|Date: 5/2/2010 10:51:46 PM|
HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS
Hamlin, PA - Ryan Smith Bags A Double To Share Hamlin Speedway Spotlight With Five New Winners On Dickie Keiper Racing Supplies Night
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Beautiful warm weather and seven divisions of racing excitement filled the Hamlin Speedway speed arena last evening as more than 130 entries signed in to do battle at the Smith Family's Pocono playground. With fresh clay and much work done during the week to add to the already great facility, a standing room only crowd witnessed the many seasoned veterans and stars of tomorrow perform their special brand of magic on the racy 1/5 mile speedway. When all was said and done it was Kunkletown hotshoe "Flyin" Ryan Smith gracing victory lane two times during the evening and walking away with a fistful of cash as he captured the 270 Micro feature and then closed the show with a spectacular drive in the 600 Wingless Micro event to claim the $750.00 cash prize in the exciting 30-lap feature headliner for the wingless warriors. Five additional division winners were crowned during the evening's events that saw Parkville, New York second generation driving talent Rosalyn Trautschold claiming her first win in a wire to wire triumph in the Junior Slingshot run for the roses.
Kicking off the racing action found a series of exciting heat racing action taking place. Trautschold gave strong indication she held the hot hand as she claimed the first heat win for the Junior Slingshots that found Garden Stater Joe Malson Jr capturing the second heat win in a great drive. Round Robin Time Trials followed to set the line-up for the top 18 qualifiers in the headline 600 event and Joseph J Smith, in his Redemption Racing entry, clicked off the quickest lap with a time of 12.312 seconds for the 31 entries on hand for the evening. Paul Ennes and Tom Arntz captured Super Slinger heat wins and Ryan Smith, Rich O'Neill and newcomer Austin Burke were victorious in 270 Micro heat action. 600 Wingless Rookie action found Joe Kata and Shannon Smith collecting wins and champion quarter midget convert Glenn Macomber winning the 270 Rookie Micro heat win. Molly Chambers, Dana Smith and Bobby Van Blarcom captured the Regular Slingshot heat wins. Two B-Mains were required to establish the starting field for the 600 main event and last week's feature event winner Brittany Tresch and Tony Iudicello were victorious in gaining entry to the feature main.
Trautschold jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and quickly established her presence on the speedway. Lap after lap the young lady held off a talented field of drivers as her racer was able to maintain great drives off of the top of the racetrack to remain in front to claim her first win in Hamlin racing action. Kody Welsh was the runnerup with a great drive late in the event and Ricky Raisner continued to excel with a strong third place run while newcomer Taylor Eccles was fourth in his first Hamlin action and Joe Malson Jr completing the top five.
The 600 Rookie action was curtailed after 15-laps as time ran out on the event with Norfolk, Massachusetts traveler Alex Curley claiming the victory over first time performer Jonathan Hull. Brian Gilmore, Ryan Wood and Rhett Long rounded out the top five finishers. Trevor Dunn made his trip from Mohnton, Pennsylvania a successful one as the youngster wired the field to record his first Hamlin Speedway Rookie 270 win in one of the Rainbow Roofing sponsored hot rods. Weekend traveler Mick D'Agostino was a strong runnerup with Jeffrey Anderson, newcomer Wyatt Clark and Glenn Macomber following.
Aaron Hennerforth led the first two laps of the Super Slinger main before yielding to Effort resident Tom Arntz in his Tittle Used Parts sponsored entry. Arntz withstood the constant pressure from Bob Clark as the two veteran campaigners waged a war on the speedway with lots of side by side racing action and Arntz crossing under the checkered flag for his first Hamlin triumph. Clark was second in a strong performance with hard driving Henry Anderson, Henneforth and Ennes completing the top five.
Former Modified star Mike Esposito was the early leader in the 270 Micro main. Esposito maintained control of the event up until lap-13 when 8th place starting Ryan Smith sped past him and proceeded to drive away from the field in the remaining laps and in doing so quickly established a new track lap record on two consecutive laps as he lowered the time to 11.581 seconds for the 1/5 mile speedway. Esposito was the runnerup with come from behind Gene Burd overcoming an early spin to race back to third with Connecticut traveler CJ Heinig and Hellertown's Kurt Bettler completing the top five.
An all-female front row kicked off the Regular Slingshot main event. Pole Sitter Molly Chambers grabbed the early lead with Dana Smith a close second. Matt Massone drove into third place and the entire field remained close as the laps clicked off. A couple of cautions had track officials seizing the opportunity to look at leader Chamber's machine as the car began to make a bit of noise throughout the event. Coming down for a restart on lap-23, Massone took a chance to drive to the open door he felt opened up on turn two but Smith held her ground and the two cars made contact and Smith went darting for the Jersey barriers. The Smith machine was damaged and through for the night ending her great drive in the event and Massone was sent to the rear of the field. The next restart saw leader Chambers lose the muffler of the her race car ending her night and her chance for speedway glory and the race restarted with Mac Brink now the leader. Brink led the final two laps to capture the win over rookie Colin White, Henry Anderson, Paul Ennes and Dale Kober.
The final event had Stan "The Man" Tykarski leading the first half of the race while the heated action behind him made for a spectacular racing event. Ryan Smith had inched his way through the tough field from 8th starting position into the runnerup slot and began to utilze all of the lines of the raceway to find the sweet spot to move past the determined Tykarski.
Smith finally found the line to move past Tykarski on lap-18 and went on tho lead the final 12-laps of the event to win over first time performer Ryan Greth, steady Jerry Mack, outside invader "The Topton Tornado" Brett Arndt and "The Conductor" Bobby Butler.
The early season action at Hamlin has produced excellent side by racing action and continues to bring out great crowds to the Pocono facility. The many special events scheduled for the 2010 racing season will continue to reap rewards for the Smith Family promotional efforts. Wayne Lesher was on hand last evening at Hamlin as his 600 Pro Series will be in action at Hamlin on June 19th for the first time ever.
Lensman Dennis Takacs was on hand from AARN and Accord Speedway flagger Randy Filipowski was seen taking in the exciting racing action. Filipowski will have a first hand look from his starter's perch at Accord when the Keystone-Empire 600 Wingless Micro series kicks off next Friday evening on May 7th.
Doug Snyder made his first appearance at Hamlin in 2010 and the Hellertown resident recorded a 10th place finish in the 600 finale. Super talents Ryan Greth, Brett Arndt, and Mike Rutherford all qualified for the main with Greth and Arndt both securing top five finishes. Rutherford was an early dimissal from the event. Brett Michalski returned to the speedway with two race cars and had hard driving Shelby Harper aboard the second of the two cars. Harper was exciting but didn't make the transfer but Michalski made the transfer and was forced to switch cars for the main event and made a great drive from 24th starting position to finish the event in 7th place in the final rundown. Butler made a spectacular return from his end over end flip from a week a go to claim a top five finish in the main.
PJ Dempsey returned to action at Hamlin on Saturday and was 8th in the Super Slinger main event. Former Modified campaigner Johnny Strupp continues to learn the ropes of the Slingshots and earned a 10th place finish last evening. Mark Henneforth made his first appearance at Hamlin and recorded an 11th place finish. In the Junior event, it was Taylor Eccles coming in for the first time and scoring a fourth place finish in his first outing at Hamlin. Jonathan Hull made his first apperance a good one as he scored the runnerup position in the 600 Rookie main. Ashley Harper took over her sister's machine for the evening but did not finish the main event. Joe Kata and Geordan Farry both suffered from blown tires and Shannon Smith broke a shock on her mount to send the drivers to sidelines prematurely. Jarid Kunkle returned to the 270 action and was 8th in the main event. Bill Darcy made his first appearance to the speedway in 2010 and did not finish the main event. Austin Burke made his first appearance and after a heat race win suffred a multitude of problems the remainder of the evening. Mike McLaughlin was on the Hamlin scene for the initial time in 2010 and scored an 8th place finish in the Slingshot main.
Regular Slingshots: Mac Brink, Colin White, Henry Anderson, Paul Ennes, Dale Kober, Bobby Van Blarcom, Kyle Rode, Mike McLaughlin, Kyle Rutledge, John Pantis, Vinny Zazzero, Donnie Hockman, John Bockhorn, Matt Massone, Justin Brewster, Richie Van Orden, Jess Benke, Molly Chambers, Dana Smith, Jim Johnston, Mathew Langbein, Nathan West, Simon Egan, Russell Benke, Billy Clark, Cory Haab
270 Micros: Ryan Smith, Mike Esposito, Gene Burd, CJ Heinig, Kurt Bettler, Matt Mountz, Larry Mekic, Rich O'Neill, Jacob Hendershot, Rick Cascario, Jarid Kunkle, Larry Hoagland, Jamie Czekai, Kevin Prichard, Nunzi Allegrucci, Robbie Watson, Bill Darcy, Gene Beadle, Jacob Severn, Darin Bartholomew, Austin Burke
600 Wingless Micros: Ryan Smith, Ryan Greth, Jerry Mack, Brett Arndt, Bobby Butler, Stan Tykarski, Brett Michalski, Jimmy Glenn, Gary Berkenstock, Doug Snyder, Mark Gilmore, Dave Dimaio, Brittany Tresch, Keith McIntyre, Tony Iudicello, Joseph J Smith, Chris Stockham, Billy Clark, Rob Vivona, Mike Rutherford, Shane Ely, Jason Van Doren, Austin Ely, Kyle Lick
Junior Slingshots: Rosalyn Trautschold, Kody Welsh, Ricky Raisner, Taylor Eccles, Joe Malson Jr, Danny Buccafusca, Thomas Strupp, Mathew Gaughan, AJ Tonkin, Jacob Dunn, Mackenzie Tresch, Zack Weisenfluh, Chris Kurtz
Super Slingshots: Tommy Arntz, Bob Clark, Henry Anderson, Aaron Henneforth, Paul Ennes, Mike Pontrelli, Jim Johnston, PJ Dempsey, Donny Hockman, Johnny Strupp, Mark Henneforth, Roger Collins, Jerry Hughes, Dale Kober, Mathew Langbein, Lea Anna Tonkin
270 Rookie Micros: Trevor Dunn, Mick D'Agostino, Jeffrey Anderson, Wyatt Clark, Glenn Macomber, Austin Burke
600 Rookie Wingless Micros: Alex Curley, Jonathan Hull, Brian Gilmore, Ryan Wood, Rhett Long, Ben Quinones, Mark Berkenstock, Ashley Harper, Shannon Smith, Joe Kata, Geordan Farry
Racing every Saturday evening. May 8th will find all divisions in action on Hamlin Speedway Night that will feature a Special Night for the 270 Winged Micros paying $750.00 to the winner based on a 24 car starting field. The event will will also be Round 1 of the Keystone/Empire 600 Wingless Micro series. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 1 PM; Drivers Registration is between 2:00 and 4:30; Drivers Meeting at 4:45; Hot Laps are at 5:00 and the racing begins at 6 PM sharp. Admission Prices 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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