Nine Winners Share Hamlin Speedway Gold In Fabulous Night Of Racing Action

Date: 7/15/2012 6:18:18 PM

Hamlin, PA - Nine Winners Share Hamlin Speedway Gold In Fabulous Night Of Racing Action
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Beautiful warm summer weather with gentle blowing breezes in the Pocono Mountains greeted another stellar field of talented race car drivers and another great crowd as Hamlin Speedway Promoters Denise and Randy Smith hosted the Mid Summer Madness event last evening for the Wingless 600 Sprint Division. 135 entries signed in with 26 of the entries being 600 Sprints all vying for the $1,000.00 prize posted for the event. Tilcon sponsored the great night of entertainment and when the final checkered flag fell on the evening of racing it was Kyle "The Hot" Lick debuting a brand new Edge Chassied race car and walking away with the win and the gold in a stout wire to wire performance. The win was especially gratifying for the Catasauqua resident as his primary car was destroyed at another facility just a couple of nights prior. Additional winners for the nine division show included "The Flying Dutchman" Richie VanOrden as he had the hot ticket to post a win in the All Star Slingshot finale, Thomas "Sonny" Strupp grabbed another win in the Junior Slingshot feature and "The Carbondale Comet" Paul Ennes captured the Super Slinger headliner. Glenn Macomber continued his winning ways with a late race pass in the Rookie 270 Sprints and "The Sheriff" Simon Egan blistered the raceway with a wire to wire triumph in the Rookie 600 Sprint main event. "The Iceman" Marc Daniels iced over a quick field of Stage One Modifieds in his return to racing action and Jeff Hineline scored a win in the SB One Modified division. "The Cadillac Man" Kurt Bettler had all of the bases covered as he raced to victory in the 270 Sprint main for the winged warriors. The great evening of competition was completed by 10:20 PM.
After a series of time trials for four divisions and hotly contested heat events and a B-Main, the feature events rolled onto the raceway. Promoter Randy Smith kept the track in great shape throughout the evening with numerous excursions with the water wagon around the speedway and speedway grounds. The Stage One Modified feature saw Marc Daniels slip under Danny Buccafusca to grab the lead in turn two and set sail in a run for the roses. Just as quickly, Joel Smith found an opening seam and darted his machine into the runner-up slot. The race was on and Daniels and Smith were glued together as they raced around the 1/5 mile raceway. By the mid-point of the event, Bobby Smith Jr joined the battle and the action was close and even closer as the drivers fought for precious space. Joel Smith was able to stick the nose of his race car under Daniels on numerous occasions but it was Daniels' time as he raced to a close win over Joel Smith and Bobby Smith Jr. John Comandini was fourth and Brett Smith and Buccafusca completed the top six. Jeff Hineline was victorious in the SB One main event.
The "stars of tomorrow" in the Junior Slingshot division have continued to put in great shows one right after the other as it alerts the fans in the stands to realize the future of auto racing is in very good hands. Sixteen young men and ladies started the twenty lap excursion and pole sitting Thomas Strupp gunned his Montrose Molders sponsored hot rod into the lead as he cleared hard riding "Scoot" Taylor Eccles in betweens turns one and two. The racing was quick-paced and exciting as "The Bullville Bandit" Tommy Zwart hustled his Chessari Construction racer into the runner-up slot within a few laps. Wasting no time, Ryan Quackenbush found some racing room to put himself into contention in his Northeast Landscape Contractors wagon. Past the midway point of the event, "The 38 Special" Jared Labagh had broken free and was turning up the wick on the Labagh Motorsports entry and in doing so broke the track record for the Junior Slingshots with a clocking of 14.384 seconds for the lap. As the laps dwindled down, a skirmish of cars found Labagh hustling into third place but it would be Strupp garnering his fourth win of the 2012 racing season over Zwart and Labagh. Quackenbush recovered to finish fourth and "The Flash" Bobby Flood rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth places were manned by Taylor Eccles, Leo Fotopolous, Cole Hentschel, Matt Henneforth and Paul Tigue.
Kurt Bettler took off at the drop of the green flag in the run for the 270 Sprint main event and just as quickly had 2010 track champion "The Machine" Gene Burd mirroring his every move as they raced around the speedway. Bettler was clicking off some quick and consistent times but Burd remained glued to his backside. By the halfway point of the event defending track champion CJ Heinig fell to the rush of "TK" Tommy Kunsman as Kunsman moved into third place. A ton of give and take followed in the closing laps but it would be "Cadillac Time" in victory lane for Kurt Bettler. Gene Burd, Tommy Kunsman, CJ Heinig and Mike Casario completed the top five. Zach Weidner, Larry Hoagland, Hayden Miller, Grady Johnston and Scott Avery completed the top ten for the winged warriors.
The Rookie 600 Sprint main event saw Simon Egan blast into the lead with "Ri-Mac" Riley Moczulski close behind. Egan, who is branching out in 2012 by running additional divisions was at ease in the race car as he clicking off laps at 2/10th of a second faster times than the rest of the field. Moczulski kept paced and even closed a bit when Egan hit slower traffic but the sheriff took no prisoners as he romped to victory. Moczulski was second in another splendid run with Robbie Hocker rallying for third, TJ Lilly fourth and Heidi Hedin rounding out the top five. Colin White, newcomer Tom Schearer, Zac Azzalina, Amber Oraschin and another newcomer Heath Metzger completed the top ten. The event was marred by a quick series of snap rolls by newcomer Jeremy Bedrosian on the first lap of the feature. Bedrosian was unhurt in the mishap.
The Super Slinger feature proved once again to be very exciting and entertaining as Tom Arntz grabbed the lead early on and would pace the event through the first sixteen laps. The remainder of the event proved to be the Paul Ennes Show as the Carbondale, Pennsylvania hot shoe drove around Arntz off of the topside of turn two and led the remaining four laps to capture the main event. Richie VanOrden kept pace with Ennes throughout but would settle for second at the end of the event. Tom Arntz was third with a rallying hard Dale Kober in fourth and last week's winner Tommy Vroom Jr nailing down another top five finish. Jimmy Johnston, Wes Hearn, Kevin Olver, John Rooks Sr and Jerry Hughes completed the top ten finishers.
The Rookie 270 Sprint main saw Connecticut hot shoe Sydney Prince hustle into the lead at the drop of the green flag and she remained in command for the first fourteen laps of the event. A restart on lap fourteen saw Garden Stater Glenn Macomber take advantage of a slower starting Prince and he seized the lead and led the rest of the way despite a late rally from newcomer and tenth place starting Ray Gillen, who would close fast but just ran out of laps to challenge the high flying Macomber. Gillen was second with Prince in third Jenna Weidner in fourth and Mike Kalman rounding out the top five. Mallory Prince, Fred Bitner, John Dvorscak, Tyler Galatro and Paul Rimsky completed the top ten.
The headliner for the All Star Slingshots saw the best Slingshot drivers in the country duke it out on the Hamlin Speedway real estate. The early going found Richie VanOrden out dragging Paul Ennes into turn one with Ennes rallying back in turn two as the battling racers headed down the backstretch. VanOrden seized control out of turn four and that would prove to be the winning moment for VanOrden but before it was over he would be dealing with one racer after another trying to steal first place away from him. The birthday boy, Danny Buccafusca, was celebrating his thirteenth birthday and was hoping for a win and calculated every move he made as he eventually pulled in behind VanOrden after the midway portion of the event. Try as he may, Buccafusca would fall one spot short of a win as VanOrden raced under starter Russ Furry's checkered flag to secure the win. Buccafusca was second with Dale Kober rallying to third place, Empire Stater Wyatt Clark continuing to excite with a fourth place finish and Paul Ennes completing the top five. Kyle Rode, Troy Langendorfer, John Rooks Jr, Tyler Treacy and Jimmy Johnston completed the top ten.
The Mid Summer 600 Wingless Sprint 40-lap main event proved to be the Kyle Lick show as the hard driving talent seized command at the start of the event by out dualling "Double M" Mark Manieri into turn one. The go for the gold event quickly turned into a high speed chess match as Lick, Manieri, Ryan Smith, Jay Hartman and Eddie Strada turned the track high and low looking to gain an advantage on their adversaries. "The J-Man" Hartman was able to make three decisive maneuvers during the run as he slipped by Brandon Azzalina followed by another fast move past Eddie Strada and later in the event was able to slip by Ryan Smith. Lick, in his freshly christened hot rod, proved to have the hot foot as he drove to a narrow victory over Manieri in his MMF Chassied machine with Hartman in third, Smith in fourth and Strada completing the top five. Bobby Butler, Joseph Smith, Kyle Rohner, Brandon Azzalina and Mick D'Agostino rounded out the top ten.
Richie VanOrden, Paul Ennes and Dale Kober captured wins in the All Star Slingshot heats while Jerry Hughes captured the win in Super Slinger heat action. Glenn Macomber won the Rookie 270 heat event while Tyler Peet and Jared Labagh earned heat race wins with the Junior Slingshots. One B-Main was needed to establish the starting field for the All Star Slingshots and John Pantis earned the win in a fine drive over Henry Anderson.
Adam Lounsbury returned to action in the 600's but was an early retiree during the evening. Charlie Lawrence broke during the hot laps and retired for the evening in the All Star Slingshots. Tom Schearer, Heath Metzger and Jeremy Bedrosian were new rookies for the 600's and Bedrosian was the one racer that got upside down. Kurt Conklin made his return to Hamlin in the Big Al's Toy box Car. It was good to see Jenna Schostkewitz on hand and back in action with a new paint scheme on her Classic Cycles racer. Kurt Bettler had his Slingshot out for battle and was credited with a 19th place finish. The former Dana Smith racer was in action with Allan Howell at the controls of the mount.
Former Borgers announcer and flagger Bobby Stull joined the Hamlin staff for the evening and was just amazed at the strong support the Hamlin Speedway has at all levels of competition and the ongoing excitement that is generated throughout the facility. The popular jack of all trades personality re-acquainted himself with many of his friends in racing while attending to his duties at the staging area.
Tilcon was the headline sponsor for the evening of events and the national corporation has more than 650 locations nationwide. Tilcon is an integrated materials company with it's nearest location in Oxford, New Jersey at Mount Pisgah Avenue. The toll free number to reach them is: 800 789 7625 and they are open Monday through Friday from 6 AM until 3 PM. Their website is at Tilcon provides the foundation for the American way of life.
The matriarch of the Smith Family, Mrs Roy Smith/Nanny Smith was on hand for the races last evening and thoroughly enjoyed being around the racing scene with her many friends in the sport and spent the evening in the tower witnessing the exciting on track racing action.
All Star Slingshots: Richie VanOrden, Danny Buccafusca, Dale Kober, Wyatt Clark, Paul Ennes, Kyle Rode, Troy Langendoerfer, John Rooks Jr, Tyler Treacy, Jimmy Johnston, Mack Brink, Kevin Predmore, Mike Fogler, Don Schmidt, Del Howell, Jeff Cosgrove, Tom Arntz, Joe Howey, Kurt Bettler, John Pantis, Henry Anderson, Anthony Raisner
270cc Sprints: Kurt Bettler, Gene Burd, Tommy Kunsman, CJ Heinig, Mike Casario, Zach Weidner, Larry Hoagland, Hayden Miller, Grady Johnston, Scott Avery, Kurt Conklin, Rick Casario, Kendall Segar, Richie O'Neill, Paul Richards, Jacob Hendershot, Robbie Watson, Makenzie Harper (DNS)
600cc Wingless Sprints: Kyle Lick, Mark Manieri, Jay Hartman, Ryan Smith, Eddie Strada, Bobby Butler, Joseph Smith, Kyle Rohner, Brandon Azzalina, Mick D'Agostino, Rick Calvert, Brett Michalski, Molly Chambers, Shelby Harper, Austin Ely, Chris Oraschin, Tony DiMattia, Don Colaluce, Larry Mekic, Jacob Severn, Tony Scerbo, Rhett Long, Tim Howell, Colin White
Stage One Modifieds: Marc Daniels, Joel Smith, Bobby Smith Jr, John Comandini, Brett Smith, Danny Buccafusca
SB One: Jeff Hineline, Collin DuBois
Junior Slingshots: Thomas Strupp, Tommy Zwart, Jared Labagh, Ryan Quackenbush, Bobby Flood, Taylor Eccles, Leo Fotopolous, Cole Hentschel, Matt Henneforth, Paul Tigue, Collin DuBois, Tyler Peet, Leo McGurrin, Kyle Dice, Jenna Schostkewitz, Alex Yankowski
Super Slingshots: Paul Ennes, Richie VanOrden, Tom Arntz, Dale Kober, Tommy Vroom Jr, Jimmy Johnston, Wes Hearn, Kevin Olver, John Rooks Sr, Jerry Hughes
Rookie 270cc Sprints: Glenn Macomber, Ray Gillen, Sydney Prince, Jenna Weidner, Mike Kalman, Mallory Prince, Fred Bitner, John Dvorscak, Tyler Galatro, Paul Rimsky
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Simon Egan, Riley Moczulski, Robbie Hocker, TJ Lilly, Heidi Hedin, Colin White, Tom Schearer, Zac Azzalina, Amber Oraschin, Heath Metzger, Steve Van Valkenburg, Shelby Ogozaly, Aaron Henneforth, Bill Shire, Shawn Rooney, Jeremy Bedrosian
Racing Saturday evenings from April through September. The next event of the 2012 racing season will unfold on July 21st with all eight of the regular divisions 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)
Upcoming events on the Hamlin racing calendar include the second visit for the NASCAR Crew Challenge on August 4th with all eight regular divisions in competition. The last event in June had Todd Carmichael showing everyone the short way around the Hamlin facility with newcomer Brian Bergenty finishing in the runner-up slot.
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