Great Talent Abounds At Hamlin Speedway As 152 Entries Rock The Pocono Mountains With Another Great Show

Date: 8/5/2012 10:07:57 PM

Hamlin, PA - Great Talent Abounds At Hamlin Speedway As 152 Entries Rock The Pocono Mountains With Another Tremendous Show
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
The hard working Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith and staff continue to pay close attention to the intricate details of running a professional show and the end result has been a hard driving show that has continuously set new standards and records one week after another with an off the charts record setting season for the speedway. Randy Smith whipped the speedway back into shape after last week's thunderstorms sent everyone home early and the multi-grooved speedway was in tip top shape for the 152 talented racers that took to the speedway to thrill the standing room only crowd with their executions of all of the speed channels on the speedway. The hotly contested racing action was completed by 10:30 PM. and was highlighted by the second appearance of the season by the NASCAR Crew Challenge stars and they took their claim to the bragging rights as the winner seriously as a couple of incidents changed the outcome of which of the drivers would be carrying the bragging rights back to the NASCAR garage area. In regular racing action, the Hamlin driving stars did great work in executing their magic on the speedway and Don Schmidt captured the All Star Slingshot main in a tight battle with "The Mack Attack" Mack Brink. "Flyin" Ryan Smith took a night off from 410 Sprint car racing to race back at home and came away with a satisfying win in the Wingless 600 Sprint main after climbing to the top of the speedway cushion to race around lady driving star "The Electrifying" Shelby Harper to nail down the win. "TK" Tommy Kunsman took advantage of a skirmish between the leaders to go and claim the win in the 270 Sprint main. "The Flash" Bobby Flood raced to a win in the Junior Slingshot main in preparation for the upcoming Reading Nostalgia Nationals on Monday evening for the division at the newly reconfigured fairgrounds track in Reading. "The Carbondale Comet" Paul Ennes enjoyed a fine run in collecting a win in the Super Slingers and Joel Smith continues to surge at the speedway with another great win in the Stage One Modifieds. Wally Bell returned to action and claimed the SB One feature and the exciting rookie headliners saw "The Electric Man" Colin White racing to victory in the 600 Sprints and lady racer Jenna Weidner putting all of the components in place to race to her first win in the 270 Sprint event. First timer Neal Lewis took advantage of the pass, punt and kick competition in front of him to race to victory in the NASCAR Crew Challenge.
The show kicked off with a strong series of quickly paced time trials followed by some hard hitting heat action . The feature events kicked off with the stars of tomorrow Junior Slingshot feature event and it was Bobby Flood in his Aiden Brook Farms hot rod gunning past Jenna Schostkewitz in turn one to seize command of the event. First year performer Ryan Quackenbush countered with his Northeast Landscape Contractors mount and took up the chase as he moved into the runner-up slot. A couple of skirmishes slowed the action a tad but when the green came out from starter Russ Furry the action was between Flood and Quackenbush with Thomas "Sonny" Strupp, "Scoot" Taylor Eccles and "The Little Tornado" Tyler Peet all racing into contention as the racing played out. Flood would not be denied on this evening as he raced to victory with Quackenbush a close second followed by Strupp, Eccles and Peet. Collin DuBois continued his great success in 2012 with a solid sixth place finish and Tommy Zwart, Jared Labagh, Matt Henneforth and Kyle Dice completed the top ten finishers.
Joel Smith took no prisoners as the Kunkletown driving star top-sided his Smith Fabrications chariot around "The Branchburg Bandit" John Comandini to take control of the point at the end of the first lap and led all of the way in notching another win at Hamlin in the Stage One Modified main event. Comandini enjoyed his best run of the season in the runner-up role as he held off the determined "Dirt Diva" Shannon Smith as she tried desperately to pull off a pass on the veteran campaigner. Shannon Smith settled for third place with Bobby Smith Jr in fourth and still a bit rusty Tim Manieri Sr gaining ground on the regulars on grab a fifth place finish on this evening. Wally Bell captured the SB One Modified win over a determined Collin DuBois.
The rookie 600 Sprints took to the speedway for their feature event and Colin White was immediately in the zone as he took control of the event at the start and then held off a very determined "Ri-Mac" Riley Moczulski to claim the victory. The feature run was like a chess match but only with far more excitement as the young stars matched wits from turn to turn with White winning and Moczulski settling for second place. William Butler continued with another great performance in third place with Amber Oraschin having a great run in fourth and "The Hot Rod" Kyle Rode debuting his new 600 and laying claim to fifth place in the Frank Smith Surveyors sponsored racer. TJ Lilly, Robbie Hocker, Bill Shire Aaron Henneforth and Steve Reynolds completed the top ten.
The 270 Sprint rookie main event saw Jenna Weidner steer her Moore Pizza sponsored racer into the lead at the drop of the green flag and she led all of the way to record the win as the lady stars at Hamlin take a back seat to no one with great performances one right after the other. Josh Schaffer was in for runner-up honors with lady racer Sydney Prince coming on strong late in the race to finish third in her Prince Motorsports entry, Glenn Macomber in fourth and newcomer Cody Kroemmelbein nailing down fifth in one of the Harper owned race cars. John Dvorscak and Mallory Prince were next in line in the event that saw some of the competitors falling out before the final checkered flag.
The 270 Sprint main attraction quickly set-up to be a barn burner from the drop of the green flag. 2010 track champion "The Machine" Gene Burd grabbed the lead from his outside pole start and led through the first seven laps until he and challenger Ryan Smith got together in turn three and saw Burd hop a wheel and causing damage to his race car and forcing him from the event. Smith would earn a ticket to the rear of the bus for the incident and Tommy Kunsman would inherit the lead for the restart. Kunsman would lead the remaining laps to claim the win and the fans had the chance to witness one of the true open wheel masters in Smith dart, dive and drive through the field to close in on Kunsman by the white flag and falling just short in his goal to race back for the win. Smith was second with Hayden Miller continuing to impress in his rookie season with the 270 Sprints and "The Icon" Pat Bealer raced to fourth in the Casario racer and "The Cadillac man" Kurt Bettler would wind up fifth. CJ Heinig, Kyle Lick in one of the Segar hot rods, Zach Weidner, Rick Casario and the returning Ron Pierson completed the top ten drivers.
Super Slinger action found Carbondale gunslinger Paul Ennes with a beltful of bullets and he was forced to use all of the ammunition at his disposal to seize control of the event and then held off a determined bid from Wes Hearn as "The Ambassador" raced hard and clean in an attempt to unseat Ennes but it would be Ennes smiling in victory circle at the end of the run to claim the win. Hearn was second with hard driving Dale Kober in third place and "Double J" Jimmy Johnston racing from a tenth place start to rally to fourth place and "KO" Kevin Olver completing the top five. Contender Roger Collins raced his way back to sixth place after receiving some battle scars and Tom Arntz, John Rook Sr, and newcomer Jim Wyant completed the field of drivers on the speedway at the finish.
The always entertaining 600 Wingless Sprints took to the speedway with a 28-car starting line-up and it would be the sizzling Shelby Harper out front for the first six laps of the event. Ryan Smith, debuting a brand new Hyper racer, was trying to find the sweet spot of the speedway in the early laps and found great bite and lots of room in turn two to pull even with Harper down the back stretch to gain control of the lead but Harper fought back and eased back in front momentarily until another all out topside move from Smith would vault him into the lead for good. Smith led the remainder of the way with Harper, fighting a loose race car, holding on to second place and "The Conductor" Bobby Butler in third place, "The Canaan Sensation" Eddie Strada in fourth and the Redemption Racer of Joseph Smith nailing down fifth place. Kyle Lick, Rhett Long, Kyle Rohner, Jordan Tittle and Rick Calvert completed the top ten.
Don Schmidt in his second year at Hamlin, drove his Ian's Speed Shop entry hard and fast as he led all of the way to claim the All Star Slingshot win at the speedway. Mack Brink was on the attack early and drove a stellar race to be faster than Schmidt but could not find the needed daylight to slip past him and settled for second place behind Schmidt. Hard driving Henry Anderson enjoyed a solid run in third place and youngster "Speed Racer" Hunter Smith enjoyed a great run in fourth place with "Chargin" Charlie Lawrence nailing down fifth place. Charlie Bodine, Danny Buccafusca, Tyler Johnston, Bill Clark and Troy Langendoerfer completed the top ten as once again the finest field of Slingshot stars in the nation converged at Hamlin to put on a fine display of driving for the fans.
Kevin White started from Sixth place in the NASCAR Crew Challenge but before a lap was complete was enjoying the vast confines of the speedway in the lead. White would be in control until someone decided to turn former Modified star Bobby Decker around. The White lead would disappear and on the restart June event winner Todd Carmichael would challenge White for the lead and disaster was imminent as the pair of hot shoes got together and White would spin out of control. On the next restart in would be the unheralded Meal Lewis finding the magic to stay with Carmichael in turn one and then beat him off the corner to grab the lead and go and claim the win. Carmichael would settle for second and White was masterful as he drove back through the field to finish third with "Spider" Chris Gillen and Dave Winston completing the top five. Bobby Decker raced back to sixth with Scott McDongall, David Chopps, JR Weller, and Steve Cranning completing the top ten of the fifteen drivers who came in to duke it out Hamlin style in another great promotion.
Heat racing action at Hamlin has always proved to be like mini-feature events and last night was no exception to the rule. "The Sheriff" Simon Egan, Bobby Butler and Ryan Smith were victorious in the 600 Sprints. John Comandini captured the Stage One Modified heat event with Collin DuBois winning the SB One heat. 270 Sprint heats were claimed by Gene Burd and Hayden Miller while Robbie Hocker and "The Big Dog" Steve Reynolds won Rookie 600 Sprint heats. The B-Main for the All Star Slingshots saw Dale Kober race his way into the feature event with a tough win over New Yorker Tyler Treacy. Danny Buccafusca time trialed fastest in the All Star Slingshots over Charlie Lawrence and Charlie Bodine while Jared Labagh continued to add to his laurels in 2012 with the fast time in the Junior Slingshots over Collin DuBois and Tommy Zwart. John Dvorscak was fast timer in the Rookie 270 Sprints and Charlie Bodine was quickest in the Super Slingers.
Newcomers to the Hamlin Speedway for the racing action included Brett Romer in the All Star Slingshots and Jim Wyant in the Super Slingers. Erin Paulson made her first start in the Junior Slingshots in 2012 and Cody Kroemmelbein was a first time performer in the Rookie 270 Sprints. Shayne Ely made his first Hamlin start in some time in the Duane White racer and Greg Stevens returned to the speedway in a different 600 Sprint from the one he campaigned earlier in the season. Bowen Decker made his first start of the season in the 600 Sprints and Chris Rupp made his first appearance of the season at Hamlin but trouble early forced him to the sidelines.
Additional money was raised for the George Stevens Family and presented to Greg Stevens who told announcer Steve Pados and promoter Denise Smith his father's rehabilitation was coming along well at the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown, Pennsylvania. All of the racers and fans send their best wishes and prayers to the Stevens Family at this time. The Widdos Racing Team has gone to great lengths to organize a raffle for the Stevens Family with many great prizes attached to the raffle to be held on October 21st, 2012 with all proceeds going to the Stevens Family. The cost is $10.00 per ticket and should fans be interested, please contact the Widdos Family at the speedway.
The Blood Drive for the Stevens Family has been extended and through the efforts of IRCO Vice President Greg Collins some great gifts are available as well for people capable of giving blood at the Miller-Keystone Center. Please contact Greg Collins at the IRCO offices for further information.
The NASCAR Crew Challenge guys once again were thankful of the great welcome they received from the great crowd on hand at the speedway and appreciated the thoughtfulness of the drivers who lent their race cars to them to pound the Hamlin clay. All drivers agreed that Hamlin is without question the finest small division speedway in the country with a great staff and a track they could really get a rhythm working with in finding the quick way around the facility. The DuBois Family and the Victory Lane Auto Care Group donated posters for the fans and drivers to have the NASCAR Guys sign as a keepsake for them. Driver interviews were handled by announcer Steve Pados and more than once the questions asked received a fifth amendment answer with everything going along in great fun for the fans.
Former racer at the speedway, Luke Schostkewitz has been racing in Ohio and finished tenth in his most recent outing at Limaland on Friday evening
All Star Slingshots: Don Schmidt, Mack Brink, Henry Anderson, Hunter Smith, Charlie Lawrence, Charlie Bodine, Danny Buccafusca, Tyler Johnston, Bill Clark, Troy Langendoerfer, Del Howell, Joe Howey, Jimmy Johnston, Kyle Rode, Dale Kober, Tom Arntz, Tyler Treacy, Wes Hearn, Paul Ennes, John Rooks Jr, John Pantis, Brody Adamsky, Wyatt Clark, Trevor Labagh
270cc Sprints: Tommy Kunsman, Ryan Smith, Hayden Miller, Pat Bealer, Kurt Bettler, CJ Heinig, Kyle Lick, Zach Weidner, Rick Casario, Ron Pierson Jr, Grady Johnston, Kendall Segar, Scott Avery, Makenzie Harper, Nathan Hahn, Larry Hoagland, Paul Richards, Shayne Ely, Gene Burd, Robbie Watson, Kyle Rutledge
600cc Wingless Sprints: Ryan Smith, Shelby Harper, Bobby Butler, Eddie Strada, Joseph Smith, Kyle Lick, Rhett Long, Kyle Rohner, Jordan Tittle, Rick Calvert, Jacob Severn, Mark Manieri, Brandon Azzalina, Mick D'Agostino, Bill Clark, Jacob Hendershot, Tony Iudicello, Simon Egan, Austin Ely, Tony Scerbo, Chris Oraschin, Bowen Decker, Kurt Bettler, Greg Stevens, Don Colaluce, Sheldon Iudicello, Larry Mekic
Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, John Comandini, Shannon Smith, Bobby Smith Jr, Tim Manieri Sr, Dylan Martin
SB One: Wally Bell, Collin DuBois
Junior Slingshots: Bobby Flood, Ryan Quackenbush, Thomas Strupp, Taylor Eccles, Tyler Peet, Collin DuBois, Tommy Zwart, Jared Labagh, Matt Henneforth, Kyle Dice, Jenna Schostkewitz, Tighe Sherlock, Erin Paulson, Alex Yankowski
Super Slingshots: Paul Ennes, Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Jimmy Johnston, Kevin Olver, Roger Collins, Tom Arntz, John Rooks Sr, Jim Wyant, Tommy Vroom Jr, Charlie Bodine
Rookie 270cc Sprints: Jenna Weidner, Josh Schaffer, Sydney Prince, Glenn Macomber, Cody Kroemmelbein, John Dvorscak, Mallory Prince, Tyler Galatro, Paul Rimsky, Mike Kalman
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Colin White, Riley Moczulski, William Butler, Amber Oraschin, Kyle Rode, TJ Lilly, Robbie Hocker, Bill Shire, Aaron Henneforth, Steve Reynolds, Nick Corazzi, Heidi Hedin, Shelby Ogozaly, Jeremy Bedrosian, Adam Lounsbury
NASCAR Crew Challenge: (Round Two) Neal Lewis (Team 1), Todd Carmichael (Team 78), Kevin White (Team 55), Chris Gillen (Team Hendrick), Dave Winston (Team 1), Bob Decker (Team 43), Scott McDongall (Team 55), David Chopps (Team 43), JR Weller (Team 22), Steve Cranning (Team 55), Mike McCarville (Team 55), Richard "Puddin" Coleman (Team 15), Dan Koozer (Team 42) , Johnathan Billy (Team 88) Sean Kerlin DNS (Team Hendrick)
Racing Saturday evenings from April through September. The next event of the 2012 racing season will unfold on August 11th with all eight of the regular divisions in action plus the Briggs & Stratton Mid Atlantic Slingshot Tour with $500.00 to win on the line based on a 24 car entry. 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)
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