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Aug
20

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Powerful Storm Halts Hamlin Speedway Action After Five Feature Events
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The splendid warm rays of the summer sunshine continued to latch onto the scenic Pocono Mountain landscape for most of Saturday but the weather quickly reared its ugly head after five features had been completed and turned the Hamlin Speedway grounds into a sea of mud. Promoters Denise and Randy Smith ushered in another fabulous edition of the 2017 racing season at Hamlin and with it another exciting night of racing entertainment. The large crowd on hand was treated to another all-out display of daredevil, seeking out the cushion activity from the more than one hundred racers that came to do battle on Saturday evening. The last event was checkered at 18-laps when the skies opened up and had everyone seeking shelter from the storm that followed. The five feature card was once again presented by JPA Masonry located in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania and S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The remaining two feature events for the All Star Slingshots and the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modifieds will be added to next week's show making the evening a nine feature event spectacular.

When the final scorecards were tallied it was Mike Taylor racing to his fourth win of the season in the Super Slinger finale. Also claiming wins in the star studded events included "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino as he ruled the roost from every angle around the speedway to capture his second win of the season in the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint main. "The Fearless One" Kyle Ferrucci added another notch to his gun belt with his fourth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint main. "Junior Excitement" JJ Rice scored his second win of the season at Hamlin in the Junior Slingshot finale in an event where the final laps resembled a small car demolition derby. Paul Richards Jr was spot on as he sped to his third victory of the season in the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 feature event.

The five feature events were exciting to say the least and the "stars of tomorrow" Junior Slingshot division began well with Abby Yates having the quick right foot as she jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and attacked the race track as she quickly sped away from the rest of the field. A couple of cautions slowed the pace but each time Yates was able to hold the field at bay with some 14.7 second lap times. With two laps to go, Yates was spun out by Mikey Johannes causing a caution and ending Yates bid for her second win at the speedway. On the restart JJ Rice was the leader but was bumped by John Kendall. Kendall was the leader on lap-19 but Rice came storming back and additional contact caused more commotion and Rice was able to keep his momentum going and scored the win. Austin Homan, Joey Kalafut, Rachel Dickinson and John Kendall completed the top five. Adam Buchel headed up the remainder of the finishers followed by Abby Yates, Mikey Johannes, James Hendricks and James Benz.

The JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints found pole sitter Tyler Lindsey out dragging Tony Parlanti into turn one. Lindsey would lead for four laps before yielding to the baseline hugging Paul Richards Jr. Richards owned the bottom of the speedway on this night and would go on to capture his third feature win despite solid performances by Tyler Lindsey in second and Joey Amantea finishing third in a new ride for him. Noah Zielinski was fourth and last week's winner Ryan Stangle rounded out the top five. Ryan Lacoe, the returning Scott Rupp, Jack Hanna and newcomer Dennis Chamberlain completed the field.

The Wingless 270 Sprint headliner found Alex Reinsmith getting the jump on Glenn Macomber when the green flag came out. The event settled into a high speed chase as third starting Kyle Ferrucci was on the move and slipped past Macomber and set sail for Reinsmith. Lap seven proved to be the winning move for Ferrucci as he drove by Reinsmith to take over the point. Ferrucci would lead the remaining laps to go and score his fourth win of the season. Reinsmith, Macomber and newcomer Nathanial Krotzer completed the field.

Super Slinger action found Mike Taylor getting the jump on the field at the start of the event. Taylor would build up a huge lead while Dale Kober and Jeff Haduck were lodged in a great battle for the runner-up role. This night was taylor-made as Mike Taylor would go on to score his fourth win of the season. Kober had more than enough power to land in the runner-up role with Jeff Haduck third in a great run, Wes Hearn fourth, the returning Roger Collins fifth and Jimmy Conroy sixth. and fifth.

The JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint main found Mick D'Agostino grabbing the lead going into turn one as he outhustled Jacob Balliet for the point. While securing the lead, D'Agostino was put to work with Balliet, Joel Smith, Damon Paul and Colin White working every angle to try to make something big happen. D'Agostino worked his lane to perfection and turned in consistent laps of 12.3 seconds to drive to his second win of the season for the Massachusetts based speedster. Balliet was excellent in a strong runner-up performance. Joel Smith and Damon Paul put on an excellent show of racing and sportsmanship on the speedway for third and fourth place while Colin White completed the top five. The second five were close as well with Chad Sandt, Duane White, Mack Brink, Ryan Neil and Cody Smith completing the top ten.

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Heat racing action at Hamlin continued to fuel the fires that make Hamlin Speedway the place to be on Saturday nights as Joey Amantea and Paul Richards Jr were victorious in the Rookie 600 Sprint heat events. Two heats were required for the Stage One Modifieds with Cody Motto and John Comandini securing wins. Mike Taylor captured the heat win for the Super Slingers. Damon Paul and Jacob Balliet enjoyed great nights all around as they captured heat wins in the Wingless 600 Sprints and had great finishes in the feature headliner. Glenn Macomber captured the heat win in the 270 Sprints. The All Star Slingshots ran two heats with Taylor Mills and CJ Fritz capturing the wins. The Junior Slingshots ran one heat with JJ Rice securing the win.

Newcomers or returning racers to the Hamlin Speedway for the Saturday night racing action included Ryan Neil and Adam Huff in the 600 Sprints. Roger Collins returned to action for the Super Slingers. Scott Rupp and Rich Maguire were first timers for the Rookie 600 Sprints with Maguire steering the former Jerry Rutledge racer. Meredith Howell put the Smith Fabrications Stage One Rental car through its paces for the evening.

Joey Amantea had a wreck at another speedway and returned to Hamlin on Saturday evening in another racer they recently purchased. Savannah Leggio expired a motor in her 600 Sprint.

With the heavy amount of precipitation that has fallen recently, another yeoman's effort was turned in by Randy Smith and Staff as they kept pace with the speedway all evening long until the storms rolled into the speedway.

Some big events will be coming to Hamlin in the last few weeks of the season. The added two postponed features will be run next week with the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint special taking place. A dual heat format along with a hefty payday should bring out a nice field of race cars to the Poconos for the event.

The Roy Smith Memorial for the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modifieds will welcome in Labor Day weekend at the speedway. A dual heat format and a 30-lap feature will honor one of the pioneers of Modified racing on the East Coast.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: (Postponed until August 26th) Starting Lineup: Taylor Mills, CJ Fritz, Josh Marcus, Austin Silfee, Tess Horvath, Cole Stangle, Mike Taylor, Cody Kline, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Tyler Peet, Amanda Buchel, Samantha Muller, Troy Langendoerfer, Alan Kober, Ashley Kober, Corey Zielinski, Jared Silfee

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: (Postponed until August 26th) Starting Lineup: Cody Motto, John Comandini, Anthony Recchio, Pat VanVarick, Joel Smith, Cole Stangle, Andrew Vreeland, Michael Samony, Mike Jablonka, Meredith Howell, Evan Civick, Mark Corna

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Kyle Ferrucci, Alex Reinsmith, Glenn Macomber, Nathanial Krotzer

JPA Masonry Wingless 600cc Sprints: Mick D'Agostino, Jacob Balliet, Joel Smith, Damon Paul, Colin White, Chad Sandt, Duane White, Mack Brink, Ryan Neil, Cody Smith, Joseph Smith, Tyler Lindsey, JD Casazza, Danny Buccafusca, Adam Huff

Junior Slingshots: JJ Rice, Austin Homan, Joey Kalafut, Rachel Dickinson, John Kendall, Adam Buchel, Abby Yates, Mikey Johannes, James Hendricks, James Benz

Super Slingshots: Mike Taylor, Dale Kober, Jeff Haduck, Wes Hearn, Roger Collins, Jim Conroy

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Paul Richards Jr, Tyler Lindsey, Joey Amantea, Noah Zielinski, Ryan Stangle, Ryan Lacoe, Scott Rupp, Jack Hanna, Dennis Chamberlain, Savannah Leggio, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Rich Maguire, Zack Weisenfluh, Ron Bosga, Macy Litchauer, Tony Parlanti, Carmen Leggio Sr

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for August 26th when all regular divisions will be in action and highlighted by the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprints rocking the house with $750.00 going to the winner based on a 24-car starting field. The 600 Sprints event will follow a dual heat format.

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

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin, please contact Tim Krysiuk at: https://strictlydirtphotography.smugmug.com/

Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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Aug
13

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Seven Great Features Highlight An Evening At Hamlin Speedway
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

As the summer sunshine continues to capture the beautiful scenic Pocono Mountain landscape, the drivers and crews of a special breed of racers continue to compete and put on great shows at the Hamlin Speedway and Saturday night was no exception. Promoters Denise and Randy Smith offered another fabulous edition of the 2017 racing season at Hamlin and the talented roster of drivers once again displayed their daredevil, race to the walls brand of racing excitement. A large crowd was on hand to witness the show as one hundred and eight racers came to do battle on Saturday evening. The seven feature card was presented by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and JPA Masonry located in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.

When the final scorecards were tallied it was "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober scoring his eighth win of the season in the Super Slinger finale. "The Angle" Cole Stangle continues to raise the bar as he sped to his second win of the season in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified Division. Duane White led all of the way to capture his first ever career win in the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint main. "The Fearless One" Kyle Ferrucci added another notch to his gun belt with his third win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint main. Jack VanVarick, competing in only in a handful of events this season, was in the zone as he raced to his first win of the season at Hamlin in the Junior Slingshot finale. "The Ry-Guy" Ryan Stangle has only been competing at Hamlin a few times but he was spot on as he sped to his first career victory of the season in the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 feature event. In the headliner event of the evening, "The Oley Jet" Brett Bieber led all thirty laps to claim his second win of the season at Hamlin in the All Star Slingshot finale.

The seven feature events were all excellent runs and the "stars of tomorrow" Junior Slingshot drivers continue to excel with each turn of the steering wheel as seventeen drivers began the feature on Saturday night. JJ Rice and Jack VanVarick brought the field to the line. VanVarick jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and the move would prove to be the winner as VanVarick would withstand a full blown effort from Rice to lead all twenty laps to capture his first career win at Hamlin in his Bangor Steel Sponsored hot rod. A scramble on the final lap found Adam Buchel notching a runner-up finish in his Cole Polishing sponsored mount. Rice would finish third with Jake Mason and Shelby McLaughlin completing the top five. Heading up the second five was John Kendall with Mikey Johannes, Tyler Banks, Abby Yates and Kyle Swart all nailing down top ten finishes.

Mark Corna raced into the lead in turn one at the start of the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified main event. Corna would lead for a lap before yielding to Mike Samony as the mighty one used a strong top shelf maneuver to take away the lead from Corna. Samony would lead through lap nine as when he encountered slower traffic Cole Stangle was the johnny on the spot and grabbed the lead. That would be the only move Stangle would need as he controlled the point despite the fact he had Pat VanVarick and Joel Smith breathing down his tailpipes. Cole Stangle would race to his second win with VanVarick and Joel Smith behind him. John Comandini was fourth and Anthony Recchio rounded out the top five. Michael Samony headed up the second five with newcomer Andrew Vreeland, Cody Motto, newcomer Jacob Nemeth and John Bachetti Sr completing the top ten.

The JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint feature found Ryan Stangle hustling out front at the start of the event. Stangle was able to find the line he wanted and stayed true to the line throughout the running of the event. Paul Richards Jr took up the chase at the halfway point and closed nose to tail with Stangle but a costly jingle with a slower car coming to the finish line created the loss of valuable real estate at the end. Stangle would capture the win with Macy Litchauer second, Joey Amantea third, Ryan Lacoe fourth and Chloe Andreas returning to action to nail down fifth place. Paul Richards Jr headed up the second five with Carmen Leggio Sr, Zack Weisenfluh, newcomer Mike Thompson and Jack Hanna completing the top ten.

The Wingless 270 Sprint headliner found Alex Reinsmith getting the jump on the field when the green flag was displayed. The event settled into a high speed chase as Reinsmith would lead for four laps until the high flying Kyle Ferrucci drove on by. Once in front, Ferrucci built up a huge lead on the field to go on and capture his third win of the season. Reinsmith would finish second with Glenn Macomber third.

Super Slinger action found Dale Kober getting the jump on the field at the start of the event. Once in front, Kober was able to race to daylight while some heated racing action was going on behind him. Kober has had the hot hand all season long and sped to his eighth win of the season with Greg Zellman making a valiant effort to finish in the runner-up role. Mike Taylor was third with Donny Hockman grabbing up fourth in the Tess Horvath race car, Wes Hearn fifth and Jimmy Conroy making up the remainder of the field.

The JPA Masonry 600 Wingless Sprint main found South Abington Township resident Duane White driving to daylight at the drop of the green flag. White kept a steady pace with plenty of heated action going on behind him. Joseph Smith and Joel Smith had their own battle gong and Mack Brink and Mick D'Agostino would join the battle several laps later. This was a night when everything went (r)white as Duane White raced to his first career win at Hamlin. Joseph Smith outlasted Joel Smith for runner-up honors with Joel Smith, Mack Brink and Mick D'Agostino completing the top five. Damon Paul, Colin White, Danny Buccafusca, the returning Pat Bealer and the returning Ryan Quackenbush completed the top ten finishers.

Thirty three cars attempted to qualify for the next to last leg of the Slingshot Speedweeks event. Utilizing the dual heat format, Brett Bieber earned the pole start for the thirty lap headliner. Bieber out gunned Dylan Hoch into turn one and the move would prove to be the highlight reel as Bieber hit his marks constantly around the speedway and later in the race was able to drive away from the field in between caution flags. Bieber would earn his second win of the season with Hoch in the runner-up role. Cody Kline was third with Tyler Peet and Jared Silfee completing the top five. Dale Kober headed up the second five with Mike Taylor, Cole Stangle, Russell Benke and Seth Spayd following. The next five in line were Samantha Muller, Alan Kober, Amanda Buchel, Dakota Kohler and Anthony Raisner. Twenty of the twenty seven starters completed all thirty laps of the feature event.

PEARL JAMS:

Heat racing action at Hamlin continue to fuel the fires that make Hamlin Speedway the place to be on Saturday nights as Duane White and Joseph Smith were victorious in the 600 Sprint heat events. Two heats were required for the Stage One Modifieds with Joel Smith and Cole Stangle securing the wins. Kyle Ferrucci captured the heat win for the Wingless 270 Sprints. Dale Kober captured the lone heat race win for the Super Slingers. Two rounds of heats were need to establish the starting lineup for the All Star Slingshots and capturing heat wins were Wes Hearn, Brett Bieber, Dylan Hoch and Troy Langerdoerfer in round one while Seth Spayd, Tyler Peet, Russell Benke and Alan Kober were victorious in the second round.

The Junior Slingshot ran time trials with Shelby McLaughlin holding the hot hand at 14.890 seconds over JJ Rice and Tyler Banks.

Newcomers or returning racers to the Hamlin Speedway scene for the Saturday night racing action included Brian Smith in the Junior Slingshots. Donny Hockman returned to action in the Super Slingers. The All Star Slingshots featured Dylan Hoch, Brett Bieber, Seth Spayd, Anthony Raisner, Kyle Herve, Dakota Kohler and Joe Toth. Tanner Jones was leading his heat event when he expired an engine in his racer. Mike Thompson, Dennis Chamberlain, Ryan Quackenbush, Pat Bealer and Eddie Strada were in action in the 600 Sprints. Chloe Andreas and Dennis Stawinski Jr returned to action in the Rookie 600 Sprints. Jacob Nemeth and Meredith Howell were on hand to do battle in the Stage One Modifieds.

Despite all of the rain that has inundated the Northeast, Randy Smith had the speedway in great shape for the evening of speed and three and four wide action in the heat events was commonplace. At intermission Smith brought out the grader to give the drivers an equal race track to compete on and the racing was over the top great.

Cindy Motto won the 50/50.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Ed Strada Jr on his 50th birthday.

Scranton Times writer Scott Walsh took in the racing action for the first time and came away very impressed with the professionally run speedway and the over the top talent that exists at Hamlin. Walsh is preparing some future stories regarding the Hamlin Driving roster.

Congratulations are in order for Hamlin drivers for the great showing on Tuesday night at the Reading Nostalgia Nationals with Shelby McLaughlin capturing the Junior Slingshot event and Jared Silfee winning the All Star Slingshot event in the Randy and Denise Smith owned Slingshot making it a clean sweep in the winner's circle.

"The Communicator" Matthew Gaughan took in the show this week as he drove in from Ohio.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: (Speedweeks Tour Event) Brett Bieber, Dylan Hoch, Cody Kline, Tyler Peet, Jared Silfee, Dale Kober, Mike Taylor, Cole Stangle, Russell Benke, Seth Spayd, Samantha Muller, Alan Kober, Amanda Buchel, Dakota Kohler, Anthony Raisner, Kyle Herve, Tess Horvath, Tanner VanDoren, Ashley Kober, Austin Silfee, Wes Hearn, Joe Toth, Troy Langendoerfer, Dillon Emmons, Josh Marcus, Taylor Mills, Mike McLaughlin.....DNQ: CJ Fritz, Damon Paul, Emily Fleming, Clayton Davey, Corey Zielinski, Tanner Jones

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Kyle Ferrucci, Alex Reinsmith, Glenn Macomber

JPA Masonry Wingless 600cc Sprints: Duane White, Joseph Smith, Joel Smith, Mack Brink, Mick D'Agostino, Damon Paul, Colin White, Danny Buccafusca, Pat Bealer, Ryan Quackenbush, Geordan Marrero, Tyler Lindsey, Jacob Balliet, Joey Amantea, Mike Thompson, JD Casazza, Cody Smith, Eddie Strada

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Cole Stangle, Pat VanVarick, Joel Smith, John Comandini, Anthony Recchio, Michael Samony, Andrew Vreeland, Cody Motto, Jacob Nemeth, John Bachetti Sr, John Bachetti Jr, Evan Civick, Mark Connelly, Meredith Howell, Mark Corna

Junior Slingshots: Jack VanVarick, Adam Buchel, JJ Rice, Jake Mason, Shelby McLaughlin, John Kendall, Mikey Johannes, Tyler Banks, Abby Yates, Kyle Swart, Austin Homan, James Benz, Joey Kalafut, James Hendricks, Rachel Dickinson, Brian Smith, James Costlow

Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Greg Zellman, Mike Taylor, Donny Hockman, Wes Hearn, Jim Conroy, Corey Zielinski

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Ryan Stangle, Macy Litchauer, Joey Amantea, Ryan Lacoe, Chloe Andreas, Paul Richards Jr, Carmen Leggio Sr, Zack Weisenfluh, Mike Thompson, Jack Hanna, Hunter Metzger, Tony Parlanti, Cody Powell, Dennis Chamberlain, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Tyler Lindsey

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for August 19th when all regular divisions will be in action.

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

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin, please contact Tim Krysiuk at: https://strictlydirtphotography.smugmug.com/

Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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Aug
06

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Stays On Point With Tremendous Racing Action In all Divisions
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

On a warm summer day that found the temperatures dropping quickly when the sun disappeared, Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith turned up the heat on Saturday evening and hosted another excellent night of racing action for the large crowd on hand. Randy Smith and crew had the Hamlin Speedway in tip-top racing form as the stars and cars of the speedway rocked the house with their special brand of racing excitement and theatrics. One hundred racers were on hand for the seven feature event racing card and was wrapped up by 10:19 PM. The evening of speed was sponsored by JPA Masonry & Trucking located in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania

Heading up the list of winners on Saturday evening included "The Electric Man" Colin White as he raced his White Mechanical sponsored racer to his second win of the season in a wire to wire triumph in the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint competition. Additional winners included "The Taylor Tornado" Zack Weisenfluh as he each captured his second win in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints. Austin Silfee gathered in his first win of the season in the All Star Slingshot feature headliner. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober was spot on as he added his seventh Super Slinger win to his total for the season. "Deuce" Glenn Macomber wired the field for his sixth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint headliner. "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith was throttle quick and raced to his sixth victory in the exciting Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified main. "Lil Miss" Shelby McLaughlin earned her fifth win of the season in the very competitive Junior Slingshot finale.

The evening of feature attractions found Dale Kober rocketing out front at the start of the Super Slinger finale. Kober reeled off some quick times in the 14.2 second range to gain a big advantage but Mike Taylor stayed close in the first half of the event. Kober would race on to earn his seventh win of the season with Taylor and the returning Greg Zellman and Roger Collins completing the field.

The Junior Slingshot twenty lap headliner found Jake Mason with the hot hand as he led for the first six laps of the event. Mason, who was coming off a win at Accord Speedway the night prior, would give way to Shelby McLaughlin on lap seven. While McLaughlin held the field at bay, a quadrant of New Yorkers fought tooth and nail for the remainder of the feature for runner-up honors. The budding stars John Kendall, Jake Mason, Tyler Banks and Kyle Swart provided some great racing action throughout the twenty lap run as the racing was fast and tight and the action was superb. McLaughlin would claim her fifth win of the season with Kendall, Mason, Banks and Swart finishing under a blanket at the checkered flag. The next five in line were Rachel Dickinson, Abby Yates, Adam Buchel, James Costlow and Austin Homan.

The 20-lap headliner for the All Star Slingshot racers proved to be a barn burner right from the start with equal cars and stars making up the first three rows of competition. Austin Silfee seized the lead at the start of the event and was able to handle the hot-heat placed on him by as many as six drivers all hoping to find the sweet spot that would propel them forward. Mike McLaughlin, Cody Kline, Tyler Peet, Damon Paul, Alan Kober and Taylor Mills raced together throughout the remainder of the feature mirroring every move by Silfee but it would be Austin Silfee capturing his first win of the season in a wire to wire triumph. Behind Silfee the outcome was in doubt as Kline and McLaughlin got together just before the start/finish line with Kline ending up finishing second, Tyler Peet sneaking in for third, McLaughlin fourth and Damon Paul fifth. Alan Kober was sixth followed by Taylor Mills, Dale Kober, Joshua Marcus and Dillon Emmons.

Carmen Leggio Sr jumped into the lead in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint event but a third lap skirmish involving Ryan Stangle and Joe Nemeth with Nemeth getting the worst of it and needing wrecker service. Nemeth was unhurt in the incident and when green flag racing returned it was Leggio leading but being hounded by Joey Amantea. The drivers matched moves with Leggio preferring the top side and Amantea working the baseline to perfection as he got closer lap after lap. Amantea's bid was thwarted when he came off the turn too tight and clipped a tire and he too needed wrecker service. On the restart, Leggio powered on but Zack Weisenfluh began to put the pressure on. On lap fifteen, Weisenfluh powered into the lead when Leggio slipped up high and Weisenfluh would lead the remaining laps to claim his second win of the season. Ryan Lacoe was second with Macy Litchauer third, Hunter Metzger fourth and Tyler Lindsey fifth. Leggio was sixth with Ron Bosga, Tony Parlanti and Cody Powell following.

Colin White grabbed the lead at the start of the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint main and would open up a huge lead on the field early on. Danny Buccafusca and Jacob Balliet waged an early war with Buccafusca taking over the runner-up spot and Balliet dropping to third. Past the midway point Buccafusca began to reel in White and would continue to do so but the event belonged to White and he cruised in for his second win of the season. Buccafusca finished in the runner-up spot. Jacob Balliet was third with JD Casazza and Damon Paul rounding out the top five. The second five found Chad Sandt, Mick D'Agostino, Joel Smith, Joseph Smith and Mack Brink completing the top ten.

Glenn Macomber grabbed the lead out of the starting blocks and raced to his sixth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprints. Alex Reinsmith was the runner-up with newcomer Nathanial Krotzer third. Kyle Ferrucci suffered problems early in the event and retired from the racer early on.

Cody Motto controlled the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified encounter from the first lap on with Cole Stangle pulling out all of the stops to roll by him. The pair raced together like that until lap eleven when they momentarily got together and the hard-charging Joel Smith drove by both of them. Joel Smith led the remaining laps to claim the win over Cole Stangle, Anthony Recchio, Pat VanVarick and Cody Motto. The second five were John Mirabelli, John Comandini, Joel Price, John Bachetti Jr and Evan Civick. Seventeen cars took part in the Stage One Modified event with many new cars appearing in recent weeks.

PEARL JAMS:

Randy Smith kept pace with the speedway all night long as the track remained super smooth and racy all evening long. A couple of short intermission sessions were all that was needed to manicure the speedway surface for the competitors. Short track racing is close competition at its finest and the drivers were negotiating the Hamlin Speedway in two, three, four and occasional five wide fashion for much of the evening.

Heat racing action in the Stage One Modifieds found Mike Samony and Joel Smith claiming wins. 600 Sprint heat wins went to Colin White and Danny Buccafusca. Dale Kober was the quick man in claiming the heat race win for the Super Slingers. The 270 Sprint heat win went to Glenn Macomber. Junior Slingshot heats were claimed by Adam Buchel and Tyler Banks. Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint heats went to Joe Nemeth and Hunter Metzger. All Star Slingshot heats found Austin Silfee, Mike McLaughlin and Cole Stangle recording wins.

Birthday wishes are in order for Paul Richards Jr.

New drivers made their way to Hamlin on Saturday. The Stage One Modifieds had John Comandini returning to action along with John Bachetti Sr, Mike Jablonka and Andrew Vreeland as Vreeland recently purchased the Billy Dianella owned hot rod. Steven Gully returned to action in the 600 Sprints. Ron Bosga and Zach Farleigh made their first appearances in the Rookie 600 Sprints. Jack Hanna returned for his second outing at Hamlin.
Nathanial Krotzer was a new addition to the 270 Sprints. Damon Paul made his first start in sometime in the Slingshots with his own car.

"The Hurricane" Hunter Lapp picked up a ride in the Sheldon Swart racer and finished 16th in the race car. Lapp, who is now in full size racers at Accord, was second the previous night at Accord. John Gilroy Jr and Shawn Hoffman were also new additions to the Slingshots. Joshua Reeder made his first appearance in the Super Slingers.

Former champion racer at Hamlin, Paul Ennes and his son took in the races at the speedway and Paul indicated he would be very interested in returning to action in the future. Car owner Kim Gaughan made a surprise visit and explained his son "The Communicator" Matt Gaughan is working closely with ARCA racer Sean Corr. Gaughan explained he has purchased a 600 Sprint to race in the future at Hamlin.

Speedway Announcer Steve Pados offered a prayer for Hamlin Speedway friend Bob "Bubbers" Patrick who passed away this week. Patrick was the Uncle of longtime racer Billy Weaver.

Pados also interviewed JPA Masonry co-owner Jenn Amantea as she explained the many new projects the JPA Group is working on and of the many new exciting things that will be happening later this year as Jenn will be opening her Real Estate office in Mount Pocono later this year. Thank you to JPA Masonry for all of your assistance at the speedway.

Good luck from the Hamlin Speedway management and staff to all of the racers who are in competing in Speed Weeks. For the 12th consecutive season Ed and Steve Pados and their Gasoline Alley Group will be supporting the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society with some great support from many of their good friends in racing. Slingshots and Junior Slingshots will be racing on Monday and Tuesday this year at the fair.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Austin Silfee, Cody Kline, Tyler Peet, Mike McLaughlin, Damon Paul, Alan Kober, Taylor Mills, Dale Kober, Josh Marcus, Dillon Emmons, Greg Zellman, Tanner VanDoren, Emily Fleming, Clayton Davey, Tess Horvath, Hunter Lapp, CJ Fritz, Amanda Buchel, Mike Taylor, Cole Stangle, John Gilroy Jr, Jared Silfee, Shawn Hoffman

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Glenn Macomber, Alex Reinsmith, Nathanial Krotzer, Kyle Ferrucci

JPA Masonry Wingless 600cc Sprints: Colin White, Danny Buccafusca, Jacob Balliet, JD Casazza, Damon Paul, Chad Sandt, Mick D'Agostino, Joel Smith, Joseph Smith, Mack Brink, Geordan Marrero, Steven Gully, Ryan Neil, Cody Smith, Duane White

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Cole Stangle, Anthony Recchio, Pat VanVarick, Cody Motto, John Mirabelli, John Comandini, Joel Price, John Bachetti Jr, Evan Civick, Mark Corna, Michael Samony, Jasper Ziegafuse, John Bachetti Sr, Mike Jablonka, Mark Connelly, Andrew Vreeland

Junior Slingshots: Shelby McLaughlin, John Kendall, Jake Mason, Tyler Banks, Kyle Swart, Rachel Dickinson, Abby Yates, Adam Buchel, James Costlow, Austin Homan, Joey Kalafut, Makaylah Kohler, Tommy Stillo, James Hendricks, James Benz, JJ Rice, Jack VanVarick

Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Mike Taylor, Greg Zellman, Roger Collins, John Gilroy (DNS), Joshua Reeder (DNS)

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Lacoe, Macy Litchauer, Hunter Metzger, Tyler Lindsey, Carmen Leggio Sr, Ron Bosga, Tony Parlanti, Cody Powell, Ryan Stangle, Joey Amantea, Jack Hanna, Paul Richards Jr, Joe Nemeth, Zack Farleigh

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for August 12th when all regular divisions will be in action and the next to last leg of the Briggs & Stratton MA Gold Speedweek Tour for the All Star Slingshots paying $500.00 to win based on a 24-car starting field.

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

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin, please contact Tim Krysiuk at: https://strictlydirtphotography.smugmug.com/

Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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Aug
05

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Accord, NY- A One Night Flight Finds Andy Bachetti Sizzling Hot In Convincing Win In Exciting Accord Speedway Modified Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

On a hazy but warm summer day in the Catskill Mountains of New York State that threatened to rain but didn't, the Accord Speedway swung back into race mode on Friday evening. With temperatures in the low 80's and a warm gentle breeze blowing across the speedway grounds, Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer reeled off an outstanding racing card for the large crowd on hand that witnessed the excellent racing action. The superb evening of speed was sponsored by the good folks at Emmanuel's Marketplace (www.emmanuelsmarketplace.com) and was highlighted by the running of the Ernie Beesmer Memorial event for the Modified division. Even though the racing was held up and began later due to a faulty ambulance, all of the events were completed by 11PM.

The final outcome of the great evening of racing action found "The Wild Child" Andy Bachetti returning to the Accord Speedway in a one night flight from his regular track to steer his Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming sponsored hot rod to his first Accord Speedway win in quite some time. He chose the right time to return as he garnered in a whopping $2,888.00 for his win in the Ernie Beesmer Memorial in the United Pump & Tank Modified headliner. Brandon "Juan Pablo" McGill nailed down his second win of the season in the Arkel Motors Sportsman finale. "The Highside Hustler" Eric Jennings was spot on as he recorded his fifth win of the season in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature event. Veteran campaigner Emerson Cargain Jr added his second win of the season as he raced to victory in the hotly contested Upstate Auto Pure Stock ranks. Ryan McCartney captured his second win of the season in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman main event as he dominated the action in a wire to wire run. "The old Spring Kid" Jake Mason continues to excel at Accord as he wired the field for his seventh win at the speedway in the Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshot finale.

"The Concrete Kid" Kyle VanDuser used a front row start to kick off the United Pump and Tank Modified event and VanDuser would lead first nine laps of the 30-lap main event. "Primetime" Scott Ferrier stayed close as he quickly drove into the runner-up slot from his seventh starting position to tail VanDuser. Ferrier drove by VanDuser on lap ten and brought with him a high flying Anthony Perrego. Perrego challenged Ferrier but coming into the fight would be Andy Bachetti as he moved into third from his twelfth starting position. Bachetti was on a mission and could place his car in any channel of the speedway and be fast. He moved to the topside of the speedway on lap fourteen and passed both VanDuser and Perrego to assume command of the lead.

A restart closed the field on lap-19 but on the restart Bachetti opened up a huge lead on the field. As Bachetti got into slower traffic, Perrego was able to close the gap and make it close but Bachetti flashed under the checkered flag at the end of the thirty lap event a much richer man. Perrego was the runner-up in a solid drive from 11th starting place, Jerry Higbie came on strong at the end to finish third with Scott Ferrier and Danny Creeden completing the top five. The second five in order were Rich Ricci Jr, current point leader Danny Tyler, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith and Kyle VanDuser.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman event proved to be a great race as Chris VanDuser found the fast line at the top of the raceway and powered into the lead. Rich Ricci III followed VanDuser and the two broke away from the field early on. Some skirmishes would slow the action down on a few occasions but Brandon McGill on each restart would begin to make subtle moves on the leaders. McGill went to work on Ricci and slipped past him and then went to work on VanDuser. McGill took over the lead on lap-13 and while leading had to fight off the advances of Ricci and Kyle Rohner. The three way battle was exciting down to the last turn but McGill would not be denied on this night as he nabbed his second win of the season at Accord Speedway. Ricci III was second with a great performance while Rohner settled for third. Tony Kowlachuk and Tyler Johnston completed the top five. third. Following the top five were Corey Cormier, Dana Carey, Chris VanDuser, Shane Henion and Matt Shultz.

The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature attraction found Ryan McCartney with the hot hand as he powered into the lead at the drop of the green flag and he would open up some distance on the field with Michael Corbin in pursuit. Hunter Lapp would find his way to the front and moved past Corbin into second. McCartney would prove to be fast as he drove away from the field to secure his second win of the season. Lapp enjoyed a great run for second with Corbin third, Vinny Visconti fourth and Alex VanPelt fifth. The entire top five came through the ranks of Slingshot racing lending credence to the importance of starting out the drivers in a class where they can learn the ins and outs of racing and then be able to make a successful transition to the full-size cars. Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, John Miller, John Brown, John DeWitt and Keith Johannessen would complete the rest of the field.

Austin Smith grabbed the early lead in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock main event and would lead through the first three laps. Emerson Cargain Jr found the open channels of the speedway down low and powered into the lead. It proved to be the winning pass but behind Cargain four additional drivers were driving hard to find the winning move of their own. Travis Brockner pulled out all of the stops and pulled even on occasion but could not muster up a few more horsepower to unseat Cargain from the lead and he settled for second. Steve Williams was third with John Hechinger continuing to do great work with a fourth place finish while Chris Kanuk finished fifth. Austin Smith, Harry Bachman, Craig Cuneo and Ray Tarantino completed the field.

Bobby Tersillo grabbed the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car feature event. Tersillo was enjoying his best run of the season but jumped the cushion allowing Eric Jennings to make the winning move under him to take command of the lead. The move made the rest of the event purely academic as Jennings raced away from the field to gather in his fifth win of the season. Larry Ricci was a strong runner-up with Tersillo third, Larry McVay fourth, Andrew Davis Corey Wood, And newcomer Duane Nixon completing the field.

Jake Mason started from the inside pole position and quickly raced in to the lead at the start of the event. Mason opened up a big lead in the race and coasted to his seventh Accord Speedway win. Jaden Sleight was second with Ashton DeWitt third, Brock Pinkerous fourth and newcomer Kao DeWitt fifth.

GEMSTONES:

The good friends from Emmanuel's Marketplace were the headline sponsor for the evening.

Heat races were run off quickly and Sportsman heat wins went to Brandon McGill and Tyler Johnston. Ryan McCartney and John Miller captured the Rookie Sportsman heat events. Modified heats were claimed by Andy Bachetti, Ken Ferrier and Brian Malcolm while the B-Main for the Modifieds was claimed by Jimmy Wells. Bobby Tersillo won the Sprint heat. Steve Williams was victorious in the Pure Stock heat. Jake Mason captured the Junior Slingshot heat. .

New entries were arrived at the speedway as Tom Vasta and Anthony Recchio returned to action but both drivers stepping up to the Sportsman ranks. Duane Nixon was on hand with his Northeast Wingless Sprint Car in his debut and ran strong in his first Accord start. Kai DeWitt made his initial start in the Junior Slingshots with a K number reminiscent of a Karl Pittenger Modified.

Promoter Gary Palmer had the speedway in great racing form as the speedway again offered up to four and sometimes five distinct racing channels to the drivers to create some excellent side by side battles throughout the evening and for the most part all divisions produced some excellent racing for the fans.

A nice group of friends of Ernie Beesmer were on hand talking about Ernie and his exploits on the raceway. The photographs and trophies take one back to a more carefree time in life when things just seemed to go a lot easier than they do nowadays. Thank you to all of Ernie Beesmer's friends for a great evening at Accord.

The Gary Phillips Crew drove up from New Jersey to cheer for Kyle Rohner. Rohner steered the Phillips 600 Sprint at Hamlin a couple of seasons ago and Rohner has a lock on the one lap track record at Hamlin for the division. The car was sold by Phillips to graphic design man Adam Huff who now has placed Billy Pauch Jr in the machine at Kutztown

Best wishes go out to all of the Accord Speedway Junior Slingshot and All Star Slingshot drivers who will be taking part in the Slingshot Speedweeks racing at the various speedways on the tour schedule. The racing began this evening at Linda's Speedway and next Saturday's racing will be at the Hamlin Speedway with the final leg being hosted at Kutztown.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Andy Bachetti, Anthony Perrrgo, Jerry Higbie, Scott Ferrier, Danny Creeden, Rich Ricci Jr, Danny Tyler, Mike Ricci, Richard Smith, Kyle VanDuser, Jimmy Wells, Randy Green, Joe Judge, Kevin Ward, Ken Ferrier, Richie Eurich, Kurt Hundeland, Eddie Burgess, Jesse Marks, Ed Dachenhausen, Kevin Krom, Brian Malcolm, Alissa Cody (DNQ), Jimmy Introne (DNQ), RJ Daley (DNQ), Brad Rothaupt (DNS)

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Brandon McGill, Rich Ricci III, Kyle Rohner, Tony Kowalchuk, Corey Cormier, Dana Carey, Chris VanDuser, Shane Henion, Matt Shultz, Tommy Vasta, Michael Murphy, Cole Hentschel, Jimmy Devitt, Anthony Recchio (DNS), Robbie Knipe (DNS)

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Eric Jennings, Larry Ricci, Bob Tersillo, Larry McVay, Andrew Davis, Corey Wood, Duane Nixon, Heidi Hedin, Jeremy Quick

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Emerson Cargain Jr, Travis Brockner, Steve Williams, John Hechinger, Chris Kanuk, Austin Smith, Harry Bachman, Craig Cuneo, Ray Tarantino

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Ryan McCartney, Hunter Lapp, Michael Corbin, Vinny Visconti, Alex VanPelt, Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, John Miller, John Brown, John DeWitt, Keith Johannessen

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Jaden Sleight, Ashton DeWitt, Brock Pinkerous, Kai DeWitt

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)

Special event shows do have an increase in admission.

August 11th is Kenco Outfitters Night at Accord Speedway with all divisions racing long with the Northeast Vintage Modifieds and the first ever Accord Speedway Drivers Reunion with many of the former driving stars from the speedway expected to be on hand. Much thanks to Frank Bush and Jim Douglas for their hard work in putting this event together.

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

At the Accord Speedway............................................

A TRAIL OF DIRT LEADS RIGHT TO OUR DOOR

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Aug
04

GASOLINE ALLEY GROUP NEWS

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Allentown, PA: The Gasoline Alley Group Once Again Joins The RFRHS To Support The Upcoming Reading Nostalgia Nationals
By Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The Gasoline Alley Group and the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society will once again join forces to offer a special awards package for the events that will take place at the 13th Annual Reading Fairgrounds Nostalgia Nationals events scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 6th. The Gasoline Alley Group is honored to once again play a small role in the success of the annual event. The Gasoline Alley TV/Internet Show was the premier racing show on the airwaves until November 2011 when the Pados Brothers opted to step away from the show that began in 2002. They hosted 546 shows in their tenure on the airwaves through the WALN and Service Electric Networks and two radio networks prior to that. The successful show and through the many additional events in which the Pados Brothers presided over have seen them interviewing more than nine thousand personalities in racing across the country and Australia, New Zealand and Canada. During their final season in 2011, the Pados Brothers were on the New Reading Fairgrounds speedway with their show and conducted 35 interviews with both the Junior and All Star Slingshot drivers taking part in the show that was aired later for TV. The support mechanism of Gasoline Alley to assist in various events along the way still remains a strong focal point for the Pados Brothers who have spent more than sixty years in racing.

The Gasoline Alley Group through the solid efforts of Ed Pados, has put together a solid community network of friends and sponsors who will lend their assistance to this annual event. Huston's Automotive/Danny Huston, Mammana's Automotive/Pat & Mike Mammana, Martocci Automotive/Tommy Martocci, Tony's Auto Repair/Mark Santiso, Bok Engine Service/Randy Bok, Murante Auto Repair/Lou Murante, R&T International Muffler, Ralph's Radiator/Ralph Stampone, Persa's Auto Repair/Dave Persa, S&S Speedways and Hamlin Speedway/Randy and Denise Smith, Carl's Auto Repair/Carl Menhenna, Jeff's Auto Repair/Jeff Strausser, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series/Bob and Donna Miller, Accord Speedway/Gary and Donna Palmer, Smith Fabrications and Stage One Modifieds/Richie and Joel Smith, Gardner's Auto Service/Gary Gardner, ARM Automotive, Dean's Auto Sport/Dean Curtis and GA Motorsports Media will all lend their support to the RFRHS for this great annual event. In touching base with Ed Pados in regards to the upcoming event, he remarked, "My brother Steve and I have always enjoyed a great relationship with the RFRHS group and we have always been fortunate to be able to pull together some solid support for the event from our good friends in racing and it is our sincere hope we will be able to do so in the future. Many of the Slingshot driving stars of today and many who have moved on to other divisions in racing have interviewed on the show in the past and we are extremely proud of our accomplishments with being able to match up and coming Slingshot drivers with some of the top Modified and Open Wheel drivers in the country to produce a show that was always full of great interviews and tons of fun to host." Pados later added, "Many of the Slingshot stars of today gave their first ever interview on our show and my brother Steve has always done an amazing job in teaching and coaching them the correct aspects of the interview process and all of them have thanked us many times for assisting them in their racing careers". Ed and Steve Pados have been honored with lifetime memberships to the RFRHS and it is through that wonderful kinship will continue to assist their dear friends at the RFRHS.

The racing at the Fairgrounds will open up on Sunday, August 6th with Go-Karts, Lawn Mowers and 1/4 Midgets. Monday, August 7th will bring both the All Star Slingshots, Junior Slingshots and Wingless 270 Sprints to the speedway grounds and will have the gates opening at 4 PM and the racing beginning at 6 PM. The Tuesday evening event on August 8th will find the All Star Slingshots and Junior Slingshots on the race card. Friday evening, August 11th th will find Four Cylinder racing taking place with a special exhibition for Vintage Race Cars.

The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society was founded with the sole purpose of keeping the memories of the great racing that took place at the famed Reading Fairgrounds alive through the many events in which they are involved with each year in the tri-state area. The Gasoline Alley Group has been extremely honored to play a part in the celebration of the great racing that took place at the great Reading Speedway and to the many fond memories regarding the former raceway and it's many great competitors.

The legends Night at Reading is scheduled from 4 to 10 to meet the drivers and owners of the RFRHS. The 2017 Home of Champions induction ceremony will be held at the Reading Fair on Wednesday evening, August 9th at 7 PM. The 2017 inductees include former driver Tommy McAndrew who excelled in both the Modifieds and Midget race cars and longtime car owner Marlo Adam and George Hudick. The fairgrounds facilities are located at 1216 Hilltop Road, Leesport, PA. The popular race society will be taking on new memberships throughout the run of the fair dates.

All information and questions should be sent to Media contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or Ed Pados at: 610-739-0391; You may also email: steveswp@ptd.net

SUPPORTING RACING WITH PRIDE, HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

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Jul
30

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Rocks On With Tremendous Racing Action Saturday Night
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith hosted another excellent night of exciting racing action at their 1/5th Mile clay cushioned speedway on Saturday night. Randy Smith and crew had the Hamlin Speedway in tip-top racing condition as the stars and cars of the Pocono area speedway displayed their own brand of magic in the form of side by side racing and slide-jobs to provide the large crowd on hand another great opportunity to enjoy an exciting evening at the races. All told 112 racers were on hand which included the second edition of the NASCAR Crew Challenge. The eight feature event racing card was wrapped up at 10:39 PM. The evening of speed was sponsored by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Heading up the list of winners on Saturday evening included "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino as the Massachusetts based speedster steered his racer to his first win of the season in a hard fought battle that brought his second car into the runner-up slot at the end with Brandon Azzalina aboard in the Wingless 600 Sprint competition. Additional winners included Tony Parlanti as he captured his first ever win at Hamlin in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints with a close victory over Paul Richards Jr. Mike Taylor was quick from the drop of the green flag as he wired the field in the Super Slinger feature run. Josh Marcus finally found the sweet spot at Hamlin as he raced to his first ever win in All Star Slingshot feature event. event while making it wins for the season. Tyler Banks found the magic to record his second win of the season in the Junior Slingshot finale. In a hotly contested feature event, Alex Reinsmith made the winning pass on the white flag lap to capture his second win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint headliner. "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith took no prisoners as he raced to his fifth Hamlin Speedway victory in the exciting Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified main event. "KW Speed" Kevin White was all smiles as he defeated a very competitive twelve car field of drivers in the second edition of the NASCAR Crew Challenge event.

The evening of feature attractions found Mike Taylor out-dueling Wes Hearn at the start of the Super Slinger finale. The racing remained close with Hearn giving it all he had in an attempt to wrest the lead away from Taylor, but Taylor was on a mission and led all lap to claim his third win of the season. Wes Hearn was the runner-up with Dale Kober third, Jason Edison fourth, and the returning Greg Zellman notching a top five finish. The returning Jim Conroy, Dustin Keath and Jeff Haduck completed the field.

The Junior Slingshot twenty lap headliner found the front row starters misbehaving and they found themselves turned around and at the back of the field before one lap was completed. The action placed Tyler Banks at the point for the restart and the Empire State racer never waivered as he led all laps enroot to his second win of the season. It was no cakewalk for Banks as Shelby McLaughlin, John Kendall and Jake Mason finished so close you could throw a blanket over them. JJ Rice recovered from his poor start and came back through the field to claim fifth place. The second five were headed up by Adam Buchel, who was flying the sponsorship colors of the Florida Keys Air Conditioning Services on this night of racing. Mikey Johannes, Tommy Stillo, Joey Kalafut and Abby Yates completed the top ten.

The 20-lap headliner for the All Star Slingshot racers proved to be a barn burner right from the initial green flag. Tess Horvath seized the lead at the start of the event and early on built up a nice lead. Alan Kober, Josh Marcus and Mike Taylor put the pressure on as a few restarts slowed the pace. A restart found Josh Marcus disposing of Alan Kober for the runner-up slot with Cody Kline making a run from eighth starting place to land in the top five. Horvath led until lap thirteen when Marcus found the sweet spot to slip past Horvath for the lead. Marcus was consistent with 14 second laps and was able to handle the field for the remainder of the laps to go on and claim his first ever win at the speedway. Horvath did an outstanding job in the runner-up capacity with Kline racing to third place, Tyler Peet fourth and Mike Taylor completing the top five. The second five included Jared Silfee, Russell Benke, Taylor Mills, Dale Kober and Samantha Muller. Twenty three of the starting 25 drivers all finished on the lead lap all in close quarters.

Carmen Leggio Sr jumped into the lead at the start of the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint event but before a lap could be completed a mad scramble sent Macy Litchauer upside down in a three car jingle. She was unhurt in the incident. On the restart Leggio took off and began putting the laps in the book with a strong run with pressure coming from Tony Parlanti and Paul Richards Jr. Leggio would lead the first sixteen laps and as the leaders came upon slower cars Leggio went high and Parlanti low and Parlanti grabbed the lead momentarily only to have Leggio drive back by him. The pair dueled side by side for a lap until Parlanti got the edge and raced to his first win at Hamlin. Paul Richards Jr was the runner-up in a very good run with Joe Nemeth recovering from a first lap jingle to secure third place with Zack Weisenfluh fourth and Ryan Lacoe fifth. The second five found Joey Amantea, Tyler Lindsey, Savannah Leggio, Cody Powell and Jake Roberts completing the top ten.

Cody Smith led the first eleven laps of laps the exciting Wingless 600 Sprint main. Eighth starting Mick D'Agostino hustled hard and early through the field and would follow Smith for a few laps. On lap twelve D'Agostino found the room he was looking for as he went to the top in turn one and crossed over to the bottom in turn two to pull even with Smith and then drive by him down the backstretch. Once in front D'Agostino pulled away from the field but the battle behind him was ferocious as changes took place with each passing lap. Brandon Azzalina in the second D'Agostino racer would land in the runner-up role with the defending track champion Chad Sandt in third, Cody Smith fourth and Ryan Neil coming from nineteenth to finish fifth. The second five found Geordan Marrero, Damon Paul, Jake Roberts, Mack Brink and JD Casazza following.

Glenn Macomber grabbed the lead out of the starting blocks and led the first three laps. Paul Richards Sr would take over the lead only to spin out the next time around. Macomber then inherited the lead and would lead with tremendous pressure coming in the form of Alex Reinsmith. The pair battled it out all of the way with Reinsmith finally moving in front on the white flag lap and racing to his second win of the season while Glenn Macomber was second, Paul Richards Sr third and Kyle Ferrucci fourth.

Joel Smith controlled the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified encounter from the drop of the green flag. Smith would lead all twenty laps to capture his fifth win of the season. Behind Smith, Anthony Recchio would move into the runner-up slot and would stay there for the remainder of the race with Cole Stangle third, Cody Motto fourth and the now un-retired Will Casazza returning to action and finishing fifth. The second five found Michael Samony, Joel Price, John Bachetti, Evan Civick and newcomer Kenny Hildebrandt completing the top ten

The NASCAR Crew Challenge is always exciting to watch and this was no exception as Brett McCutchen jumped into the lead on the first lap of the event and in just a few laps built up a huge lead on the field. As the race settled in, McCutchen would find his lead shrinking as the laps clicked off. NASCAR Crew Challenge big winner in the past, Kevin White came calling and quickly got nose to tail with McCutchen. White would grab the lead on lap twelve and Garrett Peterson, Kyle Shano and Jason Edison would become contenders. White was in the zone and would capture the win with Peterson, Shano, Edison and Dustin Keath completing the top five. The second five included McCutchen, Billy Plourd, James Edwards, David Cropps and Chris Britt. Every driver completed the twenty lap event.

PEARL JAMS:

Randy Smith kept pace with the speedway all night long as the track remained super fast all evening long and water was added at intervals to keep the speedway moist and tacky.

Short track racing is close competition at its finest and the drivers were negotiating the tight quarters of the Hamlin Speedway in two and three wide fashion for most of the evening and later the NASCAR guys did much of the same with "just a little bit of extra rubbing" in between.

A series of time trials were held for two of the racing divisions and quick time for the All Star Slingshots was Josh Marcus at 14.126 seconds as he defeated Cody Kline who turned a time at 14.382. Mike Taylor was quick man for the Super Slingshots with a time of 14.470 seconds over Wes Hearn at 14.481 seconds.

Heat racing action in the Stage One Modifieds found Joel Smith and Cody Motto claiming victories. Rookie 600 Sprint heat wins went to Carmen Leggio Sr and Tony Parlanti. Kyle Swart and Adam Buchel claimed the heat race wins for the Junior Slingshots. Glenn Macomber captured the Wingless 270 Sprint heat. Wingless 600 Sprint heats were captured by Cody Smith and Jacob Balliet.

Newcomers to the Hamlin scene included Dustin Keath in the Super Slingers. Jack Hanna made his first start in the Rookie 600 Sprints. He is a second generation driver as his family members were regulars back at the old Flemington Speedway. The Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified found a new racer with Kenny Hildebrandt finding a seat in one of the Motto Motorsports hot rods. Kenny is a Sportsman driver at Five Mile Point Speedway. Mark Connelly who debuted last week couldn't get his car to fire so sat out the evening. It was great to have Will Casazza back in action as the 70 year old was just too young to retire.

The Smith Family was extremely proud as their Son Ryan captured the All Star Circuit of Sprints win at the Outlaw Speedway in new York State on Friday night.

Frannie Powell picked up the 50/50 prize.

600 Sprint owner Jack Caruso took in the action at Hamlin on Saturday night.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Josh Marcus, Tess Horvath, Cody Kline, Tyler Peet, Mike Taylor, Jared Silfee, Russell Benke, Taylor Mills, Dale Kober, Samantha Muller, Tanner Jones, Cole Stangle, Dillon Emmons, Nick Vinciguerra, Tanner VanDoren, Scott Neary, Clayton Davey, Mike McLaughlin, Emily Fleming, Ashley Kober, Amanda Buchel, Alan Kober, Jason Edison, CJ Fritz, Wes Hearn, Austin Silfee (DNS)

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Alex Reinsmith, Glenn Macomber, Paul Richards Sr, Kyle Ferrucci

Wingless 600cc Sprints: Mick D'Agostino, Brandon Azzalina, Chad Sandt, Cody Smith, Ryan Neil, Geordan Marrero, Damon Paul, Jake Roberts, Mack Brink, JD Casazza, Joel Smith, Danny Buccafusca, Zac Azzalina, Tyler Kehs, Jacob Balliet, Duane White, Colin White, Joseph Smith, Jared Lilly

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Anthony Recchio, Cole Stangle, Cody Motto, Will Casazza, Michael Samony, Joel Price, John Bachetti, Evan Civick, Kenny Hildebrandt, Mark Corna, Mark Connelly (DNS)

Junior Slingshots: Tyler Banks, Shelby McLaughlin, John Kendall, Jake Mason, JJ Rice, Adam Buchel, Mikey Johannes, Tommy Stillo, Joey Kalafut, Abby Yates, Austin Homan, James Costlow, Kyle Swart, James Benz, Jack VanVarick, James Hendricks

Super Slingshots: Mike Taylor, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Jason Edison, Greg Zellman, Jim Conroy, Dustin Keath, Jeff Haduck

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Tony Parlanti, Paul Richards Jr, Joe Nemeth, Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Lacoe, Joey Amantea, Tyler Lindsey, Savannah Leggio, Cody Powell, Jake Roberts, Jack Hanna, Aidean Borden, Carmen Leggio Sr, Ryan Stangle, Macy Litchauer

NASCAR Crew Challenge #2: Kevin White, Garrett Peterson, Kyle Shano, Jason Edison, Dustin Keath, Brett McCutchen, Billy Plourd, James Edwards, David Cropps, Chris Britt

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for August 5th when all regular divisions will be in action.

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

For photos of the great racing action at Hamlin, please contact Tim Krysiuk at: https://strictlydirtphotography.smugmug.com/

Visit us often for a great night of racing action as.........................

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Jul
29

ACCORD SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Danny Creeden Goes Topside To Capture Second Win In Exciting Accord Speedway Modified Headliner
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media

Accord, NY- On a hot, muggy summer evening with quick storms hitting areas south of the track, the Accord Speedway somehow remained unscathed and reeled off an outstanding racing card for another solid crowd on hand that witnessed the excellent six division racing card. The loyal Accord racing fans were offered the opportunity to go trackside and meet and greet with the talented driving roster of the speedway on camera and autograph night presented by United Pump and Tank located in Wallkill, New York.(www.unitedpumpandtank.com). Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer had the speedway grounds in its usual pristine condition and the outstanding track work prep of Gary Palmer presented the drivers with another fabulous, tacky and very racy track surface that had the drivers in all divisions talking about it all night long through the interview sessions. A & M Hardware presented the Checkered Flag Bonus. Even with the 45 minute delay for the Camera and Autograph session, the racing was completed before 11 PM.

The final outcome of the great evening of racing action found the "DC Express" Danny Creeden seeking the outer reaches of the speedway as "he drove it where they weren't" to claim his second win of the season at Accord Speedway in the United Pump and Tank Modifieds. "The Little Rock" Matt Shultz raced to his first ever career win at Accord in the Arkel Motors Sportsman headliner. "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio was spot on in recording his fourth win of the season in the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman finale. Travis Brockner shook off his recent back luck at the speedway and proceeded to wire the field for his second win of the season in the Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature run. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason made it six wins for the season in the Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot feature. Jeremy "The Captain" Quick found the topside to be the quick side as he captured his initial win in 2017 in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Car main event.

Joe Judge hammered down at the start of the United Pump and Tank Modified thirty lap main event and led the first dew laps while defending the flanks against Brian Malcolm and Kyle VanDuser. While Malcolm and VanDuser locked up in a dual, Judge stepped away from the field in a hurry. Earning some quality real estate at the top of the raceway, Creeden looked low then slid to the top of raceway as he found the fast seam and coming out of turn four slipped past both Malcolm and VanDuser to move into the runner-up slot. Judge had forged a huge lead, but Creeden was eating up the real estate quickly. As the leaders moved into slower traffic, Creeden stayed on top with Judge one lane lower and Creeden emerged as the leader on lap twelve. . before yielding to who stayed out front through lap five. Danny Creeden built up a commanding lead as he held the hot hand through the remainder of the event to claim win number at Accord for the 2017 racing season. Brad Rothaupt used some good moves off of the baseline to race into a runner-up finish with Danny Tyler coming from ninth starting place to finish third. Joe Judge and the returning Jerry Higbie completed the top five with Higbie coming from 14th starting position. Brian Malcolm headed up the second five with Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Jimmy Wells and Scott Ferrier following.

The WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman headliner found Jeff Higham leading the way for the first four laps of the event. After a mad scramble, a restart found John Miller taking over the lead for one lap before Anthony Recchio found the hot spot on the raceway to take over the point. Recchio would lead the remaining laps to race to his fourth win of the season in the division. Kevin Stevens raced to a solid runner-up finish with Higham nailing down third, Jared Miller fourth and John Miller completing the top five. Fred Smith headed up the second five with Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti, newcomer John Brown and Keith Johannessen finishing up the top ten.

The Arkel Motors Sportsman feature event found Matt Shultz grabbing up the early lead. Shultz had himself a fast hot rod but equally fast was Corey Cormier. With some restarts needed for some scrambles, the Shultz/Cormier battle was shaping up as a barn burner as Cormier was able to stick the nose of his race car under Shultz but could not make the winning pass as Shultz was running a near perfect race. The two remained close throughout the remainder of the event but it would be Shultz earning his first ever Accord Speedway over Cormier in another excellent Sportsman headliner. Cole Hentschel was third after stating ninth and Kyle Rohner made an exceptional run through the entire field to land in fourth place. Rich Ricci III completed the top five. The second five found Nick Johnson, the returning Danny Cross, Dave Demorest, Rafael Carson and Ralph Ronk following.

The WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature had last week's winner Larry McVay leading the first three laps until a mad skirmish found Brett Graham getting into McVay with Graham getting upside down and he and McVay both headed to the pits with damages. On the restart Jeremy Quick hustled to the point and took command of the event and he would lead the remaining laps to claim his first Accord Speedway win in some time. Eric Jennings, Tom Radivoy, Bob Tersillo, Heidi Hedin and Larry Ricci completed the field.

The Want AD Digest Junior Slingshot feature found Jake Mason returning to action and the young man dominated the action from start to finish to claim his sixth win of the season. Brock Pinkerous was second with newcomer Garrett Poland in third place.

The Upstate Auto Pure Stock feature found Travis Brockner jumping out front at the start of the event and it was just what he needed as he had to fight off the challenges of a very tough customer in Ray Tarantino to make his way to the WRWD Victory Lane. The win was number two for the season for Brockner. Tarantino was second in a strong run followed by Emerson Cargain Jr in third, John Hechinger fourth and Steve Williams fifth. Heading up the second five were the returning Livy Johnson, Craig Cuneo, Chris Kanuk, John Drake and James Goetchius.

GEMSTONES:

Promoter Gary Palmer offered up a great race track for the drivers as all four speed channels were utilized throughout the course of the evening and the drivers spoke highly of the track preparation.

Steve Lowitt and his United Pump and Tank group was the headline sponsor for the evening and enjoyed their time with the trackside presentations during camera and autograph night.

Heat races were run off quickly and Sportsman heat wins went to Matt Shultz, Tyler Johnston and Nick Plumstead. John Miller and Michael Corbin were victorious in the Rookie Sportsman qualifiers. Modified heats were claimed by Brad Rothaupt, Brian Malcolm and Ken Ferrier. Ray Tarantino and Emerson Cargain Jr claimed wins in the Pure Stock division heats. The Junior Slingshot heat was claimed by Jake Mason. Eric Jennings and Larry McVay captured the Sprint car heats.

New cars and drivers continue to add to the luster of the evening as the Sportsman ranks saw the addition of "Dynamite" Danny Cross and "The Tokyo Drift" Dana Carey. In the new Sprint Car Division, Larry Drake was a new addition to the field. John Brown was a new edition to the Rookie Sportsman ranks. Garrett Poland made his first start in the Junior Slingshots.

"Jumpin" John McGill filled in for the vacationing Tim Adams with the victory
lane interviews and did his usual top-flight job.

The camera and autograph session went off without a hitch as the grandstands emptied out for the fans to have a chat or get an autograph or two from their favorite drivers. Announcer Steve Pados interviewed as many drivers as time was allotted and tried to make sure each division was covered.

RESULTS:

United Pump & Tank Modifieds: Danny Creeden, Brad Rothaupt, Danny Tyler, Joe Judge, Jerry Higbie, Brian Malcolm, Richard Smith, Ed Dachenhausen, Jimmy Wells, Scott Ferrier, Kyle VanDuser, Richie Eurich, Jesse Marks, Kurt Hundeland, Ken Ferrier, Alissa Cody, Eddie Burgess, Rich Ricci Jr, Mike Ricci

Arkel Motors Sportsman: Matt Shultz, Corey Cormier, Cole Hentschel, Kyle Rohner, Rich Ricci III, Nick Johnson, Danny Cross, Dave Demorest, Rafael Carson, Ralph Ronk, Milton Mann, Lenny Helmich, Tony Kowalchuk, Chris VanDuser, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Plumstead, Brandon McGill, Tyler Johnston, Collin DuBois, Dana Carey

WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Jeremy Quick, Eric Jennings, Tom Radivoy, Bob Tersillo, Heidi Hedin, Larry Ricci, Larry McVay, Brett Graham, Larry Drake

Upstate Auto Pure Stocks: Travis Brockner, Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Jr, John Hechinger, Steve Williams, Livy Johnson, Craig Cuneo, Chris Kanuk, John Drake, James Goetchius, Harry Bachman, Austin Smith

WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Anthony Recchio, Kevin Stevens, Jeff Higham, Jared Miller, John Miller, Fred Smith, Hunter Lapp, Vinny Visconti, John Brown, Keith Johannessen, Ryan McCartney, Michael Corbin

Want Ad Digest Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Brock Pinkerous, Garrett Poland

Racing is on tap every Friday night at Accord Speedway from April through September. Please make note of the new starting times: Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps begin at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $14.00; Seniors (65+) $12.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Indoor Seating $20.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $44.00 (a savings of $10.00)

Special event shows do have an increase in admission.

August 4th is Emmanuel's Marketplace Night at Accord Speedway with all divisions racing and highlighted by the Ernie Beesmer Memorial Modified event paying $2,888.00 to win.

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

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