Saturday, August 11, 2012
Egan, Heinig, Strada, Hocker, Flood, Ennes, Bealer, Weidner and DuBois Snap up Victories in Another Fabulous Night of Racing at Hamlin Speedway
by Steve Pados
HAMLIN, Pa. -- Huge thunderstorms rocked most of the Northeast on Friday evening forcing most tracks to cancel out their racing programs and severely hindering track personnel from getting their speedways into shape for Saturday. The hard working Hamlin Speedway Promoters Randy and Denise Smith and staff went to work and Smith whipped the speedway back into great condition to produce another fabulous show at the speedway. The message board stating the speedway was racing may have come as a surprise to some but 142 talented racers made the trek into Hamlin to compete and the standing room only crowd was treated to great racing in all divisions and the show was completed by 10:30. The racing card was highlighted by the Briggs And Stratton Mid Atlantic Slingshot Tour that paid $500.00 to the winner and sponsored by the good folks at Hammerdown Dyno. "The Sheriff" Simon Egan took no prisoners as he drove to a close win over Cody Kline and Brett Bieber in the All Star Slingshot thirty lap main event. Connecticut hot shoe CJ Heinig was in top form as he raced to victory in the 270 Sprint main and "The Canaan Sensation" Eddie Strada displayed a big right foot as he led all laps to claim the win in the Wingless 600 Sprint headliner. "The Carbondale Comet" Paul Ennes scored his second straight win in Super Slinger action and "The Flash" Bobby Flood was on top of his game as he raced to his second consecutive win at the speedway. "The Icon" Pat Bealer borrowed the Bobby Smith Jr Stage One Modified and raced to a close win over Joel Smith and Collin DuBois scored another win the SB One Modified event. Jenna Weidner has made vast strides in the 2012 racing season and she raced to her second straight win in the Rookie 270 Sprint feature and "The Warwick Warrior" Robbie Hocker found the magic to race to victory in the Rookie 600 Sprint encounter.
The show kicked off with a strong series of quickly paced time trials followed by some hard hitting heat action that featured a dual series of heats for the Hammerdown Dyno All Star Slingshots. The feature events were superb and the stars of tomorrow Junior Slingshot drivers have shown time and time again how the future of racing is in such good hands with the current driving roster of talent doing great work in each event. Bobby Flood, in his Aiden Brook Farms hot rod, out hustled "Scoot" Taylor Eccles at the drop of the green flag to burst into the lead. Eccles followed and tried to mount a charge to gain the lead back but settled into second place as Thomas "Sonny" Strupp turned up the wick on his Montrose Molders sponsored red wagon and began applying some pressure of his own on the front-runners. First year racer Tighe Sherlock was enjoying his best run of the season in fourth place but by midpoint in the event he would lose the position to a hard charging Paul Tigue. The racing settled in and Eccles mounted a couple of more attempts to slip by Flood but it would be Flood holding on to the lead and flashing to his second straight win at the speedway. Taylor Eccles would claim runner-up honors with Strupp in third place, Tigue in fourth and Sherlock racing to a top five finish. "The Little Tornado" Tyler Peet headed up the second five with Ryan Quackenbush, Collin DuBois, Matt Henneforth and Jared LaBagh all nailing down top ten finishes.
Pat Bealer raced into the lead in turn one in his borrowed mount and led all of the way despite intense pressure from Joel Smith in his Smith Fabrications chariot. Joel Smith was able to get close especially in the waning laps but it would be Bealer showing his versatility to race in any type of race car to claim the win in his first time out in the car. Joel Smith settled for second with "The Branchburg Bandit" John Comandini finishing in third place as he had a torrid dual going all race long with "The Dirt Diva" Shannon Smith who was fourth and "Thrillin" Dylan Martin who nailed down fifth place. Newcomer to the speedway Matt Mattern was sixth with Tim Manieri seventh and Jim Hendry in eighth. Collin DuBois scored another win in the SB One Modified run.
The rookie 600 Sprints took to the speedway for their feature event and Robbie Hocker seized command of the event at the drop of the green flag with William Butler racing hard in second place. Fifth place starting "Ri-Mac" Riley Moczulski was making extraordinary moves to hustle his way past Butler into the runner-up slot by the midway point of the event. Lots of action at mid-pack saw much changing of positions with a few drivers heading to the sidelines with some type of mechanical woes. Hocker never waivered and scored yet another win at the speedway with the hard driving Moczulski settling for second place for the second week in succession. William Butler continued his great work with another solid performance in third place and Amber Oraschin having another great run for fourth place and Zac Azzalina completing the top five. "The Hot Rod" Kyle Rode raced to a sixth place performance with Clay Butler in seventh, Carl Mease eighth, last week's winner Colin White in ninth and TJ Lilly rounding out the top ten.
The 270 Sprint rookie main event saw Jenna Weidner steer her Moore Pizza sponsored racer into the lead at the drop of the green flag and she led all of the way to record the win in pretty much a carbon copy performance of her triumph one week ago at the speedway. Glenn Macomber stayed close and garnered in runner-up honors with Josh Schaffer, Sydney Prince and John Dvorscak completing the top five. Mike Kalman was sixth with Mallory Prince, newcomer Danny Leaper and Tyler Galatro completing the top ten.
The 270 Sprint headliner got off to a rocky start as 2010 track champion "The Machine" Gene Burd got turned around early and saw cars scrambling in all directions to avoid the skirmish. When racing resumed it would be CJ Heinig racing into the lead with "The J-Shot" Jacob Hendershot and "TK" Tommy Kunsman providing plenty of opposition to the defending track champion Heinig. As the event reached the halfway mark, Pat Bealer doing double duty, came a calling from his sixth place start to slip by Kunsman and Hendershot and take up the chase after Heinig. Two laps from the finish saw the brilliant ride of Hendershot end with mechanical woes as well as Kyle Rutledge. Heinig would lead all laps to claim the narrow win over Bealer. Tommy Kunsman was third with Kyle "The Hot" Lick racing from twelfth starting place to grab fourth in the Segar Motorsports second entry and "The Cadillac Man" Kurt Bettler earning a fifth place finish. The second five saw Grady Johnston, Hayden Miller, Gene Burd, Larry Hoagland and Ron Pierson all nailing down top ten finishes. The run from Burd was amazing as he raced from 21st starting place after the spin to finish up in eighth place.
Super Slinger action found Paul Ennes grabbing the lead at the start of the event and grabbing a straight away lead as a trio of hot-rodder's including Tommy Vroom Jr, Wes Hearn and Dale Kober were battling among themselves to allow Ennes to slip away quickly. A caution flag brought the field back together and when racing returned Ennes was pressed hard for the lead with "The Ambassador" Wes Hearn finally securing the runner-up spot and putting in a bid for the lead. The final laps saw Hearn running quicker laps but not finding the needed drive to slip past Ennes. Ennes would race to his second straight win with Hearn second, Tommy Vroom in third, hard driving Dale Kober in fourth place and "The Castleman" Jerry Hughes solid in fifth place. Newcomer Briand Jones was sixth with Double J" Jimmy Johnston racing to seventh, and Tom Arntz, PJ Dempsey and John Rooks Jr completing the top ten.
The always entertaining race to the wall 600 Wingless Sprints took to the speedway with a 25-car starting line-up and it would be Eddie Strada pushing down the gas pedal faster than anyone as he grabbed the lead with the returning Chad Sandt taking up the chase along with "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner. A couple of incidents slowed the action and placed some drivers on the sidelines but the racing action was sizzling from front to back with Strada turning laps at a constant 12.3 second per lap range to remain at the point. Strada was flawless with his performance as he controlled the point and captured the win with Chad Sandt in second place in a great drive, Kyle Rohner in third, Chris Oraschin with a great fourth place run and Shelby Harper nailing down another fifth place finish. Brandon Azzalina was sixth in his MMF Chassis machine, Austin Ely seventh, Rhett Long in eighth, Kyle Lick in ninth and Bobby Butler rounding out the top ten.
Simon Egan grabbed the lead with a great start over his teammate Dale Kober in the Hammerdown Dyno All Star Slingshot thirty lap finale. Egan was up to the task time and time again as 2009 National Slingshot champion Cody Kline was able to move into the runner-up role with "The Jet" Brett Bieber borrowing the Danny Buccafusca mount and racing into third place. The action from front to back was two, three and sometimes four wide as the drivers worked their way into contention. Egan would lead all of the way despite some tense moments towards the end of the race when the leaders threaded their way through lapped traffic. Kline and Bieber would both get close but it would Egan crossing under starter Russ Furry's checkered flag to secure the win. Cody Kline was second with Brett Beiber in third place. Troy Langendoerfer drove an excellent race as he worked his way through the field from eleventh starting spot to garner fourth place and Dale Kober rounded out the top five. "The Tornado" Tyler Johnston was sixth and John Rooks Jr, Joe Howey, Mike Fogler, and Wes Hearn would round out the top ten finishers.
Heat racing action at Hamlin has been phenomenal all season long and last night proved to be no exception to the rule as the All Star Slingshots competed in dual series of heat events to determine the starting field. Mack Brink, John Rooks Jr and Henry Anderson were victorious in the first round while Trevor LaBagh, "The Sheriff" Simon Egan and Joe Howey claimed the wins in the second set. 26 cars started the the Hammerdown Dyno sponsored main event with Kyle Rode gaining a provisional from Hamlin and Matt Miller gaining the provisional spot from the Slingshot Tour. Bobby Flood and Taylor Eccles captured heat wins in the Junior Slingshots while it would be Dale Kober and Jimmy Johnston securing heat wins in the Super Slingers. John Dvorscak captured the lone heat win for the Rookie 270 Sprints. A series of time trials for the remaining divisions saw Pat Bealer stop the clocks at 11.765 seconds for the 270 Sprints over Gene Burd and Tommy Kunsman Jr while Amber Oraschin proved to be the quickest in the Rookie 600 Sprints with a clocking of 12.587 seconds over Aaron Henneforth and Robbie Hocker. Dan Beacon returned to action and hustled his Pike County Plumbing sponsored mount to the top of the heap by clicking off a 12.411 second lap to lead the Wingless 600 Sprints over Chris Oraschin and Molly Chambers. Shannon Smith reeled off a 13.300 second lap to head up the Stage One Modifieds.
Newcomers to the Hamlin Speedway for the racing action included Matt Miller and Ray Woodall who was aboard the second Cosgrove entry. Occasional Hamlin racer James "Phillip" Morris returned to action and scored an eleventh place finish in the feature event. Matt Mattern and Jim Hendry were newcomers to the Stage One Modified ranks. Carl and Spencer Mease were back in action in the Rookie 600 Sprints and New Egypt racer Clay Butler borrowed the Bobby Butler mount to compete in the division as well. Bill Darcy returned to action in his great looking Strupp inspired 270 Sprint. Briand Jones buckled into the Johnny Bush Slinger for the evening and Mike Moyer was a first time racer in 2012. Danny Leaper was a newcomer at the speedway with a beautiful 270 Sprint and Daniel Morgiewicz was a first time visitor in the Junior Slingshots and he too had a beautiful race car under him.
Hammerdown Dyno sponsored the All Star Slingshot division last evening. Dennis, Brian and Kurt Bettler head-up Hammdown Dyno and they are located at: 2570 Martins Lane in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. They specialize in Slingshot engines and are very affordable in configuring and adjusting the engine to offer maximum performance while in competition. They will give you the most LEGAL horsepower and torque available as even though the engines are sealed, there are many adjustments and set-ups to maximize the power. New Engine break-in packages start at $75.00. For additional information regarding the many services of Hammerdown Dyno, please visit their website at: www.hammerdowndyno.com
to view a video about their Dyno services or you can contact them at: 610 297 1809 by phone or through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org On race nights you can stop by their trailer and chat with them about their multitude of services.
Jim Streusel was on hand last evening to tech the Slingshot racers
All Star Slingshots Presented By Hammerdown Dyno: (Mid Atlantic Tour) Simon Egan, Cody Kline, Brett Bieber, Troy Langendoerfer, Dale Kober, Tyler Johnston, John Rooks Jr, Joe Howey, Mike Fogler, Wes Hearn, Robbie Hocker, Mack Brink, Jeff Cosgrove, Charlie Lawrence, Jimmy Johnston, John Bockhorn, Hunter Smith, Paul Ennes, Trevor LaBagh, Kyle Rode, Don Schmidt, Kevin Predmore, Matt Miller, Henry Anderson, Richie VanOrden, Ryan Raidline
270cc Sprints: CJ Heinig, Pat Bealer, Tommy Kunsman, Kyle Lick, Kurt Bettler, Grady Johnston, Hayden Miller, Gene Burd, Larry Hoagland, Ron Pierson, Zach Weidner, Rick Casario, Kendall Segar, Bill Darcy, Paul Richards, Jacob Hendershot, Kyle Rutledge, Scott Avery, Makenzie Harper, Rich O'Neill, Robbie Watson
600cc Wingless Sprints: Eddie Strada, Chad Sandt, Kyle Rohner, Chris Oraschin, Shelby Harper, Brandon Azzalina, Austin Ely, Rhett Long, Kyle Lick, Bobby Butler, James Morris, Mick D'Agostino, Joseph Smith, Tony Iudicello, Rick Calvert, Larry Mekic, Jacob Severn, Dan Beacon, Don Colaluce, Jacob Hendershot, Sheldon Iudicello, Jordan Tittle, Mark Manieri, Molly Chambers, Tony Scerbo
Stage One Modifieds: Pat Bealer, Joel Smith, John Comandini, Shannon Smith, Dylan Martin, Matt Mattern, Tim Manieri Sr, Jim Hendry
SB One: Collin DuBois
Junior Slingshots: Bobby Flood, Taylor Eccles, Thomas Strupp, Paul Tigue, Tighe Sherlock, Tyler Peet, Ryan Quackenbush, Collin DuBois, Matt Henneforth, Jared LaBagh, Daniel Morgiewicz, Kyle Dice, Erin Paulson, Alex Yankowski, Leo McGurrin
Super Slingshots: Paul Ennes, Wes Hearn, Tommy Vroom Jr, Dale Kober, Jerry Hughes, Briand Jones, Jimmy Johnston, Tom Arntz, PJ Dempsey, John Rooks Sr, Mike Moyer, Jim Wyant
Rookie 270cc Sprints: Jenna Weidner, Glenn Macomber, Josh Schaffer, Sydney Prince, John Dvorscak, Mike Kalman, Mallory Prince, Danny Leaper, Tyler Galatro
Rookie 600cc Wingless Sprints: Robbie Hocker, Riley Moczulski, William Butler, Amber Oraschin, Zac Azzalina, Kyle Rode, Clay Butler, Carl Mease, Colin White, TJ Lilly, Jeremy Bedrosian, Aaron Henneforth, Spencer Mease, Bill Shire, Shawn Rooney, Heid Hedin, Shelby Ogazaly, Adam Lounsbury, Nick Corazzi (DNS)
Racing Saturday evenings from April through September. The next event of the 2012 racing season will unfold on August 18th with all eight of the regular divisions in action plus the 270 Sprints taking the tin cans off and going wingless in another special event at the speedway. 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)
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