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Nov
19

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Honors 2017 Champions And Place Winners At 12th Annual Awards Party Celebration
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

The 2017 Hamlin Speedway racing season officially came to a close on Saturday evening as a packed house of more than 225 people gathered together to celebrate the Hamlin racing season and to honor all of the 2017 seasonal speedway champions and place winners in a special evening of friendship and camaraderie. The S&S Speedway complex, located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania provided the backdrop for a gracious and a fun filled evening in which the Smith Family completed their twelfth successful season of promoting the Hamlin facility, a closed speedway they took over the reigns of in 2006. The S&S Speedway Complex, a great place to party and have fun, allowed the young racers a great opportunity to go head to head with their rivals on the tricky D-shaped speedway and enjoy some great fun as well as take part in the awards ceremony.

The popular multi-division speedway, located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, enjoyed an 18 event season in 2017 season with great results as the driving stars at the speedway rose to the occasion to shine brightly for the great racing fans who came out to witness the thrill a second excitement....Hamlin Style! The fabulous seven division weekly show proved to be over the top in racing excitement as more and more driving stars etched their names into the Hamlin Speedway record books. The thrill and excitement to compete at Hamlin brought many new faces and talented drivers to the forefront at the speedway including many drivers who transitioned from one division to another for the 2017 season. The solid family oriented atmosphere at Hamlin has placed the speedway in a league of it's own for small division racing with the Smith Family making a commitment to make their thirteenth season in 2018 an even greater experience.

After a fun-filled three hour afternoon period of allowing the drivers to trade paint and laughs on the S&S Speedway racetrack, a happy hour followed and a sumptuous buffet meal from Cook Corners was enjoyed by everyone. Banquet Emcee and Speedway Announcer Steve Pados took to the stage to announce the award festivities. First and foremost, the success of any speedway promotion is determined by a loyal and hard working track staff and Pados was on-point to recognize the great work staff at Hamlin for their total work ethic and dedication to the speedway. Promoters Randy and Denise Smith, Allesson Rode, Olivia Mease, Becky Otto, Ron and Lori Brown, Russ Furry, Sara Silfee and the Concession Staff of Michelle Thoman, Trina Bechtold, Alex Thoman, Kira Serfass and Lisa Mills, Dale Kober, Billy Shepps, Shane Potonsky, Dave Bechtold, Jill Brink, Linda Macomber, Sam and Scott Neary, Tim Krysiuk, Barry Boyd and Steve Pados and the ERT Staff headed up by Tom Rode, Kyle Rode, Joe & Brandy Brown, Shawn Eckhoff, Andrew Frailey, Eric Freldman, Ryan Mathieson and Will Vitulli were recognized and thanked for helping make the Hamlin Speedway the most diversified racing facility in the country today. A special thanks to Don Andreas for supplying the sound equipment for the event. Each division was introduced by Pados with each individual recognized for his performance and awards for the champions and place winners included Champion Jackets, Trophies, Gift Certificates, Cash Awards and Photography.

The "Stars of Tomorrow" from the talented Junior Slingshot division were honored first with Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania talent "Lil Miss" Shelby McLaughlin claiming the track title at Hamlin in a landslide performance. Place winners included Accord Speedway champion "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason, John Kendall, Tyler Banks, Adam Buchel, Abby Yates, James Benz, Joey Kalafut, "Junior Excitement" JJ Rice, James Hendricks and James Costlow. 31 Junior Slingshot drivers were in competition during the season that produced eight different feature event winners.

The next division honored was the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprints and claiming the title in 2017 was Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania driving talent "The Big Show" Joey Amantea. Amantea made the successful transition out of the quarter midget ranks to claim five wins on his way to the title. Additional award winners for the fast growing division included Ryan Lacoe, Paul Richards Jr, Tony Parlanti, Tyler Lindsay, Carmen Leggio Sr, Macy Litchauer, Noah Zielinski, Chloe Andreas, Justin Mills and Damon Paul. A total of 55 drivers made up the Rookie 600 Sprint roster with twelve different feature winners in 2017.

"The Oxford Express" Dale Kober captured the Super Slinger track championship by a runaway margin on the basis of a nine win season. The highly competitive Super Slingshot division was filled with jam-packed action throughout as 23 drivers and four different feature winners provided for a great season in the over 35 years of age division. Mike Taylor, Jim Conroy, Wes Hearn were additional place winners honored for their efforts.

A new champion emerged in the Wingless 270 Sprint division as "Deuce" Glenn Macomber utilized a six win season to go on and capture the title. Twenty drivers were in competition with five different feature winners during the season. Additional place winners included the runner-up Alex Reinsmith and Connecticut's Kyle Ferrucci.

A new champion was crowned for the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint division as the long travel paid off for Taunton, Massachusetts hot-shoe "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino. The two wins and over the top consistency paid huge dividends for the new champion. Former champion, "The Electric Man" Colin White scored runner-up honors. Additional place winners included "The Gingerbread Man" Damon Paul, "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith, 2016 Champion "Bad" Chad Sandt, "The Little Ice Man" Jacob Balliet, "The Mack Attack" Mack Brink and Justin Mills. The season had 71 competitors and eleven different winners.

"The Captain" Cody Kline captured the All Star Slingshot championship at Hamlin, making him a two time champion at the speedway. Kline also won in 2011 and used his first ever win at Hamlin to capture the big Hamlin 100 in July. The spectacular racing division saw 64 drivers test their skills at the speedway with twelve drivers finding sweet success in victory lane. Additional place winners included runner-up "The Tornado" Tyler Peet, Jared Silfee, "The Bloomingburg Bullet" Taylor Mills, "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober, Austin Silfee, Tess Horvath, Samantha Muller, Amanda Buchel, "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin, Mike Taylor, Wes Hearn, and Emily Fleming.

The Hampton RV and Trailer sponsored Stage One Modifieds completed their sixth season at the speedway and produced some memorable feature events throughout the season. Headed up by Northeast Modified legend "Rapid" Richie Smith, the sharp looking and quick throttled race cars were loaded with driving talent and the racers put it all on the speedway clay when in competition. Former Track Champion "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith put all of the pieces together and carved out an eight feature win season to capture the track title. A rookie in the division, "The Jersey Force" Anthony Recchio" captured runner-up honors. Cody Motto was another newcomer to the division and finished a solid third place in the final standings. "Mighty" Mike Samony, John Mirabelli, Evan Civick, Jasper Ziegafuse, Joel Price and Mark Corna also earned awards.

A great raffle period closed the show with many prizes available and many people walking out of the arena with their arms filled with some great prizes.

Keep in touch with all of the latest updates of the Hamlin Speedway by visiting their website often. All of the news regarding the new 2018 racing season and some special events will follow in a timely manner. The Smith Family would like to thank all of the drivers, owners, staff and the loyal band of race fans who have helped make the Hamlin Speedway the finest well-rounded small car division racing facility in the country.

Drivers please make sure you support the Eleventh Annual Dirt Track Heroes Show that will be taking place from March 4th to the 10th, 2018 at the Phillipsburg Mall located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The event provides a great opportunity to show your race car and to profile yourself and your sponsors to the more than 77,000 visitors who attended the show in 2017. Hamlin Speedway announcer Steve Pados and his brother Ed, along with Bobby Stull, Justin Beltrame and Alex Greenzweig will once again host the nightly shows at the event.

Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. S&S Speedways, JPA Masonry, Tilcon, Yankowski Enterprises, Ron Brown Hauling and RockAuto.com 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 2018 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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Sep
10

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - Cole Stangle, Josh Marcus, Colin White And Scott Neary Capture Gold In Hamlin Speedway's Outstanding Season Finale
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Losing a show to Mother Nature has always made it extremely tough for the speedway promoters as they have to scramble in hopes of completing their racing season on a solid and positive note. The Pocono Mountains were awash on Labor Day and created a plethora of events for the Smith Family to complete at their 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval on the final day of the racing season Saturday night. The quick change in the weather pattern also brought out the change in garments for the racing fans but the sizzling racing action that took place out on the speedway channels between the drivers produced heat and sizzle that kept the fans warm and excited until the final checkered flag fell on the season. The heart-stopping side by side action highlighted a great evening of racing that found the speedway hosting nine feature events were completed at 11 PM. The evening of speed was presented by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and JPA Masonry located in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.

The racing action produced some familiar names on the Hamlin scene with the cream of the crop rising to the occasion to land in the coveted Victory Circle while some new winners did emerge during the evening. "The Connecticut Cruiser" Josh Marcus had the field covered as he led all but one lap to record his second win of the season in the held-over All Star Slingshot event. "The Angle" Cole Stangle wired the field in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified thirty lap feature to win the annual Roy Smith Memorial event. Two JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint events were offered and "The Whiz Kid" Jack Hanna after only a couple of starts found himself in victory lane for his first ever win at the speedway. "The Ry-Guy" Ryan Stangle is another first year performer who has excelled and he went topside to win his second feature of the season. "The Electric Man" Colin White was full throttle as he used all of the Hamlin Speedway real estate in a show stopping run for the roses to claim his third win of the season in the JPA Masonry 600 Sprints. Tyler Banks only led one lap but it was the final one as he raced to his third win of the season in the Junior Slingshot main event. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober utilized his right foot from the start and wired the field for his ninth win in the Super Slinger finale. "The Fearless One" Kyle Ferrucci found himself alone in the zone as he captured his fifth win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint finale. In the 50-lap National Tour event for the All star Slingshots, Scott Neary inherited the lead when race leader Jared Silfee tangled with a slower car and led the final laps to score the biggest win of his young career to capture the $1,000.00 prize offered for the win.

Tess Horvath and CJ Fritz brought the 17-car All Star Slingshot field down for the start of their held-over twenty lap feature encounter. Horvath led one lap before she and Fritz tangled, sending both cars to the rear. On the restart, Josh Marcus bolted into the lead and would lead the rest of the way in a great run for the budding star as he picked up his second win of the season. Mike Taylor was a strong second with Cole Stangle third, Taylor Mills fourth and Cody Kline completing the top five. The second five consisted of Austin Silfee, Amanda Buchel, Wes Hearn and Tyler Peet. Sixteen of the seventeen starters completed all laps of the main event.

Glenn Macomber led the first five laps of the Wingless 270 Sprint main until yielding to Kyle Ferrucci. Ferrucci was a rocket once out front as he found the Hamlin Speedway surface superb and led the rest of the way lap to capture his fifth win of the season. Glenn Macomber would finish second with Alex Reinsmith nailing down third.

Cody Smith seized the moment at the drop of the green flag and glued himself to the top reaches of the speedway to grab the lead for the first two laps until Adam Huff would get sideways down the backstretch and execute a heart stopping flip. Huff was uninjured in the incident. On the restart Colin White made everyone aware he meant business as he went to the far reaches of the speedway to climb into the lead from his sixth place start. Joel Smith, Mack Brink and Cody Smith kept pace as the racers hit their stride. Mick D'Agostino would race from tenth to fifth and Danny Buccafusca after dropping back a few notches was coming on like gangbusters. This would be a night for Colin White as he raced to his third win of the season, with Joel Smith, Cody Smith, Mack Brink and Mick D'Agostino completing the top five. Buccafusca would finish sixth with Paul Richards Jr, Chad Sandt, Ryan Neil and Damon Paul rounding out the top ten.

Abby Yates brought "the stars of tomorrow" starting field to the line for their 20-lap main headliner. Yates was quick and had no problems in driving away from the field after a couple of restarts. Cruising along, Yates caught the back end of the field and while being cautious allowed second place man John Kendall to close in on her. Going into turn three of the final lap had Kendall trying to slip underneath Yates but a slower car caused the pair to connect and have Tyler Banks inherit the lead. The final lap belonged to Banks as he scored his third win of the season at Hamlin. Adam Buchel kept up his steady performances at the speedway with a runner-up finish while Shelby McLaughlin was third, Kyle Swart fourth and Tommy Stillo rounding out the top five. James Hendricks, Jake Mason, Joey Kalafut, John Kendall and Abby Yates completed the top ten.

Two JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint features were needed for the growing roster at the speedway. In the first one, Jack Hanna took the early lead and had no problems in separating himself from the field. Hanna was flawless in a wire to wire triumph for his first win at Hamlin. Zack Weisenfluh was the runner-up with Ryan Lacoe, Alex Reinsmith, Aidan Borden and Dennis Chamberlain completing the field.

In the second Rookie 600 Sprint main event, Carmen Leggio led the first eleven laps until a run to the top of the speedway for Ryan Stangle found him exiting the turn with the lead. Stangle would go and capture his second win of the season with Paul Richards Jr, Carmen Leggio, Noah Zielinski and Joey Amantea completing the top five. Savannah Leggio, Tony Parlanti, Cody Powell and Mike Traver would complete the field.

The Super Slingers finale found Dale Kober taking off in the lead from his pole start. Kober would drive away from the field at will early on but a skirmish would slow the action. On the restart, Kober would remain in command and would go and record his ninth win of the season. Wes Hearn was second with Mike Taylor third, Jim Conroy fourth and Greg Zellman, Roger Collins and Jeff Haduck following.

The Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified shootout with the running of the annual Roy Smith Memorial, found Cole Stangle hustling into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Stangle quickly found the zone and was clicking off 13 second laps as he drove away from the field. Stangle was unstoppable as he led every lap and picked up the win and much sponsorship money for his efforts. Joel Smith was second with Joel Price third, John Comandini fourth and Cody Motto nailing down fifth. John Mirabelli, Michael Samony, Anthony Recchio, newcomer "Chops" Anthony Chrobak and Evan Civick completing the field.

The final event of the season came down to the National All Star Slingshot 50-lap finale with $1,000.00 on the line. Jared Silfee grabbed the lead at the start and was comfortable out front with most of the action taking place behind him. The fight for position was fantastic as no dimes were given and none were taken. The real estate was tough as the bidders were going full bore in an attempt to gain an advantage. Lap forty one proved to be the waterloo for Silfee as he tangled with a slower car in traffic and got turned around ending his bid for the roses. Scott Neary, driving Silfee's regular mount, inherited the lead and would lead the final laps to secure the win, the bragging rights and the gold. Tyler Peet was a solid runner-up with Brett Bieber, Danny Buccafusca in a guest ride and Taylor Mills completing the top five. The second were equally as stout with Cody Kline, Dale Kober, Josh Marcus, Wes Hearn and Ashley Kober following. The third five found Samantha Muller, Tanner VanDoren, Mike Taylor, Amanda Buchel and Seth Spayd in order. 22 of the 27 starters completed all fifty laps in a tribute to some great driving efforts.

Pearl Jams:

Even though the weather was breezy to begin the day, it turned very chilly in the evening hours. A great crowd came out to the speedway to witness a tremendous evening of racing activities. The racing surface was impeccable as the track remained racy throughout the evening with side by side, three wide and at times four wide action rocking the house. Promoter Randy Smith and crew worked on the track throughout the evening to give the drivers a great surface with which to ply their trade.

Time trials kicked off the preliminary racing activity for two of the divisions while qualifying heats provided the fans with what were like mini-feature events as the talented drivers dug deep into the Hamlin clay to earn their starting spots for the feature events. Jack Hanna was quick timer for the Rookie 600 Sprints as he timed at 12.387 seconds. Dennis Stawinski was second fast with a 12.748 time. In the Junior Slingshots, Shelby McLaughlin was quick time with a 14.898 time over John Kendall's 15.001 time.

Dale Kober was the heat winner in the Super Slingshots. Alex Reinsmith captured the lone heat win for the 270 Sprints. Wingless 600 Sprint heats were claimed by Joel Smith, Joseph Smith and Danny Buccafusca. . captured the Rookie 600 Sprint heats. Two rounds of heats were utilized for the Stage One Modifieds with Cole Stangle and Joel Smith victorious in the first round while Cole Stangle and John Mirabelli claimed the wins in round two. Newcomer Zack Cox had the misfortune of getting upside down in his heat and withdrew from competition for the evening. The All Star Slingshot also ran two rounds of heats with Amanda Buchel, Ashley Kober, Scott Neary and Seth Spayd winning the first round while the second round found Taylor Mills, Cody Kline, Josh Marcus and Tyler Peet in for the wins.

New faces made visits to the speedway and All Star Slingshot drivers who didn't make it into the feature included Rachel Dickinson, Henry Anderson, Tanner Jones, Nick Delcampo, Troy Langendoerfer, Austin Homan, CJ Fritz, Emily Fleming, Clayton Davey and Ryan Conrad. Tim Bauer was back in action in the 600 Sprints along with Doug Snyder and Carmen Leggio Jr. Brandon Nicholas, Mike Traver and Rich Maguire were among the recent additions to the Rookie 600 Sprints. Zack Cox got upside down in the Stage One Modified in his debut. Also joining the field was USAC Quarter Midget Champion "Chops" Anthony Chrobak as he tried the Smith Fabrications Rental Car on for size. He did a great job for his first ride in a bigger car as he seeks to transition into another division after having a very successful career in the Quarter Midgets.

Close to $500.00 was raised in a couple of days for lap sponsorship of the Roy Smith Memorial event. The Hamlin Speedway and Staff and Smith Fabrications would like to thank JPA Masonry, Buchel Motorsports/Florida Keys Air Conditioning, Amy Renee Hanna, MRS Racing, Tom Motto Racing, Ed Stangle Landscaping, Hampton RV and Trailer Sales, Accord Speedway, APS Powdercoating Services, Upstate Auto, Floor Excellence, Diane Stewart, TVD Racing, J&E Motorsports and GA Motorsports Media for their great support of this annual event. Cole Stangle earned the most lap money while also securing the Winner's Bonus posted by JPA Masonry. Mark Connelly and Zack Cox were awarded with the Hard Luck drivers and John Comandini was the Hard Charger for the event.

This ends the 2017 season at the Hamlin Speedway for the seven regular divisions although next week will find the X-Treme Dirt Series coming to the speedway for their next leg of racing in their series of events. If you have never seen the Quads in action, now would be a good time to come out and see the many divisions traverse the Hamlin course. More information regarding the event will be posted on the website.

Joey Amantea recently enjoyed his 13th birthday.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: (National Tour) Scott Neary, Tyler Peet, Brett Bieber, Danny Buccafusca, Taylor Mills, Cody Kline, Dale Kober, Josh Marcus, Wes Hearn, Ashley Kober, Samantha Muller, Tanner VanDoren, Mike Taylor, Amanda Buchel, Seth Spayd, Kyle Herve, Alan Kober, Jared Silfee, Mike McLaughlin, Joe Toth, Kyle Smith, Dakota Kohler, Tess Horvath, Cole Stangle, Austin Silfee, Dylan Hoch, Anthony Raisner

Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: (Roy Smith Memorial) Cole Stangle, Joel Smith, Joel Price, John Comandini, Cody Motto, John Mirabelli, Michael Samony, Anthony Recchio, Anthony Chrobak, Evan Civick, Zack Cox, Mark Connelly

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

JPA Masonry Wingless 600cc Sprints: Colin White, Joel Smith, Cody Smith, Mack Brink, Mick D'Agostino, Danny Buccafusca, Paul Richards Jr, Chad Sandt, Ryan Neil, Damon Paul, Joseph Smith, Geordan Marrero, Doug Snyder, Jacob Balliet, JD Casazza, Tim Bauer, Tony Parlanti, Jason Muldowney, Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Lacoe, Carmen Leggio Jr, Macy Litchauer, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Adam Huff, Duane White

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

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

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints #2: Ryan Stangle, Paul Richards Jr, Noah Zielinski, Joey Amantea, Savannah Leggio, Tony Parlanti, Cody Powell, Mike Traver, Rich Maguire, Jason Muldowney

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints #1: Jack Hanna, Zack Weisenfluh, Ryan Lacoe, Alex Reinsmith, Aidan Borden, Dennis Chamberlain, Tyler Lindsey, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Brandon Nicholas, Macy Litchauer, Chloe Andreas

All Star Slingshots (Heldover Event): Josh Marcus, Mike Taylor, Cole Stangle, Taylor Mills, Cody Kline, Dale Kober, Austin Silfee, Amanda Buchel, Wes Hearn, Tyler Peet, Jared Silfee, Troy Langendoerfer, Ashley Kober, Alan Kober, Tess Horvath, CJ Fritz, Samantha Muller, Cory Zielinski

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The 2017 racing season has ended at the Hamlin Speedway. The Management and Speedway Staff thank everyone for another successful season at the speedway. Please make sure to keep in touch with all Hamlin Speedway information by checking the website or facebook page often. The annual awards party for the 2017 racing season will be held November 18th at the S&S Speedways facility. More information will follow.

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 2018 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
27

HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS

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Hamlin, PA - "The Gingerbread Man" Damon Paul Runs Away In 600 Sprints; Joel Smith Bags A Double In Hamlin Speedway's Exciting Nine Feature Race Card
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

While great weather has been at a premium for the 2017 racing season, the Hamlin Speedway has soldiered on and has produced great racing shows for their loyal fan base. Saturday night was no exception as cars and stars by the numbers brought a standing room only crowd to the Hamlin Speedway as the Smith Family and Staff presented a superb nine feature race card on Saturday evening. Hamlin Speedway Promoter Randy Smith had the 1/5th mile oval as "fit as a fiddle" and the 110 entries who signed in for battle used every inch of the raceway to carve out a wonderful night of entertainment for the appreciative crowd. The Smith Family orchestrated the nine feature event program by 10:55 PM in the evening that found some of the top stars at the speedway strutting their stuff while some new faces also found out it feels very good to be sitting at the top of the racing podium. JPA Masonry located in Mount Pocono and S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Stroudsburg co-sponsored the evening of speed.

With two feature events being curtailed last week due to a quick hitting storm, one holdover event was added to the Saturday show and it would be "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith capturing the held over event and later coming back to win the nightcap to bag a double in the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modifieds. The All Star Slingshot feature headliner was captured by "The Bloomingburg Bullet" Taylor Mills as he added his third win of the season. "The Gingerbread Man" Damon Paul had the hot ticket as ran away from the field to score his second win of the season in the JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprint headliner. Tyler Ulrich returned to Hamlin and scored his first win of the season in the Wingless 270 Sprint feature. Mike Taylor had the hot ticket in Super Slinger action as he wired the field for his fifth win of the season. "The Cold Spring Kid" Jake Mason claimed his second win of the season in the rough and tumble Junior Slingshot finale. The JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprints offered two feature events with a strong field of cars and "The Big Show" Joey Amantea drove to his fifth win of the season in the first one and Paul Richards Jr was spot on as he scored his fourth win of the season in the second feature.

Taylor Mills grabbed the lead at the start of the 23-car field All Star Slingshot feature event as he took advantage of his pole start to blast out front. Troy Langendoerfer and Josh Marcus kept pace early on with Austin Silfee hustling in to make his bid for the lead. Mills was able to step away from the field at times with lots of battles for position happening behind him. The two and three wide racing action at mid-pack was spectacular with driver after driver making his bid for the next position ahead of him. This was a night for Taylor Mills as he was in the zone and drove away to a safe margin over the Silfee Boys, Jared who was second and Austin who finished third. Cody Kline kept his eye on the prize as he drove from 14th place to finish fourth. Tyler Peet completed the top five. Early contender Josh Marcus was sixth with Samantha Muller, Ashley Kober, Tanner VanDoren and Greg Zellman rounding out the top ten.

The Super Slingers main event found the red hot Mike Taylor blasting out of the starting gate at the drop of the green flag battling with Jim Conroy for the top spot. Taylor secured the lead down the backstretch and was able to open up some distance with some very quick 13.850 second laps to drive away and capture his fifth win of the season. Conroy was second with a great finish while John Gilroy was third, Dale Kober fourth and Greg Zellman completing the finishing order.

Glenn Macomber led in the first twelve laps of the 270 Sprint main. Coming out of turn four Kyle Ferrucci tried to make the move for the lead but tangled with Macomber and got upside down in front of the flag stand. Ferrucci was not hurt in the incident. Tyler Ulrich inherited the lead and led all of the remaining laps to secure his first Hamlin Speedway win. Alex Reinsmith put on a whale of a show as he ran hard for runner-up honors. just nipping Macomber at the line.

The Junior Slingshot feature found James Benz on the pole for the start and Benz would lead through the first half of the event until Jake Mason found the spot he was seeking on the raceway and drove by Benz to control the point. After that, Mason found that was he needed as he drove away from the field to go on to record his second win of the season at Hamlin. Adam Buchel continued his solid efforts by finishing second while newcomer Ryan Conrad, Shelby McLaughlin and the much improved James Costlow completing the top five. The remainder of the field were Tyler Banks, Joey Kalafut and James Hendricks

The start of the first JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Wingless Sprint event found Joey Amantea putting it all together to lead all laps as he could place his race car from the baseline to the speedway's outer reaches enroot to his fifth win at the speedway. Tony Parlanti challenged throughout but would settle for runner-up honors in a great drive. Joe Nemeth was third in his return to the speedway while Ryan Lacoe and Jason Muldowney completed the top five. Cody Powell, Chloe Andreas, Aidan Borden, Ryan Stangle and newcomer Mike Traver completed the field.

On the second Rookie 600 encounter, Carmen Leggio Sr led for the first lap but a burst of power and an open inside line allowed Paul Richards Jr to drive by everyone in his wake to take the lead. While a few skirmishes slowed down the action, Richards was in command. A two lap to go restart allowed Noah Zielinski and opportunity to seize the moment as he closed quickly on Richards but Richards held on for his fourth win of the season with Zielinski in for runner-up honors. Zack Weisenfluh was third with Macy Litchauer, Carmen Leggio Sr, Savannah Leggio, Jack Hanna, Dennis Stawinski and Ron Bosga completing the field.

The held over Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified event found Anthony Recchio hustling out front at the drop of the green flag and leading through the first half of the event until being sidelined with mechanical woes. Joel Smith inherited the lead and led the remaining laps to capture the win with Cole Stangle a close second. Cody Motto was third while newcomer Andrew Vreeland was fourth and Joel Price nailing down fifth. John Mirabelli, Amanda Buchel, Mike Jablonka, Evan Civick and Mark Corna completed the top ten.

In the second feature, Mark Corna led the first lap before yielding to the high flying Cole Stangle. Stangle would set the pace while working hard to keep the hard charging Joel Smith behind him. As Smith drove up alongside him, Stangle encountered a slower car and allowed for Smith to slip past and take the lead. Smith would lead the final laps to garner in his eighth win of the season while Cody Motto hustled until the end to get by Stangle and finish second with Stangle third, Anthony Recchio fourth after starting 17th and Joel Price fifth. Amanda Buchel, in her first attempts at the Stage One Modifieds, was impressive as she headed up the second five with Mark Corna, Michael Samony, newcomer Mark Evans and John Mirabelli following.

Damon Paul took the lead at the start of the headline 600 Sprint event. His racer and he were working the racing channels to perfection with Mick D'Agostino, Danny Buccafusca and the returning Doug Snyder challenging. Paul was on rails and he stretched the lead at will turning laps under the twelve second mark. Buccafusca was able to slip under D'Agostino for the runner-up spot by the midway point of the race. Former two-time track champion Eddie Strada started tenth and with real estate at a premium, methodically worked his way forward. Strada was able to slip underneath current track champion Chad Sandt for fifth at the twenty lap mark but couldn't move up after that. Paul was the man of the moment of as he went on to score his second win of the season and perhaps the biggest win of his young racing career thus far.

Buccafusca did an excellent job for runner-up honors with Mick D'Agostino a very close third. Doug Snyder was fourth in his return to the speedway and Strada would complete the top five. The second five was headed up by Chad Sandt with Tyler Ulrich, Jacob Balliet, Joel Smith and Ryan Neil following. The fast paced event had 16 of the 21 starters completing the event a strong tribute to the drivers and to the crews who maintain the race cars.

PEARL JAMS:

The hotly contested evening of racing entertainment began on time and the staff kept moving the program along swiftly with a couple of breaks taken for track maintenance on the track surface to keep the track racy throughout the evening. Once again Smith and Company got the job done without reservation. The large standing room only crowd on hand for the event witnessed a great evening of racing entertainment.

Time trials found the Wingless 270 Sprints taking time with Tyler Ulrich just nipping Glenn Macomber for top honors with a fast time of 12.819 for Ulrich and Macomber posting a 12.953 time. Mike Taylor was the top timer for the Super Slingers with a 14.274 second time and nipping John Gilroy who timed at 14,395 seconds.

Jake Mason and John Kendall were victorious in the Junior Slingshot heats. Ashley Kober, Taylor Mills and Austin Silfee captured the Slingshot heat wins. Two rounds of heat action was needed to set the 600 Sprint field and winners included Danny Buccafusca, Damon Paul and Mick D'Agostino in round one while newcomer Kenny Miller, Chad Sandt and Duane White recorded wins in round two. Rookie 600 Sprint heats went to Tony Parlanti, Paul Richards Jr and Ryan Stangle. Stage One Modified heats were claimed by Cole Stangle and Joel Smith.

Newcomers made their way to the speedway last night in droves. John Gilroy Jr and Rachel Dickinson made their first starts in the Slingshots. Tyler Ulrich made his first 270 start at Hamlin since early in the season. Jason Muldowney and Mike Traver were new faces for the Rookie 600 Sprints while the returning for his second week was Rich Maguire, who was sporting new colors and numbers. Amanda Buchel looked right at home in the Stage One Modifieds as she was aboard the Smith Fabrications Rental car and earned a sixth and a seventh place finishes in her debut. Mark Evans was aboard the Motto family Stage One car. Eddie Strada, Doug Snyder, Jason Muldowney, Tyler Ulrich and Kenny Miller were among the outsiders list for the 600 Sprint entries.

Kyle Ferrucci in the 270 Sprints and John Bachetti Sr in the Stage One Modifieds were roll over victims during the evening but both drivers were ok from the incidents.

Ryan Stangle turned twelve years old so birthday greetings are in order.

The speedway is gearing up for some big events on the horizon with the 2017 racing season hitting the final stages. The annual Roy Smith Memorial for the Stage One Modifieds takes place on September 2nd as the speedway ushers in Labor day. Lap sponsorship for the thirty lap event will be at $10.00 per lap and Richie Smith at: 610-462-4302 or Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 can be contacted if any fans or businesses would like to get involved with this premier event for the Stage One Modifieds.

RESULTS:

All Star Slingshots: Taylor Mills, Jared Silfee, Austin Silfee, Cody Kline, Tyler Peet, Josh Marcus, Samantha Muller, Ashley Kober, Tanner VanDoren, Greg Zellman, Mike Taylor, Dale Kober, Alan Kober, John Gilroy Jr, Tanner Jones, Amanda Buchel, CJ Fritz, Troy Langendoerfer, Rachel Dickinson, Emily Fleming, Cole Stangle, Tess Horvath, Corey Zielinski (DNS)

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

Wingless 270cc Sprints: Tyler Ulrich, Alex Reinsmith, Glenn Macomber, Kyle Ferrucci, Don Schmidt

JPA Masonry Wingless 600cc Sprints: Damon Paul, Danny Buccafusca, Mick D'Agostino, Doug Snyder, Eddie Strada, Chad Sandt, Tyler Ulrich, Jacob Balliet, Joel Smith, Ryan Neil, Joseph Smith, Colin White, Adam Huff, Mack Brink, Duane White, JD Casazza, Jake Roberts, Jason Muldowney, Jared Lilly, Cody Smith, Kenny Miller

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

Super Slingshots: Mike Taylor, Jim Conroy, John Gilroy, Dale Kober, Greg Zellman

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints #1: Joey Amantea, Tony Parlanti, Joe Nemeth, Ryan Lacoe, Jason Muldowney, Cody Powell, Chloe Andreas, Aidan Borden, Ryan Stangle, Mike Traver, Dennis Chamberlain

JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints #2: Paul Richards Jr, Noah Zielinski, Zack Weisenfluh, Macy Litchauer, Carmen Leggio Sr, Savannah Leggio, Jack Hanna, Dennis Stawinski Jr, Ron Bosga, Rich Maguire, Tyler Lindsey

Hampton RV & Trailers Sales Stage One Modifieds: (Heldover Event): Joel Smith, Cole Stangle, Cody Motto, Andrew Vreeland, Joel Price, John Mirabelli, Amanda Buchel, Mike Jablonka, Evan Civick, Mark Corna, John Bachetti Jr, Jasper Ziegafuse, Anthony Recchio

Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for September 2nd when all regular divisions will be in action and highlighted by the Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modifieds competing in the Roy Smith Memorial as the speedway pays tribute to one of the great pioneers of Modified racing. The event will follow a dual heat format. An All Star Slingshot event from August 19th will be made up as well.

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
20

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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.

PEARL JAMS:

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

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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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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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