HAMLIN SPEEDWAY NEWS
Hamlin, PA -Brett Bieber Scores Hamlin Speedway VETSTOCK 100 Win; Colin White Tops 600 Sprints
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media
The Hamlin Speedway has hit the halfway mark of the 2018 racing season and with that offered a Saturday night show people will continue to talk about for some to come. The hot, muggy air that has sweltered everyone in the Northeast of late cooled down more than a fraction on Saturday night and had fans donning jackets as the sun set on the speedway. An overflow race crowd embraced the opportunity to come out to the speedway and enjoy the very best of what Hamlin has to offer in the way of racing entertainment. The Smith Family and Staff presented a superb seven feature race card on Saturday evening with the highlight of the evening being great racing and the opportunity for the fans to give back to assist in supporting the many veterans in the Northeast who laid their lives on the line to help keep America free from oppression. Hamlin Speedway Promoter Randy Smith had the 1/5th mile clay oval in impeccable condition and the racing was spectacular. Once again, the drivers utilized every inch of the raceway to carve out some rim-riding expeditions around the speedway and the heart-stopping action was non-stop from start to finish. The Smith Family orchestrated the seven feature event program even though the main sound system was knocked out by a storm during the week and the VetStock Group was kind enough to scurry to home base and bring their portable system to the speedway.
The headline event of the evening was the VetStock Firecracker 100 All Star Slingshot feature event that went 100-grueling laps to determine the winner. When all was said and done invader "The Oley Jet" Brett Bieber was strong from start to finish to etch his name in the Hamlin record books as a winner of the event. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober captured his second win of the season in the Super Slingers finale. "The Electric Man" Colin White only led the final few feet but that is when it counted as he came on strong late to capture his first win of the season in the Chad Wheeler Excavating Wingless 600 Sprint headliner. Alex Reinsmith was a rocket at the drop of the green flag as scored his first win of the season in the Winged 270 Sprint feature. Kasey Hufcut earned his fifth win of the season in the Junior Slingshot finale. The JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Sprint feature once again produced a great dual and Ryan Lacoe drove to his first win of the season. The Hampton RV & Trailer Sales Stage One Modified event found "The Nickel Man" Joel Smith dominating the action to score his fourth win of the season in the division.
"The Sandman" Troy Langendoerfer grabbed the lead at the start of the All Star Slingshot feature event and would set a torrid pace with lots of action scrambling around behind him. A move here and move there produced some early heartaches as Tanner VanDoren was the first to fall by the wayside after eleven laps. The restart found more jockeying for position as Langendoerfer continued on his merry way. The major players began to line-up behind Langendoerfer after a 43'rd lap scramble sent contender Mike Taylor into the frontstretch wall with heavy damage to his race car. On the restart, Langendoerfer again took the lead but Brett Bieber was now knocking on his door with the Silfee Brothers, Scott Neary and Dale Kober in hot pursuit. Bieber made his move when Langendoerfer slid high off of turn two on the 48th lap and Bieber hustled into the lead.
From then on it was Bieber holding court the rest of the way as Jared Silfee mounted a challenge and even stuck the nose of his race alongside Bieber but could not make the pass to slip past him. Bieber would go on to capture the win with Jared and Austin Silfee second and third with Scott Neary fourth and Dale Kober completing the top five. A former winner of the event, Ben Whitaker, found a ride in Mark Exeter's hot rod and drove from 18th to head up the second five. Tanner Jones, invader Mike Lapicki, another former winner Charlie Lawrence and Jasper Ziegafuse completing the top ten.
The Super Slingers main event found Dale Kober leading the first eight laps before Wes Hearn got by him. Hearn would lead for two laps before Kober slipped past Hearn to once again command the event, The lead pair along with Mike Taylor separated from the pack and was a dogfight until the end with Kober grabbing up his second win with Hearn second, Taylor third, Paul Ennes Fourth and Jim Conroy fifth., with Doc Lapicki and Derek Deliva following.
Alex Reinsmith was all business in the 270 Sprint main. Coming out of turn at the start, Reinsmith jumped into the lead and never looked back. Clicking off laps in the 11. 7 second range, Reinsmith attacked the track with gusto and led every lap to claim his second win of the season. Reigning track champ Glenn Macomber was second while Anthony Chrobak and newcomer Dakota Missmer followed.
The Junior Slingshot feature found Shelby McLaughlin and Kasey Hufcut on the front tier of automobiles. Hufcut won the opening drag race and opened up an early lead while JJ Rice moved in to the runner-up slot. A couple of skirmishes slowed the action but the restarts found Hufcut with power enough to continue to lead the way. McLaughlin fought her way back and was able to drive by Rice to regain second place. McLaughlin raced hard and was able to stay nose to tail with Hufcut the rest of the way and mounted a couple of challenges to get by him but it would be Hufcut earning his fifth win of the season at Hamlin. McLaughlin was second with Rice third, James Benz fourth and Brian Smith completing the top five. The second five found Mikey Johannes, Aidan Donaldson, Jacob Taylor, Austin Homan and Charlene Benz following.
The start of the JPA Masonry Rookie 600 Wingless Sprint event found Bryan Zyck leading for two laps before faltering with engine woes. Ryan Lacoe inherited the lead with Zack Weisenfuh and Noah Zielinski applying the pressure. On lap eleven, Zielinski made a move to take over the lead but hopped a wheel and went flipping hard in turn one. He was unhurt in the incident. On the restart, Lacoe was still in command but Weisenfluh and Tyler Lindsay were closing in quickly. Lacoe would hang on for the win, his first of the year, with Weisenfluh and Lindsay following. Dennis Chamberlain was fourth and Tony Parlanti completed the top five. Dennis Stawinsky, Jack Hanna, Earl Rice, Carmen Leggio Sr and newcomer Joey Peters completed the top ten.
Duane White took the lead at the start of the headliner Chad Wheeler Excavating 600 Sprint event. Blasting forward from his third starting place, "Bad" Chad Sandt hoisted the top side channel and took over the top spot on lap three. Sixth starting Colin White was moving through traffic and was soon following his Dad in the White team cars. Colin would get himself into the runner-up role but Sandt was a tough customer and the pair raced hard and fast as they posting 12.2 laps times with each and every lap. Sandt seemed in command on the white flag lap but White had ideas of his own. Sandt slid a bit high in two and White pulled even down the backstretch and forged ahead with a slider but Sandt came right back off of four side by side but it would be White securing the win by a whisker. Sandt was a disappointed second with Duane White third, Joel Smith fourth and Paul Richards Jr securing fifth. The second five found Tyler Lindsay, Joe Nemeth, Mick D'Agostino, Zack Bealer and Cody Smith following.
Joel Smith took the lead at the drop of the green flag and clicked off some 12.7 second laps to move out to a big advantage. Some tangles slowed the action just a bit but the restarts allowed Amanda Buchel to make a run for the lead on those restarts but Smith was in the zone and would hustle to his fourth win of the season. Buchel ran a great race for runner-up honors. John Comandini, Adam Buchel and Jeff Hineline completed the top five. Tanner VanDoren headed up the next five with Cody Motto, newcomer Jacob Nemeth, Anthony Recchio and Joel Price completing the top ten.
The hotly contested evening of racing entertainment began on time despite the need for a back-up sound system. The staff kept moving the program along swiftly with a couple of breaks taken for track maintenance to keep the track racy throughout the evening. Once again Smith and Company got the job done without reservation and the fast times in all divisions shows the dedication the Smith Family puts into the facility. The good sized crowd on hand for the event witnessed a great evening of racing entertainment with all that was going on at the track.
Special awards during the evening went to JJ Rice in being selected the favorite driver. Best appearing cars honors went to Cody Motto. Ben Whitaker was the hard charger of the event advancing 12 positions at the end of 100 laps of racing. The Longest Haul Award sponsored by the Rode Family went to Cole Perry who made the tow in from Ontario, Canada.
Time trials found the Junior Slingshots taking time with Shelby McLaughlin gaining top honors with a fast time of 14.695 seconds just nipping Kasey Hufcut who timed at 14.708 seconds.. Noah Zielinski timed his hot rod in at 12.313 seconds to claim top honors for the JPA Masonry Rookie Wingless 600 Sprints.
Wes Hearn captured the Super Slinger Slingshot heat event. The 600 Sprints ran off two heats with Joel Smith and Joseph Smith the two winners. Stage One Modified heats were claimed by John Comandini and Amanda Buchel. Glenn Macomber captured the 270 Sprint heat.
Two rounds of heats were utilized to set the Firecracker 100 starting field. Dale Kober, Austin Silfee and Jared Silfee captured the first round heats while Charlie Lawrence, Adam Buchel and Troy Langerdoerfer captured heat wins in the second round.
Newcomers who made their way to the speedway last night and made their first starts in the All Star Slingshots were Ben Whitaker, Emily Fleming and Mike and Doc Lipicki. Cole Perry and Mason Trautschold were newcomers for the Junior Slingshot ranks. Kyle Rutledge and JJ Smith were new additions to the 600 Sprints. Dakota Missmer was a new face for the 270 Sprints. Jacob Nemeth and Lawson Szerencits made their first Stage One Modified starts.
The VetStock Group does a world of good for the local veterans and their families and the Hamlin Speedway is proud to do their part in helping out anyway we can. Please support the local VetStock Blood Drive tomorrow, July 8th at the S&S Speedways from 11 to 5. Give blood and earn a ticket to the upcoming Pocono truck race.
Special thanks to the Henneforth Family for bringing out the family hot rod to use as the pace vehicle for the Firecracker 100.
All Star Slingshots: (VetStock Firecracker 100) Brett Bieber, Jared Silfee, Austin Silfee, Scott Neary, Dale Kober, Ben Whitaker, Tanner Jones, Mike Lapicki, Charlie Lawrence, Jasper Ziegafuse, Tyler Banks, Emily Fleming, Andrew Turpin, John DeWitt, Paul Ennes, Troy Langendoerfer, Wes Hearn, Tess Horvath, Adam Buchel, Mike Taylor, Rachel Dickinson, Ashley Kober, Tanner VanDoren
Winged 270cc Sprints: Alex Reinsmith, Glenn Macomber, Anthony Chrobak, Dakota Missmer
Chad Wheeler Excavating Wingless 600cc Sprints: Colin White, Chad Sandt, Duane White, Joel Smith, Paul Richards Jr, Tyler LIndsay, Joe Nemeth, Mick D'Agostino, Zack Bealer, Cody Smith, Mack Brink, Kyle Rutledge, Joseph Smith, Jacob Balliet, JJ Smith
Hampton RV And Trailer Stage One Modifieds: Joel Smith, Amanda Buchel, John Comandini, Adam Buchel, Jeff Hineline, Tanner VanDoren, Cody Motto, Jacob Nemeth, Anthony Recchio, Joel Price, Mark Corna, John Bachetti Jr, Evan Civick, John Bachetti Sr, Lawson Szerencits
Junior Slingshots: Kasey Hufcut, Shelby McLaughlin, JJ Rice, James Benz, Brian Smith, Mikey Johannes, Aidan Donaldson, Jacob Taylor, Austin Homan, Charlene Benz, Joey Kalafut, Ashton DeWitt, Cole Perry, James Costlow, Mason Trautschold, Nolan Palaima, James Hendricks
Super Slingshots: Dale Kober, Wes Hearn, Mike Taylor, Paul Ennes, Jim Conroy, Doc Lapicki, Derek, DeSilva, Mark Exeter
JPA Masonry Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Ryan Lacoe, Zack Weisenfluh, Tyler LIndsay, Dennis Chamberlain, Tony Parlanti, Dennis Stawinsky, Jack Hanna, Earl Rice, Carmen Leggio Sr, Joey Peters, Matt Zielinski, Rich Maguire, Cory Zielinski, Rob Burakowski, Matt Brown, Cody Powell, Noah Zielinski, Bryan Zyck
Racing action returns every Saturday evening from April through September. The next event on the Hamlin Speedway schedule is set for July 14th when all Divisions will be in action on the 1/5th mile clay cushioned oval when seven divisions resume their weekly battles. Highlighting the evening will be the introduction of all of the JPA Masonry sponsored Rookie 600 Sprint drivers to the crowd. Great racing, great food and lots of fun.
Make sure to check the Hamlin Speedway website or Facebook page for any additional information. 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
Please support the many great sponsors who assist in working and sponsoring the season long events at the speedway. Tilcon, Ron Brown Hauling, JPA Masonry, Chad Wheeler Excavating, RLE Towing and Recovery, RockAuto.com, S&S Speedways and Yankowski Enterprises are all part of the advertising family at the speedway and we graciously thank them for their support.
Hamlin Speedway is seeking additional marketing sponsors to join the speedway team for the 2018 racing season. For more information, contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or through email at: email@example.com or Denise Smith at S&S Speedways at: 570-420-5500 or at: http://www.hamlinspeed.com/ or on facebook at:
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