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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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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.........................

The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" Of The Poconos

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Jul
23

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Sizzles With Action In Exciting Seven Feature Race Card
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The Northeastern area of Pennsylvania has run the gamut for some very unpredictable weather in 2017 and this past week was no exception to the rule. Hot muggy weather that reached into the nineties truly tested the hearts and souls of the racers and the loyal fan bases who live for the spectacle of speed and support the speedway. Promoter Randy Smith and crew had the Hamlin Speedway racing surface whipped into impeccable condition and another spectacular racing program was presented to a good sized crowd who braved the heat to witness the best of the best in small car division racing perform at the top level of competition. The stars and cars of the speedway produced their own kind of heat through close side by side racing, slide-jobs and dicing through the pack to provide for a great evening of racing excitement. The final checkered flag waved at PM. The evening of speed was presented by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Some familiar faces were all smiles back in the Hamlin Victory Circle. "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith found his way back into victory lane with a wire to wire rim-riding triumph that saw him earn his second win of the season in the 600 Sprint finale. "The Bloomingburg Bullet" Taylor Mills was a bullet from the word go as he raced to his second win of the season in the All Star Slingshot finale. Ryan Lacoe was second one week ago and decided Saturday was the night to put it all together and he hustled to his first ever win in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint headliner. "Deuce" Glenn Macomber was spot on as he claimed his fifth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint feature attraction. "TVD" Tanner VanDoren captured his third win of the season in the Junior Slingshot feature attraction. Pat Collins misfortune became an opportunistic moment for Dale Kober as Collins led 19 and 1/2 laps before conking out and handing the win over to Kober in the Super Slingers. Pat VanVarick utilized a super fast hot rod to race his second consecutive feature event win of the season in the Hampton RV And Trailers Sales Stage One Modified main.

The evening of feature events found the fans enjoying an exciting Junior Slingshot twenty lap headliner that saw Tanner VanDoren take off from his outside pole start and quickly found Abby Yates breathing down his tailpipe. John Kendall joined the battle as did Shelby McLaughlin and Adam Buchel. VanDoren was able to dial in some fast laps to move out to a two car length lead with second place now becoming the hot spot as Kendall gave it his all to try to slip past Yates. Even with a few restarts VanDoren was up to the task and he opened up some distance in the last five laps to seal the victory, his third of the season. Abby Yates ran a superb race to finish second with Kendall racing hard to the end to finish third. McLaughlin kept pace with a fourth place performance and Adam Buchel was fifth. Mikey Johannes recovered nicely from an early spin to race his way back to finish sixth while the remainder of the top ten were Austin Homan, Tyler Banks, Kyle swart and Tommy Stillo.

The 20-lap feature headliner for the All Star Slingshot racers found intense racing throughout the field and as always the event proved to be another classic run in the pages of the Hamlin Speedway history book. Taylor Mills utilized his pole start to his advantage for at the drop of the green flag he blasted into the lead and was banging out consistent 14.5 second laps to open up a small advantage over the field. Mike Taylor applied some pressure early on but he would become embroiled in a tight battle with Jared Silfee for second place. The entire field was running so tight a good sized runway rug would have covered them all. Silfee slipped past Taylor and Dale Kober came calling as he duked it out with Ashley Kober for fourth for many laps until he drove past her. At the same time Samantha Muller began attacking the flanks and moved into contention. There would be no denying Mills on this evening as he drove to his second win of the season. Jared Silfee, Mike Taylor, Dale Kober and Samantha Muller completed the top five. Cody Kline from 15th position headed up the second five with Mike McLaughlin, Cole Stangle, Dillon Emmons from 18th and Amanda Buchel from 20th completing the top ten. 16 of the 22 starters completed all twenty laps in the fast paced event.

Joel Smith grabbed the lead at the start of the Wingless 600 Sprint main with Chad Sandt and Zac Azzalina applying the pressure. Just as quickly Damon Paul joined the group and the four drivers matched wits from all corners of the raceway as they kept banging the cushion of the raceway. Smith was in top form as his 12.261 second laps were the fastest all night. Smith captured his second win of the season with the defending track champion Sandt in for runner-up honors. Zac Azzalina was third with Damon Paul fourth and Mick D'Agostino rounding out the top five. Colin White headed up the second five with Brandon Azzalina seventh in a borrowed car, Danny Buccafusca, JD Casazza and Duane White completing the top ten.

Glenn Macomber was quick to establish command of the point in the early going of the Wingless 270 Sprint encounter. Alex Reinsmith dogged him early and remained close until the halfway point when Macomber turned some of the fastest laps of the night in the 12.8 second range. Macomber drove away to his fifth win of the 2017 racing season with Reinsmith second, Paul Richards Jr third, Jason Muldowny fourth and Kyle Ferrucci fifth.

The Super Slinger feature belonged to Pat Collins. In his first appearance of the season, Collins was in command from the drop of the green flag. While Collins led the way, Dale Kober and Chad Sandt were locked up in a battle for second. Collins received the white flag and as he entered turn one the machine let him down and he coasted into the infield handing the race and the win over to Dale Kober, his sixth of the season. Chad Sandt and Mike Taylor followed.

Pat VanVarick controlled the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modified encounter at the start of the event and he enjoyed a non-contested run to the checkered flag to claim his second consecutive win of the season. Cole Stangle gave it all he to race to a fine second place finish with Anthony Recchio third, Jasper Ziegafuse fourth and Michael Samony rounding out the top five. The second five found Cody Motto, Evan Civick, newcomer Mike Jablonka, newcomer Mark Connelly ninth, John Bachetti tenth and Mark Corna eleventh.

Ryan Lacoe grabbed the lead in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint main and would receive a mighty challenge Tony Parlanti as Lacoe maintained his race line making Parlanti go searching all of the channels to find a way around Lacoe. The battle lasted all twenty laps as Lacoe scored his first ever win at the speedway. Parlanti was second in an excellent run with Macy Litchauer holding steady in a fine run for third, marking her best run of the season. Tyler Lindsey was fourth and Noah Zielinski rounded out the top five. Dakota Bartlet recovered from a trip to the rear to come back and finish sixth with Joe Nemeth, Carmen Leggio Sr, newcomer Ryan Stangle, and Jr Williams completing the top ten.

PEARL JAMS:

Randy Smith kept pace with the speedway all night long as intermittent showers would play havoc all evening with the speedway surface. Some short intermission sessions were needed to do track maintenance and some added assistance from the drivers allowed for great racing action in all divisions.

The rain showers had the track go to a plan B format for the evening with a series of time trials held for all divisions. The Wingless 600 Sprints found Joel Smith with the hot hand as he posted the top time with a 12.319 second lap nipping Chad Sandt who timed at 12.416. The Junior Slingshots had Jake Mason posting the top time with a 15.114 clocking just ahead of the 14.283 second lap of Tanner VanDoren. Samantha Muller stopped the clocks at 14.541 seconds to lead the All Star Slingshots. The 270 Sprint times found Alex Reinsmith on top with a 12.889 second lap. The top Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint time was captured by Dakota Bartlet at 12.800 Seconds. Mike Taylor had the top time for the Super Slingers at 14.704 seconds. Top time for the Stage One Modifieds found Pat VanVarick stopping the clocks at 13.099 seconds.

Some newcomers tested the Hamlin facility for the first time with Sheldon Swart in the All Star Slingshots but unfortunately he did not take a green flag during the events. Pat Collins made his first appearance of the season and it turned out to be a heartbreaker for the veteran Super Slingshot driver. Mike Jablonka and Mark Connelly made their first starts in the Stage One Modifieds. Dennis Stawinski and JP Curry made their first starts in the Stage One Modifieds.

Soon to be wed Shannon Smith and Simon Egan were up from their Georgia residence as a bridal shower for Shannon will take place on Sunday. Both miss their racing days at Hamlin but have a bright future ahead with their upcoming marriage in September. The speedway staff wishes the happy couple much success in the future.

Announcer Steve Pados gave a heartfelt tribute to Carl "Fuzzy" Van Horn who passed away last Sunday. Van Horn was a Hall of Fame legend in dirt track racing and when his racing days were over, he promoted the now defunct Lake Mocatek Speedway, located six miles to the East of Hamlin and where he gave Pados his first opportunity to announce races.

Upcoming events on the Hamlin racing calendar include a regular show on July 29th which will include the NASCAR Crew Challenge. The first event was rained out so the Crew Guys will be looking to put on a good show as the winner will be seeking bragging rights in the NASCAR Garage area. We never know who just might show up so for the fans, make plans to be there.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Taylor Mills, Jared Silfee, Mike Taylor, Dale Kober, Samantha Muller, Cody Kline, Mike McLaughlin, Cole Stangle, Dillon Emmons, Amanda Buchel, Tanner VanDoren, Austin Silfee, Nick Vinciguerra, Alan Kober, CJ Fritz, Troy Langendoerfer, Ashley Kober, Clayton Davey, Emily Fleming, Tyler Peet, Josh Marcus, Tess Horvath, Sheldon Swart (DNS)

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Glenn Macomber, Alex Reinsmith, Paul Richards Jr, Jason Muldowny, Kyle Ferrucci

Wingless 600cc Sprints: Joel Smith, Chad Sandt, Zac Azzalina, Damon Paul, Mick D'Agostino, Colin White, Brandon Azzalina, Danny Buccafusca, JD Casazza, Duane White, Mack Brink, Joseph Smith, Jacob Balliet, Cody Smith

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

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

Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Chad Sandt, Mike Taylor, Pat Collins

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Ryan Lacoe, Tony Parlanti, Macy Litchauer, Tyler Lindsey, Noah Zielinski, Dakota Bartlet, Joe Nemeth, Carmen Leggio Sr, Ryan Stangle, JR Williams, Dennis Stawinski, Joey Amantea, JP Curry, Zack Weisenfluh, Hunter Metzger

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for July 29th when the second edition of the NASCAR Crew Challenge comes to town. 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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Jul
16

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Hamlin, PA - Brett Bieber Claims Tour Gold In Exciting Hamlin Speedway Racing Action
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The continuous rain that has ruled the summer at many of the area speedways let up on Saturday as the beautiful warm summer weather of the Pocono Mountains was the perfect backdrop for an evening of speed presented by Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith. With seven feature events scheduled, the evening ran off in fine fashion.

Randy Smith, in working with the elements, was forced to bring the grader out on the speedway to smooth out the racing surface to give all drivers an equal playing field. Once accomplished, the large crowd on hand was overly appreciative with the 10:40 completion time. More than one hundred talented race car drivers came to Hamlin on Saturday to ply their trade and when the final curtain came down it would be some familiar names at the speedway rising to the top of the heap in Victory Circle.

"The Oley Jet" Brett Bieber earned a wire to wire triumph when he captured the MA Gold Tour event in the All Star Slingshot finale. Jeff Haduck raced to his first ever Hamlin Speedway win when he claimed the Super Slinger feature event. Pat VanVarick recently returned to the speedway aboard new some new racing equipment and he added a Hampton RV And Trailer Sales Stage One Modified win to his racing resume. "The Rockaway Rocket" Danny Buccafusca inherited the lead when the leader "The Little Ice Man" Jacob Balliet had the steering break on his car and it sent him into a series of flips. Balliet was unhurt in the scary incident. Buccafusca then outdistanced a solid field of driving stars to capture his second win of the season in the 600 Sprint main and gave himself a great birthday present. "Deuce" Glenn Macomber scored his fourth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint main. A time shortened Junior slingshot finale found "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason securing his first ever Hamlin Speedway victory. "The Big Show" Joey Amantea executed a wire to wire run to capture his fourth win in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint excursion.

Pat VanVarick hustled into the lead by turn one of the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modified event. VanVarick had the hot ticket as he clicked off some 13.2 second laps as he stretched his lead at will over the field. A caution or two slowed the pace but the event belonged to VanVarick as he nailed down his first win of the year. Anthony Recchio came in for runner-up honors with Cole Stangle third, Joel Smith fourth and Bill Dianella rounding out the top five. Mike Samony headed up the second five with Jasper Ziegafuse, Cody Motto, Joel Price, John Mirabelli and Evan Civick following to complete the field.

The wingless warriors of the 270 Sprint division moved onto the speedway for their feature attraction. Alex Reinsmith took off at the drop of the green flag and would lead through the first seven laps until Glenn Macomber was able to power past him. Once in front, Macomber raced away from the field to score his fourth win of the season. Reinsmith, Kyle Ferrucci and Jason Muldowny completed the field.

The "stars of tomorrow" Junior Slingshot division feature attraction was another great show as the rising young racers of racing continuously thrill the crowd. 23 cars started the twenty lap excursion and pole sitting James Hendricks gunned his hot rod into the lead as he cleared everyone in turn one. Hendricks would lead three laps and then Jake Mason took over. Mason was up to the challenge as he stepped away from the field but a caution brought the field back together. On the restart Mason had company as first time competitor Aidan Elliot was breathing down his tailpipe. Elliot put up a great fight but late in the race he fell to the hard charging Shelby McLaughlin as she made a great recovery after being involved in an early skirmish. Mason would go on to score his first ever win at Hamlin with the race being called official after 16 laps. Shelby McLaughlin was the runner-up with Aidan Elliot third, Mikey Johannes fourth and Joey Kalafut fifth. The second five was headed up by Austin Homan with RJ Sherman, Evan VanValkenburg, Abby Yates and James Benz completing the top ten.

The JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint main event found Joey Amantea blasting into the lead and Amantea quickly tried to make it a runaway as he found his pace and clicked off consistent 12.4 second laps. Amantea was in command throughout and would race to his fourth win of the season. Ryan Lacoe was steady in a runner-up role. Tony Parlanti, Jake Roberts and Paul Richards Jr completed the top five. The second five found Dakota Bartlet, Noah Zielinski, Macy Litchauer, Cody Powell and Tyler Lindsey following.

The Super Slinger feature proved once again to be very exciting and entertaining as Jeff Haduck blasted into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Wes Hearn took up the chase and pressured Haduck for the remainder of the race but it would be Haduck claiming his first ever win at the speedway in a wire to wire triumph. Hearn was the runner-up with Mike Taylor, Dale Kober, Greg Zellman, Jim Conroy and Derek Desilva completing the field.

The headliner for the All Star Slingshots found the best Slingshot drivers in the country duking it out on the Hamlin Speedway real estate in the MA Gold Tour 30-lap event. The early going found Brett Bieber securing command of the event in turn one and although some cautions slowed the pace it would be Bieber stepping away from the field after each caution. Bieber was very steady with his times as well as he was clicking off 14 second laps to remain out front. Bieber would score the big win with Austin Silfee securing runner-up honors, Taylor Mills third, Tyler Peet fourth and Cody Kline hustling to complete the top five. The second five was headed up by Jared Silfee, with Tanner VanDoren, Nick Vinciguerra, invader Kyle Smith and Cole Stangle. Eleventh through fifteenth included Russell Benke, Wes Hearn, Troy Langerdoerfer, Mike McLaughlin and Josh Marcus. Twenty-one cars completed all thirty laps.

Danny Buccafusca seized command at the start of the 600 Sprint main headliner and led for one lap until Jacob Balliet scooted underneath him to take command of the race. Balliet was in the zone and began walking away from the field until he exited turn four as lap eight was being scored and his steering shaft broke and sent the young driving talent into a hair-raising series of flips. Balliet climbed out under his own power and was unhurt. The ironic twist of the deal was the fact it was the exact same location of the accident from one week ago.

On the restart with Buccafusca inheriting the lead, the birthday boy left nothing to chance and cranked out some 12.355 laps to go on to win his second event of the season at Hamlin. Damon Paul was second with Joel Smith, Chad Sandt and Colin White nailing top five finishes. Mick D'Agostino headed up the second five with JD Casazza, Mack Brink, Joseph Smith and Geordan Marrero completing the top ten.

PEARL JAMS:

The seven feature evening with time trials and heat events offered a ton of racing for the economically low admission price. Each event cost the fans $1.43 per feature to witness some great short track racing.

A dual series of heats were run for the All Star Slingshots for the tour event. Capturing heat wins in round one included Austin Silfee, Jared Silfee, Josh Marcus and Tess Horvath. Round two found Cody Kline, Tanner VanDoren, Tyler Peet and Dale Kober securing the wins. Junior Slingshot heats were claimed by Kyle Swart, Aidan Elliot and Kasey Hufcut. Stage One Modified heats went to Anthony Recchio and Pat VanVarick. Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint heats went to Dakota Bartlet and Paul Richards Jr. Glenn Macomber captured the lone heat for the Wingless 270 Sprints.

Wingless 600 Sprints were on the clock for time trials and Joel Smith had the fast time with as 12.437 posting over Chad Sandt's 12.497 time. The Super Slingers were also on the clock and Jeff Haduck's 14.220 topped the field.

Many new names added to the Hamlin roster list last evening in the Super Slingers as "The Sunshine Gypsy" Charlie Bodine arrived from Florida and was steering the Cory Zielinski mount. Derek Desilva made his second appearance of the season. John Lakatos made his first Stage One Modified appearance of the season. Jason Muldowny returned to action in the 270 Sprints. Many new faces joined the Junior Slingshot ranks with Aidan Elliott, Makayla Kohler making their first visits and RJ Sherman, Evan VanValkenburg, Jack VanVarick, Gavin McClure, Kyle Swart and Kasey Hufcut returning to action. Ryan Stangle was a new addition to the Rookie 600 Sprints. Kyle Smith, Mike Lapicki and RJ Smykla were on hand for the MA Gold Tour event but it was disappointing not to see the outside invaders from the All Star Slingshot ranks following the tour.

Announcer Steve Pados interviewed Justin Mills who was back on the speedway grounds but not in action. Mills thanked the everyone who assisted in helping him out last week at the speedway. Mills said the car was destroyed in the crash and for the most part his 2017 racing season is over. Later Pados was able to interview Jacob Balliet, who had such a great run going only to have the tide roll against him for the second week in a row. Balliet said there is much damage to the car but if they can make repairs he will be back to compete next week.

Birthday wishes go out to Danny Buccafusca (18) and to Tommy Stillo (12)
Stillo gave his fellow drivers a treat as ice cream sandwiches were provided in honor of his birthday.

Former Hamlin racer Dale Reed and his wife were on hand for the racing action. While Dale said he misses the racing, he doesn't miss the amount of time spent working on the race car.

Good friend Jim Fry was on hand for the second week in a row. From the looks of things he seemed to be enjoying the racing action too.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: (MA Gold Tour) Brett Bieber, Austin Silfee, Taylor Mills, Tyler Peet, Cody Kline, Jared Silfee, Tanner VanDoren, Nick Vinciguerra, Kyle Smith, Cole Stangle, Russell Benke, Wes Hearn, Troy Langendoerfer, Mike McLaughlin, Josh Marcus, Dillon Emmons, Ashley Kober, Mike Lapicki, Amanda Buchel, Emily Fleming, Samantha Muller, CJ Fritz, Greg Zellman, Tess Horvath, Mike Taylor, Dale Kober

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

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

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Pat VanVarick, Anthony Recchio, Cole Stangle, Joel Smith, Bill Dianella, Michael Samony, Jasper Ziegafuse, Cody Motto, Joel Price, John Mirabelli, Evan Civick, John Lakatos, John Bachetti (DNS)

Junior Slingshots: Jake Mason, Shelby McLaughlin, Aidan Elliot, Mikey Johannes, Joey Kalafut, Austin Homan, RJ Sherman, Evan VanValkenburg, Abby Yates, James Benz, Jack VanVarick, James Hendricks, Tommy Stillo, Makayla Kohler, Rachel Dickinson, Gavin McClure, JJ Rice, Adam Buchel, Tyler Banks, John Kendall, Kasey Hufcut, Kyle Swart (DQ)

Super Slingshots: Jeff Haduck, Wes Hearn, Mike Taylor, Dale Kober, Greg Zellman, Jim Conroy, Derek Desilva, Charlie Bodine

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Joey Amantea, Ryan Lacoe, Tony Parlanti, Jake Roberts, Paul Richards Jr, Dakota Bartlet, Noah Zielinski, Macy Litchauer, Cody Powell, Tyler Lindsey, JR Williams, Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Stangle Carmen Leggio Sr

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for July 22nd when all Divisions will be in action.

Coming up at the speedway will be the second edition of the NASCAR Crew Challenge on July 29th with all regular divisions 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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Jul
09

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Seven Drivers Share Victory Circle In Exciting Hamlin Speedway Racing Action
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The "once again rain before it begins" theme has seemingly provided the backdrop for an evening of speed presented by Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith on Saturday nights in 2017. Nevertheless, when there is a will, there is a way and the extra work on the facility had the speedway primed and ready for the stars of the speedway to ignite the large crowd on hand. The evening ran off very well until a frightening crash during the 600 Sprint feature slowed the action for more than an hour. More than one hundred and ten talented race car drivers came to Hamlin on Saturday to ply their trade and when the final curtain came down it would be two newcomers plus some familiar names at the speedway rising to the top of the heap in the coveted Victory Circle.

"The Nickel Man" Joel Smith captured his fourth Hampton RV And Trailer Sales Stage One Modified win in 2017. Mike Taylor scored his second win of the season in the Super Slinger finale topping a very strong and returning John Gilroy. "The Sandman" Troy Langendoerfer romped to his second win of the season in the All Star Slingshot main event. JD Casazza scored his first ever Hamlin Speedway win with a baseline run in the 600 Sprint main. "The Fearless One" Kyle Ferrucci scored his second win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint main. Paul Richards Jr earned his second win of the season in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint main. "Junior Excitement" JJ Rice muscled his way to his first ever Hamlin win in the Junior Slingshot finale.

Trackside driver introductions spotlighted the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint main event before the start of the event. Local talent Noah Zielinski blasted into the lead at the start of the event and he showed his tailpipes to everyone for the first five laps. Paul Richards Jr stayed close and moved around Zielinski on lap six. Once in front, Richards went on cruise control as he stepped away from the field. Clicking off lap times in the 12.4 second range, Richards raced to his second win of the season with Zielinski a solid second, Tony Parlanti third, Zack Weisenfluh fourth and Dakota Barlet rebounding back to nail down fifth. Heading up the second five were Carmen Leggio Sr, Joe Nemeth, Macy Litchauer, Joey Amantea and Ryan Lacoe.

The Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modified feature began with Cody Motto grabbing up the lead at the drop of the green flag. Motto would lead through the first eight laps when Joel Smith found the open seam on the raceway and would drive past Motto to assume command of the event. Cole Stangle would move past Motto into second place and reel off some quick laps to narrow the the gap but this was a night for Joel Smith as he claimed his fourth win of the season. Stangle was second with Motto third in a great run. Anthony Recchio and Michael Samony would complete the top five. The second five was headed up by Pat VanVarick, Joel Price, Jeff Hineline, Bill Dianella and Josh Marcus in the second Motto Motorsports car.

Dale Kober left nothing to chance as he jumped out front at the start of the Super Slinger feature. Kober would hold the field at bay through the first eleven laps until his muffler fell onto the track. Mike Taylor inherited the lead and would drive to his second win of the season despite the very stiff challenge from the returning John Gilroy. Wes Hearn was third followed by the returning Greg Zellman, Jeff Haduck, Dale Kober and Roger Collins.The wingless warriors of the 270 Sprint division moved onto the speedway for their feature attraction. The resurgent Alex Reinsmith took off at the drop of the green flag and would through eight laps. On the restart Reinsmith bobbled and Kyle Ferrucci became the new leader. Glenn Macomber tried to track down Ferrucci but Ferrucci prevailed in punching his ticket for his second win of the season. Glenn Macomber enjoyed a solid run to earn runner-up honors with the returning Prince girls, Sydney and Mallory finishing third and fourth with the returning Paul Richards Sr fifth and Reinsmith sixth.

The "stars of tomorrow" in the Junior Slingshot division continued to put on another great show as New Yorker Tyler Banks would lead through the early laps of the event. John Kendall and Adam Buchel stayed close but the pair got together and both would be forced to restart from the back of the pack. On the restart, Banks would lead but he couldn't shake JJ Rice who was beginning to put some pressure on Banks. Lap thirteen provided the winning pass as Rice utilized a combination of hustle and muscle to pull up alongside of Banks and maneuver his car into the lead. Rice would lead the final laps to claim his first ever win at the speedway. Tanner VanDoren raced hard to claim runner-up honors and Banks finished third. Shelby McLaughlin was fourth and Tommy Stillo rounded out the top five. The second five was headed up by Abby Yates, with Jake Mason, John Kendall, Adam Buchel and Joey Kalafut following.

The headliner for the All Star Slingshots found a great field of Slingshot drivers duking it out on the Hamlin Speedway real estate. The early going found Troy Langendoerfer blasting out of the starting blocks to lead the event but a few skirmishes along the way would slow the pace a bit. Each restart found Langendoerfer establishing himself at the point with a tremendous dogfight behind him working to break loose. The first to do so was Amanda Buchel who ran her best event since joining the ranks at Hamlin. This night, however belonged to Langendoerfer as his 13.08 times kept him out front and he cruised to his second win of the season. Buchel was the runner-up with Mike Taylor, Mike McLaughlin and Tanner VanDoren completing the top five. The second five found Dale Kober, Jared Silfee, Josh Marcus, Cody Kline and Tyler Peet following.

JD Casazza seized command at the start of the 600 Sprint main headliner and zipped off some 12.396 second laps to lead the way as he baselined his way around the oval. Duane White was following and behind a solid group of drivers were trying to make their mark in the evening. On lap seven all hell broke loose as Justin Mills was hit and a series of high flying flips occurred with Mills then being hit by Jacob Balliet who had no place to go. A long silence prevailed over the speedway as the ERT and Ambulance crews did their job to keep Mills stable. He was taken to the Scranton Hospital and I am very happy to report as I write this Press Release as I have been in contact with the Mills Family and Justin has a broken clavicle and many bumps and bruises from the scary ordeal. Jacob Balliet is suffering from a swollen knee but otherwise will be fine.

On the restart, Casazza resumed his lead and he just kept hitting his marks with ease while Mick D'Agostino drove into the runner-up role. D'Agostino mounted the challenge and while he did pull close, Casazza had enough gas pedal to hold him off and go on for his first ever win at the speedway. D'Agostino enjoyed another excellent run at the speedway in second while Damon Paul, Colin White and Chad Sandt would complete the top five. Brandon Azzalina, Joel Smith, Joseph Smith, Geordan Marrero and Zac Azzalina would complete the top ten.

PEARL JAMS:

Randy Smith and crew worked overtime again to keep the speedway in great shape and the work they do provides for all of the feature events being classic stuff in racing channels. A short rain shower halted the racing action for a few minutes.

Heat race action found Tess Horvath, Mike Taylor and Troy Langendoerfer nailing down wins in the All Star Slingshots. JD Casazza, Damon Paul and Mick D'Agostino were victorious in the 600 Sprint heats. Joel Smith and Anthony Recchio claimed victories in the Stage One Modifieds. The Super Slinger heat was won by Mike Taylor. Alex Reinsmith emerged victorious in the 270 Sprint heat event.

Some new names were added to the Hamlin roster list last evening with the Prince girls, Sydney and Mallory returning to the speedway to do battle in the 270 Sprints. Josh Bewley from Reading, Pennsylvania made his first ever start in the Rookie 600 Sprint ranks while returning to action included Chloe Andreas, Dakota Bartlet, Aidan Borden and Billy Koch. New faces for the Stage One Modifieds included Kevin Truszkowski John Bachetti, Josh Marcus and the returning Evan Civick. Greg Zellman and John Gilroy returned to action in the Super slingers. Dylan Martin and Tim Bauer were back in the 600 Sprints.

When the opportunity arises, it is great to go trackside and introduce the drivers to the fans. Announcer Steve Pados introduced the drivers and the crowd joined in to give the 19 starters a great send off.

Giselle Perrotta won the 50/50 on Saturday.

The hard charger in last week's Firecracker 100 was Mike McLaughlin and he earned the prize posted by Vogel Designs.

The totals for the VetStock event found the speedway raising in excess of $2,700.00. Thanks once again to all of those who participated.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Troy Langendoerfer, Amanda Buchel, Mike Taylor, Mike McLaughlin, Tanner VanDoren, Dale Kober, Jared Silfee, Josh Marcus, Cody Kline, Tyler Peet, Taylor Mills, Austin Silfee, Wes Hearn, Nick Vinciguerra, Tanner Jones, Samantha Muller, Tess Horvath, Ashley Kober, John Gilroy, Alan Kober, Cole Stangle

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

Wingless 600cc Sprints: JD Casazza, Mick D'Agostino, Damon Paul, Colin White, Chad Sandt, Brandon Azzalina, Joel Smith, Joseph Smith, Geordan Marrero, Zac Azzalina, Danny Buccafusca, Cody Smith, Ryan Neil, Tyler Galatro, Mack Brink, Dylan Martin, Tim Bauer, Billy Koch, Duane White, Jared Lilly, Justin Grosz, Jacob Balliet, Justin Mills

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Cole Stangle, Cody Motto, Anthony Recchio, Michael Samony, Pat VanVarick, Joel Price, Jeff Hineline, Bill Dianella, Josh Marcus, Evan Civick, Kevin Truszkowski, John Bachetti, Janell Geary, Mark Corna

Junior Slingshots: JJ Rice, Tanner VanDoren, Tyler Banks, Shelby McLaughlin, Tommy Stillo Abby Yates, Jake Mason, John Kendall, Adam Buchel, Joey Kalafut, James Costlow, Colton Geary, Rachel Dickinson, Brian Smith, James Benz, Mikey Johannes, James Hendricks

Super Slingshots: Mike Taylor, John Gilroy, Wes Hearn, Greg Zellman, Jeff Haduck, Dale Kober, Roger Collins

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Paul Richards Jr, Noah Zielinski, Tony Parlanti, Zack Weisenfluh, Dakota Bartlet, Carmen Leggio Sr, Joe Nemeth, Macy Litchauer, Joey Amantea, Ryan Lacoe, Cody Powell, Aidan Borden, Chloe Andreas, Josh Bewley, Hunter Metzgar, Billy Koch, Tyler Lindsey, Jake Roberts, Jakson Ring

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for July 15th when all Divisions will be in action and the return of the Briggs & Stratton MA Gold Tour for the All Star Slingshots.

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

Official Statement regarding Incident on 7/8/17: Wingless 600 Sprint Accident:

The incident occurred in the Wingless 600 Sprint division when Justin Mills flipped his wingless 600 and was hit by another competitor while in the air with nowhere to go. Justin has been checked out at hospital and has a broken collar bone, concussion, and a lot of bruising but will recover 100%. This incident-caused injuries were minimized due to the Halo Bar installed in Justin’s car. If he did not have this safety bar in place - his head would have been hit directly. And because of this incident and what we have learned – Hamlin Speedway will now REQUIRE all wingless cars to have a “Halo Bar” installed to compete at Hamlin Speedway. This could have been a severe life changing accident for Justin. But it isn’t and he will recover, thank goodness ❤.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY – FOR JULY 15 EVENT:

Mandatory Safety IMPROVEMENT for all WINGLESS cars effective immediately. You must have in place for 7/15/17 event to race!

All WINGLESS cars are now REQUIRED TO HAVE A “HALO BAR” INSTALLED IN YOUR RACE CAR to compete. Call your car’s manufacturer for information. We continue to pray for Justin’s recovery and have learned a safety feature in Halo Bars.

This safety requirement adds to the already in place requirements of the 600 wingless division:

Safety: All 600 Wingless Sprints must have EITHER:

Head & neck restraint or HANS device OR A full containment seat
** Hamlin recommends that you have both items in place!

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Hamlin, PA - "The Captain" Cody Kline Steers His Ship To Victory In VetStock Firecracker 100 At Hamlin Speedway
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The Fourth of July holiday span found the Hamlin Speedway swinging back into racing action after being dark and silent for a week of rest and relaxation. The hard working promotional team of Denise and Randy Smith was prepped and ready for the onslaught of race cars and the standing room only crowd that arrived at the speedway. The management and staff at the Hamlin Speedway put forth a superlative effort and produced another great evening of racing in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania despite all attempts from Mother Nature to halt the schedule. The seven feature card was sponsored by Honesdale National Bank, Hollywood Towing from Middletown, New York, JPA Masonry from Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania and the S&S Speedways located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The results were spectacular and the fans and drivers put forth a great effort to raise money for the VetStock Veterans Group in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The standing room only crowd witnessed a seven feature event card with the VetStock Firecracker 100 lap feature for the All Star Slingshots being the showcased event of the evening. Bangor, Pennsylvania resident "The Captain" Cody Kline was at the top of his game as he dominated the event by leading nearly every lap to capture the more than $1,200.00 in prize money plus contingencies plus winning his first ever feature event at the Hamlin Speedway. "Bad" Chad Sandt was flawless in performance as he worked the speedway cushion to perfection in recording his second win of the 2017 season in the Wingless 600 Sprint finale and becoming the first driver to capture two wins in the division. Abby Yates made a profound statement as she wired the field to capture her first ever win in the Junior Slingshot feature attraction. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober was in top form as he wired the field on his way to his fifth win in the Super Slinger feature. Zach Weisenfluh captured his first ever win in the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints and wired the field in doing so. Joel Price was on rails as he captured the Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified feature. "Deuce" Glenn Macomber scored his third win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint main event. When the racing action was completed, the highs and lows of victory and defeat came to light but for all of the competitors, each and everyone of them should be applauded for their fine efforts on an evening where giving back meant as much as the thrill of victory. The VetStock event headed up by Honesdale National Bank, Hollywood Towing & Auto, JPA Masonry and S&S and Hamlin Speedway , put forth a solid effort that saw a good sum of dollars raised for the locally based charitable organization

"Chargin" Charlie Lawrence and Cody Kline brought the 27-car starting field down for the start of the VetStock Firecracker 100 event. Kline had the hot ticket and was quick and showed it early on by racing out front with Lawrence staying glued to his tailpipe. The first 34-laps went without incident but a couple skirmishes slowed the pace a bit but once the racers found their grooves, the results were more than worth the price of an admission ticket as the racing throughout the field was incredible.

After the halfway point young New Jersey racer Cole Stangle put in a bid to unseat Kline from the top spot. Stangle did so on laps 53 and 54 but Kline came roaring back and assumed command of the lead with Stangle and now Brett Bieber applying the pressure. The three leaders broke away from the field and ran under a blanket as they matched moves like they were on a chess board. The end for Bieber came on lap-89 as he was making his bid to win the event and limped into the infield.

The jockeying for position behind the leaders was truly incredible as some racers and contenders would suffer from one or the other to place them on the sidelines. Kline would drive to victory with Stangle in for runner-up honors. Last year's winner Justin Mills was third with Austin Silfee putting together a great ride to come from 15th place to finish fourth and Dale Kober was fifth after starting 14th. Dylan Hoch headed up the second five with Taylor Mills, Samantha Muller (her best finish of the season), Mike McLaughlin from 27th, and Tyler Peet from 26th. From 10th to 15th finishers were Tess Horvath, Josh Marcus, Jordan Lawrence, Charlie Lawrence and Jared LaBagh. Fifteen drivers finished all 100 laps.

In Wingless 270 Sprint action, Glenn Macomber and Kyle Ferrucci waged a wicked battle for the point with Macomber able to keep in front of the fearless one. The race settled in with Macomber leading all of the way to claim his third win of the season. Ferrucci was second with Alex Reinsmith third and Stephen Weirich fourth. .

Chad Sandt powered into the lead at the start of the 600 Sprint main with a drive it where they ain't move to easily take command of the event. Meanwhile, Colin White and Mick D'Agostino were locked into a battle behind Sandt and it allowed Sandt to slip away into a big lead. Sandt would race away to his second win of the season with White, D'Agostino, Cody Smith and Joel Smith completing the top five. Damon Paul, Danny Buccafusca, Joseph Smith, Jacob Balliet, and Geordan Marrero completed the top ten.

Abby Yates won the drag race over JJ Rice at the start of the Junior Slingshot finale to hustle into the lead. Yates, who has improved with each outing in her rookie year, kept hitting her marks with Rice and Shelby McLaughlin applying lots of pressure. A bobble by Rice when he clipped a tire allowed Yates some breathing room but Rice and McLaughlin inched closer as the event continued. Yates ran a perfect race to capture her first ever Hamlin win with Rice, McLaughlin, Adam Buchel and John Kendall completing the top five. Tyler Banks headed up the second five with Tyler Ulsh, Kasey Hufcut, Rachel Dickinson and newcomer Jack VanVarick next in line.

The Super Slingers racing action found Dale Kober hustling out to a comfortable lead early in the event with early pressure coming from Mike
Taylor. After the midway point of the event, Taylor began to cut Kober's lead and would do so until the end of the race with Kober winning, Taylor in second and Jimmy Conroy in third.

Zack Weisenfluh has had a rookie season in which he has landed upside down and suffered engine maladies while leading but this night all of the pieces finally came together and he took the lead on the first lap of the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint main event and led all of the way but had to hold off a determined effort by Paul Richards Jr to secure his first ever win at the speedway in his new division. Richards was second with doing great work in third place, Noah Zielinski fourth and Joey Amantea rounding out the top five. Carmen Leggio Sr was sixth with Ryan Lacoe, newcomer Dylan Licklider, Brett Altemose, Tyler Lindsey and Macy Litchauer following.

Joel Price hasn't been in competition much in 2017 but he returned to Hamlin on Saturday night and showed he still has the touch as he held off one of the best in the business in Joel Smith to capture the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modified feature. Price showed he had not skipped a beat as he raced out to an early lead. Joel Smith chased him around the speedway and as the laps wore down the leader got into some slower traffic and Smith made contact with one and the turn of events allowed Price to capture the win. Smith was second with Cole Stangle, Michael Samony and newcomer Pat VanVarick completing the top five. The returning Bill Dianella, John Comandini, Jeff Hineline, Janell Geary and Anthony Recchio completed the top ten.

Pearl Jams:

Despite the crazy thunderstorm that rolled through the area at 4:30, Randy Smith had the speedway in impeccable condition as the multi-channeled facility was very racy throughout the evening and the Smith Crew can be proud of their efforts in keeping the speedway in top form and producing a great show for the fans and the drivers..

The rain caused a change in the format for the evening as it reverted to time trials only to set the starting fields. Time trials for the 33 All Star Slingshots on hand found Brett Bieber stopping the clocks at 14.753 seconds to lead all racers in the All Star Slingshots as he nipped Dylan Hoch who timed at 14.770 seconds and Justin Mills who timed at 14.810 seconds. Kyle Ferrucci was top timer for the 270 Sprints with a 12.808 second time over Glenn Macomber's 12.828 time. Pat VanVarick had the top time in the Stage One Modifieds with a 13.520 clocking. Dale kober recorded the top time for the Super Slingers at 15.253 seconds. Colin White was top time for the 600 Sprints at 12.437 seconds juast a tick quicker than Chad Sandt's 12.454 and Mick D'Agostino's 12.458 time.
John Kendall posted the top time for the Junior Slingshots at 12.350 seconds just under the time posted by JJ Rice at 15.390. Paul Richards Jr had the fast time for the Rookie 600 Sprints with a 12.708 over Joey Amantea's 12.759.

A B-Main was needed for the All Star Slingshot to complete the starting field and was captured by former track champion and the returning "The 38 Special" Jared LaBagh. CJ Fritz, Tanner Jones, Nick Vinciguerra, Russell Benke, Dillon Emmons, Ashley Kober, Mike McLaughlin and Tyler Peet also made the transfer.

Newcomers and returning drivers to the speedway included Dylan Hoch, Charlie Lawrence, Jordan Lawrence, Brett Bieber, Chloe Andreas and "Kid Wicked" Tyler Pirone in the All Star Slingshots. Dylan Licklider was a new addition in the 600 Sprints. Joel Price, Jeff Hineline, Pat VanVarick and Aaron Goodin were new additions to the Stage One Modifieds. Cody Motto was aboard the former Steve Darling Stage One Modified his team just purchased. Jack VanVarick was a new addition to the Junior Slingshots.

Once again the generous support from the racers and fans created the wonderful family atmosphere that exists at the Hamlin Speedway and this event proved to be another solid promotional effort for the VetStock Organization. A tip of the fedora goes out to Honesdale National Bank, Hollywood Towing & Auto, JPA Masonry, Hamlin Speedway and S&S Speedways to market this great event and the racers and fan support was overwhelming and a huge thank you to everyone for their gracious support of the event.

Danny Buccafusca tried his hand at announcing at Hamlin and did a great job with the Super Slinger Feature event.

Clock Drawing Raffle winners included: David Raven ($100.00), Ann Beil($100.00), Susan Hoffman ($200.00), Lisa Werkheiser ($100.00), R. Boddenhazen ($300.00), Scott Helm ($100.00), Wes Hearn ($400.00), Don Pratt ($100.00), Tim Krysiuk ($500.00), Ken Brown ($100.00), and Missy Nemec ($1,000.00).

Some great prizes were offered up in the Chinese Auction and many happy fans walked home with some great gifts. A 50/50 auction from VetStock found Zack McGee walking out of the speedway with $222.00.

Lap Sponsors included Upstate Auto, Macomber Racing, Mystik Phoenix, Tyler Peet Racing, Russ & Mary Furry, Strictly Dirt Photography, Parlanti Family, McLaughlin Racing, Brink Racing, Pink Elephant Wine & Paint Parties, Cody Motto Racing, JPA Masonry, Emmons Motorsports, Litchauer Motorspots, Archibald Automotive and Benke Racing. Thank you all so very much.

Special thanks go out to a group of people who worked behind the scenes to create the event and make it successful including the tireless efforts of Allesson Rodes, Troy Langendoerfer, Steve Pados and the Smith Family.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: (100 Laps) Cody Kline, Cole Stangle, Justin Mills, Austin Silfee, Dale Kober, Dylan Hoch, Taylor Mills, Samantha Muller, Mike McLaughlin, Tyler Peet, Tess Horvath, Josh Marcus, Jordan Lawrence, Charlie Lawrence, Jared LaBagh, Dillon Emmons, Ashley Kober, Tanner Jones, Brett Bieber, Jared Silfee, Ryan Neiger, CJ Fritz, Tanner VanDoren, Tyler Pirone, Nick Vinciguerra, Troy Langendoerfer, Russell Benke

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Glenn Macomber, Kyle Ferrucci, Alex Reinsmith, Stephen Weirich, Don Schmidt

Wingless 600cc Sprints: Chad Sandt, Colin White, Mick D'Agostino, Cody Smith, Joel Smith, Damon Paul, Danny Buccafusca, Joseph Smith, Jacob Balliet, Geordan Marrero, Ryan Neil, Duane White, JD Casazza, Mack Brink, Justin Mills, Tyler Galatro, Dylan Licklider

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Price, Joel Smith, Cole Stangle, Michael Samony, Pat VanVarick, Bill Dianella, John Comandini, Jeff Hineline, Janell Geary, Anthony Recchio, Cody Motto, John Mirabelli, Mark Corna, Aaron Goodin

Junior Slingshots: Abby Yates, JJ Rice, Shelby McLaughlin, Adam Buchel, John Kendall, Tyler Banks, Tyler Ulsh, Kasey Hufcut, Rachel Dickinson, Jack VanVarick, James Benz, James Costlow, Tommy Stillo, Kyle Swart, Joey Kalafut, Brian Smith, Austin Homan, James Hendricks, Colton Geary, Jake Mason

Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Mike Taylor, Jim Conroy

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Zack Weisenfluh, Paul Richards Jr, Tony Parlanti, Noah Zielinski, Joey Amantea, Carmen Leggio Sr, Ryan Lacoe, Dylan Licklider, Brett Altemose, Tyler Lindsey, Macy Litchauer

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for July 8th when all Divisions will be in action and driver introductions will be in order for the JPA Masonry sponsored Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint Division.

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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