Hamlin, PA -Hamlin Speedway Is Spectacular From the Word Go!
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith welcomed in an energetic and overwhelming group of racers on Saturday evening as they hosted an evening of events for the 2020 racing season at Hamlin Speedway. The racing was top notch all of the way in all divisions and what will be a trademark event for a great season at the speedway. The Hamlin driving stars used all channels of the 1/5th mile clay cushioned attraction to keep everyone on their feet throughout the evening of speed. There was a great field of entries assembled in the Pocono Mountains to place their marks on the "Pearl of the Poconos" racing facility. The high flying racing action was sponsored by the good folks at X-Cel Modified Tour Boy/Girl Scout Night on a night where speed, showmanship and even a display from Mother Nature and the pandemic is OVER! The Smith Family didn't let the fans down with a track that was racy from the start and the drivers didn't take their feet off the gas all night long.

The Saturday night action found two rained out feature from the previous week to kick off the racing action. "The Jeffah" Jeff Hineline captured the rained out event while Tony Parlanti captured the Rookie 600 event from the pole. Aidan Donaldson put on a show stopping performance as he led all of the 20-lap feature in the Amantea Real Estate Junior Slingshot feature headliner. "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn was State of the Union all of the way as he captured the the regular Super Slinger feature. The JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint finale went to Tony Parlanti, who bagged a duece for his night of fun. "The Electric Man" Colin White, a former champion in the division at Hamlin, as he held off another former champion at the speedway in "Bad" Chad Sandt to put the finishing touches on the great run to capture the JPA Masonry Wingless Sprint feature. Scott Neary in the S&S sponsored hot rod, captured the All Star Slingshot event with a great run to the checkered flag. "The Jeffah" Jeff Hineline put on a show as he captured his second feature event for the after holding off the returning "Hot Rod" Kyle Rode in the Jimbo's Gutters Stage One Modified headliner. Travis Fichter was top notch as he led all of the X-Cel Modifeds from the start until the checkered flag fell from Russ Furry.

The rained out events from the previous week were great affairs as it set the stage for what was to occur throughout the evening. Tony Parlanti wasted no time as he jumped into the lead at the start of the feature event and punctuated the event with a no-mistakes run to the checkered flag. In the Jimbo's Gutters Stage One Modfied event Jeff Hineline was on his game as he captured the win

The showcased event for the X-Cel Modifieds found Travis Fichter setting the stage for the event as he led from his pole position start. The feature event went non-stop with Fichter winning the event. Brian Blankenmiller was the runner-up with Hunter Diehl third, Brandon Graner fourth and Tim Bauer closing out the top five. Ty Hoke, Thomas Prychka, Keith VanValkenburg, Olivia Schmeltzer and Shawn Schibilia rounded out the top ten finishers.

In the All Star Slingshot feature, Scott Neary wasted no time as he grabbed the lead at the start of the 20-lap main and in a matter of a few laps you could color him gone as he raced away from the field in the S&S Speedways hot rod. The battle for runner-up honors was a dandy as Wes Hearn held on to the runner-up slot over Taylor Mills. Former Junior Slingshot champion Shelby McLaughlin was fourth with the returning Kyle Herve fifth. Dale Kober, Ashley Kober, Rookie racer Doug Smith, James Benz and Isabella VanOrden rounded out the top ten.

The Jimbo's Gutters Stage One Modified headliner found Jeff Hineline jumping out front early but getting stiff pressure from Kyle Rode. The pair ran first/second until the checkered flag fell with Hineline capturing his second win of the evening Rode was second in a great return to racing action while Mike Samony was third with newcomer Mark Mohr fourth and newcomer Kasey Hufcut in for a top five. Joel Smith was sixth with Joel Price in seventh and newcomer Matt Mertz eighth while John Bachetti and Lawson Szerencitis finished out the top ten.

The Super Slingshot feature event found Wes Hearn unleashing the power on his hot rod and raced away from the field with impressive laps in his number two race car. "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin was the runner-up with Dale Kober in third place and Jim Conroy, Roger Collins and Jeremy Hoffman completing the field.

Aidan Donaldson and Joshua Allen brought the field down for the start of the Amantea Real Estate Junior Slingshot event and it would be Donaldson with the heavier foot. Allen remained in second place but it would be the crowd watching the 75X of James Hendricks as he drove through the field. The "Stars of Tomorrow" really put on a show with nineteen of the hopefuls going to the post for the feature attraction. Donaldson remained in front throughout the event with Paulie Hartwig in for runner-up honors. RJ Sherman was third with Hendricks ending up fourth and Joshua Allen finishing up fifth. Charlene Benz headed up the next five followed by Kylie Hendricks, Dillon Beadle, Cole Perez, and Chase Zimmer.

The JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint encounter found Tony Parlanti leading the way at the start of the event over Dennis "The Menace" Stawinsky. The pair duked it over the twenty laps with Parlanti showing a big smile in victory lane. "The Whiz Kid" Jack Hanna was third with Dennis Chamberlain fourth and Aidan Donaldson fifth in a new division for him. Cody Powell was solid in sixth place while newcomer Zac Frantz, veteran Carmen Leggio Sr, another newcomer Neal Allison and Jason Garcia rounded out the top ten

Colin White took the lead at the start of the JPA Masonry 600 Sprint event and he would lead throughout with Chad Sandt matching each one of his moves to remain in the runner-up slot. Later laps would have Zac Bealer on the attack racing with Tyler Lindsay. Jack Hanna took a big step to race with the regulars in this one and proved he can handle the traffic with a top five finish. Joel Smith headed up the second five followed by Zack Weisenfluh, a champion last year in the rookies. Newcomer Conner Gross put on an excellent performance with an eight place finish and Connecticut's Kyle Ferrucci was ninth and Michael Nolf took a big step as he changed divisions and ran to a top ten.


Kudos to Randy Smith for an excellent track surface that once again found Mother Nature making him work extra hard at providing a solid track for the competition. The drivers responded by utilizing the many racing channels throughout the evening of competition. Additional time was taken to keep the track surface smooth and tacky throughout the evening of speed.

Heat races were scrapped this evening as time restraints found the excellent Hamlin staff going to plan B with time trials in order to speed up the time elements. The Junior Slingshots found Paulie Hartwig with a quick machine at 15.562 seconds over Aidan Donaldson, RJ Sherman and Brock Pinkerous. JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint times found Tony Parlanti just eking out the top spot over Dennis Stawinsky and the surprising "Whiz Kid" Jack Hanna. Jeff Hineline was top time in the Stage One Modfieds over Kyle Rode and Michael Samony. Travis Fichter was the top time in the X-Cel Modifieds. Wes Hearn was the top time in the Supers while Colin White was the number one clock stopper in the Wingless 600 Sprints whole Kasey Hufcut was spot on in the All Star Slingshots.

Lots of new faces and cars for the new season ahead at Hamlin. New Speedway Announcer Bobby Stull apologized to the crowd early on letting everyone know he wasn't going to get all of the names correct on this evening of racing activity. Bobby replaces longtime speedway Announcer Steve Pados who by doctor's orders was forced to step away from his post.

On behalf of the Smith Family and Staff, thank you all for being part of our Hamlin racing community.


JPA Masonry Wingless 600 Sprints: Colin White, Chad Sandt, Zac Bealer, Tyler Lindsay, Jack Hanna, Joel Smith, Zack Weisenfluh, Conner Gross, Kyle Ferrucci, Michael Nolf, Geordan Marrerro, Neal Allison, Hunter Metzger, Brandon Nicholas

All Star Slingshots: Scott Neary, Wes Hearn, Taylor Mills, Shelby McLaughlin, Kyle Herve, Dale Kober, Ashley Kober, Doug Smith, James Benz, Isabella VanOrden, Brian Smith, Paulie Hartwig, Joey Kalafut, Ryan Biello, Kasey Hufcut

Amantea Real Estate Junior Slingshots: Aiden Donaldson, Paulie Hartwig, RJ Sherman, James Hendricks, Joshua Allen, Charlene Benz, Kylie Hendricks, Dillon Beadle, Cole Perez, Chase Zimmer, Brayden Morrison, Isabella VanOrden, Carter Williams, Rilee Ike, Brock Pinkerous

Super Slingers: Wes Hearn, Mike McLaughlin, Dale Kober, Jimmy Conroy, Roger Collins, Jeremy Hoffman

Jimbos Gutters Stage One Modifieds: Jeff Hineline, Kyle Rode, Michael Samony, Mark Mohr, Kasey Hufcut, Joel Smith, Joel Price, Mathew Mertz, John Bachetti, Lawson Szerencits, George Pultz, Anthony Chrobak, Sonny Tete, David Guest, Evan Nolf, Rob Tete

JPA Masonry Rookies- Tony Parlanti, Dennis Stawinsky, Jack Hanna, Dennis Chamberlain, Aidan Donaldson, Cody Powell, Zac Frantz, Carmen Leggio Sr, Neal Allison, Jason Garcia, Rich Maguire

X-Cel Modifieds: Travis Fichter, Brian Blankenmiller,Hunter Diehl, Brandon Graner, Tim Bauer, Ty Hoke, Thomas Prychka, Kevin VanValkenburg, Olivia Schmetlzer, Shawna Schibilia

Make sure to always check the Hamlin Speedway website or Facebook page for any additional information. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 3 PM; Drivers Meeting at 5:45; Hot Laps are at 6:00 and the racing begins at 7 PM sharp. Admission Prices for regular shows are: Adults $10.00; Senior Citizens $5.00 Children under 6 are Free

Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Ron Brown Hauling, JPA Masonry, Chad Wheeler Excavating, RLE Towing and Recovery, 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 2019 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: http://www.hamlinspeed.com/ or on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/HamlinSpeed/ or
https://www.facebook.com/SSSpeedways/ and http://ssspeedways.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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