Hamlin Speedway Falls Victim To Mother Nature After Heat Events

Date: 5/9/2010 2:59:25 AM


Hamlin, PA - Hamlin Speedway Falls Victim To Mother Nature After Heat Events
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Despite a valiant effort by the track management and the 130 race teams that traveled to the speedway for another Saturday night of great racing excitement, the forces of Mother Nature proved to be too powerful and all feature events were cancelled for the evening at the "Action Track in the Poconos" the Hamlin Speedway. The racing action on the raceway was excellent early on with a strong series of heat events for all divisions except for the winged warriors of the 270 Micro Sprint division, who did time trials to determine the starting field for the 30-lap event that was to pay out $750.00 to the winner along with some contingency bucks offered up by headline sponsor Dickie Keiper Racing Supplies located in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. The speedway was once again in tip-top shape as the 1/5 mile clay oval offered some great side by side racing action throughout the seven speedway divisions. The fast time in the 270 Micro Sprint division was set by Wapwallopen resident Gene Burd as Burd stopped the clocks with a 11.952 lap time to claim the $50.00 prize posted by Dickie Keiper Racing Supplies who also added in two $25.00 prizes for second and third place fast times and captured by Robbie Watson and defending track champion Nunzi Allegrucci.
Kicking off the heat racing action found a series of exciting heat racing action taking place. The "Rockaway Rocket" Danny Buccafusca captured the first heat in the Junior Slingshots with a win over "The Communicator" Mathew Gaughan. Lehigh Valley hot shoe "Slick" Raick Raisner captured the second heat win in a great drive over last week's Junior Slingshot feature event winner Rosalyn Trautschold. Rhett Long won the 600 Rookie Wingless heat event in wire to wire drive over the "Goshen Gladiator" Joe Kata. Aaron Henneforth found victory lane for the first time ever in a heat race win over Mathew Langbein in the first Super Slinger heat event and defending track champion the "Oxford Express" Dale Kober captured the second with a win over the hard driving Henry Anderson. 600 Wingless Micro action found track champion the "Wild Thing" Mark Gilmore claiming a heat win over Billy Clark in the first and Brett Michalski winning the second in a great drive over "The Conductor" Bobby Butler. Brittany Tresch won the third heat as she left the field in her wake at the start and won over Green Lane driving talent Gary Berkenstock. Port Crane, New York's "The Warrior" Jeff Anderson won the 270 Rookie Micro heat event over Austin Burke. Nathan "The Wild Wild" West captured the first Slingshot heat over New Yorker Vinny Zazzero and the "Flying Dutchman" Richie Van Orden captured the second heat with a win over the hard charging Matt Massone. "Double J" Jimmy Johnston captured the third heat with a win over go kart convert Jess Benke in her best performance to date in her new division in 2010.
While Mother Nature eventually won out, the intermittent showers that came and went throughout the evening made for a tacky wide racy surface that offered plenty of exciting racing action that saw as many as three distinct racing grooves formed on the raceway that created the many side by side battles on the speedway. Promoter Randy Smith sprung into action with each passing shower and the show was able to move along on time despite the many delays for the rain showers.
Additional contingency dollars were made available through the courtesy of Hartman's Landscaping based out of the Garden State. The Hartman Family has added an additional $50.00 to the winner of the 600 event with $25.00 set aside for the second and third place finishers.
"The Boss" Ross Perchak was among the notables on hand for a run at the bucks at the speedway in the 270 Micro division. Tommy Kunsman Sr and Jr returned to Hamlin action for the first time in two weeks after Kunsman Jr got upside down in a racing incident. Mark Manieri Jr made his first Hamlin appearance and found a pretty fast line around the raceway in his self built beautiful appearing Micro. Todd Bertand made the trip down from the New England States to compete in the event and looked strong in qualifying and in the hot lap sessions before the rains came. Dave Nelson made his first Hamlin appearance as did Rob Pajauis from Asbury, New Jersey. In the Slingshots, Steve Yankowski Sr and Jr made their first appearances at the speedway in 2010. Amanda Quinones made her first Hamlin start in a couple of seasons and Steve Intravaia made his first appearance since last summer, both up from the Carolinas.
Harlee Schaeffer, who has already visited victory lane in 2010, was back in action as was her sister Cheyenne in the rookie 270 Micro action. John Vreeland also made his first Hamlin start. Dalton Smale made his second appearance of the season in the former Mark Berkenstock championship mount and was getting around the race track very well as he scored a top five finish in his heat event. Jimmy Babb, a multi-time feature event winner last season at the Accord Speedway and the runnerup in the Slingshot points at Accord, made his first Hamlin appearance of the season and the Garden Stater qualified for the main event. Troy Langendorfer made his first appearance, but problems with the race car kept the Honesdale resident on the sidelines for at least another week.  JR Fulper made his first Hamlin action and the driving talent came in for a third place run in his heat event.
With seven feature events to be accounted for, track managment set aside some time after the races to determine how to include the events into future Hamlin programs while remaining on time with the well-paced racing program. The Junior Slingshot feature will be made up next week on May 15th. The speedway will be idle on May 22nd but will roar back to life on May 29th with a Memorial Day Spectacular that will include extra distance events for all racing divisions and the make-up 270 and 600 Micro feature events from the May 8th cancellation tonight. Additional details will be included in future press releases as well as the speedway website.
Regular Slingshots: Jim Johnston, Nathan West, Matt Massone, Jess Benke, Simon Egan, Dana Smith, John Bockhorn, Rich Van Orden, Vinny Zazzero, Kyle Rode, Dale Kober, JR Fulper, Dalton Smale, Paul Ennes, Mathew Langbein, Colin White, Bobby Van Blarcom, Mac Brink, Steve Yankowski Jr, Kyle Rutledge, Jimmy Babb, Justin Brewster, John Pantis, Cory Haab, Troy Langendorfer
270 Micros: Austin Burke, Nunzi Allegrucci, Todd Bertrand, Robbie Watson, Gene Burd, Ross Perchak, Rich O'Neill, Kurt Bettler, Joe Smith, Mike Esposito, Gene Beadle, CJ Heinig, Rick Cascario, Kevin Pritchard, Mark Manieri, Larry Mekic, Matt Mountz, Rob Pajauis, Tom Kunsman Sr, Jamie Czekai, Jacob Severn, Larry Hoagland, Jacob Hendershot, Dave Nelson, Tommy Kunsman Jr, Darin Bartholomew
600 Wingless Micros: Shelby Harper, Mark Gilmore, Shannon Smith, Bobby Butler, Joseph J Smith, Billy Clark, Gary Berkenstock, Jason Van Doren, Jeff Schall, Brett Michalski, Brittany Tresch, Matt Mountz, Rob Vivona, Keith McIntyre, Allan Kellogg, Jerry Mack, Austin Ely, Steve Intravaia, Rick Calvert, Shane Ely, Amanda Quinones, Kyle Lick, Jonathan Hull
Junior Slingshots: Danny Buccafusca, Mathew Gaughan, Tyler Dipple, Chris Kurtz, Kody Welsh, Jacob Dunn, Ricky Raisner, Rosalyn Trautschold, AJ Tonkin, Thomas Laga, Thomas Strupp, Mackenzie Tresch
Super Slingshots: Aaron Henneforth, Mathew Langbein, Donny Hockman, John Strupp, Dale Kober, Henry Anderson, Jim Johnston, Bob Clark, Mike Pontrelli, Tom Arntz, Mark Henneforth, Roger Collins, Paul Ennes, Dale Reed, PJ Dempsey, Tommy Vroom Jr, Steve Yankowski Sr, Jerry Hughes
270 Rookie Micros: Harlee Schaeffer, Austin Burke, Jeff Anderson, Kyle Rutledge, John Vreeland, Glenn Macomber, Cheyenne Schaeffer, Trevor Dunn
600 Rookie Wingless Micros: Rhett Long, Jonathan Hull, Joe Kata, Ben Quinones, Brian Gilmore, Ryan Wood, Alex Curley, Mark Berkenstock, Ed Jones
Racing every Saturday evening. May 15th will find all divisions back in action on S&S Speedways Night that will feature the Briggs & Stratton Mid-Atlantic Gold Slingshot Tour in a twin heat format with a 30-lap feature and $500.00 on the line for the winner. The make up feature for the Junior Slingshots from May 8th has also been added to the racing card. 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)
For further updates and information regarding all of the news and additions to the Hamlin Speedway, logon to their well documented website at: http://www.hamlinspeedway.com  or call the speedway hotline at: 570 420 5500. For video work or questions regarding the purchase of videos from the exciting on-track action at the Hamlin Speedway, contact videographer Barry Boyd at: http://www.boydracingvideos.com  For the purchase of banquet, action or victory lane track photos, contact track photographer Jimmy Young at: http://www.jyracingphotos.com  
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