|Date: 6/24/2012 4:11:46 PM|
HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS
Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Is The Pearl Of The Poconos With Record Entries And Attendance For Two Day Sizzler Spectacular
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Hamlin Speedway became the Pearl of the Poconos over the weekend as the successful promotional team of Denise and Randy Smith ushered in their 7th Annual two-day Spring Into Summer Sizzler spectacular. The Hamlin Speedway, located near the junction of Routes 191 and 590 in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, was in top form under the watchful eye of the Smith Family as the full weekend of racing brought out great crowds that produced record attendance and another new record for driver entries as 271 talented competitors from a five state area converged on the facility to produce an event that will be talked for some time to come. The blockbuster weekend of racing activities brought out 120 entries for the Friday night racing action and followed up with 150 entries on Saturday night to hit the 271 entry mark and topped the old standard from a season ago that stood at 265 entries. For the Smith Family, who have enjoyed long standing ties with the greater racing community, the two day event proved to be the pearl in the oyster for them as the 2012 racing season at Hamlin has seen one record broken after another through their excellent promotional efforts. The shuttered Hamlin facility was taken over by the Smith Family in 2006 and through hard work and vision and a dedicated work force, the speedway is a glowing star for small car division racing in the United States.
The Friday night action saw some new winners take center stage as "The Dirt Diva" Shannon Smith scored a win in the Stage One Modifieds and newcomer Wally Bell capturing a win in the SB One Division. "Chargin" Charlie Lawrence was on top of his game with a big win in All Star Slingshot action and Kyle "The Hot" Lick nailing down a win the Wingless 600 Sprints with another rim riding exhibition at the top of the raceway over a close knit field of driving stars. Mike Casario earned a win in the 270 Sprint main and Collin DuBois captured his first ever victory when he topped the field of Junior Slingshots in their twenty lap main event. John Walp was another first time winner in the rookie 270 Sprint main and "The Warwick Warrior" Robbie Hocker added another win to his total in the rookie 600 Sprint headliner. Local star Charlie Bodine drove his Pranzo's Auto Service hot rod to another win in the Super Slinger feature attraction.
The Saturday night racing action was fast and furious as "Flyin" Ryan Smith took time off from his 410 Sprint car duties to return to his roots and scored wins in both the 270 and 600 Sprint main events as he showed his mastery of the Hamlin oval with his "drive it where they ain't" racing philosophy. "Double J" Jimmy Johnston captured the Super Slinger main event and "Scoot" Taylor Eccles continued to excel with a victory in the Junior Slingshot finale. The "T-Jet" TJ Lilly blasted to a win in the rookie 600 Sprint main and John Dvorscak held off a late charge from Glenn Macomber to capture the rookie 270 Sprint headliner. Bobby Smith Jr captured the Stage One Modified feature and Wally Bell rang up another win in the SB One main event. "The Rockaway Rocket" Danny Buccafusca led all of the way in the tightly contested All Star Slingshot main event. In a special "Significant Other" showdown curtain closer, Allesson Rode took to the speedway like she owned it to lead all laps in a convincing triumph in her first ever racing event.
Time trials were run to establish the starting order with some last chance B-Mains run to complete the feature lineups. In the Junior event, the tough luck kid Paul Tigue established himself at the point and led through the halfway mark. An altercation with a lapped car saw Tigue get off course and into the infield with Taylor Eccles assuming command of the lead. Eccles led the remaining laps despite constant pressure from Thomas "Sonny" Strupp and Jared Labagh. Eccles crossed under starter Russ Furry's checkered flag to score the win with Strupp in the runner-up role and Labagh in third. "The Bullville Bandit" Tommy Zwart, recovered from a departure from the ballpark on Friday night to grab fourth place and Ryan Quackenbush continued his excellent work to complete the top five. Cole Hentschel, Kyle Dice, Bobby Flood, Collin DuBois and Tyler Peet completed the top ten.
Super Slinger action was the "Double J" Show from start to finish as Jimmy Johnston grabbed the lead at the opening bell and then fought off the challenges of "The Flying Dutchman" Richie VanOrden to go and claim another victory at the speedway. VanOrden hung tough for second with Dale Kober racing hard for third and newcomer Jim Conroy doing a great job for fourth place. Paul Ennes completed the top five. John Rooks Sr, Wes Hearn, Charlie Bodine, Tom Arntz and another newcomer Bob Wilson completed the top ten.
"The J-Shot" Jacob Hendershot proved to be a tough foe for Ryan Smith as the youngster fired the cannons at the start of the 270 Sprint main and led through the first twelve laps of the event. Smith was following closely and started working over the racetrack looking for a way around the Jersey Duke. Smith went for it on lap thirteen and was able to ease his way into the lead with Hendershot remaining close and finally seizing command of the event and go on and secure the win. Hendershot had an excellent run for runner-up money and Mike Casario was steady with a third place run. Tommy Kunsman and Robbie Watson completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten were Kurt Bettler, Larry Hoagland, Tiffany Wambold, Zach Weidner and CJ Heinig.
TJ Lilly was a rocket from the start of the rookie 600 Sprint main as grabbed the lead in turn one and immediately went topside as he rim rode the Hamlin cushion with "The Sheriff" Simon Egan chasing him around the speedway. Egan spun late in the event and Lilly led the entire twenty lap distance to secure the win. Amber Oraschin, who recently returned to action after suffering a broken wrist at the speedway, enjoyed a great run to finish second and Spencer Mease enjoyed his best run to date with a third place finish. Robbie Hocker was fourth and William Butler has improved with each outing and was fifth. Riley Moczulski, the returning Jamie Czekai, Shelby Ogozaly, Simon Egan and Colin White completed the top ten.
John Dvorscak grabbed the lead at the opening bell for the rookie 270 Sprint main and while he led all of the way, a late charge from Glenn Macomber kept the fans on the edge of their seats in this one. Dvorscak claimed the victory with Macomber in second, John Walp in third, Jenna Weidner in fourth and another newcomer Jay Walp completing the top five.
Bobby Smith Jr seized command of the Stage One Modified feature at the start and hit his marks throughout to go on and claim his sixth win of the 2012 racing season. The racing was tremendous throughout as many changes in position resulted during the course of the event. Joel Smith was the runner-up with Shannon Smith in third, Dylan Martin in fourth and John Comandini completing the top five. Wally Bell captured his second straight win in the SB One main over Collin DuBois and Jeff Hineline.
The Wingless 600 Sprint had classic written all over it from the start of the evening. 32 hot rods were signed in for the battle and Kyle Lick grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag. Brandon Azzalina worked in behind him from the bottom of the racetrack and Ryan Smith was working his magic from the outer reaches of the speedway as they attempted to wrestle the lead away from the high flying Lick. Smith disposed of Azzalina by lap eight and set sail for Lick. What followed was just amazing as a slide job festival ensued with Lick and Smith swapping positions at every corner for three laps before Smith finally took over for good. Smith was the winner with defending track champion Brett Michalski earning a hard fought second place finish in his battle with Lick who finished third. Eddie Strada continued his great work at the speedway with a fourth place finish and newcomer to the Hamlin scene Austin Ely made a valiant effort by finishing fifth from his 22nd starting position. Jordan Tittle, Mick D'Agostino, Joe Kata, Bobby Butler and Dan Beacon rounded out the top ten finishers.
Youngster Danny Buccafusca continues to be amazing as he used a stay on the gas to the final moment to grab the lead off of turn two and race away from the field in the early stages of the event. Richie VanOrden, "The Mac Attack" Mack Brink and Troy Langendoerfer were locked in an engaging battle royal with Friday night winner Charlie Lawrence as Buccafusca slipped away from them. Brink won the battle over VanOrden and set after Buccafusca. The racing action was tight and on the money as the drivers handled themselves professionally throughout the encounter. Buccafusca claimed the close win over Brink with VanOrden in third and two masters of the Hamlin clay Paul Ennes and Dale Kober driving hard down to the wire with Ennes finishing fourth from 18th starting spot, Langendoerfer fifth and Kober nailing down sixth place after starting from 17th. Jeff Cosgrove, Wyatt Clark, Charlie Lawrence and John Rooks Jr completed the top ten.
Allesson Rode drove it like she owned it as she was forced to borrow one of the S&S Speedway chariots for the Significant Other Challenge after her assigned car was deemed unable to compete in the final attraction of the evening. Rode took the lead at the start of the unique event and quickly separated herself from the rest of the field. Lynn Anderson took up the chase after Rode blasted out to a big lead and had pressure coming her way from Jennifer Casper. Anderson was able to close in towards the end of the race when Rode hit heavy traffic but it was too little too late as Allesson Rode scored the win. Anderson was second with Casper third, Tina Conroy fourth Danielle Quick fifth and Janet Frey
Former Lake Mocatek Speedway Co-Announcer Justin Beltrame returned to his racing roots in the area as he was back in the tower on Friday evening replacing regular speedway Announcer Steve Pados who was at another engagement in New York. Beltrame was amazed at the strong contingent of cars and stars that converged on the Hamlin grounds and thoroughly enjoyed his return to the announcing booth.
Tine trials saw Joel Smith at the top of the charts in Stage One Modified action with Ryan Smith the fast time in the 270 Sprints. Simon Egan was quick timer in the rookie 600 Sprints and Glenn Macomber was at the top of the charts in the rookie 270 Sprints. Ryan Smith was also the quick timer in the Wingless 600 Sprints and Jared Labagh was fast timer for the Junior Slingshot division. Troy Langendoerfer stopped the clocks at 14.406 seconds to be the fast timer in the All Star Slingshots and Wes Hearn was fast time for the Super Slingers. B-Main action saw some great racing with Shaina Barker driving her 3T Motorsports entry to the win in the All Star Slingshots over Kyle Rode, Brody Adamsky, Jeff Cosgrove and Jimmy Johnston, who used a late rally to knock Anthony Raisner out of a starting spot in the feature. Raisner later was installed as a starter for Mike Fogler who had trouble with his mount prior to the start of the feature. Dan Beacon captured the B-Main for the Wingless 600 Sprints with Kurt Bettler in the runner-up role, Steve Yankowski in third, Austin Ely in fourth, Jordan Tittle in fifth and Chris Oraschin using a late charge to qualify on the final lap of the event. B-Mains on Friday night were captured by Rick Calvert in the 600 Sprints over Rhett Long, Austin Ely, Steve Yankowski, Danielle Dickinson and Greg Stevens.
George Stevens, who heads up SBF (Stevens Brothers Fabrications) with his brother Gary, suffered a heart attack in the grandstands at the Skyline Speedway in New York state last week and fell from the grandstands and suffered a broken spine in the process. His injuries are severe and will take a long rehabilitation process and with that on the minds of the racers, many of whom have close ties to the Stevens Family, an ongoing fund drive has been set-up to help assist the Stevens Family in their time of need. The Stevens Family cut their racing teeth at Hamlin and the now defunct Lake Mocatek Speedway facilities and have long supported all of the racing divisions, so it is a golden opportunity for racing fans and competitors to help out in this noble cause. Greg Stevens was on hand on Friday evening but did not make the return trip on Saturday night. The Hamlin Speedway racing family and staff send out their best wishes to George Stevens and the Stevens Family.
The Hamlin Speedway will be dark next week to give the racers and their families a much needed break from the rigors of racing and allow everyone to re-charge their batteries for the start of the second half of the Hamlin season that will kick-off with the running of the St Jude Children's Research Hospital Firecracker 100 event that will roll out at the speedway on July 7th. A whopping $2,000.00 plus contingencies will greet the winner in victory lane should the 45-car entry be met for the event. Thirty cars will start the main event and will showcase the best Slingshot drivers in the country with the running of this premier event. Last year's winner, Danny Buccafusca used the weekend racing as a tune-up as he prepares to defend the turf and go after his second consecutive win in the event. Lap Sponsorships are still available and needed and speedway management assures all sponsors that all lap sponsors will be announced prior to the running of the grueling century long spectacular. To join the growing list of sponsors for the event, contact Allesson, Tom or Kyle Rode at: 570 476 4566. Rode Racing, Double J Securities and GA Motorsports Media have lent their support to this day spectacular event.
Friday Night June 22nd
All Star Slingshots: Charlie Lawrence, Mack Brink, Danny Buccafusca, Troy Langendoerfer, Robbie Hocker, Richie VanOrden, Joe Howey, Jeff Cosgrove, Dale Kober, Don Schmidt, Gary Dennis, Wyatt Clark, Shaina Barker, Trevor Labagh, Tyler Treacy, Kyle Rode, Mike McLaughlin, Colin White, Henry Anderson, Paul Ennes, John Pantis, Mike Fogler, Amanda Conroy, Jimmy Johnston, Anthony Raisner
270cc Sprints: Mike Casario, Jacob Hendershot, Tommy Kunsman, Rick Casario, Zach Weidner, Hayden Miller, Kurt Bettler, Larry Hoagland, CJ Heinig, Kyle Rutledge, Paul Richards, Kendall Segar, Richie O'Neill, Makenzie Harper, Grady Johnston, Nicole Quinter, Gene Burd, Scott Avery, Robbie Watson, Tiffany Wambold
600cc Wingless Sprints: Kyle Lick, Brandon Azzalina, Shelby Harper, Bobby Butler, Kyle Rohner, Mick D'Agostino, Mark Manieri, Alex Curley, Eddie Strada, Chris Oraschin, Rhett Long, Kurt Bettler, Joseph Smith, Joe Kata, Doug Snyder, Rick Calvert, Chad Sandt, Steve Yankowski, Justin Brewster, Danielle Dickinson, Sheldon Iudicello, Tim Howell, Greg Stevens, Shannon Smith
Stage One Modifieds: Shannon Smith, Joel Smith, Bobby Smith Jr, Dylan Martin, Douglas Fell, John Comadini, Marc Daniels
SB One: Wally Bell, Collin DuBois
Junior Slingshots: Collin Dubois, Paul Tigue, Jared Labagh, Kyle Dice, Ryan Quackenbush, Thomas Strupp, Taylor Eccles, Bobby Flood, Tighe Sherlock, Tyler Peet, Tommy Zwart
Super Slingshots: Charlie Bodine, Paul Ennes, Jimmy Johnston, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Del Howell, Tom Arntz
Rookie 270cc Sprints: John Walp, Mike Kalman, Jenna Weidner, Glenn Macomber Sydney Prince, Tyler Galatro, Mallory Prince
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Robbie Hocker, Riley Moczulski, Simon Egan, Amber Oraschin, William Butler, Colin White, Zac Azzalina, Spencer Mease, Shelby Ogozaly, Nick Corazzi
Saturday Night June 23rd
All Star Slingshots: Danny Buccafusca, Mack Brink, Richie VanOrden, Paul Ennes, Troy Langendoerfer, Dale Kober, Jeff Cosgrove, Wyatt Clark, Charlie Lawrence, John Rooks Jr, Joe Howey, Tyler Johnston, Anthony Raisner, Henry Anderson, Wes Hearn, Chris Kurtz, Shaina Barker, Brody Adamsky, Tyler Treacy, Matt Massone, Kyle Rode, Jimmy Johnston, Don Schmidt
270cc Sprints: Ryan Smith, Jacob Hendershot, Mike Casario, Tommy Kunsman, Robbie Watson, Kurt Bettler, Larry Hoagland, Tiffany Wambold, Zach Weidner, CJ Heinig, Hayden Miller, Larry Mekic, Richie O'Neill, Kyle Rutledge, Gene Burd, Makenzie Harper, Grady Johnston, Nathan Hahn, Chris Oraschin, Kendall Segar, Rick Casario, Paul Richards, Scott Avery, Ron Pierson
600cc Wingless Sprints: Ryan Smith, Brett Michalski, Kyle Lick, Eddie Strada, Austin Ely, Jordan Tittle, Mick D'Agostino, Joe Kata, Bobby Butler, Dan Beacon, Danielle Dickinson, Rhett Long, Rick Calvert, Brandon Azzalina, Tony Scerbo, Steve Yankowski, Jay Hartman, Kyle Rohner, Shelby Harper, Alex Curley, Chris Oraschin, Joseph Smith, Jacob Severn, Kurt Bettler
Stage One Modifieds: Bobby Smith Jr, Joel Smith, Shannon Smith, Dylan Martin, John Comandini, Douglas Fell
SB One: Wally Bell, Collin DuBois, Jeff Hineline
Junior Slingshots: Taylor Eccles, Thomas Strupp, Jared Labagh, Tommy Zwart, Ryan Quackenbush, Cole Hentschel, Kyle Dice, Bobby Flood, Collin DuBois, Tyler Peet, Leo Fotopolous, Paul Tigue, Chad Cooper, Leo McGurrin, Tighe Sherlock, Noah Zielinski (DQ)
Super Slingshots: Jimmy Johnston, Richie VanOrden, Dale Kober, Jim Conroy, Paul Ennes, John Rooks Sr, Wes Hearn, Charlie Bodine, Tom Arntz, Bob Wilson, Kevin Olver
Rookie 270cc Sprints: John Dvorscak, Glenn Macomber, John Walp, Jenna Weidner, Jay Walp, Mallory Prince, Tyler Galatro, Sydney Prince, Mike Kalman, Ray Gillen, Paul Rimsky
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: TJ LIlly, Amber Oraschin, Spencer Mease, Robbie Hocker, William Butler, Riley Moczulski, Jamie Czekai, Shelby Ogozaly, Simon Egan, Colin White, Carl Mease, Heidi Hedin, Stephen Reynolds, Zac Azzalina
Significant Other Event: Allesson Rode, Lynn Anderson, Jennifer Casper, Tina Conroy, Danielle Quick, Janet Frey
Racing Saturday evenings from April through September. The next event of the 2012 racing season will unfold on July 7th with the St Jude Children's Research Hospital Firecracker 100 as $2,000.00 will be on the line for the winner should 45 entries sign in for the event. All eight divisions will be in action. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 1 PM; Drivers Meeting at 4:45; Hot Laps are at 5:00 and the racing begins at 6 PM sharp. Admission Prices for regular shows are: Adults $8.00; Senior Citizens $4.00 Children under 6 are Free; Pit Pass: $20.00 The "new" General Admission Bonus Pack is available for families: It consists of 4 General Admission Tickets + $20.00 in Food Vouchers for $40.00 (a savings of $12.00)
The racetrack will be idle on June 30th and swing back into action on July 7th with the St Jude Children's Hospital Firecracker 100 for the All Star Slingshots that will pay $2,000.00 to the winner based on a 45 car entry field. 30 cars will start the feature.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Hamlin Speedway, logon to their well documented website at: http://www.hamlinspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500. For video work or questions regarding the purchase of videos from the exciting on-track action at the Hamlin Speedway, contact videographer Barry Boyd at: http://www.boydracingvideos.com For photos of all of the great racing action contact Rick Schwindenhammer Racing Photos at: http://www.ricksracingphotos.zenfolio.com
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