|Date: 7/22/2012 1:22:25 PM|
HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS
Hamlin, PA - Rohner, Cosgrove, Kober, Egan, Heinig, DuBois, Smith, Labagh And Schaffer Provide The Sizzle Into Hamlin Speedway Winners Circle On S&S Speedway Night
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Heavy thunderstorms pelted the Northeast for much of the day on Friday and resulted in many racetracks cancelling their weekly programs. For track promoters and speedway crews the task of bringing their speedways up to speed for a Saturday evening racing program after a big storm is an unenviable chore as they have to race the clock and the elements to be able to go racing. Randy Smith and crew took the challenge and together were able to whip the Hamlin Speedway back into shape for another spectacular racing program last evening as the stars and cars of the speedway rolled out onto the speedway to produce their own kind of heat through side by side racing, slide-jobs and dicing through the pack to provide the large crowd on hand another grand opportunity to enjoy an exciting evening at the races. More than 140 racers braved the elements to go racing and it was business as usual as the Smith Family promotional team presented their thirteenth racing card of the season at their 1/5 mile lightning fast speedway. The great crowd on hand saw
an excellent night of side by side racing action throughout the evening and the track surface held up surprisingly well given the heavy amount of moisture that drenched the area on Friday. The nine feature event racing card was wrapped up at 10:24 PM. Heading up the list of winners included "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner as he drove the Phillips Racing owned Hyper Chassied to his first win in Wingless 600 Sprint competition. The long standing combination of Phillips and Rohner celebrated their 100th win together as a team. Additional winners included Jeff Cosgrove in the All Star Slingshots, Jared Labagh in the Brock Moore Summer Series Junior Slingshot finale, Dale Kober in the Super Slingers, CJ Heinig in the 270 Sprints, "The Sheriff" Simon Egan in the Rookie 600 Sprints, Josh Schaffer in the Rookie 270 Sprints, Joel Smith in the Stage One Modifieds and Collin DuBois in the SB One division.
The evening of feature mains once again saw an exciting Junior Slingshot twenty-five lap headliner that provided all of the drama and suspense of a Steven King movie. The Brock Moore Summer Series provided a Dash For Cash among the top four qualifiers to set the lineup for the feature that was to follow. The Thunder Mountain Raceway Park sponsored the Dash and "The 38 Special" Jared Labagh had the hot hand as he scored the win over "Scoot" Taylor Eccles, "Kid Ice" Cole Hentschel and Thomas "Sonny" Strupp. The win put Labagh on the pole for the feature and the second generation hot shoe wasted no time to establish himself as the man to beat at the drop of Russ Furry's green flag. Eccles Hentschel and Strupp provided the pressure on Labagh early and Strupp found himself sliding backwards for a span. Once past the halfway point, Strupp recovered and began to make advances once again. Labagh was in the zone out front but Eccles and Hentschel kept it exciting throughout Strupp rejoined the battle as the laps clicked off. Labagh grabbed his second win of the week after a Wednesday night triumph at Accord with Eccles, Hentschel Strupp following and Paul Tigue rounding out the top five. Making up the second five for the sixteen car starting field were Collin DuBois, Ryan Quackenbush, Kyle Dice, Jenna Schostkewitz and Tighe Sherlock.
The 20-lap headliner for the All Star Slingshot racers found intense racing throughout and as always the event proved to be another classic run in the annals of the Hamlin Speedway history books. Jeff Cosgrove, in his recently purchased new Harry's U Pull It/Signs by Cos sponsored hot rod, out-gunned fellow pole sitter Dale Kober into the first turn with John Pantis, Troy Langendoerfer, Kyle Rode and Henry Anderson following in hot pursuit. The outstanding roster of driving talent found the purchase of real estate a tough go as Kober attacked Cosgrove from the bottom of the raceway and Langendoerfer and Pantis were locked in their own private battle. Kober was able to stick the nose of his S&S Speedway's wagon under Cosgrove on several occasions but Cosgrove remained focused and thwarted Kober's efforts each time. Langendoerfer slipped by Pantis by the midway point and soon was battling with Cosgrove and Kober for the point.
From eighth starting spot came "The Rockaway Rocket" Danny Buccafusca. Buccafusca waited a few laps for the herd to thin out and then went on the attack. By the midway point Buccafusca was relentless in his drive to the front and made his way into the top five as did "The Tornado" Tyler Johnston. Things unraveled a bit on lap seventeen as Rode and Pantis saw their hopes for a win dashed when they got together on the backstretch. The turn of events set-up a three lap shoot-out for all of the marbles and it would be Jeff Cosgrove driving into victory circle with his first win of the season. Kober was the runner-up with Langendoerfer, Buccafusca and Tyler Johnston completing the top five. The next five included Henry Anderson, Richie VanOrden, Charlie Bodine, Joe Howey and Mike Fogler. Twenty of the twenty-four starters completed all laps of the feature headliner.
Simon Egan took control of the Rookie 600 Sprint event after he and Robbie Hocker touched wheels on lap one and Egan took no prisoners the remainder the way as he powered his way to his second consecutive win at Hamlin. William Butler did a great job with a solid runner-up performance and Hocker pedaled his way back into contention and finished up in third place. "Ri-Mac" Riley Moczulski was fourth and Zac Azzalina rounded out the top five. The second five consisted of newcomer Tom Shearer, Amber Oraschin, Aaron Henneforth, Colin White and the returning Jamie Czekai.
Kyle Rohner led all of the laps in wiring the field in the Wingless 600 Sprint main but the win was hard-fought as Rohner was attacked from all sides by Dan Beacon, defending track champion Brett Michalski and "The Canaan Sensation" Eddie Strada. Rohner was up the task though as he kept his Phillips sponsored race car glued to the center of the raceway and held off all challengers as he captured the win. Michalski put on a rim-riding expedition as he hustled into the runner-up spot with Strada in third, Beacon in fourth and the returning "Flagtown Flyer" Jeff Hartman racing to fifth place. Mick D'Agostino, Kyle Lick, Shelby Harper, Chad Sandt and Jordan Tittle completed the top ten finishers that saw the competition close throughout the feature run and twenty of the twenty-four starters finishing the event.
Defending track champion CJ Heinig outgunned newcomer Brayden Winters at the drop of the green flag and hustled his way around the 1/5 mile Hamlin clay surface with 11.7 second laps to go on and score a big win in the regular 270 Sprint encounter. Sixth place starting "TK" Tommy Kunsman raced into the runner-up slot after the halfway point but Heinig had more than enough pedal to hold off his adversaries as he raced to the winners circle. Kunsman was second with "The Machine" Gene Burd in third place, Winters in fourth in a great run and Kendall Segar enjoying an great run as she completed the top five. Grady Johnston, the returning Steve Walters, Kurt Bettler, Rick Casario and Zach Weidner filled out the top ten finishers.
The Super Slinger shootout was another classic as many time track champion "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober drove past pole sitter, the returning Chris Kurtz Sr, before the first lap was completed and raced to victory at the speedway despite constant pressure from "The Flying Dutchman" Richie VanOrden. VanOrden threw everything he had at Kober but Kober was up to the challenge and eked out a narrow victory in the event. VanOrden was the runner-up in another great drive with hard riding John Rooks Sr racing to third place over "KO" Kevin Olver and Paul Ennes. Jimmy Johnston, Jerry Hughes, Roger Collins, Wes Hearn and John Bush completed the top ten finishers.
Ray Gillen led the first lap of the Rookie 270 Sprint finale before yielding to the high flying Josh Schaffer. Schaffer quickly established himself at the point as he drove away from the field to capture the win in his return to racing at Hamlin. Gillen, who recently joined the racing action at Hamlin, continues to impress with another great runner-up finish, and John Dvorscak enjoyed a great run for third, Sydney Prince rallied to finish fourth and Glenn Macomber completed the top five. Mallory Prince, newcomer Bobby Kibler, Duane White, Mike Kalman and Jenna Weidner completed the top ten.
Tim Manieri Jr made his return to racing and showed no rust whatsoever as he led the first seven laps of the Stage One Modified encounter. A high side, flirting with a challenge move by Joel Smith found him seizing command of the event and racing away to a full straightaway win over Manieri Jr with another returning veteran of the racing wars Tom Manieri Sr, fresh off a win in the Zucchini 500 in Easton during the day, racing to third place in his return to the racing wars. Collin DuBois recorded another win in the SB One Division followed by Ricky Springer
Randy Smith kept pace with the speedway all night long as some short intermission sessions were needed to keep the speedway surface tacky and wide throughout the evening with some needed moisture being added whenever the track appeared to be slightly dusting over. A couple of soft spots in the racing surface caused due to excessive rain, brought out the race crew with shovels to make the necessary repairs to the track. Short track racing is close competition at its finest and when the drivers can negotiate the tight quarters of the Hamlin Speedway it adds another dimension to the great talent that lands at the Hamlin Speedway on a weekly basis.
A series of time trials were held for four of the racing divisions and quick time for the 29 All Star Slingshots on hand was recorded by Danny Buccafusca over Richie VanOrden, Henry Anderson, Kyle Rode and Troy Langendoerfer. Cole Hentschel was the fast timer for the Junior Slingshots over Jared Labagh, Taylor Eccles, Thomas Strupp and Paul Tigue. Richie VanOrden had a fast hot rod throughout the evening and was the fast timer for the Super Slingers with Dale Kober, Kevin Olver, Chris Kurtz Sr and John Rooks Sr following. Josh Schaffer nailed the quick time for the Rookie 270 Sprints over Mallory Prince, John Dvorscak, Ray Gillen and Glenn Macomber.
Heat race wins were captured by Jordan Tittle, Eddie Strada and "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino in the 600 Sprints while Grady Johnston, Larry Hoagland and Tommy Kunsman were triumphant in the 270 Sprints. Joel Smith was victorious in the Stage One Modified preliminary while Robbie Hocker and Simon Egan claimed wins with the Rookie 600 Sprints. Paul Ennes claimed the 12-lap B-Main.
Modified talent Randy Sherlock gave Slingshot racing a whirl as he borrowed one of the Johnston mounts for the Super Slingers but was an early retiree from the feature. Jim Conroy and Bob Wilson were back in action in the Super Slingers as well. Derek Guest returned to action in the Junior Slingshots and former National Slingshot Champion Cody Kline made a rare Saturday night appearance at the speedway in his 59 race car. Jeremy Bedrosian, who got upside down one week ago in his debut, was back in action and fared much better as he raced to an eleventh place finish. Heidi Hedin in the Rookie 600 Sprints and Austin Ely in the Wingless 600 Sprints found themselves upside down during the evening of events and both were okay from their scary ordeals. Jeff Ubel returned to action and Steve Walters, Brayden Winters and Chris Oraschin made 270 starts. Bobby Kibler paid Hamlin a visit and his sharp looking 270 Sprint had a For Sale sign on it.
"Dicin" Dick Stark was on hand from the Thunder Mountain facility along with Brock Moore for the Summer Series Promotion and Moore interviewed with announcer Steve Pados in regards to his series of events now in its second year of existence. Former Lake Mocatek Speedway great Ralph Mele was on hand to take in the racing action and Joanne Strada Bates and entourage was on hand to cheer on Eddie Strada. Bate's son, Kevin, got his racing start at the Hamlin facility and has since moved on to a successful career of racing Modifieds on the Southern Tier circuit.
A thank you note addressed to Gary Phillips from George Stevens and Family was read to the crowd by announcer Steve Pados for the collection taken up for George Stevens from his recent heart attack and subsequent fall from the bleachers at the Skyline Speedway in New York State. Mr Stevens, a fixture in local racing for years, faces a long road of rehabilitation ahead of him and is now in residence at the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Hamlin Family of racers and fans has the Stevens Family in their prayers.
All Star Slingshots: Jeff Cosgrove, Dale Kober, Troy Langendoerfer, Danny Buccafusca, Tyler Johnston, Henry Anderson, Richie VanOrden, Charlie Bodine, Joe Howey, Mike Fogler, Randy Johnston, Jimmy Johnston, Cody Kline, Del Howell, Tyler Treacy, Trevor Labagh, Brody Adamsky, Shaina Barker, Paul Ennes, John Pantis, Gary Dennis, Don Schmidt, John Rooks Jr
270cc Sprints: CJ Heinig,Tommy Kunsman, Gene Burd, Brayden Winters, Kendall Segar, Grady Johnston, Steve Walters, Kurt Bettler, Rick Casario, Zach Weidner, Kyle Rutledge, Ron Pierson Jr, Jeff Ubel, Paul Richards, Richie O'Neill, Chris Oraschin, Larry Hoagland, Makenzie Harper, Jacob Hendershot, Robbie Watson, Hayden Miller (DNS), Mike Casario (DQ)
600cc Wingless Sprints: Kyle Rohner, Brett Michalski, Eddie Strada, Dan Beacon, Jeff Hartman, Mick D'Agostino, Kyle Lick, Shelby Harper, Chad Sandt, Jordan Tittle, Chris Oraschin, Jason VanDoren, Tom Shearer, Brandon Azzalina, Bobby Butler, Joseph Smith, Rick Calvert, Don Colaluce, Larry Mekic, Rhett Long, Steve Yankowski, Tony Iudicello, Jay Hartman, Austin Ely
Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Tim Manieri Jr, Tim Manieri Sr, Shannon Smith, Bobby Smith Jr (DNS)
SB One: Collin DuBois, Ricky Springer
Junior Slingshots: (Brock Moore Summer Series) Jared Labagh, Taylor Eccles, Cole Hentschel, Thomas Strupp, Paul Tigue, Collin DuBois, Ryan Quackenbush, Kyle Dice, Jenna Schostkewitz, Tighe Sherlock, Bobby Flood, Derek Guest, Tyler Peet, Alex Yankowski, Leo Fotopolous, Matt Henneforth
Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Richie VanOrden, John Rooks Sr, Kevin Olver, Paul Ennes, Jimmy Johnston, Jerry Hughes, Roger Collins, Wes Hearn, John Bush, Chris Kurtz Sr, Bob Wilson, Jim Conroy, Tom Arntz, Randy Sherlock
Rookie 270cc Sprints: Josh Schaffer, Ray Gillen, John Dvorscak, Sydney Prince, Glenn Macomber, Mallory Prince, Bobby Kibler, Duane White, Mike Kalman, Jenna Weidner, Tyler Galatro
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Simon Egan, William Butler, Robbie Hocker, Riley Moczulski, Zac Azzalina, Tom Shearer, Amber Oraschin, Aaron Henneforth, Colin White, Jamie Czekai, Jeremy Bedrosian, Bill Shire, Shawn Rooney, TJ Lilly, Shelby Ogozaly, Heidi Hedin
Racing Saturday evenings from April through September. The next event of the 2012 racing season will unfold on July 28th with all eight of the regular divisions in action plus the 270 Sprints taking off the tin cans and going wingless in heats and features. 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.
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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