Hamlin Speedway Goes Over The Top With Outstanding Labor Day Show

Date: 9/6/2015 4:25:04 AM

Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Goes Over The Top With Outstanding Labor Day Show
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
The last days of summer in the Pocono Mountain produced a hot humid day as the Smith Family ushered in Labor Day weekend at their 1/5th mile Hamlin Speedway. The heat of the day was no match for the sizzling action that took place out on the speedway channels as the drivers were primed and ready for action and came away with another spectacular evening of racing events. The heart-stopping side by side action highlighted a great evening of racing that found the speedway action completed by 10:20 PM. The evening of speed was presented by S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts located in Snydersville, Pennsylvania.
The racing action also produced some familiar names on the Hamlin scene with the cream of the crop rising to the occasion to land in Victory Circle. "Kid Ice" Cole Hentschel made it two in a row in the All Star Slingshots with a solid wire to wire triumph. "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith raced for pride and glory as he wired the field in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified thirty lap feature to win the Roy Smith Memorial event named for his late grandfather, one of the pioneers of modified racing in the Northeast. "The A-Team" Brandon Azzalina pulled out all of the stops to overtake Joel Smith with two laps remaining to claim his fourth win of the season in the 600 Sprints. Jared Silfee had the hot ticket as he marched to his third win of the season in the Junior Slingshot main event. "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn was all right foot from the start and wired the field for his eighth win of the season in the Super Slinger finale. "The Icon" Pat Bealer found himself alone in the zone as he captured his seventh win of the season in the 270 Sprint finale. AJ Hobbs had himself a fast hot rod as he captured his sixth win of the season in the Rookie 600 Sprint main. Former Modified driver Ray Woodall Sr dusted off his racing suit and climbed into a race car and then went out captured the special Mechanic's Race at the speedway
Cole Hentschel and Corey Cormier brought the 24-car All Star Slingshot field down for the start of their twenty lap feature encounter. Hentschel picked up where he left off last week and seized command of the point with Cormier and Mack Brink keeping pace with the high flying Hentschel. The close racing action took a toll early on with a couple of fender benders taking some drivers to the sidelines. Hentschel remained quick throughout knocking off some times in the 13.434 second range to keep the rest of the field at bay. Hentschel would race to his second consecutive victory with Corey Cormier, Mack Brink, Daniel Morgiewicz and Wes Hearn completing the top five. The second five were Mike McLaughlin, Dale Kober, Hunter DeMeglio, Austin Silfee and Alan Selemba.
Pat Bealer was a rocket from the drop of the green flag as he found the Hamlin Speedway surface superb and he led every lap of the 270 Sprint main to capture his seventh win of the season. The racing behind him was excellent as many places changed hands throughout the twenty lap run. Paul Richards Sr, Paul Richards Jr, Sydney Prince and Mallory Prince completed the top five. Glenn Macomber, Kyle Ferrucci, Dylan Martin, Shawna Winters, Brittany Erlsten,Tyler Galatro, Morgan Rochelle and JJ Uliana completed the field.
Joel Smith seized the lead at the drop of the green flag and glued himself to the top reaches of the speedway in the 600 Sprint main. Smith would build on his lead but some scrambles would bring the field back together and always negating Smith's real estate gain. Smith led for the first fifteen laps but on a restart found himself back in second place as Brandon Azzalina glued himself to the baseline of the speedway and forged into the lead. Smith came back one lap later to regain the lead but Azzalina would charge back into the lead with two laps remaining and capture his fourth win of the season. Joel Smith was second in a great performance with Colin White third, Grady Johnston fourth and Pat Bealer rounding out the top five. Joseph Smith, Chad Sandt, Chris Kurtz Sam Kravitsky and Mike Van Pelt rounded out the top ten.
Jared Silfee and Taylor Mills brought "the stars of tomorrow" starting field to the line for their 20-lap main headliner. Silfee won the drag race into turn one with Taylor Mills keeping pace. As the laps clicked off, Silfee would remain in control of the point with Mills and sixth place starting Anthony Recchio engaged in battle. Tyler Peet would soon join the fight but Silfee was in complete command of the event and would race under the checkered flag with his third win of the season. Taylor Mills, Anthony Recchio, Tyler Peet and Cole Stangle completed the top five. Alex Yankowski, Josh Marcus, Ashley Kober, Shelby McLaughlin and Justin Mills completed the top ten.
AJ Hobbs was at the top of his game in the Rookie 600 Sprints as he used all of the channels of the Hamlin track to carve out a lead and then hold off a pair of hard chargers in Carmen Leggio Jr and Ryan Quackenbush to capture his sixth win of the season. Leggio Jr was second with Quackenbush third, and newcomers Scott Slater Jr and Scott Slater rounding out the top five. Kyle Exley enjoyed a solid run in sixth with newcomer Noah Zielinski, JR Segar, newcomer Josh Smethers, newcomer Carmen Leggio Sr and Ron Bosga following.
The Super Slingers finale saw Wes Hearn drive away from the field at the drop of the green flag and he would lead all of the way to capture his eighth win of the season. Dale Kober was second with John Gilroy third, newcomer Kyle Jashembowski fourth and Derrick Cormier fifth. Modified talent, "The Hurricane" Mike Schane was sixth with Roger Collins, Jeff Haduck, Janell Geary and Aaron Geary following.
The Hampton RV and Trailer Sales Stage One Modified shootout, the Roy Smith Memorial, found Joel Smith on the pole after his grandmother, Evelyn Smith, picked the number for him in the re-draw. That was all he needed as he drove away from the field to collect lap money with each passing lap enroot to his tenth win of the season and a very important win at that. Bill Dianella was the runner-up with Tim Howell hustling from eighth to finish third and collect the Hard Charger Award posted by GA Motorsports Media. Stephen Darling continues to impress with a fourth place finish with Alex Yankowski, newcomer Michael Burns, Will Casazza, John Lakatos and Erin Paulison completing the field.
The Mechanics event found Ray Woodall Sr making a late event pass of Steve Pirone to claim the curtain closer for the evening. Seamus McGee was a distant third with Buck Giupin, Mike Fogler Sr and Keith Mihalik completing the field.
Pearl Jams:
Even though the weather was hot and humid, a nice crowd came out to the speedway to witness a great evening of racing activities. The racing surface was impeccable as the track remained racy throughout the evening with Promoter Randy Smith and crew working on the track throughout the evening to give the drivers a great surface with which to ply their trade.
Time trials kicked off the racing activity for half of the divisions while qualifying heats provided the fans with what were like mini-feature events as the talented drivers dug deep into the Hamlin clay to earn their starting spots for the feature events. AJ Hobbs was the top timer in the Rookie 600 Sprints with a 12.319 clocking. John Gilroy earned the top spot in the Super Slingshot division with a 14.011 time just nipping Wes Hearn who timed at 14.050. Pat Bealer was the quick timer in the 270 Sprints when he stopped the clocks at 14.409 seconds.
Taylor Mills and Jared Silfee claimed Junior Slingshot heat wins. Corey Cormier, Cole Hentschel and Mack Brink were heat winners in the All Star Slingshots. Wingless 600 Sprints heats were claimed by Grady Johnston and Joel Smith. Two rounds of heats were run for the Stage One Modifieds with Joel Smith and Collin DuBois were victorious in the first round while Joel Smith and Alex Yankowski claimed the wins in round two.
Smith Family Matriarch Eveleyn Smith was on hand for the event honoring her late husband and along with her was close friend Mary Adam, the widow of the legendary Modified great, "The Kutztown Komet" Freddy Adam.
Former Lake Mocatek Speedway flagger Cary Graham was on hand with his son Modified talent Brett Graham as they came to support Anthony Recchio, the son of driving talent Phil Recchio.
Close to $500.00 was raised in a couple of days for lap sponsorship of the Roy Smith Memorial event. The Hamlin Speedway and Staff and Smith Fabrications would like to thank Tom and Jakson Ring, J&K Landscaping, Mark Gray Automotive, RS Race Engines, Mackenzie Smith, Smith Family, Dylan Martin, Amy Renee Hanna, Advanced Concrete, Landon Scheckler, Comscape Landscaping, Laura Smith, Kylie Kuntzman, Lori and Ron Brown, Dale Kober, Chloe Andreas, Silfee Racing, Cityline Truck and Trailer, Damon Paul, Russ and Mary Furry, Brink Racing, Strictly Dirt Photography, Hampton RV and Trailer Sales and GA Motorsports Media for their great support of this annual event.
If you have not yet experienced an evening of racing at Hamlin, next week would be the ticket to come out and witness the best small car division racing in the country. With only two shows left in 2015, the drivers will have to be at their best should they have aspirations for a track title.
All Star Slingshots: Cole Hentschel, Corey Cormier, Mack Brink, Daniel Morgiewicz, Wes Hearn, Mike McLaughlin, Dale Kober, Hunter DeMeglio, Austin Silfee, Alan Selemba, Jeff Cosgrove, Tess Horvath, Jordan Lawrence, Chloe Andreas, Jarrad Miller, John Kamas, Ryan Neiger, John Kendall, Mike Fogler, Amanda Conroy, Dillon Steuer, Tyler Pirone, Hunter Metzger, Matt Henneforth
270cc Sprints: Pat Bealer, Paul Richards Sr, Paul Richards Jr, Sydney Prince, Mallory Prince, Glenn Macomber, Kyle Ferrucci, Dylan Martin, Shawna Winters, Brittany Erlsten, Tyler Galatro, Morgan Rochelle, JJ Uliana
600cc Wingless Sprints: Brandon Azzalina, Joel Smith, Colin White, Grady Johnston, Pat Bealer, Joseph Smith, Chad Sandt, Chris Kurtz, Sam Kravitsky, Mike Van Pelt, Nick Corazzi, Brody Adamsky, JD Casazza, Mike Linderman, Molly Chambers, Rick Calvert, AJ Hobbs, Jordan Tittle
Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: (Roy Smith Memorial) Joel Smith, Bill Dianella, Tim Howell, Stephen Darling, Alex Yankowski, Michael Burns, Will Casazza, John Lakatos, Erin Paulison, Dylan Martin, John Comandini, Collin DuBois, Cole Hentschel (DNS)
Junior Slingshots: Jared Silfee, Taylor Mills, Anthony Recchio, Tyler Peet, Cole Stangle, Alex Yankowski, Josh Marcus, Ashley Kober, Shelby McLaughlin, Justin Mills, Kyle Braun, Jake Mason, Michael Corbin, JJ Rice
Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, John Gilroy, Kyle Jashembowski, Derrick Cormier, Mike Schane, Roger Collins, Jeff Haduck, Janell Geary, Aaron Geary, Aaron Henneforth
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: AJ Hobbs, Carmen Leggio Jr, Ryan Quackenbush, Scott Slater Jr, Scott Slater, Kyle Exley, Noah Zielinski, JR Segar, Josh Smethers, Carmen Leggio Sr, Ron Bosga, Justin Hartz
Mechanics Race: Ray Woodall Sr, Steve Pirone, Deamus McGee, Buck Giupin, Mike Fogler Sr, Keith Mihalik
Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for September 12th when all Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval highlighted by the All Star Slingshot National Tour 50. A grand prize of $1,000.00 awaits the winner based on a 24 entry car count. 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
Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Yankowski Enterprises, Triple Cities Mack, Dickie Keiper Speed Supplies, Ron Brown Hauling, Classic Cycles, Kim's Kreations, RockAuto.com, Howe's Comfort Inn and Santarelli And Sons Oil Company are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Hamlin Speedway, logon to their well documented website at: http://hamlinspeed.com or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500. Visit us often for a great night of racing action as............................................

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