Nine Feature Race Card Showcases Hamlin Speedway's Talented Driver Roster

Date: 8/16/2015 3:26:29 AM

Hamlin, PA - Nine Feature Race Card Showcases Hamlin Speedway's Talented Driver Roster
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
The splendid warm rays of the summer sunshine continued to latch onto the scenic Pocono Mountain landscape throughout the entire week and in turn set the stage for another great weekend at the Hamlin Speedway. Promoters Denise and Randy Smith ushered in another fabulous edition of the 2015 racing season at Hamlin and with it another exciting night of racing entertainment. The large crowd on hand was treated to another all-out display of daredevil, seek out the cushion activity from the more than one hundred racers that came to do battle on Saturday evening. The eye-popping exciting show was checkered for the final event at 10:15 PM. The nine feature card was once again presented by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Snydersville, Pennsylvania.
When the final scorecards were tallied it was "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn bagging a double as he outraced his competition in both the All Star Slingshot feature headliner as well as the Super Slinger finale. "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith continues to raise the bar as he sped to his tenth win of the season in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified Division. Also claiming wins in the star studded events included "Bad" Chad Sandt as he top brassed his way around the speedway to capture his first win of the season in the Wingless 600 Sprint main. "Smoke Jr" Sydney Prince added another notch to her gun belt with her second win of the season in the Winged 270 Sprint main. Recently crowned Kutztown Speedway Junior Slingshot Champion, Jared Silfee backed up his title with his second win of the season at Hamlin in the Junior Slingshot finale. Carmen Leggio Jr was spot on as he sped to his second victory in the Rookie Wingless 600 feature event. "The J-Shot" Jacob Hendershot wired the field in the Topless 270 Sprint nightcap. Olivia Mease moved from the speedway tower to the racetrack and showed she still remembered how to go fast from her Quarter Midget days as she sped to victory in the Powder Puff showdown aboard the S&S Speedway's Rental Wagon.
The nine feature events were all excellent runs and the "stars of tomorrow" Junior Slingshot drivers continue to excel with each turn of the steering wheel. Jared Silfee jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and attacked the race track as he quickly sped away from the rest of the field. A caution on lap eleven brought the field nose to tail and on the restart Silfee again raced into his own zone and claimed the win with Tyler Peet, Justin Mills, Anthony Recchio and Taylor Mills completing the top five. Alex Yankowski headed up the remainder of the finishers followed by Kyle Braun, Ashley Kober, birthday girl Shelby McLaughlin and Michael Samony.
Joel Smith raced into the lead in turn two at the start of the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified main event as he outhustled Jeff Hineline for the point. Hineline kept the pressure on Smith as the battle behind the lead pair quickly became a battle for real estate. Smith was able to get under the 13-second mark with his hot rod and lap-14 Hineline would fall out of the event. The 68 year old warrior Will Casazza took up the chase but it would be Joel Smith notching another win at the speedway. Casazza was the runner-up in a great run, with Collin DuBois, Mark Henneforth and Joel Price completing the top five. John Comandini headed up the second five with Alex Yankowski, Dylan Martin, Erin Paulison and Jakson Ring following.
The All Star Slingshots found Wes Hearn with a super fast race car out of the box as he secured the point at the drop of the green flag and never looked back as he checked out on the field early and raced to his fourth win of the season in All Star competition. The racing behind him was excellent as New Yorker Alan Selemba drove a flawless race to keep top runners Dale Kober, Austin Silfee and Tyler Pirone behind him throughout the event. Corey Cormier headed up the second five with Mike McLaughlin, Daniel Morgiewicz, Damon Paul and Jeff Cosgrove following.
The rookie 600 Sprints found Carmen Leggio Jr out dragging Ryan Quackenbush into turn one and although Quackenbush kept the heat on Leggio throughout the twenty lap run, Leggio would race to his second win of the season. Quackenbush was the runner-up with AJ Hobbs in third and Jerry Rutledge fourth and Kyle Exley and newcomer Justin Hartz completing the field.
The 270 Sprint headliner found veteran Paul Richards Sr getting the jump on Brittany Erlsten when the green flag came out. The event settled into a high speed chase as Sydney Prince, Erlsten, Pat Bealer and Jacob Hendershot chased Richards around the speedway. The field of racers caught up to the back of the pack by the midway point of the event and Bealer slid under Richards for the lead when Richards got trapped behind a slower racer. Bealer opened up a margin and appeared headed for the win when his racer let him down on lap fifteen. Sydney Prince inherited the lead and led the final laps to score her second win of the season. Paul Richards Sr was second with a hard charging Jacob Hendershot third, Brittany Erlsten fourth and Paul Richards Jr hustling into fifth place. Mallory Prince, Glenn Macomber, the returning Josh Schaffer, Tyler Galatro and Kyle Ferrucci completed the top ten.
Super Slinger action found Wes Hearn getting the jump on the field at the start of the event. Hearn built up a huge lead while Dale Kober and John Gilroy were lodged in a great battle for the runner-up role. Kober was finally able to drive past Gilroy right after the midway point of the event but Hearn was quicker and raced to his sixth win of the season in the Super Slingers. Kober had more than enough power to land in the runner-up role with Gilroy third in a great run, John Rooks Sr fourth and Janell Geary fifth. Aaron Geary, Rich Pursell and Mike and Ron Jablonka made up the remainder of the field.
The 600 Wingless Sprint main found Saylorsburg residents Will Butler and Chad Sandt duking it out right from the word go. The duo traded slide jobs early on with Sandt finally gaining control of the point in lap three. Part-time campaigner Steven Gully was enjoying an excellent run in third place and the remainder of the pack were thick as thieves as they battled for real estate on the fifth-mile oval. "The Cyclone" Jacob Severn was making his first start of the season and hustled hard from his ninth starting spot to slip past Butler and set sail for Sandt. Sandt was glued to the top of the raceway and Severn tried time and time again to nose his way past Sandt but each time Sandt prevailed. With three laps to go Severn drove down to the basement side of the speedway and temporarily grabbed the lead only to have Sandt come right back to secure the point once again. Sandt would race to his first win of the season with Severn solid with a runner-up run in his first time back. Steven Gully was third with Joel Smith driving from fifteenth to fourth place and hard-charging Joseph Smith completing the top five. Pat Bealer overcame a first lap spin to drive back to sixth place while Mick D'Agostino, Colin White and JD Casazza completed the field.
The 270 Topless Sprint main proved to be the Hendershot Show as "The J-Shot" grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and led all fifteen laps on his way to victory. Tyler Galatro enjoyed a great outing with a second place finish while Paul Richards Jr, Sydney Prince and Pat Bealer completed the top five. Glenn Macomber, Mallory Prince, newcomer Jonathan Swift, Geordan Marrero and Paul Richards Sr completed the top ten.
Olivia Mease was spot on in her return to racing as the young lady led all fifteen laps to claim the victory in the Powder Puff finale. Stacy McLaughlin, Deanna Cofano and Sara Silfee completed the field of racers.
Heat racing action at Hamlin continued to fuel the fires that make Hamlin Speedway the place to be on Saturday nights as Ryan Quackenbush was victorious in the Rookie 600 Sprint heat event. Two heats were required for the Stage One Modifieds with Jeff Hineline and Joel Smith securing wins. Wes Hearn captured the heat win for the Super Slingers. Steven Gully enjoyed a great night all around as he captured the first heat in the Wingless 600 Sprints and Chad Sandt captured heat number two.
The All Star Slingshots ran time trials and top timer was Alan Selemba with a 14.129 second lap just nipping Wes Hearn who timed at 14.222 seconds. Pat Bealer raised the bar in the 270 Sprints with a very fast 11.336 second lap and he just overshadowed Jacob Hendershot who timed at 11.421 seconds with his lap time. The Junior Slingshots also ran time trials with Jared Silfee timing quickest at 14.322 seconds over Anthony Recchio who stopped the clocks at 14.336 seconds. Jacob Hendershot was top timer in Topless 270 Sprints with a very quick 12.272 second lap just eking past Mallory Prince who timed at 12.275 seconds. Olivia Mease was fast timer in the Powder Puff time trials with a 14.044 second lap.
Newcomers or returning racers to the Hamlin Speedway for the Saturday night racing action included Jacob Severn, Matthew Swift and Dave Dornblaser in the 600 Sprints. Mike and Ron Jablonka were newcomers for the Super Slingers and good friend Rich Pursell enjoyed his second run of the season in the S&S Speedway Rental Wagon. Jonathan Swift and Josh Schaffer were newcomers for the 270 Sprints. Justin Hartz and Earlene Smyth were first timers for the Rookie 600 Sprints. Meredith Howell put the Smith Fabrications Stage One Rental car through its paces for the evening.
Birthday wishes were bestowed upon "Little Miss" Shelby McLaughlin who will turn 10 years old on Monday and to car owner Mark Gray.
Jason Vogel of Vogel Race Designs brought his new "Send It" Racewear to the speedway. To reach Jason for information, check out his website at: Jason can also be reached by phone at: 570 903 0811.
The speedway offered a moment of silence for racer Jim Campbell Jr who lost his life on Friday evening at the Williams Grove Speedway.
The speedway will be dark next week to allow our racing families to enjoy some quality time off from the rigors of racing. The speedway will return to action on August 29th with a full seven division show of racing excitement.
All Star Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Alan Selemba, Dale Kober, Austin Silfee, Tyler Pirone, Corey Cormier, Mike McLaughlin, Daniel Morgiewicz, Damon Paul, Jeff Cosgrove, Ryan Neiger, Mike Fogler, Tess Horvath, Mack Brink, John Rooks Jr, Donny Hockman, Chloe Andreas, Caitlin Henneforth, Hunter Metzger
270cc Sprints: Sydney Prince, Paul Richards Sr, Jacob Hendershot, Brittany Erlsten, Paul Richards Jr, Mallory Prince, Glenn Macomber, Josh Schaffer, Tyler Galatro, Kyle Ferrucci, Dylan Martin, Pat Bealer, Jonathan Swift, Brett Altemose, Geordan Marrero
600cc Wingless Sprints: Chad Sandt, Jacob Severn, Steven Gully, Joel Smith, Joseph Smith, Pat Bealer, Mick D'Agostino, Colin White, JD Casazza, Will Butler, Mike Van Pelt, Sam Kravitsky, Nick Corazzi, Rick Calvert, Matthew Swift, Dave Dornblaser, Grady Johnston, Tex Snyder
Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Will Casazza, Collin DuBois, Mark Henneforth, Joel Price, John Comandini, Alex Yankowski, Dylan Martin, Erin Paulison, Jakson Ring, Steve Darling, Meredith Howell, Jeff Hineline
Junior Slingshots: Jared Silfee, Tyler Peet, Justin Mills, Anthony Recchio, Taylor Mills, Alex Yankowski, Kyle Braun, Ashley Kober, Shelby McLaughlin, Michael Samony
Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, John Gilroy, John Rooks Sr, Janell Geary, Aaron Geary, Rich Pursell, Mike Jablonka, Ron Jablonka
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Carmen Leggio Jr, Ryan Quackenbush, AJ Hobbs, Jerry Rutledge, Kyle Exley, Justin Hartz, Earlene Smyth, Zach Farleigh
Topless 270 Sprints: Jacob Hendershot, Tyler Galatro, Paul Richards Jr, Sydney Prince, Pat Bealer, Glenn Macomber, Mallory Prince, Jonathan Swift, Geordan Marrero, Paul Richards Sr, Kyle Ferrucci, Brett Altemose, Josh Schaffer
Powder Puff Girls: Olivia Mease, Stacy McLaughlin, Deanna Cofano, Sara Silfee
Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for August 29th when all Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval. Next weekend, August 22nd, the speedway will be dark to allow families some quality vacation time away from the rigors of racing.
Make sure to 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
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