Exciting 5th Annual Two Day Sizzler Fires Up Hamlin Speedway Racing Weekend

Date: 6/6/2010 10:58:36 PM

Hamlin, PA - Exciting 5th Annual Two Day Sizzler Fires Up Hamlin Speedway Racing Weekend
by: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
The Promotional Team of Denise and Randy Smith rocked the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with their 5th Annual two day Spring into Summer Sizzler over the past weekend at the Hamlin Speedway located near the junction of Routes 191 and 590 in Hamlin, Pennsylvania. For the Smith Family, who have long standing ties with the racing community, the two day event proved to be the icing on the cake for their promotional efforts as they took over the shuttered Hamlin facility in 2006 and through hard work and vision and a dedicated work force, the speedway has been resurrected into one of the top speedways in the country for small division racing action. The two day event brought out 98 competitors on Friday evening and added another 126 for the Saturday night finale and had an additional twelve members from various NASCAR crews on hand to close the show with an entertaining shoot-out for the Hamlin Speedway bragging rights. The now famous picnic, a bonfire and the exciting on track action provided lots of spark throughout the weekend as the Speedway action was halted temporarily by a powerful quick hitting rainstorrm that had the speedway crew spring into action with the help of the 600 wingless Micro Division to whip the track back into shape in no time flat.
The makeup feature for the Junior Slingshot racers from May 29th kicked off the main events. Mathew Gaughan and Ricky Rasiner were having a classic dual for the lead that ended up with the racers coming together and both being sent to the rear. AJ Tonkin took advantage of the situation and went on to record his first career win at Hamlin Speedway in an emotional ceremony in victory lane. Danny Buccafusca was the runnerup with Chris Kurtz, Kody Welsh and Jacob Dunn completing the top five. Joe Kata was hard on the hammer as he wired the field in the Rookie 600 Wingless Micro battle with Mark Berkenstock, Jessica Moyer and Ryan Wood following.
"Flyin" Ryan Smith captured the 270 Micro main as toured the facility in 11.587 second laps to win over Robbie Watson, Rob Pajauis, Rick Cascario and Joe Smith. Dale ober captured the Super Slinger event in a tight battle with Paul Ennes. Tom Arntz, Jimmy Johnston and Dale Reed completed the top five.  Shannon Smith captured the Regular Slingshot main event after a tight race with Dale Kober. Paul Ennes was third with Jimmy Johnston and Billy Clark completing the top five.
In 600 Wingless Micro action, Bobby Butler and Ryan Smith along with Brett Michalski and Parker Evans kept the racing action tight and close as slide jobs and side by side racing action prevailed in a great event for the popular division. "The Conductor" Bobby Butler was the winner with Ryan Smith, Brett Michalski, Parker Evans and Alex Curley competing the top five. In the regularly scheduled attraction for the Junior Slingshots, Danny Buccafusca came in for the win over Mathew Gaughan, Chris Kurtz, Ricky Raisner and Kody Welsh.
June 4th: Friday Results
Junior Slingshots: (Make-up from May 29th): AJ Tonkin, Danny Busccafusca, Chris Kurtz, Kody Welsh, Jacob Dunn, Zack Weisenfluh, Rosalyn Trautschold, Ricky Raisner, Taylor Eccles, Mathew Gaughan, Thomas Laga, Thomas Strupp, Mackenzie Tresch
600 Wingless Micros: Bobby Butler, Ryan Smith, Brett Michalski, Parker Evans, Alex Curley, Billy Clark, Molly Chambers, Luke Schostkewitz, Matt Mountz, Rick Calvert, Austin Ely, Shannon Smith, Ben Qiunones, Shane Ely, Keith McIntyre, Cait Chambers, Jake Winters, Jimmy Glenn, Brittany Tresch, Joseph J Smith, Gary Berkenstock
600 Rookie Wingless Micros: Joe Kata, Mark Berkenstock, Jessie Moyer, Ryan Wood
270 Micros: Ryan Smith, Robbie Watson, Rob Pajauis, Rick Cascario, Joe Smith, Matt Mountz, Nunzi Allegrucci, Trevor Dunn, John Vreeland, Gene Beadle, Amanda Quinones, Jeffrey Anderson, Jacob Hendershot, Jamie Czekai, Larry Mekic, Mick D'Agostino, Kyle Rutledge
Super Slingers: Dale Kober, Paul Ennes, Tom Arntz, Jimmy Johnston, Dale Reed, Mark Henneforth, Jerry Hughes, Mike Pontrelli, Bob Clark, Mathew Langbein, Aaron Henneforth, Henry Anderson
Regular Slingshots: Shannon Smith, Dale Kopber, Paul Ennes, Rich Van Orden, Jim Johnston, Billy Clark, John Bockhorn, Matt Massone, Russell Benke, Bobby Van Blarcom, Mack Brink, Justin Brewster, Jeff Cosgrove, Kyle Rode, Mathew Langbein, Charlie Shaver, Mike McLaughlin, Steve Intravaia, Colin White, Mike Pontrelli, John Pantis, Nathan West, Dana Smith, Jess Benke, Aaron Hennefroth, Danielle Dickinson, Troy Langendorfer,
Dalton Smale, Kyle Rutledge, Simon Egan
Jr Slingshots: Danny Buccafusca, Mathew Gaughan, Chris Kurtz, Ricky Raisner, Kody Welsh, Zack Weisenfluh, Rosalyn Trautschold, AJ Tonkin, Jacob Dunn, Taylor Eccles, Thomas Laga, Robert Hocker, Mackenzie Tresch, Thomas Strupp
The speedway swung back into action on Saturday night with the top four finishers from Friday being locked into the main events for Saturday evening. The Junior Slingshots opened the feature event action with Ricky Raisner using the top side of the raceway to take the lead at the opening bell. Raisner was quick at the point and moved way from the field eraly on in the event. Chris Kurtz and Danny Buccafusca were locked in a battle for second allowing Raisner to break away from the pack. Once Buccasfusca completed the pass of Kurtz, he went after Raisner with a mission to win in mind. Breaking the track record on three separate occasions, the "Rockaway Rocket" was coming after "Slick' Rick" and once the leaders hit the lapped traffic it was anyone's guess as to who would prevail. Raisner used the lapped trafiic to his advantage and came away with his second win of the season at Hamlin. Buccafusca was the runnerup in a great drive and Chris Kurtz, Kody Welsh and AJ Tonkin comopeted the top five. The new track record set for the division is now set at 14.590 seconds per lap.
"The Wild Child" Brian Gilmore was quick to assert himself in the rookie 600 encounter and wired the field in a great drive. Joe Kata was second with Jessica Moyer, Ryan Wood and Mark Berkenstock finishing up the top five. Mick D'Agostino was the early leader in the rookie 270 Micro main event.  Garden Stater Glenn Macomber came out of the ranks to take over the lead and led until lap-12 when Port Crane, New York's Jeffrey Anderson seized control of the event and went on to capture the exciting win over Macomber, Austin Bishop, Mick D'Agostino and Mackenzie Harper.
The Super Slinger feature had Paul Ennes in the zone as he not only drove away from the tough field but in the process broke the track record for the division on three separate occasions during the run. The new record for the Super Slingers is 14.310 seconds per lap. "Double J" Jimmy Johnston was the runnerup with the returning Joe Bodenschatz in third place in a great drive and Dale Kober and Bob Clark completing the top five running order.
A Dash for Cash was run for the 270 Micros and sponsored by Nunzi's Advertising Specialties, Rob Warko and Rainbow Roofing and Elite Pools. The five lap shootout was captured by newcomer Kurt Conklin with Rob Pajauis second, Mike Esposito third, Gene Burd fourth and Jacob Hendeshot fifth. That event set the stage for the 270 Micro feature and Coklin picked up where he left off to capture the lead in the early laps of the event. A restart for the stalled Jamie Czekai brought the field back together and on the restart Conklin's mount went sour and he coasted off the race course. Gene Burd assumed the lead and led the remaining laps to capture his first win of the season. Darin Batholomew was the runnerup in a great drive with Joe Smith, Nunzi Allegrucci and Rob Pajauis completing the top five. For Pajauis, the ride was exciting as he was forced to the rear in an early race incident and then drove the wheels off his machine to land in the top five.
Dale Kober wired the field in the Regular Slingshot event but the win was far from easy as the hard driving Paul Ennes broke the record for the Regulars in trying to track down the defending champion Kober. The new track record stands at 13.996 seconds. Behind the pair of veteran campaigners was the "Dirt Diva" Shannon Smith in third place with teammate Simon Egan in fourth and defending track champion Billy Clark completing the top five.
The 600 Wingless action had Owego, New York star Parker Evans grabbing the lead at the start of the event and driving out to an advantage in the early laps. On lap-9 as he approached lapped traffic, a spin by Cait Chambers collected the leader and Evans was through for the evening in a heart breaking turn of events. When the race resumed, the new leader became Pendell, PA hot shoe Brett Michalski and he led the remaining laps to collect the win in a close drive over Mark Gilmore, Bobby Butler, "The Topton Tornado" Brett Arndt and Shelby Harper.
The NASCAR Crew Challenge was the closer for the weekend of hot racing action. Todd Carmichael took the lead at the start and drove away in the early laps until a determined Kevin White found the rhythm in his mount to challenge. As the drivers hit lapped traffic, the racing got wild as Carmichael now had to negotiate through traffic with White hot on his trail. Carmichael thought he set a pick but White was getting faster and closed quickly on Carmichael as the checkered flag fell on the event with Todd Carmichael making his early race prediction come true as he held off Kevin White for the win. Sean Kerlin was third with Brad Tunny fourth. Jeff Hardwick completed the top five with John Hunter Nemechek doing a great job to record a sixth place finish
Former Lake Mocatek Speedway Co-Announcer Justin Beltrame filled in for Speedway Announcer Steve Pados on Friday evening and did a great job at capturing the excitement of the great racing action found at the Hamlin Speedway. Beltrame recently moved back into the area from Virginia and was amazed at how racy the Hamlin facility is. Another former Lake Mocatek racer and champion Ed Strada Jr was on hand for the racing action and informed Pados he is the process he is in the process of purchasing a Slingshot race car for a family member in the near future. Strada was a many time champion at the defunct LMS as was his Dad, the late Ed Strada Sr. Randy Filipowski, the Accord Speedway flagger was on hand for the event and has become a big fan of small division racing. Former racer and now car ownwer, Tim Manieri was on hand and helped Pados with the driver interview session during the rain delay. The NASCAR stars had "Front Row Joe" Nemechek on hand and Joe was happy to se his son John Hunter take a turn at the wheel. Jess Benke had all of the NASCAR guys sign her driving helmet. The defending National Slingshot Champion "The Bangor Renegade" Cody Kline has endured the year from hell as he expired a motor early in the program and was forced out of the evening's competition.
June 5th: Saturday Results:
Regular Slingshots: Dale Kober, Paul Ennes, Shannon Smith, Simon Egan, Billy Clark, Vinny Zazzero, Mack Brink, Steve Intravaia, Rich Van Orden, Jimmy Johnston, John Bockhorn, Kyle Rutledge, Mike McLaughlin, Mathew Langbein, Nathan West, Charlie Shaver, Troy Langendorfer, Colin White, Bobby Van Blarcom, Justin Brewster, Kyle Rode, Russell Benke, Dana Smith, JR Fulper, Matt Massone
270 Micros: Gene Burd, Darin Bartholomew, Joe Smith, Nunzi Allegrucci, Rob Pajauis, Rick Cascario, Mike Esposito, Matt Mountz, Kurt Bettler, Larry Mekic, Kevin Pritchard, Rich O'Neill, CJ Heinig, Trevor Dunn, John Vreeland, Bill Darcy, Jacob Hendershot, Austin Bishop, Gene Beadle, Kurt Conklin, Robbie Watson, Larry Hoagland, Jamie Czekai
600 Wingless Micros: Brett Michalski, Mark Gilmore, Bobby Butler, Brett Arndt, Shelby Harper, Stan Tykarski, Brittany Tresch, Jimmy Glenn, Gary Berkenstock, Jake Winters, Billy Clark, Jonathan Hull, Rick Calvert, Luke Schostkewitz, Shane Ely, Molly Chambers, Shannon Smith, Austin Ely, Rob Vivona, Dave Dimaio, Alex Curley, Parker Evans, Cait Chambers, Jason Van Doren
Junior Slingshots: Ricky Raisner, Danny Buccafusca, Chris Kurtz, Kody Welsh, AJ Tonkin, Roslayn Trautschold, Zack Weisenfluh, Mathew Gaughan, Taylor Eccles, Robert Hocker, Thomas Strupp, Mackenzie Tresch, Jacob Dunn, Jenna Schostkewitz
Super Slingshots: Paul Ennes, Jimmy Johnston, Joe Bodenschatz, Dale Kober, Bob Clark, Tom Arntz, Mathew Langbein, Aaron Henneforth, Mike Pontrelli, Roger Collins, Henry Anderson, Dale Reed, Briand Jones, Jerry Hughes, Kevin Oliver
270 Rookie Micros: Jeffrey Anderson, Glenn Macomber, Austin Bishop, Mick D'Agostino, Mackenzie Harper, Kyle Rutledge
600 Rookie Wingless Micros: Brian Gilmore, Joe Kata, Jessie Moyer, Ryan Wood, Mark Berkenstock, Rhett Long 
270 Micros Dash For Cash: Kurt Conklin, Rob Pajauis, Miek Esposito, Gene Burd, Jacob Hendershot, Robbie Watson, Darin Bartholomew, Joe Smith, John Vreeland, Rick Cascario
NASCAR Crew Challenge: Todd Carmichael (Allmendinger), Kevin White (Allmendinger), Sean Kerlin (Scott Speed), Brad Tunny (Scott Speed), Jeff Hardwick (Allmendinger), John Hunter Nemechek (Front Row Joe), Derick Jennings (Allmendinger), Adam Keisler (Paul Menard), David Crops (Allmendinger), Mike Williams (Casey Mears), (DNS) Dave Winston, (DNS) Carter Fischlein
Hamlin Speedway presents racing every Saturday night from April thru September. All divisions will be back in action on June 12th at the speedway. 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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