Hamlin, PA - Records Fall As Hamlin Speedway Is Magical In Two Day Sizzler Spectacular
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
Despite some bumps in the road on both days of racing activity, Hamlin Speedway, their staff and management rose to the occasion to overcome those obstacles and go and produce another record setting weekend as the "Pearl in the Poconos" over the weekend as the successful promotional team of Denise and Randy Smith ushered in their Eighth Annual two-day "Spring Into Summer" Sizzler spectacular. The Hamlin Speedway, located near the junction of Routes 191 and 590 in Hamlin, Pennsylvania,
resolved some technical difficulties on Friday evening with the electronic scoring devices by going old-fashioned and doing the scoring by hand and altering the racing schedule as the staff fought hard to get back on schedule. Saturday night produced another hiccup as a power outage shut off the lighting system as a division was preparing for their final event. Other than those mall obstacles, the speedway was in top form under the watchful eye of the Smith Family as the two day spectacular weekend brought out great crowds producing record attendance and another new record for driver entries as 273 talented competitors from a six state area converged on the facility to produce an event that will be talked for some time to come. The blockbuster weekend of racing activities brought out 132 entries for the Friday night racing action and followed up with 141 entries for the Saturday night event to break the existing record of 271 entries set one year ago. For the Smith Family, who have enjoyed long standing ties with the racing community, the two day event proved to be the pearl in the oyster for them as the 2013 racing season at Hamlin has seen one record broken after another through their excellent promotional efforts and has the speedway on par with the record setting season of a year ago. The once shuttered Hamlin facility was taken over by the Smith Family in 2006 and through hard work and vision and a dedicated work force, the speedway is a glowing star for small car division racing in the United States.
The Friday night action saw some new winners take center stage and a special event for the "Stars of Tomorrow" as the National Tour was part of the evening's festivities and found "The 38 Special" Jared LaBagh notching his sixth win of the season at the facility. James "Phillip" Morris smoked the field in the Wingless 600 Sprint main as he had everything going his way in a wire to wire triumph. Joel Smith continued his mastery over the field by scoring his fifth win of the season in the Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modified excursion. "The Flying Dutchman" Richie VanOrden was spectacular in claiming his first All Star Slingshot win and Connecticut star Grady Johnston earned his first career win in the 270 Sprint main after apparent winner Eddie Strada was docked two spots for jumping a restart. "The KO Kid" Kevin Olver drove away from the field when the green flag dropped to record his first win the Super Slinger feature. "The Weasel" Jacob Dunn sailed around the 1/5 mile facility to capture the rookie 270 Sprint main and Mackenzie Harper added her second win of the season to her resume in the rookie 600 Sprint headliner. "The Flash" Bobby Flood escaped injury when he barrel rolled his immaculate racer a few times to the infield after catching one of the turn-marking tires during the running of the National Tour event..
The Saturday night racing action was fast and furious with "The Edge" Eddie Strada dominating the open wheel action with wins in both the 270 and 600 Sprint main events as the teenage driving sensation overcame an early battle with Grady Johnston to go and cruise to victory in the 270 Sprints and then inheriting the lead in the 600 Sprints after an altercation betweens the leaders placed Strada at the front of the field. "The Flying Dutchman" Richie VanOrden captured the Super Slinger main with a record breaking performance and "The Quack Attack" Ryan Quackenbush scored his fourth win of the season in the Junior Slingshot finale. The "Baron" Aaron Henneforth was flawless as dictated the action to capture his first win in the rookie 600 Sprint main and Jacob Dunn clean-sweeped the weekend to capture the rookie 270 Sprint headliner. Part-time performer Pat Van Varick made his visit a good one as he drove his Bangor Steel sponsored entry to his first win in the Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modified feature. "The Tornado" Tyler Johnston touched down in Hamlin and led all of the way in the tightly contested All Star Slingshot main event. In a special Wingless 270 showdown curtain closer, "The J-Shot" Jacob Hendershot showed his versatility by leading all laps on his way to his second wingless triumph of the season.
Joel Smith has been spot-on all season with his Stage One Modified and his fifth win of the season showed him leading all laps on his way to a close win over "Kid Ice" Cole Hentschel with "The Branchburg Bandit" John Comandini in third, Paul Ennes fourth and Billy Fisher driving the rental car completing the top five.
Jacob Dunn has had a fast hot rod all season but mechanical problems have found him not around at the finish on some evenings. Dunn raced from his outside pole start and dominated the event with "The Speed Queen" Alyssa Fogel in second and Jenna Weidner, Mike Kalman and Brenden Koehler completing the top five.
Super Slinger action was the Kevin Olver grabbing the lead at the start and then tore off vast chunks of the Hamlin real estate to walk away with his first ever speedway victory. Dale Kober, Carl Bittenbender, Wes Hearn and Richie VanOrden followed. Jimmy Johnston, Del Howell, Billy Shepps, John Gilroy and Charlie Shaver completed the field.
Jared LaBagh had the hot hand as the best of the best Junior Slingshot stars converged at Hamlin for the National Tour event. While receiving some early challenges from Dylan Hoch, LaBagh was able to thwart all advances and go on to record his sixth victory of the season. Hoch settled for second in a great run with Ryan Quackenbush, Dakota Kohler and Paul Tigue completing the top five. Eighteen cars started the main event with the second five headed up by Daniel Morgiewicz, Tyler Peet, Kassidy Kreitz, Alex Yankowski and Chloe Andreas.
Mackenzie Harper was able to move out to a huge lead in the Rookie 600 Sprint main as Kyle Rode and Cody Smith became locked in a raging battle for the runner-up role. That battle ceased when Rode left the speedway on lap nine with mechanical problems. Smith also lost some ground when he jumped the cushion a few times overt the course of the event. "The Storm Trooper" Carl Mease rallied to challenge but it would Harper winning with Mease in second followed by Heidi Hedin, Smith, and Aaron Henneforth. The second five consisted of Colin White, Nick Corazzi, Zach Weidner in a guest ride, "Frantic" Frank Porreca and Amber Oraschin.
A late race pass from Eddie Strada to grab the lead had most fans thinking Strada was the winner of the 270 Sprint main. However, it was determined Strada jumped the start and Grady Johnston was declared the winner of the main event with "The Big L" Larry Hoagland getting second and Strada settling for third. Zack Bealer and Sydney Prince completed the top five and the second five included Kendall Segar, Jacob Hendershot, Trevor Dunn, the returning Brian Gilmore and Tyler Galatro.
James Morris, who is enjoying a spectacular season in racing with five wins total to his credit, made it number six when he grabbed the lead at the start and cruised to victory in a rare Hamlin start. "TK" Tommy Kunsman finally got his 600-program working as he scored a runner-up finish with "The Tornado" Jordan Tittle, "The Traveling Man" Mick D'Agostino and "The Sheriff" Simon Egan completing the top five. Brandon Azzalina, Austin Ely, Kyle Lick, Mark Manieri and Shelby Harper completed the top ten finishers.
Richie VanOrden and Danny Buccafusca put on a tremendous display of driving ability as the veteran and the youngster duked it out for the top spot. Van Orden settled it for good with a late race pass that had him winning his first All Star Slingshot event of the season. Buccafusca was the runner-up with a late rally from Dale Kober netting him a third place finish and a rare appearance from "The Dream" Billy Weaver in fourth and Tyler Johnston completing the top five. Cody Kline, Mack Brink, Mike Fogler, Wes Hearn and John Rooks Jr followed to complete the top ten.
The Saturday night action at Hamlin provided the punctuation point for the record setting weekend at the speedway. "The Flying Dutchman" Richie VanOrden added to the luster of the record breaking weekend with a performance in the Super Slinger feature that saw him break the track record on three consecutive laps and finally lowering the record to 13.370 seconds on his way to his fourth Super Slinger feature win of the season. Dale Kober raced hard for the runner-up spot with "Quick " Carl Bittenbender third, Del Howell in fourth and John Rooks Jr completing the top five.
"The J-Shot" Jacob Hendershot proved to be one tough customer for the Wingless 270 Sprint field as fired the cannon at the start of the event and cruised to a convincing win over Kendall Segar in the curtain closer for the evening. Paul Richards Jr rallied for third place with Chris Oraschin, Tyler Galatro, Robbie Watson and Bobby Butler completing the final running order.
"The Baron" Aaron Henneforth was a rocket from the start of the rookie 600 Sprint main as grabbed the lead in turn one and immediately went topside as he rim rode the Hamlin cushion with Mackenzie Harper chasing him around the speedway. Cody Coons put on a show from third place in a battle of that at times included six cars going for the same speedway real estate. Henneforth would not be denied as he grabbed up his first win with Harper in second and Coons in third. A late race mistake from Heidi Hedin found her slipping back some notches as Will Butler gained fourth place and a late race charge from Carl Mease netted him a tough top five finish. JD Casazza, Hedin, Nick Corazzi, Adam Jones and Colin White completed the top ten. A first lap flip by Duane White quieted the large crowd but White was uninjured in the incident.
Grady Johnston grabbed the lead at the opening bell for the 270 Sprint main and led for two laps when Eddie Strada slipped past him for two laps before Johnston regained the lead on lap five. As the pair of warriors traded the lead position back and forth, Johnston's machine broke on turn four of lap six and thus ending a great battle royal. Strada led the remaining laps to claim his first ever 270 Sprint win with Pat Bealer, Larry Hoagland, Kyle Lick and Tommy Kunsman completing the top five positions. Some great racing in the pack found Bobby Butler claiming sixth place with Zack Bealer, Sydney Prince, Kendall Segar and Kyle Rutledge finalizing the top ten.
"Scoot" Taylor Eccles led the first three laps of the Junior Slingshot main but gave way to Ryan Quackenbush on lap four. Quackenbush never waivered as he slipped away from the field and drove to his fourth win of the season at Hamlin. Fellow Garden Stater Paul Tigue enjoyed a fabulous second place finish as he held off one of the hottest drivers on the East Coast in Jared LaBagh to accomplish the feat. LaBagh was third with Collin DuBois working his magic to fourth place in a car that wasn't one hundred percent and Matt Henneforth nailing down a fifth place finish. Eccles fought a non-cooperative race car to a sixth place finish and Tyler Peet, Logan Crout, Ricky Springer and Daniel Morgiewicz followed completing the top ten.
Pat Van Varick seized command of the Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modified feature at the drop of the green flag and hit his marks throughout to go on and claim his first ever win at the speedway. The racing was tremendous throughout as many changes in position resulted during the course of the event. "The Dirt Diva" Shannon was the runner-up with a smooth drive and Joel Smith finished third after a long battle with the returning "Ice Man" Marc Daniels, who finished fourth and steady Jeff Hineline completing the top five. John Comandini, Dylan Martin and Paul Ennes completed the field of finishers.
The Wingless 600 Sprint had classic written all over it from the start of the evening. 27 hot rods were signed in for the battle and after two aborted starts Brandon Azzalina grabbed the lead with track record holder Kyle Rohner in tow. Eddie Strada was riding in third place with Mick D'Agostino in fourth and lots of pockets of action going on from front to back. Brandon Azzalina worked his magic up front utilizing the top side of the racetrack and making Rohner work harder off of the bottom in his attempt to wrest the lead away from him. A skirmish past the midway point in turn three saw the caution displayed and before he could react to the blocked raceway, James Morris took a nasty looking flip in front of the grandstand tower. Morris escaped injury from the incident. When the green flag was again displayed, Rohner chased Azzalina down the front stretch and when Azzalina remained on the higher ground, Rohner dug deep and found the needed room to stick the nose of his race car into the lead. Azzalina fought back and would try to regain the lead and as the pair entered turn two the warriors made contact with Azzalina spinning to the outside of the speedway. Rohner was placed to the rear of the field for the restart thus ending a classic dual of competing racing stars. Eddie Strada inherited the lead and that was all of the comfort he needed as he raced to his fifth win of the season with D'Agostino continuing his great work at the speedway in the runner-up role. Joseph Smith continued his great work with a third place run and "The Savage" Jacob Severn continues to impress with a fourth place performance and Stage One Modified star Joel Smith hopped a ride in the Van Varick 600 and enjoyed a great run to complete the top five. Shelby Harper, Mark Manieri, Rhett Long, Jordan Tittle and Empire State hot shoe Stephen Reynolds nailed down top ten finishes.
After a season of ups and downs, Jacob Dunn finally put all of the pieces in place as he raced to his second win of the weekend in the Rookie 270 Sprint main and third win overall for the season. Alyssa Fogel enjoyed another great run in second place while Mike Kalman, Jenna Weidner and Brittany Erlsten completing the top five, Paul Richards Jr, Brenden Koehler, Mallory Prince, Jenna Schostkewitz and Brian Mahoney completed the top ten.
Youngster Tyler Johnston continues to amaze as the former National Junior Slingshot Champion used a heavy right foot to beat the very quick Richie VanOrden into turn one and remained on the gas to seize command of the event in the early stages of the event. Richie VanOrden applied plenty of pressure from the bottom of the raceway but Johnston knew that is where VanOrden wanted to perform surgery and kept his mount glued to the topside. The race turned into a game of wits and guile as VanOrden while being faster could not gain enough momentum to put his racer into the number one slot. In the latter stages of the event, VanOrden did slip past Johnston but a caution flag negated the move. Johnston would claim his first win of the season with VanOrden second and Danny Buccafusca claiming third place. Troy Langendoerfer and Jeff Cosgrove completed the top five while Mike Fogler, Trevor LaBagh, the returning Charlie Lawrence and Dalton Maynard completed the top ten. The racing action was tight and on the money as the drivers handled themselves professionally throughout the encounter.
Technical difficulties with the AMB Scoring devices resulted in a quick Plan-B decision to eliminate time trials and do a draw for the features, which for most of the divisions resulted in extra distance feature events. The speedway would like to thank the drivers and teams for their understanding in the matter and to the staff and assistance from speedway visitors for lending a hand at a time when it was most needed. Megan Ammirato, Kaiti Sassano, Allesson Rode, Denise and Shannon Smith, Jill Brink and Speedway Entertainment's Mike Feltenberger accomplished a yeoman's feat in scoring the featured events without a hitch. Although the racing started a bit late, the timing was just about on the money for the completed show.
A power outage on Saturday evening kept the pressure on the staff as they dealt with the situation as one of the race divisions had just entered onto the speedway. After a short delay, the lights came back on and the racing continued without a hitch. Many thanks to those who helped in restoring the lighting back to normal.
Speedway Announcer Steve Pados, who in recent seasons missed the Friday night portion of the weekend events, was in the tower this season as he has limited his announcing duties to just one night a week for 2013. Announcers who filled in when Pados was missing have included former ARDC announcer Mark Keilblock for two seasons, former Lake Mocatek co-announcer Justin Beltrame for two seasons and Russell Sharp for one season while it was the third time for Pados doing the Friday night portion.
The dual heat fromat was utilized for the Junior Slingshot division on Friday night with Paul Tigue and invader Dylan Swinehart nailing down wins in the first set and fellow invader Dylan Hoch and Ryan Quackenbush capturing wins in the second set.
Time trials saw Robbie Watson in the Wingless 270 Sprints with the top time. Joel Smith was at the top of the charts in the Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modified action and Jared LaBagh was quickest in the Junior Slingshot division. Eddie Strada was the fast timer in the 270 Sprints. Mackenzie Harper was quick timer in the Rookie 600 Sprints while Mallory Prince was at the top of the charts in the Rookie 270 Sprints. Mick D'Agostino was the quick timer in the Wingless 600 Sprints. Richie VanOrden bagged a double being the fast timer in the All Star Slingshots as well as the fast timer for the Super Slingers. A B-Main was needed for the Wingless 600 Sprints And Kyle Lick easily captured the twelve lap event.
Many new faces were on the grounds of the speedway and one such visitor was Carol Amerman who made the trip up from her Zephyr Hills, Florida home while vacationing in the Poconos. The traveling band from Berks County was in full force on Friday evening with the Junior Slingshot National Tour event. The contingent included Dylan Hoch, Dakota Kohler, Kassidy Kreitz, Amber Britto and Dylan Swinehart. Damon Paul from New York and Chloe Andreas from Bangor, Pennsylvania were also in town for the Tour event. Drivers returning to action included "Chargin" Charlie Lawrence who made his first start of the season at Hamlin. Jim Wyany returned to action in the Super Slingers. Kyle Traver was a new face for the 270 Sprints. ARDC Midget talent Brian Gilmore made two starts over the weekend in one of the Butler Boys mounts. Russ Thorton debuted a beautiful Probe Chassis 600 and showed much potential while becoming acquainted with the speedway. Gary Dennis also made his return to the speedway. Robbie Watson borrowed both of the Mease hot rods for some laps in the Rookie 600 Sprints. Shawn Rooney made his first starts of the weekend and encountered some handling problems with his racer. Shawn's Grandfather was the legendary Dorney Park Speedway Champion Tommy Rooney. Gerodan Marrero returned to the speedway but met with the Jersey Barriers and turned over during the running of the feature event. Marrero was uninjured in the confrontation. Chris Perry and Tiffany Wambold made their first Hamlin events of the season on Friday night. Wambold has been in action at Mahoning Speedway for most of the season. Chris Stockham stayed in town for both night at Hamlin in his National Parts Peddler owned hot rod. Billy Weaver and Cody Kline were on hand for the Friday night action. Brody Adamsky borrowed the Robbie Hocker Slingshot for Friday whil Hocker was at the controls on Saturday. Adamsky informed Hamlin Officials he has purchased the former Billy Clark 600 Sprint from Aaron Henneforth and will be back in action soon. The veteran campaigner from
Danbury, Connecticut, Will Casazza, purchased Adamsky's Stage One Modified and will be part of the weekly action shortly. Casazza is 67 years young and will be a welcome addition to the Stge One field. Billy Shepps returned to action in one of the Howell racers.
The Picnic went well for the large crowd on hand for Friday evening and the creative kitchen staff offered create your own Sundaes in a new wrinkle for the Saturday night fans and saw many new concoctions being scooped on the ice cream.
The Hamlin Speedway will be dark next week to give the racers and their families a much needed break from the rigors of racing and allow everyone to re-charge their batteries for the start of the second half of the Hamlin season that will kick-off with the running of the Marley's Mission Firecracker 100 event that will roll out at the speedway on July 6th. A whopping $1,500.00 plus contingencies will greet the winner in victory lane should the 35-car entry list be met for the event. Thirty cars will start the main event and will showcase the best Slingshot drivers in the country with the running of this premier event. Lap Sponsorships are still available and needed and speedway management assures all sponsors that all lap sponsors will be announced prior to the running of the grueling century long spectacular. To join the growing list of sponsors for the event, contact Allesson, Tom or Kyle Rode at: 570 476 4566. Rode Racing has already lent their support to this spectacular event with many new donations coming before the event goes green.
The "Slide at the Clyde" will take place on June 29th at the Clyde Martin Speedway for racers who are not wanting to take a break from racing for a week. The event is being promoted by Danny Buccafusca and speedway announcer Steve Pados interviewed Buccafusca prior to the start of the Friday night racing activities to point out some of the details for the upcoming event.
For those wanting to do some mid-week racing, Accord Speedway will be in action on June 26th and July 3rd and for the July 3rd event, the Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modifieds have secured a Tour date for the evening.
Competitors and fans alike are welcome to stop in to Wallace Tractor and Equipment to check out the extensive inventory of garden and construction equipment they have on hand to make your tough chores at home a little easier on yourself. With their recent step into Trailer sales, Wallace Tractor and Equipment is the place to look for your next trailer to handle your race car or toy needs. You can reach Wallace Tractor by phone at: 570 689 7494 or check out their extensive and well documented website at:
Friday Night June 21st
All Star Slingshots: Richie VanOrden, Danny Buccafusca, Dale Kober, Bill Weaver, Tyler Johnston, Cody Kline, Mack Brink, Mike Fogler, Wes Hearn, John Rooks Jr, Jimmy Johnston, Jeff Cosgrove, AJ Hobbs, Willie Hobbs, Paul Ennes, Trevor LaBagh, Aaron Howell, Brody Adamsky, Randy Johnston, John Gilroy, Troy Langendoerfer, Charlie Shaver, Erin Paulison, Tyler Pirone
270cc Sprints: Grady Johnston, Larry Hoagland, Eddie Strada, Zack Bealer, Sydney Prince, Kendall Segar, Jacob Hendershot, Trevor Dunn, Brian Gilmore, Tyler Galatro, Kyle Lick, Glenn Macomber, Richie O'Neill, Tiffany Wambold, Zach Weidner, Robbie Watson, Tommy Kunsman, Kyle Rutledge, Bobby Butler, Pat Bealer, Gene Burd
600cc Wingless Sprints: James Morris, Tommy Kunsman, Jordan Tittle, Mick D'Agostino, Simon Egan, Brandon Azzalina, Austin Ely, Kyle Lick, Mark Manieri, Shelby Harper, Kurt Bettler, Chris Oraschin, Larry Mekic, Rick Calvert, Kyle Rohner, Joseph Smith, Shayne Ely, Steve Yankowski, Molly Chambers, Chris Stockham, Shawn Rooney, Eddie Strada, Rhett Long, Jacob Severn, Tim Howell
Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Cole Hentschel, John Comandini, Paul Ennes, Billy Fisher, Shannon Smith, Collin DuBois, Marc Daniels, Dylan Martin
Junior Slingshots: (National Tour Event) Jared LaBagh, Dylan Hoch, Ryan Quackenbush, Dakota Kohler, Paul Tigue, Daniel Morgiewicz, Tyler Peet, Kassidy Kreitz, Alex Yankowski, Chloe Andreas, Cole Hentschel, Matt Henneforth, Ricky Springer, Collin DuBois, Amber Britto, Dylan Swinehart, Damon Paul, Bobby Flood
Super Slingshots: Kevin Olver, Dale Kober, Carl Bittenbender, Wes Hearn, Richie VanOrden, Jimmy Johnston, Del Howell,Billy Shepps, John Gilroy, Charlie Shaver
Rookie 270cc Sprints: Jacob Dunn, Alyssa Fogel, Jenna Weidner, Mike Kalman, Brenden Koehler, Brittany Erlsten, Mallory Prince, Chris Perry
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Mackenzie Harper, Carl Mease, Heidi Hedin, Cody Smith, Aaron Henneforth, Colin White, Nick Corazzi, Zach Weidner, Frank Porreca, Amber Oraschin, Spencer Mease, Shelby Ogazaly, Duane White, Kyle Rode, Adam Jones, Cody Coons, Will Butler
Saturday Night June 22nd:
All Star Slingshots: Tyler Johnston, Richie VanOrden, Danny Buccafusca, Troy Langendoerfer, Jeff Cosgrove, Mike Fogler, Trevor LaBagh, Charlie Lawrence, Jimmie Johnston, Dalton Maynard, Dale Kober, Mack Brink, John Rooks Jr, Randy Johnston, Kevin Predmore, Robbie Hocker, Chris Predmore, Paul Ennes, Willie Hobbs, Erin Paulison, AJ Hobbs, John Pantis, Wes Hearn, Aaron Howell
270cc Sprints: Eddie Strada, Pat Bealer, Larry Hoagland, Kyle Lick, Tommy Kunsman, Bobby Butler, Zack Bealer, Sydney Prince, Kendall Segar, Kyle Rutledge, Zach Weidner, Glenn Macomber, Trevor Dunn, Rich O'Neill, Gene Burd, Tyler Galatro, Brian Gilmore, Jacob Hendershot, Greg Stevens, Kyle Traver, Grady Johnston, Robbie Watson
600cc Wingless Sprints: Eddie Strada, Mick D'Agostino, Joseph Smith, Jacob Severn, Joel Smith, Shelby Harper, Mark Manieri, Rhett Long, Jordan Tittle, Stephen Reynolds, Chris Stockham, Tommy Kunsman, Chris Oraschin, Kyle Rohner, Brandon Azzalina, Austin Ely, Larry Mekic, James Morris, Molly Chambers, Tim Howell, Kyle Lick, Simon Egan, Rick Calvert, Colin White
Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modifieds: Pat Van Varick, Shannon Smith, Joel Smith, Marc Daniels, Jeff Hineline, John Comandini, Dylan Martin, Paul Ennes
Junior Slingshots: Ryan Quackenbush, Paul Tigue, Jared LaBagh, Collin DuBois, Matt Henneforth, Taylor Eccles, Tyler Peet, Logan Crout, Ricky Springer, Daniel Morgiewicz, Leo McGurrin, Alex Yankowski
Super Slingshots: Richie VanOrden, Dale Kober, Carl Bittenbender, Del Howell, John Rooks Sr, Jim Wyant, Jimmie Johnston, Wes Hearn
Rookie 270cc Sprints: Jacob Dunn, Alyssa Fogel, Mike Kalman, Jenna Weidner, Brittany Erlsten, Paul Richards Jr, Brenden Koehler, Mallory Prince, Jenna Schostkewitz, Brian Mahoney, Geordan Marrero, Jack Hanna
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Aaron Henneforth, Mackenzie Harper, Cody Coons, Will Butler, Carl Mease, JD Casazza, Heidi Hedin, Nick Corazzi, Adam Jones, Colin White, Russ Thornton, Robbie Watson, Amber Oraschin, Gary Dennis, Corey Ziegler, Kyle Rode, Frank Porreca, Shelby Ogazaly, Duane White
Wingless 270 Sprints: Jacob Hendershot,Kendall Segar, Paul Richards Jr, Chris Oraschin, Tyler Galatro, Robbie Watson, Bobby Butler, Kyle Traver
Racing every Saturday evening from April through September. Hamlin Speedway will be dark on June 29th for vacation and then swing open the gates on July 6th for the running of the Marley's Mission Firecracker 100 with $1,500.00 on the line for the driver who crosses under Russ Furry's checkered flag first and based on a 35 car entry field for the event. Many activities are planed for the speedway on July 6th including the Chinese Auction that will have offerings from many of our friends in racing including NASCAR. Pit Gates open at the speedway at 1 PM; Drivers Meeting at 4:45; Hot Laps are at 5:00 and the racing begins at 6 PM sharp. Admission Prices for regular shows 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: 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: For photos of all of the great racing action contact Rick Schwindenhammer Racing Photos at:
Visit us often for a great night of racing action as............................................
The Hamlin Speedway Is The "Pearl" In The Poconos
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FhPnSITifmFB**** How's the cars coming ? Life has been a ltltie disruptive the last couple of months so I haven't been around BUT . I think I have found the sponsorship money to pay for the new motor, With high hopes I'll have the money in hand by early next week and have the #20 Sportsman back at the track within a few weeks, Hate to miss Opening night but it will be worth it in the long run
10/22/2013 10:11:28 PM
vbPYddaHyEUbyOWvtI was surprised (and reieevld) to spend 39 minutes with an album that is, at this point in time, a fitting addition (and maybe the final chapter, who knows) to the legacy of the real Beach Boys.In June 1985, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Carl Wilson (Dennis had died in December 1983) released what could arguably be considered the final Beach Boys album, Beach Boys. It was produced by Steve Culture Club Levine, and had a cold, brittle, impersonal feel. It had a long list of guest musicians, including the late guitar legend Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr but it still felt cold. A video for Getcha Back received some heavy play on MTV, but it was clear that the Brian Is Back era was drawing to a close.The album Still Cruisin' came in 1989 and yielded the hit Kokomo, which some Beach Boys fans like and others don't. Brian tossed in one song for the album, but was otherwise involved, and the track listing was padded out with I Get Around, Wouldn't It Be Nice, and California Girls. In 1992, the album Summer In Paradise was released.It sold 10,000 copies. The cadinal sin on this album was a John Stamos re-recording of the Dennis Wilson classic Forever from the album Sunflower. WHY, guys WHY? It also featured a weak-kneed, wretched, pointless cover of Sly Stone's Hot Fun In The Summertime. Carl, Mike, Al and Bruce were smothered in a sea of FOURTEEN additional musicians, including Terry Melcher and Roger McGuinn.From that point forward, Carl passed away in February 1998 pretty much taking the heart of the band with him. Brian had the songs, Carl provided the heart, the true mojo of the band at its best. Brian made steady gains with his solo career, especially with 1998 s Imagination, an album every bit as good as any classic Beach Boys album. Mike Love and Bruce Johnston went in one direction with a lineup of touring musicians under the Beach Boys brand, as did Al Jardine, resulting in lawsuits and acrimony spread across the years that followed.So here we are in 2012, a Beach Boys reunion with one out of three Wilson brothers and the return of an original member, David Marks, who left well before the band got deep. Producer Joe Thomas takes a co-writing credit on all of the songs but one, Daybreak Over the Ocean, and it's the only song to carry a sole writing credit from Mike Love. Brian had a hand in writing all of the remaining tracks. The final track, Summer's Gone, includes a songwriting contribution from Jon Bon Jovi.As others have pointed out, it was a wise decision to tilt the balance of this album toward Brian and not handing the keys to the car to Mike Love. While there are some up tunes on the album, the overall feel is bittersweet a sun-kissed beach approaching twilight. You can see the scars and feel the age, but it is unquestionably The Beach Boys. The album is somewhat like Pet Sounds without making such a major statement about alienation, love, and finding a place in the world (or not). At this point, the band has nothing to prove. This project was about getting together to be the Beach Boys one more time, and given the obstacles described above, they did an admirable job. I can't imagine a Beach Boys fan being disappointed on any level other than uncontrollable circumstances (the loss of Carl and Dennis).Are we looking at the Surf's Up album cover come to life the last ride? Who knows. The critical reception to this album has been strong and the reunited band has been welcomed with open arms. As long as they have their voices and as long as Brian maintains a skill and passion for the craft of songwriting, this doesn't have to be the end. But if it is, I can assure you that it's the end many Beach Boys fans thought they would never see warm, elegant, an affirmation that despite a number of career-spanning missteps, The Beach Boys were and are the stuff of legend. Just buy it.
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