Palmer had the pristine quarter mile clay speedplant in impeccable condition and the attention to detail enabled the stout field of Modified and Sportsman competitors to race wall to wall throughout the evening of racing events. The evening of speed was headlined by sponsor Bruce Insinger and his Insinger Fuel Team. Check them out on the web at: www.insingerperformance.com

When all was said and done, Modified short track specialist "The Chairman of the Board" Rich Ricci jumped on the talented Modified field at the drop of the green flag and never looked back as he dominated the racing action in a wire to wire triumph at the speedway. The win for Ricci was his fourth King of the Catskills triumph and Ricci walked away with the $5,000.00 prize that went along with it. In the Healey Brothers Group Sportsman Joe Giachinta Memorial 30-lap shootout, Chris Stevens led only the final turn and one half to nip Corey Cormier at the finish line to capture the win and the $1,500.00 pay day that awaited him in the Lucas Oil Products Victory Lane. In the Nightcap for the Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros, George Zeininger continued his mastery over the rest of the Enduro field to go on and win his third Enduro event of the season and with the win walk away with a hefty haul of money.

Twenty-four of some of the finest Modifieds on the East Coast today took off in a run for the roses in the King of the Catskills headliner with Rich Ricci wasting no time to blast out into the lead. Pole Sitter Jeff Strunk followed and stayed close early in the event. A few early skirmishes dropped some quality talent from the field as Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Joey Grammes and Mike Colsten were some of the early casualties. On each restart Ricci was able to get the great starts and by the midpoint of the event had stepped away from the field.

Things were beginning to heat up as Mike Ricci made a run for the front and Jimmy Horton was working the baseline of the speedway as if he were on rails. Mike Ricci slipped past Strunk and a few laps later Horton was able to do the same. Tommy Meier, Andy Bachetti, Brian Krummel and Nick Rochinski were in the hunt as well and after forty laps things began to change rapidly in the make-up of the event. Mike Ricci raced into second place only to lose the spot a few laps later to Jimmy Horton who had gotten past Strunk. Tommy Meier came back to life as slipped by Bachetti. Horton closed the distance on Rich Ricci quickly and they were nose to tail on lap-48. Horton slowed for a slower car in front of him and seemed to lose a bit of momentum. The final ten laps found Rich Ricci uncontested as he drove to a convincing win in a dominating effort for the New Paltz, New York resident. Jimmy Horton began his drive to the front from eleventh starting place and did a great job of mastering the baseline of the speedway for runner-up honors. Mike Ricci was third with a real strong run. Jeff Strunk, the defending champion of the event in 2015, ran a strong fourth and Tommy Meier completed the top five finishers. Brian Krummel headed up the second five with Andy Bachetti seventh, Nick Rochinski eighth, Donnie Elliott ninth and Danny Tyler completing the top ten. Ricci turned the fastest time during the event with a 13.184 second clocking and Strunk was right behind with a 13.386 time.

Aaron Doolittle and Joe Conklin made up the front row for the Sportsman main event named in honor of the late Joe Giachinta. Giachinta was a true gentleman and friend of the speedway and lost his life in an industrial accident last November. Conklin outhustled Doolittle for the point and led the first five laps until Kenny Hinsch used the bottom of the speedway to get past him. The next time around would prove the undoing of Conklin as a skirmish removed him to the sidelines. Hinsch would lead the way until lap seventeen as Corey Cormier went topside to take command of the event and Hinsch would meet the inside barrier and be done for the evening.

On the restart it would Cormier showing the way with Chris Stevens taking up the chase from 14th starting position. Cormier was back at the top of the speedway and as the leaders came upon slower traffic, Stevens was working the bottom to erase any lead Cormier had built up. Slower traffic would come into play quickly as a pack of cars were running together and Cormier went to the top to slip past them. As the white flag flew Cormier and Stevens were nose to tail and dodging traffic left and right. As they reached turn three, Cormier went to the top and Stevens went to the baseline with Stevens sliding up and Cormier driving down and the two cars touched and it would be Stevens just nipping Cormier for the win.

Joey Bruning from 13th starting position would finish third with Tyler Johnston fourth and Allison Ricci from 17th completing the top five. The second five were steady Milton Mann, Daniel Morgiewicz, Chris Lynch, Nick Plumstead and Phil Goetchius. Corey Cormier turned the fastest lap when he clocked 13.557 seconds.

The veteran campaigner George Zeininger wasted no time in charging to the front in the 50-lap Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduro excursion. Zeininger, who captured two wins earlier in the 2016 season and the defending champion of the event last year, had himself a stout race car and was able to drive away from the field and go on to victory. Former Street Stock campaigner Gene Helms has found a new place to race with the Enduros as he enjoyed a solid run for runner-up honors. Johnny Bankich paced himself throughout the event and finished just behind Helms for third place money.

GEMSTONES:

The showcased event of the season at Accord for the Palmer Family was another spectacular event for the successful promotional team now in their 16th season at operating their Ulster County facility. The racing was superb as every Modified and Sportsman heat resembled a mini feature event. The standing room only crowd came from far and wide with as many as twelve states representing the statewide support of the tremendous racing activity. Parking was at a premium and the grounds were abuzz with excitement for the long awaited evening of racing at the "Gem in the Catskills". The turnstiles of fans filled the concession areas all night long as they devoured the great cuisine offered up by the speedway concessions.

41 Modifieds made their way to the pit area along with 39 sportsman and 31 Four Cylinder Enduros. Five heats were needed for the Modifieds with Joey Grammes, Ed Dachenhausen, Brian Krummel, Mike Ricci and Nick Petrilak scoring wins. The Sportsman division cars also ran five heats with Aaron Doolittle, Joe Conklin, Corey Cormier, Brandon McGill and Tyler Boniface capturing the wins. Three B-Mains were needed for the Modifieds with Danny Creeden, Brain Malcolm and Danny Tyler collecting the wins. Three Sportsman B-Mains were needed and won by Leo Fotopolous, Jimmy Johnson and Rich Ricci III.

Both divisions were in abundance with drivers on this evening and many did not make the final transfer into the feature and the speedway management would like to thank everyone for making a fine effort to get into the lineup. Brad Szulewski, Ken Ferrier, Mike Butler, Bobby Trapper, Bob Hentschel, Chris Shultz, Chuck McKee, Kurt Hundeland, Danny Kronk, Brett Graham, Ray See, Richard Smith, Ed Burgess, Brad Rothaupt and Joe Judge. Sportsman drivers included Jamie Yannone, Vinnie Gress, Stan Vishinski, Mike Murphy, Ryan McCartney, Phil Johnson, Jim Introne, Kyle Rohner, Mark Connolly, Matt Shultz, Dave Demorest and Travis Codswell.

Grandma Annies Pies were back in victory lane last evening courtesy of Liggan Insurance, Wright's Farm Market, Rosendale Farmers Market and Cousin Pete Donohue.

Condolences go out to the Tyler Racing Team as Mike Edwards, the longtime crew chief for Doug Tyler, passed away during the past week.

"Uncle" Mike Hansen from WRWD Radio 107.3 FM was back in the house and once again enjoyed the show as he helped out with commentary throughout the evening.

The Giachinta Family was at the speedway and presented the Joe Giachinta Cup to the winner Chris Stevens.

Speedway management thanks all of our drivers and fans for a great season at the speedway.

Halloween Havoc is next up on the Accord Speedway schedule. The date is October 29th with a full itinerary of racing and fun things for the families of racing to enjoy. Hay Rides, Balloon Sculpturing, Pumpkin Painting, Kid's Costume Parade, Bike Raffle Give-a-ways courtesy of Upstate Auto and just a part of some great fall fun.

RESULTS:

United Pump and Tank Modifieds: (60 laps $5,000.00) Rich Ricci, Jimmy Horton, Mike Ricci, Jeff Strunk, Tommy Meier, Brian Krummel, Andy Bachetti, Nick Rochinski, Donnie Elliott, Danny Tyler, Scott Ferrier, Jesse Marks, Nick Petrilak, Rob Rowe, Brian Malcolm, Ed Dachenhausen, Richie Eurich, Joey Grammes, Danny Creeden, Anthony Perrego, Jimmy Wells, Bobby Trapper Jr, Mike Colsten, Mike Kolka

Healey Brothers Sportsman: (30 Laps $1,500.00) Chris Stevens, Corey Cormier, Joey Bruning, Tyler Johnston, Allison Ricci, Milton Mann, Daniel Morgiewicz, Chris Lynch, Nick Plumstead, Phil Goetchius, Troy Arnold, Ralph Ronk, Jimmy Johnson, Brandon McGill, Leo Fotopolous, Connor Otten, Rich Ricci III, Jim Kraus, Frank Venezia, Brad Horton, Robbie Knipe, Jimmy Wells, Kenny Hinsch, Tyler Boniface, Joe Conklin, Aaron Doolittle

Emmanuel's Marketplace Fireball Four Cylinder Enduros: George Zeininger, Gene Helms, Johnny Bankich

Racing every Friday night from April through September.
Saturday, October 29th finds the speedway swinging back into action for the Halloween Havoc spectacular at the speedway sponsored by the Liggin's Insurance Agency. More information regarding the event will follow.

For more information regarding the great racing action found at the Accord Speedway, call the speedway hotline at: 845 626 3478 or log-on to their newly designed and well documented website at: http://www.accordspeedway.com We are easy to find at 299 Whitfield Road, two miles off Route 209. At the Accord Speedway..................................

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Sep
15

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Will Close Out 2016 Season This Saturday, September 17th
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The Hamlin Speedway will close out their 2016 racing season this coming Saturday night, September 17th. There will be a full night of racing activity scheduled on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval and will mark the completion of the eleventh season with the Smith Family in control of the facility. The program will be a regular seven division show at the speedway. The evening of speed will be sponsored by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in the Snydersville, Pennsylvania.

The standing room only crowds all season long have been treated to some great racing action in all divisions as the solid roster of weekly participants has given their all to entertain their loyal racing fans. Additional new faces have been arriving on a weekly basis to tackle the speedway regulars and with some tracks already shutting down for the season, it is expected more talent will be in the house to attempt to place their names in the record books at Hamlin.

The driving stars at Hamlin are diverse as ages from seven to seventy compete in one of the sevens divisions of racing. The All Star Slingshots, coming off one of their biggest weeks of the season, has found many different winners in Victory Lane this year. "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin leads with three wins and "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn, Austin Silfee and "The Little Tornado" Tyler Peet have each scored twice. Single wins have been recorded by "The Midge" Chris Kurtz, Russell Benke, "Kid Wicked" Tyler Pirone, "The Bloomingburg Bullet" Taylor Mills, "The High Side Hustler" Justin Mills and "The 38 Special" Jared LaBagh. Justin Mills won the big Hamlin Vet Stock 100 in July and Jared Labagh, a former champion at the speedway, returned to action to score a big win in the National Tour 50. Chris Kurtz enjoyed a tremendous Slingshot Speedweeks and walked away with the title.

The Super Slinger division has had Wes Hearn capturing eleven wins during the season with "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober capturing three wins. A late season addition to the driving roster, Mike Taylor, recently found a way to defeat the dynamic duo.

The Junior National Slingshot division has Jared Silfee and Cole Stangle sharing in wins with six each. "The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp has just been named the Accord Speedway Champion for 2016 and has scored two wins at Hamlin. Kyle Smith, from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, came into Hamlin in June and captured the Junior Slingshot Tour event for his lone win at the speedway.

New Yorker Damon Paul has lit up the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified division. Paul, a former National Junior Slingshot champion, has captured five wins to date. The defending champion "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith, has earned four wins to date but did miss a couple of events in the early weeks of the season. Bill Dianella has earned two wins, while Cole Stangle, Stephen Darling, "The Sandman" Troy Langendoerfer and "The Beast" Chloe Andreas have each scored a win in 2016.

Paul Richards Jr has enjoyed a breakout season at Hamlin as the second generation driver leads with nine wins in his pocket. The defending champion, "The Icon" Pat Bealer has three wins despite missing much of the current season. Mike Kalman, Robbie Watson and Nunzi Allegrucci each has a win to their credit.

The Wingless 600 Sprints have been something to behold in 2016 with side by side, slide jobs and just plain old pedal to the metal racing wars setting the trend. "Bad" Chad Sandt leads the way with five victories while "The A-Team" Brandon Azzalina and "The G-Man" Grady Johnston have each scored three wins. "The Edge" Eddie Strada has captured two wins while "Radioactive" Robbie Hocker and Joel Smith have each grabbed up a single win at the speedway.

With the abundance of Rookie 600 Sprints appearing at the speedway on a weekly basis, the fields have been split and most nights would find two events on the schedule for the rookies. Leading the way is "The Wild Child" Geordan Marrero who has captured five wins. Justin Hartz, Jakson Ring, "The Mack Attack" Mack Brink, "The Young Rustler" Jacob Balliet, and Tim Bauer have each captured two wins. Single wins have been recorded by AJ Hobbs, Mikey Smith, Nate Brinker, Joe Howey, Lavar Scott, Scott Slater Jr, Brett Altemose and Damon Paul.

Come out early and stay late as all racing fans are welcome to come and enjoy all of the action at "The Pearl." The concession stand has great cuisine and beverages and the ride into the Poconos is second to none.

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 2 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, Yankowski Enterprises, Triple Cities Mack, Dickie Keiper Speed Supplies, Ron Brown Hauling, Classic Cycles, Kim's Kreations, RockAuto.com, Howe's Comfort Inn and Santarelli And Sons Oil Company 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: http://www.hamlinspeed.com or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500.
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The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" In The Poconos

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