|Date: 9/20/2015 12:24:36 PM|
HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS
Hamlin, PA : Hamlin Speedway Completes 2015 Season In Spectacular Fashion; Brett Bieber Wins Tour Event
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Hamlin Speedway opened their gates on Saturday evening for seven divisions of racing including the touring stars of the All Star Slingshot division. Great weather was in the forecast for the local area and the weatherman didn't disappoint on this particular evening. Another stellar field of talented race car drivers and a standing room only crowd saw 142 entrants sign in for battle with 40 Slingshot entries all hoping to land a big prize in the fifty lap All Star Slingshot National event. Hamlin Speedway Promoters Denise and Randy Smith had the speedway rarin' to go with the National Tour event and a $1,000.00 plus prize posted for the tour event. S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts, located in Snydersville, Pennsylvania sponsored the evening of speed.
When the final checkered flag fell of the evening of racing it was off to the Tech area for the top five All Star Slingshot finishers. After Tech, Jared LaBagh's car was determined to be illegal, disqualifying him from the event and turning the win and the loot over to Brett Bieber. Damon Paul took over the Joel Smith racer for the evening and the youngster raced to a win in the Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modified event. Anthony Recchio has been knocking on the door all season long in search of his first victory. On this evening he did just that as he overpowered the field to capture his first ever win at Hamlin Speedway in the Junior Slingshot finale. "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn raced to his ninth win of the season to capture the Super Slinger headliner. The Rookie 600 Sprint main event was captured by "The Flash Over Kid" Jerry Rutledge as he wired the field for his second victory of the season. "The Edge" Eddie Strada returned to the speedway and scored his eighth win of the season in the Wingless 600 Sprint main event. "The J-Shot" Jacob Hendershot had a fast hot rod under him as he steered the Miller Paint Store sponsored Widdos racer to his eighth win of the season in the 270 Sprint main for the winged warriors.
The Hampton RV and Trailer Stage One Modifieds saw Empire State star Damon Paul outhustling Stephen Darling at the drop of the green and grab the lead. "The Daredevil" Collin DuBois would jump into the runner-up slot one lap later and he would begin to pressure Paul for the lead. Paul turned up the wick and was able to open some distance by the midway point. Paul would click off laps in the 12.847 range and be spot on in a dazzling performance on his way to the win. DuBois would run second with Stephen Darling, Dylan Martin and Bill Dianella completing the top five. The second five found Alex Yankowski, Mark Henneforth, Cole Hentschel, Erin Paulison, ChloeAndreas and newcomer Evan Civick following.
The "stars of tomorrow" in the Junior Slingshot division took to the speedway for their twenty lap feature. Seventeen young men and ladies answered the call for the twenty lap excursion and pole sitting Jared Silfee jumped into the lead and would lead the first two laps. Anthony Recchio found a seam he liked at the top of the raceway and took over the lead. Although the competition was solid throughout the field, Recchio was on the money with lap times in the 13,957 range and he drove away to his first ever win at the speedway. Silfee was second with Cole Stangle, Tyler Peet and Justin Mills completing the top five. Josh Marcus, Kyle Braun, Reese Nowotarski, Ashley Kober and Alex Yankowski completed the top ten.
Jacob Hendershot grabbed the lead took at the drop of the green flag in the final for the 270 Sprints and made it look pretty easy as he broke away from the field early on then put on a dazzling display of threading the needle through the lapped cars as he captured his win of the season. "The J-Shot" reeled off some quick times in the 11.355 range on his way to his eighth win of the season. Paul Richards Jr was second with Pat Bealer hustling through the field from 13th position to finish third. Mallory and Sydney Prince completed the top five. Shawna Winters, Tyler Galatro, Kyle Ferrucci and Geordan Marrero completed the field running at the finish.
The Super Slinger feature found John Gilroy leading through the first seven laps until mechanical woes sidelined him for the evening. Wes Hearn inherited the lead and the remainder of the race proved to be quick and faultless as Hearn captured his ninth win of the season. Dale Kober would hustle hard to second with Jim Conroy, Aaron Geary and John Rooks Sr finishing up the top five. The remainder of the field included Joseph Smith, Janell Geary, newcomer Tom White, Jeff Haduck, and another newcomer Wendy Guest.
The Rookie Wingless 600 Sprint found "The Flash Over Kid" Jerry Rutledge with a fast hot rod throughout the run as he grabbed the lead at the start and fought off advances from numerous drivers to capture his second win of the season. Rutledge worked the top of the speedway to perfection as whirled around the speedway with consistent 12.513 times. AJ Hobbs was second with Ryan Quackenbush third, newcomer Tim Bauer in fourth and a recent addition to the field Scott Slater completing the top five. The returning John Vreeland, Tony Parlanti, Danielle Dickinson, Noah Zielinski and Kyle Exley completed the top ten.
The headliner for the All Star Slingshots saw the best 28 Slingshot drivers in the country duke it out on the Hamlin Speedway real estate for fifty hard driving laps. The early going found Louden Reimert blasting out of the starting blocks to lead the early laps of the event. Dale Kober started fourth and was able to split the seam between two cars in front of him to jump into the runner-up slot. On lap sixteen, Reimert and Kober got together as Kober dove to the bottom of the raceway and the two got together resulting in Reimert being towed to the pits and Kober restarting from the back of the bus.
At that point, Jared LaBagh inherited the lead and the Empire State driving star was in the zone as he raced to daylight. Throughout the field, the racing was intense as one by one close battles led to more close battles as the field jockeyed to move themselves through the field. LaBagh was up to the task as he turned a quick time at 13.182 seconds to race to an apparent win on the speedway in a car he borrowed just for the evening. In Tech, the car was deemed illegal turning the loot and the win over to Brett Bieber who turned in a solid run all evening.
Behind Bieber all positions moved up one spot giving second place to Wes Hearn, with Chris Kurtz in third, invader Kassidy Kreitz fourth and current National Slingshot Champion Dylan Hoch fifth. Don Schmidt headed up the second five with Cody Kline, Austin Silfee, Charlie Lawrence, and Henry Anderson following. Eleventh to fifteenth positions were filled in by Alan Selemba, Dillon Steuer, Johns Rooks Jr, Anthony Raisner and Mike McLaughlin. Seventeen cars were on the lead lap when the event was checkered.
The Wingless 600 Sprint 20-lap main event proved to be one of the most free-wheeling events ever at the speedway. Eddie Strada grabbed the lead at the start and after testing the cushion for a few laps dropped his racer to the baseline as he led the event. The contenders were deep in talent in this event as one by one they emerged with their own thoughts of capturing the event. Chad Sandt raced from fifth into the runner-up slot and followed Strada to the baseline as did the returning Robbie Hocker. From the top of the raceway, Grady Johnston, who was bounced around at the start, recovered and put on a dazzling display of rim riding along with Colin White at the outer reaches of the speedway. Behind them, the action was just as tough as the competition level was truly out of sight.
Strada turned laps in the 12.003 range consistently and would go on to capture his eighth win of the season at Hamlin. Sandt was a close second with Johnston working overtime for third, Colin White fourth and Brandon Azzalina completing the top five. Robbie Hocker headed up the second five with the returning Danny Buccafusca, Mick D'Agostino, Sam Kravitsky and Joel Smith following. The next five included Joseph Smith, Chris Kurtz, Ryan Quackenbush, Jordan Tittle and Rick Calvert. Twenty one cars finished on the lead lap.
Promoter Randy Smith had the 1/5th clay cushioned oval in top form as always. The drivers could work the speedway from the baseline to the top of the cushion and many of them did making for a fabulous show throughout the evening.
A series of time trials for three divisions kicked off the evening. Damon Paul was top timer for the Stage One Modifieds with a time of 12.988 seconds just nipping Stephen Darling who timed at 13 seconds flat. Wes Hearn was the top gun for the Super Slingers with a time of 14.091 seconds nipping John Gilroy who turned a 14.144 second lap. The 600 Sprints took to the oval and Grady Johnston nailed it with a 11.818 second lap to defeat Eddie Strada who timed at 11. 847 and Joel Smith and Robbie Hocker who both timed at 11.980.
Two rounds of heats followed for the All Star Slingshots. Louden Reimert, Brett Bieber, Alan Selemba and Daniel Morgiewicz captured wins in the first round while Chris Kurtz, Russell Benke, Wes Hearn and Tyler Pirone were victorious in round two. Three heats were run for the Rookie Wingless 600 Sprints and capturing the wins were Tim Bauer, Jerry Rutledge and Jesse James Bartleson. Reese Nowotarski and Shelby McLaughlin captured Junior Slingshot heat wins. Sydney Prince and Jacob Hendershot captured heat wins in the 270 Sprints.
New faces at the speedway were abundant with Quarter Midget star Evan Civick taking his first ride in one of Richie Smith's Stage One Modified hot rods. Samantha Muller, the newly crowned track champion at the Accord Speedway, made her first appearance at Hamlin. Tanner Jones was another first timer in the Junior Slingshot division. Wendy Guest made her first start as did Tom White in the Super Slingers. Tim Bauer, Brian Robinson and Jan Gensits were all first time performers in the Rookie 600 Sprints. Kassidy Kreitz, Jake Bedell and Matt Shultz were first timers in the All Star Slingshots. Shultz is the son of Modified star Chris Shultz and is coming off a season where he captured many wins at the Accord Speedway.
An anonymous donor, Jay's Pool Service and S&S Speedways puffed up the purse for the All Star Slingshots on this the final night of the racing season, resulting in an increased payout for all qualified cars. The Hard Luck Award went to Louden Reimert and the Hard Charger Award went to Henry Anderson, who was credited with passing seventeen cars during the fifty laps of competition.
Danny Serrano from Bridgeport Speedway was back for the evening promoting some additional races the New Jersey speedway has on tap for the remainder of the season. Speedway Entertainment guru Rich Tobias was also seen taking in the action.
The event closes the season at Hamlin and it was another great season for all involved. The speedway is ten seasons strong under the Smith Family promotional reigns and plans are already in the works for the 2016 racing season. Special thanks to the loyal Hamlin Speedway fans who follow their stars to the speedway each and every week of the season.
One final note; No drones were spotted for the first time in weeks!
All Star Slingshots: (National Tour 50 Laps) Brett Bieber, Wes Hearn, Chris Kurtz, Kassidy Kreitz, Dylan Hoch, Don Schmidt, Cody Kline, Austin Silfee, Charlie Lawrence, Henry Anderson, Alan Selemba, Dillon Steuer, John Rooks Jr, Anthony Raisner, Mike McLaughlin, Damon Paul, Dale Kober, Daniel Morgiewicz, Cole Hentschel, Tyler Pirone, Corey Cormier, Louden Reimert, Mack Brink, Tom Arntz, Russell Benke, Mike Fogler, Donnie Hockman, Jared LaBagh (DQ)
270cc Sprints: Jacob Hendershot, Paul Richards Jr, Pat Bealer, Mallory Prince, Sydney Prince, Shawna Winters, Tyler Galatro, Kyle Ferrucci, Geordan Marrero, Robbie Watson, Dylan Martin, Jenna Schostkewitz, Glenn Macomber
600cc Wingless Sprints: Eddie Strada, Chad Sandt, Grady Johnston, Colin White, Brandon Azzalina, Robbie Hocker, Danny Buccafusca, Mick D'Agostino, Sam Kravitsky, Joel Smith, Joseph Smith, Chris Kurtz, Ryan Quackenbush, Jordan Tittle, Rick Calvert, Carmen Leggio Jr, Will Butler, Scott Slater, Scott Rupp, Scott Slater Jr, Bob Bartleson, Danielle Dickinson, JD Casazza, Mike Van Pelt, Brody Adamsky, Nick Corazzi, Paul Richards Sr, Pat Bealer
Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Damon Paul, Collin DuBois, Stephen Darling, Dylan Martin, Bill Dianella, Alex Yankowski, Mark Henneforth, Cole Hentschel, Erin Paulison, Chloe Andreas, Evan Civick
Junior Slingshots: Anthony Recchio, Jared Silfee, Cole Stangle, Tyler Peet, Justin Mills, Josh Marcus, Kyle Braun, Reese Nowotarski, Ashley Kober, Alex Yankowski, Shelby McLaughlin, JJ Rice, Samantha Muller, John Kendall, Tanner Jones, Taylor Mills, Jake Mason
Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, Dale Kober, Jim Conroy, Aaron Geary, John Rooks Sr, Joseph Smith, Janell Geary, Tom White, Jeff Haduck, Wendy Guest, John Gilroy
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Jerry Rutledge, AJ Hobbs, Ryan Quackenbush, Tim Bauer, Scott Slater, John Vreeland, Tony Parlanti, Danielle Dickinson, Noah Zielinski, Kyle Exley, JR Segar, Carmen Leggio Jr, Carmen Leggio Sr, Scott Slater Jr, Bob Bartleson, Justin Hartz, Ron Bosga, Scott Rupp, Brian Robinson, Jan Gensits, Jesse James Bartleson
Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. This concludes the 2015 racing season at the Hamlin Speedway. Make sure to check the Hamlin Speedway website or Facebook page for any additional information regarding the Speedway Banquet and all related racing dialogue.
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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